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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY MOTHER-IN-LAW
Because it's Mother's Day this month, for a new perspective, we decided to ask some married men what they thought about their mother-in-law and their relationship. Their stories start on page 27 and I know you'll enjoy them. So here I was thinking about what to write in this column when my wife (still Stacey, of course) suggested I should describe my first meeting with my mother-in-law, Valerie Grimley. Happy wife, happy life so here I go. Despite many of our friends thinking we were an unlikely combination, Stacey and I had been together for a few months having a great time. But as week followed week I was worried that I still hadn't met the oldies. Don't know how it is for girls but for blokes you're sort of not sure if you're in for the big one (insert marriage here) until you meet her family and see if you pass the test. Naturally I thought I was a pretty good catch. Who doesn't? I can tell a joke, earn enough to feed myself and only occasionally spill my drinks, but I'd never gone this long in a relationship so I kind of wanted to get it over with as well. After a fair number of subtle reminders it was finally agreed that we'd go to Jack and Val's one evening for tea. Like many of us men, I'm a bit of romantic so I pictured the four of us. Me shaking hands with Jack, giving Val a kiss on the cheek and cracking a few clever lines. Easy. I should have known by the eight cars parked in the yard that this was not the picture I'd imagined. Yep, the whole family came to meet Stacey's boyfriend. We're talking the sisters, their husbands and all the kids. It was happy chaos. But you could tell this was a big thing for them too because Val brought out the really good crockery. We sat at the dining room table and had cups of tea, sandwiches and biscuits. I was in! As far as mother-in-laws go I reckon I was blessed to have Valerie. One of the kindest souls and most family loving people you'd ever meet and for 24 years she was my mother-in-law. Val and I got each other I think. There's even a special kind of a laugh you can have with your mother-inlaw and we used to laugh a lot. And as long as she knows you're doing the best you can for her daughter she'll back you up. We still laugh about Val bringing out the good crockery. Hope you have a great month and show your love of all Mums (especially mum-in-laws).
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INBOX: SAVE THE DATE 12 JUNE CHARITY AUCTION
AUCTION OF ORPHAN'S TRADITIONAL CAMBODIAN PAINTINGS WITH OFFICIAL EXHIBITION OPENING AT 7PM RYDGES FUNCTION ROOMS PALMER STREET, SOUTH TOWNSVILLE An exhibition, auction and sale of traditional Cambodian paintings by the children of the Orphans & Disadvantaged Arts Association of Siem Reap, Cambodia is being held at Rydges Function Rooms, Palmer Street, South Townsville. Presented by Kevin & Glenda Wadley of the Atherton Rotary Club, 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of the artwork goes directly to The Orphanage. Leng, the founder of the Orphanage is an orphan himself. His parents were killed by Pol Pot and the care and attention he gives his extended family is unbelievable. The children all go to school [a rarity in Cambodia] and already five go to University. It is funded solely by donations and the sale of their paintings. Come along on Wednesday 12th June for a heart-warming and captivating night. Further information, call Kevin on 4095 8464 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS Charters Towers Country Music Festival 3-5 May Charters Towers Showgrounds Mary Street The festival is one of Australia’s largest country music festivals featuring Australia’s leading country music artists and hosting one of Australia’s biggest country music talent search competitions. Visit charterstowerscountrymusic.com ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 Groovin’ the Moo 5 May Murray Sports Complex Local Townsville artists are out in full force in 2013 and GTM couldn’t be more excited! Cape York has been announced as the triple j Unearthed winner and GTM has cherry picked Finding Luna, Alex Oram and King. Touring nationally for Groovin’ the Moo: Alison Wonderland, Alpine, The Amity Affliction, The Bronx (USA) DZ Deathrays (DJ Set), Example (UK), Flume, Frightened Rabbit (UK), Hungry Kids Of Hungary, The Kooks (UK), Last Dinosaurs, Matt And Kim (USA), Midnight Juggernauts, Pez, Regurgitator, Seth Sentry, Shockone,
Tame Impala, Tegan And Sara (CAN), The Temper Trap, They Might Be Giants (USA), Tuka with Ellesquire, Urthboy, DJ Woody’s Big Phat 90’s Mixtape (UK), Yacht (USA), Yolanda Be Cool. gtm.net.au or moshtix.com.au 1300 438 849 SANDS Memorial Service for Babies 11 May 5.30pm Thomas Street entrance to Anderson Park RSVP by 9 May to email@example.com 4775 5957 facebook.com/SandsTownsville Jupiters Fashion Showcase 18 May 12noon Jupiters Townsville For ladies who like to lunch, the latest fashions and racewear leading into the Winter Racing Carnival will be showcased. Tickets include 2 course lunch and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, fashion parades, prize giveaways and more! 18 years+ event townsvilletickets.com.au or 4722 2333 for more information. Million Paws Walk 19 May The Strand Park The RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk is arguably the biggest doggy day out in
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the nation’s canine calendar and this year RSPCA Queensland is hoping to raise $250,000 for dogs in need. www.millionpawswalk.com.au or Melissa Steedman 0428 181 624 Heritage Day 19 May 10am–2pm West End Park, Ingham Road, West End Heritage Day is a free, family friendly event that promotes Townsville’s unique heritage and increases community awareness of our local heritage groups and organisations. Enjoy live entertainment, taste traditional Indigenous food and a range of other free activities. Set in West End Park, a popular activity is the guided tours in a vintage red Chevy through the historic cemetery with tour guides in traditional-dress.
FOOTBALL NRL: NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS 18 May 7.30pm Roosters 1300SMILES Stadium cowboys.com.au or 1300 462 692 NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE: NORTHERN FURY FC 11 May 6pm Redlands United Brolga Park near Murray stadium 25 May 6pm Brisbane Strikers Townsville Sports Reserve North Ward northernfury.com.au
MARKETS Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping centre car park, Sundays 7am–11am Townsville City Markets Flinders Square, Townsville CBD Wednesdays 6am–6pm. Magnetic Island Night Markets Arcadia RSL, Fridays 5pm–9pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets Second and fourth Sundays, 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre, Burdell, Saturdays
THEATRE + CONCERTS Lux Radio Theatre presents GONE WITH THE WIND 17-18 May 7.30pm School of Arts Theatre Before television, the entertainment
highlight of the week was the Sunday night radio play. The Lux Radio Theatre recreates those days with distinguished actors playing multiple roles, creating the live sound effects and the vintage soap commercials. soatheatretownsville.com.au 4772 2549 The Ten Tenors Mums The Word Tour 18 May 8pm Townsville Civic Theatre A special celebration of all Australian mums. The brand new show has all of the most requested songs the boys have ever performed, as well as the most requested songs they haven’t! ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 The Servant of Two Masters 22-25 May 7pm, 25 May 2pm Townsville Civic Theatre A comedy, set in the eighteenth century world of the Commedia del’ Arte masked characters, Harlequin and Columbine, this version of The Servant of Two Masters, directed by Fiona Perry and presented by Townsville Grammar, is brought up to date by Australian playwrights Nick Enright and Ron Blair. ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 1RAR Concert Series Presented by Loloma Jewellers 29 May 7.30pm School of Arts Theatre The big band sound of the 1RAR Band. All proceeds go towards Dancenorth community and education programs. soatheatretownsville.com.au 4772 2549 Oliver! 30 May–1 June 7pm, 31 May 10.30am Townsville Civic Theatre Ignatius Park College, St Margaret Mary’s and St Patrick's Colleges present Oliver! – Dickens’ ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 Guy Sebastian Get Along Tour 31 May 7.30pm Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Australia's male artist with the most number one singles, Guy sings tracks from his ARIA number one album Armageddon. www.tecc.net.au 4771 4000
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What does MAY have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...
No one has a completely drama free existence – we’ve all made mistakes. Consider, though, that errors of judgement are simply learning tools towards self awareness, wisdom and compassion. So don’t be swamped by remorse or disappointment. Discard what’s stale. Forgive others, and yourself. There is so much more to experience, and love.
You’re ready for a whole lot more enchantment and excitement, and the cosmos agrees. The Sun talks you straight into profit. Jupiter, too, steps forward to offer a new array of activities, while the Moon offers a foreign flavour – both on a business and personal level. Stand by for some heart-racing changes.
May brings a period of trial and error. The true test, however, comes in learning to overcome obstacles. When one way is blocked, find another. When one method fails, devise a new one. But it’s not all work – your love life is in top gear, and there’s plenty of time for play.
The cosmos reinstates confidence and control. By month’s end, you emerge determined, and know your own worth. Others are enraptured by you, so don’t be surprised if a soul mate simply saunters into your life. For those already in happy unions, love grows more secure. Less fortuitous relationships are likely to gently wind down into friendships.
21 MAY – 21 JUNE
23 JULY – 22 AUGUST
May is sure to be packed with caring and sharing. Gone will be the dilemma of choosing between work and personal obligations. With self-esteem on the rise, you won’t be backward on the romantic front. But should life start to flow even faster than usual – don’t panic. You won’t be asked to cope with circumstances you’re not ready for.
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23 AUGUST - 22 SEPTEMBER
Establishing a routine has been difficult, and discipline a bore. You may be fretful about finances. Not surprising, as you’ve recently been presented with a not-so-great report on how you’ve managed your funds. If necessary, rein in the plastic and nurture nest eggs. Professionally, stay open to new opportunities.
Excitement’s in the air, and you sense it. The time’s right to turn dreams into reality. Start a new business – find a new job. Let loved ones spoil you. What’s to lose? Nothing. But there’s plenty to suggest fun and a fistful of dollars. Finances look particularly promising, with a possible merger of love and business interests.
If anyone’s capable of talking themselves into profit this month, it’s you, Sagittarius. And at a time when money concerns take priority, you’ll probably be relying on the gift of the gab. Keep an eye out for unexpected bills, all the same. Rather than letting debts mount, ride out your secret desires instead. Be they creative, or romantic.
You may be feeling nervous this month, wondering whether you’ve done the right thing in a tricky situation. Unfortunately, applying cool logic won’t help much at this time. If you’re wishing you could turn back the clock, May will bring new cosmic forces to the rescue. So, what to do? It’s a cliche, but the best advice is to follow your heart.
It’s an ambitious month. But if you want something done, do it yourself. This month, it’s best to fly solo. Relegate a project, and it may never be completed. Others are surprised by your sudden maverick approach, but at least you’ll get end results. Finances? They suggest an exciting detour – as does a very close well-wisher.
May promises love, when warm and uncomplicated company goes a long way towards creating happy memories. Don’t worry yourself too much over minor problems. In time, most issues resolve themselves. Self discipline may be low, but that’s not so bad. You work hard for those you love – so, whenever necessary, take time out to simply enjoy.
May brings the kind of positive change that can’t be ignored. Even so, expect the odd altercation. Know your goals, and don’t be coerced into others’ dreams. Luck is recognising opportunities, and then having the initiative to act on them. And with a few extra dollars rolling in, to deny yourself a few luxuries would be a waste.
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23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER
20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY
23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER
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21 MARCH – 20 APRIL
22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY
If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by our favourite astrologer Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com
12 FACES OF DUO COVERGIRL Every year DUO Magazine holds a very popular competition to choose 12 local women to grace a DUO Magazine cover during the coming year. This month we're delighted to introduce you to our May Covergirl, Samantha Akers.
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covergirl COVERGIRL Samantha Akers Age 20 Occupation I'm currently studying Events Management and working at Princess Polly, a fashion boutique in the City. Where were you born? Sydney but I've lived in Townsville since I was eight, so I definitely call Townsville home. I love it here! Tell us something about yourseIf. I love to live a healthy and active lifestyle and have been involved with Surf Life Saving and Cheerleading for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for many years now. I love being creative and spending time with family and friends. What have you got going on at the moment? I'm getting ready for the Australia Swimsuit Model of the Year National Finals on the Gold Coast which is in a few weeks, I'm very excited and proud to be representing North Queensland. What would surprise people to know about you? I like to think I'm an amazing singer however my friends and family beg to differ. I have a horrible addiction to McDonalds McFlurry ice creams, I donâ€™t drink alcohol and I do a lot of crazy and embarrassing things in life. I'm not looking forward to the stories that will be told on my 21st! PHOTOGRAPHER + STYLIST Shannon Lawrence Photography shannonlawrencephotography@ gmail.com
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Saltâ€™s Food & Wine Festival A Touch of Salt
Photography Dani Hansen Foodies indulged their passion by tasting various delectable food and wine samples at this gourmet loverâ€™s event. Acclaimed local produce from Townsville suppliers took its rightful place in the spotlight as carnivalgoers enjoyed some stand-out Australian cuisine and top drops.
Rebecca Cayzer, Linda Gibbons
Ruth Phillips, Bonnie Laskey-Gilboy, Leanne Brown
Kelsey Banks, Hannah Bookallil
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Marian Keppel, Ben Menkens, Katrina Appleton, Tori Banson
Sheree Scarabel, Dan Crawford
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Amanda Worth, Courtney O'Brien
sources John Bradley Lazboy displays the largest lazboy range in Townsville. Select from recliners, sofas, suites, modular’s and lift chairs plus more. John Bradley La-Z-Boy Gallery Unit 9, 1 Woodman Court The Lakes Townsville Phone: 4721 3800
SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2013 12 NOON - 6.30PM JUPITERS POOLSIDE LAWNS Showcasing the region’s finest restaurants and gourmet food suppliers, matched with Australia’s best wines.
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The FACT Exclusive Dinner The Brewery
Photography Kurt Fong A night of fine food, good company and great conversation was enjoyed by guests of The FACT Exclusive Dinner at The Breweryâ€™s Banquet Centre. Special guest was Wyatt Roy, the youngest Member of any parliament in Australian history. He and Member for Herbert Ewen Jones were on hand to chat with the group of young professionals and students in attendance, answering questions over a beer and a feast.
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2013 North Queensland Arts Awards Townsville Civic Theatre Photography Dani Hansen The night was a fancy affair with topnotch entertainment showcasing local artists, dance groups and theatre performances. This year was the first to include the Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Charters Towers and Palm Island catchment areas. Arts event of the year went to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Hairspray picked up awards for direction and best production.
Vicki and David Salisbury
Rebecca Larsen, Christi Gay, Lynda Tama, Kylie Fusco
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Proview Display Home Launch 13 Westbrook Drive, Idalia Photography Dani Hansen Guests enjoyed canapes and entertainment while inspecting Proviewâ€™s spacious new display home at Idalia, the companyâ€™s first release in the Fairfield Waters Estate. John Plozza, Director of Proview Homes, is a qualified builder who personally oversees every project.
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TERRY BROCK AND MARGARET STANTON IT WASN’T his ‘mother-in-law to be’ Terry Brock was worried about when he started dating Sue, it was his ‘father-in-law to be’, Barry. It was a case of dating the boss’ daughter as Terry was an apprentice instrument technician for city engineer Barry at the time. But, after inviting himself to several Stanton outings, Terry soon became one of the family. “If we decided to go boating, camping or the like Terry was the first to say ‘Can I come too?’,” Margaret recalls. “I was impressed with how he was able to deal with pesky little sisters who liked to spy on them through windows and shrubbery.” The admiration was mutual, with Terry fascinated by Margaret’s tales of her life experiences. “I enjoyed her story about moving to North Queensland from Victoria and camping on Hinchinbrook Island well before there ever was a resort at Cape Richards,” Terry says. When Terry arrived early at Margaret and Barry’s house one Sunday morning, they were most surprised. “Turns out he was a traditionalist and wanted to ask Barry if he could marry Sue,” Margaret says. “The response
was ‘Yes, but we are not ready to be grandparents for 10 years!” Eight years had to be close enough when Sue and Terry had their now 19-year-old son Josh in 1993, followed by Alex three years later. “Margaret was a part of when they first came into the world, one in Townsville and the other in the remote town of Karratha in Western Australia,” Terry says. Although Terry and Margaret have never disagreed about how to bring up the grandkids, they don’t see eye to eye on everything… “I work in the oil and gas industry and Margaret is an environmental supporter so we agree to disagree on some areas,” Terry says. One thing everyone agrees on is Margaret’s cooking is top-notch. “Margaret loves to try out different deserts and I love being the guinea pig,” Terry says. “I’m not sure how long it took for her to work out that her carrot cake was my favourite, mainly because of the icing. And, oh yes, the chocolate roll as well. Barry and I fight for the last piece!”
MY OTHER MOTHER THIS MOTHER’S DAY, ON MAY 12, REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE YOUR ‘OTHER MOTHER’ TOO. DUO CAUGHT UP WITH THREE LOCAL LADS WHO SAY THEY COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER MOTHER-IN-LAWS. WORDS KYLIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREW RANKIN
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LORRY PARRISH AND SUSAN WILLIAMS HIS mother-in-law “may be one of the most technologically challenged people I know” but Lorry Parrish says her other winning qualities more than make up for any little quirks. “Susan has a big heart and a great sense of humour,” Lorry says. “She has always been very supportive of me regarding my career in the Army, even though it sometimes takes her daughter and grandchildren away from Townsville. I couldn’t ask for a greater lady to be my mother-in-law.” Lorry met Susan in 1995 when he and her daughter Jodie were moving into their first flat. “Lorry won me over with the respect he showed to Jodie as well as both me and my husband,” Susan says. “Our love for him grew as their relationship grew.” Soon after Jodie and Lorry were engaged they dropped the bombshell they were moving to Darwin for two years – Jodie’s first time away from Townsville. “There were many tears shed, but Susan and Gary gave their blessing, entrusting me to look after their eldest daughter,” Lorry says. “That’s when I knew I had won not only Susan’s heart, but Gary’s respect and trust also.”
Even though both Susan and Lorry are quite outspoken, they’ve never really had a difference of opinion. “In lots of ways we think alike,” Susan says. “I think my daughter thinks I am taking his side on some issues but I don’t take sides. I am just in agreement with some things, like his taking Jodie out of her comfort zone to go camping or on long road trips.” Lorry says he has always admired the fact Susan has made it her business to visit almost everywhere he and Jodie have moved. “After Darwin, our next move away from Townsville was to Wagga Wagga, but this time we were leaving with Susan’s grandchildren,” Lorry says. “Come hell or high water, Susan and other family members decided they were coming to visit us. We drove to Canberra to meet them, and when we arrived at the unit they were staying at, Susan surprised us by also bringing Gary on the trip (Gary never had the travel bug, least of all to visit the cold country). I couldn’t believe she pulled it off. “We all ended up having the best time together, all thanks to my mother-in-law Susan.”
“OUR LOVE FOR HIM GREW AS THEIR RELATIONSHIP GREW.” SUSAN WILLIAMS
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LUKE HAYDON AND SHARON ROBINSON WHEN Sharon Robinson first met her son-in-law to be, Luke Haydon, she could barely contain her excitement. “I was visiting my sister’s house and my daughter Kelly was coming over to babysit her cousin and brought Luke with her,” Sharon recalls. “As soon as they left I immediately phoned all my closest friends to tell them my daughter had brought home a completely normal and goodlooking man to meet me.” Describing his mother-in-law as 'very outgoing' and 'very social' Luke says he knew they would get along well in the future after spending three weeks living together when Kelly and Sharon’s husband Tony left them behind to go on a dad-and-daughter Cape York adventure.
Luke says his favourite thing about Sharon is that nothing is ever too much trouble for her. “She is a very generous, loving, caring person who always puts others before herself,” he says. “Whether it be helping out with jobs around the house or getting us ready with items for our first child, she’s always there to lend a hand.” When Luke and Kelly phoned Sharon to tell her the news of the pregnancy, she literally screamed with joy. “She was so excited and started planning her holidays for the baby’s arrival,” Luke says. “When Isaac was born in March she was the only member of our family to cry at the first sight of him. She is already spoiling him.”
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INDIE-ROCK LEGENDS EVERMORE ARE TOURING THEIR NEW ALBUM, FOLLOW THE SUN, AND TOWNSVILLE IS ON THEIR GIG LIST. DON’T MISS THE BROTHERS’ SET AT THE DALRYMPLE HOTEL ON SATURDAY, MAY 4. WORDS KYLIE DAVIS
BAND OF BROTHERS EVERMORE’S journey from three home-schooled brothers in country New Zealand to taking over the Australian charts with their debut album Dreams in 2004 is a unique rise to fame. The band’s anthems of youth, love and lament have earned them an impressive string of chart hits, industry awards and sold-out tours. Now Evermore brothers Jon and Pete Hume have embarked on a national tour, while Dann remains at their Melbourne studio producing. The trio say much of their new album was put together during a tour of some of their favourite destinations “I’d always had this idea to take a mobile studio to inspiring places around the world and record the results, so that’s exactly what we did," Jon says. Pete adds: “We ended up in some amazing places like in the midst of the old city in Marrakech, Morocco and Buenos Aires. Our Melbourne studio is beautiful – it’s an old converted horse stable – but after a year of recording we were starting to get itchy feet. With the trip we were able to record and travel at the same time, which was awesome.” Evermore has played some of the tracks from the new album live while touring with Matchbox 20, Maroon 5 and INXS and say the crowd reaction has been overwhelming. “There’s a certain energy to tracks like Follow the Sun that just work really well live with the marching drums and the momentum,” Pete says. “I love playing big stages. We did 70 shows with P!nk a few years ago and the massive arenas are just so much fun. We enjoy the energy that comes from having that many people in the one place.” Now it’s time for Evermore to showcase their album on their own terms with the Hero tour, which kicked off in their home state of
Victoria on April 17. Those who go along to the gig at The Dalrymple Hotel on May 4 can expect a mix of songs from the new album and past hits like Light Surrounding You and Running. “We’ll have drummer Mark Chewey and guitarist James Cosgrove playing on some of our tracks and we’ve got Adam Martin from The Voice,” Pete says. Jon produced his record in our studio along with Lisa Mitchell and Amy Meredith." Asked what the dominant theme of the album is Jon replies, “This album is all about connection. The things we have in common between the three of us as brothers and friends. The common threads of life that everyone experiences…love, loss and friendship. I think finding the love of my life and getting married last year has been a big influence on my writing." Pete adds: “I think we are always trying new things and looking for new sounds but there is very much an Evermore sound. It’s Jon’s vocals and that expansive lift-off. I’d say this album is more similar to our Real Life record than our last one in terms of songs written on acoustic guitar.” Fans who go along to the Hero tour gig will also be treated to a sneak preview of a song from the band’s next album. “It’s called One Love and it will be the first song on our set list,” Pete says. “It’s a brand-new song and this will be the first time we’ve ever played a song that we haven’t released live.” Pete says his personal favourite track off the new album is Hero. “I wrote it with Jon and I just think it’s a really strong idea. It’s about the small struggles people go through and the small victories they have that no-one else knows about.” Internationally, the band has had some recent breakthroughs with HBO Network selecting Follow The Sun as the music bed for its 2013 new-season TV promotion running across North America. Dreamworks studio has also selected Follow The Sun for the trailer of its animated feature The Croods. The band will be heading to the US for shows in July, so the Hero tour is the perfect place to see Evermore before they go.
“I THINK WE ARE ALWAYS TRYING NEW THINGS AND LOOKING FOR NEW SOUNDS BUT THERE IS VERY MUCH AN EVERMORE SOUND.” PETE HUME
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THE TROPICAL LANDSCAPES OF NORTH QUEENSLAND WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT A NEW YORK ART GALLERY THANKS TO ONE LOCAL PAINTER.
WORDS CARLA CARUSO PHOTOGRAPHY SKYE BREE MILLARD
“I SEEK THE SUBLIME IN NATURE – THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS, THE GRAND THINGS.” SYLVIA DITCHBURN
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interview EXHIBITING at a gallery in the Big Apple would be a pinnacle for any artist. For Townsville painter Sylvia Ditchburn, who specialises in tropical landscapes, the milestone just happens to coincide with her turning 70. “I am very pleased to have reached 70 – even though I’m still in denial and can’t believe I am that age,” Sylvia says with a laugh. “To still be in good health and able to pursue my passion, as well as exhibit overseas in amazing New York – wow, I never imagined that would happen!” Sylvia’s works will feature alongside that of 11 other artists in an exhibition, Out From Down Under & Beyond: Fine Art From Australia and New Zealand, at Agora Gallery from May 11 to 31. The gallery approached her after coming across her work online. Sylvia and her husband, Ken, will head over for a swanky reception at the gallery on the 16th – the pair’s first trip to New York. “Just being there will be exciting – seeing my work hung up in this amazing gallery and also having a look at all the other absolutely amazing galleries in New York, like the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Sylvia enthuses. Not that globe-trotting is anything new for Sylvia, who is behind the Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery in Ogden St and has honed her craft for 35 years. She’s taken up artist residencies in Beijing at the Red Gate Gallery (scooping a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics fine art exhibition), at legendary late painter Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon property in NSW’s Nowra,
and in Uluru. As well, she was asked to do a solo exhibition at Russia’s State Art Museum in Tomsk after her work was seen at an APEC convention in Port Douglas. She also travelled to the Soviet country with Ken for the launch. “We got treated like royalty,” Sylvia remembers. “I didn’t have much vodka before I went, but I certainly got to taste quite a number of varieties while there! Alan Carpenter, the then Premier of WA, was also in Tomsk at the time and asked to open my show. As a result of this connection, there was coverage on world TV. It blew me away to see my work profiled, watching morning telly in the unit we were staying in!” The Russians were most impressed with the blue skies featured in her work. “They wondered if it was blue skies from morning to night here and I said, ‘Well, when you’re out in Central Australia, yes, you do get blue skies like that all the time.’ They were probably quite startled by that, because Russia is quite a different landscape – a lot of birch trees, which are beautiful, but it doesn’t have the colour of Australia.” The eye-popping hues of her work are largely inspired by her childhood in the small, south-east Queensland town of Allora. “My father, Herbert Volker, was a very keen gardener and always used to plant annuals, poppies and brightly coloured flowers. I guess it’s an innate quality, but that’s where I feel I was first drawn to those colours,” Sylvia says, adding: “The main focus of my work is on the environment, plants and landscapes, because I like fairly dramatic things.
I always say, ‘I seek the sublime in nature – the beautiful things, the grand things’.” Mainly, she paints en plein air – in the field – crisscrossing Oz in search of subjects. According to Sylvia: “I like to get my inspiration directly. I find I get a freshness and spontaneity that enhances my artwork. If I just rely on photos, it doesn’t have the energy in it.” With a secretarial background, Sylvia says “it was only after my children [Anna and Adrian] were a little bit older that I was able to concentrate on painting.” Her husband’s posting to North Queensland with Telstra saw them eventually settle in Townsville. Not that living regionally has ever clipped her wings. As well as her artist residencies, Sylvia says: “I like to go and see art shows in Sydney and Brisbane when they’re on, because it tends to close in on you living in a regional centre. You really do have to broaden your horizons as an artist – and I can only do that myself. No one else can do that for me.” As for parting words for aspiring artists, Sylvia advises: “You can’t hide your work under the bed. People need to know about you [such as by having a website]. And you have to believe in yourself. It takes time to develop that confidence in what you want to do and how you want to do it, but you can’t be idle.” No one, of course, could accuse Sylvia of doing that.
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health +fitness BEING FIT, HEALTHY AND STRONG MEANS YOU CAN LIVE LONGER, THRIVE NOT JUST SURVIVE, AVOID ILLNESS AND MEDICAL COSTS, LOOK AND FEEL BETTER. THESE HIGH ACHIEVERS IN THE HEALTH AND FITNESS FIELD LOCALLY, OFFERING EVERYTHING FROM PERSONAL TRAINING TO THE BEST IN SKINCARE, CAN HELP YOU KEEP EVERYTHING IN CHECK AND ENSURE YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT PATH – FOR LIFE. BE INSPIRED!
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OWNER & SPORTS AND CHILDREN’S PODIATRIST TOWNSVILLE PODIATRY CENTRE
Jayne Arlett, who established Townsville Podiatry Centre in 1986, is the only qualified sports podiatrist in Queensland. She has Fellowships with the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Australia – one of just a handful in Australia to do so. After studying and lecturing at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Jayne became heavily involved in sports medicine, which ignited her passion for sports and children’s podiatry and honed her career direction. Despite her specialty, her large group practice, though, caters for the gamut of podiatry needs. Jayne is also a part-owner of three The Athlete’s Foot shoe stores. “Sport and fitness are my passion,” Jayne enthuses, “and 70 per cent of all sport and exercise injuries involve the foot and leg. So people start walking or running, get sore ankles or knees, and stop. But it’s very important to keep our bodies active and mobile – obesity is a major crisis. I assist people in being pain-free, so they can continue to be fit and active.” Career highlights for Jayne include a US Fellowship with podiatry guru Dr Lowell Scott Weil, working alongside him with the famed Chicago Bulls, Bears and White Sox. She was also Queensland’s only Olympic podiatrist in Sydney in 2000. “Just as every athlete aspires to be an Olympic athlete, every sports podiatrist aspires to be an Olympic podiatrist,” Jayne says, “and it was phenomenal. I was right in the Olympic Village in the medical centre, rubbing shoulders with all the elite athletes you can think of.” Closer to home, she has looked after athletes from the NBL’s Townsville Crocodiles to the NRL’s North Queensland Cowboys, and is also now chair of the board of the Women’s National Basketball League team, Townsville Fire.
Townsville Podiatry Centre 140 Ross River Road, Mundingburra Telephone 07 4725 3755 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.podiatrycentre.com.au
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“You have to have strong female sporting role models and the Townsville Fire is the only professional women’s sporting team of any discipline in the northern half of Australia,” says Jayne, who volunteers locally as a business mentor, too. “When the Fire almost folded two years ago, it just broke my heart. I said, ‘You can’t do that. You’ve got to have strong positive female role models for our young girls.’ So I got involved. When you’re passionate about something, I believe you should stand up for it.” In her spare time, Jayne enjoys yoga and cycling and being a mum to three children – including seven-year-old twins.
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Megan Flux, behind First Things First Wellness Centre in Mundingburra, sums up her goal simply: “I am energised and focused on one mission – to positively change the lives of the people in our community.” Originally, Megan began as a sales and marketing manager at First Things First and says “once I got a taste of the surroundings and what the industry offered, I was hooked.” She became the company’s general manager within 12 months and then owner-director within three short years. Of the centre, she says: “We offer the space for people to get away from it all, rejuvenate their bodies, and begin their journey to complete wellness.” Megan’s career achievements since have included finaling in the local Chamber of Commerce Young Business Person of the Year Awards, aged 32, and being a finalist in the Townsville Business Woman of the Year Awards two years running – in 2011 and 2012. She now also heads a business mentoring program she developed for wellness centres and day spas, in which she travels Australia assisting other clinics with their systems. In February, Megan also launched her own nutritious range, Meals by Megs, to assist clients on weight loss programs and those who are time-
poor to eat well. The meals are fresh and portion-controlled. “Just 90 seconds to heat – and then enjoy!” Popular services at the wellness centre include massage – ranging from sports to remedial, pregnancy, deep tissue, and trigger point – plus its Ultra Lite Weight Loss Program, which has helped more than a thousand Townsville residents reach their weight loss goals. Megan is only one of three Ultra Lite trainers in Oz, as well as being a trained endermologie therapist (the latter involving deep massage therapy using vacuum suction). A new program that has recently been added to the centre is the Papilio Fat Burning System. “This will be the most successful method of fighting cellulite and excessive fatty tissue – at a price my clients can afford,” Megan enthuses. “Brand new to First Things First and Australia, I have purchased two new machines that will completely transform people in such a short time, they won’t be recognised!” In her down time, the fitness guru heads to the gym, plays basketball and tackles the Castle Hill climb. She also currently spends three hours a week in her dancing shoes preparing for the charity event, Dancing with the Townsville Stars.
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Bod Pod Townsville / Fuel PT Solutions Muscle and Fitness Domain, 103 Duckworth Street, Garbutt Telephone 0412 459 051 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A need to transform her own life is what led Paula Pool to becoming a personal trainer and award-winning bodybuilder. The mother-of-two says: “I was overweight, I smoked a packet of cigarettes a day, and I was extremely unhealthy. When I was getting married, I bit the bullet. I went to a personal trainer and lost 25kg. The trainer asked if I wanted to enter a bodybuilding competition and it all started from there.” Paula has since been a personal trainer for a decade, launching her own business, Fuel PT Solutions, four years ago, based at Muscle and Fitness Domain in Garbutt. She trains a broad range of clients in one-on-one and small group sessions, from body builders to post-pregnancy mums, rehabilitation patients, business professionals, and people just looking to lose weight and gain some muscle. She has also recently launched another business on-site, Bod Pod Townsville. Amongst other things, the non-invasive Bod Pod measures the body composition (fat versus muscle) of users, sitting in a chamber, by using air displacement plethysmography. “The Bod Pod can help everyone doing any form of exercise or just wanting to manage their weight by providing information like your accurate body
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fat percentage and estimated resting metabolic rate – as in, how many calories your body is burning at rest,” Paula says. “Essentially clients will have all the information and indicators they need to accurately monitor their progress to lose fat, gain muscle or both. A lot of professional sports teams use the Pod.” She adds: “The Bod Pod is a precise medical instrument. There are only a few Pods in Australia – in universities and hospitals.” On a personal level, Paula last competed as a bodybuilder in 2007 before she fell pregnant, winning the Australasian Natural Bodybuilding’s Miss Australia and Miss Queensland titles in the under-52kg category. “Probably the highlight of being successful at that was it leading to what I do now. I love seeing my clients transform. They’re my motivation.” As for general health and fitness tips, Paula says: “I think a lot of people are looking for that magic pill that’s going to make them fit or skinny instantly, but there’s no magic behind it. Just eat clean – keeping sugar, dairy and processed foods to a minimum – exercise every day, and lift weights. Especially women, don’t be afraid to go to the gym – lifting weights is good for your bones and body.”
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DIRECTOR | SKIN RESULTZ & WELLNESS CLINIC AND THE COMPOUNDING PHARMACY “Women’s health and skincare are my passions,” enthuses Susan Samimi, the director of Skin Resultz and Wellness Clinic and The Compounding Pharmacy, which has recently relocated from Belgian Gardens to Hyde Park. The move is so Susan can focus on clinic work. You can’t miss the location – it has a big mortar and pestle atop the building! Susan has won a string of awards for her work including being named Townsville Businesswoman of the Year in 2003, plus scooping a Medal of Excellence by the Sydney University’s Pharmacy Practice Foundation in 2004 and a North Queensland Medal for Innovation by the Australian Institute of Management in 2008. A pharmacist for more than 30 years, skincare and treatment is now a major focus for Susan, who has her own range, Neesà – named after her daughter – available at the clinic. Designed to be customised to a client’s specific needs, the products incorporate natural and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients, free from petroleum, parabens, colours and perfumes. During the past 12 years, Susan has worked on a holistic and natural approach to health, as well as running seminars on hormonal imbalance to educate clients on wellness. This has included speaking at national expos by the Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia. “I have done a lot of research, educational courses and seminars to gain knowledge and keep abreast of the latest,” Susan says. “At times, I’ve had to be quite innovative to find the right solution or formula for a patient’s problem. This is what I love doing. I find it enormously satisfying when I can help my patients and see a real change in their self-esteem, life and even a saved marriage.” Before customising takes place, a thorough skin evaluation is performed. Skin problems that can be addressed include acne, anti-ageing, healthy ageing, psoriasis, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and eczema. Susan says: “I had one customer who had trouble with her skin and told me for 15 years she didn’t even care to look in the mirror. I worked on her skin and she wrote to thank me for how much her skin and confidence had improved. That really touched me. I enjoy helping people feel good; that’s my reward.” She adds: “One of my goals is to educate women of all ages, especially younger women, to look after their health and skin, so they can look and feel great.”
Skin Resultz & Wellness Clinic and The Compounding Pharmacy 117 Charters Towers Road , Hyde Park Telephone 07 4772 2848 Email email@example.com
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cassandra webb OWNER & SPECIALIST HAND THERAPIST HELPING HANDS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Hollywood is actually what first drew Cassandra Webb to occupational therapy. “I saw a movie as a child, Regarding Henry, which involved a man who’d been in an accident and went through a rehabilitation process,” the 33-year-old remembers. “Ever since I watched that movie, I wanted to be involved in rehabilitation.” She didn’t budge from that vision. Since studying occupational therapy at the University of Queensland, she has worked in the area of hand therapy for more than a decade, both in the private and public sector and in Australia and the UK. At age 26, she opened her own practice, Helping Hands Occupational Therapy, which now has locations in Kirwan, North Ward, Ayr and Ingham. “When I returned to Townsville from a stint in the UK, there were no positions available,” explains Cassandra, who originally moved to Australia from the UK as a child. “It was either give up hand therapy or start up my own business. Once I started, I learned that I actually loved the business side. Probably my biggest achievement has been employing staff myself and seeing them develop their skills, both in administration and therapy.” Hers is the only dedicated hand therapy clinic in Townsville and surrounds – a graduate position originally sparking her interest in hand and wrist rehabilitation. “Hand therapy’s great in that you can really make a difference to someone in a short amount of time,” enthuses the former Townsville Grammar School student. “It’s very rewarding because your patients are continuously improving.” About 95 per cent of her clients are recovering from injury or disease affecting their hands, wrists and elbows – the remainder, in general, are people who have suffered burns or involve scar management. The majority of her work covers a vast area.
Helping Hands Occupational Therapy North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre 93 Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan Telephone 07 4723 9539 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.helpinghandsot.com.au
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“About a third of musculoskeletal injuries actually affect the hand, wrist and elbow, because people are often falling or accidentally putting their hands in places they shouldn’t,” Cassandra says. “We do a lot of post-surgery work, like wound care and splinting for tendon and nerve laceration, then there’s osteoarthritis and computer overuse injuries. It’s an important area – people can’t really get by without having a useful hand.” In her spare time, Cassandra is a board member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and a guest lecturer at James Cook University. She’s also a fitness enthusiast – in 2010, she represented Australia in triathlon at the Budapest Age Group World Championships.
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Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a speciality for Maeve O’Brien, who is a senior physiotherapist at SportsMedNQ. “I enjoy working with people, and as we are often a patient’s first point of contact, people are very appreciative of what we can achieve and that’s very rewarding,” enthuses Maeve. Ireland-born Maeve landed in Townsville in 2011, having previously worked in other Australian cities. Since graduating with a Masters in Rehabilitation Science (Physio) in Scotland and a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science in Ireland, she has worked in public and private practices in Scotland and around Oz. Australia came in her sights when she met her now husband, Sean Kearns, an Australian Army officer, who took leave to play a season of rugby in Scotland at a club she was a physiotherapist at. She enthuses: “Physiotherapy has given me the opportunity to travel and is a profession where you can work anywhere in the world.” Career highlights include travelling to Singapore as the physio for the rugby union team, the NT Mosquitoes, during a stint in Darwin, as well as becoming a certified clinical Pilates instructor. Maeve’s specialties include functional rehab exercise (including
instructing the practice’s ‘Bounce Back’ lower back rehab program), clinical Pilates, dry needling, and treating neck, thorax and sacroiliac joint pain using an integrated approach. She is currently studying to be an instructor of Yogalates – a fusion of Pilates and Yoga. Physiotherapy is continuing to evolve as a profession as it becomes more evidence-based, according to Maeve. “As well as being able to offer our traditional hands-on treatments, we also go further by giving patients appropriate exercises and assessing them as a whole rather than that one symptom. We want to give them the tools so that they can help themselves. By treating the person as a holistic individual, rather than just their sore knee or back, we can prevent recurrence of injury and speed up recovery.” The varied clientele at the practice ranges from post-surgical patients to veterans with chronic injuries, current military personnel injured in recent conflicts, office workers suffering sedentary injuries such as neck and back pain, ‘weekend warriors’ injured playing sport, elderly patients who’ve experienced falls, post-stroke patients, and, of course, members of local sporting teams including the Townsville Crocodiles, Fire, Fury and Steelcats. It’s this very diversity that Maeve loves.
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KIRSTY SALE STYLISH MUM I’m a born and bred Townsville girl who grew up in Rupertswood. I’m a wife to Chais and mother of three beautiful girls; Maddison, Ella-Blu and Cooper. I run the Jaysel Electrical office with my sister who has had a love for clothes for as long as I can remember. Describe your style? During the week I wear mainly corporate clothes. On the weekends my style is comfortable and kid friendly. Special occasions are feminine – lace, pastels, silk and pearls are my favourite at present. Most treasured item? A silver vintage locket my sister bought me, that holds my 3 girls photo inside. Your style guru? Definitely my sister, Liselle. I gave my parents such a hard time when we were growing up as I was always trying to sneak one of Liselle’s latest purchases from her wardrobe to wear. On many occasions she hadn’t even removed the price tag. These days she’s my best friend and more than willing to share. You’d never be caught wearing…? A NSW Rugby League jersey. Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with? A pair of brand new shorts a dear friend and the most inspirational person I have ever known gave to me. I won’t ever fit into them but I’ll never part with them.
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KATE BRIODY HELLO KITTY
I USUALLY GO BY ‘KITTY’ RATHER THAN KATE – A NICKNAME GIVEN TO ME BY MY MOTHER AT THE AGE OF TWO AND IT JUST STUCK! I’M A BORN AND BRED TOWNSVILLIAN WORKING WITH SALT RESTAURANTS AS THE EVENTS MANAGER. IT’S AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO COME TO WORK EACH DAY!
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NAPOLEON PERDIS LIP LACQUER One of the many items that live in my makeup purse – it’s the style of lipgloss where your hair gets stuck on your face on a windy day. However, it’s long lasting and stays on for hours – a must have girls!
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‘POLAROIDS’ PICS Taken at two of my best friend’s wedding – crazy group of friends, a photobooth and vino – a recipe for some ‘memorable’ photos!
BRACELET Since moving back to Townsville – my girlfriends from down south plan a ‘Townsville Tour’ every year – as a tradition we purchase a new bracelet every year!
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Once it would have raised an eyebrow, but these days the sight of a woman wearing a hard hat and steel-capped boots is not out of the ordinary.
DUO caught up with five of the fairer sex who work on the Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion (TPIX) project. The project involves the reconstruction and extension of the Port of Townsville’s existing Berth 10 to accommodate military, cruise and commercial shipping and the construction of a multipurpose passenger terminal building adjacent to Ross Creek. Berth 8 is also being upgraded to enhance the port’s capacity. The Seymour Whyte Smithbridge Joint Venture are undertaking the TPIX project, and it is here we found inspiration for our feature on women in hard hats.
RENÉE NICHOLAS | CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR Having spent most of her childhood living on rural properties and being home-schooled, Renée Nicholas is used to working independently. She’s originally from outback Hughenden, where her grandparents own a large earthmoving company. “At high school I was fortunate enough to win a bursary award,” Renée says. “Then, when a position for a school-based traineeship came up, I applied for it and got it.” From there Renée spent some time working in data statistics and payroll for Thiess before the opportunity to work for Seymour Whyte on the TPIX project opened up. “My family is really proud that I’m working on such an iconic project,” she says. A typical day for Renée starts at 7am and wraps at 5pm and, like her colleagues working on site, she’s expected to wear high-visibility gear and steel-capped boots. Renée says some people find her uniform hard to process. “They often say, ‘Don’t you work in an office…? They make you wear that…?’ But I love it. I don’t have to think about what to wear when I get up in the morning.”
SARAH COUSINS | SAFETY ADMIN AND ACCOUNTS PAYABLE Kiwi, Sarah Cousins hails from Palmerston North in New Zealand. She met her partner Cody, who also works on the TPIX project, in Dunedin. The duo decided to move to Australia and it was Cody who first nabbed a job with Smithbridge Group. “I met some of the construction guys here in Townsville and they helped me to get a foot in the door, so I was pretty lucky,” says Sarah, who has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. “I’m involved in the commercial side of the business but my main responsibility is safety administration. There are a lot of opportunities in the construction industry and you can work all around the world. I believe women have as equal an opportunity as men do nowadays.” It can be tough having to compete with her man’s ‘Franna’ (mobile crane) for attention though. “He keeps it immaculate and gets worried if someone else is operating it,” Sarah laughs. For fun, Sarah enjoys playing in the mixed soccer team initiated by the joint venture – Team TPIX. “We play every Monday night and it’s a great way to mix with your workmates. We won the last grand final and are up the top of the scoreboard again so far this season.”
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“THERE ARE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND YOU CAN WORK ALL AROUND THE WORLD. I BELIEVE WOMEN HAVE AS EQUAL AN OPPORTUNITY AS MEN DO NOWADAYS.” SARAH COUSINS
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RACHEL HARRIS | MARINE FORMWORKER Not afraid to try her hand at any trade, Kiwi, Rachel Harris has worked on everything from yachts to sugar mills and now marine formwork. “I’ve been road tripping around Australia for about four years,” says Rachel, who calls Gisborne in New Zealand home. “You’ve just got to have the confidence,” she says, when asked about her willingness to tackle varied jobs. “My family are really supportive of everything I do. They’re constantly saying things like ‘You can do anything…’ But when I tell people that don’t know me what I do they go ‘Really? Formwork?’ looking me up and down.” So is it hard to be taken seriously by the blokes on site? “You do have to work your way up to get the respect and show that you have the strength and don’t mind getting your hands dirty,” she says. Outside of work Rachel loves fishing, surfing and wakeboarding. “I’ve been island hopping around the Whitsundays a fair bit lately, as well as going to Magnetic Island any chance I get,” she says.
JESS ELLIMAN | ACCOUNTS PAYABLE/SITE ADMINISTRATOR Townsville born and bred, Jess Elliman is a self-confessed tomboy. At school she did ‘boy subjects’ like marine studies and graphics and, at uni, was studying a Bachelor of Building Design when she landed her first job working in admin for Laing O’Rourke. “When they finished in Townsville I moved over to Seymour Whyte and the TPIX joint venture with Smithbridge,” Jess says. “My family thinks it’s cool I go to work wearing high-visibility gear and steel-capped boots and a lot of friends think I’m out there doing manual work but it’s an office job like anywhere else. As well as safety I think wearing the same gear as the guys engenders equality throughout the workforce. If we come to work dressed up to the nines it would be fairly awkward.”
In her downtime Jess likes fishing and target shooting with her partner, who is in the Army. They’re getting married in June and she’s looking forward to getting glammed up for a change. “Everyone will be shocked to see me wearing a white dress instead of hi-vis gear,” she jokes.
KATIE STEEL | SITE ENGINEER All the way from Scotland, Katie Steel says working on site is ‘the complete opposite’ of what she expected. The TPIX project is Katie’s first job since graduating with a civil engineering degree and she was picturing “stereotypical boys being boys stuff, with a female coming on site being shunted off.” However, Katie says “everyone has been so helpful and, at my interview, I was told I’d be thrown straight in the deep end,” which was perfect as I love a challenge. Katie was in Melbourne visiting her sister when she heard about the job and, after a successful interview, was flown up to Townsville. “I was lucky enough to be working alongside a really good project engineer who helped me a lot,” she says. When I tell people I’m a site engineer some of them say ‘good on you!’ while others just ask why, but I’ve never been the type to sit in front of a computer in an office. I like to be outside all day and be a part of the action.” Having been one of only six girls in her uni course, Katie says she’s used to “guy banter” and finds it easier walking into a group of guys than a group of girls. “But I do enjoy being a girl and wearing make-up and a dress and heels sometimes,” she says. “When I’m out on the town, people from work don’t recognise me!”
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DR MATTHEW CASEY | DENTIST | CASEY DENTISTS
THE CLEAR ALTERNATIVE Want straighter teeth without porcelain veneers or becoming a “metal mouth”? Invisalign could be the alternative.
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Invisalign treatments use a series of near-invisible, clear aligners, which are custom-fabricated from a 3D CAD model of your teeth. The removable aligners are digitally CAM-produced and milled, providing a perfect fit for your teeth. The aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day – taken out for eating and cleaning. Changed every fortnight, each new aligner has the desired, in-built changes to facilitate correct tooth movement and position over time. Treatment duration on average is between 12 to 18 months for adults, depending on the complexity of your case and the experience of your practitioner. Each aligner sees you progress to achieving your desired outcome with the use of low, slow forces, yielding a maximum of between 0.25 to 0.3mm of tooth. This amount of movement over the duration of your treatment creates ideal tooth alignment, position and aesthetics – without the need for conventional orthodontic brackets and wires. It is generally accepted that Invisalign is more comfortable, less intrusive, aesthetically more pleasing during treatment, and requires less appointments. There is compelling evidence and literature, which may encourage you to consider this fast-evolving concept of clear “plastic” aligners that conform to your natural tooth shape. The treatment has gained acceptance among both patients and dentists alike. This is partly due to the aesthetic nature of the treatment, but also due to the marketing drive by parent company Align Technology.
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There are clearly defined indications for the use of this treatment and it’s very important to consult your orthodontist or certified Invisalign dentist. I believe the treatment can help dentists educate patients away from the aggressive practice of cutting teeth and placing ceramic porcelain veneers. Porcelain ultimately fractures teeth and equates to real costs with maintenance and future replacements. Invisalign, alternatively, offers no to low biologic cost for your teeth and can allow for extra treatments in future, such as whitening, minimal resin bonding, or porcelain veneers with minimal to no tooth preparation. This really is a fundamental paradigm shift in aesthetic dentistry. Traditionally, dentists would cut or saw down teeth to achieve “instant makeovers” for the aesthetically demanding patient. This treatment can yield amazing, beautiful results in a short period of time. However, there is often significant trauma to the tooth, loss of hard tooth tissue to achieve such a result, and ongoing higher costs. Invisalign can now offer a less aggressive, less toothtraumatic cosmetic result. This can only be better for the tooth, patient and treating dentist. We have an ageing population and must conserve tooth structure, especially since enamel cannot be reliably regenerated in the clinical setting. As a dentist I know what I would prefer – now it’s up to you.
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MUM’S THE WORD – IF SHE CAN HEAR YOU! Hearing loss can be a common problem for women as they age, but help is at hand.
“EARLY INTERVENTION MEANS BETTER OUTCOMES FOR YOUR LONGTERM HEARING.”
If you take your mother or grandmother out for Mother’s Day this month, take note if you see them withdrawing from the conversation, appear isolated, quiet, or alternatively avoid going out altogether. These responses may seem attitudinal or psychological in nature, but very frequently they are just the consequence of a hearing loss. It is quite common for people with a hearing loss to be incorrectly tagged with psychological stigmas such as depression, rudeness, aloofness, being unsocial, or even early-onset dementia for the more elderly. However, in reality, these responses are just a consequence or reaction to the frustration, anxiety, loneliness and frequent social withdrawal that accompanies not being able to communicate effectively with the world around you. Hearing loss is very common among women of all ages. In Australia, 22 per cent of the population has a hearing problem – of this, 53 per cent are women aged 51 to 70, and 65 per cent are ladies aged over 71. Most hearing losses are attributed to normal cellular degeneration within the hair cells, or cilia, of the inner ear. From around the age of 17, we begin to lose the cilia within the inner ear. By the time we turn 40, this can become a permanent hearing loss. Between the ages of 40 to 60, this hearing loss is usually pronounced enough to interfere with critical speech sounds. The high-pitched cilia, responsible for providing clear speech, are affected first. The hearing loss is most noticeable when background noise is present and is usually accompanied with tinnitus – a ringing sound in the ears. Another common cause of hearing loss among women
is a disease of the middle ear called otosclerosis. It affects about one per cent of the population and is twice as likely to occur in women as men. It commonly begins to arise in early motherhood and is caused by the stiffening of one of the bones within the middle ear called the stapes. This stiffening impairs the movement of the bones and does not allow for the adequate transmission of sound to the inner ear. Symptoms can include tinnitus or clicking sounds in the ears. This type of hearing loss affects all pitches, with the soft sounds going first. Hearing problems associated with cilia degeneration or otosclerosis, like any hearing loss, should not be left untreated. There are surgical options for otosclerosis involving replacing the stapes. Alternatively, hearing devices are now available to specifically treat all types of hearing loss. These days, most devices are virtually invisible and have advanced features specifically designed to help people either retain or resume an active, social lifestyle. Generally, it is a good idea to see a qualified audiologist once you turn 50 or earlier if there is any significant noise exposure or a family history or if you feel you have any problems with your hearing or just communicating in noisy environments. Early intervention means better outcomes for your long-term hearing, whether it is surgical or aided by hearing devices. This will slow down the deterioration, halt speech nerve loss, allow a more discreet style of hearing device to be worn, and offer much easier transition back to the world of hearing again. At any age or stage of hearing loss, something can be done to reattach loved ones to the world around them.
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SUZANNE JARSCHKE I OWNER I WELLSPRING CHIROPRACTIC
BACK PAIN AFFECTS TWO MILLION AUSTRALIANS Get back to your best by making use of current chiropractic care and research.
“POSTURAL FITNESS HELPS YOU LEAD AN OPTIMAL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.”
Back pain is a common ailment for Townsville residents. One in 11 Australians can be expected to have back problems this year. It is a common problem with serious consequences for employment, national productivity, families, and individual lifestyles. This means one of the most powerful preventative health steps you can take is to improve your postural fitness. Postural fitness helps you lead an optimal healthy lifestyle, reduce muscle fatigue, and improve your postural endurance. It means optimal spinal alignment. It gives you greater strength and endurance, better coordination, and balance. To take control of your postural fitness, you need to think and walk tall and pick an exercise plan that will strengthen your core muscles. Beneficial activities include Pilates (to build strength and improve your breathing), yoga (to develop good balance and flexibility), and swimming (to improve muscle endurance, strength and resilience). In addition, there are small changes you can make to your routine that will improve your postural fitness – at home, at work and in transit. Many of us spend long periods of time sitting. But sitting too long can increase the stress on the discs between your vertebrae, causing the natural curve in your back to deteriorate, reducing the function and stability of
your spine, and leading to inflammation, pain and possible early degeneration of your spine. Tips for improving your posture at work include standing when you’re on the phone for extended periods, taking regular stretch breaks, and designing a standing workstation. Visit www.sitright.com.au to download a free widget for your desktop, which can help prompt you to take regular breaks. To promote the message that a healthy spine leads to a healthier life, Wellspring Chiropractic is conducting workplace health presentations to educate local businesses and their staff. Along with a spinal health assessment, information on nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress will be discussed to help improve your overall wellbeing. More than two million Australians have back problems each year. The consequences of back pain are serious – it affects families, lifestyle and productivity. People with back problems report two-and-a-half times more disorders such as depression. For more information call 4779 1604, visit us on Facebook or at www.wellspringchiropractic.com.au. Further data can be found at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s site, www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems.
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“I POPPED THE REMAINING NINE JUICY FRUITS INTO MY MOUTH TO AID MY COOL AND SWEETEN MY BREATH.”
‘Going to the pictures’ when I was a teen was a pretty good night. But one fraught with danger. In Texas, where I grew up, it was better to go in winter than in summer as the theatre wasn’t air conditioned. You could rug up in winter, but summer nights in a tin shed could be tough. Such was a night in 1974 when I ventured to town. It was cold and I had my red and black checked lumber jacket on for warmth, and ‘cool’. I cannot remember what was being shown, but I did know that Kerri Reibelt was there. She and Paul Rigney were experiencing a very rocky patch. I was half a chance here if things went badly for my mate Paul. Every Saturday was a double feature. The trick was the intermission. That was when the moves were made. Paul and Kerri were sitting together and I was a couple of rows away. They shared no lip action in the first film, confirming my suspicions. If I could be cool at intermission, aloof yet attainable, tough yet sensitive, and above all alone, I was a real chance with this grade nine beauty. I popped the remaining nine Juicy Fruits into my mouth to aid my cool and sweeten my breath. The race was on to get across to Malcolm Young’s café for some sweets and get back and mark my territory in the canvas seats. By the time I got to the café, the queue was horrendous. I grabbed a Polly Waffle and had the money ready. But I couldn’t get served. I was using all my craft to get to the front of the line and throw my 20 cent piece at the waitress, but she continued to ignore me. The pressure was intense. I saw Paul and Kerri standing outside in stony silence. I had to make my move.
I peeled off my lumber jacket and stuffed the Polly Waffle inside and casually walked out, chewing my gum hard, staying cool; “nothing going on here”. I caught Kerri’s eye at the same time as Malcolm Young grabbed my collar and started to cuff me around the head. I was sprung. We started this dance whereby he was belting me and I was circling him trying to lessen the blows. It could not get any worse than this. Then the Police Sergeant came around the corner. Cliff Arndt was an old school copper. He casually asked what was going on. Malcolm never missed a beat as he told him of my crime. I never stopped moving or squealing. Then the belting stopped. Malcolm’s Chinese Australian hand was replaced by Cliff Arndt’s massive paw. I managed the words “Please don’t tell my parents”. If I close my eyes I can still feel the steel toe of his boot going right through my backside. I reckon it lifted me 3 feet off the ground. He then took the Polly Waffle and my 20 cents. Pocketed the money, opened the treat and ate it. Malcolm said nothing. Kerri and Paul had disappeared inside. I limped for a week. But, to his credit, Cliff Arndt never told my parents. How do I know? I’m alive to tell the story. When I look back at this now, it’s the thought that I would have severely disappointed my parents by what I‘d done. It wasn’t the act itself. It was the betrayal of trust my parents would have felt, had they found out. When I hear of kids out and about at 3am, I wonder if they are worried about what their parents would think. I wouldn’t trade my childhood for all the money in the world. By the way, Kerri and Paul broke up, but it was Peter Morris who made the move. Such is life.
NICOLE PIEROTTI I CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST I BABYSMILES
“JUST HOW PLUGGED IN ARE YOUR KIDS?”
Plugged In is screen time – TV, dvds, iPhones, computers, iPads, gaming – it often seems the easy option, a quick babysitter/entertainer, it helps kids to relax and wind down after school, sport or homework. But it also limits your childs ability to play creatively and use their imagination. A life without imagination and creativity is sadly lacking. Here’s a challenge, add up the amount of hours your kid spends ‘plugged in’ each day for a week – then add them all together….. surprised? If you are – then here is some tips to help you find a balance. It is never too late to swap screen time for other activities, sure your kids are likely to protest, just like eating an apple instead of an apple cereal bar – but persist for a couple of weeks and changes certainly will happen. Did you know that even having a TV on in the background affects children’s concentration? It sure does. So aim to turn that TV off when the show you are watching is finished. Pick and choose educational shows for your kids, ones where they learn something, and this is just as interesting as other entertainment. Now what to avoid? Avoid the news, nothing but bad news is usually the go, and very graphic. Avoid any show
that has scary images or sad images – even if they are not upset at the time, come night time and lying down in the darkness, their brain replays what they have seen and those images are very upsetting. So forget the news, tape it or miss it altogether – it’s way too scary for kids. Avoid violent images – kids learn through watching and imitation, they will repeat whatever they have seen on the TV. Be careful of TV hero’s who use violence to win, this includes cartoons and action heroes. Choose the ABC2 station that has little or no advertising, kids believe the ads and are convinced that they need, desire or want the product! One final piece of advice when it comes to tweens or teenage girls, forget the music videos. Our daughters are way too vulnerable emotionally about how they see themselves and their confidence and their looks to be influenced by music videos. The sexiness, the fashion, the dancing all affect our daughters. Limit the amount of ‘plugged in’ time to about 1 hour for kids 2 years upwards, 2 hours maximum. If your total was more then it’s time to ‘unplug’ and find alternatives like books, puzzles, games, and imagination.
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RAY VALDETER | MANAGER | MORLEYS FUNERALS
DEALING WITH GRIEF
Losing a loved one affects us all differently, but there is help on hand to get through those difficult days.
“IN TIMES OF GRIEF, PEOPLE NEED ACCEPTANCE OF THEIR EMOTIONS FOR HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES FOR THEM TO HEAL.”
At Morleys Funeral Home we understand that coping with the loss of a loved one can be an extremely trying and unsettling time. Grief is a natural response to a loss, particularly the loss of a loved one, and we have several ways that we assist families to come to terms with that loss. The most obvious one is through conducting a personalised, thoughtful and smooth-flowing funeral to allow family members to properly honour and farewell their loved one and move forward through the grieving process. However, while most people thankfully do gradually make this transition through grief, there are some occasions when an individual can have difficulty in coping and needs the assistance of a grief counsellor. Having a professional and fully-qualified grief counsellor available is part of our ongoing commitment to helping our families. At Morleys, if required, we offer our clients a free counselling session with a grief counsellor who is wellequipped to guide individuals through their very difficult time of grieving – an experience that affects people in many different ways. As a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association (afda.org.au), Morleys Funerals can also access support through some of the industry association’s resources. The AFDA has compiled some useful information about understanding the grieving process and what you can do to help others:
Is it wrong to have conflicting feelings? When a loved one has suffered a long drawn out illness, it is common to feel a sense of relief when the person dies. In time you will feel sad at the loss of that person in your life and perhaps experience guilt at your earlier reaction of relief. Grief is like being on a roller coaster. When grieving, we need to be kind to ourselves and not judge our own behaviour. What do I say to someone who’s grieving? People who are grieving need to be allowed to express their feelings in a safe environment. They need to know you will not judge or devalue their feelings by using clichés such as “at least he didn’t suffer”. What you can say to a grieving person is something like “I wish I had the words to ease the pain you are going through right now”. What can I do to help? In times of grief, people need acceptance of their emotions for however long it takes for them to heal. Providing help with practical tasks such as shopping, cooking or minding children is very helpful for the person grieving. Often the grieving person is afraid that others are ‘sick of them’ and will not ask for help. Phone them on a regular basis, with their permission, just to show you care.
How long does grief last? Grief responses are very individual. There are certain chemicals released, sometimes for months after the death, which is normal. These chemicals change the way we think and feel. Often a birthday, Christmas and the first anniversary of the death of a loved one are especially difficult times. It can take anywhere from two to five years to readjust.
Having difficulty coping with your grief? Grief is a natural response. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. We are here to help during this difficult time and if you experience difficulties coping with your grief, we offer our clients one free counselling session with an experienced grief counsellor.
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FREEDOM TORIDE WORDS BY MAX TOMLINSON, WHO RODE HIS 2003 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FAT BAY AROUND AUSTRALIA IN 2007 TO CELEBRATE HIS 60TH BIRTHDAY. THE RIDE TOOK TWO MONTHS TO COMPLETE AND COVERED 16,500KM. PHOTOGRAPHY SANDRA HEIER EVENSEN
“If you bring a motorbike into this house, I’ll take an axe to it.” So said my dear old dad when I tentatively raised the subject as a young teenager 50 years ago after watching the cult movie, “Easy Rider”. Dad’s words were ringing in my ears five years later when I woke up in Tamworth hospital with a doctor picking gravel out of my stitched-up face while a nurse dabbed at a nasty exhaust burn on my lower back. I was lucky to be alive after stepping off my brand-new 350cc Honda on a dirt road in outback New South Wales after far too many Bacardis. My next bike was a 1963 650cc BSA Super Rocket which I managed to stay aboard until I proposed to Lorraine and decided it was time to sell the bike and become ‘respectable’. But after four children, numerous mortgages and 20 years of ‘respectability’, I again succumbed to the deep-seated siren call that lures so many baby boomers back to motorbikes. Someone told me it was just part of a midlife crisis. “It’s usually either a motorbike, a sports car or a mistress,” he said, “all of which are expensive, difficult to maintain and dangerous to your health!” Perhaps it’s a last grab at youth before the curtains of life start to close? Baby boomers in their thousands are lining up to buy motorbikes. The over-40 segment of the market is the fastest growing demographic with the average age of riders rising from 40 to 49 in the last 10 years. Women too are joining the rush. Five years ago, female riders made up 5% of all motorcycle riders; today that figure is estimated at somewhere between 10-12%.
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Catching up before the ride at Sun City Harley-Davidson
Jill Parish with her 2012 Softail Deluxe
“IT’S USUALLY EITHER A MOTORBIKE, A SPORTS CAR OR A MISTRESS.”
ANONYMOUS Sun City Harley-Davidson
Sun City Harley-Davidson dealership principal Marc Storey has witnessed the trend in sales since opening the Bohle sales centre and workshop a year ago. “The biggest shift we have noticed in the ‘new to Harley-Davidson’ customer has been in females of a mature age and younger men,” he said. “Harley-Davidson has deliberately developed models to appeal to these customers so that we can be a more inclusive brand. Harley-Davidson is one of the few true iconic brands in the world, but more than that more and more people are appreciating the freedom and lifestyle benefits of motorcycling in general,” he said. Marc believes the improved licensing and training environment has also created a safer and more appealing experience for many first-time riders. This phenomenal growth has spawned social groups like the Ulysses Club for over-40 riders. The club boasts 25,000 members and 137 branches Australia wide, most of whom are proudly ‘growing old disgracefully’ (the club’s slogan). Clubs like the Vietnam Vets and the Patriots provide an important ‘family’ connection for former soldiers. Then of course there are the rebel bikie groups such as the Hells Angels, Rebels, Finks and Odin’s Warriors, many of which are associated with organised crime. The worldwide Harley Owners Group (HOG) has over 1 million members. The HOGs, as they are known, are united by the camaraderie
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of organised rides, barbecues and rallies. Recently, The Townsville HOG chapter organised an open charity ride to the historic Mingela Hotel to raise funds for the Bundaberg flood victims. This magazine’s publishers Scott and Stacey Morrison, along with photographer Sandra Heier Evensen, were invited to travel as pillion passengers. They were part of a rumbling cavalcade of over 90 motorbikes that headed out along the Flinders Highway. It was a wall of sound as the bikes snaked up the Mingela Range to the bush pub where mine hosts, Ivan and Moana, had prepared their usual sumptuous $5-a-head Sunday roast dinner. The ride raised $1500 for the Bundaberg flood victims. Marc Storey took the opportunity to brief Scott on the joys of motorcycling. “Motorcycling is not just a fun form of transport, it’s a way of life,” he said. “People are attracted to the freedom that comes with having your face in the wind, the exhaust noise in your ears and so much raw power at your fingertips.” Bearded Ray Wilson, who has been riding for over 40 years, says his Harley Ultra Classic is ‘easy to live with’. He changes his wheels every five years or so; his next ‘baby’ will be a $50,000 CVO Ultra Classic. Ray is currently attending Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary rally in Williamstown, Victoria, and intends to ride back to Townsville via Adelaide and the Northern Territory.
Stopping for lunch at the Mingela Hotel
Riders wait at the Bohle traffic lights
Truck-driver Jill Parish, who rides a 2012 Softail Deluxe, is passionate about her beautifully kept blue bike. Jill says she much prefers to be astride her Harley than sitting behind the wheel of the big rig she drives for a living. She is a regular participant on weekend rides with the HOGs and finds motorcycling an easy way to escape from the worries of everyday life. “When I’m blasting along the road with my mates, I feel as free as a bird,” she said. “Riding with my HOG mates on the open road gives me a sense of freedom and I don’t have a care in the world.” There is no doubt motorcycling is dangerous – the statistics clearly show that – but being aware of that danger and surviving the ride is part of the attraction of two-wheeled travelling. Motorcyclists number just 1% of all road users but represent 16% of road fatalities. If you’re riding a motorbike, you’re 40 times more likely than a car driver to be involved in an accident. There exists a tribal, hierarchical brotherhood among motorbike riders that can be broken down into clans and sub-clans depending on the type of bike you ride. Harley riders are generally regarded as the kings of the road, no doubt aided by the huge V-twin motors that power the heavy iron and chrome conveyances – in fact, Harley has a touring model called the Road King. Harley riders cover the whole gamut of society, ranging from trendy ageing professionals (male and female), hardy leather-clad road warriors,
‘bad boy’ gang members to people who just love big American thumping tourers and their distinctive engine/exhaust sound. Harley tried to trademark their unique motor/exhaust sound some years ago but it was too difficult to define for legal purposes. The closest the trademark lawyers got to describing the sound was “potato-potato-potato”. Riders of European bikes – Ducatis, BMWs, Triumphs, Moto Guzzis, MV Augustas etc. – tend to be more interested in performance, tradition and the bikes’ aesthetics. Those who ride Japanese bikes are usually attracted to their bikes by comparatively lower entry price points, blistering performance and cheaper spare parts and maintenance. Then there are the ‘tribes’ who are more interested in smaller, specially built high-performance motocross, trials and speedway bikes. Each of the sets and sub-sets of bikes live in a swirling world of dedicated merchandise, ranging from helmets, body armour, T-shirts, boots, kids’ clothing, watches, belt buckles and even coffee mugs and cufflinks. If and when you decide to buy a motorbike, be aware that when you slide your leg over the saddle, you are pulling back the curtain on a whole new world of excitement, camaraderie, leather, danger and of course the compulsory designer jeans, vests, bandannas and T-shirts for post-ride barbecues and drinks. Whatever you ride, always remember the slogan: Live to ride; ride to live.
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CORPORATE UPFRONT NEWS & EVENTS RELOCATIONS
Congratulations Debbie Giudes and her Escape Travel team who have moved into their bigger and better premises at 365 Flinders Street Townsville.
Suzanne Schmidt joins Crystal Clear PR & Marketing this month, Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to the company with 13 years in the media industry working as a journalist, sub editor, marketing coordinator and regional media officer. Cavalier Homes North Queensland welcome Rhonda Matthews to their team. Rhonda is a specialist in new home sales and will be managing their Break Free Range which is dedicated to investors and first home buyers. Give Rhonda a call on 0421 621 218. Dancenorth held their AGM in April and Bridget Hart, Event Director, Royalty Specialist Events and Marg Naylor from JCU were elected to the board. Bridget has been part of the Dancenorth fundraising committee and an advocate for the company and Marg has been involved in the arts for many years.
Jupiters Marketing Executive Katrina Appleton welcomed baby Fred Appleton into the world on Wednesday 6th March. Hallerwealth’s Dave Beavis and his wife Janice welcomed baby James into the world on 14th March. Although he arrived a little early, James and mum are both doing well.
The Saltcellar was recently awarded Townsville’s very first chef hat by the Queensland’s dining bible the brisbanetimes.com.au Good Food Guide 2013. The guide is released annually. A chef hat puts The Saltcellar and Townsville on the national and international culinary map and will be a major boost to food tourism in our city. The Saltcellar will appear alongside well known restaurants Aria Brisbane, Ortiga, Urbane and Esquire. www.goodfood.com.au The Townsville RSL has won Best Licensed RSL and/or Services Club (large club) at the Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence,
announced in April. The Townsville RSL is the largest club in the region with almost 20,000 members and allocates upwards of half a million dollars each year in sponsorships and donations to the community. It sponsors over 100 sporting teams, most schools in the region as well as several community groups. Clubs Queensland Chief Executive Officer Doug Flockhart paid tribute to the club’s preservation of the traditions of their service men and women.
SCREENGRAB is now entering its fifth year with an international call out for the AUS$5000 New Media Arts Prize and the companion exhibition in July/ August 2013 for short listed applicants. Digital practitioners working in screen based media are invited to submit works on the theme of AMBIENCE. Apply via screengrab.info. Sponsored by James Cook University’s School of Creative Arts and the eMerge Gallery. Registrations are now open for the 5th Annual Regional Events Conference, presented by Tourism and Events Queensland. The Conference will be
held in Townsville from 1 – 3 November 2013. For information and to register visit tourismeventsqueensland.com.au. Are you a Townsville artist aged between 10 and 25 years? Are you carving a career as a professional visual artist? Townsville City Council is seeking expressions of interest from young Townsville artists to be exhibited in the FYI – Focus on Youth Initiatives – Visual Arts Exhibition in June 2013. For more information call 1300 878 001.
NEW MENU ANNOUNCED
‘Tis the season for delicious new Autumn menus. Jupiters Kōbe restaurant have added some tempting new dishes to their lunch and dinner menus including slow¥roasted Cajun-rubbed beef ribs and grilled or battered barramundi. A new favourite will be the rosemary and pepper rubbed lamb rack with cous cous, toasted almonds and minted yoghurt. Kōbe is open for dinner daily from 5.30pm and for lunch Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11.30am to 3.00pm. Reservations recommended. To book call 47 222 333.
DAVID KIPPIN I CEO I TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
TOWNSVILLE SHINES WITH EVENTS! With over 300 days of glorious sunshine each year, it is not hard to see why the phrase ‘Townsville Shines’ has caught on so well with residents of and visitors to the Region. Last month Townsville Enterprise, in partnership with the Townsville City Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Tourism and Events Queensland, launched the largest tourism and events campaign the city has seen in a decade. Townsville Shines focuses on the promotion of events and encourages visitors to come earlier and stay longer and explore the attractions Townsville and its surrounds have to offer. Townsville Shines included the release of the Townsville North Queensland Events Guide which highlights four main themes and lists major events which brings visitors to the Region. The Guide has been distributed locally and across Queensland and is downloadable from the website at www.townsvilleshines.com.au Townsville Shines is an extension of the Townsville City Council’s very successful Twitter campaign launched for the Townsville 400 V8 Supercars in 2012. The Twitter hashtag has proven very popular with social media users 72 DUO MAGAZINE MAY 2013 duomagazine.com.au
and I encourage the residents of and visitors to Townsville North Queensland to use #TownsvilleShines to showcase the city in its best light. Event organisers are also welcome to use the Townsville Shines bright yellow marquee at their events and this can be booked through Townsville Enterprise. In May, the Townsville Enterprise Tourism & Events Team and its Members will travel to Sydney for the Australian Tourism Exchange to promote the Region’s tourism operators. Townsville North Queensland’s new international tourism marketing collateral will be distributed at the trade show and will showcase new packages recently established in the Region for the international market including Edutourism and Cruise experiences. The people are the heart of Townsville North Queensland, we’re warm and genuinely welcoming and as we ‘rev it up’ for one of Townsville’s major events, the 2013 Townsville 400 V8 Supercars, I encourage the residents of the Townsville North Queensland Region to live up to our reputation and say g’day to visitors and locals alike.
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IT’S YOUR MONEY – CLAIM IT BACK! WOULD YOU STOP TO PICK UP $1 IF YOU SAW IT ON THE GROUND? HOW ABOUT $5? HOW ABOUT $500?
These days it only takes a few minutes on the internet to find lost superannuation, bank accounts, dividends and insurance policies so it astounds me that Australian’s still have more than $17 billion of lost super and more than $677 million in unclaimed money from other sources.
“IF YOU DROPPED A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS IN THE STREET, YOU WOULD STOP TO PICK IT UP.”
Let’s start with super. It’s estimated that 1 in 2 Australian’s have lost super. If you’ve ever changed your name, address or job then it could be you. To find out, simply go to the Australian Tax Office’s website at www.ato.gov.au and type ‘SuperSeeker’ into the search box. You can have a quick look for lost super by just using your Tax File Number, or you can get more in-depth information by registering some additional details. If you do find lost super, you might want to consider consolidating your super funds to make it easier to track and to reduce the amount of fees you are paying. But before you do, speak to the super companies to see if you will incur any fees or lose any necessary benefits by transferring these funds to another super account. You may wish to get professional financial advice before proceeding.
To search for unclaimed money, all you need to do is type in variations of your name i.e. your name spelt out in full or variations using your initials. If you find lost funds, the website will step you through the process of lodging a claim to get the funds back. If you dropped a few hundred dollars in the street, you would stop to pick it up. Don’t work hard for your money only to throw it away and forget about it. Take a few minutes to go online and pick it up
This article is for general information purposes only and is not intended as financial or professional advice. The views expressed in this article are solely the views of the author. Bank of Queensland Limited ABN 32 009 656 740.
And it’s not just long-forgotten super money that has been left to gather dust. Many Australian’s also have unclaimed money from bank accounts, share dividends, life insurance policies, salaries, deceased estates, proceeds of sales and many other sources. The Australian Government’s Money Smart website has a page where you can search for unclaimed money. Simply go to their website at: https://www.moneysmart.gov.au and type ‘find unclaimed money’ into the search box.
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TOWNSVILLE-BORN DR CAMERON ARNOLD FROM SMILE DENTAL HAS TIED HIS BUSINESS SUCCESS TO THE CITY’S AND SAYS HE WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. CELEBRATING HIS PRACTICE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY, HE REFLECTS ON WHAT’S MADE IT A SUCCESS. THERE are plenty of reasons to smile when you live in Townsville. Just ask Smile Dental who set up shop on Ross River Road 20 years ago. “My eldest daughter Charlotte was born the same day I started work at what was then the prototype of Smile Dental back in 1993. So the practice and Charlotte are both 20 years old, which amazes me that time has flown by so fast,” Dr Cameron Arnold says. “Like my daughter the practice has grown up in Townsville and become something that we are very proud of. I grew up in Townsville so I have always been appreciative of what the city has to offer. I have no regrets in having linked our business and family growth to Townsville’s.” While the city has changed tremendously due to population increase and urban growth, it has retained a casual appeal that bigger centres don’t have. Its community focused identity, where lifestyle and relationships are held sacred, is a fit for Dr Arnold’s approach to his practice. “We are very focused on client relationships at Smile Dental. We go to a lot of effort to establish a good first impression and build from that,” Dr Arnold says. “I have been told by clients that initially we appear ‘over the top’ but they appreciate our being thorough and taking enough time to listen to what they are concerned about. Dentistry should be a two-way street between the patient and dentist. Patient input is extremely important, particularly when aesthetic dentistry is concerned.” Dr Arnold’s wife Sarah also plays a key part in the practice. While Dr Arnold focuses on dentistry, patient care and keeping up-to-date with industry advancements, Sarah looks after the staff, marketing and business. “How we achieve that work/life balance is for him to do what he does best while I do what I do best. The main thing is he can concentrate on his dentistry and do the courses he needs to while I make sure the business is organised.” The Arnolds have a large family with five children, ranging in age from five to 24. There is a gap of 12 years between the two youngest. “Having four older kids who are 18 and over it is interesting and fun to have the little one,” Dr Arnold says. “Beatrice loves being around her older siblings and gets me in the pool every day regardless of the weather.” Beatrice is an asthmatic, which piques Dr Arnold’s professional interest in breathing and facial growth. “Beatrice breathes through her mouth most of the time because her nose is constantly blocked due to allergies. This is a concern from a dental point of view because if this doesn’t change it will affect her facial growth,” Dr Arnold says. “We use a multidisciplinary approach to this sort of treatment and will involve the patient’s medical practitioner, ENT surgeon, breathing physiologist, dietician and orthodontist. By correcting these issues early you can avoid lengthy and costly treatment in later life and improve risk factors like sleep apnoea.”
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The Smile Dental practice, at 175 Ross River Road, is currently undergoing an interior makeover, with an all-new reception design. “Rather than having an office-style consult room we’re turning it into an ideas room so that we spend more time collaborating and working with the patient,” Mrs Arnold says. “So we are converting what was our consult office into a relaxation room and also transforming our conference room into an ideas room.” Mrs Arnold says patients also like to share their recipes and jars of goodies with Smile Dental staff and they’d like to return the favour so are adding a small kitchen in the refurbishment. “We’ve got a little garden where we have a lot of produce so we can cook with that.” At Smile Dental staff are not staff in the way most of us think of the term. They’re part of the practice ‘family’ and team-building exercises are a regular occurrence. “A lot of our team have been with us for a long time and have become like family. We also like to be able to have that same sort of relationship with our patients,” Dr Arnold says. “Our patients really get to know our team and have a great rapport, so milestones like weddings and babies are talked about. It makes a big difference to be able to have that sort of relationship, where you know what’s happening in people’s lives.” So, 20 years on and still going strong, but is there a view to expanding the practice? Definitely. “The current fit-out is in keeping with plans for an eventual re-branding and expansion of the areas Cameron is really interested in – areas related to our core business,” Mrs Arnold says. The expansion is due to take place in 2015, so watch this space.
“WE ARE VERY FOCUSED ON CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS AT SMILE DENTAL. WE GO TO A LOT OF EFFORT TO ESTABLISH A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION AND BUILD FROM THAT.”
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“AT A CERTAIN AGE MANY MEN ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, AND BOXING IS A PASSION OF MINE WHICH I’VE BEEN LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO PASS ONTO OTHER ‘OLD BOYS’… WHICH IN TURN HAS GIVEN THEM A NEW LEASE ON LIFE.” JOHN ROSEL
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LEADING BY EXAMPLE TOWNSVILLE BUSINESSMAN JOHN ROSEL IS HELPING OLDER MEN BOX THEIR WAY BACK TO FITNESS AND CONFIDENCE WORDS DREW JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY SKYE BREE MILLARD
THERE’S always more to the story and the John Rosel story is no exception. A happy family man and the general manager of Gilchrist Constructions and Impero Management Group, John is a multi-faceted person who lives life to the fullest. John has siblings 10 to 15 years his senior and describes his upbringing as being like that of an only child. He went off to boarding school at St Brendan’s College in Yeppoon, a time he remembers fondly. He started his finance career in Rockhampton and later finished a business degree by correspondence. After 10 years in finance he ‘fell’ into property and this is where he has flourished. He opened his own development management business in 2004 eventually incorporating it into five units; Gilchrist Constructions, Impero Management Group, New Property Investment Solutions, Australian Lease to Buy and Private Property Wealth. He shares his success with his wife Louise, and daughters Jess, Lauren and Rachael; describing the births of his children as three of the best moments of his life. Another chapter of the John Rosel story is his two other great loves. “I’ve been doing martial arts for donkeys years,” he explains. “I took it up as a child, but dumped it in favour of rugby league. I took it up again around 30 with Taekwondo.” Muay Thai kickboxing came shortly after, a sport he now also shares with his eldest daughter, Jess. His love for martial arts led him to become a black belt instructor in Taekwondo and Zen Do Kai Karate, and a third degree instructor in Muay Thai. Fate wrote the latest chapter in the John Rosel story. “A growing business, a growing family, and less time for smelling the roses led me to reassess my life and my goals” says John. “I then came to realise I wasn’t alone in these thoughts, so three years ago I started an Old Boys Boxing Club.” “The club was started to give men over 35 a place to train hard and learn boxing skills, in a testosterone free environment. It’s something passionate to me.” John loves the club for its camaraderie. “It has certainly helped some guys through some tough times and I hope it continues to do just that. We’ve got guys who work in the mines, tradesmen, solicitors, accountants, all sorts.” According to John boxing has helped many people get through dark patches in their lives. Boxing strengthens the mind, body and soul. The Saturday morning sparring sessions are a chance for the ‘old boys’ to feel the rush of testosterone, punch out their stresses and create a happier frame of mind. For John Rosel though, his definition of ‘success’ is simple “It doesn’t matter if you have one dollar or one million dollars in the bank, it’s your outlook on life that defines success to me. If you’re not happy you’re not successful.” If you would like information about the boxing sessions contact John Rosel on 0400 657 484.
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TELSTRA DIGITAL BUSINESS®
LOCAL TOWNSVILLE BUSINESSES CAN NOW PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE WITH TELSTRA’S DIGITAL BUSINESS PACKAGE® – AN ALL-IN-ONE BUSINESS SOLUTION THAT COMBINES FIXED LINES, HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND, MOBILES, FAX AND EFTPOS ON THE ONE ACCOUNT, WITH COSTS PRESENTED ON A SINGLE BILL. DIGITAL BUSINESS® IS AVAILABLE AT TELSTRA BUSINESS CENTRE TOWNSVILLE AND PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING BIG BUSINESS FEATURES. Call management:
One bill to manage costs:
FLEXIBLE PLAN OPTIONS:
A ‘Virtual Receptionist’ can be set up that directs calls to the most appropriate person in your business. You can receive calls on a desk phone, portable phone or mobile. The switch happens seamlessly so your customer’s experience won’t be affected.
The Digital Business® package helps to manage communications costs better. You get one bill with all usage tracked and, best of all, shared data, voice allowances and free intra account calls.
Telstra Business Centre Townsville can manage the entire installation process locally to help you set up quickly and learn how to use your Digital Business® solution just call us on 4771 4160
There’s a range of pricing options, starting from $110 per month, and with our no regrets policy, you can move up or down on your Core Plan without penalty.
Voicemail: Your customers can leave messages through the voice2email service, which can be checked via email and allow you to respond quickly. Digital Business® also has Caller ID, which helps you contact customers who fail to leave a message.
HOW TELSTRA BUSINESS CENTRE TOWNSVILLE SUPPORTS LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH:
FUTURE READY: Every Digital Business® package is designed to make it easier to manage your communications; with everything you need in one account to do business today. You can add services when you need to and the technology itself is NBN ready, so you won’t need to spend money on new hardware.
A BUSINESS PACKAGE THAT DOES PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING The Telstra Digital Business® Package comes with a suite of great features that help give you time to just focus. We can set it up to suit your individual business needs.
Connecting is simple, if you have an ADSL 2 connection you can simply update your existing Telstra Business phone connection to Telstra’s Digital Business®. How do you find out if you’re eligible? Simply contact your local Accredited Business Specialist at Telstra Business Centre Townsville 4771 4160 or come and see us on 149 Charters Towers Road in Hyde Park.
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Telstra Business Centre Townsville invite you to come in for a complementary demonstration to see if Digital Business is for you. Unit 2, 149 Charters Towers Rd, Hyde Park Call 4771 4160 Things you need to know: Digital Business® is only available in locations where an ADSL2+ broadband service of sufficient quality to support a digital voice service is available. If you cancel early you must repay equipment costs in addition to an early termination charge. Unused allowances expire monthly. Excludes use overseas. Our fair play policy applies, the spectrum device is a trademark of Telstra Corporation Limited™ and ® are trademarks and registered trade marks of Telstra corporation limited ABN 33 051 775 556.
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TP HUMAN CAPITAL CORPORATE TRI AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TEAM BUILDING SAVVY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGERS WILL BE SAVING ON TEAM BUILDING COSTS ACCORDING TO TP HUMAN CAPITAL DIRECTOR, CLAYTON COOK, THANKS TO THEIR ANNUAL CORPORATE TEAMS TRIATHLON. NOW is the perfect time to register for the Corporate Triathlon, lock the date in your diary and use it as a goal to train for. With registrations now open for all seven events that make up the Sportscene Superwarehouse Townsville Triathlon Festival on September 21 and 22, Mr Cook said the Corporate Teams Triathlon was a great opportunity for organisations to access an inexpensive team and morale building exercise. “Each year we hear stories of the water bubbler chatter where the corporate entrants talk up their training program and how well they’re going to do in the event,” Mr Cook said. “We have lawyers taking on lawyers, engineers verse engineers, all competing for boasting rights and this provides a great way for firms to improve morale and build strong working teams. “For an entry fee of just $195 per corporate team, HR managers are recognising that this is a cheap way to support staff to get involved in extra-curricular activities that help improve their health and productivity. Each year the corporate team event attracts about 350 teams with many organisations entering three or four teams. “The corporate event was established to get people out of the office and encourage them to get active, building interoffice interaction, morale and effective teams,” Mr Cook said. “The most important element being to have a go and have fun.” “We love seeing organisations with multiple teams as this often encourages even more staff to get involved.“ The TP Human Capital Corporate Team Triathlon is a team event that consists of two to three people where each person does one or two legs. There are loads of prizes on offer but most of all it’s a fun event where entrants set their own goals. The event consists of a 400 metre swim, 16km bike leg and 4km run making it challenging but still achievable. To find out more or to register for the 2013 Townsville Triathlon Festival visit www.townsvilletrifestival.org.au
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DUO MAGAZINE IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY AND SHANE FITZGERALD, MANAGER GALLERY SERVICES, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL, IN A SERIES THAT DISCUSSES CURRENT TRENDS, MUSINGS AND INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS.
THE ART OF WAR THROUGHOUT HISTORY there has been a proud tradition of artist’s risking all to capture and document humanity’s endless cycle of military conflict and the profound impact such consequences effect upon soldiers and civilians alike. Artists such as Francisco Goya [1746-1828], Otto Dix [1891-1969] and Pablo Picasso  were deeply influenced by the horrors, violence and symbols of destruction they experienced – experiences which ultimately resulted in a significant shift in their artistic practice and compelled them to produce some of art’s most visceral, enduring and universal works reminding humanity against the suffering and devastation of war. Nevertheless – in my opinion – it is the works of photomedia (photography and film) artists such as Robert Capa, Dorothea Lange, Eddie Adams and Joe Rosenthal that have captured some of the most eminent and defining images of our time. These artists often spent years in conflict ridden parts of the world – often at great personal risk – to document the impact of war so that the privileged few would truly appreciate the reality of such barbarism. Who can deny the powerful documentary of Capa’s The Magnificent Eleven series of images capturing the storming of Omaha Beach, the symbolic and defining World War II image Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Rosenthal and arguably the seminal image of the Vietnam War Adams’ Saigon Execution. In the current exhibition on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery entitled Afghanistan: The Perils of Freedom 1993-2009 awardwinning photojournalist, documentar y filmmaker, and war correspondent Stephen
Dupont showcases why he is regarded as one of Australia’s finest exponents of his generation. Between 1993 and 2009, Stephen Dupont – whose images of American soldiers burning the bodies of dead Taliban earned him the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award citation from the Overseas Press Club of America – travelled to and from the conflict-ridden country, documenting the rise and fall of several regimes and gaining unparalleled access to political leaders. The exhibition presents a confronting portrait of a country that has remained a focal point of the world’s attention for several decades and is undoubtedly the war of our times. The compositions of Dupont’s photographs are masterful, but it is the humanising effect of the works that is their true strength – underlining for viewers the full impact of war. The images within the exhibition are at times graphic and have received mixed responses from visitors to the exhibition – often describing them as powerful, moving and in some instances inappropriate. In a society saturated with images which are sanitised and often censored it is important that artists such as Dupont document the real effects of conflict and present them to audiences worldwide providing a humanistic, powerful and compelling vision of a country, and its people who have experienced such horror.
STEPHEN DUPONT An Afghan refugee inside Shamsatoo refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan 1998 AFGHANISTAN: THE PERILS OF FREEDOM 1993-2009 STEPHEN DUPONT An Australian Centre for Photography Touring Exhibition
< Opposite STEPHEN DUPONT Axe Me Biggie 2006 AFGHANISTAN: THE PERILS OF FREEDOM 1993-2009 STEPHEN DUPONT An Australian Centre for Photography Touring Exhibition
In this regard Dupont continues the proud history of artists risking all to document the true “face” of war and in so doing provides us, the privileged few, a not so subtle reminder that war is neither trivial nor a John Wayne movie. DUO MAGAZINE MAY 2013 duomagazine.com.au 81
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“WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GET THIS OLD.” RICK GUERRA
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RICK GUERRA PROJECTS MANAGER, CORE DEVELOPMENTS NQ AKA: Coach, Wog on a Hog. Husband of Helen. Father of Gian, Aidan and Cohan. Most treasured item: ‘The Mistress’ which is not what most people think, as it is the title my wife Helen calls my Harley Davidson. You in three words: Humorous with complications. Why you get out of bed: I have never been a bed wetter. Most memorable event: My eldest son, Gian’s marriage to Dee on Santorini, cruising around the Greek Islands, which culminated with a trip to Gallipoli. What you love about where you live: Townsville has the greatest climate all year round and the view from our balcony is picture perfect. You always meant to: Travel around Australia by car, but I have never been able to get outside Queensland, what a great state. Where are you from: Born in Ayr, live in Townsville, love life in North Queensland. Best dish: Peking Duck at Dynasty in Flinders Street. You wish… My wishes would come true. Your biggest inspiration: There are so many people and experiences which I have drawn from in my time. You’d change this about yourself: Nothing. Happy with myself, happy with my life, happy with my wife. Ideal dinner guests: Anyone who enjoys life, never let facts get in the way of a good story and leaves their personal issues at the door. The last book you read: Gallipoli written by Les Carlyon. For me the trip to the actual site of the Gallipoli landing was a reawakening, bordering on a religious experience. Your philosophy: If you’re going to do something give it your all and don’t give up. As a child, what did you think you’d be?: When I was a child, I never thought I would get this old. Parting words: We need more doers – cause when it is all said and done there is often more said than done.
NURSE, TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL
MANAGER, NEM WELDING
OWNER OF LE VAL ON PALMER, DESIGNER BOUTIQUE.
AKA: Mum, Aunty, Sister (at work by some people) and Adrienne – no real nicknames. Most treasured item: Family and friends. You in three words: Respectful, friendly, supportive. Why you get out of bed: When rostered to work, go to work, work within a great group of people and give the best care possible to patients that I look after. When not at work, enjoy and have a productive day. Most memorable moment: When I received my Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2001 as a mature age student. Very challenging time with work and study. What you love about where you live: Being on the coast you’re more accessible to other towns, cities. Great weather, mild winter but during the summer when the humidity is high it can be challenging. There is a great choice of restaurants and I love good food! You always meant to: Visit Nepal. Where are you from: Born in New Zealand. Moved from Mount Isa to Townsville in 2010. Best dish: Salt and pepper squid, any desert with dark chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream. You wish… that I could have a year off work and travel around Australia. Your biggest inspiration: Everyone that I have met and who have shared their experiences and knowledge with me has been an inspiration in my life. Ideal dinner guests: Family and friends, though I would like Keith Urban and Michael Bublé to come to dinner as well! Your must-have gadget: Ice cream maker (don’t have one as yet). We all love ice cream. You could experiment with different flavours which would be fantastic, yum, yum. The last book you read: Gogo Mama by Sally Sara. This book tells the story of the lives of 12 African women. Your philosophy: Treat everyone you meet as you would like to be treated yourself – with respect. As a child, what did you think you’d be: I would like to have been a chef, especially a pastry chef and create all those wonderful cakes and desserts. Parting words: Happiness is... offering who you are to the world and knowing it’s enough.
AKA: Dad. Most treasured item: My Iraq war campaign medals from my deployment in 2006. I was in the Army for seven years with the Royal Australian Artillery. It was a long six months but the medals I have now made it all worth it. You in three words: Disciplined, tenacious industrious (just ask wife lol)! Why you get out of bed: There’s work to be done and it ain’t gonna do it itself! Most memorable moment: Holding our son, Lachie, in my arms after he was born. It’s cliché but undeniably a magic moment. Lachie was born via caesarian section on New Year’s Eve, just as he came out and checked that he was OK I held him to take him over to Emily. It was a beautiful moment between father and son and one I will never forget. What you love about where you live: Out at Alligator Creek we have the fresh country air, mountain views, it’s a retreat from the city. Not to forget the bonfires and bull riding at our neighbours rodeo arena. You just don’t get that in the ‘burbs’! You always meant to: Travel 4x4 up to the Gulf – I’ll get there one of these days. Where are you from: A small NSW country town called Dorrigo on the Great Dividing Range. We lived on a dairy farm and I helped my dad run the dairy and rode dirtbikes. It made for a great childhood that’s for sure. Your biggest inspiration: My wife – many times she’s had to take ‘the path less travelled’ because it was the right thing to do and she still comes out smiling. Her resiliency is a constant inspiration for me. You’d change this about yourself: Patience is definitely a virtue I need more of! Ideal dinner guests: Hamish and Andy The last book you read: 18 Hours: The True Story Of An SAS War Hero by Sandra Lee. I read anything from the non fiction military genre. Your mantra: I always go on about the five Ps: “pre preparation prevents poor performance” – it’s a real Army saying but its so true! As a child, what did you think you’d be: Juvenile detention! – well that’s what my teachers predicted for me anyway! Parting words: Go Cowboys!
AKA: Sez, Sare Bear. Most treasured item: My jewellery collection. Each piece has come from someone special to me or was received to mark a special occasion. You in three words: fun, friendly, hardworking! Why you get out of bed: Some days are harder than others but every day I wake up knowing I get to work at the dream job I created for myself. It’s very rewarding to see all my hard effort starting to pay off. Most memorable moment: There’s two. When I got the keys to the shop a year ago and when I joined the Metre Barra Club this year by catching my first barramundi over 1 metre in length. What you love about where you live: I have the best of both worlds. Living here in the city and then I can drive to my parent’s creek hut to relax and go fishing. You always meant to: Celebrate my 21st birthday in America. I turn 21 soon but my business comes first, so my friends and family are throwing me an American themed party which will be fun. I’ll get over there one day, soon hopefully! Where you are from: Ayr Best dish: A big steak from Luke Mangan’s restaurant Salt Grill. I had one earlier this year on a P&O Cruise. You wish: There was a cure for cancer. I have had too many family members and family friends affected by or lost to this horrible disease. Your biggest inspiration: My mother, she is the most selfless woman I know. She puts everyone before herself and really goes out of her comfort zone to help me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my family. Your must have gadget: iPhone. I’m always checking email and uploading new stock images to our Facebook page. Your philosophy: To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail. In my first year of business I have learnt a lot. As a child, what did you think you’d be: I’ve always wanted to work in fashion, although I didn’t think I would be living my dream of owning my own designer fashion boutique at 20. Parting words: Never, never, never give up. Everything happens for a reason!
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THE NEW DUO FLIP MAGAZINE MAY 2013
the magazine for a greener lifestyle
Eco Fiesta & Smart Lifestyle expo >> Celebrate 21 years!
Message from the Mayor 21 today!
Smart water makes a splash The Townsville IBM Smart Water Pilot has been awarded the prestigious Smart Infrastructure Project award at the 2013 National Infrastructure Awards.
Now in its 21st year, the Townsville Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo is one of our most popular community events, drawing about 15,000 people each year.
Using IBM’s Big Data expertise, the project intends to deliver to participating trial residents near real-time information about their daily water use in their home via a website. The information will allow the resident to monitor their water usage and assist them in identifying hidden leaks, plan their yard watering requirements based on weather and to make informed decisions to reduce their water use. The pilot involves approximately 300 households across the city.
It’s a celebration of people’s everyday actions and the great work in our community by residents, families, community groups and businesses.
The award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia recognises excellence in the project design, delivery and use of smart infrastructure and acknowledges the collaborative partnership between Townsville City Council, IBM Corporation and Australian radio technology company Taggle Systems Pty.
The secret to its success is the beautiful surrounds of Queens Gardens where families can enjoy the tranquil tropical setting while discovering new smart and sustainable technologies.
The smart water management pilot is part of the Townsville Dry Tropics Water Smart program, which investigates ways to assist residents to reduce their outdoor water use, while also ensuring healthy and resilient gardens and lawns in Townsville To find out more about this innovative, award-winning project, and other water saving initiatives, visit the Dry Tropics Water Smart booth at the Townsville Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.
Here, you can take part in entertainment, fun and activities for kids, good food, and a wide range of exhibits and demonstrations that showcase ideas and technologies to promote healthier and more sustainable living. It’s also an ideal opportunity to see the range of programs that Townsville City Council undertakes in partnership with the community every day to safeguard our unbeatable lifestyle. Council staff will be working with business and community groups on the day to provide you with solutions to think and act independently when it comes to reducing your energy and water use. The Townsville Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo enjoyable way to learn more about the business and community networks that are leading the way in creating a sustainable future for our city. I encourage you to come along, experience what’s on offer, and see how we’ve grown our very own key to healthy and sustainable living over the past 21 years. Cr Jenny Hill mayor of tonsville
Framework leading the CBD sustainable future Townsville City Council has developed an infrastructure project that aims to improve lifestyle, lower energy costs and attract people to Townsville’s CBD through a range of sustainable initiatives. The Townsville CBD: Smart Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Framework builds on Council’s existing partnerships with organisations including Ergon Energy, IBM Corporation, James Cook University and Environmental Products and Services Network and will leverage off the National Broadband Network to embrace smart technology and social media. The framework consists of a range of integrated sub-projects, including the CBD District Cooling project, integrated solar energy systems, white roofs and an LED street lighting project, all designed to deliver cost benefits and efficiencies that would not be possible as individual projects.
The CBD District Cooling (thermal storage) project aims to provide chilled water cooling for council’s Walker Street building as an alternative to mainstream air-conditioning, resulting in significant cost savings. The LED street lighting project will target potential savings of up to 60 per cent on energy and maintenance costs. Council is currently seeking government funding for both these projects. Visit the CitySolar Information booth at the Townsville Ecofiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo for further information about Townsville CBD: Smart Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Framework and other community capacity building initiatives.
Eco Fiesta & Smart Lifestyle expo
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June 11am - 4pm Queens Gardens, North Ward >> >> >> >> >>
smart living ideas win great prizes great green giveaway free diy workshops live entertainment
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EASY GREEN LIVING
By changing the products you use, you can drastically lower the amount of damage done to the environment.
USE ECO - FRIEND LY PROD UC TS M ake your consumer dollars count by choosing goods
produced by companies that use green practices. If you’re unsure about which products are a wise choice, check out www.thegreendirectory.com.au where you’ll find green choices in a variety of merchandise from clothing to skin care and building materials. Boycotting goods that harm the environment goes a long way to making a big impact. Looking to invest? You’ll find ethical choices at www.greenfinder.com.au
Taking some small sensible measures in lowering the amount of energy your appliances consume can yield big savings. We all know that if we’re not using a device like a computer or fan we should switch it off, but how many of us do? Switching power points off when not in use is an easy step you can take to avoid energy wastage. A sticker on your light powerpoint could serve as a useful reminder to switch off and save. When shopping for white goods, make sure you look for Energy-Star designated appliances and always opt for energy efficient CFL bulbs and tubes. Ergon has a host of tips to lower your energy bill at www.ergon.com.au/your-home/ save-on-your-bill.
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RECYCLE The difference between recycling and reusing is that while reusing is just a repeated use of old products, recycling uses the core elements of old products. Paper, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, metal, tyres, mobile phones – there are a myriad of materials that can be recycled. Recycling saves energy, prevents pollution and helps in reducing global warming. How? The major fossil fuels used in manufacturing like gasoline, coal and diesel all emit harmful greenhouse gases. Any reduction in the consumption of these fuels result in the reduction of greenhouse gases emitted. Start off by stopping the use of plastic bags and plastic water bottles. Switch to green options like tote bags and stainless steel water bottles. Also, lower the use of paper towels and buy washable towels that can be reused. And, be mindful to buy foods that use recyclable wrap or at least do not have excessive packaging.
CLE AN WITH NATUR AL PROD UC TS Going au natural with your home cleaning is a great way to start being more planet-friendly. Cleaning materials are one of the biggest sources of pollutants from the home and many cleaning products on the market are heavily laden with harsh chemicals, which makes opting for natural cleaning products a safer choice too. Spray tins add fumes to the air, and manufactured liquid cleaning products add chemicals to the water flushed down the toilet or sink. Stick to using biodegradable items and our planet will thank you for it. Commercial cleaning products can also be very expensive, so natural cleansers can be a much more economical option for budget-conscious shoppers. Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and corn starch are excellent examples of inexpensive products found in many kitchens that can be useful for cleaning purposes as well as cooking. If you do a search for ‘natural homemade cleaners’, you will find about a gazillion results out there. These days supermarkets carry plenty of eco-friendly options for the conscious consumer too.
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Built to Last Unlike some cheap imports that only survive a year before winding up as landfill, Living on the Outside’s timber, synthetic weave and resin lounge, dining and occasional furniture are made for the long-term.
ver the past five-and-a-half years, Living on the Outside at Domain Central has been busy earning a reputation for affordable, quality furniture that’s eco-friendly. Business owner Michael Hunt says the timber used in his products is Kwila, also known as Merbau, which grows throughout the South East Pacific rim. “Our Kwila comes from a family owned plantation that’s registered with the Indonesian government,” he says. “We wouldn’t touch it if it weren’t plantation timber.” The synthetic weave sold at Living on the Outside is also recyclable and Michael’s team can repair it should a strand break. “It’s the same with the timber,” Michael says. “If a component of a piece of our furniture breaks we can replace it. You’re not stuck needing to buy more because
you can’t find replacement parts.” Living on the Outside has also just taken on a resin line from Italy. “The downside to plastic is it becomes very chalky and brittle, especially up here in the tropics,” Michael says. “Resin is a lot more durable than plastic, can take more weight, and is also recyclable so it’s another product that doesn’t get wasted.” To complement its range of furniture, Living on the Outside offers soft furnishings in a range of colours. “We do scatter, lounge and sun-lounge cushions and can custom-make cushions for your furniture too,” Michael says. “We use a sunproof material that’s non-mould, non-mildew and machinewashable. The foam we use is also more dense and quick-dry than cheap foam, which takes a long time to break down.” Because Living on the Outside works
direct with the factory they can offer products made to order. “We’ve had a lot of people asking us for outdoor storage, so we’ve designed an outdoor storage cabinet with a teak top so you can prepare food on it. It’s very well-sealed so frogs and geckos can’t get in,” Michael says. To make it easier for customers all over Australia to buy both Kwila and the synthetic weave products, which are exclusive to Living on the Outside, Michael has also moved into wholesaling and opened a second store in the Sunshine Coast last August. For more information call 4775 4896 or visit www.livingontheoutside.com.au
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REACHING FOR THE STARS One local couple has risen to the challenge of having a home built thatâ€™s relatively affordable, but still achieves a high energy rating.
Nathan and Krystle Chapman with Zammi Rohan
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Energy efficiency and eco-friendly living is something most of us are striving for, but one couple in Townsville has taken it to the next level.
Nathan and Krystle Chapman have taken on the challenge of making a modern, two-storey home into one of the most energy-efficient in North Queensland. Nathan, the managing director of Ecobuild Queensland, engaged the professionals to help make his dream a reality – and 9point9 Architects managing director Zammi Rohan jumped on board. Nathan says: “I contacted Zammi and said I wanted to build a 10-star, two-storey house.” It wasn’t going to be easy, though, with Zammi telling the couple it would be much more difficult to achieve with a two-storey home, compared to a single-storey, and could potentially be an expensive exercise. The two parties decided to test some cost-effective design options and see how far they could push the energy efficiency rating. In the end, they reached nine stars – still the highest seen in the region for a two-storey home. “What we tried to do is produce a design that’s relatively affordable, but still achieves a really high energy rating,” Zammi says. “With less than 10 per cent of homes in Australia designed by architects, it’s rare for a builder from the outset to say, ‘I want to achieve the best I can’, and actually go and seek professional advice to do that. It’s generally quite rare for the mainstream market. Architectural design is more often seen as a luxury.” He adds: “When Nathan and Krystle came to me, I saw it as a great opportunity for us to push the boundaries and make sustainable design more accessible to everyday families.” Looking at the design, Zammi explains it’s all about sun angles and letting breezes through the property. “Almost all of the rooms have windows on more than one side to allow breezes to pass through,” he said. “We split the plan. The entry point is also a breezeway. It’s something simple to maximise the natural ventilation through the space.” The entrance is a talking point, as well, with a ‘secret garden’ on display as you come through the main entrance, allowing natural light, ventilation and landscaping into the home’s centre. Of course, one of the challenges with creating an eco-friendly home in North Queensland is the extreme climate. “Ultimately, achieving a high energy rating is determined by how efficiently you can keep your house at a comfortable temperature,” Zammi says. “To respond to extreme heat, the house is heavily insulated and has high-quality glazing. This reduces heat transfer into the house, minimising the need for air-conditioning. The house is designed to promote the use of natural ventilation, but when we resort to air-conditioning, it’s done efficiently.” A simple feature to keep the walls and windows cool is an extension of the roof overhang. The design allows for the roof to overhang up to 1.2m, which is double that of a typical home. Another feature of the house is an underground water tank to capture rainwater to use for irrigation purposes and other amenities. Where possible, Ecobuild also aims to use recycled and renewable construction materials. A fantastic outcome all-round, indeed.
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With our power monitor installed we are seeing great benefits of having ecO2 fans installed right through the house.. they are also whisper quiet and very easy to keep clean…. I LOVE THEM!
Glenn ‘Minty’ Mintern
Save more with innovative energy-efficient ceiling fans
ith ceiling fans being a popular item in North Queensland’s humid tropical climate, households and businesses will be interested to hear about an innovative new fan that has arrived on the market from Australianowned designer and worldwide distributor Hunter Pacific International. Focused on saving energy and cutting power costs, while maximising energy distribution, the ecO2 is a highly efficient ceiling fan with an aerodynamic design that incorporates safety as a priority through polymer blades. Hunter Pacific International’s North Queensland distributor A.L.B. Distributors
From A.L.B. Distributors “The one for the Fans” managing director Michael (Buckie) Buck says the blades not only provide 20 per cent greater airflow than a standard timber blade of the same size, but are also extremely quiet. “This makes them the perfect choice for installation in bedrooms, living areas – both indoor and outdoor – high traffic areas such as office workstations, school halls and classrooms and commercial restaurants and cafés,” he explains. Adding to the ecO2’s ecocredentials is the environmentally friendly packaging that’s been introduced with ‘egg carton’ style recycled cardboard proving to be highly durable and safe for transportation as well as reducing landfill. The fan is available in a range of designer colours including
white, matt black and brushed aluminium and Buckie says the ecO2 is on display in his Garbutt showroom. I think the model will be a winner for many people in North Queensland,” Buckie states. “We sell a substantial number of ceiling fans, and this will really add to the range for people who are looking to reduce energy consumption, but still get the same cooling effects.” For those who can’t make it to the showroom at 15 Mackley Street, Hunter Pacific International’s range of ceiling fans, exhaust fans, ceiling fan lights, remotes, and accessories are all available to be viewed online at www.albdistributors.com.au
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Making a difference to saving the planet starts in your own backyard â€“ literally!
CONSID ER COMPANION PL ANTS
Got empty plastic pots piling up in the garden? Save them from landfill by checking with your local nursery or council to find out if they can be used in a recycling program. You can also buy plant containers that are the result of recycling. New online business Ubeauty Pots and Plants sells pots made from the rubber of old tyres. The pots are made by a small business in Pakistan, who swapped to crafting pots from discarded tyres, after their leather crafting business failed due to the rising costs of hides.
Most gardeners have heard of the benefits of companion planting, but many are confused about how it can be applied in the garden. The idea here is to grow plants that complement each other, side by side. Plants that make great neighbours can help deter pests, attract ‘friendly’ insects and boost soil quality. There are many myths about companion planting. This is because many of the ‘rules’ for companion planting have been developed in Europe and they don’t necessarily work here in Australia. Jackie French’s Guide to Companion Planting in Australia and New Zealand is a good source for sorting fact from fiction.
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It’s a waste to irrigate with great quantities of drinking water when plants thrive on used water containing small bits of compost. Use greywater sources such as bath, shower, hand basin or washing machine (final rinse) water to water plants. Grey water diverter systems such as the Gator Pro don’t require approval for installation in Queensland.
By composting your organics, you’ll prevent the food from rotting in landfill and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas that is particularly damaging to the environment. You can buy a compost bin from DIY warehouses like Bunnings or make your own from timber planks, bricks, roofing or even a simple wire enclosure. You’ll need about three-quarters carbon-rich organic materials such as dry leaves, broken up twigs and dried grass clippings to about onequarter nitrogen-rich organic material such as fruit and vegetable peelings, leftover food (not meat or dairy) and fresh manure. Layer the materials, starting with a thick layer of twigs or coarse mulch at the base for drainage and choose a sunny position on open ground. The heap needs to be hot to eliminate pests and weeds. Add enough water to wet the materials without soaking them. Every week or so turn the compost to add air and check it is moist.
USE G RE Y WATER
APPLY MULCH Use an organic, non-bark mulch as this will not be toxic to plants. As well as reducing weed growth, it will reduce evaporation of water and break down to supply nutrients to plants. Sustainable Gardening Australia is a non-profit organisation that is working to change the way Australians garden. Their website, www.sgaonline.org.au, has loads of great fact sheets and information to help you garden more sustainably.
STAR T A WORM FARM
A worm farm is another fantastic way to minimise food waste. Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser, which can be used on your garden and on your pot plants to keep them thriving. They’ll chomp through old fruit and veg, cardboard and even vacuum cleaner dust.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world, yet we use more water per capita than any other country. By reducing the amount of water we use in the garden, we can prevent the need to build more dams. One way to save precious water is to group plants together that have similar water requirements. For example, put fruit trees and the vegetable garden close to each other. Good soil structure will hold water better than soil that has a low organic content. Adding organic materials such as compost and manures helps keep the soil moist so you don’t have to water as often as well as providing food for your plants.
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RECYCLE P OT PL ANTS
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It would forever change the way every day Australians thought about and disposed of their batteries.
Battery World Townsville
Leading the charge In-store recycling programs at Battery World Townsville have benefited projects of the local community. ong before the term, carbon footprint, became a catch cry, a Battery World franchisee happened upon an innovation that would not only take up the challenge of reducing battery waste, but also engage the community like never before. It would forever change the way every day Australians thought about and disposed of their batteries. That Battery World store was our very own here in Townsville. The franchisee, Greg Leslie, envisaged a world of responsible stewardship. The belief was that if you had some responsibility for a product that affected the environment, then you should play a role in how it was discarded – especially if it could be recycled. That was only a dream in 2007, but today the commitment to recycling is a platform run across all 79 of its stores in Australia. This platform has gained Battery World acknowledgment by environment groups such as Planet Ark and Clean Up Australia, but also enabled Battery World to make its business more sustainable. Research was conducted over a 12-month period. The initial contact was made with the Townsville City Council, which directed Greg to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
The idea of a business collecting waste for no commercial benefit had never been presented to the EPA before and probably never will again. Recycling benefited the business because it provided an opportunity for product stewardship and created a solution to the problem it was creating by selling batteries. Fast-forward to 2013 and that recycling has paid off twofold – for the environment and for our hospital, schools, and charity groups like Camp Quality. Battery World Townsville’s Greg Leslie is a man committed to his community and monies raised though in-store recycling programs have gone to projects that benefit Townsville. He is a tireless supporter of the local hospital. Greg’s triplets were born prematurely there and he has tried to give back to the hospital as much as he can ever since. The former auto-electrician, who runs one of the top Battery World stores in Australia, really believes his team should do more than sell batteries. The aim instead is to deliver exceptional service to its customers and be an integral part of the community. For Battery World, social and environmental responsibility is not something it does because it has to. It is something it does as a franchise every day.
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INNER BEAUTY BOOSTERS
Transform your skin and hair from the inside out by making sure you get enough vitamins, minerals, good fats and antioxidants.
MIG HT Y MINER AL S
Nutrition and great skin are very much related and some of the nutrients that play an important role in your complexion are vitamins. If your skin has been feeling scaly and dry, then there’s a possibility you might be lacking in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is also a great anti-ageing nutrient. So if you wish to keep lines, wrinkles, dull skin and other skin ageing symptoms at bay then Vitamin A may can be of great help. Good sources of Vitamin A include eggs, leafy greens, milk, carrots and pumpkins. B vitamins play a critical role in skin and hair appearance by rebuilding and repairing skin tissue. They also generate the energy required to keep cells working and oxygenate the skin. B-containing foods include whole grains, oats, seeds and peanuts, avocado, dark-green leafy vegetables and oily fish. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen in your skin, which is the protein responsible for making your skin supple. Most fruits are good sources of Vitamin C so try to make fruits a staple addition to your everyday diet. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, brussels sprouts and cucumber are also good sources of this vitamin. Vitamin E is perhaps the most well-known vitamin that is essential for healthy skin. The appearance of age spots, wrinkles, stretch marks and lines are reduced by applying Vitamin-E rich products. Vitamin E can also be found in foods like olives, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, wheat germ and leafy greens.
Zinc is one of the many skin-friendly minerals. Zinc is required for the synthesis of protein and collagen, which is great for wound healing. Most cosmetics that treat acne contain zinc because sometimes acne itself is a symptom of a zinc deficiency. Zinc is also needed by the tissue of the hair, nails and skin to be in top form. Taken internally or used topically, zinc works to clear skin by taming oiliness and soothing spots. Selenium is a trace mineral that slows down the oxidation of polyunsaturated acids, which can cause skin to lose tone. Selenium also pumps up your body’s production of potent antioxidant enzymes, which promote better skin texture. Food sources include Brazil nuts, garlic, cold-water fish (especially tuna and salmon), dark mushrooms, chicken, and whole grain bread and pasta. Sulphur enhances the appearance of skin, hair and nails. It can also offset, to some extent, the effects of environmental toxins such as pollutants and radioactive particles. Collagen cannot be produced without sulphur and keratin is needed for healthy hair and nails. Food sources of sulphur include garlic, onions, cabbage, brussels sprouts, soybeans, wheat germ, meat, chicken, fish, and eggs. It doesn’t take long for low blood levels of iron to cause sallow and dull skin and lacklustre hair because, without this mineral, blood doesn’t move around the body as efficiently. Iron is also required for mental and physical stability, energy, growth, and immunity. Red meat and eggs are big iron sources.
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FABULOUS FATS Essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 help prevent eczema, inflammatory skin conditions, dull and thinning hair, and dry, scaly skin. Also, monounsaturated fats moisturise the skin from within. To ensure that you’re getting enough omega-3 and omega-6, take daily supplements in the form of fish oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, primrose oil, black currant oil, or borage oil.
AMA ZIN G ANTIOXIDANTS Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation – if you’ve seen a peeled apple turn brown, you’ve seen oxidation in action. When it comes to caring for your skin, antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Unlike sunscreens and moisturisers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Foods high in antioxidants and vitamins can help slow the ageing process by protecting the body against free radicals. Foods high in antioxidants include broccoli, tomatoes, garlic, red grapes, berries, spinach and tea.
Published on May 1, 2013
Published on May 1, 2013
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