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72 Men In Business 96 Education+Training Highlight

50 Lilya Summer Oasis 55 Fathers Day Gift Guide 56 Her Style Ma Poesie, MESOP, Pared

77 Melissa Fry National Australia Bank 78 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 80 Townsville Enterprise Limited

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57 My Style Abbie Jones 58 My Bag Rowena Propsting 59 Beauty Cool and Collected

Gatto, Puma, Joseph, Moon River, GUCCI

21 My Father At My Age

Feature Stories 28 Clubland

Townsville Metal Detecting Club

32 Where Are They Now? 34 Julianne Rose There’s No Place Like Home

60 Listen To Your Heart

DUO Health 60 Health News 66 Leanne Scott Pure Core Nourishment 67 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 68 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 69 D  r Paul Hanrahan Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Regulars 10 Publishers Welcome 14 Horoscope 16 What’s Going On Theatre, sport and more

128 F  ive Minutes With… Meet four amazing locals

130 L  ast Word North Queensland Warriors Cheerleading

70 Dr James Price Mater Health Services

Major Events Transforming the Region

82 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

83 Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

DUO Seen 100 Seen The Cathedral School 100 Year Gala Dinner

110 Seen Jazz at the Headland: A Festival That’s Swinging By The Sea!

114 Seen Mercedes-Benz Townsville German Beer & Food Festival

116 Seen Food Relief NQ 15 Year Gala Dinner

DUO Community 84 Community News 85 Just Married 86 Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

87 Just Arrived 88 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation

DUO Food+Drink 118 Directory 124 Recipes Better Brain Food Lamb Kofta Lettuce Wraps

126 Recipes Better Brain Food Orange and Golden Syrup Dumplings with Pecans

Founded on Kindness

DUO Home+Travel 38 Book Extract

90 Book Extract Pub Yarns 94 School News

Modern Retro Home by Jason Grant

44 Home Products 46 Travel Best of Bali 48 Travel Products




DUO Magazine | Welcome

Townsville Proud Despite recent events, I’ve always admired the Mayor of Ipswich, Paul Pisale for how he and his staff transformed opinions and developed strong local pride in his amazing city. I lived there in my teens and in those days when you told someone you came from Ipswich they made you feel you came from somewhere not as good as Brisbane or the other suburbs. As if the place was the pits and its people substandard. We had a chip on our shoulder which made everything we did – from sport to education – more competitive. A mate of mine says it’s “Isswich” giving a slight twitch as he says it. Ipswich had an inferiority complex to get over and you gotta give it to Pisale and his team – they did it. Look at the economic growth, improved lifestyle and progressive attitude Ipswich has now! I truly love Townsville. Which is why I don’t understand why our Council is doing nothing to build the profile of Townsville as the ideal place to move to and live as well as develop a justifiable sense of pride that we can all share. We need to get everyone on board helping to ‘sell’ Townsville if we want things to get better. It’s up to US to do it. Instead we see very well paid old advertising guys (Council’s inferiority complex here i.e. someone from down south is always better) appear on the scene. Not to market Townsville as you’d think from their backgrounds but to regurgitate ‘visionary’ concept town plans, take their fees and head back south again. In my opinion, neither Council nor TEL are doing what’s needed to transform our great city into the positive and thriving ‘Capital of North Queensland’ it should and deserves to be. We can’t wait for someone else to do it for us. Townsville Marketing any one? Enjoy your DUO and let me know what you think. Scott Morrison Publisher




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24 August – 22 September

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

This year is ideal for turning some of your wilder schemes into practical reality with the first creative shock waves after the new moon in your own sign after the 20th. New skills encourage success, so plough on with innovative ideas or travel plans. When so fervent, trying to relax would be a waste of time. A similar rule applies to romance. With the Sun moving forward, so should you. There’s a good chance of finding a kindred spirit, but don’t push it.












23 September – 23 October Should September finalise a chapter in your life, take stock and follow up with positive action. If you need to make a break, quit that dead-end job or stand up to troublesome individuals. And there’s much to be said for being in the right place at the right time. Mind you, it’s not always luck. It’s often prior knowledge that gets you there. So stay attentive.

21 January – 18 February You can finally let out that ever-soheart-felt sigh of relief. It’s been a traumatic time for you and the world which you so dearly cherish. September is all about forgiving and forgetting. Leave the past where it belongs. Remember: yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery. For now, kick off your heels – and focus on life’s many pleasures.

21 May – 21 June Nobody knows it all, but we all know something. Sometimes you underestimate just how experienced you are until you meet people totally new to the game. This month could find you bestowing a wealth of welcome advice. Great for your selfconfidence as well as someone else’s learning curve. Everyone benefits.



24 October – 22 November There’s plenty of reason for excitement. Take any professional prominence you’re offered this month. When you choose to shine, you truly sparkle. You have more time to please yourself too, particularly after the new moon on the 20th when the focus shifts away from work. Late September signals play time, offering the right balance between work and play.

19 February – 20 March This month, the world seems kinder. The full moon in your own sign on the 6th dons a wizard’s hat and conjures up love – and it’s not all the romantic variety. Overall, there’s more compassion – and as you become more open, others return the sentiment. But there are also surprises in store, with financial help springing from the most unexpected sources.

22 June – 22 July You’ve been staring down a monetary vortex for some time now. However, you can’t claim to have played no part in this. If you’re determined to have one more financial fling this month, fine – but then make some thrifty resolutions. There’s also a salvage job needed regarding relationships. Make amends, and vow never to repeat said mistakes again.

23 November – 21 December September finds you more rebellious, yet ambitious. Radical new ideas and information flow through your mind. You’re better able to talk your way in or out of circumstances. Challenges come out of the blue, though rewards can be just as unexpected. Travel, too, should bring surprises. All this, hand in hand, with a delightfully active love life.

21 March – 20 April For you, it’s either accelerator down or engines off. Your foot’s to the floor this month. As work takes priority until the 20th, you’ll need to draw on deep reserves of energy to keep up the gruelling pace. Increased responsibilities are soon matched by equal rewards. The only pitfall lies in trying to be all things to all people.

23 July – 23 August September’s mood is fun and fast. Your shrewd, competitive Leo spirit may show even more of an aggressive edge, but this serves you well. Even when unexpected obstacles challenge your confidence, the cosmos spurs you on. Matters of the heart also improve. Couples become more committed; singles look set to find romance.

22 December – 20 January Reality takes the form of a cash flow crisis, the kind that threatens to send finances into a spin. Allow your practical side to step in. Someone close may also want you to detour from your own interests in order to hold their hand. If they’re being too intrusive, set them straight. Sometimes, even loved ones have to learn by their own mistakes.

21 April – 20 May Determined to outshine the competition? Then make the most of promising work opportunities this month. Having reached an important watershed, you’re now ready to embark on a journey of growing ambition and self discovery. Also, think back three years. Why is that situation still haunting you? Break free from this buried hurt.

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DUO Magazine | Events

1 to 24 September

62nd Townsville Art Awards and Townsville Open Art Awards Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Held in the Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, this exhibition provides an opportunity for North Queensland artists, who are affiliated with an Art Society, to display their work in a major gallery and compete for prizes.

▼ 31 August to 6 September

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

22 September to 25 October

Magnetic Island


This annual seven-day yachting regatta will feature seven racing divisions and a lively and entertaining social calendar. With competitive sailing during the day and island festivities across the week suitable for different age groups, it’s a fun time for all.

The Drill Hall Studio

Inspired by the colourful and diverse traditional arts and crafts of Papua New Guinea, artist Grace Ochero explores the visual culture of the region in her exhibition Inspirations from Papua New Guinea. This collection of works, celebrating the cultures of Sepik, Enga, The Eastern Highlands, Oro and National Central provinces, is striking and colourful yet sensitively portrayed.

31 August to 20 September

Spun Out Riverway Arts Centre The 2017 Townsville Region Art Teachers’ Exhibition Spun Out is open to all of the region’s secondary Visual Art Teachers and asks that artworks be created on any theme using textiles. See how different artists incorporated the medium in their work.

25 August to 15 October

Head in the Clouds: Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

The high-altitude tropical cloud forests of the Atherton Tablelands are the focus of this exhibition of new works by Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie. Head in the Clouds aptly highlights the friendship that exists between these three artists and their different approach to rainforest, which is at the heart of the exhibition.



2 to 3 September

Philippines Festival Riverway Saturday 2pm–6pm Sunday 10am–6pm Don’t miss this showcase of the Philippines – its heritage and culture, famous food, performances from talented Filipinos and the coronation of Little Miss and Miss Philippines of North Queensland 2017.

3 September

Townsville Brass – Brasscapades! Carlton Theatre, Condon Townsville Brass takes to the stage under the baton of their new Musical Director, Dr Mark Smith to present a rousing program of traditional brass band repertoire, along with a few surprises...

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7 to 10 September

15 September

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival

Josh Wade: Me, Myself & Cunny

Arcadia Village Hotel and the Geoffrey Bay Ferry Landing

Riverway Arts Centre

The Great Barrier Reef Film Festival (GBRFF) serves up an exciting program of feature films, short films, documentaries, industry talks and workshops from around the world. Basing the GBRFF at the Arcadia Village Hotel also means visitors can enjoy a number of activities at the festival and then relax at the beach between screenings and workshops.

In this audiovisual spectacular, comedian Josh Wade explores his relationship with the many masks and characters developed throughout his lifetime as an attempt to fit in. At 22 years old and with four sell-out national tours under his belt, Josh has been taking the comedy scene by storm with his character-driven comedy.

28 to 29 September

Diary of a Wombat Riverway Arts Centre Millions of young people around the world have adored the award-winning picture book Diary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this story for ages 3+ to the stage.

▼ 7 September

Pete Murray Camancho Tour The Ville Pete Murray has delivered a cool, uplifting, emotive and powerful album and it will be brought to life on this greatly anticipated Camacho Tour. Experience a night with Pete and his band in The Ville’s Grand Ballroom.

29 September

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Townsville Civic Theatre

The funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and bringing an all-star comedy showcase our way. See some of the hottest acts of this year’s Festival all live on stage for two hours of hard-hitting laughter.

▼ 12 to 24 September

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare Under the Stars ▼ 7 to 8 September

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Riverway Arts Centre From Australia’s producer of Possum Magic and There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake comes the international touring production of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, live on stage with an all-Australian cast. The 55 minute mini-musical captures the fun and frolics of a father who is still a child at heart, his three children, the family dog and, of course, a big brown cuddly bear.

Queens Gardens Join TheatreiNQ for a magical romp where anything can happen. Where fairies play havoc with humans, where lovers battle for their fairytale ending and where a Queen can fall deeply in love with a donkey called Bottom – all thanks to a mischievous goblin called Puck. Dine under the stars by booking one of the premium table seats or bring a picnic to share.

30 September to 2 October

Glendi Festival Riverway Precinct For thousands of years, the Greeks have enjoyed interaction and trade with neighbours around the Mediterranean and farther east to Asia. In a nod to this, the Festival will expand its offerings to include cuisines and displays from around Greece’s ‘neighbourhood’ ­celebrating Townsville’s cultural diversity.

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Sugar Tracks Free Display: Daily 10am–4pm Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday 10am. Adult $25pp Child 5–14 $15pp. Conditions: Minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook. Meet at Hinchinbrook Shire Library


A Night at the Opera

Hinchinbrook Market Day Thursday 7 September 8.30am–1.30pm Enjoy the morning or pop in over lunch to wander through this collective of regional delights, from fresh produce, local preserves and baked goods, to original works by local artisans and craft enthusiasts. Bring the kids and keep them busy with an activity, exchange your old books at the free book exchange or just enjoy live music and have time out. TYTO Parklands.


Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO – art, culture, nature, knowledge EVENTS A Night at the Opera 12 September from 6.30pm Join OperaQ stars on an adventure through Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni balanced by lighter, popular pieces along with plenty of anecodote, laughsand good times. Come along to experience the wonder, magic and joy of Opera at close range. BYO chairs. Audience: All ages. Tickets: $20 adult, $10 child 3–16 years. Bookings via or in person at TYTO Regional Art Gallery. Presented by OPERA-Q and TYTO. Sunday Session – Live Music Justin Mainwaring 24 September 4.30pm–6.30pm FREE Event Kick back and enjoy the afternoon, overlooking the picturesque lagoons at TYTO. BYO rug or chairs. Food and beverages are available for purchase. BYO alcohol in designated areas only. TYTO Amphitheatre



bRiCKS 4 kidz Attention Pirates and Princesses! Experience the fun of building a pirate ship or princess castle. 19 September 10am–12pm Audience: 5–13 years Tickets: $15 per child Bookings via events@hinchinbrook.

sculpture and youth ensuring the exhibition has something everyone can appreciate and is one of the regions most renowned displays. TYTO Regional Art Gallery

School Holiday Laser Tag 21 September Three sessions 7–10 years 9.30am, 11–13 years 11am, 14–17 years 2pm Tickets: $5 per child Bookings via events@hinchinbrook.

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



39th Hinchinbrook Art Awards Exhibition 1–24 September 2017 Daily 10am–4pm The Annual Hinchinbrook Art Awards attracts a diverse mix of submissions from artists throughout Queensland, with key sections for painting, drawing, abstract, photography, ceramics,

TYTO Wetland Tours Wednesday and Saturday 9am Adult $15pp Child 5–14 $5pp Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

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

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It’s not always a case of ‘like father, like son’. We speak to six men who reflect on how similar (or dissimilar)


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HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR When Ben McGovern was 29 years old – the age his eldest son Eddie is today – he was working as a refrigeration mechanic, married with one-year-old Eddie and, in Eddie’s words “considering to attempt perfection twice”. (“Although my younger brother probably hasn’t lived up to this.”) “At my age, Dad was striving to start a business [McGovern Agencies, which Eddie’s parents still own and operate] and test himself,” says Eddie, who says ambition is a trait the pair shares. “I too am not content with going through the motions of the day to day and want to keep learning and improving. “I’m fairly social but it takes a bit for me to warm up to new people,” Eddie admits, “I tend to sit back a bit and read people before I open up which is something I think I get from my father.” Today, Eddie is a project engineer with Pacific Marine Group. He is also President of Brothers Rugby, and continues to play union. He says Ben’s upbringing as one of nine siblings has meant he has been raised to value family, not to be wasteful and really value what he has. “Dad was involved in Rotary doing community work since before I can remember, so my brother and I always tagged along for the community work, door knocks, sausages sizzles, etc. That has rubbed off on me.” HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT Eddie admits to being a “bit of a perfectionist” who’s big on planning and preparation. In contrast, he describes Ben has being someone who has a concept in mind, “and before you know it the hole has already been drilled in the wall”. “Dad is definitely a handyman when it comes to everything; he can fix anything. I have the problem-solving mind, but fall behind in that practical knowledge that he has. I would like to be more like him in that way.” CONNEC T NOW




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HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR Growing up, Brett Johnston recalls his father Richard splitting his days between his work as a police sergeant, the gym and his children. “Dad boxed in his spare time, and loved going to the gym for weights and fitness,” says Brett who, with wife Peta, owns and operates Body Torque Gym on Charters Towers Road. “Dad and I both love boxing and fitness and enjoying time with our families,” says Brett, the youngest of three siblings, and who himself has two young children. “We share the same values and beliefs that family is the most important thing. Any spare time I get I try to get away with my family; we often get away to see friends and family out on properties or at country race meets – that’s when I am most relaxed. (Perhaps the consequence of growing up on a property outside of Townsville, after Richard moved the family from Sydney once retired.) “The greatest lesson I have learnt from my father is if you work hard enough and have good morals you will achieve things no matter what obstacles are put in your way.” HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT While Richard achieved career in the Police Force spanning more than 25 years, leaving him to satisfy his enjoyment of gym and boxing outside of work, Brett pursued health and fitness as his full-time career. As well as Body Torque Gym, Brett co-owns three additional ventures with a business partner – Fight for your Cause; Fight for your Health; and BT Fight Central. “I struggle to think of how Dad and I are different – we are still to this day very similar in character and beliefs. While we are both hard workers, I do wish I had more of his work ethic and ability to deal with any situation both mentally and physically.” CONNEC T NOW DUOMagazine September 2017


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HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR “Outwardly, I’m his clone,” says Scott Morrison, DUO Magazine’s creative director and Fresh New Media managing director, of his father Gordon, a former photographer for the RAAF and aerial photography expert. “He was a good looking rooster! (We also think sarcasm is an art and we’re good at it.)” Beyond looks, Scott says he and Gordon shared a knack for creative problem solving. “It was not a job title for him like it is for me, but all his life he did it naturally. He was the best kind of a Creative and always came up with a practical solution albeit unique, unusual and usually something my mother didn’t like. “He was also a maker, always repairing or adapting something. He once had a Ford Falcon ute (about the size of an aircraft carrier) and some leftover lengths of Permulum, which our house had recently been clad in (all the rage at the time). A few weeks later, he had probably the only Permulum canopied Falcon in Australia! It was huge. “Like my father I love an adventure so, when some mates in a touring band suggested I join them and ‘do lights’, I shaved my head and hit the road.” At the time, Scott was in his mid-20s and a partner in a Brisbane advertising agency. ”I came back to Townsville after the band came here from Darwin, and started an advertising agency [now Fresh New Media].” That was 32 years ago. HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT “There’s probably nothing similar work wise because Dad had semi retired at 45 and I don’t plan to ever retire,” says Scott, who at age 48 launched a second business, DUO Magazine, with wife Stacey. “I’m always looking to improve the process, make what we create ever better and experience everything I can. “I guess our greatest difference is the opportunities we’ve been given.” CONNEC T NOW 24



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HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR When Troy Townsend’s father Paul was 30 years old (Troy’s age now), the year was 1987 and Paul was a newlywed with a baby on the way. “Dad had built a house on Stuart Drive on a vacant parcel of hillside land when he met my mother Judie over the fence,” says Troy. “I always set a goal for myself to be married and have children, or be ready to have children, by the time I was 30, because that’s when Dad did it. I turned 30 in July, and married my long-term girlfriend Melanie at Niagara Falls in January.” Career-wise, Troy followed in Paul’s footsteps somewhat. While Paul sold motorbikes in his 20s, Troy sold cars for eight years from the age of 18. Paul progressed his sales career into media when he was 30 years old, publishing Blues Country Magazine. Troy, meanwhile, moved from cars into commercial real estate almost five years ago, as sales and leasing consultant at Ray White Commercial. “Dad was always teaching me sales techniques from a young age, especially that when you get the answer you want from someone, shut up and stop talking. Pretty well two ears, one mouth. I’ve learnt so much from Dad in this area.” HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT “I think Dad and I are similar in that we both want to be liked, considered to be approachable and genuinely want to help people.” Troy adds that while he may not describe Paul as “social” he’s never met anyone who doesn’t like his Dad. “I like to have a drink and socialise,” admits Troy, “Dad is a teetotaler [he doesn’t drink alcohol]. He certainly maintains his figure better than I do. Perhaps I should go for a walk with him in the mornings instead of going to the office early!” CONNEC T NOW

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HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR For 43-year-old Gary Lewis, General Manager at Carmichael Ford, looking back at his father Gerry’s life when he was the same age (43) lands him in 1993 when Gary was just 19 and first started his career with the Carmichael Ford brand. While Gary says there are many differences between him and his father and their lives back then, they did share a love for both footy and family. “We both loved Rugby Union and the Canberra Raiders back then,” recalls Gary of the days before the NQ Cowboys existed. “Dad worked away four–six weeks at a time, working on drilling rigs in WA. He would come home for one–two weeks at a time, and that’s when he was happiest, when he was at home with his family.” The same can be said for Gary. “My family all live in Townsville, and like Dad I’m happiest when I’m with them.” HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT While the father and son shared a love for football, Gary admits he didn’t inherit his father’s appreciation for other interests like fishing and camping. “He likes five nights under the stars; I prefer five stars.” Workwise, Gary put down the tools early in his career. “Dad was a very hands-on worker doing the physical stuff throughout his career. I completed my apprentice and moved off the tools quite quickly into more administrative roles and have never gone back. Although I still like to walk through the workshop and give the techs advice – which they really appreciate!” “I do think we have very similar mannerisms, but I’d say he was grumpier. I am more patient – I got that from Mum. “Although my wife tells me all the time I am plenty like my father!” CONNEC T NOW




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HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR “Dad and I are similar in many ways,” says photographer and graphic designer Matthew Gianoulis of his father George. (“Although no one likes to be told they are turning into their parents!”) For Matthew, the obvious similarity is that both he and George are heavily involved in the Townsville Greek Community, with George having been on the management committee and even holding position of President for a time. Both are on the Greek Festival Townsville committee also. “Dad and I have a very strong affinity with our family. Being Greek, close bonds are instilled in us from our parents and grandparents.” Matthew also says George and he share a love for socialising. “I can’t stand being at home for too long, I always need to be out and about, catching up with friends or trialing the newest Townsville has to offer. And Dad always has people visiting his Flower Shop for a coffee and a yarn. His loud laugh is easily recognised around town!” HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT Reflecting on George’s life as a 28-yearold, Matthew says their life stages are quite different. “Dad was married at 22 to my mum Anna (Georgiou). When he was 28 (my age now) he had my eldest brother Peter with another one on the way, Tele, and worked as a real estate agent.” For Matthew, his focus is on career and his business, which has been a full-time pursuit for over four years. “I recently won Best Queensland Commercial Photographer of the Year for 2017. I have a strong interest in photography and graphic design, so I am lucky to get to work every day doing the thing I love the most.” One other difference Matthew says is that George hoards things. “Dad can’t seem to let things go! Although he would probably beg to differ when it comes to tidiness; supposedly he is tidy and I am messy,” he laughs. CONNECT NOW DUOMagazine September 2017




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T OW N S V I LLE M E TA L D E TE C TI N G C LU B From scrap tin to gold nuggets, you never know what your next find will be as a prospector and it’s the thrill of the chase that keeps it interesting.


f prospecting for gold or treasure-hunting for relics throughout North Queensland sounds like fun to you, then you’ll find like-minded companions at the Townsville Metal Detecting Club. Founded 33 years ago by Bruce Mansfield and Stephen Toons, the club now has around 130 members and is a great way for people new to the hobby to find out how it’s done direct from the experts. “In the dry season, we head out to the gold fields and we’ll look after anyone who is just getting into the hobby – we’ll show you where we’ve found gold before and explain what rocks to look for,” says club president Mal Austin.

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“We’ll also show you how to use your detector because if you don’t know how to use it properly you can walk over the top of gold and not find any!” Mal says a decent metal detector for a beginner costs around $1200 brand-new and some quality second-hand detectors can be picked up for around the $2000 mark. He advises speaking with staff at Townsville Prospecting World on Ross River Road in Aitkenvale so you can match the detector to the type of treasure you’re chasing. For those wanting to start out small, gold-panning is an inexpensive way of trying the interest out.

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“My grandfather was a fossicker of gold and copper and my greatgrandfather was a mines manager in Charters Towers so you could say I’ve got gold in my veins.” JOHN WILLIAMS

JOHN WILLIAMS When did you join the club? I joined in 1984 when the club was first formed. What’s the most interesting item you’ve found so far? A 1937 Australian crown found on a World War II site. It’s engraved with a comet and five stars and the wording ‘To Joe from Daddy, Australia 1944’. What do like about metal detecting? That you never know what you’re likely to dig up, be it a nice-size nugget or a valuable coin. My grandfather was a fossicker of gold



and copper and my great-grandfather was a mines manager in Charters Towers so you could say I’ve got gold in my veins. What do you enjoy about being a club member? Going away on trips to the gold fields. We often give lectures and show off our finds to other clubs who invite us along for this purpose. Where is one of your top treasurehunting spots? An old (1865) hotel site in Townsville, which I detect from time to time as you never find all the coins and relics the first time round.

From top Brian Buckland, David Wakeham, Malcolm Austin, Gene James

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JOANNE JAMES When did you join the club? My husband Gene and I joined in February 2014. He’s retired and needed a hobby and we liked the idea of fossicking for gold or relics. What’s the most interesting item you’ve found so far? So far I’ve only found buckshot, wire and tin but Gene has found gold. What do like about metal detecting? It’s good exercise and it takes you to places you’d never normally see as you go out to remote cattle properties or mining leases in Queensland. What do you enjoy about being a club member? I like the social side of the club and have made many new friends. Where is one of your top treasurehunting spots? So far I’ve been to Flat Creek Station, Clermont and Hillsborough Station (Ravenswood). CONNEC T NOW

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BRYAN BRETTIG When did you join the club? I joined in February this year at the age of 66. Having been a fossicker most of my life I thought “Why not give metal detecting a go?”. What’s the most interesting item you’ve found so far? My first gold nugget, which is shaped like the letter ‘J’. What do like about metal detecting? Being able to get down and dirty in the bush is almost like being a kid again and there’s always the expectation the next find might be a big gold nugget. What do you enjoy about being a club member? The other club members are friendly, encouraging and most helpful. My wife Cheryl and our little Maltese/fox terrier come along on the field trips. We all enjoy bush camping and are getting to see some fantastic places in the North Queensland outback that most people would never get to. One of our trips this year was to Kondoparinga Station near Mount Mulligan, which is beautiful country. Where is one of your top treasurehunting spots? They’re all enjoyable in different ways and all part of one big adventure. DUOMagazine September 2017


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

REGINA LOVIC nine news producer

What’s your link to Townsville? I lived and studied in Townsville while I completed my Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism at JCU. I was able to forge lifelong friendships and I often look back on my Townsville days with my uni and non-uni friends. There were more laughs shared than tears shed during those days.



Where are you now? I’m living in Brisbane where I work as a producer for the Nine News 6pm bulletin. My work involves organising people for on-camera interviews, working with camera operators to get the right vision for the story, scripting and sitting down with editors to perfect the package before it goes to air. What’s your next project? I’ve been weighing up my options between filming and producing my own independent film, volunteering, and freelancing on the weekends with photography or graphic design. What’s happening with your personal life? I’ve just celebrated one year with my partner who is moving to Brisbane to be with me. We’ll be living together in the coming months and that’s super exciting. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? The opportunities that I jumped on in Townsville landed me my first job with NewsCorp, which lead me to my job with Channel 9. All the internships, freelancing and extra work that I was able to take on in Townsville gave me the essential skills that I’ve used to get ahead in my career. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Not as much as I’d like but I’m hoping to visit this year or early in 2018.

LUKE TAYLOR creative freelancer

What’s your link to Townsville? After growing up in Bowen, I moved to Townsville in 2008 to study graphic design and photography at JCU. I was then lucky enough to be able to work for two local creative agencies and finally go freelance in 2015. Where are you now? I’m based in Brisbane these days, but still service quite a few Townsville clients, which is nice. During my time in Townsville I transitioned from graphic design over to motion design and film, mostly creating dynamic and engaging animations for various companies and events. What’s your next project? I’ve always got a few things happening at once, but I’m really starting to look at ways to expand into the social media space while keeping it affordable for small and medium-sized businesses.

We’re seeing video and animation pop up more and more on social media and I’m curious to ride that wave. What’s happening with your personal life? My partner Lexi and our cat Pandora live in South Brisbane, which is a beautiful area that’s really come along in the last 10 years. There are lots of restaurants nearby, which is always a big plus for me! Most of my family still lives in Bowen so it’s nice to get up there to see them when I can. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I think the best thing about Townsville for me was that many of the projects didn’t have the time or budgets for big egos. You had to wear a few hats at any one time and just get in there and do it. I learnt to be really self-sufficient in that environment, which I’m really grateful for. CONNECT NOW

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JOSH DAKGRAAF illustrator

What’s your link to Townsville? I did a Bachelor of New Media Arts at JCU, with a double major in Visual Arts and Graphic Design. Where are you now? I’m living in Melbourne at the moment, where I recently moved after spending four years in Amsterdam. It was fantastic – a huge shift in lifestyle and I made some great friends there. It’s taken some getting used to not being able to ride a bike everywhere now! Melbourne has a pretty packed creative scene with lots of people to interact with. What does your work involve? I’m an illustrator working in a signature style of photo-real collage. My work focuses on images for advertising and magazine covers. Wherever

possible, I shoot my own source material and edit it from there. 3D modelling often plays a large role in my work. The bulk of my work comes from the US and UK. The work I’m pictured with is titled Old Reliable and was for Art Below London – a program that places artwork on billboards in tube stations around the centre of the city. I was commissioned to create an image based on London and spent three days wandering the city shooting images of buildings, signage and objects. I then used those photos to construct an image of a ship, drawing inspiration from the city and country’s strong maritime history. My work was on display at Regents Park and Pimlico tube stations. What’s your next project? I’m creating a series of images for Auckland Transport – creative manipulations that

promote their ferry services and buses. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? At the time the course I studied at JCU was still developing and we were given a fairly free leash to do our own exploration. Without that I probably wouldn’t

have developed my signature style that I work in today. I had some great lecturers whose lessons influence my practice daily (shout out to Dr James Brown and Katja Fleischmann).


What’s your next project? On June 30 I independently released a 10-track debut LP called Cycling, which was crowd-funded through Pozible. I launched the album in Townsville at That Place on Sturt in June and also at The Newsagency in Sydney in July. The album was a labour of love and is dedicated to my great friend and mentor Karl Broadie, who passed away last year. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? After high school I met Tracey Osmond at The Voice Singing School and she had an enormous impact on me as a singer and gave me the confidence to take on music in a large capital city. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I’ve been coming back quite regularly over the last few years with many friends getting married and having children.

singer /songwriter

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and raised in Townsville. My parents were both born in Tully but relocated in their early 20s for university and work and still live there now. Where are you now? I moved to Sydney when I was 22 with the hope of pursuing music. I love that I can go to live music every night, walk the clifftops of the eastern suburbs (Bondi to Coogee) and I love my music community who are so passionate about getting artists heard not just in Australia but internationally. What does your work involve? I work full-time as a singer/ songwriter and I also have a podcast that’s published monthly on the AU Review’s podcast network. I’ve just finished a run of performing at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of Bridgeclimb’s Sunset Sessions, which ran in July and August and will be back in 2018. It’s been an incredible experience!


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f Julianne Rose looks familiar it may be you remember her as Australia’s Face of the ‘80s. It was an opportunity that took her all over the globe but right now she’s back in Townsville soaking up the sunshine.



At 18, Julianne Rose was propelled into the fashion industry. Elected as Australia’s Face of the 80s, she had her pick of modelling contracts in Italy, Japan, London, the US and France. “I desperately wanted to travel so this was a great opportunity. A radical haircut for my first magazine cover (Australia’s FollowMe) and a change of name (Julianne’s first modelling agency, Chadwicks, promoted her as Jay Tracey) and I was ready to fly,” Julianne says. “I’d never been overseas so the world was, at times, pretty terrifying for a young and inexperienced Townsville girl! I now realise my naiveté and laid-back attitude, which I attribute to having grown up in North Queensland, was appealing in the fashion world, which can be so artificial in many ways.” During her modelling career, Julianne modelled for the most famous photographers of the 90s and the most prestigious international magazines and designers. She also set about learning as much as she could about the other side of the camera, enthusiastically studying black-and-white printing and studio lighting with the most talented artists she met. These included her husbandto-be, Jeff Manzetti, a brilliant young French photographer she encountered in her early 20s. “As well as being very talented and handsome, he was hilarious and we’ve now been married for 27 years and have two beautiful Franco-Australian daughters,” Julianne says. “I’m a real family girl deep down, so my jet-set lifestyle had to be balanced with stability when our first daughter, Betti-Rose, arrived in 1991.” While she continued some modelling throughout the 90s, Julianne’s heart was with her photography and raising Betti-Rose. By the time her second child, Clara Jane, was born in 1995 she was an established fashion photographer, later specialising in child photography. “I really loved this period of my career and still adore working with children, although my work is much more diverse nowadays,” Julianne says. This ‘diversity’ includes a significant body of artwork and many notable

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“ C O M I N G H O M E TO TO W N S V I L L E , S U R R O U N D E D B Y FA M I LY, S U N S H I N E A N D G R E AT S E A F O O D H A S B E E N W O N D E R F U L LY E N E R G I S I N G .” 03 01 First cover, FollowMe magazine, August 1986 02 Vogue Italy 03 Vogue Paris 04 W Magazine, USA 05 Marie Claire Spain



exhibitions. Julianne had her first solo exhibition in Paris in 2006. At the same time as this exhibition, a curator from the prestigious Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum in Paris saw Julianne’s work and included two of her photos in a group exhibition in the museum. This was followed by another exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Paris called Women on Top. “I was proud to be featured at the Aussie embassy, even more so than the many museums and galleries that followed over the next few years,” says Julianne, whose artwork focuses mainly on corporal representation in modern society, especially subjects related to women and childhood. “In 2010, I started a digital production studio in Paris with my husband (Studio13Paris) and we won an important contract with the French label L’Oreal, who commissioned us to create digital content for their new make-up app over several years. “The project was very successful and influenced other cosmetic groups and fashion labels to consult us to produce digital content.”

The Studio13Paris team also includes Julianne and Jeff’s daughters. BettiRose, a graduate of six years of studies at The Parisian Beaux Arts College, helps in art direction and conception, while Clara, now in her final year of language sciences at the Sorbonne University, looks after the Studio’s Internet communications. “We’re currently developing a new app especially for creative Instagram users, which is really interesting and exciting as well as a lot of hard work,” Julianne says. “Right now, though, it’s lovely to be back home in Townsville visiting my mum Doreen. Coming home to Townsville, surrounded by family, sunshine and great seafood has been wonderfully energising. “I’ve always believed home is where the heart is but each trip back to the Ville, I find myself thinking there really is no place like home.”

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Modern Retro Home The living room – a casual feel-good space


n his new book, Modern Retro Home, acclaimed interior stylist Mr Jason Grant focuses on the recent trend of blending modern furniture with vintage pieces from classic decades of design (such as bold neon colour, geometric patterns, and items such as record players and old-fashioned radios), where what was old is suddenly new again. Taking us inside homes that embrace these aesthetics, he offers inspiration, tips, and advice on how to create a modern retro home that suits a variety of living spaces, on any budget (whether using high end pieces or items found in thrift shops). There’s definitely been a shift since the 1950s to a much more casual lifestyle and more flexibility in how we live in our houses. Innovative designers and architects from the 1930s onwards began to rethink how houses served people’s needs. They started to create more open-plan living spaces inside, and opened houses up to the outside with walls of glass. By the 1950s and ’60s, progressive design had filtered beyond architecture and became accessible to more people. Designers began using new materials: chrome, plastics and fibreglass. They also experimented with new techniques, resulting in plywood and moulded forms. Innovative designs, especially in furniture and light fittings, were often well ahead of their time and were suited to mass production. Today, many of these pieces have become classics, their timeless modern looks perfectly at home in contemporary interior settings. While open-plan rooms are now common, we’re looking again at how they were handled in the ’50s and ’60s. Room dividers and open shelving are back in fashion, often used to create a separate zone without blocking light. Interesting pendant lights with retro profiles are replacing banks of ceiling lights. And greenery is again taking its place in our living spaces.

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While the architecture is of the Victorian era, the furnishings have a modern look. The armchair references 1950s plank design chairs, and the solid-coloured, textured rug also has a ’50s/’60s feel. The oversize mirror throws light into the room.

If you want a mirror to throw light, but not be too much of a feature itself, choose one without a frame or with bevel edging.



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There’s a serious dose of retro here with the ’70s macramé and plenty of rugs and throws on the sofa. The classic print of an Asian girl is by the artist Tretchikoff, who was hugely popular in the 1950s and ’60s and the lush plants bring a little – or maybe a lot! – of the outside in.

A plant hanging from the ceiling is a cool retro idea and saves space. Keep things orderly (see the neatly stacked magazines) – collections don’t have to mean clutter.

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The fiddle leaf fig fills the corner and softens this room’s look, linking the artistowner’s painting, the zigzag orange Jieldé lamp, spindle-back bench and elegant low-slung grey sofa. The bullet planter is an iconic retro shape – there are modern takes on this, though you may pick up an original online or at a garage sale.

Putting a plant in a raised pot gives it extra height and presence in the room



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This pink Panton chair seems as much like a sculpture as a place to sit. It’s cleverly positioned next to an ethnic table, a perfect marriage of old and new.

Even a striking piece of furniture or an interesting object will look better if it’s carefully positioned.

This is an edited extract from Modern Retro Home by Jason Grant published by Hardie Grant Books RRP $49.99 and is available in stores nationally.

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Trying to capture even a snapshot of the best of Bali within two pages is impossible.

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If you want luxury, adventure, relaxation, family-fun, nature, romance or a spiritual awakening – this place has it all. RELAX Nusa Dua: If your perfect getaway involves you laying on a beach or poolside, cocktail in hand and a massage booked in daily, then welcome to Nusa Dua. This is your paradise. This island has the ultimate chill factor, and luxury is at an all-time high. There are golfing resorts, boutique shopping, galleries and great dive spots. Check out Geger Temple for a dose of culture and spirituality before experiencing one of the many fine dining restaurants on the island. If you’re a five-star traveller and need some R&R, then Nusa Dua should be your first port of call. STAY Seminyak: Slightly quieter than the bustling city of Kuta, but still full of bars, restaurants and shops, Seminyak is a popular choice for many travellers to base themselves for their trip. It’s full of luxury villas and resorts and is in the heart of the action. Be sure to enjoy a sunset cocktail at Potato Head and Ku De Ta and some of the restaurants in town will serve you the best food you’ll ever have.

DISCOVER Ubud: Known for the monkey forest, Ubud is ridiculously beautiful and, if you dare, an opportunity to get a little too up close and personal with wild monkeys. And while you should definitely take a stroll through the forest with a banana or two (hide your sunglasses, jewellery and watches or say goodbye to them forever), don’t make that the only part of your visit. Away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta and Seminyak, Ubud’s main streets are more laid-back with an emphasis on zen. The best way to meet the real Ubud is to take a bike tour. There are a few different bike tours you can do, but make sure you choose one that takes you through rice fields, volcanoes and down the back streets where the locals live. It will be the highlight of your trip.

tough, scary and incredibly moving, and if you’re physically fit and up for a challenge, put this on your itinerary. About a twohour drive from Denpasar, you’ll need a driver to take you to the mountain and it’s recommended you arrange a tour guide to climb with you – after all, the summit is 3,031m above sea level and depending on where you start, the trek can take between 5-7 hours. Worth it? Absolutely. But don’t take our word for it.

EXPERIENCE Climb Mt Agung: Standing at the top of Mt Agung, watching the sky turn from black to deep blue, pink and orange as the sun rises over the holiest mountain in Indonesia, is an experience that will stay with you for life. It’s Fly direct from Townsville Airport to Bali with Jetstar Australia from $149 one way and once you get there, you’ll understand why it was crowned TripAdvisor’s 2017 Best Destination in the World. Book at w w

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Destination: Uluru

With the cooler weather still in play, now is a great time to visit Australia’s Red Centre and now you can experience dinner with a view of Uluru while on board a double decker bus. The new Uluru Fork and View dinner tour offers panoramic views of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from the upper deck eatery. You’ll enjoy a three-course meal (think stockman-style food for that authentic outback experience) as you tour around the base of Uluru.


ART FINALISTS ON SHOW The annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition, featuring the work of the finalists, is on now until 22 October at the Art Gallery NSW. The Archibald Prize is awarded to the best portrait painting, the Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project. Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes on 2 October, 2017.



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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

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

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

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

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ABBIE JONES I’m 22 years old, working full time and studying for my Bachelors degree in Law through CQUni. I’m a shameless nerd when it comes to politics, movies and trivia. I was born in Townsville and did all of my schooling here. Between work, studying and exercising, I don’t really get much down time but when I do, it’s spent on the couch with my boyfriend Tim and an entire TV season to watch. I have one older sister and two younger brothers (one with my mum and one with dad). They’re more than 8 years younger than me and they’ve already outgrown me! 1. My favourite destination: In the last year or so I’ve become hooked on New Zealand! A few friends have been over and it just looks so beautiful! It’s on the list for 2018. 2. The drink I love: This one’s easy – Mojitos every time! 3. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is… I love feminine shapes so brands like C/MEO Collective, Keepsake and Witchery are my go-to for most occasions. I usually gravitate towards neutral tones but sometimes I’ll surprise myself with something bright or patterned. I love anything with big frills or bell sleeves, and I am a huge fan of cold shoulders/strapless tops and dresses so these three brands in particular keep me coming back time and time again! 4. Shoes I’d love to own and admire: It’s so stereotypical but I’d love a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos. 5. Treasured possessions: This is a hard one! I’m a sucker for the sentimental so I’d say it would be a dead heat between a few things. The bracelet Tim gave to me for my 21st birthday which I’ve worn almost every day since, and the ring he gave me on our first anniversary. I think I love them so much because they were both such a surprise and he picked them all by himself. I also have a Tiffany & Co bracelet that my mum gave to me on my 16th birthday, I’ll never let it go! 6. A music genre and/or artist I love. I love good old rock and roll, my sister and I were raised on the Beatles (thanks dad!) but my all time favourite song is ‘You can call me Al’ by Paul Simon. 7. My ‘Last Meal’ would be… I could eat anything involving chocolate and die a happy woman. 8. A book or movie that affected me is… Animal Farm by George Orwell, it kick started my interest in history and and world politics in my early teen years. 9. A car that suits my style: My Mazda 2 suits me perfectly, it’s little and red just like me! 10. If I wore a hat this is it… I rarely wear hats but every now and then I’ll go for a nice wide floppy brim, nothing too structured. 11. The lingerie label I love is… I don’t own much of it but I do love For Love and Lemons.

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Rowena Propsting About me: I grew up with my three younger brothers on a beef property in NorthWest Queensland. This is my third attempt at living in Townsville, it must be third time lucky because I am really loving Townsville this time around. I work in the Agribusiness Banking sector. I absolutely love my role within the Bank. My role is challenging, requires daily problem solving and helps people grow. Whilst I love having a corporate career, I do miss chasing cows on a regular basis. I do love clothes, make-up and getting dressed up however my favourite attire would be my worn to death paddock RM jeans, a comfy work shirt, my boots and a cap over my day-to-day office attire. I was a tomboy until I was 21, never bought a dress myself until I was in my early 20’s. Now I possibly enjoy shopping a little too much. MY BAG Mimco Black Tote bag with a black cow hide pocket. I bought this as a birthday present to myself in 2013. I worked in Longreach at the time, the cow hide is a touch of home. LIPSTICK Stilla in Brulee and Mon Ami. Mum works with my brothers on our cattle property. She always wears paddock clothes with a bright lipstick. Just because the only other people you mostly see are family or cattle doesn’t mean you can’t wear a fun lippy. It’s my mother-daughter thing, I always carry a lippy or two. RABBIT POMPOM KEYRING A gift from a client of the Bank when I was in Longreach. I went back last year to complete some training and popped into their store to say ‘hello’. They gave me this keyring as a thank you for when I was working in the Longreach office. HAND CREAM L’Occitane En Provence. I love this stuff. Randomly a store in Longreach started stocking this when I left to move to Townsville. My friends must know me well. As a farewell gift, I received a tube from nearly each of my friends. It reminds me of my amazing friends and four years in Longreach. OROTON WALLET This is a 30th birthday present from my brother and sister-in-law. It also came when I changed position with the bank and travelled for six months training other teams. It reminds me of my family and of the fun, hectic six months of travel last year.



EARPHONES I’m always playing music. My brothers say that they always know when I‘m home because I always have something playing in the background or on my iPhone in my back pocket pumping out the tunes. POP’S PHOTO Poppie my Caramel English Cocker Spaniel. NOTE BOOK Kikki.K, Start Today. This is my work, priority to do list. Who doesn’t love great stationery? PARKER PEN Bought this when I first got my job with the bank in 2011. TEA BAG Peppermint tea – my favourite! TIFFANY READING GLASSES My English Cocker Spaniel is mostly good. I’m not sure why she did this, having never chewed my glasses before. She got these from my office desk when they were brand new and chewed them viciously. Luckily it was mostly the arms which I replaced, but the frames still have a couple of teeth marks that you can’t really see. Makes me giggle now when I put them on but at the time not so much. BOOK I love reading quirky, fun, crime novels. I read one to two a week. QUEEN BEE CUFF Love fun jewellery. RALPH LAUREN POLO CAP I actually flogged one of my brothers ‘Ralph’ caps. It’s my ‘go to’ when I go home. YSL MANIFESTO PERFUME When I have something to celebrate I purchase a ‘token’ to remind myself of that achievement or time in my life. I bought this when I got my new role within the bank in January. RING BY SAMANTHA WILLS My ‘go to’ bling.

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The FoodSwitch app, developed by Bupa and The George Institute for Global Health, will help you make healthier choices in the supermarket aisle. Just scan the barcodes of food and drink packaging to receive ‘traffic light’ colour-coded nutritional information along with suggested similar, healthier products.

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YOUR HE AR T The Rebore Club doesn’t want any more new recruits thanks. All the members have had heart attacks, with stents inserted to ‘rebore’ their arteries. Now they’ve got some words of wisdom for others. Words Kylie Davis

Photography Matthew Gianoulis

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AND, FOR MANY, THIS CAN CAN COME ON ‘OUT OF THE BLUE’. “For about half of the people who have a heart attack, the attack presents as their first symptom,” says local cardiologist Dr Sean Latouf. “People can have very nasty heart artery narrowing with no symptoms because the heart muscle has an enormous amount of reserve to cope with reduced blood flow. It’s only when something happens, and that reduced blood flow is converted to a critical narrowing or complete blockage, that the symptoms develop.” The question is, what’s avoidable and what isn’t? An individual’s likelihood of having a heart attack is dependant on their risk factors for the development of heart artery disease. These risk factors can be divided into non-modifiable (for example age, family history), and modifiable (for example smoking, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle).



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“People need to be working on their modifiable risk factors in order to prevent them from developing heart disease,” Dr Latouf says. “It’s also important to be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack, which generally include crushing chest pain, profuse sweating, nausea or vomiting and shortness of breath. That would be your classic heart attack but you can also have a heart attack without chest pains, with all of that shortness of breath and sweating and nausea but just with neck pain or intense stomach pain. “If you have a symptom that severe you should think heart attack first up and get to the hospital quickly.” Executive Director of Premise, Pat Brady protested the whole way to hospital that he was fine when, in fact, he was having a heart attack. “I had a number of warning signs while exercising leading up to the event, which I ignored and put down to indigestion,” Pat says. “When it happened, I was participating in a corporate Outrigger Day and got a very tight chest in the middle of a race. There wasn’t any pain – it just felt like someone was giving me a bear hug. I now know that a feeling like that needs to be taken seriously.”


Mark Franzmann, who runs a local plumbing company, also wrote off his symptoms as indigestion. “It was a Saturday morning after I’d finished exercising and my wife and I went out for breakfast,” Mark recalls. “While getting in the car I had a large pain that felt like someone had jumped on my chest while I was lying on the ground. I thought it was something I’d eaten for breakfast and I didn’t think anything of it. I went home, read the paper and did my yard work.” DUOMagazine September 2017


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Mark’s wife booked him in to see a GP, who referred him to a cardiologist, who booked Mark straight into hospital, explaining that he’d had a heart attack. “I was pretty shocked,” Mark says. “I had four stents installed in my artery and, once I was home, I had to slow down with work and learn to manage stress better. My cardiologist said my artery was totally blocked and he doesn’t know how I survived.” Another heart attack survivor lucky to be alive is mine worker Dwayne Payne who, like Pat and Mark, blamed food for his heart attack symptoms. 64


“I was on night shift at the mine where I work as the supervisor of the pit operation and, at around 3am, had just done my rounds of the pit and returned to my office when I felt sick,” Dwayne recalls. “I’d vomited a couple of times but had no idea I was having a heart attack – I thought it was just a bad pie I’d had for lunch.” Fortunately for Dwayne, when the site nurse attended his room, it didn’t take him long to work out that Dwayne was having a heart attack. He contacted the Flying Doctor and, before Dwyane

knew it, he was in an operating room having a stent put in. “The cardiologist told me that, if I hadn’t gotten the correct medical help, I would’ve died that day,” Dwayne says. The same is true for Mt Louisa resident Robert Ford, whose family and neighbour Mick (a paramedic) acted quickly on the day Bob had his latest heart attack. “My daughter-in-law Kim had just asked me if I’d like a cup of tea. When I stopped replying mid-sentence, she looked back to see me with my mouth wide open and my eyes rolled back in my head,” Bob says. Bob’s family started CPR compressions and ran to get their neighbour Mick, who raced down and took over. When the ambulance arrived, it took three shocks with defibrillator paddles to get Bob’s pulse back. “I didn’t realise what was happening until I woke up in hospital after having

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the stent,” says Bob, whose major heart attack occurred on 30 May 2017. “I had a few minor heart attacks over the years in the lead-up (where the signs were pains in the shoulder, an aching jaw and shortness of breath) but nothing like what I had on May 30.” Bob is now on the road to recovery, trying harder than ever to do the right thing by eating well and exercising. I’ve lost 14 kilos in the last three months and am no longer classified as being a diabetic,” he says. “I was used to eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and I love fatty food and deep-fried takeaway but now they’re in the past.” When construction manager John Galloway developed chest pains and shortness of breath as he was taking part in a mountain bike ride at Pallarenda he knew what it was (he recognised the symptoms from his first aid experience) but there was no-one around… “I was on my own with no mobile reception and quickly fading, so I turned around and rode back to where my wife was,” John says. John’s wife dialled 000 and he was at the Emergency Department of the Townsville Hospital within 20 minutes of the ambulance arriving at the scene.

After having two stents installed, John was on the road to recovery. “My lifestyle has always been fairly active, I’ve never smoked and I have a good diet so the heart attack came as a real shock to me,” John says. “But once I shared my family history with my cardiologist he said ‘Well that’s your warning sign right there!’ “You must share your family history with your doctor. I was 60 when I had my episode but my apparent fitness had masked a deeper problem that could’ve been diagnosed with a scan of my coronary arteries. My siblings have all had the scan and fortunately are all clear.” Acting on advice from his cardiologist, John no longer engages in activities that put too much strain on his heart. “Monitoring your heart rate is the best way to do this but your body also tells you when you’re working too hard,” John says. “I still walk and ride the mountain bike… but no hills!” CONNECT NOW

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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 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



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dysregulation exists due to compromised detoxification function. 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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Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

How we decide How does the human mind make decisions? And how can we make those decisions better?

DECISIONS, decisions! Our lives are full of them. From the small and mundane, like what to wear, to the rare and profound, like when to remove life-support from a loved one. We defend our right to choose as it is at the heart of free will. Yet sometimes we struggle to make decisions, or make bad decisions that leave us with regret. Making decisions requires us to balance the seemingly opposing forces of emotion and rationality – we carefully deliberate over the pros and cons or we go with our gut. But our decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason; the precise mix depends on the situation. Here are a few tips to help you make up your mind. Don’t fear the consequences. Every decision we make involves predicting the future and we try to take the option that we think will make us happiest. The only problem is that we are not very good at this emotional forecasting and we tend to overestimate the impact of our decisions, both good and bad. For instance, we tend to think that winning the lottery will make us happier than it actually will. So remember, whatever the future holds it will most likely hurt or please you less than you imagine. Go with your gut. It is tempting to think that to make good decisions you need to weigh up the pros and cons of various alternatives, but sometimes an instinctive choice is just as good, if not better. For complex decisions the more information you have, the better off you may be to avoid conscious deliberation and instead go with your gut. But before you throw away your list of pros and cons, a


word of caution – if the decision you face is highly emotive, your instincts may not serve you well. Consider your emotions. Emotions are integral to decision-making as all emotions affect our thinking and behaviour. Our brains store emotional memories of past choices we have made, which we then use to help guide present decisions. Be careful when making very important decisions though, as intense emotions can cloud good judgment. Limit your options. While we may think more choice is best, in reality, often less is more. Too many choices makes greater demands on our information-processing skills and can leave us feeling overwhelmed and in a state of decision paralysis. This paradox of choice applies to us all, so instead of trying to make ‘the best or right’ decision, simply aim for a ‘good enough’ option. Ask for help. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to reach a decision on your own, consider help from a psychologist. A clinical psychologist has specialist training to objectively assist in the decisionmaking process by taking into account an array of factors, including values, preferences, biases, reason, emotions, memories and any underlying conditions, like anxiety, that can make it harder to reach a decision. Asking for help doesn’t mean a lifetime of therapy; even just one or two sessions can help you consider the dilemma at hand and give you more confidence to make up your mind.

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Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing Solutions

Men and hearing loss When it comes to hearing loss, statistically men are the weaker sex!

DID you know hearing loss is much more common in men, rather than women! But why is this? Now, I’m sure you all have your theories as to why this might be and have heard the typical cliché or joke: “My partner’s the reason I’m going deaf!”. But, various studies do show that the most common factor for hearing loss in men is what’s called industrial deafness. Industrial deafness is usually acquired by working in heavily male dominated industries such as construction or factory work where it is quite noisy or operation of machinery is occurring on a regular basis. Surprisingly, even long distance truck drivers can suffer hearing damage by having the window down and the wind blowing past their ears for long durations. And it’s not just loud noises or constant noise that can cause issues. There is some concern that hearing loss and tinnitus can be caused by certain medications, in particular aspirin and ibuprofen. Both drugs are often recommended to treat aches and pains and very commonly, headaches. Some blokes will joke that this is a catch-22 situation. They say their wives are constantly nagging them and so they take aspirin for the subsequent headache that causes! The truth in this may in fact be that the ‘nagging’ may simply be due to the male partner suffering from hearing loss and can’t hear. So the wife has to repeat herself. The flipside of this of course is the frustration that comes from living with, or being around someone with hearing loss. It can become a very lonely time for both parties and distance between one another can be unintentionally created often leading to

further health issues as well as depression or feeling isolated. Prevention of hearing loss is important for both men and women and can be as easy as ensuring safety equipment is worn at work and wherever appropriate. Other areas of prevention within the household and between partners however, may be somewhat out of depth for an audiologist! If prevention has failed and someone you know does suffer from any form of hearing loss there are answers. Treatment of hearing loss, such as the fitting of hearing aids, often result in reports of better quality of life and even lower levels of depression. There are so many options available to suit specific lifestyles and personal needs. There are aids that are invisible as they sit further in the ear and some that connect to electronic devices such as a mobile phone or home television making for easier living. In many cases, these can be fitted all in one appointment with your audiologist. It is commonly a spouse or family member who is first to recognise a hearing impairment so, next time there’s miscommunication as to who was going to do the dishes, or ‘I didn’t hear you ask me to mow the lawn’, there’s probably some truth in it. Save the headaches by seeking help and advice for one of the most frustrating health issues we all must face from your qualified audiologist.

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These practitioners claim that myofunctional appliances can ‘re-train’ the facial muscles to function ideally, which simply makes the face develop perfectly and the teeth align, thus removing the need for braces. Is this viewpoint actually true?


Dr Paul Hanrahan Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Myo-Functional Therapy: Myo, Myo… Oh My! What is Myo-functional Therapy?

Myo-functional therapy is apparently the ‘latest technology’ in straightening teeth. There are a growing number of practitioners that claim the following features can directly cause the jaws to develop poorly and the teeth to become crooked: • Poor breathing habits • Tongue habits • Tongue-ties • Faulty swallowing patterns

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Is it Really a New Technique? Myo-functional therapy was first described in 1939 and like everything else in orthodontics, enjoys a convenient re-discovery every 25 years (when the sins of the past are forgotten). The original ‘re-training’ appliances were custommade for each individual from wire and plastic. Interestingly, modern myo-functional appliances are mass-produced using injectionmoulded plastic, that look like store-bought mouthguards. They are not custom-made for each mouth, as in the old days. Myo-functional appliances are supposed to be worn everyday by children, while their adult teeth are erupting. They are recommended from as early as five years of age until about 12 years of age. Asking a child to wear something in the mouth for six – seven years can be a steep uphill battle! Apparently, they are also available for use with braces. Hold on... weren’t they supposed to eliminate the need for braces? So, is this really a ‘preventative’ appliance or do you still need to have braces later with the myo-functional appliance? The Real Evidence Recent high-quality independent research* shows: • Wearing a myo-functional appliance can change your child’s teeth by about 2mm. At best, this is a very minor improvement and it may not be stable!

• The treatment result for 70% of the myo-functional patients was deemed to be unsuccessful • 80% of children still needed braces to fix what the myo-functional treatment could not! • Habits, allergies or breathing disturbances in young children were not directly associated with orthodontic problems It is clear that the independent scientific research does not support the extravagant claims made on myo-functional websites and testimonials. In Summary For myo-functional therapy and techniques to replace braces, it must: • Produce equal quality (effective) for less effort (efficiency) • B e easier for the patient and the clinician to use (comfort and convenience) • Be faster or cheaper (more productive) Myo-functional treatment using pre-formed mouthguard-type appliances generally requires an enormous amount of effort for the patient (along with the parental nagging, anxiety and numerous appointments), considerable financial cost and a very long time (up to six years) to achieve a very minor 2mm change. Patients, parents and clinicians must ask themselves this critical question: “Is this really worth it?” It is our very strong professional opinion, that the answer is a simple NO. *Peer-reviewed scientific/clinical articles are available on request.

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With sunshine and opportunity calling them, this couple headed north to start their own Physiotherap y and Natural Medic ine Clinic.

A shared love of


creativity and providing the finest service to all clients led these two hairstylists into business together.




“As cliché as it sounds, when you know you know!” explains Danielle Cannard, into business with of going her Aleisha Fuss. “Aleisha Hair Cartelle co-owner and I met while working at another both salon, and quickly we had the same realised values and morals similar career goals. and Six months later business partners.” we were “I have so much respect Aleisha. “I’d describe for Dani,” adds our working relationship as balanced and effective. Dani certainly has a different thought process to me, which is part of our strength as a team. She also keeps up with my drive to success and can handle how headstrong I am sometimes!” “When Aleisha puts her mind to something she does it, and does it well,” tells Danielle.

“She gives good advice to people who are losing motivation and direction so she is a very good teacher. She’s also quite savvy.” business Using their creativity cutting and colouring,not only in styling, Aleisha and Danielle also created a unique name for their business. “We wanted a name that was bold

and different,” explains Aleisha, “so we own feminine edge put our to the word cartel, create cartelle.” to

Sharing similar values too, Aleisha and Danielle chose DeLorenzo products salon because the range is Australianfor the environmentally made, responsible, with no animal testing or ingredients , certified organic ingredients and is sustainably farmed.





“We want to know we right people, people are supporting the like us with strong and values,” says ethics Aleisha. The stylish duo is now committed to their team, and their young business’sgrowing reputation within Townsville. “I don’t think Dani and I really see ourselves as two partners, but more like one unstoppable force,” shares Aleisha. “We are where we are today because of each to succeed because other and will continue of each other.”


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Canadian Physiothera pist Rod Hidlebaugh was living in Melbourne – where he met married Melinda and Pratt – when in 2012 the lure of warmer weather became too strong. “That’s right, even the Canadian got the cold and windy tired Melbourne weather,” of laughs. “I asked Rod Mel if she wanted to move a warmer climate, and I saw an opportunit to set up a couple y to of practices here in the north.” Having over 16 years’ experience treating back injuries, elite athletes – including Olympic and professiona l athletes – workers, neck pain, hip, knee and ankle osteoarthritis and pain, and more recently people suffering from vertigo, dizziness – Rod’s been referred and balance problems to as ‘the Vertigo physio’ – Rod knew his skills could be utilised in the north.



Now, Rod and Melinda have two practices in Townsville and Ayr, with a team of six – three Physios, Rod, Rachel and Ute; Naturopath Melinda; and an admin team of two, Sherri, and Brooke. “Mel is the doer and I’m an ideas man,” describes Rod of his and Melinda’s working relationship, “and we both have extensive clinical experience . I’m not sure how Mel treats all the patients she does and keeps rest of business the side of things going, but she does it well.” Melinda’s Naturopath y work focuses on many areas, including women’s health, allergies, fertility food and supporting people through cancer treatment.

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For company Director builder John Plozza, and award-winning working with his girlfriend, now-wife, thenJasmine was one best decisions of the he’s made.

Within the first month, the couple fast-tracked the relationship simply by circumstan ce of



Circumstance spurred this couple to move from dating to working together. It was sink or swim, and nine years later they’re still swimming.

“We’d been dating, not for very long, John’s secretary when relocated and he suggested I join his team,” recalls Jasmine. “We were really testing the relationship adds John. We ,” had just I realised the pressure moved in together; and working together, would be high, living but I thought if could handle it, we she would be a keeper… In her first week, she quit three times! But we made it through.”

“I have seen Mel assist people with conditions and numerous I think to her credit, of the busiest she is one Naturopath’s in the country,” shares Rod. “Working in smaller communiti word of mouth es, is everything. If you help someone get better, word of mouth around. And if gets you don’t you won’t be busy.” “We have created an individualis ed personalised practice,” and And we have achieved explains Melinda. a peaceful, calming environment where our patients are comfortable and receive quality care from the same therapist they saw the week We think that’s before. important. “We both have a passion for what we do,” “and follow Confucius continues Melinda, philosophy, ‘If something you you find love to do, you’ll never work another day in your life.’”


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With each having their own interest in fitness, this husband-wife team left their respec tive jobs to focus on a buddin g family business.



working and living together. That was nine years ago, and as Jasmine says, they haven’t looked back since. As well as welcoming children Allegra, 6, and Jake, 5, the Plozzas started Proview Homes in 2009 and nominated for two Master Builders were 2013, taking home Awards the Quality Workmans in Award. hip In 2014, Proview Homes was nominated for four awards, taking home two – The President’s Award and The Rising Star Award. They backed it up again in 2015, with four more nomination s. “It’s a real testament emphasises John, to our whole team,” whose team is Jasmine Manager, himself and three permanent as plus a crew of skilled local subcontrac staff tors.



“We take great pride in offering a fresh, authentic view on every construct we do. Jasmine and I live and breathe work because we both love the design and construct the build. Sharing side of ideas really lets us get the best possible result for our clients.” “I think good communic ation is the strength of our working relationship,” says Jasmine. “Our openness in being able to express to one another how we feel has been right there since the beginning of our relationship. Plus we know how to have fun together.” “The ideas never stop. My brain’s thinking 10 years ahead,” laughs John. “I have multiple ideas swirling around at the moment. where Jasmine This is balances me.”


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With a career spanning 17 years, Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioni Coach Brent Goriss ng knows his stuff. worked with TAFE He’s Queensland, Townsville Crocodiles, The Queensland Academy Sport and the of Australian Women’s Cricket Team, and his knowledge of health and fitness inevitably rubbed off on wife Lyndsey. When the two met in 2006 Lyndsey working in marketing, was the couple’s daughter then after welcoming Willow in late 2008, Lyndsey felt the need for change. She gained qualification as a personal trainer, and started 5 Star Fitness in 2012, initially as a womenonly circuit class, which boomed overnight. Lyndsey expanded the business to include a 12 Week Challenge, a Mums and Bubs and Fun Fitness class 4 Kidz Townsville delivered

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“Through the whole process, Brent has been my sounding board,” says Lyndsey, whose goal to have Brent on board full-time realised in January was 2016. “Lyndsey had started something that was connecting with people we hadn’t anticipated and growing at a rate so early on,” recalls Brent. “With both of us committed to the business full-time we’ve been able to add more sessions to our 12 Week Challenges launch an online and business offering training programs, nutrition plans and a 6 Week Online Body Blitz package.” “Brent’s added another dimension business,” adds to the Lyndsey. “As an exercise physiologist, his qualification, experience and


knowledge in the industry is next-level. now service elite athletes, and clients We can modification due who need to injury or chronic illness.” 5 Star Fitness has grown to be Townsville’ largest 12 Week s Challenge; and Lyndsey was a finalist for the Townsville Chamber of Commerce Young Business Person Year 2016. of the “Lyndsey’s always had and that’s something strong people skills – you just can’t teach,” offers Brent. “We’ve managed to create a positive environment for people to change their lives physically and mentally,” says Lyndsey. “We work well together because we share enthusiasm and a similar work ethic energy, to with 4.30am – we need starts!”


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Orthopaedic surgeons at Townsville’s Mater Hospital include: Dr Kaushik Hazratwala Speciality interest-computer assisted hip and knee replacement surgeries Townsville Lower Limb Clinic Mater Medical Centre Pimlico 4727 4111 Dr John Maguire Sporting injuries and knee and shoulder surgery NQ Orthopaedic and Sport Surgery Level 5, Stanton Centre, 31 Leichhardt Street North Ward 4772 2100 Dr James Price

Mater Leads the Way in Orthopaedic Surgery Medical advancements in orthopaedic surgery has led to more people in North Queensland turning to surgery to treat their hip and knee problems, according to one of Townsville’s leading orthopaedic specialists. Dr James Price, speaking on behalf of the orthopaedic surgeons at Townsville’s Mater Hospital, said in his 17 years as an orthopaedic specialist he had seen first-hand the significant changes in surgical techniques and recovery times. “Over the past few years patient outcomes have improved immensely, so more people are getting knee and hip replacements and at a younger age,” Dr Price said. “People are no longer willing to be limited by their arthritic joints, and want to stay healthy and fit.” Dr Price is also Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at Townsville’s Mater Hospital. “The Mater Hospital continues to update its medical technology to ensure we have the best patient outcomes,” Dr Price said. “The Mater will be introducing the new MAKO Robotic Surgery System next year, making it the first private hospital in North Queensland to offer the new surgical technique to patients undergoing hip and knee replacements. “The robotic system has been used in the USA for almost a decade and it has been well proven that it makes the surgery more accurate. “While the Mater Hospital already has one of the shortest length of stay in hospital for patients after joint replacements, compared

to other private hospitals in Queensland – this robotic system means we will have patients at home in an even shorter time frame. “It is important we get patients up and moving as quickly as possible post-surgery so we have better patient outcomes and decrease the chance of blood clots and complications.”

“THE MATER HOSPITAL CONTINUES TO UPDATE ITS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE BEST PATIENT OUTCOMES.” DR JAMES PRICE Orthopaedics has been a speciality at the Mater Hospital for more than 60 years. The experienced Mater orthopaedic surgeons are Australian trained doctors and received their training and qualifications working in major teaching hospitals in our capitals cities and overseas. The Mater orthopaedic surgeons treat all upper and lower limb conditions with each specialist having a sub-speciality area of interest. More information can be found on their websites.

Dr Jason McDarra Lower limb Level 5, Stanton Centre, 31 Leichhardt Street North Ward 4401 5696 Dr Peter McEwen Knee surgery Mater Medical Centre, Pimlico 4779 4788 Dr Levi Morse Sports injuries and upper and lower limb. 1/34 Fulham Road, Pimlico 4779 9902 Dr James Price Lower limb Park Street Medical Suites, Suite 3, 62 Park Street, Pimlico 4728 8500 Dr Matthew Wilkinson Sports injuries of hip, knee and upper limb 1/34 Fulham Road, Pimlico 4779 9902 For further information log on to

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ALEX JONES Owner A C Jones Builders

With a vision to run a building company that values quality over quantity and create a name for himself, Alex Jones founded A C Jones Builders in 2015. “I felt it was time to showcase my talents and lead a company that services all avenues (domestic, commercial and retail) with the knowledge to back it up,” says Alex. “When I started out, it was just me offering small carpentry works and household maintenance. I now employ two carpenters, an apprentice and an administration officer and we have a regular flow of bathroom/kitchen renovations, repeat real estate clients, government contracts and larger home renovations on the books.” Originally from Brisbane, where he started his trade, Alex moved to Townsville when the company he was working for offered him an opportunity to relocate up north. “I decided to stay in Townsville after finishing my trade, where I’ve created a good network to go out on my own,” Alex says. “We’ve grown significantly over the past two years, taking on bigger jobs, but we never take on more than we can manage. We’re known for our high quality workmanship and that’s something we’ll never compromise.” You can expect to see A C Jones Builders as a Master Builders Awards entrant next year with Alex planning on putting forward one of the team’s cuttingedge bathroom renovations. Outside of work, Alex and his wife Courtney (and their two dogs Dexter and Lexi) enjoy spending time off-road driving and exploring what’s beyond the Townsville area. “Anywhere that’s quiet and has a view makes us happy,” Alex says. “One of our favourite spots is Cape Tribulation because it’s so out of the way. We’re loving life up north.” A C Jones Builders 2/10 Rendle Street Aitkenvale 0408 158 659





General Sales Manager Carmichael Ford and Mercedes-Benz Townsville When Peter McCann started as a sales cadet at Carmichael Ford and MercedesBenz Townsville in 1999, he remembers saying to a mate “I don’t really think I’m a car salesman but I’ll give it a go…”. Eighteen years later, and still in the job, he’s well and truly proven himself wrong. “I was green as grass but I knew I loved talking to people and the feeling I got when someone was so excited about driving out in their new car was exhilarating and addictive,” Peter says. “Last year Mercedes-Benz Townsville achieved Rural Dealer of the Year, which is something we’d been striving for and is the ultimate accolade amongst our peers. As a manager, the biggest thrill is when your staff are succeeding and being recognised.” “The new Ford Mustang has just arrived at our Ford dealership. It’s a dream car that’s now more affordable and sales-wise it’s going from strength to strength. And for Mercedes-Benz Townsville we built a brand-new showroom a few years ago. “Our goal is to be market leader in both brands in Townsville and many of our products have received top awards,” Peter says. “We won 4x4 of the Year for the Ford Ranger Dual Cab and Car of the Year for the Mercedes-Benz C 200.” After work, Peter is keen to get home and spend quality time with his young family – wife Annita and daughters Claire (12) and Julia (10). “Townsville is a great place to raise a family – not too big and not too small,” he says. “There’s always a cold beer and street cricket at our house on Sunday afternoons.” Carmichael Ford 77-85 Charters Towers Road Hyde Park 4750 0500 Mercedes-Benz Townsville 85 Charters Towers Road Hyde Park 4750 0460

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RANE REGUSON Managing Director italktravel Townsville and Jetsetter Travel Ayr

Determined to bring expectational service in travel to Far North Queensland and beyond, Rane Reguson was only 19 when he got into the travel industry. Now aged 23, he’s the owner/operator of two successful agencies – one in Townsville (italktravel) and the other in Ayr (Jetsetter Travel). “There’s never been a better time to travel, with costing in the market at its most competitive. I’m proud to have brought together a team of travel specialists who I consider to be at the forefront of the industry. We’re there for our clients 24/7,” Rane says. Last month, Rane was nominated as Best Travel Agency Manager in the 2017 Australian Travel Awards and took out the Inaugural Emirates Scholarship a few years ago. Both prestigious accolades have cemented his reputation in the travel industry. “My weeks are a bit hectic as I work between the two offices with half of the week in Ayr and the other half in Townsville,” Rane says. “It’s great that the Townsville Airport is launching new and exciting destinations, which provides some fantastic opportunities for our customers – and it’s great for the Townsville economy too. “The people of Townsville have been so welcoming. I’ve only been in Townsville for six months but I’ve already met so many dynamic people and have made many new friends.” Rane has travelled extensively, experienced diverse cultures and embraced many once-in-a-lifetime experiences, which gives him an edge when creating inspirational travel packages for his clients. “Once you’re hooked on travelling and understand its true power, it’s amazing how much you value experience over things,” he says. “Success is no accident. It’s hard work, sacrifice and, most of all, a love of what you do.” italktravel Townsville City Arcade Townsville CBD 4721 2220 Jetsetter Travel 123 Queen Street Ayr 4783 3999




MATTHEW BOURKE Owner/Director Mark Nixon Automotive

In early 2004, when Matthew Bourke was just 16 years old, he landed in Townsville on school holidays, with no intention of going back to school in Mackay… “My goal was to find an apprenticeship before getting the ultimatum from Mum about going back to school,” Matthew laughs. “I was lucky enough to get a trial at Mark Nixon Automotive and score an apprenticeship from that.” Matthew started his apprenticeship with Mark in November 2004 and, after completing his four years of training,

continued to work for Mark as a fully qualified mechanic. Perfectly happy with where he was at, Matthew didn’t have any desire to be a business owner but, in 2009, when Mark was diagnosed with cancer, everything changed. “It was a really hard time in my life as I was only 21 and I looked up to Mark and spent most of my time at work,” Matthew says. “Sadly, Mark passed away in September 2009 and I took over in February 2010. At the time, I had no idea how to run a business. But with hard work and determination, I put my head down and gave it my best shot.” In 2010, there was only Matthew and one other mechanic in the shop, offering general servicing and repairs. Now, in his eighth year

of business, Matthew has seven employees. Matthew’s wife Kim is also a big part of the business, taking care of accounts and keeping the office running smoothly, as well looking after the couple’s little man Lucas, who is 20 months old. “We all pride ourselves on offering genuine personalised professional service and advice,” Matthew says. “We’re also proud to be Townsville’s only independent Land Rover specialist.” Mark Nixon Automotive 8 Hamill Street Garbutt 4775 2155

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Company Director Harold’s Seafood on The Strand When Michael Hawkins’ father died too soon from heart disease at the age of 53, it was a game-changer on many levels. “Dad left me the family farm just outside of Emerald and, while it was a fantastic lifestyle, I soon realised (after seasons of erratic weather) that I needed a regular cash flow,” Michael says. “So I made the decision to go into hospitality food retailing and bought a café in Emerald followed by The Melbourne Fish Bar – an iconic seafood business in Rockhampton.



“My vision was to retail healthy seafood after witnessing family members dying too young from heart disease.” After The Strand was redeveloped, Michael knew Townsville was the place to be and couldn’t resist buying Harold’s Seafood in 2005. Since then, he’s doubled turnover, introduced alfresco dining and promoted local, healthy organic seafood. “The business will always remain a fish and chip shop but I have some exciting plans in the works for Harold’s,” Michael says. “We’re soon to introduce a Spanish influence with some wood fire chargrilling of super-fresh fish straight from the Barrier Reef and, of course, a killer wine list. I just know it will be a hit here in the tropics

by the beach on our warm, balmy nights. I can’t divulge too much at this point, but the concept starts with P and ends with an A…” In his downtime, Michael flies to Brisbane to catch up with his family, including five gorgeous granddaughters and his one and only grandson. “I also love attending local events like the Strand Ephemera, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and, of course, Cowboys home games,” Michael says. “And I’m a big fan of scuba diving the Reef and Stable on The Strand.” Harold’s Seafood on The Strand 5/58 The Strand, North Ward 4724 1322

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I’ll Come to You She has been in banking for over a decade and now Melissa Fry can bring her considerable experience to you direct as a mobile lender for NAB.

IN her most recent role at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Melissa was responsible for premier banking (looking after high-value clients including medical professionals). It was a role she greatly enjoyed but when the job opening came up as a mobile lender for NAB she went for it because she loves getting out into the broader community even more. “I jumped at the opportunity to become a mobile lender for NAB because I live for the satisfaction of helping clients progress in their home ownership and renovating journeys,” Melissa says. “I’m ready to travel anywhere within an hour of Townsville, any day, any time for NAB clients. Whether you prefer to meet at your workplace, home, a cafe or one of NAB’s five Townsville branches that’s no problem.” Melissa says one of the qualities that sets NAB apart is their customer focus.

“We understand that buying property is a big decision. It’s important to me to develop a rapport and long-standing relationship with clients,” she says. “I own my home, and have had investment properties in the past, and I’m happy to share my strategies.” Another customer benefit is that NAB is the only one of the ‘big four’ banks with a tender to offer the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme. “We’ve just given the promise to be a Defence Lender for the next five years so that means we can offer the Defence Home Loan Scheme,” Melissa says. “We’re also unique in that we can service clients holistically – from our connection with MedFin (a platform for medical professionals) through to the various areas of business banking and financial planning.” Even before you’re ready to take out a home loan, you’re welcome to book a chat with Melissa to discuss budgeting and strategy. “I’m here to help – that’s why customers have my direct mobile number. There’s no runaround through a call centre,” Melissa says. “I’ve had customers SMS me in the middle of the night when they’ve woken up with that burning question and I’m more than happy for them to do that.”

“We’ve just given the promise to be a Defence Lender for the next five years so that means we can offer the Defence Home Loan Scheme.” M ELISSA F RY

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Growing visitations needs new focus North Queensland has abundant natural assets to attract visitors from all over the world.

Yet, Townsville’s many hotels are struggling to fill their rooms. European and Anglo backpackers and students have dominated recent growth in international visitations. This cohort is, however, amongst the most ‘frugal’ of global travellers. Domestic visitations have been going backwards. New focus is needed to not only grow visitation numbers in total, but to attract a broader base of higher spending tourists to the region. THE NUMBERS TELL THE TALE

Having, on and off, over the past few years raised concerns about the low levels of hotel occupancy and poor average revenues per available room in Townsville, it is now abundantly clear that a new approach is needed to visitations growth. BUSINESS AS USUAL ISN’T WORKING

The evidence is well and truly in: there is simply not enough demand, let alone the right types of demand. Don’t take my word for it. The data and the coalface experience of hotel operators in Townsville are clear. According to data from Tourism and



Events Queensland (TEQ), for the year ending March 2017, domestic overnight visitors fell by 8.9% over the previous year, and total domestic overnight visitors fell 7.6%. The compensating factor has been a 6.1% increase in international overnight visits, but frankly, this is small consolation. Whereas domestic overnight visitors accounted for an estimated 1,115,000 for the year to March 2017, international overnight visitors accounted for 130,000. It’s still a drop in the ocean. Domestic holiday visits were down 7.2% and people visiting family and friends was down a massive 18.9%. If this wasn’t enough to convince you that the talk of green shoots is little more than a mirage, the data points to a drop of 11.3% in domestic visitors’ expenditure. On average, that’s a fall of 11.9% in the last year. This is due to a 9% fall in visitor nights. What growth there has been in international visitation has largely been in the lower-spending segments of the backpacker market. This is evidenced by the fact that international visitors to Townsville are dominated by folk from the UK and Germany. According to the TEQ Regional Profile, international visitor expenditure ‘declined 16.9% to $88.4 million, driven by lower spending education visitors as well as fewer visitor nights overall (down 7.8%)’.

what that’s worth. A search of the Tourism Opportunity Plan 2009–2019 for ‘China’ comes up with a big fat donut. China barely rates a mention in the Townsville Enterprise Tourism Destination Plan, being described as ‘emerging target markets’ (p. 21). In fact, that’s the only mention China gets in the entire Destination Plan. A similar oversight is evident in the Destination Tourism Strategy 2012–2016, which describes Hong Kong and China as ‘new and developing markets’. What the…?! This lack of attention to China has been costly. Last year, for example, inbound visitors from China became the single largest source market for visitations to Australia, tipping 1.2 million. The rapidly growing middle class of China (and elsewhere in Asia) is the best hope the region has to grow its visitations base at rates above the recent historic average, and at the same time, attract a cohort that is reknowned for not being stingy when travelling. By 2020, it is expected that there will be over 220 million outbound Chinese travellers per year. If Australia maintains its market share of around 3%, we’re talking about 6–7 million visitors from China coming to our shores. Even at half that, the numbers are very significant. Tourism Australia estimated that by 2020, Chinese travellers to Australia could be spending between $7–9 billion each year. It could be more than that.


What counts for ‘strategy’ to date has been effective insofar as it has achieved some claim to fame in ‘edu-tourism’. There’s much to be proud of in this space, but as TEQ observed, it’s not exactly what you’d call a high-spending segment of the market. On top of that, add a healthy dose of frugal backpackers, and what you’ve got in numbers is offset by limited spending power.



MARKET MAKING If new product and infrastructure is at all required, it must pass a simple test: does it go towards ‘making and supporting a new market’? If it is another variation on the ‘same old / same old’ theme, then it’s probably fair to say that it’s not really going to make much of a difference. Making a new market means capitalising on the region’s unique attributes, and creating something that is genuinely unique. Emulating the experiences of other places

It needs to focus on international tourism – and Asian travellers in particular, firstly because right now it represents such a paltry proportion of total visitations. This suggests that there’s tremendous room for growth. The region needs to get its head around Asia. In the year to March 2017, its top five holiday source markets globally were Germany, UK, France, Netherlands and USA. Again, this points to strategic success, for

Right now, the answer – based on recent experience – is no. But there’s no reason why the region cannot get there. The barrier isn’t the experiences that the place can offer, or the capacity of its people. The raw product is exemplary, and tourism employs over 5,000 people locally already.

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shouldn’t be a priority; at best, aspirations of Melbournesque edginess in the form of a few wannabe-laneways in the old downtown is an ancillary support act to the main game. The main game is the great outdoors, which is one of the big reasons for visiting Australia for the target audiences of China and Asia. And we have great outdoors experiences in spades. Within 180km of Townsville, a visitor can: • Access the inner reef (and check out Reef HQ when they are on land), • Dive Yongala, • Visit Crystal Creek, Wallaman Falls and Paluma Falls, • Spend time at the Cromarty Wetlands, • Spot a croc on the Houghton River, • Bird watch in the Town Common, • Stay over at Hidden Valley and watch the platypuses at last light, • Enjoy world class mountain biking at Pallarenda and Douglas, • Fish the Hinchinbrook Channel or enjoy chartered fishing on the Burdekin River and Groper Creek system south of Home Hill, • Hike Hinchinbrook Island itself, • Horse ride on the beaches, • Herd some cattle from the Towers, and check out some of the historical sites of the gold rush (as well as visit Ravenswood where there’s still some gold mining), • Camp on one of the Family Islands, • Lounge on the secluded beaches of Magnetic Island (and other beaches), • Sail Cleveland Bay, • Check out the Cardwell spa pools, and • Experience indigenous cultures on Palm Island, and hike the Island’s hilly ridges to find WW2 flying boat wreckage. And, there’s heaps more besides. There’s a rich equestrian culture, with regular eventing not to mention the Winter Racing Carnival to attract those whose passion are the thoroughbreds.

DISTRIBUTION, DISTRIBUTION, DISTRIBUTION By Townsville Enterprise’s own admission, “Townsville North Queensland is relatively poorly known as a tourism destination outside the region” (Townsville North Queensland Tourism Opportunity Plan 2009–2019, p.6). And despite this, plan after plan has been focused on local product and infrastructure with little attention devoted to building distribution channels and sustained incountry engagement. Sporadic advertising and nonsensical thematics like ‘Alive with Curiosity’ are no substitute for institutional distributional capacity – especially in the Asian market place. This fixation on (usually publicly funded) supply side spending, without a commensurate commitment to demand side stimulus and engagement has served the region poorly. The data tells us so much. Cultivating high quality product, experiences and supporting infrastructure are, it goes without saying, important aspects of ensuring the region offers a compelling travel value proposition. Yet, the evidence on international visitation shows that there’s simply a lot of growth opportunity… provided that the focus turns to developing the right kinds of market engagement and distribution channels and where necessary, the new kinds of products needed to open the region up to new growth segments. What’s missing is a commitment to building a presence in the competitive media landscape of Asia and China to begin with. By this, I don’t mean a generic round of advertising, usually in English, or a trade mission every now and then. Rather, what’s needed is an industry-driven, continual high quality engagement program with potential visitors. On top of this, a big gap is recognising

that the distribution channels that will work for the emerging cohort of Chinese and Asian travellers, who could potentially visit NQ, aren’t the conventional wholesalers that dominate the high volume / low margin end of the market. The new independent traveller is more likely to do their own research, and make their own arrangements via social media platforms in which referrals are more important than conventional advertising. Travelogues can open up an engagement with an audience, which must then be built upon through sustained, in-depth in-market engagement. You can’t skimp this. China and the Asian markets in general cannot be relegated to ‘emerging markets’ status. This folly has cost the region dearly. Rather, if we’re serious about capitalizing on the abundance of natural assets on our doorsteps, and creating sustainable employment of the 21st century, then we must align our region’s gifts with the desires and needs of a growing Chinese middle class. Any additional investment in local infrastructure – including more accommodation options – must come with a capacity to expand sustained visitation growth. The city needs to triple or quadruple its annual international visitation intake. New infrastructure, aligned to engaging with and growing new markets in Asia generally and China specifically, can go a long way to supporting this broader objective. Incumbent hotel operators can benefit from market making investments that can elevate the region to a large and growing Asian audience, so as to drive sustained volume growth. There’s insufficient demand (especially demand of the right type). New players need to be able to demonstrate how they can expand the pie not just cannibalise the anaemic pie that is presently the case. New supply investment coupled with demand growth capacities are critical to rejuvenating the city-region’s international tourism capabilities and driving a new era of expansion.

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

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Major events transforming our region From world-class sport to world-class music, Townsville North Queensland is cementing itself as a key player in the major events game. Words Lucy Abbott | Townsville Enterprise Limited



WHETHER it’s “Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi, oi, oi” or “Up the mighty Maroons”, these chants will be echoing around our city for many years to come, as Townsville North Queensland cements itself as a major events destination. Between the Rugby League World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and an international cricket match, Townsville is quickly becoming the home of regional Australia’s biggest and best events. A new and improved stadium by 2020 is also at the forefront enticing event organisers more than ever. Did someone say State of Origin? Townsville’s city leaders have recently been putting a strong case forward to the NRL to secure a State of Origin match in 2020 in the new North Queensland Stadium. Though the stadium will be much more than just football; this would be a significant event to be staged in one of Australia’s strongest heartlands of rugby league. Not only are city leaders getting behind this opportunity, but the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, are also endorsing Townsville as a potential Origin host. This game would deliver considerable economic benefits to an extensive local supply-chain of accommodation providers, hospitality businesses, transport services and much more. Given the significant contribution that events provide the local economy and their ability to have direct and positive impacts on visitation, Townsville Enterprise considers events to be among the region’s greatest tourism assets. Not only do events inject substantial economic revenue into the host city, but they also add value to the destination and contribute to instilling a greater sense of community pride. Townsville North Queensland has continued to demonstrate significant successes in the establishment, acquisition and staging of a number of events in recent years. This year, Townsville will host three rounds

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Townsville is quickly becoming the home of regional Australia’s biggest and best events. 16,500 revellers across the 10 day event. Two thirds of attendees were from interstate and collectively contributed more than 28,000 room nights and an estimated spend of $5.2 million. Townsville Enterprise has a well-established process for both ‘building’ and ‘buying’ events through industry development activities and the Townsville North Queensland Bid Fund. The overarching aim of the Bid Fund is to attract new events to the destination that will drive overnight visitation and expenditure. Since its inception, the Townsville North Queensland Bid Fund has secured 35 events for the region, injecting an estimated $54 million into the local economy from 59,000 event attendees over 133 event days. Some of these big ticket events that will be calling Townsville home include the 2017 BMX QLD State Championships and the 2018 Hockey

QLD Masters Championships and Women’s Trials. The 2017 BMX QLD State Championships will be held in Townsville this month, delivering an anticipated economic impact of $5.3 million over the seven day event, with the Hockey Masters events delivering $1.7 million to the local economy. For many years, Townsville North Queensland has offered a jam-packed line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. However, the region is now stepping up its game and transforming itself as a major events contender. Catalytic infrastructure, such as the North Queensland Stadium, is just the beginning of Townsville’s journey to be seen as a key player in the major events game not only in Australia, but on an international stage. CONNECT NOW

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of the Rugby League World Cup and is one of the host cities for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Three Rugby League World Cup pool games will be played in Townsville between Fiji and the USA, Fiji and Wales, and Italy and the USA from 28 October to 5 November. Shortly after, a pre-Ashes international cricket match will be played between England and Australia A at Tony Ireland Stadium from 15 to 18 November. In 2018, preliminary rounds of the Commonwealth Games men’s and women’s basketball competition will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. Preceding these heats, Townsville City Council will be hosting a celebration of the spirit of the Commonwealth Games through a significant arts and cultural festival. “Festival 18” is a 12-day program that will showcase the region’s talent, culture and lifestyle to the world through music, theatre, comedy, food and art at Strand Park, Queen’s Gardens and Jezzine Barracks. The demand for major cultural events is thriving in Townsville, off the back of the 27th annual Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s record breaking attendance, attracting over

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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

Voluntary Administration, Liquidation or Receivership… When is it time?

This can be seen to be worst case scenario for many business owners, when the prospect of business wind up is inevitable.



WHETHER it be due to cash flow issues, result of a down turn in industry, poor management decisions that lead to a decline in income, inability to repay bank debt, there may come a time where you need to engage an insolvency specialist. As soon as you feel things are getting out of hand, and there is less money around for the commitments you have, then you need to take a proactive approach. Your tax accountant may not have that level of expertise required to guide you out of your situation. If so, you need to seek help from an insolvency expert. Insolvency accountants specialise in such matters, e.g. provide you with an analytical approach to lack of sales, why debts accrue, or determine if a business plan is flawed. They have the knowledge and expertise to help put your business onto the path to success or identify the best process for you, if the inevitable was to occur, and prepare you for this. These specialists perform a comprehensive assessment of your situation, and provide recommendations as to: business structural changes, creation of efficiencies, provide ideas as to how to free up capital, liquidity improvement, and possible refinancing suggestions. They also recommend a pathway to voluntary administration or liquidation. Whilst it may be a worst-case scenario, this can be the light at the end of the tunnel for some individuals in the direst of situations. Like any problem, the first step to rectification is acknowledging that there is a problem. It is about changing your mind set from: ‘yes, I will pay off my debts (by robbing Peter to pay Paul)’, to: ‘no, it is impossible to pay off my debts so what can I do to rectify this, before it gets worse’. Seeking help before a Receiver steps in is a common-sense approach. Ignoring the

warning signs, by attempting to trade out of the red is dangerous, and could possibly become illegal (e.g. a company cannot and should not trade if deemed insolvent). The legal process of Receivership is where an external party is engaged to protect or sell off company or business assets or manage a business. They can be engaged by a creditor that is secured, such as a Bank, or the Courts, even if the company and its directors are opposed to the appointment. The Receivers look after the Bank’s best interests over the directors and the company best interests. Where loans are provided by a Bank, the Bank will typically ask for ‘security’. That is, the company agrees that if it defaults on repayments, then the Bank can take and sell those company assets. Therefore, the Bank is a Secured Creditor. On the other hand, Voluntary Administration is initiated by a director who hopes to save their company or business. A Creditors Voluntary Liquidation can be set by the shareholders and directors of a company to wind up the business. The courts could also appoint a liquidator for this same purpose. So before a receiver is engaged to look after the interests of just the secured creditor, it is important to note that Voluntary Administrators and Liquidators have responsibilities to not just the secured creditors but for other creditors as well, including the company shareholders. It may provide a better alternative for all, if identified as an option as early as possible. 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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Your ‘Side Hustle’ The ‘new and improved’ second job

I started my ‘first business’ with a mate back when we were 15 years old. We lived in the same street and figured we had a bit of spare time to earn a few dollars, so we came up with the ever innovative business named Scott & Trent’s Lawn Mowing Services. Straight to the computer we went to do up our pricing and flyers and as soon as they were printed, off we went on our pushies and delivered them to the neighbourhood letterboxes. Almost straight away we received a phone call. Someone wanted us to mow their lawn! ‘How easy is business?!’ we thought to ourselves. So we organised a time for the coming weekend and began dreaming about how we were going to each spend our $15 ($15

making a few dollars doing something you love (or are great at). Another noble activity is volunteering. Definitely a great candidate for your Side Hustle. What I love most about the Side Hustle concept is that it is ‘sexing’ up the idea of how you spend your own time, or of having a second job. Having a second job isn’t for everyone. For some it’s because of financial necessity. For others, they value their future over TV shows, their nights out or perhaps shopping time. It’s only for those people who have an appreciation for the concept that life isn’t meant to be easy and if you want nice things, you need to get off your backside and #makeithappen. Here are my ideas and reasons for why you should consider a Side Hustle: 1. You get to work on something you love! 2. You can dip your toe in the self-employed waters, relatively risk free. It’s a kind of ‘Try before you Buy’ scenario (I see so many businesses fail because they jumped in the deep end with no proof of concept) 3. You will meet other amazing like-minded people and expand your network 4. You will gain an appreciation of other local small businesses’ trials and tribulations 5. You might discover you have a highly desirable (i.e. valuable) set of skills that earn you great money! So get out there and give it a go! What do you have to risk? 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 Regional Business Services 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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for mowing, $15 for edges). The beauty of being young and naive is you have no shame or recognition of silly assumptions. We used our respective parents mowers and whipper snippers and advised them that we needed them to get us more fuel. Never once contemplating the concept of the costs, or the wear and tear of this to our parents. We even had some clients who let us use their equipment (and fuel!). Fortunately we continued to pick up clients and odd jobs and we had a thriving little weekend racket. Of course as Summer hit, we soon learnt the true value of a dollar. Neighbours moved on and weekends became important social events so we began to let our business peter out. The experience provided me with such great memories and life lessons that I have continued to carry on in my career to this day. Back then we just called it a job. Nowadays it goes by the catchy phrase ‘Side Hustle’ and it’s surprising that more people don’t do it. Your Side Hustle (P.S. I hate buzzwords, but let’s just roll with this one) is as much about earning a few extra dollary-doo’s as it is about getting a taste for the entrepreneurial life (aka working for yourself, being self employed). It is also an exceptional way to work on a subject/ pasttime that you are passionate about and doesn’t need to make huge financial sense. As long as it’s not a financial drain, of course. Some examples of Side Hustles that I’m aware of include: Freelancing (graphic design, IT work, computer programming), having an online shop (like mine au), getting actual employment on a casual/ temporary basis, or even putting in a little more effort on your hobbies and heading along to the local markets. Whatever it may be, it’s about putting your spare time to work for you and

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TONY IRELAND HELPS ROTARY HELP THE COMMUNITY Congratulations to Pat and Allan Church (right) of Contract Building Services who are the Rotary raffle winners of the All New Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury in Namib Orange. This is the 20th year that Tony Ireland Townsville has been supporting the Rotary Club of Townsville Sunrise with a car giveaway. Proceeds from the raffle have helped the Club achieve local community projects including walking track emergency markers on Castle Hill and exercise equipment and a barbecue for Lappin Park in Kirwan. CONNECT NOW

GET YOUR RUNNING SHOES ON FOR RELAY FOR LIFE Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, all in an effort to raise funds for the one in two Queenslanders affected by cancer in their lifetime. Register by 10 September for the Townsville relay to be held at Tony Ireland Stadium on 16 and 17 September. CONNECT NOW


Australians who have felt the devastating impact of blood cancer are invited to raise money and carry a lantern this springtime to help more families beat their blood cancer. Now in its tenth year, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night encourages attendees to hold gold lanterns to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer and white lanterns if they’ve been diagnosed themselves. Blue lanterns are proudly raised by friends, family, workmates and the wider community.

Freemasons from North Queensland are leading the chorus of support for the donation of $290,000 to fund Camp Quality’s family camps in Queensland for the next year. The District Grand Master Les Keane and his deputy were recently invited to stop by a camp put on by the children’s charity on Magnetic Island, where 43 children impacted by cancer from North Queensland were able to create memories outside of hospital. Les says it’s fantastic that Hand Heart Pocket, the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, has donated the funds on behalf of Freemasons across Queensland to help ensure state-wide support for those impacted by cancer.






CELEBRATE SPRING WITH POP-UP CAFÉ AND LIVE MUSIC The Upper Ross will celebrate the arrival of Spring with a pop-up café and live music at Bluewattle throughout September. Birdwing in Spring will welcome a coffee vendor and local musicians to Birdwing Park, and a community gardening group to Alfresco Park, each Saturday morning. Musicians set to feature include Chris Baker, Amy Zaghini and Jade Holland. CONNECT NOW

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KIMBERLEY & ADAM SULLY of Townsville were married on Friday 11th August 2017 at Black River. Both the Ceremony and reception were held on their property. Josephine Carter Photography

ALEXANDRIA PALKA (MILLER) & SAMUEL MILLER from Townsville married on Saturday 29th July 2017. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Elite Rodeo Grounds, Hervey’s Range. Beyond the Spectrum Photography.


ELISE & JAYDEN TESTER Elise from Townsville and Jayden from Brisbane were married on Monday 3rd July 2017 at the Burke Street Headlands at The Strand. A reception followed at The Brewery. Photography Thom from Light City Creative.

Kristen from Townsville and Timothy from Middlemount were married on Friday 30th June 2017 at Sacred Heart Cathedral followed with a reception at Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC Magnetic Island. JK Tanner Photography

MORGAN & SHAUN COSTIGAN from Townsville were married on Saturday 12th August 2017. The ceremony and reception were held on their own property at Alice River. Josephine Carter Photography

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Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

Making his father proud


WHILST in Bali recently I had the opportunity to do a reading for a gentleman from Israel. Mani was a successful businessman, in his early 50’s and travels frequently for his expansive company. Tall and somewhat stern, he advised he was in Bali on holidays with his wife and four children and had never sat for a reading before. Although a very confident man, I could see he was clearly nervous and so I asked him if he was okay for me to commence with the reading. He explained that he was raised as a Muslim, and having a Psychic Reading challenged his belief system. I assured him I wasn’t there to change his mind and that if the reading didn’t make sense to him, we would just simply stop. He agreed and I proceeded to connect with a very bold and strong father-figure in the spirit world. The gentleman’s name was Amir, and he explained to me that he died of respiratory issues several years earlier. My client confirmed that his father had passed over and that he had indeed died from respiratory complications. Amir showed me at the time of his passing, his son was in another country trying to make his way home. He continued to show me that



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No matter where we are from, making our parents proud, seems to be a common goal for a lot of us.

unfortunately, he passed away before Mani was able to get to his bedside. My client was silent, nodding his head in agreeance before confirming that his father died just two hours before he landed back in Israel. Amir then asked me to tell his son that he was no longer to worry about not having their final ‘moment’ because he knew that two weeks after his funeral, his son said his final goodbye to him. He seemed shocked and asked me what I meant. I advised him that his father knew that he said goodbye to him whilst he was standing high on a peak overlooking mountains and the water. Mani took a deep breath and advised that two weeks after his father passed away, he went to visit the Andes in Peru. He went on to tell that whilst there, he stood high on a peak whilst overlooking the water and mountains and said his proper goodbye to his father in his mind. As the reading progressed, his father asked me to tell him that he was also aware of his successful business and that he was very impressed that he takes care of his family, both immediate and external. My client glanced at me from across the table as I went on to tell him that his father acknowledged

that he also knew that he financially provides not only for his wife and kids, but also for his mother, brothers and sister, along with their children. Mani confirmed that his father did pass away before he made his fortune, and that now, he finances his entire family. As the reading drew to it’s conclusion, Amir asked me to tell his son that he makes him proud everyday. He started to tear up and soon after composing himself, told me that during one of their last conversations, his father asked him to make him proud. He went on to say that no matter where he is in the world, at the end of every working day, he always asks his father, “Did I make you proud today?” It just goes to show that regardless of whatever our culture is, and whether our parents are living or in spirit, the child in us still wants to make our parents proud.

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MICHAEL & LISA BELL welcomed Kalmin Ernest Henry on his grandmother’s birthday 7.7.17 weighing 6lbs 3oz. Tegan Galley Photography

MARGOT & JASON EDE welcomed Theodore

AMY & PAUL MANAMA and siblings Ebony, Corban and Peyton welcomed Dakota Scout 20.5.17 weighing 6lb 11oz.


Walter on 2.6.17. Photography SB Creative

JASON & RACHEL DI MAURO with siblings Ayla and Sebastian welcomed Leah Caterina Maria born 27.7.17 weighing 9lbs 3oz. Tegan Galley Photography

JUST ARRIVED DARREN & RACHAEL MCCARTHY welcomed Jack Harrison 22.4.17 weighing 2.34kg.

BRENDAN GLINDEMANN & SHAYNA JENSEN welcomed Tatum Mark on 21.01.17 weighing 4kg.

W ILL & TRISH WALQUIST and sibling Zachary welcomed Vanessa Aniela (Nessie) on 14.6.17 weighing 2.95kg.

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Founded on kindness For 28 years, the Townsville Hospital Foundation has been helping the local community by better equipping the hospital both in terms of life-saving equipment and friendly faces WHEN Karen Inch started volunteering at the old General Hospital in 1984, little did she know she was sowing the seeds for the Townsville Hospital Foundation. Officially founded in 1989, the Foundation now has over 130 volunteers, including Karen! “Our volunteers range from 16 right through to 90 and come from all different backgrounds, each with their own personal reason for giving back,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. “From married couple Alan and Betty, who volunteer in the Cancer Clinics after Alan’s own cancer journey, to Georgia (a high school student wishing to study physiotherapy) – everyone has a place here at the hospital.” Dubbed the ‘Sunshine Staff’ because of the yellow shirts they wear, Townsville Hospital Foundation volunteers are there to have a friendly chat, point you in the right direction, or help you get back to your car after surgery. The Townsville Hospital Foundation also has three staff and is governed by

Over the last decade, THF has funded close to two million dollars in projects, with the largest sum being $1.2 million for the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward. a board that consists of local business and health identities who volunteer their time and expertise. Together, everyone strives to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Foundation’s important work. “Over the last decade, THF has funded close to two million dollars in projects, with the largest sum being $1.2 million for the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward,” Megan says. “This included adding seven new beds to the ward’s capacity along with stateof-the-art 3D interaction equipment,

Volunteer Brittany Dewdney chatting with Cancer Centre patient

Karen and Celeste



Volunteer Sandy Byford providing bedside convenience trolley service

Gail Baker providing essential contact time with a baby in the Special Care Nursery

new furniture and all the little extras that help children feel more at home.” The Townsville Hospital Foundation has also funded ground-breaking research, surgical instruments for cardiac surgery, a resuscitation trolley, cuddle cots (so mothers can spend time with stillborn babies) and smaller but no less important items such as TVs, chairs and toys. “Our main focus is to provide those extras that wouldn’t normally be funded – chairs so parents can be close to their kids and comfortable, garden beds so long-term patients can feel at home, therapy and rehab equipment so people can go home sooner. Every item that we fund is requested by the health professionals that understand how big of a difference these little extras can make in the healing process,” Megan says. “We’re 100 per cent local, so you know all money raised will stay here in North Queensland to assist the Townsville community and our surrounding neighbours. The more we can invest in our local health facilities the less we will hopefully have to send local patients to Brisbane for treatment.” CONNECT NOW


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Just as every person in every pub has a story, so too does every pub. In Pub Yarns – The Pub, The Whole Pub, And Nothing But The Pub, covers the stories of 50 Australian pubs across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Each is captured through the photography and words of author Colin Whelan. In the book, Colin travels across Australia on his motorbike to visit these disappearing icons and gives details of his travels between the pubs. He also shares the marvellous stories of pioneering history and the characters and drinking culture that he uncovered. Suzy at the Royal Hotel


fter an easy coast down through the mountains to the coast, I’m on a stool outside the Royal Hotel in Townsville, where I’ve started an argument between some of the locals about the oldest pub in the place. It’s a pub argument; that kind of discussion where everyone is damn sure they’re right until someone has the bloody hide to produce some proof and the others, go, ‘Really? Bugger me!’ What is impressive is the wrong knowledge. ‘This is the second oldest, the West End’s been around since ’85.’ ‘No 1895.’ ‘The Mad Cow’s the oldest but it’s not a pub any more.’ ‘What about the purple pub on the Strand.’ ‘What about Tatts, doesn’t that date from 1897?’ ‘The Mansfield started in 1899.’ ‘The Big O is the oldest but it’s shut down.’ While we’re trying to sort it out, a woman on a bicycle pulls up. ‘Here’s Alisha. Her folks own the West End. She’ll know.’ I ask her why she’s drinking here if her parents own a pub themselves. ‘It’s on the way home and it’s rude to pass a pub, in my book.’



She grabs a drink from Suzy and comes back out and yes, the West End has been going since 1885, and yes that makes it the oldest pub still operating as a pub in Townsville. The talk just flows on to other pubs, gone but not forgotten. The exquisite three-storey Buchanan’s Hotel, a white lace beauty built in 1902 and converted in World War II to accommodation for US troops. Lyndon Johnson stayed there during the war and returned in 1966. Just weeks after a developer was refused permission by the Heritage Commission to destroy it, this beautiful pub was burnt to the ground. They all stress to me, ‘Make sure you write it was burnt, not that it just burnt.’ And the astonishing Queens Hotel on the Strand. In 1872 the Queens Hotel was built facing the water, but like so much up here, history was shaped by the winds, and in 1903 Cyclone Leonta huffed and puffed and blew down most of this stick hotel. It was replaced by a magnificent stone masterpiece which took more than 15 years to finish. An atypical building up this way, but sturdy, strong and wind (and fire) proof. Thankfully the building remains but it’s no longer a pub. This mob at the Royal knows all these stories: they know

where the pubs fit in and they know where their pub fits into the story of Townsville’s hotels. I head back in for a refill and get chatting to Suzy. In the 1980s Suzy was living in Sydney’s western suburbs. Her sister was living in Aitkenvale, a suburb in far-off Queensland, and was liking the life. Suzy figured she’d do a road trip up north, visit sis in Townie and then head up to Darwin. So she packed her stuff and her budgie into her car and hit the Pacific Highway. She liked Townsville; liked it more than her sister did. Six months after she arrived, her sister headed south, her budgie died and Suzy’s never left. ‘I never got to Darwin, still haven’t. Too much fun here.’ Behind her at the bar, blackboards dispense wisdom and explain the pub rules. Beside me is Pete. We grab our drinks and head outside. Pete’s not sure whether he’s a blow in or he’s been sucked in. He’s from Tasmania but in 1971 he was working with a mate as a roofer in Alice Springs when Cyclone Althea hit Townsville on Christmas Eve: First thing we did after recovering from New Year’s Eve was pack our truck and head east. We figured there’d be a lot of

Royal Hotel

“A n a r v o in a fair dinkum town pub winds down and not a single person leaves without wishing me good luck and safe t r a v e l .”

Queens Hotel

work for us. But it didn’t work out so we ended up working for the same mob we were contracting for in Alice. But he liked the town, stayed upstairs at the Royal for two or three (not too sure which), years and now lives up the road. There’s no longer rooms available upstairs, all taken by permanents who call this pub, ‘home’. Rhino turns up in his dark green Jag and a voice announces, ‘Ah, the Dukes of Hazard have arrived.’ Rhino’s a man who likes his Jaguar, but he doesn’t worship it. He likes to drive it. Fast. One of his more famed drives was on a gravel backroad, giving it the hammer with Pete in the front seat. They hit a crest and whilst the Jag might be streamlined on the road:

Buchanan’s Hotel

friendly with them all,’ the words eke slowly out. ‘But never that friendly.’ I don’t understand but then replay my question and realise I’ve not used that bit of slang since high school. I tell Rhino that no, he can’t have a spin on Super Ten, and Suzy calls, ‘See ya,’ as she leaves for the day and others split for home. An arvo in a fair dinkum town pub winds down and not a single person leaves without wishing me good luck and safe travels. Another good one added to the list, I fire up Super Ten and head off to see a mate.

It’s not really all that aerodynamic, probably needs about 400 kilograms in the boot. The front wheels took off first which is fine, but they also landed first and that’s not quite so fine, but I kept it straight and we had a long landing strip so it was all good. Pete reckons there was a warning sign to slow down for the crest. ‘Mate at the speed we were going there was no time for reading.’ I ask old Pete about his time here at the Royal, how many publicans has he been through? ‘Been through? I’ve been

Pub Yarns by Colin Whelan New Holland Publishers RRP $29.99 available from all good bookstores or online

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DUO Community | School News

CATHEDRAL AT STATE JAPANESE SPEAKING COMPETITION Year 12 Cathedral student, Bona Obiri-Yeboah, recently placed first in the Year 12 division at the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Japanese Speaking Competition on the Gold Coast. The 17-year-old has been studying Japanese for six years and won the Senior Division of the regional competition held in Townsville. His results were so exceptional MLTAQ offered to cover his travel and accommodation costs for the Gold Coast competition.

NEW PRINCIPAL FOR GRAMMAR Timothy Kelly has been announced as the incoming Principal of Townsville Grammar School, with duties beginning at the start of 2018. Tim’s appointment

follows an international search by the Board of Trustees. Tim attended Brisbane Grammar School and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (UQ) and a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from Queensland University of Technology, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Educational Studies. In terms of co-curricular activities, he has coached both rugby and rowing and he is a keen supporter of the arts.

GRAMMAR TAKES OUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION Year 10 Townsville Grammar School student, Ziying Ni, has won first prize in Queensland in the Australian National Geography Competition. The competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. This year, over 70,000 students from 743 schools across Australia entered the competition.

STUDENTS GET THEIR GREEN THUMBS ON Townsville students had a chance to develop their green thumbs when 16 schools participated in this year’s Planet Ark’s Schools National Tree Day at Riverway Raintree Grove. Councillor Paul Jacob says Townsville City Council has been a part of Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day for nearly 20 years and in that time has given thousands of trees to local schools. This year Council gifted 887 plants to 16 local schools to help them beautify their school grounds. As well as the plants, the schools received mulch, soil conditioner and assistance with site preparation.



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Creative Arts degree comes to Townsville

CQUniversity’s Townsville campus continues to grow and in 2018 a new degree for aspiring actors and dancers will be offered on-campus.


spiring actors and dancers listen up! CQUniversity Townsville will be offering a new on-campus degree from Term 1 (March, 2018) designed specifically for you. The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting or Contemporary Dance) will be the only-of-its kind in the region meaning aspiring performing artists won’t need to leave Townsville to complete their dream degree. Bachelor of Creative Arts Associate Professor David Cashman said he had received renewed calls for a performing arts degree from the community so a decision was made to deliver it. “With no tertiary opportunities to study acting or dance, Townsville has seen a drain of its extraordinary young people southward for years,” Professor Cashman said.



“CQUniversity aims to address this by bringing our successful Bachelor of Creative Arts to the area.” Professor Cashman said he had already received significant interest in the course since word had got out about its delivery in Townsville. “Mayor Cr Jenny Hill and the Townsville City Council have been incredibly supportive in the preparation and the high schools that we’ve spoken to are also very excited,” Professor Cashman said. Adam Beckman, who is currently studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting) degree in Cairns, said he would recommend the course. “I’m in my first year of the degree and so far the course has really benefited me in my

CQUniversity student Adam Beckman

acting skills and has taught me new ways of performing that I never knew,” Mr Beckman said. Mr Beckman said one of his biggest drivers for enrolling in the degree was that he didn’t have to leave the comfort of his home town. “A lot of Cairns actors end up leaving and this is something that’s definitely benefited the arts community,” he said. “I have no doubt it will have the same affect in Townsville.” The Bachelor of Creative Arts has three components including core units, major units and elective units, giving student foundational skills as well as specific, industry relevant discipline training. “Elective units give the course flexibility so students can work on business subjects, a second discipline area, or prepare to be a high school teacher,” Professor Cashman said. Enrolment is via QTAC application and an audition, with auditions being held until the end of the year. Find out more and apply at auditions or emai For those looking for inspiration, Mr Beckman says, “believe in yourself, be confident and don’t be shy. Nerves are your best friend.”


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AT CQUNIVERSITY TOWNSVILLE Take your performance to the next level with CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Creative Arts. This is a unique course for the Townsville region and allows you to choose to major in acting or contemporary dance. Develop discipline-specific skills with insider understanding of the creative industries and prepare for a career as either a professional performer or more broadly within the creative sector. Plus you’ll benefit from the outstanding support of a university ranked in the top 2% worldwide* with some of the best graduate outcomes in the country^. Step into the spotlight in March 2018 at CQUniversity Townsville. For more information on applications and auditions visit *Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016–17. ^Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2016.



No hurdle too high At just 15 years of age, Alissa Woods has already won several titles, competed in several prestigious competitions and most recently has represented Australia at the Australian Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) Championships in Imbil.


lissa rode in the 120 kilometre endurance ride against the New Zealand team. “I think I did my first 160 kilometre ride when I was just 11 years old. You get used to riding long distances, but it still hurts. Every time!” She smiles at the photo of her



partner, ‘Hurstglen Herby’, and Alissa is quick to attribute some of her success to him. “He’s very special and extremely competitive, so he’s hard to judge at an Endurance level. Herby won’t let you know he’s tired until it’s too late. So there’s a lot of tactic involved in riding at this level. You have to know your horse, and recognise when it’s time to ease up.” Alissa’s love for Equestrian comes only second to her studies. This year she was awarded the Academic Award at Fairholme College, for Semester two. “I just work as hard as I can at school, and it is hard to balance it all out, because Endurance Riding takes a lot of training. I’m hoping to study Law when I finish so I understand the importance of putting school first.” The ambitious teenager has goals for riding too. “I want to go to the World Equestrian Games one day – that’s my goal. You just never know with horses, they can injure themselves and be out of the game so you can’t plan ahead too far.”




Matt Scully, Creative Director, Akkordien

TCTC Student, Tom Marks who worked with Matt Scully

Works by Bryce Szandro, TCTC Graduate

Training for an insatiable appetite for content TCTC is quickly proving it can educate and provide digital skills training in North Queensland.


he Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) is a training initiative developed through Heatley Secondary

College. Established in 2011 to address current skills shortages and to meet the needs of new and emerging digital creative industries, TCTC courses are purpose-built to deliver training for 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; that’s practical skills with positive know-how. “We have 132 students currently enrolled in Certificate II and Certificate III in day and evening courses,” says TCTC 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. We are a community facility.” 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.” Enrolments for 2018 will commence midNovember. Contact the TCTC at or call 4726 8348.

Richard Goodbody, General Manager JCU Townsville Fire

RICHARD GOODBODY GENERAL MANAGER JCU TOWNSVILLE FIRE “Live sport is the best reality TV in the world. As Australians, we all love our sport and that’s why there remains an insatiable appetite for content. What TCTC is proving is that Townsville can educate and provide these opportunities in North Queensland without having to move away to further your education and career.”

MATT SCULLY CREATIVE DIRECTOR, AKKORDIEN “I feel extremely fortunate to have discovered the talent that lies with TCTC and continue to be amazed at the high skill level and broad knowledge that the students possess. I only wish I had this sort of facility available when I was starting out in the industry.”

BRYCE SZANDRO Townsville Creative Technologies College @ Heatley Secondary College Cnr Fulham Road & Hanlon Street Heatley 4726 8333

TCTC GRADUATE “I attended TCTC in 2012 to obtain a Certificate II in Game Development. TCTC’s course gave me the foundation I needed for my skillset within the games industry. I would recommend anyone who has an interest or passion to pursue a career in video game development to attend this course.” DUOMagazine September 2017




Getting the foundations right in the early years The early years are absolutely critical in getting it right for life-long success.


hat a child experiences in the early years is critical. There has been much research and discussion about the impact of the early years on a person’s development and a person’s life. At The Cathedral School, there is a firm belief that experiences matter for a child. They shape how a child images themselves and the way in which they understand the world around them. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines early childhood as occurring before the age of eight and it is during this period that a child goes through the most rapid phase of growth and development. Their brains develop faster than at any other point in their lives, so the early years are absolutely critical in getting it right for life-long success.



The Cathedral School Early Childhood Coordinator, Mrs Amanda Banister, said the core business at Cathedral is learning and that’s what the school focuses on. “We have proudly acknowledged and recognised the importance of the early years at Cathedral throughout our long history. We use play and inquiry as channels for learning, alongside a structured educational program. Our approach is for children to thrive rather than survive at school.” In the critical early primary years, children “learn how to learn” and a child-centred curriculum keeps classroom activities relevant and interesting and allows students to develop strong foundations in an enjoyable learning environment. Throughout the school, a positive

learning environment with extensive use of modern technology enables students to engage in classroom activities and achieve to their potential. “Intellectual success as a result of our teaching and learning styles is clear in our results. Equally important, it is evident that children who have experienced our early years program and continued through the school, leave with high levels of critical thinking and attributes for lifelong learning success such as enthusiasm, selfdirection, creativity and a growth mindset.” “We are proud to teach individuals and to see these individuals flourish in each year of their schooling at Cathedral” added Mrs Banister. Mrs Amanda Banister followed on to say that investing in your child’s early years of school cannot be paralleled to any other point in time in their schooling lives. “Investment in these foundational years is where parents see the value returned in intellectual success and happiness throughout their years at school. It makes sense not to wait until later to invest in learning when it is the early years that are the most important” added Mrs Banister.


Educating girls matters. At St Patrick’s College we are futures-focused, creating the right learning environment to ensure we offer an education that is designed especially for girls. We are about preparing our girls to live and work in a global community where international-mindedness is paramount. In delivering a futures-focused education, we are developing confident, articulate young women who will make a difference in their world.



• Two year subject for Years 9 &10 • Philanthropy, entrepreneurism, design-thinking and philosophy • Real world learning, solving real world issues • Engagement with industry throughout the program

• Connecting past students with current senior students to create networks and mentoring opportunities • Strong Alumni program connecting past students throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea


#S T E M LIKE A PAT’ S GI RL • Strong focus on STEM subjects • Marine Science program delivered by a Marine Biologist • Industry and university partnerships • Extension programs and opportunities

#A R TS LIKE A PAT’ S GI RL • Studio-based art training • Exhibitions in local, state and national galleries • Digital media & emerging technologies • Art extension programs • Performance opportunities in dance, drama, music and vocal • Private music tuition in piano, guitar, strings, band, percussion

• Developing tertiary and industry-ready skills • Providing links and partnerships with industry • Providing real-world learning opportunities in science and technology, design, business, languages, performing and visual arts • Extracurricular experiences such as Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp, World Challenge, NASA Space Camp, STEM workshops and university programs • A compulsory College House community service program

AWA R D -W INNING T EACH ER S • Professional and passionate teachers who are experts in their fields, offering considerable real-industry experience. • Teachers who are involved in the community in their specialist areas • Teachers who have received awards in STEM, the Arts and Community.

ALUMNI WOMEN’S CAREER NETWORK BREAKFAST F R I D AY 1 7 O C TO B E R Inviting past students, parents and friends of the College





“The Women’s Career Network has really helped me make some connections in our local industry. This will be fantastic for my studies in communications with my scholarship at Bond University.”

Caitlin Goodes


“The arts program at the College has been wonderful in helping me pursue my dreams of a career in the performing arts.”

Johanna Kipma


“I’m planning to study international law next year and to eventually work in this field back in PNG”

Anna Chapman


Isabella Peachey

“I’m the third generation of my family to attend St Pat’s. I’ve had so many opportunities at the College, especially with extracurricular programs and experiences.”


“I’m looking forward to being a part of the new “Start Up” subject next year, it’s very exciting and will give me an amazing skill set for the future”

Nicole, 19 August 2017 | Thanks to St Patrick’s College for organising such a fun day. A great school with a passion for STEM. Danielle, 2 August 2017 | I love that the school not only recognises talent, but cultivates it also. Barbara, 2 August 2017 | I continue to be blown away by St Pat’s. Bronwyn, 23 July 2017 | Fantastic opportunities always at St Patrick's College.

ENROLLING N O W F O R D AY A N D B O A R D I N G 2018 & 2019 Call us to arrange a tour of our campus


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Townsville Christian College We are more than a school, we are a community working together for the good of all.


ownsville Christian College has a strong vision to provide HIGH QUALITY educational programmes, in an active Christian environment that equips and empowers each student to reach their full potential. Our dedicated staff work hard to cater for a range of learning abilities through flexible groupings, including individualised learning plans and tasks. Our students engage in a variety of activities, both curricular and extra-curricular, that combined with our literacy and numeracy programmes, help develop them as a balanced and well-grounded individual.



Some of our exciting programmes include: • Leadership Classes Developing Christian character, values, and life skills that prepare them for their lifelong journey. • Excellence in Sports Some of our students have continued onto Northern Region Trials and State Championships. • Exciting Creative Arts including Music Appreciation for every student. • I.T. All students have access to personal laptops to develop skills and prepare them for this digital age.

• Special Interest Groups Fun and educational activities, including cultivating, planting and growing plants and vegetables. Here at Townsville Christian College, we understand that some families struggle financially, and we love to help out by offering very affordable fees and scholarships. We would be delighted to have you come and visit with us to see our amazing school. CONNECT NOW



Education for all young men: Schooling the next generation

As Townsville’s only secondary school for boys, Ignatius Park College is uniquely placed to cater for the specific needs of adolescent boys.


rincipal Michael Conn said that 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 singlesex 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 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 of 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. CONNECT NOW

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The Cathedral School 100 Year Gala Dinner Quayside Terminal Tammy Schuh Photography Over 400 members of the school community came together to celebrate the school’s last 100 years. Old classmates reconnected after all these years and enjoyed the evening’s entertainment, which included a fashion parade of old uniforms, a photo booth and dancing to classic tunes.

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1. Erin Moore, Lucia Stocker, Sally Ford 2. Susan McNamara, Pauline Cox 3. Margaret Anderson, June Packman, Rae Healy, Lynn Ruhle, Rowene Luck-Geary 4. Jolie Lindsay, Kaye Gurdter, Kaylene Cossart, Leigh Carrington-King 5. Judy Morris, Karen McKaig 6. Bianca Minett, Kelli Hazard, Barbara Wooderson, Debbie Hinton 7. Jacky Savage, Sheree Thomas 8. Bronwyn Shirley, Hanna Grigg 9. Cheryl Laing, Sherryn Silverthorne 10. Diana Hutchins (Robinson), Jacqueline SlackSmith (Howatson), Thea Cowie (Heatley)






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Let us bring the rich flavours of the Barossa Valley to you. With more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries, Barossa Valley in South Australia has much to choose from. We’ve selected the best wines - and beers - for you, and matched them with a menu just as indulgent. Find out why Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s premier food, wine and beer regions.

Join us riverside in the city for food, wine, beer, live entertainment and lucky door prizes.


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Jazz at the Headland: A Festival That’s Swinging By The Sea! The Surf Club, TPBSLSC Mel Bernardin Photography The Surf Club and Townsville Jazz Club presented an afternoon of great music showcasing some of the great jazz musicians in North Queensland. The afternoon featured a lineup of jazz combos ranging in styles from Trad and Dixieland to Swing and Fusion.

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1. Joanne Bernhardt, Gerhard Ehlers 2. Gary Banister, Carol Honchin 3. Craig Wienert, Bernard Forster, Angie Wienert, Narelle Forster 4. Kerry Schneiss, Lindy Karlin 5. Joe and Christine Pulvirenti, Danielle Fuller 6. Marilyn and John Trigg 7. Geoff Chaillon, Jeff and Terri Smith, Kelly Chaillon 8. Sue Hill, Josiane Chaunut 9. Sara and Pete King 10. Marion and Pauline Firth 11. Claudia and Jason Williams

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Mercedes-Benz Townsville German Beer & Food Festival



A Touch of Salt Josephine Carter Photography Mercedes-Benz Townsville customers enjoyed a VIP experience at A Touch of Salt for the Mercedes-Benz Townsville German Beer & Food Festival. Considered this year’s ultimate German festival experience with a unique variety of beer, wine, food and authentic entertainment by Schwarzwald from Melbourne.

1. Maik Kingford, Kari Arbouin, Peter Honeycombe 2. Len and Phensri Rutledge 3. Lachlan Ironside, Clynt Connor, Frank Santagada 4. Yan and Carol Kirstein 5. Wayne Gilray, Cameron Arnold, Scott Morrison 6. Amanda Carr, Alicia Collings 7. Sarah Arnold, Karen Sharp 8. Paul Klich, Ron Robinson 9. Reiner Niedermaier, Meg Kettle 10. Karen Cockerell, Linda Buck




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When it comes to pairing wine with food let’s ask Tanya Roberts to mix it up.

Dining out is all about the experience, and enjoying time with friends and loved ones. If you are a lover of food and wine, matching these two elements can really enhance your evening. However, it doesn’t have to make or break your evening. The majority of wine consumed, usually occurs before or after your meal, with only a few sips taken while eating. Therefore, I say,

Next step is to pick a prominent flavour in the dish

don’t over think it. Life is complicated enough already.

and match your wine with that flavour. A lot of times

There are a couple of simple rules: Drink and eat what you like Look for balance and match the wine to the most prominent element in the dish

W H AT D O E S T H AT M E A N ? Drink and eat what you like. Choose a wine you like to drink by itself. Even if it is not the perfect match for the food you have chosen, at least you will enjoy what you are drinking. The same rings true for food. If, for example, you don’t like oysters, no wine is going to make them taste good to you, even if it is recommended to be paired with oysters. Look for balance with the food and wine. By that I mean consider the richness or weight of the food compared to the wine. This is the secret behind all good food and wine matches. A classic match for natural oysters is sparkling wine or champagne.


it is the sauce rather than the main ingredient that you match with your wine. Is it a creamy sauce, tomato based sauce or a silky red wine jus? For a creamy sauce match chardonnay. For tomato based sauces, a light red such as Montepuliciano, Sangiovese, or a light pinot noir go well. For steak with red wine jus, it’s a shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. These wine and food matches hold the same weight. For example, a hefty shiraz is the drink equivalent of a feisty red wine jus. If you are really after an amazing food and wine matching experience, let the restaurant take you on the journey. Choosing a degustation menu with a wine pairing is always a good place to start. Allow your waiter to explain the food and wine connection and just enjoy the experience. Come in and experience our new degustation menu matched with some of our new wines.

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Food Relief NQ 15 Year Gala Dinner BM Webb Head Office Forecourt Tammy Schuh Photography To celebrate 15 years of Food Relief NQ feeding the needy, BM Webb Group hosted a gala dinner to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who have given their time and donations to support the charity.




1. Father Rod Ward, Brad Webb 2. Angela and Michael Maloney 3. Mary and Donald Pether 4. Bev and Robert Parkes 5. Giovanna and Italo Toscano 6. Dianne and Wayne Patterson 7. Linda and Michael Buck 8. Savy and Ray Francis 9. Tanya Lee, Perry McDonald 10. Brett and Kathy Webb 11. Rosemary Sallway, Kevin and Trudy Lightfoot


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

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


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



CCS Townsville is a vibrant and centrally located store for all things foodservice. With an interactive showroom space, live cooking demonstrations and a host of beautifully commercial kitchen and tableware sure to excite your imagination and senses. Commercial Catering Supplies specialise in “serving those who serve the best”. Second location opening in August for the low n slow BBQ enthusiast. 62 Ingham Road West End 4721 4999





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

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


Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 With seasonally designed menus using the freshest produce from local suppliers, Jam consistently offers unique dining experiences that leave you coming back for more. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Matt Merrin and his team deliver modern Australian cuisine that is sure to impress. Jam is also perfect for your next private function or event, with elegant dining locations ‘Loft by Jam’ and ‘Luxe by Jam’. Open Tuesday– Saturday 7am–late, Sunday 7am–3pm. 1 Palmer Street South Townsville 4721 4900



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




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



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

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

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

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DUO Recipe | Better Brain Food

Lamb Kofta Lettuce Wraps Juicy spiced parcels of protein, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness that use lettuce instead of bread. Adding yoghurt, nuts and fresh herbs makes this Mediterraneaninspired dish tick all the nutritional boxes. 400g minced (ground) lamb 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon dried mint olive oil, for frying kofta 260g (1 cup) Greek-style yoghurt 8 large cos (romaine) lettuce leaves SALAD 40g (¼ cup) hazelnuts (filberts), toasted, skins removed and roughly chopped 65g (½ cup) crumbled feta cheese 2 large tomatoes, chopped handful of fresh marjoram, chopped Images and recipes from Better Brain Food by Ngaire Hobbins (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)



2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil

Use your hands to knead together the lamb mince and the spices, garlic, lemon zest and mint until really well blended. Divide into eight portions and roll into football-shaped ovals with your hands. Put them on a plate in the fridge while you make the salad. To make the salad, put all of the ingredients in a small bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat a barbecue, chargrill pan or frying pan to medium–high heat and smear with a little olive oil. Add the koftas and cook for 3–4 minutes. Don’t move them until a crust develops, then turn over and cook each side. Remove from the heat. To assemble, place a spoonful of yoghurt onto each lettuce leaf, add a spoonful of salad and top with a kofta. Fold the lettuce around the filling and eat.

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DUO Recipe | Better Brain Food

Orange and Golden Syrup Dumplings with Pecans A classic comfort dish, in this recipe we add nuts for protein and antioxidants, some ginger for its anti-inflammatory properties, and orange zest. Still nostalgic, but a little more brainy. Serve with rich egg custard or a little cream if you fancy. 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour 1 tablespoon ground ginger 2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cubed, plus 30g extra 45g ( cup) pecan nuts, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons milk 1 egg, beaten 120g brown sugar zest and juice of 2 oranges 90g (¼ cup) golden syrup (light treacle)

Images and recipes from Better Brain Food by Ngaire Hobbins (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)



Sift the flour and ginger into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub between your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the pecans. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the milk and egg. Use a butter knife to mix until well combined. Divide into eight equal portions, and roll each portion into a ball using your hands. In a large saucepan with a well-fitting lid, melt the sugar, extra butter, orange zest and juice and golden syrup over low heat, until the sugar dissolves. You’ll need to stir it occasionally. Increase the heat to medium–high and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and carefully place the dumplings into the syrup.

Reduce the heat to medium–low, cover with the lid and cook for 6–7 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the dumplings comes out clean. Turn the dumplings in syrup so they’re all covered in the sauce. Spoon the dumplings and syrup into serving bowls and top with custard or even a generous dollop of cream. Serve immediately. CUSTARD 375ml (1½ cups) thin (pouring) cream ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped 5 large egg yolks 55g (¼ cup) sugar To make the custard, put the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the nutmeg and vanilla. Bring this to just below a simmer; you’ll see little bubbles forming around the edge, that’s when to take it off the heat. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar. Try not to make it foamy, you’re just combining the two. Add a little of the cream to the yolks while whisking, then gradually pour in about half of the cream while whisking constantly. Return this mixture to the saucepan and, using a wooden spoon, cook for 3–4 minutes over medium–low heat, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t catch on the bottom, until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. Strain into a bowl, and either serve straight away or allow to cool before covering and storing in the fridge.

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DUO Interview

five minutes with:

Jodie Woodward

Matt Mason



AKA: Jodz. I’m renowned for: My lack of cooking skills. I once managed to burn boiled eggs. Only a local would know… Magnetic Island is the place to be at Easter but particularly the annual ‘surf club party’ at Alma Bay on Good Friday. My most memorable holiday was… in 2015 when I did a solo tour of Ireland, the UK and Europe. Right now I wish I was… enjoying a Guinness in Ireland. My favourite day is: Anzac Day and attending the march on the Strand. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My parents. My dad is caring, selfless and easy going. He is the ultimate quiet achiever, always doing things for others without asking for recognition. My mother is a talented artist and has worked hard to build a career around her skillset while being dedicated to her family. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… I was attacked by a magpie while out walking. I didn’t find it funny when I was running for dear life but looking back now it would have been hilarious to watch. Someone famous I met was: Rosie Batty. I met her at an Ending Family Violence Conference and had the privilege of speaking to her about the issues we face in Townsville around Domestic and Family Violence. Through my role at NQWLS we advocate for the protection of women who are experiencing domestic violence. My motto is: Come what may.

SUBURB: Idalia. AKA: Perry (Mason). I’m renowned for: Not suffering fools. Only a local would know… since 1954, members of the Apex Club of Townsville have given hundreds upon thousands of hours of their time to benefit local charity and community groups and still do to this day. Apex has raised and donated so much to local charities and not-for-profits that I couldn’t even imagine a conservative figure of what the Club has given away over the years. My most memorable holiday was… my wife and I have taken our (young) kids to Magnetic Island every Easter for the last 3 years. I have many great memories from these getaways. Maggie is possibly the best location to take a break with family (and the Picnic Bay pub is the best location to flog your father at pool!) Right now I wish I was… able to freeze time so my children remain at their current ages forever. My favourite day is: Monday. It’s so full of promise. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My family. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… my teenage years. It was just an awkward time for everyone involved. Someone famous I met was: Geoffrey Rush. A mate and myself met him haphazardly in a quiet suburban pub in Sydney on our walk back to the hotel after a footy game (you could imagine how socially excited we were at the time). We joined his table briefly but he didn’t seem quite as enthused to meet us as we were to meet him…. My motto is: Put everything you got into everything you do – Jim Mason.

M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac Shop Reeftime at Annandale Central – support local arts and crafts Eat Breakfast at Jam Corner Drink Irish Cider



M Y FAVO U R I T E Song 45 by the Gaslight Anthem Shop Caltex Pimlico – so convenient! Eat Pretzel donut from Otto’s Drink Eagle Rare over Ice

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Suburb: Kirwan. AKA: Matrix. I’m renowned for: Being a very versatile musician, playing various instruments, always honest and up front with everyone, never back down from a challenge. Only a local would know… how much I put into everything I do. My most memorable holiday was… a trip to China in 2010. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time shopping, as well as meeting some of the loveliest people on this planet. Right now I wish I was… in Melbourne, performing in an originals band with likeminded musicians, and making a living out of it. My favourite day is: Definitely Saturday, that’s my music night, and when I get to let my hair down. The biggest influence in my life is: My mum and dad, always encouraged me to follow my dreams, and taught me the good morals of life. And they’re always there for me and my brothers. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… having my head in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the late ‘80s I was in a heavy metal band. We were on our big finale number. We’d three 44 gallon drums set up on stage full of pyrotechnics. I decided to do the big guitar hero pose on the last note of the last song. Unfortunately it was right over one of the drums, explosions went off, and I lost both eyebrows, eye lashes and half my hair. It seems funny now. Someone famous I met was: Russell Morris, many times. My motto is: It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you work with turkeys.

Suburb: NorthShore, Burdell. AKA: I don’t actually have one as my name is relatively short. I’m renowned for: my sense of humour! Only a local would know… Juliette’s has the best coffee in town! My most memorable holiday was… well not really a holiday, but I visited Singapore at the start of this year for a university study tour. While it was a fantastic learning experience, I also really enjoyed exploring the city! Right now I wish I was… exploring a new city on holiday. My favourite day is: Monday! I do not suffer from the dreaded ‘Mondayitis’. Monday is the start of a new week and anything is possible. The biggest influence in my life is: My parents and brother. Their positive influence and unrelentless ambition, has provided me with much support over the years! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… nothing specific actually, but my sense of humour is sometimes misinterpreted. Such occasions provide great entertainment for friends and family! Someone famous I met was: Princess Diana. I was born in Zimbabwe and Princess Diana made a state visit to the country. Myself and my brother had the opportunity to present her with a bouquet of flowers. My motto is: You can achieve anything when you believe in yourself, and then push yourself to achieve it!

M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Enter Sandman by Metallica Shop Ebay Eat Mum’s Queen’s Pudding Drink Makers Mark straight

M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Chillout, Jazz, RnB Shop Did I mention Juliette’s? Study requires coffee! Eat Italian Drink  Because I don’t drink alcohol, my signature drink is a lime and soda, ordered eloquently from the bar.

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Bring It On Full ups and double downs are no sweat for Warriors cheerleaders, who’ve just returned home from the Gold Coast with more wins. IF you thought cheerleading was only big in America, think again. It’s popular not only in Australia, but in our very own city. “There’s a place for everyone in All Star Cheer. It’s a team-oriented sport that teaches commitment, perseverance, trust, resilience and so much more,” says Leah Buchanan, coach and owner of the North Queensland Warriors Cheerleading (NQWC) gym. “Our competition teams travel all over the country and the globe to take part in the biggest and best cheer competitions in the world. The majority of our athletes (aged four up to 28) love stunting, but there are also quite a few who live to tumble. “We’re the perfect place to come to be pushed to your absolute best but in a safe, supportive and loving environment.” NQWC teams have recently returned home from the Gold Coast after a very successful weekend at the Australian All Star Cheer Federation’s Queensland battle.



All of the 10 routines they entered over the weekend placed in the Top 3, with three out of four of their cheer teams taking out their divisions. Two of the teams were highest-scoring in their levels (Grand Champions) and won bids (invitations) to the Australasian Pinnacle competition, held the day after nationals in November. NQWC has been running as a club (out of PCYC) since 2010 and moved into its own premises in 2014. The new headquarters, in Turnbull Street, Garbutt, is Townsville’s only dedicated Cheer and Tumble gym with experienced coaches qualified up to the highest levels. For your chance to see the Warriors in action, come along to the Murray Basketball Stadium on 7 and 8 October where teams from as far north as Weipa and as far south as Brisbane will compete. NQWC are currently reigning Cheer & Dance Grand Champions of

“We’re the perfect place to come to be pushed to your absolute best but in a safe, supportive and loving environment.” leah buchanan

this competition (FNQ Cheer & Dance Championships). “Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to take part in a free trial class to experience the sport first-hand,” says Leah. “We have teams for all different ages and experience levels, from one hour of training a week with no competing to five or more hours a week and four or five competitions a year.” CONNECT NOW

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DUO Magazine September 2017  

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

DUO Magazine September 2017  

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