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Boys Just Wanna Have Fun Make your next boy’s trip one to remember


How to Train Your Dragon Touring Australia in March 2012, and we’ve got your tickets


Easy Recipes for Busy People Cook up a storm in under 15 minutes



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CSI: The Experience Follow the evidence yourself at the Gold Coast


Scrumptious Stokehouse The restaurant made famous in Melbourne makes its Brisbane debut


Holden’s New SUV The Colorado 7 makes its debut


Motorcycle Madness The all new Suzuki V-Storm 650 is ready to rock


Enhance Your Wardrobe It’s a ‘sleevolution’


The Five Senses of Port Douglas Hear, smell, touch, see and taste Tropical North Queensland


The Art of Property Investment Planning for your future


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On The Cover: The ultimate boy’s night

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Welcome to Mining Life & Living Magazine


Life& Living magazine

PUBLISHER Patrick McElligott

EDITOR Bettina Maniatis


ello, and welcome to Mining Life & Living Magazine, a free publication catering to employees of the mining and resource industry. With a clear direction toward health and lifestyle, Mining Life & Living Magazine aims to provide interesting stories to assist in the improvement of reader’s work-life balance as well as to simply entertain with interviews, profiles and regular columns from experts in their field. Hasn’t the year just flown past? I have to admit, as the weeks passed and Christmas was inching closer and closer, panic started to set in as I realised I haven’t even done a smidgen of shopping. For all those just as busy, I urge you to give online shopping a go – it has certainly given me a much needed helping hand! Also in celebration of the Christmas period, our team headed to the beautiful Queenstown in New Zealand. If you’re heading over, be sure to try all of the awesome adventures including skydiving with NZONE, enjoying a drink at Below Zero Ice Bar and for dinner, nothing beats Gantleys Restaurant – a MUST try. Below, I’ve included a few of photos from the trip – enjoy! And as promised, this issue we’re featuring Port Douglas after I spent an amazing few days there back in October. You’ll find the full story on page 26. Until next time, I hope you enjoy reading this issue and keep safe and healthy in your mining life!

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Some photos from our team’s visit to the beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand!

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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Updates Every issue, we aim to bring you the latest news on your industry

The QRC Growth Outlook Study


ll Queenslanders will benefit from an era of unprecedented growth in the resources sector over the next decade, according to the body representing the state’s minerals and energy developers. The Queensland Resources Council’s state-wide Growth Outlook Study reveals 66 projects either under study, committed or under construction with a combined expenditure to 2020 of $142 billion. Based on this data, the value of Queensland’s resources could grow from about $41 billion a year today to $141 billion by 2020-21. QRC research has also confirmed there's barely a postcode in Queensland that does not benefit from the resources sector, which pumped more than $25 billion into the state’s economy last year through salaries, goods and services and community contributions. One in eight Queensland workers are now employed either directly or indirectly by the resources sector.

Communities benefit via government services funded by $3 billion in royalties paid to the state government in 2010-11. By 2020-21, royalties could exceed $7 billion.

resources sector could require an additional 40,000 workers, another 5,000 megawatts of electricity and almost 200,000 megalitres of water.

All this is being achieved while disturbing just a tiny fraction of the state’s land mass with mining and gas operations today covering just 0.09 percent of the state.

Mr Roche said he was confident that with industry, governments and communities working closely together, the challenges can be met.

“However, that doesn't mean we can do what we like,” commented QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche. “Our industries operate under the most stringent environmental conditions in the world and QRC members pride themselves on their environmental performance. “We don't always get it right, but the aim is always to achieve best practice to ensure that we continue to earn the support and respect of the community.” The Growth Outlook Study also revealed major challenges for Queensland. If all identified projects proceed, the

“On the skills front we are already working with governments, education and training providers and our counterpart organisations nationally to ensure we have the skilled people we require,” he said. “This includes tapping into sections of the population underrepresented in our sector including women and indigenous communities.” The strongest demand is for engineers, tradespeople, geologists and geophysicists. If you want to learn more about Queensland’s resource sector and what it means for you, go to and simply type in your postcode, town or city.

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Yuletide Cheer With The Beer Diva Beer appreciating course at Sydney top venue. Get merry as you become a connoisseur learning about yeasty hops.

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Skinned Be treated to a hot shave with a cold beer before you get down and dirty at Quarter 21’s butchery class. Learn to cut, bone, slice, and sausage all sorts of meat with a master butcher.

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o a little too hard with the partying last night? Here are a couple of top hangover remedies to have you back in ship shape in no time!

Coke The fizz helps with nausea and the caffeine and sugar will give you that all needed boost.

Salty food

Food generally helps all round, but salty is best. Although it won’t actually absorb alcohol as many will tell you, it does increase your metabolism, which will in turn increase the speed in which the body processes alcohol. Remember, these remedies really only help with the symptoms of your hangover. The hangover won’t actually stop until all the alcohol is out of your system, which of course takes time.

Bananas Bananas are sugar in the form of fructose and potassium as well as a natural antacid helping with nausea. The magnesium in bananas can also help with headaches.


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There are talks of a new overthe-counter drug available in America called Blowfish which apparently wipes out a hangover in just 15 minutes according to its manufacturers. Two tablets of Blowfish contain: 1,000mg aspirin 120mg caffeine 816mg of sodium 25.2mg phenylalanine n

f you or someone you know is working in the mining industry, you will no doubt be aware of the certain health risks that come with the job. Long term exposure to fuels, reagents, solvents, detergents, chemicals, coal dust, silica dust, diesel, asbestos, welding fumes, poisonous plants, and metal dust, can have serious negative health impacts. Unlike acute injury, symptoms of toxicity can sometimes take years to surface, and can also present differently in different people. Toxicity might first present as fatigue, headaches, sinus infections or mood changes. If ignored, it could present as disease in the lungs, skin or digestive tract. Worse still, toxicity may lead to degenerative chronic diseases like cancer. On a cellular level, these toxic substances promote free radicals which cause cellular stress, severe oxidative damage and cell death, resulting in a state of sub-health and disease. But here’s the good news; you can counter a good deal of this oxidation by taking antioxidants. Antioxidants are nature’s weapon against free radicals. If it’s inevitable that you will be in contact with toxic substances, which for most of the population this is the case, at least you can protect yourself with a daily dose of antioxidants. Not only do they counteract the harmful effects of free radicals, but they are antiaging, prevent macular degeneration, inflammation, cholesterol build-up, and amongst many other things, can even help prevent a hangover!

Here’s my top 5 ways to combat free radical damage: 1.

Take a potent antioxidant supplement daily like ACAI. This Amazonian berry powder makes a delicious smoothie add in or addition to your breakfast cereal.


Make your plate colourful! Different coloured fruits and veg contain different antioxidants, so mix it up! Fresh juices are also a good way to keep up your fruit and veg intake. If you have access, organic is best.

3. Stay hydrated with filtered water. 1.5-2L a day minimum, and more for those who sweat a lot. 4. Add organic herbs and spices to your cooking. Turmeric, cloves and rosemary are all super charged with antioxidants. Deep breathing from your diaphragm actually reduces oxidative damage, research shows. Dedicate a few minutes as you wake up each morning to breathing deeply. Fill your lungs with air, right to the bottom lobes, and watch your belly rise and fall for up to 10 breaths. n

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f you missed out on the hugely popular Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular, now’s your chance to make up for it as a live entertainment event for a worldwide audience makes its way to our shores. How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular is an epic arena adventure inspired by the Academy Award nominated DreamWorks Animation film, How To Train Your Dragon and will bring high-flying, fire-breathing dragons to life in an unprecedented live entertainment event for a worldwide audience. In How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, audiences across the globe will have the unique opportunity to experience the world of How to Train Your Dragon in a one-of-a-kind, live theatrical event that promises to break every rule of traditional arena entertainment. Fire-breathing dragons will soar overhead, immersing audiences in a magical and mythical world of Vikings and dragons. The astonishing cast of characters features 24 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 14 metres, Viking warriors and world-class circus and acrobatic performers. The arena spectacular will feature unrivalled production values, projections, flying, stunts, fire and pyrotechnics. In one of the largest theatrical arena productions ever to go on tour, How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular will require an unprecedented 40 semitrailers to transport the production around Australia. How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular centres on Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.

Tickets to HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON ARENA SPECTACULAR are on sale now from or 132 849. Ticket prices range from $49.90 to $99.90. MELBOURNE 2 to 11 March - Hisense Arena SYDNEY 15 to 25 March - All Phones Arena BRISBANE 28 March to 1 April Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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Fun Facts Number of Dragons: 24 Dragons 10 Different Species Represented

5 Large Dragons Nadder – Height at shoulder 4m x 12m long & wingspan of 9m Gronckle – Height at shoulder 3m x 7.5m long & wingspan of 5m Nightmare - Height at shoulder 3.5m x 15.5m long & wingspan of 14m Night Fury (Toothless) – Height at shoulder 2.5m X 8.5m long & wingspan of 10m Red Death – Head and neck total length 12m+, head 5m wide and 6m long, tail is 20m long

7 Flying Dragons 3 x additional Nightfurys (Toothless) – at various scales 2 x Gronckle – 3m long with 2m wing span 1 x Nightmare – 4m long x 6m wingspan 1 x Skrill - 4m long x 6m wingspan

200 litres of paint 7 kilowatts of power from 16 truck batteries 1 kilometre of cabling in each body 24 microprocessors control movement along with 15 hydraulic rams and 6 hydraulic motors each

Suits and Puppets

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2 Skrills – 2.5m tall x 4.3m long+ 4 Wrestling Dragons Suits - 2m long 2 Stinger suit puppets – 2m at hips tall x 4.5m long 1 Kite dragon – 2m wingspan Multiple nesting dragons (Zipplebacks) 1 Egg Biter Multiple shadow puppets 2 wrestling puppets

Each large dragon contains: 132 metres of hydraulic hose 90 square metres of fabric 12.2 cubic metres of foam

Weighs 1.6 tons (standard family car) Takes 3 people to operate: 1 Driver and 2 Voodoo Puppeteers, one operates head and tail gross motion, one in charge of minor movements: mouth, blinking & roars

Trucks: 40 x 53 foot semis trailers (truck is 22.3m long with cabin) for the Australian Tour

The touring company is made up of: 80 touring cast and crew


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The Experience

...the exhibition is heading to the Gold Coast this summer!


f you’re a fan of the television show CSI you’re going to want to get to the Gold Coast as it exclusively hosts CSI: The Experience’s first ever visit to Australia, following its international triumphs. The interactive exhibition is based on the multi award winning and long running hit television crime drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CSI: The Experience exhibition invites visitors to assume the role of a forensic detective to solve cases using scientific principles and techniques currently in use today and as seen on the CSI television programs.


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From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology, visitors will have the opportunity to actively engage in a new form of interactive and experiential learning. Designed for visitors 11 years of age and older, the 1,110 square-metre exhibition was developed in consultation with 175 forensic science experts and guides visitors through an intriguing process that closely copies the realities of crime scene investigation. Upon entering the exhibition, the newly hired ‘detectives’ are inducted into the realm of forensic science through a video introduction by Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator and executive producer of the CSI television series. Real-life forensic scientist Ron Singer then briefly summarises the science to be found in the exhibit before CSI’s lead investigator ‘Gil Grissom’ outlines his role as supervisor for the new ‘recruits’ and as usual

recommends they ‘follow the evidence’ to their eventual conclusion. The detectives then travel through one of three intricately constructed ‘crime scenes’ to identify and record evidence. State-of-the-art ‘crime labs’ assist them to piece together evidence from the ‘crime scene’ whilst an ‘autopsy’ room explains the process of pathology analysis. With guidance in the form of video messages from the much loved past and present characters from the television show, the detectives will be invited to present their findings to team supervisor ‘Gil Grissom’ in his ‘office’ in the hopes of solving the case. Successful detectives are rewarded with a personalised crime scene diploma upon cracking the case they have been assigned. Originally developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with a grant from The National Science Foundation (NSF), CSI: The Experience has been exhibited across the United States, Europe, and Asia with the Surfers Paradise exhibition being the first foray into Oceania. CSI: The Experience is open at Piazza Surfers Paradise from 10am to 10pm daily (last entry at 8.30pm and closed Christmas Day). To avoid the queue and pre book your tickets, phone 132 849 or visit n


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river city. With its amazing architecture and incredible gastronomic delights, Stokehouse Brisbane was developed by the same restaurateurs who are responsible for several world-class restaurants including the original renowned

The city’s newest and hottest dining destination

Stokehouse in St. Kilda, Melbourne. With a range of contemporary Mediterranean-inspired dishes drawing on top quality local and Australian produce, you will easily find yourself staying longer than you anticipated. In fact, according to owner Frank van Haandel this is quite a common occurrence. “We often have guests who come as a group for lunch and end up staying right through until dinner time,” he laughed. “But we love that – we encourage it!” Some menu highlights include the scallop veloute of Tin Can Bay scallops, sterling caviar and upland cress as well as the Crayfish and local reef fish torelloni, fresh tomato and white wine parsley. And if you’re staying on for dessert, you simply must try ‘the Bombe’ – strawberry sorbet, white chocolate parfait and toasted meringue. For more information or to make a reservation, call (07) 3013 0333 or visit n

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Easy Recipes ...for busy people Chilli Con Carne Ingredients (serves 4) 2 teaspoons olive oil 500g lean beef mince 1 large brown onion, finely chopped 1 large red or green capsicum, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 long red chilli, chopped 2 tablespoons cumin 2 tablespoons paprika 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed Method Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mince. Cook, stirring and breaking up mince, for 15 minutes or until browned.


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Add onions, capsicums, garlic and chopped chilli. Cook for 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add cumin and paprika. Cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup cold water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until sauce has reduced slightly. Add beans. Increase heat back to medium. Cook for 15 minutes or until beans are heated through and sauce has thickened. Serve Serve with rice or baked potato topped with sour cream, cheese and chopped shallots.

Garlic Prawn Fettuccini Ingredients (serves 4) 2 teaspoons olive oil 300g raw peeled prawns 2 garlic cloves, crushed 375g dried pasta, fettuccini 300ml pure cream 4 shallots, chopped ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper Method Cook pasta and drain.

Add prawns. Cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds. Add cream, shallots, salt and pepper and cook until simmering. Add pasta and mix through sauce until totally covered.

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t’s strange how you can travel through the day, virtually not needing to eat at all and then suddenly; BOOM! It hits you! The afternoon munchies, the sugar craving, that little snack you want to get you through until dinner! We commonly chat to successful people who are also very busy and forget to eat or simply are not hungry and travelling through the day with virtually no fuel in their system. Alternatively some people eat their breakfast and lunch but are still starving when it comes to dinner. If this sounds like you, then read on: Generally speaking if you are waiting until you are hungry until you eat, then it may be too late. There is a tendency to overeat to compensate for the deficit you have created. The only problem is that your body has adjusted and cannot process all of those nutrients at once. All of a sudden 4pm hits and you literally lunge for whatever is there; choc chip cookies, muffins, picnic bars, glass of wine - sound familiar? An easy way to safeguard yourself is to have some morning tea. A simple, yet effective strategy. As you have already supplied your body with adequate fuel, the afternoon does not present a massive hole in your stomach. Try these suggestions: - 30-50g raw Almonds - Small tin of canned Mackerel - 2 corn thins with light Philadelphia and cucumber

Vegetarian Fried Rice Ingredients (serves 4) 1 cup long grain white rice 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 2 shallots, trimmed, finely sliced 1 carrot, peeled and grated 2 eggs 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed 2 tablespoons soy sauce

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Method Cook the rice in a large saucepan of boiling water for 12 to 14 minutes or until tender. Drain and leave to cool. Lightly beat eggs in a small bowl with a whisk or a fork. Heat oil in non-stick wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add eggs and swirl over base to form an omelette. Cook for 2 minutes, turn over and then cook for another 2 minutes until set. Transfer to a chopping board, set aside to cool slightly and then cut into strips. Back to the frypan, add carrot and stir fry for 1 minute. Add shallots, peas and rice. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add egg and soy sauce and stir until heated through. Serve immediately.


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Holden’s Tough New SUV

Revealed in Dubai


aking its global debut as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Holden’s latest rugged SUV offering has broken cover at the Dubai International Motor Show and will arrive in Australia as the all-new Holden Colorado 7 making it the first heavyduty off-roader SUV to wear a Holden badge in almost a decade. Due in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, the Colorado 7 will bear a close resemblance to the imposing show car when it enters production next year. The Trailblazer has been developed alongside the new-generation Colorado – recently previewed at the Melbourne

International Motor Show – with which it shares its architecture and underpinnings. The Trailblazer’s chassis is tuned for the dual requirements of heavy-duty off-road performance and ride comfort in urban and city driving, while its body-on-frame construction makes it an ideal vehicle for towing. With accommodation for up to seven passengers and genuine third-row seating, Trailblazer is powered by a new-generation 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, with a variablegeometry turbocharger for the optimal combination of performance and fuel economy. Trailblazer’s muscular styling and bold design presence were crafted in GM’s South

American Design Centre in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil. Its “body in-wheels out” design ensures excellent approach and departure angles, while design cues including the bonnet power dome, raised cowl and higher-mounted dual projector headlamps give the Trailblazer a strong, purposeful appearance. Polished aluminium exterior highlights and tri-coat pearlescent white paint add to the show car’s luxury exterior finish. Inside, the Trailblazer has an intuitive and flexible seating configuration, premium interior appointments such as digital climate control system and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. n

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All New

Suzuki V-Strom 650 is ready for adventure


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he all-new 2012 model of Suzuki’s bestselling goanywhere adventure tourer, the V-Strom 650, has touched down in Australia. A perfect fit for riders seeking a multipurpose machine as capable on the streets as it is on outback roads, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 offers extreme versatility to suit the Australian terrain and lifestyle. Launched to the world’s media earlier this year to the highest of accolades, the latest generation Suzuki V-Strom 650 sets a new benchmark in the adventure touring category, with an enhanced focus on rider comfort and features advanced technology from Suzuki. Significant refinements have been made across the whole machine, including six kilograms being shaved off the total weight, an updated fuel injection system and reduced mechanical losses within the engine, resulting in improved fuel economy. The state-of-the-art fuel-injected 645cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree, V-Twin engine features new cam profiles and pistons and a newly designed crankshaft for greater lowto-mid-rpm range torque and sporty quick-revving high rpm power surges for full-range riding enjoyment. Tailored for active sporty riders, the six-speed transmission has tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios, while keeping highway cruises comfortable with a tall top gear. Rider comfort was a priority in the update of the V-Strom 650 and it features an all-new three-way heightadjustable windscreen, which efficiently reduces wind noise and rider fatigue, carefully shaped from extensive wind tunnel testing. With an improved riding position for comfort, the V-Strom 650 features a well-shaped functional seat, a slim 20 litre fuel tank and compactly tucked-in frame covers to make the rider feel at one with the machine. The V-Strom 650’s renowned sporty good looks continue in the 2012 model, with the aerodynamic and slim styling featuring a vivid combination of distinctive painted sections, contrasting

dramatically against the black resin components. Its user-friendly chassis, built around a lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminium-alloy frame and swingarm, delivers a comfortable performance package for enjoyable adventure touring rides. An upright riding position, longstroke front and rear suspension and lightweight aluminium-alloy wheels with specifically designed tyres complete the suspension package. The V-Strom 650’s Antilock Braking System ensures ultimate traction on the road, with the brakes monitoring input and wheel speed, matching stopping power to available traction. Allowing riders to track their progress easily, the V-Strom 650’s easy-to-read multi-function instrument cluster combines an analogue tachometer with a large brightness adjustable LCD, with readouts including

gear position, ambient temperature and average fuel consumption, in addition to speed, odometer, dual trip meter and more. New for 2012, the instrument cluster now features a LED indicator warning about road freeze, which together with the ambient temperature display, aids a rider’s awareness of road conditions. Completing this impressive package is the new transponder-type Suzuki Advanced Immobiliser System (SAIS) which helps prevent theft with an electronic code identification system built into the owner’s key. Available now for a recommended price of $10,890*, the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 comes in a choice of two colour schemes, Pearl Mirage White or Metallic Fox Orange, and is backed by Suzuki’s two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. n * Recommended price excludes dealer delivery and government charges.

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wardrobe It’s a Sleevolution!

Wendy Maniatis, co-founder of Sleeve-ons

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leeve-ons are the newest must-have addition to any woman’s wardrobe. Worn under or over sleeveless garments, they add short, three-quarter or long sleeves to an outfit. The Brisbane born company was formed when Founder, Wendy Maniatis had an all too familiar dressing dilemma as the changing weather posed a problem for the outfit she had in mind. “I work long hours and the weather can be totally different as the day goes on,” Wendy said. “I wanted to wear my favourite sleeveless dress because I knew it would be warm enough later and found myself wishing I could just put on some temporary sleeves!” With this, Wendy didn’t just stick it out until mid morning like most of us are guilty of, but decided to take action. “I went to the internet to look for such a thing, but to my utter surprise no such product existed,” she continued. “With that, I sat down at my sewing machine, cut a pattern and made sleeves to help transform my sleeveless dress into a short-sleeved dress.” “In the days following, I made sleeves in a variety of colours, prints and lengths to suit the sleeveless garments in my wardrobe and then decided that every

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Krystle Absolon


mergency Department nurse Krystle Absolon, 27, has been about as far as possible from her normal job at Townsville Hospital, but she’ll be home soon. The Army Reserve signaller has been on a four-month deployment to the Solomon Islands as part of the 15-nation Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Krystle is a radio operator at the RAMSI headquarters near Honiara and responsible for establishing and maintaining communications for the deployed force. Her ‘stand-out moment’ happened in the early hours of 12th March when the order went out to evacuate the camp because of a potential tsunami. “We got the order to evacuate in 10 minutes — in the pouring rain and at night,” she said. “So with our personal gear and rifles and radio equipment we headed for the hills. “With everyone working together it took us just 20 minutes to get to a secure location where we re-established communications with all our soldiers, and back to Australia.” Krystle said it was great to be finally able to do the job she trained for. “Ensuring Australia’s borders are strong and helping our neighbours in need is all very humbling,” she said. “I am very proud to be Australian — and more aware than ever of things I took for granted like women’s rights, education, clean water and health care.” Krystle said she had made friends for life on the deployment, but she is still looking forward to getting home to her family in Cairns and Townsville. She attended Trinity Bay High School in Cairns and did her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at James Cook University, Townsville. All reservists are volunteers and have to volunteer again to serve overseas. They can also contribute to security at major events within Australia. Their civilian bosses receive a financial contribution to offset their absence on military duty. If you want to find out more about Australian Peacekeepers or would like to support the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project, please visit n

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ne of the biggest health issues facing modern miners is the risk of developing chronic illnesses type 2 diabetes or heart disease, both linked to an inactive lifestyle and the sedentary nature of the job. In July this year, Diabetes Queensland turned its focus to the mining sector during National Diabetes Week in an attempt to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes and its debilitating impact on sufferers. Type 2 diabetes is directly linked to obesity and has many long term health complications including eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage as well the number one killer in Australia – heart disease. For this reason, dust and fine particle solutions company Reynolds Soils Technologies (RST) is on a mission to raise awareness of these illnesses affecting the mining industry – and are urging others to follow. With technical and development director David Handel at the helm, the Gold Coast based company frequently enters national cycling initiatives aimed at raising awareness and encouraging others in the industry to ‘get on yer bike’ for good health’s sake. RST’s decision to enter a team in this year’s HTM Cycle Challenge, a 100km bike ride from Brisbane to Gold Coast, came after Diabetes Queensland released new figures revealing three quarters of Australian miners are currently overweight and at risk of type 2 diabetes. “Many miners are at risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease because of the nature of their jobs,” Mr Handel said. “They are often posted to remote areas, work long hours and are away from family and friends who would normally support and encourage a healthy lifestyle. “However these chronic illnesses are easily preventable by eating well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being psychically active.” RST has more than 20 years experience specialising in total dust management, soil stabilisation and erosion, water and agricultural solutions for mine sites, haul roads, ports and land sites in Australia and overseas. For more information please contact Reynolds Soil Technologies on (07) 5522-0244 or visit n

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FIVE SENSES of Port Douglas


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fter my first trip to Port Douglas back in 2008, I knew I was in for a treat but I have to admit I did consider the thought that perhaps I’d seen all there was to see… I couldn’t have been more wrong. Stepping out of the plane in Cairns, that familiar rainforest smell hit me just as hard as it did the first time. It’s like walking into a greenhouse – earthy and moist. The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is just over an hour, and once you reach the road running along the coast, it’s an absolutely beautiful and scenic trip.

HEAR the sound of nature Once settled into our hotel at Oaks Lagoons, a 5 minute drive from the centre of town, our first outing was to the beautiful Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa. As we walked through the resort, everything looked as though it has slowly been reclaimed by nature nestled well in amongst the environment. Each rainforest tree house will have you feeling as though you’ve wandered into the home of Tarzan, as the organic design creates a warm and rustic feel. Walking down toward the Julaymba Restaurant on the wooden


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walkways through the forest, it’s easy to see why the accommodation dwellings are called tree houses, some perched many metres high above the ground. For the wine, I personally recommend the Shannonvale Dry Mango Wine, locally made and an incredibly interesting mix of flavours. I expected a sweet variety so wasn’t too keen at first, but when the friendly waitress assured me it wasn’t what I would anticipate I was pleasantly surprised to taste almost nutty, dry qualities. A special mention goes to the rainforest salad: riberries, munthari, rosella flowers, quandong and macadamia nuts combined with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, gold capsicum and cucumber dressed with lemon myrtle vinigarette. What a taste sensation!

SMELL the smoke of flames That evening, we were off to Flames of the Forest – now this I had done before, and clearly remember how amazing it was yet I wasn’t at all deterred by the fact. On the contrary, I was so excited to be experiencing it again. As we hopped off the Flames of the Forest bus which picks you up directly from the front

of your accommodation, we walked through to the rainforest, the sounds and sights leaving us in awe. The main dining area is under a massive black silk canopy highlighted by crystal and bud light chandeliers. The surroundings are simply magical and at one point, you’re asked for a moment of silence to truly appreciate the extraordinary surroundings.

TOUCH wildlife The next morning, a delicious buffet breakfast awaited us at the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas – and it turned out we were going to be having breakfast with a few friends. In the Wetlands Restaurant, you can have Breakfast with the Birds amongst galahs, cockatoos, lorikeets and more as they’re free to roam inside the restaurant area (the food is kept separately of course). From 8am to 10.30am daily, watch as the carers feed the birds and give informative talks on each species – there are some very colourful characters to meet. After breakfast, we walked through the wildlife habitat to see the infamous tree kangaroo – this habitat is the only park in the world with a

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On the final evening of our stay, we dined at the Sheraton Mirage – the crème de la crème of Port Douglas resorts. Of course, we were well aware of the property’s highest standards, so I have to admit I was expecting something special when it came to the meal. And I can tell you, they exceeded my expectations with flying colours. My personal favourite was the macadamia nut crusted fillet of barramundi on candied sweet potato, broccolini and beetroot glaze. When it comes to the property itself, from the moment you step inside to the grand lobby, you’ll be in awe at the magnificent interior design and majestic feel of the place. Scattered with gorgeous antiques, it’s also the only resort with direct beach access (to Four Mile Beach none the less!) and I can guarantee nothing compares to the feeling of following the trail of lights down to the beachside whilst sipping on your delicious cocktail! Oh and did I mention the five acres of saltwater lagoons? It was truly a sensational note to finish my Port Douglas trip on and once again, I’d had the time of my life. Although, my mind does tend to question – what more will I experience next time? I have a gut feeling I still haven’t done all there is to do in Port Douglas. Experience the magic for yourself. n

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diverted to Belgium, rather than its intended destination in Northern France. 9. UFOs or simply a bad smell? Last month, several US websites carried a story claiming that UFO sightings prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to temporarily close air space over New York. According to the FAA, a gaslike smell promoted the closure. 10. Airspace violators – Lawnchair Larry One of the most unusual disruptions to flight schedules occurred in the United States almost 30 years ago when Lawrence Richard Walters literally “floated” into Los Angeles International Airport airspace. In 1982, the truck driver, who became known as “Lawnchair Larry”, caught a bird’s eye view of LA from the comfort of a patio chair that was attached to 45 helium weather balloons. Larry reached an altitude in excess of 4,000 metres. Fortunately, Larry’s flight ended safely after his balloon eventually lost altitude and became tangled in wires, which caused a black-out in parts of Long Beach. n

3. Snakes on a plane Life imitated art in April 2009, when Australia had its very own “snakes on a plane” incident when four baby pythons managing to escape from their cage. Two Qantas domestic flights were cancelled as a result. 4. Otters on the loose Not to be outdone, two sea otters escaped from their cage on a Continental domestic flight in the United States in December 2009. In this case, the otters made their way out of the cargo hold and on to the runway, delaying the flight by 80mins. 5. Lovesick turtles In June this year, an annual display of “turtle romance” temporarily disrupted normal services at New York’s JFK airport. Each year, the turtles reportedly make a slow overland trek across the airport’s runways en-route to their breeding grounds. 6. Broken toilets Toilet-related concerns have also grounded their share of flights. In August, a Delta Airlines flight in the US made an emergency landing because of an overflowing toilet. The incident attracted additional headlines after a high profile passenger, former Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash, used social media to share the story with the world. 7. Pipigate In August, French actor Gerard Depardieu was thrown off a flight from Paris to Dublin after he allegedly urinated on the plane’s floor. 8. People power In November 2010, Ryanair’s flight schedule was disrupted after more than 100 angry customers refused to leave the plane after it was

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Earning good money but paying huge tax? You need an investment strategy now! BY MARILYN NELSON, BIG SKY FINANCIAL PLANNING


f you’re earning good money but paying huge tax, there is arguably no better time to create a long term investment strategy. Consider the benefits;

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into your investments, and pay the interest from your after-tax salary. After 10 years, you would have accumulated $607,796 (assuming you haven’t repaid the loan). And after 20 years you would have $1,057,310 (assuming you haven’t repaid the loan). By way of comparison, if you had only invested the original $100,000 (i.e. you hadn’t borrowed to invest) you would have $198,311 after 10 years, and $393,273 after 20 years. n

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etirement isn't always top of mind when we're busy balancing the demands of family, kids and career. We get so focused on the day-to-day that we forget to plan ahead. Here are some great tips on using the property market to boost your retirement income. Why is financial certainty so important? The reality is that very few Australians (less than 5 per cent) retire with an annual income of more than $50,000. Most people fail to maintain or improve their lifestyle when they actually have the time to enjoy themselves. Years of hard work may be wasted and they find themselves simply surviving after they retire. How do you define financial certainty? When you retire, owning your own home and having an income of $100,000 per year. This gives you the flexibility to travel, play golf, support your family and all those other fun activities. Why invest in property? It's been a consistently strong performing asset, especially when you apply a businesslike selection process. My two biggest tips for getting started are: • Understanding the property clock: Like most things, property moves in cycles. Sometimes it's a great time to buy, other times to sell. There are many variables that come into play. Knowing where your area is in the cycle is one vital key to profitable investing.

Don’t buy on emotion: Far too many people either buy in their local area or their favourite holiday destination. Sometimes this is a great decision, but most often emotions take over and vital information is forgotten or not taken into account.

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Is it time to refinance your home?


ver time your personal and financial situation changes. Your priorities shift and important things you worked hard at getting right the first time no longer appear to meet your needs. Home loans are a classic example. A mortgage you signed up for five years ago, more than likely doesn’t take into account your circumstances today, and some home loan packages even reduce or completely eliminate discounts as your mortgage balance decreases. Refinancing may be a solution to getting you a better overall deal. There are many offers out there and it pays to do your homework. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about refinancing your home loan. Calculate the total cost of switching. Look at your loan documents to see if you are obligated to pay any fees or charges under your existing home loan contract for early termination. A lower interest rate might be enticing, but ensure you ask about all the fees and charges involved in taking out a new home loan. View these in conjunction with any costs you would incur with exiting your existing home loan contract to get the full picture. Consider your long term needs and ask yourself if refinancing now will impact on any changes you anticipate in the future. Above all you want to make sure any new deal leaves you better off than before you commit. Ask your credit union or bank for a home loan health check if you think your current home loan may no longer be meeting your needs. n

Springfield Lakes on the Up and Up


pringfield Lakes, in the growth corridor south west of Brisbane, is on the fast-track and it isn’t just the new rail line that has investors and owner-occupiers taking a fresh look at the booming location. Major work is now underway on the rail line extension and two new stations that will extend the line from Richlands to Springfield Lakes and the Orion shopping centre at Springfield Central. The project has been brought forward by two years to 2013 providing commuters with another easy option for transport into Brisbane. Lend Lease Project Director for Springfield Lakes, Ian Murray said Springfield Lakes was ideally positioned 28 kilometres from Brisbane while being conveniently linked to Brisbane’s International Airport by the Gateway motorway and also connected to the Gold Coast via the M1. “There are some major benefits for Springfield Lakes residents to enjoy,” he said. “We have 120 hectares of open space including 27 hectares of lakes and waterways providing a base for an active water sports program. “In addition there are 20 kilometres of biking and walking tracks for those who prefer to stay dry. “The jewel in the crown in outdoor living here is the new $30 million Robelle Domain family parkland with a zero-depth wet playground, treetop walk and covered amphitheatre, while Discovery Park has a pirate ship, lookout shelters, barbeque facilities, and an amphitheatre.” Mr Murray said the services and facilities were outstanding at Springfield Lakes with the numerous education and shopping options including Springfield Fair and Orion Town Centre along with the new Masters and Spotlight store and new Coles and Woolworths supermarkets scheduled for 2013. n

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ast issue, I discussed the future of boarding schools and the many options that parents have in these current times. This issue, I’m going to delve into why parents might consider sending their child to a boarding school in the first place. A boarding school provides a real community for those within. The opportunity to be a part of a group is one we all crave and when young people live together, they develop excellent relationships with those others in the community. It is often said that boarders develop ‘friends for life’, but this is never more evident than at school reunions when those who boarded together share their memories of the good times, and sometimes also the bad times, of their life at school. There is no better structure for our young people in which to build their social skilling. With the changing types of boys and girls becoming boarders with the ever decreasing rural population, the single

parent families, the working parents, the kids out of control, and those looking for the status of being a boarder amongst others pose many challenges, but the routines and structures provided by our boarding schools are second to none. Boarding house staff are optimistic

about the possibility that happiness will take place in the boarding house in spite of occasional setbacks or failures. Under the guidance of such house staff, boarders get the feeling that success is possible and those goals of learning can be obtained. Good communication, cohesiveness, and morale are all causes and effects of positive group activity. Boarding schools teach the students living within them a mixture of independence and dependence while they are away at school. Parents should not expect the child they sent away to be the same person when they return after two, three or more years in their boarding houses. They will most likely have become a young adult – hopefully an independent thinker who shows manners and self acceptance, but certainly one who can stand on their own two feet and look after themselves. n

Accessible Affordable Achievable The new Headmaster of Ipswich Grammar School, Mr Robert Henderson, invites you to take a fresh look at what IGS can offer your son.  Private chartered bus service from south-west Queensland offering safe, quick and reliable transport to and from school.  Enhanced learning through personal Laptop Program.  Ensuite-style boarding facilities.  Academics, the Arts and Sports excellence.  Internationally-recognised Middle School program (Years 7 to 9).  An affordable Great Public School (GPS) education. Ipswich Grammar has almost 150 years in educating fine young men and our fresh approach to schooling will provide your son with opportunities for today and tomorrow. Please contact the Headmaster directly to find out how IGS can help your son at

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n the few days after you go, when there are still some of your dirty clothes in the washing basket, I feel your lingering presence. It’s the personal evidence that you inhabit this space, this home, with me. Yes, there are other things around me, your office at home, your mail that I take out of the box and keep for you in a folder marked Tony’s mail. It mounts up during 28 days. But, it’s those unwashed clothes of yours that make a statement to me before I sweep them up and put a load on. The shirt you wore the day before I took you to the airport. In it goes… I slip into the away rhythm well now. It’s not like we don’t have communication. As you say, it’s much better now than it was 10 or 20 years ago when you started working away. Today we have mobile phones, emails, video calls, text messages, e-cards. You are so good at connecting with me and we easily stay mentally close. We can see, speak… but we just can’t touch. We discuss our daily routines; you have total recall of the minutiae of my life which always touches me. You always ask me what I’m having for dinner. We talk about your next swing home…all the things that need to be achieved, and all the things we want to do. The flip side, the other side of this interesting coin (and don’t we appreciate the security of the money you earn!), is the 28 days you’re here, with me in every way. We bike to the swimming pool in the early mornings to do our laps together. We go

“Today we have mobile phones, emails, video calls, text messages, e-cards. You are so good at connecting with me and we easily stay mentally close. We can see, speak… but we just can’t touch.” away on mid-week mini breaks. We slide easily back into blissful domesticity and I tease you because I can and it’s better face to face anyway. We entertain our friends at our home, cramming in the companionship, making up for missed birthdays or unshared holidays. There are the peculiarities of this life, discoveries I’ve made. The fact we are in different time zones is an adjustment. Even two hours makes a difference. Our daily biorhythms are just that little out of sync. I’ve finished work, had dinner and you are just closing out your day, still engaged in it when I chat to you on MSN. I remember discovering the wives’ waiting room near the airport – the lay by where we park, read, and check ourselves in the mirror when your text comes in that you’re through and waiting for us to

sweep you up at the taxi rank. There was a bloke parked in the wives’ room there the other day. At work, there’s no discrimination. Of any kind, you say. People ask me how I manage your absences and I say its fine. My four legged alpha male steps up to the mark in your absence. He’s more attentive, more protective, I swear. My friends and family are so considerate. Naturally inclusive, they become even more so when you are away at work. The first two weeks go quickly, sliding past easily as I busy myself with work and plunge into the pool to stroke the laps alone. The third week, past the half way mark, is cause for subtle celebration. Then suddenly, we’re in single figures, as you put it. With 48 hours to go, the anticipation kicks in like adrenalin. Without needing to, I get up at dawn to wash the car. I love that time. You know it too; it transmutes itself to you. You said that I would have twin lives. No, they are more parallel ones. We are together apart. n

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TALK BACK WITH OCCUPATION: Folks seem to like the cartoons I’ve been in. Oh, and lots of folks know about my club. I bet a lot of little kids know about my clubhouse too. WHAT DO YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT: If ya ask me, it sure is hard to beat a pair of red shorts, they are a must when we pack to travel! And my music. I like all sorts of music! If it can get me dancin’, great! If it can get a crowd dancing, that’s even better! Of course I never travel without Minnie and my friends Goofy, Donald, Daisy and the rest! FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION: We love travelling all over the world, meeting children and making them smile


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Mickey Mouse and dance and sing. Australia is one of our favourites. Australian kids sing real loud! WHAT’S THE WILDEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU AND THE DISNEY CREW? Well, between Donald’s practical jokes and Goofy almost blowin’ things up all the time, I’d have to say, “this week.” (ha-ha). WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU NEXT? “Rock and roll!” (ha-ha). We’re touring Australia these summer holidays (from 28th December 2011 to 6th February 2012) with Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. I can hardly wait to see all my friends from down-under, real soon. I heard that kids who are into music are really good at learning all kinds of stuff, like math and science and

art. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get to know other people. But maybe the most important thing to me is how much fun music can be!

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