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38 Designer Store Bonnie and Neil’s new

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40 Hanoi Getaway to this bustling green jewel in the north of Vietnam.

56 Cover Story 20 Lust For Learning With a burning desire to pursue a career they’ll love for life, these six locals are making the most of the many courses on offer in our region.

Special Feature 82 Education, Training + Careers DUOMagazine’s Premium Learning Feature March 2016

Feature Stories 12 Race For Mayor DUO’s exclusive interviews with our two major contenders.

26 Global Stage For Spearfishing Duo Townsville residents will compete in the Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Championship in New Zealand this month.

28 Where Are They Now? These former locals are living proof of NQ’s X factor.

Regulars 08 Publisher’s Welcome 10 Horoscopes 142 F  ive Minutes With... Four amazing locals tell us about themselves

144 Locations Where to find your DUO

DUOStyle 43 S tyle Woman We Are Handsome, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and more

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Emerging Leaders Program

108 T  rent Yesberg Regional Business Services

109 C  hristina Evans Roberts Nehmer McKee

48 My Style Jade Holland 51 Beauty Product Parade 53 My Bag Leanne Dalle Cort 56 Lilya Collection 62 Style Man Marcs, Grown Alchemist...

110 W  arwick Powell Sister City Partners 112 T  ownsville Enterprise Limited



64 Profile North Cameron & Co. 66 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 67 Paul Parker Sportsmed NQ Physio 68 Leanne Scott Core Nourishment 69 Profile Wellspring Chiropractic 70 Profile North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre

72 Dr Alan Nelson Bamford Medical 73 Profile North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre

DUOCommunity 75 N  icole Stott-Whiting Catholic Diocese of Townsville

86 Nicole Pierotti Babysmiles 77 FoodRelief NQ Feeding the needy 78 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation Judy Higgins appointed General Manager

80 Banish The Black Dog Charity Ride 81 TARDISS Disability support from the heart


Northern Tax & Financial Services

106 Townsville Enterprise Limited

Leading a sustainable future

114 Peter Baines OAM Hands Across The Water Founder

115 Ewen Jones MP Federal Member

117 Profile Emily Ingham 118 What’s On Theatre, sport and more 120 TYTO Hinchinbrook Highlight 122 Shane Fitzgerald Articulate

DUOFood+Drink 124 Directory 134 Recipes Flavours of Queensland featuring Matt Merrin from JAM

136 Recipes Spice Journey by Shane Delia 138 Seen Valentine’s Day Celebrations at The Ville Resort-Casino

139 Seen Townsville Choral Society’s ‘Annie’ at Townsville Civic Theatre

140 Seen Townsville Crocs MVP Dinner at The Ville Resort-Casino

141 Seen TPBSLSC Annual Lifesavers Ball for Summer Surf Girl Entrant Shannon Morgan

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The day we met with Jenny and Jayne Speaking to friends and various acquaintances around town, we had the impression that many Townsville people were somewhat uninformed about the policies, vision and motivations of the two major mayoral candidates; the incumbent Mayor, Councillor Jenny Hill and the prime contender, Jayne Arlett. We were delighted when both women agreed to be interviewed by DUOMagazine’s Editor-At -Large, Kylie Davis and myself for DUOMagazine. We met each of them for two hour discussions and coffee at The Watermark on the Strand. Whilst we couldn’t cover every issue relevant to Townsville’s future, we certainly managed to capture both candidates’ enthusiasm for the role and their passion for the city. More significantly, when you read the interviews, we hope you’ll be more enlightened about Jenny and Jayne’s priorities and plans for Townsville.


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Choosing the Mayor is one of the most important decisions we get to make for the future of our city, our community and our lifestyle. Whilst both candidates have common policies in some areas, it’s where they differ that needs your focus and consideration. Because we love this city, may the best person for Townsville win! Who and what I appreciate this month: Kings Road Fish Bar again (two battered and a Greek salad for two), Ash (the handyman), SBSOnDemand dramas, Stacey’s cousin Kim Coghlan (future Mayor of Mt Isa?), cooler weather, the dynamic Rebecca Vinson, our great city of Townsville, the NQ Cowboy’s season is about to start, congratulations and all our love to Ambi and Jason on the arrival of baby Rohan Thomas! Scott Morrison | Publisher


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Pisces 19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH

March comes packed with celestial blessings. Not only do you have the support of major planets, but friends and colleagues are also onside. Past frustrations have largely been due to others imposing their will on you, but this birthday season – you resume control. If you’re wondering what could make you happier, think love and friendship. Enjoy being brilliant, as the coming months unearth hidden talents that dazzle even you.

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






21 APRIL – 20 MAY

21 MAY – 21 JUNE

22 JUNE - 22 JULY

March promises pleasure and prosperity. There are bound to be moments of trepidation, but this month’s focus is on pushing your limits. You’ve been stuck in a rut for too long now. Cosmic help is on its way, along with extra cash. One warning: be careful who you trust. Be confident that, if necessary, you can go it alone.

The planets are being mischievous and, as they disrupt the cosmic flow – unusual events are set in motion. Call it a happy accident or synchronicity – whatever the reason, this month – you’re blessed with good fortune. The biggest surprise? Love comes well within reach. It’s also a great time to let others know how much you love them.

A fairly courageous month ahead for Gemini’s, especially when it comes to money. Just remember, there’s still a risk element – so be sure you can afford the gamble. If plans are compromised by a lack of funds, don’t let this ruin a potentially fun time. Instead, focus on the great company you are in and get out there, and play.

Warm company goes a long way towards creating happy memories. Domestic matters feature strongly, and you can expect important news relating to family. Self discipline may be low later in March, but truth be known, by then – you should take a break. Even if you feel you could carry on, there’s little point – the planets demand downtime.








There are times when you can count on others, and times when you have to go it alone. This month, focus on going solo. This will turn heads, and you’ll encounter both support and envy. But what will really shock is that someone close may not be trustworthy – so take care with your secrets. In romance, a newcomer proves mysterious but enticingly so.

In recent times, there have been too many broken promises, too much pressure. No more. As you race up the ladder of success, you won’t be lonely at the top. Friends, family, partners and colleagues all rally with you. Romance becomes more exciting. Whether you’re exploring full time passion or simply flirting, you’re ready to take risks.

This month the cosmos throws you a healthy dose of optimism. With such bravado also extending to romance, your new-found confidence can’t help but be sexually alluring. Professionally, you should be setting new targets and self-promoting until you get results. Give it your all and you’ll soon be rewarded with financial and career boosts.

March is ideal for turning some of your wilder schemes into reality. New skills encourage success, so plough on with innovative ideas or travel plans. When so fired-up, trying to relax would be a waste of time. A similar rule applies to romance. With a restless cosmos moving forward, so should you. There’s a good chance of finding a kindred spirit.







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March is sure to be packed with caring and sharing. Gone will be the dilemma of choosing between work and play. With Sagittarian self-esteem on the rise, even tired relationships enjoy a new lease on life. This also applies to matters outside the bedroom – with each new day providing a window of opportunity.

March gives you plenty to think about, with the planets encouraging an overhaul in certain areas; e.g. money. A look at spending habits will likely reveal a history of debt. The only sensible thing to do is to clear all credit. You also begin a powerful phase in your love life, with relationships growing stronger. Singles can look forward to happier times too.

Chances are you have a host of half-finished projects that are ready to be trashed. Great timing, as the cosmos offers exciting new starts. You’re more ambitious, so unacceptable conditions are no longer tolerated. Just don’t assume authority on every topic. It’s a sure bet someone with more knowledge will call your bluff. All in all, a productive month.


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Spotlight Safari Make your own wildlife sensor and go exploring for Earth Hour!


• Build your own wildlife sensors • Meet and interact with animals • Bring a picnic or purchase food and drink • Share a magical twilight beach walk • Meet local groups that are making a difference • Watch WWF’s Earth Hour movie • Discover how to save energy and money

Saturday 19 March From 5.30pm

Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre

FROM 8.30PM - 9.30pm


Embark on a guided spotlight safari of Rowes Bay Wetlands. Put your wildlife sensors to use, and then take them home and continue the adventure!


Toad Day Out


Sunday 20 March

8.30am to 12pm Raintree Grove, Riverway

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In February 2016, Townsville city will kick start a year-long celebration, marking 150 years since being declared a municipality and we want you to join us.

T150 Variety Concert 2 April 2016, Townsville Civic Theatre

T150 4TOFM Pacific Festival 4-5 June 2016, The Strand and Jezzine Barracks

As the official date approaches, keep an eye out for more great T150 events by visiting or follow us on: Townsville City Council Events

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T150 Port of Townsville Gala Dinner Under the Stars

T150 Defence Force Air Show and Townsville Bulletin Sky Show

10 September 2016, The Strand

15 October 2016

p r o u d ly s u p p o r t e d b y


*Information correct at time of printing. Check council’s website for the latest event information.

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Race For Mayor With the countdown on for the March 19 local government elections, main mayoral candidates Jenny Hill and Jayne Arlett talked policies and priorities in an exclusive interview with DUOMagazine. Interview by Scott Morrison and Kylie Davis Photography Matthew Gianoulis

Cr Jenny Hill What are people most worried about? When we’ve door knocked we’ve found people are interested to know what the economic and water situation is like. It’s hard for people to understand by having the big visionary projects what it means to the mums and dads so it’s about actually communicating that message. Urban renewal – how does that affect me in Kirwan, or Condon or Northern Beaches? It’s to make that connection to people. It’s to say well the urban renewal we want to do in the city, how we want the Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre proposal to sit into that... it really is about creating the jobs for those kids out there. It’s about creating a whole new precinct we think will draw other investment into it, so their kids do stay here. Both of my kids are going to be working outside of Townsville and I would desperately love to have them home. So you’ve got to create those employment opportunities so your kids don’t have to move to Sydney or Melbourne. My daughter Lara is 26 and she works for Treasury. My son Aiden is 21 and he’s got a graduate paramedic position in New Zealand. I would have liked him to get a position with QAS. Apparently QAS has been bombarded because Victoria isn’t taking any graduate paramedics. It costs you $10,000 or something ridiculous to apply to be a paramedic in New South Wales so all the kids are applying for Queensland and they’re overwhelmed. There’s something like four or five kids for every graduate position. What would you consider your greatest achievement so far as mayor? To date it’s that I really believe in urban renewal and the reason for that is, apart from the cost saving eventually to rate payers, you’ve got to have a heart that’s bubbling, that’s vibrant, that gives confidence to the rest of the community. You can see that in Melbourne and Sydney. When people go to Melbourne they talk about how vibrant the CBD is. And while we’ve got some great areas around our community, we’ve got Riverway, we’ve got The Strand, we’ve got some great shopping precincts, we need to build that confidence and that’s what urban renewal can do. That’s why I wanted to buy the TAFE building and the rail yards from government


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because I’ve seen government will divest their interest in these things and they just sit and rot and we saw that with the rail yards near Flinders Street and there are some beautiful historic buildings in there that you want to keep that, for the last 10 years, have been falling apart and I didn’t want the same thing to happen to the city TAFE building. We took control of that, we moved YWAM into there and it’s just gone ahead in leaps and bounds. Another big achievement was getting a commitment from the current State Government to set up headquarters here and what I want that to do is show other companies you can headquarter in a Northern Australian capital. Getting Jezzine finally open and some of the infrastructure projects, keeping the rates reasonable for the community and that’s going to be important leading into the next four years as people are feeling stressed. It was claimed that the Flinders Mall redevelopment would generate an annual economic impact of $81 million. Has an analysis been done since that projection to look at where that’s at? I can’t point to any actual analysis but suffice to say that now since the Mall’s been redeveloped we’ve got the new State Government building in there and the Ergon building. We got a commitment from the current government that with the merger of Energex and Ergon that this will be their headquarters, which means another 500 jobs coming back toward the CBD. To me, that’s a good start. I want to, in the next term of Council, put some facts together because I still think that part of the strengths of the regional areas, if you can get the NBN right, is that you can operate from up here at a far lower cost base than you can out of Sydney or Melbourne. So we need to be pushing that operating here for some of the multinationals could be far more affordable than where they’re at but what that means is good connectivity and that’s where the NBN is extremely important. For me the NBN was a great political initiative, poorly implemented. What government needed to do was fix the implementation and roll it out as quickly as possible and that’s been the hiccup. Do you think there’s a need and demand for residential-driven development in the CBD?

The demand is not there, there’s a bit of an oversupply, but I think the demand can come. The real issue for us is to get the cost base right and some of that’s out of our hands. We’re starting to see a shift in terms of body corporates, which I think has been a bit of a blocker. The cost of body corporates, the insurance part. People don’t want to be living in apartments and paying $5000 or $6000 a year just in body corporate fees. Obviously your rates are a lot cheaper in a body corporate. You tend to pay minimum rates and, if you go on the Water Watcher plan, you probably save around about $300 a year just on your water. So it hasn’t been the rates that’s been the blocker, it’s been the other costs for the owner/occupiers to go in. So that’s why it’s been easier to have them as a rental. You want people to be able to live in the CBD. You want them to be able to come home and go shopping or work from there. Those barriers are being overcome now, particularly the insurance one. We’re starting to see a big drop in residential insurance and I think you’ll start to see a drop in body corporates that will follow. When it does that it will be the tipping point for people to consider moving back into the CBD. From my perspective I don’t want to be an empty-nester in a big four-bedroom home with a swimming pool I’ve got to manage and a garden and all of that. I’d gladly look at moving into a nice two or three bedroom place with a nice view in the CBD where I can catch a bus if I want to go to Stockies or something like that and I can walk to a picture theatre. That really does appeal for me. Are we expanding shopping centres to the detriment of the CBD? We are but the CBD can have the boutique shops. I haven’t been there but I hear Newcastle is doing that. Look, City Lane I think has worked pretty well. The developer will put City Arcade in there next, which will be with the Woolies so that will be an anchor tenant to start encouraging people back up that end of Flinders Street and there’s still commercial opportunity – there’s a lot of the old Metway Arcade. You could tear that down and put apartments with shopping underneath. I mean that’s got some really big potential but what we need is that economic driver, that growth. >


“I really believe in urban renewal and the reason for that is, apart from the cost saving eventually to rate payers, you’ve got to have a heart that’s bubbling, that’s vibrant, that gives confidence to the rest of the community.” CR JENNY HILL

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Is the situation with QNI a long-term problem? I’ve been on a couple of national shows to say QNI is a problem but Townsville is still Townsville, it can still grow. We work all of the time with some of the bigger players. Not just the QNIs but with the copper refinery, the zinc refinery, we know there are opportunities there and we are going to be a player in that to help get them across the line. We pressured the government so the copper refinery is still here. The next phase is to see if we can pressure people to see if we can find possibly a buyer for the nickel refinery. Sun Metals are looking to expand. What the restrictions are, and we’re working with TEL and through Council, regarding power. Power is what’s driving up costs for everything. Even for us in terms of how much it’s going to cost to pump water. We’ve pumped for 12 months before, in the mid-’90s. Do we need a second pipeline? We just need people to manage their water and the existing pipeline will be sufficient. Look, I’m saying we will need it in the future because the city is growing and we’re going to hit that tipping point so that’s what we’ve planned out. But to bring infrastructure in too early, there’s a cost to the community and at the moment I don’t think the community can stand too many financial shocks and you’ve got to manage community expectations. We haven’t started pumping because the dam is a shallow dam. It doesn’t get deep until it starts to hit about 20 per cent and we lose anything up to 130 megalitres a day in evaporation. Hells Gate – what does that mean for you? That came out of a project we did with TEL. We got some money from Wayne Swan when Rudd and Gillard were in power and that was to look at future options in the region. They gave us about $2.5m and we wanted to look at power, water and future agriculture and how we could combine the three. We came up with an area that needed more work, which was around Hells Gate and sadly CSIRO don’t know enough about the soils up here. But we’ve got an area not far from Hells Gate where we think we can open up about 49,000 hectares in the Dalrymple area for agricultural as well as provide possibly a cheaper source of water for the city because we’d only have to pump the once and the rest would be gravity-fed. That was done as the pre-feasability study. We’re now going for money to the Federal Government to do a full feasibility which will mean getting a full understanding of the catchment because that area is the upper reaches of the Burdekin catchment and we need to know how that’s going to affect the Lower Burdekin if we put the dam there. We know that the Burdekin, with some of the rainfall events, could dump 10 times the amount of water it can hold back into the Lower Burdekin so if that’s the case we could put another catchment up there. What does that then mean for the future viability of the agricultural areas, what does it then mean for Townsville? Can it provide a cheaper source? Does this then mean we can provide water out of the Lower Burdekin catchment for the Galilee Basin for the mining projects? So everything is connected and I’m glad Ewen Jones is on the same page with this because this is about future proofing


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not just Townsville but also industry in the region. So if we build this then what is the cost and have we got the right area? Unless we do that study we can’t know that and until we do that we really haven’t got a project that we can shop around. Where do you stand on a proposed stadium/ convention centre for the city and where it fits in terms of priorities? It’s not this or that, it’s about getting the fair share. It not about them (State and Federal Governments) not investing in water infrastructure because I think they will. It’s about getting that additional funding and that’s not just about the stadium, it’s also about an entertainment convention centre and it’s also about a commercial precinct. It’s about delivering an anchor tenant for urban renewal, like we’ve seen in Adelaide, and I think we can deliver the same thing here. The entertainment centre actually brings in weekly foot traffic and if you have the same back of house you’re saving on your operating costs. You can never get around the fact that stadiums don’t make money. There’d be maybe one or two stadiums in the country that actually break even, and you’d be talking about places like the MCG where, when they’re not having football, they’ve got Test cricket, and when they haven’t got Test cricket they’ve got The Big Bash. But the MCG that’s there today isn’t the one I remember as a kid. It’s had major investment from both the State and Federal Government over the last 20 years so it’s totally changed. You go there now and they’ve got a great concept where it’s very quick to get a drink, it’s very easy to get food and it’s not far from where you’re sitting. I used to work there for the MCC as a student. People need to understand this is an integrated project, it’s about bringing facilities here that will have an economic benefit to the community. The current stadium was really a trotting track that was cobbled together and is now showing it’s age. Our present facility just doesn’t stack up to event promoters. When you integrate it you’re going to employ people not just for 12 games a year, you’re actually going to employ them for probably 42 weeks a year. If there isn’t anything on in the stadium they’ll be working in the entertainment and convention centre. That’s why we’ve been passionate through the Integrated Stadium and Entertainment Centre to say we want the whole project and going to the Federal Government and saying we want the whole project. By the time you’ve printed this there’s an EOI going out from Council about a new facility that will allow us to show off what we have in the city… whereas if I’ve got to wait to build something that’s worth $80–90 million that’s going to take another nine or 10 years. So when you’re in the role you’ve got to think creatively. You’ve got to start somewhere. When I was with Mooney we wanted to buy Customs House and turn that into the new gallery and we asked the government to give it to us and they wouldn’t do it and they sold it. Have you had a chance to think about the ‘What if I don’t get re-elected?’ Well the ‘What if?’ is hard because I love the city and I’ll stay. Do I go back to just being a scientist?

I don’t know. As a scientist you imagine things and then you make them happen so I want to get these things off the ground. But I still need to get back into the suburbs. There are areas in the suburbs, like the Upper Ross, that have been neglected and I really want to get back into there and do the basics. For example, some of the parks in those areas need work. It’s important to have good community facilities and you speak to the community here and they’re so proud of The Strand, they’re proud of Jezzine and Jezzine particularly I was really proud to be the mayor that opened it because I was there when we started the whole process and no-one knows the stuff we went through behind the scenes. Everyone forgets there was a plan to turn it into apartment buildings, the whole precinct, except for that little bit of parkland up the top. Can you imagine doing some of the stuff we’re doing now and it not being at Jezzine? And we’ve actually got a waterfront. You can walk from the Port to Pallarenda and never cross a road now. You can go for a run if you want. And then we’ve got the kite boarding there – it’s the best place in Australia for kite boarding. Why are you passionate about being mayor? This might sound corny but, when my husband and I came up here we had nothing (I followed him up here from Melbourne – he was in the Army). He brought me up here on holidays before I sat my final exams and I followed him up here in ‘82. I had planned to go travelling through Europe. I sold my car and everything and then someone asked me to marry him… The town gave us everything – good jobs, good careers, a great place to raise the kids and my son will tell you… he speaks to his cousins in Melbourne and he says ‘Mum, they haven’t done any of the stuff I’ve done…’ You know, go bike riding. When we used to live in Annandale and Douglas he and his mates would take the bikes up the mountain bike tracks and be sitting looking at the city at 10pm at night before coming home. He’ll go spearfishing and sailing with his Dad. Townsville has given me a good life and a good family and you want to create the same thing for other people who come up here. When I moved up it was called Brownsville – there wasn’t the infrastructure we’ve got now. They used to call it Mt Isa By The Sea. When I bring people up here from Melbourne who haven’t been here before they are absolutely gobsmacked with what the city is. The passion I have I want to give to the rest of the community. Be proud of our city. It’s a beautiful city. For everything it has, the good and the bad, it is a beautiful city and a great place to raise kids. Do you see TEL as being about economic development or the marketer of Townsville? It gets funding to be a regional tourism operator and it also now is seeking funding to do studies such as the Hells Gate proposal and indeed funding in the past for other economic development projects. Tourism is also economic development. You can’t really separate it from that. If you’re going to have vibrant tourism then you’re going to need property development, you’re going to need some support for infrastructure to underpin that, whether it’s power, roads, sewerage, those sort of things… so there is

a certain amount of overlap. In the last couple of years TEL’s gotten some runs on the board with international tourism. We got the flights back into the airport. We’ve got the edu-tourism market. It’s still embryonic but I think they’re bringing about 1000 people from the west coast of America. There’s us trying to pull flights in from Auckland. Most of the flights from America stop in Auckland so it would be fantastic to be able to say you can fly direct. That’s why we’re working very hard on that at the moment. Will you release the TEL SLA (Service Level Agreement) for public scrutiny? I can’t because it’s a commercial in confidence document but in the past there were no real SLAs so in this Council we’ve actually tied funding to a level of service for Council. You’ll find that this is the first term of Council you’ve seen a real SLA and instead of just 12-month funding, and coming back each time, we’ve given a set amount over three years and it’s tied to things that they’ve got to achieve. It’s reviewed regularly and they now report to Council every three months to see who they’ve been engaging with and what projects they’ve got. Their projects have to match, to a certain extent, the direction Council is going as well. But you’ve got to remember that it’s a bit different to Brisbane Marketing, which is predominately funded by Council in Brisbane, whereas we fund TEL but more than half their funding comes from other sources. Tourism numbers have dropped… A lot of that was based around business tourism in the mining sector and that has died. Look there’s no doubt, I’ve been in the national press saying I’m supporting Adani 100 per cent. We are still pushing government. It’s not that Adani is going to be the panacea for the city but it’s about what it means for the other groups in the Galilee Basin. You need a first mover to develop that area and Adani will be the first mover, which means then a lot of business will come through Townsville. What killed the city I thought was when the previous State Government pulled everything back into Brisbane and then you had the mining downturn and you had them hitting everyone both at the same time. We do a lot of event tourism, particularly through TEL, and you’d be surprised how things like junior national competitions in netball pick things up. They’re here for a week and you can’t find a room anywhere. Mountain bike championships, basketball. We just need to move into a different market. Sports tourism, events tourism, is a big one. TEL are setting up an Events Hub that will be announced very shortly that I hope will be a driver. I’ve got Margie Ryder with the Running Festival. She secured money from Tourism Queensland. They’re going to market that not just in Brisbane but in Sydney, Melbourne… If you’ve got a week’s break and you want to get fit, come to Townsville! Would it be better for the ratepayers if Council extended its economic development arm and let TEL become the marketing body? The thing is with that though is… would we get the funding to do a project like Hells Gate? No we wouldn’t because it doesn’t sit in Townsville, it sits

in Charters Towers. We would never get the funding to be able to do that project but TEL would because TEL isn’t just looking at Townsville it’s looking at regional economic development. Through it’s charter it can access the funding, Council can’t. So then should Council be the marketer for Townsville while TEL focuses on economic development? In the past we saw Mooney doing that probably more so than Les and I do think to a certain extent we need to go back to that – how we market the city – but for tourism there’s still a role for TEL to play. If you look at some of the things they’ve done in the last two to three years… and these things take time. You’ll start lobbying now and you’ll see the effect after three years. So with lobbying for direct Auckland flights, someone needs to go over to Auckland to promote Townsville and the region because it’s not just our tourism, it’s tourism in Charters Towers they’re funded for, for the Burdekin, for Hinchinbrook. Council can’t really do that… so that’s where TEL comes in. While it’s called Townsville Enterprise it’s actually funded for the North Queensland region. If they get the $5m for the dam, they can look at more than just for Townsville, they can look at it as a true regional economic development package and that’s where Council can’t attract that funding. What are some of your to-dos if re-elected? I want to get the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) up and rolling. That’s an achievement to get that, but to actually make it happen and there is already extensive interest, right down through to a couple of major people in New South Wales that I’ve spoken to. So I’m confident the next term we’ll start to see some more shovels in the ground. It’s important we get the integrated facility up because that’s about confidence not just in the CBD but in the whole of the city and it will generate local jobs and local employment. That’s a big project. We do have water security now but it does come at a cost to the community, which is why we’re trying to get people to manage their water so they don’t feel that pain. Other to-do’s are a city imaging project. I drive around and I see things and I think it’s about time we do more, not just along The Strand or in Riverway but in the suburbs, in fixing up our parks in the suburbs and making them more usable for our community groups. I want to fix up the entrance into the city. It’s appalling what Main Roads has left us with. It should be tree-lined and it’s something we should be proud of. And focusing on the economic uplift. That’s why bringing in the new merged Energex/Ergon was so important – it’s about showing the rest of the business community that this is the hub for the north and it can be your headquarters. I want to set up a commercial arm of Council, similar to what they did in Ipswich. I couldn’t get it through Council this term and I’m going to reintroduce that as a policy initiative. Ipswich City Council has set up its own commercial arm to deal with its property holdings and development. I want to do the same thing for the city so it can operate

in a commercial manner and pursue commercial developments without implicating out of Council. We have problems with Right to Information and things like that. Commercial arms have been able to deal in a commercial sense without having to have that risk. With my experience in local government and seeing what has been done in other areas of the state I know what’s worked and what hasn’t and sometimes it’s not about coming up with your own ideas it’s about looking around you and seeing what’s worked – you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. We took control of the railway yards in August last year. That is a great potential site – I’m thinking about putting it out there for a competition regarding ideas for uses. There have been some really innovative designs. Remember you’ve got CQU (Central Queensland University) next door at Central now, looking to build a precinct. They want to set up a city campus. From my perspective education is going to be a big part of redeveloping the CBD. The internationalism of the city. We’ve got some great assets here. We’ve got AIMS, we’ve got GBRMPA, we’ve got JCU and their marine precinct and we’ve got some great diving about an hour’s boating from the city so it’s not hard to sell a pitch. To establish things like Corporation of Council so we can move development through quicker and easier. To be able to establish a different way on how Council might be able to operate. To look at how we can attract investment from outside of the region. The economic development is extremely important. Why don’t we have a flights to New Guinea? Let’s see what happens next week – there are a few announcements occurring. We’ve got representatives from Air New Guinea in town in the next week or two and we’re hoping for a major announcement. We’re working through TEL and the airports to make that happen. One of the first things I did when I came on as mayor was to open up those relationships with Port Moresby again. We brought Peter O’Neil to Townsville and YWAM has been very important reaffirming out commitment to Papua New Guinea and Port Moresby. What question do you get most from people? It’s about jobs, especially after QNI. What I do is I go out there and I sell the city and I get on the front foot for major projects, which brings jobs. We picked up $20m so we can move into the definitive stage for the sewerage treatment plant. It’s not a sexy project by any means but it brings jobs.

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Jayne Arlett What are people most worried about? I can tell you our campaign will be very much focused on jobs and water. We’re out there talking to people in the community, whether it be at markets or business owners or people when we are door-knocking and time and time and time again they’re asking about jobs and water. My background is as a researcher so as soon as I decide I want to do something I go and research. So, from an unemployment point of view, four years ago our unemployment level was better than the State average, now it’s 34 per cent worse than the State average. Townsville’s strength has always been that we’ve got this really diverse economy. Small business employs one-third of our workforce. We’ve got almost 10,000 small businesses in Townsville. And when I say small business I’m talking 20 employees and under. We’ve got the port, we’ve got tourism, we’ve got the university, we’ve got a fairly major health department here, we’ve got Telstra… there really is quite a lot of diversity and it’s difficult to see the city go backwards. I think the biggest hit is that there has been a dysfunctional Council in the last four years that’s been unable to make any decisions. We’ve had very little infrastructure built here in the last four years other than what was already planned previously and pretty much all of that you can say is maintenance. We haven’t had anything above and beyond normal Council operations. What would you like to see happen in terms of infrastructure? The absolute first thing is going to be building the duplicate Haughton pipeline. It’s been on the cards at Council for eight years. Nobody’s had the guts to say ‘I’m going to make this happen’. The Townsville Ross River Dam is a flood mitigation dam, not a primary water resource and it has no capacity to be. It has a water catchment area of 750 square kilometres, compared to the Haughton or the Burdekin, which has 140,000 square kilometres. So for example with that, the little bit of rain that we had here recently, increased the Ross River Dam from 21 to 22 per cent, it increased the Burdekin Dam from 42 to 78 per cent. You just can’t compare. So Townsville will never have it’s own primary water source. When we get a good wet season it will give us a year’s worth of water. We’re now facing into our third failed wet season and we need to rely on an external source and Townsville will always be that way because we don’t have the catchment area to have our own dam right here. The Burdekin Falls Dam was built by Federal and State governments to supply water for irrigation of the Burdekin. It opened up farmland and really generated a lot of business opportunities there but its purpose was also to supply water to Townsville and Thuringowa,


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so it’s our water. It’s designed to be used in time of prolonged drought – not to be used every year – but times of prolonged drought like now we absolutely rely on it. Do we need a second pipeline? It’s capacity is 130 megalitres of water. It was built almost 30 years ago when our population base was 80,000 people less than it is now. So at that time it was more than sufficient but it was only ever Stage 1. Stage 2 is the duplicate and nobody has ever built it. It needs to happen. The current pipeline brings us in 130 megalitres of water and we lose 30 megalitres of that to evaporation, leakage and seepage. Typically we use 180 to 200 megalitres of water so it does not bring in what we need. Now we can rely on that, and we may well have to rely on that soon if we don’t get rain really quick, and you’ll be showering with a friend and flushing once a day. A city population of our size on 100 megalitres of water is not acceptable for any length of time. So my four-point plan for water is to, one, duplicate the Haughton pipeline – that should have been built already. That will drought-proof the city for 20 to 30 years. Two, advocate for increased height of the Burdekin Falls Dam. That will give us more security in times of extended drought like now. Three, advocate for an additional dam, which is likely at this stage to be the Hells Gate dam, 150km northwest of us. It still requires a pipeline – it can be gravity-fed for some of it, but not all of it. That will again open up massive tracts of land for agriculture and tourism and so on and so forth. That will be massive for North Queensland. Now that’s been talked about for well over 30 years and that relies on Federal Government – both of those last two are Federal Government/State Government issues. Four is to work on a water-wise policy. We live in the dry tropics and I’m not advocating that we be wasteful with water at all. We need to develop a water-wise culture. Anyone who has lived in Western Australia would be acutely aware of how well they save water and we just don’t here. It’s about educating the community. I don’t make promises I can’t keep. I can guarantee you we will work on this. It will happen. I met with the Prime Minister twice this week and we spoke at length. Now they’ve got a White Paper committing to developing Northern Australia, in particular the development of water in Northern Australia. We get 60 per cent of our rainfall in Northern Australia but we don’t catch very much of it at all. We’ve only got enough to irrigate about 10 per cent of the land. There are huge opportunities here and they understand that. In particular Malcolm Turnbull understands that. I was pleasantly surprised by how aware he was of Townsville’s water issues. Ewen Jones has done a really good job of bringing attention to that.

Hells Gate – what does that mean for you? Hells Gate is probably 10 to 20 years away and we go through these droughts about every 10 years and they typically last three to four years so the last major one we had was around ’94 and we pumped for almost 12 months and again in ’96 for 126 days. So we’re in that right now and if we have to pump for a year from that pipeline we haven’t got enough water. So with the duplicate pipeline that will bring double the capacity and with the two of them together we’ll have triple the capacity we’ve got now. That will give us enough water for our population growth for about 20 to 30 years. With my water plan we’re not looking at water just for the next election period, that’s not what we’re looking at – for the next four years. If we get those four things happening we’ll be set for 50 to 100 years. We’re looking at our water infrastructure not just for Townsville but for the whole region. What’s your plan for creating jobs? Our unemployment rate is now 34 per cent worse than state and national average. Youth unemployment is an appalling 19 per cent – that is 52 per cent worse than national average. My own son has gotten caught up in that. Twenty-yearold went to Uni… wanted to get work, couldn’t get work… and he said ‘Mum I’m going to go to Brisbane to get work’. From here he applied for two jobs and got the second one but he couldn’t get a look-in here. If you go to Brisbane because you want to go to the big city and find yourself that’s fine but if you go because you have to, that’s a different thing and that’s not just to do with youth unemployment that’s affecting everyone… you know at middle management. I had a good friend who moved to Cairns because she couldn’t get a job here. We’re losing some good people from Townsville at all ages. The barometer of the financial health of any city is construction. If you go to a city and see lots of cranes in the city it’s a good sign. Now we’ve got one crane in the city here in Townsville. You have to have people who advocate for the city to get value for the city. I will say Tony Mooney, whether you like or dislike his politics, he was a good mayor and he got a lot done for the city. We’re talking about shovel-ready projects – if they’re shovelready, they should be shoveling. We’ve been in an unemployment crisis here for quite some time… if you have a look at the 2015 financial year data we had 10,800 unemployed here before QNI went under. We lost 237 jobs there, this is devastating, but we had 10,800 unemployed that had been largely neglected and that’s not okay. The key thing is let’s start getting some infrastructure projects happening. You’ve got to look at what’s within our control and what’s out of our control. >


“The absolute first thing is going to be building the duplicate Haughton pipeline. It’s been on the cards at Council for eight years.” JAYNE ARLETT

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Anything that’s within our control we need to get happening. So let’s get the duplicate Haughton pipeline happening right now. I had an economic assessment impact report created by Empower who do these reports for Federal, State and local government so it’s a very competent, very comprehensive report. Once you’ve seen that and seen the economic benefits that brings to Townsville it’s a no-brainer. There is absolutely no reason why we wouldn’t do this. It’s going to be major for Townsville in terms of jobs and stimulating the economy as well as in terms of delivering us water so we can continue to grow. There are so many businesses going under because of water. We’re already in a bad unemployment situation and we’ve got businesses going under left, right and centre. You’ve got turf farms who’ve got their own irrigation in terms of bore water, so they can grow grass, that’s not the problem – nobody’s buying it because you can’t water it. Their income source has gone. You’ve got irrigation companies… who is putting irrigation in right now when you can’t use it? You’ve got landscaping businesses going under… There are numerous industries impacted by this water situation. What are some of the ‘shovel-ready’ projects you aware of? There’s the bus hub in the city that’s got $4 million of State Government money. There are three locations it can go to but it seems nobody can really make a decision on where it’s to go. With a business frame of mind, you sit all the key stakeholders down, you talk about all the pros and cons of the different locations and you make a decision. You can’t please all of the people all of the time. Build it. Get $4 million worth of infrastructure in Townsville, create some employment and get a great bus hub. There’s the Drive It program. That’s a driver education and motor sport precinct. Now that’s been on the cards for 11 years. They’re a not-forprofit community owned sporting group that want to build a precinct. They’ve developed it themselves to the level where it’s really impressive. I’ve been involved in community organisations all my life and I know how hard these guys work. They’ve got a really impressive business plan and more importantly they’ve done an economic impact statement. We’ve got any number of politicians that say ‘Yes, I’m supportive’ but nobody has actually done anything. It needs funding – it’s about a $20 million-dollar project but the economic impact back to Townsville is well in excess of that. If it’s good for Townsville, then I’m going to be behind it. I think it comes down to effective lobbying. You need a mayor that will take these projects that are good for the city and make them happen and go hand in hand with the directors to the State Government and say ‘This is what we need to do…’ and go hand in hand to the Federal Government and say ‘This is what we need to do…’. I’ve been involved on that side of projects for many, many years so I know exactly what it takes to get things over the line. You need somebody that’s really proactive. You need an advocate – a champion for the cause. There’s a similar project running in Charters Towers.


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Now they’ve got a really proactive mayor and they’re managing to get some real traction at State Government level – more than we have. My team are a team of independents. We’re not yes people. Governance is my thing. I don’t want people who are going to just say ‘Yes Jayne…’ that’s not how a Council works. I’ll put forward a proposal and if the Councillors around the table don’t agree with it, they’re supposed to object. You need robust discussion. These statistics about people being unemployed, and we are the insolvency capital of Australia – we have more people going broke and losing their homes here than anywhere – it’s unacceptable. I know people who have lost their homes and businesses and it’s not okay. I can see at the moment we have a Council that’s got very little understanding of basic economics and very little understanding of business management. Now Council is a $580 million dollar business and we don’t have anyone at the helm that’s got experience of running that sort of level of organisation. We’re missing people with financial understanding and business management understanding. Why do you have confidence you can bring that to the role? I’m a professional board director. I’ve got postgraduate qualifications in that. My ethos from a child has always been that we take from our community but we give back and I’ve always been involved in voluntary work. I get involved in lots of community organisations, lots of sporting organisations, I was a volunteer at Reef HQ for many years. I’m a volunteer on the committee for the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Giving back on a voluntary basis has been very important but I’m also a professional board director. My skill is in putting together groups of people that work really well for an organisation. I’m often at a board table with people I don’t particularly like – people who are there for the wrong reasons, they’re pushing their own barrow, they’ve got their own agenda or it looks good on their resume but as the leader it’s my role to make sure all of those people work effectively together. The mayor needs to be respectful of everybody sitting around the table and be able to work collaboratively and consultatively with the team that you’ve been given. Do you think TEL is providing value-for-money for ratepayers? Do I think Townsville Enterprise is a good idea? Yes I do. There are many cities that have got the equivalent of a TEL and Townsville City Council is the 18th largest Council in Australia. It is a bureaucracy and it will always be a bureaucracy. Townsville Enterprise can be the active, agile arm of Townsville City Council, advocating for the city both in terms of economic development and tourism. What I will promise you is I will deliver value for ratepayers. So I will certainly have a look at each arm of what’s happening at Council – there are 1700 people employed at Council. Most of them are good people – I know a lot of them. Many of them are caught up in the bureaucratic nightmare themselves. They don’t want to be writing reports

that nobody reads. They don’t want to have to pass things through committee after committee to get a rubber stamp when they know what the answer is. For example, someone quoted to me an example of a $2000 sporting grant that they were applying for. It had to go through five levels of approval before it got approved. Now the cost of the administrators through five levels of approval is more than the $2000 grant. It’s bureaucracy gone made. Ratepayers would be appalled to hear that. Do we need that level of governance for a $2000 grant – no we don’t. You need to empower people down the bottom. There are the rules and the guidelines you need to adhere to but you make the decision. You don’t need five levels of approval before you can actually give that. What are some of your key goals in relation to long-term planning of infrastructure? It’s really important we’re looking at long-term planning not only for Townsville but regional areas. For example, the recent Regional Development Australia report had 50 Councils outside of South East Queensland that had come together to look at the road infrastructure for Queensland. My brain goes ‘That’s awesome, that’s great, doesn’t that happen all of the time…?’ Apparently that’s the first time that’s happened in Australia. That there’s been a collective of that many Councils sitting down together at a table and coming up with one plan. Usually what happens is this city wants this, this city wants that and they can’t come to a consensus. My business brain goes… you just get all of the key stakeholders and sit down around a table and say “you want this for your area, I want this for my area…” where’s the commonality here, come up with a plan and that’s what we take forward. I’m not naive, I’ve done this many, many times over the years and I realise it’s not quite that simple but if you haven’t got somebody at the top that’s committed to moving us forward, it never happens. It gets put in the too hard basket. Nobody can agree, therefore we just won’t do anything – case in point, the bus hub. What are your thoughts on a stadium/ convention centre for Townsville? I’ve been involved in consultation about the stadium in my role with the Townsville Fire. I’m supportive of an integrated stadium/convention and entertainment centre. My public line is that a stadium is a ‘nice to have’ but water for our city is a ‘must have’. We can’t have a city that doesn’t have adequate water for its population now, let alone the population growth we are going through. Water and jobs are my absolute priorities. If Federal and State governments give us the money then I’ll be there digging the first shovel but is it a priority for lobbying? – no, not at all. We need water for our community right now and we need jobs right now. We are losing good people from this city, we can’t keep doing that. Long-term do we need the stadium? Absolutely we do and we will get it. I believe, it’s just a matter of when. What’s your view on urban development? It hasn’t been happening, I’d say, but there’s a commitment to it and I’d continue with that commitment. My barometer is; if it’s good socially

and economically for the city and if you can fulfil those two key criteria I’m in. If we can build that Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area. If we can build arts and theatre and sports and restaurants and coffee shops and all of that. A little bridge linking up Flinders Street East to the Palmer Street area – all of those are great things that will make our city more liveable, which means we’ll actually be attracting people to Townsville instead of pushing them away. What other industries could you envisage attracting to Townsville? People talk about Silicone Valley and could we do that sort of thing here. Well you know what? If we don’t start we’ll never know. We’ve got Innovation NQ, the iNQ, they’ve got some creative minds there and when you get organisations like that they’re going to come up with all sorts of weird and wacky ideas and some won’t get off the ground but the ones that do will be gold. If we can have that sort of enthusiasm, and creative and innovative mindset happening here in Townsville, we will be ahead of the game. So it’s really a matter of providing spaces for these people. Do you think there’s a need and demand for residential-driven development in the CBD? Townsville is a bit of a unique situation. If you look at most cities you’ve got the CBD and you’ve got the population around it. We don’t have that. We’ve got the CBD, and then we’ve got all of our population out there. The CBD is your showcase for visitors. Now when a tourist comes here and stays in the CBD or at The Strand or The Ville… I think what we need to do is connect the two so it’s all part of the same precinct and I think we need to think of it like that. To develop this to the point where it’s really friendly for locals and tourists to come and to walk between the two and we haven’t got that at the moment. We’ve got Flinders Street East, which is dead in the day time and has stuff happening at night time but you’ve got to have some stuff happening there through the day time as well to create that vibrancy. When visitors come to Townsville they’re not going to hop in a taxi and drive out to Stockland to see what’s there, they want to be able to walk around and so every city needs to have a vibrant CBD. When you build residences we know you get the demand for your coffee shops and precincts and so on and so forth. Basic town planning will tell you that if you build residences in the city you are going to drive the vibrancy of the city and that’s going to be the showcase and attract further investment. Developers aren’t going to touch this until you are truly open for business. We haven’t got a great reputation for being open for business here to investors. I’ve spoken to numerous investors here. People who are very ingrained in Townsville and I’m very thankful for them investing here in Townsville because I know right now they can earn a lot more money in Cairns, or the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane or elsewhere. We’ve got some really good people here that truly believe in Townsville, who are committed to developing things for us when it’s more financially viable for them to do it elsewhere. We need to be open for business. We

need to be making it easy for people to cut through the red tape. I was on Magnetic Island recently at a residents’ meeting and they were talking about a project over there that took four years to get approved. Right now you’ve got a Council – the mayor and all your elected representatives – there’s no collaboration, there’s no direction. You’ve got not really a lot happening at this level. You’ve got a mayor and CEO that are often not on the same page. You’ve got your five directors of the different departments. Now each of those directors essentially has two bosses under the Local Government Act and the CEO has got the ability to direct the directors and when they’re in agreement that works really well but when they’re not in agreement we’re in all sorts of trouble. It needs to start with having a mayor who is respectful of the elected Councillors around the table. Culture management and governance are what I’m about. Eleven heads are better than one and we’d come up with a vision and directive from the Council. We’d go hand in hand to the CEO saying this is the vision from Council, this is what we want to do. They’re in agreement. They go to the five directors and say “This is what we’re going to do…”. If that direction is we’re open for business and we’re wanting to attract investment and infrastructure and growth in order to create jobs and build our economy and you explain that to the directors then all of these people down here have a really clear vision. This is Culture Management 101. Then when you, as a developer, come in and say I want to do this development, in line with our vision, we want to make this happen. Does that impinge on the Council’s Town Planning Scheme? I think town planning is an area we have some significant issues with. At the moment you’ve got a whole heap of rules and regulations and they need to fit in that but there’s no grey because there’s no vision at the top. You need to have a vision that everybody agrees on. Do we want Townsville to be a vibrant, thriving hub of North Queensland and how does development fit into that vision? I think most developers at the moment would say there isn’t a lot of grey and they stick to the letter of the law. There are some areas where they can go outside but that’s where you get arguments because there is no consultation and direction and vision from the top. In many ways I think Council and bureaucracy needs to get out of the way. I’m not talking about development for development’s sake at all. It needs to be in line with what the vision is for Townsville. I’m saying right now there isn’t a really clear vision for what we want for Townsville. We need to develop that, it needs to be consultative and all stakeholders need to be involved. Let’s get some idea of what it is that we are all fighting for – at the moment we’ve got people fighting against and they don’t even know what they’re fighting against half the time. We’ve got a lot of party politics going on at Council. We need to be very firm that we shouldn’t have party politics at local government. It’s the closest area of government to the people. In my mind it should be of the people for the people. I think it’s very important that we’ve got an apolitical

mayor and I’m not a member of any political party nor have I ever been, nor is anybody on Team Jayne Arlett. We are not dictated to by any party policies. I can liaise with the premiere – whether they be Labor or Liberal or Palmer United and I’m not on any side but Townsville’s. If you’ve got a Labor mayor and an opposition premier straight away they’re at logger heads. If you’ve got a Labor mayor and a Labor premier the Labor mayor can ask for support but if the answer is no it’s a bit hard to lobby hard against your leader. As an independent mayor I can lobby as hard as I like and I will for Townsville.

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Erin Jusseaume Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism James Cook University A self-described small town cowgirl, 31-year-old Erin Jusseaume is passionate about all aspects of the rural industry. She’s gotten her hands dirty on cattle properties, worked as a stablehand, loper and even went to the Burdekin Agriculture College in Clare when it was running. “I want to be the reporter that people in the bush trust, respect and go to first to get their story out there,” Erin says. Now in her third and final year of a Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism degree, Erin already has an impressive portfolio with articles published nationally in The Horse Downunder, Australian Performance Horse, The Times Australian Outback Magazine and, internationally, in Barrel Horse News. “One of my proudest moments happened last year when The Today Show’s sports reporter, Tim Gilbert, came to Townsville doing a live broadcast for the sporting segment. I got up at 3am after driving back from a weeklong event the day before in Central Queensland to get to Tim and pitch my story on the 2015 Australian Team Roping Association national finals. “I’m proud to say that my story made the news that morning with my footage going to air.” The end game for Erin has always been to create her own magazine to help bridge the gap between the USA and Australia in the rodeo training and arena space. “We have some outstanding talent here in Australia that should be showcased on the world stage,” Erin says. “I’m setting my portfolio up to hopefully work with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association media team, or the newly formed Elite Rodeo Athletes in the USA.

Lust for Learning With a burning desire to pursue a career they’ll love for life, these six locals are making the most of the many courses on offer in our region. Words Kylie Davis Photography Matthew Gianoulis < Claire-Marie Pepper Agribusiness and Food Security CQUniversity IN her second year of a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Security degree at CQUniversity, 19-yearold Claire-Marie Pepper is studying her course online full-time. “I wanted to study Agribusiness but, as JCU didn’t offer the course, I thought my only other option was to move away to UQ Gatton,” ClaireMarie says. “When I discovered that CQU offered this course online and I wouldn’t have to leave home it was a real relief.”

Learning independently via online lectures, webinars and group forums, Claire-Marie has the flexibility to arrange her study around her other commitments. “As CQU has campuses all around Australia, meeting via video conference is a regular event,” Claire-Marie says. “The new CQU campus in town is great too, with lots of study spaces and afterhours access, so I can study whenever I like. I’m also looking forward to attending Residential Schools (practical hands-on learning) in Rockhampton again this year.” One of Claire-Marie’s biggest achievements last year was representing CQU undergraduates in the

national competition The Big Idea, alongside fellow student Duane Hunter. “Duane’s renewable energy application can provide fresh potable water, electricity and more through the natural supply of energy provided by waves. It’s amazing and definitely filling a need in the current market,” Claire-Marie says. “We’re looking at applying for funding to conduct research and develop the innovation further. At this stage I’m helping Duane where I can and, who knows, we may go into business together in the future. “I come from a pioneering farming family that skipped a generation with my business parents. Agribusiness is in my blood.”

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Jarrod Towers Music and Technical Production Townsville Creative Technologies College A 19-year-old Wulguru resident who produces and performs under the name JT Allen, Jarrod Towers credits studying at Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) with laying the foundations for his success. Jarrod completed a Certificate II in Music and a Certificate II in Creative Industries (Media-Screen) in 2014, then went on to commence his Certificate III in Technical Production in 2015, which he will complete this year. Now a singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist with five self-produced albums on iTunes, Jarrod has also written, directed and shot a variety of short films. For his most recent film, Never Turn Left on Right Street, Jarrod collaborated with a soundtrack composer/producer in Ireland. “When TCTC came to my high school, I realised I would really enjoy and benefit from their courses,” Jarrod says. “It was difficult to grasp the technical know-how at first but, once I did, my skills really improved. My teachers are very knowledgeable and always willing to share their expertise and I’ve made many new friends and creative partnerships at TCTC.” A typical TCTC student, whose creativity explodes once they have acquired some skills in applying the digital technology to the production process, Jarrod is having a blast making his own short films and music. “The release of my albums and working with high-profile artists like Katie Noonan, Robert Conley and Bjarne Ohlin has been amazing,” Jarrod says. “One day I hope to get a recording contract”.


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Leeann Moss Early Childhood Education and Care Community Training Australia STUDYING a double diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Education and Care with Community Training Australia (CTA), 36-year-old Annandale resident Leann Moss is wondering what took her so long to dive in. “I was busy working in hospitality and I think I kept putting it off because I was frightened to study after not having done so for 21 years,” Leeann says. “It’s been reassuring to discover that my ability to study, after finishing school in 1995, hasn’t left me. I’ve learned how to set aside specific times to study and I’m really enjoying the challenge.” Leeann attends two night classes and three tutorials a week at CTA’s Townsville Campus and allows 15-20 hours for study on top of that. She says her love of children, particularly her nearly twoyear-old nephew Emmett, made her want to become a nanny full-time. After Leeann finishes her year of studies she hopes to work in daycare, eventually becoming a group leader. “When we had the Christmas break for a month I was so excited to get back to classes in January,” Leeann says. “I’ve realised what a great passion I have and, with that, I have a stronger sense of fulfilment in my everyday life.” For others wanting to follow in her footsteps but still struggling with niggling doubts, Leeann has this advice: “Believe in yourself and have faith!”

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Emmanuel Nkurunziza Diploma of Community Services TAFE Queensland North WHEN Emmanuel Nkurunziza arrived in Australia from Rwanda in 2011 he was unable to speak English. After completing his English course at TAFE Queensland North, he went on to do a Certificate III in Community Services and graduate with a Diploma of Community Services (Case Management). “When I first came to Australia, speaking English was very difficult for me but the teachers at TAFE Queensland North helped me learn and encouraged me to study a course that would get me a job,” Emmanuel says. “I’ve always wanted to help people, which is why I wanted to work with young people and people who have a disability. With my qualification I was able to get a job as a disability support worker at House With No Steps, which I love.” When he first arrived in Townsville, Emmanuel says the St Vincent De Paul Society (where he now volunteers as a translator) was a huge support with helping him settle in. He credits their support of him with reinforcing his desire to help others in turn. Emmanuel did so well in his studies that he’s recently received word he’s been nominated by TAFE Queensland North in the Queensland Training Awards Student of the Year 2016 category. “I would like to go on to complete a Bachelor of Social Science at university and maybe even do a Masters degree,” Emmanuel says. “Getting involved with the community and supporting people through their problems is my passion.”


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Valda Spencer Creative Writing University of the Third Age (U3A) Townsville Every Tuesday morning, 67-year-old Kirwan resident Valda Spencer meets with her U3A creative writing group at the Breakfast Room at The Vale Hotel to share each other’s writing. “We set a different topic or phrase for homework each week, which keeps us extending ourselves,” says Valda, who is the group tutor. “Just sitting at home you tend to write about the same types of things but setting the subject challenges us to write about different topics. It’s more of a social writing group, where we learn from each other, rather than a structured learning course.” Valda joined the group in 2000 and every year they produce an anthology of their stories and poems, which is sold at Seniors Week, with the proceeds going to charities such as Mates4Mates and the Palliative Care Unit at the Townsville Hospital. Valda has written about her Dad’s experiences as a prisoner of war in World War II and enjoys reading family legacy stories, as well as “anything spooky”. Membership to U3A only costs $25 a year and for that you can be doing something different just about every day of the week. “There’s such a variety of things you can do, like scrabble, tai chi, philosophy, painting and pottery,” Valda says. “It’s such fun to meet people from all different walks of life and educational backgrounds and it keeps your mind buzzing along. I left school at 15 but through U3A I keep learning, stay active and continue making new friends.” U3A Townsville is one of the oldest and largest voluntary groups for senior citizens in Townsville. It was established in 1978 and currently has around 500 members.

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DIVING up to 30 metres – all on a single breath – spearfishing is not for the fainthearted. A combination of free diving and hunting at various depths of the ocean, the trick is to lie on the bottom or tease things up closer to the surface. “Every trip is unique and at times unpredictable,” says Nikki Watt, who along with Michael Pannach is part of the six-strong Australian team competing in the 2016 Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Championship in New Zealand on March 2–5. “The water will be at least 10–15 degrees colder than it currently is here and the fish species will be completely foreign,” Nikki says. “It’s scary and exciting at the same time – you never know what you might stumble across. I love finding unexpected fish species and other marine animals. One time we were approached by two humpback whales during winter. There’s nothing like a 50 tonne creature with barnacles all over its face to make you feel small.” The inter-pacific competition will be held at the Bay of Islands, north of Auckland. Divers must swim for up to six hours a day covering 6 to 10km swimming and diving continually, with often as many as 100 free dives. The aim is to catch a range of different species (one of each type). Some wellknown fish likely to be encountered include snapper, kingfish and John Dory. Locally Nikki and Michael chase a variety of species (some inshore, some offshore) including barramundi, tuna, crayfish and mackerel. “Sometimes we can be diving wrecks in deep water in low visibility of 5–10m,” Michael says. “That can get a bit scary, particularly when you see fast-moving objects out of the corner of an eye. My most recent encounter was in December, when I was retrieving a fish out of cave at the national spearfishing titles and I was chased to the surface by a bull shark. I tried to kick the shark away at one point and it bit holes in my fin. “I’ve had some close encounters, although most dealings with sharks are quite civilised.” To find out how you can support the 2016 Australian Spearfishing Team at the Inter-Pacific competition, visit


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Global Stage for Spearfishing Duo When the 2016 Australian Spearfishing Team competes in the Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Championship in New Zealand this month, two Townsville residents will be in the mix. Words Kylie Davis Main Photo Matthew Gianoulis.


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MICHELLE RYAN Artistic Director at Restless Dance Theatre Adelaide, South Australia What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Townsville and, after school (Holy Spirit, St Margaret Mary’s and Pimlico) and on weekends, I’d either be dancing or watching my three older brothers play sport. At 17, my family let me move to Brisbane to pursue my dream of becoming a dancer. After studying in Brisbane I had the privilege of working with Meryl Tankard as a dancer in the Australian Dance Theatre. As one of Meryl’s dancers I toured the world. Life changed for me drastically at age 30 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I quickly returned home to Australia and the next 10 years were an absolute roller coaster. I went from this peak-bodied athlete to having to use a walking stick. I eventually returned to Townsville, working behind the scenes as Artistic Manager and Rehearsal Director at Dancenorth for five years. Where are you now? I’m now the Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre in Adelaide. Restless is Australia’s leading company working with youth (with and without disability), creating work that is real, raw

and uninhibited. Our work is informed by disability, but is not about disability. That’s important to me. For a long time I lost my identity. I thought my worth and value was made less by having disability. But I am still a dancer despite now using a wheelchair. Dancers with disability may have bodies that perform movements in slightly different ways, but it’s in those moments of difference where honesty and beauty can be discovered. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I’ve just always had this tremendous feeling of being supported and encouraged. The love from my parents and family and the strong sense of community I grew up with in Townsville have always made me feel this innate sense of protection. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I was back In Townsville in March 2015. My parents still live there in the same house I grew up in. I was in Townsville to film parts of the documentary Michelle’s Story, which screens on the ABC on March 22 at 10pm. Meryl Tankard directed the documentary and it was wonderful to relive old memories with her. As I was telling her stories of my childhood in Townsville, I felt I could appreciate it in a new way.

Where Are They Now? Time and again, Townsville has proven itself a fertile breeding ground for creative types. These former locals, who’ve gone on to find their niche, are living proof of NQ’s X factor. Words by Kylie Davis.



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moments of my life. No-one honestly loves New York 100 per cent of the time, but then it will surprise you with a saxophonist in Central Park, an art exhibition opening down the road or even just a smile from a stranger. You feel connected to something bigger when millions share a tiny island. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville has a growing creative community, which meant there was an accessible arena to explore all aspects of my artistic self. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I haven’t come back to Townsville yet but would like to visit in the next few years. I miss my family and friends, Magnetic Island and, of course, my daily coffee at Juliette’s on The Strand.

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What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Townsville and went to Central State School and Townsville Grammar School. I moved to Brisbane after high school to attend the University of Queensland, where I graduated with a dual degree in Journalism/ Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations. Moving back to Townsville after graduation I freelanced for Elite Daily and Thought Catalogue while planning the big leap overseas. Where are you now? New York City – I moved here with two suitcases, no job and a family friend’s address. I’ve found a part-time job working at a very successful Australian café, Bluestone Lane, while freelancing as a social media coordinator for a fitness apparel company and building my own lifestyle blog. My dream is to grow the lifestyle blog into a fulltime job. New York is the fashion capital of the world and anything goes here, which makes for a tonne of unique opportunities. I like to think I’m still ‘making it’ in New York and this atmosphere is what drives people like myself here. It’s the city where your dreams aren’t questioned but, rather, encouraged. I would say living here I have experienced some of the happiest and saddest

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NEW HOME SERIES INSPIRED BY RIVERSIDE LIVING Home buyers looking to take advantage of the rising popularity of Rasmussen as Townsville’s ‘super suburb’ for capital growth can now do so with the launch of an affordable new home option in Bluewattle.1

DEFENCE Housing Australia (DHA), responsible for the $600m Bluewattle residential development, has partnered with Tropical Homes to launch the Bluewattle Inspire Collection – a series of modern, low maintenance homes designed for people seeking more from life than endless household chores. ‘Real value for money is key for the Bluewattle Inspire Collection,’ said Tropical Homes General Manager, Mr Will Porter.

‘We set out to make the option of a brand new home more accessible to young couples, single professionals and retirees. The result is a series of well-considered, architect-designed homes that make the most of their proximity to the beautiful Ross River and Bluewattle’s abundant parks and green corridors to provide fuss-free outdoor living.’ DHA Acting Managing Director, Ms Jan Mason said Rasmussen’s strong growth last quarter made

this latest release at the Bluewattle residential development all the more appealing. ‘The latest RP Data report shows house values in Rasmussen are out-performing those in any other Townsville suburb, increasing by 22.8 per cent from October to December 2015,’ said Ms Mason. ‘The Upper Ross is a terrific region with a strong sense of community, which is now more accessible to everyone.’

These new parks will add to the development’s already popular Jeff Caddies Park, totaling $3 million worth of wonderful outdoor areas created in just two years. Home and land packages in the Bluewattle Inspire Collection begin from $285,000.

For more information visit the Bluewattle Land Sales Centre open Thursday to Sunday, or go to

GREEN SPACES ABOUND BLUEWATTLE will launch Stages 6 and 7 this month, which includes the development of two beautiful new parks. The parks, due to be completed in August this year, will give the community another two great locations to come together and utilise stateof-the-art play equipment, exercise zones, a productive arbour, long communal tables and picnic areas.


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BONNIE AND NEIL RETAIL SHOP NOW OPEN! Fans of homewares designers Bonnie and Neil will be delighted to hear that the pair has opened its own retail shop at the front of its Brunswick, Melbourne studio. The shop interior is patterned from floor to ceiling with Bonnie and Neil designs and showcases current products alongside a range of homewares from archival collections including their famous cockatoo cushion first launched in 2010.

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Cushions, tableware, ceramics and timber products can all be found on display in store as well as a new limited edition range of paper prints inspired by Bonnie’s years working as a florist. The shop also stocks a select range of products from other brands including Maison Balzac candles and hand cream, ceramics by Robert Gordon Australia and solid timber bird sculptures by local artist Rob Bast. Also announced as part of the shop opening is Bonnie and Neil’s partnership with local furniture manufacturer Grazia & Co, both as a retailer of Grazia & Co furniture but also offering customers the ability to customise upholstered pieces with Bonnie and Neil hand printed fabric. The back wall of the shop is glass which faces into the studio itself, giving customers a glimpse into Bonnie and Neil’s production process. The Bonnie and Neil shop is located at 121a Donald Street, Brunswick, Melbourne and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9.30am until 5.00pm or by appointment on request.


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About Bonnie and Neil

One of Australia’s most popular independent textile brands, Bonnie and Neil is the creation of design duo Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie. Bringing together their backgrounds in floristry, fine art, textiles, furniture making and set design, Bonnie and Neil are known around the world for their vibrant collections of handmade products for the home. All Bonnie and Neil products are hand screen printed on natural materials at their studio in Melbourne. It’s this handcrafted, organic process that makes each piece unique. Read DUO Magazine’s interview with Bonnie and Neil in our July 2014 Issue or go to the online magazine at

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Harcourts Kingsberry Townsville, Harcourts Kingsberry Beaches and Kingsberry Strata are an agency renowned as being at the forefront of the Townsville market. They have been helping the people of Townsville buy, sell, rent and manage properties across Townsville since 1984. Tell us a about the history of your business? As a family with deep Townsville foundations, the Kingsberry name has been synonymous with Real Estate since 1984. At the time known as Kingsberry Brownhill Kirk, and with a passion for real estate, the Kingsberry family business has evolved over the years and, like Townsville, has experienced an impressive level of expansion and growth while adapting to the changing wants and needs of those that live here. With a local history dating back more than 30 years, the Kingsberry family business has seen Townsville evolve from what was once considered a bit of a sleepy country town through to the dynamic, unofficial capital of the North Queensland region we see today. How does your business look today? Currently headed by myself, and with three locations across Townsville, the business incorporates

Harcourts Kingsberry Townsville and Kingsberry Strata, along with the recent addition of Harcourts Kingsberry Beaches based in Bushland Beach. The decision to re-brand in 2014 was, for us, a decision we saw as absolutely necessary in order to ensure that our service offering to Townsville was of the highest standard. With recent brand updates and a local business that is experiencing daily growth and development, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe there is an agency better positioned in its understanding of the Townsville market and ability to deliver results. With specialties in residential sales, rentals and strata management, I believe we have proven ourselves to be well positioned in not only understanding the needs of our clients, but in exceeding them at every opportunity. Our team is highly experienced within all areas of our business, with a focus on providing honest, professional advice to all of our clients. Each of

us believe in the Harcourts ethos of People First, Doing the right thing, Being courageous & Fun and laughter and we do our absolute best to deliver on these values at every opportunity. What do you see for Townsville in 2020? The next five years are exciting for Townsville, as we reinvent, redefine, recover and reinvigorate our town. This opportunity will see the emergence of new industries, as well as the fostering of fledgling industries like renewable energy. Lastly, as resource stocks recover, Townsville will emerge stronger and more diverse than ever before moving into the 2020s. Please contact us today if there is any way we can assist with your property needs. 47 722 022

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THERE’S 47 million motor scooters in Vietnam and as a first time visitor, it feels like Hanoi has most of them. With 7.59 million residents, Hanoi (and not Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon) is the capital of Vietnam and a work in progress both in building roads and high-rise offices and apartments. And this drive for development is obvious as soon as you arrive. The very modern Noi Bai International Airport is 45 kilometres drive from the city which takes 45-60 minutes to reach on the equally impressive eight lane freeway. It’s when we got to the end of the freeway that we found we were in a road construction site and the start of our holiday of close encounters with scooter riders. Suddenly they’re right there in our taxis window. One person on a scooter, then a couple of girls on a scooter, then a mother and child and then a whole family of four. Meanwhile our taxi is rolling through the mud, over the bumps in the ground and dropping into holes as we lurch left and then right. And the whole time there’s a passing parade of characters on two wheels all beeping their horns. Constantly. Soon we stop at a set of traffic lights and, as we wait, a little girl in the car next door looks amazed then smiles at the big white haired man in the window. The lights change and we’re off! In all directions.


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The next thing that surprises you about Hanoi is the amount of commerce going on even late into the night. Underneath nearly every building is a shop or a home factory of some sort. They’re very industrious the Vietnamese. And considering this is a Communist country, very capitalistic. Shopkeepers are staying open late as we head towards our hotel. Past the bright lights of the karaoke bars and mannequin shop. If you can imagine it, I think you can probably buy it in Hanoi. It’s been a smooth trip to get here. Townsville to Cairns with QantasLink, then Cairns to Singapore flying Silkair and overnight at Marina Bay Sands. Singapore to Hanoi on Silkair was only a little over three hours. We’d booked everything online and choosing the hotel when we’d never been to Hanoi before was a bit of a lucky dip. We came up with a winner! The Pullman Hanoi ( We’d decided to treat ourselves and pay the extra couple of dollars for an Executive Room. It was the start of the 12 days of relaxation and pampering we’d worked hard for all year. The Executive Rooms are on the tenth floor which also houses the Executive Lounge. So, not only was our mini bar free, we could have breakfast and dinner in the Lounge instead of in the restaurant and enjoy snacks and drinks anytime during open

hours. But it was the girls on the desk who helped make our stay so enjoyable. Them and the team in the spa and gym. The spa became our second home we were there so often. We struggled with name pronunciation but we miss Hung, Miss Hong, Miss Houai and the two Miss Quinns. Every morning we took a taxi from the Pullman into the main shopping area around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. We figured the cyclos (three wheel bikes where the driver pedals from behind the passenger seat) were like taxis so the first one we got into we thought the driver was a bit expensive asking for 100,000 Vietnamese Dong (about $6 AUD) to take us both together into the Old Quarter (they usually take one person at a time). My wife felt sorry that he had to pedal the two of us (one heavy weight) but he was really surprised when we asked him to stop and let us off in front of the shop we were looking for after only a few corners. We hadn’t realised the 100,000 was for a one hour tour of the Old Quarter! Next episode: Dining out in Hanoi.

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It’s quicker to get there than ever before so if you’re looking for a low cost Asian holiday destination with warm personal service, top quality hotels, shopping, dining and pampering, you must look at Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Words Scott Morrison


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LOUIS VUITTON TEAMS WITH UNICEF A specially designed product – the Silver Lockit pendant and bracelet – is now available to purchase in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide and online. For each sale of the Silver Lockit pendant or bracelet ($800 each), $300 will be donated to UNICEF to protect children in crisis.

Christian Louboutin’s new Hawaii Kawai collection of women’s shoes was inspired by the mood and style of 1950s. For the occasion, a colourful Hawaiian tropical print, blooming with hibiscus flowers, was developed in the fashion house’s Parisian studio.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FOR TARGET In our January issue we announced Target’s latest high street collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Now we can confirm the collection will be released this month, with prices starting from just $10 and over 100 products, including clothing, shoes, lingerie, homewares and baby items available.

WE ARE HANDSOME ACTIVEWEAR We Are Handsome’s fourth season of activewear has the brand (a favourite of Beyonce and Rihanna) venturing into a bolder, sleeker aesthetic. The new range of in-house designed prints includes ‘Paper Planes’ bird-like motifs, ‘Solstice’ diamond graphics, ‘Splice’ digitised patterns and ‘Eden’ florals.

LITTLE TANNING DRESS With an eye for women’s fashion and a love of spray tanning, Brooke Jones, owner of Smoke and Mirrors boutique in Queensland, has created the Little Tanning Dress for slipping on post-glow. There are six different styles to suit all body shapes. ‘Brooklyn’ dress $49.95

$1.4M FRENCH FASHION COLLECTION One of the world’s most sought-after French haute couture collections, featuring works by Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, is now in the hands of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Developed over several decades by Parisian collector and former Givenchy couturier Dominique Sirop, the $1.4 million collection features 130 works representing more than 30 different fashion designers from 18002003. NGV hopes to hold the first public exhibition of the collection in 2018.

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CHEZ BELLE | SKIN CARE & BEAUTY CENTRE A family business since 1987 and boasting three generations of qualified beauty therapists, Chez Belle caters for all your beauty and skin care needs and specialises in Acne and Spot removal, IPL and electrolosis. Offering the latest skills and stock quality skin care products including: Madame Korner, Pelactiv, Opi Nail Products, Natural Compatibles Makeup, INIKA makeup, Linda Seidel Natural Cover Makeup. Open 9am–6pm weekdays 9am–4pm Saturdays and late night Thursdays. 1 Patrick Street, Aitkenvale 47754447



Owners Jodi and Tamara welcome you to visit their new look salon specialising in modern and professional hair and beauty services. From luxury surroundings to luxury products, the staff at Capelli can now pamper you from head to toe. Our qualified Beauty Therapist can treat you with a deluxe spa pedicure or relaxation massage in one of our private beauty rooms. Shop 13A North Ward Shopping Village 4724 5554

Combine, Create and Discover the magic of PANDORA. Select from our extensive range of more than 600 charms, bracelets, earrings and necklaces in sterling silver, 14 carat gold and two-tone to express your personal style and create a collection as individual as you. Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4.30pm, Sunday 11am–4pm PANDORA Townsville Shop 217 Stockland Townsville 4725 4755

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Meet the new team at Sizzas for all your hair and beauty needs. 208 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park 4725 3533 Stockists of Redken, Image Skincare, BioPacific, Pureology and GHD


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New Vegan Lipsticks Available Now at Chez Belle!

Under new ownership. 100% Animal Cruelty Free Salon

1 Patrick Street Aitkenvale 4775 4447 $139 NEW CLIENT MAKE-OVER SPECIAL ½ head of foils, surrounding colour, toner, style cut, treatment & blowdry Find us on facebook! Open Tuesday–Saturday 186 Nathan Street Aitkenvale (next to Toms Tavern)

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Jade Holland Tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a full time Country Music Artist with my debut album currently climbing the charts! I live for my family and friends, my animals, music and my amazing part time job at Cootharinga. Describe your style? I have a kind of a feminine rock thing happening – I like mixing girly floral prints and the occasional blast of pink with more edgy leather and denim pieces. It’s Country meets Rock meets Tropical North Queensland. Most treasured item? My black leather GUESS ankle boots. Those babies have stuck with me through thick and thin! Labels you like? I’m in love with Lioness. This label speaks to me. Best shopping trip? Dubai. I got lost in the GUESS store and they found me three hours later with a second suitcase full... oops! Your style guru? She may not be a fashion blogger but I adore Miranda Lambert’s style. It’s a little edgy, rocky, sexy, sassy and still classy all in one. You’d never be caught wearing…? Anything real animal fur. I’m a huge animal lover so wearing animals is off the table. Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with? Everyone has the old faithful wardrobe piece you know looks great no matter where you go. Mine is my knee length leather skirt. It’s never let me down! Shoes or dress first? Either. I will make that outfit work no matter if I saw the shoe or the dress first. Meaningful last words? It’s OK to fall flat on your face as long as you look great doing it. Dust yourself off and get back up for a second shot!

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

COLOUR IT Colour It is a new generation salon concept catering for the time limitations of our valuable customers. We hold a ‘no appointment’ system as well as booking to benefit our clientele in a professional and social environment. Our team is made up of highly trained colour specialist technicians, who have been trained in precision artistic and stylists. We are located in Castletown Shopping World, Hyde Park. Open Monday–Wednesday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Friday 9am–5.30pm and Saturday 8.30am–4pm. For more information regarding our services contact us on 4772 7225.Check us out on FaceBook.




Sizzas Hair and Beauty studio have established a reputation for a high standard of service with a commitment to excellence. The experienced salon staff at Sizzas provide a range of services specialising in prescriptive facials, creative colouring and cutting, hair growth and scalp solutions as well as many other body and skin treatments. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am–5pm Wednesday 9am–8pm, Saturday 8am–3pm 208 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park 4725 3533

Home to De Lorenzo and Evo brands, Colours Hair Beauty & Body is a 100% animal cruelty free salon. We are made up of eight stations, two basins, a wax room, a new experienced owner, a full time stylist, a loyal apprentice and fresh and relaxing vibes! Come in and meet the Colours family, have a beverage from our drinks menu on us and enjoy! Find us on Facebook. Open Tuesday–Saturday. 5/186 Nathan Street, Aitkenvale (next to Toms Tavern) 4779 9694

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


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Givenchy is one of the first beauty brands to use metal plates, instead of foam cushions, to expel foundation with its Teint Couture Cushion $74.


New to the ELEVEN Australia styling range, Slick Hold Styling Pomade ($23.95) is set to be the go-to for anyone after a wet or shiny look. Apply to damp or dry hair and mould to create a controlled, Ruby Rose-style finish.


Extending Schwarzkopf Professional’s OSIS+ product line, OSIS+ Glamination is the first female styling range infused with liquid minerals. The result is naturally gorgeous, undone looks, with a lasting hold you can barely feel. Priced from $28.95. Stockists 1800 251 887

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Dermalogica’s new Charcoal Rescue Masque draws out excess oil and impurities to improve skin texture ($65); it’s HydraBlur Primer transforms skin into an even surface, creating a flawless canvas for make-up ($70); and its Redness Relief Primer SPF15 produces a red-neutralising finish for an even skin tone ($70).


Available in seven runway-inspired shades from brightening neutrals to smoked browns, Burberry’s Eye Colour Contour, Smoke & Sculpt Pen ($49) gently glides across the lid. Finish the look with Burberry’s new Kisses Sheer lipstick ($49) for a naturally fuller, glossy shine.

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Northern Skin Studio sets a new benchmark for a holistic facility. A skin & beauty clinic that has a medical program, operating under the supervision of a medical practitioner. Services offered are laser, skin peels, skin cancer surgery, cosmetic injectables, plus traditional spa and beauty treatments. Customised packages to meet your needs, medically and holistically, so you achieve the ultimate in skin rejuvenation and health. Open Monday–Friday 8.30am–5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am–2pm 252–254 Sturt Street Townsville 4771 5898

This established salon of 15 years boasts passionate, multi-award winning stylists and Townsville’s only Redken Certified Colourist – Elle Crouch. Offering a relaxed and revitalising experience and a calming Sanctuary Garden. You will love your aesthetically designed hairstyle complimented by the most vibrant and rich colour. Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am–5.30 pm Wednesday, Thursday 9am–9pm Saturday 8am–4pm 89 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan 4723 2114

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


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Leanne Dalle Cort About me: I was born in Ayr and moved all the way to Townsville to work after I finished school at Burdekin Catholic High. I try to always be a good friend and person and treat people the way I like to be treated. Something which may not be known about me is that I have been mistaken for Jennifer Aniston a few times both here and overseas (clearly when my hair was longer and straighter, and perhaps when I was a bit younger!) – actually – I haven’t heard that comment too often lately – but it’s my claim to fame so there you have it!

MY BAG A beautiful black leather handbag made by a Melbourne designer I purchased more than 10 years ago. I have a bit of a bag fetish (which adds to my shoe, bowl, glass and fabric fetish) so they come and go, but my black one is a go to for whenever I travel. This pure gold SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL belonged to my grandfather, Leslie George Carlsen. His initials are engraved on the front and on the back it says ‘Normanton State School 100 yards Champion 1923’. Kids must have had to run harder in those days as the prize medal is lavish compared to the nylon strips of ribbon they give out today! I’ve worn it each time I went into labour to keep me safe and calm. He was a lovely man who I know would be watching over me and throughout important or scary times in my life. I’d like to join another JAMES STREET COOKING CLASS, so I keep their timetable handy. My husband Isi encouraged me to take my first class years ago, which he booked and paid for. Somehow I think this benefited him as well! FOLDING FAN belonged to my grandmother. It’s handy for hot days watching sport or standing at school assemblies. I keep this tear jerking LETTER in my purse. It’s from Gabrielle who has ‘left prison’ (aka boarding school) and is now living back at home. My Australian made LEATHER PURSE is a recent purchase from my favourite city to visit – Melbourne. I’d move there tomorrow especially when it’s as hot as it has been here.

My dad, Peter, sadly passed away almost 10 years ago and I have this PHOTO of mum and dad in my purse. I also keep the Thank You card we gave out after dad’s funeral. My sister, Marni gave me these BVULGARI SUNGLASSES for my 40th birthday (just last year!). Very glam. The ALTOID tin is used for many things, but reminds me of visits to New York where I purchased the mints that are now long gone. My iPHONE connects me to my family and friends, especially to my bestie Lynda. It’s also good for playing scrabble while waiting for school or footy training to finish. My screensaver is our two recent family additions – Ruby and Braxx. The GOD’S EYE was made and given to me by Josh from his Year 5 school camp. A cute little BROOCH I picked up from the St. Kilda Markets and some random jewellery in case I leave home without any on. ROSARY BEADS from a sweet friend – thanks Vicki. Didn’t know about this one did you Pammy (my Mum)? I have my TICKET ready for the upcoming Burdekin Growers Race Day. Giddy up girls. I’m often in Brisbane visiting my boarding school children, so I carry this handy SOLID PERFUME and TRAVEL CANDLE. My motherin-law gave me a bottle of Nahema Givenchy perfume for Christmas before Isi and I married (she’d obviously decided I was the one!). Benn bought this green MURANO GLASS heart for me in Venice. Favourite PHOTO I took of our kids when Jye was 9, Gabrielle 7, Josh 5 and Benn 1. What busy days they were. GYM PASS to Spartan PTI and Body Torque. Thanks Brad and Nic for keeping us (super) fit. March 2016 DUOMagazine



Samantha Wills has become known as one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dynamic designers, having had jewellery featured in Sex and The City and with celebrities such as Rhianna and Lady Gaga wearing her pieces. Each piece of Samantha Wills jewellery is presented in a beautifully carved wooden box for real bohemian luxury.

Now at Silver Shop The Christian Paul story draws inspiration from Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic beaches, where Founder Tim Caruana first developed an appreciation for the understated. He inherited his love of classic watches from his father who taught him that great style speaks volumes. This commitment to minimalism and affordable luxury can be seen throughout the Christian Paul range.

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Worldwide Trends In Anti-Ageing Last month, Chrysalis Medispa’s Dr. Peter Gianoulis was fortunate enough to travel to Paris to attend the International Master Course on Ageing Science Annual World Congress. THE Congress is the authoritative voice on emerging technologies, new research and worldwide trends in medical aesthetics, particularly anti-ageing. While he was thrilled to be in the presence of industry leading physicians, surgeons and researchers, it was also reassuring to see that so much of the work we do here at Chrysalis Medispa is hitting and exceeding the benchmark set by the world’s best when it comes to treating skin ageing non-surgically. One of the most predominant trends that emerged from the Congress was the multimodal method for treating ageing concerns.

Mixing modalities means tackling a problem from a variety of angles – rarely relying solely on one way of addressing a concern. Take lines and wrinkles for example – a common concern. The best outcomes are achieved by combining several solutions. The journey begins at home, in the patient’s own bathroom, with the use of high-strength cosmeceutical skincare. We are then able to take what the patient has started and build on that with a variety of in-clinic procedures. There are a range of options to reduce lines and minimise the appearance of deeper wrinkles. Peels, laser treatments, cosmetic

injectables, skinboosters, radio frequency, and IPL as well as traditional facial treatments are often combined for the ultimate anti-ageing solution. As new evidence emerges, we are able to incorporate existing technologies into novel routines in new and exciting ways, all the while maintaining and respecting the health and integrity of the skin. Being on par with the best in the world right here in Townsville means that we are able to offer our local clientele a gold-standard, personalised solution to their skin ageing concerns.

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Delphine Poncho in Creme/Tan $179 Anais Linen Short in Spice $169 Allegra Boot in Black Suede $249

Nomadic and nonchalant, LILYA Fall/Winter 2016, aptly named ‘UTOPIA’ captures the very essence of the folkloric 70’s. Influenced by the carefree spirit of Joni Mitchell and referencing music from Fleetwood Mac, the wearable collection welcomes relaxed tailoring, luxe bohemian touches and romantic details. Featuring delicate lace trims, soft suedes, girly frills and lace-up detailing, ‘UTOPIA’ is a collection of fluid silhouettes in a neutral base, highlighted by gem hues of emerald, ruby and amber, as well as retro prints inspired by artist William Morris’ vintage furnishings. Photographer – Nick Hudson Stylist – Adeline Conti Model – Nicola Clarke @ Jaz Daly Management Hair & Make Up – Veronika Moreira

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Winslow Bomber Jacket in Nomad Print $249 Elly Short in Nomad Print $139


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Florence Dress in Navy $249

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Tabitha Lace Top in Ivory $249 Skylar short in Tan Suede $269


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Wintergreen Jacket in Tan Suede $499 Olina Wide Leg Pant in Morris Print $179

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BOTANICAL BLEMISH TREATMENT GEL New from Grown Alchemist, Blemish Treatment Gel: Salix-Alba & Boswellia ($39.95) reduces pore size and helps prevent blemish formation due to its anti-bacterial properties. It also contains Bisabolol from Chamomile to reduce inflammation, calm and soothe.

MARCS OFFERS TRANSEASONAL COLLECTION Make dressing for Autumn weather simpler and more stylish with Marcs’ latest transeasonal collection. Whether you’re dressing it up or down, the collection has you covered.

YOUR NEW GOLFING MATE An advanced handheld golf GPS for the experienced golfer, the Sureshotgps Hero 750X ($299) includes the ability to customise maps. Measure specific pointto-point distances on any map rather than the standard measurements from the front, back and centre of the green. You’ll know exactly how far you need to hit to make the winning shot.


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GROOMING SORTED WITH DELIVERY SERVICE gentSac takes the hassle out of shopping for essentials such as socks, underwear, grooming and hygiene products, which are delivered to your home or work. Boutique brands available include Baxter of California, Jack the Snipper, Triumph and Disaster.

AMERICAN MOONSHINE COMES TO OZ JM Craig Spirits Company has launched Australia’s first Corn Whiskey and Cola premix – Moss Creek Moonshine and Cola – across Australia through BWS and Dan Murphy’s. Following a 100-yearold recipe perfected during the prohibition years, Moss Creek Moonshine contains the sweet notes of white corn finishing with a smooth follow through. $18.99 per 4 pack.



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“We felt it was important to make a stand and show that we are independent and family owned.” DR. CAMERON ARNOLD


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Introducing Cameron & Co. After 17 years in business Smile Dental is changing its name to Cameron & Co. to better reflect the personalised service they provide patients.

AFTER 17 years in business, Smile Dental is changing its name to Cameron & Co. to get back to basics and a first name basis. Dentist, Dr. Cameron Arnold, explains that when he named the practice 17 years ago it was one of the first practices in Australia to have a business name other than the dentist’s name. Smile Dental was groundbreaking, fresh and new, and that was reflected in its name choice. But over the years everyone else caught on and ‘smile’ became perhaps the most popular choice of word for dentists to name their business. “We always like to stay one step ahead,” explains Cameron, who was born in Townsville and grew up here. “We took a good look at the current industry and realised so many practices were being bought by insurance companies and turned into franchises without that local history and care. We felt it was important to make a stand and show that we are independent and family owned – and that when you come to our practice you are dealing with local people.” Over the years, Cameron hasn’t just built a strong rapport with his patients, but also a

strong reputation as a highly regarded dentist in Townsville. He first started practising dentistry in 1990 and has continued studying in the years since then to offer leading-edge dental services, including laser dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. “Our experienced and talented team of dentists, hygienists and dental assistants treat patients for a wide range of problems that stem from the mouth,” says Cameron. “For example, we have treated newborns for tongue-tied and the elderly for oral cancer. We offer a wide range of services, from surgery to hygiene, restorative, cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry.” Just like families search for that perfect GP to look after their general health year after year; Cameron & Co. provides families with professional and trusted oral health care. They are dental practitioners who know you by name and know your oral health history. They provide advice and services specifically tailored to you, your needs and your budget. And that is why getting back to a first name basis is important to Cameron and his team.

“When you walk in to our practice you won’t just be greeted with a huge, beautiful smile,” says Cameron. “You will also be greeted by name. You will never be just a number to us. You will always be a person. A person whose health we care about. That’s the Cameron & Co. difference.” For more information please visit or call 4729 5777.

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Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

Back to School Many children and adults struggle with their classwork due to a hearing loss that’s commonly mistakenly mistaken for behavioural or learning difficulties.

MANY students are assumed to have behavioural or learning difficulties when they are, in fact, just struggling to hear what their teacher is saying. This occurs most commonly during the early schooling years as, from the age of 18 months to nine years old, children have an eighty per cent chance of developing middle ear pathology. For fifty per cent of these children it will be an ongoing problem. The most common type of middle ear pathology to affect hearing is middle ear infection, or Otitis Media, and eustachian tube dysfunction. If children have even mild loss from either of these then there are several reasons why their schoolwork could be suffering. Firstly the child may not be able to hear all of what the teacher is saying. This is particularly pertinent if the child is sitting towards the rear of the room as, by the time the teacher’s voice is projected to back of the room, the volume of their voice becomes inaudible or muffled. Secondly your ability to be able to hear and process sounds in the presence of background noise is substantially affected by middle ear pathology. Even a minimal to mild hearing loss can cause significant deficits in noisy classrooms. Finally, concentration and attention can be significantly hampered as a child usually feels stuffy in the head from both the fluid behind the eardrum, as well sinus problems that frequently accompany middle ear pathology. If your child does suffer from middle ear pathology there are several things that can be done in the classroom to help. Probably the most obvious strategy is positioning the child at the front of the classroom so they are as close to the teacher as possible. Not

only does this maximise the chances of being able to hear the teacher but it also allows the teacher to keep an eye on the child should their attention start to wander. Furthermore, if the teacher is not heard clearly because of a hearing loss then they can supplement what is not heard with lip reading. Also, to help listening in situations where students are participating in group activities and there are several people talking, position the student so that their back is to a wall so no noise is behind them and the louder sounds in front of them will be attenuated above background noise. Another helpful tool in the classroom are FM devices. These consist of a FM transmitter and receiver with the receiver worn by the student over the top of the ear with a little ear piece that sits inside the ear. They are very small and just look a bit like an iPod earphone. The teacher wears an FM transmitter and lapel microphone that picks up their voice and transmits it, via FM radio signal, directly to the earpiece worn by the child. This is particularly helpful in large classrooms where there is a lot of background noise. They are also useful for children suffering Central Auditory Processing disorders and attention problems. I will talk a little more on this next month.

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These days you can’t trust your hearing to just anyone. At Clarity Hearing Solutions we base your treatment on five simple, yet hard to come by principles. It’s what sets us apart. Try us today.

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Accurate diagnosis: we only employ the best university Masters qualified and registered Audiologists. Evidence-based recommendations and treatment: we only prescribe treatment, hearing aids and features where there’s medical evidence it will actually help you.



Transparent pricing: our margins are the same across our entire range so there is no incentive to prescribe technology other than what is best for you. No sales commissions: we don’t reward our team for selling hearing aids. We reward good outcomes for you.


Independent since 2008: being independent we can provide hearing aids and implants from all manufacturers so you get the one right for your needs.

For Queensland’s largest range of hearing aids and implant solutions talk to us today for your first, or even your second opinion!

Hermit Park, 266 Charters Towers Road Condon, 60 N Beck Drive Also at: Ayr, Bowen, Charters Towers, Collinsville, Ingham, Mt Isa, Mackay, Brisbane Advanced Hearing Aid and Audiological Specialists


Sixty-five percent of school children also reported fatigue as a result of poorly fitting schoolbags. Other impacts of poor bags were muscle strain, joint injury neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain lasting into adulthood and postural changes. How can we help? In terms of recommendations: choose a well fitted backpack and wear it effectively. This plays a vital role in treating and preventing back related injuries.

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Paul Parker

SportsMed NQ

Back to School Back Pain We can sometimes forget how heavy textbooks can be, add in a water bottle, lunch and anything else they need for the day and the weight adds up IT is that time of year when parents breathe a sigh of relief with the resumption of school but this creates another problem. Today school bags can almost weigh as much as the child! Seventy percent of Australian school children suffer schoolbag related pain. This was the primary finding of research undertaken by the Australian Physio Association.

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Some key findings • A backpack should be less than ten percent of your child’s body weight • T he backpack should contain wide, padded and adjustable shoulder straps and have a hip strap • Try to find a bag that is endorsed by an association such as the Spartan backpackPhysiopak endorsed by the Australian Physio Association When worn the backpack should sit just above the waist and not hang over the buttocks. The heaviest part of the load should be carried close to the back, closest to the spine and bent knees should be used when lifting the backpack. The Spartan backpack is developed to limit the load the child carries and reduces the sag that the load caused in the bag. The rigid EVA foam and the waist belt allows the weight to be distributed across the shoulders, back and gluteals of the wearers’ body. Your child goes to school with good posture but what happens when they sit for 6 hours or studies for long periods at night? Traditionally school children get neck and shoulder pain related to posture. The

NQ Physio we offer expert

Physiotherapy services, Exercise Physiology, Remedial Massage, Clinical Pilates and Hydrotherapy.

head weighs approx 7 kgs and for every inch your head moves forward you increase the pressure on your neck by 5kgs. When your child slumps in their chair the pressure on the discs of their lower back skyrockets. Studies show that by sitting properly in a good posture increase the pressure on the discs by forty percent but sitting in a slumped and poorly supported chair can increase the pressure by two hundred percent. Poor posture can cause pain in two ways 1. Pain associated with sustained positions where muscle fatigue gets to the point of being painful (usually because of lack of blood flow and oxygen) 2. Habitual poor posture will lead to change in muscle length and strength. This is likely to cause actual injury to other structure in your spine, shoulders and hips Some helpful tips for good posture 1. Eyes level with the monitor 2. Shoulders down and elbows close to the body 3. Back support for the curve of your spine 4. A rms parallel to the floor resting on the arm support 5. Feet flat on the floor Unfortunately sitting for long periods is not ideal. It is important to change position/ stand every 30–40 minutes. Moving encourages blood flow to muscles that have been static and stretches and lengthens muscles that have been working hard to maintain postures.


North Shore Clinic

Bayswater Road Clinic 2 Park Lane Hyde Park Phone 4771 3650

50 North Shore Boulevard Burdell Phone 4774 2860

Open Monday–Thursday 7am–7pm Friday 7am–5pm Saturday 7am–12pm

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Leanne Scott Core Nourishment

Are You Optimising Your Health or Waiting for Disease? Did you kick off the New Year with an annual health check? DID you say “Doc give me the full work up!”. But then your blood tests came back and everything was ‘normal’, but is it? Do you feel ‘normal’? And what does ‘normal’ feel like, anyway? Normal is: 1. Waking up in the morning well rested, energized with no aches & pains. You have dream recall and they are not ‘bad’ dreams. You did not keep your partner up all night because you do not snore or have sleep apnea. 2. W hen you look in the mirror there are

no dark circles or bags under your eyes, your eyes are not blood shot or yellowed. Your tongue is pink with no white coating or scalloped borders. Your skin is clear. You are not accumulating fat around your midsection, hips or thighs or generally everywhere. Your face doesn’t appear puffy or swollen. You are not living with injuries that have occurred for no darn good reason. 3. You are happy and content; not experiencing anxiety, depression. 4. You are not relying on coffee, Red Bulls or sugar to get you through your day. 5. You are not craving… anything. 6. Food does not leave you feeling bloated, sleepy, experiencing heartburn, indigestion, nausea, or suffering brain fog. 7. Your periods are pain free, regular with no fatigue, bloating, swelling, mood swings or skin break outs. 8. Your libido is great! 9. Your bowel movements are daily; well formed, and not smelly. 10. You have no significant gas that is the topic of family conversation. And I’m just getting started. I could go on and on! So if this is NOT how you are feeling, why are your bloods normal? If your lab work shows you are in the normal range, all that means is that you are not diseased, yet! So today let’s learn something new: What Does Your Blood Really Say About Your Health? There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range, and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess


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your risk for disease, before the disease develops. The references that are provided with laboratory test results are referred to as ‘the pathological range’, because if the test results are out of range, it usually indicates potential for pathology or disease. The main difference between the two ranges is the degree of deviation allowed. For example, Levels above the pathological range for blood glucose may indicate diabetes whereas Levels above the functional range, before they reach the extremes of the pathological range, may indicate insulin resistance and future risk for developing diabetes. If pathological ranges are not present, a patient is considered ‘healthy’. But in fact we know that disease does not occur spontaneously overnight but slowly develops over years with the body giving us many early warning signs along the way. By looking at blood tests from a functional perspective we can identify early-on trends that are leading us toward poor health. More importantly, it provides a window of opportunity to do something about it through restoring and supporting normal function. The main difference basically boils down to our conventional definition and view of health. Some define “health” as the absence of disease or symptoms, and therefore if you are not diseased then you must be ‘healthy’. Others define ‘health’ as being free of symptoms and disease but also having adequate energy levels, healthy digestion, ideal physiological function. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as: “A state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”. So what does your blood say about you?

Join International Speaker, NTA Instructor and DUOMagazine Health Columnist Leanne Scott and learn about the latest scientific breakthroughs and methods that help you quickly and permanently reclaim your health, your energy, and your life!

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Dr Queenie Stewart BChiro, BSc Chiropractor

Right Time, Right Place Australia has become a second home for Norwegian-born chiropractor Queenie Stewart, who is the newest member of the Wellspring Chiropractic team. QUEENIE discovered Townsville two years ago during one of her many visits to Australia. “I was fascinated by Townsville’s beauty so, when a position at Wellspring was recommended by a colleague in Brisbane, I jumped at the opportunity,” Queenie says. “I joined the team at the start of last month, arriving from Stavanger, Norway, only a few days earlier — from one extreme to another!” As a practising chiropractor at Wellspring, Queenie cares for people of all ages with musculo-skeletal problems. She is also involved in educating clients and the community about spinal health, along with offering workshops on a variety of wellness topics. Prior to studying to be a chiropractor in Perth, Western Australia, Queenie completed studies in fitness at the Norwegian School of Sport Science. Upon graduating from Murdoch University in 2010, she went back to Norway to practise and be closer to family and friends. “I’ve worked with a variety of clients from office and manual workers to pregnant mums, athletes and geriatrics,” Queenie says. “In Norway I was the Sports Chiropractor for the Gymmen Strongman Team and Lura Bulls

and also provided care to CrossFit athletes. I’ve attended many seminars on sports performance, dry needling and chiropractic technique and previously worked as a fitness instructor and sports trainer.” A highlight of her time in the chiropractic field was when Queenie went to India in 2009, along with 20 fellow students, to adjust patients in underprivileged remote villages through the Hands in India project. “As a health promoter, I believe it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and lead by example. There is such an opportunity to assist others to make positive changes in their health, wellbeing and lifestyle,” Queenie says. “I use manual adjusting techniques, offer rehabilitative advice and have a biomechanical and holistic approach to care. I assess each client individually and look at each person as a whole; considering not only their symptoms but also what factors contribute to them and how they can be managed and prevented.” Located on Fulham Road in Pimlico, Wellspring has earned a reputation for friendly, personalised care and a modern approach. “I’ve had such a warm welcome and am enjoying working with such a focused,

dedicated and supportive team,” Queenie says. “Sometimes you can be at the right place at the right moment, which is what has led me to this beautiful place and practice with all of these amazing people.” Wellspring Chiropractic 43 Fulham Road Pimlico 4779 1604

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The Ideal Sporting Combination This year the North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre celebrates 10 years of helping athletes, mums, dads, kids and everyone in between. The North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre is located at 93 Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan.

THE North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre was purpose built in 2006 to give the people of North Queensland access to leading sports practitioners under the one roof. And it has delivered. While the businesses housed under the North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre are their own entities, they all pride themselves on providing high quality sports medicine services to their clients. But what makes the North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre so extraordinary, is it gives you – the people of North Queensland – access to the same level of care and expertise that some of our country’s top athletes receive. With practitioners that include the North Queensland Cowboys’ team doctor, physiotherapist and podiatrist, you know your body and health is in safe hands at the North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre. Madilyn Parke, Tony Pascoe and Steve Sartori


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NQ Foot and Ankle Centre Podiatrist, Tony Pascoe, has not only been the North Queensland Cowboysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team podiatrist for over 10 years, but he has also been involved with the JCU Medical Program and served with both the Queensland branch of the Australian Podiatry Association and the Townsville subbranch of Sports Medicine Australia. He opened NQ Foot and Ankle Centre in 1998 while he was still working in a full time community

health role. As word of mouth spread, his reputation and business grew quickly. Before he knew it, he had left his job to work in his practice full time. With a post graduate qualification in sports medicine, Tony specialises in treating sport related injuries to the lower limb. However, NQ Foot and Ankle Centre also offer a full range of podiatry services for the whole family, including assessment and treatment of chronic heel pain, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

foot disorders, occupational foot complaints, diabetic foot complaints and all other foot complaints. | 4723 5500

North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre Steven Sartori is the practice principal at North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre. He has forged an impressive career in sports physiotherapy, which includes being the team physiotherapist to the North Queensland Cowboys for over 18 years, as well as the team physiotherapist for the Australian Rugby League team since 2009. Under his leadership, North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre

has been looking after the people of Townsville for over 22 years. They moved in to the purpose built North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre when it first opened in 2006 and offer all aspects of physiotherapy, including Pilates, shock wave and Dorsa Vi movement analysis. They are also the only practice in Townsville that has an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill. North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre is at the cutting edge of

technology and professional training. They use evidence-based treatment, as well as a network of practitioners such as surgeons, to make sure their patients are best looked after. | 4723 2233

North Queensland BodyFix Massage In 2012 Madilyn Parke took the reigns of North Queensland BodyFix and has since extended from one to three rooms at North Queensland Sports Medicine, as well as growing her team to four Remedial Massage Therapists. As a Remedial Massage Therapist herself and a NurtureLife Practitioner and Paediatric Massage Instructor, Madilyn and her team offer a range of services, including Remedial, Sports, Pregnancy and Rehabilitation

massages, Dry Needling and Cupping and they are set to start stretching classes and infant massage workshops soon. North Queensland BodyFix treat a range of patients from all walks of life. They create a unique treatment for any body and everybody, from stressed office workers or full time mums to the elderly and the injured. With their relaxed but professional atmosphere, they make sure all

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General Practitioner

Dr Alan Nelson Bamford Medical

Know the Warning Signs Each year around 55,000 Australians will suffer a heart attack, 19,000 will be women. That is one heart attack every ten minutes, and of those nearly 9,000 will die. 4,500 of them will be women making heart disease the single biggest killer of Australian women and of all Australians.

WHEN it comes to surviving a heart attack every minute counts. All too often people lose their life because they ignore the warning signs or do not recognise them and delay calling triple zero (000). As a GP I have heard too many times people tell me that they do not want to call an Ambulance and go to the hospital because they don’t want to waste anyone’s time, they are embarrassed or fear what may happen if they report the symptoms. The hospital would rather see 100 people with chest pain that is not a heart attack than miss the one that is. Your best chance of surviving a heart attack is to present at the hospital as soon as possible from the onset of the symptoms. Unfortunately most people take between two to four hours to arrive at the hospital and this can drastically reduce your chance of survival. Knowing the warning signs is important, as they may not always be what you think. Many people still believe


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that the symptoms of a heart attack are crushing central chest pain and think that it is like in the movies or on TV where the person collapses clutching their chest. The symptoms or warning signs of a heart attack are different for each individual and can differ between men and women. They are not always sudden or severe and you may experience one or a combination of symptoms. They can be sudden or develop over time getting progressively worse. Warning signs for a heart attack include: • Neck discomfort or choking or burning feeling in your throat with the discomfort spreading across your chest or shoulder to your neck. Shoulders may feel heavy or ache • A rms have a heaviness or useless in one or both and may feel tingling or numbness • Jaw may ache or feel tight around the lower area or on one or both sides • Back may have a dull ache between the shoulder blades • Chest pain, heaviness, tightness, pressure or crushing sensation in the centre of the chest making you feel generally unwell, often accompanied by the need to empty bowels or bladder You may also feel nauseated, dizzy or

lightheaded, break out in a cold sweat, experience difficulty breathing and have a feeling of constriction when taking a deep breath. Almost half of all women who have had a heart attack experience no chest pain at all and often fail to seek medical help when they experience any of these symptoms because they think it is just sore muscles, indigestion or the beginning of menopause. Should you experience any of these warning signs regardless of if you are male or female you should: • Stop what you are doing and tell someone • Call triple zero (000) It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you experience any of the warning signs do not delay, call an ambulance. Every minute counts if you are having a heart attack. The warning signs and symptoms may differ but the one thing that all heart attacks have in common is that the sooner you receive medical treatment the less damage that will be done to your heart and the greater your chance of surviving. For further information on heart health go to or Dr Alan Nelson is a GP with over ten years experience in family medicine.

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Dr Samuel Baker

Bernard Green

From 213kgs to Personal Trainer Dr. Samuel Baker and North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre help Bernard Green lose weight and transform his life. IN 2013, Bernard Green looked at a recent photograph of himself taken one evening whilst celebrating with his sister and didn’t want to acknowledge the man staring back in the photo was actually him. His weight had blown out to 213 kilograms. Bernard was unhealthy, very unhappy and in that moment of time he realised he had been fooling himself about his weight, happiness and health. “I needed to be honest with myself that it was a problem and I needed to take measures to sort it out,” says Bernard, who started calling surgeon clinics in Townsville and Brisbane. “That’s when I enlisted the help of Dr Baker and his staff at North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre.” That was the first step in Bernard’s incredible weight loss journey. Bernard engaged the expertise of Dr. Samuel Baker and his team at North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre (NQOSC) and his total weight lost so far has been an impressive 85kg, which has seen his life improve dramatically. Now experiencing a new career as a personal trainer, Bernard encourages others to transform their lives. He has become part of Dr. Baker’s multi-disciplinary team at North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre

offering weight loss patients personal training programs. North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre opened in 2007. Dr. Baker has performed weight loss surgical procedures on over 800 patients and his multidisciplinary team have guided and supported them to achieve their goals, which includes maintained weight loss, reversal of type 2 diabetes, reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol and cessation of numerous medications. You may ask, ’why do people need surgery when there is a simple formula to lose weight? Simply eat less and move more! But it is not that simple. Evidence shows few people can keep the weight off. “Unfortunately only 3% of overweight people can lose weight and maintain it for more than two years with just diet and exercise,” says Dr. Baker. “Surgery is the only scientifically proven sustainable weight loss treatment presently available. With surgery, we can reduce a person’s risk of dying from obesity related diseases by at least 30% over 20 years. We can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 80%, fatal heart attack and stroke by 45% and cancers by 42%.” North Queensland Obesity Surgery

Centre offers a multidisciplinary weight loss program utilising nurses, bariatric physicians, dietitians, psychologists, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and a specialist bariatric surgeon. Each potential patient has their treatment program carefully considered by both themselves and Dr. Baker. Lifelong follow up and support is offered. Current available options include intragastric balloon, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. For more information please visit or call 1300 WEIGH LESS (1300 93444 5377).

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Nicole Stott-Whiting Office of Life, Marriage and Family Catholic Diocese of Townsville

There is a lot of learning in Life and Love Love and relationships are wonderful experiences but also tools of learning that can enrich our next stage if we are open to the messages.

WITHIN our different relationships there are many things we learn and need to be aware of. These lessons can be experienced in either positive or negative ways and can be applied to all different connections we are exposed to. Our first main relationship that requires a lot of energy, learning and understanding is surprisingly not with another person. It is the relationship we have with ourselves. However, this is often the relationship we place on the backburner or just assume will work automatically. In fact, it is this relationship that will be most affected by relationships of the past and therefore have a huge influence over the now. It is imperative that we have a solid understanding of how we see ourselves, the love we have for our self and what we represent. If our thoughts about ourselves are negative then that will impact on all relationships that we engage in. The same will be true if our thoughts about our self are positive. The second relationship we need to learn from is those of our parents or significant care givers from our past. Of course, these relationships still influence us right now but they had the most significance in our early years when we were watching and learning from these people about ourselves, relationships and all that life encompasses. What we learnt from these important people can either be positive or negative and we can use these life lessons in a positive or negative manner. Obviously this is a very powerful cycle in our society as our parents and care givers learnt their life lessons from their parents and care givers and so on. The next significant type of relationship we can learn from are our friendships. These

relationships start to develop when we are very young and continue throughout our lives. Again, these friendships can have a positive or negative impact on our lives and they also give us the opportunity to learn about other people who are not our family. Our friendships also give us insight into how others feel about themselves, the nature of different family units and how other families operate. These tend to be the relationships that are most significant when we are in the stage of really working out who we are. As we get older, we move from friendships into the realm of experiencing intimate relationships. All that we have learnt up until that point in time is applied to this type of relationship. Our experiences and approaches to this relationship are majorly influenced by all that we have seen, heard and witnessed throughout our lifetime. It is extremely important that we realise all we have learnt up to that point in time is being placed into this new type of relationship. We only learn from all of the information we are presented with if we are open to changing, developing and growing as a person. Otherwise all the information from all our different relationships is a wasted opportunity. The learning is not simply about taking on board all that we have seen and heard throughout all our different relationships. The real learning occurs when we can reflectively look at the influences to determine if the beliefs created from these experiences are positive or negative. If they are positive then we keep them with us. If they are negative, we need to learn a new way that is more beneficial for us and our relationships.

Jubilee Year of Mercy December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016

Embrace God’s mercy, share God’s mercy.

Visit your local parish to witness God’s mercy. “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” Pope Francis

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Child Psychologist

Nicole Pierotti Babysmiles

My mum would make me go back to the school to pick up my homework.

Just who’s responsibility is it really for kids homework?

ENJOYING a 20 minute coffee break at a café, I noticed that the radio was on. Before I knew it, I was tuning into the voice discussing new research on homework and who’s responsibility it really is. Personally my kids do way too much homework and I’d much rather they had family time or free time instead to pursue their other interests. But what really caught my attention was when the clinical psychologist from QUT said, that they had interviewed parents and teachers about their approach to homework. They found, for example, that a parent on a weekend had tracked down the apartment building where their child’s teacher lived and methodically pressed every door bell button until they found the right apartment. They then proceeded to check with the teacher what homework their child had for the weekend that was due on Monday! Their child was a high school student. Needless to say their research was focused on ‘who’s responsibility it is for kids homework’ as it seems to have changed in recent years. Is it the child’s? The teacher’s? Or the parent’s? Obviously this parent was taking the responsibility for their child’s homework very seriously. Interestingly, the QUT research showed that in primary school it’s a combination of the parent’s and the child’s. By middle school though it starts to become the respon-

sibility of the teacher instead of the child. So, by the time the child gets to senior school the teacher is stepping up more and more to shoulder the responsibility for getting students to do their homework. This research was conducted from Catholic and Independent schools across Australia. Unfortunately, it seems that teachers are taking on this responsibility due to the pressure from parents and school administrators. We all know that as a child gets older, the more responsibility they should be taking on board. If you, as a parent are trying to carry the burden or responsibility for your child’s homework in upper primary, middle or senior schools then an important step to your child’s independence is missing. Fast forward to university. If you don’t hand over responsibility to your child for their homework and assignments in the high school years, how will you ever hand over when they are at university? I remember if I ‘accidentally’ left my homework at school in the high school years, my mum would make me go back to the school to pick it up. The responsibility was mine. I did the work. This is exactly what I taught my kids to do (thanks mum) so they have always completed their homework and their assignments by themselves.

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Youth Worker Dylan Howells and headspace Townsville Centre Manager Kirsten Seymour

Young At Heart When Headspace connected with Food Relief NQ through the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal in 2014 they formed an alliance to help youth in need that remains strong today. Words and photos by Kylie Davis. DEDICATED to improving young people’s mental, social and emotional wellbeing, headspace provides confidential health services for people aged 12-25 in the Townsville area. With the help of its friendly and caring staff of doctors, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, and a consortium of community partners, headspace has become a popular one-stop-shop for young people seeking help or advice. “We work with a number of clients who are homeless or experiencing financial stress so the food hampers we get from Food Relief NQ are a huge help,” says headspace Townsville Centre Manager Kirsten Seymour. “We often have young people who are accessing our services who are ‘couch surfing’ (staying with friends) and don’t have any financial means of contributing to the household expenses. By being able to contribute food they feel less of a burden on the friends they’re staying with.

“At times we may have young people leaving domestic violence situations, redundancies and sometimes young people are caught short while waiting for income support payments.” As well as its clinical services, headspace Townsville offers a wide range of group programs for young people, including: Young Men’s Group, Smile Women’s Group, Deadly Drawing, Rainbow Group and OpenSpace. “We’re out and about at schools, festivals and community events to make sure young people know who we are and what we do,” Kirsten says. “Food Relief NQ is a unique service in Townsville and meets an identified gap in the community, providing essential food and household items to anyone who is struggling. “Our relationship with Food Relief NQ is a great demonstration of just how committed the community is to working together in supporting young people.”

GET CONNECTED headspace is located at the Townsville Youth Hub at Riverway, 2–14 Sporting Drive, Thuringowa Central. Phone 4799 1799 or email

JOIN THE CAUSE Food Relief NQ distributes more than 200,000kg of food to over 76 welfare agencies throughout North Queensland every year. To find out how you can help call 4774 7620 or email

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New Face for Townsville Hospital Foundation In her newly appointed role as General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, Judy Higgins is dedicated to increasing awareness of the Foundation’s inspirational work.

ONE of those community gems who enjoys helping others, Judy Higgins has been in a service role since graduating her Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science degree at James Cook University. After spending six years assisting Townsville Podiatry Centre clients in their journey to becoming pain-free and more mobile, Judy went on to become the General Manager of the Townsville Fire. “My passion for sport, women in sport and the local community of Townsville made this an extremely gratifying role,” Judy says. “I was lucky enough to volunteer and then work for the Fire over three WNBL seasons and still get goosebumps when I think about the Fire winning the first national premiership for Townsville last year.” When Judy learned she was successful in landing the role of General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, she was thrilled to join the Townsville Hospital Foundation team in their hopegiving, life-saving mission. “My role of General Manager is a new position for the Foundation, so I’ve joined a formidable team of existing staff who’ve been extremely helpful in ‘teaching me the ropes’ (and giving me directions to navigate the Hospital corridors!), along with


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the incredible assistance of the Foundation’s Board Members,” Judy says. “One of my main roles is to increase awareness of the Townsville Hospital Foundation in the community and educate everyone on the supreme work and services we deliver. We provide the ‘extras’ to patients and visitors at the Townsville Hospital, whether it be playground equipment for the Children’s Ward, funding assistance for hospital staff to attend development conferences, a rehabilitation stationary bike for patients, or a volunteer making a cup of tea and sitting and talking with a lonely patient. “The Foundation exists to go that extra mile and generate some ‘warm-fuzzies’ for those experiencing a challenging time, as well as providing additional equipment, education, training, research and support services.” There are a number of ways to support the vital work of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, whether by donating financially or giving your time as a volunteer. The Foundation is also seeking corporate sponsorship for various events hosted throughout the year and businesses can place donation tins at their service counters.

As well as attending Townsville Hospital Foundation events in 2016, businesses and individuals can also sign-up to Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Salary Saints program, where your nominated donation will be made to the Townsville Hospital Foundation on a regular basis according to your normal pay cycle. “One of the major projects we’re currently fundraising for is the Townsville Hospital Children’s Ward redevelopment,” Judy says, adding that 100 per cent of the funds received by Townsville Hospital Foundation remain local. To connect with the Townsville Hospital Foundation, call 4433 1337 or email Judy directly at

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Banish The Black Dog In 2009 the Rotary Club of Townsville Central had the vision to target mental health issues and support healthier minds, bodies and communities through the Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride. Now you can join the Ride for 2016! WITH a united message from their riders and volunteers, they aim to break down the stigma associated with mental illness; to help affected people to engage and talk with friends, relatives, professionals. The Club wants people to understand it is an illness like any other, and like any other, early treatment often provides the best outcomes. The inaugural 2009 ride received magnificent support with 85 riders and raised over $22,000! In the seven years of the Banish The Black Dog Charity Bike Ride, the number of riders has grown and in 2016 they hope for 150. So far riders have raised over $377,000, an incredible amount. As the event is organised 100% by volunteers, all money raised go to local support groups or to Australian Rotary Health, the largest non-government organisation funding research and practical programs for the advancement of mental health treatment in Australia.


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ABOUT THE RIDE The ride departs Townsville on Saturday morning May 28. The route goes via Woodstock through the cane fields and crops of the magnificent Burdekin region to the Ayr Showgrounds. Aside from crossing the Haughton River Bridge, cyclists never ride on the Bruce Highway. Lunch on the way is provided by the Club’s friends at the Giru International Hotel. Once in Ayr, riders can camp out on the broad, shaded lawns. That evening there will be cold and hot beverages, professional help to soothe any aches and pains, light entertainment and a wonderful meal. On Sunday morning riders have a full breakfast, and then return to Townsville via a similar route. Cyclists travel at their nominated speed in a small group (25–30 riders) supported by a group leader and two support vehicles. Meals and transport of camping and overnight gear is provided. The round trip for the ride is close to 260km. Anyone can do this. It’s a fantastic way to improve your fitness, have a lot of fun and support a local charity to help an important cause.

BANISH THE BLACK DOG CHARITY BIKE RIDE 2016 – THE FAST FACTS Ride Dates: 28–29 May 2016 Registration Fee: $195 Fundraising Target (Minimum): $200 Distance And Trip Duration: 260kms over 2 days Physical Capability: A level of fitness to be able to cycle up to 8 hours at a minimum speed of 20kph for 2 days. Rest and replenishment breaks occur approximately every 25 kilometres. Accommodation: Camping at the Ayr Showgrounds (BYO tent) What Is Provided? Meals, snacks and drinks, ride jersey, bike mechanic, support vehicles, camping fees, sunscreen, live music in camp, cash bar with the cheapest prices in the Burdekin! A fun weekend! All photos courtesy of Michael Fellowes


Disability Support From The Heart

Top left, left to right: Esma Wickham, Rogena Wickham, Alec McConnell. Above: Alec McConnell, Manager.

For years Tardiss has been providing people with disabilities with support, care and hope for a brighter future. ACCORDING to Esma Wickham, the biggest difference the Townsville and Regional Disability Individualised Support Service (Tardiss) has made in her daughter’s life has been helping her become the most settled she has ever been. Esma says this is the result of proper care and a strong bond with her carers. “At Tardiss the carers show from their heart that they genuinely care,” explains Esma, whose daughter has multiple disabilities. “Rogena can see that and responds to it. She even sometimes pops in to the office to visit the staff. It is wonderful that she is so accepted and respected.” Tardiss is a small not-for-profit community based charity registered to provide services under the Federal Government’s ‘National Disability Insurance Scheme’ (NDIS) and the Queensland Government’s ‘Your Life Your Choice’, as well as to individuals with private funding. They provide services at Townsville, Charters Towers, Mount Isa and right across North Queensland. While the roll out of the NDIS is set to shake up the disability care sector and provide patients with more choice, Esma says that is something Tardiss has been delivering for many years. She says they really understand

disabilities and families, and the biggest benefit they provide her and Rogena with is exactly that – choice of service and flexibility. “Tardiss has provided Rogena with social support, personal care, domestic assistance and communication development support,” says Esma. “They also provide flexibility, which as a parent is important to me.” They have been registered providers for ‘Your Life, Your Choice’ since it has come in, but long before that they provided a three tier model where parents could self manage their funds with similar flexibility to what the NDIS hopes to achieve. The reason why Tardiss offers so much flexibility is because they really want to help participants achieve their goals, aspirations and dreams. They put the needs of people first, and work hard to match the right support worker with the right participant. “Tardiss support is truly from the heart,” says Manager, Alec McConnell, “for us the participant is the most important person at every stage. We do not take an institutional approach, we are individualised for each participant. What we deliver to one will be completely different to the next participant in alignment with their goals and needs.”

While some disability care providers may be nervous about the new NDIS, Alec and the Tardiss team are excited by it. He says if we end up with a system that gives participants and families control and respect, then the huge changes are worth it. “At Tardiss we put families and participants first, second and third, and we support anything else that aims to do the same.” For more information about Tardiss please call 4775 1397 and visit

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Townsville’s Only Secondary College for Boys Educating Young Men as Leaders AS Townsville’s only secondary school for boys, Ignatius Park College is uniquely placed to cater for the specific needs of adolescent boys. Principal Michael Conn said that single-gender nature of the boys’ College has been a significant factor in the school’s success in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits over many years. “Research by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) indicates that singlesex schools are able to offer many advantages not available in other schools,” Mr Conn said. “We recognise that boys think and learn differently from girls, and we are able to tailor our curriculum and teaching strategies to boys learning styles”. This hands-on approach to teaching and learning has been so successful that 98 per cent of students opting for tertiary study have gained entry into courses of their first or second preference.

A part of the College success can be attributed to clear parameters and guidelines in all areas of school life. “Our focus is in having concrete structures in place so that boys know exactly what is expected of them and what the consequences are for not meeting those expectations. Mr Conn also believes boys perform better when they feel a sense of connection with their school. “We work hard to cater for a wide range in interests. Boys can be involved in our Sports Development Programs, the annual musical, debating or outdoor education programs,” he said. “It is important that boys of all interests can find some point of connection with their school. All the evidence shows that they perform better when this occurs.” Most important of all, however, is the building of relationships – with teachers, each other and the

wider community. On entry into the College, boys are assigned a homeroom group within the House System, remaining with that group throughout their years at the College. “Our aim is for boys to grow into outstanding young men with highly developed leadership skills, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence” Mr Conn said. The College upholds the Christian Brother’s proud traditions of educating young men as leaders.

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Catholic Secondary Schools Welcome 2017 Enrolments Catholic education provides faith-based learning, working with families to ensure their child receives a supportive, well-rounded school experience. RYAN, St Margaret Mary’s, Southern Cross and St Anthony’s Catholic Colleges consistently deliver academic excellence, and are now taking enrolment applications for year 7 in 2017. More than $25 million has been spent recently at the schools to deliver technology-rich, innovative spaces to support high standard academic, cultural, sporting and artistic programs. Townsville’s northern suburbs are serviced by St Anthony’s Catholic College, which offers the stateof-the-art Assisi Campus for secondary schooling. “While our facilities at St Anthony’s are outstanding, we get considerable praise from our families about the support provided to students,” College Principal, Barry Horner said. It is a theme echoed by the Principal of Southern Cross Catholic College in Annandale, which will welcome their first offering for year 10 students in 2017.


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“The growth of our school into senior years is revealing young people with enhanced leadership skills who are developing as compassionate human beings,” Principal Louise Vella-Cox said. “Our students across years 7, 8 and 9 are the senior school leaders and understand their unique role in shaping our ethos and school culture.” Townsville’s demand for quality Catholic education has resulted in a changing landscape for St Margaret Mary’s College, which caters for the young women from years 7 to 12. “Our redevelopment has opened a range of new facilities, including a modern art space and importantly, pastoral care facilities supporting all of our students,” College Principal, Kathy Park said. “Families visiting our school will be impressed by our new school footprint, including the new dance studio.”

Townsville’s largest Catholic school, Ryan Catholic College in Kirwan is a prep to year 12 College and recently opened its Middle School Precinct, delivering a dedicated learning and pastoral area for students making the transition from junior to senior year levels. “We have met head-on the challenge of ensuring every child feels welcomed every day and is given individual attention,” College Principal, David McNeale said. More information about Townsville Catholic education options and enrolling for secondary school for 2017 can be found at




Left to right: Michelle Kotzas Assistant Principal | Student & Staff Wellbeing, Zoey Fellows Assistant Principal | Religious Education, Kathy Park Principal, Kath Hunter Deputy Principal | Learning & Teaching, Norena Mendiolea Assistant Principal | Administration



School Growth to Continue a History of Teaching Excellence Townsville’s premier girls’ school, St Margaret Mary’s College, has capped off a transformational period by welcoming new members of the College Leadership Team. SCHOOL Principal, Mrs Kathy Park, said the College has reluctantly said goodbye to two of its senior team, Collette Brickhill and John Rea, both of whom are remaining active in the College to help with the orientation of the new team. Continuing in the role of Assistant Principal – Administration is Norena Mendiolea.

“The year has started at a rapid pace, with our new technology-rich learning spaces well utilised and some new faces to welcome our 2016 cohort of young women,” Kathy said. “Our College is growing and flourishing and we have welcomed the physical changes which have enabled increased enrolments and allowed even

more girls to experience our outstanding academic, sporting and cultural programs.” Joining the College Leadership Team are Deputy Principal (Learning and Teaching) Kath Hunter, Assistant Principal (Religious Education) Zoey Fellows and Assistant Principal (Pastoral, Student and Staff Wellbeing) Michelle Kotzas. Kath Hunter has moved from St Catherine’s Catholic College in Proserpine where she held a senior position in curriculum and pastoral leadership. Deeragun local, Zoey Fellows brings a wealth of teaching experiences in Religious Education, History and Religion and Ethics. Her experience in curriculum and pastoral middle leadership has also provided her with a diverse experience working with students and staff. Michelle Kotzas has been employed at St Margaret Mary’s College since 2000. Over this time she has fulfilled various roles, especially in the pastoral care area as well as leading the curriculum in The Arts. The team will lead the college through the finalisation of further construction works in early 2016, with staff and students looking forward to a new Performing Arts studio, including stage, change rooms and a state-of-the-art facility for teaching Dance and Theatre Arts. Enrolments for 2017 are currently open and inquiries can be directed to the school on 4726 4900.


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Teaching and Learning Enrichment in Early Childhood Education St Mary McKillop Early Learning Centres are adopting the Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) to their care practices, which combines enriched caregiving, conversational reading and learning games into the daily activities of the centre. THE approach acknowledges the routines of the day as valuable learning experiences for the children with a key focus of providing children with rich language throughout the learning environment. 3a is currently being implemented at the Rasmussen, Ingham and Mount Isa centres and will soon be adopted in the other Townsville centres at Mundingburra and Kirwan. The approach encourages staff to extend the development of all children with an increased focus on individual children and further engagement with parents and families.

Meal times are an enriched caregiving opportunity used to engage children in meaningful conversation. Combined with care, education and emotion, educators are skilled to value every opportunity as a learning opportunity for children. Educators use rich language to talk with the children about the foods they are eating as well as their peers. In addition to language development these conversations are also encouraging listening, sharing and turn taking. The role of parents in connecting the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care experience between the centre and the home is also

highlighted in the approach. A range of parent led activities has been introduced as a component of the implementation. Educators are choosing a game each fortnight which the parents can play at home to continue the engagement with their child and help to further develop communication skills. For further information on St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the programs provided please contact our Childcare Consultant, on 4723 8487, or visit us online at

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Main photo left to right: Martin Cordery, Deputy Principal | Secondary, Penny Collins, Deputy Principal | Primary, Judy Bell, Assistant Principal | Religious Education Primary, Mark Fleming, Assistant Principal | Religious Education Secondary, Katrina Wootton, Assistant Principal | Administration, Louise Vella-Cox, College Principal

Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale Conveniently located in the popular suburb of Annandale, Southern Cross Catholic College offers a range of options to suit the whole family, catering from Prep to Year 9 in 2016. Students in secondary will continue through to Year 12 at the College, until Year 12 in 2019. COLLEGE Principal Louise Vella-Cox suggests that primary and secondary cohorts on one campus benefit from consistent values and high expectations of the college community. “The school is committed to developing socially responsible young men and women through spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical experiences that encourage a love of learning and an awareness of responsibility for the community and the environment.” Louise’s experienced staff support and challenge students to perform to the best of their ability so that they may develop self-confidence and valuable life skills that prepare them for their various roles in the world beyond school. College students continually impress their community through enthusiastic representation in events such as the Japanese Speaking Competition, Japanese Ambassadors Program, Townsville District Debating, NQ Readers Cup, Optiminds, Mulkadee


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Youth Arts Festival, Red Track Athletics and the Inter-school Swimming Carnivals. With an emphasis on pastoral care programs, students are encouraged to participate in activities that develop their social, emotional, and academic outcomes. Embedding social emotional learning into the school experience gives students the tools to influence their own wellbeing, and learn good citizenship through maintaining positive relationships, making contributions to others and their communities. Students who love sports have access to four full-sized ovals to play sport and train on, two of these under lights. The college grounds are set up for rugby league, rugby union, soccer, softball and cricket and we are centrally located to all sporting amenities in the Murray Sports Grounds area. Southern Cross Catholic College’s focus on Music saw the transformation of the College Band,

String Ensemble and Southern Cross Voices Choir in 2015, under the guidance of Paul Allan, Curriculum Leader – Music, and they look forward to the building of Music Centre with Stage 2 of the College Master Plan ready for use in 2017. Students are spoilt for choice when signing up for co-curricular activities that are founded in peer groups such as Run Club, Sprint Club, Swim Club, Chess Club, the Ukulele Club, Sewing Club, Teen Vinnies and Coding, Art, Science and Japanese interest groups. Southern Cross will hold a Secondary Open Day on March 17th, 2016 from 3pm to 6pm where they invite you to come and experience all that Southern Cross has to offer. Enrolment enquiries should be directed to or 07 4778 3444.

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An Education Designed for Girls Educating girls matters. At St Patrick’s College Townsville, we recognise the importance of providing expert staff, programs and facilities designed specifically for girls. AS leaders and specialists in the education of girls we know that young women benefit academically from attending all girls’ schools; they grow in confidence and are more likely to choose less stereotyped subjects, particularly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In an all-girls environment, leadership roles are filled by girls and the challenges of adolescence are navigated without distraction or embarrassment. At St Patrick’s College we also know that positive emotions play a significant role in enhancing learning. A girl’s feelings and moods can influence her motivation and that is why considerable effort is going into refurbishing the campus to create a calm and sophisticated space, tailored to appeal to young women.

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Program will see some of our girls travelling to NASA Space Camp and Google Headquarters.

Health & Well-being: We have welcomed a strengthened Pastoral team this year, with a psychologist, a nurse and three Pastoral Deans led by the Director of Pastoral Care. This strong team of women provide the support our girls need to make healthy and responsible choices and to develop their self-esteem. Our dining menus have been assessed by a medical nutritionist and we are pleased to now offer an extensive range of healthy eating options. Community Service Programs are in place to build resilience while serving our community through Mercy Girls in Action.

Technology: The College is fully Wi-Fi connected and we are transitioning to a BYOD environment, allowing our girls the opportunity to collaborate, communicate and create in the digital world.

International Mindedness: Our College fosters a culture of international mindedness, embracing and

celebrating our students’ cultural differences. We are preparing our girls to live and work in a global community and the sharing of cultures opens young minds to new ideas and new perspectives.

Facilities: New facilities include the Café by Sea which is available for all students to use for breakfast and lunch. Restoration work is ongoing to our heritage campus and we are committed to preserving the past and building the future.

Open Evening St Patrick’s Day Thursday 17 March 4–7pm Refer to our website for more information • Principal’s Address at 5.00pm and 6.30pm • Parent Seminar Raising Confident Daughters Session 1: Miss Bossy – Who’s the Boss? from 5.30–6.30pm We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus on Townsville’s Strand beachfront.



Cathedral’s Middle School Celebrates 10 Years Adolescence is a time of rapid physical, emotional and intellectual development, and Cathedral’s Middle School delivers an exciting program that specifically addresses the needs of young people. It is a unique approach to engaging the minds and fostering the development of 11 – 14 year olds. THIS year, The Cathedral School is proud to be celebrating 10 years of educating students in a Middle School (Year 7, 8 and 9) environment. Established in 2006, the Middle School program has been providing students with an academic and pastoral care model that meets the needs of students in this challenging period of their lives. The Cathedral School’s Head of Middle School Mr Darren Parks said students require special attention at this age group to keep them on track and Cathedral’s Middle School program aims to ease that adjustment process between primary and high school. “Students are asked to adapt to major changes in their schooling at a time when their bodies are undergoing one of the most dramatic emotional and physiological changes of their life.” “Our objective is to provide a positive, safe and disciplined environment where the students can be


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academically challenged and also grow emotionally, socially and spiritually” continued Mr Parks. During the middle years of schooling, students are challenged and engaged in a curriculum which is learner-centred and collaboratively organised. Key teachers and small classes create a stable learning environment where the programs can be tailored to enhance the learning outcomes and personal development of each child. The transition from primary to secondary schooling is eased and the social and personal development of each student is fostered through the effective pastoral care and extracurricular programs that are an essential part of The Cathedral School experience. Cathedral’s Middle School program has evolved over the past 10 years, taking advantage of new teaching and learning styles and the introduction of new technologies has students working more

flexibly and collaboratively than ever before. This ensures that they are developing the skills needed to function successfully in the real world. We encourage any Year 6 student who is interested in trying out Cathedral’s Middle School program to come along to our Middle School Experience on Friday 11 March. Bookings are essential, please register online at www.cathedral.



Lady Gowrie Qld Townsville Services The not for-profit organisation with a strong heritage in early childhood education in Queensland and Australia. THE Brisbane Lady Gowrie Child Centre was established in 1940 as a demonstration centre for excellence in early childhood education and care, by Lady Gowrie, the wife of the Governor General at the time. Since then Lady Gowrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early childhood education and care (ECEC) services have grown to provide universal programs for families with children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. Currently we provide services to more than 3000 families and children through 95 services statewide; either owned, operated or affiliated with Lady Gowrie. Lady Gowrie is committed to delivering client-focused early childhood and parent support services in Queensland, and driving excellence and innovation in early years service delivery.

The Lady Gowrie name in Queensland is synonymous with high quality and affordable early childhood services that promote a sense of emotional well being and social and cultural awareness for children, while supporting parents and enabling greater workforce participation.

Long Day Care Lady Gowrie Worinda Child Centre in Vincent and Lady Gowrie Kennedy Place Child Centre in North Ward offer a Long Day Care program for children aged Birth to 5 years, 7:30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30pm Monday to Friday. With engaging environments and qualified staff. We welcome families to visit the Service and enrol as vacancies are still available across all age groups. Please contact the service for more information.



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Family Day Care Lady Gowrie Townsville Family Day Care has been actively helping families with quality, home-based childcare and education services in Townsville since 1976. Our dedicated educators are hard-working individuals who run a professional business from home. They provide flexible childcare options for small groups of children in a warm, safe and stimulating environment with the support of the coordination team.



When I Grow Up I Want To Be Small… Not many institutions, especially private Christian schools, would list their small customer base among their strengths. SMALL? An advantage? Isn’t bigger, better? But what if being smaller meant improved learning and extra individual attention? What if being smaller meant a more intimately connected community? What if playgrounds were safer and less congested? What if the sounds of birds near the river were louder than traffic noise? What if your child could know the name of every student and teacher in their school? Riverside Adventist Christian School has always been a small school – for nearly 50 years, actually. With less than 60 students, we offer something different to our independent Christian school counterparts. Space. Family style environment. Learning that lasts. At Riverside, 2016 is shaping up to be a year to remember. Each classroom has around 20 students, the student gardens are being planted out, our new

SALT representatives (Service and Leadership Team) are already active, and upgrades to smartboards and other devices are maximising student learning opportunities. With our new Early Learning Centre (incorporating a registered Kindergarten Program) filling fast, it won’t be long before there will be waiting lists. Most who come to tour the school campus, which is on the river just one kilometre from Stockland, Aitkenvale, are immediately surprised and often exclaim that they “wish they had known we were here years ago”. It’s a blessing to be hidden, yes. But it’s even more exciting to discover a hidden gem! Visit or call 4779 2291 to arrange a tour with the Principal, Ian Humphries.



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Future Tradies Make Right Choice With Tec-NQ Tec-NQ’s inaugural Tec-Prep program, launched in 2015, has been acclaimed as a success by students and parents. THE program was developed to assist Year 10-level students to decide on their trade of choice before enrolling in Tec-NQ’s program. The six-month program was created to cater for demand and overcome the common challenges faced by young people when trying to make the right choice for their future career. The program was intended to run for one class, but overwhelming demand meant TecPrep was expanded to accommodate four classes.

Now with the program complete the results are in and the program has been a resounding success for its participants. Thirty-eight percent of participants, after being given the opportunity to sample each trade, changed their initial selection. Just over ten percent of applicants were female, which is way above the national average for interest in trade. Fifteen percent of participants identified as indigenous and attended from remote areas such as

Mornington Island, Kowanyama and Yarrabah. Students and parents have both noticed a change in both attitude and engagement. One such student is Mick Cornell, who left Annandale Christian College to enrol in Tec-Prep. “If you want a career in trade, come to Tec-NQ. Don’t wait until it’s too late. When I was at school, I was bored and disengaged but after coming here and taking part in Tec-Prep, I enjoy coming to school again.” Mick has decided that Automotive is his trade of choice after initially considering Electrical. Neil Whitley, Tec-NQ’s Training and Education Manager is thrilled with the results. “Frankly, I have to congratulate the students and their families for having the courage to leave familiar ground and leap into the unknown with our inaugural Tec-Prep Program.” “This group of young people have had the benefit of being able to make an informed decision about what career in trade they would like to pursue. We expect them to take a mentoring and leadership role and are looking forward to being part their transformation into quality apprentices and industry leaders of the future.” For those interested in taking part in Tec-Prep’s 2016 Program starting in July, applications are currently being accepted, don’t delay as class sizes are limited and one class is already full. Visit for more information.


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Is your son or daughter currently enrolled in Year 10? Do they want a trade? Happiness is doing what you love. At Tec-NQ we’ve helped hundreds of young men and women achieve their career goals. Commencing in July, Tec-Prep provides Year 10 level students with the opportunity to sample a variety of trades before making their selection for Tec-NQ’s Year 11 Program. Applicants choose to enrol in one of the following streams: Engineering, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrotechnology, Automotive or Information Technology. There is an extensive work placement schedule included within the progra, with students able to take advantage of up to 29 weeks of real world exposure to industry. Accommodation is also now available for regionally based students and apprentices.

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Chase Your Dream Career James Cook University Law graduates are highly valued by the profession in our region, across Australia and overseas. Jo-Anne Hunt, Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws JO-ANNE Hunt has always been passionate about human rights and fairness for all. When she was eight years old growing up in Mozambique, some family friends were involved in a car accident and Jo-Anne was outraged by what she felt was an injustice at how they were treated. “I actually saw the drunk driver bribe the policeman. The policeman then took our friends’ passports and arrested them and I thought how unfair it was that the driver was able to just drive away while still drunk. That’s when I decided to do Law.” The highlight of Jo-Anne’s Law studies has been participating in the moot court (a simulated court case) which was run by the University. “I did the mooting competition at JCU’s Townsville City Campus, which was a really good experience. It was great to see how it works in real life and to have Justice David North as our judge.

He was tough but we learned so much from him.” Jo-Anne hasn’t decided yet which legal field she wants to specialise in when she finishes her degree, however her volunteer job at the Townsville Community Legal Service may help her with the decision. “I’m really into corporate law at the moment, but I’m also enjoying working for a nonprofit organisation because I like helping people. Jo-Anne moved to Townsville when she finished secondary school and felt at home with the tropical, beach atmosphere. “It reminds me a lot of where I came from and I thought ‘I can do this.’ People were really friendly and I fell in love with The Strand, Townsville’s waterfront.” She felt nervous when she started University but the activities on offer made it easy to transition and make friends. Now in her final year of study Jo-Anne feels confident about embarking on her new career.

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Our dedicated team of market-specific consultants guarantee discretion at all times. They thoroughly qualify, interview and test all of our candidates including personal identification and visa checks, ensuring technical and cultural compatibility. We have worked hard to build strong relationships over the years with our candidates, clients and various economic development groups. They like our high level of service, confidentiality and expertise of the local market. This often leads to us acting exclusively on their behalf and being asked to provide media reports. We are located in the heart of Townsville. Our office operates under a strict “by appointment only” ethos so that we can focus 100% on our candidates’ needs to better manage their expectations. Contact us today on 07 4724 5822 to make full use of our strong domestic and international networks. Clockwise from top left: Chris Cunsamy, Sally Mlikota, Jenny Cunsamy and Deborah Flaherty


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Australia’s Leading Hairdressing Educator Comes To Townsville Paraskevi International is a Gold 5 Star Rating RTO. One of only two in Queensland. THIS is like being the Harvard of Hairdressing. This is due to the calibre of Educators and the vast variety of educational programs available at Paraskevi International. The man behind this is Michael Mesiti. Looking for a sea change from Sydney has brought Michael to becoming the Director of Education at Paraskevi International in Townsville. His vast exposure and knowledge in the industry has allowed Michael to keep current and translate this knowledge and skill into educational workshops, understanding the finer details needed for salons to succeed and students to excel.

Part of an Elite Educator Group One of Michael’s many accolades is being part of an elite group of Educators in Australia that has been accredited by Right Way as a Trainer and Assessor by Service Skills Australia.

Right Way Accreditation only recognises professional trainers and assessors with the highest education and qualifications in their industry. This is due to Michael being one of only five people who has been recognised by Pivot Point International as having an International Diploma in all Pivot Point Disciplines in Australia. Pivot Point is what all other education programs has stemmed from.

Taught In Rome Michael was taught by Great Lengths International in Rome by the Company itself to deliver education in Hair Extensions in Australia and abroad. This passion and dedication to the hairdressing industry for the past 25 years has enabled Michael to educate young stylists to becoming world champion hairdressers. Working with the likes of Sharon Blain and delivering such programs as the Iconic Cutting Collections Workshops for Pivot Point International at Hair Expo for over 120 students at a time.

American Crew “Art Of Barbering” With the trends changing and barbering becoming a unique skill of its own, Michael brings to Paraskevi the modern art of barbering with programs like American Crew. Townsville is so fortunate to have someone with such qualification and experience delivering high educational programs right at our doorstep. No longer do we have to travel to Sydney or Melbourne to gain such experience and knowledge. This passion and wanting all to succeed in the region has brought Michael to delivering TAE programs specifically tailored for the hairdressing industry. No other RTO in Australia has done this before. Training educators will now be able to gain real life experience in an academy to follow his footsteps to be able to prepare our young men and women for the future in the hairdressing industry.



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Christian Gordon

A complete 360 A career path from the coast to remote North Queensland and back to the coast has proven to be the driving force behind Townsville’s newest digital creative agency. BORN and raised on the Gold Coast, Christian Gordon is no stranger to North Queensland. After completing his degree in PR at Bond University and working in public sector government lobbying roles on the Gold Coast and in London, he took a ‘rural’ change and moved to Abergowrie, west of Ingham in 2009. While at St Teresa’s College, Christian was tasked with marketing, repositioning and driving enrolments for the remote-based boarding school. He successfully achieved this through using a combination of community engagement, digital marketing, video and social media tactics. A series of videos, the ‘Gowrie Boys’, went on to achieve national awards and recognition and drove the college brand to a new level of awareness. It was through this experience at the College that Christian developed a keen interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs through a series of community engagement visits and programs, which led to collaborations with Bond University and Griffith University. As a result, Christian’s passion for innovative digital design and communications grew and leaving the College in 2014,


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he launched 360 Cre8ive Enterprises – a full service creative agency specialising in communications, digital design and public relations. Now with an office in Townsville (Palmer Street) and on the Gold Coast, 360 Cre8ive services clients throughout Queensland, from Coolangatta to the Torres Strait. Christian’s three main areas of specialty are education (schools, educational authorities, universities and Registered Training Organisations), health and Indigenous affairs and he is proud to have worked collaboratively with these industries in producing events and campaigns that have driven engagement and social change. Christian says his point of difference is the strategic integration of communications, digital design and public relations – with a team of collaborators who are university qualified and experienced in these areas. “It has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding journey and I have been honoured to work with organisations that are making a difference – from schools and universities through to the youth health campaign for TAIHS and celebrating the arts with the Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival,” Christian

says. “We’ve just found out that one of our recent videos has been named a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards, so we are thrilled – as well as nervous! “We specialise in helping clients to use and maximise technology such as social media, video and digital marketing to build their businesses and be in the face of highly targeted audiences, 24/7. “We are dedicated to providing excellent service and we love to share in our clients’ stories and success.” 360 Cre8ive Enterprises 30 Palmer Street Townsville 47724153


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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

Smarten Up Self-education, whether required for your employment or voluntarily entered into, is all a part of your own personal development and will hopefully lead to greater income. 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.

WITHOUT having the cash available upfront to pay for education costs, the Australian Government can assist by providing a loan, paying the tuition fees on your behalf. As per, the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) consists of five HELP loan schemes to assist students with the cost of their fees. If you are studying at university or at an approved private higher education provider (versus if studying at an approved VET provider) will depend on which type is applicable to your situation. To distinguish between the types of loans available Study Assist outlines the following: • H ECS-HELP is a loan scheme to help eligible Commonwealth-supported students to pay their student contribution amounts through a loan or upfront discounts. Before 2005, this was known as ‘HECS’. • F EE-HELP is a loan to help eligible feepaying students to pay their tuition fees. • SA-HELP is a loan that assists eligible students to pay all or part of their student services and amenities fee. • OS-HELP is a loan to help eligible Commonwealth-supported students pay their overseas study expenses. • V ET FEE-HELP is a loan to help eligible students enrolled in higher-level vocational education and training courses at approved VET providers to pay their tuition fees. So there are ways and means to assist you in paying for course fees that you will eventually have to pay back, but then what can you claim against your income from your employment? The ATO stipulates the eligible courses that are deductible ‘when the course you

undertake leads to a formal qualification’ and meets the following conditions: The course must have a sufficient connection to your current employment and… • maintain or improve the specific skills or knowledge you require in your current employment, or • result in, or is likely to result in, an increase in your income from your current employment. You cannot claim a deduction for selfeducation expenses for a course that does not have a sufficient connection to your current employment even though it… • might be generally related to it, or • enables you to get new employment. As you can see it is a grey area and you need to ensure you get it right by consulting your tax accountant. The other point to note is that you can claim a considerable number of various expenses in relation to your selfeducation. For example: accommodation and meals, computer costs, course fees, certain equipment or technical instruments, equipment repairs, fares, home office costs, phone and internet costs, postage, stationery, student union fees, textbooks, journals, and certain travel costs just to name a few. Bear in mind, if an expense is partly for your self-education and partly for other purposes, you can only claim the amount that relates to your self-education as a deduction. The idea then is that passing your desired course is a must, doing well is a bonus, and the benefit could very well result in a tidy pay rise for you in the long-term.

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Emerging Leader


WITH A HEAD FOR NUMBERS and a passion for people, Emerging Leader Dallas Davison has found a way to achieve financial gratification for his clients while satisfying his desire to help others in the Townsville community. “I started working in the financial planning industry because it allowed me to use my ‘head for numbers’ in a very positive and people focused way. Helping my clients set financial and retirement goals and then giving them the tools to achieve them is one of my great passions. I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that our clients are on track to achieve their financial goals. We are here through every step of the way to help them make the right financial decisions at the right time and this can really make the difference between achieving their goals or not. “I fully appreciate the value of being coached through unfamiliar environments. This is one of the reasons I joined the Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program. I wanted to broaden my professional network and learn from people who had already achieved some of the goals I was setting myself.


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“Through the Program we select a mentor to help with this. I requested Peter Wheeler after a conversation with a friend who suggested we work together. We complement each other really well professionally and have very similar values and ideas. Our industries are similar in that we face a lot of the same problems, but different enough to provide an outside perspective to some of the challenges I face. “Peter is a great inspiration and has taught me to focus on the things that can be controlled. Both of our industries can be very reactive to economic influences. He’s shown me that longevity in business is reliant on not getting distracted by economic conditions or other external factors outside of our control. “The one thing we can control is providing a high quality service for our clients, and, as such, it’s important to make sure that we continue to spend our time and energy on this. “I hope to be able to look back on my time through the Program and say I made the most of the opportunities it presented to help achieve the goals I set and to be able to build on the work I do to help more people in the community.

“It’s been very interesting to see the diverse opinions and ideas of successful people from a range of backgrounds and industries. “I love the city we live in and the people we work with. Why would you live anywhere else?” Dallas Davison Financial Adviser Lighthouse Financial Advisers Townsville 47 720 938 or



Emerging Leader

Brent Tate


THERE’S NO DOUBT that transitioning from a professional athlete to a career developing corporate sponsorship packages for 2015 NRL Premiers the North Queensland Cowboys would be a daunting task. North Queensland Cowboys great, Brent Tate talks about how he made the leap. “At first it was a struggle. I shifted from an environment where great change could happen in a week, to talking five year plans and cost versus benefit ratios. It was difficult, sometimes foreign. It’s a whole different ball game. “But I went in to my new career with an open mind and the same determination to succeed that I had with my football career. Joining the Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program in the early days of my new career was such an eye opener. Meeting other young professionals from different sectors and connecting with well-respected business people presented a lot of opportunities. I’ve learnt from some spectacular people throughout the Program. “Playing professional sport has taught and provided me with plenty of life lessons too. I very quickly learned that lessons learned on the field could be applied to my corporate life. Resilience is one that sticks out

and being under pressure constantly without even really knowing it. It also taught me the crucial leadership skills needed to lead a team effectively and the Program has shown me how to apply these in a corporate setting. “A standout influence has been my mentor, Mayor Jenny Hill. I wanted to be mentored by someone from a completely different background to mine. Jenny was an obvious choice as I had never been exposed to someone involved in politics. Her success in this area is obvious and her down to earth nature was something I was drawn to. “The greatest lesson she’s taught me so far is to be true to yourself. These aren’t words Jenny has specifically said but through conversations we have had, she is someone who I could say that about. Her work ethic and knowledge is something I aspire to.

ect Team within the Program has developed a charity that’s taking steps to achieve this; the Bishop Michael Putney Foundation. I’m really proud of this achievement and hope in years to come we will be able to provide people with mental illness a place they can get help, where mental illness is the sole focus. “Meeting people through the Program who are as passionate about this as me has been really rewarding and I feel that by working together we’ll achieve this goal quicker.” Brent Tate Corporate Sponsorship & Packages North Queensland Toyota Cowboys 1300 462 692 or

“I want to be able to help make this region a place people are proud of and want to live in. A place where there is opportunity for our kids to grow and be successful in any area they want. “This is dependent on each of us as individuals working collectively to better the city and region. My Proj-

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

The Journey & The Destination Cycling Lessons from Cuba: Part Three (Final) Saving the worst for last!

CUBA is fascinating, as my wife and I discovered, on our cycling tour of the country, last November. It is steeped in history, culture and lifestyle, and Cuban cuisine offers a taste of all of this with its sumptuous slow cooked meats, tasty rice dishes, and variety of salads and vegetables. This was not the norm mind you. The majority of the meals on tour consisted of canned meats and vegetables (at least it

was supposed to be meat). When we were fortunate enough to have real meat, it was not the same as we enjoy in Australia. Whatever your thoughts on socialism, there is no denying the resilience and resourcefulness of the beautiful Cuban people to prepare amazing cuisine. On our final day of cycling we were headed for Topes de Collantes National Reserve. Topes de Collantes, which translates as ‘Collantes’ Highs’, is a mere 800 metres above sea level, making it the third highest peak in the reserve. I was not feeling 100% after spending the previous day indulging in one-too-many Cuba Libre’s, and I was seriously contemplating sitting in the support vehicle for the day. The angel on my shoulder told me to “make the most of my final day cycling across Cuba”. But, the devil on my other shoulder cooed, “relax, you’re on holidays, put your feet up!”. I ended up making a deal with myself to, at least, ride the first leg. November is the tail-end of hurricane season in the Caribbean, making it very hot and very muggy. Add to the mix a self induced sore head and I was clearly not a happy camper… or cyclist! Despite the elements, we ventured off on our last day. We had been cycling (and walking, and puffing, and panting) for over two hours when I eventually reached my tether. Many riders had already been scooped up by the support vehicle. The Irish were somewhere ‘up there’, while I was drenched with sweat, sunburnt knees, bum aching from the unrelenting bicycle seat, and I had completely run out of water! Surely the end must be just around this next bend, I thought. But time after time it was not the

case. At this point, I persevered for the sole purpose of making it to the shaded area I could see up ahead. It was about 150m. I prayed it wasn’t a mirage! I finally reached the shade, flung my helmet to the ground, and sat waiting for the bus. I waited for five minutes. No bus. Ten minutes. Still, no bus. Feeling ever so slightly refreshed, I gazed up the road and realised that I could see rooftops. Finally, the slope had began to ease! I walked my bike until it was flat enough for me to cycle, and off I went again, grinding those gears. Eventually, I happened upon the rest of the group sitting in some shade. I flew right past them! I knew that wasn’t our stop, and I was not going to wait for no man. After one more laborious incline, the hotel was in front of me. I had made it! Not only that, I was the first person to finish our entire tour! If I had listened to that devil on my shoulder, I would have sat in a bus for hours. There was nothing glamorous or exciting about persevering up that grueling hill at the time, but when I arrived at the hotel my accomplishment was not lost on me. Business owners will understand this feeling. Most of the time it is an uphill battle, contemplating, “is this really worth it?”. But in the end, we learn, it definitely is.



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Senior Associate

Christina Evans Roberts Nehmer McKee

Estate Planning – Where There’s A Will, Your Family Will Know The Way Many people believe they don’t need estate planning because they don’t have an estate. Or they think the value of their estate is not great enough, so what’s the point?

WITH few exceptions, everyone has an estate – even the young child with a bank account in their own name.

If you own something of value that you would pass on to someone else upon your death, you have an estate. Whether you know it or not, you also have an estate plan. Put simply, if you don’t have a valid Will, the law determines ‘who gets what’. Dying without a Will increases the costs for your estate and so reduces the assets to be distributed to your heirs. Estate Planning Basics – You will need: • The Will – the cornerstone of all estate plans • A suite of other documents such as enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives, business succession agreements or binding death benefit nominations which are all critical parts of an estate plan. The Will A Will enables you to control, to a large extent, what happens after you have gone. Everybody should have one and it should be reviewed regularly and updated when significant events occur. Beware that offers to prepare your Will at no cost may mean significantly more costs for your estate in the long-run. With a Will, you can: • choose who will ensure your wishes are carried out after you pass away • choose a guardian for minor children or others unable to fully care for themselves • choose who you want to get what • ensure you minimise estate tax and maximise asset protection. What to consider? Some common errors people make when planning their estate are a failure to: • Consider superannuation. There are a number of issues associated with superannuation on death. Where there is a self managed superannuation fund, there

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are even more issues to consider including future control of the fund • Consider including a testamentary trust /or trusts in a Will. Testamentary trusts offer many benefits including taxation flexibility and asset protection for loved ones • Provide for the succession of trusts, companies and partnership interests • Contemplate blended families. An appropriately drafted Will can prevent ‘the ex’ from controlling the kids’ inheritance or disputes across family lines • Consider how to provide for a ‘spendthrift’ or vulnerable children. Some people prepare Wills leaving their estates outright to their children without sufficient consideration of whether their child is well positioned to handle this wealth. This may mean that an inheritance is squandered unnecessarily or open to attack by those who feel legally entitled e.g. your children’s defacto boyfriend / girlfriend • Adequately deal with your ownership in land. The legal ownership of the land will have a significant impact on what goes into the estate and what stays out • Consider the impact of a family provision claim. A Will can be challenged for inadequate provision for a defined group of people. If you decide to leave one of these ‘dependents’ out of your Will then you should obtain specialist advice about how to minimise the risk of a challenge against your estate so that those who you want to receive your estate actually receive it. Bottom line: You need a Will. If you don’t have one or your Will does not take into account these issues, seek legal advice.




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governmental action, when in fact, the public policy larder and fiscal cupboards had been plundered long ago. There are simply no rabbits to be plucked from the hat.

Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

When The Going Gets Tough… We know same-old same-old isn’t getting us anywhere. But letting go of old certainties seems like one of the hardest things to do. Since I penned “The Only Way is Up” (January 2016 issue), much has transpired that would suggest the contrary. One of our region’s largest private employers – Queensland Nickel – is on its knees. Plummeting nickel prices have driven a stake into the region’s economic heart, so it would seem. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT Truth be known, well before the plight of QNI hit the front pages, the city-region’s economy has been going through some seriously tough times. Since the GFC of late 2008, the employment base of North Queensland has actually shrunk. Come November 2015, there were 6,999 fewer people in the regional labour force than five years before. Worse, despite the large numbers of people dropping out or moving away, the number of people looking for work has increased to almost 10,000. The Yasi insurance-funded activity of 2011/12 masked fundamental structural problems. The events of QNI simply and finally crystallised the fragilities of the regional economic base. The retrenchment of 237 workers at the refinery marked not the beginnings of a regional employment crisis but heralded the moment in which the extent of the existing crisis began to sink in. It was in the wake of the institutional responses that the poverty of same-old same-old became palpably obvious. The usual suspects called for


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DIVERSITIES AIN’T DIVERSITIES If fiscal largesse couldn’t be relied upon, we’re now in receipt of sage advice from globetrotting commentators that the region must diversify. Just look at how Newcastle, Woolloongong and Geelong have bounced back, we are told. That these three places are effectively commuter satellites of State Capitals – within 1-2 hours driving distance when the roads are congested – seems to have been missed by our erstwhile sages. Townsville is 1.5 hours flying time to Brisbane… we’re not a northern commuter suburb. But what does it mean to ‘diversify’? How can this be ‘the answer’ if one of the city-region’s greatest virtues has been its economic diversity? Our august and generously ratepayer-funded regional economic development institutions frequently crow about the North’s diversity; it’s apparently why it is such a worthy investment destination. If the answer is diversity, what does it say about the question? Apparent economic diversity is, it would seem, only skin deep. The often bandied around Gross Regional Product by industry pie chart suggests North Queensland is a ‘Jack of all trades’ economy. Cut the data a different way – by salaries and wages by industry – and a very different picture emerges. What we see is that insofar as the pay packets of the region are concerned, the government-heavy sectors make up almost 48% of total wages and salaries. The city-region economy isn’t that diverse at all. On the contrary, it is seriously dependent on the government sectors. And that’s a problem because the fiscal realities of the present point to a shrinking pot. REVIVING THE NON-GOVERNMENT SECTOR If there is an argument for diversification, it’s about the extent to which we continue to depend on the government sector or start a process by which we can revive the prospects and relative size of the nongovernment sector. Paul Keating recently remarked that the “aim of policy should be to make the private sector larger; not to restrain it with a burgeoning public sector”. This is as apposite nationally as it is in our region. Frameworks that continue to seek out public sector largesse are actually harmful to the region’s renewal prospects. An economic model of ‘hand outs’ advocacy has basically run its course. Despite dependence on government, the region’s economy is in a massive funk. And emerging fiscal constraints all around will see limited regional sinecures for the addicted. I’ve deliberately described this focus by the use of the word “non-government” rather than “private”. The idea of “private” is, I’d submit, unnecessarily narrow in its focus. Rather, if we are to diversify from dependency on the government

sector, then we need to be open to a range of ways in which the non-government sectors can be organised, revitalised and cultivated. New models of non-government ownership and industry structure can be imagined as platforms for weening the region off its dependence on government. COMMUNITY MATTERS Harnessing local consumer expenditure to drive economic revitalisation is imperative. In the basic areas of meat, fruit and veg., and electricity, North Queensland households spend about $800m per year. How can this consumption power be harnessed to drive the revitalisation of a nongovernment sector? Here, the idea of community comes into its own. We start viewing the regional economy less as fragmented pieces, but as integrated components of complex chains and networks. Via these chains and networks, goods and services flow in exchange for money. The extent to which these chains and networks are tightly integrated anchors the strength of the community’s economic foundations. In meat and fruit and veg., two retailers have increased their market share from about 35% in the 1970s to over 85% today. Their supply chains are not well integrated into regional networks of economic activity. Revivifying a sense of community can be accomplished by mobilising our consumption power and integrating supply chains in models of mutual-like ownership. A sense of community is also the means by which we begin to harness the wisdom of past generations. We see this need most evident in agriculture, where there are few options available to those on the land to pass on their experience and know-how to future generations. A communityoriented economic framework builds the mechanisms by which knowledge transfer takes place, and through this, creates the platform of effective ‘succession planning’ at both a household and regional level.

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Communities integrated through robust local value chains are key to revivifying the region’s economic fortunes. It’s through these forms of actions that we can re-empower local citizens. This is what I’m getting at when I talk about the nongovernment sector. PRIORITISE VALUE ADDING In an emerging world of increased automation, regional economic wellbeing must look to boosting value-adding as a driver of employment. If there’s another lesson out of the resources boom, it’s that value-adding – rather than the mere shipment of unprocessed ore – can be a massive contributor to economic welfare. Value-adding comes in many forms. It’s all about making things. In agriculture, for example, value adding is when we take the raw produce and transform it into foods that people eat. In meat production, with which I am familiar through our CommBeef initiative, we graze cattle, slaughter them, process the meat, make things like sausages, pies, restaurant meals and such like and eventually deliver it on a plate. Each step of value adding creates meaningful employment. Each additional thing we do throughout the chain adds value and creates jobs. The jobs created are often skilled and increasingly underpinned by creativity and imagination – human traits that (for the time being) will be difficult for machines to replicate. By way of contrast (and by way of example only), live cattle exporting does not employ anywhere near the same number of people on a per kg basis as integrated ‘paddock to plate’ value chains. The export of live cattle misses out on the virtues of human creativity embodied in value adding. How long the social license in our country continues for live cattle exports is an open question; and so, from a regional resilience and prosperity perspective, having building blocks in place for local value-adding makes a lot of sense.

A new century of ‘making things’ can be built not just on agricultural value-adding. The rapid developments in additive manufacturing (3D printing) opens up numerous possibilities from the mundane through to the most high-tech. Orthotics and bespoke engineering solutions, for instance, are two areas in which 3D printing is leading massive changes in how and where we can make things. INNOVATE, INNOVATE Innovation thus seems to be the clarion call of the times. In North Queensland, the community of entrepreneurs and creatives has responded by coming together to form iNQ – a not-for-profit innovation+entrepreneurship+creativity ecology. This ecology will no doubt play an active role in cultivating startups and new businesses. However, regional revitalisation cannot become reliant on one or two startups finding their way. Rather, innovation matters if it can be embraced by enterprises across the board. This means being open to how new technologies can be harnessed by going concerns to transform activities to make them more efficient and productive; to find new ways to satisfying the needs of the community. It means being able to adopt new practices, structures and approaches so that they can adapt to the demands of the times. Being rooted in the mentalities and modes of operation that ‘worked’ before the GFC won’t guarantee longevity into the 21st century without the benefit of public sector sinecures.

technologies, can reshape the regional economy to one that is robust and resilient in the face of global and national shocks. If it is diversification that we need, it is expanding the non-government sector that will underpin the vibrancy that diversity promises. Enterprises and industries that can innovate, restructure and adapt to the demands of the circumstances have a fighting chance of surviving and prospering. This goes for nickel refineries, agricultural supply chains as much as it does for those more involved in high-tech domains. These are without doubt tough times. It’s also when the tough get going. Welcome to North Queensland, 21st century style.

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

TIME FOR NEW THINKING Turning a regional economy around after years of complacent neglect and energy-sapping dependence on government isn’t an easy task. It is certainly not a challenge for the feint of heart. Sacred cows and shibboleths must be abandoned, together with the institutions that peddle them. A vibrant non-government sector, built on enterprises that embrace innovative practices and

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DUOBusiness | Promotion

Leading A Sustainable Future With issues around rapid urbanisation and the development of adequate economic and social infrastructure surfacing across the world, the development of cities has never been so important as a generation of innovative new leaders present projects that aim to drive Townsville North Queensland forward.

HALF of the world’s population lives in cities. With that number rapidly rising and expected to hit 60% by 2030 the ways in which cities develop has never been more critical and at the core of developing cities and regions is leadership. Townsville North Queensland is known for its dynamic and broad based economy with its diverse range of industries. This has enabled the region to ride the waves affecting the economy following mining down turns, drought and other external factors. But this strong economy was the result of good leadership and smart planning by the city’s forefathers 150 years ago. Over the past century successive leaders have worked through unity and collaboration to continue developing the economy the region is renowned for to ensure we continue to grow.


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Issues around rapid urbanisation and the development of adequate infrastructure are surfacing across the world and Townsville North Queensland, as the largest regional centre in Northern Australia, could see a population heading towards 1 million people by 2050 which will require smart planning and foresight into future infrastructure needs. Ensuring Townsville maintains its reputation as one of Australia’s most liveable regional centres, that continues to not only be a great place to work, live and invest but also a source of economic growth, encouraging investment, tourism visitation and education is imperative to the future of the region. But for the leaders who govern cities, these challenges aren’t always easy. Balancing strong

economic growth with better quality of life for residents is challenging. With the world around us changing at a rapid pace with current and future global shifts in Asia driving a range of opportunities, a generation of leaders with an innovative mind set is necessary. Smart growth requires a unified and strategic approach and it’s through good solid leadership that growth is achieved. In recognising the need to foster the growth of region’s future leaders, the Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program identifies future leaders across the city and provides an opportunity to middle and executive level managers and business owners to develop their leadership skills.

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Opposite page left to right: Emerging Leaders Zammi Rohan and Brent Tate, Leadership Program Coordinator Eleni Millios-Hullick, Emerging Leaders Melissa Vander Haak and Rabin Tuladhar

“If we want to see a better future both economically and socially, we need to invest in our region’s next generation of leaders and teach them the leadership skills required to continue to foster consistent and sustainable growth for our region.” ELENI MILLIOS-HULLICK

An initiative of Townsville Enterprise, the program runs over 14 months and is aimed at enhancing the critical skills, knowledge and aptitude required to become leaders in business or industry through a series of modules, a mentoring program and the delivery of a community project. Each project is aligned to Townsville Enterprise’s mission to achieve sustainable economic and lifestyle benefits for the region. THE TOWNSVILLE NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS HUB The Townsville North Queensland Events Hub is a dedicated physical space, managed by an Events Development Consultant that aims to foster and facilitate events to raise their profile and, in turn, collectively increase event attendance by 10% injecting tourist dollars into the economy. Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leader Melissa Vander Haak said the project aims to shape the region’s reputation as a major events destination through the development and support of successful, home-grown, sustainable events. “We know the region has a goal to double visitor expenditure to the region by 2020 and by providing a facility that will assist in growing and developing events we hope to raise the profile of our events, attracting visitors to the region and ultimately injecting much needed tourist dollars into the region’s economy. “Many smaller events across the region have significant development potential. The events hub provides the opportunity to enable existing events to grow and potentially become a major event on the Queensland events calendar and this is one of the key goals. “By increasing the profile and quality of events the Hub will also indirectly help to develop a sense of community pride and create a lifestyle that keeps people in the region.” “Through the Events Hub project the Emerging Leaders Program gives us an opportunity to be involved in high level decision making which will ultimately move this region forward. Being directly involved in setting up the Events Hub and assisting in the growth and development of a region you are passionate about is quite a rewarding experience.” iNQ Innovation is a word on the lips of many of the nation’s key decision makers and with Townsville’s first innovation hub up and running, Emerging Leader Rabin Tuladhar says it’s through collaboration of a number of industries that this city will thrive.

“Townsville has a great potential to thrive as a university city where the local businesses and educational institutions work together to nurture and build entrepreneurs and innovators who will help shape the future economic development of the region. “The establishment of innovation hub – iNQ – in Townsville is dedicated to nurturing, enabling and growing innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits in Townsville North Queensland. “iNQ will provide a platform for individuals and businesses to collaborate and drive creative impulses. iNQ will also provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to connect with mentors and expert advisors in relevant technical and business spheres to take innovation to commercialisation. We believe that iNQ is the first step towards establishing entrepreneurial culture in our region. BISHOP MICHAEL PUTNEY FELLOWSHIP In a world where technology and development is king it is important to remember that social development is key to a sustainable future. In a bid to improve the social fabric of the Townsville North Queensland community the Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship aims to raise much needed funds for research into youth mental illness. Emerging Leader Jaqui Gillespie said the project, which has raised over $50K to date and fills a need that has become apparent within the region’s Rugby League community. “Mental health and youth suicide across Northern Queensland is the highest in our country and has now infiltrated Rugby League with several recent deaths in our region. “If we want to see a better future both economically and socially, we need to invest in our region’s youth and teach them the leadership skills required to continue to foster consistent and sustainable growth for our region. “The Fellowship will raise awareness and money for urgent research into this problem. This research can then be used and applied to improve the health and wellbeing of our young people in this code and others. TAKE THE LEAD – RSPCA TOWNSVILLE Emerging Leader Zammi Rohan says the ‘Take the Lead- RSPCA Townsville’ project aims to assist the community by keeping animals off the streets which is currently a significant cost to the community. “The reclaim, adoption, and desexing rates in Townsville are some of the worst in Queensland. The RSPCA does an amazing job looking after all of

the animals that are brought into their centre but at times their resources are stretched to the limits. “Our project team has created a volunteer committee called ‘Take the Lead – RSPCA Townsville’ and our purpose is to work collaboratively with the local RSPCA to improve public awareness around these issues and assist with events and fundraising. “The goal, through improving responsible pet ownership is to reduce the number of animals going into the centre and get pets back to their owners or find new homes for them as quickly as possible. “The world is evolving at a rapid rate and I believe it’s important that younger people step up now to shape the future, particularly if we want to be recognised as an innovative and progressive city. Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program Director Eleni Millios-Hullick said good leadership is critical to redefining the region’s potential. It is important to foster leaders for our city and region who are armed with the critical skills and knowledge of our city past and present. With this knowledge they are better able to serve the community as leaders and they are also enabled by this to grow and diversify Townsville North Queensland. “It is part of our civic and social duty to empower people to do great things, to be part of and give back to their community in a positive and proactive way. “I am constantly delighted in watching the incredible people in this Program put what they have learnt into actions that have great outcomes such as the community projects. “I think we can smile and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that our future is in good hands because we were part of an initiative that took the time to teach, mentor, inspire, enable and empower young people in our region to become the leaders we need them to be to move this region forward.”

For more information on the Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program and the community projects visit www.townsvilleenterprise. and to participate in the next cohort contact Leadership Program Coordinator Eleni Millios-Hullick

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DUOBusiness | Sustainable Leadership


Peter Baines


Hands Across The Water

How Do You Measure The Impact? THERE is an increasing trend, particularly within the ‘for purpose’ or ‘not for profit’ sector, to measure the ‘impact’ of what we do and the difference our contribution makes. But measuring impact is a lot harder than it sounds and there aren’t too many people who can put their hand on their heart and declare they have the formula all sorted. We can readily measure the inputs, the outputs but measuring the impact is a bit trickier than you might think. For example, there’s a major Telco in Australia that supports a program called Student2Student. The Telco supplies hand sets and phone credit to kids in rural disadvantaged communities who have a below average literacy standard. Then kids, who are often the children of the employees of the Telco, volunteer to be part of a program. These kids then connect on a scheduled basis and those with the below average literacy standard will read to the kids who are doing ok at school. There’s a set program of content and duration that’s followed and at the end of the twelve week program the literacy standards of the kids who had the challenges are measured and compared to when they started the program. The program has proven to be hugely successful with a very high completion rate and an even higher improvement rate in reading of the kids who stayed til the end.


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So when we consider a program like Student2Student, it’s relatively easy to measure the inputs. They consist of: • number of students participating in the program • number of students acting as mentors in the program • number of phones distributed • number of hours the program ran for, etc. The outputs are similarly easy to measure: • how many students completed the program • the improvement in the literacy standards of the participants • the number of students who remained on the Telco’s network after the program (new customers) But the impact of the program becomes harder to measure. If one of the kids who was struggling at school due to their low literacy standards, failing at exams, getting into trouble and low self esteem drops out of school and enters into the criminal justice system via minor leading to major crime, there’s a huge cost to society. But what if the improvement in their literacy meant they started passing exams, decided to stay at school and avoided a life of crime? How do we measure the impact of something that didn’t occur? I run a charity called Hands Across the Water for kids in Thailand. It was established after the tsunami in 2004 when I was deployed there to identify bodies of those who died. The charity has grown and we now have seven homes across Thailand. Each night around 300 kids will go to bed in one of our homes in a safe, loving and secure environment. Due to the unique operating model we established we have raised over $15million Australian dollars without spending a cent of donor’s money on administration or fundraising. Last year we supplied around 320,000 meals to the kids in our care and the communities we support. All of these measures are either inputs or outputs. How much money do we put into the community, how many meals we provide, how many local Thai staff are employed? All measures of inputs and outputs. But what’s the true impact of what we’re doing? There’s a Chinese proverb that goes: “If you want to plan for a year; sow rice, If you want to plan for a decade; plant trees, If you want to plan for a lifetime; then educate children.” This proverb reminds me of what we’re achieving in Thailand and how hard it is to measure impact with any real accuracy. If the purpose of our existence at Hands is to change lives in a meaningful way, what impact have we had if the kids leave our homes at the age of 18 or thereabouts, and

then go into a very low skilled job, or worse still the sex industry without choice? As our older students who first came to live with us ten years ago now graduate from University, they have choices for not just jobs, but careers. They now get to choose what type of ‘career’ they’ll pursue and the real impact not just on them but, inevitably, their social circles. It’s not hard to conceive how it then impacts the next generation. If, as a charity, our measure is on changing lives then how difficult is it for us to report to our supporters if we have to wait until our kids graduate from University, have families of their own who are then educated and the previous cycle of poverty has been broken? How do you measure and monetise the investment we have made in the community? As Hands has recently passed its tenth year of operation I feel we’re now able to start reporting, in loose terms, on the impact we are having. Sure, we can report on dollars raised, homes built, meals provided, but as I said these are inputs and outputs. The true measure of our success is the investment we have made in education. Planning for a lifetime, not just of the present generation, is about investing in education. Eleven years ago I was working identifying the thousands of bodies recovered after the tsunami in Thailand. Now I have the absolute honour and incredibly humbling experience of attending graduation ceremonies of the kids we started supporting and who are now leaving university. The true impact might be difficult to measure but I don’t need a matrix to tell me the lives of the kids, graduating with qualifications that will set them up for life, have been immeasurably improved for the better. It’s in their smiles, you can tell.

Peter Baines OAM became passionate for sustainable leadership after he took part in the natural disaster response team who witnessed the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. In late 2005, Peter established Hands Across the Water, a charity that raises funds for and awareness of Thai children who were left orphaned by the disaster. Today, Peter helps businesses build effective sustainable leadership while travelling the globe as a keynote speaker. Published by WILEY, Doing Good by Doing Good is available now in paperback RRP $34.95 from


Federal Member

Ewen Jones

Seat of Herbert

And The Song Remains The Same… As Townsville’s water restrictions tighten, water security now and into the future, is becoming a more prominent issue every day. Securing Townsville and the region’s long-term water supply must be done now to ensure we remain the hub for Northern Australia.

JUST one statistic matters. When you hear that we have two years water security in Townsville’s dams, and the south east of our state has 10 years waters security, you know we have an issue. Make no mistake, water infrastructure is one of the two key elements to our future as a city and a region. It is central to the development of Northern Australia. The Federal Government put $500 million on the table for water infrastructure in the last budget, through the National Water Infrastructure Fund (NWIF). This is firstly for feasibility studies into new dams and then for their construction. I am fighting to secure our slice of this funding for the proposed Hell’s Gate Dam, securing Townsville’s water supply for our community and our economy.

A submission has been made by Townsville Enterprise to the NWIF. They have proposed a feasibility study on a new dam at Hell’s Gate as part of a plan that also includes raising the Burdekin Dam wall. I fully back and am advocating for this submission. Taking a regional approach with both projects is a move that I support. I will bang on about this for as long as I have breath: if we do not have plentiful and affordable energy and water, we can never be considered as a destination for industry of any kind. We cannot value add to our primary products. We will be a place where stuff is dug up and shifted. We are much more than that and we must force the rest of the country to back us. Water policy and infrastructure is a State Government responsibility. There have been two dams built exclusively with Federal funds since Federation. Those two dams are on the Burdekin and Ord Rivers. What do they have in common? They are both above the Tropic of Capricorn. They are both a long way from their respective capital cities. Once again, here we find ourselves with a State Government refusing to acknowledge this issue. If you look at the role of State Government and their responsibilities to the tax payers, it would appear that we have not been treated well across them all. For example, the differences between what the south east gets in water infrastructure, electricity, and social infrastructure, are stark. If you look at how the State Government will fully fund stadiums and convention centres in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, then look at what we are currently going through with ours, you start to scratch your head. So it really should not surprise anyone that when it comes to Townsville’s water security, the Federal Government must take the lead. The hardest part of getting anything done when you are using tax payers’ money is getting through the red tape. Governance is important. There has to be, we would all agree, some level of oversight to any project. A private business can proceed with any venture it sees fit. I know it is frustrating to hear talk of feasibility studies. The previous Government commissioned a study into the viability of base load power and irrigated agriculture in the North and what would be required to enable us to deliver. That study highlighted Hell’s Gate as a dam site. Now we must do the feasibility of

the dam itself. This is the responsible process we must follow. When Tony Abbott, as leader of the Opposition, said that one of his signature policies was to finally develop the North of Australia, I was like everyone else – ecstatic, but trying not to think that we had heard this before. Our party has had strong advocates for Northern Australia, such as Senator Ian Macdonald, but to hear the leader actually make the announcement was very promising! To have the next Treasurer and Minister for Trade both back it and avidly spruik it to southerners was amazing. We need to take our opportunity here and drive it home. It has been a long time coming and we may not have this chance again. If we get it right, we can drive our region right through the 21st Century. Hell’s Gate will be a gravity fed dam, saving us costs in pumping. This is the long-term, sustainable solution to our water problems. The sooner we start on this feasibility study the better for all of us. The work must establish the case for construction. It must be able to drive the agriculture sector, the industrial sector (including renewable energy), the science and research sectors, as well as the jobs and industries as yet unidentified. We need to live in a city which has its water flowing to us, powered by gravity and not electric pumps. We need to provide the experience afforded to others elsewhere in the state and country. My Government has a plan for this nation’s water security and I am making sure that is a plan for Townsville.

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Emily INGHAM Kimmy K Donut Craze 210mm x 297mm Watercolour on paper


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Art A Lifeline When 19-year-old Emily Ingham returned to Townsville after losing 30 kilograms, she thought things couldn’t get any worse, but sometimes the breaking of you can be the making of you. Words by Kylie Davis.

THE year 2015 started well for Emily Ingham, who left Townsville to pursue her dream of studying at The Whitehouse Institute of Design. Looking at Emily, her fellow students saw a tall, blonde, slender young woman, who was always smiling and bubbly. Beneath the surface, though, it was a different story. “Deeper down there was a little voice inside my head that never left, pressuring me to be what I thought was perfectly slim. Looking good became my priority, rather than my career goals,” Emily says. When Emily’s mother saw how much weight she had lost, she booked Emily on the next flight home. “It was a big change coming home. From being able to paint, style and connect with a range of people daily to going to doctor’s appointments weekly and having to answer everyone’s ‘Why have you returned?’ questions. “I was embarrassed and felt like a failure.” While Emily has missed her course terribly, and struggled with her emotions, her health has improved and she’s gained some much-needed weight. Asking herself what she could do to keep improving, she found the answer was to paint. “I now paint every single day. The paintbrush

never has a chance to dry,” she says, adding that her mother and grandmother are also into the art scene and have always encouraged her to follow her art dreams. “I’m inspired by what’s happening in society and current trends and I like to work with watercolour paints, although I’ve recently started using coloured pencils for a challenge. “My artwork is not only an emotional outlet, but also a distraction from everything that’s going on.” Emily’s daily painting has now turned itself into an art business. She’s started a Facebook page called Lipstick and Rouge and sells her creative paintings and commissions locally at Renegade Markets and around the world online. “My popularity has slowly increased, with some of my work being reposted regularly by a range of Instagramers. I’ve become fairly busy with commissions over time and, you know what, it’s making me so happy! “I didn’t believe being 19, with no degree or certificates, I could achieve something like this. Create a name for myself. It may only be in Townsville for now but who knows where it may take me?

“I once thought life was all about having a degree and earning the big bucks but now I’ve realised you must be happy and healthy and do what you love. That’s the main thing that makes life worth living. “I still have a long journey ahead of me but it’s getting easier each and every day and I’m determined to continue my studies. In the future I hope to work as a stylist or illustrator and I’d love to draw for magazines and books. Vogue is the ultimate goal. Why not dream a little, right?!” For others who find themselves struggling on the road to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Emily has this advice: “Listen to the people around you – they’re only trying to help. I got myself into a frame of mind where I was so determined to only listen to myself and the voices in my head. It wasn’t until I started to get help from family, friends and professionals that I realised how much better I felt and how unhealthy my decisions had been. “I’ve come to realise that weight isn’t everything. There’s so much more to life and I’m enjoying it a lot more now.” View more of Emily’s fabulously feminine artwork at:

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George GITTOES Belly Up [detail] 2013 oil on canvas

What’s On This Month Clean Up Australia Day 2016 6 March 8am–10am Bushland Beach Foreshore 1300 878 001 Wealth, Style and Success Present The Money, Fashion and Mindset Makeover Morning 6 March 9.30am–11.30am AMP Building International Women’s Day Townsville Breakfast 8 March 6.15am – 8am The Ville Resort-Casino 0412 781 586 Zonta Club of Townsville Metro International Women’s Day Cocktail Party 9 March 5:30pm–8pm North Queensalnd Club Riverway Movie Night SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water 18 March 7.15pm Riverway Lagoon 1300 878 001 Earth Hour Sunset Sprint and Spotlight Safari 19 March 5.30pm–9.30pm Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre 1300 878 001 Adventurethon Magnetic Island 2016 Magnetic Island 19 March 7am, 20 March 12.30pm Toad Day Out 20 March 8.30am–12pm Raintree Grove Riverway Operation Toad Day Out aims to humanely reduce Cane Toad numbers in our local habitats. Join the fight against the toad’s invasion of North Queensland. Capture as many toads as you can alive and unharmed, the day before the event, before bringing them to Riverway on the event day.


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T150 Yarn Series Launch Wednesday 30 March 10am Townsville Civic Theatre Experience Townsville Yarns, a series of engaging story-telling events held around the city, told live by a panel of local and visiting identities. The launch topic is “Villains, Heroes and Saints’, and will discuss some of Townsville’s colourful characters such as Errol Flynn, Saint Mary MacKillop, controversial people and criminals. Entry is free but this is a ticketed event so contact TicketShop for bookings. 4727 9797

THEATRE + CONCERTS Ocean Film Festival Australia 3 March 7pm Riverway Arts Centre 4727 9797 Dreams and Dances 8 March 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Calendar Girls 9–11 March 7.30pm 12 March 2pm and 7.30pm Pimlico Performing Arts Centre 4727 9797 Quartet Queensland Theatre Company 12 March 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 The Underarm 18 March 2pm and 7.30pm 19 March 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Carmada Australian Tour 19 March 2pm Shamrock Hotel 4771 4531 Morning Melodies Cheek To Cheek: Love Songs in Jazz 22–23 March 11am Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797

Manpower Australia 26 March 8pm The Ville Resort-Casino 4771 4700

EXHIBITIONS Benthos Illumination 4 March–10 April Umbrella Studio 4772 7109 Tribal Odyssey 4 March–10 April Umbrella Studio 4772 7109 Fragments of Moments 4 March–10 April Umbrella Studio 4772 7109 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards 11 March–1 May Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre 4773 8871 George Gittoes: I Witness A Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre touring exhibition Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011 Belonging in the Tropics A Bookplate Exchange Folio by PressNorth Printmakers Until 27 March Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011 Director’s Pick Recent acquisitions from the City of Townsville Art Collection Until Sunday 24 April Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011

Townsville Turns 150; The Old And The News Museum of Tropical Queensland Until 29 January 2017 4726 0600

SPORT NRL Cowboys 5 March 6.30pm v Cronulla Sharks 17 March 7.05pm v Sydney Roosters 1300 Smiles Stadium 132 849 TDRL Mendi Blackhawks 5 March 4pm v Dolphins 19 March 4pm v Wynnum Jack Manski Oval 4773 8000 NPL Northern Fury FC 19 March 4pm v Western Pride FC Townsville Sports Reserve 4412 5255

MARKETS Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7.30am–11.30am. Magnetic Island Friday Night RSL Markets Arcadia, Fridays 5.30pm–8pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets, second and fourth Sundays 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre, Burdell, Saturdays. Cotters Market Handmade Arts and Craft Precinct, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, third Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Bushland Beach Markets, first and third Sundays 8am–1pm. Balgal Beach Market Beachside Fisherman’s Landing, first and third Saturdays 8am–1pm. Label Traders Market Mundingburra State School, third Sundays 8am–12noon. Renegade Handmade Market The Marian School, second Sundays 8am–1pm. Castle Hill PCYC Markets Sundays 7am–11am. Arcadia Markets Arcadia Hotel, every Wednesday and Friday 5pm–8pm. Carlyle Gardens Arts & Crafts Market, Carlyle Gardens, first Saturdays 9am–12noon.


Image 1 Joshua MIELS The Perfectionist Oil on Canvas 160 x 130 cm Image 2 Michael CORRIDORE Mr Rush Pigment Print 63 x 42 cm Image 3 Katie DENNIEN Elizabeth Photo printed on art foam block 76 x 50 cm




Artists Brush to Snap Up Percival Portrait Prizes PAINTERS and photographers around the country are currently working on entries for this year’s Percivals – Townsville’s biennial celebration of portraiture. The exhibition began in 2007, and from 2008 became a biennial event, growing in prize money and national reputation at each turn. In 2014, the event’s most significant development came in the form of a new exhibition; while Perc Tucker Regional Gallery would continue to stage the Percival Portrait Painting Prize, which offers a major $40,000 acquisitive prize, a sister exhibition was staged for the first time at Pinnacles Gallery. The DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize offers a major $10,000 acquisitive prize, and attracted

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167 entries in its debut year. The Percival Portrait Painting Prize will this year be staged from 6 May to 10 July, with the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Prize beginning on 13 May and also running through to 10 July. Interested artists are encouraged to download or contact the Gallery Services for entry forms, with applications closing on Friday 18 March. With 2016 being Townsville’s celebration of 150 years, special Townsville 150th Anniversary Awards of $10,000 (painting) and $5,000 (photography) are also on offer for Townsville-based artists who have depicted a Townsville-based sitter. As the exhibitions draw closer, intrigue and


interest grows as to which artists will scoop the prize pool. The 2016 winners will join an elite list of previous winners, including 2014 recipients Frank Giacco, who won the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize for his meticulous painting of Charles Blackman; and Roderick McNicol, whose highly textural image The Late Blossoming of Jack Charles entranced viewers and was judged the winner of the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Prize. For artists interested in entering either exhibition in this year’s Percivals, entry forms can be downloaded from, or by contacting Perc Tucker Regional Gallery or Pinnacles Gallery.

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The Underarm

12 March, 7.30pm townsville civic theatre

18 March, 2pm and 7.30pm, 19 March, 7.30pm townsville civic theatre

Retired opera singers Reggie, Cissy and Wilf have been put out to pasture in a country retirement home. What keeps the trio raging against the dying of the light is headlining the annual gala concert marking composer Verdi’s birthday.

This is the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in trans- Tasman sport. As adults, they are reunited at another test clash in Wellington. What results is a tumultuous ride through sport, politics and the ugly side of broken families.

Quartet is a devilishly funny journey into old age told with tenderness, grace, hope – and above all, no self-pity.

The Underarm is a riotous and hugely entertaining show that has tremendous appeal to those who don’t ordinarily attend theatre.

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TYTO is an exciting multi dimensional award winning destination. It plays host to an eclectic mix of events, workshops, activities and tours and is perfect to while away an hour or a day of artistic, cultural and ecological excellence. The extensive centre consists of a Regional Art Gallery, Conference Venue, Library with mini military museum, Recording Studio, accredited Regional Information and Wetlands Centre, Wetlands Attraction, Piazza, Amphitheatre, Parklands and Café. Just over an easy one hour drive north of Townsville, it is an ideal day trip or overnight stopover. TYTO Information & Wetlands Centre 4776 4792, TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725, TYTO Conference Centre 4776 4726, Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614



Stories of conflict and compassion both lauded and celebrated; captured and held in our hearts, in memory of our heroes. The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion - The Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary. Open daily 10.00am – 4.00pm within the Hinchinbrook Shire Library, 73-75 McIlwraith St, Ingham. Historical talks and morning teas arranged with prior notice. Please contact 4776 4614


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Located within the Regional Art Gallery, this contemporary space showcases local artisans and craft enthusiasts work; ideal for unique gifts or keepsakes. Complementary workshops and activities are presented by these artists through the TYTO Event Calendar to champion further creativity and imagination. Visit us and add a creative twist to your day! OPEN: seven days 10am–4pm. Entry via Macrossan Avenue or 73-35 McIlwraith Street Ingham 4776 4725

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VENUE TYTO Amphitheatre, Parklands and Piazza VIBE Rustic Vintage VERDICT It was absolutely everything we had imagined – Joe & Kerri


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Image 1 George GITTOES Salvage 1990–92 oil on canvas 170 x 250 cm


Life’s Harshest Lessons

As DUO Magazine explores the many facets and intricacies of education and training, I thought it fitting to speak to lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom or by a training provider. Call them life’s lessons – ones that must be experienced and reflected upon, not simply studied and absorbed.

MANY of these lessons we all experience throughout our respective journeys. There are some lessons however, some of the harshest conceivable lessons about the nature of humanity, that are only experienced by a few among us, and only when confronted by extreme brutality. And so we have the work of renowned Australian artist, photographer, film (and peace) maker, George Gittoes, who has consistently placed himself in the middle of the world’s most horrific conflicts and atrocities over the course of his five decade career. Fortunately for us, Gittoes shares his lessons through his art, and Townsville is privileged to be able to experience the world


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through the artist’s eyes when viewing the 45 year survey exhibition, I Witness, at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in March. I Witness reveals a remarkable body of work developed from Gittoes’ mobile studio of camera, video and richly illustrated diaries that document the sites of cultural conflict including Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1980s, Rwanda, Cambodia and the Middle East in 1990s, and more recently in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. George Gittoes: I Witness explores the capacity of figurative art to address issues of an ethical, if not spiritual, nature where the question of being human is starkly framed in the context of war and terrorism. Gittoes’ images are stark, confronting, demanding and illuminating as they appeal to the viewer’s capacity for compassion and justice. Even without having seen the events first hand, Gittoes’ works have the capacity to haunt viewers. Such is the case with Salvage (1990-92), painted from his trip to Nicaragua and the Philippines and depicting a mutilated corpse, tied up like a cut of roast and left in the streets as a graphic warning to the rebellious sugar industry workers. Or images from his Rwanda tour in 1995, at a time when soldiers massacred over 4000 people in the most brutal fashion with guns and machetes. From all Gittoes has seen he has learnt about the best and worst of our species. His gripping, often confronting, insights into the depths of our darkest potential provide us with a confronting opportunity to strive

Image 2 George GITTOES Last Act 2013 ink and digital print on paper 68.5 x 56 cm

Image 3 George GITTOES Super Power – New York – Baghdad 2004 oil on canvas 212 x 292 cm

to be better; to fill our world with love and beauty. Indeed, while travelling to some of the most dangerous and violent locations on Earth, George has always maintained his ability to find beauty and friendship. Though he detests war, he has waged his own on war itself through his confronting artworks. He has taught and encouraged countless artists, directly through his Yellow House project and mentoring, and indirectly by acting as a source of inspiration, to create something beautiful and to challenge the world to be better. While he does not share his experiences and lessons through his art with us for any recognition, it is fitting that George Gittoes AM was selected to receive the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts in exposing injustice for over 45 years as a humanist artist, activist and filmmaker, for his courage to witness and confront violence in the war zones of the world, for enlisting the arts to subdue aggression and for enlivening the creative spirit to promote tolerance, respect and peace with justice. I was honoured to have been able to attend the ceremony at which George received his 2015 Sydney Peace Prize, and am even more honoured to be able to call him a friend from whom I have learnt much about a world that is alien to me. I strongly encourage the Townsville community to also learn from the artist’s incredible life by viewing I Witness, and to adopt his vision for a more peaceful world.



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RAMBUTAN Townsville’s newest hotspot Rambutan’s rooftop bar and restaurant features a Southern American inspired BBQ menu with 16-hour slow cooked meats produced by an imported Pit Smoker. Celebrity Head Chef Wylie Dean displays a colourful array of rustic delights set to take your palette on a wild journey. From 12 inch Po’boys to good ol’ fashioned fried chicken enriched with an explosion of flavours guests are spoilt for choice. Having trouble deciding, let our chefs take care of everything with our Chef’s Banquet from 6pm nightly starting at $30 per person (minimum 10 people). Open 7 days 11am–late. 113–119 Flinders Street Townsville 4771 6915

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


KOBE AT THE VILLE Kobe’s delicious menu has been designed to feature premium cuts from Australia’s finest beef brands as well as other contemporary culinary delights such as locally-sourced seafood, pork, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options. Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in modern décor with stunning views to Magnetic Island. The restaurant features a private dining room, perfect for business dinners or special occasions, seating up to 20 guests, overlooking the built-in wine cellar. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 6pm. For more information visit, or for bookings call 4722 2222 or email


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Paleo Cafe is a revolutionary health food store and café based on the most logical philosophy for optimal health, the Paleo Lifestyle. Comprising of good-quality lean meats, seafood, eggs, vegetables, seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds and berries, the Paleo Café Menu is 100% gluten free, dairy-protein free and sugar free. Open from 7am – 4pm Monday to Saturday and from 7am – 3pm Sunday Located in City Lane 373-383 Flinders Street Townsville. 4771 4045


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

STELLAROSSA Coffee is our Passion. Food is our Love. Customers are our Life! Welcome to Stellarossa, Townsville’s newest café espresso bar. Now open in 3 locations, 420 Flinders Street, Fairfield Central and Stockland. Come and experience the Stellarossa difference today with a full breakfast, lunch, pizza and pasta menu. 420 Flinders St and Fairfield Central are also licensed. Known for our 5 Star Speciality Coffee, you know you need to come in and try it, you will enjoy! Find us on Facebook to keep up to date. Stellarossa 420 Flinders St, Stellarossa Fairfield Central, Stellarossa Stockland Townsville


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


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Located on the seafront amongst three acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens – Seagulls Resort is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Enjoy a memorable dining experience featuring Chef Wee’s signature dishes and style. Dine al fresco on the deck by the pool, or relax in air-conditioned comfort indoors. Winner of more than 35 tourism awards ranging in categories from Garden to Accommodation and Restaurant. Open seven days for lunch and dinner. 74 The Esplanade Belgian Gardens 4721 3111

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

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


MICHELS Michels restaurant is Townsville’s food destination. Our guests enjoy modern Australian contemporary cuisine, crafted from local produce and seasonal ingredients. Michels can be enjoyed for a quick city lunch, a business dining venue, family dinner or enjoy our degustation experience. Drop by Bar M for a light snack, glass of wine or cocktails – anytime. Michels is a relaxed dining and drinking destination, perfectly situated in the heart of Townsville’s restaurant hub – Palmer Street. Open Tuesday–Friday for lunch from 11.30 and Tuesday–Saturday for dinner from 5.30pm. 7 Palmer Street South Townsville 4724 1460


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Fuel Café has opened at North Ward Shopping Village. Our award winning chef delivers a sensational menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a selection of delicious deserts and cakes to have with our renowned Bounce coffee. We also offer takeaway meals. The venue is licenced and offers a reserved area for functions with specialised menus. This would be the perfect place to hold your next private event. Open 7 days. North Ward Shopping Village 4772 4545












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R E C I P E | B EFlavours N ’ S M Eof ATQueensland BIBLE BY BEN O’DONOGHUE DUORecipe

NQ Mungalli Quark & Yoghurt Lemon Cheesecake Recipe from Matt Merrin of JAM Serves 6 60ml liquid fondant, to garnish Cheesecake


50ml lemon juice, retain the zest for garnish

Warm the lemon juice slightly and dissolve the gelatine sheet. Combine the sugar, vanilla, quark and yoghurt in a food processor. Gently fold the lemon juice into the yoghurt and quark mixture followed by the semi whipped cream, ensure all ingredients are combined well.

1 x 5g titanium gelatine sheet 75g sugar 1 vanilla bean, scraped 125ml Mungalli yoghurt 250g Mungalli quark 375ml cream, semi whipped Edible flowers, to garnish

Line 6 round moulds with baking paper, place the bottom flat onto a tray to prevent the mixture from exiting the mould. Pour the mix into each mould and refrigerate, allow to set for 4-6 hours. Strawberry Cream

70g strawberries

In a food processor blitz the strawberries until smooth. Lightly whip the cream and fold through the strawberry purée.

70ml cream

Pistachio Praline

Strawberry Cream

Pistachio Praline 60g pistachio, lightly crushed 200g caster sugar 120ml water

Line a small baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the pistachios on the tray, keeping them from spreading out too far. Place the sugar and water into a saucepan, stir to dissolve. Over a moderate heat bring the sugar and water to the boil, brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to avoid any crystals forming. Continue to cook the sugar mix until golden brown, remove from the heat. Carefully pour the mix over the pistachios. Before the sugar cools too far cut the mix into 4, be careful not to touch the praline with your hands. The mixture should be a little pliable at this stage. Pick up the praline from the sides of the greaseproof paper and lay it over a rolling pin to curve each of the praline bases. To Serve Using a tablespoon place a dollop of the strawberry purée on the side of your plate, using the back of the spoon scrape the mix across. Place the praline basket on the plate, unmould the cheesecake and sit it on the praline. Top the cheesecake with a little lemon zest and some edible flowers to garnish. Chef’s Tip  The round moulds can be substituted with mini spring form cake tins.

This is an edited extract from Flavours of Queensland by Smudge Publishing, available at RRP $80


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All the above can be made a day in advance excluding the strawberry cream to make your next dinner party a breeze. Store the praline in the freezer in an air tight container.

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R E C I P E | B ESpice N’S M E AT B Iby B LShane E BY B EN O’DONOGHUE DUORecipe Journey Delia

Foot Of The Mountain Couscous With Garden Vegetables Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours Serves: 8 I remember eating couscous dishes all over Morocco. Lots of flavour and such attention to detail in the presentation of each dish. But for me the biggest let-down was the way it was prepared. The vegetables were always overcooked and collapsed into one. My version pays homage to the beautiful produce I found as I crossed the Atlas Mountains where the foot of the mountain opened up in full bloom and the air was filled with the smell of wild thyme. Vegetable stock 2 large fennel bulbs, halved 2 large brown onions, halved 2 leeks, trimmed and halved 4 large tomatoes, halved large pinch of saffron threads handful herbs (such as rosemary, bay leaf, thyme) 3 small onions 3 small zucchini (courgettes) (or zucchini flowers), cut lengthways 900 g Kent pumpkin (winter squash), cut into thin wedges 2 small fennel bulbs, halved, fronds reserved ½ small cabbage, quartered 8 mixed new potatoes 8 purple potatoes (optional) 8 mixed Dutch carrots, scrubbed 125 ml (½ cup) olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon extra for the couscous

To make the vegetable stock, place all the ingredients and 2 litres (8 cups) of water in a large stockpot over high heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper, strain and set aside. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Place all the vegetables in a large roasting tin and toss with the olive oil. Add the garlic and rosemary. Cook for about 1½ hours until tender and caramelised. Meanwhile, blend the thyme and butter together in a small bowl with a wooden spoon, season with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat the stock in a saucepan over high heat and add a pinch of saffron threads. To make the mountain couscous, first rub 1 tablespoon of oil into the couscous to prevent lumps. Transfer into a large bowl with double the quantity of hot stock and the salt. Set aside and allow to absorb the liquid completely. Set aside the remaining stock. Add the lemon zest, preserved lemon, almonds and fresh herbs to the couscous. Rub some of the thyme butter through the couscous to make it fluffy and aerated. Reheat the remaining stock, with harissa to taste, then pour into a large serving jug (pitcher). Put the vegetables on a large serving plate and drizzle over some of the harissa stock and the remaining thyme butter. Scatter over the fennel fronds and serve with the remaining sauce and the couscous.

6 garlic cloves 4 rosemary sprigs handful fresh thyme, leaves picked 125 g butter, softened pinch of saffron threads 500 g couscous pinch of salt zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon chopped preserved lemon peel 95 g chopped almonds, toasted handful fresh herbs (such as coriander/cilantro, mint), chopped 2 tablespoons harissa

Recipes and images from Spice Journey by Shane Delia (Murdoch Books) RRP: $49.99 available now in all good bookstores and online.


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Chris Allen & Elle Searston Gelonna & Denis Lapico

Morgan Barriesse & Christopher Hay Shaun & Michelle Tucker

Sommer Church & Mitchell Lancini

Valentine’s Day Celebrations

The Ville Resort-Casino

Photography Josie Carter Photography Many couples made their way to The Ville for decadent dining on Valentine’s Day. Here’s who we caught enjoying an intimate dinner…

Robert Bitters & Sara McDaniel

Belinda & Dwayne St.Clair

Richard Bainbridge & Tammy Vincent Kosta Savinas & Rose Ionnou


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Andrea Rosanes & Allan Byrne


Olivia Croxson & Alyce Herbert

Joelle Cronin & Cassie Brooks

Rhianna, Peter & Kim Cronin

Ashlyn, Amanda & Jasmine Walker


Townsville Civic Theatre

Suzanne Guarrera & Anna Gullo

Lexie Giandon, Taegan Searles, Kayley Tambling & Taleah Robinson

Photography Josie Carter Photography In another Townsville Choral Society triumph, the Broadway classic Annie was brought to life by our own talented locals. Congratulations to the ensemble cast for giving all a toe-tapping good time.

Pat Nicholas & Zena Neal

Jeff Bennett & Hayley Navarro

Rachel Riethmuller & Di Wight Pam Jones & Sandra Kapfer

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Dominique & Leigh Cole

Fay Barker & Callam Betts

Jordair Jett & Clint Steindl Campbell & Vikki Yates, Kylie Colwell

Townsville Crocs MVP Dinner The Ville Resort-Casino

Photography Josie Carter Photography What a night for the Crocs at the NBL MVP and Awards Dinner. Congratulations to Jordair Jett (Most Valuable Player 2015/16), Clint Steindl (Most Improved Player), Mitch Norton (Commitment to Excellence), Nick Kay (4TO Fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice) and all the other winners in the league.

Dale Fletcher & Sunny Xu

Daryn & Kerry Mitchell Karen & Craig Bennett

Stephanie & Michael Blucher Jim & Marianna Tsilavis Nikita & Paul Bottrill


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Tony Pascoe & Steve Mills

Adrian Gabrielli & Mary Jameson

Zac Chalkley & Natelee Keen

TPBSLSC Annual Lifesavers Ball

Angelbert Yagi & Shannon Morgan

Erin & Lee Jones

Photography Sarah Joy Photography Summer Surf Girl Entrant Shannon Morgan, from the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, hosted this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Lifesavers Ball. Monies raised (the Club exceeded its goal of $7000) will assist the Club to purchase training and rescue equipment, maintain the mainland and Magnetic Island Clubhouses and provide surf-safety training and education.

Sam Staib, Bria Corporal, Katie Sellars & Tom Raggatt

Christine & Benedict Ponti, Rebecca Rowan

Peter & Therese McHugh

Caitlin Braddick & Harry More Donna & Brad Hamilton

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five minutes with:

Lara Tumata

Krystal Knafl



AKA: My family call me Bluey. I’m renowned for: My close friends know I love jewellery, Russian dolls, and anything pink! The song that describes me best is: Brave by Sara Bareilles. A reminder to myself to speak up, and not be afraid to share my opinion. If I had a superpower it would be: To have a magic wand that would do my housework for me. When I’m alone in my car I think about: The day’s To Do List, and the daily dilemma of what to make for dinner that night. Right now I wish I was: Swinging in a hammock under a palm tree on a sandy beach getting completely lost in a good book. My favourite day is: Any day I get to sleep in. One thing I can’t live without: Coffee!!! I can’t get through my day without a nice Cappuccino. Thankfully I have my own coffee machine at work! In five years from now I hope I’m : Working less and holidaying more. I really want to take my kids to Disneyland one day. The last gift I gave someone was: One of those new colouring books for adults and a set of pencils. I gave them to a close friend who was

AKA: Krissie, Krissie-Anne, Apple. I’m renowned for: Being a chatterbox and ‘trying’ to be funny. The song that describes me best is: This is a tough one, as I can think of heaps. Clap Your Hands by Sia would be the best one I can think of right now. As a child I always... daydreamed in class and created a lot of invisible friends. If I had a superpower it would it be: To be able to do a million things with minimal time... Oh wait, I’m a teacher, I’m covered then! Super intelligence would be pretty cool as well. When I’m alone in my car I think about: I once read a meme about comparing a female brain to a whole bunch of internet browsers open at once… I think about a lot of things… and sing a lot, to my daughter’s frustration! Right now I wish I was… drinking wine on a beach in Europe somewhere or booking tickets to go to a Les Mills DVD filming. My favourite day is: Depends what mood I am in. One thing I can’t live without is: My beautiful daughter Tayla. But if we are rolling with non-human things, then music. In five years from now


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suffering from anxiety. I hoped she’d find it relaxing to colour in, and take her mind off things. The best advice I’ve been given: Just because a traffic light turns green, it doesn’t mean it’s ok to go. You should still give way in case someone runs a red light. My Dad drummed it into me when he was giving me driving lessons, and there’s been more than one occasion it’s saved my life! My biggest regret: Not standing up to the bullies when I was growing up. I was so shy I let people walk all over me. The best day of my life (so far): A tie between my wedding day (we’ve been married for 20 years) and the days my children were born! I couldn’t wait to marry my best friend, and nothing compares to that moment you meet your baby for the first time. Two celebrities I’d like to have dinner with: Robert Downey Jnr and Celine Dion (cause she’s beautiful inside and out!) The motto I live by: Take one day at a time.

I hope I’m… Married, owning my second house, a better teacher parent, training group fitness instructors and more confident and content within myself and what I can offer (I ask for a lot don’t I?). Last gift I gave someone was: It was Tayla’s birthday about a month ago, so a bike, dolls and lots of clothes. Best advice I’ve been given: A good attitude and a willingness to listen is worth its weight in gold. My biggest regret: I have made some pretty stupid choices in my life and used to call them regrets, but now I call them learning curves which lead to awesomeness. The best day of my life (so far): The day my daughter was born. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Bernard Fanning (and I wouldn’t complain if he sang a few songs to me) and Jimmy Fallon because he would be interesting to talk to. The motto I live by: Your comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.


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:

Lisa Fraley

Anne-Marie Smith



AKA: Nooki. I’m renowned for: Keeping the party alive and my passion for the hairdressing industry. The song that describes me best is: Are You With Me (Margaritas Under Mexican Sky). As a child I always… loved sport and camping at Brunswick Heads. If I had a superpower it would be: Cat Woman. When I’m alone in my car I think about: work and wine. Right now I wish I was… in Pai, Thailand total heaven. My favourite day is: Sunday chill day. One thing I can’t live without is: My kids and hubby. In five years from now I hope I’m… Fit, healthy

AKA: Ambo (It’s a high school thing). I’m renowned for: Working hard at TheatreiNQ – always behind the scenes. The song that describes me best is: 10 years ago I would have said Dancing Queen. Not so much anymore. As a child I always… hung out with my sister Terri and brother Jim. We grew up on a farm so spent a ridiculous amount of time together. I loved it! Best childhood ever! If I had a superpower it would be: Healing is the obvious answer but time travel is a bit cool. When I’m alone in my car I think about: Sooo much! Top of the list is usually ‘What am I going to cook for dinner?’ Right now I wish I was… in bed and not on my computer. Lot of late nights when we have a TheatreiNQ show on and right now I am playing catch up. My favourite day is: Sunday! It’s the only day we are all at home together. Junior Sport rules my life! One thing I can’t live without is: Obviously my family – but my hair straightener is up there! In five years from now I hope I’m… happy and healthy. Sounds cliché but it really is all that matters.

and more travelled. Last gift I gave someone was: a yellow diamond. Best advice I’ve been given: Don’t stress until it happens. My biggest regret: Not travelling more before kids. The best day of my life (so far): Finishing building and opening Techniques on Thuringowa Drive and having my two beautiful girls. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Cara Delevingne and Ryan Gosling. The motto I live by: Love what you do, be positive and give good karma.

“I couldn’t wait to marry my best friend, and nothing compares to that moment you meet your baby for the first time.” LARA TUMATA

Last gift I gave someone was: I was in the middle of a production over Valentine’s Day so we kind of skipped it. Although I did get my husband a gorgeous Valentine’s Day Cookie from Cuisine on Bowen. Great place to eat! Best advice I’ve been given: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I don’t always adhere. My biggest regret: None that I can write about here! The best day of my life (so far): That is a tough one. It would be my wedding day (had a ball) or any Sunday when the kids actually hang out with me. I know it won’t be long before they have better things to do. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: I find this question really hard to answer. So many interesting people. I would probably end up choosing Jon Bon Jovi (it’s an 80s thing) and someone fun like Amy Poehler. The motto I live by: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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