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Townsville + Region | Issue 148 | September 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

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Now Selling At Hillside Gardens 9-17 Thorn Street Mount Louisa Hillside living at its best A modern residential estate, Hillside Gardens is located at the foothills of Mount Louisa close to schools and shopping and just 13 minutes to the Hospital, Lavarack Barracks and James Cook University.

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At nearly 50% sold the time to act is now!

With houses under construction and new home sites selling fast from just $157,500, Hillside Gardens offers the perfect central location to create your new life. Visit Hillside Gardens and you’ll be impressed. Take Greenview Drive, turn right at the roundabout into Thorn Street and follow the signs.

Join us on Facebook and For current lots and prices please call Nicky Faulks Ray White Kirwan on 0403 023 663







EDUCATION, TRAINING + CAREERS HIGHLIGHT 64 Learning Partnerships 66 James Cook University 67 Townsville Grammar School 68 Diocese of Townsville Catholic Eduction 70 Ryan Catholic College 72 Kirwan State High School 74 Thuringowa State High School 76 St Patrick’s College 77 St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand 78 Northern Beaches State High School 79 The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James


06 Publisher’s Welcome 08 Horoscope 10 What’s Going On 12 TYTO Hinchinbrook 28 Where Are they Now?

Katie Thompson, Natalie Weir, Dana Esperanza, Tim Steward


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72 Five Minutes With

Meet four amazing locals

82 Some Things I Love Rachael Fanning


15 Townsville Hospital and Health Board Business Breakfast 16 Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Sunset Soiree Charity Dinner 18 Burdekin RUM Weekend 20 Ingham’s Australian Italian Festival 21 Launching Shedspace


22 Health Keeps Economy Humming Townsville Hospital and Health Service

24 Homegrown Champions Wildcatz Indoor Netball Junior Association

26 Fostering A Love of Learning Pyjama Angels


30 Escape News 31 Why Travelling Makes Your Life Better 32 Have You Seen The Light Cape Cleveland Lighthouse


34 Home Discoveries 36 Open Home

Inside Outside House by Craig Steere Architects

40 Recipe

Grilled Salmon with Sticky Tamarind Sauce


42 Beauty News 44 SABA SS18 48 My Bag Suzanne Schmidt


54 Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment

55 Paul Hanrahan

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists


56 Awkward Anonymous Teen Relationship Status

57 Just Arrived 58 Townsville Hospital Foundation Token of Appreciation


59 Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

60 Warwick Powell

Beyond Fear and Greed

62 Trent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

50 Health News 51 Liptember Get Lippy to

Support Women’s Mental Health

52 Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

53 Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting



EVEN MORE SHADES OF GREY What we need in Townsville and our region is more grey haired people! I don’t mean going to the hairdresser for that cool, stylish silver top (mine is natural by the way). I mean we need to market our city and region to the empty-nesters and retirees in the southern states to entice them to sell up and move to paradise up here. We’ve got it all but unfortunately very few of them know that. Our house prices are very affordable, we have two universities, an outstanding hospital service, Magnetic Island and the Magnetic Coast, the near-Outback, award-winning restaurants, more shopping centres than you can poke a stick at, more sunshine than they have where they are now, all sorts of clubs, Government services, the list goes on. What we simply haven’t done is market all we have to offer to this specific market to entice these well heeled people to move here. We want them to come and become members of our community and to bring their wants and needs, and especially their savings, with them. Increasing our local population with a group like this will increase the number of jobs required to meet demand for products and services and thus increase employment. The money is generated here, stays here and circulates within the community. This is a big win/win and simply requires our marketing efforts to be concentrated on this target market instead of being fragmented. And while we’re thinking of this grey-haired market, let’s build a proper Visitors Centre at the Alligator Creek Roadhouse. It’s on the correct side of the road, has plenty of room to build on, excellent access and I reckon the owners and grey nomads would love it! Talking of grey hairs, I think I need a haircut. Hope you enjoy reading your latest DUO. Have a great month! (The Real) Scott Morrison DUO Magazine Publisher


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THE DUO MAGAZINE TEAM PUBLISHER Scott Morrison EDITORIAL Stacey Morrison PRODUCTION Joan Fanning FOR ALL ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Kirra Fitzell 0437 677 856 Odette Turner 0437 733 128 FOR ALL EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Kylie Davis, Lori Napier, Emily Devon PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS Josephine Carter, Matthew Gianoulis, Nic Lincoln, Ian Hitchcock TELEPHONE 07 4771 2933 READ DUO ONLINE AT DUO Magazine is published monthly by Intrepid (NQ) Pty Ltd ACN 107 308 538 113 Boundary Street Townsville PO Box 1928 Townsville Qld 4810 Telephone 07 4771 2933 Email COPYRIGHT

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

STA R O F T H E MO N T H Virgo 23 August to September 22 As well as celebrations, birthdays usually trigger a review of the past year and initiate new resolutions. Firstly, until the 23rd, curb your spending. While you’re not cash-impaired, you’re a target for small print. Meanwhile, the Sun restores your confidence. It should be easier to pinpoint that elusive common ground between personal and professional interests. Resolution of this problematic triangle has recently proven difficult, but a feel for fairness is a quality of yours – and this year you find that your diplomacy pays off. The way also opens for new romance and studies or retraining.





22 December to January 19

21 March to April 20

22 June to July 22

Mars looks set to spark some fiery family debates this month. Very little can be left to chance, with personal matters and cash flow the most contentious issues. Money becomes a source of conflict, and you may have to think on your feet as each new twist unfolds. In love, you might have to force a partner’s hand, or set some new guidelines which benefit you both.

It’s not selfish to do what makes you happy. You must be satisfied with your own lot before you can bring joy to others. But expect an air of envy around you this month. Mars is financially generous towards you right now, which may put noses out of joint. Shrug off any taunts. You’re intelligent and loved, so most friends and family will be thrilled to applaud you.

September marks a major turning point in your life, and those closest to you. For some, this means you welcome an estranged soul back into the fold. The downside: a rival sparks jealousy. This month’s full moon in Aries on the 25th increases professional tension. At work, patience is essential. Not so in play, so feel free to attract whomever you please.

Professional interests are replaced by a glow of sensual satisfaction. If coupled, and emotional barriers have grown too high, now is the time to dismantle them. Be honest with those you love, especially after the 10th, when a fateful meeting could prove tempting. Singles also throw caution to the wind. Clandestine affairs, however, could leave you exposed.





20 January to February 18

21 April to May 20

23 July to August 22

There’s always someone who will try and nudge you into a reluctant corner, which isn’t usually an issue for headstrong Scorpios. If you’re finding it difficult to retain autonomy, lock into the slipstream of a strong Sun . Mars also offers help, encouraging you to revise your boundaries. As the borders change, so do the rules – they become yours.

You may feel lost for logic right now, but you’re not alone. Thanks to Mars, changes are afoot for Aquarians until mid-November, mostly involving relationships. This transit often coincides with break-ups. Good news? Secure partnerships will survive. In the best relationship though, a little change can be a good thing. Singles fare best as love becomes impulsive.

In September’s treasure hunt, Venus guides you past the group activities Mars has in store, past business dealings with the Sun – and into the arms of new love. But don’t lose your Taurean pragmatism. Negotiations are as demanding as ever, so be careful. Stay alert to the risks of rekindled passion. Nostalgia may cloud your judgement and leave you a tad misty-eyed.

Four major planets seem in no rush to go anywhere, so it’s up to you to hurry them on. A big ask but fiesty Leos get things moving even if it means taking a sharp prod to reluctant schemes! You have energy and ideas, but keep the workload realistic. Take time after the 10th for the new moon’s treats. No one should be denied the pursuit of pleasure, least of all luxury-loving lions.




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19 February to March 20

21 May to June 21

September triggers an extravagant mood. Cash arrives, bringing with it a new image and a happier social life. But despite many things going to plan, life may still throw the occasional curve ball. If you find yourself battling against an authority figure, stay in control. Bullies will always try to rob you of your rights. Ignore and avoid – it transfers the power back to you.

Be assertive, Pisces. Extract yourself from everyone’s beck and call to teach them selfmanagement. You have your own needs to attend to. If something’s no longer working, you’re probably ready to make changes. By discarding outworn attitudes, you’ll be carrying less baggage – making life easier. This is your finest hour, with many insecurities laid to rest.

If you intend to keep people guessing, you’re off to a good start. Life seems erratic, so making fixed plans might not be wise. It often puts forward difficult dilemmas. If your world is unbalanced, perhaps it’s because it’s all work and no play. Mars encourages travel or study. Venus encourages a style spruce-up. New clothes, hair, makeup. Discover a new you!

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23 October to November 21


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If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by our favourite astrologer Tanya Obreza, visit





Grow & learn with Libraries. What’s your next adventure? DATE




Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ochre Workshop with Rick Garcia

Thuringowa Central


Library Story Trees

All locations


Heritage Cycle Tour of Flinders St West

Flinders St West


Spring Workshop - Wicking Beads



Meet Your Local Author - Raquel Sheridan Thuringowa Central


Spring Workshop - Beneficial Insects


Games Boy with Sean Murphy Children’s Comedy Show & Workshop


Better than TED with Sean Murphy Aitkenvale Public speaking workshop for teenagers


Aitkenvale Thuringowa Central



Run Nation Film Festival 2018

Dust presented by Dancenorth with Liminal Spaces

7 September to 8 September

9 September

12 September to 16 September

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

Miller to Salisbury – Stokes-Nicholson Big Band

The Graduate presented by Townsville Little Theatre

Carlton Theatre, Condon

The Old Courthouse Theatre

Presented by Townsville Community Music Centre. This energetic and versatile band will present a great variety of music; from older Jazz classics, to vibrant up-tempo Latin works. Featuring Vicki Salisbury (vocals), Les Nicholson (trumpet), and some original tunes by Musical Director Dr Dave. 4727 9797

Recent college graduate, 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock, is drifting through life when he is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine.

Ingham Showgrounds

This action-packed event welcomes all ages to either participate or spectate as those nominated compete in a top-notch level of competition. Those who attend will stay entertained with the many different events on, as well as an 18+ licensed bar, a well-stocked canteen, various stalls and free camping available. Entrance fee to be purchased on the day. 0409 877 342 au/whats-on/ingham-sugar-city-rodeo 8 September

Best Of The Bee Gees + Stars In Concert Townsville Civic Theatre

The lively show includes timeless classics from The Bee Gees, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. Best of the Bee Gees (Russell Davey, Evan Webster, Chris Alford) have been performing for twenty years with over 1000 shows under their belt. Enjoy a fun-filled night that will be sure to give you Saturday Night Fever. 4727 9797


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12 September to 13 September

Dust presented by Dancenorth with Liminal Spaces Created by Amber Haines and Kyle Page

Through the lottery of birth, we inherit the architecture of restriction and opportunity. In Dust, award-winning Dancenorth takes a deep dive into passive personal, social, cultural and political inheritance and the way we question and respond to that which has come before us. How do we agitate and illuminate the engineering of our own existence?

15 September

2018 Moon Festival Carnival at The Strand Strand Park

The Moon Festival Carnival celebrates one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. The Carnival provides a platform for people to know more about the Chinese culture through lion and dragon dancing, music, dance and food. Apart from Chinese cultural demonstrations, performers from other cultures such as the Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Samoan, Pacifica, and French cultures are lining up to perform in the Carnival. Bring your own chairs to join the Moon Festival Carnival!


Image: Andrea Francolini/SMIRW


The Brewery Oktoberfest 2018

Ewan Races

18 September to 30 September

26 September

29 September

Shakespeare Under the Stars – The Comedy Of Errors presented by TheatreiNQ

Run Nation Film Festival 2018 presented by Travelling Fit

Bikes and Bulls 2018 Tour: Battle of the States

Event Cinema, Townsville City

Townsville Velodrome

Queens Gardens

The Run Nation Film Festival is presented by Travelling Fit (Townsville) and is the only film festival in Australia dedicated to showing inspirational running films from around the world. The focus is not only on trails, track, road or ultra running but human-interest stories. Prepare to be moved during this creative and touching experience that shows all points of view from the elite athlete to the back-of-thepack runner.

Bikes and Bulls is introducing the next chapter, Battle of the States. The show combines two of the most dangerous sports in the world and has turned them into a professionally staged production that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. FMX riders turn themselves upside down over the top of the rodeo arena, while Australia’s top cowboys battle the toughest bulls in the country.

One of William Shakespeare’s early plays, it is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. 22 September

Graeme Connors – In Concert – From the Backcountry Riverway Arts Centre

The 2016 inductee to the Roll of Renown (Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame) Graeme Connors, is coming to Townsville to perform his latest album Backcountry! The iconic Australian artist will also perform the songs that won him multiple Golden Guitars, ARIA, PPCA and APRA awards. 4727 9797

30 September and 1 October 28 September

Ewan Races The true spirit of country racing, an annual two-day race meeting, on the banks of Stockyard Creek, Charters Towers. With its on track facilities, EATC is proud to offer two days of first class, professional country racing with a prize pool of over $100,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar. And what is racing without fashion? Ewan’s Fashions on the Field is a fiercely contested event.

The Brewery Oktoberfest 2018 The Brewery

Don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and get ready for North Queensland’s Oktoberfest 2018. The Brewery are closing Flinders Street for their biggest Oktoberfest yet including Bavarian style street foods, handcrafted beers, events and entertainment. Limited numbers, so don’t miss out. 18+ Event Only. Photo ID will be required for all patrons entering the event

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

H I N C H I N B RO O K N O RT H Q U E E N S LA N D Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO. Art, culture, nature, knowledge and so much more! EVENTS

28 September

School Holiday Activities

Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Nature Walks

25 – 27 September 10-11.30am & 1-2.30pm

The Return of the Robots Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Young people between the ages of 8–17 years are invited to participate in fun-filled and interactive coding and robotics workshops during the school holidays. Reservations essential: 4776 4614 or email to: Subject line: ROBOTICS

Keep fit and active. Enjoy a brisk afternoon walk and guided tour of TYTO Wetlands. Meet at TYTO Wetlands Entrance at 4pm. Bookings essential by 5pm 27 September Call 4776 4792

EXHIBITION 8 – 30 September

40th Hinchinbrook Art Awards TYTO Regional Art Gallery

Every Friday afternoon during school holidays is Turtle Time @ TYTO. Count and feed the turtles from the elevated walkway. Call into the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge to collect your turtle count sheet and bag of food. Bookings essential: 4776 4792

The Hinchinbrook Art Awards is the premier art competition for the Hinchinbrook Shire, attracting a collection of submissions from artists nationwide. Celebrating the best in current practices across a range of media, while also encouraging the development of youth arts, the awards are an excellent platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work.

10 September

6, 13, 20, 27 September

Think Business Business Plans and Planning

Hinchinbrook Shire Library

28 September 3pm

Turtle Counting and Feeding TYTO Parklands

TYTO Conference and Event Centre

Come to this workshop and hear from the NAB bank about the key things to include in a business plan and how to plan for the future success of your business. Bookings:

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

The Return of the Robots

The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit your occasion and/or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

TYTO Wetland Tours Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

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

Sugar Tracks Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

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

Free daily activities for the children Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

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

Visit TYTO

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


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touch wild

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

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

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBERTOWNSVILLE2018 Events | Exhibitions | Theatre | Workshops | Programs SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER



EARLY YEARS EXPO Townsville Stadium 9am to 2pm

Riverway Arts Centre 7.30pm



A FREE community event which will showcase workshops, guest speakers, various exhibitors and stalls, plus free activities for the kids. Speak to allied health professionals, early childhood educators, parental support groups, tiny tot sport and arts groups or just enjoy browsing the various market stalls.

Death By Soprano satirically catalogues operatic death scenes in an A-Z, cabaret romp through Operatic Occupational Hazards. This cabaret features a great love of opera, that also embraces a loving irreverence for opera’s occasionally over-inflated ego.

Sponsored by:


ROWES BAY OPEN HOUSE DAY Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre, 56 Cape Pallarenda Road 9am to 1pm FREE EVENT Discover and learn about the simple ways to make your home and garden more sustainable. Talk to the experts, be inspired by Ranger Dan, enjoy an interactive kids corner, eat free wood fired pizzas, and explore the Rowes Bay wetland tour.


IMMERSED: ALISON MCDONALD 2018 CHILDREN’S EXHIBITION Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday: 10am to 2pm FREE EVENT Immersed takes the viewers through the Alison McDonald’s journey, reflecting the fundamental and essential daily need for water in various forms. Each item will be imbued with intricate water patterns using light as a metaphor for water, another necessity that seeps into our everyday life. Image: Alison McDonald Pour [detail] 2017, Upcycled plastic bottles

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This breakfast was an opportunity to hear how the Townsville Hospital and Health Service is not only growing to meet local health needs, but how initiatives such as its new Strategic Plan are presenting real opportunities for business and industry. 1. Consultant Emeritus Dr Vic Callahan, Brigadier Scott Winter 2. Rachel Cliffe, Assistant Commissioner Stephen Munro 3. Sharon Kelly, Sam Gallucio, Judy Morton 4. Wendy Lindsay, Maureen Carthy 5. Deanne Catelan, Gail Hills 6. Kieran Keyes – Townsville HHS Chief Executive, David Derbyshire, Dave Clive 7. Shayne Sutton, Associate Professor Anthony Leicht 8. Acting Inspector Robert Smith, Herman Combrinck, Hennie Ferreira 9. Kevin Booth, Michelle Morton – Deputy Chair of the Townsville HHS Board, Scott Stewart MP – State Member for Townsville 10. Dr Sabe Sabesan, Dallas Leon.

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Victoria Bridge, JAM, A Touch of Salt HHoodcamp Photography



Guests gathered across Victoria Bridge to begin their Progressive Dinner in aid of the Townsville Hospital Foundation. Guests enjoyed canapés on the Bridge before experiencing Townsville’s top restaurants, JAM and A Touch of Salt.


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1. Alex Bajcetic, Elizabeth Ahern 2. Alex Diorietes, Maria Cybulka, Gabrielle Matta 3. Brett Jaggard, Lisa Page, Valerie Jaggard 4. Charna Murray, Jaymee-Leigh Swift 5. Candice Bell, Lynda Tama 6. Florita Flores, Warren Purnell 7. Todd and Danielle Goodwin 8. Levi and Tina Morse 9. Lynley Grant, Fiona Montgomerie, Pam Griffiths 10. Emily Sydenham, Marissa Seeley, Belinda Brown 11. Greg McLindon, Aneta George, Marie McLindon 12. Ange Blatchford, Jan Wellington, Sharon Kelly



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Gallery 48

visual arts, painting, drawing, fine art prints

2/48 The Strand Townsville

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

Vince Bray

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

Below: Vince Bray Snappy Gums in Moonlight Paint baked on glass

Ongoing artists: Heather Bryne Ed Kulpa Anne Lord Steve Maguire

BURDEKIN RUM WEEKEND Burdekin Showgrounds, Ayr Photograpy Peter Peach

The Burdekin RUM (Rodeo, Utes and Music) Weekend presented by The Golden Octopus Foundation was a wonderful show of community support for families of kids with cancer. 72 riders competed in the rodeo, 34 ute entrants and music by Wolfe Brothers, supported by the Keely Johnson band, made the weekend a time to be remembered. 1. Andrew Chavasse, Tara Douglas 2.Tegan Pennisi, Lyndell Antoniazzi 3. Cathy and Sonia Crichton 4. Zac,Tricia and Mia Kelly 5. Kaitlyn Watts, Indy Lade, Emma Koth






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Townsville RSL presents



6. Catherine and Amber Harper 7. Dana Temple, Ashleigh Suchanek 8. Amy and David Huckett 9. Franka Hicks, Chloe Stephens 10. Chloe Blacklock, Maddison Edwards 11. Marisa, Brielle and Mark Astorquia


Melbourne Cup LUNCH 2018



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TYTO Ingham Cassie Romano from Cassilus Photography Locals from the Ingham community and guests from afar were caught on camera having fun. 1. Luke Spina, Arriell Scuderi 2. Carly Isokangas, Rachel Morelli, Karli Vettoreto, Rachel Torrisi 3. Monique Mowat and Francine Pedruzzi-Guerra (Bride of the Year & Runner Up) 4. Ros Guazzo, Steve Guazzo, John Delroy 5. Mimmo Mancuso, Mario Magnani – Festival Clowns ‘The Ratcatchers’ 6. Ladies enjoying the Saturday Festival.




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LAUNCHING SHEDSPACE headspace Townsville Photography Elijah Clarke


Headspace Townsville launched its new community funded Shedspace project at Riverway. Glencore was the major sponsor for renovation of the youth shed facility with art, music and workshop. The launch provided opportunity to thank all the generous contributions from the community, businesses and service clubs. 1. Penny Guazzo, Cathy O’Toole 2. Ashlea Sutton, Andrea Boyd, Jonathon McClelland 3. Brenton Creed, John Doolan 4. Cr Jenny Hill – Mayor of Townsville, Brenton Creed, Jeanie McIntosh, Brien Little Little 5. Kirsten Seymore, Phil Ihme, Lee Town 6. Albert and Donna Beric 7. Sarah Collins, Michael Dixon, Jenni Beech-Jones 8. Cr Les Walker – Deputy Mayor of Townsville, Peter Busch, Dennis Duffy 9. Holly Wilson, Garret Magian, Kholan Maury-Kaczmarek, Ashton Moore 10. Gordon Haslberger, Daniel Moloney








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Tony Mooney AM, Chair of Townsville Hospital and Health Board.


Independent financial data released has shown the Townsville Hospital and Health Service (HHS) has helped carry the North Queensland economy during challenging economic times.



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An economic impact assessment by AEC Group showed that during the 2017-2018 financial year the Townsville HHS contributed close to $1.9 billion to the North Queensland economy. This included jobs for 11,743 North Queenslanders taking home wages of close to $1 billion. In Townsville alone, the HHS directly employs 5355. Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Mr Tony Mooney said Townsville’s position as the major tertiary health provider in Northern Australia was vital to the region’s economy. “It is imperative that we continue to grow Townsville as Northern Australia’s tertiary health and research hub. “We directly employ 6252 people who take home $679 million in wages, these wages support an additional 5500 jobs in our community.

“This economic impact assessment shows very clearly the significant role the Townsville HHS plays as a major economic driver in North Queensland. “There is no doubt that this impact will continue to grow strongly over the next decade.” Mr Mooney said, for the first time, the business community received a formal briefing on the Townsville HHS’s economic contribution at a ‘Business Breakfast’ at The Ville Resort and Casino.

It is essential our local business community know how to tap into and leverage the opportunities associated with us generating almost $2 billion into the local economy.

“The State Government’s Buy Queensland policy requires local suppliers to be prioritised and supported to deliver significant contracts,” he said. “It is essential our local business community know how to tap into and leverage the opportunities associated with us generating almost $2 billion into the local economy.

“My focus is to make sure that the money we are generating is translating into direct local jobs and in turn that money is being spent buying local goods and services.” Mr Mooney said the Townsville HHS’s economic contribution wasn’t limited to Townsville but across North Queensland. “The Townsville HHS is far more than The Townsville Hospital,” Mr Mooney said. “We operate 18 hospitals and community facilities as well as two residential aged care homes across Charters Towers, Ingham, Ayr and Home Hill and Palm Island. “These towns and facilities are vital to how we deliver health services and provide a significant economic boost locally.” AEC modelling showed outside of Townsville, 147.8 million was generated by the Townsville HHS including jobs for 546 people and a wages bill of $32.2 million.

KEY FINDINGS OF AEC’S TOWNSVILLE HHS ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT $1.9 million economic output including $918 million directly 11,743 jobs including 6252 directly $958 million in wages and salaries $1.4 billion contribution to Gross Regional Product $21 million in capital works expenditure in 2017-2018 for projects including a new children’s ward, the Palm Island Primary Care Centre, expansion of endoscopy and renal services and relocating BreastScreen to Domain Central.

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INTERVIEW WILDCATZ MAIN PHOTO BACK ROW L-R Abby Pearson Zoe Rebgetz Sophie Fitzell Zoe Green Arabella Ross Jade Chapman Danielle Major Jasmine Brooks Laura Eagan

Townsville’s very own indoor netball association, the Wildcatz, have been invited to play at the Indoor Netball State Titles in Ipswich this month and we couldn’t be prouder.

FRONT ROW Alessa Daniel-Brown Loha Apete Austin Woods Jacinta Sariman

HOMEGROWN CHAMPIONS As the only team to be invited to participate in the Indoor Netball State Titles outside of south-east Queensland, the Wildcatz have given us cause to be proud. The competition is held over two carnivals during the September holidays and Wildcatz will have six teams attending. “Our amazing committee fundraise all year to ensure we can pay for the deposits and training equipment,” says Sheree Ross. “As you can imagine it’s an expensive trip once you incorporate flights, accommodation, vehicle hire, food, game fees, insurance and uniforms, so we’re thrilled to count DUO Magazine, Nexans Olex, Northern Civil Services, Cheaper Auto Spares, Tropic Roofing and Plumbing, Mac’s Plumbing and Pipeline, Pizza Hut, Professional Pump Services and Irrigation, JRT Mobile Mechanic, Domino’s Pizza North Shore, Norfoam Cooling Solutions and the Lilly White hotel group among our valued sponsors.

“The generous donations and sponsors who supply us with training and travel uniforms, water bottles and the training gear we receive for the Association and teams is greatly appreciated.” This year the Wildcatz are sending an Under 10s team (Chaos), two Under 12s (Fearless and Crushers), two Under 14s Ladies (Fire Strikers and Instinct) and an Under 16s Ladies team (Fuzion) to the state titles, which will see around 130 teams compete. “We have two boys travelling in the Under 12s – once they reach the Under 14s they’re required to play mix,” Sheree says. “Our amazing little athletes trial over two days and those who are selected participate in an extensive 20 weeks of training prior to travelling. We aim to send at least five teams a year.” Wildcatz Indoor Netball Junior Association (WINJA) was formed in February 2010 when a group of dedicated parents,

supporters and families saw the need for a pathway for junior indoor netball players to represent Townsville Wildcatz in the Indoor Netball Junior State Titles and have the chance to represent Queensland and be selected for Australian teams. “Indoor netball is an amazing game to promote fitness, team-building and a sense of responsibility,” Sheree says. “I’ve had the privilege of watching children grow and develop during my involvement with the junior committee over the past four years. I highly recommend the game as character-developer for children.” Wildcatz Indoor Sports offers a nippers program on a Saturday morning at 8am free of charge, while older children are placed into available teams to suit their abilities. The coaches volunteer all their time and are dedicated to see the children grow in skill and confidence. CONNECT NOW



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FOSTERING A LOVE OF LEARNING Pyjama Angels play an important role in the lives of children in foster care as teachers, role models and loyal companions. Meet four Pyjama Angels who say the experience brings them as much joy as the children they connect with.



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STEPH HEALY Occupational Therapist Steph Healy has been a Pyjama Angel for just over three years. “My cherub and I have a really good connection,” Steph says. “We recently discovered we both have an Italian background, which we’ve been bonding over. I visit her once a week to play educational games.” Steph cherishes the moments when the child says ‘Can’t you stay longer?’ or ‘I wish you could come every day’. “It makes me feel like my spending time with her really makes a difference,” she says. “I always leave my visits feeling happier and more energised.”

ANNETTE BRUDER When childcare worker Annette Bruder reached retirement age she wasn’t ready to stop working. “I was keen to fill my now free time in a meaningful way,” she says. “I read about The Pyjama Foundation and was drawn to the premise behind it.” Annette works with two seven-year-old foster children. “The experience has given me a huge respect for the incredibly hard journey these children have just getting through life,” Annette says. “The trauma they have experienced has a huge impact on their ability to engage in learning. It’s so important to spend consistent time with these special children.”

ANDREW PANGRAZIO When psychologist Andrew Pangrazio moved to Townsville seven years ago, he looked around at various volunteer agencies. “Pyjama Angels won out as, not only did they work with children but, they also treasured the educational and attachments aspect of childhood,” he says. “My child is very hands-on, so reading revolves around instruction manuals and games.” Andrew says it’s the small things he treasures about the experience, such as a smile when he arrives or hearing about an achievement in the child’s life. “You don’t need any special skills to become a Pyjama Angel,” he adds. “The organisation is amazingly supportive. Give it a go!”

DENNIS CLARK Originally from Canada, casual driver Dennis Clark migrated to Australia three years ago and is now a permanent resident. With two sons and five grandchildren, he understands how important it is for kids to have a positive role model. “I meet with two young men, one in Year 10 and one in Year 8,” Dennis says. “I just help them with whatever they want to do – chess, dominos, reading, baking, playing games or running.” Dennis says the experience has made him more aware of how many kids are in care. “It’s the most rewarding two-hour a week job I’ve ever had,” he adds. “Australia let me and my wife immigrate here and we love it. This is the least I could do in return.”





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


What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and raised in Townsville and all of my family lives there. Townsville will always be home to me. I really miss our big old Queenslander in South Townsville, being part of the Renegade Markets and going to Crystal Creek. Where are you now? My partner, Jacob, and I relocated to Melbourne at the end of March and we live in a suburb called Preston with our cattle dog Lamington. Our place backs onto a park so it’s perfect for Lamington. There’s also a really cool weekend market within walking distance that we do our grocery shopping at. We’re spending all of our spare time exploring Melbourne and the surrounding towns. It’s so beautiful down here but getting through winter is tough! What does your work involve? I work in logistics for a shed company called Now Buildings but I’m still working really hard after hours on my little business ‘The Oopsy Daisy Co’ and I’ve got some really exciting


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things planned for the next few months. I’m working on getting my Oopsy Daisy website up and running and am working on a number of new designs and products. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I’ve always loved creating things and come from a pretty creative family, but last year I really found my niche in doing calligraphy paintings. I started selling them at the Renegade Markets and store and they really took off. That success gave me the confidence to start making more and exploring other creative avenues. Initially I was only doing calligraphies but now I’ve designed my own cards, postcards, calendars, notebooks and tote bags. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Definitely! We’re heading home for a visit in September for a friend’s wedding and I can’t wait! I’m hoping to come home again at the end of the year and be part of the Renegade Mega Market. CONNECT NOW


What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville. I went to Currajong State School and then Townsville Grammar. I made friends I’m still connected to today – those early friendships are so potent – and I studied ballet at the Ann Roberts School of Dance. I left Townsville when I was 16 to study dance at QUT in Brisbane. Where are you now? I’m the Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane. I began choreographing professionally at 18 and created ballets all over the world before I became Artistic Director. What project are you currently working on? I’m creating a work called Everyday Requiem for Expressions Dance Company. This also involves six singers from The Australian Voices. This will be my last creation as Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company as I’ve decided, after 10 years, it’s

time to hand over the reins to a new AD. I’m excited about the future and what might be next. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My mother took me to ballet lessons when I was just five. My ballet teacher, Ann Roberts, taught me that dance was not about technique – it was about what you had to share with your audience. I always remember that. During high school, the arts were very important also and we did many performances that gave me the opportunity to dance and choreograph. Being a member of the North Queensland Ballet Company also gave me opportunities to work with many different choreographers. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? My parents, sister and aunty are still in Townsville, so I have a lifelong link. I come to Townsville a lot to visit my family and I love coming back. CONNECT NOW au/edc/



What’s your link to Townsville? Townsville is where I developed my career in Social Work after studying at James Cook University. Where are you now? I work in public policy for the Federal Government in Canberra. One of my opportunities is working on issues of national importance, and developing social policy that has the potential to positively impact the lives of all Australians – not just confined to one region or community. What project are you currently working on? After university, I worked for Government in the UK and facilitated the first intercountry adoption between

the UK and the US. It was a landmark case-law precedence and exposed me to the interconnectedness of social policy, law and human rights. I then gained a Master of Human Rights and Master of Politics and Public Policy, so I could legitimately draw linkages between the two. Since then I’ve worked in areas of sex discrimination, tackling gender inequality, disability discrimination and housing policy. I’ve also worked with Indigenous communities in remote and regional Australia, and written some academic pieces on this work. I’ve drawn from my combination of research, policy and project work to volunteer my skills to non-government organisations as a Board Director. I currently sit as Chair and Board Director for Australia’s longest-

running women’s refuge and sit as an advisor to the ACT Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council for Women. Throughout my time I’ve learned the meaning of ‘hustle beats talent, when talent doesn’t hustle’. In other words, success isn’t just down to talent – so much of it boils down to having a positive attitude, applying yourself and setting clear goals. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I was in Townsville recently to receive an Outstanding Alumni Award from JCU, which was a great honour. CONNECT NOW www.communityservices.act.

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What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville from England with my family in 1983. After graduating Kirwan High, I had a band called The Madmen. Where are you now? I live in Brisbane, in a suburb called The Gap, which is surrounded by mountains and forest. I’m super lucky! I play in two bands — Screamfeeder and WE ALL WANT TO, so with the writing, recording, gigs and touring I’m always pretty busy. What project are you currently working on? I’m currently mixing the fourth WE ALL WANT TO record, On The Dots, which is coming out later this year.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? There was a great community of like-minded people I met through radio station 4TTT. We opened clubs, ran gigs and there was a great feeling around town. It was easy to start a band – we could rehearse every day and develop very quickly.

Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Not as often as I’d like to! I went back to London in 2016 and spent a month songwriting. I’d like to do the same with Townsville – visit the places I haven’t seen for years and rekindle some memories of the time I spent there.


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ALPINE ADVENTURE The Snowy Mountains has six new eco-guest cabins nestled in Thredbo Valley in Crackenback. The Field Huts, an addition to Penderlea’s Alpine Accommodation, are owner Sonja’s stylish interpretation of a cattleman’s hut with stone and steel features, antique timbers, screened decks and private bathtub overlooking the rugged landscape. For groups, you can book a variety of configurations including two huts combined into a Field House to sleep four.

SAMPLE THE HIGHLANDS The Fire Forge Froth tour by Wild Food Adventures begins with a forge lesson with a blacksmith where you make your own ‘S’ hook or twisted skewer to take home. It’s then on to beer sampling at the Southern Highlands Brewing Taphouse and a delicious lunch of local produce.

LIFT YOUR SPIRITS Lovers of fine rum will welcome a new craft rum distillery in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Brix Distillers, the brainchild of three Aussie blokes, is a dedicated rum distillery and ageing facility with ex-Archie Rose distiller Shane Casey overseeing the 1200-litre copper still and barrelling room. As well as Brix’s core range of rums – Brix White, Gold and Spiced – there are 150 local and global rums on the shelves along with Australian wines and craft beers.

ZEN ESCAPE From now until November, the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort in the Blue Mountains will host a series of escapes focused around wellness, mindfulness and beauty. Guests can have one-on-one time with some of Australia’s leading wellness warriors, including Sodashi founder Megan Larson, Yogi Kate Kendall of Flow Athletic and holistic celebrity facialist Jocelyn Petroni.


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Face it, no one who has travelled will come back absolutely hating the experience. Amidst the long flights, losing your life savings and maybe even a case of food poisoning, there are still so many things you are capable of taking back from travelling. You tend to find that the person who you were before travelling is no longer existent as you take on a new, more confident persona. Socialisation and making new friends Whether you are travelling solo, with friends or family, you are bound to meet new people throughout your travels. It may just be asking for directions to the nearby bus stop, or it could be one of those spontaneous nights out drinking at a bustling bar full of locals. Whatever the situation may be, the interaction you have with the people in the area will always be a large influence towards the impression you have towards each city. The more different a person is to you, the more fascinating their stories will be. So take the time to start up a conversation with the old man with the bushy moustache sitting beside you on the bench, or the lady with the vintage sweater that you can’t stop wondering where she purchased from.  In a generation where social media has become so advanced, it is so much easier to connect with people and before you know it, you will have friends from all different parts of the world! Learning about the world and about yourself Travel takes you out of your comfort zone. You may be thrown

WHY TRAVELLING MAKES YOUR LIFE BETTER into the deep end, face challenges and unexpected situations – all of which will let you grow as a person. You will learn to prioritise what really matters. And I’m not saying that just because you can’t pack your entire wardrobe into your suitcase. I’m talking about how travel lets you get rid of all the unnecessary things we worry about in life, and prioritising real life interactions instead of focusing on the digital connections we have through our phones. Getting some ‘YOU’ time – Reflecting on yourself and developing as a person This is similar to point #2, but let’s just say, that between your daily life of work, socialisation and other tasks, you tend to ignore or put aside ‘me time’. However travelling – especially travelling solo, gives you the opportunity to reflect on yourself and hey, you might learn something new about yourself along the way. And what better place to do it than on the pristine beaches of Croatia or while visiting The Louvre in Paris? Sometimes travelling to get away from your life problems actually ends up giving you more answers along the way. Food for thought? It will make you 100 times more interesting The stories you take home whether it be the time you skied naked down the snowy mountains

Although cultures, languages and values may differ between countries, the skills you adapt throughout these experiences will give you confidence to repeat each process anywhere you desire to go.

of the Canadian Alps, taking a spontaneous train trip to an unknown city, or the wildlife conservation program you took part in in Africa will be stories you’d want to talk about at every opportunity given. And your family and friends that took part in these adventures with you will be willing to reminisce with you for the rest of your life. All the amazing adventures and embarrassing memories will definitely be ones you’d want to hold onto, as they will be the icebreakers to any social gathering. Plus, making someone laugh with your stories will definitely be a self-esteem booster! It will make you more employable You’ve travelled the world alone, handled awkward situations, and dealt with a lot of different kinds of people. It may be safe to say, that through travelling, you’ve come to learn a lot of skills that are crucial in any work environment. And of course these life skills are something you can never learn from a textbook or lecture in class. You can only learn from real life experiences. So at your next job interview, take the skills you have learnt, along with the confidence, capability to socialise with others, and maybe a few entertaining stories of your travels for back up because these will definitely make you stand out from the crowd!

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Cape Cleveland Lighthouse sits atop the Cape’s cliffs at the northern most point of Cleveland Bay and is 40 kilometres east north east from Townsville City. The lighthouse and the original lighthouse keeper’s cottages were constructed in 1879 and for over 100 years the lighthouse was manned and operated by Lighthouse Keepers and their families. The striking red and white lighthouse originally built in and shipped from England has recently been refurbished to ensure its original timber framing and cast iron cladding continues to stand proudly as the entrance to Cleveland Bay. At 11 metres tall the Lighthouse’s light is set at 64 metres above sea level and of an evening from Castle Hill or Kissing Point, its white light flashing every seven and a half seconds can be seen winking in the distance. For Seafarers approaching from the East it also marks the dangers of Salamander Reef and Four Foot Rock by a sectored red light.



With rugged scenery, rich history and rustic charm the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse is fast becoming one of the most sought-after tour destinations in Townsville. The lighthouse was the 13th lighthouse constructed and commissioned in Queensland and until 1987 when the light was converted to solar power the light was always manned, even during the worst of our cyclones the lighthouse keepers kept the acetylene gas lamp burning. During World War II the lighthouse served as an observation post and radar base manned by the RAAF from the large allied base in Townsville. Today, only ruins remain of the observation platform, radar hut and a powerhouse constructed during the war. Despite the construction of the lighthouse some vessels have still been wrecked in the Cape Cleveland area including

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Borealis 1888, Alarm 1896, Mount Elliot 1919, and the Idle Wise in 1989. The grounds and houses today are maintained by Cape Cleveland Lighthouse custodians Ray and Sue Boundy. Ray puts a lot of time and effort into keeping the former beauty of this part of our region alive. For the lighthouse enthusiasts Ray accepts willing volunteers to assist him in restoring and preserving the site and contact can be made via the Friends of Cape Cleveland Lighthouse group on Facebook. Aside from the striking ruggedness and beauty of Cape Cleveland the area is rich in bird and marine life. Five types of turtles are found in the surrounding waters, the most prolific, the

Green turtle, can always been seen grazing in the waters directly below the lighthouse. At this time of year sightings of Indopacific Humpback Whale are common and Irrawaddy and Bottlenose dolphins are also sighted in Cleveland Bay though less often. Adding to the uniqueness of the Cape there are two plants that are endemic to Cape Cleveland including the Babingontina papillosa; a shrub which occurs only in two known populations at Mt. Elliot and Cape Cleveland, and Grewia graniticola; a shrub which is (near) endemic and is only found on Magnetic Island, Cape Cleveland and Gloucester Bay.

These days getting to Cape Cleveland Lighthouse is as simple as joining one of SeaLink Queensland’s tours which run seasonally from May to October each year. One of the most spectacular ways of getting the most from your visit is to experience the thrill of a helicopter flight, Townsville Helicopters offer scenic flights at the Cape or they can fly you to the Cape and then you can cruise home into the sunset on-board SeaLink. For more information visit tours or call 4726 0800.

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INSIDE OUTSIDE HOUSE Blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, the Inside Outside House in Cottesloe, Western Australia, has the feel of a floating box. DUO chatted with Craig Steere Architects to discover how they achieved this modern marvel.


A. The client wanted to challenge the fixed boundaries of space — blurring the distinction between interior and exterior. They were keen to employ multiple-use spaces and separate the building mass from adjoining structures for greater comfort and privacy. Q. WHAT ARE THE HOME’S SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES?

A. The upper level acts as a large shading device to reduce solar gain to the lower level. In the extremes of summer and colder winter months, the lower level can be enclosed by a doubleglazed skin that regulates temperature, minimising the need for air-conditioning. Painted areas were minimised through the use of pre-finished cladding (raw cement sheeting, face brickwork) and the use of low VOC paints, while the cabinetry is constructed from GreenTagCert boards. Low-energy LED lighting on sensor systems have also been used throughout.

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A. To maximise the expanse of a narrowlot home, the concept considers the entire site as a ‘room’ with the ceiling of the lower level relatively low to create a feeling of horizontal expanse. The walls of the glass box retract into wall cavities allowing the living and dining spaces to expand beyond to the boundary walls, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. The upper level projects beyond the main bedroom to provide an alfresco experience to the front courtyard. Q. HOW DID YOU COLLABORATE WITH OTHER CONSULTANTS?

A. We worked together with a landscape architect to ensure there was enough planting depth along boundaries to create ‘green walls’. We also liaised with the structural engineer to achieve a large front cantilever that frames views from the main bedroom and encapsulates an outdoor alfresco. Q. WHAT FEEDBACK DID YOU RECEIVE FROM THE CLIENTS?

A. Our clients had us over for dinner when they were settled into the house and said they couldn’t bring themselves to build another house again because this one was so perfect.

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GRILLED SALMON WITH STICKY TAMARIND SAUCE Serve this salmon with a refreshing salad of sliced baby cucumbers and small shallots, dressed with a splash of rice wine vinegar and sprinkle of sea salt.

PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 15 minutes SERVES: 4



1 tbsp vegetable oil

In a small saucepan, heat the oil and slowly sauté the garlic until it goes golden, about 2–3 minutes. Add the tamarind, 100 ml water, the fish sauce, chilli flakes, sugar and soy. Simmer for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat.

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 200 ml tamarind purée 4 tbsp fish sauce 2 tsp red chilli flakes 4 tbsp palm sugar 4 tsp light soy sauce 750 g–850 g large salmon fillet, with skin 2 thumb-sized red chillies, shredded handful mint and coriander (cilantro) leaves Steamed rice, to serve

Preheat an outdoor grill or chargrill pan. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the tamarind sauce over the fish and sprinkle over a few chilli slices. Grill the salmon, skin side down, over low direct heat and with the hood closed if using the outdoor grill, for about 7–8 minutes. It’s better if the centre is slightly pink and juicy rather than overcooked. The skin may stick a little to the grill, but don’t worry as you will be discarding it anyway. Peel the skin from the salmon and place the flesh on a platter. Sprinkle with the fresh herbs and remaining red chilli. Serve with the remaining tamarind sauce and steamed rice. NOTE: Other meaty fish like barramundi, halibut and red snapper would also work nicely here.

Image and recipe from My Asian Kitchen by Jennifer Joyce, Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99 Photography by Phil Webb, Illustrations by Riley Joyce.


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ABOUT ME: I came to Australia with my parents when I was five and have lived in Townsville ever since. I completed a Bachelor of Journalism at JCU and have worked in media, marketing and public relations in Townsville for the past 20 years. I’ve been married for 16 years and we have two daughters. I have a real passion for travel and I’m always saving for the next big trip – this time Italy, Germany and Austria. This year I joined the choir and performed in a musical for the very first time – Les Misérables with the Townsville Choral Society. Had the best time!

MY BAG I bought this bag at Sportsgirl because the neutral colour means it goes with everything. SOUVENIRS I love little trinkets that remind me of our holidays. Here is an American dollar bill from New York and a thong keyring from Hawaii. MAKEUP As a working mum always on the run, I’m often putting make up on in the car in the car park. ESSENTIAL OIL I recently learned about the benefits of essential oils – this one is a citrus blend that is a great mid afternoon pick-me-up. I just put a drop on my hands, rub together and breathe in the smell. WILLOW TREE I have quite a collection of these figurines. My husband bought me this one. It’s my favourite. FLYER For months in the lead up to Les Misérables I haven’t gone anywhere without these flyers, handing them out to everyone I talk to. Whether I’m in the show or not, promoting local events is something I’m passionate about.


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COFFEE CUP I’m always on the go, so I like to take a coffee with me. PERFUME I adore this Roberto Cavalli perfume – I bought this one in duty free on my way home from New Zealand last year. Ask my husband, there’s nothing I love more than a bargain! MINTS Working in PR and media I deal with lots of new people every day so it’s important to make a good first impression! FAMILY PHOTO Even though it’s an old photo, this pic reminds me of happy times so I like to carry it with me. Also reminds me how much the kids have grown! HAIR TIES AND BOBBY PINS My girls both dance so having extra hair ties and bobby pins on hand is a must. EARRINGS My girls and I are obsessed with Stomping Elephants earrings that we buy at local markets. It’s the little things that make me happy and they’re just so pretty and unique.



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The health benefits of green tea are said to include fat loss and a lower risk of cancer thanks to the fact it’s loaded with antioxidants. We’re loving Taprobane Tea Company’s range of green teas (from $7), which have a double-chamber bag that helps preserve the flavours of the tea.


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GET LIPPY TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH For this entire month, Liptember participants are encouraged to don a bright lip colour to raise funds and awareness for women’s mental health.

For 2018 and beyond, the month of September will be known for its conscionable campaign calling attention to the all-important issue of women’s mental health. That’s right! There is an issue and we’re being urged to take heed of its importance and acknowledge the women in our lives; ensuring their mental health is as robust as the façade which our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends and work colleagues expose to the world each day, no matter what they’re feeling on the inside. Announcing Liptember; a month-long campaign throughout September to raise awareness of women’s mental health. Local Liptember advocate Kareau McKey said this crusade is vital for the women of Australia, with one in three suffering depression or anxiety in their lifetime and 15% experiencing postnatal depression. “This campaign is close to my heart as I suffered postnatal depression with both of my children,” the Townsville mum revealed.

One in three Australian women will suffer depression or anxiety during their lifetime. Postnatal depression affects 15% of women within the first year after childbirth. Research, support programs and prevention strategies are more effective when applied with a gender lens.

“There are many days that I felt the darkness of depression come over me and you felt resentful of everyone around you including your new little baby. This is when I began my journey into postnatal fitness and now I am a qualified Kangatraining instructor.” Kareau joined the Kangatraining revolution not just for its physical benefits, but to seize the opportunity to meet likeminded mums in a relaxed environment. While she’s the first to acknowledge that jumping back on the exercise bandwagon after having children sounds simple in theory, Kareau knows better than anyone how impossible it can seem for women to prioritise themselves during this oftentumultuous period. “Women need to invest time in themselves to better look after the ones we love and care about,” she said. “The challenges faced by women and their health are lack of time and priority. As a women’s postnatal fitness instructor, this is highly important to me as I

come across mothers in their most mentally vulnerable and time poor part of their lives. All aspects of women’s health need to be brought to the public health agenda, including prolapse, incontinence, pelvic floor weakness, postnatal depression, anxiety, fatigue and exhaustion.” Girls or guys can get involved in the Liptember campaign. Just grab yourself or your best gal a Liptember lippy from any Chemist Warehouse, register online as an individual or start a team, then commit to being bold and rock your new shade every day of the month. CONNECT NOW

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Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

FOUR WAYS TO BETTER HEARING What are the best ways to look after our hearing to ensure we get the most out of one of our most powerful senses.

Good hearing is vital for being your best. It keeps your mind stimulated and helps you keep connected to family, friends and colleagues. It is important to ensure your hearing is at its peak so you can be too. 1. Protect your hearing It should come as no surprise that the best thing you can do for your hearing is to protect it. And there are a number of ways to do that. Like vision and sunglasses, wearing hearing protection when exposed to loud noises is a must. You can protect your hearing using a pair of earmuffs when using loud tools etc. but did you also know that if you like attending concerts and live acts, you can get earplugs that reduce the

overall sound level without muffling it like earmuffs can do? It’s like turning the volume down on your stereo at home. You can get ready-to-wear ones or you can invest in a pair of custom made ones moulded to fit your ears precisely. 2. Keep active and social Like muscles, if our auditory nerves don’t receive enough stimulation or exercise our hearing can deteriorate. This is not a call to go out and stand next to a jackhammer. Rather, ensure you listen to music, engage in conversation one-on-one and in groups. Not only will your hearing benefit but you will hone and retain the vital skill of listening.

3. Wear your hearing aids! This may seem like obvious advice. You have invested time and potentially money in your hearing aids but they won’t do you any good in the bedside drawer. If there’s a reason you aren’t wearing them discuss this with your audiologist. Or have your hearing aids reviewed by another audiologist. In the majority of cases we find the reason people don’t wear their hearing aids is they were simply not set up correctly for their hearing loss or don’t fit their lifestyle. 4. Get your hearing tested Last but not least… get your hearing professionally tested. People wait on average seven years before addressing hearing loss. That’s a long

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Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting


Here’s an idea, beautifully simple, for personal growth.

Any athlete wanting to improve their ability – let’s say their powerlift PB – has got to challenge themselves by applying some ‘stressor’ and then follow it with a period of recovery. Too much stress and not enough rest, they get an injury and burnout. Not enough stress or too much rest, they become bored and stagnate. Fitness training in this way improves performance – alternate between periods of stress and rest. Here’s the interesting bit – this formula is applicable across all areas of life! Stress + Rest = Growth It’s as simple and as hard as that. Here are two quick examples: 1. Grow Your Career When I coach a client who desires more from work, I

start by asking where they want to be in their careers and what they’re doing to get there. People at work (including myself) can fall into one of two traps: either they get stuck in a rut, going through the motions or they take on so much that they become overwhelmed and exhausted. Neither is conducive to career satisfaction or progression. Instead, it is better to gradually challenge (‘stress’) them in the direction they want to grow. This involves being nudged out of their comfort zone but then pausing to rest and reflect. What went well? What didn’t go well? What could you do differently next time? Sure, career progression is more complex than going

from squatting 40 to 42kgs – it’s harder to dial in the right amount of ‘stress’. Instead, it requires taking on a new task that feels ‘just’ manageable – it must be challenging but not so stressful that it causes insomnia! After the challenge, reflect and take the next logical step. Much like a muscle grows in between challenging workouts, career growth is more sustainable if you respect the need to rest and reflect between challenges. 2. Grow Your Relationships The growth formula also applies to our friendships and romantic relationships. Bonds strengthen after two people experience a challenging event and then recover from it. But too

much ‘stress’ without enough recovery and the relationship can flame out. Some stressors occur naturally, like too many bills arriving at once leaving a couple financially stretched trying to make ends meet – if this temporary, then the experience can strengthen their bond as they get through tough-times together. Other stress can and should be created and these include the fun challenges, like whitewater rafting with friends – or any activity that is outside their comfort zone, provides a sense of accomplishment and creates fond memories. Do you desire personal growth? Pick an area of your life – where are you now and where do you want to be? Do you need to be in a state of stress, taking on ‘justmanageable’ challenges OR in a state of rest and reflection? Align your behaviour accordingly. If you desire personal growth but feel stuck or the idea of life coaching appeals, then work with a clinical psychologist. Life is too short to be mediocre.

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Certified Fitgenes Practitioner

Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment


Is the health solution you’ve been using still not working? There could be other reasons.

A few years ago I first noticed an interesting phenomenon that was occurring in my patients when I worked in the medical industry. Patients were attending repeatedly for chronic injuries that were never getting better. Sometimes these started as an acute injury but many times there was no incident at all. They would say the pain started ‘out of the blue’ or from performing a minor task. Many times these injuries are explained away as “surely you must have done something you don’t remember” or repetitive strain injury. “I feel like I’m falling apart” is a common complaint and yet the answer in the conventional world of health is different from the functional world. So let’s explore this concept. Let’s look at a common scenario: the shoulder (or pick your favourite joint or

combination) injury. A patient presents with unexplained pain. Often anti-inflammatories are administered with either a wait-and-see approach or imaging – perhaps x-ray (hopefully ultrasound) or an MRI. A common diagnosis might be bursitis, tendinosis or a tear. The typical treatment scenario is pain management (medication), rest, strapping, physiotherapy. If it’s ongoing then maybe a cortisone injection.. once.. twice.. three times, sometimes more. Maybe eventually a surgical opinion is considered but often not. Sound familiar? But how often is the rest of the body investigated for unexplained and chronic joint pain? Here are my top five questions that should be asked: 1. A re you experiencing pain or weakness in any other joints/muscles?

2. W hat other health conditions are you living with? Not just the big ones; little ones like poor sleep; snoring; reflux; bloating or chronic skin conditions? 3. D o you have digestive issues? 4. D o you have hormonal issues? Low testosterone; symptomatic periods or menopause; prostate issues? 5. D o you wake up unrefreshed, achy and sore? Why? Because nothing happens individually in the body. Everything is interconnected and if your body is constantly dealing with something like chronic underlying inflammation, this eventually leads to body breakdown. It certainly doesn’t allow the body the time or resources to

heal. We call these ‘underlying stressors’ and sometimes the cause of a peripheral issue like ankle pain often is related to other parts of the body like the gut. But if all we do is focus on the collateral damage rather than the root cause, we end up chasing patch job after patch job. And don’t kid yourself… over time, the patch jobs required do accumulate. Pain is never fun. I get that. But it is our body’s warning system, telling us that if we don’t stop and listen to this signal, bigger issues are on the way. So the next time you go back for your next patch job, think about what else might be happening within you that could be creating your pain and try a different perspective. You might be surprised at what you discover.

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Paul Hanrahan

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists


Harming your health and harming your pocket

Since ‘fake news’ received Presidential approval, the previously murky boundary between information and marketing has disappeared entirely. There is no shortage in the number of advertisements which offer to help health practitioners recognise a problem, diagnose it, plan and execute the treatment, all using their services and products. If a health professional needs all of this support, should they be treating you at all? But wait, there’s more! Just use a ‘Do-It-Yourself Kit’ to provide a ‘consumerdirect’ product without the ‘middle-person’ (i.e. health professional), with a supposedly ‘huge cost saving’. Unfortunately, the fine print also clearly states that the user of the product bears all responsibility for any adverse outcomes.

The New Sad Reality In the acclaimed book, the Death of Expertise, author Tom Nichols mourns the Googlefuelled, Wickipedia-based, blog-driven collapse of any division between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all. Without real experts, everyone can be an ‘expert’ on everything. Others welcome the ‘democratisation’ of knowledge that Google and Wickipedia because if ‘established knowledge goes unchallenged, then progress cannot occur’. However, the democratisation of knowledge and wider public participation does not automatically mean that all opinions are of equal value, rather that it allows the public to ask better questions. Questions improve communication in healthcare and reveal areas of an explanation that are

“The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never tell if they are genuine.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

not immediately grasped. A skilled health practitioner doesn’t just say ‘trust me’. Instead they choose to explain the concept another way to ensure the patient completely understands their treatment options along with the respective advantages and disadvantages. Only then can a patient make a truly informed decision. Providing the Correct Information and Taking Responsibility Health professionals must combine their ever-improving skills and contemporary evidence-based treatment proposals to serve the needs, desires and preferences of the patient (where possible). The patient needs to bring clear concerns, questions and an open mind to allow the health professional to translate, guide and explain areas that the patient is unfamiliar with.

Both sides need to respectfully listen to what the other is saying. Some patients seek multiple opinions until they find a practitioner who gives them the advice that they want to hear. Not surprisingly, when an adverse outcome is experienced, they moan on ‘un-social media’ that they were given ‘bad treatment’, not that they made a bad choice. All of us are responsible for our decisions, both good and bad. The uninformed seeking services from the unskilled (who often have vested financial interests) is a recipe for health disaster. Fortunately, people rarely die from dental procedures, however, unnecessary or inappropriate treatment is often difficult and expensive to fix up. Where you can find the information that you need to make good dental health decisions: 1. Check that your chosen practitioner actually has the necessary expertise in your area of concern 2. Check the ‘Your Dental Health’ section of the Australian Dental Association website 3. Check the Orthodontics Australia website at

Dr Paul Hanrahan | Dr Linda Ton Dr Geoff Stanton | Dr Desmond Ong

17 Martinez Avenue The Lakes Townsville 4775 4433

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RELATIONSHIP STATUS: It’s complicated.


Awkward Anonymous Teen

“OMG did you see the new guy in our History class? He is so funny and good looking.” Relationships. Another problem teenagers face. You start to “like” people at this age. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it can be complicated. The first thing to take into consideration is how well you know the person. Have you known them for a while, or did you only just meet them yesterday? You need to get to know someone well enough before you decide whether you might like to date them. This decision shouldn’t be affected by anyone other than you. You should never let anyone pressure you into doing something you’re not ready for, or not comfortable with. Wait until YOU feel ready. On the other hand, no one should restrict you from doing something that you feel is right. All these decisions are part of growing up and learning and are


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yours to make. One thing I’ve noticed about dating someone as a teenager is first you might be really good friends with someone. And then you both decide to date. Seems like a great match. Only something weird seems to happen as soon as you’re officially “dating”. Once you’re dating – you stop talking. Yep that’s right. No more communication IRL (in real life). Ignore each other completely at school as if you don’t even know or like each other. What’s with that? Yes, you still talk on social media, privately, but face to face – forget it. Weird! The other weird thing that seems to happen is suddenly, friends and other students turn on you. Like you were supposed to know other people also like the person you’re dating and therefore you shouldn’t have dated them because these other people think they should be. And you’re

a bad person all of a sudden. So, after a few week’s of missing the friend you had before you were dating, and now you’re dating you don’t talk or hang out together anymore, plus the issues with the other students who don’t like you because of who you’re dating, you decide to end it – over social media of course! And that then creates another whole problem because then the person who was your friend, who you then


dated, who didn’t talk to you, now hates you, calls you some not very nice names and all his or her friends are also angry at you because you hurt their friend. Long story short, only do what you’re comfortable with and don’t worry about what anyone else says or thinks. Be kind, aat (awkward anonymous teen)

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of teen daters say they spend time texting with their partner daily. Among teens who have had relationships, talking on the phone (39%) ranks second for everyday interactions, followed by instant messaging (29%), being together in person (21%), social media (21%) and messaging apps (20%).



Share your joy with a free announcement on our Just Arrived page! Here’s how: 1. Email your favourite high res photo to 2. Tell us the parent’s names, baby’s name, date of birth, birth weight and sibling’s names (if any). 3. Include your photographer’s business name (if applicable). 4. Look out for your announcement in an upcoming issue of DUO.

Proud first time parents George Simms and Alyssa Adams are overjoyed to announce the arrival of their beautiful daughter Carter Marie Simms born 7 August 2018 weighing 3550g. Madijax images by Lisa Marie

Anthony and Kelli Castorina were thrilled to welcome Sophie Grace Castorina, a beautiful baby sister to James and Leo Castorina on 13 May weighing 2116g. Love That Photo Photography

Rob and Andrea Crane are delighted to announce the birth of Bohdi Dell Crane born 8 March 2018 (6 weeks early) weighing 2520g. Vicki Miller Photography

Proud parents Luke Patience and Shayelee Kirk and along with big sister Melinda are excited to announce their new baby William Bradley Patience born on the 12 May 2018 weighing 4139g. Pastels In Bloom Photography

Excited parents Malcolm and Brooke Mochrie are happy to welcome Oliver Craig Mochrie to the famiky on the 15 June 2018 weighing 3493g Tegan Galley Photography

With much joy and love, Geoffrey Compton and Emma Lercher welcome their first child, Hazel Penelope Compton. Born on 13 March 2018, weighing 2940g.

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: Richard Matthews, Group Manager Woolworths Townsville with Tony Mooney AM, Chair of Townsville Hospital and Health Board, Hayley (Children’s Ward patient) with her mum, Peta and Anthony Leicht, Chair of the Townsville Hospital Foundation Board.

Local shoppers have given North Queensland children a healthy boost courtesy of a donation made possible by Woolworths’ regional fundraising in 2017. “This is an extraordinary donation and we will be able to use this money to make a real difference to unwell children and their families who come to The Townsville Hospital,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation general manager Judy HigginsOlsen. “It means we’ll be able to purchase equipment for children with breathing difficulties in our clinics, Cosy Cabinets for newborn bubs who require resuscitation, an additional incubator cot and 40 milk warmers for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These items would have remained on our wish list for many years without this incredible donation.” Funds from earlier Woolworths’ wall token campaigns also formed part of the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s $1.2 million in funding for the new Children’s Ward, opened by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in May.

ABOVE: Woolworths representatives with Sharon Kelly (third from left) from the THHS; THF’s Anthony Leicht (rear) and Judy Higgins-Olsen (middle); Hayley and her mum, Peta, Tony Mooney AM, Chair of Townsville Hospital and Health Board.


The Fresh Food People, together with the Children’s Hospital Foundation, have delivered a $302,000 windfall to The Townsville Hospital Foundation thanks to local shoppers who donated to the Woolworths’ Regional Wall Token campaign in 2017. There are now 30 beds in the Children’s Ward, an increase of seven. There are also 13 single rooms making treatment much more private for children and their families. “We are grateful to Woolworths and the local community for their generous investment in caring for children,” says Tony Mooney AM, Board Chair Townsville Hospital and Health Board. “Today we see more than 1400 presentations by children every month to our Emergency Department. That is up almost 500 a month on what we saw at the turn of the century.

“This year, we will treat more than 3000 children at The Townsville Hospital for the first time in our history.” Woolworths and the Children’s Hospital Foundation are once again teaming up for the annual Regional Wall Token campaign, raising funds for sick kids in local communities across Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Townsville and North Queensland shoppers are encouraged to visit their local Woolworths and purchase a $2 wall token, which will be available until Sunday 30 September.

“We want to say a big thank you to the Townsville, Burdekin, Ingham and Charters Towers community for supporting the campaign,” says Richard Matthews, Group Manager Woolworths Townsville. “It’s the 15 Woolworths stores throughout this region that have been involved in the campaign and we thank the customers of these stores for their tremendous, and continued, support.” Find out more about the Townsville Hospital Foundation at KYLIE DAVIS IAN HITCHCOCK THHS


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Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services


Time for some self-improvement within Australia’s financial institutions

Unless you’ve abstained from all media in the last nine months, you would have heard the term ‘Royal Commission’. You may have also felt the effect of the Commission, especially if you have found it challenging to obtain a loan. The banks are consequently tightening their belts. Why? The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was established on 14 December 2017 by the Governor-General. It was established due to disturbing revelations about the conduct of Australia’s financial institutions, such as the big bank/s appearing to charge fees to dead customers and feeding gambler addictions, staff accepting cash filled envelopes over the counter,

provision of ‘dodgy’ advice costing customers their primary place of residence, Centrelink recipients beaten with nonsense insurance policies, and large institutions charging clients’ for advice they did not receive. It’s the poor choices of some that ruin the reputation for all involved. These matters are not acceptable and fail to meet the standards we accept as a community. We have an expectation of those in the industry, to act in a way that does not detriment the consumer. The hope is to implement a firmer range of penalties for such misconduct, which is critical to minimising the fraudulent activity and unacceptable actions of individuals and their associated organisations.

Most of the large banks have their own set of issues that the Royal Commission is investigating, but is this too little, too late for the consumer? And what does it mean for your financial adviser? The rules surrounding the financial services industry are certainly a lot tougher since the GFC and collapse of certain advice firms over the years. However any adviser, especially those associated with these largely named institutions have a lot of work ahead, even despite meticulously dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s to ensure client best interest. What does it mean for the average person? My answer is that you, the consumer, need to pay greater attention to what you are being charged for and why.

If you have any financial product (e.g. bank account, mortgage, managed fund, superannuation investment or insurance policy) ask more questions about the fees, pros and cons for the product, and do your research. Utilise the general knowledge of your accountant. Whilst an accountant usually cannot provide specific advice, most of us have a very good eye for detail; higher than average financial literacy; and an active interest in your best needs. Most of us have the ability to source additional supporting data and facts to help you make informed decisions. If you are a victim of misconduct in the financial services industry, submissions can be lodged until 28 September 2018 to the Royal Commission. An online form is available to assist: https:// royalcommissionwebform. 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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Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

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

The pugilistic Ex PM, Tony Abbott, was never short of a pithy slogan. For him, two words – fear and greed – anchor Australians’ attitudes towards China. If these two emotional touch points do grip the psyche, I’m still not entirely convinced that they explain why China remains a big blind spot for regional economic institutions and strategic policy priorities. Whatever the reasons we need to overcome the hesitancy before it’s too late.

CASE IN POINT A case in point is the region’s strategic posture towards the China market when it comes to tourism development. As I have lamented before, the present Tourism Destination Plan curated and promoted by the region’s peak tourism body, Townsville Enterprise, barely says anything about China. Indeed, China rates a mention only as an “emerging market”. This Destination Plan has ‘guided’ strategic efforts for the past few years. The evidence is well and truly in. International visitation numbers to Townsville have flat-lined (and that’s generous), and a failure to capture a reasonable market share of the flood of Chinese visitors in that time is one of the main reasons for this flaccid performance. China’s not an “emerging market”, it’s now the single largest source of visitors to Australia. IT’S NOT TOO LATE Townsville Enterprise is now going through a round of industry consultation as it begins to prepare a new Destination Plan. Whether


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China features prominently remains to be seen. I’ve put in my two cents’ worth at a recent workshop, and hope that the draft priorities of Europe and Singapore are substantially augmented by the inclusion of a serious commitment to the Chinese-speaking world. There’s little to fear except fear itself, to borrow from John F. Kennedy. And so it is with placing China at the heart of a regional tourism strategy. Linguistic and cultural differences aren’t good enough reasons to have such a large market placed on the peripheries of our strategic vision. These differences have certainly not deterred a growing number of Chinese from visiting Australia over the past decade. NEW APPROACHES Successfully positioning the region’s travel potential to a Chinese audience requires new approaches that blend old-fashioned ‘on the ground’ presence with a big dose of digital technology. Reaching a China audience in a cluttered media landscape requires more than a generic

Tourism Australia advertising campaign. These kinds of campaigns necessarily focus at a much broader level, emphasising iconic national symbols and places rather than the intricacies of particular experiences and locations. This is even more the case when we are talking about a regional destination that presently has no direct airline inter-connectivity to China. The last near-direct link (to and from Hong Kong via Port Morseby) was recently canned, most likely for want of sustainable patronage. This was hardly surprising when such initiatives need to be buttressed by a serious, coordinated suite of institutional and infrastructure actions to build and sustain patronage. Without such commitments, unknown routes will struggle for traction. Infrastructure actions mean supporting the scaling up of accommodation initiatives that can house growing patronage to the region. International flights aren’t chicken feed to run, and that means having consistent numbers of bums on seats. These bums ultimately


need beds, without which there’s hardly a comprehensive offer for people to fly somewhere, let alone stay somewhere. International airlines also look to airports for good deals. After all, the airlines are making substantial capital commitments to open up new routes and are looking at all possible avenues to enhancing their bottom line. Globally, airports work overtime to provide an edge to attracting and keeping new plane traffic. A whole-of-region approach is needed to establish a real presence in target markets, and to place the regional opportunity on top of the agenda of Chinese travellers, travel operators, infrastructure players and airlines. This means in-country efforts that involve a permanent and active presence in targeted markets. Infrequent ‘sister city’ delegations are no longer enough. PROPOSAL 1: BRICKS & MORTAR The region must have a permanent presence in China. That’s the ‘bricks and mortar’ beachhead working everyday to grow audiences, raise and consolidate awareness, build credibility, and establish distribution partnerships to convert audience into patronage. Where exactly would you start? China’s sheer scale can be daunting. My suggestion is to start with established relationships; that means our sister cities of Foshan and Changshu. Foshan is a City of 3.9 million on the edges of Guangzhou (population 14m). They are in the heart of the Pearl River Delta, in which the 9 major cities have a combined

population of 65.1m people. The Delta was a leader in China’s economic development and continues to be at the forefront of innovation and growth. Hong Kong and Guangzhou airports offer the most convenient anchor points for departing travellers from this region. Changshu is a smaller city (a little over 1m persons), and is located about an hour north of Shanghai (pop. 24m). These cities sit at the water’s edge of the Yangtze River Delta, which has a population of 200m or thereabouts. These are beachheads, which can turn periodic ‘nice to have’ Sister City interactions into genuine ‘must have’ economic gateways. They require commitment, perseverance and resourcing. As residents are rightly concerned about accountability of such activities, a transparent strategic plan coupled with independent governance is non-negotiable. Published performance expectations and evaluations should be par for the course. PROPOSAL 2: VIRTUAL REALITY Chinese consumers are increasingly sophisticated when it comes to digital interactions. Combining ‘bricks and mortar’ infrastructure and experience with digitalised environments is the new frontier of retailing in China. Virtual reality and digital gamification need to feature in any ‘bricks and mortar’ strategy. Chinese retailers are integrating the virtual with the analogue using technologies like ‘magic mirrors’ enabling consumers to ‘try’ in store and via their smart devices. Digital ecosystem building

can also contribute to consolidating long term relationships between the region and visitors, with opportunities to expand offerings and grow referrals and re-visits over time. PROPOSAL 3: PAYMENTS ECOSYSTEM Alibaba’s Australian CEO recently observed that, “there are already around 10,000 retailers and attractions in Australia that use Alipay purely focused on Chinese visitors. The second they arrive in Sydney, they can open the app, see what stores are around and collect coupons and promotions to use in stores like Chemist Warehouse and Kathmandu.” This tells us of the importance of integration into digital payments ecosystems. Not only can this enable the capture of pre-committed expenditure but also offers the potential to secure retailing interest once visitors are in town. A ‘smart city’ is one that has a seamless digital payments architecture that integrates with major ecosystems like Alipay and WeChat Pay. (Here’s an interesting factoid, as an aside: WeChat now has over 1 billion monthly users … yep, that’s billion with a ‘B’.) Don’t do this piecemeal; this must be a concerted ‘whole of region’ initiative led by the City; payments integration backbone infrastructure is a public good. Easy participation for local businesses in massive digital ecosystems is a priority if we are serious about participating in this new frontier of economic opportunity.

PROPOSAL 4: IN-MARKET LEARNING Understanding customers and their evolving needs is central to being able to serve them well. The ‘bricks and mortar’ talked about earlier is not just to grow presence and audience; it is critical infrastructure for local industry participants to immerse themselves in the target markets. Information exchange is a two-way street. Tourism sector participants should be encouraged to spend time in the target markets, not only promoting what they do but deepening their understanding of the market’s dynamics and consumers’ evolving interests and passions. NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT Other cities and regions around the country and the world for that matter are working creatively and overtime to build pipelines to facilitate Chinese patronage growth. North Queensland is primed for this new tourism audience, as it is replete with Nature’s gifts … from the Reef, to the hinterland and outback, we’ve got most bases covered. What’s needed is a commitment to new strategies that focus on building market presence, establishing distribution channels and integration with digital experiential and payments ecosystems. These are the critical building blocks that can complement a wholeof-region commitment to growing accommodation infrastructure and create a wholistic strategy to expanding Chinese visitations and repeat visitations.

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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 came up with the innovative business named Scott & Trent’s Lawn Mowing Services. Straight to the computer we did 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. So we organised a time for the next weekend and began dreaming about how we were going to each spend our $15 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 nor the wear and tear of this to our parents. We even had some clients who let us use their equipment (and fuel!). This experience provided me with some great memories and life lessons I’ve carried on in my career to this day. Back then we just called it a job. Nowadays it’s called a ‘Side Hustle’ and it’s surprising many more people don’t do it. Your Side Hustle is as much about earning a few extra dollars as it is about getting a taste for working for yourself. It’s also an exceptional way to work on a past-time you’re passionate about and doesn’t make huge financial sense.

As long as it’s not a financial drain, of course. Examples of Side Hustles include: Freelancing (graphic design; IT work; computer programming); having an online shop; getting actual casual employment or even putting in a little more effort into your hobbies and heading to the local markets. It’s about putting your spare time to work for you and 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. 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 lose?

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CHANGING THE STUDY STORY THE PROBLEM WITH HOW WE LOOK AT STUDY In the past couple of weeks I have had the great fortune to talk to many different people at all stages in their career and learning. There has been a resounding similarity in theme. • I am scared that I am not prepared • I have let myself down in the past • If I fail that is it • I don’t have the time and flexibility People that have lost their jobs and despite significant experience, have no qualifications and are competing with many others in similar positions. Senior school students pressured and consumed with anxiety and depression that a QCE exam and their OP will make or break their prospects.


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Parents sick with worry for their children confused with the ever increasing options and challenges that they themselves didn’t have to go through, worried that they don’t know enough to help them. Passionate people with hopes of their own tied geographically to their partners careers and not sure how to bring opportunities about.

CHANGE THE LENS Why do we do this to ourselves, and those we love? Considering the fact that jobs are evolving at a more rapid rate than ever before, to make sure that we are setting ourselves onto a path of lifelong learning and reinvention. So we need to make sure that we enjoy it and becomes just something we are always doing.

We want to, no need to change the message to: • I love to learn and grow • There is always more than one way • Change and growth is in my DNA If you are not in the Education or Vocational Education and Training industry, knowing what is out there and what is the best way to start to change this message can be hard. This is what I told my daughters, a year 12 student and a year 10 student this month. It doesn’t matter where you are and it doesn’t matter where you end or how your get there. Run your own race.


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The ability to develop, adapt and keep growing is essential. However it’s not insurmountable. Whether it is formal or informal online, virtual, face to face or coaching there are so many different ways to consider. When you lighten up and realise that nothing is ever set in stone and there are many pathways when it comes to education and development it is far easier to put it in perspective and enjoy doing it.





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Cast a wide net and know it doesn’t matter if you have to throw it out a couple of times – try again or choose a different spot. Concerned about the OP? There are more pathways and opportunities to UNI such as doing a Diploma at School or using a Diploma for Credits towards a degree. Have a lot of experience and no qualifications? No problem. There are ways such as Recognition of Prior Learning that you can use to gain that piece of paper to help get that next job.

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JCU: MAKE LIFE MATTER Returning to university has boosted Susan Muirhead’s confidence and reignited her passion for study. The Master of Nursing student decided to return to university after extensive experience working as a nurse, including in the very remote areas of the outer islands of the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Susan studies part-time online, which gives her the ability to set her own routine and set aside time around work and family. “You have the flexibility to do it at your own pace, which makes it quite manageable and it’s very rewarding,” she says. “If I can do it then anyone can do it. It’s about having the belief that you can and being prepared to put in the effort.” Ahead of beginning her studies, Susan formed a plan for success that was built on clear focus and self-belief. “You need to be quite disciplined in study,” she says. “From week one, I put in at least one hour each night into study, which I do after I put the kids to bed.

On the weekend, I spend a couple of hours each day studying.” Susan was no stranger to education and further study, having worked as a rural and remote nurse educator as well as having completed a Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary

Education. “The Master’s degree adds that extra bit of credibility,” she says. “At the stage I am at now with my career, it has helped me in having the confidence to speak up and act on issues that I’m quite passionate about.” The postgraduate course has stimulated Susan’s interest in the academic side of nursing. She has strong experience in the profession, having completed general nurse and midwifery training by 1993, and gaining immunisation and rural and isolated practice qualifications by 1999. By selecting a major in leadership and management, Susan says she now feels more skilled to translate evidence into practice. Susan’s time at university shows that it is possible to successfully balance family, work and study commitments — and have fun. “For me it’s just been really enjoyable,” she says. “I’ve really enjoyed the learning and networking with the other students and the lecturers. I really feel a sense of belonging.” CONNECT NOW

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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING: LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications offered in Townsville Catholic schools are laying the foundation for a skilled workforce of tomorrow. Catholic secondary schools in North Queensland offer a range of quality, meaningful and authentic VET programs to students alongside regular subjects. Townsville Catholic Education VET Coordinator, Trent Engel, believes VET qualifications are valued by students, parents and employers. “Studying a VET qualification as part of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) is a smart choice,” Trent said. “VET qualifications contribute points towards the QCE and are nationally recognised. They provide applied learning that is hands-on, work based, and build knowledge and skills needed to kick start a students’ future.” Recent reports reveal that VET qualifications will meet the skilling requirements of seven of the 10 fastest growing jobs. Additionally, skill level projections to 2022 forecast that 66 per cent of jobs will require high school and/or VET qualifications.

“This data indicates that employment outcomes for VET graduates are strong, and this will continue on an upward trend into the future,” Trent said. The uptake of VET across the 10 Catholic secondary schools in the region is continuing to rise. 57 per cent of Year 12 students completed one or more VET qualifications in 2017. Numerous schools have state-ofthe-art facilities and equipment that replicate what is found in industry. Students can complete a wide range of VET qualifications on campus at school, in the areas of health, community services, early childhood, construction, engineering, automotive, business, hospitality and tourism, music, fitness, sport and recreation and information technology. Contact our Catholic secondary schools to find out what VET options are available. Visit


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Breanne Herrod Graduate Columba Catholic College Charters Towers I completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology at the local Dalrymple Trade Training Centre (DTTC) in Charters Towers in Year 12. I’m currently in my second year of my four year apprenticeship, and now on my way to completing my Certificate III in Electrotechnology, whereby I will be a fully qualified Electrical Fitter/Mechanic.


CHOOSE THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIFFERENCE Townsville Catholic Education employs more than 2,200 people in a variety of teaching and non-teaching roles throughout schools in an area extending north to Halifax, south to Proserpine and west to Mount Isa.

Amy Webb, Assistant Principal of Pastoral Care at Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa made the move ten years ago and has not looked back. “Starting my teaching career in a remote community like Mount Isa, has provided me with opportunities simply not available to those in

metropolitan areas,” Amy said. “Many graduate teachers begin their career out here, meaning that the schools are well versed in providing support and guidance. It also means that you quickly become considered an experienced teacher and take on extra responsibilities, enhancing your skills and knowledge at a much faster pace.”

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“Moving away from ‘home’ has its challenges, but the charm of a small community is that you get to know so many people, and ultimately, you make friends who become your family. I would highly recommend living and working in a remote location for any graduate teacher.” Catholic Education is thriving across the Townsville Diocese, with enrolments continuing to increase each year. This points to a bright future for the organisation, making it even more attractive as a career move.

BELOW L-R: Senan Keating – Deputy Principal (Administration/Curriculum), Nicole Dalla Vecchia – Assistant Principal (Religious Education), Peter Scott – Principal and Amy Webb – Assistant Principal (Pastoral) from Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa


Catholic Education not only gives children a great start in life, it also provides an opportunity for an exciting career. Teachers within Townsville Catholic Education have a well defined career structure with opportunities for formal and informal leadership at all levels, supported by experienced people within the school as well as in the Townsville Catholic Education Office. Many graduate teachers begin their careers within Townsville Catholic Education in locations outside of the main metropolitan area.



RYAN CATHOLIC COLLEGE Celebrating 40 years of service by welcoming state-of-the-art facilities. In 2019, Ryan Catholic College will celebrate 40 years of service to the Townsville community, and the milestone will be commemorated with the opening of a $5.95 million state-ofthe-art science facility and library. As Townsville’s largest Catholic college, Ryan provides a faith-based education from prep to year 12 on two campuses, inspiring students to become the best that they possibly can be. The college community is eagerly awaiting the new facilities. According to Belinda Coombe, Curriculum Leader for Senior Science, the new science rooms are no ordinary school labs, with staff extensively involved in the unique and innovative architectural design.


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“Enter into our labs and you will no longer see the long fixed benches arranged in parallel lines with a teacher’s bench in the front of the classroom,” Belinda said. “Five new purpose-built labs have been designed around the demands in the new Queensland Senior Syllabus to be introduced next year.”

physics lab has additional long benches for set up of wave tanks and laser lights.

“Each lab will have unique features for each subject area but still be flexible for any junior science class. “

“Teachers will be able to use their laptops anywhere in the room. Document cameras in each of the new labs allow instant visual access to demonstrations for students at the back of the classroom.”

For example, one of the biology labs is specifically designed to meet standards for microbiology work, with fully moulded stainless steel benches. The chemistry lab has extra gas taps and facilities to complete distillations and additional heating practicals and the

“The labs offer fully flexible teaching arrangements, allowing the teacher to facilitate learning from any point in the classroom, catering for a variety of teaching opportunities,” Belinda said.

“Classes can also move outdoors with an undercover area which includes large, flat surfaces for motion experiments.”




The new Ryan Catholic College Library will be an iconic building that provides students and staff with a modern and flexible learning environment. “We have designed a learning hub for the Ryan Catholic College community to allow staff and students to collaborate, share and communicate,” Claire Swift, Head of Library Services said. Spaces within the Library include a dedicated senior zone, where students in their final years of schooling can study independently and collaboratively, a quiet reading lounge where classes can engage with literature in a peaceful environment and open-plan bookshelves with reading nooks to take advantage of the abundant natural light.

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KIRWAN HIGH‌ A SCHOOL FOR EVERYBODY Kirwan High prides itself on being a school for everybody. This goes beyond the school welcoming students from all walks of life, family circumstances and cultural backgrounds. It also means that every student can achieve greatness and become outstanding in any area they choose. All staff within the school have a shared belief that students are part of a worldwide network of learners. To support this, the school has forged a diverse array of partnerships with local, national and global universities, industries and schools. This gives students the opportunity to apply specialist skills and knowledge in real world contexts. Recently, the school sent two staff to collaborate with JCU Singapore to further develop partnerships that will support Vocational Education and Training (VET) students from Kirwan High to engage in programs at the University and in other parts of Singapore. JCU Singapore is renowned for their Business and Hospitality programs, which embed a strong


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international focus. Taking Vocational Education students to JCU Singapore sends a very clear message to all VET students that their careers can be just as global, just as exciting and just as rewarding as students in the tertiary pathway. Kirwan High is accredited as an International School with educational offerings of a world class standard. Recently, students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training pathway subjects have gained National attention. Our Vocational Student achievements are acknowledged regularly, with 7 students nominated for Regional, Queensland and State awards so far this year. One of these students, Jestine Llewelyn was selected to represent Queensland

at the 2018 National World Skills VETiS Cookery Competition in Sydney and was also the State winner of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Award for cooking. This is a great start in a career for the 16 year old. Vocational Education subjects deliver practical workplace specific skills and knowledge in a wide range of careers and industries. Kirwan High offers Certificates in a variety of areas including Health, Business, Engineering, Events, Fitness, Sport and Hospitality. Students graduating with a Certificate III in any of these areas are provided with options to continue to Higher Education or proceed into work.



Kirwan High has teaching staff who have industry experience and are constantly in conversation with employers to provide high quality, industry focused Vocational Education. Kirwan High partners with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in North Queensland in order to deliver excellent outcomes to students. Queensland is well known for its leisure destinations and natural environment and this lends the area to provide excellent training in Tourism, Hospitality and Events. North Queensland is also Australia’s gateway to Asia. This gateway now links Kirwan High in its partnership with JCU Singapore supporting graduates to gain exposure and success at an international level. Hospitality is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, and as a leading tourist destination, Singapore is a great place to study. The global opportunities for employment are excellent and well-trained professionals will be highly sought after in the future. As well as international partnerships, Kirwan High develops affiliations with past graduates and local businesses. Mark and Michael Brine from Touch of Salt – a multi award winning casual

fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Townsville City, is another great partnership in the Tourism sector. Executive Chef Michael is well known to students at Kirwan High as a regular visitor to the school’s commercial kitchen. Michael brings his worldwide experiences, techniques and creativity to workshops held at the school, most recently joining students in experiencing the smells and visual delights of Chinese Foshan Master Chefs visiting Townsville. The commercial kitchen gives students a real life taste of a working kitchen so they are well prepared to enter the workforce.


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‘James Cook University in Singapore has had a long term association with Kirwan State High School. Our partnership with Kirwan High is a major plank of our collaboration with Townsville.’ JCU Singapore

Kirwan High believes that all students are part of a worldwide community of learners and graduate as citizens of the world. Kirwan High provides students with local, national and international experiences and skills that help them achieve their potential and advance in their chosen field. Kirwan High Vocational Education graduates are young people with exceptional skills, a very strong work ethic and a genuine desire to make a difference in the world.

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EDUCATION FOR A GLOBAL FUTURE Inspiring and challenging global education is necessary for creating an innovative future in our ever-changing world. Thuringowa State High School is forging ahead with the establishment of the Global Tropics Future Project (GTF); a unique association between the Department of Education and James Cook University (JCU). Thuringowa State High School (GTF) Deputy Principal Wendy Bode can’t speak highly enough of this alliance, designed to deliver enrichment education opportunities and boost engagement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for students in years 5 to 9 across North Queensland. “In preparing our students to meet the increasing demands of STEM graduates in the workforce, the GTF project provides opportunities for like-minded students to develop their 21st century skills and become future problem


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solvers and critical and creative thinkers,” Wendy said. Students engaged with the GTF Project, collectively known as the Global Tropics Future Young Scholars, are afforded a variety of opportunities including virtual learning through the Queensland Virtual STEM Academy (QVSA), operating from Thuringowa State High School’s campus, as well as participation in face-to-face events with JCU and industry partners. Principal Grant Dale said students are able to build a portfolio of learning experiences based on their interests and aspirations. “The QVSA utilises an online, virtual platform to connect North Queensland students and experts, while courses

are designed to enable students to collaborate with university and industry experts to solve 21st century STEM challenges such as the Mining Innovation and Trop House Innovation Grand Challenges,” he explained. “iSTEM is Thuringowa SHS’s signature program and is the first school to implement it in Queensland. The curriculum is centred on deep learning and because it has been developed through partnerships with JCU and industry, it really supports authenticity, currency and innovation of learning experiences.” Recently announced as state finalists for Education Queensland’s most prestigious awards; The Showcase Award for Excellence in Industry

Partnerships and The Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education, the Thuringowa SHS community are very much looking forward to the winners being announced at the end of October.

“Tropical and North Queensland is such a well-placed location to bring together the school, university, industry and community sectors to create a model for expanding global educational outcomes,” Grant stated.

Thuringowa State High School’s STEM achievements also include being the first school in Queensland to compete in the National Mars Rover Competition and being placed fourth in Australia, being awarded an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant and also the CSIRO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Science Award.

“With the vision and drive to achieve improvements in education outcomes and workforce participation in Tropical and North Queensland, the GTF project at Thuringowa State High School is leading the way.”

“The program really allows you to reinvent yourself and be prepared for living in the future,” said Declan, a GTF Young Scholar. “STEM makes up most of the career choices of the 21st century and it’s refreshing to know there are people out there who enjoy doing the same things that I do.”



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EDUCATION DESIGNED FOR GIRLS Every aspect of life at St Patrick’s College is centred around empowering girls. “This is what defines us as an all-girls school,” said Ms Paulina Skerman, Principal of St Patrick’s College Townsville. “Our girls are challenged to do more and be more than they ever thought was possible, in an environment that is free from distraction and promotes self-concept.” “Our College ethos is based on the story of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Catherine was a woman with ambition and compassion, who set out to push boundaries in the creation of a fairer society. We strive to live out Catherine’s mission in providing our girls with a learning community that builds confidence and resilience, develops intelligence and empowers them to make a difference in their world.” St Patrick’s College offers an education that is designed especially for girls – from the location of the school on the Strand beachfront, through to the


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aesthetics of the campus, the pastoral care program and the expert teaching team who endorse a growth-mindset and value entrepreneurial thinking. “In an all-girls school, girls hold every leadership position, they develop confidence and feel comfortable to challenge, extend, create and innovate. “This year we launched The Start-Up, a two-year subject that will see our students identify a community, social, environmental or global need and develop a solution using entrepreneurism and design-thinking processes. “This subject is an example of how we can use curriculum to develop a futures-focused skill set to equip our girls to shape a future, rather than simply fitting into the future. “Research tells us that young people will need transferable skills to flourish

in a global workplace. Therefore our focus is on building transferable skills in the classroom, on the sports field, in performance, through immersive learning, through industry connections, through community outreach, through spirituality and real world experiences.” CONNECT NOW StParticksCollegeTownsville St Patrick’s College 45 The Strand Townsville 4753 0300



“We have employed a full time Technology Integrator who works with our teachers to introduce and integrate these exciting learning opportunities into the classroom. “We know that our children will enter the secondary environment where technology will only become an increasingly prevalent tool in their learning, so they must be well prepared, confident and creative users of the technology available. Teachers from Prep through to year 6 are integrating this technology in a balanced way so as to develop age-appropriate skills, whilst teaching responsibility of use. The Principal of St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand, Mr Timothy Ham said the school was thrilled to recently stage a Tech Expo to demonstrate the range of technology that is being used in classrooms from Prep to Year 6. “The expo was a fantastic way to showcase the exciting and innovative technology that we are using to engage and inspire young learners,” said Mr Ham. “Technology is no longer a teaching aid or an option; it is embedded in every facet of learning in age appropriate ways.

“Our students are using a range of devices and technology that enhance traditional teaching methods whilst building 21st century skills. Through technology such as virtual and augmented reality, coding, programming and games-based learning through programs such as Minecraft, our students are building real-world skills including problemsolving, critical thinking and creativity.

“Finding this balance with technology both in the classroom and at home is key, and we are committed to ensuring our young learners develop their skills and responsibilities to prepare them for what will be a globally-focused future.” CONNECT NOW St Joseph’s Catholic School 6 Fryer Street North Ward 4772 1973

“Our role as educators in the primary years is to effectively integrate technology into the learning space in a way that enhances the educational experience, develops digital skills and creates confident users of technology.

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A recent Tech Expo demonstrated the exciting technology being used to engage and inspire.



A CLASS OF THEIR OWN The tale of an unsung hero is a good read in any genre. No less this short story about the group of dedicated Northern Beaches locals who go above and beyond to make sure their community’s school is functioning at its highest level at all times. As far as Principal Robin Sprott is concerned, she can’t sing the praises of the Northern Beaches State High School support staff enough. “From our professional, patient, welcoming and knowledgeable office staff who provide the best care to parents, students, staff and members of the community, to our perfectionist, environmentally-conscious grounds staff; I’m so proud to work alongside all of them,” Robin said. “The majority of the support staff live in our community and see the school as ‘their school’ and take great pride in our success as well as the students’ accomplishments and wellbeing.”


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Since Northern Beaches SHS opened its gates to facilitate the secondary schooling of Townsville’s outer northern suburbs 21 years ago, it has more than fulfilled its ambitions of becoming a ‘school for the 21st century’. Its modern infrastructure, forwardthinking curriculum and extra-curricular activities and of course, well-appointed staff have all been instrumental in allowing them to achieve their collective academic goals for the community. Robin said the staff cares about everyone and strive every day to go that extra mile. “Our teacher aides and lab assistants are the best in the business; they’re professional, caring and most of all, experienced,” she stated. “The school’s business managers keep us running with their precise

and innovative ideas and our building manager is an absolute perfectionist! He is so caring and wants the best for our cleaners, students and staff, providing us with the best value for money while producing an outstanding product. I really couldn’t ask for a better team.” Contact Northern Beaches SHS’s office for an enrolment appointment or tour of our campus. CONNECT NOW NorthernBeachesSHS Northern Beaches State High School Meranti Street, Deeragun 4751 7111

Classrooms without walls Not all classrooms have four walls. In fact, some of the best learning takes place when students are outside of their normal environment and challenged to face totally new experiences. The Outdoor Education program at The Cathedral School takes all students from Year 2 to Year 10 on an annual camp into some of the most beautiful environments in North Queensland and provides reallife learning that would never occur in the classroom. While sailing on a tall ship, hiking through the rainforest or kayaking along a waterway, students learn to face their fears, challenge themselves and trust their mates.

They learn that they can abseil down a cliff face, if they just follow the safety guidelines and have faith in themselves. They learn that it is better to work together than go it alone, and that they can survive adversity, and grow stronger through it. They learn that they can live without technology or junk food for days at a time, and actually enjoy it! Students return from their Outdoor Education camp with a better understanding of themselves, their peers and the natural environment. And they have had some of the best experiences of their lives!

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SUBURB: Pimlico AKA: Panga I’M RENOWNED FOR: Always smiling. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… that the Palm Island group beats the Whitsundays hands down. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… taking a month to do the Trans-Siberian Express. Was also able to sneak in a trip to North Korea. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… in the Daintree setting up a wellness retreat. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Wednesday. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE: Cultural and societal norms. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… after completing school, going on an around Australia trip with my best mate and getting stuck in Carnarvon for six months because our car broke down and we ran out of money. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: The Wayward Franklins. MY MOTTO IS: What you see is not all there is.

SUBURB: Kirwan AKA: Nettie, though my dad called me Spindleshanks. I’M RENOWNED FOR: Talking lots. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… that I belong to the Townsville Folk and International Dance Group and love dancing. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… the North Island of New Zealand by car visiting glow worm caves, thermal springs, Hot Water Beach and up to Russell to watch the Tall Ships sailing in the Bay of Islands. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… right where I am now. Enjoying our spring sunshine because I hate cold weather. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Any day spending time with my grandson. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE WAS: My father. He instilled a strong work ethic in me, a love of classical music and a strong sense of family. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… many years ago when my children were still living at home, I returned home after work to a locked house. I walked into my bedroom when a hand from under the bed grabbed my leg. It was my son playing a practical joke on me. Scared me half to death but I saw the funny side of it. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Piers Lane at the 2017 Australian Festival of Chamber Music. MY MOTTO IS: Keep smiling at people. It means so much and costs so little.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Eventually by Tame Impala SHOP Entropy EAT Pizza and peanut butter DRINK Milkshake

MY FAVOURITE SONG Dance Me To The End Of Love by Leonard Cohen SHOP Any dress shop EAT Fruit, fruit and more fruit DRINK Chai tea, coffee, water


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At DUO, we love introducing you to the people of our community. This month meet four Volunteer Pyjama Angels from The Pyjama Foundation. If you have four people from your workplace who’d like to be featured, just send an email to:





SUBURB: Rosslea AKA: Scotty I’M RENOWNED FOR: Making the best shortbread. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… I drive a school bus Monday to Friday. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… Luxor – The Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun’s tomb. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… Younger, so I can do it all over again. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Thursday! We have our grandsons over for dinner/ sleepover. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE: My wife Janice. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… I was asked by two young boys for my autograph… they thought I was the Scottish Football Captain. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Prince Charles at the opera. MY MOTTO IS: Surge and steadfast

SUBURB: Kirwan AKA: Steph I’M RENOWNED FOR: My cooking, especially sweets. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… “Pricey for breakfast… 4TOFM!” MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… tripping around New Zealand with my family when I was 17. It opened my eyes to what a diverse and beautiful country New Zealand is. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on the Sunshine Coast holidaying with my family. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Friday. The weekend stretches ahead! THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE: My parents. Without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… when my cat gate crashed my job interview! I was at home being interviewed via Skype and halfway through a very detailed answer, my cat decided it would be a good idea to jump onto the table to investigate. She walked right in front of the camera so I had to pause mid flow, apologise to the interview panel, then put her back on the floor. I was mortified but fortunately the interviewers thought it was hilarious. I must have handled it okay because I ended up being offered the job! SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Corey Parker and Ben Hunt (Brisbane Broncos players) at Red Hill a few days before the 2015 NRL Grand Final.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Disco Inferno by the Tramps SHOP Coles EAT Haggis DRINK Balvennie Single Malt

MY FAVOURITE SONG Amazing Day by Coldplay SHOP Renegade Handmade EAT Spaghetti bolognese DRINK Lemon, lime and bitters

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Rachael Fanning shares some favourite things and her exciting plans to travel and work in the fashion industry.



I was born and bred in Townsville and have lived here for all of my life. My passions in life are traveling, food and sewing. I love to travel and sew as much as possible. Myself and my boyfriend George are moving overseas to live in London for two years where we can live out our dream of eating and traveling all over Europe. I have currently finished a certificate in dressmaking and pattern cutting and hope to gain more skills in London to achieve my dream of being in the fashion industry.

my favourite. I can always match them with my outfits and they are quite comfy too. 5. A TREASURED ITEM: A necklace I bought in Greece which is rose gold with a crown and mati (Greek Eye). And a rose gold ring my three best friends bought for me, I wear them both everyday.


absolute classic that I think everyone should read.

Santorini would be my absolute favourite destination! It looked just like the pictures and had the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen. Also Mystery Island in Vanuatu, it had the most beautiful beach and water. 2. THE DRINK I LOVE: My drink right now is an Amaretto Sour, I love the sweetness and sour taste to it. Also any cocktail that has lychee in. 3. A FASHION DESIGNER WHOSE STYLE REALLY SUITS ME: Carla

Zampatti, she is someone I really look up to in terms of fashion design and I absolutely love her style. She creates collections that are effortless, classy and always have something different.

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4. SHOES I’D LOVE TO OWN OR ADMIRE: Tony Bianco wedges are

6. A MUSIC GENRE AND/OR ARTIST I LOVE: My music taste is

quite diverse, I love all of 90s and 2000s RnB. Also, Adele, Madonna and Abba. 7. A BOOK THAT AFFECTED ME WAS… To Kill A Mocking Bird is an


I’m not really a car person but I would love a small car like an Audi A1. 9. IF I WORE A HAT: My vintage style boater hat that I found in a St Vincent de Paul shop in Melbourne. Or a fascinator! I am obsessed and have to get a new one each time I go to any race day. 10. THE LINGERIE LABEL I LOVE:

‘Lazy Girl Lingerie’ is an Australian lingerie label that’s all made in Queensland. They’re all custom designs and are very unique. 11. FAVOURITE PERFUME: Lady Million is my go-to and I’ve been wearing it for years. I love the classic, elegance with a hint of edge to it.

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DUO Magazine September 2018  

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

DUO Magazine September 2018  

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