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Townsville + Region | Issue 149 | October 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

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TOWNSVILLE’S BEST NDIS PROVIDERS BUSINESS PROFILE FEATURE 68 Psylution Worx and Psylutions for Development 70 Youngcare 71 breakthru 72 Complete Mobility & Rehab 73 Kith & Kin 74 Big Mikes Batteries and Mobility Scooters 75 House with No Steps 77 AEIOU Foundation


08 Publisher’s Welcome 10 Horoscope 12 Must Do’s 14 TYTO Hinchinbrook 27 Where Are they Now?

Chris Pickard, Lucy Jackson


17 Organic Legal Celebration 18 Faulty Towers the Dining Experience 21 North Queensland Club 2018 Past Presidents’ Gala Dinner 23 Dance North Dust + Plus1 Campaign Launch


30 Interview Kirsten Longworth Life After A Stroke

32 Small Business, A Big Thinker Trent Yesberg,

Regional Business Services

46 Interview

Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie, The Beach People



35 Open Home

Inside the Home of Bonnie from Three Birds Renovations

44 Home Discoveries


50 Beauty News 52 Binny SS18 60 My Bag Mel Campbell

24 Sealink

A Bear-y Good Fundraiser

80 Ryan Catholic College

Graduates Adding Value to the Townsville Community


82 Warwick Powell Place Matters

85 Trent Yesberg


Regional Business Services

62 Health News 63 Linda Ton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

64 Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

65 Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment


79 Townsville Hospital Foundation

66 Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

Get Onboard For Island Fun

NOURISH 86 Recipe

Antipasto Barbecue Chicken

88 Recipe

Grilled Turmeric Tenderloins with Indian Slaw

90 Recipe

Coriander and LimeMarinated Steak with Lentil, Quinoa and Watercress Salad

29 Where Are they Now?

Theresa Rockley-Hogan, Ellen Weber

92 Five Minutes With

Meet four amazing locals

94 Some Things I Love Elizabeth Ahern


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CAIRNS AND MACKAY HERE WE COME! Exciting times here at DUO! Next month marks a pretty significant milestone for us because November will be the 150th issue of DUO Magazine. Yep, we’ve been happily making a brand new issue every month for the past 12 and a half years and we’re very grateful to our readers, our advertisers and everyone who had anything to do with making DUO survive and thrive over those years. It’s been a wild ride! Literally thousands of Townsvillians and countless local businesses have appeared on these glossy pages and been seen by our hundreds of thousands readers in that time. It’s always humbling when we meet someone for the first time and they say they’ve been in DUO or know someone else who has. We’re delighted that so many of you have a real affection for your DUO. And we promise to make DUO bigger and better for you. Now, the best thing about making it to 150 next month is that we can go to the next level and expand DUO across the entire North Queensland region. So from the December issue, DUO will reach many more readers as we create the only truly regional lifestyle magazine for Cairns, Townsville and Mackay and everywhere in between. And that’s just the new beginning. Stay tuned for more exciting developments that we’re sure will impress you. In the meantime I hope you enjoy reading your 149th issue of DUO. Have a great month! (The Real) Scott Morrison DUO Magazine Publisher


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Astrologer Tanya Obreza reveals what’s in the stars for you this month… STAR OF THE MONTH! Libra 23 September to October 22

Many Librans have had their resilience put to the test. Feeling heavily burdened, you’ve been trying to carry the world on your shoulders. It’s time to realign your affairs, so that you feel on top of the world rather than beneath it. However, before you start anything new, draw up the pros and cons of each situation. Good fortune is coming your way on many levels this year, but you must stay ahead of the game. Competitors will always be trailing close behind. The best news? Finances receive special focus. So as you make up your birthday wish list for love, good health and happiness, don’t forget to include your financial plan. Seems you have many reasons to celebrate!





23 October to November 21

22 November to December 21

22 December to January 19

20 January to February 18

This month, Scorpios fall into a meditative mood, with important matters best tackled after some thought. And if you’re still feeling uncertain, do what most do in times of confusion and call in the experts — be they financial, physical or spiritual. It’s a sure bet someone else has already mapped the pitfalls and plotted a safe way home. There’s a mine of good advice for tapping. You don’t need to do everything yourself.

October threatens to send finances into a spin. Remember, while grandiose schemes give you something to aspire to, they can also break the bank. Fortunately, your sensible side should step in before spending gets too out of hand. In addition, a friend or relative wants your help. If they’re being too intrusive, set them straight. Sometimes, even loved ones have to learn by their own mistakes.

Domesticity take up much of your time this month. You may redecorate, move house or simply organise a family reunion. Friends and family could also plan a surprise for you. Whatever the case, the planets put you in the mood to commit. It’s also a heart-to-heart time, which could mean airing long held grievances. The upside? You’re no longer held captive by hidden feelings.

You have some pretty high expectations at the moment, and not all of them can be met. If this becomes frustrating, don’t resort to anger. Likewise, your advice should not be pitched as caustic criticism. Take it easy on everyone, including yourself. Crush the wrong set of toes and offended dance partners may decide to call a separate tune. Not the outcome you’d hoped for.





19 February to March 20

21 March to April 20

21 April to May 20

21 May to June 21

Obsessions, or one particular project, rule October’s agenda. Ideas become more intense as spiritual and intellectual awareness deepens. Pisceans seek greater personal power through the use of knowledge, travel or meditation. For many, this means a step up the career ladder. Others will notice your talents and welcome you into a new work arena. Interestingly, business and romantic alliances may not be too far removed.

Who could blame you for giving up on love after the troubles of recent times? But you can sometimes expect too much from partners, which in turn can bring disappointment. Ask yourself: have you been overly demanding or too detached? At times we erect walls to protect ourselves, shutting others out. Demolish any barriers and you’ll have a better chance of finding your soul mate.

If you’ve been feeling sad, perhaps you’ve been missing passion or romance. Not so through October. Radiating sensuality, how can you fail to be the centre of attention? The trick is to take a break from others’ self-inflicted grief. Their web of discontent prevents your own self-care. Surround yourself with beauty and those closest to your heart. Love changes everything, as you may now rediscover.

It’s my guess you need a rest. Take advantage of October, which offers a spot of relaxation: maybe some contemplation. Find somewhere warm – kick through the sand; curl up under the Doona. Some of you, though, find it hard to slam on the brakes. Try, or you’ll end up exhausted when work spurs into overdrive at month’s end. Meanwhile, open up to the possibility of love – it’s closer than you think.




22 June to July 22

23 July to August 22

23 August to 22 September

When you feel torn between two worlds, certain aspects of your life can lose out to other concerns. But neglected interests will eventually stir aggravation. Thankfully, October restores balance and commitment swerves towards long-term relationships. Realign priorities, then find some loving company and relax. After the 21st, clear plenty of diary space for carnal delights.

It doesn’t matter whether you focus on travel, moving house, career or love – expect some positive changes. Some say you’re impatient. Possibly, but only regarding the trivial. When it comes to serious matters, you have the strength of a Lion. This is the resolve you’ve had to call on, and it’s made you more confident. Give the world your best shot Leo – you won’t be disappointed.

There’s enough information overload in each day to drive us crazy, so we all need a chance to escape. October encourages you to do just that, but try getting away before friends and family apply the emotional vice. To help travel arrangements, finances look sharp — so the time seems right for extravagance. Help can also come from unexpected sources, so use this month to push other aims skywards.


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

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Townsville Rock Fest - The McClymonts

Happily Ever After - Babushka

5 October to 7 October

12 October

Ravenswood’s 150 Year Celebration

Happily Ever After

Macrossan Street, Ravenswood

Presented by Little Match Productions and performed at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival comes a very grown-up bedtime story. The three princesses of Babushka want to tell you some brand new fairytales, and demand to live happily ever after. An interesting spin on some old tales, not to be missed! littlematchproductions.com

A spectacular weekend of entertainment for the entire family. Local artist Shelley Burt has created a mosaic art project that sees the town’s gold mining history through to the present day mining operations. visitcharterstowers.com.au 11 October to 20 October

Strictly Ballroom Townsville Civic Theatre

Adapted from the prestigious Baz Luhrmann film Strictly Ballroom, comes the musical presented by the North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre. Combining the story’s heart, comedy and drama with white-hot dances, eye-popping costuming and classic chart hits, the NQOMT will be sure to have you entertained from start to finish. nqomt.com.au

Riverway Arts Centre

12 October

Arj Barker: We Need To Talk TECC

Successful American comedian and actor Arj Barker’s brand new show ‘We Need to Talk’ has been rated highly successful amongst other Australian cities as it is an hour filled with pure honesty and laughter. Adelaide Now claims it is ‘a must see for anyone who loves a laugh.’ www.arjbarker.com


Townsville RSL presents

Arj Barker

13 October to 14 October

27 October

Greek Fest presents Glendi Festival

Ingham Maraka Festival

Riverway Complex

Greek Fest presents Glendi Festival – A Taste of the Mediterranean, celebrating Townsville’s cultural diversity. The free event provides traditional music, dancing, displays, foods and cooking demonstrations, children’s entertainment and fun-filled activities for the entire family. glendifestival.com.au

The annual Ingham Maraka Festival is back, on 27 October you will get the opportunity to experience the Maraka Festival Mardi Gras. Packed full of family entertainment, the day will include the pet parade, the float procession, a concert, food stalls, rides and of course the crowning of the Maraka Queen. Visit @Maraka.Festival Facebook page

20 October

27 October

The Great Tropical Jazz Party

Townsville Rock Fest

Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

The 22nd Annual Great Tropical Jazz Party is an annual event of exciting jazz, featuring world class jazz musicians in concert on beautiful tropical Magnetic Island. Headlining vocalist Angela limura accompanied by internationally acclaimed musicians John Hoffman, Steve Newcomb, OJ Newcomb and Reg Braun are supported by the Hot Club Quartet playing Gypsy and Latin Jazz. www.townsvilletickets.com.au

Rotary Park, Ingham

Murray Sporting Complex, Townsville

From 12:30pm onwards you can enjoy the country rock sounds that Townsville has to offer. The star studded line up includes the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts, Judah Kelly and many more. Food trucks will also be present at the festival to allow for you and your friends to dance the afternoon/evening away. townsvillerockfest.com.au

Melbourne Cup LUNCH 2018


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Lucky door prizes l Best dressed parade l

$1000 Punters Passport l Mystery bet l

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31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Hinchinbrook Shire Library

H I N C H I N B RO O K N O RT H Q U E E N S LA N D Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO. Art, culture, nature, knowledge and so much more! EVENTS School Holiday Activities! 3 October 9am–1pm

Laser Tag

TYTO Parklands Battle it out with laser beams. Cost: $5pp per session Bookings essential: 4776 4726

8 October

Think Business Small Business Tips

TYTO Conference and Event Centre The NAB will provide guidance for small businesses on a range of topics from business projects such as merchants, online business banking and business cards to cash flow planning. Bookings: www.townsvilletickets.com.au

5 October 3pm

Turtle Time @ TYTO TYTO Parklands

Turtle Counting and Feeding Every Friday afternoon during school holidays, count and feed the turtles from the elevated walkway. Drop by the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge to collect your turtle count sheet and bag of food. Bookings essential: 4776 4792 5 October 6pm

Movie Magic Despicable Me 3

Borello Park, Lucinda Family movies for FREE! Grab your beanbags, deck chairs and blankets.

EXHIBITION 6 – 21 October

3rd Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards TYTO Regional Art Gallery

Join us as we celebrate National Bird Week with an art competition and exhibition of artworks centred on the bird life in the wetlands of TYTO. The competition is open to a national arena, creating opportunities for artists to provide a selection of 2D works as well as a wonderful assortment of sculptures and photographs. Enquiries: gallery@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au 25 – 31 October

Gilroy Santa Maria College Presents: Students On Show TYTO Regional Art Gallery.

See an inspiring showcase of the abundance of artistic talent possessed by the youth of today. 4, 11, 18, 25 October

Story Time

Hinchinbrook Shire Library Experience the magic of stories, action rhymes and songs with your child. Ideal for children aged 1-5 years

IMAGE: Daryl Dickson; Great Billed Heron Winner Drawing Section 2nd Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards


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. Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit your occasion and/or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

TYTO Wetland Tours Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday 9am Free: Self Guided Tour Daily Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available.

Sugar Tracks Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday Free: Self Guided Tour Daily A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook.

Free daily activities for the children Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Giant Outdoor Chess and Checkers, Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker. Daily 9.00am–4.00pm All dates, times and information is correct at printing. All listings subject to change without notice. There’s more happening at TYTO every day.

Visit TYTO

Bruce Highway at Cooper Street and Macrossan Avenue and 73–75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge 4776 4792 TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725 TYTO Conference & Event Centre 4776 4726 Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614 www.facebook.com/visitTYTO/ www.tyto.com.au

touch wild hinchinbrookway.com.au

Don’t be fooled. The Hinchinbrook Way isn’t a drive. It is one hundred drives meandering through graceful cane fields that make the ride even sweeter. It isn’t one adventure, it is thousands as you discover mountains and mighty waterfalls, island paradises and prehistoric landscapes, marine wonderlands and a sport-fishing mecca. It is where you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Go adventuring, touch the wild, go flat out, relax, put your feet up, have a laugh, enjoy an ice cold beer. This is our way of life, it is The Hinchinbrook Way. Join us on your next weekend or holiday.

IMAGES L-R Off Yanks Jetty, Orpheus Island - M. Fitz Flat Out - B.Dee Forrest Beach - Q. Lawson Mulligan Falls - K.Purling Kayaking Zoe Bay - Hinchinbrook S. C. Jourama Falls - Q. Lawson Wallaman Falls - P. Unger

WHAT’S ON OCTOBERTOWNSVILLE2018 Events | Exhibitions | Theatre | Workshops | Programs WEDNESDAY 3 0CTOBER

THE ORCHID & THE CROW Riverway Arts Centre 7:30pm BOOK NOW: TICKETSHOP.COM.AU / 4727 9797 Reflecting on Daniel’s real life (and almost death) experiences, The Orchid and the Crow is a solo performance that is part story-telling, part-theatre featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Otto & Astrid (Die Roten Punkte). Created by the artists behind the hugely successful Otto and Astrid, this is a unique, brilliantly clever and ultimately moving story that audiences have described as ‘life-changing’. The play deals with rarely discussed themes in an entertaining, theatrical, accessible and comical form.



HAPPILY EVER AFTER Riverway Arts Centre 7:30pm BOOK NOW: TICKETSHOP.COM.AU / 4727 9797 After hit tours of Doll and I Can Keep A Secret, Babushka is back with Happily Ever After to turn your best-loved children’s stories inside out. Be entertained by this wickedly funny cabaret that features the raucous music of Kurt Weill and modern muses from Rihanna to Violent Femmes to Tom Waits.

MORNING MELODIES – RACHEL CAIRNS Townsville Civic Theatre 10:30pm & 1:30pm BOOK NOW: TICKETSHOP.COM.AU / 4727 9797 Join Rachel as she presents Act 2 of her hugely successful ‘A Few of My Favourite Things’ - a journey through more hits from well-known musicals as well as some new and exciting repertoire from more recent Broadway shows.



ORGANIC LEGAL CELEBRATION Organic Legal Josephine Carter Photography

Organic Legal celebrated their establishment and blooming with Cocktails and Conversations. Organic Legal is a boutique personal injury law firm that distinguishes itself from other firms in how they value people and enduring relationships over profits. The evening had an earthy vibe where clients, colleagues and friends got together to share the success of Tia Cox and Organic Legal.


1. Kristin Navarro, Tia Cox, Ali Clark 2. Carly Chiesa, Candy Gardner, Megan Wessel 3. Robyn Fanning, Matt Ryan, Addie Jones 4. David Bowers, Kym Wilson, Nardia Larrazabal 5. Jess Keir, Tia Cox, Ali Clark 6. Kenny Clark, Peter Hanson, Tony Collins 7. Maria Martinez, Cathy Acton 8. Sophie Keppel, Bridget Woods 9. Zoe Navarro, Jessica Schonberger 10. Pam and Gill Griffiths




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FAULTY TOWERS THE DINING EXPERIENCE Metropole Hotel HHoodcamp Photography The cast of the Faulty Towers Dining show put on a 2-hour interactive theatre production set in the restaurant. A hilarious night for their guests as Basil, Sybil and Manuel served a 3-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation. 1. Basil from Faulty Towers 2. Julie Inskip, Lucy Stephens 3. Marilyn Parsons, Julie Owen, Tracey Pearce 4. Rob and Lisa McDougall 5. Julie Taaffe, Susan Allan, Kim Davies 6. Jenny Ceamy, Andrea Bliss, Jennifer Thom 7. Jennie and Matthew Devine 8. Casey and Ainslee Tolcher, Jodi Mathisen 9. Christine Bell, Tracy Nioa, Jo Wolfinden 10. Katie Johns, RenĂŠe White

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Gallery 48

visual arts, painting, drawing, fine art prints

2/48 The Strand Townsville

Wednesdays & Saturdays 12.00 noon – 5.00pm gallery48thestrandtownsville.com Facebook: gallery48thestrand Mobile: 0408 287 203

Vince Bray

New Work: Paintings on Glass Right: Vince Bray Waterlillies Anderson Gardens Paint baked on glass

Below: Vince Bray Snappy Gums in Moonlight



Paint baked on glass

Ongoing artists: Heather Bryne Ed Kulpa Anne Lord Steve Maguire


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NORTH QUEENSLAND CLUB 2018 PAST PRESIDENTS’ GALA DINNER North Queensland Club Photography: Andrew Gricks




The annual Past Presidents’ Gala Dinner honours the commitment and work of past presidents and committees of the North Queensland Club, a 133 year old private members club in Townsville. Governor of Queensland and Club Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and Mrs Kaye de Jersey were guests of honour at this year’s dinner. 1. Beverley and Frank Osborn 2. Margie and Mick Reilly 3. Rachelle Foley, Liz Buckley 4. Julian Ward, Catherine Rule 5. Colin and Irene White 6. Jenny and Peter Roberts 7. Greg and Sue Peel 8. Gail and Tristram Denyer 9. Liz Buckley, Leon Pommer, Rod Edmonds 10. Janine and David Kippin


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Dancenorth Theatre Josephine Carter Photography Dancenorth presented a preview performance of their audacious new work Dust ahead of its World Premiere at Brisbane Festival. Dancenorth hosted a post-performance function to celebrate the launch of their Creative Partnerships Plus1 fundraising program, designed to boost the fundraising efforts of small to medium not-for-profit arts organisations.


1. Jenni Large, Jack Ziesing 2. Amber Haines Alisdair MacIndoe 3. Georgia Rudd Samantha Hines 4. Chris Moore Jacinta Wight 5. Mason Kelly , Ashley McLellan, Felix Sampson 6. Susie Vanderham, Georgia Alexander, Andrea Dighton 7. Hillary Coyne, Kellie Williams 8. Rob Doran, Paul Marshall 9. Amanda Payne, Isabelle Yates 10. Greg and Debbie Rains, Tyler Giudes








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Have you booked in for your Christmas holidays? Planned your New Year’s break? More importantly, what are you doing for your work’s Christmas Party? Whether your crew is big or small, there are several easy options to choose from when you look over the Bay to Magnetic Island. To help you compile your shortlist, here are our SeaLink Party committee’s Top 5 fantastic and unique experiences for your next Christmas Party! 1. C APE CLEVELAND LIGHTHOUSE Cape Cleveland •SeaLink have set 3 special dates in December for their annual Christmas at the Cape Series. Group discounts are available for this popular tour to explore the rugged scenery, rich history and rustic charm of the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse with a Christmas twist.



•It’s the most glamorous city in the world, full of shimmying showgirls, handsome highrollers, crooked crooners and Lady Luck herself. From the Divine Miss M to the Rat Pack classics, from Shania Twain to Elvis the King, it’s time to roll the dice in Stage Door’s dazzling and hilarious brandnew show Diva Las Vegas!

•With the cool sea breeze over the Marina boardwalk, this island style dining experience with fresh seafood, tropical delights, and fresh cocktails is not to be missed. The Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar is located at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort a perfect place to stay the weekend and explore the rest of the island.

4. HEAD OUT WITH BIG MAMA Horseshoe Bay •Perfect for small groups of up to 12 people join Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and Coco as you set sail on Big Mama a 60ft yacht departing from Horseshoe Bay. Enjoy a 2-hour sunset sail with a complimentary sparkling wine and antipasto platters with the beautiful backdrop of Magnetic Island.

5. THE PLAYFUL OPTION •Looking for a casual time for your crew? There are great options for corporate lawn bowls or golf days on Magnetic Island. Both club houses are fully licenced and can cater for small and large groups. Whether it’s a novelty round of golf, or a serious Lawn Bowls competition, this will leave you with a true Magnetic Island experience!


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The team at SeaLink also offer great private charter options from direct transfers to Magnetic Island to Sunset Cruises on Cleveland Bay! Bookings are essential. For more information and ideas for your next Christmas Party visit www.sealinkqld.com.au or call 4726 0800.


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18 trips. 20 minutes. Your quickest link to celebrate Christmas. • Group package deals available • Private charters and cruises • Christmas at the Cape fr $119PP

Celebrating your next Christmas party is made easy with a range of celebrations to choose from on Magnetic Island. Groups big and small can enjoy a day of golf, a few festive drinks at lawn bowls, or simply host that destination island party you’ve always wanted to do. For more inspiration head to our website today!

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Thuringowa Central


Spring Workshop - Composting & Recycling for Everyone Local History - Photo Donation Evening


Poetry & Creative Performance Workshop Thuringowa Central


Natural Body Products Workshop

Thuringowa Central


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Beading with Aunty Sharon Russo

Flinders St


Natural Body Products Workshop



Retro Games Night for Adults

Thuringowa Central

27- 28

Retro Games Weekend

Thuringowa Central

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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 Townsvillians are up to now.


What’s your link to Townsville? I was in Townsville for four years doing a double degree in Business (Marketing) and Journalism at James Cook University. I’m originally from Mission Beach. Where are you now? Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. I live with my boyfriend Matthew and my friend and business partner Nikki Westcott and her man. What does your work involve? Nikki and I’ve been involved in fashion for some time with our We The Wild Ones Instagram following but the big news is we’ve launched our own label, Jagger & Stone. We just got back from showing the brand at New York Fashion Week and our second collection, called Wild Knights, is out now. Nikki and I saw there were loads of boho and gypsy brands in the market for festivals but a big gap for fashion that was more for a cool girl. Our first collection was shot around Joshua Tree in the US. We used a lot of

leopard-print, lace-up details and sheer pieces for layering. How did Townsville set you up for success? I was lucky to have so many opportunities while I was studying at JCU — I worked for Red Bull, a friend and I were manager of the The Crocs’ cheerleading team, and I worked at Full Moon Down Under. I also worked at The Townsville Fashion Festival and went away to volunteer at Sydney and Melbourne Fashion Week. Studying Journalism and Marketing also helped set up our fashion label for success — Nikki and I don’t have to hire anyone for this as we both studied Marketing. As well as designing together, we do all of our own media releases, campaigns and influencer programs. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I try and come back at least once a year and always go home to Mission Beach via Townsville. I’ve still got some really beautiful friends who live in Townsville. CONNECT NOW www.jaggerandstone.com


Your link to Townsville? Born and raised in Townsville and moved to Brisbane for work when I was 23. Where are you now? I’m in Brisbane at the moment. I love Brisbane because it’s a decent-sized city without being too big and still has the relaxed Queensland vibe. Though, I miss Townsville a lot and being so close to the ocean. What does your work involve? I’m General Manager of Open Doors Youth Service, which supports young LGBTI+ people between the ages of 12–24. We support young people with counselling, family mediation, advocacy, education and training. There’s still significant stigma surrounding young LGBTI+, so it’s nice to be able to provide a safe space where they can be themselves free from bullying, discrimination and violence. What project is your current focus? Our youth service is rolling out two ground-breaking

programs: an Alcohol and Other Drug support program and we’re also part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial. Additionally, we support young people around housing and homelessness and are desperately trying to secure funding to see our first-ofits-kind Art Therapy program continue. How did your time in Townsville set you up? Growing up in Townsville made me appreciate the value and importance of connections and relationships with others. People actually stop and take the time to say hello and talk to you and are genuinely interested in what you have to say. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Yes, but not nearly enough. My parents and some of my best friends are there. I’d love to spend more time up there – I instantly relax stepping off the plane when I land. It feels like a massive weight is lifted off my shoulders every time I return. CONNECT NOW www.opendoors.net.au

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Your link to Townsville? I spent around 20 years in Townsville, after my husband was posted to Townsville in the Air Force. I loved working at Channel Ten at the magnificent Queens Hotel building on The Strand. Sadly, I was the last local News Editor in charge of a fantastic team of journalists who put together the 6pm news each weeknight. After the local news finished, I worked for the ABC in Brisbane and then was lucky enough to return as the local manager for ABC Townsville. Where are you now? My partner and I now live in Newcastle, where we’re closer to our extended families. I do miss the North Queensland lifestyle but it’s great to have some fantastic beaches here in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

We just bought a campervan, so we’re looking forward to enjoying some scenic spots. What does your work involve? I still work for the ABC and have just started a new national role as the ABC’s Emergency Broadcast Lead. This means I work with teams all over the country in times of fire or flood, for example. The Emergency Broadcasting role of the ABC team in Darwin during Cyclone Marcus earlier this year was recently recognised at the inaugural EMPA (Emergency Media & Public Affairs) awards in Melbourne. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I had plenty of practice doing Emergency Broadcasting with cyclones and flooding in Townsville and North Queensland! It’s a really important role to update our community at times of an

emergency but also to help them prepare for an event and seeing the impact of events such as Cyclone Larry, which showed me how the ABC can help communities survive and recover. With much of the country so dry, I’m getting ready for what is already a busy time with dangerous fires. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I’ve been travelling all over the place, including back to Townsville, in the past few weeks, to work with local ABC teams so they’re ready to do Emergency Broadcasting on radio and social media. I also came back recently for a Channel Ten reunion and it was fantastic to catch up with some old colleagues and walk again along the beautiful Strand. CONNECT NOW www.abc.net.au

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Your link to Townsville? I come from a large family in Townsville. All 11 of my brothers and sisters still live there. I went to St Patrick’s College on The Strand and then James Cook University, where I studied Science. I ended up being a lecturer there for quite some time and the reason I came to Cairns was to help set up the Science Faculty at the JCU campus at Smithfield. What does your work involve? I’m an Executive Officer in a World Heritage Unit based in Cairns. Australia has 19 World Heritage areas and the Wet Tropics is one of those. We actually have two

World Heritage areas side by side with the rainforest and the reef and my work area is responsible for managing the rainforest component from Paluma up to Cooktown. What are you working on? We’re celebrating 30 years of Wet Tropics World Heritage, so I’m just finishing a report on what World Heritage means for the local and regional economies–how much it’s worth and how special it is to people. What’s happening with your family life? I have an 18-year-old son Louis, who is in Townsville to live with his father and study Law at JCU. My youngest son Frank is finishing Grade 10. How did Townsville help set you up for success? I think it was the education and

the quality of teaching. Being taught in a Catholic school where there was a really good investment in education by the nuns was key. There was never any question that, when you finished school, you’d go to university. The JCU Townsville campus, where I studied Science, was also fantastic and highly recognised for both Geology and Marine Biology. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? A couple of times a year at least and the family still go to mass at Cathedral or St Joey’s on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. CONNECT NOW www.wettropics.gov.au

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Having always suffered severe migraines, Kirsten Longworth wasn’t worried when a sudden headache come on one night as she was cooking dinner. She simply decided to lay down for a bit. Even when her body started shaking and pins and needles ran through the right side of her body, she told her housemate Ebony to hold off calling an ambulance. “Ebony Googled my symptoms and told me ‘It says you’re having a stroke’ but I thought ‘of course Google says the worst’ and asked her to wait five minutes.” However, Kirsten’s body deteriorated further and she soon gave the nod to dial 000. “They thought I was on drugs because my blood pressure was almost double what it should be,” says Kirsten, who was rushed to the Emergency Department of Southport Hospital in the Gold Coast. “I was clueless about the signs of a stroke and still can’t believe that was my diagnosis.” Waking up in ICU, Kirsten couldn’t move the right side of her body, her words were slurred and she could see four of everything. “I was still unaware of what had happened until the doctor sat at the end of my bed and said ‘You’re extremely lucky to be alive, you suffered from a Haemorrhagic Stroke – your physical health and age is what pulled you through darling.’ “As it turned out, having a blood blister at the age of five had left me vulnerable to a stroke. The blister got infected, popped and blood poisoning travelled to my kidneys. With kidney problems comes high blood pressure and with high blood pressure comes the risk of a stroke.” Kirsten also says stress in the lead-up to the stroke was a factor. “I was moving houses, struggling financially and was extremely worried about my mother’s health,” Kirsten says. “Understanding stress is a real thing that can cause high blood pressure and has been key to my recovery.” After her stroke, Kirsten needed a nurse to attend to her every need. Now she’s soon to celebrate three years as Head Barista at Jam Corner. “In hospital, I began doing physio and speech pathology twice a day. To say it was tiring is an understatement, but I was determined,” Kirsten says.


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“I was clueless about the signs of a stroke and still can’t believe that was my diagnosis.”

“I set myself goals and I practiced and practiced until I was finally discharged four weeks after I was admitted.” Kirsten was lucky enough to bounce back within six months of her stroke. “I’ve chosen a plant-based diet for the benefit of my kidneys and high blood pressure and I swear by an active lifestyle,” she says. “Although I may not be as strong as I used to be, I wouldn’t stop training for anything in the world.” For others going through a tough time, Kirsten says positive thinking is what got her through. “Your brain controls your body. What you think, your body will do,” Kirsten says. “So, in saying that, you must be proactive about what you want out of life.” CONNECT NOW www.strokefoundation.org.au




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SMALL BUSINESS A BIG THINKER Making the most of technological advances has lead to a global nod for Townsville’s Regional Business Services, who has been named the Australian finalist for the Intuit Firm of the Future 2018 competition.


s artificial intelligence and machine learning become more and more entwined with our everyday lives, it can be hard for small businesses to keep up with technology. Not so for Townsville-based business Regional Business Services (RBS) though… In fact, RBS is so switched-on, the company has been named as the Australian finalist for the global Intuit Firm of the Future 2018 competition. “We’re incredibly excited to have been selected to represent Australia, especially being in a regional location,” says manager of the bookkeeping and accounting company, Trent Yesberg. “This is about highlighting how advanced businesses and technology are in Australia. We in Australia genuinely compete on the world stage, with our innovation and our philosophies.” RBS has used QuickBooks Online since it’s been offered in Australia, making the most of Cloud software such as KeyPay, Microsoft 365 and other apps. “This has enabled us to become 100 per cent online and has created huge opportunity for us and our clients,” says RBS founder, and Trent’s father, Ian Yesberg. “We’ve always had remote clients. When I started RBS in 2001, I would drive out west every month to look after their bookwork. It was common to use CDs and snail mail to handle the work in those days. “Now we have clients from Normanton, through Townsville, out west and all along the eastern seaboard all the way down from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to Melbourne in Victoria. Their bookwork is always up-to-date and we can help focus on more value-adding services such

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as monthly performance reviews and developing strategies for clients to grow their businesses while automating administrative tasks.” The Intuit Global Firm of the Future competition is for Accountants and Bookkeepers to share their use of technology, software and philosophies in regards to how they run their businesses with QuickBooks Online. Five global finalists have been announced — Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and India. “We submitted our application along with an example of how we’ve supported one of our client’s businesses through the use of Intuit QuickBooks Online and were thrilled to be announced as a finalist,” Trent says. “Intuit sent a former CNN Producer, David Timko, to visit us last month to record a two-minute video of ‘a day in the life of’ for the final part of the competition. The public now get to vote for their favourite video from October 16 through to 31.” The winner will be announced at the QuickBooks Connect conference in San Jose in November. “We would love to have all of Australia’s support in helping us take out the global win,” Trent says. “For us, it’s about promoting the great work all of Australia does in being innovators and forward-thinkers. “We’re just a small family business that’s using technology to make our lives, and the lives of our clients, so much easier. We hope our story empowers other everyday Australians to follow their business dreams.” Place your vote at: http://intuit.promo.eprize.com/firmofthefuture2018

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Inside the home of Bonnie Thinking of renovating? We have just the inspiration you need to get started! It was safe to say our jaws dropped when we saw this incredible house of Bonnie’s from Three Birds Renovations. After years of renovating other homes and dreaming up ideas for her own, it was finally Bonnie’s turn, so the Three Birds (Bonnie, Lana and Erin) renovated the family home to create Bonnie’s Dream Home. Using some of their favourite The Beach People pieces, you will be inspired to renovate your own home or style up a room in a new way. We spoke with Bonnie about what inspired her dream home, her top tips for renovating on a budget and what trends to buy into.


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A. The overall style was pretty much based on the fact that we were living on an acreage, and also that I just absolutely loved the beautiful coastal homes on the New Zealand coastline, that have that nod to country living if that makes sense? So that’s where we kind of came up with the whole “coastal barn” idea. Q. WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?


A. The style was inspired by the fact that the house is built on acreage, as well as my love of homes found on the New Zealand coastline, which still have a nod to country living. This is how the “coastal barn” idea was inspired. Obviously I live no where near the coast, I’m about 50 minutes from the coastline but I really wanted my family to feel like they were in that environment and on holidays, but still have that absolute nod to the fact that we live on acreage and on the land.


A. I do… when I first moved in I didn’t, because obviously I just loved everything and thought it was all amazing to be in, but now that I’ve been living in it for six months plus, my bedroom is just this sanctuary I can escape to and I feel like I’m in a different world. There’s chaos in my house and everyone’s running around like mad men, but it’s just this beautiful little spot that I can go and escape. I really wanted the bedroom to be very fresh and simple, obviously there’s just a lot of white, and it has some statement pieces in regards to lighting. Lighting was always going to be key for me. I love a really simple space styled beautifully with linen and things like that, but then having a pop of an amazing wall sconce or pendant light.


A. I think it would be the main body of the house, which is those huge raised ceilings when you first walk in, where the kitchen sits. That would be my favourite feature of the house, only because I feel like when you walk into the home that’s what gives you that, deep breath, ’WOW’ feeling. Q. WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF RENOVATING?

A. The most difficult part of the process was the budget. This was because it’s such a large property, which is situated on 5 acres of land. Every time we got something quoted, it wasn’t small. This renovation wasn’t like our previous projects where we could estimate what the cost was going to be, it was much bigger and scaled. So the budget would probably have been the hardest thing for me.

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A. I’m a massive fan of trying to achieve a really beautiful look on a tighter budget. Sometimes in certain areas, I feel like there’s places within your renovation that you can really save and then there’s places where you can really kind of splurge in and where you should spend money. Doors in your home is a big one. I feel like you can get some really cost effective beautiful doors, internal doors in your home just from Bunnings [or discount hardware stores]. Then on top of that you can make those doors, into something even more beautiful, like doing a barn door hack, which is what I did in the laundry, and that big barn door was just made of two Bunnings doors stuck together and then we just put some detailing on it with the builder.


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A. I am notorious for it. I usually walk into the room and say to the builder, “Oh can you just take out that ceiling now”, or “Can you create more height?”, or whatever it might be. When you are renovating a pre-existing home, sometimes things pop up and you do have to change, but because we only ended up keeping two of the walls due to termite damage, in essence this renovation was like a new build, so we didn’t tweak a lot. To be fair, once we found out it had to be knocked down, I think I spent so many hours staring at plans, and imagery, that I really, really, knew what I wanted for this home. It was probably the first property I didn’t change too much, in comparison to other properties that I have renovated.

A. If budget permits, a beautiful Caesar stone bench. I feel like it will last a very, very, very, long time, and marble always lasts… well in my mind! I can’t imagine in 10 years time I’m going to hate marble, I’m still going to love it. Engineered stone is perfect, you can get marble look-a-like which is a little more cost effective. Another one for me that isn’t going to date is white. I’ve loved white since I was a little girl and I’m now 40. The larger pieces that you purchase for within your home like your lounges and things like that, I think that the colour that you choose, is really important, the fabric you choose, is really important. I love a linen lounge, I love something that you can throw in the wash, and it comes up new the next time you put it on. Anything with covers, anything you can wash with covers is a long lasting furniture item because you get that longevity and it’s not going to get ruined.

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THE BEACH PEOPLE Founded in the summer of 2013, The Beach People are sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Inspired by their family, friends and seaside lifestyle, and their passion for creating beautiful and iconic products, their first collection of round towels sold out in weeks. A few short years later and now they are building a globally admired brand of seaside luxe essentials to enhance one’s living spaces and life experiences from the beach to home.


Victoria: There is inspiration everywhere, but for me and the fast paced life I live, I need space to see it. Space that usually comes from a dip in the ocean or a walk in the hinterland with some time away from the hustle and bustle. I find travel and getting offline the most inspiring of times for me. When I am completely unplugged and away from home, I often see clearly the things I want to create. Once I have that picture, I am able to work with Emma in creating a range for The Beach People. Our Community of sea lovers. Emma: I’m always inspired by nature. My family and I recently travelled to New Zealand and I found the scenery breath taking. A high light was Milford Sound, I found the colour and textures in the scenery inspiring. I take the time to switch off and let my mind be free and live slow, and then inspiration always flows. Travel, art and music always inspires too.


Victoria: Emma and I usually talk first about the story we want to unfold and the product we want to include… My favourite project so far would be The Bedouin Journey. I was so inspired after reading an article on a Bedouin Women from the early 1900’s that we started looking into the colours, textiles and patterns of this culture and The Bedouin Journey was birthed… The Nomad Roundie from this collection would have to be my favourite piece I’ve worked on so far. Emma: The Roundie for sure. It was our first product. I have loved watching the Roundies journey. It’s the best seeing people all over the globe enjoy something you put your heart and soul into designing. Everything Vic and I design, stems from our everyday life. What you see is practical, home and lifestyle products that we designed for ourselves and hope that you all enjoy them as much

as we do… In the four years we have gone from designing seawares to entering into the home category with our bath collection, linen tabletop and bedding all in our signature coastal style. We have so many ideas in the pipeline I can’t wait to bring more to our sea loving community. Q. WHERE DID YOU FIND THE INSPIRATION TO REVOLUTIONISE THE HUMBLE BEACH TOWEL?

Emma: Sitting on the beach one afternoon, watching our husbands surf I looked at all the things I had around us and I said to Victoria “Let’s do something. I think we should make round beach towels, want to do that with me?”. It was such a simple thought that came out of our everyday life. I noticed that no one was doing luxury seaside essentials. We wanted to put our style into the beach basics and we’ve expanded The Beach People brand to include bed and bath now. So fun!

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Sisters, Founders and Creative Directors of The Beach People, Emma Henderson (left) and Victoria Beattie (right) are building their globally admired brand.


Victoria: It’s blown us away, the public reaction to our business. In the beginning we were just happy to have some extra pocket money but we quickly learned we had to dream bigger. We are forever pushing ourselves and evolving our business to think bigger. Q. HAS BEING IN BUSINESS TOGETHER CHANGED YOUR RELATIONSHIP AS SISTERS?

Emma: Yes, early on we learnt how to put boundaries in place so that we can switch off on weekends to enjoy each other’s company as sisters and friends. For example we only talk about fun things and we don’t talk about things like “how on earth are we going to fit all our stock in the warehouse”.


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Victoria: I’ve learnt so much more about Emma since working with her and it’s so fun working with my sister. It has made us closer as we are on this crazy journey together. Q. GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR MOTHERS KEEN TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS?

Victoria: Work will always be there but your children are only little once, take every opportunity to engage with them when you are with them and then don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re not. Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT IN BUSINESS?

Victoria: I also love that we have made a place for people to enjoy coming to work. The flow on effect that has had on their families and the community is lovely. Emma: Seeing people all over the world enjoy our product.



Victoria: I just do my best to try to enjoy each moment, if I am at work I am at work and if I’m with Ted, I’m with Ted. Emma: The ol’ balance game. I think when you stop worrying about balance you start to achieve it! From 5pm-7:30pm every day I’m with my children. No phones, no emails. I cook dinner, I jump on the trampoline or we all walk on the beach. Then dinner, bath, bed and I’m all theirs for that time. There are weeks when I have sick kids and balance goes out the window or I have a big campaign to shoot and I don’t have as much time for Josh and the girls but it all evens out and I know I just have to go with the flow. Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS?

Victoria: Absolutely. I journal, pray/mediate in the morning before anything else. It sets my day off on a good path. No devices in the bedroom, I put my phone/laptop down around 5pm and don’t look at it again until after my morning quiet time which is usually around 6am. So I have 12 hours digital free a day. I have regular date nights with my husband and don’t work on weekends. In saying that when I am travelling on business it all goes out the window as it’s all work, work, work. So I just set these as more guidelines than rules and I keep them maybe 90% of the time. Emma: Similar to Victoria’s. Vic is really passionate about limited screen time so I tend to do the same. We have really enjoyed this way of living. DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL GOALS YOU ARE WORKING TOWARDS?

Victoria: I am hoping to spear my first fish this summer and also get Teddy on his first stand up wave on his own. Emma: I’m big on “living the life you want to live now”. I’m working on doing more of the things that make me and my family happiest. More holiday and fun this year. CONNECT NOW www.thebeachpeople.com.au

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ABOUT ME: I grew up in a small town in country Victoria, moved to the big smoke (Melbourne) for a few years and then came up to Townsville briefly back in the late 80s. I fell in love with the place (and met my future husband) and moved here 20 years ago. So I can now officially call myself a ‘local’. In between op shopping, I work at the Mater Hospital emergency department and look forward to road tripping around Australia permanently visiting wineries and op shops! A health scare a couple of years ago motivated me to do this trip sooner rather than later and not wait till the ripe old age of retirement. MY BAG A Fossil bag I bought in a fabulous vintage store in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy called Lost & Found. An amazing huge warehouse style store which you could spend a whole day in. I love the bag because it goes with everything and the leather is so soft and buttery. USAMA SPICE SOAP BAR This is a constantly changing item, if it’s not this one it’s another piece of soap. It keeps my bag nice and fresh and comes in handy on Sunday drives when picnicking at obscure spots. SALVADOR DALI LAGUNA PERFUME I first saw this in Harrods in London in 1993 and fell in love with it. The bottle is beautiful too and I still buy it to this day. OROTON GLOMESH CIGARETTE CASE I don’t smoke but this case is a handy size to fit lipstick, cards etc… I saw it in an op shop, and just had to have it as it has the letter ‘M’ on it. RICHMOND BADGE I carry this around after my beloved Tigers won the AFL premiership last year. EDGAR DEGAS GLASSES CASE Bought from the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria). I go there on most visits back to Melbourne. Great spot for interesting exhibits and people watching! HAND MADE SEWING KIT A gift from an old friend. You never know when you’re going to need a spare button or a hem fixed. 60

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VINTAGE PURSE Full of op shop and coffee loyalty cards! Friends and family know my most favourite pastime in the world is op shopping! And as I spend hours in op shops I need regular coffee breaks. MIDGET DICTIONARY From a Brisbane op shop, published in 1964, has lots of interesting words in it. BELLABEAT ACTIVITY TRACKER I like to keep track of how many steps I (haven’t) done during the day. MONA KEEP CUP From MONA gallery in Tasmania, one of my favourite places, I’ve been there a few times and love it! Full of weird and wacky art. CRABTREE & EVELYN HAND CREAM What can I say! Smells and feels beautiful. A SMALL PHOTO ALBUM Photographs of my three children when they were little. They’re all grown up now and two have moved interstate, sad but at the same time a good excuse for a quick trip down south. TOWNSVILLE CINEMA GROUP MEMBERSHIP CARD My husband and I joined the group last year and go along most fortnights to the screenings of some interesting movies from all over the world. A SMALL HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD From my husband. What a sweetie.



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Linda Ton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists


You’ve finally achieved what you wished for, please don’t let it slip away

The Reality Up until the age of 30 the face changes significantly, causing the teeth to push forward and together. This continues for as long as we are alive, but at a lesser rate. This happens to everyone, regardless of past orthodontic treatment or the presence of wisdom teeth. After spending energy, time and money to attain a beautiful smile with orthodontics, it makes sense to do what it takes to keep them there. Wouldn’t it be magic if teeth would stay straight without any effort? Unfortunately in reality, the only guarantee of long-term stability for teeth is long-term retention. Retention and Retainers Retention is the period after active orthodontic treatment is completed, where retainers are

worn. Retainers are any device that hold teeth in position and prevent undesirable tooth movement. They can be a thin wire that is bonded behind your front teeth or removable plastic guards. Bonded wires are wonderful as they are less dependent on compliance, but they are delicate and can debond or distort. Patient can sometimes be unaware of breakages until tooth movement occurs, which is then too late. Removable retainers are great as they are more resilient than bonded wires, but they take diligence and commitment. Every patient has unique treatment needs and different retainers have their own set of benefits and risks. Theories on why teeth move have evolved over time and so have the

methods of retaining teeth. Advances in technology will also alter a clinician’s preferences for retention. A specialist orthodontist has the experience and knowledge to know what will best suit the individual. Additionally, every patient has a responsibility to advise their orthodontist if they notice pressure changes, something loose or sharp, poorly fitting retainers or visible tooth movement. Value and regret The more you value and cherish your smile, the less you will tolerate tooth movement. Therefore the better you should care for your retainers. All too frequently we see patients many years after having their braces off. Something relatively minor is bothering them, as their teeth

are not as ‘perfect as they were’ when their braces came off. Additional orthodontic treatment is often required to regain that look that they grew to love. The most common feeling expressed is regret over their non-compliance with retainers. Although we love seeing our patients, we only wish them to have orthodontics once in their life! If orthodontic re-treatment is performed to regain dental alignment, retainers will be issued again! The final word A healthy and beautiful smile is something to be cherished. Our teeth, just like the rest of our body, undergo continuous change. A specialist orthodontist will give you the correct tools to protect your investment, in the form of retainers and education, to minimise any undesirable movement. After braces, please do the right thing to ensure that you will be happy with your teeth for life. “When do I stop wearing retainers, Doc?”…. “When you want your teeth to move!” Retainers are not an optional extra, they are absolutely essential.

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Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

ACT ON HEARING LOSS TODAY! Scientific consensus shows that addressing hearing loss earlier leads to better long-term outcomes.

Let’s start with one shocking statistic: Seven years: That’s the average time it takes for someone to address their hearing loss.

But if we can reduce the chance or severity of mental decline by addressing hearing loss, we’d say that would be a positive outcome.

Why is it better to get on top of hearing loss sooner rather than later? Hearing loss can have an effect in five areas of your life, and if you can avoid these effects, so much the better for you.

Physical health Research has shown that people with untreated hearing loss are three times as likely to have a fall as people without. Yes, falls do become more prevalent as people get older as does the prevalence of hearing loss. But simply treating that hearing loss reduces your chances of falling by two thirds. And as we know, the repercussions of falls become more and more severe the older we get.

Mental health More and more studies, including one by John Hopkins Medicine, has connected untreated hearing loss with mental decline, including increased anxiety and depression, accelerated brain shrinkage, and even dementia. This is probably the scariest of the outcomes and there’s still a lot of research to be done.

shown people with untreated hearing loss on average earn less than those without, and were also nearly twice as likely to be unemployed. Hearing loss is affecting people at a younger age so it is no longer something that should be left to be worried about at a later stage. Personal safety This is self-evident. If you can’t hear it you can’t avoid it!

So how do I take action? It’s as simple as getting your hearing clinically assessed by a qualified audiologist. Depending on the level and type of hearing loss your audiologist can then make recommendations on how you can best help your hearing. These options may include some simple situational listening strategies, assistive listening devices e.g. headphones and the like for some situations, hearings aids, or a combination of all three.

Relationships and social interactions Many complaints about hearing loss come not from the sufferers, but from their partners. The inability to engage, to follow the conversation, or to simply withdraw is a big concern and can have a dramatic impact on relationships. We joke about ‘selective hearing’ but in the

Income and career This was a surprise to me as well… but untreated hearing loss can affect your income and your career. Studies have

end the joke wears thin and frustration sets in and can fester.

It’s a small effort to make for what can potentially be a huge gain in the future.

Hearing loss advice you can rely on... At Clarity Hearing + Balance we base our treatment on five ethical practice principles. Accurate diagnosis: Employ only Masters qualified and registered Audiologists to ensure we accurately diagnose your hearing loss. Evidence-based treatment: Only prescribe devices where we know they will help you and suit your lifestyle and budget.

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Ethical, transparent pricing: Our income comes from our expertise, our clinical time, not from selling expensive hearing aids. Our low margins are the same across our entire. No commissions or targets: We employ and reward our staff for treating your hearing loss – not for selling you hearing aids. We don’t set sales targets or quotas for our clinicians.

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Certified Fitgenes Practitioner

Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment

CAN WE TURN DIABETES AROUND? Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.

Pre-diabetes affects 16% of adult Australians over the age of 25 years. Changes in your diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference on whether you do develop Type 2 diabetes and for those diagnosed, it’s even possible to reverse your condition. We are not our genetic destiny – most diseases are a result of the epigenetic effects of diet and lifestyle. Type 2 Diabetes definitely falls into this category but even Type 1’s can benefit immensely from dietary change. The Australian National Diabetes Audit (ANDA) admits: ‘There has long been a perceived need for more Education and Patient Self-care’. Understanding how the food you consume affects

your blood sugar is so important in this process. Why is Diabetes dietary information so confusing? Not just confusing but misleading, particularly when one reads in a diabetes magazine headlines like: ‘Yes You Can Have Chocolate Cake!’ Sorry folks, not if it’s with ingredients that turn into sugar in the body and not if you’re serious about improving your diabetes. No one wants to live with diabetes but it can be very difficult when vague and confusing information becomes the norm. With so much highly processed convenience foods available, blood sugar management should be a concern for everyone. The standard Australian diet is not working very well to curb the

situation with 60 new Queenslanders diagnosed with diabetes every day. It is also very confusing when much of the standard dietary information calls for vague advice like ‘limiting’ a food. What is a limit for one might be an overindulgence for another. Most pre/diabetics have significant carbohydrate tolerance issues but you will never know if you are not monitoring your blood sugar both before and after you eat. What does chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin mean to you? Inflammation and further disease – this is a slippery slope that only improves by optimizing your diet and blood sugar – not just managing it. This will be the ‘ground zero’ for everything else that

goes wrong for you if you do not actively address diet properly. And let’s not be confused- this is completely about too many carbs – your fear of fat is dead science. Changing eating habits formed over many years can be hard without help. Navigating advice online can be very confusing and contradictory. Correct monitoring and understanding your own blood glucose levels can arm you with so much information you will begin to really know what foods work best for you, and more importantly what foods don’t. With a plan, great things can be achieved. Aim high to reverse your situation. Do nothing and you will allow it to worsen. All you need is a starting point – first step? Understanding this is completely within your control. Here’s a great resource written for you and your doctor by a doctor. www.amazon.com/ Diabetes-Code-PreventReverse-Naturally/ dp/1771642653

ST I L L ST R U G G L I N G W I T H YO U R H E A LT H ? ST I L L AS K I N G W H Y ? Pure Core Nourishment is the only Functional Nutritional Therapy practice in Townsville that specialises in understanding the why. Are you ready to put the pieces of your health puzzle back together? We are too!  PCN is now expanding our team to offer support 7 days a week with evening appointments now available. Visit www.purecorenourishment.com.au/ for more information

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Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

might notice changes in your behaviour, thoughts or feelings that may indicate you are struggling. Some early warning signs might be:


The hidden psychological costs of owning your own business.

Starting and running a business can be hugely rewarding, but the truth is, there can be a dark side too. As a business owner, you face unique challenges that can leave you feeling mentally unhinged. Here are a few common obstacles. 1. Loneliness. Not often talked about, but owning a business can feel incredibly lonely, as many find themselves without someone to share worries or experiences. Feeling ‘lonely at the top’ is real, even for those who have a supportive spouse as they don’t want to worry their partner. 2. Work-life balance. It can be easy and sometimes necessary for everything else to take a back seat as you fall deep into the demands of

running the business. Long hours and weekends of work, responding to emails and calls after hours, all blur the boundaries between work and home. Perhaps you’ll see family and friends less, or have less time to exercise, or only get a few hours of sleep and fall on bad habits like drinking coffee by the gallon to keep going. 3. Financial worries. Many sleepless nights have been caused by the pressure of managing cash flow, including chasing invoices, making payroll or wondering when you’ll land the next job. On top of that, if you have a family or are investing significant personal savings, the financial stress can be nightmarish.

4. Accountability. Everything that goes wrong is going to be your fault, or at least, that’s how it can seem. You’re the one making the final call on most decisions and it is often unclear which will be the ‘right’ decision. The weight of all these decisions can be heavy, after all, you feel responsible to yourself and your family, employees and customers. A typical reaction to these pressures is stress – when the demands of running your business are greater than your ability to cope. While stress isn’t a mental illness itself, excessive or prolonged stress can increase your risk of developing conditions like anxiety and depression. You, or someone who knows you,

− fi  nding it difficult to concentrate − f eeling fatigued or having trouble sleeping − being easily tearful −g  etting angry or frustrated easily −d  rinking too much alcohol or caffeine − fi  nding it hard to make decisions. If you’re dealing with these or other problems, it’s time to prioritise your self-care, even if you feel you’re too busy to. Make the time. Get into a good sleep routine and eat healthy food. Get some exercise, especially in fresh air. Spend more time with your friends and loved ones. Talk to your peers. If it feels too hard, engage a clinical psychologist – it will help. Staying well is essential so you can stay on top of your work and still have the energy to enjoy life.

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“Psylutions for Development has a team consisting of six psychologists, two speech and language pathologists, two occupational therapists, two receptionists and two allied health assistants working with parents, carers, schools, psychiatrists, paediatricians and any other relevant stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure we’re all working together to achieve the best outcomes for our patients,” she explained.

Psylutions for family health Dedicated mental and physical health solutions, all under the one roof. WITH A TEAM CONSISTING OF TEN PSYCHOLOGISTS, two speech and language pathologists, two occupational therapists, a dietitian, two receptionists and two allied health assistants, Psylution Worx have all your health issues covered. Addressing mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, the schizophrenia spectrum and forensic clients is of special interest to the clinic’s principal psychologist and owner, Kylie Lavers. A former Australian Army Diesel Mechanic, Kylie has dedicated the past 16 years of her life in Townsville to the field of psychology and the past 10 years expanding Psylution Worx into a quality, multi-disciplinary clinic with services available to the general public, government and community organisations, which now includes a child and adolescent allied health practice.


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“For parents and carers with children there is no need to run all over town attending appointments. You can see speech, psych and OT on the same day. Our clinicians also conduct a clinical review weekly to ensure that our clients are receiving the best possible care.” Psylutions for Development is for children aged up to 18 years with autism or other suspected developmental disorders, learning difficulties, behavioural issues, anxiety, depression and much more. Psylutions for Development is also registered with the National Disability Scheme as is Psylution Worx. “The NDIS has enabled us to offer services to people who could not afford to access allied health services before,” Kylie stated. “Our clients, including adults, children and adolescents are now able to attend sessions without having to worry about how they are going to afford treatment. This has allowed us to learn and grow as we are seeing a wider variety of presentations than previously. We now have six accredited positive behaviour support plan writers and two accredited plan assessors.” Kylie received the Townsville Business Women’s Network Woman of the Year award in 2011 for her dedication to health services in the community; which she cites as “one of the highlights of her career”. For more information or to book an appointment call the team at Psylution Worx or Psylutions for Development. Psylution Worx Shop 4, 262 Woolcock Street, Currajong 4728 4288 www.psylutionworx.com.au admin@pwx.net.au Psylutions for Development Shop 4, 262 Woolcock Street, Currajong 4723 4222 www.psylutionworx.com.au admin@p4d.net.au

The Psylutions For Development Team

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When 23 year old Brian was on shore leave in Goa whilst serving in the Australian navy, he had his cigar spiked. As a result, he was left with an acquired brain injury and stuck in a hospital room for 11 long years, without any choice over his future. In 2015, Brian moved into the Youngcare Wooloowin Share House.

A place to call ‘home’ Suitable and appropriate housing is one of the greatest areas of unmet need for young people with high physical care needs. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 12,000 YOUNG AUSTRALIANS being left behind, living in institutionalised housing such as residential aged care, hospital or rehabilitation facilities because there is nowhere else for them to go. This is an issue that spans the corners of the country, and yet it is so close to home.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Wooloowin Share House Resident Brian and sister Tash enjoying a coffee at the local cafe; Wooloowin Share House; Brian and housemate Nick; Brian.


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The Brian you see today beams from ear to ear, with a cheeky smile that lights up a room. He now enjoys some of the activities most of us take for granted, like going to concerts and supporting his favourite football team. These changes represent the profound impact that age-appropriate, dignified and truly personalised care can have on the lives of young people with high care needs. Youngcare is working to build more dynamic, modern living spaces that enable young people, just like Brian to live independent lives with appropriate and dignified care. Youngcare has built four residences, and are now coming to Townsville! We have identified Townsville as an area of great need for more suitable housing in the disability sector and are excited to be able to provide young people with high care needs and their families with viable, long term housing solutions that provide the care, choice and independence that we ALL deserve. All young people with high care needs, just like Brian, deserve the freedom to choose where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives. If you or a loved one are looking for a place to call home or for more information, please email youngcareconnect@youngcare.com.au or call 1800 844 727.

We offer a suite of services for NDIS participants including Support Coordination, linking people to local services; School Leaver Employment Supports, which assists young people break into the workforce for the first time; and Finding and Keeping a Job. breakthru has a wealth of experience delivering these supports as we were providing services in the early days of the NDIS as part of the trial site in the Hunter, NSW in 2014”.

Jobs for life breakthru Townsville is helping young people with disability break through the job barrier. FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO FIND WORK, having doors closed in your face can become more than frustrating over time. For people living with a disability it can be even harder to break into the workforce, which is where breakthru, providing vital employment services to the local Townsville community, can help people break down these barriers and reach their full potential. “breakthru was founded 25 years ago mainly to assist people with disabilities find work,” explained Michael Trimble, Team Leader for breakthru’s services in North and Far North Queensland.

With 25 offices across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, this national not-for-profit organisation have committed teams around the country dedicated to empowering people to create their own futures. breakthru has a long history of operation in Townsville in employment related programs starting from our first “Get Set For Work” program in 2008. Since the roll out of NDIS in Townsville, Michael said that he’s noted some big changes in a short period of time. “The NDIS has changed how we offer our services in the Townsville area as the customers have significantly more choice and control over when and where they access their supports. Customers are now able to access both disability specific and mainstream supports to assist them to achieve their set goals.” Michael explained. “With 25 years of assisting people with disabilities in the community find work, breakthru’s experience really shines through as an experienced, local NDIS service provider with an intuitive, person-centred approach.” Call Townsville’s breakthru team today to begin your employment journey and discuss your plan to reach your goals sooner than you think. breakthru Townsville Palmerston Street & Ronan Street, Vincent 1800 767 212 www.breakthru.org.au

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Keeping North Queenslanders moving Complete Mobility and Rehab have the whole of the north covered with their scope of independent living services. CURRENTLY ANTICIPATING THE ARRIVAL OF THEIR NEW RANGE of wheelchair seating, Lissa Fleming and her team of mobility equipment specialists at Complete Mobility and Rehab are ready and waiting to take appointments for clients to trial their latest wares. Business director Lissa said their new line of Dreamline Seating Systems will be an exciting new addition to their showroom stock. “Dreamline produces a moderate to high needs wheelchair seating system designed to be easier in every way; for fitting adjusting, operating or maintaining,” she explained.


“Our showroom has a seating assessment room with an electric plinth to assist clients and therapists to accurately assess posture and positioning. This is the first of some very exciting new products arriving over the next month or two.” As Townsville’s one stop shop for all mobility and independent living necessities, Complete Mobility’s large Currajong showroom offers their clients the opportunity to trial their equipment onsite, moving around as freely as necessary. Lissa said their equipment specialists’ broad knowledge of all mobility-related products really helps to take the stress off their clients when deciding on which assistive technology would suit them best. “We pride ourselves on our unique, personalised customer service; helping clients meet their goals is our priority and if we don’t have what they need, we’ll source it for them,” she said. “Our services cover from Mackay up to the Cape and out to west Mt Isa and we’ll be adding a service to Mornington Island by the end of the year. Between our two locations in Cairns and Townsville, we’re thrilled to be able to assist all of North Queensland’s NDIS participants find equipment to make independent living easier.” Complete Mobility and Rehab 10–12 Keane Street, Currajong 4725 9476 www.completemobility.com.au

Kith and Kin, meaning friends and family have been developing new options for Townsville participants and their families for over 36 years. In 2016 Kith and Kin opened our new Creative Learning Centre at 123 Ingham Road for adults with a disability. One year later, we launched our children’s programs and our Young Adult Youth Program is on its way!

Embracing the Future

17-year-old Sallyann joined our After-School Program in 2017.

Demand for services has been extremely high, but places are still available and activities are being added all the time. Some activities NDIS participants can enjoy are Photography, Zumba, Cooking, Gardening, Sports, Arts and Crafts, IT and much more.

Activities soaring, participants flourishing and Sallyann’s success story.

17-year-old Sallyann joined our After-School Program in 2017. When she first started she appeared shy and introverted, especially in group situations. She also struggled to communicate her thoughts and feelings. Twelve months on, Sallyann has gained valuable life skills and has improved her communication and social skills to create meaningful friendships.

ARE YOU A PARTICIPANT IN THE NDIS? Are you looking for new opportunities to learn, make friends and have fun? Are you a Parent of a Participant looking for new ways to help your loved ones become as independent as possible? Look no further, come and visit us at 123 Ingham Road and see what we have to offer.

At the end of the year, Sallyann will be leaving school, and the Kith and Kin’s kids’ program. Sallyann is already looking forward to moving on to more exciting and challenging things in the Adult Program next year. The progress she has made will continue, surrounded by friendly and familiar faces. Sallyann and her parents won’t be left without direction or support wondering what next? Kith and Kin 123 Ingham Road, West End 4722 0101 www.kithandkin.com.au https://www.facebook.com/ KKAllAbilitiesMentalHealth/

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“We have seven models to choose from, ranging from our push button fold-up scooter to our luxury top of the line scooter based on the Model T Ford design. We also have a full range of disability and rehab products including wheelie walkers, walking canes and commodes.”

A business on the move Keeping North Queensland charged and ready to scoot. OWNER OF BIG MIKE’S BATTERIES AND MOBILITY SCOOTERS, Michael Adlard, has been providing locals in need of disability products for more than 20 years. And simply by importing his own machines, Big Mike is able to offer very competitive prices for his wide range of mobility scooters. “As we have no middle man to deal with, we can offer our customers a mobility scooter that is not only cheaper, but with a five-year factory warranty,” Michael explained.


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A marine engineer by trade, Michael opened the doors to Big Mike’s on Charters Towers Road with his partner Ron, a mobile service provider. Popular demand inspired the pair to start selling disability products and as a result, their success has seen this locally-owned and operated business expand across North Queensland. “We now have four stores; two in Townsville, one in Ayr and one in Mackay,” Michael said. “We offer a service that is second to none and treat our customers like family. Not only do we back what we sell, our team of specialists can service, repair and modify all mobility scooters and other equipment regardless of where it was purchased from.” Give Michael and the friendly team at one of his stores a call to arrange a free in-home demonstration. Big Mike’s Batteries and Mobility Scooters 157C Charters Towers Road Hyde Park, Townsville 4427 5622 www.bigmikescooters.com

Ricky was one of the first in his area to complete the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) interview process. After meeting with several different providers, Ricky chose to work with House with No Steps to provide supported independent living (group accommodation), personal care, and day-to-day support. “I was a bit nervous because the NDIS was new to me,” he stated.

Ricky’s NDIS journey Forty-three-year-old Ricky has lived in a House with No Steps group home since 2011 with his brother Darren. “It’s just the two of us,” said Ricky. “We watch sport on TV together, we have a laugh, and we hang out. We can’t watch the footy when our teams play against each other. It gets a little intense.”

“I was worried I might not get everything I needed. But it was all explained very well to me and the process itself turned out well. I got to interview my staff members – I interviewed quite a few of them. I was looking for people that I could trust.” Established in 1962, House with No Steps is a leading disability service provider. In Townsville, the organisation provides a range of services, including Supported Independent Living (group accommodation) and Short Term Accommodation and Assistance (respite) for both adults and children, support in your own home (individual supports), Support Coordination, and centre-based Flexible Support and can tailor supports to meet your needs. Since the NDIS rolled out in Townsville in January 2016, House with No Steps has helped over 250 people with a disability transfer to the scheme. “The NDIS gives me more choice,” Ricky said. “I have been able to decide what I need. It has also helped me become a part of my community. I go swimming and to the gym – it’s all part of my NDIS plan.” House with No Steps enquiries@hwns.com.au 1300 538 746 www.hwns.com.au

LEFT TO RIGHT Nicholas Henningsen, Area Manager, Far North Queensland; Steven Sutton, Quality & Risk Officer Queensland; Shelley Mantio, Children’s Services Manager; Grant Collins, Supported Living Manager.

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I AM PLEASED WE’RE SEEING STEADY INCREASES in participant numbers in the areas across the state that have already transitioned to the NDIS, including here in Townsville. In fact, almost 4,000 people have joined the scheme since the NDIS opened its doors in Townsville in July 2016. This includes 1,685 people and families who have never before received services. This is why the NDIS is so important for Queenslanders with disability.

NDIS continues to make a difference in Townsville More and more people with disability in Townsville are seeing the difference the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can make in their daily lives.

It is providing certainty for eligible people with disability so that they can access the support they need over their lifetime. It can fund things like getting out and about, help at home, help to get a job or access to therapies and special equipment. I want as many Queenslanders as possible to be able to take advantage of the benefits of the NDIS in their daily lives. If you have a disability I encourage you to find out more. I also encourage the family, friends and carers of people with disability to find out if their loved ones are eligible to access the scheme, so they can obtain the supports they need in their life. In Townsville you can talk to NDIS partners FerosCare on 1300 986 970, or, if you have a child aged 0–6, contact UnitingCare Community on 4775 9124, or drop into the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) located at 235 Stanley Street, Townsville. Coralee O’Rourke MP Member for Mundingburra


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AEIOU for children with autism Giving children with autism access to life-changing early intervention. TOWNSVILLE CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM are achieving skills that will last a lifetime at AEIOU Foundation. AEIOU Townsville’s early intervention service supports children aged two to six with therapy and care that enables them to lead confident happy lives, where they can function well in school, home and the community.

“A focus for us is developing essential independence and communication skills, while reducing challenging behaviours,” Program Manager Enia Alberto says. “Gaining skills that can help them play with friends, grow their confidence, and become active participants in learning and social situations, will lead to a future of endless possibilities. “We also share the journey with parents and carers, and support them through the process of diagnosis, so that they can play a part in guiding their children’s learnings in the community and at home.” The specialist team at AEIOU includes speech pathologists, occupational therapists, behaviour therapists, teachers and learning facilitators who work together to meet the individual goals of each child and family. And, with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now accessible to Townsville residents, AEIOU can provide families with information to help them access the supports they need. “A parent who can advocate for their child will have greater chance of getting the supports their child needs to achieve their goals,” Ms Alberto says. “We know it is a complex system to understand, but we can help break that down. We have worked with all the families in our service to ensure they get the best possible outcomes, and their children are seeing great improvements.” For more information, please phone 1300 273 435, email info@aeiou.org.au, or visit www.aeiou.org.au

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ABOVE: Paediatric Nurse Kirra Worth with patient Isabella Pinalli wearing Bandi Bear ears.

2018 will see the sixth year for the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s fundraiser, WearA-Bear Day. A fundraiser not just for the young and young at heart, but all businesses, schools, community groups and individuals are encouraged to purchase a set of Bandi Bear ears, host a morning tea or arrange a free dress day in order to raise funds that will remain 100% local. Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy HigginsOlsen recalls the joy of previous Wear-A-Bear Day campaigns, with something as little as a doctor or a nurse wearing Bandi Bear ears brightening up a patient’s day. “My first Wear-ABear Day in 2016 was a day of absolute joy! Seeing people of all ages wearing our Bandi Bear ears across the hospital, at their workplaces, in schools and even in the shopping centres was incredibly heart-warming.” A number of local businesses, schools and early learning centres have already registered to participate in and support this year’s campaign on Friday 19th October. GHD Townsville Engineering’s Sturt Street office will be abuzz on this date, with staff donning Bandi Bear ears

ABOVE: Students from St Joseph’s Catholic School The Strand Leo Lazaredes, Milla Hannay and Sarah Beckett.

A BEAR-Y GOOD FUNDRAISER If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure for a big surprise… for their workday, as well as hosting their own Morning Tea to raise additional funds for the Townsville Hospital Foundation. “Supporting local charities is something that our people here in Townsville are very passionate about. We’ve been a part of the Townsville region for more than 45 years and many of our people are long-term Townsville residents. It’s important for us to give back to the community and support charities such as the Townsville Hospital Foundation, that provide such a critical community service” stated Jose Foruria, Manager GHD North Queensland. St Joseph’s Catholic School The Strand is also getting into the spirit by being the first local school registered for Wear-A-Bear Day 2018. They are supporting by having the Bear Ears available for students, teachers and parents

to purchase and also are looking at selling cupcakes for a whole-school Morning Tea. “We are excited to continue our school’s history of supporting the Townsville Hospital Foundation again in 2018. I am looking forward to October 19th where I am sure we will see many people within our school community wearing their Bandi Bear ears to help raise vital funds,” Principal Tim Ham stated. Individuals can also get involved by purchasing Bandi Bear Ears from The Townsville Hospital Foundation Gift Shop any time and wearing them on Friday 19th October. Bandi Bear soft toys are also available, with all proceeds going towards the 2018 Wear-A-Bear Day campaign.

ABOVE: Bandi Bear visits a Children’s Ward patient.

CONNECT NOW: www.thfoundation.org.au/wabd/2018/

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Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan celebrates 40 years of providing quality education in 2019.


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The dynamic school of 1,900 students and 260 staff, has graduated more than 3,500 students over the past 35 years, many of which are now living and working in the Townsville community. The Ryan Catholic College alumni are adding value to communities locally, nationally and internationally. Professionals, semi-professionals, tradespeople, business operators, health professionals, educators, mums and dads are all products of the College. Melody Cornish, an early Ryan graduate, believes the College gave her every opportunity to commence her study of the law. The school environment and teachers were supportive and assisted her greatly in setting strong foundations for her career. Now as a solicitor and Director of Purcell Taylor Lawyers, Melody is able to give back to the community by assisting individuals and small and large corporations to achieve effective solutions for legal issues. Tim Kerrisk is a past student and now a teacher on staff. “I am lucky to have been a student at the College,” Tim said. “My talented and dedicated teachers inspired me to be the best I can be and to develop a love of learning. I hope I can instil this passion in my students too.”

OPPOSITE PAGE FROM LEFT Back row: Mitchell Crisp Tim Kerrisk Front row: Sarah Hall Liam Phelps Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark (nee Hosking) graduated in 2003. Michelle studied a Bachelor of Nursing and now specialises in intensive care nursing. “Being a student of the College was such an influential part of my development and growth in being the person I have become today,” she reminisced. Sarah Hall graduated in 2011 and now works at AECOM as a Water Resource Engineer. “My Maths teachers at Ryan Catholic College encouraged me to study Engineering so I did. Now I work for one of the largest engineering firms in the world,” Sarah said. “Every day I have the opportunity to work on projects that are aimed at protecting our environment and improving people’s lives. Whether it is checking water quality, conducting flood assessments for new infrastructure or contributing to large scale multi-disciplinary projects which have a lasting impact on the community.”

Liam Phelps graduated in 2014. “I have undertaken a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and will be completing this degree at the end of 2018. Ryan Catholic College not only equipped me with the basic communication and academic skills to be successful at university, but provided an opportunity to explore my leadership skills,” Liam said. Mitchell Crisp graduated in 2011 and tried a number of pathways before he settled on an Electrical Trade qualification. The broad range of options in his senior years gave him plenty of choice to either be eligible for university or follow a trade pathway. His best fit has been very rewarding and within the next twelve months will see him qualify as a ticketed tradesman. The College has established an Alumni Network, and past Ryan Catholic College students can sign up online at: www.ryan.catholic.edu.au

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

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


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If the world is getting smaller, courtesy of the past decades’ developments in transport and communications technologies, the idea of place is curiously becoming more important. Just as the globalisation of media tends to superficially ‘flatten out’ cultural differences, it also raises the stakes when it comes to issues of provenance.


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MATTERS I’ve just spent two-weeks in Hong Kong and China on a whirlwind 6-City whistle stop roadshow, meeting with people and organisations spanning food importation, food and beverage service, and financial and blockchain technology innovation. What looks like a disparate spread of specialisations and interests is actually the means by which we can capitalise on provenance value via the deployment of new technologies. As the Chinese economy continues its growth path, building on 2+ decades of restructure, opening up and expansion, Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly attuned to placing quality high up on the agenda. This is not only happening in areas such as luxury goods and services, but in seemingly mundane aspects of life’s ‘essentials’. As wealth grows, so too does demand for proteins - and in particular (though not exclusively) red meats. Additionally, demand for other food products such as wines, dairy goods (fresh and powdered) and skin-care has also experienced rapid growth. In environments where the rate of demand growth exceeds the capacity of supply to keep up, a few things inevitably happen: 1. The price of the product rises considerably; 2. The likelihood of counterfeit goods or product substitution increases; and 3. C ompromises in safety standards creep into the system. For these reasons, country of origin - and consumer confidence in country of origin claims - becomes a critical competitive value proposition.

THE CASE OF BEEF Chinese beef consumption has been growing steadily for the past decade. Today, annual average per capita consumption is 5.8kg, up from 3.4kg a few years ago. (The global average is 13kg+, whereas in Australia the annual per capita average is 26kg+.) This pattern is expected to continue. China’s domestic capacity cannot keep up with this growth. Inevitably, demand for imported

beef in China has sky-rocketed in the past 6 years. Since 2014, Australia has been a beneficiary. However, at the same time, counterfeit beef and product substitution has increasingly become a problem. Substitution has three main dimensions: 1. Something other than beef is being substituted for beef. Cases of pork being soaked in coloured dye to make it look like beef have been reported. (Other meat product substitution cases have been reported too, involving donkey meat, rat meat and camel meat.) 2. Beef from somewhere else is being sold as Australian beef. This is taking place via grey channels where Indian buffalo, for example, is entering the China market under the monicker of Australian beef. 3. Cuts of meat are being mis-represented, so that cheaper cuts are being sold as higher grade primals. So for example, ‘steak’ manufactured from trimmed waste, is being sold as fillet steak or eye fillet. All of this has short- and long-term implications. For consumers, it means they aren’t getting what they pay for. Worse, they could be exposed to serious health risks. For producers and others in the production-distribution chain, their long-run brand value is being eroded as consumers are no longer able to trust the claims being made. There is a definite brand value for Australian beef. Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) research identifies country of origin as the single most significant purchasing factor for Chinese consumers buying imported beef. Our own qualitative research, reinforced through feedback in September 2018 from Chinese importers, consumers and restauranteurs, confirms that Brand Australia still carries a largesse associated with ideas of naturalness, safety and quality. In supermarkets in China, Australian beef (or beef that claims to be from Australia) commands a significant premium over domestically produced beef. It also stands heads and shoulders above beef from Latin America, and is frequently more expensive than product from North America.

If the general idea of Brand Australia has resonance, it is conceivable that more granular geographic brand value can be developed over time, providing consumers with a more refined lens through which they can enjoy the products of this country. The value of local provenance claims is well-understood in markets like wine and tea. Proving geographic provenance has economic value because consumers are willing to pay more for products from certain localities. As a country, we are already achieving something like this in product areas like beef, lamb, milk powder and of course, wines. Even our seafood products command premium pricing when positioned appropriately.

ROLE FOR BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY Because there’s economic value to provenance claims, greater attention is now being devoted to substantiating these claims and delivering the validation to purchasers along the supply chain in ways that are increasingly secure and dependable. Provenance in its truest sense is a matter for the sciences. That’s what laboratories do, and when there are issues with tracing origins (in cases of bio-security risks or food recall situations) the labs come into their own. Yet, in markets where trust in centralised institutions is low, there’s a need to find ways of delivering a refreshed level of confidence - we can do this by introducing blockchain technologies to the equation. A search of the internet will result in many claims being made about how blockchain technologies will somehow solve all sorts of problems, including those associated with provenance. Most of these claims are exaggerated and misunderstand the nature of the technology and its attributes. (Just as this is the case for blockchain evangelists, it’s also the case for critics for the simple reason that both sides have missed the trust-less point of decentralised ledger systems.) continued over>

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Given the confusion around claims, I think it’s worthwhile to go back to tors. Here, we are interested in the attributes of blockchains, and thinking through what these attributes are good at. It seems that: 1. they are good at ensuring that the application state is valid - that is, the state got there by virtue of some process that followed some explicit rules; 2. the process itself is transparent (insofar as public blockchains are concerned, anyway), so people can see what the rules are and how states transitioned from one to another; 3. t he states as recorded are more or less irreversible (you can’t wind back time); and 4. the data is censorship resistant. All of these attributes do not obviate the issues of data capture and the validity itself of the data submitter(s). This goes to the ‘rubbish in / rubbish out’ problem. There are at least two issues here: 1. the identity and veracity of the identity of the data submitter - call it an Oracle; and 2. the validity of the information in the first place. If the data source is exogenous to the blockchain itself, risks of false identities (imposters) and bad raw data exist. The relationship between the analogue or material world and the digital ledger is what is at issue here. For many, this relationship seems to be the locus of a great deal of confusion and concern. A range of approaches can be mobilised to deal with these risks. From a decentralised ledger technology point of view alone, we would look to things such as decentralised validation protocols for networks of devices (for instance), decentralised protocols for identity validation, and the introduction of cryptographic tools like Zero Knowledge Proofs to validate Data Oracles without compromising their status (and, therefore, opening them up to imposter attack risks).  We also would consider introducing integrations between digital data protocols and materiality interventions aimed at mitigating risks of artefact imposters and substitution.


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We can add to this list another power tool that is given rise to by decentralised ledgers - namely, the possibility of creating coherent, ‘trustworthy’ units of value via native cryptocurrencies - which could, perhaps, result in new behavioural ‘markets’ within supply chain activities that reward valid data contributions and punish invalid (false) data contributions.

Our own experiences can be extrapolated to other product supply chains, and can also be applied to supporting value creating claims around Regional Brand Value. To do this successfully requires the ability to take a supply chain perspective that sees the linkages as both value transmitting and value risk nodes, and add to this a sensibility that incorporates economics, cryptography, science, Internet of Things and business management into a cohesive approach.

Add good science and data capture technologies with the attributes of decentralised ledgers and the potential behavioural drivers of crypto economics, and we start to shape up a multi-dimensional regime that enhances overall system integrity. The crypto economics dimension is ‘forward looking’, whereas for the most part, claims about the blockchain and what it can do for supply chain veracity are focused on a blockchain’s capacity to be a record of the past (‘backward looking’). What we can start to think through / imagine / design, from a ‘forward looking’ perspective, is how to maximise the probability that future desired states are realised and are relatively stable via the mobilisation of game theoretic ideas anchored in modes of behavioural incentivisation and disincentivisation.

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL CHALLENGES The challenges of supply chain integrity are multi-dimensional in nature. The large amounts of successful work already undertaken in the sciences around issues of traceability can be further valorised in a cryptoeconomic environment. That’s what we are working on at BeefLedger, where we aim to bring the best of these worlds together to deliver a sophisticated, layered structure of systems to improve supply chain behaviours and reward integrity. As one of the founding Industry Partners of the Food Agility CRC, BeefLedger is looking forward to continuing the collaboration with academic researchers and other industry practitioners to drive innovative, and groundtruthed tools that can deliver more confidence to consumers on the one hand that what they are paying for is what it claims to be, and to supply chain participants on the other hand that their investments in system and behavioural integrity are worth it.

Modern technologies like blockchains have a big part to play in rejuvenating regional economies in dimensions where place is an important value attribute. Place matters in the production of foods (including beverages), and Australia’s regions are primed to occupy the top tiers of global quality food / beverage production. The tech piece supports a move towards higher value positioning, because consumers will pay more for products that have validated place of origin attributes. So, a borderless ether-based technology, in the form of blockchains, can be harnessed to add real zest to grounded economic activities and deliver a new horizon of sustainable and high-value economic growth and social vitality. North Queensland can benefit from this by embracing this new frontier of technology as a platform that enables the linkage of place to place ... in this case, a provenance attributes of NQ with the growing markets of China.


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Trent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

MOTORING AHEAD Taking wheel (real) action

So far, 2018 has been a big year for our business. Yet it probably shouldn’t have been. That’s why business is confusing and exciting at the same time. We implemented a number of changes to our business over the last year. Changes that have been in planning or discussion for a while which we ‘finally’ rolled out. I mean ‘finally’ in the naive sense of “Are we there yet?”. Looking back now in reality we were ‘almost’, ‘kind of’, ‘in some way’, ‘probably’ ‘only just ready’ (Hindsight is a beautiful thing). What ‘wheely’ (really) got us moving this year were two major things; 1. We purchased our own premises (so much excitement, so much expense) 2. Ian (Dad/The Boss) and Mum purchased their new

Mobile Office (aka motorhome) Let me tell you, there’s only one more level of motivation to improve your business than when you see your bank account plummet. That’s when you contemplate having the fundamental backbone of the business (aka Dad) out motoring on the open roads, rather than still in the office at our beck and call! At the beginning of the year, we talked about what we thought 2018 was going to look like. We had just settled on our new premises (come check them out anytime! 39 Ingham Road) and Mum and Dad had signed the contract for their motorhome. The office needed a fair bit of work to make it our new home and our budget was as tender as my fingertips after tearing up

the 15 year old carpet. Add to that, Ian was going to be on the road, visiting clients in his mobile office and also taking some very well deserved time off in between work appointments. On top of this, we had our business to run! But the two purchases weren’t the reason for our big year. They were the catalyst for 2018. We needed to change. We had changed in some ways already, introducing our successful finance offering and utilising our cloud software suite but now a whole new level of change was required. So we did it. We further systemised our processes and procedures. We delegated responsibilities and upskilled our team. We hired new staff with differing skill sets. Not all at once. This all took time to incrementally

introduce. We are human after all. Change isn’t comfortable (at first). We didn’t, nor does anyone have ‘The Business Rule Book’ that tells you to do this, do that and everything will be perfect. We tried, learned and tried again. The outcome has far exceeded our expectations. The office is such a welcoming and productive environment – it is a fun place to be! We have a whole heap of new toys like videoconferencing facilities, training rooms and meeting rooms. We have other awesome, complimentary businesses in the office now and a massive breakout lunch area. Ian is always connected with us all in the office as well as with our amazing clients and we are taking on more and more work. This column is about encouraging you to visualise your ideal office/business/life/ career and to go after it. You can do it! Recognise the need for change and embrace it. If you don’t create it for yourself, no one else is going to. Put those wheels in motion! The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned.


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2 tablespoons garlic-infused olive oil

COOK TIME 10 minutes, plus standing time

2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs

Preheat a barbecue chargrill plate and flat plate to high heat.


1 eggplant, sliced into rounds

800 g chicken breast fillet, cut on the diagonal into thick slices

4 zucchini, sliced on the diagonal 4 roma tomatoes, halved lengthways 1/4 cup (60 ml) balsamic vinegar 100 g pitted kalamata olives 100 g salt-reduced Greek feta, crumbled 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked, stems finely chopped

Place the olive oil, herbs, chicken, eggplant, zucchini and tomato in a large bowl and toss until well coated. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to the barbecue chargrill plate and the vegetable mixture to the flat plate. Cook, turning the vegetables occasionally and the chicken only once, for 10 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large bowl, cover loosely with foil and rest for 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients to the chicken mixture and toss gently to combine. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately. If desired, you can serve this meal with 2 cups (370 g) of cooked quinoa (this will add 1 unit of breads and cereals and 3 g fibre per serve).


This is an edited extract from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor RRP $34.99 Published by Macmillan Australia


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800 g chicken tenderloins

COOK TIME 15 minutes, plus standing time

2 tablespoons garlic-infused olive oil

Preheat the oven grill to high and line a large baking tray with foil.


2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (optional)

INDIAN SLAW 3/4 cup (210 g) lactose-free natural yoghurt 3 cm piece ginger, finely grated

Place the chicken, olive oil, turmeric, mustard and maple syrup (if using) in a large bowl and toss until the chicken is well coated. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to the prepared tray and cook under the grill, turning once, for 12–15 minutes until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Transfer to a chopping board, cover loosely with foil and rest for 3 minutes, then cut on the diagonal into thick slices.

2 carrots, coarsely grated

Meanwhile, to make the Indian slaw, whisk together the yoghurt, ginger, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to combine.

100 g green beans, thinly sliced into rounds

Divide the chicken evenly among 4 plates and serve with the Indian slaw.

4 zucchini, coarsely grated

You can marinate the chicken mixture for up to 2 days. Just cover it tightly and keep it chilled.

finely grated zest and juice of 1 small lemon 2 sticks celery, cut into thin matchsticks

1 cup small mint leaves

If desired, you can serve this meal with 2 cups (370 g) of cooked brown basmati rice (see page 41; this will add 1 unit of breads and cereals and 3 g fibre per serve).


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CORIANDER AND LIME-MARINATED STEAK WITH LENTIL, QUINOA AND WATERCRESS SALAD PREP TIME 25 minutes, plus 20 minutes marinating and 10 minutes cooling time COOK TIME 30 minutes SERVES: 4

1/4 cup (60 g) lactose-free natural yoghurt


600 g rump steak, all visible fat removed, cut into 2 cm cubes

To make the marinade, place all the ingredients in a blender and blend briefly until a coarse, chunky puree forms. Place 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the puree in a small bowl, then stir in the yoghurt and mix until well combined. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate until required. Transfer the remaining marinade to a large bowl and add the beef. Add the tamari and stir to coat well. Cover with plastic film and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

2 teaspoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) olive oil spray, for cooking

CORIANDER AND LIME MARINADE 1 stick celery, chopped 2 spring onions (green tops only), roughly chopped handful coriander leaves 1 fresh long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

LENTIL, QUINOA AND WATERCRESS SALAD 1/2 cup (100 g) tri-colour quinoa, rinsed and drained 2 red capsicums, seeded and cut into quarters 200 g tinned salt-reduced lentils, drained and rinsed 150 g watercress sprigs 2 zucchini, sliced into rounds 200 g salt-reduced feta, crumbled small handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

To make the salad, place the quinoa in a small heavy-based saucepan and cover with 1 cup (250 ml) water. Bring to the boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10–12 minutes until most of the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Drain, if necessary, then transfer to a bowl and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven grill to high. Place the capsicum, skin-side up, on a baking tray lined with foil, then grill for 8–10 minutes until softened and charred. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic film and leave to stand for 10 minutes, then peel off the skin and finely chop the flesh. Add the capsicum to the bowl of quinoa, then add the lentils, watercress, zucchini, feta, coriander, lime juice and olive oil and season to taste. Just before serving, heat a heavy-based frying pan over high heat, then spray with olive oil. Working in batches, add the steak and sear for 2 minutes on each side for medium–rare or until cooked to your liking. Divide the steak evenly among 4 plates and serve with the quinoa salad and yoghurt sauce.



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AKA: Sue/GG/Chicken I’M RENOWNED FOR: My ‘can do’ attitude and positivity. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Everyday, just enjoy what life brings, make the best of it and never look back. I do enjoy weekends with family and friends and on the odd occasion sitting back at The Ville Quarterdeck enjoying our great city. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My big kids and their contribution to the world. Smart, intelligent, respectful and above all great human beings… and I made them. Nothing prouder, as a mother, than realising your adult children influence your thinking and life in such as positive way. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… getting stuck helping my man tidy out the shed and then being eyeballed by a rat (biggest rat ever) hence my movement was by far the quickest you would ever have seen but the screams were a bit over the top. He of course thought it was hilarious. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Once dated B1 from the Bananas in Pyjamas hahahahaha. Biggest pleasure was meeting and chatting with, of all people, Tina Arena in a Qantas Club. She was engaging, extremely polite and just a very warm lady who was interested in my family. MY MOTTO IS: Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

AKA: Lizzie, Betty, Mum I’M RENOWNED FOR: Making the most of every situation, having fun and a laugh, a bit of a talker and a tad quirky. My daughter and her friends don’t think I’m a normal mum, the word was “Groovy”. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… Opus 1… Say no more! MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… Mt Bulla, stranded on the top of the mountain with two little kids and having to be rescued on a ski-doo. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on the cruise that is planned for May 19 with my partner in crime from high school and two Townsville girlfriends. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Saturday; the town is alive and there’s always something to do. But Sunday is a great day to recover. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/ IS: My mum. My favourite person in the world who never takes herself too seriously. My dad, my biggest moral and practical teacher; I can change a tyre and the oil in my car. I‘m not a bad snooker player either. My awesome friends, oh wait, they’re a bad influence, but I love them to bits! THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… I was once evicted from an establishment because they thought I was a witch due to a trick I did. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Bobbie Fowler and Deni Hines. MY MOTTO IS: Everything in moderation. Well, I try!

MY FAVOURITE SONG Anything by Matchbox 20 SHOP Kmart of course EAT Roast lamb with all the trimmings DRINK Red wine

MY FAVOURITE SONG Mama This One’s For You by Beth Hart SHOP Geez, just one? EAT Shell fish, chicken, sushi DRINK Sauvignon Blanc, champagne or a Mojito please


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





SUBURB: Kirwan AKA: Ellie to some residents as there are two Sue’s in the office. I’M RENOWNED FOR: Always smiling. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… how spectacular the New Year’s Eve fireworks are from Castle Hill. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… I recently got engaged while on a sunset cruise at Karumba. On the same holiday I suffered a broken left elbow and right wrist after falling in Lawn Hill National Park. I had to be air lifted by RFDS to Mt Isa for treatment! RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… travelling Australia in our van. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My Dad who saw the good in everyone, was always there for his kids and grandkids and ready to help everyone. A true gentleman. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… I was eight months pregnant and saw a waterbed display. I’d never tried one so decided to try it out. Once firmly positioned, I realised I wasn’t able to get out. Movement upwards was not achievable. At which point my then husband said “Told you not to” and walked off. Stranded whale was left high and dry. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Kerry Packer who had a property at Ellerston. I was working at the hospital in Scone and had to admit him. MY MOTTO IS: Live for today as you never know what tomorrow will bring.

SUBURB: Cranbrook AKA: Pez; or Tuppence to some of the residents at Carlyle. I’M RENOWNED FOR: Being a strict vegetarian and bit of a wildlife warrior. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… that students once tried to make Castle Hill a mountain by adding piles of soil to the top! MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… travelling to China with my parents and seeing wonders of the world like the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on my Honeymoon, though not sure where that will be yet. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Lazy Sundays. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS/IS: My late brother who taught me to have dreams no matter what challenges you have in life. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… watching my Ragdoll cat eat his biscuits out of the bowl using his paws. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Craig Lowndes MY MOTTO IS: Never let the sun set on an argument.

MY FAVOURITE SONG I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker by Sandi Thom SHOP Anywhere that has nice linen EAT Anything out of the camp oven DRINK Scotch & soda

MY FAVOURITE SONG Mirrors by Justin Timberlake SHOP Lindy Bop for vintage shoes EAT Raspberry liquorice DRINK Peach iced tea or Midori

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Elizabeth Ahern loves spending time with her family, friends, her puppy dog (Zola), renovating her house and travelling the world. Hi, I’m Elizabeth Ahern. I grew up on a property and lived in a few cities across Queensland. Townsville has been home for the last 4 years. I’m renovating my house and I’ve completed the majority of the renovations myself with some much appreciated help from my wonderful family and amazing partner. I’ve been studying part time completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting while working full time. I’ve been a bank manager for the last 4 years and worked 10 years in the banking industry. However, I’m following my heart and moving into Agribusiness with Rabobank in the coming weeks.

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1. FAVOURITE DESTINATION: I love travelling. I’ve travelled overseas every year since I was 18 years old. Europe is definitely my favourite destination but more specifically Paris for the shopping and the Scandinavian Countries. I think Sweden will always have an important place in my heart as this is where my mother’s heritage comes from, and also my sister-inlaw is from Sweden. 2. A FASHION DESIGNER WHOSE STYLE REALLY SUITS ME: I don’t have a specific designer that I love. My cupboard consists of a mixture

of designer clothes. I have a large number of dresses in my wardrobe from Naf Naf and little boutique shops in Paris. 3. A TREASURED ITEM: My most treasured item would have to be my yellow sapphire ring from India. It reminds me of the time I hiked through the jungle in India with the wild elephants. Such an amazing experience. 4. A MUSIC GENRE AND/OR ARTIST I LOVE: I don’t really have a favourite band. However, my favourite song at the moment is I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll by Parekh & Singh. 5. A BOOK OR MOVIE THAT AFFECTED ME WAS: I love reading. My favourite book would have to be Gone with the Wind. Love this book! This is such a wonderful classic with the famous line; “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 6. A CAR THAT SUITS MY STYLE: The Mercedes E Class would have to be my favourite at the moment. I just like the shape and style. 7. IF I WORE A HAT: The fascinators I wear to the races are me to a tee. Usually I make my own fascinators. 8. THE LINGERIE LABEL I LOVE: My favourite right now is the Elle Macpherson Body range.

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DUO Magazine October 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for over 12 years, m...

DUO Magazine October 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for over 12 years, m...