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DUOCommunity 96 Courtney Frank DUOMagazine 97 N  icole Stott-Whiting

Regulars 10 Publishers Welcome 16 Horoscopes 190 Five Minutes With… Four amazing locals tell us about themselves

50 Cover Story 12 Ready for Redemption

Pickerings Hyundai 33 September Issue Custom Magazine

Special Feature 105 Education, Training + Careers Premium Feature 141 Men In Industry 154 Townsville’s Best Car Buys

Feature Stories 50 Profile Ian Ferguson 52 Where Are They Now? 54 Profile Daryl Braithwaite 56 The Visionary Fathers of Townsville

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102 Unity in Diversity



131 K  aren Quagliata

18 B  ook Extract HomeSpace by Darren Palmer 22 Home Products The Man Cave 26 Maria Pandalai Destination: New York 30 Travel Products 32 Josh Blundell Top 10 Tech of 2016

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DUOHealth 86 Profile Dentist at Healthlink 87 Rebecca Vinson Wehll 88 Leanne Scott Pure Core Nourishment 89 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 90 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 91 Profile Kirwan Complete Care 92 Profile Speech & Language Development 93 Lucy Farewells Cancer With The Ring Of A Bell 94 NICU Pharmacist One Rare Few

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98 Seniors Profile Bill Prince 100 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation

192 Last Word Renee Turner




Northern Tax & Financial Services Regional Business Services

133 K  eta Roseby Roberts Nehmer McKee Lawyers

134 Profile Professor Ted Scott Townsville Enterprise Limited

136 Simon Pressley Propertyology 138 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

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168 Seen Townsville Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree

169 Seen 02UDP Group Annual Client Function

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188 Recipes Braza by Andre Felicio

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While we’re not quite Vogue’s September Issue size we’re still very pleased here at DUO to bring you our biggest issue ever this month! At 192 pages it’s a very healthy baby and I hope a great read for you to enjoy. Usually our September Issue is about Father’s Day but this year it was so early in the month we decided to make our focus on Townsville men instead. We thought about who has made a difference to our city? Who are the men who contributed to our development, our prosperity and our lifestyle? We looked for men who we’d call the Visionary Fathers of Townsville (starting on page 56). I’m sure you’ll agree with the men we chose and I hope you’ll suggest others we should recognise in future issues as well. We’ve very excited with this concept and we’ll be enhancing it to profile the Visionary Women of Townsville as well.

But that’s nowhere near all there is in this month’s bumper issue. In their race to the finals, read DUO’s Courtney Frank’s interview with Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks Head Coach Kristian Woolf and Operations Manager, Adrian ‘Happy’ Thomson about the team and their finals chances. We invited local Men In Industry to be highlighted in a special section starting on page 145. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about our first twelve Townsville businessmen, their backgrounds, motivations and positivity for their business’s future. In this issue you’ll also meet our 103 year old senior, Bill Prince on page 98. He’s an inspiration to us all. It takes a lot to fill 192 pages with great content and we’re very fortunate to be able to present a special custom magazine on the opening of the new showroom for Pickerings Hyundai (starting on page 33). And if you’re looking for information on educating your child (or yourself) or improving your career opportunities, head to our big Education, Training + Careers special feature starting on page 105. There’s a fantastic recipe from Executive Chef Craig Smith from Michels on page 186, six pages of social event photos and much more. Hope you have a great month! Scott Morrison Publisher Next Month: What happened when I saw the Hanoi Fire Brigade.


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Less than a year after their devastating Grand Final loss in 2015, the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks are again in the race to the finals. Although, this year is different; they know how it feels to fall at the final hurdle and they’re determined not to let that happen again. Writer Courtney Frank Photographers Alix Sweeney & Matthew Gianoulis

LESS than a year after their devastating Grand Final loss in 2015, the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks are again in the race to the Finals. Although, this year is different; they know how it feels to fall at the final hurdle and they’re determined not to let that happen again. In 2015, after many years in the making, the Rugby League community of Townsville was finally gifted their very own Intrust Super Cup team: the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks. They signed big names like seasoned NRL players Neville Costigan and Glenn Hall who flourished alongside young North Queensland Cowboys players like Anthony Mitchell and Kyle Feldt. Led by their mighty Head Coach Kristian Woolf and the experienced Adrian ‘Happy’ Thomson, and with a


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meteoric rise to the top of the ladder, the Blackhawks seemed to breeze through their debut season.That was until the fairytale was cut short in a dramatic loss to the Ipswich Jets in the Grand Final. The perfect finish they’d imagined just wasn’t meant to be. The Blackhawks started 2016 stronger than ever. Determined to put their Grand Final loss behind them, they rebuilt, restructured and moved forward. But their second year in the competition has been a rough one. Plagued by injuries that saw their captain, Dan Beasley, injured before the season even started, a depleted player roster meant that hookers were playing on the wing and, in some games, they even had their strength and conditioning coach playing in the forwards. Things haven’t been easy.

But as is the Blackhawks’ spirit, the tough and tumultuous times have made them stronger than ever. And as they begin their race into the 2016 finals, one thing is for certain; they’re more determined than ever to finish on top this time. Courtney: You came into the Intrust

Super Cup competition in 2015 with a bang. What do you attribute your success to?

Kristian: I think the main thing we wanted to do first up was get the right people in, in terms of staff and players. That’s the most important thing in terms of how you build a club. And I think we got that pretty right from the very start. The other thing we wanted to do was build a culture that was going to be a part

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of the Blackhawks going forward. One that’s based on how hard you work, the habits you build and how hard you want to compete every week. That’s what we set out to establish and that’s what I believe we did very well. And that’s certainly flowed on to this year as well. Courtney: You’re currently sitting at

third on the ladder with only one round game to go. That means the minor premiership is out of contention. Last year you were minor premiers – does that change your plan moving into the finals? Kristian: No, it doesn’t change anything. It’s been a very different year to last year. We’ve had a lot more injury disruption, a lot of changes through different things. Last year we had a fairly easy year in that sense, we had no major injuries and we were able to put a very similar side on the paddock every week. This year we’ve struggled to put the same side on the paddock two weeks in a row, I don’t think we have done that at all actually. But I think that’s actually helped us build a resilience and toughness about the group. And because we’ve actually had to do it in a tougher fashion I think that’s going to hold us really well going into the finals because you know you’re going to come across some tough games. It’s set a bit of a benchmark of what our club’s about. It doesn’t change how we approach things, when you get into the finals it’s a whole different ball game. We’re expecting to do really well in the finals, we’re confident that we will. But I think we go into it better prepared because we’ve actually had to do it tougher this year.

Kristian: I think the pressure is internal. We put those high expectations on ourselves as a team and a playing group. We wanted to work harder than any other team and put those high expectations on ourselves in regards to how we train, how we prepare and how we play week in, week out. So it’s an internal pressure and we certainly have carried that expectation within ourselves to go just as far this year and hopefully one step further again. Happy: We also get great support from our board. They obviously want our Club to be successful on and off the field. Woolfie and his staff have done a great job of setting those high standards and then impressing that importance on our players. Our goal is to be THE benchmark club in the competition. Courtney: Happy, you’ve had over 30

years working in Rugby League and have won numerous premierships with various teams. This is your second year at the Blackhawks, how does this club differ from all the others you’ve been a part of? Happy: First and foremost, last year was the inaugural year so we started fresh. For both of us, that was the attraction we got from the club, to set those high standards and Woolfie has done a great job of doing that. We’ve started something good and hopefully that goes on for years and years. And our players and staff have bought into that as well. As I said, it’s run from above us as well. Being a new club you’re setting standards that you hope you can sustain for many years to come. It’s a combined effort; it’s not just the players running out on the field every week, it’s everyone. >

Courtney: Kristian, you were the Head

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Coach of the Cowboys NYC team for three years before heading south to work with the Brisbane Broncos. You took the Blackhawks to a Grand Final in your first year as a coach in the Intrust Super Cup. As a coach, what sort of pressure do you have on you to get the boys there again? Adrian ‘Happy’ Thomson & Kristian Woolf

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Courtney: The 2015 Grand Final saw

you beaten by the Ipswich Jets 32–20. This season you’ve debuted a new halves combination and some great off-season recruits. Many people tip you to go all the way again. What does that feel like?

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Kristian: I think we play differently to how we played this time last year. And that obviously has to do with different players on the field and different halves in particular. I think the big difference this year is we’re probably a little bit better prepared for some real tough periods as the boys come through to the finals. We’ve had to grind out a lot more games, we’ve had to learn how to win games by two points and four points, which we’ve certainly had to do in the last few weeks. That’s probably not something we had to do last year, we tended to win quite comfortably a lot of the time. I think that hurt us a little bit when we did get put under some real pressure in the grand final. And unfortunately that was probably one of our worst games in the whole year. Why? I can’t put my finger on that either, but sometimes those things happen. We’re just a bit better prepared this year, the fact that we have had to do it a bit tougher. You also learn from those experiences and, while we’ve changed personnel, we still have a lot of guys in key positions that did play in that grand final. So they’re all going to be a bit better prepared mentally for what’s coming up too. Happy: Plus the fact is, if we stay in third spot, we’re on knockouts for the whole final series. That leads to being a bit more on the ball for every single game and as Woolfie said, we’ve been resilient over the whole season so we’re probably quite prepared for that knockout level.

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the team who’ve had successful careers in the NRL. What sort of experience and leadership qualities do they bring to the table for you?

Happy: We’ve got a good group of guys who have played at NRL level, some more than others. The leadership group underneath Woolfie has been exceptional,

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especially this year with the injuries that we’ve had. The key personnel that have been in our leadership group have really had to stand up and lead well. And again, it stands us in good stead because the younger guys who have come through and have been in our system last year and the start of this year, they know our expectations and they’ve all lived up to our expectations. So we’re going forward with a pretty tough outfit. Courtney: Rugby League is a tough

game at the best of times and most of your players also work full-time and have families. How do you keep team morale high and ensure the boys are always performing at their best?

Kristian: Yeah look, it’s a real balancing act at this level. I like to think we’ve got it pretty right this year. Happy mentioned the leadership group before and I think that’s something that they really take control of. The experienced guys, the ones who do have the NRL experience like Glenn Hall, Anthony Mitchell and guys

like Dan Beasley even though he hasn’t played much this year, those sorts of guys bring professionalism, the good attitude and the happiness to be there. They bring that to training every day and that certainly rubs off on the rest of the players. Having a group of blokes who are all on the same page and all wanting the same thing is important too. We’ve got a good group of guys in that sense. Courtney: Next year you’re losing some star players – fullback Jahrome Hughes and centre Mosese Pangai are going to NRL teams down south. Do you have some serious recruiting to do in the offseason? Happy: Yeah, like most clubs we’re right in the thick of it at the moment. You’ve got to be in order to be competitive. Kristian: First thing is retention. Happy: Yeah, our major thing is retaining the guys who have been successful with us and done well with us. And then you have

to fill the gaps with guys who we think are going to come and do a job for us. We’re right amongst that at the moment and we’ve still got a few guys we need to talk to from our existing squad. But we’re on track and we’ll be even more competitive again next season. Courtney: Anthony and Rhyse, you were both a part of that devastating 2015 grand final loss. Ant, as the captain what’s your leadership style and how will you guide the boys into the finals? Anthony: I suppose I approach things a little bit more personally as opposed to it just being solely footy related. I like to get to know my team off the field as much as I know them on the field. That way I can earn their trust as a leader. But being more football related, I’ll just be trying to set an example at training, turning up early, getting everything done and showing a keen attitude leading into the finals. And just trying to put together everything we possibly can so we can hopefully go one step further this year.

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If you’re on a career path, push it for all it’s worth. Likewise, financial prospects look bright. The same can be said for affairs of the heart, so advertise those special charms to your target market! Couples should put any misgivings in the past, and don’t be afraid to express your emotions. A happy month.

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









Your real rewards arrive later in September, but there’s plenty to accomplish in the first few weeks. If you can survive the occasional setback, there’s no stopping you. Just stay determined and forthright. One individual in particular has a powerful effect on you. A little extravagance is also likely, as you enjoy spending even more than usual.

If emotional barriers have grown higher than intended, carefully dismantle them. Be open and honest with those you love – happiness rests with the ability to trust yourself as well as others. We invariably discover that each of us is different in our own way. In all, most Scorpio’s now take a far more serious attitude to love.

You’ve had to cope with so much trauma recently. Upheavals affecting work or home have either brought these interests closer, or split them wider apart. Finally, the cosmos brings a month worth celebrating – cheering on romantic and financial abundance. Matters of the heart receive special attention too.

Not exactly a smooth run, but friction can become your friend with a little bit of self-analysis. Take stock of your life and discard what’s outworn. It may be worthwhile being more open too, as your secretiveness only adds to others’ insecurities. Although you may have nothing to hide, others could still be suspicious.








21 APRIL – 20 MAY

Once you believe in yourself, the sky’s the limit. Admittedly, arriving at this point isn’t always easy. Sure, you may have to compromise just a tad in order to maintain harmony. But on no account should you fully give in to others’ expectations if they’re contrary to your principles. Rest assured that the planets, as always, will be around to lend moral support.

Family concerns petition your time, and it’s a fair bet that someone close will need a helping hand. Recent months have been dramatic, so security and a sense of belonging become increasingly important. If you’re single, the lure towards coupledom may be hard to resist, while established duos consider increasing family numbers.

Many facets of our lives are subject to change, and this month it’s relationships. This kind of repair work will need your commitment, personally and financially. But progress in any area is seldom easy without patience and perhaps, some compromise. Besides, there’s a special kind of wealth to be found in genuine love and friendship.

As you undoubtedly know, absolute power corrupts. That is, of course, until you decide it’s your month to even the odds. Harsh words may be spoken, and decisive action will be taken. But it’s high time you responded to someone else’s overbearing nature. If this someone threatens to out a secret, call their bluff. You’ve nothing to fear.




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With ambition driving you forward, you’re tired of being left behind. Expand your network of contacts and you could soon be powering ahead in the fast lane. Love at first sight isn’t out of the question either. Mid September keeps you in top gear. Just don’t be surprised if some destinations are different to those originally planned.

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

Job satisfaction can be hard to achieve, especially if your heart’s not really in it. Sure, you probably know what you’d prefer to be doing but in trying to meet those endless bills, there’s not much freedom of choice. Why not consider retraining? If nothing else, it’ll keep your mind active. Just don’t take on more than you can handle.


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SMALL CHANGE One room, two sofas, one coffee table, four different looks. Way back at the beginning of my career I was given the opportunity to compete on a reality TV show that pitted designers with a few years’ experience against each other in a renovation competition. I had a few years’ experience and was a designer, but really didn’t have much of a clue when it came to decorating – like really not much of a clue at all. I thought decorating was superfluous, and that real design was structural and based in problem solving, increasing amenity and creating greater use. But this was a renovation show, and decorating was important – I had no confidence that I could do it. >

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I made a call to my mentor and friend, Dayne, and asked him if he could give me a crash course. He opened his home to me and gave me a simple exercise to flex my décor muscles and give me some confidence that I had what it takes to be a designer and decorator. Even today, I find the exercise really interesting. Dayne pulled every decorative element out of his lounge room and left only the two sofas and the coffee table. There was no art, cushions, flowers etc – just a furnished but blank space. He then gave me a brief, describing the person who lived there and directing me to choose décor and soft furnishings that reflected each pretend person to fulfil their pretend brief. I loved the process so much I thought I’d share it with you – so here are four different takes on one simple room answering four separate briefs.


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MASCULINE This look is all about simplicity and layers, but keeping things comfortable and low fuss. When I think of a space built for a man to live in, I automatically think of materials such as leather, wood and metal, and raw, somewhat basic finishes.

The rug is a huge impact piece but, again, it’s been dialed back so it fits into the subtle colour scheme. It has plenty of pattern and visual texture, and the aged blue makes the perfect base from which to build the room, but it’s not an overwhelming statement.

Soft furnishings are kept to a comfortable minimum, colours being used sparingly to add interest but not huge amounts of drama. Contrast comes in the form of the shapes and textures used in the rug and the pattern of the side tables, with large scale, concrete-look lamps being good anchors for the strong, masculine look.

The back cushions on the couch have been given a little contrast by introducing a lighter grey and a navy and gold cushion. These are all the same size so as to keep consistency but add visual interest.

As far as the palette goes, there’s grey, tan leather, blue, charcoal and warm gold. The timber of the coffee table and side tables is similar in colour to the mirror, which also reflects the colour of the tan leather.

• Play with materials such as timber, leather, stone and metal

This, then, really only counts as one colour – tan or aged gold – but it is seen in three different textures and materials. The colour palette is pure and simple, which works well with the low-fuss style of a masculine décor style.

Tips for making a masculine room work are: • Use a simple colour and materials palette

• Don’t overdecorate

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• Add living elements that are strong but simple in appearance, such as cactus, succulents and ferns, or flowers with more architectural forms • As usual, accessorise with candles, books and objets d’art, but choose ones that would be appropriate for the man using the space

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N E W YO Known as The City That Never Sleeps – New York City truly lives up to its word. With its remarkable collection of sightseeing, diverse culinary choices, exhilarating nightlife and outstanding shopping options, New York aims to please – and that it does. New York has a certain addiction. Its fast paced character makes you want to keep up, and it’s pretty easy to do so as I since found out on my recent travels to this lively city.


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How to get there The most common way to get to New York from Townsville, is to travel via Brisbane, then onto Los Angeles. Connections are daily and due to the time difference, you arrive the same day you depart. However, lose two days on the return. The approximate total journey time is 24 hours each way including time in transit on the ground.

When to go

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With four distinct seasons, it’s fairly easy to determine when to visit New York. Generally speaking, if it’s warmer weather you desire, travel between the months of May to September. If you prefer a cooler climate, travelling between October to April is best. If you want to butt heads with Santa Claus and his elves, New York is truly magical over the festive season and New Year in New York is one of the best in the world with the ball drop in Times Square. Keep in mind that blizzards can occur during the winter months and that it can get very steamy during the summer months of June to August.

Where to stay With New York’s five boroughs covering so much space, the choice of where to stay is endless. Most visitors to New York tend to stay in Manhattan, and which area to stay within Manhattan is a personal choice. My top five favourite places to stay are; Waldorf Astoria, opened in 1931 as the tallest and largest hotel in the world at that time, is an elegant hotel located in Midtown Manhattan. Marriott Marquis, located a block from Times Square is great for those wanting to be right in the action and the revolving restaurant is a bonus. Gansevoort Hotel in the hip Meatpacking District has spectacular views of the New York skyline and the rooftop Plunge Bar is a must. W Hotel, located on Lexington Ave in Midtown Manhattan is chic and contemporary and walking distance to many attractions. The Surrey, nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is ideal for those wanting to be close to Central Park and the private roof garden is sublime.

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What to do


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New York’s personality truly shines with its dazzling attributes. My top five favourite things to do are; A Broadway musical – brilliant for a night out. Choose from classics such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Miserables, or perhaps the newer shows such as Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. A visit to a jazz club is a must. Try the underground, tiny but quaint, Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. You will soon be tapping your foot

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Eating out Let’s be honest, New York isn’t exactly the most modestly priced city when it comes to dining, but thankfully there are plenty of options. For some New York glam, reserve a table for the weekend brunch party at Bagatelle, located in the very trendy

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Meatpacking district in lower Manhattan. The glorified simple French cuisine will amaze you. If it’s a carb blow out you so desire, Little Italy will satisfy. Angelo’s restaurant serves traditional pasta that will leave you speechless. And the cannoli next door is a match made in heaven. If it’s soul food you crave, check out Red Rooster located in Harlem. The southern fried chicken on waffles are to die for, as is the traditional corn bread. For food on the run, hot dog stands on almost every corner are convenient, as are the massive slices of pizza – both very affordable. For a special occasion, head to Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Request a table on the deck overlooking the lake, and take in the views and serenity of the stunning surroundings.

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to the beats of the drum and taken to another world with the tunes of the saxophone. Central Park, spanning 3.41km square can easily fill a day with its restaurants, zoos, kid’s playgrounds, reservoirs, lakes, castle, gardens and carousel, to name a few. Hire a bike if you are short on time. Take the time to check out Brooklyn, Manhattan’s neighbouring borough. Hang out with the locals at one of the many hipster cafes and take a photo of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights. A holiday to New York would not be complete without a visit to the lady herself – The Statue of Liberty – New York’s ultimate icon. Standing almost 93 metres tall, a gift to New York from the French in 1885, she truly is an amazing sight.

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TRACK YOUR LUGGAGE Losing your luggage or laptop bag is the stuff of nightmares but the Nokia Treasure Tag ($30) connects to any smartphone that uses Bluetooth 4.0. If you leave an item behind, the tag beeps.

LET’S ROLL Louis Vuitton has launched an innovative new range of rolling trunks for the 21st-century traveller designed by Marc Newson. The trunk has at its core a new type of polypropylene composite so the luggage is exceptionally lightweight.

MELBOURNE MUST-SEE The name Bulgari is synonymous with 1960s Italian glamour. Richard Burton famously quipped that in the nine months Elizabeth Taylor spent in Rome filming Cleopatra, she learned just one word of Italian – ‘Bulgari’. Her collection is renowned as one of the greatest ever assembled. See some of her most treasured Bulgari pieces on display at the NGV International in Melbourne from 30 September.

GRACE JONES LIVE IN BALI Pop culture icon Grace Jones is bringing her unique brand of Nu Wave Post Disco music to Bali for a rare, intimate performance at Potato Head Beach Club’s tropical stage on 8 October.

TRAILER TREASURE Comprised of six chrome air-stream trailers perched on the roof of a Melbourne city carpark, the newly opened Notel is anything but a conventional hotel. With a hidden entrance, keys delivered via smartphone and a virtual guide in place of a concierge, this new take on accommodation offers a luxury alternative to traditional hotels. Each airstream has been fitted out with its own bathroom, a split system air-conditioner and more wifi than guests could ever need.


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LG 4K OLED TV Product Reviewer

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LG OLED TV redefines television to create a unique sense of realism. This is not just a new TV, this is a whole new category of Television. $5299

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This Kindle Paperwhite eReader is perfect for anyone who takes their reading on the go. It features an inbuilt, adjustable light that ensures the screen looks like real paper in any environment. $174

It’s certainly been a year of great advancement in technology and gadgets designed to improve our lives, or just have fun. Here are my ten best products for 2016 (so far).

Instantly receive and respond to your favourite notifications. Get the motivation you need to stay active and healthy. Express your personal style in a whole new way. From the way it works to the way it looks, Apple Watch isn’t just something you wear. It’s an essential part of who you are. $429

APPLE TV Netflix, Stan, tenplay, iTunes, ABC iView – apps are quickly becoming how we watch today. An app that lets you control Apple TV from your iPhone. With Apple TV and tvOS, a redesigned interface and the Siri Remote, there’s never been a better time to be a TV. $269

TILE – BLUETOOTH TRACKER Lose less of everything, including your valuable time. Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds – like your phone, keys, and wallet. $25

LIFX PHANTOM 4 A complete 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal system come integrated with the Phantom 3 Professional edition quadcopter from DJI $1,699 See it now at

The LIFX LED Smart Lightbulb is a Wi-Fi enabled, energy efficient, multi-coloured lightbulb that you can control on your smartphone or tablet. Suitable for home or professional use, the LIFX Smart Lightbulb puts 16 million lighting colours at your fingertips. $86


Advanced control for the whole home. Streamline your life with intuitive, integrated control of both home entertainment and home control devices. Change channels, adjust volume, fast-forward, or rewind using gestures on the bright 2.4” touchscreen. Easily find the right button, even in the dark, with motion-activated, backlit controls. $549.95

DENON SOUNDBAR UE BOOM 2 – WIRELESS SPEAKER UE BOOM 2 is the 360-degree wireless Bluetooth speaker that blasts loud, insanely great sound with deep, powerful bass. Everywhere you go. $249.95


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Bring cinema quality sound to your living room with the Denon DHT-S514 Soundbar. The soundbar and wireless subwoofer work together to create true high fidelity sound that delivers booming bass, clear mids and detailed highs. $999


YOGA IN THE PARLOUR Yoga to facilitate and maintain weight loss. A boutique studio offering small classes and private sessions. Follow us on Facebook. For bookings or call Vicki on 0421 421 921.

Cool, Calm &Collected Step into the Howard Smith Building on Flinders Street East and indulge your sense of style, taste and wellbeing.



Open 7 days. Entry via Flinders Street or the art filled Denham Lane. The Hoi Polloi offers an experience with a difference to the City. Great coffee with atmosphere! Follow us on Facebook.

An elegant intimate venue for events and workshops. Situated in a unique state heritage listed building in the historic area of Flinders Street East. Suitable for parties, long table dinners and weddings. Follow us on Facebook. For all enquiries call Anne on 0435 857 546.

A FEW BEAUTIFUL THINGS Open 7 days. A few Beautiful things is an eclectic mix of homewares, jewellery and handbags. Chosen for their beauty and individuality they are unique statement pieces gathered for our clients from around the world. So whether you are finishing an outfit or decorating your home A Few Beautiful Things has something for the person with the discerning eye. Follow us on Facebook. Contact Anne 0435 857 546.

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I’m renowned for: Being grumpy. I can always find something to have a moan about. I’m sure my players would agree!

I’m a self-confessed choc-a-holic. I’d even get in and pinch some of my girls’ Easter eggs when they were little!

The song that describes me best is: You’re Never Going to Keep Me Down by a British band called Chumbawamba. Not many people have probably heard of them. I think it might have been the only decent song they ever released, but it’s always been a favourite of mine.

In five years from now I hope I’m… still happy with life, wherever I am, and my girls are all happy and successful in whatever they are doing.

As a child I always… getting up to mischief like most kids. Football was always my passion but I’d play all the normal childhood games. I had a really happy childhood, really good times.

Best advice I’ve been given: Never give up, believe in your dreams, just go for it. If you’re going to following a sporting career there’s no other attitude that works.

If I had a superpower it would it be: The ability to be able to read my players’ minds to see what they’re really thinking. What a power that would be to be able to really get inside their heads! When I’m alone in my car I think about: This probably leads on from the last question … I’m always thinking about training, and games, and the tactics I’m trying to use. How did training or the game go? Were the players up to the challenge? Did they take on board what I was trying to teach them? Things like that. If only I had that superpower! Right now I wish I was… lying in the Caribbean with Pina Colada. My favourite day is: A match-day Saturday. I don’t care if it’s A League or the juniors playing out at Brolga Park here in Townsville. I just love the game of football and I love watching people play at any level. One thing I can’t live without is: Chocolate.

Last gift I gave someone was: A lovely Pandora charm for my wife Suzanne’s birthday.

My biggest regret: Sporting-wise was not being able to play for Scotland in the 1996 Euros because of injury. I played all the qualifying games but then got injured and couldn’t go on to the actual tournament. The best day of my life (so far): In football terms it was when I won the 9th Championships in a row with Rangers in 94–95. Personally it was my marriage to Suzanne. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: I never got a chance to meet Queen Elizabeth – that’s still on my list – and even though I met Margaret Thatcher – I would have loved to have sat down for a meal with her. Imagine having dinner with those two ladies! That would be some serious dinner conversation! The motto I live by: Be true and honest. Not enough people are. Not everyone is going to like you, or like what you have to say, but the most important thing is that your remain true to your own values and beliefs.

Games to catch this month: 7 September 7pm Northern Fury FC v Melbourne City FC 11 September 3pm Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix FC 11 September 3pm Northern Fury FC U16 v Mackay U16 Townsville Sports Reserve 4412 5255


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

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What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Ayr till I was about 11 then found myself at Currajong Primary and Kirwan High. I always danced at Ann Roberts School and did acting with Fiona Perry. It was here that I fell in love with theatre and learned that I wanted to make it my life’s work. Where are you now? I live in Clovelly in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Sometimes I’m acting in a play for 30 people and other times it’s 2000 people. I have created and choreographed shows and sat on the other side of the table. I seriously enjoy all facets of creating and doing what I do. Playing the lead in Dirty Dancing (the musical) was the role of a lifetime and an exceptional experience. It was so physically demanding that at times it was a blur, but it was the ‘time of my life’. Now I’m touring my one-man show Phelan Groovy and have just gotten home from NYC where I performed it to sold-out audiences. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? It gave me a safe place to make mistakes and practice my craft. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I try to come home as much as possible. I have two beautiful nieces there and they grow so quickly. I really love seeing how Townsville is changing to be more cosmopolitan, without compromising itself and I think that’s a lesson Townsville has taught me too.


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What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in The Ville. I lived with my mum, dad and little brother and sister in our renovated Queenslander in Rosslea. I went to Annandale Christian School from preschool all the way through to Year 12. I started singing lessons with Tracey Osmond at The Voice singing school when I was 14 and that’s where the musical love affair began. By the time I was 19, I was teaching singing at The Voice and officially singing professionally at events and bars with my first band Ruby Tuesday. Where are you now? I live in Neutral Bay in Sydney’s North Shore. I moved to Sydney at 21 with a suitcase and a head full of dreams. I signed a development deal and was heartbroken when that fell through after three years of hard work. I then started to work on the Sydney live music scene. Over the last five years I’ve done session work, backing vocals for Christine Anu and Casey Donovan and have been booked as the opening act for Christine Anu and Wendy Matthews. I recently headlined the Munich Pride Festival in Germany where my debut single Separate Ways was selected as the event’s theme song. (Separate Ways was released on July 2 and is available for download on iTunes/Spotify). I signed with Jason Williamson Management late last year and later this year will release my debut album, which I’m currently working on. People in Townsville will remember me by

my real name, Luke Pickler. I use Luke Antony (which is my middle name) for work. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I feel like I did my apprenticeship in Townsville. I learnt about myself as a person, as a singer and as a performer. I learnt how to work a stage and how to run myself as a mini business. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I still have family and friends in Townsville and wish I could get back more often. I still love hitting the goat track or going for a walk along The Strand.


KIMMY HOGAN Artist/Designer What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Ingham and completed my last two years of high school in Townsville. I had a love of art and illustration from a young age. In high school I became interested in the digital arts and decided graphic design would be a great career path for me so I went straight to James Cook University and studied a Bachelor of Communication Design majoring in Illustration. From there it wasn’t long until I had my first job at Fresh New Media who started DUO Magazine way back in 2005. It was a fantastic experience and I’m very grateful for the skills and industry knowledge I gained there. Where are you now? My husband Nick was offered an exciting role in Melbourne and we decided to go for it and now live in Geelong. Townsville feels like forever ago but it’s only been five years! I decided to get a job in a cool design studio in Melbourne just to throw myself into a whole new world of clients and projects, which was amazing. It made me realise I could pursue a career as an artist, which is something I had always thought of as a fantasy. I started creating my own art and have developed my own personal style over the last four years. Nick and I have two gorgeous boys — Walter (2) and Arthur (10 months) — so life is busy but amazing. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I spent the first seven years of

my working career in Townsville and I found it to be the perfect place to learn the ropes. Clients were always encouraging and lovely so it was a very nurturing environment. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? We come back to Townsville a few times a year as our families are based there. Winter is by far the best time to visit tropical paradise at its best!

EILEEN ARMSTRONG Account Director at Maxus What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and (mostly) raised in Townsville. I cherish the fact I grew up in a community like Townsville, somewhere where kids can be kids and experience the quintessential childhood of climbing trees and riding your bike everywhere. I was never the most studious kid in school. I didn’t excel in maths or chemistry but was hugely drawn to more creative disciplines. I favoured TV and media subjects and was an avid participant in the Rock Eisteddfod each year. I knew from an early age that, although I loved Townsville, I would move to Melbourne to pursue a media career.

huge global clients like Moet Hennessey and Canon across global sporting events such as The Open in St Andrews and the Rugby World Cup 2015 (the Wallabies did us proud!). Earlier this year I accepted a role at Chorus by Maxus, a global media agency, working with clients such as L’Oreal and their luxe division, Fiat and Jeep. I love my job. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Growing up in Townsville taught me to be humble, to embrace ethnic diversity, to appreciate the environment and to be friendly and easygoing (it’s the Townsville way). Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? My family now all live in Townsville and I will be heading back for a much-needed trip over Christmas to soak up some sun (the British summer is fairly rubbish) and see my loved ones.

Where are you now? I spent an amazing 11 years in Melbourne working across the media/marketing/events landscape. The next stop was London. Moving halfway across the world has had its challenges but has been the best experience of my life. I landed a job within the first two weeks with some

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“I’m 67 and still love life on the road,” says the young-at-heart Daryl Braithwaite who, together with his band, will headline the Townsville City Council’s T150 Port of Townsville Gala Dinner Under the Stars on September 10.

“Denis got straight on the phone and said, ‘Daryl, love the stuff and we want you back’ and that was it.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing Townsville again. Guests at the gala dinner can expect music they’ll want to get up and dance to. There will be some classics they’ll know, like As the Days Go By, One Summer and The Horses, as well as some of our newer stuff.”

“Only last weekend we were in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea,” Daryl says. “It’s amazing to think that this is like 46 years down the track from when I started. I still look forward to packing the bags, getting in the car, going to the airport, getting on the plane – all the things that are associated with what we do.

Daryl’s most recent album, Forever the Tourist, was released a couple of years back with Sony after a 20-year break from the label as Daryl ‘went independent’. “We’d been working on some songs and I sent a few of them to my old friend Denis Handlin (head of Sony),” Daryl says.

Daryl and his band average two or three gigs a week, travelling all around the country and overseas too.

“But playing live is still my favourite part because you’re playing for people who are there to hear and see what you do and it’s a reciprocal thing. The more you put in, the more you get back from the crowd. The more

they enjoy it, the more you enjoy it. That’s the beauty of it. Every night is different. The nucleus of the band has been together for 25 years. We all respect everyone’s idiosyncratic ways.” Between live gigs Daryl is contemplating writing and recording again later this year. “I think my next release will be with Sony and possibly a four-track,” he says. In the meantime, Daryl is doing plenty of vocal training belting out some of his favourite songs in the shower at his Melbourne home near the Caulfield Racecourse. “Of late I’ve been singing a bit of Mr Mister and that song ‘Waiting for a star to fall… and carry your heart into my arms… that’s where you belong… in my arms baby yeah!’ That’s a favourite to sing in the shower.”

STILL LOVING LIFE ON THE ROAD Australian music legend Daryl Braithwaite and his band are headed to Townsville.


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TONY MOONEY As Mayor of Townsville Tony Mooney fought for redevelopment of The Strand. Now, as Townsville Health Service Chair, he’s working hard to ensure Townsville Hospital remains the largest teaching hospital in Northern Australia.



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

THE FORWARD THINKER Mayor of Townsville from 1989 to 2008, Tony Mooney has a reputation for integrity, accountability and action. When there was local opposition to the redevelopment of The Strand and a lack of commitment by the then Commonwealth Government, Tony was the man who brought a team together to make it happen. “It was a special project not just because of how it transformed our foreshore but, more importantly, because of how the project helped Townsville come of age as a confident and progressive city,” says Tony, who lives in Idalia. “Townsville now has a much stronger sense of pride as a community.” Growing up in a large working-class family in Brisbane in the 1960s, Tony says his passion for urban design was born out of his tertiary study at James Cook University (he undertook Urban Studies and Education) and a desire to make Townsville a more liveable city. Tony says he’s been pleased to see developments in higher order social and community services and infrastructure in Townsville over recent years, especially in the education and healthcare sectors. “With a growing population, we’re now enjoying better quality hospitality, arts, entertainment and lifestyle options,” he says. “Critical to the city’s growth as we move toward a resident population of 230,000 will be to achieve unity among the main players – politicians, business and community leaders – as we seek investment from the private sector and all levels of Government. “There has never been a better time to work together to build prosperity.” Since his time as Mayor, Tony has worked in a number of different roles as a specialist stakeholder relations advisor, company secretary and as director on a number of State and Federal agencies such as Ergon, Sunwater and the Marine Park Authority. He is currently the Townsville Health Service Chair and Stakeholder Relations advisor at TerraCom Limited. “Heading up the Townsville Health Service is an exciting but very challenging opportunity,” Tony says. “The Townsville Hospital has a reputation for delivering excellent and compassionate patient care. I hope to build on this to ensure it remains the largest teaching hospital and tertiary treatment facility in Northern Australia. “As one of the North’s largest employers, we can make a real difference to the lives of many people and help guide the future direction of the city. I hope to help in collaborating with other key players to get results for Townsville and the region.” In 2011, Tony was awarded an Order of Australia for services to local government and the community. “It was a very special moment in my career but the fact is I was just doing my job as an advocate for the community,” Tony says. “If anything, my wife Cecilia deserved recognition for all the support she provided to me throughout my time as Mayor of Townsville.” As for his dreams for Townsville’s future, Tony says it’s the same dream he has always held: “My dream remains for Townsville to be the undisputed capital of northern Australia built on impressive transportation, education and health infrastructure and a diverse economic base.”

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M ARK B R AGG Quiet achiever Mark Bragg helped bring the North to national attention by establishing the Townsville Suns.


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NOT ONE TO BRAGG Born in Townsville General Hospital on March 14, 1956, to “the best parents anyone could possibly hope for”, Mark Bragg spent the first six years of his life at Ahearne Street in Hermit Park. “On my 6th birthday we moved to 11 Sargeant Street in Gulliver, which was the family home for almost 40 years,” Mark says. “Sport had a huge impact on myself, my brother Tave and my mates growing up. We just played sport anytime we could. Mornings, afternoons and all weekend. Cricket, basketball, tennis, golf, anything… we loved it.” Mark also spent a lot of his time on Magnetic Island as his grandparents, uncle and cousins lived at Nelly Bay. “Every holiday we were on the island for most of my childhood so that island lifestyle has stuck with me,” Mark says. “Interestingly my wife Karen also grew up on Magnetic Island although we never met as kids.” Karen and Mark met in Townsville when she was 16 and he was 18 and have been together ever since. “More than any other person or event, Karen has shaped my life,” Mark says. “We’ve been together for 40 years and have two children – Marques (33) and Chanel (25). We’re a very happy, close family and it’s a privilege I cherish daily. I owe everything to Karen and honestly can’t express how grateful I am to her.” As for Mark’s professional life, sport and the move to coaching were the defining influences and where Mark would go on to have a major impact on Townsville’s development. “I’ve coached pretty much my entire life – 20 years with basketball and 20 years with business through my company Bragg Australia Pty Ltd,” Mark says. “I’ve been very fortunate to have worked in 23 countries across multiple industries and businesses. I just enjoy the opportunity to help people improve.” It was back in the late 1980s that Mark, a former Brisbane Bullets guard, began campaigning to bring a National Basketball League franchise to Townsville. The franchise adopted the name of Townsville’s State League team, eventually becoming the Townsville Suns. The NBL was ready to admit the Suns, along with fellow Queenslanders the Gold Coast Cougars, in 1990, but financial backing for the Suns’ venue fell through. Local government then got behind Bragg’s bid and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre was completed in time for the Suns’ debut in February 1993. With Mark at the helm as head coach, it only took the Suns five games to record their first NBL win, a victory over the Newcastle Falcons. It was a project designed so young Townsville players could grow up, learn the game and, if they were good enough, represent Townsville at a national level. “This was very close to my heart because when I grew up I had to move to Melbourne to play at the top level,” Mark says. “There was no NBL and the best competition in Australia was in Melbourne. I was 17 when I left home to try and play for Australia.” So initially the NBL was to provide a path for young Townsville basketball players to reach the elite level and not have to leave Townsville. Once it got started, though, it became obvious that this was more than just a basketball exercise. “This was a chance to put Townsville on the map nationally,” Mark says. “The Cowboys hadn’t started yet and were two years behind us so this was the first opportunity for Townsville to compete in sports on a national stage.” Although Mark hasn’t been in Townsville since 2001, he keeps a close eye on our sporting achievements. “The wins by the Cowboys and the Fire mean Townsville is now recognised nationally more than ever,” Mark says. “I know it’s just sport but that’s a reflection of the community as a whole.” These days Mark and his family are based in Sydney, although Mark spends most of his time overseas in San Francisco, Dublin and Hong Kong working with young Australian entrepreneurs. “The company I spend most time with is called Nitro, an Aussie start-up and success story based in San Francisco. To be honest it doesn’t really feel like working at all,” Mark says. “We do miss Townsville, especially Magnetic Island, but we’re very grateful for the hand we’ve been dealt.”

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MARK STONEMAN Past state Primary Industries Minister and the Member for Burdekin from 1983 to 1998, Mark Stoneman is still hard at work promoting productive land use.


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MAN OF THE LAND Mark and his wife Joan made their move to the coast in 1979 with the aim of better supporting their four children’s move from secondary to tertiary education. After renovating an old homestead that had been moved from Ravenswood in 1922, they set about transforming the old sugar cane farm they bought at Cromarty north of Giru into a small Brahman cattle stud. “I was fortunate to be surrounded by wise uncles, aunts and cousins growing up in the Central Western New South Wales farming region,” Mark says. This background provided the ideal base for the move to north western Queensland in early 1960 where the family had two grazing properties in the Winton district. At that time the Stonemans lived and worked with the Glasson family. Bill Glasson (later to become a Member of Parliament and Lands Minister) managed the Stoneman’s family properties as well as his own family operations. “Bill and his wife Shirley became not only lifelong friends but also wonderful mentors and exemplifiers of the true bush spirit,” Mark says. “Neighbours became our ‘family’ and supporters in times of sickness, isolation, drought and all of those elements that are part of life on the land,” Mark says. “Joan had to be mother, wife, teacher, housekeeper, nurse and much more. For many years we were dependent on two great institutions of support: The Royal Flying Doctor Service and Distance Education via radio and correspondence for our children through primary schooling years until the three girls went to boarding school in Townsville.” After moving to Queensland Mark was active in the National Party and in 1983 was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly as the member for Burdekin. “I’d have to nominate the development of a central agency of State Government via the North Queensland’s Premier’s office in Townsville to be the highlight of five terms in Parliament,” says Mark, who was recently awarded a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours. “This office brought the pinnacle of government administration to the north in terms of political, administrative and Co-ordinator General access and activity. This provided access that otherwise meant knocking on doors in Brisbane at great cost of time, money and convenience.” A project Mark is particularly passionate about now is the acquisition and rehabilitation of The Cromarty Wetlands. It has been a significant focus of voluntary involvement for him going back some three decades. “The development of a quite new concept in managing critical habitats has been a challenge and one that could not be hurried,” Mark says. “The Townsville business and community service organisations have been wonderful supporters financially and philosophically along with Townsville City and Burdekin Regional Councils.” A particular focus of the concept is to provide opportunities for locals and visitors of all ages to enjoy and learn more about managing sensitive habitats. The primary stage of initial rehabilitation of the wetlands and attaching areas is now complete as is planning for visitor access and the next stage will be developing infrastructure for access and interpretation. “If northern Australia is to develop to its potential, cities such as Townsville must lead the way,” Mark says. “We need to show how development must balance productive use of land, city and sea in sustainable ways through our research bodies coupled with practical experiences.” While looking at the potential regional impact of the wetland project, Mark has coined the idea of a ‘One Hundred Mile Wonderland’ embracing the wetlands and a range of other largely ‘undiscovered’ attractions. This ‘Wonderland’ circles Ingham to the north, Bowen to the south and Charters Towers to the west as well as the reef and islands to the east. “In terms of wetlands, the area is larger than the area of Kakadu National Park but is very much more accessible and diverse,” Mark says. “I’ve visited more than 30 counties and have yet to encounter a region of such diversity yet still hidden from plain view!”

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BILL CONDON Born and bred in Townsville, renowned entrepreneur Bill Condon has owned 31 businesses in the region but it’s his 20 years of operating reef services out of Townsville he’s perhaps best known for.


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THE TOURIST MAGNET In the days when Bill Condon barely had a dollar to his name he did, however, have a valuable asset – a visionary mind. Then a truck driver hauling bananas out of Townsville down south, Bill had plenty of time to think of all the big ideas he could bring to life if only he had the money… “My wife Joan and I used to go camp on Orpheus Island and we thought: ‘What a beautiful place, we could take people here…’ Together they managed to save enough money for a deposit on a boat to be built on the Gold Coast. Things seemed on the up and up until, halfway through the boat being built, Westpac Bank pulled the pin on the finance. “The bank got the jitters because Doug Tarca, who had Reeflink, advertised in the paper that he was going to start cruises to Phantom Island,” Bill says. Somehow Bill managed to convince ANZ bank manager John Blake that he could beat Tarca and he approved the loan to keep the boat-building on track. Bill and Joan started their cruises to Orpheus Island, to the research station owned by James Cook University and the clam farm off Orpheus Island. And when Tarca’s planned floating hotel went under, that created a huge opportunity in Townsville for a reef cruise. There was just one problem – it would take two million dollars to step up from the small boat they were running to Orpheus to buying a Wave Piercer. “I’ll never forget going to the Commonwealth Development Bank in Martin Place in Sydney to put forward my proposal,” Bill says. “I walked into the director’s room and all around the table were the bosses and bank managers. They had the silverware out and waiters and everything and here I was, just a boy from the bush.” Although they knocked back the loan at first too, they advised Bill to lease the boat to prove he could get the figures he talked about. “It was supposed to be six months that we chartered the vessel for but we had the figures after three months,” Bill says. “We bought the Wave Piercer in 2001 and built a pontoon at Kelso Reef, then expanded our marketing to include Pure Pleasure Tours Cruises and Holidays, which encompassed tours of North Queensland attractions as well as reef tour pick-ups daily.” Besides snorkelling, diving, coral viewing and ecology explanations Bill and his team also offered line fishing. “Some of our tourists couldn’t catch a fish in a fish shop, so when they did (which happened most days) it was a big deal for them and a unique experience,” Bill says. Although Bill and his wife Joan are now well past retirement age, they are still showing tourists what the North has to offer courtesy of their caravan park at Black River Stadium, which has become the grey nomads’ hibernation capital of North Queensland in winter. “We promote all the activities on offer in the region and keep people here as long as possible by offering package incentives to stay longer,” Bill says. “The ones staying here do a good a good job of promoting us as well, sharing the stories of attractions they’ve experienced.” As grandparents of seven “precious” grandchildren, Bill and Joan enjoy spending time with their family in their downtime from managing the caravan park. “Our daughter Trisha lives on a cattle station at Richmond and has two boys; our son Dean lives in Kirwan and has two girls; and our daughter Kelly lives at Black River and has two girls and a boy,” Bill says. “One of our favourite ways to spend time together is to dine out on a Saturday night.”

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NAJO TARGETS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Iconic Australian jewellery brand NAJO are launching their first charity piece this September with 100 per cent of proceeds being donated to White Ribbon Australia, which works to prevent violence against women. The $49 sterling silver necklace represents men and women working together.

PHOTO: Holly Blake

MAKING A SPECTACLE Dropping in stores this month are fresh Le Specs styles that mix fashion and functionality. The frames are made with ultra-lightweight, flexible and durable ‘Le Tough’ frames. We’re loving the oversized Air Heart frames. $69.95

COLLETTE DINNIGAN: UNLACED This exhibition is the first to explore the work of internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan. On now until 29 January 2017 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the exhibition presents her signature lace and embellished designs in a series of striking themed sets.

AN ARTFUL LIFE Oroton’s new-season collection, with actress Rose Byrne as ambassador, is anchoring the new micro bag trend. Handcrafted techniques and textural details draw the eye.

INSPIRED BY NATURE New from Dinosaur Designs duo Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the Foliage collection explores the beauty of plants, with elegant strings of gold-leaf chain and statement earrings and bangles.

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UPPERCUT WASH BAG Finished with a hard-wearing canvas and splashproof insert the Uppercut Deluxe Wash Bag will carry all your essentials. $35



Just in time for Father’s Day, Wallabies players Michael Hooper, Nick Phipps, Rob Horne and Bernard Foley return as Sportscraft’s ‘Gentleman of Summer’. The collection has seen the revival of the leather Roosevelt overnight bag ($299). The boys have also each designed an item exclusively for Sportscraft in memory of their fathers.

Now you can enjoy a hot cup of espresso when you’re camping thanks to Wacaco’s Minipresso – the world’s smallest outdoor espresso maker. $59USD

PIAGGIO Meet the Medley 150 i-GET ($5290), Piaggio’s most practical, lightweight model yet. A USB doc in the glove box makes charging on the go easy.

MARINE OPTICS One of the most important pieces of fishing equipment these days is a pair of polarised sunnies to protect your eyes from UV rays. Marine Optics sunglasses cut glare, without losing clarity.

THE UPSIDE Active wear brand The Upside drops a new men’s collection this month. The shorts are quick-drying and have a hidden key pocket on the inside front waist.


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Dark Romance Neck Collar $389


Peonies Noir Grand Ring $159; Velvet Ocean Grand Crystal Earrings $179


Velvet Ocean Ear Jackets $149


Dark Romance Grand Stud Earrings $99


Parisian Dusk White Howlite Ring $179



Parisian Dusk White Howlite Bardot Cuff $219

Evening Shine Stud Earrings $129


Parisian Dusk Crushed Opal Ring $219; Parisian Dusk Crushed Opal Stud Earrings $189

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

SpringColour Venture into Bluebell Trading for beautiful clothing, jewellery, homewares, linen, sleepwear, baby giftware and more. Labels include; Boom Shankar, Lazybones clothing, Crabtree & Evelyn, Robert Gordon Pottery, Glasshouse Fragrances, Anna Chandler Designs, Annabel Trends.


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At Avida we take the time to listen to your needs and ensure you receive the hairstyle and colour you deserve. While this process is happening sit back and enjoy a delicious cuppa and a home baked goody. Call in and see the amazing team at Avida Hair Design. Open Tuesday–Friday 9am–5pm. Saturday 8am–2pm. Open late by appointment. Shop 3/127 Eyre Street, North Ward 4420 3577

JSong International

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We’re delighted to be the first and only store in Australia to stock this fantastic label from New York.

See us for the latest collections from JSong International Mei Mei Lindy Bop (Vintage style from England) Mr K, Laura K, Eve Hunter Vivid Lovers OPM Renata (from Spain) BJC (Barbara Jane Collection) Yesadress Darling (from England) Desigual (from Spain) and jewellery from Mariana and Cool Coconut

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Rhein Frank About me: I’m a local boy born and raised in Townsville and the youngest of four children (and the only boy)! I’m contracted with the North Queensland Cowboys U20’s and I’ve been a Brothers Rugby League boy since I was five years old. I went to Ignatius Park College and graduated in 2014, so these days I’m an extremely proud Iggy Park ‘Old Boy’. I’m in my second year at James Cook University where I study Exercise Physiology. And in my remaining time (which isn’t much)! I work casually for the Department of Human Services. Outside of Rugby League, I love playing golf and it’s teaching me a lot about persistence and patience! MY BAG I need a bag that can carry all facets of my life at once. This black Under Armour bag fits everything I need for football, university and work. ADIDAS BOOTS As a footballer by trade, a good pair of footy boots are the most important thing to me. SKINS COMPRESSION TIGHTS I wear skins when I play and train. A short pair for games and a long pair for recovery. PROTEIN SHAKER For obvious reasons – protein shakes, water, etc. I drink a lot of water – especially during pre-season. STRETCH BAND I’ve had a few bad ankle injuries in recent years so always stretch out my legs before every game so I don’t risk re-injuring myself. STRAPPING TAPE & SHARPIE I put strapping tape around my wrists before big games and usually write something that motivates me. This tape is from my U20’s Cowboys debut in Canberra a couple of weeks ago. We’d just lost a close family friend that week and I was playing for him that day. RESILIENCE PROJECT NOTEPAD A few weeks ago we were introduced to Hugh, the founder of The Resilience Project. He works with athletes all over Australia teaching them mindfulness, empathy and gratitude. Since meeting him, he’s truly changed my life for the better. #dismoment MOUTHGUARD I’ve been getting my mouthguard made from the same dentist in Kirwan since I was seven years old. Kevin is also a lifelong Brothers Rugby League member. PLAYING CARDS You’ve no idea how many things you can do with a deck of cards on long bus trips to away games!


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LIVIN’ CAP Livin’ is an awesome charity that aims to wipe out the stigma surrounding mental illness and raises awareness for suicide prevention. They do a lot of work with the NRL and this is something very close to my heart (as well as many others) as we’ve lost friends and teammates to this illness in recent years. #itaintweaktospeak.BEATS HEADPHONES Music is a huge part of my preparation for a game or even just at training. GLUCOSE TABLETS I usually take 2–4 tablets before a big game if I’m feeling flat or my blood sugar levels are low. PHOTO One of my favourite photos of my Dad and I. I’m six years old in the photo and had just started playing Rugby League for Brothers. Dad was my coach and every time I look at the photo, reminds me of how far I’ve come. LEXUS WALLET Recently won this wallet at the Lexus Charity Golf Day for the longest drive on the day. COLOGNE One Million by Paco Rabanne. This bottle has lasted me a whole two years! NRL CARD Players Pass that gives me access to the stadium for my games plus all NRL games for the season. ASTHMA INHALER I suffered from Asthma when I was younger. A few years ago it came back as Athletes Asthma so I always carry an inhaler just in case. VIX INHALER If you’ve ever used this you know how good it is! LEATHER TOILETRIES BAG This was a Christmas present from my older sister a couple of years ago. I always keep it stocked up with necessities that I might need after a game or when I’m travelling away.



IN TOUCH BOUTIQUE Every occasion creates a memory! The staff at In Touch Boutique are there to help create your next memory with an outfit that matches the occasion. Formal Gowns, Mother of the Bride / Groom, Bridesmaids, Cocktail, After 5, Race wear, Casual, Accessories and Gift Vouchers, stocking sizes 6–26. Local stockists of Meimei, Lindy Bop, Renata, Vivid, Mr K, Laura K, Eve Hunter, Paparazzi, Desigual, Mariana Jewellery, with more to choose from. Monday–Wednesday, Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Like us on Facebook. Willows Shopping Centre 4773 4446

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


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Tyler Giudes

Tell us a little about yourself? I’m an avid lover of fashion and have been for as long as I can remember. My most recent adventure has been launching my own Womenswear label called Tyler Giudes (you can find it in Textile Collective in Castletown). I’ve never really needed an excuse to dress up. Anyone who has been in my wardrobe will second that. In fact, I have always found that no matter what the occasion I know I have an outfit at the ready! Describe your style? My style varies depending on the occasion though I’m often accused of being over dressed rather than under as I never need an excuse to don a good suit! Most treasured item? The Cartier watch my dad gave me when I graduated from school (an impulsive purchase made 25 years ago which has turned into a family heirloom) and a Holly Ryan cactus ring my friends gave me for my 21st birthday. Best feature? My smile. The best accessory to have when leaving the house! Labels you like? I’m not so much into labels. I’m more into the style of the garment! My wardrobe varies from Australian labels, Op shop finds and the occasional designer item. Who’s style do you relate to? I don’t really relate to any particular person’s style. I simply dress for me and wear what I like. My motto is to wear what you like as long as you always leave the house feeling confident (and if not then fake it till you make it!) You’d never wear? Crocs. Ever. Never ever ever. Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with and why? This floral shirt my mum brought back for me from Italy when I was 14. It’s very Italian to be honest. I wore it to my Middle School Celebration Graduation and received a lot of attention for it (some good, some bad and some in-between!). Meaningful last words? Sometimes no matter how much fun you have with fashion, you do need to listen to your parent’s advice.

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MODEL Aaron Fruitier A boilermaker by trade, 34-year-old Aaron lives in Annandale with his partner Vikki and their two children – eightmonth old son Aarik and eight-year-old daughter Stevee. “My sister is a client of Techniques and thought I’d be the perfect makeover candidate as my hair and beard were getting pretty overgrown,” Aaron says. “I love the sharp edges they’ve created, the styled beard and the short cut – I never thought I could look so good. The boys at work were so impressed with my new look they asked me what I was doing Friday night!” AFTER

Rough Diamond Top marks to Techniques hair/barber/tan for taking a scruffy boilermaker and revealing the handsome devil beneath. Tell us about your client and why you chose him? I knew that behind all that hair was a very good-looking and stylish man.

To finish Jono gave Aaron a sharp Trax line on the side, then styled with a men’s paste. Techniques Hair | Barber | Tan



What did you do to achieve the end result and why? All we needed to do is give Aaron a short faded cut with it sliced out on top for texture and shape.

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89 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan, Townsville Appointments 4723 2114

BARBER Jono Bell For Aaron’s beard I used a Number 3 clipper and gave it a strong edge followed by a cut-throat face shave. This gave the sharp finishes to the beard design. I used hot towels and beard oils to soften the skin, added the shaving cream then, after completing the shave, styled with beard and face oils.


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CHANEL Red reaches raunchy new heights in Chanel’s Le Rouge Collection N°1. The collection, with Kristen Stewart from Twilight as the ambassador, includes lush lipsticks, impactful eye colours, a striking blush and more.



Inspired by the techniques of make-up artists, Lancôme’s Grandiôse Liner allows a 35-degree curve in the handle for straight or curved application. Its dense, opaque and intensely matte formula intensifies the eyes. Available in carbon black, sapphire blue and deep brown. $56

A handy ally in the war against greys, John Frieda’s Root Blur Concealer also covers regrowth with a few brushstrokes. The temporary cover-up comes in four palettes, from light blonde to dark brunette and the sleek case is handy to throw in your handbag. $20

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE This is HER! from chic French luxury brand Zadig & Voltaire is a woody, heady floral fragrance featuring Arabian jasmine brightened with pink peppercorn. $120 for 100ml Myer and David Jones


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GIVENCHY New out this month, Givenchy’s Le Rouge Vinyl Lipstick ($47) comes in 12 shades, all with extreme shine and a plump-up effect. The lipsticks also have a fresh lychee and vanilla scent. $47


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

This established salon of 16 years offers a relaxed and revitalising experience and a calming Sanctuary Garden. You will love your aesthetically designed hairstyle complimented by the most vibrant and rich colour. Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am–5.30 pm Wednesday, Thursday 9am–9pm Saturday 8am–4pm 89 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan 4723 2114

Browse our wide collection of contemporary brands including Najo, Palas, Kirstin Ash, Swarovski, Fossil Watches and more. Whether you’re searching for the perfect piece for someone special, wishing to commemorate a special occasion, or simply spoiling yourself, our friendly staff can help you choose that perfect piece. Open Monday–Wednesday & Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4.30pm, Sunday 11am–4pm Stockland Townsville 4775 6077




Renegade Handmade began in 2013 and includes a curated collection of locally made fashion, jewellery, gifts and homewares. The market is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Marian School, from 8am to 1pm. The Renegade Handmade Gift Shop features 70% locally made and now includes ‘Hello Handmade’ with a collection of Australian independent artists and designers. Open Monday to Friday 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday 9am–3pm Warrina Arcade, Illuka Street, Gulliver 0477 900 222

Established in 2005, is a locally owned, family business specialising in children’s clothing & accessories. Planning a wedding? They have a large range of children’s clothing; exquisite flower girl dresses, communion dresses, page-boy suits, christening gowns, shoes and accessories! Stockists of character clothing, umbrellas, jewellery and gifts for your little ones. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am–5:30pm Thursday 9am– 9pm, Saturday 9am–4pm. Stockland Townsville (Kmart), Corner Ross River Road & Nathan Street, Aitkenvale. Like us on Facebook. 0417 033 611

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


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Beauty bayside is located in Belgian Gardens and provides a range of Skin and Body treatments to get the best result in your skin no matter what your age. Our therapists aim to strengthen the structural integrity of the skin thus creating great skin and revising almost any skin condition. Book in for a consultation to see how we can help you and your skin. Shop 4/ 34 Primrose Street Bayside Shopping Centre Belgian Gardens 4771 2122 |

Combine, Create and Discover the magic of PANDORA. Select from our extensive range of more than 600 charms, bracelets, earrings and necklaces in sterling silver, 14 carat gold and twotone to express your personal style and create a collection as individual as you. Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4.30pm, Sunday 11am–4pm PANDORA Townsville Shop 217 Stockland Townsville 4725 4755

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

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Dr. Girish Basavaraj

Dr. Ankita Deshpande Back, left to right: Stina Briody, Dr. Girish Basavaraj, Lea Vickers, Dr. Gurinder (Shelly) Matharu, Leesha Haase Front, left to right: Hannah Hazlewood, Dr. Ankita Deshpande, Kelly Cahill

Delicate Dentistry A gentle approach to patient care is the secret to Dentist at Healthlink’s success. ESTABLISHED last January with principal dentist Dr Girish Basavaraj, Dentist at Healthlink in Cranbrook has grown quickly with dentists Dr Gurinder (Shelly) Matharu and Dr Ankita Deshpande joining the team along with oral health therapist Erin Page, support staff Hannah Hazlewood, Leesha Haase and Lea Vickers, operations manager Kelly Cahill and practice coordinator Stina Briody. Dentist at Healthlink has also gone on to become Nationally Accredited for safety and quality. Dr Basavaraj has dentistry in his genes with more than five decades of dental experience in his family. He graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree from world-renowned dental school Bapuji Dental College and Hospital in India. He went on to earn a Masters in Children’s Dentistry in 2005, gain experience as a senior lecturer then qualify in the Australian Dental Council Exams in 2006-2007. Dr Basavaraj moved to Townsville in Sept 2007 and over the years has established himself as one of the leading general dental practitioners in Charters Towers as well as Townsville. He has


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always strived to excel and expand his repertoire of professional skills through continued dental education programs in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, Invisalign and private practice management programs. Dr Basavaraj is also a current member of the Australian Dental Association, Member of The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry, life member of the Indian Dental Association and life member of the Indian Society of Peadodontic and Preventive Dentistry. “We strive to go above and beyond for our patients so they have a stress-free, comfortable and enjoyable visit,” Dr Basavaraj says. “Our clients are happy to come back and see us again because we offer a caring, compassionate and comprehensive service. We also offer happy gas sedation for anxious patients.” The Ross River Road clinic is modern and new. The services offered include general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, children’s dentistry, dental hygiene, teeth whitening, treatments for teeth clenching and grinding and dental implants. Dr Basavaraj has completed a

certification program under highly experienced trainer and clinician Dr Dan Brener in Sydney. “Having missing teeth or poor-fitting dentures can severely impact your quality of life,” Dr Basavaraj says. “Titanium dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth or anchor a full denture to the remaining ridge. This is because an implant root is much stronger than a tooth root.” On a mission to deliver a high standard of dental treatment at an affordable price, Dentist at Healthlink is open six days a week (Saturdays by appointment) and welcomes new patients to come and experience the difference at Healthlink.

Dentist at Healthlink 529 Ross River Road, Cranbrook 4723 0624


Remedial Therapist, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist

Rebecca Vinson


CardiNo? Skipping cardio out of fear of losing muscle mass? You may be compromising your training goals and your performance, both in the gym and between the sheets! CARDIOVASCULAR exercise is defined as any exercise that increases the heart rate and blood circulation. It is most well known for its proven benefits to heart and blood vessel health and to help with weight loss. In practice I see many men shying away from cardiovascular exercise out of fear that they will lose their hard-earned muscle mass. But the truth is, cardio does not kill gains and it should be an integral part of EVERY training program, no matter what your goal and leaving it out may actually be compromising your long term health and your ability to reach your desired body composition. Your heart is a muscle like any other and needs to be exercised in order to stay healthy. Just like skeletal muscle, with regular training the heart muscle hypertrophies (grows in size), with the most significant effect seen in the left ventricle. This adaptation allows the heart to hold a higher volume of blood and increases the power of its contraction resulting in increased and more efficient blood circulation to the body tissues, including the skeletal muscles. Cardiovascular exercise also increases the number and function of mitochondria in the muscles. Mitochondria are organelles inside cells where energy is produced in the

presence of oxygen. Although weight training is generally thought of as anaerobic exercise (using energy systems that don’t rely on oxygen), the anaerobic energy system is quite short lived and once you are through your first set or two, you are probably relying on the aerobic energy system to fuel your workout. The combination of more efficient blood circulation and increased mitochondria that comes with cardiovascular fitness conditions your body to train aerobically, even at a higher intensity. This enables you to train longer without fatigue, allowing you to get more from your workout. Increased blood flow also helps to bring nutrients to muscles and remove waste, helping to speed muscle repair and recovery, meaning you can recover faster between sets and between training days, reducing down time. Away from a body composition focus, cardiovascular exercise is important just to keep you alive and healthy. The adaptations to your heart and blood vessels result in a reduced heart rate and a decreased blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome. Increased mitochondrial function and number increases insulin sensitivity and therefore helps to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. If all of the above hasn’t convinced you, this just might. Cardiovascular exercise is also important to help maintain performance in

the bedroom. Over half of men aged between 40 and 70 will face issues with sexual function and a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle may be one of the primary culprits. Erectile dysfunction is most often a consequence of impaired blood flow, usually due to cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure and/or fatty deposits in the walls of the arteries). Because regular cardiovascular exercise decreases blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes and increases circulation, it also reduces the risk of and helps to manage erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercise is an integral part of ANY training program. Of course there are some similar bodily adaptations that occur with weight training alone, but the combination of resistance and cardiovascular training definitely comes up trumps, for all areas of your life. The type, amount and timing of cardio suitable for you will depend on your current health status and your goals.

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Leanne Scott Pure Core Nourishment

The Overlooked Epidemic Of Male Menopause Hormonal changes are often thought of as a natural part of aging. However, male hormone dysregulation is becoming a serious health issue in industrialised countries and is widely unrecognised because it doesn’t present as dramatically for men as it does for women.

WHEN we think of male menopause (termed Andropause), mid-life crisis comes to mind, as a middle-aged man gradually loses his sex drive, strength, energy and enthusiasm for life. Andropause is typically thought of as a gradual decline in the hormone testosterone. Testosterones role is so much more than the cause of a beards in males and more body hair. It also promotes the growth of the prostate gland, bone and muscle growth, and contributes to male sexuality, testosterone also has profound impacts on cardiovascular function. There are more cellular sites for receiving testosterone in the human heart than any other muscle of the human anatomy therefore Testosterone impacts on numerous cardiovascular risk factors as well. All too often hormone imbalances are blamed on aging but many times there are underlying causes, when it comes to male hormone imbalances – the most common causes are insulin resistance, inflammation, impaired liver detoxification, oestrogen dominance. Let’s take a closer look at each of these core causal issues. Insulin resistance leads to a losing battle with weight loss. It acts on your brain to increase appetite – specifically, an appetite for sugar and refined carbohydrates. Insulin increases inflammation, blood pressure and oxidative stress and ages your brain, leading to what is being called type 3 diabetes – also known as Alzheimer and Dementia. Maintaining liver health is central to maintaining hormone health. The liver plays a vital role in our body’s use of hormones. Many times hormonal dysregulation exists due to compromised detoxification function.

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Anything that impairs liver function or ties up the detoxifying function will result in excess oestrogen levels. Xenobiotics refers to any chemical compound that is found in a living organism, that is foreign to that organism. Many of these chemicals are endocrine disrupters and mimic oestrogen in both men and women. For men, these oestrogen mimickers may lead to low sperm count, decreased fertility potential as well as prostate and testicular neoplastic changes. Synthetic hormones, pesticides and plastics are all significant contributing factors. Men don’t always talk about their feelings – they have historically lived with more risk than women, and because of that, they are really good at pushing down their emotions and powering through. Often times their identify is wrapped up in their professional role. As men begin to lose their androgen-dominance, everything feels like more of burden. They can no longer find their passion. Their sleep suffers, they stop exercising, and as the stress escalates, inflammation sets in and they find themselves in a downward spiral. Identifying and addressing many of these changes ultimately results in not only huge health benefits for men but often huge lifestyle, career and relationship improvements as well.

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Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

App Happy You might be surprised to learn how apps on your smartphone can help your hearing.

BLUETOOTH-COMPATIBLE hearing aids have been available on the market for around five years now and there are an everincreasing number of smartphone apps that are compatible with these devices. There are also several other beneficial hearing-related apps than can be used both with and without hearing aids to assist those with hearing loss or tinnitus. Probably the most common use of apps

with hearing aids are remote control apps, which allow people to use their smartphone as a remote control to adjust the volume, treble, bass, program/memory settings, as well as adjust background noise settings. You can also personalise sound settings to any environment and save those settings. Your hearing aids then automatically go into that setting each time you enter into that environment in future. Another feature in this app allows the smartphone to act as an external microphone and stream directly to the hearing aids. A great example would be if you were attending church or even a lecture, you could place your smartphone on the lectern and it will pick up the speaker’s voice and transmit it wirelessly via Bluetooth directly to your hearing aids. The speaker’s voice will be clearer and you can also adjust the volume of their voice to whatever level suits you. For those who may not have a hearing loss but suffer from tinnitus there are numerous different tinnitus (ringing sounds in the ears) treatment masking apps that can be downloaded and streamed directly to the hearing aids. These can be very handy when sleeping, where you may not want to disturb your partner with the tinnitus masking or musical noise. Another app I use regularly are hearing screening apps. These allow basic hearing tests to be done with a smartphone and headphones to give an idea of your baseline hearing. They are not overly accurate; however by getting an idea of what your baseline hearing is, it allows us to track any changes in hearing without needing to come into the clinic each time it changes. The data can be emailed or downloaded by an Audiologist and we can track it and see if the hearing is fluctuating.

This is very useful for diseases of the inner ear where fluctuation is a symptom, such as Meniere’s Disease. I also prescribe sound level meter apps for a lot of my first-time-fitted hearing aids wearers, or cochlear implant recipients. If it’s been a long time since someone has had normal hearing, or any hearing at all in the case of cochlear, the frame of reference of what normal levels of sounds are will be skewed. Consequently, once we have restored your hearing you can attribute sounds as being louder or softer than what you remember when in reality they are correct in volume. By using sound level meter apps you can use your phone to measure these day-to-day sounds that you are unsure of and use normal conversational levels as your frame of reference to compare the volume measurements to. My favourite app is a tracking app that allows you to use your smartphone to find your hearing aids if you are unsure of where they are. The hearing aids emit a signal, which the smartphone can use to track its location. It’s very handy for those who misplace their hearing aids frequently!

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Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

SLEEP, Interrupted “How blessed are those for whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly and brings nothing but sweet dreams.” Bram Stoker

MOST of us have struggled to get to sleep at some time in our lives. Maybe you have tossed and turned unable to get to sleep during a stressful time, that once past, sleep returns to normal. For many people though, sleep is a nightly struggle that is more than just an inconvenience. It is estimated that there are over 70 different diagnosable sleep disorders. Ongoing problems with sleep cause health complications and distress for the sufferer and often for the spouse or parent too. Sleep difficulties are among the most common problems we encounter in private practice and effect children and adults alike. The most regular complaint people describe is trouble getting to and / or staying asleep. The time it should take to fall asleep is about 15 to 20 minutes. But it may take much longer, leading to feelings of frustration, anxiety and even depression. While the causes of insomnia vary, being unable to shut off a racing mind is a common culprit. Many turn to alcohol, drugs or additive medications to help nod off, but then have unrefreshing, poor quality sleep and wake up tired. Bad quality sleep is often no better than no sleep. Sometimes sleep problems, like insomnia or nightmares, can be a secondary symptom of depression, anxiety, trauma or other disorders. For people who have recurrent nightmares, the thought of sleep can overwhelm them with dread. In the dream state, we can be defenceless from our inner conflicts and turmoil. In such cases, getting help for the primary problem can be the start to getting your sleep back on track. Medications can help in the short-term, but psychological therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy can help resolve the underlying problems. To improve sleep, the starting point is to

fully understand the sleep problem and this might include keeping a sleep diary to see any patterns. We can then suggest techniques to help, such as relaxation and sleep hygiene strategies. Often, just small changes to the bed-time routine can make a huge difference. Mobile phones, tablets and TV can be an enemy of good sleep and turning screens off at least one-hour before bed can help. For severe sleep problems, getting a full psychiatric assessment and review of medications can also be very helpful. Getting your sleep in order can do wonders for your health, quality of life and sense of well-being. We will spend about a third of our life sleeping, so why not make your night not just a good night, but a great one.

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Dr Paul Klich

Helena Elkin and Dr Shae Famularo

Whole Of Health Approach The countdown is on to the grand opening of Kirwan Complete Care on October 13. COMBINING his chiropractic and physiotherapy knowledge to provide a more complete ‘whole-of-health’ approach, Dr Paul Klich is a unique healthcare provider. From Poland, Dr Paul has always held a fascination with Australia and its people and finally realised his lifelong dream of living in Australia in 2004. “My family and I have found our home in Townsville,” says Paul, who earned a Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in Sydney in 2011 and a Master of Physiotherapy in Poland in 2004. “On January 16 my wife Agnes and I welcomed our first child – a beautiful little girl we named Shaleen – to be a new member of the Townsville community.” Since arriving in Townsville Dr Paul has been helping runners, swimmers, triathletes, sports teams and families to reach their full health potential. Joining him on the Kirwan Complete Care team are chiropractic assistant Helena Elkin, chiropractor Dr Shae Famularo and remedial massage therapist Renée Bensemann. “With Kirwan Complete Care our

philosophy is to form partnerships with you so that we can proactively meet your health goals,” Dr Paul says. “Our practice embraces a broad spectrum of health care, encompassing chiropractic, physiotherapy, remedial and sports massage. We also offer advice on diet and exercise.” His genuine caring, easy-to-talk-to manner and meticulous approach to each patient’s special needs quickly engenders a solid trust between Dr Paul and his patients. “Clients come to us with specific sports injuries, migraines, back, neck, shoulder and knee pain and other associated problems,” Dr Paul says. “The positive healing focus our team creates generates a fantastic healing environment.” Dr Paul is constantly upgrading his knowledge so he can continuously improve the overall experience for his patients. He is one of the few people in North Queensland with full body Active Release Technique (ART) qualifications. “ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves,” Dr Paul says.

“Headaches, neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.” We invite to join us for the Grand Opening of Kirwan Complete Care on Thursday afternoon October 13 at 3.15pm . Mayor Jenny Hill will cut the ribbon and Councillor Russ Cook of Division 5 will be our MC. Other Townsville dignitaries and of course our patients will be joining us. We offer you a personal tour of Townsville’s newest healthcare facility.

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Elyce Mitchell and Irene Peters

Helping Kids Find Their Voice The first Speech & Language Development Australia Clinic opened in Townsville last month, giving hope to parents who’d been told little could be done for their child’s language problems. SPECIALISING in working with young people with language and related disorders, a Speech & Language Development Australia Clinic has been sorely needed in the north. “Through our School Support Service we became aware there was a gap in therapy being provided in North Queensland for children with language disorder,” says Speech Language Pathologist Irene Peters, who is team leader for the new not-for-profit Townsville clinic. “Language disorder is a complex and relatively unknown disability despite affecting 1 in 14 children. Our multidisciplinary therapy approach is modelled around 40 years of experience helping children with language and related disorders find their voice.” Speech & Language Development Australia is operated by The Association for Childhood Language and Related Disorders (CHI.L.D. Association). Formed in 1976, the Association is still the leader in helping children with language disorders. “We’ve had parents say that by coming to us they now understand there is a


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difference between speech therapy and speech language therapy,” Irene says. “It’s a specialist area and we get results by supporting the child and the family holistically.” Originally from Moranbah, Irene has lived and worked in the Townsville region for almost 10 years. She completed her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland in 2006 and has worked within the education sector ever since. “My passion lies in supporting children with literacy, language and other related disorders to reach their full potential,” Irene says. “An important part of this is assisting families and educators to understand their child’s needs and supporting them to create successful learning environments.” Joining Irene in this mission is Occupational Therapist Elyce Mitchell, who completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in 2009 and has been working as an OT for seven years. “Over the years I’ve developed a strong interest in working with schoolage students with developmental delays,

particularly those affecting language and access in the classroom,” Elyce says. “I also have a keen interest in working alongside teachers and other school staff to ensure intervention and training is practical and user-friendly. “We also have a psychologist and physiotherapist who work with our team and are currently recruiting for additional positions.”

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Tracey Rethemel with daughter Lucy Rethemel

Lucy Farewells Cancer With The Ring Of A Bell A former Townsville Hospital patient has rung the bell at Lady Cilento Children’s hospital in Brisbane recently to mark the end of an intense two and a half year cancer treatment. IT was the beginning of a new school year when seven-year-old Lucy Rethemel was not her usual energetic self. Within 24 hours of visiting her local doctor Lucy and her family were told she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. From here, nine months of intense chemotherapy began for Lucy as well as weekly blood tests, regular lumber punctures, bone marrow aspirates, blood and platelet transfusions, heart monitoring tests, neurological tests and port-a-cath insertions. “This involved shared care between Townsville Hospital and the new Lady Cilento

Children’s Hospital in Brisbane,” Lucy’s mum Tracey Rethemel said. Tracey said the day Lucy rang the bell was long-awaited. “Lucy’s last day of treatment was June 10, 2016, however; there was a long wait to get to this point,” she said. “While we had returned from Brisbane and could receive most of Lucy’s other care in Townsville, we still had to accept that our life was nowhere close to being normal again. “Lucy’s immunity was compromised because of the treatment so we had to be vigilant with who Lucy came into contact with and at times, had to exclude her from school. “We also could not travel any great distance from a major hospital in case of any implications from Lucy’s treatment protocol. “Our family focus for two-and-a-half years was solely on the wellbeing, health and care of Lucy.” Tracey said the whole family approached the end of Lucy’s treatment with glee. “With each final procedure we celebrated

and Lucy counted down the days on a calendar in her bedroom,” Tracey said. “When it became imminent, it seemed surreal.” While fear of relapse will always exist for the Rethemel family, they are looking positively to the future. “Despite everything that Lucy endured, she took everything in her stride and smiled her way throughout treatment,” Tracey said. “As the end of her treatment neared Lucy really looked forward to reclaiming some normality in her life; she didn’t want to be known as the little girl with cancer anymore.” “Once the treatment was over her afternoons no longer consisted of the timing of oral chemotherapy, her appetite has returned, blood tests are now monthly, not weekly.” Lucy is enjoying her new life without treatment with new hobbies such as netball, drama and dancing. “I really like being with my friends and being back at school,” Lucy said. “I’m so happy I don’t have to get cancer treatment anymore and am glad to have my port-a-cath out.” When asked what she would say to other children battling cancer, Lucy said a positive attitude was important. “Never give up, keep on smiling and make as many friends as you can while in hospital,” she said. Tracey said the positive outcome for Lucy had inspired them to raise awareness about childhood cancer. “We are heavily involved with the charity that supported us during Lucy’s treatment in Brisbane, the Childhood Cancer Support (CCS),” she said. “My husband Trevor is the president of the board of CCS and our family is the ambassador for CCS in the Townsville region.” Tracey said she felt her family was blessed to be in the position they are in now, with Lucy living a normal life. “We take one day at a time and cherish every moment,” she said. “In the words of Mother Teresa ‘Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’”

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Renee Rogers with daughter Mia Preston and Townsville Hospital NICU pharmacist Katri Malinen

NICU Pharmacist One Rare Few Townsville Hospital pharmacist Katri Malinen is one of only a handful of pharmacists in Australia to complete a Diploma of Child Health, a course normally only open to paediatricians. AS the team leader for women’s and children’s pharmacy services working mainly in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Ms Malinen said she wanted to undertake postgraduate studies that focussed on paediatrics. “I’m an advanced pharmacist and predominantly work specialising in NICU working with pre-term and very unwell babies,” she said. “I have worked in the neonatal unit for about eight years and absolutely love my job. “When I found out about Diploma in Child Health I was told it was only available for doctors who were working in the field of paediatrics. “I asked the University of Sydney if I could attempt to do the course and I was accepted as the first pharmacist in Australia to start the

diploma.” Ms Malinen said the course had been an exciting and challenging eye opener. “It has definitely increased my knowledge on many diseases and issues that commonly occur in neonatal and paediatric care areas,” she said. “I learnt about things that, as a pharmacist, I would never have to do in my daily clinical work. “It’s been very useful in understanding the terminology and treatment requirements for neonates.” Ms Malinen said she wanted to thank The Townsville Hospital’s neonatal unit for its support. “The support that the neonatal unit offer to staff for furthering their knowledge and opportunities for research is wonderful,” she

said. “I felt very valued and respected, and have been able to further my career while working in a fantastic team.” Director of neonatology Dr Guan Koh congratulated Ms Malinen on completing the diploma and thanked her for her invaluable contribution to the NICU. “Pre-term babies require highly specialised care, including medications, and Katri is a skilled and compassionate member of our team,” he said.


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Introducing: The Millennial Man What does it mean to be a man in the millennial generation? Step aside George Clooney, the Gen Y guy is here and he’s reinventing masculinity.

MOVE over Renaissance Man, the Millennial Man has well and truly arrived. In recent years, a new type of man has emerged and traditional gender roles have become a thing of the past. My generation has seen more change in gender and sexuality than any other generation so far and this means we’re constantly challenging out-dated and unnecessary stereotypes. Of course, we all know that challenging stereotypes is a common occurrence for women, but in this instance, I want to talk about men. If you go back all the way to 1939, a research conducted by the University of Iowa found that when it came to relationships, the top three things that men were looking for in a woman were: dependability, kindness and


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home-making skills. In fact, most men would even go as far as to say that all women should have ample ability in the kitchen. These same men also valued chastity over intellect. Fastforward over 70 years and it’s fair to say things are looking a little different… These days, the same study conducted by the University of Iowa shows that the three most important things men look for in a woman are: loving nature, emotional stability and good financial prospects. Times have certainly changed, and the men of the world have undoubtedly moved with it. Yes, the men of our generation certainly look for different things in women now, but how (if it all) has this changed the definition of masculinity? And what do us women look for in our perfect, millennial man? Authors from a YouGov research say “In 2016, gender roles are continuing to be transformed as the percentage of men who stay home to take care of children increases and women begin to beat men in academic achievements, and are slowly closing the income pay-gap.” The research shows that 65% of men over the age of 65 say that they are completely ‘masculine’ whilst only 30% men aged 18 – 29 can say the same. So is it harder to be a ‘masculine’ man in the millennial generation? After all, we’re living in a different era and the fact that our definition of masculinity has changed so drastically doesn’t come as that much of a surprise. So many men in my generation seem to be in the midst of an identity crisis and can we really blame them? These days, masculinity looks a little different than it would have in generations before. The millennial man is still tough, but now has a touch of tenderness. He’s still one of the guys, but has friends that are girls as well.

He still wants to provide for the family, but isn’t focused on being the sole “breadwinner”. Gone are the days when it was the lone responsibility of the woman to stay at home and cook, clean and care for the children. The millennial man looks forward to raising babies, helps out with the mundane jobs such as cleaning and doesn’t shy away from deep conversations. He rejects a pre-determined set of social characteristics and instead makes up his own rules. But being a millennial man seems to have some pretty blurry lines. As women, we want our men to be tough, but not insensitive. We want them to be emotional and willing to talk about feelings, but being too emotional is a turn-off. He must dress well and be interested in fashion, but definitely shouldn’t take longer than us to get ready. He should be well-groomed and take pride in his appearance but shouldn’t be vain or narcissistic. He must still be a gentleman and pay for dinner on occasion, but he doesn’t need to open the door for us, because that would be degrading to our feminist rights… If I was a guy, I’d sure be confused. The bottom line is, the millennial man is challenged by gender and sexuality stereotypes every day. And despite all of the positives to being a modern man, the tough guy stereotype dies hard. Just like everyone in my generation (man or woman), sorting out what it means to be an individual in the 21st century is hard. But at the end of the day, I believe the millennial man is a well-rounded combination of the best generations of men that came before him. And sure, our definition of masculinity might be different now, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. After all, it’s not 1939 anymore.



Nicole Stott-Whiting Office of Life, Marriage and Family Catholic Diocese of Townsville

Let’s Set No Limits for Our Boys Imagine a world where our children will be whoever they want to be, regardless of whether it once would have been seen as gender appropriate or not.

WE have evolved so much as a society but in some ways we are still bound by limitations from the past. I see this a lot with our gender stereotypes. Whilst there has been a huge improvement in this area over the past 10–20 years, we still have a way to go. We definitely still need to work on demonstrating to our children that colours are not based on gender. A boy can like the colour purple just as much as a girl can like all the different shades of blue. I especially see this need for more improvement with our boys. I think as a society we have worked hard to make sure our girls and young women understand that they can do anything they set their minds to. That their gender should not negatively influence the options they see for themselves. I fear a little though that we have left the boys behind. We should be at a place in time where our boys truly believe that their futures are not influenced by what a ‘typical’ male should or shouldn’t do but I’m not convinced that is where we are. In my line of work, I am still seeing boys and young males feel pressured, often from those who love them the most, to fit the ‘typical’ male stereotype. I unfortunately still hear comments from some parents or role models such as ‘boys don’t dance,’ ‘it’s too embarrassing for my son to be part of the choir’ or ‘he just needs to man up.’ How limiting for our boys. Instead, we need to be teaching our boys, just as we are doing with our girls, that they can be whatever they put their minds to. That there is no list of what a boy should do or what it means to be a boy. Often, this will require their parents or other role models letting go of their gender limitations from the past.

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If I could also step on my soapbox for a minute, could I please ask our society to stop using the term ‘man up’ with our boys. No one actually knows what it really means and all I see it doing is far more harm than good. The other area that will help our boys and young men, is our expectations of their behaviour. We need to set a high standard in terms of behaviour and make sure that we are not dismissing disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour due to gender. I am disappointed when I still hear some people dismissing this type of behaviour as them just being a ‘boy.’ Our expectations should be about them as a human being, in terms of how they treat themselves and others and it should be of a high standard. As always, there are many wonderful examples of boys and their families setting no limits in terms of who they can and want to be. As mentioned though, there is still a way to go. As a parent or a role model to young boys, I would ask you to really listen to the messages you may be giving your children through your actions or verbal communication. Do you really give these boys the freedom to choose their own path not based on gender expectations or are there subtle messages that tell them otherwise? My dream is a world where our children and their children to come, are not bound by gender stereotypes that affect the crucial decisions they make about their future which in turn has a direct impact on their health, happiness and wellbeing.

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“Fishing was me favourite pastime – chasing the barramundis. Once I caught 13 barra in one day.” Bill Prince


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103 Years Young He’s 103 and still going strong. In fact the only ‘medication’ Bill Prince takes is antacid tablets for indigestion. Interestingly, though, that was enough to keep Bill out of World War II. Writer Kylie Davis Photographer Josephine Carter

“I was called up to enlist in the Army but when I went to Brisbane for the check-up and the doctors asked if I took any medication I told them how I needed indigestion tablets after everything I ate,” Bill recalls. “One doctor looked at the other and said ‘Well he won’t stand up for Army tucker’ and that was it, I was discharged.” When the doctors asked Bill why he didn’t mention this to the doctors in Townsville, he retorted: “They didn’t ask!” William Alexander Prince, born in Townsville on February 2 in 1913, is the third eldest of 10 children – five boys and five girls. The family grew up in North Ward, back when there were no houses up on Castle Hill and there were goats roaming up there grazing on the grass. “We were raised on goats’ milk and we often had to sacrifice one of the goats to feed the family,” says Bill, who went to Belgian Gardens School. Bill’s father worked in the silver mines at Chillagoe before returning to Townsville to work for the railroads. Life was cruder then, with kerosene lamps in place of electricity, wood stoves and copper boilers to wash the clothes. The Thunder Box was in the back yard and it was a long way in the middle of the night as a young boy. One day Bill and his family rode out to Black River on the horse and dray to visit his uncle and returned home to discover someone had burnt down their family home.

Bill thinks this was a suspicious act. Mum, Dad and all 10 kids and the animals had to live in the shed until his parents could afford to buy another house. Bill had many jobs throughout his working life and enjoyed them all. “I started off as a bread baker,” says Bill, who took up his apprenticeship in Giru (north of Ayr) at the age of 14. “I would go into the bakehouse at 7pm to knead the dough then go home for a few hours of sleep while the dough was rising. Then it was back to the bakery at about 1 or 2am in the morning to prepare and bake the bread and pastries.” Bill has fond memories of living in a small cane cutter’s hut in Giru. He later returned to Townsville and worked for Toyota in Garbutt. “When Toyota come to Townsville I used to work for them assembling utilities, which came from Japan. You just had a bare chassis and we’d put in the engine and add the wheels and everything,” Bill says. “I used to drive a taxi for White Cabs too. You had twoway radio then and we’d call in to the office.” Bill’s last job was working for Angus Smith Marine fine-tuning outboard motors. It was a great fit for him as Bill has always loved fishing. “Fishing was me favourite pastime – chasing the barramundis,” he says. “Once I caught 13 barra in one day.” Bill’s wife Elsie (97) would go fishing with him too, even though neither of them could swim.

The couple, who live at St James Retirement Village, met at the Senior Citizens Group on Ryan Street and married in 1981. They had both lost their former partners to heart attacks. Bill and his first wife had two beautiful children together – Albert and Beverly. Between them Bill and Elsie have 11 grandkids, 27 great grandkids and three great great grandkids. Both Bill and Elsie have had a lot of fun participating in Village activities, particularly indoor bowls and pool. At snooker, Bill was quite the pool shark. So what does Bill put his good health down to? Being raised on goat’s milk and meat! Occasionally he quips to Elsie “Well I’m 103 so I haven’t got much longer to go...” to which she replies “You’ve been saying that for the last 10 years!”

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Grin And Bear It In a win-win for Army troops and the Townsville Hospital Children’s Ward, soldiers who are rehabilitating from injuries have been busy visiting the kids alongside Bandi Bear (Townsville Hospital Foundation’s mascot) to put smiles on everyone’s dials.

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MEET Private Dean Didic (wearing Bandi Bear ears), Bandi Bear and Lance Corporal Warwick Mobbs. Most Wednesdays this trio can be seen at the Townsville Hospital Children’s Ward where they play games with the kids and spread some cheer. “We spend a couple of hours with the kids and we love sharing a laugh with them,” Private Didic says. “Bandi gives out high-fives while Lance Corporal Mobbs guides Bandi about and I like playing basketball or hopscotch with the kids and colouring-in. It’s fun for us too. It’s a good contrast to our regular job.” Lance Corporal Mobbs says the Army’s 11 Platoon Delta Company has been working with the Townsville Hospital Foundation for a few years now.


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“There’s currently about 10 members who take turns with the volunteering and we’re all part of a rehabilitation platoon so we’re all recovering from an injury,” he says. “You feel a bit gloom and doom when you have an injury but then you come in and see the kids and it cheers us up as well. You bond with them and when they move on you’re glad to see them get out of hospital but you miss them too. Having two young kids myself (daughter Keely, 4, and son Charlie, 2) I relate to them pretty well.” Bandi Bear also gets out and about to Townsville Hospital Foundation events such as the recent and successful Run Townsville and is the star of the upcoming Wear-A-Bear Day to be held on Friday 28 October. This will be the Townsville

Hospital Foundation’s fourth Wear-ABear Day. So far the event has raised $32,000. “One hundred per cent of the funds raised stay local and we don’t take out any administration fees,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. “Funds raised will be used for muchneeded equipment and programs for the Townsville Hospital.” Look out for Bandi Bear soft toys and bear ears to purchase from shopping centres on Friday 28 October. Schools will also soon be receiving order forms and the school that orders the most Bandi merchandise will be treated to a personal visit from Bandi. For more information please visit or facebook. com/TownsvilleHospitalFoundation

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Unity in Diversity There were so many interesting people out and about at the recent Townsville Cultural Festival we had to find out more about their back stories. Writer Kylie Davis Photographer Shennen Lee

Jordan Galliott Bellydancer

WOWING the Townsville Cultural Festival audience with her awe-inspiring bellydancing moves, Jordan Galliott discovered her passion for this style of dance when looking for a way to get fit. “When I saw a bellydancing class I nearly cried because the dancing was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” Jordan says. “I moved to Townsville two years ago on a whim and the deciding factor was that there’s a fantastic bellydancing teacher here – Cara from Scimitar Moon.” Many bellydancing classes later, Jordan now runs a performance troupe called Balladah, who do a style of dance called ‘tribal fusion’. “In the 80s in America they came up with what’s called American tribal bellydance, which is a group improvisation style and a blend of flamenco and North African and ritualistic folk dances. Tribal fusion takes that idea and choreographs it.”


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OF Hungary Romani descent, Sarah Bedak and her band Lolo Lovina were one of the stand-out stage acts at The Townsville Cultural Festival. Celebrating their heritage by playing in the style of their ancestors, Lolo Lovina had the crowd up and dancing. “I’m in love with Rom music and passionate about educating audiences about our culture,” Sarah says. “We have a very rich culture and history. Our race has thrived despite attempted genocide and persecution from the 11th century. Apart from Jewish people, Romani people were the only other race targeted by the Nazis for elimination. Did you know that 1.5 million of our ancestors perished in concentration camps? Little is known of this.” Another little known fact is that the term ‘Gypsy’ is actually a derogatory name for people of Hungary Romani descent and is used as a hurtful insult in Eastern Europe. “It comes from people thinking we came from Egypt (Gypsy/Egypt… get it?) but in truth our language origins are Sanskrit-based and we’re more likely to have travelled from India,” Sarah says. Sarah is also proudly Aussie and brings to her music all the contemporary influences of her hometown in Sydney, along with some Argentinian tango, a little metal and some swing jazz. The combination is hard to imagine but, as the delighted crowd listening to Lolo Lovina at the Townsville Cultural Festival discovered, it makes for a toe-tapping good time. Begging for an encore, the crowd was thrilled to hear that Lolo Lovina’s new album, titled RromAntics, will be released on iTunes this month (September 9). “It’s our most mature and diverse album yet,” Sarah says. “We’re also excited about taking RromAntics on our very first European album launch tour soon. We’re heading to Berlin, Prague, Slovenia, Budapest, Novi Sad, Paracin, Sarejevo, Barcelona, Southern France and Amsterdam and everyone’s invited!”

ONE of the many intriguing stall holders at the Townsville Cultural Fest, Andrew and his wife had a line-up of festival-goers keen to have henna applied. “Because I’ve trained as an artist I was able to pick up henna pretty easily,” Andrew says. “We live in Cairns and visit Townsville a few times a year for festivals.” Andrew completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney, then studied privately for six years with teachers in Sydney and New York, where he lived for three years. “I’m drawn to the work of the European old masters and sought out people who knew how to do that,” Andrew says. “My work is realistic. I draw to start with then paint in oils.” Andrew met his Indian wife in Sydney when they were both attending a meditation retreat. “She was living in Dubai at the time and I ended up going and living over there for a couple of years,” he says. A huge fan of Rembrandt for the “depth of humanity” in his work, Andrew says that although the digital world is making a big impact on art there is an underground resurgence in traditional painting.



James Loveday Circus Teacher

HE’S only 32 years old but Townsville’s own James Loveday has already lived a colourful life as a professional actor from a young age. “I worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company performing around Australia and was always ‘the kid’ travelling with a bunch of adults,” James says. “Now I teach circus and run a performing arts company called Cajam and I’m the adult working with kids.” Cajam performs at festivals, shopping centres and corporate events as well as offering classes in puppeteering, physical theatre and circus in the education curriculum. “My specialities are double trapeze, juggling and sports acro (think balancing and flipping),” James says.

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Judith Kemigisa Mum and Shop Owner

ORIGINALLY from Uganda, Judith Kemigisa has been living in Australia since 2005. She came to study (accomplishing a Masters in Social Work), met her German husband in Brisbane and moved with him to Townsville when he got a job as a contractor for the Army. The couple now have two children – son Amarii (4) and daughter Aisha (2). “Uganda has a tropical climate like Townsville but it’s a dry heat, not a humid heat,” Judith says. “Nature and wildlife are Uganda’s main attractions and the food!” Ingredients to make African, Papua New Guinean and Fijian dishes are available at Judith’s shop, called Karibu Africa, on Ross River Road. “There’s a little something for everyone with African clothes and beauty products as well,” she says. “African culture is all about music, laughter, family and sharing. Whether I’m happy or sad I always sing and dance. That’s the African way.”

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Left: Chelsea Alderton-Lillis is loving her CQUni experience in Townsville. Above: An artist’s impression of the new CQUniversity Townsville campus due for completion early 2017. Right: An Indigenous smoking ceremony celebrates the beginning of construction of the new campus in Townsville.

Dreams On Your Doorstep Recent high school graduate Chelsea didn’t have to look far to find the program to her passion. Now, just over a term into her studies, she knows her first preference was the right one. CHELSEA Alderton-Lillis knew she was going to join a health profession since she was a child, however it wasn’t until she discovered paramedic science on finishing school that she found her dream career. “I started researching paramedics and knew instantly that it was the career for me. “Every day is different: different jobs and different people. You’ll never get bored. I want to be out there doing something to benefit others and this job is exactly it. I wouldn’t want to be anything else personally,” Chelsea explained. The former Mt Isa resident and Townsville Grammar School boarder first visited the CQUniversity Townsville campus for Open Day last year which helped make her decision to study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science at CQUniversity. Chelsea made the program her first preference and became part of the first cohort of paramedic science students at the Townsville campus. “Although it is only early days in this


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course, I love it. I must admit however the first term was a little puzzling, coming straight out of school as a Year 12 graduate to understanding how university works and getting used to the workload. “This term we have started our clinical practice classes which lets us pull together all the theory we have studied and put it into practice. “Overall, this course so far has been challenging, yet interesting, and so worth it! I would definitely recommend anyone interested in paramedics to look into the CQUni course.” Having completed her final years of high school in the city, Chelsea is somewhat a Townsville local (although a relatively new one), which she says made the transition to university life easier. “Townsville is a great place to study as it is not too big, yet not too small at the same time.” CQUniversity is committed to providing students with a personalised learning experience, with appealing staff-to-student ratios and fantastic support throughout a

student’s education journey. Ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16), CQUniversity aims to offer diversity and flexibility, where the unique needs of each individual can be met and exceeded. Residents of North Queensland are also excited to have a second university operating in their region, evident through the growing interest in CQUniversity’s programs offered at the Townsville campus. In fact, larger than forecast growth for the Townsville campus has brought forward expansion plans and now a new campus building is being constructed adjacent to the existing campus in Flinders Street, with completion scheduled for early 2017. Applications for undergraduate courses starting in 2017 are now open with on-time applications set to close 30 September. Make CQUniversity your first preference. Visit

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Erin Jusseaume Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism* ERIN Jusseaume knew she wanted to return to study and took her time finding the right course to suit her needs. After speaking with members of James Cook University’s (JCU) journalism team, she knew that was what she wanted to do. “I wanted to be able to connect my course with my personal life, which is a rural lifestyle. I’ve worked in the agriculture industry and I wanted to be able to connect old with new. Choosing multimedia journalism is probably the best decision I made.” She says that talking to JCU staff helped her to understand the variety of skills multimedia journalism covers and the range of options you can do with a career in that industry. “You don’t actually know until you talk to someone. Some people think journalism is only newspapers but the world and society is always evolving and journalism has moved from hardcore print into multimedia. All of the major media outlets have Facebook pages


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and Twitter accounts and there are online magazines replacing print.” As the industry evolves and changes, Erin loves that JCU retains all of the core fundamentals of journalism while adding a multimedia aspect within the degree and a practical approach to learning which encourages students to go out and get published. “It’s great that the University is able to recognise that there are certain skills that journalists do need. What I love about multimedia journalism at James Cook University (JCU) is that it’s not sitting in the classroom for four years going to tutorials and lecturers with two weeks’ prac here and there. You’re encouraged to get out there and do things; go to events, and submit stories. I can now say that I’ve done a lot of print work and been published nationally and internationally.” Driving and supporting Erin as she has developed her skills and sought out stories for

publication is the JCU journalism team. “The lecturers here really do care. They are so diverse over so many decades and genres, and they’re not just national, they’re international. They are at the top of their field.” Also a student mentor, Erin recommends that students embrace the course from week one, start to build your portfolio and get to know people in the industry. “You understand why journalists love their job so much because you meet interesting people, you find interesting things to do and every day is so different you will never do the same thing. I’ve found how I fit into the industry now and I’m ready to make a living out of it.”

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Do You Have A Career Goal? Clodene Foster, Principal of Katrinas School of Beauty Townsville, told us that Katrina’s grew out of a passion to give back to the beauty industry by founder and CEO of the company Katrina Gilligan to help future graduates step into their careers with the best training behind them. OUR company values of appreciation, care, integrity, education and opportunity underpin our school culture and the quality of training we deliver. We are proud to share these values with our students and the wider community. As a vocational education training school we offer experiences and opportunities to a range of people from those fresh out of high school to those looking for a change of pace or career. We take great pride in the training we offer, our trainers are highly skilled and knowledgeable, our students have access to a fully equipped beauty salon, internationally recognised products and industry representatives. A career in beauty can offer many exciting

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Find Out Where A Diploma From TAFE Queensland North Can Take You Have you been putting your education or career goals on the back burner? SEIZE the day and upgrade your employment opportunities with a diploma from TAFE Queensland North. Use a diploma to launch (or relaunch) your career, build your skills for the industry you’re in, or set yourself on the pathway to university and further learning. If you’ve worked in the industry for a while you may be able to fast-track your diploma with Recognition of Prior Learning, saving you time and money. Completing a diploma at TAFE Queensland North will give you the chance to earn up to 12 months or more credit towards a university degree. TAFE Queensland has relationships

with some of Queensland’s major universities as well as a number of interstate tertiary institutions to provide students with a range of options to reach their career goals. TAFE Queensland North students can expect hands-on training, focusing on real life experiences, to ensure they are ready for the workplace and because we know that everyone learns differently, online and on-campus study options are available. Diploma of Hospitality student Taylor Fontes is enjoying the practical elements of his training. “In terms of teachers, the ones here at TAFE are probably the best teachers I have ever encountered.

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Time To Get Creative With Technology Join the digital revolution with Townsville Creative Technologies College at Heatley Secondary College. TRAINING students for the the 21st-century creative industry, Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) is an initiative developed through Heatley Secondary College but it’s open to the whole community. “We have 154 students currently enrolled in Certificate II and Certificate III in day and evening courses,” says TCTC program manager Bjarne Ohlin. “We cater to students from all local state, private and Catholic education schools and 30 per cent of our students are post graduate.” TCTC was established in 2011 to address current skills shortages and meet the needs of new and emerging digital creative industries. All TCTC courses are built around delivering industry required skills in the use of industry standard digital production technologies –

that’s practical skills with positive know-how. Focusing on training for the productive use of digital technologies specific to the animation, game programming, media design, audio and vision capture and editing sectors, the TCTC works with local industry to deliver work-ready graduates. Its innovative programs promote problem-solving skills and digital productivity solutions. “More than 30 per cent of advertised job vacancies listed on in the Brisbane area (at the time of writing), were in the creative industries sector,” Bjarne says. “Enrolments for 2017 will commence mid-November but you can apply now to participate in the course ‘taster’ sessions on Tuesday, September 6 (from 9:00–11:15am). We also have a special September holiday

program for 15 to 18-year-olds and four hour master classes in Mixing in Pro Tools; Animating using Autodesk Maya; Building a 2D game in Unity and Creating in Photoshop.” Secure your booking early as there are limited places and remember, as Chief Scientist & Research Director at CSIRO Bob Williamson says: “One of the most powerful things we can do a lot better is to get across to kids the creative power of technology. What we need is people who are creative and collaborative.” For more information on TCTC, contact Heatley Secondary College on 4726 8333 or email Bjarne Ohlin at

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Tec-NQ’s Tradies Take Out Top Honours At North Queensland’s Training Awards Tec-NQ’s current crop of students and apprentices are clearly leading the pack with Year 12 apprentice, Philip McIntosh, taking out the School-based Apprentice Award and Tec-NQ Alumni, Panayioti Gianoulis, taking out the Apprentice of the Year Award at the North Queensland Training Awards in July recently. North Queensland finalists from Tec-NQ were: • Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year: Tec-NQ alumni Panayioti Gianoulis (winner) • School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Year 12 student and plumbing apprentice Phillip McIntosh (winner) • V ET Teacher or Trainer of the Year: Tec-NQ’s Construction Training Coordinator Charlie Pashalis (runner-up) Queensland Training and Skills Minister

Yvette D’Ath praised the apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers, trainers and employers shortlisted from a quality field of 660 nominees statewide. “The regional finalists are people of the highest calibre who have achieved great things locally in their apprenticeships, traineeships, professions or organisations,” Mrs D’Ath said. Winners will now progress to the state finals of the prestigious Queensland Training Awards at a gala dinner on Friday 9 September in Brisbane. Mrs D’Ath said

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the QTA state winners would have the opportunity to progress to the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on Thursday 17 November. Tec-NQ CEO Tom Petterson, wishes our representatives all the best; “It’s a great compliment to our staff, students, apprentices and the program itself, that Tec-NQ trained tradies have taken out top honours for these awards. We wish Philip and Panyaioti all the best at the State awards in September.” For more information contact Tec-NQ’s Industry Team on 4779 2199.

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Fostering A Love Of Learning In The Early Years Learning to love learning is essential for success now and in our rapidly changing world. CHILDREN are naturally inquisitive and are keen to explore and learn new things. It is important to foster and develop that enthusiasm to ensure the students become happy and confident life-long learners. The Cathedral School Early Learning Centre which incorporates an approved Kindergarten program is an integral part of the School’s commitment to providing children with the best possible environment in which to explore, learn and grow. At the start of this year, the role of Early Childhood Coordinator was introduced as a new position at The Cathedral School. Mrs Amanda Banister, who has been a valued teacher within the Junior School for 10 years, was appointed to this position which involves providing educational leadership and advice to teachers from Kindergarten to Year 3. Mrs Banister said, “I am thrilled that Cathedral as a school recognises the unique role that early childhood education plays in a


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child’s life.” “Working in a school where children are seen as unique little people with individual needs is very fulfilling. I have the privilege of supporting and collaborating with the teachers who are taking their students on this journey of learning,” continued Mrs Banister. At Cathedral, a play-based approach to teaching and learning is adopted in the early years of school. Mrs Banister said play is a vital part of how young children learn “Through play, children learn about learning and learn to talk about their learning. When schools and teachers honour play, they honour thinking, learning and children.” Children’s ideas and interests are incorporated with planned experiences from teachers which adds depth to learning for individuals and groups of children. This approach links children’s play experiences to key curriculum achievement standards and connects these experiences to children’s lives to

maximise motivation and relevance, without the pressure of an intense academic program. “Learning to love learning is essential for success now and in our rapidly changing world. The skills taught and learnt in the early years become skills and dispositions that children build upon each year,” added Mrs Banister. The Kindergarten program within Cathedral’s Early Learning Centre is a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program, staffed by qualified early childhood teachers which provides an ideal preparation for the school-based Prep year. “The seamless transition we provide from Kindergarten to Prep is achieved with a natural and intentional focus, as opposed to an isolated transition event. We are proud of what we offer and what we do at Cathedral,” said Mrs Banister.

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Holy Spirit Catholic School – Creative Thinkers And Problem Solvers Of The Future. HOLY Spirit Catholic School is situated next to Ignatius Park College on Ross River Road in Cranbrook. Beyond the small frontage on Ross River Road, is a large number of students using technology to develop problem solving and creative thinking skills. While the primary focus of learning is on developing literacy and numeracy skills in a school based on gospel values such as hope, compassion and justice, students are also developing creative thinking skills and learning resilience as they engage with technology. Students can access extra-curricular activities such as Code Club, Robotics and Tech Boot Camps. ICT teacher, Tricia Lonergan and mastermind behind many of these programs, comments; “We know that more than ever before the jobs of the future will be technology based. As early as Prep, we can provide students with learning experiences, allowing creative thinking and problem solving skills to develop and set the foundation for their future”.


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Principal, Geraldine Egelton, commented that the teachers are committed to providing learning experiences where students can work collaboratively to solve problems. “Boys and girls enthusiastically spend time at lunch and after school creating, evaluating and adjusting their programing skills. Students also have to be resilient and develop perseverance as they work through various challenges. Learning to negotiate and work together in a team is a challenge in itself”, said Geraldine. During August, a group of Year 5 students competed in the Young ICT Explorers Competition. These students worked collaboratively, using programming to create a website and coding to create games. Year 5 student, Joseph Wood said; “We have learnt about each other’s strengths and had fun creating the games. Sometimes it was a challenge because we had to switch programs to find the right one”.

In the early years, Year 2 students as part of a learning enrichment program, set about to teach Year 1 students STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills. Together the students build models which are connected to the computer and programmed. The knowledge and skills of these students are reinforced as they tutor their younger charges. There is so much interest from students in coding, the Code Club requires the assistance of volunteer IT students from James Cook University – a great resource and link with the local community. Such a range of learning experiences helps students to develop team work, problem solving and creative thinking. At Holy Spirit Catholic School, engaging with technology is a start to opening young minds for a future of endless possibilities. During the September school holidays, Holy Spirit Catholic School will host Code Camp for Beginners. This if the first time such an event has been held in North Queensland. Primary school students are welcome to register. For further details please go to

Holy Spirit Catholic School is now taking enrolment applications for 2017. To assist Prep students with their transition an Orientation for Prep will be held in November this year. At the orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and classmates. To assist parents the school uses an App to inform families of Prep routines and procedures. All enrolment enquiries can be directed to Enrolments Officer, Alyson Fields, Holy Spirit Catholic School on 4779 4255.

Holy Spirit Catholic School Hatchett Street, Cranbrook Qld 4814 Phone: 07 4779 4255 Fax: 07 4779 7580 Enrolments email: Office email: Website:

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A 21st Century Google Education Bringing students to a world of learning with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education SOUTHERN Cross Catholic College currently caters for boys and girls from Prep to Year 9 with expansion planned to Year 12 in 2019. As a growing college, its focus is on the development of the whole person through fostering a school environment in which students can grow in all aspects of life and become their best selves. Much of this growth is dedicated to forming a learning environment that equips 21st-century students with a window to the web giving them the opportunity to create, collaborate and learn safely and easily from a young age. Since 2014, Southern Cross Catholic College has been committed to providing and nurturing a rich eLearning environment that supports quality education for its students in both primary and secondary cohorts. Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education was introduced to the college as a secure student-centric platform that supports active learning, and was found to provide


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the most cost-effective and least tech-reliant approach to 21st Century education. “Students at Southern Cross Catholic College now enjoy equal opportunities for education and are more engaged in their lessons and learning together. Our students love using their Chromebooks and now have access to a world of online resources that inform their critical thinking and encourage collaborative learning,” said Mrs Louise VellaCox, Principal of Southern Cross Catholic College. “By using Chromebooks and Google Apps to research projects, give each other feedback, and share what they find with their teachers, parents, and peers, students are engaging in inquiry-based learning and developing teamwork skills. This approach helps our students develop the lifelong-learning skills they need to apply in higher education and in their careers.” Teachers use Google Classroom and Google Apps technology tools to transform

their classrooms as part of their ongoing professional development. “Because our students loved the Chromebooks the teachers learned to use them,” said Mrs Vella-Cox. “Even teachers who weren’t tech savvy could get their classrooms up and running on Chromebooks quickly and easily, freeing up time and resources for teaching and learning.” Teachers are being challenged to think about how they can use Google Apps to build on their students’ higher-order thinking skills and love for learning. “The simplicity and effectiveness of Google in schools means more time for teachers to focus their energy on the students and their outcomes,” said Mrs VellaCox who believes that students at SCCC are much better positioned now to become lifelong learners. Visit Southern Cross Catholic College at


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Townsville’s Only Secondary College For Boys Educating Young Men as Leaders AS Townsville’s only secondary school for boys, Ignatius Park College is uniquely placed to cater for the specific needs of adolescent boys. Principal Michael Conn said the singlegender nature of the boys’ College has been a significant factor in the school’s success in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits over many years. “Research by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) indicates that single-sex schools are able to offer many advantages not available in other schools,” Mr Conn said. “We recognise that boys think and learn differently from girls and we are able to tailor our curriculum and teaching strategies to boys learning styles”. This hands-on approach to teaching and learning has been so successful that 98 per cent of students opting for tertiary study


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have gained entry into courses of their first or second preference. A part of the College success can be attributed to clear parameters and guidelines in all areas of school life. “Our focus is in having concrete structures in place so that boys know exactly what is expected of them and what the consequences are for not meeting those expectations.” Mr Conn also believes boys perform better when they feel a sense of connection with their school. “We work hard to cater for a wide range in interests. Boys can be involved in our sports development programs, the annual musical, debating or outdoor education programs,” he said. “It is important that boys of all interests can find some point of connection with their school. All the evidence shows that they

perform better when this occurs.” Most important of all, however, is the building relationships – with teachers, each other and the wider community. On entry into the College, boys are assigned a homeroom group within the House System, remaining with that group throughout their years at the College. “Our aim is for boys to grow into outstanding young men with highly developed leadership skills, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence.” Mr Conn said. The College upholds the Christian Brother’s proud traditions of educating young men as leaders.



Rethinking Post Schooling Pathways Vocational Education and Training (VET) is being embraced by secondary school students not only as a pathway into an apprenticeship or traineeship, but as an alternative access to enter university THE number of students completing VET certificates has increased in recent years and St Anthony’s Catholic College believes that participation in VET studies may benefit all students with their transition from school to further learning and training. Participating in VET studies has proven to be very rewarding for St Anthony’s Catholic College Year 11 student, Georgia Iddon who won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the recent Queensland Training Awards which were held on Saturday 30 July 2016. Georgia successfully completed her schoolbased traineeship (Certificate II in Animal

Studies) while in Year 10 at Green Cross Vets Aitkenvale with the support of her Training provider, Animal Industries Resource Centre. “As an Aboriginal student from the Wonnarua tribe, Georgia is proud that her traineeship and community involvement has enabled her to become an advocate encouraging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to strive for their career aspirations and dreams for the future,” said Mr Barry Horner, Principal of St Anthony’s Catholic College. To keep up with the growing interest in VET studies, St Anthony’s Catholic College is introducing a new range of VET Certificates

in 2017. These include Certificate II in Hospitality, Certificate II in Engineering Pathways and Certificate III in Sports and Recreation. There has been a notable increase in the number of students seeking to maximise their future career options by engaging in external learning and training. Students have the opportunity to be part of the SUN Program (Start University Early) offered by Central Queensland University, school based apprenticeships and traineeships, certificate courses offered externally and facilitated by the College along with a Work Experience Program. St Anthony’s Catholic College offers a comprehensive Career Development Program beginning in Year 9 which manages students’ subject selections, career aspirations and develops pathways to their future. For more information, please visit




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Educating The Next Generation Of Innovative Leaders Written by Year 10 student, Sarah Arnell St Margaret Mary’s College IF you were told to picture a typical employee in the technology industry, who would you picture? Would it be a man? Most likely, seeing as the technology industry comprises a high percentage of males. The results of a census last year found that females only make up 30% of the employees working in large technology companies such as Apple, Twitter and Google. The percentage of females working in the technical departments of these companies is even lower – only 10% at Twitter and 17% at Google. These companies are searching for ways to attract women and increase the number of female employees in their

workplace. This places young women who are considering a career in technology in an advantageous position. This male dominance can be changed, by encouraging young women to study subjects such as Digital Technologies and IPT in secondary school. In co-ed schools, most IT classes are dominated by boys, however, students at an all girls school have every opportunity to excel. At St Margaret Mary’s, my Year 10 Digital Technologies class has been learning how to code apps, games and websites in both python and HTML languages. We have used programs such as ‘Grok’ and MIT’s ‘Scratch’ and ‘App

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Inventor,’ which has armed us with modern programming skills. Every student at our school is provided with their own personal laptop and each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard. Our library is equipped with multiple computers, and we have several computer labs with desktop PCs. Our learning environment is improved dramatically by having access to these technological resources. My Digital Technologies class was fortunate enough to recently receive a visit from a member of James Cook University’s technology team. During this visit we were able to sample virtual reality glasses, and learn the many ways in which coding can assist with simplifying day-to-day tasks, such as programming water sprinklers. It is predicted that in 2020, 1.4 million jobs will be available in the technology industry. Women will need to step up and fill these jobs to ensure that they can have a place and a voice in this thriving industry, and hopefully take on leadership roles. So let’s encourage our girls of today to get into IT! If you would like more information about how St Margaret Mary’s College can assist you find your innovative future, contact the College.

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Galbiri – The Place For Children To Grow Galbiri Childcare & Preschool Centre in Belgian Gardens has always maintained a solid reputation for high quality childcare. A spacious facility, Galbiri currently cares for the children of around 100 local families. The centre is non-for-profit and does its best to keep childcare fees as low as possible, whilst increasing the quality of education it provides. Safety and security is paramount for the centre, with the installation of pin pad security doors on the main entryways of the buildings – a new feature that has only been afforded through the community and parents’ fundraising efforts. Incredible Educators When you enrol your child at Galbiri you will notice immediately that all the educators and support staff are passionate, happy and welcoming. It is one of the only centres in Townsville that provides three Educators per room, instead of the regulatory requirement of just two. Centre Director Stephannie Adams explains “Investing in three Educators per room has a long list of benefits – the most important being that each child has more one-on-one time each day.” Growing and learning each day The long day care programs at Galbiri provide the children with a whole lot of FUN, while they learn about themselves and their world. There

is a strong focus on healthy, active lifestyles and using movement to manage emotions and express oneself. ‘Yoga Tools for Schools’ is practised in all of the rooms, caring for the environment is a central part of learning and you will notice fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in the garden beds throughout the six play yards. Next month, Galbiri will also open their kitchen to cook all the centre’s meals in house. “All of the meals are healthy with an ideal balance of the different food groups. We source from local suppliers and have the goal to make the kitchen 100% organic in the future” Stephannie said.

move interstate to keep him there for this year because we are so pleased with Tina and her program”. To enquire about placing your child at Galbiri please call Stephannie or Jackie today on 47 723 099. Galbiri Childcare & Preschool Centre 123–125 Bundock Street Belgian Gardens

A Kindergarten like no other! Kindergarten Teacher Tina Stankovich is Early Childhood qualified and has worked in the field for almost 30 years. She provides a Kindergarten Program so rich in educational quality that the children truly develop an early love of learning. A Galbiri parent said; “The Kindergarten program provided by Tina is amazing! Our first son went through Kindy at Galbiri in 2014. He went to school not only academically prepared, but was confident and mentally ready for the huge step into ‘big school’. My second son is now in Kindy and we have purposely put off our

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Continuity Of Childcare Not-for-profit centre now with new purpose built kindy room “SOME staff have been with The Mike Reynolds Early Childhood Centre for more than two decades so you know your child is in safe hands,” says Centre Director Starr Strowger who believes that there is no decision bigger than whom to entrust to look after your child when you return to work. “Knowing who is caring for your child is important and as a small centre with experienced staff you and your child are able to form a supportive friendship with us. “We have a dedicated team of qualified caring professionals, 10 of whom have been working here for over 10 years and five of whom have been here for 20 years or more. It’s quite an achievement in any business.” Assistant Nursery Leader Margie Seage has been with the centre for almost 20 years and highlights the centre’s close-knit supportive community. “We get to know the families well and often know more about them than our own families. It’s a really friendly and supportive place,” she says. “Most of the children start with us in nursery and we have the pleasure of helping them grow up into happy, independent and respectful people. “We help the parents grow too. It’s normal


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for new parents to not know what to do in various situations like toilet training, for example. We work together as a team to help the child through that development phase.” Centre Cook, Chris Chauntler, has been creating a diverse range of nutritious meals at the Centre for nearly 21 years and follows the guidelines set by the Nutrition Australia Childcare Advisory Service to provide half of the child’s daily intake of nutrients. “We provide morning and afternoon tea and a freshly prepared lunch each day. Four days a week these are hot lunches,” Chris says. “Over the years tastes change and some children have allergies so I adapt the menus to reflect that. We have a four-week menu plan to provide diversity in fresh flavours from Sri Lankan Chicken to Spaghetti Bolognese. “It’s really lovely when a parent asks me for a recipe for a meal their child particularly likes.” As a not-for-profit organisation, money goes straight back into improvements at the Centre to provide the best quality of care, education and nutrition for your child. “Our new kindy room is our most recent development. We have vacancies for children aged 4–5 looking to transition into a school environment with two degree qualified educators,” says Starr.

“Our centre management team ensure that the staff are happy, supported and have the flexibility they need to come here and offer the best support, love and care for your little people.” The Centre offers long Day Care for children up to five years, Monday through Friday from 6.30am till 5.30pm and currently has vacancies for children aged over three years. To discuss your needs please call Starr or Kathy on 4721 3983. Mike Reynolds Early Childhood Centre 10 Leichhardt Street North Ward 4721 3983



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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

The Honey Or The Vinegar? We can improve our relationships with everyone we meet if we adopt the simple approach of politeness (aka honey) versus rudeness (vinegar).

I work with a diverse range of clients but there is one particular couple who stand out to me for a very important piece of advice I have gained from them: ‘You get more from honey than you do from vinegar.’ Of course it took me a good bit of thinking to figure out exactly what that quote meant. And then it clicked. To me, this means that it is much easier to get what you want by being polite than by being rude and disrespectful. I thought this to be very clever, and so true. I have worked with this couple for many years, a husband and wife now entering into retirement, and I believe it’s clients like these who have so much to teach those of us in business. So, while I continue to offer accounting and taxation guidance into this new phase of their lives, they have often given me some beautiful life advice over the years. They have both worked extremely hard throughout their marriage, the husband as a farmer and his wife in the medical field, raising two small children and ensuring they never missed out on anything. The support they gave each other over the years has ensured their lifelong success and allows them to settle into what would be considered a comfortable retirement these days. This couple’s motto of ‘You get more from honey than you do from vinegar’ is well worth putting into practice. Being in business is challenging in itself, add to this the stresses of cash flow, paying bills, tracking inventory, job flows, productivity, monitoring staff and so on and so forth. Professional and working relationships can be high-pressured and leave us time poor, as well as lead to bitterness, tiredness and sarcasm in our everyday lives. ‘The honey’, the basic

principle of being polite, can ensure the flow-on of positive reactions and ‘the vinegar’ just the opposite. Consider this when negotiating, when dealing with your banks, when trying to get a better deal with your telecommunications networks (and this is challenging in itself), and even when dealing with the ATO. If you are having trouble with paying your obligations on time, and you need to make an arrangement, you will get much further if you are polite and have a proactive plan to ensure full payment at some stage in the future. The ‘honey versus vinegar’ approach also comes in handy if you have ever incurred interest and/or penalty charges where perhaps you have a valid reason why these should be remitted. Be sure to ask your accountant to check your income tax account or integrated client account for any charges that have been incurred. Perhaps it may take that open and polite communication with the ATO to see if something can be remedied in your situation, if that is the case. For more information on this topic, please refer to

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

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Shark Attack I was attacked by a shark earlier today. I survived. Just. Well, not really. But I loved it.

IT had been an inspiring morning, enjoying the Innovation Business Breakfast at the DUO Magazine table (P.S. Thank you for the invite DUO!), listening to all of the great things happening and about to happen in our beautiful city. Listening to business leaders share their stories of success and interestingly, failure. You could not help but feel #TownsvilleProud and excited for the future. Then it happened. The event was finishing and people were beginning to leave

their seats. I was finishing a chat when one of the presenters walked by our table, heading off to what I would assume was their seat. I smiled and gave my best “Great work mate” nod. The presenter smiled back, changed directions and headed straight for the vacated seat beside me! “Hi, I’m Steve” was my introduction to Steve Baxter, now known more widely for his involvement with the Shark Tank TV Show, but more impressively the co-founder of PIPE Networks (AFTER he had sold his first business to Malcolm Turnbull / Ozemail back in the day). “Hi, I’m Trent” I replied. I bet he is impressed with that… I did not think to myself. We ended up chatting for a few minutes, before he could not escape the politicians any longer. We shook hands again and in no time he was lost to the crowd. I had been the victim of a shark attack. As I turned back to the rest of the table I began replaying the conversation in my mind – trying to mentally file all of the important points; partly for story telling / bragging rights with my mates but mainly because I realised how much I had ‘stuffed up’. Not stuffed up as in I was a bumbling mess but stuffed up as in I had a face-to-face, mono-et-mono opportunity with a human who actually makes things happen and I didn’t take full advantage of my opportunity. Of course, this isn’t a sad story, au contraire – this is a fantastic story because I have seen myself caught off guard and I know I can do better and now I know how I will do better. Lesson One: I used a buzzword. I had even made a joking status earlier about playing ‘Buzzword Bingo’ at the event. Then I used a buzzword myself. Idiot. Lesson Two: I didn’t actually use my simple

explanation of what I do (aka my Elevator Pitch). I cowed from using it and went with “I do bookkeeping and BAS services” which is the least inspiring component of all of the services we provide! Not just that, Steve knows how important accurate figures are because he invests based on the numbers! Lesson Three: I did not give Steve my business card. Would Steve need my services? Maybe, maybe not. But now I can be assured that he definitely will not use my services in the future. Lesson Four: How can you really brag about a story if you don’t get a selfie? Arguably the most important lesson (kidding). Lesson Five: Say YES to opportunity. During our conversation Steve actually hit me with an idea of his own that he is working on (I AM BASICALLY A SHARK NOW). It involves hula-hoops, yo-yo’s and other interesting concepts but he was actually discussing it with ME in our face-to-face, mono-et-mono chat and I did not say “YES, I can help you with that”. So let me be your crash test dummy. Prepare yourself so that when (not if) you are lucky enough to be the victim of a shark attack, you are ready to say YES. You never know when or how your opportunity will present itself.



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2. Use written employment contracts. Every workplace, no matter the size, should be using employment contracts for all employees to provide protection beyond the legislation. This puts in black and white the terms agreed to between you to remove any argument. Standard templates can be created for you to use for all your employees. Terms including warranties as to fitness for duty / compulsory medical examinations, set-off clauses for monies owed and suitable post employment restraints can all be incorporated.


Keta Roseby

Roberts Nehmer McKee Lawyers

My Top Workplace Law Tips Risks are an inherent feature of being in business but following these simple steps will genuinely and significantly reduce your legal risks of being an employer.

1. Do your homework before recruiting. Don’t set yourself up for a claim! Ensure the candidate: • can competently and safely carry out the duties of the position • will be a good ‘fit’ within the culture of your workplace • has clear expectations about what’s required.

back on track. Please don’t put your head in the sand and hope it will fix itself; it rarely does. If the under performance is longer term or more significant, disciplinary action may be required. 6. Diarise the probationary period. Make a conscious decision to consider the employee’s ongoing employment with you before the probationary or minimum employment period expires. One day really can make all the difference.

3. Create and enforce workplace policies. Policies can cover key aspects of the relationship via a ‘live’ document that can be regularly revised and updated as needed. For example, personal leave notice and evidence requirements, drugs and alcohol, anti-bullying and harassment social media etc. Well written policies can significantly reduce the risks to an employer provided they are enforced and not just filed in the bookcase or, worse, bottom drawer.

7. Keep good written records. Make file notes of all major employment events, decisions, incidents and discussions and always have a second person as witness in any significant meetings with you. Think about the evidence that might be needed if things go pear shaped. Send yourself an email immediately following a discussion with an employee with details of what was said. It will show the date and time of the discussion, is quick and simple and easily filed. Trust me; you will thank yourself when your solicitor asks you for them.

4. Communicate regularly. If you have an open door policy you’re far more likely to know about issues before they become a legal risk. Have that conversation you’ve been putting off hoping the problem will go away. Employees who feel they have been treated poorly can cause you significant damage and may look for avenues to seek ‘revenge’ via legal claims.

8. Make job-related decisions. Always make decisions based on job-related criteria such as the duties required of the position and the employee’s ability to perform those duties. Decisions based on the employee’s personal attributes may expose you to claims including discrimination, unfair dismissal, unlawful dismissal and adverse action.

5. Regularly evaluate employee performance. You’ve incurred a significant cost in recruiting, inducting and training your new employee. It’s in your interests to help employees ‘stay on track’. If they are performing well, don’t forget the obvious and tell them. If there is recent under performance, have a chat with them and discuss an action plan to get them

9. Get the termination right. Ensure you have a valid reason for dismissal and have followed due process ensuring natural justice. This step can be a risk in itself if not done correctly so please seek legal advice if you’re unfamiliar with the law in this area.

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As Townsville Enterprise celebrates 25 years of advocacy for development and tourism in Townsville North Queensland, the organisation’s founding chairman, Professor Ted Scott, recalls the coming together of the enterprising body.


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Leading The Region YOU were the first Chair of Townsville Enterprise (1991–1999), how did you come to be involved? “I retired as Assistant Vice Chancellor of James Cook University in 1989, and before I knew where I was, Mayor of Townsville Tony Mooney phoned me up – he’d been a student of mine – and asked if I’d have a coffee with him. He explained that he wanted to set up one organisation to promote the city – there were two at the time, the Townsville Thuringowa City Development Board and the Magnetic North Tourism Authority – and he wanted me to be chairman. He said – ‘you’ll only have a meeting once a month’. What a story! What was the vision for Townsville at the time of setting up the organisation? “We wanted Townsville to become, really, the capital of north Australia. We wanted it to be a city where people felt comfortable, were accepted, weren’t swamped by tourism but where they had a great lifestyle. At the time of Tony Mooney’s mayoralty, he had every street sealed – no more dirt roads. Townsville became a city with an emphasis towards greening itself. He did that exceedingly well. As an apolitical organisation, how did you navigate two separate authorities merging into one, and two different councils in those early days? “There was some considerable hostility between the development and tourism organisations as to who was going to run the show. Economic development was scared tourism would take over, tourism was frightened it would lose its emphasis. And people were beginning to say ‘you’ll be in the hands of the council and we won’t have any say’. I do want to say this, very sincerely, that throughout the whole time I had anything to do with Tony Mooney, that Mayor honoured his undertaking that this would be a community project, the council would stay out

if it, but he (Townsville City Council) would cough up about a quarter million dollars to start it off. From there on he supported and never once tried to dictate what Townsville Enterprise should try to do. I can say the same of Les Tyrell, Mayor of Thuringowa; he too supported us.

“…the enterprises that were generated were ones a collective was working towards and Townsville Enterprise played a front role in being seen to be very active…” What was atop the agenda for Townsville Enterprise? “Townsville started as a dust bowl… Townsville Enterprise realised it had the job, first of all, of developing a new image for the region – we had a regional responsibility as low as Bowen, high as Mission Beach and west to Charters Towers. And it was important we had the regions on board. We of course had to build up a membership base – which went from 250, and I believe is still up around 400 today – we had to structure Townsville Enterprise, we established committees and we appointed consultancies to review what projects would be best for the region. One thing we did, was develop a major imaging campaign in Sydney and in Brisbane (The 1992 Townsville Shines brand campaign). Richard Power, the Mayor and myself went and addressed various tourism industry bodies.

The meetings were tremendously successful. We started to develop an enthusiasm for this place in the sun now, Australia’s latest ‘hotspot’. In 1991, what was the outlook for Townsville? “There were some wonderful things going ahead on the development side of things. The entertainment centre was completed, the casino was operational. The Government finally decided it would permit a medical school to be developed immediately in Townsville. The new Townsville General Hospital was underway. The western railway line was being refurbished, a new inland express was developed by Queensland Rail. Jobs were starting to appear everywhere. We started to get support, and people began to talk about Townsville as the newest hotspot. In development terms, it was go, go, go. It’s important to mention that the things that were started off, even before Townsville Enterprise, are still being developed. And the point must be made – although Townsville Enterprise had its finger in the pie, it was not the only one – it had the support of the two cities, support of State Government, and in its own way the tourism authority. So the enterprises that were generated were ones a collective was working towards and Townsville Enterprise played a front role in being seen to be very active in those areas. Today, Townsville Enterprise continues its work connecting, growing and promoting the region. If you returned as Chair, what would your focus be? “I would not stop anything Townsville Enterprise is doing, because I think they have a very wise program. To me, projects that will facilitate development and investment and create jobs, are there for the taking. You just have to take politics out of it.”

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Baby-boomers Hold Influence Lifestyle and financial choices exercised by the baby boomer generation are likely to create increased demand for housing throughout regional Australia. More than any other generation, those born between 1946 and 1964 will have the greatest influence on property markets over the next twenty years.


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THOSE who were born between 1946 and 1964 will turn 65 years of age from 2011 to 2030. The first of the baby boomer generation are already five years in to the retirement phase of their life. Don’t be surprised if tens (may be hundreds) of thousands end up organising a removal truck and relocate to one of the many beautiful parts of regional Australia in search of a sea-change or tree-change. Given that baby boomers represent 21 per cent of Australia’s population and that a very high proportion have insufficient retirement savings, downsizing the family home will become the most practical option for most; in many cases it will be the only option. And, when Australia’s baby boomer population equates to 4.45 million people, even if only a small portion did relocate it will create significant extra demand for housing in the regions. This very real scenario is one of several reasons why Propertyology has always maintained an open mind to taking advantage of property investment opportunities in parts of regional Australia. Whether coastal or rural, we believe that the regional cities which will be in highest demand by baby-boomer relocators will offer a combination of quality lifestyle, good health care, and availability of freestanding houses for less than $400,000. As at September 2015, 2.5 million Australians were already in receipt of the aged pension. Unlike Gen X and Gen Y, baby boomers did not have their employer contributing towards superannuation until the back end of their working years. So, one way or another, around 90 per cent of this generation will have some reliance on a government-funded pension which already costs the country $44 billion per year (and growing very fast). As baby boomers begin to realise that $32,000 per retired couple doesn’t provide for a lifestyle to their liking, many will explore options which probably never would have crossed their minds while they were busy fighting the rat race. Some might elect to remain in their existing metropolis and downsize to apartment living. But, it’s worth remembering that baby boomers grew up in the era of the Victor lawnmower and Hills Hoist clothes line; the tool shed, back yard garden, and double carport for their boat or caravan may actually take on greater importance to them during retirement. When they gaze at their navel a bit longer, discover how much more affordable a detached house is in most of regional Australia, and think about the more relaxed lifestyle on offer they’ll need little convincing.

Let’s imagine that you’re that 65 year old couple who, for one reason or another, is about to finish working. You’ve probably become very accustomed to a certain lifestyle from your $100,000 plus combined household income and don’t wish to make all of the adjustments needed to get by on a $32,000 annual pension. That couple of hundred thousand dollars in superannuation will only stretch so far. Let’s also imagine that your four-bedroom family home on the traditional quarter acre block is debt free and worth $600,000. The best card to play from what you’ve been dealt may be to downsize to a home worth (say) $400,000, thereby freeing up $200,000 cash to supplement your income. There are around forty regional cities which perform the role of pseudo capital city, offering all of the essential infrastructure as Australia’s official eight capital cities. As at June 2015, 8.2 million people already reside in regional Australia (that’s 1 in 3 people who elect to live outside of a capital city). Over the last five years, regional Australia’s average annual population growth rate of 1.1 per cent is higher than Adelaide and Hobart and not that much lower than Sydney and Canberra (both 1.6%). For property investors, the advantages of investing in regional Australia include a smaller capital outlay to get in to the market, higher rental yields, lower holding costs, and diversification within a portfolio. When analysed on an average annual capital growth rate over the last fifteen years, many regional cities have actually outperformed capital cities. And, with industries like agriculture, tourism, and advanced manufacturing very well positioned to prosper from the Asian Century, it shouldn’t be difficult at all to understand that the investment fundamentals are very sound. In New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie offer the quiniela of good health care and coastal lifestyle although the median house price is circa $450,000. Those who favour a picturesque rural lifestyle can strike the trifecta in strong regional cities like Armidale (a university city surrounded by natural wonder), Orange (a foodie heaven and medical specialist hub), the country music capital of Tamworth, Dubbo (with quality retail facilities, tourist attractions like the Western Plains zoo, and daily flights to Australia’s three biggest capital cities), or Wagga Wagga (the gateway to Australia’s agriculture and wine capital). The decentralised nature of Queensland’s population is such that baby boomers and property investors are spoilt for choice. The trifecta of beautiful coastal lifestyle, affordable

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housing, and quality health infrastructure exist in Cairns, Townsville, and Hervey Bay. Those who favour the land over the sea will appreciate Toowoomba (Australia’s second biggest inland city) and the aptly-named Scenic Rim. The biggest bang for your buck is found in arguably the most beautiful state in Australia, Tasmania. There’s a very good reason why its current average household age of 40 is ahead of the national average (37). Hobart is the only Australian capital city which ticks the box for detached houses under $400,000. For even more affordable options, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie each have essential infrastructure and lifestyle in spades. Western Australia has strong regional cities with seaside lifestyles in Albany and Bunbury although my pick of the bunch is Geraldton. The city which boats the highest number of millionaires per capita is the seafood haven of Port Lincoln in South Australia. In Victoria, both Bendigo and Ballarat have populations circa 100,000 people, lifestyle attractions centred around Australia’s gold rush history, and detached houses for sub $350,000. If ‘downsizing’ to you means ‘same city, smaller digs’, you certainly won’t have a problem finding an apartment. The number of attached dwellings (apartments and townhouses) built nationally has increased from 31 per cent for the two years ending December 2007 to a 47 per cent over the two years ending December 2015. 90 per cent of Australia’s new apartment approvals during the most recent two year period were in capital cities. Your options might still be limited in that sub $400,000 bracket though!

Simon Pressley Simon Pressley is Managing Director of Propertyology, a REIA Hall Of Fame Inductee, property market analyst, accredited property investment adviser, and Buyer’s Agent. Propertyology works exclusively with property investors to purchase properties in strategically chosen locations all over Australia. For more information about property investments visit

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CRYSTAL BALL GAZING Cleaning out some files a couple of weeks ago, I came across an ‘old’ report which referenced population projections for Townsville prepared by the State Government’s Planning Information and Forecasting Unit (PIFU), dated 2009. The projections were presented in their customary five-year blocks, to coincide with census years, with three scenarios: low, medium and high. Only seven years ago, key city decisions were being driven by a projection that come 2016, the city’s population would reach between 210,078 and 229,941. The medium level projection was 218,660. Oh, how things can change so fast.

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Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Doctor, Doctor, Bring Me The News…

SINCE 2000, there’s been some 15 plans and strategies of one sort or another to do with Townsville’s development, the flaccid CBD or the city-region’s economic growth. At the heart of these have been assumptions about the trajectory of population growth, with expectations of ongoing and above-average growth to the distant horizon. It’s probably time to reflect on what has actually been going on, and consider what the evidence is telling us. A grounding in the evidence is, so it would appear in any case, the most logical and useful starting point to any effort to understand the regional economic malaise, its dynamics and features and its causes. If the regional economy were a patient, a responsible doctor would undertake an evidence-based diagnostics before prescribing the medicine. The alternative would be guesswork and snake oil. Here’s something of an evidence-based health check.


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REALITY CHECK Official ABS estimates, updated on an annual basis, already paint a very different picture. Indeed, the latest estimate for 2015 had the total city population at 193,992, and people – like Business Chamber President Troy Popham – actually think it has declined from that level to somewhere in the 180,000s. The projections are out by at least an order of 8–9%. If that’s the recent track record, one does wonder about the confidence any planning or strategy can have in today’s projections. The ABS estimates has the city’s population growing by an annual rate of 1.02% between 2014 and 2016, and if depopulation expectations are true, the Bureau has probably overshot the mark as well. If it is the case that we are going to have to wait till the 2016 Census data to be available in mid-2017, there are other more up-to-the-minute data sources that give us some clues as to what is happening ‘on the ground’. Dwelling and unit approvals data is the first port of call. This is maintained on a monthly basis by Townsville City Council, and published on the Council website. Data going back to 2009, post-amalgamation, is available for review. The approvals data tells us a few key things, including: Approvals for the first half of 2016 (326 dwellings) are the lowest for any first half for the past 8 years. Month on month, the number of approvals in 2016 are in the majority of cases, less than the comparable situation in all previous years. Monthly fluctuations aside, the long run pattern is a peak in 2012 and a long, slow decline ever since. If the second half of this year is anything like the second half of previous years, we will see no more than 650 or so dwelling approvals by year’s end. That’s 160

less than the previous low, in 2015. The second clue is in the residential vacancy rate data. The short story is that in the space of the last three years, it has tripled from around 2% to 6%. That suggests renters have either left town, or there’s more shared accommodation now than before. There’s probably a bit of both at work. The third clue is in the demographic change by age groups. The estimates basically point to a net decline in the number of persons aged 30–34 and 40–49 years old. Put plainly, that’s working aged people leaving. If there has been any population growth, it’s mainly amongst 0–4 year olds. If there’s any doubt about the exodus of workers, look no further than ABS labour force data, which shows the region’s participation rate in free fall and the proportion of workers to the population at large falling to 50%, when the national average is 59%. PATCHWORK QUILT The ABS population estimates actually break the numbers down to what are basically suburban levels. This paints a fascinating picture of the uneven nature of population growth and decline across the city over time. Perhaps the most striking thing about the suburb-by-suburb data is just how uneven population change is. Not surprisingly, almost all of the expansion has taken place in the outer suburbs. Between 2010 and 2015, Deeragun contributed 43.9% of total population growth, followed by Mount Louisa (8.4%), Bohle Plains (7%) and Kelso (6.5%). In other words, two-thirds of population growth in the city took place in these four suburbs. This concentration of growth in four suburbs contrasts to shrinkage in the middle suburbs of Annandale, Cranbrook and Currajong/Vincent. Interestingly also is what’s been going on in the CBD and its immediate surrounds. Here, we’re interested in Townsville City proper, North Ward, South Townsville and Railway Estate. In the CBD broadly speaking (South Townsville/Railway Estate and Townsville City/North Ward), it made the grand contribution of 5% during that period of 901 persons. In the CBD proper, we’ve seen an estimated addition of 661 persons between 2010 and 2015. If this doesn’t sound too sluggish, it’s probably worth recognising that 565 (or 85.5%) took place between 2010 and 2012; since then, CBD population growth has petered off. There was an estimated addition of 9 people in 2013, 18 in 2014 and 69 in 2015. The evidence shows clearly that there’s

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“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry,” so wrote Scottish poet Robert Byrne in 1785. Penned at a different time and place, there remains an eerie resonance with much that goes on in our world today.

been no dramatic flood to the CBD. On the contrary, there’s been a tsunami to the cheaper suburbs: CBD = 661; Deeragun = 7,645. INDUSTRIES OF EMPLOYMENT Between 2009 and now, there have been major changes to the industries of employment in the Townsville region. We’ve seen net growth in education and training, arts and media, health services and retailing. On the flip side, jobs have been lost in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, manufacturing, transport and warehousing and logistics, wholesale trade, financial and insurance services and construction. As for mining industry employment, there’s actually slightly more employed in mining today (or at least in 2015) than there was in 2009. The city-region’s shrinkage cannot be attributed simply to the fall from grace of mining. What happened with mining employment was a spike in 2013 before a rapid decline back to 2009 levels. The latest mining boom behaved much like most historical booms; it peaked then popped. These swings and roundabouts in the industries of employment are not without serious implications. By calculating the nett effect of changes in industries of employment between 2009 and 2015 on regional wages and salaries (using national industry average earnings), I roughly estimate that today’s total wages pool (in 2015 dollars) in the Townsville region is some 14% smaller than it was seven years ago. That equates to there being $1.038 billion less wages in the economy on an annualised basis.

TOO MUCH SUPPLY, NOT ENOUGH DEMAND. What seems to have happened in Townsville and its immediate region over the past seven years is a progressive disappearance of higher paying jobs to only be partially offset by insufficient lower paying jobs. Qualitative mismatch only makes it worse. As unemployment has grown in certain industries, wherever possible or necessary, displaced workers are either finding themselves joining the job search queues locally (on which there are some 16,000+), dropping out altogether or leaving the region. The wages base has as a result of these dynamics seriously contracted, which – when combined with de-employment – drives asset value reduction. Put plainly, the region now suffers from a chronic case of over-capacity in fixed infrastructure assets (houses, factories, shops and offices) and underutilisation of labour. Too much supply, not enough demand. This contraction in local demand sets the evidence backdrop to any prognosis. And so, I return to the doctor-patient metaphor. The patient may have plenty of ‘opportunities’ or ‘prospects’, but is being held back by very serious ailments. These ailments aren’t a fiction of some imagination, nor are they merely psychological constructs that can be whisked away with a solid dose of Christopher Robbins-inspired self-help positive hoopla. That’s snake oil. Some of these ailments come and go (that’s the cyclical part), but others seem to be set-in (a bit like congenital disorders or progressive degradation maladies). Proposed remedies need to be developed against a proper diagnosis of the causes of

ailment, not just the symptoms. And whatever remedies are put into place need to be properly monitored for efficacy. Openness to public review and scrutiny will be paramount if, as a community, we are to effectively treat the ailments and get the patient back on its feet. The patient is far from terminal, and renewed imaginaries based on an evidencebased diagnosis can bring it out of its torpor and help it recuperate and find new strength. Some immunity boosters will be necessary, as well augmentations because we know that the body of old is in some parts simply too fragile. As for plans based on fanciful population projections, one only has to reflect on the chasm between what was projected a mere seven years ago, and the realities of today. To do otherwise is to confuse hope for strategy.

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

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Owner & Principal Audiologist Clarity Hearing Solutions For Grant Collins, founding his business Clarity Hearing Solutions came from a decision to be a clinician, not a salesman. “A large multinational company, owned by a hearing aid manufacturer, purchased the company I was working for,” recalls Grant. “I suddenly had large sales targets, and was only able to access certain brands of products to do my job. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, without restrictions or sales pressures, so I set about creating my own ethical practice.” Hailing originally from Charleville, Western Queensland, Grant says he chose Townsville because of its mix of city and country – it was big enough to sustain a clinic, but with country hospitality. “When we came to Townsville we started doing outreach services – the bush telegraph went into overdrive and we became very well known. Patients were travelling in-land from Mackay and Rockhampton to see us in Emerald. This was unheard of! It was thanks to patient testimony that our business grew, and very quickly. “My wife Sara still reminds me that I’d said we would have a ‘boutique’ clinic, just her and I…” One of Grant’s most significant achievements for his business, himself and the industry has been establishing and implementing a cochlear implant program to provide services to just about anywhere in Queensland, that were previously only available in the southeast corner. “The program means we can save patients thousands of kilometres, hours of travel and many dollars. Personally, this was a big achievement.” A country boy at heart, Grant says down time for him is spent at the family’s small cattle farm at Majors Creek, with Sara and their two sons, Charlie (4) and Hugo (3 months). “Throw in the cricket season and I’m truly satisfied.”

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Dealer Principal, Pickerings Auto Group Townsville With his career spanning 30 years in the automotive retail business, Scott McElligott, Dealer Principal at Pickerings Auto Group, says now is the time to think outside the square. “This industry is a dynamic one which has changed dramatically over the last number of years,” says Scott. “The way things have always been done is in many cases no longer successful. The things we can influence are the things that we need to be really good at doing.”

Scott says it’s the opportunity to lead a business in his hometown Townsville, which demands innovative thinking to navigate changing conditions, that is most professionally stimulating. “By treating customers the way they need to be treated I’m confident people will continue to support the businesses that are employing local people; and by being invested in the community we can provide a guarantee that the best place to buy their next car is right here in Townsville – from a local Dealer,” Scott says. “We are a local business that has been here for over 40 years and we are determined to be involved in the Townsville community for the next 40 years.”

For Scott, down time is spent with his wife of 22 years Jenni and his two adult children at the McElligott beach house, relaxing, fishing, reading and walking the beach. “We also actually just returned from a 12 month break, including a six-month journey from Townsville to Tasmania in our New Age Caravan – it was the experience of a lifetime,” shares Scott. “For me living in Townsville has always been about the lifestyle, the people and the fact that we have everything a capital city has but without the big city hassles. We also have a NRL premiership – what else could you want?”

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Chairman / Executive Director – Business Development, O2UDP Group Pty Ltd “Townsville is a great place to set up business,” says Pat Brady, who started his engineering firm UDP Group 12 years ago with a team of just two. Since then, UDP has designed and constructed many of the roads, water, sewerage, electricity and communications services we use today; a community connection Pat says is most rewarding. “Townsville is a place where, if you are prepared to work hard, people of this city will give you a go,” explains Pat. “It has a size and scale that means it is big enough to sustain hard-working businesses, but you can still get anywhere in 10 minutes.” Today, UDP Group employs 115 people, and in July merged with O2 Group to form O2UDP Group. As Co-Chairman and Executive Director, Pat is responsible for new business development and client relations across the newly minted company. “As a result of the merger, our business now has the unique specialties in agricultural and environmental engineering that will allow us to launch into southern states, and also further north to China and the rest of Asia,” explains Pat. “Townsville is situated geographically such that it is perfectly placed to take advantage of the changes in the world economy, as we move from a building phase to a consumer phase,” he continues. “The ability of north Australia to supply innovative food, services and education to the most populous countries in the world, assuming governments are supportive and provide mechanisms for the investment required, simply must result in jobs and successful businesses in Townsville – and that is what leads to prosperity.”

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Dealer Principal, Townsville Auto Group Car guy, and Dealership Principal at Townsville Auto Group (TAG), Adam Davis may only have been in Townsville a little over 12 months, but he’s a Townsville convert. “I do love the traffic here, or lack of!” laughs Adam. Hailing from the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Adam relocated to Townsville to establish and develop TAG, bringing with him wife Leanne (who is also employed at TAG) and two teenage daughters, Tiana (17) and Breianna (13). “The opportunity to relocate and work with TAG and its brands was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” explains Adam, who has worked in the car sales industry for 17 years. With two fully equipped service workshops, a multifranchise parts warehouse and three new vehicle showrooms and a quality used car showroom, Adam says TAG offers first-class facilities to current and future customers. Offering new vehicle brands – Chrysler, Jeep Dodge, Honda and Isuzu ute – and pre-loved used vehicles, TAG also offers internal finance and vehicle protections packages. “We’re kind of the one-stopshop when buying a car,” describes Adam. This month marks one year since TAG was formed, following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment of the Duckworth Street dealership. TAG is proudly local, owned by locals and is committed to Townsville and its community. “Our mission is to be an active business within the community, we are aware of supporting local suppliers, and we sponsor local organisations, like NQ Football,” says Adam. “Our industry is changing which is exciting,” Adam admits. “Technology is also changing the way people buy. And it’s now up to us to adapt as a business and change the way we operate by supporting our customers’ busy schedules.” 54 Duckworth Street Garbutt 4750 0300

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Director and Builder, Doble Homes Passionate about his business and our city, Doble Homes director and owner Greg Doble is confident Townsville’s best days are yet to come. As business owner, and a trade-qualified carpenter, joiner and building inspector, when it comes to the business Greg “does a fair bit” – interpreted as strategic decision-making, coordinating the construction, managing contractors, overseeing quality assurance and anything and everything in between. “Doble Homes was born from a passion to succeed as a business, and an even greater passion to deliver beautiful homes to our clients,” explains Greg. “Sometimes the clients cry at handover – from joy, I promise! This gives you an idea of the importance of what we do, and the expectations our clients have.

“My greatest career achievement is each time we employ another person,” says Greg. “Because that means growth.” Personally, Greg says he’s happiest when he’s with his wife Kassandra and two children. “Actually, I’m happiest when I don’t start work at 6am!” laughs Greg. “That’s when I get to see my boy Zac (4) come running out of his room like a crazy kid, followed by my beautiful little girl Holly (7) who emerges from her room a little more delicately.” Creating homes for people across our city, Greg is one of Townsville’s biggest advocates. “Townsville is a great place to raise a family. We can go kiteboarding one arvo, fishing the next, do a bit of boxing at the gym the following arvo with next to no preparation – you just can’t do that in a big city. “Townsville will rekindle that spark it’s had before... And we’re ready for it.”

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Property Developer, Hobson Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd Starting in the construction industry as a labourer at 14 years old, Rick Hobson says it was seeing Townsville progress through development that really connected with him, and has kept him in the game to this day. Rick’s company Hobson Constructions, which he started in 1985, has worked some of our city’s major projects, including Townsville Hospital, Sunmetal refinery and the expansion of the RAAF Base and Main Roads contracts. Most rewarding to Rick though, was “turning a trotting track into a football stadium” in the early-mid ‘90s. “Joe Goicoechea – a stalwart of the construction industry at that time – started chasing up locals to do it voluntarily,” recalls Rick, who joined two other companies to do the groundworks – donating time and machinery to profile the ground and build the mounds for what we know now as the NQ Cowboys’ home ground.

His latest project is Mount Margaret, a residential big block estate in Alice River. “I’ve never developed blocks under 2000sqm,” explains Rick, who also created Chelsea Place and Rupertswood, the latter winning a UDIA award for Best Rural Residential Estate in the late ‘90s. “Being a local bloke, I believe the summers up here require big blocks to keep within the comfort zone. “I’m probably the only developer to live in my own estate too,” laughs Rick, who will be moving into his new home at Mount Margaret before Christmas. “My sales manager already lives here. “Big blocks are better investments. This style of development doesn’t depreciate.” Rick is also an accomplished aquaculture farmer, with his barra and prawn reeling in numerous prestigious awards. “I’ve received accolades in every endeavour – construction, aquaculture and restaurants.” When not working, Rick is spending time with his four children and three granddaughters.

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Managing Director, 360 Cre8ive Enterprises As managing director of digital design, communications and public relations agency 360 Cre8ive Enterprises Christian Gordon says he’s pretty much everything from the cleaner to the accountant, but he is happiest when in the creative zone. “I love the creative process, finding solutions, being innovative, then seeing those ideas in action,” he reveals. With a background in PR, Christian knows too well just how important a business’ communications plan is. “Many people think they only need PR in times of trouble, which couldn’t be further from the truth. “A PR strategy is designed to protect your brand, manage your reputation and should be linked with all areas of your business operations. It scaffolds your activity in both the digital and real world. “Long gone are the days when consumers relied on the messages advertisers told them. Today we all look for credible product reviews, peer comments and experiences and customer feedback, and we consume this information wherever and whenever we want. “Video is certainly where marketing is right now and the digital space is accessible, relatively simple to use, cost effective and has potential for all businesses. This mobile 24/7 sales platform is evolving at a rapid rate, and it’s exciting to see where we will be in one, two or five years from now. “I’ve brought together a talented team, who share my passion, drive and high expectations. I think this is why we are a force to be reckoned with.” After seven years working in North Queensland, Christian is excited by the potential of not only his business, but also the region. “There is optimism and inspiration in the business community to drive this region using innovation and social responsibility. All eyes should be on Townsville now.”

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Principal, Abercrombie Accounting Group A self-confessed pedant and problem solver – and his loved ones will back that up! – it’s no surprise Paul Abercrombie became an accountant. His love for details and precision has taken Paul from accountant to business owner, founding boutique accounting, business and taxation advisory firm Abercrombie Accounting Group (AAG) in early 2011. When asked what it is he loves about his work, he laughs, “How can you love being an accountant?! “Though, I actually really do enjoy my work; most of all I enjoy being part of my clients’ success and helping them achieve goals for their business and security for their family.” Focused on the SME arena, Paul offers expertise in business development both mature and startup in a diverse range of industries, complex trusts, structuring and monitoring self-managed super funds and being an integral part in overseeing financial portfolios. Paul is now preparing AAG for its next phase, including soon-to-be recruiting for a new senior accountant, expanding on opportunities associated with Cloud Accounting and developing new live reporting on clients’ business performance. “We recently acquired and renovated a new office site on Ingham Road, growing our own investment portfolio and utilising self managed superannuation.” With Paul and his partner Matt each running businesses, Paul says six-day work weeks may not be an “easy lifestyle” but the long hours make holidays all the more satisfying. “I’m fortunate with our practice size and strong team that we are best placed to achieve our goal of building personal and long-term relationships with our clients,” says Paul. “I’m actually now seeing second generations of clients’ families coming through, starting business themselves. It’s rewarding to be part of their start-up.”

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Obstetrician / Gynaecologist / Fertility Specialist, Queensland Fertility Group As Clinical Director for Queensland Fertility Group Townsville, Dr Ron Chang works with couples having trouble conceiving, to try and help them successfully become parents. “I believe it is important to provide the Townsville community with the same advanced services they would expect in a capital city,” says Dr Chang. “The infant mortality rate is a crude indicator of the standard of healthcare in a country. Australia should be very proud to have one of the lowest in the world. But good healthcare also needs to be accessible,” he explains. “That’s why we are proud to now offer a low cost IVF service here in Townsville.” Born in Malaysia, Dr Chang studied at University of Queensland, where he also met his wife of 31 years Lisa. After 20 years in private practice in Townsville as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, and with three adult children – Michael, Jessica and Rebecca – Dr Chang says it’s the feeling of being part of a community, and contributing to the community, that he loves most about Townsville. One of his many contributions has been starting a fertility preservation service in Townsville. For men and women diagnosed with cancer, this service allows them the option of preserving their fertility, to then pursue having children post-treatment. With the fields of IVF, Obstetrics and Gynaecology constantly evolving through new discoveries, developments in the science of embryology, and new methods of doing procedures, Dr Chang regularly attends conferences to keep abreast of his industry. “The needs of women remain the same though,” he stresses. “They want a healthy baby and a healthy life, and to be treated like a person. It’s important we not lose sight of this with all the technological changes.”

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Owner/Manager, Strand Fitness, Strand CrossFit & Co-owner, Fitness Institute Growing up in cold inner-city Melbourne, Dean Bodle found himself drawn to Townsville with its warmth, sunshine and redundancy for jumpers. “I came to Townsville for a short 10-day holiday in 2005,” recalls Dean. “I returned home, quit my job and drove to Townsville the next month!” Dean opened his first personal training studio, Strand Fitness, at Tobruk Pool in 2009. With a sudden and solid following, Dean’s one gym soon turned into three. He opened a larger gym at the old hospital site in North Ward in 2010, then converted the studio into Strand CrossFit gym in 2011. In 2014, Dean designed and built a second Strand Fitness gym at North Shore. Seeing potential for a registered training organisation for personal trainers, Dean and co-owner Philip Sherriff opened Fitness Institute in 2010; an RTO designed to deliver Certificate III and IV in Fitness, with options for students to graduate in just four months. Today, Dean likens himself to a builder getting off the tools: “I occasionally take a PT session, crossfit class or boot camp session but I mostly focus on managing and developing the four businesses.” Self-described hard-worker and risk-taker, Dean is in the midst of creating a first for Townsville – a total health hub, at the 2500sqm Venue/Playpen building, complete with the Strand Fitness gym (to relocate from North Ward mid-December), swimming pool with learn to swim classes, sauna, healthy café, spray tanner, nutritionist, massage therapist and Fitness Institute’s school for personal trainers. The health hub will open December, completing early 2017. “I love changing people’s lives for the better, whether it’s a health and wellbeing program, or helping someone’s career as a fitness trainer. I truly love my job.”

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Managing Director, Journey Financial Group For Rick Rayment, building his 25-year-old business Journey Financial Group (formerly Rayment Financial Services) has been, well, a journey. “The business actually came out of a chance discussion with a rugby league teammate back in ‘91,” recalls Rick. “I had just finished my economics degree, Australia was experiencing the ‘recession we needed to have’ and I was working at the old Crown Tavern in South Townsville. Rolando Taviani, who was University Saints’ first-grade fullback at the time, suggested I undertake a suitability test to see if I had the skillset for the industry. “At the end of that season, I had my first shoulder reconstruction, took six weeks off from the Crown, and commenced in the financial services industry. At the end of the six weeks I gave Crown my resignation.” Today, Rick continues delivering financial advice and working closely with clients, although his business has expanded to a team of nine. “We’ve received trophies and plaques but these don’t compare to the satisfaction of knowing that our advice has made a change for the better in our clients’ lives.” Married to Shay, with five adult children between them and one grandchild, Rick says his family would describe him as generous and probably dob him in for telling the worst dad jokes. “Dad jokes aren’t meant to be good are they?!” An advocate for best practice within his field, Rick is also an elected member of an advisory group that meets at least three times each year in Sydney to progress and improve the industry. “Our industry has its share of challenges, but what matters is how we deal with those and evolve the industry to best serve clients’ interests.” 77 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan 4723 9188


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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Townsville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr Benjamin Rahmel is both a dentist and a medical doctor. “I have spent 21 years either studying or training,” explains Dr Rahmel who, since 1993 has completed three degrees – Bachelor of Science (1997), Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (2003) and Bachelor of Dental Science (2010) – as well as four years basic surgical training and another four completing a fellowship in his specialist field. “It’s been a very long road,” he admits. It was during his training in 2013, Dr Rahmel was sent to Townsville for one year, relocating his family – wife Gina and children Ellie (10) and Atticus (6) – temporarily from Brisbane. “Townsville is a beautiful city; we loved it so much, we came back when I finished my studies.” In his specialist role at Townsville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr Rahmel performs surgeries on the face, jaws and teeth. “A large proportion of what we do is the surgical removal of wisdom teeth and the repair of facial trauma like broken jaws. In saying that, we have a much bigger scope of practice,” explains Dr Rahmel. “Surgery is both challenging and rewarding. No two cases are ever the same, we have to adapt quickly and deal with variations as they come up. The reward comes from being able to take away someone’s pain whether it is from an infected tooth or complex facial trauma. “I think computer assisted surgery is the way of the future in our industry,” says Dr Rahmel. “Not only can we virtually plan complex operations using three-dimensional models but also we are developing the ability to make customised replacement parts to reconstruct the face and jaw. “The potential of this technology is very exciting.”

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THE 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is a fun-to-drive SUV that also happens to be one of the most spacious, efficient and competitively priced competitors in the compact luxury segment. Jaguar’s primary goal when setting out to produce its first SUV was for it to be pretty. Mission accomplished, yet as a bit of length, wheelbase and ground clearance were added to achieve eye-pleasing proportions, the resulting


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vehicle ended up with more backseat legroom, cargo space and off-road-friendly ground clearance than most of its competitors. THE 2017 JAGUAR F-PACE: PRETTIER AND MORE PRACTICAL THAN MOST

A secondary goal was for it to drive with the same verve as Jaguar’s sedans and sports cars. Using the same mechanical bones as the XE and XF sports sedans as well as some F-Type inspiration, the F-Pace is indeed one of the most engaging SUVs in the class to drive. The sharp steering, ultra-rigid structure, impeccably composed suspension and rearbiased all-wheel-drive system are all worthy of praise. The ride may be a bit firm for some, however. Inside, the cabin is tastefully designed, nicely adorned in quality materials and fitted with comfortable seats. New to Jaguar is an all-new InTouch Pro touchscreen interface with impressively quick responses, big virtual buttons and customisable menus. The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is a compact luxury SUV that seats five passengers. There are four trim levels: Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S. Every 2017 Jaguar F-Pace comes standard with all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, paddle shift, hill-start assist and an automatic stop-start system. Every 2017 F-Pace comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control,

front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard on all models. The F-Pace cabin is tasteful and constructed of quality materials. The climate controls are large, and the new InControl Pro touchscreen system (optional) features large virtual buttons, quick responses and crisp graphics. Cargo space is excellent for the segment, with the seats raised, it is the best in its class. This is mostly the result of its longer-thanusual depth. And for those who’ll be using the cargo area or the roof to transport a surfboard, kayak or outdoor adventure items, you might be interested in the F-Pace’s optional Activity Key: a waterproof Fitbit-like bracelet that when placed over the tailgate’s Jaguar logo, it unlocks the car, allowing you to leave the key locked in the car. The 2017 F-Pace feels more like a sports sedan from behind the wheel than an SUV – even when compared to the relatively sporty models with which it competes. It corners impressively flat, and nasty mid-corner bumps are greeted with a resolutely rigid body structure and a suspension that remains perfectly composed. The all-wheel-drive system sends almost all of the power rearward under most conditions, creating the advantageous capability and feel of a rear-drive vehicle when cornering. And then there’s the standout steering: light and consistent in its effort, high in feedback and sharp in its responses.



Welcome to Jaguar as you’ve never seen it before. Now you can enjoy the dramatic drive and beauty Jaguar is renowned for, with added practicality. Inspired by F-TYPE, its powerful, muscular looks give the All-New F-PACE a head-turning road presence. And it delivers the connected steering feel and sharp, responsive handling of a sports car too, thanks to its aluminium double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension.

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THIS new E-Class also marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations. They enable comfortable, safe driving on a new level plus a new dimension in driver assistance – among other things. The vehicle comes complete with infotainment and control systems offering an all-new experience. Likewise exemplary: an entirely newly developed diesel engine sets efficiency benchmarks in this segment in conjunction with lightweight construction and optimum aerodynamic figures. The sum total of its innovations, including the Active Lane-change


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Assistant which allows the driver to effortlessly steer into the selected lane, makes the E-Class the most intelligent saloon in its class. NEXT LEVEL INTERIOR DESIGN

THE interior of the new E-Class embodies the synthesis of emotion and intelligence. New for the segment include two brilliant nextgeneration high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. Beneath their shared glass cover, the two displays visually conflate into a wide-screen cockpit that seems to be hovering in thin air. As the instrument cluster, this wide-screen cockpit contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central display above the centre console. The driver can choose between three different styles to select their preferred look for the wide-screen instrument cluster: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”. As the entire cockpit is fully digital, the driver is free to configure the information and views of relevance for them and thus create their own personal cockpit. NEXT-GENERATION DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

THE new assistance and safety systems from Mercedes-Benz enhance safety, comfort and driver assistance to new levels. Active Brake Assist is fitted as standard. It is able to warn the driver of impending collisions, provide

optimum support with emergency braking and if necessary also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing the danger zone ahead of the vehicle. Likewise included as standard is ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity, which can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side: this system is part of the Driving Assistance package PLUS. If a lateral collision has been detected and is imminent, it can move the driver or front passenger away from the danger zone in a sideways direction by way of precaution. To do this, the system inflates an air chamber in the side bolster of the front seat backrest nearest the side of the imminent impact in a fraction of a second, thus increasing the distance between occupant and door and, at the same time, reducing the forces acting on them. PRE-SAFE® Sound: this system is based on a human reflex in the inner ear, called the stapedius reflex. PRE-SAFE® Sound emits a short interference signal through the vehicle’s sound system if the risk of a collision is detected. This signal can trigger the natural reflex and thus prepare the occupants’ ears for the expected sound of the accident, in order to reduce the stress on the occupants.



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


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What’s On This Month EVENTS

MEGA Markets & Sand Sculpture Competition and much more. Full program available online. Magnetic Island 0413 809 765

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week 1 – 4 September Peppers Blue on Blue, Nelly Bay Magnetic Island

Legends Lunch

2 September 11.30am –3pm The Ville Resort-Casino 4771 4000

Sail at Magnetic Island Race Week 2–6 September Join the crew on Pilgrim and experience the exhilaration of racing in one of Queensland’s premier yacht races in the beautiful waters surrounding Magnetic Island! There’s plenty to do aboard a racing yacht so regardless of your skill level you’ll be given the opportunity to get involved hoisting, trimming or grinding. Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island magnetic-island-race-week.html 0424 296 406

2–4 September Featuring The Koffin Rockers, Spy Vs Spy, GANGgajang, The Radiators, The Eurogliders, Ross Wilson, Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, The BadLoves and local support bands. Bivouac Junction Charters Towers 4681 4150

Charters Towers Festival 3 September – 30 October

30 days of festivities including Artisan Markets, Magnetic Island Treasure Quest, Rotary Beer Can Regatta, 10th Birthday Bash featuring King Social, Great Barrier Reef Film Festival, Full Moon Down Under Party, Wine & Food Festival, Medieval Banquet, Best of Magnetic Ocean Swim Classic, Spring Equinox Earth Fest, Talk Like a Pirate Day, Movies Under The Stars, Bolger Bay Open Day,

Charters Towers This year, Charters Towers celebrates with ‘Party at Charlie’s Trousers’! This year’s festival will have a party atmosphere with a fuse of events and attractions which features the town’s original heritage through to the modern culture the region has developed. Those more adventurous may like to take on ‘Towers Rush’. This is an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. The




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TTCMA Country Music Fun Day 11 September 1–6pm St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mundingburra 0417 199 744

RSL Centenary Lavarack Open Day

Castle Hill PCYC Disability Fun Day

3 September 8.30am–3pm Gold coin donation to help raise funds for Townsville Legacy. Lavarack Barracks Townsville 0438 377 216

17 September 10am-2pm Castle Hill PCYC A free fun day out for anyone in the community with a disability and special need with a range of sports and activities to try, as well as music and free sausage sizzle and drink. 4772 3883

2016 Grand Street Parade and Mardi Gras 3 September Ayr Central Business District 0427 834 844

Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Tour

CQUniversity – 2016 Townsville Open Day

24 September 2.30–7pm Breakwater Terminal Townsville 4726 0888

10 September 9am–1pm CQUniversity Level 1, 538 Flinders Street City

Luxlumin – Lighting Up The City 30 September–3 October LUXLUMIN will transform the CBD into an outdoor gallery as the streets and buildings are covered with light, colour and moving images. Luxlumin is a part of the T150 celebrations, this year’s projections explore the history of Townsville and the buildings in the CBD. Included in the 21 sites are theatre and circus performances, interactive installations, DJ’s, Fringe Events, MIXHAUS and Magical Travel Box. Townsville Central Business District 4773 6377

T150 Port of Townsville Gala Dinner Under the Stars 10 September The Strand Townsville 4727 9797

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival 10 September 10am–5pm Balgal Beach 4770 7855


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11 September 9am–2pm Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre 56 Cape Pallarenda Road

Burdekin Water Festival

Towers Rocks

Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival 2 September – 2 October

Sustainable House Day

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GANGgajang and a big line-up of Aussie rock legends perform their hits at Towers Rocks 2-4 September in Charters Towers

Catch Tim Cahill when Melbourne City FC v Northern Fury FC 7 September

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week 1–4 September Magnetic Island


Bridget Jones’s Baby – Charity Movie Night

Until 3 September various times Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797

16 September 7.30pm for 8pm The long awaited third movie from the Bridget Jones saga has finally arrived and it looks to be better than ever. Join us for a night of fun and help raise funds for the Townsville Hospital Foundation. BCC Cinemas Townsville Central Tickets from Volunteer Hub (Gift Shop), Townsville Hospital or by calling 4433 1337


James Blundell 2 September 8pm Dalrymple Hotel

Open Mic Night 2, 16, 30 September 6.30–11pm The Old Courthouse Theatre City 0476 590 004

Japanese Music Concert – Don Kon Ten Shan 7 September 7–9pm The Old Courthouse Theatre City 0476 590 004

Alex Lloyd 8 September 8pm Dalrymple Hotel

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival 9–11 September various times Arcadia Village Hotel Magnetic Island

Riverway Movie Night 16 September 6.30–8pm Riverway Parkland 1300 878 001

TheatreiNQ’s Hamlet – Shakespeare Under the Stars 2016 13–25 September Queens Gardens, North Ward 0467 245 478


Doll – Riverway Sessions 17 September 7.30pm Riverway Arts Centre 4727 9797

Attori – A Night In Vegas 22 September 7pm The Ville Resort-Casino 4771 4000

The Black Sorrows 23 September 8pm Dalrymple Hotel

The Nutcracker 29–30 September 8pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797


Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience 2–11 September 9am–6pm Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre

Past in the Present 2 September–2 October Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery

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ArtNOW Exhibition Until 18 September Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre 4773 8871

61st Townsville Art Awards and the Townsville Open Art Award 2016 23 September–16 October Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011

Metamorphosis: The Art of Tom Moore Until 23 October Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011


NRL Cowboys 3 September 7pm v Gold Coast Titans 1300 Smiles Stadium 132 849

ANB 2016 North Queensland Naturals – Figure & Bodybuilding Championships 4 September 5–9pm The Ville Resort-Casino 4727 9797


5 October YWAM Breakfast by the Sea

5–9 October NQOMT presents Rock Of Ages

6 October Othello

7 October Light The Night

9 October Walk To Remember

Northern Fury FC 7 September 7pm v Melbourne City FC 11 September 3pm Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix FC 11 September 3pm Northern Fury FC U16 v Mackay U16 Townsville Sports Reserve 4412 5255

ANB 2016 North Queensland Naturals – Model Championships 4 September 11am–3pm The Ville Resort-Casino 4727 9797

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Feature films, short films, interactive film, documentaries, 360 virtual reef experience, film talks and forums, kids film workshops and more!

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What Did Ken And Barbie Do When You Weren’t Looking? Prepare to be seduced, comforted, tickled and burped through a darkly comedic musical experience drawing from opera, 80s pop, nursery rhymes and rock’n’roll, as Babushka present “Doll”, a cute and creepy cabaret all about our first childhood BFF, the doll. TAKE a stroll down the sinister side of memory lane and see the world through your Dolly’s eyes: How do we use them to objectify, pacify, falsify and deny? We yearn to be Barbie, cuddle our Cabbage Patch baby, stick pins in Voodoo dolls (but not in blow-up dolls), and sometimes we behave like dolls ourselves. Babushka beckons you into the Barbie Dreamhouse for a very grown-up play-date! Utilising their range of talents the Babushka gals will nurse dolls, break dolls and become dolls in their typically surprising arrangements of everything from Regurgitator to Offenbach.

The dynamos of Babushka are your new favourite night out. Slinging musical innovations, quirky comedy and unapologetic sass, these chanteuses are a whole lot of Tina Fey meets Meow Meow with a pinch of Broad City and a dash of Tripod. Babushka is three drastically different divas that are flirtatious, cheeky and boast a set of unmatchable pipes. Their unique arrangements, musical sketches and mash-ups have garnered acclaim from classical music nerds and indie rock buffs alike. The ladies of Babushka will lambast their audience with

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Tom Moore Pickle Powered Beacon 2014 Hot joined, blown and solid glass with wooden base 63 x 35 x 36 cm

raunchy wit, sly humour and fabulous vocals leaving everyone wanting more. Since premiering their wares at Queensland’s own Woodford Folk Festival, Babushka has performed at Brisbane Festival, Queensland Cabaret Festival, Wonderland Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Anywhere Festival, presented two seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and toured regional Queensland. In 2014, they also won Best Cabaret Act at the Grand Final of the Short & Sweet Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse. Presented by Townsville City Council, Doll is appearing at Riverway Arts Centre on Saturday 17 September, as part of the hugely successful cabaret series Riverway Sessions. Tickets include tapas served to the table prior to the show. Tickets are $55 per person, with VIP Member discounts available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit This project is supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

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Moore Is More For Glass Artist

TOM Moore is a man who knows his craft. His introduction to glass came early on in life, as he recalls viewing glass blowing for the first time at age 16. It was an experience in keeping with a childhood that exposed him to “a lot of very imaginative and inspirational stuff” and ultimately led to him drawing ‘nonsense imagery’ – precursors to his imagined characters no doubt – before entering art school. Moore entered the Australian National University’s glass program in the early 1990s, an experience that he found particularly beneficial as it presented the opportunity to assimilate Venetian glassblowing techniques, which he applied to idiosyncratic imagery. Following his graduation, Moore worked from 1999 to 2014 as Production Manager at JamFactory, a leading not-for-profit craft organisation based in Adelaide. Here, Moore worked on many varied products and commissions, and trained graduates in disciplined production of design and exhibition objects. For a number of years, Moore found his practice positioned somewhat awkwardly between craft and contemporary art, seemingly fitting in neither neatly enough to appease the doyens of ‘good taste’. Despite this, he received a number of major prizes


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for glass-art and, over time, the tide of opinion and opportunity has turned. His work is now included in many prominent public collections, and has been featured in high-profile exhibitions of contemporary art, culminating recently in his participation in Magic Object, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s major exhibition underpinning the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Moore’s glass creatures are a force to be reckoned with. Exquisitely crafted, each is packed with colour, imagination, and a vivid personality. They are seemingly impossible amalgams of people, plants and machines, and call attention to the very real impact we are having on the environment. Moore commented, “I like the idea of sentient plants and rocks. I stick eyes all over plants because I want to feel like they are watching us – perhaps they are holding us accountable for the stuff we do that messes up the planet.” Quite simply, Moore concedes, “I think that if you’re going to explore the relationship of humans and nature – so 1

humans, animals and plants – it’s sort of necessary to acknowledge the problem of human initiated environmental damage.” There is so much to Moore’s works, not only aesthetically but also conceptually, that he has previously been described as a maximalist, opposing the common sentiment that ‘less is more’. Indeed, the artist titled a previous exhibition Moore is More, and explained, “Everything matters: if you think about it, less is actually less.” Once enchanted by Moore’s world of fantastical creatures, it’s hard to disagree. It’s a world that adults will be delighted by, and that children will undoubtedly transport themselves into, all the while learning about glass art, the environment, narratives, and various other themes explored in Moore’s works. As such, Moore’s exhibition Metamorphosis provides the perfect fit for this year’s Glencore Children’s Exhibition. This annual exhibition incorporates interactive elements, promoting hands on engagement with the Visual Arts and creative learning. A number of education resources have also been designed around Tom Moore’s works and the themes he explores, enabling local schools to have rewarding and meaningful experiences that link closely to current curriculum. Metamorphosis, The Art of Tom Moore is the 2016 Glencore Children’s Exhibition and is on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from 26 August – 23 October 2016.


1. Tom MOORE King Flame Fish 2015 Hot joined, blown and solid glass 32 x 47 x 15 cm

2. Tom MOORE Watt’s Triumph 2016 Hot joined, blown and solid glass, mixed media Figure: 110 x 33 x 16 cm; Hill: 78 x 106 x 28 cm

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DUOBook Extract

My Brother Gun

Author James B. Clifton James B. Clifton was born in Derby, Western Australia. He has lived in the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea and worked as a psychiatric nurse, photographer, labourer, hotelier, trainer, acupuncturist, natural therapist and director of human resources for an international hotel chain. James earned a degree in communications, journalism and creative writing in 2013. Author James B. Clifton says the book “speaks of values, friendships, what it was like to do without and to make your own fun regardless of whether you had money, social position or religious beliefs. It is about how kids used to accept people as they found them and just got on with life, having adventures and finding excitement in everything.”

Extract from My Brother Gun by James B. Clifton, published by Balboa Press AU – A division of Hay House. RRP $13.99


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Gun charged into the breeze-way, spotted the big plywood box standing in the corner and yelled, “There y’ar ya little redskin”, without hesitation he pointed the rifle and shot into the box. The problem was that I was hiding behind it because my four-year-old legs couldn’t run another yard. I don’t remember any pain as the bullet bored a hole in my leg but it must have hurt like heck because Gun reckoned I yelped so loud it scared the daylights out of him. It scared him so much he accidentally pulled the trigger again. My ear was scorched and I vaguely recall the buzz as the bullet skimmed my left ear. I fell out from behind my hiding place, blood spurting from the hole in my leg, just like a garden hose on full bore. When Gun saw it, cool as a cucumber and quick-as-a-flash he swore, “Shit, Dad’s gunna kill me.” He grabbed me and hauled me off to the laundry tub, stuffed the hole full of toilet paper then wrapped it up in one of my old nappies, tying it tight so that it had no choice but to stop bleeding. When he was finally satisfied I wasn’t about to die, he slapped me over the ear for hiding behind the cardboard box. The episode ended with Gun reinforcing one of life’s lessons according to him ‘ …brothers never dob on each other, no matter what.’ His reinforcement was a hefty smack across the back of the head and a threat to kill me if I did dob. Dad never noticed the bandage and Mum never mentioned it to him. It didn’t pay to draw attention to these things. My brother `Gun’ was one of those blokes you just had to like. That’s not his real name of course. He earned it because everyone knew he was `Gun’ at everything he did (at least that’s what he told me). Anyway our Dad was always yelling, “I’m gunna kill that kid.” …I’m not too sure Gun’s version was right. Gun never shied away from a dare and

was always inventing new ways to test a bloke’s nerve. Dad was always cranky at him for something but Gun didn’t care. He’d laugh it off even when he did something really stupid and the old-man wanted to throttle him, he’d run away. Gun could run really fast and figured he’d hide until Dad calmed down. He’d get Mum to pass him food through the kitchen window until it was safe to come home. I remember the time Gun and two of his mates were playing cowboys and Indians in a house our Dad was building. They tied a girl up to a hand-carved post inside the house, gathered wood shavings and set fire to them. Gun thought it added to the reality by having a virgin squaw burned at the stake as an offering to the Indian gods. The shavings caught fire but the three of them managed to escape in-the-nick-of-time before the house burnt to the ground. Dad was building it for the local cop and his son was the kid playing with Gun and the little girl. Gun swore it was the cop’s son who burnt the house down and he added valour to his story by explaining he had seen the smoke and it was him who saved the other two kids. Gun was stupid sometimes, he should have known the other two would dob him in. To make things worse, the old man had stormed down to the cop’s barrack house where he was staying until his house was finished, dragged the kid out of the house and gave him a flogging. The cop, who was a huge bloke, was pretty angry at our Dad. When the cop went to save his son, the old man got stuck into him as well, it took five cops to get Dad under control. He could fight my Dad could but for a bloke who thought he was smarter than everyone else, he never learned that Gun was the best fibber in town. When they let Dad out of jail he was like a raging bull: throwing things around, smashing windows, he was so angry. Gun had taken off and stayed away for two whole weeks, getting Mum to pass him food through the kitchen window. He slept in Dad’s truck as he usually did and bided his time until it was safe to come into the house. The old man forgave him

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though… eventually; his punishment was to help Dad rebuild the house. Gun loved being with the old man, building things and being Dad’s right hand man, he hated school though. He spent more time skipping school with his mates, scheming up new ways to test their nerve and create havoc to all and sundry. Gun was my hero. I wanted to be like him, slick, fast and popular, but I was a skinny little kid with blond hair and blue eyes and I couldn’t run as fast like Gun. We had a sister too but she was stupid and only wanted to play with dolls and pretend Mummy and Daddy. Gun wouldn’t let me hang around with him much so I had to play with my slightly older but stupid sister. Sometimes she wouldn’t let me hang around her either, especially when her friends came over to play. When this happened, I’d go off on my own adventures, wandering around the neighbourhood and checking out people’s yards. Sometimes I’d come home with heaps of toys I’d found and Gun and I would play with them for hours. One time when it got dark, Gun made me take all the toys back to where I found them. I was so scared I was crying. I was sure the bogey-man was going to get me. Gun used to tell me things, you know, he was trying to teach me things; things our old man taught him. That was what he was doing while I was walking up and down the streets crying. I couldn’t remember which house I had taken each toy from and it was dark and spooky and he was walking behind me, toeing me up the backside. “Dad always says, when you do something wrong and get caught, own up to it and take your punishment like a man, right? Well, you stole these toys and now you have to take ‘em back and I’m not letting you come home until every last one of ‘em are returned.” My Dad didn’t talk to me much. I’d try to hide from him because he scared me. He had a wicked temper and used to drink a lot and smoke a pipe, he smelled of stale tobacco smoke and Old Spice aftershave and was stone deaf from a bomb blast during the Second World War. When he and my Mum had terrible fights, my sister

and I would climb out of the window and hide until it was over. Gun used to go and try to break it up but sometimes he’d cop a black-eye or bruises too. He reckoned Mum knocked Dad out during one fight, knocked him out with a straight left to the chin. The old man was pretty drunk and when he came to, Gun told him he had knocked him out, he then ran. Dad was pretty chuffed at that and because he had been teaching Gun how to box he also figured Gun might just have a future in the ring. He doubled Guns training and had visions of him as the world heavyweight champ. Gun loved it all but had real trouble being where he was meant to be at the right time. As Dad used to say, he had the `…attention span of a goldfish.’ In the mid 1950s we lived in a house Dad built in Fanny Bay, a suburb of Darwin. When electricity was introduced to Darwin in 1912, Darwin was the last Australian capital city to be connected and it wasn’t until after the Second World War that electricity made it’s way into private homes. We had electricity but our refrigerator was kerosene and we didn’t have television because it didn’t exist in our neck of the woods yet, not in Darwin and certainly not at our place. Our only source of entertainment was the radio and whatever we could organise for ourselves; we had open-air cinema with canvas seats and we got cartoons before the main movie and we didn’t even have ceiling fans in our house. Darwin was a stinking hot-hole in summer and a stinking wet hot-hole during the wet season. That’s just the way things were, teachers caned you and made an example of you if you did something they thought deserved it and you took your punishment and showed no pain. Crying when you got into trouble was worse than wetting your pants. We learned respect the old-fashioned way, at the end of a stick, cane or belt and watch out if you left your manners at home. We made our own fun and often even made our own toys. Before we moved to Darwin we lived in a small coastal town called Derby in Western Australia. We were raised with the local Kimberley aborigines and there

more than six different tribes that used to use our place on their way through. The locals thought we were aborigines because we ran around like wild things and were almost as black, probably from so much sun and dirt. Dad had a station back then and the Windjana people would appear and disappear like ghosts. They had magic and they taught us many things. The Windjana people used to say that Gun had the dingo spirit. Dingo dreaming is the ‘Trickster’ or ‘Loki’ of Norse folklore and he represents our eagerness to experience new things. Dingo dreaming people live day-to-day, never plan anything and genuinely seem surprised when things back-fire, which they often do when Dingo dreaming spirits are allowed a free hand. On a more positive side, they generally have no fear, doubt or worry, are impulsive and spontaneous. Some people think they are flighty and uncaring which is not strictly true. Dingo dreaming people are friendly and are ‘out there’ but they lack social skills. This was Gun in a nutshell. You couldn’t help but like Gun. I grew up thinking there was only one local tribe that made up the Windjana people but this was only a term used to describe the six or more tribes that used common tracks and areas on their walk about south and then back north again. Dad had a special relationship with them all and they would rest a while on our station and work to replenish their supplies. It was a safe haven for them there and they knew they were welcome. Legend has it that Aborigines were still hunted in Western Australia until quite recently the latest recorded case in Western Australia being in 1926. This was the last recorded official case but even in the 1950s and 1960s it was often spoken about that `hunting parties’ would track and shoot Aborigines, I’m not sure whether this was true or just fanciful ravings of drunk men. It is against this background one must understand that some white people frowned at my Dad because he protected them and counted them as friends.

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Townsville Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree Watermark Townsville Proudly supported by Mercedes-Benz Townsville, this fabulous five-course wine dinner showcased Mistletoe Wines – a 5 red star Halliday-rated winery from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Ken and Gwen Sloan of Mistletoe Wines were on hand and everyone fell in love with this gorgeous family and their vino. Shennen Lee Photography



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1. Nikki Bowes, Glenda Worrall 2. Rachael Lucas, Rebecca Crumpler 3. Leena Coutts, Peta Cripps 4. Cymantha Dally, Taryn Bartsch, Danielle Brewer 5. Sarah Hastie, Jeannie Adrichem 6. Danielle Hanson, Courtney Spyott, Janelle Struss 7. Sonia Ross, Susan Scalia, Anita Bellamy 8. Petrina Williams, Deanne Mahoney 9. Miranda Kelly, Jane Thomson, Tressa Reddie, Danielle McDarra 10. Chelsea Burney, Wendy Kennedy, Angela Dickeson






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02UDP Group Annual Client Function


A Touch of Salt 02UDP’s annual client function brought together developers, contractors, government departments and utility providers to celebrate the success of all by working together with Excellence Through Partnership. 02UDP’s head office is based in Townsville with other offices in Mackay, the Whitsundays, Brisbane and Port Moresby. Flicka Photography 1. Paul Tim So, Dominque Tim So, Patrick Brady 2. Russell Perkins, Glen Maidment 3. Craig McClintock, Keith Howell 4. Cr. Verena Coombe, Cr. Jenny Hill, Adele Young 5. John Galloway, Cr. Ann-Maree Greaney, Ken Tippett, Andrew Carter 6. Jessica Picknell, Ashley Finn 7. Paul Green, Joe Gedoun, Martin Locke, Simon Frewen-Lord 8. Jo Lynch, Lucia Taylor, Robert Dorgelo, Carmel Brady 9. Matthew Joyce, Chris Mafais 10. David Lee, Gavin Markwell, Andrew Kaye






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Townsville Cultural Festival James Cook University Grounds At its new location at James Cook University, this year’s Townsville Cultural Festival featured 90 performing groups, over 100 stalls and four stages with everything from folk, rock and pop, to Indigenous Australian music, African drum troupes and Latin dance groups. Another harmonious time was enjoyed by all in the name of unity in diversity. Shennen Lee Photography

1. Regan Ewald, Vahid Roser, Crystal Morelli 2. Libby Mitchell 3. Jayden McKee, Ethan and Darcie Sieverding 4. Dale Cruickshank, Jerisha Topping 5. Sol The Puppet Man 6. Debbie Camilleri, Jeff Torry 7. Wendy Clark, Penny Williams, Kass Kade 8. Florence and Sarah Schwartz 9. Dennis and Cathy O’Toole 10. Rachel Warcon, Leah Morrison



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GPs, specialists and allied health colleagues celebrated the launch of the first enterprise in the newly rezoned Medical Precinct at the Mater Hospital prior to its own redevelopment. The suites have been built by Dr Masson and Dr Welch from Gastroenterology North Queensland. Josephine Carter Photography 1. Gillian Mahy, Kat Dieleson 2. David Derbyshire, Michael Dickson 3. Kym Daniell, Peter Bovey 4. Peter Kanowski, Maggie Mackay 5. Chen and Helena Wu 6. Nittaya Lee, Kirsteen Masson 7. Dr Sean Latouf, Mrs Cora Segal, Dr Brett Segal 8. Christine Welch, Bruce Todd 9. Darren and Sara Whittle 10. Ravi Urkude, Janet Aspinall, Rohini Scott









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Jazz at the Headlands The Surf Club The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and Townsville Jazz Club created a relaxed Sunday afternoon, swinging to the sounds of some of the best jazz and blues bands in North Queensland, while enjoying views of The Strand and Magnetic Island. The line-up included the Stokes Nicholson Big Band, the 1RAR Band and a full day of jazz combos ranging from TRAD and Dixieland to Swing and Modern. Josephine Carter Photography


1. David and Vicky Salisbury 2. Lisa and Cameron James 3. Demi Winks, Piper Carr 4. Roger Newman, Janine Magnusson, Cassie Payne 5. Micheal Hayford, Korah Parackal 6. Coleen, Kathleen Cooper-Smith 7. Clayton O’Neil, Lucy Ewyens 8. Megan Blagdm, Sally Vujica, Cassandra Chiesa 9. Mark and JaneFrances Luton


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Donna Campagnolo from L and L Pepperfarms

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Just Add Spice Australia’s only pepper farm, L and L Pepperfarms in Silkwood (just south of Innisfail), is so popular they’ve just about run out of pepper till November. Words Kylie Davis Photography Richard Curzon

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CHANCES are your pepper has travelled a long way from India or Vietnam to your dinner table… unless you’ve discovered L and L Pepperfarms, that is. Founded in late 1980s by brothers Levis and Louis Campagnolo, L and L Pepperfarms was born out of a search for alternatives after a downturn in the sugar industry. After researching crops grown in South-East Asia pepper was decided upon and Levis and Louis kicked things off with a small plot, trialling different growing systems. The winning method was growing plants on hardwood posts under irrigation for supplementing water and fertigation. “There was very little information in the beginning on how to grow pepper but the advent of the internet has been a great help,” says Levis’ daughter Donna Campagnolo, who has managed the farm since 2006 when her father and uncle retired. “The internet made it easier to access other country’s agricultural departments and do literature searches on subjects like diseases, nutrition and basic horticultural issues.” Donna’s grandfather arrived in Australia from Italy in the 1930s, attracted by the offer of work citing cane. It was the start of a threegeneration farming history for his family in the region. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing though. “We’ve been through two large cyclones in 2006 and 2011, which wiped out 30 to 40 per cent of the plantation each time. Some of the plants are still recovering and we’re constantly replacing plants that die due to stress and disease,” Donna says. These days L and L Pepperfarms has two hectares of pepper vines that are harvested annually by hand around October and sun-dried. “We are Australia’s only commercial pepper farm and produce two tonne annually,” says Donna. “Our product is fresh and each year we have a new batch that often runs out before the next pick has happened.”


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L and L Pepperfarms sells its fresh green peppercorns to markets in Sydney and Melbourne (from June to September) with Herbie’s Spices and Essential Ingredients in Sydney and Melbourne marketing the pepper to the larger population. Locally the product is sold at Otto’s Fresh Food Market, Lamberts Fresh Produce, My Fruit Shop, Townsville Fruit Barn, Organic Pantry at North Shore and at the Willows markets so get it while it lasts. “We have a loyal following in the Far North with IGAs stocking our pepper from the tablelands through Cairns and Tully,” Donna says. “Our local butchers also use it in their sausages and spice companies from Kuranda to Melbourne use our pepper in their spice mixes.” Leading Australian gourmet food producer Maggie Beer is also known to use pepper from L and L Pepperfarms in a number of her products. Although he’s retired, Levis can’t stay out of the paddock and, alongside his wife and their daughter Donna, is happy to pack the dry product. “We have a crew of 10 locals who come back every year to pick the pepper in October, with the season lasting between two to three weeks,” Donna says. “We supplement this core crew with backpackers.”


LU N C HEON 2016

Tuesday 1st November 11.30am-3pm | The Ville Grand Ballroom $140* per person

Ticket includes

Delicious 3 course menu • 3.5 hour premium beverage package • Loloma Jewellers diamond giveaway • Channel 7 TV coverage live on the big screens • TAB facilities • DUO best dressed • Prizes & sweepstakes • Stockland Townsville fashion parade • Pamper Lounge with hair by Techniques and makeup by Kristin Martin •

BE QUICK – THIS EVENT SELLS OUT WELL IN ADVANCE Purchase tickets from the Entertainment Centre Box Office on 4771 4000 or at THE-VILLE.COM.AU

Group bookings must be made in a single transaction to allow group seating allocation. Subject to availability, change and cancellation. Guests must be 18+ to attend. *Ticketing fee applies to all online and phone bookings, plus a 2% transaction fee applies to credit card bookings. The Ville practices the responsible service of alcohol.

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E N J O Y J A M - B R E A K F A S T, L U N C H O R D I N N E R




JAM is the place to be for breakfast in Townsville with our unique menu and great coffee.

Try our lunch special menu, includes either a glass of selected wine, Townsville Premium or San Pellegrino water.

Experience amazing North Qld produce on our spring menu, our Gourmet Traveller Awarded Wine List offers over 100 + bottles.



Day conferences, business meetings, product launches.

Weddings, anniversaries, engagements, birthdays, baby showers.


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

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


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


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

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420 Flinders Street Licensed Corporate catering Open from 6am

Fairfield Central Licensed Full restaurant menu Open till late

Stockland Traditional espresso bar Café menu Open 7 days



STELLAROSSA Coffee is our Passion. Food is our Love. Customers are our Life! Welcome to Stellarossa, Townsville’s newest café espresso bar. Now open in 3 locations, 420 Flinders Street, Fairfield Central and Stockland. Come and experience the Stellarossa difference today with a full breakfast, lunch, pizza and pasta menu. 420 Flinders St and Fairfield Central are also licensed. Known for our 5 Star Speciality Coffee, you know you need to come in and try it, you will enjoy! Find us on Facebook to keep up to date. Stellarossa 420 Flinders St, Stellarossa Fairfield Central, Stellarossa Stockland Townsville

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


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


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





Craig Smith

Ingredients 2 x lamb racks cap removed french trimmed and cut in half 1 cup brioche crumbs 1/2 cup pitted green olives 1/2 cup chopped coriander 1/3 cup grated pecorino


2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Seal lamb racks on both sides till nicely brown then refrigerate.

1 cup polenta

Bring milk and chicken stock to the boil.

1 cup white chicken stock

Add polenta and cook till smooth and creamy, finish with 50 gm of butter and parmesan cheese.

4 cups milk salt and pepper 50 gm butter 50 gm parmesan cheese 12 Dutch carrots 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp butter 12 asparagus spears 12 sugar snaps

Combine brioche, olives, coriander and pecorino in blender and blend to a paste. Paint lamb racks with mustard, then coat with crust, bake for 23 minutes on 170C. Blanch carrots, asparagus and sugar snaps. Melt 1 tbsp butter in pan, add carrots and honey and cook for 2 minutes on medium heat. Deglaze pan with balsamic, season with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tbsp butter, add asparagus and sugar snaps, season with salt and pepper.

120 ml red wine jus To plate Spoon creamy polenta onto centre of plate, cut lamb rack in half and place on polenta with vegetables around the outside.

Michels 7 Palmer Street South Townsville 4724 1460


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DUORecipe Green Olive, Brioche & Pecorino Crusted Lamb Rack

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R E C I P E | B EBraza N’S M B I BFelicio LE BY BEN O’DONOGHUE DUORecipe byE AT Andre

Feijoada “Completa” This is probably one of the most popular and traditional Brazilian dishes. It is traditionally served every Wednesday and Saturday lunchtime and has been on the menu since the 1850’s.

SERVES 6 Ingredients


500 g black beans

Cut the dried, salted meat into small pieces. Place the black beans in a pot with double the water, and add the dried salted meat. Change the water at least four times every three hours.

400 g dried salted meat 200 g thick bacon slices 200 g chorizo smoked 200 g calabresa sausage 200 g black pudding sausage 200 g pork belly smoked 200 g pork leg 500 g pork ribs smoked 3 bay leaves 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 brown onion, finely diced

Dice the bacon, pork belly and pork leg. Cut the sausages into small pieces. Cut the pork ribs, leaving 1 bone on each piece. Add half of this meat to the pot. Place the pot with the black beans, dried meat and water on the stove adding another litre of water. Add the bay leaves. Bring to the boil. Make sure you mix it occasionally, using a flat, wooden spoon, trying to scrape the bottom of the pot, to stop it from burning. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1½ hours. After 1½ hours, set the bacon aside, and mix in the rest of the meat and cook it for a further 1½ hours.

1 teaspoon black pepper ground

Towards the end of the last 30 minutes, get a frying pan, heat up some vegetable oil and cook the bacon, onion, garlic, parsley and chilli for 10 minutes. Using a ladle, add some black beans from the big pot into the frying pan. Use the wooden spoon to roughly mash the beans, creating a thick sauce.

4 oranges

Add the salt and pepper and return the mixture to the big pot.

2 tablespoons chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley 1 bird’s eye chilli, chopped 1 tablespoon salt

Mix and simmer for a further 15 minutes. To accompany you will need: white rice tomato salsa farofa básica Chinese broccoli malagueta sauce oranges, peeled and cut into segments Recipes and images from Braza by Andre Felicio, New Holland Publishers RRP $45 available from all good bookstores or online


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DUORecipe Braza by Andre Felicio

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AKA: Plate Spinner. I’m renowned for: Saying yes (perhaps too often!). I meet so many people with great aspirations who get stuck on the first step. The song that describes me best is: Manic Monday. As a child I always… loved the beauty of nature. It always made me feel good to notice the world and what it offers us. If I had a superpower it would it be: To travel anywhere in the world instantly. Right now I wish I was… in a workshop with designers, makers and tinkerers sketching, planning and building prototypes. My favourite day is: Friday – of course! One thing I can’t live without is: Coffee. Good coffee. In five years from now I hope I’m… managing an international team of designers, innovators and doers who bring together the creative and innovation worlds.


Last gift I gave someone was: A box of chocolates for my co-founder’s mum. Best advice I’ve been given: Just start. We can spend so long wondering ‘if’ and not enough about ‘when’. My biggest regret: Spending too long believing my limits were where others thought they were. The best day of my life (so far): Exploring Versailles last year with my husband, Michael – a dream we worked towards for 10 years. The storytelling and sense of history in those places is something we just don’t see often in Australia. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Cyndi Lauper for her creative spirit, willingness to be different and her tireless humanitarian work; and Eddie Murphy because I love a good silly laugh over dinner. The motto I live by: “What if I fall? Oh, my darling, what if you fly?”

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AKA: Pops (Coco Pops). I’m renowned for: Community volunteer work, because of my involvement in many local community groups. The song that describes me best is: It’s been a hard day’s work! As I only work on those days that end in “day” and those nights when the sun goes down! As a child I always… enjoyed playing Monopoly with my siblings, and I rarely lost. If I had a superpower it would it be: To spread the wealth of the world to eliminate poverty and wars, to create peace. When I’m alone in my car I think about: Using an alternate route to get home, just to see what’s changed in my neighbourhood. Right now I wish I was… in my native Sicily, enjoying their summer days, food, fruit and wine. One thing I can’t live without is: Music: classical, 50’s to 80’s rock and roll. In five years from now I hope

I’m… still mentoring business owners and managers to succeed; while holidaying in some remote part of the world. Best advice I’ve been given: ‘Rest’ only comes before Work in the dictionary. The best day of my life (so far): Proposing the toast to Philip Leong OAM on his 81st birthday because he was my mentor for 15 years. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Heston Blumenthal and the Adria brothers from the El Bulli restaurant in Barcelona; because their cuisine is divine. The motto I live by: Time and tide wait for no man, so get on with your life no matter what. Those that mind do not matter and those that matter do not mind! This is because – you can only control what you do and how you respond to matters around you. What others think, say or do is none of your business, because you cannot control it.


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



AKA: Maddy. I’m renowned for: My ability to tell corporate stories through video. The song that describes me best is: The sound track to Star Trek. As a child I always… built things – and by that I mean I pulled things apart and tried to put them back together. If I had a superpower it would it be: Foresight – I enjoy analysing situations and projecting through to possible outcomes. When I’m alone in my car I think about: A cross between how much I love the minimal traffic in Townsville and how much I hate the traffic lights in Townsville, especially in the city. My favourite day is: Tomorrow. One thing I can’t live without is: My beautiful wife… and her cooking. In five years from now I hope I’m… 5kg heavier. Last gift I gave someone was: A Cowboy’s jersey. Best advice I’ve been given: Listen to everyone’s advice, then do your

own thing anyway. My biggest regret: I don’t really have many regrets; as an entrepreneur you know that even failure is a learning experience that only brings you closer to your goal. If I were to choose one regret it would probably be spending all my money on travel but living with the regret is preferable to not travelling so if I did it all again, I would do the same. The best day of my life (so far): 28th August 2014 – travelling in Bruges, Belgium with my wife. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Gary Vaynerchuk : Gary is an inspirational entrepreneur focused on practicality and execution, Richard Branson: living proof that successful people don’t need to be dictators. The motto I live by: Give more than you take.

AKA: Occasionally Nay. I’m renowned for: Although I’m an avid planner and organiser, I’m still flexible enough to live in the moment. The song that describes you? Unsure about this one. As a child I always… loved going skiing with my grandparents. I can’t wait to show my little ones how to ski. If I had a superpower it would it be: Teleportation. To be anywhere at anytime – the most efficient mode of transport. When I’m alone in my car I think about: Driving. I’m a cautious defensive driver. I do catch myself reflecting about daily activities and how to improve. One thing I can’t live without is: Technology. I love being connected to technology whether that be via mobile, Macbook, Surface Pro or desktop devices. There’s usually one of these items attached to my hand at any given moment. Last gift I gave someone was:

It wasn’t the last gift I gave someone, however, giving the gift of life is pretty special. My 3 year old Zachariah and my almost 2 year old Giovanna, are adored by my husband Isaac and our families. Best advice I’ve been given: It’s ok to fail, learn from it and move on. My biggest regret: Letting fear creep into my decision making. Training my brain to let it go is liberating. The best day of my life (so far): I have many days that I am grateful for however marrying my soul mate in July and being able to share our day with our two little ones and our closest friends and families is my most recent favourite day. The motto I live by: I have two. ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ Mahatma Gandhi and ‘Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment’ Buddha

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“The more I read about the pageant, the more I realised it wasn’t just a beauty pageant. It’s all about making a difference and that’s what I want – to make a difference.” Renee Turner

In The Name Of Charity Townsville’s own Renee Turner has been chosen to represent Queensland in the Ms Australia International Pageant. RENEE Turner, Queensland’s Ms Australia national finalist, is on a mission to raise money for charity. “The more I read about the pageant, the more I realised it wasn’t just a beauty pageant,” Renee says. “It’s all about making a difference and that’s what I want – to make a difference.” Renee’s chosen charity, Sentebale, supports orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are affected by the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. Through education and psychosocial support and care, Sentebale gives the children the tools they need to lead healthy lives.


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“I chose this charity in particular because I believe that every child deserves the best start in life as the first six years are crucial for a child’s mental development,” Renee says. “I wanted to work with a charity that isn’t well heard of and deserves more recognition. It surprises me how unknown the Sentebale is, even though it was founded by Prince Harry, Prince of Wales.” It wasn’t until Renee became single in the new year that she worked up the courage to enquire about the Ms Australia International Pageant.

“Because I’m divorced, I’m only entitled to take part in a select number of pageants,” Renee says. “Miss Universe and Miss World only call for contestants who have no marital status, so it’s great that a pageant like this allows many different women of any relationship status to enter. Now I’ve been given this opportunity I couldn’t be more excited about this journey.” Renee’s journey is still in its early stages and has taken a lot of planning in terms of coming up with fantastic ideas for charity events. “At this stage I have my charity on board and lots of event ideas, I just need sponsorship,” Renee says. “I’m looking for people and businesses interested in supporting me as I work towards changing the lives of sick children. Every weekend from now until the national finals will be devoted to fundraising, not just through events but by spending a lot of time at local markets spreading the word and collecting donations where I can.”

View Renee’s GoFundMe campaign at To contact Renee about sponsorship opportunities please email her at




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Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of your community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, makin...