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TOWNSVILLE’S COMPLIMENTARY LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2011 ISSUE 66


Stockland Townsville 310 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale QLD 4814 Tel: (07) 4779 6033 Fax: (07) 4725 1074 www.stockland.com.au/townsville


Win a cooking class with Ben O’Donoghue. To celebrate the launch of Stage One, simply spend $40 in any store and you could WIN: • A personal cooking class for you & 3 friends with celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue • One of 10 Delicious magazine subscriptions • One of 20 $100 Stockland Gift Cards Entry forms available from participating retailers or the Customer Care Desk. Competition barrels located near Gloria Jeans and at the Customer Care Desk.

Stage One opening December 2011. Discover our new concept Woolworths, exciting new specialty stores, and new car parks.

Terms and Conditions apply. Competition closes 4 December 2011. Full terms and conditions available at the Customer Care Desk or www.stockland.com.au/townsville

Image originally printed in “At Home with Ben” published by Hardie Grant.

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Right now during L’Exhibition, you’ll find Special Edition models all of which offer added features and added value. The last of the Special Edition models will be produced in November and will be on sale while stock lasts. Better still, until November 30 you can also take advantage of factory incentives starting from $5,000 on a select range of models.* See Lexus of Townsville today. Visit lexus.com.au/offer for more information.

For your personal preview of these vehicles contact Boyd on 4759 4200

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Corner Duckworth & Dalrymple Roads Townsville lexusoftownsville.com.au * Not available on IS 350, CT 200h and Special Edition models. New vehicles only. The last of the Special Edition models will be produced in November and will be on sale while stock lasts. ^ Based on the IS 250 Prestige, GS 300 Sport and RX 350 Prestige model. Price shown is the recommended drive away price for a private buyer and includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance (CTP), a recommended dealer delivery charge and stamp duty. Please note that your actual drive away price may differ depending on your individual circumstances. Accordingly, please talk to Lexus of Townsville to confirm the price that is specific to you. Statutory charges are current as at 1/11/2011.


IS 250 X OVER $6,000 WORTH OF EXTRA VALUE^ FROM $59,900 DRIVE AWAY

RX 350 X OVER $7,500 WORTH OF EXTRA VALUE^ FROM $82,900 DRIVE AWAY


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DUO MAGAZINE CREATIVE DIRECTOR SCOTT MORRISON PRODUCTION MANAGER JOAN FANNING

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ADMINISTRATOR STACEY MORRISON

EDITORIAL EDITOR CARLY LUBICZ EDITOR@DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU STYLIST ARRIELLE SCUDERI

ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE NICOLE RYAN SALES@DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU

CONTRIBUTORS JESS WILSON, STEPHANIE SMITH

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contents ADVERTISING FEATURE 20 THE CROC SPEAKS! 42 RON MUECK REGULARS 10 COVER GIRL 12 DIARY 14 HOROSCOPES INTERVIEWS 16 BEN O’DONOGHUE 28 SHEREE COMMERFORD 41 THE COWE SISTERS 48 JESS FOLEY 48 SABUN ANDY SMITH FASHION 20 DELUXE WOMAN 30 WOODFORD & CO 34 MY STYLE 36 MY BAG 40 DELUXE MAN

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ENQUIRIES 07 4771 2933

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WELLBEING 44 CLARITY HEARING 45 CASEY DENTISTS SOCIETY 24 FLO RIDA 25 MERCEDES-BENZ ALL STARS 2011 26 16TH ANNUAL COWBOYS PRESENTATION BALL 27 WALTERS IGA CHARITY GALA DINNER FAMILY 46 EWEN JONES MP 46 NICOLE PIEROTTI 47 WIL ANDERSON 49 RAY VALDETER

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EDITOR’S NOTE

“I’VE JUST MET WOMAN pulled THE to an abrupt stop in front ofI’M me GOING TO MARRY.” HIS FRIEND SAID, “WELL, DID YOU GET HER NUMBER?”

UPFRONT BABY BONUS Congratulations to Jodi Wright of Capelli Hair Gallery. Jodi and husband Kieren are expecting their first child in February after five years of marriage. Jodi says it has been a long time coming and is busy decorating, discovering they’re expecting a little boy.

SUMMER STYLE

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t’s November and love is certainly in the air – just look at our bumper Brides issue. It’s the biggest we’ve had in a long time and, as well as finding everything you need to plan the day of your dreams, we hope you will enjoy the beautiful photos from our five local weddings – a big congratulations to the happy newlyweds! Also this month we asked five couples how they met and, as you’ll see, love can be found in the most unexpected places. I can certainly attest to that after meeting my husband on a bridge in a mining town in Western Australia. Originally from Perth, I had only been there two-and-ahalf weeks after accepting a job at Port Hedland’s weekly newspaper. Everyone told me not to go – “Port Hedland is no place for a young lady who likes to dress-up and wear heels,” they said (rightly so, as I lost many-apair to the cracks in the iron ore-stained pavements and eventually succumbed to thongs), but I knew I had to go. I was heading to work at 7.30am on Monday, deadline day, when my car came to a juddering halt on the only bridge in town. It wouldn’t re-start and I started to panic as the traffic banked-up behind me, with roadtrains coming the other way. Then all of a sudden a white Toyota ute

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and its driver (who was very good-looking, may I add) hooked me up to his car and towed me off. Once safely out of the way of traffic he introduced himself as Troy – he’d just come off a 12-hour nightshift and returned home to find his housemates had drunk all the beer so was off to another mate’s house to get some. He made a good show of prodding around under the bonnet while I called the RAC and my housemate. I didn’t want to hold him up so I told him that I’d be fine and after a lot of, “Are you sure?” he was on his way. When he got to his friend’s house he told him the story, apparently saying: “I’ve just met the woman I’m going to marry.” His friend said, “Well, did you get her number?” He realised he didn’t so he came straight back. Luckily I was still there and he convinced me to have the car towed to his house so his electrician mates could fix it (and he could be sure to see me again, he later said). I went to his place that night for the best chilli mud crab I’ve tasted and never looked back (P.S. It turned out there was nothing wrong with the car – I had just over-loaded it on the move and the weight had crushed the fuel line!). DUO is also proud to bring you a ‘world exclusive’ this month: the iconic Townsville Crocodiles mascot talks for the first time in 20 years, spilling the beans on what it’s like being the lovable, and sometimes controversial, Croc. We also have plenty of other local stories, stunning fashion and popular regular sections for you to sink your teeth into. We hope you enjoy this issue and always welcome your feedback. Until next month, Carly Lubicz x

Created with the humid Queensland summer in mind, MICA MARAS’ summer collection offers a range of mini, midi and maxi dresses in a palette of elegant neutrals and lolly brights. The brand is available at Senso and Siba + Sofia on Gregory Street, North Ward.

FERTILITY EDUCATION Those struggling to conceive naturally and contemplating IVF can have all their questions answered at a free public information seminar courtesy of Monash IVF. The session features talks from various fertility experts and is on Thursday, November 24 at the Mercure Townsville from 6.30pm to 8pm.

ORPHEUS REOPENS Following a $4 million transformation, the first phase of Orpheus Resort’s refurbishment has opened. Each room, suite or villa has been designed to embody a contemporary minimalist island aesthetic while remaining true to the traditional character of the island. Super exclusive with only 40 guests at any one time!

SHAKE THAT BOOTY Latin Vibrations is proud to be taking two dance teams to the Sydney Latin Festival in February next year – the first time Townsville has been represented. They will perform Salsa and Brazilian Samba in front of thousands of Latin dance lovers. Those keen to support the girls can take part in a host of fundraising activities, see latinvibrations.com.au. Do you have exciting news you would like to share? Send your suggestions to editor@ duomagazine.com.au


Cosmetic • Implant • Laser • Neuromuscular • Hygiene • General Dr Cameron Arnold • Dr Wolfgang Evers • Dr Matthew Lombardi 175 Ross River Road Mundingburra Townsville • 4729 5777


12 FACES OF DUO

Every year DUO Magazine holds a competition where 12 local girls are chosen to grace the magazine’s cover for a month of the year. In this month’s issue of DUO we introduce you to:

TISHARA LUI Recently relocated from Cranbrook to the Sunshine Coast, 22-year-old Tishara is now closer to family. She plans to start saving to be able to travel the world. Tishara has her sights set on Europe in particular, but will be coming back to Townsville for regular visits to catch-up with friends.

HAIR

TOUCH OF UTOPIA We blow-dried Tishara’s hair using a holding tool from Schwarzkopf Professional called Osis Hold Miracle. Then, using the standard iron from Cloud Nine, we curled the hair from the roots to mid-lengths. Using the Cloud Nine wand, we curled from the mid-lengths to the ends. We decided to brush out the curls using a dressing brush for some of the photos to give a softer and more glamorous look.

MAKE-UP

TOUCH OF UTOPIA We prepared the base with Youngblood Mineral Primer and then used Mineral Liquid Foundation in ‘Caribbean’; finishing off with the Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Powder in ‘Warmth’, which gave a flawless matt finish and perfected Tishara’s skin. We rimmed the eyes with Blackest Black Liner and used Alabaster Loose Eyeshadow under the brow arch and Eggplant Loose Eyeshadow to smoke out the eyes. Onyx Mascara was used to enhance those beautiful lashes. Crushed Mineral Blush in ‘Tulip’ gave Tishara a healthy glow. Her lips were coloured entirely with ‘Malt’ lip liner and finished with ‘Promiscuous’ lip gloss.

DRESS

ALANNAH HILL She’s Sensational Frock (silk with hand-beading), $429 shop.alannahhill.com.au

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PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREW RANKIN


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JCU NEW MEDIA ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION

november BY TOMMY MITCHELL (COURTESY WARAKURNA ARTISTS) FOR DESERT COUNTRY

EXHIBITIONS

THEATRE/SHOWS

04-20 NEW MEDIA ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION

05 MATHINNA

JCU’s School of Creative Arts presents the work of its third year Bachelor of New Media Arts students – an innovative display of screen, print and web-based media. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Flinders Street, City townsville.qld.gov.au

11 ELEVEN Umbrella’s members exhibition is themed ‘Eleven’ as a celebration of the date 11.11.11. Free entry. Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts 482 Flinders Street, City umbrella.org.au

18 DESERT COUNTRY An Art Gallery of South Australia Travelling Exhibition, Desert Country highlights the cultural fluidity between the principal Aboriginal art producing regions of the desert in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Flinders Street, City townsville.qld.gov.au

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Inspired by a young girl’s journey between two cultures, Mathinna traces the story of a young Aboriginal girl removed from her traditional life and adopted into western colonial society, only to be ultimately returned to the fragments of her original heritage, $15.50-$45. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797

10 JAMES SQUIRE TALES & ALES DINNER Highly acclaimed James Squire Master Brewer, Dr Charles (Chuck) Hahn, will showcase each of the James Squire beers and share his passion for the ales he produces, which are complemented by an eight-course degustation menu. Mercure Townsville Woolcock Street, The Lakes 4759 4909

12 THE WIGGLES BIG BIRTHDAY TOUR!

BANGARRA’S MATHINNA

SPORT/RACING 01 MELBOURNE CUP RACE DAY

Australia’s most loved children’s entertainers, The Wiggles, have sold more than 30 million CDs and DVDs, six million books and recorded more than 700 songs. There are two shows – 11am and 2pm. Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre Entertainment Drive, City tecc.net.au

12 GREAT BARRIER REEF MARATHON FESTIVAL

22-23 MORNING MELODIES – ROCKY MOUNTAINS ECHOES WITH TREVOR KNIGHT

Those willing to travel can take part in this Port Douglas-based event, which has everything from a 5km run to an epic 74km ultra marathon. greatbarrierreefmarathon.com.au

As fined tuned as his guitar; Trevor Knight will stir your emotions as he performs the classics of John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and many more, $12. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797

MUSIC 19 THE GRATES Sassy front-woman Patience Hodgson commands the stage in their biggest national tour yet. The Venue 719 Flinders Street, City thevenuetownsville.com.au

All-day racing and trackside entertainment. Gates open at 10am. Townsville Turf Club Racecourse Road, Cluden townsvilleturfclub.com.au

12 MCCAFÉ TOWNSVILLE FIRE BASKETBALL See our local WNBL team take on the Sydney Uni Flames. Townsville RSL Stadium Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale ticketshop.com.au

19 BRACE FOR WAR Mixed martial arts fans will witness a night of action-packed slams, submissions and knockouts. Starts at 7pm. Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre Entertainment Drive, City tecc.net.au

01 XZIBIT (December)

27 MCCAFÉ TOWNSVILLE FIRE BASKETBALL

The rapper will perform with special guests as part of his Australian tour. The Venue 719 Flinders Street, City thevenuetownsville.com.au

See our local WNBL team take on the West Coast Waves. Townsville RSL Stadium Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale ticketshop.com.au


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COMMUNITY

MARKETS

01 SCIENCE ON THE MOVE Through dozens of interactive activities, visitors will enjoy, discover and explore the principles of science. Until 19.07.12. Museum of Tropical North Queensland, Flinders Street East, City mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

06, 13, 20, 27 COTTERS ROTARY MARKETS

06 THE ART OF ‘ZINE MAKING Artspaced and Dancenorth will host experts to deliver a free workshop on the art of making non-commercial, handmade publications. 12pm-3pm. Dancenorth Cnr Stanley & Walker Streets, City 0404 805 269 06 CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL 2011 Games, activities and fun for children zero to 12 years and their families. The Festival also includes a ‘Prep 4 Prep Expo’, 1pm-5pm. Cambridge Park Hodges Crescent, Vincent c4cevents.com.au 11 REMEMBRANCE DAY

SERVICES

Remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, 10.30am. Anzac Park Cenotaph (The Strand) and Thuringowa Cenotaph (Thuringowa Drive). townsville.qld.gov.au 13 WALK FOR A CURE The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for a Cure will cover a 3.7km Riverway circuit, finishing with a sausage sizzle fundraiser, raffles and competitions, 9.30am-1pm. Riverway, Thuringowa Central walk.jdrf.org.au

TOWNSVILLE RSL’S FOUR-CAR GIVEAWAY

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Arts, crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables every Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm. Flinders Street, City townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

06, 13, 20, 27 WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS Every Sunday from 7am to 11am. Car Park, Willows Shopping Centre Thuringowa Central townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

04 STRAND NIGHT MARKETS 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Strand Park, North Ward townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

05, 12, 19, 26 CULTURAL MARKETS Enjoy a range of boutique stalls of local arts, crafts and clothing from 9am to 2pm. Cultural Centre Flinders Street East, City 4772 7679

04, 11, 18, 25 MAGNETIC ISLAND FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS From 5pm to 9pm Magnetic Island RSL, Arcadia Bay rslmagneticisland.com

13, 27 HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS Gift ideas, fresh produce, jewellery, clothing, art and food. 9am to 2pm. Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island wotsonmagneticisland.com.au

The first of four Chery J3s will be given to a new or renewing member of the RSL. From 5.30pm. Townsville RSL Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park townsvillersl.com.au

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horoscope

Endless conflict has recently chipped away at the Sagittarian spirit. Not so now. Despite feeling weary or battle-scarred, you should find this a happier month. No longer the victim, you’ll be mounting sharper defences. There’s plenty of work ahead, but nothing you can’t handle. Should love interests mount a sneak attack, expect some friendly fire.

Capricorn

23 DECEMBER – 20 JANUARY There’s much to be said about expediency, even if it puts the odd nose out of joint. This month, you tire of the endless debates, investigations and exploring of options. There comes a time when the course must be struck, and for you that’s now. Everyone else will just have to fall in line with your thoughts and actions.

What does this month have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...

24 OCTOBER – 22 NOVEMBER

22 NOVEMBER – 22 DECEMBER

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Leo

23 JULY – 21 AUGUST Many Leos can expect a little extra cash and more variety in life. Changes at home keep you on your toes. Though you’re usually a workaholic, November could find you ducking out the escape hatch. Home’s far more alluring this month, and you’re in the mood to redecorate. There’s nothing like an expensive distraction.

Virgo

22 AUGUST – 23 SEPTEMBER

There’s little point adopting a fixed attitude at a time when adaptability could become your best friend. Loosen up a little, Scorpio. Fortunately, the planets make it easier for you by encouraging changes of direction. There are bound to be moments of trepidation, but this month’s focus is on pushing past known limits. You’ve been stuck in a rut for too long.

You’re on your moral high horse in a month when standing up for your principles could mean a solitary ride into the sunset. You can’t always expect others to please you. Equal opportunity means just that. If tripped up by the past, or a troublesome friend, look to compromise as a solution. A little bit of give and take can work wonders.

Aquarius

Aries

Gemini

Libra

You seem to have a few issues in limbo, which doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep. There’s got to be a tidy way of finalising things, even if it means getting professional advice. But when you’re strapped for cash, options can look decidedly limited. Still, there’s nothing like ridiculous odds and team effort to fire up ingenuity.

If you’re wondering what could make life happier this month, think love and friendship. Just be aware that others may not be all that open with financial facts, and it’s up to you to prise the truth out of less scrupulous cohorts. This could call for a degree of cunning and patience. It may take until late November to see the real figures.

It’s possible that you’ve been caught napping while some plodding tortoise has taken the honours. Remember, setbacks rarely mean failure. Don’t make snap decisions, and don’t adopt a “no news is good news” policy. If you’re not being kept informed, find out why. And if offered a get-rich-scheme that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you believe the textbooks, there’s a feeling that Librans are born diplomats. True to a point, but you’re also a control freak - and never happier than when fussing over people and details. November provides plenty to keep mind, body and soul busy. Just allow others some leeway. Best news of all? A possible unexpected windfall.

Pisces

Taurus

Cancer

You’ve made a valiant effort to fall in line, and you almost had others fooled. But the free spirit within is about to spit vengeance. And if certain opportunists thought they’d gained the upper hand, they’re in for a nasty shock. All in all, November is a time of power: sexual, emotional and professional. Here’s your chance to shine.

Some months feel like too much of a chore. If you really can’t put one foot in front of the other, then do take some time to relax. There’ll be plenty of time for work in December. It’s a month, too, to let certain resentments drop, no matter what your convictions might be. The cosmos encourages compromise, so do yourself a favour - forgive and forget.

You can expect too much from relationships, and when your idealistic requirements are shortchanged, disappointment may follow. Ask yourself: have I been too demanding, or withdrawn? Sometimes we erect walls to protect ourselves but, in the process, shut others out. This is the month to demolish some of those not-so-necessary barriers.

21 JANUARY – 19 FEBRUARY

20 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH

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21 MARCH – 20 APRIL

21 APRIL – 21 MAY

22 MAY – 21 JUNE

22 JUNE – 22 JULY

24 SEPTEMBER – 23 OCTOBER

Want your own personal profile? If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com.


interview

INTERVIEW CARLY LUBICZ PHOTO FROM OUTDOOR BY BEN O’DONOGHUE

FOOD FANATIC

“YOU’VE GOT THE BURDEKIN RIVER! THE LOCAL MUD CRABS FROM THERE ARE SPECTACULAR.” – BEN O’DONOGHUE

AFTER MAKING HIS FIRST TRIP TO TOWNSVILLE IN JULY, CELEBRITY CHEF, AUTHOR AND TV PRESENTER BEN O’DONOGHUE IS RETURNING TO THE TROPICS NEXT MONTH TO SERVE A COOKING MASTERCLASS TO FOUR LUCKY FOODIES.

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en O’Donoghue has always been drawn to food; his passion ignited at age five by his Nan. Now with three children of his own (Ruby, 8; Herb, 5; and Cash, 3) who love nothing better than making a mess in the kitchen with Dad, he’s baked a name for himself as one of Australia’s key identities in the mushrooming food and home cooking industries with a series of cookbooks and TV shows. Ben would be most recognised from Surfing the Menu, which saw him travel all over the country with Curtis Stone “meeting wonderful producers and going to spectacular locations”. Another one of his shows – Drive Thru Australia (seeing Ben embark on an Aussie road trip in his

pimped-up 4WD complete with a foldout barbecue kitchen) is still airing on Channel 7. With his Brisbane restaurant and bar South Bank Surf Club picking-up in trade after the devastation of the January floods, Ben is now looking towards his next endeavours – a new cookbook, a possible TV show, new restaurant ventures and – certainly not least – a trip to Townsville next month to coincide with the launch of Stockland Townsville’s stage one of the redevelopment, featuring a new Woolworths and specialty stores. Ben says Townsville is fortunate to have fantastic fresh produce on its doorstep: “You’ve got the Burdekin River – the local mud crabs from there are spectacular,” Ben enthuses. “You’ve got the red spot king prawns off the coast, plus the coral trout, red emperor, red throat emperor and Spanish mackerel. “Obviously tropical fruits are great too, like the mangoes, and you’re not far from Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands, which is some of the best dairy country in Australia.” Ben is big on sustainability and local farmers markets will actually be the focus of his next cookbook. He says it’s important that we as consumers opt for organic and local produce wherever possible for freshness, but also for the animals’ welfare. “I always say buy the best you can afford, but instead of buying chicken breast, buy a whole chicken,” Ben advises. “You may pay a bit more per kilo for an organic free-range bird, but then you’ll get three meals out of it. Marinate the thighs and cook them on the BBQ on skewers, turn the breast into crumbed chicken fingers, and make a soup from the carcass – there’s far less wastage.” Ben will be sharing his cooking skills in demonstrations at Stockland Townsville on Saturday, December 10. After that he’ll be teaching his trademark Jambalaya prawn dish to Stockland’s four lucky winners: “I’ll certainly be sharing all the little cheats, where you go: ‘I didn’t know you could do that!’. We’ll have a little mini dinner party afterwards with a nice wine, so it will be a lot of fun.”

For your chance to win a masterclass with Ben O’Donoghue just spend $40 or more this month at Stockland Townsville. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 5.


THE ALL-NEW FOCUS

Start more than a car Representing the next level of Ford Kinetic Design, this is a car that makes its presence known. Whichever way you look at it, the all-new Focus is impossible to ignore.

Active Park Assist

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Helps you parallel park quickly and easily without ever touching the steering wheel. When the system is activated, ultrasonic sensors measure and identify a large enough parking spot. Once you stop, the system is designed to take over and steer the car safely into the space.

Give every journey a soundtrack to remember Inside the all-new Focus music steps up to a whole new level. It’s all thanks to the premium Sony audio system with 9 speakers as well as a 4.2” multifunctional display^.

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Automatically activates and provides an audible warning tone to help you safely judge parking distances and to reverse more accurately.

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entertainment

OVER SIX METRES IN LENGTH!

a confronting, gob-smacking art experience

Pinnacles Gallery 19 November 2011 – 8 January 2012 FREE ADMISSION Visitors viewing Ron Mueck’s In bed (detail) 2005 / Purchased 2008. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Ron Mueck / Courtesy: Anthony d’Offay, London / Photograph: Natasha Harth

Be startled, amazed, awed, moved or just plain gob-smacked.

Queensland Art Gallery | Regional Services

The Queensland Art Gallery provides a program of travelling exhibitions and related services to regional Queensland

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interview

YOU WERE BORN 20 YEARS AGO – WHY’D THEY LET YOU LOOSE ON THE COURT? They snapped me up to provide the entertainment because Townsville was a new team in the NBL and my bosses wanted to create something exciting for the crowd and provide a bit of distraction when we were getting flogged. But as the basketball team has improved over time, the players are responsible for most of the entertainment now and I don’t have to work as hard. It’s really all about keeping the crowd happy. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ANTICS? Getting in fights with rival players – a crocodile doesn’t back down and I don’t like hotheads. That will teach them for having a crack at the mascot! We always try to plan segments around particular teams or players, and one of my favourite characters to-date is Serena Williams – I dressed up pretending to be (Cairns Taipans player) Kerry Williams’ sister. I had the huge wig, big false backside and massive earrings. It was perfect timing because she’d just won the Australian Open. I loved dressing as the Village People and every Christmas ‘Father Croc-ness’ comes out. Actually, I think I was the first mascot to create props and tell elaborate stories with them. WHAT’S CHANGED IN 20 YEARS? I can’t be as wild these days because of the cost of insurance – it makes a lot of things too prohibitive. I used to abseil off the roof of the entertainment centre, but I’m not allowed anymore. I can’t even jump off the mini tramp because you can’t put the trampoline on court. Those new rules have significantly changed what I’m allowed to do, but I still manage to have fun. HAS THE CROC EVER GOT IN TROUBLE FOR ANYTHING? Well, last year the NBL reprimanded me for a ‘lewd act’. I was just standing there and a guy bent over in front of me to get the ball, so I pulled my tail between my legs and just stood there. It was live on TV and obviously someone saw it and took offence because it was all over all the national papers and television and I nearly got banned for a few games. It was just one of those spontaneous things – I always pull my tail between my legs and play with it. I thought it was funny, but clearly some thought it was rude! Bad Croc! To put that rude tail back in its place, the following game it was cut off – a hospital bed was wheeled onto court and we had an operation. After it was amputated by Pricey the offensive tail was put on a platter and given to the NBL.

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YOU MADE QUITE AN IMPRESSION ON JULIA GILLARD… When I dressed up as Tony Abbott in my Speedos and I gave her John Howard’s Lazarus Rising to sign? She did sign it, but said she didn’t believe it was a particularly good book. I’m probably the only person who has a book signed by a current Labor Prime Minister written by the previous Liberal Prime Minister. People told me I wouldn’t get away with it, but assured them she couldn’t say no because she’d look like a bad sport. I thought she looked better for doing it. I went up to her after and she told me I was a very naughty boy. YOUR FOUR-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S INVOLVED NOW – HOW’D THAT HAPPEN? She’s called ‘50 per cent’ and it started as a fancy dress thing at Christmas last year, but she’s got right into being my little sidekick and comes onto the court and kicks things around. She understands what it is to be a Croc, including knowing the death roll, and absolutely loves it. She’s a mini version of me. HOW DO YOU FIT ALL THE GAMES INTO YOUR BUSY DAY-TO-DAY SCHEDULE? I’ve never missed a game in 20 years and it can be tricky at times – after all a Croc still needs to work full time to support his Croc-ettes at home. The Croc family has sacrificed a few family holidays, but I love it and being part of the games is what I do every season. HOW DO YOU COME-UP WITH THE IDEAS? It’s hard! I think of most of my ideas at night while I’m in bed – I’ll just write them down and chew over them for a few days to work out how to do it. The WWF wrestlers are great to watch because they combine sports with theatrics, but my hero is Wiley Coyote with his Acme products – he gives me a lot of inspiration for my stunts. He doesn’t talk either. HOW DO YOU GO ‘NOT TALKING’? You’ve got to be good at acting. I need to convey what I’m thinking to 5,000 people by actions only. I’ve worked with Pricey for about 13 years – he does all the talking for me and seems to know exactly what I’m thinking anyway – I think he’s a Croc psychic. DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE PLAYERS? As long as they’re Croc players they’re my favourite because they’re my team. They love me too – I’m actually the only mascot who’s had a team named after them. We used to be the Townsville Suns, but they changed it because I was so attractive and marketable. I’m still not allowed to hang out with the players in the dressing room though.

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DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD ON THE SMALL ISLAND OF WOODFORD IN NORTHERN NSW – YOUR LABEL’S NAMESAKE. Growing up on Woodford Island was, I guess, a typical country upbringing. We lived 5km out of town with not a neighbour in sight. You had to make your own fun and be resourceful. [The family] lived – and still do – on the water surrounded by cane and cattle farms. There would be cane fires, floods and days at the cattle sales. Taking ‘smoko’ to my father out on the farm when I was young is one of my fondest memories. It made me curious about the world I knew nothing about and gave me the drive to want to see it. I now live on Sydney’s northern beaches. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BIG BREAK FOR YOUR LABEL? My biggest break was when Australian Vogue editor] Kirstie Clements came to my launch and decided to champion the brand… Woodford & Co. is [now] four years old. YOU HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN STYLING AND WARDROBE. ANY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS TIME OF YOUR CAREER? Travelling the world was a highlight. Adventures such as sneaking out of Nias [an island off Indonesia] via military helicopter in the middle of the night during a rebel coup – after being through an earthquake and getting food poisoning – does stand out! Styling Heidi Klum on the brink of stardom was also a goodie. She was the most professional, down-to-earth talent I had worked with. WOODFORD & CO. HAS BEEN SAID TO COMBINE ‘IVY LEAGUE PREP WITH MARINE STRIPES’. SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN COOL TO HAVE THE QUEEN OF PREP, GOSSIP GIRL’S BLAKE LIVELY, WEAR ONE OF YOUR DESIGNS. ANY OTHER CELEBRITY FANS? Drew Barrymore recently ordered a bunch of things and SJP [Sarah Jessica Parker] was kind enough to introduce [stylist] Patricia Field to the brand, from which they pulled for Sex and the City 2.

YOUR LABEL TAKES STRONG REFERENCES FROM COUNTRY AND COASTAL LIVING. WHAT WAS IT LIKE INITIALLY AS A GIRL FROM A COUNTRY TOWN TAKING ON THE FASHION WORLD IN THE BIG CITY OF SYDNEY? Exciting and inspiring! [I was] naïve, I guess, but maybe that was a good thing. Nothing wasn’t possible! DESCRIBE THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR LATEST COLLECTION, BOHEMIAN GATSBY. ANY INFLUENCE FROM THE GREAT GATSBY FILM? Definitely – the mood, the prints and classic shapes that bordered between feminine and boyish styles. Everything from the setting to Mia Farrow’s wardrobe, but mostly, it was Robert Redford’s character and his Ralph Lauren get-ups [Australian director Baz Luhrmann is now filming an updated version of the tale, starring Leonardo DiCaprio]. WAS IT FUN SHOOTING YOUR SUMMER FASHION CAMPAIGN ON A YACHT? Not entirely! I had a new-born baby, so I was expressing [milk] below deck in the terrible heat during every break, while the crew were swimming and frolicking in the water! DESCRIBE WHY THIS QUOTE BY BRIGITTE BARDOT PARTICULARLY RESONATES WITH YOU: ‘I’M A GIRL FROM A GOOD FAMILY WHO WAS VERY WELL BROUGHT UP. ONE DAY, I TURNED MY BACK ON IT ALL AND BECAME A BOHEMIAN.’ I like it when people live their lives true to themselves. There is also something romantic about throwing all that is expected to the wind and being truly free. This thought inspires me when I design for Woodford. WHAT TYPE OF WOMAN DOES WOODFORD & CO. BEST SUIT? It could be any woman depending on how she is feeling that day. What character she wants to be, what adventure she wants to take on! WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF WORK? My number one passion is my family. I’m [also] obsessed with film [and] I miss the days of being able to spend an entire day reading a book. I love summer, wine, friends and the ocean. [I’m also] currently obsessing over antique group portrait shots for a collage, and love exploring the world!

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HOW SIGNIFICANT IS WINNING THE COSMOPOLITAN MODEL SEARCH? Madeline: It’s a big deal because we get sent to Melbourne in March and, if you win from that, there are five international contracts available. It’s a big step. HAVE YOU DONE MUCH MODELLING BEFORE? Madeline: We’ve done the Fashion Bash and Rhonda’s Final Touch in the past couple of years, but we’ve never got as far as we did in the Cosmopolitan Model Search last month. Everyone always said we should give modelling a go, but we only tried it for the first time about two years ago. IS IT NERVE-WRACKING BEING ON THE CATWALK? Kaitlin: It was to start with, but it’s good now – each time you do it, it gets easier! I was really shy before, but it’s really brought me out of my shell and I actually really enjoy doing the runways now. Madeline: I think I prefer the magazine shoots – I still like runway, but I just love the fun of photo shoots! INTERVIEW CARLY LUBICZ PHOTOS ANDREW RANKIN

MODEL MATERIAL LOCAL SISTERS MADELINE, 18, AND KAITLIN, 20, COWE RECENTLY STRUTTED INTO FIRST AND SECOND PLACE AT LOCAL HEAT OF THE COSMOPOLITAN MODEL SEARCH.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUTSIDE MODELLING? Madeline: I’m studying first-year law at JCU and really enjoy it – I’d like to finish the degree so I have a fallback to the modelling. I really like criminal law, so I’m aiming for that. We also love horse riding in our spare time. Kaitlin: I’m working at the Magistrates Court – I’ve been doing that since I left Year 12. We went to school in Tully because our parents own a cane and cattle property up there. Mum was going to come down to watch the competition, but we told her not to worry because we didn’t think we’d win and it was too far! WERE YOUR MUM AND DAD PLEASED THAT YOU BOTH DID SO WELL? Madeline: Yes, she’s been calling everyone, including all the grandparents! Mum’s coming to Melbourne with us next year so that will be great. DO YOU HAVE OTHER SIBLINGS? Kaitlin: A younger sister – she’s turning 17 this month. She doesn’t really have any interest in pursuing modelling though because she’s a hairdresser and is pretty happy doing that. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER? Madeline: It’s always good having someone you know there, but it’s a lot better when we both win something! Kaitlin: Yes, but there’s definitely no sibling rivalry – we’re just there to support each other and if one of us wins we’ll be happy!

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“IT’S ALWAYS GOOD HAVING SOMEONE YOU KNOW THERE, BUT IT’S A LOT BETTER WHEN WE BOTH WIN SOMETHING!”

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MORE ON MUECK: ■ Ron’s early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, notably the film Labyrinth, for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo. ■ As well as producing larger-than-life creations, some of Mueck’s most famous works venture to the other end of the scale, like the 1 metre long Dead dad (1996-97) – a hyper-realistic sculpture of Mueck’s dead father, naked, lying on the floor.

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BY CARLY LUBICZ

IN BED WITH A GIANT KNOWN FOR HIS LARGER-THAN-LIFE AND BREATHTAKINGLY INTRICATE DEPICTIONS OF THE HUMAN FORM, AUDIENCES ARE SET TO BE WOWED THIS MONTH WHEN ONE OF LONDON-BASED ARTIST RON MUECK’S TRADEMARK SCULPTURES STIRS IN TOWNSVILLE.

“I THINK VIEWERS START TO FEEL A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTIFICATION WITH THE SCULPTURE.”

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on Mueck’s works have been known to shock. Not just because of their notably exaggerated or minimised scales, but also due to their amazing life-like quality where every vein, pore, blemish and hair is portrayed with an unsettling degree of realism. Born in Melbourne to parents with German heritage, Ron Mueck’s captivating sculptures have travelled to museum exhibitions all over the world, but it’s the first time that one of his hulking human forms has toured regional Queensland. The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) describes Mueck’s products as: “Some of the most widely acclaimed and identifiable works in the international contemporary art arena”. His most-recognised pieces include Boy (1999), Pregnant woman (2002), Swaddled baby (2002) and In bed – one of his more recent works that depicts a 7m-long middle-aged woman lost in thought under her bedclothes. It’s In bed (2005) that will be expertly hauled around the state to five Queensland regional galleries in the coming months as part of a touring exhibition to mark the Gallery of Modern Art’s fifth birthday. Nick Chambers – curator of contemporary international art at the Queensland Art Gallery – says it’s exciting to be able to showcase the work to Townsville audiences since the gallery acquired the sculpture in 2008, but admits the team has its work cut out in transporting and assembling the monumental figure. “The planning of the Ron Mueck touring exhibition has been an enormous task for the gallery’s regional services team,” Nick reveals. “The scale of the work and the delicate nature of its surface also present challenges for our conservators, registrars and installation staff who have developed systems to ensure the safe transportation and installation of the sculpture at five Queensland venues.” Nick has regular contact with the sculpture, but is constantly amazed by Mueck’s ability to achieve a naturalistic, life-like appearance in his works, saying it’s an extraordinary feat to behold: “After the initial feeling of shock at the

subject’s massively exaggerated scale and naturalistic appearance, I think viewers start to feel a strong sense of identification with the sculpture,” Nick tells. “They might recognise themselves lost in similar moments of solitary reflections or, perhaps, try to imagine what kind of thoughts could be passing through the subject’s mind.” As an artist, Ron Mueck likes to keep to himself. He avoids interviews about his work, but is widely known and respected for the level of his skill. Nick says: “Ron is the kind of artist who is closely involved at every stage of the creative process – from initial sketches on paper where he experiments with different poses, through to tests with small-scale clay models, the production of casts and, ultimately, the highly detailed surface work. Other sculptors are often quite amazed when they first see his work.” The creation of Mueck’s sculptures is an extremely time-consuming process. For In bed, Mueck started off by sketching and experimenting with plaster maquettes. He then constructed a large metal armature, which was covered in plaster and the modelling clay. A silicon mould was then made of the sculpture, which was painstakingly prepared by the artist in order to create a naturalistic texture and colour to the skin. Hairs were then individually inserted in the hand-drilled holes and – finally – finer details, such as veins and imperfections in the skin, were painted by the artist directly onto the work. With the sculpture attracting more than 185,000 visitors to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art in 2010, it has certainly proved a popular piece that art lovers insist is a mustsee up-close. Townsville audiences can view In bed at Pinnacles Gallery at Riverway from November 19 to January 8.

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GRANT COLLINS | AUDIOLOGIST | CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS

HEAR WEDDING BELLS, AND EVERYTHING ELSE

DON’T MISS THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF YOUR LOVED ONES’ SPECIAL DAYS – THERE ARE SEVERAL HEARING SOLUTIONS THAT CAN BE ENGAGED. I have written previously about hearing solutions at weddings, however, I have been to several special occasions since where we have taken different approaches to solving a family member’s communication difficulties. I went to my cousin’s wedding in Charleville just recently and my aunty was present who has a severe hearing loss. Unfortunately, because she left the treatment of her hearing loss too late, the damage to her speech nerves is severe and now she is unable to hear clearly from longer distances or in background noise. This made it impossible for her to be able to hear the priest at the church, or the speeches and general conversation during the reception. To solve the problem at the church, I set up a personal FM system to her hearing aids. We put an FM program into her hearing aids, so she just had to wear an induction loop around her neck under her shirt. The priest wore a microphone around his neck, which sent an FM signal straight to her hearing aids via the induction loop around her neck. So to her it sounded as if he was talking directly into her ears, yet she was 20m away from the priest. The only problem was that she forgot to take it off afterwards

and she was inadvertently privy to numerous conversations between the priest and others! Once at the reception, we put the FM microphone on the lectern where all the speeches were made. Again the mic picked up all the audio and she heard each person’s delivery directly in her ears and didn’t miss a word. To overcome the problems with general conversation in the background noise, I set up the FM system via a remote directional microphone. She just directed the microphone into the general direction of where someone was talking and all her hearing aids picked up was the person the microphone was pointed to. She told me she heard and understood almost every single word in all the environments where she would normally pick up nothing. If you don’t have FM systems set up, there are other strategies that can be explored to overcome these difficulties. Most churches in Townsville have induction loops around certain seats in the church. Most hearing aids have induction coils built into them so you are able to receive the sound straight to the hearing aids via the induction loop.

At the reception, positioning is critical. Most hearing aids have direction microphones where they accentuate sounds in front more than behind. Position yourself at the front or close to a wall and put all the noise behind you. If you’re minimising the noise in front of you by being up the front or close to a wall and your hearing aids are accentuating these sounds more that those behind, then your chances of being able to hear in these environments will be greatly improved.

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MICHELLE HANKINSON | HYGIENIST | CASEY DENTISTS

FLASH YOUR WINNING SMILE

IMPROVE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND BOOST THE MOOD OF THOSE AROUND YOU BY CREATING A BEAUTIFUL SMILE.

Smiling is a way of conveying our happiness and it has been shown to increase attractiveness and likeability. However, some of us feel embarrassed about our teeth and avoid smiling for this reason. Having a nice smile can improve confidence and make us feel happier about ourselves and improve our self-image. The mouth is a focal point on the face and when people are communicating they tend to make eye contact or watch a person’s mouth move. Dentistry is primarily health-focused, ensuring the teeth and gums are healthy and the mouth is functional for eating and talking. Aesthetics is not always a concern for some people and that’s OK, but others are keen to improve their mouth yet do not mention to anyone, even their dentist, their secret desire to steal a room with their bright smile. Instead they keep it to themselves, not wanting to sound vain, thinking orthodontics is the only way, or believing that they are too old now, or that whitening is too difficult. Nonetheless, if given the choice, most people would opt for a dazzling Hollywood smile that lights up the room.

You may be surprised what can be done for you. When most people think about a confident smile, images of perfect, straight, white teeth jump to mind. Orthodontics and whitening are certainly options towards obtaining that goal. However, they are not the only option. Veneers are fillings that can be placed on the teeth to cover up imperfections, lengthen them, and make them wider – whatever is required to create an aesthetic appearance for you. Crowns can also be used for a more long-term solution, which are like a protective covering for the tooth: they are a strong and long-lasting restorative and aesthetic option. A confident smile could change your life by improving your confidence, boosting your mood and possibly even lifting your social life – after all, it’s human nature to want to be around positive, happy, smiling people. We are much more approachable when we are smiling. When I speak to people who are selfconscious about their smile, they express that their teeth “have been like that forever” and they’re “too old now and it’s too late”.

My response is to encourage them to take a step back and look at how young they are because it’s never too late to do something for yourself. If the life expectancy is approximately 85, by 30 you have only lived about 12 years of your adult life! This is your body and you spend a long time in it – longer than you will have any other vehicle. Some people wait until a major event happens to do something about a smile they have been dissatisfied with for years – a wedding, divorce or retirement. But why not do it just for you? You deserve to be truly happy and not hold back. It could make someone’s day seeing you smile. Having a beautiful smile that lights up a room is important to some, while being able to smile without putting your hand up to cover your mouth is important to others. So whatever your aim, there are a variety of methods we can enlist to help people with all sorts of budgets. For the month of November we have 20 per cent off our home whitening trays. Enquire today to see if home whitening is appropriate for you.

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EWEN JONES MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HERBERT

NICOLE PIEROTTI | CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST

CO-SLEEPING: MAKE IT A NO-GO

FROM MY DESK

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE AFL GRAND FINAL AND NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING.

“ONE IN TWO BABIES WHO DIED WERE CO-SLEEPING WITH A PARENT”

All through the city of Melbourne everyone was gearing up for a big day. They knew they had to get an early night. It was the Grand Final. So much noise and colour. You would not want to be facing that with a lack of sleep and a hangover you could photograph. Would you? And so it was that four brave souls ventured to Melbourne and went to lunch. This is not unusual. A man has to eat. What was unusual was that at nearly 11pm that evening I received a text from one of these hardy travellers saying: “Just ran into your boss. We put in a good word for you and said we need a Cabinet Minister in Townsville.” Now, normally you would discount these stories. What probably happened was that they saw Tony Abbott across the street and yelled something at him. He would have waved politely and continued on his way. Imagine my surprise when I received a text from T.ABBS (my daughter’s moniker for him) saying: “Just bumped into some mates of yours. Cabinet hey?” The boys came home and were absolutely chuffed that Tony had acknowledged their submission and they must have done a great job in articulating my abilities and the passion for the job. Well, not quite.

Much is written and rewritten about co-sleeping (that is parents and their baby sharing a bed or sleeping together in some other way). It seems to be one of the great debates of our world, just like nappies (cloth vs. disposable) or breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding; but – unfortunately – the consequences of co-sleeping can be much more serious. I have never quite understood how parents can take the risk associated with co-sleeping. I certainly do understand how mums can become so tired, exhausted, and sleep-deprived that they accidentally fall asleep while feeding their newborn. But to purposely decide to co-sleep or to get into the habit of co-sleeping really should be a no-go zone. It is well known, documented and even recently researched in a controlled study completed in England, with all results indicating that co-sleeping, or sharing a bed with your baby, can lead to every parent’s worst nightmare: having your baby suffocate while you sleep unaware. The statistics are alarming. If you do a bit of research, basically one in two babies who died were co-sleeping with a parent. Or if you prefer percentages, that’s about 54 per cent of infant deaths. In Victoria, for example, 33 of the 72 unexplained child deaths in the past three years were sleeping with an adult. What a huge risk we parents are taking with our children’s lives. No parent purposely goes about to smother their child – it is an accident and accidents do happen. It’s a combination of fatigue, exhaustion, pillows, doonas and soft beds that contribute to such a death. Or, as seen more recently, baby slings when your baby’s face is covered or airway squashed. I often find myself recalling the words of a parent who I saw several years ago who was also a forensic pathologist with the police force and had the job of being called out to the deaths of babies and children. In his estimate, it was more like 80 per cent of deaths that were caused in a co-sleeping situation, which resulted in the baby being smothered. Whatever the benefits of co-sleeping, they are surely not worth such a risk to your baby. We do not live in a society where co-sleeping is a necessity due to space, or warmth, and we do not usually sleep on mats on the floor, so there should be no need for co-sleeping. If you are struggling to get your baby to sleep then please contact your paediatrician for advice.

“WE PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR YOU AND SAID WE NEED A CABINET MINISTER IN TOWNSVILLE.” In Canberra the following week, I walked into the party room meeting. I sit a couple of rows back from the front. There is no seating plan. You just get used to sitting with the same people. Tony made his address and outlined the week in front of us, the challenges we would face, and any legislation coming before the Parliament etc. My ears prickled when he finished with: “Ewen, can I see you after the meeting?” He said this aloud, in front of every one! Cabinet?! The rest of the meeting was a blur. I was just lost in a world of high-level negotiations, having the future of the country in my hands, and – above all – being able to finally prove once and for all that I was the best of my parents’ three sons. “Sorry, can’t come now. Tony wants to see me”, and, “I will be along later. I have to talk to Tony”. These were my refrains to the other members of the party as they filed out. No, they were not actually speaking to me, but I was not going to let the chance slide. I was about to be promoted! The room was nearly empty when he finally caught my eye and gave me one of those crooked smiles – the smile he gives to Cabinet Ministers. “So, mate, you had some friends down for the Grand Final. Where’s their store?” “Store? They each have their own businesses and jobs. They don’t have a shop Tony”. “But they sell furniture. They were going on and on about cabinets.” Oh, the shame. The shame. 46

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Psychologist and parent Nicole Pierotti is a baby sleep and parenting expert. To find out about her baby preparation workshops for expectant parents, call 4724 2600, visit babysmiles.com.au, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.


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INTERVIEW STEPHANIE SMITH

FIVE MINUTES WITH WIL ANDERSON MOST PEOPLE KNOW WIL ANDERSON AS HOST OF ADVERTISING SHOW THE GRUEN TRANSFER (AND NOW GRUEN PLANET). OTHERS KNOW HIM AS ‘THAT COMEDIAN WHO KIND OF LOOKS LIKE ADAM HILLS’. YOU’VE BEEN PERFORMING STAND-UP SHOWS SINCE 1997 – HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM FRESH? This is the most important thing about being a comedian. Comedy audiences have a voracious appetite for new material. It’s not like music when you can write a new song and play it forever. As a comedian you never hear one of your routines as a music track in an elevator. Nobody ever comes to a gig, holds up their lighter, and yells out: “Do Klim is Milk spelled backwards from 1999!” IS IT TRUE YOUR ABC SHOW THE GLASS HOUSE WAS CANCELLED DUE TO PRESSURE FROM THE HOWARD GOVERNMENT? I don’t think so. In fact, when the show was cancelled John Howard put out a press release to say he had nothing to do with it. It is kind of cool when you lose your job and the PM of the country feels the need to put out a press release. When I lost my job delivering pamphlets when I was 16 because I allegedly put them down the drain, the PM was suspiciously quiet. HOW MUCH OF GRUEN IS SCRIPTED? Only the spine of the show is scripted (e.g. the throws to the clips, pitches etc). All of the conversations and jokes that happen are on-the-spot. We just tape about double what we use and edit around it. IS IT FUN TO HOST THE SHOW? I wish I could say it was fun to host Gruen, but I would be lying. It is, by far, the most complex thing I have had to do. It’s fun when it is finished. I compare it to running a marathon. There isn’t often, while you are running, that you get a chance to enjoy yourself. You just have to keep going when you hit the wall and wee is running down your leg. It is only when it is over you get a chance to reflect on what you have achieved and be proud of that. Gruen is a lot like that. Horrible to do, nice to have done. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR WIL ANDERSON? I am not a planner. I subscribe to the Woody Allen line: “If you want to make God laugh then tell him your plans.”

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JESS FOLEY

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When did you start playing basketball? I started at six – my three older siblings all played so I was raring to get going. It was when Michael Jordan was peaking so the spor t was internationally huge! What kept you interested? I’m really competitive and love the aggression of the game. I also enjoy all the girls I meet – I have made friends for life through basketball. What’s been your most significant accomplishment? Probably playing for the Australian senior team. Are you aiming for the Olympics? I would love to make it back in the Australian squad but, for me, it’s easier to make short-term really achievable goals like having a great start to the WNBL season and training hard consistently. Do you work

outside basketball? I have just started as an environmental scientist at the Queensland Nickel refinery. It’s the first job I’ve had in my field, so it’s really exciting and I hope to get some great experience out of it. I’m still studying and hoping (fingers-crossed I pass!) to finish my Masters of Groundwater Hydrology this semester. How did you find playing in America? I loved playing for Duke University and living in North Carolina. Basketball is huge over there and the college game has a big following. We played in front of average crowds of about 5,000 to 6,000. In my senior year we made the Championship game and played in front of 24,000 on the Boston Celtics’ home court. Why do you think basketball has

such a good female following? Women’s basketball is really different to men’s – it’s really structured and I think our defensive is more physical and aggressive in Australia than other countries. We also surprise people with our athleticism and skill. What brought you to the new-look Townsville Fire? Chris Lucas (the coach) is a long-time friend of mine. And I was just ready for a change and thought Townsville was headed in the right direction! What can spectators look forward to in coming months? I think we have an exciting group with lots of scoring options and a gritty defensive mentality. Hopefully we surprise some people and dominate at home this season.

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How significant is being a fifth-degree Taekwon-Do instructor? There are nine levels of black belt, starting as a first-degree black belt through to a ninth-degree grandmaster. I asked my Master how many fifth-degree females there are and he said, “In all my years with the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), you’re only the third I know of in Australia”. What is Taekwon-Do? It’s known as the ultimate in selfdefence. The words translated mean literally ‘the art of hand and foot fighting’. It’s about the great friends and family that you become a part of; the opportunities to compete at local, state, national and international levels; and the improvements to fitness, confidence and self-discipline. What have 48

you got out of it over the years? I’ve gained a lot of confidence in who I am and what I can achieve. Starting at 10 years old, I’ve grown up with Taekwon-Do and even met the amazing man who is now my husband of 15 years. Are your children also involved? Yes, both our daughter Aliesha (13) and son Brodie (11) train with me at my Pimlico branch of Authentic Taekwon-Do. It’s fun and special to be able to train with my children and enjoy our time together. What are some of the biggest misconceptions about the sport? That Taekwon-Do is about beating people up and breeds aggressiveness – this is so far from the truth! The moral culture of Taekwon-Do is based on courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control

and indomitable spirit. Also, you don’t have to be young – it’s accessible to all people of all ages and abilities. A 50-year-old mother joined us and by the time she was 54 she’d gone to Malaysia with the Australian team and came back with a gold and silver medal! Plus, this year, I trained with a second-degree lady in her mid 60s. How far do you want to go in the sport? I loved representing Australia at the ITF World Taek won-Do Championship in 2005, and as a club we are working towards the next World Championships in Florida next year. It will be six years before the possibility of my next grading for sixth-degree, so for now I’ll take each day as it comes!


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RAY VALDETER I MANAGER I MORLEYS FUNERAL HOME

CREDIBILITY OFFERS PEACE-OF-MIND

MAKE INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION A PRIORITY WHEN SELECTING A FUNERAL HOME.

You may be surprised to learn that, in Queensland, there is no current legal requirement for funeral directors to be licensed. Neither is there any form of regulation in place regarding funeral care, standards for premises, facilities and equipment. So how does one choose a funeral home that will inspire confidence and trust? Recognised funeral industry associations are really the only form of watchdog in the industry. Membership in these associations is usually a sign of a trusted and well-equipped funeral home, because it’s required to comply with each association’s vigorous standards. Morleys Funerals is currently the only funeral home in Australia to hold membership in three accredited funeral associations, those being: Queensland Funeral Directors Association (since 1984), Australian Funeral Directors Association (since 1965), and Selected Independent Funeral Homes (whereby you become a member by invitation only, since 1990). As members of these associations, we are required to comply with a strict code of ethics and code of conduct; provide a high standard of facilities, equipment, service and training; plus comply with ongoing professional development. To maintain full accreditation our facilities and equipment are inspected every three years to ensure we are up to the standard expected of us. Plus our staff also undergo regular training programs in various areas – whether it’s education in funeral

service delivery, dealing with grief or even furthering the techniques of our two fully-trained and AIE certified embalmers – it’s all about ensuring the Morleys Funerals team has the ability to fulfil families’ expectations and a very sensitive and important time. One should never assume that all funeral providers are association members or meet these strict standards, and it’s important these credentials are checked before their services are engaged. If you can’t see the industry association logos displayed on their paperwork or marketing material, don’t be afraid to ask if they are members. You only get one chance to properly honour a loved one and it’s important they are entrusted to the most professional funeral provider possible. Morleys is proud to say that its focus is to treat the deceased as we would look after our own family. Being a third-generation family business in its fifty-first year of operation, the Morley family is committed to the ideals of first class funeral care and we pride ourselves on a tradition of affordable quality, offering a wide range of choices to suit our clients’ needs. By all means, compare our facilities and service – we feel sure that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our high standards and the excellent value we offer. That’s why Morleys Funeral Home is Townsville’s trusted name in funeral service.

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SERVES 4 1 small butter lettuce, torn 750g cooked prawns, peeled and de-veined 1 mango, peeled, stoned and sliced 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped 1 small red onion, finely sliced large handful coriander leaves 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce (see instructions below) 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp sesame oil 1. Arrange the lettuce, prawns, mango, avocado, red onion and coriander leaves on a plate. 2. Whisk together the sweet chilli sauce, lime juice and sesame oil and dress the salad.

Sweet chilli sauce 3 finely diced large red chillies 250ml (1 cup) rice vinegar 2 tsp sea salt 185g caster sugar 2 chopped garlic cloves 1. Combine ingredients over a medium-high heat. 2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until reduced by half. 3. Cool before serving.

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SERVES 4 1 tbsp light flavoured oil 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1 lemon grass stalk, white part cut in 3 sections 11/2 tbsp curry powder 750ml (3 cups) chicken stock 400ml tin coconut milk 2 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp caster sugar 400g orange sweet potato 2 chicken breast fillets (about 500g) 250g small rice stick noodles (soaked in boiling water, drained and rinsed) 1 bunch Chinese broccoli, leaves only 1 red chilli, finely sliced 1/2 small red onion, cut into thin wedges 2 tbsp crispy shallots

1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon grass and cook, stirring, until golden. 2. Add the curry powder and continue stirring for 30 seconds. Add the stock, 750ml (3 cups) water, coconut milk, fish sauce and sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer. 3. Peel the sweet potato, cut into chunks, and add to the soup. Poach gently for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and continue to poach for a further 8 minutes. 4. Take the pan off the heat and set aside to rest for 5 minutes, adding the Chinese broccoli in the final 2 minutes. 5. Remove the chicken and slice. Place the noodles in four noodle bowls, cover with the chicken and soup and dress with the red chilli, onion wedges and crispy shallots.

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Blenheim is the Marlborough’s (located at the top of the South Island) main centre and offers an ideal base to explore the leisure and lifestyle attractions of the region, one of those being the world-famous sauvignon blanc. While you can tour the wineries by coach, luxury car and even helicopter, nothing beats the humble push-bike for gulping-in all the sights and sounds. There are several operators to choose from. Wine Tours by Bike is one that collects you from your accommodation and arms you with everything you need for the day, including a map and a wine pouch strapped to your bike for all the bottles you end up ‘investing’ in. I would recommend doing the full-day hire (NZ$58 for four to eight hours) – we tried to do it in half a day but only made it to two wineries because we got chatting to the person doing the tastings (invariably the owner or manager) and heard all about the local wine industry and the stories from the region. Another worthwhile idea is spacing your lunch over multiple wineries – have an entrée at one, your mains at the next and dessert at the end. This way you experience a diverse range of flavours and you’re not too bloated to ride! Some of the 40 wineries in cooee include St Clair (a bit out of the way, but worth it), Drylands, Hunter’s (lovely home-style restaurant with wood fire), Cloudy Bay, Allan Scott, Nautilus and Highfield Estate. It’s extremely flat in the wine country, so an easy ride, and there are plenty of sights to see on the way. Just watch you don’t get too wobbly after the tastings!

QUEEN CHARLOTTE WALK IN MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS Even if you don’t like walking, the Queen Charlotte Track is a must for its breathtaking views of the crystal clear Marlborough Sounds. The Queen Charlotte Track runs almost the entire length of New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte Sound, stretching from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and passing through historic sites, secluded bays and lush coastal bush. While the entire track is 71km (bit too long to do in a morning – try three to five days), it’s fairly flat and broken down into sections and – the best bit of all – you can stay there overnight, but you don’t have to carry your bags (there are operators who transport your luggage every day). We did the Mistletoe Bay section through to Lochmara Lodge which took about three to four hours and involved an uphill climb to an lookout which offered 360 degree views over three of the bays. The beauty of the aquamarine water against the lush hills and bright blue sky was breathtaking. A tip is to bring snacks up there (an ideal opportunity to try the North Island’s famous Puhoi blue cheese) and spend a good hour taking it all in (and don’t forget to charge your camera like we did).

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A JOURNEY TO SAVOUR FOR LOVERS OF WINE, SEAFOOD AND WILDERNESS WALKS PEPPERED WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS; NEW ZEALAND’S MARLBOROUGH REGION OFFERS THE PERFECT CLIMATE. WITH TOO MANY DRAWCARDS TO LIST, HERE ARE FOUR MUST-DOS

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CHOOSE FROM DISHES LIKE STEAMED MUSSELS WITH BLUE CHEESE, WINE AND PARSLEY; GRILLED MUSSELS WITH LEMON MUSHROOM CREAM; MUSSEL CHOWDER; BATTERED MUSSELS AND MUSSEL PLATTERS FEATURING A MIX OF THE LOT.

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BLENHEIM WINE TOUR ON PUSH-BIKE

HAVELOCK MUSSELS

OVERNIGHT AT LOCHMARA LODGE

For seafood lovers a trip to the Mussel Pot in Havelock is a must. This iconic Marlborough restaurant and café specialises in green-lipped mussels (or green shell as they are also known) but the menu also features a variety of seafood as well as steak, pastas and even a homemade burger. Choose from dishes like steamed mussels with blue cheese, wine and parsley; grilled mussels with lemon mushroom cream; mussel chowder; battered mussels and mussel platters featuring a mix of the lot. It should be noted here for those who have a particular fondness of mussels and a handiness on the stove, the delicious morsels are available for NZ$2.99 a kilo in the supermarket. Why not whip-up your own inspired concoction (one of our favourites was creamy garlic mussels with leek) while you sip on your favourite bottle from the wine tour (if you have any left!) and soak-up that spectacular scenery.

Depending on your accommodation desires, there are plenty of wellequipped camp sites along the track for those who enjoy nights under the stars, but there’s also a host of more upmarket options like Lochmara Lodge. They will collect you from Picton and transport you 30 minutes to the lodge, take your bags to your room, then drop you on the Queen Charlotte Track so you can just walk back at your own leisure. If you time it properly you’ll arrive in time for lunch where you can savour some of the delicious seasonal dishes and Marlborough wines from the modern café/restaurant. This retreat comprises a mix of chalets and units and is tucked in Lochmara Bay between the water and lush bush-clad hills of the Marlborough Sounds. Its painstakingly cultivated grounds (envisioned and built by the current owners Louise and Shayne) also double as a wildlife recovery centre and arts centre. Supporting New Zealand artists; unique works are strategically placed all over the winding grounds to form a sculpture trail – something you can discover while exploring the entirety of the property, which also boasts hill-side hammocks, rope swings and an exclusive bath house where you and your travelling buddy can soak in separate baths while gazing upon the pristine views of the bay.

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NEW MAN. NEW BRAND. RELATIVELY NEW TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER POST AT TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE, DAVID KIPPIN AND HIS TEAM ARE ALREADY FORGING FULL-STEAM AHEAD TO DRIVE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REGION.

WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF THE ‘TOWNSVILLE REGIONAL BRAND’? The new regional brand encompasses everything that makes the Townsville region different from our neighbours – real diversity and real opportunities or – as I refer to it – ‘the real deal’. This overarching brand can be used for a variety of purposes including investment, skills and relocation attraction by both Townsville Enterprise and third parties; destination marketing by Townsville Enterprise and local tourism operators, raising general awareness of the region, community pride and engagement; and as an added value for private sector marketing. WHAT ARE THE KEY FUNCTIONS OF TEL? Townsville Enterprise is the peak economic development and destination-marketing organisation for the Townsville region. It’s a non-profit membership-based organisation that creates responsible and sustainable economic growth for the benefit of members, residents, visitors and investors. We work with federal and state governments, government agencies and the private sector; provide valuable resources to the tourism industry; and seek opportunities to bring business meetings, conferences, exhibitions, conventions and major events to the region. 56

WHAT ARE SOME OF TEL’S CURRENT MAJOR PROJECTS? The ‘North Queensland Emerging Leaders’ program will educate our ‘emerging leaders’ on the issues, opportunities and challenges that impact Townsville’s region, locally, nationally and globally by using the knowledge and expertise of our current leaders and experts. The ‘Get Connected’ project will assist North Queensland businesses in taking full advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) by displaying ways business can benefit from the super-fast Internet connection. The ‘Workforce Development’ project will work with industry to develop and implement a workforce development strategy to address the current and future workforce development needs. The ‘Intermodal Transit Centre’ is designed to investigate and develop investment opportunities and assess the requirement for a major transport and freight forward hub for North Queensland. WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF TEL? We currently have 430 members across our convention bureau, destination marketing/tourism and economic development sectors. Over the past 12 months we have been working on better means to connect with our supporters and

“OUR GOAL IS TO SUPPORT ALL ASPECTS OF TOWNSVILLE’S DEVELOPMENT.”

we’re taking the time to engage with current and potential members to identify their needs and ensure that they are receiving the greatest benefit. There’s a perception that Townsville Enterprise is only focused on the big end of town, but our membership base is quite diverse. Our goal is to support all aspects of Townsville’s development. WHAT’S YOUR BUSINESS BACKGROUND? I was born and raised in Townsville but have spent most of my working life in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Melbourne and Toowoomba. It was my love for this city, the lifestyle and the community that drew my family back to Townsville in 2003. I bring with me 34 years experience in banking, finance and international trade, including eight years in senior management and executive positions in Melbourne. DO YOU HAVE A VISION FOR TOWNSVILLE? I am enormously positive about the future growth and prosperity of the Townsville region. As residents, our collective challenge is to engage this growth and prosperity while preserving the attractive lifestyle that is the very essence of why people love to work and live in this city and in the surrounding area. Such a challenge is well within our capacity as long as we remain as tight and as focused as we have been for the past 20 years.


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BUSINESS UPDATE

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GONGS FOR JUPITERS

NEW SENIOR ASSOCIATES

Jupiters Townsville was a major winner at the 126th annual Queensland Hotel Association (QHA) Award ceremony recently, eclipsing the 300-plus nominees to win Best Casual Dining for Aqua, Best Restaurant for Essence and Best Superior Accommodation 4 to 4.5-star. Jupiters is now a finalist in the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence.

Townsville firm Purcell Taylor Lawyers has elevated two of its family law solicitors to the position of senior associates. The promotion of Lucia Taylor and Leon Pommer comes more than a year after the pair joined company director Michael Purcell and solicitor Samantha Kelley in the firm’s growing family law division.

BEAUTIFUL RESULT

Townsville-based SML Clothing launched last month to provide “beautiful, stylish and sun savvy” clothes for little people. Created by local mum-ofthree Lauren Hannay, and is made with the Australian climate and lifestyle in mind.

Bellanova Skin & Makeup Studio has scooped an award from product supplier True Solutions International, taking third place for Spa Universe – Best Medi Spa 2011 – out of 20 of the top medi spa salons in Queensland.

FRESH PODIUM POSITION Welcome to Podium Hair’s new senior stylist: Jordana has more than eight years experience, including manager of Estée Lauder central Queensland, and is trained in Napoleon Perdis.

LITTLE PEOPLE REJOICE

FOOD BITES Townsville’s newest tapas and wine bar is now open at Townsville RSL. Open seven days and serving delicious tapas from 5pm to 9pm Friday and Saturday evenings, The Palm Lounge is a modern and relaxing bar located on the upper level of Townsville RSL.

Ciabatta’s new summer menu has launched. Expanding on the existing offering of delicious wood fired pizzas (adding a total of 11 pizzas), the restaurant introduces fresh dishes to suit Townsville’s summer heat. Matt Merrin and Paul Abercrombie are now the full owners of Palmer Street’s JAM Corner, after farewelling partners Matt and Therese Jan; owners of the successful Bambini and Millie J & Co cafés. Matt Merrin says it’s an exciting time for the team to continue the growth and development of the popular eatery. Roux Blond has recently netted several awards: 2011 North Queensland Wedding Cater of the Year; 2011 North Queensland Cater of the Year, and 2011 National Finalist, Wedding Cater of the Year. Gregory’s Bites Café, recently won Best Café North Queensland at the Host Plus Savour Awards For Excellence in Cairns. The Willows’ Cheesecake Shop has claimed store of the year for the state, excelling above 43 Queensland shops. Store manager Karen Bawden says the result was due to the excellent efforts of her 12 outstanding staff members.

BERNIE HOCK

BUSINESS NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL (BNI) REGIONAL DIRECTOR

What is BNI? BNI is a business franchise in its own right that exists for the express purpose of helping its members gain a quantum of quality referrals through a structured and effective ‘word of mouth’ program. How many members? Currently there are more than 205 active members of BNI in Townsville spread across nine groups, or ‘chapters’. There are more than 6000 chapters of BNI around the world in 42 countries. How is BNI different from other networking organisations? BNI only allows one person from each trade, business or industry to join a chapter. In this way, no one is competing with anyone else in the group, creating a supportive cooperative atmosphere. The weekly

meetings follow a structured agenda focussing on building relationships with other like-minded people who become sales people for each other. The philosophy of BNI is ‘givers gain’, which is based on the idea that people who give to others receive what they want back in return. What range of business is represented? Everything from the financial sector, such as banking, financial planning, and mortgage broking; to trade services like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians; to business support such as business coaches, marketing, office furniture and equipment; to personal services like massage, hairdressers and florists. How specifically does BNI assist businesses? Members of BNI can get connected

to ‘referral partners’, not only in the chapter they belong to, but chapters all around the world. Because we operate on a cooperative plane, as opposed to a competitive plane, members are willing to help others or mentor others, particularly those in new business ventures. No one is an expert in every field, but BNI members can learn new strategies from each other. How do you balance being regional director with running your own business? The only thing you can’t buy is time. Balancing anything in life is based on appreciating the importance of time. Use time effectively, wisely and with leverage and everything else falls into place.

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THE CORAL CRUSADER NAMED AMONGST THE THREE NATIONAL WINNERS OF L’ORÉAL AUSTRALIA’S ANNUAL WOMEN IN SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP, JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY MARINE BIOLOGIST TRACY AINSWORTH WILL GO TO ANY DEPTH TO RESEARCH LITTLE-KNOWN CORAL REEFS.

WHAT DOES WINNING THE FELLOWSHIP AND ITS $20,000 GRANT MEAN TO YOU? It’s a great opportunity and support like this can be career changing. The fellowship assists early career women in science and, as well as research funds, L’Oréal has also provided the opportunity to take part in communicating with high school students about careers in science. WHAT FASCINATES YOU ABOUT CORAL REEF SYSTEMS? Corals are described as simple, basal organisms, yet when we go out to the reefs on our beautiful coastline we find ourselves seeing amazing and highly complex structures and ecosystems. I’m fascinated by how corals create these spectacular systems, support so much diversity, and do so over extremely long periods of time. PART OF THE GRANT MONEY WILL BE USED TO INVESTIGATE LOW-LIGHT, 100M-DEEP REEFS – HOW MUCH DO WE KNOW? We don’t know very much about coral reefs in deep water habitats or how they function, grow, and survive in these environments compared to shallow water reef systems. It’s important that we understand what factors are important in sustaining these systems and the role they play in the health and sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef. 58

“HUMANS BECOME SUSCEPTIBLE TO MORE ILLNESSES WHEN THEY ARE STRESSED OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME… WE REALLY NEED TO KNOW HOW CORALS RESPOND.”

WHAT REPERCUSSIONS HAVE YOUR FINDINGS ON CORAL BLEACHING HAD? We are still in the early stages really of understanding how some of our research findings can aid in managing coral bleaching and stress events on reefs. What we’re discovering is that coral health is adversely affected by temperature stress even before we can see bleaching occurring on the reef. We’re investigating now how this relates to the reef’s long-term health. For example, humans become susceptible to more illnesses when they are stressed over long periods of time, and we really need to know how corals respond to these sustained and frequent low-level stresses.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO MARINE BIOLOGY? I love being close to the ocean and that’s why I chose to go into marine science. The career path for scientists can be very diverse. Training in science leads into science and academia, but it can also lead into science communication, public outreach, environmental protection and advocacy, government and management careers, eco-tourism, and teaching. The career paths available to people with training in science are also very global, with opportunities available all over the world.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT TO-DATE? Showing my daughter a coral reef and the organisms that live on reefs.

The L’Oréal Fellowship Award has been developed to support talented women as they try to balance forging a competitive science career with building a family, and ensure they continue to make their positive contribution to society.


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THE START OF A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY… YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN TRUE LOVE WILL STRIKE – IT COULD BLOSSOM FROM FRIENDSHIP OR BE A BOLT OF SHEER FATE. HERE FIVE TOWNSVILLE COUPLES REVEAL HOW THEY MET THEIR SOUL MATE.

MARCO DELLA VALLE + TRUDI SPENCE Marco: I was at the Sunshine Coast for a conference last year and decided to stay on for an extra couple of days at the Coolum Hyatt Regency. I was in the area called ‘The Village’ with all the shops, restaurants and clothing stores, lining-up to get something to eat. I was standing next to a friendly lady and we got talking. We had a great chat but nothing came of it. So I came back to Townsville and she went back to Melbourne and that was the end of that. However, over the next few weeks I kept thinking about her until one day, out of the blue, I got an email from her. I hadn’t given her my contact details, and all she knew about me was my first name but she’d managed to track me down and said that I’d be amazed how she got my e-mail address. As it turned out, she had been thinking about me too and one night had a dream about me, which included the name WIN TV. When we had met, I had told her where I worked and although she remembered I was in the television industry, up to that point she couldn’t remember which station. After much deliberation she decided to Google it and see what came up. So she did, and by chance that week my employer WIN Television had advertised a position and listed my email address for applications. So the first thing that popped up had my email address. So, very much out of character for Trudi, she bit the bullet and sent me an email, saying later that it was the weirdest thing she’d ever done. I think we were both cautious at first, but from there we built a friendship over email, which then turned into phone calls. We found that we had so many commonalities; for example we both had dogs called Lulu; both had step-fathers called Dennis and there was only one letter difference in our mothers’ names. One of the most amazing things was when we learnt that we were both going to Hawaii in June, but not only that – we had individually booked ourselves on the same flights, were travelling to the same islands and had even picked out the same hotels – it was like we were destined to meet in some way! We decided to meet again especially since we would be crossing paths in Hawaii, so Trudi came up here. We hit it off straight away. Very soon after I went to Melbourne to meet her family and, as they say, the rest is history! Trudi has since moved to Townsville and we’re now living together with the two Lulus. 4

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GINA + ANDREW LASHMAR Gina: I was living in Sydney about 10 years ago and a friend of mine had met this really nice guy online. He was overseas fighting the war on terror and when he came back to Australia we all met him and he was wonderful. In those days dating online was new and uncommon, but her experience encouraged me to put my profile up. Within four hours I had something like 250 emails. The first one was from my future husband, but there was no picture of him – just his dog. He was in Townsville, so a bit far away, but reading his profile he sounded lovely and had the most idyllic childhood, was well-educated and close to his family. We decided to stay in contact over email and things progressed from there. After three months we bought web cams and were regularly talking, and then he offered to fly me to Townsville for a visit. When I got off the plane, on to the tarmac, I saw a guy with flowers who I started walking towards him but it was the wrong guy, so Andrew was saying, “No, over here!” He lived in Giru on a farming property and it was a bit like A Farmer Wants a Wife – after three weeks he proposed and I left back for Sydney with a one carat ring. My friends told me I was crazy and I shouldn’t throw my whole life away, but I knew it was the right thing for me. My only concern was that Andrew got along with my 13-year-old son, so he flew us both back up and they hit it off straight away – Andrew later told me he knew he’d win him over because he had a four-wheeler and a tractor! We’ve been married for 10 years now and have a gorgeous five-year-old. 5


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Erin: When I was 18 I worked at an electrical wholesale business. When I joined the boss made it clear that dating customers wasn’t acceptable, as he’d had an experience in the past that had ended badly. We had a customer who was an apprentice electrician and he would come in nearly every day and we’d chat. Then one day he invited me to his 21st birthday. I already had a party that night and wasn’t going to go to his because I didn’t know hardly anyone, but then he started texting me on the night asking where I was. There were quite a few messages being sent, but then they suddenly changed tone – the ‘real Dale’ had got his phone – it was actually his best mate and my work colleague who had been texting me all along! He asked me to come, but I’d been drinking so had no way of getting there, so he sent four of his mates to pick me up. I usually would never get into a car with four men I hardly know, but I must have had a good gut feeling! When I got to the party there was a big cheer of “She’s here!”, which was a bit embarrassing. I met his nanna, parents, brother, sisters and close friends straight away which was pretty daunting, but we’ve spent pretty much every night together since. We’ve now been married for three years and have a beautiful baby boy called Dominic. He was born nearly seven years to the day that we started dating. People say about the ‘seven year itch’ and I joke by saying we changed it up by having a baby!


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Scott: Stacey used to walk past my office on her way to work and I’d always check her out. I was in my late 20s and in those days I’d regularly go to The Terrace nightclub (now Bully’s) to catch-up with friends at the bar. Stacey would be there with other people, and she’d always look straight at me. I thought she was way out my league so I never had the guts to approach her, and this pattern went on for months. Then one day my flatmate Lou Athanasiou and I went to an engagement party. Stacey was there. I still didn’t have the guts to approach her, but all of a sudden she was coming over to me! She was actually sussing me out for a girlfriend who wanted to work with me to see if I was a nice person, but that was enough to get us chatting and we basically haven’t stopped in 23-and-a-half years. We got married in 1988 and a couple of years later I said, “Remember when you used to check me out at The Terrace?” She said she’d never seen me until the day of the engagement party. When she went out she never wore her glasses – it turns out all she’d been checking out were fuzzy shapes.

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SALLY + PETER DICKSON Sally: I married my best friend! We were best friends long before we got together. We were both in the air force in Townsville when we met – we were in separate units, but part of the same group of friends who used to hang around together. We hit it off instantly as friends and started doing everything together – Peter became like a ‘Clayton’s boyfriend’ and we’d always exercise, talk non-stop and have movie nights. I don’t know why we didn’t get together straight away, but we eventually hooked up by accident on one of our famous DVD nights. That was 12 years ago and we’ve been married for eight. We’ve both been married before and divorced and I think being best friends above all is the key – we’d be lost without each other.

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CREATE a modern wedding to the backdrop of twinkling water, city lights, and views over cosmopolitan Palmer Street. JAM Corner’s ‘Private Level Above’ is an unequalled location situated above the restaurant, and has already secured a reputation for playing host to stylish and uniquely-themed weddings; creating special memories that will be forever treasured. Owner Matt Merrin and his contingency of experienced and friendly staff will ensure your reception is everything you’ve envisioned. An event coordinator will meet with you to get a true understanding of your desires, and then will guide you through your options; answering any questions or concerns you may have in relation to your day. The team will go above and beyond to meet any special requests to ensure we create a sublime evening to share with family and friends. Whether it’s a free-spirited cocktail party making the most of the balcony area and views, or an intimate sit-down dinner in the comfort of the airconditioning; JAM Corner is well known for its delicious, modern and fresh fare and can tailor your cuisine to suit your tastes and budget. Available seven days a week, the ‘Private Level Above’ has ample parking with a car park situated at the rear of the restaurant. As well as being a fantastic choice for weddings, the function space is also ideal for corporate and business events, private dinner parties, birthdays, engagements and christenings. Contact Matt Merrin directly to discuss the requirements of your next important occasion.

KEY BRIDAL TRENDS | 2012

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JUDI Campbell, owner of Hills in Hollywood Townsville, together with bridal/fashion consultants Lynne Whyte and Jodi Behrendorff, recently had the enviable task of attending runway shows in Brisbane selecting the latest bridal, bridesmaid and formal designs from exclusive New York designers. Judi says: “Amongst hundreds of beautiful gowns we noticed key trends coming through for 2012, and we are excited to bring these trends direct from New York to our Townsville brides.” Judi reveals that although white and ivory remain a first choice, the blush and pink shades are also capturing interest. The fresh appeal of new laces mean vintage-inspired weddings will be even more popular, with the royal wedding influencing a comeback for the cap sleeve. Mermaid-style gowns with an embellished bodice and soft tulle skirt are perfect for giving more shape to a straight body, while showing off a curvy figure (as seen on Kim Kardashian). She says crinkle chiffon skirts with their sheer, elegant, lightweight fabric amplify the ball gown style: “A definite trend to accentuate the waist is the addition of a beaded belt, giving an elegant wedding dress that unique touch”. Styles reflecting these trends are already in the Charters Towers Road store. Sizes 0 to 32 ensure there is a gown to flatter every figure with styles to suit every wedding theme and budget. Hills in Hollywood consultants take pride in making a bride’s time in-store an enjoyable experience. Brides and bridesmaids should make personal appointments with Lynne or Jodi to see the new range first-hand.


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approach, Townsville Wedding Videos is proud of the reputation it has forged as a quality provider dedicated to putting newlyweds first. Director Peter Jepson urges recently engaged couples to do their research before deciding who to entrust their wedding to: “Make sure you check the standard of the work and ensure you have a guarantee for how long it will take to get your DVD back,” he advises. “We guarantee couples will have the complete edited product in 14 days – you certainly don’t want to be waiting up to 90 days, especially as the emotions can blur the memories.” The stylish and professional video documentation

is produced using HD broadcast quality equipment. Townsville Wedding Videos supplies on DVD (opt for the premium package and your guests will get a DVD of the highlights before they leave the reception) and hard drive, and is one of the few producers in Australia that can broadcast the event live on the internet for your absent friends and family to watch in real time. A fresh approach and passion for providing quality production is the focus of Townsville Wedding Videos, leaving you to enjoy your wedding day as it happens and re-live the magic whenever you like, passing your piece of history onto generations to come.

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June 4, 2011 WHO Orthopaedic product specialist Andrea Perhavec (31) and human resource manager Jaret Grant (38) WHERE Arthur Bay, Magnetic Island. RECEPTION Barefoot Food, Art and Wine, Horseshoe Bay THEME Beach, sunset, cocktails INVITATIONS Very personalised – we used a few photographs taken by good friend Jacqui Ferry of us on a vintage bicycle having a bit of fun! THE PROPOSAL A quiet trip to the Gold Coast quickly turned into a surprise luncheon and a night at the Palazzo Versace. After a beautiful lunch and some wine to calm Jaret’s nerves, we took an elevator to the top floor where he had booked a private suite filled with rose petals, candles and French champagne. GUESTS 50 THE DRESS My very clever mother Desleigh Perhavec made the dress as a gift in four fittings and I’d hate to think how many hours of hand sewing. The fabric was French silk and lace. PHOTOGRAPHER Jacqui Ferry Photography THE CAKE My wonderful friend Azra Rantucci knows what I like and made a white chocolate ganache cake – there was nothing left, not even a crumb. HAIR AND MAKE-UP Bellanova for make-up and our hair was styled by a local hair salon on the island – both travelled to Arthur Bay Beach House. BRIDESMAIDS Two, my sisters Daniella Carmichael and Kahrin Palun. Their dresses were also made by my mother Desleigh – the fabric was French silk, which was hand-dyed to create the blend of black to grey. Both sisters are petit and beautiful so it wasn’t hard to design something for them! GROOM Dolce & Gabbana suit FLOWERS Three very random and unique bouquets using orchards, disbuds, rosemary and some other bits and pieces from the beach! SPECIAL ACCESSORIES On my wedding day my friend Azra gave me a small butterfly made of feathers to add to my bouquet. Jaret wore cufflinks given to him by his nan Joan. CEREMONIAL ARRIVAL I danced down the sandy aisle to my handsome waiting husband-to-be. My nephew Drew carried the back of my dress and he could be heard saying: “Andii! Slow down please!” SPECIAL MEMORIES As celebrant Crusty Herron was coming to the part of the ceremony where he pronounced us husband and wife, the setting sun’s rays broke through the clouds and were shining all across the water in beams of light – it was pretty spectacular. Our bridal dance was a lot of fun too – we spent a few nights in fits of laughter with Brad and Lauren from Dancenorth trying to create something out of the John Butler Trio song Groovin’ Slowly. HONEYMOON Extra nights at the Arthur Bay Beach House to relax. YOU’D WISH YOU’D KNOWN… How wonderful married life is with Jaret – maybe I would have proposed to him! 13


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August 8, 2011 WHO Sponsorship account manager Cassandra Mackenzie (24) and real estate principal Clinton Wallis (34). CEREMONY Willows Golf Course. RECEPTION Jupiters Townsville lawn. THEME Colourful cocktail: the wedding party was black and white and everyone else had to colour our lives. INVITATIONS All 300 were individually handmade. They consisted of a pearl-coloured envelope, which opened out into a card – each heading had a separate card. There where three hand-tied double bows of black satin ribbon on each. THE PROPOSAL Clint always brags about being an artist. I made fun of him because I’ve never actually seen him paint or draw anything. He had secretly been drawing a picture of me, which he had framed and hid under my sister’s bed. At midnight on the eve of our three-year anniversary he put it up, installed a downlight above it, turned all the lights off and got down on one knee in front of it. When I walked through the door from being out that’s what I saw. GUESTS 250 THE DRESS A white ivory A-line gown. It was very comfortable and simple, but the pleats and fold in the dress made it quite elegant. PHOTOGRAPHER Allanna Allen from MGM Photography. THE CAKE Clint’s mum Vicky and our niece Kaitlin made our wedding cake. It was a two-tiered white round cake with handmade roses and black satin ribbon to tie-in the theme. HAIR AND MAKE-UP Our hair was Moon Hairdressing and make-up was Teena Romaior from the Make-up Mirror. They both accommodated 15 of us on the day including mums, sisters and bridal party. BRIDESMAIDS I had six bridesmaids, all in floor-length black satin gowns with a sweetheart neckline. I also had a junior bridesmaid dressed in a white ivory gown with a black sash. GROOM Six groomsmen all wore black three-piece suits with white shirt. The groom and his junior groomsmen wore matching three-piece suits with a white shirt, tie and vest. SPECIAL ACCESSORIES We released butterflies at our ceremony to acknowledge our loved ones who have passed away. One of the butterflies flew straight onto my veil and never left my side for the whole ceremony. HONEYMOON We went to one of our favourite places – Queenstown in New Zealand – we both love to snowboard. We went with a group of friends, which made it all the more special. We got hit by a snow blizzard and got snowed in for five extra days of fireplaces, great beer and neverending lamb shanks. TIP FOR ENGAGED COUPLES Take notes on the finer details and make sure everyone knows what’s in your head. I prepared a runsheet for each person and outlined their involvement in the wedding. They teased me but it worked well!

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Newly refurbished Castaways Resort & Spa in stunning Mission Beach offers the ultimate in beachside bliss for ceremonies, receptions and pre-wedding pampering. Bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforest, Castaways Resort & Spa offers the ideal tropical backdrop for your special day, plus has the convenience of 50 four-star rooms on location in the format of hotel, resort and apartment-style accommodation. Castaways’ tropical beachfront gardens are the ideal site for “I do”. The picture-perfect setting has a backdrop of palm trees, white sands and the turquoise blue waters of the Coral Sea. Or have you always dreamt of a barefoot beach wedding? We know the perfect location to ensure your ceremony leaves a lasting impression. Following the ceremony, Castaways Resort & Spa offers a unique and private place to host your reception. Palms Beachfront Special Event Centre is located adjacent to the main resort and boasts magical views to the Coral Sea and Dunk Island. Purpose-built to suit Tropical North Queensland’s warm weather; the indoor/outdoor-style venue creates a dreamy setting for an unforgettable reception. The raised decking is set amongst luscious tropical gardens and has a seating capacity for 120 guests, with the marquee offering protection from the elements. For smaller weddings of fewer than 30 guests, the private upperdecked area at Bibesia Beach Club is recommended, which captures the views of Dunk Island and the Coral Sea with the coconut palms in the foreground. For those who want a relaxed poolside feel, Bibesia Beach Club Restaurant is the only true beachfront dining experience in Mission Beach. Almost all produce is sourced from within 30km of the resort for the ultimate in fresh food. Castaways also offers pre-wedding luxuries, like pampering at the hands of the professional Drift Spa staff. Drift Spa offers treatments and make-up services for every bride and her party. But it’s not only for the bride: Drift Spa also offers specialty treatments for the groom too. Just another way you can relax in luxury at Castaways.


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STUNNING HAIR AND MAKE-UP IS JUST THE START

BY THE TIME the big day arrives the only item left to tick off on your wedding checklist should be YOU! The highly skilled stylists at Capelli Hair Gallery know how very important this last item is and they will go out of their way to ensure that your special day starts off the way it should – stress free! Whether you’re imagining a soft romantic curl, a tousled natural wave, a classic up-style or a modern take on your wedding hairstyle; the team at Capelli has extensive and up-to-date training in special occasion hair design and has had the pleasure of looking after many Townsville brides. During the past year the staff at Capelli Hair Gallery have travelled to Melbourne to work

backstage at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival for designers such as Alex Perry and Rachel Gilbert. They have also attended the annual Sydney Hair Expo where they took part in seminars specialising in long hair design with industry gurus such as Sharon Blain and Paula Hibbard. For picture per fect hair and make-up professionally done to last the entire day; the proficient and friendly stylists at Capelli guarantee you longer appointments and pre-wedding consultations to assist in making this the ultimate precursor to your wedding celebrations. The stylish North Ward salon has two fully qualified make-up artists on hand who are experts

in the application of the prestige range of cosmetics by Napoleon Perdis. Prepare to be pampered with a complimentary breakfast platter along with fresh fruit juices and unlimited tea and Italian coffee in the beautiful boutique surroundings reserved especially for you. Owners Jodi and Tamara, along with salon manager Monique, look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to Capelli and creating the ultimate level of comfort and relaxation for you and your bridal party in the lead-up to your very important day.

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SPECIALTY cakes are on the rise at Three Loaves Bakehouse since the organic artisan bakery opened its doors at The Precinct, Idalia, late last year. Following the heavy demand for homemade organic breads, European-style pastries and cakes, and fresh gourmet sandwiches (which have all sent stomachs rumbling); owners Nancy and Sean Johnson opened a second store in Gregory Street, North Ward, just three months ago to create more space for their pastry chefs to work their blissful bakery magic. Now brides, and those planning any special event, can match the cake they’ve always dreamed of with superb taste and quality. Trained extensively in the creation of premium products – even making the effort to fly a French baker out to glean his knowledge – Three Loaves Bakehouse’s pastry chefs can create an exquisite and individualised cake to suit the happy couple’s needs. It will be custom-designed to match the wedding theme, but will also take into account the tastes and dietary requirements of the guests to ensure the handcrafted masterpiece is something that is talked about for months to come. The difference with Three Loaves Bakehouse is that all products are made from scratch, not from pre-mixes, so brides, grooms, wedding guests and cake-lovers alike are assured of a premium product every time. Those set to walk down the aisle, and anyone holding an event where a notable cake is a must, should make an appointment at either of Three Loaves’ locations to discuss their specific needs.

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YOU may have already booked your wedding venue, florist and photographer, but have you given much thought to marriage preparation? For many engaged couples, the lead-up to the wedding day often brings a blur of stress, panic and overwhelming expectations. Somewhere in the midst of that time, nearly-weds may feel that they’re beginning to lose sight of what the real event is – a celebration and commitment of their love for each other. After all, the marriage is what continues far beyond the wedding day! At Centacare Townsville, we provide the opportunity for couples to take some time out for each other and to explore the basic tools that form the basis of a good marriage – all in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Centacare’s marriage preparation course breaks open the concepts of what marriage is and how to keep the relationship thriving for many years to come. The course is broken into three sessions: two group sessions (with other engaged couples) and one individual session. Through brief presentations and activities with your partner or the group, we examine topics such as the key ingredients in marriage, love languages, relationship cycles, stress impacts, communication, and conflict resolution. The course aims to provide couples with an opportunity to increase their awareness of what assists marriages to be happy and fulfilling, and to discuss expectations of their marriage. Due to the high demand of this course, couples are advised to enrol as soon as possible by contacting Anna Chandler at Centacare.


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COUNTDOWN TO YOUR WEDDING TWELVE OR MORE MONTHS BEFORE: • Finalise dates and times • Decide on the size, formality and theme • Establish a wedding and engagement budget • Reserve the venues for your wedding and reception • Meet with and book your celebrant or priest • Choose your wedding party • Choose your wedding rings • Draw up an initial guest list • Organise your engagement party NINE TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE • Order your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ attire • Book your photographer and videographer • Arrange for decor, chair covers and linens • Book your entertainment • Reserve your florist • Order your wedding cake • Consider what you may need to hire • Decide what you’d like to do about gifts, and – if relevant – register your wish list with your chosen shop

PLANNING A WEDDING CAN BE A STRESSFUL TIME SO DUO HAS BROKEN IT INTO BITE-SIZED PIECES TO MAKE THE LEAD-UP EASIER TO SWALLOW.

• Research accommodation for out-of-town guests • Start to plan your honeymoon SIX TO NINE MONTHS BEFORE • Decide on your menu • Reserve your transport • Order your invitations and any other stationery • Check marriage licence requirements THREE TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE • Finalise your guest list • Choose the people making speeches • Finalise your order with the florist • Reserve the men’s wedding attire • Choose your hair and make-up professional TWO MONTHS BEFORE • Mail the invitations • Finalise your wedding vows • Finalise the reception menus • Have hair and make-up trials • Schedule final dress fitting ONE MONTH BEFORE • Apply for marriage licence (celebrant may do this) • Plan any rehearsals

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TWO WEEKS BEFORE • Draft the speeches • Finalise reception details • Call any guests who have not replied • Deliver song lists to musicians • Confirm honeymoon reservations ONE WEEK BEFORE • Finalise seating plan • Determine the order for the procession • Have your rehearsal • Confirm accommodation reservations • Pick up the attire for the groomsmen • Confirm the final numbers with the caterer • Confirm details with the transport company • Write cheques required for the wedding day • Pack for your honeymoon ON THE DAY • Give the wedding bands to the best man • Give the best man any cheques that need to be given out that day • Relax and enjoy your special day!

My name is Vicki Feeney and ‘I DO’ offer you professionalism and a tailored service to help you realise the joy and love of your Marriage ceremony. each Bride and Groom are my inspiration for their own personalised moment in time; ‘I DO’ provide the ceremony you both want. your Wedding Day is, after all, all about you! And though ‘I DO’ guarantee to take your ceremony seriously, i cannot guarantee the ceremony will be completely serious! So, please call or email me with your enquiries. i would love to catch up for a coffee and discuss your thoughts for your special day.

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LOLOMA BRINGS HOME AN EXCLUSIVE PIECE OF THE WORLD Loloma Jewellers is to import a unique range of couture designer jewellery to be released locally in the lead up to Christmas.

In particular, women in Townsville have a very contemporary taste, and they demand constant product innovation.

Retail Operations Manager Joanne Coleman said their premier range, Vanelli, now included elements of south sea pearl jewellery and a new variety of coloured diamonds.

Loloma’s policy of stocking only the best products and maintaining a high standard of service and product knowledge has reinforced the company’s reputation as the industry leader in North Queensland.”

She said senior Loloma team members had recently returned from the world’s largest jewellery fair, in Hong Kong, where they were able to access new world class products for the local market.

Loloma exclusively stocks Hearts On Fire – the world’s most perfectly cut diamond.

“The extraordinary excitement the range generated in Hong Kong has certainly given us a huge expectation for its release here in North Queensland,” Ms Coleman said. “Loloma’s approach of sourcing the finest products world-wide and buying direct from the source, ensures local customers can purchase the best products at realistic prices.

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‘NO’

says Melissa Muller. “I don’t think it’s a good idea at all – you’re the ones getting married and having an ex there could make your husband or wife feel uncomfortable. I would never have invited my ex to my wedding – my husband never would’ve allowed it anyway. There would have been no wedding! I think if you’re still in contact then there are still feelings and once you have broken up you should move on. My boss invited her ex to her wedding, which I thought was strange at the time. It did go smoothly though and there were no issues, but I think people who can create that relationship are in the minority. I believe the person you’re marrying – and that relationship – is above any previous relationships and that’s why you’re marrying them! The only exception I’d make to the rule is if my ex had left me for another guy – at least my current partner would have nothing to worry about!”

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says Tara Millard. “I think it’s something that should be judged on a case-by-case basis. I invited my ex to my recent wedding, but we dated back when I was 15 and we have since become friends. I’m also good friends with his girlfriend (now fiancé) and we all socialise together. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have invited my most recent ex (although I did invite his sister) because we don’t have the same amicable relationship. I don’t think people should invite their exes if it’s too recent; if it ended on bad terms; if they’re just doing it to make them jealous and say, “Look at what you missed out on”; or if they’re not good friends. Either way, you should always ask your fiancé first if they want your ex there – never get on your high horse and tell them you’re inviting a person, regardless of what they think. Choosing the guests should be something you do together and I made sure my husband didn’t have any issues before I sent my ex a wedding invitation”.

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Michella Zolli George Manolis

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June 12, 2011 WHO Graphic designer Michella Zolli (29) and sales consultant George Manolis (34) WHERE Greek Orthodox Church of St Theodores RECEPTION Greek Community Centre behind the church THEME Classic black and white INVITATIONS Custom-designed on thick black card with silver foiling THE PROPOSAL George proposed to me during a surprise hot air balloon ride for just the two of us over the Yarra Valley, which was followed by a private wine tour. GUESTS 200 THE DRESS An ivory Mariana Hardwick gown with a delicate pearl encrusted bodice cut away at the hip level, complemented by a fulllayered tulle skirt, and elaborate buckled belt. I first saw it in a magazine and knew it was the one! THE SHOES Ivory peep toes featuring a Swarovski crystal bow at the front of the shoe. I loved them because they were low and comfortable to wear all day! PHOTOGRAPHER? Andrew Rankin Photography BEST PHOTO LOCATION? Queens Park THE CAKE? We had an Italian wedding cake because of my heritage – Torta Mimosa Alla Bavarese. It was a vanilla sponge cake, layered with vanilla Bavarian cream and vanilla butter-cream icing. It all got eaten! BRIDESMAIDS My sister Dana and my two best friends were my bridesmaids. They wore strapless black cocktail dresses featuring rosettes on the skirt. HAIR AND MAKE-UP Our hair was done by Beck Jane West. The make-up was my sister Dana from Bellanova. GROOM George wore a black Armani dinner suit. FLOWERS I absolutely loved what Malpara Florists did with the baby’s breath: it was really simple yet stunningly effective. ENTERTAINMENT We had two bands: Abbey Road and a Greek band for traditional Greek dancing. CATERING Michel’s Restaurant. It was served ‘family style’ with each table featuring a selection of Italian and Greek-inspired food. SPECIAL ACCESSORIES In memory of my nonna, I wore her gold wedding band on the inside of my bodice. It was my ‘something old’. CEREMONIAL ARRIVAL George organised a white and black Range Rover Sports. SPECIAL MEMORIES Having my parents walk me down the aisle to George, and listening to George’s wedding speech. HONEYMOON We plan to visit the Greek Isles next year. TIP FOR ENGAGED COUPLES Have a to-do list!

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August 13, 2011 WHO Administration support co-ordinator Anthea Champion (24) and retail vehicle salesperson Daniel Hegarty (26). WHERE Sacred Heart Cathedral INVITATIONS We made them ourselves and sent them in white square boxes with the invite inside wrapped in a sheet of silver floss. THE PROPOSAL Well, Dan actually had the ring for quite some time – years actually! I put the hard word on him and he finally popped the question early one Sunday morning at home. He was on bended knee, and I accepted without hesitation. GUESTS 200 THE DRESS The bodice had a sweetheart neckline and was well-fitted with embroidered lace and crystals. The skirt was layers of satin, netting and tulle. I had an extra strap added so it was two shoulders. THE SHOES White satin pointed toe sling-backs with a small heel. They had crystal beading across the top. PHOTOGRAPHER Stephen Lane Photography BEST PHOTO LOCATIONS We went to Customs House, ANZAC Park, the old Railway Station and the back of the museum; but my favourite was an alley way off Morris Street in the city. There is a graffiti angel painted on a wall and further down they have painted a brick wall a bright blue. THE CAKE My grandmother Mary Hill, my mother Shirley Champion and my aunt Joan Roebuck spent hours one weekend slaving over a hot stove making Gran’s traditional fruitcake. They made three cakes and my sister’s friend Kiersten Behan made a caramel mud cake and iced the whole lot. It was a four-tier cake with alternating square and circle layers. TRANSPORT Three Lexus cars – one black RX 350 which I arrived in, plus a silver RX 350 and IS 250. BRIDESMAIDS Four – my sister Kara Champion was my maid of honour and three great friends – Rhiannon Boyd, Rochell Petersen and Kellie Lawry – were my bridesmaids. The dresses were modelled off a Mari Goulay-style gown, but were all hand made in Bali. GROOM The groom, groomsmen and pageboy all wore grey pinstripe suits, with Dan wearing an ivory vest and tie and the rest of the men wearing the grey vest and purple tie. FLOWERS My bouquet was a teardrop arrangement and the bridesmaids were a posy style; all made of white and silver moon roses, and dark purple lisianthus. RECEPTION Townsville RSL CATERING As we had a large wedding, we opted to have platters served to all of the tables with a variety of foods – it was incredible. HONEYMOON Two relaxing weeks in Kuta, Bali. TIP FOR ENGAGED COUPLES As everyone says, enjoy the day! It goes way too quickly and don’t sweat the small stuff. No one is going to know if something is not completely right.

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August 13, 2011 WHO Insurance broker Emma Gamble (25) and IT technician Scott Busby (31). WHERE Poolside at Jupiters Townsville for the ceremony and reception. INVITATIONS They were purple ‘pocket’ invites and handmade by Scott and I. The colours were purple, silver and white and featured ribbon and diamantes. THE PROPOSAL We often take our dogs to Saunders Beach for a run, so it was like any other day for me. We were walking along the beach with the dogs, when I turned around to see Scott on bended knee. We had lunch afterwards at a beautiful restaurant to celebrate. GUESTS 40 THE DRESS A strapless white satin gown designed by Mori Lee. It consisted of Swarovski crystal beading, pearls and a chapel train. THE SHOES From Novo Shoes – an off-white colour with pleats. PHOTOGRAPHER Roy Leigh Photography BEST PHOTO LOCATIONS Queens Gardens and Castle Hill THE CAKE Our cake was beautiful. It was two-tier and consisted of chocolate and white chocolate mudcake. We got our cake topper personalised from overseas to look like Scott, me, and our two dogs. HAIR AND MAKE-UP Our hair was styled by Lisa Williams with the assistance of my maid of honour Lexie Currie, who is also a senior hair stylist. The two girls had a braid that swept to one side with loose curls. I had an up-style, with a chignon on the side. Cheree from Urban Miss Make-up did our make-up. GROOM A black suit, white shirt and black tie from Roger David. FLOWERS My bouquet consisted of white lisianthus, freesias and roses, with a few lilac lisianthus. The girls were similar, but had dark purple and lilac lisianthus and freesias. Scott and his groomsmen wore a single white rose. ENTERTAINMENT DJ Spaghetti did a great job in our ceremony and got everyone up and dancing for our reception. He met any request and kept the dance floor alive! CATERING Jupiters provided a three-course alternate drop meal – a mix of beef, pork, seafood and desserts. CEREMONIAL ARRIVAL The girls and I stayed at Jupiters the night before the wedding and got ready in our room on the day, so we didn’t have far to go! SPECIAL MEMORIES There are many, but most of all being able to spend the happiest day of our lives with our closest friends and family. HONEYMOON Allawah Retreat in the Atherton Tablelands. TIP FOR ENGAGED COUPLES Be organised and research ideas and suppliers. You will have half the stress if you are prepared and know your best options.

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DUO MAGAZINE NOVEMBER  

Townsville’s number one luxury lifestyle magazine produced for and by the people who live in the capital of North Queensland (Australia). In...

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