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gcm FROM THE EDITOR The only way to move forward is to look back, if only briefly. The truth of this statement came to me as I interviewed model, TV presenter and now author Chloe Maxwell for our Year In Review feature (see page 22). Chloe was explaining the process of writing her book Living with Max which details the at times, rocky journey of raising her autistic son Max with husband Mat Rogers. As she spoke, I could see in her beautiful brown, almond-shaped eyes that writing this book wasn’t just about helping out other parents in a similar situation to her own, the book had given Chloe the means to indulge in the much-needed process of evaluation. By reliving the “ah” moments in her son’s short life, Chloe could look at her situation with clarity and gain a fresh perspective. The power of hindsight if you like. In magazine land, nothing demands a hefty dose of perspective like the November/December issue. The nostalgia of another year gone was impossible to ignore as we wrapped up this issue so we invited a few special Gold Coasters to share their reflections in Year in Review. We also secured an exclusive photo shoot with television’s lady of the moment and our cover girl for this issue, Sonia Kruger (read my interview with her on page 18) and snuck a few new pages into the mix (see our montage to street style on page 54 and On the Grapevine, page 118). I couldn’t sign off another year without expressing my sincere thanks to the immensely creative and supportive folk who work hard every issue, to make GCM what it is today. From the cover stars (Anthea Page, Mick Fanning, Avril Alexander, Randall Deer and Eva Downey) to our devoted publisher, Maria Gambaro, our immensely talented photography team at Aleece Young and every contributor who has gratuitously allowed us to publish a little piece of themselves within our pages. Our team is so proud of this city; the people, the places and the passion (read Kirra Smith’s Cruise Control on page 32 to see a snippet of this) and we look forward to sharing homegrown talent and celebrating this vibrant, everchanging city with you again in 2013.

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b ehind the scenes The Location: Thanks to our pristine environment, our team is spoilt for choice when it comes to photo-shoot locations. Any beach on the Coast will look a million dollars as a backdrop, however, when we found out we were shooting Sonia Kruger for this issue we knew the only place to capture one of Australia’s most recognisable faces like she had never been seen before, was at a secret quarry located in Currumbin. The Subject: Sonia arrived looking show-stopping in leather shorts and laced-up tan wedges, however, the heels were quickly kicked off as we made our way through the mud to the location. It was dirty, it was dusty and the afternoon wind wreaked havoc on her hair, but Sonia was the perfect professional and didn’t complain once (even with an eyeful of silt). The Highlights: Despite the blustery conditions, the whole team had a blast. Sonia had us in stiches as she showed us her favourite modelling poses. It took an entourage of 11 and just a few hours before we called it a wrap and had Sonia off to her next appointment.

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Relive a legendary classic at Birch Carroll & Coyle Pacific Fair Cinemas. Claiming 10 Academy Awards, the film follows a beautiful but selfish woman of luxury through the Civil War and reconstruction, and the lengthy love affair she has with a handsome, mischievous man. Tickets are $28 including drinks and canapés. Book at

The 8th Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held from November 3-11 on the Coast. This year 41 sports will be on the program, from team sports including softball, touch football, soccer, basketball and baseball to individual sports ranging from swimming, athletics, tennis and archery. Find out more at


War stories

On the official closing day of WWI, join Darren Coggan at The Arts Centre for a salute in story and song to the ANZAC spirit. War Stories takes you on an insightful journey into the lives of the Australians behind the lines. For tickets visit



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We’re off and racing with Melbourne Cup fever once again. GCM are heading to Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa for a three-course plated lunch inclusive of wines from Chandon and Cape Mentelle and premium packaged beers, fashion parade, live entertainment, sweepstakes and the race on the big screen. Tickets are $135. Phone 07 5592 9740 to book.

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Sonia Photography: Jess McDonald from Makeup: Mia Hawkswell. Hair: Mia Hawkswell for Kevin Murphy. Styling: Narelle Bouveng from NMedia. Words: Aimee Ley

As far as television hosting gigs go, Sonia Kruger hit the jackpot when she landed the role for Big Brother. Not only did the season of the famed reality television show score the highest ratings since the popular

third season but it also transported the host into

millions of Australian lounge rooms for what she

calls television with “broad appeal”. GCM caught up with Sonia while she was shooting Big Brother on the Coast for an impromptu photo shoot and chat about her Gold Coast roots and what she plans to do with her free time post-BB. If you have been watching Big Brother this year you will know what I mean when I say Sonia Kruger demands your attention. Up on stage in the limelight, with a live audience and 1.6 million Australian viewers tuning in, the 47-year-old actor, entertainer and presenter shines. And it’s not just because she is dressed in silver disco ball-esque Balmain pants. She has this same influence as she wanders into our Currumbin studio on a searing October afternoon for this issue’s cover shoot. Dressed ever-so tastefully in matte black leather shorts, a baby pink printed tank and sky-high tan laced-up wedges, Sonia is as cool as a cucumber despite all eyes now transfixed on her. But it’s hard not to stare.That body (toned from years of dancing no doubt) and that smile; wide and often and always genuine, commands your undivided attention. This presence is just one of the many reasons Sonia has become one of Australia’s most recognised and loved faces. And although she has been entertaining us for over 20 years (yes, Tina Sparkle happened all those years ago), 2012 has proved to be one of her busiest to date as she secured the role of leading lady on the 2012 season of Big Brother and in the same breath took on the role of co-hosting Channel Nine’s new daytime talk show Mornings.

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But Sonia hasn’t been the only one having a big year. 2012 proved to be a hugely successful for Big Brother too. Bigger than any critic could have prophesied. After a change of hands from Channel 10 to Channel Nine, this season was almost a last-chance shot at resuscitating an old Aussie favourite. The producers changed the format of the show (with broader appeal to “make it more appealing to people of all ages from kids to grandparents”), changed up the selection process of the 16 housemates and put Sonia in the hot seat as the leading lady.The combination proved to be electric, with the show receiving record ratings since the third season back in 2003. When Sonia found out she had landed the role of host late last year she knew exactly what she was signing up for. Already an avid fan of the show (she still watches the daily show every night to keep up to date with the housemates), she has followed the progress of the show since its conception in 2001. She was even invited to audition for the host role almost 12 years ago when Channel 10 first picked the show up (at the time she decided not to audition) and she even followed the international versions when she found herself abroad in London. Almost eight months before season nine of Big Brother’s scheduled start date, Sonia was over the moon to land the host role (a demanding task she felt really ready for). However, as the day drew closer, the nerves of presenting a live show started to get the better of her.

perspective. They have bought the show back successfully and I think there was a lot of pressure as people were thinking it wouldn’t work.” So will she will be putting her hand up for season ten in 2013? “Of course,” she says quickly. “I can’t imagine not doing another season of Big Brother. I would like to see it around for a lot longer because it is one of those shows that definitely has a place in Australia.”


“The first night was really, really nerve-racking,” relives Sonia, her voice straining. “When the show was eight months away, I thought ‘Yes, I can do that’. But as it got closer I actually thought about disappearing,” she laughs nervously. “The night before I was convinced that I was going to be able to get through it. Thankfully, the nice thing about live television in Australia is that we don’t expect it to be perfect and we actually prefer it to not be.The audience is very forgiving in that regard.” Whether you like or loathe Big Brother, Gold Coast locals and Queenslanders alike cannot deny the healthy boost the Gold Coast-based production has bought to our local economy.This is a topic especially close to Sonia’s heart. Having grown up south of Brisbane, Sonia spent her childhood and teenage years “at the beach and loving the whole lifestyle” the Gold Coast has to offer. It was only when she started to develop her career 25 years ago that she heard the beckoning call of the big smoke and moved from her family home in Queensland to Sydney. “The Gold Coast is my hometown and it is great to be back working here. Having grown up here and then having to move to Sydney for work, I know how important it is for everyone in Queensland who is interested in the industry to have some local production,” says Sonia. “A production like Big Brother creates hundreds of jobs and it is really good for the Coast.” Filming Big Brother on the Gold Coast has also meant more family time for Sonia whose immediate family is located here. “I don’t get a lot [of spare time while she is on the Coast], but I have come up a day early to make sure I go and see my parents and sister and brother and nephew and nieces. Everyone is up here [on the Coast], but I think they think that if they see you on television for an hour a day, then you are only working for an hour a day,” she laughs. While the production of the two shows is under way, time will continue to be a luxury for Sonia. However, as Big Brother is on for a finite period of time she can see the light at the end of the tunnel. She admits there have been times when she has been so busy and all she wants is a free day to catch up on the laundry, but she wouldn’t trade the opportunities that have come her way in 2012 for quids. “Big Brother has just been so much fun,” says Sonia when asked to reflect on her year. “And such a success from the network’s

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Year in Review


Photography: Jess McDonald from Makeup: Brie Stevenson from Words: Aimee Ley

hloe Maxwell The highlight: Release of her first book Living with Max. The process of writing was quite cathartic for me. It was confronting as I had to relive a lot of memories that weren’t that great. When you go through life and have things thrown at you, you don’t necessarily have a lot of time to process and give the situation perspective. It was cool to look at those situations and realise that this happened because of this and now I have a different perspective on why that happened. At the time you just go through it and survive. Writing this book was like giving birth and now I am not sure if I want anyone to hold the baby. I have been very transparent about a lot of things and sharing the book was something that I had to prepare myself for. My intention was to help people and the only way that I could do this was by being honest and as truthful as I could. If that could help people then that was the way that I had to be. Next year I wouldn’t mind writing another book and also continuing to raise the profile of our charity, 4ASD Kids.

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ourtney Hancock THE HIGHLIGHT: Starting her swimwear range, KOZII COURTZ


This year I’ve been working on getting ready for the Coolangatta Gold, launching my new website and also my new swimwear range KOZII COURTZ.The Coolangatta Gold is the toughest iron woman event on our calendar for the year. I’ve given the last five months of my life training for this event. You’ve got to make sure you do the training.You can’t go underdone otherwise it will not only get you mentally, but physically.You’ll get caught out in this race.You are racing for three and a half hours so you need to focus, concentrate, keep yourself relaxed and not get too much ahead of yourself. For me, I do yoga once a week, I take my dog for a walk or go for a surf. I always make sure I do something in the week prior for myself to clear my mind. In the last half-hour of the Coolangatta Gold you get this sick feeling.You feel like you need to throw up, it’s the lactic acid that starts to flow through your body.That’s when the mind games start.You start saying to yourself “do I really want this?” and you feel like you are carrying bricks. That last half-hour you just have to stay focused.

oNNIE Hancock THE HIGHLIGHT: Having a podium finish in THE Iron Women series at Coolum. It was my first time on the podium in a professional event. At that stage I had a few not so good results and I started questioning whether I wanted to do the sport. I came out and got a second place and it turned my whole mind frame around. From then, I had no doubts and I knew I wanted to keep going.There’s nothing that can compare to that feeling of standing up on the podium. Courtney and I are training five sometimes six hours a day, six days a week so it is pretty intense. There’s a saying “you should never, ever let anyone out train you” and I think that’s so important in our sport. We are pretty competitive, but when it comes to racing, Courtney and I are definitely there for each other. We room together when we travel and we train beside each other. At the moment when Courtney doesn’t have a good race, I’m upset about that as much as she is. I think we’re really lucky we’ve got each other.

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rittany Broben The highlight: won a silver medal in the 10-metre platform dive event at the 2012 London Olympics. When I got to the finals at the Olympics I was extremely nervous. You work for this one competition your whole life and then when it is actually happening, it’s like “this is it”. It is crazy to think about standing on the podium receiving a Silver medal for Australia. I remember closing my eyes and telling myself to remember it because I knew it would be over so fast. With the sport comes the fear and I don’t think there would be a diver in the world that doesn’t have a dive they are scared of. You just get used to it [the fear] and hope for the best that you don’t hurt yourself. I have been training, knowing that I could possibly compete at the 2012 London Olympics, for the past two years. Training entails six days a week, morning and afternoon sessions with school in the middle. My parents have been driving me to Brisbane to train since I was 11. I’m not one of those people who want to dive until they are 30, but I will see how I go. I would love to make the next Olympics, but I always said to myself that if I do well at the 2012 London Olympics I would just stop.You want to go out on a high.

Brittany also took home a bronze medal in the one metre springboard and platform event at the Junior World Championships in October. Swimsuit by White Sands Australia.

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imon Gloftis THE HIGHLIGHT: Opening The Fish House at Burleigh Heads.

I’m half Greek, half Polish and the Greek side of my heritage is the inspiration behind Hellenika and The Fish House. What I love about Greek food is the seafood. It is my first love and if someone took that away from me I wouldn’t know what to eat. I have always wanted to showcase seafood more at Hellenika, although we do sell a lot of fish, but people don’t go there for the whole baked snapper, they go there for the lamb. When you eat seafood, you feel healthy. Nice, clean, fresh flavours.The Fish House will only serve fresh fish flown up daily from Melbourne. I don’t like modern, I don’t like new and I don’t like crisp lines. I think people need to feel comfortable and warm in a restaurant and know straight away that the staff will take care of them.That is the feeling I have fostered at Hellenika and now The Fish House.The view [at The Fish House] is just a bonus. Before The Fish House was created, I spent a couple of months driving from Italy, to the South of France and into Spain and The Fish House will be loosely based on the food found in that region. I do what I like and hopefully there are enough people who enjoy the same thing as me. I am proud to be a part of the growing restaurant scene on the Gold Coast and I believe together we are working in the right direction.

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For the past few years, Gold Coast residents have been embroiled in a seemingly uphill battle over the fate of the Gold Coast seaway. The seaway, The Spit and Wavebreak Island are situated on the Northern Gold Coast, facing the suburb of Main Beach and for many years, several government groups have suggested altering these areas substantially in order to create a cruise ship terminal with the premise of bringing further tourist dollars to the Gold Coast. As recently elected mayor Tom Tate begins to get these plans under way once again, those opposing the construction and what they believe to be the desecration of the area become more vocal in their fight to save The Spit. However, these plans were not dreamt into existence by our current Mayor; they stem from many years of planning from the Queensland Government and have been fought against for just as long. 32 November /December 2012

gcm ISSUES with Kirra Smith In July 2002, the Queensland Government began a preliminary assessment to determine the viability of establishing a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast. Five potential sites were identified – Wavebreak Island, two sites on the Broadwater, an offshore terminal and the end of The Spit. At the time, the end of The Spit was deemed the most suitable area, but more information was needed to determine the ability of large cruise ships to safely navigate the Seaway channel in varying weather conditions. As this was happening, Gecko, the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council, began calling community meetings on Macintosh Island in Main Beach. They had information about potential environmental damage the cruise ship terminal would do if it were built in the proposed areas. Steven Gration, the current president of Save Our Spit Alliance, attended one of these meetings as a Main Beach resident and local surfer and quickly became very vocal on the issue. As word began to spread about the plans, Steve says more locals began to show their support. “Main Beach residents with views of South Straddy uninterrupted were worried about their visual amenity and the value of their property, people who lived in what was left of the single-storey houses around Main Beach who were worried about the traffic, surfers came on board, divers and members of the dive association came on board because the Seaway is one of the best inshore dive sites in the world.” In 2005, with members from across the Gold Coast, Save Our Spit Alliance was formed. Today, Save Our Spit Alliance is a community action group dedicated to voicing the opinions of Gold Coasters who believe building the cruise ship terminal and subsequent casino will be detrimental to the Coast. In 2006, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie scrapped the plans due to concerns raised in an environmental impact study. At the time he said. “We have very strong environmental requirements and those environmental requirements basically indicate we will not be doing anything that will not work economically, financially or environmentally.” It was a win for those opposing the plans. Current Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate was elected in 2012 amid promises to “get the Gold Coast working again”. This vision for the Gold Coast sees him determined to build the cruise ship terminal. He says, “As Mayor, I remain convinced a cruise ship terminal will create jobs, drive investment and lay the foundation for the vibrant, prosperous city we aspire to be”. He says that feedback from cruise operators suggests the time to act is now. “International Cruise Council Australasia reports passenger numbers have almost tripled in the past five years, with annual growth averaging an astonishing 23 per cent. With record numbers opting for cruise holidays, Carnival, Holland America Line and Royal Caribbean have publically endorsed plans for a local terminal. Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry, who I met with in Sydney, said the opportunities are enormous and could inject as much as $1 million per day into the local economy. Fulfilling this election promise will guarantee local businesses a dependable flow of customers, with the spillover benefiting the wider economy.” Save Our Spit, however, don’t agree. “They’ll have to dredge out to sea for up to a kilometre to create a navigational channel safe for cruise ships,” says Steven. “This is a shallow tidal estuary, so for cruise ships to safely navigate they would have had to dredge around 12 metres deep, up to 300 metres wide and perhaps up to a kilometre out to sea.This would mean the desecration of one of the richest dive sites in South-East Queensland.” A 2010 report by Queensland Museum titled ‘Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters’ states that there are over 450 species of marine life in the Seaway including both temperate and tropical fish as well the occasional humpback whale. The report explains that the seaway is the smallest surveyed area of the Moreton Bay precinct, yet it has 33 November / December 2012

gcm ISSUES with Kirra Smith the most diverse range of marine life, making it a world-class dive site. It is for this reason that dive instructors are opposed to the change. The dredging may also affect the surf at South Stradbroke Island, a break that attracts some of the world’s best surfers along with passionate locals and international visitors. The Gold Coast is known across the world as a premium surfing destination and this title brings with it many international visitors.The wave at South Stradbroke is known as one of the top 10 in Australia and as such, pro surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Mark Occhilupo have spoken out against the destruction of The Spit. Steve says dredging the seaway will potentially alter the course of the wave due to the natural sand shoal located there and in turn create a massive loss of revenue.“A Griffith University study (The Value of Recreational Surfing to Society) by Neil Lazarow estimated that 11,500 surfers visit South Stradbroke Island 64,000 times a year, with the annual expenditure being an estimated $20 million per year, more than double the expected revenue from the cruise ship proposal.” Earlier this year the Gold Coast City Council commissioned a navigational simulation assessment of the Seaway and an economic analysis is also under way with the Mayor saying, “These reports will be handed down later this year, and will guide Council to deliver a balanced economic, social and environmental outcome for the city”. On November 4, Save Our Spit Alliance will hold a rally protesting the development at The Spit. With expected attendees from teenagers to old-timers, the rally will serve as a celebration of what Steven and many others believe is “the very best of the Gold Coast”. While the debate continues to rage across the Gold Coast, the only thing that is clear is that each party stands strong in their determination. As plans to build the terminal continue to go ahead, so too does the plan for Save Our Spit Alliance to fight until the very last. With neither party set to falter, the fate of the Gold Coast Seaway is anybody’s guess.

“The Gold Coast Seaway is a very unique dive site with already over 450 species listed and counting. It is used not only by Gold Coast dive businesses for training purposes on a daily basis, but also many Brisbane and Northern NSW dive businesses. Hundreds of recreational scuba divers, snorkellers and free divers use the site on a weekly basis as well. Money generated from this activity goes directly back into the local community, “In order for this industry to survive and thrive on the Gold Coast, maintaining the health of the Seaway and its fish stocks is of the utmost importance. Constant dredging and development in the Seaway will wipe out fish nurseries and seagrass beds, which in turn, will mean the end of the pelagic fish as well as resident marine life such as giant grouper and turtles and massive schools of trevally, which we are lucky enough to see on a daily basis. The loss of this area would be devastating, not just to the dive industry, but to our whole community.” Shona Pinkerton – Dive Master at Devocean Dive. “Gold Coast Tourism supports the sustainable development of the Gold Coast Broadwater, which likely includes the establishment of a cruise ship terminal in the area. “The future success of the Gold Coast as an international tourist destination depends on our ability to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of a progressively demanding travel consumer within an increasingly competitive international marketplace. “While the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the current proposals can rightly be assessed by other agencies, Gold Coast Tourism is positive about its potential impact on the city’s $4.5 billion tourism industry and we support the leadership, vision, and determination of Mayor Tom Tate and Council to turn this opportunity into reality. “Based on current trends, we understand an additional $180 million in direct visitor expenditure alone would be generated every year by a Gold Coast cruise facility, with that number multiplied many times when considering the wider economic impact for the city. “If we are to remain relevant on the global travel marketplace, we must offer experiences that are as good, if not better, than anywhere else in the world. This is a perfectly achievable opportunity for the Gold Coast to deliver on that promise while significantly improving the city’s tourism market share and economic base.” Ben Pole – Director – Communications and Marketing Services, Gold Coast Tourism.

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“The Gold Coast’s world-famous waves are one of its greatest and most valuable natural assets – economically, socially and recreationally. It takes a rare confluence of conditions to create a great surf spot and the Coast has been abundantly blessed in this regard. The beachbreaks of South Stradbroke Island and the southern Gold Coast pointbreaks are renowned throughout the surfing world. Suggesting surfers can just move along to another stretch of beach if one of these surf breaks is damaged or destroyed by the development of a cruise ship terminal shows a total disregard for the factors that produce a great surf break and the enormous value they have to an area. The economic value of quality surf breaks has been well-established through credible academic research by people like Dr Neil Lazarow, in his work at Griffith University’s Centre for Coastal Management. His work estimated South Stradbroke Island’s surf generated $20 million of economic activity a year – in the money spent on travel, accommodation, food and equipment by surfers pursuing their surfing there.” Tim Baker – surf writer and author – in an open letter to Mayor Tom Tate.

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Sarah Blasko has the voice of an angel. her captivating melodies stay in your mind long after you’ve had the pleasure of listening. Her latest album ‘I Awake’ is set to be her most enchanting yet. Kirra Smith talks with Sarah about the creation of the album and THE beauty of SEE MORE AT .au being alone. Can you tell me what you hoped to create when you began writing I Awake? When I started writing the album, the first few songs that started to make me feel like I was heading in a new direction were ones that I wrote very simply with a ukulele. It’s an instrument I’ve never really played before and it had a really beautiful, very fragile sound. I had the idea that I wanted to make an album about contrast. I had this really small instrument and I thought it would be amazing if I had a massive orchestra. I got obsessed with this idea and kept writing with that in mind. Tell me what the album means to you? I Awake is very much a statement in the first person and something you can only say about yourself. For me it’s a very personal album in that sense, it’s about challenging yourself to take a hold of all the things in your life, not shrink away from them or be afraid. Not to hold yourself back essentially, and that carries through in a lot of the songs, whether it’s a love song or more of a defiant or angry song on the record, it comes back to the awakening of yourself and your own strengths. The album is both intense and soulful, what did it take for you emotionally to create it? It took a lot of time where I was completely on my own, I spent so much time on my own making this album, writing the songs, I did so much walking alone, there’s all these beautiful walks along the coastline in Brighton and I think it was that feeling of isolation mixed with a bit of loneliness and longing for home and all those things get you to a very honest place. How is it different to your previous records? I feel like it’s the most honest album and I feel like I poured a lot more emotion into it, I didn’t hold back. It’s got confidence to it. Obviously the orchestra is an element that separates it from everything else, but I do think it’s carrying on from the last album and I wanted it to have some of those elements so it was a real continuation. I feel like when I hear my voice on this album it sounds much more honest and I feel proud of it. Your music is such a personal journey, what do you love most about making it? I think it‘s just a very important release for me. Sometimes I wonder if it’s what keeps me sane. It’s such a precious experience and it’s like a raw outpouring of how you feel when you didn’t even know that’s how you were feeling, that’s how it is for me anyway. I always write in that way because when it’s an honest response to your life and things come out that you don’t expect it feels pretty special.


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cOAST c ULTURE Q&A with Monica McInerney

When did you realise you wanted to be a novelist? Thirty-nine years ago, as an eight-year-old. I was in primary school in Clare, South Australia and for a weekend project I wrote a story about a family called the Smiths who go on a train trip from Adelaide to Perth. After great deliberation, I called it The Smith Family Go to Perth on the Train. I’ve since realised I don’t have to sum up the entire plot in the title. I showed it to my school librarian who covered it, catalogued it and put it on the shelves of the school library. For the rest of my years there, a book I had written was on the shelves beside the “real” books. I know that definitely planted the seed that one day I might be a “real” writer too. What is the process of creating a new novel? For me, it starts with the characters. I am almost like a film director, choosing my cast, deciding what sort of family they belong to, where my story will be set. I then drop that family into a complicated situation – and the plot takes off from there. All of your novels have strong family themes, is this something that’s important to you in your own life? Very – I’m fascinated by families, my own and others, real and fictional. I love the drama and comedy that runs side by side in family life, the ties and the tensions, the bonds, and in my own family, the humour, especially. I laugh a lot with my mum and my six brothers and sisters. The House of Memories is a beautiful tale, how did you come up with such an intricate story? The novel was sparked by something that happened to me 18 years ago, when a baby niece I was babysitting nearly choked on a piece of orange while we were having a picnic. I had my back to her as I was tidying up and just happened to look around in time to see that she had turned blue. After a brief moment of panic, I was able to get to her in time, and get her breathing again, but I’ve never forgotten that moment of terror. Thankfully, that real story had a happy ending, but the memory has never left me. The House of Memories grew from that memory. How much research goes into writing a novel such as this? I did a lot of general research, reading books, magazines and newspaper articles, and listening to radio interviews about loss and grief. But mostly, I imagined how I would feel if such a tragic and desperately sad event happened to me. I think I would react exactly as Ella does. SEE MORE AT .au

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This local lady is no stranger to style. Owner of online vintage fashion boutique Who Killed Bambi and fashion blogger at The Unknown Pleasures, Ally shares with us her favourite pieces for Summer and suitcase essentials for the holiday season. (Image: Photographer: Jonathan Hayward, Talulah Wind Flys Dress from

SUITCASE ESSENTIALS: 1. Sportsgirl heeled sandals – These shoes are the perfect Summer shoe. They can be dressed up or down and go with most of my wardrobe. 2. Vintage bag – My brother picked this out and gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago. It’s one of those bags you can fall in love with time and time again. 3. Vintage swimmers – I picked these up from The Village Markets circa 2010; so unique and colourful. 4. Vintage headscarf – I swear by scarves in Summer. They hide my unruly curls after a long day at the beach 5. Neuw denim cutoffs – I love denim cutoffs. I’m a true believer in if they’re worn correctly they can be a Summer staple a la Kate Moss.

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1 Sierra Ruby balconette $99.95, pant $69.95 St Lucia towel $59.95, Bikini Island Robina Town Centre. Phone 07 5689 1157 or visit au. 2 Arnette Firedrill Sunglasses – Gas Station Pink $139.95, Sunglass Hut, Robina Town Centre. Phone 07 5580 9292. 3 Lorna Jane LJ Lifestyle Visor $22.99, Lorna Jane Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5571 1388. 4 Volcom Bright Idea Bandeau – light blue $69.99, City Beach, Robina Town Centre. Phone 07 5583 1144. 5 Willi Happy Endings thongs $29.95, 6 Seafolly Rococo Rose Long Line Bustier $129.95, Seafolly Rococo Rose Ruched Bow Pant $64.95. Both available at Sunburn, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5528 0690. 56 November /December 2012

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On trend: The Pony Long and sleek, short and spiky or full of volume, the humble ponytail has made a comeback this season with a little extra spring in its step. Perfect for Summer soirees when the temperatures are soaring, the pony is a low-maintenance, fuss-free yet glamorous style option. Spotted on the catwalks for Myer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney, models sported a strong centre part and super-sleek locks. For a fun variation, try a side part or experiment with height.

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Beauty and the brush Local makeup artist Mia Connor has teamed up with Australia’s largest makeup brush manufacturers Crown Brush Australia to create a Mia Connor signature brush collection.The range is hand picked by Mia herself (with all her favourites she uses to create a face) and contains 19 brushes in a leatherine black case. The Mia Connor signature brush collection is available for $199, with a smaller collection aimed at the non-professional set for release before the end of the year. For more information visit

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Decision It’s a great story and said to be true. Fifteen years or so after surgery and having moved to the other side of the country, the lady rings her original plastic surgeon and asks for the details of her breast implants. He instantly replies with the type and size of implant that she has. No pause to consult her file. No hesitation.

Taken aback by the fact that he remembered her so well she mutters her thanks and quickly gets of the telephone. She remains impressed that she has left such a lasting memory in the mind of a professional who sees so many patients. In fact it was reasonably simple; the surgeon used the same implants on everybody. These days I think this would be a very rare event. Implants have diversified in designs in so many ways that I don’t think any surgeon has a “routine” implant anymore. The diversity of design, shape and build characteristics of modern breast prostheses is such that even professionals have to work to keep abreast of what is out there. Not surprisingly therefore, the person considering breast augmentation can be easily bewildered by a plethora of options. Below I have given you a guide to the variety of implants available and the things to consider when selecting the implant shell.

SALINE-FILLED IMPLANTS These are used much less frequently than their silicone gel counterparts these days. That is, other than in the USA, where until recently they were just about the only implant available apart from in special trials. The USA has had limitations on use of silicone gel filled implants for almost 20 years and an entire generation of plastic surgeons has grown up without really using gel implants. In countries where both are available, however, the gel implants invariably outsell their saline-filled counterparts.This is because the saline-filled implants rarely feel as life-like and are more prone to show features such as rippling or folds around the edges of the breast. In addition, deflation of the implant is an ever present risk. The fluid contained is only saline and as such, quite harmless.

SILICONE GEL Modern breast implants are filled with a “cohesive” silicone gel. This means that even when the shell of the implant is punctured the gel tends to not leak out due to its natural tendency to stay in one united ‘cohesive’ clump. However, within the designation of cohesive there are two or three different types of gel available depending upon the implant chosen. As the density of the gel increases the implant may also feel more firm, but the change is rarely radical and, even to an expert, may be barely perceivable unless one is comparing the softest of implants to the most firm. Research has shown us that these denser gel types tend to make for implants that have a longer life span and therefore their

popularity is increasing.The denser gel types also allow for other features be built into the implant, which I will discuss next issue.

THE IMPLANT SHELL An implant can have a wall that is smooth, textured or coated with polyurethane.The latter is often called the “Brazilian implant” and many perceive it to be new. In fact, they have been around since the ‘80s and were originally introduced from the USA and Europe. However, they fell out of usage in the early ‘90s when the FDA banned these implants due to concerns that the polyurethane coating had a cancer-producing potential. It certainly does this in animals, but research would tend to suggest that such an event in humans occurs rarely if at all. These implants were not used for many years in any part of the world other than South America, where they are now manufactured and thus the current name Brazilian implant. They seem to be of some benefit in patients who have a history of augmentation with other implants and repeatedly going hard despite surgery to release the scar tissue.This sort of behaviour is quite rare, but in these unfortunate souls the polyurethane-coated implant seems to offer some benefit. One must weigh this potential advantage up against concerns about using an implant where the worldwide experience is not as extensive, and also an implant that could be more problematic when infection occurs. I guess the PIP fiasco has made us suspicious. Smooth-walled implants are designed to be placed in a large space or pocket. Instructions are then given to massage and move the implant around so that the space remains large and the implant can move freely within it.This is to promote the soft feeling of the breast as the implant moves and bounces with the body. Textured implants on the other hand are designed to be placed within a relatively confined space. The texturing is designed to make the surrounding scar tissue capsule grow in such a way as to make it thin and soft.This capsule should adhere to the implant and provide some support to it, and some believe that this support acts a bit like an internal bra and reduces the pressure effects that an implant can cause on the overlying breast tissue. Next issue I will discuss the different implant pocket locations and implant shapes. These days use of the Vectra 3D Imaging System can help with the process as this computer technology can create an image prior o surgery which can give you a better idea of what the final result with a given implant may look like. However it is not a stand-alone ultimate device and the consultative process with your plastic surgeon is certainly just as important. 63 November / December 2012


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IN REVIEW: HYPOXI BODYZONE What is it? Hypoxi is the first training concept to combine alternating high and low pressure with exercise to help target fat and cellulite. The 30-minute workout is safe, pain-free and completely natural – helping your body to tap into stubborn fat stores while you work out. In just 12 sessions, clients can lose anywhere from 20 to 40 centimetres from their problem areas. The experience: Hypoxi BodyZone at Chevron Island is a bright, airy space equipped with several large machines, each designed to target different areas of the body. I am met by Caroline, co-owner with daughter Jennifer, who asks me to fill out a form highlighting my problem areas and what I would like to work on. Caroline and Jennifer assess each person’s body type before recommending treatment. Caroline leads me to the L250, a device that targets fat and cellulite around the hips, buttocks and thighs, by applying advanced vacuum therapy. I’m fitted with a heart monitor and a zip-up contraption that reminds me of a hoop skirt to be connected to the machine to create a vacuum seal. I lie down and clip my feet into the pedals while Caroline seals me in.The lower half of my body from my stomach down is inside the machine while the rest of my body is free to read a magazine or play with my iPhone. She sets the machine to suit my body type and asks me to start pedalling, instructing me to

keep it at a certain speed for the 30-minute duration. As I begin, the vacuum starts and I can feel the suction inside the machine very slightly. As is suited to me, the suction continues every 10 seconds for 15 seconds and I continue to pedal all the while. Caroline explains that the vacuum is drawing the circulation to the lower half of my body and then drawing my blood outwards. Hypoxi is effective because it requires you to get your heart rate to an optimum fat-burning level and then the vacuum therapy works on the problem areas. By promoting blood flow to the problem areas during the exercise, Hypoxi is able to dictate where the fat is burnt. Half an hour passes relatively quickly and afterwards I feel wide awake and ready for the day. This treatment is a favourite among brides-to-be and new mums, but everyone can benefit. The next day my skin is noticeably smoother and I’m excited for my next session. Cost: Hypoxi BodyZone recommend 12 sessions for optimal results, with all clients seeing a dramatic improvement in this time. The cost is $690, however, Gold Coast Magazine readers receive $100 off when they mention the Hypoxi ad in this issue. Call Caroline and Jennifer on 07 5561 0600 or head down to Suite 13, 49 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island. Visit

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Interview: Belinda Anderson

When she is not teaching Pilates and meditation, local Belinda Anderson is sharing her wisdom through her writing. She is currently working on her first book, Living from the Inside Out, a guide to healing and transforming your life from within. Here Belinda chats to GCM about the importance of the mind, body connection.

Can you explain the importance of the connection between our mind, body, heart and soul?

What is the importance of using both sides of our brain and how can we help integrate the two sides?

It’s easy in today’s world to lose balance.We struggle through our mountain-high to-do-list while trying to deal with our stressfully, chaotic lives. Our attention-seeking ego tends to dominate, leading us on endless shallow pursuits.

A person who is left-brain dominant tends to be logical and analytical, whereas a person who is right-brain dominant tends to be imaginative and intuitive.

If you want to live your best life ever – your mind, body, heart, and soul need to work in harmony with one another. Taking care of them all equally is a powerful step towards overall wellbeing. Toxic thoughts create a toxic body and life, just as healthy thoughts create a healthy body and life. Following your heart and soul will lead to a fulfilling life – one that you’re passionate and excited about. Learning to be aware of where your mind takes you and what your body is saying to you, will allow you to understand the true indicator of what is happening in your life.

What does it mean to you to be emotionally healthy? The way you handle situations and circumstances. Emotionally healthy people are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. When bad things happen, they have the skills to bounce back and move on. Simply put, they keep their problems in perspective. Emotionally healthy people have balance in their lives. They allow themselves to feel all emotions and they process them, but don’t stay bonded to them as they know the sooner they allow themselves to feel and release them, the better off they will be.

In today’s world many are becoming overly left-brain dominant; analysing everything. This way of thinking can sometimes lead to being critical, impatient, resistant to change, and always needing to be right. However, if you tune into your right side – your intuitive and creative side – and start nurturing it so that it can start working for you again, you will allow yourself to become more flexible and will notice new possibilities as they arise. To integrate both sides of your brain if you’re right handed, try brushing your teeth and hair or eating your meals with your left on occasions. Exercise with body movements that require co-ordination. Daydream. Scribble down your notes instead of having a perfect list. Start being a listener instead of a talker, and be open instead of closed to new ideas. Instead of always being so regimented, try being a little more flexible. Allow yourself unscheduled time to take a break; when the mind is given freedom to wander, creativity enters.

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• R  educe your stress levels and increase your immune system • L earn to control your mind and therefore your thoughts • Improve your concentration • Lower blood-cortisol levels • Enjoy feelings of general wellbeing.



GCM loves: Apple Cider Vinegar Clearer skin and softer, shinier hair are just a few benefits of apple cider vinegar. It can also improve digestion, promote weight loss and aid your body’s natural detoxification process. Try one to three teaspoons a day, either in a glass of warm or cool water before each meal. It also makes a delicious hot drink with a little honey added or a salad dressing when mixed with flaxseed oil. When purchasing your apple cider vinegar make sure it is organic and unfiltered and contains the all important “mother”, this is the most nutritious part of the vinegar.

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gcm MALE GROOMING with The Esteemed Gentleman


Skincare myths uncovered

Even though we believe men are wired and built so differently to our female companions, one thing remains the same, our skin. We share the same skin, so why do we fall for gimmicky skincare lines that are for men-only? I remember back in the late ‘90s when some of these men-only skincare products hit the retail shelves. I have to admit, I was one of the early adopters who would rock up to the changing rooms after a game of footy at the old Seagulls stadium on the Tweed with my men’s-branded body wash, body moisturiser, and face-hydration balm. Back in those days, blokes were still sitting on the back steps of the team rooms after a game with a smoke and a cold can of Tooheys New. You can imagine the candid comments and names us younger blokes were called when the men moisturisers were in sight of the tough, old, footy boys. In hindsight, I guess we were the start of the metrosexual generation that came to fame in the early 2000s. Thinking back, it’s that generation of males that are now aged 35-50 and taking the next steps to looking after ourselves and ensuring we know all the tools and treatments available so we look just as young, if not younger, than our female partners. The first path to looking younger is looking after your skin quality and texture.We spoke about a morning regime last edition, so this time we are going to concentrate on a night-time regime, which I believe is the most important time to look after your skin. At night time our skincare should be concentrated on repairing free radical damage caused throughout the day, restoring the energy back into the skin and igniting your vitamin A receptors, which prevent ageing and pigmentation. If you remember our morning regime was all about exfoliating, cleansing and protecting throughout the day, which leaves the night time to rejuvenate and restore.

ageing, acne, rosacea and damaged skins. As a metabolic regulator, vitamin A normalises the cellular chemical process that produces energy and growth, therefore targeting mutations within the skin and attempting to correct the imbalance. The second is L-ascorbic acid, commonly referred to as vitamin C, which is recognised for its ability to protect against oxidative damage. It’s known to have photo protective effects on the skin and has shown to decrease UVB-induced erythema i.e. sunburns. It is essential for the synthesis of collagen, which in turn significantly improves skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. It significantly improves skin clarity, and is used in the treatment and maintenance of several pigmentation disorders. To wrap the myths of skincare up, there is not a single product that will look after your skin completely.You will need to have five to six products in your armoury to combat all of your skin needs. For night time you need to use a cleanser, exfoliant, vitamin A (retinol), vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid). In the morning use a cleanser, exfoliant, repair product (vitamin B3 niacinamide) and finally a sunblock formulated for your face. Stick to this formula boys, and your skin will be looking great in weeks. SEE


Just like the morning regime, the first step for a night-time regime is to cleanse the skin. Glycolic and lactic acid are among the most effective hydroxy acids because of their superior ability to hydrate and normalise the skin. This can be the same exfoliating scrub and cleanser that is used in the morning.

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The first of the two big guns for a night-time regime is vitamin A. Often referred to as “the anti-ageing vitamin”, vitamin A has been claimed to visibly reverse the ageing process. Vitamin A in the form of retinol is used to treat a variety of conditions, including

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Peaceful pampering Take a minute and picture your ideal salon. For most, it’s one shop for both hair and beauty in a relaxing environment where you can leave feeling your best. Let Aveda at Semaines Spa in Ashmore be that salon for you. Semaines is a peaceful environment situated away from the hustle and bustle of shopping centres with private parking. If you are looking for a day at the spa come enjoy the ambience and aromas of their natural Aveda products and leave feeling rejuvenated. Enjoy a pedispa in an outdoor Bali hut, while sipping a glass of wine, or schedule a hair appointment with one of the talented stylists, trained in the latest cutting and colouring techniques. They can’t wait to meet you. Book your appointment today on 07 5597 3100 or drop in to 420 Southport-Nerang Road, Ashmore.

Majestic Light Australian designer John Calleija has created an exquisite work of art titled ‘Majestic Light’, to be shown at the Kensington Palace for a royal exhibition titled ‘Out of The Vault – Pink Diamonds and Royalty’, an exhibition celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. ‘Majestic Light’ features almost a quarter of a kilo of solid platinum and is complemented by an exquisite wearable pink diamond ring that detaches from the base of the sculpture. The work of art is housed in its own very special bespoke marquetry Macassar wood display.This finely detailed display is only opened and brought to life by a beautiful $30,000 Calleija key featuring Australian Argyle pink diamonds and Australian blue sapphires. Visit for more information on ‘Majestic Light’.

gcm FOCUS The heat is on

Tonic on Chirn The Gold Coast has a new dining hot spot,Tonic on Chirn. Located in Musgrave Avenue, this hidden treasure offers opulent cocktails, a delicious tapas menu and a dessert listing to die for. Decked out with a retro, warehouse vibe, you will love the rustic, exposed brick façade and raw concrete bar. Grab yourself a spot on one of the bench seats, order yourself a drink (the wine and beer list has all your favourites) and get a few plates of tapas on their way. If you visit on a Sunday afternoon you will catch the live acoustic sets featuring local Gold Coast artists.Visit Tonic on Chirn at 1/37 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park. Phone 07 5532 2201. 70 November /December 2012

Bikram Yoga Southport pride themselves on offering original and authentic Bikram Yoga, approved by founder Bikram Choudhury himself. Consisting of a 26-posture sequence, Bikram Yoga is performed in a room heated to 41 degrees celsius.The postures systematically work every part of the body to give all internal organs, veins, ligaments and muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Practising yoga in a hot room stimulates the lymphatic system responsible for flushing toxins from your system, ridding the body of harmful substances and making it healthier. The hot room also makes your body sweat, which promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin. Additionally, the heat increases metabolism levels and helps to tone your body and lose weight more effectively. Try it at Bikram Yoga Southport. Unit 1/1 Pirelli Street, Southport. Visit bikramyogasouthport.

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This procedure is well established overseas and has been brought to Australia by Dr. Soraya Felix. BOOK FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 07 5528 2785 MasterDerm Cosmetic and Anti-Ageing Clinic Please visit our website for further information. 71 November / December 2012

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Every Saturday during November and December enjoy Anna & Carlo’s famous high teas from $23.90 p/p* Appointments only. Phone 0415 935 651 to make your booking. Level one Waterfront, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach *Conditions apply: Booking subject to availability, food menu can be customised at customers request and can change due to what is available. Starting price per person starts from $23.90 including two tiers.




Mini raspberry and chocolate meringue kisses anyone? We love this recipe from What Katie Ate, the maiden release from food blogger and photographer, Katie Quinn Davies.

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food news The whole truth

Wholefoods is currently the word on everybody’s lips and one that is catching on like wildfire. Referring to foods that are unrefined, unprocessed and typically don’t contain added ingredients, eating a strict wholefood diet is a holistic lifestyle choice that the experts say is one of the best decisions you can make. Including foods such as unpolished grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and non-homogenised dairy products, wholefoods are a pure and simple way of eating. Janella Purcell is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, iridologist and chef passionate about healthy eating and indulging in foods that are as close to the way nature created as possible. In her latest book, Janella’s Wholefood Kitchen, Janella shares over 100 recipes using only wholefoods clearly marked as vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy free or

gluten free, from soups to main courses, party foods to salads and desserts. Janella says, “Good health requires a holistic and long-term approach. We need clean water, organic food, enough sleep, appropriate exercise, positive relationships and less stress. It might seem like an unachievable to-do list at this moment in your life, but guess what? It’s not.The first step to becoming your future optimum self begins in the kitchen. Once you have your diet sorted then you can tackle the rest, one step at a time”. Janella firmly believes in the medicinal power of food and its healing properties for the mind, body and spirit. Trust us, once you’ve sampled a few recipes from Janella’s Wholefood Kitchen, you’ll understand exactly what she means.

Just because a wine is certified organic doesn’t mean it has no preservatives added. Under organic and biodynamic certification in Australia, the amount of preservative allowed in the final product is approximately 50 per cent of what can be used under conventional Australian food standards for wine. If you want an organic wine that has no added preservatives look out for it on the label.

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Stylish and sophisticated Tonic on Chirn brings new depth to the Gold Coast. Incorporating a rustic, retro-style tapas bar, signature cocktails and a revolving menu Tonic on Chirn is sure to become the new hot spot. Bringing the vibe and culture of an inner city bar to create a select ambience. See for yourself why this experience is unlike any other bar on the Gold Coast.

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Recipes from the book What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies, published by Lantern, $49.99. 76 November /December 2012


Beef and Pork Sliders Makes 12 Homemade burgers are one of my favourite foods, but burgers in general get a bad rap for being unhealthy, and I think it’s unfair. If they’re made with good-quality, organic lean meat and include lots of fresh salad veggies, they’re really not that bad for you. These sliders are always a winner at cocktail parties — prepare the patties the night before, then grill them just before you’re ready to serve. 2 tablespoons olive oil

500 g lean minced free-range beef

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper lettuce leaves, sliced cheese, sliced onion and spicy vine tomato relish (see page 228 of book), to serve.

500 g lean minced free-range pork

Mini brioche

1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard

200 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon tabasco or similar hot sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

4 free-range eggs

2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and finely chopped

3/4 cups (600 g) strong white bread flour

1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped

1 cup (250 ml) whole milk, warmed lightly,

1 brown or white onion, very finely diced 2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

To make the brioche, beat together the butter, sugar and three of the eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, yeast and salt and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre, then pour in the milk and bring together using your hands; the dough will be quite tacky but don’t be tempted to add extra flour. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm spot for two hours. Punch your fist into the centre of the risen dough, then knead it gently for a minute or two on a lightly floured worktop. Flour your hands and divide the dough into 12 even portions, then roll them into balls. Place on a floured baking tray, then cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm spot for one hour. Preheat the oven to 180oC fan-forced. Mix the remaining egg with the extra tablespoon of milk, and brush the buns generously with this mixture, then sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds. Bake for 20–30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

1/2 teaspoon instant dried yeast

plus 1 tablespoon extra handful sesame seeds

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the onion and fry for three minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further five minutes until the onion is softened. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Place the beef, pork, mustard, Tabasco, balsamic vinegar, capers, chilli flakes, chilli, parsley, one teaspoon sea salt and some black pepper in a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly using your hands. Add the cooled onion and garlic and mix together. Form the mixture into twelve patties I use a 1/3 cup (four tablespoons) measure for this. Place the patties on a baking tray and chill in the fridge for at least two hours, before cooking to your liking on a hot barbecue or chargrill pan or in a frying pan. Serve the patties in the mini brioche buns with some lettuce, cheese, sliced onion and relish. Secure with toothpicks and accompany with extra relish on the side, if you like. 77 November / December 2012


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Apple, Ginger and Cranberry Vodka Cocktail Makes 8 A few years ago, when I was visiting friends in New York, I bought a bottle of Absolute Brooklyn, an apple and ginger-flavoured vodka that came in an incredibly cool bottle depicting a typical Brooklyn brownstone building. We enjoyed many a night sipping it while sitting on the rooftop of my friend’s apartment overlooking the Empire State Building. Great memories, and my inspiration for this cocktail. 2 cups (500ml) apple juice (use the cloudy type if you can) 2 cups (500ml) cranberry juice 100ml vodka 2 cups (500ml) ginger ale

Place the apple juice, cranberry juice and vodka in a blender and whizz until pale, pink and frothy. Pour into a large serving jug, add the ginger ale and a good handful of ice. Serve immediately.

Ice to serve.

Mini Raspberry and Chocolate Meringue Kisses Makes about 16 I have always loved chocolate with raspberry and this combination, along with the addition of a little Amaretto liqueur, is a winner. To ensure perfect meringues each time, remember to rub the inside of the mixing bowl with the cut-side of a lemon before adding the egg whites, as the acid in the lemon will remove any oily residue from the bowl and will also help to stabilise the egg whites. 1/2 lemon 4 free-range egg whites, at room temperature

1 x 125g punnet raspberries, crushed to a coarse pulp with a fork

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

175g good quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

1 teaspoon white vinegar

2 cups (500ml) pure (whipping) cream

2 1/2 teaspoon cornflour

1 teaspoon Amaretto

Preheat the oven to 140C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

While the meringues are cooling, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat one cup (250ml) cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Leave to stand for five minutes before stirring to combine. Place the chocolate ganache in the fridge for 30-40 minutes, or until thickening. Spoon half the thickened ganache into a piping bag.

1 cup (220g) caster sugar

Wipe the inside of the bowl of an electric mixer with the cut-side of the lemon to remove any traces of oil. Add the egg whites and whisk until light and frothy. Add the caster sugar gradually, whisking on high speed until it has dissolved and the mixture is thick and glossy. Add the vanilla extract and vinegar, then sieve the cornflour over the mixture and mix lightly until combined. Add half the crushed raspberries and stir gently to combine. Spoon the meringue mixture into the piping bag and pipe 3-4cm peaked rounds on to the prepared trays until the mixture is used up. Bake for one hour or until the bases of the meringue are firm, swapping the trays over after 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues to cool in the oven for one hour, then remove and cool completely.

Whip the remaining one cup (250ml) cream until stiff peaks form, then mix with the remaining ganache and crushed raspberries. Transfer to a second piping bag. To assemble the meringue kisses, pipe a layer of chocolate ganache into the flat side of one meringue, followed by a layer of raspberry chocolate cream, then sandwich together with a second meringue. Repeat until all the meringues, ganache and raspberry cream have been used. Place in the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes, then serve. 79 November / December 2012


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Wok- tossed chilli crab Serves 4 Served with a green salad, lots of crusty bread and some chilled sparkling, this dish makes for a great, casual, communal meal with friends. Some people shy away from cooking crab as they think the preparation is too fiddly and difficult. I would encourage you to give it a go – there are lots of great online tutorials out there that can take you through the process step by step. Please note: mud crab must be cooked live, and the most humane way to go about this is to first place the crabs in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to stun them. The crabs must be completely still before being immersed in the boiling water – if you see any movement at all, return them to the freezer for a short time.

2 large uncooked mud crabs 2 cooked blue swimmer crabs, cleaned, body cut into quarters and legs and claws cracked

5–6 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced on the diagonal, plus extra to garnish 1/3 cup (100 g) chilli bean paste

Chilli sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

15 g palm sugar, grated

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 cup (250ml) fish stock

1 teaspoon finely grated galangal

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper handful each, roughly chopped coriander and flat-leaf parsley

1 long green chilli, thinly sliced, plus extra to garnish 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced, plus extra to garnish

Freeze the mud crabs for 30 minutes or until they are stunned completely, then plunge them into a large saucepan of salted boiling water. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until cooked through. If your crabs are on the small side, reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes. Drain, then separate the bodies from the claws and legs. Remove the meat from the bodies, and crack the claws and legs, then combine in a bowl with the prepared blue swimmer crabs.

Heat the olive oil in a wok over medium heat, add the garlic, galangal, chilli and spring onion and stirfry for five minutes. Add the chilli bean paste, vinegar, palm sugar and stock and mix well. Add the crab, along with all the loose meat, and heat through for five to six minutes, tossing until heated throughout and well-coated in sauce. Season with a little salt and pepper, then turn out into a large serving bowl. Scatter the coriander, parsley and extra chilli and spring onion over the top and serve immediately.

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gcm REVIEW with Kirra Smith

h c a e b d a o r B i O -Sush WINNERS OF THE SAVOUR AUSTRALIA RESTAURANT & CATERING’S SEE MORE AT BEST SUSHI BAR ON THE GOLD COAST IN 2012 AND THE I LOVE FOOD AWARD FOR AUSTRALIA AND QUEENSLAND’S FAVOURITE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 2012, O-SUSHI KNOW FOOD. With restaurants in Byron Bay, Coolangatta and Broadbeach, O-Sushi is a welcoming space for diners from all walks of life. We can’t wait for the tasting to begin and, as always, it is spectacular. VISUAL FEAST: O-Sushi Broadbeach is both chic and comfortable, attracting holidaygoers and business-people with its relaxed décor. The train is unique in that it allows diners to sit across from one another while watching the delicious treats float through the middle. Also offering outdoor dining and larger tables inside, there is plenty of room for groups of any size. The sushi chefs prepare the food in the centre of the restaurant as is custom, and it is mesmerizing to watch them slice and roll, creating dishes right before our eyes. AURA OF THE SPACE: The lighting is low and the music vibrant, perfectly matched to the feeling of the entire Oracle precinct in which O-Sushi is situated. Traditional Japanese decadence is splashed throughout the restaurant, but at the same time it is fresh and modern, making people of any age feel welcome. No matter where you are in the restaurant, you can enjoy your meal in privacy. TASTE JOURNEY: As soon as you enter O-Sushi your eyes light upon the tiny parcels of perfection gliding along the train, each as delicate and artfully prepared as the next. We are greeted by co-owner Prayan who suggests we try a tapas-style Japanese feast. Four of my favourite words. We readily agree. Prayan asks us to choose whatever we wish, but says he has ordered us a few things to begin and sure enough, along comes kingfish Carpaccio – raw kingfish marinated in olive oil and lemon among other secret ingredients. Each week the

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chefs create two unique tapas dishes, an entrée and a main, to keep things fresh and interesting. We are then treated to avocado and cucumber wrapped in raw salmon followed by tempura haloumi, tempura zucchini and goats’ cheese and Age Dashi Eggplant, fried and served in a light broth. The diversity of flavours is breathtaking and I cannot put into words the freshness of each dish. The raw fish is faultless and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We take a break for some (astounding) miso soup and a splash of wine and then more dishes make their way to our table, preceded by mouthwatering smells. Each is tastier than the last. We sample salmon skewers that fall apart in our mouths, chicken gyoza, green beans in soy sesame oil, seaweed salad, soft shell crab tempura and Ebi Prawn Mayo. It was a feast of flavours, skilfully selected and prepared by the O-Sushi team. If I was forced to choose a favourite (or two) I would say the raw salmon sushi followed closely by Ebi Prawn Mayo. The prawns in this dish were cooked very slightly and burst into flavour as we bit down on them. Aimee’s favourites were the seaweed salad and salmon skewers, grilled to perfection and with a soy sauce accompaniment, her favourite flavour combination. At this point, we were close to bursting, however, there is always a little room on the side for dessert, so we chose two. Sticky date cake with warm butterscotch sauce, Japanese red beans and black sesame ice cream was divine, the best sticky date I’ve ever tasted and matched so well with sesame ice cream. We also

sampled green tea ice cream with sweet red beans, which somehow managed to be both sweet and tart in equal parts. O-Sushi pride themselves on the freshness of their food and it is, without a doubt, the best I’ve ever seen and tasted. With choices of white, brown or black biodynamic, organic rice and no MSG, there is something to suit every taste. THE FINER DROP: O-Sushi boast an extensive range of beverages, specifically chosen to complement the dishes on offer. With an unrivalled wine list, both Australian and Japanese beers and exciting Japanese cocktails begging to be tasted, there is something to entice every palate. There are several varieties of sake on offer and at the end of the evening we round off the meal with a plum wine cocktail, seductive and sweet. Of course, soft drink, ice tea and juices are available too. THE CARE FACTOR: The waitstaff are flawless, explaining the contents of our dishes and offering suggestions of their favourites. Prayan checks on us throughout the evening, explaining why he chose our dishes and how they were cooked. His passion is clearly evident. As the night wore on, the restaurant filled to capacity, but the staff remained attentive to all and the food arrived quickly and cooked to perfection. All in all the evening was one to remember. O-Sushi Broadbeach comes highly recommended. O-Sushi Broadbeach is located at Shop 2, 12 Charles Ave, Oracle North, Broadbeach. See the menu at


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It was a time of meat and three veg. A time when a sophisticated evening’s dining began with a prawn cocktail comprising an open champagne glass stuffed with shredded iceberg lettuce and draped with peeled crustaceans. Entrée was likely followed by Steak Diane served with a carafe of red (wine was pretty much only red or white). These were the days when cheese was cheddar, coffee was instant and beer was lager – your choice of brand determined by which state you lived in. How the world has changed.Today we have a United Nations of dining options. We intelligently discuss the differences between the wines. We know the differences between robusta and Arabica coffee beans, we have awards for cheese and we even shop at fromageries (we even know what this word means these days). For all of these culinary advances, beer hadn’t changed very much at all. Beer was still lager and lager was beer, a pale and fizzy liquid whose purpose was to act as a fluid backdrop to sport and barbecues. It was a Summer sessional, perfect for washing the sand and salt from your mouth after a day at the beach before you moved on to something with flavour. For all the flavour-driven changes taking place elsewhere in the food and beverage world, the amber fluid was an uncomplicated beast, a drink for thoughtless consumption. Change is coming though. After many years of being a prisoner to its most successful style, there is now a quiet revolution taking place in Australia, akin to the wine revolution of 30 years ago. Basic lagers, bland and unexciting, are giving way to such exotic styles as porters, pale ales and hefeweizens created by artisans both here and overseas. Queensland has been a little slow in picking up this trend, partially due to our climate, but also due to the dominance of our major State brand. The largest breweries tend to shade out the new growth through their sheer size and financial dominance, which enables them to command prime tap locations and even exclusive pourage rights. Despite this, there are a number of craft brewers establishing a strong reputation in Queensland. They are generally producing excellent brews and gradually growing their reputations and their markets. The Gold Coast’s very own Burleigh Brewing is making waves on the national beer scene with its flavoursome, but drinkable beers, and beach-infused branding. 84 November /December 2012

Cast your mind back – if you can – 30 years. Back before the advent of “fusion” cuisine, before the wine renaissance and before the words “sommelier” and “barista” became part of our everyday lexicon, let alone respectable occupations. Owned by husband and wife team Brennan and Peta Fielding, Burleigh has battled since opening in 2007 to find venues willing to give their small-batch beers a try. Brewer Brennan learnt his craft in his native Honolulu, brewing at the Brew Moon brewpub. Brewing more than 20 styles, he won a gold medal at the 2002 World Beer Cup, the equivalent of an Olympic medal in brewing. Earlier this year he repeated that feat, winning the highest award for his German-styled wheat beer, HEF. HEF, short for hefeweizen – the traditional German name for the style, is cloudy because it is unfiltered and retains all of the fruity characteristics of the yeast that is used. It carries a banana aroma and soft fruitiness as a result. It is the perfect beer to match to a lunch of pan-seared scallops or even pork belly, and works well with goat’s cheese and feta as well. When they won gold at the World Beer Cup Brennan and Peta featured on a number of German news reports as the Bavarians couldn’t believe an Australian had taken out the gold in their classic style. HEF joins a number of other beers in the Burleigh range, including 28 Pale Ale. Brewed as an Americanstyle pale ale (think Little Creatures), 28 Pale is dominated by the hops used in the brewing process. Typically used by big brewers to give beer its characteristic bitterness, hops can also impart a wonderful citrus character that gives beer flavour without making it too heavy. The 28 Pale Ale is quintessentially Gold Coast, being named after a legendary 28 day stretch of perfect swell at Burleigh beach in the 1970s. The 28 has plenty of flavour to carry stronger-flavoured foods such as matured cheeses and spicy foods such as Thai. Burleigh’s sense of humour is expressed though the names of some of their beers, including My Wife’s Bitter, a malty English-styled beer that Brennan developed as a side project, or his Bit on the Side Department, and named for his wife Peta. The darker malts, which carry toffee characters but none of the toasted flavours of a stout, pair well with red meats and barbecues. The world is changing and beer is changing with it. Don’t be shackled to beer’s refreshing qualities, seek it out as a source of flavour as well, and Burleigh is a great place to start. SEE MORE AT

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Rediscover Surfers Paradise with a Hilton Christmas Christmas is well on its way and Hilton Surfers Paradise is getting into the Christmas spirit with a number of great offers and packages for the festive season. The hotel is a fantastic venue for local businesses looking for Christmas party options. Packages include Christmas with a View, the Poolside Cocktail Extravaganza, Celebrity Chef Buffet and Luke Mangan Plated Dining Experience. Each of the hotel’s individually unique spaces, from the spectacular 15th floor Executive Lounge, to the award-winning Salt grill restaurant, the funky FIX bar, modern and stylish ballroom, and gorgeous poolside oasis The Deck, are available for Christmas parties and events, and provide a stylish backdrop in the heart of Surfers Paradise. And don’t be put off by it being “the Hilton” – packages are very affordable, from as little as $90 per person including beverages. For individuals, families and friends, the hotel is also hosting an impressive luncheon in Salt grill on Christmas Day and dinner on New Year’s Eve. Tickets to the Christmas Day luncheon are strictly limited and are available for $165, including a festive-themed, four-course Luke Mangan set menu with all the trimmings and festivities. On New Year’s Eve indulge with a three-course Luke Mangan set menu and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival to celebrate for only $150 per person. Both events are available to locals and in-house guests, however, advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Also for locals, The Food Store gourmet marketplace and delicatessen located on the ground floor of the hotel is offering a number of Christmas hampers – the perfect gift idea for clients or “those with everything”, the hampers provide an appreciation of the finer things in life, with delicious puddings, handmade chocolates, relishes, sauces, and all those lovely decadent things we should all enjoy over the break. Multiple options are available for pre-order, or pop in and make your own personal selection. Best of all the Christmas valet is back at Hilton Surfers Paradise. A true reflection of the hotel’s commitment to celebrating the Christmas spirit, the team of Christmas valets are on hand at the hotel to decorate guest rooms and residences with Christmas trees for a small fee, and also arrange gift wrapping for a gold coin charitable donation and deliver milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. What better way to celebrate at your home away from home over the holidays. Gifts are also covered with the hotel’s range of eforea: Spa, Salt grill and general hotel gift vouchers. Vouchers for a one-hour massage are only $99 and represent great value as they can be redeemed at any time over a 12-month period. For all of Hilton’s fantastic Christmas offers and activities visit or phone 07 5680 8000.

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Tickets from $250 per person with a choice of four events

Palazzo Versace Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Phone 07 5509 8000 or visit

This New Year’s Eve, Palazzo Versace will once again play host to the most dazzling of celebrations with a sultry burlesque-themed party that is set to captivate and excite the senses. A sensational extravaganza of exotic live performances will transform the hotel lobby into a ‘Pleasure Emporium’ where Moët & Chandon Champagne will be free flowing as the clock counts down to 2013. Glittering burlesque dancers, elaborate theatrical displays, live aerial performances and entertainment by celebrated International DJ Wayne G will take guests on a spectacular and sensual journey into the New Year!

Alto Cucina & Bar Beach end The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall Phone 07 5539 0377 or visit

Inclusive food and beverage package

The party of the year on the Gold Coast will be New Year’s Eve at Alto Cucina & Bar in Broadbeach. For only $160 per person (or $130 for Alto VIPs booking before December 21) enjoy antipasto and taste buffet, platters of Alto signature dishes, Australian cheeses and desserts, beer, wine, softdrink and basic spirits from 8pm-1am. Alto’s resident DJs will also be pumping out the party sounds. Bookings are essential.

Degustation dinner with a view

Videre Restaurant RACV Royal Pines Resort. Phone 07 5597 8700

Be the envy of your friends and welcome in the New Year with style. Celebrate with award-winning food, fine wine and excellent entertainment at the Gold Coast’s most memorable dining experience. Enjoy a meal like no other with Videre’s five-course degustation menu and a glass of French Champagne on arrival. Tickets are $160 per person, with celebrations starting at 7pm. Bookings are essential.

Lauxes on the Park Shop 1, 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5531 5555

Two packages available from $145

Lauxes have two tantalising packages available this New Year’s Eve, the Chandon Cocktail Package and a Moët & Chandon Package. The Chandon Package, $145 per person, includes signature canapés and a four-hour beverage package. For those wanting the ultimate indulgence, the Moët & Chandon Package, $275 per person, is a must with a five-course degustation dinner and four-hour beverage package. Party in style with live music, elegant ambience and decadent menu prepared by executive chef Akira.

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Looking for a hot spot to welcome in 2013. Here is a selection of events at your choosing.

Magic Millions Marriott’s Hats & High Tea Thursday 10th January 2013, from 10.30am A day of high fashion, high tea and high excitement! Designer showcases, marvellous millinery, champagne on arrival, a selection of gourmet canapés, summer salads and decadent desserts. Not to mention prizes for ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat’ (of course!) What could be a finer way to celebrate the Gold Coast’s very own Magic Millions. Garden Terrace, Level Two Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

$110 per person BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL - PLEASE PHONE JESSIE CLARK ON 07 5592 9740 Seats are limited - full payment required at time of booking. No discounts will apply.


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CHEVRON ISLAND PHYSIO 21 Adori Street. Phone 07 5504 7000 or visit Chevron Island Physio helps their patients receive optimal results in minimal time. The experienced staff provide the highest level of services, including physiotherapy, Pilates, remedial massage, nutrition or IPL laser. Chevron Island Physio can assist you with sporting injuries, back and neck pain, headaches, women’s health issues, muscle pain, strength and toning, fitness, weight loss and more. Receive 25% off your initial consultation for physiotherapy, Pilates, massages, nutrition and IPL.* Offer valid for one service only.

ENVYQLD Shop 1/62 Thomas Drive. Phone 07 5531 5245 New to Chevron is EnvyQLD, the most modern ladies shoe boutique on the Gold Coast. Full of fashion-forward footwear, it’s a must see to keep up with the latest styles, over 200 at the last count. Stocking brands like Siren, Nude, RMK, Skin and new in, Italian designer Miss Sixty’s range, it’s a must for the true fashionista. So, for every occasion from a pool party to a high-class formal, EnvyQLD have got you covered. To finish off, the shoes are displayed beautifully, they have ample comfortable seating and attentive knowledgeable staff, so what are you waiting for ladies?

DUO CAFÉ 58 Thomas Drive. Phone 07 5504 7705 Located in the hub of Chevron is Duo Café. With a relaxed vibe, innovative menu and friendly staff, it’s easy to see why there are so many regulars. Duo’s philosophy is simple – passion for great food, wine, coffee and service. Choose from the menu, specials board or cabinet full of fresh, daily offerings. Enjoy the exclusive blend of coffee or a glass of boutique, natural wine. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days from 6am.

Ann Rivereau On Chevron 6/57 Thomas Drive. Phone 07 5531 5591 Formally Baseblu in Surfers Paradise, Ann Rivereau on Chevron stocks a range of local and imported labels, including La Rouge, Chandelier, Bitte Kai Rand, Charlie, Brax, Joseph Ribkoff, Andiamo and Isobel De Pedro, along with pearls by Bronwyn Newport, crystal from Czechoslovakia and shoes by Diva. Visit Ann and Gay in their new location in the revitalised Chevron Island precinct and soak up the relaxed village atmosphere. When you purchase a necklace from the Bronwyn Newport collection, receive a free pair of earrings when you mention this advertisement.

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You may have employed an architect, designer or interior designer before but when you’re looking for architecture or interior design backed with over 30 years’ proven experience & you’re looking to build a new home, alter or add on to your existing property look no further. Not only do we have the experience and expertise to back our services we have designed and co-ordinated many projects in other countries such as the United States and New Zealand. Going back more than a quarter century we’ve designed, co-ordinated and even built homes here in Australia. Many although designed and constructed over 20 years ago still remain among some of the most outstanding homes in their numerous locations. They are still leading when put up against today’s designs & standards. A specialty of our lead designer for many years has been designing both the Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape design for many Developer Display Homes! That means, TOTAL CO-ORDINATION and complete design harmony! It’s what we’re all about! Don’t let us spoil it all for you now, instead have a look for yourself on our website and don’t hesitate to call Blake (Project Co-ordinator) on 0450 707 879 for your first FREE consultation. That’s correct, The first consultation at your home or new building site is a no obligation, no charge visit. Why not see if you like what we can show you and listen to what we can do for you.

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THINGS I LOVE by megan morton [image: Anson Smart.]

Megan Morton is an interiors stylist, lover of beautiful things and creator of beautiful spaces. In her most recent book, Things I Love, Megan shares the homes, people and design elements she adores in a practical, stunning and quirky book that you will keep on your coffee table for ever.

there is lots you learn on the job, so the book is my way of sharing all my insights and tips and tricks! Plus I have a Houses I Love section that shows the most covetable and decoratively inspired houses the world over and People I Love that shares all the clever folk I get to work with.

Tell us a bit about your career to date as an interiors stylist?

Do you have a home tip for Summer?

I have styled for Vanity Fair, Elle Decoration, Vogue Living and many other magazines around the world. It’s something I get excited about every day. When styling, how do you adapt each home to suit someone’s personality/taste? I try and assess what the house actually needs, rather than the owner’s personal preferences. This is how you can stay objective and bring the best of the house out. Tell me about your latest book Things I Love? It’s one part journal, two parts information and advice. As a stylist

Remove your curtains or redo them in a lighter format. Most homes are overdressed in the curtain department. Sunlight is a beautiful thing, welcome it in. Tell me about the styling school you will be bringing to Queensland? As a Queenslander, I decided to have my book launch in my home town of Brisbane! We have coincided the book launch with four of the most popular classes at the school – Holly Hipwell’s amazing flower bomb, my Science of Styling Masterclass, Rachel Castles Screen Printing and Harriet Goodall’s magnificent random basket-weaving class. We are all super excited. Find out more at

BRIGHTEN YOUR ABODE Bright colours are back in force this season, popping up in stylish abodes from coast to coast. If you’re looking for a little more liveliness in your living space, look no further than these local Gold Coast homewares boutiques. Serena handpainted plates, made in Tunisia and exclusive to Alfresco Emporium. Side plate 23cm $9.95, dinner plate 30cm $14.95. Also available in serving platters, bowls and tagines. Pop into Alfresco Emporium, corner of Bundall and Ashmore roads, Bundall or go to or phone 07 5592 4734. i S u z a n S o fa k c a nb Butto Biku. Visit m o r f Road, ndall 54 Bu undall. B Phone 133 38 0 07 55

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Custom Designs Have Increased Appeal Jim Taylor has been building custom-designed luxury homes for over 30 years. Through his company, Unique Homes, he has completed some of Queensland’s most spectacular and inspiring homes for literally hundreds of discerning clients. As a relatively low-volume builder he’s geared his business to delivering individual homes that stand out from the crowd. “We build across a range of styles, from luxury waterfront residences to spacious acreage homes and stunning urban villas,” he said. “Our clients tend to be industry leaders; people who think outside the square. Often they come to us to solve a dilemma.That might be designing a home to suit a difficult block, or deciding how to take the best advantage of available views. “Our advantage is that we are generally able to incorporate clients’ own design ideas, while bringing to the table a wealth of inspirational concepts clients may not have imagined. The result is a home that exactly matches to the clients’ needs and lifestyle, while simultaneously being perfectly suited to the site it is built on,” Mr Taylor explained. This elegant Gold Coast waterfront home typifies Unique Homes’ quality and innovative approach to home design. The home is approached across a delightful pathway bridging an attractive water feature.As the home’s main entry faces due west, the water feature’s cooling influence is enhanced by the inclusion of a shaded roof line protecting the front door from direct sunlight.

From the entry vestibule, an impressive curved staircase leads to the first floor. Enjoying superb water views, the generously proportioned master bedroom also includes a luxurious spa bathroom and spacious sitting area. The large balcony off the master bedroom provides a restful retreat from the home’s main living areas. The curved balconies overlooking the water shade the living areas from the morning sun, while the wraparound pool provides a pleasantly cool diversion from the heat of the afternoon sun. The kitchen is relatively open planned with a timber-panelled breakfast bar facing the family area.Attractive off-white cupboards are complemented by the latest European-styled appliances and tap fittings, while the living area features a beautifully curved ceiling alcove mirroring the curves of the balconies beyond. This area includes an informal dining space as well as an informal lounge area opens to a spacious outdoor entertaining and barbecue area through stacked glass doors. The ground-floor living area also includes a formal lounge, study and luxuriously appointed home theatre. Overall, the home projects a wonderful feeling of understated elegance, refinement and restrained good taste. The owners should rest easy in the knowledge that its timeless design will retain its appeal for many years to come. Unique Homes has a very experienced team of in-house designers and sales consultants, and Jim Taylor insists on being directly involved in each home his company builds. “It’s a hands-on approach, but it allows us to work very closely with our clients; from the initial inquiry, right through to the handover and aftersales service. I personally supervise the construction of every home,” he said. Unique Homes prides itself on having retained its teams of experienced tradesmen throughout the industry’s recent turbulent times. This is reflected in the very high standard of joinery and internal finishes, luxury kitchens and bathroom designs that, in turn, increase each home’s market appeal and potential resale value.

Circular staircase leads from imposing entry foyer.

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Jim stressed that his company builds on the basis of fixed-price contracts, ensuring there are no unplanned cost blow-outs when the final progress payment falls due. “High-volume project builders are simply not geared to accommodating custom-design changes or difficult building sites, and building costs can rapidly escalate,” he said.


Gold Coast Unique Homes (BSA 78053) offers free design and free interior decorating assistance and provides a 25-year structural guarantee with every home it builds. Further information can be obtained by contacting their sales office on 07 5501 9380 or by visiting

Our advantage is that we are generally able

Luxury kitchen and family living area

to incorporate clients’ own design ideas, while bringing to the table a wealth of inspirational concepts clients may not have imagined. The result is a home that exactly matches to the clients’ needs and lifestyle, while simultaneously

Master bedroom includes luxury spa and ensuite.

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Attractive entry with cooling pool and shading roof line

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The Flipside gcm PROMOTION

Architect and founder of The Flipside Architecture and Interior Design, Craig Barke is now based back on the Gold Coast after establishing his renowned architectural business abroad.

Now with over 30 years’ experience, Craig first came to the Gold Coast in the late ‘80s when what we now know as Sanctuary Cove was in the early stages of development. He was then involved in the design of one of the first homes built on Sovereign Island, for well-known builder and developer, Ben Santic. This home sold for what was a record price at the time for any home on the first island, a record that was held for quite some time. After designing several other homes in the Gold Coast area, Craig’s ability to not only architecturally design, but offer interior and landscape design became his trademark. With his business firmly established on the Gold Coast, Craig transitioned to the USA where he remained for several years designing in some of the world’s most prestigious locations. Next stop was New Zealand where the luxury end of the design market was starting to take off. At this stage project manager Grant Jacobs joined forces with Craig. With this team, Craig designed the Full Turnkey Display home, which remained on display for three years. During that time the full architectural and interior design was complete for a spectacular holiday home at New Zealand’s Mt Maunganui. The property enjoyed the widest water frontage of any property at the famed Bay of Plenty Beach and remains a landmark to this day. Just years later Craig and Grant worked on projects in the Waikato town of Cambridge. Not long after moving there the idea was hatched to build a display home on a parcel of land at the rear of the property the company were using. This time a modest home

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was planned, smaller in scale, with the idea it would fit into its country neighbourhood. Instead of a plaster exterior this house was rough-sawn timber stained in black, white windows and facings with copper corners, white corrugated-iron roof, and natural stone feature work. The interior was planned to the very last detail with the best of Italian porcelain tiles, marble, granite, German bathroom fittings, even some Versace furnishings were sourced and used throughout. Two Juliet balconies were designed for the master bedroom suite and were designed to be totally transparent. Not only were the sides clear glass, but so was the base. Craig wanted the floor to both balconies to be clear glass sitting inside a single steel frame that was designed to almost disappear from sight. This had never been done before on a residential property and at the time the Auckland Skytower was the only building with a clear-glass floor. On the day of the open house over 5000 people visited the property over a three-day period, including designers and developers from Australia. From this particular design came many new projects including the design of Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan’s home at the famed Cambridge Stud. Now back on the Gold Coast, Craig has teamed up with project co-ordinator and structural landscaper Blake Summons. Blake came to the Gold Coast from Sydney where he worked on projects in Darling Point, Vaucluse, Double Bay and Dover Heights. Blake now takes on the role as project co-ordinator for the homes and alterations designed by Craig. For all enquiries contact Blake Summons on 0450 707 879 or visit for more information.

The floor to both balconies is clear glass sitting inside a single steel frame, designed to disappear from sight. This had never been done before on a residential property. SEE MORE AT

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Local Abode

Abode brights from local Gold Coast stores.








1 All available at Alfresco Emporium, Evergreen Centre, corner Bundall and Ashmore Road, Bundall. 2 Fantastic Furniture Katz Futon, $179, Homeworld Helensvale, 502 Hope Island Road, Helensvale. Phone 07 5665 7399. 3 Paint Spot Table Lamp in purple, $29.95, Beacon Lighting West Burleigh, Reedy Creek Rd, West Burleigh. Phone 07 5520 4839. 4 ALL Zoe Occasional Table in Ferrari red $425, 58 Bundall Road, Bundall. Phone 07 5531 5488. 5 Robertsons Design Esquire Home Baron Side Table Trunk in blue jacquard with black lining, $1650, 86 Bundall Rd, Bundall. Phone 07 5592 1677. 6 KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Colour in ice, $749, Wheel & Barrow, Shop 2054 Robina Town Centre, Robina. Phone 07 5578 7523. 7 Hello Kitty set of two teacups and saucers and carry case in original 1933 Liberty Kakurembo print, $69.95 at bon genre, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5528 5002. 98 November /December 2012


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Christmas is upon us once again. The one-stopshopping destination for exclusive christmas gifts and decorations is Pure Indulgence. We can provide a tiny pick-me-up that anyone can enjoy! For those who want their homes to look like something from the pages of a glamorous magazine, this is the place. At Pure Indulgence no area of the home goes unnoticed. Unique Christmas wares for the home complement this magical time of year. Ornate Christmas trees, decorations, nutcrackers, elaborate tabletop Santas, elves and centerpieces – Pure Indulgence brings a point of difference to the home. The variety of stock and decorating styles has made Pure Indulgence a must see experience for the festive season or the discerning shopper. The abundance of gifts and decorations that have been selected capture the imagination of all who see.

At Pure Indulgence we pride ourselves on showcasing the classic Christmas, which continues to remind our customers of the wonders of the imagination and the power of dreams. Local and interstate customers shopping for those unique items are always catered for with complimentary gift wrapping, and with larger purchases freight can also be arranged. Let us help you make this the best Christmas ever! For those that are unable to make it for the festive season the “Pure Indulgence – Gail Gray” Facebook page will have photos of many of the Christmas displays.

Visit Pure Indulgence at 95 Ashmore Rd, Bundall. Phone 07 5527 6668 or visit and find them on Facebook.

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Alfresco Alfresco Emporium is the homewares and furniture store the Gold Coast has been waiting for. With furniture, home and decor ranging from dinner sets to jewellery, specialty foods to luxurious bath towels, there is something to brighten up every abode. Classic, Hamptons’ style home accessories and furniture, inspiring cookbooks, oneoff vintage accessories and more coral than the Barrier Reef, Alfresco Emporium is the perfect fit for homes on the Gold Coast and beyond. A family owned and run business for over 14 years, the company started from what was no more than a small gift shop in Neutral Bay, Sydney. Since those early days, owners Janice and Kevin Hore have proudly developed the Alfresco Emporium identity and experience to offer unparalleled service and products. Janice and Kevin’s three children, Linda, Karen and Michael, are all equally involved in the business development and success. Each shares the passion for delivering quality products, friendly customer service and creating a “shopping experience” for other families to enjoy. Alfresco Emporium is now located in a beautifully designed store at Island Emporium formerly Evergreen Centre, on the corner of Ashmore and Bundall roads, Bundall, and is thrilled to offer its products to the Gold Coast. Alfresco Emporium’s new store supplies high-quality and stylish products for every room in the house; from the kitchen to the living room, bedroom, home office, the garden and an array of unique gift ideas. Alfresco Emporium have recently opened their first children’s concept store, The Red Wagon Co., specialising in traditional toys, beautiful newborn baby gifts, handmade clothing, and

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the children’s books we all grew up with. Limited edition hampers, created in your very own radio flyer wagons, will be available to order pre-Christmas. Don’t miss out. GCM sat down for a chat with Linda from Alfresco Emporium ahead of their Gold Coast store opening. Why did you decide to open a store on the Gold Coast? Our online business in Queensland is growing and there has been a gap in the market for a classic, homewares, furniture store like Alfresco Emporium. We have always loved the old Evergreen centre and think it’s a great fit for the Alfresco Emporium brand. We have also just opened our first children’s concept store, The Red Wagon Co., at the Island Emporium. What is the point of difference that Alfresco Emporium has that other stores don’t? First and foremost, Alfresco Emporium is a family business and we take

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great pride in building loyalty with our customers and offering them the best of service. We also design and import a wide range of homewares and furniture, ensuring great quality and price for our customers. Alfresco Emporium’s style is classic coastal, however, we change the range regularly so there will always be something new to see.

Will the Gold Coast store stock the same ranges that the Sydney stores do? Yes, the Gold Coast store will stock most of what is available in our flagship store in Sydney, and also some special items that will only be available to our Gold Coast customers. Visit Alfresco Emporium and The Red Wagon Co. at Island Emporium on the corner of Ashmore and Bundall roads, Bundall. Phone 07 5592 4734 or visit alfrescoemporium.

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1 Glasshouse Christmas candle ‘Party Time’ sweet orange and nutmeg. Evergreen at the Oasis, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5531 7895. 2 Bouvier Barcelona cuff in hand-cut sterling silver $847. Osborne+Grace Gallery, Marina Mirage. Phone 07 5532 2282. 3 Homage Connecting Circles of Love Pendant from $183.20. Available at Paradises Facet 58 Jewellers – Robina Town Centre, phone 07 5580 9199 and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, phone 07 5554 6916. Visit 4 Purchase your Christmas gift certificate from The Golden Door Day Spa at Main Beach before December 24 and receive 20% off*. Phone 07 5588 5000. (*Promotional sales period ends December 24, 2012. Valid for mid-week use only, excluding public holidays.) Purchase your Christmas gift certificate from The Golden Door Day Spa at Salt Kingscliff before December 24 and receive 20% off*. Phone 02 6674 3233. (*Promotional sales period ends December 24, 2012. Valid for mid-week use only, excluding public holidays.) 5 Hardwood, gold and diamond rings from JWG. Phone 07 5598 4811 or visit 6 Beautiful antique bra $69.95 and beautiful antique brief $29.95. Triumph, Robina Town Centre. Phone 07 5562 5864. 7 Apple Power Bank $29.95 Phone 1300 69 44 30. 8 Stream music from your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad or laptop with WOW (With Out Wires) Speakers $79.95. Bon Genre, Marina Mirage. Phone 07 5528 5002.

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tRAVELBUG Mini Escape: Melbourne

Nothing revitalises the spirit like a mini-break. We don’t know if it’s the fact that you don’t have to tend to your normal household duties (washing, mowing the lawns and grocery shopping are just not possible, or allowed on a mini-break) or the air of excitement that getting away for a weekend conjures. GCM always suggests to mini-break in our own back yard, however, our second favourite spot for a weekend away is Melbourne, especially when a foodinduced escape is in order. Here are our highlights:

Stay: Located within the beautiful façade of a heritage building, Vibe Savoy Melbourne is an art-deco lover’s delight. Decked out with a host of unique, quirky traits, you will love the feature windows, retro-style bathroom fit- out and friendly, attentive staff. As a bonus The Alexander Bar is located in the lobby and is perfect for a morning coffee or evening nightcap. Did we mention Vibe Savoy is located in the prime position across the way from Southern Cross Station and just a few minutes walk from the hub of Melbourne, Collins Street? Vibe always have great deals available. Visit Eat: You

will be spoilt for choice on the streets of Melbourne. Visit Degraves Street or the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne or Prahran Markets for something a little different.

Explore: Get acquainted with the city’s secret laneways, hidden shopping haunts and craft coffee shops. You could spend the better part of a day getting lost in the underground weave of sidestreets that Melbourne is famous for. If you prefer something a little more structured book a laneway tour with Meltours ( They know all the good spots. Coming Up: If a day at the cricket floats your boat, the Vodaphone Boxing Day test will be on your list of things to do. Otherwise there is the Melbourne Cup Carnival ( or the Melbourne Music Festival (, which features over 200 artists.

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Location inspiration: My Greek Island Home by Claire Lloyd $49.99, published by Lantern. If you have ever dreamt of escaping to Greece or have been lucky enough to experience a Santorini sunset, then you will love this book by Australian artist, designer and photographer Claire Lloyd. My Greek Island Home is a memoir of Claire’s daily life in a village of the island of Lesvos. Frank, intimate and beautifully photographed, this book is a guaranteed coffee table favourite for anyone with a soft spot for this majestic part of the world. 106 November /December 2012

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gcm GLOBE TROTTING with Narelle Bouveng



Tahiti has long been considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations. A natural magnet for well-to-do couples, celebrities and honeymooners, but in recent times French Polynesia has been winning acclaim as a family friendly destination too. Bora Bora At first sight, Bora Bora is breathtaking. The velvet-cloaked Mount Otamanu, Bora Bora’s iconic landmark, rises dramatically from neon-lit seas. Tiny motus (islands) dot the lagoon, home to some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, which hover above the water like exquisite butterflies. Accessible only by boat, a bevvy of luxury cruisers await at the airport ready to whisk guests to their chosen resorts. Leis of delicate white Tiare flowers are offered to guests, and with glasses charged with French Champagne we head off into the blue to paradise. Hilton Bora Bora is moderately priced in comparison to others, but as impressive in terms of location and facilities. The only downside was no view of commanding Mount Otamanu, which some of the other pricier resorts boast. While most will advise selecting a garden bure with kids in tow, it would be a travesty to come here and not spoil the family in an overwater bure. Sure, safety is paramount and supervision needs to be ever vigilant, but even younger kids will enjoy

the spacious timber gorgeousness that includes glass viewing panels beside beds, on the floor, under the coffee table and even on either side of the bath, creating a 24-hour Nemo-like encounter without needing to get wet! But getting wet is what Bora Bora is all about. The water is hypnotic. It is luminous, warm and begs immersion. The colour is worthy of its own pantone – Tahiti turquoise perhaps? And it is easy to spend the days just dipping from the decks to swim, snorkel, explore and relax. But when you can tear yourself away, Hilton provides a complimentary boat transfer to the main island to shop for crafts, pick up some fresh fruit and check out the famous Tahitian pearls.The main island is not as luxurious as the resorts and locals enjoy a simple existence at a sleepy pace. You can however, hire a car to circumnavigate the island; pop into the local art galleries or even get a tattoo as a brag-worthy souvenir (not for us, but the American tourists were hooked). All the resorts here are stunning and I doubt there is a bad choice to be made. We checked out St Regis, where Couples

The water is hypnotic. It is luminous, warm and begs immersion. The colour is worthy of its own pantone – Tahiti turquoise perhaps? And it is easy to spend the days just dipping from the decks to swim, snorkel, explore and relax.

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Retreat was filmed and the kids loved the extra movie star appeal, but we paid handsomely with lunch of two salads and a bowl of chips costing well over $250. Fare is French-inspired, due to the colonisation of Tahiti in 1880, and the language of love is also spoken fluently by most. While Bora Bora may be renowned as the most romantic island on Earth, don’t discount bringing your children here for a relaxing holiday. Quality time is assured, and while there will be ample time to enjoy being a couple, there will be even more to spend as a loved-up family!

Moorea For families with less cash to splash, Moorea is the perfect island choice. Visible from the main island of Tahiti and a short ferry ride from Papeete, Moorea is shaped like a heart, making it a popular choice for honeymooners and couples too. The island is small enough to easily conquer by car in half a day, but large enough to provide a good range of quality resorts to choose from and an array of activities, including hiking, tropical fruit tasting, ray feeding and a vast selection of water-sports to try. We chose the Intercontinental Resort & Spa, which had recently received an impressive upgrade to its pool and bar areas, but also because it is home to the Moorea Dolphin Centre, which for us was the major drawcard. A choice of bures includes overwater, lagoon and garden with private pools. We chose the lagoon bure, which fronted a tidal estuary. It was safe to swim here, however, with coral, rocks and a fairly strong tide, it is important to keep a very close eye on kids no matter how confident they are in the water.

The main resort building houses a choice of restaurants, exceptional wet bar that enables guests to sit in the pool and enjoy beverages and snacks, and the stunning sandy-bottomed lagoon that is perfect for littlies and those who enjoy wallowing in the baby blue shallows too. Further out, the coral viewing is good and there is a range of motorised equipment for the more adventurous. The Intercontinental Resort & Spa’s commitment to conservation is supremely evident at the Moorea Dolphin Centre where guests can get up close and personal with two bottlenose dolphins, cheeky brothers Lokahi and Kuokoa. The family program enables all members to participate in dolphin education with an accredited trainer and to follow, some time in the water to play with the stars. This is an incredible experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity to cherish with your children. The two brothers were immensely intelligent, impressively powerful, but also gentle as kittens when it came time for us to stroke them and receive our firstever fishy dolphin kiss. Guests at the Intercontinental Resort & Spa can enjoy as much time as they like watching the dolphins at play, and if you are really lucky, you may even get the bure right next to the enclosure, which makes for an even more magical experience for the kids.

THE DETAILS: Fly: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui fly to Papeete with transfers to Bora Bora and Moorea with Air Tahiti.

STAY: Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Intercontinental Resort & Spa Moorea SEE

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The latest addition to the Aston Martin range has arrived. Introducing the Vanquish, replacing the acclaimed and much-loved DBS as the standard bearer of the Aston Martin model range.

from carbon fibre – a first for Aston Martin. This enables the creation of complex shapes and uninterrupted curves that would otherwise be impossible to produce from conventional materials. It is also super strong yet light.

What to expect: Vanquish takes inspiration from the brilliance that is the One-77, but with more power, performance, space, comfort and fuel efficiency. The first thing you will notice is the design language.The Vanquish epitomises athleticism with its deeply sculptured flanks and powerful haunches, while aero ducts in the boot lid and grooves in the roof panel show that it is shaped to function.

Another interesting development is the new “waterfall” centre stack which includes mobile phone-style touchscreen capacitive switches that sit beneath a glass surface.

The V12 6-litre engine has also been upgraded with a new engine block and heads. Many of the alterations under the bonnet have been crafted to improve airflow in and out of the engine, creating benefits in terms of torque and power.

Where to get one: The arrival of Vanquish signposts an important marker in the historical development of the Aston Martin brand. The registered interest in this remarkable model shows a positive step in consumer confidence on the Gold Coast. If you would like to find out more Paul Hewitt from Sunshine Aston Martin is the man you need to speak to.Visit him (and the Vanquish) at 179 Nerang Street, Southport. Phone 07 5532 1833 or 0425 001 964. Visit and click on the video link for more.

y p p a h p Sna What you’ll love: The entire body of the Vanquish is made

Spend your Summer holidays snapping lifelong memories with these irresistible stocking fillers. Lomography Diana baby $59 Lomography La Sardina Splendour $240 Visit for more information.

MUST-DRIVE: JAGUAR XKR-S It’s the fastest and most powerful series production sports car Jaguar has ever built and there is no denying the XKR-S is a headturner. Sporting a 5-litre V8 petrol engine, the XKR-S offers intelligent performance with everyday driveability. Sunshine Jaguar have a model on the floor now. Phone Andrew Jackson on 07 5509 7100 or 0412 083 488. Visit

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gcm DRIVE GUIDE with Aimee Ley

Jaguar X J

When the creator of Jaguar, Mr William Lyons, set about deciding on a name for his newly found car company he wanted a name that reflected the speed, sleekness and raw power of what he was creatING. And so, in 1935, Jaguar was born. Now in the company’s 77th year of production, the design team’s objective is to create the closest thing they can to something that is alive. The 2012 XJ is a perfect example of this, with sleek animalistic curves and power that rivals its namesake. Visual highlights: The XJ is iconic, synonymous with elegance and grace. Gone is the low-slung three-box look, replaced by design director Ian Callum’s vision for a 21st-century luxury car.The first thing you notice about the XJ is its sheer presence. This is a full-sized saloon with a stature to match. You will love the streamline sloping bonnet, which is sharply met by a large stylised grille adorned with the signature Jaguar badge. The entire frontend of the XJ has been redesigned, adding new HID Xenon headlamps (they automatically come on when it’s dark, react to speed and steering and automatically switch from high beam to low beam when they detect oncoming traffic) and chrome power vents set into each wing. The second feature that is bound to catch your eye is the panoramic, heat-reflective glass roof that extends to the full width of the car and sweeps as far back as the rear-seat area. Not only does this roof fill the interior with natural light, but it also filters UV rays, protecting both the passengers and the super-soft leather interior. The rear screen wraps seamlessly around the car creating an almost floating roofline, which in turn emphasises the long, low and wide aspect of the XJ and its elegant profile. Once at the rear of the XJ you will notice the signature cat’s claw LED light clusters, which cleverly follow the elegant contours of the boot, leading the eye down towards the bumper. This feature not only adds to the streamline look of the vehicle, but also creates an illusion that the XF is ready to pounce. This rear bumper is also decked out with the latest in ultrasonic sensors in the rear, which can detect objects up to 1.8 metres away. Once inside there is no denying the XJ drips in luxury. Everything is wrapped in leather, is soft touch and a divine sensory experience.A soothing phosphor blue lighting theme is featured throughout the XJ, from the centre console to the door pannier and door pulls, bathing the cabin in a cool and calming light. Lovely little luxuries included in the cabin include dual or four-zone climate control with air particle and odour filtration, humidity control and automatic window demisting. For a few

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extra pennies you have the option of having a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings when the last thing you want to do is cling on to a cold steering wheel. THE DRIVE: The XJ is available with three or five-litre engines in either petrol or diesel varieties. The potential of the XJ is evident as soon as you climb into the driver’s seat. Cocooned and comfortable with everything at your fingertips, there is no doubt the XJ is in a class of its own. The XJ’s enhanced six-speed automatic transmission delivers lightning-fast gear changes, optimising performance and fuel efficiency. Shift changes are constantly adapted by the system to suit the style of the driver, ranging from economical to sporting. You also have the option of changing the gears manually with paddles located behind the steering wheel. Some nifty features that enhance your driving experience include the XJ’s adaptive dynamics which analyse the speed, steering and body movements of the vehicle 500 times a second

and subsequently adjusts the suspension to achieve the ideal balance between comfort and precise handling. The adaptive cruise control is also a luxurious feature designed to sense if the vehicle in front slows down. The XJ then uses the brake and throttle to maintain a constant time gap.The same radar operates Forward Alert, which gives the driver an audible warning if the traffic ahead slows quickly or if another vehicle moves into the same lane as the XJ. THE INVESTMENT: The XJ is available in luxury, premium luxury, portfolio, supersport and ultimate models. Prices start at $198,800. WHO DO YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO: Andrew Jackson is your local Jaguar specialist at Sunshine Jaguar. Visit 179 Nerang Road, Southport. Phone 07 5509 7100 or 0412 083 488. Visit

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mONEY mATTERS gcm FINANCE with Carmel Gardner

GCM’s resident financial expert Carmel Gardner explains cash in superannuation and the importance of risk insurance. Not too many people would argue that investing comes with its fair share of risks. For investors, the 2011-2012 financial year was a tough one, plagued by headlines of European sovereign debt issues and slowing economic growth throughout Europe and in China. Given the market volatility endured since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, it is no surprise that cash has been Australians’ asset class of choice, with superannuation being the case in point.Australian investors have enjoyed higher interest rates than most other parts of the developed world and, in some cases, the security of a government capital guarantee. One risk that investors are less conscious of, however, is the impact that a conservative asset allocation may have for those with a long-term investment horizon. As cash provides no opportunity for capital growth, being overallocated in cash can increase the risk of potential long-term underperformance. Capital growth over time helps to offset the impact of inflation on the purchasing power of your money. When your superannuation balance is over allocated to cash in the long-term, this may result in a smaller balance at retirement, potentially compromising your standard of retirement living. If we look back at the returns delivered by some of our major asset classes over the past three financial years to 30 June 2012, it may be surprising to see that cash delivered 4.5 per cent a year, a portfolio of Australian bonds delivered 8.5 per cent, the Australian share market returned 5.5 per cent, while the broader world market provided a hedged return of 13.2 per cent a year. Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing and, as we all know, past performance is never a reliable indication of future returns. While we are not suggesting that it is the right time to return to investing in growth assets, what these figures do highlight is the importance of the principles of investing. The asset allocation decision is recognised to be the primary driver of portfolio returns and volatility. Factors such as your current superannuation balance, the years you have until retirement, the level of income you will require when you retire and your ability to sustain short to medium-term fluctuations in the capital value of your superannuation will influence your personal asset allocation. Now is a good time to contact your financial advisor to review your superannuation’s current asset allocation and determine whether it is well positioned for your personal situation.While


holding cash may be a conscious and appropriate decision for you, it is important to remember that even an all-cash portfolio is not risk free.

Protecting Your Most Important Asset – You! If we suffer a sickness or injury that leaves us unable to work, the emotional and financial impact on us and our families can be devastating. Most of us know that we should have income protection; after all, it makes sense to protect our most important asset – our ability to earn an income. Sadly, many people in Australia still do not have this cover in place.

What does income protection insurance cover? Income protection insurance (sometimes known as salary continuance) pays 75 per cent of your income if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury. Unlike other personal insurances, the premiums are personally tax deductible, which is particularly beneficial for those on a higher marginal tax rate. People often view certain milestones in their life as the trigger for income protection – such as taking out a mortgage to buy their first home or starting a family. Clearly, these are important stages of life where income protection is vital. No-one wants to be forced to sell their home because they are unable to work for a year due to an accident.

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LOATHING Bullying. An unnecessary evil that has no place in society.Young or old, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. Beloved Broadbeach restaurant RockSalt, owned by Matt and Amy Jefferson, is on the market. The multiple Gold Coast Magazine People’s Choice Award winners say they are in search of a new challenge having created an inspired modern Australian menu and one of the Gold Coast’s favourite dining venues. Good luck to Matt and Amy!

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Unexpected “wind falls” could come your way through a benefactor, particularly for Pisceans born February 25. If you’ve been feeling a little vulnerable this could provide the pick-meup you’ve been looking for. If you’ve been helping out others in crisis then take this opportunity for a well-deserved rest. Connect with loved ones and nurture yourself. Allow yourself to be swept up in artistic and spiritual pleasures.

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Passions are ignited and nothing short of an intense encounter will do. Attractions run high as do feelings of power and possession. It can be tempting to gain the upper hand and use manipulation in the pursuit of your desires. The solar eclipse on November 14 falls in your zodiac sign. This is an auspicious occasion for initiating ideas and beginning new projects. Scorpios born November 13 are especially called upon to break free and start afresh.


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Communicator planet Mercury is in your zodiac sign helping promote clear and honest communication. Sagittarians born November 22-26 are particularly impacted by this. You’ll need to review your words if you don’t wish to get tongue tied. Let go of old habits and seek invigorating experiences. Reflecting on past events can give insight into present experiences.


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The month kick starts with a vague feeling of discontent. A choice needs to be made, but the timing is off. Quick decisions could be regretted. It’s best to avoid impulsiveness. Will you commit or seek freedom? The answer lies in following your moral compass. Relationship and money matters are the likely issues needing to be dealt with. Review your partnership and negotiate ways to successfully fulfil each other’s needs.

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It may be an awkward situation, but financial issues must be dealt with. Things look brighter when a silver lining is revealed. It could feel like you’re walking through fog and not making headway. Taking a direct route could prove difficult. Spending time brainstorming and using your imagination on creative projects is far more productive. Use your intuition to know the best time to reveal your thoughts.


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