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SPECIAL FEATURES 49 T  he Best In Business Profile Feature

70 E  ducation + Training Highlight

FEATURE STORIES 14 Profile Dr Cathy Day 18 P  rofile Tom Marks TCTC Student

20 C  ultural Feast In The Making 22 W  here Are They Now?

Sophie Kevesten, Kristof Schrader, Ashleigh Gibson, Hailey Renault

24 The Funky Book Club 26 Women In Uniform


08 Publishers Welcome 10 Horoscope 12 What’s Going On 96 F  ive Minutes With…

Meet four amazing locals



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98 S  ome Things I Love Sherie Di Bella


30 O  pen Home

Harvey Residence by Joe Chindarsi


34 F  ashion Forward Castletown

38 My Bag Cindy Walker


40 Health News 41 G  rant Collins

Clarity Hearing Solutions

42 G  eoff Stanton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

43 E  mma Reeve

Pure Core Nourishment

44 L  ydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

45 The Heart Of The Mater


46 The Surf Club Beach Party 47 C  hinese New Year Celebrations 48 Festival 2018 Launch



60 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

61 T  rent Yesberg Regional Business Services

62 W  arwick Powell

Sister City Partners

64 T  ownsville Enterprise Limited Breaking It Down: Market Disruptions and Megatrends


67 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation Makeover Brings Smiles

69 Just Arrived


94 R  ecipe Soba Noodle Salad with Wakame and MisoPoached Chicken

95 Recipe Broccoli Slaw


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I BEFORE E If you’ve read my article here before you’re probably very aware that I ain’t no writer. Being a graphic designer who specialised in advertising design, writing this story is about the hardest job I have to do every month. But I’m not complaining. I’ve had much harder jobs and this one is a little bit of a challenge really. I used to include ‘10 Things That I Appreciate’ which is a bigger challenge each month because after mentioning my wife (Stacey), my mum, my family, the weather, living in Townsville, being able to go to Bali, etc etc, I could only ever come up with dining out and drinking wine. And you can’t say that every month I was told. So, this is why I’m always grateful when someone sends me something I can use. Now you may have seen it before, but it was new to me when my old mate Bronwyn Holm sent me a photo of a printed coffee mug with an observation about ‘I before E’. Bet you immediately said ‘except after C’! Like Joan Fanning did. But this is not always so. Here’s what was written: I before E. Except when your foreign neighbour Keith receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. Weird. I can imagine how difficult it must be to learn the English language if you weren’t born into an English speaking family. My grandmother Elsie Levis was a remarkable woman. She was the daughter of a tin miner, grew up in mining camps and travelled around north west Queensland in a bullock dray. She told me once, because they were living remotely, that she only had 18 months of schooling in her life. Sometimes she’d mispronounce a word and I’d realise that she had read it in a book and worked out how to say it herself. She was an intelligent woman and it never stopped her from saying what she thought. My wife, Stacey and I were grocery shopping one day not long after we started living together and of course we found ourselves at the ice cream fridges. Being the gentleman my mother raised I asked her what flavour she wanted. “Neopoleaten,” she said. “You mean Neapolitan?” “No, it’s pronounced Neo - pol- eaten!” I love it when I win. Enjoy your month! Scott Morrison Publisher

Photographer: Matthew Gianoulis Hair: Colour It Makeup: Michelle’s Skin and Beauty Models: SIA Model Management Stylist: Drosia Parliaros Castletown Resident Stylist



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

ON THE COVER DUO Magazine was proud to present with SIA model management the Miss Teen Australia Regional Finals at Castletown. The winners going straight into the national finals are Junior Miss Teen Australia Townsville, Shaye Jorgensen and Miss Teen Australia Townsville, Ashlyn Naughton who modelled for our cover and fashion shoot this month. Thanks to the team:



4 - 15 April 2018



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

STA R O F T H E MO N T H Pisces

February 19 to March 20 Daring Jupiter sets a wilder but happier scene. With this planet partying in your house of travel for the rest of the year, uninhibited adventures are in store. Everything and anything – thought-provoking books, study, fascinating people, provocative conversations, mind-expanding journeys – even problems and disagreements – can be viewed through the lens of ‘discovery’. In the meantime, after March 24 communicator Mercury does a backflip. Watch what you say, because blunt remarks could turn into memorable gaffes. The good news? Your money arena is blessed, but be conservative with your spending.





The new year was about planting seeds and now, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour. As the month progresses, you increasingly establish a position of power – reaching a zenith around the 18th’s New Moon. Whatever you want to build on, this is the time and place. Your birthday is on the horizon, but you’ll be starting to celebrate the moment your birthday season begins.

Logic and instinct have had their differences lately, but they finally reach a truce – resulting in peace of mind. Many Taureans find themselves in an emotional state of grace, bordering on spiritual ascendancy. Friends and family could have something special in store for you, so trust them. But as old habits die hard, trusting someone else’s plans may take getting used to.

Last month’s uncertainty and chaos continues, thanks to Gemini’s nemesis – retrograding Mercury – so steer clear of launching new projects until April. This month is an ideal time to reassess plans that didn’t work out the first time. Fine-tune your CV, or add bells and whistles to the proposal you thought you had finished. You can always improve upon that initial flash of genius.

Unexpected visitors or certain friends could become the bane of your life. Although you might feel you can cope with whoever turns up, certain blasts from the past may still have the power to blind side. Not a problem. Simply charm, and then disarm. You now know what (or who) you can live without, which is one step closer to discovering what makes you truly happy.

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21 April – 20 May

21 May – 21 June

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Mercury’s back-pedalling after the 24th could mean your finances are pushed to the extreme, but don’t fret. In recent times, you’ve doled out much monetary kindness and now is the time to call some of these favours in. If you can’t guilt-trip people into submission, you can at least ensure they never dare ask for your financial help again.

Mercury misbehaves badly, bringing confusion to all. This planet rules communication, negotiations, buying, selling, travel, contracts and documents, all of which are affected when Mercury slows down after the 24th. So, if possible, complete any important transactions before then. Also make sure that all electronic files are backed up.

With Mercury doing a backflip in your romance sector this month, there’s not much happening here but, surprisingly, you shouldn’t feel lonely or unhappy. Instead, look forward to being sheltered from the daily grind, with plenty of elbow room for introspection. Don’t be surprised by sudden revelations – you live by your intuition, use it to your advantage.

This month sees you charging ahead, with little regard for formalities. So does this mean you’re making progress, or just being reckless? Some find your zeal tough going; others are delighted by your passion. When you’re this determined, it can be difficult giving up a dream or two. You needn’t always multi-task, just work on one project at a time.

23 July – 22 August

23 August – 22 September

23 September – 22 October




March is a grinder of a month for getting work done, but stay focused and claim the bounty. It’s just a case of powering into top gear and crashing through self-doubts. Both your social and work diaries are loaded to the hilt. Blame it on a combination of power planets, hurling you into the spotlight. There you’ll be – at the centre of attention, and loving it.

It seems that very few are willing to reveal their true feelings or intentions this month – least of all what they want from you. Be warned in advance – the most taboo subjects in any relationship or business enterprise are certain to be those linked with money or joint finances. Declare a closed-wallet policy. That should at least keep financial predators at bay.

Though you may be tempted to side with life’s cynics, staying objective is the best policy. Your head’s in the wrong space for others’ dramas. After the 24th, escape to a quiet destination even if only for a few days. Until then, your mobile runs hot and work stacks up. While your inclination is to stay in control, that may become difficult when that trickle of obligations turns into a torrent.

22 November – 21 December


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22 December – 19 January

23 October – 21 November

January 20 to February 18


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



8 March 2018

International Womens Day Breakfast The Ville

2 to 8 March

Acknowledge by Anneke Silver Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

With a rigorous investigation of landscape, Anneke Silver has sought to reconcile her own European sensibilities with traditional custodians of the land. This artistic conversation led to a quiet but powerful revelation of the ancient primacy of the landscape, which Silver explores within this body of work. 4 March

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 Paluma Dam Camping Grounds

A fast, yet challenging course featuring all three disciplines — kayaking, mountain biking and trail running. Do it solo or in a team of two or three. A second event will be held on Magnetic Island on 25 March. multi-sport-sprint-series

Organised by Soroptimist International Clubs of Townsville, this will be the 25th year of the event. This year’s theme is Gender Equality – Challenges And Opportunities In Achieving Gender Equality and The Empowerment Of Rural Women And Girls. There will be keynote speakers, a panel discussion and Q&A. 8 March

International Women’s Day Cocktail Party

Until 11 Mar 2018

Manga Hokusai Manga Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Introducing some of the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, and Hokusai Manga, a collection of sketches by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), this exhibition focuses on pictorial storytelling and participatory culture of ‘manga’ from different periods, the exhibits include panels, books, videos, and a group of new works by contemporary manga artists. An internationally touring exhibition presented by The Japan Foundation.

North Queensland Club

Zonta Club of Townsville Metro Inc hosts an annual IWD event to raise awareness of womens issues and raise funds for Birthing Kits, distributed to women in less fortunate countries. This year’s keynote speaker is Dee Prosser from Project Booyah. 8 and 22 March

Townsville Cinema Group Warrina Cineplex

The Square, 2017 Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark. Graduation, 2016 Romania I Am Not Your Negro, 2017 USA, Belgium

16 March

Riverway Movie Night – The Croods Riverway Oval

Bring your blanket along and enjoy the free open-air movie under the stars and raintrees at Riverway! 16 March to 22 April

BÁB-BARRA: Women Printing Culture Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Bábbarra Designs, a contemporary art textile centre in the community of Maningrida, is Aboriginal owned and governed, run by women for women. Each silk-screened length of fabric is a bold and elegant story/text that tells ancestral stories and of the lives of the Bábbarra women: referencing the life of the land and its foods and plants, bush crafts, as well as ancestral stories, or djang / wangarr.


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17 March

Emerald City

Townsville Civic Theatre – C2 Filmed live on stage, Australian National Theatre Live presents David Williamson’s Emerald City, a Griffin Theatre Company production.

18 to 19 March

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. 1300 878 001 21 to 24 March

Bloody Murder presented by Townsville Little Theatre PIMPAC (Pimlico High School Performing Arts Centre)

Bloody Murder is set in a typical English country estate where a group of hackneyed, unrelated characters have been invited for the weekend. Bloody Murder…not so much a whodunit as a whodunwhat!

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After 46 years of living and breathing her ‘great obsession’, Dr Cathy Day is looking forward to what her future holds.

Forty-six years sounds like a lifetime, but for Townsville Catholic Education’s outgoing Executive Director, her comprehensive career has been nothing short of ‘a phenomenal experience.’ “It’s been a lot of hard work but something that I’ve relished and I’m enormously grateful for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had,” reflected Cathy. “Education was, is and will always be my great obsession. There is little that is more important than educating our young people.” With a career that naturally progressed from a teaching scholarship at the Townsville Teachers College, Cathy headed back to Townsville after an initial posting out west, where she embedded her educational roots as a teacher, principal and ultimately at the helm of Townsville Catholic Education, presiding as Executive Director for the past 12 years. Cathy’s demeanour is a mix of proud reflection and overwhelming gratitude as she considers the many wonderful experiences she’s had throughout her career. “Building and opening new schools is always a joy,” she revealed. “Having the opportunity to work with the community to build our newest Catholic primary school, St Benedict’s at Shaw has been a major highlight.”


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Catholic Education Office 2 Gardenia Avenue, Kirwan 4773 0900

Anyone involved with Catholic education and the arts in Townsville would have the annual Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival marked on their calendar; yet another of Cathy’s notable undertakings over the past decade. The only event of its kind in Australia, more than 1,000 students from 30 of the region’s Catholic schools gather in Townsville for the week-long program of artistic workshops. “When I see some of the little kids out in Mount Isa and Winton, they get so excited when they say to me ‘I’m going to Mulkadee!’” Cathy laughed. “It’s become a highly-recognised and acclaimed youth arts festival, not just in Townsville but right across Queensland. Who knows? There could be a student who will become world famous in the arts, because of Mulkadee!” While the landscape of Catholic education has changed dramatically throughout her tenure, Cathy’s forward-thinking leadership and strong relationships with schools and their staff have been instrumental in the progressive and committed work of all in Catholic schools. Christian meditation, another of Cathy’s passions, is consequently being taught in all schools in the Townsville Diocese. “I think it’s a really good thing for the spirit and the physical well-being of kids as it gives them a sense that they’re actually in control of themselves and their impulses,” said Cathy. “I’m currently the Chair on the board of the Tropical Brain and Mind Research Foundation and we’re just about to launch a significant project on mental health in Townsville. Our world is certainly in need of something that’s very helpful in the space of mental health.” As for other ‘retirement’ plans, Cathy wishes to stay well connected with her existing associations and be open to any new adventures that life may offer. “I’ve also been invited by Father Laurence Freeman, the Spiritual Leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation, to take on a little role in the organisation. I’m pretty sure that with these continuing connections, my life will be busy and fulfilled.”

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SECURING YOUR DREAM House hunting is a variable minefield of budgets, checks and balances which can really take the joy out of the whole process.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone could give you all the information you need to know about a potential property purchase or particular location where you’d like to find an address to invest in or to call home? Todd Carnes and Zoe Harris are Townsville’s CommBank Lending Specialists equipped with the perfect solution for prospective home buyers who wish their journey to home ownership to be a pleasant one. A local lending specialist for 15 years, Todd wants everyone to know about CommBank’s complimentary property reports that will help strengthen their purchasing power. “If you want to know more about a property or an area you’re considering buying or selling in, we can help you get the latest information on new listings, auctions and recent sales,” explained Todd. “We provide a complimentary property report that’s customised to your needs so you can be well-informed about your property decisions.”


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While it’s important to have a sound knowledge of the market in which you’re buying and know your own budget, specialists like Todd and Zoe are on hand to help you work out the finer details and figure out what home loan options best suit your circumstances. Townsville born and bred, Zoe has been a lending specialist locally for more than 10 years. “It’s important to know what you want to get out of buying real estate but ultimately, you should buy a house that you love,” stated Zoe. “Don’t buy anything because you feel pressured and spend more than you can afford. That’s where we can help.” CommBank’s property app is also a ‘must download’ for customers looking to buy a home or investment property.

“It’s a handy tool to search for properties and gain market insights as well as see an estimated market value,” revealed Todd. “All of CommBank’s tools are designed to help you take the time to make sure the property you’re looking at is right for you.” Call to make an appointment with Todd or Zoe today to start the conversation about securing your dream.


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Your home, your way. From buying and investing, to renovating and refinancing, everyone’s home buying journey is different. We’re here to make yours smoother. At CommBank, we know that finding your new home is only the first step – and no two paths to home ownership are the same. That’s why it helps to have someone on your side who can give you the guidance and support you need. For a limited time, receive $1,250 cashback when you refinance your eligible home loan to CommBank. Cashback available for: •

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Kerrin Robinson Lending Specialist CommBank Townsville 0475 808 996

Talk to one of our dedicated home lending specialists today. CommBank Aitkenvale CommBank Castletown Shopping Centre CommBank Thuringowa CommBank Townsville

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VISION OF YOUTH Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) student, Tom Marks is all fired up making commercials, recording music and shooting the JCU Townsville Fire home games.


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When did your interest in digital video production start? I was inspired by Youtube to create special FX demos and short videos as well as animations and short films for school projects. Bjarne Ohlin, Program Manager at the TCTC, was impressed with my work and recommended me to some local businesses who were developing marketing campaigns which led to my first paid job animating the little sunbird in the hiQu Dental ad. That led to real estate ads, other TVC’s and my work for the JCU Townsville Fire. Why choose to study at the TCTC? I actually found the TCTC by Googling for courses in Townsville. I’ve never heard of a college that offers so much creative potential under one roof and for such an affordable price. The industry connections I have gained through the practical coursework and TCTC run projects, especially their training partnership with JCU Townsville Fire, have easily paid off what I invested in myself a year ago. One of the great things about the TCTC is you are constantly working with other creatives and you get to experience the larger production workflows. As I gained confidence, I pushed myself to learn other programs so I could complete work from end to end.

How does the technology enable you to be productive? I am very fortunate to live in a time when capturing high quality video and audio is easier and cheaper than ever before. I am even more fortunate to have been able to attend a college in Townsville while still in school that’s up-to-date with industrystandard equipment and that’s pushing to take the creative industries to the next level. My goal is to be in a position where it’s incredibly easy to create hi resolution video, VR and hyperlapse products quickly. A lot of that is investing in the right equipment and crew. There are quite a few of us TCTC graduates who now bring our individual skillsets to collaborate on projects.

What does the future hold? I never thought I’d be hired by a production company so quickly. Before the end of Year 12 last year, I was approached by Vetta Productions and have been contracted by them for several videos and animations. Since the start of my senior year, my work has been shown on local TV, cinemas, theatres, and sport stadiums. Online, the real estate and other marketing videos I’ve created have around 200,000 views and counting, with a few making it to local and national news. I’m excited by the opportunities here in Townsville and don’t see any need to work elsewhere. My company, Lanky Llama, isn’t official yet. I have to be 18 before I can register it!

soundtrack audio for the gaming industry, exchanging files via fast NBN/internet. Some have produced music tracks for local and interstate artists/composers, while others have completed tertiary study at JMC Academy and University of Queensland.

production are also areas of skills training you can undertake at the TCTC.

One graduate is now an audio/staging crew member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The majority, like Tom, integrate their audio skills into the wider demands of their technical production practices and establish themselves as freelance producers and available crew personnel.

There is great diversity in how successful graduates of the TCTC Certificate II & III in Music Industry courses apply their skills and industry knowledge. Graduates have taken up work opportunities creating

For further information, contact the Heatley Secondary College Administration Office, Dalrymple Road, Heatley on 4726 8333 or enquire online at: TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/

Tom has been fortunate in being a student at the inception of the training partnership between TCTC and JCU Townsville Fire in 2016. He has seen firsthand the demands and opportunities of sports broadcasting and how live content production is one of the growing sectors of the creative industries. Of course, animation, game programming, graphic design and digital film/video

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Photo by Michael Mongin on Unsplash



hile we’ve all been going about our daily pursuits over the past year or so, the cogs of Townsville’s artistic underground have been grinding away beneath the surface of our seemingly standard streetscape, in preparation for what promises to be a history-making moment in our city’s events almanac. As part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, a leg of the arts and cultural program, Festival 2018, will be held in Townsville from 4–15 April. Councillor Colleen Doyle said the 12-day long program is going to be a feast for the senses. “I often refer to our wonderful street art as an entrée for the visual arts; easily obtained and all around us, but just offering a flavoursome taste,” Cr Doyle began.


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“The art we’ll witness during the festival will definitely be the main course in terms of size and visual impact, with further enhancement of multimedia art forms and live performances in a very defined space at Strand Park. “Personally, I can’t wait to see the performances in the Spiegeltents at Queen’s Gardens. I’ve already booked online!” Townsville City Council’s performing arts team has been working alongside the city’s creative arts leaders for almost two years now, to bring together a world-class array of music, dance, film, circus and street theatre that is bound to inspire everyone who gets involved. Strand Park will be transformed into an amazing Container Art Park, with national and local artists working on towering container structures to create a space for art,

CULTURAL FEAST IN THE MAKING Prepare to be amazed Townsville!


entertainment, food and music over the course of the event. It will also host a live Commonwealth Games telecast during the days and nights of competition. Council’s Special Project Manager for Commonwealth Games events Jeff Jimmieson said the Festival 2018 program has something for everyone. “I challenge anyone to not find something in our program that doesn’t draw them to the festival,” he stated. “The community is going to experience something never before presented in this city on a scale that will amaze everyone. This is by far the biggest undertaking the city has ever seen in the arts and cultural space and I’m sure it will build a lasting legacy in North Queensland, growing upon our established events like Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Strand Ephemera.”

North West Walls during Rock Werchter 2017.

CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Live music, theatre, dance, drama, circus, comedy, burlesque and cabaret in Strand Park, Queens Gardens and Jezzine; Ogden Street mural Mother Earth by Leans – one of the artists creating Uncontained; THEATREiNQ will reprise their popular Alice In Wonderland; Diesel; Strand Park will be transformed into an amazing Container Art Park; Thundamentals; Ian Moss, one of the many performers including Archie Roach, Lior, Gregoryan Brothers, Peter Helliar and Peter Combe appearing at Festival 2018.

Cr Doyle said Festival 2018 organisers deserve a huge accolade for their efforts. “I want to acknowledge our truly amazing creatives as Townsville’s visual and performing arts community will feature strongly throughout the festival and have played a big part in the pre-planning phase,” she said. “Jeff and his staff, in particular Katie Boyd and Lachlan Walsh have been outstanding and deserve recognition for their work. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I say, let the festival and feast begin!” Make sure you’re a part of the unforgettable memories Festival 2018 is going to create here in North Queensland. For more information on Festival 2018, visit festival2018 or visit council’s website

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


What’s your link to Townsville? My family moved from Cairns to Townsville when I was 14. My mum was a pilot and my family decided


What’s your link to Townsville? I was raised in Townsville after my parents moved there from Germany. I studied New Media Arts at James Cook University, with a focus on photography, sound design and journalism. Where are you now? Living in Brisbane with my partner Eloise. I photograph weddings and work for MMG Photo + Cinema. I’d like to develop my skills further in commercial photography or get into teaching at one of the local colleges for creative industries.


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to relocate south for her work. My parents – who met at the Aero Club in Townsville more than 30 years ago – still live there today. Where are you now? I’m working as a digital producer in Features for ABC Radio National and Audio Studios in Sydney. I’ve also previously worked with the ABC in Mackay, Townsville and Canberra.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville set me up with my tertiary studies, work experience and years of being self-employed in a highly competitive industry. I was fortunate to photograph many weddings from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach, as well as the Atherton Tablelands – some of my favourite locations. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I’m looking forward to visiting family in Townsville this year. My first stops will include Coffee Dominion and The Strand — I think it’s one of the best beaches in the country.

My job involves collaborating with other journalists, presenters and producers to create digital content for online platforms. Some days I’m helping produce feature articles, other days I’m editing and shooting social videos. The house I’m living in is nestled in the heart of Surry Hills. It’s great because there’s plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants nearby.. What’s your next project? My next project will involve producing an original online article regarding artificial intelligence. I enjoy reporting on emerging technologies and innovation is an area I’d like to tap into further in the future. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? In high school, I recall sitting in a small office and speaking with a career counsellor who

said: “Have you ever considered becoming a journalist?”. Defiant, I went on to study a Bachelor of Psychology instead. But after working and travelling abroad for two years, I returned to Townsville to discover my new calling – multimedia journalism. I was lucky to have supportive teachers and mentors while studying a Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University, one of which, Amy Forbes, even recommended me for my first job at a rural newspaper in Charters Towers. The internship I completed with ABC North Queensland also helped in opening more doorways for me. My time working in the regions has helped shape me into a better journalist today.



What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville from Hobart in 2008 and started high school at The Cathedral School. I then continued my studies at James Cook University, where I studied Journalism. After finishing my degree I moved to Melbourne to pursue my passion for presenting. I ended up meeting sports reps for a company called First Point USA, who were staying in the hotel I was working at the time. They were in Australia scouting for

their collage programs for the UK and mentioned they needed a sports reporter for their online blog. I jumped at the opportunity and ended up working for them reporting any sports that were big at the time, which included the Women’s World Cup and the Wimbledon Cup. Where are you now? I moved to Canada in 2015. I felt I needed a break after going straight from high school to university then to work. I never did a gap year so I decided it was time. I’ve been living mostly in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, which is one of the largest ski areas in Canada. I spend my days snowboarding and working as a guest service agent in a ski-in, ski-out hotel that I also live in. I get to snowboard almost every day and the life is so peaceful. I love not having to take any public transport and not needing a car. I will be heading back to

Melbourne soon to hopefully start a 10-year goal I’ve set myself in hotel management with my sights set on the Marriott chain. I’ve always loved presenting and video production but as time has gone on I’ve found it’s more of a side passion rather than a career for me. My future focus is now in hotel management. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I wouldn’t have become the person I am today if it wasn’t for moving to Townsville. My life really took off after uni and going to JCU to study journalism really shaped me. You may not see my face on TV or my name in newspapers like I first planned but I gained so much just from getting my thee-year degree. I use it every day in ways I thought I never would.


What’s your link to Townsville? I moved from Canada to Townsville with my family in 2003. I finished high school there and went on to study Journalism at James Cook University where I met my soonto-be husband. Where are you now? I’m currently a features reporter working for ABC Radio Brisbane. I write stories for the ABC’s news website and produce radio packages about the topics Brisbane listeners care about. My fiancée and I live in north Brisbane where it’s lovely and green — so different to Mount Isa where we lived and worked for the last five years. We’re getting married in May.

What’s your next project? I’m planning a trip up a crane on a construction site to document what it’s like going to work 20 storeys (or more) in the air every day. There are so many cranes around Brisbane right now, I think it’s something other people have looked up and wondered about. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville was a great place to grow up, make friends and study. Living there helped me learn all I could about regional Queensland and find opportunities in other beautiful and remote parts of the state. Studying Journalism at JCU also gave me a strong understanding of editorial principles, which help guide my news writing every day.

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ELIZABETH GALLARD What do you like about The Funky Book Club? With four books to choose from for discussion each month, there’s something for everyone.

THE FUNKY BOOK CLUB Re-‘kindle’ your love of reading along with others who share your passion for page-turners at The Funky Book Club’s monthly meeting.

What book have you most enjoyed reading so far? The Vegetarian and The Little Book of Hygge (The Danish Way to Live Well) have stayed with me. My favourite books are those I think about again and again long after they’ve been read. What book caused the most divided opinions? The Mummy Bloggers created lively discussions with characters who some admired as being interestingly diabolical while others just thought they were dreadful people. You’ll have to read it to decide for yourself. SUZY DORMER

Tara Parish founded The Funky Book Club in January last year with a desire to create something more modern than the traditional book club, mostly using Kindle and other ebook readers. Members just need to read one of four books nominated each month to join in the discussions and new authors and genres are regularly added into the mix. One evening a month those who are able to attend in person get together at local firm TJIP Patents, Trade Marks & Designs in Belgian Gardens, while online members send in their reviews. Most of the members are women but there are a few men who come along too. “We’d love to have more men attend – they can support me when I want to read sci-fi and fantasy and perhaps even a horror book if I can get away with it,” Tara says. “We have students right through to retirees and have built the club to 78 members over the last year. It’s free to join!”

Why did you join The Funky Book Club? I’d been thinking of joining a book club for a while and really like the concept of The Funky Book Club. Then I attended my first meeting and was hooked by the people who were there, Tara’s hospitality and by reading again (I’d stopped for a while and love reading). Why do you think people should join the club? To regain the joy of reading and delight in the books, great people and fun times. BENJAMIN PATTERSON Why did you join The Funky Book Club? I’m a writer of fantasy fiction and when I reached out to the group they were very welcoming, even featuring my own novel (The Shadow of His Hand) on their list. The atmosphere is relaxed and there’s always laughter. Who should join The Funky Book Club? It’s a club for people who aren’t afraid to read things outside of their normal comfort zone and who love a good chinwag. One of the downsides to reading a great novel is that you usually do it alone and have nobody to share the experience with. Those who attend look forward to catching up and sharing their love (or loathing) of certain characters. CONNECT NOW:


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WOMEN IN UNIFORM While donning a uniform for work each day can command a healthy respect from certain elements of society it can also come with its own set of challenges, particularly if you’re a woman! As part of International Women’s Day 2018, we celebrate six local women in uniform and how they’re kicking goals in their respective industries.

KIRSTIE HUNTER​ Occupation: Flight Attendant Age: 26 Tell us about your job? I have been a flight attendant for Alliance Airlines for going on 6 years now and have loved every moment of it. My day usually starts with a full face of makeup then I style my hair and get dressed into my full uniform. No day is ever the same in aviation especially when you are working for a charter airline. Most of the time we operate fly in fly out transport to mine workers however we have also operated flights for the Cowboys, local sporting teams and media crew. Most people believe that to be a flight attendant you need to be able to serve food and drinks and look nice however there is actually a lot of study and on going training required in order for us to retain our positions.​ Why did you choose this career? I was previously working in administration but wasn’t finding it very rewarding. I had a friend who mentioned how exciting the aviation world was so I started looking for the right airline for me and was lucky enough to come across Alliance Airlines. What do you love about your job? I love the variation of locations and the different rosters and crew members I get to work with each month. I find all the study that we do very interesting as it covers many areas including fire fighting, medical and emergency evacuations and procedures. What is the most challenging part of your job? The initial ground school and exams are quite challenging. Dealing with different passenger personalities and requests can sometimes be very challenging especially when you go from flying a fly in fly out worker to a passenger flying on a first class business charter.


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What’s the most memorable moment in your career? I have two very memorable moments with Alliance over the past few years. The first was when I operated a private charter for the Cowboys to Melbourne and myself and another flight attendant got to meet Jessica Mauboy and have a chat with her. The second time was when I operated a charter flight to Papua New Guinea and after landing and disembarking the passengers I looked over at the airport fence and there was a man standing at the fence with a bird in his mouth. THE REVEREND STEPHANIE PATCHING Occupation: Anglican Priest Age: 49 Tell us about your job? I am the Rector of St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Mundingburra, which means that I am responsible for coordinating all the Church services including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals at St Matthews. I also visit people to speak about God’s love for them in their houses, hospital rooms and nursing home rooms. I see my role as reminding adults, young people and children of the presence of God in their lives and in their communities including the Church community. Why did you choose this career? I wanted a career that combined my own faith in a loving God and served other people. Within the Anglican Church in Queensland, women are able to serve as Priests, alongside their male colleagues. It is a real privilege to be able to serve God and others in this way. What do you love about your job? As a Priest, you meet people at different stages of their lives. You are able to celebrate with them the coming together of a couple in marriage or the birth of a child. You are also there at the difficult times of their lives including

receiving news that you or a family member has a terminal illness or when you lose a loved one. My job is about the important things of a person’s life, literally it is about life and death and everything in between. What is the most challenging part of your job? I guess it is that there is so much that you can be involved in, but only a certain number of hours in the day. There is the danger of overworking yourself and burning out (and so not helping anyone in the longer term including yourself). You need to find time to spend with God in prayer, being guided by God, and also find time to care for yourself and your family. What’s the most memorable moment in your career? I think the most memorable moment was when I was ordained Deacon in February 2008 and Priest in November 2008 at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane by Archbishop Philip Aspinall. However your first baptism, wedding and funeral as well as the first Church service that you take is always memorable. Recently being inducted as Rector of St Matthews was very memorable for me. JESSICA LAND Occupation: Vehicle Mechanic (Army) Age: 23 Tell us about your job? Day to day my job entails working on diesel vehicles; I conduct technical inspections and light to heavy grade repairs. Maintaining fitness is also a big aspect of Army life and we do physical training in the mornings and have the opportunity to play sports around trade work. Why did you choose this career? I joined the Army because I wanted a meaningful career. With an interest in mechanics I chose to join and complete a trade through the Army. What do you love about your job? My favourite thing about the Army is the comradery that encompasses it. I have had so many amazing experiences in the Army but even in the ‘less enjoyable times’ (like getting tear gassed or spending weeks away from family), doing it with your mates will always get you through (normally with at least one funny story at the end) and that’s what I love about the Army. What is the most challenging part of your job? The most challenging part of my job is probably being away from family during important times such as birthdays or special events. What’s the most memorable moment in your career? The most memorable moment for me was a few years ago when a small team (including my best mate and myself) were given the opportunity to walk the Kokoda Track.


LEFT TO RIGHT: Kirstie Hunter, The Reverend Stephanie Patching, Jessica Land

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LEFT TO RIGHT: SQN LDR Catriona Dowling, Chloe Stolzenhein, Emma Edmonds


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SQN LDR CATRIONA DOWLING Occupation: Air Force Personnel Capability Officer Age: 45 Tell us about your job? I am the Executive Officer of No 383SQN, as the second in charge of the Unit, my role is to coordinate all activities, personnel and capabilities to ensure my Commanding Officers intent is carried out. 383SQN is one of three Contingency Response Squadrons in Combat Support Group. The squadron provides light, lean, rapid, responsive and effective expeditionary airbase support in order to support the projection of Air Power. 383SQN draws upon an honourable history, reaching back to service in Vietnam in 1966 and I am very proud to be part of this unit. Why did you choose this career? My Dad was in the Australian Regular Army. I grew up on Army Bases and posting around the country, attending many schools and meeting lots of new people. My Dad loved his time in the Army and there was always a strong sense of community that even as a child I recognised as unique to most occupations. I loved listening to his experiences in the Army. I knew I wanted to do something that served my country in some way and I was also certain I wanted more than just a job but to be part of a community and a lifestyle so it was a natural choice for me to join one of the Services. The Air Force appealed to me the most out of the three services as I was fascinated by aviation. What do you love about your job? I love the diversity of employment the Air Force provides. In my last role I was in charge of Safety for Combat Support Group, managing a large safety network in an organisationally complex environment. I have been posted this year to a frontline operational unit with a very different focus and I thrive on the challenge of having to adapt and perform in new environments. I feel so fortunate that I work for an employer that has values similar to my own, encourages diversity and offers a safe and supportive work environment that has been flexible enough to accommodate further study and raising a family. What is the most challenging part of your job? It can be challenging managing relationships and children, along with the sometimes demanding nature of our employment, especially when long periods of separation occur. I am currently on this posting

without my spouse, he has had to remain in Brisbane due to his employment and we are expecting a baby in July, so it can be tricky to make sure you keep the right balance of family and professional priority. Fortunately the Air Force have a very strong support framework that makes it much easier to remain in Service while having a family and I have an awesome Unit that are my extended Air Force family here in Townsville so it makes the separation much easier. What’s the most memorable moment in your career? In 23 years there have been so many memorable moments, I think it’s impossible to pick just one moment when every posting offers unique experiences. Deployments to East Timor, the UAE and Afghanistan are definite stand outs and an honour and privilege to serve, the opportunity to post to Malaysia and work with other nations was also a highlight. Being selected as the Executive Officer of 383SQN is my most recent memorable moment. CHLOE STOLZENHEIN Occupation: Guest Services Agent at The Ville Resort-Casino Age: 22 Tell us about your job? I am one of the first people that our guests interact with when they arrive and I look after all check-ins and departures and make sure the guests are looked after while at the property. Why did you choose this career? I love interacting with people and the fast paced environment of the Hotel and Hospitality industry. What do you love about your job? The human aspect – getting to know peoples stories! Everyone has a different reason for coming to The Ville, some on holiday, some travelling for work and a lot are actually locals just looking to get away for a weekend. What is the most challenging part of your job? The hotel is quite busy and it’s getting busier as we start to open new outlets and unveil the redevelopment so it can be challenging around check in times when we get busy.

EMMA EDMONDS Occupation: Chef Age: 30 Tell us about your job? Most people know working in a commercial kitchen is very stressful, it’s all about time management and multitasking. But it is also a very artistic career, people eat with their eyes so the food has to look good. Each item, however random it may look is placed with precision and planning, for taste and visual gratification. Why did you choose this career? I have always been creative and have loved cooking since I was old enough to reach the bench (which was quite young for me being so tall) I have fond memories of experimenting with new flavour combinations and baking with my parents and grandparents. Cheffing is just an extension of that, with added organisational and time management skills. What do you love about your job? The adrenaline of a busy service. When you have a full docket run and manage to get all meals sent out quickly, looking good and of course tasting amazing. Also the satisfaction of experimenting with two flavours that, when combined, create a whole new taste experience. What is the most challenging part of your job? It can get quite repetitive, and it is exhausting being on your feet for 8–12 hours preparing food and running service then having to clean the kitchen to food safe standards. What’s the most memorable moment in your career? Partnering with the owner of a small café in NSW and setting up a kitchen from scratch. Then successfully running it while writing seasonal menus and all the while creating new and exciting dishes.


What’s the most memorable moment in your career? Joining the team at The Ville and being part of the amazing transformation that the property is going through.

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The owners of this 1920’s weatherboard house knew their renovations were going to face some limitations from the outset. With a small budget and even smaller space to work in, it would take a little fresh thinking and a lot of passion to bring their vision to life.

Joe Chindarsi of Chindarsi Architects explains: “First, we looked at all of the ways we could use what was already there to make something new. The timber frame of the extension work was kept to minimise demolition. We re-proportioned existing rooms by opening them out onto decked outdoor areas on the ground and first floors, and created a voluminous double-height void above the dining area. The outside areas lift the house out and over the lush back garden and to the sky beyond, with glimpses of greenery afforded by both high and low slot windows. None of these changes were drastic in scale, but they add a spacious, open-air quality to the home which defies its modest footprint.”

“The owners also have a spectacular collection of art and mid-century furniture, which was a significant factor in our design. Open shelving and additional gallery-style lighting allow the textures and colours of their collection to feature on their own. We used small-format ceramic textures and natural wood to create a ‘blank canvas’, and added coloured glass accents to privacy screens and the front gate to complement the furnishings and light fittings. The owners’ passion for this project made it live, and the finished result is a testament to their love for their home. It’s also the best kept secret in Beaconsfield, Perth – a meticulous approach to the new design makes it all but invisible from the street.”

OPPOSITE Existing rooms were re-proportioned by opening them out onto decked outdoor areas on the ground and first floors, and a voluminous double-height void above the dining area created. ABOVE LEFT Voluminous double-height void above the dining area. ABOVE RIGHT A meticulous approach to the new design makes it all but invisible from the street.

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ABOVE Coloured glass accents were added to privacy screens and the front gate to complement the furnishings and light fittings. RIGHT The outside areas lift the house out and over the lush back garden and to the sky beyond, with glimpses of greenery afforded by both high and low slot windows. BELOW Open shelving and additional gallery-style lighting allow the textures and colours of the owners spectacular collection of art and mid-century furniture to feature on their own.

ROBERT FIRTH @robfrith

PROJECT TEAM Joe Chindarsi, Chindarsi Architects www. @chindarsiarchitects

About Chindarsi Architects Chindarsi Architects is a boutique architectural practice which specialises in contemporary, innovative, and functional design solutions which incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles. With over 20 years of expertise to their work, which encompasses single and multiresidential, commercial and public sector projects. The team offers a wide range of disciplines to each project, bringing unique and often unconventional insights into play.

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PRETTY PASTEL From left: Ashlyn’s dress, bag and choker from Salt 66, blush pink jacket from City Beach, tan boots from Witchery Shaye’s sleeveless shirt from City Beach, denim jacket from Just Jeans, black skirt from Jeans West, red shoes by Novo, jewellery from Jewellery By Design

Keep up to date with all the latest trends and styles at Castletown. All your wardrobe essentials covered, with a huge variety of the latest fashion, footwear and accessories for all occasions – work, sport, outdoor, beach and party. Shop in store at Castletown today. @Castletown_Townsville


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SHINE BRIGHTLY From left: Ashlyn’s hat and bag from City Beach, top and skirt from Salt 66, lace up shoes from Betts and choker from Colette Shaye’s top and skirt from Salt 66, clutch from Colette, shoes from Novo and Oozoo watch from Loloma Jewellers

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PARTY PLEASERS From left: Shaye’s shirt, skirt, wedges and earrings from Witchery, black jacket from City Beach, silver bangles from Jewellery By Design Ashlyn’s dress, bag, earrings and black boots from Witchery

Photography: Matthew Gianoulis Hair: Colour it Makeup: Michelle’s Skin and Beauty Models: SIA Model Management Stylist: D  rosia Parliaros Castletown Resident Stylist


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From left: Shaye’s crop top, shorts and hat from Rockwear, boxing gloves from Target, shoes from Athlete’s Foot Ashlyn’s crop top, Ankle Biter tights and mesh bomber jacket from Lorna Jane, hand weights from Target, shoes from Athlete’s Foot, Oozoo watch from Loloma Jewellers

From left: Shaye’s denim overalls from Jay Jays, red off shoulder top from Salt 66, Converse shoes from City Beach. Ashlyn’s dress and jacket from City Beach, boots from Witchery and sunnies from Colette.

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ABOUT ME: Born and raised in Townsville, I moved to Coolum in 1993 where I had my two eldest children (Clancy and George), then back to Townsville. I’ve been in hairdressing for over 28 years and a business owner for over seven years. Last year I launched Moksha Room, the new Aveda Day Spa at Oaks Hotel, Palmer Street. We’re open 7 days a week so my downtime usually consists of short and sweet trips to the Atherton Tablelands with my youngest son Max, standup paddle boarding on Lake Eacham and camping at Lake Eacham Tourist Park.

MY BAG From my favourite store, Avanti. I’m really drawn to Malene Birger as a designer. My beautiful mother gifted me these GUARDIAN DOGS. They signify the importance of companionship which is relevant to our relationship. I cherish her immensely. VITAMIN B is my saviour for the long work days, especially in my afternoon food comas. I would like to suggest that we adopt the genius concept of siestas. But until then, Vitamin B is my next best thing. The lip shade Sheer Clover is my go-to AVEDA LIP COLOUR. It’s a soft nude pink and it goes with anything. I received this beautiful GLASS TEA FLASK in an A Box of… gift set. Apple HEADPHONES I’m always listening to music. If it’s not Jack Johnson to chill me out, then its Flume to pump me up! I always carry my little box of STEVIA around for coffee dates, because I’m forever trying to give up sugar (aren’t we all). AIR CONTROL is my favourite light hold Humidity Spray. Humidity can be challenging some days, so I keep this with me at all times. My dear friend Lisa gifted these wooden BUDDHIST MONK PRAYER BEADS from the Himalayas. GUITAR PICK Music has always been important to me and I love playing acoustic guitar. I played in a band when I was younger, bass guitarist, vocalist and believe it or not, I was a drummer! I use my CHAKRA SPRAY as a body mist and spritz in the salon, car, and apartment. It brings harmony and balance to the heart chakra. Bright coloured CLIPS for my receipts, receipts, receipts! My WALK TALL BOOK by Anthony Gunn is kept in the salon and appreciated by many salon guests. Each page has a lovely worded treasure. “High-esteem is affected by three things: Your THOUGHTS, Your EMOTIONS, Your ACTIONS. Change one and you change all three.” – Walk Tall, Anthony Gunn.


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WEAR THE PANTS Founded by Sydney brothers Ben and Jordan, Kapow’s range of men’s leggings are made to fit like a second skin. The brand’s new Performance Range features four-way stretch fabric and has been battle-tested by BASE jumpers, bodybuilders and aerial acrobats.

HOLD THE ALCOHOL Solving the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking, Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. A herbal and floral blend of hand-picked peas and plant distillates, Seedilp Garden 108 ($49.95) offers caloriefree refreshment.

PUNCH ON An Aussie brand inspiring people to get moving, Unit Nine is shaking up the sports accessories market. Made of cow hide leather, their stylish Python Boxing Gloves ($135) have a large velcro wrist closure for a secure fit.

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KEEP YOUR HEARING LOSS A SECRET. The benefits of invisible hearing aids.

Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

Hearing aids have for a long time been stigmatised in the community as big, bulky beige boxes that sat behind the ear. But with time technology changes and advances in hearing aid technology is happening faster and faster. There are still many excellent behind the ear (BTE) or receiver in the canal (RIC) models out there that do a terrific job. In fact the RICs are virtually invisible due to the small body size and the very thin wire that runs into the ear.

The pros and cons of invisible hearing aids All manufacturers offer very capable invisible hearing aid options but before you decide that this is the option for you, you do need to weigh up some of the pros and cons. Size The small size is a great pro but the flipside is that these tiny devices are not necessarily easy to handle for people with diminished dexterity in their fingers making battery changes a challenge. Position IICs can provide better, natural sound and reduce the feeling of blocked ears due to being placed deep in the canal. And they won’t get in the way when you answer your phone like some BTE models can. You do need to take more care of them and ensure things like wax and moisture build up is dealt with regularly. With no tube or cable running over the ear, people who wear glasses also find IICs easier and more comfortable to wear.

Fit Being custom fit to your ear canal, IIC are a perfect fit and feel secure and comfortable when placed in the ear. The more comfortable an aid is to wear, the more likely you are to wear it. Some people with narrow or awkwardly shaped ear canals may not be suited to IIC style devices. There are constant improvements though in miniaturisation and in materials used that allow more space inside the hearing aid to fit it all in. So if you were once deemed unsuitable for IIC hearing aids, you may now be in luck.

programs and more via your smartphone. But many devices also ensure you need to do as little adjustment as possible by including automatic volume adjustment and program switching depending on the noise in the environment you find yourself in. Talk to your audiologist today about affordable invisible hearing aids and keep your hearing loss a secret..

Discreetness Being so discrete people feel more comfortable wearing hearing aids. The only way a hearing aid can help you is if you wear them. Being completely invisible, IIC hearing aids are perfect for those people who have some concerns about being seen wearing hearing aids. Technology Many devices now have wireless connection to your smartphone allowing you to change listening

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Genes and the development of teeth and faces.


Geoff Stanton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

We are all the successful end-products of amazing human genetics. Genes determine how we develop, grow and look. They determine facial shape, jaw sizes, muscle form, tooth positions and size. A combination of genes from our parents make us who we are and we, in turn, will pass these on to the generations to come. This is why family members look similar. Jaw Size and Shape An individual’s jaw size and shape are predominantly determined by genetics. Many members of the Habsburg family (Hungarian-Austrian royalty), had abnormally large lower jaws and ‘underbites’. Underbites are also commonly found in Asian families. In contrast, long faces and smaller lower jaws are relatively more

common in Anglo-Saxon populations. Think of Prince William! Strong familial traits are good examples of genes controlling form. An unfavourable genetic combination can create a large discrepancy in upper and lower jaw sizes, often causing the teeth to be poorly positioned. Fortunately, modern orthodontic treatment can successfully correct very severe facial structure problems and bites. Number of Teeth Most humans have 32 permanent teeth. Five percent of the population are missing permanent teeth. When a patient has missing permanent teeth, 50% of their siblings or parents are also missing permanent teeth, indicating a strong genetic link. Orthodontic treatment can close missing teeth spaces, disguising the fact that any teeth are actually missing! This avoids the need for false teeth, which is especially beneficial at the front of the mouth. Similarly, the presence of extra teeth (i.e. supernumerary teeth), is also genetically determined. Supernumerary teeth are found in approximately 2-3% of the popu-

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Whether for cosmetic or functional reasons, our professional, qualified Orthodontists and team of trained and dedicated dental assistants, technicians and administration staff will be able to assist you in any area. Call us today to find out how.

Did you know? Orthodontists are experts in facial growth and development


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lation and can disrupt the normal eruption of other teeth. Early detection and their timely removal will minimise such disturbances. Crowded Teeth Like jaw sizes, tooth sizes are strongly linked to genetics. Dental crowding is more severe if a patient has inherited a combination of small jaws and large teeth. Thankfully, even the most severe forms of dental crowding and tooth malposition can be predictably corrected with orthodontic treatment. Environmental Factors While most dentofacial features are determined by genes, factors outside of genes can also affect the teeth and face. These are referred to as ‘environmental factors’. The most common example is a thumb-sucking habit, which can cause protrusive upper teeth and a narrow upper arch. Ideally, thumb-sucking habits should be stopped before the permanent teeth erupt. Thankfully, if the teeth are very displaced, well-provided orthodontic treatment can still correct the dentition.

What does this mean for my child? When it comes to facial development, genetics is king! This means that it is often very difficult or even impossible to alter and change the growth direction that has been pre-programmed by genes. Therefore the use of simple plates, breathing or muscle exercises CANNOT be expected to STOP the development of most orthodontic problems. However, orthodontics can predictably CORRECT dentitions within the genetically determined framework of the face. An Orthodontist can predictably correct dentofacial anomalies that are caused by both genetic and environmental factors. If your child is developing unusual dentofacial patterns, please see your specialist Orthodontist soon. The quality of your orthodontic result is dependent on your practitioner’s understanding of the facial form and their ability to apply proven techniques that are supported by high quality evidence. Only an Orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to accurately determine what is normal, what is not, and everything in-between.

Dr Paul Hanrahan | Dr Geoff Stanton Dr Linda Ton | Dr Desmond Ong 17 Martinez Avenue The Lakes | Townsville | 4775 4433


EDUCATION, TRAINING, NUTRITION? How do they go together you ask? Easy! When you learn what is missing and how easy it can be to correct it’s life changing. Education is key to becoming empowered enough to be in control of your OWN health.


Emma Reeve

Pure Core Nourishment

Have you noticed sickness is everywhere? From fatigue, diabetes to auto-immune conditions and everything in between; they all share a common link – THE GUT! Our GUT isn’t just for stuffing food into. We are a finely tuned system right from the brain to your backside and every organ within relies on the food we put in to be able to deliver to the rest of our bodies the precious nutrients to function.

If we aren’t digesting, we are stagnating (smelly anyone?). Undigested foods wreak havoc on our intestinal system and will eventually lead to inflammation, depression, auto-immune conditions, the list goes on. Stress, medications, alcohol, soda, caffeinated drinks, wrong food choices all play a huge part in how well our digestive system will work, each and every day. We make choices minute by minute: what to wear, what makeup, new car, who to hang with, but why do we pay so little attention to what we are feeding ourselves? When did eating go from being a special time to sit, relax and connect, to a speed race because the clock says so or to self soothe our isolation and disconnect? When life feels like it is all too much and you find yourself reaching for another coffee and chocolate bar to get through the day, do you catch yourself and wonder if it’s really easy to eat

crap and ignore how lousy you feel rather than take responsibility for your own health? Well, if so, I promise you that’s a slippery slope with devastating consequences. All of this can be overcome with the right EDUCATION and TOOLS for what is right for you and your body. It’s time to turn your relationship with yourself on its head and re-evaluate from an educated point of view. Need help? It’s there just for the taking, you only need to ask. The most important thing you can ask yourself is why – why do I feel this way, why do I crave these foods, why do I have this disease? Not sure where to start? Do you know what the word doctor means? It’s a Latin word– Docco – it means to teach. Ask to be taught about your health the next time you are scolded for Googling your health. BUT be empowered. Research

your health so that you know what questions to ask and what the answers really mean to you. Simple steps to take now are; sit and relax, pay thought to what you are putting into your mouth… CHEW!. Share a meal, put down the technology and reconnect with other people. Play a little music and make your food, don’t just reach for a packet... EAT REAL FOOD. Cooking doesn’t need to be an arduous task, simple meals are often the best. When you are dining out, make conscious choices. It’s okay to ask and it’s okay to stand up for your health. There is no 'one size fits all solution'. There’s no magic pill peeps. But there is education and there is a way to get back to health... just ask.

WEIGHT LOSS RESISTANCE? - IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST THE FOOD YOU EAT! Join our team on 14 March at 4pm for an informative discussion on the hidden causes of weight loss resistance. If you’ve plateaued, hit the wall, the scale won’t budge or you’re experiencing creeping weight gain – this seminar is for you! Join us and TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH! Attendance $10 RSVP to save your spot with Peita Jo Doyle on 0417 721 503 Visit for more information

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Which regrets are heavier to bear – the ones that involve mistakes made or the things we didn’t do? Interestingly, women tend to have more regrets about love while men tend to have more regrets about work.

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Some people believe that everything happens for a reason, so there is no point in having regrets. But for others, looking retrospectively can lead us to linger on one poignant moment or period when we wish we’d done things differently and that nagging question “What if …?” repeats in our mind. Most people have regrets about something. The most common themes of regret are about lost loves, family, education and career.

What are Regrets? A regret is a painful experience of feeling sad, repentant, or disappointed over something from the past. There are two ways people tend to frame their regrets: the things they did that they wish they had not (regrets of commission), or the things they wish they had done but didn’t (regrets of omission). The difference between the two is psychological because we can think about the same regret either way – ‘If only I had not dropped out of school’ could also be expressed as ‘If only I had stayed in school’. While these regrets are about exactly the same thing, regrets that lament not taking action (omission) tend to be more distressing than regrets about something we have done (commission). Studies show regrets for things we did not do, those missed opportunities – the impact can last for years. Here are some very common regrets of omission.

“I regret that I never fell in love with someone who was in love with me.” “I regret not spending more time with my parents before they died.” “I wish I had let go of old resentments towards family or friends.” “I regret not starting a family because I was so focused on my career.” “I wish I followed my dreams instead of doing what was expected of me.” “I wish I cared less of what others thought of me.” “I wish I had stood up to bullies in school and life.” “I wish I hadn’t worried so much about things.” What action can we take? Emotional pain often accompanies regrets. Particularly when the regret is over something profound, or resulted in harm done to others or to our self. The pain of regret can be helpful when it results in taking corrective action or pursuing a new path.

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However, regrets can also turn into negative rumination, selfblame and depression, that keeps us from fully engaging in life. Often, people who harbor regrets think they would do things differently if presented with the same scenario again. But this is faulty logic. We typically make our choices and decisions based on what we know at the time. Instead, practicing mindfulness can help, as mindfulness encourages us to live in the present and not focus on the past or future. After all, life is about living now. Mindfulness also teaches us to accept the feelings we have without agonising over them or pushing them away. In the final analysis, life just is, not what we wish it was or could have been. If regrets have you feeling stuck, then a clinical psychologist can help resolve the emotional pain and open the door to engage more fully in life.

Friendly. Private. Clinical Psychologists & Psychiatrists For more articles like this and psychology tools to live well visit 5 Fulham Road Townsville Phone 47 285 209


Nurse Unit Manager of the Cardiac Catheter Laboratories and Day Services Karin Laws (centre) with staff from the Mater Hospital’s Cardiac Catheter Laboratories.


Many would be unaware that heart disease is the biggest killer of Australian women.

What is even more alarming is that women often think the warning signs are not to do with their heart, so they don’t take any action. Townsville Mater Hospital Registered Nurse Karin Laws knows all too well the effects of women ignoring symptoms, in her role as Nurse Unit Manager of the Cardiac Catheter Laboratories and Day Services. “Research shows that when women are suffering warning signs they quite often don’t associate it with having a heart attack, but instead blame it on other activities, like picking up the children, housework or exercising,” Ms Laws said. There are various reasons people suffer heart disease and heart attacks and there are also a number of different treatments. Ms Laws said the Mater Hospital provides a range of cardiac procedures. “The Mater differs from many other hospitals, in that we provide a so called ‘one-stop-shop’ for the

diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. “Our unit provides admission, pre-operative care, the procedure, post-operative care, to discharge all in the one day.”

rather that femoral, which means patients have shorter recovery times, less time in hospital and they can also return to work faster.” Medical advancements have also been made in the technology

“The Mater differs from many other hospitals, in that we provide a so called ‘one-stop-shop’ for the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions.” The Mater Hospital’s staff and physicians carry out a range of procedures, including; angiograms, insertion of cardiac stents and the implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators and heart ablations for rhythm disorders. As medical technology continues to advance, so to has the treatment for heart conditions. “Some of our procedures are now done with a radial approach

used in cardiac catheter laboratories. Just over a year ago Townsville’s Mater Hospital became the first health service in Australia to install new medical imaging technology designed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. Not only does the new imaging system provide superior accuracy, but it also decreases the amount of radiation to both staff and patients.

CARDIAC CATHETER LABORATORY ● Interventional Diagnostic Investigations ● Endovascular Procedures ● Implantable Electronic Devices ● Coronary Angiograms ●C  oronary Angioplasty and Stenting ● Electrophysiology Studies

For further information on Cardiac Services at the Mater Hospital visit

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Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club, The Strand Photography: Maria O’Brien The Surf Club hosted their very first Beach Party on the grassed outdoor area in the sea breeze, enjoying the Hottest 100 countdown on Triple J in January.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS Dynasty Chinese Restaurant Photography: Maria O’Brien

Lunar New Year celebrations was enjoyed by all at Dynasty with a banquet of food, live entertainment, fire crackers, lion dancing and loads of fun.


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FESTIVAL 2018 LAUNCH C2 Civic Theatre Photography: Maria O’Brien


Mayor Jenny Hill invited guests to the launch of Festival 2018 where the program of a series of arts and culture events across the city was revealed. The festival offers a balance of artistic and cultural pursuits from local, national and international participants from April 4 to April 15.

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Signs are really positive and these businesses are getting Townsville moving. Here’s the brightest and best in business across our local community. They all demonstrate a strong commitment to their clients through their chosen fields and Townsville is lucky to have them. Dedicated to giving outstanding service and implementing best business practice, they are respected professional businesses making a difference.

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What is advice if it’s not offered with regard to prudent action? Just information really!

MAIN PHOTO TOP LEFT: Joseph Coco and Taleesa Wood

Ipac securities limited, trading as AMP Advice Townsville, ABN 30 008 587 595, AFS Licence No. 234656. Ipac is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AMP group. AMP advice is a registered trade mark of AMP Limited, licensed to ipac securites limited.


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Joseph Coco always delivers advice with the intention of helping his clients kick their financial and life goals. “Having been exposed to the service industry from a young age, and being from a small town, I’ve always had a strong focus on helping those within the community,” the AMP Advice Private Client Adviser explained. “To be able to assist in someone’s journey through different life stages is very rewarding. It’s my aim to help everyday Australians realise their goals and for their lives to be enriched as a result.” Joseph and his colleagues at AMP Advice assist their broad range of clients in wealth accumulation, wealth preservation and tax effective

strategies for those both working and in retirement. Joseph said it’s all about empowering his clients to make good financial decisions in order to achieve their future goals. “Financial advice helps you build your story; identifying your goals, what’s important to you and what you see as a stress-free future,” he continued. “Our unique Goals 360 Experience, exclusive to AMP Advice, uses an interactive, digital approach to help visualise your future and prioritise what matters to you. Having a plan can mean the difference between dreams and reality.” Your personalised Goals 360 Experience will see you walk away with a Goals Summary as a record of what you’ve discussed

with Joseph and an outline of your pathway towards your desired financial freedom. Initial sessions are complimentary. Call today to make an appointment with Joseph or one of the team at AMP Advice Townsville.


Level 1/113 Charters Towers Road Hyde Park 4408 8400


THE PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS Successful sales teams don’t just happen by coincidence.

The Knight Frank Townsville Agency team’s unmatched track record in sales and lease negotiations is attributed to the shared and projected essential core beliefs and valuable traits each member demonstrates. Paul Dury, Mark Fitzgerald, Dan Place, Louise Slater and Katie Turnbull are a successful sales team that, across the board, believe in what they’re setting out to accomplish. “I’m not going to tell you about why I hold the Knight Frank Agency Team in such high regard as I believe our actions speak for themselves,” agency director Paul Dury stated. “What I will do is tell you why we’re so successful at property transactions. One of the single biggest strengths of the Knight

Frank team is accountability. We hold each other accountable for our actions on a daily basis, no matter what your position. I believe it’s one of our most exciting traits; nothing is off the table for discussion.” Innovation and improvement, the ability to think outside the box and constantly challenging the norms to achieve the best possible outcomes is second nature to the Knight Frank team. “We put ourselves in the shoes of our clients when negotiating on their behalf, considering what is best for the client and the property. It’s simple. If the transaction is not right, it won’t proceed.” With regards to business development and time management, it’s no secret that a

sales teams’ biggest strength can also be it’s greatest weakness, Paul said their team is able to cultivate powerful relationships, close negotiations with integrity and be in the moment. “Finding the balance is where our success lies,” he stated. “So, if you’re looking for a point of difference or would just like to discuss the property market, please give us a call.”

ABOVE FROM LEFT: Mark Fitzgerald, Katie Turnbull, Dan Place, Louise Slater and Paul Dury


Central, Ground Level 520 Flinders Street, Townsville 4750 3000

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If you have the right financial strategy you will achieve your financial goals, according to industry expert Jason Fittler.

JASON FITTLER 4771 4577 51 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan


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“All too often, investors feel that they’re going to miss out and rush their investment decisions. Investments are like buses… you miss one but another will come along and take you to the same destination!” Most of us are falling short when it comes to securing our financial future. Grow Your Wealth Financial Planning Specialists Jason and Jane Fittler are urging Townsville people to make today the day you get advice. Jason assures that with just a little bit of effort, your future self will thank you. “The fact is that only around 30% of people will take financial advice and get ahead,” he revealed. “What we do is assist our clients to find the financial

strategy which best suits them. Once they have that in place then we can pick the right investments.” As owners of Grow Your Wealth, Jason and Jane are able to provide advice on superannuation, self-managed super funds, taxation and portfolio management. They also offer Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) where they make all the decisions while you make the profits. “The Grow Your Wealth SMA is a low-cost way to invest while still maintaining ownership and control of the investments” Jason said. “Technology allows you to invest anywhere in the world but you need to get your strategy right at the outset and look at it as an ongoing activity rather than

a one-off purchase. “I love what I do; watching the stock market, assisting companies expand and allowing clients to share in the success of Australian and international companies.” To reap the benefits of Jason and Jane’s expert financial guidance, book a complimentary first meeting. “You are under no obligation. You just need to tell us about your goals and your investment preferences and one of our qualified financial advisers will listen and answer your questions.”



Eliza Anderson has made it her business to help create successful portfolios for commercial property investors and business owners. “Not only do I love looking after clients who own or are interested in commercial property, I get so excited assisting and watching new and existing businesses grow!” Eliza’s business baby, iMCommercial, was conceptualised when Eliza noticed a gap in the local commercial property market. “I saw an opportunity to provide a more tailored, proactive approach to commercial property services while working closely with investors, landlords and tenants to achieve their mutual goals,” Eliza explained. “It’s about integrating the all-important pieces to create wealth and return.”

With 12 years of experience working for some of Australia’s leading property firms, Eliza has handled a variety of portfolios and enjoys the synergy between sales, leasing and asset management. Her love of the North Queensland lifestyle and desire to see growth in her home town is great news for Eliza’s clients, who reap the benefits of her extensive knowledge and passion for the industry. “My main focus is building strong relationships with key players, ensuring clients’ needs are met and nurturing assets so they are performing at their best,” she said. “The region has been doing it

tough for the last few years, but I feel that there was a turn in the tide late 2017 and everyone will need to watch, listen and adjust to how society is reacting.” While Eliza’s dedicated commercial agency is all about achieving the best results for her clients, it’s also turned out to be the perfect fit for her family life. “I absolutely love everything about what I do, therefore finding a healthy balance for family and career has been a life-changing opportunity I couldn’t pass up.” Call Eliza today to see how iMCommercial can change the way you experience commercial property services.


Office by appointment only. 07 4778 3073 / 0407 858 310

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When Dr Edel Garcia devised a business plan for a new medical practice in Townsville, he had no idea how successful it would so quickly be. A Townsville local for 12 years, Douglas Family Medical Centre Principal Doctor Edel Garcia can take a big breath now that his practice is up and running... or racing we should say! “The practice officially opened in November last year and we now have over 2,500 patients in our books for three months of trading,” Practice Manager Jeremy Kuchta revealed. “This clinic is taking a different approach to genuine medical support. Our patients feel respected and we encourage feedback. Over the past couple months, we’ve received nothing but positive and reassuring comments from the majority.”


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Years in the making, business entrepreneur Jeremy teamed up with his in-laws, Dr Garcia and wife Dr Zoe Martinez, now company owners and the clinic’s GPs, to build his business model into a community clinic with services and support that reach far beyond the parameters of the 4814 postcode. “A lot of patients that visit the clinic are impressed by the high level of support and services we offer as a bulk-billed clinic,” Jeremy explained. “Both GPs have patients who travel to see them from Ayr and upwards of Mission beach. They really take the time to properly discuss the individual situations

and assess them appropriately.” The Cuban-born husband and wife medical team spent 10 years in South Africa practicing out of a large, remote hospital. Since coming to Townsville, Dr Martinez is adding to her credentials with further studies undertaken in skin cancer surgery procedures. “We do believe that this practice is the best in the business for genuine medical treatment in the Townsville and surrounds region,” Jeremy stated. “We are also one of the only clinics that offers bulk-billed Mirena insertion and removal as well as skin checks, child health, mental health support, work cover and DVA.”

No matter where you live, you can make an appointment online today.

DOUGLAS FAMILY MEDICAL CENTRE Riverview Market Place 228-244 Riverside Boulevard, Douglas 4779 2480



Technology; it’s one of life’s most ungraspable concepts but let’s face it, business is simply not business without it.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Brad Kiehne; Shannon Willcox; Ashley Darwen; Brad Kiehne; Keelan Romano.


Level 1/85 Denham Street Townsville 4759 9477

The key to a successful, modernday enterprise is having an in-your-face online presence that no prospective customer can possibly ignore. But running a business is hard enough without having to worry about maintaining an IT network based on knowledge gleaned from your latest Amazon purchase, IT For Dummies. The answer? Outsourcing! Ashley Darwen and his techie team at ADITS have all the knowledge necessary to map out your business’s technological path, providing a suitable set up for your needs with ongoing support to tend to those inconvenient computer glitches that can invade our systems at any time of the day or night.

“We provide excellent customer service through active monitoring and 24/7 open communication, because we understand that businesses cannot afford to have downtime,” Ashley remarked. “Our service is tailored to each customer by creating a unique roadmap for each business, which provides a logical IT path that’s easy to follow and understand. Additionally, we assign a dedicated account manager and technical consultant to each business account so you know who you’re dealing with each time.” Like many teenagers, Ashley was a high school student with no idea what his future held. After taking up an offer to

participate in an IT traineeship, he found his niche and hasn’t looked back! “I decided I would give it a go and when I was 20, I started my own business with one customer,” he recalled. “In the 12 years since, we’ve grown into the largest IT service provider in North Queensland, currently supporting more than 8000 users. I have the whole ADITS team to thank for our success. The workplace culture we’ve developed is one of consistency and teamwork and of course, the idea that the customer always come first.” Call ADITS to get a quote today and have a sales team onsite within 24 hours.

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City Vehicle Services isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill mechanical workshop.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: General Manager Jenny Hawkins; Sonia Hiller, Jenny Hawkins, Kristine Gricks; Peter Russo; the City Vehicle Services Team.


188 Hugh Street, Currajong 4775 1111


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From its prominent façade on Hugh Street to its longstanding status as Queensland’s best automotive industry contractor, City Vehicle Services has become one of Townsville’s most reliable pit stops for all your mechanical needs. After 30 years of providing service to Townsville and surrounds, they can confidently display their collection of RACQ Contractor of the Year awards in their office. With a mechanical workshop providing the community with industry-leading technology at the hands of some of the best technicians in the business, General Manager Jenny Hawkins is proud of their award-winning formula which includes great customer service.

“Our facilities are designed to make clients feel at home and take a bit of stress out of their day,” Jenny stated. “They can grab a coffee in our lounge while they wait or make use of our convenient courtesy bus service which drops them wherever they need to go. It’s the little things that help!” City Vehicle Service’s RACQapproved mechanical workshop services all makes and models and the team can process your safety certificate online to save you time. Jenny said their qualified RACQ Auto Glass team provides same day service at home or at work. “Our service comes with a lifetime guarantee,” she added. “We also have a 24-hour towing service, 24-hour battery replacement and stock a

wide range of batteries in our workshop.” Jenny’s automotive industry story began 24 years ago at the very workshop she now manages. Appointed their General Manager in 2012, she hasn’t looked back. “I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of working in an industry that’s often seen as quite male-dominated,” she said. “It gives me a different perspective on the way we do things. For instance, we now hold free, ladies-only workshops to help women learn the basics of car maintenance. The next one is in May so ladies, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for details.”



Jordan Williams is the lifeline that discerning, safe-conscious vehicle owners call upon to restore or repair their wheels to a superior standard. As the owner of North Queensland’s only alloy wheel repair specialist, Jordan has brought with him more than 15 years’ experience from the UK, working for superior and highly reputable manufacturers Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. Together with his local team of qualified technicians, Jordan said they provide excellence in service, offering longevity and quality for the finished product. “MAGMEDIC is the only wheel repair business north of the Sunshine Coast able to restore all alloy wheels using the latest specialist precision tooling and safe repair processes achieving a manufacturer’s finish,” he explained.

“Having worked for prestige car manufacturers in the UK, I am most proud of the high quality and standards that I bring to my own business producing quality repairs and service on prestige vehicles.” MAGMEDIC has been servicing Townsville and North Queensland customers for more than four years now; ranging from the everyday driver to owners of prestige vehicles and the beloved collectable. Jordan said customers who need alloy wheel cosmetic repairs from scuffs and scrapes, wheel straightening after pothole damage or even one-off custom wheel finishes for their pride and joy should head to MAGMEDIC’s

new location on Charters Towers Road. “We’re nice and close to the main dealerships which we service and also close to the city where a lot of people work,” he said. “I feel a quality service goes a long way and most of our retail work comes from recommendations from main dealerships or past customers.

“We are passionate about the quality of work we do, which then passes on to the finished product and service we supply.” MAGMEDIC repairs all types of alloy wheels in a safe and timely manner to a very high standard for insurance companies, tyre shops, car body repair centres, car dealerships and the private market. BOTTOM LEFT: Richard Williams; Jordan Williams; Daniel Faulkner


Shop 2, 41 Charters Towers Road Hyde Park 4410 9283

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A DIVINE INTERVENTION Let a simple daydream help lift the load off a heavy mind.


60 Bougainville Street, Roseneath 0407 751 612


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Whether it be running, yoga or reading, everyone needs something to counteract their busy lifestyles and appease their state of mind. Leonie Christensen’s meditation sessions in her Spiritual Whispers haven is without a doubt the remedy. Forget what you think you know about the industry and let this passionate, life-loving lady guide you away from your crammed calendars and all the things that congest your minds and bodies daily. “I compare meditating to having a really restful daydream,” Leonie explained. “A client comes to me so stressed out and I have the privilege of guiding them through a meditative session and then see

them leave as if they’re walking on a cloud; relaxed, focused and ready for what is ahead on their journey of life.” While her intuitive nature and creative spark have been part of her persona for as long as she can remember, Leonie admits that it wasn’t until later in life that she had a life-changing realisation. “I started reading Tarot Cards privately for myself in my late teens, but it wasn’t until my thirties when life changed in a big way,” she reminisced. “It was like a switch was flicked back on all of a sudden. The more I believed in myself and opened up, the more I wanted to learn, absorb and share with the world.” While meditation is one of

Leonie’s principal offerings in the tranquility of her Roseneath studio, she also specialises in Alternative Healing Therapies like Reiki. “I’m always updating and advancing my qualifications to provide the very best of care and services to my clients,” she said. “I also hold Chakradance sessions as a form of meditative healing exercise. You can really work up quite a sweat doing it!” Leonie welcomes anyone seeking a bit of guidance to give her a call and discover where your mind can take you.



Breanna De Maria is in the business of helping people show off their best asset… Smiling is at the core of Breanna De Maria’s profession; or professions more accurately! As the new lead treatment specialist at Bree’s Beauty and Wellness, this conveniently-named local lady has an extensive list of talents that run much further than skin deep; but there’s no denying what Breanna loves most about her job. “People are most beautiful when they smile and feel good about themselves!” she said… with a smile of course. “That’s what I love most about my job.” A beauty and fashion enthusiast with many a dance eisteddfod under her belt, Breanna is also a qualified dental nurse and parttime model.

After moving to Townsville, she trained at Bree’s Beauty and Wellness and after a year the opportunity arose for her to take over the business. “Ever since I was a client at Bree’s and discovered the amazing treatments they had available I fell in love with the place,” she said. “Since becoming lead treatment specialist, I’m now a qualified derma pen therapist, eyelash technician and qualified in Ultrasonic cavitation, radio frequency skin tightening and lymphatic draining.” Also offering non-invasive spot liposuction on her beauty treatment menu, Breanna said clients, both male and female, will see instantaneous results in fat reduction and skin tightening.


Realising her lifelong passion at age seven, it took Vikki Ratuere just 10 years for her business dream to come fruition… “I bought my first salon when I was 17, in my hometown of Ayr,” Vikki revealed. “This year marks my 20-year milestone in the industry and I’ve been a salon owner for 18 years of that.” Vikki is the proud owner of Studio V for Hair, which has just undergone an exciting rebrand (formerly VAR’s Hair Studio) and is now in a fabulous new suburban space. “In the 10 years I’ve been in Townsville I’ve owned three salons in three different locations, but I’m most proud of this fit out,” Vikki said. “We constantly get compliments from clients on the awesome salon vibe which creates a comfortable,

“You lose up to two centimetres of fat per session and the treatment only takes about an hour,” she explained. “My special at the moment is $60 for a treatment (usually $90) which includes a free consultation. Give me a call and book today!”

relaxing place for them while they get their hair done.” Being a small business owner these days is not for the faint hearted, but Vikki’s profound passion for the industry, professionalism and ‘never say die’ attitude have been more than enough to keep her afloat during the more turbulent times. “Having a great support network around me has been very important, but I believe success is a side effect of delivering incredible results and value to your clients,” Vikki stated. “If you’re going to own or start a business, you have to care more about the results your clients get from you than about what you are going to gain out of it yourself.” Also in the midst of an exciting new venture which involves branding her own hair care and styling range, Vikki said clients should check her Facebook page for upcoming special offers.


2/56 Ross Lake Drive, Pinnacles 0429 177 524 breesbeautyandwellness/

STUDIO V FOR HAIR Shop 4/192 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park 4728 5572

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What does it mean to be a Self-managed Super Fund trustee?


Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

When setting up a Self-managed Super Fund (SMSF) for a client, we’re often asked what trustee structure is most suitable for a client’s situation. But what is of utmost importance is, regardless of the structure, that the members and trustees are familiar with their obligations and responsibilities. Recent studies indicate that up to 50 per cent of SMSF trustees fail to have a proper understand-


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ing of this, and the concerning part is that the compliance of the fund could then be compromised. The purpose of an SMSF is to provide benefits to members upon their retirement, or their dependants in the case of the member’s death before retirement. When there is more than one member, it is also important that the SMSF meets the needs of each member and not just the needs of one, especially ensuring that all interests are protected by complying with the superannuation and tax laws. There are countless lists on the web that outline what trustees should and shouldn’t do but it’s best to refer to the ATO form you signed when you first became a trustee, as a reminder. This ‘Trustee Declaration’ lists the sole purpose, trustee duties, accepting contributions and paying benefits, investment restrictions and administration rules. See ATO NAT 7108908.2014 at Ultimately, there is no excuse for side-stepping these obligations or getting creative because your SMSF auditor will notice this

and let you know. The worst-case scenario is that you find out you have breached after the audit is completed, when you have no time to go back and fix your issue. Instead, consider getting to know your auditor. Nine times out of 10 most trustees don’t even know who their auditor really is. Your best option, when you are unsure of a particular investment or strategy for example, is to contact your advisor first and make your suggestion. When they give you the yes or no, be sure to ask if they have checked with the auditor too. What one advisor may agree with, an auditor may see in a different light, so this awareness is very important. One other really important factor here is that trustees understand that they should not overlook or take for granted the importance of Estate Planning. You need to at least understand the term ‘reversionary pension’ and be aware of what effect the recent rule changes may have on how much super savings from the deceased member can be passed onto their widow and children. So, while your advisor may have considered these aspects, engag-

ing an Estate Planning Specialist to review what you have in place will provide certainty that you have left no stone unturned. Above all, ensure your documents are signed accordingly, witnessed where applicable, and that all permanent records are in order and stored safely. Ensure your SMSF deed is current and up-to-date and that you are 100 per cent sure of what you are signing with any documentation that is put in front of you by an advisor, auditor or accountant. Make sure you are satisfied with the explanations provided. After all, if it all goes pearshaped and your SMSF is in breach, you will have no-one to blame but yourself as trustee, as it is ultimately your responsibility.

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.


PAPERLESS? PROBABLY LESS-PAPER Reducing paperwork, one app at a time

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Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Biologists say ‘ecosystem’ to describe a community of organisms interacting in their environment. We can use that definition with business as well. Then, in a business ecosystem, the relationships between things matter. In fact, they matter a lot. Everything touches everything else so the way that humans interact has a big effect on the system. I’m sure most people who work in offices appreciate just how much waste we all contribute to our environment. Whether it’s product packaging that gets thrown out; piles and piles of

paper stored in archive boxes; or even the amount of old gear that sits idle in the back room – the list is endless. The western world thrives on a material, wasteful and inefficient culture. ‘Back in the day’ you could walk into your bank, talk to your manager about your plans and walk out with a mortgage – same day. Now you have to provide a mountain of information, fill in multiple forms, wait a week and then sign another mountain of paperwork before you are finished. Weren’t computers supposed to make our life easier? Wouldn’t they help save the rainforests being cut down? Finally, it seems we are making some headway. Queue dream sequence music. Welcome to the paperless (or rather, lesspaper) future… QuickBooks Online/Xero The all-in-one accounting software package that not only encourages you to store your documents electronically, it acts as an integrated hub for all of your business software needs. Download your Bank Feeds, pay your bills, create your invoices, automate your staff payroll and lodge your BAS; online from

anywhere you have Internet. That’s right, you can work ANYWHERE. Think about that for a moment. Receipt Bank/HubDoc/ Entryless Useless at remembering to ask the attendant for a copy of your fuel/Bunnings/Officeworks receipt? You’re not the only one. Australia Post and Officeworks are using email receipts which is a great time saver. But what do you do, even if you have the receipt in a pdf? The app Receipt Bank actually takes the pdf (or a photo) of the receipt and inputs the accounting data into your QuickBooks Online (or Xero) file as a transaction, with the receipt attached against that specific transaction for you or your accountant to refer to at any time! Receive your invoices and statements via email? Forward it straight to app via your personalised email and the same will happen. It certainly makes filing a prehistoric concept. Service M8 This is the tradesperson’s best friend, after their dog of course! Picture this: either yourself

or your staff, on-site on your iPhone; conduct a Hazard Assessment; complete your job sheet, record your hours; then receive payment for the job via credit card; issue your receipt with all of the necessary professionally presented paperwork attached and then have it automatically updated in your QuickBooks Online (or Xero). You can even include photos of the work/repairs, track your staff via GPS and SMS clients if you’re running late, all within an iPhone app! Change is inevitable. It will take getting used to, but once you are (paper) free of your old habits, your business (and even the environment) will be very thankful. The aim is to make your life easier with less paper and more time to do you exactly what you want!

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The recent turn of events around the Adani imbroglio is an opportunity for North Queensland to hit the reset button. It’s a chance to draw a line in the sand against a future premised on corporate welfare to billionaires and in favour of one based on an empowered community. There is no case for public subsidies to a global corporate, with a web of entities registered throughout the tax havens of the Caribbean.

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IT’S BEEN A LONG 3 YEARS About three years ago, I observed that about the only thing that would save the Carmichael coal mine project was a significant dose of public funding. Whether this funding came from Australian taxpayers or from those of India (or both) was a moot point. The reality was – and remains – that the global market for seaborne thermal coal has pretty much peaked. The Adani corporation took a gamble on thermal coal in 2010, when the hype was that the future for coal was never-ending. Coal price growth knew no upper limits and faraway, unconnected, coal fields could finally be viably developed. Come forward to 2013 and the global market for thermal coal had collapsed. The Adani project was originally at pains to affirm its viability. The project didn’t need, and wouldn’t seek, public funding, so its proponents claimed. THE HAND OF MENDICANCY Despite public posturing that they didn’t need taxpayer support, the reality has been that for the best part of at least the last two years, Adani has been working feverishly on securing access to every public sinecure on offer. To build public empathy, Adani recalibrated its PR priorities to emphasise jobs in regions that were clearly desperate. They quickly cottoned on to the Culture of Mendicancy that often rears its head when places in Australia begin to struggle with economic restructuring.

In doing so, they began to work the corridors to enlist the support of regional stakeholders in search of a ‘quick fix’. Exploiting the desperation of a community to secure support for corporate welfare was the stratagem du jour. It displayed a capacity for raw cunning on an unsuspecting and desperate community. So, despite the oft-repeated claims that the company didn’t need public funding support, the Commonwealth Government rapidly obliged with the creation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). The NAIF is a $5B pot available principally for subsidised loans. Since it was created, it has not yet funded any project. A key condition of funding was that the project would otherwise not be able to access funding from private / commercial sources. In other words, only if a project was considered un-bankable would NAIF chip in. It would, however, only contribute up to 50% of funding required. No wonder it’s been a mess. Adani continued to ‘play the game’. It didn’t need NAIF, so they maintained. The problem of course was that the minute they applied for NAIF funding, they would be conceding that the project couldn’t otherwise be funded. What an invidious position to be in. In the end, Adani tried to walk two sides of the barbed wire fence. It would maintain the position that it didn’t ‘need’ NAIF, but applied for it because it was ‘available’. They put their hands up for

THE FUTURE close to $1B. That’s a lot of brass, and unsurprisingly got a lot of people focused on exactly what the project was really about. Environmentalists had long campaigned against the project. Adani had, inadvertently made itself the lightning rod for protest, because of its hyperbolic (and ultimately disproven) claims of being the jobs saviour of the regions. Claims of 10,000 jobs were long ago dismembered by the company’s own economist giving evidence under oath, who concluded that no more than about 1,600 jobs would be supported by the project. Worse was that the company’s CEO was once quoted (in 2015) as saying that the future of the mine would be automation. No doubt, he regrets that moment of honesty. But now, it wasn’t just environmentalists who turned their sights onto Adani. The flagrant extension of the mendicant’s hand in search of publicly funded corporate welfare did not sit well with a whole different demographic of the community.


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Even those who didn’t support the environmentalists’ eco-campaign found common ground in their joint hostility to corporate welfare. Throw in farmers as your last group of concerned citizens and you’ve got a strong, broad-based coalition saying ‘no’. Adani threw out the hand of mendicancy not only because the NAIF was on offer. They did so because without some level of public funded commitment to the project - from at least one level of Australian government - they stood little chance of securing bank funding from their home country, let alone anywhere else. With growing risks surrounding the future of longterm coal projects, funding would be contingent on governments having ‘skin in the game’. In other words, Adani’s move on public funding support was as much about mitigating ‘sovereign risks’ as it was about the money. So, with the application for Commonwealth funding support in train, Adani turned its radar to other sources of public ‘skin’. State Government support was secured via deferred royalties.

But this was a Pyrrhic victory. Come November 2017, the State had made it clear it would not administer the NAIF funding (if it was approved), which effectively put the kibosh on the whole scheme. The State Government’s stance was vindicated by it being returned at the General Election; and, interestingly, that its three Members of Parliament in Townsville were also returned. This left stranded local government commitments to funding an airstrip at the Galilee as the last bit of public ‘skin in the game’. Townsville and Rockhampton City Councils had last year, approved joint funding in the order of $30m+ for the construction of an airstrip near the mine site, a few months after enjoying Adani’s hospitality in India. There’s been incredible confusion about this funding ever since. Whether the councils would be directly funding Adani or not wasn’t answered until late in the piece. The short answer apparently is ‘no’. Whether the councils would actually own and operate the airstrip was shrouded in mystery. It would seem that again, the answer is ‘no’. Whether the funding would be contingent on anything else was never clearly spelled out. At one point, the impression was that the ‘deal’ was done; at other times, there were claims that the ‘details were still being negotiated’. Talk of ‘bank guarantees’ to be issued by Adani came and went. After all, why would Adani issue a ‘bank guarantee’ when they weren’t the direct recipients of the funding? NO SOCIAL LICENSE For a company that claimed it didn’t need public funding to so egregiously exploit the desperation of communities, and limited institutionalised commercial acumen, to siphon scarce public funds to aid and abet its own corporate cause is a massive eye-opener for many in the community. I’m afraid that the social license battle has been lost. Environmentalists had long opposed the mine. But now, due to its ham-fisted attempts to inveigle public funds, I’m afraid Adani has forgone the benefit of the doubt from a much broader

cross-section of the community. Fair-minded Australians, and North Queenslanders to boot, simply have no truck for corporate welfare seekers, especially when those seeking the alms visit in private jets. The community looks to the guardians of the public purse and the community interest to hold their ground. Desperate times do not require a suspension of common sense let alone critical scrutiny. Rather, they demand the highest standards of public interest protection so that the community isn’t exploited by corporate interests when it is at its most vulnerable. Whether the Adani mine proceeds or not is a function of economics and its ability to rebuild its social license. Neither looks good at the moment. Meanwhile, what has proven to be an unnecessarily divisive feature of the landscape should be put behind us. Time has come to draw a line in the sand. NORTH QUEENSLAND 2.0 North Queensland has a significant reservoir of natural and human assets to build a prosperous 21st century future. Mining employment will play its part (between 3-5% of total employment in Townsville between 2009 and now), though we can expect that as mining automates the kinds of jobs (and their number) will change. The region also has natural advantages in things that the growing middle class market of Asia are demanding. As Asia gets wealthier, we have the opportunity to supply high quality, clean foods. I don’t just mean raw materials being shipped off; rather we can develop a world class valueadding industry in a broad range of food products that capitalise on our region’s abundance. Focus on quality rather than volumedriven commodities and we have the foundations for a smart food services and products industry. As Asia gets wealthier, the number of outbound travellers will increase. In the year to November 2017, over 1.3M Chinese travellers came to Australia. This is 16.5% growth on the year before. This growth is expected to continue.

Increasingly, these travellers are coming as independent travellers. I call this the transition from ‘mass tourism’ to ‘tourism of the masses’. They come in search of experiences and the great outdoors. The North has all of this in droves. And, as populations get older, the demand for aged care and wellness services and products will continue to grow. As Asia’s working patterns continue to evolve, Australia’s experience in high quality aged care delivery models is exportable know-how. Australia itself will be short 85,000 aged care beds by 2024. This is an opportunity for both a high-tech and high-touch industry to develop, with strong growth in services employment, training and education. We’ve a small / medium enterprise sector that can turn to these market opportunities through the application and development of new technologies, and new business models that harness collective strength. The difference here is whether we support our own local firms to transform and expand, or continue to focus public attention on corporate welfare-funded initiatives that aim to lure outside firms to the region. A North Queensland 2.0 would prioritise regional businesses, enabling them to reach outward on the back of strong local support. We can mobilise modern technologies to build digital infrastructure that establishes strong networks of buyers-sellers in a local setting, to create the platforms for expanded delivery into global markets. If the Adani Carmichael mine fiasco teaches us anything, it’s that a diverse cross-section of the community is sceptical of claims made for corporate welfare from and on behalf of large global conglomerates, and that rarely is public subsidies of these kinds of businesses warranted. The fiasco has been unnecessarily divisive, and it’s time for a new NQ Version 2.0 future to be forged that heals these wounds.

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BREAKING IT DOWN: MARKET DISRUPTIONS AND MEGATRENDS Are these the latest buzz words or are they changing the world as we know it, one industry at a time?

Market disruption is a term in the field of business administration which refers to an innovation that creates a new market and value network. Once created it eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products, and alliances. Most recent examples include CryptoCoin – a disruption to how we use and perceive traditional currency; Airbnb – a disruption to the traditional hospitality and tourism industry; and the explosion of Uber and its impact on the taxi industry. A megatrend is a large, social, economic, political, environmental or technological change that is slow to form. Once formed, they define our future world and its increasing pace of change. Simply, they are the underlying forces that drive trends, creating new industries and diversifying traditional ones along the way. An example occurring on a global level, but also impacting communities, is the surge of investor interest in retirement villages due to the increasing aging population. Investment has begun to shift from resorts and shopping centres and into aged care facilities driven by consumer demand.


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Someone who can put this all into perspective and provide you with the tools and strategies to apply this on a local level is worldleader in market disruption and business transformation, former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Lonely Planet, Gus Balbontin. This, combined with his background in investing, advising and founding new start-ups, has enabled Gus to equally engage with people from the mailroom to the boardroom, from emerging start-ups to large public corporations.

RIGHT: Gus Balbontin former Executive Director Lonely Planet

BELOW: Groovin the Moo Festival Townsville

Gus led Lonely Planet to tackle the digital revolution and muscle through a decade of disruption. He developed products and technology platforms that have contributed to the revolution of travel and media. Some of Gus’ key achievements include leading one of the most significant global restructures that put Lonely Planet back in the black and positioned the company to better tackle digital transformation. He also refocused the vision and investment of LonelyPlanet. com to a travel forum, gaining customer intent, destination content and daily engagement. Along the way Gus also developed strong partnerships with a few household names including Nokia, Apple and Google, which is nothing to sneeze at. Gus has now hung up the boots of corporate life and is ready to share his experiences with others as a motivational and educational speaker. As guest speaker of the 2018 Tourism Futures Forum in Townsville this month, Gus will discuss business disruption and transformation, plus the successes and failures of a media industry that continuously undergoes significant reinvention.

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Are you increasingly hearing the terms ‘market disruption’ and ‘megatrend’ thrown around in conversations and not exactly sure what it all means? You’re not alone. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re just the latest buzz words that won’t hang around any longer than a rain cloud in Townsville – but it’s quite the opposite. Let’s alleviate those future awkward ‘nodding-inagreeance’ situations and set the record straight.


It’s time to embrace the change to ensure our region’s business landscape is bright and ahead of the trend.

The lessons he shares can be applied to every local industry, business and individual facing the challenges of the 21st century, not just those operating or working within the tourism industry. Norman Jenkin, Sales and Marketing Manager at Sealink Queensland, has had the pleasure of hearing from Gus before and backs the opinions that Gus is one of the most inspiring and knowledgeable travel speakers in the world. “I was lucky enough

to hear Gus speak at the YHA Australia National Conference in Cairns in 2016 as the keynote speaker”, said Mr Jenkin. “He delivered a truly inspiring talk on his personal and professional journey with Lonely Planet. His love for travel and his humourous take on digital disruption will help you develop a very different approach to the complex world we now live in. You will not regret taking the time out of your day to see him”.

RIGHT : Kate Gould Executive Director Dark Mofo (MONA)

The Futures Forum will also feature arts consultant and online digital entrepreneur, Kate Gould, once declared ‘one of Australia’s most influential women’ by the Adelaide Advertiser. Kate is the Executive Director of Tasmania’s highly successful Museum of Old and New Art’s (MONA) annual midwinter festival ‘Dark Mofo’ – a celebration of the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise. As Executive Director of Dark Mofo, in only five years Kate has significantly contributed to the festival’s success, returning over $50 million in economic benefit to Tasmania each year and employing over 1,000 people in 2017. As well as MONA and Dark Mofo, Kate also consults to arts agencies, festivals, events, venues, government and university sectors, including Monash University, Flinders University, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Government of South Australia. Kate also founded a start-up business of three online platforms, successfully selling the software platforms in 2016 and 2017.

If you’d like to get a better grasp on this evolving and dynamic world we’re all a part of, and how to be at the forefront of changing industry landscapes and not just collateral, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Gus, Kate and several equally inspiring speakers at the 2018 Tourism Futures Forum and Networking Function on Friday 23 March. The Forum provides you with the flexibility to either attend the full day of presentations and networking or for the standalone business insights session. Like they say, change is as good as a holiday, so let’s embrace the change to ensure our region’s industry landscape is bright and ahead of the trend. Forum tickets and information can be found at:

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When Kim Addison and her partner Dave lost their baby boy Theodor it was a traumatic experience. “It was our first pregnancy together and we had to medically terminate it at 22.5 weeks,” says Kim, who at the time of going to print was due to deliver a baby girl. “The hospital staff really looked after us and when it came to the date of Theodor’s first birthday, we wanted to do something to honour his memory.” The couple set up a fundraising page with the aim of raising money for a makeover of Birth Suite Room 32 where they said goodbye to Theodor. “We just wanted to make the room a little more homely and less clinical for the sake of other couples who would be going through a similar experience,” Kim says. “We raised over $2,700 for the Townsville Hospital Foundation, who also added some of their own funds to the project.” Having heard about the wonderful design skills of Ann Sanker, owner of The Coloured House, one of the midwives gave her a call to see if she’d be willing to oversee the makeover. “When I heard about the cause, I was only too happy to help,” says Anne, who offered her services for free.

RIGHT FROM LEFT: Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins-Olsen, Anne Sanker from The Coloured House and Kim Addison.


Losing a baby is a shocking experience, which is why one mum who has lived through it has raised funds for the Townsville Hospital Foundation. Anne devised a new paint scheme, convinced her wholesaler to donate free material for new curtains and worked with the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Andrea McLeod on approaching local businesses for their support. “Fantastic Furniture were awesome — they supplied a comfortable feature chair for the room, a lamp, artworks and some cushions,” Anne says. “Ross Joinery gave us a great price on building a day bed for the space, Bed Bath N’ Table gave us a discount on linen, and Townsville Betta Home Living donated a bar fridge, TV and sound system.” Other key elements of the

makeover included the installation of a skylight (so it feels like you’re looking up through the leaves of a tree) and the creation of a flip-lid panel for the area behind the bed to hide all of the medical equipment. “We wanted to create a totally different sensation from walking into a hospital room — it needed to be more special and make those women and their families feel as though they were in a more home-like environment,” Anne says. Kim and Dave are delighted with the results of the makeover and the midwives are already reporting that the room is making

a difference to the families who are using it. “We just wanted a positive way of remembering our son and honouring his birthday,” Kim says. “Thankyou to everyone for their donations — we know the makeover will bring comfort to others going through a difficult time.” For more information about how to donate to the Townsville Hospital Foundation, please visit

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Little Freya Elizabeth arrived on 25 January 2018 to proud parents Dan & Alice Rasmussen at 11.49am. Tegan Galley Photography.

James King & Ashlee Cummins are the proud parents of gorgeous twins Jordon James (L) and Alexander Roy who arrived on 12 October 2017. Little brothers for Grace and Aylah. Rebecca Rose Photography

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If you’ve worked in industry for a while you may even be able to fast-track your diploma with Recognition of Prior Learning, saving you time and money. TAFE Queensland recently strengthened its commitment to training in Townsville, opening a third local campus. The new Aitkenvale campus complements our existing Pimlico campus and Townsville Trade Training Centre at the Bohle. If boosting your qualifications or getting your skills recognised is on your to-do list, stop putting it off and contact TAFE Queensland today to achieve your goals! To find out more about TAFE Queensland’s diploma qualifications, visit your nearest campus, call 1300 656 959 or go to


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orging a future for the young men of Ignatius Park College in today’s world has many opportunities and challenges. “In a world characterised by rapid rates of change and technological advancement, it is no longer adequate for our students to ‘surface learn’, as their future calls them to be discerning and deeply engaged learners, with the ability to wield knowledge, to innovate and create, bringing to their learning and ethical moral stance” said Shaun Clarke, the new Principal of Ignatius Park College. “We as a College are embracing the 21st century. We know the world is becoming strongly in sync with robotics, digital technology, coding, quantum theory and blockchain, just to name a few buzz words in the business community of today.” The College constantly reviews our educational vision to ensure our curriculum and subject offerings reflects the needs of the employers of tomorrow.

The challenge for our leadership team is ensuring we are a school that is responding to 'A Call to the Future'. These leaders are charged with the alignment of the curriculum to what the workplace of tomorrow will look like. The students are taught to be adaptive, have critical thinking skills and be problem solvers. Our future is not just about gaining knowledge but how we apply this knowledge through working effectively in teams. They are encouraged to use their initiative and for one day they could be entrepreneurs should they wish to. Whilst at school they collaborate, and learn oral and written communication in conjunction with sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. With these strong foundations they can walk away from the school with the knowledge and skills they need to gain employment in this rapidly changing world. For more visit

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A world class school

We are all citizens of the world. At Kirwan High, a rich diversity of people and cultures enables each member of the community to grow as a person and as a learner.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Japan Study Tour 2017; Scientists Enacting Global Change – 2017 graduate and Vice-captain Callum Rawlins with Bye Bye Plastic Bag founders Melati and Isabel Wijsen; Global Citizen – Tyla Craven-Griffiths; The World’s Creative Hub – 2017 Creative Arts Tour, including a visit to the New York Stadium.


he world is filled with wonder and opportunity. Overseas touring enables the curriculum to transcend borders and connect nations and cultures. GLOBAL EXPERIENCES In 2017, over 50 students travelled to one of the world’s creative art hubs – New York. In just 10 days students experienced Broadway shows, participated in workshops with professional performers, visited art galleries, and attended information sessions at Columbia and New York University. There was also time to take in the famous sites and landmarks of this incredible city. Also in 2017, a group of young scientists participated in a tour of Indonesia to enact global change. Students were involved in a number of environmental projects – building biorock artificial reefs, exploring the famous Green School, collaborating with the Bye Bye Plastic Bags Team. Being able to understand another cultures language is a powerful tool and an important


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part of our being. Experiencing culture is a great way to embed language as students experienced during their study tour of Japan. Activities included visits to culturally significant temples along with cooking classes. 2018 will see more students involved in worldwide activities including travel to Thailand where Football (Soccer) students will participate in workshops with the Chelsea Football Club. DIGITALLY CONNECTED Technology at the school has enabled correspondence and collaboration between Kirwan High students and those located overseas. Apps have been developed in collaboration with students in India and video conferencing has allowed groups of Kirwan High and Japanese students to discuss differences in school life. A WORLD CLASS SCHOOL Throughout the year, aspiring individual students are presented with opportunities for growth in

the areas of knowledge. Tyla Craven-Griffiths is a student who is optimistic and seeks challenges. Tyla has recently returned from an exchange program with a French-speaking Swiss family. Tyla enjoyed a white Christmas while expanding her conversational French language skills and learning more about their culture. Tyla has recently been named as a recipient of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Prize and will travel to France where she will participate in historic centenary commemorations. CONNECT NOW: Website – Facebook – Kirwan State High School Past Students –

Local graduates… global experiences Kirwan High graduates can be found all over the world but also make up an important part of the Townsville and Queensland community. Past Students Kurt Phelan (performer – Dirty Dancing) and Sabour Bradley (filmmaker – Extreme Tourist) have found success on an international level. As students transition from Kirwan High student to graduate, their connection with the school doesn’t come to an end. As Kirwan High approaches its 40th year in 2019, we endeavour to facilitate an ongoing connection with graduates across the years and around the world.

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Past students and staff … it’s time to reconnect! The QUAD – Kirwan High

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Multiple pathways pave the way The current course offerings at Northern Beaches State High School are guaranteed to get all students excited about studying.


ow entering its third decade of educating Townsville’s Northern Beaches children, this future-orientated high school is setting the standard high when it comes to holistic learning for the real world. With courses in Aquaculture, Photography, Fitness, Business Management and IT part of their 2018 curriculum, Principal Robin Sprott couldn’t be more enthusiastic about their year ahead and all it has to offer students. “The signature certificate courses we have on offer are at the forefront of the labour market and have been selected to ensure our students are best prepared to embrace opportunities in the changing workforce,” Robin explained. “Through extensive partnerships with the business community, students are able to gain valuable work experience that aligns with school learning and in many cases, leads to employment.”


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The certificate courses are a great kick start for any student who has their sights set on a career in in aquatic farming, fitness or business management. The Certificate III in Aquaculture is a great pathway to working with the likes of Pacific Reef Fisheries or James Cook University and includes a dive component. The Visual Arts in Practice course has a high emphasis on photography, digital art and design and the Information Technology Excellence course (ITex) will see students develop high-level skills in the area of information communication and technology, web development, multimedia, educational video game development and the use of drones. “Students have access to the school’s own photographic studio and industry-standard editing software. They regularly work in the industry with professional photographers including the Townsville Fashion Festival with Wearable Art,” Robin said.

“The community partnerships provide great opportunities for students looking to follow a vocational pathway straight into the workforce. While we have a strong field of academicallyminded students who are interested in tertiary education as well, it’s important we’re able to accommodate both.”

Northern Beaches State High School Meranti Street, Deeragun 4751 7111

Together Everyone Achieves More All Year 11 and 12 senior students participate in Enrichment Day on a Wednesday. This provides them with the opportunity to participate in programs such as structured TAFE North courses, part-time work, apprenticeships and traineeships. Students also have the ability to come to school and complete assignments, participate in tutorials and various other activities such as QCS preparation and practice, Leadership activities or exams.

Our 2018 School Captains Zhali Stapleton and Junior Hofeni warmly welcome you to our school.

The structure of subject choices at Northern Beaches SHS has been developed to allow: • Curriculum that meets direct requirements of career and further education pathways

• Curriculum that reflects Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority findings of the benefits of a balanced and consistent course of study

• Curriculum that responds to initiatives such as STEM • For electives specific to chosen pathways

• For alternative individual flexible pathways to be incorporated into the timetable

• Incorporation of both OP (ATAR for students who enter Year 11 in 2019) and VET pathways in a focused way.

Northern Beaches State High School

ool in a great Community A great Sch ENROLMENT ENQUIRIES WELCOME FOR 2019

Northern Beaches High School Meranti Street Deeragun 4751 7111


Designed for girls

Discover a futures-focused education designed especially for girls.


ducating girls matters. At St Patrick’s College we are futures-focused, creating the right learning environment to ensure we offer an education that is designed especially for girls. We are about preparing our girls to live and work in a global community where international-mindedness is paramount. In delivering a futures-focused education, we are developing confident, articulate young women who will make a difference in their world.

#ARTS LIKE A PAT’S GIRL · Studio-based art training · Digital media and emerging technologies · Exhibition opportunities in local, state and national galleries · Performance opportunities in dance, music and vocal · Private music tuition in piano, guitar, strings, band, percussion

THE START-UP SUBJECT · Two year subject for Years 9 and 10 · Philanthropy, entrepreneurism, design-thinking and philosophy · Real world learning, solving real world issues · Engagement with industry throughout the program

WOMEN’S CAREER NETWORK · Connecting past students with senior students to create networks and mentoring opportunities · Alumni program connecting past students and creating connections

#STEM LIKE A PAT’S GIRL · Strong focus on STEM subjects · Marine Science program delivered by a Marine Biologist · STEM TREK USA for Science and Maths students 2018 · Industry and university partnerships · Extension programs and opportunities


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REAL WORLD LEARNING · Developing tertiary and industry-ready skills · Links and partnerships with industry · Providing real-world learning opportunities · Extracurricular experiences such as Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp, World Challenge. · Compulsory College House community service program · Mercy Girls in Action

AWARD WINNING TEACHERS · Professional and passionate teachers who are experts in their fields, offering considerable realindustry experience. · Teachers who are involved in the community in their specialist areas · Teachers who have received awards in STEM, the Arts and Community. CONNECT NOW: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: St Mary's Campus, Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers; New facilities being enjoyed by students at Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers; Luke Ogilvie at the St Benedict’s Catholic School Shaw, Orientation Day.

Growth motivates upgrades As the Townsville Diocese continues to grow, Townsville Catholic Education is responding by upgrading learning facilities across the region to the highest standards.


s the Townsville Diocese continues to grow, Townsville Catholic Education is responding by upgrading learning facilities across the region to the highest standards. Townsville Catholic Education provides support for 29 schools and more than 12,000 students, covering an area extending to Mount Isa in the west, Proserpine in the south and north to Ingham. “Each of our schools has a unique spirit and all strive to shape and develop students to become compassionate and contributing members of our world and responsible stewards of our environment,” Executive Director, Dr Cathy Day said. St Benedict’s Catholic School, Shaw was officially opened in January this year, welcoming 160 students. The Kindergarten to Year 6 school was constructed to meet the demand of the growing northern suburbs of Townsville. The school has embraced sustainable practices, earning a ‘Five Star Green Rating’;


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Australia’s trusted mark of quality for the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings and communities. Principal Penny Collins said the first weeks of school have been very smooth for new families, who are offering excellent feedback on the stateof-the-art school facilities. Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers put the finishing touches on their $5.2million upgrade just before the start of 2018. The Mount Carmel senior campus has received eight new rooms, a new science laboratory, play and sports facilities and outdoor covered tiered seating for 550 people. The St Mary’s junior campus opened to six refurbished classrooms for 2018. “Everything we do is directed towards better student outcomes. Investing in our school infrastructure is important to ensure we provide our students with the latest, quality education facilities so that they have the best opportunity to learn and succeed in their studies,” Principal Dan McShea said. St Catherine’s Catholic College, The Whitsundays

is the recipient of an Australian Government Capital Grants Program $3.2million grant. The money will go towards relocating the Early Years Learning precinct adjacent to the middle years and secondary campus. “We look forward to being able to offer a complete Kindergarten to Year 12 Catholic education for the Whitsundays, all on one modern site,” Principal Sharyn Bell said. Townsville Catholic schools strive to be spiritual, respectful and sharing places. More information about enrolling for schools for 2019 can be found at


Masterplan in motion

A five-year construction masterplan is changing the landscape of Ryan Catholic College in Kirwan.


ow in year three of a five-year College Masterplan roll-out, Ryan Catholic College is being transformed. In Stage One, a new Middle School Precinct with 12 classrooms and specialist facilities in Science and Technology (for Years 5 to 8) was constructed. A new Admin Centre, including a Student Services area, was also added. This was followed by the construction of two new Food Technology classrooms and a Hospitality Centre, as well as the relocation of the resource/ library centre and its refurbishment into the Staff Centre. “The College Masterplan has a vision of providing the students and staff with the very best of contemporary classrooms and resources,” says College principal David McNeale. “It will see the construction of new classroom blocks across all of the secondary teaching areas and associated services of the College.”

Stage 3 is about to commence and will involve the construction of a new library resource centre (a central component of the masterplan), five state-of-the art science laboratories and a preparation room. In total, there are seven stages of the complete masterplan with new general classrooms, specialist facilities for The Arts, a chapel and more student facilities to come. “The Year 7 Expo is on Wednesday 7 March and will provide parents and students with an insight into the College,” David says. “Parents are also welcome to contact us for a personalised tour of the College, with enrolments into Year Seven for 2019 due by Thursday 22 March (to be considered in the first round of offers).” Ryan Catholic College is a Prep to Year 12 school offering a complete and continuous education for both girls and boys.



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“We pride ourselves on the positive relationships we maintain between staff, students and families,” David says. “Our students are proud to belong to a community where they are valued and have a rich and diverse range of subject choices. “The environment is inclusive, with our Learning Enrichment Programs catering for a great diversity of students, and there are plenty of extra-curricula activities on offer.” David works daily with a wonderful leadership team who provide both the administrative and pastoral support to the nearly 2000 students and 250 staff at the school. “As we’re a Catholic school, my focus is on being a witness to my faith and a role model for students, staff and parents.”

Ryan Catholic College 44 Golf Links Drive, Kirwan 4755 9900




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Love, serve, shine in Catholic Education Southern Cross Catholic College is an innovative and contemporary primary and secondary College growing to Year 12 in 2019.


he College Mission is to provide an excellent education for students through meeting their learning, social and spiritual needs. The College focuses on developing the whole child in a school community that embraces Catholic values. The College motto, “To Love, To Serve, To Shine” espouses an inclusive, co-educational school where standards are high, learning is life-long, people are valued and faith is serious. “The college takes pride in meeting the learning needs of students as they transition from school to a more independent world of future studies,” says Principal, Louise Vella-Cox. “At Southern Cross we offer a differentiated curriculum that supports enriched learning


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experiences for our students so they can achieve their best whilst being supported and challenged.” Mrs Vella-Cox has been Principal since 2015 and attributes the academic success of the College to the formation of incredibly dedicated and very experienced teachers and support staff who go the extra mile to encourage and challenge the 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 each student’s engagement in learning,” said Mrs Vella-Cox. “Also attributing to student success and enjoyment of school life is our highly effective pastoral care system which is designed

specifically to build resilience and care for each other,” said Mrs Vella-Cox. Parental partnerships also make for strong threads within the fabric of the college. Parents are encouraged to visit and see the school for themselves and engage with the college on a number of levels. “Parents know their child better than anyone else and they will be able to decide what the best environment is for them.” To discover more about Southern Cross Catholic College Louise invites you to make an appointment to arrange a tour today.

(07) 4778 3444

Gartrell Dr, Annandale QLD 4814


Spirituality Centre

Combining bushland, prayer and reflection for student wellbeing.


aking the most of a stunning bushland border, St Anthony’s Catholic College, Deeragun is using the natural surroundings as the foundation for a Spirituality Centre, designed for reflection, prayer and connection with the environment. The St Anthony’s Spirituality Centre on the Assisi (secondary) Campus is transforming each week into a unique space to enhance student wellbeing. “We are building an interactive place surrounded by shady plants and bushland to allow the members of our College community to slow down, become removed from the pace of life and experience the peace that comes from prayer and meditation,” College Principal, Barry Horner says.

“Our students really relate to the contemporary themes around sustainability, which have actually been taught for hundreds of years in the Franciscan stories. The students are passionate about the environment and have been enthusiastically suggesting elements to add to the centre.” The water features and irrigation at the Centre will come from a bore and recycled water from the College buildings. Chickens and a barramundi pond will provide fertiliser for the orchard and vegetable garden, and a chapel and meditation room have been created from two donated demountable buildings. Wulgurukaba elder, Uncle Russell Butler, will help to establish plants used by traditional owners for food, shelter and medicine and to attract

native birds. An interpretive audio walk will guide students through the gardens into shady seated areas, to enhance the sensory aspects of the Spirituality Centre, allowing students to touch, smell, hear and see as they move along the meandering pathways. “It is important to acknowledge our spirituality, the role of our Indigenous groups in managing the environment, and to develop student wellbeing initiatives,” Barry said. “Our Spirituality Centre is set to transform our local College environment by creating a special place for the community to enjoy.” CONNECT NOW:


SECONDARY ENCOUNTER SUNDAY 11 MARCH, 2018 | 8:00AM - 11:00AM ASSISI CAMPUS, VEALES ROAD, DEERAGUN Join us for a free family breakfast and College tour.


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Quality, affordable education

New, state-of-the-art learning spaces and facilities

Caring, qualified staff

Award winning music program

Growing sports program including Dragons Rugby League and Dragonflies Netball teams

College bus service is available


Townsville’s Catholic Kindergarten

Start your child’s learning journey at a caring environment


ownsville’s Catholic Kindergartens offer contemporary, leading-edge learning environments for children aged three to five years old. The kindergartens offer spacious and innovative indoor learning areas and interactive outdoor play spaces for children to discover and explore. Townsville Catholic Education Kindergarten Adviser, Lee-Ann Barton, said Catholic Kindergartens offer families the opportunity to be part of the communities of Catholic schools and parishes. “The connection with the schools means we have a great capacity to support children and their families in their transition to school,” LeeAnn said. “Kindergarten children engage within their school community by visiting the library, the

local parish church, assemblies and special school events such as NAIDOC celebrations, fun-runs, sports carnivals and art programs. “We have received really positive feedback from parents about the great benefits of kindy children participating in the life of the school.” At Catholic Kindergartens, children learn fundamental literacy and numeracy concepts that build solid foundations for successful life-long learning and readiness for school. All children and staff are supported by specialists such as Speech Pathologists, disability support personnel and numeracy coaches. For more information, please call 1300kindergarten or visit

Places are available now in some Townsville Kindergartens. Enrolments are open for 2019.

St Joseph’s Kindergarten, North Ward | St Clare’s Kindergarten, Burdell St Anthony’s Kindergarten, Deeragun | Ryan Catholic Kindergarten, Kirwan St Michael’s Kindergarten, Palm Island | St Benedict’s Kindergarten and Care, Shaw

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A Principal plan As 2018 marks another major milestone in Townsville Grammar School’s history books, their new leader looks forward to an exciting year ahead.


hen North Queensland’s oldest secondary school opened its doors in 1888, the city of Townsville was just a young adult. This year, as they celebrate their 130th birthday, Timothy Kelly is welcomed through those doors as Townsville Grammar School’s 12th Principal. Inspired by the opportunities that await him and his faculty, Timothy is eager to get down to business. “I am looking forward to spending time getting to know the school community as well as developing a thorough understanding of the school’s culture, operations and traditions,” he said. “Beyond that, I am excited by the educational opportunities that lie ahead for all members of our school community.” Steeped in a rich history, Townsville Grammar School exudes tradition through its wellpreserved buildings and time-honoured values. Timothy is certainly no stranger to the


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importance of such principles in an educational institution such as this, having joined the faculty fresh from his position of Deputy Headmaster at Toowoomba Grammar School, where he’s been since 2007. “The biggest challenge as a Principal is to ensure we provide the highest quality educational environment in which our students can learn and teachers can teach,” he explained. “But it must be done in a way that respects the school’s values, history and traditions while being mindful of the increasingly complex and globalised world in which our students inhabit.” Since the first students took up their seats in the old School House, Townsville Grammar’s enviable reputation for academic success has been a worthy point of pride. While their awards list is long, Timothy also highlighted the importance of an academic environment in which ‘excellence is expected, difference celebrated and tolerance demonstrated.’

“I know that environment already exists here where students are encouraged to seek to achieve their individual potential regardless of their abilities and it’s my commitment to continue this culture and ensure it grows under my leadership,” he concluded.

Townsville Grammar School 45 Paxton Street, North Ward 4722 4900


Middle School delivers successful transition Significant educational research has confirmed that adolescent students need a challenging curriculum delivered in an environment that provides social and emotional support. This is exactly what happens at The Cathedral School.


he Cathedral School’s Head of Middle School Mr Chris Anderson said students require special attention at this age group to keep them on track. “Our objective is to provide a positive, safe and disciplined environment where the students can be academically challenged and also grow emotionally, socially and spiritually” said Mr Anderson. The Middle School Values of Respect, Responsibility, Consideration, Trustworthiness, Friendship, Fairness and Endeavour set the foundation to guide them through their Middle School years. Key teachers and small classes create a stable learning environment where the academic programs can be tailored to enhance the learning outcomes of each child. The students develop

increased independence as they transition from the primary phase of learning and start to acquire the skill sets they will need for senior secondary school and beyond. Extracurricular activities also give students the chance to develop a variety of skills outside the classroom. At Cathedral, students can be involved in a wide range of sporting, musical, academic, cultural and recreational activities. There is an opportunity for everyone in the Middle School, no matter what their ability level or interest areas. We encourage any Year 6 student who is interested in trying out Cathedral’s Middle School program to come along to our Middle School Experience on Friday 16 March. Bookings are essential; please register online at middleschoolexperience

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INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons white miso paste 20 g dried wakame, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes, then drained 2 spring onions, roughly chopped, plus extra, thinly sliced, to serve 4 cm piece of ginger, sliced 500 g chicken breast fillets 180 g soba noodles 2 teaspoons sesame oil 250 g daikon, cut into matchsticks (see note) 160 g (1 cup) frozen podded edamame beans, blanched 1 Lebanese cucumber, trimmed, halved lengthways and thinly sliced 90 g (1⁄3 cup) pickled ginger 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds shredded nori sheet, to serve Dressing 180 g (3/4 cup) sour cream 2 spring onions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil pinch of nutmeg 600 ml milk 1 bay leaf 1 box lasagne sheets 300 g mozzarella cheese, grated


This Japanese-inspired dish brings back lovely memories of our old home in North Bondi, where we’d have a soba noodle salad every week during summer. It’s light, fresh and perfect for a midsummer lunch or dinner on a balmy night. The wakame seaweed is one of the ultimate glow foods with its high doses of magnesium, iodine, calcium and vitamins. I love the miso-poached chicken for its flavour and tenderness, but you can also try this salad with an oily fish, such as salmon or trout. Trust me – you will feel great after eating this! SERVES 4


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60 g parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 bunch continental parsley, roughly chopped METHOD 1 Place the miso, wakame, spring onion, ginger, chicken and 500ml (2 cups) of water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid and gently poach for 10–12 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Remove from the heat and allow the chicken to sit in the poaching liquid for 20 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing thickly. Strain the poaching liquid, reserving the wakame for the salad and 125ml (½ cup) of the liquid for the noodles. Discard the spring onion and ginger. 2 Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling salted water for 3–4 minutes. Drain the noodles under cold running water and transfer to a bowl. Pour over the reserved strained poaching liquid and sesame oil, and mix to combine. Cover and refrigerate until required. 3 To make the dressing, whisk the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. 4 To serve, toss the noodles with the reserved wakame, daikon, edamame and cucumber, and transfer to a serving platter. Top with the chicken, extra spring onion, pickled ginger, sesame seeds and nori, and drizzle over the dressing.





INGREDIENTS Broccoli Slaw 500 g broccoli, florets shredded, stems cut into matchsticks 150 g white cabbage, finely shredded 2 apples, cored and cut into matchsticks 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 100 g (½ cup) buckinis (see note) 40 g (¼ cup) roasted almonds, chopped flat-leaf parsley and mint leaves, to serve Dressing 250 ml (1 cup) buttermilk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon white chia seeds 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard METHOD 1 To make the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a jar, secure the lid and shake well. Allow to sit for 30 minutes (longer if possible) for the chia seeds to gel. 2 Place the broccoli, cabbage, apple, spring onion and buckinis in a large bowl. Pour over the dressing and toss well. Season to taste and top with the almonds, parsley and mint.

NOTE: Buckinis are soaked and dried (‘activated’) buckwheat kernels and can be found in health-food stores. Good substitutes include toasted sesame, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.


This is the perfect salad for a picnic or barbecue on a hot day. It’s crisp, fresh and bursting with flavour. I’ve added ‘buckinis’ (activated buckwheat kernels), which are full of protein and have a great crunchy texture, but broccoli is the hero – and rightfully so, it actually contains more vitamin C than oranges! This slaw makes a substantial meal on its own, but is also a great accompaniment to chicken and fish. SERVES 4

Recipes and images have been supplied from Happy & Whole by Magdalena Roze, published by Plum, RRP $35. Available from all good bookstores or online au/9781925481426/


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Suburb: Idalia AKA: Kate I’m renowned for: My ridiculously loud laugh. Only a local would know: The great concerts that were held at the Sound Shell back in the day. A favourite one was Silverchair and Magic Dirt in 1997. My most memorable holiday was: My first trip to Japan. I went to Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Fukuoka. Ate tonnes of gyoza! It was such a great experience I’ve been back since. Right now I wish I was: In Canada. I would love to experience a winter there. It’s next on the travel list. My favourite day is: Every Monday as it’s my rostered day off. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My high school music teacher who always encouraged my music abilities. Thank you Ms Miller xx. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: Amsterdam space cakes… need I say more?. Someone famous I met was: Benicio Del Toro at The Grove in LA. My motto is: Dream hard, work harder.

Suburb: Annandale AKA: Matt I’m renowned for: Sharing technology opportunities via local events and online. This can be via Meetups, Startup Weekends, Hackathons or Australian Computer Society events. Only a local would know: We have more NBN fibre to premises than anywhere in Australia. I wrote up 74 uses for the NBN, how to plan for the change and how to connect. My most memorable holiday was: 45 days travelling western Europe from Ireland to Greece. I kept a travel diary just to keep up with the countries we visited. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My grade six teacher helped me decide on working with technology into the future. I was programming and designing hardware in high school. Now I lecture on technology. Today my online technology is helping over 60,000 people a month from 200 countries. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: While working in FM radio broadcasting, a faulty electric jug tripped a safety switch and killed the broadcast (lost revenue by the second). I had to identify the issue and fix it. Since that time I have been really good at fault tolerant and high availability designs. Someone famous I met was: When I did work in radio I got to meet most of the politicians around election time, music artists before show time and local event speakers etc. Recently I showed the President of Australian Computer Society around Townsville which was written up in The Australian and Information Age. My motto is: Use Technology Efficiently.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Waiting by City & Colour SHOP Cue EAT Pad Thai DRINK Mocha

MY FAVOURITE SONG Happy by Pharrell Williams SHOP Jaycar EAT Macadamia chocolate DRINK Cascade beer



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



Suburb: Aitkenvale I’m renowned for: Handmade purses and clutches! Only a local would know: Mmmm... I have only lived here for 10 Years. I originally come from Melbourne. My most memorable holiday was: That’s a hard one. I went to China two years ago and Japan last year. Both were eye popping experiences! Right now I wish I was: Back in Japan. In fact, I will be in April! Can’t wait. My favourite day is: Any day I get to sew, and once a month I do the Renegade Market. That is the best day because I get to show everyone what I have been making and meet my customers. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My mother. She taught me to sew and to never give up on anything or anyone. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: I married a long distant relative (by marriage only)…. small world yes? Someone famous I met was: Shirley Shackelton…who is she I hear you ask? Well she was the wife of one of the reporters killed in Balibo in East Timor. I met her on a tram in Melbourne and she was so delightful. Shirley is a crafter and I had watched her on ABC TV many years ago. It still gives me a thrill to think about her. My motto is: Don’t cry, you can’t see to fix it!

Suburb: Townsville City I’m renowned for: Being active in the golfing community. Only a local would know: How much I love golf! My most memorable holiday was: In 2016 I cruised the Baltic Sea and then took a river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. Right now I wish I was: Travelling or relaxing at the beach with a good novel. My favourite day is: Saturday. It’s golf, then out to dinner with Vince. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My mother. She taught me the value of working hard to achieve my goals and to never give up. Mum was a workaholic – a trait I’ve inherited! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: When my golf clubs escaped from the small milk truck I was driving. I had to stop suddenly and when I looked out my side window, my golf buggy, with clubs still attached, flew past me down the slope and into the intersection where they hit the curb, sending clubs and golf balls everywhere. I jumped from the truck in hot pursuit, darting in and out of cars to recover the balls which were rolling everywhere. The woman behind me was laughing so hard she couldn’t drive. Someone famous I met was: In the early 60’s I worked at Rothmans of Pall Mall’s head office. They employed sports stars as sales representatives, such as Doug Walters and Barry Shepherd (test cricketers), Geoff Hunt (Australia’s best squash player) and Ron Corry (Australian soccer player). I was also PA for Frank Matich, a successful motor racing competitor in the 50s–70s. My motto is: Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.

MY FAVOURITE SONG My Blue Heaven (my dad sang it to me as a child) SHOP Renegade Gift Shop. Is there any better in town? EAT Italian food DRINK Scotch and dry in a long glass, lots of ice.

MY FAVOURITE SONG I Left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett SHOP Bunnings EAT Thai DRINK Duperrey French Champagne



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Bespoke designer Sherie Di Bella shares her style and passion with DUO Magazine. I’ve lived in many cities across Australia and Townsville has been home since 2012. Whilst I love figure skating and yoga my young Appaloosa horse is where my heart is, he keeps me on my toes and gets me out and about in the great outdoors. I love being creative and enjoy painting and sewing which you can see in the Townsville Cup photo (pictured) with my husband where I not only designed and made my fascinator for the event but my dress, belt and necklace as well. My favourite destination: Hawaii, Japan and Fiji all hold a special place in my heart and I would revisit again in a heart beat, but on the top of my bucket list is the Northern Lights in Finland. The drink I love: I love Appletiser, I can’t get enough of this sparkling apple juice, I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted. It’s perfect for all occasions, all events and all seasons. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is… The Australian sister duo that is Spell Designs are by far my favourite designers, they have easy to wear styles that can be dressed up or down and I absolutely love their use of eclectic prints. Shoes I’d love to own or admire: Anything from the Old Gringo or Liberty Black brand, the style and quality is always guaranteed to make you stand out. Treasured possession: My Lokoa fringed bag I have had for years, it’s a quality handmade leather investment piece that has stood the test of time so far and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. A music genre and/or artist I love: All music is good for the soul but I do have a sweet spot for acid jazz, tribal and dance music. Anything that makes me smile and want to dance the day away is music I love. A book or movie that effected me is… Food Matters and Hungry for Change which are Australian made documentaries spotlighting health and it’s role in society really left a mark on me, they are both well worth a look. A car that suits my style (or I wish I owned): The Jaguar F-Pace Sport seems like a really nice machine, an eco-friendly sporty SUV that can go anywhere but is low on CO2 emissions and has a reduced carbon footprint sounds perfect for me. If I wore a hat this is it… The fascinator I made for the Townsville Cup last year was me to a tee, feathers, recyclable and not afraid to push the fashion boundaries. The lingerie label I love is… Victoria’s Secret, heaps of styles, heaps of colours and quality that actually lasts – I am a fan. My favourite perfume is: Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy. It’s bright, fun and ready to live life to the fullest.


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DUO Magazine March 2018  
DUO Magazine March 2018  

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