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Kids activities for the
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Complete Guide of September events
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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.
parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 09 Month of Milestones 10
Be a Parent not a Pal
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
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
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 www.cairnscentral.com.au. 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)
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 www.ticketlink.com.au
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.
PRETTY Pictures If you’re wondering what to do with all those family photos you’ve taken over the years, check out the high quality printing solutions offered by local business www.yourphotowork.com. They create custom-made photo albums at very affordable prices so there’s no excuse for keeping them all on your computer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.fatheringadventures.com.au
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Show &Tell The latest news, products and tips in the world of families and kids Get to Know
Spots for a Spring Picnic  The Esplanade  Botanical Gardens  Babinda Boulders  Lake Placid  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.  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
 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
Notting Hill - so many chances to laugh in
knowledge from 20 years of fishing experience.
Published by Macmillan Publishing, RRP $29.99
 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
 What’s your favourite movie?
 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
 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 -
 Tell us something most people
For more information about Lil Scribblers art classes go to www.lilscribblers.com.au
For your chance to win a
copy of this book for Dad, simply go to our website and tell us the biggest fish you have ever caught. www.pakmag.com.au
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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
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.
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Peppa Pig is coming to c-me Swim!
For more info about the Cairns Business Women’s Club go to www.cbwc.org.au
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: www.appcobra.com/x/DGroupConsulting1/SwimSAFER 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 www.whitfieldss.eq.edu.au www.pakmag.com.au
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:
 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.
 Reassure Them For young children, their parents are their whole universe. So when the family unit begins to
about the separation.
 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 isnâ€™t appropriate in front of your children. Keeping
 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 Queenslandâ€™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
 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 email@example.com Visit www.macdonnells.com.au 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 www.pakmag.com.au
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. www.pakmag.com.au
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.  What is your proudest achievement? In
 What made you sign up wth Clive Palmer’s
 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
 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
to stay. Those who do not would be returned. We
 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.
 Where is your favourite place to hang out in Cairns? Billy’s Coffee shop  What makes you laugh out loud? Anything that’s funny, I love to laugh.  What can't you live without? My four beautiful sons.
 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
www.palmerunited.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.  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.  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.  Plan weekly family time and turn off the technology to bond as a family. Focus on positive communication during these times with the children.  Develop a project together between the children and each parent or all together.  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?
 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
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
The latest tips in the world of finance
by Fiona Thorogood
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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According to research by Australian Super Funds Association, a quarter of self-employed Australians have no superannuation. While some self-employed people plan on selling their business to fund retirement this is not a foolproof strategy since the business may be hard to sell or not worth as much as you think, especially without your involvement. So don’t neglect your super - start building a separate pool of retirement savings.
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Eczema is a common skin condition that has tripled in Australia during the past three decades, with up to 30% of children and 10% adults being affected. It can be debilitating and a constant source of irritation, pain and, in some cases, embarrassment.
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A recent study found that ‘ultra-cleanliness’ contributed to the likelihood of a child developing allergies and skin conditions such as eczema. After surveying more than 11,000 children it was found that children of parents with the highest standards of cleanliness are up to three times more likely to develop allergies and skin problems such as eczema. The study found that children with eczema were most likely to be the cleanest and the most washed. Experts believe that higher levels of hygiene are contributing to the rise in allergies and asthma because the immune system ‘fails to wake up’ and that early exposure to germs gives children protection against developing allergic conditions. Australian Dermatologist, Dr. Ann-Maree Kurzydlo says “The bottom line is that hygiene is important to prevent disease and illness, but too much disinfection may actually have a negative effect for some kids. Obviously genetic factors are still the main culprit when it comes down to the root cause of eczema and allergies but over-bathing, including the use of anti-bacterial soaps and regular use of hand sanitisers, may be doing more harm than good.” www.pakmag.com.au
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.
Other names for sugar = sucrose, fructose, dextrose, glucose, lactose, brown sugar, cane sugar, caramel, golden syrup, molasses and honey
What a versatile veg the capsicum is! It can be eaten in a delicious crunchy salad, or cooked up in a yummy Mexican feast. Capsicum comes in a variety of colours,
Other names for fat = oil, lard, shortening, milk solids, ghee, copha, cream, butter, cocoa butter
which also means a variety of vitamins and minerals. Capsicum is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, naturally low in fats and sugars and dependent on the colour
The ingredient list is also where you will find if any additives are contained in the food, which is a good guide for parents of children with allergies or behavioural issues. For a complete list of food additives visit the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand website (FSANZ).
can be a good source of Vitamin A (red and yellow
Remember some of the healthiest food like vegetables and fruit do not need an ingredient list!
Dietitian at Health Management Cairns
varieties). Why not include capsicum as a cut up snack, a topping on homemade pizza or hollow them out and stuff with veggies and rice!
Rebecca McKenna is an Accredited Practising (www.healthmanagement.com.au) You can connect with Health Management and ask Rebecca questions on Facebook.
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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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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
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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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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
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).
• 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 email@example.com
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
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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
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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
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
perfectly fine for boys as well as girls? Now I’ve got
Children learn gender stereotypes from adults,
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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
Finding gender-neutral clothes and toys is not always easy, but what we can do as parents is
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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
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 www.letsread.com.au
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!
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Activities for the School Holidays
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 1pm to 3pm Cost is only $7 per child per session. All ages catered for. ComE & Play Indoor CrICkET, nETBall, SoCCEr, BEaCh VollEyBall & dodgEBall.
programmes & Classes
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 Youth Circus Arts School
 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For
you want to keep up to date like their Facebook
more info go to www.lilscribblers.com.au
 Cairns Indoor Sports
 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
 Go Bowling
Cost: $15 for non-members. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential. To book go to www.trybooking.com or email email@example.com www.pakmag.com.au
• 25 Sept (10.30am)
 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.cairnslibrary.com.au
 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 email@example.com • 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) www.pakmag.com.au
activities for the School Holidays programmes & classes (cont’d)
Daytrips Great Days Out  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.
 Craft n Sewing Studio
 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 www.gymsportsfnq.com.au. Bookings
• 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.
 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
Call Glenette on 4053 4421 to book or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.theyoungcompany.com.au
 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 www.aussiefarmentertainment.com.au  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
 Aussie Farm Entertainment
NIDA on Tour will be presenting short drama
 The Young Company Learn the essentials of stage performance
 Paradise Palms
Book online at www.nida.edu.au
 Cairns Zoom Awesome for kid’s aged 8+ and guaranteed to be a memorable experience.
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)
 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 www.cableskicairns.com.au
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 SOON...to 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!
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? www.pakmag.com.au
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
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 www.fitzroyisland.com 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
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 www.saveourturtles.com.au.
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
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 www.fitzroyisland.com
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most of the time they spend together. These are my picks for the top holiday experiences with kids:
 Climb the steps of Angkor Wat and view history
engraving on the walls.
 Sit with indigenous Australians and learn the art of dot
painting. View the sunrise over Uluru and ride quad bikes
in the desert.
 Learn to ski and make snowmen at Thredbo Village.  Play volleyball with Fijians on white sandy beaches.  Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest, Hawaii.  Walk down Broadway in New York and ride the lift to
the top of the Empire State Building.
 Visit Santa in Lapland  Ride a gondola through the canals of Venice and eat
gelato in the Piazza San Marco.
 Introduce the kids to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland – it
never fails to capture their imaginations.
Benefits of Travel for Kids
 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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Attend a juniors training session and you're likely to see skaters like 13 year old Zume Minx flying by in a blur until she takes a fall but she's well protected, in knee and elbow pads, wrist and mouth guards and a camo helmet strapped to her head for good measure. "We teach them
ground with them which is not always easy when they’re at this age. And for me personally, my fitness has improved immensely and I’ve lost 15kg in seven months.”
minimum skills requirement is learning how to fall on their pads, so that they don't get seriously injured. It's fantastic exercise, these kids are really fit and they skate rings around me". Boys are
that derby isn’t just for grown ups. Children aged
welcome too, they play until age 14 then they
7-17 known as ‘derby brats’ play by a modified set
train to be skating referees, which can be just as
of rules which gives them the same amount of
demanding as playing derby itself.
derby. For those who don't know how to skate,
my girls and it’s great to have some common
to fall safely", explains Cinister. "Part of their
Cinister Rose, coach of Cairns Junior Rollers says
fun and fitness, with a little less force than seniors
family”, he says. “I get all this quality time with
Cairns Derby Dolls will host their first home bout on 28 September at Cairns Recreation Centre. Cairns Derby Dolls train Tuesdays and Thursdays (6-8pm) and Cairns Junior Rollers Thursdays (4-6pm) and Sundays (12-2pm) at Cairns Recreation
For some, Roller Derby is a family affair. When
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sundAy 22 sePTember 3-5Pm goomboorA PArk, brinsmeAd • Free SauSage Sizzle • BYO drinkS and a plate OF niBBleS tO Share iF YOu want tO (we will have water) • CriCket and SOCCer in the park • Bring SwimmerS, SunSCCreen etC • all dadS & their kidS welCOme
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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.
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BY Bree James
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.
Published on Aug 30, 2013
Cairns' favourite parenting and kids magazine, September 2013 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new inform...