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NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE 126

I T’S ALMOST SUMMER 56 Regulars

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8 Publishers Welcome 10 Horoscopes 160 Five Minutes With…

68 Courtney Frank DUOMagazine 69 N  icole Stott-Whiting

Meet four amazing locals

162 Last Word Darren Lewis

DUOHome+Travel 24 Book Extract Modern Retro by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

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30 Home Products 32 Holiday at Home 36 Maria Pandalai Destination: Japan 39 Travel Products

DUOStyle 41 Woman Talisman, A Rock on Lens,

Cover Story 16 The Visionary Fathers of Townsville

Special Highlight 72 Men In Industry

Premium Feature 100 DUO Bride+Groom

Feature Stories 12 Saving Lives for 90 Years Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

15 Profile Jack Paterson 20 Where Are They Now?

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Ephemera, Beach Bella, RUMI X

42 Man D’S Damat, SikSilk, ECCO, Clinique, Fossil, Tamra Wilson

44 My Bag Elderene Brostrom 46 My Style Peta Johnston 48 Beauty Spring Fever 56 JETS Australia

DUOHealth 61 D  r Linda Ton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

62 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 63 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 65 Jess Brown Pure Core Nourishment 66 C  hanges At The Checkout Key To Reducing Childhood Obesity

Catholic Diocese of Townsville

70 Townsville Hospital Foundation True Christmas Spirit

DUOBusiness 81 T  amahra Moore Roberts Nehmer McKee Lawyers

82 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

83 Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services 84 T  rue Blue Gunter Pauli’s visit to Townsville

86 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

DUOArts+Events 89 What’s On Theatre, sport and more 92 Profile PiaGrace Moon 95 Seen Kirwan Complete Care Grand Opening

96 Seen 2016 Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers and Kailis Jewellery Women of Achievement Luncheon

98 Seen NQ Charity Insurance Ball 99 Seen BMW Taste the North Gala Dinner

DUOFood+Drink 147 B  ook Extract A Spot at the Bar by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young

152 Directory 154 Recipes Wholefood from the Ground Up by Jude Blereau


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We’ve themed this month’s edition the ‘It’s Almost Summer’ issue simply because it feels like Summer already. But that’s Townsville for you, beautiful blue skies one day, perfect sunny weather the next! If you’re a regular DUO reader you know that each month the final story in the magazine is called Last Word. It’s where we can highlight some really great locals who you may not have heard of before. This month we’re delighted to introduce you to Darren Lewis and his family. Darren is passionate about helping fathers and their children form stronger bonds so he founded Fathering Adventures in 2008 to make the journey fun as well as effective. It’s a very uplifting and inspiring story that makes me appreciate there’s people like Darren in our community who do work that is life-changing and positive. You can get more information at Darren’s website www.fatheringadventures.com.au I’ve gone off on a tangent here (smooth segue) but I should mention the Visionary Fathers of Townsville features we’ve run in the last three issues. Being Townsville born and bred and living here for the last 32 years now, I’ve been privileged to meet, work with and be inspired by some exceptional men (and women) who have left their mark on our city and community often for the betterment of all. In the time I’ve been back here I’ve seen Townsville change from, what I remember, being a frontier town to a developing city.

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Along the way there’s been a rogues gallery (some lovable) of developers and business owners, a number of whom I’ve worked for. Most of these left town leaving behind pain and bad debts but (amazingly) also some of our best developments. They rolled the dice and ultimately lost. I wonder what Townsville would look like now if they had never arrived. But it’s the other pioneers I decided to highlight with their stories. They were and often still are the community builders. Successful in their own businesses but also altruistic. Sometimes they were asked but mostly they instigated the opportunity. Where they could help to improve this place they called home they did. I hope in some way that we have shown our appreciation for these visionary fathers of our community by sharing some insights into their lives that might inspire the rest of us to do more, just like they did. Still on the ‘fathers’ theme, I saw a video post on my (infrequently visited) Facebook page the other day which was beautiful and I think you’ll love. Now, when I share something on Facebook usually my ‘friends’ tell me that it’s really old and been doing the rounds for years. So far this one has had only 23,721,752 views – now plus yours. It was new to me and maybe it will be for you too. Mums, grab your box of tissues. Dads, you’ll need one of those things called a Man-Sized Tissue. I warned you this is a soppy one. https://www.facebook.com/ socialmonstersyouth/ videos/1555357344758529/ If you’ve got a video like this and would like to share it with our DUO family please email it to us at: editor@duomagazine.com.au Hope you enjoy this issue and have a great month with your friends and family. Scott Morrison Publisher

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STAR OF THE MONTH

Scorpio 23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER

With many planets on side, you’re given the cosmic go-ahead to shine. Scorpios appreciate life’s dramatic moments, so you’ll love November. Expect a hotbed of romance – for singles and loved-up couples alike. Professionally, too, you’re a powerhouse. You even manage the occasional spending spree.

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

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

22 NOVEMBER - 21 DECEMBER

22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY

20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY

19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH

November gives most Sagittarians little cause for complaint – bringing a contrast from recent chaos. You become increasingly ambitious; and goals are more easily reached. This kind of confidence can’t help but bring success. That said, also take the time for some mischievous play – and you just may break a few rules along the way.

The Capricorn dream is still on schedule, but it’s not a month for short cuts. Prepare for more hard work. Sure, the idea of more effort is one you dread, but you’ll come shining through. To help, you’ve a mighty planetary task team on side. And if you can manage to mix a little pleasure with business, rewards include carnal spoils.

Chance encounters are likely – which means that after recent struggles, you may finally be freed from a tense situation. Your future opens up by taking the road less travelled, and you’re ready to embrace a spirit of spontaneity. November month promises much luck, so watch for the signs that hint at your next steps. Enjoy the journey ahead.

Maybe you can have too much of a good thing. Last month left you to your own leisurely devices, but now you’re bored with the lack of challenge. Thankfully, the planets have heard your call and readily come to the rescue. You’re stirred back into action. One warning: Money matters need to be handled with caution.

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

21 MARCH – 20 APRIL

21 APRIL – 20 MAY

21 MAY – 21 JUNE

22 JUNE – 22 JULY

A spirited social life continues. Whether you’re exploring raunchier romance or simply locked into flirtatious conversation, you’re willing to take more risks. Apart from romantic encounters, you also look set to explore the networking trail. It’s all a matter of making the right contacts at the right time, and then choosing the right direction.

Look after your health, Taurus. Sure, you can party – but sometimes moderation is the key. Thankfully, the cosmos doesn’t apply the same rules to romance. Here, you can be as playful as you wish. Just don’t place your all cupids in the same basket. Recognise affairs that don’t stand a chance. Especially the illicit kind.

You’re ambushed and being forced in directions you don’t want to go. Yet through all this, you’ll end up the winner. The Sun, for one, heralds victory. Truth is, you’re not really one to stand still for long. Romantically, there’s plenty to hope for. Even some platonic relationships are in for a surprise shift of status, but nicely so.

Whichever way the dust scatters, you still come out looking presentable. As recent times may not have been happy, you’ll welcome November’s turnabout. It’s time to take stock: keep what serves you, then discard the rest. Fluctuating finances should also settle. Your quest right now is to discover the silver lining and turn it into gold.

Leo

Virgo

Libra

23 JULY – 22 AUGUST

23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER

23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER

Life’s harsher lessons now turn to your advantage. And though you still feel the pressure of responsibility, you won’t lose your sense of fun. Work and play overlap. The cosmos also heightens financial instinct, inspiring you to find imaginative ways to improve income. And there’s truth in that old cliché: “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

Sweep the less savoury issues of life to the side this month. While in such a vibrant mood, do yourself a huge favour and take time out to play. Sure, you’ll blow the budget, but the memories will more than make up for it. Your generosity becomes a two-way street as others reciprocate love and support. Romance thrives and survives.

You’re encouraged to look after your own interests for a while. The fear of letting everyone down is often a strong incentive to carry on, but you must acknowledge that you’re only human – and a hardworking one at that. Slipping into cruise mode doesn’t equal opting out, so give yourself plenty of breaks this month.

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Like to have your own personal profile? If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by our favourite astrologer Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com


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Saving Lives For 90 Years Living proof that you can’t keep a good cause down, the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club has survived wars and cyclones to keep serving the community.

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Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Magnetic Island Clubhouse

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THE Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club (had humble beginnings when, in 1927, a packed meeting in the old dance hall on top of the Picnic Bay shop decided the Club should be formed. “About 60 young men (including members of the North Townsville Life Saving Club) were represented at the meeting, with everyone eager to get the new club going,” says Life Member and Club Historian Deanne Dowker. “The first clubhouse was a 3.5 x 3.5 metre building with a large bell above the roof. Its main purpose was to store equipment but the odd ‘larrikin’ was known to ring the bell at all hours of the night, and it could be heard all over the bay.” A year after the club was affiliated a young girl drowned in Alma Bay, which sparked off the formation of the Arcadian SLSC. The two clubs held regular carnivals that were a popular attraction, with the Cairns Surf Club the first to visit Magnetic Island. “Lifesaving had gained tremendous support in most northern areas and then came the boom period in the mid 1930s,” Deanne says. “A better clubhouse was erected in 1937 as the movement progressed but this was badly damaged in the cyclone of 1940. Eddie Stannett undertook the task of rebuilding the clubhouse – a beautiful art-deco style construction.” When World War II came scores of lifesavers answered the call. Activities were suspended for the duration of the War and most of the trophies were placed in safe-keeping in Townsville. Some members paid the ultimate sacrifice in the war. “The late Burkie Hammett (Life Member) managed the affairs of the club during the war years and afterwards spared no time or energy resurrecting it,” Deanne says. “The Committee set about establishing a dormitory building, repairing and painting the clubhouse, reviving social events and recommencing bronze medallion examinations and carnival participations.” In late 1946 Burkie Hammett set his sights on acquiring an ex-WRAN > DUOMagazine November 2016

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building located on The Strand. To fund the purchase, he ran the first big raffle with a car as a prize. Members contributed their time in dismantling the building, transporting it to Picnic Bay and reconstructing it. By September 1947, the double-story dormitory building was in place. In an effort to beautify the Picnic Bay area and to provide shade for visitors, Burkie Hammett organised the planting of trees along the Esplanade at Picnic Bay and the large fig trees on the foreshore today survive from those originally planted by Burkie and his helpers. “The 1950s and 1960s were boom years for Picnic Bay and by early 1952 the clubhouse and dormitory building had been repainted in preparation for the State Titles hosted by Picnic Bay at Kissing Point on the weekend of 16-17 February, 1952,” Deanne says. It wasn’t until 1955 that electricity was connected to Picnic Bay and Nelly Bay from the mainland, and in 1957 it was connected to the club facilities. By this time, the high cost of repairs and maintenance in up-keeping the clubhouse and dormitory was a cause for concern and the Committee favoured the construction of new facilities. It was agreed to continue using the existing Below: Critter Hay Memorial Surf Race Easter Sunday

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buildings for the ensuing few years until funds could be raised for the new building, which was completed in the 1966/67 season.

“THE FIRST CLUBHOUSE WAS A 3.5 X 3.5 METRE BUILDING WITH A LARGE BELL ABOVE THE ROOF. ITS MAIN PURPOSE WAS TO STORE EQUIPMENT BUT THE ODD ‘LARRIKIN’ WAS KNOWN TO RING THE BELL AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT, AND IT COULD BE HEARD ALL OVER THE BAY.” The Official Opening was held December 3, 1966, with the mayor in attendance and presentations taking place in front of the clubhouse on a large platform that had been created by blasting and levelling a huge rock on the beach. “The old art-deco styled clubhouse was used to store gear and equipment,

however, when Cyclone Althea hit on Christmas Eve in 1971 it was destroyed,” Deanne says. “The new clubhouse was also extensively damaged but insurance fully covered this.” Over the years, from the 1970s to the present time, additions, upgrades, repairs and maintenance have ensured the clubhouse remains as a testament to the hard work and compassion of club members. “Picnic Bay extended its presence in 1999, heading back to include the mainland. Back to Townsville – back to its origins,” Deanne says. “Picnic Bay members patrol at both Townsville and Picnic Bay and it was decided to reflect this in the club’s future. In 2010 members voted to incorporate Townsville into the name, making it the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club.” With two major celebrations coming up in the forthcoming season – the club’s 90th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the island clubhouse – it’s an exciting time for members. Anyone interested in attending the celebrations can contact the club on 4724 4211 or email admin@tpbslsc.com.au for details.

Below: Picnic Bay 1950’s with Dressing Sheds, Club House and Members Dormitory


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Life Member Jack Paterson As the longest-serving member of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club, 86-year-old Jack Paterson has plenty of fond memories. How did you get into surf life saving? Well I first joined when I was 18. That was in 1948. The club captain in those days was George Sadd. I was playing footy at the time and he convinced me being a life saver would be a good conditioner for the game. What did you enjoy most about being a life saver? The comradeship. I was a member of what was called The Dirty Dozen and we were the gear stewards. We’d set up and look after all the gear used in the carnivals — the beach sprints, ropes, flags, belts… My best mate in the club was Stewart Braddick. He had a boat and we got very pal-y because I loved going out on the water. We went to school together in South Townsville actually. We become really firm friends. He

worked on Palm Island building houses (he was a carpenter) and we used to go out to the reef. Do you remember any pranks being pulled in the good old days? In the real early days the publican at Picnic Bay had a menagerie out the back — ostriches, ducks and chooks. I heard some of the boys got up there and grabbed them all and took them back down to the clubhouse for a laugh. Did you win any competitions? Yeah, yeah. I got fourth in the open belt race state titles. Now I think about it I won a North Barrier Belt Championship once. A bloke from Forest Beach I could never beat jammed his reel so I had an advantage. I’d never have beaten him otherwise.

Were you over the island most weekends? Yes even when you weren’t on patrol, you’d still go over to socialise. It was the best way to meet girls. In those days girls weren’t allowed in the club but they’d come over to enjoy the beach and for Thursday night dances. As time went on the girls became members and I thought ‘You beauty!’. I had a reputation as a mad dancer (The Jive). I was pretty outgoing in those days. I was the first one to wear togs that laced up the side instead of having the tie-up front. Do you still go to the club? Yes I went to the branch dinner and the club dinner this year and I’m looking forward to our 90th anniversary celebrations.

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D AV I D CARMICHAEL AM When push came to shove in helping Townsville get its fair share, David Carmichael AM was always there, advocating for our city. Despite his busy schedule heading up five car dealerships and a finance brokerage business he always made time to pitch in.

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A city is only as strong as those who forge ahead for its best interests despite the many obstacles in the way of progress. Fortunately for Townsville there are many big-picture thinkers we’re proud to call our own. In this series we celebrate some of the doers who’ve helped put Townsville and the North on the map.

THE GO-TO GUY “Whenever somebody said they had a problem and I could see it might affect Townsville’s image, I’d do what I could to help,” says David, who is now retired and lives in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. “I think if you work in a community you should be involved in everything you can to make sure it’s heading in the right direction.” Take the Townsville Suns (later known as the Townsville Crocodiles) for example. After being approached in 1992 to support Townsville’s bid to enter the NBL, David gave freely of his time and money to organise the operating syndicate and gather the funds needed to make the bid a success. “Getting the Townsville Crocodiles off the ground showed Australia we would attend a sporting event and attend it well,” David says. “Most people thought we might get attendance of 2,000 but we sold out the stadium for five seasons. It was surprising how many people didn’t even know where Townsville was when we started off with the Crocodiles. I think they played a big part in establishing Townsville’s image. All of a sudden everyone took notice of Townsville and then the Cowboys came along.” And were it not for David Carmichael, Tony Ireland and Laurence Lancini, Townsville may have missed out on hosting the V8 Supercars. “We were the three who said we were going to get it done,” David says. “When the government told us our proposal wouldn’t stack up I said ‘Well you’ve got to show me where it didn’t stack up and if you don’t, when we’ve done all the research, then I have no choice but to go to the media…’ That’s the sort of thing you had to do.” Townsville has come a long way since David first arrived as a 31-year-old back in 1977, when the city only had three restaurants. “One was in the Lowths Hotel, one was on Palmer Street where Jam Corner is now and the third was a steak restaurant on Charters Towers Road where he cooked it medium-rare and if you didn’t like that, well then go somewhere else,” David recalls. “I bought McKillop Ford because it was the only dealership available I could afford, so that’s where I started.” Over the next 14 years David turned the businesses into a very successful one. He then went on to buy the Toyota dealership in Cairns, the Holden dealership in Mackay, a Ford and Suzuki dealership in Mt Isa and the Mazda/Subaru dealership in Townsville. By the time he retired 10 years ago, David had five dealerships and 506 people working for him. “The people who I helped the most were all the people who worked with me,” David says.“I always started six apprentices in the year and four cadet salespeople. Some who started as apprentices are still at Carmichael Ford now, 40 years on.” It was a heart attack seven years ago that forced David to slow down. “Running all of those businesses was stressful and while I was doing that I was also the chairman of the Port Authority and on the board of Queensland Rail,” David says.“I was on planes four or five days a week, coming home only on weekends. I’d sleep as soon as I got in and see the family for lunch on Sunday. Having open-heart surgery changed all that. These days I’m enjoying the so-called quiet life riding my push bike to the beach for a swim, playing golf, going to the gym and heading off on motorbike adventures and travelling overseas. I’m enjoying it more than I ever thought I would.” David’s sons Adam and Andrew now own the family business in Townsville and David says they are competent operators who don’t need his advice. “We just deal as father and sons now,” David says. “I loved my time in Townsville and Townsville gave my family and I a great lifestyle. We did a lot of boating, spent a lot of time on the Reef – all those things you wouldn’t have done if you lived in an ordinary place.”

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TONY IRELAND Known for his unwavering commitment to social causes, Tony Ireland is a doer who has helped take Townsville from Brownsville to the capital of North Queensland.

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THE DRIVING FORCE Born and raised in Cairns, Tony moved to Townsville in 1985 when, as an ambitious 31-year-old, he seized the opportunity to buy the Holden dealership that had come on the market. “When I first arrived I had no intention of staying,” he admits. “After three or four years it had grown on me and after 10 years there was no way I was leaving. The sense of community in Townsville drew me in.” As Tony’s dealership grew, so did his involvement with the community. So much so that at one point it outweighed the time he spent on his own business. “In 2009 I sat down and worked out that for the previous five years I’d averaged more than 25 hours a week on projects that had no relationship to my business,” says Tony, who was giving his time to various industry bodies, Townsville Enterprise, the Townsville Crocodiles and multiple charitable organisations. “Someone suggested the exercise because they recognised the imbalance. So I resigned from a few things and kept my commitment to those closest to my heart.” Among the keepers was The Salvation Army, whose work Tony views as critical to the community. Tony and other chairmen who championed The Salvos had their sights set on establishing a bigger base for the organisation. “The Salvation Army centre in town is the same set-up that was built just after the war,” Tony says. “The population had boomed but they were still operating from the same building, so it was a big drama. Construction of the new centre at the airport is now underway and it’s five times the size of what they’ve got now.” Getting the V8 Supercars to Townsville was another pet cause for Tony, who says it was eight years in the making. “It was difficult because you had to coordinate local, state and federal government money and it was a big sum,” says Tony, who was joined by other local visionaries who all wanted to see the idea cross the finishing line. “The biggest problem was changes of government. The project had been reviewed by several bodies and while it hadn’t been rejected, it hadn’t been approved either. Peter Fowler did a phenomenal amount of work and, in hindsight, the numbers he created were spot on… but no one believed him. “In the end we got lucky with the federal election because it was a close call between the Liberals and Labor. We were able to convince the community that we deserved the V8s and if one party didn’t give the funding to us then they had no chance. I was so caught up in the cause my wife Merilee joked that I had ‘V’ tattooed on one bum cheek and ‘8’ on the other!” All the effort was worth it, with the event bringing big tourism dollars to Townsville. “In the first year the crowd was terrific but most people just came for the race and went again,” Tony says. “In the second year 50 per cent of the people who came to watch the race stayed for four or five days before or after the race and by the third year they were staying in North Queensland for a month. It’s exactly what we hoped would happen. As a family event there’s nothing better. I get such a thrill seeing hundreds of kids in their Holden and Ford gear.” After 31 years in business with the Tony Ireland Group, and a health scare where his immune system broke down causing temporary blindness, Tony decided 2016 was the year to sell up. “The business has changed and I formed the view that you have to get much bigger or get out,” Tony says. “We could have kept going but I decided that, health-wise, it was better to have a break.” The settlement took place on Friday 30 September, with the multi-million-dollar car and truck retail businesses in the Tony Ireland Group going to Brisbane-based AP Eagers. But that doesn’t mean Tony has ‘retired’… “I’m having a gap year, I’m not retiring,” Tony insists. “I’m still self-employed, I just haven’t got these great big businesses. I’ve got a couple of smaller ones and some properties that we rent and in the next 12 months we’re going to build a new house and do some touring and cruising while working out what comes next. “I’m really interested in the new technology hub. I really enjoy seeing people develop and if I can mentor business owners I’d get a buzz out of it…”

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Where Are They Now? LUKE KENNEDY Singer / recording artist What’s your link to Townsville? I went to Pimlico State High and had a band called Ravene. We started doing paid gigs and writing our own tunes at the end of Grade 11. Ravene worked hard for the next eight years, gigging mostly in Townsville, but occasionally in Ayr, Cairns and Mackay. Where are you now? I live with my partner, Naomi Price, my daughter Olivia, and our two dogs Lola and Margot in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. I’m very happy to say I’ve now been a full-time professional singer and recording artist for the past nine years. While I was dabbling in musical theatre a member of The Ten Tenors saw me perform and recommended me to the producers of the show. I joined them on a tour, which gave me the opportunity to see the world and explore classical music. It also lead me to The Voice, Season 2. In 2013, I, like tens of thousands of other auditionees, threw my hat in the ring to be on the show. I got in and performed to 2.3 million to 3 million people each week during the live shows. I got to work with my amazing coach and mentor, Ricky Martin, who I’m lucky enough to now call my friend (PS, Ricky LOVES Townsville). My ‘final 2’ status helped me score a record deal with Universal Music,

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So much talent, so little space to feature them all… that’s why we’re continuing our series on what former Townsville stars-in-the-making are up to now. Make sure you give us a call at DUO if you know someone we should be catching up with.

which lead to releasing my self-penned EP Skin & Scars. At the moment I’m creating a show with World Beatbox Champion Joel Turner, based on the music of Michael Jackson, called Smooth Criminals. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Pimlico High was a great place to explore the arts. I graduated in 1999 and even then Pimlico offered multiple visual arts courses, music, dance and drama. I had a fantastic mentor in Karen Vane, who was my English and Drama teacher, as well as the Head of the Arts Department. After I left high school she became an even bigger influence on my career by taking on duties as my band’s manager, casting me in musicals she was directing, and dragging me along to musicals and plays whenever she was in Brisbane.

EMILY EDWARDS Student at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) What’s your link to Townsville? I went to primary school in Hermit Park and spent a lot of my childhood in and out of Townsville, although I’ve really lived all over the place. I was born in Alice Springs and went to high school on the Atherton Tablelands and in Perth, WA, but I returned to Townsville to study a Bachelor of History at JCU. I’ve always

really considered Townsville to be my home. While studying at university I fell headfirst into Townsville’s theatre community and I’ve never really left it since. Where are you now? I live in Kensington in Sydney and five days a week from 8am till 6pm you’ll find me at NIDA, where I’m just about to enter my third and final year studying Acting. When I graduate I’m hoping to contribute as much as I can in the Australian industry. I’m very passionate about the role of Art in speaking to and reflecting the challenges and triumphs of a society. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville is so rich culturally and artistically. While I was based in Townsville I was lucky enough to work and train with Terri Brabon and Brendan O’Connor through their theatre company TheatreiNQ. The experiences I gained through working with them, and the mentorship they provided, was invaluable and instrumental in helping me get to where I am now. Do you still return to Townsville to visit? I usually get a few trips a year in. I was back most recently to see the incredible Shakespeare Under The Stars production of Hamlet, which made me very homesick.


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HILARY STEMASCHUK Sportswear Designer What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Canada but came to Australia when I was two as my parents decided to leave the -40 temperatures for sunny Townsville. I was a sports-obsessed kid with a creative streak and a strange obsession with sports clothing. After finishing school I went on to study Graphic Design at JCU. From covering my school books in Nike and Adidas logos to focusing my entire fashion studies around sportswear I was always bound to end up designing sports clothing. Where are you now? I live in Sydney where I’m the head designer for Australian-based menswear label Teamm8. After leaving Townsville I went on to study Fashion Design at the Sydney Design Institute (focusing on sports fashion). While studying I also completed my fitness qualifications and worked as a personal trainer. These days I go from training clients in the morning to my design job and back again. PT is very rewarding and I get to work with great people while being active. Design is where I change speed and can enjoy the challenge of creating new concepts and develop designs that are both fashionable and functional. My two jobs are both completely different but

work so well together and I’m so fortunate to be able to combine my two loves. At Teamm8 I work with a very small team of four amazing, talented and driven people. Together we’ve taken the label from basic sport leisure to high-end luxury active wear, which has become a trend with an amazing future. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I remember going camping on weekends, going on hikes or jumping off rocks at Crystal Creek. Little things like that keep you grounded and make you appreciate the simple things in life. I don’t think I would’ve had those experiences living in a big city. Do you still return to Townsville to visit? My parents and my brother’s family live in Townsville so my husband Harry and I come up to visit them a couple of times a year. I love to come back and relax, as well as walk up Castle Hill or along The Strand.

GRETA SHERRIFF Singer/dancer/actor What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and raised in Townsville and went to high school at St Margaret Mary’s College. My life in Townsville was happy and busy – my mother’s EJ Holden was almost permanently

en route to and from ballet lessons, theatre rehearsals and public speaking competitions. Looking back, it seems obvious I would end up pursuing the performing arts, but then it seemed a distant dream. Where are you now? My husband Martin and I live in Melbourne. I work as a singer, actor and dancer in musical theatre and am currently performing in My Fair Lady at the Opera House, directed by Julie Andrews herself. I’ve been working in theatre for the last 10 years, touring nationally and internationally with major musicals. I left Townsville at 18 and studied classical voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as continuing my dance training. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville was an excellent early training ground for me. I benefited from expert teachers, a stimulating cultural life and a supportive arts community. It was the perfect sized pond to swim in while I was finding out who I was and what I wanted. Do you still return to Townsville to visit? I do, but not nearly enough. My parents and one of my brothers live there, so I wish it could be more frequent than the annual visit that it tends to be. I spend a lot of the year dreaming about our tropical family Christmas and relaxing on Magnetic Island.

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MODERN RETRO EATING AND DINING In many ways, the dining room, as such, is not an absolute given. Although we all recognise the term, it is not actually a particularly traditional room – its heyday probably only lasted from about the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. Before that, few houses had a dining room as we know it, with its attendant permanent dining table and suite of matching chairs. Eighteenthcentury tables, except in the grandest of houses, were of various designs, but usually light, portable and adaptable, designed to be used in different rooms and areas around the house wherever food was to be served. But by the nineteenth century, and certainly by the time Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, there was, for the middle classes, a new emphasis on the importance of the family unit. A cult of virtuous domesticity and a hardening attitude towards class differences, as well as a fashionable enthusiasm for separate rooms for every housebound activity, from smoking to reading, combined to introduce the idea of a dedicated dining room – a place used every day and where all family meals were taken in relative, formal privacy.

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Below A kitchen-dining room with, along one wall, a range of Ikea units that have been painted black. In the foreground, the kitchen table, which came out of a nineteenth-century French chateau, is surrounded by an assortment of chairs, of different vintages and styles, all of which work together as they are all of the same height.

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Left In a basement, the lack of light has been turned into a positive advantage: the paint on the old school table and the matching – more or less – wood and metal benches has been allowed to rub away into a nicely distressed finish. Not to be outdone, the vintage cupboard sports the same look, and the rubbed blue walls and cracked terracotta tiled floor enhance the atmospheric scene. Below In a country house, complete with old limed beams and rough stone walls, what might first appear a rather severe eating area is in fact part of a larger kitchen separated by wide and long opening. On the far side, the kitchen area; on this side, a table made from old wood, surrounded by a set of one of the versions of the most recognisable of mid-twentieth century designs: the Tulip chair, designed in 1956 by Eero Saarinen.

So it remained until the mid-twentieth century, when two world wars, continuing emancipation and the resultant lack of domestic staff meant that, although dining rooms were still often a fixture in many houses, they had too often become rooms, that were in many cases cold and silent, used only for Sunday family lunches and special occasions. But smaller houses and a less formal way of life generally meant that things had to change, and over the last seventyfive years we have seen various new ways of solving the where-to-eat conundrum, some easier to apply than others, but all variations on a theme. In some homes there is still a dining room; it remains a self-contained room, with the table as its centre, but it is now a much warmer, open space. When not set for a meal, the table might have books, flowers and objects on it, and the room itself

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might have a hybrid personality – a place for eating, but also perhaps a study, a home office, even a reading room. In other homes there is a dining area - a dedicated space, but set in a larger scene, as part of the living room, and designed and decorated to fit in with the larger domestic world, with chairs that can be used in other parts of the room and a multi-purpose, good-looking table. A third variation has, most conveniently for many, the dining room as part of the larger kitchen space – distinct from the cooking and preparation area but not in contest with it. In this option the eating area is usually decorated and furnished very much as an offshoot of the kitchen area – informal and comfortable; somewhere for people to sit and chat, eat and drink, or even help with the preparation of the meal.

With the death of the formal dining room, of course came the death – unmourned by many – of formal dining suites, the rectangular table with its matching, highbacked chairs, usually in highly polished wood with upholstered seats. Today’s diners like something different: contrasting tables and chairs, interesting textures, surfaces and colour, as well as shapes and materials, and a variety of styles, often used together, which is why incorporating twentiethcentury furniture into an interior scheme makes so much sense. First of all, there are the materials. Resin, moulded plastic, fibreglass and metal – all enthusiastically employed by designers and architects in the making of both tables and chairs – are hardwearing and, on the whole, light enough to be easy to move around, which is important in an area with a working element to it. Then


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there’s the question of colour. Chairs made in moulded plastic and resin, in particular, were produced in a range of bright colours as well as black and white, and so are ideal to add a flash of unexpected colour, particularly in a room where many of the elements may be in neutral tones.

Above The house in Royan designed by Marmouget (see page 76) in the 1950s, and accurately restored and renovated, features a freestanding fire with an impressive conical beaten copper hood and a circular stone hearth. The dining table and set of chairs are of the same period.

Then there are the inviting shapes – sinuous, rounded, angular, bulbous – which are always interesting. Retro furniture is unexpected in the best possible way – original, quirky and fun, as well as being sometimes extremely elegant.

Above Right In a large, L-shaped living room, the eating area, which leads out onto a courtyard, has been defined by a simple table made by Capron, surrounded by duo-coloured, faux leather-upholstered chairs. The colours have been carefully chosen to blend with the tones of the sitting area beyond.

Retro chairs and tables have chameleon characteristics and fit in, as these pages show, in every kind of interior, either mixed with other pieces of the same vintage or used to spike a scheme that is far more traditional in tone.

Right In a room with a beamed ceiling lined with cane, a zinc table with almost column-like heavy wooden legs makes a strong contrast with the set of shiny white chairs by Paula Navone.

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Holiday At Home The word holiday typically conjures thoughts requiring one to leave ones hometown. Where to have new experiences, relax, and be taken away from the daily grind, involves travelling great distances to truly achieve ‘holiday mode’. It does not have to be that way.

HOW about beautiful beaches, scenic World Heritage Wet Tropics walking trails, thrilling mountain biking, World Heritage Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and scuba diving, sunset sailing, jetski tours, pristine freshwater swimming holes, breathtaking waterfalls, tantalising food and beverage options, world-class fishing, boutique shopping, street art, museums, art galleries, an aquarium, wildlife sanctuary, historical tours or eclectic markets. This isn’t an overseas holiday destination or capital city that requires endless travelling to reach, expensive accommodation, house sitters, pet motels, time differences or currency conversions. This is your backyard. This Is Townsville North Queensland Families, couples, and singles can enjoy all aspects of an exotic, exhilarating and relaxing holiday destination without even asking the next-door neighbour to feed Fido or Moggy. Between the Reef, the rainforest and the outback, Townsville North Queensland offers much more than meets the eye. Interstate and overseas holiday revellers travel great distances to experience what we have only a stone’s throw away. We live in a unique region, one that a large majority of locals will openly admit they have not spent enough recreational time experiencing. Holidaying at home is a family friendly option too. Not only is it more cost effective but it gives families the opportunity to plan a logistically simple holiday with relatives and friends. Forget car hire, porta cots and cost per day capsules. Planning a holiday has just become considerably easier and less stressful. Here is just a sample of local holiday activities to give you, your family, and your friends ideas to plan the ultimate ‘Holiday at Home’ itinerary.

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Stay Right Here With an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, Townsville North Queensland is an outdoor enthusiast’s heaven, even more so for ‘the budget-conscious’ outdoor enthusiast. The region offers a feast of free activities for all. The Strand will always feature high on any list for holiday makers to visit, with the refurbished waterpark, rockpool, BBQs, volleyball facilities, stand up paddle boarding, and a stinger net, all nestled amongst a host of beach front cafes, bars, and ice-creameries. Islands And Oceans If you are heading to Magnetic Island, check-in for a couple of nights to truly feel worlds away from reality. Make your way to Bungalow Bay Koala Village (a topless car is a quirky way to get there) for a unique experience of cuddling a furry friend while enjoying a homemade breakfast of jaffles and toad-inthe-hole. Continue your holiday by taking your pick of the 23 bays littering the Island’s shores. Our pick - step off the beaten track

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to less populated Arthur Bay for utter seclusion. There is no hustle and bustle for towel space here. Instead experience the feeling of owning a private beach and walk into the water to explore the underwater world of the spectacular coral reef. From Twilight ‘Sip and Sail’ Cruises, private helicopters, and wreck diving, organised tours are in abundance across Magnetic Island. Further north of the reef, entering the Hinchinbrook Shire, you will find one of Townsville North Queensland’s best kept secrets in Pelorus Island. Located 800m north of Orpheus Island in the Palms Island Group, Pelorus encapsulates all that is Northern Queensland. Remote Area Dive operates an overnight diving, snorkelling and camping tour on the spectacular fringing reef island from Townsville – a tour which attracts visitors from all over the world. The experience is truly unique and one that local North Queenslanders are not generally aware of. The secret’s out now!


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Water To Whet Your Appetite The Hinchinbrook Shire offers a plethora of raw holiday experiences. It boasts one of Australia’s largest island National Parks, Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s highest single drop waterfall Wallaman Falls, and an extensive wetlands precinct, TYTO, that includes prominent bird species diversity rivalling Kakadu.

Holiday makers can also venture west towards Charters Towers, stepping back in time to experience traditional gold fossicking at the Miner’s Cottage or catch a movie at the iconic Tors Drive-In cinema under the stars. Experiencing the thrill of a live cattle auction at the Dalrymple Sales Yards is also a must while in the area, where over 100,000 head of cattle are sold each year.

Freshwater creeks, such as Crystal Creek, will be flowing in abundance by school holidays (fingers crossed for the La Nina weather prediction!), where after only a short drive you will find yourself in a tropical oasis, blissfully floating down stream on a li-lo, freshwater fishing, or exploring bush walking trails and scenic look outs atop majestic waterfalls.

So this school holidays, forego the hassle of organising complicated and expensive trips away and immerse yourself in the paradise waiting at your doorstep.

Rustic Charm Why not make it an overnight trip and book a cabin at eco-resort Hidden Valley Cabins on the edge of the Paluma Range? Resort guests can experience a platypus safari tour, boasting a 98% success rate of platypus sightings, all while enjoying a noticeably cooler environment due to the resort’s elevation off the coast.

To learn more about the unique and engaging holiday tours and activities that are at your fingertips visit www. townsvillenorthqueensland.com. It will be the easiest holiday you will ever plan!

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Being a unique country in east Asia like no other and with so much to offer, Japan has become a very popular holiday destination amongst travellers. Its mix of old and new will astound you. And with its old school culture, fresh cuisine, thrilling city stays, world class skiing and relaxing hot springs, it’s no wonder the Land of the Rising Sun shines.

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How to get there Without a doubt, the Jetstar direct flights from Cairns is the most common way to travel to Japan. Currently the flights from Cairns to Tokyo return operate six times per week. The flights from Cairns to Osaka return operate five times per week. Each flight is a mere 7 hour and 30 minutes in duration. If required, there are also connecting flights from Townsville to Cairns return. There are many internal Japan flights and rail travel is a very typical form of transportation in and between cities.

When to go When to visit Japan depends on your requirements. Hitting the ski slopes is right on trend at the moment. Niseko, located in the north most island of Hokkaido, has some of the best ski slopes in the world. To take full advantage of the best powder, travel between late December to mid-March. Cherry Blossom season, known as sakura, is another favourite time for visitors to Japan. It’s always best to check the Cherry Blossom season prior to booking as it can differ each year and in different parts of the country. If your plan is to relish the countryside, it would be best to travel between April to May or September to October when it’s not so hot. In general, Japan has four distinct seasons, opposite to Australia, but keep in mind that temperatures drop the more north you travel.

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coffee surrounded by cats at a cat café, visit the Trick Art Museum, where you can pretend to be chased by sharks or trapped in Dracula’s wine glass or simply make a purchase at a vending machine, such as flowers, an umbrella or a toasted sandwich if you are feeling hungry. For a more cultural experience, head to Kyoto. Stay in a Ryokan – a traditional Japanese inn. Visit some of the many shrines and temples, for example, Fushimi Inari-taisa, a Shinto shrine with striking famed gates. To immerse yourself in natural beauty, make the trip to Miyajima (Hiroshima), one of the most scenic areas of Japan. Take pictures of the giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. This area is great for peace and tranquility. Hakuba is a good option for those who want to ski but don’t want to travel by air, as it’s about a four-hour train ride from Tokyo. Not as populated as Niseko, Hakuba is a smaller ski area, however, still has a village feel. For different scenery and amazing views, consider a stay at Mount Fuji. Being an active volcano and Japan’s highest mountain, its best viewed during the colder months.

of Tokyo city, these Disney Resorts will keep children entertained for a whole day. Relax at an onsen, one of the many hot springs scattered throughout Japan. Check out Golden Gai in Shinjuku, a neighbourhood that squeezes over 200 miniature bars in a network of six alleys – definitely an eye opener!

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My top five things to do in Japan are; Sumo, a form of heavyweight wrestling, is a must. The tournaments are held during the odd months and last for 2 weeks at a time, in various locations around Japan. A traditional Tea Ceremony – the choreographic ceremony of preparing and serving green tea, together with Japanese sweets, to balance the bitter taste, is a pleasant tradition to witness. Tokyo Disney Resort and Tokyo DisneySea, are great options for families. Located about 30 kilometres east

Eating out Contrary to what some think, Japanese cuisine is not just about sushi and raw fish, i.e. sashimi. Chicken Teriyaki is always a crowd pleaser with its sweet marinade. Yaki udon, which is essentially stir fried noodles with meat and vegetables tends to hit the spot. For something on the lighter side, try vegetable or seafood tempura – lightly battered and flash fried to perfection. Being a savoury dish, Japanese pancake, aka, okonomiyaki, can be eaten any time of the day – very tasty indeed. Don’t forget to try some sake, Japan’s traditional rice wine. Kanpai!

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KATE SPADE NEW YORK It’s always a good time to add a little shine with Kate Spade New York’s Holland watch ($379). Featuring colourways that represent a sultry New Orleans night of gold tone with merlot, and rose gold with navy, the Holland gleams with tonal mother of pearl dials. Available at department stores and online via The Iconic.

LIGHTEN UP New from Samsonite, Uplite SPL is super-stylish as well as superlight. The pearl-and-dark-blue colour combination matched with the copper finishing gives the range a chic appeal (55cm $329, 71cm $459, 78cm $479). www.samsonite.com.au

ARTS SERIES HOTEL Set in Spring Hill on the doorstep of Brisbane’s vibrant CBD, The Johnson hotel takes its design cues from celebrated Australian abstract artist Michael Johnson. This luxury boutique hotel has 87 self-contained, openplan suites, two elegant penthouses, a 50-metre pool with a sundeck plus lashings of Johnson artworks, in-house art libraries and a dedicated art channel. Book at www.thejohnson.com.au with the promo code DIRECT for up to 15 per cent off.

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND With 31 shows in 14 days the Wonderland festival presented by Brisbane Powerhouse Arts is a debaucherous end-of-year carnival of burlesque, circus, comedy, music and physical theatre acts. From Thursday 24 November till Sunday 11 December it will make the most of Brisbane’s long summer nights. www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

DESTINATION: NEW ORLEANS Jazz lovers will be happy to hear the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival this November (12-13). The highlight of the festival, in addition to the gumbo, is its traditional New Orleans jazz performances by renowned artists, many of whom grew up in the historic Tremé neighbuorhood, which many consider the birthplace of jazz. www.jazzandheritage.org

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BOHO BEAUTIES An Australian fashion label for lovers of the gypsyinspired lifestyle, Talisman has won popularity for its bohemian designs. The label’s Spring Summer 16 Lifestyle collection, with its vibrant hand-printed fabrics, is perfect for balmy summer days. www.holidaydesign.com.au

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BEACH AND BEYOND Who says beach towels only belong at the beach?! Beach Bella’s luxe round beach towels can also be used as statement throws, yoga mats and picnic blankets. The Australian brother and sister DUO behind the brand, Rhymes and Giarne, have combined their fashion, styling, photography and graphic design know-how to make the label a success. www.beachbella.com.au

RUMI HAS IT RUMI X have recently launched tops made from used coffee grinds! The entire RUMI X range is made from sustainable sources including the existing range of leggings, capris and shorts made from recycled plastic bottles. www.rumixfeelgood.com

GIGI’S NEXT VENTURE Fresh from her recent collaborative exploits with Tommy Hilfiger, Gigi Hadid has been announced as the latest face of Reebok’s #PerfectNever campaign. The movement aims to spread a message of body positivity while promoting the health benefits of exercise.

STYLISH SWIMWEAR Awarded the 2015 Prix de Marie Claire for Best Swimwear Brand, Ephemera combines the savoir-faire of the French swim and lingerie industry with the strength of Aussie manufacturing. We’re loving the label’s Spring campaign with its cross-over necklines, lace-up detailing and deep v-shaped necklines.

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WELL SUITED FOR WEDDINGS Global menswear brand D’S Damat recently launched its flagship Australian store at 3/241 Oxford Street in Sydney’s Bondi Junction. Bringing the best of European styling to Australia, the brand’s Ceremony Spring Summer collection features some suave combinations for grooms wanting to stay away from the norm.

SHIRTS WITH STREET CRED Manchester brand SikSilk’s new transeasonal range was created by a group of people obsessed with American, British and Japanese influences within the world of fashion, street culture and music. www.aus.siksilk.com

BEARDS: ROUGH TO BUFF From a one-day stubble to a light beard, Clinique’s new Men 2 in 1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner ($39) has you covered. Clinique reckons many men with scruff avoid applying moisturiser to the area, so the skin beneath becomes bumpy, flaky, dry and irritated. The solution: this lightweight moisturiser that softens facial hair and hydrates skin. www.clinique.com.au

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COOL CUFFLINKS MADE LOCALLY Using laser-cut sustainable wood, Townsville local Tamra Wilson creates cufflinks ($20/pair) for those who appreciate that handmade touch. The mum-of-two runs her accessories business from home and her cufflinks (as well as earrings, necklaces and more) can be found at the Renegade Handmade Gift Shop opposite Otto’s Fresh Food Market, behind the Warrina Cinemas as well as at the monthly Renegade market. www.wahboo.bigcartel.com

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About me: I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a qualified Radiation Therapist of 24 years. I’m extremely passionate about my profession and enjoy working with people. I’m involved with various charities and like to get others involved too. I’ve worked in South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Canada and the United Kingdom. I met my Swedish husband Thomas in Birmingham, UK in 2004 through an on-line dating site. Our daughter Belle was born here in Townsville and we married in a beautiful vineyard in Franschoek in South Africa. I strongly believe in the importance of being fit and healthy and always strive to do my best. MY BAG I don’t own a designer bag, but I do have a special bag I cherish that has a lot of sentimental value to me. I bought it at a market in Kenia in 2002 for my mom and when she passed away in 2005 I took the bag with me back to the UK where I was working at the time. I remember going through the security at the airport in Cape Town and they scan the bag and notice there was a knife in the bag. I unpacked the bag to find the knife and I couldn’t, so they scanned the bag again. Yes, the knife was definitely still there. I had a feel and could feel it under the lining inside the bag. I took it out and there was my dad’s Swiss army knife I bought him in 1996 when I toured Europe. I lost the knife at the airport that day because they wouldn’t let me keep it. That’s the bag, my mom loved it and it’s like having a piece of her near me everyday. PERFUME La Vie est Belle by Lancome now my favourite. Another gift choice from my husband. NECKLACE A beautiful Mother’s Day gift my daughter made at school with her picture. PRADA SUNGLASSES from my hubby. We love going to the Formula One in Melbourne every other year and he wanted me to look a bit glam. RED LIPSTICK – every woman should have a good lippie in her bag. TEA A cup of tea is as good as any medicine in the world. LONDON MARATHON MEDAL This is by far the most precious medal out of the 25 marathons I’d done since 2002. I’d done this marathon for my friend Stephanie who lost her battle with a brain tumour at the end of January.

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ICE HOCKEY PUCK Caught during a Manitoba Moose hockey game in 2000 while working in Canada. EARRINGS From my PNG sister Michaela that showcase our ethnicity. GARMIN RUNNING WATCH I’ve done 25 marathons and run most days. POWER BANK A necessity especially when carpooling your daughter from one activity to the next. HOMEMADE EXERCISE CUBE I love doing this with my daughter. Of course, I always end up having to do 10 minutes of wall sits. HOT AIR BALLOON VOUCHER was a birthday gift from Thomas and Belle. CD’S My sister sends me music from South Africa. I love listening to these in the car when travelling alone. WATCH + ARMBAND Last year’s Christmas gift from Thomas was a gold watch with matching armband. Hubby’s continued attempts to glam me up. LITTLE BOOK with inspirational affirmations to keep me going on a tough day. CROCODILE PAPERCLIP made by my late friend Stephanie. She was very talented and also made me the friendship necklace with the purple stone. KUKUI NUT LEI I made in Hawaii during a cruise with good friends from North Carolina. CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTO We love taking a family photo in our pool and send it to all our friends and family around the world, especially those who are in much colder climates around Christmas time. PHOTO BOOTH PHOTO of Belle and I on one of our thousands of visits to the museum. KEYRING with things that matters to me. I’m registered with Fitness Australia. I love being the Relay for Life team captain and my daughters school photo.


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Peta Johnston Tell us a little about yourself? My husband Brett and I own Body Torque Gym on Charters Towers Road. We have two gorgeous children Tiffany (3) and Jordan (5). Being a business owner and mum can sometimes be a challenge but I love being busy so I wouldn’t have it any other way. Describe your style? I always take pride in my appearance and what I am wearing. I vary between a few styles depending on where I am and what I’m doing. Obviously my working days are spent in fitness gear and runners which makes life easy. Most treasured item? This is not fashion related however my mum handed my grandmother’s wedding ring to me when I was a teenager. Labels you like? The most fun I have with fashion is going to a local designer and getting an individual outfit designed and made, along with the matching millinery for the races. Quite a few of my outfits are from the local Kirby McGill Couture. You’d never be caught wearing…? Never say never. My style changes and evolves with my mood so I like to remain open minded. Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with and why? I always have a few staple items in my wardrobe, I have a go-to tan belt that I love pairing with casual shorts and a nice singlet. Shoes or dress first? Dress, I very rarely make an outfit based around a pair of heels however that’s not to say I wouldn’t for the right heels. Meaningful last words? Trust your instincts with your own fashion, be individual and wear what you love, wear what feels good and flatters you. Fashion should be fun and expressive and can definitely be an extension of your personality. And one last thing... Ladies please support the gorgeous stores we have around town and in the city in the hope we will see more opening up and thriving.

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TONI&GUY Fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic has partnered with TONI&GUY to create a limited edition collection of hair products fresh from backstage at London Fashion Week. The set includes Supreme Softness shampoo and conditioner, Heat Protection Mist and Sea Salt Texturising Spray ($15.99 each). Stockists 1800 061 027.

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VICTORIA’S SECRET A sensual flowery composition, Crush EDP ($125 for 100ml) was inspired by lace lingerie. The perfumers chose a peony hybrid (Treasure peony) and Ashoka flowers, which bloom in the rainforests on the west coast of Indonesia. www.victoriassecretau.com

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Venture into Bluebell Trading, stockist of clothing, jewellery, homewares, linen, sleepwear, baby giftware. We cater for a large range of tastes and ages. Our brands include; Boom Shankar, Lazybones clothing, Crabtree & Evelyn, Glasshouse Fragrances, Robert Gordon Pottery, Anna Chandler Designs, Annabel Trends and much more. Open 7 Days Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 9am – 3pm Sunday 8am – 1.30pm. 280 Flinders Street in the heart of City. 4772 5366

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Refresh, Restore, Rejuvenate Facial ageing is our most frequently addressed concern at Chrysalis. Like so many things related to our body, facial ageing happens very slowly until we wake up one day and feel as though we’ve ‘aged overnight’. What we most commonly hear in the clinic is that clients want to look refreshed, restored, and yes – just that little bit younger! FACIAL ageing encompasses not only skin ageing (lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, open pores and rough texture) but also sagging and atrophy of underlying structures such as bone, muscle and fat, which support the skin. It’s quite simple to envision – when you look at a young face you typically will see high cheekbones with a nice full angle profile; firm cheeks with good volume; a strong smooth jawline; and very few lines or folds. As we age, we can see the effects of the loss of those those underlying structures. Our bones lose size, our faces lose volume and our facial fat literally ‘drops’ down, giving rise to jowls, marionette lines and nasolabial folds. This is due to

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Chrysalis Medispa is a boutique skincare clinic, centrally located in Aitkenvale. Focusing on evidence-based medical aesthetics treatments in a warm, friendly environment, we truly believe in a personalised approach. Led by Dr. Peter Gianoulis, our team of skin specialists and registered nurses are able to offer a wide range of solutions for most skin concerns. Patients of all ages are welcome and most consultations are free of charge. Suite 1, 281-285 Ross River Road Aitkenvale www.chrysalismedispa.com.au 4779 2886

Salon owner Tennille, would like to welcome you to her salon which she established 3 years ago. Tennille has been in the hairdressing industry for 18 years and attends many seminars to keep up to date with the very latest trends and techniques. Hairdressing is something she is very passionate about – there’s no better feeling than making another person feel beautiful. For Tennille her clients are much more than customers, they become part of the Ministry of Hair family. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1/117 Bamford Lane Kirwan 4755 1576

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Orthodontist

Dr Linda Ton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

5 Reasons To See An Orthodontist

AS a mother of three young children, I understand the anxieties that come with ‘doing what is best’ for my family. It can be difficult to make choices regarding your children’s health, particularly with so much information at our disposal. As an orthodontist, a common question asked of me is, “Why should I see an orthodontist?”.

1. Orthodontists are specialists. Orthodontists are experts in their field, specialising in the diagnosis, prevention and

treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Although orthodontists and dentists share many similarities – they both work hard to help you improve your overall oral health – specialisation is what sets an orthodontist apart from a dentist. It’s a bit like the difference between your GP medical doctor and a specialist physician, like a dermatologist. Did you know that orthodontists complete an additional three years of full-time university (specialist orthodontic degree), on top of their general dental degree? Following this specialisation, they limit their practice to providing only orthodontic treatment, so orthodontics is what they do all day, every day. Only an orthodontist has this specialist training and therefore, are the most qualified and experienced person to address your orthodontic needs. We are committed to creating beautiful smiles and faces.

2. Your smile is one of your most important features It is one of the first things we notice when we greet someone, it’s the way we remember one another, and it’s the way we interact with one another. Having confidence can positively change your life, which is why consulting an orthodontist to create the smile of your life, is so important.

3. Psychological and physical benefits An orthodontist can improve your selfconfidence, but also provide physical benefits through correction of: • Bad bites that damage teeth and gums • Protruding, crooked and gappy teeth • Speech, breathing or chewing difficulties • Misaligned jaws and an unbalanced facial profile

• Obstructive sleep apnoea • Persistent thumb and finger sucking habits in children.

4. Options to suit every lifestyle Orthodontic treatment has come a long way since the days of chunky metal braces and headgear. Contemporary orthodontic treatments, including clear braces and aligners (e.g. InvisalignTM) are sleek and comfortable, so that you can get on with your life without fear of embarrassment.

5. Kids and orthodontics Did you know that young kids with crooked teeth or bad bites should be seen by an orthodontist at around age 7-8yrs? And that no referral is required? If you answered ‘no,’ don’t worry, you’re not alone! Most Aussie parents are a little confused when it comes to understanding orthodontics. Orthodontists are highly trained to pinpoint a child’s orthodontic problems from a young age, even if they are subtle. Although early orthodontic treatment won’t be needed for the majority of youngsters, early assessment can give an orthodontist the opportunity to avoid complex and invasive treatment, by providing early intervention when indicated. A beautiful, straight smile not only means your teeth are easier to clean and your gums are healthier, it can also promote self-esteem and confidence, reduce stress and improve your quality of life. Only a specialist orthodontist has the training, experience and complete range of treatment options to give you the confidence that you’re in the best hands. Adapted from information at www.aso.org.au

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

Dr Paul Hanrahan Dr Geoff Stanton Dr Linda Ton Dr Desmond Ong Your Orthodontists at Townsville Orthodontic Specialists are passionate about the results they achieve. We are committed to providing our patients with state of the art equipment and treatment techniques while making your treatment a positive and unique experience.

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next level. You can hire a personal trainer to get fit – why not get some help to improve and strengthen your relationship? Striving for a healthy relationship is where a clinical psychologist comes in. Getting perspective and someone who can point you in the right direction can make all the difference. Here are five common problems that can follow “I do”.

1. Communication

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

After “I do” “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” Dave Meurer

THERE is one thing every married person will tell you; “marriage is hard”. The honeymoon may be picture perfect, but once life settles in, challenges are inevitable. Every relationship is different, but the difficulties are often the same. If your marriage is important to you, think of relationship challenges as an opportunity to reach out and take your partnership to the

Poor communication is at the heart of most relationship troubles – feeling misunderstood or not heard by your partner is a regular complaint. Sometimes, simply listening and communicating are the hardest things to do. Speaking clearly, expressing your feelings and listening with an open mind can seem impossible during heated discussions.

2. Boundaries Once married, it’s pretty common for one spouse to try and change the other and the reasons are often with good intention. Whether it’s fashion sense, hobbies, or fundamental beliefs, trying to change your spouse can leave them feeling disrespected, hurt, or angry. Treating this as normal or routine is a common path towards breakdown of relationships. Marriage is always a time for careful and sensitive negotiation.

3. Intimacy Each person has different emotional and physical needs and communicating these is not always easy. Sometimes these problems don’t become apparent until long after the honeymoon is over. Many couples stick their head in the sand hoping problems with intimacy go away – they rarely do.

4. Infidelity There are many reasons for infidelity and one in two marriages will be affected by this betrayal. Couples cope in different ways, whether ignoring it, leveraging guilt or enacting their own infidelity as revenge. It can mean the end of a relationship for some, but for others it’s an opportunity to heal and grow.

5. Trust Without trust, a healthy marriage cannot exist. When a spouse cheats, lies, or breaks a promise, it can be devastating to the relationship and trust is broken. Many will seek to protect themselves, retreat from their partner and the relationship, closing the door to possible resolution. Rebuilding trust can seem impossible. To love is to be willing to take a risk and to be vulnerable. When a relationship is struggling, some couples find walking away to be easier than facing their problems. Others stay trying to ignore the issues, hoping they will go away – they never do. Every relationship has its ups and downs and not all marriages can or should be saved. Getting help can either repair the relationship, or give you a better frame of mind if separation is best. Repairing a relationship is no easy task and both partners must be committed to improving the relationship. Working with a clinical psychologist can help foster good communication, heal past emotional injuries, identify bad habits and turn a troubled relationship into a great one. Yes, marriage can be hard, but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. Life is too short to settle for anything less than your #bestlife.

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Audiologist

Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

One Hearing Aid Or Two? The latest research favours fitting balanced binaural hearing aids.

I often see patients who have been given incorrect or outdated advice as to whether they should be fitted with one hearing aid or two. The answer is quite simple, if you have a hearing loss in both ears then a hearing aid is required in each ear. After all, the ears are just like the eyes and, unless you are Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes, if you have two impaired eyes then you wear a pair of glasses, not a monocle. Current research strongly supports the advantages of balanced binaural hearing aid fitting. Why? Firstly a part of our localisation abilities relies on the volume differences between the two ears. So a sound coming from one side should be louder in the ear on that side than the other ear. The brain analyses this volume difference and knows that the sound comes from the side where the sound is the loudest. If only one hearing aid is worn then the brain is unable to use this volume difference as the ear with the hearing aid in it will always seem louder than the untreated ear and localisation will always be towards that side. Secondly there is a condition called an auditory deprivation effect. This effect occurs when you fit only one hearing aid to a hearing loss in both ears. Because the ear with the hearing aid is now doing the majority of the hearing and auditory processing, the hearing in the ear that is left unaided can decline at a much faster rate as the auditory system is not being stimulated to the same degree as the aided ear. In other words, the unaided ear and auditory system becomes lazy. Another reason for fitting both ears is an effect called binaural advantage. Next time you try and talk in a crowded room, or even watch the TV with some background noise

present, block one of your ears and notice how much harder it is to hear the conversation. This is an auditory processing effect, which occurs within the brain, that allows us to pick up speech sounds in the presence of noise much more effectively. The brain does this by talking to and fine-tuning both ears to attenuate the speech sounds more precisely. It requires information from both ears to do this adequately. Many features in hearing aids that help you follow speech in noisy environments are designed to work together with a second hearing aid. For example, a directional microphone. When several people start talking at once most hearing aids change their directionality from picking up sounds all around to just picking up sounds in front. When only one hearing aid is worn then you don’t pick up sounds on the unaided side. Also, because the directional beam of the aided ear becomes narrower, it only picks up sounds on angles from zero to 90 degrees so you lose information from the unaided side altogether. Finally most hearing aids now have Bluetooth connectivity, which basically enables you to use your hearing aids as headphones and stream the TV, music, telephones, microphones or any audio devices straight to the hearing aids. Should you only have one hearing aid then you lose the advantages of the increased sound quality and stereo effects.

The world’s smallest wireless hearing aid is here! Invisible. Comfortable. Now with Bluetooth. And now at Clarity! Starkey SoundLens IIC, the world’s smallest invisible removable deep canal IIC (InvisibleIn-Canal) hearing aid now comes with Bluetooth. Clarity will custom mould and fit the SoundLens to sit comfortably deep in your ear, so only you know they’re there. Although tiny, the SoundLens Synergy comes loaded with all Call Clarity Hearing Solutions on

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Tips for achieving good oral hygiene Jenny Page - Hygienist A huge welcome to Jenny Page, North Queensland Family Dental’s newest team addition! Jenny has over 30 years’ experience in dental therapy and has extensive experience in all aspects of preventative oral health care. assist you in enjoying a healthy and attractive smile throughout life, without the discomfort of the various issues such as gum disease and cavities that can arise from negligence.

Our top three tips:

Your oral hygiene is vital for a healthy mouth, and goes a long way to ensuring your teeth and gums last a lifetime. From babies to baby boomers, a good dental regime is important each and every day. Looking after your mouth, teeth and gums offers countless benefits. From preventing bad breath and holes, to improving and helping to maintain your overall health and well-being, keeping a clean mouth should give anyone a reason to smile. Maintaining a simple dental regime will

1. Watch your diet Bacteria in your mouth form an acid that can erode enamel and cause tooth decay if exposed to a high frequency of sugary, acidic, starchy and carbohydrate rich foods! Giving your mouth and saliva time to repair your teeth by minimising snacking, eating nutritionally dense foods during the main meal times and having the occasional treat allows you to enjoy your chosen diet while minimising any adverse effects. 2. Brushing correctly We all know that brushing your teeth twice per day is ideal, but are you doing it correctly? Brushing your teeth should take at least two minutes. Be sure to brush the gum line and brush gently. Scrubbing too hard can harm the gums. Use dental floss to clear spaces between the teeth and change your toothbrush every three months! Better yet, an electric tooth will

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Stay Hydrated These Holidays!

Why water? Water is the most important nutrient in the body: • Improves oxygen delivery to cells • Transports nutrients • Enables cellular hydration • Cushions bones and joints • Regulates body temperature • Removes wastes and flushes toxins • Empowers the body’s natural healing process

So now we are all aware that we need to be drinking water. However, according to the statistics, it appears that over 75% of people are dehydrated! Why? And what exactly is dehydration? Dehydration is a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to meet optimal functional requirements. Your body loses 1.5–2.5 litres of water per day on average. We can lose 237ml simply exhaling. A decrease in our body’s water content of only 2% can cause fatigue, a 10% drop and we are already looking at significant health concerns such as: digestion complications, cardiovascular strain, immune stress, musculoskeletal impacts. Let your hydration levels decrease more than 10% and you can be facing more serious complications, death being one of them. • Fatigue • Anxiety • Irritability • Depression • Cravings • Cramps • Headaches These are a few of the early signs of dehydration. Ignore these and you can move on to: • Heartburn • Joint pain • Back pain • Migraines • Fibromyalgia • Constipation • Colitis How many people have had these symptoms today? How many of you get a headache and have a Panadol? Good chance it’s the glass of water that helped your headache not the Panadol! That just added stress to your liver! Something to think about over the tropical holiday season especially when some may be inclined to indulge in a little excess consumption. Pain medication is silencing our body’s

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cry for water causing serious and avoidable side effects while continuing to increase the dehydration that was a misinterpreted signal to drink some water. Our poor bodies, the kidneys and liver now have extra work to do while not receiving the hydration required to eradicate the toxin sent in to remove the ‘pain’ that will inevitably only get worse.

Have Some Water! How Much Water? One way to get a good gauge on how much water you need is to take your weight and divide it by 30. If you weigh 80kgs / 30 you should be drinking 2.6 so be safe and say 3 litres. Round up not down. This is Townsville and our humidity is thirsty work! Our bodies can produce 8% of its daily water needs through metabolic processes but the remaining 92% we have to ingest through foods and beverages. Now choose wisely – diuretics dehydrate you. Your fruit juice, coffee and all alcoholic beverages do not count towards hydration points. For every one of these fluids you need to have another glass of water to make up. According to Peter Bennett ND and Stephen Barrie ND; “Dehydration causes the accumulation of waste in the blood. The resulting blood toxicity has a profound effect on human health and metabolic efficiency.”

Hydration is so simple. It’s the first thing we should be doing in the morning, and the last thing we should do before we go to bed. Drink some water. Sip it through the day; carry it in a bottle with you everywhere. Our bodies put up with enough; the least we can do is keep ourselves hydrated.

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Changes At The Checkout The Key To Reducing Childhood Obesity Cancer Council has called on supermarkets to take urgent action in the fight against obesity, with concerning figures showing Queensland is home to the largest number of childhood obesity cases nationally. CANCER Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said around 28 per cent of Queensland children were overweight or obese. “Childhood obesity in Queensland is the highest of any jurisdiction nationally,” Ms Clift said. “We have a growing health problem on our hands and need to work with our community urgently on practical strategies to address it. “Queensland children need a healthy diet, regular exercise and to maintain a healthy weight to reduce their risk of a range of chronic diseases.” Cancer Council’s most recent Everyday Health Survey identified five urgent strategies to address the childhood obesity healthy crisis

statewide. “For a start, we would like to see cheaper healthy foods, including fruit and vegetables – or an increase on weekly specials for families in our supermarkets,” Ms Clift said. “Easy to read front-of-pack food labels should be mandatory on all packaged products – making it easy for parents to choose the healthiest items during a busy shop. “We’d like to see supermarkets step up to the game, providing quick, easy and healthy recipe ideas in store. Care should be taken to ensure fruit and vegetables are fresh and in season – increasing our state’s appetite for ingredients that will ensure health and wellbeing in the long term. “Supermarkets should also remove

unhealthy junk food items from eye level and at checkout aisles – a review into supermarket layouts is simple, but will go a long way to address this health crisis. Our Everyday Health Survey showed strong support from our community on these strategies, and more. “Queenslanders would like to see restrictions on the number of fast food outlets in our community and the removal of unhealthy vending machines from schools and sports clubs. Queenslanders believe restricting junk food advertising to children and increasing the price of junk food and soft drinks will encourage families to choose healthier options. “Among the strategies with the most potential for success, we would welcome changes to store layout, the provision of healthy recipes for busy families, and more regular fruit and veg specials.” Cancer Council’s Everyday Health Survey was conducted in February 2016, surveying the diet and lifestyle habits of 840 Queenslanders to improve community health and wellbeing. More information is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or by calling Cancer Council Queensland on 13 11 20.

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Why You Should Never Compare Yourself To Your Friends We’ve all been there. Amongst the Millennial Generation, comparing yourself to others is so common. Here’s why you should cut yourself a little slack sometimes.

I’D be lying if I didn’t admit that sometimes I compare myself to my friends. In the last six months, out of my four closest girlfriends, one got engaged, one bought her first house and the other two are moving away from Townsville towards the next chapter of their lives. I, on the other hand, eat a fair amount of two-minute noodles for dinner, leave my clothes on the line for days after they’re dry, and spend an embarrassing amount of time doing Harry Potter quizzes online… Hey, at least I’m honest. I made a commitment a long time ago to focus on my career and let everything else fall into place. But it can be very easy to fall in to the comparison trap instead. I know, because I’ve been there. In our generation, we’re constantly flooded by people (both in real-life and online), achieving and succeeding at things we could only ever dream of. Society places a lot of expectations on the Millennial

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Generation to conform to a set of standards that are perceived to be correct. It can often feel like you’re not measuring up and so we naturally look to those closest to us for guidance and direction. Sometimes when we look to our friends, it can be easy to feel like you’re not at the same level as them, or that you might not have what they seemingly do. It’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others. Making comparisons is the worst thing we can do, yet we still do it! It’s typical of our generation. And the worst part is, the envy can hit you unexpectedly. One day you can be perfectly content with your life and then all of a sudden, you realise all your friends are seemingly moving forward with their lives and you’re still in the same position you’ve always been. You start to worry that everyone is leaving you behind. But here’s the one simple piece of advice that someone wise once told me. You cannot compare yourselves to others! It’s that easy. Other people are on a completely different journey to the one you’re on. They’ve been through different things and they want different things to you. Just because they’re in your life as friends, doesn’t mean your life has to mimic theirs. Just because your life seems like it’s at a standstill, doesn’t mean it actually is. Everything in your life, and the lives of those that surround you, is there to teach you something, even if it’s not that obvious at the time. Because if we were all threatened by other peoples good fortune and success, then we’d probably never make it out of bed in the morning! There are always going to be things outside of our control. Life is uncertain and unpredictable and we simply can’t control every single outcome. As cheesy as it sounds, sometimes we have to let fate take its course. It’s all about timing. Maybe you just need an extra year to develop on your own, to travel,

to have more life experiences. Maybe you need to take time to step back and relax and truly learn how to be on your own. Maybe you need to work out whose standards you’re trying to live up to. Society has done a really good job of telling us where we’re supposed to be at certain times in our life. So what if you’re not married by 30, it doesn’t matter if you’re still renting at 40, who cares if you decide not to have children! The brilliant part is, everyone’s life is different. The only standards you should have to live up to are your own. So instead of falling deeper into the comparison trap, give yourself a little credit. Just because you haven’t lined up with what you thought your life would look like by now, doesn’t mean it will never happen. Instead of comparing myself to my friends, I’m trying to become their own personal cheerleader. When they succeed and something amazing happens to them, I want to be there for them; to congratulate them, help them, and celebrate their success. The more I do this, the more I’m empowered to keep working towards my own goals. At the end of the day, I’m ridiculously freaking proud of my friends. They inspire me, they motivate me and they encourage me to be better. It’s so important for our generation to encourage each other. As we forge our paths in this world we need to cheer each other on instead of comparing and competing and knocking each other down. So that when your time of success does come, you’ll have a whole army of friends waiting to cheer you on too. “At 23, J.K Rowling was broke. Tina Fey was working at the YMCA. Oprah had just gotten fired from her first job as a TV reporter and Walt Disney had declared bankruptcy. It’s going to be ok.”


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Nicole Stott-Whiting Catholic Diocese of Townsville

Technology Overload Sometimes technology is more of a hindrance than a help when we are trying to sort through relationship issues.

ANYONE who knows me well understands that I am not a great fan of technology. I can admit that technology certainly has an important place in the world and there is no point fighting against it as it is here to stay. However, I do believe it is a communication tool that has infiltrated our lives with very few boundaries and inadequate ‘how to’ manuals when it comes to communication through these mediums. Over the past few years I have seen technology and in particular, social media, have an interesting effect on the way in which relationship issues are handled. This is usually most evident in quite new relationships that are just developing. In times past, when an issue or some friction may have arisen in a new relationship, the couple could go home from a date and have some quiet time and space to gain some clarity on the situation and issues. Now the story is a little bit different. As friends are often aware of the situation, it can spark a flurry of activity on social media. The person’s friends are just trying to be supportive and offer ideas or solutions but due to the instant nature of social media, the person can actually end up being bombarded by messages and posts that completely overwhelm them and heighten their stress about the situation. This in turn can then blur the issues and the person will find it difficult to come to a solution due to the influx of ideas and opinions from well meaning friends. This influx of ideas and opinions over social media also occurs when a person or group may be experiencing some friendship issues. Well meaning support can quickly turn the small issue into an enormous hurdle in the relationship or friendship due to the quick influx of many, many messages from other

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people. For example, there may be a situation that has arisen in a relationship or with a friend that requires some type of resolution. Very well meaning friends will send their love and support to the person through social media messages that offer their opinions, thoughts, other information and ideas. So, imagine if you have five friends – I am being very conservative – who in one night send you 10 different comments about your situation. Again, I am being rather conservative! That is 50 different thoughts and opinions that are influencing your thoughts and opinions on the situation. It is easy to see how these comments can add to the confusion of the situation rather than assist with it. What often makes the situation a little more difficult too, is that we are not aware that the ideas and comments we are receiving through social media are adding to the confusion. We really do assume that this support is helping us even though we can feel our stress levels skyrocketing and the situation does not seem any closer to a resolution. When we are facing a difficult relationship or friendship issue, it is always helpful to have the support of those closest to us. Most of the time their thoughts and ideas are of great benefit to us and they help us navigate the situation. We just need to keep in mind that sometimes we also need some space and quietness to think through the issue at hand and find a resolution. We need to be able to know when discussing issues over social media are helpful and when a chat with a friend over coffee is much more beneficial.

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True Christmas Spirit Celebrate the festive season and give to a good cause at the same time by coming along to the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Gala Ball.

Emma Valimoti, mini VIP Cooper and RN Penny White

IF your business puts on a Christmas function why not make the exercise easier as well as beneficial for the community by attending the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Gala Ball on Saturday 10 December at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. Funds raised from the evening will go towards the redevelopment of the Townsville Hospital Children’s Ward. Work on the redevelopment began last month and is expected to be completed in November 2017. “The Townsville Hospital is the major referral hub for North Queensland, with all neurological and paediatric cases coming here,” says registered nurse Penny White. Last year more than 2000 children were cared for in The Townsville Hospital’s Children’s Ward. Seven-monthold Cooper O’Brien was one youngster who received care at the children’s ward this year.

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“I had Cooper in Atherton thinking that I was going to have a perfectly healthy baby and take him home the next day,” Cooper’s mum Emma says. “But when they tried to feed Cooper a bottle he choked, stopped breathing and changed colour.” Cooper’s oesophagus hadn’t developed properly and he was rushed to The Townsville Hospital where he had a major operation at only three days old. Several follow-up surgeries were also required, with Emma staying in Townsville to be near her son. “It’s fantastic having a Children’s Ward in Townsville that can accommodate cases like Cooper’s. After finding out he had a complication my first thought was ‘Oh no they’re going to have to send him to Brisbane’. Even though we are away from home, it’s still only a four-hour drive away.” The planned redevelopment will see the number of beds increase from 23 to

29, a new family room and school as well as a complete refurbishment of the existing ward. “Once the children’s ward redevelopment is complete there will not only be more beds but more single and dual occupancy rooms, which offer more privacy as well as modern family areas so relatives can remain nearby,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. “The Townsville Hospital Foundation has fundraised over $1 million towards the project over the past two years and we are still dedicated to raising as much as we can to help make a difference. People can help by coming along to our Christmas Gala Ball with all funds raised going towards the redevelopment. “There will be an auction on the night along with top-of-the-line food and drink packages, entertainment from the 1RAR band and a visit from Santa’s elves. If you can’t make it on the night but you’d like to donate an item for auction we’d also love to hear from you.” Call the Townsville Hospital Foundation on 4433 1337 for more information.


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THEY HAVE THE SMARTS, THE TOOLS AND THE BUSINESS SAVVY. THEY’RE ADVOCATES FOR THEIR INDUSTRY AND ACCOMPLISHED IN THEIR OWN FIELDS. HERE WE MEET SEVEN BUSINESSMEN COMMITTED TO DOING BUSINESS IN OUR REMARKABLE CITY. WRITER RACHEL LICCIARDELLO PHOTOGRAPHER MATTHEW GIANOULIS

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MICHAEL ‘BUCKIE’ BUCK

Managing Director A.L.B. Distributors / Ralph Buck Agencies As a bloke who’s in remission from aggressive B Cell Lymphoma for the past six years, Michael “Buckie” Buck says he lives every day enjoying life and working through his bucket list. “My philosophy on life is; Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it!” Buckie embraces his love for red wine, golf, fishing and State of Origin. He attends the Clipsal 500, Darwin’s Triple Crown, Townsville 400 and Gold Coast 600 each year, and has had hot laps at Townsville, Norwell, Phillip Island and Bathurst. Buckie is currently planning a caged dive with Great White Sharks in South Australia. His greatest love though is time spent with his 27-year-old daughter Amy. “Amy is the love and soul of my life,” shares the proud dad, who used Amy’s initials to name his ceiling fan business A.L.B. Distributors. It was 1980 when former army officer Buckie resigned his commission to join his family’s manufacturing agency business, Ralph Buck Agencies, at his father’s request. He then went on to purchase the business from his parents Ralph and Joan in 1994 before expanding to include A.L.B. Distributors. “Queensland has the perfect weather for ceiling fans,” points out Buckie, whose business is the Queensland distributor for The Iconic Ceiling Fan Company (five new models arriving late November!) and The Modern Fan Company offering innovative, functional and beautiful ceiling fans. “As with many local retail businesses, one of our biggest battles is with online suppliers that offer no investment in local infrastructure or employment and deliver no after sales service,” admits Buckie. “To battle that, we maintain a fan gallery to display our products and offer our knowledge and experience regarding various products. Our repeat business reassures me our approach is working.” 15 Mackley Street Garbutt 4775 3727 www.albdistributors.com.au DUOMagazine November 2016

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DICK ARNOLD

Owner, Director & Chief Pilot Townsville Helicopters With a career spanning 28-plus years, and clocking over 16,500 hours in flight, helicopter pilot Dick Arnold is no stranger to flying. “My flying career started when I was given a job with a company called Cloncurry Mustering Company in northwest Queensland,” recalls Dick, who now owns and operates Townsville Helicopters. “After mustering for 12 years, I went on to fly larger turbine aircraft before relocating with my family to Canada for seven years.” In Canada, Dick drew on his mustering skills to aerial tranquilise an Arctic Grizzly. “We flew in beside the bear… after research data was retrieved and the bear was revived, we herded her two cubs back to her,” explains Dick. “I returned to Townsville, but continued commuting to Canada for regular contracts, which is when I decided to start my own company with the focus to develop Townsville’s first ever helicopter flying training school,” says Dick. Eight years on and Townsville Helicopters is soaring. As well as training tomorrow’s helicopter pilots, the business is involved in tourism, scenic flights, charters for companies and government organisations and off shore ship transfers. As an inaugural member of the Aerial Mustering Safety Committee (AMSC), Dick developed the template for the mustering training syllabus for CASA. “The AMSC is in its infancy, and aims to develop standards to improve the safety and training of the sector,” explains Dick, who also travels Australia delivering flight reviews and mustering endorsements. Dick admits his flight training work is hugely satisfying, as he assists students in realising their dream of flying. “The best moments are when a student flies solo for the first time. “One of my proudest achievements has actually been teaching my son Sam to fly,” Dick says, “and I’m looking forward to teaching my daughter Georgie as well.”

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DR CRAIG COSTELLO MBBS FRACP Director & Neurologist North Queensland Neurology

As a neurologist Dr Craig Costello has dedicated his work to assessing, diagnosing and treating disorders in the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. “I treat a broad range of neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, migraine and other headaches, multiple sclerosis, stroke, motor neuron disease and Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Craig, who also has accreditation for injectable therapy for neurological disease. After completing physician specialist training and exams at Townsville Hospital in 2008, Craig undertook sub-specialty

Neurology training in Melbourne at Royal Melbourne and Austin Hospitals, before returning to Townsville in 2012 to establish North Queensland Neurology. “I saw an opportunity to provide neurological services to North Queensland,” explains Craig, who while based in Townsville also provides visiting clinics in Cairns, and admits Townsville’s lifestyle was a draw card for his young family – wife Emma and four children Poppy, Tilly, Ted and Olive. “I consider myself a passionate Townsvillian who is proud of and excited about the future of this regional city,” offers Craig. “I’ve served on both the Regional Neurology and Workforce Committees and am now Chair. Importantly, these two interlinked committees promote the virtues and benefits of regional neurological practice,

and provide a regional perspective on neurological issues related to service delivery and policy development. “One of the main issues of regional neurology is attracting and retaining an appropriate workforce,” he details, “as such the committees provide recommendations to ANZAN (Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists) regarding current and future workforce needs, including appropriate regional training positions,” Craig explains. “Neurology is a truly exciting field,” continues Craig. “Research into neurodegenerative diseases is giving hope that we’ll see disease-modifying and potentially curative treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – that would be The Holy Grail.”

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DR MICHAEL CLEMENTS

MBBS B.Econ(Hons) MPH MHM DAvMed DGovt(Mgt) AdvDAFStud FRACGP FRACMA FACAsM MRAeS GAICD Director & Practice Principal Fairfield Central Medical Practice With a diverse career spanning defence, public hospitals and private practice, Dr Michael Clements’ professional experiences have culminated in his proudest achievement yet, the Fairfield Central Medical Practice. The practice he opened last year with wife Shannon offers traditional general practice services conducted by specialist GPs and specialists in training, as well as cosmetic injectables and aviation medicals, open seven days. Michael says his and Shannon’s focus was always to build a skilled team, big on customer service and accessibility. “The doctors in our practice have interest and skills in a broad scope of practice including veteran’s, men’s and women’s health, paediatrics and chronic disease management,” explains Michael. “We are also quite proud of our practice’s outwardlooking approach to supporting rural towns. Our practice was awarded a Federal grant to commence fly-in-fly-out women’s health clinics in Karumba, Normanton, Mornington Island and Doomadgee; and we recently conducted our first clinics with a view to expand.” As an advocate for his industry, Michael is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Queensland Faculty Board, the Northern Australia Primary Health Limited Board, Townsville Mater Hospital Medical Advisory and Credentials Committee, Townsville Hospital Credentialing Committee and Chair of the Rural Generalist Mental Health Advisory Committee. Michael also spends one day each week working as a Director of Rural Generalist Training for Queensland Health, mentoring specialist GPs in training. And after completing his medical training and travelling the world with the RAAF, Michael is now in the RAAF High Readiness Specialist Reserves. “My love for aviation continues, now as a private pilot though; I’ve seen a lot of North Queensland from the cockpit of a Cessna 172 or Mooney.”

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SHAYNE HANRAN

Director North Queensland & Northern Territory AECOM A born and bred Queenslander, Shayne Hanran says he has always been prepared to travel for work but Townsville never fails to lure him back. “I love the lifestyle in Townsville,” admits Shayne, AECOM’s Director North Queensland & Northern Territory, who is now Townsville-based but services five AECOM offices – Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns and Darwin. His engineering background – Shayne is a proud JCU graduate – and 25 years’ experience within AECOM’s global network, including working on many regional and mining projects and in the UK on the London Trocadero and Heathrow Terminal 2 Upgrades. “I’ve always believed you need to take every opportunity to broaden your experience,” says Shayne. “The best part of my job is helping make a difference in our community through major infrastructure upgrades and changes,” he continues. “A standout was planning and designing the Townsville Ring Road. AECOM is very proud to be part of such a landmark and build a connection between Townsville’s suburbs. “Personally, I am honoured to have been on the board that introduced an AECOM scholarship program in collaboration with JCU,” offers Shayne. “The Dr Johnathon Harris Scholarship was created to encourage and support undergraduates to progress their careers in Engineering.” As an active member of the JCU Advisory Board for Engineering and Sciences, and the Diversity and Inclusion Industry Group, and also as a Director on the Board of Port of Townsville, Shayne is very much invested in progressing Townsville. When not at the office – or any of his four other offices – he embraces the North Queensland lifestyle. “I like to unwind by fishing – line fishing or spearfishing. You’d better put in that I spend time with my wife Simone and daughter Isabella too or I’ll be in serious trouble!”

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GILES DERRETT Head of Campus, North Shore Townsville Grammar School As another school year comes to a close, Townsville Grammar School Year Six teacher Giles Derrett will pack up his desk at the school’s Annandale Campus, to start 2017 as the school’s inaugural Head of Campus, North Shore. “I have been drawn to teaching my whole life,” reveals Giles, who as well as teaching his Year Six class the past eight years has been Director of Rugby for the entire Townsville Grammar School. “Those who know me would probably describe me as energetic about teaching, family-focused and a little too passionate about Rugby – is that even possible?” he queries. “Education is an incredibly dynamic industry and is changing constantly,” Giles offers. “One of the many great things about Townsville Grammar is it’s been around for 128 years, and doesn’t feel the need to jump on board with short-lived trends. Our consistent ranking among the best schools in Queensland is proof this approach works. “We ground our students in the key learning areas such as literacy and numeracy and then can create dynamic learning opportunities from that springboard,” he explains. “Strong foundations provide the best platform on which we can then build.” Part of the inaugural Prep class at the North Shore Campus come 2017 will be Giles’ eldest son Felix – Giles has three children with wife Samantha, Felix (4), Matilda (2) and Harvey (10 months). “Our new North Shore Campus offers a safe and engaging learning environment, with high tech IT infrastructure, modern buildings and facilities,” explains Giles. “The campus will have a ‘boutique’ feeling with small class sizes; then from 2018 we’ll grow Prep to Year 6.” Townsville Grammar School, North Shore, is now seeking enrolments for Prep to Year 3 for 2017.

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TONY PASCOE

Director / Principal Podiatrist NQ Foot and Ankle Centre For a young Tony Pascoe, it was a lifelong interest in sports and health that pulled him towards a career in podiatry. “Podiatry seemed to be a good fit,” recalls Tony, “it combined a career in health with my interest in sport and biomechanics, the study of movement.” Tony’s clinic, NQ Foot and Ankle Centre, works with people suffering lower limb problems – from foot and ankle injuries to children’s foot complaints and diabetic foot screenings to ultimately prevent amputation. Tony has however maintained his focus on sports medicine, and has worked as the NQ Cowboys’ team podiatrist for 12 years. “Witnessing the Grand Final last year was a career highlight,” he admits. “It’s extremely satisfying to know that, as part of the medical group looking after a professional sports team, you played a small part in their success.”

As a committed health professional, Tony is helping to shape the future of podiatry by serving on the National Competencies Board. “Podiatry is still relatively young compared to many other allied health professions,” explains Tony. “The Board is overseeing the progression of sub-specialties within the field of podiatry, which will be a great step forward. “New technology is also pretty exciting,” adds Tony, who started his clinic 18 years ago so that he could invest in more modern equipment to improve treatment options. “We’re always on the look out for new advances in the field of gait analysis, to assist our podiatrists in providing a higher level of care to our patients,” Tony explains. “In fact, we’re on the verge of making a significant investment in state-of-the-art equipment that analyses running technique, which will be the first of its kind in Townsville,” he reveals. “Watch this space!”

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Keeping It In The Family Testamentary Trusts – what are they, and should you have one?

YOU’VE worked hard during your lifetime and you want to make sure that your loved ones are looked after should something happen to you. Perhaps even more importantly, you need to know that if something happens to both you and your spouse that your children will be financially cared for into their adulthood. If this sounds like you, then a Testamentary Trust might be exactly what you need.

What is a Testamentary Trust? A Testamentary Trust is simply a trust that is created under your Will. The trust lies inactive

and dormant until you pass away, when it is then activated with your Will. Just like an ordinary trust, a Testamentary Trust is a structure where a person/s (the Trustee) manages and distributes assets and/ or income to a selected group of people (the Beneficiaries) under the watchful eye of another person/s (the Appointor). There are several different types of Testamentary Trusts that can be created, but the most popular is a Testamentary Discretionary Trust with either a lineal (where only blood relatives can benefit) or non-lineal (where beneficiaries can also include spouses and nominated persons who aren’t necessarily blood relatives) structure.

What are the key benefits of a Testamentary Trust? (1) Asset protection Assets that are within a trust are not legally ‘owned’ by any of the trust’s beneficiaries until the assets are distributed out of the trust (which is usually not until the trust is wound up). Beneficiaries can receive distributions (income) from the trust along the way, but the actual assets remain the property of the trust. This provides a level of protection to the beneficiaries from: (a) Family Law proceedings; (b) Bankruptcy or creditor issues; and (c) High risk financial activities (i.e. if a beneficiary loses everything they own, they still have a nest egg to fall back on) Testamentary Trusts also afford a level of protection to beneficiaries from themselves. Even the most responsible 18 year old can risk losing their whole inheritance if they are given a large lump sum on their 18th birthday; whether it be by the purchase of depreciating assets (hello, shiny new Ferrari) or from general

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financial inexperience. Having a Testamentary Trust in place enables a child to be dripped out sufficient monies to set them up in life, without them having access to the actual capital until a later age set by the Testator in their Will. (2) Tax Benefits A discretionary Testamentary Trust enables the Trustee to distribute income from the trust in a way that is tax effective for the beneficiaries (for example: by distributing income to the children rather than to the surviving parent who might still be working). Testamentary Trusts also enjoy tax benefits that are not afforded to normal trusts. One key benefit is that all child beneficiaries are taxed as if they were an adult, which entitles them to receive the graduated tax free thresholds that adults enjoy, rather than being taxed at the flat 46.5% tax rate that children are normally slugged with under a normal trust distribution. A well structured Estate Plan can also direct your superannuation and/or life insurance proceeds into your Testamentary Trust, rather than gifting them directly to a named beneficiary in one lump sum. By funneling these large amounts into the trust, the payments are preserved from being squandered and can then be dealt with in a way that minimises the taxation payable on their proceeds. This is particularly valuable if the beneficiary receiving the payment is not a tax dependent of the deceased, in which case the taxation payable by that recipient can be prohibitive. A Testamentary Trust can allow you to protect and provide for your loved ones long after you have passed away, which is a beautiful legacy within itself. They’re not difficult or expensive to create, and they afford the Testator a peace of mind that is priceless.

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All Can Be Made Fair In Love And War With A Binding Financial Agreement WHILST it’s a topic that may seem somewhat taboo at times, the idea of a Binding Financial Agreement (or BFA), is one that many should consider when entering into a new relationship, particularly if you have a considerable wealth base, and feel that it should be protected. A BFA is an agreement between soon to be married or already married couples and de facto couples, which could be made either before, during or after their relationship.

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This agreement illustrates how your financial investments, assets AND liabilities will be divided if your relationship fails. So why would you consider such an agreement? By preparing a BFA, both parties lose (contract out of) the right they would have otherwise had to ask the Family Courts to determine the asset split post separation. The BFA allows the couple to agree in advance how the assets will be split at settlement if they separate. Is it too late if you are already in a relationship? Our answer is no, but you need to obtain expert legal advice, and don’t feel bad about it either. We often hear the comment, ‘But if you love me, you wouldn’t be asking me to do this’. At the end of the day, if a couple is together for the right reasons, then the asset split should make no difference to that person, either way. A BFA allows the individuals to make their own rules about how the split would occur, and is particularly useful for those who need reassurance (i.e. if you have already been through a divorce already). It can help take the stress away, and let you concentrate on nurturing a happy relationship, without the worry of what will happen if and when. It also can save a lot of money down the track in legal fees and court costs. The BFA can also illustrate how things will happen when property is acquired during the relationship, how expenses are paid and how income is treated. A BFA is particularly useful for those who already have children and assets who then enter into a new relationship.

We find a BFA is particularly useful as an Estate Planning Tool prepared by your lawyer to ensure property passes as the owner would intend, and it may, depending on the circumstances, provide Capital Gains Tax and Stamp Duty Relief for couples who separate provided they meet certain criteria. The most challenging part will be broaching the subject with your spouse and they may be apprehensive. But with a good lawyer and accountant on your side, you can be assisted through this process in the simplest of ways. Because the BFA must be so detailed, it can be quite complicated when many situations need to be disclosed. The downside is if a matter occurs that has not been considered in the BFA, this can lead to a biased outcome to either party. The lawyer would also have to explain what circumstances that could arise which would lead to the agreement being set aside, and these laws are complex as to how the Courts will treat the BFA in certain situations. My suggestion to my clients, because I want to help them protect their wealth and future, is to always consider a BFA, and whether or not such an agreement will be beneficial in their situation. It is always worth considering now, rather than wait until it’s too late, and look back and say, “We should have done that”.

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


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information direct from your bank, into the accounting system which in turn has automatic rules which can update the tax information and accounting codes for each transaction. How times change… So what does a keeper of the books do now? That is an open question, because line up ten different bookkeepers and you will likely get ten different answers. But ask what they SHOULD be doing? Now that is easy to answer…

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The Times Aren’t Changing. They Have Already Changed. What services your bookkeeper SHOULD be providing you

Automation When was the last time you reviewed your whole business ‘system’? The flow of information (i.e. sales orders, work orders, purchase orders, invoicing etc) through your business is a fundamental function of your business. How much of that process is manual and how much could be automated? Auto-response emails, inventory levels, sales reports uploading into your accounting software – the options TODAY are endless. No matter what industry you are in, there is software that can be used to automate your important functions. Imagine what (how) we will be doing these functions in the future!

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WHAT even is a ‘bookkeeper’? The term ‘books’ comes from the dark ages (sorry oldies) where the keeper of said books, penciled in sales figures, expenses and wages into paper account books called a ledger. The journals went on for pages and month end really was a chaotic and stressful event. Fast forward to the present where we utilise software that downloads the statement

Point of Sale software (POS), updating your Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) to stay connected with your customers via demographically targeted email marketing. Sound interesting? You can literally Google ‘your industry + software’ and find heaps of options that will help you run your business easier and also help you grow new business. Almost all of which can integrate with your accounting software. Implementing new software is an integral function of what a keeper of books should do.

Management Reporting Now that your business processes are running easier because you have implemented automation, lets look at what is your most profitable product? Who are your most expensive customers? (never thought of a customer like that before, have you?) Gross Profit percentage, Debtor Days, Stock Turnover Days – just an example of the measures that can highlight how healthy your business is. When was the last time you were provided with an insight into how your business is performing? Its one thing to ‘feel’ busy, but do your numbers show this? Maybe you actually are busy, but have you priced your products correctly to make a profit? There is no point being busy if you aren’t making a return. Little bit different to what tasks a bookkeeper is usually associated with doing, right? The chances are your bookkeeper is aware of a lot of these changes, but suggesting change is not the easiest conversation to have with business owners. Especially when it is perceived as ‘just something to do with the books’. The times aren’t changing. They have already changed. It’s just a matter of whether your business is doing things the old way or the easy way.

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TRUE BLUE Gunter Pauli’s whirlwind visit to Townsville. Writer Warwick Powell

‘SO we’re needing next to what I call the ‘think tank’ the ‘do tank’. We need to have people who have an obsession with implementation; and unfortunately, I leave out the people in between who only talk.’ Prescient words, indeed. A few Fridays ago, Townsville played host to global thought leader, author and serial entrepreneur, Gunter Pauli. And he made it clear to local entrepreneurs, educators and others that there’s no time to waste on mere talk. The Huffington Post has called Gunter Pauli ‘The Steve Jobs of Sustainability’, and his Latin American friends have dubbed him ‘The Che Guevara of Sustainability’. These are lofty titles indeed, and Pauli didn’t disappoint. In a helter-skelter visit, Pauli challenged local businesses to think creatively, work with nature and find new solutions that will pass the test of time. “I want to be judged by my children,” Pauli intones. (By the way, he is father of seven children; the same number as the languages in which he is fluent).

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BLUE ECONOMY – A THIRD WAY But Pauli is no conventional ‘environmentalist’. He eschews the dichotomy ‘pro versus anti’ development and through his thinking around what he calls the Blue Economy, is striving to stake out new ground. As a result, he is able to talk profit with purpose; to bring captains of industry into the tent while at the same time showing how profitability can be achieved by lessening the social and environmental costs of human economic activity. While he is relentlessly optimistic, he is struck by how Australia has become so divided along conventional lines – “For and against with passionate people on both sides,” is how he put it. However, Pauli is also clear: it is ‘time to shift the debate to BE BETTER than any other proposal that is on the table, or any practices that is the standard on the market’. BACK TO BASICS Here, he is talking about how we approach the most basic of human societal needs – water, energy and food. He is perplexed that on the question of water, Australia seems obsessed with cutting costs while increasing rates of consumption whereas the real challenge is to shift to a new plateau that ‘works with nature’. He wonders why it is that on the question of powering our future, the country has “not embraced the real sustainable technologies that are cheaper than coal” since these technologies have already been implemented elsewhere in the world. Pauli has been involved in a range of bioenergy initiatives, including the transformation of thistles, a pest on the Island of Sardinia in southern Italy, into a bio-fuels energy industry. He implores us to look to these technologies and practices, and move to adopt similar approaches that convert waste into energy here

in Australia. North Queensland is replete with the so-called bio-mass that is needed for a biofuels industry, and has the potential to reap the benefits of implementing proven technologies. Remember, ‘we need the people with an obsession with implementation’... OBSESSION WITH IMPLEMENTATION In 24 hours in North Queensland, Gunter was tireless in educating people and exchanging ideas. We packed in lunch with local educators and business owners, an afternoon collective social learning workshop and an evening public lecture and networking. In these various engagements, his extensive global case studies served to illustrate what was already being achieved, how an ‘obsession with implementation’ was taking root all over the globe, and showed the classic Australian ‘doubting Thomas’ that new thinking was not only necessary but also practical. At lunch with local business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, Gunter talked enthusiastically about how waste from cruise liners could be transformed into energy, and cycled back to the ships. He opined about the opportunity to generate cash flows through engagement of tourists in conservation activities, and illustrated the point by drawing on experiences of coral transplanting. Opportunities to turn rock into paper were explored, as were a host of projects that could go towards the development of an urban agriculture that also contribute to mitigating urban consumerist waste. Indeed, if there was a single take-out from Gunter Pauli, it is that there’s no such thing as ‘waste’. In nature, ‘waste’ is transformed into something useful, and that’s how we much be when we deal with so-called ‘waste’.


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Riding The Dragon North Queensland needs a new China tourism strategy. The Queensland Premier, to her credit, knows this to her core and made it clear on her recent week-long visit to Townsville. And so do local tourism operators and leisure facility owners.

WHILE Chinese tourism has been the fastest growing contributor to international visitors to Australia in recent years, the North has simply missed the opportunities to harness this growth. Indeed, in the last 12 months (to June 2016) inbound tourists from China to Australia exceeded 1 million visitors and now make up the single largest cohort of visitors to Australia. The dollars are nothing to be sneezed at either, with average spend per visitor of around $8,000. For far too long, the potential of the China market has not featured on the North’s mainstream tourism radar screen. The region’s Destination Strategy has consistently seen China as non-core, most recently describing

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it as an ‘emerging market’. Nothing could be further from the truth. It may have been an ‘emerging market’ 10 or 15 years ago, but it is anything but these days. I have in my social media posts and previous pieces in DUO over the last 18 months pressed for a greater focus on the opportunity of China and tourism development. I initiated a Tourism Roundtable on China and the Great Outdoors in Townsville back in late 2014, to put the opportunity on the table. At the time, I estimated that there were around 40 million active outdoor enthusiasts in China, which represented a significant and growing demographic who would find the North’s great outdoors incredibly appealing. That there has been a belated recognition of China’s tourism market potential for the North’s economic transformation from various local quarters in recent months is an encouraging shift. But new approaches are needed. And needed fast. PLAYING CATCH UP The North must move with the times and is now playing catch-up. In 2007, the North’s political leaders recognized the potential to ‘get in on the ground floor’. Then Mayor Tony Mooney and Local MP and State Government Minister Craig Wallace actively pursued the possibility of direct flights with Hainan Airlines (HA). At the time, HA was an up-and-coming, entrepreneurial and ambitious company – a good fit if there ever was one. With the support and advice of then Queensland Government Trade and Investment Commissioner in Hong Kong, Simon Lee, Mooney and Wallace met with Hainan Airlines to begin framing a case. Wallace also opened up a dialogue with Chongqing Airlines a few years later. Nine years on, there is still no direct flight link between China and Townsville. Mooney vacated public office in March 2008, and Wallace in March 2012. Both understood the potential of China, but also appreciated the hard work that would be needed to build a robust business case. They each worked in a determined fashion to build the foundations of a meaningful economic relationship between the North and China. I know; I accompanied them on quite a few missions over the years. While the Chinese inbound tourism market continued to expand in leaps and bounds, the North’s tourism leadership (if you can call it that) turned its back on Asia, and North Asia in particular. Strategy after strategy; advertising campaign after advertising campaign; product development efforts …

they all pivoted to the Anglo-Saxon markets of European backpackers and American college students, and more recently to the nomads of the sea: the ocean liners. Sure, there’s been finally some dividend from this orientation, so the issue isn’t an either/or. Rather, the critical observation is one of missed opportunity when China growth was the most obvious game in town. Since 2013, the City has reached out again to China. And sensibly so. The Mayor, Jenny Hill, should be commended for this and the effort needs to be ramped up not diminished. On various trade missions since, talk of tourism has bobbed up, but I think it would be fair to say that developing the North’s China tourism potential has largely remained a sideline proposition. At least the civic diplomatic links have been re-established. NEW CHANNELS, NEW DEMOGRAPHICS In that old Castrol GTX TV ad, John Laws turns to camera and says: “Oils ain’t Oils”. The same can be said for the increasingly diversifying Chinese outbound tourism base. As China’s outbound tourists grew in number, so too did their demographic diversity. From an era where mass tourism was the dominant mode of practice domestically, we now see massive growth in independent small group travel. When once holidaying was often arranged through one’s work unit (or danwei), and tourism was more about large groups, big buses and ‘following the flag’ to the iconic photo-taking site, the aspirations and practices of Chinese tourists is now more subtle and granular. One could dare say Chinese tourism has become increasingly sophisticated. Photos are still important, but the experience is more diasporic and less explicitly herd-like.


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THE REGION’S DESTINATION STRATEGY HAS CONSISTENTLY SEEN CHINA AS NON-CORE, MOST RECENTLY DESCRIBING IT AS AN ‘EMERGING MARKET’. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. At the same time, the dominant channels have been disrupted. Where once the ‘organized fun’ modality of group touring was arranged through bulk travel agencies, the modern independent traveller is increasingly ‘doing it for themselves’. Sure, putting packaged tours out via travel agencies remains a key part of reaching the burgeoning consumer base, but it’s no longer the sure fire way of distributing the opportunity. A new distribution architecture has emerged organically, thanks in large part to the Internet. Over 800 million Chinese are internet connected via mobile devices with mobile platform social media apps like Wechat claiming a user base of 600 million or so and Weibo over 500 million. Social media also enabled the organic formation of associations or communities of interests, which now share information and experiences in real-time, all the time. This architecture hasn’t so much as disrupted the conventional mass tourism agency model, but rather, has added new dimensions of possibility to new demographics.

In the schema of things, North Queensland tourism isn’t really what you’d call a volume play; certainly not in the sense that is necessary for low-margin / high-volume business models like traditional agencies. The second related reason is that agencies are often integrated in one way or another with airlines. The kind of actual or quasi-vertical integration is a prevalent business model. Airlines by the very nature of their business need volume to justify routes. Increasingly, they’re also eyeing opportunities to increase their ‘share of wallet’, by getting involved in the entire tourism supply chain. The third reason why traditional agencies are less immediately relevant to the North is directly related to the likely demographic that the North’s offer would appeal to. This group are more likely to be independent small group travelers who are digitally savvy. Social media, peer reviews and recommendations and informal associations are more important to this demographic than traditional travel agencies.

A DISRUPTED SUPPLY CHAIN Not only has technology disrupted the traditional supply chain of bulk agencies organizing mass tourism, the capacity of this supply chain to deliver for the North is severely compromised in any case. To begin with, agencies are being bombarded from all over the world with high volume opportunities. Iconic cities and sites that remain attractive to mass tourism can still depend in large part on the traditional agency model. High volume drives commissions, which is the lifeblood of this channel. As competition is intense, agency commissions are wafer thin. Only volume makes it worthwhile opening the doors each day.

GREAT PRODUCTS EXIST ALREADY These are some of the features of the new world of independent Chinese tourism. The research that my colleagues at the China and the Great Outdoors project have been doing for the past few years tells us that there’s a growing fascination with the natural world. In part, it’s a reaction to the claustrophobic weight of hyper-speed urbanisation, as well as the growing accessibility to outdoors and wilderness areas for China’s burgeoning urban middle class denizens. Roads around China are better than they’ve ever been, not to mention the scale and reach of fast trains and domestic air travel. Getting from A to B is now easier and cheaper. Car ownership is also growing,

and so we see the preconditions emerging for independent, small group travel away from cities. This fascination has extended to the outside world. Chinese tourists in ever-growing numbers are drawn to places that offer high quality outdoor-based experiences. And that’s what we have in droves (see my piece in the May 2016 issue of DUO ‘Why Ours Should Be The Zhang’s Great Outdoors’). THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS Truth be known, it’s all been under our very noses, as has the wave of Chinese outbound tourism. And yet, our tourism institutions have conspired to miss the most obvious for far too long. It’s time for new optics, new sensibilities and new approaches. China isn’t an ‘emerging market’, it is the biggest opportunity we have in a generation to build the foundations of new industries. The region simply cannot afford more of the same.

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

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DUOArts+Events Salt: Murray Fredericks Until 27 November

TOWNSVILLE AND MAGNETIC ISLAND MARKETS Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7.30am–11.30am. Magnetic Island Friday Night RSL Markets Arcadia, Fridays 5.30pm–8pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets, second and last Sundays 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre Burdell, Saturdays. Cotters Market Handmade Arts and Craft Precinct, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, third Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Bushland Beach Markets, first and third Sundays 8am–1pm. Balgal Beach Market Beachside Fisherman’s Landing, first and third Saturdays 8am–1pm. Label Traders Market Mundingburra State School, third Sundays 8am–12noon. Renegade Handmade Market The Marian School, second Sundays 8am–1pm. Strand Night Markets Strand Park, first Fridays 5pm–9.30pm. Carlyle Gardens Arts & Crafts Market Carlyle Gardens, first Saturdays 9am–12noon. Riverway Moonlight Markets Pioneer Park, first Fridays 5pm–9pm.

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La Noche Fiesta 5 November 7.30pm The official party of El Dia De Los Muertos Festival Townsville The Old Courthouse Theatre www.townsvilletickets.com.au

Flavours of Latin America 6 November 3pm A Touch of Salt www.townsvilletickets.com.au

Cyclone Sunday 6 November 9am–12pm Strand Park www.whatson.townsville.qld. gov.au

Da Vinci Machine Competition 6 November 10am–5pm Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre 4773 8871

NQE CON | North Queensland Entrepreneurship Conference 2016 8 November 9am–5pm The Ville Resort-Casino www.nqecon.com.au

Rock’n Roll & Swing Dance Festival 11–13 November various times Cutharinga Bowls Club West End www.townsvilletickets.com.au 0423 217 997

Australian OC1/OC2/V1 Championship 2016 12–13 November 9am–5pm The Strand www.ocnationals2016.weebly.com

PBR Iron Cowboy 18–19 November 8pm Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre www.tecc.net.au 4771 4000

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5 November 8pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Renegade Handmade Mega Market 26–27 November 8am–1pm Marion School Hall

Pasifika Cultural Festival 26 November 9am–9pm 27 November 10am–7pm Riverway Complex www.pasifikatownsville.com.au

THEATRE + CONCERTS Bill Bailey – Larks In Transit 3 November 7.30pm Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre www.tecc.net.au 4771 4000

An Evening With Groucho 4 November 7.30pm Riverway Arts Centre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Townsville Concert Band 6 November 2pm–3.40pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Townsville Choral Society presents The Vicar of Dibley 11–20 November 7pm Brian and Daphne Pease Memorial Hall (Townsville Choral Society) www.tcs.org.au 0419 290 864

Open Mic Nights 11 and 25 November 6.30pm The Old Courthouse Theatre www.fullthrottletheatre.com 0476 590 004

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The Ultimate Tribute to Shirley Bassey 22-23 November 11am

BadBoys Australia 26 November 8pm

Cyclone Sunday 6 November 9am–12pm

Country Music Fun Day 13 November 1–6pm St Joseph’s Catholic School www.ttcma.webs.com/ 0417 199 744

Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Passion and Romance 15 November 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Full Throttle Theatre Company presents DISPLACED 16–20 November 7pm The Old Courthouse Theatre www.fullthrottletheatre.com 0476 590 004

Travelling Film Festival 18–21 November Warrina Cineplex tickets@sff.org.au www.sff.org.au/2016-film-guide/ travelling-film-festival-townsville/ 4725 7295

The Laughing Samoans present Island Time! 18 November 8pm Riverway Arts Centre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

A Game of Cleudo presented by Croft-Gilchrist School of Dancing 19 November 2pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Magnetic Modes – The Townsville Guitar Orchestra with Ian Brunskill 20 November 2–3.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

The Ultimate Tribute to Shirley Bassey featuring Brunie Riley 22-23 November 11am Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

BadBoys Australia 26 November 8pm The Ville Resort-Casino www.moshtix.com.au

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Groucho Marx Brought Back To Life With Hilarious Comedy AUDIENCES can look forward to an evening of fun and foolishness as award-winning actor Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in An Evening With Groucho. This fast-paced performance promising 90 minutes of non-stop hilarity will be presented by Townsville City Council on Friday 4 November at Riverway Arts Centre, as the final show of the popular Riverway Sessions 2016 Season. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including Hooray for Captain Spalding, and Lydia, the Tattooed Lady. The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie

Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. Frank Ferrante – (Groucho) is an actor, director, and producer described by The New York Times as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.” Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera co-author Morrie Ryskind called him “the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended.” Discovered by Groucho’s son Arthur when Frank was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Frank originated the off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur) portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85. An Evening with Groucho tickets are $55 per person and include tapas served to the table prior to the performance. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketshop.com.au or by phoning the box office on 4727 9797.

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Maggie Girl In Spin Over Film Credits Movie goers around Australia following the build-up of the December 1 Australian release of the crowd-funded movie, The Legend of Ben Hall, will likely be aware the film was shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Writer Denise Secomb Above: PiaGrace Moon. Top Right: PiaGrace Moon, as Peggy Monks, on set with her on-screen love interest, played by William Lee, in The Legend of Ben Hall, shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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HOWEVER, North Queensland folk may well be unaware that Magnetic Island’s own PiaGrace Moon, 23, is in the support role of Peggy Monks in what is expected to become an epic bushranger trilogy in this Australian equivalent of the Western genre. PiaGrace’s rise to prominence this year includes September’s Australia-wide release of the romantic comedy Spin Out, a Tim Ferguson romantic comedy romp about an Aussie institution, the B&S ball, or bachelor and spinster ball, where bare bums are flashed, beer flows freely, and crazy antics in utes were filmed at Shepparton, Victoria. PiaGrace spoke to DUO after her support role of Taylah in Spin Out. Her rise this year includes a lead role in a promising short film, Crossroads, shown at the St Kilda Short Film Festival. However, PiaGrace says she has been earning acting credits for some time, among them Holding the Man (2015) which did well in Australia and the United Kingdom, with great accolades from the LGBT community. Her Australian acting exposure began in television’s Winners & Losers and Neighbours. PiaGrace is a third generation Magnetic Islander. Her mother, Debbie Moon, is a qualified skipper who worked in Townsville’s fishing fleet in the 1980s, and her grandmother, Noela Foletta (nee Love) who passed away in 2007, was a Melbourne television producer in the days of live TV who brought the floating restaurant, The Argonaut II, to Townsville then Magnetic Island in the 1970s. The Argonaut II burnt to the waterline and sank in Horseshoe Bay in 1978. PiaGrace informs her acting capacity with the many challenges of moving around while her mother fought and miraculously conquered cancer treatment whilst raising PiaGrace and her brother as a single mother. Says the actor of her mother: “She is the bravest, strongest person I know. She always helped to progress my dream to be an actor as we moved around.” PiaGrace faced battles of her own while the family in turmoil tried to keep life on an even >


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Queensland Symphony Orchestra Plays Passion And Romance WITNESS the power and emotion of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, live in concert, for one night only. Presented as part of Townsville City Council’s 2016 Theatre Season, QSO: Passion and Romance will set your heart racing with a program of famous works by some of the world’s greatest composers including Smetana, Dvorák and Chopin. Prepare to be immersed in an evening of music inspired by the dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures of the composers’ Slavonic homeland. The performance will feature the Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, excerpts from Má Vlast and more. QSO: Passion and Romance will be conducted by Queensland Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Natalia Raspopova. In this role, the exciting young

Russian-born conductor has worked with an extraordinary line-up of the world’s best soloists and conductors who have performed with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in its 2016 season. Performing as a soloist in QSO: Passion and Romance is Irit Silver, who has held the position of Section Principal Clarinet since 2007. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the highly skilled and talented members of Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing live in Townsville. Queensland’s largest orchestra takes to the Townsville Civic Theatre stage on Tuesday 15 November from 7.30pm. Tickets are just $45 per person and are available for purchase from www.ticketshop.com.au or by phoning the box office on 4727 9797.

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keel for everyone as they struggled with her mother’s illness. During this time, PiaGrace, at 13 years of age, was digging deep while being stared at by people as she wheeled about her young baby nephew’s pram whenever baby’s dad, her older brother Zane, was looking for work.

“SHE IS THE BRAVEST, STRONGEST PERSON I KNOW. SHE ALWAYS HELPED TO PROGRESS MY DREAM TO BE AN ACTOR AS WE MOVED AROUND.”

Above: At the Hoyts Melbourne premiere of Spin Out were, back row, from left, Thea McLeod, Thomas Blackburne, Dorje Swallow, PiaGrace Moon, Brendan Bacon, Mark Nicholson and Shanon Kulupach; front from left, Tim Ferguson and Edwina Exton Left: PiaGrace Moon, Lisa Kowalski and Aileen Huynh in the Tim Ferguson romantic comedy, Spin Out. Below: PiaGrace Moon, as Peggy Monks in The Legend of Ben Hall.

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The normally bubbly actor still gets emotional as she relates this experience, of being 13 with people staring down their noses at her, assuming she was a teen mother, as if such mums don’t have a hard enough time as it is. From this and other experiences during her journey so far she has learnt that “everyone has their own battle...you should just be kind”. Today PiaGrace lives in Melbourne. The history of The Argonaut II wreck (and other wrecks and scuttlings on Magnetic Island) is featured in a professionally curated exhibition this year, Wrecked, at Magnetic Museum in Picnic Bay, open from 10am-2pm daily except Tuesdays.

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DEBORAH & DALLAS 26 AUGUST 2016

IT ’ S FINA LLY O FFICI A L HAVING THEIR DAUGHTER INDIANA AS THE ONLY MEMBER OF THEIR BRIDAL PARTY WAS PRECIOUS FOR DEBORAH SARTOR AND DALLAS KINGDOM

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aby sitting duties don’t usually lead to meeting the love of your life… but they did for 38-year-old flight attendant Deborah Sartor and 31-year-old emergency rescue officer Dallas Kingdom.

“Our mutual friend Genna wasn’t well one weekend and needed help looking after her two gorgeous little dudes,” Deb says. “I couldn’t get there ASAP so she called Dal to help out in the meantime. When I arrived he was on the trampoline with the boys being a SNAG as I watched on through the kitchen window thinking ‘Awww that’s so sweet’. Little did I know he knew I was watching and was ‘playing the game’ as he calls it. “Instead of going once I arrived, he stayed. We all got takeaway for dinner and we’ve spent every day together since.” After only a year of dating Deborah and Dallas bought their first house together at Sanctum, Mt Low. Another year later they got engaged with Dal proposing in front of family and friends. “Our birthdays are on consecutive days so we decided to organise a dinner with our closest friends and my family where we were going to surprise everyone by sharing the news I was three months pregnant,” Deborah says. “Well, Dallas thought he’d surprise us all, including me, by popping the question. He only had one request – that he owned a Harley Davidson before our big day… and he did!” It was nearly four years later that Deborah ‘actually got around to organising’ their wedding and the couple decided on ‘vintage glam’ for their theme. “My champagne-coloured dress was comfortable, affordable and had just the right amount of edge. It popped up on a millinery page I was on and I tracked it down from there,” Deborah says. “I ordered it off the Iconic site. It was the last in my size and fit like a glove. My shoes were burgundy Steve Madden Lola booties all the way from New York.” The ceremony took place at the Rain Tree Lawn in Queens Gardens with around 80 guests gathered for the special occasion. Deborah’s talented friend Lilly came up from Brisbane to arrange the flowers. A bouquet of David Austin roses, disbuds, thryp, gum leaves and snap dragons brought the pictures in Deborah’s mind to life. “Watching Indi walk down the aisle before me and running to Daddy was a special moment – knowing we’d all have the same last name,” says Deborah, who arrived in a 1969 Silver Shadow Rolls-Royce to set the scene. “Our wedding cake was A-MAZ-ING with white chocolate mud on the bottom, red velvet in the middle and Ferrero Rocher on top.” As for the groom’s experience of the day, he only has one regret… “I wish I’d known burnouts on the Harleys when leaving the ceremony were ok to do,” Dallas grins. “A mate did a small burnout when we left but if he’d known Deborah was okay with it he would’ve went longer!”

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JOHANNA & PAU L 26 JULY 2015

DAD DY, H ER E COMES YOU R BRID E TEARS OF JOY FELL WHEN JOHANNA MOORE AND PAUL LEVISTON GOT HITCHED WITH SOME HELP FROM THEIR SONS ZAC AND SAM.

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ot afraid to leave things to chance, Johanna

around like a typical four-year-old when I asked Jo if

Moore asked a mutual friend to introduce

she’d like to be a ‘Levo’.”

her to Paul Leviston after she spotted him

The ring choice wasn’t spontaneous, however, with Paul

at the Embassy Nightclub.

having the foresight to ask Angelo Catalano from Loloma

“I knew Paul was the kind of man I could marry from the

Jewellers to custom-craft a masterpiece. The result

moment I saw him — it was his self-confidence, spunk

was a semi-white and yellow gold ring with a cushion

and charm that caught my attention,” Jo says.

cut Belgian diamond shouldered by two pink Argyle

The feeling was mutual, with Paul soon deciding she

diamonds flanked by five smaller diamonds either side.

was ‘The One’ when she wasn’t put off by some bad

It was a perfect sunny NQ winter afternoon at the

Chinese food. “I knew Jo was a keeper when she said yes to a second date after the world’s worst first date,” Paul says. “I took her to a buffet Chinese restaurant and the food was awful. Then I backed it up with an ordinary cinema selection – ‘Shaun of the Dead’. It’s funny to look back on it now but at the time it was terrible.” Not people to conform to the norm, the couple’s

“ZACHARY WAS RESPONSIBLY CARRYING OUR WEDDING RINGS AND SAMUEL WAS PROUDLY HOLDING A SIGN THAT READ DADDY, HERE COMES YOUR BRIDE.”

courtship didn’t unfold in the usual order. “Some would say we did things in reverse,” Paul says.

Bourke Street Headland on The Strand when Jo

“We met in 2004 and were blessed with our first born,

and Paul, who manage their own business (Leviston

Zachary, in 2009. Our second child Samuel arrived in

Constructions), said ‘I do’.

2012, we bought our first home in 2014 and married

“I almost lost it when I saw our boys arrive and walk

in 2015.

down the aisle,” Paul says.

“In my true spontaneous style, I popped the question

“Zachary was responsibly carrying our wedding rings

to Jo in the rain on the back of a horse and cart with

and Samuel was proudly holding a sign that read

our two boys present.”

Daddy, Here Comes Your Bride.”

The couple had been celebrating Jo’s Dad’s 60th

The wedding reception was held at Pier Restaurant

birthday in Wodonga and were on their way home to

where Paul, who admits he has ‘a thing’ for dancing

Townsville via Melbourne. Paul suggested they take a

on tabletops at celebrations didn’t disappoint with an

horse and cart ride to Hardware Lane for some dinner.

unscripted performance to ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’.

“Jo had Sam in a baby carrier and Zac was bouncing

“I even gave him a tip,” Jo laughs.

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MADELINE & JOSHUA 28 MAY 2016

HEAD OVER HEALS WHEN JOSHUA OLLETT SAYS HE FELL HARD FOR MADELINE BARRA HE MEANS IT — LITERALLY

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fter four years together, shy lab technician Joshua Ollett had finally worked up the courage to ask fiery Italian Madeline ‘Mad’ Barra to marry him during a holiday to New

Zealand. Nerves, however, have a way of making people unsteady on their feet… “We were in Queenstown and I knew exactly where I wanted to propose to her,” Josh says. “I pulled over by a lake near Queenstown and, as we were walking, I kept my hands in my pockets, grasping the ring box. I couldn’t find exactly the right spot to do it! “We paused to skip rocks for a little while when Madeline said ‘Come on, let’s go back…’ As she walked towards the car I could see my perfect opportunity fading away… With a lump in my throat, I called out to her and when she turned around I was half on one knee and half falling down because the ground was uneven. “Mad just stood there laughing at me so I pulled myself up, then got back down on one knee and tried again.” Three months later his courage in the face of adversity was rewarded when Madeline walked down the aisle towards him at Villa Botanica in Airlie Beach. With the Whitsundays as their backdrop, Madeline and Joshua swore to love each other forever in front of 65 close family and friends. Wearing a long-sleeved dress with lace material that made her feel like a princess, Madeline added something borrowed in the form of her nana’s wedding ring. For something blue, her sister gave her a ribbon pendant with a photo of her nana and pop, which she tied around her bouquet. “The lead-up to the wedding was so surreal, it wasn’t until I started saying the vows that it hit me I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I caught my breath, the tears started flowing and Josh thought I was about to call the wedding off, but it was completely the opposite!” The newlyweds’ four-tier chocolate mud cake with ivory fondant icing was a hit. Made by Sweet Ideas in Airlie Beach, it was decorated with the couple’s initials, sugar lace and petite pearl piping. “We can’t wait to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and enjoy our wedding cake a second time around,” Madeline says. “I knew Josh was the one when he continued to want to make a strong-headed Italian woman happy. I’d marry him again in a heartbeat.”

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SARAH & TERRY 6 OCTOBER 2016

WE DID IT OU R WAY FORGET ARRIVING AT THE CEREMONY SEPARATELY! SARAH BOISEN AND TERRY EBERT THREW TYPICAL WEDDING TRADITIONS OUT THE WINDOW WHEN PLANNING THEIR BIG DAY… AND THEY’RE SO HAPPY THEY DID.

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draftsperson by trade, 38-year-old Terry

photographer who makes you feel at ease is such a

Ebert isn’t afraid to think outside the box

relief and Josephine is so much fun to work with.”

and draw up his own plans. So it was

After their 50 guests watched Sarah and Terry say “I do”

no surprise when he and his wife-to-be,

they enjoyed afternoon tea at the Tea Rooms, which

32-year-old Sarah Boisen, decided to buck tradition

was followed by an intimate dinner with immediate

and do things their own way.

family at A Touch of Salt.

“We spent our morning together, got ready together

“The whole day unfolded perfectly,” Terry says.

and drove to the wedding together, which made for a

“Everybody even just happened to wear the right colour

wonderful day,” Sarah says.

clothes without knowing we’d gone with a navy-and-

“Not having bridesmaids or groomsmen made things

white theme.”

a lot simpler and we kept visitors to a minimum while

It didn’t take long after their first coffee date on The

getting prepared. We spent our morning together, got

Strand in April of 2015 for Sarah and Terry to work out

ready together and drove to the wedding together,

they were meant to be together.

which made for a wonderful day. Don’t be afraid to do

“When I met her family, I realised her upbringing was

things your way!”

similar to mine and everything I already knew about her

The ceremony took place at Hervey Range Heritage Tea

added up,” Terry says.

Rooms, which began its life as the Eureka Hotel built by

“At about the same time, we went out for dinner one

pioneer Charles Saville Rowe in 1865 — just one year

night and the way she looked in a white skirt and heels

after Townsville was first settled. Its charming country

sealed the deal!”

chapel is nestled in a creek-side enclave set amongst

Terry surprised Sarah by proposing at the Bamboo Forest

25 acres of bush land, complete with a mango orchard

in Kyoto when they were on holiday in Japan. “We were

and majestic Snow Gum. All of this natural beauty

in a beautiful temple with a garden overlooking Kyoto,”

makes it a scenic spot for photography.

Sarah says.

“A work colleague suggested a number of photographers

“He’d hidden my ring in my backpack and I was carrying

and Josephine Cater was on the list,” Sarah says.

it around for eight days unknown to myself. On the inside

“Her work matched our rustic theme and the timeless

of my ring was the date he proposed so it was lucky the

type of photos we were looking for. Having a great

clouds didn’t open up!”

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BRYDIE & DANE 5 SEPTEMBER 2015

BEERS , CH EERS AN D HAPPY TE ARS BEACH LOVERS BRYDIE KIPPIN AND DANE TREZISE GOT MARRIED AT THE STRAND WITH DANE SPORTING A VINTAGE HEINEKEN BEER BELT BUCKLE (ONE OF HIS FAVOURITE BREWS).

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rydie Kippin and Dane Trezise have been

Everything was smooth sailing… until their reception

virtually inseparable since they met at a mutual

venue fell through three months before the big day.

friend’s party eight years ago.

“Luckily the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

“We got chatting overtime before I nervously

(TPBSLSC) came to the rescue and we got married

asked her out, even if she does say she pushed me to

in front of 100 family and friends on the Burke Street

do it,” says 29-year-old hotel manager Dane.

Headland at The Strand, with the reception nearby at

“We moved overseas to Vancouver, Canada, together

The Surf Club,” Brydie says.

a year into our relationship and it was one of the best things we ever did. Our adventures have been continuing ever since...” One of those adventures was when Dane proposed to Brydie after a low-key lunch at Montes Reef Resort in Hydeaway Bay.

“ME AND THE BOYS WORE VINTAGE BEER BELT BUCKLES, EACH WITH A DIFFERENT BEER.”

“I knew she didn’t want anything big or anything public,

“One of my favourite things about the ceremony was

so after lunch I convinced her to take a walk on the

seeing our mothers standing together, shedding a tear

beach with me,” Dane says.

or two...”

“I then played one of our favourite songs, ‘The Girl’

For couples currently planning their wedding, Brydie

by City and Colour, and got down on one knee. Little

and Dane say their advice is to stress less about the

did we know the entire restaurant could still see us!

small stuff.

Everyone gave us a big cheer when we walked back

“At the end of the day you and your guests won’t

to the car.”

remember what colour the napkins were, or what shoes

For her wedding dress, Brydie chose a style from one of

your groomsmen were wearing,” Brydie says.

her favourite labels — Lover — and had gold-coloured

“During the bridal waltz I turned to Dane and said ‘This is

shoes custom made by Shoes of Prey.

the only time in our lives when all of the people we love,

As for the lads, “Me and the boys wore vintage beer

and who love us, will be together in one place.’ It really

belt buckles, each with a different beer,” Dane says.

put things into perspective for us.”

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o many, Mount Isa is an industrial City. A central

The shoot portrayed an enchanted story of a fanciful

hub for miners, cowboys, heat and dust. Okay,

hostess waiting for her guests to arrive. Lake Moondarra

yes, that is a large portion of our culture, but there

is only 16km drive North of Mount Isa. A perfect spot for

are many more aspects to this outback lifestyle

a picnic, swim or water sports.

that we wish to share!

Our next session, a romantic engagement shoot called

Recently, a group of Mount Isa businesses joined forces

‘A Love Like This’, took place West of Mount Isa. This

to complete a series of styled photoshoots. The group

location shows a more arid environment, particularly

was comprised of local professionals from industries

appealing to the seasoned camper or 4WD enthusiast.

including event styling, photography, fashion, hair,

It possesses our infamous red dirt, spinifex and the

make-up, floristry and cake decorating. This venture

gorgeous purple wildflower, Mulla Mulla.

was named ‘The Collaborative Project’. The intent of the

The last session, a playful children’s shoot called ‘What

project is to highlight Mount Isa’s amazing landscapes,

Dreams Are Made Of’, was shot South of Mount Isa, in

whilst promoting a sample of the quality products and

a more turbulent terrain. This spot is ideal for the bush-

services available locally.

walkers and wildlife watchers. The photos were taken

Mount Isa is located upon a geological mapping term

right next to the Leichhardt River where the gum trees

called the Mount Isa Inlier bioregion, which best identifies

and buffel grass grow wild.

the landscape as rugged hills and ranges, separated by

‘These photoshoots have allowed local vendors to

winding valleys. The styled photoshoots were captured

showcase their products and services on a new platform,

in separate locations surrounding Mount Isa to showcase

in a new fashion. The Collaborative Project aimed to get

this diversity in scenery.

uniquely creative and remind Australia that Mount Isa

The first photoshoot, named ‘Ebony’s Soiree’, was taken

is alive and leading the way in several industries’, says

on the way to Lake Moondarra, within thick woodland.

Jennifer Termine-Toth, Stylist from Andii Mihay Events.

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GEORGIA & JASON 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

PAR ADISE THE PER FECT BACKDROP WHEN RECEPTIONIST GEORGIA KOPITTKE (23) ADDED CAR DETAILER JASON CURNOW (25) TO HER LIST OF FACEBOOK FRIENDS HE WASTED NO TIME TURNING THE INVITE INTO A LIFELONG ONE

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hen Georgia added me on Facebook,

“One of the most magical moments was walking down

I messaged her straight away and it

the aisle with my dad and seeing Jason for the first time. I

just went from there,” says Jason

was trying really hard not to cry but I just couldn’t help it.”

Curnow.

Neither could Jason. “When I saw her, she looked so

“She makes me laugh constantly with all the weird

beautiful and it was the best feeling knowing I’d get to

and funny things she does. I knew right from the start

spend the rest of my life with her,” he says.

Georgia was special. She made me feel so loved and

“Another favourite part was our first dance. There was

was always so caring towards me. I had never been as

a lot of crying and laughing because we aren’t the best

happy as I was when I was with her.”

dancers!”

Won over by Jason’s “contagious” smile and laid-back

Both the ceremony and reception were held at the

attitude, Georgia didn’t hesitate when Jason came

Sofitel, with 32 guests in attendance and decorations

home one day after work with a white gold diamond

in blush pink and navy blue. The bridesmaids wore

engagement ring from Wallace Bishop.

Multiway Dresses, from Signature Bridal in Townsville,

“I was going to propose when we went to Port Douglas

which could be worn whichever way they felt most

two weeks later but I just couldn’t wait,” Jason says.

comfortable.

“I’m really bad at hiding things from her.”

“If you’re considering having an overseas wedding, Fiji

The duo decided on a destination wedding with

is the place to go,” Georgia says. “We had the most

everything included (wedding planner, accommodation,

stress-free wedding anyone could have hoped for and

photography, flowers, ceremony, reception, marriage

the locals are so friendly and eager to help.”

licence, serenaders, wedding cake, celebrant).

The only hitch is remembering to use sunscreen in the

“We got married at the Sofitel Resort on the beautiful

lead-up…

Denarau Island in Fiji, which has a stunning chapel

“I had a pretty dodgy hat tan,” Jason laughs. “Luckily

overlooking the water,” says Georgia, who wore a lace-

a friend came in to save the day and fixed it before the

back gown designed by Ingham talent Trish Bellero.

ceremony!”

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THE MORNING AFTER

o, last night was great, right? You got to catch up with friends you’ve not seen in an age. Most significantly, you managed to forget about all the stuff you’ve been tearing your hair out over and simply enjoyed yourself. Hungover? Sure, it happens. And yes, it was worth it. In the spirit of living, don’t start the day with a sour (okay, outright foul) taste in your mouth. Instead, let’s focus on what we can do this morning to make you feel half as fantastic as you did when you ordered that last round of shots at 3 am… Someone might have told you that it’s a good idea to consume plenty of water while drinking. Essentially, your body needs both hydration and sleep to recover, but seeing as your mates are determined to enjoy a sunny Saturday, we’d better get you in the shower and whip up a little hair of the dog.

M A R M A L A D E CO C K TA I L 60 ml (2 fl oz) gin 22 ml (¾ fl oz) lemon juice 22 ml (¾ fl oz) marmalade syrup Add all ingredients to a shaker. Mix well, add ice and shake. Strain into a frozen cocktail glass. Don’t like marmalade? Replace with a heaped bar spoon of raspberry preserve to get the Cosmonaut, one of Sasha’s old favourites.

‘By its bittersweet taste, this cocktail is especially suited to be a luncheon aperitif.’ – Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930 Cut the toast and head straight to the sauce...

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CO R P S E R E V I V E R # 2

M O R N I N G G LO R Y FIZ Z

22 ml (¾ fl oz) gin

60 ml (2 fl oz) Scotch whisky

22 ml (¾ fl oz) lemon juice

22 ml (¾ fl oz) lemon juice

22 ml (¾ fl oz) Cocchi Americano

22 ml (¾ fl oz) sugar syrup

15 ml (½ fl oz) triple sec

2 dashes absinthe

7 ml (¼ fl oz) sugar syrup

1 fresh egg white

3 dashes absinthe

soda

lemon twist, to garnish

star anise, to garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a frozen cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Add all ingredients except egg white and soda to a shaker. Add the egg white and dry shake to emulsify. Add ice and shake hard. Strain into a frozen fizz glass and top with soda. Garnish with a perfect pod of star anise.

The inventor of this drink, Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel in London, said three of these in quick succession shall revive a corpse! Like this? Why not try the Odd McIntyre? Just swap the gin for Cognac.

B R E A K FA S T J U L E P 60 ml (2 fl oz) bourbon 22 ml (¾ fl oz) marmalade syrup

An alternative stiff start to the morning … One of Sasha’s favourite jobs was separating all the perfect star anise from the broken ones. It really is all in the details! Don’t like drinks with egg white? No problem. Feel free to leave it out, as well as the soda, and simply serve this cocktail up, in a frozen cocktail glass instead.

small handful mint leaves 3 mint sprigs, to garnish Add all ingredients to a julep cup and mix well. Add crushed ice and swizzle. Top up with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs.

DA R K & S TO R M Y If The Everleigh family had a crest, it would have one of these on it. 45 ml (1½ fl oz) Gosling’s Black Seal rum 15 ml (½ fl oz) lime juice

FOG CUT TER 15 ml (½ fl oz) light rum 22 ml (¾ fl oz) Cognac 15 ml (½ fl oz) gin 15 ml (½ fl oz) lemon juice 22 ml (¾ fl oz) orange juice 15 ml (½ fl oz) orgeat 7 ml (¼ fl oz) cream sherry mint sprig, to garnish Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a frozen double rocks glass with ice. Float a little dash of cream sherry on the top – just in case you were worried you hadn’t put enough booze in. Garnish with a large fragrant mint sprig.

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22 ml (¾ fl oz) ginger syrup soda crystallised ginger, to garnish Add all ingredients except soda to a shaker with a tiny piece of ice and whip. Pour into a frozen Collins glass with ice and top with soda. Garnish with some crystallised ginger on a toothpick. Fancy it with gin? This one’s called the London Buck. Or even sloe gin? That one’s the Cloudy Sky. Scotch whisky more your style? We call that the Presbyterian. Make it a rye base and you’ve got yourself a Cablegram. For something a little special that’s guaranteed to get you where you’re going, switch rum for gin once again and add 15 ml (½ fl oz) of Fernet-Branca. This cocktail is aptly named the Late Night Reviver, and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Feeling floral? How about the Palma Fizz? This one swaps rum for vodka and is finished off with a spritz of rosewater. Divine.

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GRILL’D HEALTHY BURGERS

OTTO’S FRESH FOOD MARKET Townsville’s first market place providore of specialty foods and gifts. Freshly baked artisan breads, fresh quality produce and meats direct from local farms, as well as everything else you need for the gourmet’s kitchen! Drop in for breakfast or lunch to enjoy a coffee, frappe, smoothie or cold-pressed juice as well as a famous pie, pretzel sub or snack lovingly prepared by our in-store chef. Open Monday–Saturday 6am–7pm, Sunday 8am–4pm 3-5 Illuka Street, Currajong (behind Warrina Cineplex) www.ottosmarket.com.au 4759 1755

Our Mission comes down to 3 words: Burgers made good. We offer 100% grass feed, free range Beef, Chicken, Lamb or Steak with freshly baked bread every day. Come in and try our selection of sides including our Sweet Potato chips. Fully licensed and family friendly. We’re even happy for you to make your own! Dine in or take away. Made with Love. Open Sunday to Thursday 11am–10pm. Friday and Saturday 11am–late. 3 Palmer Street www.grilld.com.au 4976 9990

CACTUS JACK’S SALOON

KOBE AT THE VILLE Kobe’s delicious menu has been designed to feature premium cuts from Australia’s finest beef brands as well as other contemporary culinary delights such as locally-sourced seafood, pork, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options. Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in modern décor with stunning views to Magnetic Island. The restaurant features a private dining room, perfect for business dinners or special occasions, seating up to 20 guests, overlooking the built-in wine cellar. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 6pm. For more information visit the-ville.com.au, or for bookings call 4722 2222 or email kobe@the-ville.com.au

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The Cactus Saloon has three great levels, all with their own unique bars, sensational food and excitement. With an authentic smoker oven, Texas BBQ style slow cooked ribs have never been tastier. With our new range of succulent meats we also offer takeaway lunches and late night dining. Experience Townsville’s home of Cocktails, BBQ and Craft beer. Lunch: Tuesday–Sunday Midday– 3pm. Dinner: Tuesday–Sunday 5pm–9:30pm. Late Night Menu: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30pm–Midnight. 237 Flinders Street Townsville www.cactussaloon.com.au 4721 1708


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MICHELS CATERING Winner: ‘Caterer of The Year’ & ‘Best Venue Caterer’ Indulge your taste buds and experience a divine menu created by Michels Catering for your next function… wedding, corporate, BBQ, party, soiree… Michels Catering has evolved into an ’on-trend’ catering company with a strong customer focus, making it one of the regions most versatile and respected caterers. Michels award winning team caters to an array of palates and dietary requirements (food allergies, gluten free, vegetarian/vegan), offering a diverse range of delicious fare, sure to impress. 7 Palmer Street South Townsville www.michelsrestaurant.com.au 4724 1460

Situated on The Strand, this unique waterfront venue enjoys panoramic views of Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay. The versatile venue can be hired for business meetings, corporate workshops, social events and private functions. As one of Townsville’s premier wedding venues, with an indoor outdoor space, it offers couples the perfect venue for your special day. Open to the public for Sunday at the Bay with live music from 2pm Sundays. 80 The Strand, North Ward, Townsville events@tpbslsc.com.au 4724 4211

I.M.C. STEAKHOUSE

JAM Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat Award 2014 and 2015 With seasonally designed menus using the freshest produce from local suppliers, Jam consistently offers unique dining experiences that leave you coming back for more. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Matt Merrin and his team deliver modern Australian cuisine that is sure to impress. Jam is also perfect for your next private function or event, with elegant dining locations ‘Loft by Jam’ and ‘Luxe by Jam’. Open Tuesday–Saturday 7am–late, Sunday 7am–3pm 1 Palmer Street South Townsville www.jamcorner.com.au 4721 4900

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From the pastures of Central Queensland to the lush valleys of Northern Tasmania, the Independent Meat Company (I.M.C) Steakhouse showcases some of the finest produce from farmers around Australia; guaranteeing tender, juicy steaks of the highest quality. The I.M.C.’s 10 select beef cuts showcase that ‘great’ and ‘Australian’ need not be ‘expensive’. The I.M.C. also has a well-stocked wine and craft beer bar and monthly showcase steaks. Bookings welcome. Dinner Only 7 nights 5pm–late. 17–21 Palmer Street South Townsville 4724 3243


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GRILL’D THRILLED TO HELP Passionate not only about healthy burgers but a healthy community too, Grill’d Townsville on Palmer Street is giving back with its Local Matters program and more. GRILL’D owner/operator Paul Fitzgerald is dedicated to using local products such as Three Loaves (Bakehouse) bread, Charters Towers steak and Tablelands cheese in his burgers. But did you know he and the Grill’d team also work hard to support local charities? “We get a stack of requests for support from different groups and organisations within the Townsville community,” Paul says. “So that we could share the love and lend a hand we created Local Matters where, every month, we donate $500 back into the local community. Each group either applies online (grilld.com. au/localmatters) or at the restaurant and, once approved, gets a jar for the month.” Customers are given a token when they order that gives them the chance to give back to a local group or cause. All of the tokens are counted at the end of the month and the $500 is split so the group with the most tokens gets $300 and the other groups get $100 each. This

way, everybody gets something. Paul is also again jumping aboard the Movember movement, growing a mo in support of: The Prostate Cancer Association of Townsville (raising funds to have dedicated prostate cancer nurses at the Townsville Hospital); The Townsville Hospital Foundation (raising funds for redevelopment of the Children’s Ward; and The Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship (raising funds and awareness into youth suicide). “Movember is a charity event that’s very close to my heart as my dad is currently undertaking some trial treatment in Melbourne to slow down the spread of his Stage 4 prostate cancer,” Paul says. “Each year I get a team together to help raise funds through the Movember Foundation and also hold a special fundraising day at Grill’d Townsville. We take our Local Matters groups for the month and donate $5 from every burger sold

to those groups. This year that event will be on Saturday 26 ‘Movember’ from 11am till 11pm.” You can also support Paul’s Movember campaign at http://mobro.co/witness.

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DUORecipe Wholefood From The Ground Up

green lentils, caramelised pear and pedro ximénez salad A blog post from one of my favourites, The Yellow House, by Sarah Searle, discussed the phenomenon of what she calls ‘The Wedding Salad’: basically greens, sweet fruit (usually dried cherries or cranberries), nuts, a dressing and perhaps some goat’s cheese or feta, which you would usually find a version of at a wedding. You don’t need a million recipes, it’s a basic format. Here is my version, and honestly it is delicious.

DIETARY INFO GLUTEN FREE | DAIRY FREE | VEGAN | EGG FREE SERVES 4 AS A LIGHT MEAL 2 pears (I like the sturdy Beurré Bosc variety) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 60 ml (¼ cup) Pedro Ximénez 12 month-old sherry vinegar 2 tablespoons Pedro Ximénez sherry 50 g rocket (arugula) leaves or mustard greens (or both, as I’ve used here) 1 quantity cooked French Green Lentils (page 60), drained 40–75 g (¼–½ cup) Hazelnuts, roasted, skins rubbed off, roughly chopped Hazelnut oil for drizzling, optional Cut the pears into eighths, and remove and discard the cores. Place the olive oil, 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar and the sherry in a small frying pan no larger than 20 cm (8 in). This size pan will give more depth of liquid (and thus more flavour) to the pears, and contribute to less evaporation. Toss the pears through the liquid, place over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 15–20 minutes, turning the pears every now and then. At the end of this time, there should be about 2 tablespoons of liquid left in the pan. If it looks like there is more, increase the heat slightly and continue to cook until it has reduced. Remove the pears and set aside on a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of sherry vinegar to the pan and stir – this is now your dressing. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Recipe and images from Wholefood from the Ground Up by Jude Blereau (Murdoch Books) $39.99 available now in all good bookstores and online.

To put the salad together, arrange the rocket leaves on a serving platter and spoon the cooked lentils over the top. Using your fingers, gently toss together. Place the cooked pears over the lentils and scatter over the Hazelnuts. Gently pour the cooled dressing over the salad and drizzle with a little hazelnut oil, if using. Kitchen Note A good goat’s cheese would be a nice addition to offset any sweetness. Crumble a little over the top of the salad once assembled. If you have access to fresh and artisanal hazelnut oil, this would be the perfect finish for this salad. You could use chicken stock to give greater depth to the dish, and make the lentils easier to digest. Use the best-quality Pedro Ximénez sherry for this salad – ideally one that is fruity and sweet. If yours is slightly acidic, add a teaspoon of rapadura sugar to balance the flavour.

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polenta of millet and amaranth with pumpkin, sage and garlic This is one of those dishes that will take a little bit more work and time, but it’s a great occasion dish. I usually make extra pumpkin topping (in another frying pan) and have that sitting in the fridge to use over the next couple of days. Using stock to cook the grain will increase the flavour, and if you use a bone stock it will increase the nutrient density as well.

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DIETARY INFO GLUTEN FREE | VEGETARIAN | EGG FREE SERVES 6 150 g (¾ cup) millet

PUMPKIN TOPPING

50 g (¼ cup) amaranth

1½ generous tablespoons ghee

750 ml (3 cups) hot stock or water pinch of sea salt, to taste

750 g butternut pumpkin (squash), peeled, seeded and cut into 2 cm dice

extra virgin olive oil for frying, plus extra to grease

40 g butter

grated parmesan, pecorino or romano cheese, to serve

5 garlic cloves, halved lengthways, then thinly sliced 20 sage leaves, or more if very small

Lightly oil a 20 cm (8 in) square dish – about 1–1.5 cm (½ in) in height is ideal. Don’t worry if you don’t have exactly the right size, just choose one that will give you the depth of polenta you desire. Place the millet and amaranth in a medium-size saucepan. You are better off with a wider (but shallower) pan here. Cook over medium–high heat for 3–5 minutes, until you can smell a delicious nuttiness, taking care not to burn the grains. As they begin to heat, the amaranth will pop – you will need to take the pan off the heat and shake it regularly to not only cool it down a little and stop any burning, but also to redistribute the grains. Reduce the heat to low again, add the hot stock or water, taking care as it will bubble a bit as it hits the hot pan. Stir in a good pinch of salt, then cover, increase the heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low so no steam escapes the lid. Simmer for 40–50 minutes, until the liquid is all absorbed. Remove from the heat, take off the lid and cover with a piece of paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the polenta to the prepared dish, smooth over the top, cover with a tea towel (dish towel) and set aside until cool enough to handle. When the polenta is cool, turn it out onto a chopping board and cut into 4 rows, then cut each row into 3 pieces. Cut each piece in half on the diagonal, giving you a total of 24 pieces. When ready to put the dish together, preheat the oven to 100°C (200°F). Line a baking tray with paper towel. Pat the bottom of the polenta triangles dry with paper towel – this helps prevent the polenta from sticking during cooking. Add enough olive oil to a large frying pan to cover the base well and place over high heat. When the oil is hot but not at all smoking, cook the polenta in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, for 5–6 minutes on each side or until golden. This takes longer than you think, and requires a high heat. Place the fried polenta triangles on the lined baking tray, then put in the oven to keep warm.

For the pumpkin topping, heat the ghee in a 30 cm (12 in) frying pan over medium–high heat. (If you don’t have a pan as large as this, you are best cooking the pumpkin in 2 batches.) Add the pumpkin and cook, shaking the pan occasionally to prevent sticking, for 15 minutes or until cooked and well caramelised. When ready, remove from the pan and set aside. Add the butter to the pan and shake over medium heat for 1–2 minutes, until the butter melts and turns a light, nutty brown – don’t let it burn. Immediately add the garlic and sage, and shake the pan over the heat for 10–15 seconds or until the sage is crisp and the garlic is light golden. Remove from the heat, add the pumpkin and shake the pan to mix through (avoid stirring). Remove the polenta from the oven and transfer to a large plate. Spoon over the pumpkin, pour the sage and garlic butter over the top, then scatter with cheese and serve immediately. Kitchen Note The recipe calls for butter and ghee. When frying and caramelising the pumpkin, use ghee as it will withstand the high heat needed and will enable you to shake and turn the pumpkin easily. Butter will give you the best result when making the brown butter. Both the polenta triangles and pumpkin topping can be made in advance. Just warm them before making the sage and garlic butter.

Recipe and images from Wholefood from the Ground Up by Jude Blereau (Murdoch Books) $39.99 available now in all good bookstores and online.

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five minutes with: Andrew Eddy HARM REDUCTION COORDINATOR, TOWNSVILLE REGION

Pamela Kerr INDEPENDENT BRA FITTER INTIMO LINGERIE

AKA: The Irish Bra Fairy. I’m renowned for: Lifting and supporting a woman’s best assets! The song that describes me best is: Diamonds by Rhianna. My Intimo team is called the Diamonds, we are strong women shining bright whilst achieving our dreams. We empower women everyday by sharing the Intimo business with them and professionally fitting them in fabulous, supportive lingerie. If I had a superpower it would it be: Ability to teleport myself and others. Imagine the craic. Don’t panic, craic is fun in Irish! Right now I wish I was...able to teleport my family and friends to beautiful Townsville and eat gelato on the Strand. My favourite day is: Everyday. The sun is shining, I love my life and my Intimo business and I am grateful for every breath I take. I am, at last, living the dream.

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One thing I can’t live without is: My dogs Ruby and Max, Irish Cavalier King Charles. I brought them from Ireland where I was a Police Sergeant and if those dogs could talk! Last gift I gave someone was: The gift of a good, well fitting, supportive bra... priceless. Best advice I’ve been given: The master has failed more times than the apprentice has tried. The best day of my life (so far): The day me and my husband Dave arrived in Australia two years ago. The sun was shining! Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Prince and Marilyn Monroe, the best musician and songwriter ever! Marilyn because I am an impersonator and singer and I would love some tips on my performance! The motto I live by: A day without laughter is a day wasted.

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AKA: Andy or the “HEP C Man” most commonly known around the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centres through out Townsville. I’m renowned for: Working for Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN), an organisation committed to providing a holistic response to the health and well-being of people who use illicit drugs in Queensland, including the treatment and support Program (TIDE Project) for people living with chronic Hepatitis C. As a child I always… wanted to be an All Black, unfortunately this did not come to fruition. If I had a superpower it would be: Time manipulation, now that would be awesome. When I’m alone in my car I think about: Chilling in Bora Bora in a hammock or surfing a barrel in Tahiti. One thing I can’t live without is: My children. In five years from now I

hope I’m… continuing to significantly reduce the burden and transmission rates of the Hepatitis C Virus and ensuring that people who inject drugs are supported in a society that values respect and compassion over stigma and discrimination. Last gift I gave someone was: My time and support. Best advice I’ve been given: Work hard, stay humble. The best day of my life (so far): Without a doubt would be the birth of my children, nothing can top that. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: All Black Richie Macaw because of his dedication, determination, resilience, tireless work ethic, cool head under pressure and strong team focus. And surfing legend Kelly Slater, because he just keeps reinventing himself to stay at the top of his game; he is, in my opinion, the greatest surfer of all time.


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

Peter Agapiou REAL-ESTATE PRINCIPAL

Tracey Meehan BEAUTY THERAPIST

AKA: Tracey Lady. Lady by Name, Lady by Nature, or so I’m told. I’m renowned for: Always smiling, easy going nature, my positive vibe and passion for making people feel good about themselves and attention to detail. The song that describes me best is: That’s a hard one to answer as I have a new favourite every week... anything from PINK. As a child I was always… curious about everything. I’m still the same. I was always the street babysitter and loved looking after others. If I had a superpower it would it be: The ability to fly. It represents freedom. I’ve always been fascinated with flying from catching a plane to meditation. Soar to your highest heights. Right now, I wish... I could spend more time with my family as they live in Cairns and Brisbane. My favourite day is: A day spent with friends and family, laughing, eating and

enjoying a few wines, living in the tropics is the best place to do this with beautiful venue’s, parks, beaches and weather. In five years from now I hope I’m... still advising and treating clients with amazing Australian skincare products and performing beauty treatments that benefit my clients health and happiness. Last gift I gave someone was: Skincare to my two nieces for their 18th birthdays with some good advice to keep their skin healthy and clear for life. Best advice I’ve been given: Be respectful and kind to everyone you meet, be grateful for what you have and life is too short to waste. My biggest regret: I don’t have many things I would change, however, I would like to travel more as I didn’t get that opportunity when I was younger. So travel is on my ‘to do’ list.

AKA: Mr Realty. I’m renowned for: My honesty and probably the blue eyes. The song that describes me best is: I’ll Sleep When I Am Dead by Bonjovi. As a child I was always... playing sport, riding motor bikes , driving cars and eating good Greek food. If I had a superpower it would it be: Teleportation. The thought of being able to be anywhere, anytime without travel time, is irresistible to me. When I’m alone in my car I think about: Work and how to maintain a well balanced carefree life for myself, my family and my staff. Right now I wish I was... at the moment, I don’t wish to be anywhere special, I’m pretty satisfied. But I do wish I was 25 again and know what I know now. My favourite day is: Friday, although this job is twenty four seven, there’s something about Friday afternoons that feels good. One thing I can’t live

without is: My iPhone. It gives me the flexibility to manage the business and the freedom to do the things I like to do. I don’t like being caged or in one place for too long. In five years from now I hope I’m... as healthy, wealthy, wise, happy and as handsome as I am today. Last gift I gave someone was: 50 dollars. I don’t do gifts usually. Best advice I’ve been given: Everything is good in moderation, and everything is bad in excess. My biggest regret: Starting smoking when I was young. The best day of my life (so far): The day I was born, I suppose. When you really contemplate how lucky you are to be born at all, let alone to a good family and in a wonderful place like Australia. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Clint Eastwood and John Travolta. The motto I live by: Be the best person I can be, and make the best of what you’re given.

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Dedicated Dads Passionate about helping fathers and their children form stronger bonds, Darren Lewis founded Fathering Adventures to make the journey fun as well as effective. DARREN Lewis was working in the construction/consulting engineering industry when he read a quote that changed his life. “I was running my own structural design and drafting service when I saw a Howard Thurman quote,” Darren says. “It read: ‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’ “That was back in 2008 and it inspired me to establish Fathering Adventures.” The mission of Fathering Adventures is to equip, empower and encourage men to forge a strong and healthy relationship with each of their children. Then, when the time is right, release them into healthy adulthood. To assist this journey, Fathering Adventures facilitates Fathering Boys and Fathering Girls adventure weekends (for boys and girls 7-13) and longer Prepared for Manhood and Prepared for Womanhood Adventure experiences for those aged 13 and over.

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“Fathers bring their children from all over Australia and the world in fact (USA, Canada, Europe) to Townsville and its surrounds (Magnetic Island, Tully/Mission Beach) to share in the experiences,” Darren says. “The feedback is always the same… life-changing… no matter how good their relationship is beforehand. I firmly believe I’m playing my part in strengthening our society through empowering men to be engaged and intentional fathers and that’s a legacy worth leaving.” Darren says having a largely absent father and paternal grandfather has made him especially passionate about creating a healthy relationship with his own children and helping others do the same. “My father’s father was the town drunk in Gladstone in the 1950s,” Darren says. “My father’s sister was killed when her and my father were both still quite young and my father blamed himself for her death. To numb the pain of that loss, and the shame that was never resolved, he became a workaholic and an alcoholic.

“So as a result, we really didn’t have a relationship in the way a father should have with his children. Dad simply didn’t have anything to give and my story, sadly, is not uncommon. Fatherlessness is a major social problem if not the biggest social problem.” Darren and his wife Melissa have four sons – Brandon (22), Isaac (20), Joseph (17) and Theo (13). Darren says his approach to fathering each of them has changed as they have. “Every life is a series of transitions from one season to another,” Darren says. “A wise father will understand this and adjust with the seasons. Perhaps the greatest thing I’ve learnt as a father is that our children need to know, deep within their innermost beings, that they are unconditionally loved, adored, prized and delighted in. We must convey that message in every way we can, not only through our words but through the investment of our time with them.” CONNECT NOW www.fatheringadventures.com.au


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