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TOWNSVILLE + REGION | ISSUE 138 | NOVEMBER 2017 | YOUR FREE COPY

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SPECIAL FEATURE 78 DUO Mr&Mrs

Prestige Wedding Feature

PREMIUM FEATURES Wonder Women 16 Townsville Business Women’s Circle 18 Georgina Whelan Icon Cancer Care

19 Andrea Sullivan

Beautique Hair Lounge

20 Lorraine Marshall Castletown

21 Sandra Le Cornu Forty Winks

COVER STORY

28 Clubland Townsville and District Bee Keepers Association Inc.

FEATURE STORIES 22 Where Are They Now? Emily Clarke, Sean Choolburra, Brad Manuel

24 Where Are They Now? Marcus Barker

26 Out of Africa

Dr Tammie Matson

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REGULARS

10 Welcome 12 Horoscope 14 What’s Going On

Theatre, sport and more

128 Five Minutes With…

Meet four amazing locals

130 Last Word Anna Harvey

HOME+TRAVEL

HEALTH

56 Health News 57 Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment

59 Grant Collins

74 Warwick Powell

60 Geoff Stanton Townsville

76 Townsville Enterprise Limited

Clarity Hearing Solutions Orthodontic Specialists

38 Discoveries 40 Travel Be Part of Summer in

62 Core Movement NQ

42 Travel News

64 Strive Health & Physiotherapy

STYLE

43 Elka Collective 50 My Style Rachel Romeo 52 My Bag Linda Jones 53 Project Futures

Ending Exploitation One Tee At A Time

55 Her Style

Northern Tax & Financial Services

73 Trent Yesberg

Fulham Consulting

61 Dr Sumit Yadav

Melbourne

72 Karen Quagliata

58 Lydia Rigano

32 Book Extract

Paint Box, Tricia Guild

BUSINESS

Mater Health Services Stretch Yourself Into Better Shape

Strive For Health

COMMUNITY

65 Townsville Hospital Foundation Closer To Home

66 Catholic Education

Who’s The New School Principal?

69 Just Arrived 70 Marco Della Valle

International Psychic Medium

Regional Business Services Sister City Partners

Six Ways To Tick The Great Barrier Reef Off Your Bucket List

SEEN

108 Brighten the Night 114 Grand Opening of Skinovation Cosmetic Clinic 116 Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon

FOOD+DRINK

122 Recipe Broad Bean & Pea Salad with Freekeh & Yoghurt Sauce

124 Recipe Cucumber & Celery Salad with Sprouts, Pickled Rhubarb & Fried Haloumi

126 Recipe Turmeric Pickled Mango


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WELCOME

BALI HIGH I was talking about the upcoming suspension of Jetstar’s flights to Bali with a mate of mine recently and he believed they did nothing for our city and region. He thought only Townsville people were going over and spending money there but nothing was coming the other way. I’ve been fortunate to go to Bali a lot lately when the fares were cheap (and also when they weren’t) and on every flight Stacey and I have sat beside someone who had never been to Townsville before. A few months ago it was a girl from Melbourne who said it was better to fly into Townsville than Brisbane. She spent the day before on Magnetic Island. Coming home we’ve always been amazed at the number of foreign tourists in the waiting lounge who are entering Australia via Townsville. Often these people stay a few days in our city. Apart from providing us with a gateway to the rest of the world, what the flights do is put Townsville on the map. There’s nothing quite like seeing TOWNSVILLE on the sign at Jetstar’s Denpasar check-in counter for all the world to see. But it is much more than that. If we don’t have Jetstar flying to Bali from Townsville we are more than likely to lose our Customs Officers which will mean no international flights at all. And we need to be connected to the world if we want to grow our local economy and be the so-called Capital of Northern Australia. The Jetstar flights encourage other airlines to consider placing Townsville on their routes. I’m talking flights to Auckland (yes please bro) and Singapore (Silk Air would do very well with our education and military links). I sincerely hope Jetstar change their decision and continues with international flights from our great city. It’s another great read in this month’s issue so please enjoy your DUO. Scott Morrison Publisher

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All of us at DUO Magazine are proud to support our local community with sponsorship and editorial contributions whenever we can. It’s our privilege to be able to give back to our community by helping to promote the positive development of our city. We’re delighted to contribute and support these worthy local organisations:

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Townsville Hospital Foundation Major Sponsor Townsville Enterprise Limited Gold Partner Townsville City Council Together Townsville City Partner Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Major Sponsor


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HOROSCOPE

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

STA R O F T H E MO N T H Scorpio

23 October – 21 November A dazzling cosmos showcases Scorpios’ unique talents this year, so a career or business option previously left on hold could suddenly soar skywards. You leave a lasting impression on others and those higher up are noticing how well you perform your duties. Around Christmas romance comes special delivery, although it might not arrive in the package you expected.

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

Sometimes, we reach a month that, in hindsight, is a turning point. Whether you realise its importance at the time depends on your intuition. Whatever the case, there’s no avoiding a renewed outlook on life. More importantly, you undergo a change in your spiritual attitude – old ideals may be traded for newer beliefs, or your present commitment strengthens.

Hopes and wishes for the future take priority. November finds you busier and more involved with people and projects. Working in a team effort becomes enjoyable, and profitable. Ditto for travel. The Sun also turns up your ability to co-operate and compromise. As a result, you may win love or new friendship, and possibly a new mentor as well.

November motivates you to realise ambitions; to unreservedly promote yourself and your talents. If you haven’t yet found your right calling, you’ll probably do so soon. New ventures get suddenly noticed by a wider audience. You may also travel in connection with your job or have more contact with foreign companies or those overseas.

Well done Pisces, for giving it your best shot. Now, why not try a team effort? When you pool resources and talents you can achieve more than you would alone. Still, working well with others requires a willingness to leave egos at the door. A simplified love life could also help lessen stress. Play the field thoughtlessly this month, and you may get caught out.

22 November – 21 December

22 December – 19 January

20 January – 18 February

19 February – 20 March

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

If recent efforts have felt like all pain and no gain, don’t lose heart. Ariens now reach a major turning point, and the direction looks positive. It comes down to trusting your instincts and acting on them. For many, this will mean a new career or retraining. And why not take a chance on love? Here’s a month when your charisma and playfulness are all but irresistible.

The cosmos is asking you to slow down. If you can’t come to a complete halt, try to go with the flow; you may be surprised by who’s strolling along beside you. Life may be quieter, but in no way are you robbed of your sexual magnetism. It may not be an instant love match, but from friendship – a lasting relationship could develop.

A few short months ago you were in a restless mood and now, you’re ready to cosy down into a less stressed lifestyle. To add to the pleasure, the cosmos conjures up special love – and it’s not all of the romantic variety. You should notice more compassion coming from within – and as you become more open, so will others. What’s more, your social life looks sensational.

This is the perfect month for turning dreams into reality. Life gets a nudge in the right direction, but it’s up to you to go with your instincts. Family matters look set to improve, partly due to your better handling. You should review work priorities to create more time for play. You’ve been given planetary permission to do just that.

21 March – 20 April

21 April – 20 May

21 May – 21 June

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Some Leos have a tryst with destiny this month: to become a leader against cruelty. Whether you’re fighting against domestic violence, harming of animals or the environment – might makes right. Leo nature is usually more playful – but your Inner Rescuer breaks through. Satisfaction comes with battling for a cause. Many benefit from your active involvement.

Communication is your sword and shield – there’s nothing you can’t talk your way into or out of. Discussion and action are two different things and there’s a point when words aren’t enough and you must put those splendid ideas to the test. For singles, someone older can become a serious contender for your love. Established couples should hold on tight to what’s worthy.

A spirited theme continues. Just don’t take on too much too quickly, or very little will be achieved. Over the following months friendships become richer, and your social life more vibrant. If you’re in the market for new love, friends are a great source of introduction. And when professional plans require more attention in late November, you’ll put yourself in an advantageous position.

23 July – 22 August

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23 August – 22 September

22 June – 22 July

23 September – 22 October

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EVENTS

WHAT’S GOING ON? 8 November

Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine Tour 2017 Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre The release of ‘Life Is Fine’ last August saw Paul’s name on top of the ARIA Charts for the first-time ever in his almost four-decade career. The album is now considered his most powerful and most evocative material thus far, spawning songs that are reminiscent of his early 80’s works. Paul’s joined by the equally amazing artist Busby Marou for this show. 4771 4000 www.tecc.net.au 17 and 18 November

PBR Iron Cowboy Townsville Entertainment Centre 8 seconds of glory or a lifetime of pain. Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenaline cowboy as they take on the nations most extreme bucking bulls in the ultimate 2 day Iron Cowboy event that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 4771 4000 www.tecc.net.au

18 November

Women in Docs Riverway Arts Centre With a reputation for stirring and humourous live performances and a vigorous touring schedule, Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas as Women in Docs have wooed the world with their award-winning songs and live shows which incorporate soaring harmonies, rhythmic guitar and authentic story telling. 4727 9797 www.ticketshop.com.au 24 November

Alex Williamson: Make the World a Banter Place

10 November

PechaKucha Night Dancenorth PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. pechakuchatownsville@gmail.com www.pechakucha.org/cities/townsville

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Riverway Arts Centre Darkly intelligent and crassly funny, he’s one of the hottest tickets at comedy festivals and big theatres around Australia and the UK, and that’s because he talks the talk. 4727 9797 www.frontiercomedy.com 24–27 November

Travelling Film Festival Townsville Warrina Cineplex The Travelling Film Festival, the regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival, returns to Townsville bringing 10 local and international award-winning films – nine features and a documentary. Cinema box office www.sff.org.au/townsville


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WONDER WOMEN

GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Empowering women with mentoring and workshopping opportunities, the Townsville Business Women’s Circle is putting professional development in the spotlight.

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WONDER WOMEN

When the former Townsville Business Women’s Network ceased operating in 2015, the founding volunteer team of the Townsville Business Women’s Circle stepped in with new ideas. “We were keen to move away from the traditional ‘business card exchange’ approach and set about establishing some practical opportunities to connect business women and men for professional and personal development,” says Sarah Standen, one of TBWC’s founding members and owner of Inkbyte Communications. “We wanted to implement some fresh approaches for the business community and were lucky enough to have found some high-profile local businesses who were just as passionate about what we wanted to do.” TBWC soon secured CQ University and BOQ Castletown as sponsors and dived in rolling out 23 events in their first 18 months. “We introduced monthly educational workshops hosted at CQ University to provide people with practical skills and insights they can apply immediately to their jobs or businesses,” explains TBWC President and owner of Access Therapy Joanna Murray. “And through the BOQ Castletown Women’s Education Bursary, TBWC has provided over $11,000 to help women, who would otherwise not have been able to, pursue their education dreams.” Since founding the TBWC the group has held over 35 professional development workshops and hosted a series of sold-out events connecting and showcasing women and men in business in our community. The volunteer management team has now grown to 10 local business women including Sarah and Joanna — Lisa Banks (PBW Partners Senior Manager); Bridget Woods (Director of Tourism and Events TEL); Rachelle Foley (Director Dexion North Queensland); Heidi Avolio (Succession Law team at Wilson/ Ryan/Grose); Shantelle Scovell (Account Manager JLT); Marsha Zuhorn (CEO Coast to Country Housing); Chloe Costanzo (Qld

Country Health Fund Manager) and Victoria Tonner (Founder A Box Of...). “We are entirely volunteerbased and the only women’s group in the region who operate a not-for profit-model,” Joanna says. “Our achievements have included linking government policy makers with local business owners and bringing nationally renowned speakers to the city.” In addition to monthly workshops, the group also coordinates mentor circles for members twice a year – these circles are hosted and facilitated by some of the city’s most successful business women and men, who have volunteered their time to act as mentors. The group also recently hosted its inaugural Business Women’s Awards to celebrate the heart and soul of North Queensland business women. “We’re now gearing up for the next few years with a strategic planning session to ensure we set a clear and robust roadmap for the future,” Sarah says. “On the back of the inaugural awards we have a greater understanding of the value we can bring to the business community. We’ve also been approached by other groups to partner on events and seminars. “We launched the next round of BOQ Castletown bursary grants on September 17 and will be hosting another amazing International Women’s Day event, where we’ll announce the bursary winners in March 2018.”

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE INCLUDED LINKING GOVERNMENT POLICY MAKERS WITH LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS AND BRINGING NATIONALLY RENOWNED SPEAKERS TO THE CITY. JOANNA MURRAY

TOWNSVILLE BUSINESS WOMEN’S CIRCLE www.tbwc.com.au www.facebook.com/TBWCircle

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LEAP OF FAITH

Sometimes the best experiences lay outside your comfort zone — just ask Icon Cancer Care Townsville’s Georgina Whelan.

WHAT DRIVES ME EVERY DAY IS ENSURING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF CARE AND CAPABILITIES OF OUR SERVICE MATCH ANYWHERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. GEORGINA WHELAN

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Originally from Adelaide where she completed her Nursing degree, Georgina Whelan moved to Townsville in 2002 after deciding a sea-change would be good for the soul. For the last four years, she’s been managing the Townsville Icon Cancer Care centre. “It was a massive learning curve moving from a nursing to a management role, where I was managing teams of people, financial reporting and business development,” Georgina says. “It was very much outside of my comfort zone but has led to the most rewarding position of my career.” Georgina has been a Registered Nurse for over 22 years, with the majority of this time spent in cancer care. She’s always loved oncology nursing and supporting patients and their families through one of the most challenging times of their lives. “We become almost like extended family, having shared

many stories about life’s ups and downs,” Georgina says. “What drives me every day is ensuring the highest standards of care and that the capabilities of our service match anywhere across the country.” Georgina has also recently completed a Master of Business Administration program. “Getting a business degree was something I never thought I’d achieve in my lifetime, but I managed it in 16 months while working full-time,” Georgina beams. “It was a massive commitment while still giving my all to my job and my two beautiful boys. I guess it proves that when you put your mind to something, anything is possible.” And life doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon for Georgina, with another Icon Cancer Centre opening in Mackay. The centre will offer medical oncology, haematology and radiation oncology and is set to start

consulting patients late this year. “It will be challenging to manage two cancer centres simultaneously but I’m looking forward to being able to deliver personal cancer care to the Mackay community,” Georgina says. “The Mackay centre will also offer radiation oncology services, so I now have the opportunity to learn another side to our business.”

ICON CANCER CARE TOWNSVILLE 9-13 Bayswater Rd, Hyde Park 4795 7100 www.iconcancercare.com.au


WONDER WOMEN

IT’S BEEN AMAZING TO WATCH THE SALON GROW INTO THE REPUTABLE BRAND IT IS TODAY. ANDREA SULLIVAN

Andrea Sullivan, owner of Beautique Hair Lounge, bought the salon almost eight years ago. Not knowing a great deal about business, she has linked a lot of her success to the immense support of family and friends and has managed to grow the salon from strength to strength. “It’s been amazing to watch the salon grow into the reputable brand it is today,” Andrea says. When Andrea bought the salon it had four work stations and she was the sole hairdresser. It has now doubled in size, boasting 11 stations and five staff, as well as a tanning and beauty room. Andrea has also shared her passion for the industry by training three apprentices from start to finish. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without all my wonderful past and present staff, who have shared this journey with me,” she says. Not only is Beautique Hair Lounge an indulgent hair experience, using and stocking De Lorenzo, but it also combines high quality hairdressing with good old down-to-earth service. The family recipe biscuits and peach blossoms, accompanying a delicious frothy cappuccino, are a hit with the clients. With 18 years of hairdressing experience, Andrea specialises in bridal upstyling and has discovered a new love of spiral perming.

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“Perming is definitely a dying art that needs to make a come back,” Andrea says. She has also taken home awards at the annual ShowcaseNQ hair competition for hair styling and enjoys getting away to the annual De Lorenzo hair conference, which is held in various locations all over the world. “I always come home so inspired and motivated after the conferences,” Andrea says. Born and bred in Ingham, Andrea moved to Townsville 12 years ago. A mum of two (Mitchell 4 and Kate 1) with a husband (Michael) who works fly-in, fly-out, Andrea is also a ‘wonder woman’ outside of the salon. When she’s not busy in the salon or looking after the kids, Andrea has been working hard on her fitness too. “I’ve recently lost 20 kilos by doing 5 Star Fitness’s 12-week challenges,” she says.

Andrea Sullivan, owner of Beautique Hair Lounge, is a master of her craft.

BEAUTIQUE HAIR LOUNGE 1/975 Riverway Drive, Condon 4773 2791 www.facebook.com/pages/ Beautique-Hair-LoungeTownsville/164953333589789

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QUEEN OF THE CASTLE

Love all the weird and wonderful events that take place at CastleTown? Well, Lorraine Marshall is the lady at the marketing helm guiding those activities.

I’M A CRAZY CREATIVE WITH A STRATEGIC MIND. LORRAINE MARSHALL

Known as the ‘friendly marketing manager at CastleTown’, Lorraine Marshall is the marketing leader who creates those fun events that take place at the centre. “The work the marketing team does is really diverse… from the creation of marketing campaigns and ideas, through to execution and everything in between,” Lorraine says. “I love the interaction with our centre retailers, whose support and participation are integral to our success and the centre management team here is secondto-none.” Lorraine first lived in Townsville over 20 years ago before moving south as a consultant to businesses, including McConaghy Retail. When she was asked to

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come up to Townsville for three months and sit in the marketing chair she didn’t hesitate. “Well three months turned into two years this month and I’ve fallen in love with the centre, the team and the job,” Lorraine says. “I’m a crazy creative with a strategic mind. I think the most important quality I bring to the table is emotional investment in what I do. It’s not just a job!” “In my time I’ve won heaps of awards, met many big celebrities, pulled off some smashing events and yet it’s the little things like walking behind a couple of shoppers who are commenting positively about something we’re doing in the centre that really makes it worthwhile.” With Christmas just around the

corner, Lorraine and the CastleTown team are gearing up for Santa’s arrival at the centre. “Christmas is just a magical time of year to work in a centre. I never get tired of it,” Lorraine says. “We have the team from Stable on the Strand bringing in a huge entourage of singers, dancers and musicians in a giant singing flash mob (our worst-kept secret of the year) followed by carols with the families. “We also have a fab Christmas Kids Pantomime planned the week before Christmas, an invasion from the Magneticon characters and, of course, our iconic Santa of 24 years who is now seeing a second generation of his Santa fans!”

CASTLETOWN 35 Kings Road, Hyde Park 4772 1699 www.facebook.com/CastletownTownsville www.castletown.com.au


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THE BIG REVEAL

Always working on grand plans for her bedding business, Forty Winks Townsville owner Sandra Le Cornu is excited for you to see her new showroom.

I’M VERY EXCITED GOING FORWARD TO BE ABLE TO OFFER A MORE EXTENSIVE RANGE OF BEDDING AND FURNITURE TO OUR TOWNSVILLE CLIENTS. SANDRA LE CORNU

A born-and-bred local, Forty Winks Townsville owner Sandra Le Cornu has been working in the bedding industry for over 25 years, continuing on with the family business when her parents retired in 2004. “There’s always new technology being developed in bedding — it’s an ever-changing industry,” Sandra says. “As Townsville’s oldest locally owned and operated bedding store, we’re experienced with assisting customers with their purchases.” Forty Winks Townsville moved to Domain Central seven years ago and has recently relocated to a bigger premises in the complex. “We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to increase our showroom display and move our bedding operation back into one location,” Sandra says. “I was very fortunate when the time came that I had a lot of help from my partner and family, friends and suppliers, who all banded together to put together a beautiful showroom in a short space of time.

“I’m very excited going forward to be able to offer a more extensive range of bedding and furniture to our Townsville clients. Everyone has different needs and we’ve focused on offering a good value for money bedding selection no matter what your budget may be.” There are over 20 bedroom suites on display at the new premises with the latest trends on show, such as Nordic Ambitions, Grand Glamour and Country to Coast. Forty Winks Townsville also stocks an extensive kids’ range and wide variety of leading brand mattresses including Silent Partner, King Koil, Serta Tempur, Sealy and Sleepmaker. As well as being a proud Forty Winks franchisee, Sandra is also mum of three (David 22, Amanda 19 and Jessica 15). “It’s very difficult at times to strike a balance between work and home life and it’s something I have to work hard to find but family is my priority,” Sandra says. “My children have been involved in football and futsal for many years and I enjoy watching their games whenever possible. I’ve also been fortunate to travel with them to support them with their sport and I’m very proud of their achievements and the adults they’ve become.”

FORT Y WINKS TOWNSVILLE Shop C04B Domain Central, Duckworth Street 4775 4088 www.fortywinks.com.au

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PROFILE

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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.

EMILY CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHER

What’s your link to Townsville? I moved from the Central Queensland town of Clermont to Townsville to complete my university studies at James Cook University. I spent three amazing years in Townsville living on campus, enjoying the beach lifestyle and balancing university with a freelance photography and design business. I came away with a Bachelor of New Media Arts, double majoring in Digital Media Design and Digital Imaging. Where are you now? I’m now living in Brisbane, running two photography businesses alongside my business partner Andrew Jarvie. We own Life Portraits, a portrait photography business specialising in portraiture, weddings, fitness and photography training as well as LP Commercial, a commercial photography business specialising in events, corporate portraiture, advertising and marketing imagery and media and editorial distribution. We travel across Australia to deliver a professional service and a fun experience for all of our clients. Between the two of us, we’ve been in the industry for a combined 35+ years, collaborating our skills in photography, journalism, media, branding, design and PR. Our clientele is so diverse that each day is exciting and we’re always photographing something new. What’s your next project? Under our LP Commercial banner, we’re contracted by a number of large event

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organisations for event coverage. Our next big event is the Australian Commercial Radio Awards and Conference in Melbourne and the Australian Liquor Awards in Sydney. Under the Life Portraits banner, we have a number of fitness photography sessions with bodybuilding competitions now in full swing, as well as preparing marketing for the family photography Christmas season. Within the Life Portraits brand we have a sub-brand called LP Training. We travel across Queensland delivering photography workshops to community and photography groups, either funded by

RADF grants, personally by photography groups or commissioned by Council or business groups. What’s happening with your personal life? I’ve just returned from a month holiday tripping around Europe with my partner Corey, of course with camera in hand! We visited my family in Ireland then over to Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Switzerland, Rome and finishing with a nine-night Greek Islands cruise. I captured some beautiful images of our travels and it will be a trip to remember! We’re now in saving mode to prepare to buy a property next year.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Studying in Townsville to fulfil my goal of becoming a successful creative businesswoman was an opportunity of a lifetime. Between the amazing experiences through my degree at JCU, the friends I made, the trips over to Magnetic Island and relaxing at The Strand I have some of my best memories in Townsville.

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PROFILE

SEAN CHOOLBURRA COMEDIAN

What’s your link to Townsville? I’m Townsville born and bred. I loved growing up in Townsville — if it was the weekend or school holidays we’d go swimming in Ross River all day, or ride down The Strand on our bikes. We used to ride our bikes all over Townsville from the dam to Pallarenda. We’d eat chonky

apples, Burdekin plums and mangoes and we’d play cricket and footy. Where are you now? I’ve been living in Sydney for the past 27 years where my work involves making people laugh. I always say I’m the hardest working person in this biz I know because I’m always touring doing live shows and radio shows and school shows and comedy festivals and the odd TV appearance… I’m always looking for bigger and better things and always challenging myself as an indigenous comedian. I’ve also released a book called 50 Shades of Black about finding love. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville people are gutsy, determined and ready to handle anything. We’re all over the world doing our thing — the amount of Townsville people I run into around Australia or overseas are

BRAD MANUEL MAGICIAN, COMEDIAN AND INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER

What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Townsville when it was a lot smaller than it is now. It was a terrific place to grow up in the 70s and 80s. Where are you now? I live on the Sunshine Coast and I’m a magician, comedian and inspirational speaker. I predominantly do shows for corporate events and conferences throughout Australia, with quite a few in New Zealand and Asia. I also do cruise ship gigs, where I fly into somewhere in the world, join the ship for a few days, do a couple of shows and then fly home. It’s a fantastic job as I get to go to work and make people laugh and with my Keynotes give them inspiration about overcoming obstacles in general life.

I’ve had an ‘interesting life story’ with some speed bumps like becoming blind in one eye at the age of 17 through to being diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition in 2009 and being told that by the end of 2010 I wouldn’t be around anymore… With typical NQ resilience, I’ve proven the odds to be wrong and I’m still doing what I do, which is surfing every day, climbing mountains and making the most of everything. I’m considered a medical anomaly and life is great. What’s your next project? I’ve just launched a surf company that produces surf gear from boardies and bikinis with Silicone Hold It Technology (so they stay on in all water-based sports) through to bamboo shirts for active wear and travel essentials plus some custom surfboards. Not what you’d expect from a North Queensland boy hey?!.

worse than bloody cane toads! I remember when I was 10 my friend Midgie Ross said ‘You should do comedy’ and I said to myself one day ‘I will and I’ll do a massive show at the Civic Theatre’. Two years ago that dream came true. I’ve performed in New York City, China, Scotland and New Zealand but nothing beats doing a show in your old home town. Mum loves my shows (Sean’s dad passed back in 1990). You walk into my mum’s house and she has all the posters of my shows on the walls! Do you still come ‘home’ to visit? I’m always coming home to Townsville and I love it when you come into Townsville and see Steve Price’s billboard saying ‘Welcome Home’. One day I will replace his mug with my big deadly infectious smile and maybe say ‘Welcome to Country’. CONNECT NOW

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What’s happening with your personal life? I’m married with three kids (two boys and a girl) and have been with my wife for 27 years now. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I think it was a mix of everything from family influences through to the friends I grew up with. I believe you are the sum of your life experiences and I had some great experiences growing up in Townsville. I sometimes do corporate shows back in Townsville, so when that gig comes in I always take it and use it as an excuse to come back and catch up.

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

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PROFILE

KEYS TO PASSION

Chief Executive of the Sydney International Piano Competition, Marcus Barker, says he has Townsville to thank for his career.

MARCUS BARKER CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Growing up in Townsville, the youngest of eight children, Marcus Barker showed an interest in music from an early age. “Most of my time was spent inside practicing or collaborating with other musicians,” says Marcus, who went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at James Cook University. “I was fortunate that my time at JCU was also the time that the Australian Festival of Chamber Music was established and I can proudly say I was involved with the first AFCM more than 25 years ago.” Although Marcus’ passion was undoubtedly music, he soon realised that being good just wasn’t good enough and he didn’t have what it took to be a concert pianist. “That was hard and even during university I considered a move away from music to veterinary science,” Marcus says. “Fortunately, because of my parents and other supportive people around me, I stayed with my music degree and I feel that Townsville allowed that to happen. “Townsville gave me the professional support to ‘test’ the waters in Arts Administration and to work out that I was okay at being behind the curtain instead of on the stage.” Marcus now lives in Sydney’s

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eastern suburbs and loves his daily commute to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is the Chief Executive of the Sydney International Piano Competition. This is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world and certainly the preeminent competition in the southern hemisphere for the piano. “My journey to work involves a ferry on the harbour and arrival into Circular Quay with the stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge buzzing with the anticipation of the day ahead,” Marcus says. “Then it’s a short walk via the Botanic Gardens, past Government House, to the beautiful Sydney Conservatorium of Music.” As Chief Executive of the

Sydney International Piano Competition, which is quadrennial (like the Olympics but for the piano), Marcus is a busy man. “After a selection process we bring 32 young virtuosos from around the world to compete in Sydney for over $200,000 in prize money,” Marcus says. “Besides the prize money they’re competing for career-defining international performances and engagements, mentoring and introductions to the labyrinth of the international classical music world.” The years between competitions are focused on developing relationships with corporate and philanthropic individuals. “We don’t receive any government support and invest a lot of time in fundraising activities to raise the $2.6 million budget to

run the event,” Marcus says. “In addition we do a lot of touring of our young artists around Australia and New Zealand.” Marcus is currently working on a national tour with one of the young artists for 2018 and hopes to bring him to Townsville so audiences can hear one the world’s most exciting rising stars. “I come home as often as I can during the year – particularly in the winter,” Marcus says. “My mum is turning 86 this year and I love being able to come back, still to the same house I grew up in, and spend time with family and friends.”

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PROFILE

OUT OF AFRICA

At 15, Tammie Matson travelled with her father to Zimbabwe, sparking an interest in wildlife conservation that became her life-long passion. Ten years later, Tammie had achieved what many doubted was possible, especially for a young girl from North Queensland. She was working as a wildlife researcher in Africa, she had obtained her PhD in Zoology and was a published author. Returning home last month to be the guest speaker at the St Patrick’s College Women’s Career Network, her former high school, Tammie was proud to be sharing her story with her alumni and students of the College. “When you have a dream, you have to believe,” says Tammie. “When people tell you you’re crazy, you can’t let that deter you. Stick to your goal, and remember it takes grit and passion to get there.” In what has been an incredible and adventurous career path fuelled by pure passion, Tammie has broken through the barriers of age, culture and gender stereotypes to become an internationally acclaimed conservationist, author and professional speaker. From working as a researcher in the male-dominated culture of rural Namibia, Tammie’s career progressed as she took on many challenges, taking her to the jungles of Borneo, the plains of Africa and the black markets of Vietnam.

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ELEPHANTS HAVE TAUGHT ME THAT WE’RE NOT THE ONLY SPECIES WITH THE CAPACITY FOR GRIEF AND JOY. DR TAMMIE MATSON

OPPOSITE Dr Tammie Matson on a Matson & Ridley Safari ABOVE Dr Tammie Matson presenting at the Women’s Career Network breakfast to her alumni and senior students at St Patrick’s College BELOW LEFT Dr Tammie Matson, Paulina Skerman (Principal) and Riley Milton (College Captain) at the Women’s Carer Network breakfast BELOW RIGHT St Patrick’s College Year 12 students Riley Milton, Megan Oberthur, Piper Driscoll and Johanna Kipma with some of Dr Tammie Matson’s books

“In a normal day’s work, a zoologist in the bush in Africa could be charged by lions and elephants, have to deal with threats from witch doctors or face off angry war veterans. You never know what the day will bring,” she laughs. In 2005 Tammie established a project to reduce humanelephant conflict in North-East Namibia, at the request of the San Bushmen Chief. Whilst working as an environmental advisor for a prominent southern African tourism company, Tammie traversed the often hostile deserts of Namibia and Botswana in a Land Rover, often guided by people from once nomadic tribes of the region. In 2007 Tammie returned to Australia to lead the nationally threatened species program at the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). Here she worked on conserving Australia’s rarest creatures and became a voice for threatened species world-wide. She relocated to Singapore in 2012 and co-founded the Let Elephants be Elephants campaign, raising awareness of the connection between the poaching of elephants in Africa and the demand for ivory in Asia. In 2010 Tammie was awarded the prestigious In Style Magazine Women of Style Award for her work on environmental issues, joining the likes of awardees, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman. She has written three books, of which the latest, “Planet Elephant,” received the Australian government’s “50 Books You Can’t Put Down” accolade. Along with her husband, Andy Ridley (co-founder of Earth Hour and CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef), Tammie juggles life with their two young sons, managing their ethical African safari business, Matson & Ridley Safaris. “Returning to my old school is a great opportunity to share some of what I’ve learned with the next generation of women leaders,” she says, “If I could speak to my younger self, I’d have said, ‘have more confidence in yourself; the only limits are the ones you set for yourself.”

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COVER STORY CLUBLAND BEE HAPPY

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COVER STORY CLUBLAND BEE HAPPY

TOWNSVILLE AND DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION INC

Beekeeping is addictive. Once you’re stung by this habit, it’s hard to shake.

Founded by Graham Smith and Dennis Anger in 1983, Townsville and District Beekeepers Association Inc now has over 200 members and meets on the third Sunday of each month. “We rotate meetings at our club members’ homes and our base at Hermit Park State School,” says Club President Alan Ziegenfusz. “You start by purchasing a nucleus hive and have the enjoyment of watching it grow into its first full box of bees.” Alan has two hives of European honey bees in his yard. “They’re fascinating to watch as they all have a different job,” Alan says. “When the worker bee comes out of its cell, it has to clean it ready for the queen to lay a new egg — she can lay up to 2000 eggs a day! The newly emerged bees start as nurse bees to the eggs and

pupae and help the queen bee for two weeks, then they start taking the nectar from the field bees and convert it into honey.” Alan’s dog isn’t as much of a fan of the bees as he is, however. “I didn’t know at the time that ‘wet dog’ smell makes bees think a bear is coming to raid the honey,” Alan laments. “Our dog went near the hive while she was still wet from a bath and got stung… a lot. It took days getting all the little stingers out of her hair. She hasn’t been near them since.” Steve and Carla Kernosvski joined the club midway through 2014 as they wanted to improve the pollination of their backyard fruit and vegetable garden. They keep mainly European honey bees, but also have a hive of native stingless bees and have gone from two hives to eight.

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THEY HAVE DIFFERENT BUZZES THAT TELL YOU IF THEY’RE CALM OR ANGRY AND SOMETIMES YOU CAN HEAR THE QUEEN TALKING TO HER WORKERS. CHRYSTAL HORNE

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“We make a bit of pocket money from selling the honey,” Steve says. “When you first start beekeeping you think the honey might be enough to supply your own table and support some family and friends… Wrong! The amount of honey will be much more than you expect. “Bees are very busy and productive. A strong hive can produce up to 50 kilos a year.” Midwifery Unit Manager Sonya Verburgt got into beekeeping to help boost the world’s dwindling bee numbers. “The bee population is rapidly decreasing worldwide due to environmental conditions,” Sonya says. “So I decided to do my bit by having a bee hive. One hive soon became 12 and now I wouldn’t be without ‘my girls’!” For the Hornes, beekeeping has become a family affair. “We have European honey bees and Hockingsi native bees,” Chrystal Horne says.

“My husband Daniel, my son Nathaniel and I are the main keepers of the honey bees, while Taimana and Sebastian enjoy the native bees. I love watching the girls as they leave the hive, circle to gain their bearings and then take off to collect pollen and nectar. “They have different buzzes that tell you if they’re calm or angry and sometimes you can hear the queen talking to her workers.” Frana and Jon McKinstry joined the club in 2010 after inheriting some hives. At the time they were total novices (or newbees). “After struggling along for a while with cranky hives we joined the club and had excellent mentors who helped us sort things out,” Frana says. “We keep both honey bees and native bees and it’s a rewarding hobby, not just because of the honey but simply watching the bees is so interesting.” Frana says that, despite what many people


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think, bees are not out to sting you and most hives can be approached quite closely without any problems. “Observing small dramas in the hive is amazing,” Frana says. “We’ve been lucky enough to observe a new queen emerging from her cell and another time we saw worker bees rejecting a new queen by stinging her to death. Game of Thrones has nothing on the behaviour of honey bees!” CONNECT NOW

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HOME+TRAVEL TRICIA GUILD PAINT BOX

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HOME+TRAVEL TRICIA GUILD PAINT BOX

CLASSIC BLUE AND WHITE

In PAINT BOX, you will discover where Tricia Guild’s unique sense of colour and style comes from and, most importantly, how to replicate these palettes in the home.

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HOME+TRAVEL TRICIA GUILD PAINT BOX

KEEP THE PALETTE TIGHTLY CONTROLLED AND ALLOW PATTERN AND TEXTURES TO CREATE THE ENERGY AND DYNAMISM IN YOUR SPACE.

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During the seventeenth century the Dutch East India Company began bringing back examples of the finest Chinese porcelain. Refined and elegant, with layers of blue-and-white pattern, it was immediately much in demand. Soon, the potters of Delft were creating their own pieces, inspired by the colours of Chinese porcelain but using local materials and their own culture as subject matter. Delft blue-and-white tiles became famous for their simplicity and evocative nature and have, over the centuries, adorned every possible kind of interior from humble homes to some of the finest royal palaces in the world, their particular kind of classlessness and spirit equally at home in both. In the intervening years the marriage of blue and white has become one of the most popular palettes in the world.

As more natural pigments and then synthetic compounds became available many new shades of both blue and white were utilised and combined, leading to variations on this palette appearing all over Europe, in America and the Far East. The very names of the individual blues – indigo, lapis, midnight, cobalt, cornflower, azure, Prussian blue – evoke a wide variety of sources, inspiration and moods. White, too, has many shades to choose from. This classic combination relies heavily on its simplicity – dreamy, egalitarian, workaday, almost like a uniform – but despite its simple appearance one must still take care to create the necessary harmony and balance for it to succeed. The exact tones of blue and white are crucial; both elements should come from the same tonal family for the palette to work.


HOME+TRAVEL TRICIA GUILD PAINT BOX

• A warm blue and white feels traditional and offers a comforting and gentle spirit. A cooler hue combination, on the other hand, will feel crisp and modern. •U  se the darkest form of your chosen blue to add definition and, by using derivatives of this strong colour throughout the room, you will ensure continuity and harmony throughout. • This palette does not really need any shouts of contrast, but further interest and depth can be created with different textures. For example, mix linen with silk and wool or velvet – contrasting textures that are united by the simplicity of these two colours. • As seen on the pages, varying the mix of patterns and plains on walls, windows and fabrics will also change the mood of this versatile palette.

IN THIS STRIKING OPEN SPACE THE COMBINATION OF BLUE AND WHITE SHOWS A DIFFERENT PERSONALITY FROM THE PATTERNED BLUE ON WHITE OF THE PREVIOUS PAGE.

This is an edited extract from Tricia Guild Paint Box By Tricia Guild published by Quadrille Books, RRP $50, and is available in stores nationally.

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HILLSIDE GARDENS PROMOTION

WE AREN’T JAMMED IN AND WE HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL VIEW. TRICIA PATERNO

SMALL COMMUNITY HAS BIG APPEAL

Blocks at the new Hillside Gardens estate are selling quickly, as buyers discover an oasis at the foot of Mount Louisa.

A boutique estate nestled in the foothills of Mount Louisa is proving popular with new home builders looking for a welcoming community surrounded by nature, yet close to existing schools, shops and amenities. 25 per cent of the lots at Hillside Gardens have been quickly snapped up since the land first went on sale in April; with first home buyers and downsizers seeing the appeal of the small, 38-block estate. Tricia and Walter Paterno (above right) are excited to be building for the first time in Hillside Gardens, downsizing from their current home in Greenwood. Mrs Paterno said the move to Hillside Gardens and their new house, being built by Martin Locke Homes, would provide plenty of room for them and their two sons still at home. “Our new home will still have four bedrooms, but there’s only one big living area and you walk off into the patio, but there’s no steps, so it’s like an extension of the room,” said Tricia. The Paternos discovered Hillside Gardens by fluke and immediately fell in love with the estate. “Once we decided we’d like to build a house rather than renovate, we did a bit of a drive around and I don’t know what made us go down there, because we didn’t know it

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was there, but we went for a bit of a drive and just loved it,” Mrs Paterno said of discovering Hillside Gardens. “The fact that it’s just not all houses is very appealing to us. There’s so many developments now where all you see is the roof of another house, but we’re up a little lane and our front door looks out onto this hill – we aren’t jammed in and we have this beautiful view.” Builder Darryl Bogotto, who is currently building two homes for clients at Hillside Gardens, said the development’s proximity to existing amenities is also a major drawcard. “We like to refer clients to Hillside Gardens who want to live close to shopping centres, schools and public facilities and who want value for money which is a bonus for the first home buyer entering the market,” said Mr Bogotto. “The homes that we build at Hillside Gardens are typically three- and four-bedroom, two bathroom with double garage that boast open style living and are orientated to suit our prevailing breezes. The lots that are offered are spacious which allows more variety of choices for design options and are slightly elevated offering views of the surrounding areas.” With1so much working in Hillside Gardens’ favour, it’s easy to see why blocks are selling so fast.


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With new release land selling fast from just $157,500, Hillside Gardens offers the ideal location to create your new life. Visit Hillside Gardens and you’ll be impressed. Take Greenview Drive into Thorn Street and follow the signs.

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HOME+TRAVEL DISCOVERIES

MODERN BOTANICAL

Botanica is back in style — think commanding florals, lush fabrics and soft shapes that create a grand sense of occasion.

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Flora 1 Light Square Table Lamp in White/Green $289 www.beaconlighting.com.au

Cactus Planters from $3.95 (Extra Small) to $39.95 (Extra Large) www.pillowtalk.com.au

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Kingdom Home Garden Bloom Wallpaper $218 per 10m x 61.5cm roll www.miltonandking.com Caicos Outdoor Cushions $49.95 each www.kasaustralia.com.au

Palm Springs Bed Head King (Natural) $529 www.thefamilylovetree.com.au

Large Resin Pebble Vase – Forest $300 www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au


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HOT IN THE CITY:

BE PART OF SUMMER IN MELBOURNE Warm nights, cool cocktails and plenty of live music, Melbourne comes alive in the warmer months. One of the best things about a Melbourne summer is the enthusiasm from locals who emerge into the warmer season like a city full of hibernating bears to embrace everything summer in the city has to offer. There are evening concerts at the zoo, myriad rooftop bars and because this is Melbourne there is sport everywhere. So for some fun in the sun grab a Tigerair flight from Townsville Airport and explore Melbourne this summer. Words: Paul Chai 40

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DISCOVER A NEW ROOFTOP BAR

From classics like the permanent rooftop garden party that is Madam Brussels (59 Bourke St; madamebrussels.com) to the recently renovated Corner Hotel (57 Swan St, Richmond; cornerhotel.com) sky high drinking is big in Melbourne. One of the new kids on the block is Good Heavens (Level 2, 79 Bourke St; facebook.com/goodheavensrooftop) that has a drinks list that makes you feel you have time travelled back to the 80s with the Harvey Wallbanger and Pina Colada getting a modern twist. Food is nachos, chicken ribs and simple bar snacks from the famous smokers at Fancy Hanks restaurant downstairs. A short walk to Russell Street brings you to Rooftop at QT (133 Russell St; qthotelsandresorts.com) the new rooftop bar at Melbourne’s QT Hotel. Rooftop at QT has a huge succulent garden terrace looking onto the city’s buildings and bar staff are sending out signature cocktails like the Tom Kha Gai Margarita, which adds coconut, sage and chilli.

GET A SERVE OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Melburnians needs a sport to obsess over while the footy is taking a rest and tennis is the perfect summer foil. The Australian Open (ausopen.com), which runs from January 15-28 is more than just a gathering of the world’s best tennis players, it is a two-week party that includes the whole city. At the Open itself you can grab courtside seat, splash out on a private room or join the crowds at the AO Live Stage that has concerts by the country’s best musicians. And there is loads to do with the family from the AO Ballpark fun area to the popular Kids Tennis Day with a whole day of kids activities.

SPEND A NIGHT IN THE ZOO

Grab a picnic blanket and pull up a patch of grass at the Melbourne Zoo Twilights series of concerts (January 26 to March 10). This summer staple is much-loved not just for its after-hours zoo tours and festival atmosphere but for the top-notch acts it attracts. Ben Folds was the first act announced for the 2018 season but there are plenty more to come.

GO HORSERIDING IN THE MOUNTAINS

People tend to forget about the Victorian High Country in the summer, but without the snow you find a whole new mountain to explore just out of Melbourne. There are paths where butterflies scatter in front as you walk, you see native birds soar overhead as you mountain bike through the gum trees and you can go on a walk to the Mount Buller summit that feels like you are trekking through clouds. One of the best ways to see the alpine region in summer is on a horse ride on Mount Sterling, the backdrop for much of The Man From Snowy River.

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DESTINATION: Airlie Beach Head to Airlie Beach this month for the annual Festival of Music (November 10-12) featuring international, national and emerging acts, with 74 acts in total. Big names like Leo Sayer, Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), The Baby Animals, Sneaky Sound System, Kate Ceberano and Shannon Noll will mix it up with other crowd favourites in the festival’s waterfront main marquee, while other popular acts will play in 17 venues dotted around town. www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au Protect Your Valuables A fashionable theft deterrent for your essential valuables, the SAFEGO portable safe ($50.10) is large enough for your phone, keys, wallet and more. Just attach the 6mm PVC-coated steel cable around a secure fixture and set the three-digit access code. Available in Black, White, Blue, Pink and Gold. www.safego.us/products/safego

Join Me for a Drink? In early Federation Melbourne, Cliveden Mansion was a sparkling social hub, overlooking Fitzroy Gardens. At garden parties, balls and salons, Cliveden was alive with Melbourne’s brightest from the worlds of music, philanthropy and art. The newly opened Cliveden Bar and Dining, built on the site of the 1887 mansion, renews the Cliveden spirit. Original stained glass panelling and beautifully restored mansion woodwork blends colonial beauty and contemporary chic. Team that with European and local craft beers, ciders, a curated list of superb Australian wines and signature cocktails and you’ve found a top spot for a top drop. www.pullmanonthepark.com.au

Stylish Overnighter The Mustang Travel Bag ($129.95) from Australian designer Louenhide comes in Tan, Butter, Black and Navy. Made of polyurethane, it features black-and-white striped cotton internal lining and a removable extension strap. www.louenhide.com.au

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MUST-SEE: Dior On Show In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria is presenting the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture (on now till 7 November). Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition showcases over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed 1947 to 2017. www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/the-house-of-dior


STYLE ELKA COLLECTIVE

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Previous page Rina Top $169 Stefani dress $189 Marcella dress $189 Jasper skirt $169 Nuova shirt $159

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Erika short $159 Antonella knit $129 E.C linen crew neck tee $89

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RENEGADE HANDMADE

DONOHUES

Renegade Handmade includes a curated collection of locally made fashion, jewellery, gifts and homewares. The market is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Marian School, from 8am to 1pm. The Renegade Handmade Gift Shop features 70% locally made and ‘Hello Handmade’ with a collection of Australian independent artists and designers. Open Monday to Friday 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday 9am–3pm Warrina Arcade, Illuka Street, Gulliver 0477 900 222

As the biggest city and country outfitters in the North, Donohues offers quality products to suit all needs from the business person to men and women on the land. Donohues are jeans specialists with styles to suit everybody and are local stockists of R.M Williams, Akubra, Ariat, Levi and Wrangler. Open Monday–Wednesday, Friday 8.30am–5.30pm, Thursday 8.30am–8pm, Saturday 8.30am–3pm 230 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park www.donohues.com.au 4775 5144

Hanks Optometrists (Formerly Eyecare Plus) has joined George & Matilda Eyecare. Come in and say hello to the team!

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RACHEL ROMEO I am a twenty-year old Ayr girl born and raised. I am a Pharmacy Assistant studying to be a Dispensary Technician/Assistant and I’m a waitress by night. My two jobs keep me busy but I always make time for my basketball here in Townsville and in Ayr. Coming from a big family is the greatest, especially when we all come together for the food, which brings me to the next point about me. I love food and all types! Anywhere there is a beach I’m there, I can’t get enough of the water, one of my most favourite things to do is just relax having a few drinks with friends and family by the water. 1. My favourite destination: Anywhere there is a beach I will be happy, but if I had to pick one it would probably be the Amalfi Coast. I have been to the Greek Islands when I was young and loved every minute of it. I’m planning on going back sometime. 2. The drink I love: Can’t go wrong with a Canadian Club and dry with lime. But I am a lover of any spiced rums, scotch or whisky. 3. A fashion designer whose style really suits me… I really admire Brandon Maxwell’s work. I love that his designs are simple yet unique. I don’t usually go for a big label, I believe anyone can look a million bucks in a nameless dress. 4. Shoes I’d love to own or admire: I’m not a big shoes person and I’m all for comfort, so I will have to say any Nike, Converse or Windsor Smith boot is what I love to wear and admire the most. 5. Treasured possessions: All my friends and family know me for my crazy curls, I gave up trying to tame the beast a long time ago, so now I just go with it! 6. A music genre and/or artist I love: Absolutely everything! I love bands like Blink 182, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Foo Fighters. Yet I can’t get enough of a good rap from Enimem, Snoop, Kayne West and loads more. Anything old school Nelly, Robbie Williams. I also enjoy techno like Flume, DJ Snake etc. 7. My ‘Last Meal’ would be… Definitely a well cooked pub steak with mushroom gravy and all the sides everyday of the week. 8. A book or movie that effected me is… I am not a big reader, but I am sure if I did read the book Marley and Me it would effect me as much as the movie did. I always loved dogs but this movie started my obsession with dogs! 9. A car that suits my style: I have always wanted to own a black convertible Jeep Wrangler. 10. If I wore a hat this is it… Only hats I wear are sports caps. 11. The lingerie label I love… Can’t go past Honey Birdette, but I also love Goosebumps Intimates and For the Love of Lemons, all very classy yet they show a little something.

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LINDA JONES

ABOUT ME: I have been teaching at St Joeys The Strand for nearly 17 years. I started teaching with Karen Blomberg and then for 11 years with Lisa MacDonald and now with Natalie Cox. Teaching is a great profession, it’s fun and ever changing. Ewen and I have been married for 17 years this year. Ewen and I don’t travel very well together. I don’t like having anything planned while he likes every last detail planned. He also likes being ridiculously early for planes which I have never been. In fact, I’ve missed flights because I was late and I won’t tell you how many. However, last year we went to Thailand and had a great time. He had some planned activities and so did I but most of the days we did whatever we liked which was great. One of the activities planned for me was a great cooking class which used ingredients I rarely use. MY BAG Of course my bag contains the usual detritus of my life; old coins, tampons, pieces of paper with stuff written on it that can no longer be seen, old receipts etc. etc. However in preparing for this photo session I had to stop and think of things that I would like to carry around IF I were to ever clean out my bag. This a PHOTO of my son Andrew as a baby which reminds me that he wasn’t always the angst ridden teenage monster he often is now. I always carry a little NOTEBOOK because when we eat out and have a nice bottle of wine or someone tells me about a book they’re reading I write it down before I forget because I am 51 and forget everything. I love Harry Potter and one of the kids gave me a TIME TURNER. I bought this great pair of EARRINGS which I never wear because when I do my eldest step daughter Emma tells me I look like mutton dressed as lamb. They also remind me what a little s... she is. I have a friendship BRACELET that one of my Grade five children made me that I am too embarrassed to wear but keep it with me in case they ask. MENU I have a menu that I kept from a restaurant I went to in France with one of my friends. It was the most awesome restaurant and the first time I ever tried foie gras.

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Abbie my youngest stepdaughter always tries to give me make-up advice which I rarely listen to (because I’m nearly 30 years older than her) but she did buy me this great MASCARA online because she told me I had no eyelashes and had to do the best with what I’ve got. Yes she is that mean. Hahahaha. I have a bottle of Chanel No.5 PERFUME that the three children gave me for Mother’s Day (with their fathers prompting of course). There is my red LIPSTICK that Ewen bought me on one of his trips away. He asked the airline steward where she got hers from because he liked the colour and thought it would suit me. I always have a book that I’m listening to on my PHONE (I know, like an old lady). I listen to serial killer books to help me walk faster when I’m walking up the Hill. Once I saw a white van with no windows and I walked very fast that day. SUNSCREEN (occupational hazard). Andrew is always dirty. He must roll around in the mud. I love to babysit my little cousins and so I have hand SANITIZER in case he wants to play with Harper who’s nine months old and so adorable. My mother in law Hilary gave me this cute picture of EWEN which I carry because well, look how cute he is. My PASSPORT because one day we may win lotto and fly off to far away places. I’ve carried this tin of TUNA around all year because one day someone is going to tell me they’re hungry and hey presto I’ve got a tin of tuna. PHOTO of my family – my two stepdaughters Emma and Abbie and my son Andrew. I couldn’t find one with my husband in it.


PROFILE

ENDING EXPLOITATION ONE TEE AT A TIME

Project Futures collaborates with leading Australian designer Steven Khalil

Project Futures, an Australian not-for-profit whose purpose is to educate the public about human trafficking and slavery issues, has collaborated with fashion designer Steven Khalil to launch its very first charity t-shirt. The aim is to raise awareness of crimes that deprive women and children of their freedom and dignity in Australia and abroad. With over 45.8 million people enslaved, modern slavery is the fastest-growing crime industry in the world today.

Renowned red carpet and bridal gown Australian designer Steven Khalil has dressed the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman. Casual lifestyle brand Citizen Wolf, who believe in producing ethical, local and sustainable clothes, has also teamed up to create the organic charity t-shirts. In partnership, both Steven Khalil and Citizen Wolf represent the Australian fashion industry as the faces of a better future.

“We were thrilled to collaborate with Steven for this project,” says Clare Pearson, CEO of Project Futures. “For $99.00 you get an exclusive piece of Steven’s work. The tees are not only beautiful but helping to create a better life for women and children. 100% of the profit goes directly to helping end modern slavery and cover a range of services from medical treatment to psychological service. One t-shirt equates to one bicycle for a child to independently

attend school each day which means opportunities for future independence and employment. Five t-shirts cover all resources for the outreach program for one month, providing soap, education and food to women and children living in circumstances of homelessness and sexual exploitation.” “Partnering up with Project Futures to design a tee that would raise awareness for such an important issue was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” says Steven Khalil. “This issue affects not only Australians but women and children all over the world and it’s great to be part of something that’s dedicated to helping them.” Zoe Marshall, Australian media personality and soon-to-be mother, is one of the celebrity ambassadors as issues relating to women and children in need have always been close to her heart. She is delighted to give her full support for this project. As an organisation committed to strong ethos and the fair treatment of workers, the shirt was made from organically grown-cotton from India and knitted in Melbourne. The shirt was then designed, cut, sewn and screen printed in Sydney using organically certified waterbased inks. Consumers can be confident in their purchase as it not only transforms the lives of those affected by slavery and exploitation in Australia and Cambodia, but promotes environmental sustainability and better working conditions for the people involved in its creation. Project Futures was founded in 2009 by Stephanie Lorenzo to educate and empower people to take action against human trafficking and slavery.

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Project Futures strongly believes that no human being should ever belong to another, nor should they be exploited for profit or pleasure. Through the implementation of initiatives such as AFESIP Cambodia and The Freedom Partnership, Project Futures has been successful in improving the quality of life for women and children who were previously at the hands of their oppressors. Some of their many achievements include providing over 70 English Language training sessions, 438 clinical counselling sessions and over 3,000 nights of safe refuge in 2016. The exclusive Steven Khalil charity tee is available for pre-order from the Project Futures website. Each shirt is retailing for $99.00 and will be ready for delivery from the 13th of November. The Steven Khalil charity tee is available for pre-order at projectfutures.com/shop/stevenkhalil-tee

THIS ISSUE AFFECTS NOT ONLY AUSTRALIANS BUT WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IT’S GREAT TO BE PART OF SOMETHING THAT’S DEDICATED TO HELPING THEM. STEVEN KHALIL

CONNECT NOW www.projectfutures.com ABOVE Steven Khalil, Australian Designer with Zoe Marshall, Media Personality

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Floral Daydream Put your best foot forward with these new flora print leather pumps from GUCCI. It features the double G hardware detail on fold over fringe and a stunning cascade of colorful flowers from every season set against a blue backdrop. www.gucci.com

Blush Bow This sweet and feminine fascinator from Claire’s is the perfect addition to your race look. www.claires.com

In full Bloom Stand out in the Adele fascinator from Morgan and Taylor featuring faux leather blush petals. www.morganandtaylor.com

The butterfly effect Be the epitome of spring in Valentino’s heavy lace dress with embroidered butterflies. The dress features 15 embroidered butterflies, round collar, and slip in stretch georgette. www.valentino.com

Silver Daisies Trade your basic clutch with this mini Boston bag from Fendi. It features soft silver laminated leather decorated with appliqué flowers with characteristic heart-shaped petals and conical metal studs. www.fendi.com

Come fly with me Wow the crowd in this champagne-beige satin headband from Dolce & Gabbana featuring a crystal embellished butterfly. www.dolcegabbana.com

Subtly Sweet This lace cut-out blush pink dress from Ted Baker is the perfect outfit for a day at the race. www.tedbaker.com

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HEALTH NEWS

Ready for Action Founded by Queensland girl Leilani Chandler, Exoticathletica active wear is winning a loyal following with its stylish gear in sizes XSmall to XXLarge. The fabric is tough but silky soft and stretchy without being sheer. www.exoticathletica.com

Low Carb Cake Bake Proving it is possible to have your cake and eat it, Anna Hopkin’s Low Carb Kitchen has launched a range of low-carb healthy baking mixes. The Classic Vanilla Cupcake Mix contains 87 per cent less sugar and carbs than your average cupcake, so you can gobble it minus the guilt. Other recipes include Low Carb Sunflower & Linseed Bread, Low Carb Pancakes and Low Carb Cookie Bases. www.annaslowcarbkitchen.com.au

Monitor Your Heart Health A life-saver for people with a history of heart attacks or strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, QardioCore ($699) is the world’s first ECG monitor designed to provide continuous medical-grade data. The stats can be synced to the free Qardio app or Apple’s Health app on iPhone or iPad. www.getqardio.com

Get the Ball Rolling Make your own protein balls, bliss balls and luxe balls in minutes with a little help from one of Australia’s fastest-growing health snack food companies, Funch. Founded by two Melbourne mums, Funch was developed out of a desire to provide healthy snacks for their children’s lunchboxes. The mums developed their most popular recipes as premixes and the rest is history. www.funch.com.au

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Supermum’s Superfoods Solution Created by Aussie mum and qualified nutritionist Kristin Derrin, June Superfoods are a range of certified organic superfood drink mixes. Packed with wholefood and plantbased ingredients, with no artificial fillers or added sugars, the drink mixes come in individual sachets and you just add water. www.junesuperfoods.com


HEALTH

OH LIBIDO… WHERE ART THOU?

Do you remember the day that sleep started looking better than a romp in the bedroom with hubby?

Certified Fitgenes Practitioner

Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment

Most of us don’t and yet we chock it up to workload, stress or maybe even our significant other. But there was a time that no matter how bad a day, we were always ready to go! What happened?? Let’s face it, our libidos are fading fast. In a recent Australian study, published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 66 per cent of partners reported a suboptimal sex life, with 26 per cent blaming low libido. Low libido has always been considered a female problem, but more and more men are admitting that they don’t feel up to it either. SO WHAT CAUSES LOW LIBIDO? 1. A poor diet Not getting enough of the right nutrients like Zinc, B vitamins, Magnesium and healthy fats to make good levels of our hormones. We make our sex hormones from cholesterol but it starts with consuming the nutrients to create it. As well we need vitamins and minerals to convert cholesterol into the sex hormones that drive a healthy libido.

2. Stress Let’s face it when we are stressed often the last thing we have the ability to focus on is extra curricular activities. Stress puts us in a sympathetic state which not only turns off libidos but also our ability to digest the nutrients we need for hormone production. We can aim to not only reduce stress but more importantly we can change how we perceive stress. 3. Lack of sleep Sleep time is often sacrificed for our growing to-do list but often nothing brings our mojo back faster than adequate sleep. Aim for at least eight hours per night. 4. Medications Many medications reduce libido and interfere with sexual performance, sometimes resulting in erectile dysfunction. Check with your doctor if this is an issue for you. WHAT YOU CAN DO? Improving your diet will go a long way to helping you make good sex hormones. The brain hormones oxytocin and dopamine, which

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C IS FOR CONFLICT

Time to stop fighting the “I’m right, you’re wrong” battle and consider what you’re really fighting about.

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

All of us have conflicts in our relationships. Sometimes they’re just simple disagreements, while other times they’re awful battles with no resolution in sight. When thinking about a conflict in any relationship, consider whether the problem is solvable or perpetual, as this can help navigate your way. Relationship researchers say around two-thirds of conflict is about perpetual problems – these are the same battles that keep happening over and over again. They are about the same issues you’ve had for a long time that keep arising, often around seemingly nothing. PERPETUAL PROBLEMS Perpetual problems are normal and are based on fundamental differences that any two people face. They are either 1) differences in personalities that repeatedly create conflict or 2) differences in needs. The exact topic of perpetual problems will be different for different couples, but four very common areas of conflict are over neatness; finances; parenting; and sex.

SOLVABLE? Sometimes perpetual problems are situational and can be solved. The conflict is simply about that topic and there is not a deeper meaning behind each partner’s position. A solution can be found and maintained. To do this, a couple will need to have a discussion about the problem to determine the solution. This requires each to see the issue from the other’s perspective and be willing to compromise so both have their needs met. If there is no resolution, the conflict can become gridlocked and gridlocked conflict often leads to much bigger problems with emotional disengagement. GRIDLOCKED? Gridlocked perpetual problems are ongoing problems that have been repeatedly mishandled and have essentially mutated into something uncomfortable. When a couple tries to discuss a gridlocked issue, it can feel like they are “spinning their wheels” and getting nowhere. Gridlocked discussions only lead to painful exchanges or icy silences and almost always involve criticism

and defensiveness. The nature of gridlock is that hidden agendas underlie the issue. If left untended these differences can destroy a relationship. Once a problem becomes gridlocked, a couple may find it very difficult to navigate alone and this is where a clinical psychologist can help. A psychologist can help to overcome the gridlock by untangling the issues to reveal the deeper meaning behind it. A psychologist can also provide tools to build emotional intelligence and the skills to manage conflict and enhance friendship. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the problem will be solved, but rather ‘if’ and ‘how’ each can cope with the unsolvable issue. Knowing which conflicts you can resolve and which will require more patience and understanding is a great first step.

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TILL DEAF DO US PART

The effect of hearing loss on a marriage can be devastating.

Audiologist

Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

Probably the biggest piece of advice, certainly the piece of advice I got most frequently, when getting married was that communication was key to a successful marriage. I lost count of how many people told me that, but after seven years of marriage I know it’s true and we now have the facts to prove it. A study in England showed that untreated hearing loss had a massive effect on the failure rates of relationships. The study focused on 1,500 people with hearing loss over 55 and showed that: • Almost half (44%) said that relationships with their partner, friends or family suffered because of the hearing loss. • A third (34%) lost touch with friends, and in some cases seen marriages fall apart, as a direct result of the breakdown in communication caused by hearing loss. • Almost 70% said their hearing loss seriously hinders their ability to take part in everyday conversations with friends and family, causing half of those surveyed to feel left out and ignored in social situations. So let’s unpack that. People

with hearing loss felt it impacted their relationships with family and friends. Some marriages fail as result of hearing loss. People with hearing loss felt ignored and left out. That’s a litany of issues placed squarely at the feet of untreated hearing loss. Does hearing loss really deserve the bad rap? If you have hearing loss, or live with someone who does, you might recognise some of these scenarios. Conversation is reduced to a series of shouted words: “TEA?”, “Phone!”, ”More?”. Socialising becomes more difficult as you need to find quiet venues where the sufferer can hear the conversation. The TV volume is always just that little bit too loud. A word is misheard and the meaning of the conversation is changed completely. “What?” and “Pardon?” become the unwanted punctuation of every discussion. And then there’s the denial… “You’re mumbling!”, “Speak up properly!”, “That’s not what you said!”. It’s easy to see how each of these scenarios can have a negative impact on relationships. It starts gently enough but then

the frustration, distraction and contention starts to have a bigger and bigger impact. Marriage is a partnership and the moment you stop listening to your partner, or stop hearing them, or they stop hearing you, you know you are on a slippery slope. As shown studies back up the fact that if communication is hindered through hearing loss or otherwise, it can have a devastating effect on the relationship. Pair that with the fact that Australians wait on average seven years to address their hearing loss and we have a recipe for disaster. If you, or someone dear to you, appears to be suffering from hearing loss, now is the time to take action. Contact your audiologist or Clarity Hearing Solutions for a comprehensive hearing test and a discussion of a full range of affordable treatment options for hearing loss. While the facts I have covered here paint a bleak picture, the good news is that treatment for hearing loss can be simple and effective, and with the size of devices we can prescribe, no one need ever know.

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CANINE WATCH!

And I’m not talking about your family pooch!

Orthodontist

Geoff Stanton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Canine teeth, also known as the ‘eye-teeth’ or ‘fangs’ are very important teeth located in the ‘corners’ of the dental arch. Unfortunately, adult permanent canines often go off track (i.e. become ectopic or impacted) and may not loosen the baby canine teeth or emerge into the mouth as expected. Baby teeth are not designed to last well beyond the teenage years and ectopic permanent canine teeth can cause significant problems. IMPACTED CANINE TEETH: THE FACTS The permanent canines in the upper jaw begin their formation

directly below the eyes (hence their common nickname!). This means that they have the longest path of eruption of any permanent tooth and this gives them a relatively high chance of going off track. Permanent canine impaction is: • the second most common tooth impaction (wisdom teeth take first place!) • twice as likely to occur in the upper jaw (compared to the lower jaw) • twice as likely to occur in females • known to be affected by both genetic and environmental factors CANINE WATCH! Your dental practitioner can track the development of the permanent canine teeth clinically and with a screening ‘panoramic’ x-ray. It is strongly recommended that children between the ages of 8 and 11 years are assessed to evaluate the position of the permanent canine teeth. If there is any suspicion that the permanent canine tooth is going off track, a referral to a specialist

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Whether for cosmetic or functional reasons, our professional, qualified Orthodontists and 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.

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Orthodontist is generally recommended. Monitoring is often all that is required. However, for more severe cases, there are many easy options to intercept the developing problem and prevent future impaction! INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT Removal of baby canine teeth has been shown in many good clinical studies to greatly improve the chance of self-correction for ectopic permanent canine teeth. This is because teeth have a natural tendency to drift towards a new space! Occasionally opening additional space with braces may be recommended to further boost the success rate. Both these options work well for patients between the ages of 10–14 years. Your Orthodontist will determine which treatment option is appropriate for your individual case. PROBLEMS WITH IMPACTED CANINE TEETH Unfortunately, impacted canine teeth can be associated with the following possible problems

(especially if left untreated): • pressure damage to adjacent teeth • cosmetic issues (as the baby canine tooth is smaller and also wears down with time) • future need for surgery to help retrieve the canine • false tooth requirement (if the impacted canine cannot be saved or badly damages the adjacent teeth) Early diagnosis of permanent canine impaction leads to much lower risks and higher success rates of both self-correction and/or orthodontic treatment. Therefore regular check-ups for children with your family dentist are very important. A referral to an Orthodontist is recommended if there is any suspicion that the canine is going off track. A specialist Orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to accurately determine what is normal, what is not, and everything in-between. We can keep an eye on the behaviour of your ‘eye teeth’, however, for all other ‘misbehaving canines’, perhaps some dog-training could help!

Dr Paul Hanrahan | Dr Geoff Stanton Dr Linda Ton | Dr Desmond Ong 17 Martinez Avenue The Lakes | Townsville | 4775 4433 admin@tsvortho.com.au www.tsvortho.com.au


HEALTH MATER HEALTH SERVICES

ADVANCEMENT IN SURGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR HEART OPERATIONS More elderly people in North Queensland are now having heart surgery to improve their quality of life, thanks to surgical advancements being performed by one of the state’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons.

WE TREAT ALL ASPECTS OF COMPLEX HEART AND LUNG SURGERY LOCALLY AND PROVIDE THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY. PATIENTS DON’T NEED TO TRAVEL, THEY CAN HAVE THEIR HEART OPERATION CLOSE TO THEIR FAMILY AND HOME. DR SUMIT YADAV

Director of cardiothoracic surgery at Townsville’s Mater Hospital, Dr Sumit Yadav, said advancements in new valves and surgical techniques have made it possible to operate on high risk patients. “Only 10 years ago we wouldn’t have even considered performing complex operations on elderly patients, but new generation valves have made it possible,” Dr Yadav said. “Those patients with heart failure no longer have frequent admissions to hospital and have a better quality of life following heart valve operations with newer generation of valves.” The other advancement is keyhole valve surgery for younger patients enabling them to have better cosmetic appearance and quicker return to their previous lifestyle. Dr Yadav specialises in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs and other organs in the chest. He performs up to 300 heart operations and about 150 lung operations per year. Dr Yadav said Townsville’s Mater Hospital is also home to a cardiac surgical hub model.

“This is a unique model in Australia – we have three cardiac catheter laboratories that are far apart geographically, Townsville, Cairns and Mackay, but we still manage to work in unison. “We have a close link and work together to provide follow up care for patients, which means we have continuity of care and very good outcomes.” The Mater Hospital’s two cardiac catheter laboratories underwent a $2.2 million upgrade last year, which included the installation of new medical imaging to diagnose and treat heart conditions that feature new technology, the first of its type in Australia.

• Electrophysiology studies • Medical Cardiac Conditions • Implantable Defibrillators • Cardiac Catheterisations • Temporary / Permanent Pacemakers The Cardiac surgeons at the Mater Hospital are supported by specialist medical perfusionists along with highly skilled surgical and nursing staff. For further information on cardiac and surgical services at the Mater Hospital, log on to www.matertsv.org.au

MATER HEALTH SERVICE DIAGNOSTIC AND SURGICAL SERVICES INCLUDE: • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft • Aortic Root Surgery • Valve Surgery • Lung Cancer Surgery • Interventional Procedures Stenting/Ablations/Angioplasty

DR SUMIT YADAV

MBBS MS MCh(C/Th) FRACS Director Cardiothoracic Surgery Suite 4B, Mater Hospital 4775 5111

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HEALTH PROMOTION

Tegan Humphries, Leisa Parker and Tamara Shaw

STRETCH YOURSELF INTO BETTER SHAPE Old injuries, poor posture, constant pain, stressed bodies. These can all be helped through movement therapy, physio and pilates.

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So, it turns out your mum was right all along; posture really is important. We know now that bad posture can cause you body aches, back, neck or shoulder pain, give you headaches, digestive issues, muscle fatigue and can leave you feeling deflated, stressed and foggy. And with many of us spending the bulk of our days staring at a computer screen or hunched over an iPhone, our collective posture is worse than ever. Now, with the help of Core Movement NQ, your posture or rehabilitation needs can be corrected through pilates, physio and movement all within the one specialised clinic. “Posture is the way we carry ourselves through life,” explains pilates practitioner and movement therapist Leisa Parker who owns Core Movement NQ

with her physio husband Paul Parker. “Posture is 24-hour awareness; how we sit, stand, move, and even lie down has an impact on the body. Bringing awareness to one’s posture can assist in aligning our skeletal structure, which brings balance to body systems, helps prevent or rehabilitate injuries and promotes general wellbeing”. Wellbeing and exercise prescription is a big part of what Leisa, Paul and their team (Leisa, Paul and physiotherapists/ pilates instructors Tamara and Tegan) do at Core Movement NQ, which is located at 144 Ross River Road, Mundingburra. The studio specialises in treating back rehabilitation, dance injury and prevention programs and other movement dysfunction through exercise.


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“Expanding into Core Movement NQ has been something we have been looking in to for a few years,” says Paul, who has owned and operated Townsville physio practice SportsMedNQ since 1995. “We outgrew our facilities at SportsMedNQ and decided to create a separate business specialising in rehab through pilates and movement. My role is as a physio assessing and diagnosing back or movement dysfunction. I work closely with the pilates instructors to formulate an individualised exercise program.” “Many people have long term dysfunction which needs accurate assessment and progressions,” adds Leisa. “There is no easy fix. We use the Dorsa Vi which gives objective data on movement disorders and we then incorporate this with real time ultra-sound to develop exercise rehab programs,” explains Leisa. “We also have high quality pilates equipment including two reformers, a Cadillac, a Wunda Chair and the only two CoreAlign machines in Townsville.” Core Movement NQ offers a

range of sessions, from one-onone pilates sessions to small groups (up to three people) and group classes (up to 10 people). The studio offers physiotherapy services as well as individualised dance physiotherapy programs

with Tamara Shaw. Leisa also runs a twice-monthly Rest and Renew Class, which aims to regulate the nervous system through self-awareness, gentle somatic movement and deep weighted rest.

“The Rest and Renew class gives people the space and tools to rejuvenate their body and mind without the constant interruptions of daily life,” shares Leisa. Core Movement NQ’s Ross River Road studio is also available for casual room rental and weekend workshop hire. For session schedules or to make a private appointment, visit Core Movement’s Facebook page.

WHEN OUR SKELETAL STRUCTURE IS NOT ALIGNED, OUR MUSCLES AND ORGANS BECOME OUT OF BALANCE. LEISA PARKER

CORE MOVEMENT NQ

144 Ross River Road Mundingburra 4725 2662 www.coremovementnq.com.au https://www.facebook.com/ Core-Movement-Townsville-139893049772461/

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STRIVE FOR HEALTH

On a mission to provide quality, personally oriented care, the Strive Health & Physiotherapy team believes in a holistic approach.

WE’VE RECENTLY MOVED INTO A NEW STATE-OF-THE ART FACILITY WITH ON-SITE QML PATHOLOGY. DR RON MALPAS

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Based on the best available scientific evidence, Strive Health & Physiotherapy services include medicals, vaccinations, lifestyle and wellness, disease management and at-home care. “We’ve been providing medical care to the Townsville and surrounding communities since 1985,” says Dr Ron Malpas, who has been with the practice since its opening. “Our doctors, nurses and physiotherapists can help manage a variety of conditions in family practice medicine including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, asthma, emotional health and osteoporosis.” The practice also has a professional skin care clinic, R3 Skin Studio, with a passion for giving people the freedom of confidence through quality treatments. “Our doctors assess the patient’s specific needs and provide unique, effective, worldclass skin care products,” Dr Malpas says. “Come and see us

for chemical peels, anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, skin cancer management and more.” The Strive Health & Physiotherapy and R3 Skin Studio team consists of six doctors, two registered nurses, a practice manager, three receptionists, a physiotherapist and a dietitian. “The practice has grown from a small family practice with two doctors to what we are today,” Dr Malpas says. “And we’ve recently moved into a new state-of-the art facility with on-site QML Pathology. The space includes individual consultation rooms, surgical procedure/treatment rooms and a large physiotherapy area including consult rooms and physio/exercise equipment and machines.” Strive Health & Physiotherapy has also purchased a new-generation monorail Pilate’s reformer to augment its existing Pilates treatment modalities. “Clinical Pilates has become the exercise intervention of choice in

leading clinics,” Dr Malpas says. “Scientific research has found that it’s one of the most powerful exercise treatment tools. Our individual and small group classes are proving really popular and incorporate mat and ball work as well as the reformer.”

STRIVE HEALTH & PHYSIOTHERAPY STRIVE HEALTH & PHYSIOTHER APY / R3 SKIN CLINIC

703-705 Ross River Road, Kirwan 4773 6133 www.strivehealth.com.au www.r3skinstudio.com.au


TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

CLOSER TO HOME

Thanks to the supporters of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, the hospital’s Children’s Ward is looking more homely than ever.

ABOVE Mum Katey Hanby rests on one of the new foldout chairs for parents. LEFT The Vpod 3D Distractionary Unit. BELOW Nevaeh East (3) and Clinical Nurse Hannah Tall with the Vpod 3D Distractionary Unit.

WE’RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE STAFF AND FAMILIES TO ENSURE THE WARD HAS ALL OF THE CREATURE COMFORTS OF HOME. MEGAN KING

The new Children’s Ward Redevelopment, due to be completed by January 2018, is putting lots of smiles on little faces. “So far the Townsville Hospital Foundation has spent $1.2 million on the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator, Megan King. “This included adding seven new beds to the ward’s capacity along with new furniture and all the little extras that help children feel more at home.” These extras include stateof-the-art 3D interaction equipment such as the Vpod 3D Distractionary Unit. “This mobile unit allows the children to participate in 3D games while receiving treatment,” Megan says. “The Vpod has a selection of programs including pirates and princesses’ games and, when you put the special glasses on,

you can see everything in 3D. The children are transported to a different world.” Funds raised by the Townsville Hospital Foundation have also meant that 30 new bed chairs for parents have been able to be purchased. The chairs fold out so they can be used as a bed for parents staying with their children in the ward. “Other purchases include prams and strollers to allow parents and staff to take children on small walks outside of the ward to stimulate recovery,” Megan says. “And we’ve bought high chairs for the speech pathologists and allied health staff working with children during meal times.” Also on the to-buy list are playground equipment, outdoor furniture for families, craft items for the Play Room, laptops and gaming consoles for the Teenage Retreat and iPads and sports equipment for the School Room. “We’re working closely with

the staff and families who will be using this ward to ensure all of the items we’re adding help promote a positive healing environment and ensure the ward has all of the creature comforts of home,” Megan says. “None of this would’ve been possible without the generous support we’ve received from the North Queensland community via local businesses but also local families. Together we’re making a difference in the lives of sick children in North Queensland.”

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WHO’S THE NEW SCHOOL PRINCIPAL?!

It’s the question on every student’s lips. The end of the school year is near, and curiosity has peaked…

With mere weeks left in the school year, the excitement on school playgrounds and ovals across Townsville is palpable. Classes are rehearsing for end-of-year concerts, hot glue guns are heating up for a term full of Christmas crafts, and parents are planning just how to keep the kids occupied for seven humid weeks. Behind the scenes, plans for 2018’s new school year are underway and for three Townsville Catholic primary schools plans include a new Principal. In 2018, St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mundingburra, will welcome Principal Justen Orford; Marian Catholic School, Currajong, will welcome Principal Michael Colahan; and Good Shepherd Catholic School, Rasmussen, will welcome Principal Glenda Scrase. For Justen Orford, or Mr Orford as he’s known at Holy Spirit Catholic School where he’s currently Assistant Principal – Administration, his move to St Joseph’s will be an opportunity to inspire another school community.

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Justen Orford Glenda Scrase Michael Colahan

“The school motto at St Joseph’s Mundingburra is ‘Love is service’ and service is something I hold dear in my own life,” says Justen, who has been at Holy Spirit for 11 years. “I am a strong believer we should all be active members within our community. My own volunteer roles include work with the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, taking part in education opportunities such as Opti-MINDS, being a Justice of the Peace and also an active member of the parish. “This passion and energy to serve and assist those within our community is something I will bring with me.” Before the school welcomes Mr Orford though, the students and staff will farewell Principal of the past 12 years, Michael Colahan who will move to Marian Catholic School. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about Marian and I’m looking forward to leading such a vibrant school community,” says Michael (Mr Colahan). “I am a past student of St John Fisher’s, which was one of a group of schools that

merged to form the Marian Catholic School. I still have fond memories of the annual Mounta-thon when we all walked up Mount Stuart to raise money for the school. I’m pleased to see Mount-a-thon is still part of the school’s tradition and I’ll be keen to do the walk once again. If my legs let me!” For Glenda Scrase, or Ms Scrase as she’s known in her current role as Principal at St Francis Catholic School, Hughenden, her new position as Principal at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Rasmussen will mean a return to Townsville. Glenda previously taught at Southern Cross Catholic College and St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand. “Former St Francis student Cathy Freeman recently spoke to our students about being able to achieve their dreams and anything they want to with determination, commitment and hard work,” shares Glenda. “It’s my hope that I have inspired the St Francis students and will inspire the Good Shepherd kids to dream big and achieve all they want in life.

“I have a vibrant and enthusiastic approach to everything I do and will bring this to my new role.” For each Justen, Michael and Glenda, leaving their current schools is understandably bittersweet. They are comforted though, knowing that each has left a mark on their current schools. Justen and the energy and passion he put around school musicals and Eisteddfod plays. Michael and the school song the students sing at each Monday’s assembly and the sandstone statue of St Mary MacKillop that stands within the school grounds. Glenda and the tradition of Year 6 legacy gifts which have included a garden, a chook pen, a mosaic mural, a statue of St Francis. With the first school bell for 2018 set to ring on Monday 22 January, it will be exciting to see what these new Principals have in store.

I STILL HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THE ANNUAL MOUNT-A-THON WHEN WE [AS STUDENTS] ALL WALKED UP MOUNT STUART... MICHAEL COLAHAN

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Congratulations to Chris & Charlene Boyd on the safe arrival of Maddox Charles born 11 weeks early on 21.2.17 weighing only 1.4kg.

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DO OUR CHILDREN GROW UP IN SPIRIT?

Quite often, people ask me whether our children who pass away young, continue to grow up in the spirit world.

International Psychic Medium

Marco Della Valle

Over the years there has certainly been suggestions that this happens, but none more so than when I read for a woman by the name of Anne. Anne was in her late 50’s and came to me for a Psychic reading. She had no pressing questions, she just wanted to see what came through for her. The reading started and after a very short period of time, we started talking about her children. I knew that Anne had two children in the physical world and spoke about them for a little, however as the reading progressed, I soon realised that beside me, stood Anne’s ‘other’ daughter who was now living in the spirit world. The young woman in spirit told me that Anne was her mother and that she passed at the very young age of two from complications to her lungs. Anne was able to confirm this and advised her daughter’s name was Janey. Anne asked a very popular question, “Do our children grow up in spirit, or do they stay the same age as they were when they pass?”. In the past, children have shown themselves to me at two different ages or stages rather… the age at the time of their passing and then again

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the age they would be if they continued to live in the physical world. On this occasion however, Janey showed me that she was very much all grown up and very aware of what has been happening since her departure from the physical world. Thirty-three years had past since Janey’s physical death, but she was able to show me a list of events that took place since she died so that Anne would know that she had been around her. Anne was again able to confirm all of this information. It was at this point Janey had asked me to thank her mother for the cuddles last Tuesday night. As I relayed the message to Anne she had no idea what I was talking about, so I turned to Janey in spirit and asked her to clarify further. Janey then showed me that although it had

been three decades since her passing, her mother had kept her christening gown in a box under the bed in the spare room. She went on to show me that the previous Tuesday night after her husband had gone to bed Anne had taken the gown out of the box, wrapped it up into her arms and cuddled into the gown as if to cuddle her daughter. “Tell mum that I felt her cuddles,” she repeated to me. I passed on the information to Anne as confirmation that her daughter was still around her. Anne shook her head in agreeance and advised she did cuddle her daughter’s christening gown the previous Tuesday and it all made perfect sense to her. Janey also asked me to tell her mum that she enjoys sitting on the couch late at night beside her whilst she watches crime shows

in the dark. She then went on to tell me that her favourite show to watch with her mum is CSI. Anne laughed out loud and again was able to confirm that she does stay up late at night watching crime shows and CSI was also her favourite as well. It is from this experience, along with many more that I am convinced that not only do our children who pass too young, not only grow up in the Spirit world, they continue see what we do and share in our experiences as we journey through life, ourselves. MARCO DELL A VALLE

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world, has been published on at least three continents and has won major international photography competitions. He is passionate about animals, being a keen advocate for animal welfare in all its guises and a proud supporter of animal welfare charities including the RSPCA Queensland and GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs) in Need.

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HAVE YOU GOT A SUPER PLAN? Failing to plan is planning to fail, especially when it comes to structuring your estate plan for your super benefits.

Director

Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

Upon retirement, and most definitely at the time of death, superannuation is often an individual’s single most significant asset. But the issue that most accountants face is that estate planning steps that are relevant to ensure a person’s entitlements pass onto the intended recipient are often misunderstood. This can be further complicated by insurance held in the Super environment, which is intended to increase the value of wealth that is then required to be handed down to the set beneficiary.

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What needs to be taken into consideration is the impact of the budget changes in 2016, legislation and regulation changes and the trust deed. These all impact on who can be paid a benefit on death, if and how it can be paid and, most importantly, the tax treatment applicable for the recipients (as this is not always the same, depending on the situation), not to mention trustee discretion and control. Why is it important to structure your estate plan for your super benefits? To avoid family fall-out or manage conflict and ensure your wishes are met in the most efficient and, often, tax-effective way. One strategy could be that a member could withdraw lump sums from the fund and gift them to specific people or entities if they meet a condition of release. This ensures the intended beneficiary receives their entitlement and super doesn’t form part of the estate and therefore may avoid tax that would otherwise be payable by a non-dependent (e.g. an adult child). This strategy may be risky if the member ends up not being

able to fund their own lifestyle and/or needs, but also removes the benefit from the enjoyment of the tax-favourable environment of the fund itself, so you would want to get your timing right with such an option. The other alternative is considering a separate Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF), particularly where the relationship between the wider family of each person in a couple appears tense. This could work if each person wishes to pass on a particular benefit to one or more children. Each person can then determine their own succession plan independently and allow scope to deal with different interests (with different tax components). This could be particularly useful in a blended family situation. Other topics to assist with the overall estate planning strategy could include the preparation of a memorandum of directions, engage in family discussions and agreements and/or incorporate dispute-resolution mechanisms, even including additional relevant clauses in the SMSF trust deed. When it comes to developing good SMSF strategies, it’s not a

‘one size fits all’. Your best option is to develop your own strategy with the assistance of your accountant and estate planning specialist. Consider what you want to achieve and how best to achieve this as part of a comprehensive estate plan. This includes advice about who can receive the death benefits (whether that is a dependent or Legal Personal Representative), how death benefits can and should be paid, the consequences of income tax on the death benefit, who should control the SMSF on death or incapacitation of a member and, most importantly, what strategies can be put in place to reduce potential conflict within the family.

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.


BUSINESS

WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Making the most of this Holiday Season.

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to spend with your family, your friends and relatives and actually talk, plan and set a tone for the New Year? And use the downtime during this holiday period? This year I want you to join me and use this opportunity to do three important tasks: 1. Talk to your loved ones 2. Review your finances 3. Make a plan

Christmas and New Year is a great time of the year (unless you work in retail, I’m told). Christmas parties, winding down of the work year, school holidays, sunshine and pool time. Plus the food. Oh, the food! For me, Christmas is an awesome time in our family. My beautiful mother-in-law Gail quite literally ‘decks the halls’ with Christmas decorations, outdoor lights and has better packing skills than Amazon, with her ability to fill a fridge/freezer with more food than a small army could eat. After the Christmas period though I feel a level of regret for another reason. Lost opportunity. When else do you have the time

When you’re talking to loved ones, recognise that everyone has a unique and valuable perspective on life. Older generations have the benefit of experience and hindsight. Younger generations have the experience of new technology, exuberance and hope. Ask everyone questions! Even if you think you know the answer, you’ll be surprised and sometimes impressed with another’s viewpoint and perspective. Everyone leads their own life and has walked a different path, which is valuable. Plus you don’t know what you don’t know. For me, I love hearing about investing and experiences. Hearing stories about bad

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investments, great investments and investments that they wish they had made, it really gives me a kick! It’s fulfilling to hear another person light up with excitement as they recount a story of their experiences and it’s also a great way to learn. Reviewing your finances can mean a number of things, depending on where you are in life. It can mean checking your interest rate and fees on your home loan. It can mean reviewing what credit card Balance Transfers are available. It can be getting a comparison quote on your insurance (car/boat/home/ life). You have the time, most things are only a few clicks or a phone call away and I remind you: you have the time. There can be some great satisfaction in knowing that you have found a better price [for whatever] via a few smartphone searches, all whilst spending the time on your couch watching whatever miserable TV is on. Another way is to seek professional help by seeing a Mortgage Broker, Insurance Broker or Financial Planner to review your facilities professionally.

Finally, Make a Plan. It can be a total life blueprint, it can be a couple of notes you keep on the fridge. Whatever it looks like, commit some time to think about what is important to you and detail what steps you need to take to achieve it. Remember a goal without a plan is just a dream. And don’t get me wrong, dreams are great! I’m the biggest dreamer I know, but no one is going to help you realise your dream. You are going to need to do it yourself. If you want to have stronger finances, develop a budget, create a savings plan and stick to it. If you want to progress your career/income, identify your strengths and continue to enhance them. Study. If you want to be healthier, plan your meals and prepare them in advance. Say no to things that do not help you achieve your goal. Finish this year strong and start your New Year with a Plan. The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned.

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REALITY STILL HAS A BITE The past few months has seen a bottoming out of Townsville’s labour force decline.

This is welcome news, but before popping the champagne it’s worth keeping in mind the following:

Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

1 The bulk of organic employment growth has been part-time in nature (implying high levels of under-employment, which is what the data on hours worked tells us); 2 What new full-time work there has been is due to the development of renewable energy projects and Government pump priming finally kicking in. That’s mainly in civil construction and related activities; and 3 About 1/3 of recorded employment growth is a result of reclassification of folk from home care to being employed under the NDIS. That’s an accounting trick.

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

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These phenomena point to, among other things, a sobering conclusion that public works stimulus is a straight volume play, ephemeral in nature, potentially with limited regard for long-term productivity enhancing structural change. Put plainly, throw enough money at an economy and there will, inevitably, be an impact. It’s like cracks in a wall; trowel enough putty and plaster and even the largest of cracks can be covered over. Slap on a lick of paint, and it’ll look new again. We saw this in the immediate post-GFC arena, when the Commonwealth injected $50B+ into the national economy propping up household consumption. The problem is that whilst the fiscal stimulus averted a ‘technical recession’, household debt remains over-cooked and the can has been kicked down the road. The symptoms of this are depressed household expenditure and negligible real income growth

now combined with growing mortgage stress. MENDICANT’S WINDFALL Townsville’s economic (and social) woes have captured State and National attention over the last two years. Unsurprisingly, in this environment, we have seen significant public sector commitments to fiscal intervention through a range of capital works initiatives. Contrary to claims that the region has been short-changed, the evidence on State capital procurement shows clearly that Townsville has been the recipient of disproportionate injections of funds from the State for capital works over the past five years at least. Indeed, data from the Queensland State Budget Papers since 2011/2012 show that Townsville has received >6% of total capital procurement on the back of a population contribution of 4.4%. This disproportionate allocation is a windfall on the back of disproportionate misfortune and poor structural adjustment, one could argue. The rattier the mendicant, the more the cup gets filled with alms. (Is this the basis of a moral hazard, one could wonder?) THERE ARE NUMBERS, AND THERE ARE NUMBERS In very recent times, some folk seem to be worried about an impending skill shortage. Concerns about skills shortage are understandable, but overstates the issues and misconstrues the dynamics. To begin with, a small, open regional economy like North Queensland, receiving disproportionate volumes of pump priming capital works injections, is likely to see the bulk of the work undertaken by an influx of temporary workers if the local labour force isn’t up to the

requirements. This stems the tide of outflow for a while, and some of these temps may well settle in once the big projects conclude. Others may simply head south to seek work on projects like Queens Wharf or the Cross River rail project in Brisbane. Many who’ve left in the last few years are unlikely to come back permanently any time soon. That there’s talk of a skills mismatch is ironic, of course, because it tells a story of asking for the wrong things in the first place, if the aim was to get existing local unemployed back to work. There are still thousands unemployed and underemployed … that is to say, serious slack in the local labour force, but the claim now is that work will bring new people in. The second issue here goes to how the employment impacts are tabulated. Lists of projects with associated projections on jobs to be created are fondly paraded around. That there’s every prospect that the employment impacts are overstated as a consequence of project proponent optimism bias is the first reason to be somewhat circumspect when it comes to the accuracy of these lists. But there’s actually a more serious reason for caution, and that is that the stated employment impacts are gross numbers, not net numbers. Economists have long understood that employment spikes in one industry will result in disruptions to other industries. Swings and roundabouts. Manufacturing employment, for example, is adversely impacted when the resources sector goes through a boom. That’s also what the argument over Adani’s claimed jobs impact was all about. Input-output (I/O) analysis, which is usually used to generate single project employment impact estimates, does not (and cannot) account


BUSINESS OBSERVATION

THE TOWNSVILLE ECONOMY EXPERIENCED A DECADE-LONG BOOM (2003-2013) IN LARGE PART BECAUSE IT BUCKED THE NATIONAL PATTERN...

for the net impacts on other industries. That’s why the company’s economist under oath argued that, according to the general equilibrium model he used to estimate Adani’s employment impacts, the total net impact was around 1,600 – a long way short of the headline 10,000. Net impacts overall are never anywhere near the headline numbers derived from tabbing up project lists. To use gross headline numbers as a basis of analysing the aggregate net economic effects of the listed projects is, unfortunately, very misleading. Serious policy economists, like those in the Productivity Commission, would caution against this move and the reliance on the results of I/O analysis. Bear in mind too that not all identified projects will proceed, let along go forward at the same time as each other. Civic construction projects have start dates and end dates. The jobs created are by definition shortterm and temporary. Projects that run in sequence don’t create job numbers based on adding up the claimed employment of each project, because as one project runs out and another starts, the same person has another round of work. Different projects, same person.

So, in really plain terms, adding up projects’ claimed employment impacts and concluding that those numbers represent the net additional impact is simplistic, misleading and poorly argued nonsense. Sorry to burst the bubble. The last main reason for a little circumspection is that construction jobs are short term in nature, and are greater usually than the operational jobs that go on into the future after the building work is completed. Take for example the footy stadium. The headline construction jobs impact is 750. Once built, however, the estimated employment is 30 jobs (many of which, incidentally, are already in existence at the existing stadium). If a project is not productivity enhancing, or is just a plain old money loser once complete, then there’s every prospect that what was gained during construction will be lost afterwards. In this case, it’s a case of chasing one’s tail. CRACKS IN THE STRUCTURE Townsville’s structural problems have been papered over by generous lashings of Government capital works. This gives the place a bit of breathing room. But it isn’t out of the woods by a long shot.

The main reason for this is the underlying structure of the local economy. Retooling a regional economy for 21st century prosperity is going to require an increase in the absolute number and proportionate contribution of what have been called ‘non-routine’ work. That is, work that machines can’t really do for one reason or another, and which require human touch or creativity to be effective. The dramatic decline in postschool education enrollments in the regions, including in Townsville, in the last few years is a portend for a long term structural hollowing out of capable knowledge workers. This dynamic should be of huge concern. The national pattern of employment by skills type over the past 30+ years has seen the growth in non-routine cognitive employment as a proportion o total employment. By 2005, non-routine cognitive employment had overtaken routine manual work as a proportion of the whole. There’s also been growth in non-routine manual work, but from a low base. The Townsville economy experienced a decade-long boom (2003-2013) in large part because

it bucked the national pattern. There was, as such, a ‘tradies’ bubble’. This took place firstly on the back of the post-2000 ‘easy money credit boom’, followed on by the effects of post-GFC national and global stimulus. The apparent prosperity post-GFC reinforced a broader complacency and public policy malaise at a regional level. The commodity price crash of 2013 saw the signs of the underlying cracks reveal themselves. Between 2011 and 2013 a spike in mining employment locally to about 6,000 persons masked the underlying fragilities. Mining’s rapid retreat confirmed that the regional private sector economy has shrunk palpably, and as the base contracted cracks began to show themselves and widened. The cracks have been plastered over with generous lashings of public sector funding, but the cautionary note here is that plastering is not the same is fixing. Fingers crossed, the breathing space that fiscal pump priming has afforded the North won’t be wasted through a relapse of complacency. The 21st century waits for no-one.

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1. Get up close and personal If you want to experience the Great Barrier Reef first-hand and immerse yourself in the magic of this underwater spectacular, you can’t go past a dive or snorkel trip. Join Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive to visit the stunning outer reef, or more experienced divers can jump aboard Yongala Dive and tick off the SS Yongala – Australia’s best dive site and one

of the world’s top wreck dives. If you prefer the freedom to explore at your own pace, book a weekend dive safari with Remote Area Dive to visit the most secluded locations on the inner and middle Great Barrier Reef. 2. Wind into Island time It’s magnetic by name and magnetic by nature, the Great Barrier Reef island of Magnetic


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and resist the urge to hit full speed though – there’s plenty of wildlife along the way that you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of. An array of reef fish, turtles, stingrays and dolphins are regularly spotted, and at the right time of year, whales! 4. Feel like a rockstar on a luxury island Ever wondered what it’s like to feel like a celebrity? Stop dreaming and start doing with an escape to Orpheus Island. Arrive on the Island via the ultimate level of sophistication, by helicopter of course, to experience complete luxury, fine dining, an exclusive beach front and private trips to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s totally #bragworthy and will create memories to last a lifetime.

5. Views from above Gain a whole new perspective on the vastness and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with a scenic helicopter flight. Townsville Helicopters will take you on a journey like no other, with endless horizons and scattered reefs below. Peer down and soak it all in – you’ll be amazed at the montage of colours and patterns that make up the Great Barrier Reef. To top it off, just when you think you’ve seen it all, the helicopter will land on a secluded sand cay to give you 15 minutes to have the reef all to yourself! You can’t get much better than that anywhere in the world – there is only one Great Barrier Reef after all. 6. Sail Away You can experience the Great Barrier Reef at any pace you like, but how about sailing across its waters into the sunset with a glass of bubbles in hand? Join Big Mama Sailing to soak up the colourful hues of our region’s spectacular sunset while enjoying a delicious cheese platter as you toast to an afternoon well spent.

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Daisy & RobbiE A JOURNALIST AND A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT MAY NOT SEEM THE MOST LIKELY MATCH, BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP DAISY HATFIELD AND ROB KATTER FROM FALLING IN LOVE.

When then WIN News reporter Daisy was given an assignment to interview member of parliament Rob Katter, little did she know he was her husband-to-be… “I turned to my cameraman and said ‘He’s so handsome!’ and I haven’t been able to get him out of my head since,” Daisy says. The feeling was mutual, with Rob citing Daisy’s crafty sense of humour and ambivalence towards politicians as appealing traits. The pair enjoy horse-riding and it was on one of their outback excursions that Rob took the opportunity to ask Daisy to be his wife. “The colours of the country out here (Mount Isa) look amazing late in the afternoon,” Rob says. “I liked the idea of popping the question on horseback in the vibrant colours of the outback.” It was right on sunset when Rob turned to Daisy, told her how beautiful she is and asked for her hand in marriage. “I was completely and utterly shocked,” Daisy says. The couple said ‘I do’ in front of 150 guests at the Stuartholme Chapel in Brisbane followed by a reception at the Victoria Park Golf Complex. Daisy wore an elegant ivory silk chiffon dress with full-length sleeves and a plunging back and held a rambling bouquet of burgundy, crimson, peach, apricot, grey and textured foliage. “Having a few coldies and spending time with my mates before the ceremony was pretty special but a distant second to the emotionally charged wait in the church for Daisy to come down the aisle,” Rob says.

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“I know it sounds clichéd but that will remain a very happy memory until the day I die. You think you’ve got it all worked out as you get older but I was bowled over by the emotion of the whole event in the end.” The newlyweds have chosen South Africa as their honeymoon destination for next year. “We’re both outdoorsy people so we’re looking forward to going on safaris, hiking to the top of Table Mountain and exploring the Cape wine lands,” Daisy says. Kids are also on the cards, with one proviso: “We’d have to sit down and discuss it with our two dogs Ruby (an English Pointer) and Jon-Bon Jonesy (an English Pointer X Cavalier King Charles) first,” Daisy laughs. For others planning their nuptials, Rob has this advice: “It’s pretty easy to get caught up in putting together this big party, which can distract you from the real meaning of the day. “Remember, your real friends and family would much prefer that you’re relaxed on your wedding day rather than scoring your performance as an event coordinator.” And with a maturity beyond her 27 years, Daisy adds: “Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairytale or a storybook and it doesn’t always come easy. “Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. It’s a short word, easy to spell, but difficult to define and impossible to live without.”

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Catherine & Connor CATHERINE PEGORARO AND CONNOR WHITE HAVE MUTUAL FRIENDS AND HALLOWEEN TO THANK FOR THEIR FAIRYTALE ENDING.

“We met on Halloween in 2015 at the Heritage Exchange,” Connor says. “I wasn’t even thinking of going out that night but, luckily, my friends persuaded me.” Connor says he knew Catherine was ‘the one’ after about 10 minutes of talking to her. Catherine and Connor wed at The Rainforest Lawn, Queens Gardens, followed by a reception at The Quay Side Terminal with just over 100 guests. She wore a low-back dress and held a bouquet of soft flowers in whites, pinks and gum tones. “On my bouquet I wrapped a piece of one of my dad’s old blue work shirts and pinned two of my late grandma’s brooches,” Catherine says. “I would love to thank our parents (Roger and Christine Pegoraro and Neville and Kerrie White) as they are so supportive and have been great examples of a marriage.” Connor says the wait for Catherine to walk down the aisle was nerve-racking. “Just waiting to see how beautiful she looked made my day,” he says. “Too bad we were both ugly crying as soon as we saw each other!”

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THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE NEVER DID RUN SMOOTH BUT GEORGIA RALPH AND JAMES NIELSEN THINK THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE.

Things didn’t exactly go to plan when 24-yearold Georgia Ralph married her beau, 23-yearold James. Georgia had a cold, the wrong song played as they walked out of the ceremony and it rained! But, despite all that, the couple say they wouldn’t change it for the world. “You’ve just got to roll with it and not sweat the small stuff,” Georgia says. “James and I come from different upbringings, different lifestyles and even different states but somehow we both decided to study in the same place, at the same time. I always thought everything happens for a reason and, after meeting James, I know it does.” The newlyweds met at Longreach Pastoral College in 2012. “We just clicked right from the start,” James says. “Our relationship grew and I ended up marrying my best mate.” Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms, which Georgia manages while James is Territory Manager at Stocklick Trading. “The location was an obvious choice for us – the vibe really fit with the rustic, country theme we were going for,” Georgia says. “We were able to incorporate the things we value most – our family, our horses and our lifestyle.” James says seeing Georgia get out of the car sent him into a whirlwind: “We both thought Georgia would cry and I wouldn’t but, as it turned out, it was the complete opposite!” The day being overcast turned out to be a blessing as they were able to have the ceremony in the middle of the paddock in front of two glorious gum trees. “The colours (grey, blue and cream) were perfect for the overcast day and looked amazing in the paddock for our photos,” Georgia says. “Our reception was held in The Shed with lots of fairy lights, hessian and lace and we all danced in the rain – pure bliss!”

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WHEN SOPHY MACCALLUM MET HER FRIEND ALISSA GURNEY’S BIG BROTHER, THEY DISCOVERED THEY HAD MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN JUST ALISSA. Sophy MacCallum (28) was always intrigued by her good friend Alissa’s big brother Nick (32) – a designer and entrepreneur. “They used to come over to my place on their lunch break from studying (at Enmore Design Centre in Sydney),” Nick recalls. “We’d all talk design and have a good laugh.” The more Sophy and Nick hung out, the more drawn they were to each other and both soon realised they were captivated by each other’s energy. After five happy years together, Nick decided the time was right to ‘put a ring on it’. “We were travelling the USA with Alissa and her husband Ash and I knew I’d propose on the trip,” Nick says. “One afternoon while we were staying in Brooklyn, I went for a walk to check out the new boardwalk along the Brooklyn waterfront and felt it was the perfect spot. It has a great view of the city (Manhattan), which Soph and I both love,” Nick says. The next morning, Nick insisted Sophy wake up early to go for a walk along the Brooklyn waterfront… “In true form, I was rushing Nick because I was worried about getting to the airport in time for our flight to San Fran,” Sophy says. “I was pacing ahead when Nick yelled my name and I turned around to see him on one knee in the perfect spot overlooking Manhattan!” Sophy and Nick said ‘I do’ in front of 60 guests at Queens Gardens in the Rainforest Lawn.

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“We love Rainforest Lawn because it feels like you could be anywhere in the world,” says Sophy, who wore a long-sleeved, high-neck top, which buttoned up from top to bottom, with a high-waisted skirt. “To finish it off I went all out and wore a classic two-tier veil over my face with a beautiful lace trim,” Sophy says. “Walking down the aisle hand in hand with my Dad, and looking at Nick through my veil as the string quartet played, gave me goosebumps.” Nick says he “may or may not have shed a few tears” when the strings started to play Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey as Sophy appeared with Roger, walking down the aisle through the lush green gardens. The reception was held at Sophy’s family home on Melton Hill. “Mum and Dad’s house holds so many memories – growing up with family and friends and with Nick,” Sophy says. “We decided on a neutral, clean, contemporary feel as I didn’t want to take away from the beautifully designed home. We went with three main arrangements that were in tall, clear vases filled with a few different types of orchids surrounded by dark, lush, green leaves so it tied back in with the Rainforest Lawn ceremony. “I always wanted an intimate reception with a real personal feel so it was the perfect place to celebrate.”

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THE JURY IS OUT AS TO WHETHER KRISTEN HEERY USED A RUSE TO GET TIMOTHY BUS’ NUMBER BUT, EITHER WAY, IT ENDED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

To this day, Timothy Bus thinks it was a pick-up line when he met Kristen Heery at a party and she asked him to call her phone because she’d lost it. “She just pretended to lose her phone so she could get my number,” Tim says. “The phone ended up being in her pocket all along.” While Kristen maintains she really thought she’d lost her phone, she admits Tim did catch her eye. The 26-year-old admin assistant and 28-year-old electrician got married at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Stanley Street followed by a reception at the Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club on Magnetic Island. Kristen tried on over 20 dresses before she found ‘the one’. “When I put mine on with the veil I started crying so I knew it must be it,” Kristen says. “The thing I loved most was that I could add an overskirt to it, which meant it could be more formal for the church and then dressed-down for the reception.” The bride also wore something old (her late grandmother’s eternity ring), something borrowed (her sister’s veil) and something blue (a gemstone on her shoe) and carried a bouquet of maroon, pink and white flowers. “My special accessory was a watch Kristen gave me that had our initials and wedding date engraved on the back,” Tim says. “Being in the church, surrounded by everyone we know and love, and seeing my wife walk down the aisle towards me was a magical moment.” “The reception was ‘rustic but by the sea’, with lots of pretty lights and special little touches, Kristen says. “We also had surprise fireworks off the jetty at Picnic Bay as we stared our first dance – that really added some wow factor!”

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IT WAS A SLOW BURN WHEN ANTONETTE MACDONALD MET WILLIAM SKIRVING ON HER 31ST BIRTHDAY BUT IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT. They met at Antonette MacDonald’s 31st birthday party and started to go out together three-and-ahalf years later, but it wasn’t until William Skirving kept showing up at Antonette’s house every weekend that she realised this was serious. A Senior Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Will says he already admired Antonette’s good looks and class before he began dating the JCU Early Childhood Educator. William proposed at West Point on Magnetic Island with a bottle of Dom Perignon chilling on ice. “He was kneeling as he proposed,” Antonette says. “I thought he was making himself more comfortable until I saw the ring!” The wedding took place at St James Cathedral and Antonette wore an elegant cream dress with hand-stitched lace overlay topped with Swarovski crystals. “It was so funny when we were crossing the road at The Strand for the photo shoot,” she recalls. “All the bridesmaids and some of the boys were carrying the dress behind me, which stretched almost from one side of the road to the other. We looked like a mother duck with her ducklings following. Cars had to stop in both directions!” The reception was held at The Ville with 80 guests in attendance. “The most amazing aspect of our wedding for us both was the fact that all our children took part,” William says. “Susannah and Holly (William’s two daughters) were bridesmaids, Jack (Antonette’s eldest son) was a groomsman and Christian and Cathy (Antonette’s youngest children) were the ring bearer and flower girl.”

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Tanya from Catering by Michels explores all your catering options. Every couple wants their wedding to be unique and memorable. Coming up with new and exciting wedding food ideas can be a task and a half. Your wedding reception does not have to follow the usual formal three course sit down meal. Your guests may enjoy something a little more unusual. Let’s throw around some alternative catering styles and then discuss the more traditional. Canapes Finger food does not mean party pies and sausage rolls, unless that it your preference. Canapes can rival the fanciest sit-down meal. This style of service can be a very cost-effective way to host your wedding and of course it is extremely social. Guests will get to try an assortment of dishes, compared to just the one choice with a traditionally catered wedding. Many couples worry that a canape style event will not provide enough food for their guests. On the contrary, finger food can be very filling and your guests will be satisfied. Ask your caterer to start with delicate light canapes and then finish with more substantial options. And of course, don’t forget about the sweets. On the negative, side seating is limited, so make sure you think about your older guests. Grazing Table This style of wedding has shot to popularity. It is such a visual experience; grazing tables look amazing and give your wedding something special. This style of service suits cocktail style weddings and is a great way to allow your guests to interact with each other. It is also a great way to feed your guests more cost effectively. Festival This style of service is super popular now and is a modern version of the humble buffet. It is all about the food and a relaxed fun wedding. The festival style of wedding works best outdoors and consists of a variety of food stations for guests to experience. It’s about eating and drinking what the

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bride and groom would normally like to eat if they were out eating and drinking with their friends. That could be a burger station, Risotto station, teppanyaki bar or woodfired pizzas. Just because we know we have alternative options to the traditional sit-down dinner and buffet style wedding does not mean we must rule those options out. The three-course plated sit-down traditional wedding meal has many positives. Guests are all served at the same time, which gives you the opportunity to stay on track with your timetable and have everyone’s attention through speeches. It is also an easy was to identify and serve guests with different dietary requirements. If you have elderly guests they are guaranteed a seat. However, there are some negatives: it can be the most expensive option because this style of service requires more staff. Your guests also have limited food choices, as alternative drop is the usual method of serving. Buffet style of service is all about flexibility. You can offer a great range of food options for your guests and they get to choose what and how much they like to eat. Buffet is also another easy way to cater for guests dietary requirements. You won’t need extra staff as they will be serving themselves and It can also get very social at the the buffet. Buffet style does require the caterer to provide a lot more food than your standard sit down meal and this can cause additional expense. It is a mistake to think that a buffet is your cheapest alternative. Canape’s, grazing table, festival, three course sit down or buffet style Catering By Michel’s has all your catering needs covered. Come in and see Craig and Tanya or find our menu options at www.cateringbymichels.com.au Its all about the experience.


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The annual Women of Achievement Luncheon, proudly sponsored by Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers and Kailis Jewellery, celebrated go-getters in the local community. Speakers shared their inspirational words of wisdom, inspiring up-and-coming women of achievement to follow their dreams.

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MISS SONGS AT THE VILLE Discover classic Chinese dishes, food with south east Asian influences and edgy flavours that crescendo. Peking duck served with a Chinese pancake; baby Barramundi crispy fried with palm sugar, lemongrass, tamarind and chilli sauce; steamed dim sum; and mud crabs and crayfish fresh from the restaurant’s tank. Located at The Ville, just off the hotel lobby, Miss Songs is Townsville’s newest Asian restaurant and the first of three new food and beverage offerings from The Ville’s $35 million redevelopment. Let Miss Songs Asian Kitchen take you on a journey across the orient. Open for dinner, 7 days. www.the-ville.com.au 4722 2222

A TOUCH OF SALT Winner of Australian Good Food Guide 2017 Chef’s Hat & 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Perched on the edge of the Ross Creek, within Townsville’s CBD, familyowned restaurant A Touch of Salt serves up waterfront views from its al fresco deck and air-conditioned interior. Renowned for quality and creativity, the restaurant delivers an exquisite dining experience and a reputation for foodie festivals, intimate events and as a venue or caterer for weddings and functions. LUNCH: Wednesday–Friday from 12pm. DINNER: Tuesday–Saturday from 6pm. 86 Ogden Street, City www. atouchofsalt.com.au 4724 4441

THE SURF CLUB AT TOWNSVILLE PICNIC BAY SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB 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

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

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CATERING BY MICHELS

CAPITOL REGENT CHINESE RESTAURANT

Winner of ‘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

Capitol Regent is a family owned business established since 1980. There are now five locations in Townsville, with the most recent restaurant opening at the popular Fairfield Central. All restaurants are fully licensed with all meals cooked fresh to order. Lunch Specials, A la Carte and take away available. Delicious meals include Prawn Dumpling, BBQ Pork Bun, Duck Spring Roll, Brisket Noodle Soup and Laksa. Open 7 Days New Location – Fairfield Central, Idalia 4778 1477

GRILL’D HEALTHY BURGERS 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, South Townsville www.grilld.com.au 4976 9990

JAM Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 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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BROAD BEAN & PEA SALAD WITH FREEKEH & YOGHURT SAUCE PREPARATION TIME 25 minutes, plus overnight soaking SERVES 4 COOKING TIME 25 minutes

160 g (5½ oz/¾ cup) freekeh, soaked overnight 125 g (4½ oz) podded fresh peas 350 g (12 oz) podded fresh broad beans 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) olive oil, plus extra for drizzling over the salad 1 large brown onion, thinly sliced 1½ tablespoons chopped dill, including the stems juice of ½–1 lemon, to taste cup picked dill and mint leaves, torn just before serving ground sumac, for sprinkling (optional) Yoghurt Sauce 200 g (7 oz/¾ cup) natural unsweetened yoghurt 2 garlic cloves, crushed pinch of salt pinch of chilli powder or cayenne pepper

When it’s broad bean and pea season, you should eat them every day! This salad stars freekeh, a delicious, highly nutritious grain made from roasted green (early harvest) wheat. If you can’t obtain it, use barley, spelt or other grains instead. This salad looks great on a large flat platter. You could also double the quantity and take it to a barbecue or picnic. 1 Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Drain and rinse the freekeh, add it to the pan and cook for 6–8 minutes, or until the grains are just tender, but still retain their shape. Drain and set aside to cool. 2 Meanwhile, bring another saucepan of water to the boil. Blanch the peas for 1 minute, then remove with a slotted spoon. Refresh them under cold water, drain well and set aside. 3 Bring the water back to the boil and blanch the broad beans for about 2 minutes. Drain, then refresh under cold water. When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard the outer skin. Set the broad beans aside, keeping them separate to the peas. 4 Combine the yoghurt sauce ingredients in a bowl, mixing until smooth. Set aside. 5 Pour the olive oil into a frying pan large enough to hold the broad beans in one flat layer. Heat over medium–high heat. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, then let it soften over medium–low heat for 5–10 minutes, stirring now and then. 6 Turn the heat back up to high. Add the broad beans and stir-fry for 2–4 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Add the chopped dill and turn off the heat.

Images and recipes from Cornersmith Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99). Photography by Alan Benson.

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7 In a mixing bowl, combine the fried broad beans and peas. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. 8 To serve, spread the cooked freekeh on a platter, arrange the broad beans and peas on top and drizzle with the yoghurt sauce. Finish with the torn dill and mint, a sprinkling of sumac, if desired, and an extra drizzle of olive oil.


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CUCUMBER & CELERY SALAD WITH SPROUTS, PICKLED RHUBARB & FRIED HALOUMI PREPARATION TIME 20 minutes SERVES 4 COOKING TIME 15 minutes

The acidity of the pickled rhubarb adds a refreshing tang to this summer salad. There is no need for a ‘proper’ dressing – just a splash of lemon juice and olive oil, and maybe a little of the rhubarb pickling liquid. If you don’t have any pickled rhubarb, you could substitute with any other pickle. 4 Lebanese (short) cucumbers, about 400 g (14 oz) in total olive oil, for drizzling and pan-frying 2–3 celery stalks, with leaves 250 g (9 oz) haloumi, sliced 3–4 pieces Pickled Rhubarb (page 31), about 50 g (1¾ oz), thinly sliced 1 small handful of sprouts, such as fenugreek, alfalfa or mung bean 1 tablespoon picked oregano or thyme leaves –½ cup picked dill leaves Juice of 1–2 lemons

1 Heat a barbecue to medium. Cut two of the cucumbers in half lengthways. Brush them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place on the barbecue, cut side down. Char for 5–8 minutes, or until nicely coloured, then set aside to cool. 2 Slice the remaining cucumbers thinly, using a mandoline or very sharp knife, and place in a large mixing bowl. Thinly slice the celery stalks, reserving the leaves. Chop the charred cucumber into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl with the celery. Season to taste and set aside. 3 Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan over medium–high heat. Add the haloumi and cook for 2–3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. 4 Add the reserved celery leaves to the salad, along with the pickled rhubarb, sprouts and three-quarters of the herbs. Lightly toss together. 5 Place the salad on a large serving plate and arrange the haloumi on top. Squeeze lemon juice over it and drizzle with olive oil, and a dash of the rhubarb pickling juice if desired. 6 Garnish with the remaining herbs and serve.

Images and recipes from Cornersmith Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99). Photography by Alan Benson.

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TURMERIC PICKLED MANGO PREPARATION TIME 25 minutes, plus 20 minutes sterilising, plus 1 hour salting

2 kg (4 lb 8 oz) unripe mangoes, or green mangoes

MAKES 3 x 500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cup) jars

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STORAGE 3 months

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1½ tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon chilli flakes 400 ml (14 fl oz) white wine vinegar 110 g (3¾ oz/½ cup) sugar 400 ml (14 fl oz) water 6 curry leaves

So addictive are these pickles, you’ll be lucky if they make it past the first meal. They are delicious with curries, or mixed through Asian-style salads such as the Green Mango & Papaya Salad on page 15, and with the tortillas on page 36. For a quick and tasty salsa to serve with seafood or tacos, finely dice some of the pickled mango and mix in a small amount of the brine, lots of fresh chopped coriander (cilantro), and fresh chilli to taste. 1 Peel the mangoes, then cut the flesh into long strips about 1 cm (½ inch) thick. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Mix with your hands to evenly coat, then leave to sit for at least an hour, to draw the excess moisture out. 2 While your mango is salting, sterilise your jars and lids (see page 212). 3 Meanwhile, in a dry frying pan, lightly toast all the spices over medium heat for 1–2 minutes, or until fragrant, taking care not to burn the fenugreek seeds or they will become bitter. 4 Make your brine by combining the vinegar, sugar and water in a non-reactive, medium-sized saucepan. Place over low heat and stir to dissolve the sugar, then bring to simmering point. Turn off the heat and allow to cool a little. 5 When the jars are cool enough to handle, drain off and discard the excess liquid from your mango strips; you can wrap them in paper towel to dry them off a bit. 6 Put 2 curry leaves and 2 teaspoons of your spice mix into the bottom of each jar. Carefully pack the mango strips in. They will have become quite soft from the salting; you want to get as much as you can into each jar, without squashing or breaking up the mango strips.

Images and recipes from Cornersmith Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99). Photography by Alan Benson.

7 Cover with the brine, making sure the mango strips are completely submerged under the vinegar. 8 Remove any air bubbles by gently tapping each jar on the work surface and sliding a clean butter knife or chopstick around the inside to release any hidden air pockets. Wipe the rims of the jars with paper towel or a clean damp cloth and seal immediately. 9 We prefer to keep these pickles in the fridge, as the texture seems to deteriorate quite quickly. They’re best eaten within 3 months.

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DUO INTERVIEW

FIVE MINUTES WITH :

JOHN LEWIS

JODIE PARRISH

Suburb: Aitkenvale AKA: Ziggy I’m renowned for: A well stocked library of military history and various ancient writings. Also famous for Haus Hund German sausages. Only a local would know… that the suburb Murray was named after Harry Murray the highly decorated Australian soldier. My most memorable holiday was… taking a cruise boat to Europe with 15 ports of call then staying in the South of France. Right now I wish I was… holidaying in Germany. My favourite day is: Sunday with the girlfriend. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My dear mother. Generosity and kindness personified. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… a year ago or so I joined a conga line at Salamanca Market in Hobart thinking that it was for the ATM only to discover much later that it was in fact a line to the ladies toilets. Someone famous I met was: Dr Tony Large who as a 19 year old seaman survived WW2 after being sunk twice by torpedo and staying alive with three others for 40 days adrift. His book – In Deep and Troubled Waters. My motto is: Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not. Paulo Coelho

Suburb: Bohle Plains AKA: Jode I’m renowned for: Being the worry wart of the family, being a way over protective mother, and making great lasagne! Only a local would know… of the many nights spent at the local drive in – miss those days. My most memorable holiday was… Christmas 2013 at Mission Beach. My father had just passed away and my mother, my siblings, and all our children spent quality time together there to celebrate, reflect, grieve, and just be… Right now I wish I was… back in Palm Cove on a break with my husband. We have just recently stayed there but the weather was terrible until the day we drove home. My favourite day is: Wednesday – hump day of course! The biggest influence in my life was/is: Every soul that has crossed my path has influenced me in some way, large or small. Each of them has either had something positive or negative or both to offer and I am me due to how I have decided to move forward with that. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… away on a family holiday my husband was asked to jot down the powerball numbers. He had access to the ticket and picked a random line on the ticket and presented me with those numbers as the powerball numbers. I had severe heart palpitations and a near on heart attack thinking we had won the big one… until he fessed up! Someone famous I met was: I have not had the chance to meet anyone famous as yet. Does my uncle, Scott Morrison, count? My motto is: Life goes on!

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MY FAVOURITE SONG Return to Innocence SHOP Any French patisserie EAT French cuisine DRINK Cabernet Merlot

ADMINISTRATION – QUEENSLAND HEALTH

MY FAVOURITE SONG Burn for you – INXS SHOP Pandora EAT Fresh seafood & chocolate DRINK Great coffee!

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PHILIPPA EARL

MATTHEW ALLEN HOULDER

REGISTERED NURSE, SILK PAINTER AND FABRIC DESIGNER, OWNER OF PIPSILK CLOTHING BRAND.

PHOTOGRAPHER, MATTHEW ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY / DRILLER SRG

Suburb: Heatley AKA: Pip I’m renowned for: Having a tolerant husband. Only a local would know… how wonderful it is to raise a family and live in Townsville, especially in our winter. My most memorable holiday was… three months on Panagsama Beach in the Philippines, in the ‘80’s, when I looked good in a swimming costume, staying in a bamboo hut on a beach, scuba diving every day, dancing every night, massages on my balcony and eating out for every meal. Generally living like an island princess!… Right now I wish I was… having a year off to travel and go visit my son in London. The biggest influence in my life was/is: No one in particular but I take notice of anyone off the grid, taking risks and having the courage of their convictions, trying to make the world a better place. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… censored (ask my sister). Someone famous I met was: Ronnie Corbett (the short one from The Two Ronnies) – he once opened a bathroom door for me at Melbourne Airport! (What was I doing in VIP lounge? You don’t want to know!!) My motto is: Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission!

Suburb: Bushland Beach AKA: Matty I’m renowned for: My love of photography and the willingness to help capture that special moment for others on special days, be it a family shoot or a beautiful wedding!. Only a local would know… Winter was on a Tuesday this year! My most memorable holiday was… the honeymoon my wife Alicia and I went on, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium - 42 days with a rental car and a map. It’s actually the most amount of days we have spent together straight in five years due to my FIFO job. And not one argument. Right now I wish I was… with my wife and baby walking the cobblestone streets of Brugge, with a camera of course. My favourite day is: Every second Tuesday. That’s home day from the mine I work at. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… a cab ride with good friends, a helium balloon and a joke about a duck walking into a bar asking for bread. It doesn’t sound like much but after a long afternoon at Jamaica Joes it was the funniest thing I can remember of a such a great night. Someone famous I met was: Powderfingers’ lead man Bernard Fanning in an airport. My motto is: Never look down on someone unless you plan on helping them back up.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Somebody I used to know SHOP Textile Collective, Castletown EAT My husbands crumbed fish or fish curry DRINK Mineral water with lime

MY FAVOURITE SONG Swear Jar – Illy SHOP Garricks Camera House EAT Chico Rio DRINK 10 Year Bundaberg Rum

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From leather and lace to feathers and metallic foils, Anna Harvey from Anna Marie Millinery loves turning raw materials into works of art.

MY PASSION IS FINDING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW FABRICS AND EMBELLISHMENTS. MILLINER ANNA HARVEY

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When Anna Harvey couldn’t find the perfect hat to wear to the 25th anniversary of the Maraka Festival in Ingham, she decided the solution was to make one. “I set about making it out of sheer black gathered crinoline with a large white flower in the centre and white feature feathers,” Anna says. “I was so surprised when I won Best Dressed Lady… and then I started getting orders from family and friends.” It wasn’t long before Anna was designing hats for the races and taking home more awards for her creativity. The highlight was winning the Townsville Cup Fashions on the Field 2016 Lady of the Day. Her outfit (with an oriental silk pattern on the jacket and skirt) was inspired by a visit to China. The matching hat was a show-stopper. For this year’s Townsville Cup, Anna wore a crown she

fashioned out of of navy blue leather, with silver leather leaves and flowers. “I make a wide array of hats, fascinators and the ever-popular crowns,” Anna says. “I’ve also made quite a few elaborate hats for customers who want their headpiece to make a statement. Just recently I made a hat using buntal fibre, which was tricky to shape into heliconia flowers, with wild sticks swirling all around. It turned out fabulous!” When Anna moved to Townsville from Ingham in 2009, her skills were put to good use at the Mac Amusements costume shop. “Making props and sewing hats and headpieces for the 1920s gangster personalities was so much fun,” Anna recalls. “I also worked at Vintage Rose Boutique as a sales assistant, where I loved dressing ladies

in outfits and matching hats. The trick is to tilt the hat at the right angle to complement your features.” It was during this time, with encouragement from her husband, daughters-in-law and friends, that Anna started thinking about setting up an online shop. “Launching Anna Marie Millinery two years ago has opened up my world–I now have customers all over Australia,” Anna says. “My passion is finding and experimenting with new fabrics and embellishments. Suppliers are always pushing the boundaries with new and exciting materials to work with.”

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