TOWNSVILLE’S FREE LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE MARCH 2011 ISSUE 58
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04 IMBRICATION: POWER AND POLITICS
05 URBAN DK, RUN COLLECTIVE an exhibition that investigates the role of street art in institutional art spaces. ends 10 april. discover.thuringowa.qld.gov.au
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01 THE PROMISED LAND: THE ART OF LAWRENCE DAWS this major touring exhibition celebrates the life and career of glasshouse Mountains resident and iconic australian painter lawrence Daws. Features over 50 paintings and sketch books spanning six decades. ends 10 april. www.townsville.qld.gov.au
01 ON AND OFF THE ROAD: IAN SMITH, A GOLD COAST CITY GALLERY TOURING EXHIBITION Cairns-born ian smith is a prominent Queensland artist, and this exhibition features works made since 2001, all dealing with his interest in depicting the experiences, stories and views of road travel. ends 17 april. www.townsville.qld.gov.au
this exhibition by Jan Daly will feature in the Main space and includes digital images that explore cultural equity in visual dialogue. ends 10 april.
04 SHELL SHOCK works by lesley Kane on paper and canvas expressing the artist’s concerns about the care of the fossilised marine environment in the Bowen Basin. ends 10 april.
04 THE CASSOWARY FOOD TRAILS AND TRIALS an exhibition, by Colin giardina, comprising a cassowary plaque series that incorporates materials that reference food trails. ends 10 april. www.umbrella.org.au
employing authentic Beatles instruments, amplifiers and costumes, coupled with faithful renditions of your favourite Beatles classics. the Beatles experience recreates the spirit of the Fab Four in ways that have audiences raving about them eight Days a week.
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23 SeSSiOnS AT C2: BAND OF BROTHERS Don’t miss this super group of two sets of talented siblings. Joseph is a master of the oud (ancient lute) and James is a world-class percussionist and specialist on the req (egyptian tambourine). Combining technical virtuosity and improvisation, audiences are taken on a musical journey defying categorisation. ticketshop 4727 9797
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17 PROJECT X – THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE SENSATION tap is at the heart of Project x, another amazing production from Brisbane’s raw Dance Company. very much in the hot, sweetly style that’s brought tap back from the fringes of the dance world, the show (devised by Creative Director andrew Fee) is a hugely enjoyable hoof through the tap textbook. www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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You deserve congratulations. Despite difficulties, important goals should soon be reached. if you’re trying to lose weight, boredom could be your worst enemy - so avoid snack attacks by keeping on the go. Change bad eating habits too, and exercise more. at work, you get a chance to follow your dreams. But only if you stay within the borders of tact.
21ST APRIL – 20TH MAy Celebrating a recent success? good for you! reward yourself with a stunning new image - you’ve been doing without long enough. go for quality, rather than quantity. experiment with colour and styles you wouldn’t normally try, and remember that make-up should enhance - not disguise. You could also end the month richer than you started it.
What does March have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...
19TH FEBRUARy - 20TH MARCH
21ST MARCH – 20TH APRIL
22 NOVEMBER - 21 DECEMBER Many sagittarians now gain a better understanding of life’s quirkier rules, and start to play the game more skillfully. You feel more comfortable about who you are, and where you’re heading. For most, there’s also a definite upswing in the happiness stakes. and if the financial climate allows, you might even get away with a small spending spree.
23 DECEMBER - 20 JANUARy
saturn can be a difficult tyrant when it’s plotting against you but, for now, he’s onside. and if you’ve been a little tongue-tied every time you’ve tried to talk with that special someone, start rehearsing what to say. Follow through with a little romance, and that soulmate you secretly desire should be yours.
Maybe you can have too much of a good thing. last month left you to your own leisurely devices, but now you’re bored with the lack of challenge. You’re ready to be stirred back into action. seemingly, the planets have heard your call and readily come to the rescue. one warning: Money matters need to be handled with caution.
the cosmos pushes for a more honest home base. so if relationships feel strained, talk problems through. For others, the month prompts the resolution of family feuds - the kind where painful remnants of childhood demand redressing. saturn also delivers a busy work schedule. there may be little rest this month, but much should be resolved.
it’s a bit of a mixed bag for you this month, but only because you’re usual routine is disrupted. the trick is to go with the flow, and stay within your capabilities. You won’t be given more than you can cope with - so forget those niggling doubts. even so, losses may seem unavoidable in early March.
now that summer draws to a close, devote time to long-term plans. look to the future and approach your problems openly. Keep things in proportion, and you’ll avoid both stress and trouble. what you really need is a breath of fresh air, so why not blow away the cobwebs with a holiday, or even just a few days away.
last month’s spirited social life continues. whether you’re exploring raunchier romance or simply locked into flirtatious conversation, you’re willing to take more risks. apart from romantic encounters, you also look set to explore the networking trail. it’s all a matter of making the right contacts at the right time, and then choosing the right direction.
at the moment, everyone has an opinion of what you should do. Perhaps you’re feeling unsettled at home or work. a bit of soul searching is required, Cancer. sure, you can seek out advice, but the bottom line is that you really need to accept who you are - and like what you find. Maybe a short retreat or privacy will help you sort things out.
it’s not a time for sitting on the fence. a hard ask, because at the moment it seems that every decision leads to yet another promising possibility. stop procrastinating virgo, and choose your direction wisely. some may feel the need for private retreat. For others, however, an entanglement from the past disrupts the present.
grab this month of sanity and ride it for all it’s worth, scorpio. Your thought processes have fallen into some sensible order - enabling you to approach projects practically. all of a sudden comes the ability to cope under pressure, thanks to use of logic and the power of focus. there’s something very attractive about being put in a position of power.
21ST MAy – 21ST JUNE
22ND JUNE – 22ND JULy
23RD JULy – 22ND AUgUST
23 AUgUST - 22 SEPTEMBER
23 SEPTEMBER - 22 OCTOBER
23RD OCTOBER – 21ST NOVEMBER
20 JANUARy - 18 FEBRUARy
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SAViOUrS in OrAnGe THIS yEAR THEy’VE ALREADy WIELDED CHAINSAWS, TARPS AND SHOVELS IN THE NORTH qUEENSLAND HEAT FOLLOWINg CyCLONE yASI, WHILE FURTHER SOUTH THEy’VE SEARCHED PADDOCKS FOR THE MISSINg AND OFFERED COMFORT TO THOSE WHO’VE LOST EVERyTHINg IN THE FLOODS. DUO CAUgHT UP WITH OUR LOCAL SES UNIT TO FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER.
it could almost be a family portrait. not only is there a superficial resemblance (the bright orange uniforms) in this tight-knit group, but the way they gently jibe each other and jostle as they line up to have their photo taken is reminiscent of siblings. there is no doubt there is a special bond between the members of the townsville district’s ses unit; a connection that is forged by navigating their way through the most trying circumstances together to get results for communities and individuals when they are at their most vulnerable. on this occasion in mid-February spirits are particularly high, even if the bodies are frayed, as volunteers gather at the west end headquarters for the first time this year for their weekly training session. the get-together should have happened a lot earlier but it was delayed by the horrific flooding that affected the majority of the state, with the unit sending volunteers south to help mop-up and assist with intensive searches for the missing, and then being blown back again in the wake of Yasi’s destruction. unit controller Joyce scorey isn’t immune from the good-humoured teasing as she poses alone for a photograph and a volunteer remarks how much they respect her “really”. a capable-looking woman with short dark hair, Joyce has been involved with the ses for 33 years in townsville and as unit controller – a position she has held for 12 months after being deputy for 12 years – she oversees six active groups in the region and doesn’t get paid a cent for her trouble. this is of course the case with all volunteers, but any of them will tell you their reward stretches beyond financial recognition and their commitment is exchanged for learning skills they can use for life. Joyce is quick to point out that being 26
a member of the organisation is distinctly separate from “volunteering every now and then”. “some people want to join and within a month jump off a cliff or race around in flood boats,” the straight-talker explains. “But that’s not the case and they can be surprised by the level of dedication involved. Being a member means you have to front-up every week, do your qualifications and be available for activations. of course we always say that family comes first, then paid work, and then the ses, but the ses definitely comes before parties and video games.” the townsville district has 200 members on its books with individual groups stationed in townsville, thuringowa, Blue water, rollingstone, Mount spec and Magnetic island. some of these volunteers were doing 10-12 hour shifts in the immediate disaster aftermath with little break in-between and Joyce says their efforts are greatly appreciated and have served to further strengthen the group. “we have people from all backgrounds, ages and experience in the ses helping the community,” Joyce reveals. “when you find yourself doing things you usually would never get to do alongside others sharing the same circumstances, it builds a special bond that volunteers hold for a long time.” SeS annUaL inFo nigHt wednesday, March 2 marks the annual ses information night, which is the only occasion throughout the year when the unit accepts new members. it starts at 7pm at ses Headquarters, 21/25 green street, west end. For those who miss this event and still want to help, donations can be made on the QlD state emergency service’s website at www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses.
DANIEL gRAHAM, 19
JOANNE PHILIPSON, 39
EMMA BEATTIE, 30
going through Brisbane’s bushfires in 1997, followed by townsville’s night of noah in 1998 as a seven-year-old, the work of the ses crews who assisted his communities in these treacherous situations left a lasting impact on the young Daniel graham. so much so he decided to join the men and women in orange last year and hasn’t looked back. “it’s all been pretty enjoyable,” the 19-year-old barman says of his first year of training and service. “i work with a great crew, which is heaps of fun… a sense of humour is one of the most important things to have.” it is this good nature that saw Daniel continue to trudge through gutted fields in grantham searching for the missing in 34C heat with little shade in January and spend 11 days straight helping in townsville after Yasi’s vicious visit, assisting with roof tarping and removing hazardous vegetation. “one house i saw had been hit by a palm tree that had pretty much cut it in two because it had fallen with such force,” Daniel explains. “Fortunately the occupants were in the other end of the building at the time.” Yasi being his second deployment after grantham – an experience he says will stay with him for life – the young adult is humbled at the level of people’s appreciation for the work of the ses crews. “People have been so grateful and have been trying to donate us six-packs of beer or money – there have been so many offers – but we don’t take it as we are just doing what we are trained to do and we’re there to lend a hand.” Due to the nature of his job, which is on a casual basis, when Daniel volunteers he often misses out on an income, so he appreciates the fact that his coordinators always urge him to put paid work first and just do his best. “they are such an upbeat and happy crew and are really understanding of each individual’s situation,” Daniel tells. “i’ve wanted to join the ses for ages and hope to keep helping where i can.”
although this month will mark Joanne Philipson’s one-year anniversary with the ses, the time she has already gifted to assist Queenslanders in the wake of two devastating natural disasters has left a lifelong imprint. “i went to theodore after the flooding and was talking to an elderly couple in town – they had lost their caravan, two four-wheel drives and the entire contents of their house, but they were both still smiling and the wife explained it was because they had each other,” Jo reveals. “Helping in the floods and Cyclone Yasi has actually renewed my faith in humanity – you see the community devastated, but people rally together to help those in need. “there were times (down south) when some residents who were totally unaffected up one end of the street offered to help those who had lost practically everything down the other end of the street… that type of thing helps to break down some of the social barriers and often brings out the best in people.” Jo did a mix of jobs to assist in the aftermath of Yasi, both in the field and on the radio at headquarters, with volunteers doing up to 10 to 12-hour days until the priority jobs were completed. Jo lists “a genuine heart” and desire to help people as the top qualities for volunteers, but says people skills are often very important as there is such a diverse mix of people to deal with. Besides responding in the aftermath of natural disasters, Jo was also recently called upon to assist with an air search and rescue in the whitsundays region, which she says provided a valuable opportunity to learn from more senior members of the team. she is keen to build on this experience and continue to help out where possible and give back to the community, but she says it’s also important for volunteers of every persuasion to remember to take care of themselves. “as important as it is to help others, you need to look after yourself too, otherwise you’re no good to anyone – you give what you can give,” she smiles.
a relative newcomer to the ranks of the ses, Cyclone Yasi was emma Beattie’s first natural disaster and she was able to enlist some of the skills and qualifications she amassed in the intensive training completed over the past year. During Yasi, emma helped crews with chainsaws to remove fallen trees that were trapping residents in their homes and streets, and used her storm and flood damage and working at heights qualifications to help replace tiles on roofs to stop leaks ruining residents’ possessions. “People who were stuck in their homes due to fallen debris were the priority jobs,” emma explains. “People were so appreciative and grateful we were there to help… it’s not a very good idea to play with a chainsaw if you don’t know how to use it, so it saves people doing it themselves and keeps people safe.” while emma admits it’s sometimes a struggle to fit the commitments of work and ses activations into her schedule, she tries to do as much as she can and the more training qualifications she achieves the more she will be able to help. “the training is so professional and well-managed, for example we had highly qualified paramedics guiding us through our First aid course, which was a lot of fun, but also to get an accredited qualification out of it is a real benefit,” emma says. “Progressing into their second year, members can do more specialised training like vertical rescue or learning how to operate boats in flood waters. it’s fantastic because they’re things you’d never get to do otherwise.” emma says some of the activations that have occurred in her year of involvement have included land searches for missing walkers at Paluma, a person who went missing from their boat and roof tarping following Cyclone anthony. “it’s been such an interesting experience and you get to meet such a variety of people from all different backgrounds and professions,” emma says. “it has definitely exceeded my expectations.”
RON HEWITT, 60
NICOLE BRADLEy, 31
JIM OSBORNE, 66
From tarping ruined roofs in the aftermath of Cyclone larry to searching the mud for the missing in grantham, ron Hewitt has experienced the rawest forms of human despair and devastation. But the 60-year-old is proud to say that just by being there – in the orange uniform lending a hand – he and his fellow ses volunteers have been able to bring a small amount of light to people in their darkest hour. “grantham was very different to larry,” ron explains, as he takes a break from securing a section of roof on a Belgian gardens residence. “with larry it was mainly structural damage to buildings – everything was wet and saturated but it was still there. with grantham, the mud went through everything – whole houses were picked up and moved and we had to walk and walk and walk for hours and hours through paddocks to find any trace of those who were unaccounted for. we were hearing reports saying people had been buried in the silt, and the rain had come and uncovered a little bit of their skin, so we had to really intensively search… we were willing to find someone just to give family members closure, especially when there were young children involved. “People are devastated in those situations and fall apart, but they really respond when they see the ses – a glowing light comes into their lives and they’re so grateful.” ron has been involved with the ses for 19 years and originally signed-up as a way to meet new people after moving to townsville. He is now the training coordinator for the townsville branch – a role he adores and successfully juggles with a full-time position at the Department of transport and Main roads. He especially enjoys helping the new recruits through the ranks. “i love it because when new people come in they see how professional we are,” ron explains. “age is no barrier and there’s a real respect in the unit for people who have been around for a while – something i am humbled by.”
usually a Defence Force environmental officer, when nicole Bradley is deployed in an emergency she could be doing anything from filling sandbags in the rain to manoeuvring her way around a busy operations room coordinating resources in the aftermath of a disaster. signing up for the ses in 2001 and assisting people in need all over the country, Cyclone Yasi marked the first time nicole found herself in an office role and she admits, while it was highly rewarding to be able to help, it was also a stressful experience with hundreds of jobs to assign as constant calls surged in. it was a lot different to her first deployment with the townsville unit, which saw her sent to innisfail just after Cyclone larry struck to help out on the ground. “it was just jaw-dropping going into the place,” she says. “even the locals had never seen anything like it before. it was so gratifying being there because everywhere you went people couldn’t be thankful enough. we might have been doing the smallest things like helping people to tape windows, or throwing a tarp over their roof to save their possessions, but it was so rewarding, yet so overwhelming. How do people ever recover from that?” it was a question that hit nicole again with greater force when she was deployed to grantham in January and she describes the scene as “devastation on a mass scale”. “i was awestruck to see what people had to deal with and so nervous about missing something,” she explains of the search for those unaccounted for. “we were wading through paddocks in knee-deep mud and there could have been anything around you that you couldn’t see, but we just had to cover the area to our best ability.” also spending a year volunteering in tonga and being involved in the rural fire fighters, nicole enjoys putting her training into practice and being useful in challenging situations: “if i can do something when i can, hopefully others will help me when i need it – it’s a good feeling being able to help people in need.”
if Jim osborne can bring a smile to someone’s face who has lost everything in a cyclone; a moment of relief to a family nervously waiting to hear news of a missing loved one; or a chuckle from an elderly person who has been imprisoned in their home for days as flood waters surge, he’s having a good day. “You have to be able to talk to people in all different situations,” says Jim, who joined the ses in 1993. “You’re not there to give pity, but you need to be a sounding board and listen to them. You put yourself on the same level as what they’re feeling at that present time and then help them to come back up again.” Jim, who is also a team leader, was able to assist in last year’s floods in ingham using his flood boat qualifications to rescue residents who were marooned in their houses or to deliver food and medication to those who wanted to stay. “there was an 82-year-old woman who we helped,” Jim recalls. “she was in a highset and the stairs were under her house (and inundated with water), so we had to work out how we were going to get her down without having to dunk her in the water before getting her in the boat. we managed to get the boat under the house and get her to gradually edge onto it… i always smile when i remember the boat popping out from under the house and her announcing ‘i’m here!’.” as team leader, Jim is also responsible for attending briefings and reporting back to his group when the police issue an activation, and he develops search patterns for his fellow volunteers to follow during search and rescue operations to ensure every piece of the area in question has been combed, which can include navigating sheer cliff faces. “You need to be able to climb 15 metres in 30 seconds – it’s just like walking up stairs,” Jim quips. “it’s not scary – you just turn off and do what you need to do.”
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Did you always want to be a dentist? Yes, always. I’m not sure how I first became interested in dentistry, but during high school I did work experience with a dentist and that really cemented it for me. After I graduated I completed a science degree at University of Melbourne then transferred to the dental program and completed a Bachelor of Dental Science. It took eight years of study and training, but it has been worth it. What do you love most about your job? Using my hands, creating, and helping people. I find what I do extremely satisfying. Dentistry is not only about improving health, but also about improving confidence. I find some people come in very self-conscious, but after treatment the
change in their confidence is profound. Dentistry really is about giving people a better quality of life. You’ve recently trained in implant dentistry – what is it? Implant dentistry is replacing teeth. Implants have been around for 30-40 years, and the technology is always evolving. Not many practitioners in Townsville offer implants, but Casey Dentists does. Implants are particularly useful for people who have dentures, for example, as implants allow these people to actually chew their food, which so many of us take for granted. The improvement in quality of life for many of our patients who have received implants has been tremendous. It’s very rewarding to witness this.
How does Casey Dentists deliver a more beautiful smile? We have many clients wanting lighter, brighter teeth, which is achieved through tooth whitening. Tooth whitening is conservative, it’s cost-effective, it’s simple to use and our clients see immediate results. The next step from tooth whitening would be cosmetic dentistry, where we look at how to improve a smile by changing tooth shape or position. What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time with my wife and two young children is very important to me; I am always trying to get that life-work balance. My personal fitness is also important and I swim three times a week, with the master swim squad at Long Tan Pool.
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ready + aBle WITh WEEKLY CALENDARS BURSTINg AT ThE BINDINgS, ThESE ThREE WOMEN ARE LIVINg LIfE TO ThE fULLEST AND ShATTERINg SOCIETY’S LIMITATIONS IN ThE PROCESS. DUO SITS DOWN WITh ThE TRIO TO TALK ABOUT LIfE, LOVES AND WhERE ThEY fIND ThE TIME. It is too common an error to stereotype based on exteriors, but people living with disabilities battle these stereotypes daily. Within our own community there are many people living with disabilities like Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy who shatter society’s limitations every day. These people are proof that with support and friendship, everyone – disability or no disability – can thrive. Local women Patricia Abel, Allana McNichol and Emma Mackle are three such independent achievers who are proving their disabilities are attributes, not deficits. Each of these women lives in the community in one of Cootharinga North Queensland’s supported accommodation houses. They share typical household duties of cooking and cleaning, as well as developing their own skills in money management and other general living experiences. Not only have they each proven capable of running their own lives, but they have also highlighted the ability in disability.
PATRICIA ABEL 36 The Go-getter With a full schedule working at Guides, teaching primary school children, volunteering at Ozcare, participating in her local church and organising a very active social life, we could all get some tips on time management from Tricia Abel. For 17 years, 36-year-old Tricia has been an assistant teacher aide at St Joseph’s School Mundingburra, helping primary school children with reading, maths and playing games. She also helps the teachers by photocopying, laminating and doing other necessary work. “I love working with kids,” tells Tricia, who has Down syndrome, a chromosomal condition that varies in how it affects people cognitively and physically. “I also work with Guides as an assistant leader, and I’ve been a Guide myself since I was eight. I help the kids out with any questions they have, and help the leaders organise the activities.” Tricia also volunteers at Ozcare day respite, serving meals and helping the kitchen-hand. “If I could do any job in the world, it would be to run my own café,” tells Tricia, who is a keen amateur cook with a penchant for cookbooks. In her spare time, Tricia organises a social club, where she and her friends take trips to Magnetic Island, walk along The Strand, go to the Civic Theatre, play mini golf, have barbeques or morning teas and other activities. She also has a boyfriend, likes to get dressed up and loves to go dancing like most women in their thirties do. Her go-getting attitude made Tricia an obvious choice as Cootharinga’s ambassador for the Ability First Australia’s Walk With Me event last year, where Tricia met the then-Prime Minister’s wife Therese Rein. “Therese was lovely,” says Tricia of the event patron. “She hosted us at Kirribilli House, and we did a march with people from all across Australia.” 48
While Tricia lives a full and active life already, she has even bigger dreams ahead. She is living proof you are only limited by what limitations you place on yourself.
ALLANA McNICHOL 36 The Tiny Dancer Shy at first, Allana McNichol takes a little time to open up. However, once she does you discover a woman with a soft personality and who is straight to the point. She is quick to correct you if you misinterpret something she has said, and first to laugh at any joke you make – as long as it’s funny. At 36, Allana’s life is much like most 30-something women. She loves her two chihuahuas, parties, dancing and scrapbooking with her mum and sisters, but hates doing housework at times (don’t we all!). When Allana moved into a shared house last year, she redecorated her room, using her favourite shades of purple, burgundy and lilac and demonstrating her talent for interior design. Like Tricia, Allana lives with Down syndrome, but still enjoys an independent, active life. She discovered her real passion through local dance program Happy Feet, where she is one of the original members. For almost one year she has danced up a storm every Wednesday night. “I love to dance,” shares Allana, who starts tapping her feet at the mere thought of her dance group and raves about her dance partner, her dance teachers and what performances she is working on next. “We had a graduation night and dressed up,” she continues, showing off a photo of herself and her dance partner donned in formal wear. The picture shows Allana dressed in a stunning deep-blue evening gown, with hair and make-up styled, looking gorgeous. Allana is an example of a quiet achiever. She never forgets a face, is fashion aware and always organised. Her peaceful nature could easily be confused as being placid, instead of being seen as the focused woman she is.
EMMA MACKLE 21 The Joker Bursting with energy from the moment you meet her, Emma Mackle is an explosion of wit and character. She hurls jokes and sarcasm as quickly as she can zip around in her electric wheelchair. Emma lives with cerebral palsy (CP), which causes her body to uncontrollably twist and turn, sometimes painfully. You would never know if she was in pain though, as she focuses all her energy into a new prank to pull, a new joke to make, a new activity to conquer. “I love to joke around and pull pranks,” quips Emma, who admits she has been known to hide from the staff at her house and pop out to scare them. Despite restrictions with her movement, Emma still regularly goes fishing, hangs out at The Strand, plays bocce and visits friends and family. She spends each day proving that her wheelchair and disability are only challenges not limitations. In fact, every week she heads out to the RSPCA where she volunteers. “I love helping out with the dogs and cats,” tells Emma, who believes everyone has an obligation to help others in their community, even if those “others” are animals. “I wish I could keep a pet at my house, but it wouldn’t be practical.” Typical of her generation, Emma is technologically savvy and an avid ‘gamer’. “If I lose I get angry,” warns Emma, before she breaks into contagious laughter. It is this laughter that has stopped her from volunteering at the library. “I would love to work at the library because I love books, particularly gardening books, but I don’t think I would last long there because you aren’t allowed to talk at the library!”
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ImprOvIng yOur COmmunICatIOn In nOISy reStaurantS ThERE ARE DIffERENT TEChNIQUES ThE hEARINg-IMPAIRED CAN EMPLOY WhEN ChALLENgED WITh ThE SURROUND-SOUND EffECT Of A BUSY RESTAURANT. Noisy restaurants, cafes, food courts and bars are some of the most challenging environments when it comes to maintaining a conversation with any sort of untreated hearing loss, auditory processing deficit, older hearing aids, and with completely normal hearing for that matter. However there are some simple strategies you can use with and without hearing aids to assist your communication in these situations. Firstly, positioning yourself in a noisy restaurant is crucial if you do not have any hearing aids or you have older more primitive devices. It is a common mistake for people with hearing difficulties to sit in the middle of the noisy environment making it almost completely impossible to hold a conversation due to the competing noises all around them. If the person was to sit in a corner or with their back to a wall there would be no competing noise behind them – all the noises would be in front and they would be able to pick the people talking at the table above most of the other restaurant noise. However, for those with more modern hearing aids which have a directional microphone and are able to
reduce noises behind them, then the opposite approach would be best. By facing the wall they are minimising the unwanted noise source in front of them and their hearing aids will automatically reduce the level of noise behind them making it much easier to have a good conversation. Secondly, good lighting is very important. We all rely on an element of lip reading to help us out when unwanted background noises are actually louder than the people we want to hear. Having good lighting on people’s faces aids this strategy. Also, when someone talks to you from the side don’t push one ear towards them to try to help hear them better. Turn your head to look at them instead to supplement your hearing with the visual lip reading cues and to maximise their voices to both ears – two ears are always better than one. This is particularly pertinent for those with directional hearing aids as they are only focusing on the sounds in front, not the side. Lastly, get the person’s attention before you start talking to them so that they are looking at you from the start of the conversation and you can utilise the visual cues. If either of you are looking elsewhere at
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WhY LOOKINg AfTER YOUR ORAL hEALTh IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR WELLBEINg. At the beginning of a New Year, many of us create resolutions or goals we wish to achieve. At the top of many people’s list is to become healthier. The first few months of the year see a record number of gym memberships taken up and we endeavour to make smarter diet choices. However, having a healthy body does not stop with exercise and nutrition. There are many areas of the body to address to ensure it is functioning at optimum health. It is important to remember, for example, that your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Whatever is in your mouth enters your blood system, including decay-causing bacteria. There has been plenty of research into the relationship between oral health and its effects on the rest of the body. It makes sense that what a person ingests will result in a healthy body or an unhealthy one. However, many people don’t think of their mouths in the pursuit of good health. Poor oral health and gum disease are linked to many health conditions, such as pre-term low birth weight, cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. Research continues into the
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effect oral bacteria and an unhealthy mouth has on the rest of the body, but the link has proven to be quite extensive. There have even been oral bacteria found in the lungs of those suffering respiratory infections. Regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments are important for maintaining oral health as well as general health. Almost everyone gets a build-up of bacteria in their mouth but with regular and correct brushing and flossing this can be minimised. Many people do not know the correct technique or the areas they are missing with their toothbrush. Bacteria become calcified after time and there is a need to have it professionally removed. This is why hygiene appointments are recommended every six months to maintain a healthy mouth. Remember, the oral cavity is not separate from the rest of your body and can have a large impact on your overall health. By all means join the gym and eat better this year, but please don’t forget about the rest of your body. You need good fuel in the way of nutritious food and a check-up and service every now and then.
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What do you love about massage? I love that people want to come for a massage because it brings peace and pleasure to their lives. When they tell me how much they have improved, whether through pain reduction, increased flexibility or less anxiety, that’s the best part of my job. Your passions outside of work? My wife Tracey would say ‘sport’ in general, but I would say: 1. Chasing after our four kids with all their commitments; 2. Hanging out with my wife, kids, and our extended family; 3. The short trips away my wife plans for us all to some really obscure locations; 4. I am a football nut, anyone who knows me would say I am slightly obsessed, especially with Liverpool FC, our NQ Fury and Brothers TSV FC; and 5. Enjoying the company
of our friends. Who do you help? We treat school-aged children to the elderly and everyone between. I have an 86-year-old client who can’t believe how good she feels after our sessions. We treat many people with diagnosed medical conditions, post-surgical patients, mums-to-be, sport teams and athletes. Did you have to do a lot of study? I completed an 18-month remedial diploma, so compared to many industries this course is relatively short. But in order to remain registered, our associations require us to accrue continuing professional education so I’ve also completed many other courses including Kinesio taping, an advanced diploma of massage (lecturing) and advanced taping. In recent years I have concentrated on MDN (Myofascial Dry
Needling) and continue learning about orthopedic surgery by watching and being instructed through live surgical procedures. What keeps work exciting for you? When I was offered to study further and become a senior lecturer for the Australian College of Massage it gave me a whole new perspective on the industry. (I still do some casual lecturing at JCU as well.) It’s satisfying to pass on my experience and knowledge, and to watch the industry grow in our region. What’s the future for the massage industry? It’s become a very respected industry in recent times and, as in our case, many specialist doctors and medical professionals now refer clients to us. We’re recognised as an important element in helping and maintaining the total health of our clients.
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One of the most common and yet frustrating questions parents have is ‘How do I get my child to eat? They are so fussy!‘. It’s typical for mum to cook dinner, place it on the table and for children to appear, take one look, mumble something or blatantly announce ‘I don’t like that, I’m not going to eat it!’. They will then stubbornly sit through the meal, refusing to eat despite the dozen different tactics their parents try. Parents are both creative and desperate in their attempts to get their children to eat. Many have a running commentary, bribe the kids with treats to follow or try to physically feed them, and when frustration sets in out comes the guilt, threats or emotional manipulation. Now this is the parents not the kids! Well the good news is that problems with food are almost never about food. The problem is about power. From the child’s view they are in charge, not mum or dad. Just look at what a powerful position they are in and what mum and dad do when they refuse to eat… a very powerful position and one they use to full advantage. Clearly mum is the only person with the knowledge and wisdom to decide what’s for dinner and to be in charge. Mum has the experience to know what are healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. STEP 1 in taking charge is to make mum the boss. STEP 2 is getting back to basics – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Focus on these. STEP 3 is, when your child is successful with these meals, add in morning and afternoon tea. Yes they will be hungry – hunger is your ally. Success is eating most of the meal. Be sure to set a time limit – 30 mins is reasonable. After that dinner is finished and nothing, yes absolutely nothing, until the next meal. Your aim is for three meals successfully, including appropriate behaviour before you add in snacks. As a parent you need to feel in control of the meal for it to work.
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Centacare offers many ways of learning from individual counselling to groups that focus on life skills such as parenting, marriage preparation, self-esteem and self-awareness. But we also offer a number of education-type programs specifically focused on assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to assist them to overcome barriers to employment, education and training. In these programs we work with clients in job preparation including resume writing and interview skills to help them access training and employment. Alongside job preparation we also address related social issues and develop a variety of beneficial life skills. One example of how education can inspire and empower individuals is our Happy Valley story writing class. Centacare is working in collaboration with Community Lyfe ConneXon’s Community Literacy Support Program and Black Ink Press to empower the residents of Happy Valley. Residents are embarking on a 10-week story writing course presented by the Community Literacy Support Program and Black Ink with a view to publish their own stories. This program helps residents improve literacy and self-confidence, promotes engagement in the mainstream community and can lead to further education and training and increased employability. For those who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and would like assistance to overcome barriers to employment, education and training please call Centacare Townsville on 4772 9000 and enquire about the Participate in Prosperity and Job Preparation programs. Emma Goodwill BSc. (Biol) BEd. (Grad) (Sec) Team Leader Participate in Prosperity, Job Preparation and Pathways Centacare Townsville
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CathOlIC eduCatIOn expandS In nOrth queenSland > BIShOP MIChAEL PUTNEY WELCOMES NICOLE BELTRAMELLI AND hER DAUghTERS AShLEIgh AND OLIVIA TO ThE OPENINg DAY Of ST CLARE’S CAThOLIC SChOOL AT BURDELL With more than 135,000 students enrolled in Catholic schools throughout Queensland this year, demand for Catholic Education continues to grow with the announcement of another school development for the Townsville Diocese. In January, Townsville Catholic Education celebrated the opening of St Clare’s Catholic School in Burdell (North Shore). Hot on the heels of this opening was the announcement by the Whitsunday Regional Council of their approval of a development application to build an additional campus for St Catherine’s Catholic School in Proserpine. Construction will begin this year and is
masterplanned to eventually offer Prep – Year 12 over two campuses. Similarly, plans are in place for Southern Cross Catholic School in Annandale to expand to a secondary campus within the next five years. Townsville Catholic Education Director, Dr Cathy Day said the development of new schools and campuses is in line with population growth and demand. “The demand for Catholic Education is strong and growing in our Diocese, with many of our schools already operating with waiting lists,” Dr Day said. “The establishment of St Clare’s was planned to ease the enrolment demand at neighbouring Catholic colleges and to cater
for future growth in the northern beaches corridor. “We were thrilled with the response from the local community and we opened the school with an enrolment that was 30% greater than our initial target. “Looking ahead we are now very excited about our plans for Proserpine. “This is an important development that will allow us to offer a dedicated early years’ learning precinct and middle and senior schooling to the families of the Whitsundays region. “We look forward to ongoing growth in our Catholic schools and to continuing to deliver quality, faith-based education to serve our communities throughout the Diocese.”
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4 Meanwhile, heat the butter and olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Add the leek and carrot, then cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until just tender. 5 Preheat the oven to 200Â°C. 6 Divide the leek and carrot mixture and mussels among four 150ml capacity ramekins (mine are 9cm in diameter) or pie dishes. Pour over the cooled sauce. 7 Using a pastry cutter, cut out four 12cm rounds of puff pastry and place one over the top of each ramekin, pressing down the sides firmly to seal well. Cut 4 mussel shapes from the remaining pastry and place one on top of each pie. Place the ramekins on a baking tray, brush the pastry tops with egg yolk, and using a wooden skewer or small knife, make a small hole in the centre of each one to allow the steam to escape. Bake for 12 minutes or until the pastry is puffed, golden and crisp. Serve.
WHITE CHICKEN STOCK Makes about 2 litres
SERVES 4 AS AN ENTREE OR LIGHT MEAL 1kg black mussels, scrubbed and bearded 100ml dry white wine 1 eschalot, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, bruised 1 sprig thyme 1 bay leaf 3 black peppercorns 100ml White Chicken Stock (see recipe below) 80ml pouring cream pinch of saffron threads freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons unsalted butter 1Â˝ tablespoons olive oil 1 small leek, white part only, cut into julienne 1 carrot, cut into julienne 1 sheet ready-rolled butter puff pastry, thawed 1 egg yolk Note: Julienne is a technique for cutting vegetables into matchstick-size strips of uniform length. 58
1 Discard mussels with open or broken shells. 2 Place the wine, eschalot, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns in a wide frying pan over high heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the mussels, then cover and shake the pan for 3-4 minutes or until the shells just open. Remove the mussels using a large slotted spoon as soon as the shells open or they will become tough - some will take longer to cook than others. Place the mussels in a colander sitting over a bowl, discarding any with unopened shells. Remove the meat from the shells, checking each one and removing any beard still attached to the meat. Strain the cooking liquor through a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl, leaving any grit behind in the pan. Set aside. 3 Place the chicken stock, cream, saffron and 50ml of the reserved mussel liquor in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 6 minutes or until reduced by half. Season to taste with pepper, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
1kg chicken bones, rinsed well 3 litres water 1 carrot, diced 1 onion, diced 1 small leek, white part only, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 clove garlic 1 bouquet garni Place the chicken bones and water in a large saucepan or stockpot. Bring to the boil over medium heat, skimming any impurities from the surface. Add the carrot, onion, leek, celery, garlic and bouquet garni and return to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, skimming regularly. Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve sitting over a large bowl and discard the solids. (To keep the stock as clear as possible, do not press on the vegetables when straining.) Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold. The fat will solidify on top of the stock, making it easy to remove and discard. Refrigerate for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months. (Freeze the stock in icecube trays so you can take out only as much as you need.)
BASQUE-STYLE ChICKEN STEW SERVES 4 AS A MAIN 100ml olive oil 2 onions, halved lengthways and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, crushed 100g prosciutto, cut into 4cm long × 3mm thick strips 1 each red, yellow and green capsicum, trimmed, seeded and cut into 4cm long × 3mm thick strips 2 fresh long green chillies, halved, seeded and cut into 4cm long × 3mm thick strips cayenne, to taste 1 sprig thyme 1 bay leaf 3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 200ml dry white wine 50ml red-wine vinegar sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 chicken marylands (leg and thigh joints) Rice Pilaf (optional), to serve
1 Heat 50ml of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and stir for 3-4 minutes or until soft but not coloured. Add the garlic and prosciutto and cook, stirring regularly for 10 minutes. Add the capsicum, chilli and cayenne pepper and cook for another 5 minutes or until the capsicum is just soft. Add the thyme, bay leaf, tomato and wine, then simmer for 6-8 minutes or until reduced by two-thirds. Pour in the vinegar and continue to simmer for 5 minutes or until nearly all the wine and vinegar have evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside. 2 Meanwhile, season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 50ml olive oil in a large enamelled cast-iron casserole over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, turning for 5-6 minutes or until browned all over, then cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
3 Spread the vegetable mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook over low heat for another 50-60 minutes or until the chicken is very tender and nearly falling off the bone. Check the seasoning and serve with rice pilaf, if desired.
EATING OUT IN TOWNSVILLE
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ODYSSEY ON THE STRAND
Café culture for kids babycino (bab’e-chee-no) a small cup of warm, frothy milk, topped with a sprinkle of chocolate specifically made for children. Café Bambini are not only a great place for coffee and lunch with your friends, they’re also a perfect place for your little ones to catch up. Bambini offers babycinos and bite-sized breakfasts with runny eggs and toast soldiers, perfect for dipping and keeping your children amused. While your kids are entertained find out more about the 2012 kid’s calendar, with photography by local studio Insight Creative. Beautiful photos of your children for you, a place in the calendar for everyone and all proceeds from the sale of the calendars go to charity. Be part of something special and help a great cause. Entry costs $50 with a free 5”×7” unmounted print. Shooting now until the end of August. Visit your favourite Café Bambini or call 4728 1012 for details.
Take the fresh food odyssey There’s nothing more relaxing than spending balmy Townsville evenings enjoying a glass of wine or ice-cold beer while looking out over The Strand and Magnetic Island. This feeling can only be topped with the addition of a seafood plate or a mouth-watering serve of calamari that’s locally caught and combined with the freshest of ingredients. Odyssey on The Strand is open for breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and, while some of its evening dishes bear a distinct Greek influence, there is also a broad selection of café/bistro-style meals. Owner Dimi Duff encourages all fresh food lovers to visit and enjoy a wine, beer, spirit or cocktail on the fully-licensed premises during a sociable lunch with friends or to kick-back on the weekend with an accompanying evening meal. Takeaway is available for those who want to eat at home or enjoy the ambience of the outdoors.
FIVE LOCATIONS ACROSS TOWNSVILLE
THE STRAND NORTH WARD
• CAFE • BAR • BISTRO • EXPRESS • 120 The Strand (Opposite the Rock Pool) • Mon-Thur 7am-4pm • Fri-Sun 7am till late
Phone 4724 1400
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THE COFFEE CLUB
STOCKLAND, DOMAIN, THE WILLOWS, THE STRAND
The Coffee Club adds Thai touch Visitors to The Coffee Club can embark on a culinary journey of the world without leaving the comfort of the café with the addition of frequentlychanging international-flavoured menus. The first stop is Thailand where flavour-hungry patrons can enjoy delicious options like the gourmet Thai Tasting Plate for a limited time. Think crispy battered soft shell crab, butterfly garlic prawns, aromatic Thai fish cakes, vegetarian spring rolls and vegetarian dim sims. Those with gluten sensitivity will not go hungry with a range of lowgluten meals available including Thai beef and cashew salad with succulent beef strips, authentic Thai dressing, rice vermicelli noddles and a crisp salad finished with oven-roasted cashew nuts. This can be washed down with the 2010 International Barista of the Year’s winning drink, Thai Chilli Kiss. This refreshment blends traditional Thai flavours including chilli, lemongrass and a hint of lime with the very best espresso coffee. The Coffee Club Townsville General Manager Allison McKay says the new items offer a fresh dining experience, with the cuisine-style changing every eight weeks to encompass multiple international regions. “While we know our customers love the regular items on our menu, it’s about adding different flavour infusions from popular places all over the world to spice things up,” she explains, with the company teaming up with Getaway to get the word out. The next destination is secret for now, but a new menu will take over later this month as customers prepare to take their stomachs on another gastronomic adventure.
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The Coffee Club is bringing a range of Thai inspired meals to the menu. Savour the authentic taste of Thailand with our Chilli Salt Prawns, Pad Thai and Thai Tasting Plate. Domain P: (07) 4775 7623 SToCklanD P: (07) 4725 3299 The STranD P: (07) 4724 3222 The WilloWS P: (07) 4723 3014 www.wherewillimeetyou.com
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Traditionally renowned for its juicy steaks and hearty cuts of meat, Rydges Southbank’s award-winning signature restaurant, Southbank Grill, has launched a new menu with a fresh selection of mouth-watering dishes that are set to appeal to every foodie’s palate. Executive chef Raymond Sheerin – the main man behind the modified menu – engaged his vast international experience, passion for food and penchant for global flavours that enlist fresh, seasonal ingredients to produce the new offering. Seafood lovers can expect tiger shrimps, jumbo prawns, scallops, tuna and seasonally-caught fish, which provides a delightful contrast to the prime cuts of beef, lamb, veal and poultry – all prepared in an impressive variety of styles. Southbank Grill’s new menu has been especially designed to showcase and celebrate the best of Australia’s tropical summer flavours using a contemporary approach that remains in keeping with the restaurant’s popular ‘grill’ ethos – this ensures there’s a gratifying choice for every tastebud.
07 4726 5207 | 23 PALMER STREET, TOWNSVILLE WWW.SOUTHBANKGRILL.COM.AU 6
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GYO JAPANESE TAPPAS BAR RESTAURANT GREGORY STREET NORTH WARD
Faced with the difficult task of choosing from Gyo’s expansive menu, diners need not limit their options – along with larger western-sized meals, the restaurant also offers bite-sized tasting plates so inquisitive foodies can sample a full spectrum of delicious flavours. While the restaurant still has its regular menu with larger serves of favourites like Japanese-style deep fried chicken (Karaage) or Miso Salmon, manager Fusao Nakamura explains that the “tapas-sized” dishes are traditionally how the Japanese approach dining, extending the meal over the evening accompanied by decent serves of drinking and chatting. Dishes that are new to the tasting menu include battered prawn with tasty mayonnaise sauce (Ebi Mayo), grilled oysters, skewered grilled chicken (Yakitori) and a spicy version of the popular Karaage. With the tapas menu regularly changing to accommodate the availability of fresh ingredients, there will always be a few small and tasty reasons to return to Gyo.
BREAKFAST Sat & Sun 8am -11.30am LUNCH Tue - Sun 11.30am - 2.30pm DINNER Tue - Sun from 5.30pm MONDAY Closed 48 Gregory Street North Ward
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Flinders Street East pub stalwart Molly Malone’s offers an authentic taste of Ireland in the heart of Townsville’s entertainment precinct. With Guinness an obvious menu staple, the popular venue also has a tasty and affordable assortment of pub grub which is available both at lunchtime and dinner. Try Molly’s Famous Crumbed Steak for only $10.90 or their jumbo version for $18.90. You’ll get change from a $20 note from all of your meals at Molly’s – with the exception of their renowned 500g Angus Rump that’s on the menu for $24.95. Got kids? Molly’s have got it covered with their $6.50 children’s menu! With its multiple bars, Molly Malone’s also provides an ideal venue for local businesses to host events that can carry on into the evening. For great value and a friendly atmosphere get down to Molly Malone’s for lunch served between 12pm and 2pm and dinner from 6pm until 9pm.
Unless you’re a Thai food connoisseur or have travelled the southern Asian country you may not realise that there are many different variations of Thai cuisine that mirror their regions of origin. As the part-owner and manager of Joy Thai restaurant in Kirwan Im Waldon explains that northern Thailand is responsible for producing quite salty and savoury dishes with a more soupy consistency compared to its southern neighbours, who are more likely to include lots of coconut milk and seafood in their curries: “Many people don’t realise there is such a difference across the country, but at Joy Thai we aim to have representations from each region in our menus so diners get to experience the diversity of authentic Thai food.” Im reveals the secret to Joy Thai’s delicious dishes is using the freshest ingredients possible and the right herbs. The Tavern Street restaurant is both licensed and accepts BYO.
FLINDERS STREET EAST THE CITY
9 TAVERN STREET KIRWAN
Live Music Friday & Saturday
Molly Malones The Bull Bar and The Shed Night Spot 3 BIG SCREENS BEER GARDEN POOL TABLES NEW GAMING ROOM
with us Thai style • Unique, friendly atmosphere • Large bookings welcome • Authentic Thai cuisine
• Full restaurant hire available
• Flexible banquet menus
• Licensed & BYO restaurant
• Dine In & Take Away
• Gluten free options available
4723 5521 9 Tavern Street Kirwan www.joythai.com.au
87-95 Flinders Street East 4771 3428 8
Open 7 nights from 5.30pm
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SUGATRAIN LOUNGE BAR & CAFÉ
Autumn has arrived at Sugatrain Lounge Bar & Café and Executive Chef Dean Petrotti has created some delicious new dishes. Try our new Bruschetta of Char Grilled Vegetables, Rocket, Marinated Feta and Pesto for lunch, served between midday and 2pm Monday to Saturday. Dinner entrées include Grilled Half Shell Scallops served with a Roast Tomato and Chardonnay Vinegar Salsa or Braised Chicken and Ginger Dumplings, served in a sesame and soy broth. A main course highlight is the Pan-seared Duck Breast with Sweet Potato Puree, Spiced Apple Chutney and a Quince Jus. After dinner, relax with a coffee and enjoy and old favourite of Sticky Date Pudding served with Rich Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice-cream. Sugatrain is ideally located on Palmer Street and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out our website www.sugatrain.com.au for opening times, menus and Sugatrain news.
Breaking bread breaks barriers, and important relationships can certainly be built between 12 and 2. The long business lunch is making a comeback and award-winning restaurant Table 51 is perfect for today’s business person. Conveniently located just a few minutes from the CBD, Table 51 offers a stylish and comfortable venue for professionals to come together and talk business while enjoying the incredible food. With a deliciously diverse menu, extensive wine list and experienced waitstaff, Table 51 is the ideal setting to impress your clients and wheel a deal. Specialising in contemporary Australian cuisine and using only the best local seasonal produce and seafood, Table 51 strives to give you a supreme menu and an enjoyable dining experience. This is innovative modern Australian dining at its best. With a friendly atmosphere and spacious surrounds, you can enjoy your meal in airconditioned comfort or dine al fresco.
PALMER STREET SOUTH TOWNSVILLE
PALMER STREET SOUTH TOWNSVILLE
THE BUSINESS LUNCH IS BACK Come and experience our delicious new lunch menu featuring our classic steak and mushroom pie, beer battered or grilled reef fish & chips, steak or chicken burgers and more. Serving Lunch Monday - Friday from 12 noon - 2.30pm Dinner Monday - Saturday from 6pm
51 Palmer Street South Townsville Telephone 4721 0642