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School's Out!

Kids activities for the



School Holidays

father's day

Parenting equally



Complete Guide of September events


NOT Pals

Setting boundaries for kids

win A Family Daytrip to Fitzroy Island

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Hello and welcome to the 75th edition of PakMag! Can you believe the school holidays are almost here again! Check out pages 47-48 for our full rundown of activities. This month our attention is on dads. My dad is a big kid and I have many fond memories of him cracking raw eggs on my head before school and playing hide and seek in black so we could never find him (while he dressed us in fluoro!). I am really looking forward to spoiling Trent on Father's Day, he is such as amazing dad and the bond he has with our boys is wonderful to watch. To all the other amazing dads out there, we hope you have a wonderful Fathers Day 'month'. Pop along and join us on 22 September for our special Daddy's Day Out (see inside for more info). Until next time, have a wonderful month, and remember tell everyone, you read it in PakMag.

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parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 09 Month of Milestones 10

Be a Parent not a Pal


MacDonnell's Law


Delaying Prep


Bruce Gibson


Let Him Do It!


Women & Finance

kids 31 Kids MiniMag

babies 42 Baby News: Minimalist approach

things to win

23 PakHealth 24 Family Nutrition

05 WIN a Fishing Book for Dad


32 WIN Movie Tickets to Turbo


29 What’s On

33 WIN tickets to Emily Eyefinger

39 Tackling Teens / Modern Parenting

34 WIN a Daytrip to Fitzroy Island

41 Trucks & Tutus

43 WIN a CD Prize Pack

42 PakBaby

52 WIN a Double Movie Pass

45 Reading Foundations

62 WIN a bag of Hill’s Pet Food

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EXPO & Baby Welcoming

MUMMY Central 10 September (9am-12pm) Cairns Central Shopping Centre

what’s new

NEW Restaurant

If you haven’t joined Cairns' Biggest Play Group yet, come along and join the fun on 10 September when there will be free face painting and balloon animals for the kids. To join the Mummy Central Club all you have to do is fill out an application form


available from the Customer Service Desk at Cairns Central or sign up online at Mummy Central runs on the second Tuesday of every month.

8 September (1pm)

Kimchi & Richy

Stockland Shopping Centre

If you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to try a

GREAT Strides Walkathon

new cuisine, check out the Korean BBQ and free salad

The Smurfs are in town this month to celebrate the

bar at Kimchi & Richy, a new restaurant on Sheridan

launch of their new movie, Smurfs 2, just in time for

Street next to First Choice Liquor. What makes it

the school holidays. A Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinebuzz

even better is that they have a children’s playroom

Crew advanced screening will be shown at 11am

so you can actually relax whilst dining out! Every

(members $10, all other tickets $14) and Papa Smurf

second Sunday there will be special events for mums.

and Smurfette will also perform a special stage show

Saturdays are BBQ day. Call 4041 2992 to book.

at Stockland at 1pm.

BYE Possum Magic 14-17 September CAirns Civic Theatre

27 September (10am-2pm)

Fathering Adventures

Muddy's (the grassy area)

Parents new and old are invited to attend the 2013 Baby Welcoming Ceremony and Family between 1 September 2012 and 1 September 2013) are invited to register their baby to take

Possum Magic the Musical, based on the book by Mem Fox, is coming to Cairns this month as part of a Final Farewell tour celebrating 30 years! Featuring larger than life size puppets this story has been stylishly embellished into a rollicking Aussie musical, complete with lamingtons, Pavlovas and vegemite sandwiches. Dates: Sat 14 Sept (6:30pm), Mon 16 Sept (10am & 12pm), Tues 17 September (10am & 12pm). Tickets available through Ticketlink 1300 855 835 or visit

22 September (1.30pm) Join thousands of people taking great strides this month throughout the state to help raise vital funds for families living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition with no cure. All funds raised go directly to local families. Registration starts from 12.30pm on the north west side of the lagoon on the Esplanade, with the walk starting at 1.30pm. There will also be prizes, face painting, a sausage sizzle and entertainment so take your family along to support a good cause.


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28 September - 3 October

Expo that welcomes newborn Cairns residents into the community. Parents of newborns (born part from 1 September either online or via the registration form that's on the PakMag or Council website. Even if you haven’t welcomed a new member to the family in the past year you are still welcome to take part in the day with exhibitors, on stage kids entertainment, animal farmyard and lots of kids fun with Muddy’s Playground right next door. To register for a stall contact Rebecca Anderson on 4044 3019 or email

Fathering Adventures are running their next five night Father/Son Adventure later this month in the Mission Beach/Tully area. It is aimed at boys aged 13 years plus and their Dads (there is no maximum age limit). Cost: $1250 per person. For more info contact Darren Lewis on 0431 839 035 or


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Spots for a Spring Picnic [1] The Esplanade [2] Botanical Gardens [3] Babinda Boulders [4] Lake Placid [5] Rocks at Redlynch

GIFT Idea for Dad

Taryn Pratley, owner of Lil Scribblers, loves getting messy with kids in the pursuit of creative expression. She is also mum to two children, Chelsea 7 & Max 5, with number three on the way. [1] What was the inspiration behind

Eisteddfod! These days, Hayley Gillespie’s

Lil Scribblers? I am a qualified primary

work always catches my eye

school arts teacher and I could see that the Visual Arts wasn’t being given the weight it deserved in the school curriculum. Children were missing out on the opportunity to just explore and be creative without being assessed! I wanted to create a place where

for Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) and while she was filming.

be creative and have FUN! I love watching

describe you? Caring, passionate and

children's faces when they first discover that


[2] What kind of art do you like to create? I love working with pastels and graphite to create abstracts and portraits.

Australia will help turn enthusiastic beginners into expert anglers with his tips on choosing the right hook, line, bait and position. He explains how to cast off, tie knots and shares his

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knowledge from 20 years of fishing experience.

that movie!

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[7] What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to travel creating 3D sidewalk art (chalk art)

up I always liked Salvador Dali. That

everywhere I went...I'm still getting to it!

when I played a melting clock in a Rock

This new book by the host of WIN TV’s Fishing

[6] What’s your favourite movie?

[3] Who were you inspired by? Growing might have had something to do with

Rob Paxevanos’ Australian Fishing Basics

travelled the world with her and her family

[5] How would your friends/family

that's when the real creativity comes out!

wouldn’t know about you? I was a nanny

children can explore ideas, try new things,

it’s okay to get paint on the floor or table -


[4] Tell us something most people

For more information about Lil Scribblers art classes go to

For your chance to win a


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Show &Tell

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Kylie Gabutto has always been a career woman but she never imagined that being the President of the Cairns Business Women’s Club would give her the confidence to start her own business.

Recently opened on the Tablelands, Trezy is Atherton’s newest children’s store offering a large selection of clothing for newborns to children’s size 16. They stock lots of different brands such as St Goliaths, Eve’s Sister, Bebé, Fox and Finch, Roxy and Quicksilver, Cuties by Zootys and Hi Viz Work shirts to match dad. And, they have recently welcomed ‘Teddy Mountain’ to the store where kids can choose a teddy and watch as it is brought to life and stuffed in-store. Open weekdays (8.30am-5pm) & Sat (8.30am-12.30pm).

Being the President of the CBWC was

Earlier this year I found myself at a

an overwhelming challenge in the early

career crossroads when I was made

days. I honestly didn’t feel worthy of the

redundant. I was ready for a big challenge

title and worked really hard to make sure

and knew that I had a raft of skills that

that I was doing justice to the role and

businesses needed and with the help and

giving our members true value. I had

advice of friends the idea of setting up my

originally joined the board of the CBWC to

own business was formed. I started Job

give myself something to do at the lunches

Done Business, an outsourcing company

because I was not great at networking and

for businesses that need management

it gave me the opportunity to watch and

and/or administrative assistance, but don’t

learn from other amazing business people!

want or need to hire an employee.

I have found that the greatest

I love the creativity and variety that comes

misconception about the CBWC is that it

with having your own business and also

is an organisation for big business only.

the fact that I am the one making the

This could not be further from the truth.

decisions. It’s great to be learning lots of

We support and encourage all business

new things.

people in our region to become involved, even men! Networking is so important in regional Australia because people tend to rely more on word of mouth for referrals.

bookingS are oPen for term 4 • 12 weekS inCLuDES 2 week aQua vac Program (swimming on the school holidays) Monday 23rd September to Saturday 5th October • 10 weekS Summer Program Tuesday 8th October to Saturday 14th December (School term)

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For more info about the Cairns Business Women’s Club go to

Here is a sneak peek of our new Peppa Pig and George range of swim accessories! Due to arrive in november, just in time for Christmas!

Download the “Swim Safer riSk aSSeSSment aPP“ to your smart phone now! go to: or scan the Qr code tHe aPP allowS familieS to: • Find your local Swim School by postcode • Fantastic kids wall with games and challenges • Learn how to keep your family swimming safer • Follow Swim Australia on facebook & youtube • Assess your child’s risk in a number of aquatic environments • Plus much much more

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Lives Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Milestones month of

September is a month of festivities for Whitfield State School Principal, Tony Constance, as he celebrates many important milestones. Whitfield State School is commemorating their

and a covered games area,” he says. Today the

for many years before my son came along, and

25th anniversary this month and Principal Tony

school has 930 students and over 100 staff, over

I always had some ready advice for the parents

Constance will also celebrate 25 years as the

40 classroom spaces including a $3.6 million

of my students,” he admits.” When my own son

school’s principal. “I was the foundation principal

double storey eight classroom Senior Learning

Michael came along and I was a parent myself,

when the school opened in 1989 and I’m still

Centre, a large Learning Resource Centre, a

it reconfirmed to me that parents face huge

here,” he says. “I love my job, especially getting

1,000 square metre multipurpose hall and

challenges in child rearing but do their best to

to watch my students achieve both personally

indoor sports facility and three amenity blocks.

suit their circumstances.” He says that while his

and in all areas of learning. It is incredibly

Whitfield State School is also known for its Gifted

own kids are now in their twenties, he hopes he

rewarding.” Tony says he was always attracted to

Education Program and is the signature gifted

has provided good advice, practical life lessons

working in education, although as a young boy

program in Cairns. “Our school motto is Each

and plenty of wisdom over the years. He hopes

he contemplated being a dairy farmer before

Striving for the Peak and we really do welcome

he has taught them to respect others and

realising what a hard slog that would be. “My

all students from across Cairns no matter what

accept diversity, to love and cherish family and

high school guidance officer actually steered me

their background, culture, abilities and learning

friends, to be responsible for one’s own actions

towards a career in education and I was lucky


and to never give up. “However, I hope they

enough to receive a government scholarship.” Fast-forward to today and Tony is celebrating 39 years as a school principal and 40 years as a teacher this year.


Tony has always been passionate about his job but says it wasn’t until he had he own children that he realised that parents are the first teachers

haven’t inherited my need to place such high expectations on myself and my impatience at not always achieving them,” he laughs.

a child has and that teachers don’t always know

The Whitfield School Fete is on 13 September

Tony is proud of his 25 years with Whitfield State

best. As he celebrates Father’s Day this month

(5-9pm). To celebrate their 25th anniversary they

School and says the school has come a long way

with his own children and grandchildren, he

will also be holding a cocktail party, trivia night

since it opened in 1989 with just 125 students

reflects on how having children has changed

and opening a time capsule that was stored

and 25 staff. “When we started we had just 16

him both personally and professionally. “I was

away in 1989. For more information on the

classroom spaces, one amenity block, a library

a very confident teacher and school principal

celebrations go to



Issues Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Obviously we all want our kids to think we

Author of The NEW Six-Point Plan for Raising

are cool but as parents we play a much more

Happy, Healthy Children, John Rosemond,

important role in our kids lives than being their

says one of the other no-no’s in responsible

friends. Being a parent requires us to have a

parenting is giving kids free rein and letting

deeper, more mature relationship with our

them dictate the family dynamics rather than

children where we use our greater wisdom

having any real parental structure. “By putting

to enforce rules, discipline, boundaries and

your children first in your family, by putting

expectations for their safety and wellbeing,

your relationship with your kids in front of your

even when our kids disagree with our decisions.

relationship with your spouse, you guarantee

While this may sometimes cause us to be

your children will become manipulative,

unpopular with our kids, even causing them to

demanding and unappreciative of anything

rebel at times, in the longer term it’s in their best

and everything you do for them,” he says. Kids

interests and inwardly they know our rules and

need to know they are loved but they also

boundaries show we care.

need to know you are their parent and not their

There will always be some parents in your child’s friendship group who are less strict about rules

There will be times our kids find us cool but

and like to be seen as the ‘cool’ parent. They may

our ultimate goal is to protect, guide and teach

let their kids stay up late, watch movies that you

our kids to be the best they can be. We need to

wouldn’t allow, hang out with friends in public

be good role models, provide consistency and

places unsupervised til late or let their kids have

above all love them and listen to them when

Facebook accounts before the age of 13. They

they want to talk. It is our role to set boundaries,

may even go to the extent of trying to act and

teach them life skills and prepare them for real

dress like their kids in order to be cool. There are

life issues so they can make smart decisions

many possible reasons why these parents take

on their own. We can start by setting basic

this approach – they may want to avoid conflict,

boundaries like bedtime routines and curfews

they don’t want to disappoint or upset their

and we can encourage responsibility through

child, or they may think that being their child’s

such things as chores and homework.

‘friend’ means they will like and trust them more. Whatever the reasons, there may be difficult longer term consequences when these children find it a struggle to deal with society’s rules and boundaries because they haven’t been taught how to deal with ‘no’.

Be A Parent Not A Pal

prefer to be seen When it comes to parenting, do you able with making as a cool parent or are you comfort ur kids? decisions that will be ‘uncool’ with yo


Nigel Latta, author of Politically Incorrect Parenting wholeheartedly believes in boundaries and feels they are essential in childhood development. “Kids need fences. Make rules, set limits and stick to them as hard as you can. It is in the nature of children to move

While permissive parents may seem more fun

forward until they come up against a fence,”

for a while, especially to kids coming from

he says. And as parents our role is to be strong

stricter homes, all children ultimately crave

enough to follow through, be consistent and

limits and boundaries as this makes them feel

dish out consequences when rules are broken.

safe and secure. This has been proven time and

How else do children learn what is right and

again in surveys amongst teenagers.


Key Points • Set clear boundaries but let your children know you love them and will always be there for them • Be open with your children and maintain good communication – this will enable you to stay close to your children as they grow up • There’s a fine balance between having boundaries and being controlling – when you’re too controlling it may feel like you don’t respect them and cause them to rebel



By Don MacPherson


Helping kids deal with

Issues Story thanks to MacDonnells Law

Family separation can be a confusing and sometimes terrifying experience for children. Regardless of their age, the idea of their home and family breaking apart can be terribly disorientating, throwing their world into disarray. break down, it could leave them feeling lost and insecure. In your mind, your future may remain uncertain until the divorce is finalised, but reassuring your kids that everything will work out will help them feel more secure and confident It is vitally important that you remain attentive to the needs of your children throughout the unpleasant process of separation. In some cases, you must go to great lengths to make sure they feel stable and secure in their home environment. These tips may help:

[1] Validate Their Feelings Children can undergo a great deal of emotional turmoil when their parents split up. In some cases they might not feel comfortable expressing these feelings. Remaining attentive to your kids means reassuring them and encouraging them to talk about their thoughts and feelings.

[2] Reassure Them For young children, their parents are their whole universe. So when the family unit begins to


about the separation.

[3] Keep Them Out of the Fray In the haze of legal paperwork and lawyers it can be easy to lose sight of what is and what isn’t appropriate in front of your children. Keeping

[5] Get Appropriate Assistance MacDonnells Law works with specialists in assisting families, children and individuals deal with all the complex emotional challenges arising from separation. We refer our clients to Centacare across Queensland to provide the counselling and emotional support for parties and their children in these difficult times. Their Cairns phone number is 4044 0130. For children's mediations we recommend Barbara Miller on 0466 076 020.

your kids away from any conflicts will make things

As Queensland’s Family Law Experts, MacDonnells

far more pleasant for them. It will also prevent

Law can assist with issues involving divorce, child

them from feeling dragged into the separation as

custody and property settlement. Our dedicated

though they are somehow to blame.

team of family lawyers can answer all your

[4] Avoid Clinging to the Past As family units, we naturally enter into rituals and habits such as eating certain meals, watching certain TV shows, or having a bedtime routine. Try establishing new routines and rituals and add in some fun and quirky activities to keep your kids entertained through the difficult period.

questions and help you on the road towards a resolution that is best for you and your family. For a confidential discussion with a dedicated family lawyer, contact Don Macpherson, Head of the Family Law Team on (07) 4030 0600 or email Visit for blog articles, resources and fact sheets on family law.



Series Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Delaying Prep While some parents choose to delay prep for a year, research suggests there are no long-term advantages in holding children back a year before starting school. In Queensland, children are expected to begin

and have been successfully dealing with it for a

full-time prep when they are five years old and

very long time.

although attendance is not compulsory it is

evidence to suggest holding children back a year

to warrant a child spending the extra time at

before starting school will benefit them in the

home or repeating kindergarten, and in these

long run. Any academic differences there may

So just why is it that some parents feel their

cases parents need to discuss this with the school

be in early primary have been shown to even

children aren’t ready to start school and keep their

principal, kindergarten teacher and relevant

out by about third grade. There are also no social

kids home for an extra year? Some of the reasons

specialists such as the family doctor, paediatrician,

advantages or increased peer acceptance.

cited include concerns that their kids aren’t

speech pathologist or any other appropriate

socially or emotionally ready, may not be mature

specialist who will support the decision.

30th of June in the year they commence prep.

enough or may be a little slow in their physical development. Some parents also worry if their child can’t sit still or concentrate for any length of time or if they are still not able to go to the toilet independently. However whilst it is true that there seems to be a big difference in development and maturity levels between those children at the older end of the school year compared to their younger peers, schools and teachers expect this

It has been well documented that there is no Of course, sometimes there are legitimate reasons

recommended. They must be five on or before the


What the Experts Say

During the first six years of a child’s life the brain is developing rapidly and it has been suggested

However there are some parents who believe that

that this brain maturation speeds up when the

delaying prep for a year will give their child an

child has frequent interaction with older siblings

edge or an advantage by being one of the oldest

or more mature classmates. So sending a child

in the class rather than the youngest but there is

to school seems to benefit them as they are

no research to support this idea. Being the oldest

surrounded by positive stimulation and may reach

in the class does not automatically mean your

milestones faster. However, every child is different

child will be one of the smartest or have a sporting

and if you have concerns follow you mother’s


instincts and seek the advice of specialists.


By Elaine SEager

Palmer united Reunite the nation

Bruce Gibson, Executive Director of Indigenous Employment Business Opportunities, is the Palmer United Party’s candidate for Leichhardt in the Federal Election. As their shadow minister for Immigration he has also taken on one of the country’s hottest topics. [1] What is your proudest achievement? In

[3] What made you sign up wth Clive Palmer’s

[6] How would your family & friends describe

my previous role I was the CEO of the Safe Kids

Party? The fact that they are common people

you? As a happy, caring person with a lot to give.

Program that for over six years, lobbied to design

who are not controlled by party politics.

and implement a strategy to return children to the communities on the West Cape York. My proudest moment was seeing the smiles on the faces of those children and parents as they were returned to their families after being taken by

[4] What's your view on how we should handle 'the boats'? We want to allow asylum seekers to fly directly to Australia without visas as long as they carry identity papers or a passport. Those assessed to have valid claims would be allowed

Child Safety.

to stay. Those who do not would be returned. We

[2] What makes you want to go into politics?

believe this would be not only more effective in

I believe we need a strong figure to protect the

destroying the people smuggling business but

rights and interests of children, and families.

it would also be more humane and cheaper to

After achieving what seemed impossible in my


previous role, I would now like to give more and politics would give me the ability to create change.

[7] Where is your favourite place to hang out in Cairns? Billy’s Coffee shop [8] What makes you laugh out loud? Anything that’s funny, I love to laugh. [9] What can't you live without? My four beautiful sons.

[5] What is your vision for Cairns? To create more opportunities for the wellbeing of families

Don't forget to vote on Election day 7 September.

in all sectors of employment.

Gibson for Leichhardt 16 Authorised by Clive Palmer 380 Queen Street, Brisbane Q 4000


By Jutta Dempsey

Orientation and tours of Just Kids are available Monday & Friday 9am-11am To book your visit, call our team on 4051 9788 or email We are located at 219 Draper Street, Cairns

Let him do it! According to a largescale study conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australian fathers are spending less than 30 minutes per day with their children. In most families, it is Mum who knows what’s

tumble’, outdoor adventures, exercise and very

going on with school, friends, sports, has the

often a more practical and hand’s on approach to

routine established within the home, does the

the day’s chores. While research has not shown

driving and also is the disciplinarian. And, she

things that father’s do especially differently from

usually works as well!

mothers, they have shown that having fathers

As a psychologist specialising in families, I am privileged to talk with many parents. It is not unusual to hear ruminations of “if John would only help out more…if I don’t do it, it just doesn’t happen...when Josh looks after the kids, they just play video games...he never takes the initiative... routine goes out the window...I wish he would help with the homework...Dave’s idea of making dinner is a trip to McDonald’s...“ And I hear many examples of mothers knowing how to parent better, telling fathers the “right” way to handle a situation and how they should be doing it, usually with love and care, but


around and involved in both positive parenting and play, makes a massive difference to

the same page” with bringing up your children. [2] Be equally involved in all areas of your children’s lives, including bedtime stories, homework, picking up the friend from the next suburb to cleaning the bathroom. [3] Have separate father and mother

childhood. An active, present and positive father

roles where stories are read, time is spent

has been proven to:

bonding doing fun activities and chores are

• Reduce behavioural problems in boys • Reduce psychological problems in girls • Reduce later criminal behaviour in children • Enhance intelligence, curiosity, reasoning and language development • Decrease the incidence of children smoking as teens

done. [4] Plan weekly family time and turn off the technology to bond as a family. Focus on positive communication during these times with the children. [5] Develop a project together between the children and each parent or all together. [6] Simply be available and around, from tinkering in the shed to baking pizzas at home.

sometimes in frustration.

• Have better friendships and social skills

It begs the question whether mothers are

We know that having mothers and fathers

making a rod for their own backs by trying to

parenting on the ‘same page’ helps enormously

do it all? And, as a result, do fathers become

for children to feel more secure and thus able to

reluctant to fully engage in parenting roles to

explore the world at their own pace. Here are a

avoid conflict with their spouse or feelings of

few tips for helping to make this happen:

their own inadequacy?

[1] Have a conversation about

better when both fathers and mothers provide

There is no doubt that father’s approach

parenting with your partner and discuss your

the nurturing, especially when they are done a

parenting very differently with more ‘rough and

individual parenting styles and values. Get “on

little differently.

Modern life is hectic for families with many competing priorities demanding our attention. Amongst all this hustle and bustle it can be easy to forget how important experiences with your child are and how significant the impact is when a parent spends time with them. Children do




Women Finance

The latest tips in the world of finance

SUPER Changes

by Fiona Thorogood

News money

Super Self-Employed

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Many mums are choosing to become selfemployed after starting a family, which means they no longer have the benefit of employer paid super contributions.

Hardly a year goes by without our system of retirement saving being fine-tuned. This year, assuming there are no changes again following the election, one of the key initiatives announced is that from 1 July 2013, super funds will start to offer a new type of super account called MySuper. This replaces ‘default’ accounts – those super funds chosen by employers when an employee doesn’t nominate a fund of their own. You would think that when it comes to something as important as our long-term savings, which is what superannuation is, most people would take an active interest in where their money goes. In fact, that’s often not the case. About 80% of workers let their employer make that decision, so a vast amount of money ends up in default funds.

employer must pay more into your super each year, with compulsory contributions progressively rising from the present 9% of your base wage or salary up to 12% over the following seven years. It’s a reform that recognises many of us will need a lot more to live on in retirement than our current rate of super contributions will provide.

The whole point of MySuper is to provide a simple, low cost super fund for those workers who don’t nominate their preferred fund. It’s worth clarifying that MySuper is not a new type of superannuation scheme. Instead, it is an option that will be offered by most existing super fund managers and it may be marketed under a variety of names.

No doubt the latest round of super changes won’t be the last. The key thing is that super is your money for the future, and taking an active interest in where – and how – it is invested will pay dividends in retirement.

Another notable change that has also taken effect from the beginning of July is that your

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Interesting Ingredients How many times have you heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”? This is something you may apply to people but the same idea could apply to food. The blurb of a book is usually the deciding factor to buy or not, so why not treat the ingredient list of a food product as a blurb and see whether it will deliver the healthy goods! By Rebecca McKenna Many foods are packaged to draw the eye, with bright colours and pictures of our favourite stars or athletes to sell more products. However, even if a food has a package that looks good the food may not necessarily be a healthy option. So how do we interpret the ingredient list? Firstly, all products that have been manufactured and then sold in Australia must contain an ingredient list. The ingredient list is in order of the main ingredient first to the smallest ingredient last. If a sugar or fat are one of the top three ingredients, it is probably not a healthy food. Sometimes there are things in the ingredient list that we are not sure of and some of the things that often catch us out are when different names are used for things such as sugar and fat.



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VENUE Collins Avenue Fogarty Park Stage Four Mile Park Port Douglas Munro Theatre Babinda Go Bowling - Glow/Cosmic Bowling Stratford Community Hall Go Bowling Cairns Esplanade Lagoon Deck Gordonvale Library Multi Service Hub Innisfail East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Manunda Library East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Ravizza Park Edmonton Edmonton Library Cannon Park Racecourse Fogarty Park Munro Theatre Babinda Cairns Indoor Sports Go Bowling Cairns Cairns Regional Gallery Cannon Park Racecourse Esplanade Lagoon Deck Munro Theatre Babinda Trinity Beach Hotel St John's School Silkwood Cairns Civic Theatre Go Bowling Cairns Stockland Earlville Go Bowling - Glow/Cosmic Bowling Cairns Civic Theatre Munro Theatre Babinda


Carnival on Collins - markets, music, fun for kids Backstreet Dance workshop & demo Social Dog Walk - Walk with me Now You See Me Super Cheap Sunday Afternoon Bowling Express Hypnobirthing Class Kids Fabulous Fun Birthday Parties Aqua Aerobics Storytime for Children Child Protection Week Family Fun Day Playgroup Storytime for Children Playgroup Family Fun Day - Child Protection Week Storytime for Children Cairns Amateurs Carnival Zumba Fitness The Heat Tiny Tots Multisport Little Strikers & Junior Teams Free entry day Cairns Amateurs Carnival Aqua Aerobics The Heat Nikki the Clown Facepainting St John's Cent Sale Choral Society Gala Spectacular Glow in Dark & Cosmic Bowling Smurfs on Stage Super Cheap Sunday Afternoon Bowling Choral Society Gala Spectacular The Heat


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VENUE Esplanade Lagoon Deck Cairns Central Esplanade (opp. Hospital ) Redlynch State College East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Fogarty Park Stratford Library Cairns Community Health Centre City Library East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Trinity Anglican School Whitfield State School Fogarty Park St Joseph's School Go Bowling Cairns Munro Theatre Babinda Cairns Indoor Sports Trinity Beach Hotel St Clare's School Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanade Lagoon Deck Munro Theatre Babinda Dunwoody's Go Bowling Cairns Go Bowling Cairns George Watkins Park, Bayview Heights

Go Bowling - Glow/Cosmic Bowling Munro Theatre Babinda Kewarra Beach Resort - The Beach Shack

Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanade Lagoon Deck

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Aqua Aerobics Mummy Central - Cairns' Biggest Playgroup Lifeline Community Walk: Out of the Shadows Redlynch Community Markets Playgroup Bokwa Fitness Storytime for Children The Power of Positive Parenting Semimar Storytime for Children Playgroup Parenting Workshop: Celia Lashlie Live Annual School Fete Zumba Fitness St Joesph's Annual School Fete Cosmic & Glow in the Dark Laser Bowling Pacific Rim Tiny Tots Multisport Nikki the Clown Facepainting St Clare's School Fete Possum Magic Aqua Aerobics Pacific Rim Nikki the Clown Facepainting Bantom "Bumper" Teams for Littlies Cosmic & Glow in the Dark Laser Bowling Picnic in the Park - music, jumping castle, stalls Super Cheap Sunday Afternoon Bowling Pacific Rim Barbary Coasters Possum Magic Possum Magic Aqua Aerobics

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VENUE Chyrsalis Relaxation Centre Cairns Civic Theatre East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Cairns Civic Theatre Mossman Parks Babinda Library East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns Indoor Sports Fogarty Park Esplanade Lagoon Deck Go Bowling Cairns Trinity Beach Hotel Cairns Regional Gallery Goomboora Park North West Side of the Lagoon AJ Hackett Cairns Hull Heads Tully Go Bowling - Glow/Cosmic Bowling Plan B CafĂŠ Cairns Regional Gallery Esplanade Lagoon Deck Cairns Stockland Lil Scribblers East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Mum & Baby Wellbeing/Post Natal Morning Possum Magic Playgroup Possum Magic Family Active Games Storytime for Children Playgroup "Fobulous" The Laughing Samoans Tiny Tots Multisport Zumba Fitness Aqua Aerobics Glow in Dark & Cosmic Bowling Nikki the Clown Facepainting Artist talk by Ken Thaiday Snr PakMag Daddy's Day Out Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Free Jumping Castle and Facepainting Take a Kid Fishing Day Super Cheap Sunday Afternoon Bowling Wonky Duck Pottery Painting Kids School Holiday workshop, Make a shark 7-12 yr olds Aqua Aerobics Rock star for a day make over and record your own music School Holiday Art & Craft Playgroup Rock star for a day make over and record your own music. Kids School Holiday Workshop, 9-16 yr olds with Louisa Ennis-Thomas

Make people magnets School Holiday Art & Craft Kids Holiday workshop with artist Caroline Mudge 7-12 yr olds Make your own robot Rock star for a day make over and record your own music Multisport Madness School Holiday Fun School Holiday Art & Craft Emily Eyefinger Reading Wonky Duck Pottery Painting

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VENUE East Innisfail State School Old Preschool

Cairns Stockland Cairns Indoor Sports Earlville Library Cairns Regional Gallery Craft n Sewing Studio Lil Scribblers Manunda Library Cairns Regional Gallery Craft n Sewing Studio Go Bowling Cairns Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Stockland Trinity Beach Hotel Go Bowling Cairns Brothers Cairns Fogarty Park Craft n Sewing Studio Go Bowling Cairns Go Bowling Cairns Dunwoody's Esplanade Lagoon Deck Go Bowling - Glow/Cosmic Bowling Plan B CafĂŠ Cairns Stockland Cairns Regional Gallery Esplanade Lagoon Deck Lil Scribblers

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Parenting modern

Long journeys with small children – How to cope READER QUESTION: We are planning on

• Try getting to overnight accommodation at a

routine. Children love getting your attention and

driving to the Gold Coast over the September

reasonable time so that the children have some

it can make the trip a bit more interesting.

holidays for a family holiday but we are

time to play before going to bed.

worried about how our three and one year olds will cope with the long drive. Do you have any tips to make the drive more bearable for all of us? Going on long car trips can be a great way to spend time with your kids especially if you are organised and have planned ahead. To keep it stress free you might find the following

• Make sure you have plenty of food and snacks

backpack with their own choices of games and

available. Consider packing them in individual

toys; consider buying a new toy for each child

portion sizes.

for the journey.

• Try not to have too many things that the

• Point out interesting things in the scenery, sing

children need to share. Sharing is hard at the

songs and play games as a family while driving

best of times and when children are confined

(for example I-Spy, Who Am I?, number plate

to a small space and they are tired, it can be a

bingo, and counting and guessing games).

real challenge.

suggestions useful:

• Make sure the sun is not shining directly on

• Plan your travel so there are lots of stops along the way. At each stop, let the children out of the car to go to the toilet and run around for a little

• Have each of your children fill a small bag or

them. Think about buying sunshades for the car windows.

while and maybe pack a ball or a Frisbee for

• If there is room, sit in the back with your

them to play with.

children every now and then to break the

Drive safely and enjoy your holiday! Megan Colahan is the principal psychologist at Colahan Psychology (37 O’Keefe Street, Cairns North). For more information call 4053 1122 or email

Teens tackling

Family life changes affecting the lives of teens READER QUESTION: I am a single parent and

education is completed could create anxiety and

lengthy discussions with your son about the

I am being transferred to a new position in a

resentment. Some questions I would ask myself

possible advantages and disadvantages of

new town starting in Term 4. My twelve year

before making this difficult decision would

each option. If you do decide that he can stay,

old son does not want to move until the end


it may be appropriate for you, your son and his

of the school year but I would like him to come with me although I’m concerned about forcing him to leave his friends. His grandmother has offered to have him stay with her. This is an important decision you need to make because he is at an age where a bad decision could impact on his future school success – and potentially damage your relationship with him in

a new primary school so close to the end of his primary school education? (He will have little time to get used to his new school before he has to enrol in a secondary school in 2014). • Is his grandmother able to care for him effectively?

grandmother to develop a ‘contract’ that he agrees to sign. This should cover issues such as homework, household chores, time of arrival home from school, visits to and from friends’ houses and weekend activities. Remember that you have the right to change your mind if your decision doesn’t work out. Denise Bewert is Group Educator for CentaCare,

the complex teenage years.

• Does he get on well with his grandmother?

While I can understand that you want him with

• Is my insisting on him joining me at the start of

Teens and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask

you, I am concerned that forcing him to leave

Term 4 more about my needs than his?

Denise a question about your teenager send an

his school one term before his primary school


• What is to be gained by having him enrol in

Before you make your decision have some

mother of two and author of two books, Tackling

email to:


Kids Issues Story thanks to Shannon du Plessis



While we all aim to let kids be kids, it’s important not to influence them with gender stereotypes

Our BraNdS


Before I had children I hoped I would one day

choose how we act and behave. We can behave

be shunned by her friends. Finding a balance is

have a daughter. Having come from a family of

like the stereotypes and act out gender roles in

certainly not easy.

mostly boys, I worried I would end up with a

relationships, or we can challenge our children

football team, and no opportunity to indulge in

to view their parents as equals. For example, if

playing with dolls, and becoming a “ballet mum”.

Dad does some of the cooking and Mum mows

However, why should I have worried about these things, when playing with dolls and dancing is


spring FASHION

this in mind, the best way to parent boys and girls is to counteract the negative messages that society sends them. Girls need to learn that there

So if your daughter wants to ride a motorbike, or

is more to life than meeting a prince, that dump

two daughters who love pink, dolls, dancing and

your son wants to wear a tutu, it’s okay, and it’s

trucks are cool, that maths and science can lead to

all things girlie, and I’m clearly guilty of gender

not going to cause them long term damage. In

great careers, that while it’s okay to be pretty and

stereotyping. It worries me that I’m not passing on

fact, it may well be healthy as boys who play with

nurturing, you can also be strong and smart, and

a message of equality between the sexes.

dolls will learn to be more nurturing and verbally

that no one is allowed to hit them ever.

the media, religion, toys, clothes, books and their


normal thing for both parents to do.

expectations are firmly rooted in our culture. With

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the lawn, then his son will see that it is a perfectly

The problem children face is that gender

expressive, while girls who kick a soccer ball around will learn spatial skills and confidence.

Boys need to learn that it is okay to cry and express your emotions, that it’s okay to like

peers. Right from the start, parents are painting

Although we want our children to feel free

flowers, pretty colours and cute furry animals,

the nursery in blue or pink, and from then on

to express who they are and follow whatever

that they can play with dolls, that they can be

the gender differences carry on throughout their

interests them, we also have a duty to protect

stay-at-home fathers, that women are people


them from potential backlash. A boy wearing a

not objects, that while it’s okay to be strong, you

pink hat to school may be teased by his peers;

can also be nurturing, and that violence is not

while a girl who cuts her hair really short may

acceptable ever.

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Townsville based on-line baby and children’s boutique Elle J has recently become the exclusive Australian stockist of Pomona Jeans and shorts. cloth nappies, traditional cloth and disposable nappies and because of the adjustable design each pair will cover anywhere up to 3-4 normal children’s clothing sizes. Summer shorts with the same unique design will also become available later in the year. Pomona Jeans come in four sizes starting from 3-9 months through to 2/3 years. Rrp $39.95. They can be purchased

Australia’s first-ever national guidelines on antenatal care have recently been released. representative on the committee, said the

with uncomplicated first pregnancies

guidelines offered a reliable, evidence-

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Zealand College of Obstetricians and

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antenatal visits.

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Reading Foundations We’re constantly told to start reading to our kids right from birth but why is it so important? The building blocks for learning to read and write

• Story time is a special time

When you’re looking for books to read to 0-5 year

are developed well before a child even begins

Story time is a great way to pass on your culture

olds, the ones that are most appealing to this age

school. In fact, children who commence school

and traditions. Share books, stories, songs

group are those including rhyme, rhythm, songs

unfamiliar with books and reading are more likely

and nursery rhymes in your own language

and repetition. Young children also love books

to struggle to learn to read and write when they

and culture.

that they can physically interact with by lifting

get to school. As they progress through school, these children are also unlikely to catch up to their peers. It becomes a vicious circle - they are more likely to dislike reading, they read less, and then they fall further behind. The ‘Let’s Read’ program is an early literacy program that aims to encourage parents and caregivers to share words, rhymes, songs, stories and books with their children aged 0-5 years. The campaign is based on research from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne and has eight key messages for parents: • Share rhymes, songs & stories with your child every day. While sharing books is best, early literacy development is fostered through sharing words and symbols, songs and nursery rhymes, as well as oral stories. • Words are everywhere Look for words and involve children in letters and sounds in the world around them e.g. street signs, grocery packaging, etc. • Read, play & learn with books Make reading fun by including it as part

• Bond with books

flaps and feeling different textures.

One of the primary benefits of reading with

Reading with your young children is a wonderful

your child is the bond experienced with your

bonding experience but you’re also laying the

child during this special time.

foundations for success at school.

• Build a love of books

For more information about the Let's Read

Reading aloud with children, using humour and

Program go to

expression, making silly sounds, using different voices, pointing out interesting words and having fun helps children develop a lifetime love of books. • Sharing books from birth helps kids become better readers for life Evidence shows that the best way to achieve

Tips for reading with 0-5 year olds • Point to words as you read

better language and literacy outcomes is

• Point to pictures and say what you see

for children to share books, stories, songs and

• Ask questions and talk about the

nursery rhymes with the important people

things you see

in their lives.

• Let your child turn the pages

• Sharing stories from birth gives

• Go to the library and let your child

children a great start to life. The years from

choose books to borrow

birth to five are critical for building the

• Be persistent even if your child

emergent literacy skills that precede learning to read and write.

seems disinterested • Have fun!

of an everyday routine.



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School’s Out

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Activities for the School Holidays

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programmes & Classes

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[1] Geckos

[3] Youth Circus Arts School

[7] Cairns Libraries

Activities planned for the holidays are:

Circus and aerial skills holiday workshops will

The Libraries will be running lots of free school

be running Monday to Friday (4-5.30pm of both

holiday fun as per usual. At the time of going to

weeks at the Cairns Recreation Centre). Cost: $15.

print, the following were confirmed:

• 23 Sept (10.30am) - Make egg carton goggles • 24 Sept (10.30am) - Face Painting • 26 Sept (10.30am) - Make a lightning bug


Magical Reading Show at Mossman

• 1 Oct (10.30am) - Face painting

Join in the fun at Lil Scribblers these holidays as

• 3 Oct (10.30am) - Face painting

they host fun craft jams for 2-12 year olds where

• 2 Oct (10.30am) Magic of Reading Show at City Library

Cost: usual entry fee (face painting is an extra

you can create your own Make-Do and decorate it just how you like! Cost: $17. To book call 4033

$1). There will be other things planned too so if

0685 or email For

you want to keep up to date like their Facebook

more info go to

[5] Cairns Indoor Sports

[2] Double Helix Science Club

The ‘multi-sport madness’ program runs every

The CSIRO’s science club events for kids will

3pm. Open to kids of any age. Includes cricket,

be running at Peace Lutheran College these

netball, soccer, dodgeball and beach volleyball.


Cost: $7. Located: 164 Mayers Street, Manunda.

• Make a Runaway Toy for 5-10 year olds

For more information call 4032 2844 or visit

Wed, Thur and Fri during the holidays 1pm to

(28 Sept & 5 Oct, 10-11.30am)

• Brainbox Electronics for 8-15 year olds

[6] Go Bowling

Cost: $15 for non-members. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential. To book go to or email

• 25 Sept (10.30am)

[4] Lil Scribblers

(28 Sept & 5 Oct, 12.30-2pm)


0411 078 901.

• 30 Sept (10.30am) - Make a tube snake

page. For more info call 4038 1181 or go to


To book email or call

Only $6 per child inc. shoe hire if you’re on

• 25 Sept (10.30am) Step Back in Time Craft at Earlville

Call 4044 3785 or check their website for more updated info

[8] Cairns Regional Gallery Art based workshops in a gallery environment for different age groups: 2-7 years, 6-12 years and teens. Cost: $12-$45 per class. For more info email • 23 Sept (10am) - Make a shark (7-12 year olds) • 24 Sept (10am) - Art workshop with Louise Ennis-Thomas (9-16 yrs) • 25 Sept (10am) - Art workshop with Caroline Mudge (7-12 yrs)

the lanes before 10am. Other school holiday

• 26 Sept (10am) - Art workshop (2-7 yrs)

deals also available. Call 4053 3497 for more

• 27 Sept (10am) - Bubble painting (7-12 yrs)

information. Bookings essential.

• 30 Sept (10am) - Make a shark (7-12 yrs)


School’s Out

activities for the School Holidays programmes & classes (cont’d)


Daytrips Great Days Out [1] Sugarworld Water Park Open again after their winter closure (10am-4.30pm). Cost: $15 adults, $12 kids, $7.50 if you just use the pools.

[9] Craft n Sewing Studio

[13] South Cairns Gymnastics

Huge range of different arts and crafts

Kindergym (2-5 yrs), Gymfun (5-10 yrs) and

workshops ranging in price from $10-25:

Circus classes (5-10 yrs) will be running during

Hours of entertainment with pools,

the holidays. Go to the website to find out more

playground and mini golf. Cost: $4-$10

details Bookings

per child.

• 24 Sept (10am & 2pm) - Magnets (under 8’s) • 25 Sept (9.30am & 2pm) - Make a robot • 26 Sept (9.30am) - Shambala bracelet • 26 Sept (2pm) - Aussie croc-beaded key ring • 27 Sept (9.30am & 2pm) - Noticeboard • 28 Sept (9.30am) - Soap making • 1 Oct (9.30am & 2pm) - Paint apron or bag • 2 Oct (10am & 2pm) - Blue bird (under 8’s)

essential, non-members welcome. Cost: $11$15. Call 4045 2947.

[14] Wildlife Habitat Four day Junior Keepers program incorporating animal feeding and helping the keepers in their day to day schedules. Cost: $35 (including lunch and afternoon tea). Bookings essential. Call

• 3 Oct (9.30am & 2pm) - Fairy doll (over 8’s)

Narelle on 4099 3235 for more information or

• 4 Oct (9.30am & 2pm) - Paper quilling class


• 5 Oct (9.30am) - Card making

[15] Tanks

Call Glenette on 4053 4421 to book or email Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

• 1-4 Oct (10am-5pm) - Drama School for 12-15 year olds ($460)

characterisation activities during these 4-day

• 1-4 Oct (10am-5pm) - Drama School for

programs. The themes are Pixar Perfect (24-27

8-11 year olds ($410)

minute workshops for various age groups ($18) on 30 Sept. For more info call Leigh on 4041 4066 or go to

[11] Plan B Café • Wonky Duck pottery painting 23 & 30 Sept (10am-12noon)

on offer at Aussie Farm Entertainment near Mena Creek. Cost: $110 for families up to 5 people inc. Devonshire morning tea. Bookings essential. For more information call 4065 3310 or visit their website at [4] Granite Gorge Awesome scenery, bushwalks and feeding on age and length of walk.

professional tutors at the Tanks.

12-15 year olds ($260)

Cost: $200. Or try TYC’s new Drama-O-Rama 90

milking cows are just some of the activities

the rock wallabies. Cost $2-10 depending

Spring Drama School

Sept) and Comic Book Craziness (1-4 Oct).

Feeding calves, riding a stock horse and

courses in the school holidays led by industry

• 5-6 Oct (9am-4pm) - Acting Boot Camp for

through improvisation, role-play and

[3] Aussie Farm Entertainment

NIDA on Tour will be presenting short drama

[10] The Young Company Learn the essentials of stage performance

[2] Paradise Palms

Book online at

[5] Cairns Zoom Awesome for kid’s aged 8+ and guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

FreeKids Entertainment

Shopping Centres • Cairns Central – Backstreet Dance Hip Hop Show (23-28 Sept, 2pm with additional shows on Thur 5pm & 7pm), Peppa Pig Show (24-28 Sept), Monsters

All materials provided. Call 4045 6307 to book.

University Zone (1-5 Oct)

[12] Cable Ski

• Stockland Centre Court – Rock

Kids Holiday Club for 6-12 year olds. Includes

Bree & the Bopstars (30 Sep-5 Oct,

knee boarding, wakeboarding and water-skiing.


Dates: Mon-Fri (8.30-10am). Cost: $31 per session. Bookings essential. For more info call Karen on 4038 1304 or check their website


Star Makeovers (23-27 Sep, 10am-2pm),

• Smithfield – Croods workshop (23-27 Sept, 10am-1pm), Meet Shaun the Sheep and create a canvas painting (30 Sept-4 Oct, 10am-1pm)


3 percy jackson: Sea of Monsters In Cinemas 19 September


PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS is the new action-adventure about a group of seemingly ordinary teenagers - who are bestowed with magical powers by their Greek God parents. Led by Percy Jackson, the halfhuman son of Poseidon, the teen demi-gods must race against time and sail across the deadly Sea of Monsters, battling mythical creatures to retrieve the Golden Fleece -- the only item with the power to save their world.


4 Grown ups 2 In Cinemas 26 September

COMING a cinema near you

The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns for more laughs. After having the greatest time of his

This month there is a huge bonanza of new family movies coming your way just in time for the school holidays. And, to celebrate, we are giving away lots of MOVIE TICKETS thanks to Event Cinemas.

life three summers ago, Lenny (Adam Sandler) decides to relocate back to his hometown so his kids can grow up around his childhood friends and their kids. This time around, the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on the last day of school.

5 One Direction


In Cinemas 19 September

In Cinemas 19 September

One Direction: This Is Us is a captivating and intimate look at life on the road for the global music

From the makers of MADAGASCAR and KUNG FU PANDA, TURBO

phenomenon. Weaved with live concert footage, this inspiring feature film tells the story of Niall, Zayn, Liam,

is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an ordinary snail who dares

Harry and Louis' meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the

to dream big - and fast. This fast-paced, action-packed 3D

X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena.

comedy from the makers of Madagascar will have audiences around the world unexpectedly rooting for a super-charged snail to use his incredible powers to win the ultimate race against his idols so that he can prove once and for all that no dream is too big and no dreamer is too small.

6 Disney s planes In Cinemas 19 September

2 smurfs 2

Following in the footsteps of “Cars,” Disney’s Planes is a high-flying, action-packed animated comedy adventure. The story centres around Dusty Crophopper, a big-hearted, speed-loving crop duster who dreams

In Cinemas 12 September

of competing in the toughest and most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There are just a couple of small problems - he is not exactly built for racing, and he is afraid of heights!

In this sequel to the family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties. He hopes they will let him harness the magical Smurf-essence but when he discovers that only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris. Then it’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her!



Ticket Giveaway

For your chance to win a double pass to one of these upcoming movies go to our website and answer these questions: • Planes – 15 double passes: Who voices the character of Dusty Crophopper in this new Disney movie? • Grown Ups 2 – 10 double passes: Name three of the comedy actors who appear in this movie alongside Adam Sandler? • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – 10 double passes: Who is the author of the Percy Jackson series of books?



Island Fitzroy

Another great reason to visit Fitzroy is to visit

their main food source was largely wiped out.

the new Turtle Rehabilitation Centre where

In addition to such natural disasters, many of

visitors can meet rescued turtles and learn

the turtles brought to the centre are suffering

about the important work being done to

from man-made injuries or diseases caused by

rehabilitate them before they’re released back

boats, discarded fishing gear and plastic litter

to the ocean.

(which they mistake for food).

The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has

The CTRC takes turtles in from the as far as

been operating in Portsmith since 2000 but

the top of Cape York all the way down to

co-founder Jennie Gilbert says the 800%

Townsville and has one of the highest success

increase in turtle strandings since Cyclone

rates (80%) in Australia for rehabilitating

Yasi put enormous pressure on their resources

turtles. They are also working with indigenous

and brought about the need for expansion.

communities to support and educate them

Thanks to Doug Gamble donating some land

to take care of turtles. They rely entirely

on Fitzroy, a new plan was hatched to build a

upon donations and dedicated volunteers,

world-class facility on Fitzroy with more tanks

including its founders, and the Marlin Coast

and an education centre. Built entirely on

Veterinary Clinic who generously provide free

donations and fundraising efforts, this new

veterinary care.

centre provides a ‘convalescence’ home for turtles where they’re fattened up before being released, whilst the Portsmith centre is used to provide emergency care.

a donation. Boats transfers to the island cost from $69 adults, $34 kids. For more information go to or

and droughts have on our local environment

call 4044 6700

long-lasting affects they can also have underwater. For the sea turtles around our

Turtle Feeding

tours for the public daily in exchange for

The devastating impact that cyclones, floods is obvious but what we don’t see is the

Time for Turt l es

The Fitzroy Turtle Centre conducts educational

If you would like to donate to the CTRC go to

coastlines, Cyclone Yasi really was the final

Strandings Hotline – if you see a sick, injured

straw. Between Cyclone Larry and Yasi and the

or stranded turtle call the EPA hotline on 1300

floods of 2010, the sea grass they rely on for

130 372.

Fast Facts • Foxy’s Beach Bar – recommended for lunches • Shop – you can buy all the typical daytripper basics • Dive Shop - Rents snorkel gear, kayaks, stinger suits. You can also book glass bottom boat tours.

The new Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island is a wonderful excuse to visit the island and learn more about these popular marine animals There’s no doubt Fitzroy Island has had it’s

If you’re going to Fitzroy for the day,

ups and downs over the last few years and

there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the natural

many locals are still under the impression

environment of the island. There are nature

that it is closed. However, this beautiful island

walks to Nudey Beach (best for snorkeling

paradise, only 45 minutes from Cairns, is well

with kids) and a 40-minute walk up to the

and truly open for business. New owner of the

lighthouse and summit for some amazing

Fitzroy Island Resort, Doug Gamble, has made

views of the island, ocean and mainland.

families and couples his focus and bought

You can also choose from a number of water

a new fast-cat boat so visitors have more

activities including kayaking.

transfer times to choose from.


accommodation on Fitzroy Sea Turtle

There is plenty to occupy a family on Fitzroy for several days (in fact, one day is not enough to do everything) so if you decide to stay overnight there are two options: • Fitzroy Island Resort – resort rooms and self contained suites available

WIN a Fitzroy Island Daytrip!

• Camping – the campground is managed by the Resort and has 28 sites close to the beach For more information go to

Head to page 34 for comp details.


Travel SEPTember 2013

Kylie Stokes

Personal Travel Manager


T: 1300 724 199 E:

Specialising in family holidays worldwide License No: QLD: 3168806 ACN: 113 085 626 Member: IATA, AFTA, ICCA Accredited Consultant



10 Must-Have Family holiday experiences


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By Kylie Stokes (Travel Managers) As modern lives get busier and children seem to grow up faster than ever, there seems to be a trend away from the traditional

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most of the time they spend together. These are my picks for the top holiday experiences with kids:


[1] Climb the steps of Angkor Wat and view history

engraving on the walls.

[2] Sit with indigenous Australians and learn the art of dot

painting. View the sunrise over Uluru and ride quad bikes

in the desert.

[3] Learn to ski and make snowmen at Thredbo Village. [4] Play volleyball with Fijians on white sandy beaches. [5] Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest, Hawaii. [6] Walk down Broadway in New York and ride the lift to

the top of the Empire State Building.

[7] Visit Santa in Lapland [8] Ride a gondola through the canals of Venice and eat


gelato in the Piazza San Marco.

[9] Introduce the kids to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland – it

never fails to capture their imaginations.

Benefits of Travel for Kids

[10] Dance with the Masaai at Ngorongoro Crater and

Since young children's brains are so impressionable and open to learning, the

experience of travelling (especially overseas) can be invaluable. Textbooks and

watch lions under a tree on the great plains of the

Serengeti in Tanzania.

television can only teach so much; nothing beats the real life experience of stepping foot on foreign soil or exploring the Australian continent. Here are just some of the benefits that travel can have for kids: • Awareness and understanding of other cultures • Improved knowledge of geography • Learning about new languages


• Increased self-confidence • Greater open-mindedness




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Fav Pet Shot of the month will WIN a bag of Hill’s Pet Food donated by Hill’s and sponsored by Cairns Veterinary Clinic

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September entries

Myer loved by Charlie

Lucky loved by Harley

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PRIZE winner

Arthritis cannot be cured, but the pain and discomfort can be effectively managed and controlled. Brownie loved by Ella

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Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 18 September for the October 2013 edition of Pakmag.

Does your pet: • Have difficulty rising from a resting position? • Appear stiff after exercise? • Have trouble climbing stairs? • Limp?

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To claim your prize drop into our office on Level 2, 68 Abott Street between 9-5pm Monday to Friday and collect your prize from reception.

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Arthritis may be a human condition but it also affects animals. In dogs it is quite common, affecting more than one in five. In cats the condition is equally as common but often goes unnoticed as they adapt extremely well to disabilities. This painful degenerative disease can occur at any age or weight and at its worst, especially if left untreated, can cause chronic pain, movement difficulties and a decline in quality of life.

• Have difficulty walking, running or jumping?

There are four important areas of therapy for managing arthritis: 1) Good nutrition It has been proven that feeding a good quality food rich in EPA and omega 3 fatty acids, such as Hills Prescription Diet J/D, slows the deterioration and helps your pet retain more cartilage. Joint problems are also aggravated by obesity so it’s important for your pet to maintain a healthy physique. Feeding them a diet such as Hills J/D can also reduce the amount of painkillers your pet needs to take, resulting in lower costs and the reduced risk of problems occurring from the possible long-term side effects of medications.

3) Environment Ensuring that your pet has a well padded, warm bed away from draughts will help reduce the stress on the joints. Reducing the number of stairs or the steepness of the slope your pet must navigate to reach their bed will also help to reduce discomfort. 4) Effective medication Treatment for arthritis will often include medications that protect, nourish and lubricate joints. There are many medications available for the treatment of arthritis, such as daily medication and weekly injections. Nutritional supplements that promote cartilage formation and reduce inflammation in the joints are also often recommended. If you think your pet may be suffering from arthritis, help make them happy and enjoy life again; call us at any of our three convenient locations to make an appointment.

2) Exercise Over-exertion will put an excessive strain on the joints, however not enough exercise leads to greater stiffness and muscle wastage. Gentle regular exercise such as short walks or swimming are best as this keeps the joints moving and the muscle in tone.

• Mark Coster


BY Bree James

Voodooz Review

A lip-smacking taste of New Orleans Your kids will be spellbound when

without Southern Fried Chicken, Gumbo,

few songs (guests are sometimes even welcomed

you bring them into this cute little

Jambalaya and Pork Spare Ribs and even though

to join in too!)

restaurant in the heart of the city.

I’ve never been to New Orleans, I certainly feel

Voodooz Cajun Kitchen is the brainchild of local musician Jason Smith and his wife Jodie. For those parents who used to love the occasional night out dancing, you might remember Jason as 'the amazing drummer from the Swingin Alley Catz’, a band that played at Vertigo Bar & Lounge nearly every Saturday night for the past decade. Not only is Jason a fantastic entertainer, he is also a father of six kids, so as you can imagine he knows how to look after families and we felt very welcome from the moment we set foot in his restaurant. It really is like stepping into his home, albeit with a few extra cool trinkets and statues that will have your kids looking around fascinated while you check out the menu. A New Orleans themed restaurant wouldn't be complete


like I’ve eaten there. The night we were there a couple from New Orleans were sitting nearby and they said the food was spot on. The most memorable dishes aside from the above were the Watermelon Salad, Creole Prawns, and our favourite, if you are an oyster lover - battered oysters with Cajun mayonnaise. The kids are also well taken care of with $12 kids meals that include a Voodoo Doll to take home (our boys loved them). Littlies like ours can share

The desserts are also amazing. Pecan Pie with Bourbon Sauce is to die for, as is the Key Lime Pie. If you happen to be out in town anytime this is also a great place to pop in later for a yummy cocktail, nightcap, coffee, and/or dessert and watch some live music. If you want a restaurant for your family that has a unique, laid back ambience, Voodooz Cajun Kitchen have the right recipe for an unforgettable dining experience.

off your plate since the servings are so large and you don't need to worry about the food being too spicy. It’s a fabulous restaurant for those with tweens, especially those that are budding musicians. Jason's restaurant attracts all the local muso's who have a night off so there is always an array of talent floating around every night to do a

Voodooz Cajun Kitchen is located at 12 Spence Street. It is open from 12pm to 12am 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays. To book a table call 4051 3493.

PakMag Cairns - September 2013  

Cairns' favourite parenting and kids magazine, September 2013 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new inform...