DUO Magazine June 2018

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Townsville + Region | Issue 145 | June 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

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PREMIUM FEATURE 59 Arcare Aged Care


82 CQUniversity 84 JCU 86 Ignatius Park College 88 Southern Cross Catholic College 90 William Ross State High 92 The Cathedral School 93 Townsville Grammar School 94 St Margaret Mary’s College 95 Learn Naturally


14 Saints Dinner a Townsville First 22 Townsville Tunes in to CBD Sounds 24 B.L.A.Q Diamonds in the Rough 37 Home is Where My Business Is

Jenny Lisle, Kyia and Matthew Harm, Marayna Baker, Janelle Beasley, Tannya Brough and Kylie Maher


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06 Publisher’s Welcome 08 Horoscope 10 What’s Going On 12 TYTO Hinchinbrook 28 Where Are they Now?

Callum O’Brien, Laura McKee, Matt Bulger, Hollie Ellis

96 F ive Minutes With

Meet four amazing locals

98 S ome Things I Love Jane MacCallum


16 Townsville MINI Garage Next Gen Dinner 18 Arpan, an offering presented by North Queensland Hindu Community 19 Ladies Afternoon Teal 19 D ancenorth’s The Longest Minute Opening Night Performance

NOURISH 44 Recipe

Polenta with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Sweet, Sticky Garlic


46 Style News 48 Elka Collective Spring 2018 52 Beauty News 53 My Bag Braden Pettigrew


67 Making Mental Health a Priority 68 Awkward Anonymous Teen 69 Just Arrived 70 Profile

TCTC – K-Pop Queen Mentors Student Songwriters

72 Saving The Environment Is The New Plastic


74 Karen Quagliata

54 Health News 55 Donna Larcom

Pure Core Nourishment

56 Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

57 Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

58 Dr Linda Ton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists


31 O pen Home

Project M by Studio 15b

36 Home Discoveries



Northern Tax & Financial Services

75 Trent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

76 Townsville Enterprise Limited 78 Warwick Powell


Madame Butterfly Love, honour and loyalty are put to the test in the tragic tale of Madame Butterfly. The beautiful Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San hopelessly clings to the belief that her marriage to Lieutenant Pinkerton, an American naval officer, is a loving and eternal relationship. It is however, not to be. The beauty of exquisite and sensitive choreography together with Puccini’s score has made Melbourne City Ballet’s Madame Butterfly a tender and romantic production, not to be missed.


SAT 14 JULY 7.30PM SUN 15 JULY 2.00PM

Adult $45 | Child $25 2018 TicketShop Member discounts apply


HOMEWORK Here at DUO Magazine we’re all about locals, small business and people having a go! When we decided this month to give away a prize of a business profile to six people running their business from home we were overwhelmed with the response. With the benefits of technology, low overheads, and the chance to fulfill their passion and goals, more and more really talented people are working from home nowadays. I’m sure you’ll enjoy meeting our six winners, reading their stories and hopefully give them your support and business. We could only run six stories in this issue but we’re hoping we can help promote more small businesses like these in future issues. Starting a business from home is close to my heart because I started my advertising agency, Fresh New Media when I was 27 from a bedroom at Dakota Apartments in Belgian Gardens (Vicki and John Williams and Debbie Rains were neighbours). This was well before computers. I had a drawing board, cutting mat, scalpel and spray adhesive and I made advertisements on the floor because I couldn’t afford a table. My first client was 4TO (Pricey, Harro, Hubbard and Alan ‘Angry’ Aitken were Ghostbusters), followed soon after with Geoff Pickering Mitsubishi and Lappins Mensland. My flat mate Kristina Ridolfi and I moved to the beautiful ‘Rockton’ on Melton Hill and I also rented the front of Phil Kornmann’s office on Melton Terrace with John Karger. To be in your prime, eating every night at El Charro’s and with money coming in the door... I was pretty happy to be in business in Townsville. Now I can’t count the number of offices I’ve had since then. Or the number of people who’ve worked with me over the last 32 years.

Townsville + Region | Issue 145 | June 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

It’s a weird feeling to think of all the spaces we moved into, renovated to the latest cool look and then left for the newer, bigger, better location. But you don’t need to be big for the sake of it - like in the 80’s I once had 13 staff and had to ask some of them what their job was. It was the 80’s remember.

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ON THE COVER Photographer Matthew Gianoulis Model Marayna Baker Read Marayna’s story on page 39

DUO is a local small business too. It takes five people full time plus around four photographers and four journalists to make DUO every month. And you’re reading our 145th issue which makes this our 12th Birthday! Surprise! Hope you enjoy reading your latest DUO! Scott Morrison Publisher


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

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Best SUV over $50K 2017. The Audi Q5.

“The latest Q5 is roomy and delivers the driving position and ambience premium SUV shoppers are looking for.”

– carsales.com.au panel of judges.

Visit Audi Centre Townsville to find out more. 15-17 Bowen Road, Townsville | Tel. 4729 5295 | audicentretownsville.com.au

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

STA R O F T H E M O N T H Gemini

21 May – 21 June Strict Saturn has kept you under tight rein for some time. Stuck in a holding pattern, many have felt trapped and controlled. Others have been confronted with sober realities. Saturn, however, always has a plan. Through the implementation of tough love, this drill sergeant taught you better ways to deal with adversity – and you’ve emerged a mental, emotional and spiritual hero. Armed with your own new set of rules, you transform into an unbeatable force. The Sun, too, replenishes your money chest towards month’s end. Another possibility: the sale or purchase of property. Romance also wins a generous time slot, with enough allure to conjure up sensational love.





You have a few issues in limbo, which doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep – especially when money’s involved. There’s got to be a way of finalising matters, even if it means getting professional advice. But when you’re this strapped for cash, options can look limited. You don’t like turning to family but in pooling resources, late June promises both productivity and fun. Just don’t take on more than you can handle.

Dust off recent confusion, and pull your self-esteem out of its tailspin. Blessed with both inspiration and good fortune, now’s the time to safely climb into higher altitudes. With cosmic allies promoting love and ambition, you begin to regain a sense of control. Romantic dabblings also encourage warmth, although expect tenderness rather than torrid passion. Saturn inspires you to find imaginative ways to improve your income.

The Sun and Mercury put pressure on career matters. But even if you feel over-whelmed, it’s better to commit yourself to action rather than give in to anxiety. Stop worrying about tomorrow – all that matters is what you do today. Also, curb your spending – a difficult ask, perhaps. Still not everything in June gives cause for concern. Love and romance look delightful.

Librans have played by the rules for so long, many have have forgotten what fun life can be. This is your time in the spotlight. Enjoy yourself – you’ve certainly earned it. To help you along, sexy Mars settles in your romance sector for many weeks, encouraging you to do all the things you should have done long ago. In the meantime, Venus steps up the professional pace. Travel, too.

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23 July – 22 August

23 August – 22 September

23 September – 22 October





Calm your mind, Scorpio. This month, the planets encourage you to listen to your inner self and throw logic out the door. It’s time to follow your instincts; stay too set in your stubborn Scorpio ways and you could miss out on a rare opportunity. Your intuition may take you along a few risky paths, though they’ll all add to that treasure of experience we call “life”. Enjoy the adventure.

If others try to bulldoze your emotions in June, there’s no telling where this will lead. Some Sagittarians play down tensions, while others deliberately look for conflict. Couples bored with routine look to reignite the spark, or play elsewhere. But if you want your relationship to survive, no power games please – keep communications open. Singles receive more invitations than usual – and a delightful surprise!

While Capricorn is known for being a homebody, this month you break out of your shell as Jupiter muscles in on your sector of adventure. Book a holiday with best friends, or perhaps a romantic island hop with your partner. Also: keep your ears perked for a lucrative business opportunity. For some, an unexpected inheritance or financial rebate helps clear old debts.

June is about love and maintaining important partnerships. Feisty Mars moves into your own sign for a few months, and the Sun sends sparks through your romance sector. If you’re single, this is the time to get out there and make the first move. You’ll be attracting attention for all the right reasons. Couples, too, should clear time for carnal delights. Why can’t every month be like this?

23 October – 21 November

22 November – 21 December

22 December – 19 January




Aside from some family issues, this month should coast along. Avoid emotional manipulation, especially if it habitually shows up around this time every year. The sooner you stand up against bullies, the quicker you’ll dispel any nonsense. Meanwhile, you have a productive stretch that should do your professional status no end of good, and with your love life also on track, it appears you’re riding on a wave of high self-esteem.

Just when you’re anticipating drama from one direction, it comes from another. Plenty of important chats take place this month. The outcome of each conversation depends on your reaction, but think twice before laying the blame on others. Late June, an inner need to restructure your life releases passions you thought had passed you by. Apparently, not so. You delight in treading the same path as in younger days.

What took place four or five years ago marked the end of an important cycle in your life. Delve deeply into your heart and question your priorities. You can’t keep going around in circles, so answers must be found. The changes taking place now may drain your energy, but keep refilling the fuel tank, and you’ll soon be powering ahead. Be ready to carve an exciting new niche.

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21 March – 20 April

20 January – 18 February

April 20 – May 21


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


Pet Expo Sunday 17 June, 9am – 3pm Jezzine Barracks, The Strand U Free entry U All pets welcome To see the whole program go to whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au


Over 90 Exhibitors Return of the popular Small Paws Sprint Competitions and giveaways Prison Dog and Explosive Dog displays Breeders, vets, groomers and pet-related products



2 to 3 June


Townsville Stadium Cosplayers from around Australia will mingle at this event, which also includes a cosplay competition and the chance to see replica cars like Huntress, Bumblebee and KITT. Vendors from all over Queensland will be on hand selling everything pop culture. www.magneticon.com.au 3 June

Townsville Eco Fiesta Queens Gardens

Eco Fiesta is a free event that assists the community in becoming more environmentally conscious. There will be a wide range of exhibitors to provide you with ideas, advice and inspiration as well as live entertainment. www.townsville.qld.gov.au 7 to 8 June

The Wizard of Oz Riverway Arts Centre

Join Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination through the Land of Oz. 4727 9797 ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au


The Whitlams

7 to 10 June

9 June

QLD Women’s Masters State Championships and Women’s Masters Trials – 55+, 60+, 65+

Townsville Hockey Association, Annandale A total of 45 teams will compete in the tournament across six divisions at the Townsville Hockey Centre, Annandale, with the Championships presenting an opportunity to showcase the valuable experience of the state’s Women’s Masters Teams in a round robin competition. Townsville will field four teams as a part of the Championships. www.qldwomensmastershockey.com.au 7 to 10 June

Palm Creek Folk Festival Mountain View Lake Eco Park

Taking place over four nights and three days the annual Palm Creek Folk Festival involves more than 100 performers and events with music concerts, dances, workshops, acoustic jams, youth festival, art and craft workshops and special events. Be sure to bring your fancy dress for Sunday night’s Festival Parade. The theme for 2018 is ‘Rainbows’. www.palmcreek.com.au

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The Whitlams 25th Anniversary Tour Dalrymple Hotel

Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums, known for their number one album Torch the Moon, will play their usual long and rambunctious set covering music from throughout their entire career. www.dalrymplehotel.com.au/whats_on



Palm Creek Folk Festival

13 June 2018

The Ten Tenors Wish You Were Here

Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre Wish You Were Here is a tribute to musical legends lost before their time. This feel-good journey will take you through some of the world’s greatest hits of all time, including a mix of the group’s own fan favourites. www.thetentenors.com 17 June

Townsville Tartan Day

Cotters Markets, Flinders Street Enjoy the pipes and drums, Scotch on the Rocks (featuring Scottish tenor Brian Bisset from Brisbane), Scottish dancing, and get tips for your family history search from the volunteers of the Family History Association of North Queensland. You can also add your clan to the Clans in Townsville Tree and watch a demonstration of strength by kilted strongmen, while enjoying the Cotters Markets.

17 June

28 June to 7 July

Jezzine Barracks

Dancenorth, Walker Street

Pet Expo

There will be something for every animal lover at the Pet Expo including free microchipping, over 90 pet-related exhibitors, displays by explosive protection dogs and competitions and giveaways. www.townsville.qld.gov.au 23 June

Latin Vibrations Hollywood Themed Charity Ball The Ville Resort-Casino Ballroom

A special fundraising event for Mates4Mates, an organisation that supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who are wounded, ill or injured as a result of their service. www.latinvibrations.com.au/events

Theatre iNQ’s First Born From the team that brought you last year’s smash-hit Frankenstein, comes a fresh new take on the original horror story of ancient times. Ten years have passed since the murder of her father but Electra (played by recent NIDA graduate Emily Edwards) is not ready to forgive or forget. Lost in her grief and consumed by her desire for revenge, Electra plots a bloody retribution that will anger the Gods themselves. www.theatreinq.com 30 June to 2 July

Neck of the Woods Music Festival Riverway Drive, Pinnacles

Neck Of The Woods celebrates the local music scene, hosting 20 musical acts over two days, including a selection of North Queensland’s best original artists and some of Australia’s up and coming spotlight touring acts. Two nights of onsite camping, BYO, lifestyle activities such as yoga workshops, art installations, an interactive children’s area and a festival marketplace showcasing some of Townsville’s best street food and artisan market stalls. www.neighbourhoodsessions.com

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29 June

Tea and Trivia for Seniors TYTO Conference and Event Centre Come along for a morning of fun. Individual and senior groups welcome. Enjoy baked delights while you test your knowledge. Cost: $7pp for local seniors Others: $12pp at the door Book: 4776 4614 Daily

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

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.

Daniel Korneliussen On the Road to Greenvale.

Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit your occasion and or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

TYTO Wetland Tours H I N C H I N B RO O K N O RT H Q U E E N S LA N D Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO. Art, culture, nature, knowledge and so much more! 11 June

Think Business Record Keeping for Small business TYTO Conference and Event Centre

Good record keeping is important. Even before your first transaction occurs it can save you time and helps you to claim all the deductions to which you’re entitled. Bookings: https://townsvilletickets.com.au/ event/6464 Daily

Double Daw Studio

A Unique Space to Create Make your own music with the assistance of a Sound Engineer. Double Daw is fully equipped for live recordings and digital mixing. Photography: a cool space with equipment ideal for photo shoots, modelling, stills and creative stylish imagery. Bookings: 47764614

1- 24 June

Tri– Par – Excellence

TYTO Regional Art Gallery

Tri-Par-Excellence is one not to be missed. Featuring Eddie Omelaniuk, Daniel Korneliussen and John Heard. Three artists, all exceptional in their field of work, present a showcase consisting of traditional watercolours, contemporary indigenous art, stainless steel sculptures with organic detailing and much more. An exhibition that will leave you breathless. 7, 14, 21, 28 June

Story Time

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

5, 12, 19, 26 June

Movie Magic

Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Family movies for free! Grab your beanbags, chairs and blankets.

TINY Tots at TYTO Come along and listen to stories, sing songs and share books with your child. Sessions include a new story and related craft activity each week.


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Progress Park, Forrest Beach

All dates, times and information is correct at printing. All listings subject to change without notice. There’s more happening at TYTO every day.

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

Sugar Tracks

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

Free daily activities for the children Giant Outdoor Chess and Checkers, Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker. Daily 9.00am–4.00pm from Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Visit TYTO

Bruce Highway at Cooper Street and Macrossan Avenue and 73–75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge 4776 4792 TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725 TYTO Conference & Event Centre 4776 4726 Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614 www.facebook.com/visitTYTO/ www.tyto.com.au

The Paper Grove

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Intimate … extravagant … individual … A backdrop as natural as your love coupled with expertise, will make this day a beautiful memory.

TYTO is owned and operated by Hinchinbrook Shire Council


SAINTS DINNER A TOWNSVILLE FIRST Matt Merrin and his team from JAM Restaurant recently delivered a one-of-a-kind dining experience atop Castle Hill for 20 lucky patrons. Affectionately dubbed The Saints Dinner, it was styled by local business Dreamscene Events, who also donated their services for free in the name of charity. Special thanks also go to the Townsville City Council, who helped make it all happen. Local neurologist Dr Craig Costello bought this dinner experience at the Townsville Hospital Foundation charity auction and designed this very special event with the assistance of JAM. With the proceeds going to a good cause, and the chance to showcase Townsville’s attractive weather and natural assets, it was a win-win experience enjoyed by all. To donate to Townsville Hospital Foundation, please visit www.thfoundation.org.au. 14

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Victoria Bridge Nic Lincoln Photography


Sponsored by Townsville Mini Garage, the dinner was designed to bring together Josh Pfeiffer, one of Australia’s young gun wine makers with Townsville’s millennials. As the sun set over the city, guests enjoyed dinner on the iconic Victoria Bridge with a menu created by JAM to complement Josh’s NEXT GEN wines.


1. Clare and Lee Bond 2. Anita Shan, David Randall 3. Matt Merrin, Glen Gilmore and Josh Pfieffer 4. The Setup 5. Jeanette Mackintosh, Don Byers, Rachelle Foley 6. Bronwyn and Dyrick Hobbs, Tony and Sue McClelland 7. Howie and Chanel Blake 8. Mandy and Peter MacDonald, Jody Goldring 9. Jasmine and John Plozza 10. Andrew and Tanya Scharkie



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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” Orson Welles

Jam Luncheon Special Menu Only $25 pp for one course, $33 for two courses, $39.50 for three courses. Includes a glass of selected wine, beer or a 1 litre San Pellegrino mineral water.

Palmer Street South Townsville 4721 4900 Book online at jamcorner.com.au





Arpan the brainchild of NQHC means “An Offering” and is a forum which unites Australians from all walks to enjoy a glimpse into Indian traditional food, dance and music strung together beautifully on one garland. 1. Smriti Krishna, Deepa Menon 2. Chetan Garg, Surbhi Pareek 3. Prianjali D’Souza, Ashvini Thangiah, Dushy Thangiah, Vinatha Kaiyala, Manju Songra 4. Kavitha Vangili, Ponni Karthikeyan, Vaanathi Karthikeyan 5. Joby Gorge, Bindu Thomas 6. Ramya Krishnan, Vidhu Bhagavath, Nidhi Kathal 7. Rv Rao, Rama Rapaarthy 8. Nanda Siva, Tish Siva, Siva Kiddinan 9. Namratha Kadiyala, Sreekruthi Bachu, Rama Raparthy 10. Shine Jijo, Sumi Robin


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The Ladies Afternoon Teal event, in its 3rd year, raises awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer. This year the event raised $3,666 for Ovarian Cancer Australia and Teal Wings of Hope. The aim of the event is to get the message of Ovarian Cancer Awareness to as many women as possible in the community. 1. Tracey Holmes, Sami Lukis, Mary Holmes 2. Donna Hunt 3. Narelle Figg 4. Jeanette Parker 5. Mary Holmes, Kea Margherita

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1. Mark Sheppard, Louise Brehmer 2. Kaylene Walker and Cr Les Walker 3. Hillary Coyne, Daniel Holden, Susan Van den Ham 4. Glenn Hall, Bridget Boyle, Robert Kronk, Greg Tonner 5. Neville Hoehne, Amanda Jolly, Sophia Hall




Dancenorth Theatre & Quarterdeck, The Ville Josephine Carter Photography

Dancenorth recently partnered with Queensland Theatre, debase Productions and Jute Theatre in presenting this uniquely Australian story. The Longest Minute is about life in North Queensland told through the metaphor of The NQ Cowboys rise to stardom. Written by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd and directed by Bridget Boyle.

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Kicking off for 2018 in May, Townsville City Council’s line up of free live music in the city’s Perfume Gardens saw the likes of Triple J Unearthed artists Just Kirra, Dan Baker and Chesterfield perform for the festive Friday crowds. Councillor Ann-Marie Greaney said this month promises to be just as entertaining. “We’ve got a couple of bands performing, as well as musical duo Tipsy Teddy and local solo artist Bonnie Zaghini,” Cr Greaney revealed. “It’s been fantastic to see locals and visitors exploring the CBD and taking advantage of the beautiful weather and atmosphere of the gardens or just taking some time out of the office for lunch.” MITC first hit the streets of Townsville city in 2013, running successfully for three years during the cooler months of the year. While initially the concept was targeted at city workers, a secondary audience was captured including tourists and young families who have gathered to enjoy the variety of pop, rock and indie music by local and interstate artists over the past five years. Cr Greaney said the initiative is a great way to revitalise the CBD. “Local businesses really benefit from this initiative and have been very supportive, offering up some generous donations for weekly prizes so it would be great to see these businesses gain new customers,” she said. “The Perfume Gardens on the corner of Stokes and Walker Streets is the perfect spot for hosting MITC with plenty of places for people to sit, relax and have lunch. It’s just a great atmosphere for people to socialise and hear some great music.”

Every Friday in June from 12pm to 2pm you’ll be able to revel in this free tune fest and have the chance to win weekly prizes courtesy of The Beet Bar, The Balcony, The Ville, Born Wild and City Oasis, who’ve generously offered up vouchers to be redeemed at their establishments. For more information visit the What’s On Townsville website. June’s line-up includes: 01 June Bonnie Zaghini (Soloist) 08 June Pinch Point (Band) 15 June Tipsy Teddy (Duo) 22 June Hear Me Out (Band) 29 June Homegrown (Band – 2018 The Voice contestants)

CONNECT NOW whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/ events/music-in-the-city www.townsville.qld.gov.au

OPPOSITE PAGE: The Voice 2018 contestants Homegrown ABOVE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Hear Me Out, Just Kirra, Caitlin Cox of Pinch Point, enjoying music in the gardens, Bonnie Zaghini.

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B.L.A.Q. DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH Two brave, passionate First Nation’s women have recently embarked on a new journey addressing issues surrounding domestic violence in the Townsville community through positive empowerment.





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Bernice Hookey & Melisa Anderson


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After four years of experiencing domestic violence, Melisa Anderson of Nywaigi Country moved from Cairns to Townsville to be with her family and take control of her life again. “It’s kind of frowned upon to talk about it but we survivors need to share our stories. Female empowerment is about being true to ourselves, being authentic and having the courage to stand up,” Melisa says. Together with long-time friend Bernice Hookey of Waanyi Country, Melisa founded B.L.A.Q. Diamonds Women’s Empowerment last year (Beautiful, Loving, Authentic Queens). “It was extreme suicidal thoughts that almost broke me in the end,” Bernice says. Focused on inspiring women to realise their self-worth and pursue the lives they aspire to, the business is all about empowerment. “We’re aiming not only to bring women together but to close the gap, encouraging them to progress socially and economically,” Melisa says. “The goal is to get away from Government hand-outs and become more self-reliant. We want to break away from the stigmas surrounding the First Nations community.” Bernice adds: “I can’t believe where I am now, one month away from completing a Diploma of Business (Governance) and being accepted into a Leadership Webinar Program with the National Rural Women Coalition.” On April 26, B.L.A.Q. Diamonds hosted their Glamour US Event, in collaboration with Katrina’s Beauty School and Erica Wehrman, owner of Stylez Above The Rest, which is Townsville’s only Aboriginal female-owned hair salon. It was an event limited to a small number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who took part in a full day of pampering uplifts, relaxation, and motivational and inspirational talks. Sisters Chrissy and Victoria Leontios, who attended the event, have experienced firsthand the effect domestic violence has on a family. Chrissy says it was these past experiences that drove her to open her own business, CLEON Legal & Mediation Services. “I’m passionate about empowering women and I do that through my law firm,” Chrissy says. “I think events like Glamour US, with Bernice and Melisa being so authentic through sharing their stories, allow others who are vulnerable to be given the encouragement and support to speak up too.” “We don’t want our kids to have to go through what we’ve been through,” Bernice says. “We’re seeing changes but we need to continue to break the cycle and put an end to the stereotypes.” The next Blaq Diamonds Event is the NAIDOC 2018 Gala Evening, being held at The Pier Restaurant in Townsville on Sunday July 15. Limited seats are available. For more information, email blaqdiamonds2017@gmail.com.

Erica Wehrnan

Victoria & Chrissy Leontios

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


Q) WHAT’S YOUR LINK TO TOWNSVILLE? Townsville was our closest major business centre when growing up on ‘The Brook’ – a cattle property 180km north west of Charters Towers. I studied Tourism Administration at James Cook University. Q) WHERE ARE YOU NOW? I split my time between Sydney and North Queensland. Q) WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE? Managing the start-up of Kinrara Expeditions — a luxury expedition and camping adventure to Kinrara Station, four hours south-west of Cairns. It’s something I’ve been working on for the last two years in collaboration with my brother Shane O’Brien and his wife Robyn. After I left Townsville, I travelled to Canada and New York before landing in London and working in investment banking, which led to a trader’s assistant role. I was on the trading floor when 9-11 happened, watching it live on the TV and hearing real time from our office in the Twin Towers in New York. In the early 2000s I moved to Sydney and spent 15 years building a career in advertising,

working with brands such as Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Google and Facebook. I now have a solo consultancy, proudly working in the ‘gig economy’ picking up projects while working on my own. Realising I can’t keep up with the speed of the advertising game, Kinrara Expeditions is a way to build on my current skills while ensuring my six-year-old daughter, Mala, and I have a connection back to the north and her bush roots. Q) HOW DID YOUR TIME IN TOWNSVILLE SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS? People from Townsville and the north in general are very real with no time for BS and a ‘just get on with it and have a laugh while you’re at it’ attitude. Couple that with a great education from JCU and a bit of get-up-and-go and you’ve got a winning combination. Q) DO YOU STILL COME ‘HOME’ TO TOWNSVILLE TO VISIT? I’m often back through Townsville to visit the family and do business. It feels good to be injecting money back into the local economy. CONNECT NOW www.kinraraexpeditions.com


Q) WHAT’S YOUR LINK TO TOWNSVILLE? I was born and raised in Townsville along with my two younger brothers Dan and Mitchell. I went to high school at St Margaret Mary’s College then completed a Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University. People might remember me as a newsreader for HIT103.1 radio. Q) WHERE ARE YOU NOW? Living in a share house in Brisbane where I love going to musicals and cool bars and generally embracing Brisbane’s fantastic food scene. Q) WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE? I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work as a media advisor in the Palaszczuk Government’s office in Brisbane earlier this year. My role is to regularly update the ministers on news and social media, assist other departments,

write media releases and respond to enquiries. It’s been a learning curve after four years working in regional newsrooms but it’s an interesting job and there’s never a dull day. Q) HOW DID YOUR TIME IN TOWNSVILLE SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS? My journalism degree provided plenty of opportunities to volunteer and intern. This really helped me secure jobs in the media, particularly my news-reading role on the radio. Townsville has plenty to offer if you take opportunities with both hands and if you’re willing to put in the hard yards. Q) DO YOU STILL COME ‘HOME’ TO TOWNSVILLE TO VISIT? I’ve got three trips booked this year! I love coming home. I’ll be back for my best friend’s wedding soon. CONNECT NOW www.carmenlsmith.com


Q) WHAT’S YOUR LINK TO TOWNSVILLE? I moved to Townsville from Charters Towers to complete my Bachelor of Education studies at James Cook University. I met my wife-to-be while studying at JCU and I was fortunate enough to take up a teaching position in Townsville when I graduated at Bohlevale State School. This led to me taking on an Acting Principal position at Millaroo State School (in the Burdekin) before heading to Halifax State School (outside Ingham) as Principal in 2009. I was 22 and one of my superiors commented I was the youngest principal at the time. Q) WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE NOW? I’m currently Deputy Principal at Kawungan State School in Hervey Bay where my I’m part of a large team that guides over 900 students. I’ve also undertaken Masters of Education (Leadership) studies to enhance

my knowledge and skills. My wife Kelly and I are enjoying living in Hervey Bay, the gateway to Queensland’s whalewatching scene and Fraser Island. We’re fortunate enough to have established a wonderful friendship group and also have some family members close by. Last year we were lucky enough to take time off work and travel throughout Europe for six months. We love spending our time exploring exciting new places and enjoying great food. Q) HOW DID YOUR TIME IN TOWNSVILLE SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS? Townsville provided the opportunity to study and work surrounded by family and friends. It also gave me my first job and the chance to pursue promotional opportunities in the surrounding areas. We get the chance to visit Townsville a few times a year as our family still live in and around the area. It’s always a pleasure to go home and discover how Townsville has developed.

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


Q) WHAT’S YOUR LINK TO TOWNSVILLE? I was born and grew up in Townsville. After attending Saint Margaret Mary’s College I went to James Cook University and studied a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Sport and Event Management. Q) WHERE ARE YOU NOW? I’m on the Sunshine Coast now working for IRONMAN Oceania. Our office is based in Noosa – I’ve progressively moved down the coast and it’s a great place to come home to as it has a little bit of everything (beach, outback, hinterland). As a Race Director, it’s my job to implement the operational requirements, while also project-managing and connecting each of our departments to bring our events to life. Q) WHAT’S YOUR NEXT PROJECT? The next event I’m Race Directing is our Cairns Airport Adventure Festival (6-11 June), which has a number of amazing festival events, leading into our big race day that is a double event — our IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns and the

Cairns Airport IRONMAN AsiaPacific Championship Cairns. It’s a huge event that extends from Cairns to Port Douglas. Q) HOW DID YOUR TIME IN TOWNSVILLE SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS? Where I am now in my career literally happened because of a practical event management subject I did at James Cook University where I got to work with the Townsville Triathlon Festival. In 2010 I became the Event Coordinator for the event and got quite a lot of experience. I then moved to the Whitsundays to assist with events driving tourism to the region. I got the job I have now with IRONMAN because of my triathlon experience back home. My parents are both extremely supportive and hard-working so I might have gotten my drive and work ethic from them! Q) DO YOU STILL COME ‘HOME’ TO VISIT? I certainly do and will be home after our event in Cairns for some nice R’n’R (and Mum’s cooking). CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/ IRONMANOceania

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A 1950’s home passed down the generations of one family gets a transformation to suit today’s lifestyle. Allison Smith, Founder of Studio 15b explains the design process: This home was built in the 1950’s and over the years passed down the generations of the one family. Since originally built, the home had been altered in an ad-hoc way, and so the time had come for it to be stripped back to basics, raised and built-in and under for today’s modern lifestyle of the current family needs. This allowed Studio 15b to work with a clean slate which enabled us to re-orientate the spaces to best suit the northern rear aspect – creating the distinct sculptural M roof form. From the street it appears that only a little work has been done, however once you step inside the full extent of the alterations and additions to this light filled home is seen. The experience starts with the glazed entry pod to the side of the home that allows a transparent connection to the rear garden. The downstairs area houses a new double garage and laundry, but is predominately for when the grandparents come to stay with bedrooms, a small living space

PROJECT TEAM Studio 15b Brisbane, Australia Studio 15b is a small architectural and interior design practice based in New Farm, Brisbane. http://studio15b.com.au https://www.instagram.com/studio15b/

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and kitchenette.The lower level of the home has been split by 600mm to better work in with the existing contours providing a 3m high ceiling to the lower living spaces and bedroom. The new timber batten stair connects internally to the upper level which has the main kitchen, living spaces, bedrooms, bathrooms and study. The existing upper ceiling over the new open planned living spaces has been removed to expose the existing roof structure, allowing a double raked clerestory that extends inside to out. This design decision has driven the striking external rear elevation, which takes advantage of northern light and valley views. The stacked outdoor decks provide the owners with ample outdoor living space to enjoy. Externally, the existing weatherboards have been complimented with modern lightweight materials and a nod to the previous family additions with elements of face brickwork. The final result inside and out is a light fresh feel that will serve the current family well into the future.


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IS WHERE MY BUSINESS IS Many of us have a dream of one day running our own business from home. These talented locals have realised that dream. Motivated by doing what they love and, for some, the desire to be a stay-at-home mum, these budding entrepreneurs are doing some amazing work. Add them to your must-check-out list!



As a person who thinks outside the square and wanted to be there for her children, mother of two (Kimmy 12 and Darcy 9) Jenny Lisle began imagining ways to work from home. “It was an ongoing struggle wondering whether to go to work and manage caring for my children around school hours, holidays and sports or stay at home and try to make ends meet somehow,” Jenny says. “It was then the idea to make personalised iced biscuits for all occasions occurred to me. After a few phone calls to the council to confirm it was possible to do from home, I launched my business with a Facebook page in 2016.” Even though she believed it was a novel idea, Jenny was surprised to see her biscuits become a hit so quickly. “I didn’t expect the massive response so soon,” she says. “To keep up with demand I’ve needed to employ a staff member and Megan and I are always busy in the kitchen baking and experimenting with new ideas. “It’s taken a while to get the balance right with managing my time around work, the kids and everything in between but it’s definitely worth the effort.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/sayitwithabiscuit

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For the Harm family, an oyster-shucking hobby has turned into a home-based jewellery business selling cultured pearls. When Kyia Harm was scrolling through Facebook and saw a live feed of a lady shucking oysters in America she was fascinated by the different-coloured pearls being discovered. Pretty soon the whole Harm family were hooked with Kyia, her husband Mathew and their children Natalie (10) and Jack (5) enjoying the process of uncovering pearls. “I love opening each oyster, not knowing what colour pearl and how many will be inside,” Kyia says. “My most exciting find to date was twin pearls that were a stunning ocean blue.” Once the pearls are revealed, Mathew sets them in a specially designed drilling machine then transforms them into earrings, bracelets and necklaces sold through their business Akoya Pearls Australia. “We’ve also joined the markets locally around Townsville and started oyster revealing live on Facebook every Sunday from 4pm,” Kyia says. “Our pearls rate AA to AAA in quality, with AA meaning the surface will have a very high lustre and at least 75 per cent of the surface will be defect-free and AAA being the highest-quality pearl and virtually flawless.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/kyiaharm


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Before becoming a mum Marayna Baker was dedicated to her job as a primary school teacher. Then, at the end of 2013, she and her husband welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Mackenzie, into the world and everything changed. “People say that your whole perspective on life changes when you become a mum and, boy, were they right,” Marayna says. “Teaching was no longer my my reason for getting up in the morning. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum, so I set about starting my own accessories label — Kenzie.” Marayna began by selling her accessories at the local markets in Townsville. She also created Facebook and Instagram accounts and sold directly through these. It wasn’t long before businesses started contacting her about wholesaling and now she has over 27K Instagram followers. “I’ve also started to stock other Australian handmade labels alongside my own and, with more than 50 labels on the website, we’re now known as the Kenzie Collective,” Marayna says. “Being a WAHM (work-at-home mum) is challenging but knowing I’m changing people’s lives, one accessory at a time, is a dream come true. I’m determined to show people that wearing statement accessories to the grocery store is A-OK!” CONNECT NOW www.kenziecollective.com

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Janelle Beasley began restoring ‘pre-loved’ furniture to fill her new home but then couldn’t stop… Before long, she had to sell some of her pieces to make room for more and her business LongDog Creations (named after her Dachshunds) was born. Now most of her pieces sell within an hour of going up on Facebook. “I grew up renovating Queenslanders with my parents, which is where I learnt a lot of my skills, and my godfather also restores furniture,” Janelle says. “When I go back home to visit family he shows me some tricks of the trade.” Janelle is always in the shed sanding, repairing and painting with her Dachshunds Poppi and Pluto by her side. “Poppi likes to steal masking tape rolls while Pluto has to be sitting at my feet and is often covered in sanding dust,” Janelle says. One of Janelle’s most memorable makeovers was a set of dressers brought to her by an Ingham couple. The pieces had been stored in their shed for a long time and had wood rot and ant damage. “The couple found an old silky oak bed head that I cut to size to replace the damaged top,” Janelle says. “After a month of my most challenging repairs yet, the job was done and they were delighted with the result.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/Longdogcreations


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Tannya Brough had her children (Noah, 5, and Rose 3) young and needed a way to help bring in income for her family when Shh Quiet Books was born. “We’d just moved here from Brisbane as my husband was changing his career — working night shift at Woolworths while studying full-time to be a nurse,” Tannya says. “When my friend said I should go into business with my activity books I advertised them in my local buy, swap, sell and had incredible interest!” With help from her mum Julie, Tannya hand-makes 25 different types of play-based educational activity books using felt, buttons, zips, cotton, snaps and beads. “The books come with the child’s name on the cover and take up to four weeks to create,” Tannya says. “I’ve had customers buy Shh Quiet Books for their children as they’re great for calming children who are anxious or over-stimulated.” Tannya is also studying nursing full-time as she’s always dreamt of being a midwife but, never fear, Shh Quiet Books are here to stay. “A lot of love goes into my books and I plan to continue with them even when I start nursing,” Tannya says. “I want to offer more activities and maybe one day get my books in stores.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/pg/Shh-Quiet-Books-1440706182911403

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Fashion-forward mother of two (Amelia 5 and Thomas 2) Kylie Maher runs handmade businesses Parker May and One Silver Lining from her home in Jensen. “My first business, Parker May, is a handmade children’s fashion brand for both little men and ladies that I started when our son was two weeks old,” Kylie says. “I’m a regular stall holder at Renegade Handmade Market as well as having a strong social media presence.” Catering for babies and toddlers in sizes 000-5, Parker May has won over a fan base with its adorable playsuits, ‘bloomies’ and fluttersleeve tops. “My second business, One Silver Lining, is only seven weeks old and is a range of handmade PVC clutches and accessories,” Kylie says. “I hand-paint the fabric and sew each clutch for a unique look.” Kylie showcased both of her businesses at the Townsville Fashion Festival last month and already has stockists placing orders for both the children’s fashions and clutches. “The response from Townsville Fashion Festival was so exciting with people saying they loved how unique and practical the clutches were and how the children’s fashion was perfect for our climate,” Kylie says. “Seeing my creations on the catwalk was such a surreal feeling.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/parkermayhandmade www.facebook.com/OSLining


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POLENTA WITH OVEN-ROASTED TOMATOES & SWEET, STICKY GARLIC I have eaten polenta in many versions and in different countries. There is something about the combination of garlic and roasted tomato that is very hard to beat. Another easy recipe that will warm your heart. SERVES: 2 INGREDIENTS 14 cherry tomatoes on the vine olive oil, for cooking pink Himalayan salt 1 teaspoon coconut sugar For the sweet sticky garlic 1 shallot, sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon maple syrup 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped This is an edited extract from Happy Food by Bettina Bordi Campolucci published by Hardie Grant Books RRP $34.99 and is available in stores nationally. Photography by Nassima Rothacker

For the polenta base 1 shallot, sliced 1/2 red (bell) pepper, sliced 70 g (1/3 cup) polenta

METHOD Preheat the oven to 220ยบC (430ยบF/Gas 7) and line a baking tray (baking sheet) with greaseproof paper (wax paper). Put the cherry tomatoes on the tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and coconut sugar. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. In a medium pan, heat some olive oil and fry the shallot and garlic for about 5 minutes. Flavour with salt and sweet paprika and give it a stir. When the shallots have softened, add the maple syrup and pine nuts and set aside. Next, make the polenta base. Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the shallots and red pepper until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the polenta and water to a medium pan and give it a stir on a medium heat. The mixture will start to bubble and thicken. Thin it out with your plant milk of choice. I like using coconut because it is thick, but any type will do. Once you have a lovely creamy consistency, take the pan off the heat. Spoon out the polenta onto plates and decorate with the roasted tomatoes, sweet sticky topping and a handful of rocket and basil.

500 ml (2 cups) water 250 ml (1 cup) plant milk (for extra creaminess, use coconut) To serve rocket (arugula) basil

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ABOUT ME: Hello I’m Braden. I was born in Townsville but I have lived in Auckland, Perth and Sydney. I currently work in retail but I’m wanting to become a designer. I love making beautiful clothes for myself at the moment, creating bespoke prints and shopping for fabric. People really enjoy my sense of humour. Weird fact about me – I watch Pocahontas at least once a week and Celebrity Big Brother UK at least once a year but only the one from 2006.

THE BAG: Bottega Veneta Canvas Intrecciato Crystal Drawstring Mini Bucket Brown. I purchased this bag as a moving back to Sydney present for myself and I was elated. The bag exceeded my expectations and it is just more beautiful than I even imagined. In my opinion, it is such a perfect everyday bag. It definitely sums up my personality – sparkly, unique and fun. Absolutely my favourite bag out of my 39. DIOR LIP SCRUB This is perfect to use right before you use lip balm. It makes your lips so soft. HERMES CDC purchased right before I moved back to Townsville, my favourite piece of jewellery. This NAIL POLISH is favourite combo at the moment for a good matte nude nail. KEY CHARM FROM MY NEIGHBOUR This piece has been on my key ring since my neighbour brought it back from Europe. ECLIPSE MINTS A must have for any of my bags. I don’t like to get caught out when I’m not at my best. METAL CHOPSTICKS I eat out a lot. It’s great to have a reusable chopstick. Also works great because I use chopsticks to tie up my hair.

LOVISA RING I picked this up when I lived in Perth. Being 6’5” it’s hard to find jewellery that I like and fits. This was a match made in Heaven. ANTIQUE TURQUOISE NECKLACE A gift from my grandmother. She purchased this on a holiday to Norfolk Island and gave it to me because it’s my birth stone. HERMES ALLIGATOR NECKLACE I originally purchased this as a multi use item – great as a bag charm or necklace. CHANEL BLEU EAU DE PARFUM purchased at Myers in Townsville. This is my favourite perfume. I find it so calming. CHANEL LIP BALM This is such a user friendly lip balm nice and compact. It’s great to have on hand at all times. LOUIS VUITTON WALLET my first ever wallet from Louis Vuitton. I grabbed from a store called Fashionphile in California. It’s such a great size for any of my bags. FRENCH PHRASEBOOK AND DICTIONARY I want to travel to France in the next couple of years so I’m slowly learning french, so I will be a ‘Professionnel’.

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It is fair to say that we live in a toxic environment, exponentially more toxic than the one our grandparents grew up in.

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These toxins are entering our body via our skin, our food, the water we drink, even the air we breathe. The reality is that all of us are exposed to a lot more than previous generations. It is the accumulative toxic burden that is the problem. As humans we have become very clever at making things out of chemicals, things we use every day, without thinking of it.

If you live in a relatively new home, then chances are the building materials used will be giving off Volatile Organic Compounds, (VOC’s), these are tiny chemical compounds that float around in the air. A good example of a place that is full of them, is the cleaning and detergent aisle of the supermarket, you can literally smell the onslaught as you approach the aisle; another is the new car smell, a real reason to consider purchasing a second-hand car! By breathing the air these VOC’s are entering our body, they also enter through the skin, which is our largest, organ and very absorbent. Another area of toxic concern is in the personal care products we use such as shampoo’s, toothpaste, soapy cleansers, moisturisers, make-up and perfume. This industry is self regulated and is not subject to any real scrutiny of ingredients. These industries can also hide behind a veil of what are

called ‘Trade Secrets’ for its formulas and recipes. How many ingredients are there in your shampoo or face moisturiser? Can you be sure that they are all non-toxic? The scary thing is, toxins we absorb through our skin do not have the additional filter system that the liver provides for anything we consume through our mouth. It is clear that household cleaning products and personal care products do not have to be chemical laden and toxic, after all, our grandparents survived without them. They used more natural things to clean with, such as white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, which are proven to be just as effective. We are all aware of the toxins that are used in our food chains, everything from the antibiotics used in standard animal farming to the insecticide and herbicide sprays used on our standard grocery produce. It is the constant re-exposure to these chemicals and multiple sources of them, all day every day that

is really creating a big toxic burden for our body and the environment. By sourcing organic produce we can substantially reduce our toxic burden, alleviate some of the stress this causes on our body and help repair our Earth. All toxins are an additional form of stress for the body. Did you know that stress in its many forms is a major contributor to disease? Being aware of our daily toxic burden should be a concern for us all. We can take steps to minimise this burden by choosing alternative products. There is a huge market emerging that is starting to address this by using much more natural, less harmful ingredients. I challenge you to go through your home and swap out the toxic products for the nontoxic alternatives. The market changes with us and our buying power, so let us change our toxic habits, and enjoy less of a burden on our body, which will ultimately be reflected in a healthier body.

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FEELING NOT GOOD ENOUGH Understand the burden of feeling ‘not good enough’ and how to reduce its impact.

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Have you outwardly achieved what looks like success but inwardly feel a sense of defectiveness? This experience is surprisingly common and can go by many different labels. “I’m not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough; I’m different; I don’t fit in; I feel like a fraud”. Whatever the phrase, the underlying belief is the same – I am internally flawed and if others get too close, they will realise and end our relationship or think less of me.

Feeling inadequate can lead to a sense of shame, low selfconfidence, anxiety and anger and can stop you from achieving your potential. Feeling defective usually has origins in childhood and is then carried into adult life. Often, parents were critical or dismissive of the child and made them feel as if they were not worthy of being loved. Maybe teachers told them that they wouldn’t amount to anything. Or perhaps they felt like they didn’t fit in or were the target of bullying – this can especially be the case for those who are introverted or sensitive. For example, a kid who struggled with friendships or was teased about their appearance at school might then carry with them a worry about being accepted by others as an adult. Knowing where a sense of defectiveness came from can help to see that it’s just a past memory, a thought, and no longer reality. What’s your raw spot? For most people, their sense of defectiveness is not active all

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the time. They tend to be high achievers and so long as they’re ‘succeeding’, their sense of defectiveness lies dormant until something triggers it – their ‘raw spot’. Common triggers include transitions (like starting a new job), receiving critical feedback (like a performance review), evaluation situations (like doing an exam), or issues related to dating and relationships. When your sense of defectiveness gets ‘triggered’ try thinking, “Oh that’s my raw spot being pushed again!” Just understanding why you’re reacting with anxiety, defensiveness or anger can go a long way to helping you feel calmer. Understand your selfprotective strategies. People with a sense of defectiveness often overwork because they see excelling as the only way to avoid negative scrutiny and keep their flaws under the radar. In addition, they often avoid things they believe they can’t excel at. Avoidance is a coping strategy that provides short-term relief, but long-term disappointment.

For example, they avoid going for a job promotion but then their career doesn’t progress or they avoid close relationships but then feel lonely. Another coping strategy used by some is to talk too much about their achievements. They are trying to prove that they’re not defective, but no one believed they were and all the boasting can be off putting. Dropping self-protective strategies like overworking and learning better ways to cope can be an antidote to a sense of defectiveness. For example, you can learn you don’t need to overwork or always be the best and still be ‘okay’. If you’ve been carrying the burden of feeling ‘not good enough’ and can’t seem to let it go, then get some help. A clinical psychologist can help you understand how this unhelpful belief started; move beyond the past; and ultimately, feel more comfortable and confident as you are.

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What can you do when the winter winds start playing havoc with your hearing aids?

Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

One of the most common complaints from hearing aid wearers is the effect of wind noise on their ability to hear. And as we get closer to the windy weather of winter, it’s good to know there are solutions available. With most hearing aids the microphone sits externally of the ear canal and when wind blows across the microphones it can obstruct other incoming sounds.

When this happens many hearing aids go into a comfort mode and reduces volume — sometimes to a point they can no longer pick up speech sounds. There are several solutions available to help minimise the effect of wind. The simplest is to add a wind noise program to the hearing aids, which selectively reduces the hearing aid volume only in those frequencies affected by the wind. Some hearing aids have noise reduction algorithms built into the digital signal processing which automatically do this. This does mean though that speech intelligibility can be sacrificed when reducing the volume of these frequencies which are similar to speech frequencies. Another solution is deep canal technology where hearing aids such as Lyric and Invisible-InCanal (IIC) sit so deep in the ear canal the microphones are completely shielded from any wind. Most ear canals have two bends in them. The first bend is at the entrance to the ear and bends backwards. The second bend is on

average about 10 millimetres in and bends forward. Most wind cannot penetrate past the first bend of the ear canal and the Lyric and IIC hearing aids sit beyond the second bend of the ear canal. This is well out of reach of wind. If they do receive any wind noise it is no more than what one would get if you had normal hearing. If your hearing loss or ear canals are not suitable for deep canal hearing aids then some micro Behind-The-Ear (BTE) models been engineered in an attempt to minimise the effects of wind noise. These have been designed so the external part, which houses the microphones, is very slim and sits very close behind and on the pinnae (external ear), and the pinnae itself then shields the microphones from the wind. This certainly does help, however it still is not 100% effective in very windy conditions. One of the latest solutions for wind noise uses a combination of the above and a form of digital processing called binaural

processing. Binaural processing basically means when you wear two hearing aids the hearing aids send and receive digital information from each other via Bluetooth signals and use this information to adjust the programming of the hearing aid. When wind is blowing directly from the front or back then the microphone housing is usually shielded by the pinnae. If the wind is blowing from one side more than the other, then microphones on the hearing aid on the affected side reduces its sensitivity or shuts down completely. The hearing aid that is not affected by the wind then sends information to the wind-affected hearing aid and continues to supply adequate amplification. The wearer does not notice any perceivable change in volume and speech amplification is maintained. Winter winds can cause havoc with hearing aids but there are solutions to the problem. Talk to a qualified audiologist today about the best solution for you.

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IT REALLY IS NEVER TOO LATE… For those of us that were not born with a smile that we love, we know how photos and new meetings can make us feel shy, anxious and timid.


Linda Ton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Some spend a lifetime hiding their smiles behind a hand or speaking without ever showing their teeth. Some wish that they could magically change their smiles. After working many years in the profession of making beautiful smiles, orthodontists know first-hand that a course of treatment can be life-changing. A beautiful smile is what people will first see and can be a lasting reminder of you, thereon after. So what if you are one of those people and you are an adult? I bet you probably think that you’ve missed the boat and that you are too old for orthodontics.

Well, if you haven’t noticed, many adults proudly sport braces now. Social stigma surrounding braces is disappearing. The modern ceramic braces are subtle and barely visible – perfect for the self-conscious adult. And if you are sure that braces are just not for you, then see the most skilled practitioners to see if clear aligners, like Invisalign ® can achieve a result. Orthodontists treat people of all ages, even those in their 80’s! Adult treatment can be more complex if your teeth are heavily broken down, missing teeth or if your gums have suffered from gum disease. Managing the whole mouth can be tricky and while the orthodontist only does the tooth movement, they will work with your general dentist and other specialists when required, to ensure you get the most out of your time in treatment.

Adult treatment is simpler because the patient is in the driver seat. They are excellent compliers, making progress more predictable. Adults can make the call on what their treatment is, how long it takes and within what budget. Seeing a registered specialist orthodontist will reassure you that you are making the right decisions regarding your health and budget. What do adult patients think? During treatment, orthodontists are often met with exclamations of surprise and satisfaction with the effect and rate of tooth movement. We are often told that after the first adjustment period, the appliances are not obtrusive to daily life. Patients are excited to see their teeth moving in front of their own eyes and the experience is overall very rewarding and positive. After treatment, what do orthodontists love to frequently hear? • I wish I did it years ago • It was easier than I thought

and everyone compliments me on my smile. • I was always so afraid… I’m so glad I did it • M y teeth are now easier to clean • M y kids will need braces and they have confidence that I coped and love the results. It is undeniable that orthodontics can change how people carry themselves. We live in a world where pictures, whether candid or posed, are taken every single day. It’s hard to avoid. You need not be one of those that shies away. Until you begin the journey to attain that smile, you will not appreciate the significance that confidence while speaking and smiling, can give you. Push past your fear and achieve that smile that reflects your spirit. You deserve to be proud of your smile. Call your local registered specialist orthodontist for a comprehensive assessment and let them co-ordinate and guide you through a treatment that keeps your mouth healthy and gives you a stunning smile.

“Did you know? Orthodontists are experts in straightening teeth for patients of all ages.”

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Our philosophy, see page 2.

Arcare history, see page 3.

Community stories, see pages 4 & 5.

Suite, Arcare North Shore.

Melanie and Joan.

Our philosophy What we believe and recognise

Bringing our values to life

We recognise the innate human worth and dignity of each member of our community.

We believe our values come to life during each of our day-to-day interactions with one another.

We embrace and value difference and view old age as a blessing rather than an illness or deficit – a blessing to be celebrated by everyone.

Our team members take responsibility for their interactions so that clients experience full participation, self-determination, freedom, choice and empowerment to the greatest extent possible. This includes challenging any deeply held beliefs and attitudes that may lead to paternalistic treatment of older people, or an underestimation of their potential to contribute.

We believe that it is our duty to protect the citizenship rights of our older community members, including their human, legal, civic and consumer rights. In the context of close, respectful and committed relationships we act in solidarity with clients as they achieve full recognition and inclusion as self-determining, whole human beings. Our values reflect and articulate what is important to us. Our values are relationships, uniqueness, partnerships and flexibility.



What we look for The outcome of our approach and our commitment to one another is that each member of our community experiences a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, fulfilment and significance to the greatest extent possible.


Arcare histor y

Graham, Russell & John Knowles with Ian Ball.

John, Russell and Graham Knowles met Ian Ball in the 1960s while sub-contracting together on church-funded retirement villages. In 1976 they built their first retirement village together, The Frankston Baptist Centre, on the outskirts of Frankston in Victoria. In 2007, their company, Australian Retirement Communities (ARC), was the largest private retirement village operator in Australia with 22 villages and 3000 + units across Victoria and Queensland. ARCare was established as the aged care arm of ARC in 1997, building their first aged care residence in Reservoir, Victoria.

Co-located with ARC’s LaTrobe Retirement Village, ARCare Latrobe (now known as Arcare Reservoir) in Reservoir is a 58 suite low care residence. In 2007 ARC sold their retirement village portfolio to Stockland. From then on, ARCare became known as Arcare, forging a new era in aged care. Arcare now own and operate 36 aged care residences across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Our values are at the heart of what we do.






1/ What a card! North Shore Community

When a new resident moved in that was a bit unsure, Olive was asked to check in on her as staff knew she was a wonderful companion.

June is a bright and bubbly lady who recently moved into Arcare North Shore.

Olive visited Joyce down the hall and they clicked instantly. Olive’s pet name for Joyce is ‘my girl’ and each morning at their dining table Olive will ask how ‘my girl’ is today.

June was out in Townsville when she happened to see some ladies quilling. She thought that it looked interesting so, at the young age of 71, she went along to the U3A to learn card making. June then started going to a class at a shop here in Kirwan, Townsville called Cards by You. While doing her class there, June met five other lovely ladies who became very good friends. They still meet up once a month for a day of card making, chatting and lunch.

3/ Brass band in the swing Caboolture Community

June cannot wait ‘til it is her turn where she will be able to hold her group here for lunch and a day of card making.

On a beautiful sunny morning Ye Olde Brass RSL Memorial Band came to play at Arcare Caboolture.

2/ Lifelong friends North Shore Community

The band have been playing together for 38 years and play all around the peninsula of Morton Bay in Queensland.

Olive, a resident at Arcare North Shore, is a very sociable lady who “likes to have company, likes people and doesn’t like talking about herself much”.


Even when unable to come out of their rooms due to illness the ladies keep in touch via telephone where they chat about their day, their worries and their families. Olive’s closest friends all sit in the dining room with some of the volunteers and staff calling them the Awesome Four.


Our residents were entertained with the sounds of old time brass music and theme songs from movies which they loved to sing along to.





4/ A wish come true Parkinson Community The lifestyle team at Arcare Parkinson have been busy making wishes come true. At a recent residents meeting, Lionel told us he wished someone would give him a Valentine’s Day card. This got the lifestyle team thinking! All residents were asked: “If you had one special wish what would it be?” The lifestyle team immediately got to work on Lionel’s wish for a Valentine’s Day card as well as granting as many other wishes as possible. 5/ Mystery bus tour Hope Island Community The first bus trip of the year for Arcare Hope Island residents was a surprise to everyone.

Whispers and excitement filled the bus with many guesses along the way. The bus arrived at the picturesque Botanic Gardens at Benowa on the Gold Coast. Residents enjoyed a picnic morning tea amongst a green oasis in the heart of the city. 6/ Five years young at Peregian Springs Peregian Springs Community Arcare Peregian Springs recently celebrated their 5th birthday. At least 45 residents came to join the celebrations as well as some family members. Two of our original residents cut the cake and some of our original staff were able to join us for the celebrations. Betty, one of our original residents got up and made a speech after cutting the cake. Betty said, “If you’ve made it to 90, life’s pretty great!”

Lifestyle Coordinator Allison Ferguson picked a Mystery Tour to be the first bus trip.



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Dear Abbey Our Abbeys are back to answer your questions and dispense some valuable life advice, from relationships and rogue teenagers to sartorial pointers Dear Abbeys, Do you have any tips on saving money? I work hard but all my money seems to disappear. Help! Broke Abbeys: Dear Broke, Bette Clydesdale

Alice Gallagher

It was much easier for us oldies to save our money back years ago. The problem with today is that people are more likely to buy things on credit – even when they know they can’t afford it. Audrey: I used to have a jar in my cupboard, and all my spare change used to go in that jar. I was often quite surprised at how much I saved. That jar helped me out a number of times when I got stuck for money.

Audrey Goodwin

Dulcie Viney

Alma Carlson

Betty Jenkins

All of the Abbeys agree that the best way to deal with saving money is to set a budget. You have to be strict with yourself and include everything you spend, even down to your coffee or lunches (if you buy them). Also include your hair appointments, transport costs – absolutely everything. You will be surprised by how much you actually spend. Alice always used to have a spare tin that was labelled ‘biscuits’. Her husband was diabetic and couldn’t eat biscuits, so she thought it would stop him from going into it. She suspected that he did dip into it now and then, but she always managed to save enough to pay a few little bills.

If you find yourself needing some life or style advice or have questions that keep you up at night, our Abbeys can help. These women have years of wisdom on their side and they’re more than happy to share it with you. Send our Abbeys your questions via: Email: askabbey@arcare.com.au Facebook: Post your questions with #askarcaresabbeys to our Facebook page (facebook.com/arcareagedcare) Post: Ask Abbey, PO Box 2468, Moorabbin VIC 3189 Call: 1300 075 236



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Volunteer and join our community Are you someone who can make others smile and feel special? Do you feel satisfied knowing you have contributed towards making someone’s day more pleasurable? If yes, why not volunteer at our North Shore Community. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and drop it in to our North Shore residence. You can also reach us via email at volunteers@arcare.com.au or call 1300 075 236. Name:







MAKING MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY Registration is now open for the second Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference, to be held at James Cook University’s Townsville campus on July 6 and 7. Mental health challenges are costing Australian workplaces billions each year, not to mention the personal cost for staff and students alike. “There are approximately 1.4 million students studying in Australian universities and national mental health prevalence data (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008) estimates that of the 210,000 university students aged between 18 and 25, at least one in four will experience mental ill-health in any one year,” says Associate Professor Margaret-Anne Carter (James Cook University), one of the founders of the Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference.

“This figure is a wake-up call, creating both challenges and opportunities for universities, the mental health sector and the wider community.” The second Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference aims to build a more resilient culture within higher education and the local community through exploration of the factors affecting mental health. Keynote speakers will include Professor Rachael Field, Professor Bond University Faculty of Law, Richard Hill, psychotherapist and director of the Mindscience Institute, and Associate Professor Russell Roberts, Chair of the National

Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health. “I’ll be travelling to Townsville for the conference to speak about Equally Well, which is a national initiative to improve the physical health of people with a mental illness,” Associate Professor Russell Roberts says. “Most people don’t realise that the major cause of early death for people with a mental health illness isn’t suicide — it’s cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer. For every person who dies of suicide, 10 die early for those three reasons.” Launched in July, 2017, Equally Well is a collective of over 70 national bodies that aims to improve the quality of life of people living with mental illness by providing equal access to quality health care and championing physical health as a priority. Supported by The National Mental Health Commission and Charles Sturt University, the initiative calls for better collaboration and coordination between governments, professional bodies, social and

community services and other leaders in mental health to make the physical health of people living with mental illness a national priority. “Although it has the commitment of all the state and territory governments, this is not a top-down government push, it’s a collective impact approach with involvement from professional groups such as the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, and community groups such as Mental Health Australia and Reach Out,” Associate Professor Roberts says. “It’s targeted at every level to ensure there’s a good flow of continuous communication and we’re very excited about how it’s going to transpire over the next five years.” Register now for the conference to find out more about Equally Well and many other mental health initiatives www.jcu.edu.au/amhhec. KYLIE DAVIS

Most people don’t realise that the major cause of early death for people with a mental health illness isn’t suicide… ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RUSSELL ROBERTS

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A young person, usually between the ages of 13 and 19: adolescent, teen, youth. Informal: teener.


Awkward Anonymous Teen

Teenager. This word is so stereotypical. It characterises people based on looks, or age. If you’re reading this, you either are a teenager, were a teenager, or will be a teenager. So, at one point in your life you will be called a teenager. Physically being a teenager, is very different to being characterised or called a teenager. You become a teen when you turn 13. That is the first age where you can be officially classed as a teenager. Being a teenager comes with great responsibilities. You have different things happen to you physically, and things change mentally. You will meet new people. Some will be great and some you may possibly not have a pleasant experience with. But it’s not all bad. You will go up a grade in school, and that can be good too. You’ll learn lots of new things, take on more responsibilities and encounter more challenges. I like to think of life as a bridge. You start at one end, where it is easy and not too wobbly, but as you age and walk further, it gets harder to stand upright and not trip occasionally. But by the end, you’ve had an amazing adventure, and everything is easy again. When you enter your teen years, you start to walk further into the middle, so it starts to get a bit wobbly.


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Through the journey of my columns, I will be writing about challenges faced by teenagers, how to overcome them, and some personal experiences every now and then. Some of the topics I will be discussing include; physical changes, mental changes, exercise and fitness, personal care, school problems, peer pressure, navigating social media, bullying, and upsetting or unpleasant thoughts. One of the first being physical changes because there’s a bit going on during our teenage years. The initial things that may come to your mind when this is mentioned may be height and growth, or something like that but I believe that the most obvious is pimples. Or acne. Whatever you want to call them. Personally, I call them little red devils. Honestly come on! Like I don’t have enough to worry about right now! Homework, friendships, social media, and now these little red bumps of pure frustration. Every few days a new one appears. It is very annoying. How to treat these bumps of frustration? Firstly, diet is important. Eat healthy unprocessed foods and cut out the sugar. Drink lots of water. You need to exfoliate your face every night and make sure your hands are clean if you touch your face. Just a small piece of advice, you know all those pimple creams you see in the supermarket? DON’T USE THEM! NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU THINK THAT THEY WORK! “PIMPLE REMOVER” OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, EQUALS BACK OFF! But seriously, they are just full of chemicals that can hurt and damage your skin. Sometimes permanently. However, not all

advertised remedies are bad. There are multiple natural ways to remove or treat acne. Some include Aloe-Vera, lemon, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, fish oil, fenugreek leaf, olive oil, rose water and many more. Despite these ingredients sounding like a recipe for a fresh salad or a delicious treat, they can help. If you are looking for some natural remedies for acne or pimples, jump online and check some out. But make sure the things you are using are friendly to your skin. With so many changes starting to commence inside our young bodies, strap yourself in and hold on tight because being a teen is like riding a crazy roller-coaster. Lots of up’s and down’s, but hopefully more ups.

Appreciate every moment you have being a teenager because it doesn’t last forever. It really is a wild ride and you and I are just getting started. Let’s do this. Fact: Did you know the average teenager receives or sends 30 texts per day? Do you send more or less? Quote: “It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s ok to feel down and have a bad day. It’s ok to not always fit in. It’s ok to feel anxious.” – Grayson Dolan



Would you like to announce the arrival of your precious bundle in DUO Magazine? Send your details and photo to: arrivals@duomagazine.com.au With much joy, Joseph Culver & Katy Marhin announce the arrival of their first child Korbin James Culver born on 22 September 2017

Brenton & Sally Atkins and big sisters Lani and Oriana welcomed their new addition Ezra Atkins to the family on 19 April 2018.

Announcing the arrival of their precious baby boy Alex Andrew Serra on 17 April 2018 are happy parents Andrew & Kirri Serra.

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K-POP QUEEN MENTORS STUDENT SONGWRITERS Heatley Secondary College/TCTC has again hosted a hands-on, deadline-driven APRA SongMakers workshop in May of this year. Sixteen talented senior students, selected from seven local state high schools, were brought together to collaborate on the writing and recording of four original songs over just two days.

Sydney DJ and K-Pop performer/ writer, KLP (aka Kristy Lee Ackers) along with Robert Conley, engineer/producer who has worked with Destiny’s Child, Ricky Martin, Darren Hayes and Kiss, conducted the APRA SongMakers workshop. Kristy, who has collaborated with Milwaukee Banks and DCup , said, “The workshop covered the elements of song writing, arranging, production


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planning and recording, and gave students real world insight into contemporary creative practice and the many diverse career pathways available to contemporary musicians/ producers.” Song writing and music composition is at the pointy end of the music industry. These are the products that are performed, recorded, synchronised in film/ video, streamed, and embed

themselves into the collective memories of every society and culture. Coordinator of APRA SongMakers, Tina Broad, who attended said, “SongMakers is all about giving young musicians a fast tracked insight into the contemporary music industry, by putting them together with top-of-their-game industry mentors with international experience. The workshop was demanding and challenging, especially because students had to work with others they didn’t know well, and under tight timeframes. What great students! They made such mature and enthusiastic contributions over the two days and got a taste of what it’s like in the real world to collaborate, create and advocate for one’s ideas in a group situation. And they helped create such great songs.”

An intense creative fervour filled the various workspaces within the TCTC as students picked up instruments to explore arrangement ideas, whiteboard markers to brainstorm lyrics, gathered close to create harmonies on the fly, laughing at mistakes and ultimately, to cheer and applaud each other’s group song creations. Bjarne Ohlin and Mindi Mewing, from TCTC/Heatley Secondary College, were delighted to coordinate and host the unique opportunity utilising the facilities extensive technical music production resources. The overwhelming positive response to their work was evident in more than 1,000 views on TCTC Facebook within a matter of days, ‘I am listening to the students’ compositions and they are fantastic! In only two days… amazing!’ Rose Rush, HOD Arts, William Ross SHS.


Follow these links to hear the songs written and performed by the students over the two day workshop: Reasons www.facebook.com/TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/ videos/1821138368194081/ Someone I Am Not www.facebook.com/TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/ videos/1821130031528248/ Falling Down www.facebook.com/TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/ videos/1821122488195669/ Nothing To Something www.facebook.com/TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/ videos/1821119724862612/

Recognised for the excellence of its music production courses, the TCTC was first invited to host an APRA SongMakers workshop in 2014 and then again in 2017. Students who participated, like Tyrone Osmond and Jarrod Towers have gone on to become confident, prolific songwriters and music producers. The experienced industry professional instructors, and easy access to current production equipment and software, shorten the learning curve and empowers emerging engineers and songwriters to develop confidence in their ability to collaborate successfully. Other participants have now completed tertiary study at JMC Academy and University of QLD and like Tyrone, are beginning to integrate their digital skills into the wider demands of their technical production practices, establishing themselves as freelance engineers/producers.

As well as sound and music production, animation, game programming, graphic design and digital film/video production are also areas of skills training you can undertake at the TCTC. For further information, contact the Heatley Secondary College Administration Office on 4726 8333 or enquire online at:

tctc@heatleysc.eq.edu.au or www.facebook.com/ TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/

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It’s 2018 and the idea of using plastic bags to half heartedly carry around your groceries and pinching plastic straws to unnecessarily sip on your Vodka, lime and soda is about to become a faint memory. The One Green Planet organisation has analysed that 500 million plastic straws are used a day world wide. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMC) states that 10 million plastic bags are used a day in Australia. And 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year by plastics, not including the one million seabirds that die due to plastics as well. Despite most plastics being labeled as biodegradable, AMC say the truth is that they will out live you, and it is estimated that by 2050, there will be 12 million kilograms of plastic waste in Australian landfills, and more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish. Important dates of the year such as Earth Day, World Environment Day and World Oceans Day have all incorporated the theme ‘ban plastic pollution’ into their day of acknowledgment and action this year. Following this are supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths who from July 1 are ceasing the use of free plastic bags. Walking in their footsteps right near you are restaurants committing to make Townsville plastic free and environmentally friendly. In 2017, The Ville ResortCasino made a pledge to ‘The Last Straw’ movement to reduce use of plastics commenting, “the way we are going we are slowly drowning in plastic, we are proud to say we choose to not serve straws which end up in our oceans, killing wildlife and polluting our planet.” In February 2017, Longboards Bar and Grill on the strand closed the restaurant for eight weeks for a major renovation. “It was when


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we replaced the old deck on the headland that we witnessed all the straws underneath on the ground. This was a big motivation as we are located right on the water,” said the Manager Chris. The restaurant has since ceased the use of plastic straws. “We are currently utilising paper straws for cocktails and for guests who ask for a straw. We are looking down the pathway of eco straws that decompose as the paper straws are not receiving well amongst the patrons.” “Eradicating plastic straws is only one step in the grand scheme of things, however can you imagine if everyone eradicated plastic straws? We hope more Townsville businesses and residents jump on board with the eradication of plastic waste as this is just the first step of many.” If paper straws sound like nothing but a dissolving mess to you, than you’re not alone. Businesses such as Green + Kind offer eco-friendly alternatives to plastics such as straws and toothbrushes. Straws that are sold online are made only from bamboo and are reusable as well as biodegradable. For every toothbrush and pack of bamboo straws sold, 50 cents is donated to Sea Shepherd Australia; a Conservation Society whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s ocean. Avani, established in 2014 provides a bio-based alternative to petroleum-based plastic bags. The product titled “I am not plastic” involves bags that are compostable and biodegradable. The project that initially began in Bali states on their website, “Bali, Indonesia is assumed by most as a tropical island paradise with pristine white sand beaches. Unfortunately, scrutinising the matters closer, the truth is that Bali’s beaches are now often saturated with garbage and debris- with the majority of them being plastic.”

“Upon it’s official establishment, Avani is now available in multiple countries bringing the same missionreplacing disposable plastic products in an effort to strive for a cleaner and greener earth.” Across the world, there are many different variations of the eco-friendly straw that is substituting the plastic version. These ideas include: straw/ hay straws, glass straws, pasta straws, lolistraws and the worlds first collapsible, reusable straw that folds down into a case small enough to fit on your key chain. Whilst the eradication of straws are an integral part of minimising plastic pollution, there are still a number of things around the house and in your community that you can do to save the environment such as: 1. Preserving foods in stainless steal containers then placing in the freezer. 2. Using matches rather than plastic lighters. 3. Switching from plastic cutlery/ plates to those made from paper or glass. 4. Use plastic free hair accessories e.g. clips/brushes. 5. Skip on the plastic produce bags at the supermarket. 6. If you’re finding it difficult to remember your environment bags when going grocery shopping than a handy tip is to leave them under your car keys or in the passenger seat of your car. It is true that old habits die hard, (so you might be thinking it be impossible to quit plastic altogether) but with the rate we’re going, the earth is going to die much, much earlier. CONNECT NOW To find out more information on how you can reduce your use of plastic go to: 100 Steps To A Plastic Free Life https://myplasticfreelife.com/ plasticfreeguide/


SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT IS THE NEW PLASTIC Local restaurants pave greener pathway as plastic pollution is becoming extremely prevalent around the world. EMILY DEVON

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SIMPLY RETIRED? THINK AGAIN. Just when you thought being a self-funded retiree was easy…. Bring on the Transfer Balance Account.


Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

The is something you need to be aware of, but it is more the challenge for your accountant and adviser. To put it simply, the ATO wants to know as much information about you as possible, in your self-funded retired stage. Why? Because they have never really had live pension data on you before. Usually the ATO must wait a considerable amount of time for your current balances


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to be reported, and even then, it becomes old news. So the ATO has designed a new method, called The Transfer Balance Account. This account helps the ATO keep track of your amounts in pension phase and transactions that occur. This balance helps work out if you have capacity, under your cap, or if you have gone over the cap at any given time. This cap for the 2017/18 year is $1.6 million, which is the amount you can have in the retirement phase in your fund. Any amounts over this cap must revert back to accumulation phase. Why does the ATO care about this you ask? It is to make sure that only the limited amount enjoys the benefits of retirement phase, not the whole lot. Those benefits include the earning of income in a very enjoyable tax free environment. But what this does mean, is extra work for your accountant and your adviser, which results in extra time spent reporting this information to the ATO, and to which you may have to pay for this extra but necessary service.

So not only does your super not enjoy what it used to, but your costs of compliance may increase as well. All to keep the ATO more informed, and ensure they are not missing out on any income tax generating opportunities. To be clear, the ATO does not want to know what pension payments you make, as generally this is paid to you tax free. Nor do they particularly care about if your investments are earning or losing, or when an income stream is closed. What the ATO wants to know is, have you totalled all your super interests in the one place, or do you have super in many places, what was the value of your retirement phase pension account, values of any reversionary super pensions and any excess transfer balance earnings that result from excess balances you have. The ATO also care about how you reduce your excess transfer balance and/or how you increase your cap capacity. So, this is giving the ATO the ability to actively check and keep in check their retirees, capture the excessed and charge income

tax on this accordingly. Therefore, it pays to be in close contact with your financial adviser and your accountant to make sure they are taking a proactive approach to your fund and advising you on what you need to do to remain compliant and up to speed with the ATO requirements. The ATO have been kind enough to acknowledge these challenges and generally SMSF’s won’t need to commence this reporting until 1 July 2018. Bear in mind though, if you fail at this, and you are a self-funded retiree, your fund won’t comply, and you will lose the ability to earn income in that potentially nice tax-free environment.

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



So you have an idea and you’ve been thinking about starting a business? The 1st July is the second best time to start a new business, after NOW!

Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

There is plenty to be optimistic about in Townsville and with constantly improving technology, there’s never been a better time to get underway, without the expensive upfront investments required of yester-year. Well, where do you start? Having an idea isn’t enough, you need to take action! But before you do, you need to ask yourself if you are cut-out for life as a business owner. Make no mistake, business is TOUGH. Are you prepared for lumpy cash flow, never ending expenses and plenty of stress? Ask any business owner – they’ll fill you in on all of their lessons and constant challenges,

but they’re also likely tell you that they wouldn’t change it for a day job. I’m grateful to have seen and been involved in plenty of new business ventures, so I have put together a Cheat Sheet of the best steps to take to get your idea off the ground and to try and avoid the common mistakes new entrants make. Step 1. Talk to potential customers and ask them if they think you have a good idea. This is the single most important thing you need to do. If you’re too nervous to talk to customers just stop now. Business is about people and relationships. If you can’t share your idea and receive critical feedback then, sorry to say, you just won’t last. I’ve seen people spend tens of thousands of dollars, literally their life’s savings and blow it all in under 12 months, because they didn’t have Proof of Concept. Step 2. As the Flight of the Concord’s sang: It’s Business (Plan) Time. Now that you’ve received feedback and proven that there is a market for your

idea, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal (or fingers to the keyboard) and write your Business Plan. There are plenty of templates online to choose from. Make sure you take the time to really think about how you will run your business and document everything. You’ll refer back to this document many many times and you’ll update it often as you learn more and more as you go. You can’t shortcut your Business Plan. It will shortcut your results and not in a good way. Be sure to include a Cashflow Forecast and a Budget. Step 3. Get advice. Talk to your Accountant and Solicitor. Tell them your ideas and show them your Business Plan. Let them tell you about the rules and regulations you will encounter. Listen to their advice and get them to prepare your Trading entity (structure, ABN, TFN, trading name and GST registration). Step 4. Organise your money. Open up your Business Banking Account so you can start paying your expenses the right way.

Ideally you want to claim as much as possible for your Tax Returns each year and by now you’re sure to have had more than a few bills to pay. As Kerry Packer famously quipped ‘If anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax they need their head read.’ It’s better in your pocket than the Tax Man’s. Now, revisit the budget you completed in your Business Plan. If you still haven’t prepared, reviewed and refined your budget yet, you need to pause and do it NOW! Whatever you have budgeted for, double it. It’s a magical rule of business – whatever you think it’s going to cost, just double it. No matter how much planning, foresight and knowledge you may have, there is ALWAYS another bill/cost/ expense waiting to blow up your budget. Next month we’ll discuss preparing for your launch and get into a bit more of the practical day-to-day running. Until then, Happy Planning! The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned.


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The strong reputation for quality and safety of produce coming from North Queensland farms is now driving demand from international markets including China, the Middle East and South Asia.

When you’re tucking into that juicy mango or pineapple you purchased at the supermarket do you ever stop and think about the origin of that fruit? Majority of locals would be well aware that it was most likely grown on a farm in North Queensland. But what about that teaspoon of sugar you add to your morning coffee? Do you realise those granules of sugar could have started out in the Hinchinbrook cane fields? What about when preparing the rice to serve with your dahl curry? The grain and legumes may have originated from the rice and lentil growers farming in the Burdekin. How lucky are we to live in a region abundant with food products growing right on our doorstep? Not every country is as privileged to have such rich agricultural assets supported by near-perfect year-round growing conditions. North Queensland has untapped potential to grow its agricultural industry, particularly into Asia. Expanding the industry’s export opportunities can be supported by the Townsville Airport and the Port of Townsville through increased infrastructure investment into these locally based hubs. Agriculture is a major sector within the Townsville North Queensland economy,

employing 3,642 people (3.5%) and contributing approximately $604.19 million (3.8%) to Gross Regional Product. Regionally, the industry comprises of key sub-sectors including broadacre, livestock, horticulture and aquaculture, each representing significant growth opportunities in our region. Sugarcane is North Queensland’s major agricultural commodity, producing $543 million of gross value in 2015/16 followed by beef cattle ($291 million). Other significant regional agricultural commodities include various horticulture produce such as melons, sweet corn, beans, mangoes, and pineapples. Agricultural land in Townsville North Queensland occupies 85% of the region, with 77% of this used for grazing native vegetation. Over 1,600 farms are calculated to be in the area, making up 7% of all farm businesses in Queensland. The strong reputation for quality and safety of the produce coming from these North Queensland farming areas is now driving demand from international markets including China, the Middle East and South Asia. Recognising this, Townsville Enterprise and the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC) (Townsville,

Hinchinbrook, Charters Towers, the Burdekin and Palm Island) identified the need for collective industry action on transforming North Queensland’s agriculture production, infrastructure and export sectors to meet existing and future international market demands. Last month, the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia, Senator Matthew Canavan and Senator Ian Macdonald announced that NQROC and Townsville Enterprise had received a grant to position the North Queensland agricultural industry to take advantage of the opportunities in Asia. As a result of this grant funding, Townsville Enterprise has commissioned the North Queensland Agricultural Market and Supply Chain Study to investigate how our region can tap into these exciting international markets. The market-led initiative is the first of its type in Australia and will be project managed by Townsville Enterprise, who has commissioned KPMG to undertake the research, assisted by locally based firms, Premise and AEC. The key objective of the study is to determine how North Queensland is currently positioned to supply and export food products internationally.

This will ensure local producers are well informed to maximise production opportunities and meet future international agricultural demand. The findings from the study are expected to be handed down within the next 12 months. This is all about what produce we have to serve which Asian market, how we deliver it and the industry and government decisions we need to make this happen. By continuing to build this important industry across North Queensland, local employment opportunities will also strengthen. Agriculture is an exciting growth sector for the North, and by taking the North Queensland food bowl global, not only will those at the heart of the industry reap the rewards, but benefits will flow across our whole region. CONNECT NOW www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

RENEWABLES IS THE FUTURE The energy landscape has changed. Adaptation is called for. A few years ago, I penned a column that claimed that renewables were ‘in’, and coal was ‘out’. In broad terms, this claim is unfolding as expected. Underlying economic imperatives occasioned by ever-improving technology, combined with changing social license expectations, have changed the energy landscape for good. Before someone gets their undergarments into an almighty tangle, let’s deal with the puerile nonsense that somehow suggests that this claim – that is, that ‘coal is out’ – means that we all wake up tomorrow and there’s no more coal-fired power. Coal, as a fuel of power, will in all likelihood be part of all of our lives for the next 2–3 decades. But it is a diminishing part in the broader scheme of things. Renewable energy costs have plummeted in the last decade. Indeed, they’ve pretty much fallen over a cliff in the last five years, so much so that the time of parity – where renewable costs are on a par with costs of installed coal – has more or less

arrived. What’s more significant, however, is that the cost of renewable energy is cheaper than the cost of new coal power. Those who suggest that new coal will be cheaper (because coal itself is relatively cheap) simply forget that old coal’s infrastructure has long been paid for. Even coal-carrying Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison knows that. RENEWABLES ON OUR DOORSTEP In the past three years, North Queensland has been the focal point of a renewable energy revolution. Thousands of megawatts of solar, wind and pumped hydro power capacity is now under construction. And the pipeline is brimming with even more project ambition. This is good news for North Queensland and should have been embraced long ago by local industry and civic leaders, demonstrating through deed and advocacy the opportunity to reshape business competitiveness in this new landscape. Instead, we’ve had contributions to regional energy policy that have simply chosen to

ignore the renewables revolution. In 2014, Townsville Enterprise (TEL) published a consultancy report that claimed to evaluate the merits or otherwise of a regional coal-fired base load power station. The report was already superseded by the passage of technological advancement by the time it hit the desk. The report’s analysis could barely muster a case for a coal fired power plant, and concluded that it was at best marginal and more likely a difficult investment decision. It certainly was no raving endorsement. Since its publication, the region’s only legacy coal-fired power plant at Collinsville has been decommissioned, and is being replaced by a solar plant. Incredulously, the report assumed that there was no possibility of renewable energy ‘at scale’ as an alternative when in fact, everywhere across the globe, at-scale renewable energy projects were emerging. The report admitted that the prospects of a new coal fired power station would diminish should there be at-scale renewables in the regional energy mix. To assume that there was no

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


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Places and people must evolve, or in the end, they perish. Gazing longingly into the past, in the hope that the ravages of time can be forestalled or even halted, is a fool’s errand. Energy futures in the region is a case in point.


prospect of at-scale renewables in the region was either a case of professional negligence, or the consultants who wrote the report were constrained by the client’s brief. I suspect the latter. Worse was to come. If the business case was marginal at best, the regional economic case was tendentious and irresponsible. The entirety of the argument ultimately boiled down to a concession that much of the potential economic upside for the region would result directly from ‘wealth transfer’ effects. In other words, rather than create value in and of itself, the North would potentially gain some benefit by causing other regions of the State to lose. Beggar-thyneighbour economic policies are a recipe for mutual decline. With this mindset as the guiding frame for the region’s economic elite, it’s little wonder that they couldn’t see the renewables revolution taking place before their very eyes. And, by not being able to see the potential that this change brought, we’ve lost four years in nonsensical advocacy for a new coal fired power station in the North.

DECENTRALISED POSSIBILITIES We are now on the cusp of the next significant transformation in the energy landscape. Here, I am talking about a host of decentralised initiatives, which will deliver greater autonomy and empowerment to energy system participants than ever before. I’ve talked about prosumerisation in the past; where consumers of energy are also producers of energy (think solar on the roof as a simple example). Expect to see prosumerisation deepen and broaden over the next five years. Not only will residential users become increasingly producers of energy as well (renewables + storage), so too will commercial and industrial players in our community. Micronetworks, peer-to-peer trading, greater flexibility in system capabilities made possible by the growing presence of electric cars (which can act as storagecum-generators) combined with more emphasis on demand-side initiatives will likely see the rate of growth in energy costs fall compared to the past decade. We now know that the driver of cost increases over the past decade has largely been network gold-plating. Put plainly, that’s pouring way too much capital into assets that are rarely used but have to be paid for. (Incidentally, the same fundamental cost issues are present on the question of water; a second pipeline is likely to increase the cost of water to the city, because the $250m pipeline will have to be paid for, even if it will rarely ever be used.) So, as the energy system decentralises, new technologies will enable a more efficient utilisation of existing investment and capacity. Some may describe this as the AirBnB equivalent of energy, whereby spare capacity across the whole network can be activated through platforms that enable the trading of demand and supply without a middleman.

Marginal costs are likely to be low to make available spare capacity, so the impact on energy costs can be expected to be downward. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES Imagine if the region’s economic elite had spent more time driving forward the commercial opportunities offered by these market and technological dynamics rather than peddling the snake oil of a regional coal fired power plant. Ergon Energy (when it was around) was an advocate for an NQ Centre of Energy Excellence, headquartered in Townsville. James Cook University was on board. An initiative like this would have created a focal point in the region for a whole lot of ‘smart energy’ smarts. Whether this was in core technology R&D or in market design, or in experimental activities associated with peer-to-peer trading across a blockchain-enabled payments and validation network, or better demand side management practices, a focal institution would have concentrated clever people doing valuable things in the city. It could have had global stature, each and every day of the year. Instead, we got a football stadium that will be used, at best, 20 times a year. Townsville City Council itself was part of a national initiative called Solar Cities. The results of the real-life trials, which ended in 2013, demonstrated the cost savings to the region of aggressively going down the residential renewables pathway. The technology has simply got cheaper and better since then. If there is an upside of the Solar Cities initiative, it is that there is a body of corporate knowledge that can be mobilised to give life to a host of sustainable energy initiatives that would deliver net economic, social and ecological benefits.

In 2014, I brought two LED street lamps to Townsville from Changshu, China. (Changshu is a Sister City of Townsville’s so it made sense to collaborate with their factories and engineers.) The street lamps were installed on the back of the Walker Street Council chambers, and I believe remain there today. For my part, personally funding these lamps was to enable people to see how effective the technology could be, how robust it was in the NQ environment, and ultimately how a whole-ofcity network could be rolled out to save ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Better than that, the proposal – being developed through a collaborative co-design approach involving Council and JCU at the time – was to design a cutting edge super low-cost whole-ofcity data, communications and environmental sensor network that would form the backbone of a smart city mesh. I called it CommMesh – Community Mesh. Indeed, given the energy savings and the value-added potential from comms and data, a top-line business case indicated that the net revenues over time could have been tapped to seed fund other smart initiatives such as a CBD district cooling initiative, which would further drop costs to ratepayers forever and a day. And all this was done under a not-for-profit umbrella, to ensure proceeds would be re-invested into the future, and not extracted from the region. The 21st century waits for no-one; least of all, those who remain glued to the 20th century. Nature has provided the North with ample opportunities in the form of renewable energy resources. It’s about time we adapted our thinking and embraced them, so as to drive a new wave of high-value economic activity for the city’s future wellbeing.

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Associate Professor Dr Stephen Moston

CQUNI TOWNSVILLE LEADING THE WAY IN PSYCHOLOGY CQUniversity Townsville is leading the way when it comes to psychology.


he Townsville campus, which offers the Bachelor of Psychological Science degree as a face-to-face course has continued to grow in the psychological science space with a number of new academics joining the CQUni Townsville ranks. One such academic is Associate Professor Dr Stephen Moston. Dr Moston is the Head of Course in Forensic Psychology and is also a researcher in the field. “I’ve always been interested in forensic psychology,” Dr Moston said. “I love teaching forensic…it’s great to work with students who start working things out and then I try and corrupt them to carry on and do forensic work,” Dr Moston laughed. Dr Moston is joined by other psychology lecturers at CQUni Townsville and said he was excited about what the future held for the field. “We are hoping to get a Graduate Certificate of Applied Forensic Psychology off the ground


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at CQUni for next year,” Dr Moston announced. “Even the mere rumour of its existence is attracting interest. Forensic psychology is a very popular specialisation around the world and there is a clear demand here in Australia for graduates and people with skills in forensic psychology. It’s something we’re very excited about – the aim is to be the centre for forensic psychology here in Australia!” Dr Moston said there is plenty of job opportunity in the field for graduates. “I’ve placed students with the Queensland Police, Corrections – there’s all sorts of groups that are hiring psychologists,” Dr Moston said. “You’ll find a lot of senior police officers have degrees in psychology these days and also PhDs in psychology. They really appreciate how things are done within a very scientific framework and they can apply what’s been done, particularly things like interviewing techniques – it’s changed the way in which

investigations are conducted and that’s all come out of psychological science.” While he’s often seen teaching lectures, Dr Moston said he too is always learning and looking for new topics to research in the field of psychology. “I work with students and every year we think up something new that we could research.” Dr Moston said. “The last thing I saw was something about dogs being used in interviews with sexual assault victims to support the people who are giving testimony. I did my PhD on social support and spent years studying social support, and it wouldn’t have occurred to me to include a dog during the process of interviewing. What a great idea – now there’s something I just have to study!” Want to listen to Dr Moston’s full interview? Head to the CQUni Podcast at soundcloud.com/ cquniversity

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A UNI THAT KNOWS TOWNSVILLE At CQUniversity Australia, we know that you want options when it comes to a quality education. With a huge range of courses, outstanding support and flexibility, plus the expertise of a uni ranked in the top two per cent worldwide*, at CQUni we know what you need to succeed. We know Townsville locals want options to study what and how they like. That’s why we offer a wide range of courses right on your doorstep, plus plenty more available online via our renowned distance education mode. Find the course that’s right for you, with local on-campus options including: » professional communications business » psychology creative arts » public health education » Skills for Tertiary Education information technology Preparatory Program (STEPS) nursing » plus many more available online paramedic science

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Whatever you choose to study, you’ll benefit from joining Australia’s largest regional university. We’ve grown in response to our students’ needs, offering more locations, more courses and more flexible ways to study. This includes a strong commitment to growth in North Queensland, where we’re working with community and industry on opportunities and projects to strengthen the Townsville region such as Orange Sky Australia’s hybrid laundry and shower van, Townsville Business Women’s Circle Quick Bites Series and our inaugural CQUniversity Townsville Community Grants Program.

“I tell everyone CQUniversity is the best university. It’s because you don’t get lost in the crowd.” – Jake. Discover CQUni stories at cqu.edu.au/stories.

For you, it means more choice, whether you’re interested in a certificate, diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate or research higher degree – on campus or online, full or part time.

Explore your study options at Australia’s largest regional university and be what you want to be.

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Plus, our courses are designed alongside industry to prepare you with up-to-date, real-world knowledge and skills. It’s an approach to education that’s seen us recognised as Australia’s first and only Changemaker Campus by social innovation group Ashoka U and achieve some of the best graduate outcomes in the country^.



A $1,75BN COMMITMENT TO DEVELOPING PEOPLE James Cook University plays a remarkable role in the development of human capital in Northern Queensland.


CU is committed to top-quality teaching, learning and research that delivers practical benefits to communities, industries and the global environment. Students and researchers are equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the workforce in the Tropics and throughout the world. The JCU focus is on graduates who have the expertise to make a difference in their profession and their communities. JCU is also committed to providing the professional workforce for under-served communities and providing access and opportunity to those people that may not have previously been able to access higher education. JCU develops graduates who have the knowledge, skills and disposition to succeed in a global workforce by increasing our focus


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on authentic learning experiences, global citizenship, Work Integrated Learning and innovation. JCU graduates are prepared for the competitive demands of the rapidly changing local and global workforce. Our commitment to this goal has seen JCU ranked number one in Australia for employer satisfaction.1 JCU graduates can be found contributing and working in a range of industries throughout North Queensland and well beyond. In addition, JCU has received five stars for job success for the past seven years, which demonstrates how much employers’ value JCU graduates theoretical knowledge and practical experience.2 Genuine learning opportunities outside the lecture theatre offer real life experiences.

Students benefit from learning under the sea, in local health clinics and hospitals, overseas, in the rainforest and outback and in many other field locations. An international university as reflected in our people, our places, and our research, is recognised as a leading tertiary institution in Australia, our Asia-Pacific region and among the top 2% of universities of the world.3 JCU Economic and Human Capital Impact Report, 2018 1. QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey National Report, 2017 2. The Good Universities Guide, 2018 3. Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 2017

Connect now www.jcu.edu.au

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ABOVE PHOTO TOP ROW Brendan Stewart Deputy Principal Marg Hodgson Deputy Principal – Community & Staff Development Paul Fanning Business Manager SEATED Johanna Smith Deputy Principal – Identity & Mission John Doolan Deputy Principal – Pastoral Shaun Clarke Principal Allison Elcoate Deputy Principal – Operations & Data Analysis

THE WORLD IS THEIRS TO DISCOVER Educating the leaders of tomorrow with traditional values and innovative curriculum.


gnatius Park College is proud to offer students the ability to pursue their dreams now, providing a diverse range of pathways and subjects that prepare students for the skills and knowledge needed in the 21st Century. Our students are entering a world where they will be required to be high order thinkers, problem solvers and innovators for careers yet to be created. With the introduction of ATAR in 2019, we have redefined the curriculum offering subjects such as Psychology, Aerospace, Business, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Nutrition. We will, of course, continue to build upon the strong partnerships with universities and businesses to maximise opportunities for our students. Our College Leadership team brings a great depth of experience, passion and commitment to educating boys in the Edmund Rice Tradition. Leadership is a shared responsibility for both staff and students at Ignatius Park College.


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“The role of all teachers is to be a ‘learning coach’ – to work in partnership with students to facilitate learning,” said Principal, Shaun Clarke. Our students are global citizens and it is our responsibility to develop their intercultural understanding of the diverse world in which they are living, providing opportunities for community engagement and international immersions to create respectful and responsible leaders of tomorrow. In 2019, our College celebrates 50 years of working in partnership with families to raise men of integrity with a social consciousness to make a positive difference in the world. We look forward to continuing these valuable relationships as together, we redefine the education of young men.

WORDS FROM OUR STUDENTS “My senior shirt is a symbol of my leadership and the traditions of the school. I look forward to using my leadership skills in the real world.” “The subjects that I’m thinking about for next year, are ones that I am interested in like Psychology which will help me if I want to enter the Health Sciences.” “I want to be a carpenter, so it is great that I can do a Certificate I in Construction as well as a school-based apprenticeship and therefore get a head start while I’m at school.” Ignatius Park College 368 Ross River Road, Cranbrook 4778 3444 www.ipc.qld.edu.au www.facebook.com/IgnatiusParkCollege/



SHINING BRIGHT Southern Cross Catholic College has an unwavering commitment to inspiring students to be fit for the future – socially, spiritually and academically from prep through to year twelve.


he College focuses on developing the whole child in a school community that embraces Catholic values. This is a College where standards are high, learning is life-long, people are valued and faith is serious, underpinned by the motto, “To Love, To Serve, To Shine”. The College’s academic program is studentcentric, focused on best practices in all areas of teaching and learning within the Catholic context. “The College takes pride in meeting the learning needs of students as they transition from school to a more independent world of future studies,” says Principal, Louise Vella-Cox. “At Southern Cross, our approach to teaching and learning is deeply considered to support the growth of each individual student – we do this by offering a differentiated curriculum that supports enriched learning experiences for our students so they can achieve their best whilst


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being supported and challenged.” The reputation of the College has been built on the simple fact that it is committed to being an innovative and leading educational institution in the Townsville community. The comprehensive curriculum is designed to foster growth and development of each individual student as a person who is open, inquiring, socially at ease, and who aspires to achieve excellence. “We don’t want students to ‘fit a mold’; we want them to be comfortable with who they are and achieve the very best they can. Our students are multi-talented, forward thinking and innovative and together build a strong school community,” Principal Louise Vella-Cox says. To learn more about Southern Cross Catholic College, Louise invites you to contact the College today. Connect now www.sctsv.catholic.edu.au

Southern Cross Catholic College Gartrell Drive, Annandale 4778 3444 www.sctsv.catholic.edu.au www.facebook.com/SouthernCrossAnnandale



LEADERS IN STEAM EDUCATION William Ross’s STEAM team are powering students into the 21st Century. ABOVE FROM LEFT Shelley De Ruyter Head of Science Rose Rush A/Head of Arts & Languages Roz Norgaard Head of Business & Information Technology Aaron Parrish A/Head of Mathematics Veronica Farina Head of Practical Technology

FAR RIGHT Wearable Art & Photography (WAP) 2016 Artist Taylor CLARE Year 11 William Ross SHS Mother Nature 2016 Mixed Media Photographer Indyarna AINGE Year 11 Northern Beaches SHS


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nnovation, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving are the 21st Century skills at the heart of William Ross State High’s progressive, interdisciplinary approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education. INTEGRATION Under the collaborative leadership of William Ross State High’s STEAM Heads of Department, the intentional integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics provides rigorous educational opportunities that challenge thinking and stimulate problembased learning both across and beyond the classroom. According to Principal Allan Evans, an integrated curriculum is integral to creating 21st Century learners. “The STEAM approach provides opportunities for creativity and problem solving through a design-centred

methodology using current and future-focused technology. Our collaboration reinforces the idea that STEAM skills are not isolated to separate faculty areas, but a combined 21st Century skill set.” It is a view shared by Veronica Farina, Head of Practical Technology, and the rest of the team. “STEAM promotes innovation in the classroom. Students learn by doing; they are encouraged to use technology to solve real-world problems in creative, non-linear ways.” INNOVATION The innovative approach to education is supported by an impressive range of technologically advanced, industry-standard equipment and software. This includes 3-D printers, an aquaponics centre, biotechnologies, robotics, coding software, as well as digital tools and laser cutters – to name a few.

It’s this type of collaborative, authentic enterprise that Shelley De Ruyter, Head of Science, sees as the cornerstone of successful STEAM education. “When given the opportunity to extend their inherent ‘out of the box’ thinking, it is phenomenal what our students can come up with. It is experiences like this that will provide them with the skills and confidence to contribute to innovative ideas for the future”

The latest addition to William Ross’s suite of technology is Nao, the humanoid robot, who provides an engaging platform on which students can use a range of objectoriented programming languages to create digital solutions to real-world problems. Senior students will also benefit from Nao’s presence as they explore robotics and artificial intelligence concepts in the new Digital Solutions curriculum. The sharing of expertise across faculties and access to advanced technology means that students can undertake the design process from conception to completion. Currently, eager STEAM students are constructing drones. Not only are they designing and building 3-D components, but they will also be coding, programming and now, with the school’s latest addition of a flight simulator, training as drone pilots. The exciting field of Visual Arts further allows students to extend their application of technology and design principles by actively constructing a wearable art piece for the WAT2018 Competition. Students build and code circuitry, and then incorporate it into their wearable art design.

COLLABORATION Community and industry partnerships are key features of STEAM education at William Ross. Working in partnership with James Cook University’s STEM hub and the Scientists in Schools program, the STEAM Academy immerses students in the design process, facilitating unique learning experiences driven by discovery and exploratory learning. Currently, students are engaged in robotics, coding and circuitry. As an extension to their units on aerodynamic and engineering, students will be competing in the Maryborough Technology Challenge, the Townsville Billy Cart Dash and the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Productive partnerships are also an integral part of William Ross’s STEAM Lab. This extra-curricular initiative engages students in engineering challenges that address realworld problems. Currently, the STEAM Lab is working collaboratively with the Townsville City Council, James Cook University, Landcare Australia and a range of community partners, on a sustainability project that addresses a local environmental issue.

INSPIRATION The STEAM team’s passion for education inspires students both within and beyond the school gates. Across their district, they lead the STEAM Excellence Cluster Schools initiative. This program provides fun, hands-on learning experiences for primary students. So far, projects have included designing and engineering of underwater ROV’s, 3-D printing, design and engineering of helicopters, design thinking theory and polymers. The success of the STEAM team’s inspirational leadership is reflected in student outcomes and the zest with which students have embraced STEAM opportunities. William Ross students regularly compete in a range of challenges, including STEM sprint challenges run by the Townsville City Council, the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Challenge, Lego League Challenge, and many others too numerous to mention. Despite having an impressive number of achievements under their belts, the STEAM team are constantly seeking new opportunities for their students. When asked, they are unanimous in what keeps them motivated. “It’s all about building success and opportunities for our students’ futures – oh, and we love what we do!” Connect with William Ross www.willrossshs.eq.edu.au admin@willrossshs.eq.edu.au www.facebook.com/williamrossstatehighschool 4726 7666

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PAYING IT FORWARD With teaching in her bloodline, Leonie Butler wanted nothing more than to inspire future generations through learning.


eonie moved to Townsville just last year to take up the role of Director of Teaching and Learning of Cathedral’s Middle School. The position involves overseeing the curriculum of The Cathedral School’s Years 7–9, as well as working closely with school leaders and teachers to ensure their programs are up-todate and that students are empowered to make the best subject choices for themselves. “From my perspective, there is no greater calling than the opportunity to make a difference by helping to build the capacity of others, so for me teaching was the perfect career choice,” she said. “I’m now in my tenth year of education and currently enjoying my new role.” “I look at the ‘big picture’ perspective; reviewing programs to make sure we’re effectively covering all the essential elements of the Australian Curriculum and ensuring students are engaged and challenged by the


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programs we offer,” she said. “This year we introduced a new program called ‘Philosophical Inquiry’ which I teach to the Year 7 and 8 students. It teaches them to think deeply about a variety of theories and to work together to explore complex concepts; developing their thinking and reasoning skills.” Inspired by her parents who were both teachers, Leonie acknowledges how dramatically things have changed since the days of ‘playing school’ with her brother as children and even since graduating from the University of Queensland with a double degree (science and education) in 2008. “The ‘Digital Natives’ we have coming through now are very different learners to the Baby Boomer generation,” she stated. “The Cathedral School has a very clear understanding of the skillset required to be successful in the 21st Century workforce and we’re constantly reviewing our practices to

meet these changing needs. We have flexible classrooms and provide students with a multitude of opportunities to collaborate with others, be creative, make decisions and demonstrate adaptability in their thinking.” Enrolments are now open for Year 7.

The Cathedral School 154 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4722 2000 www.cathedral.qld.edu.au www.facebook.com/TheCathedralSchoolTownsville



FUTURE LEADERS INSPIRE UNITY It’s easy to see why Monica Hasa and Dylan Anger were selected to represent the student body of Townsville Grammar School (TGS) as School Captains.


his dynamic duo, have an eventful six months ahead of them as they strive to create a lasting legacy of their leadership while studying to sit their final secondary school exams. Growing up on the outskirts of Townsville in the community of Bluewater, Monica began her secondary school life as a boarder in Year 7. A day student since Year 9, Monica has had the privilege of experiencing TGS from both perspectives and feels incredibly humbled by her leadership opportunity. “I delight in collaborating with my peers and working together as a community and I believe the unique qualities we present as individuals are only strengthened in a team,” she stated. “I have always regarded leadership to be a reflection of community and consider it as both a personal responsibility and duty to my peers to uphold the core values of the School. I’ve also been given an exciting opportunity for personal

development as School Captain and I would love to establish a bond with my Year 12 cohort so that we’re prepared to give to the wider community as we emerge from school.” As part of their captaincy, Monica and Dylan share the motivation to continue TGS’s code of community, as well to establish unbreakable bonds with their fellow seniors. Part of the TGS family since primary school, Dylan is a self-proclaimed ‘politically-driven’ 17-year-old with ambitions of travelling and using his smarts to help others in need. “I hope to take a gap year volunteering for charities throughout South-East Asia and upon my return, commence a Bachelor of Law and Global Studies at Monash University in Melbourne,” he revealed. “But as School Captain, it would mean the world to me knowing that every single student at TGS feels they belong in a supportive and accepting community. Being a leader for me has

meant so much more than just a position, rather it’s the notion of shared leadership. It’s given me the chance to foster and inspire this sense of communal leadership within the school and, ultimately, in the wider community.” Call today to book a school tour.

Townsville Grammar School 45 Paxton Street, North Ward 4722 4900 www.townsvillegrammar.com www.facebook.com/TownsvilleGrammarSchool

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LEADING BY EXAMPLE Who better to lead the charge of driving exceptional education for young women than a team of dedicated female professionals?


ead by Principal Kathy Park with Kath Hunter as her Deputy, the Leadership Team at Townsville’s Saint Margaret Mary’s College (SMMC) is one of the few all female crews of its kind running in education circles. With 18 years of experience as a teacher and school leader behind her, Kath is passionate about what she does. “I feel very fortunate to be able to transfer this passion into a quality, Catholic education for young women with such a high-performing group of women in our Leadership Team,” Kath said. “With diverse skills and the ability to draw these together in a community of trust, we are leading the way in girls’ education.” Together with Kathy and Kath at the helm, Assistant Principal—Administration, Kathleen McCarthy, Assistant Principal—Religious

Education, Joanne O’Connor and Assistant Principal—Pastoral Care, Michelle Kotzas make up SMMC’s Leadership Team. They are committed to promoting a spirit of academic excellence, well-being and engagement for the young women in their college. “We are preparing for our current Year 10 students who will embark on the new QCE system in 2019, under which there will be an increased focus on learning and teaching practices in the classroom,” Kath explained. “By providing our expert teaching team with professional learning opportunities, engaging with parents and students regarding the changes, investigating new and exciting subject opportunities and planning thoroughly for student well-being, our students will really benefit from the changes.” Enrol now for 2019.

ABOVE FROM LEFT Michelle Kotzas Kathleen McCarthy Kathy Park Kath Hunter Joanne O’Connor


LEADERS OF EXCELLENCE IN GIRLS’ EDUCATION. Applications for enrolment now available. Contact us today for more information.

P (07) 4726 4900 | smmc@smmc.catholic.edu.au | smmc.catholic.edu.au | A 1-9 Crowle Street, HYDE PARK QLD 4812


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Michelle Tilley Learn Naturally Owner and Teacher




hildren need to know how to recognise emotions in themselves and others as well as have strategies to overcome those big emotions. And what bigger emotion can young children experience than starting at ‘Big School’ with lots of new faces, places to go and rules to follow. Emotional regulation is a skill that needs to be taught. Most of us learn at an early age how to name emotions however may not completely understand what they mean, and we aren’t born with a set of tools or strategies to cope with extreme emotional and social situations. Here at Learn Naturally we have a range of different Social-Emotional programs for children from Kindergarten up to Year 5.

All of our programs offer children the chance to learn: • how to manage, regulate and understand their emotions and the people’s emotions around them, • know what an appropriate reaction is to a particular emotion, • social cues and interactions, • respectful relationships, • turn taking in games and conversations, • and strategies to calm themselves such as yoga and meditation. The programs are based on the YCDI! Education framework and Play Is The Way as well as incorporating Generation Mindful techniques and yoga and meditation.

Our School Readiness Programs provide a safe and supportive environment for children to learn about social and emotional wellbeing through fun and relaxed activities in small groups. There are five different programs to choose from which run during each school term and children attend one set two hour workshop each week. We also offer Social-Emotional Tutoring for Primary School children and School Holiday Workshops for all ages. Call or email today to arrange a free consultation and to book into one of our programs today.

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Suburb: Aitkenvale AKA: Rhi I’m renowned for: Making teeny tiny paper cranes. Only a local would know… I’m currently President of the Townsville Boardgamers Club with approximately 30+ members. It’s a group that meets up every fortnight to play modern boardgames. No Monopoly in sight – it’s great! My most memorable holiday was… saving up my money for over a year, quitting my job and then spending eight months backpacking around the world with my partner. We visited New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada, United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, France, Italy and the Philippines. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat – but maybe with a few more luxuries added in. Right now I wish I was… travelling again… and somewhere colder than Townsville. My favourite day is: Any day I get to relax at home and I’ve just got stuck into a really good RPG on the computer. Bonus if I get to co-op the game with my partner. Double bonus if it’s also raining. The biggest influence in my life was/ is: My dad. As a shed tinkerer he taught me the joy in creating just for the fun of it. He still helps me today, like when I need a new display or two. Someone famous I met was: I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of my favourite comedians including David O’Doherty, Stephen K Amos, Tripod, Axis of Awesome and The Umbilical Brothers. All of them were super nice to talk to! My motto is: Currently used in our household when I try to justify buying new things; “Buying art supplies is never wasted money.”

Suburb: Mt Louisa AKA: Barb I’m renowned for: Working in the Community Sector for the last 30 years. I’ve been on many community boards and currently Queensland Youth Services. My friends would say my newfound hobby is online shopping but I look at it as keeping the Post Office employees in employment! Only a local would know… the Heritage Tea Rooms at Herveys Range is the best place for a cuppa, scones and relaxing with friends. My most memorable holiday was… four weeks touring Europe with friends. Right now I wish I was… on my planned trip to America but unfortunately I have to wait until September. My favourite day is: Friday as I have the weekend to enjoy spending time with my family, including my 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My husband Kevin. He taught me that nothing is impossible to achieve and if you work hard you can accomplish your goals. I guess I live by this as I’m 73 and still working full time. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: At a conference dinner in Adelaide, the theme was the 20’s. I went as a gangster’s girlfriend with a spud gun in my garter! Flying home I was escorted from the plane and questioned by an officer; “Did I have a dangerous weapon in my bag?” to which I replied “No.” After searching my luggage the officer said, “I have good and bad news. Good news is you can keep the gun. Bad news is you won’t get your bag until tomorrow.” Someone famous I met was: Quentin Bryce. My motto is: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!

MY FAVOURITE SONG Beer by Reel Big Fish SHOP Renegade Handmade EAT Anything my dad cooks (He’s an ex-chef) DRINK Coffee

MY FAVOURITE SONG Your Man by Josh Turner SHOP Myer EAT Italian DRINK Good wine



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We’re blessed with so many talented and interesting people that we introduce you to four local characters each month. If you think someone should be featured just send an email to: editor@duomagazine.com.au



Suburb: Hermit Park I’m renowned for: Being a Principal and teacher in Townsville for many years. I love seeing the students who have come through our schools becoming fantastic citizens and contributing to our wonderful way of life. If not for that, it’s drinking the lion’s share of coffee after a ride at one of Townsville’s many fantastic coffee shops. Only a local would know… the variety of walking, running and bike trails that traverse such diverse landscapes all so close to the centre of town. My most memorable holiday was… taking the kids skiing in Japan at Christmas. Most of us had never skied before, we weren’t real good to start. The poor instructor had the patience of a saint. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My family. They keep challenging me with new ideas through sharing their own experiences and they never hold back on giving me feedback! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… wiping out about 30 people like dominos as they waited to get onto the chair lift while skiing in Japan. Well it’s funny now, not sure it was for them at the time. Someone famous I met was: John Butler, I once interviewed him for a project that some of my students were doing at the old Playpen (now Strand Fitness). The only place quiet enough for the interview was the Green Room’s ensuite. John had to sit on the toilet while I stood in the shower so we could fit. It took 20 minutes for us both to stop laughing enough to start the interview. My motto is: Work together to make life easy!

Suburb: Bushland Beach AKA: Marly, Marl. I’m renowned for: Eating too many veggies and my love of animals! Only a local would know… that Toolakea is the best beach in Townsville. My most memorable holiday was… volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand for sick and injured elephants who have been rescued from the tourism and logging trades. Such a life changing experience and I met so many amazing people from around the world who wanted to help these animals have a better life. Right now I wish I was… either back in Thailand feeding and bathing the elephants or on a camping adventure with my partner and dog. My favourite day is: Saturday, choosing either to sleep in and go out for a late breakfast or waking up early to do a bootcamp and taking my dog to the beach. The options are endless! The biggest influence in my life was/is: My Nonno. He came to Australia from Italy on a boat for three months when he was 25 years old. He didn’t know anyone nor speak any English, but he made an amazing life for himself here in North Queensland. He’s taught me resilience, hard work and a good wine is all you need to succeed in life. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… While camping and having a few too many drinks with some friends, I was too busy dancing to watch out for the hot bbq that I ended up falling backwards onto and burning my backside! Everyone thought it was hilarious. The scars have now faded thankfully! Someone famous I met was: The Pope while I was visiting the Vatican. My motto is: If you can, you must!

MY FAVOURITE SONG Scary Pockets and their reworking of some classics

MY FAVOURITE SONG Any song by Boy and Bear SHOP Kmart EAT Anything potato DRINK Water or red wine



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Interior Designer Jane MacCallum’s design philosophy revolves around creating warmth and soul in a home. I moved to Townsville 25 years ago with my husband Roger and four children. We came for two years and stayed forever. The lifestyle of the North was too good to give up. I work alongside Roger in our practice MacCallum & Partners Architects, although only part time these days. I love spending time with my family and friends especially my girlfriends, pearls, cooking, flowers, city view from my back deck, my home, travelling and I just love life. My favourite travel destination? One of my favourite travel destinations would be the East Coast of the USA especially around Boston, ‘Provincetown’. I travelled with two girlfriends from Florida to New York many years ago and always wanted to complete the East Coast which I did with my husband Roger in 2017. The drink I love… I love a good French Rose especially over a long lunch. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is… Carla Zampatti for a special occasion, otherwise I purchase items from different boutiques in Sydney and Townsville that are simple and comfortable for my age. Which designer, architect or interior designer inspires you and why? One of my favourite Architects, apart from my husband Roger, would be Harry Seidler. Interior Designer, my daughter Sophy and her husband Nicholas Gurney, they recently completed a


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project in Surry Hills, they are certainly up and coming. What’s your favourite design period? Art Deco. Name your favourite artwork? Renoir and the works of Ida Montague, worth looking her up! Favourite luggage design? Tumi – they have a great carry-on range. One treasured object/possession that demonstrates my taste and style is… A William the Fourth sideboard which I purchased from Lawsons Auctioneers in Sydney 36 years ago. A music genre and/or artist I love is… 70’s – Abba, Beach Boys, David Bowie, The Carpenters, and many more of that time. A book or movie that affected me is… Still Alice which was also made into a film. Julianne Moore won an Academy Award for her role as Alice. I related to this book as it was published around the same time my Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Current book I’m reading is The Dry by Jane Harper, great read. A car that suits my style (or I wish I owned): Current Jaguar – E Pace. My favourite perfume is… Issey Miyake PURE – fresh and summery.



The New E-PACE compact SUV’s bold, sporting design looks dynamic, even while parked. With dynamism at its core you may suddenly find every road becomes a catwalk. Contact Townvsille Jaguar to book your test drive today.

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