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Townsville + Region | Issue 133 | June 2017 | YOUR FREE COPY


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70 72 Premium Features 19 The Ville Resort-Casino Custom Magazine 94 I nspirational Leaders in Education + Training 108 Meet the Specialists

Feature Stories 16 Tartan Day 20 Clocking On After Day 34 Where Are They Now? 36 Those Were The Days Frank Cerutti 38 Restoration Man Bill Bunt 40 Wild At Art Sue Hollamby-McConnell 86 Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club

O U R 1 1 T H B I R T H D AY I S S U E DUO Style

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62 Her Style Elle MacPherson Body,

99 Business News 100 K  aren Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services 101 Trent Yesberg

Christian Louboutin, Romance Was Born

64 My Bag Brooke Winterstein 67 My Style Jana Keane 69 Beauty Bold and Beautiful 70 His Style Trenery, Nique, Joab, Davidoff 72 Magali Pascal SS17 Collection ‘Libertine’

76 Style Transformation Amy Hazelton by Avida Hair Design

DUO Seen DUO Health

Regulars 10 Publishers Welcome 12 Horoscope 30 W  hat’s Going On Theatre, sport and more

144 F  ive Minutes With… Four amazing locals tell us about themselves

77 Health News 80 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 81 Paul Parker SportsMed NQ 82 D  r Paul Hanrahan Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

83 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 84 Donna Larcom Pure Core Nourishment

DUO Community 50 Home Products Touch Me 52 Book Extract Surf Shack 56 Paul Chai shares Why Melbourne Is Australia’s Foodie Capital 58 Travel Products



124 Seen Mercedes-Benz Townsville Mercedes Trophy Golf Day 2017

125 Seen Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Soiree with Raidis Estate (supported by MercedesBenz Townsville)

126 Seen JAM’s 7th Birthday Sunday Luncheon

127 Seen Blue Ribbon Burdekin Growers Race Day

128 Seen Townsville Jaguar Land Rover Showroom Opening

163 Last Word Karen Roberts

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Regional Business Services

102 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 103 Carmichael Ford 40th Anniversary 106 Townsville Enterprise Limited

88 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation

129 Seen Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club 90th Annual Presentation Dinner

Care Bears

91 Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

92 NQ Women’s Legal Service 1000 Reasons to Help

DUO Food+Drink 134 Directory 140 Recipes A Whole New Way to Eat by Vladia Cobrdova

DUO Magazine | Welcome

Now we’re eleven! This month’s issue is our 11th Birthday Issue making it our 133rd publication since we started DUO in 2006. It feels so long ago in some ways but in others it seems like we’re only just getting started. That’s because we approach each and every issue as if it is our first one. Like all businesses really, coming to work and making a monthly magazine is different every day. It’s partly because our team putting DUO together is constantly changing (though some of us have been here from the start) so their ideas and opinions influence who we write about, who advertises, who is on the cover and ultimately what the pages look like. It’s the unpredictability (minimum 26 Scrabble points Stacey) that we love. Making DUO is our passion and we love that we create something unique for you each month. We’ve packed a lot of stories into this special 133rd issue. You’ll meet some really interesting locals and ex-locals including vintage car collectors, Scottish Tartan Day fans, a fine artist, surf life saving girls, school principals, a celebrating car dealer, solar storage expert, whale watching tour operators, a handmade clothing maker, an international physic medium, fire fighter, tuckshop convenor, lawyer, fruit shop owner, skin specialist, hand therapist, business advisors, jeweller, an event organise with her own vintage caravan, big ship repairers, a hospital emergency department nurse, a lady who teaches children to sing, a mail sorter who works at night, ex-TV newsreader, singer/songwriter and an actor who has a connection to The Lord of the Rings! I told you it’s packed... so please take some time out and enjoy this month’s great read. Best regards,

Scott Morrison Publisher

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Gemini 21 MAY – 21 JUNE

This year others see you as being different – and you are. It seems like you’ve finally found the inspiration to make dreams come true. Your desire for freedom and new experiences is intense. You’re far more rebellious with a strong need to travel – or simply, escape the daily routine. Do it, if you can. It won’t be a lonely journey, as love beckons.

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





Expect huge changes this month, Cancer. Mostly, in the area of relationships. If romance isn’t working too well, this may involve breakups. The good news? Secure partnerships will weather the storm, even though you can still expect the odd rumble of thunder. Seems it’s singles that fare best right now. Love becomes wild, and impulsive.

This month has a special mission: to show just how brave and capable you really are. While it’s often sensible to sit and sort things out before taking action, there aren’t too many reasons for caution at present. Even if there were, you’re fueled with way too much enthusiasm to be held back. Give the world your best shot.

Some months feel like too much of a chore. If you really can’t put one foot in front of the other, then do take some time to relax. There’s plenty of time for work in July. It’s a month, too, to let certain resentments drop, no matter what your convictions might be. The cosmos encourages compromise, so do yourself a favour – forgive and forget.

Financial change sets the tone for June. So if recently left wondering what all the striving has been for and where your quality time has disappeared, this month should restore your sense of achievement. Quality relationships assume greater importance and for many – the nights take on a more erotic theme.





Thanks to the full moon on the 10th, you could pretty much run riot this month. Even then, other zodiac signs seem to get a bigger smack on the hand than you do. But you are challenged with one question: just how much effort are your dreams worth? When that snag appears, you’ll have to decide whether to give in, or rev up ambitions.

Less ambitious zodiac neighbours would be intimidated by your current workload, but this is a time of success. Despite the pressure, you should meet every challenge. In contrast, late June should seem like an oasis of love and enjoyment. With carnal cravings on the rise, expect the tender touch of requited affection.

Many find themselves butting heads with authority figures, but no matter the provocation – stay in control. Although that’s easier said than done – Capricorns don’t like being shaken nor stirred, so stay committed and your tenacity should bring about great results. But what you truly gain this month is the courage of your convictions – no apologies needed.

Personal priorities are up for review, triggered by an unexpected event. What happens after depends solely on your reactions. Late June finds you spring cleaning, which probably stems from a strong inner need to restructure your life. Emotional floodgates lift, releasing passions which you thought had passed you by. Apparently, not so.




22 June – 22 July

24 October – 22 November

19 February – 20 March Even if nothing extraordinary happens this month, there’s a definite upswing in your happiness. You’re warmly loved, with any new romance looking to have a reassuringly long warranty. Couples also feel more settled. And should the planets encourage a little extra expenditure, why question the powers that be?



23 July – 23 August

23 November – 21 December

21 March – 20 April At times, we all feel inspired to whisper our secret desires to the universe. Some wishes come true, others remain elusive. Whichever way, wishes are important missives – expressing our heart’s desire as well as our intention to create something new. So don’t be afraid to dream, Aries.

24 August – 22 September

22 December – 20 January

21 April – 20 May You’re now encouraged to look after your own interests. The fear of letting people down is often a strong incentive to carry on, but you must acknowledge that you’re only human, so give yourself a break. If necessary, pass the baton to someone else for a while. This is a month for catching up on life’s pleasures.

23 September – 23 October

21 January – 18 February


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DUO Profile | Townsville Tartan Day 2017

Great Scots! This year Clan Cameron will be the ‘Honoured Clan’ at Townsville Tartan Day (Sunday 18 June) and Wayne and Kate Cameron will be marching proudly as they celebrate their Scottish heritage. Words Kylie Davis

Photography Matthew Gianoulis

THOUSANDS of Scots will be waiting to welcome the pipe bands as they march across Victoria Bridge towards Ogden Street for the opening of Townsville Tartan Day on Sunday 18 June. Among them will be Wayne and Kate Cameron and their family, including their threeyear-old grandson Hamish, who will be donning a kilt for the special occasion. “It’s very exciting for Clan Cameron this year as they are leading the parade,” Kate says. “My husband Wayne will be walking tall as he proudly represents his clan!” Big fans of Scottish history and of the hit Outlander series set in Scotland in 1743, Kate jokes that Wayne is her very own version of Jamie and laughs “we may have taken it too far when our granddaughter was named Claire after the main character” in the series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon. Kate wasn’t born a Scot (she’s a Home Hill girl) but, make no mistake, the day she married her Scottish husband Wayne she become a part of Clan Cameron. “When I became engaged to Wayne, he gave me a traditional Luckenbooth brooch. On our wedding day, he used it to fasten the tartan sash to my shoulder to symbolically welcome myself and my two daughters into the family.” Sons-in-law are also symbolically welcomed to the clan with a tartan riband on their wedding day. “This brings implications of obligation to family unity, standing shoulder to shoulder so to speak,” Kate says. “It’s a bit like traditional family values… just a little more intense.” While the clan isn’t called upon to fight like it was in the past, that bond still remains strong – particularly as the

Camerons were important in the Jacobite rising of 1745. When Bonnie Prince Charlie came to Scotland, they were one of the first clans to join him. Many lost their lives at the Battle of Culloden while others dispersed across the world, many to America and Canada. “One of the reasons Townsville Tartan Day is significant to us is because we were banned from wearing the tartan for so long for political reasons,” Kate says. “Townsville Tartan Day is important as a chance to proudly display the tartan that was banned in Scotland from 1746 to 1782 following the Jacobite rebellion. Many Scots carried tartan secretly on their person and were flogged or went to jail for it, so it was very exciting when it was again legal to wear tartan in public.

“Townsville Tartan Day is important as a chance to proudly display the tartan that was banned in Scotland from 1746 to 1782 following the Jacobite rebellion.”

“Townsville Tartan Day is a day of celebration and remembrance for what our forebears went through. A chance to stand together as proud Scots. Yes in another country, yes with so many things changed, but with a focus on finding a new way for the clan to mean something into the future.” Now in its fourth year, Townsville Tartan Day drew a 10,000-strong crowd last year and this year it’s expected to be even bigger. “The atmosphere is amazing, with people recognising their family tartan, sometimes for the first time in years,” says Marie Gibson from the Townsville Scottish Community Inc. “People will be able to flip through folders of actual tartan samples, recalling memories of what was worn by older members of their family or learning to identify their own tartan.” Volunteers from the Family History Association of North Queensland will be on hand to help people trace their Scottish family links. And with the 2016 Census revealing 20,499 Townsville residents have Scottish ancestry (with 410 actually born in Scotland) the chances of discovering a connection are high. Bulletin Square will come to life with Scottish dancing and music by Celtyc Fyre, as well as a demonstration of Scottish feats of strength such as ‘lifting the stones’ by the big men from Iron Roots Strength and Conditioning. Another event the Camerons are looking forward to beyond Townsville Tartan Day is the 2018 Australian Clan Cameron Gathering in the Gold Coast from Friday 20 April to Sunday 22 April. “It will be so exciting to have the whole clan come together,” Kate says. “We’d like all people with the surname of Cameron to come forward and walk under their banner in the Parade of Tartans at Townsville Tartan Day (phone 0413 456 542 to register your participation). We’re also working on building a stronger clan connection locally and would love to hear from Camerons through the Townsville Scottish Community Inc.” CONNECT NOW DUOMagazine June 2017


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KITCHEN COMPOSER It was the energy and excitement of cooking that lured Head Chef Arie Prabowo away from a career in Commerce. Today you’ll find him in amongst the fire and flavour of Townsville’s newest Asian Kitchen, Miss Songs at The Ville. Creating a restaurant is a little like writing a song. You need to arrange the elements just as you would a piece of music—the beat of the kitchen, the arrangement of the menu, the rhythm of the service, the melody of the dishes. For Arie Prabowo, Head Chef at The Ville Resort – Casino, it was this creativity and intensity that led the Indonesian-born Commerce graduate away from an office job and into the hospitality industry. Hailing from Central Java, Arie came to Australia at age 17 for university. While studying, he took a job as a kitchen hand at a Japanese restaurant purely to support himself financially. “The stepping stone for me was working at a French bistro for eight years. That’s where I really opened up my eyes to cooking,” recalls Arie, who joined the bistro as a kitchen hand and progressed through promotions to eventually become Head Chef under the Executive Chef.

“Whenever I do anything I want to do my best, so I gave cooking my best shot,” says Arie. He applied for a job at the Botanical in Melbourne, wanting to learn from a chef named Cheong Liew, a Malaysian-born fusion pioneer. That decision changed the geography of Arie’s career, and introduced him to North Queensland; after just one year, Botanical’s parent company Colonial Leisure Group (CLG) saw great skill in Arie and offered him a position leading the kitchen on Orpheus Island. “Orpheus Island has, so far, been a highlight of my career,” shares Arie, who spent six years at the resort, during which time he and his wife, Wewe Widyawati, welcomed their now three-yearold daughter, Hannah. “Orpheus Island was a unique experience, where we had to create four meals each day, with no repeats during a guest’s stay. That was challenging, but also very rewarding to have such creative freedom. Creativity is the best part of cooking.”

Through CLG—a premium hospitality operator with a diverse portfolio of brewing, pubs, gaming, restaurants and resorts across Australia, including Botanical, Orpheus Island and The Ville—Arie was offered the position of head chef, driving Miss Songs Asian Kitchen which will open at The Ville this month. “Miss Songs’ menu will present Asian cuisine, predominantly classic Chinese with some influences from south east Asia,” reveals Arie. “We have classic peking duck served with a Chinese pancake, classic BBQ pork, steamed dim sum and a live mud crab and crayfish tank, just to name a few.” Importantly, all produce will be fresh locally-sourced Aussie produce, enlisting Chinese cooking techniques. With fiery woks in play, hanging ducks and the live mud crab and crayfish tank, the open kitchen will add to the spectacle of the Miss Songs experience. The Ville is currently under construction, with an extravagant pool, Pavilion and deck being built, along with a major hotel foyer overhaul and three new restaurants, of which Miss Songs will be the first to complete. Miss Songs will be open for dinner, 7 days a week. To book, phone 4722 2333.


Embracing traditional Chinese cooking, Miss Songs will feature classic dishes like the restaurant’s signature peking duck pancake, BBQ pork and dim sum.


Miss Songs will be the first new restaurant served up in The Ville’s $35 million redevelopment.


Miss Songs’ signature dishes include whole baby barramundi with crispy fried palm sugar.


Arie is looking forward to working with woks to create smoky flavours.



The Asian menu will deliver classic Chinese dishes, as well as south east Asian influences.


Straight from the tank and into the pot—Miss Songs’ tank will hold live mud crabs and crayfish.


Miss Songs’ kitchen team have undergone intensive training to deliver authentic Chinese flavours.

An infinity-edge resort style pool will be the hero of the redevelopment, connected to the lobby level by a generous spiralled deck.

A TA S T E O F W H AT ’ S TO COME A new name was the beginning, reinvigorated hotel rooms were the champagne on arrival, and Miss Songs is the entrée - the first taste of what’s to come. We find out what’s next on the menu at The Ville.

All good things take time; it’s a sentiment The Ville Resort—Casino’s General Manager of Hotel, Food and Beverage Brent Clark knows is true. The Ville’s $35 million redevelopment has been underway in stages since early 2016, and so far has delivered 66 Resort Rooms over three hotel levels, an exterior paint job and this month will reveal a new hotel lobby, reception and Asian restaurant, Miss Songs. “To date we have been in a demolition phase, preparing for the visual aspects of the refurbishment,” says Brent. “This next piece of the redevelopment—the foyer, hotel reception and Miss Songs—will be a welcomed progression for our customers, who have been patient and understanding during the construction period.” Works continue building a generous spiraled deck, which will connect the lobby level to the pool, and create alfresco dining for both Miss Songs and The Quarterdeck, which is set to replace the former Lobby Bar space.


“Miss Songs is our special occasion restaurant, open for dinners only, with a private dining room available. Once the deck is complete later this year, Miss Songs will open out to an alfresco area, and will almost double its seating capacity. Miss Songs’ guests will be able to really enjoy the ocean-islandpool aspect.” Across the hotel foyer, The Quarterdeck will also offer a spacious outdoor deck but with a more relaxed vibe, an easy-dining menu, sharp wine list, beer on tap and live music (bands, soloists and DJs) of an evening; and will be open lunch and dinner, 7 days. “It will be unlike anything The Ville has offered previously, and we see it becoming the kind of venue you come for lunch and stay past dinner; a destination for Friday drinks and weekend gatherings, with tabled seating, lounges, live music and with an unbeatable view over the pool, across the ocean and out to Magnetic Island.” The Quarterdeck is on track for completion late 2017, along with the resort’s much-awaited infinity edge resort pool, event space The Pavilion, new porte cochere, hotel gym and massage rooms. “We are working hard to ensure customer service won’t suffer during this transitional phase. Our Demolition Deals, like the 10 meals for $10 at Spin, will continue over the core construction period.”

The new hotel lobby will be a fresh, light space, continuing the retro inspired aesthetic of the resort.

“We’ve taken an all-in approach to deliver multiple developments before 2018, which will pay off come summer when our guests can enjoy Resort Rooms, new restaurants and bars, an incredible pool and the property will finally take advantage of its breathtaking ocean-island aspect,” says Brent. The next delicious development on the menu? Aqua restaurant’s transformation into The Palm House, which will be a modern market buffet with live cooking stations, bi-fold doors connecting the indoors to a shaded outdoor terrace and a poolside bar for afternoon cocktails. The Palm House is scheduled for completion early 2018. “We are witnessing this iconic property’s transformation into a fully integrated resort and entertainment precinct. I’m as excited as our customers are to see the result.”

For updates on The Ville’s redevelopment, visit

A casual-dining restaurant will replace the space previously occupied by the Lobby Bar, and extend out to a generous deck.

Sun lounges and private cabanas will fringe the pool on one side, while the Pavilion function space will border the other. Vibrant greenery will feature throughout the resort.


*Artist impressions. Subject to change.



Landscape with

Monsters A breathtakingly original circus - theatre creation from internationally acclaimed company Circa.

SINCE 2004, Circa has wowed audiences in 39 countries across six continents with their bold contemporary circus performances. The Brisbane companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative work stretches the perception of circus while celebrating the expressive possibilities of the body at its extremes. Acrobatics and movement become one as bodies, light, sound and skills are blended seamlessly in each of their stunning shows. There are no traditional circus acts, trapezes or red noses in sight in their latest show Landscape with Monsters. This coproduction between Circa and Merrigong Theatre Company, under the direction

Photo: Lisa Tomasetti

of Yaron Lifschitz, forges a new type of circus. Wooden boxes, a hard floor and tall metal structures set the scene of decaying post-industrial cities. Created in response to evolving industrial landscapes, Landscape with Monsters explores the emotional highs and lows of a place faced with uncertainty and change. Set to an exciting soundtrack mixing popular song and electronic music, the meeting between us and our environment is thrillingly brought to life as wooden and metal objects intersect with fast-paced acrobatics.

This new show is humourous and brutal, savage and beautiful; bursting with the hallmarks of Circa performances. Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the NSW government through Arts NSW. Landscape with Monsters is showing at Riverway Arts Centre on 7 and 8 July. For more information and bookings, visit

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1 June to 12 July Dragons and Damsels Gallery 48, 48 The Strand, North Ward 4724 4898 Local Townsville artist Graeme Buckley has discovered there are more than 300 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Australia and about half of them occur in North Queensland. His artwork exhibition focuses on these natural wonders.

11 June Hot Club Quartet presents DJANGO in June The Basement Bar, Flinders Street, City. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, energetic and nostalgic gypsy jazz music featuring Monica Martin on violin, Jeremy Hawker on guitar, Bob Passmore on double bass and Reg Braun on drums.

Shannon Noll 9 June

4 June Townsville Eco Fiesta Queens Gardens This free event assists the community in becoming more environmentally conscious. There will be a wide range of exhibitors, live entertainment and the JCU Education Hub to provide ideas, advice and inspiration.



Dalrymple Hotel Shannon Noll’s rise to fame as the first runnerup of the initial Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever. ‘Nollsie’ has gone on to have five top 10 albums and become the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have achieved 10 consecutive top 10 singles. Hear him play this month at the Dalrymple Hotel.

18 June Pet Expo 2017 Jezzine Barracks 1300 878 001 Clear your pet’s social calendar and meet the crew at Jezzine Barracks on Sunday 18 June for the Townsville Pet Expo.

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24 June to 9 July TheatreiNQ – Alice In Wonderland Anderson Park, Balls Lane Entrance Join TheatreiNQ for a madcap adventure down the rabbit hole with Alice and all the crazy characters from Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and many more.

June 25 Townsville Billy Cart Dash for Variety Jezzine Barracks Billy cart teams will compete in downhill races off start ramps, as well as participate in a fun obstacle course. Teams pay a small registration fee to participate, with all fundraising donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland. The day will also feature a range of fun family-oriented entertainment including a Celebrity Race, the Defence Cup challenge, a downhill demonstration of longboards and luges by Cre8ive Sk8, face painting, balloon artists, craft activities, and food and drink stalls.

24 June The Umbilical Brothers ‘Speedmouse’ Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Speedmouse is a live action, fast-paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability. Speedmouse has earned a bevy of five-star reviews and numerous awards including best stage production and best international show.

NDIS Townsville 1st Birthday Party Everyone is welcome to join local NDIS participants, family, friends, carers and the Townsville community for a free NDIS family day and community BBQ celebration. Date: Time: Venue: Entry:

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EXHIBITIONS Double Exhibition Dwelling by David Rowe and 51 Beautiful Hats by Mariangela Bison 2–25 June 2017 Daily 10am–4pm. Dwelling, a small survey show by local artist David Rowe, attempts to define the relationship between the artist and his surrounding ‘dwellings’ within a small regional arena. Only when the artist begins to read, travel and network does the arena begin to expand. On every level of human receptiveness the artist absorbs and reacts. But it is the human psyche that is the most important element in producing substantial rewards. With an overwhelming response to 50 Beautiful Hats held in June 2016, local artist Mariangela Bison is hard at work creating stunning new head-pieces for 50 Beautiful Hats. Through this exhibition the artist hopes to encourage more creative minds to explore their many talents and not confine ‘Art’ to the generic form we are so used to seeing. TYTO Regional Art Gallery



DAVID ROWE: Dwelling; Acrylic on canvas


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Kate Carr May – June 2017 This artist in residence programme introduces Kate Carr, a Hinchinbrook Shire local artist, delivering the addictive art form of mosaic. Mosaic is an art form that will stir your emotions and make you think differently; whether you are assisting to create the art piece or simply viewing it. TYTO Piazza 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Daily 10am–4pm. 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. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary. Hinchinbrook Shire Library

TOURS TYTO Wetland Tours Wednesday and Saturday 9am Adult $10pp Child 5–14 $3pp Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. TYTO Information & Wetlands Centre Sugar Tracks A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook.

Free Display: Daily 10am–4pm Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday 10am. Adult $25pp Child 5–14 $15pp. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. Meet at Hinchinbrook Shire Library

MARKETS Hinchinbrook Market Day Thursday 1 June 8.30am–1.30pm Enjoy the morning or pop in over lunch to wander through this collective of regional delights, from fresh produce, local preserves and baked goods, to original works by local artisans and craft enthusiasts. Chat to farmers, watch demonstrations, take part in workshops and purchase unique gifts or keepsakes. Bring the kids and keep them busy with an activity, exchange your old books at the free book exchange or just enjoy live music and have time out. TYTO Parklands off Macrossan Avenue, Ingham.

ACTIVITIES Free daily activities for the children HinChess and Checkers available from Regional Art Gallery Daily 10am–4pm. Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker Daily 9am–4pm from TYTO Information & Wetlands Centre

All information, dates and times are correct at time of printing. For up-to-date information please see our Facebook page or website. All listings subject to change without notice. There is more happening at TYTO every day. Please go to our Facebook page for further details.

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

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

CHRISTINA (AMIES) BAKKER practice manager rb lawyers

What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville, with my then husband, in 1990 as he was transferred there as an Army Officer. I lived there for three years and my two oldest sons were born there. While living in Townsville, I was also the on-air newsreader and host of Travelcade. I then regularly popped back to Townsville over the next four years to replace the beautiful Jo Desmond as a newsreader while she took annual leave. As an army wife, I was quite used to regularly moving around Australia, but leaving Townsville was definitely the hardest.



Where are you now? I live on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula and am the Practice Manager of my husband’s law firm, rb lawyers. I remarried 18 years ago. He takes care of the legal side, while I take care of the business side. I enjoy property managing our portfolio and have a keen interest in politics. I’d like to buy and renovate some of the older-style homes that can be found around the Peninsula or maybe even (dare I say it) go into politics. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I moved to Melbourne and was offered a couple of very highprofile jobs, one at Channel 10 and one at Channel 9. With the breakdown of my first marriage I decided the boys and I had had enough upheaval and didn’t need that sort of public profile in our lives, so I made a choice to withdraw from on-camera work and have never regretted it. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I’ve been back a couple of times to attend weddings and I’ll be back for a visit at the end of the year. Townsville is still one of my most favourite cities. Plus, we support the Cowboys! CONNECT NOW

DAVID ASTLEY semi- retired media consultant

What’s your link to Townsville? I came to Townsville in 1984 to work for TNQ before it became Ten Queensland, and much later Southern Cross Nine. We bought a house on Yarrawonga that had magnificent views of Magnetic Island and it only took me five minutes to drive to my office in the old Queen’s Hotel building. Where are you living now? We are living in the Philippines now (because my wife Lydia is from the Philippines) and have built our retirement home on top of a hill overlooking Metro Manila. The view is magnificent too, but instead of looking over Belgian Gardens and North Ward to the ocean, we are looking over an urban metropolis that’s home to 16 million people and to the more distant South China Sea. I’m semi-retired now but still doing some media consulting work for broadcasters in the developing countries of Asia. My wife and I

will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary at the end of this year. Our daughter Karin and son Alan live in Brisbane so we make trips back and forth between Manila and Brisbane once or twice a year. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? During the years I was in Townsville, new commercial stations were being launched, pay-TV started in Australia and there were mergers and takeovers happening right across the media sector. I was closely involved in many of those deals and learned a lot from people more experienced than me. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I’ve only been back to Townsville once in 2010 for a TNQ reunion but I’d love to visit again soon to see how the city is evolving. Townsville was our home for more than a decade and we have many fond memories of the city. CONNECT NOW

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What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up on a cattle station just outside of Home Hill and would spend most of my weekends visiting family in Townsville. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be involved in the arts and NQ was a wonderful place for me to flex my creative muscles. When I left for Brisbane at 14, I was sad to leave my friends and family but excited for the opportunities. What does your work involve? I’m living in Sydney now, where I’ve started to establish myself as a professional actor. I go to auditions and sometimes it’s a ‘no’, sometimes it’s a ‘yes’. It’s a very tough industry to break into. So far I’ve been lucky enough to shoot a few commercials and a guest role on Home and Away. This month I will be flying to Wellington, New Zealand, to shoot my first feature film, Mortal Engines, which has been

written and produced by Sir Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit). It’s an absolute dream job and I’m so excited to be on board. It will be hitting the cinemas in December 2018, so stay tuned folks. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I was a regular at all the local eisteddfods participating in both the dance and speech and drama categories every year. I was able to develop skills there that I’ve carried with me all the way through my final school years and eventually went on to graduate from university with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Acting. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I try to visit as often as I can. Spending Christmas in the sunshine with some fresh prawns and my favourite people is bliss! CONNECT NOW

JACK WILLIAMS singer /songwriter

What’s your link to Townsville? I was raised south of Townsville in the fishing hamlet of Alva Beach. My family and I would frequently visit Townsville for my music lessons and exams, not to mention the Townsville Show, The Strand and Magnetic Island. After many years of vocal and musical training I left Townsville in 2014 to follow my dream of becoming a worldrenowned singer/songwriter. When I arrived in Brisbane I started studying at JMC Academy and formed a band with some of my peers called The Counterfeit Umbrellas. What does your work involve? The band and I have been together for just over three years now. During this time we’ve recorded two singles and

a debut EP, which has led to opportunities playing at festivals all over southern Queensland, such as the Caloundra Music Festival, Red Deer Festival and Jungle Love Festival to name just a few. Right now we’re working towards a brand-new EP and are in the midst of writing songs for it. We’re also talking about travelling with the band next year to international waters to possibly play at some festivals. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? As I chase my dream it can get busy with travel to festivals and shows around Queensland but for the special occasions you’ll find me around Townsville with my family. In fact, I was in Townsville recently to see my mum’s amazing wearable art at the Townsville Fashion Festival. CONNECT NOW

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T HOSE W ER E T HE DAYS For Frank Cerutti and his wife Adrienne, the Veteran era of automobiles was the golden age Words Kylie Davis EVEN as a child, Frank Cerutti was fascinated by anything with wheels. His first ‘project’ was dismantling a Matchbox model tractor – stripping it for parts for the next model he was sure he was going to receive. Growing up in Ingham, where he lived between the Ford dealership, which had a Ford Model T, and the General Motors dealership, which had a 1927 Oldsmobile, further fanned the flame. Then, when Frank went to James Cook University to study Electrical Engineering, he lived at St Paul’s, where the residents looked after the 1916 Dennis fire engine that was used in the annual University Commemoration processions. “This was my first chance to get close to a working project,” says Frank, who went on to work for Ergon for over 40 years.

Frank Cerutti and his wife Adrienne enjoy attending national veteran tours where they share their appreciation of vintage cars with attendees from all over the country.



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“There were others, more competent than I, who looked after the fire engine but I got involved. Then in 1972 I saw a 1917 Ford model T roadster driving down Nathan Street in Aitkenvale and I followed it and met the owner. After chatting with him, it became obvious that I could own my own old car.” Now Frank and his wife, Adrienne, have not one but four old cars – she has a 1909 Maxwell runabout, model LD (American, veteran) and a 1927 Swift roadster, type P (English, vintage), while Frank is the proud owner of the 1916 Dennis fire engine, type N (English, veteran) and a 1929 Chevrolet tourer, model AC (American, vintage). All of the cars were completely torn down and rebuilt including mechanical, electrical, body, paint and upholstery. The biggest project was the Dennis, which Frank and three of his mates rebuilt from 2001 over a period of three years. The Chevrolet, which was put on the road in 1972, is now going through a complete body restoration because the body work is showing its age after 45 years. “Each car has a special place,” Frank says. “The Chevrolet was our first car, the Maxwell is the car we take to national veteran tours, the Swift is our vintage car for touring and the Dennis is our unique piece of North Queensland history. Each one feels different. The Swift and the Chevrolet have an electric start, so they are the closest to a modern car as we have. The Maxwell is a crank start, and the two litre, two cylinder motor is easy to roll over. “The Dennis is a different story. The best that can be achieved is pulling the motor

over top dead centre on the crank handle to prime the cylinders. Then the trembler coil ignition will cause one cylinder to fire. To the causal observer it appears to start by magic, but there’s a lot of old-time engineering to get that to happen.” The Veteran period (which is up to 1918) holds a particular appeal for Adrienne and Frank, who enjoy dressing up for the era of the car when they go to national veteran tours, which are held annually in rotation throughout the country. Last year they attended Ulverstone, Tasmania, and this year they’ve nominated for the tour in Clare, South Australia, in October. “Owners of veteran vehicles are a great bunch of people,” Frank says. “I also like the fact the vehicles are different compared with later vehicles because production hadn’t settled into bigger numbers where all the models are the same.” As for the next old-timer Frank would love to add to his collection… it will have to remain on the wish list. “There are a couple of cars I desire but I don’t have any more storage room so that means one of the present fleet would have to go and that’s not going to happen,” Frank says. “I’m happy to enjoy each of our vehicles and keep them in tip-top condition so I can jump into any one of them and know it won’t let me down.” CONNECT NOW

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“I like the fact veteran vehicles are different compared with later vehicles because production hadn’t settled into bigger numbers.”

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“It’s always a thrill discovering a barn gem to restore.”



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RESTORATION MAN Where others see a write-off, vintage car lover Bill Bunt sees a diamond in the rough. Words Kylie Davis WITH a father who drove trucks between Torrens Creek and Aramac, delivering mail, picking up wool and transporting livestock, it’s only natural Bill Bunt developed an affinity for motoring. “I grew up in, under and around trucks,” says Bill, who is a member of the Townsville Veteran, Vintage & Historic Motor Club and Military and Historic Vehicle Club Townsville. “I was always reading something to do with cars, trucks or machinery of some kind and when a friend of my father’s gave me a 1914 Hupmobile to restore I was hooked.” If Bill looks familiar, perhaps you spotted him behind the wheel of a 1943 ex-Army Ford jeep in the Anzac Day parade. “I bought it from a fellow in Cairns many years ago, who told me it came off a cattle station up near Coen,” Bill says. “It’d been in saltwater creeks that had eaten the panels out and needed a total restoration, so I got on the phone to Marathon Spares in Tamworth who are excellent for parts.” Bill, who lives in Belgian Gardens, has more collectible cars than there are

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days of the week and bought the old Philips Motors workshop in Wulguru to house and work on his vehicles. “I really can’t name a favourite as the others would get jealous,” Bill says, “but the car I prefer to drive on long trips is our 1948 Austin Sheerline, which is very reliable and comfortable. “I think the best road trip was in 2002 when my wife Beverly and I took the Sheerline to Ballarat to attend an Austins Over Australia event. There were over 400 Austins lined up around Lake Wendouree and we won the best car of the show.” Bill’s favourite era is the 50s up to 1965 as this was the period he was a motor mechanic enjoying a daily diet of cars, cars and more cars. “There’s always a thrill in discovering a barn gem to restore,” Bill says. “I don’t know why because it means a hell of a lot of work! I try to present the restoration as near as possible to the original, not including colour. I prefer to make the car interesting with modern colours, not the dull finishes of the past. I also convert all electrical systems to 12V and install blinkers for safety.”

This RMB Riley 1950s sedan was bought at Pambula Beach on the southern border of New South Wales and Victoria. Bill and Beverly will be driving it down to Rockhampton this month for a catch-up with the Riley Club from Brisbane.

Bill and his wife Beverley call this 1927 Chevrolet ‘Strawberry’ as it was once used to cart strawberries to market. The previous owner had a strawberry farm behind the Vale Hotel back in the day.

While Bill doesn’t go as far as considering his cars ‘part of the family’ he admits Beverly does have names for them all. “Beverley likes to come along for the ride when we have outings, even though the ride is a bit rough sometimes,” Bill laughs. “She’s very good at finding information and parts, which is a great help.” Bill and Bev, who are now in their 80s, have enjoyed rallies in the southern states in the past and have made some wonderful friends through these connections. They’re planning on attending a Riley rally in Rockhampton this month, the Charters Towers swap meet and possibly more events at Capella and Biloela. CONNECT NOW DUOMagazine June 2017


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Wild at Art If our school truancy habits are any indication of what our futures will look like, Sue Hollamby-McConnell has had her success mapped out since her teens. Words Lori Napier



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FAST forward a few decades and this lively local artist has not lost her youthful passion, explaining with a cheeky grin, “I used to wag high school to visit Melbourne’s art galleries, spending hours walking around enjoying the art.” “I would think back then that maybe one day I could do this too, but I always knew if I did that my art would be

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“My art isn’t about me and it never has been… it’s about people and making them see things differently and the value of my work to them.”

focused on wildlife, the ocean, animals and the mysteries of the rainforest.” And so began the artistic adventures of this Yorkshire-born lass who had a vivid dream that she was hell bent on making her reality. “In the words of Andy Warhol, ‘Don’t think about making art, just get it done!’”, Sue quoted emphatically. “My art isn’t about me and it never has been… it’s about people and making them see things differently and the value of my work to them.” Unless you’re a recluse it’s highly likely you have been in the physical presence of one of Sue’s lifelike pieces, which adorn the walls of many establishments locally, nationally and internationally. Many of her creations were donated to the likes of local organisations such as the Townsville Hospital for charitable purposes, along

with her military-inspired artworks which grace the inside of the local RSL. These pieces have a particularly sentimental value for Sue, whose parents were both members of the British Air Force. But perhaps the most widely known works of Sue Hollamby-McConnell, especially for Townsville’s GenXers are the lively murals which fill the entrance to the local ice-skating rink; a popular old haunt for those of us who grew up here in the 70s and 80s. “Both my daughters grew up on the ice and they both reached national level, so spending so much time at the ice rink landed me the job of painting the murals around the centre,” Sue explained. “That was over 25 years ago but the new owners contacted me recently to give a fresh new look to the place and it’s gaining popularity!”

Meeting up with Sue just before a recent trip to Sydney to spend time with her two best friends, who happen to be her daughters, she was like a kid on Christmas Eve talking about another big event scheduled for her holiday. “I get to present a personal piece to Ian Anderson, leader singer of the famous UK band Jethro Tull; a portrait of his beloved cat!” Sue proclaimed. “My favourite piece is the last piece I do, which brings joy and emotion to my customer…so I guess for the moment, this is my favourite piece.” CONNECT NOW:

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DARK Not everyone can do it but these night owls are used to the graveyard shift. While you’re catching some shut-eye, they’re wide awake working.

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“We always hope for a quiet night but it can change in a flash. Whether it’s an incident with a vessel or a medical emergency, there’s always work to do.”


Vessel Traffic Service Operator Maritime Safety Queensland The geographical area monitored by Maritime Safety Queensland is one of the largest in the world. “Townsville is unique in that beyond being responsible for shipping activities throughout the ports of Townsville, Lucinda and Abbot Point, the Queensland Government also provides Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operations for the Great Barrier Reef,” says VTS operator for Maritime Safety Queensland Tony Guilfoyle. “All vessels over 50m from the Papua New Guinea border down to Fraser Island are required to report to ReefVTS. We monitor the ships’ locations in real time through satellite to ensure safe passage throughout the reef.” Port shipping movements and the 50-odd ships in the Reef area ensures no night is boring for Tony, whose roster consists of two day shifts followed by 44


two night shifts. At night, Tony and his colleagues take over the radio watch from the Coast Guard for regular pleasure craft and are always listening out for mayday calls. “I’ll never forget one night shift when, in the early hours of the morning, I received a mayday call with four people on board, including a three-yearold girl,” Tony says. “There was such panic on board the vessel that I had to remind the occupants to put on their life jackets. Their boat was taking on water and about to sink in rough conditions.” Tony managed to get some valuable information to the crew before the vessel sunk and he lost all communication. “With assistance from the Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra and the Townsville Water Police, the crew were safely pulled from the water and back on land within a few hours,” Tony says.

“The water police brought them back to our base and I can still remember seeing the little girl clinging to her mum as the ambulance took them away for examination. “To think how scared she must’ve been in the shark-infested water in the dark. It was extremely satisfying to know you may have helped save someone from a tragic situation.” Tony has been working with Vessel Traffic Services for seven years and a phrase he often hears and likes is ‘Guardians of the Reef’. “It’s not an official term for our role but I think it’s true of what we do,” Tony says. “Our night shifts are 12-hour shifts and go from 6pm to 6am. We always hope for a quiet night but it can change in a flash. Whether it’s an incident with a vessel or a medical emergency, there’s always work to do.”

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Auxiliary Firefighter Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Firefighters like Kyle Keighery are required to carry a pager 24/7 and respond when a community emergency occurs. “Mixing a physically and mentally demanding job with a lack of shut-eye can be a challenge,” Kyle admits. “But negotiating the large trucks through heavy traffic can be tricky so the quiet roads are a welcome change.” A typical night kicks off with a shift change-over and safety briefing, followed by an update of the workload for that night. From there it’s on to appliance and equipment checks to ensure operational readiness is achieved. Next it’s time for training modules, either practical or theory-based, to refresh and test the crew’s skills and knowledge. Any of this can be

interrupted at any time when the bells sound to signal an emergency. “The first night shift I had in Townsville was my Station Officer’s last shift before retirement after over 35 years of service,” Kyle recalls. “He was hoping for a relaxing last shift but we were called out to a factory fire. Dangerous super-heated smoke was pouring out of the rafters and the puppy nursery next store was under direct threat. “We made entry and started an aggressive internal attack. The smoke was thick and the heat was intense but, after hours of teamwork, we managed to save half the workshop. And, although they were a little shaken, not a single puppy was harmed. What a send-off!”

“Mixing a physically and mentally demanding job with a lack of shut-eye can be a challenge.”

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“It’s great working nights – I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love sleeping in and the freedom to do as I like during the day.”

J O N AT H A N L AT I M E R Gaming Host The Ville Resort - Casino

From spinning giant wheels to dealing cards, you’ll find Jonathan Latimer in the midst of the action on the casino floor. Jonathan was drawn in by the flashing lights and excitement when he first visited the casino as an 18-year-old. After that, he was set on getting a job there. “I love meeting interesting people across the table. The staff are like a family and there are a lot of characters,” Jonathan says. “It’s great working nights – I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love sleeping in and the freedom to do as I like during the day. With such different hours, it can be hard to see old friends but I’m lucky that my best mates work with me.” Jonathan says the most memorable night shifts are New Year’s shifts 46


when there’s a fun atmosphere and a lot of confetti. “Plus the team all get to dress up for New Year’s,” he adds. “Last year I dressed up as a punk rocker for an 80’s theme. We get to enjoy the countdown with the patrons and all of us receive party poppers and streamers to throw all over the place. Everyone’s in a great mood.” The biggest win Jonathan has seen recently was on baccarat when a lucky patron took home quite a sizeable amount. “When patrons celebrate their wins, they always joke about shopping the next day,” he says. “I’m sure they go on some pretty massive shopping sprees.”

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Mail Sorter Townsville Mail Centre Without Denise Tripp and her crew of night mail sorters, our letterboxes would go hungry. Clocking on at 7.09pm, Denise starts her shift at the Delivery Annex in Sturt Street and gets to work sorting the mail for Ayr. It all has to be sorted, bundled and put in runs for the posties so it’s ready to go on the 1am truck to Bowen/Ayr. “I don’t think people realise how much there is to do and it’s all got to be done by a certain time,” Denise says. “We hand-sort all of the mail for

Ayr, Bowen and Charters Towers first then move over to the Delivery Centre, where all the posties are, to start sorting for the 22 Townsville runs.” The four-strong crew of sorters listen to music to keep them going. Most nights they work till 4 or 5am – as long as it takes to get the mail sorted. “We all get tired and snappy occasionally but we just let it all pass. We don’t take it to heart. The crew know to leave me alone when I’ve got ‘that look’ on my face,” Denise laughs.

“I’m really lucky – we’ve got a great crew who just get stuck in and get the job done.” Denise says the most frustrating part of the job is when people don’t address their mail correctly. “Sometimes we’ll get a name on a letter and the address is ‘no fixed address’,” Denise says. “Surprisingly, we get that quite a lot. We do our best to find the right address but if we can’t we just have to ‘return to sender’.”

“We all get tired and snappy occasionally but we just let it all pass. We don’t take it to heart.

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“it’s so much quieter on night shift. It’s like you and your team are all in your own little world.”


Replenishment Manager Woolworths Townsville City Arcade While most of us are thinking about clocking off, Mark Evans is heading in to work at Woolworths Townsville City Arcade in Flinders Street. It’s Mark’s responsibility to keep the aisles packed with product and it’s no small feat. “We have 15 fillers on call and there’s usually around nine of us working on any given night,” Mark says. “With one or two trucks, with up to 20 pallets each arriving every day, we’re 48


kept busy. It’s go, go, go but it’s so much quieter on night shift. It’s like you and your team are all in your own little world. “Woolworths has a good playlist as well, so we’ve been known to bust a move to Bon Jovi once in a while when no customers are around.” When natural disasters strike, keeping the shelves stocked can be a challenge. When Yasi hit, everything south of Bowen was cut off and the team didn’t know

whether a delivery was going to make it through or not (Mark was working at CastleTown Shoppingworld’s Woolworths at the time). Once it did, the pressure was on to get stock out immediately. “Deliveries were sporadic – it was very stressful during that time,” Mark says. “This is when you realise what a great team you have, with everyone working together. We ordered extra stock for Cyclone Debbie just in case.”

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Clinical Nurse Townsville Hospital Emergency Department It doesn’t matter what time of day (or night) you come in, Townsville Hospital’s Emergency Department is always buzzing. As a nurse in the ED, Teneeka could be called upon to do anything from dressing and cleaning an injury to being involved in a team responding to major trauma and resuscitation. “All night shifts are so busy and so different,” Teneeka says. “Medicine is always a puzzle and sometimes the most interesting shifts are when patients don’t have typical symptoms and it takes the entire team to get the right result. All of the clinicians who work in the ED are part detective.” Teneeka has been a part of the

Townsville ED team for seven years and enjoys the flexibility of shift work. It has allowed her to attend some of her boys’ school events, which she would’ve missed if she worked a regular 9am to 5pm job. “I’m more a night owl than a morning person,” Teneeka says. “The fast-paced environment of the ED keeps you going and there’s also a degree of adrenaline involved with emergency work. It’s not uncommon to look up at the clock and see it’s 4am and you wonder where the night went. “It can be a challenge trying to sleep during the day, when the rest of the world is fully active, but you get used to it and it’s part of the job.”

“The fast-paced environment of the ED keeps you going and there’s also a degree of adrenaline involved with emergency work.”

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by Simon Taylor and Kirsty Davey Diving into a tube, being completely cocooned in water, is one of those spiritual, connected-tonature moments that only surfers truly understand. If you haven’t done it, you want to. If you have, it’s what keeps you paddling out for more. Photography Brittany Ambridge

This mostly original, always reliable chariot (known to family and friends as Penny Lane) is Kirsty’s first baby. She picked up the 1965 Falcon Coupe back in 2008 after dreaming of owning one since she was a teen.



JAN JUC, AUSTRALIA Diving into a tube, being completely cocooned in water, is one of those spiritual, connected-to-nature moments that only surfers truly understand. If you haven’t done it, you want to. If you have, it’s what keeps you paddling out for more. Most folks say the experience is indescribable, but Simon Taylor, a Bells Beach local, does a pretty good job of cutting to the heart of it. “There is this amazing thing that happens with sound when you’re inside a wave,” says Simon. “All the noise goes away, and there is just this quiet ‘wom, wom, wom’ in your ears. It’s like you found a special place that’s all yours, and then you shoot out the other end.” Simon picked up his first board when he was ten. As far as vices go, surfing certainly isn’t a baddie (as the Aussies would say). But that is the type of relationship Simon says he has with riding. It’s not a hobby. It’s not a thing he simply enjoys. It’s something he can’t live without, something that keeps him functioning at normal, so to speak. “If I haven’t been for a week,” says Simon, “I don’t feel quite myself. I get antsy.” His wife, Kirsty Davey, would nod her head in agreement with that assessment. “I can always tell when he needs a surf. Sometimes I’ll just point and say, ‘Go get in the ocean.’” When Kirsty and Simon first met, back in 2007, they were both living in Melbourne. Kirsty was working at Lonely Planet and Simon had just started his business, Monster Jam Agency, where he reps indie skate and surf brands, like Chilli and Lost Surfboards. Practically every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were spent making the three-hour round trip to the Surf Coast and back. That was when they figured out they were doing things all tangled up and backward. “It made more sense for us to live where the surf was and figure out how to make Melbourne the place we go for work,” says Simon, though, in his case, it helps that Jan Juc, the tiny coastal hamlet they landed in, is smack in the middle of Australia’s surf industry; Rip Curl and Quicksilver (“Quickie” to the locals) are both headquartered one town over in Torquay. That was eight years ago. Kirsty has since opened an online shop called Otis & Otto, and they haven’t looked back once. The house they rent is the first and only house they looked at, and one of the oldest in Jan Juc. “There are a lot of local myths and

legends about our place,” says Kirsty, who heard from one of the previous owners that the original structure was built at the turn of the last century in Ballarat, a city roughly sixty miles inland, and hauled to the coast in the 1950s. “It’s had many lives and was a vacation rental for years before we moved in.” That, to an extent, helps explain some of its many eccentricities: the fact that rooms appear to have been added at random over the decades, so there’s an odd mix of fifties, sixties, and seventies architecture. Or the fact that despite being a beach house, its walls and ceilings are clad in Baltic pine, making it feel more like a cozy cabin that belongs in the woods. It does, however, leave the greatest design mystery of all unsolved – the case of the crazy carpets. “Nobody seems to know where they come from,” says Kirsty with an eye roll. Almost every room features a different color or pattern, the main attraction being the master bedroom, which is decked out in an uber-bright tropical print.

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Above: This dining table was once a workbench covered in paint, glue, and grit. Simon spent hours sanding away the layers, finally revealing the beautiful Kauri pine finish you see here. Left: This couple has a long history of collecting indigenous Australian art. Their earliest acquisitions were inherited from Kirsty’s grandfather, though her favourite piece is the Don Pwerle painting above the mantel, a gift from Simon on her thirtieth birthday.

Above: Vladimir Tretchikoff’s 1952 painting Chinese Girl is as much a symbol of mid-century design as an Eames chair (though not nearly as well known today). After coveting his work for years, Kirsty received this print as a gift. Left: Simon’s most prized (but not too prized to ride) vintage board collection includes a 6’2” Hot Buttered Single Fin by Terry Fitzgerald (an iconic Aussie shaper from the seventies), and a 6’0” Hot Stuff Single Fin by the late Al Byrne.

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This is a foodie household (foraging mushrooms is a favourite family activity), so Kirsty can get very sentimental about cooking utensils, like this collection of vintage copper pots she brought all the way back from France and had re-tinned.

After living with a quirky round window for so many years, Kirsty and Simon have decided that every house they live in from here on out will also have to have a quirky round windowâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;they love it that match.



House guests are a reality when you live on the coast. In the summer they come for the sun, in the winter for the swells. So this guest room sees a lot of action.

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Left: Both Simon and Kirsty work from home, so they each have tiny ‘office’ nooks. Simon’s garden-view retreat is tucked away in what used to be a laundry room. Below: Kirsty’s collection, now Mali’s, of Dean & Son books – a nineteenth-century British publisher known for its imprints of classic children’s stories – started with her dad’s copy of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

“We live with less, but we love what we have.” “We know, the house is kooky... but we love that about it,” says Kirsty. “Even the carpet has grown on me at this point.” Despite getting finger wags from friends about spending money on a rental, Simon and Kirsty have undertaken a few updates over the years to smooth out the rough edges, and make it feel more like a family home for their five-year-old daughter, Mali, including painting some of the walls and ceilings white to brighten things up a bit. But, for the most part, they’ve let things be. Staying in a long-term rental has helped them to lead not minimal but uncomplicated lives. “We live with less,” she says, “but we love what we have.” The one exception to that philosophy might be Simon’s surfboard collection, which is loved but by no means small. There’s usually anywhere between twenty-five and thirty boards in his quiver, depending on the

season. He has a few guns and semi-guns by Chilli that he surfs a lot, also a handful of boards by Wayne Lynch that he enjoys almost as much as the stories surrounding the local surf legend. (There’s the one about Lynch and his buddies wreaking havoc on the first paved road into Bells Beach, or the time he dodged going to the Vietnam War by refusing to leave the water when draft officers tracked him down.) Everything is organized in a shed-turned– man cave out back. Vintage boards are stowed in the rafters; the rest of the quiver is sorted along the walls, largest to smallest, according to the size wave they work for. “I move things in and out a lot; the shortboards I change up probably every six months,” says Simon. “I think, as a surfer, I have this never-ending need to search for the perfect board; it’s like the same need to hunt for the perfect wave.”

This is an edited extract from Surf Shack by Nina Freudenberger Published by Hardie Grant Books, available in stores nationally RRP $49.99

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“I have worked in Paris and London, and now Melbourne is becoming one of the best foodie cities in the world,” PIERRE KHODJA



“It is a city that is always open to embrace new flavours, new concepts and new ideas as long as they are done right or done with professionalism,” So says Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia who runs Pastuso, a restaurant in the city’s AC/DC Lane that specialises in cerviche and pisco. Alejandro moved to Melbourne from Sydney a few years ago because he feels the restaurant industry in Melbourne has more stability and depth. But one of the key differences in Melbourne is that this love of food goes deeper than just going out to eat. “When I first moved here what surprised me as I met people is they are all involved in food in some way, professional or casual, big scale or small scale,” says Alejandro. The Victorian capital is home to the hottest table in Australia, Ben Shewry’s Attica that came in at number 32 on the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the highest local entry. This is the town that cooked up Shannon Bennett’s fine diner Vue de Monde, on the 55th floor of the Rialto skyscraper;

Frank Camorra’s MoVida, the graffiticovered laneway bar booked out months in advance; and it is where MasterChef judge George Calombaris has a whole smorgasbord of venues from the upmarket Press Club to the home-cooked Greek of Hellenic Republic in the northern suburbs. There is local hero Andrew McConnell – who has Supernormal (for steamed pork buns) and Cumulus Inc (for a steamy date night) – 400 Gradi’s Johnny Di Francesco (former World Pizza Champion) turning out pizzas that you could serve on the streets of Napoli and the fine-dining Chinese of Gilbert Lau’s Flower Drum. “I have worked in Paris and London, and now Melbourne is becoming one of the best foodie cities in the world,” says Pierre Khodja from Camus. Camus puts the food boom down to the great mix of cultures. Melbourne has a strong history of immigration from parts or Europe like Italy and Greece, countries that make food a central part of their life. Melbourne is the apex of the Victorian food pyramid, with the regions funneling

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“The quality of the produce being grown in the regions and the wines and the distilleries are just amazing.” ALEJANDRO SARAVIA

amazing produce into the city, for the chefs to fry, knead, slice and dice. “The quality of the produce being grown in the regions and the wines and the distilleries are just amazing,” says Alejandro Saravia. Pierre Khodja agrees and says the regional produce is key to a Melbourne foodie visit. “Visitors should go to Mornington Peninsula wineries and Yarra Valley farm gates, they should go to South Melbourne markets. Amazing produce goes through those markets, and they are open late at night and they do cooking classes, there is a lot happening, they are very exciting.”

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At Mt Hotham Alpine Resort, in the heart of the Victorian Alps, you can challenge yourself on some of the best ski and snowboarding terrain in Australia…but it also has nice and easy slopes for first-timers. Mt Hotham is located on the Great Alpine Road, just over a fourhour drive from Melbourne, and is the only snow resort in Australia with its own airport.

New from Knomo London, the Chepstow $449) globetrotter has a soft, diamond-quilted outer, a twin compartment design and telescopic tube handle.

REMINDS ME OF MELBOURNE… Australian fragrance label, TÄNDA Modern, has launched a new scent that encapsulates the essence of Melbourne. Reminiscent of Melbourne’s Parisian laneways and eateries, the Melbourne Candle (from $29.95) has an evocative aroma of roasted coffee beans and rich dark chocolate.


Melbourne is in for a treat this month (29 June) when the cofounders of the legendary Aardman Animations (known for Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run) present a masterclass on their signature claymation style. In partnership with Film Victoria, Peter Lord and David Sproxton will share their tricks of the trade at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.



GIVE SLEDDING A GO During the ski season (June to September), Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours run sledding adventures at Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, Jindabyne Alpine Village and Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. From 15-minute rides, to half-day tours complete with a campfire wine, there’s a tour to suit your timeframe.

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Most patients see results with as little as one treatment. However, you may wish to have additional treatments based on your desired results. Ask your Northern Skin Studio about the best treatment plan for you.

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Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated. When will I see results? Many patients start to see results as early as 6 weeks following treatment as the body begins to evacuate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks.


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Each shoe from Australian footwear label Rochessa is handcrafted with signature metal work and additional cushioning in the heel to give the feel of walking on ‘very stylish clouds’. The Addison Mule ($260) pictured is crafted from supple kid leather, with a set-in circular metal silver heel.




Christian Louboutin’s latest treasure tote celebrates the zest of Mexico while benefiting vulnerable artisans in the Yucatan Peninsula with 10 per cent of profits from the Mexicaba ($1895) going to Taller Maya. Pacific Fair Boutique (07) 5676 5488.


The Queen of the Night collection from Romance Was Born was inspired by the austere romanticism of the Victorian era and Pre-Raphaelite mysticism. Moving portraits are set on a dramatic black backdrop of glamorous silks digitally printed on velvet, satin, crepe de chine and pure cotton poplin.




New Australian swimwear label Le Buns creates high-end pieces that don’t harm the environment. How? The label uses a regenerative nylon made from discarded fishing nets. Now that’s clever.











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Brooke Winterstein About me: Born in a small coastal town called Forster-Tuncurry in NSW, where riding my horse to the beach or surfing on my lunch break was normal. I lived there for 21 years until I met ‘my love’. Nearly 10 years on, moving from Sydney to Brisbane and then onto Townsville, we’ve called North Queensland home for seven years now. I juggle life working at the RSPCA, raising our three daughters, supporting my husband’s NRL career and everything in between.

BAG I’m transitioning out of my ‘nappy’ bag so fell in love with this black leather one which has all the space I need but is on the trendy side. It’s a new local label called Kimberly and Co. NOTEBOOK when I need to, I write. One day I’ll get around to writing a book or blog, but for now I jot down everything I can. Free therapy! DOG TAG Beef was my dog I rescued after my dad passed away. We shared 12 amazing years and adventures, he moved with me from Forster, Brizzy and lived with us here in Townsville. GRAND FINAL RING There’s so much that goes into the meaning of this ring. I see long days, success, sacrifice, injuries, tears, missed family moments and lots of cheering Daddy on. A night we’ll never forget! Especially when I started having contractions through the game carrying our third daughter. Thankfully it held off and she arrived four weeks later; imagine a birth on the sidelines?! There’s no way I was going to miss that golden point! WEDDING PHOTO We had a surprise wedding, planned in two weeks and shared with our daughters. We were on a road trip at the time so found a nice place in Currumbin Valley, bought a dress along the way and said, “I do.” MAGNETS I collect them from places we travel to or little cute boutiques. This one is keeping me on track with juggling our busy schedule. TROPHY In 2016 I signed up for a charity boxing event and raised $8000 for my chosen charity LIVIN, who raise awareness for depression, anxiety and suicide. It also showed my daughters how strong and brave Mummy is, they were so proud of me and that alone meant the world!



BINKIE BUNNY If this Binkie could talk, oh the stories he would tell. He’s seen me at my best and worst parenting moments; the laughter and tears, through every long night or early morning. Binkie has been there for each of our daughters, Milanah (7), Harlan (4) and Novah (18 months). SURVIVAL KIT Being a busy mum I need something simple and fast, but something that helps make me feel I can conquer the world and don’t look like I haven’t slept in 83 years. Mascara. Lip Gloss/ Balm. Tinted Moisturiser. PHOTO Mum and Dad. I have this photo on my bedside table. I love seeing them like this, young and care free. PETALS I have collected them from different occasions. Some heart breaking, most breath taking. There’s roses in there from my father’s funeral, petals from my first Valentines, a flower from gifts for each daughter I birthed, a wedding day peony and a lot of ‘I love you’ flowers. CANDLE We always have something nice going in our house. I’m obsessed with a local brand, TEDDO and LID. They even have little travel tins I can take away with me to keep that familiar scent going. LOVE CONTRACT Being young and in love I made Antonio sign himself over to me; I guess it worked. RECIPE Growing up with a Brazilian mother food was always a big thing in our family. Now having my own family and a Samoan husband it’s something I love doing and the bigger the cook up, the better. HORSE BIT This bit belongs to my horse Nike, I have owned since he was four and this year he will be 21 years old. He’s saved me mentally so many times over the years, true horse people will understand this. CAMERA I must capture everything. I need to get a snap of each special moment so I can share it with our daughters in years to come.

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Kirby McGill

Tell us a little about yourself? I am a busy Mum to two teenage children, Owner/Operator of Moss&Straw Flowers at Warrina Arcade and Milliner and Designer at Kirby McGill Couture. In my spare time I love getting to the gym or walking up Castle Hill. Describe your style? Between working as a florist, a mum and designer, I try to keep my look stylish and elegant with elements of practicality. Most treasured item? My most treasured item would be a Kailis Pearl necklace that I received as the Runner-up prize for the 2015 Townsville Ladies Day Fashion on the Field. I’ve never been one to crave jewellery but to receive one was very special. Labels you like? I’m not a huge shopaholic or much into labels but when I do buy clothes I like the look of Cue, Review and Forever New. If I’m in need of anything though and I see something I like I’ll grab it regardless of label. Best shopping trip? I was lucky enough to receive a $500 Review voucher as part of my prize for Townsville Cup Contemporary Fashions but only had a month to use it. I left it to the last day so my daughter and I did a ‘power shop’ at Review in Myer. It was a lot of fun. Your style guru? I really like the style of Olivia Palermo and Emma Watson, both are true to themselves and wear clothes that suit their personalities. You’d never be caught wearing…? well for me I wouldn’t be caught wearing Jeans and Sneakers (trainers). Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with? I have quite a mixture of vintage finds and outfits that I’ve made my own. I can’t really part with any of them as they all have special moments and memories attached. One in particular is a dress I designed and entered in my first fashion design competition. I like to look at it now and then to see how far I’ve come with my designing. Shoes or dress first? Oooh this is tough, but I’d be more inclined to sort my dress out first then finish the look with shoes. Meaningful last words? “Have Courage, Be kind” Cinderella. DUOMagazine June 2017


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AVIDA HAIR DESIGN At Avida we take the time to listen to your needs and ensure you receive the hairstyle and colour you deserve. While this process is happening sit back and enjoy a delicious cuppa and a home baked goody. Call in and see the amazing team at Avida Hair Design. Open Tuesday & Wednesday 9am–5pm. Thursday 9am–7pm. Friday 9am–5pm. Saturday 8am–2pm. Shop 3/127 Eyre Street, North Ward 4420 3577

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



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



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

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

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Thanks to its natural pigments and hydrating formula, the Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask ($76) will make you look sun-kissed and sexy while you’re catching some beauty sleep.


Team Ambush Eye Foil ($44) in blue lapis with Intense Black Gel Pencil ($40) for a dramatic look that will last. We’re loving the jewellery-like metallic lustre. Stockists 1300 615 991.


Actress, musician and muse Charlotte Gainsbourg has collaborated with NARS to create a dual-purpose collection of lip and cheek tints. Choose Multiple Tint in Poppy Red, Light Pink or Sheer Berry. RRP $57.


Combining Italian bergamot, bitter orange, lemon, and mandarin gleam with the sharp contrast of shiso leaf, Tom Ford’s new fragrance is an olfactory masterpiece. Look for the distinctive Sole di Positano ($340 for 50ml) bottle at Myer and David Jones beauty counters.


Thinner but more intense than conventional lipsticks, Lancôme’s Matt Shaker range (available in seven shades) is bold and punchy ($38). It’s perfect for those who want statement lips that are matte within minutes.

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Trenery has released a selection of weekend-ready outerwear quilted with Thermore ‘Ecodown’, a sustainable alternative to down padding. Using fibres made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles, Ecodown filling is surprisingly soft and durable.

Sony’s brand new a9 camera ($6999) is a mirrorless fullframe monster that can shoot 20 frames per second without blacking out your view. It also boasts 4K video capture and a shutter speed of up to 1/32,000sec. The a9’s battery has 2.2 times the capacity of the last a7’s, too.


Joab is the creation of two Aussie blokes who stumbled across a Mediterranean shoemaker using an 800-yearold design process. Jordan and Josh took the age-old design and added elements to make the shoes more suitable for modern-day living. They use leather from Central Asian Water Buffalo hide, which provides strength and durability, and also means the shoes can be worn without socks. $250 per pair.



From its humble beginnings as a design studio based in Melbourne, Nique has established a growing following thanks to its minimalistic, Scandinavian style. The label employs unique fabrics such as bamboo cotton and soya bean.



The new version of Davidoff Horizon, Davidoff Horizon Extreme, is full of contrasts with fresh top notes of grapefruit, ginger and rosemary, a warm heart of cedar, leather and nutmeg and base notes of amber and sandalwood. $110 for 125ml from Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies.




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MODEL Amy Hazelton As a full-time student and single parent, I can’t afford the luxury of having my hair done very often so this opportunity was a real treat. I love the clean blonde colour and my hair feels so fresh.



Hello Hollywood Creamy blonde Hollywood curls and a touch of sparkling eye shadow, Avida Hair Design gave Amy Hazelton a glam new look. How did you choose Amy for the make-over? Lisa: Amy entered our Facebook call-out and we chose her because she is a full-time student and mum who we thought deserved a day of pampering.

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What did you do to achieve her look? Lisa: We cleaned up Amy’s old balayage and made her a fresh soft creamy blonde. Using our Matrix Bond Ultim8, we were able to lighten without causing any damage to Amy’s hair and we finished her makeover with soft Hollywood curls.

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Funkita Fit has launched a new collection of Activewear. ‘Race Pace’ is constructed from high-quality Italian fabrics so it not only looks good but it feels good too. Jungle Jam, Impresser and Night Fire are the stand-out prints and are available in crop tops, sports tops, mini shorts and full-length tights.


A healthy alternative to sugary softdrinks, the CHIA range is packed with the power of chia seeds blended with super juices. The health drinks are sugar and gluten-free and contain essential nutrients, antioxidants, protein and omega 3. $80 for a 24 pack.


By combining the power of natural whole foods with the sophistication of scientific research, The Red Hippo have created a range of health food protein blends that are both natural and ethical. The Red Hippo AMPK Blend is designed for anyone wanting to encourage their body’s use of fat as fuel. From $55 for 500g.


Food to Make You Glow ($39.99) is a nutritionist’s guide to eating for wellness. Whether you’re looking to boost energy levels, manage stress or achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss, eating the right food is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Lola Berry shares the key wholefoods to support specific health goals as well as 90 recipes based around wholefood heroes..


By adding ActionSleeve ($39.95) to your workouts you not only keep your Apple Watch out of harm’s way, but you can also even improve your heart rate monitoring with more consistent skin contact.

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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT With the cooler weather on its way, peak wedding season has arrived. Have you added ‘pearly whites’ to your to-do list yet?

Weddings, charity balls, the Winter Racing Carnival – the peak event season is here. No doubt fashion, hair, make-up and nails are on the checklist but have you considered teeth whitening? Pearly whites add that perfect finishing touch for both women and men and, thanks to technological advances, are quick and easy to achieve with professional help from a dentist. “In my experience, patients prefer our one-off in chair treatment because of the fast results,” says Dr Sam Patel from Dentist on Paxton. “The process involves up to four applications of a whitening product enhanced with a Philips Zoom blue LED light. It only takes 60 minutes and the results are spectacular.” The Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed in-chair whitening service offered at Dentist on Paxton in North Ward costs $786, which includes your consult, four sessions of whitening and custom-made trays for further whitening at home if desired.



Most health funds will rebate towards the cost depending on your level of cover. “Legally the concentrations sold at the chemist or hairdresser make little difference and there have been incidences of people getting burnt due to improper use,” Dr Patel says. “Tooth whitening is achieved by applying either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide directly to the surfaces of teeth. The concentrations of these that make a difference can only be applied at a dental practice. “The degree of whitening is a personal choice – some people prefer really white teeth, while others want a moderate improvement.” Crowns and fillings do not change colour, however, so at a consult appointment the possible need for replacement of existing restorations should be considered. For those who prefer take-home products only, Philips Zoom also offer two at-home options: DayWhite and NiteWhite. This involves a dentist moulding custommade whitening trays for you. You wear the trays, filled with product, either overnight (Philips Zoom NiteWhite) or for 15-30 mins during the day (Philips Zoom DayWhite). The results are also spectacular but the process is slower, with one to two weeks of daily use required, depending on the level of whiteness desired. To find a local Townsville Zoom dentist, visit

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What causes tinnitus?

Is there a tinnitus cure?

There are many causes of tinnitus and sometimes tinnitus is brought on or aggravated not just by one of these causes but many. Here’s a list of just a few of the known tinnitus causes and aggravators: • Exposure to loud noise

It would be great if there was a cure for tinnitus, but unfortunately there is no magic bullet. Over time treatment and management options have been trialled and developed and there is constant progress in the field. The current best treatments and remedies for tinnitus include: Hearing aids: If the cause is hearing loss related, solving the hearing loss allows people to hear softer sounds they otherwise might miss. These sounds in turn masks the tinnitus. Masking devices: Masking devices create a different sound to mask the perception of the tinnitus. White noise, ocean waves or music are created in the same pitch of the tinnitus to help cancel it out. Neuromonics: Neuromonics uses specially formulated music to mask and break the loop with the emotional area of the brain, which reduces the stress associated with tinnitus. Neuromonics also includes some counselling to help the sufferer emotionally deal with the tinnitus.

• Stress • Anxiety • Middle ear infections • Age related hearing loss


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• Head injury

What’s that ringing in your ears? Tinnitus affects almost 1 in 5 Australians. What is it? What causes it? When does it show up? What can be done to treat it?

• Compacted ear wax • Ménière’s disease

As you can see there are many causes of tinnitus but the most common cause is exposure to loud noises. Over time this loud noise can damage the fine hairs inside your cochlea. Once damaged, the hearing nerve attached to these hair bundles can trigger, even if there is no sound that normally triggers the nerve.

How does tinnitus affect people?

What is tinnitus? Imagine a constant noise in your head. A noise that never lets up. It’s there when you try to sleep and there when you wake up. You can be in the quietest place on Earth, yet tinnitus follows you wherever you go. From a slight high pitched noise to a locomotive constantly in your head tinnitus is different for everyone.

The effects of tinnitus vary from person to person and depends on the severity of the. Most people can cope with the slight constant annoying sound, but for others the disease can lead to ongoing problems including psychological consequences. Sufferers can be concerned the sound will grow and become so annoying they think they will literally go insane. This is an extreme case but the constant noise can deprive sufferers of sleep leading to shortened attention spans, lack of concentration and even depression.

Tinnitus plagues up to 20% of the Australian population and many can struggle to live with it. No matter how bad the tinnitus is, the sooner a treatment and management plan is developed, the better the long-term outcome for the sufferer. If you do suffer from tinnitus, speak to your audiologist today.

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Prehab beats rehab every time! There is a reason elite athletes are so rarely injured, and bounce back so rapidly after something does go wrong. They benefit from undertaking individualised, scientific exercise to prevent damage to body tissues. Let’s look at how the everyday athlete can use ‘prehabilitation’ principles to keep healthy in the long term.

WHAT are the best ways to invest your time and money in the short term to keep yourself healthy in the long term? Anyone who has been injured, through sport or otherwise, understands the frustration of the healing process taking you away from the sports or habits that you enjoy. What we are here to tell you is that the majority of non-traumatic injuries that we see in the clinic on a daily basis are avoidable with appropriate pre-injury intervention or ‘prehabilitaion’. Experienced physiotherapists, particularly those with a background in elite level competition, can expertly assess your body’s suitability for the sport you undertake and provide a program to address any physical characteristics that increase risk of injury. Prehabilitation is a term that has become more common over the last few years. It refers to injury prevention exercise and body conditioning specific to your sport that prepares your muscles, joints and nervous system for the unique demands you will put on it through repetitive competition in any given discipline. Prehab complements your normal training regimen and in some cases can also drastically improve your performance. The relatively small investment of time and wealth in having yourself assessed could save you extended injury rehabilitation in the future, and will certainly reduce the ‘niggles’ that we all experience through sport. Let’s have a look at some of the injuries we often see arise from commonly played sports and some of the probe strategies to prevent them.

Runners: • Low back pain • Anterior and lateral knee pain • Calf strains and Plantar fasciitis On screening athletes with such injuries common findings are weakened or ineffective gluteal and abdominal musculature, restricted length of quads, hamstrings and calf muscles and weakness of the muscles deep to the calf. All so easily corrected!

Footy/Soccer/Touch Players: • Damaged knee and ankle ligaments extremely common • Hammy tears In this case even injuries that could be considered traumatic such as ligament damage are actually preventable. Improving your ability to stabilise your hip and ankle through specific exercise and keeping flexible and reduce risk significantly. As hamstrings are so common many athletes’ complete specialised programs to prevent tears all season long.

Golfers: • Lower back pain extremely common • Wrist, hand and thumb pain For rotational athletes like golfers it’s all about flexibility. Back pain in the majority of cases is attributed to reduced mid back and hip flexibility which forces the lower back into awkward spots. Such an easy fix, but many people play for years with bad backs. Of course, there is no ‘one fits all’ program as we’re all different. Your best bet is to seek out an experienced sports physio and invest a small amount of time and money in your physical health to avoid lengthy rehabilitation in the future.

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

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ABC: Airways, Breathing and Children Part 1 Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in Children THERE is no doubt that many of us are not getting enough sleep and as any new parent will agree, sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Imagine how you would feel if you were woken from your sleep several times every hour for the whole night, every night, for years. This is what can happen to a child with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Airflow can be almost completely obstructed for periods varying from a few

seconds up to 30 seconds, several times every hour. This obstruction often results from collapse of the narrow airway behind the tongue and less oxygen reaches the blood. The chest wall heaves, a wheeze can be heard and the child does not have a deep restful sleep. In the short term, behavioural problems and learning difficulties may arise. In the long-term, cardiovascular problems can develop. Despite its media exposure, OSA is only a small part of the much larger field of Sleep Medicine and is not the same as snoring or ‘mouth-breathing’. The field of Sleep Medicine is a medical specialty involving the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of sleep abnormalities including OSA. OSA can affect 3% of otherwise healthy children, affecting males and females equally, with a peak incidence from 2–6 years old. The risk factors include large tonsils and adenoids, obesity, neuromuscular conditions and craniofacial syndromes. Patients supposedly develop long ‘adenoid’ faces with ‘narrow’ palates, dental malocclusion including ‘cross bites’. Despite these claims, recent good quality research has shown that ‘not all OSA patients have altered facial morphology and not all patients with altered facial morphology have OSA’. There is no simple cause and effect relationship. Dentistry has become involved in OSA, however, dentists cannot diagnose OSA. Dentists can be involved in screening for OSA using a clinical history and a PSQ (Paediatric Sleep Questionnaire), which is also available online. The definitive test is Polysomnography (a sleep test). Over diagnosing will often lead to unnecessary, expensive and ineffective over treatment. Under diagnosing may lead to serious future health problems.

It is best to have the diagnosis and treatment recommendations made by the true experts in the field – the Sleep Physician or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist. Once accurately diagnosed, treatment options may involve weight loss, the removal of tonsils and adenoids, the prescription of anti-inflammatory nasal drugs, use of an oxygen mask at night (CPAP), or oral appliances to bring the lower jaw forward. Any oral appliance can cause changes in tooth position, which can result in orthodontic problems. Orthodontic treatment specifically for OSA (e.g. widening the top jaw with expanders or bringing the lower jaw forward) should only be considered when other medical treatments have failed and only on the recommendation of a specialist medical practitioner. What should parents do? Check your child after they have been asleep for a while. Spend five minutes watching for these signs: • Do they snore? • Do they breathe through their mouth? • Do they stop breathing for periods greater than 10 seconds? • Is their chest wall heaving yet still struggling for breath? • Are they restless and sweaty during sleep? • Are their daytime energy levels low? • Are they hyperactive or having learning problems? If you suspect that your child has any breathing abnormality, please consult with your local medical GP who can decide if referral to an ENT Specialist or a Sleep Physician is warranted. Referral from a medical practitioner will attract a Medicare rebate. If orthodontic treatment is recommended by your medical practitioner, please see a registered specialist orthodontist.

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Mental wealth What is your ‘money script’? Everyone has one, but not everyone knows what it is.

HAVE you ever thought that having more money would make you happier? Or that it would solve your problems? Do you ever overspend to appear to have more than you actually do? Or, do you avoid debt and only pay with cash? People value and treat money differently and the answers to these questions can help uncover why. Money plays a major role in life. Having it can provide security and freedom while a lack of it can be cause for stress, anxiety and feeling trapped. The most common money-problems facing the average adult are spending too much and saving too little. The remedy seems obvious – Save more and don’t spend more than you have. While good habits for spending and saving are certainly important, actions alone aren’t the only ingredients for financial success. Discipline and determination to stick to a budget is often not enough and many continue to struggle despite the desire for better financial management.

The catalyst for financial strain is not just about capabilities or how much money is earned but about ‘money scripts’ or beliefs about money. Money scripts are unconscious beliefs that typically develop during childhood, based on what we’re taught about money from our parents, caregivers, culture and neighbourhood. These beliefs then influence our financial behaviours throughout life. There are many different beliefs about money and all beliefs have some degree of truth, but there are two prominent scripts that research says can be detrimental to cashflow. (1) Money worship, the belief that more money will make you happier; you can never have enough; or money will solve

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your problems; and (2) Money avoidance, the belief that money is bad; rich people are greedy; good people shouldn’t care about money; or it’s not OK to have more than you need. These beliefs, when held strongly, have been linked to financial outcomes like lower income, lower net worth and bad financial choices. One important step to change a financial life that is off course is to consider the beliefs behind financial decisions. Once money scripts and the problems they cause are understood, we can challenge unhelpful beliefs and replace them with more healthy attitudes and behaviour.

To uncover your money scripts, start with a few questions like: What are five things your mother, father or other caregivers taught you about money? What’s your earliest money memory? What’s your most painful money experience? Modifying unhelpful money beliefs is essential to change self-defeating financial behaviours. If financial health is something you crave but recognising or changing your money script eludes you, then help is available. Working with a clinical psychologist can identify unhelpful money scripts, as well as address the emotional, behavioural and relational aspects of financial troubles. Then you can learn to manage money in more healthy ways. While your money scripts may have developed in childhood, you can influence what you do about them today. Good financial health is important to live your #BestLife.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is How would your life and health look if you began to invest in wellness?

IT’S interesting to note that when it comes to our wellness, or at least ways of ensuring it, there is reluctance to invest in our health. It’s not until we have a real health emergency or illness and we are forced to spend money on doctor’s bills, diagnostic imaging and pharmaceuticals that we think twice. It would be fair to say that we spend more on entertainment and holidays than we do on the very thing that ensures our happiness and quality of life – our health. From a nutrition perspective, eating and understanding the right foods for you is an investment in your future happiness and health. Quality does usually cost more, but it’s worth it when you look at it as an investment. There is no doubt that our diet habits changed drastically in the 20th century with the introduction of processed and convenience foods, and those foods have continued to become even more processed and morph into foodlike products with very little, or no, nutritional value. Their impact is more far-reaching now as we see the physical impacts of chronic disease in our community such as the rise and rise of cancer and diabetes. The problem with packaged and take-away food is that we no longer have any control over what goes into them. We do know, however, that one of the ingredients that has been integrated into them at alarming rates is sugar. Worldwide sugar consumption has increased in the past 30 years by a whopping 46 per cent. Much of that additional sugar consumption is hidden in processed foods and drinks.

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If you want to look after your new car, you put premium fuel in it. Consuming a highly processed food diet will not steer you in the direction of wellness because it is not premium fuel for your body. So set aside those processed products and put your money where your mouth is by choosing real, healthy food. Choose fresh ingredients, spend a little more to get organic fruit and vegetables. Don’t feel guilty about buying good quality grass-fed meat or real free-range eggs, and quality cold-pressed extra virgin oils. View it as an investment in your health and vitality. I invite you to educate yourself to become the healthiest version of you, thriving and enjoying life’s challenges. If you don’t sleep, you get tired. Similarly, if you don’t eat, you get hungry. It’s a simple case of cause and effect. If we get sick we all wonder why, but have we optimised our food and nutrition and used the premium product? Could working on your own bio individual personalised plan with a nutritional therapist help you to achieve this? Would it help steer you in the direction of wellness? Sourcing and eating a nutrient-dense whole food diet could be viewed as a preventative measure or an investment in your future. Eating a poor diet is the same as expecting a car to run with poor fuel and wondering why it doesn’t work properly!

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Press Wowed by Local Trio The Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club has struck Gold at the Nationals, stealing the show from a stronger Sydney club. Words Denise Secomb

Photography Jo Matheson Photography Magnetic Island’s magnificent trio to contest the National Surf Lifesaving Championships U/14 Surf Race final recently, from left, Amarlie Duxbury, Lauren Nugent and Sophie Tickle, together with coach, Lisa Nugent

A MAGNETIC Island trio from tiny Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club had television commentators in a spin when their distinctive three blue-and-gold caps bobbed up in the final of the U/14 Surf Race at the recent Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kirra on the Gold Coast. The girls – Lauren Nugent, Amarlie Duxbury and Sophie Tickle – were mistaken for competitors from a strong Sydney club during the live broadcast. When interviewed to camera afterwards, they set the record straight, saying they were from Magnetic Island, 86


off the coast of Townsville, obviously proud ambassadors for their club, one of only two clubs to achieve the feat of putting up a trio of competitors in the 32-strong national final field. In that final, Lauren was eighth, Amarlie was in the top 20, and Sophie Tickle was in the top 25 – a brilliant effort considering Sophie just returned to training six months ago after a threeyear lay-off. The club struck Gold at the Nationals with Lauren winning the two-kilometre U/14 Beach Event. She beat a field of more than 50 other

runners by a convincing distance of 150 metres in soft sand at a blistering pace. Some competitors were disqualified for straying onto the hard sand to gain an advantage. Amarlie and Lauren also made it into the prestigious Iron Woman U/14 finals, competing among a field of 16, outperforming 110 competitors vying for this National Titles privilege. After terrible starts in the board legs from both girls, they worked hard in their run transitions and caught up in their swims, with Lauren coming 6th and Amarlie 10th.

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Club coach, Lisa Nugent, says these achievements are entirely down to the hard work that got the girls to the finals together. “It was a fantastic achievement for a little club where members only see surf once a month,” Lisa says. “On the way down there I told them that to be competing at all already made them winners! The parents took a squad of seven down the week before so I could train them in the surf. There was a notable difference in the standard of equipment that the bigger Gold Coast clubs had and their competitors were huge.” Lisa, herself a state, national and world title winner, certainly put her stamp on the national coaching scene with these National Title results, despite wanting the girls to take all the credit. She has been coaching for 12 years at the Gerry Winn Memorial Pool on Magnetic Island and at ASLSC. She also coaches middle and long-distance running. “I’ve been involved in sport all my life,” she says. “I started lifesaving as a three-year old at Arcadian surf club before moving to Mackay as a nine-year-old with my family. I joined Mackay surf club and went on to win a number of medals. “I was also a runner, starting as a sprinter before turning to middle distance. Back then we didn’t really have coaches … I coached myself for many years and realised, at an early age, the importance of cross training. I guess that’s where my passion for coaching started. I’m really enjoying helping others try to reach their goals.” Lisa’s daughter Lauren, like her mother, is a tiny but tenacious flyweight.

Pleased to be home on Magnetic Island, the Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club trio who contested a National Surf Lifesaving Championship U/14 Surf Race final together were, from left, Amarlie Duxbury, Sophie Tickle and Lauren Nugent

I coached myself for many years and realised, at an early age, the importance of cross training. I guess that’s where my passion for coaching started. I’m really enjoying helping others try to reach their goals.” She, too, has been involved at the club since she was a toddler. Unfortunately Lauren was unable to contest the Beach Flags, despite having won silver in this event in the state titles. There was a clash with water team events in the timetable of this event. There were no U/14 team events. Lauren, Sophie, Amarlie and fellow club member, Georgia Ross, competed in the U/15 team events, securing a place in the Surf Teams Final, the only team consisting of four U/14 girls to do so in the U/15 event. They placed eighth in the final. Amarlie and Lauren were the only team consisting of two U/14-year-olds to contest the U/15 Board Rescue event, coming 5th in the national final from a field of 84 contestants, which came down to nine teams in the final. The club’s U/15 competitor, Tom Lyons, narrowly missed out on a medal in the final of the Beach Sprint, placing

4th. Determined to bring home a medal, he worked hard in the Beach Flags and it paid off, with Tom winning Bronze. The other club members who competed in the national titles were Ben Tumelty U/14 and Elke Aulsebrook U/14. Lisa is aiming to take a club squad through the district, state and national titles next year. She has her sights firmly set on the nationals at Scarborough, Western Australia in April 2018 and is building the squad up to compete in the World Surf Lifesaving Titles in Adelaide in November 2018. In the meantime, there’s a winter lay-off for the team, then it’s back into training and fundraising so the squad can be competitive. CONNEC T NOW Please direct sponsorship inquiries to help parents offset costs to Cindy Shafer on 0433 149 656. DUOMagazine June 2017


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Care Bears Want to bring a smile to a sick child’s face? No problem. The Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Buy A Bear campaign can help you do just that. TIME poor? Not an issue. For just $10, the Townsville Hospital Foundation will give a Bandi Bear soft toy to a recovering child on your behalf. “We know a lot of people are stretched for time but would happily give back if they could and this is an easy way for them to do just that,” says Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. “Our volunteers will hand out the bears each week and donors have the choice to include a card with their name and age on it. In the past we’ve even had children buying a

bear out of their birthday money to donate, which is such a lovely gesture.” Bandi Bear has been the mascot for the Townsville Hospital Foundation since 2013 and is known to attend the Foundation’s events as well as doing weekly rounds of the Children’s Ward, escorted by 1RAR volunteers. “The 1RAR volunteers are part of a rehabilitation program so it’s a wonderful way for them to get involved in the community while regaining their health,” Megan says.

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“The kids absolutely love seeing Bandi. Even when he’s walking through the halls to get to the Children’s Ward he’s approached by families who want to give him a big hug or high five. The staff like to get in photos with him too. “It’s only $10 to buy a Bandi Bear for a sick child – such a small price to pay for putting a massive smile on their face. The kids might be in hospital for long-term treatment or they may be coming in for surgery to get their tonsils out or to fix a broken arm. “That can be really scary for some, so having a soft toy that’s been given to them really helps calm them down and makes the process a lot easier.” The Townsville Hospital Foundation will also be conducting Wear-A-Bear Day in October, which is an initiative where schools, day care centres and work places can get on board and sell Bandi Bear ears and toys. Then, on Friday 20 October, they can wear them to school or work to show their support. “It’s a great fundraising initiative. The kids especially love it and it spreads the word about the important work the Townsville Hospital Foundation is doing,” Megan says. “We look after the whole of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service district, including health centres out in Charters Towers, Ingham, Ayr, Richmond, Hughenden and Palm Island. “Hospital Staff within this district can submit an application to the Townsville Hospital Foundation for funding, whether it’s for something as simple as a computer to help patients communiate with family members or for movie passes for the Adolescent Mental Health Unit so staff can take patients out during the school holidays. We’re here to help with those little extras that make a big difference to the patient experience.”

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Photo: Sharell O’Brien, Supervising Solicitor of North Queensland Women’s Legal Service

1000 Reasons to Help On a mission to bring more free legal help to women affected by domestic violence, the NQ Women’s Legal Service is asking you to join their 1000 Club. Words Kylie Davis WITH one in three women affected by the epidemic of family and domestic violence, most women will certainly know someone who will need free legal help at some point in time. NQ Women’s Legal Service (NQWLS) provides free legal services, by women for women. Last year, NQWLS provided more than 6000 free legal services for women experiencing domestic violence or family breakdown, living in communities across the North and Far North Queensland region. The top half of Queensland is a vast area for NQWLS offices in Townsville and Cairns to cover. To help them respond to women in crisis, NQWLS has launched the 1000 Club fundraising campaign. “We are calling out for 1000 women who can make a regular donation of $10 each month through our website portal,” says NQWLS Director Anne Lewis. “The funds raised through the 1000 Club campaign will directly fund frontline services, with the goal of increasing the number of free legal services for women by a further 1000 per year, on an ongoing basis. “Access to free legal advice and assistance makes a real difference for vulnerable women. It can even be life-changing for some.”



“The demand for free legal assistance consistently outstrips our resources. Will you help us help women in need by joining the 1000 Club?” NQWLS was started by a group of passionate women in Townsville as a totally volunteer service in the mid-1990s. It was granted funding by the Commonwealth government in 1996, which helped them open an office in Townsville and Cairns. Women can make an appointment for legal advice at the Townsville or Cairns office and NQWLS also provides legal advice by appointment at eight outreach clinics each month in Ayr, Charters Towers, Ingham, Mossman, Port Douglas, Atherton, Mareeba and Innisfail. For women in other rural and remote communities, they can set up a Skype or phone appointment. A 1800 phone advice line also operates four days a week. “Unfortunately, we know that for every call we answer on the 1800 Advice Line, there

are another seven calls that we can’t answer due to our limited resources,” says NQWLS Supervising Solicitor Sharell O’Brien. “The demand for free legal assistance consistently outstrips our resources. Will you help us help women in need by joining the 1000 Club? All donations over $2 are taxdeductible.” CONNECT NOW

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Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

Piecing the puzzle of a crime When spirit wants you to do something, they usually have a way of getting your attention.

this before, and was the first time that I was exposed to something like this. Before her energy started to fade, she told me there was no need to tell her sister, as she did not believe in psychic phenomena and that it would be a waste of time. In that moment, I couldn’t understand why she would bother sharing all of that information with me, if I wasn’t to pass it on, but what was I going to say… “G’day, my name is Marco, I talk to dead people and I have some chick here that claims to be your sister!” Instead, I chatted casually to the woman and began to ask about her family situation. She was able to confirm that her younger sister had been missing for past 30 years and her family did not know whether she was alive or not. I decided not to tell her of my visitor and went on to do my trip in Sydney. After returning two days later, I was getting ready to go to bed when the young girl from spirit made herself known to me again. She was insistent on getting me to contact the Newcastle Police Department with the information that she had shown me, but I was not prepared to do that, and resisted. Over the next few days she continued to push me, but I refused, however when you resist the spirit world, they have a funny way of making things happen for you.

The following afternoon, a good friend of mine, now living in Sydney called and I told him about what had happened. It was at this point that he advised me his best friend was a Police Detective with the Newcastle Police Department (what are the chances of that) and that I should e-mail all the information to him to be passed on. Knowing that this was not a regular practice with the Police Service, I reluctantly sent the e-mail. After viewing the information, the police were able to compare the details provided, along with the evidence they had received more than 30 years ago, and discovered that it fitted the missing pieces of this cold cases’ puzzle. From this, an inquiry was launched and as they say, the rest is history. It is from this experience, along with many more, that I have learnt to never underestimate the power, or the persistence of the spirit world. When they want your attention, they have a tendency to keep knocking on your door until they get it.

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HAVING someone close to you pass away is never an easy process. There can be so many emotions ranging from sadness, confusion, and in some cases relief. But what about when your loved one has died from unnatural causes, extending to car accidents, suicide or even murder? Not to mention, if you don’t even know if they are dead or alive. Many years ago, I was on a Virgin flight travelling to Sydney for a conference. As the plane took off an adolescent girl made her presence known to me from spirit. The feisty teenager made me aware that she was the younger sister of the woman sitting beside me, had been missing for more than 30 years and that her older sister, was still unsure as to whether she was dead or alive after all this time. Over the next hour, she was able to show me very detailed images of where she passed within the Newcastle area, and how it all happened. She then showed me in great detail the man who claimed her life and that it was in fact, her boyfriend. This was very disturbing to me, as I had not been shown such an experience as brutal in nature like

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FROM INVESTMENT BANKER TO ARTIST TAFE Queensland North Bachelor of Visual Arts student, Jacqueline Burchell has found her true calling in Townsville, a long way from her former London home.

Jacqui, a native from England, always dreamed of studying art. “When I finished high school I just sort of drifted into working in investment banking. “I did that for a few years, but I got bored looking at numbers all day and I always felt that I wanted to do something creative,” she said. The adventure bug hit and Jacqui left London and her job to go backpacking. Jacqui met her husband during a visit to Australia and she’s been living in Townsville since 2012. It’s here that she started seriously focusing on her art career. “I enrolled in TAFE Queensland North’s Certificate III in Visual Arts and then I stayed on to complete the Certificate IV and Diploma programs. “When I heard about the Bachelor of Visual Arts course I was really excited to get involved,” Jacqui said. TAFE Queensland has partnered with the University of Canberra to deliver the Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Pimlico campus. Jacqui has a busy few months ahead; the mother of two is preparing to welcome baby number three and she’s also wristdeep in diamantes. “I’m getting ready to display some of my work at the upcoming Children’s Exhibition. “I’m fascinated with

how toys started becoming really gendered; from around the 1980s everything became either pink for girls or blue for boys,” Jacqui said. “My art work combines traditional girly stuff with very macho boy toys; so I will be displaying pink, sparkly race cars at the Children’s Exhibition,” she said. TAFE Queensland North General Manager, Joann Pyne said the Bachelor of Visual Arts is a landmark program for the organisation. “This is our first degree course and we’re really excited by the level of interest shown in the program, not just from students but the local arts community as well. “The Bachelor of Visual Arts taps into the need for local artists to receive the same training opportunities that are available to artists living in larger cities,” Ms Pyne said. You can see Jacqui’s work at the Children’s Exhibition at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in October.

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Inspirational Leaders In Education + Training

Rebecca Smith Head of Science, The Cathedral School

The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James 154 Ross River Road Mundingburra 07 4722 2000 TheCathedralSchoolTownsville/ @TCSTownsville



THERE’S been a growing attitude around the country that we no longer simply be educated, but that we be engaged and enthused by our action of learning. At the age of 29, Townsville teacher Rebecca Smith is well and truly caught up in this shifting tide of Australia’s educational ethos. As a teacher, she is looked upon to perform in a multi-faceted role not only as an educator, but as a visionary leader of creativity, insight and inspiration! “It is most important for a leader to value diversity and celebrate the opportunities and challenges it brings to the profession,” Rebecca stated. “I would class my own mother as an inspirational leader. She is someone who sees it as her role to inspire people to work together in the service of something much greater than themselves; educating students for lifelong success.” Born in Mackay but Townsville bred from the age of two, Rebecca graduated from Kirwan State High School in 2004 with a passion for the sciences. After completing a double degree at JCU in education with majors in biochemistry and physiology, Rebecca’s fate was sealed for a lifelong career as a science teacher. Now the Head of Science at Townsville’s The Cathedral School, Rebecca has cemented her place in the system as agent of change.

“This new leadership role at Cathedral has led me to develop an innovative team of teachers who are committed to quality science learning for all students,” Rebecca explained. “Learning is significantly enhanced through the relationship created between the student and their teacher. From the first encounter with my students, I am positive and productive and share concern for their spiritual and personal development. When students feel comfortable and supported, they want to engage in learning. “I loved both chemistry and biology when I was in high school and it was my very own teachers of these subjects who inspired me to pursue a career in science education.” Also from a family of inspirational educators, it’s safe to say that teaching is in Rebecca’s blood. But the passion in her pursuit of connecting her classroom content to real-world contexts to engage her students is something you just can’t fabricate. “It’s an extremely exciting time to be working in the field of STEM education; after all teaching is a profession that creates all other professions,” Rebecca highlighted. “If you want to be a part of something bigger, become a teacher. We inspire students to be learners for life and empower them to change their lives.”

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Meredith Wenta Executive Principal, Kirwan State High School

Kirwan State High School Hudson Street Kirwan 07 4773 8111 KirwanStateHighSchool/

WITH a teaching career spanning almost forty years, Meredith Wenta is certainly well placed to be able to provide an insight on what drives our nation’s education system. “As educational leaders, we need to inspire others to work collaboratively to make the world a safer, happier, healthier place in which all people, regardless of their background or beliefs can live together harmoniously,” Kirwan State High School’s Executive Principal stated. “Strong educational communities are bound together by a common moral purpose. It is the job of the leader to collaboratively build that community and steer it to fulfil its purpose.” It’s no doubt Meredith decided to pursue a career in teaching. Her formative years were prosperous with solid family values (including four siblings), a well-rounded education and influential teachers who inspired her love of the arts. And like most successful careers, Meredith’s was heavily persuaded by a family member whom she witnessed firsthand making a huge difference to the lives of children. “My greatest inspiration came from my grandmother who was a special needs teacher at Cootharinga,” Meredith explained. “I used to go with her on my school holidays to her kindergarten class. She truly

believed that each one of her little students could learn and they did. She made everyone feel loved and valued and I could see that she was making a difference in their lives, so from then on I wanted to teach.” And so she did. Meredith began her career as a primary school teacher right here in Townsville at Belgian Gardens State School. With her passion for drama remaining a strong driver in her professional path, a few years later she decided to open a drama school in Mackay. This then led to her joining the teaching staff at Kirwan High back in Townsville as their English and Drama lead. Now at the helm of this high-performing school, Meredith looks back on her career with nothing but satisfaction and ahead with determination and clarity. “At Kirwan High, we know that all students can learn and achieve success if they and their teachers have a growth mindset,” she stated. “Research tells us that intelligence is not fixed. I tell my teachers and students that there is no ceiling. When students are partnered with teachers who are passionate about what they teach and can connect learning with real-world contexts, they are more likely to continue to engage in education and become lifelong learners.”

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Richard Fairley Principal, Townsville Grammar School

Townsville Grammar School 45 Paxton Street North Ward 07 4722 4900 TownsvilleGrammarSchool



IT’S always at the back of any career-driven mind that one day, you might leave a legacy in your workplace that will inspire those who follow to strive for the seemingly unattainable and initiate change for the better in your wake. As Townsville Grammar School Principal Richard Fairley’s 20-year tenure draws to a close, he can rest assured that the virtuous vestiges of his career will most certainly leave their mark on the city’s schooling landscape. “If I had my time over again, I would not consider for one moment an alternative pathway and I would commend educational leadership to any aspiring young person who wants to make a real difference in society,” Richard said. “I have been blessed during my career in education. I have taught in some wonderful schools… but I am so happy that my career will conclude at Townsville Grammar School.” As the youngest of four boys born and raised by a widowed mother in Adelaide, Richard saw firsthand what it meant to be truly resilient in the face of adversity and how the foresight of a good education for any child in any social scenario can open up a whole new world of opportunities. He calls it ‘the greatest gift a parent can give’. “The importance of the relationship between teacher and learner is pivotal, as I can

attest from my own personal life journey,” Richard said. “I was inspired by some great teachers, so much so that I wanted to be a teacher, ‘just like them’.” With an economics degree from Flinders University in his possession, Richard set about his teaching career with an attitude that reflected the people who had most impacted his personal growth over the years; his mum and his teachers. His simple philosophies denote the key to his success as an educational leader; authenticity and commitment to high standards. And while he has very clear views on what makes a good school, he loves the new perspectives his teaching graduates have brought to the table. “Graduates add value and balance to any teaching community,” Richard said. “The opportunity to employ past Grammarians as teachers has been particularly rewarding because they fell in love with learning at this school and also, they understand and embrace the values of Grammar that they can pass on to students. “I truly love the school; its culture of achievement and leadership, the students, staff and hundreds of families who have been so supportive over my tenure.”

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Dan McShea Principal, Columba Catholic College

Columba Catholic College Mt Carmel Campus 6–8 Hackett Terrace Charters Towers 07 4787 1744 St Mary’s Campus 59–69 Mary Street Charters Towers 07 4754 6333 ColumbaCatholicCollege ChartersTowers/

DAN McShea likes nothing more than to roll his sleeves up and get his hands dirty, which in the variable world of educating our nation’s youth, can take on many different forms. But as the principal of one of North Queensland’s oldest regional Catholic schools, Dan’s plan of action is simple… “I have a strong desire to instill a sense of hope and self-belief in young people…modeling a love of life and learning to my staff and students.” Columba Catholic College in Charters Towers is the current focus of Dan’s charge to inspire a population of students who come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds in rural and regional Queensland, as well as interstate. Catering to the academic needs of these 600 students is certainly a challenge for the educational leaders of Columba and their approach to achieving the ideal process involves the students as much as it does the staff. “We strive to instill in our students a strong belief in themselves and an understanding that hard work is the main ingredient in success,” Dan explained. “I have always wanted to go where I felt I could make the biggest difference and right now that is here in Charters Towers at a fantastic and complex school with over 100 years of history and tradition.”

A Brisbane boy born and schooled, Dan has taught at schools in Emerald, on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Encouraged to officially “take up the leadership challenge” in 2008 following a few acting appointments down south, Dan and his wife moved to Ingham where he took on a deputy principal role and then the principal position at Gilroy Santa Maria College. In 2015, the opportunity to take on his biggest challenge, which remains his current role to date at Columba, presented itself at the right time for Dan and his family. “It’s so important to embrace every opportunity that presents itself to you and to be prepared to get out of your comfort zone,” Dan said. “The students and staff inspire me here. The opportunities and extra-curricular activities that our students have access to in a boarding context are rich and diverse, rewarding and exhausting. It is hard to keep up sometimes.” Columba Catholic College also has a great service for busy Townsville families which provides students transport to and from home on the weekends. Call to find out more or book a campus tour.

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Penny Collins Principal, St Benedict’s Catholic School


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AS the principal of Townsville’s newest northern suburbs Catholic primary school due to open its doors next year, Penny Collins is currently maximising her time developing a contemplative, contemporary learning environment for her future students. “It is an amazing opportunity working with the team at Townsville Catholic Education establishing the foundations for St Benedict’s Catholic School to have us ready to open in 2018,” explained Penny. “This is certainly my most challenging, exciting role to date. I feel very blessed to have been offered this position and I look forward to working with the St Benedict’s Catholic school community as we grow over the coming years.” Penny’s teaching career began in her home town of Gladstone 14 years ago where she landed an acting principal role in her fourth year of teaching. Not to take a step back, she talks about the ‘absolute privilege’ of holding the principal position at St Peter’s Catholic School in Halifax and then her move to Townsville which saw her reside in the position of Deputy Principal at Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale for four years. While this steady stream of success has cemented her place in the system, becoming an educator wasn’t a lifetime leap that Penny made straight from her own schooling.

“I actually started out working in a newsagency, then did my hairdressing apprenticeship and went on to own my own business before reconnecting with my childhood dream of becoming a teacher,” she explained. “Ten years after finishing school I headed off to a university bridging course before completing my Bachelor of Education and haven’t looked back since!” For Penny, defining her place in the contemporary world of education is a moving feast of identifying areas for improvement, enacting change and fostering positive relationships with her staff, students and the community. But what she believes in most is the fact that educational leaders are also lifelong learners; passionate about the love of learning, engaged in the learning process and in constant connection with other passionate learners. “Educational leadership is a challenging, yet rewarding career path; one I am certainly enjoying. As the year progresses I feel confident about the direction we’re heading and feel that our community and learning experiences are going to be really special. What a great school we are going to create!” St Benedict’s is expected to open in 2018 with enrolments now open for all year levels from Kindergarten up to Year 6.

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Watpac Limited has been appointed as the Managing Contractor for Townsville’s $250 million North Queensland Stadium. The national construction and civil and mining group will deliver the two-stage design and construct contract, providing vital job and training opportunities for the Townsville region. Watpac Construction Northern Region Manager, Bryan Glancy, says the contract announcement was an exciting milestone for the Group’s Townsville team and the North Queensland community. “Watpac has been a part of the Townsville community for nearly 20 years and we’re delighted to be working with the Queensland Government to deliver this significant piece of sporting infrastructure,” Bryan says. With the project expected to engage with more than 2000 people across the design and construction phases, Watpac is looking forward to working with local businesses to deliver the 25,000-seat stadium.

Mr Jeff Wall CBE has been announced as the new Board Director of Townsville Enterprise. Mr Wall has vast experience in strategic advisory roles across Australian and Papua New Guinean governments. He was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010 – an honour awarded by the Queen. Currently an advisor to YWAM, Mr Wall says it’s a privilege to be invited to serve on the Board of Townsville Enterprise. “I hope my own lifelong connection to Papua New Guinea will assist with the growing association between Townsville and PNG,” he said “The new Air Niugini direct flight service between Townsville and Port Moresby is a direct result of what strengthening this international relationship can produce”.


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changing workplace at Rydges Southbank Townsville on 8 June. Holly Ransom is the youngest person ever to be nominated in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’. CONNECT NOW

AIR NIUGINI EXPANDS ONE STOP TO ASIA Air Niugini has opened up a one-stop connection from Townsville to Hong Kong through a retimed service to Port Moresby. Air Niugini’s service will now operate earlier, departing Townsville on Mondays at 1210 and arriving in Port Moresby at 1400, allowing passengers to catch a connecting flight to Hong Kong at 1500. Inbound flights arrive in Townsville on Fridays. The Townsville – Port Moresby service was established in March and represents the addition of 17,000 seats between the two destinations each year. CONNECT NOW

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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

The Federal Budget in Simple Terms The Budget for 2017–18 is focused on boosting growth in the economy by improvements in housing affordability, spending on infrastructure and education investment. ON 9 May 2017, Treasurer Scott Morrison released the Budget for 2017-18, making it clear the government will crack down on tax-dodging multinational companies. The goal – to stamp out hybrid tax abuse by banks and insurance companies who exploit tax differences between nations.



The five main banks in Australia (Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ Bank, National Australia Bank and Macquarie) are being hit with a new levy on liabilities, which it’s claimed will generate $6.2 billion over four years. A new ‘one-stop shop’ financial complaints authority announced in the Budget will also benefit Australians in obtaining fair, free and efficient dispute resolution against financial institutions. It will be a consolidation of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Credit & Investments Ombudsman (CIO) and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal into a single industry ombudsman scheme. It is hoped this move will decrease the misperception and varying results presently caused by overlaps and gaps across the three authorities. For patients, a freeze on Medicare rebates is lifted so the cost of visiting the doctor will drop. However, to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Medicare levy will rise 0.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent. While the Budget does focus on foreign investment into housing, private investment into affordable housing was also a priority. Those first-time home buyers saving to purchase their first home will receive a tax cut on saving for a deposit of up to $30,000. For older Australians looking to downsize, the government is providing tax breaks if they place the proceeds from selling their house into their pension funds. Pensioners (aged, single parent, disability support, veterans and partners) are to receive a one-off payment to assist with power costs ($75 for singles and $125 for a couple will be paid by 30 June). While it isn’t much, a small boost is better than no boost at all.

Small businesses with a turnover up to $10 million can immediately write-off new equipment worth up to $20,000. The government wants to assist working parents by investing $37.3 billion through June 2021 to aid the reduction of childcare costs. Over the next 10 years, Australia’s schools will receive an additional $18.6 billion in funding. The Opposition, however, believes this sector is being short-changed over the long-term. On average per-student funding will grow 4.1 per cent a year over a decade and more than 99 per cent of schools will see a year-on-year increase in funding. Universities, on the other hand, will be subject to a $2.8 billion efficiency dividend. While the higher education reform will lead to a saving of $3.8 billion through June 2021, students will have to wear a greater share of the cost of their degrees and start paying back loans at a lower income threshold. Students will have to pay up to $3600 more for a four-year university degree and start paying back their loans as soon as their income reaches $42,000. The most expensive degree, medicine over six years, is said to increase from 68,000 up to $71,900. And lastly those on welfare who continuously avoid the obligation to look for work will face harsher penalties and trials will begin on drug testing for 5000 new welfare recipients.

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Cruise Economy Doing business in the Bahamas LOOKING out from the balcony of our Stateroom, I am watching the waves break on a small reef. The colour of the water is an incredible turquoise blue even though the sky is slightly overcast – Something that is not unusual in the tropics of the Caribbean. We are celebrating my wife Shantelle’s 30th Birthday, along with her friends, on the Oasis of the Sea – the second largest cruise ship in the world at a whopping 360m long. We boarded from Cape Canaveral in Florida and have just pulled up (docked to be correct) at our port in Jamaica. Yesterday we had an incredible day in Haiti. The island nation that has been devastated in the past by earthquakes and

hurricanes. We didn’t see the main cities and towns as we were docked (I’m so nautical) at a purpose built ocean side village owned by Royal Caribbean, the owners of the cruise line that we are on. We spent the day by the ocean in our private cabana, drinking cocktails after starting the day with the exhilarating 2600ft ‘Dragon Breath Zip Line’. I can’t help myself, even when I am on holidays I am analysing how people operate their businesses and as we walked around our island stop in Haiti I could not help but think about the logistics that go into hosting a few thousand visitors on a remote island location. Royal Caribbean are amazing at what they do and have perfected the ‘system’ of providing food, drinks and entertainment – in all shapes and forms. As a customer, my experience is seamless and despite the no doubts immense pressure on the staff, their smiling faces and commitment to service are simply amazing. When a client comes to your business, do you think that they are having the best possible experience that you can provide? It doesn’t matter whether you sell coffee, do taxes, clean windows, answer calls or sell real estate – good service is always possible and takes many forms. Customer experience is a combination of many moving parts in a business, so I’ve created a checklist that can help you assess your own business and whether you are creating the best customer experience possible. 1. Systematise your sales process Knowing every step of how you make a sale is critical. Do you have online forms to reduce duplication of steps? Can you track the progress of a sale quickly and easily?

How do you teach your staff if you don’t have a reference guide? 2. Train your staff Your staff are your biggest asset. They need to know exactly what they need to do and when to do it. They also need to understand how their role incorporates into the entire business, so that they can appreciate the entire process. 3. Strategise With technology, millenials and the internet dramatically influencing how businesses are operated, it is important that you take the time to think about the future and research ways to improve your business. 4. Customer centricity Finally, the most important and final step – review the previous 3 steps and ask yourself – is the customer at the centre of everything that we do? If it is not enhancing customer value – you have to ask: why are we doing it? The best time to get started on this was yesterday. The second best time is now – take the time to review your business and start making changes. June is perfect to take action and make meaningful changes heading in to the new financial year. Remember they don’t need to be dramatic changes. A few small adjustments here and there is all it takes. As for me, The Captain just announced that the gangway is down and we can head ashore (an hour earlier than expected – under promise and over deliver!) so we are off to explore Jamaica. I’ll be sure to ‘analyse’ their businesses as well.


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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Leadership in Dry Tropic Urbanism In last month’s Duo, I tackled questions of energy for North Queensland. This month, it’s water’s turn and what follows is a submission I made to the Townsville Water Security Taskforce. I made no specific reference to residential grey water systems or water tanks, but these are topics worthy of further consideration no doubt.

BACKGROUND This submission charts a practical pathway towards a sustainable outcome, which demonstrates Townsville’s capacity to be global leaders in dry tropic urbanism. Let’s get some basics out of the way: There is no shortage of water for the city. The Burdekin Dam is overflowing. It holds four Sydney Harbours of water. It was designed as a regional water reservoir. That’s what it does. Townsville City pays for a dedicated allocation of 100,000ML. This allocation can’t be given to anyone else. It’s 3-years’ water for Townsville. That’s water security, right there. A pipe and channel connects this body of water to Townsville’s Ross Dam, from which water flows to the treatment system. The pipe was designed to carry ~130ML a day, but for a range of reasons can’t do much more than ~100ML. This is enough to compensate for evaporation in the Ross Dam at present levels (c. 16-18%). The water needs to be pumped, at a cost to Council of reportedly $27,000 per day; and when one adds in the costs of the water allocation some $34,000 per day. When Ross Dam runs low, Townsville City can access the Burdekin Dam allocation. On the consumption side, I’ve been told that the reticulation network loses up to 20% in leakages. It’s also worth noting that prior to the imposition of water restrictions, average per capita daily consumption was around 800L. This was the highest in the State. South East Queensland consumes ~190L pp/day these days, a consequence of technology change, lifestyle change and behavioural change instigated after the water crisis of the early 2000s. ISSUES There’s talk of building a second pipeline from the Burdekin Dam. Estimated capital cost is around $200m. It may be more, but unlikely to be less. On top of this will be operating expenses. Suggestions that the pipeline can be gravity-fed does not mean the water delivered is free. A gravity-fed pipeline will need to deal with frictional losses, which means the capital costs alone will be substantial. It will also need to be maintained. If there is concern about the costs associated with pumping today, remember that the cost of building a second pipeline is equivalent to 20.3 years of continuous pumping, at $27,000 per day or 16.1 years at $34,000 per day. A properly



maintained pipeline will incur costs, whether it’s gravity-fed or not. Water from either pipeline comes at a cost. Deferring pumping is a sensible financial management strategy. The trade-off has been the amenity costs of water restrictions versus the cash cost of pumping. The longer term consideration is (a) the total cost of a second pipeline and the cost of water delivered by it, compared to (b) the likely cost of periodic pumping over the existing pipeline. Paying for two pipelines when neither or just one is being used will add to the cost of living. Changing water consumption habits, behaviours and technologies would go a long way to mitigating the amenity costs. About 60% of water consumed is by the residential sector, of which between 50% and 60% goes to watering lawns. That means at least 1/3 of water consumed is for residential lawns. This isn’t sustainable, because it’s ultimately

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very expensive. New horticultural choices and landscape design remedies are possible, which demonstrate our city’s capacity to adapt to its ecological situation. In doing so, there’s no reason why we could not strive to be a global leader in dry tropic urbanism. We could also cool our city in the process, which has numerous social and economic benefits. I haven’t mentioned pricing yet, but in effect it is “free” to residents. That water has effectively no price guarantees it will be consumed wantonly. Consumers also have no real-time visibility as to how much water they are consuming. Smart meters, like those installed in Mackay, would overcome this. In Mackay, savings of 13% have been achieved after smart meters were introduced a few years ago and residents were provided access to real time consumption data (www.myh2o. Doing the same in Townsville would cost, I estimate, in the region of $6m.

Townsville can demonstrate real dry tropic urban leadership and know-how. This is an exportable capacity, with ever increasing markets globally. We can create a cooler, greener city in the dry tropics by grabbing the challenge with both hands and embracing the opportunity to change for the better. Bringing pricing into line with contemporary best practice would also make sense and help us all appreciate the value of water. Last, the urban reticulation network leaks an estimated 20% according to anecdotal information I have been provided. If this is the case, there is prima facie a strong business case for fixing the leaks first given what could be saved. RECOMMENDATIONS So, what should be done? Here’s a logical sequence of priorities: Changing consumption patterns is a much cheaper option than any other, I would suggest. A modest investment could shave 10%+ if Mackay residents’ experience is any guide. If Mackay could change for the better, there’s no reason why Townsville couldn’t. Smart meters and best practice pricing are needed. More could be done to transform water utilising appliances (eg., tap, shower heads, sprinklers) before progressively cooling the city whilst making outdoor water use even more efficient through better garden and park designs. Another 10-15% shaved without compromising quality of life is a modest target given the proportion of water that goes to watering lawns. We’d also give new life to the horticultural and nursery industry, not to mention unleash the creative talents of local landscape designers. This is permanent, structural change that can lock in new, more affordable services. Fixing a leaky network seems to be the next obvious thing. Smart meters also make this possible and cost-effective. There’s 20% saving to be achieved, forever and a day. Then, getting the existing pipeline back to full capacity would be next. That’s a 30% improvement in carrying capacity when Ross Dam does get low. If we’re concerned about costs of pumping, try installing solar + bio-oil GT generators to power the pumping and sell

into the grid when not. More energy efficient pumps may also be in order. At worse, this should be a cost neutral proposition. All of these measures should be evaluated and implemented before decisions are made to committing $200m+ to a second pipeline especially given how infrequent the existing pipeline actually has been called upon. Townsville can demonstrate real dry tropic urban leadership and know-how. This is an exportable capacity, with ever increasing markets globally. We can create a cooler, greener city in the dry tropics by grabbing the challenge with both hands and embracing the opportunity to change for the better. Wishing you all the best in your endeavours. With kind regards.

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

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As Carmichael Ford celebrates 40 years in Townsville, we chat to Dealer Principal Glen Sharp about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around the bend. Words Rachel Licciardello Photography Matthew Gianoulis

DUO Interview | Carmichael Ford 40th Anniversary

THE motoring industry is charging along the revolution highway. You can hear the changes coming around the bend, as loud as the grunt of a V8-powered Ford Mustang GT at full pelt. For Glen Sharp, Dealer Principal at Carmichael Ford Townsville and Ayr, these changes are nothing short of exciting as he nears his third decade in the industry. Technology advancements, energy efficiency, electric cars, selfdrive options and the convergence of connectivity – we have green lights all the way. “Technology has been on the fast track since I joined Carmichael Ford in 2009,” offers Glen who began his career with the Ford brand in 1990. “Customers want safety features like air bags and reverse cameras, and there’s growing interest in collision avoidance, lane-change warning, stability control, adaptive cruise and Sync3. It’s exciting to see where Ford’s heading with fuel efficiency too.” Ford’s EcoBoost engine range is highly acclaimed. The smallest 1.0-litre was the first engine to be named International Engine of the Year’s overall ‘Engine of the Year’ three times in a row, 2012–2014, and has been ‘Best Engine Under 1.0 litre’ each of the five years since it launched, due to its combination of performance and fuel efficiency. The groundbreaking ingenuity of EcoBoost is now being employed in new EcoBlue diesel engines. Today the most popular products sold through Townsville’s dealership are the legendary pony, the Ford Mustang (which only landed in Australia in 2016) and the luxury workhorse Ford Ranger (which was also Australia’s best-selling ute for 2016). Since opening in 1977 as one of Townsville’s first major car dealerships, Carmichael Ford has sold more than 50,000 vehicles from its Charters Towers Road location. The business remains in the Carmichael family, with Andrew Carmichael the senior partner, with interests from Glen and colleagues Gary Lewis and Peter McCann.

“Ford is a passionate brand; and so are the people behind it.” GLEN SHARP

“Ford is very much based on customer service, and that’s been key to the business’s longevity,” says Glen. “People used to do their research in the car yards, now they do it on their phones in front of the TV; but they still want the one-on-one interaction in making a significant purchase.”

Today, Carmichael Ford employs around 80 people, with many long-term staff including payroll manager Sandra Paravacini, who has been with the company for 38 years. It’s a reminder that the people selling on the showroom floor, servicing your vehicle and answering the phones are there as much for employment as they are for the love of the Ford products. “Mal White who runs our Ayr Service Department used to service my family’s Ford back when I was growing up in Ayr. Ford is a passionate brand; and so are the people behind it.” CONNECT NOW 4750 0500 77 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park

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DUO Business | Townsville Enterprise Limited Promotion

Our Unique Tourism Experiences Today’s traveller is looking for so much more than just a hotel room and some good food. THEY want to feel something. To be moved by something. To connect with their destination and the people within it. They’re looking for an experience. Visitors want to go beyond the typical “touristy” sights and attractions when traveling to a destination. They’re chasing that emotional feeling or personal achievement they get from engaging in unforgettable and inspiring activities. The experience must touch them emotionally and connect them with special places, people and cultures.

It’s experiences like this that catch the attention of state tourism body, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), and ones that can potentially feature in major, Australian-wide, marketing campaigns promoting our destination. The Townsville North Queensland tourism industry is about to be given a boost, as ten up and coming operators are given a helping hand from world-renowned tourism specialists. Townsville Enterprise has developed a program, in partnership with TEQ, to kick-start

local tourism operators on their journey to become a “Queensland Signature Experience”. The ten operators will take part in a program that will provide the tools, knowledge and mentorship to ensure the tourism experiences and activities they’re offering are up there with some of the best in Australia and the world. Here is just a selection of the first Signature Tourism Experience Program participants eager to elevate their visitor experience:

Visitors want to go beyond the typical touristy sights and attractions when traveling to a destination.



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BIG MAMA SAILING This unique family owned business has recently relocated to Magnetic Island after operating in Mission Beach for five years. Owners, Stu and Lisa, have made the sea-change to take advantage of Townsville’s 300 plus days of sunshine each year. Big Mama (the name of the 60 foot Ketchrigged sailing yacht) offers a memorable, customised sailing experience for up to 12 guests on day sails and up to five guests on overnight sails. Big Mama is a relaxed, friendly and homely vessel with a delightful crew, who ensure all guests are comfortable and all their individual needs are met. There are plenty of activities on offer for the active inclined, such as snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and boom netting. Or for those looking to kick back with the breeze in their hair, with only 12 guests on board, it’s easy to find room to laze in a beanbag with a good book, have a nap or keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, sea snakes and whales. Big Mama is also happy to troll a line behind while sailing, allowing guests the opportunity to catch Mackerel, Tuna or Cobia which Lisa can whip into some fresh sashimi served with her famous homemade dipping sauce. Big Mama is an extremely professional, genuine and consistent commercial sailing operation that offers all guests a truly special experience. Get in touch with Stu and Lisa today to set sail on a unique adventure you didn’t know existed in your own backyard.

MUNGALLA ABORIGINAL TOURS Mungalla Station is an experience like no other. Mungalla offers a number of tours that aim to share the rich history and culture of the Nywaigi Aboriginal culture (the traditional owners of the land) to improve the economic and social position of their people. Located just outside of Ingham, tours of Mungalla begin at the grand Mungalla Station homestead where visitors are introduced to Nywaigi Aboriginal culture. Here you can examine artefacts and try your hand at throwing a boomerang. Tours then proceed to the original homestead site where groups are introduced to James Cassady, the first European settler on Mungalla in 1882, whose family played a pivotal role in protecting the Nywaigi people. A speciality of Mungalla’s is the traditional underground cooking of assorted meats and vegetables, “Kup Murri”, which is included in the Deluxe Tour package. Camping is also available

for self-contained travellers at a cost of $10 per person per night. This is an authentic Aboriginal experience that will stay with you long after you return home and one completely unique to the Townsville North Queensland region. CO N N ECT N O W To learn more about the Signature Tourism Experience Program call Townsville Enterprise on 07 4726 2728. CRACKAJACK SPORT FISHING ADVENTURES Fishing in Queensland doesn’t get much better than off Lucinda’s scenic coastline with the breathtaking rainforests, waterfalls and rugged mountain peaks of Hinchinbrook Island as your backdrop. Whether it’s fishing for the illustrious Barramundi or Mangrove Jack in the channel or trying your hand at sport-fishing out at the reef, Crackajack provides a real fishing adventure. Experience some of the country’s most renowned locations for sport and saltwater lure fishing on one of their various, affordable, multi-day packages. Crackajack not only offers experiences for groups of family and friends, but also cater for the corporate market, with packages specifically designed for business groups. Whether you’re rewarding your employees, entertaining clients, having a family day out, or challenging your mates to reel in the whopper, Crackajack has a package to suit everyone. Go on, give it a crack.


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Receiving that first quarter power bill comes with a feeling of resignation for most Townsville residents; it’s going to be high, just deal with it.

SOLAR STORAGE SOLUTIONS 51-53 Ingham Road Townsville 4724 2779



While we try to be frugal with our electricity use sometimes it’s just not possible, which is why there are experts like the team at Solar Storage Solutions on hand to help us find effective, alternative ways to power our homes and lives. “‘Power Yourself’ is our motto!” said Noel Jago, owner of this local solar business which provides services for Townsville residents and commercial customers. “Solar with storage can be very complex when trying to figure out what size you need and what brands to trust. “We’ve been travelling the world, researching this for many years and we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. Helping people get their power bills down to zero is our goal!” Depending on your energy needs, the cost of solar kits with storage can start from as little as $82 per week with zero deposit finance available*. Noel wants everyone to know that the options for solar in their home are more than accessible; especially given electricity costs are rising again. “Over 10 years the average home can cost up to $40,000 in electricity bills so we’ve worked out you’re probably paying between 80 and 90 per cent more than you need to,” he said. “It’s my job to explain the technical side of solar to people and make people realise that you don’t have to be a technology geek to fit out your home at a cost that

is accessible to everyone. Selfconsumption is the key. It saves you power day and night!” The team at Solar Storage Solutions have the know-how to have you powering your home 24 hours a day, whatever the weather. For those looking for a simple solution to suit their household or business, Noel and his team will be able to talk you through the technical aspects of solar storage, while walking you through their impressive showroom on Ingham Road so you can see exactly what you’re buying. “A great place to start learning is to come to one of our free, in-house courses at our demonstration room on Ingham Road,” Noel revealed. “Our mini course, ‘22 Minutes to Understanding Solar and Battery Storage’ will help you make the right decision for your situation and give you a better understanding of the battery technology.”s Winter is the perfect time to buy solar with some great offers on the table, so give Noel a call on 0407 281 102 to book in for your mini-course or just for some sound solar advice. *Conditions apply. To approved applicants.

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Rosshaven Marine really needs no introduction to those whose livelihoods or recreational habits have anything to do with the maritime industry.

ROSSHAVEN MARINE 17–19 Sandspit Drive Townsville Marine Precinct Port of Townsville 07 4772 6392

On the local scene since 1985, Rosshaven Marine employs teams of experts who specialise in all your standard seafaring services, including a full haul and hardstand facility equipped to move and repair marine vessels of all shapes and sizes from all around the world. General Manager Chris Helps, who’s been with the company for 10 years, boasts Rosshaven has the “finest haul out repair facility and chandlery in North Queensland”. “We have a highly skilled team of permanent employees who are marine fitters and mechanics, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, shipwrights, painters, engineers and labourers,” Chris listed. “Our chandlery is second to none here in Townsville. If you think a product is hard to find, we’ll find it for you. We have access to a huge network of suppliers which can source products for the best price from all around the country.” After more than 40 years in the marine industry, Chris took the helm of Rosshaven Marine in 2007 when it was still part-owned by Sir Michael Curtin, helping the company navigate their move to the Townsville Marine Precinct development four years later.

Chris explains that Rosshaven Marine constantly upgrades its services to keep fully abreast of the latest advances in the industry. “Our ability to continue to provide the north’s most efficient marine service and maintenance facility is what keeps our clients coming back,” he stated. “Our accreditation encompasses repairs and maintenance to commercial, fishing, military and recreational vessels. Our state-of-art premises within Townsville’s marine precinct is also a good drawcard. People know where we are and know that our qualified staff will have the right advice and service suggestions for their vessel.” You can browse for Rosshaven’s complete range of marine products, latest deals and hardware for recreational and commercial use at their online shop. Just go to the ‘Marketplace’ page on their website. The team are also happy to take your call to help you with whatever you need for your next marine-related project.

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The destination of our skin is a lifelong journey, which is why we leave the treatment of our body’s largest asset in the hands of the professionals.

TOWNSVILLE INJECTABLE & LASER CLINIC Shop 154, Castletown Shopping Centre Hyde Park 07 4772 7214 THE BEAUTY HUB ON FLINDERS 209 Flinders Street East, Townsville 07 4772 2644



Treatments in skin rejuvenation are constantly evolving, with a host of new advancements in skin care becoming available to us at a rapid rate. And while it can be a bit of a maze to most of us, the friendly and knowledgeable team at Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic are your local skin specialists! “We are here to help you make an informed decision about your skin regime and treatments that are individually prescribed specifically for you,” said Irene Vassilakos, owner of Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic. “Combined, our team has 36 years of experience in the medical aesthetics, injectables and laser industry and are passionate about giving you the desired results. “Our team work with the client’s desires and goals to create prescriptive plans that work for their particular skin type. Our knowledge of skin physiology and associated skin care is always up-to-date with the most current trends. Treatments are carried out by qualified professionals who are skilled in the latest techniques.” From acne treatments, anti-wrinkle injections, sweating issues, skin concerns and laser hair removal, Irene said they have numerous

treatments available to refresh your appearance and boost your confidence. “Our dermal fillers are a great way to enhance facial features with natural-looking results,” Irene explained. “A face-to-face consultation with a doctor is required by government regulations on a yearly basis for all dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections prior to treatment. These consultations are complimentary with our doctor.” All consultations with the clinic’s therapists are complimentary and are designed to help clients make an informed decision about their skin care regime and associated treatments. “First and foremost, we like for our clients to enjoy their experience and not be rushed, overwhelmed or daunted,” Irene concluded. The Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic’s Castletown clinic is open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and their sister salon, The Beauty Hub on Flinders, is now open from 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and until 3.30 pm on Saturdays.

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HELP AT HAND FOR UPPER LIMB SUFFERERS Anyone who’s had a hand injury knows that the pain can be debilitating thanks to the large density of nerves there, not to mention the inconvenience of not being able to go about your daily tasks with ease.

HELPING HANDS TOWNSVILLE, AYR, INGHAM 38 Fulham Road Pimlico 4755 2337 Suite 2/50 North Shore Boulevard 4755 2378 Ayr and Ingham 4755 2337 ArmClinic

Thanks to specialists like the team at Helping Hands: Arm, Wrist and Hand Clinic, upper limb injuries can be treated promptly, locally and with expertise so patients can get on top of their pain and get back to full function. Stacey Jackson is one of eight upper limb therapists at Helping Hands who are miracle workers when it comes to treating hand, wrist and arm injuries. There since they opened their doors 11 years ago, she’s seen the original practice grow from its small team of three dedicated therapists to the multi-clinic facility that it is today, servicing the region from Townsville to Ingham and Ayr. “I have been so lucky to watch the clinic grow over the years to what it is today and I am so proud of what Helping Hands offers the region,” Stacey said. “The team includes seven occupational therapists and one physiotherapist who are able to assess, diagnose and treat upper limb conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. We also work closely with GPs and hand surgeons both locally and nationally to enhance both pre-and post-operative outcomes; ensuring our patients return to full capacity as quick as possible.” Stacey’s impressive resume includes an Honours degree in

Occupational Therapy from JCU, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Hand Therapy from Monash University and most recently, full membership status with the Australian Hand Therapy Association, which is the highest national recognition in the field. Heading up the team at Helping Hands, she’s determined to make their services accessible to anyone in need of upper limb rehabilitation. “We’ve often treated whole families over the years for differing conditions; from a grandparent with an arthritic hand, to a teenager with a sporting injury and dad who injured himself at work. We find that once people know about us and experience our dedication to providing the highest level of care for all our patients, that they tend to come back as well as tell everyone they know.” You don’t need a referral to see the team at Helping Hands and they offer same day appointments for urgent cases such as fractures and dislocations. You can also manage your bookings online 24 hours a day or download their new app. Search for ‘Helping Hands Clinic’ and download on your smart phone to book appointments at their Pimlico, North Shore, Ayr or Ingham clinics. DUOMagazine June 2017


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TAPPING INTO TOWNSVILLE’S TINY TALENT It’s overwhelmingly obvious when speaking with Tracey Osmond that you’d struggle to find anyone quite as passionate as her when it comes to teaching singing, performance and confidence.

THE VOICE (AND LITTLE VOICE) SINGING SCHOOL Diprose Street Pimlico 0419 643 647



With a professional singing career spanning 30 years and a Masters in Music Studies (vocal pedagogy), Tracey created a specialised contemporary voice and performance school in 1998. The Voice Singing School was such a success in Townsville, she was inspired to develop The Little Voice Singing School, catering for the city’s two to five-year-old age group. “There was such a demand from parents looking for quality toddler to pre-prep singing/music groups it was obvious it was time to expand the school,” Tracey explained. “The success of both businesses is built on the love of doing what we do and the professional way that we do it. Many of our students have been here long term so we become part of their life journey.” Tracey recruited a group of early learning specialists to complement her vast musical experience, making The Little Voice program the perfect balance of singing, movement, games and activities while discovering a love of music. “Our teachers love children and music and have been specifically trained in all key areas of ‘The Early

Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being, and Becoming’”, Tracey said. “Day care centres around Townsville have also begun inquiring about The Little Voice Singing School and we are thrilled to see our program being implemented as a part of their weekly schedules.” The Voice also has many other specialised areas including confidence coaching, guitar lessons and sessions in their own recording studio. “With weekly team training and trips down south to vocal workshops, we are constantly striving to offer students the highest level of voice education, producing confident, well-equipped singers who are able to realise their potential both on and off the stage.” You can book in a ‘little voice’ for a trial session with Tracey and her team by emailing

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NORTHERN SEA SAFARI A MUST DO If you’re of the belief that your database of ‘touristy things to do’ when visitors are in town has been exhausted, here’s one option you may not have considered.

AFFORDABLE CHARTERS GROUP 1 The Strand, Townsville 4810 07 4700 2099

Affordable Charters Group has been operating on the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville for more than 20 years and over the past few, have been expanding their mecca of marine experiences to include day tours. Sales Manager Joanna Stewart said while they still offer the staple services of their vessel fleet complete with highly-qualified skippers and dive supervisors, their gradual growth has resulted in some exciting eco-tourism experiences for the whole family to enjoy. “Our whale-watching tours are a must do, whether you’re showing some out-of-towners the sights or you just want something awesome to do with your family,” Joanna explained. “Our safari-style expeditions let you get up close and personal with some of the most magnificent animals on our planet, like the humpback whale. The best thing is it’s just a short trip north to Lucinda for a short boat ride to the Palm Islands which is a hotspot for humpbacks and plenty of other marine life.” Affordable Charters is owned and operated by a marine biologist and all the group’s skippers and guides are industry experts with an intimate knowledge of the Reef environment and a passion to share all of its wonder with you.

After coming to Australia from the United States six years ago to complete his masters degree in marine biology at JCU, skipper Chris Mirbach has been ‘working’ with the local tour group and this year will be his third season running their whale-watching tours. “My job is thrilling and different every day,” Chris boasts. “A few years ago we were near Orpheus Island when a mother and calf humpback whale surfaced only metres from our boat. They are very inquisitive animals and since this experience I have found that they often come to check us out. I will never get tired of seeing a majestic 14 metre-long humpback whale jump clear out of the water!” No more than six people can book for an Affordable Charters trip which makes it a more exclusive, harmonious experience for everyone involved; whether it is bearing witness to the majesty of these amazing mammals as they make their annual migration to warmer waters, snorkeling in the stunning sheltered bays of Orpheus Island or diving the world-famous SS Yongala. The cost for adults is $195 and $95 for children aged six to sixteen. Prices include a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, stinger suits, sun screen and spray jackets. The best way to book is via their website www. DUOMagazine June 2017


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MISS MACIE BRINGS A TOUCH OF NOSTALGIA We all crave a touch of the simple life some days. It’s oh-so-nice to take a step back in time, and take in your surroundings at a pace that defies our busy, modern-day schedules.




Unique to Townsville and our beautiful region Miss Macie, the fifties-styled pop-up bar, espresso coffee and catering caravan no doubt creates the point of difference you are looking for at your next event. From providing specialty catering and bar service for weddings, to delectable sweets for kitchen teas and baby showers, or simply just to capture the audience at your next corporate event combined with quality espresso coffee and tea service, you will fall in love with this custom-made vintage caravan, built from wood and created with love. Melinda Argent, creator of Miss Macie, has a passion to provide personalised, oldfashioned quality service to uniquely cater for any event. “Whilst Miss Macie is a regular on the morning coffee circuit, her great looks and classic style allows her to easily convert to a go-anywhere event van sure to capture your attention,” Melinda said. “The name was inspired by my daughter Macie and with the support of my husband David and extended family, Miss Macie Coffee & Events was born! She’s the pop-up caravan bar with heart! “Miss Macie is very versatile,” Melinda continued. “Being custom made gives her the flexibility to cater a complete

package and ensure every event is its own by offering personalised service with ease, also tailoring to gourmet platters and grazing tables, drink ware, and props.” Melinda moved to Townsville from Sydney 20 years ago and like so many others fell in love with the North Queensland lifestyle and of course, the people. After working in a government department for the last 18 years, she was more than ready for a new creative challenge. “With the many creative avenues available people are looking for something different. We wanted to introduce a new character not just to Townsville but to the region,” Melinda said. “We take great pride in being part of the North Queensland community and we recognise that its strength is its people. We’re working with many local small businesses to supply us with their quality products. We’ve also established a network of venue locations to support any event, such as the National Trust of Australia (QLD) Heritage Centre Townsville used for our DUO Magazine photo shoot. These connections have been invaluable in the establishment of Miss Macie.” Jump online to follow Miss Macie’s travels around town or to book for your next special occasion.

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Like wine and cheese, champagne and caviar; JBD and diamonds just go together.

JEWELLERY BY DESIGN CASTLETOWN DIAMOND CENTRE Shop 123 Castletown Shoppingworld 07 4772 1001

“Diamonds are our specialty,” stated Bevan Hill, Business Manager of Jewellery By Design at Castletown. “Our large range of loose diamonds in store allows for customers to personally select their diamond to be made into jewellery; whether it’s an engagement ring, signature piece for yourself or gift for someone else, we can provide the knowledge, design service and products for customers all in the one store.” JBD is Townsville’s only trademarked Antwerp Diamond Broker; in other words, they source their loose diamonds from Antwerp in Belgium, aka the diamond capital of the world. With approximately 84% of the world’s rough diamonds passing through the Antwerp diamond district, this gives them access to the best of the best, while maintaining a conflictfree diamond stance under the Kimberley process. “We buy our diamonds at the best price, which in turn can be retailed with similar affordability onto our customers,” Bevan explained. “In addition to this, we stock a wide range of Pink Kimberley Diamonds and Australian Chocolate Diamonds, also known as champagne diamonds, sourced from the Australian Argyle Diamond mines in the Kimberley.” Bevan is no stranger to the jewellery industry. For the past 30 years he’s worked in both the

retail and wholesale spheres for pearl, diamond and jewellery importers. After meeting JBD’s owner Jamie McGeachie in a professional capacity eight years ago, he took an opportunity with the store to help expand the business. “I’m proud of what we have built here and our success shows with the various awards that have passed through the JBD doors in retail, marketing and jewellery industries on the national and international stages,” Bevan highlighted. “Not only are our in-house jewellers’ specialists, we ensure that our entire team are trained with the best diamond knowledge. We’re locally owned and support the Townsville region on a variety of different levels. We make a point of personalising our service, which is essential to a city of this size where word of mouth carries great value.” JBD’s qualified, in-house jewellers specialise in custommade jewellery, restoration work and jewellery repairs which means as a customer, you’re part of your jewellerymaking process from its design beginnings to dazzling finish. Drop in any time to speak to Bevan and the team about looking after your precious piece.

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With decades of accounting and valuation experience behind them, the team at BRI Ferrier has a deep understanding of the challenges and trends effecting North Queensland businesses.

BRI FERRIER TOWNSVILLE Level 1, 19 Stanley Street Townsville 07 4755 3302



BRI Ferrier comprises a national network of advisors who provide a range of services to regionallybased businesses in need of guidance through change and surety of their continued financial health. “We understand the many pressures that can push businesses over the edge and if engaged early enough, we also know how to turn the situation around and give the right assistance,” BRI Principal Robert Humphreys explained. “Our business recovery and turnaround management services emphasise renewal and positive change, to help them take stock, reassess, plan and rebuild.” Since joining the firm in 2002, Robert has become an insolvency expert with a keen understanding of the region’s issues and its associated economic challenges. He’s now a regional specialist renowned for affording corporate recovery services to a wide range of industries. “I see clients daily dealing with financial difficulties and the pressures they face often impact upon their personal lives,” Robert stated. “We find holistic, workable solutions to remedy their financial difficulties. There is a sense of reward when a client enters our office in difficulty and leaves with a plan for the future.” Together with colleague Moira Carter, also a registered

liquidator with more than 20 years’ experience in the insolvency industry, the BRI Ferrier team has the extensive local knowledge to tackle any economic challenges facing the region’s businesses. “I get immense satisfaction from being able to provide our clients with an outcome that is commercially sound and achievable,” Moira said. “People often become overwhelmed trying to cope with a multitude of financial pressures and I assist them in clarifying all the factors and weighing up the various alternatives available to them. My guidance is tailored for each client, whether it involves our services or not.” BRI Ferrier’s services extend to a wide range of industries iconic to the region such as tourism and hospitality including major resorts, cafes, restaurants and clubs. Robert said their initial consultation is free of charge and should be considered by all businesses regardless of their current financial situation. “Be proactive, not reactive; a proactive business owner never takes their finger off the pulse,” he stated. “A successful business is one where the owners are continually monitoring all aspects of the business and adapting to economic and social circumstances.” Their initial consultation can be held personally, by telephone or e-mail.

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NEW SOLUTIONS ENHANCE TRAINING SPECIALIST The employment landscape has changed dramatically over the past two decades with investment in human resources a precarious practice that employers are becoming more reluctant to want to undertake on their own.

TORGAS TOWNSVILLE 439 Bayswater Road Garbutt 07 4759 0000

That’s where TORGAS comes in… For more than 30 years, TORGAS has been the largest employer of apprentices and trainees in the region. By matching their skilled apprentices and trainees with host businesses looking to navigate the minefield that is the recruitment process, the team at TORGAS, lead by General Manager Bronwyn Wheldon, is leading the way in this sector. “We’re always looking for opportunities to increase employment of young people in the north and I am extremely grateful to work with the dream team – people who are as dedicated, enthusiastic and committed to this region as I am,” Bronwyn said. “I am fortunate enough to lead this organisation that can directly impact on the very current issue of employment and employability.” As a mother of three, Bronwyn is acutely aware of the issues facing our younger generations looking to enter the workforce. As the General Manager of one of the largest industry-backed employers of apprentices and trainees in this region, she’s also aware of what her clients’ changing requirements are. “To better meet the workforce demands of business in the Townsville region, TORGAS has expanded its services to include labour hire,” Bronwyn explained. “While apprenticeships and traineeships remain our core

business, it’s important that we recognise the needs of our host businesses. Labour hire candidates are identified early on in our extensive recruitment process so there is a constant stream available for short or long term positions.” TORGAS is a community minded, not-for-profit organisation which currently works with more than 240 diverse businesses, large and small, blue and white collar. TORGAS candidates are now available to any host business looking to employ in industries like automotive, engineering, aviation, construction, printing, horticulture, retail, hospitality, business administration, health and community services. Furthermore, TORGAS can help the host business find out what incentives they may be eligible for if they take on one of their apprentices or trainees. “We see a great depth of talent and skills that are being developed in our region,” Bronwyn stated. “It’s exciting to see our past and present trainees and apprentices contributing in our local communities and sometimes becoming host businesses themselves. Also, to work with a great team and with a group of like-minded businesses that will ensure the prosperity of this region into the future.”

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In times of crises, there are a myriad of experts who we turn to for advice and one of these is usually a lawyer.

SHINE LAW YERS TOWNSVILLE 24/28 Ross River Road Mundingburra 07 4431 2300



The recognisable and reputable brand that is Shine Lawyers has become a legal stalwart in the Townsville community. Its team of compensation law specialists pride themselves on standing up for ‘the little guy’ and making sure those in need have access to quality legal advice and guidance. The Townsville team, headed by Principal and Branch Manager Garreth Turner, has fought tirelessly for hundreds of local and Queensland based clients in their time of need, and when they haven’t been able to fight the big insurance companies on their own. “We deal with the most simple, to the most complex of claims ensuring that maximum compensation is achieved for our clients. Making a difference in someone’s life and representing people in times of need is most rewarding.” Garreth joined Shine Lawyers Townsville in 2008, having previously practiced in general litigation. After working for a number of years in the firm’s Brisbane-based Major Claims Department, he now leads this local team of highperforming, community-minded legal experts. Colleague and Principal Kathryn Rayner is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and is well known in the Townsville legal community, with more than 23 years’ experience practicing in plaintiff litigation. Sarah Sarinas joined Shine

in 2011 and was appointed to the position of Associate in 2015. Sarah’s legal knowledge, pragmatic approach and empathy for her clients is unrivaled as evidenced by her consistent high achievements. The lawyers and their support team at Shine are experts in Compensation Law and consistently rank among the firm’s highest performers, in terms of the outstanding outcomes they’ve secured for their clients. “We’re not a general law practice. Instead, we specialise in this area of law only. We progress our clients’ claims quickly, with the most advanced and professional systems and procedures, ensuring our clients the best outcomes,” Garreth explained. “At Shine, we offer a no win, no fee service to all our clients, and welcome enquiries. All clients are provided a face-to-face appointment and assessment with an expert lawyer and there is no charge should it be determined they don’t have a viable claim.” Not only are they experts in the law, the entire Townsville team work tirelessly in the local community. The team foster close relationships with various local clubs, associations and charitable organisations and are proud major sponsors of the North Queensland Cowboys. Let Shine Lawyers Townsville guide you through the complexities of the legal process with clear, easy to understand advice and stressfree, friendly service.

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It’s comforting to know you’re in expert hands when it comes to your health, which is why A&I Physio Rehab Clinic is one of Townsville’s leading physiotherapy practices.

A&I PHYSIO REHAB CLINIC 51 Fulham Road Pimlico 4727 1400 43 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan 4799 1500

Physiotherapist Josh Pollock and Clinical Exercise Physiologist Brian Hielbronn are two valuable members of the qualified team at A&I Physio, where it’s their mission to minimise their clients’ recovery times and have them back to peak performance as soon as humanly possible. As the treating physiotherapist for both perioperative and post-operative surgical rehabilitation, it’s JCU graduate Josh’s job to work closely with local orthopaedic surgeons and provide comprehensive therapy for his patients that sees them right through to end of their healing process. “I also have an interest in sports-related injuries, treating many local sports people through their chronic injuries and returning them to optimum function through activities like Pilates, hydrotherapy, gym workouts and stretching programs,” Josh explained. “Throughout my studies, I’ve also completed a Pilates Mat work course, a Sports Physio Trainer course and a course in dry needling.” New to the A&I team but not at all lacking in credentials, Brian is an accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. One of only three Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association accredited coaches in Townsville, Brian is also a Clinical Educator at JCU clinic where he instructs,

examines and mentors third and fourth year Exercise Physiology students. Brian’s passion and talent lies in treating elite athletes and those with an active lifestyle to help increase their performance to achieve their goals. Oh, and did we mention he’s the current powerlifting coach and sports scientist for the Australian Invictus Games Team? “I’ll also be competing in adaptive sports against numerous other nations in Toronto later this year,” Brian revealed. “I’m a strong believer in a holistic approach to health, where each component benefits the other in a symbiotic fashion. I’m also a strong advocate for challenging oneself daily to improve functionality, mentality and achieving a full range of motion every day.”

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It goes without saying that our extremities are the most used and abused parts of our body, which is why when we injure them, making a full recovery quickly is of the upmost importance.

ADVANCED HEALTH & HAND THERAPY A&I Physio 51 Fulham Road Pimlico 07 4727 1400 Tully Medical Centre 10 Watkins Street Tully



Julie Condon and her team of occupational therapists at Advanced Health & Hand Therapy have probably been privy to every kind of hand injury known to man and child, so when it comes to treating your incapacitation, they’re sure to have a stylised therapy at the ready. “We understand the value of your hands and arms in everyday life!” Julie exclaimed. “I know firsthand in fact. When I was younger I sustained a finger amputation as the result of a burn so believe me, you can be assured that we’ll do our absolute best to get you back to doing the things you love doing… and need to do!” Advanced Health & Hand Therapy offers a range of therapeutic techniques for clients with oedema, fractures, dislocations, tennis elbows, arthritis and even techniques that help improve your grip strength. Julie said their treatment regime is all encompassing, with complimentary medical reports supplied throughout the whole process and personalised service designed to meet your recovery goals. “You can be confident when you come to see us that your therapist is up to date with the most innovative treatment options,” Julie stated.

“I’ve worked with some of Australia’s leading hand surgeons and my ongoing relationships with them has enabled me to introduce some really effective therapies for our clients here in Townsville. It’s important to me that people in North Queensland are able to access the same level of health as those in metropolitan areas.” Julie said all their treatment programs are custom designed for the client and no one person will have the same as another. “When a client sees me for the first time we go through what is important to them and what they want to be able to use their hands for, but that is causing them pain or limiting them in some way,” she stated. “We then work out treatment goals that we refer to throughout their journey to ensure we are achieving what they want to achieve.” You can make an appointment to see Julie or one of her specialists at her Townsville clinic or if you live a bit further north, she’s available for consultation in Tully as well.

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ACHIEVE THE PERFECT FIT THROUGH CUSTOMISED SKINCARE Like any other part of our body, skin responds to care and attention and proper treatment can go a long way in slowing the ageing process or tending to common issues.


For your FREE SKIN CONSULTATION with Susan call 4772 2848 today. Appointment required. The free consultation is limited to 10 minutes available in June 2017

When it comes to buying skincare products we’re often compartmentalised by the few categories that are offered up for us to try and fit ourselves into, which is why more people are turning to custom made brands to look after their body’s first line of defence. Skin expert and multi-award winning pharmacist Susan Samimi has used her curative credentials to create the Neesà range of skincare products, which can be personalised to suit the individual needs of her clients who want to give their skin the healthier and younger look it deserves. Her products and services are certainly unique to Townsville and there are very few people in Australia who have done what Susan has. “Customisation means formulating and producing a fresh preparation from scratch; made to address your specific requirements in a way that offthe- shelf products can’t,” she said. “You are unique and so is your skin, so why use a massproduced product when you can have products designed specifically for your skin and your needs?” Susan posed the question. Neesà customised creams and serums are cost-effective, contain generous amount of marine peptides, Vitamin C, pro Vitamin A, sodium hyaluronate Vitamin B3 and many other

cosmeceutical ingredients. Susan listed the advantages of customising to include: • More effective product due to the freshness of preparation • Less preservatives • No oxidisation of certain ingredients like Vitamin C • R ight combination of ingredients for effective transdermal absorption based on your skin type • Use of ingredients that may cause allergies can be avoided. “We have had great success helping people reduce sagging and depth of wrinkles, signs of ageing and also treating common skin problems like blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, acne, acne scarring, rosacea, psoriasis and other skin conditions,” Susan explained. “However, it’s not just about dabbing on a cream, it’s about treating you from inside out. Stress, inflammation and disease all affect the appearance of the skin.” Susan will assess the underlying cause of your skin problem and formulate the solution just for you. She works closely with dermatologists, doctors and aestheticians to effectively treat clients with difficult and diverse skin problems who have presented to her, with extremely positive results.

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A lot of us are already doing it, most of us want to do it, but why aren’t we ALL doing it?

THE PRECINCT FRESH MARKET Precinct Shopping Complex THE WILLOWS FRESH MARKET & DELI Willows Shopping Centre 0475 243 056



It’s no big secret. Buying local is better! And with places like the Fresh Market sourcing and selling seasonal local produce, putting our hard-earned dollars back into the community has never been easier. Owner and manager of the Precinct and Willows Fresh Markets Luke Miles believes everyone should get on board the provincial produce train for the benefit of the whole region. “We specialise in sourcing as many local grown seasonal fresh produce lines as possible and strive to support our local farmers and keep the local economy growing,” Luke stated. “By buying direct from local farmers, we’re able to let the fresh produce ripen on the plant and decrease food miles, which ensures farmers are paid a fair price for their hard work and the produce has a better shelf life and flavour. It also means value for money for our customers.” Luke has been in the industry since he left high school with more than 15 years’ experience in sourcing local produce. He opened his first outlet at the Precinct three years ago and to his amazement and delight, discovered a high demand for both his retail and wholesale services. “We couldn’t have asked for a better response from the community, so we took the opportunity to expand to a second Fresh Market, adding two more wholesale delivery

trucks servicing Townsville and surrounding areas,” Luke explained. “The Willows Fresh Market and Deli is now up and running and proving very popular since opening a few months ago. I’ve even got my parents out of retirement to help me out. Mum, Jeanette, is behind the scenes on the books and my dad Mike runs a delivery truck to the restaurants and out to the farms to pick up our produce.” Now employing more than 40 staff across both locations, including family, the Fresh Market specialises in local fruit, vegetables, natural fresh juices and smoothies with no additives, nuts and honey, as well as a selection of Paleo and specialty grocery products. “Our new deli sections at Willows stocks a wide variety of Australian small goods and selected cheeses and a wide variety of products that can help make a nutritious meal quick and easy,” Luke said. “We like to get to know our customers and stock the specific products they ask for; even by getting our farmers to adjust what they grow to meet their needs. Personalised service is what we’re all about and encouraging people to buy local and eat fresh. We’re open seven days a week; The Precinct from 7.30am and The Willows from 8.30am.”

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2 Mercedes-Benz Townsville Mercedes Trophy Golf Day 2017 Willows Golf Club Josephine Carter Photography Mercedes-Benz Townsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual event saw a great turn-out with over 60 players participating at the Willows Golf Course. Congratulations to the winner, Adrian Pertile, who will now compete in the National Final at Sanctuary Cove this month.


1. George Gianoulis, Peter Anderson 2. Victor Kisten-Reddy, Desigan Kisten-Reddy 3. Joe Gedoun, Sam Patel 4. Ray, Maria Thwaite and Andrew Thwaite 5. Pat Ernst, Adrian Pascoe 6. Kev Ireland, John Johnson 7. Gail Mackay, Nora Andersen, Gayle Kirkwood.


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The Fabulous Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wine Society brought Emma Raidis, from Raidis Estate, back to Townsville by popular demand at this event. Emma and her wines are a local favourite and ladies lucky enough to attend this sell-out soiree enjoyed sipping on eight of their new releases over a five-course dinner at The Pier.

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1. Angela Dickeson, Emma Radis 2. Alison Cooper, Karen Sharp 3. Linda Morris, Lesley Sterritt 4. Whitney James, Jessica Croese 5. Kate Marsdem, Cassie Chapman, Rebecca Frendon 6. Marcelle and Janette Quantrill 7. Karina Deniet, Anna Grimley, Cora Segal 8. Debbie Collins, Gail Toombs 9. Virginia Welsh, Andi Mahne 10. Lisa Turner, Tracey Williams.








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JAM celebrated its seventh birthday with a seven-course champagne degustation over two days with a Saturday night dinner and Sunday luncheon. Guests enjoyed a memorable line-up of French champagnes and a menu carefully designed for the event.


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1. Jason Trim, Nicole St Cloud and Lachlan St Cloud-Trim 2. Tina Clark, Andrea Wade 3. Cindy Strano, Alyson Coleman, Michael Devlin 4. Richard Pearson, Kim Baker 5. Mike and Imogen Boggild, Rachael and Richard White 6. Ally Harris, Anita Bellamy 7. Paul Abercrombie, Andrea and Alan Boles, Matthew Merrin 8. Carly Veitch, Pam Abraham 9. Sharon Bailey, Delvene Laws 10. Bayden Sales, Robert Strano, Geoff Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor.

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Burdekin Race Club Peter Peach Photography Patrons travelled from all corners of Queensland to attend the Blue Ribbon Burdekin Growers Race Day, the Burdekinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social event of the year. Another outstanding success despite the deluge of rain falling prior. Local racing was abandoned but it did not deter thousands attending to enjoy the iconic program of events.

1. Laura McKee, Rosie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien 2. Kristy Vass, Rachel Romeo 3. Holly Gudge, Jodie Levitt, Taylor Reents 4. Erilnda Nunn 5. Dimitri Belke, Lillan Hahn 6. Amy and Allie Cranitch 7. Chantel Michielin, Shannon Musumeci 8. Bridget Minuzzo, Emma Montafia 9. Gabby Dal Santo, Chiara Pontarelli 10. Peta Johnson, Sherin Dibella, Katelyn Lucey.






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Townsville Jaguar Land Rover Showroom Opening Townsville Jaguar Land Rover Josephine Carter Photography


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As well as checking out Jaguar Land Roverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new showroom facilities, guests of this event were treated to an exclusive look at the all-new Discovery for the first time in North Queensland. The new showroom provides a fitting showcase for Jaguar Land Roverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxury vehicle line-up.

1. Daniel, Lucy and Jenny Jackson 2. Merrilee and Tony Ireland 3. Chris Bonner, Roger and Jane Maccallum 4. Ayu and James Bateman 5. Cormac Cafolla, Perry McDonald 6. Donald and Jane Smit 7. Gerrish, Jason and Justin Burstow 8. Maree, Gill and Damon Christiansen 9. Conroy and Jo Ganderton 10. Ruth and Bob Parker.





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Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club 90th Annual Presentation Dinner The Surf Club Josephine Carter Photography The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club celebrated the end of their patrol season at their 90th Annual Presentation Dinner. Life members, sponsors, active members and friends of the club were all invited to celebrate as the annual awards were handed out.


3 1. Caitlyn, Elizabeth and Bethany Heyer 2. Lyndsay Miller, Anita Penny, Kari Miller 3. Kerri and Jason Wells 4. Darrin and Lucy Bragg 5. Casey and Robbie Chalkley 6. Ashlee, Natalee and Hunter Keen 7. Morgen Place, Jenny and Kristen Heery 8. Michael Hardy, Gary Gage 9. Peter Muller, Julie and Darrin Bragg 10. Karren and Craig Bennett, Cynthia Dibartolo.








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




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

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

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


WILD GOOSE BREWS & CHEWS The Goose vision is simple, kick back and relax and have a gander around. Dismiss the worries of your day at our convenient locations on Flinders St East. Have a laugh or two and enjoy great gastropub food made with only the freshest ingredients. Drop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy great daily specials plus a great selection of wines, draught beer and cocktails that are sure to give you goose bumps. Wild Goose Brews & Chews is also perfect for your next function or event with 3 spaces to choose from. Open 7 days a week. Monday 3pm-1am Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-1am Saturday-Sunday 3pm-1am 137 Flinders St East. 4771 2799



Aqua is Townsville’s most popular buffet, open daily for breakfast and dinner. Kick-start your day with a classic buffet breakfast offering everything from eggs cooked to order, grilled bacon, sausages, tomatoes, hash browns, fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, fresh juices and more. For dinner, Aqua provides a relaxed atmosphere any day of the week and features fresh seafood, soups, hearty roast meats, delicious pastas and decadent desserts. Open 7 days for breakfast and dinner. For more information visit or for bookings call 4722 2261.







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

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


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



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



DUO Recipe | A Whole New Way to Eat


20 minutes, plus overnight soaking

In my teenage years, I spent my summer holidays in Greece where I got to eat the most incredible food, all made with quality seasonal ingredients. I loved the Greek lemon chicken soup: this dish is based on that flavour combination and served with farro and greens to make a substantial meal. 200 g (7 oz/1 cup) farro (spelt) 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) olive oil 4 chicken Marylands (leg quarters), about 1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) total 1/3 cup garlic cloves, finely chopped 500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) Bone Broth (see page 99) or Nourishing Vegie & Potato Broth (see page 95) 80 ml (2½ fl oz/1/3 cup) lemon juice ½ teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper 1½ tablespoons finely chopped sage leaves ¼ cup thyme leaves, plus a little extra to serve 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 large handfuls rocket (arugula) 1 teaspoon lemon zest Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

• Put the farro in a bowl, cover with cold water and soak overnight. • The following day, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). • Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Cook the chicken until golden all over. Remove and set aside Add the garlic to the same pan and stir for 1–2 minutes until golden. Drain the farro and add to the pan with the chicken, broth and 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) of water. Bring to the boil, and then add the lemon juice, salt, pepper and herbs and stir to combine. Cover the pan with a lid or foil and bake for 40–50 minutes until the farro is tender. • Remove the pan from the oven and gently stir the egg through the farro. Bake, uncovered, for another 10 minutes or until the egg is creamy but not scrambled. Remove from the oven and fold the rocket and lemon zest through. Sprinkle with the extra thyme and a drizzle of olive oil and serve immediately.



Cooking: 1 hour



NOURISHING VEGIE & POTATO BROTH Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 2½ hours 3 celery stalks 3 carrots, unpeeled 3 sebago potatoes, scrubbed 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 bunch kale stalks 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 large pieces kombu 1 leek, halved and sliced 1 sweet potato (about 400 g/14 oz), scrubbed and quartered 100 g (3½ oz) dried shiitake mushrooms 1 tablespoon white (shiro) miso, to serve • Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan or stockpot. Add about 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) of water or a little more if necessary, making sure the ingredients are well covered. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible and cook for 2 hours. Strain and discard the solids. • Serve ladled into four bowls, topped with a teaspoon of miso in each bowl. • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze in small containers for up to 3 months. NOTE: Potatoes are great in broths for gut health. Shiitake mushrooms provide immunity and miso is fermented for further gut-health benefits.

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Recipes and Images from A Whole New Way to Eat by Vladia Cobrdova (Murdoch Books).

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DUO Recipe | A Whole New Way to Eat


Preparation: 35 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes



Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu plum is Australia’s star superfood. They have exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties.

• Preheat the oven to 160°C. Lightly grease a 30 x 12 x 10 cm (12 x 4½ x 4 inch) loaf (bar) tin and line it with baking paper, leaving the sides overhanging.

6 eggs

• Use an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to whisk the eggs and honey for 5 minutes or until well combined. Add the coconut oil and vanilla bean paste and whisk for another 2–3 minutes until well combined.

115 g (4 oz/1/3 cup) honey 80 ml (2½ fl oz/1/3 cup) melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 65 g (2½ oz/½ cup) coconut flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 100 g (3½ oz/1 cup) almond meal 35 g (1¼ oz/½ cup) shredded coconut KAKADU JAM 170 g (6 oz) raspberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted 50 g (1¾ oz/¼ cup) coconut sugar 1 tablespoon Kakadu plum (salty plum) powder, or use the zest of 1 orange 45 g (1½ oz/¼ cup) chia seeds 2 tablespoons coconut water CACAO FROSTING 40 g (1½ oz/¼ cup) coconut oil

• Combine the coconut flour, baking powder and almond meal in a separate bowl. Gently fold into the egg mixture until just combined, then spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. • Meanwhile, to make the jam, combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set. • To make cacao frosting, put the coconut oil in a frying pan with 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) of water and cook over low heat until the oil melts. Add the cacao powder and coconut cream and stir for 2 minutes or until combined. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. • Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Spread with jam and drizzle with the frosting. Scatter with shredded coconut.

55 g (2 oz/½ cup) cacao powder 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) coconut cream

Recipes and Images from A Whole New Way to Eat by Vladia Cobrdova (Murdoch Books).

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Suburb: Cranbrook. AKA: Charles, Gugs. I’m renowned for: Being a family person. I love my family. I also love my friends – like my basketball friends, my tuckshop friends and my work friends – they are all like family to me. Also being related to half of Townsville, and knowing the other half. Only a local would know… the best spot on Magnetic Island is sitting under the jetty at Picnic Bay. My most memorable holiday was… any of my overseas holidays to Maggie, starting with the ones we had when I was a kid. Still love going there. Right now I wish I was… laying in my hammock at, you guessed it, my Maggie Island home. My favourite day is: Wednesday because it’s the night my kids come home for dinner – that is, when they are not living overseas. The biggest influence in my life was: My parents. They were working class people who surrounded me and my siblings with love. I especially remember my early days of playing rep basketball. When I look back now, I know money would have been tight for my parents but I never missed out on any basketball trips. They were kind and generous. Mum could always stretch a meal out to feed whoever had dropped in at dinner time. I know I gave my parents a fair few grey hairs in my time but their love and support was always there. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… taking the wrong cake to my daughter’s birthday party at a restaurant last year and then telling the staff they had the wrong cake. So embarrassing but we all had a good laugh. Someone famous I met was: My three children – to me they are all famous. My motto is: Be kind to one another. And be responsible! M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Shop Myer Eat Home cooked roast Drink Icy cold beer



Suburb: Townsville City. AKA: Keato Burrito (not because I look like one – I just ate one/three for lunch!) I’m renowned for: Being a media tart and finding an appropriate meme for any occasion or response. Only a local would know… to place a large Krispy Kreme order as soon as you have a friend flying to Brisbane. My most memorable holiday was… a West Coast to East Coast driving holiday across America in 2011 with some amazing and hilarious friends. Vegas, Disneyland, Independence Day in DC, Yankee Stadium (battling the biggest hangover in history – thank God for garlic cheese fries), Niagara Falls and Alcatraz. Coming back two sizes bigger was worth it. Right now I wish I was… enjoying a wine and cheese board in New Zealand. My favourite day is: Saturday. Early run up Castle Hill then brunch (we earned those calories). The biggest influence in my life is: My father. An obvious answer, but as an Assistant Commissioner of Police he is forever in the media spotlight. He has worked for the Disaster Reconstruction Authority after cyclones and natural disasters. His work ethic and dedication to our family is inspiring. He also makes a pretty good cherry tomato lasagne. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… winning Best Dressed Male at a Townsville Fashion Festival a few years back after taking a selfie at the end of the runway. My prize: a bottle of wine (delicious) and a ladies dress (which made my pins look great). Someone famous I met was: John Howard. The Today Show videoed me shaking his hand. He commented that our eyebrows were similar (maybe). My motto is: Treat others how you want to be treated. M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Crunch Granola Suite by Neil Diamond Shop Born Wild Wholefood + Espresso Eat Sunday Roast Drink Aussie Shiraz

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Suburb: Belgian Gardens. AKA: Simmy or Simbot. I’m renowned for: Talking! Actually talking a lot. I love and enjoy every person’s life story and sharing mine. Only a local would know… how to operate an air conditioning remote control at five years old. My most memorable holiday was… Dubai 2008 with my husband to design my engagement ring. Right now I wish I was… laying on the beach at Alma Bay. My favourite day is: Christmas… I love seeing my children’s faces full of excitement. The biggest influence in my life is: My children. I will never forget the first time we met and how it took my breath away that you could love something so unconditionally. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… thinking I had won $30 million in first division Lotto a couple of years ago. I checked the ticket online and was certain I had all the required numbers. Interrupted my husband’s night at State of Origin to announce…. “WE WON, WE WON!!” Only for him to check the ticket and point out I was missing two essential numbers. We won $300 in third division… a little disappointing when you had already planned your retirement! Someone famous I met was: Unfortunately no A-list celebrities. I have met a few well-known horse trainers at various race meets we have attended. Peter Moody and Gai Waterhouse. My motto is: Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things!

Suburb: Pimlico. AKA: Jimbo, Juggular, Dump Truck, Big Jim, Spurt. All have significant stories behind them. I’m renowned for: Name dropping. I don’t really but due to my association with sport and other interests I have had the opportunity to meet and make some good friends who are quite renowned. Only a local would know … that I won the Hanush’s Cordial (Babinda Company ) Best and Fairest Under 20 Foley Shield Player. My most memorable holiday was… going to Weipa for an end of season football trip. Henry Holloway (there I go again) was the Tour Leader and Head Coach. We were all billeted out to families. It was very memorable. Right now I wish I was… the winner of the $50 million Powerball Lotto that went off last Thursday night. My favourite day is: Sunday. I make sure that we’ve done everything we need to do on the Saturday or during the week and just relax on Sunday. I think we should go back to the days when everything was shut on a Sunday except the corner store. The biggest influence in my life is: Funny you should ask. I was asked to sit for a portrait by the very talented Donna Beningfield. I was asked the same question and I could not come up with an answer. I believe in influencing myself. By the way the portrait did make the Finals of the Percival Awards. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… it happened to me but was not funny to me. A few years ago, I said to my wife; “I need to remove some hairs from the top of my nose.” Jenny was waxing herself at the time and said she could get rid of them by waxing. She grabbed the Hot Pot and started applying the wax with the stick. As she did this she lent forward and the Hot Wax ran down my chest – a very hairy chest! Well I ran for the shower and Jenny laughed. I was in tears of pain and Jenny was in tears of laughter. Someone famous I met was: Russ Hinze. He was a good friend of my father and when he visited Townsville he would join us for a family meal. Unfortunately he never bought Kristy along. My motto is: Always remember where you came from. M Y FAVO U R I T E Song He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother) by The Hollies Shop Bunnings Eat Crumbed Lamb Cutlets Drink Great Northern

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Made with Love Mother of two Karen Roberts has found her true passion sewing vintageinspired clothing from home for her business Brydie Alice Handmade. Words Kylie Davis Photography Josephine Carter

KAREN Roberts’ interest in handmade clothing began when, as a child, she used to hand stitch outfits for her Barbie dolls from scraps of fabric. Poor Barbie had some questionable outfits back then but it gave Karen the basics to get into sewing in a big way when she went on maternity leave from teaching secondary school to have her first child, Euan, now 9. “I bought a secondhand Bernina sewing machine for the grand total of $25 and a very good friend and colleague, who is a Home Economics teacher, showed me how to use it,” Karen says. “I’ve always had a creative streak and completed a Visual Arts degree as well as

my Graduate Bachelor of Education. The lure of fabric, with all its gorgeous colours, patterns and textures, drew me in.” Karen began her sewing journey with making children’s outfits then moved on to women’s clothing, starting with easy beginner patterns. She founded her business, Brydie Alice Handmade, in 2013. Her business name reflects her brand’s style – feminine and vintage-inspired. “I started my women’s collection with a basic shift-style dress and an A-line skirt, both of which had pockets because who doesn’t love a pocket?” Karen says. “I’ve moved on from these styles and my collection continues to evolve to

“It is like a fabricnerd’s jackpot when you find something you’ve had in your stash forever that co-ordinates perfectly with something you’ve got in mind.” include a variety of dresses, skirts and shorts, but one thing remains the same – I use cotton fabric. It’s great for our climate and washes and irons well.” Karen loves to make styles that flatter a woman’s shape and offers sizes 8–18. She also strives to create one-of-a-kind clothing so her customers are buying a unique garment. “It’s a wonderful feeling when a lady tries that garment on and her face lights up,” Karen says. “I love the fact that something I cut, assemble and sew can have such a positive response from someone. Many of my clients are repeat customers and have become friends.” CONNECT NOW




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