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Now would be the time for me to get all sentimental about how far the magazine has come and how exciting it has been to watch it develop over the past five years I have been involved, but I won’t. Our 200th issue is a celebration of what we are today. You won’t find any daggy photos of previous covers or stories on the history of our masthead in this issue; instead you will find pages of interviews on the people who have made the Gold Coast iconic, insightful writing and inspiring photography; the elements that make us what we are today. Enjoy.
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The Jan/Feb edition of GCM was brimful of panache. Among our favourite pages of travel and music we’ve just added the new inclusion, Coast Culture, to our regular reads. Being a baby boomer surfie guy I really got excited by the upcoming events that related to the surf... the Sons of Beaches ’72 flick; Bleach-Surfing the Fringe festival: and the Surf n’Ink Australia tatt-fest really got my attention. Thank you for keeping us current on what’s on on this great Gold Coast of ours. – John Douglas
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It’s not all late nights and lattés at GCM, every now and then we get to unchain ourselves from our desks and venture out for our feature shoots. Location. Elephant Rock at Currumbin. You cannot ask for a more pristine place to spend an afternoon. Photographer Jess wanted to capture the contrast of the rock face with the wild unleashed movement of the ocean beyond to create a moody scene, showcasing our icons like they have never been seen before. The subjects. Mick Doohan, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Peter Frampton. All four men have never been shot by GCM before, yet they are known on the world stage for their clever antics in their chosen fields. Highlights. Peter Frampton had the entire team in stitches and also brought along one of his Oscars for show and tell. Mick Doohan’s wife Selina popped in to see Mick in action in front of the camera before the two set off for a lunch date. Joel arrived at the shoot fresh from training with his Hugo Boss suit crammed in his backpack. We convinced him to take a dip in the ocean to get rid of the creases and ended up with an epic shot of Joel like you have never seen before. It was raining the day of Mick’s shoot, but it didn’t faze him one bit. His 14-year-old mate Taylor came along to the shoot too and didn’t leave Mick’s side the entire time.
A man and his dog; Mick and Taylor
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Joel parKinson Joel Parkinson has a grin as wide as Kirra Beach and an infectious happy-go-lucky attitude that he passes to everyone he comes into contact with. But let’s face it, the 30-year-old professional surfer has it pretty good. With a list of ASP World Tour wins almost as long as his board and a little family with his high school sweetheart Monica, Parko has plenty to smile about. He first moved to the Gold Coast when he was 13 years old. It is here on the Coast that Parko has stayed for the entirety of his professional surfing career and now where he has settled to raise his brood. True to his character, Parko marks the 2009 ASP World Championship as his career highlight; a day that saw Mick Fanning walk away with his second world title leaving Parko in a close second place. “I was devastated. He [Fanning] already had one [a world title]. We went back and forth and battled and even though I didn’t win it was one of the highlights of my career due to the fact that it was one of my best mates that I grew up with, we went to school together and we were battling for the ultimate prize in surfing.” For Parko, nothing beats surfing in front of his home crowd and spending time with his kids. And even though his head is down and bum up in preparation for the year ahead, the seasoned surfer admits he has noticed a shift in his attitude to surfing as he gently comes of age. “I have spent the last few years training hard and being really psychoish about surfing but I am a lot more relaxed now and I am here to have a good time. After being on tour for a few years you keep your guard up a lot. Surfing is like any professional sport, it is kind of a selfish thing but I feel like I have dropped my guard. I am not saying I won’t be giving it a good go, I still have the passion and I am here to win but I just want to enjoy it more.”
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Tiny crevasses form on Mick Fanning’s olive sun-stained complexion as he calls out to Taylor, his bitzer canine companion. Nudging 14 years old, Taylor has seen Mick through the entirety of his professional surfing career; the injuries, losses and triumphs that come with competing on the professional circuit for 10 years. As he speaks, an aura of wisdom hangs on Mick’s every word like an old soul whose life experiences have gifted him empathy and knowledge beyond his years. And Mick sure has been dealt a mixed hand. A personal tragedy and injury early on in his career tested his willpower before he proved himself by taking out two world titles in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Then just last year, a nasty neck injury forced Mick to end his season early. “I was a little frustrated last year. I was injured and just surfing in pain wasn’t any fun and that is why I had the end of the season off. It was great to just come home. It was the longest I have spent at home in years and it was great just to hang at home with Karissa and the dog and just be normal. It was great to wake up and go out to breakfast and not have to worry about how fat I was getting.” Rested, relaxed and in good form, Mick is ready to tackle the 2012 season ahead with the determination and spunk that he is known for. “I’m focusing on having a lot of fun and keep trying to improve and find new ways to improve. I think you learn every day and it is one of those things where there are new ways to surf, new ways to approach it and new ways to have fun. It is just a matter of finding a balance for all of them.”
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Mick Doohan the businessman and father is cool, calm and collected; one could guess this collected disposition is a far cry from the man you may have encountered on the morning of a race weekend all those years ago. It has been 13 years since Mick hung up his leathers after almost 100 victory laps during his decade-long Grand Prix stint with Honda. These days he spends his time ultilising a little less adrenalin in the office, managing his several business interests, including an aviation charter that operates out of Coolangatta airport. Performing on the world stage saw Mick travel the world before returning to the Gold Coast, his home town since he was 15 years old. This is where he cut his teeth with his first road race debut in 1984 in Surfers Paradise and where he has chosen to settle with his wife Selina and their two children on acreage at the northern end of the Coast. “The Gold Coast is a great place and when I was living out of the country I always enjoyed the short times that I was able to come back and see my family. Even though it has changed since I was a young guy it is still a fantastic place to live and raise kids.”
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“It was terribly frightening,” explains Peter Frampton of the time he received an Oscar for Braveheart. “But they don’t put a loser on the end seat, so if you have an end seat and you see the camera crew coming towards you, you know the lady on the stage is going to say your name. You have 40 seconds to speak and you just go completely numb. You are up on the podium and you look out to the crowd and see the faces before you who you have worked with and others that you have looked up to your whole life.” Peter is possibly the world’s most celebrated and well-known make up artist having worked on films such as the Pink Panther, Tarzan Greystoke and Pink Floyd The Wall. He was also George Michael’s make up artist along with David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Not only has Peter contributed greatly to the international film industry but he also dedicated over a decade of his life teaching the next generation of make up artists at The Frampton Institute of Make Up in Bundall, which he ran with his wife Heather up until last year. Peter is happily retired “for the moment” and spends his time breeding miniature donkeys with Heather at their property in Currumbin Valley. However, having worked with artists from all over the world and with his extensive knowledge of the film industry surely there is a book deal bubbling on the horizon.
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GEORGES ANTONI Georges Antoni’s earliest and most treasured memory of the Gold Coast was instilled in 1980 as the Antoni family approached the Labrador exit on the Smith Street motorway after making the trip from their home in Blackall, central Queensland for their annual holiday at the Gold Coast. In the backseat, Georges and his sisters played a game of who could smell and see the beach first. For a young boy, the Gold Coast was an eye-opener with traffic lights everywhere, KFC and of course the allure of the beach. The family made the trip to the Coast every year until they made the place their home in 1994. Now an international photographer Georges’ work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Oyster, and he has worked with high-profile models and celebrities including Rihanna, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Hawkins and Dita Von Teese. His work sees him travel the world (he has already boarded 20 planes this year) and gets back to the Gold Coast at least once a month to see his family. “I think it’s [the Gold Coast’s] perception and reality are very different. However I’m certain, if we did a survey of successful artists in Australia, I am sure you will see a skew of successful artists from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth. I am so proud to be from the Gold Coast.” Although Georges has shot some of the biggest names in the game he remains humble to his capabilities. “It still amazes me that people hire me to take photos for their brands. It’s an incredible privilege. But I don’t think that getting paid for taking photographs gives you the right to classify yourself as a professional. It’s so much more than that. Being a professional means your photographs help achieve the targets and goals of the people that are hiring you. It’s certainly not the camera or lighting you use, nor the number of assistants you have, it’s your ability to translate the photo into a corporate or editorial objective. So by that standard I’m still deciding if I’m a professional photographer yet.” Critics the world over would beg to differ.
MARK OCCHILUPO He has been surfing since he was nine years old and has had a professional surfing career spanning 25 years, yet all Mark Occhilupo wants to do when he wakes up is go surfing. The 45-year-old surfing legend has publicly endured the highs and low of professional surfing; with more comebacks than he cares to mention, yet still a burning passion for the love he made his profession. He started on the World Championship Tour when he was 17, yet it wasn’t until 1999, aged 33, that Occy’s career choice vindicated with the World Title in Brazil. When asked what he loves more, surfing or competing, Occy pauses. With the nickname “Raging Bull” and 25 years fighting for first place on the leader board you would think the man was ingrained with the burning desire to win, but he says he would choose surfing over competing any day. “Competing gives you such highs, but such lows as well, and surfing shouldn’t really give you those lows. Most freesurfers that don’t compete, they don’t get those lows, they just get highs out of surfing. Even though I have been competing all my life you never get over those lows.” Occy officially retired in 2007 yet has very much maintained his connection with the surfing community. He still surfs up to three times a day at his favourite Gold Coast breaks and works with Billabong as a brand ambassador and Fuel TV as a presenter. “I am really proud to be an ambassador for Billabong. They have been really loyal to me over the years and I have been with them since I was 15 years old and it has been a really long relationship. I have watched the company grow big time, and now with Fuel TV, they are great because I have always wanted to get into presenting. I think I have got two good things going and I have a beautiful wife and two kids so I think I am in a happy balance at the moment.”
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stephanie Gilmore So far this year Steph Gilmore has touched down in Paris, Senegal and the Swiss Alps and it’s barely even February. This isn’t out of the ordinary for the 24-year-old surfer, but her home town is the place she loves most of all. “I love the southern area of the Gold Coast. I get to experience amazing and exotic beach destinations around the world, and while I’m always impressed, I feel like saying “you should see where I live.” Steph spent most of her childhood in Kingscliff and her devoted dad drove her to Snapper Rocks before and after school to practise her craft. Of course, the ocean on a Summer’s day is Steph’s favourite place to be, but she also mentions a love of the café culture on the Gold Coast, naming Barefoot Barista and the PBC food markets as her favourite spots to visit. The four-time world title holder recently worked on a project with Quiksilver called the Water Dancer, a series of short films created in New York exploring the similarities of dance and surfing. She says, “We explored the idea of doing what you love on a world stage and gaining achievements before you were old enough to really comprehend what you were aiming to do”. With the World Tour already under way, this year sees Steph firmly focused on the competition and progressing her surfing skills.
samantha harris Samantha Harris’ Aboriginal heritage gives her a point of difference; in beauty pageants as a child, the shopping centre modelling competitions as a teen and now when casted for the top jobs on the modelling circuit. Her lithe brown limbs, bee-stung lips and dark almond-shaped eyes have set her in good stead in an industry where a distinctive look is a prerequisite. Now based in Sydney for work, Sam is a born and bred Gold Coaster with her family still residing in Tweed Heads. Despite her hectic schedule she travels home as often as she can and still feels pangs of patriotism for her home town. “I think travelling and living away from home makes you appreciate what you have left. My fondest childhood memories are of the Gold Coast; walking along the beach, going to the local shops and the incredible weather.” Now with Chic Management in Sydney, Sam’s striking good looks have seen her travel the globe, shooting in exotic locations and working with some of the biggest Australian and international names in the game. In 2010 she shared the role of ambassador with Jess Hart for swimwear label Seafolly’s Summer campaign (a position that has been held by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Catherine McNeil, Kristy Hinze and Alyssa Sutherland) and she is the David Jones Youth Ambassador for Young Women’s Fashion; a post she rates as a highlight of her career alongside her Vogue Australia cover that hit shelves in June 2010. Watch this space as Sam has her sights set on taking her career international, spending time living in New York and appearing on runways for brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
natalie GruZlewski Natalie Gruzlewski has a well-thumbed passport collection that would rival the most seasoned of travellers. Name a place and she has visited it thanks to what she calls “the dream job” as a long-serving presenter on Channel Nine’s Getaway. Even though she has travelled the world seeking out the top hot spots to visit, Nat still graciously concludes that her home town is the best place in the world to live. “The Gold Coast is home to me. I have travelled the world and I still believe the Gold Coast has the most beautiful idyllic lifestyle there is. It’s not that I am biased because I am Gold Coast born and bred, but I really don’t think it is comparable to anywhere else.” Nat grew up in Currumbin and has watched the Coast develop over the years yet retain that small- town feel. Her fondest memories are those of the beaches which she contends are the best in the world. In addition to the dream job, Nat hosts the hugely successful Famer Wants A Wife (now in its eighth season) files lifestyle reports (she was interviewing Miranda Kerr for David Jones the day we spoke) and reads the weather for Channel Nine. Due to these commitments she bases herself in Sydney, but spends as much time as possible on the Coast with her partner, family and friends. 2012 also sees Nat continuing her work as ambassador for cosmetic giant Garnier Nutrisse, Swisse and Lexus, plus working with Australian Year of the Farmer.
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Conservati on crusaders 18 March / April 2012
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One of the most beautiful creatures on Earth, the tiger, is in danger of becoming extinct, and unless the world starts to take notice, we can only blame ourselves for their demise. There are some, however, who have dedicated their lives to the cause and they reside here, in our very own back yard. t the turn of the last century, there were in excess of 100,000 tigers roaming the world. Today, there are less than 4000. This is largely due to us, the humans that poach, hunt and desecrate these majestic creatures and the habitats in which they live. Having roamed the Earth for millions of years, it is astonishing that they may soon be non-existent. Three species of tiger are already extinct due to the negative impacts of humans on the tiger’s natural environment. The wildlife trade is the third-largest illegal trade in the world behind drugs and arms, and tigers are poached for their body parts, usually their bones, which are used in the making of palm oil. The oil is used in traditional medicine, but has never been proven to have medicinal benefits. Regardless, it is a devastating practice and one that Dreamworld, on our sunny Gold Coast, is gunning to eliminate.
Tiger Island was dreamt into existence in 1995, the brainchild of Californian wildlife crusader and now island manager Pat MartinVegue, as a further chance for conservation. While studying a business degree, Pat worked through the summer in a Californian wildlife park, and it was here that his passion for helping animals began to bubble. In the beginning, Tiger Island was the only park of its kind within Australia and is now one of only two. Pat has watched the park and the tigers within it grow and thrive and his enthusiasm for the cause is contagious. He explains that in the wild, tigers typically live for 10-12 years, but in captivity, specifically in a environment as controlled as Tiger Island, tigers can and do live for over 20 years. All Dreamworlds tigers were born in captivity as were the three generations of cats before them and all receive a consistent diet and regular veterinary care. Tiger Island boasts 13 cats, the youngest of whom is 18 months and the oldest, 17 years. Their exceptional health and wellbeing is a testament to the dedicated staff who interact extensively with them, stimulating their brains, teaching them commands and of course, playing games and enjoying the odd wrestle. Pat explains that each tiger has a personality “as distinct as a human” and that a few of them don’t get along. “It’s a tiger thing,” he says. “They’re solitary creatures.” At 1600 square metres and with individual enclosures, Tiger Island allows for plenty of alone time. While tiger conservation is the driving factor behind the island, it is education and funding that make it possible. A portion of all the money raised at Tiger Island goes to the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s Tiger Island Conservation Fund, helping to protect big cats in the wild. The fund works in conjunction with several larger companies and has donated over $1.4 million thus far. The money is distributed across a number of avenues, including education for and policing of villagers in both Russia and Indonesia among others, where tiger endangerment is extremely high. Pat says, “We try to teach the locals about the importance of protecting the tigers and we also act as law enforcement for poachers and fisherman who are depleting the food source”. The team of conservationists also head out into the field to find snares that trappers have laid, risking their own lives for the animals they love so much. Dreamworld handler Adam Pollard recently travelled to Far Eastern Russia with The Phoenix Fund, one of the anti-poaching patrol organisations the park sponsors directly. The Phoenix Fund is a nongovernment organisation conserving the rivers, endangered wildlife
and wild habitat of Russia’s Far East, which includes the protection of the world’s largest species of tiger, the Siberian or Amur tiger. Through the sponsorship of Dreamworld, there are a total of 13 fulltime patrol members worldwide whose job it is to apprehend poachers and monitor tiger populations in addition to supporting species and educating the locals in remote areas. Of his experience Adam says, “While I was on patrol we caught a group of illegal fishermen, confiscated their equipment and issued them with fines. The poaching of a supporting species, such as salmon, can be detrimental to the survival of the Amur tiger as it takes away their direct food source”. On the flip side, Adam was thrilled to discover fresh Amur leopard tracks, as this is the most endangered cat in the world, and on a separate day, the team found two sets of tiger prints in two different areas, proof that there is a healthy population of the tigers in the region. In the past eight years, the two anti-poaching patrols in the region have revealed over 780 violations of environmental laws, confiscated 108 guns and extinguished over 70 forest fires, gaining the title of best nature conservation reserve in Far East Russia. On our side of the world though, there is still plenty to be done to assist and we can all do our part. In April 2011, Tiger Island introduced a new type of experience for visitors to Dreamworld, and now the tigers are closer than ever. Guests are invited behind the scenes of “The Lair”, a purpose-built, triple-laminated enclosure where they can marvel at the graceful cats from every possible angle. The unique experience includes a one-on-one chat with a Dreamworld handler to learn about the diet, behavioural patterns and most importantly, how to safely feed a 200kg tiger. Guests then ascend a ladder into a mesh cage where they are handed a pair of tongs and some raw meat to deliver into the giant jaws of the awaiting tiger. Onlookers can watch the tiger feeding from below thanks to the addition of a glass floor beneath the cat. As a gift to remember their up-close-andpersonal with the tiger, all guests receive a photo of their encounter or the opportunity to receive all the images taken throughout the day on a USB. Dreamworld is passionate about protecting tigers and ensuring this exquisite animal doesn’t become extinct. Do your part by visiting Dreamworld or book your experience at dreamworld.com.au. GCM You can help Dreamworld on their tiger conservation quest. The following experiences and donation opportunities are available; • T iger photos – guests can have their photo taken sitting with a tiger. Advanced bookings essential. • T iger feed experience – guests can tong feed a tiger. Advanced bookings essential. • T iger presentations – held twice daily to demonstrate the tiger’s natural behaviours as they would be in the wild. Guests are invited to ask questions and interact with the handlers throughout the day. • T iger Island has several Dreamworld Tiger Fund donation boxes located throughout. • Guests can also help by purchasing Tiger Island merchandise. 19 March / April 2012
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A free event downstairs at The Cooly Hotel featuring The Black Sorrows and Lisa Hunt from 3pm. Take a look at thecoolyhotel.com.au for more gig times.
Gold Coast Stakes Day
Combine Stakes Day with St. Patrick’s Day and you get one action-packed, fun-filled day of live racing, fashion, entertainment with a touch of Irish at the Gold Coast Turf Club. General Admission is $15 and gates open at 10am.
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Gold Coast Home Show And Lifestyle Expo
Expect quality homewares and furniture, giftware, alternative energy, kitchenware, blinds and furnishings, renovation ideas, outdoor living, fitness, finance, pools, spas and much more to enhance our GC lifestyles. Visit gccec.com.au for more information.
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Room81 is set to launch the Coast’s hottest new Sunday Session, Sundaze @ 81. Lounge at the chic outdoor bar with ever-changing live music, innovative cocktails and tasty tapas from just $10. Every Sunday from noon until 6pm. Visit room81.com.au.
Alice in Wonderland
The Queensland Ballet presents a captivating piece by François Klaus based on the magical adventures of Alice and her quirky friends. Playing until April 14. Go to queenslandballet.com.au for tickets.
An inspired and enthralling creation, MASS transports the concept of communities developed through shared events into the performance space, inviting audiences to encounter an extraordinary showcase of dance theatre. For more information visit theartscentregc.com.au.
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april fools’ day
The only day of the year you can let your inner clown come out to play with no fear of judgement.
easter in surfers paradise
The beachfront precinct will come alive on Easter Sunday with a host of family friendly events, entertainment and games, including free amusement rides, a foreshore petting zoo, market stalls and the Easter Bunny himself! Hop down for a day of fun.
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maCBetH in ConCert
The dramatic simplicity of this special concert production of Macbeth delivers a powerful and contemporary edge to Giuseppe Verdi’s potent operatic rendition of the age-old Scottish tale. Playing until April 14. Go to qpac.com.au for tickets.
tHe Cooly ClassiC CoolanGatta oCean swim
The annual Cooly Classic 2.5km ocean swim is on again beginning at Rainbow Beach and finishing at Kirra. Get down to the beach to cheer competitors on!
GC film festiVal
Running over ten full days – from April 19 to 29 – this year’s festival promises a feast of film, art and industry seminars! The festival is located at Event Cinemas, Australia Fair. Go to gcfilmfestival.com for information.
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Contemporary australia: women
Celebrating the diversity, energy and innovation in work by contemporary Australian women, GOMA features sculpture, film, painting, installation, photography, video and performance by more than 25 artists. Showing until July 22. Go to qag.qld.gov.au.
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Coast Culture interview: sonya G. peters Explain the 21 grams of graphite exhibition. The exhibition was developed from a news story that captured my imagination. A doctor from the US wanted to prove that the human soul had mass and was therefore measureable. It is this idea; the need to give form to what is considered intangible, immaterial, that I endeavor to explore through my arts practice. Typically, how long does a collection take for you to create? Developing a body of work takes quite a while from its very inception, especially with this new work – 21 grams of graphite where I’m covering a surface with layer upon layer of fine graphite lines – building up surface texture and density. Where did you find inspiration for this collection? Inspiration for this exhibition stemmed from previous research/work in which I was exploring the phenomenon of breath. The ancient Greek philosophers believed that breath and soul were one and the same. It was also believed that the spirit or soul of a person flew out of the body with the expiration of the last breath. Some indigenous cultures believe that this departure took the form of a bird. What do you hope people will take from your exhibition? I hope that people will walk away still thinking about what they experienced, and as video artist Bill Viola says; “Art has always been a whole-body, physical experience…The persons who come in to experience the work have to receive it with their whole body, not just with their intellect, or not just with their eyes, and they will do so whether they are conscious about it or not”. See the 21 grams of graphite exhibition at 19Karen, located at 19 Karen Ave, Mermaid Beach. Below left: 21 grams – 2011, Graphite on Arches 350 gram paper, 80cm x 60cm. Below right: Sonya G. Peters.
live at bond: Free musiC series Six-piece soul ensemble Cheap Fakes launch Bond University’s 2012 program of free music on March 25. Cheap Fakes’ fusion of musical styles, catchy melodies, off-beat guitars and a swinging brass and saxophone section have earnt them a solid reputation for music that is uplifting and great to dance to. Live at Bond events are held at Bond University’s ADCO Amphitheatre, showcasing local artists and supporting quality arts and cultural experiences on the Gold Coast. Find out more at bond.edu.au/events. Live at Bond autumn season program, last Sunday of the month, 3-5pm: March 25 – Cheap Fakes + Johan Coppers, April 29 – Burton, Sunde & Fix + Indigo Collins-Cook, May 27 – Mark Boulle and Haba Dudes + Chris Soo.
Jazz & shiraz the popular twilight concert is on again, April 21 from 4-8pm featuring the smooth sounds of Mark Sholtez, local band The Enterprise, Melissa Western Quintet and Craig Martin and his Swing Band. Tickets are $10, available in March by phoning 07 3412 5626. For more information visit logan.qld.gov.au. 26 March / April 2012
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Off the back of a sold-out tour supporting Foster the People, local Brisbane boys Last Dinosaurs have their bags packed ready to embark on their debut solo tour. Kirra Smith caught up with bassist Sam to talk first times and going back to the future. Congratulations on your first solo tour, how does it feel? It’s actually quite nerve-racking, the responsibility is all on us now. We’ve got these three launch shows. Sydney sold out this morning and Brisbane’s got a few tickets left so it definitely makes me very excited to find out people are quite eager to come out and see us play. Those three shows (the third in Melbourne) are a celebration that we got our album out more than anything, so I’m just excited to have a big party for three nights. How did this all begin for Last Dinosaurs? Dan and Sean started Last Dinosaurs in about the 12th grade. They got Sean’s little brother Lachlan, who was only 14 at the time, playing guitar and they had another bass player called Michael. I met them when I was playing drums in a Brisbane band. Michael is also a very passionate filmmaker so they parted ways as a band, but he actually makes all of our film clips. They asked me if I wanted to play bass. I’ve never played bass before, but I was a big fan of the band and I worked hard to get up to their standard. Now here I am and I’m very glad that it worked out that way. What did you learn from touring with Foster the People? That was a very good opportunity for us. We both have a poppy sound so it was good play to a crowd of people that were there to have a good time. We talked to them about what to expect after we’d released the album. Not that I’m expecting anything like what happened to them happening to us. I mean, they released Pumped Up Kicks and it just exploded. They got really big really fast and they were saying you’ve got to just take it because opportunities like this don’t come around very often. Do you draw on personal experience a lot for lyrical inspiration? Sean does most of the lyric writing and he’s found a way to write the lyrics to make it easier for him. He puts himself into the future and looks back on what’s happening right now like 28 March / April 2012
an older, wiser version of him, so it’s like him giving advice on what’s happening to him now. We always write the music first, we’re all very keen guitarists/musicians so we love jamming. New sounds come best when we’re jamming, which is good because if we’re going to do this for a career, we’re going to be in that situation a lot. Do you have a favourite song on the album? There’s a song on there called “Weekend” that I really like. I think it’s Sean’s best lyric work and also I love that we’ve got a few songs that are quite different. It’s laid back and groovy and not that up-tempo pop stuff. Eliot James mixed your tracks on In a Million Years, what was it like to work with him? That was crazy. Eliot James is the sort of name that you look up to and you read about, but you never expect to work with. We got him to mix “Time and Place”, which is our first single, and then we found out that he was really keen to mix the album. It’s pretty humbling when someone like that wants to work with you! Will you be visiting us on the Gold Coast during your album tour? Yes, we haven’t got confirmed tour dates, but we’re doing a more extensive Australian tour around April. I can’t give an exact date, but we’re definitely coming to the Gold Coast. I’m looking forward to coming actually, the crowds are so responsive. GCM
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Gold Coast Fashion week round-up As the annual GCFW draws to a close again, we take a look at the major players in this year’s lineup. Local designers shone in the spotlight while international heavyweights held centre stage. Carla Zampatti, Nicola Finetti and Talulah led the pack with their striking collections as always, GCM favourite Carla Zampatti came out on top with sheer, flowing fabrics and bold colour combinations. Up-and-comers Mac&Bain, Ashlee Hart, Luca Australia, Vivacious, Saucy Rose, Coco Riche, Glamorous Life, Kezini, Molly&Polly and Karla Spetic created compelling shows, and the team at GCM are excited to see where these talented designers will go from here. Can’t wait for next year! news: Howard Showers has launched their flagship store at Marina Mirage, Main Beach. The boutique is overflowing with the Winter 2012 collection, based around a sophisticated and clean silhouette. Visit Howard Showers, Level 1, Marina Mirage, 07 5532 3621. Right: Howard Showers Stardust Stripe Sophie Dress $199.
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The New Crew The Gold Coast is renowned for producing its fair share of beauties. We have sorted the extraordinary from the ordinary to compose a special few we think you should follow.
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I decided I wanted to be a model when… I went to watch my sister at her first fashion show, it just looked like so much fun. I ended up joining the same agency, and absolutely loved it. My biggest job to date… when I was selected to represent Australia at Top Model Worldwide 2011 in London, and I am the current face of Love-a-Lash Cosmetics. My favourite fashion labels are… I love international designers, Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen, Burberry and I think Victoria Beckham is absolutely amazing. Back home, I love Australian labels Lover, Bec & Bridge and Zimmermann. [ Gabrielle wears Lover dress, loverthelabel.com. ]
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My agent is… Kirk Blake from What Model Management. One day you will see me… travelling the world and living life to the fullest. I love international politics and hope to study a dual degree of journalism and international relations. A little-known fact about me… I am obsessed with Ebay and hunting vintage clothing in op shops. The best advice I’ve ever received… was from my father – ‘“you only get out of something what you put in”. It encouraged me to give 110 per cent and always work hard towards achieving my dreams.
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I decided to be a model when… I was first asked to enter the Ford & Vivien’s Super Model of the World Search and went on to win the young encouragement award. Since then I have loved every second of it! My biggest job to date… has probably been the Young Emerging Designers party shoot. My favourite fashion labels… include amazing Australian designers Bec & Bridge, Sass and Bide, Zimmerman and Rachel Gilbert. My agent is… Vivien’s Model Management in Brisbane. One day you will see me… on the runways of Paris! Other careers I am interested in are… Acting. I would love to pursue a life in front of the camera! [ Parisse wears Zara jacket, zara.com and Lisa Brown Etsu pant, lisa-brown.com.au. ]
A little-known fact about me… I have an irrational fear of wasting a good outfit on an insignificant day. The best advice I’ve ever received… if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
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I decided I wanted to be a model when… Kirk Blake who owns What Model Management scouted me in Palm Beach. He has since placed me with different agents all around the world. My mother agent is… eMg Models, Sydney. One of my career highlights… was shooting on Phia Beach in New Zealand with David Shields. Although, it doesn’t get much better than working on the Coast with Georges Antoni though. My favourite fashion labels are… I love my Vans. One day you will see me… I want to get into acting as I love shooting on location and travelling. I am going to ride the wave as long as I can. Other careers I am interested in are… Sales. If all else fails I might sell real estate. A little-known fact about me… I eat like a horse, I love the beach and I can’t go anywhere without putting a photo on Instagram. The best advice that I have received is… Stay who I am and don’t let the industry change me – don’t compromise my beliefs.
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I decided I wanted to be a model when… Someone suggested that I should try out a modelling course and I ended up falling in love with it. My biggest job to date… My photo shoot with Georges Antoni. My favourite fashion labels are… Lover and Herve Leger. My agent is… I’m currently in discussion with different agencies.
One day you will see me… on TV. Hopefully my fear of public speaking will be overcome! A little-known fact about me… I try not to let anything get me down, I always try to live life to the fullest. I am a pretty easy-going person and I love meeting people that have a great sense of humour. The best advice I’ve ever received… Work hard but enjoy the journey.
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My agent is… Dallys and Chadwick’s (Australian). My favourite fashion labels are… I like Lisa Ho and Nicola Finetti. I also love Alice McCall and course the originator, Chanel! One day you will see me... retired into the ultimate tree house
recovering from what I hope will be a very manic and successful career. A little-known fact about me… I have a snake phobia and when I am in shoots having to wear anything to do with a snake I have to take deep breaths and think of being in a yoga class. The best advice that I have received is… the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do, so here I am!
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I decided I wanted to be a model when… I first saw myself in print after my first photo shoot with George Favios.
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faShion label Talulah haS SucceSSfully made The TranSiTion from its home market of australia to europe and america. after debuting in 2005, the label has evolved into one of the most desired fashion brands, now available in over 150 of the most sought after boutiques around the world. designer kelli Wharton, whose distinctive style has inspired the likes of celebrities year after year, engages women to feel beautiful and confident in the feminine and ﬂirtatious seasonal lines. our Junior reporter, isabella crowe caught up with kelli during gold coast fashion Week before the april release of her Winter collection. What is your inspiration? Every season and in fact every day it’s something new. I always have photos from travelling, fabrics I pick up from markets or when travelling also. I love beading and embroideries and any special applications to fabrics, so they always inspire me. I also always love draping and combining different combinations of fabric. Tell me about your latest collection ‘Love in navajo’? I found so many amazing trims that inspired me, including Navajo stripes and weaves. Fringed boots and mixing textures and lots of colour just like the Navajo. I really enjoyed making this collection as it was really fun mixing up all the colours and textures. I patchworked prints and played with binding. There were so many techniques all rolled together that brought this collection to life. and the design process you went through to create it? I started off with many textured fabrics that I sourced while on a trip overseas and silhouettes that became the evolution of the previous season, and just started to combine my design and they all just came together. The trims played a big role in this collection. Making sure it wasn’t too themed, but still having every piece show the inspiration. What is your favourite piece in this collection and why? Speaks of Treasures top would be my favourite or definitely the piece I wear the most day-to-day anyway. I love the natural fibre mixed with the lovely cutwork trim and little bobbles. I wear it with coloured denim or cut-off shorts. What is your top style tip for women? Wear what you love and what suits your body. Always take one thing off rather than wearing too much and over-styling. Invest in statement shoes each season. 44 March / April 2012
How do you intend women to feel when wearing your clothing? I like women to feel beautiful. Like they are wearing something very unique that not many people have. I like women to be able to have “cool” days or “pretty” days when they wear Talulah as it totally depends what you style with your pieces. If you put a little boot with one of my dresses I find it looks dressed down and pretty cool. For women going for a pretty day out, she can change to a wedge or heel in that same dress and feel very beautiful. I like women to know they can feel how they want to when wearing it so it totally depends how they are styling their Talulah pieces. Tell me more about your own personal style. Do you predominately wear Talulah? I’m a dress and boots kind of girl. I mostly wear Talulah as I do design it with myself in mind. I buy lots of boots and heels and denim. I love beautiful basics too. My favourite shoe designer is Alexander Wang, he is an inspiration. I would wear every Talulah piece with Alexander Wang shoes all day, every day! and your ultimate muse? I really love Sienna Miller, she is absolutely beautiful. Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and the Olsen girls are gorgeous too. I’d love to have cocktails with Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson. I think they would look super cute in Talulah too. What do you have to say to the next generation, particularly for those hoping to follow in your footsteps? Head down, bum up. The first couple of years are day and night, but it’s all worth it when your dreams come alive and people love what you do. GCM Talulah is stocked in Bamboo Blonde at Pacific Fair and Dissh at Robina Town Centre or online at talulah.com.au.
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gcm Plastic Surgery with Dr Terrence Scamp ot surprisingly given the recent press, my office phone lines have been abuzz with people asking about the PIP implants. First, let me say, to my own clientele in particular, that I have never used PIP implants. This was not because I had some divine premonition about disaster with regards to these implants, but simply because I had been using the same brands of implants for more than 10 years when PIP came on to the market and I saw no particular reason to change.
It is the second time since I have been in practice that this sort of concern has arisen. In 1991 silicone gel implants were withdrawn from usage for a couple of years due to concerns about leakage. This was due to the fact that in the years between 1975 and 1985, the manufactures of gel implants decided that they could probably achieve a better, softer and more lifelike result by using a less dense silicone gel with a thinner implant wall. Unfortunately this was a poor decision and this made the implants prone to break and leak. This was particularly so as at that time the most common complication after augmentation was hardening, and a commonly performed procedure was called a “closed capsulotomy”. The current implant problem is entirely different. PIP is a French company that makes breast prostheseis. They had been doing so for about 10 years or up until 2010 when their approval for usage was withdrawn due to concerns about the structure of their implants. It is the job of the health authorities in each country to properly assess new medical devices as application is made for them to be brought on to the market. Doctors do not have the facilities or the expertise to assess what is mostly an engineering problem. They can only go on the advice of their respective health authorities, which in Australia is the TGA. The doctor’s role is to monitor the behavior of the device and to report any subsequent problems. The same health authorities accumulate these reports and if any device shows a significant number then an alert is issued. Such an alert was issued in 2010 with the PIP implants and more advice has been given as information is accumulated. In Australia they had a relatively small “share of the market”. The usage was much more common in Europe and particularly as one would expect in France. The facts of the case are still unclear, as is often the case when legal proceedings are pending. My impression and that of many of my colleagues is that a deliberate decision was made by the company to use a lower grade of silicone-grade gel as a cost-cutting exercise. Silicone is like a chain of molecules strung together. One can make anything from a fine oil to a stiff plastic by the way that the chain is structured. In medical-grade silicone, the product is designed to be very stable and to have a very, very low percentage of the finer silicone molecules within it. This is important as the fine molecules are able to get through the implant wall and can then pass into the lymphatic vessels and spread elsewhere in the chest region. This can cause rashes and inflammation and enlargement of lymph glands. It also makes the implant more prone to rupture and fail. The modern breast implants that are in common usage avoid this problem by having a dense and stable silicone gel content, so dense that one can cut a hole in the wall and
none of the gel will come out. In fact in certain styles of modern implants you can cut the gel in half and it will remain in two pieces. This is the so called “turkish delight” implant, where the density of the gel gives it a similar density to the sweet. The percentage of finer silicone molecules in this dense gel is extremely low. It has to be regarded as “medical-grade silicone”. In addition modern gel implants have a dense multi-layer implant wall. This helps to stabilise the implants and to prevent the passage of those very few fine silicone molecules out of the implants. However, medical-grade silicone is expensive to produce. Industrial-grade silicone is much less expensive, but has a higher percentage of the finer silicone molecules that can cause problems. Although one can’t be certain it seems probable that this cheaper grade of industrial silicone was substituted to reduce the cost of producing implants in the PIP factory. We know that three types of silicone gel have been identified within PIP implants. Only one of these was authorised for use by the European health authorities. All medical devices are tested rigorously by health authorities when applications are made by companies to have these devices registered. The PIP implants were cleared by the European authorities and authorities in other countries when initially tested as the higher medical-grade silicone was employed. Subsequent to this it seems that the lower industrial grade was substituted. Thus it seems likely that a deliberate plan was hatched to obtain approval from the health authorities by making the implants properly as done by other companies, and then the cost-cutting manoeuvre was instituted. It is not know if this was done with all batches of gel implants or only some. It is not known if this occurred at a particular time and if implants prior to that date were safe. Hopefully as the case is investigated this information will come to light. All medical devices can fail, be they a heart valve, knee prosthesis or a breast prosthesis. These devices are, however, designed in a way to optimise their stability. Modern breast implants are designed to be very reliable and designed to last a very long time. While a lifetime expectancy is not proposed for any breast implant, we commonly see implants with more than 20 year duration. So if you have breast implants the wisest thing is to contact your surgeon and ascertain the brand of those implants. If the implants are not made by PIP then it is likely that your prosthesis will have the long-life duration that we currently expect. If you do in fact have PIP implants, there is no need to panic. If you are well and your breasts seem fine then it is likely that the implants are not causing you any problems. The status of your implants can be checked by means of appropriate investigations like ultrasounds or MRI. These investigations are not foolproof, but in a well patient with healthy breasts they provide further reassurance. If we knew exactly which people had the industrial-grade silicone gel on board it is likely that the recommendation would be for those patients to have their implants removed and replaced. That is because it is easier to deal with these implants before problems arise. That knowledge is not currently at hand and at this stage advice can only be given on the basis on your surgeon’s clinical examination of you, combined with the investigations he or she feels are appropriate. An air of calm needs to be maintained. First, these implants are only a small percentage of the breast implants in the Australian population. Second, these implants are not likely to suddenly deteriorate; they are just likely to have a shorter life span. With your surgeon’s advice, weigh up the pros and cons and decide whether to have the PIP implants replaced at this stage or to simply keep an eye on things with appropriate examinations or investigations. Hopefully more knowledge will come to light as time goes by.
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man vs ageing discover microdermabrasion. his article was supposed to be about IPL hair removal, but apparently my skin colour and texture is not ideal for this treatment. This anti-ageing stuff is like a minefield. What you can have, what skin types are not suited to different treatments and so on. I decided to follow the journey I had embarked on from the start with botox to medical-grade skincare and now microdermabrasion. As I experience the wide variety of anti-ageing treatments I’m beginning to understand that not one single treatment type will give you a perfect end result. Most treatments complement each other and all of the treatments are never a one hit wonder. You must schedule in for these treatments every three to four months to ensure your skin texture, tone and hydration is maintained. Microdermabrasion is no different.
The brochure in the waiting room says “Microdermabrasion is a safe, gentle procedure that deeply exfoliates and polishes the skin and stimulates new cell growth. A gentle vacuuming system is used in conjunction with either a diamond-tip tool or a fine crystal system to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores leaving your skin feeling younger, fresher and looking rejuvenated”. So in man terms, it’s a tool that lifts dead skin cells that are sucked up into a strong vacuum system leaving your skin feeling better than it did before. Why can’t they just say that from the start?
and dare I say it, I had a healthy glow going on! My skin felt absolutely fantastic and all the describing words used to explain the treatment outcome are spot on. Now if noone thought I was taking these new experiences seriously this following point will prove my insanity. Being a normal Gold Coast man I love a couple of beers after work or a nice red wine while helping to cook dinner. I was asked by my therapist not to drink alcohol the night after my treatment and instead drink plenty of water. So when my girlfriend rocks home and finds me cutting up vegetables with a 1.5 litre Mount Franklin water instead of a nice NZ Pinot she knew straight away and yes, my Facebook status was hacked into again that night. Seriously boys, this is your entry treatment. It’s easy, quick and you get an instant result. Costs are approximately $90$120 for an express microdermabrasion by itself and $160+ for a deluxe microdermabrasion. To get the best result a course of six treatments is recommended with three to four-week intervals. Microdermabrasion is primarily for the treatment of softening fine lines and wrinkles, acne, blackheads, skin congestion, pigmentation, minor scar revision, rejuvenation of tired skin and opening pores, and from my experience it provides a “healthy glow”! GCM
I’m under intense pressure to stay incognito and try to maintain my cover as the boys are starting to give me a bit of stick, which is not helped by my girlfriend updating my Facebook status every time I go and try another treatment. This week she hacked into my profile and left a status update: “Sorry boys can’t make the footy, getting a facial and going handbag shopping with my BFF.” Honestly. First uneducated, it was a microdermabrasion, and secondly the shopping was for new work gear. So I’ve started getting treatments at different times to trick her and throw the boys off. When I got in to see my paramedical therapist I was welcomed with the customary well-presented consultation process that answered all my questions and gave me a complete understanding of what microdermabrasion was and what I could expect the outcomes to be. The results expected were explained in a plethora of adjectives; smoother texture, instantly softer, clearer pores, diminished impurities, cleaner, and the one I really liked; you will be left with a “healthy glow”. Hey, I’ve never been pregnant, but I’m all up for a healthy glow. I opted for the 45-minute express microdermabrasion and I could actually feel the dead skin cells being lifted and then vacuumed away. The diamond-tip was getting into all creases around my nose and under the eyes. When we were all finished I wished I had chosen the 90-minute deluxe microdermabrasion. I really enjoyed the whole treatment
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maca Powder. Celebrated in South America for its concentrated nutrition, Maca powder is rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Stir into smoothies or bake in muffins and cookies.
Quinoa. It may have a strange name but this seed is the perfect substitute for grains in your diet. Seeds are alkalizing in the body and help to break down inflammation. Cook it like couscous and add to your favourite salad.
Purple Carrots. High in antioxidants and antiinflammatory properties, purple carrots promote good bone health and prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Toss in salads and vegetable dishes a few times a week to reap the rewards.
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Gearbox Boutique is a unique boutique where you can receive a full fashion makeover. This fabulous store has fashion for all occasions; race day, festival time plus evening and formal gowns. Now with an online store, gearboxboutique.com, this boutique is a must-see. Owner Christine Deaves knows that in this difficult retail time the key to success is customer service which is very much the focus in this store. With 38 years in fashion, Christine prides herself in what she does. With sizes ranging from six to 16, Gearbox is a store for all.
Just Jewellery on broadbeach Ground Level, Shop 61 Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5592 5811
At Just Jewellery the team specialises in designer and imported fine jewellery. They proudly stock an extensive range of Swatch and Adina watches, plus a wide variety of sterling silver, opals and pearls and an extensive selection of gold and silver pieces. If you are looking for a special item for someone important in your life make sure you visit to view their collection of different stones for all occasions. Please call and speak with Helen, Amanda or Brittany who will assist you in your selection process.
Cosmedi Tour Level 2, Suite 2.36, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5570 6699
CosMedi Tour is a professional Medical Travel Agency assisting clients in assessing alternative options and solutions to cosmetic surgery and dental treatments in Thailand. They remove all the guesswork by organising all arrangements for your surgical journey. They pride themselves in offering highly trained professionals in world-class hospital facilities, at a fraction of the cost of similar procedures in Australia. Other than the savings, you recover in beautiful Thailand. Phone now to arrange a confidential complimentary consultation.
Danae BOUTIQUE Level 1, Shop 12, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5538 2235
Danae Boutique is a mature ladies boutique specialising in unique fashion. The boutique has been located at The Oasis for 15 years and the staff, Raelene and Wendy, are very passionate about their business and get great satisfaction making women feel beautiful. They have sophisticated, point of difference clothing that have people asking â€œWhere did you get that fabulous outfitâ€?. Their labels such as Verge, Atemgirl, Brax, Andiamo and Banana Blue are exclusive and unique. They have Verge Acrobat pants in stock, come and try. 60 March / April 2012
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amoré exquisite Jewellery Shop 19, Level 1, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5538 6000
A boutique jewellery store specialising in custom-made diamond jewellery designed by their experienced jewellers. The team at Amoré love designing jewellery and always give their clients specialised service, spending time to create that special piece of jewellery. They stock South Sea Pearls, coloured gemstone rings, necklaces and bracelets, plus silver jewellery from Pandora, Najo, Von Treskow and Ikecho Pearls. For more information visit amorejewellery.net.
meeGs boutique Shop 35, Level One, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5592 3099
Meegs Boutique has the Gold Coast’s largest range of the well-known travel label Mela Purdie. Those familiar with this label will not travel without it as you can travel with ease and sophisticated elegance, not to mention making an everyday busy life a breeze. The ladies at Meegs are experts when it comes to putting together your wardrobe and making shopping a wonderful experience. This is a one-stop shop for your popular labels, CP Shades, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Gabriella Fratini and Kathleen Berney. A great range of Winter stock has just arrived. Visit meegsboutique.com.au.
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Enhance provides a wide range of cosmetic services, including Fractional Laser for reversing signs of ageing, scar, tattoo removal and stretch-mark repair; IPL for pigmentation damage, broken vein repair and permanent hair removal, and wrinkle relaxants, injectable skin fillers, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. They also have the latest non-surgical fat reduction, CoolSculpt, no surgery required. Imported US skincare and ColoreScience mineral make up are available. Call now for a complimentary consultation.
mario’s italian restaurant Beach end, The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall // 07 5592 1899
Since 1989 Gold Coasters have been flocking to Mario’s Italian Restaurant, located right near the beach in Broadbeach, to enjoy the great range of modern and traditional Italian dishes available, including seafood, steak, pasta and pizza options. Visitors, families, conference groups and sporting teams all make their way to Broadbeach Mall to dine alfresco or indoors. Mario’s famous large serves and extensive menu provide the perfect option for all appetites, including delicious desserts and an extensive wine list. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Visit mariosrestaurant.com.au.
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Ella Baché Pacific Fair has a team of highly trained therapists offering complimentary skin diagnosis. Using their expertise, they can prescribe the perfect solution for all your beauty and skincare needs. Their extensive menu includes; luxurious facials, body treatments, massages, waxing and tanning, while their heavenly manicures and pedicures offer an added treat in their massage chairs. Looking for that more intensive yet safe treatment? Ella Bache are the IPL specialists. Book your complimentary consultation with their qualified nurse. For more information phone the Pacific Fair salon today. 61 March / April 2012
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Pink Diamond Studios 0401 584 046
Pink Diamond Studios is an all-female photographic team specialising in swimsuit, lingerie and glamour photography. Have you ever wanted to do a shoot like the images you see in men’s magazines? Would you like to purchase a gift certificate for your loved one? Pink Diamond Studios are offering $149 beach shoots in Broadbeach (normally $249), which includes professional make up artistry and a two-hour photo shoot with a female photographer. To view their portfolio and book your shoot today visit pinkdiamondstudios.com.au.
Lauxes On The Park Shop 1, 2685 Gold Coast Hwy // 07 5531 5555
The owner and staff at Lauxes on the Park believe that a fine dining experience is not exclusive to “boring” restaurants, and welcome you into a total experience of fine food, wine and entertainment with a vibrant “stay on” factor. By day, indulge in a long alfresco lunch while the kids play in the park with free sporting equipment provided. By night, enjoy live music from early evening until late. Lauxes on the Park also hosts a variety of events such as hen’s nights, corporate dinners, engagements and birthdays, as well as specialising in weddings, for large and intimate weddings alike.
Bliss Fashion Emporium Level 1, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5592 6858 Level 1, Marina Mirage // 07 5528 5099
Bliss Fashion Emporium specialises in handmade garments for special occasions from formal to funky resort wear and corporate wear. Bliss Fashion Emporium has become well known for its larger sizing, stocking up to 16 and 18. Sonia Stradiotto designs for Bliss with the love and flavour of her Italian heritage, so many of the fabrics are sourced from Italy and Europe. Bliss is eclectic, interesting and edgy. Bliss Fashion Emporium, like them on Facebook.
Blue Sky Solar 1300 552 997
Owned and operated by Phil and Karen Clark, Blue Sky Solar provides a local and competitive service on both residential and commercial solar installation. Solar energy helps to reduce your energy bills and also reduces your carbon footprint as a clean energy option. They only use the best inverter products sourced from Germany and are backed by the industry’s best warranties. If you have ever considered adding solar energy to your home give Phil and Karen a call, they are happy to answer any questions you may have about solar energy.
Madison’s Café and Patisserie Ground Level, The Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5592 6933
Famous for the perfect cup of coffee and designer cakes and pastries, Madison’s Cafe has held the title of one of the best cafes in Queensland for the past five years. Madison’s Cafe provides the unique location to experience café life with friends and family in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Offering an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Madison’s is the perfect place to soak up the ambience of Broadbeach seven days a week. Visit madisonscafe.com.au. 62 March / April 2012
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1two3 Dining & Lounge Bar Shops 10 & 11, Phoenician Resort, Surf Parade // 07 5538 4123
1two3 is open from 7am, seven days a week, and is the perfect venue for celebrating any special occasion with live music, sensational cocktails and award-winning food. Serving popular dishes from all around the Mediterranean with a modern Australian slant, 1two3 Mediterranean serves it up in style and offers three different sizing options on many of the menu items. The 1two3 lounge bar offers a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere with lavish interiors, plush lounge spaces and a decadent bar. Visit 1two3bar.com.au or 1two3restaurant.com.au.
Oberoi’s Taj 88 Surf Parade // 07 5538 3478
For authentic Indian cuisine prepared by professionally trained chefs from India, you can’t go past Oberoi’s Taj. Restaurateur Pushpinder Oberoi and his team have ensured that the classic theme of the food is enhanced by the suitably authentic atmosphere. Recognised for its superb dining experience, Oberoi’s Taj has won numerous awards for excellence since 2001, including the Gold Coast Magazine’s People’s Choice Award for Best Indian three times. See the menu at oberoistaj.com.au and pay them a visit.
Oasis Meats Shop 70, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5592 6800
Come and explore Oasis Meats “New Delights” with a selection of traditional favourites and tantalising new treats prepared and ready for your table. Oasis Meats is a traditional butcher shop, and they only have firstgrade Australian beef, lamb, chicken and selected pork products. All selections are prepared on site by their butchers and include handmade sausages, marinated roasts, honey-cured corned beef and a variety of pop-in-the-oven, time-saving delicacies.
Oz Han Kebabs Ground Level, Oasis Shopping Centre // 07 5570 4750
Oz Han Kebabs followd the traditional way of preparing Turkish doner kebabs, which are renowned all over the world. Kebab means grilled or boiled meats and doner kebab means rotating meat in Turkish. The rotating meat is either lamb, beef or chicken loaf slowly roasted on a vertical rotating spit. Oz Han Kebabs take pride in their specially prepared meat loaf (or stacked meat) garnished with flavours of Borek, feta cheese and parsley-zucchini patties and falafel. All ingredients used at Oz Han Kebabs are of the highest standard.
Bavarian Bier Café 2 Oracle Boulevard // 07 5512 0555
While XXXX has its place, it’s certainly not this place. Here you’ll find Bavaria’s greatest-ever Biers ranging from the easy-drinking Paulaner Pils to the mystery that is the Hofbrau Dunkel. At the Bavarian Bier Café, Bier is spelt differently because it IS different – in a really good way. All brewed as per the strict Bavarian Purity Laws (Reinheitsgebot) of 1516, so just four natural ingredients are used – malt, hops, yeast and water. Perfectly complementing each delicious Bier, are the most sumptuous schnitzels you will ever try. There are so many tempting alternatives too. More good news; they’re open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 63 March / April 2012
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a ChoColate indulgenCe is Just around the Corner. ChoCoholiCs Beware, You maY not Be aBle to Contain Yourselves. imaGe: Choc-a-block Cookies from Sweet! by sally wise, published by abC books $29.99. to view the recipe visit goldcoastmagazine.com.au. ]
A four-day weekend provides the perfect excuse to get out and explore our local eateries. Here are a few GCM favourites. Rivers. Go cruising this Easter on the Gold Coast’s only dinner cruise, Rivers. Enjoy a fresh seafood buffet plus entertainment. Phone 07 5527 6361. sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach: Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach’s Bistro On3 is hosting lunch on Sunday, April 8. A seafood buffet, chocolate dessert station and optional drink package will be on offer, plus activities for the kids. Phone 07 5592 2250. Rocksalt. For the best modern Australian cuisine in town, book a table at Rocksalt. Phone 07 5570 6076 and ask about the three courses for $65 special. alto Cucina and Bar. Open seven days from 7am until late, Alto Cucina and Bar is the perfect meeting place no matter what time of day or the occasion. This Easter enjoy a long lunch with family and friends or catch up over tapas and drinks. Phone 07 5539 0377. surfers Paradise marriott Resort and spa. For a treat that is a little different this Easter, visit the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa’s new patisserie-style coffee shop, Java+. Chocolate macaroons, freshly baked hot-cross buns and chocolate egg shells filled with chocolate-coated honeycomb are on offer. Located on the ground floor at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Blogs the word: Gold Coast food blogs are popping up everywhere. Visit hungryonthecoast.com, relishfoodandlife.com, gcfoodguide.com.au/blog or theveryveryhungrycaterpillar.com for local restaurant reviews and must-visit recommendations.
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vanilla, raspberry and FranGeliCo ChoColate iCe Cream sandwiChes l’amour Serves two with some very necessary leftovers. 500g vanilla bean ice cream 500g chocolate ice cream 90ml Frangelico raspberry Compote 235g (2 cups) frozen raspberries 55g (¼ cup) sugar Zest of ½ lemon, removed in a wide strip (keep this as a large piece as it will be discarded) 2 tsp cornflour 1 tbsp lemon juice sandwich 6 large egg whites, at room temperature ¼ tsp cream of tartar 110g (½ cup) caster (superfine) sugar 75g (½ cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted A tiny pinch of salt, sifted Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a baking tray and line with baking paper, leaving an overhang on each side. Grease the baking paper. For the raspberry compote, place the raspberries, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for 2–3 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Combine the cornflour and lemon juice in a small bowl and mix into the raspberry mixture. Bring to the boil and simmer until thickened. Transfer the compote to a bowl, discard the lemon zest and chill in the fridge. While the compote is chilling, prepare the sandwich. Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Slowly add the sugar and whisk until thick and glossy. Fold in the flour and salt. Stir carefully: you don’t want to deflate the whites, or your enthusiasm. Spread the batter evenly over the prepared tray. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Let cool completely, then cut into two even halves. Remove the ice creams from the freezer to soften slightly. To make the Frangelico chocolate ice cream, stir the Frangelico into the chocolate ice cream. Spoon the vanilla ice cream over one sandwich layer, spreading as evenly as possible. Return to the freezer to harden slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove the sandwich from the freezer and spread over compote and return to the freezer. Spoon the Frangelico chocolate ice cream as evenly as possible over the compote and top with the remaining sandwich, pressing down gently. Wrap in plastic wrap and pop back on to the tray and return to the freezer until firm, at least two hours. Transfer the sandwich to a chopping board. Trim the edges, if desired, and cut into eight pieces.
This is an extract taken from Kitchen Coquette by Katrina Meynink published by Allen & Unwin $39.99, out now.
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ChoColate CupCakes Makes 10, approximately. 2 eggs 1 cup sugar ½ cup milk 1 cup self-raising flour ⅓ cup cocoa powder 90g butter, melted Heat the oven to 160°C. Line 10 holes of a 12-hole ½ cup capacity muffin tin with paper cases or grease well. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with electric beaters for two minutes, or until thick and creamy. Fill the prepared muffin holes to two-thirds full. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when touched lightly in the centre. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover with your favourite chocolate icing. Variations: Double Choc Cupcakes. Fold ½ cup of milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips into the cupcake mixture after beating. For super-decadence, also add ½ cup of white chocolate chips.
This is an extract taken from Sweet! by Sally Wise, $29.99, published by ABC Books, out now. 70 March March//April April2012 2012
pete’s Famous roCky road Serves 4-6 500g dark chocolate, chopped 400g large pink and white marshmallows 300g Turkish delight, chopped 125g pistachio nuts, roasted Line a square 15cm tin with baking paper. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on the stovetop, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Mix the other ingredients together in a large bowl, then pour the melted chocolate over the top and mix together. Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and press down gently – it should be about 2.5cm thick. Allow to set for three hours before cutting into logs or pieces.
This is an extract from My Kitchen by Pete Evans $45, published by Murdoch Books, out now.
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Dining Out Ten Japanese Restaurant
Ten translates to heavenly in Japanese and the name could not possibly be more fitting for this slice of heaven on earth, Ten Japanese Restaurant. Visual feast. Four archaic stainless-steel doors guard the entrance of Ten Japanese Restaurant. A grand entrance that acts as an architectural appetiser for the exquisite dining experience that awaits inside. There is nothing like the fitout of Ten on the Gold Coast. The job was commissioned by Satoshi Matsumato of Matsuya Art Works and this immaculate conception is his only Australian work to date. Expect a brilliant combination of earthy textures, cold, raw and polished stone with dashes of stainless steel and red that will have your eyes entertained for the entirety of your time at Ten, that is when you are not completely distracted by the artistic elements of the cuisine. Aura of the space. Ten can be likened to that of a private bunker. It oozes opulence yet you feel as comfortable as you would in your own home. It is not bustling with the clinking of plates, scraping of chairs and chatter of children as you expect when visiting a popular eatery, instead it is serene, calm and dare I say, heavenly. The waiters stride effortlessly attending to guests’ every whim and chef ’s prepare food before your very eyes, yet everything is just so serene. We feel a million miles away from the world and all that matters is the sensory feast that awaits us. Taste journey. Ten prides itself on offering the finest Japanese cuisine. We are talking the best produce, the most experienced and skilled chefs and ultimately the most exquisite Japanese taste sensations you can ever hope to savour. Menus are on high rotation (the Omakase course changes monthly, the teppan menus change every two months and degustation menus change to reflect seasonal variations) and each new menu item is a new creation never to be repeated. Tonight my guest and I are sampling the five-course degustation menu. We start with a special mixed sashimi plate and crab shinjyo, which consists of tiny, delicious steamed dumplings, followed by prawn tempura and the Ten special sushi (do your taste buds a favour and try this!). Next up was tuna grilled, served very rare with a soy-darkened butter sauce and the Tasmanian ocean trout, slow cooked at 40°C with a 72 March / April 2012
crispy skin and black sesame sauce. Both fish dishes packed a punch of flavour so delicious we didn’t want our serves to end. Next up we enjoyed the crumbed Tasmanian lamb rack served with a thick soy and red wine sauce and the free range chicken fillet, which was so tender it was hard to pick it up between chopsticks, slow cooked at 68°C with Ten’s own teriyaki sauce. All seafood presented at Ten is purchased from the Sydney seafood markets three times a week before it is flown on ice to the Gold Coast. You can literally taste the freshness of the produce and the presentation is nothing short of a work of art. It is clear the chefs at Ten take the upmost pride in their work as every dish is elegantly presented and often accompanied by the most delicate of adornments such as dainty flowers and even miniature purple potato crisps. It was not an option to decline dessert and we were so glad we didn’t as we watched our waiter eloquently prepare Matcha, mascarpone icecream with green tea, right before our eyes. Our second dessert, traditional Japanese black sesame dessert was a masterpiece consisting of numerous elements all ranging in sweetness and textures. Truly an experience to be relished. We finished our dinner with freshly filtered coffee prepared at our table using a siphon filter. The theatre of the bubbling water, the smell of the fresh brew and the unharnessed bolt of the blend flowing through our veins was the perfect culmination to a divine experience. The finer drop. Dining at Ten is a multi-faceted experience, one that is complemented by access to the contents of Ten’s glass wine room. Within the temperature-controlled walls you will find the likes of Dom Perignon and a Penfolds Grange selection that dates from 1966 to 1985. Make sure you sample one of the eight varieties of water too, hailing from every corner of the earth. The care factor. The service at Ten cannot be faulted. Your waiter has endured weeks of training and education to be at your service and the care factor is clearly evident. With an ever-changing menu and extensive wine list knowledge is the key, and the wait staff are proficient in any question you may throw their way. For a truly divine dining experience that treats your entire sensory system visit Ten. GCM Ten Japanese Restaurant, Shop 2.3.4 Meriton Pegasus Building, 2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5570 1010.
new menu + new chef = t o ta l p a l at e s e n s at i o n Palazzo Versaceâ€™s Vie Bar + Restaurant presents an exclusive set menu designed by acclaimed new Chef de Cuisine, Sean Chambers, direct from Sydneyâ€™s award winning Three Chef Hat Restaurant, Est. For a strictly limited time, experience a delicious 2 course lunch for only $43 per person or 3 courses for just $49.
vie ba r + r e s t aur ant For bookings call 1800 770 563
*Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Conditions apply. Blackout dates apply.
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Dining Out la paella
La Paella lies in the heart of Surfers Paradise, but the bustling city fades away as you enter the restaurant and revel in the Spanish setting. The vibe is welcoming and intimate, and as soon as we set foot inside, the mouth-watering smells emanating from the kitchen prove we’ve made an excellent choice. Visual feast. The décor inside La Paella is authentically Spanish and as you enter you are transported into a world of bullfighting, love affairs and swirling ruby-red skirts spinning to the beat of a ukulele. A black and white screen print adorns one wall, the Spanish street stretches back into the haze and a dark-eyed lady dances seductively. Splashes of rich red and dark mahogany furniture create a cosy feel in the front room, and in the back a tapas bar with high stools is available for more casual dining. Jars of herbs sit atop the faux windowsills and garlands of chilli hang from the doorways. It is truly a feast for the eyes and makes me want to jump on a Spain-bound plane this very second. Aura of the space. A twangy Spanish guitar entertains us in the background and the bouncy beat has me tapping my feet. Low lighting gives the restaurant a relaxed feel and it seems to me the restaurant couldn’t be more authentic. If I close my eyes Surfers Paradise melts away and I’m sipping sangria on a balmy evening by the Balearic Sea. Taste journey. La Paella’s menu covers all the bases and offers several options depending on the style of meal you’re after. We opt for a tapas entrée and paella main, as it is recommended to us as the most traditional form of Spanish cuisine, but it was a difficult choice. Spanish salads and homemade bread are popular choices for starters and there are other traditional main options such as crumbed calamari and chicken schnitzel. There is a choice of tapas platters, including a vegetarian option and comprising of six dishes. My dining partner and I choose four vegetarian and two meat dishes, which are all equally delicious. We indulge in meatballs in Spanish romasco, red wine and tomato sauce, BBQ Spanish chorizo, a potato and onion omelette, potatoes in homemade garlic and mayo salsa, garlic mushrooms pan seared with olive oil, herbs and white wine and finally, prawns and mussels in Spanish olive oil. All this is accompanied by homemade 74 March / April 2012
bread and each is rich in flavours and cooked to perfection. The standout for me is the meatballs, the tomato sauce is the perfect mix of flavours and my dining partner enjoyed the omelette more than anything for its potato-bake style. As the Spanish people cook extensively with seafood, the seafood tapas is very well represented at La Paella and covers a large range of options to ensure you experience the full extent of Spanish cuisine. Our paella appears as we wrap up our entrees, steaming in a wok and big enough for four! It consists of rice, chorizo, prawns, mussels, chicken and saffron (plus a few magic, chef-secret ingredients) and is one of the most unique tastes I’ve ever experienced. The ingredients are cooked together in the wok and then baked in an oven for the perfect finish. We are near bursting after making a dint in the dish and rich, spicy flavours swim contentedly on my palate. Dessert appears and I’m not quite sure where it will fit, but of course, I manage to find a space. We indulge in Spanish cake; a soft cake baked with Grand Marnier, the skin of an orange and Licor 43. It is sweet and soft and melts into my mouth. I could have eaten it all night. Our food experience at La Paella was unlike any I’ve experienced before. The authenticity of the dishes shines through and each is cooked with a passionate love of traditional Spanish food. The combination we enjoyed is offered for $69 per couple and comes with an icy glass of sangria, brimming with fresh fruit. What more could you need from a Spanish feast? The finer drop. We begin our evening with a glass of chilled Spanish sangria, a wine punch typical of Spain. It consists of chilled red wine, chopped fruit and a splash of brandy and goes down a treat. The bar at the back of the restaurant is filled with spirits of every kind, and of course there are wine, beer and soft-drink options. The care factor. We visited La Paella on a Wednesday night and found it almost full with families and couples alike laughing and enjoying the atmosphere. There are two waitresses and both move quickly and smoothly through the space the entire night. Food sails past us constantly and is delivered with a beaming smile and explanation of the ingredients used each time. Chef and owner Teno, the youngest restaurant owner on the Gold Coast, comes out to greet us and happily recommends dishes. The staff are friendly and attentive and really make you feel like you belong to their passionate foodie family. Treat yourself to the La Paella experience. GCM La Paella is located at Shop 3/3114 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise. Phone 07 5527 5940.
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t h e g o l d c oa s t ’s finest sea food bu ffet n ow f e a t u r e s l o b s t e r For a limited time at Palazzo Versace’s Il Barocco Restaurant, enjoy a freshly cooked half lobster as a salad or mornay with a welcome glass of sparkling wine as part of the regular buffet price Sunday to Thursday nights! Feast on the incomparable and unrivalled variety of seafood including Australian Crystal Bay Prawns, Balmain Bugs, Sydney Rock Oysters and Local Spanner Crabs fresh off the trawler. Il Barocco’s seafood buffet only $82 per person
il ba r occo For bookings call 1800 770 563
*Il Barocco offer only valid for full paying adults for dinner only. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Blackout dates apply.
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drinK at Saffron indian reSTauranT industry, however, it has become a buzzword among the Gold Coast bar scene, and Rach couldn’t be happier that his talent has come back into fashion. Rach studied a Bachelor of Hotel Management in his birth town of Champagne before travelling the world working in some of the most famous hotels. His insightful knowledge of cocktail making is inspiring and the way he moves behind the bar, mixing, chopping, tasting and talking (sometimes all at once), is entertaining to say the least. During the day Rach dedicates his time to nurturing the next generation of mixologists, bar staff and baristas at Gold Coast TAFE, a task he finds just as rewarding as mixing his magic behind the bar. Next time you are at Saffron, take a few minutes to stop at the bar and have a chat to Rach and if you can, get him to part with a few fragments of his knowledge, you will be all the wiser for it! The atmosphere. A visit to Saffron transports me to a happy place where women dance in the streets and the smell of potent spices linger on the breeze. Sitting at one of the many bar stools, an eight-metre canvas of the Indian sun positioned above the bar is the centre of my attention, while to my left I can see the chefs busy at work cooking up orders for the many diners already seated ready for an Indian feast.
you may knoW Saffron indian reSTauranT in broadbeach as a place to visit for heavenly modern indian cuisine, but what you may not know is the popular eatery also specialises in the best possible kind of cocktail, the molecular cocktail. i caught up with resident mixologist rach abed to find out the tricks of the trade and, of course, perform the allimportant taste test. ach Abed is carefully watching a swirling green liquid in a beaker when I pull up a chair at Saffron’s bar. I look closely and see he is surrounded by other paraphernalia that you might find in a science lab, including digital scales and a syringe. Although strange, these are the tools of Rach’s trade and in particular his special interest in the art of molecular mixology. Rach explains molecular mixology as a treat for all the senses, not just the taste buds. The purpose is to manipulate states of matter to create new flavours, textures and visuals that enhance the drink and in turn make the experience of drinking a cocktail more interesting. Molecular mixology is by no means something new to the
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The menu. Tonight I am focusing on the cocktail list available at Saffron and although brief, Rach insists the menu is merely a sample of his cocktail-making abilities. Tell him your favourite flavours and whether you enjoy sweet or sour and he will mix you up a concoction drawing on the years of experience he has in the industry. If you do want to stick to the menu you will find your usual favourites (including bellini, lychee martini, Japanese slipper and Midori spice) however, don’t think for one minute these cocktails will resemble the form that you think. The cream atop your Midori splice just might contain the contents of your cocktail, or your Japanese slipper may contain tiny pearls that burst the flavour of your cocktail over your tongue! The sample. Apple Blossom Martini; it sounds as good as it looks and tastes. Rach begins by mixing the contents of the cocktail (Belvedere vodka, Manzanita and sugar syrup) before straining into a martini glass. He then takes a slice of apple and coats it in sugar and cinnamon before blasting it with heat to crystallise the sugar and release the delicacy of the sweet flavours. The smell of the sugar and cinnamon is intoxicating, and as I close my eyes to take a sip of the apple martini followed by a bite of the apple slice I am transported to a bakery haven filled with warm apple pies. The crunch of the warm sugar-coated apple, the smell of the cinnamon and the taste of the apple-infused vodka unite to give a truly memorable flavour experience that is the perfect balance of sweet and spice. I also highly recommend the Saffron Caipiroska, a mix of Belvedere vodka infused with Indian spices, and a touch of sugar syrup. This cocktail is perfectly balanced to accompany the Indian cuisine served at Saffron and can be mixed to your desired level of spice and sweetness. For recipes please see our website goldcoastmagazine.com.au. The details. If you book for dinner at Saffron I suggest arriving an hour early to sample a cocktail or two. All cocktails, molecular or not, are $12.50, providing great value for money and an experience that you are sure to remember. Also, Rach will have you mesmerised as he works his magic behind the bar. GCM Visit Saffron at Sierra Grand Building, corner of Margaret Ave and Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5538 9291 or visit saﬀrongc.com.
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Bar sChool if your cockTail SkillS are limiTed To a SmaShed lime and vodka soda then perhaps you could do with a little education in the mixology department. fix bar, located at hilton Surfers paradise, now oﬀers bar Solutions – bar School, a superlative cocktail making experience hosted by the face behind fix bar, grant collins.
“FIX Bar School is something completely different for the Gold Coast and provides a quality education on quality cocktail making,” says Grant. “Our classes are fun and interactive and they also offer an amazing challenge to help everyone walk away armed with the ability to produce some really amazing and entertaining beverages.” Within the two-hour class students are introduced to the common bar tools, learn how to balance and measure ingredients and why fresh is always best. Your mixologist also provides some pretty interesting cocktail trivia along the way, which makes for interesting small talk at your next dinner party. After walking through the basics and learning the ropes it is time to get hands-on. The class is divided into smaller groups for a friendly competition focused on who can best put the skills they just learnt into practice. Guaranteed to fill the room with fits of laughter, the team rivalry makes for an interesting competition as the final results are revealed. The winning team is awarded a full-sized bottle of spirits while other teams are rewarded with miniature-sized bottles of spirits and recipes to take home. 78 March / April 2012
With divine cocktails and canapés served throughout the two-hour course the Bar School makes for an ideal hen’s or buck’s night, staff party or bonding initiative. The class caters for groups of 10 to 100 and costs $95 per person. Smaller groups are also welcome to join in as part of a combined group booking. For more information phone Bar Solutions on 02 9326 9288 or barsolutions.com.au. GCM
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he art of cocktail making is a skill you will carry with you for life. Whether spoiling a loved one with a special drink or two or hosting a room full of guests for a dinner party; a perfectly balanced cocktail is the ideal way to impress the socks off your friends and kick start an evening. FIX Bar Solutions – Bar School founder and head mixologist Grant Collins describes Bar School as “a cooking class where you can learn the cuisine of cocktails”.
Grant Collins knows a martini from a Moscow Mule. The mixologist started his bar career in the early 1990s and has gone on to become one of the biggest names in the industry. His skills have seen him travel the world working in London, Australia, USA, Bali, Japan and Hong Kong, working famous establishments such as Bank Restaurant and Bar in Aldwych (Times Restaurant of the Year in 2007), Water Bar at the W Hotel and now Hilton. “I think of cocktails the same way I think of food, in that every drink you consume should be stimulating to the palate, with all the ingredients perfectly complementing each other.”
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In fact, many of the homes we’ve built have been on the personal recommendations of friends and business associates who’ve also engaged our building services.
Jim Taylor has been building custom-designed luxury homes for over 30 years. Through his company, Gold Coast Unique Homes, he’s completed some of the Coast’s most spectacular and innovative homes for literally hundreds of discerning clients. “It’s a family tradition,” he says. “My grandfather was a builder in Charters Towers for many years before moving his family to Brisbane. He died before I was born, but had passed on much of his extensive woodworking and carpentry knowledge to my father. Growing up, I used to help Dad from time to time and later inherited many of my grandfather’s original hand tools. Today, I value these immensely. My father, who was a very astute businessman, passed on a lot of good advice; I guess you could say building is in the family’s genes.” Like most Brisbane teenagers in the 1970s, Jim was attracted to the Gold Coast’s beaches and surfing culture. “Every weekend, my mates and I would pile into our station wagons and head to the beach with the best surfing breaks,” he says. “If the surf was no good, we’d go waterskiing at Tallebudgera or at the old Cabarita Ski Gardens. “The Coast was an exciting place back then and developing quickly, so when the time was right it was a natural progression to start my own building company here.” The intervening years have not diminished Jim’s love of exercise and the outdoor lifestyle. He and his wife Carmel enrolled their two sons in Nippers at Mermaid Beach Surf Club over 15 years ago, and while the boys are now young men, Jim can often be found catching up with his old mates at the club. He and his family are also keen skiers, so when time allows the luxury of a week away, the ski slopes make for an enjoyable change of scenery. Jim says being a relatively low-volume builder and concentrating on the top end of the market allows him to take a personal interest in every home he builds. “Our company’s vision has always been to be the first choice among discerning homeowners when they consider building a new home.
“Unlike most builders, who offer a standard range of floor plans, we’ve geared our business to delivering individual homes that stand out from the crowd. These days, we build across a range of styles, from luxury waterfront residences to spacious acreage homes and stunning urban villas,” he says. “Our highly qualified in-house design team allows us to incorporate clients’ own ideas, while at the same time being able to advise of the latest trends, building materials and advanced environmental technology.” With a steady build program throughout the current economic downturn the company has been able to retain virtually all of its longterm employees. This has been a real advantage as the skills, experience and knowledge acquired over many years have been retained within the company. “It’s reflected in the very high standard of joinery and internal finishes, luxury kitchens and bathroom designs which in turn increase a home’s market appeal and potential resale value,” he says. Over the years, Gold Coast Unique Homes has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards from the Queensland Master Builders Association and others. This recognition is in no small way attributable to Jim’s commitment to customer service. A recent innovation in this area has been to engage experienced translators to assist overseas purchasers. “We’re building a lot of homes for Japanese, Chinese and European clients,” he said. “When English is not a client’s first language, trying to come to terms with the hundreds of decisions required to design and specify a new home can be a very daunting task. Our team makes the process so much more enjoyable and the homeowners feel much more relaxed about the whole build process.” Jim stressed that while people generally associate custom-built homes with substantially increased building costs, this is not necessarily so. With his many years of experience and long standing relationships with building suppliers he’s been able to refine his building techniques to ensure clients receive innovative designs at most affordable prices. “We build on the basis of fixed-price contracts, ensuring there are no unplanned cost blow-outs when the final progress payment falls due. High-volume builders are simply not geared to accommodate custom design changes and building costs can rapidly escalate,” he says. Gold Coast Unique Homes offers free design and free interior decorating assistance and provides a 25-year structural guarantee with every home it builds. Those contemplating building a new home are welcome to discuss their ideas with the specialist design team based at the company’s luxury display home at 6 Eolo Lane, Coomera Waters. For more information call Gold Coast Unique Homes (BSA 78053) on 07 5501 9380, or go to goldcoastuniquehomes.com.au. GCM 85 March / April 2012
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Supported Living has become recognised as a refreshing new alternative and the future in aged care. At Fairways, residents maintain total independence, privacy and dignity, while having the freedom to choose any level of personal nursing care and support 24 hours a day. pon entering Fairways Supported Living, located in the bustling township of Tweed Heads, one could be forgiven for thinking they’d stepped into a chic downtown apartment complex. The modern, purpose-built complex is set around flowing green gardens and the residents’ lounge area and fully licensed bar and café are beautifully decked out in soft pastels.
Residents sit in groups, chatting happily to one another, awaiting the day’s activities, which are organised in house by a full-time lifestyle coordinator. Activities range from movies in the theatre to games, outings on the resident bus and computer lessons. An open-air courtyard sits atop the entire complex, with a grassy section adorned with vegie gardens and a chess game painted on to the grass. Residents are encouraged to pick fresh herbs and vegetables daily and tend to the gardens as if they were their own. There is a tiled BBQ area and the in-house chefs often take to the roof for an outdoor feast. Residents have a great deal of input into the happenings of their community. They suggest and then vote on most aspects of the complex and are encouraged to have a say on everything from meals to outings and activities. Fairways Supported Living is all about freedom of choice. Homes are over three times the size of traditional nursing-home rooms and all residents are welcomed into a caring, friendly and vibrant community. Some of the ladies at Fairways tend to take newcomers under their wing and enjoy helping and caring for their neighbours. Fairways was created with the belief that all Australians deserve new and better alternatives to traditional aged care, and their homes have
been carefully designed for easy mobility and practicality, while maintaining all the comforts and features residents have enjoyed in their own homes. The buildings have been carefully created without steps or ramps and handrails have been placed along all walkways. Home cleaning and maintenance is offered as well as personal laundry and ironing services, shopping assistance and meal preparation. A comprehensive five-point nurse-call system, with a range of flexible, optional, state-of-the-art monitoring systems, can be personally tailored to suit residents’ changing care and support needs. This means total security and peace of mind for residents, and their families can rest easy, assured they’re in good hands. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to stay at any time and residents can bring their beloved small pet. All self-contained homes, for singles or couples, offer a separate lounge room, dining room, bedroom, full kitchen, laundry and terrace, and each is tastefully decorated in subtle colours allowing residents to add their personal touches as they wish. Fairways Supported Living is the first master-planned community of its kind, produced as a refreshing new alternative and the future in aged care for Australians. Their goal is to provide a lifestyle of care and support while maintaining residents’ independence, privacy and dignity, and at the same time valuing residents’ roles as active and valuable members of the community as a whole. At Fairways the focus is on what residents can do, rather than what they can’t. There are no contracts and plenty of flexibility. For more information on Fairways Supported Living phone 1300 307 014 or go to supportedliving.net.au. GCM 87 March / April 2012
suBurB in FoCus: BroadBeaCh Broadbeach lies between Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach in the heart of the Gold Coast. It is the perfect balance of city and surf, only a short distance from the glitter strip and with an array of golden beaches. Broadbeach is home to one of the Gold Coastâ€™s most famous restaurant strips, Surf Parade, and boasts an enviable selection of cuisine from every corner of the world. Lounge bars and nightclubs dotted throughout Broadbeach are popular with locals of all ages and range from karaoke bars to New Yorkesque cocktail bars. Shopping is a main attraction, with several exclusive boutiques scattered throughout the area and major shopping centre Pacific Fair boasting over 100 specialty stores. The recent addition of The Oracle buildings in the centre of Broadbeach brings additional up-market bars and restaurants to the area along with designer clothing boutiques, art galleries and cafes. Broadbeach has something for everyone, adults and children alike, and is one of the most popular suburbs on the Gold Coast.
FasT FaCTs area. 7km sq. population. Approx. 4,000 (2006) predominant age group. 20-29 years owner-occupied. 44.9% in 2006. median income. 36-51K Source: myrpdata.com
maRKET snaPsHOT median house price. $1,217,500 median unit price. $950,000 median listing price. $525,000 (-0.76%) median sold price. $487,500 (+22.03%) 37 properties sold since November 2011 (as at February 2012) highest number of property sales. Surf Pde â€“ 47 Source: realestate.com
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Right from the start this home oozes style and ambience. Void entry through a wide door looks out to the water with a functional layout ideal for family looking for space and also for boating enthusiast. The sparkling pool is situated on the northerly side of the house. The house has 5 bedrooms, executive Office, Huge covered outdoor entertainment area.
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Black Angus Bar & Grill’s recently opened restaurant, situated at the marina in Sanctuary Cove, overlooks the glistening harbour. Black Angus specialises in certified Black Angus beef, grainfed and aged to perfection, with fresh seafood delivered daily, as well as a comprehensive Australiana menu and an unrivalled wine list. Most popular dishes include steak and seafood cooked on hot rocks. Black Angus offers a lunch special Monday to Friday with a choice of eight dishes for $24.90. On Tuesday and Wednesday, you’ll pay only $22.00 for a 300g certified Black Angus rump steak, chargrilled on the famous hot rock. For further information visit blackangusbarandgrill.com.au or phone 07 5577 9712 to book.
nail arT profeSSionalS Tracey Cox recently opened her new salon TRACEY O at 27 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach. Tracey has over 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry and is renowned for her creative expertise in nail sculpture and nail art. Her salon has been awarded Bio Sculpture Salon of the Year several times. The new Alphashape machine, as seen on Today Tonight Tonight, offers non-surgical treatments providing immediate and long-lasting results for fat reduction, facelifts, cellulite, body shaping, skin tightening and more. Tracey also featured on Channel Seven's Great Outdoors.. Phone 07 5591 2600,, for an appointment.
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kiTchen perfecTion Cuisine Kitchens has access to the latest products available in the country and is always looking at ways of expanding the product data base. All manner of finishes are available, from laminate finishes through to exotic veneers and stunning two-pac metallic finishes. Benchtops are available in laminates, natural stone and reconstituted stone, as well as acrylic surfaces where the joins are completely hidden. Every piece of natural stone has its own character. Cuisine Kitchens is able to demonstrate the variety available. Contact Cuisine Kitchens on 07 5564 8518 or visit cuisinekitchens.com.au.
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n the recent troubled times, Australians have changed the way we behave. Our savings rate has increased from 2.5 per cent of disposable income in the early years of the past decade to over 10 per cent in 2011. Less is being spent in shops and on investments, with more people choosing term deposits because of better interest rates. In response to the severe drop in asset values during the Global Financial Crisis and since, many of us have postponed our retirement to wait for peaceful times. We are choosing to do nothing with our investment capital or wondering what to do. It is possible, and even likely, that troubled times will be with us a little longer, but why are we in troubled times? Over the past decade finance was deregulated, and with the opening up of the Western world to the productive capacity of China, India and other emerging economies, inflation and interest rates were kept low. Consumers were encouraged to borrow and were happy to do so, based on the certain increase in the value of their homes and investments. They could have more now and rely on others to pay the bills when they eventually sold their homes or investments.
Companies and individuals were lulled into a sense of entitlement; that we could all live beyond our means and leave the future to take care of the debt. The Global Financial Crisis ended the Age of Entitlement. The period of austerity that followed has seen both corporate and individual savings return to popularity and ensured a period of subdued economic growth. Ordinary people and businesses have chosen to live within their means. Governments were not immune to excess. The need to bolster and support economies through the financial crisis saw many nations take private debt on to the public balance sheet and boost spending. Our democratic system lends itself to abuse at the hands of politicians. Getting elected is their primary concern and offering more in services, facilities and subsidies and less in taxes is how they do it. Governments in the Western world are yet to learn the lessons their companies and their citizens learnt three years ago. The time when you can feed the sense of entitlement of the electorate with unsustainable profligacy has ended. In Europe and the United States and to a lesser extent in Australia, there are two challenges. The first is the need to bring spending down and/or increase taxes. The second is to bring debt down to more sustainable levels while at the same time maintaining the capital base of the banks. Investment markets are not driven by what actually happens; they are driven by what is expected to happen. The turning point for our markets will come when expectations stop getting worse. When that happens, world share markets will start to climb back and the bear market will be over. GCM Carmel Gardner Representative – Financial Adviser WHK Financial Planning Pty Ltd The information contained in this article was compiled by Carmel Gardner, a representative of WHK Financial Planning Pty Ltd ABN 51 060 092 631 AFSL 238244. No action should be taken solely on the material contained in this article as the information is of a general nature and does not take into account personal circumstances.
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The business community adopted the same cavalier attitudes. Borrowed money was used to support leveraged buyouts and takeovers or to fuel expansion. Hedge funds deployed vast amounts of borrowed cash to influence investment markets. And many property or infrastructure assets, where the income was reliable, were packaged into highly geared investments and sold to investors everywhere.
Many Australians spend most of their working lives building retirement savings. However, they often fail to plan for what happens to this money when they pass away. You’ve worked hard and planned carefully – no doubt you’re hoping that your wealth will outlast you and there will be something left to pass on to the loved ones you leave behind. While it seems simple enough, like all financial matters it requires careful planning. A Will is a good starting point, but there are other ways you can ensure that your wishes are carried out and your estate ends up where it belongs. Wills, binding nominations, insurance bonds and various trusts can all be used depending on your personal circumstances and what you’re trying to achieve. You should also consider putting in place appropriate powers of attorney to ensure that financial and medical decisions will be made by people you trust if you’re incapacitated. Structuring affairs properly at the start could save a lot of money and emotion from legal challenges in the long term.
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Easter Escapes We have been gifted four fabulous days of play this Easter, providing the perfect opportunity to take some time out for a mini break. Plan ahead and make every hour count.
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With world-class shopping centres and a brimming dining precinct on your doorstep, Peppers Broadbeach provides the ideal hot spot close to all the action. When you are not out on the town or relaxing on the beach, Peppers Broadbeach has calming Zen gardens, tai chi lawns and an exclusive private cinema, plus teppanyaki barbecues and a variety of lap, plunge and resort-style pools for you to enjoy. All one and two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom skyhomes are kitted out with sophisticated interior design and all the niceties, including European appliances, a pillow menu and gourmet mini bar stocked with local and organic products.
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Cosy in for the long weekend at Hotel Urban located in the heart of Brisbane. Experience the “urban snorer”, their signature bed and enjoy room perks such as large balconies, Evo amenities and a daily newspaper. The Gazebo is where Hotel Urban’s guests come out to play for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can enjoy T2 tea, Genovese espresso, plus a menu spiced with influences from Asia and Europe. Check out their website as they often have packages running including The Lazy Weekend Package, which includes a very late checkout of 1pm and room service breakfast for two people. Queensland Art Gallery is currently showing Modern Woman: Daughters and Lovers 1850 -1918, Drawings from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris which would make for a perfect day out.
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There was a time when stately old paddle steamers plied the waters of the Mississippi River, giving cruise travellers a unique experience on America’s majestic and iconic waterway. Well the good news is they’re back! The Great American Steamboat Company has recommenced a series of itineraries that include an eight-day journey from New Orleans to Memphis capturing the scenic beauty and cultural significance of America’s Deep South. The 2012 program also features a series of themed cruises including Civil War cruises, music of the ’50s cruises and even a re-enactment of a steamboat race between the American Queen and the Belle of Louisville. Be one of the first Aussies to experience this unique style of cruising. Phone Travel Masters at Nerang 07 5554 2777; The Travel Studio at Mermaid Waters on 07 5572 7272; or Lifestyle Travel at Coolangatta on 07 5599 2929.
Sea Temple Surfers Paradise mirvachotels.com/sea-temple-surfers-paradise // 1800 506 004
If you enjoy sampling new places to stay, be one of the first guests at one of the Gold Coast’s newest hotels, Sea Temple. This hotel is five-star and you can expect to enjoy all the perquisites that come with such a rating. You have the choice of a two or three-bedroom beach-view apartment, all of which are fully self-contained, have two bathrooms and a spa in the ensuite plus glorious floorto-ceiling windows that allow you to soak up the stunning views of the ocean below. When it comes to dining you have the option of light refreshments at the Pool Bar or a night of decadence at what is set to be one of the most sought after dining experiences on the Gold Coast at Sea Temple Restaurant and Bar.
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April is not only the month of chocolate and long weekends, it also marks Bruce Lynton Prestige Automotive’s month of charity events. The company has three huge events scheduled, each with the united focus to raise much-needed money for Guide Dogs Queensland, Cancer Council Queensland, Surf Life Saving and Youngcare. There is something for everyone, so please show your support to this great community initiative. For more information visit brucelyntoncharityball.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There is no car as worldly desired, as sensual, exotic and exhilarating as the Aston Martin Rapide. Although superlative, the above adjectives compare to saying the beach is sandy. This vehicle must be seen, touched and experienced to be respected; for its beauty, power and lust-worthy curves. Plus with four doors, the Rapide is undoubtedly the vehicle James Bond would drive to drop his kids at school. When Aston Martin founder Lionel Martin set out building cars in 1913 his company statement read; “A quality car of good performance and appearance; a car built for the discerning owner-driver with fast touring in mind, designed, developed, engineered and built as an individual car”. It may appear to be the understatement of the century, but it is in fact a statement that rings true with every Aston Martin produced today. Aston Martin is the very essence of bespoke; there is only a specific number of each model produced each year for worldwide distribution, and each car is tailor-made to conform to its owner’s preferences. Good looks. Before you assume the Rapide is any less of a sports car than its two-door siblings, think again. The Rapide was created first and foremost as a road car, developed for the track, and only then were the two extra doors added, creating the world’s most elegant four-door sports car. Like all Astons, the crafting on the Rapide’s exterior is exceptional. Careful thought has gone into streamlining the rear doors into the existing panel design, so well in fact you could 100 March / April 2012
be forgiven for not noticing them at all. The body is long and arching (the Rapide has extra length on the two-door models), creating undisputable good looks from any angle you happen to glance from. Where the magic happens. If you can drag your eyes from the Rapide’s rear end make a bee-line for the driver’s seat. This is, of course, the best seat in the house and here, enveloped in handstitched, leather bucket seats with the famous Aston wings staring up at you, you begin to realise the brilliance experienced behind the wheel of an Aston. I don’t know if it is the anticipation of what is ahead, the opulent surrounds (finest, hand-stitched leather everywhere you look, Bang and Olufsen sound system, classy centre console, I could go on forever!) or the growl of the Aston note, but it is hard to wipe the smile off your face once in this very fortunate position. Wide-open spaces. The Rapide sports a six-litre 12-cylinder engine and all the racket and guts such a configuration suggests. The noise singing from the rear is unmistakable and almost intoxicating. Once you know that sound you know an Aston is coming long before
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you lay eyes on it. Which is probably one of the many reasons people stare at you when driving an Aston. So distinguished and mature yet the perfect combination of fun and frivolous. Out on the road you are reminded that the Rapide has essentially all the good features of the DB9 with its V12, rear-mounted, six-speed transaxle, rear 50/50 weight distribution, just with an extra foot of length. When the corners came, the Rapide showed its true colours, gripping through the bends with ease. It was a feeling only to be likened to the most gracious of ice skaters sashaying across the rink; effortless, powerful and controlled. On the road you realise just how adaptive the Rapide can be. Driving through suburbia, the Rapide cruises along so gently you could forget the hardware you have at your fingertips. You could quite enjoyably use this vehicle as your “every day car” dropping the kids at school (as Mr Bond would) or popping out to the shops. It is only when you tap the sports mode button, plant your foot and aim for a corner that your heart jumps out of your chest for the sheer anticipation of the Rapide’s capabilities. The
Rapide is equipped with column-mounted paddles, and when you flip a paddle the transmission moves out of automatic into full manual mode until you turn the vehicle off or you hit Drive again. It is truly a Jekyll and Hyde situation; quiet and composed or unleashed and chomping at the bit. Why make the investment? It takes nine months from conception to completion for an Aston Martin Rapide to be delivered to its anxiously waiting new owner, and at almost $400,000 a pop the cost of having a vehicle of such calibre in one’s garage could be likened to raising a child these days. However, if you are in the situation to enjoy the finer things in life, do yourself a favour and get up close and personal with a Rapide. Just like one of Mr Bond’s love affairs, you will be smitten at first sight. Where to get it. Paul Hewitt and the team at Sunshine Aston Martin are your links to an Aston experience. You can find them at 179 Nerang Road, Southport, visit sunshineastonmartin.com.au or phone 07 5532 1833. GCM 101 March / April 2012
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Choosing a school to send your child to is a significant decision for all parents and is motivated by many factors. Ensuring diversity in our education system and supporting non-government education is vitally important. The Coalition supports parents having a choice in deciding where their children are educated and believe that nongovernment schools are entitled to appropriate public funding.
The Gold Coast Hinterland boasts one of only 17 World Heritagelisted properties in Australia and local tourism operators are using this major natural asset to great effect. National visitor data shows domestic bushwalking activity in the region has increased by 34 per cent over the past year.
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While free education for every child is a principle we support, public funding of the non-government sector is important to maintain diversity, as the non-government education sector saves billions of taxpayer dollars. Approximately 34 per cent of students are in nongovernment schools and if these students were to be taken out of the non-government sector and placed into a government school, this would cost the government an extra $30 billion a year. Therefore, we have to ensure we get the funding model right. The Federal Labor Government has established a review of funding for schooling with the findings to be released early this year. Specifically, the review is to look at the funding arrangements for non-government schools. While the Coalition does not believe the current funding model is broken, it appears that the Gillard Government does. We do not want to see this government causing an increase in school fees in non-government schools. We know that parents are already making significant personal sacrifices in order for their children to attend their school of choice. I will therefore continue to ensure that the parents’ right of choice and diversity in our education system is supported by the government so we can guarantee our children get the best education possible. 112 March / April 2012
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In fact South-East Queensland as a whole is witnessing exceptional growth within the bushwalking sector and it’s pleasing to be able to show the great depth of experiences available here on the Gold Coast. The city’s sections of the acclaimed Gondwana Rainforest region have been complemented by eco-conscious investment throughout Springbrook, Mt Tamborine, Mt Barney and Lamington National Parks. There are more than 100,000 hectares of rainforest available to be explored on the Gold Coast and it’s estimated the World Heritagelisted areas that stretch into New South Wales boast up to two million visitors annually. With more than 80 designated Gold Coast walking trails of varying terrains available to adventure seekers, this makes for an amazing variety of nature-based fun. Other notable staples of the Gold Coast Hinterland include mountain villages incorporating bed and breakfast outlets, eco-friendly accommodation, wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and fresh produce markets that complement and enhance the total experience. With the sights and sounds changing seasonally I encourage Gold Coasters to discover more of their own back yard today. You won’t be disappointed. Further information on Gold Coast walking trails can now be found at walkingtrails.com.au/goldcoast.
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2012 Clean up australia day
Every year, thousands of Australians don their gardening gloves and gumboots to collect rubbish and tidy up our beautiful country. In 2011 an estimated 565,510 volunteers cleaned up 16,454 tonnes at 7479 sites right across Australia. Schools, businesses and friends get involved and spend a few hours cleaning up their surrounding areas and making our world a better place. Be a good sport, spare a little of your time and join the team to clean up Australia on Sunday, March 4. Register your interest at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.
Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history; Earth Hour, on March 31. More than 5200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour in 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going beyond the hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause. For more information go to earthhour.org.
international women’s day
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s, celebrating and empowering women the world over. Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world, ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades and more. See what you can do at internationalwomensday.com.
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The AWLQLD has created the ultimate in vintage treasure hunts! Throughout April, the Animal Welfare League of Queensland has hidden golden tickets within garments throughout their Gold Coast op shops. If you find a golden ticket you win an instant prize. All you need to do is visit an AWL op shop in April and you could be a winner! For op shop locations visit awlqld.com.au. 54 January / February 2011
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For designer Desti Saint, what began as a shopping expedition to find the “right” colour gold handbag, has turned into a passion for creating fashionable bags that are beautiful and that women want to use every day. The Desti Saint Goatskin Collection is creatively inspired by Desti’s own travels in Bali. The essence of Balinese warmth, passion and spiritual peace is embodied and features designs inspired by beautiful Balinese landscapes. The ingot carving is intricately crafted, comprising a traditional design and is an exquisite work of art in its own right. Visit destisaint.com to view the entire collection. GCM are giving you the chance to win this stunning goatskin clutch in ivory, you don’t want to miss out on this one.
A photographic artist hailing from beautiful Byron Bay, Tim Crawshaw creates prints, canvases and cards featuring stunning outdoor scenery from beaches to backyards and everything in between. Tim is offering GCM readers the chance to win this stunning, ready-to-hang, museum-grade canvas measuring 30cm x 90cm. The image forms part of an eight-piece beach wilderness collection, recently showcased in Byron Bay. An extensive range of canvas and print images to suit almost any interior can be found at timcrawshaw.com.au (including a section just for interior designers).
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Leo | July 24 – August 23
Money matters draw your attention and you may need to watch impulsive spending in March. Mercury retrogrades through your education and travel sector from March 12. Watch out for misguided information from unreliable sources in April. You may need to standby as someone in authority takes charge under these illusions.
Virgo | August 24 – September 23
Things may run a little slowly for the next couple of months. Breathe and know it’s a sign to slow down, take stock and review. March 11 is an invaluable time for connecting with loved ones, feeling closer and building trust. The last week of March provides better support for taking the lead, solving problems and prospering from your decisions.
Libra | September 24 – October 23
advenTurouS, energeTic, pioneering and courageouS, enThuSiaSTic, confidenT and quick-WiTTed Aries | March 21 – April 20
For the next couple of months you may need to retrace your steps before moving ahead. Impulsiveness can be hazardous at the commencement of March, so don’t be surprised if your words come out backwards and you get yourself in a pickle! Things may go at a snail’s pace in April and agitation is likely if you try to push things prematurely.
Taurus | April 21 – May 20
March brings a dose of the warm fuzzies . Healing rifts in relationships is highlighted mid-March while social graces will have you schmoozing for the rest of the month. Mark March 30 in your diary as the night to get out on the town and mingle. It can be difficult to see the forest for the trees during April. Sensitivity can lead to inhibitions, which in turn camouflages the true picture in front of you.
Gemini | May 21 – June 21
Prepare yourself, Gemini. Your ruler Mercury is about to go retrograde reeking mischievous havoc. Expect delays and the typical challenges of cutting through “red tape”. The three weeks following are best spent reviewing, re-checking, retracing, redesigning and readjusting. Expect the things that didn’t pan out in March to take form and begin to move forward in April.
Cancer | June 22 – July 23
Take a deep breath and listen to all those ideas bobbing around in your head. The full moon on March 8 falls in your networking and education sector. It’s prime time for making important liaisons and connecting with influential people! Keep a watch out for the new moon on March 23 for sparking initiatives and launching your ideas. 116 March / April 2012
The start of March could be confusing. If you’re caught between a rock and a hard place in matters of love re-evaluate what’s important to you. Wait until mid-March for clarity to help heal issues. By the end of March social connections are favoured and negotiating will seem easier. April can start off feeling a little off kilter. You could feel a little more sensitive and the route of your unsettled feelings may remain elusive.
Scorpio | October 24 – November 22
Mid-March is especially auspicious for not only love matters, but business, commerce and law. Important alliances can be forged, particularly for Scorpios born November 2. April can be a tricky month to navigate. Normally you can see right through the motivations of others, but now a veil distorts clear insight. Reassess your position on April 15 and make any necessary readjustments without committing yourself.
Sagittarius | November 23 – December 21
Mars is moving retrograde through your career sector during March endeavouring to iron out your future goals. Obstacles may get in your way, but take them as an opportunity to seek solutions. Mid-March provides powerful days for expressing persuasive points of view that will unite collaboration. The first couple of weeks in April are ripe for taking a walk down memory lane. Review your past choices in detail and decipher where the vulnerabilities lie.
Capricorn | December 22 – January 20
Put your serious face on, Capricorn. Take your time before uttering your thoughts. If you’re feeling a little criticised or inhibited take a closer look at your inner fears for answers. Creative expression can be stalled during April. It’s not so much that your muse is absent, but rather the timing is off to express it. It is best to keep a lid on your ideas and let them percolate a while longer.
Aquarius | January 21 – February 19
Your intuition is heightened and the ability to grasp cerebral concepts is high during March. What you cognitively plan and implement now shows real promise. Things may slow down mid-March, but you can make real progress by the end of April. Keep your ideas fresh and innovative to stay the course. Be creative and unique in your expression.
Pisces | February 20 – March 20
Love is in the air, Pisces. March heralds a little romancing and dancing, particularly for Pisceans born around February 20. The full moon on March 8 may prove especially fortunate for intimate encounters. Use your imagination and take the gentle approach in your dealings with others. People pick up on your sensitivity and will readily engage with your compassion. Stars courtesy Narelle Duncan – narellesastro.com // 07 5576 3422
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