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Townsville + Region | Issue 144 | May 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

mum’s taxi northern shimmy sisters jackie gillies meet the specialists hayley morris deborah hutton deb of the year



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MAY 18

SPECIAL FEATURES Meet the Specialists

60 Core Movement NQ 61 Queensland Plastic Surgery 62 Calanna Whole Health Pharmacies 63 Townsville Orthopaedics & Sports Surgery 64 Red Health 65 Loloma Jewellers 66 BRI Ferrier 66 Jessups NQ 67 Carey Group

Women in Business 71 Kerri Patterson

O’Connor Patterson Smith Lawyers

FEATURE STORIES 20 Interview Jackie Gillies Time to Shine

22 Clubland

Northern Shimmy Sisters

25 Mum’s Taxi 68 Interview Hayley Morris


08 Publisher’s Welcome 10 Horoscope 14 What’s Going On 16 TYTO Hinchinbrook 30 Where Are they Now?

Mark Olsen, Carmen Smith, Catherine Smith, Mel Kent

80 F  ive Minutes With

Meet four amazing locals

82 S  ome Things I Love Harriett Tan


32 O  pen Home

Deborah Hutton’s Hampton Inspired Dream Home

36 Home Discoveries


38 Elliatt Collective The Matinee

42 M  y Bag

Kate Smith


44 Download for Life Healthy Living Apps


72 Townsville Enterprise Limited The Real Deal

46 Health News 47 Dr Paul Hanrahan

74 Karen Quagliata

48 Grant Collins

75 Trent Yesberg

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists Clarity Hearing + Balance

Northern Tax & Financial Services

Regional Business Services

49 Donna Larcom

Pure Core Nourishment

50 Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting


51 Just Arrived 52 A Night to Last a Life Time: Deb of the Year 54 Profile: Townsville Creative Technologies College Tyrone Osmond 57 Townsville Hospital Foundation


76 Recipe Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms and Almonds


78 GC2018 Commonwealth Games Reception Townsville 79 GC2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony Townsville

Ride and Shine


The Morris Family Foundation


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FESTIVAL IDEAS Townsville Festival City? What with our very successful sporting and cultural events (AFCM, Townsville Running Festival, Festival 2018 to name just a few) I think we’ve certainly demonstrated our city is that. Now we have the opportunity to run and enjoy many more successful events that will also attract visitors and and boost our local economy. Here’s three events (one old and two new) that I reckon we should get happening. The first is the Townsville Pacific Festival. Started in 1970 and running for 25 years the Festival focused on cultural, artistic and environmental aspects of life in our neighbouring Pacific countries and created greater friendship and understanding between us. (See link to Trisha Fielding’s excellent blog below). Imagine the parade of street floats, the cultural displays, the visitors enjoying our city. We have to move on this event opportunity now or we’ll lose it if we don’t. The second idea I (obviously unsuccessfully) pitched to the Council years ago was to pick a quiet month for visitors to our region and create a Rediscover Townsville month. Rediscover or Reunion. Arrange (or even subsidise) special discounted fares with Queensland Rail, the airlines and the bus companies. Invite your friends and relatives to our place. Grandparents to see the grand kids, ex-locals to see how much better the city is now. “You should see us now” type campaign maybe.

Links Townsville Pacific Festival northqueenslandhistory.blogspot. Singapore Design Week mediarelease/singapore-designweek-2018-celebrates-the-impactof-design

The third concept is one Joan (Fanning, the third leg of our three-legged table called DUO) says I’ve mentioned before. It’s Townsville Design Week. The opportunity came from when I went to Singapore Design Week (see link) a couple of years back. With our growing relationship with Singapore we could cross promote both events. Design Week would encompass all aspects of design. Architecture, graphics, game design, fashion, industrial, music, you name it. The beauty of the Singapore model was that the individual design areas were exclusively exhibited in their own small venue and these were spread across the city. Imagine how that would add life to the CBD and throughout the suburbs. Not to forget the educational benefits for students and businesses as well. How about March next year? All three of these events would attract national focus and in some cases international interest and all bring benefits to our city and region. Who’s up for it?

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

STA R O F T H E M O N T H Taurus

21 April- 20 May Last year was a long, hard slog. Too many broken promises, too much pressure. No more.The planets push for no less that unbridled hope and happiness! The sky’s the limit this year, you’re ready to step into the spotlight. As you race up the ladder of success, you won’t be lonely at the top. Friends, family, partners and colleagues all rally for you. Romance becomes more exciting. Whether you’re exploring full time passion or simply flirting, Taureans are ready to take risks. But it’s not all fun and games; your ambitions also get a chance to shine. Towards winter, it’s all about knuckling down and getting the job done. A final note: if you’re forced to abandon a dream in June, don’t worry – it will soon be replaced by another.





Geminis now choose to explore their inner psyche and professional ideals. Ambitions are challenged as you wonder how much effort they’re really worth. It’s not that life has lost its glow. Quite the opposite, as your spiritual integrity shines through. Loved ones also settle into a more contented mood, mostly because you’re more predictable. Romance looks equally sublime.

More than one planet stands ready to defy fate in your name, setting in motion an unusual chain of events. Call it a coincidence but there’s a chance you’ll receive acclaim in May because you recognise opportunities that others miss. Around the new moon on the 15th, an estranged partner may be ready to return to your embrace. Question is, will you be equally thrilled?

The pace slows a little this month. While Leos love a break, they don’t enjoy disruption to their routine. Should the new moon halt plans around the 15th don’t try to speed things up or you may jeopardise future opportunities. Waiting for your own ventures to get back on track, offer to help friends or family. The favour will eventually be returned ten-fold.

You’ve just come through a challenging period so now regain your usual ambition, Virgo. Dust off confusion and settle into a happier May. Once you regain a sense of balance, you’ll also regain control. Be proud you’ve emerged as a triumphant, more self-reliant individual. You’d be amazed at what such confidence can do for your life. Love, a surprise gift or some extra cash, perhaps?

21 May – 21 June

22 June – 22 July

23 July – 22 August

23 August – 22 September





Cosmic forces allow you to reclaim your destiny but there will still be the occasional hurdle. Romantically, make your move after the 9th for a better chance of success. Soon after, the planets instigate financial changes. If finalising negotiations make sure any agreement is committed to ink. Not everyone is trustworthy this month –tread warily where tricksters may lie.

If wondering where to focus your attentions, love is the obvious answer as May holds enough romantic fireworks to light up the sky. Fun is the keyword here, especially if you offload your deeper inhibitions. Do this, and you’re well positioned to dedicate body and soul to relationships. But it’s not all about satisfying carnal desires this month– finances skyrocket too.

Don’t let life get to you, Sagittarius. Sometimes things just go awry. Hot topics include intimacy and trust. Mars also introduces unwelcome rivals. Add a suspicious Sun and the result brings a feisty quality to relationships. Perhaps a partnership has become one sided with one doing all the giving. If so, time for new ground rules. Keep a safe distance from troublemakers.

Life becomes more relaxed as your personal planets focus on fun. If single, friends become a great source of introductions. Intimacies take on a gentler tone for coupled Capricorns whose personal affairs have been tense lately. Thanks to Venus, activities increasingly relate to the arts and media. This cosmic influence isn’t limited to social activities; you’re also skilful at a corporate level.

23 September – 22 October

23 October – 21 November

22 November – 21 December




Someone is encouraging you to spread your wings and fly. Trouble is, Aquarians don’t like taking instruction from anyone, even if it’s for your own good. Perhaps a few days break would enable you to reflect from a distance. Still, getting away may not be easy. If asked to stay back, and tend to someone’s needs, don’t oblige out of guilt. Sainthood is a tiring road to follow.

You’re full of fighting spirit this month. Emotions swing between sassiness and rage, but life is about constant change. The week after the 15th holds the promise of success with one dream finally receiving recognition. You’re never short of great ideas but many of them are just unworkable. Not so now. Late May brings a work-hard play-hard kind of time. Enjoy all that’s ahead.

The sun’s move into your money sector is a strong indicator of economic advances. But a mischievous cosmos may cause some delays. Best bet: reduce your debts and cut expenses. There’s also a romantic detour – perhaps you’ll be mixing a business with pleasure. Singles could meet a sexy significant other, while couples enjoy stronger commitment.

20 January – 18 February


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19 February – 20 March

22 December – 19 January

21 March – 20 April


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

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HELPING MAKE YOUNG LIVES BETTER With every branch in Australia participating in their humanitarian efforts, that’s a whole lot of giving. Aitkenvale Branch Manager Anne Camplin is keen to let the community know about the national charity on the receiving end of their CommBank Centenary Grant. “CDH Australia supports children born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and we’re thrilled to be able to support them and the great work they do in the local community,” Anne said. “As part of our CommBank Foundation employee giving program, we’re celebrating 100 years of giving to community groups and charities and we’re so excited to be contribute to this great work right here in Townsville.” CDH Australia is an independent national charity supporting families who are suffering as a result of this little-known condition that impacts the diaphragm, which is the muscle that helps us to breathe.


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Supporting society’s youngest and most vulnerable sector since 1917, CommBank’s philanthropic arm reaches right around the country.

Bronwyn Petrou from CommBank’s Aitkenvale team has a granddaughter with the condition and has found the charity a great help. “It’s reassuring to know families in the community aren’t going it alone,” she said. “My daughter was first diagnosed at 20 weeks pregnant and it was devastating not knowing what was going to happen at the birth, but the CDH support group helped us manage through this difficult time.” CDH Australia founder Danielle Kessner started the charity 13 years ago after losing her daughter Alyssa to CDH just one day after she was born. Feeling extremely isolated and knowing very little about the condition which took her baby, Danielle wanted to connect with other struggling families and engage with medical professionals able to share their knowledge with those confronted with the disease.

CDH Australia spokesperson Carine Zeigler said the CommBank’s generous grant will go towards funding a local awareness day in Townsville. “Sunflower Sunday is a great opportunity for people in the community to share stories, raise awareness and provide support for NQ families travelling this journey,” she said. “It will be held on Sunday, 11 November on the Strand.” CommBank is giving out 1,000 grants to those who need it most this year, all with the aim of making young lives better, which is most definitely a welcome change. To find out more, visit


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WHAT’S GOING ON? Groovin the Moo


Image: Jack Toohey

17 — 19 May

The Longest Minute Dancenorth

Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2018: Anne-Marie Zanetti The Taste of a Memory

1 May till 15 July

Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2018 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition. An open competition for artists, The Percivals have given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them. 3 — 5 May

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Riverway Arts Centre

This roving tour-de-comedy features funny makers from Australia and beyond, showcasing everything from stand-up and sketch to satire and song in one side-splitting show. Artists confirmed for the Townsville show include Brennan Reece (UK), Dane Simpson, Gillian Cosgriff and Sam Taunton. 4727 9797

4 May


Dalrymple Hotel

Where were you the night of the 2015 NRL Grand Final when the North Queensland Cowboys won in an all-Queensland nail-biter that changed the game forever. For one family of Cowboys diehards, their whole lives have led up to this moment… Re-live the drama courtesy of this performance by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd brought to you by Queensland Theatre, debase Productions and Jute Theatre Company co-presented with Dancenorth.

Combining the intelligent pop of Devo and Pavement with the humour of Violent Femmes, Brisbane-formed band Custard has developed a cult following. They’ve produced a parade of memorable singles including ‘Apartment’ and ‘Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us)’. 6 May

Groovin the Moo Murray Sports Complex

Groovin the Moo is weaving its way back to Townsville with an awesome line-up including The Amity Affliction, Baker Boy, Dean Lewis, Grinspoon and Paul Kelly. 12 May

Ladies Afternoon Teal

Rydges Southbank, Palmer Street, Don’t miss this red carpet Ladies Afternoon Teal Charity Fundraiser hosted by Sami Lukis and Mary Holmes (Miss Progress International Australia 2017). Attractions include fashion shows, a charity merchandise stall and heaps of raffles. Come along and support a fantastic cause with all proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Australia and Teal Wings of Hope.


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23 — 26 May

Kirwan State High School presents Seussical Riverway Arts Centre

Dr Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. 4727 9797



25 May 2018

Jimmy Barnes ‘Working Class Man’ Townsville Entertainment Centre

Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs is the sequel to the hugely successful live show Jimmy performed alongside his first bestselling memoir Working Class Boy. Don’t miss the chance to see Jimmy telling his life story and singing stripped-back versions of songs that have shaped his journey. 4771 4000


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Parade Ground, Jezzine Barracks Dancenorth, 1RAR Band and Otto’s Fresh Food Market present Dance Tropics Dance – a festival of dance, music and food. Hosted by the hilarious Ian Zaro, Dance Tropics Dance will feature an incredible showcase of local dancers from Dancenorth Company, the Lindyhop Swing group and crews from Dancenorth’s Open Class Program. 1RAR’s kickin’ band will be performing all of your toe-tapping favourites, a cheeky new kids’ set and hits from the 90s to get the MC Hammer moves going.

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Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO. Art, culture, nature, knowledge and so much more! 1 - 20 May

21 May

Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Heritage Month

Genealogy Workshop

My Culture, My Story Australian Heritage celebrations featuring customs and cultural sharing of the way we live, work and play.

Hands on workshops to teach you how to research your own family histories. Come along to begin your journey into the past!

2,9,16,23,30 May

Tea and Trivia for Seniors

YOGA for over 40’s TYTO Parklands

Embark on your yoga journey through the physical practice of meditation and relaxation in a serene, safe environment, free of judgement. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Bookings: 4776 4614 or email 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May

TINY Tots at TYTO Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Come along and listen to stories, sing songs and share books with your child. Sessions include a new story and related craft activity each week. 4 – 27 May

Iconic Queensland – 2018 Tour of Queensland Art Awards TYTO Regional Art Gallery

Queensland is rich with iconic structures, people, locations, events and lifestyles that shape the State’s identity. Regional Queensland artists present the unique and iconic elements within their own regions. This exhibition is an outcome of the 2017 Queensland Regional Art Awards by Flying Arts Alliance Inc. 19 May

Tasman Turtle Picnic Day

25 May

TYTO Conference and Event Centre Come along for a morning of fun. Individual and senior groups welcome. Enjoy baked delights while you test your knowledge. Cost: $5pp for local seniors Others: $12pp at the door Book on4776 4614 Daily

31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Hinchinbrook Shire Library

The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit your occasion and or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

Tasman Turtle Picnic Day

Sugar Tracks

Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge Free: Daily Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook. Daily 9am – 4pm

Free daily activities for the children

Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge Giant Outdoor Chess and Checkers, Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker. All dates, times and information is correct at printing. All listings subject to change without notice. There is more happening at TYTO every day.

Visit TYTO Bruce Highway at Cooper Street and Macrossan Avenue and 73–75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge 4776 4792 TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725

Wednesday and Saturday 9am

TYTO Conference & Event Centre 4776 4726

Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614

TYTO Wetland Tours

Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available.

TYTO Parklands

Fantastic day for the kids but with something for the whole family. See advertisement.


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Enjoy a day of adventure and discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge with Tasman Turtle and his friends at our annual family Picnic Day. The day is jam packed with activities, workshops, games, food and entertainment for you and your family.

Tasman Turtle’s Picnic Day

Saturday 19 May 2018

TYTO Parklands, Ingham @ 11am-4pm

COST: FREE EVENT. All entertainment, activities, workshops and games are free of charge or gold coin donation. Food and beverages available for purchase. ENTRY: The event in the TYTO Parklands is accessible from entrances off the Bruce Highway at Cooper St and Macrossan Ave and 73-75 McIlwraith St, Ingham. PARKING: Car parking is available at Cooper St, Macrossan Ave and 73-75 McIlwraith St, Ingham, as well as on street parking. WET WEATHER: In the event of inclement weather the event will be postponed to the following Saturday 26 May. Check facebook for updates.


TYTO is owned and operated by Hinchinbrook Shire Council


Townsville City Council presents


Songs of the Silver Screen 16 May 10.30am & 1.30pm Riverway Arts Centre

Practically Perfect 13 June 10.30am & 1.30pm Riverway Arts Centre


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All tickets include FREE light refreshments

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Rachel Cairns 24 Oct 10.30am & 1.30pm Civic Theatre

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men 28 Nov 10.30am & 1.30pm Civic Theatre


WH AT’S ON MAYTOWNSVILLE2018 Events | Exhibitions | Theatre | Workshops | Programs

27 APR – 15 JULY

11 MAY

12 MAY

DATES FOR THE DIARY LEGO IN THE LIBRARY 3, 17 & 31 May, 3pm to 4.30pm CityLibraries Thuringowa Central




12.30pm & 6.30pm 2.30pm & 6.30pm Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Riverway Arts Centre C2, Civic Theatre Mon to Fri: 10am to 5pm What if your dream was only A comedy about politicians Sat to Sun: 10am to 2pm one jump away? Cat tells and celebrities – all skewered North Queensland’s own us the story of Cow & her on the stake of seriously biennial portrait competition. dream to jump the moon, side-splitting satirical silliness ͅ Image: Anne-Marie ZANETTI; The Taste of a and the night the famous and musical mayhem. Memory [detail], 2018, Oil on canvas, 76x60cm nursery rhyme was created. For more information or to book tickets, visit:


Every Friday, May & June 12pm to 2pm Perfume Gardens


Sunday 3 June, 9am to 3pm Queens Gardens


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On May 30, Jackie Gillies will bring her show to The Ville Resort - Casino where she’ll take to the stage to share her spiritual journey and, if guided, deliver messages from the other side. “The show’s about positive mindset, self-empowerment and motivation,” she says. “You can expect a kind of cross between Anthony Robbins, Oprah and Ellen — complete with the dancing.” Jackie discovered her psychic ability as a child. “When I was little I used to talk to people but I thought it was my imagination. As I got older I realised that wasn’t the case — I was actually speaking to spirits. They weren’t floating around like people think. They just looked like regular people.” But it wasn’t until a broken relationship brought her back to her life’s purpose that Jackie left corporate banking to give readings. “It was my first relationship,” Jackie says. “I had a dream he cheated on me and I saw every single girl he ever cheated on me with. I went to him and gave him some details and he wanted to know which friend told me… “I lost my sense of who I was and I was so angry. One day I was crying in my bedroom and I said ‘If there’s a God, then prove it!’… That’s when I saw an angel who told me I had a higher purpose. It wasn’t a dream and it wasn’t alcohol — I didn’t even start drinking until I was 25. After that I started hearing more about people’s pasts, presents and futures. I now believe I had to go through that situation to learn my self-worth again so I could teach others how to do it too.”

When Jackie ‘read’ the owner of a crystal shop in her home town of Newcastle the lady was so impressed she asked her to do readings for customers. At first, Jackie refused, instead buying books from the store to hone her skills. But the third time the lady asked Jackie found herself saying ‘Yes’ and was soon booked out months in advance purely by word of mouth. Now Jackie has embarked on a national tour where she’ll share her gift further afield. “I’ll talk about how I’ve manifested what I want in my life,” says Jackie, adding that her husband Ben (the drummer from Silverchair) was one of her manifestations. “After that bad relationship, I wrote down a list of everything I wanted in a guy and swore I’d never date another man until I found all of those things.” The Real Housewives of Melbourne star and her hubby are working on a manifestation of their own as well — a baby. “Since coming out of the jungle (for I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!) I’ve said to Ben ‘Let’s do this’. I’m ready to experience motherhood.” But don’t expect Jackie becoming a mum to slow her down too much. She hasn’t ruled out a return to The Real Housewives of Melbourne and says her sights are set on her own psychic reality show. “I want to bring what I do into the television world so I can reach more people,” Jackie says. “Watch this space…”




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The joy of belly dancing knows no age limits with members of the Northern Shimmy Sisters ranging from six to 74 years young.

When Karren Sibley joined the Northern Shimmy Sisters back in 2007 she never imagined she’d stick with it. “I was somewhat overweight and a bit depressed after the birth of my second child when I decided to give belly dancing a go,” she says. “I was silently thinking it wouldn’t last long and turned up to class in my leggings and an oversized shirt because I wanted to hide my body. To my surprise, I soon let my guard down and the class was over before I knew it. I’d worked every muscle in my body and felt like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders – I was happy.” Karren has been hooked ever since and says belly dancing has done wonders for her self-esteem. “Belly dancing puts a smile on my face and gives me the confidence to be who I really am,” she says, adding that she became an instructor in 2010 and the principal instructor of Northern Shimmy Sisters in 2013. The troupe practices at the Performing Arts Block at St Anthony’s Catholic College, Joanne Street, in Deeragun, with Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced classes for teenagers and adults, a Juniors Class for primary-aged students and two workshops each year where they learn new styles such as Bollywood and Burlesque. “Our classes have a strong focus on fun in a warm and encouraging atmosphere,” Karren says. “We believe every woman can learn to dance, no matter her age, shape, size and fitness level.” New students are welcome at any point during the term and classes are offered on a casual basis with the first class free. Seventeen-year-old Chloe Sibley has been

with the Northern Shimmy Sisters since she was eight. “I was very shy when I was young and found it difficult to not only make friends but also express myself,” says Chloe. “Belly dancing changed all that. Suddenly I was the centre of attention, surrounded by a glamourous world of hair, make-up, beauty and luxurious costumes, all while having fun dancing. “Performing is an amazing adrenaline rush and, although it may seem scary, dancing can also be very therapeutic and a great stress relief. “I think being surrounded by an empowering group of ladies growing up has helped me develop a strong confidence about myself.” When Pat Smiley listened to her hairdresser talk about her belly dancing class she was intrigued. As a rather mature woman, the balance of fun, dancing and not-too-strenuous exercise appealed to me,” Pat says. “And the fact you don’t have to wear shoes also had me sold!” The 74-year-old has been with the Northern Shimmy Sisters since 2008 and loves the grace and beauty of the veil dances, the sauciness of cane dances and the chance to bash the tambourine and click the zills (finger cymbals) in harmony. “I’ve met so many ladies through the troupe who I now regard as friends,” Pat says. “We share funny stories, laughter, sadness, ups and downs, and all are encapsulated in the meaning of ‘Sisters’ in our troupe name.” CONNECT NOW



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TAXI Accepted forms of payment: Thank Yous, Hugs and Smiles

Mums. Amazing, aren’t they? As the clock ticks down to Mother’s Day on Sunday 13 May, we pause to praise the efforts of all the mums who make impossible schedules possible. Meet four local ladies who’ve made a fine art of being ’mum’s taxi’ out of sheer willpower to make it work.



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TERESA HINSPETER EMILY 11, BROOKE 8, AVA 6, LIAM 3 The Hinspeter kids love having fun at La Luna where they take part in dance, circus and aerial classes but that’s not all that’s on the agenda — add in tenpin bowling, swimming, netball and Ready Steady Go Kids and the mum’s taxi schedule is fully loaded. Stay-at-home mum Teresa Hinspeter says the secrets of her success include her slow cooker and soothing music when sibling rivalry breaks out. “We also have a game with pizza cars,” Teresa says. “For every


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Dominos or Pizza Hut car we see, we get one point (the first person to spot it yells out which pizza car it is). A Dominos scooter is worth double points.” Usually Teresa sticks to the kiss and go rule at the school drop-off zone but there was one incident where she had to kiss and play chasey. “One morning I dropped Brooke in the drop-off zone at school and somehow her bag straps got tangled around the armrest of her booster seat,” Teresa says.

“She walked into school dragging her seat behind her and was totally oblivious to it! I had to get out of the car and chase after her to get it back. “It was a little embarrassing at the time but we laugh about it now.” CONNECT NOW


CARRIE KEIR INDYGO 10, ZIMA 8, NAVY 6, FINELLA 5 The only day Carrie Keir has off being mum’s taxi is Sunday. With four sports-loving kids, her schedule is packed. On Monday afternoon, eldest son Indygo trains for North Queensland United U11 NPL (soccer) while on Tuesday he trains for Brothers U11 Blue (soccer). Things gear up on Wednesday with Indy training for NQ United, sons Zima and Navy doing Kick n Push at the Murray Sporting Complex Skate Park and the little lady of the family, Finella, training for Brothers U6 Red (soccer). Thursday, you guessed it, more

training and Friday and Saturday are game days. Oh and did we mention Carrie and her husband Ash work full-time at Energy Queensland and also own two businesses — Greenview Turf & Joan’s Ironing Service? “I’m a local girl and have a large network of friends and family who I count on to help make it work,” Carrie says. Still, some days things don’t go quite as planned. “Being the habitual over-committer, I’d booked mum’s taxi into the mechanic for some much-needed tender loving care,” Carrie says. “I’d arranged for

the children to be delivered to their various activities but the mechanic was delayed and, with our tight schedule and each element relying upon the next, one by one all the balls I had in the air started to drop. “Fortunately, after a number of desperate phone calls, I managed to salvage the situation. It goes without saying that once all the kids were in bed I treated myself to a glass of wine (or two… maybe three)! CONNECT NOW

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MARGOT RICHARDS RYLIE 12, FAITHE 11, TRINITEE 9, ILIANA 7, DARCEY 6 Between them, Margot Richards’ three daughters participate in eight classes of ballet, modern/jazz, Irish and acro dancing at the Townsville Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) while both boys do kickboxing, Darcey plays Rugby League and the two youngest take swimming lessons. Being a primary school teacher means Margot finishes at the same time as the kids and can do the sports drops then finish her schoolwork later when they’ve gone to bed.


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“The only way to get everyone where they need to be is to be organised,” says Margot. “My kids pack their own sports bags the night before and leave them at the door ready to go in the car the next morning. I also make sure I have plenty of afternoon tea packed and I plan dinner for the week on the weekend. “The hardest thing is being ready for the whole day – leaving the house at 7.30am and not walking in the door until 5 or 6pm.”

Most of the time things run smoothly but there are the occasional hiccups. “One afternoon I thought I was doing well for time and headed home but, after walking through the door, realised I hadn’t done my last pick-up from dancing,” Margot says. “Luckily we live very close to TAPA and I was only 10 minutes late but now I always do a head count!” CONNECT NOW


TRACEY MCCARRON RYAN 14, ZOE 12, BEAU 10 Between them, Tracey McCarron’s three children take part in eight sports — dancing, crossfit, touch football, union, cricket, Oztag, netball and soccer. With the sports drop-off schedule running seven days a week, there’s no day off from being mum’s taxi. As well as running their own newsagency, Tracey and her husband Stephen are hands-on with their

children’s sports — Tracey manages the union and touch sides, while Stephen coaches union, cricket and touch. With Tracey playing sports too, things can get a little confusing at times. “Once I grabbed my gear in the morning only to find that, when I went to get changed in the car, I’d picked up Ryan’s shorts,” Tracey says.

“Needless to say they were a tad small, but I had no choice but to play in them and his dirty socks!” As for tips on how to keep the kids under control during transit, Tracey says: “It’s good to have snacks handy and, if they start to get really ratty, I turn up my 80s music and sing at top volume – that usually shuts them up for a while!”

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


Q) What’s your link to Townsville? Townsville is where I developed my interest in ecotourism. Studying tourism at James Cook University and picking up subjects in Environmental Management and working in hospitality, national parks and the Conservation Council started me on the road of making the tourism industry more sustainable globally. I fell in love with the Wet Tropics rainforests, waterfalls like Jourama and Wallaman Falls and the Great Barrier Reef and that inspired me to carve out a career in sustainable tourism. Q) What does your work involve now? My business, EarthCheck, works with businesses and communities in over 70 countries to reduce their environmental footprint and to plan for a more sustainable future tourism industry. We do that through certification of more than 1400 businesses and working with destinations like Ireland, Iceland, Mexico and communities in Australia to find smarter ways to develop tourism that not only create jobs but support a better environment.

Q) Where are you living? I live part-time in Brisbane and the rest of the time in airports. Travelling constantly for work is inspiring but challenging with a young family – so when I’m not on a plane I try to spend as much time as I can at home with my wife and two boys, who are in primary school. It’s a great privilege to travel the world and meet with so many fun, welcoming and inspiring people and to make a difference where and when we can. Q) How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville was the perfect place to study tourism, in particular sustainable tourism, and it’s where my business began back in 1987. What became EarthCheck started in a graduates’ office at JCU and grew into the largest research program in sustainable tourism globally. We now employ over 30 people in Queensland with partner offices around the world. Q) Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I get back to Townsville pretty regularly for work and always enjoy seeing Maggie Island (where I lived for a while) and Castle Hill from the air. I still have a lot of mates in Townsville

who I don’t see anywhere near often enough. Even after 20 years away it still feels like home. CONNECT NOW


Q) What’s your link to Townsville? My family moved to Townsville when I was seven. My mother is from Papua New Guinea and my father is Australian. I went to Kirwan State High School then studied a Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University. I was also very involved in the community theatre scene in Townsville. Q) Where are you now? I live in Strathfield, Sydney, which is west of the city. My house has a home studio, which helps with completing projects. Q) What’s your next project? A short-form documentary about the rehabilitation of spinal patients. It’ll be about my family as my father was recently disabled. At the start of 2017, Dad and I were on a joy flight in his plane and our landing gear failed. It was one of the scariest moments of my life. I walked away unscathed but my father is now a quadriplegic. All of 2017 and now 2018 has been dedicated to his rehabilitation


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and treatment, inspiring me to create a documentary about the process he’s been through. It was such a huge scary moment for our family and I think making it into something creative helps the healing process. Q) How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My time in Townsville taught me to create my own opportunities. Living in a regional area gives you the freedom and lifestyle to experiment. I find most of my films are influenced by Townsville either by the natural beauty or the society and people. At JCU, I really liked the mixture of creative and journalistic subjects. I’m a creative by nature but I also like being technically across anything I do, which is why cinematography is a good fit. Going to JCU also made me grow up. It was through internships and class exercises that I realised what I wanted to do. CONNECT NOW



Q) What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and grew up in Townsville. I also did my undergraduate degree in the Anthropology Department at James Cook University. Q) Where are you now? I just started a great new role at Macquarie University in Sydney so that’s very exciting. As a medical anthropologist, I work for universities and international development agencies analysing the social processes that influence people’s health. One of the great parts of the job is that I get to spend a lot of time in Indonesia, interviewing people about their lives and getting to understand their perspectives on health and illness. Then I put these individual stories into the big picture, to show how the broader social and political context shapes public health. I love Indonesia and I really enjoy being able to bring human stories to health research and policy. Q) What’s your next project? I’m starting a new project working with Indonesian midwives. In addition to helping to deliver babies, Indonesian midwives take on all sorts of other roles to care for their communities. I’ll be taking the life histories of midwives to better understand

the expanded roles that midwives play within their communities and the kinds of challenges they face in their day-to-day work. Indonesia still has a high rate of infant and maternal mortality, so it’s really important to understand how social dynamics can have serious health implications and to find new ways to address these barriers to better health. Q) How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I look back now and realise how lucky I was to have such great lecturers at JCU. They really were world-class teachers and they were also kind and inspiring. Q) Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Yes my mother and older brother still live in Townsville, so I still come home to spend time with family and old friends at least once a year. I miss the North Queensland landscape and I try to get in a swim at Crystal Creek or Magnetic Island whenever I’m home. CONNECT NOW


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Q) What’s your link to Townsville? Having grown up in Charters Towers, I moved to Townsville with my now-husband Michael in 2003 when he got an apprenticeship with Queensland Rail. We spent 13 years there, making a home, getting married, having babies (Lachlan, 9, Evie, 7 and Audrey, 3) and building our lovely tribe of Townsville friends. We had to move away in 2016 when our youngest child became chronically ill and we needed to be closer to her treating specialists. Q) Where are you now? We’re currently living on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It’s such a beautiful place to live with lots of natural diversity – both in the landscape and the people who live here. While I still have the same ‘day job’ I did when I lived in Townsville (as an online coach for Australian nutrition company Changing Habits), I’ve recently become a published children’s book author! My first book Broccoli

Trees? Yes Please! was released in November 2017 and my second book is waiting in the wings to be published later this year. Creative writing has always been a passion of mine and I just feel so grateful that amongst the turmoil of living with a chronically ill child, my family gets to experience the excitement that comes with publishing a book and leaving a legacy. Q) How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My Townsville friends were some of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters in both getting my book published and in supporting me when it officially went on sale. I’ve made many lifelong friendships in Townsville. It’s a community like no other! CONNECT NOW

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Television presenter, magazine editor and media personality, Deborah Hutton is renovating her charming three bedroom house in Bronte, into her own Hamptons inspired forever home, with work due to be completed later this year.

As she starts her renovation journey, Deborah talks about making the most of her coastal location and achieving her desired look featuring the hallmark Hamptons muted colour palette, bright and open living spaces and deep shadow lines of Linea weatherboard cladding. Q) What style are you looking to achieve and what has inspired you to achieve it? I’ve have always loved the magnificent mansions you see in the Hamptons, they are true coastal chic. My favourite house in the world featured in the movie ‘Somethings Gotta Give’ with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keating. There is something about the relaxed, casual nature of the architecture that fits

perfectly with a seaside home and our Australian lifestyle. I want to bring certain elements of that into my renovation. I grew up in Queensland and my grandparents lived in a quintessential weatherboard ‘Queenslander’ with a corrugated iron roof, large open verandas and a magnificent garden. It’s the childhood memories of that wonderful house I’d like to replicate. That’s why I’m cladding my home in Scyon Linea weatherboard, to give it that weatherboard look I love so much in Hamptons and Queenslander designs. I’m also creating large open living spaces with high vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and a classic muted palette. >

BELOW Deborah Hutton in her home before the renovations. RIGHT The property faces North/ East which is wonderful for creating that light and breezy Hamptons feel.

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RIGHT Large open living spaces with high vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and a classic muted palette.

Q) What in your mind are the most important elements to get your look right? I think of houses and their interiors a little like wardrobe dressing. Externally the look of a house is its dress… the windows, doors, verandas are the accessories and the interiors/ soft furnishings are like adding jewellery. The impression you get when you see a house for the first time stays with you, it creates an impact… so getting the ‘dress’ right is essential. Wrapping the house in Scyon Linea weatherboard, with its beautiful deep shadow line look, will be its most striking feature from day-dot. Timber balustrades, exposed beams, tongue and groove panelling all lend their


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style to my Hamptons inspired coastal facade. Q) What process did you go through when deciding the look of your house? My research started almost the minute I bought my house. Having never taken on a project of this size, I started by visiting the Home Show in Sydney to get some ideas of products and finishes. That’s when I discovered Scyon Linea weatherboard. The deep shadow lines it created instantly reminded me of the home I grew up in and the Hamptons homes I’m aspiring to. I also spent many hours scouring design sites to create my mood board. Knowing that I could achieve a weatherboard look

that would last thanks to Scyon Linea, I was able to create a vision that encompassed my personal style. Having a strong, defined mood board makes talking to architects, builders and designers much easier when you have imagery that illustrates what you want to achieve. Q) What were your main considerations when designing the new structure of your home? The property faces North/East which is wonderful for creating that light and breezy Hamptons feel. It also sits high on the hill, so in summer there is nothing between me and the blustery winds that come up in the afternoon. Having lived in the property for nearly two years, I was fully

aware of how exposed I am to the harsh rain, wind and salt. It’s fair to say, maintenance and durability were key factors when I started to consider doors, windows, cladding, external light fittings, etc. Scyon Linea weatherboard became the obvious choice, as it resists flaking, warping and swelling, so it doesn’t require annual touch ups. I’m building my ‘forever home’, so selecting finishes that will face the test of time was critically important. Q) How have you chosen your materials? Are there any that are essential to creating your vision? I like to do my research when selecting materials, fixtures


and fittings – it’s a long, slow process. I also talk to as many people as possible with experience in building and working with certain materials. I also went to a couple of his completed projects to see the finished result and knew straight away that I was making the right decision. Q) If you could go back to the beginning of this process knowing what you know now and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? I had a bumpy road selecting my architect. Where I started and who I started with is not where I am now… and that mistake has cost me time and money. I don’t think I put enough effort into finding the right person at the beginning and appreciating how critical it is to have someone who understands and appreciates your vision. Having good communication and someone who jumps on things quickly is also incredible important. One thing I have learnt is that good design doesn’t always mean it can be built! For more information about Deborah Hutton’s renovation journey, visit Renovation Rookie By Deborah Hutton at

ABOVE Timber balustrades, exposed beams, tongue and groove panelling all lend their style to my Hamptons inspired coastal facade. BELOW The deep shadow lines instantly remind me of the home I grew up in and the Hamptons homes I’m aspiring to.

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Make the most of the cooler weather as winter heads our way.

Costa Outdoor Sofa $2460

Skal Lounge Chair (Black and Teak) $792

Rocco Dining Table $3300

Adan Planter, Black, Nano $51

Paros Outdoor Daybed


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The Matinee

Dreamweaver tie-up dress $210


Elliatt Collective | Feminine, Bold and Intricate @elliatt #elliatt



Linger on jump suit $220

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ABOUT ME: My family was originally from Brisbane, but I’m a Townsville local – born here, attended school and completed my Bachelor of Commerce at JCU. I love the lifestyle, traffic and weather – most times. I love walking Castle Hill, the Strand and Magnetic Island. We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, near the ocean where we can exercise and grab a coffee, without having to change outfits. I’m a Chartered Accountant, which traditionally means – very practical – some may say even boring! I’ve been working with Coutts Redington Chartered Accountants, a locally owned business for over 20 years MY HANDBAG is all practical. It’s a large Calvin Klein, tough enough to take anywhere, holds my water bottle, or when I run out of hands visiting friends – even fits a bottle of Pinot. PENS Too many pens? I always have to empty my bag for security at the airport. “Is there a reason you have 10 pens in your bag Madam?” APPLE AND MUESLI BAR I’m always starving, nuff said! BUSINESS CARD HOLDER a present from a valued staff member, keeping me organised. TORCH an old client (whoops) a long standing client gave this torch to me to safely walk Castle Hill a bit earlier or a bit later in the day. MASK is a reminder of a European trip with my two sons. We tripped around Europe in a bus with 10 other families and 16 teenagers. Do you know the drinking age in Germany is 15? BOOK Latest read. I’m an avid reader when I can. My lovely sister, also a Townsville local, is a new author and keeps me supplied in books. (A pluggo to I’m up to Y, in the alphabet murder series by Sue Grafton. Not sure what I will do, Z is closing in…


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Another BOOK Hygge was a gift from my friend Tara – a little bit of happiness. CALCULATOR as everyone I meet has a tax question. TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IDENTIFICATION CARD AND KEY I’m proud to be on the Board of the THF which is the charity that raises funds to support our region’s hospital services, medical research and more. This WATER BOTTLE is a not so gentle reminder each day to keep up those fluids and get to F45 Townsville City. WRIST BANDS my favourite charities: Zonta International – working for the advancement of women worldwide and Headspace – assisting youth of Townsville during tough times. ZONTA BADGE so I don’t forget to take it with me. LIPSTICKS lots, just in case. My good friend Rochelle, many years ago said, it didn’t matter what you were wearing, you were dressed for anything as long as you had your lippy on. I never know who or what my day may bring, so I’m ready for anything. Practical? What can I say?


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Download for life Do you have an unhealthy relationship with your phone? No need to break up with it just yet. Perhaps there’s a way we can turn our compulsive use of smart devices into a productive liaison which reaps a myriad of health benefits‌


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LISTEN TO YOUR GUT A simple task like doing the groceries can become a nightmarish exercise if your child is one of the 10% of Aussie kids who suffers from a food allergy, or if you’re one of the 2% of adults. Restrictive diets mean forward planning. Take the Foodadditive app to the supermarket with you and check up-to-date information on food additives and how they will affect you if you have Coeliac disease, are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or even Halal. It’s comprehensive glossary on the main additives is a great guide. Also download: Food Allergy Detective; Gluten Free Ingredients or What Additives

CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU STRESS YOURSELF If you know someone who says they’re not stressed, they’re probably lying. Lifeline stats show that 93% of Australians experience stress thanks to family, work, health and financial pressure. The Stress Check app lets you see how you rate on the stress chart by way of a lifestyle quiz. Developed by clinical psychologists, the app explains the stressors in your life and offers with helpful tips on how to reduce anxiety in those areas. Other apps: Headspace, Calm

DIGITAL SUNSCREEN It’s slip, slop, slap with an iPhone app!

TAKE A WALK ON THE MILD SIDE Are you a hill fanatic or just like a stroll down the Strand? Either way, walking is a great low impact exercise that requires minimal equipment and can be done any time or anywhere at your own pace. If motivation is your problem, try downloading an app like Just Start Walking Australia. You can track your walks via GPS, log your walking history, share your walks with friends online and find walking events in your local area. You can also choose to make a walking pledge to help make walking a regular part of your life. Other apps: Heart Foundation Walking, Mapometer

ZONE OUT Meditation has many health benefits and is even now being taught in schools. It can boost your brain power, improve stress levels, lower blood pressure and even reduce your reaction to pain. Meditation apps are a great way to get started with meditation, most containing playlists of soothing sounds you can meditate to. You can also select tunes to help you sleep, stress less or increase your levels of happiness. Chill out and download: Take a break! Guided meditation for stress relief, Relax melodies: white noise ambiance for sleep, meditation and yoga.


We all know what the sun does to our skin, especially here in the tropics, so protect your outer layer with some free sun smart apps which let you check real-time UV levels around the country and tell you when you do and don’t need sun protection. Avoid sunburn, check the weather, set up sun protection alerts and use special sunscreen calculators to find out how much sunscreen you need to apply. They’ll do everything but rub the sunscreen into your back for you! Apps include: SunSmart and Olay which are free on iPhone and iPad.

ROAST LAMB SPAM Now you can legitimately spam your friends with your foodie snaps. A US university study shows that photographing your meals can help you keep your overall calorie count under control. So, start snapping! Apps like The Eatery and the Easy Eat Diary are like keeping a photographic food diary that you let your friends see. You can upload photos of your meals (healthy or not) to record your meals and beverages and invite friends to comment on and rate each, which is thought to help you to stick to your healthy food habits. The Eatery also lets you review restaurants in your area that support healthy eating too. Also download: Pic Healthy, Diet Tracker Lite, Meal Snap, KalorieQ

REAP THE SUN’S REWARDS While our 300+ days of sunshine here in the north has been questionable of late with some welcome rain clouds shrouding the rays, our location is still one of the best in the country to get the most out of our solar PV installations. Solar power is one of those things that’s becoming the norm and battery storage for the power generated by our home’s PV systems is also gaining traction. Batteries can help minimise the effects of ‘ramping events’, which are large and sudden changes in load and energy generation which happens when the sun is hidden by clouds and solar energy drops in and out; or the more predictable change that occurs when the sun disappears at night. Batteries can help to make sure these changes are more gradual, which makes it easier to maintain power quality in your home while providing support for our power grids to ensure they can maintain power quality for all users. Interested in solar energy in your home? The Solar ROI Calculator is a simple, userfriendly app that allows you to determine how much money you can save on installations. Also, keep your power use at home in check with apps available at au/apps

DON’T BE APP-ATHETIC AT HOME While we’re always thinking of the environment when designing our homes these days, it’s important to stop and think about the atmosphere we create inside the house and how it effects our family’s health and wellbeing. The Netatmo Health Home Coach, which requires a device to use the app, indicates acceptable noise levels, displays humidity levels for family members who may suffer with asthma, measures air quality and temperature and generally helps you create a healthier environment. Find out more at

SEXUAL HEALTH CHECK This app offers a discreet way to check out any symptoms which may be of concern to you or your partner. This is only a guide however and you should visit your GP for a proper diagnosis. Also download: Men’s Sexual Health

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Tailored Training Plan Designed to help you maintain a healthy balance between activity and rest, the Suunto 3 Fitness watch ($299) provides a log of your activities, rest and GPS for tracking speed and distance. Use it to develop a training plan based on your individual fitness level together with daily stress and recovery monitoring.

Naughty but Nice Founded by Queenslander Jason Muncer, gym wear meets street wear, label brickcityvillin credits its growing success with finding the sweet spot between style and sexiness. With both menswear and women’s wear ranges, there’s something for everyone. Go Queensland!

Sin-free Snacking Snacking doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure thanks to The Wholesome Food Company’s new Protein Chips ($5). Proudly Australian-made in the Yarra Valley, they’re gluten-free, with no GMO, MSG or artificial colours and flavours and 18 grams of whole grains per serve. Look for them in the health food aisle at Coles and independent grocers across Australia.

Hemp for Health Since it was legalised for consumption last year, hemp seed has skyrocketed in popularity. Australian Primary Hemp Oil ($27.95) is a 100 per cent Aussie raw whole food, coldpressed from hemp. Containing the optimum 1:3 ratio of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and 6, it’s great for whipping up a healthy pesto.


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Science Smart Diet Through the right diet, is it possible to turn back the clock and put ourselves on a healthy road? Dr Valter Longo, Director of the Longevity Institute, thinks so and has written a book to prove it. The culmination of 25 years of research on ageing, nutrition, and disease across the globe, The Longevity Diet is a combination of an everyday diet and fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) to be done only three to four times per year. Dr Longo is donating all author proceeds from the book ($29.99) to research.



The key message of World Oral Health Day was “Think mouth, think health”. Your mouth is like a mirror that reflects your general health

health means limiting the damage that bad bacteria can do to your mouth and body.


Dr Paul Hanrahan

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

We only get one set of adult teeth, so it is important to adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups. Studies report that only one in four people brush their teeth every day! Even fewer brush twice a day and worryingly, the average brushing time was found to be only 47 seconds. Sadly, flossing is even less common. Mouths are one of the ‘filthiest’ parts of our bodies, with dental plaque containing 600 different types of bacteria and over 100 million bacteria in total! A healthy mouth has good and bad bacteria. Good oral

What is Dental Plaque? Plaque is not leftover food but rather a biofilm that sticks to teeth and gums and is filled with bacteria. These bacteria convert sugars to acids, which attack the hard outer tooth enamel. When bacteria enter the inner dentine, pain and even tooth death can occur. Harmful bacteria are often transferred between people (including to infants) by kissing. Yet another reason to have good oral hygiene before kissing other people! Many elderly people have died from pneumonia caused by plaque finding its way into the lungs. Plaque is not just harmless white stuff on your teeth! Chronic Gum Disease – The ‘Silent Assassin’ Mouth bacteria are also the primary cause of gum diseases. Superficial and reversible gum disease is called gingivitis. Chronic, deep and serious gum disease is known as periodontitis. Periodontitis results in bone loss

around the teeth, thus resulting in loose teeth. Gum disease is generally painless, however, the warning signs are bleeding gums and bad breath. Research has shown that chronic gum disease is associated with: • Low birth weight babies, in affected pregnant mothers • Heart disease in adults Smoking and diabetes are risk factors, which can result in more serious gum disease. These both decrease the circulation of protective cells to the infected tissues. Sugars and Acids Aim to reduce sugar intake. For parents, honey and sweeteners on pacifiers must be avoided, along with any liquid in nursing bottles other than milk or water. Although ‘sugar-free’ soft drinks may not contain real sugar, they are highly acidic. All acids dissolve the enamel and result in sensitivity. Should you consume soft drink, wine or other acids, rinse your mouth with water to neutralise the acids and don’t brush for 20 minutes afterwards.

Protecting Your Teeth Saliva provides protection for your teeth. In our North Queensland heat, it is important to stay hydrated to help produce more saliva. Drink plenty of water. Remember that alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, radiation therapy and medications can all cause a dry mouth. There is no dental material as good as natural enamel. Protect your enamel from decay, trauma, acids and tooth grinding. Brush for four minutes at least twice a day, spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and gently on your gums. Flossing is required to clean effectively between your teeth. Small Interdental brushes can be used if flossing is found to be difficult. Mouthwashes will not remove plaque and are not a substitute for good brushing and flossing! As always, prevention is better than cure.

“Did you know? you don’t have to clean all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep.”

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

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What are your options when hearing loss is at a stage where hearing aids can no longer assist?

Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

Some severe to profound hearing losses can be successfully treated with hearing aids. However, there are people who have such damage to their hearing that speech nerves are unable to fire even when a hearing aid provides them with adequate amplification. And if your nerves aren’t firing then you won’t understand speech sufficiently. Generally speaking, if you understand less than half of spoken words you listen to under test conditions, even with quality, correctly chosen and fitted hearing aids, then a cochlear implant is possibly your next step.

There are other types of hearing loss where implantation is recommended where hearing loss involves the middle ear. Here traditional hearing aids are not recommended for medical reasons. For example; chronically discharging ears or if you are born without an outer ear. “But hang on,” you might say. “Implants are expensive. I can’t afford that!” How much do hearing implants costs? It is true that an implant and processor can cost up to $30,000. Any way you look at it, it’s a lot of money. What you may not be aware of is that many basic private health insurance hospital policies will cover the implant and the processor as well as much, if not all of the surgery required. If you do not have private health insurance then you may also be eligible to be fitted through the public health system, however selection criteria is more stringent. Best thing to do is to seek out an audiologist who will bulk-bill

appointments and ‘mappings’ and who also work with ENT specialists who are willing to bulk-bill much of their cost. We find that in most cases our patients end up paying a few hundred dollars out of pocket rather than thousands. So what kind of implants are available? You may already be familiar with the cochlear implant, which was invented here in Australia. A cochlear works by implanting a tiny electrode in the inner ear. A sound processor (like a hearing aid) sits externally and signals for tiny electrical impulses to be sent along the implanted electrode to stimulate your hearing nerves. The second type of implant is a bone conduction implant and is suitable for people with outer or middle ear issues. A processor signals the bone anchored implant to vibrate, which sends sounds directly to your inner ear through the bones in your skull. The final implant is a middle ear implant. This is similar to a bone conduction implant except

instead of vibrating the skull, a small transducer is attached to the little bones within the middle ear (ossicles) and the implant stimulates those to create sounds. Ongoing support Whichever implant is suitable for you, you need to be able to rely on ongoing support wherever you are. Treating profound hearing loss with implants is an ongoing process working with your audiologist to retrain your brain to hear and decipher sounds again. It can also be stressful if you need to travel to another town to have implant surgery, so knowing your hearing loss team is nearby can be a great comfort. A first step If you are finding that hearing aids no longer work for you, make an appointment with your audiologist to determine what options are available for you. Then you can carefully consider those options in your own time.

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Why eating unprocessed food is an investment in your long term health.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Donna Larcom Pure Core Nourishment

Adequate nutrition makes sure our brain and body are functioning properly. Let me shock you with a few statistics, from the Australian Bureau of Statistics: ●O  nly 4.6% of Queensland kids meet the Australian guidelines of recommended daily servings of vegetables (2014-15) ●2  /3 of North Queenslanders are overweight or obese

If each of our cells is made of nutrients, and if we obtain our nutrients from what we eat, we would want to fuel ourselves with the best possible sources, right? The quality of the nutrients we ingest impacts our overall health at a cellular level. Nutrients, or lack of them, affect every cell and system in the body and can even have an effect on the genetic codes we express. You could say, it is the critical starting point of good health.

The Centre for Disease Control is predicting that children born after 2000 will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. Our National health seems to be heading in the wrong direction… The good news is that we can turn this around and change the outcome. We need to get our Queensland kids to eat more vegetables, we need to swap the refined carbohydrates (i.e. pasta, bread, cakes, biscuits etc.) for more nutrient dense whole foods and increase the veggies. We need to encourage them to ‘eat the rainbow’, the colours

that our veggies provide should brighten our plates. Vegetables are packed full of nutrients such as the colourful, phytonutrients which are powerful antioxidants that help our body fight off disease and inflammation. Consuming the recommended five serves daily is a large step in the right direction, a step towards health and wellbeing and a step away from disease. Here are my top two tips on how to include more veggies in your meals: 1. Slow cooked meals are my favourite. I can put it on in the morning, and know that it is slowly cooking my family a nutritious meal. The flavours meld and because of the slow cooking time the meat and vegetables are broken down, and are easier to digest. I use lamb chops or shanks, so you also get the benefit and nutrition from the bones and joints as well. I add almost any vegetable to my dishes – pumpkin, cauliflower, chick peas, broccoli, okra, peas,

tomatoes, carrot, eggplant, zucchini and squash, whatever is in season. I love to add herbs and my favourite spices as well. These dishes can easily be frozen and reheated so I keep a store of them in my freezer for the nights we come home late. 2. Rethink breakfast – the most important meal of the day. You can eat vegetables for breakfast – in fact it is a great way to start the day. We often have leftovers for breakfast, combining a little meat with lots of vegetables. I always steam more green vegetables the night before so we have some for breakfast. So for good health, eat the rainbow every day!

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It’s not stress that kills us. It’s our reaction to it – Hans Selye

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Life can seem full of demands that come from all angles – work, relationships, kids, school, bills and the list goes on. In the vast majority of instances, we cope and adjust to the challenges and continue to live well. In fact, a certain level of pressure is desirable and can even help to motivate us and boost our productivity. When the pressures start to mount or endure without an end in sight, that’s when we can run into problems. We throw a lot of different words around to describe feeling stressed – pressured, stretched,

swamped, overwhelmed or strained. Essentially, we experience stress whenever the demands being made of us (either real or imagined) feel greater than our ability to cope. Regardless of the words we use, stress is generally considered unpleasant and it is largely a physiological experience with emotional and behavioural consequences. There are four common types of stress and we can experience these across all areas of life. Situational – Stressful situations where you have little control, like very bad weather. Anticipatory – Worrying about something that might happen in the future. Encounter – Stress that revolves around people, like having an interaction with an unpleasant work colleague, or bumping into a person you would really rather not see. Time-related – Worrying about a lack of time to do what is expected of you. Occasional bouts of acute stress do little harm if we find ways to relax once the problems

pass and our body can return to its pre-stressed state. But when pressures go on with little or no respite, stress can become a negative force. The type of stress we have to be cautious about is chronic stress. This type of stress comes when we face challenges over an extended period, that take a heavy toll and feel inescapable. A stressful job, chronic illness, financial strain or an unhappy home life can trigger chronic stress. While stress itself is not a disease, chronic or unmanageable stress can lead to physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms, like tension, fatigue, indecision, trouble sleeping and reduced productivity. If not addressed, chronic stress can lead to mental health problems like anxiety and depression, as well as physical effects such as heart disease, pain and headaches. Learning ways to manage stress is something everyone can do to stay emotionally well. Here are five ideas to help to manage stress.

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1. K  now your triggers. Identify the things that cause stress for you – triggers might include late nights, deadlines, feeling unwell, or conflict with family or colleagues. 2. F  ind your rhythm. Have set, predictable routines, such as regular times for exercise and relaxation, eating healthy meals, bedtimes, catching up with friends and work. 3. H  ang out with good people and have fun. Spend more time with happy, uplifting friends and family. 4. C  oach yourself with self-talk. Instead of saying, “I can’t cope”, try instead, “I am doing the best I can with what I have available”. 5. G  et support. Sometimes, life does get really tough and navigating your way through the challenges can feel overwhelming. Help is available and a clinical psychologist can provide the support and right tools to manage whatever life throws your way.

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he St Colman’s Catholic School Debutante of the Year is a tradition that has been alive and well for more than 30 years. Held in October, it allows for any girl who has made her debut earlier that year to attend and celebrate once again. White dresses are fitted, dance lessons get underway and nerves set in as the girls begin the countdown to the debutante ball season. “My partner and I, along with the other couples, attended rehearsals for about two months in the lead-up,” says Kacee Bromham, the winner of last year’s Debutante of the Year. “In that time we learnt a boy dance, a girl dance, a couples dance and how the presentations would work. Finally, on October 21, the night arrived and it was even better than I could’ve ever imagined.” Parents and guardians are also welcome to partake in the event. “I really loved dancing with my dad because I could see how proud and happy he was,” Kacee says. Not only was Kacee awarded the title of ‘Deb of the Year’ but she was able to utilise her memorable experience to expand her horizons. “I’m currently on Rotary Exchange in Denmark and I’m using my newly found confidence daily to converse with people from all over the world,” she says. For Jenna Power, who was named ‘Girls’ Choice’ last year, her title was not the priority of the night. “I felt honoured that the girls even considered me for Girls’ Choice,” she says. “To me it was special because the evening was already beautiful. The prize was just an added bonus making my deb even more memorable.” Kelsey Heuir, who also participated in last year’s event, decided to continue the tradition her family has upheld. “My sister, my mum and my aunties have all made their debut and enjoyed their experience,” she says. “I believe that the tradition should continue as it’s an excellent opportunity for the debutantes and their partners to showcase such a wonderful evening to their friends, family and the public. It also builds confidence as you are presented to a large audience and dance in front of them, which can take some people out of their comfort zones.” The first Debutante Ball for 2018 is the St Colman’s Parish Debutante Ball to be held in May and mostly including Year 12 girls from Home Hill State High school making


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their first debut into society. Other balls throughout the year include the Singers Debutante Ball, the Burdekin Catholic High School Debutante Ball, and St Colman’s Catholic School Debutante of the Year. Deb of the Year is a unique event as it not only combines all schools in the area, but the winner is granted the honour of participating in the Harvest Festival Parade and taking on other ceremonial duties throughout the year across the shire. Other prizes are donated by local businesses to ladies who place in Runner-up, Girls’ Choice and Judges’ Special Mention. The magical evening will be held at the Home Hill Memorial Hall and is expected to draw in a crowd of over 500 people.

The St. Colman’s Deb of the Year Ball is a 30 plus year tradition held to choose the Burdekin’s ‘Deb of the Year’ based on the presentation and decorum of the young ladies who made their Deb throughout 2018. For more information contact: St Colman’s School P & F Committee runs the Deb of the Year Ball St Colman’s Parish Debutante Ball Burdekin Catholic High School Deb Ball The Burdekin Singers Deb Ball

A NIGHT TO LAST A LIFE TIME: DEB OF THE YEAR For many, their debutante ball is not just another social event on the calendar but an evening symbolising their debut into womanhood.


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LIVING THE DIGITAL DREAM Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) graduate Tyrone Osmond now has the training, talent, passion and tools to make his own music. EMERSON TUMATA @GRZZIE

What is your involvement with digital technology? I work as a music engineer/ producer creating complete productions for myself, and for others in my own recording studio Hear at The Voice. I’m also a voice/singing teacher at Calvary and St Anthony’s Christian Colleges and work as a vocal coach and sound engineer at The Voice Singing School.


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Why choose to study at TCTC? I grew up surrounded by music and performance but when I realised what you could achieve with software and a computer, I started looking at getting into recording and producing music. TCTC offered the opportunity to learn all about this and I found the content taught during the course was absolutely fantastic. We had an original band member

and songwriter from the Divinyls, Bjarne Ohlin, delivering the hands-on training and providing us with very relevant industry information and knowledge. There were plenty of opportunities to work with professional studio equipment and software such as Pro Tools, to further develop my skills in music production. You were fortunate to have been a student when TCTC/ Heatley SC was selected to host an APRA SongMakers workshop. What benefits did you gain from working with industry mentors? I’ve always been quite confident as a musician but Katie Noonan and Robert Conley, who were the mentors, inspired me to relook at my music and write what came from the heart. It was a total revelation to watch

an internationally successful engineer/producer like Robert Conley record the four original songs written by the group of 16 students in just two days. The TCTC was such a great creative space in which to work with a big range of instruments and production equipment. I was able to let my creativity flourish and it provided me with a huge boost in confidence to continue writing and developing my craft as a songwriter and music producer. How does the technology enable you to be productive? Once I recognised that music production could be a career path for me, I started to build my basic system. I found a space to set up some equipment, and began using Logic Pro X as my primary DAW. My recording studio supports me in my work as a vocal coach at The Voice


Singing School, recording students and developing their craft as singers/artists while recording songs for weddings, birthdays, and submissions to music publishers. Where do you see your skills in using digital technology taking you in the future?

work. It would be a dream come true to be recognised as a skilled producer and have artists looking to me to produce their work but I know that to get there, I have to not just dream, but put in the time to develop my craft.

A laptop with affordable software and a range of virtual processors opens up so many options from engineering and producing other artists to developing my own sound and songwriting style. With online distribution you can start up your own label to produce and release your own

There is great diversity in how successful graduates of the TCTC courses apply their skills and industry knowledge. Some graduates, like Tyrone, have integrated digital technology into work opportunities extending the range of products they create and services they provide for clients. Other graduates have produced music tracks for local and interstate artists/composers, enrolled and completed tertiary study at JMC Academy and University of QLD. One graduate is now an audio/staging crew member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

As well as sound and music production, animation, game programming, graphic design and digital film/video production are also areas of skills training you can undertake at the TCTC. For further information, contact the Heatley Secondary College Administration Office on 4726 8333 or enquire online at or TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/

The majority, like Tyrone, integrate their digital skills into the wider demands of their technical production practices and establish themselves as freelance engineers/ producers.

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For the cost of one brand-new buggy, the Townsville Hospital Foundation had the option to have all three of their buggies refurbished as-new thanks to a generous discount from Tropical Equipment Solutions. As agents for Club Car, Tropical Equipment Solutions sell, service and maintain a wide variety of buggies. Mike Romagnolo from Tropical Equipment Solutions is also a dab hand with painting and even purpose-built accessories so people in wheelchairs can make use of the buggies too. “We stripped the buggies back, rebuilt right through and painted them in the Foundation’s signature yellow,” says Mike, who admits he was a bit dubious about the colour when he first opened the paint can. “But when I saw the volunteers in their yellow shirts driving the buggies it all looked really eyecatching.” Townsville Hospital Foundation Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator Megan King says that was the plan. “We wanted the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s buggies to really stand out so people don’t confuse them with the regular hospital fleet,” she says. “When people spot the brightyellow buggies they know they can hail them down for a lift. The service operates Monday

ABOVE FROM LEFT: Townsville Hospital Foundation volunteers Ross Devine and Jackie Pattinson flank Tropical Equipment Solutions’ Mike Romagnolo.


With a bright yellow facelift to match the canary coloured shirts of the Townsville Hospital Foundation volunteers driving them, the Foundation’s buggies are little rays of sunshine.

to Friday 8am until 4pm and transports around 20,000 people a year. “The car park might not look very far away but in our North Queensland heat and when someone isn’t well it can feel like a world away. We have a carer who has been staying at Leukaemia House for six months while her husband undergoes treatment at the hospital tell us that having the buggies means she can see her husband two or three times a day. If she had to walk, she said she would’ve only been able to visit him once a day. “Our campus is very spread out when you consider we have

Ronald McDonald House, Red Cross House, Leukaemia House, Palliative Care, the Birthing Centre and Subacute. Having the buggies helps us transport visitors and patients between these bases.” Lettered pick-up points have also been added to the car park making it a lot easier for volunteer buggy drivers like Ross Devine and Jackie Pattinson to navigate. “I look forward to driving the buggy on Thursday afternoons,” says Ross, who is now retired from his job as a finance manager for the Townsville Bulletin. “You’re interacting similar to a work situation so it brings that

stimulation back into your life and you’re helping people at the same time.” Jackie says the help you give others when volunteering is returned tenfold with the joy of making a difference. “Why not volunteer for the Townsville Hospital Foundation and come and drive the buggies with us?” she says. “We welcome everybody who comes on board.” CONNECT NOW

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FROM THE INSIDE OUT Helping people find their inner equilibrium is at the essence of what Maggie Styles does every day.

As the in-house nutritionist at Core Movement NQ, Maggie doesn’t consider what she does as work, but much rather a lifestyle choice. “My passion is in the nutrition and the natural health industry, where I love working with clients to deliver education and support by making simple, yet truthful changes to their dietary and lifestyle habits,” she explained. “It’s great when a client notices a positive change in their overall health and develops a wholesome relationship with food!” Townsville born and bred, Maggie’s fervour for health led her to Brisbane where she studied and then worked as a nutritionist for three years, treating clients with a range of issues relating to weight loss, digestive issues, allergies and intolerances, nutritional deficiencies and general health concerns.

Core Movement NQ 144 Ross River Road, Mundingburra 4725 2662


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After furthering her training in blood chemistry analysis and nutritional biochemistry, Maggie decided to bring her experience back up north. Joining the team at Core Movement, she’s value-added

to the dynamic of specialist services which this health hub provides the community, including rehabilitation, physiotherapy, clinical Pilates and nutrition. “Our focus is to specify treatments or exercises which best suit the individual for a quick recovery, whilst being centred within a calm, peaceful and beautiful space,” Maggie said. “We offer a diverse range of services focusing on a holistic approach and aligning the specialties, so our clients can return to or maintain optimal health, all under the one roof.” Maggie advised that Core Movement NQ has also added cooking classes onsite in their fully kitted-out kitchen and group sessions to their list of dedicated health services. “We’re also hosting a Whole Health Retreat this month on Magnetic Island incorporating movement, meditation and nutrition,” she said. “You can call to book an appointment, or visit our website for more information.”



PLAY IT SAFE You’re in safe hands with Dr Vucak, who has 11 years of surgical training after medical school including general surgery and plastic surgery with a postgraduate fellowship in the United States.

Having specialised in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery for the past 26 years, Dr Mark Vucak heads up busy practice Queensland Plastic Surgery. Headquartered in Townsville, the practice also services Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns and is committed to a holistic approach to patient care. “We have four highly skilled plastic surgeons and 16 practice staff including procedural consultants, nursing staff, skin technicians and administration team members who are all focused on ensuring your experience with us exceeds your expectations,” says Dr Vucak. “There’s no need to go to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne for plastic surgery when you can have world-class surgery at home and recover surrounded by your family.”

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Since Queensland Plastic Surgery opened its doors in 1994, followed by Chrysalis Medispa in the early 2000s, the team has seen over 60,000 patients.

Chrysalis Medispa Suite 1, 281-285 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale

“We have a broad reach through Queensland, especially in rural areas,” Dr Vucak says.

“If you’re having a major surgery it’s nice to be surrounded by family and friends. And if there’s a complication, which can happen with any surgery, we can sort it out where you live. You don’t have to be flying back and forth.” The practice has grown through word of mouth and the team’s reputation for low complications and exceptional client care. And with the surgical side of the practice well-supported by skin technicians, laser and dermal therapists though Chrysalis Medispa in Aitkenvale, a complete make-over is achievable. “We’re dedicated to ensuring patients achieve the outcomes they’re seeking,” Dr Vucak says. “Many are looking to have a breast reduction or, after having lost a significant amount of weight, a tummy tuck and thigh and arm reduction surgery. We’re here to listen to our patients, understand what they want and give them a result they’re happy with.”

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YOUR WHOLE HEALTH AT HEART Calanna is a name that’s become synonymous with holistic health care for many Townsville families. Balancing our total well-being is a daily struggle for most, which is why the trusted specialists at Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy’s four local stores have become a lifeline for accessible, on-call health advice. Pharmacist Manager Ella Jude said Calanna’s philosophy was to provide customers a mix of traditional pharmaceutical treatments, with expert dietary and natural health remedies to ensure they get well and stay well. “If our doors are open, we’ll be able to help and we’re open late seven days a week,” she stated. “Our team of pharmacists, practitioners and naturopaths offer a wide variety of specialist services and have first-rate knowledge of all the health products we stock, including health foods, natural skin and baby products and the largest range of practitioner vitamins in town, to list just a few.”

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacies Deeragun Coles Deeragun Village, Deeragun 4751 6286 Kirwan 36 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central 4773 4224 Aitkenvale 290 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4725 5244 Currajong 55 Keane Street, Currajong 4728 6544


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Proud to have been part of the Calanna Whole Health family now for five years, Ella said a dedication to ongoing professional development and use of innovative technology in training and service delivery

contributed to the success of this family-owned business. After deciding she wanted to become a pharmacist at age 14, Ella can’t think of a better place to have embarked upon her career in health and healing. “As a specialist in pharmacy, you should be armed with the knowledge to help anyone who comes through the door with a health concern and be able to give them the best advice and treatments possible,” Ella explained. “Our staff receive on-thespot training everyday via an interactive, voice-activated app, which we developed a few years ago in what is considered a global first. “It keeps us up to date with the latest advancements in conditions, medicines and supplements. Our job involves far more than just filling prescriptions, but that’s why I love it.” You can book a health appointment with one of Calanna’s pharmacists or natural health consultants online or by popping in to one of their four convenientlylocated stores.



CENTRE OF CARE Atop Leichhardt Street in the CBD, The Stanton Centre is a health hub for locals in need of specialist care.

One of the clinics that calls The Stanton Centre home is Townsville Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, with Dr John Maguire in the house. With a passion for sports and craving for knowledge, Dr Maguire became a specialist in the field of sports medicine after having to seek treatment for a university rugby injury. “Victor Popov, the physio at University of Queensland Rugby helped me through two years of injury when I tore both my ACLs,” he explained. “It was during this period I developed my interest in the field of sports medicine. Down the track, I was encouraged by my old sports medicine consultants in Sydney, Dr Merv Cross and Dr Ken Crichton, to become a surgeon in the field.” Now a specialist in advanced arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery for sports-related injuries, Dr Maguire tends to the needs of our beloved North Queensland Cowboys and has also gone on to obtain a Masters in Sports Medicine from the Australian Institute of Sport.

He said he loves working out of The Stanton Centre, surrounded by a plethora of medical specialists who offer a variety of services to the community. “The centre’s clinics encompass all phases of sports medicine and the treatment of injuries with Sports Clinic NQ, Dr Simone Page Family Medicine and Dr Jason McDarra, who’s also an orthopaedic surgeon,” Dr Maguire said. “It’s a one-stop-shop so to speak. Patients wanting to see one of the GPs who specialise in sports medicine need only ring up and book an appointment. They’ll be referred to a specialist if required. “If you want to see myself or Dr McDarra you just need to get a GP referral forwarded to our rooms and an appropriate appointment will then be made for you at a suitable time. And don’t forget to bring your imaging with you.” Townsville Orthopaedics & Sports Surgery Level 5, 31 Leichhardt Street, North Ward 4772 2100

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A LOCAL CONNECTION When Dale Ristovski started his Queensland-based medico-legal consultancy, he wouldn’t have believed the traction it would gain interstate.

Managing Director of Red Health, Dale Ristovski with the Management Team

Cathy Draper Red Health Townsville

After working in the industry for more than 20 years and being promoted through the ranks of Australia’s leading medico-legal providers in Sydney, Dale took a leap of faith and went out on his own. Now the Managing Director of Red Health, with a head office in Brisbane, regional base in Townsville and recently expanded services to other states throughout Australia, Dale and his dedicated team of 20 have forged a lifelong client base that is growing by the day. He humbly attributes his success to his dedicated staff who, he said, focus on the needs of their clients first and foremost. “Our focus is on providing an all-round quality service and building partnerships with our clients,” he stated.

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“We do whatever we can to provide them with access to independent medical examiners who offer honest opinions for them to move the case forward.” Red Health provides a wide-range of independent medical assessments which are facilitated by an elite referral

network of medical specialists and allied health professionals which continues to expand. For the past seven years, Red Health has been providing the region’s law firms, insurers, self-insured companies, workers compensation organisations, government agencies and private organisations with valuable, down-to-earth service at a competitive price. “Having our regional office in Townsville was an easy decision as we have a loyal client base here and strong working relationships with locally-based medical specialists and allied health professionals who do an amazing job for us,” Dale said. “I’m thrilled that Red Health has been able to afford the Townsville community a genuine, local option to connect them with the right specialist quickly and affordably. It just goes to show that if you truly care for your clients, you’ll reap the rewards of starting your own business.” You can contact Cathy Draper in the Townsville office via email:



HEART OF THE NORTH Although best known for his role as founding father of Loloma Jewellers, Graham Jackson is a man of many humble talents.

Philanthropist, professional pianist, accountant, registered jewellery valuer – just to name a few – Graham’s list of talents run as deep as the roots which secure his foothold as North Queensland’s jewel in the crown of retail. Now in its 59th year of operations as Townsville’s most successful locally-owned jeweller, Graham admits it’s hard to believe how it all began. “I’d been managing and had re-modelled a Murwillumbah jewellery store and when, two years after moving to Townsvillle as a new company CEO, I needed to buy my wife a birthday present and I could not believe the old-fashioned jewellery stores which existed in Townsville,” he recalled. “I couldn’t find the perfect present I wanted anywhere in Townsville so, I decided to open my own. I went on to become a qualified gemologist and diamond grader and the rest, as they say, is history!” Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2002 for his charitable services to the community and recognised in 2011 as a

‘Queensland Great’ for his lifetime achievements in the history and development of Queensland, Graham will certainly have no issues filling the pages of his memoirs. Now with two stores at the city’s most prominent shopping destinations, Loloma employs 18 specialist staff including in-house Design Manager, Angelo and topnotch watchmaker Greg; all holding Diamond Council of America Certificates. Graham considers their success a direct product of an ongoing commitment to customer service and attitude that ‘anything is possible’ in the world of jewellery making. “As a gift of love, most people want the piece they’re purchasing to have a personal touch and we’re able to make that happen for them,” he explained. “Angelo can give you inspiration or redesign an antique piece into something very modern. All Loloma staff are able to show you how to design your own ring in store on our Counter Sketch Computers. Make an appointment to see what can be created just for you.”

Loloma Jewellers CastleTown Corner Woolcock Street & Kings Road, Hyde Park 4772 6865 Stockland 310 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4775 4974

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SOLVING YOUR BUSINESS CASE The experts at BRI Ferrier boast the local knowledge necessary to tackle the economic challenges facing Townsville businesses. “We understand the many pressures that can push a business to its limits, however if we’re brought in early enough, we can assist in turning around a failing business to a business with a bright future,” BRI Principal Robert Humphreys explained. “Our business recovery and turnaround management services emphasise renewal and positive change, to help stressed business owners take stock, reassess, plan and rebuild.” Since joining the firm in 2002, Robert has become an insolvency expert with a deep understanding of the challenges and trends affecting North Queensland businesses.

Now a regional specialist renowned for providing recovery services to a wide range of industries throughout the region and backed by a national network of advisors with decades of accounting, auditing and valuation experience behind them, Robert said he’s able to find workable solutions for all of his clients. “My guidance is tailored for each client, whether it involves our services or not,” he stated. “There is a real sense of reward when someone seeks our advice in a time of difficulty and leaves with a plan for the future.” Your free initial consultation with Robert can be face-to-face, by telephone or email.

BRI Ferrier Townsville Level 1, 19 Stanley Street, Townsville 4755 3302


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TOP OF THEIR GAME A local firm with international nous; that’s what makes Jessups NQ Townsville’s accounting and auditing specialist. Paul Sapelli’s two great passions are finance and football. But alas, the English Premier League didn’t come knocking. “Unfortunately, my professional football career was cut short by the ilk of players like Ronaldo and Messi!” he laughed. “So, I focused my efforts on my next best talent; accounting.” Now manager of the Jessups NQ Audit and Assurance Division with over 20 years’ experience as a commercial and public accountant in Australia and in the UK, Paul has also worked within a ‘Big Four’ public accounting firm as well as in the roles of CFO and FC for several large private and listed companies. Bringing his wealth of experience to the Townsville region in 2008, Paul has been

able to provide a genuine, local alternative for Townsville businesses to get quality audits at a reasonable price. “My broad experience equips me with valuable skills in the areas of audit and assurance, financial reporting, company secretarial duties, board reporting, cash flow management and reporting, banking facility management, corporate governance and risk management,” Paul explained. “The modern audit specialist requires not only current technical knowledge of accounting and auditing standards, but also a strong commercial and business acumen to add value in varying and complex business environments.” Contact Paul via email to make an appointment today.

Jessups NQ Level 1, 19 Stanley Street, Townsville 4755 3330



CARING FOR YOUR MONEY The team at the Carey Group will leave no financial stone unturned when it comes to achieving your life goals.

Gavin Runde is passionate about his position as a Financial Adviser at this locally-owned, family-run business for this very reason. “It’s so easy to miss the boat when financial opportunities arise as everyone’s already so busy running their businesses or just getting through day-today life; they often don’t have time to stop and see the big picture,” he explained. “It’s my job to watch the financial weather so to speak and set you on the right course, instead of just rocking side to side and going nowhere. I work closely with clients to chart their own path based on sound financial guidance to make sure the best decisions are made with their money.”

Carey Financial Level 3, 370 Flinders Street, Townsville 4760 5900

in November last year for their contemporary outlook and traditional client-facing service. He revealed that it’s basic practice for him and his team to work in conjunction with the Carey Group’s accountants to wholly help clients plan for their futures with the best advice possible. “We pride ourselves on being a holistic financial planning practice with direct access to a group of business experts who are able to help clients get a structure in place for what it is they want to achieve,” Gavin said.

Since 1951, the Carey family have been helping North Queenslanders settle into their ultimate lifestyle, whether it’s realising their dream of buying a house, funding the kids’ education or just saving madly for an intrepid retirement.

“Knowing how quickly priorities can change in life, we forge ongoing relationships with our clients to make sure they’re finding that balance with their lifestyle choices and their money. It’s not about becoming the richest person in town; we just help make peoples’ lives easier. If they’re happy, that’s what we consider a successful outcome.”

With more than 13 years of industry experience, Gavin was excited to join the team

Contact Gavin for an obligation free appointment to discuss achieving your financial goals.

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Townsville is well placed in the push for philanthropic support to fund a number of environmental projects in the region. That was the word from Hayley Morris, Executive Director of the Morris Family Foundation, part of the Morris Group which owns The Ville Resort-Casino, when she was in town meeting with locals at a business roundtable last month. Leading the discussion was Amanda Cahill; director of Brisbane-based organisation, The Next Economy, which works with regional areas to map out where their opportunities lie in regard to reducing carbon emissions in their businesses and beyond. Hayley said they were impressed with what came out of the roundtable and are now looking forward to phase two of their investment adventures. “A lot of the potential investors are Melbourne and Sydney based so it’s about bringing them up here to give them a context of what’s happening in the region, particularly out on the Reef,” she explained. “We’ll host them one night here in Townsville and two over at Orpheus Island Lodge. It’s called a ‘Deep Dive’, so we can deep dive into the issues and also go for a dive on the Reef, along with some marine scientists and sector-based experts to be able to give them the big picture.”

While the Morris Family Foundation is looking to extend its philanthropic arm up here in the north, Amanda was excited to see what was already happening in the region in terms of ideas for projects. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity here and I think people were really surprised once we started mapping out what’s going on, particularly in the renewable energy space, what projects are actually happening,” she said. “There’s already a lot of government funding but we want to identify where there’s room for private investment and philanthropy as well, to support smaller scale initiatives and help things move to the next level.” Although Melbourne-based, Hayley has a vested interest here in the north. Not just with her family’s consortium, but with a couple of the projects run by her own foundation which support holistic research on the Great Barrier Reef. She said they’ve already invested in multiple projects which focus on areas impacting the health of this extensive ecosystem. “I see them all as one project, where there have been lots of little projects but all working towards the same hopeful outcome,” she explained.

“There are so many touch points. The issue on the Reef is a reflection of the activities we’re carrying out on land so to look at projects in isolation isn’t the solution. It’s not enough just to have research into crownof-thorns eradication, it’s also about what we’re doing on land. It’s so important in terms of information that leads to management techniques and not just awareness that this is actually happening.” The Morris Family Foundation gives away $2 – $2.5 million a year and so far, about $1.5 million has been provided to our region in support of several environmental projects, with a number of education programs in the planning stages. Hayley said she’d love to see Townsville become a hub for eco and ‘edu-toursim’. “I’ve now learnt this is actually a word,” she laughed. “But seriously, I think Townsville is being totally undervalued for its natural assets and natural beauty at the moment. I think there’s a lot more to offer here. Tourism brings people, it brings confidence and it has so many flow on benefits to the community.”



Townsville is well placed in the push for philanthropic support to fund a number of environmental projects in the region.


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The push for gender equality has never been as strong as it is now.


While we can see where we’ve come in terms of women who make up the workforce in historically male-dominated professions, local lawyer Kerri Patterson acknowledges we still have a long way to go. “There are still real challenges for women wanting a long, successful career in law but at least you don’t need to start your career these days standing by a photocopier or worrying about getting your boss’s coffee order right,” Kerri reflected. “Women lawyers are starting to pave their own way and stop trying to convince everyone they can ‘do it all’, in an attempt to climb the corporate ladder. Instead, they’re just going out and doing it on their own terms; becoming barristers, working for themselves or opening their own firms.” Which is precisely what Kerri did. After completing her law

degree at James Cook University, she began her career at a general law practice in the Burdekin, where she decided to further her career in criminal and family law. Now the Founding Director of her own law firm, O’Connor Patterson Smith Lawyers, Kerri has no qualms in admitting that she toed the gender line tentatively for many years as a young woman in a man’s world; even going so far as to take off her engagement ring before going into an interview on one occasion. “I have so many cringe-worthy memories of being asked where I saw myself professionally and personally in 10 years,” she recalled. “I would always be careful to not to include any reference to marriage or children because women needing to take time off for family is considered rather inconvenient! But, now I can

answer that question without such fear. In 10 years, I’ll still be here in Townsville, growing my firm, spending plenty of time with my two boys (who will almost be 12 by then) and mentoring a new generation of law students who hopefully won’t feel like they need to take their rings off before they go into a job interview!”


Level 1, 150 Walker Street, Townsville 07 4426 1000

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How are things tracking one year after the historic City Deal was launched in Townsville?

On December 9, 2016, history was made not just for Townsville, but for Australia. This date marked the official signing of the landmark City Deal between Townsville and State and Federal Governments – the first of its kind in Australia. So what makes this agreement so significant? This deal provides a roadmap for a strong future for our region, setting a framework to deliver transformative outcomes for Townsville North Queensland. By fast-tracking a number of vital projects identified in the agreement, Townsville can secure a prosperous future as an ideal place to live, work, study, visit, and invest in. When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill met in Canberra in 2016 to sign a deal that focuses on developing and strengthening Townsville’s economy over 15 years, they made a substantial commitment to our region. The agreement is structured around six key initiatives, comprising of 16 commitments and nine future opportunities to stimulate job creation, grow our economy, invest in local infrastructure, revitalise our CBD, and create a reputation for Townsville as a vibrant and liveable city. The overarching vision of the City Deal is that by actioning these 16 key commitments, Townsville will become the economic gateway to Asia and Northern Australia, a prosperous and lifestyle rich city for its


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community and visitors, and a global leader in tropical and marine research and innovation. It sounds ambitious, but that’s exactly what we need from our Governments – ambition, determination, and passion (and a little bit of confidence) to see Townsville grow and become the city we all know it has the potential to become. A key component of the City Deal is that all three tiers of Government (Local, State and Federal) work together to ensure the initiatives are delivered, or well on their way to being realised, by 2030. This factor is critical. Our community must keep Governments accountable and ensure this agreement is the ‘real deal’. One year after the historic City Deal was put into action for Townsville, we have seen several major projects prioritised in our region. The new North Queensland Stadium is materialising before our very eyes, well on track to be completed in time to kick-off the Cowboys 2020 season. Not only was this project identified in the City Deal as a catalyst for our CBD’s revitalisation, but critical to support jobs growth in our community and skills development across several local industries. The project has so far employed more than 2,000 people and awarded more than 90% of work packages to local businesses. Further work packages will be available throughout the year, with local employment opportunities remaining a key element of the project.



Since the City Deal’s inception, the region has also welcomed $225 million towards the Haughton Duplication Water Pipeline. This announcement followed the establishment of the Townsville Water Security Taskforce and their interim report identifying short, medium and long-term recommendations for Townsville’s water security. To date, the City Deal has also generated hundreds of new jobs through local renewable energy projects in the region and the opening of the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), which is headquartered in Hermit Park. The CRCNA was established to strengthen the role of northern cities and regions as global leaders in agriculture, food and tropical health and gateways to the Asian economy. This corporation has $75M of Commonwealth funds in the kitty to invest over the next ten years to support industry-led research collaborations to develop new technologies, products and services in Northern Australian regions, like Townsville North Queensland.

But we must keep this momentum going. Projects like the Port’s Channel Widening will boost local job opportunities and grow trade, investment and tourism by catering for larger carrier and cruise ships. A new Exhibition and Entertainment Centre must also be prioritised to continue strengthening Townsville’s attraction as a major events destination, capable of hosting large scale entertainment and sporting events, meetings, conferences and conventions. All three levels of Government have prioritised water and energy infrastructure in the Townsville City Deal, but it is now critical in upcoming budgets to continue backing those words with decisive action on a number of critical projects. Whilst the economic indicators are improving for our region, right now we still have 11,000 people out of a job. The focus is to get these people into work. Just like we did with the new Stadium, we as a region and community must continue knocking on Governments’ doors for funding commitments towards job generating projects. These projects will not only create a raft of employment opportunities for locals, but will provide dividends to our region for generations.

To view Townsville Enterprise’s State and Federal Government Budget Submissions visit

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NOTHING CLOSER TO HOME THAN A FAMILY BUSINESS What do you need to create a successful family partnership?


Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

One of the first questions to ask yourself when going into business with a family member is whether, if you weren’t related, you would honestly go into business with that person? Same family does not mean same mindset, nor that you will automatically be well-matched to be in business. Trust your instinct. Any gut-feel negativity needs to be addressed. We all know certain personality types are destined to not get along, so are you 100 per cent certain that this person is someone you get along with and respect? More importantly, will they respect you and your opinions? In my experience as


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an accountant, the greatest cause of disagreement in family businesses is miscommunication, often bred from ignorance. Like any relationship, your business relationship must be built on good communication and trust. This involves being open to discussion about all topics, even the difficult ones. It also involves being honest while remaining respectful towards differing opinions. Both parties need to reassure each other and look out for one another as much as they do for themselves. Treat your family business partner as you would an independent person. Hold formal meetings, have open business finances so all parties can see how the business is tracking, and discuss goals and plans without independently acting or doing things alone that can affect the business. In agreement matters, both must be certain that the decision at the time was right. It’s no good agreeing that you understand, only for your partner to find out you didn’t have a complete understanding at the time a major decision was made.

Be sure to understand the entity structure and what needs to be done at every level. Likewise, respecting the professionals who give you advice is crucial. That doesn’t mean you must do everything they say, but giving them due respect and listening is not only courteous but commercially sensible. Discussing their recommendations with your business partner before dismissing them out of hand is vital to smart commerce and a solid business partnership. Each person has their own traits and skills to contribute, whether they be technical, financial or operational. To maintain a level of equilibrium, each partner must put in their fair share of value to the business, or resentment will build and cause issues. Where there are voids in areas of need, consider employing a third party to cover this. Discuss a Partnership or Director’s Agreement. This sets the understanding, expectations and ‘rules’ for what will happen in the business while it operates and, just as crucially, what happens if it isn’t working and

you’re looking to wind up the business. After all, ‘business is business’ but family should always remain family, without silly disputes and ignorance becoming an issue. Along with the agreement, you will need to work out things such as who controls the bank accounts and who is responsible for maintaining the business administration in a fair and equitable way. Successful family partnerships survive if a certain level of decorum is sustained, particularly when emotions and stress levels are high. This is why running a business with the most suitable partner is essential to your continuing success. And why partnering with the wrong person can often be a recipe for disaster.

The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect of the information provided and accordingly Northern Tax & Financial Services Pty Ltd employees or agents shall not be liable on any ground whatsoever with respect to decisions or actions taken as a result of you acting upon such information.



There really aren’t too many secrets to living a better life. If you want to be healthy, eat well and be active. If you want to be wealthy, earn more and spend less (wastefully). If you want change, change.

Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

It is not by mistake that people are successful. No matter how you define success, whatever it looks like to you, the people that you admire did not get to where they are by accident. So how do they (the successful ones) do it? Planning, Patience, Perseverance and Planning. Oh, did I mention planning? It is five months into 2018. It is the second last month of the financial year for 2017/18. Time is flying (well it isn’t really but it feels like it). It is time to draw a line in the sand. A time to make a change. That is why in May 2018, it is Go Time.

If you own a business, here are the steps you need to be taking to prepare yourself for a bigger, better year ahead:

an opportunity to make some kind of tax suitable ‘lemonade’ from those lemons you’ve been dealing with.

how you can help their business. The point being, if you can do more for the business, they might do more for you ($$$).

Step 1. Prepare Get your accounts in order. You need to be able to prepare an accurate Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet.

If you are an employee here are some options you can take to set yourself up:

Option 4. If Option 3 is a bust, jump online and see what jobs are available. Complaining about your job isn’t going to make your job any more bearable. If you know what you are potentially missing out on, it might spur you to take action right?

Step 2. Review Sit down and review the results. How much revenue are you creating? How much are you spending? What are you earning? Step 3. Plan What decisions do you need to make, what actions do you need to undertake NOW to fire up your business? Write these down. Step 4. Do IT! Don’t leave it for another day. Take action and make change. Tip: There is time for your accountant/advisors to make meaningful adjustments and recommendations before 30 June. If you’re having a great year you might be able to reduce your taxes with some timely, intelligent purchases/ investments. If you’re having an awful year there might be

Option 1. Prepare for your tax return now. The quicker you get your return in the quicker you get your (hopefully) refund. Organise your receipts, bills and bank statements. Talk to your accountant if you have some spare funds too – there might be some awesome advantages available to you. Option 2. Review your payslip. How much have you made this financial year? Does that excite or depress you? You can do something about that you know! It is also worth checking out your super too. The smarter you are with your superannuation now, the better your balance will look in years to come. Tip: The more you earn, the more Super you generate! Option 3. Talk to your boss. Let them know you want to know

Finally, ask yourself what you really want to do. Money can’t buy satisfaction or a healthy mind. Sit and design your ideal life; relationships, job, health, money. At the same time write down what actions you need to take to realise these ideals. Create budgets, set a meal plan, use a shopping list, develop an exercise plan. Remember it isn’t going to magically happen. Planning, patience, perseverance and planning. It’s go time. The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned.


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This is a sensational combination of nutty, chewy brown rice and toothsome wild rice – the wild card in this pilaf. (It’s neither a rice or wild – it’s a native grass.) Choose several mushroom varieties to intensify the flavour: brown mushrooms for dense texture and robust flavour; delicate buttons; slightly spongy shiitake with their distinct aroma; or shell-shaped succulent oyster mushrooms.

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 small onion, very finely chopped 1 small carrot, scraped and finely chopped 1 small celery stalk, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3 cups (270 g) sliced mushrooms 1 cup (200 g) brown rice 1 cup (190 g) wild rice 4 cups (1 litre) chicken or vegetable stock sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper 2 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley ½ cup (80 g) coarsely chopped raw almonds

METHOD Heat the oil and butter in a large sturdy pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic, and gently cook for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften. Add the mushrooms, increase the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Rinse both types of rice, drain well and add to the pot. Stir until the grains are well coated in oil. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to as low as possible. Put the lid on (if it does not fit tightly, cover the pan with foil and then ram the lid on) and cook for 50 minutes. (Don’t be tempted to lift the lid during this time.) Remove the pan from the heat and take off the lid. Check the rice – it should be al dente. If not, replace the lid and cook for a further 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add the lemon zest and juice. Replace the lid, remove from the heat and leave the rice to rest for 10 minutes. To serve, add the parsley and almonds and fluff the rice through with a fork.

Images and recipe from The Good Carbs Cookbook by Alan Barclay, Phillippa Sandall & Kate McGhie Murdoch Books RRP $39.99

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The Pavilion The Ville Resort-Casino Photography: Tammy Schuh Photography Around 200 VIPs attended this event held by the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Attendees included The Honourable Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, and local councillors, politicians and elders.

1. Melanie Shottenkirk, Lieutenant Colonel Grant Shottenkirk 2. Alicia Dametto, Stephen Beckett 3. Paul Warren, Evelyn Edwards, Phillip Thompson 4. Robyn and Ken Mulligan 5. Cathy Day, Cr Lyn McLaughlin, Jacqui Francis 6. Jenny and Carl Wyles, Rachel Atkinson 7. Brigadier Scott Winter, Graham Jackson 8. Wing Commander Phillip Godfrey, Cathy O’Toole MP, Dennis O’Toole 9. Benjamin Mulcahy, The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP 10. Michelle Morton, Pam Griffiths


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Jezzine Barracks Photography: Nic Lincoln


Festival 2018 went out with a bang as crowds gathered to watch the Beating the Retreat Ceremony from the 3rd Brigade as a tribute to Townsville’s military history. Soldiers marched on to the field and fired their rifles three times to mark the end of 12 days of festival fun, which attracted close to 100,000 people.


1. William, Kate and Lucy Sargent 2. Adam, Taneth and James Vale 3. Donald Cull, Emily Zarza, Carly Irwin 4. Valerie Gilmore, Sandra Johnston, Adrianne Belchamber 5. Essie Mazoradze, Nicholas Mazoradze, Letwin Dune 6. Vicki Fowler, Wendy Delaney, Karen Rovacesk 7. Bree and Tilly Woods 8. Andre Alfred, Richard Juszcyk 9. Trish and Jeff Blunt 10. Tianni Wright, Zoe Davis

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This month meet some of our favourite food and coffee truck operators.



Suburb: Idalia AKA: Sal/VJ I’m renowned for: Feeding people. Only a local would know… There are 416 stairs on the last part of the Goat Track. I recently completed a 30 day Hill Challenge. My most memorable holiday was… my recent one to Japan with my boyfriend, Brian. We snowboarded in Hakuba and went sightseeing in Tokyo. My favourite day is: Saturday. I love getting up early and going for a run with my running group and then going to Jam for brekky. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My Mum for her grace, business smarts and kindness towards others. My Grandma, Nigella Lawson, Sarah Wilson, Turia Pitt and lastly my Dad – the strongest person I know. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… about 10 years ago, I was travelling back from Magnetic Island when the Skipper came out on the deck and asked, “You have a boat licence don’t you?” I replied, “Yes.” He asked me to take the helm for a minute, gave me some brief instructions then disappeared. When he returned, another deck hand came up wondering what was going on as everyone was rocking all over the place downstairs. The Skipper thanked me and I went back out to the deck, quite bewildered, thinking, what the hell just happened?! Very funny and surreal experience! Someone famous I met was: Mick Fanning while waiting for a table in Tokyo. He’d just been snowboarding in Hakuba too. I said “You wouldn’t be any good at that board riding stuff would you, transferring your weight from back to front?!” He laughed and said, “No, not at all”. My motto is: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Suburb: Hyde Park AKA: Karen I’m renowned for: Enjoying cheerful banter with friends and for catching a fly with chopsticks – while it was airborne! Only a local would know… best dumplings in town are from Sun’s Dumplings. They make everything from scratch! My most memorable holiday was… exploring Ankor Wat with my two lovely children (4 and 2.5). Watching their excitement as they explored the ancient city and interacted with the locals was an amazing journey. Right now I wish I was… in Darwin, visiting a very good friend and her family. Her kids and mine are best friends since a few weeks old. My favourite day is: Holiday! Yay! Travel, eat, explore, feel and see different cultures and places. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My Dad. He showed me the importance of being my best, believing in myself and taking chances. He gave me the confidence to return to Australia seeking a career change after years working a wonderful job at a six star hotel in Hong Kong. Since that change I’ve studied some more and lived all over the country, settling in North Queensland and starting Brahman Coffee with a good friend. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… when the coffee truck arrived I realised I didn’t know how to drive it (I didn’t have a motorbike licence, I never dreamt of getting a motorbike!) so I had to pay a driving instructor to come around and teach me so then I could drive it. Someone famous I met was: Mickey and Minnie Mouse. My motto is: Pay it forward.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Anything Keith Urban SHOP Any interesting food store EAT Spaghetti Bolognaise or Steak with Seafood DRINK Red wine

MY FAVOURITE SONG Right Said Fred by Bernard Cribbens (1960’s) SHOP TK Maxx EAT Chinese DRINK Water and coffee



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



Suburb: Black River AKA: Kel I’m renowned for: My inability to stop talking! Only a local would know… how gorgeous Townsville is when it rains. My most memorable holiday was… the first year we went to Oak Park Races 10 years ago and did nothing but eat, drink and were merry. Right now I wish I was… with my family on a 12 month trip around Australia. My favourite day is: Sunday – because it’s market and family day. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My parents. They love me unconditionally and support me in every thing I do. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… we had a flat tyre and had to change it. Our boot was full of stuff and we had to empty it out to get to the spare. A security guard came to speak to us because he thought we were squatters. Someone famous I met was: Matty Bowen. I met him at a Cowboys Fan Day. My motto is: This year I’m trying to live by this; When choosing between being right or kind, choose kind.

Suburb: Kalynda Chase AKA: Mel, Mummy I’m renowned for: being honest, caring, loyal and respectful. Only a local would know… that Miss Macie can be transformed from a Pop Up Café to Pop Up Bar for weddings and celebrations. My most memorable holiday was… so many lovely memories from all of our holidays from Magnetic Island to overseas. I really love Japan. Right now I wish I was… right where I am… I am really happy and content. My favourite day is: Saturday. The day we get to have a sleep in and hang out as a family. The biggest influence in my life was/is: Growing up, my Mum. She raised me from a young age on her own. She worked three jobs to support us. She instilled in me hard work and integrity and I can never thank her enough for the sacrifices she made. On a daily basis, my husband Dave and daughter Macie. Dave has a strong work ethic and is so supportive of myself and the business, I really admire him for this and his wonderful qualities, I am one lucky girl! And my daughter Macie who is full of life and character, she’s constantly making me laugh with her quirkiness! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… Skiing in Japan my daughter went flying past me, I’m yelling to slow down and she slams into another skier. I ski over to help and fall over too! Thankfully the snow is like powder, so no one was hurt, although my pride was a little bruised! We laugh about it now! Someone famous I met was: My Grandad played soccer for Australia and NSW and cricket for NSW. My motto is: We only live once.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Wasn’t Expecting That by Jamie Lawson SHOP Typo EAT Spaghetti Bolognaise DRINK Iced tea

MY FAVOURITE SONG Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran (our wedding song) SHOP Miss Macie’s Café and Milou Dress House EAT Roast Dinner DRINK Coffee and Pimms



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Award-winning hair stylist Harriett Tan, Director Of Colour It & Man It shares some of her favourite designers, possessions and things she most desires. I am the Director of the Colour It & Man It salon in Castletown and I have been living in Townsville now for just over 10 years. My parents sent me to Australia from Malaysia to finish my study at JCU, where I completed a bachelor degree of business in marketing. Hairdressing and barbering is not a job to me, it is my passion and I hope my passion will motivate my team. My favourite destination: I would love to go to Amsterdam. I am a huge fan of G star, and I would like to check out the factory there. It will be exciting for me to explore their culture and try their famous delicious Dutch food. The drink I love: I love to start my day with a dark chocolate mocha. It’s relaxing and the caffeine helps to wake me up in the morning while the chocolate gives me some inspiration. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is… Jos van Tilburg. Jos van Tilburg is the founder of G Star and I just love that he always brings something original with his signature style. Shoes I’d love to own or admire: Palladium because they manufacture aircraft tyres to support the needs of the growing aviation industry. I like this as it’s innovative and ecofriendly.


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Treasured possession: I have a vintage hair clipper. I treasure this as it shows off my style with the old school traditional ways of cutting but now with a new modern twist. A music genre and/or artist I love: Hard to say. I like a little bit of everything, but I do love Ed Sheeran. A book or movie that affected me is… my mother gave me the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad to read. It really changed my perspective on how the world revolves around money. It has opened my eyes to so many things... the way I think. A car that suits my style (or I wish I owned): BMW Z4. I love something sporty and fast. If I wore a hat… it would be a cap as I’m always wearing one while I exercise to keep my hair out of my eyes. The lingerie label I love is… I can’t get enough of the Peter Alexander PJs. My favourite perfume is: Shiseido Zen perfume. I love Zen because it is immediately calming with its sweet and cool scent. It’s heavenly to the nose and a little goes a long way, purely delightful.


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GUEST WINEMAKER JOSH PFEIFFER Voted one of the Dark Horses in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016 & Top 50 Young Guns of Wine for 2016 as well as taking out the People’s Choice vote in each city around Australia for Game of Rhones in 2017, both Josh Pfeiffer & Whistler have fast become one of the winemakers & brands to watch in the Barossa. Josh’s “Next Gen” range of wines is all about fun & drinkability.

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