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DESTINATION IN THE SPOTLIGHT Experience an Outback Queensland “eventure”


DON’T OVERSPEND TO STORE Saving money on cheap self storage


UNREAL FUR It’s so much better to go faux


SAVING WATER Don’t just fly in and fly out of the habit


THE HOLDEN VOLT Holden and ChargePoint’s first electric charging station unveiled


THE BEAUTY OF PARIS Oh to be a Flâneur, Gai Reid investigates

29 regulars 4 WELCOME From the airline


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FISHING FANATICS We speak to the boys from Channel Seven’s Hook, Line & Sinker


CHIT CHAT Each issue, we have an exclusive interview


FAMILY FOCUS Our focus on family and relationships


FIGHTING FIT Fitness tips and advice including a column from our Personal Trainer


YOUR BACK POCKET Covering money matters including a finance column


FASHION FEVER Something for the fashion savvy


YOUR PLACE Our property section including information from where to buy to renovations and ‘how to’tips


BOY’S TOYS From economical fuel savers to the coolest supercars, this is always a popular section


TRAVEL BUG BITES International travel


LOCAL TRAVEL We discover somewhere close by


TALKIN’ TECHNOLOGY The latest in gadgets and gizmos

11 BEAT THE BABY BLUES A mining couple’s guide to surviving early parenthood

44 PUZZLES Keep your mind active with our brain teasers



EAT HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING Staying healthy while on the go is easier than you think

TALK BACK Our regular travel interview

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PUBLISHER Patrick McElligott

EDITOR Bettina Maniatis

DESIGN Lawrence Borchers




elcome aboard your flight today with West Wing Aviation. Our dedicated crews will do their very best to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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Head West for an Outback Queensland ‘Eventure’ H old on to your Akubras – the city folk are coming to the country following the launch of Tourism Queensland’s new Outback Eventures campaign. Shining the spotlight on 10 events between July and November, the campaign will encourage Aussies to get out and explore their own backyard and experience the colour and characters of Outback Queensland. From the legendary Birdsville Races, to the largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere held in Mt Isa, and an Oktoberfest with a twist, as well as fishing festivals, opera and mustering events, one thing’s for sure - Outback Queensland definitely knows how to throw a party. Events in Outback Queensland make an important economic contribution to the regional economy, with visitors often staying longer and spending more while they’re there. Last year’s Birdsville Races, which is the Outback’s largest racing carnival, saw the town swell from 100 to 6000 and the event is estimated to have generated more than $4 million for the local economy. In 2011 Outback Queensland welcomed 381,000 international and domestic visitors who stayed for more than two million nights.


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Roll out your swag at these Outback Queensland Eventures:

Birdsville Races 31 August to 1 September 2012

Stockman’s Hall of Fame Horse Expo and Campdraft Longreach 26 to 29 July 2012

Bedourie Ute and Travellers Muster 7 to 8 September 2012

Curry Merry Muster Festival Cloncurry 3 to 5 August 2012

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Opera in the Outback – Undara Experience 4 to 6 October 2012

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Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo 10 to 12 August 2012 Drovers Camp Festival Camooweal 24 to 26 August 2012

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well as some of the boys’ best episodes from their previous seven seasons. Shot entirely in stunning High Definition,

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nationally on free to air TV (Saturday arvo 7Mate) so we’re racking up the miles all over the country putting together 20 new shows. We really try to strike a balance between some truly spectacular fishing and also the notion that fishing with your friends is meant to be good fun. So from a fishing perspective, we’ve got some sensational game fishing for Blue Marlin off Tweed Heads, some angry, boat eating Mako sharks in Bass Strait, Barra in the Kimberley and plenty of other good stuff as well. On the fun side, we’re both trying to restore a couple of sub $1,000 dollar boats into tournament rockets, we’ll be fishing the croc infested waters of the NT with the world’s most sophisticated radio controlled vessel, the Cindy Maree II and joining the grey nomads for a pilgrimage up the WA coast. So all in all, another day at the office really. For all those keen fishermen out there, can you give us some vital tips on how to snag a great dinner? Nick: It’s probably a bit disingenuous for us to be handing out tips given our track record but here goes! There is a great saying I heard from an old bloke who was bream fishing on the side of a river. He was perched on an old fold-up chair, using an ancient rod and reel and next to him in the ubiquitous white bucket was a brace of nice fish. Andrew and I on the other hand were in a flash new boat with enough lures, rods and reels to stock a tackle shop but hadn’t turned a scale all day. We stopped and asked the bloke the secret of his success and his succinct reply was: “If you want to go fishing, use a lure but if you want to catch fish, use bait.” It’s hard to argue. Andrew: My biggest tip is to keep it simple and fish as light as you possibly can. It does not matter what you are fishing for, but if you use the lightest line, the smallest sinker and smallest hook you can, you will get more bites! For anyone that loves the idea but has never fished before – where is a good starting point? Andrew: Local knowledge is key. If we fish somewhere we’ve never been, it’s important to get somebody who knows what’s going on. That’s why if you’ve never fished before the best thing to do is to go with a charter or a guide. You’ll learn more in one day from someone who knows what they are doing than in a year of trying to do it yourself!


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Nick: Yes, find a friend! Do whatever it takes to get in with someone who knows what they’re doing. These days it’s not that hard. In most places, there are web forums dedicated to fishing in the local area and these can be gold mines of information and more importantly, sources of potential fishing buddies. Fishing is all about confidence, once you actually see a particular technique work for yourself, the desire to give up and try something else isn’t nearly as strong. What are some of your very favourite fishing spots throughout the country? Nick: It’s hard to rate destinations really because for us they kind of live or die on the vagaries of weather and fishing but I do have a few absolute favourites. The township of 1770 is just about the picture perfect pinup of what a Queensland coastal village should be, gentle pace of life, not too many people and sensational access to some beautiful bits of the Great Barrier Reef. On the New South Wales south coast is a little gem of a spot called Bermagui. It’s not the most fashionable town on the Sapphire Coast but as a place to catch a fish, there are very few better. At various times of the year, Marlin, Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna along with Kingfish, Snapper and just about anything you can think of can be caught at Bermi. And for truly ‘blow you away beauty’ and epic scale there’s no going past the Kimberley region of WA. We’re fresh back from a trip to the Kimberley Coastal Camp in the Admiralty Gulf and sort of can’t stop raving about the place. The fishing is as good as you would expect with Barra, Mangrove Jacks and Mud Crabs in the creeks and Queenfish, Giant Trevally, Mackerel and Jewfish in the blue water. Throw in some of the oldest, most culturally significant rock art anywhere on earth and a 5 star camping experience and the Kimberley takes some beating. n

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eing a new parent is tough, especially when your partner works away. On top of all of the normal worries of being a new mum or dad, FIFO/DIDO parents worry about the impact of one parent working away on their child. Truth be told, the FIFO/DIDO lifestyle is probably not ideal for families who are in the first six to 12 months of parenthood, for all sorts of different reasons. But we can't always choose the timing of babies, and sometimes we have to make the best of a less-thanperfect situation. If you have recently transitioned from a mining couple to mining parents (or are considering the scenario) it might pay to think about the following areas:

For the person at home: Practical and emotional support is absolutely vital for new mums. (I know that some mums work away, but mostly it's dads, so please excuse me for referring to the person at home as mum. Of course the same information will apply if you are a dad whose partner works away!) In our culture, we put a lot of emphasis on mums getting all she needs from her partner, but in many other cultures it's other women who offer support, comfort and guidance. If your partner works away, you'll need to think and plan where your support will come from. One advantage of the FIFO lifestyle is that families can live wherever they like (as long as it's near an airport) so it might be possible to live near family or friends who can help out. If not, you might choose to pay for help (cleaning, gardening, meals etc) and seek out local support services or meeting places for new parents. Make sure you look after yourself. It's hard to look after a demanding baby when you are not taking care of yourself. I know it's boring, but making sure you are eating well, resting enough and getting a bit of exercise will all help you cope better in the long run. As soon as possible (often when your baby is about four months old) get into a good

routine for you and your baby. Some families have the 'luxury' of not needing a routine for day-to-day life with baby, but single parents and parents whose partners work away don't. Having some predictability in your day is really important when you don't have someone coming home in the evening to give you a break. As a new mum, it can be really hard to know how you're going and if what you are experiencing is normal. Some days are hard for all new parents. Here's a rule of thumb: if you are coping OK and enjoying being a new mum most days out of each week, and things are gradually getting easier, then you're

probably doing fine. If most days feel too hard, or it's all getting harder as time goes on, you probably need a bit of extra support or help. See your GP or visit

For the person working away: You'll need to feel connected to what's going on at home with baby, even when you're away. Familiarise yourself with your baby's routine so you can take part when you get home. Think of questions to ask your partner when you speak to her rather than relying on her to 'spoon-feed' you baby information - she won't always have the energy. You might even want to spend some time while you're away reading

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For the relationship: Remember you are working as a team and each of you has a different role to play. It's all about shared goals. There's no point whatsoever getting into a competition about who is busier or more tired or working harder. It's tempting to go there with statements like: "you think you're tired ... try looking after a baby/working shifts (etc, etc) and then see how tired you are!” But there really is no point. You're both tired. Talk often about how each of you is going ... what's easy, what's hard, what you need more help with. Always try to come back to the idea that you are both on the same team, with the same goals (to raise a child, pay the bills etc). Accept that lengthy phone conversations might be a thing of the past. Find other ways of feeling connected and loved, like emailing when you get a chance, leaving notes in your partner's bag or around the house, or giving small gifts. (For an insight into what sorts of things might make your partner feel more loved by you, check out The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.) Know that it is very normal for the passion in a relationship to 'cool' in the first few months after the birth of a new baby. Most couples fire things up again at some point. Having said that, don't wait for the spark (and energy for sex) to miraculously reappear of its own accord. Chances are you'll both have to put in a bit of extra work to get things back on track. Talk about it, make a plan and just do it!

For baby: Babies need love and attention from one or two main people who consistently meet their physical and emotional needs. That's about it, at least for the first year! n



hen we are criticised, it’s easy to feel defensive. After all, criticism implies that we’ve done something wrong, or that we’re not meeting the performance levels we should. Well, the good news is that no one is perfect! All of us make mistakes at some point of another. Think about it: if you’ve never made a mistake, it probably means that you’ve never pushed yourself to work outside your comfort zone; you’ve never taken risks; or that you’ve never stuck your neck out for anything. That’s no way to develop your skills or career! These are five of nine constructive responses to reasonable criticism: ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE: Start by looking at criticism as an opportunity to learn and do better. The person offering the feedback is usually keen for you to improve your performance. You can make sure that the conversation starts on the right note by approaching the situation with an open mind, and by having a sense of gratitude that someone’s taking the time to help you. Resist the temptation to be defensive! DISCONNECT: It’s important to realise that fair criticism is about something you’ve done or said, not about you personally. Try to disconnect your personal feelings from the criticism, so that you can see the truth in what the other person is saying. REALLY LISTEN: Make sure that you actually listen to what is being said. It can be easy to just nod in apparent agreement, while in reality you’re busy thinking about what you’re going to say as soon as the other person has stopped talking. That isn’t really listening: you need to listen actively in order to understand just what it is that they’re saying. DON’T RESPOND IMMEDIATELY: Always take the time to formulate your thoughts, and make sure you’re calm before you say anything. When we fire back immediately we often say things we regret and which make us look unprofessional. If you find that you need more than a few seconds to calm down say so. Ask for some time to formulate your response, and come back with it later. And if the criticism was received by email, don’t press the reply button straight away! PARAPHRASE THE CRITICISM: Repeating what the person has just said in your own words is great way to make sure that you’ve understood them fully. Use a nonaggressive approach here. Remain calm, and rephrase what you think they’ve said in an unthreatening way. You might say, “So if I understand you correctly, you think that…” Next issue, I’ll discuss the remaining four constructive responses to handling criticism and highlight some closing key points. n

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about baby development and milestones so you can be informed and interested in where your baby is at. Of course communication with bubs when you're away is going to be tricky. A baby can't have a phone conversation! This is not an excuse to back off though, you just have to get more creative in staying connected. Here are some examples that other FIFO/DIDO dads with young babies have tried: record your voice reading a story or singing a song for baby to listen to; read a bedtime or good morning story to baby via Skype. It can be really hard being away from your partner and baby. Some dads feel very lonely and sad thinking of what they're missing, and some even feel quite depressed or angry. As I always say, make sure you and your partner are regularly assessing what's working about FIFO/ DIDO and what isn't. If, after weighing up the pros and cons, this is still your choice, then you have to get to work changing your thinking style to one that will help you cope better. Sometimes, simply adjusting to parenthood can be tough too. If you're struggling, or feeling overwhelmed with feelings of additional expectation and responsibility, check out (they have a great free booklet called Hey Dad).

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DITCH WHITE TABLE CLOTHS No matter how many top notch restaurants there are in your area, sometimes nothing will quite satisfy your cravings as well as a homecooked meal. Unless you’re staying in a self-contained apartment, most hotel rooms don’t offer a kitchen, so there’s no way to fire up the stovetop. Instead, check out the kids menu in your room service. These are often staple dishes of a meat and three veg.



uring the colder months of the year, we take various strategies to combat the cold. We rug ourselves up with jumpers, get in front of a good DVD with the doona over us, stoke up the fire place with a warm Milo; or increase our body fat percentage to create that extra insulation. Body fat creates insulation did I hear you say? That’s right! Generally speaking, body fat is a form of insulation. Therefore the more body fat you have, the more insulation you have. That is not to say that the fatter you are the less you feel the cold; everybody on some level will feel cold, but, generally speaking, the leaner you get, the less body fat you have, the more you will feel the cold. With this in mind, the colder you are, the more body fat you will burn. I have heard of several bodybuilders who will simply immerse themselves in a cold bath for 30mins to increase the amount of body fat they burn. Keep in mind that we are talking extreme fat loss here - jumping into an ice cold bath is no substitute for not doing your cardio and eating right! So, your body’s natural tendency is in periods of colder temperatures, to store body fat to keep you warm. Then during these colder months your natural tendency may be to do the same. If that is the case then recognise it, and go with it! If you are concerned about how this may make you feel, then be aware of what your body may be trying to do. Compensate for the fact that your body may be operating a little differently. This might include understanding what foods may trigger an increase in body fat with you and eat less of these foods, or simply do more activity! So, during the colder times you could stand around complaining about the fact that you are cold or you could think about how you are simply melting away body fat! n

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torage is rapidly becoming a necessity for many Australian households. We find ourselves with the inability to buy a house that is large enough for the possessions that we hold, whether it is from over purchasing or from family furniture and items that you cannot bring yourself to throw out. Sometimes it is best to clear out your excess items and avoid the cost of storage, as items that you have to store tend to be items you could technically live without, though if you are like me, some things are just too hard to part with, requiring somewhere to store them – this is where cheap self storage comes into play. SELF STORAGE THE OLD WAY In the past there were very few options for self storage, all of which were quite expensive and required large monthly payments and security fees. Providers of self storage were people like Kennards Self Storage, Fortknox Self Storage in Melbourne and a large range of boutique storage providers all across Australia. These providers become complacent with the costs of self storage and in turn are charging quite a substantial amount of money based upon the amount of space you require. This tends to be because they are located in prime areas that are close to the CBD or local areas you live in. SELF STORAGE THE NEW WAY Saving money on self storage is about to become a lot easier. The concept of private self storage is starting to appear, that of which everyday people can lease out their excess space to those looking for storage space. A company called SpaceOut took this idea and made it into an easy to use website for Australians wishing to partake in such private storage. SpaceOut gives power to the average person to either provide or rent reasonably priced, privately owned storage space. Private storage ‘space’ may be an unused cupboard, a garage or shed, or part of a spare room in a house or office. SPACE OWNERS As a ‘space owner’ you could be sitting on a goldmine. Do you have empty space in your home, business or organisation that could be used to store things for other people? Would you like to rent that space out and make extra income?

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nreal Fur welcomes you to be the first to view a sneak peak of their new faux fur collection, The Northern Aurora. Inspired by the unique and breath-taking phenomenon of the winter Nordic sky, Unreal Fur brings you a range of both natural and vibrant faux fur garments and accessories for all women. With the assistance of public awareness and animal activist groups, there has been a strong shift in our community’s attitude towards wearing real fur. Unreal Fur brings you only the highest quality faux fur – the look is the same, the feel is soft and luxurious to touch, the options are endless and your conscience is clean. The unveiling of their first collection brings you an assortment of texturally rich faux fur pieces. A range of natural-looking furs, mixed with classic ivory and black and infused with pops of purples, gingers and blues creates a warm and wintry colour palette for women of all ages. Having just launched their online store at, Unreal Fur invites you to join them on the “faux” side. n

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n an industry such as mining that relies on water to survive and is a heavy user of our precious resource, it is important that when you knock off, you do your bit for both the environment and to help secure water for the future. At Home Residential households are the highest users of portable water in Australia, therefore, at home, you have an opportunity to make the greatest impact. Small changes around the home can make a huge difference in your annual water consumption, not to mention help the bottom line. Here are five simple tips to help:

Is it time for you to purchase a new toilet? You should consider the Caroma Profile Toilet Suite with its integrated hand basin. The sink actually sits on top of the cistern and the water you wash your hands with feeds into the toilet, which can deliver an additional 10% saving in total bathroom use.

Dripping taps are a silent killer as well as costly water users that are often overlooked. Fixing a leak can save you up to 50 litres per day – not to mention the headache.

Installing a front loading machine can save you, on average, 57 litres per cycle. Front load washing machines also use 60% less energy.

If reducing your time in the shower just isn’t an option, why not install a 3-star water-efficient shower head that can save you up to 45 litres per day, without compromising your shower comfort. New ‘twin jet technology’ in some shower heads helps achieve a pleasant feeling while saving water, creating a needle like sensation.

• Installing a greywater system allows you to re-use waste water around the home and can reduce your annual water consumption by up to 30 per cent. Greywater provides your backyard with water all year round, no matter what the climate. If you have reduced your water consumption at work or at home, you should enter the national 2012 savewater! awards® and be recognised for your efforts. On Site Innovation Australia is leading the way in water-efficient technology at both a residential and industrial level. A prime example, that has particular benefits to the mining industry to help reduce water consumption, is a product called AquaArmour. Developed by the Aqua Guardian Group, AquaArmour is a modular, self-tessellating evaporation and algal control mitigation system designed to save up to 88 per cent of evaporation loss from major water storages and dams. It

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ReCoila chases reel QME ANNOUNCES in the mining INITIATIVE TO ATTRACT growth and resources sector FRONTLINE MINERS A T he organisers of the 2012 Queensland Mining & Engineering (QME) exhibition have announced a campaign to attract “frontline” mining people – operators, maintenance crews, labourers, foremen, supervisors and pit floor managers, many of whom live in Mackay and the surrounding region – to this year’s event. QME 2012 will be held at the Mackay Showground from July 24 to 26. Frontline mine personnel will be offered the opportunity to attend special presentations and networking events throughout the exhibition. “Frontline mine personnel are key players in running successful mining operations,” said Paul Baker, exhibitions director with QME organiser Reed Mining Events. “They play a vital role in selecting equipment, because they operate, maintain and work with it on a daily basis, and their insights and opinions are of critical interest, not only to senior mine management, but also to suppliers and service providers. According to Mr Baker, anyone working in the Central Queensland mining industry – no matter at what level – should go along to the show, as they are sure to see something that’s relevant to their work. “We’ll be working with our exhibitors to put on a range of presentations and networking events designed to appeal directly to the end-users of their equipment,” Mr Baker said. “As we get closer to QME 2012, we’ll be announcing a number of events that will be aimed specifically at frontline mining personnel.” For further information on QME, visit n

longstanding Australian hose and cord reel specialist is expanding its focus on supplying the mining sector and associated industries in the supply chain ReCoila has set a target to increase its business in this market sector from 40% to 80% this calendar year, claiming its domestic base as the strength to provide an edge to the market with higher technical reliability and after-sales service. Managing Director of ReCoila, Mr Michael Pawson, says the company’s market study identified much opportunity for a local supplier to gain greater market share through its fast, channelled supply line. “We are very confident of achieving our target,” said Mr Pawson. “We have been listening very closely to what the mining sector needs so it is more of a defined direction, an active evolution to support the industry more specifically.” “Already we do exceptionally well in all the industrial markets of Australia and will continue to do so, but we know we can easily increase from 40% to 80% serving more prolifically the resources sector and its second tier supply chains.” ReCoila is a manufacturer providing an extensive range of Australian made hose cord and cable reels. This range is supplemented with selected products from renowned quality manufacturers in the USA and Europe, amounting to a comprehensive range of hose, cord and cables reels. The company has been manufacturing quality hose reels for 35 years, servicing both domestic and international markets. Its range of reels includes composite spring rewind hose and cable reels, fabricated steel reels in powder coated finish, stainless steel and aluminium with hand crank, and motorised versions. “The mining community needs hose reels in particular, plus valves and pumps and various other associated technologies,” said Mr Pawson. “This is a market we know very well and don’t have to reinvent the wheel to a supply chain which the mining industry already has. “Our goal is to match its growing demand for quantities and its time schedules even better than anyone else and we have no doubt we will deliver.” ReCoila will be part of the Blackwoods stand at QME. For more information, visit or phone +61 2 9621 8988. n

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olden and ChargePoint unveiled the first electric vehicle charging station for Volt drivers in Port Melbourne outside Holden’s Salmon Street headquarters recently. The head-turning Volt charging station is powered by Origin’s government-certified 100 per cent GreenPower and will be available to Holden Volt drivers in one of Melbourne’s fastgrowing business and industrial precincts. The Holden Volt, on-sale in Australia later this year, is a game-changing electric vehicle (EV) with extended-range capability and can recharge in less than four hours using the dedicated level two, 3.3kW charging station. To support the Volt launch, ChargePoint has also installed six more green energy charging stations in Holden’s engineering and design headquarters and at its Proving Ground in Lang Lang for Holden employees driving Volt evaluation vehicles and working on the program. Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP was the first member of

the public to plug into the petrol pump of the future with one of Holden’s first Volt vehicles. Joining the Minister for the unveiling was Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, ChargePoint CEO James Brown and Holden’s Executive Director Engineering Greg Tyus. Mr Tyus, whose engineering team is responsible for preparing the Volt for Australia, said Volt would change the way Australians think about sustainable transport and Holden. “Volt can travel a distance of up to 80 kilometres on pure electric driving – more than enough for most drivers to commute each day without visiting a petrol station,” he said. “You can drive emission free and recharge at home from a standard power outlet in less than six hours for around $2.50.” Origin Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Phil Craig, also welcomed the opening of the new piece of EV infrastructure. “Origin is seeking to support this new technology with electric vehicle charging equipment and services, delivering a simple

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“THE HOLDEN VOLT, ON-SALE IN AUSTRALIA LATER THIS YEAR, IS A GAME-CHANGING ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) WITH EXTENDED-RANGE CAPABILITY AND CAN RECHARGE IN LESS THAN FOUR HOURS USING THE DEDICATED LEVEL TWO, 3.3KW CHARGING STATION.” and effective one-stop solution to consumers,” Mr Craig said. “Together with Holden, Origin hopes to encourage the take up of more electric vehicles in Australia.” n

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ach year, travellers of all ages are repeatedly lured to the kingdom of Thailand for its vibrancy. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island boasting a mix of festivity and commercialism, while the capital city of Bangkok is where you can chat to lively locals and visit the colourful street markets by day and night. Dubbed the 'Pearl of the South', Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea off Thailand's west coast and is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. The island’s landscape is incredibly diverse, with rocky and sandy beaches, tall cliffs, forests, waterfalls and temples. With regards to accommodation, Phuket caters to all, with a variety of simple guesthouses and hostels to modern resorts and luxury hotels. Visitors have a plethora of activities that they can take part in, such as mountain biking, bungy jumping, golf, diving and


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elephant trekking. A variety of tours offer day trips to the cliffs of nearby Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi, and the beaches and islands around Krabi. The island is also a haven for shoppers and boasts a pumping nightlife featuring karaoke and live bands. For travellers who wish to unwind by doing absolutely nothing – here is a list of Escape Travel’s favourite Phuket resorts: Banthai Beach Resort & Spa The Banthai Beach Resort & Spa is beautiful situated amongst lush tropical gardens that inspire tranquillity and contemplation. The rooms themselves use traditional Thai architectural designs as inspiration to ensure a rewarding cultural experience. There are three free-form swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and fitness centre for guests. Centara Karon Resort Overlooking the adjacent Karon Beach, the Centara Karon Resort has a terrific kids club

to make sure that younger members of the family are well catered for. Kids of all ages will enjoy the swimming pools and the tennis courts. After a busy day relaxing, enjoy a delicious meal at the Lotus Restaurant. Kata Beach Resort & Spa

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appreciate the true beauty of the Island. For those who wish to splurge, consider staying in the Grand Pool Access suite – there is direct access from the room to a private fresh-water swimming pool. Merlin Beach Resort Coconut palms and tropical gardens are a welcome feature of the Merlin Beach Resort. With an emphasis on peace and tranquillity, the rooms within the complex either have a view of the central pool or out over the ocean. The kids club is a terrific way for the younger travellers to enjoy their Thai holiday. Patong Resort Hotel The Patong Resort Hotel is a terrific option for travellers who wish to enjoy the facilities associated with a resort but who wish to explore the famed night life of Patong. A standout feature of the Patong Resort is the lobby that boasts Chino-Portugese inspired architecture. After you’ve checked in – head to the herbal steam or enjoy tennis on the courts. Phuket also has its own airport, which makes it easy to get to and from Bangkok. It is just over an hour by jet from Bangkok or Singapore, with daily connections scheduled to most major Asian airports. n Phone Flight Centre on 131 600 to book your Phuket holiday.

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eing in Paris for me is like floating in a beautiful bubble. I stroll through the streets in remembrance of things past. I follow the cobblestones, being enticed by sounds, smells and sights to discover the moments you will never find in a guide book. The French have a word for this activity - it is to be a flâneur (the French word for stroll is flâner). It is the best way to discover the Latin Quarter, Montmartre and the Marais where there are still streets not much wider than a carriage. These streets are lined with an alluring assortment of businesses, mysterious and beautiful doors. If you are quick, you may even catch a glimpse of what is behind these usually closed doors. They say the devil’s in the detail, but so too is the treasure. Everywhere you look in Paris there is a stunning wide shot – a building designed with perfect proportions, often surrounded by a manicured garden. But go closer. Let your eyes (and your camera) zoom in to the exquisite craftsmanship that we so rarely see on architecture today. It will be on stonework, on stairs, windows, the lamps that are like jewellery for architecture. While you are strolling the streets with nonchalance, you will inevitably come across a vitrine (a shop window) that is filled with evidence of the past. I really don’t like the term bric à brac. It sounds more like something

you should do with a racquet and perhaps a shuttlecock, than rediscovering treasures from someone else’s life. You may find your fripperies from the past at the marchés aux puces – which sounds like an extremely contagious skin condition to an English


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speaker. It is a flea market. But to describe a junk shop, I far prefer the other term the French use in more abundance - Brocante. This word is more like a chandelier, something crystal cut or perhaps studded with pearls. Like a child shielding her eyes and peering through the window of a toy shop full of elegant and exquisite dolls, I now do the same thing through the windows of French Brocantes. I scan the treasure hoping for a glimpse of something that I’ve seen before long ago in the home of an ancient and mysterious relative, or read about in an historic novel. There are few things as romantic and alluring than a window display of fascinating relics from another person’s life, another time. Along the rue de Roi de Sicile in the Marais, I stumbled upon a window full of curiosities in “De Bouche à Oreille Maison” (from mouth to ear house!). Objects nobody would really need, but simply must have if this is your penchant. A little further along the intriguing back streets of this fascinating quartier, I found a selection of accoutrements necessary for enjoying a tipple of Absinthe. Drinking this lethal, liquorice flavoured alcohol was one of the cool Bohemian things to do during the late 1800s, especially in the night clubs of Paris. It was eventually banned from sale. But for being a flâneur you will not be arrested – you will be rewarded! n

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chose to go somewhere close so as not to miss too much work, but to still be able to relax. Somewhere that didn’t require too much travel, somewhere different to my normal everyday routine, but mainly somewhere to recharge my batteries. I chose the Whitsundays, only a 1.5 hour flight from Brisbane, and checked into the beautiful Peppers Coral Coast resort at Airlie Beach. Totally impressed with the room’s view, it was enormous and ideal for any traveller. What’s more, if you want to be fully selfsufficient, there’s a kitchen, laundry and even a spa. I decided to spoil myself so relaxed by the sparkling pool where I admired the architecture. The water ran right over the edge to create an harmonious effect and as I was soaking up the magnificent view, with a perfectly made gin and tonic in my hand, the recharge had begun - I only had two days but I was going to make the most of it. The following morning, Peppers Coral Coast Resort provided a piping hot breakfast, which I had on the terrace with

the beautiful view to keep me company. Today I was booked to take the Fantasea catamaran to Reefworld, 51 kilometers out to sea, and sleep there for the night - a big change from what I would usually be doing in Brisbane on a Saturday night! Fantasea was collecting me from reception at 7.15am. Three hours after my pickup, after being spoilt rotten by the staff, I arrived at Reefworld. A brief exploration of the vicinity and I quickly came to the decision to forget work and enjoy the wonderful opportunities on offer. A couple of my fellow travellers chose to be adventurous and do their first dive, but I decided to go snorkelling. The blues, greens, reds, purples and every other colour you can imagine created a beautiful underwater world of the coral and the different species of fish swimming within arms length to quickly put my mind into recharge – and awe! I forgot all about time and worries until I was reminded that lunch was being served onboard the catamaran. Later, a little nanny nap on the top deck was pleasantly interrupted with the call that afternoon drinks would be served.

The afternoon drinks were the prelude to dinner, and it was lovely sipping on champagne and tasting hors d'oeuvres in the Reefworld glass bottom boat, cruising along the edge of the reef. Upon our return, we were served three courses in the observation room onboard the Reefsleep which has a viewing area just below the surface of the ocean. It would be very poor of me to try to describe the atmosphere - the beauty you will have to see for yourself to even come close to understanding.

Our table was placed up close to seven large plate glass windows, with fish of all sizes swimming up close. As soon as entrees were served, an enormous Groper - so named George – swam right up to me. He was 2.9 meters long and weighed approximately 450 kilos! His three girlfriends were also swimming close by and for the rest of the meal we were entertained with his antics and those of the fish around him - the cleaners and the enormous number of Giant Travelly. After dinner, it was time to return to our accommodation, which was basic but comfortable and with the day’s activities plus entertainment during the evening, I slept without a stir. Despite “sleeping with the fishes”, I did awake in the morning to watch the sunrise over a sea of blue and admire the rays sparkling on the water. Shortly after, as if someone had read my thoughts, it was

announced that breakfast was served. My Sunday was lazy and pleasurable with more swimming, eating, drinking and sleeping right up until it was almost time to head for home and the work I had left behind. And just when I thought my recharging holiday was over, I was given the last minute opportunity for a helicopter flight over the reef – which of course I jumped at. It was by far the best way to get a true concept of the enormity and beauty of the reef. This last little treat capped off a beautiful choice of destination for my personal recharge. To experience Reefsleep for yourself, visit n

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ou work hard and you deserve the best. Bluewater’s master planned residential development at Trinity Beach embraces this belief offering the ultimate lifestyle and investment security. Situated a short 15 minute drive north of Cairns Airport, Bluewater is nature’s paradise spanning 155 hectares between two World Heritage listed attractions – Wet Tropics rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. This idyllic setting is all about the great outdoors; forest pathways, verdant parklands, white boats, sparkling marinas, barbecues and days spent at the beach. And while all this might seem miles away from the everyday, Bluewater is just minutes from Smithfield shopping centre, a choice of schools and James Cook University. From the people who are shaping its

future to those who call Bluewater home, everyone agrees on the vibrant quality of life that this innovative and naturally beautiful community offers. As a place to live, play or invest, the beauty of Bluewater is its diversity - that along with affordability and quality, captures the tropical spirit of north Queensland. Bluewater comprises a selection of housing allotments positioned in rainforest, park and waterfront precincts. Only few of the waterfront allotments remain, positioned overlooking the development’s impressive 108 berth marina. In keeping with its strong design philosophy, Bluewater has secured a select group of building partners, all of which share a sympathetic approach to the environment. As

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a general rule, Bluewater’s building standards focus on homes that invite the natural world inside while taking advantage of elevation, views and breeze flow. Many of the homes, by names such as David McCoy Homes, Better Homes Queensland and CPC Constructions, are thoughtfully created to complement the tropical surrounds and proximity to the beach using modest, eco-friendly materials with functional design. In short, Bluewater is the best of many worlds – a beach side lifestyle with the convenience of close proximity to Cairns and Smithfield in a master planned community that offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and extensive public amenities.


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rand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters, Accor’s up-scale apartment brand on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is embracing the cold with great rates which will make escaping the winter chills very hard to resist. Valid until September 20, the 4.5 star resort’s 7 Night Deal is available from $949 for a two bedroom apartment including one free night or from $1045 for three bedrooms including two free nights. Grand Mercure Twin Waters self-contained apartments provide a ‘home away from home ambience’, featuring generous outdoor entertainment areas, gourmet kitchens, laundry, secure parking and contemporary furnishings. There are three swimming pools, BBQ areas, bicycle and walking paths and expansive lawn and beach areas. The stylish property is the ultimate in coastal holiday accommodation with award winning

design offering breeze catching shutters, expansive outdoor entertaining areas, European appliances, contemporary furnishings and other luxuries including plunge pools in some of the three and four-bedroom Executive Beach Houses. Suited for couples and families both large and small, the property offers spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments sleeping up to six. Or for families requiring extra room there’s two-level 3 bedroom plus study beach houses and massive Executive Beach Houses sleeping eight guests. Guests of Grand Mercure Apartments also have access to a wide range of facilities available at the nearby Novotel Twin Waters Resort including windsurfers, catamarans, kayaks, water trampoline, beach volleyball and more. Located close by to some of the Sunshine Coast’s major tourist attractions including Australia Zoo and the famous Eumundi markets,

Grand Mercure Apartments is located an hour’s drive north of Brisbane and five minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport. Stand alone rates start from $149 per night. Minimum nights apply. Visit n


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eading off for another round of 12-hour shifts in a hot, dirty and isolated place? We all know it’s not fun, but is it actually doing you harm? The jury is out on that one as recent media has highlighted the potential health impacts of FIFO employment. In all fairness, there are almost as many studies showing no greater rates of health or relationship problems in FIFO groups, as there are ones that do. Although many start with a short term plan to make some extra cash - the “golden handcuffs” reign in those who become accustomed to a certain level of living and just don’t want to give up the dollars to return to a city based job. Make no mistake, your health and wellbeing is a product of the lifestyle you live. And while there may be arguments regarding the specifics of the data, it’s undeniable that the FIFO lifestyle can easily lead an individual towards both physical and mental burnout if they don’t manage it effectively. The tough work and even tougher culture requires a certain level of proactive resilience. On site your hours are long and exhausting. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking your leave time is like a holiday - “work hard, play harder”? In that case, where are you finding the time to balance your lifestyle and health? I know, sometimes just keeping up is your immediate goal, however a few proactive steps to look after yourself are what allows you to not only

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keep up, but excel. The appropriate levels of work, rest and play ensure that both your body and mind consistently have the opportunity to relax, recover and be rejuvenated. Good sleep, healthy food choices, regular exercise and some consistent recreational time are essential to sustaining a healthy mind and body – on site and off. By establishing a routine that is consistent across both locations (work and home) you can build the resilience needed to survive the FIFO lifestyle. 1. Establish regular sleep routines. Although you may sleep longer on leave, try to only add an hour or two to each end of your normal sleep time onsite – drastic changes to sleep length or times makes it harder for your body to establish healthy sleep patterns. Better sleep patterns

Employers need to address the macho culture of FIFO operations by engaging their employees as a group and empowering them to improve health behaviours. But it’s also up to you to make a choice to develop a more sustainable work-life balance. Failure to acknowledge and understand the impact of the lifestyle you create on your wellbeing can result in a spiraling health decline. By embracing better lifestyle behaviours you can be healthier, happier and successfully navigate the unique challenges of a FIFO work life. Health by Design increases workplace productivity and satisfaction by helping employees change unhealthy lifestyle behaviours. Their custom health, safety and productivity programs operate both in Australia and Internationally. To find out more, visit or call 1300 30 40 68. n Andrew Stephenson is based in the United States and heads operations for the North American division of Health by Design.

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How Art Gains Value Part 3 BY CELIA BERRELL

The Best Adventure We’ve embarked upon a journey that’s our precious gift of life. And celebrate its glory, filled with beauty, love and strife. For now the seas are placid and the sky’s a radiant blue. With joy and faith, we take each step. Your Light will see us through. Poem inspired by Davson’s painting, On the Ark of Salvation (inset).

On the Ark of Salvation


hether you are viewing a painting for its inspiration or investment potential, there are ways that enhance the appreciation process - both for the viewer and the painting. How can we really tell if a painting is good or not? The beauty or impact of a painting can be a very personal thing. But there’s more to valuable art than just a pretty face.

The Power and the Passion Myth, art and spirituality lie at the heart of many cultures. Religious reverence has powered some of man’s most fantastical achievements, particularly in art and architecture. From the Egyptian Pyramids to the Sistine Chapel, regardless of our personal beliefs, we truly stand in awe. There is certainly plenty of art that reflects beliefs and stories in such passionate ways that just viewing them somehow connects us.


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Davson in her art studio hallway

Whether they are cave drawings, a canvas of Christianity or an Aboriginal Dreamtime depiction, they will be images that show and share, reflecting how someone somewhere cares. There was a time when wealth was

lavishly bestowed on spiritual or religious art, particularly in eras such as Renaissance Europe and ancient Egypt. In comparison, our Indigenous cultures see the riches of storytelling as paramount to the art’s value. But then spirituality is not about monetary richness. It is more about fulfilling our lives and souls. In our modern Western world at least, the artists most dedicated to creating images that uplift the soul and inspire positive passion for life are frequently generous artisans who are doing it out of love. Perhaps this is a predominantly feminine trait, with gentleness and joy being the reward as well the gift. Spiritual art is a diverse genre whose expression gives us all the freedom to fly and dream for a greater good. It is also again attracting a return to high wealth investment. Are we becoming tired of confronting, aggressive or art that shocks or depresses the senses?

Many great artists have created spiritually uplifting paintings. Can you match the artist with the title of the painting they created?

1. Sandro Botticelli 2. Sharon Davson 3. Vincent van Gogh 4. Salvador Dali

Sharon Davson and Leo Sayer in front of Gifts of Trust

Answers: 1C: 2A: 3D: 4B Discovery

Artists of the Ark Discussing artist’s spiritual beliefs tends to sound like a testament to their good behaviour! None of us are perfect, but two words aptly describe Davson for a character reference and her spirituality: generosity and gratitude. Her art, particularly since the mid 1990s, has been created with the intention of uplifting and inspiring others in their faith. Believing we can make a difference in the world may sound presumptuous, but if we are prepared to give of ourselves in the attempt, and meet like-minded people along the way, it might just work. And for Davson it did - and still does. For example, her environmental and world peace charity ventures and initiatives over the past two decades contributed towards many improvements and changes in our global community, as well as helped to bring out the best in everyone they touched. In 2002, Davson also became a Founding Patron of the Multifaith Association of Newcastle & Hunter Region. Finding common ground between various faiths, the association organised functions that

A. On the Ark of Salvation B. Madonna of Port Lligat C. The Virgin and Child with five Angels D. Pieta

celebrated the region’s cultural diversity and its compatibilities. On a personal level, and as a member of Sukyo Mahikari since 1995, Davson is comfortable with faith having different flavours. Sukyo Mahikari includes people of different religious preferences that see their participation in sharing the Light of God and all creation as a natural progression from their foundation beliefs. And gratitude is a key component of any form of spirituality. Davson incorporates these beliefs into her art, and with some surprising results. The more dedicated to inspiring others she became, the higher the values of her paintings also became. Now several of her major works are re-selling for substantive seven figure sums. One of the highlights of Davson’s spirituality and artistic career was when her painting With Gratitude Comes Growth was gifted by the Australia-Oceania Region of Sukyo Mahikari for the collection of the Hikaru Memorial Museum Takayama Japan in 1996. Then from February to July 2003, her flagship of spiritual art On The Ark of Salvation became the frontcover illustration for six monthly copies of the

Offering Gratitude Together

Sukyo Mahikari International Journal. As an artist who works mainly on commission, On The Ark of Salvation is one of only a handful of personal major works created by Davson. Since the painting’s creation in 1999, the image has acquired an impressive provenance through publications and major retrospective exhibitions of Davson’s art in public galleries. In 2011, it sold for $1.3 million, making it the highest valued painting by a living Australian artist. Her inspirational paintings are now a highly valued commodity, and a new art movement is subsequently taking shape. On 3rd November 2011 in Takayama Japan, the Arkists or Artists of the Ark was formally pronounced with Davson as the acknowledged leader and artistic inspiration. The movement invites all artists who create in any medium for the uplifting joy and gratitude of their spiritual beliefs to become connected. Could this be a resurgence of spiritual art rising to the role of lead violin instead of second fiddle in the wonderful orchestra of art and life?

Contact Davson Art management to acquire her art from $5,000 and upwards; to learn more about why Davson’s art has experienced better than approximately 20% per annum growth for collector / investors for more than two decades; or to find out more about the Artists of the Ark.

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Emma Dean OCCUPATION: Songwriter/Musician/Performer/Actor/ Dreamer (I do these things separately and sometimes all at once!) FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: New York became my favourite travel destination after I performed some showcase concerts there in October 2011. I adore the lush world of cabaret, musical theatre and fringe theatre so I spent most of my downtime going to see shows. I was in heaven. I’m thrilled that I will be back there to perform my show “An End To Dreaming” alongside Jake Diefenbach this August for The New York International Fringe Festival! TRAVEL TIP: For those gluten intolerant vegos out there like me, be prepared to explain (in multiple ways) that chicken doesn’t actually fit into that category. Oh and, don’t forget the folder with all your tickets and accommodation receipts. Long story!! MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL MOMENT: I was on a plane bound for Melbourne for my first interstate show back in 2003. My bass player and I were going through the check list of things we were to bring. Warm coats - check; keyboard cables check; violin - check; CDs; uh oh. It was my one job to bring the CDs and I forgot! We ended up dragging our feet around to every CD store in Melbourne and buying multiple copies of our own album to sell at the gig. I am now especially organised and a big believer in making lists! WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU NEXT? I’m currently splitting my time between my own pop-cabaret solo performance and my new electro-fairytale-pop duo with Jake Diefenbach called Geppetto. In June, I will be taking my one-womanshow STRIPPED to Adelaide Cabaret Festival which has been a dream of mine for many years. Geppetto have just finished recording our debut EP with the fabulous Darren Middleton (of Powderfinger fame) and we will be performing at some Australian festivals before taking our show to New York for the Fringe Festival in August. All details can be found on my website n


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