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Islington k A limited selection of Islington 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available for sale at ‘I must inspect’ price points. Ideally positioned at the entry to Townsville’s CBD, many apartments in Islington at Central boast tranquil waterfront, city or elevated and coastal/hinterland views, and are an easy walk to the best that this great city has to offer.


The Townsville Stadium and CQU University expansion are now reality and will play a major role in the continued beautification and the desirability to live or invest in quality, lifestyle CBD properties.

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FOR SALE: ITARA RIVERFRONT APARTMENTS Lifestyle property with great river views for excellent prices.

ISLINGTON APARTMENTS 4 APLIN STREET TOWNSVILLE CITY Inspection by appointment. For more information contact

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A great opportunity for you to acquire a luxury lifestyle apartment at price levels not seen in this development before. Close proximity to major employment hubs like JCU, Townsville Hospital and the Lavarack army barracks. Within easy walking distance of all the major facilities in the area which include: cafés, restaurants and entertainment, Willows shopping centre, Riverway Arts complex, swimming pools and sporting grounds. Only a limited number of apartments are available. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom + Study and secure under cover carparking. ITARA RIVERFRONT APARTMENTS 1–15 SPORTING DRIVE THURINGOWA CENTRAL Inspection by appointment. For more information contact Andrew Forster on 07 4750 3030


EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR THE GIVEAWAY OF A LIFETIME Someone is about to win the Giveaway of a Lifetime – a brand new 3-bedroom home by award-winning builders Fresh Homes, overlooking beautiful Alfresco Park in Bluewattle, Rasmussen. THE prize is one of the biggest Townsville has ever seen and the response from people eager to get their name in the draw has been nothing short of astounding. Shoppers from Willows Shopping Centre have been visiting the Bluewattle development in droves as they’ve watched the prize home being built from the ground up, and discovered the beautiful community they could soon call home. Now, the prize home is open for inspection and you’re invited to come and see for yourself the home that has the whole city talking. With three generous bedrooms and directly opposite Alfresco Park, which was designed with communal barbecues in mind, this home is perfect for the growing family, first-time investor, or those looking to downsize. Situated in the popular Bluewattle community, this prize will see the winner receive not just an incredible new home, but also an enviable riverside lifestyle. The home is within walking distance from a plethora of parks and schools and just minutes to Willows Shopping Centre, Riverway, restaurants and entertainment, James Cook University, Lavarack Barracks and more. If you haven’t got your name in the draw yet, there is still time. Simply spend $45 at any Willows Shopping Centre store before 16 March for your entry form, and come to Bluewattle to inspect this once-in-a-lifetime prize. The winner will be drawn at Willows Shopping Centre at the Target Forecourt at 12.30pm on Saturday, 18 March 2017. Visit for full terms and conditions. Opening Days & Times For The Prize Home:


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90 T  he Pyjama Foundation Helping Foster

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50 Home Products 54 Maria Pandalai Destination: London 58 Travel Products

Premium Features 100 Education+Training Highlight 130 D  iscovered: Our Local Experts in Banking, Finance and Insurance

Feature Stories 24 Technicolour Dream Becomes a Reality 30 Where Are They Now? 32 Profile JCU Chancellor Bill Tweddell 36 Knowledge is Power

DUOStyle 62 Beauty Body Beautiful 68 Bevan Hill Jewellery By Design 70 Transformation In Touch Boutique 72 My Bag Karen Bennett 74 My Style Amanda Raewyn Dooley 77 Woman Bec & Bridge, Le Specs, Marimekko, Mimco, Oroton

78Isabelle Quinn AW17 collection ‘Stevie’

82 Man Country Road, Oakley, Nest Cam, Nixon, Dons’ Shoes

Regulars 16 Publishers Welcome 18 Horoscopes 20 What’s Going On Theatre, sport and more

29 Seen Hope for Hearts Gala Ball 30 Seen Elliot Springs Announcement 48 Elliot Springs A Place to Belong 160 Five Minutes With… Four amazing locals tell us about themselves

163 Last Word Bev Ponder


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DUOHealth 84 Health News 85 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

86 Dr Geoff Stanton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

87 Paul Parker SportsMed NQ 88 D  onna Larcom Pure Core Nourishment

89 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Kids Achieve Their Dream

94 H  owdy Neighbour Sandra Greenway, Stephen Ratuere

96 M  arco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

97 Courtney Frank DUOMagazine 76 Townsville Hospital Foundation Everyone Belongs

DUOBusiness 132 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

133 T  rent Yesberg Regional Business Services

134 W  arwick Powell Sister City Partners

136 Townsville Enterprise Limited

DUOFood+Drink 138 Interview Casey and Sara Anning, Black Rock Beef Co

142 R  eaders Request Recipe Matt Merrin Jam

150 Directory 156 Recipes The Bone Broth Bible by Emma Ellice-Flint


A lesson about discretion. My two brothers, sister and I were RAAF kids. This meant, as we grew up, we moved house 21 times including (gratefully) two overseas postings to Penang (Malaysia). It also meant we had to adapt to the different State education systems. Remember this was in the days when students had to write by hand and the way you wrote letters was different in each State. Ruler to the back of the hand didn’t help btw. We started in Townsville (Queensland education system) and kept coming back here with postings to Laverton and Sale (Victorian education system), Darwin, Ipswich and Penang. We averaged about two and a half years per posting so moving from school to school in another state was the norm for us. It made us adaptable and gave us a broader view of the world especially going to Penang and experiencing a different culture. It was moving between education systems that changed our lives. I’d just finished Grade 4 (and my older brother, Darryl finished Grade 5) when we were posted from Darwin, Northern Territory to Sale, Victoria. Because they used Cuisenaire Rods (not Cuisinart which is a kitchen aid) in the Victorian system and the NT system didn’t, I was made to repeat Grade 4 and Darryl Grade 5! This had a huge effect on everything that followed because now both my brother and I were older than the other kids in our classes.


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Skip forward to high school and not only am I older than the other kids but I hit an early growth spurt that made me 5’11” (179cm) and 11 stone (70kg) in Grade 7. Big and awkward but I looked pretty intimidating to the smaller kids. So scary looking that by the time I got to Ipswich State High School at Brassall for Grade 9 I hadn’t had to fight anyone. It was a pretty calm school which was why it was a surprise one day when a kid came up to me and said; “Sharkey wants to fight you at the bus stop after school.” Sharkey was an older guy who’d dropped out of school but was keen to show everyone he was tough. I actually think he’d been in a football team with me once but I hardly knew him. He had a car and spent the day driving around town now. A little later another kid came up and said that another bloke was also going to be at the bus stop and he wanted to sort me out as well. By lunchtime there were five blokes who’d be waiting for me after school. I agree with Shakespeare’s “The better part of valor is discretion” but I wasn’t dealing with rocket scientists here either. I chose discretion. I lived on Glossop Street which was just up the hill from the school so I didn’t even catch the bus. Obviously I didn’t front up but the next day nobody even mentioned it. Thing is, I don’t think Sharkey and his mates showed up either! I hope you enjoy our Learning Issue and have a great month.


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Pisces 19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH

There’s a delightful contentment to this year that you should enjoy. Sure, there’s much to do, but your workload won’t seem so much of a burden. Around May, you instinctively put yourself in the right place at the right time. Communications flow smoothly, and you find inspiration in innovative ideas. Projects initiated now may also come to profitable fruition by year’s end.

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

Money becomes more abundant this month, although there’s a temptation to spend up. But what’s life for, if not to enjoy? You sense growth in friendships and want to be part of it all. Nothing feels impossible or out of reach. Blessed with more confidence, you can turn most situations to your advantage. Love could tag alongside professional pursuits.

Even though those rose tinted glasses are practically sutured on, let reality have a look-in as well. You’re not misguided in your outlook – just a tad too idealistic. But no one’s asking you to curb all that lovely optimism – just your expenditure. Mars puts its heavy hand on your shoulder in a way that says – slow down on the spending.

It seems the more you do this month, the more you get to do – but the same theme applies to spending. You may find that one purchase warrants another. It seems that your love life looks just as casual. You’re free to attract whomever you want, but choose playmates carefully. Some have claws, others stings. It’s a wild world out there.

Despite what’s printed on your bank balance, you’re in the mood for extravagance. Cash arrives, but there seems small chance of it accruing interest. You’re also likely to create a new image and better your social life, with some health awareness also creeping in. Most things should go to plan, Cancer – but life will still throw the occasional curve ball.









Somehow, you manage to persuade a guardian angel to work overtime on your behalf – along with the support of friends and family. You’re inclined to review those long hours. The next step may be working closer to home. Although not everything can offer immediate rewards, plans put into motion now promise plenty of gain by winter’s end.

Just when you feel like grabbing pieces of your past and putting them through the nearest shredder, the cosmos waltzes up in time to help you keep things together. Spare yourself the anxiety of old wrongs. After all, each one of us makes the occasional mistake – it’s part and parcel of living on this beautiful but sometimes, crazy, planet.

You have a powerful inner strength, but others will value your support this month – not displays of authority. In romance, expect a merger of love and intellectual interests, although the emphasis may be on friendship. Improved money matters raise spirits. Start a new business or find a new job. There’s nothing to lose – and so very much to gain.

While there’s some extra noise creeping into your month, you should manage to keep a healthy degree of objectivity. Perhaps this is because any contentious issues don’t refer directly to you. Be warned, though: you may still stand in the crossfire and may find yourself the unwitting referee between friends or colleagues. Stay in control.







This is a courageous month for Sagittarians, especially when it comes to travel and new ventures. If well prepared, you could soon be treading more lucrative paths. But there’s still an element of risk involved – so make provision for sudden detours. If money plans are delayed, don’t let this ruin a potentially fun time – the best things in life are still free.

March gives little cause for complaint – a contrast from recent cosmic madness. Straight off, we find the planets busy organising your agenda, and reaffirming your right to status and prosperity. A happy combination, even though some outstanding issues may still need addressing. For starters, dawdling projects and drawn-out debts want sorting.

Aquarian compassion is called upon this month. You may encounter some resistance, but you’ve plenty of charm to get through it. At best, you’ll turn the situation to your advantage. Life’s to be embraced, a sentiment rarely wasted on warmhearted you. No surprise, then, if loved ones benefit from your generosity. Travel, if you can.


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Fluorophone 14 to 15 March Riverway Arts Centre 4727 9797 Featuring commissioned works by leading composers, Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same.

The Living End 24 March Dalrymple Hotel 4779 6344 Don’t miss these Aussie legends live and loud at the Dally. They will be supported by the Psychedelic Reggae Ska Doom Metal Punk Rock band From Hell and triple j faves The Bennies, who will bring a whole new brand of punk rock energy to the stage.

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour 14 March Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Mountainfilm travels year-round with a selection of best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride and this year the tour will run through Australia and New Zealand for the first time. Expect to experience a series of high energy films based on adventure.


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Seaview’s Day to Shave March 18 Seaview Hotel The Strand 4771 5005 Shave and colour your hair to raise as much money as possible for the Leukaemia Foundation. Raffles and entertainment. Do good while having a good time!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat 22 March to 1 April Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours comes alive in this musical retelling. Joseph, the favourite son of Jacob, is

blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he endures a series of challenges. A timeless tale set to a multitude of musical genres, spanning from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll.

World Science Festival Brisbane Townsville Regional Tour 26 to 27 March Museum of Tropical Queensland 4726 0600 Experience a selection of STEM-related activities such as discussions with leading scientists, workshops, hands-on activities and visual displays.

Wearable Art Townsville: The Shred-X Environment Wearable Art Workshop 25 to 26 March Umbrella Studio 4772 7109 Under the guidance of wearable artist Claudia Williams, you will create a wearable art piece out of recycled materials. The final garment will be showcased on the runway at the Wearable Art Townsville (WAT) event on Friday 26 May as part of the Townsville Fashion Festival.

Time Warp starring Bernadette Smith and Kevin Wright 18 March to 24 June Stage Door Theatre Restaurant Magnetic Island 4778 5448 It’s a dark and stormy night when pure and innocent Sandy crashes her car and seeks refuge in the castle of the sinister Dr. Frickencrazy, a mad scientist intent on finding the perfect woman to test out his latest machine: the Orgasmatron! It’s just a jump to the left for a night of music and laughs in this all-new show!

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Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia 24 March to 28 May Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011 This exhibition brings together works from some of Australia’s leading and emerging Indigenous artists made over the last five years. Featuring still photographs made using modern and historical processes, video and multimedia installation

A Touch of Tassie 26 March A Touch of Salt 4724 4441 Showcasing fresh-tasting cold-climate wines and beers from Tasmania, all paired with A Touch of Salt’s own delicious dishes designed to suit. Add to this the relaxed riverside location, local live music and door prizes and you have the best recipe for a Sunday Tassie tipple.

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DUOMagazine LEFT: Photograph by Louis THUILLIER A group of soldiers from the 2nd Division, 1918. Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection AWM P10550.140

Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of passing traffic to establish a business taking portraits during the First World War.

CURRENTLY showing at Pinnacles Gallery, this Australian War Memorial Travelling Exhibition showcases a selection of photographs taken by Louis Thuillier and his wife Antoinette. In February 2011, over 3,000 glass-plate photographic negatives were discovered in the attic of a farmhouse in the small French town of Vignacourt. The informal photographs captured allied soldiers of the First World War – many of them Australian – during their time in Vignacourt. Throughout the First World War, Vignacourt sat behind the allied front lines. It became a home away from home for troops who used the town as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area when moving to and from the battlefield on the Somme. Louis and Antoinette Thuillier recognised the many passing soldiers as a ready-market. Photographs were taken in their courtyard studio, captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home. The photographic portraits taken by the Thuilliers allowed Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link between them and their loved ones back home. In August 2012, over 800 of the glass-plate negatives were donated to the Australian War Memorial by Mr Kerry Stokes AC. Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt features prints of 74 of these negatives. The collection captures significant aspects of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front, including military life and the bonds formed between soldiers and civilians. It offers a glimpse back in time and into the lives of those who served our country. Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt is on display at Pinnacles Gallery until 30 April.

Fluorophone By Speak Percussion Tuesday 14 March, 6.30pm Wednesday 15 March, 10.30am Ad $45 Conc/Stu $40 Ch $25 Members save 10%

Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custombuilt LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Contains strobe lighting, naked flame and loud noise. Photography by Jeff Busby. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training; the City of Melbourne; the City of Darebin and the Danish Arts Council.


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Enjoy the morning or pop in over lunch to wander through this collective of regional delights, from fresh produce, local preserves and baked

goods, to original works by local artisans and craft enthusiasts. Watch demonstrations, take part in workshops and purchase unique gifts or keepsakes.


Bring the kids and keep them busy with an activity, exchange your old books at the free book exchange or just enjoy live music and have time out.

First Thursday of each month, April-September 2017 8.30am-1.30pm TYTO Parklands-Macrossan Ave, Ingham With coach parking available off Cooper Street Or TYTO Piazza in the event of inclement weather

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Technicolour Dream Becomes Reality NQOMT’s version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat promises to wow audiences with its modern twist on an old favourite.


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WHEN it comes to the stage, Townsville is blessed with talent. The city proudly boasts singers, dancers, choreographers, musicians and technical staff that create shows that rival any regional or even national productions. This month North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre (NQOMT) will again showcase the skill and dedication of the city’s performers, when they bring the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the Civic Theatre. Director Alan Cooke heads a creative team featuring Meghan Walsh (director of adult vocals), Tony Woodhouse (director of children’s vocals), Paul Neilson (musical director) and Rachel Ahern (director of choreography). Together they’re putting a modern, rock twist to this biblical story “with the dull bits taken out”. “This show is fast moving, varied and attention getting,” Alan said. “It is certainly a musical with songs that stay in your head all the way home.” This is not Alan’s directorial debut. Among his accomplishments are The Student Prince, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, Oliver, Annie, The Sound of Music (twice, 20 years apart) and more recently, Mary Poppins. He’s

also a seasoned performer, most recently in NQOMT’s Titanic. “I have a magnificent creative team behind me with this show; Meghan and Tony bring enormous skills to the vocals of the children’s chorus, the principals and the adult chorus and Rachel is creating some amazing choreography which brings out the character and mood of the performers and the story.” The set is designed by Anthony Roth who also designed Titanic last year and

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has been realised by Chris Ahern and a volunteer brigade. “As for the orchestra… these musicians are just fantastic and under the leadership of Paul Neilson will bring these fun, catching and sometimes heart-wrenching songs to life,” Alan said. Costuming for such a large cast is a challenge but with Carmel Mildren at the helm, audiences can expect a creative and colourful ensemble. “Her costumes suggest, but don’t necessarily match, more traditional versions of the show – there have to be some surprises and we’re working on them.” According to Alan, directing a


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popular favourite such as Joseph can be a challenging but immensely rewarding experience. “With this show, it feels like taking a pack of well-crafted jigsaw puzzle pieces and putting them together without the full picture in front of you,” he said. “The challenges are linking a series of episodic scenes artfully and quickly. “The rehearsals are showing tremendous energy already, the talent in the cast, prompted by the skill and dexterity of the co-directors, is shaping what should be a very satisfying performance for audiences.” Joseph is also the perfect musical to showcase the city’s youngest


performers, with 36 local children aged eight to 13 performing as part of the Dream Chorus. “These young people must be very disciplined and they are taking this requirement very seriously,” Alan said. “They are getting the opportunity to hone their stage skills, not only musically, but also theatrically. “I look forward to all rehearsals but there’s something really special about the Dream Chorus. They have to be seen and heard to be fully appreciated.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed at the Townsville Civic Theatre from March 22 to April 1. Tickets are $45 adults, $40 concession, $30 students/children and $120 (two adults and two children). To book visit Ticketshop online or phone 4727 9797.

ADULT CAST Narrator: Sandy Neal Joseph: Brady Cronin Pharaoh: Cameron Veigel Jacob: Brett Greenland Potiphar: Gary Harvey Mrs Potiphar: Katie-anne Grice Baker: Richard Price Butler: Matthew Palmer Apache Dancer: Melissa Land

Lily Cooke Josh Fraser Kate Fraser Ella Gausden Leila Hannam Amaya Lejarraga Maddie Lingren Kayleigh Macdonald Calla Mullamphy Danielle Parkes Hannah Rothwell Brianna Sanderson Mikayla Sanderson Madison Schmidt DREAM CHORUS CAST Sienna Schmidt Isabella Arnold Bridie Shield Elsa Baker Ruben Singham Isabella Baker Audrey Spalding Black Milla Bartulovich Lara Stewart Freya Boggild Alyssa Thomas Hannah Cameron Bradley Vines Paris Coco-Case Rhiley Vines

Emily Walker Tessa Walton Harper Weekers Caden White Lydia Wigmore Latisha Wituschek Eliza Carter BROTHERS CAST: Reuben: Luke Reynolds Simeon: Wes Thomas Judah: Jeremy Pau Adam Blake Peter Carmen Jonathan Bell Gerard Marano Nick Christie Matthew Palmer Nick Spargo Michal Szymanski

MALE CHORUS: Adrian D’Amico Colin Livesey FEMALE CHORUS/ WIVES: Rachel Cairns Jill Cason Morgan Eldridge Tiffany Hone Kirra Hone Claudia-Rose McClintock Bree Millsom Annie Neville Alyssa Oliveri Meredith Palmer Alysha Purdey Gemma Shields Maddie Simonsen Sarah Valinoti Maddie Woodfield

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Hope For Hearts Gala Ball The Ville Resort-Casino Willow Noire Photography



1. Ailish Eaglesha, Alexandra Dyck 2. Brenden Vines, Kylie Pelaez 3. Elyce Mitchell, Ferne Hemsley 4. Stevie Mitchell, Angus Milne 5. Michelle and Shane Haydon 6. Tegan and Damian Pennisi 7. Jody Goldring, Anita Peters, Rosalind Peters 8. Jody and Ben Mills 9. Sarah and Kevin Hastie 10. David and Sharon Williams.



The Hope for Hearts Gala Ball raises vital funds and awareness for HeartKids. Guest Speaker was Jaden Dixon who is a HeartKid. King Social’s Stevie Mitchell and Angus Milne were emcees. Guests enjoyed a delicious three course meal, music from Ben Casley and funds were raised from live and silent auctions.





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Elliot Springs Announcement Cafe Latte on Walker Matthew Gianoulis Photography Lendlease’s newest community, Elliot Springs, was launched by Managing Director Communities, Matthew Wallace in Townsville on 25th January. City and industry leaders, the landowners and key project consultants joined in the celebration. Townsville’s newest master planned community will release land for sale this month.




1. Mayor Jenny Hill, Matthew Wallace 2.Kyle Walker, Anna Brine 3. Matthew Montgomerie, Simon Walker, Matthew Wallace, Pam Griffiths, Anna Brine, Guy Gibson 4. Richard and Alison Ferry 5. Pat Brady, Patricia O’Callaghan, Dale Last 6. Stephen Motti, Cathy O’Toole 7. Jeff Pascoe, Steve Price, Rita Partlett

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Where Are They Now?

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



Event Manager

Corporate Affairs Manager

What’s your link to Townsville? Townsville was a wonderful place to grow up. I have such great memories of my childhood and the laidback lifestyle that still exists there today.

What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Annandale back when it was a new suburb and dingoes were constantly trying to eat our chooks. When the wet season came, we jumped on inner tubes and whitewaterrafted down the creek behind my parents’ house. We only ever came home when the streetlights came on. It was a fantastic childhood. High school was at Townsville Grammar.

What does your work involve? I work at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square in London. We’re a 24-hour-a-day business and I absolutely love my job. We have high rollers and theatre goers and foodies all in the same place. I’m also currently studying to become a yoga teacher. Where do you live? I’ve lived in London with my husband Mark, who I met in Townsville, for the past 11 years. Mark is English and wanted to spend some time back in England after 12 years in Australia. We both hope to one day move back to either Townsville or another sunny destination. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Growing up in a smaller community (well it was then) allowed us to always have time to spend with each other and everything seemed easy. Time in a big city is not always available and I really miss that about Townsville. Do you still come ‘home’ to visit? We’ve been home every year since moving here and will be home for Christmas this year.


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What does your work involve? I started a Bachelor of Education at JCU but moved to Brisbane after a year. Moving to a place where no-one knew me was liberating. I’d grown up in the spotlight in Townsville with dad (Peter Lindsay) always in the media. For 15 years I worked in politics, including as a media adviser to former PM John Howard. I’m now State Corporate Affairs Manager for nbn and love that I’m part of the biggest infrastructure project Australia has ever seen. Where do you live? I’m in Brisbane these days but spent five years in Hobart and five years in Canberra before settling here. I live about 4km north of the CBD in a lovely rambling old Queenslander with my dog Rosie and my four chooks — Daphne, Olive, Violet and Steve (who I named after my physio).

What’s happening with your personal life? Being a career woman has taken its toll on my personal life but I don’t regret it for one second. I’ve got loads of friends, am seeing a lovely man and am very social. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Regional people are just so much more capable and resilient than our city cousins. I was always encouraged to do anything I wanted to and I did. Do you still come ‘home’ to visit? I love coming home. There’s no better feeling for me than flying in over Mount Stuart, looking out the window and seeing my family home, my old school and Castle Hill. Mum and dad and my brother and his family still all live in Townsville and love it as much as I do. It’s such a nice change from the rat race!



Dubai. Its population is similar to Brisbane’s.


How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? During my last two years of study at JCU I worked part-time at Townsville law firm wilson/ryan/grose Lawyers. My time there established a solid foundation I could build my legal career on. Growing up on a farm also taught me about hard work, patience and perseverance. As my grandfather says; “There’s only one job where you start at the top and that’s when you’re digging a hole.”  

What’s your link to North Queensland? I grew up on a cane farm just south of Ingham. I was surrounded by wide open cane paddocks, tractors, harvesters and cane trains. What city kids play with as toys, I got to see and experience in real life. I hope to have the opportunity to move back there some day. What does your work involve? I completed my final years of high school at Ryan Catholic College and then went on to study law and economics at JCU for five years. I moved to Brisbane in January 2012, where I got a graduate position at Australian-based international law firm Minter Ellison. Eventually I chose to specialise in corporate law and moved to Doha, Qatar, to continue my legal career as an associate with international law firm Dentons. I get to work with a diverse group of clients, including a well-known airline, prominent Qatari nationals and large international businesses. Where do you live? Qatar is a small peninsular jutting out from the much larger Arabian peninsular into the Persian Gulf. It shares a land border with Saudi Arabia and is about an hour’s flying time from

Do you still come ‘home’ to visit? I try to come back to Ingham and Townsville at least once a year at Christmas time.

LAURA STOKES Program Manager What’s your link to Townsville? Thanks to adventurous parents and a great group of family friends I spent my youth exploring Townsville and its surrounds, whether it was camping up North at Broadwater, discovering islands in the Whitsundays or horse-riding at The Pony Club. I also had some great teachers at St Margaret Mary’s.

of events that Richard speaks at and activate our global audience both online and offline to engage with the Virgin brand. I love this role as it’s focused around my passion for creating communities that help people make a positive difference in the world. Where do you live? I live in London, which is a melting pot of cultures and a bubble where anything is possible. There are so many great things about living here such as the close proximity to Europe and scale of career opportunities. I’m lucky to be experiencing this with my amazing partner and some incredible new and old friends. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville provided me with the opportunity to become an explorer, a people person and gain a community-based understanding of what needs to be fixed in the world. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Occasionally I’m lucky enough to be able to come back to The Ville. When I do my time is spent with my family and friends swimming, eating and exploring some of our favourite places like The Strand, Alligator Creek and Paluma.

What does your work involve? I’m lucky to be learning from a team and an individual – Richard Branson – admired by many. I run a lot

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Homecoming For New JCU Chancellor Bill Tweddell is the first JCU graduate to hold the top spot.


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FOR James Cook University’s new Chancellor Bill Tweddell, the job is a homecoming. He grew up in Townsville and graduated from its schools and the university before beginning a diplomatic career representing Australia in eight countries, ending as Ambassador to the Philippines. He is the first JCU graduate to hold the post and says his return to the university is no accident, with his north Queensland background leaving him deeply committed

have played a part in getting those fellows back home.” He was Ambassador to the Philippines in 2013 when Typhoon Haiyan trampled across the middle of the country, its 315kmh winds leaving as many as 8 10,000 dead and 1.9 million homeless. “My recommendation to our Government about Australia’s response was that we needed to ‘go big, go quick’ and back it up with military assets. And we did.”

which faces outwards to the tropics and our region. Even before the State of the Tropics report, that has always been part of our charter and of who we are. But another part of our identity is as a university with many people who are the first in their family to attend university, many who are from regional and remote Australia, many of low socio-economic status and many from an Indigenous background. This is a feature of which I’m very proud and to which I have a strong

to JCU and its tropical focus. “The tropics are vitally important to the future of the world. JCU recognises this with its comprehensive State of the Tropics project on quality of life and environmental conditions in the tropics. There’s unlimited potential in Northern Australia: concentrating our efforts on developing it is a no-brainer.” Mr Tweddell focused his career on Asia. His diplomatic postings produced lasting knowledge of and access to senior officials across the region. But there are two incidents during his career that stand out. From 2005 to 2008 he was Ambassador to Vietnam. Six Australian servicemen remained missing from a war that had ended more than three decades before. The push to find their bodies and get them home had been led by two-tour Vietnam veteran Jim Bourke. “Through close cooperation involving Mr Bourke and his Operation Aussies Home group, the Australian Defence Force, and myself and the Australian Embassy team, we were able to put in place arrangements to retrieve and repatriate the remains of three of the fallen Australian servicemen during my term. We also set in train processes which led to the recovery and return to Australia of the other three after my term as Ambassador had ended. I’m very proud to

Australians were among the first international personnel to arrive in the worst-affected areas, setting up a crucially important field hospital at the airport at Tacloban. To support Australia’s humanitarian response the ADF dispatched a C-17A and two C-130J aircraft to help ferry essential supplies in, and wounded and displaced people out, of affected areas. In addition, the landing ship HMAS Tobruk was immediately dispatched to Townsville to pick up supplies and troops and transport them to the Philippines. Mr Tweddell says Australian service personnel did marvellous work rehabilitating schools and villages. “As part of Australia’s response we funded the building of new houses for the many displaced Filipinos. My team mentioned plans to name the streets in the first of these new villages after Australian capital cities. Why not name one after Townsville, I half-joked. And that is exactly what happened, fitting acknowledgement, I thought, of the fact that it was from my home town that the Tobruk had sailed.” Mr Tweddell’s term at JCU – essentially as Chairman of the Board of the JCU Council – will last at least five years and he is determined to see the institution build on its strengths. “We are a very distinctive university

personal commitment.” In three years JCU will celebrate its 50th anniversary, an occasion in which the new Chancellor will participate in a very different capacity than in 1970 when the Queen signed the proclamation enacting James Cook University of North Queensland. “Both my wife and I were at JCU when it became a full University on that day. In fact, Chris was chosen as one of the students to meet the Queen – while I was assigned the humbler role of showing people to their seats! I often think of this as a metaphor for our now-44-year marriage! JCU is a world leader in education and research on the tropics. We have become a vibrant, multi-campus university – a long way from the institution at which I commenced studies in 1968.” The University hopes it will be possible for a member of the Royal Family to participate in the 2020 celebrations. “It would be a great honour to welcome a member of the Royal Family to celebrate with us especially, for Chris and me, after having been involved, albeit in a rather different role, 50 years ago.”

Words Alistair Bone Photography Matthew Gianoulis

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If teachers are the guardians of our future then our future is in good hands. With students aged from three to retirees, these dedicated locals are a credit to their profession.



A high school with a difference, the Townsville Flexible Learning Centre operates on the belief that all of us have equal rights to have our needs met. The classes are multi-aged and smaller than mainstream high schools with a teacher and a youth worker allocated to each group. Programs include engagement programs for young people who have disengaged from education, years 7-12 classes, vocational courses and the Year 12 certificate.


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“The young people we work with have usually had significant difficulties engaging with mainstream education,” says Thalie Carpenter, who is Teacher in Charge of the Townsville Flexible Learning Centre’s Bridge Program. “They may have trauma histories, mental health issues and involvement with the youth justice system. The time spent with us on program is often life-changing as they begin to learn strategies to cope with the difficult things in their lives, and to see that there’s hope for their future.” The young people Thalie works with have often not felt safe and included in a typical school setting. That’s why the majority of Townsville Flexible Learning Centre engagement program teaching takes place outside the classroom. “When we conduct activities outside they don’t feel closed in and this reduces their stress,” Thalie says. “We start each day with a meeting conducted in a circle. Every member of the group has the opportunity to be heard

in a respectful way as we do our morning check-in. We then prepare and share a meal together. The students relax during the meal process and are able to let go of some of the stressors in their lives and, with a full belly, to focus on the learning activities ahead.” Thalie has been teaching for 30 years. She initially trained as a primary school teacher and has since added IT qualifications and a Masters in Guidance and Counselling to her skill set. “Some of the young people we work with are the ones in the news,” Thalie says. “They have a rich and complex story and the potential to be engaged, productive members of our community given the chance. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to be part of their journey. “Yesterday a young man who has never written a story published a book written about some cultural experiences he had as a young fella in the Torres Straits. His smile for the rest of the day was a gold nugget I will carry for a long time!” For more visit




When Yvonne Moore first started teaching string music over the airwaves in Charleville in 1991, she had to hold the two-way radio between her knees. These days, thanks to technological advances, she can see her remote students and distance makes little difference. “I teach violin, viola, cello and double bass to nearly 200 students in the far north west – nine Mount Isa schools in total including

Mount Isa School of the Air (MISOTA). It’s at MISOTA I get to teach over the phone and now see the remote students through iConnect. I love to say I teach a whole school, and I do, all of Prairie State School, it’s just halfway from here to Townsville,” Yvonne says. “I’m passionate about music education for remote students and making sure they have the same opportunities as children on the coast. We can’t just pop out somewhere to see a show, so I’ve made it my personal mission to ensure our kids have the same possibilities. You only have to ask great musicians if they’d like to come to the Outback and they’re there. We’ve been fortunate to have James Morrison, John Morrison, Ian Cooper, Opera Queensland, Camerata St John, Deep Blue, ACO and members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra all visit, perform and workshop with our students.” Yvonne recalls when the Australian Chamber Orchestra string quartet stayed at one of her student’s farms south of Cloncurry.

“After a great Aussie meal, Tippy, yes the great cellist, looked at my student Bella and said, ‘So what would you like to do with your cello?’. She promptly replied, ‘I’m going to be a concert cellist just like you!’ and she’s well on her way to her dream.” Yvonne had an amazing music teacher growing up and says this helped her decide, at a very young age, that teaching string music was her calling. “My job is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle that I’ve embraced over the past 27 years of string teaching,” she says. “We have the most important job – the beginning. We are the inspiration and it’s our job to instill the love of music into our students. When we offer music, we make kids smarter, independent, organised, and we give them skills for a lifetime.” For more visit

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A community organisation that has been providing services to the disability, mental health and communities sector for over 20 years, breakthru is a community organisation first, with a training arm. breakthru trainer Margaret Stacy says nothing compares to seeing the faces of students when they have achieved a learning goal and the confidence they then take into their lives. “I love being a part of supporting disadvan-


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taged learners to become active, contributing and effective members of their community and workforce,” she says. At the moment, Margaret is teaching classes for a Certificate III in Individual Support, however she also teaches qualifications in Aged Care and Disability, First Aid, CPR, Low Voltage Rescue and Emergency Response in a Care Setting. “I love that in teaching no two days are ever the same,” Margaret says. “Connecting with my students individually, building rapport and trust with them and in turn building their trust in themselves is one of the most wonderful things about teaching.” From diverse backgrounds, Margaret says her students are super keen and willing to learn. They are encouraged to express themselves, share their experiences and understandings and participate in role plays, which are always lots of fun. “I utilise a simulated work environment where the students can practice putting their

theoretical knowledge into practical application in a safe environment,” Margaret says. “I also like to use humour and fun activities in the classroom to gain and maintain interest.” Margaret says it’s never too late to learn and that education and working is a great path to support you when times are tough. “Every student who graduates and gains employment as a result of their training is a success story for me,” she says. “Knowing they have the skills to sustain them in the workplace and the opportunities to advance in their careers is all the reward I need.” For more visit



Known for better equipping young people for community life by fostering initiative, leadership, discipline and loyalty, the Australian Navy Cadets offers training programs also designed to stimulate an interest in the Defence Force. Seamanship, sailing, shooting and first aid are among the programs offered, along with adventure training at weekend camps and expeditions and opportunities to visit Navy ships and establishments.

Sub-Lieutenant Josh Wisley teaches sailing, canoeing, powerboating and basic seamanship skills. “The thing that drew me to instructing is the rewarding feeling I get knowing I’m helping young people achieve goals,” Josh says. “My students are aged 13 to 18 and all have different ways of learning so I try to be creative with instructing. For example, one day I was trying to show cadets how to tack in a classroom environment so I put two chair across from each other and used a broom handle to go through the tacking motions.” Josh says he know he’s succeeded when all the cadets are having fun doing activities and they’re carried out safely. “My most memorable day teaching was when a cadet, who was getting close to sitting their promotions exam, approached me and said they were having trouble with some of the things in their task book,” Josh says. “I took the time to explain the tasks, after the exam, they thanked me for helping them pass.”

From time to time, opportunities will arise for cadets to carry out periods of continuous training at the TS Coral Sea Unit in South Townsville, other Australian Navy Cadet Units and HMA ships and establishments. Later in their training, cadets may have the opportunity to undertake some training in specialist categories such as physical training, communications, mechanics and hydrographic surveying. Parents of teens interested in joining the Australian Navy Cadets are welcome to come to TS Coral Sea on a Friday night, with a parade on from 7 to 10pm. For more visit

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A community not-for-profit organisation that has worked in Townsville and surrounding regional centres over the last 20 years, IN-STeP supports individuals to achieve their personal goals. Through Government-funded programs, IN-STeP staff are able to work with people seeking help to navigate education pathway choices. “The cohort we mainly work with are at times referred to as ‘dis-engaged’ and often


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have limited options available to them for several different reasons,” says IN-STeP Project Facilitator Monicia Huxley. “Our approach is not that of another door closing in their face. We go above and beyond to support and nurture our youth to finish the training they have enrolled in, giving them a real sense of personal achievement. “It’s a common misconception that the students who engage in funded programs are often ‘bad eggs’ but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I like the expression ‘square pegs trying to fit into round holes’. The young people who choose to participate in our programs are generally battling social anxieties, are victims of bullying or have other social barriers that have inhibited their ability to fully engage in traditional education. “In saying that, we’ve had participants who’ve graduated high school but unfortunately haven’t been able to secure sustainable employment. Ultimately they are individuals who are looking for an opportunity to prove

themselves.” Skills taught at IN-STeP include cover letter writing, interview techniques and life skills such as budgeting and cooking. Also embedded in IN-STeP’s programs is assistance for students who want to gain their Learner License. “Essentially what we do is develop key skills to assist a young person to become an active and contributing member of our community,” Monicia says. “Often a young person is lacking a support network and has been let down a number of times. Helping develop that support network and encouraging a young person to be proactive and make positive choices is a humbling experience.” For more visit



Passionate about equality and making a difference to the world, Sharon Moore became a teacher to try to make a lasting impression on her students, particularly those who don’t know much about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. “I remember as a university student I was invited to sit on a panel aimed at deconstructing stereotypes associated with being Indigenous and I was hooked,” Sharon says.

“From that day on, I knew my task in life was to combat these stereotypes the best way I could, by teaching.” Sharon is a lecturer for the The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre, which is a teaching, research and study support centre for internal and external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at James Cook University. The Centre offers culturally appropriate student support programs and services that aim to help Indigenous students make the transition from school to university. Indigenous Australian Studies is a developing field of study and academic inquiry, both nationally and internationally. The Centre has designed a Minor in Indigenous Studies in order to cater for this increasing interest. This Minor offers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students an opportunity to learn about Indigenous Australia. “Our students develop a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and knowledge systems in

a sequence of study that prioritises Indigenous content, scholarship and voices,” Sharon says. “We expose students to other ways of viewing history, social issues and life in general. Our graduates have gone on to work in fields as diverse as law, education, health care, social work and the media.” Many students who undertake Sharon’s subject, called Linking Indigenousness, have a desire and thirst to become agents of change in our society. They want to become effective teachers who make a difference in the community. “To see students take a leap of faith and engage in courageous conversations that are not always easy to discuss is a humbling experience,” Sharon says. “They bring up new ideas that challenge and inspire me, making me re-examine myself and what I stand for. I learn from my students every day.” For more information please visit

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The concept of the University of the Third Age (U3A) started out in France in 1972 as a series of summer schools run by universities to give classes to retired seniors. Much to everyone’s surprise, the seniors flocked to these classes. The word got around and the idea spread throughout Europe, then worldwide. U3A Townsville started in 1987 and last year there were over 450 members. Each year U3A Townsville president and


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tutor Graham Collins prepares a series of lectures on different topics that he shows as Powerpoint presentations. Over the years, these have included Plant Evolution, Human Genetics, A History of Plagues, The Rivers of Asia, Everyday Chemistry, Bacteria and Diseases, and a range of topics on molecular biology. “I find that preparing a class not only keeps my mind active, but I also learn a great deal about the topic I present,” Graham says. “I get the information for my classes from books, magazines, the internet, and from my teaching and research career in Plant Science in the past at Adelaide University. “The people who come to my classes are all seniors who are keen to catch up on a range of scientific topics.” People become members of U3A by paying a small annual fee. The organisation is nonprofit, so this fee covers the costs of insurance and general administration. Members can then attend any or all of the courses that are

provided, which includes cards, beading, writing, painting, investment, and the opportunity to attend courses run by lecturers at James Cook University. As well as mental stimulation, there are exercise classes held almost every day that are tailored to suit seniors. In contrast to the educational system, there are no entry qualifications and no certificates are awarded. The aim of U3As worldwide is to provide older people with stimulus, companionship and low-cost learning in a supportive, social setting. For those people who find it difficult to attend a U3A either because they live in a remote area or they have a disability, Griffith University runs U3A Online. For more visit au/u3atownsville.



A qualified early childhood and secondary teacher, Stacey Frossling favours the Montessori method of education. Her Montessori program focuses on practical life skills, enabling children to function wholeheartedly and independently in their everyday life. “This can be anything from pouring a glass of water, preparing a snack or cleaning a spill to making choices, voicing opinions and rec-

ognising and expressing feelings,” Stacey says. “Our routine incorporates simple relaxation, yoga and breathing practices daily, and a weekly outing to our nearby park and playground.” A Montessori program also has a strong literacy and numeracy focus so the children can be confident and active learners at school and beyond. Stacey started her own small business, Montessori Home Family Day Care, after having her daughter Anna in 2013. “I wanted to be Anna’s main care-giver while continuing to pursue my career and helping to support my family,” Stacey says. “I also wanted to empower other mothers to do the same by providing my service as a quality option. The added benefit of being a registered educator is that I have the assistance of a mentor and the coordination unit at Townsville and Regions Family Day Care.” Stacey’s current group of four children have been with her for almost two years and have

formed a very close friendship. “I’m passionate about the holistic development of children and love fostering their social, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing,” Stacey says. “What people may not know is that Family Day Care is a safe, certified and regulated care environment, requiring educators to work to similar national standards as Long Day Care Centres, including the delivery of an education program. Because of this, parents can access the government childcare subsidies, making it a very affordable care option.” Visit

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OUTSIDE IN JAMIE’S HOME: LOS ANGELES Working in Los Angeles for long periods of time, far away from Australia, left me yearning for my own patch of dirt to scratch around in while I was in the USA. I have always been a fan of mid-century modern architecture and found myself a gem of a house in the hills of Hollywood. The house and garden definitely needed some TLC, but where most people would have seen the tricky terrain of the site as limiting, I saw it as an exciting challenge. My main design objective with this house was to extend the interior of the house outward into the outdoor space in a seamless continuum, to create what we call ‘transterior’ harmony. I also wanted the interior design to incorporate natural materials and earthy, organic colours and textures.

The bedroom and bath spaces are connected and each flows onto a garden area as well. The interior and exterior dissolve to create a new dimension – the transterior. Photography: Tonya McCahon.

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The Home Inside the house, the two bedrooms are separated by an internal garden. The master bedroom has large pivoting doors lined with our vertical garden blankets, which are filled with plants. The doors open inwardly onto an intimate oasis, dragging the vertical garden wall behind them into the bedroom interior. This has several benefits: a strong, geometrical framed view, a seamless connection to the garden, an extended natural bedroom and meditation area and a garden that seems to creep into the home. I have designed a Japanese cedar bathtub so that I can bathe outside in my own secluded courtyard full of tropical plants wrapped in a tub built from nature itself. The cedar timber is left in its natural state and finely sanded so it feels warm and luxurious to the touch – it really is a sensory piece.

Inside, next to the master bedroom, there is a raised timber deck with a sunken timber bath at the edge of an interior courtyard garden. The inspiration for my bedroom and bathroom came from my travels to Japan, Bali and other Asian resort destinations over the years. In the living room, original stone detailing around the fireplace brings a beautiful, earthy quality to the interior. The fireplace is flanked on both sides by floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the dense garden into the room. The adjacent wall is made of sliding glass doors that open completely to extend the living room to the swimming pool and daybed pavilions, making the whole space feel very much like a modern resort style home. I have incorporated greenery into the architecture, with every room of the house connected to the outdoors.

There’s nothing better than sitting inside your home and seeing sunlight spill across the floor or look through the windows to watch the magical sight of wind blowing in the trees or hear and see a bird. Photography: Tonya McCahon.


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Get The Look Introduce the colours of nature inside with your choice of paint, tiles, soft furnishings and decoration. Bring the textures of nature inside as well by using natural, organic materials such as timber, stone and pebbles. Another way to introduce nature and an alfresco feeling indoors is to choose nature motifs for wallpaper and fabrics, rugs and blinds. Outdoors, decoration and soft furnishings are the finishing touches that make all the difference. Whether it’s for alfresco dining or an outdoor conversation setting, the furnishings, lighting and rugs, and the way they are arranged, will affect how easy the space is to use and how good it feels.

This is an edited extract from Living Design by Jamie Durie, published by Lantern, RRP $59.99

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A Place To Belong After more than 10 years in the making, residential development Elliot Springs will release its first land sales within weeks. This livable, connected community will offer the lifestyle we crave with hiking and biking trails, views, creeks and woodlands. It’s a community brought to you by some familiar faces too – the same Townsville locals who delivered popular addresses Willow Gardens and Riverside Gardens.

LOCATED at the foothills of The Sisters Mountains, 15km south-east of Townsville’s CBD and just 10 minutes from Murray Sports Complex, is residential community Elliot Springs. This month the development will release its first stage of land sales, inviting prospective residents to explore the lifestyle that begs them to belong. The people delivering this 40-year project to the community are familiar faces to many homeowners across Townsville, having been key players in the teams that delivered award-winning Lendlease communities Willow Gardens and Riverside Gardens, which are now home to more than 9000 residents. One of those familiar faces is sales


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agent Meryl Bloomfield, who worked for Lendlease (previously Delfin Lendlease) 2002 through 2007. “Selling land for Lendlease was more than a job, it was an experience,” recalls Meryl, who since 2007 has continued her real estate career locally. “I helped young couples purchase their first piece of property, build their first cottage, then as time went on I was able to help them upgrade to a family home, and eventually their dream home, within the same neighbourhood. It was like watching your kids grow,” says Meryl. “Lendlease has always said its goal is to create places where the community can belong, and it does just that. I believed in what I was selling and I wanted to belong

to that community too. I still live in Riverside Gardens in a home I designed. “Today, I truly believe in this development, Elliot Springs – it’s unlike any other address in Townsville,” says Meryl. “Elliot Springs has 360° views of mountain ranges – The Sister Mountains, Mount Elliot, Mount Jack, Mount Stuart and the Muntalunga Range – but better yet, you will be able to wake up and climb a mountain every day if you want to. We love an active, adventurous lifestyle in this city particularly when it’s at our doorstep!” More than 30 per cent of the 1609-hectare, 10,000-lot Elliot Springs site has been reserved for open space, with an extensive network of walking and

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cycling paths that will link local parks, sporting fields, playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, as well as a ridge walk, super park and mountain bike tracks. The development’s first precinct includes provision for a neighbourhood centre, primary school, childcare centre and convenience stores. When complete, Elliot Springs will be home to at least 26,000 people living in more than 10,000 homes. The

of purchasing land and building my home,” shares Crystal. “I experienced firsthand the process and the benefits of the community I was selling. It gave me a valuable perspective, and an appreciation for how Lendlease designs its projects with community at front of mind. “Living in a new community like Elliot Springs is an amazing experience as you see it grow every day,” says Crystal. “Before you know it the first houses will

large-scale master planned community will include schools, shops, parks and facilities, all designed respectfully around the natural landscape to incorporate the beautiful natural setting of creeks, hills and woodlands. A mix of flat land and elevated lots are available. Like Meryl, fellow Elliot Springs sales team member Crystal Balter has also been a Lendlease community resident. Having worked with Lendlease for three years, Crystal was most recently involved with selling the large-scale master planned development Yarrabilba in Logan. “I was selling the benefits of Yarrabilba, watching the community engage and flourish and I wanted to be part of that, so I went through the process

be constructed, you’ll pass other residents on the walking tracks in the mornings and the school, childcare and shops will be open.” The Brisbane native has now relocated to Townsville to join her partner, who is a Townsville local. “I’ve been a Brissie girl all my life, but after visiting Townsville over the past 12 months I have fallen in love with the lifestyle here!” “Communities are about two things – convenience and connections,” points out Meryl. “Connections not just to other places and amenities, but to the people within the neighbourhood. That’s what Elliot Springs will deliver – and I’m ecstatic to be back with Lendlease, and be part of growing this community.”

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Most people have heard of London right? It is after all one of the most influential cities on the globe today. Attracting history buffs, trendsetters, English football fanatics and food lovers of the like, London has an edge like no other. Not to mention, Australia’s love affair with London has youngsters embarking on working holidays to this diverse city. And why not? London is a stepping stone to hundreds of European cities, making it easy and streamlined to access other parts of the continent.

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How to get there There are numerous airlines that travel into London’s four airports, via various Asian and Middle Eastern cities. One of the quickest journeys from Townsville is with the Silkair and Singapore Airlines alliance via Cairns and Singapore, with a total travel time of 25 hours. If this length of time is not for you, a stopover en-route is recommended. If you’re embarking on a round the world journey, London is easily accessible to or from the Americas and Africa.

When to go Let’s be honest, London doesn’t exactly attract a lot of constant sun rays, with rainfall occurring on and off throughout the year. If you dread the chill factor, avoid the winter months of December to February. The warmest months are June to August but in saying that, temperatures rise only to the low 20’s degrees. July is the driest month with the lowest amount of rainfall on average.

Where to stay London is such a vast city with the main attractions being spread out, therefore, providing many hotel choices. My five top favourite places to stay are; Artist Residence London, a boutique hotel in the area of Pimlico. With only 10 bedrooms, it packs a punch with an attached hip cocktail bar and restaurant. For a more sizable hotel and one of London’s finest, you can’t go past The Ritz Hotel. Grandeur is the word that comes to mind when describing the 110 year old Ritz Hotel and the hotel location is on Piccadilly, one of the most sought after sites.


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The Portobello Hotel situated in Notting Hill, is an attraction in itself, having hosted celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. Each of the 21 eclectic rooms has its own character and the 24-hour guest only bar is worth a visit. B+B Belgravia, comprising of three gorgeous Georgian townhouses is a bed and breakfast with a difference. The rooms are modest and comfortable with a modern feel. With its one and two bedroom apartments, The Citadines at Trafalgar Square is ideal if you crave space. The Citadines is also great for those who are looking for a long stay, with each apartment featuring a fully equipped kitchenette.

What to do The sightseeing opportunities in London are endless. My top five favourite things to do in London are; The hop on hop off buses - an excellent way of getting your bearings and a great mode of transportation around the city. With four routes, you will soon know your way around like a resident. You can’t go to London and not visit its main icon - Big Ben, the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. Getting dolled up for a West End musical is always sure to please, with originals such as Phantom of the Opera to a more humorous show such as The Book of Mormon. Check out Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, and who knows, if you’re lucky you may see the Queen and give her a royal wave. The London Eye with its spectacular aerial view of the city from a capsule is a popular attraction. It’s a good idea to pre-book with a front of line pass to avoid the queues.

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Eating out Going out for pub grub and a pint of beer is a common ritual in London. Order fish and chips for a true London experience and you’ll feel like a local in no time. Londoners have become accustomed to diverse cultures and therefore exposed to many international culinary options. A popular one being Brick Lane, which offers an array of Indian curry houses with loads of delightful north and south Indian dishes. Kick back with friends and try the cocktails and mouth-watering grazing plates at one of the many happening rooftop bars – a way of life in London. For a fancier dining experience, make a reservation at one of the abundant Michelin star restaurants. And for the Jamie Oliver fans, be sure to visit one of his restaurants across the city. From the casual Jamie Oliver’s Diner to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen – more elegant and classic meals, you will find an option to truly capture you! Cheers – down the hatch!

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DESTINATION: SKIING IN SWITZERLAND Hello hot tub in the snow! Chalet Annapurna is one of the most stunningly beautiful chalets in the Saas Valley, Switzerland, with unsurpassed views of Switzerland’s highest mountain, the Dom, and Saas-Fee below. March is an ideal time to head to Switzerland with late winter snow falling frequently. Set high above the village on the serene Hohnegg Plateau, the chalet sleeps 10 to 16 and is only available for full private hire for groups. Spread over five stunning floors, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Hannig Lift and 20 minutes to the centre of the village.

AT YOUR LEISURE Comfortable and versatile without compromising on style or sophistication, Australian silk label NATALIJA has breezy travel-ready clothing in tones of steele, burgundy and olive through to soft blush, rose and ice. Priced from $119.

PASSPORT LANYARD Keep your travel essentials close at hand with Mimco’s Micra travel passport lanyard in Blossom Pink. Crafted from durable Saffiano leather, it has a mirror and multiple compartments. $149.


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Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis is one of the headliners for the fifth All About Women program at the Sydney Opera House’s annual festival on March 5. Exploring issues that matter to women, All About Women is one of the Opera House’s flagship festivals that happens in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on March 8. It’s a full day of talks and discussions about ideas that matter to women today, including Geena’s talk about Women and Media.

Love make-up but not the mess and clutter when travelling? Featuring 16 separate compartments, the Chevron Beauty Organiser ($69) can hold 80+ products and is made in Australia by Cherry Blooms founder Jellaine Dee. Set the ready-to-use insert on your make-up dresser then, when on the move, pop it in your handbag or suitcase.

LA TIERRA COLLECTION The New La Tierra Collection blends the earthly delights of Onyx and Labradorite seamlessly with fresh and contemporary sterling silver. Inspired by the uninhibited beauty of nature.

BOLD SILVER ‘O’ pendant $149, Large Lentil necklace $279, Protector necklace $149, Mega cuff $599

FROM THE EARTH AND SEA The Wanderer; Necklace in black onyx or labradorite $129 Ring in black onyx or labradorite $89 Cuff in black onyx or labradorite $179

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GEOMETRIC SYNERGY The Hex Ring - rose $89, silver $79 The Hex Stud Earrings - rose $89, silver $79 IDA Stud Earrings (rose) $119 The Hex Bangle - rose $169, silver $159 Jupiter Stud Earrings $159

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MIU MIU Delicate lily of the valley, a twinge of honeysuckle and a pinch of Akigalawood spice make Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue Eau De Parfum ($130 for 50ml) irresistible. Available at Myer.


BODY BEAUTIFUL PÜR COSMETICS PÜR’s new Hydrate & Balance Correcting Primer ($49) contains Salicylic Acid to help unclog pores and treat hidden bacteria. Use it under foundation for plumping hydration that softens lines. Available from Myer.

KORA Miranda Kerr’s KORA range of organic beauty products has a new member... the Body Exfoliator ($59.95). You’ll enjoy the uplifting scent of essential oils such as bergamot, mandarin and lemongrass as you buff away dead skin cells in the shower.

GUERLAIN New out this month, eye repair champion Abeille Royale Eye cream ($160) smoothes fine lines and wrinkles as well as banishing dark circles and puffiness. Available from Myer, David Jones, Sephora and independent stores.


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OPI Fiji provides the inspiration for OPI’s latest collection with 12 new shades including some dreamy blues such as Can You Sea What I Sea? and I Can Never Hut Up. $19.95 each from Myer.

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SKIN DEEP Beauty may certainly come from within, but fresh-faced, healthy looking skin is key to looking beautiful and feeling great!


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“YOUR skin is a journey,” says Irene Vassilakos, owner of Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic at CastleTown Shoppingworld. “And the health of our skin needs to be a lifetime commitment.” Living in North Queensland brings with it additional challenges for our skin too, with Townsville’s proximity to the equator exposing us to the harsh conditions of the sun, and sun exposure being one of the many reasons our skin ages. “It is important for each of us – women, men and children – to maintain consistent skin care and treatment. The skin is the largest organ of the body, yet it usually receives the least amount of attention.” Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic has the latest high-tech treatments and equipment to achieve optimal results for skin health. Along with its sister clinic The Beauty Hub on Flinders, the practice offers treatments including anti-wrinkle injections, lip enhancements, dermal fillers, skin needling, excessive sweating treatments, hand rejuvenation, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), laser treatments for hair removal, skin rejuvenation, acne and acne scarring reduction, tattoo and vein removal, along with skin treatments such as Hydrafacials, medical grade peels, medical grade HealiteII, Microdermabrasion and Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT). Leading the way in skincare, the clinic also has medical grade products to help rejuvenate your skin. Prevention, however, is always better than a cure. “We suggest you apply sunscreen more than once a day and always use 50+, stay hydrated and avoid sun exposure,” says Irene. “While our amazing weather allows us to spend more time outdoors, we need to be aware of the damage this great lifestyle has on our skin. “We also need to be aware that our air-conditioned offices and internal lighting, dehydration, drugs, alcohol, free radicals and diet have a massive impact on our skin. For many of us, much of the damage has already been done!” At Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic, Irene and her team of skin care professionals are committed to helping clients look good, rejuvenate and love their skin. “The key to getting great results is for our practitioners to listen to our patients’ needs and their desires,” explains Irene. “We know you’re not just a number and we want to get you great results just as much as you want that for yourself. We invest the time to train our staff extensively and continue to educate ourselves on the latest and most up-todate technology.”

Forging ahead, the clinic is thrilled to welcome its latest addition to the team, Townsville’s only full-time male Aesthetic Nurse, Ronnie Woodward. “This has been an eight-year plan,” reveals Irene. “Ronnie approached me several years ago asking to join my team, and then focused all of his attention to get the appropriate skills. He already had an extensive career in the beauty industry and now, eight years later, we are delighted to officially welcome him to the clinic. It is so important to have a high attention to detail and a good eye for the curves and aesthetics for the face when doing this work.” Irene continues. “Along with his warm and attentive nature, Ronnie possesses all of these qualities making him a desirable injector. Feedback from Ronnie’s clients has already been overwhelming and we cannot wait to see more people benefit from his skill.” Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic is open Mondays through Saturdays. Contact the clinic to arrange your complimentary consultation.


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NORTHERN SKIN Northern Skin Studio sets a new benchmark for a holistic facility. A medispa operating under the supervision of Dr Monique Flores with skin therapists and registered nurses. Services offered are advanced cosmetic injectables, laser, skin cancer management, medical grade peels, Sculpsure (permanent fat reduction laser) with traditional spa & beauty treatments. Complete customised packages to meet your needs, medically and holistically, so you achieve the ultimate in skin rejuvenation and health. 4771 5898

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




Hanks Optometrists 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

Beauty bayside is located in Belgian Gardens and provides a range of Skin and Body treatments to get the best result in your skin no matter what your age. Our therapists aim to strengthen the structural integrity of the skin thus creating great skin and revising almost any skin condition. Book in for a consultation to see how we can help you and your skin. Shop 4/34 Primrose Street Bayside Shopping Centre Belgian Gardens 4771 2122 |

Salon owner Tennille, would like to welcome you to her salon which she established 3 years ago. Tennille has been in the hairdressing industry for 18 years and attends many seminars to keep up to date with the very latest trends and techniques. Hairdressing is something she is very passionate about – there’s no better feeling than making another person feel beautiful. For Tennille her clients are much more than customers, they become part of the Ministry of Hair family. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1/117 Bamford Lane Kirwan 4755 1576


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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

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




Venture into Bluebell Trading, stockist of clothing, jewellery, homewares, linen, sleepwear, baby giftware. We cater for a large range of tastes and ages. Our brands include; Boom Shankar, Lazybones clothing, Crabtree & Evelyn, Glasshouse Fragrances, Robert Gordon Pottery, Anna Chandler Designs, Annabel Trends and much more. Open 7 Days Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 9am – 3pm, Sunday 8am – 1.30pm. 280 Flinders Street in the heart of Townsville City. 4772 5366

Established in 2005, is a locally owned, family business specialising in children’s clothing & accessories. Planning a wedding? They have a large range of children’s clothing; exquisite flower girl dresses, communion dresses, page-boy suits, christening gowns, shoes and accessories! Stockists of character clothing, umbrellas, jewellery and gifts for your little ones. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am–5:30pm Thursday 9am– 9pm, Saturday 9am–4pm. Stockland Townsville (Kmart), Corner Ross River Road & Nathan Street, Aitkenvale. Like us on Facebook. 0417 033 611

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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The Benefits Of Buying In-Store One of the best things about being in the jewellery business is sharing in the happy moments with customers when they are purchasing a piece for a significant life event.


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VISITING a jeweller to browse, to try and to discuss is part of the purchase experience however, in today’s world there are also many online options. If you are looking at buying diamonds online, you need to be careful to avoid disappointment. At least once a month we see a customer who has concerns about their online purchase of a diamond or piece of jewellery. The first thing to consider is that online shopping is one dimensional. Your diamond is an image and there is really no guarantee that the image you are looking at is the diamond you will be purchasing. It is also important to be aware that jewellery retailers will select the best diamonds at their price points direct from the diamond merchants and the rest usually end up in the online market. Online sellers use terms including ‘clarity enhanced’ and ‘natural diamond’. We talk to people who are disappointed with their purchase because the online description said ‘natural diamond’ and the stone they received has obvious flaws. All diamonds are natural stones, however as every diamond is different, each will have their flaws, known as ‘inclusions’. The better clarity/quality the diamond, the less flaws it will have. Some of these are ‘surface-reaching inclusions’ and this means they are vulnerable to damage, reducing their value. If you are contemplating buying online, it is important to investigate whether the stone has any ‘surface-reaching inclusions’ and if this is noted on the paperwork. Another term used is ‘clarity enhancement’. If a stone has an inclusion that is not attractive visibly, it can be chemically treated to mask the look. The stone will be drilled, filled with a

liquid and then sealed. From the surface it will look fine, however over time, when exposed to chemicals or hot liquids, the treatment may release, exposing the flaws. Another area to consider is brightness and sparkle. If you are relying on online images, it is difficult to know whether the stone is dull or lifeless. Some diamonds appear duller due to their cut and the naturally occurring fluorescence. If your stone is strong in fluorescence, it will look blue in ultra-violet light or strong direct sunlight. The higher the level of fluorescence, the more blueish it may appear. These diamonds are also 10-30% cheaper. Size and weight is another factor. For example, the price of a one carat diamond can range significantly depending on its cut proportions, symmetry, polish and table size. There are shallow, ideal and deep cut diamonds. We recommend the ideal cut as it best refracts the light in the diamond making it sparkle the brightest. So it is important to bear in mind that a one carat diamond can look very different in size depending on these factors. Everyone has different needs, budgets and circumstances and buying online might seem like a good option. Our advice is do your research. Read the fine print and understand the terms and conditions, particularly with returns, postage, customs fees, duty, GST and insurances that you may have to cover if you are unhappy with the product.

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A Touch of Style After 18 years in the mining, refining and manufacturing industries, Jo Weston decided it was time for a career change and together with her husband Bill bought In Touch Boutique, which they’ve now owned for 18 months.

OWNER/STYLIST Jo Weston “I like to call this my mid-life crisis as it was a total career change,” Jo says. “It’s been a challenging time with a steep learning curve but moving from male-dominated industries to working with mostly females has been a refreshing change. I’ve swapped the safety boots


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for heels and I really do prefer my ‘new uniforms’ to ‘high-vis’. “I also love helping ladies find that perfect outfit, whatever the occasion. We have so many ladies coming into the store who don’t usually wear dresses and find it stressful looking on their own. We work hard to make it an enjoyable experience and the more laughs we have, the better. “We have the honour of meeting so many beautiful people and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that, no matter what size we are, everyone has something about their body shape they would like to change.” Sherri Feeney has been an In Touch Boutique customer for quite some time. She’s a very busy lady who runs her own beauty business from home called

Neesey-Lee’s Beauty by Sherri. She’s also a mum whose son finished Year 12 last year, so now she can enjoy some more time away with her husband... meaning she needs more outfits! “Sherri is so much fun and really easy to dress. She’s always open to trying new styles, including those she probably wouldn’t have picked for herself,” Jo says. “The classic styles suit her and she looks great in a pants suit due to her beautiful height.” Sherri says the friendly and welcoming staff at In Touch Boutique put her at ease. “In Touch Boutique is my favourite store,” Sherri says. “It caters for everyone with an amazing choice of garments for all occasions.” Sherri and Jo’s make-up by Dana Zolli 0414 904 443 Sherri’s hair by Charlene from Cheleganti Hair 0407 961 547 In Touch Boutique Willows Shopping Centre 4773 4446

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Karen Bennett About Me: ’m a Townsville girl! I completed my hairdressing apprenticeship, 24 years ago and can honestly say, I still LOVE it! Life is a crazy, juggle between parenting, running kids to sports and operating a business, but somehow, it works! Weekends see us on the water with friends. Racing across the bay to Magnetic Island or hearing the kids scream with laughter while tubing or wakeboarding is my happy place! I am also a big believer in the Power of Positive Thinking and I embrace an Attitude of Gratitude. Life is GOOD!

MY BAG Pratten ‘Billie’ bag, a gift from my husband for my birthday last month! (from La Petite Boudoir). BOOK A remarkable story that demonstrates the power of motivated people! It’s about pushing boundaries, challenging convention and thinking differently to change the world for the better. 2017 DIARY I’m a bit old school and still use a paper diary. My closest girlfriend thinks I’m crazy, but she embraces my crazy and bought me this, because she knew I’d love it! PEN Gift from my cousin who shares my love of all things stationery! iPHONE 7PLUS I don’t think I have genuine nomophobia, (no-mobile-phone phobia) but it truly is my link to everything! TIFFANY CHARM I bought this at the Tiffany Store on 5th Avenue in New York City! TIFFANY’S BRACELET I have THE most generous and loving friends and family, who gave me this bracelet, key and heart charm for my 40th. KEYRING It’s not very often that a passion and a profession come together, but I’m living my dream every single day. It’s been a whirlwind 16 months since opening Bennett’s Barber Shop and I’m so grateful, that it’s grown so quickly. I’m extremely fortunate to work alongside the most AMAZING, talented and experienced team of staff! For me it’s about the people. I’m truly blessed to do this and call it ‘work’! RING Craig had it custom designed and handcrafted for my 40th birthday. CAMERA You can never take too many photos! VICKS my beautiful Grandma introduced me to the wonder of Vicks! It’s more than just a decongestant and can be used as a mozzie repellent, to soothe bites, stop itches and stop coughs. Vicks is magic!


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PHOTO I ‘m so lucky to be married to my best friend! We’ve shared 25 amazing years and look forward to growing old and grey side by side! Our two amazing sons; Nathan 13 and Daniel 11 are quickly growing into extraordinary young men! PHOTO My Grandparents were two amazing people and were, without a doubt, the most influential and important people in my life growing up. 1932 GOLD PENNY “Find a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck” This penny is from the year of my Grandma’s birth. US MONEY Memento of our five week trip exploring Santa Monica, Disneyland, California, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Finished off with a white Christmas and New Year in Times Square, NYC. CAR KEY Yes I bought a Jeep. And I love it! BRUCE TICKETS This was our fourth time seeing ‘The Boss’ live and he never disappoints! Next is Adele! MOM’S WINE BOTTLE SLEEVE I have an amazing group of girlfriends who I appreciate beyond words! Every year a group of us go to Magnetic Island for a break. “Mum’s On Maggie” (MOMs) is where we let our hair down, play, laugh, eat, drink, talk, solve the world’s problems and recharge our souls! MIMCO WALLET 40th birthday gift from a very special friend – who also flew up to Townsville to surprise me! Love the wallet and love her to bits too!

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IN TOUCH BOUTIQUE Every occasion creates a memory! The staff at In Touch Boutique are there to help create your next memory with an outfit that matches the occasion. Formal Gowns, Mother of the Bride / Groom, Bridesmaids, Cocktail, After 5, Race wear, Casual, Accessories and Gift Vouchers, stocking sizes 6–26. Local stockists of Meimei, Lindy Bop, Renata, Vivid, Mr K, Laura K, Eve Hunter, Paparazzi, Desigual, Mariana Jewellery, with more to choose from. Monday–Wednesday, Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Like us on Facebook. Willows Shopping Centre 4773 4446

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 twotone 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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Tell us a little about yourself? I am an artist, an entrepreneur, a creative director, a country girl in the city, an adventurer, a risk taker… I have lived… I have loved… and now I’m not stopping until I get where life can take me. Describe your style? An androgynous minimalist… with cracks of colour and texture to highlight beauty in nature that inspires me. Most treasured item? My jewellery I inherited from my mum, grandmother and great grandmother… irreplaceable. Labels you like? My own designs – when I have time to make something – also Chanel, Celine, Dion Lee, Joseph, Stella McCartney, Carla Zampatti and many more. Your style guru? I don’t have one, I have many and am continuously researching and discovering more. Some are; Iris Apfel, Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Freja Beha, Audrey Hepburn, Tasya van Ree, Victoria Beckham, Clemence Poesy, David Bowie… You’d never be caught wearing…? Flare pants – this particular shaping does no favours for my body! Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with and why? My Navy fitted lightweight blazer… goes with almost everything and is so soft and comfortable. Meaningful last words? Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. – Leonardo Da Vinci

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RAW BEAUTY Bec & Bridge recently shot their new Autumn campaign in collaboration with musician and LA cool girl Jesse Jo Stark. Titled Nativis (latin for ‘raw beauty’), the collection combines the earthly feel of natural fibres with the fluidity of silk and satin.

SEXY SPECS Le Specs have just launched their new luxe campaign, Nucleus, focusing on faceted metal textures that have been applied to cool nineties shapes. The Ashanti style ($119) in Black/Smoke Mono and Quartz/Diamond Mirror caught our eye.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Marimekko’s 172 collection re-introduces iconic Marimekko garments from the 1960s and 1970s. Each piece was hand-picked from the design archive by creative directer Anna Teurnell.

JUST ADD SPLICE Perfect for after dark adventures, Mimco’s new-release Savile Row acrylic hard case ($249) is ornately decorated with a spliced motif and stud embellishments. Carry it with or without the chain strap.

CLASSIC CLUTCHES Inspired by the 1960s bohemian look, Oroton’s AW17 collection features Croco textured leathers with visual cues taken from art-deco Los Angeles.

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Unabashedly cool, Isabelle Quinn’s AW17 Collection ‘Stevie’ is an eccentric collection of velvet, silk and faux fur.



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HIT THE ROAD Country Road’s Work/ Life collection has been designed to take traditional tailored corporate wear from the desk to less formal occasions. It’s fashioned from premium quality cotton, tweed and wool sourced everywhere from Italy to England.



While you’re away from home, the Nest Cam Indoor security camera ($199) will monitor the situation 24/7. Get alerts sent directly to your phone if the motion or sound alarms go off.

The Mission ($599), by Nixon, can withstand the elements so you can take it with you anywhere: in the water, up hills, off road and beyond. Featuring real-time surf and snow shred alerts powered by Surfline® and Snocountry.

SOLE BROTHER It’s a shoe-in for Don’s Footwear, now recognised as Thailand’s only bespoke maker of traditional handmade gentlemen’s footwear. Set up as an online business by engineer-turned-shoemaker Allan Donnelly in 2009, Don’s Footwear has morphed into a hands-on custom shoe consultant with a fashionable following for classic made-to-measure services at its Bangkok shop. Each pair takes between three and four weeks of intense handcrafting to produce, after initial customer measurements that involve the use of a 3D scanner for detailed foot specifications. Allan imports his last – the foot-shaped moulds around which shoes are formed


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- from bespoke shoemakers in England, and uses hand welted construction with premium leathers and calfskin liners for the ultimate in shoe fitting comfort. Each purchase includes two expert shoe shines at his Don’s Footwear shop, on the lower floor of Dean & Deluca at the Mahanakhon Cube building in Sathorn, Bangkok. Customers can select from an ever-growing range of some 70 shoe designs, or specify their own individual requirements such as Oxford brogues, Wingtips, lace-ups and even Chelsea Boots – popularised by The Beatles in the 1960s and now making a comeback. Allan says that as a rule his Thai customers prefer casual loafers with square toes, while Westerners look for almond-shaped toecaps.

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Paper Perfect As specialist boutique Cardmill celebrates one year of quirky and curious cards, gifts and stationery, owners Kelly and Mark Dyble prepare to expand the range. SPECIALTY card store Cardmill, tucked away in Rising Sun Plaza near The Cat’s Meow Café, may not be well known around the traps – yet – but the store has been building a word-of-mouth following for its unique collection of greeting cards, gifts, wrapping and stationery. Technology may have sped up our communication through SMS, email and social media, but Cardmill owners Kelly and Mark Dyble, along with their growing customer base, recognise the value in taking the time to pen a special card or thoughtful letter. The couple, who met and fell in love in their native UK 12 years ago, moved to Townsville in 2007, loved it here and stayed. Kelly and Mark married two years ago, opened Cardmill last year and have been active supporters of local business ever since. “Without small business the heart and soul of a city dies,” says Mark. “Kelly and I had always dreamed of owning a boutique store, and struggled to find different cards and stationery in Townsville, so Cardmill was created,” recalls Mark. Cardmill stocks products like the

popular kikki.K stationery range and cheeky game Cards Against Humanity. There are also colouring-in greeting cards, journals, flamingo umbrellas, stationery sets, puzzles, gift bags and wrap, games, pens and little bits and bobs. “We have the broadest range of greeting cards in Townsville — from the ultra modern to classic to retro, from sentimental and sweet to humorous and to adult-eyes-only,” says Mark, who stocks British Museums and Galleries Collection, Kaisercraft, Banksy and environmentally responsible Aussie brand Earth Greetings. “Most of our gift and stationery range is not available anywhere else in Townsville. It’s always worth coming in for a sticky.” The store celebrated one year on February 29, and Kelly and Mark are now looking to broaden their store’s range, and expand the offering with DIY craft workshops. “To celebrate the store’s first birthday, I think we’ll be a little selfish and do something we’ve not done for a while — blow the dust off the kayak and blow the froth off a couple of pints!”

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ALMOND MILK A POPULAR ALTERNATIVE It seems Aussies are going nuts for plant-based beverages, with almond milk set to soon surpass soy in popularity. In response to demand, Freedom Foods has released 1L chilled Almond Milk and Almond Coconut Milk. There’s no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk so it keeps your heart healthy and is said to be low in calories too.

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Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

Keeping Up In The Classroom Could your child have a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)? It’s one of the most common classroom hearing pathologies.

COMMON signs of a potential Central Auditory Processing Disorder in children includes: • Difficulties following instructions • Poor listening ability in noisy places • Difficulty with learning at school, and • Being distracted or easily fatigued at school. Central auditory processing refers to the efficiency and effectiveness with which our brains and auditory areas decode and use the information we hear. It’s essentially how well the ear talks to the brain and how well the brain can understand what it’s being told. When our brain and auditory system works normally we can pick out the important parts of the sounds we hear, filter out any noise, and fill in any gaps to make sense of what we have just heard. This complex process uses a wide range of skills to help us make sense of the sounds we hear. Skills like locating the buzz of our alarm clock in the morning, focusing on a conversation in a busy café, and clearly understanding a teacher in a noisy classroom. When something goes wrong in our brain and auditory system, the ability for us to make sense of the sounds can become impaired, even though we can still ‘hear’ the sounds. A disorder of the brain’s auditory system most commonly results in difficulty understanding speech in the presence of noise, and could be the result of a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). It’s often difficult to identify the causes of CAPD. Everyone’s brain auditory system organisation is different which means CAPD can affect everyone differently. Conditions, like chronic ear infections in children’s early years, could also mean they are at a greater risk of developing a CAPD. Children with CAPD are more likely

to have behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties. Problems communicating and learning difficulties can impact the development of self-esteem and feelings of selfworth. While these signs may be noticed early on, it isn’t until children are 7 years of age that we can accurately diagnose a potential CAPD. The first step in testing for an auditory processing disorder is to conduct a hearing test. This is to establish whether the presence of a hearing loss may be a contributing factor. After determining the child’s hearing thresholds, we then test more complex auditory processing skills. For children, we offer a screening test of your child’s spatial hearing abilities that mimic a classroom situation. Once we have the result of this test we can then investigate your child’s auditory processing abilities and identify any potential presence of CAPD. While there is no single ‘cure’ for CAPD, there are several remediation strategies for children which can be discussed with your audiologist. These may include: • Listening strategies for the classroom •A  ctive communication techniques for daily life •L  istening exercises or computer software programs to improve auditory processing skills; and •A  ssistive listening devices such as Bluetooth microphones. Early identification and remediation of CAPD may potentially lessen the likelihood that any secondary problems may emerge. If you are concerned, schedule a consultation with your audiologist now to rule out or identify the nature of your concerns.

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ONE of the most significant advances in orthodontic efficiency has been the development of the ‘shape memory’ orthodontic wire. This Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) wire technology was developed by NASA scientists in 1971 and has been routinely used by Orthodontists since the 1980s. This technology has significantly decreased time spent in treatment.

Is Faster Actually Better Treatment? Orthodontist

Dr Geoff Stanton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Modern technology has significantly improved the delivery of healthcare, including orthodontic treatment. Modern orthodontic appliances (e.g. braces or customised clear plastic aligners) are easier to use, less visible and much more comfortable than ever before.

We are often led to believe that faster treatment is superior treatment, and that having longer treatment is living behind the times. Orthodontics is not exempt from this and Orthodontists certainly prefer faster treatment if it is possible and advisable for the individual patient. For some patients, this is possible and their orthodontic treatment can be completed in under a year. However, for the majority of patients, so-called ‘faster’ treatment generally results in greater risks and accepting compromises. This is certainly not desirable. ‘Faster’ treatment is definitely not faster if it has to be done all over again! Similar to a baking a cake, rushing to finish your orthodontic treatment will produce a result that on the surface may appear satisfactory, however, other parts will be remain ‘under-cooked’ (e.g. incomplete bite correction). A well-fitting bite is very important for stability and to prevent future problems such as wearing down your teeth. It can be very difficult to distinguish whether patients belong in the fast or standard treatment time category as some problems can be fixed rapidly and others take time to fix properly. A specialist Orthodontist has the knowledge, training and expertise to make the correct decision and is the most qualified

person to ensure that your treatment is done right the first time!

Separating Fact from Fiction Accelerating orthodontic tooth movement with vibration was first patented in the 1970s and has been ‘rediscovered’ recently. Recent good quality research has shown that this technique provides no benefit to orthodontic patients. Several dental companies heavily promote their own brand of ‘short-term’ orthodontic treatment e.g. FastBracesTM, CfastTM QuickStraightTeethTM, SmileFast Magic BracesTM. Not surprisingly, most companies claim that their product is the best, most advanced and ‘revolutionary’. However, teeth only respond to the biological forces placed upon them and have no respect for brand names! It is the quality and experience of the practitioner controlling the orthodontic appliance that ultimately determines its performance. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, please make sure you ask all of the right questions. A specialist Orthodontist has the knowledge, experience and expertise to determine what type of treatment is best for you or your child. An Orthodontist will always aim to provide the best result in the minimum possible time with the safest and most predictable techniques. Disclaimer: Information and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors.

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Paul Parker

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Defeating Tennis Elbow In Straight Sets Tennis elbow is a condition that can affect more than just tennis players! Whether you have picked up a racquet or just the remote during the Australian Open, it is important to know the best form of prevention or how to ace your rehabilitation.

AFTER watching what was an entertaining Aussie Open this year I found myself reflecting on what can be a very debilitating condition. Ironically, we are seeing less and less tennis elbow in tennis over the years due to increased awareness, better technique, and improved racquet technology. It is not uncommon to see this condition occur in other sports like golf and weight lifting where repetitive gripping activities are required. Clinically we see many people present with tennis elbow resulting from repetitive strain both from office workers and manual occupations like gardeners and tradesmen.

What is Tennis elbow? Tennis elbow is an umbrella term used to describe a few conditions that cause pain around the lateral (outside) of the elbow. Pain occurs due to excessive strain through the tendon which attaches the muscles on top of the forearm to the elbow. The technical name for it is common extensor tendinopathy but may be alternately described as lateral epicondylitis or tendonitis, although recent research suggests the condition is more of a degeneration of the tendon rather than inflammation. It is often the result of many years of accumulated load and is more common in people over the age of 35.

Signs and Symptoms Typically the tennis elbow patient will describe pain when carrying out resisted wrist/finger extension or gripping tasks. Pain may also be present when stretching the forearm muscles. There will be tenderness directly over the lateral elbow bone, and there may be trigger points in the forearm muscles. Some sufferers may show signs of nerve irritation and

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present with neck/shoulder stiffness and pain. Generally, most elbow movements will be pain free, despite that being the location of pain. I also tend to see these types of overuse injuries when there is a dramatic change in loading. Examples of this include starting a new sport/ job, an increase in work hours or duties, performing the bi-annual yard clean up, and sporting tournaments requiring an increase in games over a short period.

Treatment • Ice/cold therapy in initial phase • Soft tissue release • Dry needling of surrounding musculature • Mobilisations of neck, shoulder and elbow joints as needed • Taping/ bracing to offload the affected tendon • Gentle graded strengthening of the forearm muscles • Postural retraining and strengthening of shoulder stabilisers • Nerve gliding if warranted Identifying signs of overuse and addressing any causes or underlying issues early is essential in achieving the best outcome in a short time frame. If left untreated the degenerative changes occurring at the tendon can become advanced which can then require further medical input like injections or even surgery. If you work in an occupation requiring repetitive wrist movement or gripping it would be worth touching base with a physiotherapist to assess for any warning signs and to implement a simple tailored injury prevention routine.



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Donna Larcom Pure Core Nourishment

Less Processed – Not Low Fat Since the 1970’s and the introduction of low fat foods, fat has had a pretty bad wrap. The truth is, now many people are lacking a good fatty acid balance in their diet and as a result are fatty acid deficient. This is a concern because fats play such an important role in our body.

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Let’s explore: Our brain and every cell membrane in the body is primarily made of fat. Fats are required for the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K. Fatty acids are needed to create neurotransmitters and healthy hormones. We don’t need to be fearful of fat, fat is all about quality and balance. There is only one bad fat and that is trans-fat, the rest are all players and can be good or bad, depending on their balance. The processing and the storage of fats and oils is very important, because some are far less stable than others. There are three things that can affect the quality of fats and turn them bad – heat, light and oxidisation. Good fats and oils need to be stored in airtight containers, away from direct light and heat. Some fats, the least stable are polyunsaturated fats and oils are best kept in the fridge, especially in our hot climate here in Townsville, to stay fresh. Quality fats and oils will always come in a darkened glass bottle, to stop the oxidisation and to stop them going rancid. All fats and oils are a combination of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. The most stable being the saturated fats and great sources of these are animal fats, butter and coconut oil. Saturated are the only fats we can safely bring to a high temperature for frying, baking and BBQ. Monounsaturated include olive oil, avocado, sesame, almond, and peanut oils. Extra virgin, cold pressed are the best. These oils are perfect for drizzling over steamed veggies or salads. Polyunsaturated, and great sources of these are fish oils and many seed oils. The



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thing to know about polyunsaturated oils is that they are unstable and extra care needs to be taken with their processing and storage so they don’t become rancid. Great examples are uncooked fish, wild caught sardines and anchovies are great because they are still eating a natural diet, unlike all the farmed salmon which are mostly fed on processed pellet food. Polyunsaturated include the much talked about Omega 3 and 6. In an ideal diet, a good ratio of these fats should be about 1:1, but in our modern day diet the omega 6 are often much higher, causing a dangerous imbalance. Examples of the Omega 3 are flaxseed and uncooked fish oils, along with nuts and seeds. Omega 6 are vegetable and seed oils. Trans-fats are mainly found in margarines, processed baked foods such as biscuits and donuts, take away foods and cheaply processed oils and are often sold in clear plastic bottles. These should be avoided. They have been highly processed and hydrogenated, this process uses heavy metals and high heat to give them better shelf life. Include all kinds of fat in your diet and moderate amounts of fats will help you eat less overall, as fat is very satiating making us feel full for longer and help balance blood sugar. It is interesting to note, that our ancestors all ate diets with ten or more times the amount of fat that we do today, yet they were not fat! Last but not least, fat tastes good, so don’t be afraid to use butter, stop consuming cheap vegetable oils and replace them with nourishing high quality oils, nuts, seeds and animal products and eat them as nature intended, less processed and not low fat!

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Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Learning From Adversity Insights of a psychologist on human nature.

I grew up in a small town and at 15, had a Saturday receptionist job for a Psychiatrist. The job was straightforward – greet patients and answer the occasional phone call. I was a bit shy back then, but I loved that job and it inspired me to become a psychologist. At age 15, I was curious about the people who came to see the psychiatrist. Wasn’t it just ‘crazy’ people who sought mental help? To my surprise, seated in the waiting room were normal, everyday people, so why were they seeing a psychiatrist? I wondered what was going on in their lives that wasn’t obvious? Some would tell me ‘why’ they were there. Like the wise-cracking gentleman who told me he had felt suicidal. The school boy who explained he was on medication for anxiety. The pretty lady who shared her struggles with an eating disorder. I admired their bravery in seeking treatment. Before I qualified as a psychologist I wasn’t bound by any professional ethics, but I appreciated how important confidentiality is. People have a right to their everyday lives while facing adversity. Thirty-plus years later, I remain intrigued and humbled by the people who I meet in and out of the therapy room. A profound lesson I’ve learned as a psychologist, is that everyone’s life is full of secrets and adversity. It doesn’t matter how much you earn, where you live, what job you do. If you are alive, then it is inevitable that you will face difficulties. Some have far more adversity than seems fair – whether they are stuck in the wrong job, wrong marriage or feel a deep shame resurfacing from childhood abuse. Problems we face can leave us with emotional raw spots and a sense of paralysis, not knowing how to navigate beyond it to a better life.

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When we feel overwhelmed by the problems we face, remember the impermanence of everything and that good times come and go and bad times come and go. Within the safe environment of my therapy room I’ve witnessed many people given the right tools, bravely face their adversities by seeing their challenges as opportunities for self-growth. Gaining a professional perspective by someone who can point you in the right direction can make all the difference – that’s where a clinical psychologist comes in. Working with a clinical psychologist can help you navigate through the challenges of life, heal emotional injuries and learn to forge meaning from adversity. Yes, life has its challenges, but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. Life is too short to settle for anything less than your #bestlife.

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Helping Foster Kids Achieve Their Dream Every child deserves the right to an education. Many children in out-ofhome care miss out on the opportunity to have a sound education because of the turmoil and trauma in their young lives, hindering their learning capabilities.


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CURRENTLY, there are more than 53,000 children living in out-of-home care. Of these children, approximately 32,250 will not complete high school. Many of these children bounce from home to home and to different schools, and as a result, their education and life outcomes are compromised: • 92% of the children in care are below the average reading level at age seven • 50% of the homeless come from a care background • 35% of children in care enter the juvenile justice system at some point • 28% of care-leavers are parents within 12 months of leaving care

The Pyjama Foundation was founded in 2004 in Brisbane by a passionate advocate for children in care, Bronwyn Sheehan, who wanted to optimise their educational opportunities by instilling in them a love of learning. A nurse and mother of three, she was alarmed to discover that of the then 21,500 children in care Australia-wide, 92 per cent of them had a below average reading ability by the time they were seven. Wonderful as the care is from foster parents, most have multiple children in their homes and are too busy for one-onone learning time. So Bronwyn recruited an army of ‘Pyjama Angels’, who spend an hour to an hour-and-a-half each week mentoring a child in their foster home. Their mission is to help foster children achieve their dreams and fullest potential. The Pyjama Foundation has a rigorous, though completely necessary process for those wanting to become Pyjama Angels. All volunteers must undergo an interview, referee checks, apply for a Blue Card or


Working with Children Check, before being trained on how to support and assist children in foster care. Once training is completed, The Pyjama Foundation team carefully places volunteers with children who have similar interests. During their visit, Pyjama Angels read books aloud, assist with homework and play educational games. Currently, more than 1500 Pyjama Angels operate in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, reading to more than 1700 children. Whether the child wants to grow up to be an astronaut or a doctor, The Pyjama Foundation is there to help them reach their potential by assisting them with their learning and by providing consistent love and support. With a little confidence and encouragement, who knows what these incredible kids can achieve? By improving the child’s learning skills, The Pyjama Foundation is making a positive, life-long impact on their future. For more information please visit:

Battle of The Brains Trivia Night – Townsville When: Saturday 25 March starting at 6pm Where: Townsville Darts Association Price: $20 per brain What: Battle of The Brains Pyjama Trivia Night is all about coming together with your friends, family and colleagues to go head to head with other teams to see which team is the smartest – taking out the title of ‘Trivia Champion 2017’! It’s also about raising much-needed funds for children in foster care who deserve a brighter start in life. Participants are encouraged to don their pyjamas or onesies while battling against other teams in 10 seriously fun rounds – with trivia questions drawn from general knowledge, fun facts, music, movies and sports. Book tickets at


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Do you know your neighbour’s name? Learn the art of building great relationships with those living near you. Many people today, particularly those who have grown up with Facebook and Twitter, have hundreds of relationships with people around the globe. But how many people in your immediate community do you know? Do you know the names of your neighbours? A great neighbourhood is one that is caring, cohesive, safe, and welcoming. It is also where neighbours are proud of their street and take ownership of the neighbourhood they live in. Becoming a good neighbour is always easier in good times, rather than during a time of a crisis or natural disaster. So why not be proactive and start forming strong relationships with your neighbours now, as a safer stronger community starts in your backyard. Becoming a good neighbour can be as simple as just saying hello to your neighbour when you see them in the street. You might like to introduce yourself to your neighbour and get to know some simple things about them, like their hours

of work and whether they go away frequently. The more you and your neighbour understand each other, the more sympathetic you are likely to be towards each other’s needs and the easier it will be for you to live in harmony. Consider your neighbours when you are planning activities around your home, such as renovations, maintenance or parties. Think about how your actions can affect the people who share your street and how you would feel if the situation were reversed. If your neighbour does raise an issue with you, try to see things from their point of view and work it out together before things get out of hand. Townsville is a beautiful place to live but it’s important to remember we can be adverse to extreme weather events such as cyclones. Make sure you get together with your neighbours and discuss your emergency plans, and ensure that you look out for your neighbours in times of crisis, particularly the elderly. During a natural disaster it is a time when neighbourhoods truly need to band together and help each other out to ensure their safety and security.

Having good neighbours can make a big difference to our lives, and goes a long way to creating a happy, healthy and peaceful environment for all. If we all play our part, we can build lasting friendships and strong communities in our neighbourhoods.

“People living in neighbourhoods that are highly connected enjoy, overall, higher levels of physical and mental health… 55% of people who ring Lifeline’s help line have been found to live alone and feel socially isolated and lonely. While a friendly neighbour may not be the panacea, they may make a significant difference to someone’s wellbeing and appetite for life.” - Allison Brook Relationships Australia


Be Friendly

Get to know your neighbours Introduce yourself to your neighbours and familiarise yourself with their lifestyle, such as their hours of work or whether they are away a lot for work.


Be Helpful

Help your neighbours with anything they might struggle with, such as bringing in their bin on rubbish day. Keep an eye on your neighbour’s property when they are out of town.

Be Considerate

Be Tidy

Consider your neighbours in your daily activities and ensure you abide by local noise and environmental pollution laws.

Maintain your home and ensure trees on the fence line are kept trimmed. Clear your garden of any potential mosquito breeding sites.

Be Social Be Responsible

Consider others when leaving your pet at home for long periods of time. Ensure your pets are securely locked in your yard when you are not at home. Register your pets with council. Get together with your neighbours and prepare your street for disaster season.

Host a Neighbours BBQ in your street as a way of getting to know your neighbours. Download the Neighbours Party Kit from council’s website to help you plan the event.

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With Neighbour Day coming up on Sunday March 26, now’s the perfect time to get to know your neighbours better. We spoke with two locals who’ve got some of the friendliest neighbours in Townsville. HAVEN PLACE, RIVERSIDE GARDENS SURROUNDED by bushland, Haven Place residents live in a cul-de-sac where everyone knows everyone. A leafy suburb, with walking tracks along the river and nature reserves dotted throughout, Riverside Gardens is popular with people looking for a laid-back lifestyle. “I’ve lived in many neighbourhoods and towns in my life but never in a street where all the residents know and support each other like our street does,” says Haven Place resident Sandra Greenway. “We communicate regularly, so we know if someone is going away and we make sure their pets are fed, their lawns are mowed, their mail is collected and their bins are put out.” Furthermore, Haven Place neighbours share school drop-offs and pick-ups, yell out when they’re doing a dump run and help out with meals if people are unwell or having babies. Street-wide sausage sizzles and pizza nights are regular occurrences with all the kids riding up and down the cul-de-sac on their bikes and scooters. “There are around 15 kids aged four to 16 in the street so it’s lots of fun and they have a ball together,” Sandy says. “Barbecues get pulled out onto the


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driveway and sometimes we’ll all just bring our dinner out the front and eat it while we’re standing around chatting – the kids call it a ‘picnic’. “Everyone looks forward to the street Christmas party and our kids often have birthday parties out the front so everyone can join in and celebrate. Even the neighbours who haven’t built on their block yet will join in the gatherings when we let them know.” A mix of young families, empty nesters and retirees, as well as those who rent

and own their own home, Haven Place residents are a diverse bunch but they’re united in their community spirit. Hospital runs and looking after each other’s children if there’s ever a need is no drama and if someone leaves a roller door up by mistake, a neighbour will make sure the house is secured. “It’s a blessing – knowing there are people around to help,” Sandy says. “It’s a great feeling, especially with the way things are in Townsville. You definitely feel more secure.” The community has an active Neighbourhood Watch group who keep an eye on things and notice if something is out of the ordinary – without being nosey. “A house alarm went off in the street the other day and the neighbours checked on the house and notified the resident,” Sandy says. “We also check in on neighbours who’ve been ill and we know that we can call on any one of our neighbours, no matter what time of day or night, if we need assistance.” Walkers who wander down Haven Place often comment on the lively vibe and one husband-and-wife duo who walk down the street regularly even dropped off a piñata for all the kids to enjoy. Passersby are welcome to stop for a chat if they’re feeling social. “Getting to know your neighbours is really important because it promotes positive relationships that foster a wonderful community spirit and it makes you feel safe in your own home,” Sandy says. “We’re extremely lucky having such a fantastic group of people living in our street. With such busy lifestyles it’s great being able to share the chores and the fun – it really takes the pressure off.”



BEEFWOOD STREET, KALYNDA CHASE AUSTRALIA Day in Beefwood Street was an event not to be missed. All of the neighbours gathered at Stephen Ratuere’s place and, boy, did they enjoy a memorable feast. “One neighbour made a beautiful low and slow smoked barbecue brisket — he started at 3am that morning,” Stephen says. “I made a Fijian dish because I have a Fijian heritage and my wife, with her Italian heritage, made an Italian pasta dish that took five hours to cook. Most of us wore board shorts and singlets and the adults enjoyed some ‘cold beverages’ while the kids ran around with their party hats on, whistling on party blowers and getting into the swing of things.” When 12am clicked over and the party didn’t look like slowing down, Stephen brought out his DJ mixer and dropped some beats, with a few neighbours playing soccer and shooting hoops. Then lamingtons started to get thrown around like missiles… Kalynda Chase is a relatively new suburb for Townsville but the neighbours in Beefwood Street feel like they’ve known each other for ages. “We genuinely enjoy each other’s company and one of our neighbours started a Facebook page for us so we can share info, whether its to do with our rates, funny memes, joking around with friendly banter, or organising our next gatherings. Some of the comments can go on for a good hour,” Stephen says. The vibe on the street is usually relaxed but when word gets out that some type

of gathering is coming up, there’s a swell of energy as the excitement grows. The Mundine Vs Green fight was a highlight, with the fight beamed to everyone on a big screen. “We ordered a huge batch of fish and chips and it got pretty loud because we all thought we knew how to box,” Stephen says. “The fact most of us had no or limited knowledge of boxing didn’t stop us from yelling out at the big screen.” Five of the houses in Beefwood Street have residents who work in the Defence Force. “We also have a nurse, hairdresser, the Sales Manager for Townsville Sheds and Garages, a fifo worker, community service worker, HR officer and even a storm chaser,” Stephen says. “One couple

just had a newborn a few months ago and the hubby is normally the instigator of our gatherings. He has so much energy and his love of life is contagious.” Neighbourhood Watch is something Beefwood Street residents are also mindful of. They keep an eye on the Townsville Crime Alerts Facebook page and look out for any suspicious activity. “Just knowing that your neighbours are eager to help and keep an eye on your pets and property makes you feel reassured that someone has got your back,” Stephen says. “The street and the estate is extremely friendly. So, DUO readers, when you pop out this way and venture down Beefwood Street, don’t be afraid to wave or even stop for a chat or quiet beer.”


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Marco Della Valle

International Psychic Medium

Is Your Child Showing Signs They Are Psychic? So all is well and you are living a fairly routine life until you notice your twoyear old child laughing and talking to the open air. There is nothing there, well not from what you can see, but your son or daughter is chatting up a storm to the empty space beside them.

PRETTY soon, you’re hearing about “imaginary friends” visiting along with a host other relatives ranging from grandparents to cousins that have passed over many years ago, maybe even before your child was born. Don’t panic and rush out to get a crucifix and some garlic, just relax and breathe. This can be such a complicated time for parents to understand, more so for them than their child, as many adults have already closed down their ‘sixth sense’. For your child, it is usually not so hard in the early years because they have not long come from the spirit world in the first place. This is quite natural for them as they haven’t let go of their ‘sixth sense’ yet, however as parents, trying to work out what they


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are experiencing and then integrating them into everyday life can sometimes be a very challenging experience. Psychic children can be affected by the energy of other people. This is because many of them are psychically sensitive, which means that they can feel the emotions of others. For example, if someone is upset, sad, or angry, your children can feel it. And because they have not yet learned to develop and work with their gifts, this can make your child feel overwhelmed, nervous or even uncomfortable. You may find that when school starts, your child can become extra-sensitive or even distracted making it hard for them to study. Their feelings may be easily hurt and may start to experience some issues at school. This could be because they are struggling with the energy of the other children around them, or they could also be sensing the spirits around the other kids as well. If they are in an environment where they are interacting with cranky or angry kids, you may find that your child will start to take on the energy of those kids around them and pretty soon, be cranky themselves, even without knowing why. Imagine being that sensitive and having to spend time in a room with 20 plus kids and noise all day long. This can cause intuitive children to be anxious and flat out refuse to go to school. Likewise, if your kids are in a peaceful environment and surrounded by happy and easy going people, you may find that your child will feel content and happy most of the time.

And don’t think you can fool a psychic kid! Psychic kids get a sense of who people truly are and can see beyond what’s on the surface. They know when someone is lying to them or not being sincere. If your child tells you they don’t like someone, trust their instincts, they are often more accurate than your own. It’s the same with situations. You may tell them that everything is fine, but if that’s not true, a gifted kid will know it and will potentially challenge you that all is not well. Remember, what you suppress they will express. If you think your child is Psychic or Intuitive, then it will be important to give them space to be creative and explore. Relaxing music, meditation for kids, grounding them in nature and writing or colouring can help them feel more calm and grounded. Physical activity can support your child to feel centred by relieving them of excess energy. Overall, the best thing to do to make your child feel comfortable is to encourage them to speak about what they are hearing, seeing and feeling, as it will make them feel normal within their own family environment.

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A Lesson About Family Values Have Millennials learned from the family values our parents taught us? Or are we always destined to be labelled the selfabsorbed generation?

MY parents have given me a lot of advice over the years. As a child, I was always encouraged to push the boundaries, stand up for myself and question my curiosity. Our parents play a major role in defining who we are as human beings and we learn some of life’s greatest lessons from them. Our parents teach us invaluable lessons, some practical and some philosophical. So this month, I’d like to discuss whether we, as Millennials, have taken the values our parents taught us into our futures. In particular, I’d like to address family values. Do we have strong family values? And how have these values shaped us as individuals today? I fall into the middle period of the Millennial generation (I was born in 1992) and am reluctant to admit that when I was younger, I was self-absorbed and greedy when it came to putting myself first, and my family second. I was raised in a very close-knit family with incredibly strong family values and am the oldest of four children. We grew up with the mantra “family first always” and our parents always taught us that there was nothing in the

instance we aren’t all running to the altar to get married and women aren’t rushing to have children, instead focusing on building their careers. But just because we aren’t starting families as young as we used to, doesn’t mean the family values we learnt from our parents have disappeared altogether. So what is it that the Millennial generation has learnt from their parents? In my opinion, there’s a lot we have learnt from the generations above us. Firstly, most Millennials are enabled and encouraged by our parents to spend time discovering ourselves and the world around us. This is how we learn freedom and independence. Some Millennials find themselves staying at home with their parents longer and are even encouraged by their parents to do so. This is how we learn the importance of being supportive. We’re taught to share. Whether it’s sharing toys with siblings when we’re young, sharing friends when we’re teenagers or sharing a house with a partner as an adult. This is how we learn to always be patient and inclusive. But, like anything, we can always be better. We could always volunteer our time more, whether this is for charity or for our family and friends. We could always spend more time with our grandparents, learning from their wisdom and listening to their stories. We could always say, “I love you” that one extra time. We can always continue to learn. Whether you’re a Millennial or not and whether you agree or disagree with what I’m saying, the point is, we’re still growing up. We still have a lot to learn about life and about family values. But, like me, we take small steps forward every single day and that’s what matters most.

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Generation Spokesperson

world more important than that. Now, as an adult, it’s true that there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my family. But it wasn’t always that way… When I moved out of home at 18, I was so concerned with what I wanted for my life that I neglected the family I was leaving behind. I didn’t consider how my parents or my siblings would feel, how my leaving home would affect them and how my own family values would somehow fall by the wayside. In the time leading up to my move to Brisbane, I ignored many conversations my parents had with me about my decision to leave. I couldn’t see reason in their argument; at the time, there was nothing more important to me than leaving home and forging a life of my own. To be 100 per cent clear, I do not regret leaving home and moving to another city when it comes to my career or my own development as a person. But I do regret the way I neglected the values my parents taught me and the way I went about leaving. I didn’t consider how I wouldn’t get to see my younger siblings grow up and the milestones I wouldn’t be a part of, and I certainly didn’t think I would miss my family as much as I did. It took many years for me to recognise and understand the guilt I harboured about leaving home and realise that I’d completely neglected the lessons and values my parents had taught me about family. There are so many conceptions and misconceptions about this generation, what our values are and what society can expect from us. But even though I personally went through a rocky patch, I firmly believe that when it comes to family values, this is something that our generation still values strongly. Yes, maybe the values themselves have slightly changed over the years; for

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Everyone Belongs The Townsville Hospital actively supports diversity. By joining the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s band of volunteers, or coming along to the Hospital’s Harmony Day fundraiser on 21 March, you can too. EVERY Monday morning, Elia Kangas can be found at the Townsville Hospital’s Cancer Centre, where she brings sandwiches, cups of tea and coffee, and a good conversation to patients undergoing chemotherapy. “As soon as I open my mouth people can hear my accent and it’s a conversation-starter. Patients want to know where I’m from and when we get talking about my journey of leaving Finland for Australia when I was 24 it takes their mind off their treatment,” Elia says. “As volunteers, we receive as much as we give. Volunteering is one of the best things I’ve done. We often celebrate with people when they have their last treatment and I’ve made good friends with my fellow volunteers. It also helps the nursing staff, who don’t have time to make cups of tea and coffee for patients.” Lila Lampton, of Aboriginal descent, has been volunteering at the hospital for 10 years. Not owning a car doesn’t stop her from pitching in – she takes two buses to get to her shift. “I know when coloured people come


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to the hospital from out west or a long way away they can feel really lost, so I go straight over and ask if I can help. Some coloured people are also very shy and I know it would take them a long time to ask for directions,” Lila says. “I’m happy helping anybody out. I don’t care if they’re black, white or brindle, as my father used to say. If you’re interested in volunteering, come and have a chat to us about what it’s like. We love meeting like-minded people who care about giving back to the community.” Fred Sacroug, who came to Australia from Egypt 45 years ago as a refugee, says volunteering was an easy decision to make. “My father-in-law was a volunteer here and I used to pick him up and drop him off,” Fred says. “Now I help out at the reception desk and with driving the buggies to transport less mobile people from the carpark. I know one day I’m going to need the same help.” For National Harmony Day on 21 March, the Townsville Hospital and Health Service is partnering with The Townsville Hospital Foundation, Staff

LEFT: Townsville Hospital Foundation volunteers Elia Kangas, Lila Lampton and Fred Sacroug. MIDDLE: Elia brings tea and sandwiches to a patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment. RIGHT: Lila giving directions at the volunteers’ reception desk.

Health and Wellness, the Person Centred Care team and community organisations to host a Harmony Day event near the hospital’s main entrance. Cultural music, dancing and cooking is planned and the public are welcome to come along. Primary schools are also invited to create Harmony Day artworks, which will be displayed in the Townsville Hospital foyer during Harmony week. “The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, which reinforces the importance of inclusiveness for all Australians,” says Staff Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Karen Verney. “Increasing awareness of our diverse backgrounds enhances understanding, builds respect and promotes acceptance of, and compassion towards, others.” Call the Townsville Hospital Foundation on 4433 1337 to enquire about donating and joining the volunteer program.


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Richard Goodbody General Manager JCU Townsville Fire

TCTC firing on all fronts! Now broadcasting the JCU Townsville Fire home games live on YouTube, the practical experience for students from the Townsville Creative Technologies College is growing like wildfire.


training partnership has been developed between the Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) and JCU Townsville Fire. TCTC graduates and current students now provide video production, audio/ camera operation, and vision switching, for every home game to the 40sqm stadium LED screens as well as recording/live broadcasting to YouTube. Bjarne Ohlin, TCTC Program Manager, says, “It’s a measure of the industry-level of technology that the TCTC has available for this training that the full production required only the addition of two custom supplied 70 metre cables.” The sports broadcasting industry continues to grow both in Australia and internationally with major events becoming more popular thanks to huge improvements in quality and coverage, greater application of digital technology and use of social media channels. Crew roles such as camera operator, audio engineer, vision switching,


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directing, commentating, IT support and signal management require the same skills that are needed in the broader film and TV production industry. Many see the potential in Townsville for a thriving film and TV production industry. “We already have a diversity of fabulous locations and more than 300 days of sunshine. If we can build a skilled pool of local crew and technicians, it will reduce the overall production costs and make Townsville more attractive to Australian and foreign producers,” says Bjarne, “That’s precisely why we are keen to align our training with the needs of the industry. Working with JCU Townsville Fire is a perfect partnership through which graduates gain relevant experience in the pressure cooker of live broadcast.” The Townsville Creative Technologies College is a VET training initiative developed through Heatley Secondary College. It is open to all local senior

school and post graduate students and offers day and evening courses. For more information on TCTC, contact Heatley Secondary College on 4726 8333 or email Bjarne Ohlin at

Comments from Richard Goodbody General Manager, JCU Townsville Fire Why were you keen to develop a training partnership with TCTC? “The JCU Townsville Fire has scoured the globe looking for best-practice ideas to support our game day entertainment. It’s important to us that our game day experience isn’t just isolated to what’s on the court, but what also happens off the court, so our members and fans have a great time. The acquisition of two in-stadium screens through Townsville City Council meant we had a hardware solution, but we needed a provider who could also



meet our game day needs and that’s the role TCTC has facilitated this season. They’ve been terrific.” Have you been impressed by the students work ethic? “The TCTC students have worked seamlessly on our game day operations and you wouldn’t know that this is their first season. They’re one of the first groups in – and often the last to leave – and their professionalism will hold them in good stead. They’ve handled everything we have thrown at them and more.” Is the equipment/technology that TCTC crew use up to the demands of the job? “The JCU Townsville Fire is the only WNBL club with in-stadium screens and it helps elevate our game day experience. TCTC’s equipment has integrated perfectly with our requirements and the fact that they are a three-camera operation means we are able to go above and beyond than just a stationary camera at the top of the grandstand. This isn’t just isolated to game day, however, as we’ve been able to utilise their vision

across our social media platforms including Suzy Batkovic’s jaw-dropping shot to force overtime against Sydney.” Is there full time employment for people with these skills? “Live sport is the best reality TV in the world. As Australians, we all love our sport and that’s why there remains an insatiable appetite for content. What TCTC is proving is that Townsville can educate and provide these opportunities in North Queensland without having to move away to further your education and career. I have no doubt that the crew working on our WNBL games will go onto bigger and better things.” Do you see the partnership growing and if so, in what direction? What is the next level? “We’re always looking at ways to improve our game day experience and I don’t think we have scratched the surface on what is possible. There’s no shortage of ideas, but moving forward, we would like to explore animation, apps, graphic design and in-stadium concepts such as Kiss Cam, Dab Cam and some others.”

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Catholic Education growing with the community


ownsville Catholic Education provides support for 29 schools and more than 12, 000 students, covering an area that extends from Proserpine in the south through to Ingham in the north and Mount Isa in the west. Schools come in all shapes and sizes including boarding colleges and city based schools, through to smaller schools in remote based locations, with Kindergarten and Catholic Early Learning Centres also offered at various school sites. As the population in the Townsville Diocese continues to grow, Townsville Catholic Education has responded to expanding demand with extensions to existing schools, upgrading learning facilities and the construction of a new school in Shaw. Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan welcomed a new Hospitality and Home Economics Centre which features two new home economics rooms and a new state of the art hospitality teaching space comprising of dining and café areas.


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The $5.2 million project also included the conversion of the old library into staff resources and lunch rooms and a refurbishment of the covered lunch area and tuckshop. Southern Cross Catholic College, Annandale continues to grow announcing the completion of their stage two secondary school construction. The project includes new drama, dance and music facilities as well as industrial design technology spaces. The growing environment of Southern Cross Catholic College saw the College welcome their first cohort of Year 10 students in 2017, with a view to expand to Year 12 in 2019. Another school growing rapidly in the Townsville Diocese is St Clare’s Catholic School, Burdell which opened its doors in 2011 with 177 students and has grown to 690 students in 2017. To assist with the growth of the Burdell community there have been many extensions with the current project including a new library and multi-purpose hall. “We want our students to have the best facilities

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and these extensions and upgrades will make our schools more effective places for students to learn and teachers to educate” said Dr Cathy Day, Executive Director, Townsville Catholic Education. The newest school to be joining the Townsville Diocese is St Benedict’s Catholic School, Shaw. Located at Dalrymple Road, Shaw, St Benedict’s Catholic School will service the city’s growth area of the Bohle, Mount Louisa, Kalynda Chase and Kirwan. Set to open in January 2018, the Kindergarten to Year 6 facility will feature the highest standard of education and learning facilities synonymous with Catholic schools across Townsville City. Mrs Penny Collins has been appointed Principal and is very excited about the opportunity to be part of the establishment of a new learning community and working collaboratively to develop and enact the school’s vision. Enrolments for the new school at Shaw opened in February 2017. “Penny brings the skills and passion to lead St Benedict’s Catholic School in its next phase of development as a vibrant, supportive and quality Catholic school,” said Dr Day. Our Catholic schools strive to be spiritual, respectful and sharing places. More information about Townsville Catholic Education and enrolling for schools for 2018 can be found at





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Caring approach puts the individual first New and experienced faces balance Ryan Leadership Team.


t takes special skills, knowledge and caring to develop our next generation into well-rounded community members. Encompassing familiar faces and new team members, the nine-person leadership team at Ryan Catholic College is well qualified to support the students of North Queensland’s largest Catholic school. College Principal, David McNeale proudly describes his educational and pastoral leaders as ‘always putting the individual first’. “I can ask any one of our leadership team about a student or teacher in their campus, and they can give a run-down of their progress, needs, areas of interest and personality,” David says. Ryan Catholic College’s 2017 leadership team has extensive teaching and leadership experience. It is a balanced mix of well-known faces and new people who bring a wealth of ideas. “At a leadership level, we manage our evolving culture while maintaining tradition, and ensuring


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we focus on a child’s unique needs.” Ryan Catholic College, has been a significant presence in Townsville’s education community since 1979. Situated across two campuses, it welcomes almost 2,000 students each school day, from Prep to Year 12. David says Ryan’s size positions the College to offer a large range of support services for students, a variety of subjects with specialist teachers within those subjects, and first rate facilities. “The College offers the most up-to-date facilities and programs, whilst generating a strong sense of community and family,” David says. “We have a deep commitment to providing a meaningful and challenging education within a Catholic environment. Respect and good manners are cornerstones of these standards.” A key member of the leadership team is Fr Dave Lancini, whose pastoral guidance is valued by students, parents and staff alike. Fr Dave provides a strong link between the education structures

of the College, the pastoral care of the families and the Catholic faith which is rooted in the local parish. “We consider him part of our team, part of our College and part of our community,” David says. “In the busy environment of our growing education facility, Fr Dave helps us to stay focused on our theme of the Emmaus journey. It is a metaphor that underpins our pastoral care approach, for portraying the growth that all people experience in developing their spirituality, intellect, physical and social capabilities and wisdom. This theme is built on the pillars of journey, community and service.” Ryan Catholic College has an enviable reputation for achieving academic excellence while also providing a broad education, so that all students find a suitable pathway for attaining their goals. Connect now

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ake a step inside the new Southern Cross Catholic College secondary campus and you will feel a buzz and hum of place filled with students who are thriving. “The College has been created to meet the specific learning needs of students as they transition from school to a more independent world of future studies,” says principal Louise Vella-Cox. “We don’t want students to ‘fit a mould’; we want them to be comfortable with who they are and achieve the very best they can through a supportive and challenging curriculum.” Mrs Vella-Cox has been Principal since 2015 and attributes the academic and co-curricular success of the school to the well qualified and dedicated teachers who encourage and challenge their students. “Education is a specialised field, we have brought together an expert teaching team who are focused on both academic and co-curricular programs tailored to maximise student


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engagement and learning. A point of difference for Southern Cross is the implementation of a clearly defined plan for success that is based on good pedagogy and supported by a high quality personal development and pastoral support program that challenges mindsets and builds resilience.” The new facilities include a state of the art music and performing arts centre, industrial arts precinct, hospitality rooms and café, information and communications technology hubs and modern science laboratories. Who we are Located in Annandale, we are currently a Prep to Year 10 Catholic College for boys and girls. We are growing each year, extending our offering to year twelve by 2019. What we’re most proud of Southern Cross is an inclusive, non-selective school where standards are high, learning is lifelong, people are valued and faith is serious. We

are a community that values Catholic traditions while embracing new technologies, ideas and opportunities. Our consistently high results of our students attest to the quality of our teaching and our innovative club and camp programs support and mentor students as they grow into young adults. Our key strengths At Southern Cross, we help our students find and develop their passions and talents, skills and attributes so that they can succeed in their chosen pathways and grow into competent and compassionate leaders of their generation. Our facilities Over the past two years $15 million has been spent in the development of the secondary campus, now offering outstanding facilities including our brand new music and performing arts centre, located next door to our indoor basketball courts and luscious ovals overlooking Mount Stuart. School history Southern Cross was established in 1998 in Annandale as Southern Cross Catholic School and developed into an innovative and contemporary primary and secondary college in 2015. For more visit


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Students Sam and Grace with new Principal, Mr Timothy Ham

St Joey’s The Strand welcomes new Principal t Joseph’s School, The Strand has warmly welcomed their new Principal, Timothy Ham, who has relocated from Ingham where he was Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School for eight years.

Timothy has been a Principal for 20 years at Catholic schools in the Townsville, Cairns and Rockhampton Dioceses. He is passionate about learning and technology and creating optimum learning environments. “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead Townsville’s first established Catholic school and I have been warmly welcomed by the school community,” Timothy said. “This is a school steeped in history and tradition with generations of families attending St Joseph’s over 143 years.” As Townsville’s first Catholic primary school, St

ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL, THE STRAND Boys + Girls | Kindergarten + Prep - Year 6


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Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand now offers Kindergarten through to Year 6, as well as Outside School Hours Care.

“It’s great that we can offer families such diverse options for care and education within the school community. This provides children with familiarity, confidence and seamless transitions. We have a group of very professional and dedicated staff here at St Joseph’s and I am looking forward to working alongside them so that we can carry on the strong academic, cultural and pastoral traditions that are hallmarks of the school. “We are at a time of change in our school, our parish and the diocese, with the impending retirement of Fr Mick Peters and the recent appointment of the new Bishop of Townsville so it is an interesting time filled with opportunity and optimism,” Timothy commented.

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“I was told by so many people that St Joseph’s is a warm and close-knit community and I have certainly felt that already from both the school and the Parish. I am still in the process of meeting all of our parents, carers and families and look forward to building relationships, collaborating and engaging with them as time goes on.” Outside of school Timothy loves fishing although he says the past time is not always a fruitful one. “My boat is still in Ingham and I’m yet to find a home for it here in Townsville, so as soon as I can get that sorted I’m keen to head out - so if anyone has any tips, let me know,” he laughs. Enrolments for 2018 are now invited. “Parents and carers are always very welcome at our school to discuss what our community has to offer or for a tour around the campus.”



More than a school, we are a community


school is stronger when it is a true member of its local community, and St Margaret Mary’s College is building upon its role in the Townsville community through practical programs in 2017. According to College Principal, Mrs Kathy Park, ‘to be a neighbour to all’ is a College mission shared by students, staff and parents. “We place a large emphasis on students seeing that they can play a vital role in serving the community, and students at St Margaret Mary’s can truly contribute in a meaningful way to the wider community,” Kathy says. The school extends its education programs to offer a number of outreach services, such as an in-school Z Club through Zonta, involvement in community events, visits to elderly residents and

supporting local parish activities. “Our students represent a wide demographic in the community and we encourage them to be the change that needs to happen locally, nationally and even internationally,” Kathy says. “For many people outside of the school, connection with our students is a great opportunity for positive interaction, and it may be their only contact with young people.” “Our students also show leadership in community issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, advocacy for the disadvantaged and equality.” Kathy highlighted that successful community contributions must come from the attitudes within the College and flow through the students and parents. “Amongst our staff, we have a terrific collegial,

caring atmosphere and this filters into our student body. Our attitude is about supporting, encouraging and celebrating each other in all areas of learning,” Kathy says. “In particular, there is a high level of camaraderie amongst the Year 12 students.” Involving parents to help to create the College community is formalised through the Parents as Learning Partners initiative (PALP), which sees the P&F Association leading parent engagement activities, a shift from their traditional fundraising focus. “Parents are our partners as educators, and this extends into our community activities, where they provide support at the grassroots level, sharing our successes, participating in our community programs and being very interactive with College activities,” Kathy says.

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Celebrating 25 years of Catholic Education Located in the rapidly expanding district, north of Townsville, St Anthony’s Catholic College offers Catholic Education steeped in the tradition of the Franciscan Friars. A faith charism that values the environment and embraces the wonders of learning.


stablished across two campuses, St Anthony’s provides families with strong educational options. Padua Campus, set on 5.5 hectares caters for Prep to Year 6 while the Assisi Campus, set on 12.7 hectares caters for students from Year 7 to 12. Both campuses offer students a sense of space and opportunity to engage in energetic play. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the College. In 1992, Fr Giles Setter and a group of passionate parishioners established a steering committee to oversee the planning and opening of the Prep to Year 7 Padua Campus with 97 students. Pam Lythgo, the founding principal, held enrolment interviews with parents from a

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caravan in the front yard of Mr Tony McCoy. In 2005, and again with strong support from the parish community, the Assisi secondary campus was opened for year 8 students, which has grown to include all secondary year levels. The Padua Campus values the social and emotional well-being of students and offers firm educational foundation which supports the skills and concepts developed during secondary education on the Assisi Campus. Extra-curricular activities are a valued feature of school life and students are encouraged to pursue spiritual, sporting, academic and cultural interests. “St Anthony’s is a learning community, a faith community and importantly, a community

built on love and respect,” said Mr Barry Horner, College Principal. “We strongly encourage parent involvement in their child’s education as we’ve seen positive effects such as improved behaviour and positive attitudes.” Students and staff at St Anthony’s are proud to celebrate the College’s 25th anniversary and are excited to see what the future will hold for the College. A 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 17 June at 7.00pm to celebrate the milestone. For ticket details, please contact the College on (07) 4751 7300.

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Townsville’s only Secondary College for Boys


s 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 single-sex 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. Connect now

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Beyond the Usual Playground Games


t Holy Spirit Catholic School, staff members and senior students are catering for students by providing a wider range of lunch time activities. If you drive past any school playground during a lunch break you will see children playing handball, soccer, chasing or chatting, but at Holy Spirit there are some additional alternatives. Year 1 to Year 3 students love to access the new, shaded, low ropes course. This playground design is the first of its type in Australia. Ideally it has multiple access points so that children are not lining up wasting valuable playtime while waiting for their turn! The low ropes course helps to develop gross motor skills as well as allow children to challenge themselves. Another lunchtime activity, The Bookworm Club is an initiative of Year 6 students who love to read. Students in Year 3 to Year 6 can share a favourite book or just take some time out to read in a quiet location. According to Sam in Year 6, “The best thing is, reading in the quiet where your mind can


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run wild!” In most schools, quiet reading would be found in the school library but at Holy Spirit, the library is a hub of activity with children engaging in activities from puppet plays to chess. Two of the most popular lunchtime activities are the lower school disco and the Pokemon Club. Year 6 students known as the ‘Harmony Helpers’, play dance music for the students and encourage students to be active and join in the fun. Pastoral Chaplain, Kerry Donlan runs a lunchtime Pokemon Club, where students from Year 3 to Year 6 engage in discussion about Pokemon characters. Kerry loves nothing more than to see students of different age groups engaging with each other and sharing their passion for Pokemon characters! Principal, Geraldine Egelton believes that children are very much like adults when it comes to friendships. “As adults we have friends of different ages and with various interests, be that sport, travel, hobbies. We need to look beyond the traditional constructs of the playground where children are grouped according to age, and

provide well supervised, student centred activities where children can be active, use their imagination and make friends according to their interests,” said Geraldine. For more visit



Improving Student Wellbeing Marian Catholic School is a coeducational Prep to Year 6 primary school located in Currajong. A family-centered school where parents are valued and encouraged to be involved in all aspects of school life.


his proactive, forward thinking school is continually looking for ways to improve the mind, body and soul of each student. Staff believe that practices which promote wellbeing such as meditation and yoga make a positive difference in their students’ lives. Research continues to demonstrate that children are becoming more anxious from over-scheduling, societal and every-day life pressures. With this in mind Marian Catholic School has enhanced its curriculum with weekly sessions of yoga and meditation. Staff have been teaching the students how to meditate for over 10 years. This peaceful time allows students to stop and disengage from their busy, screen-filled world and teaches them how to feel calm and centered, able to meet the challenges of their day.

“Meditation reduces stress and increases a sense of wellbeing,” said Principal, Karen Pearce. “Christian meditation is a gentle but powerful experience of prayer, also known as ‘prayer of the heart’ and deepens students’ personal relationship with God.” Another way the school is teaching students how to reduce anxiety and develop improved focus, comprehension and memory is by conducting yoga classes. Students from Prep to Year 3 enjoy weekly yoga lessons where they develop an understanding of balance and strength poses, eventually using their knowledge to create a yogic sequence. “Yoga lessons allow students to practice relaxation techniques and it supports social and emotional learning,” said Mrs. Pearce. Marian Catholic School seeks to improve the soul,

mind and body of each student by providing an environment where students are calm, relaxed and centered. The school is committed to working in partnership with parents to nurture and challenge students as they grow in the Catholic faith and reach their full potential. Visit for more information.

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Everyone has a story at Cathedral When we know someone’s story, we learn to respect individuality and acknowledge differences. We respect each other because we know each other’s story.


very child needs to belong, to feel safe and to be valued as an individual. It is only when these basic needs are met that children feel comfortable to explore avenues and build their confidence and self-esteem. Significant educational research has confirmed that adolescent students need a challenging curriculum delivered in an environment that provides social and emotional support. Since 2006 Cathedral’s Middle School program has been providing students with an academic and pastoral care model that meets the needs of students in this developing time of their lives. The Cathedral School’s Head of Middle School Mr Darren Parks said the Middle School pastoral care focus for this year is ‘Know my Story’, which encourages students to get to know who they are and share their story with their peers. “When we know someone’s story, we learn to respect individuality and acknowledge differences.


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We respect each other because we know each other’s story” said Mr Parks. “Middle School is a vital stage for adolescent development; children need to acknowledge their self-worth and develop respect and empathy for others and we use events such as the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence to promote a positive mind frame and respect for each other” added Mr Parks. This will be the fifth year that the Middle School Student Parliament, a student led organisation, has been given the responsibility to drive the planning for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, and the Year 9 leaders have come up with a range of innovative, thought-provoking and engaging activities for their peers. ‘Know My Story’ will be promoted throughout the activities and students of different year levels will be grouped together so all students have the opportunity to have their story heard and to hear others. This program will allow each student to be

valued and leave their handprint on Middle School for years to come. The theme will also be further elaborated throughout the year with year level Development Days facilitated by external coordinators. This enables specific age-related topics such as team building, study skills, self-esteem, body image and leadership to be addressed. Cathedral’s Pastoral Care program is more than a token – it forms a vital element to promote students’ physical, social and mental wellbeing, aiding academic achievement. We encourage any Year 6 student who is interested in seeing Cathedral’s Middle School program to come along to our Middle School Experience on Friday 24 March. Bookings are essential. Please register online at au/middleschoolexperience.



Biblically Grounded Annandale Christian College is dedicated to living out its mission statement to provide quality, Christ-centred education


nnandale Christian College is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Established in 1982 by a group of local Christian parents, the College was founded on a vision for education that was authentically Christian in both outlook and practice. “We welcomed the first 10 students to the then Canterbury Christian School in a sports clubhouse at Pioneer Park (now known as Riverway),” says Annandale Christian College Principal Daniel Clarke. “Our strong academic focus and commitment to being authentically biblically grounded has meant we have grown significantly since those early years. We offer education from Kindergarten to Year 12 with more than 90 staff and 500 students. “We incorporate a Christian worldview into the national curriculum. We want to honour Jesus in every area of our College and be authentic about our faith while we engage in rigorous education.”


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The College benefits from strong leadership including the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary. Mr Rodney Lane, Head of Primary, has diverse duties but still makes time to work with students. He is committed to ensuring students’ time in primary school is rewarding and enjoyable and contains experiences that develop students’ confidence and competence as learners and promotes healthy self-esteem. As Head of Secondary, Mr Mal Schneider finds great satisfaction in “implementing classroom practices and programs to improve academic outcomes for our students, particularly in the area of QCS Test performance and OP scores for our senior students, culminating in outstanding Year 12 results in 2016”. The College is celebrating its 35th year by opening a STEM space incorporating new science classrooms and a well-equipped manual arts facility. Digital technologies, 3D printing and

coding complement traditional woodworking subjects in this specifically designed learning space. “Even though we have great new buildings and amazing academic results, I believe our College is great because of the level of care our staff show,” says College Principal Daniel Clarke. At the start of their 36th year, Annandale Christian College students, staff and parents are excited about continuing to celebrate life and learning through Christ-centred education. For more information, visit

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Kirwan State High School boasts a distinguished record of achievement which includes outstanding OP results and excellent outcomes in National Academic Tests. As part of our core curriculum all students are provided the skills to be informed, proactive, global citizens. The Global Leadership Academy provides the School’s global citizens with extensive leadership training, preparing them to be the young leaders of tomorrow.

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2017 School Captains: Hamilton Taia and Emma Nolan, 2016 Vice-Captain: Praveen Gurusinghe, 2017 Vice-Captains: Kira Modra and Callum Rawlins

Local Achievement – Global Focus Kirwan State High School focuses on enabling greatness through an inclusive community culture. This culture is supported by an attentive school family built on professionalism, continuous improvement and accountability.


irwan State High School provides educational excellence for tomorrow’s global citizens in a proud public school environment. 100 per cent of recent Year 12 graduates attained their Queensland Certificate of Education. Students also receive an OP or complete a Certificate qualification during their senior year. In 2016, 45 per cent of the OP eligible students received an OP between 1 and 10 and 67 per cent of VET students completed a Certificate III qualification. These are excellent results. The 2016 Vice-Captain Praveen Gurusinghe received an OP 1. He has been accepted to study medicine at James Cook University along with school captain Jayden Wilson. As well as his academic achievements, Praveen was awarded an Order of Australia. He was also named the Young Citizen of the Year at the Townsville City Council Australia Day Awards in January 2017. Praveen fundraises for local and overseas communities and volunteers his time

helping others in need. He is an accomplished musician and has a passion for Science. He was the Kirwan High Ambassador at James Cook University, has attended the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra, and received the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Bursary. Praveen admits that achieving all of the above has not been easy – results were realised through hard work, patience and focus. He was given every opportunity to succeed by the school’s teachers and staff and the Kirwan High family is very proud of him. The success of Praveen and all Year 12 graduates can be attributed to their hard work, the opportunities they were given at Kirwan High along with the quality teaching they received and support from the community. Students are encouraged to shape their own future, but also to be aware of how their lives affect the world as a whole. Being educated gives a person prospects to succeed in whatever path

they choose. However if you add compassion and the fundamentals of community to that education then you have a potential impact on the world and make it a better place. Kirwan High scholars are given these opportunities, and they are certainly well prepared to make a difference in the world. Past students have achieved success through careers in medicine, research, defence, education, sporting and creative careers, local business, trades and many more. School pride and tradition continues at Kirwan High after graduating with an active Alumni. Kirwan State High School is accredited by the Council of International Schools, the Australasian Schools Accreditation Agency and is also an Independent Public School. Academy programs are offered in Global Leadership, Creative Arts and Sports. Enrolment enquiries are welcome.

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Major Milestones in Education for Townsville Grammar 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the TGS Annandale campus and the opening of a second Primary campus at North Shore.


ince 1888. Townsville Grammar has supported the Arts in Townsville, through providing an outstanding opportunity for those with the desire to learn about and develop their talent in music, drama and the performing arts. This year, 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the TGS Annandale campus. In January 1997 with just over 100 students, the Annandale campus opened to students from Preschool to Year 6. For the last twenty years, all students have been able to learn Performing Arts and Music as a normal part of their weekly lessons. The best part is that they have specialist teachers who take them for these lessons. Grammar’s Year 3 students also have the added bonus of taking part in the Year 3 Strings

Programme. Every Year 3 student is allocated a stringed instrument – viola or violin – and has the opportunity to see if they are musically inclined through a year of lessons and rehearsals, allowing them to explore their creative side. This year also marks another major milestone in Townsville Grammar’s history – the opening of a second Primary campus – this one in the booming new suburb of North Shore, along Townsville’s northern beaches. The Arts, through performance and music is already embedded in this new campus, ensuring that the tradition continues. All of this creativity complements the traditional values and academic endeavours for which Grammar is renowned, and helps to complete the holistic education approach at Grammar. For more visit us at

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A fair photo of home


ne of her photographs went viral. A dusty picture of a bridal party in Blackall during extreme drought and a dust storm, raised more than $40,000 for Tie Up The Black Dog mental health organisation, when Edwina Robertson, pledged to donate $3 each time the photo was shared. “That was a career highlight for me. Especially when it was announced the money was going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service – once I knew where every dollar was going, I was ecstatic.” Affectionately known to Fairholme staff as ‘Eddy’,

the 2003 Senior and Head Boarder says her need to help others, was instilled in her during her years at the Boarding house and in the classrooms at Fairholme College. “It made me independent and gave me that sense of fearless determination. That’s what has allowed me to go out and do what I’m doing now. I think Fairholme was the best thing my parents could’ve ever done for me.” Edwina’s most recent photograph of a Bride and Groom near Katherine in the Northern Territory is also going viral.

“The escarpment was about 50 meters high. They had a chopper pilot there – he took the bride up and then the groom. Then he came back and got me, and then when I saw where they were on the edge of an escarpment with the sun setting in the background,” she sighs. “It was pretty special – that to me was the epitome of what I’ve been working towards for the last three years. To me, this is outback Australia. The middle of nowhere. The open sun and red rock, a young couple just starting their life together. I felt like Baz Lurhmann.” Edwina will be part of the 100 Year celebrations at Fairholme in 2017, and plans on exhibiting at the College’s first Art Exhibition, Facets of Fairholme next year. Connect

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Students get Tec-Prepped for success


ec-NQ’s highly successful Tec-Prep Program will run again in 2017. Starting in July, the popular six month program gives participants an introduction to the key trade areas that Tec-NQ specialises in: Engineering Mechanical, Engineering Fabrication, Carpentry, Plumbing, Automotive, Electrical and Information Technology. Students also participate in a Language and Literacy Program contextualised to the trade environment. Neil Whitley, Manager of School-based Programs, is very excited about what this program means for young people in the region. “It is very difficult for young students to be clear on what vocation they choose to pursue as a career. This is a worldleading, future-oriented program, equal in quality,


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value and rigour to more traditional academic programs. The difference is that trades will be the goal.” Parents and students alike are raving about the results of this program. Phillip McIntosh’s son Mitchell completed the program last year and is filled with praise regarding its benefits; “Tec-NQ’s Tec-Prep Program has been excellent for my son. It allowed him to try each trade and make an informed choice when he went into Year 11. Over the course of the program my son developed confidence and the right mindset to take advantage of all that Tec-NQ has to offer in Years’ 11 and 12. The staff at Tec-NQ are very supportive and the program is a unique opportunity for any young person considering a trade. I

wholeheartedly recommend it.” Philip’s other son Jacko took out the School-based Apprentice of the Year for North Queensland in 2016, and he credits Tec-NQ as a crucial part of his success. “The maturity shift I have witnessed in both my son’s regarding their attitude to work has been amazing to see. What they are learning is directly related to what they want to do as a career and you just can’t get that anywhere else.” The program is run over six months from July to December and students that successfully complete the program will be given priority for their trade selection in Year 11 at Tec-NQ. For those interested in participating in 2017’s Tec-Prep Program visit or contact Tec-NQ on 4779 2199 for more information.



fun & functional

Learning and developing skills should be fun for kids, and that’s exactly the foundation on which mobile, multi-disciplinary practice FUNction First Therapy has been built. “Early intervention is crucial,” explains FUNction First Therapy owner and occupational therapist Rachael Duffy of working with her practice’s young patients. “Research tells us that early intervention gives the children with developmental delays – speech or physical – the best chance of improving their skills and learning to manage difficulties.” With today’s families busy and time poor, Rachael and her colleague and FUNction First Therapy speech pathologist Damien Atzeni created an NDIS-approved mobile, multi-disciplinary practice for children, offering occupational therapy and speech pathology services, as either separate services or in a combined session. “By offering a mobile service, we not only make our services as accessible as possible,” explains Rachael, “we also get to see exactly how our clients and families function in their own environment, and importantly the children are comfortable.” For families who prefer to visit a clinic, FUNction First Therapy has recently launched a small clinic, located at the Allergy Centre in Mundingburra. As an occupational therapist, Rachael focuses on children’s living skills and the tasks they need

to be able to do to get the most out of life, like handwriting and other school skills, daily living tasks like dressing, feeding and toileting, fine and gross motor skills, social difficulties and anything and everything in between. Meanwhile, speech pathologist Damien works with children on their ability to communicate more effectively. “In my line of work, I see children who need support with literacy, speech sounds, language difficulties – both receptive and expressive – as well as children who stutter,” says Damien. Both Rachael and Damien use a range of play and informal-based assessments and therapy, because they realise therapy needs to be fun to be effective. “Most of our clients tend to be school-aged children, but we also offer services to younger children and teenagers,” says Rachael. “Both Damien and I have worked for the Education system previously, so we understand how difficult the demands of school can be for some children.” Check out FUNction First Therapy’s Facebook page for handy tips and tricks for your child.

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A toast to effective communication Toastmasters specialises in personal development through effective communication, public speaking and leadership. Toastmasters’ motto is: ‘where leaders are made’.


n the early 1920s Ralph C. Smedley recognised there was a need for people to develop their communication skills and for personal and professional growth. He established a club in 1924, at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, United States. Toastmasters have grown from being an English-speaking organisation to now including over a dozen languages. Effective communication skills are essential in today’s world, in the workplace, for study, in community organisations and at home. Club members have the opportunity to learn the art of impromptu and public speaking, listening and delivering presentations in a positive environment with support from other members. A Toastmasters club embraces a ‘learn-by-doing’ philosophy, where each member decides on their learning needs and sets their own goals, learning at their personal pace. Toastmasters also give members the opportunity to learn leadership skills by participating in various roles at each meeting in addition to learning the art of parliamentary procedure and meeting etiquette that is important in business settings. Every member has the opportunity to work in a team environment, take on a club executive position, and become an


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area or district director if they wish. The Townsville clubs are very proud to announce that Mike Storkey from Townsville City Council club is currently President elect of Toastmasters International, and every Toastmasters’ member has the opportunity to go this far if they wish. In the Townsville, Burdekin and Ingham region there are a total of 11 clubs meeting weekly or fortnightly. Smedley believed that the best learning environment is when you are having fun. Visit a Toastmaster club today – it might just change your life.

About Toastmasters International Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organisation that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organisation’s membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Where to find Toastmasters Clubs in and around Townsville. Contact any of the 11 friendly and supportive local Toastmasters clubs. Guests are always welcome!

Business Leaders Toastmasters MORNING CLUB Fortnightly on Thursday - 6:55am to 8am Sturt Business Centre (upstairs boardroom) 1/25 Sturt Street, Townsville Phone Steve: 0408 771 677

Burdekin Toastmasters EVENING CLUB 1st and 3rd Thursday – 7:15pm Crown Hotel – Eighth Avenue, Home Hill Phone Phillip: 4783 3001

Castle Hill PCYC Toastmasters EVENING CLUB 2nd and 4th Wednesday – 6:30pm to 8pm Castle Hill PCYC 4 Hugh Street, Belgian Gardens Phone Heather: 0419 032 684 Phone Eva: 0404 815 892

City Midday Toastmasters MIDDAY CLUB Alternate Tuesday – 12:30pm to 1:30pm Master Builders Association 316 Sturt Street, Townsville City Phone Ruth: 4775 7272



my aim is to seek a position as a project manager, educator or consultant. “I believe my effective communication and leadership skills, gained from Toastmasters, will give me the competitive advantage in today’s tough employment market. “Taking on various roles, such as conference convenor, area director, new club sponsor and president of the University Toastmasters club has given me practical experience in team building, problem solving and mentoring members in reaching their own goals.”

Ingham Toastmasters EVENING CLUB 2nd and 4th Thursday – 7pm to 9pm Herbert River RSL 4 Hawkins Street, Ingham Phone Allan: 0408 448 368

Talk of the North Toastmasters DINNER CLUB 3rd Saturday – 6:45pm Various Restaurants around Townsville Phone Barbara: 4725 0225

Townsville Toastmasters DINNER CLUB Each Monday (except Public Holidays) 6:45pm to 9pm Mercure Hotel Woolcock Street, Currajong Phone Heather: 0419 032 684

Townsville City Council Toastmasters EVENING CLUB 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesday – 5:45pm to 7:45pm Townsville City Council Chambers 103 Walker Street, Townsville City Phone Leigh-Anne: 0422 137 944

Townsville University Toastmasters EVENING CLUB 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesday – 6pm to 8pm

James Cook University Room 132, Building 4 (Social Sciences Building) James Cook Drive, Douglas Phone Eva: 0404 815 892

Tropic City Toastmasters EVENING CLUB Each Tuesday – 6:45pm Brothers Leagues Club Golf Links Drive, Kirwan Phone Rachael: 0431 095 429

Willows Toastmasters EVENING CLUB Each Monday – 7pm to 9pm Riverview Tavern Function Room 247 Riverside Boulevard, Douglas Phone Lesley: 0417 736 600 The Mt Isa club was suspended a few years ago, but if any readers are interested in trying to reform the club, they should contact Barbara Nielsen on 0427 348 881 or at

INTERVIEW EVA ERHARDT A mature-age university student at James Cook University in her final semester of a Business Management degree, Eva Erhardt says she wouldn’t be a student today if it weren’t for Toastmasters. “Toastmasters taught me how to write a speech that inspires, persuades, entertains and leaves people with a take-home message,” Eva says. “I use these skills when I write a university assignment and a professional presentation in front of my peers no longer fazes me.” Eva’s Toastmasters journey began in 2006 when she was a horticulture instructor and new resident of Ingham. She’d heard about Toastmasters and finally took the opportunity to join the Ingham group. “English is my second language, so the aim was to learn the finer skills of writing a riveting speech and presenting it,” Eva says. “Once I joined I realised there was so much more to Toastmasters than speaking. It was also a way for me to make new friends.” Improving her communication skills at Toastmasters gave Eva confidence when speaking to various clients as a horticultural project manger. Becoming the club’s Public Relations officer also opened the door for her to write garden articles for two newspapers as well as being invited as a guest speaker and emcee for community organisations. “The leadership skills I’ve developed during the last 10 years at Toastmasters have paved the way for a career change,” Eva says. “I was previously self-employed as a horticultural project manager, with a background in education and tourism. I’m now completing my Business Management degree in June and

INTERVIEW BELINDA BAIN A true inspiration with her courage to take on new and challenging roles, member of Tropic City Toastmasters, Belinda Bain, is visually impaired and uses braille to help her fulfil her meeting roles. “I came along in 2011 and had such a great time that I joined straight away,” Belinda says. “I’m unable to read so I use braille notes for my speeches and roles. If I’m Toastmaster for the night, I need the agenda and speech titles at least a week before so I can type them up on my old Perkins Brailler machine. “The best part about being a Toastmaster is getting up and speaking and learning from everyone else. I still get nervous but I think I’m getting better.” Belinda originally came along to Toastmasters to get better at speaking but certainly enjoys the social side of belonging to the group as well. She takes on any role offered to her with gusto and is a natural with speaking off the cuff in what’s called Table Topics. Outside of Toastmasters, Belinda also enjoys craft, book clubs and rock-and-roll dancing.

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For Carey Financial Director Colin Lea, career success has always come down to sound strategy.

Hailing originally from a broad acre grain farming family from Deniliquin in southern New South Wales, the former Australian Army officer served for 21 years in military and international logistics, strategic planning, leadership and management roles before shifting into the finance industry. “I was actually a client of Carey Group for 10 years prior to joining the company as a financial adviser, which gave me valuable perspective of the client-adviser relationship,” says Col. “There is a lot of trust involved with this relationship,” he continues. “In order for me to understand my clients’ needs, objectives, and desired outcomes, they need to tell me everything about their personal, business and financial lives. “The responsibility of being entrusted with this confidential information cannot be overstated. As advisers we spend considerable time during our initial obligation-free appointments with new clients to understand what is important to them and how we might be able to add value.


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A client’s confidence in us underpins the effectiveness of the entire relationship.” Drawing on the skills he developed within the Army, Col approaches each task with a strategic mindset. “The military teaches you to think at different levels – now and long-term,” explains Col. “You are also taught to break down very complex issues into manageable components. These skills have helped me as an adviser developing overarching financial strategy to achieve my clients’ longterm financial and lifestyle goals.” Carey Financial, a division within Carey Group, services a broad client base Australia-wide, from business and farming entities managing growth, young professionals seeking to build wealth, pre-retirees looking to maximise contributions to super before retiring, through to professional athletes. “Regardless of background, our clients are seeking holistic financial advice, which we deliver through integrated financial advice incorporating structure, tax planning, accounting,

investment, superannuation, risk (insurance) and estate planning advice.” With superannuation changes coming into effect July 1, Col emphasises the closing window of opportunity for clients to maximise concessional and non-concessional contributions, which forms an important part of strategy for high-income earners and business clients. “We are already well ahead in preplanning contribution strategies for existing clients,” he says. “There is still time though for new clients to benefit from this opportunity.”

Carey Group of Companies 141 Sturt Street, Townsville CBD 4760 5900

A client’s confidence in us underpins the effectiveness of the entire relationship.”



DENNIS DiBARTOLO + MARK TYRELL “We’ve really come from an era in the early 2000s of being known as product pushers or sales people to now becoming university-qualified professionals,” reflects Dennis, a financial planner for the past 16 years who holds a Masters Financial Planning. “I actually remember starting out in the advice business where aspiring planners could take a six-week course with a bank, then the following week be sitting in front of clients providing them strategy and advice on their hard-earned savings.” The industry though has changed since then, with more changes ahead. From 2019, all financial planners/ advisers must hold either a Masters in Financial Planning, be a Certified Financial Planner or Fellow Chartered Financial Planner to continue to practice. “This change is a win for our industry, and our customers,” explains Mark,

who is currently completing a Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation. “To reach the new required level of education will come at a considerable financial cost and a significant investment in time. Only those serious about providing longterm solutions, building long-term relationships with clients and wanting a career in financial planning will remain in the industry post 2019.” “Mark and I have each chosen to invest in ourselves not only for personal development but for our clients too,” says Dennis. “Certainly since the Storm fiasco, consumers are far more careful with whom they trust with their life savings and important financial decisions.” Dennis and Mark say prospective clients often ask them, ‘how do I best choose a financial planner?’ Their response is to consider three things. Firstly, only deal with true

Altitude Wealth Management co-directors Dennis DiBartolo, a qualified financial planner, and Mark Tyrell, a former banker now financial planner, have been in the banking, finance and insurance game for the past 25 years, and over the course of their careers have witnessed holistic changes in the financial planning industry.

professionals who hold the highest educational and ethical standards in the industry, such as a Masters of Financial Planning, Certified Financial Planner or Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation. Secondly, meet with two or three advisers to determine whose style best suits your own, and who you feel most comfortable with establishing a longterm relationship. Finally, ensure the adviser has your best interest front of mind.

Certainly since the Storm fiasco, consumers are far more careful with whom they trust…”

Altitude Wealth Management 11 Ross River Road, Mysterton 4753 5777

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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

Let’s Talk About FOS

TO some of the less genuine financial advisers out there, FOS is a dirty word. Mention that word and they will run for the hills. The more genuine ones are confident with their processes, strategies and applications so any mention of FOS is by themselves as part of your initial consultation, as they explain to you their Financial Services Guide (or FSG). All advisers must give you one of these guides by


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law, and by rights should explain to you the complaints process and who FOS actually is. I am amazed how many clients do not know what this organisation is about. FOS is the ‘Financial Ombudsman Service’, who provides ‘fair, independent and accessible dispute resolution for consumers who are unable to resolve complaints with member financial services providers’. This is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation who exists as an alternative for the consumer rather than follow the complaints process via what can be expensive legal action. FOS undertakes their work free of charge to the consumer, and those costs of the service are met by the members of the organisation (financial planners and advisers, insurers, banks, credit providers to name a few). From our experience with working for clients during FOS disputes is that whilst their aim is to work efficiently and timely, cases can take from six months to up to two years depending on the level of detail the consumer can provide. FOS is about transparency, and takes a non-bias approach to the disputes, and this important as no practicing adviser wants a dispute raised if they can help it. The non-practicing advisers are the ones that you need to be careful of. Imagine the adviser who made recommendations to self-funded retirees, a couple to which the husband was quite ill, and the wife made the financial decisions. When presented with these recommendations, she only agreed to them based on the trust she had with the adviser, thinking that he was acting in their best interests. It was proven after the fact that this

recommendation was far from appropriate. It was proven that the advice and the delivery was also far from appropriate. The adviser was in breach of his fiduciary duty (which I spoke about in this column two months ago), and broke many rules governing the Financial Services Industry. The clients had little money left and had to resort to lodging a claim with FOS against the Dealer Group, the company that sat over the top of the adviser. The adviser has been officially banned for life from practicing in Financial Services and his company went into liquidation, so the client couldn’t even seek compensation from him directly. So where does the compensation come from? The Dealer Group has to step up. They have to wear the dispute claim against them as they are the holder of the liability insurance to cover the actions of the adviser. So usually a FOS Case Manager provides a recommendation, and if both parties do not agree with the amount of compensation, the case must be presented to the Ombudsman for Determination. What our firm does is assist the client in presenting the case to FOS and acting on behalf of the clients who have suffered losses as a result of inappropriate advice and action. I enter into each case fighting for what I believe in, and that is only what is in the best interest of the client. Read more at 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.


Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Outback Conversations Listening to business owners in the Bush.

I’M up in Normanton as I write this. Staying in a luxurious 2.5m x 3m single man’s quarters (and I’m not kidding about the luxurious side either) with a super silent Mitsubishi Electric split system, wall mounted flat screen TV and blackout windows, I haven’t slept this well (away from home) in a long time. Work life up north is pretty simple. Work bloody hard during the hot daylight hours, enjoy a cold one over a few tales at sunset and repeat. During the working ‘week’ and I use ‘week’ loosely because I’m not really talking a usual Monday to Friday. A week is however long you’re rostered on for – 14 days, 21 days, 30 days – there isn’t that much to do other than get in and work. A. It’s too bloody hot and B. you’re knackered from working in the heat. So generally, come sixish, most people are gathering at a spot to unwind and cool off. I was having a chat one afternoon and we got to talking about work and employees, specifically how tough it is to get good staff. Understandably Normanton isn’t necessarily high on many people’s list as a desired place to work – mainly due to not being aware of its beauty and facilities as well as not necessarily having an abundance of opportunities (or so I thought). One employer was telling the story about how, only a few weeks ago, they’d been told that the boss was expecting too much from their staff. “Is it too much to expect for someone to: 1) Show up for work 2) Be willing to work 3) Be capable of completing the job?” “Yes!” was the reply. “You should only expect that they show up. If they can do the job well – even better.” I almost fell off my stool in disbelief. Is it really too much to ask for? As an employer, what help is a person who can’t complete a

task? Why would you employ someone who cannot do a job properly? Business is hard enough let alone having to fix up mistakes on top of trying to complete everything else. Now, we’re not talking about training someone – training someone is a whole new conversation because, especially in small business, it would be great to have a staff member to train the way you would like things completed but there just isn’t always the capacity (time, money) to use one staff member to train another, without letting work (aka income) slide. Being a business owner is a whole lot of risks, stress, costs and sleepless nights. Many people wrongly assume that if someone is a business owner, then they must be ‘rich’. This is a total fallacy. Ninety per cent of small businesses fold within five years, most of those within two years. So if you’re working for someone who owns a business, especially an owner of over five years – you are working for someone tough as nails. They are a bloody champion! Running a business isn’t for everyone. For those who do it, they deserve a pat on the back. If you just show up to work and think that you are helping, believe me, they will be fine without you.


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DUOBusiness | Observation

Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Things aren’t always what they seem Being clear-headed about what the region’s economic possibilities are depends on our ability to learn from the evidence. And, as usual, when you start scratching the surface of things, it becomes clear very quickly that things aren’t always what they seem. KEEPING MINING IN PERSPECTIVE For a city-region that expends so much energy talking about mining, you’d be surprised to find that on all key measures, mining sits in the bottom 4 of 19 industries in terms of its contribution to Townsville North Queensland’s economic situation. According to Townsville Enterprise’s own data resource (provided by independent economists IMPLAN), which I accessed mid February: • Mining employed directly 1,103 people in Townsville North Queensland, ranking it 18th out of 19, with only 60 more employees than Arts & Recreation Services; • Mining contributed $828.878M to regional output, or 2.87%. On this measure it ranked 14th;


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• On Wages and Salaries, mining contributed $115.772M or 1.6% of the total. On per capita terms, it averaged $104,961 – very high in comparison; and • In terms of value added, mining ranked 16th contributing $309.381M or 2.36%. None of this is to say that mining is not important. This is a meaningless observation because regional economies are interconnected wholes. Indeed, in employment terms, its contribution a mere five years ago was more than twice it is today; but a few years before that, it was much as it is now. What it does say, however, is that most other parts of the regional economic fabric make far more significant contributions to material wellbeing than does the mining sector. There is a clear implication here: revitalisation of mining employment in the region on the back of the recent rebound in commodity prices will not be an economic saviour. The amount of effort that is poured into advocating on behalf of the region’s extractive industries is way out of proportion with that sector’s relative contribution. The point isn’t to get into some simplistic debate about whether mining ‘ought’ or ‘ought not’. It’s to keep things in perspective, and commit proportionate effort when the case merits it. AN UNSUNG HERO For a city-region that claims tourism isn’t its thing, the tourism sector is surely the unsung hero of the Townsville North Queensland economy. That’s not to say that it’s all rosy; it’s not. But, despite a range of indicators pointing to sector fragility, that it continues to punch above its weight surely points to something to work on, rather than treat as something of a “side show”. The same data crunchers, presented via the Townsville Enterprise website, provide some insight into the relative contribution of the tourism industry to the region’s economy. This is what IMPLAN’s data tells us: • Tourism employs directly 5,595 people, ranking it 7th out of 21 industries. Its direct contribution to local jobs is 5-times that of the mining sector; As for contribution to regional output, tourism’s is in the order of $1,034.171M or 3.58%. It ranks 9th on this measure; Tourism contributes $283.167M in wages and salaries, ranking it 9th again. However, it is important to note that its average per capita wage is $50,610, less than half the per capita average wage of the mining sector; and • In terms of value add, tourism contributes $492.251M (12th) or 3.75%.

Townsville North Queensland’s tourism sector has achieved mid-table rankings on key economic measures despite missing out on the boom in tourism visitation that is China. Recent visitation survey data estimates point to a growth in both international and domestic visitations (for holidays, visiting friends and family and for business) since early 2015. If this information is correct, then that is surely to be acknowledged and celebrated. There are always issues with national sample data being extrapolated into small regional contexts. Chatting to the guys at IMPLAN at the national regional development conference in Canberra last October saw some “data war stories” being exchanged, where if the survey estimates were to be believed, some smaller areas would have had tourism impacts that were substantially greater than the value of the entire economy in that region. So, some caution is warranted. There are other data sources that can help us get a richer sense of how the tourism sector is going. Here, I am referring to data on accommodation supply and passenger movements at the Townsville airport. Over the past five years, we have seen a decline in Townsville of the total number of room nights available, a fall in hotel/motel/ serviced apartment occupancy rates, and – here’s the killer – decline in Revenues per Available Room (RevPAR). RevPAR is a key industry metric because it goes to the extent to which accommodation providers are making money, or losing money. RevPAR has dropped to levels that see many operators surviving on wafer thin margins, which goes part way to explaining why the number of total room nights available has also fallen. In effect, if operators are losing money, then some will inevitably shut their doors. The growth in Airbnb is also a factor to consider here. The Townsville Airport provides some statistics on passenger numbers and seats or capacity. The available data presents monthly cumulative totals for this current financial year (2016/17) compared to the situation for the last financial year (2015/16). The data shows that: • The total number of cumulative seats for July-November 2016 is 2.2% down against the comparable period in the previous financial year; and • Total passenger numbers for the same period was down 1.3%. The passenger numbers include international flights, the most obvious addition to the repertoire being Townsville – Denpasar (Bali). Excluding this sector, which by and large takes Townsvilleans to Bali and brings them back, it is conceivable that passenger numbers

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“WE NEED RENEWED INFRASTRUCTURE TO ACCOMMODATE CHINESE TRAVELLERS. WE NEED MORE DIVERSE OPTIONS, IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL OFFER, WITH INTEGRATED RESORTS BEING TOP OF THE LIST.” have taken a dive over the last two years. Accommodation and airport passenger evidence doesn’t support the rosier picture we get from the visitor survey data. However, that said, there is little reason to doubt that tourism still punches above its weight – and that’s despite having to suffer the ignominy of silly campaigns like last year’s “Alive with Curiosity”, which came on the back of the failed TEL-initiated social media campaign to lure the young Prince Harry. You can’t win them all, I guess. SO, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? None of the above is fake news; nor is it data drawn from some parallel alternative facts universe. The evidence covered above comes from independent sources (e.g. IMPLAN and the ABS) or directly from those organisations that should have accurate information on key parts of their operations (e.g. the Airport). We’ve learned that tourism’s contribution to the material welfare of the region, measured on four conventional economic dimensions, is more significant than say, that of the mining industry. In employment terms the contribution is 5-times more. In terms of output, tourism’s contribution is 1.24X that of the extractive industries. As for wages and salaries, tourism contributes 2.45X that of mining; and in terms of regional value add, it contributes 60% more than does mining. That’s just the evidence, folks. No normative conclusions about ‘ought’ or ‘ought not’ need to be drawn directly from any of this. As an observer, however, it is clear that the

extractive industries (and coal in particular) have in recent times become something of an ideological totem. You’re either with them or agin’em. The community is likely to wage out a protracted and divisive battle over the next few years around the question of ‘ought’ and ‘ought not’. Meanwhile, unless we can get our heads around the pressing need for a ‘plan B’, what opportunities there are will be missed. Expanding the tourism industry has the merit that it is unlikely to be anywhere near as divisive as the future of mining is concerned. It is one where the city-region is actually better at than many in the North would even realise. The evidence shows that there are close to 6,000 people in Townsville North Queensland already directly employed in the sector, which is a strong core of capability and competence. The worrying sign is that much of the physical infrastructure is poorly utilised. It is run down in some parts, and poorly positioned to meet the needs of the largest growth sector of inbound tourism – the group and independent travellers coming from China. We need renewed infrastructure to accommodate Chinese travellers. We need more diverse options, in terms of the overall offer, with integrated resorts being top of the list. Such resorts can tap what I’ve previously described as the experiential luxe market, of independent travellers seeking to experience the wonders of Australia’s great outdoors without compromising on the creature comforts of well-funded travel. We need products that you don’t get on the Gold Coast, Sydney or Melbourne. Replicating

a theme park-centric tourism positioning seems pointless, and if you really wanted a Melbourne-style laneway café experience, you’d probably ultimately prefer to do it authentically… in Melbourne. We need accommodation infrastructure that can house 5,000 to 6,000 visitors from China and Asia generally on any given day across our region. Some of the existing hotel product can go towards this, but much more will be needed. Vertical integration with airlines and tourism operators can also help mitigate risk for investors and deliver a transformation to the region’s economic landscape. Tourism is an experience-rich industry where ‘high touch’ remains critical to its success. That means that while other sectors rapidly automate, there will in tourism continue to be a significant need for the kinds of services and interactions that only humans can provide. Warwick Powell is the founding Chairman of Sister City Partners, a regional not-forprofit investment bank with headquarters in Townsville. He brings almost 20 years of experience in global capital markets and project development and finance to bear on the challenges of creating regional resilience. He is an iconoclast who questions and challenges orthodox thinking. More information about Sister City Partners visit Warwick is active on LinkedIn. Search him and hook up.

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DUOBusiness | Promotion

Come For An Event: Stay For An Experience Townsville North Queensland offers a significant line-up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer on the mighty Cowboys, feel supercharged at the Townsville 400, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. TOWNSVILLE is the largest city in Northern Australia and, when taking into account the surrounding regions, event organisers can draw from a population of 600,000 to make the short journey to Townsville for an event. While those visitors are in Townsville, there are opportunities to experience some of the spectacular attractions and natural wonders in the region, including The Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage listed rainforests and outback experiences. Through Tourism and Events Queensland’s consumer behaviour research, it is evident that Townsville North Queensland is predominately a weekend getaway and short break destination. Hotel occupancy data demonstrates a clear correlation between events and increased occupancy. For example, during May 2016, Townsville’s accommodation sector saw distinct peaks following the introduction of two new business events, as well as peaks in visitation for both Groovin the Moo and a Cowboys home game.


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This resulted in year-on-year growth in average occupancy rates, equating to a 10% increase. Townsville Enterprise has officially launched a month long campaign to position Townsville North Queensland as the home of regional Australia’s best events. This campaign aims to build awareness and attract more visitors to the destination by showcasing the 2017 Events Calendar and featuring the stunning experiences, locations and attractions the region has to offer in an Insider’s Guide. A hero piece of campaign activity is a new television commercial, released on Wednesday 22 February, promoting the destination. The commercial is shot in a cinematic style, showcasing the region’s events in some of the best natural settings. Picture classical musicians playing at the bottom of Wallaman Falls, a Supercar driving through Paluma and PBR Bull Riders at Texas Long Horn Wagon Tours. This story is told in an abstract format following the journey of local stunt bike

rider, Borys Zagrocki, jumping, weaving and hopping through some of the region’s favourite events in iconic locations. To check out the commercial visit the Townsville Enterprise website. Over three million people are anticipated to be reached throughout the campaign, across platforms of print and TV advertising, editorial, social media, digital marketing and consumer expos in southern markets. Local participation throughout this campaign has been a priority, with all design and production elements produced in the region. Townsville North Queensland has continued to demonstrate significant successes in the establishment, acquisition and staging of a number of events in recent years. This year Townsville will host three rounds of the Rugby League World Cup and is one of the host cities for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Become a part of the exciting Calendar of Events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle – all in your own backyard!

From music to mountain biking, no matter your passion, the 2017 Townsville North Queensland Events Calendar has you covered.

What’s on in Townsville North Queensland in 2017 APR

Adventurethon Magnetic Island (Multi-sport competition)



Nitro Circus Live 20 May

Spartan Race Townsville 24 Jun

1 Apr

Groovin the Moo 2017 (Music festival)

Townsville MTB Festival 29 Apr – 5 May


25–28 May

30 Apr

Supercars Townsville 400


7–9 Jul

Strand Ephemera 2017 – The North’s Sculpture Festival

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 28 Jul – 5 Aug

28 Jul – 5 Aug


Townsville Fashion Festival

Rugby League World Cup 28 Oct – 5 Nov

McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival

18–20 Aug


PBR Iron Cowboy (Professional Bull Riding) 17–18 Nov

3–4 Jun


6 Aug

Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival

MagnetiCon – Townsville Pop Culture Event

Burdekin Water Festival (Ayr) 2 Sep

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival

31 Aug – 5 Sep

8–10 Sep


North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Home Games

Event, dates and venues are subject to change without notice. Please see for the latest listings.

Download the 2017 Townsville North Queensland Events Guide


The Business Of Beef


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Casey and Sara Anning are two sisters who believe in convenience without compromising the quality of a good, home cooked meal. To them, there should be less time allocated to preparing the food and more time spent enjoying it with family and friends. So they turned this philosophy into a business.

CASEY and Sara Anning know good beef. After all, their family are sixth generation cattle graziers from North West Queensland. The premium quality beef from their family property has been the heart and soul of their families meals for decades and now they’ve decided to share their passion with the world. Both Casey and Sara saw a gap in the market for high quality grass-fed and hormone-free beef, packaged as convenient ready-made meals. And so, after a few months conceptualising ideas and finding their footing, Casey and Sara successfully launched Black Rock Beef Co. in December 2015. The idea to start Black Rock Beef Co. came about very organically. For starters, cooking wholesome and beautiful food made with love had always come naturally to Casey and Sara because that’s how their Mum had done it their whole lives. “Our friends and family had always requested Mum’s meals when they came to visit and the idea of taking those meals to retail markets had come up many times over our regular dinner conversations. We threw ideas around for a while until Casey and I both realised we were ready to do our own thing and make this crazy idea come to

fruition. It was a way we could be creative and still closely connected to our home and heritage. It also meant we had the opportunity to add value to our existing family operation” Sara adds. It was hard work. The girls took their mothers recipes and backed themselves. The name Black Rock Beef Co. came from their home, Wongalee Station, a 60,000ha holding situated 40km north of Hughenden; taking inspiration from the land covered in basalt black rocks. From the name, to their business philosophy, family is at the core of everything the girls do. “Our family is as close as you can possibly be. I can’t imagine doing all of this without my family. They are my best friends and business partners – conflict resolution consists of making each other a cup of tea and business meetings are held over breakfast!” Sara says. Casey adds “We needed Dad’s enthusiasm, his total unwavering support and his faith in the product. Without Mum, we wouldn’t have the recipes and the endless moral support; and without our brothers Luke and Jake, we wouldn’t have been able to steal Mum and Dad away for months at a time. They held down the fort, so we could build this one.”

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Black Rock Beef Co. is built around Casey and Sara’s Mum’s homemade recipes, but with a modern spin. “One of our favourite things growing up were pies, but Mum was concerned with the ratio of meat to pastry she was feeding us so she started making ‘parcels’ as a way to make sure we were getting more protein than pastry. These parcels then became our signature frozen meals that come in a variety of flavours. There’s Chilli Con Carne, Savoury Mince, Roast Beef & Traditional Gravy and other favourites like Lasagne and Bolognaise Mince Sauce,” says Casey. At Black Rock Beef Co. the girls are committed to ethically producing 100 per cent grass fed and hormone free quality beef, the natural way. “We started BRB Co. believing that we wouldn’t want to give any family a meal that we wouldn’t want to give to our own” Casey mentions. “Knowing where our food comes from is important to us and so we provide the convenience without compromising the quality of a home cooked meal. This means there’s less time preparing the food and more time actually enjoying it with friends and family” adds Sara. Black Rock Beef Co. is currently


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stocked in North Queensland at: Lamberts Fresh Produce, Whites North Ward Grocer, Family Life Organics, Essentially Fresh, Otto’s Fresh Food Market, Christo’s Deli, Strand Gourmet Meats, Skinny’s Deli, Del Santo’s Deli in Ayr and Charters Towers and Cloncurry Foodworks. But the two young entrepreneurs aren’t stopping at North Queensland. Casey says “We have recently started working with a distributor in South Queensland and we now have

well over a dozen high-end stockists in the Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast region that are gaining some wonderful traction and support. We’re also in conversation with distributors in New South Wales, ACT and Victoria, so we’re excited to see where that goes. We’re looking forward to expanding into more product lines and eventually more stockists around Australia.” Even though they’re growing at a rapid rate, both Casey and Sara remain grounded. Casey says “I still feel the biggest sense of achievement when I get a message from a happy customer who has appreciated the easy dinner, loved it and believes in what we’re doing. That sort of appreciation and encouragement never gets old.” Black Rock Beef Co. 815 Flinders Street Townsville 0497 491 192


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DUORecipe Matt Merrin’s DUO Reader’s Request Recipe

MATT MERRIN’S (JAM) RECIPE Thai prawn & ginger rolls with Nan Jim (Gluten free) INGREDIENTS PRAWN ROLLS


300gm prawn meat

1 large red chilli, seeded and chopped

20gm peeled ginger, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 spring onion, finely sliced

1/2 bunch coriander, finely chopped

1 medium red chilli, sliced

4 teaspoons chopped ginger

1 p ack Bean curd sheets (Happy brand) cut into 18cm x 25cm pieces

2 tablespoons shaved palm sugar

1/8 bunch coriander, finely sliced

1 lime, zest and juice

1/8 bunch Thai basil, finely sliced 30ml sesame oil

2 tablespoons fish sauce 100ml coconut oil

Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon corn flour 2 limes to serve

METHOD FOR THE DRESSING Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth, set aside FOR THE PRAWN ROLLS In a food processor blitz the ginger, chilli and spring onion. Add the prawns and process for a few seconds only to keep the prawns quite chunky. Place the prawn mixture into a bowl, fold through the herbs and 20ml of the sesame oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the mix into a piping bag with a large plain nozzle. Mix the corn flour with a few drops of water together. Lay out the bean curd sheets. Pipe out ¼ of the mix towards the bottom end of the sheet leaving an inch from each side. Fold the sides in neatly, then roll up until you reach one inch from the top. Brush the top of the sheet with little cornflower slurry and finish rolling. Repeat with the other three rolls. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Brush the rolls with the remaining sesame oil and bake for 8 minutes, the rolls should feel firm and crispy.


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

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


WILD GOOSE BREWS & CHEWS The Goose vision is simple, kick back and relax and have a gander around. Dismiss the worries of your day at our convenient location on Flinders Street East. Have a laugh or two and enjoy great gastropub food made with only the freshest ingredients. Plus a great selection of wines, draught beer and cocktails that are sure to give you goose bumps. Open 7 days a week Monday 3pm–1am, Tuesday–Friday 7am–1am, Saturday–Sunday 3pm–1am 137 Flinders St East. 4771 2799


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The Cactus Saloon has three great levels, all with their own unique bars, sensational food and excitement. With 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

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Join us riverside at a Touch of Salt to Explore the crisp flavours of the apple Isle. Sunday 26 march FrOm 12pm



Fresh-tasting cold-climate wines and beers from Tasmania, paired with A Touch of Salt’s delicious dishes designed to suit, enjoyed with live music, all riverside in the city. Entry $15 per person Food Tickets $5

Drink tickets $4


DON’t miss out! This event traditionally sells out. We recommend pre-purchasing tickets

and go into the running to WIN a Trust the Chef five-course dinner for two people valued at $250!


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

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


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


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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




Only 5 min walk from the Sugar Shaker



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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. The restaurant is perfect for special occasions, business dinners or just a relaxing evening out. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 6pm. Now located in the old Essence restaurant adjacent to Aqua on Level 2. For more information visit, or for bookings call 4722 2222 or email

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


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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Coffee is our Passion. Food is our Love. Customers are our Life! Welcome to Stellarossa, Townsville’s newest café espresso bar. 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


DUORecipe The Bone Broth Bible by Emma Ellice-Flint

Images and recipes from The Bone Broth Bible by Emma Ellice-Flint New Holland Publishers Australia RRP $35.00

DUORecipe The Bone Broth Bible by Emma Ellice-Flint


ml pork bone broth  1 dried red chilli  4 dried shiitake mushrooms  2 potatoes, cut into cubes  2 long red chillies, deseeded  1 tablespoon rice wine  1 tablespoon fish sauce

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garlic cloves, peeled  2 cm knob ginger  thinly sliced pork, cooked or raw  1⁄4 savoy cabbage, chopped  2 spring onions (scallions), chopped   2 heaped tablespoons kimchi pickle (optional)


This soup is similar to the Korean pork bone soup called ‘Gam Ja Tang’. It’s all comforting, fragrant and so good for you, but I’ve made it simpler. Unless you have an Asian shop near you it may be hard to get all the Korean ingredients, so my version allows you to swap in more readily available foods. Once you have your pork bone broth made, the rest is so easy and delicious.

MET HOD Simmer the broth with the dried chilli and shiitake mushrooms in a saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove the mushrooms and slice. Add the potatoes and simmer until soft. In a small blender or mortar and pestle, combine the chilli, rice wine, fish sauce, garlic and ginger to make a rough paste. Tip the cabbage, pork and spring onions into the simmering soup, and then add in about three-quarters of the paste. Mix to combine. Simmer for 1 minute, allowing the cabbage to wilt and the pork to cook, if not already cooked. Remove the dried chilli. Check the seasoning and add some more of the paste until you get a flavour that suits your taste. Serve hot in bowls, with a small side dish of kimchi.

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DUORecipe The Wholefood Bone Broth FromBible The by Ground EmmaUp Ellice-Flint


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bunch baby carrots, about 250 g bunch baby beetroots  4 small zucchini (courgette)   50 g raw almonds with skin on, roughly chopped   1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons extra, for carrots  1 large purple onion, peeled and finely chopped  1 tablespoon organic butter  1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed  1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

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teaspoon allspice powder g basmati white rice  85 g basmati brown rice  pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper  500 ml chicken bone broth  1 handful coriander (cilantro), chopped  1 handful mint, chopped  1 handful flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped   3 medjool/Californian dates, pitted and chopped


Full of some of my favourite vegetables and spices, this rice dish is a meal all on its own. You could also team it up in winter with a slow-cooked lamb roast (saving the bone to use in broth later) or in summer with some freshly cooked seafood such as large shrimp (prawns) or squid. MET HOD Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cut the excess stalks from the carrots and beets, whilst keeping about 2.5 cm of stalk on the top of each vegetable. Wash the vegetables really well, but don’t peel. Cut the beets in half lengthways. Place the beetroots in a baking tray and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until just cooked. Cut the carrots and zucchini in half lengthways. Toss in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a small pinch of salt and pepper. Place the carrots and zucchini in a baking tray and pop in the oven for 15 minutes, or until just cooked. In a large frying pan with a lid, gently toast the almonds for 2–3 minutes over low heat, then tip out into a bowl. In the same frying pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the onion and cook over low heat, stirring, for about 10 158

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minutes or until soft. Keep the lid on during this to stop the onions from catching. Stir in the garlic and continue cooking over low heat for a further 1 minute. Then stir in the spices and the rice. Add the bone broth and a big pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with a lid and increase the heat, bringing everything to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to really low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the brown rice is cooked. Take each beetroot and carefully peel off the skin. Once the rice is cooked, test if it needs any more salt and pepper, then tip it into a large serving bowl. Stir through the herbs, beets, zucchini and carrots, and scatter the almonds and dates on top. If you have any cooked chicken left over from say cooking the Chicken Ginger Penicillin Soup, then you could shred some of this chicken into the bowl.

DUORecipe The Bone Broth Bible by Emma Ellice-Flint

Images and recipes from The Bone Broth Bible by Emma Ellice-Flint New Holland Publishers Australia RRP $35.00

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five minutes with: Morgan Mackney HOTEL MANAGER AT THE RIVERVIEW TAVERN


Suburb: South Townsville. AKA: Kels, Nena, Smelsey, Chalk, Mad and Mum used to call me Polly Possum. I’m renowned for: I did a survey on this... my laugh, kindness, loyalty, red lips and apparently nagging, if you ask my son. Only a local would know… that it is hot work living in paradise. My most memorable holiday was… Scotland, for my Brothers wedding. Mum had terminal breast cancer, we knew it was our last family holiday and made beautiful memories. Driving through the country side on our way to Lock Ness with music blaring and all of us singing loudly. Right now I wish I was… at the beach. My favourite day is: Monday my RDO. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My wonderful family and friends but I’m an emotive person so a song or a sunset can influence how i feel. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… going down the escalator at Stockland, wearing a strapless, long dress. In a panic I realised that as I was going down so was my dress. To my horror it was caught in the escalator and I was about to be semi naked in a crowded shopping centre. I had to rip my dress to get it out - now a sacrifice to the escalator gods. Someone famous I met was: Molly Meldrum in the 90s, told me I was a great dancer. I believe alcohol was a factor both in my dancing ability and his ability to see accurately. My motto is: “May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave.” MY FAVOURITE: Song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow Shop: Any shop that glitters. Eat: Pasta. Did I say pasta? Drink: Flash back Midori and lemonade.


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Suburb: Railway Estate. AKA: Morgo. I’m renowned for: Bringing fresh ideas to life and trying new things. Only a local would know… that I am a closet Rugby Union player, a fly half in a props body. My most memorable holiday was… a road trip from Townsville to Broome and back! Was great to see such a unique part of Australia up close. Right now I wish I was… chasing Barra in the Hinchinbrook channel with mates. My favourite day is: Tropical Friday! Love getting to mix with the locals over some beers and some snags. The biggest influence in my life was/is: A quote from Bill Gates, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… after we took the whole college photo at Uni, I found out someone had changed my name on the name sheet... Someone famous I met was: Alfie Langer made my Mum toast once, that was pretty cool! My motto is: Work smart, not hard and it’s always another day in paradise! MY FAVOURITE: Song: You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon Shop: Any store with fishing gear! Eat: Grandma’s spaghetti Drink: Bundy Small Batch – can’t beat it.


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: Naree Vo PROJECT COORDINATOR/ TOWN PLANNER


Suburb: Burdell. AKA: Naz. I’m renowned for: Always being open and friendly and making everyone feel included. I have always been part of many professional and social circles so I know how much easier it is when people are open and inviting, I try to pay it forward whenever possible. Only a local would know… that the best crumbed steak in town is at Molly Malones! My most memorable holiday was… my trip to Bali in 2015 - we had a fantastic time going off the beaten track and seeing the cultural and natural side of Bali. The holiday was made even more special when my husband-to-be proposed to me during a private dinner on the beach! Right now I wish I was… snowboarding in Whistler, Canada. My favourite day is: Friday Wine Day, no doubt. The biggest influence in my life was/is: Though both my parents are very supportive and caring, my father has been the greatest influence on my life. He has been through so much adversity but is still always happy and smiling and always willing to go out of his way to help everyone. If not for his hard work, support, and unconditional love, I would not be on the path I am now. Someone famous I met was: Fatman Scoop at the Gold Coast. It started off as just a night out with a great group of friends celebrating a great finish to a competition; little did we know we would be finishing the night off with an up close and personal with the man himself on the dance floor! My motto is: Treat others the way you want to be treated.    MY FAVOURITE: Song:  Iris by Goo Goo Dolls Shop:  Top Shop Eat:  Pizza Drink:  Red Wine

Suburb: Cranbrook. AKA: I have had many nicknames over the years, but Rob is the most relevant for now. I’m renowned for: Hrmm, this is a tough one... my drawing / painting style maybe? Only a local would know… that I donated my hair to a place called locks of love not so long ago, and I plan to do it again soon. My most memorable holiday was… moving back to Townsville, mixed emotions, but in hindsight I am happy I did. Right now I wish I was… finishing the personal projects that I have put to the side. My favourite day is: Mondays - they get a bad rep, but I like them. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My family mainly, and all the people I have met along the way. Also music and comics. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… I am actually not sure, I’m quite dull on a good day! Someone famous I met was: I have met some cool people over the years, maybe not famous to everyone, or even famous at all. But a stand out for me was shaking hands with Barney Greenway from Napalm Death. My motto is: If it’s not broken don’t fix it and if in doubt don’t – these are interchangeable. MY FAVOURITE: Song: Firebirds by Clutch Shop: Realms of Magic and Miniatures Eat: BBQ Ribs / Hot Wings Drink: Kraken Spiced Rum

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Get In The Game When Bev Ponder’s neighbour took her along to the University of the Third Age for a Mahjong class, little did she know that nine years later she’d be the one up the front teaching cards. Words Kylie Davis Photography Josephine Carter

EVERY Wednesday from 9.30am till half past noon you’ll find Bev Ponder teaching a Canasta class for the University of the Third Age at the Australian German Club in Aitkenvale. “It keeps me on my toes,” says 70-year-old Bev, who declares that joining U3A was the best thing she ever did. “I joined in 2008 when a neighbour took me along to their Mahjong class. I enjoyed it so much I wanted more, so I joined the Canasta class, the beading group and the book club,” Bev says. “Then we got a social group going because we found a lot of us were sitting around watching TV on weekends twiddling our thumbs.” The social group collects pamphlets from places such as the Civic Theatre and Riverway to see what’s happening. A few members will go off to a festival while others might go to see a play by The Townsville Little Theatre or form a car pool to go and watch the ballet.


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As for the Canasta, Bev says it “gives your brain a workout” and some take it so seriously they’re frightened to throw out the wrong card. “I love them to pieces,” Bev says. “We have a very nice diverse group of people. They all poke fun at each other and have a good time but, believe me, if anything goes wrong they’ll all put their hand up and help you. They’ve been wonderful to me.” Bev changes up the type of Canasta the group plays every month, with four or five versions of varying degrees of difficulty on the go. “We even have a semi-invented one that’s pretty tough. Smaller groups have splintered off from our Wednesday class to play it on other days of the week,” Bev says. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of steering people in the right direction and seeing them have a good time.” Bev also leads a beading class at U3A from winter to Christmas – a pastime she got hooked on when she went to an RSL

ladies craft day with her sister-in-law. “She was interested in the embroidery and I wandered around and had a look at all the other things people were doing,” Bev says. “One lady was sewing little beads onto covers for Christmas ornaments and I was hooked. I got so enthusiastic I even got my sister-in-law to come and join in and the next thing I know we were scouring shops for lovely beads.” Now Bev passes on what she’s learned at U3A with beginners starting with beaded Christmas ornaments and moving on to trickier projects when they’re ready. When she’s not teaching, Bev is also known to play matchmaker. “One of our romances is off to a great start and I was very proud that I introduced them,” Bev says. “Now I’ve got others asking me to play Cupid for them too!”

University of the Third Age Townsville Telephone 4724 3530



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Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, making...

DUO Magazine March 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, making...