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Life& Living QLD magazine

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Travel bug bites GO DEEP AT TANGALOOMA

Inside the octagon


Food glorious food



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ALL ABOUT THE FOOD A dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike hundreds of the country’s finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational weekend at the Good Food & Wine Show.


GET READY TO RUMBLE The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming to Brisbane this December –the main event, a five-round battle between heavyweights Hunt vs Bigfoot.


TRAVEL BUG BITES From Norfolk Island to Tangalooma, Brisbane to Montville, Vanuatu to Woodford, we have your travel plans covered.

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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL The Brisbane International Tennis Tournament is bringing the big names to QLD.


MANAGE STRESS The life of a FIFO can be tough, here’s how to help deal with the stresses of everyday life.


EASY COMMUNICATION A few tips straight from the mouth of a FIFO partner.


60 DAYS OF INSANITY We chat to US fitness guru Shaun-T who has developed a 60 day, do-it-athome workout DVD program INSANITY.


TAX FOR MINERS All the tips on what you can and can’t claim.


INFO ON THE RUN Tablets are the new way of life. Now you can win one with Samsung.

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regulars 4 Welcome from the Editor 5 Pick Your Product 6 What’s On 8 Take a Bite 10 Sport Fever 14 Travel Bug Bites 29 Relationship Matters 32 Your Wellbeing 33 Fighting Fit 37 Mining & industry 40 Money Matters 44 Puzzles 46 Talkin Tech 48 Boys Toys 50 Talk Back

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Life& Living magazine

PUBLISHER Patrick McElligott

Welcome to Mining Life & Living Magazine

EDITOR Lahnee Pavlovich


ello and welcome to this edition of Mining Life and Living, a free publication catering to those working in the mining and resources industry.

DESIGN Lawrence Borchers

With a clear direction toward health and lifestyle, MLL aims to

provide interesting stories to assist in the improvement of readers’


work life balance as well as simply entertain with interviews,


their fields.

profiles, travel pieces and regular contributions from experts in This edition we are giving you the tips on where to take some


much deserved time off these holidays. Hit up the countryside in Montville on the Sunshine Coast or head to Brisbane city for some old world charm. Perhaps camping at Woodford while grooving up a storm at the Folk Festival is more your thing? If there is one sport dominating the world scene right now it would have to be the UFC. And for the first time, Brisbane is hosting a major Fight Night. We caught up with Brazilian heavyweight Antonio Silva. And of course we are once again bringing you expert advice on how to survive in your mining, life and living.

There are also competitions galore in this edition so be sure to enter for your chance to win big!


Until next time, enjoy the issue and keep safe and healthy in your Mining Life

Patrick McElligott Mining Life & Living Magazine is published bi-monthly by Inflight Publishing Pty. Ltd. Views expressed in Airport magazine are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. No responsibility is accepted by the publisher or the printer for the accuracy of information contained in the text or advertisements. Advertisements must comply with the relevant Trade Practices Act 1979. Responsibility for compliance with the act rests with the person, company or advertising agency submitting the advertisement. Neither the publisher nor the editor accepts responsibility for advertisements.


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Tennis time in Brisbane


ome of the world’s tennis top guns are coming to Brisbane for the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp in 2014. Perhaps the biggest name to grace the Pat Rafter Arena will be none other than Roger Federer. The 31-year-old currently holds the ATP World Tour record of 302 weeks for the most weeks as world No.1. He first clinched the No.1 world ranking in February 2004. Throughout his career Federer has captured 77 singles titles and on June 2 this year he notched up his 900th career singles match win. He also holds records for the most Grand Slam tournament titles, 17, and for appearing in the most major finals, 24. This is not the first time Federer has visited Queensland. “I have been to Queensland some time ago now when I was 14-years-old, and I


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travelled through Queensland with my family. It was our last vacation before I entered the National Tennis Centre when I came back to Switzerland,” he said. “We visited Rainbow Beach, spent a few nights in Brisbane, and then went up to Cairns. We also went to the Great Barrier Reef. We had a good time and ever since I’ve loved Australia.” Newly crowned US Open champion and World No.1 Serena Williams will also be heading to the Sunshine State to defend her title. The 17-time Grand Slam champion won her first Brisbane crown last tournament after defeating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final. “I remember I was really excited to win,” Williams said. “I was so focused on the final and felt like this was a good start for the Australian Open.”

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Throughout her career Williams has captured an impressive 55 WTA singles titles and four Olympic gold medals. Women’s world No.2 Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki have also confirmed their attendance at the event. Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, who won the inaugural Brisbane International women’s title, is excited to be returning to the river city. “I always enjoy spending time in Queensland and I really love playing on Pat Rafter Arena. I won my first WTA title there in 2009 so I have some fond memories of the place and I’d love to win the tournament again,” she said. Throughout her career Azarenka has won an impressive 17 WTA singles titles, and this year she successfully defended her maiden Australian Open crown plus reached the

French Open semi-finals and was runner-up at the US Open. Like Azarenka, world No.15 Lisicki has also enjoyed a stellar year. After commencing 2013 in Queensland the German rising star went on to reach the final of Wimbledon. “I played at the Brisbane International for the first time in 2013 and really enjoyed starting my season there, so I’m excited to be returning in 2014,” Lisicki said. Last but not least, Aussie favourite Lleyton Hewitt will be joining the group of superstars for his second Brisbane tournament. “It’s going to be another tough tournament; they always have extremely strong fields. Roger Federer is going there for the first time as well, so that’s going to be pretty exciting for the Brisbane International,” Hewitt said. “I'm really looking forward to it.”

This year, it’s not all about the grown-ups. Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have dusted off their racquets and brushed up on their tennis skills, ready to make their debut at Brisbane International Suncorp Kids Tennis Day on Monday December 30, 2013. Young tennis fans will be able to see their favourite Nickelodeon characters at the Queensland Tennis Centre having fun with the stars of the game. Some of the other activities on offer at Suncorp Kids Tennis Day include – autograph signing sessions, MLC Tennis Hot Shots (mini tennis) with the stars, face painting, rock climbing, jumping castle, fastest serve and roving entertainment. All attendees on this day will also receive a show bag to take home with loads of goodies. Suncorp Kids Tennis Day is a FREE event for kids aged 16 and under (with a paying adult). Brisbane International 2014, presented by Suncorp and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, will take place at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane from December 29 2013 to January 5 2014. Visit n

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in Brisbane

The Good Food & Wine Show is returning to Brisbane from 8-10 November! 8

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dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike - hundreds of the country’s finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational weekend. With a line-up that will leave you hungry for more, one day may not be enough! There’s a magnificent menu of things to see, taste and do - so be sure to check the website to find out what’s on. How much fun can you handle? Inflight Publishing’s Editor had a chat with celebrity chef Miguel Maestre, who will be sharing his culinary tips at the show!

YOU HAVE HAD A LONG JOURNEY AS AN AWARD-WINNING CHEF, AUTHOR, TV PRESENTER HOW DID THIS ALL BEGIN FOR YOU? Love and passion for food and family has got me to where I am today. When I was working in a kitchen, my head chef used to film his TV show and the producer asked me to be part of the show as he thought I would be good on television and now the rest is history. TELL ME HOW YOU BRING YOUR SPANISH BACKGROUND INTO YOUR COOKING AND LIFE HERE IN AUS? I think Australian and Spanish cultures are very similar - we both love to share special moments with friends and family so it has been very easy to incorporate my Spanish soul into my Australian life. Another thing I do is solely speak Spanish to my daughter so she will be bilingual and able to speak to my parents in Spain. Eating churros for breakfast and having a siesta on a Sunday are still my two favourite things.

TELL ME ABOUT THE MIGUEL WE DON’T SEE ON CAMERA – WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? I am always the same person on camera and off camera. If I am not travelling around I will be cooking in the kitchen or spending time with the family or playing European Handball. I love going fishing to catch a flathead as well. IN NOVEMBER YOU WILL BE HEADING TO THE BRISBANE GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THIS? Working on TV you always wonder what people think of what you do as you don’t see their reactions. The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show allows you to see people face to face, which I love. The live cooking demonstrations bring you so close to everyone that it’s very overwhelming and exciting. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU AT THE SHOW? I am showcasing in the Celebrity Theatre what I cook for my family - my wife and daughter. In the Chefs Table from Lifestyle Food, I am cooking a bulletproof dinner

YOU COOK, AND EAT, MANY DIFFERENT RECIPES. WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE MEAL TO COOK? AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL TO EAT? My favourite thing to cook is my Paella a La Maestre and I love to eat it as well as its great for sharing and it really represents all the flavours of Spain. WHAT DOES FOOD MEAN TO YOU? Food is my life. I dream food and live food, I am food. What would this world be like without beautiful food and family to share it with? WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE FROM YOU THROUGHOUT THE REST OF 2013? I am working on massive projects in the restaurant industry and another year spending every Friday night in your living room with series three coming soon. I also have lots of live cooking demonstrations around the country so keep an eye out on my website. Visit for more information and tickets. n

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THESE DAYS YOU ARE PROBABLY BEST KNOWN AS A CELEBRITY CHEF AND HOST ON THE LIVING ROOM, WHAT HAS THIS EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE FOR YOU? Being on The Living Room has really changed my life. I love working with Amanda, Chris and Barry - Amanda is a super woman, Barry is the most inspirational person I have ever met and Chris is my

that will allow people with allergies to cook the perfect three-course meal with lots of flavour, colour and easy cooking techniques. I will be signing books, hanging out with all our fans and friends and enjoying a never-ending list of tasty things to eat and delicious wine to drink.

brother from another mother. I love my food segment on The Living Room as I get to show Australia the fun side of food - where it comes from, how it’s cooked and all the different cuisines around the world.


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is coming

to Brisvegas



he main event, UFC Fight Night is a five-round battle between heavyweights Hunt vs Bigfoot which will see fans from across the state and even a few diehards from across the country flock to the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane. Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt will take on Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva inside the octagon in front of a packed out crowd. UFC Director of Operations in Australia, New Zealand and Canada Tom Wright said the UFC had a long term commitment to bring the sport, the athletes and the brand to as many cities across Australia as possible. “Brisbane will represent the third city in Australia where we’ve hosted an event and we’re all very excited to be bringing an amazing card to our fans this December,” Tom said. Fighting out of Sydney, Hunt (9-8) is a former K1 World Grand Prix Champion who has won four of his last five bouts (three by knockout). The 39-year-old earned Knockout of the Night honours in his only other professional mixed martial arts bout in Australia, when he defeated Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127 in Sydney in February 2011. Silva (18-5) most recently fought for the world heavyweight title in July 2013 when he suffered a first-round technical knockout against UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The 33-year-old had earned the title shot with impressive back-to-back knockout wins over veterans Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HUNT vs. BIGFOOT will be Australia’s fifth-ever UFC event and second in Queensland following a December 2012 visit to the Gold Coast and three stops in Sydney since 2010. Tickets will be available at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre box office or online at


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Your editor Lahnee had a chat to heavyweight Antonio Silva

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT HOW YOU GOT INTO MMA AND THE UFC? I got into MMA in 2004 after a lot of incentive from my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher, Eli Wanderley. I did my first fight in the UFC in May of 2012, after Strike Force was bought by the UFC. Some athletes migrated over, and I was one of them. WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY OF TRAINING FOR YOU? It includes varied training sessions including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Muay-Thai and physical preparation. YOU’RE ABOUT 6’4 AND 120KG WHICH MAKES YOU A HEAVYWEIGHT, WHAT’S IT LIKE FIGHTING IN THIS DIVISION? Each category has its challenges, especially this one because of the strength of the fighters, which adds a little flavour. CAN YOU TELL ME YOUR STATS, HOW MANY FIGHTS, HOW MANY WINS? 18 wins and 5 losses (13 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, 2 by decision). WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES IN THE RING? My strength is my desire to win and to never give up. That is why I don't see my weaknesses. WHO HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OPPONENT AND WHY? Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko – because he is a legend in the sport. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE WIN? Against Fedor Emelianenko.

“My strength is my desire to win and to never give up. That is why I don't see my weaknesses.”

EVENT DETAILS Hunt vs. Bigfoot will also be filmed for American TV Entertainment Centre Event on Saturday 7 December 2013 External Doors: 7.30am Approximate First Bout: 8.30am Approximate time of Main Card: 12noon Approximate Conclusion: 3.00pm


WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMPION IN THIS SPORT? To train hard and to leave the house only to train. Live for that! AUSSIES ARE REALLY INTO THE UFC, THEY LOVE THE SPORT! ARE YOU EXCITED TO COME DOWN UNDER AND SEE THE FANS IN DECEMBER? Yes, I know I probably have many fans in Australia and it will be a pleasure to fight for them. YOU’RE COMING UP AGAINST MARK “THE SUPER SAMOAN” HUNT IN BRISBANE, WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY GOING INTO THIS FIGHT? I already have my strategy put together with my team, but I'm not at liberty to discuss. What I can say is that it will be a great fight. TELL ME ABOUT THE ANTONIO OUTSIDE OF THE RING? I am a family man. I enjoy spending time with my daughters, wife and parents.

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Celebrate Australia Day in the ocean



ow four years old, the ocean swim series has embedded its place on the national calendar, and the final on January 26, 2014 will be the first event to launch Australia Day Celebrations in Sydney. More than 1000 swimmers, including Ky himself, are expected to take to the waters of Sydney Harbour for a patriotic ending to the four-race swim series. The Sydney Swim will cap a spectacular four race ocean swim series, held at Australia’s most iconic and beautiful beaches along the east coast of Australia between May 2013 and January 26 2014. The next in the series before the culmination is the Great Hamilton Island Swim- Whitehaven Beach, on November 17 2013. Visit www. Inflight Publishing had a chat to Ky Hurst about the series and about life in general. HOW DID THE EVENT AT COOLANGATTA MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS? HOW MANY COMPETED OVER WHAT DISTANCES? The second event in the BodyScience Great Australian Swim series went very well. The weather was perfect and the water was a beautiful 22 degrees and crystal clear; we even had a few whales cruise past in the background. With several hundred competitors taking part ranging from 8 years old through to 74 they all seemed to enjoy the 3 different distances on offer, from the 300m kids swim, 750m and my favourite the 2.2km.


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THE NEXT RACE IN THE SERIES IS HAMILTON ISLAND...HOW MANY WILL TAKE TO THE ISLAND WATERS THERE? Being such a new event Hamilton Island is seeing numbers grow each year. The Hamilton Island Whitehaven Ocean swim weekend offers not just a swim but a triathlon the day before and is a fantastic weekend away for both the serious competitor or family and friends. HOW IS IT DIFFERENT TO THE OTHER RACES IN THE SERIES? This is one of the only swims in Australia that you have to take a ferry to reach the swim destination. As the swim is run parallel to the iconic Whitehaven beach, competitors take the ferry from Hamilton Island and back making it a fun day out on the water. Whitehaven Beach is definitely a destination everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. WHAT COMPETITORS ARE ATTRACTED TO THAT EVENT? The Whitehaven Beach swim is getting a range of competitors from triathletes to open water and pool swimmers through to weekend warriors and beginners. The shorter 800m distance is a perfect entry point for anyone wanting to have their first ocean swim. THE SERIES CULMINATES WITH THE SWIM ON AUSTRALIA DAY IN SYDNEY HARBOUR, HOW SPECIAL IS THAT TO YOU AS A RACE ORGANISER AND AS A COMPETITOR? I feel so lucky to be able to offer an ocean

swim in our backyard at the Opera House on such a historical day. It's beautiful and so special to be able to look up and see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from the water. HOW DOES IT FIT IN THE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS? It's a perfect way to start Australia Day with the BodyScience swim one of the first events up on the day's activities. Once competitors have finished the swim mid-morning they are able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the Australia Day festivities that Sydney has to offer. YOU ARE A NEW DAD HOW HAS FATHERHOOD CHANGED YOUR LIFE? I love being a father. It's changed my life and outlook in many ways. I'm really looking forward to being able to share my life at the beach with my boy and I'm counting down the days that I take him for his first surf. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE BOTH PERSONALLY AND IN TERMS OF THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SWIM SERIES? I've had a great last few months of training and am now getting ready for the Kellogg's Ironman Series that starts on November 30. n

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magine peaceful quietude blended with a subtropical air, travel distance within 3 hours, landing in a petite space of 3455 hectares anchored in the southwest Pacific Ocean... Welcome to Norfolk Island! Norfolk Island offers a holiday destination packed with excitement, fun, adventure, indulgence, surprise and relaxation for all the family to enjoy. The vivid green valleys of pine and rainforest on a background of crystal clear blue ocean highlights the natural beauty of Norfolk Island while the islands language, time honoured traditions and the remnants of a past penal settlement reflect a dramatic history. Norfolk Island offers a free range experience with a gentle pace, fresh home grown food, friendly locals, intriguing stories and wonderful quirkiness. Embark on a unique family holiday and reclaim time for your family and connect through a wealth of activities and experiences. Norfolk Island is a getaway where kids can be as young as they want to be and parents can take a mental break from busy life. Meet other holiday makers, engage with the locals or simply absorb yourselves as a family and enjoy quality time together. Measuring only 8km x 5km Norfolk Island will become your holiday ‘backyard’. Stunning swimming beaches and majestic coastlines contrast lush rainforests and bushland set on a backdrop of dramatic history and unique culture. Here you can swim, snorkel, walk, cycle, tour, experience, learn, shop, eat and still have time to relax. Norfolk Island is an affordable overseas holiday without excessive surcharges during school holidays, offering accommodation options including hotels, apartments or houses to cater for any family size with child friendly dining options and activities available. Additionally, here you will enjoy many free or low cost experiences ensuring that you are not always ‘reaching for your wallet’, yet without feeling you have missed out on anything during your stay. Your family will relax in a small community environment and take the opportunity to spend time together, playing together, exploring together, eating together and learning together. n

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The Central Queensland Industry and Resources Expo (CQ EXPO) is now in its third year and is firmly placed as a key trade event for Rockhampton and Central Queensland. This event is designed to support the industry and resource sectors of Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Southern Bowen and Galilee Basins, with exhibits by suppliers, service providers, government agencies and manufacturers. A new Chamber of Commerce in Rockhampton, exciting developments in the mining sector in Central Queensland, the promise of a new industry supportive Federal Government and an increased demand for energy through the Port of Gladstone are all helping to set the scene for a renewed boom time in Rockhampton, and across Central Queensland. The CQ EXPO will be the meeting place for those already active across the region and for those wanting to be a part of the action. Log on to exhibit and attend at EVENT PARTNER

The inaugural North Queensland Industry and Resources Expo (NQ EXPO) is a new event and is the third leg of the essential Industry and Resources trifecta of events in Queensland. Townsville is the economic hub and powerhouse for North Queensland, with direct air and sea links to Asia and the Pacific including PNG. It has brilliant rail and road transport access with plans in place for future expansion of these facilities. This is a dedicated trade event designed to support the industry and resource sectors of North Queensland. NQ EXPO will be the showcase for this dynamic and abundant region. It will be a targeted and cost effective opportunity to network, market and generate sales, leads and industry contacts. Industry networking functions and seminars will round out a brilliant few days of business and industry interaction and information sharing. Log on to exhibit and attend at




The Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo is Southern Queensland’s premier energy, mining and resources event, servicing the booming Surat Basin, unmatched in diversity and opportunity. Now in its 4th year this event continues to break all records, attracting visitors from around Australia and across the globe. The Surat Basin covers an extensive area across South West Queensland with billions of dollars in projects under way and in the pipeline. Projects include a new jet capable airport, a new intermodal hub for the western precincts, a revised schedule for the second range


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Oaks offers workers and families brand new accommodation standard in Queensland T he demand for deluxe, self-contained accommodation in key mining regions in Queensland is at an all-time high, with workers looking for a comfortable and affordable ‘home away from home’ environment to rest and rejuvenate or spend quality time with their families during rostered weeks on and off. Leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts is paving the way to offer a brand new accommodation choice in regional destinations Moranbah and Middlemount, with the opening of two 4.5 star new-build hotels, Oaks Moranbah and Oaks Middlemount in October, representing the best available accommodation in each market and promising a stylish change of pace for short and long term guests. Approximately a three-hour drive west of Rockhampton and Mackay, Middlemount is one of Australia’s burgeoning mining communities. Featuring an onsite swimming pool, BBQ area and undercover car parking, guests of Oaks Middlemount will enjoy modern apartment

accommodation and one of the most central positions in town, just a stone’s throw from the sports and leisure centre, opposite the local shopping centre and a short drive to the scenic Bundoora Dam – perfect for fishing, boating, water-skiing and swimming. Further north and also located in the heart of Queensland’s lucrative mining belt, Oaks Moranbah will offer a brand new accommodation standard in the young coalmining town. Located on Bacon Street, the hotel is in close proximity to the newly refurbished town centre, comprising an exciting selection of cafes and restaurants, as well as the Moranbah Golf Club, shopping centre, handful of grassy parks and of course, the many nearby mines. Oaks Hotels & Resorts boasts 43 city and regional properties across Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. To book your stay at Oaks Moranbah or Oaks Middlemount, visit n


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Natural connections

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Wild dolphins play here and at dusk each night they come into shore to be fed by the crowd of guests that gathers at the ready with fresh fish in hand. Coral reefs coat a jagged line of ship wrecks within meters of the beach, offering spectacular diving and snorkelling adventures. In the winter, sail beyond the island’s northern tip and you’ll encounter mighty humpback whales as they rise up from the ocean to breech and play. Moreton is 98 per cent designated national park. As the world’s third largest sand island, wherever you venture there’s always something astonishing to see and do. Guided or go-it-alone 4WD tours take you into wild terrain where the flora and fauna constantly change and large crystal clear, freshwater lakes are found hidden in the hilltops.


here are few holiday destinations where you can truly escape with your family and spend the days relaxing and having fun in one of the world’s most spectacular natural settings. Tangalooma on Moreton Island is one of them. Wedged between national and marine parks in Moreton Bay, from the moment you set foot on the island you know you have arrived in a special place. You feel instantly transformed. It’s impossible to think that Brisbane is just a short boat cruise away.

Tangalooma is a destination of choice. The resort has seven styles of accommodation to meet every need and taste from 3-star hotel rooms to luxury holiday houses and 4.5 star apartments. And a range of restaurants and cafes means you can enjoy family meals together, or sumptuous and exotic dining for two. You get the best of both worlds. Be This is an almost pristine world where you

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have never been to France but I imagine it will have that airy feel about it; rolling hills in the countryside, alfresco dining in the cities, summer days and nights filled with romance, relaxation, exceptional wines and even better food. I imagine it to resemble Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Hidden on a hill in the lush Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a place that is part retreat, part European estate, part luxury lodge and part home away from home. When you arrive and slowly make your way up the winding pebble stone driveway under blossoming purple jacarandas, it would be easy to forget you are just 90 minutes from Brisbane and to truly feel you have stepped into the French Countryside. Located on 22 acres of grounds filled with grand figs, vibrant jacarandas and groves of magnolias and gardenias, Spicers Clovelly is one of seven Spicers properties dotted across QLD and NSW. Each is unique and has a little bit of luxury and a little bit of


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homely comfort rolled into one. Clovelly, with stunning French-provincial architecture, hosts 10 exclusive suites and the private 3 bedroom French Cottage. During a recent weekend away my husband and I felt quite at home in a Spa

Suite, right in the main house. It was like the rooms from my childhood dreams! King bed in the centre of the room flanked by window seats and a mini library, the bathroom tiles were heated and the square double spa bath looked out over the trees on the property. Everything was airy and bright, cozy and welcoming all in one. This was our little sanctuary for the next two nights. A bonus to being located only a flight of stairs from the main area of the house including the bar and restaurant, meant a very relaxed spin on dining in style. Each morning we awoke to the sounds of birds chirping outside and the smell of fresh cooked delights wafting up the stairs. We dined alfresco on the terrace both mornings munching on fresh cooked croissants, sipping rich coffee, reading the paper while awaiting the main breakfast course. It was easy to let the morning slip away here with a vista out over the rolling hills, the lush greenery, and the shimmering pool.

After breakfast we let our inner child come out to play with rounds of croquet and boules on the lawn; the game of royals and so much fun. Plus there is nothing like a little friendly competition between partners. With warm sunny days in the Hinterland, nothing beats a swim and a sunbake at the pool. You share the area with a bikini clad French woman made of clay. She lies by the rippling water as you dive in and under. On the first day of our stay we chose to order a picnic basket and wander to the top of the property where the views look out over the lake and the forests below. Nibbling on cheeses and crackers, deli meats and quince paste with a glass of champagne as the wind blows through your hair is the perfect way to wind down and simply be. Followed by a one hour Spa treatment onsite with the talented spa staff, and you have an afternoon to remember. When the sun begins to set at Clovelly the colours of orange, pink and even purple shoot across the sky signalling it’s time to head to the bar for a glass or two of French wine. Spicers Clovelly Estate’s cellar offers 100-plus labels from the surrounding wine regions along with benchmark vineyards around the world. And with its European theme and French influence, we couldn’t go past the selection of imported French wines. The sommelier has hand-picked the best reds and whites available. Both of our nights started like this - perched at the main lounge and bar area which features genuine French antiques, dramatic black lacquer furniture, exquisite European fabrics and a stone bar, chatting to the staff and sipping on French Champagne. With the restaurant, The Long Apron, a few steps away it’s a great way to begin the evening of indulgence. The Long Apron is an award winning restaurant ran by head chef Cameron Matthews who designs the menus to compliment the regions abundance of fresh local produce. The combination of fresh local produce and classic European flavours makes for a taste sensation. Not only does The Long Apron boast exquisite French-inspired food but elegant decor highlighted by polished timber floors and stunning French doors leading to an outside courtyard. And the food! You can choose from the tasting menu or the A la carte with 2, 3 or 5 courses. We opted for 5 courses both nights and tasted some of the most flavoursome dishes you could imagine! Perhaps my favourites were roasted duck breast with pear, local honey, fennel, duck ham, grilled shallot or the Rump cap of Wagyu with aligot, confit

vegetables, horseradish cream. And for desert, the Mandarin botrytis, rosemary & oat crumble with lemon leaf ice cream was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. When looking back at this trip away, one of the things I remember and one of the things I love about all of the Spicers properties is the finer details. There is never any request to hard or too big for the friendly staff to accommodate where they can. And not only that, it’s the attention that goes into making each property unique. Something I loved about Clovelly was the French inspired images that adorn the walls of the main house and the suites; the books scattered purposefully around the rooms to create a warm, welcoming feel; the French newspapers framed by the bar; even the extensive selection of wines compliment the décor and the overall feel of the property. Although there is an air of luxury, a feel of romance and royal grandeur, there is also a cozy, homely feel to the property; the ambience induces a state of true relaxation and happiness. Perhaps you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a new type of summer escape or Christmas trip with family or friends? If so, visit Spicers. You will leave with a smile as wide as the ones adorning the faces of the friendly staff.

Things to do: If you feel like getting out and exploring, there are numerous things to do and see in Montville and Maleny. Here are just a few: - Visit Spicers sister property Spicers Tamarind in Maleny and enjoy a day spa treatment and some traditional Thai food in their restaurant. - Taste some wines at one of the nearby wineries - Visit one of the many art and craft galleries - Take a walk on one of the walking trails - Picnic by Baroon Pocket Dam - Take a farm tour at Maleny Dairies - Wander the streets and the markets in the main towns and shop for bric-a-brac, jewellery and many other delightful nic nacs. Visit

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hen you walk through the big double doors at the entrance, gold plated at the foot and into the long slim hallway, it is immediately apparent you are stepping into a place with old world charm and a hint of gentry. The Inchcolm Hotel is located on the corner of Turbot St and Wickham Tce in Spring Hill, a few minutes’ walk from the heart of Brisbane city. The heritage listed property combines elegance and timelessness with the personalised service and facilities you’d expect from a boutique hotel. It’s kind of what makes it a perfect place to stop for a quick trip to the sunshine city. In 1999 the heritage listed section of the building was transformed from medical chambers to hotel suites. An extension was later added to the rear of the building to make room for additional suites, a garage and swimming pool. During a recent weekend away, The Inchcolm Hotel became our home away from home; a convenient base from which to explore Brisbane, take in the sights and the sounds, do a bit of shopping and all without

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the need for a car. Some friends and I rented the 2 bedroom suite, accessed by the incredible 1930’s cage lift which still services the hotel. I’d never been in a lift like this before so the experience made me feel as though I was part of an old black and white film. Our suite was located on the second floor within the heritage listed section, and it retained many of its original features which

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just added to the charm. Beautiful silky oak wall panelling and old double doors with brass fittings; all very grandeur but understated at the same time. And the view from the windows was a treat to wake to. Peering out over the bustling city below, you can look eye to eye at the buildings rising up from the ground as fresh air rushes through the suite. In deference to the history of Brisbane and Queensland, the suites are even named after significant people or places of interest including Burnett, Gympie, Ashdown, Lockyer, Kidman and Miles - another nice little touch. Although we were only here for two nights we made the most of it. We ate breakfast in the hotels restaurant, the Epicurean Brisbane. And we ventured out into the city to soak up some of the other treats. That’s right; this little weekend away was all about down time mixed with decadent gourmet experiences. Something Brisbane is very good at! On the first night, after a day spent relaxing in our old school suite it was time to don our evening wear and hit the pier. Eagle St Pier is a mecca for combining fabulous dining with spectacular views over the Storey Bridge. And we were in the mood for a steak. So a trip to Cha Cha Char, probably one of Brisbane’s best steak houses, was on the cards. You are greeted at Cha Cha Char with friendly staff who manage somehow to pause in the whirl wind of business to make you feel welcome and at home. We were swiftly shown to our table by the window looking out to the pier and had the menus explained. The head chef here, Rhett Willis, was runner up in MasterChef: The Professionals and his newly implemented menu was to die for! I’d go as far as to say the steak was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Big call, but well deserved.

We indulged on an entrée of quail and prawns bursting with flavours of lime and chilli and various herbs. It was like summer in your mouth. Mains included a serve of the most tender Mayura Sirlion BMS 9+ age 30-36 months Grain Fed 500 + days and Wagyu Eye Fillet BMS -7 age 30-36 months Grain 400+ days. Wow, they could not be faulted! And all of this was accompanied by a great Shiraz recommended by the talented, and very helpful, staff. Everything about this restaurant draws you in. From the very city like atmosphere, a mixture of couples, businessmen and women, friends and groups – there is something here to please everyone and so all types of people come for the great food and great vibe. We left feeling very satisfied. Luckily it was only a few blocks walk back to the hotel. After a great night’s sleep and a little sleep in it was off to the next gourmet stop; pure decadence in the form of a high tea. Served in the Brisbane Arcade over two hours, High Tea at Room with Roses is certainly a treat for the senses. Everything from the charming décor, the tables look out over the glorious Brisbane Arcade on one side or the greenery of Adelaide St on the other, and the fact you are nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets just outside, makes this a unique treat and a must do during your time in Brisbane. The passionate owner Vicki calls it a sanctuary and she is spot on. The menu items are all made fresh on the premises from the very best ingredients and the staff are really there to please. Vicki says it’s the type of cooking your grandma whips up. The start of the recipe for the sponge is take 14 eggs and beat for 45 minutes! Of course the lightly scented rose buds adorning the tables adds to the beauty and very royal feel. Each High Tea serving contains ten dainty delicacies per person and is presented on a beautiful decorated porcelain High Tea stand; elegance at its best. I fell in love with the lemon curd tart and the mini chocolate heaven cake topped with chocolate ganache. Wow! Bellies full, a walk through Queen St Mall, the main mall in the city, was on the cards followed by much more of that laid back indulgence moseying from place to place and ending back at the Inchcolm. All in all a great little well deserved break in beautiful Brisbane.

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alf Moon Run is a talented group of young guys from Ottawa, Ontario and Comox, British Columbia who are returning to Woodford after a year of touring the globe with their first album, Dark Eyes. The band have been writing and recording new material, still retaining the restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica. SO, YOU GUYS HAVE A HECTIC FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF YOU WITH HEADLINING PERFORMANCES ALL OVER THE WORLD. HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THAT? Well we have had this busy schedule for a year now so we are getting used to it. We are currently in the USA which is great but the drives are so long! But things have been picking up since the release of our album so it’s exciting. YOU GUYS ARE RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA SOON! WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COME BACK SO SOON? There are a whole bunch of reasons. Our record label Indica Records has a sister company in Australia so that made it convenient for us to come to Australia last


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year. Performing at Woodford was so much fun for us so we are thinking about making it a yearly tradition around Christmas time to come to Australia. Besides that, there is not much going on in the rest of the world during that time and it is great to get away from the cold in Canada!

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Yeah last year we were very new. Triple J picked up a few of our songs and because that’s such a popular radio station that definitely stepped it up for us. Since then we’ve had upgrades in venues and a lot more shows. HOW DOES PERFORMING IN AUSTRALIA DIFFER TO PERFORMING BACK HOME IN CANADA? Well I’ve found, and a lot of people say this, that Australian and Canadian culture is very similar. If you ever travel there you will notice the similarities, Australians and Canadians get on really well with each other. I also spent a lot of time traveling while I was younger and I noticed that Aussies travel the same way Canadians do; they are always the first to have a go at something, always up for a bbq or jamming in the park. And, after a performance here in Aus there is always an after party which is fantastic. We’ve come to regard Australia as a second home for us. YOUR DEBUT ALBUM DARK EYES WAS RELEASED INTERNATIONALLY EARLIER THIS YEAR HOW DID THAT FEEL? HAVE THINGS CHANGED FOR THE BAND SINCE? Yeah it’s given us a lot of momentum. There have been a number of things that have pushed

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us to new levels. For instance, the BBC in the UK started playing our songs which helped us gain recognition as a lot of European cultures follow the UK trend in music. It’s a great place to be in your career as a musician; coming from nothing, everything is a surprise! So, now it’ll be about maintaining this over time with our future material. WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS GOT PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE, CAN FANS EXPECT NEW MATERIAL ANY TIME SOON? We’ve been writing a bunch of new songs. Creating new songs takes a while and it takes a lot of performances and work before we can get them ready. But, we should have some new material ready by the time we hit Australia.

hether you wear feathers in your hair and rainbow-coloured fisherman pants or jeans and a t-shirt, you can leave your inhibitions at the gate when you enter the wonderful world of Woodfordia. The regulars embrace the festival's eclectic spirit, dance in the showers to bluesy beats. And newbies, well they quickly find their inner hippie. Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic

and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children's festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day. Woodford Folk Festival is an annual six day and night event running from December 27 through to January 1 and this year over 500 acts will perform across 28 venues to an aggregate attendance of 120,000 people. The Woodford programme reflects the broad demographic who come to dance, laugh, play and just have fun. Young partygoers, music lovers, families, community leaders, educators, students, entrepreneurs, artists, environmentalists, politicians, retired professionals and people of all kinds find something to love and be part of at Woodford. For more information and the full programme visit n

WHAT CAN AUDIENCES EXPECT TO SEE FROM YOU THIS YEAR? We are bringing a lot more energy to our performance this time. We’ve also got new instruments and some new songs. Overall it’ll be a much more polished performance.

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Throughout the year in Vanuatu there are some great events to take in during the course of your stay.... Annually in August The Kiwanis Race Week is held and combines a Race Week Ball with a huge day of racing which sees locals and visitors flock to the course for a great day out. If golf is your thing then the annual Vanuatu Golf Open is held around the end of August each year. Dates and details are published on the Vanuatu Golf Open Web Site The Marlin Classic is the highlight of the fishing calendar. Full details can be obtained from If time permits then a trip to the mighty Yasur Volcano on the southern Island of Tanna is well worth the trip and discounted flights can be arranged as an international visitor to Vanuatu. The Northern Island of Espiritu Santo plays host to one of the world's great dive wrecks "The President Coolidge" and Santo also has some spectacular beaches on the East Coast of the island. In summary you will find that you will need more time than your short break permits to do and see all that you can do in Vanuatu, so don't try and do too much rather plan your second visit whilst sipping a cocktail and watching one of our famous Sunsets. n

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here's not a person alive who hasn't experienced stress. For many, stress is so commonplace that it becomes a way of life. Work, family, financial obligations, and our own expectations of ourselves can place difficult demands on our time and resources - causing us to feel pressured, frustrated and trapped. While some stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best, constantly "running on adrenaline" can lead to eventual breakdown – physically, mentally and emotionally. But by understanding what stress is, and recognising the signs of stress, you can protect proudly yourself from burnout by taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.

So what is stress? Stress is any thing, place, situation, thought, interaction, and so on that causes the body to respond by releasing stress hormones. Whether the stress is physical or emotional, the response is the same. A gland called the adrenal cortex increases secretion of the hormone Cortisol, and the activity of the sympathetic nervous system is increased, resulting in increased adrenaline secretion from the adrenal medulla. The response of the sympathetic nervous system is commonly called the "fight-or-flight" response because the physical affects allow us to physically fight or flee, and these symptoms of stress can actually be helpful. When a physical danger occurs, the body needs the fight-or-flight response to survive. For example, if you step into the street and see a car rushing toward you, the stress response allows you to have the strength and energy needed to leap out of the way. But what happens when a normal,

“For many, stress is so commonplace that it becomes a way of life.”

Emotional symptoms, such as feelings of hopelessness, irritability, and anger are also common stress symptoms, which can impact on our quality of life, and that of our families.

Managing stress We can’t always control the amount of stress we have in life, but we can control the way we respond to it. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, your

natural function then becomes problematic? Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on the body by interfering with the way the body is meant to function. Physical symptoms are usually the first warning sign that stress is starting to become overwhelming. Some common ones are: • Headaches • Digestive problems • Neck or back pain • Changes in sleep patterns • Muscle tension

emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the stress response. When practised regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your

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And I would dare to venture that this could be

2. You look amazing: (or lovely or pretty

the same for many a tradie man out there.

... even nice will do!) You know when her

Now, I’m not suggesting that these

hair looks different or she’s spent some time

otherwise lovely men of ours start spouting

getting ready to go out and you can’t quite

Shakespeare ("shake what?"’ I hear him say).

put your finger on it, but it’s pleasing to you?

But on occasion it would just be nice to hear

That’s when you need to speak up.

what you need to hear - a simple affirmation of something that you already know, but means so much more when uttered by the

into bed, although if used very well you might

one you love. For instance, last week I was working late so instead of putting away the clean washing like normal, I just dumped it in the spare room. Well, you should have heard the bashing,



’ve been with my boyfriend for a couple of years now, and it’s fair to say he’s not a great communicator. He can fix anything I break (earrings, vacuum cleaner, furniture, you name it!), he’s got a great mind for problem solving and he’s way better than me at maths. But words are not his strong point. I would say that the majority of our arguments are due to miscommunication (or even a complete lack of communication). Being raised on a farm with three brothers might have something to do with his lack of understanding when it comes to the subject of "talking to girls", but I think it’s also to do with the practical (and fairly simple) way his mind works.

3. You’re so hot: (or sexy or gorgeous). Please note this is not to be used to get her

slamming and 'I can’t find any clean undies' grumbling! If, sometime in the previous two

get lucky! Make it known that she’s the one who still gets your blood boiling (throw in a kiss for luck too). 4. This is delicious: It might not be Cordon Bleu cookery; in fact it might just be a sandwich. But if time and love have gone into preparing that meal, then please be

years, he'd actually thanked me for always putting his washing away - I might have been more sympathetic and helped him out when he was desperately seeking his jocks.

grateful. And no, burping loudly afterwards does not count! 5. How was work: (or the kids or your day). You don’t have to solve all her problems.

So for all you guys out there, he's a little

Just listen and nod along as she vents - it will

list of handy three-word phrases what will improve your life out of sight, if you just speak plainly from time to time:

earn you several brownie points. For further instructions, the follow up to this is ‘Are you ok?’ 6. I miss you: If you think it, say it. There’s

1. Thank you darling: (or sweetheart or love or pet name). When you come home and the house is clean, the dinner’s cooked, or

nothing wrong with missing someone and it will make her feel better about missing you too.

the washing is done and your undies are exactly where you expect to find them, that’s

7. I love you: Use it wisely, sparingly and

not magic or fairies, that’s us. Please say

appropriately and it will mean more than

thank you.




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eet are often wrapped up in boots and can be a little neglected, so summer is the perfect time of the year to pay them a little attention. The Chinese believe that you can massage the whole body and all of your systems just by massaging your feet through reflexology. For example, the toes relate to the head (perfect to massage if you have a headache) while all of your digestive system is in the middle of the arch of your foot. This style of massage is amazing if you love your feet as literally every part of your foot is rubbed and massaged. I discovered reflexology on a recent trip to Beijing. Just up near Tiananmen Square, I found the place I had been looking for; a small room, kind of resembling a doctor’s office. The receptionist at the hotel had assured me that this was where I would get the best reflexology treatment in Beijing. So with a mix of English and a smattering of pathetic Chinese, the lady at the massage clinic took pity on me and said "English okay.” Either that or she didn't like her language being

foot massage I've ever had. Within minutes, all the traipsing up and down the Great Wall and around the Forbidden Palace disappeared. There are many therapists around that specialise in Reflexology. If however you can’t get to one there are some tips of ways you can look after your feet at home that are quick and easy. 1. Warm foot baths – These are so simple but often overlooked. If you have one of those fancy foot baths that whizz and make bubbles, great. But if you don’t you really don’t need one. A large tub of warm water and a splash of peppermint essential oil is perfect for relaxing. 2. Walk on the beach bare foot – Great way to exfoliate your feet, especially if you are walking in soft, wet sand, plus it massages your feet as you walk. 3. Do a swap – Why not suggest to your partner a massage swap? Such a simple quick way to take care of each other.

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4. Use a cream – If your heels are cracked or your feet are super dry, get some paw paw cream or other type of thick moisturiser, slather it on your feet and wrap them up in glad wrap for half an hour. Afterward just take off and towel, your feet will be super smooth and nourished. Ripple includes a free foot reflexology in every massage package (because we love pampering feet just as much as you). We also have a special 1.5 hour foot pamper package including the reflexology, exfoliation, peppermint foot soak and a pedicure as well. Visit n

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S fitness guru Shaun-T has developed a 60 day, do-it-at-home workout DVD program INSANITY. And it’s insane! In fact, it’s been said that INSANITY is the hardest workout programme ever put on DVD. Shaun T will push you past your limits with 10 workout discs packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab and core training moves. No equipment or weights needed. Just the will to get the hardest body you've ever had. Are you ready to dig deep? Your Editor Lahnee Pavlovich had a chat to Shaun-T about what to expect. Q. Hey Shaun, can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into fitness? A. When I was in college, school work and my schedule got in the way, and I was like "I can't do it today." I didn't even think about staying fit really. At one point I was 50 pounds overweight. I looked back and was like, this is ridiculous. I need to stop making excuses. That's actually what propelled me into becoming the fitness instructor that I am today.

Q. Why is it so important for people to live healthy lifestyles and to get fit? A. There is nothing more important than how someone treats themselves both inside and outside. Your body is your equipment. It's a machine. You have to keep your machine healthy.

alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals. I can be tough but my goal is to keep people motivated and to push everyone to do their best.

Q. What’s the difference between your programs and other programs out there? A. INSANITY is training that utilises your own body weight to get the results you want. This type of training gives you strength and endurance in the same workout. No gym, no weights, no equipment, just your own body’s resistance. Q. Can you tell me a bit about the style of training people will be doing in the INSANITY program and why it works? A. INSANITY works because I took traditional interval training and flipped it on its head. I call it MAX Interval Training. In the workouts, you do longs bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest. Each workout keeps you constantly challenged as you

Q. What’s the most important thing to remember when starting out on the program? A. Stay committed each and every day. No one should have to persuade you to do it. If you're hesitant or have a minute of doubt, INSANITY probably isn't for you. It's about 40 minutes per day at first. When you get to month two, the max interval part, I'd map out an hour each day, which includes stretching and cooling down. That hour a day will become a gift to yourself. I've had people who weigh more than 300 pounds do it, and they just modify it. You mostly need to be mentally ready. Q. How will people feel throughout the program from start to finish? A. It may be hard at first but just stay with it. People feel amazing when they finish. Not just because of their physical results but also the great accomplishment of staying with it and doing something truly positive. Finishing is a badge of honour. The number one thing to remember is to stay committed, even though you will sometimes lose self-motivation because it’s tough, every time you finish a workout pat yourself on the back and know you're one step closer! Q. I’m about to embark on this journey myself, any tips on how to get through the 60 days? A. The first two weeks is when we see the highest percentage of quitting. And it's because they are just totally exhausted. I suggest those people do that day's workout the best they can. Q. Any other information you’d like to add? A. Dig Deep! Visit (Check out our next edition to see how your Editor Lahnee went on the INSANITY challenge!) n

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The Fit of it


Get a Grip In today’s modern society where we rely on machinery and computers, it’s easy to become weak. Australia was forged on hard work and labour which built strong and resilient Aussies during the Depression and War years. These days I’d be forgiven if I said that we are ‘weaker’ than our forefathers. If we admit that, then with the tools we have and advice out there, there is simply no excuse in having a strong grip when it comes to putting in your pound of flesh around the house, in the gym or for work. Here are some great exercises that will give you forearms like Hugh Jackman and shoulders like Naomi Watts.

Routine: Complete one set of exercise A and then compound set this with exercise B with no rest. Complete 3 sets of 30 seconds each exercise (60 sec/set) with a rest of 60 seconds in between each set.


– Burning Questions Eating lots of junk food has now been labelled as “an addiction”. So if at 3pm you have a biscuit and piece of chocolate does this make you an addict? Yes, because you are not controlling what you put in your yap… just like smokers have a choice not to light up. When you get the 3pm grumps it can be because you are not getting enough of the ‘pick-me-up foods. Researchers are discovering that certain foods have the power to alter our moods, stave off depression and generally make us a lot happier. Many people are depressed, anxious and wonder why. It’s because they shove S#@t into their mouths. But when people get the right foods, they start to feel good. Here are some great happy foods to consider at the 3pm mark. It’s just before Beer O’clock. FRUIT Eat between 4 and 11 bananas per week to maintain healthy serotonin levels. SEAFOOD The oily super foods build the brain and secrete minerals such as magnesium and zinc.


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LEGUMES Packed full of proteins and warding off hunger pains legumes such as chickpeas, cannelloni, kidney and bertolli beans help maintain stable blood-sugar levels, which are essential for maintaining an even temper. BASMATI RICE Like legumes, this rice is lowglycaemic index (GI), so does not cause the blood-sugar fluctuations. BRAZIL NUTS Thyroid problems can contribute to fatigue, moodiness, anxiety and depression. To combat this you need enough selenium found in foods such as Brazil nuts. A minimum of two per day is recommended. CHOCOLATE This can improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. One piece of dark chocolate and NOT gorging a whole bar is recommended.

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any property buyers want to invest in the resources boom. But buying houses in mining towns is among the riskiest of investments. While there is the allure of double-digit rental returns and windfall capital growth, there is also the danger of values collapsing in a mining downturn. I'm often asked if there are safer ways to tap into the real estate demand generated by the resources sector. The answer is that there are several. One that few people think of is the potential of buying where the miners themselves buy. Rather than investing where those highlypaid mining personnel work, it makes more sense to buy where they choose to set up home. There are lifestyle markets where prices have started to rise because of the number of mining people targeting those areas to establish a home base. At, we call them the Miners Playgrounds. Increasingly, personnel in the resources sector are working in one place and living in another. Often there's a considerable distance between the two. The growing use of fly-infly-out by the major mining companies means workers stay in temporary accommodation

while on shift and then fly home for their extended time off. Locations which have recently attracted buying demand from Queensland mining personnel include Hervey Bay, the Whitsundays, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns. These are all markets which have struggled in recent years but are now showing increasing signs of recovery. There are multiple reasons for this - and they include the buying power of well-paid mining personnel. In Western Australia, Mandurah is a popular target for workers in the iron ore industry. Once a growth market fuelled by sea change which made headlines around the nation, Mandurah declined after 2007, but more recently has made a comeback. Most suburbs in the City of Mandurah have delivered price growth in the past year ranging from moderate to strong – with the FIFO market a major influence. Most of the markets feeling the buying power of mining personnel are also places feeling the benefits of recovery in the tourism industry. I expect these locations to see solid growth for the rest of 2013 and beyond.



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orkplace safety is a major focus in the mining industry. In fact, it’s an entity of its own. Safety messages are played to staff repetitively everyday, safety officers are dedicated to workers’ health and well-being, and seminars, conferences and events are continuously being developed around workplace safety for miners. And rightly so. With risks like cave-ins, gas explosions and chemical leaks, wouldn’t you want to know how to protect yourself if something were to go wrong? But have you ever considered the online safety of staff on mine sites? The rapid pace of digital media is something that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially because mobile devices are so easily accessible by anyone in society at any time of the day. So what does online safety mean when it comes to the workplace? Business Development Leader of, Tony Haydar, explains how unsafe practices in the virtual world can be just as damaging as in the physical one, in particular, within the mining and industrial sectors. “Participating in unsafe practices online may result in confidential company information being leaked, a computer virus could shut down your systems or your business’ reputation could be tarnished by mistakes made on social media,” Tony said. “If your employees operate machinery remotely via a computer and they misuse the system, it could lead to a loss of productivity and wasted resources to repair it. Employees could also be at risk of losing their job if they use the internet or social media inappropriately,” he said. Planking is one social media fad that became a scary reality for many Australians after planking posts went viral. Industrial workers were the topic of planking controversy, as well as celebrities and there was even a death suspected to be caused by the craze. >>

Tony explains why it’s important for the mining and manufacturing industries to train and educate staff on how to utilise safe practices online to avoid accidents or loss of productivity. “Staff can be educated by incorporating training into the culture of the organisation,” he said. “Safety training is a key aspect of any mining business and this practice needs to be broadened to incorporate new technologies.” Tony suggests implementing internal policies, rules and regulations for employees to follow when online. “Policies could include how to represent the company online or information on dealing with suspicious emails,” he said. “Employees can also attend training days, information sessions or industry trade shows to learn more and it’s a good idea for employees to read industry magazines or online publications to keep up to date on current online safety practices, viruses and advice.” The use of online business directories like Ferret. is a safe way to purchase products online. These directories have a visible profile for each business and they provide contact details so you can contact them directly. Online directories also helps to compare prices, this means you can find the best deals and prevent your business from getting ripped off. Visit


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KPMG's top tax tips for families in mining and resources Tax can be trying at the best of times - let alone when you're FIFO/DIDO or working overseas. To cut through the confusion, we've asked the experts at KPMG for specific advice on tax issues for families in mining and resources...


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Q. CAN FIFO EMPLOYEES CLAIM A TAX DEDUCTION FOR FLIGHTS TO AND FROM THEIR PLACE OF WORK? HOW ABOUT AIRPORT CAR PARKING OR TAXI FARES? KPMG: Although we would all like to claim as many deductions in our tax returns as possible, there are some limitations to what can be claimed. While work related expenses are deductible, you have to be working to claim them. As such, the general rule is that travel from home to work (whether it’s through driving or flying) is not deductible. Similarly, car parking or taxi fares to an airport are also not deductible. However, depending on your circumstances, there may be a possibility to deduct expenses such as flights, petrol and other incidental travel costs. To claim the deduction, ALL FOUR of the following factors must be met: • You are required to live away from home for work purposes, in a remote area where the living conditions are quite poor (due to the remoteness and temporary nature of a site); • Your family usually does not stay with you at the worksite and there is a requirement for you to leave the site when you are rostered off; • You take your personal belongings with you while you are FIFO (as the accommodation on site is not fixed); AND • The site is set up for a maximum period of one year. Q. DO ZONE TAX REBATES (NOW CALLED OFFSETS) STILL APPLY WHEN WORKING REMOTELY IN AUSTRALIA? IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY AND WHERE DO THEY APPLY? KPMG: Yes, there is an offset available for employees who work and live in a remote area within Australia. To qualify for the zone tax offset, an employee must have lived/ worked in an eligible remote area (not necessarily for a continuous period) for: • 183 days or more during the current tax year; OR • 183 days or more in total during the current and previous tax years (but less than 183 days in the current year and less than 183 days in the previous tax year) and not claimed a zone tax offset in the previous year's tax return. Q. CAN MINING, OIL AND GAS EMPLOYEES CLAIM A TAX DEDUCTION FOR PARTICULAR EXPENSES SUCH AS WATCHES/PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES? KPMG: Since no-one wants to pay more tax than they need to, there are a number of specific deductions for mining site employees. Make sure that records/receipts of all work-related expenses are kept as evidence of deductions claimed in your tax return. In practice, common expenses you claim can include protective clothing, laundry expenses, tools and equipment, telephone expenses and membership

subscriptions (unfortunately, this does not mean Foxtel or personal magazine subscriptions to keep you occupied while working remotely!) Q. WHAT’S THE TAX BENEFIT TO RESOURCES FAMILIES OF BOOSTING THEIR PERSONAL SUPER CONTRIBUTIONS? KPMG: Superannuation is important for retirement and there are a number of steps that can be taken to maximise super contributions as well as take advantage of tax concessions. Superannuation contributions are generally taxed at a rate of 15 per cent within the super fund, so there may be tax advantages in increasing your contributions (through salary sacrificing) as this rate is generally lower than tax on salary earned, which is taxed at marginal tax rates. For example, if the employee's marginal rate of tax is 32.5 per cent (plus Medicare levy of 1.5 per cent) and the contribution rate is 15 per cent, there is a tax saving of 19 per cent on the contribution made. However, note that individuals earning income of more than $300,000 will have their contribution's tax rate increased from 15 per cent to 30 per cent. Those nearing retirement age might be thinking: "Excellent, I’ll put most of my pay into superannuation!" Unfortunately, this cannot be done without tax implications. It is important when contributing additional payments into superannuation to be mindful of caps, as the treatment of excess contributions will effectively remove the tax saving opportunities for you. Effective 1 July 2013, the compulsory employer contribution rate has increased from 9 per cent to 9.25 per cent (in accordance with the federal government’s initiative to increase employer

superannuation contributions to 12 per cent by the year 2020). Q. ARE THERE OTHER WAYS FOR MINING FAMILIES TO ENSURE THEY DON’T PAY MORE TAX THAN NECESSARY (E.G. INVESTMENT PROPERTIES, MANAGED FUNDS)? KPMG: Families could consider borrowing to invest in rental properties, managed funds or the share market to take advantage of what is called negative gearing (meaning, the outgoings in managing investments is greater than the income from investments and this loss is offset by wages). Typically, interest on borrowings is tax deductible along with any costs associated in managing investments. However, the negative gearing benefit needs to be weighed up with the negative cash flow that may arise. Remember if it’s negatively geared it’s not necessarily making you money! Q. SHOULD EMPLOYEES IN MINING AND RESOURCES GET THEIR TAX DONE BY AN ACCOUNTANT WITH SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY? KPMG: There is value in using a tax advisor who not only has knowledge of the mining industry, but also has experience in dealing with individuals who are FIFO (or DIDO) or expatriates. Skilled advisors can calculate your income appropriately and ensure tax deductions or offsets are maximised. Specialist advisors can provide an insight to what other employees or employers are facing (as they usually have a number of clients with similar issues) and have experience in solving problems that may be common in the industry.


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t feels great to be heading into the warmer months and real estate agents around the country are enjoying the spring selling season – typically the busiest part of their year. Buyers are out in force encouraged by very low interest rates. But having a decent deposit can be the key money saver when you’re buying bricks and mortar. The amount you can borrow as a percentage of your home’s value is known as the ‘loan to valuation ratio’ or LVR. An LVR of 80%, meaning you have a 20% deposit, tends to be the benchmark for buying property though you can take out a mortgage with far less. Assuming you meet a lender’s basic criteria like having a regular income that’s sufficient for you to meet repayments, some lenders will happily provide loans for 90% – even 95%, of a property’s value. It means you could take out a loan for a home worth $500,000 with a down payment of as little as $25,000. This may be a very tempting strategy

especially as buying property also involves substantial upfront costs like stamp duty, prepurchase inspections and legal fees, which all eat into personal savings. However having the biggest possible deposit makes good financial sense. For starters, if you borrow 80% or more of a property’s value, your lender will ask you to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). This is a one-off cost organised by your lender, and it’s a charge worth avoiding. LMI protects the lender, not you – the borrower, if you cannot keep up the loan repayments. In the event of the lender repossessing your home and selling it, LMI covers the lender if the sale price is below the outstanding loan balance. The greater worry is that LMI premiums can be extremely high. As a guide, buying that $500,000 property I mentioned earlier with a deposit of just $25,000 would result in an LMI premium of about $17,480. It you don’t have the cash on hand, you may


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s a society that is always on the move, it’s no surprise technology is helping us work faster, access easier and share broader. Or perhaps it’s the technology that is shaping the way we live, work and play. Either way the pace is increasing and these little devices that were the size of a small brick not so long ago, are now slimmer, lighter and much better equipped. And just when we thought technology had covered all bases, Samsung introduces the Galaxy Tab 3 range to Australia. These new editions feature a selection of sizes that range from seven to ten inches and with a bunch of other exciting trimmings; Samsung is continuing to cater to the diverse needs of Australian’s. This is the next phase in Samsungs evolution as an innovator in mobile technology. Australian’s are getting a great product choice to better suit their lifestyle, diverse features and greater access to local and international content. The range will offer users enhanced and intuitive design features created to support the growing demand for tablets in Australia. Tablets are being used in aeroplanes, at retail stores and at restaurants. Times are changing and Samsung is helping us keep up! In fact, in two years the percentage of Australians 14 years and over that own or use

a tablet has more than quadrupled from 7% in February 2011 to 34% in February 2013. Gone are the days of sitting on the couch to show off your recent holiday photos or waiting until a big family event to make a special announcement. If someone falls pregnant, chances are you’ll find out about it on Facebook and if you recently went on a month long holiday to Europe, chances are everyone will have already seen your travel photos before you return. Why? Because our tablets and Smartphones are right there, in our pocket, waiting to capture every moment and deliver news to our friends all over the world in an instant. Vice President of Telecommunications at Samsung Australia said Samsung recognised tablets are becoming an essential device for a wide range of Australians. “But perhaps most significant is the uptake and use among families,” he said. “To cater to the diverse needs of Australians, the Galaxy Tab 3 represents the next evolution of our highly successful Galaxy Tab 2 range, offering consumers more of what they have come to expect from the Galaxy brand with an array of options in terms of size, local content and features.”

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NAVMAN WIRELESS QUBE 4 Qube 4 is a GPS fleet tracking unit and satellite communications module. It enables fleet managers to more quickly and accurately track, locate and response to drivers anywhere, anytime. Time is a critical factor for drivers that travel long distances over remote areas, so the real-time fast data sharing capability of Qube 4 allows managers to provide a safer workplace for their staff.

RUGGEAR RG960 Super smart and super tough, the Ruggear RG960 is possibly the smartest and toughest phone in the world. With an extra-large 4.3” multi touch display, this ultra-rugged 3G Android 4.1.2 Smartphone will handle everything you throw at it, whether at Work or at Play. With a powerful 8MP camera, video, WiFi, Bluetooth and network independent GPS the Ruggear RG960 is IP68 waterproof, dust proof and tested to withstand a fall of 2 metres onto concrete. The Ruggear RG960 is also tested to comply with Military Standard 810G guaranteeing that there is simply no tougher phone in the world. A MASSIVE 3000mAh battery gives you up to 500 hours of standby and 15 hours of talk time on 3G. SIMPLY UNBEATABLE! Whatever your day brings, the RG960 is intelligent enough and tough enough that it won’t let you down. Work Tough and Play Smart!

D6300 WIFI MODEM ROUTER The NETGEAR D6300 is perfect for gadget-lovers who have to have the latest gear. Offering next-generation WiFi speeds of up to three times faster than current networking equipment, the D6300 creates the fastest and smartest home network in the neighbourhood. Ready for the NBN as well as future smartphones, tablets and laptops, the D6300 is ideal for those who want to future-proof their home network. RRP $399 u ASUS FONEPAD

The ASUS Fonepad is a handheld device with all the features of a smartphone and the versatility of a seven inch tablet. For those who use their smartphone in most part for consuming social media, playing games and other online activity, Fonepad provides a larger screen that’s ideal for this type of activity, whilst still having the capability to makes calls. It’s a great combination of a tablet and phone in one single device. RRP 8GB version $329 and 16GB version is $399

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TALK BACK WITH WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? Portugal. Why – because of the Feijoadas. It’s a beautiful dish. They just have such amazing food in Portugal. And great wine too. The Ribera del Duero is an incredible northern red wine. And the port is pretty good, you’ll be drunk by midday. Actually my wife and I had the best breakfast ever in Portugal; ocean sea barnacles. People die trying to get these off the rocks, that’s how good the food is there. They are pretty expensive but with a bottle of wine in the morning, it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had.


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Mining Life & Living QLD Issue 30  

Mining Life & Living QLD Issue 30