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TOWNSVILLE’S FREE LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE JULY 2011 ISSUE 62


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DUO MAGAZINE

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR SCOTT MORRISON

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PRODUCTION MANAGER JOAN FANNING ADMINISTRATOR STACEY MORRISON

EDITORIAL EDITOR CARLY LUBICZ EDITOR@DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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PHOTOGRAPHERS ANDREW RANKIN | STEWART MCLEAN KATE GLOVER

contents FEATURE STORY 16 FOR THE GAME, THE GLORY & GREAT MATES REGULARS 08 COVER GIRL 10 DIARY 12 HOROSCOPES TRAVEL 26 INSIDER’S GUIDE: THE BEST OF BALI INTERVIEWS 14 BEN O’DONOGHUE 44 TRACEY OSMOND 58 JONATHON & KOBE WEBB 60 JAMES & CARYS COURTNEY 62 JACQUIE PAYNE 62 SAMANTHA FRENCH 65 MEGAN FLUX

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FASHION 24 DELUXE MAN 30 DELUXE WOMAN 32 JESSICA HARTIGAN 34 MY STYLE 36 MY BAG 38 PORTMANS WELLBEING 45 CASEY DENTISTS 46 CLARITY HEARING 47 FIRST THINGS FIRST SOCIETY 20 HANDS IN HARMONY NEW SPA OPENING 21 A TOUCH OF SALT WINE DEGUSTATION LUNCH 22 27TH ANNUAL TORGAS AWARDS NIGHT 23 INTRODUCTION OF SUNFERRIES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

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UPFRONT

EDITOR’S NOTE

I DO!

Sporting fever is gripping Townsville – we’ve had the State of Origin Series (as I write this the third game is yet to be played… the suspense!) and now the V8s are just days away (read our story on Mr and Mrs Courtney and Mr and Mrs Webb in our special V8s feature on page 58 – what genuinely lovely couples they are). On top of that we have the Paluma Push, Townsville Cup and Townsville Running Festival just around the corner. I have always wanted to be good at sport. I love fitness and I’m a big fan of the hill, my RPM classes and the odd 5km run; but anything that involves catching a ball or moving my arms and legs at the same time, forget it. My sporting highlights can be reduced to two occasions: one – winning the sack race in year five (I did have an unfair advantage though as I was the tallest in my class and therefore had the longest legs. Sadly, once those pesky boys caught up to me my glory days were over). The second was getting ‘best girl on field’ in a touch rugby game in 2006 – sounds great in theory, until I realised I was the only girl on the field. Ho hum – we can’t be good at everything can we? So I think it’s only natural that my lack of sporting ability would translate to a general lack of interest in watching it.

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Don’t get me wrong – I love watching State of Origin as much as the next person, but if I am to be totally honest with you (and risk getting pelted by rotten tomatoes in the street), I don’t really have an interest for the finer points of the game. It’s all about getting together with friends, having text wars with Blues supporters, enjoying a glass of red wine and a bit of a cheese platter and falling asleep on the couch (OK, the last bit wasn’t planned, but a direct result of the red wine). It’s amazing how sport and socialising go hand-in-hand though. As you will see from our story on the Cowboys Old Boys from page 16, it’s the friendships forged that these guys take away as their strongest legacies to the game. They are looking forward to catching-up later this month at a luncheon organised by Shane Muspratt to have a beer, reminisce and raise money for the Sam Faust Trust. Tickets are still available if you’d like to be part of the occasion and rub shoulders with Mal Meninga (call 1300 462 692). You really don’t have to be a die-hard fan of a sport to enjoy it and support it – it’s about the atmosphere. Take the Townsville 400 Festival – yes it is built around event eight in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, but you don’t need to be a revhead to enjoy a day out at the track, or the whole month of events that go with it. Use it as an opportunity to get out of the house, away from the cleaning/gardening and TV, and enjoy our beautiful weather and the ability to savour good times with good friends. You might even learn something new or meet some impressive people along the way (more couches to fall asleep on!). Carly Lubicz x

Congratulations to Cassandra Harris from AH Hip Hair on her recent engagement to William Hood. An excited Cass reveals her man whipped-up the same gourmet French dish he cooked for her when they first met and cracked a bottle of champagne before he popped the question. They are yet to set the date, but the location will be beautiful Fiji.

MISSION FOR MUM Good luck to Robert Douglas who is running from Townsville to Cairns this month to raise $20,000 for breast cancer research after his mother was diagnosed with the disease. He sets off from Stockland Townsville on July 15. Show your support by attending a fundraising session at Jamaica Joe’s on Sunday, July 10 or donating via the Facebook page Highway for Hope.

BABY ON THE WAY Townsville RSL’s Kelly-Anne Mott is pregnant with her second child to husband Luke. The little one is due in November, but the couple are excitedly waiting until the birth to find out if they’ll have to decorate in blue or pink.

TALK ABOUT IT The Talbot Foundation has funded a counselling service for children, young people and their families within the Townsville region. ACT for Kids counsellors are free and getting a referral is straightforward. Call 4779 0611 or see actforkids.com.au to take advantage of this resource. bulgari.com

CIRCULAR CAUSE Sales of luxury brand Bulgari’s specially designed silver and ceramic ring have contributed more than $14 million to Save the Children. The iconic ring, inspired by the B.zero1 jewellery line, is available on Bulgari’s e-commerce website retailing for $530, of which $100 is donated to the charity. Do you have exciting news you would love to share? Send your suggestions to: editor@duomagazine.com.au


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12 FACES OF DUO

Every year DUO has a competition where 12 local girls are chosen to grace the magazine’s cover for the next year. This month we introduce you to:

LIZZY RITCHIE Telstra communications technician Lizzy Ritchie, 34, is used to working out in the field. Now living at Burdell after moving from Brisbane, she is an avid traveller and tries to get away most weekends with her family or friends. Port Douglas and Cape Town in South Africa rank amongst her favourite destinations. Next on her itinerary is Rome where she will visit The Colosseum and eat to her heart’s content!

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AH HIP HAIR The design in Lizzy’s style is structured with a strong foundation. Hot sticks used with EverEscents Organic Hair Care geranium and mandarin sculpting lotion create this spectacular shape. The different texture in the styling reflect the geometric lines. We love the volume of this up-styling!

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july

WOLFMOTHER

RAINBOW’S END

EXHIBITIONS

THEATRE/SHOWS

MUSIC

SPORT/RACING

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07, 08, 09 MASS

Working from her Melbourne studio to Umbrella’s studio, Destiny Deacon presents a new view of indigenous perspectives in digital media and installation. Until August 14. Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts 482 Flinders Street, City umbrella.org.au

MASS uses dance-theatre to examine community relations and human relationships, $15 to $35. Dancenorth Cnr Walker & Stanley Streets, City dancenorth.com.au

08, 09 SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400 NIGHT CONCERTS

02 TOWNSVILLE HEAT V GLADSTONE

15 ZHONGJIAN: MIDWAY A Wollongong City Gallery Touring Exhibition that reveals the mesh of associations and influences that operate in our trans-cultural world. Until September 18. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Flinders Street, City townsville.qld.gov.au

18 A STEP BEYOND An expression of ex-POW Alison Annesley’s art journey, the watercolour work reflects her passion to see the beauty all around her in the simple things. Until August 21. Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa townsville.qld.gov.au

13, 14 TURNS Pantomime star Marjory Joy (Nancye Hayes) reflects on a life spent in show business her son, Alistair (Reg Livermore), tries to understand this woman, all women and to come to terms with one woman in particular, $15.50 to $45. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797

19, 20 RAINBOW’S END Rainbow’s End is a snapshot of Australian life in the 1950s as experienced by three generations of Koori women, $15.50 to $45. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797

28, 29, 30, 31 DAVID STRASSMAN – CHUCK’S REVENGE International comedy star David Strassman returns to Australia with his new show, fresh from the dark and twisted mind of the puppet master. Riverway Arts Centre Thuringowa TicketShop 4727 9797

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After the race on Friday see Sneaky Sound System; Zoe Badwii; Tommy Trash, and Tom Piper featuring Mr Wilson; Sam La More, and Christian Luke. On Saturday Wolfmother and Thirsty Merc perform post-race. Reid Park, Townsville ticketek.com.au

28 CHEFS IN THE NORTH DINNER Hosted by Maggie Beer, the sixth annual event is an unforgettable night of fine food, wine and music under the stars. Jupiters Townsville Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, City afcm.com.au

29 AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC Join audiences and dazzling musicians from across the country and overseas at Australia’s most prestigious chamber music event, locations across Townsville. Until August 6. afcm.com.au TicketShop 4727 9797

Women at 6pm. Men from 7.45pm Townsville Basketball Stadium Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale townsvillebasketball.net.au

08, 09, 10 SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400 Enjoy race eight of the V8 Supercar Series and the accompanying trackside entertainment. Reid Park, Townsville supercars.com.au

16 LADIES RACE DAY Dress up for one of Townsville’s biggest and most enjoyable days at the track, Townsville Turf Club, www.townsvilleturfclub.com.au

15 TOWNSVILLE HEAT V ROCKHAMPTON Women at 6.30pm. Men at 8.15pm Townsville Basketball Stadium Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale townsvillebasketball.net.au

16 NQ COWBOYS V WESTS TIGERS Kick-off 7.30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Golf Links Drive, Kirwan cowboys.com.au/tickets.


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SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM

MARKETS

22 TOWNSVILLE HEAT V CAIRNS Women at 6.30pm. Men at 8.15pm Townsville Basketball Stadium Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale townsvillebasketball.net.au

23 JUPITERS TOWNSVILLE CUP Take advantage of the many marquees or the popular party zone while watching the races. Townsville Turf Club townsvilleturfclub.com.au

30 NQ COWBOYS V PENRITH PANTHERS Kick-off 7.30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Golf Links Drive, Kirwan cowboys.com.au/tickets.

COMMUNITY 11, 18, 25 iWRITE Every Monday 13 to 18-year-olds can hear from guest speakers and discover publishing opportunities. Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre, Old Courthouse Theatre, City, info@twpc.org

03, 10, 17, 24, 31 COTTERS ROTARY MARKETS Arts, crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables every Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm. Flinders Street, City townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

03, 10, 17, 24, 31 WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS Every Sunday from 7am to 11am. Car Park, Willows Shopping Centre Thuringowa Central townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

08 STRAND NIGHT MARKETS Also featuring the McDonalds Dance Expo. 5pm to 9.30pm. Strand Park, North Ward townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

09, 23, 26 29 CULTURAL MARKETS Enjoy a range of boutique stalls of local arts, crafts and clothing from 9.30am to 2pm. Friday night markets are on July 29 from 5pm to 9pm. Licensed bar, hot food stalls and live music on the deck. Cultural Centre Flinders Street East, City 4772 7679

01, 08, 15, 22, 29 MAGNETIC ISLAND FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS From 5pm to 9pm Magnetic Island RSL, Arcadia Bay rslmagneticisland.com

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Dress-up and celebrate the French national holiday in style with Alliance Franรงaise de Townsville. RSVP by July 7, $20-$65. Townsville RSL Charters Towers Road aftownsville@hotmail.com

HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS Gift ideas, fresh produce, jewellery, clothing, art and food. 9am to 2pm. Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island wotsonmagneticisland.com.au

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horoscope

If it weren’t for the full moon the 15th, you could pretty much run riot this month. Even then, other zodiac signs seem to get a bigger smack on the hand than you do. But you are challenged with one question: just how much effort are your dreams worth? When that snag appears, you’ll have to decide whether to give in, or rev-up ambitions.

Virgo

23 AUGUST - 22 SEPTEMBER There’s no time for lazing around in a month that seems determined to assail you with change. Rather than panic, you should sit down and calmly work out what’s going on. Like it or not, sometimes the best things happen when they’re not expected. Be patient in matters of the heart - there’s no hurry for a decision, and late July could surprise you.

What does this month have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...

22ND JUNE - 22ND JULY

23RD JULY – 22ND AUGUST

Cancer

Leo

Aries

21ST MARCH – 20TH APRIL You could do with a breather, and so July feels like a welcome change. From the start, you benefit from both passion and prosperity. Long-held dreams start to materialise. The reason they didn’t before was a lack of confidence, or resources. That was then. This is now. What comes next is truly exciting.

Taurus

21ST APRIL – 20TH MAY

Consider yourself blessed, as you’re offered a fabulous month. July puts ambitions and desires within reach. If any caution is needed this month, it’s with regard to money. While a windfall is likely, take care not to overstep your budget. Zip up your wallet and draw your curtains you’ll get all the pleasure you need in your own bedroom.

While half the zodiac may be ready to self-destruct, that doesn’t mean that you have to join the queue. Most problems will arise through no one’s willingness to back off, so it’s up to you to lead by example. The mood is also right to concentrate on your deepest desires. Think big, and the rewards will equal the effort.

Libra

Sagittarius

Aquarius

Gemini

You’re on your moral high horse in a month when standing up for your principles could mean a solitary ride into the sunset. You can’t always expect others to please you. Equal opportunity means just that. But even if you are tripped up by the past, or a troublesome friend, it’ll take more than a heartache to weigh you down.

One particular project rules July’s agenda. Ideas become more intense as your spiritual and intellectual awareness deepens. Sagittarians seek broader horizons through knowledge, travel or meditation. Others recognise your talents and welcome you into a new work arena. In turn, their assistance boosts a past slump in confidence.

July ambles along at a much slower pace, but this suits your present mood. You’re stepping into a gentler time, where you can do as you please in a low-key way. First on the list of things to do involves a gentle romantic reunion. If there have been any misunderstandings in relationships, they should now be more easily sorted.

You’ve always been courageous and excitable, but that was nothing compared with now. Predictability? A stranger. This month there’s too much happening to keep you sitting still. But this kind of fervent pace works well for you. After all, when you’re all fired up, few would dare mess with you. After the 21st, give love a chance.

Scorpio

Capricorn

Pisces

July falls into a more meditative mood, with any important matters best tackled after some consideration. And if you’re still feeling uncertain, not to worry call in the experts. It’s a sure bet that someone else has already mapped the pitfalls and plotted a safe way home. You needn’t do everything yourself.

Calm your mind and take a few gentle breaths. This is a time to follow your instincts and true spirit. Stay in a rut, and you could miss out on extraordinary opportunities. Admittedly, your intuition won’t always be on target. Some moves may even take you along a risky path, though they’ll add to that treasure of experience we call “life”.

It’s been a thankless task holding down the supporting role, but now reclaiming the spotlight takes priority. While responsibilities don’t disappear altogether, July ensures that rewards come part and parcel with hard work. And, let’s face it, a little extra appreciation goes a long way. For singles, playful planets give your social life a much-needed boost.

23 SEPTEMBER - 22 OCTOBER

23RD OCTOBER – 21ST NOVEMBER

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22 NOVEMBER - 21 DECEMBER

23 DECEMBER - 20 JANUARY

20 JANUARY - 18 FEBRUARY

19 FEBRUARY - 20 MARCH

21ST MAY – 21ST JUNE

Want your own personal profile? If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com.


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interview

Interview Carly Lubicz

HEARTY HELPINGS OF CONFIDENCE YOU MAY KNOW HIM FROM HIT SHOW SURFING THE MENU AND THE MORE RECENT DRIVE THRU AUSTRALIA. NOW CHEF, AUTHOR AND TELEVISION PRESENTER BEN O’DONOGHUE IS HEADING OUR WAY TO BE PART OF THE AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC’S PRESTIGIOUS CHEFS IN THE NORTH DINNER.

The Chefs in the North Dinner is on Thursday, July 28 at Jupiters Townsville. Hosted by Maggie Beer and featuring respected chefs like Ben O’Donoghue, tickets are $275. See www.afcm.com.au

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WHEN DID YOU START COOKING AND WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE DISH? I was five or six and my favourite was meringue. I’d make them with my Nan and she’d keep them in a little tin beside the oven… she used to live with us and I’d help her with cakes and peel the potatoes when we’d have a Sunday roast. WHAT DO YOU THINK HOLDS PEOPLE BACK FROM BEING GOOD COOKS? I think it’s primarily confidence… I’ve always said cooking is 50 per cent confidence, 40 per cent passion and 10 per cent ability. For those just learning, pudding is always a good way to go – something like sticky date or chocolate fondant – it sounds hard, but it’s really easy, leaves a great impression and you can prepare it in advance. DID YOU EVER THINK YOUR PASSION FOR FOOD WOULD TAKE YOU SO FAR? It’s been something that’s just unfolded, but also has been the result of lots of hard work. When you put 110 per cent in you reap what you sow, and that’s with anything you do. Also, when you’re committed and you work in places with talented people – who are also committed to their profession and equally as passionate and talented – it becomes a competitive environment, which is beneficial for your career. WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS? Surfing the Menu (laughs)! That was so much fun doing that TV show when I was working with Curtis [Stone] and travelling through Australia and meeting wonderful producers and going to spectacular locations. And also when I was working with Jamie Oliver and cooking with Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street – I had to pinch myself a bit there… Tony requested a doggy bag after the meal, so we must have done something right! I’ve also cooked for Ruth Rogers [famous British chef], Al Pacino, and famous architects. DO YOU GET NERVOUS COOKING FOR MORE HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE? No, not really because it’s all about having confidence in what you’re doing. I know I can cook, but Tony Blair can’t! I would be more nervous about meeting and talking to those people. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING CALLED “ONE OF THE UK’S HUNKIEST CELEBRITY CHEFS”? In terms of building your confidence, it’s nice to have someone say that about you, but it’s funny – I’ve never considered myself to be one of the ‘hunkiest chefs’, especially as I had a bit of competition with Curtis [Stone] – I’m sure most people would think that he’s a bit hunkier!


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interview

By Carly Lubicz Portrait Photograph Andrew Rankin

FOR THE GAME, THE GLORY, & GREAT MATES

George Gatis

YOU KNEW THEIR NAMES WHEN THEY PROUDLY DONNED THEIR COWBOYS JERSEYS AND TOOK TO THE FIELD, BUT WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN THEIR POST-FOOTBALL LIVES? NINE OF THE NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS’ “OLD BOYS” RIB EACH OTHER AND REMINISCE ABOUT THEIR PLAYING DAYS IN THE LEAD-UP TO A FUNDRAISING REUNION LUNCHEON THIS MONTH. Belonging to a professional sporting team is like being in an exclusive club. The feeling of camaraderie experienced when the pressure is at boiling point, emotions are charged and stakes are high is difficult to replicate. That’s possibly why a lot of elite footballers remain mates for life – even when they’ve scattered all over the country and swapped their fastpaced playing days for new careers and the responsibilities of family. Later this month, the Cowboy’s past players will reunite for their yearly reunion weekend to catch-up with old comrades and see where life has taken them. But this year exCowboy Shane Muspratt is turning the event into something more substantial to attract previous peers from far-and-wide. The highlight will be the Cowboys Old Boys 2011 Reunion Luncheon at the Mercure Townsville where retired team mates can close ranks, interact with the new crop, share a beer with loyal fans, hear from State of Origin coach Mal Meninga, and – most importantly – pay tribute to a lost mate. “This is our way to acknowledge the support we had for so many years,” Shane tells. “Yes, it’s a great way for everyone to catch up, but also an opportunity for the Cowboys Old Boys to give something back to a region that’s so important to us as players… the Friday luncheon will be a lot of fun, but our real focus is to raise funds for the Sam Faust Trust.” Tickets are available to the public for $120 per person, with $50 going to the charity. The event is on Friday, July 29 at the Mercure Townsville, kicking off at 12.30pm. Call 1300 462 692 to secure your spot. Meanwhile, discover what life is like for some of Townsville’s exCowboys over the page… 16

Dean Schifilliti

Peter Jones


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Shane Muspratt

Martin Locke Shaun Valentine

Brett Boyd

Leigh McWilliams

Daniel Strickland

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SHANE MUSPRATT PETER JONES

DEAN SCHIFILLITI

SHAUN VALENTINE

LEIGH MCWILLIAMS COWBOYS: 1998-2005 MAIN POSITION: HOOKER Originally from Newcastle, Leigh played his entire professional career with the Cowboys and describes it as “living the dream”: “What I loved about playing footy, was playing footy,” Leigh states. “I was lucky to have the opportunity to do it because not everyone does.” Moments he’ll never forget include playing his maiden first-grade game and also the Cowboys’ first foray into the semi finals. These days Leigh works as a contract carpenter, finishing off the remaining two years of his apprenticeship when he stopped playing sport. He is married to Kylie with three kids – Taylah (9), Jake (7), and Piper (4) – and savours his weekends off to spend time with the family.

SHANE MUSPRATT COWBOYS: 1996-2003, 2005-2007 MAIN POSITION: HALFBACK A part of the Cowboys for most of his playing career, except for a year at Parramatta, Shane says the game has changed markedly since he last carried Cowboys colours. “I always loved the competitive edge of playing and being part of an 18

under-strengthed semi-finals team in 2007 is one of my greatest memories,” the 32-year-old tells. “The game is so involved now, from both the training perspective and the off-field requirements. Plus the players are a lot younger which often means they don’t get to learn from the guys who’ve spent 10 years in the game. I loved my time playing footy, but I don’t miss it and either does my body.” Shane is loving life as a member of the Gedoun Property Group (he actually works with Leigh McWilliams) and welcomed his first child Carter 16 months ago with fiancée Rochana: “He certainly keeps me busy – between work and being a father you definitely appreciate how easy we had it as footballers.”

remembers when he looks back at his four years with the Cowboys, it’s the friendships and his love of slipping-on the jersey. “The friendships you make are the best memories and you always have a laugh to this day when you catch-up with the boys for a beer,” Shaun tells. “I just loved the game and was lucky enough to play at top level.” Shaun now runs his own business, Cheaper Lawn Mowing and Gardening Services, which he loves as it allows him to spend more time with his wife Arlene and their kids Trey (8) and Gabrielle (2). He is also maintaining the links with the game he adores by coaching the Brothers’ Under 18s side and his son’s Under 8s. “I’m loving my life between work, family and football,” Shaun says.

contributions, now football operations manager at the Cowboys with a place on the honour board. “The game has become a lot faster since my time,” he reveals. “And the players can set themselves up for life after football now with the money they can potentially earn. The jerseys have also got a lot tighter.” Peter loves that he has maintained this connection to NRL, but he is also happy outside work with wife Debbie and the family they have created – Jack (12), Hayley (11) and Sophie (9). “I’m taking great delight in watching my kids grow their own personalities,” Peter tells.

SHAUN VALENTINE

PETER JONES

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After a broken arm at the Cowboys was followed by a knee reconstruction in 2003, George put his first-grade career on the backburner for several years until he journeyed overseas for a couple of playing stints. These days he admits that he’s more recognised for fish and chips as the owner of Simply Tops on Palmer Street. “It’s the best fish and chip shop in Australia and I offer footy tips and stories for free now,” laughs George. “But I do have a shrine of

Known for suffering several severe concussions during his football career, Shaun recently made headlines for agreeing to become the first rugby league player to donate his brain for research into concussion and its impact on professional athletes when he dies. But it’s not the health issues he

Young Tully forward Peter Jones made his professional debut with the Cowboys against Manly. “My best memory from this game was dropping the ball over the tryline,” Peter reveals, who wasn’t fazed by the large crowds that turned out to support their new team. Peter is still involved with the club since winding-up his on-field

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football photos in my shop to make people remember!” George’s most treasured memories from the game include playing alongside his childhood friend and State of Origin legend John Buttigieg in his first Cowboys game, and winning in front of a big crowd. “I’ve made some great friends along the way and loved the challenge of playing too, although these days I’m pretty happy to say I’m in control of my own destiny and have the time to play the occasional game of golf at Willows Golf Club.”

DEAN SCHIFILLITI COWBOYS: 1995-1996 MAIN POSITION: SECOND ROW Originally from Ingham, Dean played for the Illawarra Steelers and South Sydney Rabbitohs before returning to North Queensland for the Cowboy’s inaugural year. He made an appearance in the number one game in 1995, but lasted 11 minutes before being stretchered off due to a recurring knee injury that ended his season. He played the following year, but then moved on from the club to join the Adelaide Rams, followed by Parramatta for another two years. Now running his own construction business in Townsville called

Formset, Dean says his fondest memories of the game date back to when he played barefoot in Ingham with his mates. He now balances work with his own kids – Shae (15), Lucy (4) and Ben (1) – and spending time with wife Donna, thankful that he no longer has to train vigorously or contend with the media spotlight.

MARTIN LOCKE COWBOYS: 1996-2000 MAIN POSITION: FRONT ROW After six years with the Broncos and South Queensland Crushers, Martin left to sign with the Cowboys in the club’s second year. He is thankful his decision introduced him to the north where he stayed to raise a family (Candice now 22, Kristy 20, Mitchell 15, and Isaac 11) with wife Melissa, and eventually start his residential building business Martin Locke Homes. He lists the friends made and places his playing career took him as highlights, and admits he misses the camaraderie of being part of a footy team, although the game has changed significantly. “I started my professional career as a full-time plumber and part-time footballer, but it’s quite different now for the guys coming through. While I do feel for them with so

much public spotlight, they have a fantastic opportunity to set themselves up,” Martin says.“While my time playing for the Cowboys didn’t bring too much on-field success, I’ll always remember the solid support of having a local team in the NRL.”

DANIEL STRICKLAND COWBOYS: 1999-2006 MAIN POSITION: BACK ROW Daniel always enjoys a catchup with the boys, and says the banter at the upcoming luncheon will be “well worth the price of admission”: “The best part about my playing days was definitely the friendships I formed with great blokes,” Daniel says. “I don’t see many of them very often anymore, but when you do catch-up you always pick up where you left off.” Daniel loved running out in front of a home crowd at Dairy Farmers and remembers the first game he played for the Cowboys when they were going down to Cronulla 32-4. “I’d spent the first half of the game on the bench and Cronulla were red hot…I finally got my chance on the field and in the first involvement I had I gave away a penalty for offside,” he laughs. Daniel has carried his fitness philosophy into his post-football life; owning and

running Kirwan-based health and fitness centre Fit Solutions. “I love my job and spending time with my wife Aimee and our three kids Ella (6), Max (4) and Leila (2),” he says.

BRETT BOYD COWBOYS: 1999-2000 MAIN POSITION: HOOKER Now the owner of business BNZED Landscaping, Brett’s most treasured part of his time at the Cowboys was playing in front of a home crowd and the camaraderie formed with his mates on the field, something that is difficult to replicate in post-footy life. “It’s not easy catching-up with the boys these days because everyone is so busy, so I always look forward to these get togethers,” Brett says. Done with putting his body on the line, nowadays the father of two girls – Malaika (6) and Mahalia (3) – and husband to Zita, loves the fact he no longer has to vigorously train (although he admits he had it easy compared to today’s players who have to be “more athletes than footballers”) and has the time to do the things he enjoys: “I love my family life and having the freedom you struggled to find when you’re playing professional football.”

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THE BEST OF BALI WHEN YOU’RE TRYING A DESTINATION FOR THE FIRST TIME, WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF A LOCAL COULD TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE BEST BITS AND WHAT TO EXPECT? WELL, THOSE PLANNING A TRIP TO BALI ARE IN LUCK – DUO CAUGHT UP WITH EX-TOWNSVILLIAN TURNED BALI RESIDENT ANN-MAREE GREANEY TO GET THE INSIDE INFORMATION.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN BALI? Seminyak. WHEN DID YOU MOVE THERE AND WHY? We moved to Bali in May 2009 after my husband Geoffrey accepted an offer to work with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He works to bring about improvements in fisheries in the region. He travels all over south-east Asia. When we were in Townsville the travel became too much and, with two young active boys, we decided to move to Bali to be closer to his work. I was ready to embrace a new challenge after 11 years in the public relations department at Townsville City Council. WHAT KEEPS YOU IN BALI? I’m not yet done with Bali, which is ironic because when I first arrived I couldn’t wait to leave. We have decided to stay for another six months because being here has provided so many wonderful opportunities and experiences and I believe there are more to come. Bali is a very magical, spiritual and creative country, filled with loads of intrigue. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR? May through to September – the weather is so much like Townsville at this time. WHEN YOU THINK ‘BALI’, WHAT COMES TO MIND? Food, friends visiting, drinks on the beach, always expecting the unexpected, big beautiful smiling faces, an early morning run through the rice paddies, sunsets, traffic, plastic and scooters! 26

WHAT ARE THREE BALI EXPERIENCES TRAVELLERS SHOULD NOT MISS? Sunset drinks, a full body massage treatment, and Sunday brunch at the St Regis in Nusa Dua. ANY BEST-KEPT SECRETS THAT YOU’RE WILLING TO SHARE? Ayu the Taylor – she can make/copy anything at a fraction of the cost – you can find her on Jalan Petitenget (opposite Potato Head); plus the white beach at Candidasa and Best Wine Shop (opposite Kerobokan Prison). WHAT SHOULD TRAVELLERS BRING TO BALI? Their manners, a hat and an open mind. WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNT? Tolerance, humility, patience on the road and the ability to make a fifth lane of traffic! WHAT ARE THREE WORDS TRAVELLERS SHOULD KNOW? Terima kashi (thank you), selemat pagi (good morning) and tidak (no). ANY IMPORTANT CUSTOMS OR TRADITIONS TO NOTE? Be mindful where you sunbathe on the beach as some areas are sacred. Always wear a sarong when you enter a temple. WHERE’S BEST TO STAY FOR A RELAXING HOLIDAY? WHAT ABOUT AN ACTIVE TRIP? For a relaxing holiday try Semara Resort and Spa in Seminyak. For an active experience, surfing or hiking holiday, anywhere in the north of Bali is great. Ubud is the ‘Tablelands’ of Bali. If you stay at the beach expect


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surfing, shopping, sunset drinks, and maybe some yoga; whereas if you head to a mountain retreat you will explore the real Bali and discover other aspects of Bali life. Both are enjoyable so it depends on the style of holiday you’re after. ARE THERE ANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BALI THAT YOU’D LIKE TO DISPEL? Following the Bali bombings the entire island reeled from these horrible events. The people of Bali (the majority who are Hindu) are a beautiful, spiritual, and gentle race. They are welcoming, warm and genuinely want visitors to enjoy themselves, but also want them to respect their customs and beliefs. Bali is a very safe destination and a great family holiday.

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ANN-MAREE’S BALI MUSTS DISHES: Salmon beetle leaf and tamarind pork belly hock at Sarong Restaurant in Seminyak. SHOP: Jalan Seminyak – “the road and shops never seem to end”. PAMPER: Jari Menari in Seminyak for lush body treatments, Devira Massage on Jalan Batu Belig for really strong massages and Amo Spa or La Beaute in Kerobokan for manicures and pedicures. SUNSET: Ku De Ta, Potato Head, The W Hotel and Warung Cantina on the beach next to the W Hotel – “same sunset just the drinks are a lot cheaper!” (all in the Petitenget/Seminyak area).

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TRAVEL HEALTH FOR BALI AND BEYOND REMEMBER THE UNFORTUNATE TURN OF EVENTS WHEN CHARLOTTE WAS CAUGHT SHORT IN SEX IN THE CITY? THE LAST THING YOU WANT ON YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY IS TO SUFFER AN ILLNESS. MOST DESTINATIONS CARRY SOME LEVEL OF HEALTH RISK AND MOST PROBLEMS ARE PREVENTABLE BY GETTING THE RIGHT ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. Pharmacists at the Travel Health Advisory Service (APharmTHAS) at Amcal Robert Poole’s Pharmacy in Fairfield Central offer travellers a free formal assessment of the health issues associated with their trip. There is also ample information available about what vaccinations should be considered and how to generally stay healthy and happy on holidays, with soon-to-be jet setters given useful take-home information portfolios about relevant health topics. Amcal Robert Poole’s Pharmacy pharmacist Chris Richardson offers answers here to some common travel health queries: HOW LONG BEFORE TRAVELLING SHOULD I SEEK TRAVEL HEALTH ADVICE? Ideally at least eight weeks prior to your departure date. If you have left things until the last minute it is still important to get health advice even though you may not have time to complete all of the recommended treatments. WILL I NEED VACCINATIONS IF I’M GOING TO BALI? In addition to being up-to-date with all standard vaccinations, some other vaccinations are usually recommended when

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travelling to Bali. Our Travel Health Advisory Service will make recommendations about what vaccinations you need to consider based on your individual travel itinerary and medical circumstances. IS THERE A RISK OF CONTRACTING MALARIA IN BALI? In most tourist areas in Bali the risk is considered low, however, there may be an increased risk depending on which geographical area(s) you are visiting – it’s wise to get specific advice before you go. In any case, it is extremely important to take precautions against mosquito bites to reduce the risk. Not all insect repellents are equally effective and some are not safe for everyone. Ask our pharmacists to show you the most effective products as well as information about other ways to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. WHAT OTHER HEALTH ISSUES DO I NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN TRAVELLING TO BALI? It’s very important to get advice about traveller’s diarrhoea, food and water safety, sun safety (bear in mind some medications can make you more sensitive to the sun), first

aid kits, colds and flu, prevention of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), sexual health and travelling with medicines, just to name a few. Ask us for free brochures to take home. APharmTHAS is a collaborative project between the James Cook University (JCU) School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences; the JCU School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, and Amcal Robert Poole’s Pharmacy. All travellers are assessed and high-risk travellers (for example those requiring vaccines) will be referred to their doctor or a specialised medical travel clinic.

FREE TRAVEL HEALTH SEMINAR Learn about safeguarding your health when travelling. The Travel Health Advisory Service at Amcal Robert Poole’s Pharmacy is having a free Bali and South East Asia seminar. Guest speaker is Associate Professor Ian Heslop, head of the Discipline of Pharmacy at James Cook University and there will be information packs, prizes and giveaways on offer. Seminar dates are Tuesday, August 2 at 10am and Tuesday, August 9 at 6pm. Places are limited so please book now by phoning 4778 2095.


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DUO SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY WITH ACCESSORY DESIGNER FOR SEDUCE GROUP

JESSICA HARTIGAN THIS DESIGNER LIVES EVERY LITTLE GIRL’S DREAM, PLAYING WITH A TREASURE TROVE OF ACCESSORIES EACH DAY FOR SEDUCE GROUP’S BLUEJUICE, SEDUCE AND KATHERINE LABELS. FIND THE PIECES AT SENSO IN NORTH WARD OR VISIT WWW.SEDUCE.COM.AU Interview by Carla Caruso

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HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOVED PLAYING AROUND WITH FASHION AND ACCESSORIES? My grandmother was the most beautiful seamstress and she used to make all my clothes when I was little. I remember rummaging through her sewing cupboard, playing with her lace trims and buttons, which were a rainbow of pastel colours and flowers. From then on, I have always had a love of fashion and I still have my grandmother’s laces to this day! WHAT PATH LED YOU TO DESIGNING ACCESSORIES FOR SEDUCE GROUP? I started my fashion career as a design assistant, working in apparel. [But] I had always had a love of fashion accessories, so when a job came up as the junior designer at Oroton, I jumped at the chance. I worked on Oroton women’s [accessories] for a few years and then went on to design the leather goods for Marcs, Baby Doll and Morrissey… an amazing opportunity! From there, I moved to Seduce, where I have been designing the accessories for both Seduce and BlueJuice for the past four years. We are also launching a new range of accessories for the Katherine label, which is very exciting! WHAT’S A TYPICAL WORKDAY LIKE FOR YOU? My day starts with a large coffee! Then, first thing when I get to the office, I answer any emails, which have come in overnight − mostly from offshore suppliers. We all follow a strict timeline, so depending where I am in the product development process, I might then go to showings with suppliers to see

their new season ranges of jewellery. [There’s also] researching and designing the Seduce, BlueJuice and Katherine accessory ranges, making amendments to samples that have arrived from suppliers, or – if I am at the final stages of development – finishing costings, photographing the new styles and compiling the new season accessory look book. WHAT VAST AND VARIED THINGS CAN INSPIRE YOUR DESIGNS? Obviously, designers are inspired by the overseas catwalks and looks happening overseas, but we also draw inspiration from other aspects of life. I have a huge love of vintage, so I scour the markets regularly to find vintage accessories to draw inspiration from. I think all visual aspects of life can inspire me! WHICH CELEBS DO YOU THINK ACCESSORISE BEST? I am heavily into [American TV show] Gossip Girl at the moment and am a huge fan of [actress] Blake Lively. I love her eclectic styling and the way she puts her outfits together in a quirky, fun way, but still always looks sexy! She is not afraid to wear sequins during the day and I love her confident, fresh attitude to fashion. DO YOU TRAVEL MUCH FOR WORK? I travel once a year to the UK to see what trends are emerging on the High Street. London is great as you get all levels of fashion, from budget to high-end, and you can see what trends each market is working with. London is also great for markets and vintage too! I travel three to four

times a year to Hong Kong and mainland China to source new materials and see my suppliers – Hong Kong is definitely a favourite! YOUR BIG ACCESSORY TREND PREDICTIONS? The ‘70s is one of the biggest runway trends… spanning both apparel and accessories. There is a “luxe boho” mood for day, with headscarves, fringed shoulder bags and wedge sandals working as the key items. For night, think Studio 54 disco, with shoulderdusting earrings, small, glitzy evening bags, and corsages decorating belts, shoes and hairpieces for that glamazon Jerry Hall look. There is also a huge focus on colour – bright and fun, with no rules. The shoe of the season is the platform wedge – they are high and they are hot! WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO DISCOVER ABOUT YOU? I am addicted to Tarot! I love going to tarot readers, palmists, psychics; you name it! I have even done a Tarot course myself, but am very much a beginner. As they say, I won’t be giving up my day job anytime soon!

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MOOD DRESSER CREATIVE DIRECTOR LISA EDMONDS’ EVER-EXPANDING WARDROBE RENDERS HER THE GO-TO-GIRL FOR FRIENDS IN-NEED OF AN OUTFIT.

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?

MOST RECENT PURCHASE?

Very eclectic. I’m a mood dresser and, as a result, I have a wonderful husband who is building me a big walk-in wardrobe! When my girlfriends need something they ring me and I usually have it.

My white Ksubi jeans that I recently bought at a pop-up store in Brisbane where my son worked. I also got a long black knit dress and only paid $50 a piece!

FAVOURITE SHOPPING DESTINATION? Brisbane – it’s great to have the pop-up stores, but I also love the Fortitude Valley Precinct, especially James Street, and the Queen’s Plaza in the mall.

BEST FASHION ADVICE?

MOST TREASURED ITEM?

WORST STYLE DECISION?

Coco Chanel said it well: “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little… you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny”.

My husband bought me a black wool Covers dress for our first Amateurs Racing Carnival. That was 22 years ago after I’d had our first baby. He calls it my “Morticia dress”! I wore it recently – it’s a classic piece.

Nothing stands out because my style is so diverse, but one thing I have learnt is not to wear stilettos in the grass at Cluden after a few glasses of bubbles.


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REMEMBER WHEN WE WORE OUR HAIR LIKE... ABBEY ROAD SONGSTRESS, SINGING TEACHER AND RETIRED HAIRDRESSER TRACEY OSMOND RECOUNTS HER LIFE IN MEMORABLE HAIRDOS.

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CUTE AT 4 This photo was taken at home where I grew up in Wulguru. My mum did my hair and had a professional photographer come out to our house, but the reason I’m sat on a side angle is because I’d fallen over the previous day and had gravel rash all down the other side of my face!

FARRAH AT 15 I think I was trying to channel Farrah Fawcett here – my hairdryer and Black Silhouette hairspray were my best friends! As embarrassing as this is, the photo was taken at the Cat and Fiddle Arcade’s downstairs ladies’ toilet. My girlfriend and I discovered there was a draft from under the door and, when we’d walk past, it would flick our hair up like we were on a modelling shoot. So here I am striking a pose!

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ROCKIN’ AT 20 This was taken in the late ‘80s when big hair was all the rage! The photo was part of the promo shots I was getting done for my folio to set myself up in the music industry. I had been singing in my Dad’s band since I was 14 and went on to sing at the Criterion and the Seaview Hotels with my own band Sealed Section. Not long after this photo, I was offered a job with New Zealand band Mr President and headed down south for the next four years. Covering songs like Turn Back Time from Cher, Pat Benatar’s All Fired Up and Simply the Best by Tina Turner, my hair stayed BIG until 1994 when I did the complete opposite and got it straightened!

LOVING 38 I love this family shot of us that was taken four years ago at Toomulla Beach. I met my husband Tom when I was 21 – he’s also a musician and plays in Abbey Road. My sons Tyrone and Jai were 10 and three and we were at my parents’ place with my two brothers and their families. My hair is long here because it’s the easiest option when you’re trying to look after two young kids!


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DR SEERONE ANANDARAJAH | DENTIST | CASEY DENTISTS

BETTER SMILE, BETTER LIFE

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WINNING SMILE SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED WHEN IT COMES TO CONFIDENCE AND SUCCESS.

Not happy with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry can change your life. A person’s smile can affect their self-esteem and social behaviour. If someone is not happy with their smile they can become self-conscious and inclined to hide their teeth by avoiding laughing, smiling and even talking. This may affect social and professional interactions and possibly result in the development of a withdrawn demeanour. The benefits of a good-looking smile are highly valued and not to be underestimated. Cosmetic dentistry is the ultimate mixture of art and dental science. The latest restorative technologies, materials and techniques are utilised to improve the beauty and health of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is used to create harmony and balance between the teeth and soft tissues. A clear understanding of the interactions between colour, tooth and facial proportions is required to successfully enhance a smile. Ideal treatment is influenced by various factors including the biological cost to the teeth, longevity of the treatment, operator skill and ability, the extent of aesthetic improvement and patient preference.

There are many ways we can give patients a youthful, attractive, natural-looking smile. Treatment may involve closing gaps between front teeth with advanced tooth-coloured translucent filling materials, straightening teeth with orthodontics, whitening and brightening teeth to remove unwanted discolouration, or possibly more complex procedures where the shape, position and colour of your teeth are changed with the use of all ceramic crowns and veneers. Dental implants can make you feel confident about smiling again by providing new teeth that look and feel natural. Not only can dental implants be a great long-term, fixed and more conservative alternative to dentures or bridges; they can also be used to stabilise dentures. An amazing ultra-conservative procedure called enamel microabrasion may be used to permanently remove defects within the enamel structure of teeth. In combination with tooth whitening, brilliant results can be achieved. Most people who are embarrassed about their smile have gone through life hiding their teeth and not being all they can be. Cosmetic dentistry treatment can change someone’s life.

Just some of the benefits include improved confidence and self-esteem; improved oral health and general wellbeing; improved facial appearance; improved comfort, and improved speech. The results we are achieving at Casey Dentists are making lives better for people of all ages. As the latest addition to the practice in Aitkenvale, I am excited to have joined this vibrant, knowledgeable team where we strive to continually provide dentistry of the highest quality.

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GRANT COLLINS | AUDIOLOGIST | CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS

TUNE OUT THE MANY MYTHS ABOUT HEARING LOSS

DON’T LISTEN WHEN PEOPLE TELL YOU INDUSTRIAL DEAFNESS AND TINNITUS CAN’T BE TREATED – THEY ARE MISTAKEN. There are many myths associated with ears, hearing loss and hearing aids. Some old wives’ tales claim that “the larger the ear lobes, the greater the intellect” and “ringing in your right ear means someone is praising you” while “ringing in the left ear means someone is cursing you”. While few people believe these particular sayings, it is common for many people to still have misperceptions about other facets of hearing. The most common misconception I hear is “there’s nothing that can be done about industrial deafness”. This was definitely true in the past when technology was less advanced and the hearing aids available completely blocked the ears. Industrial deafness is characterised by good hearing for low-pitched sounds and poor hearing for high-pitched sounds. Blocking the ears with older hearing aids meant that access to the good lowpitched hearing was lost, and all sounds had to be amplified rather than just the high-pitched sounds. Because of this, low-pitched sounds were over-amplified resulting in uncomfortably loud low-pitched background noise. Effectively the wearer would actually hear better without

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their hearing aids! However, about five years ago, a new generation of hearing aids was specifically developed for industrial deafness sufferers. These devices, called open-fits, do not block the ears and instead allow the wearer to use their own “good” hearing for low-pitched sounds, with the device simply assisting with high-pitched sounds to make speech clearer. The result is a very natural sound quality. Further advancements in technology mean that these open-fit devices are now significantly smaller and packed full of features such as Bluetooth. As a result, if industrial deafness is treated early enough, it is the easiest hearing loss to address – the success rate is 99 per cent. Another myth I hear regularly is that nothing can be done to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus (ringing in the ears). This is partially true as you cannot completely eradicate tinnitus, but there are several things you can do to get some relief, most notably through hearing aids. The specific origin of the complaint remains unknown, but there are several theories about what causes it. Severe tinnitus is thought to be sourced anywhere from the inner ear up to

the limbic system (emotional area) of the brain. Irrespective of this, nearly all tinnitus can be associated with a decline in hearing. Research shows that normal hearing individuals experience ringing sounds when in completely sound proof environments. However we are never usually in complete quiet so all the everyday environmental sounds stop us from ever hearing the ringing sound. However, when hearing deteriorates the accompanying everyday environmental masking noises also fade and the ringing is more obvious. In theory, if you restore the hearing through the use of hearing aids, access to all the everyday environmental sounds is regained and the tinnitus is subsequently masked. However, once you remove the hearing aids, the tinnitus returns. From a clinical point of view, I would say that approximately 95 per cent of tinnitus sufferers get relief through hearing aids. If the use of hearing aids does not remove it altogether, then at the very least there will be a reduction in the perception of the loudness of the tinnitus – a much better alternative than believing it can’t be treated!

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BRIANNA HUTCHINGS | REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST | FIRST THINGS FIRST WELLNESS CENTRE

A MASSAGE TO SUIT EVERY BODY WITH MULTIPLE STYLES OF MASSAGE, FIND A TYPE AND EXECUTION THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

When many people think of massage it is often stereotyped as a luxury pamper treatment or – at the other extreme – something only those who are highly athletic or physical should receive. However, this is far from the truth. Not only does massage aid in alleviating stress and anxiety, it boosts the immune system, improves circulation, reduces muscle aches and pains and can even assist with those migraines that are associated with muscle tension, work and the kids! Massage is gaining increasing recognition for its therapeutic benefits. Not only do women and men receive treatments, but children also greatly benefit from massage by reducing their stress levels, anxiety, aches and pains from growth, sporting activities and life in general. The most difficult decision is judging what style of massage is the best approach for you at the time. Finding the right technique and the right therapist can be a case of trial and error. You’re likely to understand if you’ve ever had a massage that felt like you needed another massage for! The pressure can be too soft or too deep in the tissue. A key factor is

communication. This is especially true for the first visit so the therapist can provide the best treatment they can. As a therapist, it is always gratifying knowing you’ve assisted your patient, but – at the same time – it is always nice knowing there are ways to improve your treatment as no two clients ever have the same preferences. On top of technique, there are many styles of massage. When looking for the right technique there are some useful types to know. Swedish is a common style and usually one of the first learnt by a massage therapist. It incorporates long gliding strokes, known as effleurage, with friction and kneading movements to provide a relaxing and stress-relieving treatment. Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper muscles to relieve muscle congestion, tension points and usually involves a strong pressure, stretches and works with the breath. Stretching techniques and the use of pressure points known as tsubo are used in shiatsu to balance the energy, known as chi, in the body. Heated stones are used on the muscles to relieve tension, boost circulation and induce a feeling of deep relaxation in hot stone massage. The

treatment delivers a deep massage effect without necessarily using a deep tissue pressure. Reflexology works on the basis that tension or congestion in the body is mirrored with the corresponding point on the foot. The massage treatment that is ideal to aid those with lymphoedema and fluid retention, and may assist sufferers of allergic sensitivities and menstrual concerns, is lymphatic drainage. It targets the lymphatic system in the body which is responsible for the body’s immunity. If you are tired of asking your partner to work on that sore shoulder, or want to target the neck tension that is causing headaches or pain, why not consider massage as a first choice? With an illness you go to the doctor, so for muscle tension and stress why wouldn’t you go for a massage; especially if it allows you to give others your best self?

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NICOLE PIEROTTI | CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST

EWEN JONES MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HERBERT

DEVELOPING LITTLE BOOK WORMS

FROM MY DESK

READING ALOUD WILL BENEFIT CHILDREN OF ANY AGE (EVEN BIG KIDS!).

Photo: Andrew Rankin

It is always there. You know it is there. It will get you. It won’t get me as I am prepared for what’s coming. I prepare all the time at home so when I go to Magnetic Island, I am already fully prepped with my answers. I am talking about, of course, the hill walk behind Nelly Bay to get to Geoffrey Bay. You see, my wife Linda does Castle Hill just about every day. Every day, she also says, I should do it. For the life of me I cannot see how me dying halfway (well, maybe not quite halfway) up Castle Hill will help me. I do not like the idea of those walkers/runners going past and sniggering about me going so slow that the bitumen is growing over my feet. So when we go to the island, my wife is always saying to me that we should walk over the hill to Geoffrey Bay. My answers are flippant at the time but there is also a measure of truth. It is way too dangerous to walk over that hill. The edge of the road, the railing, and the cars are all too close to the pedestrians for anyone’s comfort. So, during the election, I was able to commit the Coalition to $4.7 million to build a walkway from Nelly Bay to Arcadia. Labor matched my commitment but the whole thing has since descended into politics. I met with the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean (we support the same AFL team so he does speak to me), and discussed the impasse. He appreciates what has gone before, but will not yet commit to funding this piece of infrastructure for our island. So I organised a Walk for Our Walkway rally at Geoffrey Bay last month. This was the start of a Magnetic Island community-led campaign to get funding for the walkway so that people no longer have to wonder how they’ll get over the hill without getting run over by a passing car or bus. I have been pushing for this for a year now and I do not want to let it go on for too much longer. We, as a whole community, must show some mettle and get behind this push. And when it happens, there will be no more excuses for me not to walk over that hill. 48

I have always enjoyed reading aloud to my children. However, sometimes in the business of the end of the day (the baths, the dinner and homework), reading gets put at the bottom of the list. But recently I have focused more on story time again because sitting on the couch together and cuddling-up with a few books has endless benefits. When a parent sits with their child and reads a story aloud they leave behind the business, the routines and the stress of the regular day and enter the world of the story. It is an escape and a time to bond and share a wonderful moment. Children flourish in this love and parents enjoy the moment and are subconsciously building memories they will treasure. Children also enjoy the company and calming voices of their parents. Even having an older child read to a younger child opens the door and makes them connect and deepen their relationship. Recently I scanned my bookshelf and dusted off a book I read with great enthusiasm many years ago that excited me and deepened my perception of reading, teaching me about the amazing benefits a child gains from hearing a story read to them. The book is Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Australia’s bestselling author and literacy expert Mem Fox. She talks about the incredible emotional and intellectual impact that reading aloud to children and babies and bonding through books has on their ability to read and prosper in their future life. All parents want and expect their children to learn to read, but few realise they can get their kids on the road to reading long before they start school simply by reading aloud to them every day. I often encourage parents to read to their baby from day one. It doesn’t matter that they don’t understand the words at this stage because there is a long list of other benefits, including increasing a child’s brain development. The more stimulation a baby has through its sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, the more rapidly development occurs. Reading does all these. Reading to your child, in fact, starts a whole process: First you read aloud for enjoyment, next your child learns to read. You then have created a life-long reader who then becomes a life-long learner. What a process! In that sense, reading should not be considered a chore or something to fit in when you can, but an enjoyable part of the day that parents and kids look forward to. Or, as Mem Fox puts it: “When I say to a parent ‘read to a child’, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate”.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Psychologist and parent Nicole Pierotti is a baby sleep and parenting expert. To find out about her baby preparation workshops for expectant parents, call 4725 4699 or visit www.babysmiles.com.au.


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BOOST FOR CATHOLIC CHILDCARE

ANOTHER ST MARY MACKILLOP EARLY LEARNING CENTRE IS SET TO OPEN IN TOWNSVILLE WITH A FOCUS ON LIFE-LONG EDUCATION.

Construction is underway for a third Catholic Early Learning Centre for the Townsville community. Located next to the Good Shepherd Catholic Community School on Allambie Lane in Rasmussen, it is anticipated the new St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre will open by next month. With the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop in October 2010, the Townsville Catholic Diocese and Catholic Education decided to re-brand the former Mary MacKillop Childcare Centres to St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres. The new name and logo better reflect the service provided, which now includes a kindergarten program in some centres in addition to the formal early learning programs. Townsville Catholic Education director Dr Cathy Day says a Catholic education is about life-long learning. “Children who attend our St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres receive a quality early years education program and are also introduced to the Catholic faith and values,” Dr Day

explains. “It was a Townsville Catholic Diocesan initiative in 2003 to branch into the provision of childcare to support the growing needs of families in our communities and we are very pleased that almost a decade later we are able to continue to expand this service throughout the Diocese.” St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres are supported by the Townsville Catholic Diocese and Townsville Catholic Education. The centres are also located in Mundingburra, Kirwan, Ingham and Palm Island and cater for babies aged from six weeks to six-year-old children. All centres are staffed by qualified early years professionals and the kindergarten program is run by a qualified early childhood education teacher. For further information and enrolment details contact the St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre consultant Tanya Amos on 4723 8487.

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FENNEL SALT-CRUSTED LINE-CAUGHT BARRAMUNDI ON A BED OF FENNEL SAUTÉ WITH BLOOD ORANGE SAUCE AND BROAD BEANS SERVES 6 6 × 200g portions of rectangular cut barramundi, skin on (approx 2.5cm thick) 3 tablespoons fennel seeds, toasted Sea salt Grape seed oil

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FENNEL SAUTÉ 2 large fennel bulbs, finely sliced 1 onion, finely sliced 100ml olive oil 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds, toasted 100g pine nuts, toasted 50g raisins, chopped Fennel fronds SAUCE 2 blood oranges juiced (or 200ml blood orange juice), strained 1-2 tbsp white sugar Lemon to taste Sea salt TO SERVE Extra virgin olive oil Fresh or frozen broad beans approx 6 per person, blanched and peeled Cypriot black sea salt Micro rocket/micro herbs

1 Make the salt crust: toast fennel seeds and grind 2 tablespoons with salt in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, cover skin generously with the fennel salt. 2 Sauté finely sliced fennel bulbs with onion in olive oil until soft. Add extra toasted fennel seeds, raisins and pine nuts. Add blanched chopped fennel fronds. Set aside. 3 Peel, blanch and shell broad beans season and toss in olive oil. 4 In an oven proof frypan cook the fish skin side down in grape seed oil, holding firmly down with a fish slice until the skin is crisp. Turn the fish and finish in a 180C preheated oven for 5-7 minutes. 5 Reduce blood orange in a pan with enough sugar so it has body. Finish with a squeeze of lemon. Taste to make sure it isn’t too sweet and season to taste. 6 To plate up, sit the fish fillet on a bed of fennel sauté. Pour some blood orange sauce around the fish and ‘drop’ in the EVOO. Scatter broad beans in sauce and around the plate and garnish with Cyprian black sea salt and micro rocket or herbs.


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1 Grease 6 Ă— 125ml dariole moulds with softened butter using a pastry brush, dust with flour and refrigerate until needed. 2 Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until melted and free flowing. 3 While the chocolate is melting, break eggs into a bowl and whisk gently together. Bring cream to the boil in a saucepan over a medium heat, set aside and cool for 5 minutes. 4 Add several spoons of melted chocolate to the egg and gently mix through, then slowly, gently mix through the rest of the chocolate. 5 Add the cream and gently mix through. Add the cubes of unsalted butter and mix until melted. 6 Cover the mixture with cling wrap and leave to set for an hour in the refrigerator until fudgy. 7 Spoon the mixture into the chilled dariole moulds filling almost to the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.

8 Preheat oven to 200C and evenly space moulds onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. The puddings are ready when the edges crack and there is a soft dome shape in the centre. 9 Allow to cool for 3 minutes before carefully up-turning puddings onto serving plates. For a luxe finish garnish with gold leaf. 10 Serve with crème anglaise and raspberry coulis.

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TOWNSVILLE’S NEW CAFÉ AND CATERING EXPERIENCE

The Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) has partnered with respected creative caterer Roux Blond to offer an unforgettable experience for those wanting a function with a difference. MTQ Director Peter McLeod says Roux Blond – exclusive caterer for the CBD venue – is taking bookings for a range of exciting events. “The museum welcomes the opportunity to partner with Roux Blond,” Peter says. “They are well known throughout Townsville and have successfully catered for some of the largest functions including the highly lauded North Queensland Tourism Award gala dinners.” The MTQ is regarded as one of the most

unique function venues in Townsville. The museum has a boardroom and theatre available to hire for corporate functions such as meetings and workshops, but it is the Great Gallery that sets the museum apart from other venues around the city. Roux Blond director Darren Garner says the Roux Blond team is excited to be the new, exclusive caterer for the museum. “The Museum of Tropical Queensland is an impressive function venue. The creek setting with views to the CBD, together with the architectural design and the reconstruction of Pandora’s bow, makes it a unique venue for weddings and cocktail parties,” he says, adding

bookings are already flowing-in for weddings with the venue proving an extremely popular choice for those who want a high-quality location with protection from unpredictable outside elements. On a smaller day-to-day scale, the museum is set to attract an array of business lunch meetings with the new menu and service at the café enhancing the dining experience. “City workers can take advantage of the museum’s central location by enjoying their lunch break in a relaxed environment and, while they’re here, they can take in some of the exhibitions and galleries too,” Mr McLeod says.

the museum of tropical queensland has a new partnership with roux blond creative catering the museum is regarded as one of the most interesting venues in townsville. the creek setting with views to the cbd, together with the architectural design and the reconstruction of pandora’s bow, makes it a unique venue for weddings and events.

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A VENUE FOR ALL OCCASIONS

FROM STAGES TO STUDIO SPACE

Positioned opposite the rockpool with views out to Magnetic Island, Odyssey on The Strand is the ideal venue to host your next function or event. Whether it’s a work meeting over breakfast, a lunch with a group of friends or a celebratory dinner, Odyssey is available for group bookings of various sizes. At the larger end of the scale, the venue can cater for birthdays, engagement parties or wedding receptions. The restaurant seats up to 100 people for a sit-down meal, or – for those who prefer to have the freedom to mingle – cocktail events are also extremely popular. Guests are treated to an assortment of canapés, mezze platters and their drinks of choice. For those in a hurry, why not take advantage of Odyssey on The Strand’s pre-order service where groups can pre-book their meals ahead of time and simply arrive and enjoy the delicious food without the wait? This is an ideal option for people who are entertaining business contacts with busy schedules, or for large groups with children. Takeaway is also available for those who have guests to feed at an off-site location. Odyssey on The Strand is fully-licensed offering popular beers, wines and spirits. It has also recently welcomed some new additions to its extensive food menu, which includes Greek-influenced evening dishes plus a broad selection of café/bistro-style meals. Opening hours are generally daily for breakfast and lunch, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for dinner, but large group bookings can be made outside these times to suit your special occasion.

Centrally located in the Townsville CBD and known for its cutting-edge dance theatre performances, Dancenorth offers a unique and classic venue for your next event. Occupying the beautiful heritage-listed School of Arts building on Stanley Street, guests have access to a 190-seat tiered theatre. This is the ideal space for conferences, creative exploits like stage and film performances, and even weddings with a difference. “The theatre itself is what you’d call a black box theatre, which means it has everything you need – from sound and lighting to projectors and screens – to create the sort of magic that’s only restricted by your imagination,” general manager Peter Helft says. The theatre features a full-size performance space of 11 metres by 12 metres, which is air-conditioned to make it comfortable all-year-round; plus this is accompanied by a renovated foyer and bar, a large dressing room and two bathrooms. Stepping away from the stage, the upstairs studio/boardroom is ideal for functions of up to 50 people. It features polished timber floors and opens via French doors onto a full-length veranda where guests can enjoy the tropical atmosphere. The space is ideal for business networking, corporate events, training, presentations and even sit-down dinners. Catering is taken care of with Dancenorth offering flexible options for food and bar services to suit all tastes and budgets. If you’re looking for a stylish building with huge creative potential right in the heart of Townsville, Dancenorth would love to help you stage your next event.

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By Carly Lubicz

TOGETHER ON THE FAST TRACK JONATHON WEBB Last year was my first year in the V8 Supercars Championships. I was running with the well-established Dick Johnson Racing, so I just jumped in and drove, which made my life easier. A few things went on last year that meant we could no longer guarantee our tour position in V8s, but we’d already committed as a family and bought the race car, the truck and the racing licence, so Kobe and I made the decision to create our own team. We had a big empty workshop in January and now we have what resembles a race team and some decent results. Kobe is handling all the management and keeps the business going and she’s thriving, which is great because I don’t have to stress – I know while I’m away racing that it’s all happening back at the office. All eyes are definitely on us for taking on the big project of starting our own team from scratch after one year of racing in the category… I think we’re the only couple in pit lane running our own V8 team. So far this year we’re not quite as far up the front as what we would have liked and not quite as competitive – we’ve dropped back to about 18 in the Championship, but there’s a long way to go until the end. Our goal is still to finish in the top 10, which is where it was at the start of the year. We just need to work hard.

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IT’S BEEN A BIG YEAR SO FAR FOR JONATHON AND KOBE WEBB. NOT ONLY DID THE LONG-TERM COUPLE MARRY IN JANUARY; BUT AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT SEASON LAST YEAR, FORD DRIVER JONATHON AND KOBE – A MULTI-MEDIA DESIGNER – STARTED THEIR OWN RACE TEAM CALLED TEKNO AUTOSPORTS.

KOBE WEBB It’s been a pretty big year for us – we were married on January 22, then had to move all our racing gear and set-up the new place, plus we moved house, employed a team and got a new puppy. We had a really good start to the racing year in Abu Dhabi, but since then we’ve sustained a bit of crash damage so we’re working on improving our results. Being the operations manager, my role is to put us in the best position for us to do well: The boys are under so much pressure that it makes a big difference when they know the business is running smoothly. It has been a big learning curve for me getting my head around all the terminology: The boys will talk about tyre pressure and suspension for hours and it took me a while to comprehend how important these things are when I’m used to just driving my car out of the garage and putting fuel in it! I’m pleased to be involved with the business because it consumes so much of Jon’s life and if I didn’t understand the racing world it would leave a big gap in our relationship. We are basically trying to enjoy the ride at the moment because we’re getting to travel to some amazing places and meeting some great people – best of all, I get to do it with my husband. Motorsport definitely wasn’t one of my first loves, but it’s certainly grown on me!


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TOWNSVILLE 400 FESTIVAL DIARY HIGHLIGHTS

THERE’S SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO THIS MONTH WHEN TOWNSVILLE COMES ALIVE. REMEMBER TO CHECK OUR MONTHLY DIARY AT THE FRONT OF THE MAGAZINE FOR MORE EXCITING EVENTS TOO!

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Peppers Blue on Blue, Magnetic Island. 4758 2400

Townsville Turf Club. townsvilleturfclub.com.au

HIGH TEA IN THE TROPICS

SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400 DRIVERS LUNCHEON

Jupiters Townsville. jupiterstownsville.com.au

LADIES RACE DAY

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MIKE CARNEY TOYOTA PALUMA PUSH – PALUMA TO HIDDEN VALLEY

SUPER WELCOME TO TOWNSVILLE CELEBRATIONS

Free to spectators. rockwheelers.com.au

Riverway. Free. townsville.qld.gov.au

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Townsville Turf Club. townsvilleturfclub.com.au

Townsville Showgrounds until July 4. 4771 4964

Reid Park. Until July 10. v8supercars.com.au

TOWNSVILLE SHOW

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MOTOCO RV DAM FINE RALLY PUBLIC OPEN DAY

Kelso Park, Ross River Dam. damfinerally.com

ADVENTURETHON NATIONAL CHALLENGE FESTIVAL Pallarenda Park. adventurethon.com.au

TOWNSVILLE OFFSHORE SUPERBOAT RACE

Breakwater Marina. Until July 3. aopc.com.au

SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400 TOWNSVILLE FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS V8 INVESTMENT BREAKFAST

Jupiters Townsville. townsvilleonline.com.au

SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400 GALA BALL

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AUSTRALIAN CONCERTO AND VOCAL COMPETITION

Mercure Townsville until July 28. nqconcerto.org

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CHALLENGE GAMES

Jupiters Townsville. jupiterstownsville.com.au

North Ward Sports Reserve until July 28. 4775 9110

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DAD DRIVES A V8 SUPERCAR

2010’S V8 SUPERCARS CHAMPION JAMES COURTNEY IS NOT LAPPING THE SAME ON-TRACK SUCCESS AS LAST YEAR, BUT THE RESOLUTE SPORTSMAN IS STILL AIMING FOR THE TOP FIVE. HE’LL USE TRACK TIME TO TEST NEW TECHNIQUES, WHILE SAVOURING OFF-TRACK TIME WITH WIFE CARYS AND THEIR TWO YOUNG CHILDREN.

JAMES COURTNEY There was always going to be an adjustment period [swapping from Ford to Holden this year], but I would have liked the results to be better than what they are. We have a bit of work to do with the car and there’s been a big change of personnel within the team, which is great as we have a fresh set of eyes looking over things. At this stage we’re working towards the Championship for next year… it would be ideal to get back into the top five this year, but our main goal is to prepare for a full-on assault in 2012! I will now put everything into going for outright race wins. Not having a Championship to worry about means I can take a few more risks, which is good because we can learn a lot more about the car. I love racing and most mornings I wake up pinching myself that it’s real and that my passion is the way I earn my money – I’m so lucky to be able to do it. There’s a lot of travel involved, but the good thing is when I’m at home, I’m 100 per cent at home. I can take Zara (4) to Dreamworld and Movie World during the day, and now Cadel’s (named after James’ sporting hero Cadel Evans, 18 months) big enough he’s coming too. Carys is a great mum and comes to all the races with me that she can. She’ll be in Townsville with Zara, which will be fantastic to have them cheering me on.

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CARYS COURTNEY I had nothing to do with motorsport when I met James. I have three older brothers, but they were all into football, so I’ve learnt a lot! In only 10 years I’ve seen James go through four different categories of racing and it’s been amazing. I’ve been in all the garages and James has taken me from the back to the front and explained everything, so you do become a part of it. What surprised me was how much is involved – it’s not just the driver. When I take people through the garage or sit next to strangers at dinner they start asking me questions and they’re always fascinated by how many support people are involved [James’ Toll Holden Racing Team has 97]. I don’t think motor racing is glamorous in any way at all! Along with fast cars comes a safety aspect too, so I think that’s something to keep in mind and it definitely gets the nerves going watching him! We have shared so many highlights though, with one of the most memorable being the finale at Homebush last year – after 10 years of being with him, I know how hard you work for a Championship. Any good results are lovely, but in the world of motorsports you’re up and down all the time – that’s why a solid foundation is so important.


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OUR MONTH OF CELEBRATIONS! DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY THE WHOLE MONTH OF ACTIVITIES DURING THE TOWNSVILLE 400 FESTIVAL. The City of Townsville and the surrounding region springs to life in July with the Townsville 400 Festival – a month of non-stop excitement and activities to fill the winter days and nights. The festival brings you the Motoco Dam Fine Rally, the Adventurethon National Challenge, an Offshore Powerboat Race, the Women’s V8’s Longest Lunch, the IGA Rhymes Kids Music Festival, Super Welcome to Townsville, the McDonald’s Dance Expo, theatre performances and – of course – the Sucrogen Townsville 400 as the show stopper. There are more than 42 events in just over 30 days that showcase our region’s culture, sports, lifestyle, enthusiasm, and make the most of our stunning winter days. The Townsville 400 Festival is all about ensuring that residents and visitors enjoy not only the events, but also take a breather and absorb all the great attractions and natural sites that our wonderful city has to offer. The Townsville 400 Festival calendar is your one-stop-shop for all the information on the race and a great guide to create your must-do list. Download a copy from www.townsville400festival.com.au. Why would you be anywhere else with the shopping, the markets the restaurants, Magnetic Island, the beaches and the Townsville 400 Festival?

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JACQUI PAYNE

DELIVERY COORDINATOR, PARRY NISSAN

Explain your job for us... I’m the manager of the aftermarket sales and new car delivery department at Parry Nissan. Following a new car purchase, I’m responsible for organising any extra accessories and vehicle protection that’s required to be fitted to the vehicle in time for delivery. What skills do you draw upon daily? I’ve been told talking is my greatest skill – I love to chat and can talk to anyone about anything! Also, attention to detail, quality control and – most of all – a commitment to customer service are key attributes. How long have you been at Parry Nissan? I’ve been a part of the team here for more than six years, starting in 2005 in

administration, and then progressing to the new car department in 2006. I’m in my seventh year now so, needless to say, it’s a great place to be a part of. What do you enjoy most about your job? As I’m a people person, it would definitely have to be interacting with my customers each day and making the purchase of their new vehicle as enjoyable as possible. I also value the many people I work with as I spend more than 40 hours a week with them. Best career advice someone has given you? My Mum’s saying “whatever you do, do with all your might, as things done by halves are never done right”. In other words, do things properly the first time

or not at all! What is your biggest achievement? I’ve had many achievements, but my greatest would have to be my three children Brodie (14), Klaye (12) and Brock (2), my husband Clint and family in general. Did you know much about cars before you started? Probably not as much as I know now, but my husband is a police mechanic and I have a household of boys, so I’m continuously being updated! Do you have any hobbies? I like bike riding on the weekend when I get the chance, and also doing various projects at home with my family. And yes, I am female, so I don’t mind the odd shopping spree!

SAMANTHA FRENCH NORTH QUEENSLAND AREA MANAGER, CAMP QUALITY

What exactly does Camp Quality do? We believe laughter is the best medicine so we host a series of camps and fun days throughout the year where children living with cancer, and their families, are treated to trips away so they can forget about being sick and just be a kid. We also offer financial support to families and work closely with hospital social workers. How long have you been involved? My family and I moved to Townsville from Darwin in January last year. I have always loved working with volunteers, so I was attracted to the work of Camp Quality. I started here as the office administrator in a relief position and became the area manager earlier this year – I look after 62

Mackay to the tip of Cape York and west to Mount Isa. Have you been on any camps yet? I was fortunate enough to go on my first camp to Mount Carbine on the Atherton Tablelands where we took some five to 12-year-olds. They were all amazing kids and really came out of their shells after five days – they didn’t judge each other and had the freedom to have fun. What activities are offered? Depending on the ages of the kids, it could be anything from craft activities to swimming and rock climbing, or something more adventurous like chopper rides, joy rides in military vehicles, ballooning and visiting the theme parks on the Gold Coast. What do you

do in your spare time? If I’m not at work, I’m usually driving my children (7, 11 and 12) around for rugby, football, basketball or guitar lessons – my only ‘hobby’ is getting my children to their extra curricular activities! Actually that’s not true, I do get to listen to music while I’m in the car – I can’t do that in the house because I have to compete with the sports channel and cartoons! Who can volunteer? Anyone can – we have about 100 people at the moment and they do everything from accompanying kids on camps to having sausage sizzles and selling raffle tickets. Individuals and businesses can make donations or register online to volunteer at www.campquality.org.au


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SWEET TOOTHS REJOICE!

CAFÉ BAMBINI HAS EMPLOYED A SECOND DESSERT CHEF DEDICATED TO PRODUCING THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF SWEET TREATS.

You’ve enjoyed a decadent piece of carrot cake or a chocolate-saturated brownie at Café Bambini with your coffee, but now the multi-location venue is taking it up a notch. Waistlines watch out: From this month, Mel Hiette (formerly Heydon) – the master of Bambini’s sweets – will be joined by experienced New York baker Theresa Francis. The existing range of homemade banana breads, muffins, cookies, muesli slice and gingerbread men will remain, but they will be met with gourmet delicacies like macaroons, fresh fruit tarts and an assortment of slices and cupcakes. “The other day I had a couple from Sydney call to ask what time we were opening because they wanted to get some muesli slice to take back home,” part-owner Therese Jan says, “and people write things on Facebook about how good our cakes are, so we are excited about adding even more yummy things to the range.”

UPDATE RYDGES MANAGER SHINES Rydges Southbank’s conference sales manager Kia Wockner has been recognised for her hard work and dedication with a nomination for Queensland Tourism Awards’ 2010 Young Achievers Award. The accolade is for individuals, less than 32 years of age working in the tourism industry, for their contribution to the development of a vibrant and professional industry.

GRAHAM JACKSON ‘QLD GREAT’ After more than 50 years in Townsville, respected businessman and Loloma Jewellers owner Graham Jackson OAM is officially a ‘Queensland Great’. The recent award honours individuals and institutions whose long term or lifetime achievements have played a significant role in the development of the state. As well as being involved in a wide range of community development work, Graham has also given generously to community causes.

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The new cakes can be found at Bambini’s five venues in Townsville, plus Millie J & Co at North Shore. As well as offering the ideal indulgence to accompany a tea or coffee, assortments of mouth-watering sweets can also be ordered en masse for special occasions. “We can do full events or parties from styling and organising it, to providing all the food from sweets to savouries, which are designed and made especially to suit the theme,” Therese says. “It could be a birthday party, but we also do wedding breakfasts and things like high teas.” The news gets better: Those wanting to sample the exquisite range of cakes will have an extra venue to go to from this month with the second Millie J & Co opening in the city’s new Flinders Pavilion. Just bring an empty stomach!

BUSINESS SUPPORTER The North Queensland Small Business Development Centre (NQSBDC) won Westpac’s State Small Business Award for the Business that Best Supports the Community last month. NQSBDC chief executive officer Brian Arnold credited the staff and the board at the not-for-profit centre, who he says continuously support innovative projects designed to improve the facility’s service to small business.

GENESIS BEEFS UP Genesis Fitness is expanding its reach in Townsville, opening a second gym. Currently located in Kirwan, the new facility will be inside the Murray Sports Stadium in Idalia. The same quality equipment, fitness classes and personal training will be offered with opening set for early September.

showcased to the community with the $2 entry fee donated to the Post and Antenatal Depression Association. For more visit qldmumpreneurexpo.com.au

TEN YEARS IN GOWNS Local bridal and formal salon Wedding Gowns by Melinda is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. Melinda worked for Westpac for 22 years before making a career change to the bridal world: “I started this business and taught myself a new industry – wow, what a learning curve! This is just the most beautiful industry to be involved in.”

GONG FOR GBRMPA

MUMS IN BIZ

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) received the 2011 Institutional Award at the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) annual conference in Puebla, Mexico last month.

Carlyle Gardens’ Carlton Theatre will play host to local mums and women in small business on Saturday, July 16 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Products and services will be

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By Carly Lubicz Photograph Andrew Rankin

A DECADE OF HEALTHY FIRSTS PASSIONATE ABOUT PLACING MINDS AND BODIES FIRST TO ACHIEVE WELLNESS AND BALANCE, FIRST THINGS FIRST RECENTLY CELEBRATED ITS TENTH BIRTHDAY. DUO CATCHES UP WITH DIRECTOR MEGAN FLUX TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PIONEER THAT’S HELPED THOUSANDS TO LEAD BETTER LIVES. How did First Things First Wellness Centre (FTF) come about? Ten years ago FTF was created to offer a high-profile upmarket massage centre where people were comfortable sending their family and friends. We were definitely the pioneers in this industry. We wanted to establish a place that offered people the space to relax, rejuvenate and begin their journey to complete wellness and focus on clients’ health from the inside out! What are some of the major milestones over the decade? Relocating the two centres from Kirwan and the city into one at the Rising Sun Shopping Centre in 2009 was a fantastic move. Also, introducing endermologie to our range of services was a big part of our expansion. The introduction of the Ultra Lite weight management program has been another growth area, and our busy clients have recently benefited from being able to book via our new website. A big change for me personally was going from a partner to outright owner in 2010. Are you finding that people are embracing the notion of wellness more now than they did 10 years ago? There is definitely more awareness around wellness and health and people are taking a more preventative approach to their health. I think it’s important for people to find balance in their hectic lifestyles and they are increasingly turning to massage, good nutrition and a healthy body to get them through everything life throws at them. Are there any occasions that are particularly memorable? Every year we hold a staff conference/team building day and a few years ago we did an Amazing Race around Townsville. Our staff were broken into teams competing against each other and it was hilarious to see them hitchhike, bend into the weirdest shapes to get into the back of cars, suck

the inside out of an egg, and generally see what level we would go to in order to win! I guess you could say we are a competitive bunch! How has FTF made a difference to lives? Not long ago I helped a man who’d had two heart attacks in two weeks. I think I got him though a very difficult time by assisting him with his weight loss and getting his life back on track. He is still grateful to this day and I will always remember him. We have helped a lot of people who are clinically depressed, undergoing cancer treatments, or are generally unwell and unhappy. It is a very rewarding experience seeing the transformation of such clients. At times you also feel like counsellor because people tend to open up and let go of everything that is holding them back. Can you tell us a bit about Megan outside work? I am a Townsville girl, born and bred, who has a wonderful husband, Aaron, and a gorgeous son called Boston who is nine. I enjoy a laugh with my girlfriends, a great barbecue, being active and socialising. I’m very grateful for the love and support my family give me so I can achieve my personal goals. I love playing basketball, going for a run, eating dark chocolate and doing anything spontaneous! What would you say to someone who’s not feeling the best and doesn’t know how to improve? I would strongly suggest that they book a free consultation. They will learn what steps to take to feel better than they have in a long time. Making the first call is the beginning to unleashing the power of health and wellness within. Remember, you only have one body and it is important to be the best version of you!

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By Carly Lubicz

BIG STEPS FOR YOUNG MUMS BEING A MUM IS BOTH CHALLENGING AND REWARDING. BUT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THEIR FIRST BABY AS A TEENAGER OR YOUNG ADULT WITH FALTERING FAMILY SUPPORT AND LIMITED WORK OPPORTUNITIES, THE CHALLENGE IS THAT MUCH TOUGHER. DUO DISCOVERS HOW LOCAL ORGANISATION IN-STEP IS STRIVING TO HELP YOUNG MUMS FIND THEIR FEET. EMMAH SMITH, 17, young mum Kohen is 14 weeks and two days. When I first had him it was hard and I was up every 10 minutes – my life just completely changed. It was like I had instantly read 1000 books on growing up and knowing what to do. My friends have been very supportive, but there have been some hard times. There have also been some good times, and suddenly I have so much more to live for. Being part of the IN-STeP program has helped a lot – even just having people to come in to talk to and get advice. The young mums involved are a mix of ages and their babies’ ages vary too, so there’s so much information shared between us. It can get quite raw at times with all the guts and glory. The girls in the program have become really good friends and there’s no need for anyone to feel uncomfortable. As well as getting together and sharing stories, we have also learnt practical and emotional skills like how to combat domestic violence, how to do internet banking, interview tips and things like that – it’s about getting us back into the workforce. I used to want to work in aged care, but after having Kohen I now want to do youth work – I just want to do everything I can to help kids. If I had to give advice to other girls who fall pregnant young, I’d tell them having a baby is the best thing you can do in your life. There are rough times, but it works out in the end so keep your head up – don’t have a negative view about it because everything else will go bad. Just because you have a baby at a young age, who’s to say you can’t go to work? You can still have the life you want and achieve your goals; it’s just that your priorities have changed.

DEAN WILSON, IN-STeP manager I’ve been at IN-STeP for five years now, but this is the first time we have run the Young Mums program. It started in January and was supposed to go for 12 months, but because of the recent natural disasters it was shortened to six months. In this time we have managed to help 28 first-time mums who were all under 25 and not working. The majority were 16, 17 and 18, but there were some in their early 20s. The aim was to create a social network where young mums would meet other young mums, and continue that interaction outside our weekly sessions so they could share their experiences and learn from each other. We also touched on a range of life skills to enhance their ability to find work, and even just did basic things like pampering them, the way all mums should be treated. Some of the young ladies are in rough circumstances – they might come from disadvantaged backgrounds or their partners may have left them and they feel on their own. By pampering and counselling them they are in a much better headspace, which means the baby is too and life is better. Some of the girls will come in more than once a week to have a chat and we love to see them here because it means they are getting the support they need. We are hoping to continue the program and open it up to more young mums in the region, but we need community support to make it sustainable. Postnatal depression is becoming more recognised and, from that point of view, we want to get these young people past as many hurdles as possible and give them the support they need to look forward to the future.

HOW YOU CAN HELP IN-STeP is a not-for-profit community-based organisation that works with at-risk kids. Management is currently looking at ways to raise funds to continue the Young Mums program into the future, including starting a business the participants could operate. Any mentoring from training organisations is welcomed, along with businesses that are willing to provide work experience or sponsorship. Contact (07) 4725 2688 or see www.in-step.com.au for more information. 66


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