DUO Magazine November - December 2018

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Townsville + Region | Issue 150 | November + December 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

150th Collector’s Edition


Tony Ireland Holden

52 Duckworth Street, Townsville T 07 4726 7777 www.tonyirelandholden.com.au

Ireland | Tony Holden


Now Selling At Hillside Gardens 9-17 Thorn Street Mount Louisa Hillside living at its best A modern residential estate, Hillside Gardens is located at the foothills of Mount Louisa close to schools and shopping and just 13 minutes to the Hospital, Lavarack Barracks and James Cook University.

HOUSE & LAND PACKAGES AVAILABLE from some of Townsville’s most popular builders

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At nearly 50% sold the time to act is now!

With houses under construction and new home sites selling fast from just $157,500, Hillside Gardens offers the perfect central location to create your new life. Visit Hillside Gardens and you’ll be impressed. Take Greenview Drive, turn right at the roundabout into Thorn Street and follow the signs.

Join us on Facebook and hillsidegardenstownsville.com.au For current lots and prices please call Nicky Faulks Ray White Kirwan on 0403 023 663





Duo Magazine Bi-Annual Wedding Portfolio

62 MARKETING FEATURES Inspirational Women In Business 34 Mary Anne Chappel Chappel Accounting

36 Kimberley Nagle Palms Veterinary Group

38 Karissa Chase Renegade Handmade

39 Karen Quagliata Accounting & Super

40 Kylie Davis Tri-Star Media

41 Amanda Pickers Coutts Redington

Leaders In Education 76 Learning Partnerships 77 Northern Beaches State High School 78 St Patrick’s College Townsville 79 Townsville Grammar School

84 S hannon and Nick Malone 91 Caitlin and Jaiden Hubert 94 Quayside Terminal 95 P eppers Blue on Blue Resort 96 K rystal and Mary McCarthy 98 Brothers Leagues Club 100 Andii Mihay Events 102 Anna and Ben Griffiths 104 The Banquet Centre 106 New trend alert! Ladies’ jumpsuits meet wedding jumpsuits


10 Publisher’s Welcome 21 Horoscope November 23 Horoscope December 24 What’s Going On 28 Where Are they Now? Sami Heit, Jessica Bailey, Richard Donnelly, Nicole Erkkila

112 Five Minutes With Our CastleTown friends 114 Some Things I Love Madeline Jacoby




12 Kitty Flanagan: Smashing 14 Bridgewater Restaurant and Bridge Bar 16 Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club’s 90th Celebrations 17 Strictly Ballroom

FEATURE STORIES 13 Profile Grant Collins


56 WOMAN Resort 19 – AJE 60 My Bag – Emma Mooney 64 Style News


67 Health News 68 Desmond Ong Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Hearing the Sounds of Success

70 Grant Collins

26 Profile Harriett Tan

71 Lydia Rigano

Salon Duo Creates Style Powerhouse

30 Interview Menik Gooneratne 62 Interview MIMCO Ethical Fashion Initiative


42 Cruise into Christmas 44 Explore Auckland Top 5 Things to Do

46 Introducing Magnetic Island Ferries


48 Open Home L-house 52 Home Discoveries 54 Paper not Plastic

Clarity Hearing + Balance Fulham Consulting

72 Kirsten Bulgarelli Pure Core Nourishment


75 Townsville Hospital Foundation Making A Difference, Locally.


81 Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

82 Warwick Powell Regional Provenance Value


108 Recipe Char Siu Pork Cutlets With Special Fried Rice & Lap Cheong

110 Recipe Soup Dumplings 8

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OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW... Well this is the one we were always working towards! Issue number 150. That’s every month for the last 150 months we’ve brought out a pretty snappy free publication that we’re very proud of and appreciate that you like it too. We believe in that time we’ve had a positive influence on our city and region and shown that Townsville is a dynamic city with a lifestyle and community that’s worth celebrating. Getting to 150 helped us to draw a line in our history for our small team. We’re taking the opportunity to refresh, re-evaluate and reach out to the north and south. We’ve come a long way together and we’re very excited about where we’re heading to next. We’ve listened to you, our readers and advertisers, and our response is to expand DUO north to Cairns and Port Douglas and south to Mackay and The Whitsundays with a new enthusiasm and a new direction. DUO is getting bigger, not just in our distribution but in physical size as well. Don’t worry. It will still be a great size to fit into your handbag! Another fresh change is we’ll be publishing DUO every second month instead of monthly. This is a big, bold and exciting step and one that DUO’s team has spent much time planning to ensure it is done right - the DUO way. I hope you’ll enjoy our 150th Collector’s Issue and look out for our launch issue in January. Have a great festive season! Scott Morrison DUO Magazine Publisher

THE DUO MAGAZINE TEAM PUBLISHER Scott Morrison EDITORIAL Stacey Morrison PRODUCTION Joan Fanning FOR ALL ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Odette Turner 0437 733 128 FOR ALL EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES editor@duomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Kylie Davis, Lori Napier, Emily Devon PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS Josephine Carter, Matthew Gianoulis, Nic Lincoln, Cathy Friel TELEPHONE 07 4771 2933 READ DUO ONLINE AT www.duomagazine.com.au DUO Magazine is published monthly by Intrepid (NQ) Pty Ltd ACN 107 308 538 113 Boundary Street Townsville PO Box 1928 Townsville Qld 4810 Telephone 07 4771 2933 Email duo@duomagazine.com.au COPYRIGHT Contents of DUO Magazine are subject to copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, the publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences including any loss or damage arising from reliance on information in this publication. Expressed or implied authors’ and advertisers’ opinions are not necessarily those of the editor and/or publisher.

All of us at DUO Magazine are proud to support our local community with sponsorship and editorial contributions whenever we can. It’s our privilege to be able to give back to our community by helping to promote the positive development of our city. DUO Magazine is proud to be a Major Sponsor of the Townsville Hospital Foundation


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KITTY FLANAGAN: SMASHING Townsville Civic Theatre Hunter Hoodcamp Photography


Australian renowned comedian, writer and actor Kitty Flanagan captivated the audience in her latest show ‘Smashing.’ She suggested the kids should be left at home for this one as she delved into love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything was ‘smashed.’


1. Megan and Helen Herring 2. Kim and Jamie Price 3. Di Popham, Anita Cook, Marcy Holdsworth 4. Georgia Mullins, Megan Watson 5. Trish George, Jo Tawse 6. Lori and Tahlicia Maloney 7. Sam and Brooke Barbayallo 8. Larissa Moule, Merryl Barringhaus 9. Tanya Bailey, Beck Gilbert, Cherie Gode 10. Kath Laspina, Meghan Fitzpatrick








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It can only be described as a shocking epiphany about patient care that lead Grant Collins to create what has now become Queensland’s largest independent audiology practice ten years ago.


traight out of university it quickly dawned on Grant that a large part of the audiology industry was focused heavily on selling hearing aids — not treating an individual’s hearing loss. What should be a medical, evidence-focused practice had turned into a retail sales industry with practices such as sales targets and sales commissions offered to practitioners. Grant is a country boy, through and through so when he saw an opportunity to establish his own clinic in Townville he jumped at the chance. He and his partner Sara opened up the first Clarity clinic in Hermit Park in 2008. The vision was always of a small, boutique practice that catered to the patient’s true needs… not what was needed to meet a sales target. A practice that Grant and Sara could run while giving them time for family and enjoying life in Townsville. It wasn’t to be. Word of mouth saw the practice boom and within three years new, permanent clinics had been established in Mackay and Brisbane. Outreach clinics had grown with Grant adamant that rural and remote locations receive the same expertise that metropolitan and regional centres got. Ten years on and Clarity now boasts over 30 sites throughout the state with four new sites opening in the last twelve months alone. Grant and his team continue to focus on delivering honest, reliable advice that focuses on treating hearing health… not just selling hearing aids. Grant has managed to stay on top of the latest in hearing solutions being one of the first audiologists in Queensland to fit the Lyric hearing aid when it first arrived on the scene. He is also one of the most prolific providers of cochlear implants delivering implant services to all Clarity’s sites, including rural and remote locations. The industry landscape is also changing with more focus from authorities on industry practices. Grant has presented at several government inquiries and continues to lobby for regulation of the industry. Recent reports from both the Australian Government and the ACCC have shone a spotlight on the devious practices carried out by some providers — including some of the biggest names in Australian hearing health. But it hasn’t just been a business Grant and Sara have been building. With Grant’s rural background his aim has always been to help build capacity within communities to do more with what they have.

Clarity has now partnered with Legacy Townsville to provide hearing health education to Legacy’s membership throughout North Queensland. Clarity has also partnered with Better Hearing Australia to roll out the first hearing aid bank program reaching out into rural and regional Queensland. This means people without the means to buy hearing aids have a more cost effective option to access hearing loss assistance. Ten years on and the little family business has turned into a true Queensland success story to be proud of. Who knows what’s around the corner? CONNECT NOW www.clarityhearingsolutions.com.au

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Bridgewater Restaurant and Bridge Bar Hunter Hoodcamp Photography


Invited guests experienced a scrumptious dinner at the pre-opening of Townsville’s newest restaurant. The menu is diverse, modern and focus is on flavour. 1. Merle Abercrombie, Di Laneyrie, Hellen Merrin 2. Tressa Reddie, Tracey Rossato 3. Matt Merrin and team 4. Harrison Slogrove, Olivia Slogrove 5. Michael and Carmel Fellows 6. Alan and Andrea Boles 7. Stephen and Rachael Corbett 8. Andrea Boles, Keith Abercrombie, Alan Boles 9. Anthony and Bridie Florence 10. Michael and Charmaine Baudry


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THE BRIDGE BAR TOWNSVILLE’S NEW BAR. AT BRIDGEWATER 2/2 Dibbs Street Townsville 4420 4000 bridgewaterq.com.au



ARCADIAN SURF LIFESAVING CLUB’S 90TH CELEBRATIONS Alma Bay, Magnetic Island Jayson Wyatt Photography An evening of celebration to acknowledge the past, present and future of the Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club.

1 1. Emily De Rooy, Zoe Breitkreutz (Arcadian Summer Surf Program Ambassador), Jessica Roberts 2. Paul and Glenda Demopoulos 3. Lisa Pearce, Glenda Demopoulos, Rachael Wingham 4. Kath and Paul Smith 5. Dave and Helen Mowatt 6. Zoe Breitkreutz, John Roth 7. Sonia and Alan Patterson 8. Zoe Breitkreutz, Jayson Wyatt 9. Ryan Wingham, Maxwell Cooke, Louka Demopoulos 10. Greg and Victoria Tonner

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STRICTLY BALLROOM Townsville Civic Theatre Hunter Hoodcamp Photography Adapted from the prestigious Baz Luhrmann film Strictly Ballroom, comes the musical presented by the North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre. Combining the story’s heart, comedy and drama with white-hot dances, eye-popping costuming and classic chart hits, the NQOMT production entertained from start to finish.



3 1. Dillon Navin, Allison Navarro, Jack Navin 2. Amanda McInnes, Theresa Munning 3. Emily Thompson, Arielle Scott, Amanda Scott 4. Emily Butson, Kiara Dunbar-Reid 5. Macia and Mike Morgan 6. ClaudiaRose, McClintock, Claire Potter, Liam Brockhurst 7. Brent Lammas, Sally Jupp 8. Michael Murray, Jane Andreassen 9. Dillon Navin, Kurt Luttenberger, Jack Navin 10. Stacey McCallum, Kristy Jones


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CANDID - TAFE EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBITION CHROMA THE JIM COBB GIFT Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun: 10am - 2pm

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun: 10am - 2pm



In 2018, this annual exhibition is a dual exhibition of graduates of University of Canberra Bachelor of Visual Arts studying at TAFE with students of the Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate III in Visual Arts.

Known as the Chroma Collection – this exhibition includes works by some of Australia’s most celebrated modern and contemporary artists. An Orange Regional Gallery touring exhibition. With support from The Gordon Darling Foundation. Image: Euan Macleod Jim Cobb at factory [detail] 1998, Oil on canvas,124.4 x 100.2 cm


22 & 26 NOVEMBER





CityLibraries Thuringowa Central, 9am - 2:30pm

CityLibraries Flinders Street, 9.30 – 11.30am



Bring the whole family and celebrate CityLibraries’ 80th Birthday!! There will be a Birthday Messy Play in Dan Gleeson Park, Ochre & Beading workshops, poetry, Pokemon & LEGO Club, an afternoon Storytime and the grand opening of the Library of Things collection.

Christmas is coming! Join craft lovers and celebrate the festive season. You bring the creativity and we’ll provide the inspiration and supplies.



LIVE SIMULCAST - DON QIXOTE Townsville Civic Theatre, 7pm



Townsville Civic Theatre, 10:30am & 1:30pm

Presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Townsville City Council Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company *Live Simulcast from the Lyric Theatre - QPAC* Performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

BOOK NOW - 4727 9797 Turn back the clock and celebrate the wonderful era of the Hollywood movie musicals.





Astrologer Tanya Obreza reveals what’s in the stars for you this month… STAR OF THE MONTH! Scorpio 23 October to 21 November Jupiter steps into your financial sector this month. Finally, you hit pay dirt! Better still, this bountiful planet creates your luckiest and most lucrative year in over a decade. What’s more, the money gods pull out what’s considered a cosmic-cash pass, something that is kept in reserve for very special occasions. It’s also an excellent time to make major investments of lasting value, such as real estate. Alternatively, some decide to redecorate or move to a distant location. Whatever happens, you’re universally steered towards success. Much laughter, love and fun too. A new era of prosperity awaits.





For the next 12 months Jupiter promises to bring you into the limelight. Think back 13 years, and you may find history repeating itself. Perhaps that too, was a time of good fortune and new beginnings. The first change? A brand new self image. It’s also a time for travel and gaining new experience. Some benefit from a pay rise, promotion or bonus. Just stay sensible – sometimes it can be all too easy to fritter away good opportunities.

As Jupiter moves through your sector of subconscious and psychic sensitivity over the next year, Capricorns learn a great deal about the spiritual dimensions of their lives. If you feel more spiritually protected – you are; and if you need to be taught or healed, a guardian will be close by. The really lovely news? If and when you truly need help, it’s likely to arrive – sometimes from the most unexpected sources.

Over the next year, Aquarian hopes and wishes come to the fore. Thanks to Jupiter, you’ll be busier and more involved with others. As Jupiter loves to arrange meetings with people unlike any we’ve met before – expect to be venturing outside your usual social circle. Friends are also more supportive. But this isn’t a one-way street, as you’re equally able to offer assistance. Either way, don’t be shy of depending on well placed connections.

Jupiter settles in your career sector for a year – motivating you to go after exactly what you want; to unreservedly promote yourself and your talents. If you haven’t yet found your right calling, you’ll probably do so now. New ventures get suddenly noticed by a wider audience – so take this opportunity to flaunt your ambitions to a wider world as new frontiers become real possibilities. You may also travel in connection with your job.





Lost your way, just a little? Not to worry - Jupiter puts you back on track over the next year. This planet can also have a powerful maturing influence, a time of personal and spiritual growth – possibly through travel, new studies or teaching others. There may also be beneficial contact with those living overseas or with people from different backgrounds – so listen up when you hear an interesting accent!

Jupiter parks in your financial sector for the next year, bringing Taurean’s the Midas touch, along with fabulous rewards. Venus also has one or more surprises up her sleeve. This bountiful planetary triggers the law of attraction your way. Money comes more easily, as does financial support – perhaps even a substantial windfall. Just don’t take foolish risks – such as excessive borrowing. Clear credit cards, don’t add to them.

November’s planetary line-up rocks your social world. Over the next year, too, life-changing Jupiter dramatically revamps your romantic life. If you’ve been muddling through a tiresome tryst that no longer satisfies your mind, body or soul – perhaps it’s time to make a clean break. In the meantime, Mercury retrograde after the 18th brings rocky friendships to the fore. Better playmates beckon if you make yourself available.

Over the next year, Jupiter brings a time of increased work satisfaction, via a new job or better career or financial conditions. All in all, work is a happier place to be. Other possibilities: travel and higher education. Business and pleasure mix more easily. Health should also be on the up – with one exception: a possible gain in weight. If this is something you’d prefer to avoid, all things in moderation.




Generous Jupiter signals a spectacular time for love and sex over the next year, as well as extra cash. In the meantime, with Mercury retrograde in your relationship sector after the 18th, this month you may feel confused regarding the meaning of a current partnership, especially if it’s new. Have as much fun as you wish, but hold off on making any important decisions for a while. There’s no rush.

The Virgo dream is still on schedule, but it’s not a year for short cuts. Over the next 12 months, life will feel more like a marathon – so keep those trainers laced. To help, you’ve a mighty planetary task team onside, including generous Jupiter. Soon enough, emotional fortitude and honed skills let you carve your name in any trophy you choose. And if you can mix pleasure with business, rewards should include romantic spoils.

Thanks to Jupiter’s wanderlust, your curiosity expands this year – making it an ideal time to try as many new opportunities as possible. It’s a period when few details – no matter how minor, escape your attention. A growing pile of books, magazines and emails clutter your environment. Relationships with siblings and close family are also likely to improve. Travel’s on the agenda, especially short day trips related to work or family matters.

22 November to 21 December

21 March to 20 April

23 July to 22 August

22 December to 19 January

21 April to 20 May

23 August to 22 September

20 January to 18 February

21 May to 21 June

19 February to 20 March

22 June to 22 July

23 September to 22 October

If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by our favourite astrologer, visit www.tanyaobreza.com

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Astrologer Tanya Obreza reveals what’s in the stars for you this month… STAR OF THE MONTH! Sagittarius 22 November to 21 December Here’s a year when old patterns are broken, and new friendships and interests are developed. Powerful affirmations – “I can”…”, “I succeed…” become your mantras. You realise that some old habits have to go, including things and people. But there’s no hurry – all should be done at a gradual, graceful pace. By the end, the only surviving situations will be those of your choosing. In the meantime, enjoy your birthday season. Month’s end brings a time for raiding the sales. Don’t be shy about spending a few dollars – you deserve it, guilt free. For now, you need only exert yourself in the pursuit of pleasure.





Endless conflict has chipped away at many a Capricorn spirit. Not so now. Despite feeling tired, you should find this a triumphant month. No longer the victim, you’ll be mounting sharper defences. Professionally, you’re better able to make the right choices. Should love interests mount a sneak attack, relax – it’s all friendly fire. Travel, too, will bring surprises. Looks like a fabulous festive season ahead.

Saturn might try to send your financial confidence into a spin, but Jupiter helps lift your spirits. If you’re wondering what could make life happier, think love and friendship – just the thing for the festive season. Be aware, though, that others may not be honest with financial facts and it’s up to you to prise the truth out of them. This could call for a degree of cunning and patience. It may take until the new year to see the real figures.

Chances are you have a host of unfinished projects that are ready to be trashed. Great timing, as the cosmos offers exciting new starts for the new year. You become more ambitious, with a growing awareness of your talents. In doing so, unacceptable conditions are no longer tolerated. Just don’t assume authority on every topic. Someone with more knowledge will call your bluff. Meanwhile, holiday travel looks likely.

Everything needs a great finale, including a year like 2018. It’s been a troubling time, but you’re now resolved to grab a flourishing future. Your determination sets off a chain reaction for success. There’s every chance that you’ll secure a long-lasting alliance – whether it’s romantic or platonic is up to you. Meanwhile, celebrate the season. This is your reward time, so enjoy a little financial flamboyance or travel.





Your imagination’s firing and so is your energy. Just make sure that the left hand knows what the right one is doing. Relationship conflicts can bring the chance to express unresolved anger. First check whether you’ve been fed fact or fiction – you may not have the full story. During the festive season, grab whatever romance you can. Daily concerns continue to be demanding, but a carnally charged Taurean is unstoppable.

The pursuit of happiness can be difficult. Still, it shouldn’t stop you from having fun. Whether you’re exploring romance or being flirtatious, this month Geminis are ready to take wilder risks. Unfortunately, it’s not all play. By the new year, you’re jostled back into the workforce. Meanwhile, the festive season couldn’t be a better time to disconnect the autopilot and feel the thrill of free-fall.

Expect some trickery in the heavens early in the month. Confusing emotions plague early December, as do erratic desires. It’s not until the festivities start that a hint of confidence enables you to regain control. Ask for what you want; it’s not good to feign satisfaction. Early 2019, look forward to substantial changes at work and at home. Meanwhile, you may as well surrender what’s left of your finances to the silly season.

With another year coming to an end, Leos are granted the right to reflect. Rather than move forward, you’re likely to pore over past mistakes. Don’t be so hard on yourself. With hindsight, these ‘mistakes’ were probably blessings in disguise. If you see this as a chance to lay old demons to rest, you can resolve grievances rather than let them fester. Then allow yourself a few weeks to just relax and have fun. Enjoy the festivities ahead.




Approach December with cautious optimism. Go with the flow, but don’t try to force a spirit that’s not there. If you have urgent work to complete, do so before the Christmas break: it will gain you the credit you deserve. But if still left wondering whether or not you’re on the right track, don’t worry – answers come when you least expect them. Elsewhere, someone from the past stirs things up.

Slow down, Libra. December asks that you let some of that stress fall away. You should rediscover the art of play, and just before all the Christmas madness starts you can expect finances to improve. If so, don’t deny yourself a few luxuries. The same applies to love. You may find a karmically linked soul, but watch your expectations. The higher you place a friend or lover on a pedestal, the further they have to fall.

Scorpios are famous for their stubborn streak, which only eases when cooperation is absolutely essential. As compromise isn’t your top priority at the moment, expect some heated discussions. Though the planets counsel a degree of care, you want to throw caution to the festive wind. Just as well your money sector is cashed up – and finances look plentiful – even if some is borrowed.

22 December to 19 January

21 April to 20 May

23 August to 22 September

20 January to 18 February

21 May to 21 June

23 September to 22 October

19 February to 20 March

22 June to 22 July

21 March to 20 April

23 July to 22 August

23 October to 21 November

If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by our favourite astrologer, visit www.tanyaobreza.com

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ONE NIGHT ONLY Thursday 16 Nov Riverway Arts Centre BOOK AT THE TICKETSHOP OR AT THE BOX OFFICE View the trailer at radicalreels.com.au

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Men In Pink Tights

10 November

15 November

Home Hill Harvest Festival Grand Parade and Mardi Gras

Radical Reels Tour 2018

Main Street, Home Hill


Market 2018


2019 Market Dates


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Home Hill’s biggest event of the year, the Grand Parade will feature an array of floats and performers travelling down the main street of Home Hill. Following the procession, head over to Watson’s Green and enjoy live entertainment, workshops, rides and good old fashioned fun. www.hhharvestfestival.com.au 13 November

Men In Pink Tights Townsville Civic Theatre

Direct from New York, Victor Trevino brings back to Australia his hilarious production “Men in Pink Tights.” The show combines humour with the ultimate style of classical and contemporary ballet. The all male ensemble includes some of the best dancers in the world, creating intentional mishaps, sure to make the audience laugh. www.ticketshop.com.au

Riverway Arts Centre

The Radical Reels Tour is a collection of short action-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The captivating short films are designed to take you into the wilds and out of your comfort zone, showing some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, wing-suit pilots, skiers, snowboarder and mountain-bike riders today. www.radicalreels.com.au 27 November

Halloween Roller Derby Sk8way Condon

Towns Villains Roller derby are hosting their annual Halloween bout which will see three thrilling games; the juniors witches take on the zombies, the ladies on track in the traditional pumpkins vs ghosts bout, and the blokes show us how it’s done in the co-ed werewolves vs vampire bout. It’s a fun night out for ghouls of all ages, with raffles, prizes for best dressed and an even an inflatable kingdom. www.facebook.com/TVRDL


Gallery 48 2/48 The Strand Townsville visual arts, painting, drawing, fine art prints

2 1 Halloween Roller Derby

8 December

18 December

Latin Vibrations 10th Birthday Celebration

Stable on the Strand

Old Courthouse Theatre

Townsville’s Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 17th birthday this year. Features include the Town of Bethlehem: the story of the birth of Jesus told interactively using live actors as wise men, shepherds, Roman soldiers, King Herod, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus; camels, chickens, goats, sheep, a donkey; huge carousel in the Stable Village; fabulous youth program; amazing entertainment on the Main Stage with local and guest artists; hospitality areas. Entry is free!

It’s party time as we come together to celebrate a massive 10 years of DANCE in Townsville! Join us for a night full of dancing and fun, including performances, games and surprises! 18+ event. www.townsvilletickets.com.au 9 December

Carols by Candlelight

presented by Townsville City Council Riverway Stadium

This year Carols By Candlelight will be relocating to an exciting new location at the Riverway Precinct! Saying hello to a concert under the stars. Featuring the 1RAR band and Townsville Choral Society Choir. It’s a tropical summer Christmas theme – think back yard cricket, BBQs and beaches! So put on your best tropical Christmas shirt, grab a safe flame candle and come and join Townsville City Council as we celebrate Christmas together. whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au


Strand Park

1. Lynn Scott-Cumming Black Duck hand coloured drypoint

2. Vince Bray Waterlillies paint on glass

3. Sue Poggioli 4. Jim Cox Mrs Whistler visits Melbourne Big Leaf (detail) hand coloured linocut

acrylic on canvas


Other artists: Graeme Buckley Heather Bryne Gai Copeman Ed Kulpa Anne Lord Steve Maguire Sue Poggioli

OPEN Wednesdays + Saturdays 12 noon to 5pm CLOSED January + February 2019 gallery48thestrandtownsville.com Facebook: gallery48thestrand Mobile: 0408 287 203

31 December

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Strand Park

Welcome in the New Year in relaxed style with Townsville City Council’s New Year’s Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display. www.townsville.qld.gov.au

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Harriett Tan, business director of Colour It and Man It


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Townsville’s style junkies, male and female, are now able to experience cutting-edge options for their hair care and grooming all under the one roof.

Bursting on to Townsville’s hairdressing scene almost ten years ago, Colour It and the more recently established Man It are fast becoming the city’s most popular pair of new generation hair and grooming salons, catering for modern-day, busy lifestyles and for those who love to make an occasion out of their trip to the hairdresser. “The staff at Man It and Colour It offer our clients so much time; they never feel rushed or undervalued when relaxing with a cold beer or wine with good conversation,” said Harriett Tan, business director of the salon duo. “We have a lot of guests who fly in and out of Townsville just to come in to Colour It and Man It because we always endeavour to go the extra mile for them, so they leave the salon relaxed, refreshed and 100 percent satisfied with our services.” Conveniently located in Castletown Shopping Centre, unisex salon Colour It and the aptly named younger brother Man It, an awardwinning groomer and barber for men, are part of a new generation of hair styling and maintenance which aims to take a step up from your traditional salon experience. Harriett said they want to provide “stigma-breaking services for men who want to look after their overall appearance.”

“Man It is total self-care offered in a relaxed atmosphere that provides our clients with not only a ‘one cut fits all’, but a style that takes into consideration face shape, career, personality and life style,” she explained. “Our mission is to change the stigma surrounding men taking pride in their appearance and to embrace what they’ve got. Everyone can look and feel their best while maintaining their masculinity.” Master-Stylist Harriett Tan has been refining her craft over two decades; with her passion and flair for modern hairdressing techniques blossoming from working in her mother’s salon at the age of fourteen. Always looking to create the next fashion statement, Harriett decided to put her talents to the test in a national competition in 2017. Much to her delight, she was ranked third in Australia for men’s grooming at Stage in Sydney and then made the finals two years running in the Barber Wars competition in 2017 and 2018. She also became a finalist in the world-renowned American Crew All-Star Challenge; an institutional event on the men’s grooming calendar.

“I love constantly training my team in their craft as well as to how to educate our guests in styling and maintaining their hair for day-today styling,” Harriett said. “In a traditional and express modern barber shop, a haircut can be done in 20 minutes however at Man It, the staff believe in taking time with each client to get to know them and provide them with more than just a haircut. It’s about creating a statement. The modern man wants a sharp tailored and cultured look just for him.” Colour It Shop 125, CastleTown Shopping Centre 4772 7225 www.facebook.com/colouritcastletown Man It Shop 125, CastleTown Shopping Centre 4772 7225 www.facebook.com/Manitcastletown

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Find out what these familiar faces from DUO’s earliest issues are up to now…

JESSICA BAILEY DUO Magazine’s first ever local cover girl, Jessica Bailey (nee Laycock), is now a married mother of two and a midwife.

SAMI HEIT “Thanks to the lung transplant, I could finally work a real full-time job and take my dog for a run.”

“Thanks to the lung transplant, I could finally work a real full-time job and take my dog for a run,” Sami says.

When we first met Sami Heit in the inaugural issue of DUO, the gift the she was most hoping for on her 21st birthday was a lung transplant.

“I did my hairdressing apprenticeship and went on a seven-day P&O cruise of the Pacific Islands with my mum and aunty.”

“Receiving a double lung transplant would have to be number one on the ‘best things’ list of milestones that have happened since I appeared in the first issue of DUO,” Sami says.

Sami is still living in Townsville and doing a bit of hairdressing as well as handling the advertising for her parents’ welding and industrial businesses in Townsville, Mount Isa and Rockhampton. However, her main focus has been on studying a small business and legal administration course.

The transplant, which took place in December of 2007, was as exciting as it was overwhelming for Sami, who pre-transplant couldn’t walk 50 metres without needing to stop and catch her breath.


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“The course is a stepping stone to get into paralegal work,” Sami says. “All facets of the legal system interest me.”

“I absolutely adore my job,” says Jessica, who completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science at James Cook University in 2011 before going back to uni in 2015 do her postgraduate qualifications in midwifery. “I remember my first birth as a registered midwife, that tingling excited nervousness — nothing compares to sharing that experience with a family.” Jessica understands the experience firsthand, with two sons of her own (Kai aged 5 and Austin aged 2) with husband Brendan, who she met at the Bank Nightclub. The best things that have happened to me since being on the cover of DUO are also the most challenging, Jessica says, referring to getting married, having children and completing two uni degrees. “We both work shift work so juggling the kids, work and socialising is interesting but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Jessica says.

“We love our two beautiful, funny and full-on boys.” Jessica and her family have continued to live locally and enjoy all that Townsville has to offer, especially as a fantastic place to raise children. And, although it was over a decade ago, she remembers DUO’s first local covergirl shoot well. “For the shoot we only needed the the top half of me, so it was glam hair and make-up from the shoulders up and, on the bottom half, I just had a regular strapless top and shorts,” she laughs. “I was perched awkwardly on a chair trying to stick out my neck and not fall over! It was pretty funny but I was just happy they got a good shot in the end. As we all know, sometimes a picture doesn’t tell the whole story!” As for the future, Jessica hopes it will involve some more overseas volunteer work. “I volunteered in Uganda, Africa, in 2010,” Jessica recalls. “Now that I have my midwifery and nursing qualifications, I’d like to go back to other parts of Africa as well as travel to India to do more volunteer work.”


RICHARD DONNELLY Those in the ballroom dancing community need no introduction to Richard Donnelly, who appeared (black suit and all) in DUO’s first issue with his then dance partner Catherine Hawkins. “Hundreds of people in our social circles saw it and pretty much every person in the ballroom dancing community,” says Richard, who then owned Dancetime Studios. “The feedback we received was that it was a brilliant article and that it was great to have DanceSport as a part of the first issue.” After the article was published, Richard went on to win two international dance championships — Ballroom in the World Megastars International Championships at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast and Ballroom and New Vogue at the East Coast Classic

International Championships in Sydney. “And I married my partner Megan in 2009, who I met at the functions I was dancing at while she was playing music in her band Serenata,” Richard says. “We live in Marabou Drive, Annandale, right next to the river with our corgis Whiskey and Brandy.” Richard says his most challenging milestone since appearing in DUO was selling his dance studio and moving into managing rental properties.

“We get a lot of pressure from friends and old clients to reopen the studio and we’re considering it. My previous business partners are keen to get the fun rolling again – maybe in a year or two.” When they’re not busy working, the couple think about renovating their house with a second storey overlooking the river and establishing a strong financial base so they can travel together when they retire.

“As well as managing rental properties, I work with Queensland Health as a Senior Integration Officer with Clinical Information Systems Support, and do admin support, sound recordings and accounting for my wife’s businesses,” Richard says. “Megan teaches flute and manages live musicians at weddings and a celtic band.

Each month DUO reveals the talented Townsville exports making their mark in the world. Know someone we should track down? Fill us in at editor@duomagazine.com.au

NICOLE ERKKILA Since appearing in DUO’s social photos in 2006, Nicole has enjoyed some amazing life experiences including overseas travel to New Zealand, Thailand, Finland and other parts of Europe. “I also married my best friend, Heath, and we now have three beautiful children – Ayla (9), Stasia (7) and Zara (3),” Nicole says. “We like barbecues, camping and adventure and pride ourselves on our Aussie bogan lifestyle! “Being in DUO magazine’s social photos is probably my only claim to fame. I recall friends, family and colleagues being

very complimentary about my photo and excited to see me in a magazine.” Nicole still works in the human services industry as a social worker and is passionate about empowering young people and families. “And Heath has his own handyman business, so with both of us working our days are quite busy,” Nicole says. “We’re very fortunate and grateful to have our parents also living in Townsville and they provide a huge amount of support to us and spoil our children like grandparents do.”

She’s also just about to embark on an art therapy course in the hope of combining her passion for creativity and empowering others. “My goal is to enjoy every day and continue to have positive experiences – making the most of life,” Nicole says. “All too often we get bogged down in the everyday tasks instead of enjoying moments for what they are and learning from each experience. If a little of my positivity rubs off on other people I will be a happy woman.”

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Gaining Traction Aussie actress Menik Gooneratne’s star is on the rise. Playing Sathya in Peter Jackson’s new movie about the Traction Era, where entire cities roam the earth on wheels, Menik shines as a rebel with a cause.


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If Menik Gooneratne’s face looks familiar, it may be you remember her as Priya Kapoor from Neighbours. “I was part of the first brown family in Ramsay Street, which was pretty monumental for the show,” says Menik, who is Australian/Sri Lankan. “But people would probably remember me more for the fact I had an affair with Paul Robinson and died tragically when I was squashed by a pillar at Toadie’s wedding – classic soap!” More recently, Menik played an adoption agency employee, Swarmina, in the Oscar-winning movie Lion. The film tells the true story of a lost Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple (played by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). “I learnt more about acting in the short time I spent with Nicole than in the 10 years I’ve been doing this,” Menik says. “I can’t believe how fortunate I’ve been the last few years and the calibre of productions I’ve been involved in.” Starring as Sathya, opposite Hugo Weaving (who plays Thaddeus Valentine), in Mortal Engines has also left Menik counting her blessings. “It still blows my mind,” she says. “Stepping on to set on my first day, I couldn’t believe I was there. I thought ‘I’m going to wake up and this will all have been a cool dream…’ “Peter Jackson and his team really know how to tell a story.” Adapted from the Philip Reeve novels, Mortal Engines is set hundreds of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event. It follows a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), who emerges as the only one who can stop London – now a giant, predator city on wheels – from devouring everything in its path. Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head. “Anna takes my character, Sathya, under her wing as part of the Anti-Traction League (the badass good guys),” Menik says. “Sathya is so poor she’s not even from one of the motorised cities. Her family are scavengers and nomads that follow traction cities on foot hoping to find scraps of food. It’s a dismal existence until Anna rescues her from that life and the Anti-Traction League becomes her family.” Essentially a kick-butt group of eco-warriors, the AntiTraction League will do anything to protect Shan Guo. This city in the Himalayas harbours some of the world’s last remaining natural resources and people there live in peace off the land. Needless to say, all the traction cities want a piece of it… “Being part of the Anti-Traction League was so much fun,” Menik says. “We made sure we spent time together before we filmed our first scene so we had that bond and camaraderie in place.”

Menik and her family (husband Sam and their son Fox, 5) moved to LA from Melbourne close to three years ago. Used to the competitive nature of vying for parts in Hollywood, she didn’t have her hopes up when she went for the audition for Mortal Engines. “Literally there are so many talented people out here, you’re usually treated like a number at auditions,” Menik says. “So with Mortal Engines I prepared myself for it to be like that. I mean, they’re Oscarwinners, I thought I’d be in and out in five minutes.” Instead, Menik was there for an hour meeting with director Christian Rivers and the team (including Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) who gave us The Lord of The Rings trilogy. “To walk in and have them just be completely the opposite of what I was expecting was amazing,” Menik says. “They are the most down-toearth, friendly, warm, caring, loving people. There was just something about them that put me at ease the minute I walked in the door. We did the scene a couple of times at the very end. But, for the most part, we just chatted about life and got to know each other. “After that I jumped on a plane to come back to Australia for the premiere of Lion. When I got off the plane I had all of these missed calls from my agent saying ‘Hey, you got the job!’ It was a nice way to land.” Shot in New Zealand, Mortal Engines hits the big screen on Boxing Day in Australia and the visual effects are set to impress. “It’s a world no-one has seen before, and it’s epic!” Menik says. “The characters are all so nuanced and fierce – people will be thoroughly entertained.” There are four books in the saga, so hopefully we’ll see Menik back playing Sathya again in the future. In the meantime, she has plenty going on. “I can’t talk about the project I’m working on now,” she says. “But I can tell you I shot a multi-cam comedy pilot for CBS recently with the director of The Big Bang Theory. It was filmed in front of a live studio audience, so it was like doing a play. “And for the last few years I’ve been working on my own screenplay based on a book I have optioned. Written by a Melbourne author, Su Dharmapala, it’s called Wedding Season and it’s a snapshot of life in Melbourne for the Sri Lankan community.” Describing it as a cross between Train Wreck and Bend it Like Beckham, Menik says doors have been opened for Wedding Season thanks to the success of Crazy Rich Asians. “We’re getting close to being able to make it and I can’t wait,” says Menik, who will star in the movie. “It’s set in Melbourne, where I grew up, and being Sri Lankan/ Australian I want to show off my community. It’s an Australian story and I want Australians to see it and realise there are all these interesting stories out there we haven’t really explored yet.” CONNECT NOW www.mortalengines.com.au

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A natural with numbers Mary Anne Chappel


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Celebrating 21 years in her own accounting practice, Mary Anne Chappel is delighted Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd was recently named winner of the national IPA Practice of the Year. What attracted you to your industry? I’ve been involved with the numbers game all of my life since leaving school, with 11 years in the public service in financetype roles. On completion of my studies, I landed a job with an accounting firm in Roma and decided I really liked the environment so I’ve been involved ever since. How is your personality suited to your work? I enjoy being able to help people understand their business, particularly on paper. In a lot of cases this is the downfall of small businesses as crunching the numbers isn’t generally their strongest suit. What’s your working life like? If I can help someone became a better leader in their field or achieve some of their personal goals then that’s a good working day. What can you tell us about your team? Over the last 10 years this team of pretty amazing women have gathered around me. Kristen arrived as a fresh accounting graduate from JCU and has grown into a reliable, active and interested senior accountant. She’s been my very capable backstop over the past four years, allowing me more time to travel. Maureen arrived on the scene to step into a part-time bookkeeping position and has grown even more with her ability to relate to clients, particularly our rural clients.

Five years ago I asked Sally to join my team to help me transition from a sole trader into a corporate business. This has been the best move as I now have a business succession plan in place. When our long-term office manager Lyndell was planning to retire after 17 years with us, we appointed Samantha as an administration junior to train up in Business Administration. Sam has brilliantly managed all of us and we’d be lost without her expertise, particularly in the cyber world.

“I enjoy being able to help people understand their business, p a r t i c u l a r l y o n p a p e r.” Also in the last three years we appointed another full-time accountant (Maureen) to oversee the Individual return realm. Julie also joined the team as an accountant after completing her practical experience with us while in the final year of her degree and, lastly, another bookkeeper (Vanessa) was appointed to service our growing number of clients. A very capable team of eight experienced, caring and engaging ladies doing a great job. What advice do you have for other women in business? A leader is someone who helps those around them to become better people.

C H A P P E L ACCO U N T I N G P T Y LT D Unit 2 / Industry Park, 547-593 Woolcock Street, Mount Louisa 4789 4770 www.chappelaccounting.com.au

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Owner of Palms Vets, Kimberley Nagle, heads an all-female team and couldn’t be prouder.

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What’s the background of the business? We have been a locally owned and operated veterinary business for over 30 years. We have two practices located in Belgian Gardens and Hermit Park and focus on providing vet care with a warm and personal touch. Looking back, the business has always had a strong female element. One of the founding directors, Grace Leong, was somewhat of a female pioneer in the local industry, establishing the multi-clinic practice when it was still a largely male-dominated industry. Grace retired last year but remains an inspiration for many showing that, as a woman, you can run a successful business, raise a family and truly enjoy a long and successful career.

Kimberley Nagle

“The team are such an incredibly caring and committed bunch of women w h o g o a b ov e a n d b e y o n d e v e r y d a y.”

The industry is renowned for being a tough career, especially for women juggling family commitments. We work long, unpredictable days and face high-pressure situations but we are a close-knit team and support each other through the tough days. So you have taken on sole ownership? Yes. It’s been an exciting and busy time in the business. I’m a firm believer that, in order to run a successful practice, you need to value your patients, clients and team alike. We already have great bones in place but are looking at modernising some aspects in order to remain at the forefront of the industry. What’s it like to be an all-female team? While we never intentionally set out to be an all-female team, we are certainly proud to be one. The team are such an incredibly caring and committed bunch of women who go above and beyond to help their patients, clients and team mates every day.

What’s important to your team? Contributing to the greater cause. We perform work with the RSPCA, local rehoming groups and wildlife carers and support our senior vet, Ali Bee’s endeavours to help koalas on Magnetic Island. Orphaned koalas are regular visitors to the clinic and, for our team, getting to help these creatures in need is one of the perks of the job. I believe contributing to the bigger picture is essential in maintaining a dedicated team. In an industry where burnout and emotional fatigue are high it’s important that we support the women in our business to remain passionate and help them to lead long and rewarding careers. In the end, it can only benefit our patients.



223 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park 4779 5222 www.palmsvetgroup.com.au

34 Primrose Street, Belgian Gardens 4772 1513 www.palmsvetgroup.com.au

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Artistic type Karissa Chase

A talented potter who has sold at over 300 markets, Karissa Chase knows what it takes to turn a passion into a profession. What attracted you to your profession? Being a professional potter, I’ve always been involved in the creative industry and have sold at more than 300 markets over the years. So starting up Renegade Markets, and then Renegade Gift Shop across from Otto’s Fresh Food Market in Currajong, seemed like a natural progression even though it wasn’t something I’d considered before moving back to Townsville. As well as the creative side of being a potter, I’ve always been interested in developing the business aspect of living off my skill. Providing this opportunity for local craftspeople is my favourite part of my job. Pottery is very physical and I always wondered what my next career would be when the time came. I feel like I’m doing exactly what I am meant to be doing in my life and it’s a magic feeling. How is your personality suited to your job? I’m quite a people person, and most of what I do is customer service in both the market side and the retail side, so it fits well. Markets involve working with a lot of personalities, but I love the variety involved in making it work for everyone. I’ve always enjoyed party planning so the place-making aspect is also very creative and fun, which fits my need for colour. I love to be surrounded by colour so playing shop is my joy.

RENEGADE HANDMADE www.facebook.com/morethanamarket

What’s your working day like? Most days I work out of the home office so I drop the kids at school, maybe hit the gym and then work. I can be in the shop one to three days a week or sometimes after hours if I’m doing some visual merchandising or changing up displays. I can also be found at a Sunday morning market every weekend 6am-3pm. There are times where I am working after hours or seven days a week, but I also enjoy the flexibility I have. Work can be spraypainting tables or creating invoices, it just depends on the day, but it’s all part of what I love about my job. I truly love what I do.

“A s w e l l a s t h e c r e a t i v e s i d e o f b e i n g a p o t t e r, I ’v e a l w a ys been interested in developing the business aspect of living o f f m y s k i l l .” What’s your advice for other women in business? There’s no ‘one size fits all’ for a work/life balance. You must make it work for you and your family, whatever your family looks like. Do what you can and what feels right and chip away at your bigger picture.

RENEGADE GIFT SHOP www.facebook.com/rhshoplocal

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Balancing act Karen Quagliata

Operating a state-wide business and offices in multiple locations is no small feat, but for Karen Quagliata, it is all in a day’s work. What attracted you to your profession? I always aimed for the corporate lifestyle but I’m also great at multitasking. While studying a Bachelor degree externally, and part-time, I was also completing a full-time trade qualification. Working as a hair stylist for those four years taught me people skills, how to look after clients, be empathic and understand what it takes to run a small business. Making the switch to the accounting world was always going to happen, but I came into it with an important skillset, true and genuine care toward clients and an appreciation for no longer having to be on my feet all day. How does your personality suit your job? I’m extremely driven, focused and passionate about helping people. I translate that into my business by pushing others to achieve their best. My clients know me to be sincere and honest and they will gain only the best from me. I love what I do — this is not work to me.

As a working mother, there’s a lot to fit into my day, which means I need to run the household efficiently and be present for my two daughters. I’m fortunate because my wonderful husband and my family are always there to help. I’ve also found I need exercise as part of my daily life to function at my best in business. Running and weight-lifting is ‘my time’. I am up early for this purpose and, as a result, I am energised and organised, ready for the day ahead.

“ I ’m e x t r e m e l y d r i v e n , focused and passionate a b o u t h e l p i n g p e o p l e .”

What’s your working life like? It’s a full-time job balancing appointments between two offices an hour apart, and managing clients in different locations across the state, so I travel a lot. I couldn’t, however, do all this without my amazing team of people around me.

What words of advice have you got for other women in business? Nothing is more powerful than staying calm. You will always face some type of adversity, so you have to stay on top of your game, be strategic and know that nothing will beat you. Remain quiet, focused and stay true to what you believe in.



formerly Northern Tax & Financial Services Pty Ltd Level 1, Suite 3, 54 Denham Street, Townsville 4779 6610 www.accountingandsuperqld.com

formerly Northern Tax & Financial Services Pty Ltd 132a Young Street, Ayr 4783 4242 www.accountingandsuperqld.com

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Born storyteller Ky l i e D a v i s

There’s more than one way to tell a story – just ask multimedia journalist Kylie Davis, who is just as comfortable behind her video camera as she is tapping away on her keyboard. What attracted you to the industry you’re in? Journalism was a natural fit as writing has always come easily to me. I loved English at school and went on to study a Bachelor of Arts degree at James Cook University and, as a mature-age student, undertook a Masters in Writing. I got my first break in the magazine industry writing for a publication called Factory Equipment News. Funnily enough, the next magazine I worked for was Dolls, Bears and Collectables, so they couldn’t have been more different! As my experience grew, I landed jobs on more well-known magazines, such as Better Homes and Gardens. When I moved back to Townsville from Sydney, I took on the inaugural editorship of DUO magazine and watching that grow from our first issue to, now, our 150th has been an amazing ride. How is your personality suited to what you do for a living? I enjoy chatting with people and learning about what they do and what drives them, so interviewing people doesn’t feel like work to me – I’m curious by nature. I also like the creative challenge of capturing those stories in writing or on film and sharing them with others. What’s your working life like? I work part-time for JCU as a Website and Social Media Officer and also work for myself under the business name TriStar Media as a freelance writer and videographer. Within my role at JCU,

I produce a video newsletter that captures news coming out of the College of Arts, Society and Education as well as growing the audience of the College’s Facebook page www.facebook. com/jcuCASE. With my freelance work, you’ll still see my byline in DUO and I capture ‘highlights’ videos of events such as Palm Creek Folk Festival and the Spirit of Africa. I’d love to add more events to my filming calendar and am also keen to work with businesses who are looking for short videos to liven up their Facebook and email campaigns. It’s such an effective way of keeping people engaged with what you offer.

“Believe in yourself and don’t b e a f ra i d t o v e n t u r e o u t s i d e o f y o u r c o m f o r t z o n e .”

What words of advice have you got for other women in business? Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone. There was a time when I was afraid of the technical side of video production but now I’m the first one to buy the latest gadget.

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A fresh approach to accounting Amanda Pickers

Taking the challenges of change in her stride, manager of accounting firm Coutts Redington, Amanda Pickers is passionate about her ever-evolving industry. What attracted you to your industry? A close family friend, who was a Chartered Accountant, encouraged me to do work experience at his firm. I saw the opportunities available in the industry – secondments, working overseas and the diversity of the accounting profession. Now a Fellow Chartered Accountant, I travelled throughout my career before settling in Townsville and commencing with Coutts Redington 13 years ago. How is your personality suited to your work? I’m detail-oriented and focused, like to be organised and am passionate about what I do. I like the challenges of change, take pride in my work and enjoy providing a personalised service to my clients. This is a hallmark of Coutts Redington, with each client having ready access to a partner, manager and a dedicated team. What’s your working life like? My work life is busy, varied and fulfilling. I enjoy providing services to a wide range of industries including construction and primary production, medical and other professional businesses. My team offers holistic services encompassing all aspects of business advisory work, taxation specialisation, litigation support, SMSF administration, aged care advice and bookkeeping.

community. She has expanded her focus from taxation to include superannuation and audit. Chantel Bullimore has a passion for assisting small business owners reach their full potential. She and her husband run a successful small business and can share in the frustration and rewards with her clients. Anne McBeath appreciates all things bookkeeping and, as our senior bookkeeper, facilitated the firms’ transition to the Xero accounting package. Shanice Petrie has the knowledge and experience to lead our administration team and is executive assistant to Greg Redington. Jordan Greenwood is a valued member of our administration and bookkeeping teams in the Kirwan office.

“Business advisory work is the most rewarding part of m y r o l e a n d I ’m l u c k y I h a v e a fantastic team of people to s u p p o r t m e .”

What can you tell us about some of your team members? Alison McLean started with our firm 12 years ago and is often seen leaving our office in SES orange to assist members of our

What advice do you have for other women in business? Follow your passion and don’t be afraid to try. Every journey will have it’s ups and downs – don’t give up as the challenges you face will be their own reward. It’s okay to be selfish and take time for yourself.



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127 Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan 4723 1411 www.couttsredington.com.au

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Celebrate with a difference on a spectacular floating venue.

Whether you’re looking for a unique experience with family and friends, an early Christmas gift, or an office Christmas party where someone else looks after all the hassle, this half-day cruise with a stopover to one of the region’s most sought-after destinations is for you. Guests can expect to be wowed by the spectacular scenery at the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse, exploring some of Townsville’s rich history with local guides and an optional scenic flight, before finishing off the afternoon with a glass of bubbly, canapes by Tide Café and live entertainment on-board as we cruise home into the sunset. SeaLink have set three special dates for this cruise with a Christmas twist and we even cover off a Christmas gift for each guest. Along with a cruise of our stunning North Queensland surrounds, the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse is the real charm of this trip! Cape Cleveland Lighthouse sits atop the Cape’s cliffs at the northern most point of Cleveland Bay and is 40 kilometres east north east from Townsville City. The lighthouse and the original lighthouse keeper’s cottages were constructed in 1879 and for over 100 years the lighthouse was manned and operated by Lighthouse Keepers and their families.


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The lighthouse was the 13th lighthouse constructed and commissioned in Queensland and until 1987 when the light was converted to solar power, the light was always manned. Even during the worst of our cyclones, the lighthouse keepers kept the acetylene gas lamp burning. During World War II the lighthouse served as an observation post and radar base manned by the RAAF from the large allied base in Townsville. Today, only ruins remain of the observation platform, radar hut and a powerhouse constructed during the war.

For the lighthouse enthusiasts Ray accepts willing volunteers to assist him in restoring and preserving the site and contact can be made via the Friends of Cape Cleveland Lighthouse group on Facebook.

Despite the construction of the lighthouse, some vessels have still been wrecked in the Cape Cleveland area including Borealis 1888, Alarm 1896, Mount Elliot 1919, and the Idle Wise in 1989.

Adding to the uniqueness of the Cape there are two plants that are endemic to Cape Cleveland including the Babingontina papillosa; a shrub which occurs only in two known populations at Mt. Elliot and Cape Cleveland, and Grewia graniticola; a shrub which is (near) endemic and is only found on Magnetic Island, Cape Cleveland and Gloucester Bay.

The grounds and houses today are maintained by Cape Cleveland Lighthouse custodians Ray and Sue Boundy. Ray puts a lot of time and effort into keeping the former beauty of this part of our region alive.

Aside from the striking ruggedness and beauty of Cape Cleveland the area is rich in bird and marine life. Five types of turtles are found in the surrounding waters and the most prolific, the Green turtle, can always been seen grazing in the waters directly below the lighthouse.

For more information to purchase an early Christmas gift please visit www.sealinkqld.com.au/tours or call 4726 0800.

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DECEMBER 1ST • 7TH • 8TH Celebrate Christmas in style by either cruising or flying to the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse on one of three Christmas Cruises with SeaLink! Visit the lighthouse and enjoy the history of the cape followed by Christmas themed canapes and a drink as you cruise home into the sunset.



Explore Auckland


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Imagine this... picturesque skies, lush greenery, crystal blue waters and amazing food and wine. Does that sound tempting? Well, block out some time in your calendar and make your way across the ditch to New Zealand! We’ve scoured the city to find the top five things that you can do while visiting Auckland!

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3. PONSONBY CENTRAL Are you a fan of fashion, art and food? Well, Ponsonby Central is for you! Every week, Ponsonby Central sees pop-up shops where designers, artists and curators showcase their creations and finds from New Zealand and all around the world. 4. AUCKLAND SKY TOWER Located at the heart of Auckland’s Central Business District is New Zealand’s tallest building, Sky Tower. Standing at 328 metres high, the Sky Tower is an icon of Auckland’s sky line and is the adrenaline hub of the city. Try skywalking on the edge of the tower or take a leap of faith and jump off the tower – SkyJump gives you 11 seconds of pure adrenaline as you plunge 53 floors down at a speed of 85kph. Are you up for this? This is not for the faint-hearted! 5. RANGITOTO ISLAND Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s most unique and iconic locations. Located only a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, this volcanic island destination is a favourite for both tourists and locals alike. Take advantage of the many activities that the island offers – from hiking, fishing, camping and sea kayaking, there is something to do for everyone. Anything that you choose to do in this island will be a definite ‘Insta-worthy’ moment so, get snapping!

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2. WAIHEKE ISLAND Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, Waiheke Island is a short 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The white sandy beaches of Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi makes it the perfect spot for swimming, kayaking, or having a picnic. If sandy toes aren’t your thing, why not explore the island’s trails which meander along cliff tops, down to the beaches and into cool enclaves of native forest? If you’d like to stay overnight on the island, there are beach homes available for rent. Or, if you’re on a budget, there are friendly backpacker hostels.


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1. AUCKLAND HARBOUR Auckland Harbour, correctly named the Waitemata Harbour provides the main access by sea to Auckland City. Soak in the city’s spectacular views while enjoying a Harbour Lunch Cruise. No New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day plans? This could be a perfect gift for that special someone!


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INTRODUCING MAGNETIC ISLAND FERRIES – A NEW IDENTITY FOR AN ICONIC TOWNSVILLE BUSINESS Magnetic Island Ferries, previously known as Fantasea Cruising Magnetic, officially launches December 3rd 2018 following a complete rebranding exercise. The iconic local business has been providing reliable ferry services between Townsville, Magnetic and Palm Islands for vehicles and freight since 1989 Angus Campbell of Magnetic Island Ferries said that the new name and look of the business had been in the planning for some time and marked a significant milestone in their history.

“We’re also working hard on tours and services for the corporate market, which will be launched in the first half of 2019. Although these ventures will not take away our primary focus of Connecting you to ‘Maggie’ everyday”. Information on ferry timetables, ticket prices and other services can be found on our website www.magneticislandferries.com.au. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.

“Although from today we have a new name and the vessels and terminal look different, our passengers can expect the same outstanding service from our local team.,” said General Manager Angus Campbell “The new name more clearly describes our service and will ensure that we are more easily found both online and in the social space by both tourists and locals.” “Magnetic Island Ferries will be launching several new services and initiatives over the coming months, including exclusive tourism offerings to cruise ship passengers, kicking off with the brand-new cruise ship Viking Orion’s arrival on 10th December.”

Angus Campbell, General Manager hello@magneticislandferries.com.au 07 4796 9300




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Perched on the eastern spur of Linden in the lower Blue Mountains, sat a project home partially completed in 2003. The new owners, a young couple, decided after suffering through several cold winters that it was time to renovate the house into a thermally comfortable family home.

Alex Symes of ASA – Alexander Symes Architect explains the clients originally wanted to maintain the two existing pavilions: one for guest accommodation and the other for ancillary spaces and create a new dwelling to the east, increasing floor space to accommodate a family and capture the surrounding bushland and easterly views across the Sydney basin to the harbour and city. ASA proposed an alternate way of thinking about the site with the main principles of respecting the bushland at the core and re-using as much of the existing built form, services and structure as possible to reduce waste and manage costs. From this re-interpretation of the existing L-House was created: re-using the north-eastern pavilion for the parents, flowing to a new central family link, which would navigate the level changes in the landscape to connect with the existing east-west pavilion, housing the children’s area, an office and ancillary spaces. This consolidation of the built form created a single eastern elevation where the sweeping views to the city skyline could be appreciated from multiple living spaces.

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Conversely, the L-shaped house formed a new western entry to the property to curate the appreciation of the natural bushland setting as you enter the site. The low window-to-wall ratio on the west enabled a celebration of the sleek Zincalume® cladding. The simplicity and rhythm of the material provides a striking contrast to the natural bushland, with the Zincalume® shimmering on approach, reflecting the colours of the day. The material however also serves a greater purpose: fire protection. The close proximity of the natural bushland meant the external envelope had to be robust and non-combustible in order to meet the highest level of bushfire protection construction set in the original 2003 DA. As such, the house is effectively wrapped in Zincalume® cladding with bushfire rated hardwood used as feature elements to soften moments of connection. For an alteration and addition L-House achieves a solid certified energy rating of 7.6 stars, well exceeding the 4 stars required in the 2014’s 96 approval. Many initiatives have been undertaken to ensure L-House provides a high performance thermal envelope for its residents to cope with the extreme heat and cold of Linden, these include: stripping back the old pavilions and completely re-insulating, using thermally broken window frames and lowering the window to wall ratio. This means L-House has a lower peak demand which in turn reduces the overall residential demand on peak days. The design and construction teams worked in an integrated manner to manage the complexities of environmental protection, bushfire mitigation and the re-use of services and structure. The outcome is a highly crafted home that celebrates its natural environment and delivers a low operational energy comfortable home. Architect ASA – Alexander Symes Architect

www.alexandersymes.com.au www.instagram.com/asa_ alexandersymesarchitect/ Builder Blue Eco Homes

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When plastic bags were removed from supermarkets recently, 20-year-old Emily Manoff had a bright idea… Enviro Bin Bags. The business venture is focused on distributing environmentally friendly paper bags to replace the old single-use plastic bags the Government banned in July. “It was when plastic bags were being phased out from supermarkets that my mother and I realised the plastic shopping bags we were reusing as bin liners were going to run out, so we went searching for an alternative. We discovered that paper is a perfect fit due to it being biodegradable and is not currently available in stores.” “My passion for animals and the environment got me thinking about helping people out by providing an eco-friendly alternative to their doorstep… “Enviro Bin Bags are great because they serve a dual purpose. You can use them as carry bags for your groceries, then as bin liners as they’re just the right fit for your kitchen bin.” The business has been up and running for three months and part of the attraction is the free home delivery service within Townsville, as Emily and her helpers personally deliver the Enviro Bin Bags to customers. “Mum would be one of my biggest helpers, alongside my brother and support workers Samantha and Melanie Band, who help me with promoting the business as well as the deliveries,” Emily says. “People should make the switch because it’s better for the environment. A lot of plastic ends up in the waterways, which is bad as it doesn’t break down easily, if ever.” The business is a fit for Emily not only ethically but practically as well as Emily was born with autism, which affected her ability to work full-time in some industries. “Emily excels in an environment where she’s comfortable and can work on her own terms,” says Samantha, who has been one of Emily’s support workers for close to a year. “With Enviro Bin Bags, I’ve seen her confidence and independence grow.” Emily agrees, adding that she also enjoys learning about the business side of things, through doing invoices, handling the money and shopping. “It gives me purpose and meaning,” she says. Future plans have already been considered due to the business’ success so far. “We currently have one chain store interested,” Emily says. “We’re keen to expand and continue to provide an environmentally friendly option for people.” No doubt the natural entrepreneur, who already runs Violet & Emily Cupcakes, will succeed. CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/Brownpaperbinliners www.facebook.com/VioletEmilyCupcakes


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ABOUT ME: I have lived in Townsville my whole life and am very passionate about this city! I studied a Bachelor of Business at JCU, majoring in HR and Marketing and have been working in the industry for the past three years. I have a passion for travel and always looking ahead for the next big trip, next year I will be visiting New York in May and Europe is on the cards for the end of the year. In my spare time I love to spend time making memories with my family and friends.

MY BAG Prada – An oldie but a goodie. I picked this one up in Milan when travelling with my best friend. SAINT CHRISTOPHER PENDANT My mum gave me this pendant when I first went overseas to keep me safe, and I’ve kept it close to me ever since. POLAROID IMAGES Some recent snaps of a girls trip to Port Douglas. HAIRSPRAY My hair unfortunately does not agree with Townsville’s humidity so I always carry a safety hairspray in my bag in case of fly aways. LIPSTICK Every handbag I own has at least four lip products that live in it. If I’m going for a dramatic look, then it’s Mac in Russian Red. CITRINE CRYSTAL A friend gifted me this citrine crystal which is meant to help guide happiness, strength and positive thoughts. YSL MON PARIS PERFUME Travel size perfume is the perfect size for handbags and Mon Paris is one of my favourite summer scents!


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COLD WATER TEA INFUSION Drinking 3L a day is not always easy but these cold water tea infusions are delicious and perfect for summer. APPLE You know what they say – an apple a day keeps the doctor away. PEN I have at least one pen with me at all times as I still love handwriting a daily to-do list. EARRINGS I always have at least one pair of earrings in my bag as they are my go-to accessory and can help dress up any outfit! NEW YORK GUIDE BOOK I am heading to New York with some of my best friends from high school next year so I am busy making a wish list of must see things to do. LIP BALM My favourite every day lip product is my trusty berry crush chap stick. HEART TALK Heart Talk is the perfect little pick me up and one of my all-time favourite books!




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Since its launch in 2009, the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s mission has been to build a responsible fashion industry that measures its impact; They connect artisans, living in some of the most marginalised communities in the world, with the global fashion industry. As a result of those connections, artisans are given the opportunity to work on multiple projects that provide them with an income, as well as skills training and development – empowering them to create a better life for themselves and their families.

THE MIMCO X EFI JOURNEY CONTINUES… In July 2018, the design MIMCO team visited communities in Kenya to experience first-hand the positive social impact of their partnership with the Ethical Fashion Initiative. Throughout the trip, their team was guided by Artisan Fashion Managing Director Robin MacAndrew, who offered invaluable insights that will help MIMCO build on their already positive impact. Discover more about Clare and Robin—and the MIMCO partnership— below or find out more about our sustainability journey. www.mimco. com.au/mimco-gives-back/ethical-fashion-initiative


My takeaway from this experience is that this is so empowering for women. It’s an amazing set up in terms of collective work, where women get to support each other, grow their skills and make an income for themselves. That’s empowering, and for me, that aspect of this fashion story is the most intriguing. This is people welcoming us into their space. I feel like you can feel the enthusiasm and the beauty in the work, because it’s a happy place. I think you can feel that soul in the accessories. Beading with the women is the best thing I did, because I have so much respect for these skills. This is not something you can just do in three seconds; this is something that takes a lot of time and a lot of concentration and a lot of love to be able to do beautifully. Q. WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT MIMCO’S PARTNERSHIP WITH EFI?

One of the things that really strikes me is that every single piece that is made by Artisan Fashion for MIMCO has been touched by many hands. The partnership is about skill and craft and artisanship.

Fashion is one of those things that is overwhelmingly consumed by women and when it’s made by women in this way, it makes it even more special. I feel such a connection between the product and the women who have made it. To come here and meet them and to see them do that work is so powerful. Clare recorded a special episode of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast while in Kenya for a two-part series on Mimco x EFI. Listen here. https:// itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/wardrobe-crisis-with-clare-press/ id1272011505?mt=2 ROBIN MACANDREW ARTISAN FASHION MANAGING DIRECTOR Q. HOW DO THE EFI’S HUBS FUNCTION?

The idea behind the Ethical Fashion Initiative is that each of the hubs that they set up all over the world will eventually reach a point of financial autonomy. Because only then can it be truly sustainable; the EFI’s mission is sustainability beyond subsidy. The first ‘hub’ opened by the International Trade Centre in Nairobi became independent in 2015. There are now around 20 different community networks (or hubs) that Artisan Fashion work with. Each network has approximately 20 individuals working for it, who could be bead workers from the Masai Mara to metal workers in the Kibera slum. Q. WHAT IS ARTISAN FASHION?

Artisan Fashion is a company based in Kenya that handcrafts accessories for some of the leading luxury fashion houses in the world. Our business model is founded around three particular things: Artisan creativity, Production Capability and Social Impact. In terms of what we do, how we do it and why we do it: We make accessories, we use local skills and materials and we do that to generate employment opportunities and economic development. Artisan Fashion work with artisans on a demand basis – this is work, not charity. If we have work, we engage them like we would any other supplier; they have become part of our supply chain. Quite often we train them with new skills; MIMCO’s Biome Drop earring being a great example of this. The artisans required a specific skill that we had to train them to do, which they then utilised to generate their own income for the local market. Q. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF MIMCO’S PARTNERSHIP WITH EFI AND ARTISAN FASHION?

MIMCO is a very important client for us, there is no doubt about that. MIMCO’s designs tend to be very impactful, as they engage large numbers of artisans (mostly women) through beadwork, embroidery and crochet. There are so many skills involved that require us to engage different communities from all over the country, who come together and put their traditional skills into the making of the accessories. What is so exciting about having MIMCO visit us in Kenya is that they are trying to understand how to design for social impact. There are certain decisions that are being made at the design stage that determine how much impact each product or collection will have when it is made. What MIMCO are looking to do is really understand how it is that they can be impactful through design.

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Lele Sadoughi A new collection of gem coloured headbands have been released by Lele Sadoughi to perfectly match your other accessories. Each headband a vibrant, elegant colour to brighten up your wardrobe. www.lelesadoughi.com

Sarah J Curtis The latest Spring accessory that Australian girls must have, the Take Me to the Party straw hat. The stylish over-sized hats are handmade with local Ecuadorian artisans, using a traditional weaving technique. With each hat embodying sophistication and class, it is the perfect accessory to keep your face safe from the sun. www.sarahjcurtis.com

Erika Pena The Rumba Collection has arrived with the fabulous Rumba Halter Long Dress. Sold in nine colours, this flowing cotton voile dress is multiple tiered with adjustable straps, allowing for maximum comfort and style all at once. www.erikapena.com

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Ranjana Khan From the Golden Hour collection, Stella sophisticatedly combines a nautical theme with an elegant, stylish twist that takes you back to your days of collecting shells along the beach. www.ranjanakhan.com


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The Marvellous Creations dress is part of the latest Manning Cartell collection, designed to inspire fierceness and power. Cut from sporty Italian cotton, this one-shoulder midi dress is styled to show off your silhouette. manningcartell.com.au


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Precision in Every Movement

Gym to Swim

Technogym, the world-leading producer of design and technologydriven fitness equipment, announce the launch of the sleek new SKILLTOOLSTM range. The carefully crafted fitness tools were conceived from the Skillathletic Training method, designed to improve performance and abilities. www.technogym.com/au

An activewear label that combines functional and technical design with textile innovation, LNDR’s Sebastian Sports Bra ($140) forms part of the brand’s ‘Gym to Swim’ collection. Crafted from Italian stretch fabric, the racer-back design is chlorine and sunscreenresistant. www.theiconic.com.au

Fibre Boost With this new book CSIRO turn their attention to the gut, helping us understand how it’s pivotal to a healthy metabolism, brain and immune system. The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet ($34.99) provides 85 easy-to-cook recipes, plus fibre-boosted daily meal plans as research shows feeding our gut bacteria with a particular type of fibre is a major piece in the gut health puzzle. www.panmacmillan.com.au

Thirst Quencher The process used to create Alka Power removes fluoride, chlorine and other impurities to produce an alkaline water that helps neutralise the acid in your body. Alka Power is also infused with marine-based minerals for faster absorption and hydration and contains the added benefits of natural electrolytes. www.alkapower.com.au

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Happy Feet Featuring Nike’s largest heel Air unit to date, the brand’s Air Max 270 sneakers offer plush cushioning that won’t weigh you down. Mesh panels offer ventilation where you need it, while an asymmetric lacing system allows for a snug fit. www.theiconic.com.au

The Protein Bread Co offers a range of healthy, low carb, high protein, no added sugar baking mixes. The company’s latest product, P300 Protein Rice, is a wholesome blend of Australian lupin with brown and black rice, packed full of protein and prebiotic fibre to keep you fuller for longer. www.theproteinbreadco.com.au

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Dr Desmond Ong

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

THE ENIGMA OF FACIAL BEAUTY – PART 1 A historical perspective and modern approach

Facial and smile analysis are important parts of an orthodontist’s everyday clinical practice. To improve dental and facial balance, a deep understanding of facial beauty is required, including the evaluation of facial aesthetics, proportions and symmetry. Facial Beauty Through History Facial beauty has always fascinated humans and has been passionately discussed by great philosophers such as Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. Aesthetics, the study of beauty, is derived from the Greek word aesthesis. Beauty is described as a ‘combination of qualities that give pleasure to the senses or to the mind’. From Homer’s Helen of Troy, who was described as having a ‘face that launched a thousand ships,’ to Queen Nefertiti, whose name literally means the ‘Perfect One’, to modern models and actors, facial beauty has always been the most valued aspect of human beauty. Is Beauty Subjective or Objective? The Greek philosopher Theocritus stated that; “Beauty is not judged objectively, but according to the beholder’s estimation”. In 1878, Hungerford coined the famous statement that; “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. In contrast, the Renaissance artist Alberti defined beauty as; “The summation of the parts working together in such a way that nothing needs to be added, taken away or altered.”


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Kant, in 1790, expressed the view that; “The beautiful is that which pleases universally without a concept”. This suggests that there is a universal standard for beauty that transcends across all cultures and biases. The most famous concept for describing beauty objectively is the Golden Proportion, first described by the ancient mathematician Euclid (325-265 BC) and later re-named the Divine Proportion by another mathematician Pacioli in 1509. This proportion is found in nature and is seemingly pleasing to the eye, with the emphasis being upon the proportion of the parts to the whole. Some clinicians have attempted to apply the golden proportion to

the human face. Stephen Marquardt, developed the Marquardt Facial Mask based on the golden proportion and proposed it to be a useful guide for plastic surgery. Despite some famous historical faces (e.g. Queen Nefertiti) and contemporary celebrity faces (e.g. Angelina Jolie) fitting the Marquardt mask, it does not apply to every beautiful face. Scientists are still yet to figure out what exactly makes people beautiful. A Balanced Perspective The 16th century artist Albrecht Dürer said; “I know not what beauty is, but I know that it affects many things in life.” Dürer explained that, although the concept of facial beauty is essentially subjective, the

assessment of facial proportions could be undertaken objectively. He maintained that disproportionate human faces were unaesthetic, whereas proportionate features were acceptable if not always beautiful. Therefore, the appropriate goal for orthodontists is to detect and where possible, correct dental and facial disproportions. Orthodontists have the clinical skills to diagnose, analyse and improve dental and facial features. The latter is often the reason why patients seek orthodontic treatment. It is a wonderful privilege to help patients improve their appearance, confidence and selfesteem.


THE ENIGMA OF FACIAL BEAUTY – PART 2 The influence of facial beauty on quality of life and how orthodontics can help

Beauty and Quality of Life Many studies have suggested that facial attractiveness has been associated with increased quality of life and inter-personal success. This research suggested that attractive people were perceived to be more intelligent, confident and socially acceptable. What Constitutes a Beautiful Smile? A beautiful smile is dependent on teeth features (e.g. tooth position, size, shape and colour) along with the soft tissues which surround the teeth (e.g. how much gum is visible and what the lips look like). A truly pleasing smile will display symmetry and harmony between all these features.

Eye-tracking research shows that in social interactions, most of the attention is given to the mouth and eyes of the speaker’s face. The mouth forms the centre of communication in the face, therefore the smile plays an important role in both facial expression and appearance. When assessing smile attractiveness, the smile must be evaluated in the whole face because it is a dynamic and expressive feature. Interestingly, many celebrities have attractive smiles that are not technically perfect from a dental perspective (e.g. Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst). However, when the smile fits in the face well, the imperfections are not generally viewed as a negative.

The Link Between Facial and Dental Appearance Facial attractiveness and smile attractiveness appear to be strongly connected.

Beauty in the Modern World Social media shows how infatuated modern society remains with the idea of beauty. Many people wish to emulate

celebrities, to look ‘perfect’ and take ‘selfies’. It seems that the pursuit of beauty places heavy pressure on both individuals and health professionals. It would seem unrealistic to expect the media’s obsession with appearance to significantly change, however, greater responsibility on the media’s part would be commendable. The Synergy Between Art and Science Naini stated that; “Nowhere in medicine is the fusion of art and science more important than in the clinical assessment of facial aesthetics.” Throughout history there has been a close link between art and science, with the greatest artists of the past also being the master scientists of their age. Similarly, orthodontic treatment combines the science of dentistry and tooth movement with the artistic aspects of the smile and face.

Can Orthodontic Treatment Help? The World Health Organisation defines oral health as “a comfortable and functional dentition which allows individuals to continue in their desired social role”. It is clear that not every person has a great need for orthodontic treatment and some are not bothered at all by how their teeth look. Research has shown that following orthodontic treatment, many teenagers reported fewer negative social issues (e.g. teasing and/or embarrassed by smiling). Such changes can be hugely important for some patients. Even if orthodontic treatment can potentially improve a patient’s quality of life, it is still ultimately the individual patient’s decision whether having treatment is the correct way forward for them. References are available upon request

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Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance


Hearing device has it in spades over traditional hearing aids.

You may have seen ads going around on some social media platforms for what’s being touted as a “A Revolutionary Hearing Solution Sweeping Australia” or words to that effect. The fact is the revolution has been ongoing for over seven years. The device they are talking about is the Phonak Lyric and at Clarity Hearing + Balance we have been fitting these devices since 2011 with great outcomes for our patients. The revolution has continued with new sizes now available to fit more people. Lyric is the first and only hearing device that is 100% invisible when placed in the ear. It is inserted past the second bend of the ear canal making it impossible to see no matter how close people get to you.

The Lyric is a semi-permanent hearing aid that sits just four millimetres away from the ear drum. Once inserted by a specialist Lyric Audiologist it stays there for 2-3 months – no batteries to fiddle with and change, no daily removing or inserting, no buttons to worry about – just 24 hours of hearing benefit seven days a week. It’s perfect for those who want to keep their hearing loss discreet and for those with poorer dexterity or vision who may not be able to manage traditional hearing aids. Lyric is also perfect for those with busy lifestyles. They are shower proof and you can swim, surf, play contact sports or fish with them and much more. It also doesn’t pick up wind noise and you can easily put on earplugs or earmuffs over the top.

The sound quality of the Lyric is also exceptional. It retains the natural resonances of the external ear (pinnae) and ear canal that assist you directionality and the fine tuning of sounds in noise.

Also, the depth reduces the volume of chewing noises, your own voice and other bodily sounds that are usually present with traditional deep canal hearing aids. Because you hear everything 24 hours a day (as someone with natural hearing would) you very quickly adapt to hearing the sounds you didn’t previously hear. It also allows you to hear safety sounds at night such as smoke alarms, telephones and babies crying when hearing aids would normally be removed. Research also suggests Lyric may give 24/7 relief from the symptoms of tinnitus which is usually at its loudest at night-time. If you are interested in trialling Lyric contact your local provider to see if the Lyric is suitable for you..

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Running your own business comes with unique demands – how do you cope?

There are so many potentially stressful aspects of running your own business. Financial insecurity (unpredictable income and cash flow); working long hours; blurring home-work boundaries; having many responsibilities (including managing people); working when sick; neglecting work-life balance; working in isolation; and the undercurrent worry of failure – makes you wonder why anyone would start a business! While it is impossible to avoid stress completely, you can find ways to reduce its impact. Here are four ideas to get started. 1. Get passionate. You will lose motivation on occasion when running your business – this is normal! What matters is how you get the motivational momentum going again.

Get to know your ‘why’ – what motivates and energises you. Maybe it’s your family, your responsibility to your employees or focus on why you started a business in the first place. Knowing your ‘why’ will help you get through the more difficult days, weeks or months. 2. Get people. As a business owner, you may feel isolated or lonely, unable to share concerns with anyone. Creating a good support system around you, with like-minded, trusted people is so important to share experiences and to learn from. Get people in your circle that you can relate to, whether it be a networking group, online-forum, working with a psychologist or business coach or join a face-to-face peer group, like Transformer. 3. Get balance. Work can easily consume more and more of your

time, so it is essential to learn how to detach and take time for life. It could be as simple as taking an hour out for lunch, planning a weekend away or watching your child’s school play. This will allow you to spend time with the people or doing the things that are most important to you, ultimately making you happier. It will also mean that there is less strain on your personal relationships. 4. Get healthy. Sleep, eat, move and rest – These four set the foundations for a healthier, happier and more productive life. They are the most basic things that you have control over, to release stress and recover. Get enough sleep and wake up at the same time every day to optimise your mood, energy and mind. Make a conscious effort to eat healthy

foods and limit junk and alcohol, as fuelling your body and mind with nutrients allows it run well. Exercising benefits you physically but it can also work wonders for your mental health by increasing endorphin levels, which make you feel happier. And finally, find time to rest the mind and body, through relaxation, meditation or just quiet time. Stress is inevitable in most work places, even more so if you are running the show – you must find ways to cope. If you are having trouble coping with the stress of running your business, try working with a psychologist – finding the right support and tools for your specific problems can make all the difference between just surviving or thriving.

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Your body shape may carry an important message about your health.

Did you ever think that the shape of your body might be trying to tell you something? Let’s play a game. All you need is a full-length mirror and one pair of eyes. Now look at your refection in the mirror; what do you see? Where do you carry your weight? Are you an: • A pple – extra weight around your mid-section? • Watermelon – extra weight all-over your body? • Pear – extra weight on your hips, thighs, bum, lower belly? Sound familiar? Lets look deeper.. Apples may start out as athletic, muscular bodies that begin to store excess weight on the trunk.

They tend to crave high carbohydrate, comfort foods – triggered by excess insulin which can act as a storage hormone! Blood sugar issues are at the core of this. Adding glucoselowering spices to your foods such as cinnamon, garlic, oregano and sage may help reduce blood glucose but the more important issue is what is driving the glucose roller coaster in the first place? Maybe it’s time to assess how predominant carbs are in your diet – cereals, baked goods, pasta, rice, white potato and excessive amount of fruit are the biggest culprits. The watermelon gains weight evenly all over! Fatigue, puffiness, cold feet/hands? Poor thyroid function may be the culprit.

Look to iodine rich foods to support the thyroid, like kelp and seafood. But more importantly, what’s affecting your thyroid? The thyroid is a critical organ of metabolism. We call it the ‘canary in the coal mine’. When the canary gets quiet its time to look deeper in the body. Stress, diet, an overwhelmed liver and disrupted Microbiome can affect your thyroid ultimately affecting weight and cellular function. And pear‘s got booty!! This body type is often driven by estrogen dominance that can affect not only women but men, you don’t get out of this that easily! Man boobs, prostate issues, receding hairline, lack of libido? Fibre and phytochemicals from cruciferous veggies may help eliminate excess estrogen. But

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ABOVE CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Townsville Hospital Foundation Volunteer Eila Kangas brings a sandwich and cup of coffee to Townsville patient; Members of Townsville Central Rotary Club Ray Dickson and Savvy Francis donate equipment to Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins-Olsen and NICU Director Dr Guan Koh; Participants in the 2018 Move It Festival event.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, LOCALLY. There’s more to the Townsville Hospital Foundation than you may know…… The Townsville Hospital Foundation is gearing up for a jam-packed 2019, where they will be celebrating their 30th Year Anniversary. Along with their annual events and fundraisers, the Foundation will be introducing some new events and campaigns to encourage all members of the North Queensland community to participate, contribute and assist in “making a difference”. “We will be continuing with our ongoing, popular events such as the Move It Festival, Book Fair, our Signature Bridge Dinner and Wear-A-Bear Day. We are also excited to include some new events for the Townsville Hospital Foundation 2019 calendar, and will have some very special projects within the

hospital that the community can donate towards” remarked Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins-Olsen. The Foundation is also expanding their ever-popular Volunteer Services, by employing for the first time in the organisation’s existence a full-time volunteer co-ordinator. This volunteer co-ordinator will take over managing the existing 160 volunteers, and will be introducing additional volunteer services and programs where needed across the 20 hospitals and health centres in the North Queensland region. “We know there are groups of people across North Queensland who would like to volunteer and assist in areas of our Hospital and Health Service. Having a

full-time volunteer co-ordinator will assist the Townsville Hospital Foundation in supporting the regional hospitals and health centres more than ever before” Higgins-Olsen stated. “Volunteers will be engaged across North Queensland to assist in the wards and clinics where they are needed, but will also support regional events and fundraisers, where all funds raised will remain local within that particular community.” The result of all the events, fundraisers and campaigns is all in aid of the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s vision to enrich healthcare in north Queensland. The Foundation partners with the North Queensland community to provide additional support services, equipment,

training and research resources to enhance patient, visitor and staff experiences within public hospitals and health services in our region. The Foundation exists to provide those extra comforts and improved experiences for those who are required to spend time within their Hospital and Health Service. If you would like to support the Townsville Hospital Foundation – a 100% local charity – the friendly staff are always happy to hear from you! Whether you wish to become a volunteer, attend an event or host your own fundraiser, there are big and small ways everyone can help. CONNECT NOW: Email thfoundation@health.qld.gov.au or phone 4433 1337.

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A FLYING START Through her business Learning Partnerships, Miranda Hamilton helps young people prepare for a successful career.


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Attending a school information night for parents at Cathedral School proved an unexpected turning point in Miranda Hamilton’s career. “They were exploring the option of a Diploma of Business in Schools,” Miranda says. “The opportunity really excited me and I wanted to be a part of it, so I went for a position doing that and loved it.” When the chance to buy Learning Partnerships arose, Miranda jumped at the opportunity and has now brought on a number of new qualifications including schools programs. “My background is in IT, IT security and project management,” Miranda says.

“My most important clients are my team. If I look after them, then they look after our students and everyone can enjoy their job or their study in an environment that works with the individual.” Through digital transformation, Learning Partnerships provides not just online or face-to-face training but also virtual interactions to provide the opportunity to collaborate in a flexible way. “This means we can be more to more people and help people achieve their goals in a way that suits them,” Miranda says. “I think this is important in education. There are too many education facilities online that are about the outcome of just

getting a qualification rather than developing people with tools they can apply in the workplace.” Passionate about school children understanding that there is more than one pathway to success, Miranda says her favourite class to teach is her Diploma of Business in Schools program. “There are pathways to career success that don’t have to involve the stress of an OP/ ATAR or Natplan,” Miranda says. “In my Diploma of Business in Schools program I work with a bunch of really great young people who, when they leave, have a considerable understanding of marketing, ebusiness, team effectiveness, managing projects and risk and innovation.”

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LEAN ON ME The passionate Student Services team at Northern Beaches State High School work in a complementary capacity. “Our team consists of our Guidance Officer, Youth Support Coordinator, Community Education Counsellor, Chaplain, schoolbased Youth Health Nurse, Defence Transition Mentor and school-based Police Officer,” says Northern Beaches State High School Principal ​Robin Sprott ​. “While the Community

Thanks to the outstanding Student Services team at Northern Beaches State High School, the staff and pupils know someone always has their back. Education Counsellor works with indigenous students to promote educational excellence, the Youth Support Coordinator focuses on students transitioning into the workplace. In the meantime, the Chaplain provides non-religious activities to promote student engagement and the schoolbased Police Officer works with whole year levels of students on understanding cyber bullying and how to party safely. “Although these are just a few examples of what

some of the team members do, the advantage of this multidisciplinary approach is clear.” While each member of the Student Services team has a different role, they are united in their proactive approach and dedication to their jobs. “Our team works tirelessly to provide daily activities targeting social and emotional wellbeing,” says Guidance Officer Kate Wallace. “Our focus is on traumainformed and restorative

practices and social and emotional learning.” At times, the team’s jobs can be challenging but the reward of making a difference is worth it. “In the one day you can assist a student apply for medicine at university, listen to a child’s trauma, de-escalate a student and be proactive all at the same time,” Kate says. “Every day is different and unpredictable and if I ever get through my ‘to do’ list, it’s a miracle. But, this is our work and we love it. “Wellbeing is intrinsically linked to success at school, at work and in our personal life and I see this as one of the most important roles within any school to prepare young people for life.”

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LEADERS OF LEARNING Research consistently shows that teachers are the critical factor in the learning outcomes of students. “We know that quality teachers lead to quality learning outcomes,” said Ms Paulina Skerman, Principal. “This is why we have invested significantly in attracting teachers who are experts in their areas of speciality, to build our professional learning community. “It’s about bringing global perspectives and the latest technologies into the classroom to engage young learners and arm them with transferrable skills.”


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Ms Skerman said the industry has moved on from traditional teaching models, to one where teachers are now learning managers. “We are engaged in studentcentric learning and learning management. It’s about flipping the pedagogy, tailoring for different learner styles. It is creative, innovative and responsive to this generation and their way of learning. “This year we introduced an elective, The Start-Up; an entrepreneurial-based,

cross-curriculum program that develops design thinking practices. Next year we are implementing the YES Mathematics Program whereby students will learn according to their strengths; whether that be as independent, selfmotivated learners; those who thrive in being immersed in real-life contexts and those who respond best to collaborative learning. These are examples of how we are developing programs that place the individual student at the heart.”

Curriculum is led by a group of experienced educators who are responsible for creating the culture of the teaching and learning experience. Led by the Principal as the leader of learning, the curriculum team is driven by the Deputy Principal and Director of Studies, and supported by the Dean of Innovation, Dean of Performance & Planning and the Dean of Students. “Our Heads of Faculties are supported by this team who are dedicated to monitoring student pathways, to delivering futures-focused curriculum and to ensuring exceptional pastoral care. “Our teaching culture is one of collective professionalism,” said Ms Skerman. “We are exceptionally proud of the achievements of our teachers, many of whom have been finalists or winners in state and national awards programs.”

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and we help to make them global citizens who care about others.” Equally passionate about student welfare, Year Level Co-ordinators Kelsie Preston, Naomi Adams, Lizzii Watson and Jacinda Laing have a shared vision of building a community where everyone is working towards their best selves. These experienced ladies form part of a leadership team that ensures a great balance of role models to the young men and women at Townsville Grammar School. “I believe that this job isn’t just a job, it’s a vocation,” says Kelsie Preston.

WELLBEING COMES FIRST With a focus on the welfare of their students, the Pastoral Care Leadership Team at Townsville Grammar School is passionate about prioritising student wellbeing.

Dedicated to educating the whole child, Yvonne West stresses that she teaches children, not subjects. “My roles as a Year Level Co-ordinator, and now in the newly created role of Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing & Development, is to facilitate the holistic growth and development of students,” Yvonne says. “The all-round development of students underpins everything I do; both as a teacher and as a Pastoral Carer.” As an experienced Pastoral Carer, Yvonne develops and implements programmes that enable students to learn how to be resilient, how to develop grit, how to be mindful and grateful and to flourish.

“These opportunities are embedded in all programmes offered by the School and challenge and encourage each student to find genuine ways of wellbeing.” Senior English Teacher and, as of 2019, Year 11 Year Level Co-ordinator Kelly McBean is dedicated to making sure Townsville Grammar School is a supportive, happy and inclusive environment where students can thrive. “Teaching is much more than showing students how to use an apostrophe or how to punctuate direct speech. In reality, that’s a small part of our job,” Kelly says. “We get to help students build resilience and selfconfidence. We help to grow their imaginations and creativity

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

BE PREPARED Don’t wait till its too late

We’ve had a whirlwind few months at RBS. On top of the usual new Financial Year madness, we were selected as the Australian Finalist for the Intuit QuickBooks Online Firm of the Future contest! It has been an incredible experience, but a massive reminder as to why it’s SO important to be prepared. That is the long time motto of the Scouts Organisation, which I grew up with during my primary school years and it’s always served me well OR has been an annoying reminder whenever I am caught unprepared. So why was winning an award a reminder to Be Prepared? We madly rushed to get the marketing campaign ready so we could take advantage of the opportunity that the award’s recognition would provide us. Headshots, messaging,

templates and photos – all simple things to organise, when there’s no time pressure! Fortunately we were half prepared. We have an amazing Graphic Designer and the Team at DUO sprung into action for us! But what’s uncomfortable for us (and many other business people) is talking about what we do and why people should buy/ work with us. That’s why we need to know our own message. Problem is, that doesn’t make it any easier being in front of a camera! Promoting your business or ‘self promotion’ is interesting. The only person who can do it for you – is you! Even when you engage the services of professionals, they’re still going to ask you what you would like your audience to know. Since we have been thrown in

the proverbial deep end, I thought I would share my Top 5 Tips for getting your message out for your own self promotion! 1. Importance of self promotion “Without self promotion, something terrible happens… Nothing!” – P.T. Barnum No one is going to share your message unless you do. It’s not cocky or arrogant to tell people what you’re good at. Just be mindful that your message is helpful for them. 2. Having a brand Your brand is who you are. It encompasses many components – its not just a logo or a business card (but those are a must!). Brand is customer service, brand is perception, brand is delivering what you say you will. Having a website, social media, owning your domain (instead of

mybusinessname@hotmail.com) is all a part of your brand. 3. Knowing your message Knowing your message is a huge part of branding. It also makes life SO much easier when you need to discuss who you are and what you do. As a starting point pick your top three messages your audience should know about you and your business and how it relates to them. 4. Connecting with the right people This seems self explanatory but you will be surprised at how little focus this receives until it is too late. Industry influencers, stakeholders and even local identities that can provide you with support, guidance and knowledge. 5. Having a cheer squad Make a reason to cheer you on! Whether it’s friends, clients or influencers – the more people know about you and like you, the easier promotion becomes. The best way to get this started is to start being other peoples cheer leaders, so they can experience your support and reciprocate it accordingly. 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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Warwick Powell

Provenance can be a source of value creation and competitive advantage. Strictly speaking, provenance is usually understood in terms of the origins of something. In broader terms, provenance goes to the accumulated ‘life story’ of something, someone or some place… in some ways, we can think of provenance as being intimately intertwined with the idea of genealogy, which is about ‘lines of descent’ that can be ‘traced’ from earlier to later forms.

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Warwick Powell is the founding Chairman of Sister City Partners, a regional not-for-profit investment bank with headquarters in Townsville. He brings almost 20 years of experience in global capital markets and project development and finance to bear on the challenges of creating regional resilience. He is an iconoclast who questions and challenges orthodox thinking. For more information about Sister City Partners visit www.sistercitypartners.com.au.


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As an idea, provenance finds strong application in areas of natural production – especially as it relates to the cultivation of lands for food and beverages production. As a source of value, provenance – insofar as it is associated with places – draws strength from a locality’s natural attributes. This is often associated with a place’s climate, its geology and its topographical features. There have been widely publicised economic disputes about the use of place names as attributions in wine production, for example. Geographical indicators also have legal status, in terms of trade mark laws. However, it is not just natural attributes that are associated with places of origination. Long-standing histories and cultures often come part-andparcel with a place’s natural gifts… here, we are talking about the human know-how that is brought to bear on the products at hand. The German notion of Technik is a useful way of capturing the multi-faceted notion of human know-how, capacity and capability. The introduction of human know-how draws attention to the role of institutions in building multi-generational capabilities and reputations. Peoples of

different parts of the world are often recognised for some outstanding skill, capability or attribute as a consequence. A PLACE FOR PLACE Developments in information and communications technology, coupled with the ongoing advances in transportation, are progressively making the world a ‘smaller place’. Some observers have noted that in the internet age, regional cultures and difference are at risk of being swamped by a bland place-less globalisation; where regional flavours and distinctiveness is lost. Against this backdrop, there has in recent times been a re-emergence of a strong sense of place; that place matters, and that there is actually a place for provenance, understood in the broad sense. Not only are producer communities asserting regional specialisation, as both a quest to sustain cultural heritage and to promote local economic prosperity; consumers are also valuing place-based attributes associated with: Authenticity; Safety; Quality and standards; and Sustainability.. WINE Some of the most well-known cases of geographically-based provenance economic value are found in the wine industry. Not

only have there been significant legal cases contested in relation to geographic ‘names’, but – and perhaps because of these actions – places have assumed an economic significance. CHEESES The case of wine has also been played out in the cheese industry, where ‘place’ is a critical determinant of product attribute claims. TEAS Away from the European environment, geography has also played an important role in defining attributes and quality claims in the Chinese tea sector. There are over 1,000 tea varieties in China, each associated with a particular locality and history. Geographic definitions can affect market pricing by 100s of percent. TECHNIK PROVENANCE Places are often associated with certain technical competencies or skills of the people. For example: Germany is recognised for engineering excellence Scandinavian countries are often associated with design excellence Jingdezhen in central southern China is the location of the best porcelain, and not far from there Xuancheng is recognised as producing the best calligraphy papers Sheffield became known for


its steel making capabilities and acumen The point to observe is that a place’s special attributes are often intertwined with the accumulated capacities of the people who have worked in the industries in various locations for many generations, passing on knowledge and skills. ASIA’S GROWTH MARKETS As national and household wealth has increased over the past two decades in China and Asia more generally, so too has consumer demand for products that exhibit placed-based attributes. Demand for imported food and beverages has been growing significantly, especially in China. This growth is driven by: Growth in household wealth, with greater disposable income; Increased international exposure resulting from more overseas study and travel; The emergence of demand for what economists call Veblen Goods (eg., luxuries); Rising concerns about food fraud and food safety, as economic conditions coupled with a paucity of trust in traditional regulatory mechanisms and focal points of authority give way to chronic supply chain malfeasance; and Regular and well-publicised food safety scandals and food fraud incidents. FOOD FRAUD AND SAFETY MATTER According to John Spink, Director of Michigan State university’s Food Fraud Initiative, food fraud is a US$40 billion global problem each year. It is also a food safety problem. According to the World Health Organisation, almost one in 10 people become ill every year from eating contaminated food, with 420,000 dying as a result. Food fraud and safety scandals have emerged across the globe. In 2009, there was a salmonella peanut butter outbreak in the USA, which sickened at least 714 Americans

across 46 States and killed nine others. In 2013, the UK experienced the horse meat scandal, which saw horse meat being sold as beef in supermarkets. More recently, the Brazilian federal police accused the country’s biggest meat producers of bribing health inspectors to turn a blind eye to unsafe practices, including repackaging beef past its sell-by date, making turkey ham from soybeans and overuse of potentially harmful additives. Australian produce has not been immune either, with well-known cases of food substitution and fraud in areas such as wines, meat (especially beef), dairy products (especially milk powder) and adulterated honey. BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES OVERVIEW The technology underpinning the opportunity is generically described as the blockchain, or distributed ledger technologies. A distributed ledger is a type of database that is shared, replicated and synchronised amongst the members of a network. The distributed ledger records the transactions, such as the exchange of assets or data, among the participants of the network. Participants in the network govern and agree by consensus protocols on the updates to the records in the ledger. No central, third-party mediator, such as a financial institution or clearing house, is involved. Every record in the distributed ledger is timestamped and has a unique cryptographic signature. This makes the ledger an audit-able history of all transactions in the network. GLOBAL APPLICATIONS The blockchain technology has been acknowledged as having significant potential in applications to supply chains. A recent study (ReportLinker) predicted that the blockchain in agriculture and food supply

markets will be worth over US$400m in the next five years. The report states that: “the blockchain market is expected to grow, owing to the increase in the demand for supply chain transparency along the agriculture and food verticals”. Globally, the technology has been targeted towards a range of supply chains with various objectives including: Improved credentialing and validation of products; Enhanced tracing of products through the supply chain; Streamlined payments; and Creation of new markets for provenance-based products. For example, VinX is developing a blockchainpowered wine futures platform. This platform aims to activate a token-based marketplace, enabling the trade of wine futures, anchored by a secure supply chain that assures product provenance and reduces industry fraud. Similarly, a Chinese-backed project called VeChain is seeking to verify wine supply chains to tackle counterfeiting. In Europe, Holland’s largest supermarket chain is deploying blockchain technologies in an effort to improve the transparency of the production chain for its orange juice. The platform reportedly stores data that reveals the quality and sustainability rating held by various producers as well as information about the fruits themselves. A number of large North American conglomerates have come together to work with IBM to utilise distributed database technologies to improve food traceability. The initiative is called IBM Food Trust and involves corporates like Walmart and Nestle. Walmart is implementing the platform initially to deliver greater provenance in its lettuce supply chain. Designing and successfully implementing a blockchain

technology-enabled regional provenance value creation initiative is a multi-disciplinary activity. It necessarily involves experiences and skills that are rarely found together. NEW KNOWLEDGES AND SKILLS Capitalising on these opportunities requires both new knowledges and skills, as well as the ability to integrate them into a meaningful designed solution. Regions need to attract and develop the right networks of capability; to mobilise bespoke skills and expertise in the following areas: Economics, including in specialised areas such as ‘mechanism design’ and ‘game theory’; Payments and supply chain finance and insurance; Various supply chain sector specialisations; Internet of Things (hardware and software, plus blockchain integration); Cryptography and decentralised ledger development; Software development capabilities (database engineers and code-writers); Blockchain security and consensus protocols design, development and production; Legal compliance; Export market development (distribution channels; brand positioning; end-customers); and Social and ecological impact accounting. There are tremendous opportunities for a new era of economic dynamism, which combine traditional strengths in regional Australia with a host of modern technologies It is the development and application of these technologies that hold the key to unlocking the additional value that lies in regional Australia’s natural attributes.

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Tell us about the proposal? My whole family was in on the secret! Nick planned to propose on the riverbank at lunch while we were working on the family cattle property. But, as usual, when working with cattle things didn’t quite go to plan. With a broken down motorbike and cattle running away I ended up riding in the side-by-side with Dad – with the ring hidden in the glove box! Everyone was very stressed and excited. By the end of the day Nick still hadn’t proposed yet so Dad sent us to start the water pump and, after making me start the pump, he proposed! Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? At our home, on a small block of land outside Charters Towers. What’s something funny that happened at your wedding? After hours of partying Nick was busting a move on the dance floor and dislocated his knee! But he wasn’t short of visitors at his chair-side for the remainder of the night until my dad carried him to bed over his shoulder fireman style. What’s your most memorable moment? Seeing my tough husband-to-be crying as he watched me walk down the aisle will forever be one of my favourite moments. Also, seeing my little flower dog, Tilly, for the first time after being away from her for 24 hours as well as dancing the night away with everyone who means the most to us. Where did you go for your honeymoon? A quick trip to Queenstown in New Zealand where, thanks to the dislocated knee, we spent every day exploring different restaurants and going on wine tours.


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Tell us about the proposal? Jaiden took me on a surprise trip over to Magnetic Island where he’d organised a 58-foot yacht to collect us after we stepped off the ferry. We sailed around Magnetic Island, enjoying wine and cheese, and then he proposed to me just as the sun was setting over the island. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Our wonderful wedding ceremony was at the huge raintree at Queens Gardens followed by a remarkable reception at A Touch of Salt. What’s something funny that happened at your wedding? The laughs kept coming all day from a bird leaving a special present on my wife’s wedding dress as she walked down the aisle, to the embarrassing and comical speeches and the dancing at the end of the night – classic. What was your most memorable moment? When Caitlin arrived early to the ceremony because she couldn’t wait any longer and when we signed the marriage certificate to make it official. Just relaxing with family and friends on our special day was really wonderful. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We honeymooned in Tasmania, watching the snow fall over Mount Wellington and checking out the history of the area. We then travelled all over in a hire car and finished off with a trip to Melbourne for some shopping and relaxation.


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Tell us about the proposal? Krystal proposed in April 2011, following my university graduation. I always refer to it as the day the earth shook as it quite literally did – it was the day a small earthquake hit Townsville. Following the graduation, we enjoyed a romantic picnic on the beach at Pallarenda, the place we had our first date. Krystal took me by complete surprise when a letter she began to read to me turned into a proposal. Of course I said yes. We then waited seven long years until the laws changed in Australia to allow us to legally wed. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We had a surprise wedding and reception at Otto’s Lane, where everyone except for our parents thought they were attending Mary’s birthday. Renae Summers at Otto’s was amazing at meeting all of our requests and ensuring we had the best possible time. Otto’s was fun, relaxed, met our boho chic look and of course catered amazing food-truck style food from their decked-out shipping containers. What’s something funny that happened at your wedding? Both of our children fell asleep on the way to the wedding. Our three-year-old daughter, who had been totally psyched about walking her Mum and Mummy down the aisle, woke up and just wanted to go home. We had to laugh when we explained to her that we kinda couldn’t leave. What’s your most memorable moment? For both of us, our first glance was the most memorable moment. It was an opportunity to share a private moment where we could see each other for the first time that day prior to seeing our guests at the wedding itself. This moment was filled with so much anticipation and excitement. Neither of us will ever forget it. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We enjoyed a week off together in Townsville with our children and continued the celebrations with friends and family. We’re looking forward to taking a honeymoon with our children next year.

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Let Brothers Leagues Club be at the heart of your special day. The recently renovated Range Room, with its central location and ample onsite parking,provides a team of staff who are excited to deliver personalised service and attention to detail to every aspect of your wedding reception. The Range Room is a gorgeous space to entertain up to 200 guests,


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and can transform into whatever look and feel you choose. The Club also provides a venue for your guests, both before and after your event. The Club’s Functions Coordinator Kerry Hagen and her elite team are well trained to provide you with impeccable service. Kerry has a passion for styling and can provide insight and recommendations to

make your vision come alive. You also have the option to provide your own stylist for the day. “We are aware of the stresses of organising your event, and we pride ourselves on giving you the confidence that your day will be just as you planned. I’m confident that Brothers offers great value for money to help you stay within your budget,” Kerry said.

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“transforming a shed with concrete floors into a romantic retreat.” Although she has over 300 professional event bookings under her belt, Jen says her passion for styling and coordinating events is as strong as ever. “Still, to this day, watching a space transform into a breathtaking event is so fulfilling. It’s the equivalent of giving an artist a blank canvas and saying do what you want!” The opportunity to bring her services to the Cairns region for Jess and Justin’s wedding was another career highlight for Jen. “Travelling north was an amazing experience,” Jen says. “I used the opportunity to watch the landscape change from the arid beauty of Mount Isa to the deep-green tones in the cane fields and mountains near Cairns. “We love incorporating the aesthetics of North Queensland into our styling.” Jennifer Termine-Toth, owner of Andii Mihay Events


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Tell us about the proposal? Ben proposed to me at our son’s christening in front of our close friends and family, which involved his three brothers doing a little performance to distract me and throw me completely off guard. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Our ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Theodores and the reception at the brandnew function venue, The Pavilion at The Ville ResortCasino. What’s something funny that happened at your wedding? It would definitely have to be involving Ben’s family in my Greek heritage of Ouzo shots, plate-smashing and lots of Greek dancing. What’s your most memorable moment? Our bridal waltz was in our top memorable moments, as we performed a choreographed waltz followed by a fun, upbeat dance. Where did you go for your honeymoon? Peace and relaxation was highly desired after a busy build-up to the day. We had a quick getaway to Mt Quincan Crater Retreat in the Atherton Tablelands near Yungaburra that was a perfect end to our celebrations.

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Atop the Townsville Brewery in the heart of the CBD, The Banquet Centre ticks all the boxes and more as the perfect scene for a magical wedding that none of your guests will forget in a hurry. You could say its decadent setting, breathtaking antiquity and esteemed food and beverage packages makes Emily Young’s job as Sales and Marketing Manager somewhat easy! “Our space is undeniably stunning,” Emily stated.“We offer a truly unique North Queensland experience that no other venue can match, in an iconic landmark, with luxurious decor,


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internationally award-winning beer and world class culinary meals.” Emily embarked upon her career as a wedding-planner in the vineyards of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. With more than 300 ‘big days’ on her résumé, she certainly knows a thing or two about bringing events to life. “We provide the highest standards for weddings in Townsville with our experienced and dedicated event management team delivering personal service to every single one of our clients,” she said. “The Banquet Centre is rich with unparalleled sophistication,

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CHAR SIU PORK CUTLETS WITH SPECIAL FRIED RICE & LAP CHEONG Char siu is a ruddy sauce containing five spice, hoisin, soy sauce, honey and fermented tofu, and it’s perfect as a Chinese-style marinade on any cut of pork. It also goes insanely well with tumblers of whisky. You have been warned.

PREP TIME 15 minutes (plus 15 minutes marinating)



60 ml (¼ cup) char siu sauce

COOK TIME 15 minutes

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine the char siu sauce, garlic and salt in a large bowl, add the pork and toss to coat evenly. Cover and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes, or up to 2 hours in the fridge if you have time.


1 garlic clove, crushed 4 x 200 g pork cutlets or chops vegetable oil, for brushing OMELETTE 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper FRIED RICE 1 tablespoon peanut oil 2 lap cheong sausages, thinly sliced 3 spring onions, white and dark green parts separated, thinly sliced 55 g (1/3 cup) frozen peas 2 garlic cloves, minced

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495 g (3 cups) cooked long-grain brown rice, chilled overnight on a tray 55 g (1 cup) bean sprouts 1ó tablespoons oyster sauce 2 teaspoons light soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper


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Preheat a barbecue grill or chargrill pan over medium–high heat. Brush the pan with vegetable oil. Add the pork and cook for 3 minutes on one side. Baste with any marinade left in the bowl, then flip over and cook for a further 3 minutes until just cooked pink. Transfer to a plate and rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. While your meat is resting, make the omelette. Whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Pour in half the egg mixture and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 1 minute, then flip over and cook for a further 1 minute. Remove from the pan and roll up, then slice at 5 mm intervals to create ‘ribbons’. Repeat with the remaining egg mixture. Now make the fried rice. You need to use day-old rice. Pour the peanut oil into the frying pan and return to high heat. Add the lap cheong and cook for 1 minute or until starting to colour. Add the white part of the spring onion, peas and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until the garlic and spring onion begin to soften. Add the rice, bean sprouts, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, omelette ribbons and dark green part of the spring onion and toss gently to combine. Thickly slice the pork. Divide the fried rice among serving bowls and top with the pork. Serve straight away.


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FILLED WITH GINGER, PORK (MAGICALLY), SOUP – OBVIOUSLY! The Chinese are the masters of the impossible when it comes to food. I mean, how could you pipe soup into a xiao long bao dumpling without it spilling out? Usually, making Chinese soup dumplings is a bit of a palaver but this cheat’s version makes the process a whole lot easier – especially if you enlist the whole family to form their own dumplings! The secret is using an ice-cube tray to set the filling. The pay-off is placing one of these dumplings on a spoon, biting into the silky skin at the side near the top and sucking out the piping hot soup before popping the entire thing in your mouth. Beware: this age-old technique was developed after countless foolish tourists tried to eat a dumpling in one bite, scalding their mouths on the sizzling soup inside! Luckily, this is less likely to happen with these dumplings, as there will probably only be a moderate amount of liquid inside the ones you make.

PREP TIME 45 minutes (plus 45 minutes cooling and setting) (Less if you get the whole family involved to help you fold!)



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Place the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water and set aside for 5 minutes until soft.

COOK TIME 15 minutes



250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock 1 tablespoon light soy sauce 48 fresh gow gee wrappers

250 g pork mince (not lean) 3 spring onions, white part only, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger 1 teaspoon light soy sauce 1 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper DIPPING SAUCE 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 2 tablespoons black vinegar 2 teaspoons Chinese-style chilli oil, such as chiu chow (optional) 3 cm knob of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks

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Pour the chicken stock and soy sauce into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Use your hands to squeeze the excess water from the gelatine. Add the gelatine to the stock mixture and stir until dissolved. Transfer to a jug and set aside for 15 minutes to cool completely. To make the pork filling, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Place four 12-hole ice-cube trays on a baking tray. Fill each hole with 1 teaspoon of the filling, then pour over enough cooled chicken stock mixture to just cover the filling. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the stock has set. To make the dipping sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Remove one ice-cube tray from the fridge. Place a gow gee wrapper on a flat surface. Use a teaspoon to carefully remove one block of filling from the tray and place in the centre of the wrapper. Dip your finger in water and lightly wet the edge of the wrapper. Holding the wrapper and filling in one hand, use your forefinger and thumb to pleat the wrapper in a circular motion to completely enclose the filling. Pinch the pleats together in the centre of the dumpling to seal. Set aside and repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Working in batches, place the dumplings in a steamer basket lined with baking paper, leaving some space between each dumpling. Carefully set it over the saucepan, then cover and steam for 3 minutes or until the filling feels soupy and the wrappers are opaque. Serve the dumplings with the dipping sauce. Remember: the soup filling will be piping hot!

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SUBURB: Mundingburra AKA: Smithy (when I was young). I’M RENOWNED FOR: My passion for baking products that my customers will love. My pride in baking quality fresh bread everyday and my dedication in mentoring our apprentices, I love seeing their progression. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… when the weather report says it’s raining in Townsville, but it really isn’t! MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… my two trips to Japan in 2015 and 2018 for snowboarding. I have never seen so much powder before! RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… 20 years younger! MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Christmas Day… because I always get that day off. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My Dad, my first boss, but most of all my wife for believing in me through thick and thin. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… I took my dad’s Valiant ute for a drive when I was 15 years old to go surfing and I wrote the ute off! (Dad didn’t even know I had taken it!). SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Michael Jackson at Disneyland in 1980, I was holidaying with my family, I was 12 years old! MY MOTTO IS: Don’t wait for it to happen, make it happen!

SUBURB: Hyde Park AKA: Pete I’M RENOWNED FOR: Being the smiley little person behind the counter. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… not local, from Clermont, Queensland! MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… doing a Contiki tour around Europe for two months. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on a tour around Canada and Alaska. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Sunday, as it is the only day I get to sleep in. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My parents. They always encouraged me to try different things and not give up if it got too hard. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… my brother asked me to look after his land cruiser and not dint it while he was on a fishing trip, but the next day when travelling up the highway I swerved to miss a kangaroo which resulted in a few dints over the vehicle. He always reminds me of this if he has to lend me a car. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: I had my photo taken with Dick Johnson. MY MOTTO IS: To always have a bright outlook on life.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Anything 80’s SHOP Bakers Delight Castletown EAT Thai food DRINK Bourbon and Coke

MY FAVOURITE SONG Hopelessly Devoted to You by Olivia Newton-John SHOP Spotlight – craft section EAT Roast pork dinner DRINK Water and an occasional cocktail



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At DUO, we love introducing you to the people of our community. This month meet four staff from CastleTown Townsville businesses. If you have four people from your workplace who you’d like us to consider, just send an email to: editor@duomagazine.com.au



SUBURB: Idalia / JCU AKA: Thommo I’M RENOWNED FOR: Resilience and having a crack at almost anything. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… the dulcet tones of Pricey and Minty. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… Royal Caribbean Cruise through the South Pacific. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… sitting on a beach earning 20%. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Everyday… every single one of them counts. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: Kerwin Rae – business mentor. Leadership, extreme ownership and the importance of work place culture. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… many years ago I was working for the Cowboys and helped out as one of the mascots, which in turn became a regular gig as Miss Moo. One night during a game against the Warriors, I became engaged with a group of NZ Navy sailors on leave in Townsville. During the banter, I jumped the fence and they piled on top of me, took off Miss Moo’s head and unceremoniously raised it atop of the NZ Silver Fern Flag. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Mad keen North Melbourne fan – travelled to Brisbane to watch Brent Harvey’s 400th game – met him next day in the airport lounge. MY MOTTO IS: This is simple, this is easy, this is fun.

SUBURB: Idalia AKA: Where do I start? My name is often said/ spelt incorrectly. I’ve managed to get a lot of nicknames over the years from people mishearing my name. Teemy, Peemy, Feebe, Freemy, the list goes on! I’M RENOWNED FOR: My memory; my friends often ask me to go through my ‘memory files’ for them! ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… you don’t make friends with plovers, magpies and curlews!! MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… exploring Europe eight and a half years ago. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on a holiday, cocktail in hand. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said “Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My parents, especially Mum (sorry Dad!). My mother is the strongest, caring and most selfless person I know. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… being taken into an interrogation room at the Santorini airport for having a ‘gun’ in my luggage. Note to self: Be careful when buying gifts for people that resemble weapons on airport x-ray baggage scanners. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Guns n’ Roses. I was on the same flight as them after their Townsville concert back in 2010.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Stand By Me by John Lennon SHOP Bunnings EAT Lamb, lamb, lamb DRINK Scotch, red wine

MY FAVOURITE SONG La Vie En Rose by Édith Piaf SHOP Salt66, Playtime and Discount Jeans of course! EAT Thai food DRINK Espresso Martini and GSM/Shiraz



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Madeline Jacoby (School Officer / Jewellery Salesperson) describes herself as a mix between Miranda from ​Sex and the City​, Phoebe from ​Friends, and Will from ​The Inbetweeners​.

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1. MY FAVOURITE DESTINATION: Greece, but I’m a bit of a history buff, so I would love to travel to Eastern Europe. I wouldn’t say no to a quick trip to Morocco either. 2. THE DRINK I LOVE: Best Bros? Mojitos! (Especially watermelon). 3. A FASHION DESIGNER WHOSE STYLE REALLY SUITS ME: Ebony Eagles, owner of Auguste the Label. I’m slightly obsessed with the relaxed bohemian vibe and vintage style behind all the designs. 4. A TREASURED ITEM: My sisters and I all have a matching gold circular pendant that reads ​“There is no better friend than a sister, and no better sister than you.”




I was born in Townsville and I’ve lived here for my entire 24 years. I graduated from University last year with a Bachelor majoring in Political Science – my biggest passion apart from makeup. I have three sisters, and at any given time, yes, I am wearing at least one of my sister’s clothes. I’m a slight fitness fanatic, and aim to exercise at least two / three times a day. You can also find me having a girls night with my three best friends when we’re all in the same city. (We are waiting for HBO to sign us up for a S ​ ex and the City ​reboot).

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5. A MUSIC GENRE AND/OR ARTIST I LOVE: I am notorious for my ​terrible diverse taste in music. From Greatest Hits of the 80s/90s/00s, R&B, country, pop, acoustic, to soundtracks. I also listen to a ridiculous amount of Britney Spears. 6. A BOOK OR MOVIE THAT EFFECTED ME: Notes On An Exodus ​ by Richard Flanagan is one of my favourite books. It’s complied of firsthand accounts on the Syrian refugee crisis and it still breaks my heart every time I read it. Also, I know every line unprompted from ​Shrek.​ All of them. 7. A CAR THAT SUITS MY STYLE: I know next-to-nothing about cars, to the point of buying my current car based on how funny I thought the number plate was (RUB). I’m a woman of simple means, so I’d like a Corolla or a Yaris. 8. IF I WORE A HAT THIS IS IT: My dark brown soft-brimmed fedora is my favourite, but I love the look of wide-brimmed straw hats. 9 THE LINGERIE LABEL I LOVE: ’Aimee-Cherie Intimates’ are an ethically-made Australian brand. I love the simple and soft feminine styles they have available. 10. MY FAVOURITE PERFUME: Si ​from Giorgio Armani

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