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DUO Style 56 Her Style Louis Vuitton, Zimmermann,

92–95 Meet the Specialists

Gucci and more!

58 H is Style BMW, Triumph & Disaster,

84 T ownsville Hospital Foundation Worth fighting for

86 Community Update 88 MagnetiCon: A magnet for Cosplayers

Dion Lee, Kenzo, Vetements and more!

Feature Stories

60 Profile Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers 62 My Bag Karissa Chase 63 My Style Jodie Bell 64 Ginny & Jude Winter Collection ‘Three

20 So Happy You Could Join Us 29 The Hidden Gems In Your Own Backyard 36 Profile Pilgrim Sailing 38 Let’s Dance Monica Martin and The Hot


40 Where Are They Now?

68 Profile Cameron&Co 70 Beauty News


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DUO Business 91 Business Update 96 T rent Yesberg Regional Business Services

97 K aren Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

98 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 100 T ownsville Enterprise Limited Singapore Insights

71 G rant Collins

10 Publishers Welcome 12 Horoscope 14 W hat’s Going On Events, theatre, arts,

Clarity Hearing Solutions

Meet four amazing locals

72 Paul Parker SportsMed NQ 73 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 74 Health News 75 D r Geoff Stanton

130 Last Word Amber Hayes

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

music and more

128 F ive Minutes With…

76 Jess Brown Pure Core Nourishment 77 N ational Diabetes Week Do you have diabetes?

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DUO Seen 102 Seen Miss Songs Asian Kitchen Opening Weekend

106 Seen Townsville Theatre Community Annual Gala

108 Seen Ulysses Dancers Opening Night of Red

110 Seen 25th Anniversary of Mabo Decision

112 Seen Eco Fiesta 2017

42 Profile Outcrop Architecture 46 Home Products The Blues 48 G eorja Ryan’s Insider’s Guide to the Best

DUO Community 78 School News 79 Just Married 80 Marco Della Valle

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50 Travel Products 52 My Travels The Perils of Perry Part II

International Psychic Medium


81 Just Arrived 83 Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group



DUO Food+Drink 114 Directory 120 Recipes One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster

124 Recipes Hippie Lane The Cookbook by Taline Gabrielian

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It’s great to be here! It’s all happening this month in our region (and next month too)! With our fantastic winter weather and all the big events in July and August, it’s obvious that cultural tourism is a huge money maker for our local businesses, fun for our local community and another reason why we love living here. This month’s issue is all about what you can see, do, enjoy and discover in Townsville. With so many visitors coming to town, we worked with Townsville Enterprise to highlight some of the hidden gems in our own backyard – some even locals don’t know about. So if you’re visiting, welcome. We love having you join us. An outstanding example of how much cultural tourism benefits a city like ours is Tasmania’s Mona and the recent Dark Mofo event which started in 2008. My wife (Stacey) and I have just come back from a week in Hobart where Dark Mofo is held. It’s difficult to explain just what Dark Mofo is but there’s a range of visual art and musical experiences as well as the incredible Winter Feast (picture a huge dockside warehouse with food, wine and produce stations along two sides, three full length tables with chairs down the middle as well as more food stalls outside. Red lights everywhere.) I understand they expected 60,000 visitors including a P&O cruise ship with 2000 passengers! Locals we spoke to said Winter used to be a time when you’d stay home and do nothing. Now it’s one of the busiest times for tourists and locals. Being there we could only imagine what a similar event could do for Townsville and our region. Anyone keen? www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-24/dark-mofo-numberscrunched/8647400 or https://darkmofo.net.au Please enjoy a great read and everything Townsville!

Scott Morrison Publisher PS Starting on page 52 is a story my (slightly) younger brother Perry wrote about his stand up paddle boarding experiences in Bali. I hope you enjoy it.

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22 June – 22 July

This year encourages you to follow your heart. Right from the start of your birthday season, you may feel restless, but don’t try to force things to happen. It’s often easier to go with the flow. Should obstacles appear, view them as opportunities. Life is a dance, so choose the rhythm that offers you the greatest joy, and take comfort in the fact that all paths lead to the same place – your greatest good.

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












23 July – 23 August Sometimes, we reach a time that, in hindsight, is a turning point. Whether you realise its importance depends on your intuition. Whatever the case, there’s no avoiding a renewed outlook on life. More importantly, you undergo a change in your spiritual attitude – old ideals may be traded for newer beliefs, or your present commitment strengthens.

23 November – 21 December If you’re going to be busy, you may as well hope for a troublefree month. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way, but with fiery planets onside – they’ll motivate you through testing tasks. Whether in business or pleasure, through July – it’s all systems go. Just don’t place too much faith in flimsy promises – not everyone is as trustworthy as you.

21 March – 20 April This is your month to network, update your appearance, or, if attached, make things more serious. Singles, too, should strike while the iron is hot. July finds you feeling feisty, yet settled. Mutual trust extends to friendships, too. Money, however, may concern you – especially if someone in your life doesn’t understand the concept of savings.



24 August – 22 September As much as you’d like to retain a sense of stability, in July the cosmos seems determined to cause unpredictability. This is your month to discover that change can bring blessings. If offered an opportunity, don’t hesitate – this advantage won’t arise again for some time. You’re also better equipped to deal with financial issues – so sort out money problems now.

22 December – 20 January No-one has a completely drama free existence – we all make mistakes. Consider though, that these so-called errors of judgement are simply learning tools towards wisdom and compassion. Forgive others, and yourself. This month, there’s so much more to experience, and love. With finances also on side, the occasional luxury is a must.

21 April – 20 May Many Taureans can expect a little extra cash and more variety in their lives. Changes at home keep you on your toes. Though you’re usually a workaholic, July could find you ducking out the escape hatch. Home’s far more alluring this month, and you’re in the mood to redecorate. There’s nothing like an expensive distraction.

23 September – 23 October There are times when the least amount of effort can bring the biggest rewards. You have an innate charm and confidence, but throughout July your immaculate sense of timing also helps to steer good things your way. Well planned words and actions also ensure you deliver the goods. It’s a winning formula – so why not mix business with pleasure.

21 January – 18 February Aquarians are famous for their fiercely stubborn streak. And as compromise doesn’t seem your top priority at the moment, expect some heated discussions. You’ve had a taste of freedom and want more. Though the planets counsel a degree of care, you want to throw caution to the wind. Just as well your cash supply looks plentiful – even if it is borrowed.

21 May – 21 June July’s a grinder of a month when it comes to getting the work done. It’s just a case of powering into top gear and crashing through any self-doubts. Both your work and social diaries are loaded to the hilt. Blame it on an immodest Mars, hurling you into the spotlight. There you’ll be – the centre of attention, and loving it.

24 October – 22 November In July long-term plans attract interest. The cosmos offers financial opportunities, but asks for patience. Delayed gratification isn’t usually your style but persistence will pay high dividends. In matters of the heart, singles attract someone special. For couples, there could be pressure to fall in line with a partner. If so, maintain independence and equality.

19 February – 20 March Routine becomes a way of life for many. If life has become too predictable – this month, try something new. Start, perhaps, by making one small change every day. Initially, the choice may not feel comfortable, but it’s important to realise how long old patterns have been stuck in place. Be bold, Pisces. The gain? Bolstered confidence. Surprises, too.

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21 to 23 July THE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS www.cathedral.qld.edu.au/ centenary This July The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James, formerly known as St Anne’s Church of England Girls’ School, will celebrate 100 years of educating in a caring Christian community. All past students and staff are invited to help us celebrate this momentous occasion. ▼

28 July to 6 August POP UP NORTH QUEENSLAND (PUNQ) www.umbrella.org.au/punq PUNQ is a festival of unique pop-up exhibitions and shops to activate empty spaces throughout the CBD for 10 days only! The festival will feature film screenings, performances, workshops, artist talks, and some of the most unique pop-up shops. There will be an international guest artist visiting from India as well as artists and makers from Townsville, Cairns and Sydney. Pop-Ups are free to attend.

7 July Rockwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN Townsville Entertainment Centre boxoffice@tecc.net.au 4771 4000 The RocKwiz Gang are hitting the road in 2017 free from the constraints of the small screen. Enjoy your favourite segments … Who Can It Be Now, Million Dollar Riff and Contestant Karaoke. Be amazed by the dazzling duets, the special guests, Julia’s charisma and Dugald’s biceps.

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7 to 8 July Landscape with Monsters Riverway Arts Centre ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au 4727 9797 Landscape with Monsters is a bold new acrobatic work created in response to evolving industrial landscapes. Australia’s acclaimed circus company Circa is world-renowned for producing exquisite works of intense physicality and beauty.

8 July Neck Of The Woods Music Festival Lot 1 Hervey Range Road, Hervey Range www.neighbourhoodsessions.com This Neighbourhood Sessions music festival, focusing on live original music, is set on a beautiful property at Hervey’s Range, only 30 minutes from the Townsville CBD.

14 to 15 July The Marriage of Figaro Townsville Civic Theatre ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au 4727 9797 Mozart’s brilliant opera, The Marriage of Figaro, follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera but a whole lot more fun! This new production from Opera Australia is sure to be a delightful night out at the theatre.

14 July to 27 August My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011 ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au QAGOMA’s largest exhibition of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to date examines the strengths of the Gallery’s holdings and explores three central themes – presenting Indigenous views of history, responding to contemporary politics and experiences, and illustrating connections to place.

▲ 7 to 9 July Watpac Supercars Townsville 400 Reid Park www.supercars.com/townsville North Queensland’s loudest weekend is coming for the Virgin Australian Supercars Watpac Townsville 400. Jimmy Barnes and James Reyne will be performing under the SuperTop on Saturday night. Children 12 and under receive free Trackside Admission with a paying adult.

14 July to 20 August Teeming with Life: The Wongaloo Project Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4747 9011 ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au Some of the most extensive water-bird habitat in Australia occurs between Giru and Cleveland Bay. This area, with Wongaloo Regional Park at the core, is seen by many thousands of travellers passing along the Bruce Highway that runs beside the Mt Elliot range. This is the subject of Pamela Griffith’s exhibition.

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21 July A Midsummer Night’s Dream Riverway Arts Centre ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au 4727 9797 Melbourne City Ballet offers another Shakespearian classic for audiences after the huge success of their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This comical tale explores the lives of two couples whose lives are affected by the meddling fairies who live in a mysterious forest.

15 to 29 July Winter Racing Carnival Cluden Park Racecourse www.townsvilleturfclub.com.au Get ready Townsville for the colour, glamour and power of the Winter Racing Carnival with six events in just two weeks including The Rack N Stack Warehouse Ladies Race Day on Saturday 22 July and The Mater Townsville Cup Race Day on Saturday 29 July.

▲ 28 July to 5 August Australian Festival of Chamber Music Various locations ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au 4727 9797 The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents a unique and internationally acclaimed nine-day program featuring some of the world’s finest chamber musicians in exclusive performances.

28 July to 6 August Strand Ephemera 2017: The North’s Sculpture Festival The Strand 4727 9011 ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au This outdoor exhibition began in 2001 and has since become a biennial event. The much-loved festival has continued to grow over the years to its current standing as an outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance.

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The Marriage of Figaro A new production from Opera Australia. MOZART’S comic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro is coming to the Townsville Civic Theatre this month. Set in Seville, this entertaining opera follows the adventures of a wealthy household over one crazy day. With masters lusting over servants and servants outwitting their masters, The Marriage of Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a lot more fun! Servants Figaro and Susanna are set to be married, but the Count plans to seduce Susanna before that happens. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess simply wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them and is determined the Count won’t get his way. After a day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after? This brand new production has been created by award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp. A talented chamber orchestra and some of Opera Australia’s finest singers are accompanied by a chorus of local children, performing

Mozart’s timeless music. Breathtaking period costumes and a clever set designed by Kemp bring the performance to life. Opera Australia is Australia’s largest arts employer and delivers more than 600 performances to over half a million people each year. The company has come a long way since its inception in 1956, when a group of idealists gave up their day jobs to celebrate the Mozart bicentenary with a season of four of his operas. Today, their annual seasons showcase opera and musical theatre repertoire from around the world; with touring programs to regional Australia and performances broadcasted in cinemas and on national TV and radio. The Marriage of Figaro is showing at the Townsville Civic Theatre from 14–15 July at 7.30pm. Tickets are $45 per person for adults, with concessions and VIP member discounts available. This performance is sung in English. For more information, visit www.ticketshop.com.au.

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The Photographer MEGAN MACKINNON townsville enterprise limited

““There are so many beautiful places to photograph, whether they be vast, scenic views, or mini-scapes hidden away in unexpected places.”

As a photographer, the diversity of landscapes around the North Queensland region is a real treat for Megan MacKinnon. “I love living in a city full of authentic North Queensland character with Great Barrier Reef islands to our east, World Heritagelisted rainforests to our north, outback charm to our west and beautiful wetlands and farmlands to our south,” Megan says. “There are so many beautiful places to photograph, whether they be vast, scenic views, or mini-scapes hidden away in unexpected places.” Megan grew up on the Atherton Tablelands, which she credits with instilling her love of nature and the outdoors. “As a child I can remember going to the Peter Lik photography gallery in Cairns and being inspired,” Megan says. “My personal goal, in terms of my photography, is to establish a distinctive style that’s my point of

difference. I think I’m getting there – I regularly have people recognising images as mine because I’ve developed a unique brand through my choice of composition and colours.” Megan moved to Townsville in 2008 to study at James Cook University, where she completed a Bachelor of New Media Arts with a double major in graphic design and photography. She’s been working full-time as a graphic designer and photographer at Townsville Enterprise since 2011. “One of the great things about my job is that I’m often out and about exploring our great region,” Megan says. “Our local landscapes are full of colour and charm and, with so much sunshine, North Queensland is always picture-perfect.” CONNECT NOW www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au Instagram.com/meganmacki

TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT 01 Castle Hill This is a great place to get your bearings as a visitor to Townsville and a fantastic vantage point for sunrises and sunsets. 02 The Strand family friendly, beautiful views and sunrises, and so many cute dogs. 03 Magnetic Island Beautiful scenery with giant granite boulders and hoop pines that are quite different to the mainland. The wildlife is also abundant and adorable. Magnetic Island has Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas, which you can see on the many walking tracks. Feeding the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay is always fun too. The sunsets at Horseshoe Bay have to be seen to be believed and I’d definitely recommend the Forts Walk. 04 Wallaman Falls We’re so lucky to have Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall right on our doorstep, up in Hinchinbrook. The views are spectacular from the viewing platform at the top as well as the base of the waterfall. 05 Crystal Creek / Paluma The Paluma Range National Park is the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek are ideal locations for a picnic, swim, bush walk or barbecue (and a photo or two of course).

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The Actor MICHAEL SAMS actor / writer “When a story is told with passion, truth, honesty and understanding, it comes alive,” Michael says.

Having performed in a range of comedic roles and iconic projects for Full Throttle and Theatre iNQ, Michael Sams is well-known in the local arts scene. You may have seen him in The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, which was presented as part of last year’s Three Courses In Theatre. Or perhaps he is familiar from the outdoor theatre experience Astronomical, which was the culmination of a script development process he was invited to participate in as an actor. Or maybe you were in the audience for The Crucible, which won several awards in 2014. For Michael, what lifts a theatre-going experience from ordinary to extraordinary is when everyone involved commits to a shared vision. “When a story is told with passion, truth, honesty and understanding, it comes alive,” Michael says. 22


“When all contributors believe in the piece and are enjoying the experience, audience engagement flows naturally.” Michael is currently in rehearsal for Waiting for Godot, which is on at the Courthouse Theatre from 2 to 12 August. Married to a trained actor like himself, Michael says he and his wife Anna are dedicated to fostering a love of the arts in their children, Hunter (11) and Hollie (8). Both Hunter and Hollie have acted on the stage and enjoy playing instruments and singing. “Townsville’s theatre/arts scene is vibrant, eclectic and supportive, with plenty to see and do,” Michael says. “There truly is something for everyone.”


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04 School of Arts DanceNorth’s home, this is a space that

01 Courthouse Theatre This is Full Throttle’s base and is centrally located in the city. They produce a wide range of theatre, music events and children’s theatre. 02 Riverway Arts Centre A great venue, both from performer and audience member perspectives. I’ve performed there in many productions, including four of my own short plays in the Festival of One Act Plays (an annual event). 03 Civic Theatre This is where you’ll find the big touring shows, interstate and international stand-up comics, local musical theatre extravaganzas and other big events such as festivals.

can accommodate equally well for small intimate shows and larger-scale productions. I’ve seen some very impressive dance and movement pieces staged here. I’ve also performed here for the Townsville contribution to the international Short ‘n’ Sweet competition. 05 Shakespeare Under the Stars This annual event produced by TheatreiNQ is an absolute must on the Townsville theatre calendar. Every September sees Queens Gardens transformed into the setting for a wonderfully entertaining night out.

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The Foodie SAM MUSUMECI president beefsteak & burgundy club

“We’re local businessmen who enjoy good food, good wine and great camaraderie.”

Real estate agent Sam Musumeci isn’t easy to impress at dinner time. Coming from a Sicilian background, he’s always been passionate about food and he previously owned La Cucina Pizza & Pasta House in Kirwan and La Cucina Restaurant & Bar in Flinders Street East. “As a child, when we sat down at the dinner table, the TV had to be switched off so we could enjoy good conversation and, of course, good food,” Sams says. “I love cooking Italian food and have continued the family tradition by using my mother’s recipes every time I cook an Italian dish.” Sam is also president of the Beefsteak & Burgundy Club, which was formed in Townsville in 1972. The national club was formed in Adelaide in 1954 by businessmen after watching wine makers at a restaurant get together once a month to talk

about the industry and sample each other’s wines. They then decided it would be a great idea to get together once a month and enjoy good company, good food and good wine. “We currently have 30 members and meet every third Tuesday of the month at a different restaurant,” Sam says. “We’re local businessmen who enjoy good food, good wine and great camaraderie. It’s not a formal gathering but rather good friends getting together, chatting and enjoying good food and good wine.” When the club members visit a restaurant they ask the chef to come up with his/her signature dish and match the wines to the dish. “We like the food to be creative and, of course, tasty,” Sam says. “Good service is also critical.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/pg/bsbctownsville

TOP 5 FOODIE EXPERIENCES 01 Touch of Salt The food is always great and the service is fantastic. Mark and the team go out of their way to make sure we have a good experience. 02 The Balcony We often frequent The Balcony. The atmosphere is vibrant and the team always do something special and different for us. 03 The Pier Restaurant The setting at The Pier, looking over the marina, is fabulous. Shannon always looks after us and we enjoy the atmosphere and food. 04 JAM We love JAM. They have great service and provide us with a private area upstairs. It’s a wonderful atmosphere and they go out of their way with presenting excellent food. 05 Donna Bionda A definite favourite. Good Italian food and great service.

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The Stylista PETA JOHNSTON owner | manager body torque gym

“I usually have a vision of what I’m trying to achieve – the fun part is getting out into the stores and bringing that vision to life.”

Townsville local Peta Johnston has previously appeared in DUO’s My Style pages as her natural flair for fashion is undeniable. She knows how to bring a look together and has her finger on the pulse of boutique shopping must-stops. “Right now I’m loving Archive in West End, which is one of Townsville’s newest boutiques, opening in May this year,” Peta says. “I’m impressed by the fantastic range of designer pieces in stock and the service is exceptional,” Peta says. “I found labels that aren’t available anywhere else in Townsville, both new and preloved, and priced well under their normal prices. The beauty of Archive is Townsville women now have access to their dream designer clothing, shoes and accessories right here in Townsville without having to risk purchasing them online and hoping they will fit.” Peta and her husband Brett own 24


Body Torque Gym on Charters Towers Road and are also about to launch BT Fight Central, home to Fight for Your Cause, with their business partner Brian Pearson. The centre will open this month, focusing exclusively on boxing and kickboxing. “Life is certainly busy but it’s exciting,” says Peta, who loves the thrill of pulling an outfit together. “I usually have a vision of what I’m trying to achieve – the fun part is getting out into the stores and bringing that vision to life,” Peta says. “Fashion is so expressive of who you are and how you’re feeling. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to racing fashion – there’s so much room to experiment with different colours, textures and styles to suit each season.”


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03 Le Val on Palmer A designer fashion boutique boasting

01 Archive Townsville’s newest boutique, Archive boasts labels including Gucci, Fendi, Alex Perry, Zimmerman, Burberry London, Chanel and Fendi. There’s a good variety of funky and classic pieces and Archive also offers its gorgeous pieces on hire. Archive is tucked away on Echlin Street in West End. 02 Stellar Moda Stellar is a wellestablished store on Palmer Street with a great range of personally selected Australian designer labels. New stock arrives regularly and they have a wide variety of pieces perfect for any occasion… parties, weddings, cocktail events or the cool casual outfit you need.

some really fun fashion pieces with plenty of bright and bold prints. 04 One Designer Clothing Culture Located in the heart of the city on Denham Street, this is the perfect boutique for those who love to be on trend. They stock designer labels for both the guys and gals. Think labels like Eliya, MLM and Talulah. 05 Myer There’s something for everyone at Myer in the Stockland Townsville Shopping Centre. It’s my go-to store for corporate wear, kids’ clothes, linen, homewares and make-up.

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mountain bike trails to trail running around the local national parks and completing ocean swims,” David says. “That’s what’s so great about living in Townsville. We have some fantastic clubs run by volunteers who give up their free time to give back to the community and put these events on. I’m continually amazed by how supportive everyone is in the fitness community.” David works for the State Government so it involves a bit of negotiation with his wife as

The Triathlete DAVID RADFORD vice - president free radicals tribe triathlon club

“It’s a great way to see North Queensland and meet likeminded people with all levels of ability and fitness, just getting out there and giving it a go.”

Now is the busy period for triathletes in North Queensland as the weather is perfect. Local triathlete David Radford, who belongs to the Free Radicals Tribe Triathlon Club, will be taking his place amid the action as the event season unfolds. “It’s a great way to see North Queensland and meet like-minded people with all levels of ability and fitness, just getting out there and giving it a go,” says David. “From the smaller club races through to the long-distance races, they’re all unique.” The Townsville Triathlon Festival will take place on 18-20 August and there are plenty of other triathlons going on around North Queensland in scenic spots such as Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. “I’ve dabbled in quite a few different pastimes on offer in and around Townsville, from riding

to who is going to train in the morning before the real day begins and before the kids are up. “As a family man with a son, daughter and active wife, trying to juggle three disciplines is pretty tough,” David says. “But I’m lucky that all the family have gotten involved in the sport, which gives us a chance to compete and socialise at these events together.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/groups/ freeradicalstribe

TOP 5 FITNESS DRAWCARDS 01 Free Radicals Tribe triathlon training Sunday mornings at the Northern Beaches Leisure Centre. Training is varied and fun and kids are welcome. We usually finish with a coffee at the local cafe. It’s a great way to start the day. Check our Facebook page for times and dates. 02 Townsville Tri Festival A great weekend with an event for everyone from the serious competitor through to the corporate challenger. 03 Townsville Running Festival This event attracts competitors from all over Australia to run The Strand. There are varying distances for all fitness levels. 04 Paluma Push Riding from Paluma to Hidden Valley through some beautiful rainforest. 05 Townsville Open Water Swim Series For those who get tired of swimming in a pool, this series offers varying distances and races.

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The Brewer SAM LLOYD head brewer at the brewery townsville brewing company co

“In beer we talk about body, bitterness, maltiness and aroma among other things, but to have all of these elements balanced so they’re working together is key.”



Hailing from a rural farming background near Wagga Wagga New South Wales, Sam Lloyd moved to Townsville in 2014 for a sea change. He started working for The Brewery shortly afterwards, where he runs the production side of the brewery, including brewing and bottling. “The most exciting part of the job is creating new beer recipes and concepts and seeing the firsthand responses of the patrons,” Sam says. “A brew-pub like this is such a great to place for market research. You can literally go and have a beer with people and gather feedback.” The Brewery bottles and sells Townsville Premium, Light, Diggers and Bandito around town to various venues and bottle shops including Dan Murphy’s. “We brew seven different beers here, including two Nitro beers, which are Flanagan’s Dry Irish Stout and Ned’s Red Ale,” Sam says. “There are so many factors that take a product from being average to excellent. In beer we talk about body, bitterness, maltiness and aroma among other things, but to have all of these elements balanced

so they’re working together is key. If one distinct flavour or characteristic overpowers the others then the potential is lost. I feel the same way about wine and other beverages too.” Sam says his most memorable beer so far was a pint he had with his dad at the Little Creatures brewery in Freemantle when he was 18. “Up until that point I drank what everyone else I knew was drinking – your typical massproduced lagers – so that first pint blew my mind,” he recalls. “It really opened my eyes to the potential of hops and the amazing aromas they have.” From a personal perspective, Sam has a preference for hoppy ales. “I definitely drink more Diggers than anything but it’s hard to go past the Nitro beers for classic malty dark ales,” he says. “From a brewer’s perspective, I try to understand the characteristics the beer sets out to achieve. I can appreciate beer of any style if it’s done well, even if it’s not what I’d prefer to drink.” CONNECT NOW www.townsvillebrewery.com.au

TOP 5 PLACES TO ENJOY A DRINK 01 The Brewery We make the best craft beer in town. 02 The Heritage Exchange Expertly made cocktails, great style and atmosphere. 03 The Marlin Bar Tavern This Magnetic Island icon at Horseshoe Bay is so relaxing as it’s right on the beach. 04 Cbar on The Strand One of the best locations in town on the water, overlooking Magnetic Island. 05 The TapHouse Has a great selection of craft beers from around Australia, great food and a fun atmosphere.

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where we recently saw Eclipse an illusion and dance spectacular.” Sky Shows are also a firm family favourite. “We’ve been very lucky to book a unit at the marina for these nights and the amount of different aircraft that take part in the show is just unbelievable,” Arlene says. “The interaction between the radio stations and the pilots makes it a night to remember.” The kids all do sports as well, so Arlene and her husband play tag team getting them all where they need to be most afternoons.

The Parents ARLENE & SHAUN VALENTINE general manager event and bcc cinemas

“When it comes to school holidays I ask everyone what they’d like to do and fishing off Magnetic Island and jumping on the trampolines at Launch Zone are always top picks.”

“I’m a busy working mum, just like many others – I work three day shifts and two night shifts, so on my days off I really love spending quality time with my family,” Arlene says. “My husband Shaun and I love our family that changes shape all of the time. We’ve had some amazing kids over the years. I love Townsville and think it’s the prefect size for bringing up a family.” CONNECT NOW www.eventcinemas.com.au www.bcccinemas.com.au

TOP 5 FAMILY FRIENDLY OUTINGS 01 Movies There’s always lots of great new kids’ product released in the holidays (and the movies are very affordable with the vouchers that we take out to all the schools). 02 Launch Zone My kids love going for a jump and dodge ball is Rodger’s favourite. 03 Riverway or The Strand The weather is always amazing and it’s a great way to spend a few hours with a sausage sizzle or fish and chips. 04 Magnetic Island The kids just love to get away and it’s very relaxing. They enjoy the ferry ride over and fishing and swimming. 05 Billabong Sanctuary Educational and a great day for all ages as everyone loves to watch the wildlife.

Arlene Valentine balances managing Townsville’s two city cinemas with looking after her large family, including Trey (14), Rodger (12) and Gabby (7). “We foster and offer regular respite for kids of all different ages,” says Arlene. “We cap it at six children as we like to stay very active and have an eight-seater.” Activities the whole family enjoys include watching the latest movies at the cinemas and barbecues at Riverway or The Strand. “As a family, we’re always on the go,” Arlene says. “When it comes to school holidays I ask everyone what they’d like to do and fishing off Magnetic Island and jumping on the trampolines at Launch Zone are always top picks. We also enjoy going to the Entertainment Centre, DUOMagazine July 2017


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Think outside the square when planning your next weekend and check out some of our suggestions to discover a Townsville North Queensland you never knew existed. CHASE GREENER PASTURES Fancy tasting the Burdekin’s best lemon meringue pie or award winning sausages on a working cattle and sheep station? Claredale Pastures is a 6,500 acre family owned and operated property set on the grounds previously occupied by the Burdekin Agricultural College in Clare. Boasting venue hire, accommodation, a fully functioning equestrian centre and the Windmill Café – be sure to head down the Bruce to experience something a little different. www.claredalepastures.com



TEA AND SCONES IN THE HILLS Step back in time while treating yourself to some of the best scones going at the Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms, open all year-around except Christmas Day. From hearty steak sandwiches to the infamous Kopi Luwak (aka cat poo coffee) all served in the beautiful gardens or inside the historic original building. Only 30 minutes’ drive from Townsville – head for the hills, taste the history. www.heritagetearooms.com.au

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A LANEWAY WITH IT ALL Private beer taps, Taco Tuesdays, authentic Italian, fairy-floss cocktails and Paleo delights – City Lane offers a bevy of dining options to tempt everyone’s taste buds. The menus in City Lane are constantly changing and evolving into some of Townsville’s best. Soak up the street art, funky décor and an atmosphere to match – you won’t be disappointed. www.citylane.com.au ISLAND VIBES IslandLife debuts at XBase on Magnetic Island on Saturday 15 July offering a weekend long, sun-filled, party paradise. You’ll be guaranteed a great time with two massive parties featuring international and local DJs, amazing food and chill out activities such as yoga, massages and snorkelling. If you are feeling adventurous jump on a jet ski and take a quick trip to the Great Barrier Reef. www.stayatbase.com BE ONE WITH NATURE Lake Paluma is nestled among a World Heritage-listed wet tropics rainforest allowing campers to experience a biologically diverse environment with

fantastic facilities (camping permits are required). Access to the Lake is via a 12 kilometre gravel road from the township of Paluma, only a short drive north of Townsville. www.townsville.qld.gov.au SUNDAY SESH IN THE SUBURBS The Mercure Townsville now offers a Sunday sesh that locals can be a part of! Set amidst 11 acres of tropical gardens on the shores of Lake Curralea, locals are welcome to relax by the pool and enjoy live music at Mercure’s Celsius Restaurant & Bar. There is no cost to enter the complex and kids eat for free from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday. www.mercuretownsville.com.au BURN BABY, BURN The Burdekin Shire – the sugar capital of Australia – is one of the only districts in Australia which still employs the traditional practice of burning cane prior to harvesting. During crushing season, the Burdekin horizon is often lit up by the spectacular sight of cane fire burns. Well worth the one hour drive south at dusk to experience this unique tradition, and to capture some insta-worthy snaps. www.burdekin.qld.gov.au

SEE THE LONGEST LONGHORNS IN THE WORLD Take a traditional horse drawn wagon ride or ranger safari on a trip back in time to the ‘Old West’ with Texas Longhorns Wagon Tours & Safaris. Situated at Leahton Park, 10 kilometres from Charters Towers, this is the home of Australia’s largest purebred herd of Texas Longhorns, and JR, the 2013 Guinness World Record Texas Longhorn steer! www.texaslonghorn.com.au





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SEE THE SIGHTS ON THREE WHEELS Take in Townsville on one of the city’s more unique transportation options on a Crikey Trikey Joy Ride. Tours can take two passengers winding up to the summit of Castle Hill, out to the Tea Rooms, or on a lap of the Strand, all while sitting comfortably on the back of a trike motorbike. There is a multitude of tours and joy ride options available – BYO leather jacket! www.crikeytrikeyjoyrides.com.au

GET TO THE CHOPPER TO CATCH THE WHOPPER Hinchinbrook Adventures Heli-Fishing Tours operate in the pristine wilderness of the Herbert River Gorge, located in the Girringun National Park. The locations are spectacular, but from the air the beauty and the views have to be seen to be believed. Once over the Girringun National Park you will arrive at some of Australia’s most remote, fresh water fishing locations, targeting species such as Jungle Perch, Brim and Barramundi. www.hinchinbrookadventures.com.au



GET FROCKED UP Time to dust off the fascinator – Winter racing is upon us! Get ready to be immersed in fun, food and fashion during the Townsville Turf Club’s 2017 Winter Racing Carnival. The action kicks off on 15 July with the 2YO Classic, followed by Ladies Day on 22 July and the premier event, Townsville Cup on 29 July. Giddy up! www.townsvilleturfclub.com.au CAMP ON A JURASSIC ISLAND Despite being the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island is completely uninhabited. To protect the Island’s biodiversity and prevent damage to the environment, only 40 people are permitted to stay at any one

time. If you have a desire for adventure, the Island offers spectacular hiking and camping along the famous 32 kilometre Thorsborne Trail, internationally rated as one of the top 10 walks on the planet. www.hinchinbrookway.com.au ‘FALL’ IN LOVE Don’t believe TLC – go chasing those waterfalls! Just 2.5 hours north you’ll find Wallaman Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Hike down to the base to hear the roar of the water and enjoy a day of relaxation in a World Heritage listed rainforest. www.hinchinbrookway.com.au





For more information about Street Art in Townsville visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Take a 30 minute stroll around Townsville’s inner city to see 16 Street Art highlights, each marked with an aerosol can. Further detail about these works is provided overleaf. For the dedicated urban explorer, there are a number of other Street Art pieces on power boxes, down hidden alleys and on walls a bit further out ready to be discovered. Some works are marked on this map with a yellow circle.





























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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Castle Hill might be your obvious hiking choice, but how about testing out the challenging terrain and the spectacular scenery of Many Peaks. Accessed from opposite Walter Nesbit Park at Pallarenda, the 5.7km (one-way) trail takes you across the range and to the summit of Mount Marlow. Check out the Townsville Bushwalking Club for organised walks exploring areas outside of the mainstream tracks. www. townsvillebushwalkingclub.com

The REAL ‘Paddock to Plate’ Experience ‘Paddock to Plate’ Café + Catering Grass-fed, Free Range Meats + Small Goods 1450 Barratta Road, Clare Corporate + Function Venue Hire Phone 4782 7111 Butchery services available to the public! Email: admin@miocollege.com.au Accommodation! www.claredalepastures.com ART WITH A DIFFERENCE Strand Ephemera is a nationally acclaimed free outdoor sculpture festival held along The Strand from 28 July – 6 August. Visitors can engage beyond just viewing the artworks on display in a range of art workshops, guided tours, and taking part in the photographic competitions. www.townsville.qld.gov.au A TASTE OF COUNTRY LIFE Check out Townsville’s iconic Aussie Tavern, Melville’s, on the banks of Alligator Creek on a Friday night for woodfired pizza and wings in a large timber woolshed barn. Alternatively, you can cosy up by the fire feeling completely off grid – yet you’re only on the outskirts of the city! www.melvilles.com.au

DANCE ON THE SAND Dancenorth is an international touring contemporary dance company based in Townsville. Dance performances are held year round showcasing bold, adventurous and critically acclaimed contemporary dance. Catch new performance Tectonic on the beach near the Rock Pool as a part of Strand Ephemera from Saturday 29 July 2017. www.dancenorth.com.au A ‘RANGE’ OF TUNES Neck of The Woods is a Neighbourhood Sessions Music Festival in Townsville focusing on live original music set on a beautiful lush property at Hervey’s Range. On top of the sweet tunes, the festival on Saturday 8 July will have food trucks, BYO drinks, camping and a family friendly atmosphere. www.eventbrite.com.au GAIN SOME STREET CRED Uncover Townsville’s vibrant cultural side as you wander through the alleyways of the city to find unexpected and spectacular works of art. The city’s street art trails are sure to amaze, from the 50-year-old ‘Saint’ on Castle Hill to the modern murals with a message in City Lane and across the CBD. www.townsville.qld.gov.au GET WILD IN THE WETLANDS Experience the natural beauty and tranquil environment of TYTO Wetlands, Ingham – a unique 90-hectare natural wetland home to over 230 species of birds, native Australian wildlife and numerous tropical plant species. Take a leisurely stroll along the four kilometres of walkways and stop along the way to enjoy the lookouts and viewing platforms. www.tyto.com.au

Uncover even more quirky ways to experience your own backyard by visiting Townsville Enterprise’s destination website www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au




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Owner Paul Ley skippering Pilgrim with guests on-board a Sunset Sip & Sail in the magical waters surrounding Magnetic Island.

WHY do we as a society choose to work flat out, day-in day-out, in pursuit of ultimately achieving the ideal life? You know the life – the one where you call the shots, where time is irrelevant, the one you wake up to every day with a smile on your face knowing that your ‘work’ is your absolute passion. Why can’t we just take a leap of faith and start that ideal life now? Owners and operators of Pilgrim Sailing, Clare and Paul Ley, have done just that. Sydney based chartered accountant Clare and boat mechanic husband, Paul, always had the dream to one day retire on a yacht and maybe make a little cash on the side while doing it. It was always just a dream, until seven years ago when the pair had a light bulb moment and thought, “Well, why can’t we do it now?”

Ever the calculated accountant in Clare, the duo decided to dip their toes into the water, if you will, and operate a part-time chartered sailing business in Sydney Harbour. After four years of Clare keeping up the day to day corporate act, it was time to give it the flick and make Pilgrim Sailing their full-time gig. After a successful first full-time year of operation in Sydney, Clare and Paul set sail on a journey to explore the North. It comes with little surprise that they were blown away with what Townsville North Queensland had to offer. With no other dedicated sailing charters operating at the time, it was an easy decision to bring Pilgrim to the North. Clare and Paul split their time between operating from Magnetic Island

during the winter period from May to October, before returning to their loyal following in Sydney for the summer. Stay tuned though – Magnetic Island has certainly cast a spell on Pilgrim, with whispers she may extend her time in our waters beyond October. This year marks the second full season Pilgrim has been cruising its way around the Coral Sea bays off Magnetic Island, playing host to not only visitors, but overwhelming locals with the spectacular beauty of their own backyard. From a gentle twilight cruise (#Sip&Sail) to exhilarating yacht racing, Pilgrim Sailing is a slice of the dream life you’ve been waiting to experience. CONNECT NOW www.pilgrimsailing.com.au

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Let’s Dance Giving the violin a feisty new lease on life, the Hot Club Quartet breaks classical confines to bring gypsy jazz to audiences who like to dance. Words Kylie Davis



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The Hot Club Quartet: Guitarist Jeremy Hawker, Monica Martin on violin, drummer Reg Braun, and Bob Passmore on double bass.

USUALLY associated with classical music, the violin isn’t famous for a floor-stomping good time… but violinist Monica Martin and The Hot Club Quartet are changing all that. Their style of music is called ‘gypsy jazz’ and it brings together these two genres in an unforgettable way. “The two main characteristics of gypsy jazz are the lead instrument, in this case the violin, playing in a swing rhythm, and the guitarist playing a fast strumming rhythm,” Monica says. “It sounds like boom-chick-boomchick and it’s very fun, energetic and catchy music.” Monica was drawn to this style of music after performing The Soul of Tango violin/ guitar concert at the Townsville Civic Theatre with David Roberts. “The Latin music we performed was so passionate and full of life. It inspired me to explore a style of music other than classical,” Monica says. “I wanted to find a style that’s fiery and wild yet elegant and classy at the same time. I started listening to more of Stephane Grappelli, who is one of the pioneers of gypsy jazz.

“I’m so in love with his playing and drawn to the style because it’s so different from the classical world. It’s technically just as tricky as playing classical music, but to me more liberating because you get to play around with the rhythms, slide in and out of notes and play solos.” Eventually Monica gained enough confidence to perform at the local jazz club where she met Bob Passmore and they both agreed it would be fun to form a gypsy jazz band. And so The Hot Club Quartet was born in early 2017, with Monica on violin, Bob on double bass, Jeremy Hawker on guitar and Reg Braun on drums. “These guys are very accomplished and experienced players, which has made me rise to the occasion and become a better jazz player,” Monica says. “We’re the band to hire if you want something other than a rock or pop band. Audiences can expect to be dazzled and entertained by our highenergy music.”

“I wanted to find a style that’s fiery and wild yet elegant and classy at the same time.”

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Where Are They Now? So much talent, so little space to feature them all… that’s why we’re continuing our series on what former Townsville stars-in-the-making are up to now.

PAULA BYCROFT executive producer

What’s your link to Townsville? My first job in television was as a young reporter at NQTV. I came up from Brisbane to do a journalism internship in my final year of uni and ended up nailing a full-time job in the newsroom. Talk about thrown in the deep end! Suddenly I was covering everything from drought to cyclones to visits from the Prime Minister. That’s the fabulous thing about starting in regional news – you become an instant expert in everything. Where are you now? Since my Townsville days, I’ve worked in Perth, London, Brisbane and Sydney. I now live in Sydney with my husband Anthony (who



also works in TV) and my two children Sam and Zoe. I moved from reporting to producing many years ago, so most of my jobs have been TV writing and producing. For several years, I worked as a field producer and series producer for Beyond 2000, where they paid us to travel the world finding amazing science and technology stories. More recently, I ran Andrew Ettingshausen’s fishing show Escape with ET. I’ve also produced true crime shows for Discovery Channel in the USA. My most recent gig was Executive Producer of Selling Houses Australia, which is a lot of fun! My next project is a true crime show for Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder Productions, who make many highly successful TV shows including Bondi Rescue and The Gruen Transfer. I love crime shows – there’s a real art to slowly unravelling the mystery. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Nothing beats a grounding in a regional newsroom like NQTV. Having to shoot and write four stories a day to hit that 6pm deadline teaches you to think on your feet, be decisive and write quickly. And you become a jill-of-all-trades. The best TV executives, producers and writers I know all began as regional journos. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I came back for the NQTV reunion several years ago. We laughed non-stop the whole weekend. It felt like we were back at The Bank nightclub circa 1987. I’d love to visit again soon. Townsville gave me my first big break. Thanks! CONNECT NOW www.cjz.com.au

EMILY DICKSON tv presenter

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville and spent my young years between Townsville, Millaroo, Ayr (my grandparents were sugarcane farmers) and, of course, the beautiful Maggie Island. We would spend a week every Christmas there – nothing beats that beautiful water. I also remember the excitement of hot summer days at The Strand underneath the big water bucket, waking up early and walking the Castle Hill goat track with my mum, Croc’s home games and going to my dad’s work at Channel 10 and my mum’s hairdressing salon. Not to mention running around the farm, driving in the tractors and sucking on fresh sugarcane! Where are you now? I’m now living in Brisbane and have been here for the past 17 years. I work for Network Ten hosting their preschool program Crocamole, which is a national show playing on CH11

Monday to Friday 9.30am. It’s an absolute dream come true. It’s a cooking show for children that incorporates singing, dancing and playing games, as well as my character being a rainbow sprite – what more could a girl ask for?! I’m also soon to host the 2017 Creative Generations State Schools On Stage, which I am very excited about. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville is where my mum first started me in dancing classes, tap and modern jazz. I loved it and can still remember the classes in the studios. I also remember my first concert at the Civic Centre dancing to Monster Mash. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I sure do! I try and come back once a year to visit family. It’s pretty exciting flying in over Mt Stuart and Castle Hill trying to see if I can spot any houses I know. CONNECT NOW www.tenplay.com.au/channeleleven/crocamole

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SALLY COX mechanical engineer

What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up on a property just south of Home Hill. After graduating from high school I made the move to Townsville to study at James Cook University. I transferred to the Queensland University of Technology halfway through my degree and graduated with secondclass honours in a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Where are you now? I landed a job in the oil and gas industry where I’ve worked for the past three years. Right now, my time is split between our Brisbane head office (Senex Energy Limited) and the Cooper Basin, which is located in the top right corner of South Australia. I work in our Production and Operations team where I design and optimise pumping systems for our oil wells. I’ve recently started my Masters of Petroleum Engineering, studying externally through Heriot Watt University in Scotland, and I’ve

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What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville in 2008 to take on the role of General Manager for Jupiters Townsville (now The Ville). Over the next four years, my family and I settled in very well to the relaxed but family friendly lifestyle that Townsville offered us and we made a number of new friends, many of whom we are still close to today. With Jupiters (at the time) being such a key part of the Townsville fabric, I looked forward to going to work every day. The team I had working for me were fantastic – they were predominantly born and bred North Queenslanders and I was always astounded by the pride I saw in this team, both for the region as well as working for a property like Jupiters.

just become a real adult by moving into my own apartment in the heart of Brisbane. Once I’ve mastered the art of keeping a plant alive I may look at buying a pet. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? It’s true what they say about breeding them tougher up North. Working as a female engineer comes with its own obstacles and when you throw in the remoteness of our sites you can understand why this career path isn’t for everyone. Growing up on a rural property in North Queensland definitely helped cushion the culture shock of working in such an industry. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I do! I still consider myself a North Queenslander at heart and try to get ‘home’ to visit my extended family and friends once a year at least. CONNECT NOW www.senexenergy.com.au Where are you now? After a fantastic two-year experience in Singapore (following Townsville), I was enticed to continue my professional journey in Melbourne. While the weather is the biggest challenge, particularly in winter knowing that Townsville is basking in consistent 27° days, Melbourne is a fantastic place to live. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Running an enterprise as diverse as Jupiters really defined me as an individual – with previous experience predominantly in the gaming space, my time at Jupiters allowed me to dive deep into the non-gaming areas of understanding the dynamics associated with running a hotel, conference area, bars and restaurants. It provided me with a more balanced approach.

Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Not often enough, although when I’m watching the Cowboys play on the weekends I do feel as though I’m a little closer to ‘home’. CONNECT NOW www.crownmelbourne.com.au

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High Achievers Making the most of Castle Hill’s lofty views, Stuart Street House (by local architect Outcrop Architecture) has taken out House of the Year at the 2017 North Queensland Architecture Awards. Words Kylie Davis Photography Matthew Gianoulis



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The Stuart Street House sits within a new five-lot subdivision backing onto the Castle Hill Reserve. The distinctive site belongs more to the landscape of the hill than the neighbouring streetscapes.

BUILT for Canadian scientists who’ve fallen in love with the Aussie bush, Stuart Street House looks as though it’s carved into the side of Castle Hill. It sits within a new fivelot subdivision at the edge of established urban area, resulting in a distinctive site that belongs more to the landscape of the hill than the neighbouring streetscapes. Working with the hill setting was fundamental to the concept of this house. “Early in the design process the client stated a preference to position their most important spaces – the master bedroom and living areas – as high as possible on the site to make the most of the fantastic ocean views,” says Outcrop Architecture’s Mark Kennedy. “This created some design challenges, with the aim being to move up through a sequence of distinct experiences and views, rather than a monotonous hard slog up a stairwell.” The site is subject to relatively stringent height restrictions due to its adjacency to

the Heritage-listed Castle Hill Reserve. Mark and his team worked within these restrictions to ensure the house is never more than two storeys above natural ground in any location, resulting in a staggered form that minimises bulk while still achieving the client’s desired access to views. “The floor plan divides the house into two wings arranged around the dramatic central stair void,” Mark says. “The form is broken down into five split levels that tie the house platforms into the existing topography. You only have to walk half a flight of stairs for a new view.” The brief of the house was mostly conventional – three bedrooms (the couple has two young-adult children), a guest/TV room, entertainment deck, edgeless resortstyle pool, double garage and (in a throwback to their Canadian upbringing) a sauna. Encompassing about 300 square metres of living space, the interiors of the house are a relatively simple combination of timber floors with white walls and ceilings.

Retaining walls are constructed using carefully placed local stone in gabion walls. Landscaping is a combination of native plantings, existing rock and weathering steel edges. DUOMagazine July 2017


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Large stacking sliding doors transform the open-plan living room into a verandah-like space.

Highlight louvres in the kitchen promote cross-ventilation.



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Left photo, the dynamic stair void space forms the central orienting feature of the house. Right photo, v

“The main focus is on the view, especially in the lounge room where large stacking doors slide back to make the space a verandah-like living platform,” Mark says. “The client’s brief also conveyed a desire for a very low-maintenance house. To meet this need, we’ve mostly used prefinished materials that don’t require regular maintenance.” The majority of the house is clad in Duroclad timber composite cladding, manufactured using recycled timber fibres and recycled polyethylene. Soffits and some walls are clad using Barestone cladding and the roofs and outermost walls are clad with Colorbond profiled metal sheeting. As a result, the only painted external surfaces are limited to lower level rendered walls that won’t require expensive scaffolding to repaint. The landscape is also designed for minimal maintenance, with mostly native vegetation and no areas of lawn. The external materials and colours were selected to work with the natural tones of the hill and, in the landscaping, gabion walls made use of local granite. The project also incorporates a range of features that contribute to sustainable living, including a 10kW solar power system, with provision for future battery

storage. The design of the house involved numerous sun studies to minimise solar penetration, other than in the winter months. “We’ve designed the home for crossventilation in the key living spaces to capture the regular afternoon sea breezes and minimise reliance on air-conditioning,” Mark says. “Low-e glazing has been used throughout to enhance the performance of glazing systems and all timber products specified in the project are FSC-certified.” Furthermore, stormwater runoff has been directed into rock swales that slow the movement of water before discharging it to the adjacent natural gully, rather than discharging to ‘hard’ stormwater systems. “We always feel very fortunate to work on projects like this that combine a fantastic site, client and builder (Live Construction),” Mark says. “Winning the House of the Year award is very satisfying and a great reward for all of the team who worked so hard on the project over a number of years. We’re also excited to announce a new phase for architecture in Townsville…. Be sure to visit www.cpoint.com.au to learn more about this evolution.”

“The form is broken down into five split levels that tie the house platforms into the existing topography.”

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07 Established & Sons Quilt Sofa in Navy $16,075 www.livingedge.com.au 08 Les Basic Homework 01 in Blue by Alexander Lotersztain $3450 www.livingedge.com.au 09 Les Basic Nepal Medium in Blue/Gold/White by Alexander Lotersztain $765 www.livingedge.com.au 10 Les Basic Valet in Wedgewood Blue by Alexander Lotersztain $1000 www.livingedge.com.au 11 Les Basic Volar 02 in Blue by Alexander Lotersztain from $705 www.livingedge.com.au



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Known for its wealth and breathtaking skyline, this charismatic city will have you falling for its charm the moment you step off the plane. But if you’ve only got a few days to soak up as much as you can, here’s our insider’s guide to ensure you tick off the top must-dos. Where to stay and play: Nathan Road – find accommodation on this stretch if you can. It’s like an Asian New York City with department and designer stores stretching for kilometres. Shops are all open late, so you’ll find yourself losing track of time as you wander in and out – and don’t think for a second your willpower will override the urge to splurge that comes with this incredible shopping experience (Louis Vuitton is the size of Officeworks…no joke). Best view: The Peak is the highest point on the island and the panoramic view is beyond stunning. By day, you’ll see across the whole city and Victoria Harbour, and by night it will turn into a sea of bright sparkling lights. You can walk or catch the tram to the top of the mountain, so pick your mode of transport and enjoy the magic. Best ramen: Don’t do Hong Kong without slurping up a ramen at Ichiran. Not only is it damn delicious, but you can choose to sit at a table or at a cubicle by yourself – which is great if you’re tired from travelling all day and aren’t feeling too sociable. The cubicles are a bit like polling booths where you write down your order, ding a button and a hand will sneak through the curtain at the back of the booth and take your order. When your food’s ready they lift the curtain,

put it in front of you and slam the curtain back down – you can’t even see their faces. Best free show: Every night at 8pm, Victoria Harbour explodes into a mesmerising light show that lasts about 15minutes. The show is to pay respect to the Hong Kong people, their diversity and vitality. Catch the ferry over to Hong Kong Island where most of the action is and watch both sides of the harbour light up as you wander around listening to live music.

Hong Kong will undoubtedly steal a piece of your heart and refuse to let it go. Culture fix: Perched 268 steps above Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha, or the Big Buddha, is a bronzed beauty standing 34m tall. It needs to be seen to be truly appreciated, so if you’re up for a legburning stair climb, it will be more than worth it.

INSIDER TIPS • Take cash for cabs – they don’t take card. • Public transport is amazing. • Most people speak English and are more than willing to help a lost traveller, so ask. • Use the in-city check-in and check in your bags at the train station. They’ll cart them to the airport and load them on your plane for you. • Get your hands on sesame peanut brittle; it will change your life. Rumour has it the Chinese travel to Hong Kong just to load up on the stuff, then take hoards back home with them – it’s that good

Whether you’re there for a day, week or month, Hong Kong will undoubtedly steal a piece of your heart and refuse to let it go. But don’t worry, you’ll be back…and now it’s easier than ever with flights from Townsville with Air Niugini. Head to www.airniugini.com.pg for more information.

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Summer is always fun in Hong Kong. Between 1 July and 31 August, the city celebrates summer with a dizzying array of offerings, from Chinese Opera to pop concerts, and foodrelated events to art appreciation walks. There are many cool neighbourhoods to explore for shopping, eating and playing throughout the city, including Central, an important landmark in the development of Hong Kong history. It’s a place where East and West, past and present coexist.

GATEWAY TO ASIA Air Niugini has opened up a one-stop connection from Townsville to Hong Kong through a retimed service to Port Moresby. Air Niugini’s service will now operate earlier, departing Townsville on Mondays at 1210 and arriving in Port Moresby at 1400, allowing passengers to catch a connecting flight to Hong Kong at 1500. Inbound flights arrive in Townsville on Fridays. www.airniugini.com.pg www.littletaihang.com

NOW THAT’S CLEVER Designed to make travelling even easier, the two-in-one Henty CoPilot consists of an outer garment bag and 20 litre inner utility bag. Use them together or wear separately as a stand-alone backpack. You’ll be sure to land with your clothes looking fresh and ready to impress. Starting from $319 for the Henty CoPilot Messenger and $349 for the two-strap version, the CoPilot Backpack.


The recently opened Little Tai Hang is a boutique hotel conveniently located in the district of Tai Hang, near Causeway Bay, an area full of history, culture and great local eats. Most of the rooms have views of Victoria Park and Hong Kong Harbour, with the rest overlooking the Lin Fa Kung Temple and lush green mountains to the south, which is rare for Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world today.




You won’t be stranded without light with a Globite LED Stretch light ($12.95). With its stretchy strap, you can attach it to your luggage and the ultra bright LED light functions in constant mode and flashing mode, so it can be used to help you see in the dark or to help others see you in the dark. www.globite.com.au

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ell, on the 8th June I turned 54 years of age and hardly any of you a**holes noticed the shift in the force and bothered to call me. I care not of course, since I am determined to live my life to the fullest regardless of your gross insensitivity. Consequently I have written an account of my latest exploits so that you can see that I am totally unphased by your disregard and am successfully aging disgracefully, regardless. Now some of you will be aware that I have revisited surfing because I’ve crashed too many aeroplanes and drowning also suits my aging reflexes since it happens a lot more slowly than aviation disasters. More than a year ago I bought one of these things, https://youtu.be/vf2iL8kZFIY which is an inflatable stand up paddle board (SUP). My reasoning was that I could check it through airline baggage and save a motsa on shipping a regular board. While the theory was sound, the practice really wasn’t and the surfing qualities of this thing are somewhere between a hot water bottle and one of those joke things that farts when you sit on it. So I did the smart thing and traded it on one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C426gsmDOxk Same logic of course. I figured I could easily ride the wild surf in distant locations without taking out a mortgage for the plane ticket. So I booked a ticket to Bali and packed up my board and took a look at the bulk of it. I instantly knew that this thing was incompatible with what I characterise as ‘wife holidays’. It would put Missus Morrison at the extreme end of inconvenience because of the hassle involved and so, reluctantly, I was forced to leave it behind. Oh well, I can at least surf the ripples at Rapid Creek when everyone else is at work. I needed a board so on arrival in Bali I made contact with the SUP honchos in Sanur. The contact was a guy called ‘Jankie’ and the school apparently gave advanced lessons and advice on paddling technique, stance, etc. Excellent. Now Missus Morrison always stays at the Grand Mirage in Nusa Dua since it’s quiet and it has great ocean views and where she can sit on a verandah and engage in death-by-Kindle. But this was a problem. When I called Jankie he almost gasped because Nusa Dua is 1.5 hours from Sanur on a good day. Luckily, money overcomes all obstacles. The plan was that his man ‘Kadek’ would meet me on the beach in his speedboat and we would scoot up to Sanur for a mere handful of rupiah.




Next day, Kadek turned up on time for the small local fortune I was actually paying him and I leapt aboard full of excitement. We took off at high speed in the hands of Kadek’s two daughters (4 and 6 years old) who happen to really like driving speedboats for old white haired farts. Of course, Occupational Health and Safety is quite different in Indonesia. Being two kilometres out to sea, screaming along in the hands of a six year old is actually pretty routine. I was thinking that if we did flip over, then we could all fight over the floating, half empty plastic fuel tank just to see who really wanted to survive. Kadek engaged me in conversation after I noticed the piece of cotton on his arm and he told me he’d just had some blood tests. One retina is detaching and so it’s pretty apparent that he’s had a fasting blood glucose test. Diabetic retinopathy would not be a good thing in Indonesia. Indeed, a blind speedboat driver would not be a recruiter’s dream– which is possibly why they encourage their kids to get work experience at six years of age. When we arrived in Sanur I jumped into the surf, frisky like an 18 year old and met up with Jankie. He resembled a cross between Juan Carlos and a short Italian cockroach with an interesting variation on a Mohawk haircut. Take Hitler’s moustache, extend it about 10 times, colour it purple and give it a crew cut and you’ll come close. We also met up with the other trainee and proceeded to sort out the boards. Mark was about 20 years younger than me. A Californian who surfs a short board, is fit and could clearly survive longer underwater than a mud crab. They gave him The Log and me the Lightning Bolt. Maybe they thought that anyone with white hair who’s arthritis can still let them grip a board, must have been surfing in the womb. Beats me. >

Words Dr. Perry Morrison Illustration Jenni Contreras


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From there things moved fast. Jankie took our filthy lucre in the form of a few hundred thousand rupiah and handed us over to the local lads while he headed off on his 50cc Bali Harley to get the first Nasi Goreng he’d had in three days. We immediately went into the advanced lessons. As far as stance goes, it seems that keeping your toes pointed to the front of the board is very useful and when it comes to paddling, using two hands generally works out much better than one. That was it. We started paddling. I won’t bore you with the details of the paddle. I’ll leave that to the description of the next day. But basically you paddle out past a wrecked container ship. The break is actually called ‘Shipwrecks’ strangely enough. So Mark and I got into it. He caught a few waves on The Log, ran straight and fell off. I was having trouble staying upright but eventually saw a nice set and paddled like mad. I was really excited. Bad mistake. It was the first of six waves and of course I managed to do an excellent aerial. Basically my arse was in the air while my head was inspecting the underside of my board. I was dumped unceremoniously and then endured another five wave crunches while secretly bargaining with my maker. One of the interesting things about having white hair is that in the white water you are perfectly camouflaged and people just leave you alone to drown in peace. I could not blame the waves. They were head height and more solid rather than hollow. Eventually I paddled into a couple of waves while kneeling and then managed to get to my feet. Unfortunately I slipped off the board as it whipped into the face of the wave so that I received yet more churning in the white water. Luckily there was only razor sharp shallow reef underneath us, so finding which way was up while underwater was actually pretty easy. After a while we’d all had enough and we started to paddle back. No prize for guessing who was last to make it to shore. While I lay foaming at the mouth on the beach the others puffed on cigarettes and started a game of beach volleyball. I was quite disappointed with this day. We sped back in Kadek’s boat (the kids were at school and unavailable for driving duties) and I collapsed in the aircon. Two days and three massages later I fronted up for more. There was no way I was going to let this thing beat me. So it was the same deal again except that Kadek was up at the hospital and his speedboat mate (who had no children to drive for him) was pressed into service. This time it was just me. Jankie apologised that the waves were only shoulder height. I feigned deep disappointment and grudgingly accepted the realities of ‘small surf’. But this time I insisted on the biggest board they had. OK they agreed as they disassembled the kitchen bench and nailed a fin to it so I would at least know which side was up. I brushed off the elephant and antelope droppings from when it was last used as an Ark and the two blokes helped me get ‘The Plank’ into the water and I started paddling.



As I scanned the horizon for waves I cursed myself for not bringing my binoculars. It was a pretty low tide and the shoulder height waves looked almost a kilometre away. That’s because they were. Not to worry. The board was very stable. Planes could land on it. I wished I’d thought to bring a BBQ and an ice chest. That would have made things a lot more pleasant since this could take a while. Of course, being 54 meant that I periodically stopped to recon the situation, take stock, evaluate and plan as well as collapse and sleep sometimes. The dreams were weird. Nevertheless Rome was not built in a day and I eventually made it past the break and lay down as I passed my seasoned eye over the seascape. No-one but me. So far. As I paddled into the first wave I expertly noticed the subtle differences between The Plank and the Lightning Bolt. Neutron stars weighed less. Container ships had more manoeuvrability. But never fear. I dug deep and caught the next wave. I did a neat walk along the board that had absolutely no effect at all upon anything whatsoever. Somewhat surprised, I went back to where I started from and turned back around to face the front. I wouldn’t be doing that again. The waves here were really long. As I surged on the unbroken crest I suddenly wished I had a magazine to read or a book. I wondered where we’ll eat tonight. I hoped the credit card had funds. That BBQ would have been really handy right now. Was I really getting closer to shore or was that my imagination? Maybe if I couldn’t read a book, I could write one. I scratched my bum and yawned. This went on for ages. I caught quite a number of waves. I was feeling pretty deadly but wondered if an ice floe could turn better than this thing. Soon some other people paddled out and joined me but I feigned the aloofness of the solo surfer and fell asleep. I was buggered. Suddenly there was water sloshing near me and I woke in terror. Bali isn’t known for shark attacks but someone has to win the lottery. I raised my head on one hand and wiped the drool from the corner of my mouth. A really old Japanese guy paddled past. Old, like they just found him in the Philippines and told him the war was over. I watched him closely. He must have owned a spandex or lycra factory since he was covered in the stuff from head to toe. He even had a hat with a chin strap. He caught a wave and disappeared. Freak. Probably runs marathons.


This spurred me on and I decided to catch one more wave before heading in. A nice set came through and I went for the third wave. I dug deep and then something went pop in my back. Big time pain. I kneeled on the board and realised I’m in agony. This was serious. As you know, old farts drown all the time in Bali. Many migrating seabirds have been saved by landing on the bloated bellies of Zee Dead Chermanz tourists floating offshore. Indeed, some species have been saved from extinction because of this phenomenon. But I didn’t want to be part of it. Not that I have anything against migratory birds of course. Luckily, my boatman had been sent to wait for the end of my session so I wouldn’t have the embarrassment of being defibrillated on my way back in. I leaned forward and started paddling as best I could over to the boat. Paddling, is of course an overstatement. It was more like waving to fish. As I pulled up to the boat I was immediately confronted with a rolling rail with a one metre gap between me and entry. This would hurt. I tried to signal the boatman that I was effectively disabled by clutching my back and screaming. His English was not really up to it but he did at least inspect my lumbar region for the swordfish that must have stabbed me. I took a breath, cocked my leg over while biting the rail like a wooden dowel for the pain. The boatman got the board and stowed it while I lay on my back and I started bargaining with God for the second time that week. We raced back to Nusa Dua and as luck would have it there was a bit of a swell in the beach break. I screamed again as I lifted my leg over the rail, mistimed the crest and plunged into the surf. Somehow my Scots-Jew genetics cut in at the right moment and I managed to keep my wallet above the water. Back in the hotel room I tried a shower to see if it helped but not much. The truth is I have a deep terror of spinal injury and chronic pain from the days when I worked with spinal patients. If there was anything I learned from the chronic pain it was that all initial spinal injuries should be smacked on the head with as much pain relief as the liver and kidneys can safely metabolise. Pain is always associated with inflammation and unless this is relieved then there is a good chance that nerves become conditioned to be in a permanent pain state. I needed Ibuprofin and luckily our flash hotel actually had a clinic. I managed to find it and in the chair sat a bloke with a stethoscope. I guess some people find that reassuring. This guy seemed to have heard of Ibuprofin but did not actually have any. Nevertheless help was at hand. Apparently a chemist was 150 metres up the road. Now I have been to this hotel four times over the years. I have walked those streets extensively and I have never noticed a pharmacy only 150 metres away. But this is the their way I guess.

If he had told me the truth then I might have been angry and upset. On the other hand, by telling me a lie I felt better and he did too. So I prepared to find chemical intervention up the road. Since every step was a bolt of pain I briefly considered asking Missus Morrison if she could walk 150 metres up the road to help me out. Then I remembered she was watching some TV so that request was probably pointless. So I walked. And walked. Some two and a half kilometres later I came across a clinic. Well, it had a green cross anyway. I went through the door after scaring away the goats out front and rang the bell on the counter. No-one was around so I started searching and opening doors. This is the thing you do in clinics. Eventually I came across a bloke and woman holding down a kid who must have broken free of his straps. That’s the thing about Indonesian doctoring – it probably works quite well for those people who are able to sit still for it. When I mentioned the drug’s name the nurse lady broke out the calculator and proceeded to write partial differential equations on her notebook while calling her broker for an exchange rate. I have no idea how the GPS coordinates were involved but finally we came up with a figure of around $5AU. Jubilant, I winced my way back over the two and a half kilometres to the hotel while wondering how many of the words on the packet could be believed. For example, was the date with 13 at the end of it actually in this century and by what percentage had the tablet’s concentration been diluted with crushed coral. Miraculously, sometimes the same pills can be used to treat a whole range of ailments ranging from boils to erectile dysfunction or even stuttering. But then that’s the problem with cheap, de-regulated countries. Karma is a bitch. So the shorter story is that I overdosed myself just in case and my back settled down in a few days. I can happily swing a pick or hoe, lift locomotives and clear buildings in a single bound. I’m now wondering if I can hire a paddler for my board since it will probably handle two people quite OK. In fact, I may have created a new sport – ‘Spectator Surfing”- where the old and decrepit get to enjoy the surfing skills of young, poor people using old fashioned exploitation. In reality, it would be like a very small Roman galley or a Venetian surf Gondola or a rickshaw of the waves. Works for me.

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Sener Besim’s S1 Nero sunglasses ($1625.17) feature a highly engineered abstract shape with its ultra-light curved frame hand constructed using pure aviation grade titanium and sleek floating lenses hand milled from NXT spacecraft technology. The construction incorporates light transition technology ensuring vision is highly precise and adaptive. The S1 Nero is available in Champagne and Graphite www.senerbesim.com

Zimmermann’s FW17 collection, The Maples, was named after one of the buildings that housed students of the Women’s College University of Sydney during World War I. Inspired by images of ladies playing in cricket whites and sport jackets and wearing giant men’s coats over silky dresses, the collection boasts of delicate ruffles, textured pleats, thigh-high boots, exquisite lace dresses, and oversized coats. www.zimmermann.com


Crafted in no other than the leather capital of the world, Italy, The Ember Leather Ankle Boots ($489) from Beau Coops’ AW17 collection features a genuine leather upper with gold chain and bauble, square toe, self-covered block heel and a leather sole. www.beaucoops.com






Nasty Gal’s Santorini Metallic Wrap Sandal ($56) comes in metallic vegan leather and features a round toe, low block heel, wrap design, and embellished flowers throughout. www.nastygal.com

INTRODUCING KRYSTLE KNIGHT Australian designed jewellery combining sterling silver and natural Clear Crystal Quartz. The master healer of all crystals, this jewellery does more than just accessorise.






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If you want matte, firm, and healthy waves, style your hair with Triumph & Disaster’s Coltrane Clay ($34). It utilises White Clay and Beeswax mixed with Pracaxi oil and a splash of Brazil wax to create that flexible yet strong finish. triumphanddisaster.com.au



Titan’s BMW K100 Xaver Motorcycle started with a customer who wanted a new bike. Titan took a 30-year old Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle and updated the styling and mechanicals, fabricating a custom subframe and headlight assembly and fitting new shocks and fork internals. Finishing touches include minimal wiring, micro switches, keyless go system, USB charger, and one of Motogadget’s ‘Motoscope Pro’ digital dash displays. www.titan-motorcycles.com

The Malto specs ($245) from Australian eyewear brand Bailey Nelson is distinguished by laser etched details, a continuous metal construction embedded in its acetate eyepieces, anti scratch coating, and anti glare lens coating. Its colour is a mixture of Navy and Rose, making it unique yet timeless. www.baileynelson.com.au

BLACK TO THE CORE Adidas’ NMD_CS2 Primeknit in Core Black ($180) features primeknit construction, ribbed detailing, EVA inserts, and BOOST midsole cushioning. www.adidas.com


Crafted from durable cotton, this sweatshirt ($985.16) from Vetements’ collaboration with Champion exudes irreverence. With its relaxed cut, deconstructed finish, and bright blue colour, this piece is a hypebeast hit. www.vetements.com




The KENZO Tiger, iconic to the brand, is brought to life with the Neoprene Tiger Backpack ($336.36). It features a Tiger head embroidery on the front, adjustable straps, and one large front pocket with zipped closure. www.kenzo.com


Dion Lee launched his first menswear collection at his Australian Fashion Week show held at the Sydney Opera House. Inspired by Jørn Utzon’s sails, the collection featured cobalt blazers, crisp white anoraks, and smart knitwear – parallel to his womenswear which are sleek, sporty, and tailored yet casual. www.dionlee.com

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



Browse our wide collection of contemporary brands including Najo, Palas, Kirstin Ash, Swarovski, Fossil Watches and more. Whether you’re searching for the perfect piece for someone special, wishing to commemorate a special occasion, or simply spoiling yourself, our friendly staff can help you choose that perfect piece. Open Monday–Wednesday & Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4.30pm, Sunday 11am–4pm Stockland Townsville www.silvershop.com.au 4775 6077

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

Hanks Optometrists (Formerly Eyecare Plus) has joined George & Matilda Eyecare.

George & Matilda Eyecare is Australian-owned and committed to local service, as well as premium eye care. We may look different, but the things you love about us aren’t changing. Come in and say hello to the team! AITKENVALE 246 Ross River Rd 4779 7433

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Like Father Like Son

Master jewellers Kim and Jay Bartlett are a dynamic father-son duo who share a passion for excellence.

Words Kylie Davis Photography Insight Creative



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Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers has earned its reputation for offering one of the finest handcrafted design, repair, remake and remodelling services in Australia. Their boutique and workshop at 88 Denham Street in the city is in hot demand as Kim and his son Jay are able to create any design you have in mind. “Whether you have an idea, a picture, or just need some creative inspiration, we can work with you to make your vision a reality,” Jay says. “We can handcraft anything from plain wedding bands to intricate earrings or pendants involving diamonds, coloured gemstones, a mix of metals, and much more.” Kim completed his six-year apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Italian master jeweller Enzo Stella at Melbourne’s Max Hurwitz Pty Ltd. “In the late 60s and early 70s, Melbourne city was overflowing with diamond merchants, manufacturing jewellery workshops and gem-setters,” Kim recalls. “I walked into a business in Upper Bourke Street and asked if they had any apprenticeships going and their answer changed my life forever. The opportunities I was given there is something you’ll never see again, at least in Australia.” The workshop employed the best jewellers, diamond-setters and gem merchants from all over the world. Not only was Kim indentured to Enzo, but he was also encouraged to interact with the other masters to learn all aspects of the jewellery trade. “We had craftsmen from Italy, Poland, Russia, Greece and Latvia as well as diamond-setters from France and Germany,” Kim says.

“The most challenging part of any project is to make sure the finished article is exactly what our clients had in mind. We achieve this by involving them in the designing and manufacturing of their unique piece of jewellery right from the start.” JAY BARTLETT

A fully qualified jeweller, gemmologist, diamond-setter, internationally qualified diamond grader and registered jewellery valuer, Kim’s son Jay also has a passion for learning about his industry. “Kim has instilled the importance of constant growth through education in me,” Jay says. “High ethical standards are at the heart of everything we do, from ensuring our diamonds are conflict-free to providing unbiased advice when you’re buying a loose diamond, which are all independently certified.” Whether they’re starting from an idea, or working with diamonds and gemstones

Kim Bartlett completed a six-year apprenticeship in Melbourne under Italian master jeweller Enzo Stella.

that have been passed down through the family, Kim and Jay can take their client’s vision and make it a reality. “As artists and craftsmen, we invest ourselves fully into every piece we work on,” Jay says. “The most challenging part of any project is to make sure the finished article is exactly what our clients had in mind. We achieve this by involving them in the designing and manufacturing of their unique piece of jewellery right from the start.” Kim and Jay’s creativity is also sparked by the raw beauty of the diamonds, gemstones and materials they work with. “My imagination comes to the fore when I come across a beautiful blood-red ruby or a vivid cornflower-blue Ceylon sapphire,” he says. “You can only be inspired to expand on their beauty and create something special.” As testament to the high quality of their custom-made jewellery, Kim and Jay offer a lifetime guarantee on their handcrafted pieces. All of their custommakes also come with complimentary sixmonthly inspections as well as polishing and plating, to keep them looking new forever. CONNECT NOW www.masterjewellers.com.au DUOMagazine July 2017


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KARISSA CHASE My family originally moved to Townsville when I was a toddler but generations of my family are from here. After finishing high school I moved straight to Brisbane to study Ceramics at TAFE and had some of the best years of my life. In 2003 I moved to America to pursue love and had an amazing time learning all about the handmade industry. We moved back to Australia in late 2011 and Townsville has become home again. I love my job with Renegade Handmade market and gift shop and juggle a busy career with two young girls.

MY BAG Tiff Manuel is one of my absolute favourite Australian designers. I must confess I have several of her bags in different sizes, they are perfect pops of colour for any outfit and mood. I feel like they take everything that I love about colour and the handmade industry, and roll it into one amazing product that makes everyone smile. SUNGLASSES IN HANDMADE CASE I love wearing my sunnies out and about. My case from Handmade by Design was custom made for me as Jo knows I love cats and colour. It makes me smile every time I see it. PASSPORT I’m hoping to travel back to the States soon for a creative markets seminar and a long overdue visit with friends and family. EXPIRED PERMANENT RESIDENCY CARD FOR AMERICA I lived there for nine years so I’m really quite homesick. COFFEE LOYALTY CARD Otto’s at Warrina is my home away from home. I walk in and it’s full of familiar faces and hello’s. I don’t tend to have keepsakes from my family but I grew up just three blocks over so it’s a building full of nostalgia for me. As a teenager I would walk here to buy bread and milk, or waiting at the phone box, coins in hand to phone a friend long before mobile phones. I left Townsville at 17 and was away for 20 years, so to return to this and have found my bliss is magical. BROOCH A Little Vintage cactus brooch. It’s pretty big so people always notice it. I have a collection of brooches now that I seem to wear necklaces a bit less, so you need to have one to suit each dress. I have a fantastic Frida Kahlo one, and Iris, who is a NYC fashion icon.



DENZ + CO EARRINGS These are my new faves. I’ve only had them a week or so but they are made by a lovely friend I’ve made via the handmade community. FRANKIE SPACES I love peeking inside the interiors of creative people for inspiration. CAR/ HOUSE KEYS We moved back to Australia five years ago with a collection of suitcases so having a lovely home is a wonderful thing. I do love my car which I purchased on my 40th birthday. PURPLE COW BOOK BY SETH GODIN I’ve read this little book many times over the years and I catch a piece of inspiration every time. SHOP KEYS WITH FLOCK OF TWO TASSEL My little shop is my life. I feel truly thankful that I could create such a beautiful, fun and cheerful space. Every time I see these keys in my bag I feel proud of what I’ve achieved in just a few short years just by putting one foot in front of the other. FLOCK CURIOSITY ASSEMBLY EARRINGS I love, love, love the work from these ladies. I bought this pair when I was in Melbourne selling my pottery at the Finders Keepers market a couple of years ago. POM POMS from the shop as I’m always making them when I have time. BOK BOK GERK coffee cup brooch. It’s pink and it’s coffee. Two of my favourite things in one. COVERGIRL OUTLAST Red lipstick. I feel naked without it so this long lasting lipstick is perfect for me. PERFUME Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. I’ve been a fan of Estee Lauder for years. Pleasures was a favourite for years but this new scent has a beautiful vanilla scent which I’m loving. WALLET Tiff Manuel. What can I say. I do like a bit of Tiff. RESIN BANGLE Nanna Woo is one of those brands others describe as the cream of the crop in Australian independent makers. It’s actually a team of two sisters in Tasmania and made using eco resin.

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I moved to Townsville from Ballina/Byron 12 years ago and love the lifestyle here in Townsville. I’m Mum to two year old son Dallas and working for myself in hospitality keeps me very busy. In my down time I love reading or spending time with my family and closest friends (who are basically my family). My favourite holiday destinations are coastal, relaxing beach trips. My favourite destination: Greek Islands… haven’t been yet but am looking at flights in 2018. The drink I love: Chandon S. It’s Chandon NV Sparkling infused with orange bitters and served over ice – refreshing and very easy to drink. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is… Alex Perry and Yeojin Bae for occasions and events. Everyday style – trusty old Kookai or Bardot denim. Shoes I’d love to own or admire are.. Christian Louboutin Choca Spikes or any Mode Collective strappy heels. One treasured object/possession that demonstrates my taste and style is: My D necklace I received for my first Mothers Day (the initial of my son) and my small diamond ring I received for my 18th birthday from my Dad. A music genre and/or artist I love: I like most music. I listen to a mixture of everything. My ‘Last Meal’ would be… Pepperoni Pizza. A book or movie that effected me is… 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Children Learn What They Live. A car that suits my style… Mercedes-Benz GLE250. If I wore a hat this is it… I rarely wear hats. Panama style for the beach though. The lingerie label I love is: A girl’s lingerie isn’t something they should share with everyone.

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The gap between your dentist chair and day spa is fast closing, with forwardthinking practices like Cameron&Co now offering muscle relaxants, fillers and HydraFacials as well as taking care of your oral health. Words Kylie Davis Photography Josephine Carter



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ith the evolution of cosmetic dentistry, the range of services dentists are able to offer is ever-expanding. Take tooth whitening, cosmetic veneers, dental implants and teeth straightening using clear aligners, for example. “The tooth whitening procedures we use at Cameron&Co won’t damage your teeth and the results are excellent and long-lasting,” says Cameron&Co owner and principal dentist, Dr Cameron Arnold. “Our in-chair Zoom whitening service uses a specially designed light to speed up the process and only requires one appointment. For those who who prefer a take-home solution, we also have customised kits available.” If you’re looking to change the shape or angle of your teeth, cosmetic veneers (porcelain or composite) are a convenient fix. Indistinguishable from natural teeth, they provide the ideal solution for worn, shortened, discoloured or crooked teeth. But when it comes to permanently replacing a missing tooth, dental implants are the answer. An excellent alternative to partial dentures and bridges, a dental implant is part of you so you’ll never have to worry about it coming loose. Teeth straightening has come a long way from the days of the silver railway tracks. Cameron&Co offers clear Invisalign or Truline aligners that are virtually invisible so no-one will ever know you’re wearing them. And beyond taking care of your oral health and achieving your best smile, Cameron&Co can also help you put your best face forward using injectable muscle relaxants and fillers. “Whether you’re looking at improving one particular area, such as crow’s feet or frown lines, or you’d like me to look at your overall face symmetry, I’m here to help,” Dr Arnold says. “I have many clients who have cosmetic procedures done while they’re in for their regular professional clean and dental examination.”

HydraFacial thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, as well as delivering antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to nourish and protect. Another popular option available at Cameron&Co is a HydraFacial for glowing skin. “This is a technology-driven facial that delivers instantly noticeable improvement with less treatment time,” says Cameron&Co marketing manager/ owner Sarah Arnold. “HydraFacial thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, as well as delivering antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to nourish and protect.

Have a chat with us to find out how we can help you achieve the healthiest and bestlooking version of yourself.”

C a meron&Co 175 Ross River Road, Mundingburra 4729 5777 www.cameronandco.com.au

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Transform your look from subtle to supernova with these face gems ($4.45) from Penneys’ new ‘Prism’ collection. www.primark.com



Loaded with meteorite powder, twilight pearls, and infused with mango butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil, Milk’s best-selling Holographic Stick ($38) gives your skin a luminous, lavender sheen. www.milkmakeup.com


Create a galaxy around your eyes with Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners ($27). The sleek and tiny brush gives precision that will help you achieve the perfect starry stroke. www.urbandecay.com



The ever popular La Creme Colour Drenched Lipstick in Unicorn Tears ($30) from Too Faced is packed with super moisturizers including white lotus flower extract and power peptides making it ultra comfortable to wear. www.sephora.com



Becca’s limited edition Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Amethyst ($52) is infused with pale gold, violet, and rose pearls to create an iridescent and elegant shimmer finish. www.beccacosmetics.com

Glow up with Laura Mercier’s Light Struck Prismatic Glow Palette ($70). This stellar palette features five lightweight, multi-dimensional, sheer, and blendable cream highlighters. www.lauramercier.com

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Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing Solutions

Risky Business: Untreated hearing loss in the workplace “The thing about hearing loss is that no one can see it. Most people are so impatient they just assume that the person with hearing loss is being rude, or slow-witted” – Marion Ross (Happy Days)

HOW long can you get away with “bluffing”? What do I mean by “bluffing”? How long can you get away with a generic response or delayed reaction when a specific response or action is required? At home you may be able to skate by (sometimes on thin ice mind you) as we tend to forgive our loved ones for their misdemeanours readily. In the workplace we don’t. In the workplace if your responses or actions aren’t what’s expected from the request or instructions given, at best people will start to question your abilities. At worst it can mean a bad outcome for a client or your business as a whole, or you could be endangering yourself or your colleagues. Work can be stressful enough without adding extra stress trying to decipher what’s being said. This can be particularly challenging in meetings or loud industrial workplaces when other conversations or noises hamper your ability to understand what’s being said. So much of what is said in a meeting or negotiation is not about the words themselves, but the inflection with which they are said. Fail to recognise that and you may miss the true intent of what’s being said. Holders of commercial vehicle licenses and workers at most mine sites must legally wear any prescribed hearing devices. I have personally heard many tragic stories of near misses and fatalities on site where people weren’t wearing corrective devices. In business we bluff to retain a semblance of credibility and capability when our ability to interpret what we hear is reduced. It’s a natural reaction which

we hone over many years, irrespective of whether we suffer from hearing loss or not. But when it becomes a daily occurrence we can be left exposed and humiliated. These days there’s no need to bluff. Treatment for hearing loss has advanced dramatically. Gone are the bulky old beige aids from your grandfather’s day. Now we have solutions like embedded hearing aids that are completely invisible. Or tiny hearing aids that connect to your iPhone or the Internet giving you more control and connectivity. These are smart devices that enhance your performance and add to your credibility, not detract from it. Treating hearing loss can improve social, psychological and emotional well-being. If you need to be at the top of your game you must be in your best capable condition. Most importantly, you are not alone. In Australia people take on average seven years to address their hearing loss. That’s seven years of not functioning at your peak. If you suspect hearing loss, or your loved ones suspect it, see your qualified audiologist today to ensure you stay at the top of your game.

The Latest Hearing Aids. The Smallest Devices. Are you getting the right hearing treatment and the right device? Treating hearing loss isn’t about selling a hearing aid. It’s about correctly diagnosing the hearing loss and offering the right devices to treat that loss. Importantly, we must also ensure we fit your budget and your lifestyle.

Being an independent audiologist Clarity can source the latest technology and smallest devices from all manufacturers to treat your specific hearing loss. We offer proven technology and the latest options.

Call Clarity Hearing Solutions on

4779 1566 or 1300 CLARITY Hermit Park 266 Charters Towers Rd | Condon 60 N Beck Dr

Our range includes invisible, titanium, Internet connected, rechargable, extended wear options and many more from all manufacturers. Compare today! See our range and prices online or call to book today. For better hearing the solution is Clarity.

North Queensland’s Independent Audiologist | www.clarityhearingsolutions.com.au DUOMagazine July 2017


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Physiotherapist + Director

Paul Parker SportsMed NQ

Avoiding the dreaded ACL injury The science behind why ACL injuries occur, and, more importantly, how to limit the possibility of sustaining an ACL rupture yourself.

THE anterior cruciate ligament, commonly referred to as the ACL, is one of the four primary ligaments that act to stabilise the knee joint. This particular ligament prevents excessive movement between the thigh bone (femur) and the larger shin bone (tibia), allowing you to develop huge amounts of force through the knee without any feeling of

instability. Although very strong, the ACL is designed to protect primarily against forward movement of the shin bone and the tight bone, but is not particularly effective at preventing twisting of the shin bone relative to the thigh. As a result, the ACL is most commonly damaged in a position where the bent knee falls into a position that cases rotation between these bones, such as the knee falling sharply inward as you change speed or direction of running. The interesting statistic is that up to 80% of ACL injuries are reported as ‘non-contact’, meaning that most people injure their knee without any kind of traumatic force being applied. The classic injury is reported as: • Weightbearing injury, knee twisting, instantly gives way • Sharp change of speed or direction • Hearing ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ • Instant deep pain with early, large swelling • Unable to continue play, often early feel of instability in weight bearing Here in Townsville we see a very high incidence of ACL injuries, possibly due to the hard ground or thick grass types that grow here. We would love to see less people come through the door with such injuries, so here are some evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk. Such preventative interventions have been shown to decrease risk by up to 89% in large athletic populations.

in the optimal position during loading there is a reduction in the ability of your quads and hamstring to complete their function, which is in part, to stabilise the knee. Strengthening the glutes through hip extension or abduction based exercises will improve your ability to actively position your knee during activity. 2. Improve your biomechanical control Now your glutes are strong enough, let’s put the muscles to use. Improving your ability to control the tracking of your knee during loaded exercise reduces can reduce forces applied the ACL during risky manoeuvres such as stepping or speedy deceleration. This is best guided by a physio but even observing yourself stepping up or doing a singly leg squat can highlight some issues with the tracking of your knee. 3. Progressively practice risky situations in your sport By practicing situations known to cause injury, starting at low speeds and increasing with time you improve your neuromuscular control and feel much more confident in these movements. For field athletes, this could take the shape of stepping around cones or deceleration drills. For those on the court, practicing jumping and landing on the one leg and stopping plus passing might be an idea.

1. Strengthen your glutes Multiple studies have shown that a weakened glute limits your ability to control you knee position under stress. When the knee in not

For the month of June book in with our TPI Accredited Physiotherapist Cian McMahon for a Golf Assessment and take the first step in improving your game today For an appointment please call 4771 3650.



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Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

How was your weekend? Most answer, “Not long enough!” If you want longer weekends, try something new.

IF you often wonder on Monday morning how your weekend flew by so quickly, you might want to re-consider how you are spending your time. Turns out, the key to a fulfilling weekend that doesn’t feel too short is to seek out and discover new things. Pursuing new settings, new activities and new experiences is the best way to feel like you can ‘stretch time’. The theory goes like this: When you spend time doing something new and unfamiliar, your brain focuses more on collecting information about the activity and in turn, creates a more detailed memory about the experience. When you reflect on that memory, it feels like you had more time. The reverse is true as well. If you are stuck on the treadmill of life, doing the same routine every weekend, you won’t remember much about your days. It will feel like time flew by because you weren’t giving your brain any new data to build new memories. A routine weekend is similar to a really long, uneventful flight; it seems monotonous while you’re actually in the air, but once landed you practically forget the entire experience. Fortunately, seeking out novelty isn’t as difficult or expensive as it sounds. And a new setting can be just as effective as a new activity. Here are a few ideas to inspire. • Eat breakfast outside in the morning sunshine instead of the kitchen

• Bike ride along Ross River • Walk the Strand or Castle Hill • Browse a bookstore or antique shop • Visit an art gallery or take an art class –Umbrella Studio supports local artists • Watch a live performance instead of a movie • Have a movie night at home with popcorn and treats Experiencing new things doesn’t make time slow down, but you will feel like you have made the most of your time. Any activity you undertake that is pleasant, fun, enjoyable, satisfying, or gives you a sense of achievement will have the added bonus of making your mood lift and you will feel happier.* So, would you rather stick to your regular weekend routine or would you prefer to look back relishing in the new things you tried? The choice is yours as to how you live your #BestLife. *Please know that sometimes when people suffer depression, they may not have the motivation or might find it difficult to get started with activities. For others troubled by anxiety, the thought of trying new things might overwhelm or even scare them. The trick here is to start with small activity goals and working with a clinical psychologist can help.

• Take a swim at Little Crystal Creek or another local waterhole • G o for a hike – Cape Pallarenda has a variety to choose from • Try a new café or order something you haven’t had before

Sometimes, life feels like it could swallow you whole. Our psychiatrists and clinical psychologists can help.

Friendly. Private. Mental Health Hub. For tools to live your best life, visit our website and subscribe for resources to your inbox. Twitter @Fulham4bestlife #bestlife www.fulhamconsulting.com.au 5 Fulham Road Pimlico Townsville | Phone 4728 5209

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From Pilates to press-ups, Ted Baker’s activewear fuses sports fabrics with silhouettesculpting designs for a supportive and stylish workout. We’re loving the pretty florals of the ‘Jumpto’ Dynamic Butterfly cross-back sports bra ($109). www.tedbaker.com/au


Designed to keep your blood sugar steady and ensure sustained energy, enrGIsustain gluten-free snack bars ($4.95) have low-GI ingredients. They come in a dark chocolate, coconut and cashew flavour, sweetened with low-GI bee honey. www.enrgisustain.com

British fitness mega-star Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) has legions of fans who swear by his nutritious recipes and training programs. Joe has just released his fourth book, Cooking for Family & Friends ($44.99), that balances being healthy with cooking for a crowd. Inside are more than 100 delicious and nutritious recipes for sharing with the special people in your life. www.panmacmillan.com.au


Adidas by Stella McCartney has updated one of its signature running styles, the Ultra Boost ($330), with a perforated textile upper in a fresh allwhite hue. A textured rubber midsole and mesh panels on the quarter add a functional and chic finish.



Rihanna’s tough femininity and sporty flair shine through in her collaboration with Fenty Puma in the Parachute Backpack ($374.50). Constructed with luxuriously smooth floral jacquard, it has a laptop sleeve and loopy canvas detailing that’s handy for attaching things when you’re on the go.

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Dr Geoff Stanton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Do wisdom teeth always cause crowding of the teeth? Recently my daughter said to me “Dad, my wisdom teeth are coming up and I’m worried that my front teeth will move”. Many of our patients wonder if the benefits of orthodontic treatment will be undone by the eruption of their wisdom teeth. IS it true that ‘wisdom teeth’ (also known as the third molars) actually lead to crowding of the front teeth? This is a question that has been thoroughly debated and investigated over the past 50 years.

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

Why do our teeth move over time? We often see patients who have seen changes in the position of their upper and particularly their lower front teeth as late teens or as young adults. Some of these patients had very well aligned teeth before. It is easy to blame the wisdom teeth for these changes, as this is the time that they tend to erupt, but there are actually many other possible factors which can affect teeth positions. Your teeth are housed in living and changing bone, rather than set in “concrete”. Therefore teeth positions can be affected by any or a combination of the following factors. • Late lower jaw growth which can lead to inward tipping of the lower front teeth • Changes in the elasticity of the cheeks and lips and/or pressure from the tongue • Loss of gum tissue or bony support for the teeth through gum disease The assumption is that the wisdom teeth “push” and place pressure on the other teeth, which eventually causes the front teeth to become more crowded as we age. Many studies have assessed this theory and have found that wisdom teeth are not the primary cause of dental crowding. In fact, up to 25% of people are missing their wisdom teeth from birth and these patients still develop the same crowding later in life! This means that removing wisdom teeth will not guarantee that the front teeth will stay straight! It seems that wisdom teeth have been unfairly blamed for dental crowding and are considered to be ‘guilty’ merely by time association! Reasons for removing wisdom teeth Even though wisdom teeth are not directly linked

to lower incisor crowding, there are still many other reasons to remove wisdom including: • Ongoing gum infections around the wisdom tooth • Cleaning difficulty in the area (which can lead to decay or gum disease) • Possibility of associated cysts or pathology Many patients eventually require removal of their wisdom teeth, however, such removal cannot be viewed as a preventive measure against later dental crowding. Your general dentist and maxillofacial surgeons will manage their removal. How to keep the front teeth straight – retainers Orthodontic treatment delivers confidence through a beautiful and healthy smile. Understandably, it is most disheartening for both Orthodontist and patient when undesirable tooth movement occurs after the treatment. Faithfully wearing retainers for the long-term will help preserve the beautifully straight teeth which we have all worked so hard for. Avoid unwanted tooth movement, by treating your teeth and retainers with respect and you will achieve the best value and longevity out of your orthodontic experience. Naturally, the body inevitably changes as we age. Tooth movement, like wrinkles, occurs with time as a part of the normal aging process. Thankfully we can hold off unwanted teeth changes, through maintaining good oral health and the simple wearing of retainers. Retainers are sometimes referred to as the ‘Botox’ for teeth! There is certainly great wisdom in wearing your retainers.

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

Did you know? It takes 8 years of full-time University study to become an Orthodontist DUOMagazine July 2017


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Jess Brown Pure Core Nourishment

Discover your best self yet Can you think back to a time when you were truly happy in your own skin? You know what I mean, you had bountiful energy, your skin glowed, and you had a positive outlook on life. Can you remember?

FOR some of us this may unfortunately be a very distant memory. Today is seems that so many of us are plagued with aches and pains, fatigue, digestive complaints, obesity, diabetes and confusion about what to eat. Now I’m sure you have all heard of Type 2 Diabetes and insulin resistance. I’ll even bet you probably know someone that has it or you have it yourself. I might even go out on a limb here and say that there is a good chance that you yourself are insulin resistant! If you have persistent weight issues even though you feel like you do ‘all the right things’, a ever growing mid section, and ever mounting health complaints, chances are you are in the early stages. Combine this with the stress that we put ourselves under, a diet high in carbs and sugars, and we have a recipe of dysregulated blood sugar, and unbalanced hormones. Diabetes is a slow moving disease and often 13 years has gone by of over consuming carbs and sugars before your liver and pancreas can no longer take it and your blood glucose raises to the point that you get a diagnosis. Next step your Doctor will medicate you to bring down the high blood sugar – but how you got here in the first place is also the key to making things right again. Insulin resistance is what happens when your liver is FULL OF FAT. How did that happen? Well glucose and fructose (sugar) are metabolised in the liver, the liver turns it to fat. That’s right, I said glucose and fructose – NOT dietary fat! Insulin is the key that unlocks the cell to let the glucose in, but if the cell is already full it doesn’t matter how much insulin you have,

you have run out of space. You now have glucose in your blood. This is when your blood sugar is elevated, if this continues you literally start to rot from sugar. You’ve all seen the pictures of rotten teeth or ulcerated limbs from diabetes. Well, sorry if its graphic but that is what happens to your body when you are literally full of sugar. Your liver and the pancreas have run out of options. It is not the insulin that is the problem, there is nowhere left to store the glucose and fructose. What happens if you don’t eat or you consume significantly less carbs and more healthy fats? Well then the body finally gets a chance to use some of the excess glucose that is in the blood and has been stored in the liver. Blood sugar and insulin levels begin to normalise. When the blood sugar comes down and the insulin is decreased many wonderful things start to happen. Hormones can balance, weight starts to shift, energy returns, your mood improves. Your pancreas begins to recover, it wasn’t burnt out after all, just clogged with fat! From healthy dietary fat, your liver produces ketones as a fuel source, this is the preferred fuel for the body. Becoming effective fat burners is the basis behind the growing interest in Ketogenic or Low Carb High Fat diets and intermittent fasting that is becoming a mainstream approach to addressing chronic disease. Why? Because returning to our evolutionary diet of healthy fat, protein and whole food plants leads to fat adaption and ultimately your best self yet.

Keto Clarity Is a Ketogenic Diet Right For You? A Community Talk by Pure Core Nourishment Nutritional Therapy

Sunday July 16th at 10am $10pp



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Do you have diabetes? There are more than 100,000 Queenslanders already living with Type 2 Diabetes who don’t know it. Queensland toddler Kingston Shooter was diagnosed in Mackay Hospital with type 1 diabetes when he was 10 months old.

Find out if you have diabetes before you have a complication because you weren’t diagnosed earlier with the condition.

THIS National Diabetes Week (July 9-15), Diabetes Queensland wants to let you know that type 2 diabetes can remain hidden for 10 years or more. “Anyone can develop diabetes and you don’t have to be old or overweight,” Diabetes Queensland CEO Adjunct Professor Michelle Trute said. “Your future depends on finding out if you’re one of the 100,000.” While you’re doing your best to ignore symptoms and thinking you’ll deal with it when you have to, the imbalance of glucose in your bloodstream is affecting your arteries, heart, kidneys and most other organs in your body. You can check your risk of type 2 diabetes by visiting the Diabetes Queensland website or ask your doctor to check at your next visit. Symptoms include passing urine more often, especially at night; increased

thirst; extreme tiredness; unexplained weight loss; slow healing of cuts and wounds; blurred vision. In almost 60 per cent of cases, being informed about your risk of diabetes lets you slow its advance. Early diagnosis can prevent the onset of serious diabetes-related complications that might otherwise lead to a heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease or lower limb amputations. Within health professional circles, this National Diabetes Week, Diabetes Queensland will also be raising awareness about the sudden onset of type 1 diabetes and the danger that may result if diagnosis is delayed. One of the big frustrations for our members with type 1 diabetes is that people don’t know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that attacks the cells in the

pancreas that produce insulin. It can develop at any age but generally occurs in children and young adults. It cannot be prevented. Type 1 diabetes needs to be diagnosed quickly, and people with the condition have to inject insulin daily for the rest of their lives. Type 2 diabetes is related to lifestyle factors in 60 per cent of cases. However, 40 per cent of people living with type 2 diabetes could not have prevented it. Despite widespread belief that type 2 diabetes can be cured, once it has developed it is a lifelong condition. It can sometimes be managed solely by healthy eating and exercise, but it remains in the system. “It takes less than two minutes to check your risk of developing type 2 diabetes online,” Prof Trute said. “This National Diabetes Week put yourself first and find out if you’re one of the Queenslanders who need to start treatment. “We all tend to look the other way when it comes to our health, but you are so much better off being in control of your diabetes rather than the other way around.” www.diabetesqld.org.au DUOMagazine July 2017


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S TUDENT S DESIGN COLLEGE INDIGENOUS SHIR T Twenty-eight students from Years 1 to 11 worked with Uncle Gavin Kum Singh (Wulgurukaba and Bindal) and past student, Jack Singh, to design a stunning Indigenous shirt for students and staff to wear. The design is based on the College’s story of ‘Journey, Community and Service’. www.ryan.catholic.edu.au

EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL’S LEGACY LIVES ON John Livingston, much-loved Executive Principal of Kirwan High, passed away tragically from brain cancer. His legacy lives on, however, through the school’s work with The Cure Starts Now to find a cure for children’s brain cancer. You can help by donating a prize or booking a ticket (phone 4773 8111). www.thecurestartsnow.org

Gala Dinner to Celebrate 65th Anniversary Marian Catholic School is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, a Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 26 August. The school’s amazing Principal, Mrs Karen Pearce, is also retiring after leading the school for the past 15 years and her contribution will be acknowledged at the event. www.marian.catholic.edu.au






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TR ACEY HATLEY AND BRENDEN PERRETT from Currajong wed on 28th April 2017 and had their private reception dinner on Fitzroy Island. Photography John Dick



from Townsville are delighted to announce they married on 23rd April 2017 at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island and held their reception at The Marlin Bar.

married on 22nd April 2017 at Lure, Airlie Beach. Photographer Kurt from Tella Photography

W ILLIAM MURPHY AND HAZEL KELLY 10th of June 2017. Ceremony and reception at William’s parents property near Mount Isa. Leonie Winks Photography.

JUST MARRIED LLOYD AND NIKKI (COLEMAN) ARMSTRONG wed on 31st October 2016. Reception at The Banquet Centre. On Earth Photography & Matthew Mason Photography.

MICHAEL AND ANNA (DOUGLAS) PURCELL of Townsville married 3rd June 2017 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Reception at The Banquet Centre, The Brewery. Photography by SB Creative Co.


from Townsville were married 17 June 2017 at Anderson Gardens and held their reception in the ballroom at Mercure Inn. Josephine Carter Photography

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International Psychic Medium

Keeping her daughter’s memory alive It seems to be coming more apparent that the pressures of life are getting harder for our young generation.

I’VE noticed it within my readings, as the number of young men and women who are taking their own lives seems to have increased at an alarming rate. Adolescent and young adults appear to be under more pressure at an earlier age and suicide, unfortunately seems to be a more common option for them. From my experience as a Medium, there are numerous reasons why young people end their physical life ranging from bullying, depression, drugrelated problems along with relationship issues… just to name a few. Earlier this year, a woman in her midfifties came to see me for a consultation. Her name was Alice and she asked specifically for a Mediumship Reading. It wasn’t long before a young woman presented herself from spirit, urging me to get a message to her mum. She showed me that when she was still alive, she had a vibrant personality, enjoyed a full life and had much success in her sporting career with hockey. Alice was able to confirm that her daughter Anna, had passed away, lived life to the fullest and was indeed a great hockey player.



Anna showed me the pressures she had put on herself with regards to her family, friendships, sporting career and general expectations of herself. She started to explain that during the last two years of her life she was suffering with depression. Following an argument with a friend, life seemed to become all too much for her, and it was at this point that Anna made the fateful decision to end her own life by taking an overdose whilst her mother was fast asleep. Alice again confirmed that her daughter did pass from an overdose, and sadly found Anna’s body the following morning. Alice was distraught over her daughter’s actions and although it had been several years since Anna had passed, her pain was still raw as if it had only happened just yesterday. As the reading progressed, Anna showed me some of her favourite memories that she and her mother once shared, including a family holiday to New Zealand. Anna then insisted that I thank her mum for putting together the ‘shrine room’ that Alice created to honour her daughters memory. She showed me that her former bedroom was now decked out with a large portrait-syle photo of herself playing hockey, trophies and medals from her sporting achievements strategically placed around the room, and her name in block letters were fitted to the wall. Alice, was pleasantly surprised that Anna already knew about the room… however in my experience, spirit doesn’t miss too much. Before the reading drew to a close,

Anna asked one last thing of me, to tell her mother she also knows that she has kept a lock of her hair. Alice again confirmed that after her daughter died, she requested a lock of her hair to be saved, and now carries it in her handbag wherever she goes. Reuniting people with their loved ones is a very rewarding experience for me. However the loss of a child is one of the most traumatic experiences a parent will ever endure, particularly when their child has taken their own life. As a community, it is important we continue to shine the light on this illness so that hopefully one day, suicide in youth will cease to exist. If you, or you know of someone needing to seek help, support is available by contacting www.beyondblue.org.au or www.headspace.org.au

Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium The Beauty Hub on Flinders 209 Flinders Street, Townsville City 0428 753 689 www.marcodellavalle.com

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BRENTON & HAYLEY PLACE welcomed Parker Arnold Place on 25.5.2017 weighing 3850g.

with siblings Michael, Emily, Dylan, Madisson, Montanna, and Ashlynne welcomed Peyton Milena on 05.10.16 weighing 1800g.

JOHN & BREANNE ROZIS JEREMY YOURELL & CARLY TAYLOR and brother Beau Jeremy Yourell welcomed Frankie Jaye Yourell to their family on 9th May 2017 weighing 2948g.

are delighted to announce the arrival of Oliver George Rozis on 21.03.2017.


SHAUN LANCE & TYISHA BETHEL with siblings Milton Jack Ehling (3) and Cailen Ehling (2) welcomed Kyden Edward Kearne Bethel on 13.06.2017.

welcomed Ariana Maree Boulter on 15.6.2017 weighing 3500g.


are delighted at the arrival of Cora Beverley Herschell on 30 March 2017 at the Mater Hospital weighing 3545g.

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Turning lives around Determined to drive down youth crime, the Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group is employing a holistic approach to tackle the tough issues. Words Kylie Davis Photography Josephine Carter MADE up of seven representatives from key agencies, the Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group brings together Police, the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Partnerships (DATSIP), Child Safety, Youth Justice, the Department of Housing and Public Works, Education and Queensland Health in a united approach to tackling youth crime. Operating out of Condon, above Relationships Australia on Riverway Drive, the group (established last October) is unique in that this is the first time key representatives from different agencies are working together on a full-time basis. Taking a prevention angle, they are reaching out to at-risk youths and their families to make sure they are connected with the community services they need. “The group provides intensive coordination of government and nongovernment services for young offenders and at-risk children (10 to 16-year-olds) in a bid to break the cycle of youth crime,” says Glenn Doyle, Government Co-ordinator for the Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group. “It does this by addressing the underlying issues that can lead some young

people to offend including poor school attendance, mental health problems and family dysfunction. We’re also working with 17-year-olds (who are classified as adults, rather than juveniles) who are in custody at the Townsville Correctional Complex. “I understand there’s a lot of talk about harsher penalties but I’d ask people to look closely at the disadvantaged circumstances the majority of these young offenders come from. We want to stop these young people getting on that conveyor belt that takes some of them from the child protection system into the juvenile justice

system, adult offending and prison.” Towards this end, the action group has started up a new Children’s Court early response service. Research shows that if a child under 14 has had two contacts with the criminal justice system then they’re at high risk of committing further offences. This risk is even higher if the child is not in school. As a result, the action group is targeting children (mainly 10 to 14-yearolds) who are attending the Townsville Children’s Court for the first, second or third time and who have not previously been on a Youth Justice order. The action group will work with families to link children and their parents or carers to professional support services in a bid to address issues such as family dysfunction, poor school attendance, drugs and alcohol, and mental health. The action group is also working to create a work experience program. “We can equip young people with ‘hard skills’ in terms of qualifications but what we’ve been missing is combining this with ‘soft skills’, where they have the opportunity to learn about the other things that matter to employers such as taking responsibility, communication, attention to detail and willingness to have a go,” says DATSIP’s Sam Reuben. “We’re building a relationship between government departments and nongovernment organisations to provide soft skills to young people and connect youths with employers for work experience. We need to combine hard skills with soft skills so these youths can truly turn their lives around.” CONNECT NOW www.qld.gov.au/townsville

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Left photo Mark Partland and wife Louise – owners of local business Ingham Road Seafood. Above photo General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation Judy Higgins and Mark hold the Foundation donation boxes you’ll find at his business on Ingham Road.

Worth fighting for It takes more than balls to stand up for a cause you believe in. Just ask testicular cancer survivor Mark Partland, who will be taking part in Fight For Your Cause on 14 October to raise funds for the Townsville Hospital Foundation. THIRTEEN years ago when Mark Partland discovered a lump in his neck, he thought it was just a harmless result of his little girl (Mikaela) jumping all over Daddy. When it was still there two days later, he thought he’d better get it checked out. The cause was completely unexpected – testicular cancer, which had spread to his lymphatic system. “It’s a journey I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It was scary and it happened pretty quickly,” says ‘Mark the Monger’, who owns Ingham Road Seafood with his wife Louise. “The doctors didn’t waste any time getting me into treatment.” Part of that treatment included chemotherapy at the Townsville Hospital under the watchful eye of Professor Sabe Sabesan, Senior Medical Oncologist. Mark also needed an operation, which was especially stressful as Louise was pregnant at the time and had to be induced to fit in with the timing of his surgery. That child, Kaden, is now 13 years old and Mark and his family are delighted to say all signs of the cancer are long gone. 84


“The kids have been teasing me about turning 50 soon, suggesting Dad is getting a bit old, so when I heard about Fight For Your Cause it was the perfect opportunity to show them what I’m made of,” Mark says. “Better still, it was a means for me to raise money to support the Townsville Hospital Foundation. My hope is that they’ll be able to use the funds to start up a support group for men diagnosed with testicular cancer.” A fun charity boxing event, Fight For Your Cause will take place on 14 October at the Townsville Stadium. Last year’s event raised close to $80,000, all of which went to local charities. The bouts are classed as amateur fights and consist of three two-minute rounds. Mark has been busy preparing for the event, which requires a minimum of 12 weeks of training at Body Torque, who are a presenting partner of the fight night. “I consider myself a lover not a fighter but I’ve been doing some cardio work and boxing, even though you can’t tell that from looking at me,” Mark says.

Physically it took Mark six to eight months to recover from his bout of testicular cancer. Mentally, it took a lot longer. “The journey can be quite daunting when you’re going through something like that, particularly for young males. It’s the type of cancer that can dig at their confidence. That’s why I’m so keen to start up a support group,” Mark says. “The great thing about the Townsville Hospital Foundation is all of the money stays local and they can direct the funds to the unit of your choice. “I know there are young guys out there going through this who would probably like to talk to someone about how it all works afterwards. I’d be more than happy to sit down and share what my journey was like so they have some idea of what to expect.” CO N N E C T N OW: www.give.everydayhero.com/au/mark-themonger-it-takes-more-than-just-balls-toenter-the-r

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A new colourful, eye-catching mural has been added to Townsville City Council’s street art portfolio thanks to a Brisbane-based artist known as Leans. Leans was commissioned to do the work, titled Mother Earth, on an Ogden Street façade. “Mother Earth provides a vision of the movement and ecstasy felt when exploring the depths of the Great Barrier Reef and captures the colourful charm of the evening sky,” Leans says. “The piece consists of a rich dose of patterns and colour taken from glimpses of the coral and fish specific to this area.” Street Art Activation Working Group member Cr Russ Cook says Leans’ work adds to the growing collection of colourful art on Ogden Street.

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A popular Kirwan park has received an upgrade thanks to a partnership between Rotary Club of Townsville Sunrise and Townsville City Council. Thuringowa Friendship Park at the end of Kern Brothers Drive has new fitness equipment installed under Stage 1 of works funded by Rotary’s $60,000 contribution and in-kind support from council. Stage 2 works currently scheduled for early next financial year will include a barbecue and shelter to be completed by the Rotary club.

A partnership between Townsville City Council and Crime Stoppers hopes to rally the community to keep reporting information about suspicious or criminal activity. With funding from Crime Stoppers and support from council, 15 ground decals have been made to promote the Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 number. The decals are located on footpaths along The Strand, Riverway, Riverway Drive bike paths and Castle Hill. EMERGENCY MARKERS INSTALLED ON CASTLE HILL A partnership between Rotary Club of Townsville Sunrise and Townsville City Council will benefit walkers and runners on Castle Hill. Emergency markers have been installed along popular walking tracks that will aid those calling for assistance to identify their location and improve the ability for emergency services to quickly locate an injured person. Rotary Club of Townsville Sunrise president Paul Ryan said that inaccurate information had delayed emergency services from reaching the injured so the markers will go a long way to avoiding this in the future.

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MagnetiCon: A magnet for Cosplayers Dressing up as their favourite characters, MagnetiCon attendees took to the stage to strut their stuff. Words Kylie Davis

COSPLAYERS were out in force at MagnetiCon (held at the Townsville RSL Stadium on 3-4 June), including special guest Nicole Marie Jean from California. “Cosplay literally means costume play and you can dress up as your favourite character from a wide range of different fandoms, whether it’s cartoons, sci-fi or comic books,” Nicole Marie says. “Some people go as far as personifying the character and really acting it out.” Nicole Marie’s journey Down Under for MagnetiCon is her fifth international trip already this year, having previously travelled to Portugal, Ireland, Dubai and Belgium for conventions. With a social media following of over 2.5 million she’s a much sought-after cosplayer. “I went to my first convention in 2010 88


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and I was hooked,” Nicole Marie says. “I’ve always been into sci-fi, comic books and all the geek stuff so it was very normal to me. I’ve been into sketching, painting, costume design and sculpture since I was a kid.” Nicole Marie’s favourite comic book character is known as The Mariner and is Marvel’s version of Aquaman. He’s quite the ladies’ man and very sarcastic but also very powerful as he was the first comic book character to fly (yes, even before Superman). “One of the reasons I developed a following is I became known as the girl who was taking on male characters and redesigning them to be female,” Nicole Marie says. “It’s become really common now, which is great.”

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“Cosplay literally means costume play and you can dress up as your favourite character from a wide range of different fandoms.” NICOLE MARIE JEAN Another special guest drawing attention at MagnetiCon this year was English actor Jeremy Bulloch, who is famous for his role as bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy. Jeremy says less is more when it comes to being menacing. “Making lots of noise and waving around guns isn’t as scary as standing dead still with just the occasional deliberate movement,” says Jeremy, whose brother was an associate producer for the second Star Wars film. Funnily enough, his

brother said “It’s only a small part, with hardly any words…” but the character turned out to be a cult favourite. Jeremy admits standing still in a heavy costume for hours on end is challenging. “It’s not like you can run to the toilet,” he laughs. “One of the dressers was wonderful because he said ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be here to get you out if there’s a panic!’.” CONNECT NOW www.magneticontsv.com DUOMagazine July 2017




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Funding for Port Channel Widening Project

Port of Townsville Limited has welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement that the Government’s State Budget will allocate up to $75 million in funding for the Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade Project. The $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade, which is Stage 1 of the $1.64 billion Townsville Port Expansion Project, will widen the shipping channels to accommodate larger ships.

The project is expected to futureproof the port by ensuring it remains competitive and viable for major shipping lines, as well as providing certainty for industry investment into the region.


Treasurer Curtis Pitt recently broke down the State Budget at a special forum held by Townsville Enterprise at the RSL. He outlined all the economy stimulating works the Palaszczuk Government has committed to the region and spoke about the determination to deliver a water security solution with $225 million set aside to act on the findings of the intergovernmental Water Taskforce. “We’re directly supporting around 3300 jobs in the Townsville region through a $689.2 million local infrastructure spend, $935.9 million health budget and $43.9 million dedicated to upgrading schools in this region,” Mr Curtis says. “Our Powering North Queensland Plan will see $386 million spent kickstarting strategic transmission infrastructure, a hydroelectric power station and improvement works at Burdekin Falls Dam.”

CONCEPT PLANS FOR CBD BUS HUB Conceptual designs for the CBD Bus Hub are now online to provide the community with a snapshot of what the new facility will look like. The release coincided with the call for tenders for the detailed design of the project and follows initial consultation with local businesses and residents in areas adjoining the proposed facility in Ogden and Hanran Streets. Work is expected to start this month. “This facility has been a long time coming and will provide major activation of Ogden Street and the adjoining area,” says Planning Committee chairman and Deputy Mayor Cr Les Walker. “We have taken on board feedback from consultation with local stakeholders and a number of issues and ideas including noise, traffic flows, streetscaping, lighting, security and potential impacts on amenity.”

MINING FORUM WELCOMES ADANI ANNOUNCEMENT Business operators and community leaders at the North Queensland Mining and Resources Industry Forum held in Townsville recently welcomed the move by Adani to proceed with its Carmichael coal project. It’s hoped the coal and rail project will encourage work to flow to smaller companies. The Native Title Bill also passed through the Senate last month, clearing up legal uncertainties.


Two of the 51 projects funded under the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program have already been completed ahead of the November 30 deadline. Mysterton and Hyde Park residents are already making use of a new dog off-leash area to safely exercise their animals adjacent to Mindham Park with the $18,000 work package to install signage, bollards for delineation, dog drinking bowl and bag dispenser wrapping up. In a separate project, three new refuse bins have also been installed at The Lakes in Currajong.

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HELPING NORTH QUEENSLAND FAMILIES GROW While Townsville continues to thrive as the northern hub for specialist medical treatments, so does our population thanks to the world-class IVF expertise located here.

MONASH IVF TOWNSVILLE 10 Martinez Avenue, West End 1800 684 198 www.monashivf.com www.facebook.com/monashivf



Monash IVF has been helping North Queensland families grow since 2005 and Australiawide since 1973, when they achieved the world’s first IVF pregnancy. At the forefront of their Townsville practice since extending their services here 12 years ago has been Dr Steve Mokrzecki; an obstetrics and gynaecology expert with 20 years of local experience. Fortunate enough to be trained by one of Australia’s IVF founders, Professor Gab Kovacs, Dr Mokrzecki is proud of the work his small, dedicated team of nurses, embryologists and counsellors do in the community. “Monash IVF offers patients the best of both worlds; personalized care by your own IVF specialist; combined with consistently high pregnancy rates,” Dr Mokrzecki explained. “We manage your care from the first consultation through to the birth of your baby; providing the support you need throughout your treatment.” As the original IVF specialists, the team at Monash will also be the first to tell you IVF isn’t the only option for many couples trying to conceive. They will not only find the root of your problems and make plans to manage them; they’re also well placed to help you take a baby home. “We are proud of the care and science we use to help you have a baby with Monash IVF

here in Townsville and it’s the same as you would get in any capital city, so there’s no need to travel for your treatment,” Dr Mokrzecki stated. “Our Blastocyst transfers are the treatment of choice for most patients as we know this technique identifies the embryos that have the best chance of creating a pregnancy. We routinely use ultrasound imaging to guide your embryo transfer to ensure the best possible placement of your embryo.” Dr Beata Peter-Przyborowski has recently joined the Monash Townsville team, training under the guidance of specialists including Dr Mokrzecki. An experienced OBGYN, Dr Beata said one focus for her practice includes preconception care or what is now known as ‘trimester zero’. “This is a critical time which starts well before conceiving but has an extremely important role in achieving a pregnancy, as well as reducing immediate risks like miscarriages as well as long-term chronic diseases for the child,” she explained. “It’s such a privilege to be able to help families affected by infertility and to achieve the pregnancy they long for.” If you’re struggling to get pregnant or would like to learn more about fertility treatment options, book a free chat with one of Monash IVF’s fertility nurses today.

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A HEARTFELT ARRANGEMENT FOR LOCAL FLORIST It’s home-grown businesses like Daisy Maisy Flowers that make buying local easy.

DAISY MAISY FLOWERS Shop 14, Annandale Central Macarthur Drive, Annandale 4728 6868 www.daisymaisy.com.au www.facebook.com/Daisy-Maisy-Flowers-Townsville

After quickly discovering her passion in life for creating floral designs while working at another Townsville florist, Hina Khan has spent the past eight years designing and delivering her fresh flower arrangements to all your nearest and dearest in and around Townsville. And so far, she has loved every minute of her business venture. Since she and her husband arrived in Australia from Europe 15 years ago with two bags full of clothes and an 18-month old son in tow, Hina said she dreamed of owning her own business in the ‘lucky country’. “When we moved to Townsville we were looking for a life-changing venture that we could really attach ourselves to and we’ve certainly found it,” she said. “Why a florist? Well, every order we get, be it for a floral arrangement or gift hamper, has a story behind it. It is creative and involving, as you are always dealing with customers’ emotions; both happy and sad. Sending flowers is an expression of love or appreciation.” Since taking over the Annandale Central shopfront in 2009, this family-owned and operated business has flourished into one of Townsville’s most reputable and recognisable florists, known for their contemporary, creative and affordable floral designs. As the creative genius behind Daisy Maisy’s designs, Hina puts their success down to their

personalised customer service and keeping up with the latest floral trends. We are a full-service florist that caters for your everyday flowers and gifts and for all your special moments,” she said. “We receive our stock daily from local growers across North Queensland and our in-house delivery service also makes sure we can deliver your love, on time and fresh, every day to any suburb in Townsville.” Daisy Maisy Flowers now employs seven staff who, like Hina and her family, enjoy what every new day brings to their beloved business. “We’re very grateful to the Townsville community for their trust and support, without which we would not have managed to stand alone,” she said. “When you support small business, you’re supporting a dream. In return, the least we do is to give back by buying locally ourselves from growers in farnorth Queensland.” For a free, no-obligation consultation for any upcoming special occasion on your calendar, contact Hina as she would love to meet with you. “Call or drop in to see some of our creations and what we can do for you. Browse our website to find that perfect floral gift, idea or inspiration or place your order online.”

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THE FUTURE OF BUILDING IN THE NORTH Designing the perfect home has never been a small feat, but with the use of moderntechnology, it’s become a multi-dimensional nirvana for those who have a plan which requires precision execution.

ALLARO HOMES TOWNSVILLE 117 Sunhaven Boulevard, Burdell 4724 1333 www.allarohomes.com.au www.facebook.com/A llaroHomes



The Cavallaro family behind Allaro Homes have been involved in the construction industry for more than a century. With the use of modern technology, they have evolved the concept of custom building design beyond its current time. Their admired longevity in the industry, award-winning designs and progressive, technical nous, have seen them become the premier local builder that will plan and build your custom-made home to absolute perfection. “By using 3D technology, our in-house designers can study the site and position the layout and sitting of a client’s new home down to the finest detail; with advanced solar studies tracking the sun throughout the year so you can see firsthand the effects of sun and shade on their entire house before construction even starts,” Business Manager and Construction Supervisor Daniel Cavallaro explained. “Through our developed software, 3D modelling also gives our design specialists the ability to design the house to work with the contours of the site to minimize excavation and maximise value for money. We can estimate down to the finest detail of every material used in the home.” Daniel is now in his 15th year with the Cavallaro-owned enterprise, which proudly proclaims that all their clients receive the ‘Allaro advantage’ when they choose to build their

most valuable asset with the North Queensland builder. “Our point of difference is that we specialise in building quality custom homes on sloping sites throughout Townsville,” Daniel said. “But we also build homes for our clients as they would for themselves or their friends and family. We take care of everything and we’re long-term relationship focused. The site supervisor and tradespeople who would build any one of our display homes are the same people who build your home.” Allaro’s team includes not only members of the Cavallaro family, but experienced design specialists with impressive portfolios that extend from the design desk to the field. Daniel’s business management partner and marketing guru Leah Juett has been with the company for two and a half years and is most excited about the fact that clients can now get a virtual glimpse of their new homes before their foundations are even laid. “Our Virtual Reality aspect gives clients a greater feel for space and the layout than ever before!” Leah exclaimed. “Imagine investing the time into your own custom plan, only to be able to walk through it and visualise every aspect before there is even a builder’s sign on your block! Just contact one of our friendly staff members to find out more.”

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RESEARCH PROVIDING A BACKBONE FOR REGIONAL HEALTH From left, Dr Peter McEwen, Andrea Grant, Dr Matthew Wilkinson, and Dr Kaushik Hazratwala

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ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF QUEENSLAND 7 Turner Street, Pimlico 4755 0564 www.oriql.com.au

At the grass roots of any effective medical field, the work that research bodies carry out in our communities is integral to driving and maintaining a healthy nation. Since 2011, the team at the Orthopaedic Research Institute of Queensland (ORIQL), a self-funded, non-profit research organisation founded by Dr Peter McEwen, Dr Kaushik Hazratwala and Dr Matthew Wilkinson, has been working collaboratively with local and state entities to deliver valuable, evidence-based medicines to the region in the treatment of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disease. Now leading the way in collaborative, multi-practice research which incorporates innovative digital technology as a way of connecting with their research participants locally and remotely, ORIQL’s locally employed researchers and consultants are forging ahead in their focus on quality patient outcomes for the North Queensland region, while generating research that’s presented on an international stage. “Our vision at ORIQL is to be able give back to the North Queensland community through applying first-hand knowledge gained from quality research into musculoskeletal disease,” Research Coordinator Andrea Grant explained. “To fulfil this vision, we’ve embraced the use of technology to create a new level of communication between the patient and provider, so patients in any region of Australia can participate in our studies.” The knowledge and skills shared by ORIQL’s founding members are of the highest calibre and they’re all leaders in their profession.

But despite their lists of credentials, achieving the desired outcomes of their dedicated work has not been without its challenges. One of their biggest obstacles was collecting timely and accurate data, but thanks to FORCE Therapeutics, an innovative, digital-health platform, they’ve been able to improve their quality of care by connecting with their patients through digital messaging, video and real-time alerts on devices including computers, smart phones and tablets. Since embracing the technology, researchers have been able to easily monitor their patients’ compliance with the requirements of the study while collecting their data, thereby improving the accuracy of their research outcomes. Andrea said it’s all in the name of making good results better. “Often, research is not as obvious as improving a surgical procedure; it may be investigating the silent effect of a drug, device or product routinely used to improve patient outcomes,” she said. “We’re currently investigating ways to reduce the risk of complications such as infection and scarring following joint replacement surgery which can have devastating consequences for the patient, not to mention the significant associated costs to the health care system. “We’re really proud of what we’ve been able to do in terms of integrating our services with technology to help establish a more cost-effective model for care delivery and research in Australia.” DUOMagazine July 2017


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Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Perfect Work/Life Balance It exists. I have found it. LAST month I spoke about a small part of our cruise of the Caribbean. We were celebrating my wife’s 30th birthday with a group of friends aboard the Oasis of the Seas and were docked in Jamaica, a few days into our cruise. This was the first time that we had been on a cruise and we definitely picked an amazing way to introduce ourselves to cruising, or as we liked to call it: #cruiselife. I don’t mean to over exaggerate just how amazing #cruiselife is. I think another way of referring to cruising could be Utopia. Incredible restaurants, amazing bars, swimming pools, spa’s, cinema, Comedy Club, ice-skating rink (yep!) and even rock

climbing walls. Plus the shopping! On top of regular outlets they also had premium brand stores like Tiffany & Co Jewellers, Coach and Kate Spade. They even had a Starbucks. I explained last month about how I was impressed by the systems that Royal Caribbean operate with to be able to seamlessly accommodate the needs of over 8000 people on board. Further to this I found I was most impressed with the facilities available, considering we were hundreds of kilometres out at sea. Then, probably the best idea I have ever had, struck me like a lightning bolt – I could actually live AND still work aboard this ship… Let me explain. We had lightning fast Internet. Yes, sorry NBNCo but we get better Internet on a ship off the coast of Cuba then we do in our office (FTTN too FYI). Our room had a good sized desk to work from, not forgetting the exceptional view. So here is how I would (like to) run RBS/NQ Finance Group aboard Oasis of the Seas. 7.00am Wake and check the view. 7.15am Jog 5km on the Level 3 running track (joke – walk a lap or two) 8.00am Shower and buffet breakfast 9.00am Login and respond to emails 10.00am Login to QuickBooks Online and work on clients’ accounts 11.00am Quick walk to Starbucks for a Venti Flat White 11.15am Back to QuickBooks Online 12.15pm Check RBS/NQFG bank account for Debtor Payments 12.30pm Lunch at Chops Grille 01.30pm Emails and QuickBooks Online


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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

What’s your Super Strategy? Are the superannuation reforms just for the bigger end of town? Well, not quite…

WHEN the new super reforms became law in November 2016, the assumption was made by the Federal Government that it would only affect a small number of super fund members. Specifically, the government has introduced what is called a transfer balance cap of $1.6 million, which is designed to

limit the total amount of superannuation savings that can be transferred from accumulation phase into ’a tax-free retirement (pension) account’. The government’s claim is that very few Australians will be affected by this proposal because the average superannuation balance for a 60-year-old Australian nearing retirement is $285,000. It is also said that those who will be affected by the new transfer balance cap amount to less than one per cent of fund members. This claim, however, does not seem take into account the significant number of people affected by this cap, perhaps not in the immediate future but in decades to come. What these reforms have done is created a complicated system of retirement even for those with nothing close to the $1.6 million in super balances. Both current retirees, and individuals yet to enter their retirement phase, now must firstly understand what a transfer cap is. Think of $1.6 million from 1 July 2017. This the total amount of superannuation that an individual can transfer into retirement phase accounts. If you have more than $1.6 million of super in super you would have had to take action well before 1 July 2017. This is because if you exceed your cap of $1.6 million in your retirement account past 1 July 2017, the ATO will direct you to commute the excess, including relevant earnings, back to accumulation and you will be liable for ‘excess transfer balance tax’. Those who don’t have the $1.6 million in super balance yet, but are close to it, will still need to monitor their transfer balance cap closely to ensure you are abiding by the new rules. You also need to have a good

understanding of your transfer balance account for additional contributions coming into the pension phase. From 1 July 2017, if you are currently hold a Transition to Retirement Pension (TRIP) account, these accounts will no longer provide a tax exemption of those earnings on the TRIP account like they did in the past. The TRIP assets will move back into accumulation and pay 15 cents in the dollar tax on earnings. In addition to this, the TRIP account does not count towards the $1.6 million transfer balance cap. So you need to be astute and have your adviser cross-check all your pensions, decide which can and will form part of the cap and which won’t, and revert the excess into accumulation and be prepared to pay 15 per cent tax on the earnings of the accumulation account. Or alternatively you may decide to withdraw the excess from superannuation and invest it outside of super. This strategy will lead to all earnings being assessed at your individual marginal tax rate (if no other alternative is arranged). Just remember though, once it is withdrawn from super, you are more limited than ever in your ability to recontribute back into super (if at all). It may be an irreversible decision.

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

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Retail tsunamis and adaptive responses Regional retailing is facing renewed forces of change, and fresh challenges. These are being driven by the contraction in local household expenditure capacity and the progressive – and growing – impact of technology. It’s a case of adapt or face the risk of extinction. The tsunami is coming.

CHALLENGE #1 – CONTRACTING HOUSEHOLD BUDGETS Household spending capacity is impacted by a changing labour force, declining full-time employment, rising unemployment and debt. On all these fronts, there’s no denying that a shrinking labour force over the past six years has reduced effective demand in the local economy. The Townsville labour force peaked in July 2011, well before mining employment’s peak in mid-2013. Since then, it has shed 29,100 persons to 111,600 persons. Total employed persons has declined 22,400 to 99,600. This is tantamount to winding the clocks back to the early-mid 2000s. These employment losses have taken place mainly



in the private economy, with some offsetting gains in government-heavy sectors. Not all jobs are equal when it comes to salaries and wages. The impact on overall household incomes has been significant. On a year-on-year basis, total household incomes in February 2017 is some $1.24 billion less than was the case in February 2012. That’s about 11% down. Work is being progressively gig-afied. Hours worked by full-time workers has also declined in absolute terms since peaking in May 2013, which explains the decline in total hours worked by all workers in the Townsville city-region economy. Total fulltime hours worked is back to levels last seen in 2005. The number of hours worked by part-time workers has increased steadily over the last 20 years, which goes to a modest offsetting of the drop off in full time hours worked. The most telling feature of the changing mix of full-time to part-time hours is the noticeable up-tick on the ratio of parttime to full-time hours since 2012. Unemployed persons has climbed, the participation rate is at historic lows and the ratio of employed persons to those not working has dropped to almost 50 : 50. In other words, the economically active number about the same as the inactive. Nationally, the picture is around 60 : 40 (working / non-working). All of these dynamics are putting a serious squeeze on household budgets. This naturally flows through to local retailing, which is most evident when we consider evidence on retail employment. CHALLENGE #2 – ONLINE SHOPPING Between February 2012 and February 2017, the city-region economy has shed 4,500 jobs in retailing. At the same time, it experienced a modest net gain of 300 jobs in wholesale trade and 1,200 in transport, postal and warehousing. These employment dynamics strongly point to a contraction in local retailing and a rise in online retailing, as households buy in goods from elsewhere, delivered to the door. Current data on local retail expenditure isn’t readily available but a combination of household income estimates, employment by industry changes and evidence on retail vacancy rates all point to one conclusion. Local retailing is under immense pressure. These pressures are likely to strengthen over the next few years, as global online retailers begin to make a bee-line for Australians’ hip pockets. The impending arrival of global online behemoth Amazon has sent shudders down the spines of Australia’s retailing majors. And they

aren’t the only ones ratcheting up the pressure on traditional bricks-and-mortar retailing models via intensified online commerce and delivery. Townsville’s retail scene is not immune from these dynamics. This year, for example, we’ve already seen IKEA kick off their local delivery capability. In what is likely to be a portend of things to come, this move to local wholesale and delivery fulfilment by the Swedish giant, would – I expect – presage a deepening of online retailing’s presence on the local scene. All of this points to challenging times for bricks-and-mortar retailing in regional centres like Townsville. The national pattern has seen a decline in the ratio of retail centre floorspace to population over the past 10 years, according to research by global property advisory firm Jones Lang Lasalle. It peaked in 1998 at 3m2 per person, and is already well below the long run historical average of 1.8m2 / person. It’s forecast to continue shrinking. Under these circumstances, its highly debatable whether the fundamental economic conditions exist to support the development of any more retailing bricks-and-mortar in Townsville. New capacity would, in these circumstances, cannibalise existing space and we will be witness to a process of tenancy musical chairs. Abandoned or under-utilised space will need to re-invent itself. RESPONSE #1 – TIGHTER LOCAL CHAINS If total household expenditure capacity is shrinking, the challenge of leakages must surely be the most pressing issue. Retained expenditure within local circuits of expenditure and income seems critical to minimising the consequences of what is otherwise a pretty serious case of retail haemorrhaging. The employment numbers tell us everything. In these circumstances, tighter supply chains are critical to generate a circular economy effect that sees local incomes and expenditures circulate frequently through local cash registers and household budgets. A supply chain mapping exercise lies at the heart of reconfiguring our understanding of the dynamics of the local economy. There’s little doubt that big box retailing was well-suited to its times. As suburban living exploded, so too dig air-conditioned ‘under one roof’ convenience, with free car parking thrown in to boot. Yet, as groceries retailing concentrated, with the two majors now claiming over 80% of market share, the adverse implications for local supply chains have begun to become clearer. Malcolm Knox’s Supermarket Monsters documents just how local supply chains have

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progressively been cast by the wayside, as the corporate grocery giants claimed greater share of the household wallet. Food waste is a symptom of dysfunctional local supply chains, with local examples such as tonnes of pineapples and tomatoes going to rot because they didn’t fit the specifications of the majors. Rebuilding tight local supply chains won’t be easy. It will take time, patience and a willingness on the part of local retailers, processors and consumers to collaborate with the ‘bigger picture’ in mind. A ‘buy local’ ethos will only be meaningful if local producers and retailers step up and reward this sentiment. A cultural paradigm shift is needed, which delivers exceptional value in ways that local households will appreciate and embrace. While this takes place (something I touch on a bit more below), public authorities have a responsibility to undertake a root-andbranch overhaul of how they procure goods and services. While there’s much talk of local supplies, there’s scant accountability when it comes to actual performance. Civil construction projects, a favourite category amongst the political cognoscenti, are a classic case in point. When over 80% of the local construction and building industry is made up of businesses employing less than 5 people, there’s a crying need for projects that are designed and delivered in ways that are more meaningful to this cohort of local skill and capacity. On top of that, modern digital technology can be mobilised to deliver accountability and transparency on claims about local employment impacts. RESPONSE #2 – DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT Speaking of digital technology, local retailers must embrace digital platforms to engage meaningfully with their community of customers, and provide this community with the ‘easy to use’ tools to monetise trust. I mean by this empowering consumers with the tools to easily refer friends, family and associates to local supply networks. In doing so, we actively enlist local citizens in the overall task of rebuilding the regional economy from ground up. We’re going to need more than Facebook if we are to effectively cope with the likes of Amazon whose transactional experience is all about customer ease via a simple to use digital interface, backed by robust integrated consumer analytics and financial settlement capabilities. The beauty of today’s digital platforms is their low barriers to entry, and their

On a year-on-year basis, total household incomes in February 2017 is some $1.24 billion less than was the case in February 2012. That’s about 11% down.

convenience. Located in the palm of our hands, we can drive where our wallet goes – and, with the right tools, see how individual procurement decisions by people and businesses are impacting the local economy. Digital platforms anchored into a trustworthy distributed ledger (like the blockchain) can streamline how a community as a whole can monetise data, in the interests of the community and its constituent members. The adaptive response is a clever mix of people-centric technology-enabled strategies. It involves building stronger binds of trust between local businesses and their community of customers. In other words, we can and must use the kinds of tools that have rocked the global retail world to enhance local customer and community value. RESPONSE #3 – ENHANCED EXPERIENCES Whereas the responses so far are systemic in nature, and focus on the role of digital technologies, the last bracket of responses goes to the actual interface between a person and a local retailer. Here, we need to recalibrate our focus towards the holistic experiential nature of human-to-human interaction and the depth of bond that can actually be expressed through a retail transaction. Spaces can and must be re-designed, to enable a richer, deeper and more engaged relationship between buyer and seller. It can no longer be ‘wham-bam, thank you ma’am’. Rather, I speak of a conscious effort to redesign the entire retailing experience to one

that is rich in quality, evoking a high-value, high-touch connection between the buyer, the seller and the maker. Experiential and immersive retailing is the go. We can buy run-of-the-mill, high volume desiderata via the Internet. It is a well established practice and will only continue to grow. In the face of this, the power of the local lies not in its attempt to emulate or compete on that turf, but rather to grab the tools of e-commerce and articulate them with a place-based value proposition that embeds the purchase experience with a whole-of-supply chain sensibility. Generic globalised supply chains are here to stay. Local ingenuity and social collaboration is needed to create a new terrain of engagement, between our households whose budgets are under increasing strain, with those in our community who make things, fix things and serve things.

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

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Singapore Insights Many people think of Singapore as a stop-over destination – a half way point for Australian travellers taking in the sights before their onward journey. But we’ll have you know that Singapore is so much more than just a stop-over, and we’re not just talking about the sights. WE’RE ALL well aware of the unique experiences this bustling metropolis offers holiday makers. You’ve got the futuristic Gardens by the Bay, eclectic shopping, incredible street-food, the famed Marina Bay, Singapore Slings at the lavish Raffles Hotel and a world-class zoo, to name but a few. But have you given any thought to what this nation can offer you in a business sense? Singapore offers significant trade and investment 100


opportunities for North Queensland across a plethora of industries. Don’t let the words trade, investment and export put you off. You don’t need to be big business to benefit from the wide range of opportunities Singapore presents. I’m looking at you small to medium size businesses. Now is the time to expand your horizons and look at the potential possibilities for you and your business on an international platform.

Let’s crunch the numbers. Singapore is Australia’s fifth-largest trading partner, having invested almost $98.9 billion in Australia in 2016 and amassing over $25.7 billion in two-way trading in 2015. That’s a lot of pie from which you can potentially have a slice. So what’s stopping you? Singapore provides the world’s most business-friendly regulatory environment for local entrepreneurs. The Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), established in 2003, eliminated all import tariffs between the two countries. As the gateway to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) market, Singapore is attracting trade from around the globe. The nation is positioned at the centre of one of the most dynamic regional economies in the world with increased supply chain and logistics services required to meet the growing demand.

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You don’t need to be big business to benefit from the wide range of opportunities Singapore presents.

Singapore is also ranked among the world’s most competitive economies. This economy is leading the charge in information and communications, transport and industry, with further investment opportunities existing in a variety of industries. It is also strategically located to offer global connectivity, enabling investors access to the Asian market within a radius of seven hours’ flight time. The Australian Government’s developing relationship with Singapore presents an immense opportunity for the businesses of Townsville North Queensland. To capitalise on this, Townsville Enterprise will be leading an Insights Delegation to Singapore in September, giving local businesses the opportunity to connect with key business and government officials, gaining insights into the opportunities this market presents. Townsville Enterprise’s formal delegation will take place in Singapore from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 September 2017. The delegation will consist of a conference program and industry engagement sessions designed

to build the capacity of Townsville North Queensland businesses to engage in trade and investment with Singapore. Industry streams that may be covered across the delegation include: Tourism, Health Services, Food and Agriculture, Research (Aquaculture) and Education, Innovation, Tropical Urban Design, Property Investment and Infrastructure, and Connectivity, Supply Chains and Logistics. Meetings and presentations with Austrade will also take place to break-down business in Singapore and the trends and opportunities available to North Queensland businesses. Prioritising Singapore as a key trading partner and laying the foundations for a strong relationship will strategically cement Townsville

North Queensland as the true capital of the North. A business delegation to Singapore is the perfect opportunity to establish strong relations with the country encouraging continued investment in North Queensland. Identifying opportunities to boost trade and cultural relations will be a priority, as well as exploring how Townsville can learn and grow from one of the world’s most prominent economies. Never again will the small to medium size businesses of Townsville North Queensland be provided with such a unique opportunity to gain key insight and direct connectivity with key decision makers and industry in this vital South Asian market. To register your interest in joining the Singapore Insights Delegation, call Townsville Enterprise on (07) 4726 2728 or email Singapore@tel.com.au today. DUOMagazine July 2017


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Miss Songs Asian Kitchen Opening Weekend


The Ville Resort-Casino Budd Photography The Ville Resort–Casino recently served up its first new restaurant, Miss Songs Asian Kitchen, in its $35 million redevelopment. The restaurant, which is located on the hotel lobby level and open for dinner seven nights a week, offers a classic Chinese menu with some south-east Asian influences.



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Grape Variety : Pinot Noir.

Vineyard Site: on the hill overlooking the city of Beaune. This appellation should not be confused with Côte de Beaune-Villages (a blend of various villages from the Côte de Beaune).

When it comes to pairing wine with food let’s ask Tanya Roberts to mix it up.

History & tradition: this is a particular wine since it comes from the vines of the Joseph Drouhin estate (total vineyard area around 3 hectares - 7.5 acres) as well as from the younger vines of Clos des Mouches and other Premier Crus of Beaune that have been declassified (a Beaune wine can be declassified into Côte de Beaune). Soil: chalky, not very deep. The slope can be steep and the exposure is South/South-East. Drouhin estate: 2,6 ha. (6.5 acres).

Viticulture Biological cultivation since 1990; biodynamic cultivation a few years later. Vine stocks: "sélection massale" (propagation of new vine stocks from a number of selected vines) done at the Drouhin

W H AT ’ S I N B U R G U N DY ?

Is it a wine? A region in France? Both?

nursery; also clones of recognized quality. Soil maintenance: compost of manure and white wood, sometimes guano (seabird manure used as fertilizer). Soil is ploughed either by tractor or by horse to manage spreading of weeds.

Treatment:if onlyyou authorized products both. for biologicalBurgundy cultivation are used: infusions macerations ofin plant materials, Well done said is aandregion sulfur and copper, powdered rock. Natural predators are not eliminated.

from 10,000 to 12,500 stocks/hathat in order toare extract all possible nuances from the terroir and limit the FrancePlantation thatdensity: produces wines considered to be the production of each vine stock.

best inPruning: theGuyot. world. That is also why they are some of the

Yield: we aim to keep our yields low, more in line with the previous regulation: around 20% less than allowed by the

current law. most expensive in the world. Supply: grapes from the domaine in addition to grapes and must purchased from regular supply partners (long-term

Burgundy Region, France.


There are two types of Burgundy – red and white. Vinification

Harvesting: by hand, in small open crates in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit. Red Burgundy is made using 100% Pinot Noir grapes Sorting of the grapes: in the vineyard and at the cuverie (winery) if necessary.

That’s the end of the simplicity. When it comes to

Maceration: and white Burgundy is made from 100% Chardonnay maceration and vinification take 2 to 3 weeks indigenous yeastsmaceration and fermentation temperatures under total

classifying French wine, especially Burgundy, it can get

grapes. Could it be any simpler than that? So now we

very complicated. Here at Michels, one of our favourite

controlJoseph Drouhin seeks total control of the process of extraction; extraction gives colour and substance to a wine but should never be detrimental to its finesse and typical character.

know what the wine is made from, let’s talk about over ("remontage") per day till the end of the fermentation.

"Pigeage" (punching down of the cap during fermentation): once a day until half of fermentation is done; one pumping

Burgundies Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2012, has

Pressing: separation of free run juice from pressed juice.

where it comes from.

just made an entrance onto the wine list. A lovely red

Ageing Type: in barrels (10% in new oak). Length: 12 to 15 months. Origin of the wood: French oak forests. Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine. Follow-up: barrel by barrel. Fining ("collage", to clarify the wine): light, after careful tasting.

Burgundy is widely regarded as the region which has

the best land in the world for producing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. More than any other wine region, Burgundy is heavily influenced by its terroir (sense of

Throughout the aging process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.

place). The quality of the land is so important to the final

Burgundy, aged in French oak with delicate, fruity aromas and a touch of spice. This wine is made from grapes sourced from premier cru vineyards in the sub region of Beaune, but is not classified as premier cru and cannot be confused with village wines.

product that inside the Burgundy region, vineyards are

So where does this wine sit? At Michel’s, we say that it

classified by four levels:

doesn’t really matter. Even at the regional level Burgundy

1 . G R A N D C R U The Best, top 2%

wines are highly regarded because they are from one of

2 . P R E M I E R C R U Nearly the best, top 12% 3 . V I L L A G E W I N E S Burgundies produced from several vineyards in the 1 village of the Burgundy region. 36% 4 . R E G I O N A L W I N E S Burgundies produced from a combination of vineyards and from a variety of villages. 50%

the best wine regions in the world and are worth enjoying no matter where it sits within French classification. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thank Burgundy for making them famous. Come into Michel’s and enjoy this wine paired with one of our new menu items: D U O OF V E N I S ON – Seared Venison Steak, Venison rosemary pie,

celeriac gratin, juniper glazed pear, pancetta & white balsamic Brussels sprouts, mustard sauce. N E W W I N E LI ST A N D M E N U STA RT I N G JULY.

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Townsville Theatre Community Annual Gala Allure Events Mel Bernardin Photography





The Townsville Theatre Community hosted its annual gala event on June 16 at Allure Events. This event celebrated the local productions from 2016 and was an opportunity to recognise outstanding companies, individuals, shows and community groups for their contributions.

1. Amelia Doolan, Sean Thomas, Sam Stewart 2. Bernie Lanigan, Josh Palmer 3. Bonnie Nicholas, Sasha Holmes 4. Sally McCutcheon, Carla Lejarraga, Anna Vella-Sams 5. Dylan Megaw, David Cottam 6. Pippa Crowe, Harlee Timms 7. Danielle Leslie, Gerard Marano, Julie Johnston 8. Megan Leese, Anne McClure 9. Rachel Webb, Elyse Phelan 10. Jacob McCarthy, Jo Renton

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Ulysses Dancers Opening Night of RED Riverway Arts Centre Josephine Carter Photography RED marked the 10th anniversary of Ulysses Dancers and brought together 48 dancers (aged 13-40) under the guidance of Jane Pirani, Cassie Steen and Shaughn Pegoraro. The performance was a fusion of red-inspired characters, emotions and movement as expressed through contemporary dance.

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25th Anniversary of Mabo Decision Townsville City Council Josephine Carter Photography A civic reception held at Council commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Mabo Decision, which forever changed land use and race relations in Australia. Mayor Jenny Hill welcomed guests including Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Gail Mabo, Gracelyn Smallwood and Helen Akee. Performances by the Wulgurukaba Walkabout Dancers and Komet Torres Strait Islander Dance Group followed the speeches.

1. Donal Whaleboat, Dulcie Whaleboat 2. Jimi Bani, Maria Litka 3. Lyelya Murison, Corawie Cassady 4. Thomas Holden, Greg Constantine 5. Dorothy Smith, Randac Ross 6. Marion Callope, Pandora Noranha, Marnie Wettenhall 7. Mary Horope, Alma Pilot 8. Lizzie Ghee, Annie Day 9. Uncle Alfred Smallwood, Councillor Kurt Relbein, Uncle Russ Butler

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Eco Fiesta 2017 Queens Gardens Mel Bernardin Photography This eco-friendly event was an opportunity for the whole family to find out how they can support sustainability efforts. Presenting plenty of ideas about how to be more environmentally conscious in our own back yards, the event was again a huge success. Gold coin donations made upon entry will go to offsetting our carbon footprint.

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1. Frida Flodman, Ella and Niko Krisohos 2. Sandra Hurlock, Brian Sollors 3. Lara Skerratt, Nina Jones, Lily Croker, Isabel Nordine 4. Maree Tulloch, Pauline Searight, Regina Young 5. Tamara Shaw, Thomas Mitchell 6. Sonia Ogilvie, Cheryl Duncan 7. Shane, Kalani, Belinda and Mia Brown 8. Heidi Schmiedel, Shannon Moar 9. Kylie Grimmer, Keren King 10. Andrew Bennett, Sonya Gottani, Adrienne Bennett

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NEW TAPAS + LUNCH MENU T U E S DAY TO S U NDAY 1 palmer st, south townsville 4721 4900 jamcorner.com.au | breakfast | lunch | dinner

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OTTO’S FRESH FOOD MARKET Townsville’s first market place providore of specialty foods and gifts. Freshly baked artisan breads, fresh quality produce and meats direct from local farms, as well as everything else you need for the gourmet’s kitchen! Drop in for breakfast or lunch to enjoy a coffee, frappe, smoothie or cold-pressed juice as well as a famous pie, pretzel sub or snack lovingly prepared by our in-store chef. Open Monday–Saturday 6am–7pm, Sunday 8am–4pm 3-5 Illuka Street, Currajong (behind Warrina Cineplex) www.ottosmarket.com.au 4759 1755

Our Mission comes down to 3 words: Burgers made good. We offer 100% grass feed, free range Beef, Chicken, Lamb or Steak with freshly baked bread every day. Come in and try our selection of sides including our Sweet Potato chips. Fully licensed and family friendly. We’re even happy for you to make your own! Dine in or take away. Made with Love. Open Sunday to Thursday 11am–10pm. Friday and Saturday 11am–late. 3 Palmer Street, South Townsville www.grilld.com.au 4976 9990





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SENSATIONAL NEW BRAND BRAND NEW SHOWROOM! 345 Bayswater Road Phone 4721 4999



4721 2101 | 0447 338 689



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A TOUCH OF SALT Winner of Australian Good Food Guide 2017 Chef’s Hat & 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Perched on the edge of the Ross Creek, within Townsville’s CBD, family-owned restaurant A Touch of Salt serves up waterfront views from its al fresco deck and air-conditioned interior. Renowned for quality and creativity, the restaurant delivers an exquisite dining experience and a reputation for foodie festivals, intimate events and as a venue or caterer for weddings and functions. LUNCH: Wednesday–Friday from 12pm. DINNER: Tuesday–Saturday from 6pm. 86 Ogden Street, City www.atouchofsalt.com.au 4724 4441

Fuel Cafe in Belgian Gardens is known by coffee lovers for its own special blend of coffee beans and perfect Bezerra 160ml coffee. It also delivers a delicious menu for breakfast and lunch with indoor and outdoor dining. There’s a great selection of healthy take-away meals including a gluten-free and lactose free range. Try your favourite blend made with our house made Almond or Soy milk. Catering is also available. Belrowes Place, 49 Bundock Street, Belgian Gardens www.fuelcoffee.com.au 4721 2101


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



From the pastures of Central Queensland to the lush valleys of Northern Tasmania, the Independent Meat Company (I.M.C) Steakhouse showcases some of the finest produce from farmers around Australia; guaranteeing tender, juicy steaks of the highest quality. The I.M.C.’s 10 select beef cuts showcase that ‘great’ and ‘Australian’ need not be ‘expensive’. The I.M.C. also has a well-stocked wine and craft beer bar and monthly showcase steaks. Bookings welcome. Dinner Only 7 nights 5pm–late. 17–21 Palmer Street South Townsville 4724 3243

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CACTUS JACK’S SALOON The Cactus Saloon has three great levels, all with their own unique bars, sensational food and excitement. With an authentic smoker oven, Texas BBQ style slow cooked ribs have never been tastier. With our new range of succulent meats we also offer takeaway lunches and late night dining. Experience Townsville’s home of Cocktails, BBQ and Craft beer. Lunch: Tuesday–Sunday Midday– 3pm. Dinner: Tuesday–Sunday 5pm–9:30pm. Late Night Menu: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30pm–Midnight. 237 Flinders Street Townsville www.cactussaloon.com.au 4721 1708

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


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



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

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MISS SONGS AT THE VILLE Discover classic Chinese dishes, food with south east Asian influences and edgy flavours that crescendo. Peking duck served with a Chinese pancake; baby Barramundi crispy fried with palm sugar, lemongrass, tamarind and chilli sauce; steamed dim sum; and mud crabs and crayfish fresh from the restaurant’s tank. Located at The Ville, just off the hotel lobby, Miss Songs is Townsville’s newest Asian restaurant and the first of three new food and beverage offerings from The Ville’s $35 million redevelopment. Let Miss Songs Asian Kitchen take you on a journey across the orient. Open for dinner, 7 days. www.the-ville.com.au 4722 2222

Coffee is our Passion. Food is our Love. Customers are our Life! Welcome to Stellarossa, Townsville’s popular café espresso bar. Come and experience the Stellarossa difference today with a full breakfast, lunch, pizza and pasta menu. Fairfield Central is also licensed. Known for our 5 Star Speciality Coffee, come in and try it, you will enjoy! Find us on Facebook to keep up to date. Stellarossa Fairfield Central Stellarossa Stockland Townsville

COMMERCIAL CATERING SUPPLIES CCS Townsville is a vibrant and centrally located store for all things foodservice. With an interactive showroom space, live cooking demonstrations and a host of beautifully commercial kitchen and tableware sure to excite your imagination and senses. Commercial Catering Supplies specialise in “serving those who serve the best”. Second location opening in August for the low n slow BBQ enthusiast. 62 Ingham Road West End www.cateringsuppliesonline.com.au 4721 4999

WILD GOOSE BREWS & CHEWS The Goose vision is simple, kick back and relax and have a gander around. Dismiss the worries of your day at our convenient location on Flinders St East. Have a laugh or two and enjoy great gastropub food made with only the freshest ingredients. Drop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy great daily specials plus a great selection of wines, draught beer and cocktails that are sure to give you goose bumps. Perfect for your next function or event with 3 spaces to choose from. Open 7 days a week. Monday 3pm–1am, Tuesday–Friday 11.30am–1am, Saturday–Sunday 3pm–1am. 137 Flinders Street East. www.wildgoose.net.au 4771 2799

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DUO Recipe | One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster

Wine-braised Oxtail Serves 4

2kg oxtail Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 550ml dry red wine 400g carrots, cut into short pieces, halved 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 onion, chopped Few rosemary sprigs, leaves chopped Few thyme sprigs, leaves chopped Position rack about 12cm from grill and preheat grill. Place oxtail in small roasting tin, season and grill for 8–10 minutes until well browned on both sides. Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Add remaining ingredients to roasting tin and stir together. Cover with foil and bake for 3–4 hours or until meat is tender and falling off bone. Using a fork, shred meat off bones and check seasoning. If not serving immediately, cool to room temperature, then chill, ideally overnight. Spoon hardened fat off top and discard. Reheat before serving with Silky Mashed Potatoes, Creamy Polenta or Classic Risotto.

Images and recipes from One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster (Murdoch Books RRP $35)



DUO Recipe | One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster

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DUO Recipe | One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster



DUO Recipe | One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster

Slow-baked Apples Serves 4

10 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and very thinly sliced Juice of 1 lemon 70g white sugar 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Toss apples with lemon juice, sugar and melted butter in a 22 x 33 x 6.5cm baking tin. Arrange slices in a tight, even layer. Lay baking paper over the top of the apples and cut a 3–4cm slit in each corner. Wrap whole tray with foil and place smaller baking tray or pan on top to weigh apples down. Bake for 4–5 hours until golden and caramelised. Serve warm with ice cream.

Images and recipes from One Pan Roasts by Molly Shuster (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

DUOMagazine July 2017


DUO Recipe | Hippie Lane The Cookbook



DUO Recipe | Hippie Lane The Cookbook

Spiced Ginger, Pecan & Pear Granola Serves 6




Refined Sugar Free

IT’S GREAT to have a go-to granola recipe to call on. There’s just something about granola: the smell, the crunch, the taste, the comfort… my only problem is that I have no self-control when it’s fresh out of the oven. Especially this ginger-spiced one, which is easy to make, utterly delicious and super healthy. I love to sprinkle it on almost anything. My husband often finds me in the pantry, munching on some straight from the jar! Serve with coconut yoghurt for a simple and satisfying breakfast.

• Preheat the oven to 170ºC (325ºF).

5 medjool dates, pitted

• Transfer the mixture to a baking tray, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 15–20 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

125 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) maple syrup 2 tablespoons coconut oil 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) orange juice 180 g (6 oz/2 cups) gluten-free rolled (porridge) oats 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla powder 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt 35 g (1¼ oz/½ cup) shredded coconut

• Place the dates, maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice in a food processor and blend until smooth. • In a large bowl, combine the oats, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Add the date mixture and mix together well, until the oats are well coated and glossy.

• Add the coconut, pepitas, pecans and pears, tossing the mixture to ensure it toasts evenly. Bake for a further 15–20 minutes, or until the granola has browned, tossing once or twice if needed. • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least 20–30 minutes. • Store in an airtight container in the pantry. The granola will keep for up to two weeks.

40 g (1½ oz/¼ cup) pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 25 g (1 oz/¼ cup) pecans 6 dried pears, left whole or roughly chopped

Images and recipes from Hippie Lane The Cookbook by Taline Gabrielian (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)

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DUO Recipe | Hippie Lane The Cookbook

Rainbow Summer Rolls Serves 4



I DON’T know what I was eating before I discovered rice paper rolls. Now I’m obsessed! There are many variations out there, but with its array of crispy colourful vegetables, tofu and a magic dipping sauce, I think this one’s pretty special – a vegetarian’s dream, and a party favourite. Make these for your next event and you’ll have a hard time trying not to gobble them up yourself before the party even gets started.. 250 g (9 oz) medium-firm tofu 1 beetroot (beet), peeled 2 carrots, peeled 1 Lebanese (short) cucumber 1 red capsicum (pepper) 1 yellow capsicum (pepper) 1 green capsicum (pepper) 75 g (2½ oz/1 cup) shredded purple cabbage 20 basil leaves a handful of micro herbs 1 avocado


Refined Sugar Free

• Cut the tofu, beetroot, carrots, cucumber and capsicums into long thin strips, keeping them separate. Have the cabbage, basil and micro herbs nearby. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and peel, then cut each half into five slices. • Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Submerge one rice paper sheet into the water for about 15 seconds, or until the sheet is just soft; don’t leave it in too long or it will become soggy and tear very easily. Place on a clean tea towel or paper towel. • Arrange a small portion of the assorted vegetables, tofu, a slice of avocado, two basil leaves and some micro herbs along the centre of the rice paper round, leaving about 5 cm (2 inches) of wrapper uncovered on each side. I like to arrange the different ingredients in colour order, to get a rainbow effect, but this is not essential. Also, to begin with, be conservative as to how much filling you use, as your rice paper sheet may break if you try to overfill it; at the same time, you want to use enough filling ingredients to make a generously sized roll. Initially, it’s a trial and error exercise to get the right quantity, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

10 round rice paper sheets

• Now fold in the ends of the rice paper sheet, then roll the sheet up firmly to enclose the filling. Place your rice paper roll on a serving board or platter.


• Repeat with the remaining ingredients, to make 10 rolls.

4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cm (½ inch) knob of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 45 ml (1½ fl oz) gluten-free tamari 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter 1–2 tablespoons maple syrup

• Place all the dipping sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender. Add 80 ml (2½ fl oz/ cup) water and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a small serving bowl. • Serve the rice paper rolls immediately, with the dipping sauce.

juice of 1½ limes 1 long red chilli, roughly chopped

Images and recipes from Hippie Lane The Cookbook by Taline Gabrielian (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)



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DUO Interview


Suburb: Condon. AKA: Toby. I’m renowned for: Being late to family activities, BBQs etc. Only a local would know… just how good Townsville is! My most memorable holiday was… going to Sydney and getting the plaster removed from my legs which had restricted me to a Wheel Chair for two and a half years. I was around 10 years old at the time. That holiday was a pretty good one. Have had plenty of good holidays since, all holidays are good! Right now I wish I was… right where I am. Don’t wish, just make it happen. That’s what life is about. My favourite day is: Every day that things go my way, fortunately that’s most days. The biggest influence in my life was: My Father. Love him from the bottom of my soul. His virtues are many and if the world was full of Tom Deans’ it would be a better place. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… getting into the Army. Like most things when you’re 18 years old, it was not what I expected it to be but many funny moments followed that decision. Someone famous I met was: Cannot think of anyone! Although I would like to meet Paul Keating. My motto is: Just have a go! M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Rain On Me (Travis) Shop Bunnings Eat Roast Dinner Drink Milk – love milk


Suburb: Annandale. AKA: Pikey. I’m renowned for: Living at hockey, Leg Day, being English (pronouncing most words different to anyone else in North Queensland!), yoghurt / Vitamins and Pasta just to name a few! Only a local would know: Best Turkish bread sandwiches in Townsville are the ‘No 5’ Chicken, pesto, avocado, sundried tomato and cheese at Spirited Goat, The Precinct, Idalia. My most memorable holiday was: Christmas at home with my family in 2016. Went around London and saw old friends. Sometimes you never know where you’re going until you remember where you’ve been. Right now I wish I was: On Rowes Bay golf course in the beautiful North Queensland weather. My favourite day is: Saturday – hockey game day (or any day that is Leg Day!) The biggest influence in my life was: My parents and sister. They taught me values of respect, support, love and following your dreams and ambitions no matter the challenge. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: Flying back from Brisbane, I was a little tired and managed to fall asleep. When I awoke I was sleeping on a lady’s shoulder who was too polite and nice to push me off. Slightly embarrassing but thanks for letting me have my power nap. Someone famous I met was: Nathan Burgers, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, former goalkeeper for the Kookaburras. My motto is: If you focus on results you’ll never change, if you focus on change, you’ll get results! M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Mr Brightside (The Killers) Shop Foot Locker Eat GYO on Gregory Street Drink Espresso Martini



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Suburb: Pimlico. AKA: Nein. I’m renowned for: Being directionally challenged. Only a local would know… that the Prawn Bucket on Boundary Street no longer sells prawns! My most memorable holiday was… all are memorable, but a very special one was a cruise in 2015 because I married my lovely husband in front of lots of family and friends. Right now I wish I was… getting a massage! My favourite day is: Christmas Day. I love it as all of my family and friends are with me and happy, celebrating our year. We always have an Orphans’ Christmas and invite anyone who doesn’t have somewhere special to go. I love cooking for everyone and watching them enjoy themselves. The biggest influences in my life are: My children, they have shaped me into the person I am today. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… I always have lots of funny things happen to me, but they always seem to be traumatic or embarrassing for me or only funny if you were there! Someone famous I met was: I cooked for David Bowie on several occasions when I worked in Bermuda. My motto is: Do it right the first time. MY FAVOURITE Song Close To Me (The Cure). For the memories. Shop Energy Hub Café on Boundary Street, of course. Eat Anything seafood or a seriously great steak. Drink Coffee or the Green Goddess from Energy Hub or champagne anytime!


Suburb: Kirwan. AKA: Pete. I’m renowned for: Having very small calf muscles. It’s made me the butt of many jokes, usually from people I can outrun! Only a local would know… I’m terrified of Crocodiles (who isn’t!). I come from a small inland town in Victoria so I was able to ‘suppress’ this fear until I started ‘co-habiting’ with them. My most memorable holiday was… Hamilton Island with my family. Right now I wish I was… at the beach building sand castles with my beautiful girls, hitting the gym with my boy or just hanging out with my wife, Michelle. My favourite day is: Friday… the gateway to the weekend. The biggest influence in my life is: Professionally I’d say my Dad. He’s enjoyed a stellar military career spanning 40 years. His pursuit of excellence inspires me to leave a positive, lasting legacy. Personally, it would be hands down my beautiful wife. She’s the backbone behind my every success and happiness. Without a shadow of doubt, I’m a much better human for having the blessing of her in my life over the past 27 years. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… during our honeymoon, we went for a picnic to a secluded beach. I couldn’t figure out how to lock the boat’s engine out of the water so docked about 100 metres off shore to avoid rocks. About 10 minutes into our picnic Michelle pointed out that our boat was now about 500 metres offshore. I then had to swim out to get the boat. Attentive readers would recall my ‘issue’ with crocodiles. Let’s just say for a very brief period, I swam like Kieran Perkins (I am not ordinarily a good swimmer). It’s amazing what a bit of adrenaline and ‘masculine pride’ can do for you. Someone famous I met was: The Queen. She is every bit the class act. Very elegant and regal. My motto is: Seek perfection knowing you can never achieve it, doing so with those you love at the forefront of your mind. MY FAVOURITE Song An American Trilogy (Elvis Presley) Shop Cycle De Vie Eat Michelle’s homemade curried chicken Drink Portello (It’s a Victorian thing) DUOMagazine July 2017


DUO Last Word

Wow Factor Wearing 80 metres of rope may sound impossible, let alone fashionable, but 20-year-old Amber Hayes gave the look runway appeal at Wearable Art Townsville recently. Words Kylie Davis Photography Tammy Schuh

Wearable art designer Amber Hayes (right), her partner Samuel Pirret and model Ingrid Kotzee.

Model Ingrid Kotzee from SIA Model Management takes Amber Hayes’ rope dress for a spin on the catwalk.

IT TOOK Amber Hayes a week to come up with the design of her rope dress, so when it was accepted into Wearable Art Townsville she knew it would be a mission to bring it to life. “It took me two-and-a-half months to make the dress, using about 80 metres of rope,” says Amber, who drew inspiration from mythical warrior armour for the top and from the cages under old Victorian dresses for the skirt. 130


“I think events like this are a wonderful way to get people interested in the arts and showcase their creations in a unique way.”

“I wanted it to feel like a strong presence on the catwalk because of how sturdy and industrial the materials I used are. But I also wanted it to be somewhat feminine and show off the model.” Amber says the amount of work that goes into the creation of wearable art was a real eye-opener. However, far from dissuading Amber, the experience has reinforced her attraction to studying a Diploma of Interior Design and Decorating. “Meeting some of the other designers was inspiring and the event itself has made me want to test myself more,” says Amber, who is currently a Team Leader at Hungry Jacks. “It’s definitely strengthened my decision to enter the design industry. The creations in the Avant Garde category where my favourites. It was amazing to see what the professionals created. I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite.” Amber says she never imagined something that she created would command such a positive reaction from the crowd, with so many people wanting to take pictures of her dress. “I think events like this are a wonderful way to get people interested in the arts and showcase their creations in a unique way,” Amber adds. “It’s a great way for students and designers to experiment with different mediums. It’s also a wonderful way to bring the community together and bring new life to Townsville. “I can’t wait to take part in next year’s event.” CONNECT NOW www.wearablearttsv.com

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