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Townsville + Region | Issue 146 | July 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

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17 Winter Outdoors 34 Townsville City Council Townsville’s Kicking Waste to the Kerb

62 Building a Healthy Future Yumba-Meta Housing Association celebrates 45 years

68 Profile TCTC Amy Prideaux 70 Writers Competition Georgie Desailly


57 Making Your Posting Work 59 Goodstart Early Learning 60 St Anthony’s Catholic College 61 Defence Family Support Contacts


08 Publisher’s Welcome 10 Horoscope 12 What’s Going On 14 TYTO Hinchinbrook 24 Where Are they Now? Ben Lancini, Sarai Roe, Patch Clapp, Erin Jusseaume

80 Five Minutes With Meet four amazing locals

82 Some Things I Love Breanna Kilgour


28 Open Home Coorparoo House

32 Home Discoveries



48 Health News 49 Dr Geoff Stanton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

50 Kirsten Bulgarelli Pure Core Nourishment

51 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing + Balance

52 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting


53 Just Arrived 54 Townsville Hospital Foundation Fine Dining for a Cause

56 Awkward Anonymous Teen

37 Travel News 38 London Calling Top 8 Things To Do


40 My Bag Romy Ohlin 42 Style News 43 Style Men 44 Denim Icons – The Iconic


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64 Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

65 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

66 Warwick Powell


72 Eco Fiesta 74 Great Northern Laundry 90th Celebration 75 Palm Creek Folk Festival


76 Recipe Dhal Makhani 78 Recipe Lamb Achari

NEW SUPERCARS CORPORATE EXPERIENCES Enjoy the race by day with one of our exciting new corporate experiences.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA PADDOCK CLUB – THE PLATINUM EXPERIENCE Designed for guests with discerning taste, this club is perfectly positioned to catch all the action at pit exit.

UNIBET SPORTS LOUNGE – POWERED BY FOX SPORTS A casual non-reserved sports bar with all your favourite sports in one place, plus a view of pit lane.

Then, rock by night under the SuperTop with Australian music legends.




Hoodoo Gurus and Baby Animals John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite C O R P O R A T E . S U P E R C A R S . C O M


MAKE A DIFFERENCE Every December we run our Goodwill & Giving issue which includes a pretty big photographic portrait section featuring just some of our local volunteers (if you know someone who should be included this year please let us know about them). These are the generous people who give their time, passion and effort to help others in our community out of the goodness of their hearts. Like the Volunteers at Townsville Hospital. I’m honoured to be Deputy Chair of the Townsville Hospital Foundation and one of the things we do is manage the 130 Volunteers you see and meet at the hospital when you visit. These amazing men and women will give you a lift in one of our yellow buggies, show you where you need to go, and comfort patients and loved ones when they need it. Truly some of the best people in our community. And there’s more the Foundation does to support the hospital health services of our entire region. While our most well known involvement is the development of the new Children’s Ward, the Foundation needs your financial support (donation) so that we can provide the complimentary medical equipment our hospital needs and just as importantly, support medical research by our local doctors and specialists. Can you help? The Townsville Hospital Foundation Board members are also volunteers. It’s a big responsability and a very rewarding one. If you have the time, the desire to help and want to make a difference I hope you become a volunteer. And in the meantime please help us and donate to the Townsville Hospital Foundation at www.THFoundation.com.au Hope you enjoy reading your latest DUO! Scott Morrison DUO Magazine Publisher

THE DUO MAGAZINE TEAM PUBLISHER Scott Morrison EDITORIAL Stacey Morrison PRODUCTION Joan Fanning FOR ALL ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Kirra Fitzell 0437 677 856 Odette Turner 0437 733 128 FOR ALL EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES editor@duomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Kylie Davis, Lori Napier, Emily Devon, Lucy Abbott PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS Josephine Carter, Matthew Gianoulis TELEPHONE 07 4771 2933 READ DUO ONLINE AT www.duomagazine.com.au DUO Magazine is published monthly by Intrepid (NQ) Pty Ltd ACN 107 308 538 113 Boundary Street Townsville PO Box 1928 Townsville Qld 4810 Telephone 07 4771 2933 Email duo@duomagazine.com.au COPYRIGHT Contents of DUO Magazine are subject to copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, the publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences including any loss or damage arising from reliance on information in this publication. Expressed or implied authors’ and advertisers’ opinions are not necessarily those of the editor and/or publisher.

All of us at DUO Magazine are proud to support our local community with sponsorship and editorial contributions whenever we can. It’s our privilege to be able to give back to our community by helping to promote the positive development of our city. We’re delighted to contribute and support these worthy local organisations: Townsville Hospital Foundation Major Sponsor Townsville Enterprise Limited Gold Partner Townsville Chamber of Commerce Gold Member


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Astrologer Tanya Obreza reveals what’s in the stars for you this month. If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared for yourself, visit www.tanyaobreza.com.





22 June – 22 July

23 September – 22 October

22 December – 19 January

21 March – 20 April

Look forward to a courageous year. The Sun in your personal sector this month is the wake-up call you need – you finally stop putting other people’s needs before your own. July and August are stellar for doing deals, so get your money making schemes off the ground. Your competitive spirit becomes more aggressive, but this serves you well. Delight in your new-found ability to hustle.

Not everyone’s feeling helpful at the moment. If you’re waiting on a promise, check it’s still scheduled for delivery. What’s more, this isn’t the best time to adopt a “no news is good news” philosophy. If you’re not being kept informed, find out why. After the 22nd, life gets a pleasant nudge in the right direction – more so, financially. Use this time to catch up with old friends or pamper with spa treatments.

When major planetary forces move into your sector of work, you’re bound to soar. The cosmos is finally propelling you in the right direction and single-minded Capricorns realise intent and determination are what it takes to make it to the top. Developments involving money, property or business ventures are beyond anything you’d imagined.

Charm rules; and you seem to have the upper hand. But is it that simple? The answer lies in what you really want. Thanks to sexy Venus, July runs hot with passion. Lust at first sight in on the cards, as is rekindling a tepid partnership. But unless you’re selective, it will be hard to maintain a meaningful match – and that’s what you want the most. Nonetheless, if someone is complicating simple issues – stay solo.





23 July – 22 August

23 October – 21 November

20 January – 18 February

21 April – 20 May

Money is a top priority for most Leos, so you’ll undoubtedly take umbrage at a sudden lack of purchasing power. Don’t fret – next month, cash flow greatly improves. In the meantime, be gentle on yourself. You’ve been through an emotional spell lately, and have had little rest. Allow the less important issues of life drop away, and let selfpampering take priority.

The cosmos encourages you to travel this month. Finances also enjoy a good run. Social events and work are fertile hunting grounds for singles, while for couples, love promises greater understanding. Expect unusual opportunities; so don’t be shy about performing in public. Equally, writing or the media look set to grab your attention. It’s a memorable month, Scorpio – so make it count.

As an Aquarian, you believe in miracles, so welcome the amazing events that are coming your way but don’t become complacent. Although you may be riding a wave of optimism, the currents can become unpredictable – so pay attention to details. Also be prepared to jettison old baggage for new opportunities. Money shouldn’t be too much of a problem, so you can afford to work and play hard.

July is all about sticking to what you know best. Mars emphasises routine, so work with what’s familiar. You’ll make up for lost time soon enough. In the meantime, negotiations may not proceed as smoothly as planned. Don’t exaggerate the facts, as this can cause misunderstandings. Use tact, and your natural Taurean charm when faced with dilemmas. Be prepared to listen to others.





23 August – 22 September

22 November – 21 December

19 February – 20 March

21 May – 21 June

Think back on your life and remember a time when the stresses of life didn’t weigh you down. Recall the joy of just being alive. Somewhere, at some time – you’ve felt this. If you haven’t been feeling that way lately, know that you can again. Think about how you could make changes that allow you to take time out – enough time for a well earned break – or perhaps a a few weeks of annual leave?

July begins with an adrenaline surge. Passions run strong as an opinionated cosmos provokes power struggles or stress. It’s important, though, that you find a way to express what’s bothering you. Nothing positive comes from suppressing hidden feelings. After the 25th, the Sun offers an abundance of new opportunities – perhaps prompting intriguing invitations both at work and at home.

Common sense proves to be your biggest ally this month when you’re asked to be more giving in your approach to life and love. Children draw out your nurturing tendencies, or close friends and family request a helping hand. If that means putting up with minor gripes, so be it. You now have heavenly support. Romantic prospects are electrifying, though stability can’t be assured.

Romance makes its mark in many ways in July. Some fall head over heels, others reach a watershed. Either way, Gemini hearts beat with a new intensity. Singles have their flings but also consider commitment. Couples are more willing to offer mutual support. All in all, it’s a month when the planets give you an easier time of it. Just keep your luxuries affordable.


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Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

30 June to 2 July

7 July

11 to 14 July

Neck of the Woods

Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

On a lush property in the suburb of Pinnacles, 30 minutes from the Townsville CBD, Neck of the Woods celebrates the local music scene, hosting 20 musical acts over two days, including a selection of North Queensland’s best original artists and some of Australia’s up and coming spotlight touring acts. The festival will feature two nights of on-site camping and activities such as yoga workshops, art installations, an interactive children’s area and a festival marketplace. www.neighbourhoodsessions.com

Perfume Gardens, Sturt Street

Don’t miss this 80s cult favourite presented by Townsville Little Theatre and directed by Alan Cooke and Donna Clayton-Smith. Set in a psychiatric clinic where sanity equals obedience and the only way to survive is to play by the rules, this play is a powerful exploration of conformity and rebellion. www.townsvillelittletheatre.org.au

6 to 8 July

Townsville RSL Club


Supercars Watpac Townsville 400 Reid Park Complex

At the halfway point in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the racing is sure to be fierce when the Supercars race through the streets of Townsville at this year’s spectacular 10th anniversary at the Watpac Townsville 400. Hoodoo Gurus and The Baby Animals will be rocking out under the Watpac SuperTop on the Friday night while the Saturday night concert features John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite. www.supercars.com/townsville 12

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Over 80 cyclists parade through town along The Strand, out to the casino and back, for this traffic-stopping affair finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes. Have fun and get dressed up in your fanciest formal gear, match your handbag or manbag to your bicycle and come along! www.townsvillebug.com 11 July

Townsville NAIDOC Week Corporate Breakfast NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and our nation. The theme for 2018 is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’. This event, presented by the Townsville NAIDOC Committee, is an opportunity for community, organisations and businesses to enjoy breakfast while hearing some deadly guest speakers and entertainment. www.townsvillenaidoc.com.au/events

Pimlico Performing Arts Centre (PIMPAC)

13 July

Dinosaurs By Night Museum of Tropical Queensland

Visit the museum after hours for the most prehistoric Friday 13th ever! Under the cloak of darkness come along to see the all-new Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival exhibition. For one night only the museum will remain open with a full program of activities for families to enjoy including live dinosaur shows, free face painting and a giant fossil dig pit. www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au



2018 Top Dog Film Festival

Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride

21 July

22 July

12 August

2018 Top Dog Film Festival

The Paluma Push

Sunset Soiree Progressive Dinner

Riverway Arts Centre

Paluma Rainforest Village

Victoria Bridge | Jam | A Touch of Salt

Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people. Meet dogs from all walks of life from the wild world of the wolf to the primed and pampered pooches of the dog grooming world, the pull on your heartstrings is guaranteed to be strong. 4727 9797 or www.ticketshop.com.au

Held in July each year, the Paluma Push is a race from the Paluma Village via the Paluma Dam through World Heritage rainforest and cattle property to Hidden Valley cabins. Three courses are available, the 42 kilometre recreational course, the 53 kilometre intermediate course and the competition course, which is 70 kilometres. If you’re competitive, the prizes are substantial with both cash and equipment on offer. www.palumapush.com.au

The Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Sunset Soiree will see the return of last year’s hugely successful progressive dinner, where guests enjoy sumptuous dining at each of the following venues – A Touch of Salt, JAM and Victoria Bridge. All funds raised at the event contribute to the great work done by The Townsville Hospital Foundation – a 100 per cent local charity. 4433 1337 or www.thfoundation.org.au/whats-on/ sunset-soiree

21 July

Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour

The Paluma Push

Riverway Arts Centre

Presented by Adventure Reels, this one night only event will showcase the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining films celebrating women in adventure from independent film makers around the globe. 4727 9797 or ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au

27 July to 5 August

Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville Civic Theatre

Presenting a 10-day program of over 30 concerts and special events this mustsee attraction features the world’s finest chamber musicians. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles. 4727 9797 or ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au d u o m a g azi n e.co m . a u




31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Hinchinbrook Shire Library

H I N C H I N B RO O K N O RT H Q U E E N S LA N D Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO. Art, culture, nature, knowledge and so much more!

The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit your occasion and/or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

TYTO Wetland Tours EVENTS


1 – 15 July

1 – 29 July

School Holiday Activities Looking for something to do during the School Holidays? 4 July 9am – 1.00pm

Laser Skirmish TYTO Parklands

Battle it out with laser beams. Cost: $5.00pp per session Bookings essential: 4776 4726 5 July 10.30am – 11.30am

The White Wizard Puppet Show TYTO Conference and Event Centre

Join in the fun with Silver Beard the Explorer. Bookings essential: 4776 4614 13 July 10.00am – 11.30am

Food Art @ Halifax Learn how to create a swan, a bird, you name it – with food! Bookings essential: 4776 4614

The Artist TYTO Regional Art Gallery

Hinchinbrook Regional Arts Assoc. and Cardwell Gallery present ‘The Artist’ Artists, writers and creative folk. Our region is an inspirational place. Our artists are diverse in their art practice, some working professionally and others creating for pure pleasure and relaxation. Many are inspired by the rich and varied landscapes, wildlife and lifestyles of this beautiful part of Tropical Australia. Inspiration indeed for all forms of art and creativity! 12, 19, 26 July

Story Time Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Experience the magic of stories, action rhymes and songs with your child. Ideal for children aged 1-5 years. 13 July

Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday Free: Daily Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available.

Sugar Tracks Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday Free: Daily A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook.

Free daily activities for the children Giant Outdoor Chess and Checkers, Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker. Daily 9.00am–4.00pm from Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge All dates, times and information is correct at printing. All listings subject to change without notice. There’s more happening at TYTO every day.

Sing Visit TYTO

TYTO Parklands

Movie Magic Progress Park, Forrest Beach Family movies for Free! Grab your beanbags, chairs and blankets

9 July

27 July

Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge 4776 4792 TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725 TYTO Conference & Event Centre 4776 4726 Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614

13 July 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Turtle Counting and Feeding

Think Business Superannuation and Succession Planning TYTO Conference and Event Centre

Superannuation and succession planning can be a minefield of information and options. Hear from Bendigo Bank to discover the right solutions for you. Bookings: townsvilletickets.com.au


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Tea and Trivia for Seniors TYTO Conference and Event Centre

Come along for a morning of fun. Individual and senior groups welcome. Enjoy baked delights while you test your knowledge. Cost: $7.50pp for local seniors Others: $12.00pp at the door Book: 4776 4726

Bruce Highway at Cooper Street and Macrossan Avenue and 73–75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham

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touch wild hinchinbrookway.com.au

Don’t be fooled. The Hinchinbrook Way isn’t a drive. It is one hundred drives meandering through graceful cane fields that make the ride even sweeter. It isn’t one adventure, it is thousands as you discover mountains and mighty waterfalls, island paradises and prehistoric landscapes, marine wonderlands and a sport-fishing mecca. It is where you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Go adventuring, touch the wild, go flat out, relax, put your feet up, have a laugh, enjoy an ice cold beer. This is our way of life, it is The Hinchinbrook Way. Join us on your next weekend or holiday.

IMAGES L-R Off Yanks Jetty, Orpheus Island - M. Fitz Flat Out - B.Dee Forrest Beach - Q. Lawson Mulligan Falls - K.Purling Kayaking Zoe Bay - Hinchinbrook S. C. Jourama Falls - Q. Lawson Wallaman Falls - P. Unger

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 20 July - 9 September

Image: Richard Dunlop Rainforest [detail] 2008 Oil on Belgian linen 183 x 243 cm

winter OUTDOORS Now is the best season to experience our region through the eyes of some of the most passionate locals you’ll ever meet.


It’s not just the destination that makes an experience special – it’s the people sharing that place that creates a unique experience. Discover a side of Townsville North Queensland you never knew existed through a range of tours offered by some of our region’s proudest residents. We guarantee you will connect with your hometown and its people in a whole new way. Think outside the square when planning your next weekend by getting off the beaten track with an adventure you’ll never forget with some of these passionate North Queenslanders.



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Hinchinbrook Adventures Heli fishing with Josh Liddle Hinchinbrook Adventures Heli-Fishing Tours is owned and operated by the Liddle family in the pristine wilderness of the Herbert River Gorge, located in the Girringun National Park. The fifthgeneration family has been working in the agriculture industry in the region for 35 years and knows every inch and corner of the Hinchinbrook Channel and Girringun National Park. Pilot for helicopter and fixed wing scenic and fishing tours, Josh Liddle, has over 40 years’ experience in the aviation industry and has wandered every square foot of the Hinchinbrook Channel, Herbert River Gorge and Girringun National Park as a young lad growing up in the region. Josh is now sharing his secret spots with guests through his tour company, Hinchinbrook Adventures. With such a diverse and picturesque landscape around the Hinchinbrook region, there is so much to see and experience from the air. Once over the Girringun National Park guests will arrive at some of Australia’s most remote, fresh water fishing locations, targeting species such as Jungle Perch, Brim and Barramundi. Hinchinbrook Adventures, in partnership with Liddle’s Air Service, is the only company in Australia privileged to carry out these tours in this National Park, and it’s right here in your own backyard. www.hinchinbrookadventures.com.au

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3 2 BILLABONG SANCTUARY Feed a kangaroo, cuddle a koala or race a turtle. With more than 50 native animal species calling Billabong Sanctuary home, this family owned park offers hours of fun and entertainment for children (and parents) of all ages. Plan your day to ensure you catch one of the park’s regular animal shows – the kids will be amused and they’ll learn something new too!


FROSTY MANGO Before you make the road trip home, allow time for a visit to Frosty Mango at the base of Paluma. Treat yourself to a delicious ice cream and get the family together for the obligatory photo by the big mango-man statue. This is one stopover the family will thank you for!


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AQUASCENE CHARTERS (MAGNETIC ISLAND) Snorkelling, fishing, feeding birds of prey and so much more, if you want to experience the best of Magnetic Island, you can’t go past a tour with Aquascene Charters. Experience a lifetime of local knowledge and secret spots from tour guide, Adam Hinks, who has called Magnetic Island home for more than 30 years. The best part is that Adam and his wife Steph have four kids, so keeping the whole family entertained comes naturally to them. PALUMA RANGE NATIONAL PARK Take the kids to discover a magical village amongst the rainforest with a road trip to Paluma Range National Park. Pack a picnic, enjoy a hike along a rainforest trail, swim in the clear waters of Crystal Creek, admire the handiwork of the historic stone bridge or stroll through the Paluma village.

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Raven Tours History and nature at its best with Rod Jones In July 2017, Rod Jones was asked if he could operate tours through the historic township of Ravenswood, approximately 130 kilometres south west of Townsville. He felt quite a sense of honour to be chosen to help keep alive a township that was once a grand old gold mining town that suffered much throughout its history. For Rod, he not only saw the importance of providing this experience in present day, but realised the even greater importance to ensure the township’s rich historical significance is conserved for people to enjoy and understand in 100 years’ time. Raven Tours is a Townsville based business offering a range of unique bus tours on the Gold Rush era in Ravenswood as well as exploring the region’s best natural assets. As your tour guide, Rod takes guests on a journey back to yesteryear to explore a forgotten time, including the overnight ‘Gold and Ghost Tours’ and the newest tour showcasing the region’s most spectacular waterfalls. Rod aims to provide guests with an experience that will not only educate, but deliver an opportunity to discover the tranquility of the country and explore all the wonders that nature has to offer. www.raventoursqld.com.au d u o m a g azi n e.co m . a u


Tour Townsville See Townsville’s rich military past with Toby Dean

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MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND From navigating the high seas to discovering the stories behind Indigenous artefacts, the Museum of Tropical Queensland features several fascinating exhibitions and collections that explore life in the tropics from prehistoric times to the modern era. The kids will love the hands-on displays – it might be hard to drag them away! Image: SB Creative


Owner and operator of Tour Townsville, Toby Dean, is an ex-serviceman that made Townsville home in 2007 after a previous Army posting to Townsville in 1994. Toby has always had an interest in Australian history and believes Townsville has a very interesting story to tell. In 2013, Toby saw the opportunity to develop tours based on Townsville’s rich history and scenic sights, now providing a multitude of tour options to visitors and locals alike. During WWII, some of Townsville’s most popular local spots, such as Castle Hill and Pallarenda, were the locations protecting the coastal shorelines as the city’s key military observation points. Remnants of this time still lay stagnant as a reminder of Townsville’s significant role in defending northern Australia and supporting the US military during WWII. Toby provides an immersive experience as your tour guide, sharing stories of this military past, the hidden tales behind Townsville’s most historic homes and buildings, and key historical sites such as Castle Hill and Jezzine Barracks. Toby’s tour will leave you with goose bumps as you experience an exclusive glimpse into Townsville’s past by a guide as passionate as they come. www.tourtownsville.com.au 22

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10 9 REEF HQ GREAT BARRIER REEF AQUARIUM If your kids can recite the entire script from Finding Nemo, then take them to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. While they’ll be amazed by the fish, sharks and turtles, you’ll be impressed by how much they learn at this fantastic attraction. Experience the Turtle Hospital tour, a great way for the kids to see firsthand how they can help protect the Reef and the marine life that call it home.

MAGNETIC ISLAND FORTS WALK Do your kids turn their noses up at every mention of the word ‘exercise’? Never fear, we’ve got the perfect outdoor activity that will burn off the sugar-high without them even noticing the extra steps! Magnetic Island’s famed Forts Walk is a four kilometre hike (two hours return) featuring various WWII fortifications overlooking some of the Island’s best views across the Coral Sea. The Forts Walk is also home to a large koala colony!

Remote wilderness adventures with John Schmidt According to Absolute North Charters owner, John Schmidt, an adventure hike is by definition sure to turn up the unexpected. However, the Hinchinbrook Island tour operator believes preparation and local knowledge is key when tackling the journey that awaits hikers on Hinchinbrook Island. Absolute North Charters provides services in all aspects of hiking, travelling, tours and ferry transfers over the entire region of Hinchinbrook from both Cardwell and Lucinda. Only 40 people are permitted to be on the Island at one time, giving hikers the unique opportunity to connect with and appreciate the raw beauty of a tropical island regarded as one of Australia’s premier walking trails.

With an unmatched local knowledge about Hinchinbrook Island’s Thorsborne Trail, ‘Skipper John’ assists hikers with all their logistics and safety tips whilst completing the Trail, providing maximum hospitality to his guests. John has lived in the region all his life and knows Hinchinbrook Island like the back of his hand. John’s vision is to interact with Hinchinbrook Island and to be the voice for the Island in return for all the wonderful memories it provided him as a child. John takes his duty of care very seriously for hikers circumnavigating the deserted Island and is truly proud to showcase the region in all its uninhibited raw beauty. www.absolutenorthcharters.com.au

Absolute North Charters

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





What’s your link to Townsville? I lived and studied in Townsville for four brilliant years while I completed a double degree — Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Journalism) and Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology). What does your work involve now? I’m now based in Darwin, working as a communications officer for the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub, which is one of six hubs created under the National Environmental Science Program. Most of my work is here, but also involves fieldwork from Cairns to Broome in remote settings like the Kimberley and the Gulf of Carpentaria. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville gave me a snapshot of life in the north and helped develop my understanding of how life works differently in settings away from capital cities. My time in Townsville helped me become an allrounder and that diverse skillset


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has been invaluable for my work so far. Studying journalism at JCU also encouraged me to develop practical media skills and constantly producing work strengthened the portfolio I could show when applying for jobs. What project are you currently working on? I’m putting together stories and videos from research presentations in Canberra and early dry season fieldwork from the Kimberley. Outside of work, I’ve been exploring nearby Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and trying to find new ways to capture these popular and already often-photographed places. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I made a whirlwind trip back early this year for graduation and will be back again for a fun run that I’m helping to organise in September, but that’s definitely not as often as I would like to visit. CONNECT NOW www.nespnorthern.edu.au

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and raised in Townsville and studied Civil Engineering at James Cook University. What does your work involve now? I lead the structural engineering disciple of Premise’s (formerly UDP Group) Brisbane and South East Queensland operations, which involves client and project management through the design, documentation and construction of commercial, industrial and infrastructure developments. What project are you currently working on? A new commercial development in Papua New Guinea. I’ve been fortunate to complete the design of a five-storey, 20,000sqm shopping centre in the Six Mile commercial precinct, collaborating with Pacific Architects PNG. The development is on a steep sloping site prone to earthquakes, which presented a number of design challenges.

What’s happening with your family life? Since leaving Townsville in 2015 my wife, Kasey-Lee, and I have welcomed two beautiful sons — Cooper John Lancini (2) and Beau Benjamin Lancini (3 months). How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? When I graduated I joined GHD Townsville, who gave me a broad range of projects to cut my teeth and the opportunity to relocate to Gladstone in 2015 to take on a management role. My connections to Townsville also led to my current role as one of Premises’ executive directors, Patrick Brady, is the man who tracked me down for this opportunity. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Townsville will always be ‘home’ and generally I get the family back a couple of times a year. I have to get my boys back often enough that they don’t grow up to be Broncos supporters! CONNECT NOW www.premise.com.au



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


What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville and spent most of my life there. I graduated from Ryan Catholic College in 2001 then came back to Townsville to study as a mature-age student at James Cook University, graduating with a degree in Multimedia Journalism in March of 2017. What does your work involve now? I’m the reporter/photographer for the Clark Fork Valley Press newspaper owned by the Hagadone Company in the northwest of the United States. I’m also a writer for Rodeo Fame magazine and work as a podcaster for True Cowboy Nation, an online rodeo media outlet, during the National Finals Rodeo

What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville to study a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University and be closer to my partner Micah, who was also studying at JCU. We were recently married in Townsville and now have a daughter, Jalah 3, and son, Jireh 2. What does your work involve now? I’m the co-founder of TAG – Traditional Aboriginal Games. We deliver traditional Indigenous games and cultural immersion programs with the Grow Hope Foundation. Our facilitators provide sessions in schools, at community events and for corporate events. When not working with TAG, I’m a project coordinator at The University of Melbourne. Melbourne winter is proving challenging, and we’re definitely missing the Townsville sun, but we live close to the beach. What project are you currently working on? With the university of Melbourne, I’m coordinating a summit with the community out in Shepparton,

in Las Vegas Nevada in December. I live in Sanders County Montana in a small town called Plains, which lies alongside the mighty Clark Fork River and between some amazing mountain ranges including parts of the Rocky Mountains. A career highlight was recently receiving eight awards in the 2018 Better Newspaper Competition for the Montana Newspaper Association. My work was awarded in different categories including writing, videography and photography. What project are you currently working on? I’m working on some stories for the next issue of Rodeo Fame, which includes a fun piece with Bob Tallman — the most recognised rodeo announcer in the world.

north-east Victoria. For TAG, I’m working on pulling together various TAG events in colleges, for sporting clubs and for corporate NAIDOC week (8 to 15 July) events, as well as helping to connect various schools in Melbourne to Indigenous women and support them with their NAIDOC celebrations. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My time studying at JCU exposed me to different avenues to advocate for Aboriginal people and gave me the foundation to start TAG. I also met my business partner, Domica Wescombe, while playing netball for the Steelcats. She was born and raised in Townsville and has been key in building our business and connections in Melbourne. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Hopefully TAG will expand to Townsville soon, enabling us to come home more often, but we like to make at least two trips a year and we’re looking forward to spending Christmas in Townsville. CONNECT NOW www.tagames.com.au

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I have to thank my lecturers from my degree, the team at 4K1G who still keep in contact and helped me discover a love for broadcasting, 4TO FM for my internship and, of course, my family and friends. I still get loads of support from many Townsvillians on a weekly basis. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Unfortunately, with so many work commitments, it may be close to three years gone before I make it back home. But at least social media helps me stay connected and I Facetime friends and family as often as I can. CONNECT NOW www.vp-mi.com

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Coorparoo House carefully negotiates a sloping site and captures views of the city skyline and a swathe of Eucalypts to create a custom dwelling in tune with its surroundings.


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The house embraces Brisbane’s subtropical climate with terraced living spaces clustered around a ground level courtyard. Sliding glass walls establish a seamless transition between the house and garden. Striking a balance between independence and togetherness, rooms are designed to respect both adult and teenage domains with flexibility built-in to ensure the house will continue to serve the family for the next generation. Stepped floor levels and three separate bedroom zones create spatial complexity and a subtle separation that promotes household peace and harmony. A stone fireplace, a timber and steel staircase and custom timber joinery are some of the details employed to bring a sense of material richness to the interior. The interplay of double and triple height volumes creates generous room proportions with full height openings promoting a feeling of infinite space.

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A. The Brief for the Coorparoo House was an interesting one. It was for a family transitioning from young children to one looking to support the growing independence of young adults. The Clients were seeking to keep the family together as much as possible and allow appropriate breathing space to engage and be together whilst also giving all of the individuals in the family their own private space… and potentially their future families. Q. WHAT WERE THE SOLUTIONS?

A. Whilst the topography was initially perceived as a challenge; to negotiate the level changes whilst responding appropriately to the topography and view. We managed to turn this into an opportunity to respond positively to the brief, creating a series of cascading spaces for the individuals in the family that culminated in expansive communal family living spaces that sit around the landscaped courtyard and orientated to the view of the reserve. Q. WHAT WERE THE KEY CHALLENGES?

A. The site falls steeply from the street to a beautiful nature reserve at the rear of the property and has a long east–west orientation. Q. WHO ARE THE CLIENTS AND WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THEM?

A. A family transitioning from young children to one looking to support the growing independence of young adults.

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Alexandra Buchanan Architecture ABA combines a unique team of highly skilled individuals from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and educational experiences from Japan, Australia and the UK that bring a greater depth and richness to our design processes and ultimately our projects. With this our team are focused on creating dynamic environments & encouraging appropriate, progressive and collaborative design processes for every project. PROJECT TEAM Alexandra Buchanan Architecture Teneriffe, Brisbane alexandrabuchanan.com

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Councillor Mark Molachino, Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill, and Matthew McCarthy

Townsville City Council’s kerbside collection crews are more than halfway through their city-wide hard waste pick up, with close to 1,500 tonnes of unwanted hard waste removed. As part of the program, more than 40,000 homes have been serviced over the past six months. Mayor Jenny Hill said she was proud to deliver on another one of her election commitments after introducing the hard waste kerbside collection earlier in the year. “This is something I have wanted to do for years, but it has only been possible since my team got in at the last election,” Cr Hill said. “The kerbside collection ensures that everyone – from pensioners to students – is able to get rid of their bulky items, whether it’s a broken washing machine or an old couch.” As of 1 July, there are still 10 zones to be collected from so if you live in one of the remaining suburbs yet to be paid a visit, it’s time to start your cleansing catharsis and get your hard waste to the kerbside – but not more than seven days prior to your collection date. Cr Hill said the overwhelming majority of people were doing the right thing. “It’s the first time we have done a kerbside collection in more than a decade and overall it has run smoothly,” Cr Hill said. “There’s been a few issues with people putting out items too early but maybe they’re just too keen to make use of the new service.”

Townsville Waste Services Manager Matt McCarthy said on average, residents were leaving out about 96 kilograms of hard waste. “It’s mainly white goods, with some BBQs and bikes,” Mr McCarthy said. “As long as your pile is no more than two cubic metres – which is about eight garbage bins in size – we’ll pick those items up for you.” North Ward, Townsville City and West End residents should start thinking about what stuff they’re going to part with as Council crews will be kicking off their collection route of these inner-city suburbs on 16 July. Zone 17, which covers the Bohle, Cosgrove and Mount St John will closely follow from 23 July. Mr McCarthy advised there will be two zones covered each month until November when the year-long task will wrap up in Zone 25 by traversing the city’s northern beaches. “We predict by then we will have collected in excess of 3,000 tonnes of unwanted household items from more than 50,000 Townsville homes,” he said. “All the white goods and e-waste we collect is then recycled and so far, 220 tonnes have been taken to council’s transfer stations for recycling.” So, don’t forget, if you’re in Zones 16–25, please ensure your hard waste is placed on the kerb by the nominated date for your zone and make sure your pile is able to be safely loaded by two people. Here’s a reminder of what can and can’t be collected…

WHAT CAN BE COLLECTED •W  hite goods Fridges and freezers MUST have the doors removed for safety purposes

• Hot water systems • Mattresses (limit of 2 per property) •F  urniture items •E  -waste •T  oys, bicycles and sporting goods •T  in and scrap iron up to 2 metres in length •S  inks •W  ood products

WHAT CAN’T BE COLLECTED • Vegetation and green waste (e.g. trees, grass, potted plants)

• Dirt and stones • Bricks and concrete • Commercial builders waste • Car parts and tyres • General household waste (e.g. food scraps) • Liquids including paints and oils • Hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos) • Gas bottles • Glass and mirrors • Household waste that normally goes into your refuse or recycling bin • Publications considered to be classified (only non-restricted items may be placed kerbside)

• Other items that may present a risk to safety

CONNECT NOW For more information on kerbside collection go to Council’s website townsville.qld.gov.au

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We’ve got options, you choose. BPAY | Direct debit | Credit card For more information visit townsville.qld.gov.au


Winter Wonderland> Until 22 July you can hit the ice on a purpose-built rink in front of St Mary’s Cathedral during the Skating At Sydney Festival. There are also ice slides, jumping castles, music and (of course!) hot chocolate and snacks from food vendors. www.sydney.skatingat.com.au

No Ordinary Hotel When The Collectionist hotel owners were planning the interiors of their 39 rooms in Camperdown, Sydney, they made an unconventional decision. They engaged four different architectural firms to design 10 rooms each— with the only instruction being no two rooms could be the same. The result is a revolution in customised stays, where guests choose their favourite room at check-in from the mood category they booked online. www.collectionisthotel.com.au

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London Calling TOP 8 THINGS TO DO


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London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. From its beautiful architectural buildings to its deep and fascinating history, there’s a lot to see and do. It was extremely difficult to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but opposite you’ll find our top eight must-see sights.


1: BIG BEN The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London’s most iconic landmarks and must-see attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13,760 kg. The clock tower is a must-see at night when the four clock faces are illuminated. 2: TOWER OF LONDON The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence but it also holds some gruesome tales such as Queen Anne Boleyn’s tragic final days. For a less gruesome side of this famous fortress, check out the Crown Jewels on display with some iconic statement pieces dating back 800 years.

3: BUCKINGHAM PALACE Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham Palace is now the London residence and administrative

headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. 4: LONDON EYE The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is currently Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. Standard tickets to purchase are available for visitors, however, if you’d prefer a private capsule for a special event, it can be organised. Also, if you’re lucky, try and catch a few famous faces while you’re there – In 2016, Matt Damon made at least five trips to the London Eye! 5: KENSINGTON PALACE Built in 1605, Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and

Duchess of Sussex. You can walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace, including the intriguing Sunken Garden or explore the beautiful private rooms at Kensington Palace that were once used by Queen Mary II. While you’re in Kensington Palace (which is situated next to Hyde Park), try and spot some royals coming and going from their home – You might get a chance to wave at the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex! 6: HYDE PARK At 145 hectares, Hyde Park is central London’s largest open space, expropriated from the Church in 1536 by Henry VIII and turned into a hunting ground and later a venue for duels, executions and horse racing. Today, the park is well known for holding large-scale commercial concerts and sporting events. If you’re looking for activities to do within Hyde Park, rent one of the green and white striped folding chairs that are scattered throughout the Park. For a pound of two, you’ll have your own personal

sanctuary for a few hours or more if you’d like. 7: TRAFALGAR SQUARE Trafalgar Square is the true centre of London. The site of Trafalgar Square has been a significant landmark since the 13th century and has been used for community gatherings and political demonstrations. A Christmas tree has been donated to the square by Norway since 1947 and is erected for twelve days before and after Christmas Day (a must see if you’re planning to visit around Christmas time). The square is also a centre for annual celebrations, in particular,

New Year’s Eve. 8: SKY GARDEN The Sky Garden is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360-degree uninterrupted views across the city of London. Enjoy its exquisite landscaped gardens, observation decks and an openair terrace (which is London’s highest public garden). While you’re there, grab a bite to eat at the Darwin Brasserie and experience stunning food theatre and seasonal plates of classic British cuisine with unobstructed views day and night.

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ABOUT ME: I was born less than a year after my family moved to Townsville so I’m a true blue Townsville girl, and I love it, but I also can’t wait to experience something different! I graduated from Townsville Grammar School in 2016 and have recently left my job in retail to work as a customer service agent for Virgin at the Townsville Airport. I am really interested in pursuing a career in travel & working as a Flight Attendant, so this is an exciting move for me. In my spare time, I love to visit Magnetic Island and relax at Alma Bay. You’ll also find me eating out, having drinks with friends or curled up in bed watching Netflix! MY BAG Chrissy Mac fur leather bag. OPAL CARD I use this card for public transport when I’m down in Sydney, but it’s also kept in my bag as a little reminder/ goal to move down there with my big sister, Mia. PHOTO This family photo was taken in a photo booth at Luna Park, gosh we all look so young! HEADPHONES I’m always listening to music! My dad (original member of the Divinyls & Director of TCTC) has inspired a love of music in his daughters. I recently saw The Preatures at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and have been listening to their latest tracks since! DANISH MONEY I have a dual citizenship with Denmark but in order for me to keep it, I have to move over there for at least 3 months before I’m 21. This gives me a little reminder every now and then. My Dad, Bjarne, was born in Denmark, and we visit family and friends every few years. SUNGLASSES I had been eyeing off these Mimco sunglasses for a while. My parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I immediately said these sunnies. Thanks Mum and Dad! SHELLS I love the beach! Forever collecting interesting shells I find on different beaches. They’re all kept in jars around my house.


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WESTERN EUROPE PHRASEBOOK My sister and I are planing an overseas trip together, I’ve been trying to learn the main languages we’ll have to use. CARDS It’s always handy having a deck of cards in your bag. I bought these from Seed when I was in New Zealand on my Grade 12 Ski Tour. PERFUME Bought this perfume on Hamilton Island, still not sure if it’s a men’s perfume or not, but I don’t care, I love the woody scent! CAMERA This camera comes on every holiday or adventure I go on. Perfect size and takes great shots! LIP GLOSS I bought this Witchery lip gloss in Brisbane one year and I’ve gone through about four! It’s the perfect lip colour for everyday use. RINGS A special friend bought these turquoise rings for me when we were at the Eumundi markets down on the Sunny Coast. ROSEMARY A stem of rosemary is kept in my bag in memory of my brother who passed away before I was born. My family planted a rosemary tree where he is buried in the Blue Mountains. My Dad has a stem kept in the pocket of his leather jacket. MOISTURISER I always carry a moisturiser in my bag. This particular one is from a hotel in Paris and how cool, it has my name on it! Whenever my family and I go away to special places and stay in nice hotels, we always leave with as many hotel toiletries as possible.



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Geoff Stanton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

TIMING OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT From ‘Early-Birds’ to ‘Right-On-Time’ to ‘Fashionably Late’

You may have heard that orthodontic treatment can be provided at many different ages. It can be a bit confusing as some people undergo orthodontic treatment as children, others in their early or late teenage years or even as adults. The Early-Birds Orthodontic treatment for younger children in the ‘mixed’ or transitional dentition stage (i.e. both baby and adult teeth present) usually involves only a limited first phase of treatment. Such treatment may be required to intercept developing orthodontic problems such as a poorly fitting bite or very protrusive front teeth. Early orthodontic treatment is only considered necessary for approximately 10% of young patients. Such patients are at greater risk of unnatural tooth wear, dental trauma, social issues or gum problems. A comprehensive or second phase

of braces treatment is still often required when the remaining adult teeth develop into the mouth. A specialist orthodontist has the expert knowledge and experience to determine when early treatment is justified or alternatively when it is better to wait. Right-On-Time Extensive good quality clinical research has shown that providing orthodontic treatment in the teenage years is generally the most favourable and most efficient time to correct the majority of orthodontic problems. By the early teenage years, the adult teeth have come into the mouth and treatment can also be timed with the teenage ‘growth spurt’. This growth spurt is generally very useful for correcting patients with protrusive upper front teeth (known as a Class II malocclusion) as the lower jaw tends to grow in a forward

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Orthodontists are recognised experts in facial growth and development”

direction and in many cases, ‘catches-up’ to improve the overall facial profile. For patients with ‘a reversebite’ or protrusive lower front teeth (known as a Class III malocclusion), it may actually be better to wait until the later teenage years as the lower jaw can grow for a longer period of time. Excessive lower jaw growth (known as a Class III facial growth pattern) may require more involved treatment. Jaws can also grow asymmetrically. It is generally not possible to ‘slow-down’ lower jaw growth nor accurately predict the final jaw size. Therefore, it is better to wait to be sure for some patients. Even if the jaw growth problem cannot be fixed immediately, orthodontic alignment of crooked upper front teeth can still be performed to improve their patient’s appearance and reduce any social anxiety.

A specialist orthodontist has the expert knowledge and experience to identify your child’s facial growth pattern and then determine when is the best time to correct tooth and jaw alignment problems. For patients with more severe jaw growth problems, a consultation with a maxillofacial surgeon may be recommended. Fashionably Late Many people did not have the opportunity to straighten their teeth as children or teenagers. Thankfully, this does not mean that the ‘orthodontic boat’ has been missed! As long as your teeth and gums are healthy (which can be confirmed by regular check-ups with a general family dentist), adult orthodontic treatment is still very possible and predictable. Many adults prefer less obvious options for their orthodontic treatment, such as clear braces or InvisalignTM . Facial growth patterns and tooth development are both complex and truly fascinating! A specialist orthodontist can help you or your child attain a beautiful smile and harmonious facial features with minimum fuss and in the shortest possible time.

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Kirsten Bulgarelli Pure Core Nourishment


North Queensland Winter – when the great outdoors beckon. It’s the only reason we suffer through summer.

Don’t get me wrong summer is great; nothing screams ‘fun’ like swimming in the warm tropical crocodile infested waters; but there is Something About Mary, ah, Winter! Something about winter in NQ evokes a primal outdoors’ passion in all of us. Maybe it’s because we can step outside without breaking a sweat; or breathe non-chilled, natural air; sleep under the stars without being eaten by mosquitoes; no flies – the list is endless. Those Southerners who flock here in winter to reap the rewards, know they’re on to a good thing because the rewards are multiple. Winter weather encourages us to have picnics and barbecues, go camping, fishing, hiking, utilise the awesome mountain bike trails; it’s the season that screams “just get outside!”. I love this time of year when we can dust off our slow cookers and eat soulful

meals, steeped in love, prepared from scratch – read: thrown together in the morning leaving the afternoon free! I love the opportunity to be outside and really enjoy the beauty of Townsville, not to mention the health benefits of the outdoors. Actually I am going to mention the health benefits! Realistically, living in NQ means we spend a lot of time indoors, working, commuting, living or just avoiding the heat. My question is, as a community are we missing the benefits of being outside? Benefits like: Fresh Air – Air pollution indoors can be up to 10 times worse than outside due to poor ventilation, paint and cleaning chemical fumes, mould and personal care products. Decreased Anxiety – Winter can induce a seasonal decline in mood due to a lack of natural

light. The perfect weather during a NQ winter means we can utilise the outdoors more, increasing the opportunity to absorb UVB and produce Vitamin D. Time spent away from normal, routine life, as in camping, can boost immunity, lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Research suggests that being in nature can inspire creativity, reduce anxiety and increase feeling of wellness. It’s a win, win! Enjoying Mild Sunshine – Perfect for Vitamin D production. This is one of the most important reasons to head outdoors. Deficiency of Vitamin D is on the increase in industrial countries and it’s so easy to prevent. Sunlight directly or indirectly supports all life. Cast your mind back to year nine biology, yep photosynthesis, the process by which plants and other organisms produce

energy from sunlight (basically). Even if you’re not in the sun often, chances are you’re eating something that utilises the sun for energy (fingers crossed!). Sunshine (UVB) is absorbed by our bodies too and converted into vitamin D so long as there is no sunscreen blocking the way. Vitamin D is responsible for multiple biological functions, within the body, that contribute to keeping us healthy. These functions include: • Regulation of minerals in blood; • Bone growth; • Immune responses; • Reduces inflammation; • Boosts brain function and neural pathways. My answer is, maybe? Honestly, I don’t know you well enough to speculate but I know me and this is my perfect time of year to head outdoors, spend time with friends, throw a frisbee, play back-yard cricket, play back-yard bocce, go backyard camping, whatever! You can’t go wrong being outdoors at this time of year soaking up the sunshine, producing and storing ample Vitamin D to see you through until next Winter!

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Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance


Some tips to ensure you get the best out of your hearing devices throughout winter.

While most would agree that Queensland’s winter is a mild one in comparison to other locations around our country, it can still get pretty cold, wet and miserable. Some regional centres regularly drop to minimums in the single digits and even at times heads in to the negative territories. We also usually think of our winter months as dry months but, on average, we will still see rainfall on over twenty days throughout winter. This is when the cold and wet can play havoc with your hearing devices but these tips can help ensure you get the best out of your devices. Keep your hearing devices dry There’s nothing worse for your hearing devices and their batteries than a bit of moisture.

While many new devices come with excellent water resistance it is always better to be sure than sorry. In winter we often move from one temperature extreme to another and this can cause condensation inside your hearing aid including in the battery compartment. Before you turn your hearing devices off at night, make sure to check them over for any moisture—including inside the battery compartment. Dry your device and any batteries with a soft dry cloth. If you have a Behind-TheEar style hearing aid with tubes, ensure you remove any moisture in the tubes as well. Remove the tube from the hearing aid and blow air through it to remove the moisture. You can use a can of compressed air

available from stationery supply stores to do this as well. One last point, always ensure you dry your ears really well after a shower or a swim before you insert your hearing aids. This can go a long way towards minimising the risk of damage to your hearing aids. Invest in a dehumidifier if you don’t have one. This is a relatively inexpensive piece of equipment that will get rid of any moisture in your hearing aids overnight while you sleep. You simply pop your hearing aids into the small dehumidifying box when you go to bed and it goes to work drawing out any moisture present in your hearing aids. In a pinch, the old trick of placing your hearing aid in a bag of clean, dry uncooked rice may

also work as the rice will absorb any moisture present in the device. What if your hearing aids get damaged? It’s so frustrating when hearing aids don’t work. Even more frustrating when you are not quite sure what’s wrong with them. Is it the battery? Is something blocking the microphone? Have they been moisture damaged? Do some trouble shooting with some new dry batteries, replace the wax guards and ensure there is no wax or dust clogging the mic or vent. If they still don’t work or only work intermittently then head straight to your audiologist to have them looked at and repaired if need be.

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Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

THE STORM OF BETRAYAL The worst hurt is betrayal because someone you cared about was willing to hurt you to make themselves feel better. Nothing can prepare you for the moment you discover that the person closest to you, the person you count on the most, the person you think cares for you more than all others, has betrayed you. There is no relationship event more painful than the discovery of infidelity and unless it has happened to you, the psychological impact is impossible to understand. The aftereffects of betrayal have been likened to the psychic disorientation and confusion that we see in victims of natural disasters. And like the victims of disasters, those who discover betrayal experience symptoms of acute and post traumatic stress. The betrayed spouse replays over in their minds the previously assumed events which occurred during the weeks, months, or years that

an affair existed. The deceived partner begins to question their reality and everything that was said and done over the relationship, as trust is obliterated. Was he really on the golf course when he phoned to say he would be home late? Was her plane really delayed so she had to stay overnight? Individuals come to counselling so deeply traumatised by the discovery of an affair that they are barely able to get through a day. A whirlwind of anger, shock, confusion, shame, anxiety, depression, grief and loss are felt and the experience can be overwhelming. These feelings are normal reactions. In the midst of such emotional torment, it is hard to think clearly let alone decide whether the relationship should be


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repaired or end. In the past, marital separation was a shameful outcome but now, many betrayed partners describe feeling shame for staying. Pop culture asserts that we deserve to be ‘treated right’ and if we have any self respect we wouldn’t stay with a cheater. Such judgements add to the confusion and emotional pain. The truth is, relationships are complex and there is no one-size-fits-all. What is really needed is support, love and compassion. It is absolutely essential that the old relationship that included an affair must end and sometimes, this means that a couple will part ways. For these, the pain of betrayal can be the death knell for the relationship, particularly when there have been multiple betrayals or

the cheating spouse refuses to discontinue the affair. But for other couples, a new and different relationship with the old partner is possible, by forging new ways of communicating, relating and meeting needs. If an attempt at relationship repair is preferred, then there are 4 things that the spouse who cheated can do to help their partner heal. 1. Gently answer all the betrayed partner’s questions; 2. express repeated, sincere remorse; 3. accept full responsibility for the breach in trust; and 4. make demonstrable effort to rebuild trust. If you have experienced betrayal, then help is available to navigate the emotional devastation that follows, either as a couple or on your own. Working with a clinical psychologist can help you through the storm of betrayal including understanding how the relationship came to be vulnerable to an affair and how to repair after damage has been done.

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Would you like to announce the arrival of your precious bundle in DUO Magazine? Send your details and photo to: arrivals@duomagazine.com.au

Announcing their new arrival proud parents Jacob Kirby and Mariah Terry introduce baby Ava Leeigh Terry-Kirby born on 1 June 2018. Desire Photography

Amanda Windsor & Jared Carbery are happy to announce the arrival of Indiana Carbery on 8 March 2018 weighing 3995g. Beautiful little sister to Fletcher Carbery.

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FINE DINING FOR A CAUSE Got your reservation for the hottest ticket in town yet? You’d better be quick — numbers are strictly limited for the Sunset Soiree progressive dinner, with all proceeds going to the Townsville Hospital Foundation.

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mains at JAM and the other half at A Touch Of Salt. “Everyone will then re-join on the bridge for more drinks and fundraising before swapping to the other restaurant for dessert.” Tickets are $160 per person, which includes the threecourse meal, a four-hour drinks package and live music by Chris Baker and Sarah Little. “Last year’s event raised over $35,000 for the Townsville Hospital Foundation and we’d love to top that this year as we’re currently raising funds for Paediatric Emergency, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Townsville Cancer Centre and soon-to-be redeveloped Renal Unit,” Judy says. “We’re a 100 per cent local charity so guests can rest assured the money stays

in Townsville to benefit the community through hospital improvements. “The Townsville Hospital Foundation provides the extra comforts to complement the services provided by Queensland Health. Our foundation exists to improve the hospital experience for patients, visitors, families and staff. “We look forward to presenting another quality Townsville Hospital Foundation event, where all attendees will not only have a fantastic time but also revel in the fact they’re supporting a 100 per cent local charity.” CONNECT NOW www.thfoundation.org.au

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Awkward Anonymous Teen


My personal experience

Think of yourself and your best friend, or anyone else you are close to. Between you there are many physical differences such as the colour of your hair, skin, and eyes. Not only are there many physical differences, but mentally you are completely different people. Our differences are what make us unique and special, and no matter how many times you hear this message, it never becomes any less true. One of the most important things I’ve learnt so far in my life is to be yourself. Not that long ago I felt very stuck about who I was as an individual. I had a large group of friends that I had been close with for years, until a few things changed. I started to be excluded socially at school, and not invited to social outings. For a while I just brushed these things off and didn’t really let them get to me, but what happened one day changed all of that. I had the day off school


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because I was sick. As I was getting ready for school the next day I received a message from a close friend. Now, this friend did absolutely nothing wrong, and we’re still close friends, but if they hadn’t told me about what had happened, I could possibly still be getting bullied today. I opened the message, “Hey, we need to talk about something.” I swear my heart skipped a beat in reading those words on my screen. I shakily replied asking what we had to talk about. Then everything went down-hill. I was told that when I had that ONE DAY off school yesterday all those people who I thought were my ‘friends’ had completely let me down. These so called ‘friends’ talked about everything they hated about me, how annoying and ugly I was, and how clingy and irritating I could be. At first, I didn’t believe it, I mean, these were my ‘friends’. So, I asked a few more people at

school and realised that it was actually a much bigger deal than I had thought. After this happened I became a very insecure person and very mentally confused. School became a painful task instead of an enjoyable environment as I had to go and see those people five days a week. This is still continuing today, but I have some trustworthy friends and am enjoying school more and more again. I’m learning that I can’t control what people think of me, so I can’t let what they say upset me. I can only control how I react and how I feel. Consequently, after months of hiding my feelings, feeling confused and hurt, I’m learning to just be me and being me is ok. I’m not going to try

and change who I am just to be liked by those people who didn’t appreciate me for the real me. Trust me, being yourself is the best thing you can be. Just be who you are. Be Kind, aat (awkward anonymous teen)


Frequent school bullying was highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.


LEANNE’S TIPS FOR FINDING MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT Consider what’s going to suit you most at the next location. If you have small children, will it be better to consider part-time, or even being a stay-at-home mum and focusing on the kids? Or is it the right time to take on some study or explore self-employment as a means of addressing gaps in regular employment? Tap into your PEAP, if you’re eligible. Get your resumé and online LinkedIn profile updated, regardless of your current or intended employment status, so you have a current version that’s easily modifiable for every application. Avoid the scattergun approach — only apply for positions that really connect. The job market is quite competitive so you want your applications to be specific to the opportunities to ensure you look interested enough to care to submit resumes and applications specific to the organisation. Pick two to four employers that are a match to your values and have the types of roles you’re interested in. Start researching them, then connect to their HR team or find out who the supervisors are in the area/s your skills fit. Start networking via LinkedIn and local Facebook communities as you never know where an opportunity will come from.


Finding work when your Defence partner relocates can be a challenge but life coach and military wife Leanne Wakeling has some tips for getting the job done. With a first husband who was a RAAF aircraft technician and a current husband of 32 years who was uniform Navy, Leanne Wakeling knows a thing or two about moving. “I’m a military brat — I had seven moves with my family — followed by 14 moves with my partners,” says Leanne, who has one child from her first marriage (Andrew now 36) and three with her current family (Bronwyn 31, Neil 28 and Tess 23). “When the children were little, we lived in Perth and Defence partners were not flavour of the month — the general business view was that military partners were itinerate workers. “Enlightened employers, however, recognise they often get more experienced workers for discount salaries.” Leanne, who now lives in Canberra, was an Army Reservist for much of the time when the children were little and says one day’s work tended to pay for two days of day care

so it made sense to work. She now works for herself as a life coach, after initially studying to be an interior designer. “After early retirement from the public service, in the end I realised that in our local market the type of work I was competitive for, I didn’t want to do, so I looked for something different,” Leanne says. “I was looking for qualifications for teaching adult learning, as I’d enjoyed doing this as a volunteer at community centres over time, when I discovered coaching as a profession and found an outstanding threeyear course with The Coaching Institute in Melbourne. “I’ve always been service-driven and gaining coaching skills enables me to deliver even better quality support to my community.” CONNECT NOW www.supportforcefamily.com.au

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oodstart Early Learning has launched more flexible options to help families make the most of the new Child Care Subsidy. New 9 and 10 hour sessions, in addition to the ‘all day’ session, will help reduce the risk of families running out of subsidised eligible hours and paying full fees. Goodstart Early Learning Advocacy Manager John Cherry said the new flexible options were designed to better meet families’ needs and help minimise out-ofpocket costs. “At Goodstart we know that one size doesn’t fit all families, and not all families need 12 hours of care a day. By introducing these flexible options families can choose which session best suits them,” he said. “The 9, 10 and ‘all day’ sessions mean families don’t have to risk exceeding their eligible subsidised hours.

They can now choose the session that helps them to get the most out of the Child Care Subsidy.” “The benefits for children participating in a quality early learning program, like the ones delivered at Goodstart centres, are well documented. Our new daily sessions, combined with the Child Care Subsidy will hopefully make early learning more accessible to more families and give more children a great start in life.” Early learning centres that have structured programs designed to address key learning areas can help children reach their full potential – now and in the future. For a closer look at how Goodstart’s new flexible options could help your family, consider the following case studies.

The Nguyen family:

The Healy family:

• T he Nguyen family requires child care five days a week (10 days a fortnight), as both parents work.

• T he parent that earns the least in the Healy family works 20 hours a week over four short days.

• T hey are eligible for 100 hours per fortnight of Child Care Subsidy, but their centre is open 12 hours a day, meaning their care requirements exceed their eligible hours by 20 hours per fortnight.

• T heir centre is open for 11 hours per day.

• T he Nguyen family can minimise their costs at Goodstart by choosing a 9 or 10 hour session which means they do not exceed the number of child care hours they are eligible for.

• T hrough the new Child Care Subsidy, they are entitled to 72 hours of child care per fortnight (36 hours per week). • Using the new sessions, they can book in four x 9 hour sessions a week – meaning they will not exceed their eligible hours of Child Care Subsidy.

With Goodstart’s new 9 and 10 hour sessions, as well as the ‘all day’ session, you only pay for the session you need. To find out more, call us on 1800 222 543 or visit www.goodstart.org.au

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SUPPORTING DEFENCE STUDENTS Now in her sixth year as a Defence Transition Mentor at St Anthony’s Catholic College, Sharon Welham is dedicated to making Defence students feel included.


n her role as Defence Transition Mentor at St Anthony’s Catholic College, Sharon Welham works across both the Padua (junior) and Assisi (senior) campuses to support Defence students during their transition into and out of the College or at times of parental absence due to deployment, exercise or courses. “I provide the students with activities that help them work through the many practical and emotional issues involved in being in a Defence family,” Sharon says. “Together, the classroom teachers, pastoral carers and I carefully monitor the students to ensure their wellbeing.” Through working closely with the students, Sharon and her colleagues are also able to identify any gaps in their learning.

“From this you can provide families with additional support, programs and services from within the College, as well as through the Defence Community Organisation and the wider community,” she says. This year, for ANZAC day, Sharon encouraged students to research family members linked to the Defence Force to create a Hero Wall. “This highlighted the large presence of Defence families within the College,” Sharon says. “It also gave students an appreciation of how often Defence families move due to postings and the large number of deployments many serving members have had.”

PHOTOS TOP FROM LEFT: Sharon Welham with students; St Anthony’s Day celebrations; Peta and Isaac Lockhart, Alera Kyberai and Sharon Welham

ABOVE: The 1RAR Band perform for the school

St Anthony’s Catholic College Junior College Veales Road, Deeragun 4751 7200 Senior College Joanne Street, Deeragun 4751 7300 www.sacc.catholic.edu.au


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D E F E N C E FAM ILY S UPPO RT CO N TACTS Geckos Community Centre Geckos is a tri-service community centre providing a range of services and activities for all defence families. Geckos provides a mix of formal and informal activities such as playgroups, coffee club and craft group each week. This is a place for Defence members, partners and families to build friendships, socialise and access information to assist with the challenges of a Defence lifestyle. Contact number: 4411 7031 Townsville Legacy Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today’s Australian Defence Force who lose their lives as a result of their military service. Contact number: 4772 7533

Experience Works We have been assisting ADF partners with employment issues now for more than five years and our staff have lived experience of the Defence lifestyle. Four of our staff members are either current or past Defence partners. Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) funding is available for many Defence family members. Contact number: 0422 420 548 Mates4Mates A not-for-profit charity that receives no government funding who supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service for free. Contact number: 4771 9600

Defence Families of Australia Northern Queensland Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official ADF families advisory body to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). DFA is a not for profit organisation. The organisation sits outside of Defence systems, allowing DFA independence and impartiality to act in the best interests of ADF families. Their team are all Defence partners of current serving members. Contact number: 0418 796 561 or visit dfa.org.au/contact/northern-queensland/ Defence Community Organisation or DCO, within the Department of Defence, offers a broad range of programs and services to help Defence families manage the military way of life. To access any DCO support services, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or visit DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au



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Providing a safe place for people to take control of their own lives is, at the very least, what the dedicated team at Yumba-Meta Housing Association Ltd (YMHAL) have been doing in the Townsville region since 1973. This year, they celebrate 45 years of services to the local community; not just providing social housing assistance to those with the greatest needs, but also building capacity to break the cycle of homelessness for good. “I’ve been honoured to work with founding members Ernie Hoolihan, his wife Maud, who sadly passed away a few years ago, and Eva Kennedy who all deserve a tremendous amount of praise and respect for all their hard work in getting YMHAL off the ground as a not-for-profit organisation,” CEO Dushy Thangiah said. “It certainly wasn’t easy gaining the support of governments back then to stand up for the needs of our Indigenous communities, but the partnerships we’ve formed over the years have been instrumental in getting us to where we are today.” When it comes to advocating for the community’s most


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disadvantaged groups, YMHAL have achieved and surpassed some impressive milestones since their humble beginnings in 1973, when they purchased eight homes with the sole purpose of providing housing for Townsville’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who were struggling to access housing in the private market. Now with a housing stock in excess of 193 tenancies, YMHAL are leading the sustainable housing agenda in the region, not only by providing long, medium and short-term accommodation that is secure, affordable and culturally appropriate, but by gaining the respect and trust of the people most in need of the support and services they provide. Ecstatic to be able to celebrate this milestone of longevity with the people who worked tirelessly to turn vision into reality all those years ago, Mrs Thangiah is keen to acknowledge the architects and project managers of a more recent initiative, which saw YMHAL receive a national award for service innovation presented by the Australasian Housing Institute.

“In 2015 YMHAL were awarded the ‘Australasian Leading Innovation Award for Professional Excellence in Housing’, for their Ernest & Maud Hoolihan Village in Deeragun,” she explained. “It has been with the support and commitment of highly professional consultants and trades people that we’ve been able to provide high-quality homes for our community and making Ernie and Maud’s vision for the Indigenous elders’ village a possibility. “YMHAL over the 45 years has grown from managing eight houses to a dynamic multi-functioning organisation now managing 180 longterm tenancies, 13 tenancies under the Employment and Education program, 40 tenancies under the Dale Parker Place supported accommodation program, the Breaking the Cycle program, Flora House Women’s Shelter, The Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre (50 Beds) and developing their own housing estate; Hillside Gardens with 40 lots.”

Over the next five years, YMHAL projects will focus on growing school retention of Townsville’s Indigenous children to a level not seen before, aiming for a high percentage of children completing school with the required level of literacy and numeracy skills. Furthermore, Mrs Thangiah said their efforts will also make sure that young people with disabilities are able to live amongst their own age group with dignity and not in nursing homes. “YMHAL will continue to focus on the organisation’s quality improvement, sustainability, and sound financial and governance practices.” Mrs Thangiah also acknowledged the contributions of past and present Board of Directors, Senior Management team and staff. It is their dedication and commitment that has nurtured the organisation to its current level. Yumba-Meta Housing Association Ltd 2/565 Ross River Road, Kirwan 07 4723 5611 www.yumbameta.com.au

ABOVE: Yumba-Meta Housing Association Ltd Board (L-R): Helen Bushman, John Bearn, Ernest Hoolihan, Dawn Charteris, Janice Burns, Michelle Thompson, Douglas Dunstan


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Trent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

3, 2, 1…. LAUNCH

Launching your business and making that first sale!

In June we discussed the critical importance of planning when you’re preparing to start a new business. This month, I want to talk about the LAUNCH including the boring, mundane and often never spoken of back-end work that is just as important. Getting the word out Marketing is SO important, it really can’t be stressed just how much. So invest the time and organise your Marketing Plan and if being creative isn’t your thing – engage a professional. Henry Ford famously said “A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time”. It’s a pretty thought provoking concept. On top of that, there has never been a better time to tell the world that you are

Open for Business. Social Media is a great starting point but to really get your message out there, you need to have some great content. Is now a good time to point out you are reading Townsville’s premier monthly publication full of amazing kinds of content (hint hint) – so there is no excuses for not getting yourself and your message ‘out there’! But marketing is just one piece of the puzzle. Do you have the processes in place to seamlessly have your product/service delivered in a timely and efficient manner? Will you receive payment at the ‘Point of Sale’ or will you issue an invoice, with credit terms. Will it be due in 7 Days or 14 Days? What happens if someone wants to just make

a deposit? By establishing a structured approach to each variable, you can ensure you can deliver the BEST customer experience each and every time. Speaking of staff – do they know what their role is? Having Job Descriptions, Daily Duty lists and End of Month Procedures all helps keep your business on track. To be able to do this, you need the right tools, and one of the most important tools is your Accounting Software. Our favourite is definitely QuickBooks Online, but there are other popular choices like Xero, MYOB and Reckon. What QuickBooks Online allows you to do with ease is: Invoicing – issue a Sales Receipt on the spot, print or email an Invoice. If you have recurring invoices, you can

also set them up to issue automatically. Track your income, your GST and also get all of your customers information. Manage your expenses – Record all your bills, know how much and when you have to spend your money. Take a photo of your receipts as you make a purchase and have it save automatically in QuickBooks Online – it is so easy! Payroll – Payroll through QuickBooks Online is AWESOME. It is provided by KeyPay, an Australian company who’ve created the smartest and easiest to use, payroll software on the market (in our humble opinion). Not only that, but it also allows you to lodge your BAS with ATO – that is a really cool time saving feature. Not sure what BAS is/means? Then consider getting a great Bookkeeper and Accountant team to help you out. Once you have all of these things sorted, there will be something else you need to work on. It’s just the nature of being in business. Strap yourself in. It’s a wild ride but you’re ready for the challenge! 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.


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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU FROM 1 JULY? There are a few changes coming up that may affect you.

Take for example those 65 and over. Did you know that under normal circumstances, your ability to contribute into super is strict, whether you claim a tax deduction for these amounts or not. Those 65 and over can contribute up to $300,000 into super from the proceeds of sale of their family home. So long as you have owned the home as your main residence for at least 10 years, this contribution can be utilised without affecting existing caps. This is interesting because you can still make this contribution, even if your individual total super balance is greater than $1.6 million, but it will count towards your transfer balance cap (which applies when you shift from accumulation to pension phase).

Other criteria include ensuring you provide your fund the appropriate form, and make the downsizer contribution within 90 days of receiving the proceeds of the sale (generally settlement date). If you have signed a contract before 1 July 2018 however, you will not be eligible, and one thing to note, it may affect your eligibility for the age pension, so check with your adviser and your sums first! Business owners, if you are not already aware, the ATO have mandated Single Touch Payroll for those employers with 20 or more employees. With the right procedures in place, your Payroll/accounting software should now have the ability to report directly to the ATO information about salaries, wages, PAYG withholding

and superannuation for your employees. Those with fewer employees don’t get a rest, you will be mandated to follow suit from 1 July 2019, so it is good practice to get on board with these changes so you are well prepared. The ATO has needed this live reporting on employee data for some time, as this process offers the employee some further protection. The ATO will take a ‘Big Brother’ approach to make sure the employer is doing the right thing from a wages and super obligation perspective. This process will likely expose those employers who don’t comply with the rules. Other 1 July 2018 changes include a small amount of tax relief for those earning up to $90,000 per year.

In small increments, the tax payer may enjoy an increase in tax offsets up to $530 depending on their income tax threshold. There are positive changes with regards to the childcare subsidy scheme, but we have urged our clients to update their information with Centrelink via MyGov. Depending on the situation, if both parents are working, and are paying for daycare, it is likely that some benefit may be achieved by an increase in subsidies entitled. Going forward, any savings at this point is a good saving. Added benefit, whether it be a subsidy increase, tax offset, super savings or increased employee protection, all will help from 1 July. So to all our clients and readers, stay informed and here’s to a Happy New Financial Year! 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

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


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There’s been a concerted campaign for over two years to ‘talk up’ the North’s economic performance and prospects from various quarters. Much of this is, unfortunately, hype that refuses to recognise the difference between the temporary effects of fiscal pump priming and longer term structural change.

SPIN V REALITY The bastions of local economic commentary have, for at least the last two years, promoted the idea that Townsville North Queensland’s economic turnaround was imminent. We were promised economic revitalisation on the back of a $250m football stadium. Indeed, Townsville Enterprise Limited went so far as to claim the stadium was the ‘one catalyst’; nothing else was needed. Reality has been disappointing, if not predictable. What we have is temporary relief on the jobs front resulting from unprecedented State and Commonwealth Government injections. Throw enough money at a local economy and some of it inevitably sticks. That’s exactly what’s been going on in our region. That the relief has been temporary is evidenced by the nature of population settlement, insofar as increased economic activity

drives housing demand. What’s happened in the residential property sector has been a sustained flat-lining of new dwelling approvals coupled with increased rental occupancies. Reduced rental vacancy rates is, doubtless, good news for landlords but it’s also a sign that workers chasing government debtfunded construction jobs know these jobs are temporary. A flaccid new dwellings pipeline tells us more about the state of the economic ‘recovery’, because permanent residential settlement is a key sign that households actually believe the turnaround is more than just a temporary band-aid. More to the point, a sustained growth in new residential dwelling approvals tells us something about what the banks are thinking about economic recovery. Townsville’s new dwelling sector has been comatose during a period of sustained low interest rates. While

major cities (mainly the three east coast capitals) have seen growth in residential lending, my feedback from mortgage brokers and bankers in the region is that Townsville remains on the watch list; there’s little credit flow to speak of. Publicly funded construction activity has seduced some to think there’s a real recovery going on. My take is that a massive band-aid was needed and that’s what we have got. Sadly, however, it’s not much of a recovery because fiscal pump priming cannot, and will not, last forever. Townsville North Queensland has received Government Capital funding at levels above per capita proportions since at least 2011/12. With a population that makes up about 4.4% of the State’s population, the region has received on average 6.8% of State Government capital procurement over the past seven years.


The stadium was promoted as the catalyst for property development valued at some $1.9 billion being kicked off in the CBD. So far, we’ve seen little that would suggest this is likely in the foreseeable future unless there’s more government funding or the public subsidises private developers. ADANI, ADANI, WHERE FOR ART THOU? The second element of the rejuvenation spin revolves around Adani. So much ink has been spilt promoting the idea that the city should subsidise the Indian conglomerate, backed by tendentious claims about employment impacts. A year ago, to much fanfare, Adani opened its office in Townsville. Almost a year to the day, the company announces a workforce ‘restructure’ (15% cut) and has not progressed funding certainty for its Carmichael coal mine. Meanwhile, the City has now retreated from its

(unjustifiable) offer / proposal / deal to fund the Adani mine airstrip. The Adani airstrip contribution from Townsville ratepayers was to be $18.5m. There’s something of an irony here, incidentally: three years ago, another well-to-do billionaire asked for about $10m in loans (as opposed to grant funding) to provide liquidity to keep the doors of a local nickel refinery open. That was refused with much huffing and puffing. I’m not quite sure why an Indian Billionaire was more successful, but that, I guess, is a story for another day.

regional prosperity are related to the nature of work created by the regional economy and the quality of the workforce that goes with it. Disparities in regional wellbeing are underpinned by differences in labour force participation, hours worked and productivity. That’s the conclusion presented by well-regarded economist Saul Eslake at the Australian Local Government Association conference in Canberra on 17 June 2018. This broad brush marries up with my slightly different frame, which dissects the region’s labour force in terms of four main job types:

IT’S STRUCTURAL, FOLKS The weakness in the region’s economy is fundamentally structural. As I’ve pointed out previously, Townsville North Queensland’s boom years was based on a economic structure that exhibited a ‘tradies bubble’. Whereas the macro employment trends across the country since the mid-1980s has been the progressive decline in manual routine work as a proportion of the labour force, in Townsville the reverse was the case. This isn’t sustainable nor is it a basis of wealth creation in the 21st century. Propping up the short-term manual routine workforce via fiscal intervention has been a necessary band-aid, without which the vortex of contraction would have simply hastened. That said, this is temporary relief and isn’t tantamount of economic recovery. A long list of government-funded civil construction projects is a short-term palliative; no more, no less. The underlying drivers of

Manual routine; Manual non-routine; Cognitive routine; and Cognitive non-routine. Prosperous parts of Australia tend to see growth in non-routine employment. Townsville North Queensland needs to confront this dynamic if it is to achieve a sustained economic transformation for the better. The notion that routine manual work funded by fiscal pump priming is tantamount to ‘turning the corner’ is short-sighted and muddle headed. A meaningful structural transformation can only come when we see non-routine work (especially cognitive non-routine work) grow as a proportion of the regional labour force. For, if this happens, the likely corollaries will be greater productivity, reduced net outflow for people’s aged 40 years or less and increased hours worked per person.

noted that education levels were an important factor in understanding dynamics around regional workforce characteristics. He drew attention to evidence that showed that the higher the level of education attainment the more likely the person would find work, the more likely that the work would be full-time, and the more likely the work would be highly productive. The reverse is also true. Townsville is primed to capitalise on this knowledgebacked economic trajectory. It has two universities to start with, assets that many other regions across the country would run over hot coals for. Unfortunately, instead of seeing a sustained enrolment base from both high school graduates and mature-aged students, the evidence points to a massive leakage of potential university students to the capitals. This outflow is the longterm killer for regional prosperity. Stemming it requires a concerted attitudinal about face, so that we cultivate a culture of a learning city whereby we drive economic prosperity on the back of developing and harnessing know-how and ingenuity.

EDUCATION MATTERS In his keynote address at the ALGA conference, Saul Eslake

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AMY.JOINS. ALL.THE.DOTS. TCTC graduate, Amy Prideaux, is exploring the overlap between sound and pictures.


The first professional editing software I ever learnt was Photoshop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; scanning and restoring old or damaged photos for family and friends. Currently I use video editing software Premiere Pro for creating online promotional video content and ProTools, audio recording software, for my own music. WHERE DOES YOUR INTEREST IN MUSIC PRODUCTION COME FROM?

My Dad is passionate about live sound mixing and there was always music playing in the house growing up. As a child I would sit on the top step at home and watch the guys in local bands borrowing gear from the garage. Often I would go to the gigs and stay up way past bed time because I just wanted to be around the buzz of the live shows. From a young age I could see how technical production and technology were an important part of making music. WHY CHOOSE TO STUDY AT THE TCTC?

I wanted to expand my knowledge of music from playing the piano to learn more about music production and other elements of the music industry like artist promotion, A&R and studio recording. With the courses requiring only a few contact hours per week it was possible to study at TCTC while maintaining my other work and study commitments. Studying both music and screen at TCTC has given me access to education, industry standard equipment and software that you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get anywhere else. The facilities are second to none!


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Yes. Learning to use professional editing software doesn’t happen by accident and can be a time consuming process, but once you have mastered one program it makes it easier to learn others. There’s a lot of overlap between audio and video editing and being able to navigate between software programs opens up a whole other dimension to the creative process. HOW DOES DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY ENABLE YOU TO BE PRODUCTIVE?

Technology has come so far – you can have a professional recording studio on a laptop and edit video in your living room. The potential is there to collaborate, upload and share ideas and get feedback on your work from anywhere in the world. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR SKILLS IN USING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY TAKING YOU IN THE FUTURE?

My time studying at TCTC has helped put me in good stead for my current work in radio and filming, along with my own projects at home. It’s great to be working in environments that allow me to use and further develop the skills I have acquired in music and video production at TCTC.


There is great diversity in how successful graduates of the TCTC courses apply their skills and industry knowledge. Some graduates, like Amy, have taken up work opportunities creating videographic work, short films and interview footage. Other graduates have produced music tracks for local and interstate artists/composers, enrolled and completed tertiary study at JMC Academy and University of QLD. One graduate is now an audio/ staging crew member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The majority, like Amy, integrate their digital skills into the wider demands of their technical production practices and establish themselves as freelance designers/ producers. As well as digital film/video production, sound and music production, 2D and 3D animation, game programming, and graphic design are also areas of skills training you can undertake at the TCTC. For further information, contact the Heatley Secondary College Administration Office on 4726 8333 or enquire online at tctc@heatleysc.eq.edu.au www.facebook.com/ TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/


It’s Sunday morning and I’ve just returned home armed with coffee and a handful of the latest monthly magazines. Preparing myself to spend the day in my pyjamas doing absolutely nothing, I settle in and begin my reading marathon. It’s not long before I come across a response to a question that raises my eyebrows. Asking for advice on a topic, the person answers; “They are probably one of those weird people that don’t use social media (apparently they exist).” After reading this I pause for a moment and ask myself, is this what everyone thinks? Has social media become so prominent in our lives that it’s shocking to think that people can’t live without it? Well, I’m your typical young girl, a current Riverdale addict, trying to navigate the real world and last month marked my one-year anniversary of saying goodbye to my good old social media pals and… I’ve never been happier! As millennials, social media has been a must for most of our lives. Unfortunately, for many, these platforms promote unfair comparisons, the pressure to be larger than life, and the idea of being in others’ lives without really being in their life at all. And let’s be real, none of this information is new to us because we’ve heard

it from every second person such as parents, teachers, even statistics that we are being shown daily ever since we downloaded the apps. And the majority of the time we sit there rolling our eyes at them and get on with our lives. The idea of forgetting we even have phones is simply liberating and, likewise, greatly unbelievable. But I’m here to show that it is possible to survive this life without social media and, as outrageous as it sounds, it can be quite rewarding. You may be thinking, well it’s easy to live life without social media if you’ve never had it, right? Well I did indeed have almost everything ranging from Instagram to Snapchat to Tumblr. Hitting high school just like every other teenager in my grade, I was the biggest social media addict. I snapped up a photo opportunity every chance I got, taking a gazillion selfies just to get the right one in the correct lighting to post. Each morning I would wake up and jump straight on my phone and then repeat this process before bed. Even on the way to school, Dad trying to get a conversation out of me was nearly impossible. Eventually I was spending hours and hours a week obsessing over my feed and trying to come up with new and catchy bios.

I came to the realisation that I had seriously become disconnected from the world. I was online so much that I would only see my family at dinner and, aside from school, would only talk to my friends online. I arrived at school one day and for the first time just saw everything for what it was — everyone with their heads down looking at their phones, texting people that were literally across the room and I thought to myself, is this what I’m like? That day, I decided that I would try a detox from all social media for a few days and see how it went. I was suddenly overcome with a sense of freedom from living without social media and I wanted that feeling to continue. That eventually led me to challenge myself to see how long I could hold off, and throughout this time I found that I was trying new activities that I never would’ve considered making time for before. After a few weeks I decided to let myself back on and over the coming months prided myself in cutting down my daily hours. Until one day I was barely using it and decided to deactivate my accounts, never once looking back. In today’s modern age, we have bloggers, youtubers, beauty icons, all of whom we watch through the lens of our


screens. And, yes, social media is a great way for young people to discover industries such as fashion and businesses through online exposure as well as being able to connect with longdistance family and friends. So don’t get me wrong — I’m not pushing social media into a negative limelight because it’s hard feeling like the last person in the world to find out about Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s breakup. But, ultimately, in the long run, it’s so worth it. I’ve found out who my true friends are (even if it’s a pain for them to have to call me when they need something as simple as the answer to a maths question). As cliché as it sounds, I really am just myself now — no smoke, no mirrors. Just me. I’m not writing this to say to you all ‘hey go and delete all your social media accounts otherwise you won’t be happy’. What I’m saying is why not try a cleanse for a week and see how it goes? No matter your age, you will be surprised what you might discover when logging off for a bit. Why not set yourself a challenge? Even if it’s cutting back on your hours just for a few days or even a single day? If it all gets too much you can just log back on.




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Eco Fiesta welcomed all locals to a day that not only offered environmentally friendly tips to continue improving our local community surroundings but provided live entertainment and a wide range of exhibitors, advice and inspiration to live a greener lifestyle. 1. Amelia, Lucas and Kellan Clifford 2. Anita Barrett, Sammi Ash 3. Madie Cooper, Leigh Lawrence 4. Josh, Jay and Joseph Carter-Powell 5. Simon Clark, Elisa Arnold 6. Mike and Oliver Emslie 7. Kezia and Frida de Bruyn 8. Will Owens, Emil Carter 9. Tristin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Dale Brennan 10. Carys, Sarah and Toby Saltion





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GREAT NORTHERN LAUNDRY 90TH CELEBRATION Great Northern Laundry Factory Photography Constantine Create

A fun-filled night with staff and customers was had in celebration for the Great Northern Laundryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 90th anniversary. The evening included spectacular food prepared by Michel Flores from Essentially Fresh and cocktails provided thanks to Heritage Exchange.


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PALM CREEK FOLK FESTIVAL Mountain View Lake Eco Park Photography Kylie Davis

The annual Palm Creek Folk Festival held in June every year did not disappoint once again. Endless singing and dancing filled the lush tropical grounds of the Mountain View Lake Eco Park.

1. Dominique Abraham, Elfie Jadenam 2. Ellen Connor, Sebastian Keane 3. Kassie Miller, Frankie Jerkic 4. Odie Gorman, Ollie Gorman-Pratt 5. Yvonne Scully, Taylah McMahon 6. Meshelle Clarke, Maddy Brown 7. Shelly MC, Troy Della-Bona 8. Rachael Tanner, Megan Bell 9. Nim Aithal 10. Marissa and Matilda Reid



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DHAL MAKHANI Dhal makhani, when cooked correctly, is delicious. I’ve tried some amazing versions and also a few that just weren’t quite there yet. If you like a good dhal makhani, I think this recipe will get you the flavour and texture you’re looking for. Be warned, however, this isn’t one you can just whip up on a whim. The lentils need to soak in water for at least 12 hours, then be slowly cooked until fall-apart tender. This is where many chefs go wrong. They rush the cooking process and the dhal has just a bit too much bite to it. If time permits, I recommend cooking this for four hours adding water when required.

PREP TIME 10 minutes plus soaking COOK TIME 2–4 hours SERVES: 4 or more as part of a multi-course meal

INGREDIENTS 200g (1 cup) black urad dhal lentils, soaked overnight in cold water 5 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste 2 tomatoes, chopped 2 tsp chilli powder 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 tbsp garam masala 1 tsp paprika 2 tsp salt, or to taste 3 tbsp butter, or to taste 250ml (1 cup) single (light) cream Chopped coriander (cilantro), to serve METHOD In a large saucepan over low–medium heat, simmer the urad dhal lentils in water until fall-apart soft. You might need to top up the water from time to time while the lentils cook. After about 2 hours of simmering, the lentils will be perfectly soft. Strain the lentils, reserving the cooking water, and set it all aside.

This is an edited extract from The Curry Guy Easy by Dan Toombs published by Quadrille RRP $24.99 and is available where all good books are sold.


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The following steps can be done while your lentils are simmering to save time. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium–high heat. When visibly hot, stir in the chopped onions and fry for about 10 minutes until soft and lightly browned. Stir in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for about 30 seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes and the spices.

Cook for a further 1 minute, then add about 125ml (1/2 cup) of the strained lentil water. Bring this to a simmer and add the cooked lentils. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes, adding more strained water if needed. The dhal should be thick and soupy. To finish, season with salt to taste. I recommend about 2 tsp, which I think works really well, but as with the recipes in this book, I feel how much salt you add is a personal thing. Add it to taste. Makhani means butter so you can’t leave that out. I recommend using about 3 tbsp but if you don’t want to use that much, the dhal will still be delicious. Stir most of it into the dhal and then top with whatever is leftover to melt on top. Drizzle the cream over the top and sprinkle with the chopped coriander (cilantro) and you are ready to serve your masterpiece.

GARLIC AND GINGER PASTE Garlic and ginger paste is so easy to make. Simply peel equal amounts of garlic and ginger and blend with just enough water to make a paste. If this sounds like a bit too much work, you can also purchase it ready made at Asian grocers and most supermarkets. You can also substitute grated or finely chopped garlic and ginger for the blended paste. Some stores only stock garlic paste and ginger paste in separate jars. Just take equal amounts of both out and mix them to make the garlic and ginger paste needed for most recipes in this book.


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LAMB ACHARI In Hindi, achar means pickle. Achari is a very popular Punjabi curry made with the spices often used to make pickles, such as the panch poran and dried chillies used in this recipe. The sweet flavour of the mango chutney and sourness in the lime pickle give this curry the well-rounded flavour loved by so many.

PREP TIME 10 minutes plus making the base curry sauce and cooking the lamb COOK TIME 10 minutes SERVES: 4 or more as part of a multi-course meal



4 tbsp rapeseed or vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium– high heat. When the oil is visibly hot, add the panch poran and Kashmiri chillies. The panch poran will begin to crackle as the spices release their flavour into the oil. Toss in the sliced onion and fry until soft and translucent. A sprinkle of salt will help release moisture from the onion and cool down the pan.

1 tbsp panch poran 2 dried Kashmiri chillies, split lengthwise and deseeded 1 onion, thinly sliced into rings 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste 2 bird’s eye chillies, finely chopped 125ml tomato purée 2 tbsp mixed powder or curry powder 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder 600ml base curry sauce, heated 750g pre-cooked lamb, plus 200ml of the cooking stock 2 tbsp lime pickle (or 1 tbsp each of lime pickle and smooth mango chutney – shop bought is fine) 4 tbsp plain natural yoghurt 1 tsp dried fenugreek (methi) leaves 1 tsp garam masala Juice of 1 lemon Salt 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander, to serve

This is an edited extract from The Curry Guy Easy by Dan Toombs published by Quadrille RRP $24.99 and is available where all good books are sold.

Add the garlic and ginger paste and bird’s eye chillies and fry for a further 30 seconds while stirring continuously. Pour in the tomato purée followed by the mixed powder, ground coriander, chilli powder and 250ml of the base curry sauce. It will sizzle and bubble, but don’t be tempted to stir unless it is obviously burning to the pan. Be sure to scrape any caramelised sauce from the side of the pan into the sauce for additional flavour. Add the meat and it’s stock and the rest of the curry sauce and simmer until it has reduced down to your preferred consistency. Stir in the lime pickle and mango chutney, if using, then add the yoghurt 1 tbsp at a time. You need to stir continuously so that the yoghurt doesn’t curdle. Swirl in the dried fenugreek leaves and garam masala and check for seasoning, adding salt to taste. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top and garnish with the fresh coriander to serve.

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SUBURB: Idalia AKA: B Man I’M RENOWNED FOR: My love of my

SUBURB: Hyde Park AKA: My younger siblings still call me Dee/

wonderful family, passion for the jewellery industry, supporting local businesses, charities and coffee. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… a family trip to Melbourne a couple of years ago when we got to catch up with relatives we had never met before. Also enjoying the culture and dining experiences of that great city. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… holidaying back in Melbourne with my wife and two boys. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Sunday as I get to spend time with my family. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE IS: My wife Sandra and two boys. They are very loving, supportive, inspiring and help guide me with business and life decisions. I would not be where I am today without them. Also Jamie McGeachie, he is an inspirational person and entrepreneur. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… trying to retrieve my mate’s golf ball and falling into the pond. This is a story that he will delight in telling for the rest of his life. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: I have been lucky to meet various people through my involvement with local sporting and business groups. I’ve met: Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, John Alexander, Ken Rosewell, Kieran Perkins, Jesinta Campbell, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jeff Kennett, Tim Fischer and John Calleija. MY MOTTO IS: Live life to the fullest!

DeeDee – I’m not going to print for everyone to read what my older sister used to call me. Thankfully that nickname passed. I’M RENOWNED FOR: At work I would hope I am renowned for my exceptional customer service and genuine passion for knowledge in the jewellery industry – and with family/friends it would be my strange sense of humour. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… about Townsville’s best-haunted houses. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… my solo trip to Europe when I was 20. The highlight of the trip was when I spontaneously abandoned my trip to meet up with my older sister in Rome for a day – which turned into a week long Italian adventure. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS... being paid to be on holidays. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Sunday, it always starts with a walk up Castle Hill with my partner – usually followed by a big lunch and a nap. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE IS: My mum – she has shown me not to be afraid to put myself out there and go for what I want. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… when the old Chinese man at Dream World made me hold his hand on the Giant Drop as it was falling. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: I met Steve Irwin as a kid at the Australia Zoo. MY MOTTO IS: There is a poem I love by Aldous Huxley called Lightly.

MY FAVOURITE SONG I enjoy Top 40 music SHOP Bunnings and Officeworks EAT Steak and chips DRINK Coffee, coffee, coffee…

MY FAVOURITE SONG Never Tear Us Apart by INXS SHOP Mecca EAT Pink Krispy Kremes DRINK Prosecco



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At DUO, we love introducing you to the people of our community. This month meet four workmates from JBD. If you have four people from your workplace who’d like to be featured, just send an email to editor@duomagazine.com.au



SUBURB: Bushland Beach AKA: JoyJoy I’M RENOWNED FOR: Cooking savoury treats for my work colleagues. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… that the TEN Local News used to be broadcast from the Queen’s Hotel on the Strand. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS: My husband and I went on a cruise to the Islands for our

AKA: Shazz, Honey, Mum, Nan I’M RENOWNED FOR: Cob Loaf. My spinach recipe that I’ve fine tuned over the years. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… the fun we had at Willows Water World and Willows Skating Rink. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS…


honeymoon and one of the stopovers was at Lifou for half a day. We had to be back by a certain time and time was running out. Our driver forgot to pick us up. Luckily there were people from the cruise who gave us a lift. In hindsight it was quite funny but not at the time. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Sunday, as this day is our family day for us trio, when we just chill, catch up with the family and mainly spend time together as during the week it’s pretty hectic. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE IS: My Mum. Being Filipino it’s all about family! My dear mum has strongly influenced my life with our Filipino heritage ensuring that we never forget where we came from and importantly how to cook a tasty Chicken Adobo. Mum taught me to always be thankful for what you have, kind and respectful to all people, and a bit of kindness can change someone’s life for the better. Above all my mum is the kindest and most generous person I know. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Natalie Bassingthwaighte. MY MOTTO IS: Never judge a book by its cover. MY FAVOURITE SONG At Last by Etta James, Heaven by Bryan Adams SHOP Any shop that has what I want/need EAT Any spicy food, popcorn DRINK Water, coffee and good wine


Italy – Northern Italy is where my husband’s extended family lives and it was lovely to meet everyone. I cannot wait to go back again. Also when the kids were younger, we stayed on Hamilton Island for a week and had the best time just spending time together. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on my next holiday. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Saturday/Sunday (Family Day) THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My family – both immediate and in-laws. They instill honesty, hard work and support of each other. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… myself and a colleague dancing to Beyoncé in the shop and having a customer catch us out. She came back and said it was the best thing she had seen all day. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Telly Savalas (Kojak). I was only about 18 and stepped into a lift and was starstruck. He started up a general conversation asking about Townsville. MY MOTTO IS: Someone’s gotta do it.

MY FAVOURITE SONG By My Side by INXS SHOP Anywhere local EAT Well cooked food DRINK Vodka and lemonade

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Breanna Kilgour, a Valuation Coordinator at Herron Todd White shares her favourite memories and loves... I’m 25 years old and have considered Townsville home since I was seven when our family was posted here with the Defence. When I was 20 I lived in Canada which has been one of the best, most rewarding experiences of my life. Throughout the week you’ll find me training at F45 Townsville City or spending time with friends and my dog, Beau. I have a niece, Emily and nephew, Bailey who I absolutely adore. Every November I celebrate and remember the life of my dear friend, Emily who lost her battle to Leukemia in 2007. Last year marked 10 years and I was able to share this with my niece and nephew which was a very special moment for me. 1. MY FAVOURITE DESTINATION:





I’ve always loved travelling. I’ve been to Fiji, NZ, USA, Canada and Hawaii. Canada still remains my favourite, nothing compares to the Canadian Rockies covered in snow. I’ve recently returned from a cruise to the Pacific Islands and am planning a Japan trip early next year. 2. THE DRINK I LOVE: Favourite cocktail is an Espresso Martini. 3. A FASHION DESIGNER WHOSE STYLE REALLY SUITS ME IS… I’ve

worn dresses by Grace and Hart, and Elle Zeoutine which were both exquisite and elegant. I don’t pay


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much attention to labels but they’ve been my favourite. 4. SHOES I’D LOVE TO OWN OR ADMIRE: I own more workout shoes

than anything else, I’d love to keep growing that collection. 5. WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE? Family, friends and

my dog, Beau. There’s nothing more important than surrounding myself with good, genuine people (and animals). 6. A MUSIC GENRE AND/OR ARTIST I LOVE… I enjoy most music.

Maroon 5 and Beyonce have been long time favourites. 7. A BOOK OR MOVIE THAT AFFECTED ME IS… I recently

finished 13 Reasons Why which had quite an impact on me. Mental illness is something many of us experience or have experienced, it’s important to start the conversation. 8. A CAR THAT SUITS MY STYLE:

I currently drive a Mazda CX-5, however my dream car is an Audi R8. IF I WORE A HAT THIS IS IT… I’m usually in a cap for exercise. I also love headscarves. THE LINGERIE LABEL I LOVE IS…

Victoria’s Secret. 9. FAVOURITE PERFUME: I have

many! I’m currently obsessed with Marc Jacobs Daisy, it’s refreshing and sweet. Jimmy Choo is also amazing.

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DUO Magazine July 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for the last 12 year...

DUO Magazine July 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for the last 12 year...