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SPECIAL FEATURES Townsville’s Top Tradies 31 Proview Homes Dynamic DUOs 70 North Regional Gas 71 Josephine Carter Photography + Blueberridesign 72 MiPain (Medical & Interventional Pain Specialists 73 Crosby Brosnan Creen Lawyers


16 Clubland Townsville Kennel Association & Thuringowa City Kennel Club


14 Profile Kristin Martin 20 Where Are They Now? Jemima Robinson, Hedley Swann, Jared Sager 22 Profile Graham Broadbent


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06 Welcome 08 Horoscope 10 What’s Going On? 96 Five Minutes With… 98 Last Word Marion Heath


24 Open Home Park Cottage 30 Discoveries 32 The Best Way to Experience Cuba 34 The Best of Bali


36 Carla Zampatti Spring / Summer 2017 40 Her Style 41 Business Profile Michelle Haydon Bridal Palace 42 His Style 43 Business Profile Karina Richards Affaire de Hair 44 My Bag Zoe Mulley 47 My Style Peta Nahrung





48 Health News 49 Dr Linda Ton Townsville Orthodontic Specialists 50 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 51 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 52 Donna Larcom Pure Core Nourishment

61 Just Married 63 Just Arrived 64 Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium 65 Community News 66 Townsville Hospital Foundation Bandi Together

68 Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services 69 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services 74 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 76 Townsville Enterprise Limited Learnings from the Lion City

78 John Livingston Gala Dinner and Auction 80 2017 TPBSLSC Sportsman’s Lunch 82 YWAM Medical Ships Breakfast by the Sea Fundraiser 84 Philippines Festival 86 Beef and Barossa 2017


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THIS IS THE LIFE To paraphrase John F Kennedy;

Ask not what your city can do for you, but what you can do for your city. Theodore Chaikin Sorensen In recent months I’ve raised the idea of ‘we the people’ getting together to promote Townsville and our region and not simply rely on Council and TEL to do it alone. Following last month’s issue, I was surprised at the number of encouraging phone calls and conversations I’ve had with many people who feel the same way. In fact, I had no idea that there are small groups of local people (both high and low profile) who are now meeting and trying to figure out what they can do. The feedback I’m getting is that many are frustrated by the inertia (be it real or perceived) and lack of positive promotion of our city and attributes which is affecting confidence and potential growth. This is perhaps from a lack of information about what is happening. Please inform yourself and check out the recent presentation produced for the Council at: Whilst I don’t agree with many of the observations and recommendations, I think it at least should be the starting point to get us together to make things happen. Discussion is fine but what we need is action. Rather than another committee, I believe we have to establish a marketing team to cultivate pride in our city and promote Townsville’s lifestyle and opportunities to attract new residents. You can start by inviting friends, relatives and work colleagues to visit. Council could reinvigorate the Pacific Festival and businesses could support the marketing team initiative. What can you do for your city? Please enjoy your DUO and tell me what you think. Scott Morrison Publisher



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

STA R O F T H E MO N T H Libra 23 September – 22 October The future looks bright, but unhurried – a welcome change from last year’s madness. It’s all about doing well, making it all happen at the right time. Professionally, act with confidence, secure in the knowledge that the planets will serve you well. Even if there are small setbacks, they won’t last long. There’s plenty of potential for romance; both in the areas of serious pursuits and delightful distractions. This next year also hints at a financial uplift, with the source of your good fortune stemming from more than just one well.





23 October – 21 November You’ve proved what a supportive person you can be Scorpio, but now you need to turn away for a while and devote yourself to more spiritual endeavours. Recently it’s been no picnic dealing with family or siblings, but happily, mutual communication skills have markedly improved. You’re finally on the same page – which is handy with all the small print coming up.

22 November – 21 December You’d think that life would have settled by now, but not so. The cosmos may taunt you with temptation, only to snatch the prize away. Instead of worrying, keep one eye on the past, one eye on the future and your feet in the present. After the 15th, a nurturing cosmos returns you to steadier ground. Your new confidence also works well in love, and this time – the trophy stays in sight.

22 December – 19 January There’s a sensual feeling to October that makes love an easy affair. Whether it’s your relaxed attitude that lifts your magnetism, or your popularity that betters your mood – it doesn’t matter. In the end, each of these qualities will enhance the other. This is a cycle you certainly won’t want to break. A similar theme applies to love. There’s a chance of finding a karmically linked soul.

20 January – 18 February Sometimes the best form of defence is attack. Even so, in early October you could be opting for overkill. By all means remain assertive, if need be. But what others suggest may not be all wrong. Compromise is the key. If still feeling unappreciated by late month, stay patient. Your special talents haven’t been forgotten by the cosmos. There could also be financial gain.





19 February – 20 March Chances are you have a host of half-finished projects that are ready to be trashed. Great timing, as the cosmos offers new starts. Travel looks likely, as does the chance to retrain. You also become more ambitious, with a growing awareness of your talents. In doing so, unacceptable conditions are no longer tolerated. Just don’t assume authority on every topic. It’s a sure bet someone with more knowledge will call your bluff.

21 March – 20 April Contact with older colleagues should have a steady influence in your life, with one possibly taking you under their mentor’s wing. The only hitch comes when Saturn tries to confuse matters. If you’re fighting for a worthy cause, expect some heated exchanges. Working well with others requires honesty and a willingness to leave egos at the door. Do this, and you’re promised unprecedented success.

21 April – 20 May Enjoy being in demand as you have planetary permission to flaunt your talents. However late October brings a tetchy cosmos and with it an emotional dilemma. You can suffer in silence or speak out. If in doubt, ask whether you should be pandering to someone else’s ego just to keep the peace. Financially, a project shelved earlier this year should start to pay off.

21 May – 21 June Your health needs attention Gemini. This means fewer rushed meals and more exercise. Belligerent coworkers or family suffer your wrath around the 17th. You’ve lost patience with broken promises and petulance. Perhaps you feel it’s callout time for someone who hasn’t been honest. If single and hoping to meet someone special, stop hiding. Get out there and shine.




22 June – 22 July There could be moments in October when you feel like you’re on the wrong side of a long battle. Not only has your support team deserted you, but they’re attacking the ideals that originally forged your friendships. Your authority at work could also be undermined. Life can only get better, as month’s end turns up some surprises. New friends perhaps? Romance too. Or maybe extra cash.

23 July – 22 August Leos work hard and play wild. When the going’s good, you effortlessly transform from playful kitten to feisty lioness. Just don’t forget the catnaps, or you’ll use up too many lives too soon. Still, there’s precious little chance of keeping you still this month. You want to be out and about and far removed from routine. Attempts to keep you tamed will only cause trouble. Retract those claws.

23 August – 22 September This month’s focus shifts to what you want out of life, not what others expect from you. New friendships or romance may crop up, while those already happily coupled zero in on wilder delights. Financially, we all know about the evils of materialism, but it’s still nice to surround yourself with luxuries – especially when cash flow looks like improving. Be extravagant.


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WHAT’S GOING ON? 6 October

11 to 14 October

A Lady’s Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

Little Shop of Horrors Townsville Civic Theatre Presented by NQOMT, Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi, horror, rock musical about a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s flower shop in urban Skid Row who has a crush on co-worker Audrey Fulquard. One day, as Seymour is seeking a new variety of flower, the florist discovers a mysterious unidentified plant that wishes to feed on human blood and flesh… 4727 9797

Riverway Arts Centre Girls dressed as boys, using techniques for picking up women to pick up men... while wearing pink beehives. Got it? If not, perhaps you’d better consult Melbourne’s hottest cabaret trio The Desperettes. Their new show will take you on a hilarious and eye-opening night out that includes pick-up lines, daggy dancing and that all-important first move. 4727 9797

10 October

Midnight Oil The Great Circle Townsville Entertainment Centre The time has come... for Midnight Oil’s ‘The Great Circle 2017’ world tour — their first tour in 15 years and their biggest tour since classic albums like Diesel & Dust and Blue Sky Mining. Don’t miss this chance to experience Midnight Oil in full flight. 4771 4000 Photo: Oliver Eclipse

14 October

Blueprint JCU Graduate Exhibition 2017

10 to 11 October

Benjamin and Me

Queensland Writers Centre Workshop: Thriller Writing with James Phelan

Pinnacles Gallery Blueprint showcases James Cook University’s graduating New Media artists, who have been busy developing their digital artworks for the multimedia exhibition throughout 2017. Photo: Patch Clapp

Riverway Arts Centre Benjamin is Will’s best mate in the whole wide world. Benjamin is also a dog. One morning, Will wakes up with an idea. He has decided to build the first ever boy-dog operated flying machine. And so, this coming-of-age adventure takes to the skies... 4727 9797

CityLibraries Aitkenvale Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience, and a writer’s goal is to create a good story well-told. This free workshop, presented in partnership with the Queensland Writers Centre, will cover what makes these good stories thrilling.

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28 October 2017

Evening Serenade 14 October

17 to 18 October

Townsville Rock Fest

Danny Elliott in Concert

AFL Hermit Park Tigers Oval, Murray An outdoor rock concert for the ‘mature’-minded person, Townsville Rock Fest will have live music from 2 to 10pm, along with food trucks and a great atmosphere for catching up with mates and dancing into the night.

Townsville Civic Theatre Danny Elliott is truly an extra-ordinarily talented musician, singer and all-round entertainer. Audiences watch in disbelief as Danny plays instrument after instrument, song after song, climaxing in a flourish on his favourite — the piano. 4727 9797

The Lost Artists of Palm Island Exhibition

29th September - 27th October 7 Days 10am-4pm

Together with the Townsville Art Society

Townsville Civic Theatre In Evening Serenade, presented by the Barrier Reef Orchestra, Mark Shiel returns to Townsville with a program featuring a new flute concerto by Australian composer Elena Katz-Chernin, Night and Now, to be played by Sally Walker from Newcastle as well as a variety of numbers by soprano, Cassandra Wright, from Brisbane who was the winner of the 2016 ACVC Open Vocal Section. 4727 9797 Photo: Chrissy Maguire

‘Art at the Jezzine’ Gallery Jezzine Barracks, Mitchell St North Ward

Artwork by Ian Palmer

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Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO – art, culture, nature, knowledge

Murano Glass Bead Workshops 21 October 10.30am – 3pm Join Artist Linda Bates and discover how to create beautiful unique glass jewellery. All materials provided, maximum five participants. Free. Bookings essential via gallery@ Audience: Adults TYTO Regional Art Gallery Pottery Workshops 22 October 10.30am – 3pm Discover the magic behind sculpting with Raku Clay in this workshop facilitated by artist Linda Bates. All materials provided, maximum 10 participants, Free. Bookings essential. Bookings via gallery@ Audience: Adults TYTO Regional Art Gallery


Gilroy Santa Maria College 26 October to 5 November Ingham State High School 10 November to 19 November Open daily: 10am – 4pm An inspiring showcase of the abundance of artistic talent possessed by the youth of today. These exhibitions showcase the work of Year 7 through to the graduating Year 12 students from two of the local educational facilities. TYTO Regional Art Gallery

Cocky by Brian Dickson Acrylic on canvas


2nd Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards Exhibition 29 September to 22 October Open daily: 10am – 4pm Every October, Birdlife Australia celebrates Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation

efforts. The Birdlife Art Awards aim to create an awareness of Birdlife within the Hinchinbrook Region. The awards are an excellent platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work. Audience: All ages. Free Entry TYTO Regional Art Gallery

31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Open daily: 10am – 4pm The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary. Hinchinbrook Shire Library


TYTO Wetland Tours Wednesday and Saturday 9am Adult $15pp Child 5–14 $5pp Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: Minimum numbers or by appointment. Group savings available. Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge Sugar Tracks Free Display: Daily 10am – 4pm Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday 10am. Adult $25pp Child 5–14 $15pp Conditions: Minimum numbers or by appointment. Group savings available. A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook. Meet at Hinchinbrook Shire Library


Free daily activities for children HinChess, Chinese Checkers, Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker Daily 9am – 4pm from Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge All dates, times and information is correct at printing. For up to date information please see our Facebook page or the website. All listings subject to change without notice. There is more happening at TYTO every day. Please go to our Facebook page for further details. CONTACT TYTO

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READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP? She’s among the country’s Top 10 beauty professionals and she’s Townsville’s own — meet make-up artist extraordinaire Kristin Martin.



When Kristin Martin decided to step out on her own as a freelance make-up artist in 2014, it was a big call… but well worth it. “After two years of managing the MAC Cosmetics counter in Myer Townsville when it opened in 2012, I decided the time was right to become a freelancer,” Kristin says. Since then Kristin, who is based in Willowbank Estate, has gone on to apply make-up for prestigious production crews such as 60 Minutes and numerous TV and print campaigns for local and national businesses alike, not to mention countless editorial shoots (including for DUO), awards ceremonies and weddings. Kristin also made the Top 10 in this year’s Makeup Artist of the Year Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA)! “The ABIA are seen as the true benchmark of excellence, so to be a Top 10 finalist in my first


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year competing has been a real confidence boost,” Kristin says. “I’m constantly researching the latest in application techniques, products and make-up looks so it’s very rewarding to have that acknowledgment by the ABIA.” Kristin’s career as a make-up artist has taken her all over Australia, networking with some of the country’s most creative minds. One of the most glamourous events she’s worked on this year was Miss Universe Australia. “I was on the state finals make-up team in Brisbane and was thrilled to be invited to join the national finals team in Melbourne,” Kristin says. “The event is meticulously organised — it’s nothing short of a red carpet Hollywood event — and the backstage hustle is addictive. I really enjoyed creating personalised make-up looks to suit the contestants’ gorgeous gowns.” So what’s trending in make-up currently? Believe it or not, natural beauty! “The ‘no make-up’ make-up trend is being taken to a new level. The trick is to create a flawless base, add a sun-kissed glow, define your lash line and add coats of mascara to create separated and wispy lashes,” Kristin says. “Brush up your brows and only fill gaps to a full, natural shape. Next, add a pink or peach gloss on the lips and only mattify your skin where necessary. Definitely no cakey or creasy foundation or concealer!” If you’ve spent hours in front of the mirror trying to perfect your make-up without much success, don’t fret — Kristin offers one-on-one make-up application lessons too. “Above all, I want to make sure everyone who sits in my make-up chair feels and looks their best,” she says. “A little know-how can go a long way.” TOP LEFT Bridal makeup on bride Rosie Cummins TOP RIGHT Avant-garde creative makeup – Painted Vision Beauty in the Making Photography Exhibition BOTTOM LEFT Editorial beauty makeup – Pearlescent Beauty in the Making Photography Exhibition BOTTOM RIGHT Beauty makeup for MARA Swim Look Book


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TOWNSVILLE KENNEL ASSOCIATION & THURINGOWA CITY KENNEL CLUB With a shared love of purebreds, members of the Townsville Kennel Association and its affiliate, the Thuringowa City Kennel Club, are happily doggone.

OPPOSITE Merryll Bradshaw Poppy Shetland Sheepdog Pedigree Name: Shelshaw Sweet N Sassy



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One of the longest-standing clubs in Queensland, the Townsville Kennel Association is 87 years old and has evolved from calling The Townsville Show Grounds home to having its own purpose-built grounds at Wordsworth Park in Woodstock. The dog show season runs from late February through to October, so most weekends club members are busy showing in Central or North Queensland. “As soon as the dogs see items being packed for a show weekend, they bolt to the car with excitement,” says Shane, President of the

Townsville Kennel Club and Dogs Queensland. “They love mixing with other dogs and the public at large.” President of the Thuringowa City Kennel Club, Melissa Bradshaw, couldn’t agree more. “When my two Collies see me getting ready for a show, they wait at the front door so I don’t forget them,” she laughs. “Show dogs love being out in the ring.” Melissa’s two dogs — Sari (a tri colour Collie Rough) and Cleaver (a blue merle Collie Rough) have won

BELOW Brooke Reading Promise Doberman Pedigree Name: Ebondobe Witches Promise Australian Supreme Champion


Cynthia Graham Rommie Boxer Pedigree Name: Ronin Fairy Nuff Australian / New Zealand Champion

many awards including Best in Show, Multi Best in Group and Australian Champion. Cleaver is also very close to winning the top title in Australia (Supreme Champion), so fingers (and paws) crossed. Vice President of the Townsville Kennel Association (and Melissa’s mother), Merryll Bradshaw, says the many friendships formed from participating in the sport also make it addictive. Merryll and the newest addition to her show dog team, Poppy, recently took out Best Baby Puppy in Show at the Royal Queensland Show (EKKA).

Melissa Bradshaw Cleaver Collie Rough Pedigree Name: Cathkin R U Ready For This Australian Champion

“It was only her third ever event and she won the biggest dog show in Queensland,” Merryll beams. “A huge honour indeed for such a young dog and a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for me.” Poppy was born on ANZAC Day and her personality reflects her pedigree name ‘Shelshaw Sweet N Sassy’. “She’s only been in the ring for a month and she’s already won a lot of hearts with how much she enjoys strutting her stuff,” Merryll laughs. “Belonging to the clubs is a great way to get involved in helping organise dog

show events, as well as enjoy puppy play dates and social get-togethers.” As well as dog showing, many club members take part in dog handling competitions. Only 17, Brooke Reading recently won the State Junior Handler final and will represent Queensland soon at the national level. “It’s my dream to win the National Junior Handlers final in Brisbane on October 21 and go on to compete internationally,” says Brooke, who already has around 30 Best in Show titles under her belt. “My mum had dogs who competed in

shows so I’ve grown up with it. We have boarding kennels out the back and own Dalmatians, Boxers, an English Pointer and a Doberman. They all get a turn at coming inside for cuddles.” Brooke says her “heart dog” is a Dalmatian called Bundy, whose too old to compete now but won Supreme Champion in his day. Bundy is now enjoying his well-earned retirement as a pampered member of the Reading family. CONNECT NOW

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



What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Annandale and went from Aitkenvale Primary to Heatley High. Where are you now? Living on a peninsular on Sydney’s northern beaches surrounded by water. It has a laid-back beachy

community vibe with easy access to everything a big city has to offer. As the director of five touring film festivals, I watch a lot of films. With three adventure sport film festivals, an ocean film festival and a dog-lover’s film festival to scout for, the films I watch are incredibly diverse! I curate a unique program of films for each of the tours, work with filmmakers to craft the perfect tour film, build relationships with venue

partners and manage all aspects of marketing the tours. The best part of the job isn’t being paid to watch film, it’s sitting in the audience night after night listening to the laughter, ‘Ohhhs’ and ‘Ahhhs’ and overhearing the excited conversations at the end. I love hearing how the films on tour have inspired people to make big plans or change their life for the better. What’s your next project? Having just brought the Dirty Girls Adventure Film Tour and the Top

Dog Film Festival to Riverway for the first time this year, I’m now focused on the Radical Reels Tour, which will be back at Riverway in November. Showcasing over two hours of action-packed, adrenaline-filled short films this one is not for the faint-hearted. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My childhood in Townsville was spent outside exploring nature. Annandale was still in the development stage when I was younger, so we had lots of bushland around us. There were echidnas and dingoes very near to where we lived and we’d spend weekends riding our bikes, swimming in the river and, when I was in high school, exploring further afield to local waterfalls. This love of nature and being outside drew me to adventure sports and through that I was introduced to the Banff Mountain Film Festival — now the largest of the tours I manage. Summer camps on Magnetic Island and having a science teacher at Heatley High who was a marine biologist firmly cemented my love of the ocean and especially the Great Barrier Reef. This was the catalyst for creating the Ocean Film Festival World Tour four years ago. The tour now screens over 100 times around the globe including Australia, New Zealand, China, Belgium, Italy and the UK. Through this festival I’ve donated over $10,000 this year to Australian ocean-related charities, which is especially rewarding. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Luckily for me the festivals all screen in Townsville so I get the opportunity to come home and visit family a few times a year. I make sure that I always host the Townsville screenings! I especially love visiting in the middle of the Sydney winter. CONNECT NOW


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What’s your link to Townsville? I completed a Bachelor of New Media Arts at JCU, specialising in Digital Design. The degree was brand-new when I started and the modern facility was full of eager people who wanted to explore fresh directions available in creative design and communication. Being a new degree, we had a lot of opportunities as the first year of students. This led to life­-changing events like participating in a year-long exchange program in Germany. Where are you now? I’m living in the Northern Territory and enjoying Darwin’s tropical climate and multicultural diversity. It’s actually quite similar to Townsville in many respects. I’m the co­-founder of Dash – a web design and online marketing firm. We help ambitious business owners and organisations engage audiences online. Our clients range from local business owners who want to attract new customers to national organisations who have marketing initiatives Australia­-wide. What’s your next project? On the business side, right now we’re

working with a property developer and builder to create a new web presence that has cool features to help home buyers search and explore home designs, select land in new developments and find house and land packages that suit them. We’re also working with a new initiative called She Flies. They run in-­school and community drone education programs to encourage girls to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, which is really exciting. What’s happening with your personal life? My girlfriend Sue moved from Germany to Australia two years ago and we’re currently enjoying our time with friends and family, exploring everything with our ever­- faithful companion Jack — an Australian Shepherd dog. He was born and raised in Germany and came over with my partner when she moved here. He comes to work with me each day now and is the Chief Greeter at Dash. Seriously… Jack is more well-known than I am! How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? The best part of my education in Townsville was the emphasis our lecturers put on ‘learning how

to learn’. The web is a very fastpaced industry and developing good habits for keeping on top of new ideas, trends and techniques is super-important. They also emphasised the concepts that underpin good design. Software, technology and even mediums change but they’re all worthless without the ability to think creatively to solve problems.


What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up and went through school in Townsville. My parents (who still live in Townsville) were supportive of my creative abilities from a young age, so naturally I ended up studying Creative Arts at JCU. Where are you now? I live with my partner on the Gold Coast, which is pretty sweet. There’s enough happening that there’s always something to do but without the big-city feel. I’m not a fan of traffic or crowds so it’s perfect for me. Lately my focus has been on designing web and mobile applications. I’ve been working for tech start-ups, which is an exciting space to be in right now. I also do freelance branding, web and

Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Not recently, but Dash is looking into expanding our business into other centres around Australia and Townsville is definitely on that list.


product design (when I have time) as I still enjoy it enough to do it after hours and on the weekends. What’s your next project? I’ve been working on the branding and landing page for an industrial innovation conference, which is an exciting crossover of my skill set. It’s a good break from the norm. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I learned the theoretical foundations of what I do now from school and my university degree helped me to develop as a designer. I think the people I surrounded myself with in Townsville also helped shape the way I approach design today. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I make fairly regular trips back to Townsville to visit family and friends. CONNECT NOW

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Back in the days when you could bring a keg of beer to a restaurant and dance on the table if you wanted to, El Charros, Townsville’s Original Mexican Restaurant, reigned supreme. So where is the king of that fondly remembered castle now? We tracked down Graham Broadbent for a chat.

For over a decade, El Charros on Gregory Street near The Strand was the go-to restaurant. Run by Graham Broadbent, whose father was a well-known doctor, El Charros was always packed. “We’d have people sitting at the public bar at the Seaview Hotel while waiting to get in,” says Graham, who bought the restaurant in 1985. “One table would finish up and we’d go across and get the next lot. No-one cared as they knew they would get a feed and next week the roles may be reversed.” The likes of Simply Red and The Shadows stopped in at El Charros when they were town — loving the laid-back atmosphere where customers were trained to put their stubby coolers on their head when they were ready for another beer. “Our girls always sat down beside the customers to take their orders, so it wasn’t like a restaurant where the staff were acting like staff. They were just part of the fun,” Graham says. “We had every F/A-18 fighter pilot come through the place for years and the new boys had to eat a chilli. I remember one night two of them forgot to wash their hands before they went to the loo and the


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whole restaurant could hear the screams.” With the benefit of hindsight, Graham says he would’ve made El Charros into a licensed venue and updated it. “We suffered with The Strand development. Now, when you look at where the restaurant was on Gregory Street, it was in the perfect position,” Graham says. “I moved on and set up another restaurant (Lawson’s Restaurant) at the World Theatre in Charters Towers and was so proud when we were voted North Queensland’s Best Restaurant/Café Over 65 Seats. We did a lot of catering for theatre events and things like the Variety Club bashes.” After four years at Lawson’s (1996 to 2000), Graham sold Lawson’s and came back to Townsville to a position in business banking. It wasn’t a completely new field for him, as he’d

worked for Avco before getting into the restaurant business. “I was with Suncorp for seven years, working in Townsville and Cairns, which was great… until the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2007. That’s when I got into the mining game.” For the last 10 years, Graham has been involved in crushing at mine sites in Northern Australia, as far afield as the Pilbara in Western Australia and Borroloola in the Northern Territory. He lives in a quiet acreage estate near Noosa with his family and has become accustomed to the fly-in, fly-out lifestyle. There’s only one problem… he can’t find a good Mexican restaurant nearby. I’ve been looking for a while now but am still undecided about recreating something like the old El Charros again,” Graham says. “Maybe a Mexican-food caravan going around the markets…”



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This year, why not reinvent your outdoor living areas with Crimsafe security screens?

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LEFT A Spotted Gum timber pergola holds black steel trellis for an ornamental grapevine

OPPOSITE The Victorian faรงade was restored and updated with a playful front door


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Sarah Bryant from Melbourne based architectural practice Bryant Alsop, explains the methodology behind this little, Heritage-listed cottage.

DESIGN INTENT The brief required a 2-bedroom heritage listed, workers cottage with 1970s addition, to be re-worked to create a light, connected family home, preserving maximum outdoor area, and whose spaciousness would defy the 220m² site. Extending the footprint by only 12m², we were able to add a second bathroom, third bedroom, two-way laundry/butler’s pantry, study area and generous living/dining. We also planned to allow a second stage with first floor to be added at a later stage, and conversion of the main bedroom to a second living area. Re-use of existing structural elements allowed the project to be completed on a tight budget and within a limited program of 10 months for design, documentation,


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and construction, allowing the budget capacity for clever cabinetry providing both storage and adaptability. The internal east boundary wall has continuous dark colour, texture and cabinetry which provides depth and contrast to the floor plan, and accentuates an existing 2.4m high ceiling which has lining boards running the length of the space which further lengthens the room visually. The parapet roof and cement render walls contrast against the pitched roof of the weatherboard cottage which was extended to provide volume to the main living space and maintain a sense of continuity from both the north and south public views of the house.

LEFT Suspended cabinetry sits in front of a custom lasercut metal screen providing privacy and sun-shading to the main bedroom

ABOVE The white kitchen island sits in front of a grey pantry unit that conceals a 2-way laundry/ butlers pantry

RHIANNON SLATTER @rhiannonslatter


It was important that the house didn’t read as two separated buildings from the street and the park behind, but rather maintained a connection with its Victorian heritage and context when viewed from all angles. SUSTAINABILITY A driving force to re-use the existing structure has underpinned our sustainable approach both in reducing waste, and conserving energy. Rather than demolishing the 1970s addition, the structure was re-worked to utilise the existing slab, low flat roof form and masonry boundary wall. The L-shaped addition was orientated to take full advantage of the north orientation, and significant effort was made to maximise the private outdoor space where neighbouring properties tend to have abolished this. A custom

laser cut screen, a pergola with deciduous vines, and the retention of a substantial Paperbark Tree, provide protection from western sun and privacy to the master bedroom. ARCHITECT AND PROJECT TEAM Bryant Alsop is a Melbourne based architectural practice working across Melbourne, regional Victoria and New South Wales. Work spans residential, commercial, hospitality, health, education and institutional sectors, underpinned by a belief that architecture should be uplifting, beautiful and honest. Their aesthetic is warm, textural and clean. Committed to achieving high design, and providing a service that instills confidence in their clients. @BryantAlsop

ABOVE AND TOP RIGHT Kids rooms and the childrens bathroom are playful with bold colors used throughout RIGHT Corner opening sliding doors allow the living spaces to flow freely to the outdoor deck

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Hillside living. New land release. Now you can live surrounded by nature at the foothills of Mount Louisa at Hillside Gardens. This brand new boutique estate of only 38 level homesites is ready for you to build your new home.

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

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

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The time to act is now! 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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PROVIEW HOMES With over a decade of experience in the building industry, Director of Proview Homes, John Plozza, grew up in a farming community in the Burdekin where your word was as good as a contract and reliability was a given. These morals still guide him today as he personally oversees each and every project Preview Homes takes on. “We have a hand-picked team of subcontractors who are both qualified and experienced to complete the most complex projects,” John says.

the finishing touches to a four-bedroom home in Idalia where they were flexible enough to allow the owners to import building materials to finish off their home. John even unloaded the products from their shipping container on site. “It’s this level of service that sets us apart,” John says. “The home looks beautiful and we can’t wait for our clients and their family and friends to enjoy it.”

“Our suppliers have also been carefully selected to provide the highest quality materials with a quick turnaround.”

Determined to stay ahead of the market, John’s reputation for being one of Townsville’s top tradies is also based on the fact he delivers innovation in every home he delivers.

With a vision to deliver a superior product at an affordable price, John opened Preview Homes in 2010.

“We’re passionate about designing and building homes that truly reflect the contemporary North Queensland lifestyle,” John says.

“We strive to use local products and contractors not only to support our great community but also to ensure the best back-up service,” John says.

“We also understand and respect the fact that building a home can be one of the biggest purchases of your life. You can trust us to offer an honest and transparent service.”

“Communication and flexibility are key. Nothing is ever a problem — there are always solutions.” Right now John and his team are busy putting

Keep an eye out for Proview Homes’ latest display home at new estate, Elliot Springs, next year.

Main photo (left–right): Sitting – Brad Kershaw, John Plozza, Jasmine Plozza Standing- Alana Toppi, Josh Strachan Above photo (left–right): Brad Kershaw, John Plozza

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When you visit Cuba, it is like immersing yourself within a bubble that has been stuck in time. Blessed with beautiful beaches and even better weather, Cuba is a divine paradise that offers something for all of the family And what better way to discover the diverse history, culture, fun and beauty of Cuba than by becoming a local yourself. Here are seven must-do locations and experiences across Cuba that will leave you never wanting to leave!


1 HAVANA It’s difficult to limit yourself to one experience to choose in Havana. From the Old Havana Walking tour to renting a classic Havana vintage car or taking an old car tour; or attending the Tropicana Cabaret night show to simply enjoying the immense history and culture of Old Havana, this UNESCO Heritage listed location takes you back in time.



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2 PINAR DEL RIO A must-do in Pinar del Rio is exploring the Vinales Valley, yet another UNESCO Heritage site. A visit to a local tobacco plantation can’t be missed, there you can learn about the creation process and learn yourself how to roll a traditional Cuban cigar. If you fancy yourself a coffee connoisseur, or simply a caffeine addict – you can’t miss Las Terrazas. This small community and nature reserve located in the Sierra del Rosario mountains boasts not only a UNESCO designated Biosphere


not be as popular as more northern beaches, it offers a more private and relaxing beachside experience. South of Trinidad City, with three all-inclusive hotels, a marina and snorkelling trips to nearby coral keys – Playa Ancon is a purely Cuban cultural experience.

Reserve but also the site of the earlier coffee plantations in Cuba. 3 TRINIDAD CITY And yep, you guessed it, Trinidad City is yet another UNESCO Heritage! A magical town offers endless opportunities and experiences. Twelve kilometres outside Trinidad sits Valle de los Ingenios or Valley of the Sugar Mills; a beautiful series of three interconnected valleys. View this historic and gorgeous site from above, with a canopy ride along zip lines. Also explore the old estate, try traditional Cuban food and chat with the locals.

5 TOPES DE COLLANTES A hidden gem in the Escambray Mountains range. This nature reserve park’s history dates back over 500 years, experiences offered include: hikes through coffee plantations, scenic views, underground river-caves, medician mud baths, ornamental gardens, Altar’s cave and so much more. Topes de Collantes is ideal for those who love a combination of history and the outdoors.

4 PLAYA ANCON A beach of pure white sand and crystal clear water, Playa Ancon may




6 VERADERO BEACH For those wanting to kick back and relax, but still immerse yourself amongst the beautiful Cuban landscapes and culture – Veradero is the one for you! With over 20 kilometres of white sandy beaches, you can sun bathe on the beach and be snorkelling amongst the fishes one day and yachting or exploring deep sea caves the next. 7 SANTIAGO DE CUBA The second biggest city in the country, Santiago de Cuba has rich music and culture at its core. Known for its architecture and history, this noisy and passionate city is a beauty that offers experience from museums, hiking, beaches and more.



Whether you’re jetting off for a relaxing holiday, a backpacking trip, an exploration of culture and history or simply a new and diverse experience – Cuba has something for everyone. What better way to explore Cuba, than with the locals? Experience Cuba is a tour company offering private and tailor made travel experiences around Cuba. Owned and operated by local Cuban girl, Ayna Davies, who now calls Australia home, Experience Cuba provides a unique experience that allows travellers to explore the genuine, cultural and bustling Cuba that most tourists would not get to see. To learn more head to

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Bali is one of the most popular island travel destinations and it’s easy to see why — stunning beaches, unique culture, and lush hillsides, to name a few. Take a look at the best luxury accommodation in Bali and start planning your getaway!

Unfurling along a pristine beach on Bali’s southwest coast, mere steps from the Indian Ocean, Alila Seminyak ups the ante on tropical cool. A stunning beachfront resort that radiates sophistication, vibrancy and vivacity, offering an indulgence of luscious lifestyle facilities and refined spaces for chilling out in style.

Set on the edge of the ocean between the Mount Batukaru and terraced rice fields, Soori Bali is a hidden refuge, rejuvenating and peaceful; it is Bali as it should be. The resort prioritises environmental and cultural sustainability. All 48 of Soori Bali’s villas feature private pools with sweeping vistas of the mountain or ocean, with a 1km stretch of volcanic black sand beach. Within easy reach of the legendary Tanah Lot and the scenic wonders of the Tabanan, the resort is perfect for those seeking spiritual and recreational delights.



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The Slow, a multifaceted island stay incorporating boutique accommodation, all-day dining and drinks, art and local culture, and interactive retail, set on the coast of Canggu, Bali. A stay at The Slow is an immersive experience. The eclectic space gravitates around the owner’s personal art collection, with sound by LA’s Reverberation Radio. It’s a place to rest your bones, stir your senses, and expand your mind. THE SLOW, CANGGU, BALI

Phone +62 361 2099 000

The Viceroy Bali is a family owned and operated resort in Ubud consisting of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas, majestically situated in Bali’s ‘Valley of the Kings’ an appellation given by locals for the generations of Balinese royalty who have resided in nearby villages. The resort is also well known by sophisticated international travellers as one of the world’s secret tropical hideaways and respected by its many repeat guests as a destination that places emphasis on the best of privacy and comfort. VICEROY BALI, UBUD, BALI

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Royal Lace Charlotte Top $599 Alabaster Crepe Harlow Gown $1,149

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Pearl Corseted Tuxedo Exposé Gown $1,199 Onyx Crepe Slim-Fit Pant $459

Platinum Lamé Farrah Dress $959

Crepe Be My Bow Jacket $899 Onyx Spot On Dress $999


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Platinum Stripe Celeste Column Gown $1,199

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It’s Not Midnight Cinderella with a modern twist. Look dreamy and whimsical in this blue evening gown from Marchesa’s resort 2018 collection.

Pretty in Pink The Olivia Pump from Attico is composed of metallic fuchsia snakeskin and features a velvet wrap around ankle strap.

Electric Feel Wow the crowd and shine through the evening with this metallic lurex pleated dress from Gucci, featuring pleated ruffles and jeweled buttons, draped around an iridescent pink lurex crepe base. Love Bug Fly away into the night with Mimco’s embellished drift tiny hip bag. This petite bag features card slots and a mirror for a quick make-up fix.

Silver Toes The Katy silver satin dress sandal from Tony Bianco features lurex frill trimmed straps, a slender stiletto heel, synthetic upper and lining, and a buckled ankle closure. Stone Eagle Alexander McQueen’s stone four-ring box clutch is the perfect complement to the little black dress. The clutch features Swarovski crystal eagle wing embroidery, handcut semiprecious black pyrite stones, Nappa lining, and brass hardware with an antique gold finishing.


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Diva’s Dream Finish off and perfect your evening look with these 18 kt rose gold earrings with onyx and mother of pearl from Bulgari’s Diva’s Dream Collection. Inspired by the iconic divas of our time, these earrings dignify the essence of Italian femininity.



On a mission to bring a boutique selection of designer-label gowns to North Queensland, Michelle Haydon says ‘all the pretty dresses’ make her job a delight.


A believer in quality over quantity Michelle Haydon, Director of the Bridal Palace, only stocks gowns she’s proud of. “Our fitting room is designed to cater to one bride at a time, to get away from the feeling of being just another customer in a shop,” Michelle says. “Brides and their mothers, aunties, sisters and friends can come in and enjoy our personal wardrobe of gowns. We’re also firm believers in cups of tea, glasses of bubbles and cheese. “Most labels give their gowns a woman’s name, which I feel gives them their own personality. Some are meek and modest, while others are dramatic and extravagant, and I love how that can reflect a bride’s personality.” As well as offering a selection of on-trend gowns, Bridal Palace

has a label capable of a six-week turnaround. “One of our brides had purchased a gown (not from Townsville) that wasn’t what it was supposed to be,” Michelle says. “She came in with eight weeks until her wedding and no dress. She found a gown from a local label that we were able to get made in six weeks, with some tweaks that made it hers. “The moment in the fitting room that she realised she had a solution brought on happy tears all round.” Michelle says she becomes invested in her brides, who can trust her for open, honest advice. “I’m always available to answer questions, any time of the day,” she says. “I love nothing more than brides sending through their photos and seeing all of the ideas on colours,

flowers and styling that were flying around the fitting room come together in one beautiful image of a bride with the biggest, happiest smile on her face.”


41 Denham Street, Townsville City 4772 1107 @bridalpalacegowns

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Khaki Arm-y The Domaine Quilted Calfskin Boston bag from Balmain is a khaki leather bag with detachable and adjustable shoulder straps, two inner zipped pockets, two patch pockets, leather tassels, and a gold colored metal hardware.

Fit For A King From Dolce & Gabbana’s Heraldic Sicilia collection, this four-ring set features golden galvanized metal with black enameled detailing on the front and, nickel free, hypoallergenic material. Each ring has a golden letter and when put together, form the word KING.

The Perfect Suit Offering a unique approach to the elegant and versatile Italian tailoring practices, P.Johnson is every dapper Aussie’s go-to store for the perfect suit.

Time After Time The Solotempo watch from Bulgari features mechanical manufacture movement with automatic winding and instantaneous date, chamfering and snailed finishing, 42 hour power reserve, 41 mm steel case with 18-ct rose gold bezel and transparent case back, 18-ct rose gold crown set with ceramic, lacquered polished dial with hand-applied indexes, and a steel 18-ct rose gold bracelet.

The Finishing Touch Australian menswear brand Oscar Hunt offers a variety of cufflinks to complete your evening look.

Intriguingly Seductive Encounter by Calvin Klein redefines modern, unapologetic masculinity with its distinct sensual woody fragrance and addictive blend of warm cognac and sensual woods.


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Not Your Ordinary Pair Gucci’s leather lace up brogues feature a smooth leather texture and the signature Gucci green and red grosgrain side detail with gold bee embroidery.



Voted ‘Townsville’s Best Hairdresser’ by Star 106.3 FM listeners, Affaire de Hair on Ingham Road has won a loyal following — and it hasn’t even turned two yet!


After 14 years in the industry, Senior Stylist Karina Richards decided the time had come to go into business for herself. The search was on to find the perfect shop she could make her own and she found it at 9a, 221 Ingham Road. Karina quickly set about transforming the space with warm timber panelling, lush greenery to frame the three big open windows looking out to Castle Hill and custom-made sculptures to suit the salon. Now all of her hard work and eye for detail are paying off with a growing customer base and Star 106.3 FM listeners voting Affaire de Hair ‘Townsville’s Best Hairdresser’. “I couldn’t have achieved this without the support from my

amazing team — Lily, Emily and Bek — who consistently provide beautiful work,” Karina says. We all enjoy being creative and bringing clients’ ideas to life, whether it’s a day-to-day transformation, a formal or a wedding. Their reaction is what makes our day.” Delivering quality products and services at competitive pricing, Affaire de Hair offers all sorts of package deals to suit people’s budgets and they all include hot towel indulgence treatments, a style cut and blow-dry or styling session. “We treat every client like they’re part of the Affaire family. They can expect one-on-one time with their stylist and a team effort to make the experience enjoyable,” Karina says.

“We have a great understanding of our product and going the extra mile for our clients is never too much trouble. Every day is the best day at work because I get to see something I work so hard for succeeding.”


Shop 9A, 221 Ingham Road Garbutt 4725 3695

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ABOUT ME: I am twenty-two years old and for me home is a little place called Tolga on the beautiful and lush Atherton Tablelands. I am an only child and was raised by my dad. After finishing high school I moved to Brisbane to study archaeology at the University of Queensland. In 2014, I transferred to JCU in Townsville to complete my archaeological studies. Brisbane stole my heart, so the choice to move to Townsville was a hard one. As much as I hate to admit it, I have warmed up to the idea of living in Townsville over the last couple of years. Jam Corner’s sensational Asian chicken omelette and the Seaview’s $20 Corona Buckets had a lot to do with this change of heart! Whilst studying full time I work in hospitality. Earlier this year I graduated. In the next few years I am hoping to travel and further pursue studies in museum curatorship. MY BAG My Fjallraven Kånken backpack is the perfect bag. I love this bag because it’s gorgeous, simple and practical. I bought this little beauty around two years ago in a little shop in Temple Bar, Dublin. I exceeded my daily travel budget that day (i.e. broke uni student backpacking overseas) but it was honestly worth every penny. FOREIGN CURRENCY I’m notorious for keeping foreign currency in my purse long after I return home. I like to keep it as a souvenir. COFFEE CARD Coffee is love. So I always have a few coffee cards in my bag. STUDENT ID It might be expired by a few months but it still gets me sneaky student discounts at the cinema! WATCH The Horse Watch is simple yet stylish. Exactly what I like. The watch was a Christmas present from my grandma. Christmas 2014 was a pretty special one. It was the first Christmas I’d spent with my mum since I was little. RING I just adore this ring. Solid sterling silver, sapphire and opal ring is 1950s vintage. I bought it earlier this year at a vintage flea market in Carlingford. There’s a unique appeal about antique jewellery, making this gem all the more precious to me. POUCH I love my black Status Anxiety pouch. The pouch was a gift for my graduation from one of my oldest friends, she knows me and exactly what I like.


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RECENT SELFIE taken in June this year when my mum and I travelled to Romania. We spent a week in Romania, visiting Bucharest, Transylvania and Constanta. The Black Sea was absolutely stunning. EARPHONES After a hectic day I always look forward to putting my earphones in, listening to some music and just zoning out. I can never just sit in silence. I always have to have some kind of background noise. NOVEL I love anything history related. Currently, I am reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. MAC LIPSTICK I’m sure every woman can appreciate the beauty of a MAC lipstick. OLD PHOTO Taken at a friend’s wedding about fifteen years ago. I cherish this photo of my dad and I. He means the absolute world to me. PERFUME Black Orchid by Tom Ford is my go-to perfume. Five years on and I still get compliments when I wear it. It is distinct, sexy and timeless! VOSS WATER Hydrate, it’s super important. PASSPORT For me getting my passport stamped is a huge thrill. I just love it! My first overseas trip was in 2008 to New Zealand. Since 2012 I’ve travelled to fifteen different countries, across Europe, Africa and Asia. I am hoping to tick America off my list in the next year or two. PANA CHOCOLATE My favourite! It’s the perfect snack size and I never feel guilty afterwards.

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Aaron: Akubra hat “Style Master” $165 | Innisbrook Mens Shirt $89.95 | R.M.W Ramco Jeans $149| Montana Mens Pocketwatch $169.95 Mens Clip on Braces $35 | Jade: Akubra hat “Milan” $199 | Superdry Dakota Tunic Dress $99.95 Adelaide Leather Pony Hair Boot $545 As| R.M.W the biggest city Sole andBlack country outfitters

in the North, Donohues offers quality products to suit all needs from the business person to men and women on the Road, Hermit Park | P 4775 5144 | shop online at 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 4775 5144


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Hanks Optometrists specialise in comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses and spectacles, contact lenses and eye health. They offer Cataract & Glaucoma Testing, Macular and Retinal Scans, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan, Colour Vision Tests, Prescription Dispensing, Children’s Vision and finding any Diabetic Eye changes. Healthfund rebates and Medicare bulk-billing. Open Monday–Friday 8.30am–5pm 246 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4779 7433

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


PETA NAHRUNG About me I am a Theatre Nurse at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service working alternating weeks between Anaesthetics and Scrub/Scout. I grew up in Mackay with my loving grandparents, supportive parents and beautiful sister Alicia. My sister and I moved to Townsville seven years ago for my University studies. My favourite destination ‘We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us’- Anonymous. As a result of my wanderlust my passport has been stamped in several different countries. One of my favourite regions would definitely have to be the South of France and Monaco, from Nikki Beach one of the unforgettable beach clubs of St Tropez to the breathtaking ballet in Monaco. The drink I love There is nothing more satisfying than celebrating a special occasion with a perfectly chilled bottle of Moet and Ice or Veuve Rich Champagne. My favourite blends are served with mixed berries and cucumber perfect to cool us down on a warm Townsville day. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is The relaxed style of Camilla Franks, which can be dressed up or down for almost any occasion. Otherwise nine times out of ten you’ll find me in my gym clothes. Shoes I’d love to own or admire are Leather pair of espadrilles or plain white joggers, perfect for traveling or day-to-day wear. One treasured object/possession that demonstrates my taste and style is A Cartier love bracelet given to me on my 18th birthday from my family is one of my most treasured items. A music genre and/or artist I love is I appreciate different styles of music subject to the occasion but I do hold a special place in my heart for 50 Cent ever since I was a child. Got to love some off tune rapping in the car with your girlfriends. My ‘Last Meal’ would be I feel a close connection with my late Nana with this choice of silverside, peas, pumpkin and mash potato. A childhood favourite or should I say addiction when visiting my grandparents. A book or movie that affected me is Pride and Prejudice, but I do have a fondness for all of Jane Austen’s literature. A car that suits my style is An Audi Q3 Sports, suitable for my lifestyle needs with the necessary features perfect for outdoor pursuits and small enough for city parking. If I wore a hat this is it Thanks to the warm and sunny climate in Townsville I tend to wear a cap outdoors, though I do love the Eugenia Kim sunhats to give a vacation mode kind of feeling. The lingerie label I love is The feminine and sophisticated La Perla collection.

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DNA-based Dieting In the same way it’s now possible to test if we’re more susceptible to some illnesses, technology can also now test your genes to enable you to scientifically tailor a diet and exercise program that works best for you. Enter Muscle Genetica. Via a cheek swab, sent to you in the post, Muscle Genetica’s coaching team programs the correct amount of macro nutrients to suit your goals and genetics.

Stretch Yourself Founded by Aussie yogini Jackie Dunn, Fire and Shine brings you addictive activewear brands such as Body Language, Hyde, Wellicious and L’urv. Jackie only offers brands where the clothing is sourced and produced through ethical supply chains.

Low-Calorie Weekender For those who work too hard at the gym to go and blow all that effort at the bar, Coco Vodka is a low-calorie alternative. Low in sugar, it mixes coconut water with triple distilled vodka and is stocked in Dan Murphy’s and BWS. It’s also available in pineapple and guava flavours.

Keeping it Off In Keeping It Off ($39.99), Michelle Bridges explains why so many people struggle to keep weight off long-term and how to avoid becoming one of the weight regain statistics. Michelle also shares 100+ inspiring recipes and easy-to-follow exercise plans to make staying on track more manageable.


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Personalised Fitness Plan At first sight, the Mio Slice ($199) looks and acts like a fitness tracker. It measures steps, calories burned, distance, all day heart rate and sleep. However, besides this, it has a Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) index, which provides you with a personalised target score that reflects your body’s response to physical activity based on heart rate. In other words, it takes into account that everyone has a different body in need of an individual health solution. Clever.


TIED UP OR TIED DOWN? Tongue ties, lip ties and frenotomies


Linda Ton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

For families that have been blessed with babies in the past few years, they may have heard some discussion regarding infants and the ill-effects of tongue and lip ties on feeding, speech and the development of the teeth and face. Of late, there has been an alarming surge in practitioners recommending surgical releases. As a mother and an orthodontist, I have been very concerned by what I have read and heard about what has always been a controversial topic. Newborns can be challenging and difficulties can arise with feeding, sleeping or from general restlessness. Vulnerable new parents will naturally seek help and information. In difficult and desperate times, a ‘quick fix’ treatment can be very appealing. Social media sites are often used to advertise and promote clinical procedures. What are tongue and lip ties? And are they a problem? Tongue and lip ties are known as lingual and labial frenums respectively. They are a normal part of the oral anatomy and can vary widely in appearance for infants. Confusion often arises, as it isn’t always made clear that it is actually normal to have a tie. That is, infants are meant to have them! In a small percentage of babies with severe feeding issues, an abnormal tie may be diagnosed and surgical intervention may be helpful.

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.

What is a frenotomy? A frenotomy involves cutting the infant’s or child’s tongue tie or frenum using scissors or a laser. Parents are often recommended to regularly tear the infant’s healing wounds by sweeping the area with fingers to encourage a certain type of healing. Why are concerns being raised now? Due to the large increase in frenotomies being provided or recommended by dentists, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has published recent articles at both the State and Federal level. Dr Gary Smith (ADA Queensland president) provided a warning to dentists. He considers the use of social media by dentists to advocate this procedure as professionally inappropriate because it carries the risk of ‘exploitation of children’ during a time of vulnerability. Last month’s ADA federal publication featured an article by Dr Patrishia Bordbar (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon), a true expert on this topic. She stated that there is “no consistent scientific evidence” that the release of tongue and lip ties improves breastfeeding and facial development. Despite this lack of evidence, the number of frenotomies performed by dentists are on the sharp increase. She is also concerned regarding the misinformation disseminated on this topic, often

coming from commercial websites with a vested financial interest. This misinformation has led to the suggestion that these normal anatomical structures should be routinely managed surgically. Frenotomy risks As with any surgery, frenotomies are also associated with significant risks and unintended consequences to infants such as: • Bleeding • Infection • Damage to nearby salivary ducts • Dehydration (due to refusal of oral feeding) What is our opinion? We all have children of our own and our work involves caring for children of all ages. We strongly believe that good quality evidence in medicine and dentistry is vitally important and should be respected. Therefore, we must express our concern regarding the recent rise in recommendations for surgical frenotomies. If in doubt, please seek advice from your medical GP or paediatrician. All health professionals have a responsibility to the public to provide balanced and accurate information regarding any procedure (ie risks, costs and benefits). Such discussions are even more important when dealing with our most vulnerable – infants and their parents.

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What are you really hungry for? Is it food, happiness, or something else? Emotional eating affects so many, but what is it and what can we do about it?

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

The truth is, we are all emotional eaters. We celebrate happy moments with a special meal. We make our kids their favourite food to show our love. We crave foods like mash potato for comfort. Food is inextricably linked to our feelings and we experience a constant and ever-changing flow of emotions. But the way we relate to our emotions can have a big impact on what we eat. When somebody says, “I’m an emotional eater,” they are typically saying, “I’m doing unhealthy eating that is hard to control and that’s driven by unpleasant feelings that I don’t like.” Emotional eating tends to happen when we become emotionally dependent on habits, like binging, chronic dieting, body-hating, negative self-talk and compulsive overeating. Or when we (ab)use food as a way of managing feelings. Unfortunately, once emotional eating becomes a habit, it can spiral out of control, leading to self-loathing, depression, anxiety and health problems, like obesity, diabetes and heart problems. The key to ‘emotional eating’ is not to cut ourselves off from feeling, but to develop a more supportive and attentive relationship with ourselves. Here are 4 tips for those who reach out to food for fulfillment or

when feeling fed-up with feelings. 1. Start a Food & Mood Diary Keep a diary of what you eat and how you felt at the time. This will bring into awareness those feelings that have you reaching for food. Awareness of the patterns to emotional eating is the first step in being able to shift them. 2. List your Needs & Desires Create a list of what you need and desire. For many, food can be a substitute for unmet needs and longings. By writing your needs on a page, it gives an opportunity to objectively consider how you might fulfil your desires. 3. Relax Learning to tolerate difficult feelings, like stress or loneliness, is vital to overcoming emotional eating. Creating a regular, slow breathing and meditation practice helps us to become more connected to our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. When we are relaxed, we are less likely to suppress our feelings with eating. 4. Eat consciously Emotional eating can take the form of not being aware of what or why you’re eating. Unconscious eating is when you’re done with your meal

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but continue to pick at it or it can be putting food in your mouth just because it’s there. Instead, try to remain mindful of what and when you are eating. Remember, it is normal to have feelings around food, but unhealthy emotional eating might be a sign that you need to look a bit deeper within. When we listen to our feelings and understand the needs that lie underneath, then we can feed them the nourishment they truly need such as love, belonging, or self-acceptance. If managing emotional eating is something that you crave but have difficulty satisfying, then talking with a clinical psychologist can help. A psychologist can help unravel the reasons behind emotional eating as well as provide tools that are effective and empowering.

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CAN HEARING AIDS BE GLAMOUROUS? Fancy some diamond encrusted hearing aids? Or some unique charms to accessorise with your device?


Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

One of the biggest concerns about getting hearing aids, apart from the recognition of hearing loss, is the cosmetic aspect of wearing them. While encrusting your hearing aids with diamonds or getting charms for them may individualise them (and yes, you can do both!), it really doesn’t address the needs of those people who would like to be a little more discrete about their hearing aids. Luckily the industry has advanced quite a lot since the days of the old beige blocks. When we talk about discreet hearing aids now, we are talking about what’s called CIC (Completely in the Canal) and IIC (Invisible in the Canal) devices. These aids sit completely inside the ear with nothing behind the ear. This means it’s very difficult for people, unless they look very closely, to see you are actually wearing aids. Even hearing aids that you wear behind the ear are these days remarkably discreet. The RIC (Receiver in the Canal) models have the processor sitting behind the ear with the receiver in the ear. This allows for the bit behind the ear to be as small as possible. People wearing RIC models have said they wore them for days and had to tell their family, who didn’t notice, that they were wearing them! Now, discretion isn’t necessarily interchangeable for glamourous but

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some of the devices on the market today come close. Earlier this year Phonak released the Titanium Virto B. This is a super discreet custommade titanium IIC hearing aid. As it sits in the ear canal someone would have to be looking directly into your ear canal to see it. Other IIC or CIC devices available include the Signia Silk Primax instant fit device, the Soundlens and Muse from Starkey, and the Stride from Unitron. When we talk about glamour in RIC models, the tiny Moxi Now from Unitron won the coveted Best of the Best 2017 international award from Red Dot for top ground-breaking and quality design. This is a tiny device that sits behind the ear with a barely visible wire running from the device to the receiver. Again, people have to look very closely to notice you are wearing a hearing aid.

If you want truly invisible, there’s the Phonak Lyric. Inserted by your audiologist into your ear canal, it remains there for up to three months at a time. It’s positioned four millimetres from your eardrum so no one can see it no matter how hard they look. The best thing about the Lyric is they are 24/7 and you don’t need to swap batteries. We are not saying that the hearing aids are glamourous but, what you can rest assured of, hearing aids will not detract from your own glamour. The fact is they may in fact enhance glamour as, once your hearing loss is treated, you can engage vibrantly with the people around you once more. Discuss all your hearing aid options with your qualified audiologist to see how discrete your hearing loss solution can be.

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GLAMOUROUS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! The key to being glamourous on the outside is to start on the inside. Being healthy on the inside radiates outward through glowing skin, hair and abundant energy.


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The trick is to listen to your body, be aware of its messages, address inflammation and support good function in the body. Inflammation is the starting point for all dysfunction and disease. Ageless beauty can be achieved by making sure your body is supplied with the correct nutrients, to build cell integrity, quality tissues, which support the proper function of our organs systems. All of this can be achieved by properly digesting a whole food, nutrient dense diet. Like most things, it is all about quality, we need good quality ingredients and processed fast food just doesn’t cut it! It is so important to listen to our body; symptoms are the messages our body sends to alert us that something is not working properly. We need to get to the root cause of why those symptoms are happening. When I say inflammation I do not just mean the clever immune process the body has of dealing with a cut finger by inflaming the area in order to heal it. This is an immediate response that deals with the situation and once it is healed the inflammation stops. The kind of inflammation I am referring to is the low level ongoing, chronic inflammation that never stops. This places a constant stress on the body

and may contribute to a more serious disease or condition. Causes of low-level inflammation may be: Gut bacterial or fungal overgrowth. These produce a complex series of symptoms beyond just the gut, but also skin issues and mental dysfunction. Poor blood sugar management, causing counteractive blood sugar emergency responses – eating a diet high in processed carbohydrates and sugars can lead to a blood sugar rollercoaster ride multiple times a day. Allergic reactions and food sensitivities. Regular exposures to Reactive foods cause an immediate immune response which results in chronically inflamed tissues from anywhere from the gut, brain or musculoskeletal joints which is why it is so important to remove these foods from your diet and address the underlying causes that are driving these responses in the body. Stress comes in many forms and is a major contributor to inflammation in our body as it works on many different levels, right from a cellular level to organism level and not just physically but emotionally. The importance of stress management on all levels cannot be understated. On a cellular level it could be due to

a lack of antioxidants in your diet. It might be hormonal stress caused by poor blood sugar management, which in turn, causes a cortisol stress response. It might be ongoing stress caused by an injury or illness, and in the case of a chronic illness like Type 2 diabetes it’s a constant source of ongoing stress and inflammation to the body. Remember it’s the seemingly little niggly symptoms that we put up with every day that are eroding our health and setting us down the path to chronic disease. More importantly there are our early warning signs that we all too often ignore. Getting to the root cause of your symptoms and supporting your body with nourishing foods that are uniquely right for you will help to reduce inflammation, and keep you looking and feeling glamourous from the inside out.

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The importance of relationships, inside.

Foyer, Arcare North Shore.

Community stories, inside.

Lounge, Arcare North Shore.

Shivdeep and Shirley.

Real relationships make all the difference Arcare has thirty five aged care residences throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Each offer our clients the finest living environments, but it’s the sense of community that makes Arcare truly special. Everyone who joins an Arcare Community will be supported by our unique Relationship - First Approach where nurturing honest, respectful and consistent relationships with clients is the most important thing that we do. Central to these relationships are our Dedicated Assignments where each client has their very own support team consistently working with them. 2/



Focusing on the tiny moments Arcare’s journey to its Relationship - First Approach

It has been quite a journey for us all since then, and we have very much been laying a path while walking so we can quickly adapt and improve as we learn and experience together. However, throughout the journey, our ‘true north’ – our commitment to supporting, nurturing and prioritising the development of relationships characterised by humanness, trust, reciprocity and love – has remained constant. And because of this, we have inadvertently created a unique space for ourselves in the aged-care industry and have been asked to share our approach widely, both nationally and internationally.

Rock ‘n’ Roll party, Arcare Epping.

In 2012, Arcare set out to improve the way it provided services and support to older Australians. We held many focus groups and individual interviews with clients, team members and families. We simply asked, ‘What makes life worth living in, working in or visiting our residential communities?’ After spending almost six months just listening to the answers to this candid question, we gathered together all of the responses our community had shared. In doing so, the focus for our improvement plan became clear. We needed to turn our attention to the quality of the relationships in our communities. In particular, we needed to focus on the tiny, day-to-day interactions between team members and clients – the real-world spaces where relationships develop and deepen.

The next step we are taking on this path together is acknowledging the responsibility of each team member to become a client advocate, taking the relationship between client and team member to an even more profound level. This involves a commitment to act in solidarity with clients to ensure that they enjoy the same rights as other citizens. It’s a commitment to recognise that just because a person changes their address or is given a particular diagnosis, they do not lose any of their human, legal, civic or consumer rights. This acknowledgement means our team members gain an even deeper awareness of the inherent humanness of each client, and understand that vulnerable citizens need extra support in order to experience the same rights and inclusion as everyone else. Arcare team members are called upon to consider their own attitudes and beliefs, to ensure that each of their tiny, day-to-day interactions with residents become powerful spaces in which each client’s inherent humanness, right to inclusion and self-determination are nurtured and protected. Written by Daniella Greenwood, Arcare’s strategy and innovation manager.






1/ Star-studded BBQ Maroochydore The Maroochydore Community was abuzz with excitement at their June BBQ as they eagerly awaited the appearance of Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. Geoffrey, who had been travelling the world to launch his latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, stopped by to enjoy a lunch with his mum, Merle. It was a busy month for Merle, who also celebrated her 90th birthday with a lunch surrounded by friends and family.

2/ Flying high Hope Island A group of men from Arcare communities on the Gold Coast spent an afternoon ticking off items on their bucket list.


For some in the group, the once-in-a-lifetime trip was something they had always wanted to do. After hearing of the group’s adventures, plenty more clients are keen to go next time.

Watch the video on our YouTube channel

3/ Celebrating Audrey Peregian Springs Audrey was thrilled when her family surprised her in the café to celebrate her birthday. It happened to be quite a turnout, especially with a couple of Audrey’s friends from the Peregian Springs Community joining in. It was a great chance for the group to celebrate the wonderful Audrey.

Spending a day wandering around the hangars and hitching a ride on a plane was a thrill for the men.







4/ Crowd favourite Helensvale

6/ Accidental artists North Shore

While enjoying fish and chips by the sea at Charis Seafoods, residents from Arcare Helensvale picked up plenty of attention. Everyone laughed as Pam posed for a photo with a flock of seagulls who dropped in to sample the delicious lunch. It’s been a memorable tale for the group ever since.

The ladies of North Shore have come together and started their own painting class. When it was first suggested to them, their response was a startling ‘but we can’t paint or draw!’ The group now meet every Friday morning, as regular as clock-work, in their newly christened art studio.

5/ Aye aye, Captain Helensvale

Each of the ladies has their own idea about what colours to use and how they can embellish their canvases. When seeking inspiration the usual advice is to ‘use your imagination and see what comes out’. There are never any mistakes made as they are quickly covered up with innovative ideas or colour (and even the odd house or tree or flower).

A rainy day didn’t dampen the Helensvale Community’s spirits as they headed out for a scenic morning river cruise. Many were interested in the beautiful homes that overlooked the river and the impressive boats that glided by. Kevin took over as captain for a while. It reminded him of when he used to work on the engine bay of navy boats. He commented, ‘I haven’t had this much of a good time for a while.’

The ladies are just as proud of the group they’ve started as they are of the work they create. Although you do often hear them coaxing visiting family and friends to ‘come on down to our art room and see what I have done.’



Arcare North Shore 77 Main Street, Burdell Qld 4818 (Behind North Shore Shopping Centre)

Private dining room, Arcare North Shore.




Suite, Arcare North Shore.

In Townsville’s thriving North Shore development, is North QLD’s first five-star aged care residence - Arcare North Shore.

Beyond the manicured courtyards and gardens, clients have access to a private bus for trips into the broader community.

Opened in June 2017, the residence has 90 suites, each with its own ensuite, flatscreen television, courtyard access and individual heating and cooling.

On top of the honest and committed relationships between clients, team members and family that develop from our unique Relationship - First Approach and Dedicated Assignments, Arcare also provides 24/ 7 nursing support and palliative care.

Every suite has the option of Foxtel, wireless internet and other extras thanks to Arcare Signature. The Arcare North Shore community enjoys their own boutique café, hairdressing salon, movie theatre and tropical courtyard. Delicious meals are prepared fresh on-site and served in intimate dining and lounge rooms. Family and friends visiting Arcare North Shore clients can enjoy a special meal together in our private dining room.

Courtyard, Arcare North Shore.

Café, Arcare North Shore.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit as often as they like, since there are no set visiting hours. Arcare appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from the people of Townsville. As a thank you, when you tour our new 5-star aged care residence and mention this magazine, you will receive a free coffee or tea from our on-site café.

Dining room, Arcare North Shore. CALL 1300 075 236 OR VISIT ARCARE.COM.AU


Arcare Queensland Arcare has 35 aged care residences throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. We also provide support in the home: offering transport, domestic, social and disability support services, as well as government funded home care packages.

Our Queensland Communities 77 Main St, Burdell (North Shore)

38 Caseys Rd, Hope Island

20 Bufalino St, Parkinson

51 Manley St, Caboolture

10 Halcyon Way, Hope Island

33 Ridgeview Dv, Peregian Springs

549 Warrigal Rd, Eight Mile Plains

54 Dalton Dv, Maroochydore

8 Janice St, Slacks Creek

103 Lindfield Rd, Helensvale

65 Endeavour Blvd, North Lakes

156 Muller Rd, Taigum

Volunteer and join our community Are you someone who can make someone smile and feel special? Do you feel satisfied knowing you have contributed towards making someone’s day more pleasurable? If yes, why not volunteer at our North Shore Community. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and drop it in to Arcare North Shore at 77 Main Street, Burdell (Behind North Shore Shopping Centre). You can also reach us via email at or call 1300 075 236. Name:



FIVE STARS subscription You have been reading the Townsville edition of our quarterly magazine, FIVE STARS. FIVE STARS celebrates life and old age, and shares the stories of our wisest citizens – while giving readers an insight into what life in aged care is actually like. If you would like to subscribe to our FREE 70 page magazine: call 1300 075 236, email or fill out the form below and drop it into Arcare North Shore. Name:


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Grace Tirendi & Cristi Jimmieson were married on the 1st July 2017 at Sacred Heart Cathedral with their vows officiated by Fr Dave Lancini. A reception followed at the Pier Restaurant. Sam Swan Photography.

Amy Baumgarten & Adam Bern of Townsville were married on Friday 30 June 2017 in St Mary’s Catholic Church, West End. Celebration reception held at the Banquet Centre. Sarah Jay Images.

Monique & Hayden Searle of Townsville were married on Friday 18th August 2017 at Anzac Park. The reception was held at the Plantation Deck of Mercure Townsville. Photography by Photobase NQ.

Krystal (nee Stubbs) & Nicholas Potrzeba celebrated their marriage on 3rd June 2017 with both the wedding ceremony and reception at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island. Photography by Kristof Schrader.

Megan & Tom Hamilton from Townsville married on the 29th July 2017 in Rangewood. Tammy Schuh Photography.

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JUST ARRIVED Jarrod & Roberta Jayasuria with siblings Jackson and Jaedan welcomed Jaiman Paul on 25.5.17 weighing 9 pound 4 ounces.

Kirk & Emily Allen welcomed Darcey Jean on 9.6.17 weighing 4.03kg

Gary & Stephanie Lidster welcomed Leo Arthur weighing 2.965kg on 24.4.17

Simon & Shannon Bathersby and siblings Imogen (9) and Logan (7) welcomed baby sister Brooklyn Kate on 10.7.17 weighing 3.955kgs.

Dale & Lara Johnson welcomed their little girl Alice May born on the 8.6.17 weighing 3240g (7lbs 2 oz) at Townsville Hospital. Beyond the Spectrum Photography.

Jessica Gautherot & Jayden Turpie welcomed the arrival of their son Oliver John on 26.3.17 weighing 3.22kg

Richard, Kristy and big sister Destiny welcomed Harmony Piper on 8.7.17 weighing 6 pound and 5 ounces. Tegan Galley Photography.

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It’s important to remain sceptic, spirit knows I did.

International Psychic Medium

Marco Della Valle


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As if the idea that we can communicate with dead people isn’t already a stretch of some people’s imagination, I realise that what I am about to say is going to sound radical and somewhat crazy. Earlier this week I communicated with a woman’s dog from spirit. Now I’m not saying that this ladies dog was barking at me and I could understand every word it uttered out of it’s mouth, her dog was able to show me images and symbols using Clairvoyance to help me convey what she wanted me to relay to my client. It all came about as I was doing a reading via Facetime with a lovely woman named Heather. She lives in Perth and to say that she has a bubbly personality is an understatement. We laughed constantly during her reading, however my laughter went to surprise as I started to become aware of her dog coming through from spirit. This was not totally uncommon for me, but this dogs presence was very strong and something I was not expecting. I was slightly freaked out and in the calmest tone, I asked “Heather, you wouldn’t happen to have a little white female dog aged between 13-15 years old pass away within the last four months would you?” “Socksy” Heather said, “yes she was mine and my husbands pride and joy. She was 15 and died nearly four months ago.” The idea of seeing her dog in spirit wasn’t the thing that surprised me, it was the idea of this dog trying to communicate with me that did. I relayed to Heather that Socksy was starting to give me the sensation of running between both of my legs and trying to trip me. She laughed and advised that right up until her last week of life she would always run in between her husbands legs when he walked and managed to trip him from time to time. It was at this point that Heather’s pet began showing me images of her holding a photo of the dog and speaking to her as if she was still right in front of her. Socksy was also showing me that Heather had not been well a couple of years prior and that she would sit on her lap during periods when she was feeling low. I relayed this information and Heather was able to confirm that

just two days beforehand she was holding a photo of her beloved Socksy and talking to her as if she was still alive, as well as the fact that she had had a health scare. She further advised that whilst feeling ill from the treatment, Socksy would sit on her lap to comfort her during her bad days. I started to laugh hysterically as I realised Heather’s dog was indeed communicating with me. “Socksy was the only little soul I have ever really trusted aside from my husband” Heather explained beaming with a grin ear to ear. She went on to explain that she had never met a more friendly and loyal dog. Socksy then started to show how she used to sleep not just in the bed with Heather and her husband, but actually shared the same pillow as Heather. “Yep” Heather said with a laugh, “She used to sleep up near my head.”

I again laughed (I think I may have been in shock), I tried to tell Heather that this was not the norm for me. She laughed and just said, “That’s Socksy, she always thought she was human.” They say there is a first for everything and I’m glad I was able to reunite Heather with her trusted Socksy. It just goes to show, whether your loved one in spirit is a human or of the four legged variety, they continue to see what is going on and are willing to communicate… even if it is a shock to the Medium delivering the message.


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Townsville Mountain Bike Festival Dates Confirmed Mountain Bike Australia has confirmed the dates for the 2018 Townsville MTB Festival as Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April 2018. The full 90km Marathon National Championship will be held on the Sunday, while a support half-marathon will be held on the Saturday. A schools competition, an evening glow ride and a Defence Force Challenge will also be included. All events will be held at the Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park.

JCU Cyclone Testing Station Turns 40 JCU celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Cyclone Testing Station recently and took the opportunity to unveil a new piece of equipment to media and stakeholders. The Wind Driven Rain Simulator will help researchers find better ways to prevent water entering homes during cyclones and storms. It’s a timely addition with wind-driven rain from Cyclone Debbie causing significant damage to homes earlier this year.

(Clockwise from bottom left): Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding, Manager Emergency Management at Townsville City Council Wayne Preedy, SES Regional Manager (Northern Region) Daryl Camp, Cr Kurt Rehbein, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services Emergency Management Coordinator Libby Preedy, LTCOL Jennifer Harris, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies Professor Iain Gordon, Chairman of the CTS Advisory board John Galloway, and JCU Cyclone Testing Station Director Dr David Henderson.

SLSQ Life Membership for TPBSLSC Club President Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club President Darrin Bragg has been awarded life membership of Surf Life Saving Queensland — an honour bestowed upon only one other Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC member. “I’m very honoured to receive this recognition,” Darrin says. “There are some very special people in surf lifesaving who have obtained this award and to be held in the same esteem as these people is very humbling.”


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How to help someone who is grieving – in particular anniversaries and significant events ©DUOMagazine 2017

Morleys Funerals are committed to assisting the community with helpful topics that benefit carers and those dealing with grief and loss.

Guest Speaker: Suzy Dormer (Psychologist)

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Got your gear for Wear a Bear Day on October 20 yet? Hurry, Townsville Hospital Foundation mascot Bandi Bear is counting on us!

BRIGHTEN THE NIGHT ABOVE Willows State School goes Bear Ear crazy!

BELOW The Townsville Hospital Foundation team of Andrea McLeod, Megan King and Judy Higgins-Olsen get their Bear Ears on


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From little things big things come. Just ask Bandi Bear who, together with the Townsville community, last year raised over $10,000 for health services in North Queensland. And it was so easy, all they had to do was wear Bandi Bear ears ($4) buy a Bandi Bear plush toy ($8) or host a morning tea. Some people did all three and had a lot of fun in the process. “We’ll be hosting a number of events on the day as well as asking local schools and businesses to join in,” says Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. “If you’d like to get involved with Wear A Bear Day and sell our ears or host a morning tea, we’d love to hear from you.” Over the last decade, the Townsville Hospital Foundation has funded close to two million dollars in projects, with the largest sum being 1.2 million for the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward. The Townsville Hospital Foundation has also funded ground-breaking research, surgical instruments for cardiac surgery, a resuscitation trolley, cuddle cots (so mothers can spend time with stillborn babies) and smaller but no less important items such as TVs, chairs and toys.

Bandi Bear has been the mascot for the Townsville Hospital Foundation since 2013 and is known to attend the Foundation’s events as well as doing weekly rounds of the Children’s Ward, escorted by 1RAR volunteers. “The 1RAR volunteers are part of a rehabilitation program so it’s a wonderful way for them to get involved in the community while regaining their health,” Megan says. “The kids absolutely love seeing Bandi. Even when he’s walking through the halls to get to the Children’s Ward he’s approached by families who want to give him a big hug or high five. The staff like to get photos with him too. “We’re 100 per cent local, so you know all money raised will stay here in North Queensland to assist the Townsville community and our surrounding neighbours. The more we can invest in our local health facilities the less we will hopefully have to send local patients to Brisbane for treatment.”

How does enjoying a gourmet meal while helping the Townsville Hospital Foundation help the local community sound? Seats are filling fast for the Brighten the Night progressive dinner hosted by JAM and A Touch of Salt. The Saturday October 7 event will get underway at 6.30pm on Victoria Bridge under the stars for canapes and drinks before progressing to two of Townsville’s top restaurants for mains and dessert. Tickets are $200 per person and the dress code is ‘Cocktail’ for this special event, where you’ll be spoiled with a gourmet menu and beverage package personally designed by head chefs Matt Merrin (Jam) and Michael Brine (A Touch of Salt). CONNECT NOW

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AUTOMATION, DIGITISATION AND CASUALISATION Trends that are shaping your working future.

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One of the best things about the business that I am in is that I get to see behind the curtains of a LOT of industries. I see the good, the bad and I definitely see the ugly. One thing that is constant across all industries is ‘change’. The reason I want to talk about change is that it’s nothing to be frightened of! As more and more technology enhances and streamlines our everyday way of life, it is impacting on our employment. Casualisation of the workforce is not ideal but its happening, so rather than sit back, it’s time to take control. Never before has it been easier to start and build your own business. Between smartphones, apps, social media and DIY webstore templates – the only thing holding you back is you. Here are just a handful of the things to consider along your ‘entrepreneurial apprenticeship’: 1. What is your product? Work out what it is that you wish to sell. You may decide to sell handmade items, on sell items or sell your services. Importantly, make sure someone wants to pay for it! A lot of great ideas don’t necessarily translate to sales. 2. How much will you charge? How much is someone willing to pay for your service? Is there much


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IF IT’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS…. When looking to invest, there are a multitude of options out there, the hard part is sifting through the good from the bad.


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Let’s say you found an investment website offering returns suspiciously high. The adviser, website or promoter ‘promises’ investors a high return on investment and say it is secure, but you haven’t heard of them and your research makes you feel somewhat uneasy. Usually when things are too good to be true they usually are. Why? You need to be informed about what is called a ‘Ponzi Scheme’. These are a type of pyramid scheme which are based on the principle of ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’. The name comes from Charles Ponzi, a New England offender from the 1920s, who assured investors, in just 90 days, a 40 percent return on their investment, compared with 5 percent in a savings account. This worked for a period of time but eventually the investment went bust, and this fraudster was convicted. How this works in this modern day is investors are lured in on the promise of large returns. The scheme operator takes in money from new investors and uses it to pay off the earlier investors until no more new investors are left and the whole scheme collapses, with the newest investors losing everything. Basically, you are tempted to invest your money, but underneath

it all, there is no actual ‘investment’. Ultimately the scheme fails because the scheme operator quickly spends the money or the pool of investors runs dry. These schemes only require a few people to invest in the early stages to be successful and can go on for years undetected if there is enough money to pay ‘dividends’. Following is an example of how this works: You invest $100,000 in a scheme in September. The promoter then pays you $10,000 each month using your own money. You receive $10,000 each month so you are not suspicious, and you encourage family and friends to also invest, which they do. After you all have invested your savings, the returns continue to come in December. But in January, you don’t hear anything from the promoter. You try to contact this company but the telephone number has been disconnected. The promoter has disappeared leaving you and your friends devastated. You have lost $70,000, not to mention what your friends have lost, which is now the promoter’s gain from this scheme. If you feel that you have invested in such a scheme you need to stop,

check this list: au/scams/companies-you-should-notdeal-with You need to check the company’s licence number on ASIC Connect’s Professional Registers. You should also report the scam to ASIC. If the scheme operators are trading in Australia, ASIC may be able to prosecute and also raise an alert about the scheme. Warning family and friends is also helpful to avoid any further investor falling victim. So before you invest in any scheme you should do independent checks to see how the investment returns are really going to be generated. Don’t just trust the word of the person/ website marketing you the scheme. And remember, the biggest telltale sign of a Ponzi Scheme is the suspiciously high rate of return. That old saying applies here: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Shaking up the industry by becoming an independent gas supplier, this husbandand-wife team have a hands-on approach to their family business.



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Partners in life and work, Peter and Marissa McKillop met at a Bachelor and Spinsters Ball at Ignatius Park when they were teenagers. They went on to have three children — Lachlan (21), Emily (19) and Josephine (16) — while establishing a business together. “We started NRG because we could see the need for a business that people could come to for their gas needs,” Peter says. “A place where they can pick up their gas, buy appliances, buy regulators and parts, organise installations and repairs and ask for advice.” Marissa adds: “After 17 years with the business, we’re proud to say we bought out our partners last year. This move has allowed us to change things up by becoming an independent gas supplier and we’ve also just opened a new gas filling station on the corner of Ingham Road

and Dundee Street in Bohle.” While Peter oversees business operations, Marissa manages the marketing, administration and finance. “Marissa has a good business head and is always on the lookout for innovations,” Peter says. “The introduction of a new ordering App, online retail store and automatic gas replacement for customers are just a few of the ways she’s proven her commitment to innovation and convenience for customers.” Peter has worked hard over the years to obtain qualifications in Type B gas authorisation for industrial work and Type A certification for commercial and domestic appliances. His extensive knowledge in the gas industry is highly regarded and sought-after both locally and throughout the industry. “He’s diligent about providing top-quality products and services and

works with people to achieve what’s best for everyone,” Marissa says. Peter and Marissa’s son Lachlan recently began his gas-fitting apprenticeship with the business, further strengthening the family and local connection. “Being a locally owned business is very important to both of us,” Marissa says. “We’re committed to making life easy for our customers and the local community.”


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Carola Bradshaw from BlueBerriDesign and Josephine Carter from josephine carter photography have joined forced to offer local businesses a one-stop-shop for branding.

Josephine Carter (right) and Carola Bradshaw have so much in common that it was only a matter of time before they crossed paths. “I was looking for a photographer to assist me with a design project when a mutual friend introduced me to Josi in 2014,” Carola says. “When we caught up for coffee we were delighted to discover so many similarities — as well as being creatives, we both have a German heritage and moved to Townsville for love.” Since that day, Carola and Josi have been firm friends and collaborators, each steadily growing their customer bases. Specialising in branding for small to medium-sized businesses as BlueBerriDesign, Carola is known for creating eye-catching logos, websites and signage. While talented professional photographer Josi has been busy

shooting weddings, portraits and special events as josephine carter photography. “It made sense for us to merge recently and cross-promote our complementary services to offer Townsville businesses corporate packages as a one-stop shop for branding,” Carola says. “Josi and I share the same vision, ambitious attitude and work ethics. We motivate each other and encourage each other to think outside the box.” Passionate about producing quality photos in a way that’s enjoyable and relaxing for her clients, Josi has a shoot on every afternoon, while her weekends are booked for weddings well in advance. “It’s important to me to keep the photos real and capture a story, especially with family shoots and weddings,” Josi says.

“Carola and I see the world in a unique way and we’re focused on the finer details and bringing our clients’ visions to life. We’re able to put ourselves in the client’s shoes. Unlike the experience with some large corporations, where clients are just a number or a pay cheque, we take the time to get to know our clients and understand their goals. “If you want efficient service, solutions for developing your online presence and help with being creative and bringing your brand to life, we’re the right partner for you.”



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Partners at work and at home, Dr Jason Scott and Lyndall Kennedy from MiPain (Medical & Interventional Pain Specialists) make a great team.



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When fate brought Dr Jason Scott and Lyndall Kennedy together over a decade ago, little did they know the person sitting next to them on the plane would become their life partner. “The conversation was great and, when we just happened to be on the same return flight, well it seemed meant to be,” says Jason. “We now have a lovely baby girl and have been working alongside each other since the inception of MiPain, Townsville’s first consultantled private pain service, in 2014.” Acutely aware that patients were travelling to Brisbane or Melbourne for treatment in specialist pain centres, Jason and Lyndall (raised in the Tablelands and the Burdekin respectively), were determined to make these much-needed services accessible in North Queensland. “We put our hearts where our

home is and invested in Townsville,” says Lyndall who, as practice manager, keeps operations running smoothly. “Now we’re excited to have moved over to our new purpose-built specialist centre in Park Street, next to the Mater Hospital in Pimlico. Firm believers in Townsville’s future, Jason and Lyndall are backed by an outstanding team, which is about to expand. “We have a close-knit staff and work extremely well together,” Lyndall says. “Our incredible receptionists, Kristy and Kirsten, are fantastic in their roles and I’m extremely proud of the work Jason is doing.” Consulting is demanding work, but Jason believes patients deserve to know that the person they discuss their pain with is an expert in the field of pain medicine and is the same

person they see in theatre and for review. “We’re proud of the relationships we’ve formed with patients and referring practitioners,” Jason says. “I consult patients with a range of chronic pain issues — particularly back and neck pain — and engage with health providers including general practitioners, surgeons, physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists. “MiPain provides weekly, timely and affordable procedures performed to reduce the need for medication and to improve function and quality of life.” MiPAIN (MEDICAL & INTERVENTIONAL PAIN SPECIALISTS)

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No legal problem is too tricky for husbandand-wife law firm owners Michael and Sandra Clive.

After Michael started working at a firm where Sandra was Managing Partner, Sandra and Michael didn’t know they would end up partners in practice and in life but with their shared values, goals and interests, it’s no surprise that they are such a successful duo. “My mates tease me that “I ‘married the boss’ when they hear I used to work for Sandra” Michael laughs. “In 2009, we bought highly respected law firm Crosby Brosnan and Creen, which I operated while Sandra continued in her practice. Then, in 2011, we had the opportunity to merge our two practices and work together at CBC and we haven’t looked back.” “We have a complement of 20 talented staff with offices in Townsville and Ayr to service both the Townsville and Burdekin region,

where we both grew up. Working together in business has helped Michael and I juggle work and raise our young family.” Sandra said. While Sandra manages the litigation department, which is primarily the family law and commercial litigation teams, Michael manages the commercial, property and wills and estates departments. CBC Lawyers’ motto is ‘problem solvers’ and this is what Sandra and Michael both enjoy most about their jobs. “Every day I’m able to solve my clients’ legal problems,” Michael says. “It gives me a lot of pleasure to see their relief when I take the stress and worry off them.” “I have always loved practicing law because it allows me to make a difference in people’s lives at a time when they need it the most,” Sandra says.

“My clients see me at what is often the lowest point in their lives. It’s incredibly satisfying being their voice and helping them get past conflict and move forward with their lives in a positive way.” It’s not surprising that CBC Lawyers now is the largest family law practice in Townsville with five full time solicitors. Michael and Sandra have plans to continue to grow their firm, while remaining a family owned and operated business delivering a very personal service to their clients.



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TRANSITION? BUT, TO WHERE? The idea of transitioning has become something of a ‘go to’ description of the state of the Townsville North Queensland economic situation. The question, however, is what exactly are we transitioning from and to.

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MUDDLED NARRATIVES The most common narrative that employs the ‘transition’ frame seeks to describe the regional economy in terms of one that is transitioning away from a dependence on mining to something else. This narrative draws on a national post-2013 trope, which is based on the observed decline in mining sector investment after the global bubble in coal and commodity prices popped. The struggle for the national economy has been the failure of non-mining investment to step up to fill the breach. The centrality of the decline of mining was squarely addressed in the recently published interim report on Transitioning Regional Economies, from the Productivity Commission (May 2015). In the report, the PC sought to gain some handle on the geographic impacts of the collapse in mining sector investment (and employment) and evaluate the extent to which regions across the country were effectively transitioning to a lesser dependence on mining. The report found that most regions that were significantly exposed to mining’s Dutch Disease symptoms have actually begun to adapt quite well, especially on the employment side of things. Property markets, by way of contrast, remain in the serious doldrums. The Townsville North Queensland regional economy had not, however, demonstrated a high degree of resilience. On the contrary, while most other mining exposed regions were adjusting to new circumstances, NQ was stuck in a serious rut. Localised events such as the closure of Queensland Nickel in early 2016 focused public attention on the minerals sector as an explanation for the region’s continued woes. The recent bottoming out of key labour force indicators is, in this narrative frame, explained by reference to a rebound from the popping of the mining bubble. Sadly, this analysis misses the mark. At its peak (mid 2013) mining sector employment accounted for around

6,000 people or approximately 5% of the labour force. It had spiked rapidly in the previous year, before falling rather acutely in 2014-15 to less than 2,000 persons – that is, employment numbers on a par with the situation in 2009. Mining’s spiky contribution to regional wealth was actually short-lived, and in the overall scheme of things, not that big. (QNI’s collapse was strictly speaking a closure of manufacturing.) LONGER TERM FRAME A more accurate understanding of underlying structural and cyclical dynamics requires us to go back to the immediate post GFC period. If mining’s rise and fall involved no more than 3,000–3,500 persons, this cannot explain the net shrinkage of the regional labour force of 20,000 between 2009 and 2016. As I have discussed in previous months’ columns, the labour force shrinkage in that period can be attributed to a number of dynamics, which saw the massive contraction in agricultural employment, followed by retailing, manufacturing, construction, financial services and such like. The private sector economy had begun contracting well before mining came and went. Mining’s short term blip in effect masked deeper structural changes. Put bluntly, the region’s economy has not been heavily dependent on mining at all. Indeed, prior to the latest narrative frame of ‘transitioning from mining’, the dominant trope described the economy in glowing diversified terms. No one sector was greater than 13% of GRP we were told. What this tells us is that we’ve actually known for a long time that the economy wasn’t founded in mining. The narrative that hinges on recent doldrums being caused by mining’s fall from grace is simply not sustainable on the evidence. If the diversity trope is useful to this extent, it loses explanatory power because it fails to acknowledge that the city-region’s economy is unusually dependent on the public sector. Public sector

wages contribute some 43%+ of the city’s salary base, which contrasts with 30% or so for Queensland and Australia as a whole. The problem of the regional economy post GFC wasn’t about mining per se, nor was it about a failure of diversity. No, it was a story of a collapse in the private economy and an unusual reliance on the government sector. This aside, there’s another way to understand the structure and trajectory of the region’s economy; and that is by looking at the composition of employment by skills type. Long run data shows that Townsville’s boom (2003-2013) was associated with what I’ve previously called the ‘tradies’ bubble’. This bubble saw a situation where routine manual work increased in both absolute and percentage terms in Townsville, when across the country the trend was for a progressive decline in the relative contribution of routine manual work to total employment. It was the reversion to the national average in routine manual employment since 2013 that has underpinned the declining prosperity of the city region. No wonder there’s been an unremitting extension of the mendicant’s hand for publicly funded construction work to keep the ‘tradies’ bubble’ inflated. And so, we’ve started to see the effects of pump priming kick in. Finally. This will be a relief for those who longed for a return to the halcyon days of the tradies’ bubble. But I will caution that this bubble will be temporary only. The reason is straightforward. The bubble has been primed with an historically high per capita injection of State capital works in the last 12 months, which will not sustain beyond the next 18–24 months. Then, unless there’s a serious rejuvenation of the private sector economy, the publicly funded sugar hit will wear off. Regional mendicancy as a system tends to ensure that over the medium term (10–15 years) all regions receive State capital works contributions in line with each region’s contribution to total State population. From time to time, one squeaky wheel will get a



automated out of existence, then the region must raise the bar in terms of educational attainment across the board. To ignore these dynamics, and plump for a nostalgic reflex that says ‘stuff education, just give us blue collar jobs’, is tantamount to consigning the region and those who can’t or won’t leave it to a transition to relative poverty. The plight of the communities of Wales and the Appalachians, dominated by low levels of education attainment, low employment prospects and extreme poverty, should ward us of this antieducational path.

little bit more oil, but a temporary high level of oil in one region is not a permanent new normal state of distribution across the regions. HOLLOWING OUT If Townsville’s recent prosperity was based on a significantly above average contribution of routine manual employment, the pattern also showed no gains in the creation of non-routine cognitive work – the main driver or national employment and wealth in the last 20 years. Whereas nationally the contribution of non-routine cognitive employment overtook that of routine manual work in 2005, Townsville North Queensland has simply missed the genuine structural transition towards a more intensive knowledge / non-routine economy that has been taking place across the country.

Another dimension of the non-transition to a more intensive knowledge / non-routine economy is the concerning leeching of higher education enrollments in North Queensland. And that’s despite the fact that Townsville boasts two significant regional universities. School graduates are still interested in attending university, but not in Townsville. They are choosing Brisbane-based institutions in droves. The loss of a generation of higher education participants is, I’d suggest, the most significant sign of a place that is actually not making the transition to an economy fit for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. It’s also a key reason why a place will struggle to create the well-paying jobs of the future. Let’s deal with two key dimensions of this.

Firstly, data from the ABS and the Reserve Bank on employment growth by skills type confirms that jobs growth in the long run is in the non-routine areas. These typically presuppose some level of post high school education attainment. This is because these kinds of jobs require creative problem solving and analytical capabilities that remain hard for machines to replace. Which brings me to the second dimension. Long run statistical data across modern economies confirms that the jobs most at risk of being replaced by algorithms or robots are those presently held by people on lower levels of educational attainment. What these two points go to is the fact that if we are seriously interested in transitioning to a future economy that has wellpaying jobs at lower risk of being

A LEARNING CITY We turn our back on higher education in the regions at our peril. The city-region needs a culture that embraces learning as part of its response to the long run dynamics of labour force change. It’s a culture that sees a deeper involvement of the universities in the life of the city, and for a new openness of the city to the role of the academy. I’m not talking about more buildings, let alone some unfounded obsession that higher education can only work if somehow it was lumped into the old downtown. Education is about people, and the practices and cultures that enable the cultivation of creative and analytical skills to become part of how the city region fashions its transitional trajectory. Talk of the place being in transition is hollow without some clear understanding of trajectory… and that means understanding what we’re transitioning from and where we might be transitioning to.

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LEARNINGS FROM THE LION CITY A delegation of local representatives recently travelled to Singapore to learn how to make the most of the opportunities knocking on our region’s door



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The Singaporean economy is a case study that has transfixed the world over. The transformation this nation has undergone is one to marvel, and is being put under the microscope across the globe. Townsville North Queensland is now one of those regions studying this dynamic economy, taking a leaf or two out of Singapore’s book and learning how to make the most of its opportunities. Unlike our incredibly prosperous land, Singapore does not have any natural resources to its name. Positioned on the doorstep of reef, rainforest and outback, as well as an established service hub for one of the richest minerals provinces in the world, natural resources are the backbone of the Townsville North Queensland economy. In

terms of natural resources, we are rich, Singapore is poor, but that’s where that analogy well and truly ends. People are their capital and Singapore’s business and political leaders have heavily invested into their people. Singapore possesses one of the most competitive economies in the world, with regional and global dominance and influence. But how is that even possible when they have a land area of only 700 square kilometres, compared to Australia’s 7.7 million square kilometres? Relationships and attitude. The Singapore economy is built by the people, for the people, with a ‘never say die’ attitude. No problem is ever a problem for the Singaporeans, but simply a challenge to be conquered. If you run out of land to develop,

you create it; if you run short of water, you invest in R&D (Research and Development) and engage in new partnerships. ‘No’ does not exist in the Singaporean vocabulary, and they won’t quit until dreams and aspirations are realised for the betterment of their people. This is achieved all while remaining completely humble and grateful for every opportunity that they have created. Now I realise this may not come as a surprise to most that are well aware of the vibrancy and richness of Singapore, but simply just knowing is not enough. It has to be experienced on the ground, completely immersed in Singapore industry and interacting with the key decision makers who have played a role in this nation’s


transformation over the past 60 years. The inaugural Townsville Enterprise Insights Delegation to Singapore did just that. It put our region’s business, industry and political representatives into the heart of Southeast Asian business, which is something that has to be seen with your own eyes to even begin to comprehend and appreciate the journey of this economy. Nineteen local business and industry representatives, including Burdekin Shire Council Mayor, Cr Lyn McLaughlin and Townsville City Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Les Walker, participated in last month’s delegation, which has been hailed a major success by delegates, stakeholders and key contributors. The delegation consisted of 31 representatives from organisations

including Townsville City Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Townsville Enterprise, Townsville Chamber of Commerce, James Cook University, Townsville Airport, Port of Townsville, Mater Health Services NQ, SMEC Australia, Premise Group, CQG Consulting, A Gabrielli Constructions, Property Professionals Australia, Next Level Land Marketing, Connole Carlisle, Electrotek QLD and Especially Australian. The official delegation program included a Welcome Reception at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence, a full day ‘Singapore Insights Conference’ at James Cook University’s Singapore campus, an Austcham co-hosted Breakfast, exclusive industry tours to PSA Singapore, SATS, SURF Centre and BASH, a Singapore International

OPPOSITE The outlook from Marina Bay Sands ABOVE LEFT Gardens by the Bay ABOVE RIGHT Singapore CBD BELOW Singapore Insights Delegation at Marina Bay Sands

Chamber of Commerce Function and a comprehensive Finance & Banking Presentation by key service providers including ANZ, Vistra and Herbert Smith Freehills. Delegation highlights also included visiting Marina Bay Sands, where Trevor Spinks from Scoot Airlines presented relevant industry knowledge on direct flight pathways between Singapore and North Queensland, identifying important benchmarks to reach in the future. During the Connectivity, Supply Chains and Logistics component of the full day conference the liner shipping division of The China Navigation Company (CNCo), Swire Shipping, made a significant announcement for Townsville. Swire Shipping will launch a new direct shipping service from the Port of Townsville to Singapore with a transit time of only eight days. This new shipping service will be the quickest transit time offered from the East Coast of Australia to Singapore and

will better meet the logistics needs of Townsville North Queensland businesses, and offer increased connectivity to the rest of the world. This service will better support local businesses currently exporting out of Townsville, as well as the import needs of the community, and boost trade opportunities for the region. The eight-day service is a major coup for a wide range of local businesses, particularly in the horticultural industry, which will now be able to transport timesensitive fruit and vegetables to Asian markets. Further opportunities following the delegation also include expanding our region’s agricultural reach. Already, North Queensland is leading discussions around how Queensland’s agricultural sector will embark upon a broad-based agricultural development and food security agenda in the ASEAN. Townsville Enterprise will continue working with the five regional Councils to further the region’s international competitiveness. This will allow for increased future economic bilateral partnership in light of the Singapore Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) signed in June 2016. Overall, the Singapore Insights Delegation was positive, productive and a resounding success for the Townsville North Queensland region. Delegates have been left inspired by the ‘can do’ attitude of the Singaporeans, where lessons were learnt on conducting innovative business with a nation built upon friendship, trust and goodwill. Singapore is a prime example of what thinking ‘big picture’ can result in – real jobs, real business and real money into the economy. It is now up to our region to work together on driving the Singapore agenda as a regional entity. The real work begins now.

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12. Jill and Tim McKee 13. Scott Brown, Marcelle Crawford 14. Tina and Steve Mills 15. Krystal and Nicholas Potzeba 16. Emily Hall, Wendy King 17. Samantha Pritchard, Amanda Moss, Liz Buckley 18. Peter and Lyn Ingram 19. Raelene Frantz, Lisa Murray, Helen Lazaredes 20. Emma Lyster, Kate Walduck 21. Shaun and Katrina Detenon 22. Dr. Maria Tsoli, Meredith Wenta, Ren Pederson 23. Dennis and Cathy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole





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The Surf Club Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Josephine Carter Photography With over 130 in attendance and Wally Lewis as guest speaker this event was a great afternoon of food and entertainment to raise funds for Summer Surf Girl Ashlee Keen. All monies raised for the Surf Club goes towards ensuring the club has the best lifesaving equipment available to protect the public.

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1. Michael Hardy, Quentin Kersh 2. Richard Lamb, Chris Proctor 3. John Rosel, Steve Broddick, Dan Lawson 4. Bill Peel, Richard Kelly 5. Nale Gedoun, Terry Brock 6. Joe Gedoun, Michael Rowan 7. Mark Tyrell, Zammi Rohan 8. Andrew Carter, Daniel Chilcott 9. Darrin Bragg, Paul Norton, Dennis DiBartolo 10. Leeroy Jones, Blair Morgan




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at Michels How to ensure safe service of gluten free catering

People living with celiac disease can feel more confident dining out or attending functions due to better tasting gluten free options becoming available. When hiring a caterer for an event, you want to feel secure they will deal with every aspect of the food service. The catererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to ensure that the process is as easy as possible and this includes serving gluten free options. People with gluten and wheat intolerances need to feel confident that no cross contamination has occurred during the preparation, presentation and service of food. Simply removing croutons from the top of a salad and serving to a person with coeliac disease can cause a severe reaction and produce symptoms that can last for days or weeks. For food service professionals, it is about learning the process of how to produce safe gluten free food. It is also about educating staff to

not realise that many common sauces such as soy sauce, worcestershire and even vinegar are made with wheat based stabilisers and are not suitable for people with gluten intolerances. All our sauces used in the restaurant are made in-house and are gluten free. When catering off site we have colour coded cutting boards, knives and utensils that are dedicated to solely making gluten free options on request if needed. From the beginning of an event or dining experience we want our gluten free diners to feel confident we can keep them safe. This happens through proper communication with our clients and proper training of our staff.

take food allergies seriously and to proactively prevent

In the restaurant we have many gluten free menu

the wrong food being served to the wrong person.

items or menu items that can be made gluten

Changing a menu to suit gluten free diners is not a hard process. At Catering by Michelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, as well as at

free. Check our menu for options, or just ask. See you soon for some safe gluten free dining.

the restaurant, we prepare real, whole foods that are already free of ingredients that may contain gluten. We have adapted recipes to ensure our sauces and salad dressings are free of gluten. Some people may


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Beside the MV YWAM PNG Townsville Marine Precinct Tammy Schuh Photography


Over 700 people gathered to celebrate and support YWAM Medical Shipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work in Papua New Guinea. The morning included Papua New Guinean cultural performances, moving stories, and an opportunity to celebrate all that Townsville has helped achieve in hundreds of remote villages in PNG. 1. Gwen Flegler, Dianna Agapion, Kylie Svaricek, Emmily Priestley 2. Robert Rogers, Clint Vicary 3. Noel Nethery, Aimee Segal 4. Susan Willie, Melvian Kup 5. Ray and Sabrina Thompson 6. Rabbie Namuliu, Honourable Mike Reynolds 7. Alex Salvador, John Chandler 8. Jasmine Aidaboe, Rigolo Mokela 9. Dr. Mikaela Chinotti, Dr. Sarah Wilkinson, Kaitlyn Gilbert 10. Janiece Stark, Susan Grinsell



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PHILIPPINES FESTIVAL Riverway Josephine Carter Photography Every year, the Filipino Australian Association of North Queensland showcases the culture and heritage of the Philippine through a festival. A festival of famous foods of the Philippines; a festival of Philippine dance, song and musical instruments. This year we also crowned both Little Miss Philippines and Miss Philippines of North Queensland.



1. Pauly Merermere, Tiarei Taruia 2. Diosa Sampson, Eva Knack 3. Ellen Flores, Engie Ott 4. Anne Nielson , Kimberly Hipworth, Melyora Yap 5. Yolarda Gardner, Graeme Sewell 6. Rhiannon and Lizel Reynolds 7. Dustin and Jany Cris Dignadice 8. Christina Khei Garua, Myrna Rayel, Nina Yusi 9. Imelda Tipan Bayly, Miraje Tipan 10. Daniella and Cristy Gelviro







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BEEF AND BAROSSA 2017 A Touch of Salt Josephine Carter Photography


Guests at this event got to sample some of the Barossa Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest offerings without having to travel to South Australia for the privilege. A Touch of Salt selected some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best wines and beers and matched them with a menu just as indulgent.



1. Maren Jalak, Karley Sharman 2. Claire Lawson, Brian Calway 3. Gloria Hennessy, Lisa MacDonald, Violetta Partlett 4. Janice Arnold, Dianna Buzzo 5. Nathan and Jodie Crane 6. Charly Beitzel, Sue Beitzel 7. Gabrielle Fito, Vanessa Emmerton 8. Monique Fazel, Brittni Brice-Houseman 9. Kath Tarttelin, Elissa Andrews




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CAPITOL REGENT CHINESE RESTAURANT 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

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

WILD GOOSE BREWS & CHEWS The Goose vision is simple, kick back and relax and have a gander around. Dismiss the worries of your day at our convenient location on Flinders St East. Have a laugh or two and enjoy great gastropub food made with only the freshest ingredients. Drop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy great daily specials plus a great selection of wines, draught beer and cocktails that are sure to give you goose bumps. Perfect for your next function or event with 3 spaces to choose from. Our trading hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am – 1am. 137 Flinders Street East. 4771 2799

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 4721 4900


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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, family-owned 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 4724 4441

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. 4722 2222

THE SURF CLUB AT TOWNSVILLE PICNIC BAY SURF LIFESAVING 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 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) 4759 1755


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THAI FISHCAKES WITH CUCUMBER PICKLE This is a great street food dish and perfect to greet your guests with a drink at the beginning of a meal. SERVES 6 (makes 24)


PREPARATION 10 minutes

2 garlic cloves

CHILLING 30 minutes

500 grm white fish fillets (such as cod or ling) 2 coriander roots, washed and chopped 4 shallots, finely sliced 4 long red chillies, halved, seeded and finely chopped 4 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

COOKING 10 minutes

5 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped 60 g green beans, finely sliced 1 cucumber, finely sliced juice of 1 lime 4 coriander sprigs, leaves picked and coarsely chopped PANTRY/LARDER 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fish sauce 75 ml rice vinegar 2 tablespoons caster sugar 2 tablespoons toasted crushed peanuts vegetable oil, for deep-frying 1. Mince the fish in a food processor or blender for a few seconds: a little texture is good, so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be blended until completely fine. 2. Pound the garlic, coriander roots, 1 of the shallots, 3 of the red chillies, ginger and 1â &#x201E;2 teaspoon salt using a mortar and pestle until you have a smooth paste. Add to a bowl with the minced fish, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and sliced green beans. Thoroughly mix everything together, kneading the mixture with your fingers. 3. Knead the mixture following the instructions on page 47. 4. Lightly oil your hands and roll the mixture into 24 small balls and place them on an oiled tray. Transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Images and recipes from Thai Food Made Easy by Tom Kime Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99


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5. While the fishcakes are chilling, make the cucumber pickle. Warm the vinegar, sugar and salt together in a non-reactive saucepan to melt the sugar. Simmer for 1 minute, then leave to cool. When the vinegar is cool, add the cucumber, remaining shallots and chillies and stir gently. Add the lime juice, chopped coriander and toasted peanuts. Set aside until needed. 6. When ready to fry the cakes, pat them into fat cakes about 5 cm wide and 1 cm thick. Fry the fishcakes following the instructions on page 47. Drain the fishcakes on paper towel and serve with the cucumber pickle.


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This is one of my favourite curries as it has everything in one mouthful: roasted meat, spices, heat, herbs such as Thai basil, then the sourness of pineapple and tamarind. It is a delicious combination of flavours.




1 portion of Red Curry paste

COOKING 10 minutes

1 garlic clove, finely chopped 3 grilled skinless and boneless chicken breasts ½ fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks 6 cherry tomatoes, halved 4 Thai basil sprigs (or use regular basil), leaves picked 1 large red chilli, seeded and finely chopped, to serve 4 cm piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks, to serve PANTRY/LARDER 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 250 ml coconut cream 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 teaspoon grated palm sugar 1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over medium–high heat. Fry the garlic until golden brown, then stir in the curry paste and heat through. Add the coconut cream, stirring constantly, and bring to the boil.

Images and recipes from Thai Food Made Easy by Tom Kime Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99

2. Turn down the heat. Add the fish sauce and palm sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. 3. Add the grilled chicken and coat in the sauce. Add the pineapple and tomatoes and stir in the Thai basil. Garnish with chopped red chilli and ginger and serve with rice or noodles.

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Suburb: Hermit Park AKA: I don’t have one. I’m renowned for: Eating way too much food than someone my size should or could! Only a local would know… Winter in Townsville = Paradise My most memorable holiday was… our second honeymoon. My in-laws gave us an amazing holiday to Malta, Paris and London as a wedding gift. Lucky they did because our original planned honeymoon was in Singapore straight after our wedding and my husband and I were both very sick. Having the chance to redo our honeymoon was amazing. Right now I wish I was… back in Malta sitting on the beach eating the local food! My favourite day is: Monday… my day off. The biggest influence in my life is: My husband Mark. His work ethic and drive is incredible. I’ve never met anyone that puts 100% into everything he does from start to finish. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… nothing funny normally happens to me. Someone famous I met was: I am a massive renovation fan so luckily for me I have had the chance to meet some of my most favourite designers. A few years ago while I was in Singapore for work I got to meet Jamie Durie. I had a massive fan girl moment when I saw him for the first time and from across the room yelled “there’s Jamie Durie” without realising how loud I was… it got his attention and everyone else’s in the room. It was a great ice breaker and we got to chat for a while and got a photo. And just recently I got to meet Shaynna Blaze while on the set of a new episode of Selling Houses Australia that was being filmed just south of Townsville. My motto is: Don’t sweat the small stuff and dream bigger!

Suburb: Bohle Plains AKA: Mara I’m renowned for: My booty classes. Only a local would know… we can go to shopping malls and super markets with no shoes on. My most memorable holiday was… Israel – a beautiful country where tradition meets innovation, fashion and fun. Right now I wish I was… right here, I’m definitely in the right place.My favourite day is: The days I get to spend with my family. The biggest influence in my life is: My husband. He is a hardworking man who I admire immensely. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… I travelled to Copenhagen to do a Zumba course. I went to the airport all dressed up in my high heels and when I arrived in Copenhagen it had snowed all night. To get to my rental car I had to walk outside the airport with my two big bags. A path that was supposed to take me five minutes to walk, took me 20 minutes, the floor was so slippery that I was falling every 50 metres. When I finally arrived at the car I had a big surprise. The car was so small that my two bags couldn’t fit inside. Now imagine me trying to get my bags inside the car on a slippery floor in high heels. I got all wet and cold, it was freezing… I didn’t find it funny at the time but after, I couldn’t stop laughing. Someone famous I met was: Unfortunately I have never met anyone famous but I’ve met a couple of awesome people here in Townsville. My motto is: Hakuna Matata and Carpe Diem

Suburb: Kirwan AKA: Jamie I’m renowned for… my passion and competitiveness with most things – playing sport, computer gaming and of course supporting the Cowboys. I’m also the first point of call for IT support in my family. Only a local would know… the current Cowboys Stadium was originally a horse racing trots track and the training facilities building was the stable! My most memorable holiday was… travelling around the world with my wife Maria for 7 months. We had the good fortune of visiting the US, Canada (in the chilly winter!), Austria, Spain, spent time with family in Croatia and Italy, and had amazing and eye opening experiences in India, Nepal and Japan. Right now I wish I was… doing what I am doing – enjoying the North Queensland weather, lifestyle and helping people through my business. My favourite day is… Monday. I’m super energised at the start of the week. It reminds me of all the opportunities ahead. The biggest influence in my life is… my wife Maria. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and to step out of my comfort zone. She inspires me by the way she has pursued her dreams and how she runs her yoga studio, Arc Yoga. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… many things, usually painful. One time for instance I was with mates rope swinging into the Ross River. I decided to attempt a triple rotation and ended up slapping my head on the water and busting my ear drum! Someone famous I met was… Cathy Freeman when I was competing at a junior athletics carnival in Brisbane. My motto is: Things aren’t always what they seem. Assume the best in people.

Suburb: Idalia AKA: Kath I’m renowned for: Most recently my book Hiding in the Shade. Also my friends know how much I enjoy a coffee or a wine and a chat. Only a local would know… that it’s possible to climb Castle Hill, have a coffee on the Strand, connect on social media and get to your kids sports game all before 9am in the morning! My most memorable holiday was… our most recent visit back to family in South Africa, 2016. I got to paraglide off one of the majestic mountains in Cape Town, and then while on safari at an animal rehab reserve, an elephant came right up to our vehicle and took a drink of water from our driver. It was magic! Right now I wish I was… sitting under a tree at Alma Bay watching my hubby and our boys out swimming. My favourite day is: Any day I get to have lunch or coffee with family or friends. The biggest influence in my life is: My husband and my sons. They believe I’m super woman (literally) and manage to stretch me further than I myself believe possible (in a good way of course!). The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… mmm this is tricky to answer because there have been many small ‘funny-atthe-time’ incidences, rather than a really big memorable one. Someone famous I met was: Bill Johnson (Pastor, author, teacher). I have read many of his books, watched his video teachings and listened to his podcasts… so getting to meet and chat with him in person was a really special moment for me. My motto is: Be true to yourself, live each day with purpose and show love to those around you.

MY FAVOURITE: SONG Anything Bruno Mars SHOP Vast Interior EAT Pasta… my weakness!! DRINK Water… icy cold

MY FAVOURITE: SONG With Arms Wide Open, Creed SHOP Aldo (shoes) EAT A Portuguese cod recipe called “Bacalhau a Braz” DRINK New Zealand white wine and rose

MY FAVOURITE: SONG Like a Stone – Audioslave SHOP Fatdogz Cafe EAT Mexican, Italian, Seafood… DRINK Vesper Martini

MY FAVOURITE SONG She – Elvis Costello SHOP Billie & Me EAT Olives and cheese DRINK Wine





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

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A wearable art creation made of black-and-white photos of her late mother is set to wow crowds at the Blueprint JCU Graduate Exhibition at Pinnacles Gallery from October 7 to 29.

Above: Dollar Bill Dress by Marion Heath Left: Model Tyla Craven




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Third year Bachelor of New Media Arts student Marion Heath wanted to do something spectacular for JCU’s graduate exhibition. Inspired by the elaborate wearable art pieces she saw on the runway at the Townsville Fashion Festival, she had an idea… “I decided to combine black-andwhite photos of my late mother, from her childhood through to her wedding day, with a series of photos I took on a study tour last year to make a ballroom-style gown,” Marion says. “Many of the places I visited on my study tour of America, London and Germany were meaningful to Mum and I. We loved watching Marilyn Monroe movies together and the dress has that old Hollywood glamour about it.” The project was also a way for Marion to teach her children about their grandmother. “I had the privilege of having two mothers. An adopted mother who

passed away before I had my third child and my birth mother who I met in my early 20s,” Marion says. “The journey of designing the dress became a family experience as I shared stories about ‘the lady in the photos’ with them. It was a beautiful way to share her story and honour her.” On display at the Blueprint 2017 JCU Graduate Exhibition at Pinnacles Gallery this month, the dress is a fitting tribute to Marion’s adopted mother, who passed away 10 years ago this year. “Mum’s sister, who I haven’t seen since the funeral, will be coming to the exhibition so it’s very special for me,” Marion says. “I know Mum would be proud.” With a wide variety of multimedia artworks on display (including computer-generated imaging, painting, sculptures and sound installations), Blueprint offers something for everyone. Also on display at Blueprint, Kate Grenenger’s work includes a

series of horror-themed holographs created to bring an anthology of short stories called Omens to life. “My story, Broken Home, is one of 13 stories in the book and I’ve used Adobe Premiere After Effects to create animations of all the omens the authors have written about,” Kate says. As well as contributing their artworks to the exhibition, the JCU third years have also taken responsibility for curation, installation and design as part of their work-integrated learning.

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Duo Magazine October 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.

Duo Magazine October 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.