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Issue 35 May 2010

Kid’s mini mag inside! ! t NLYou S Ome KuIDLL


Mother’s Day Special

Family Festivals Guide Loads of Prizes for mum!!! • Did you know ? • Loads of Comp s • Heaps of Prize s • PAK review

What’s On May

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What’s new


Kid’s Mini Mag


If I’d known then...


Colour it in & win

editor’s note


Stories our mum read to us


Pak activities


Thrive in school


Bopstars bulletin


Filter your child’s internet use

Hello and welcome to the 35th edition of PakMag, our Mother?s Day Special.

13 Catholic Education

I can?t believe I am mum to a 3 year old magazine next month as well as a beautiful 14 month old little boy. How time has flown! Last year as a new mum I got lots of loving looks from my baby but this year I’m sure I’ll get lots of sloppy kisses and cuddles. Fingers crossed I’ll get to enjoy at least half of my breakfast all to myself instead of sharing it with Jordan. Motherhood is by far the most challenging thing I have ever done, and it?s the most guilt ridden job in the whole world (although I am slowly getting used to putting him in daycare one day a week). It’s funny how you don?t fully appreciate your parents until you become one yourself. I have to say a big thanks to all the mums in my life, without you I would be lost.

So all you mums out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day and take some time to reflect on how awesome you really are and what you have helped create. We might even see some of you if you pop down for a well earned bubbly at the next PakClub. Enjoy this edition of PakMag. Next month we have lots of exciting things planned for our 3rd birthday so stay tuned! Until next time, happy reading and don?t forget to tell everyone, you read it in PakMag.

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PakHealth - Boosting immunity

baby & toddler

16 PakHealth - Lower carbon footprint 17 PakHealth - Keep your kids healthy 19 Kids in the kitchen 19 Parents in the pantry 20

Out & about photos


What’s On October


Out & about photos




In the Wild

40 Festival Guide


Soft as a baby’s bum


News for green mums


First time mum day gifts

Things to Win 19

Win a double movie pass


Dining Out


Colour it in & win


Great Big Stockland Giveaway


Battle of the brains

44 Prize Winners/Fav Pet Shots


Word scramble

45 Kids Activities - Stepping Out


Norwex cleaning products

46 Business Directory


Hug-a-Bub wrap

47 Kids Activities - Little Mozarts


Win mum a cleaner

48 The mystery of autism


Win a ergoCocoon


SeaFM Daddy Diary


Win a designer hospital gown


Movie of the month


Stockland Giveaway

52 Stockland time for a break


Win a Stockland shopping trolley

Editor: Bree James Sub Editor: Elaine Seager Website, What’s On & MiniMag Manager: Trent Stievano Sales & Administration: Angelina Mortley Graphic Design & Layout: Trina Jensen from Intrinsic Creative Articles: Elaine Seager, Amanda Cranston, Maria Ngyuen & submitted writers Phone: 4034 3331 Fax: 4034 3342 Email: Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott St, Virginia House, Cairns Q 4870 Postal: PO Box 7433, Cairns Q 4870 Sales & Advertising enquiries: Stories, events, distribution: Accounts to: Photos to: Disclaimer: No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may br reproduced, in part or in whole without the expressed permission of the editor. Whilst the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information in the magazine is correct at the time of going to press, readers are advsied to check details before visiting. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The expressions expressed within PaK Magazine are not neccessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.


what’s new! Biggest Morning Tea

Cairns’ Biggest Morning Tea is happening 27th May 8-11.30am at the Esplanade Plaza (next to the Lagoon). Join them to help raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland and enjoy the live entertainment, fundraising activities food and, of course, tea! Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Emma on 0438 174 947 for more info.

Montessori Open Day

On 8th May the new Montessori school will be having it’s first birthday. To celebrate they will be having an open day with entertainment and refreshments (10am-2pm). Go along and find out how Bill & Hillary Clinton got so smart!

Model Search

In conjunction with Impressionable Kids, Bec Thomas Photography is running a model search. They are looking for a local Mum & bub to be the new faces of the business in their advertising campaigns. Impressionable Kids has franchises all around Australia but they want to keep it local in this area. Go to

Mum Day Gallery

A new picture framers, Gallery ArtCairns on Severin St, is celebrating Mother’s Day with a floral themed exhibition to help raise funds for the Cancer Council. Open from 10am-5pm on Sunday 9th May. Free cappuccinos all day and a few bottles of wine late afternoon!

Awesome Smithfield

Awesome Cheerleading are starting their popular cheerleading classes for 6-18 year olds at Smithfield YMCA on Saturday mornings (10.30am-12.00). Call Tamara on 0402 225630 for more information.

Careers and Education Expo

Now in it’s 8th year, the Cairns Careers & Education Expo is coming up on Friday 21st May at the Fred Moule Exhibition Centre at the Showgrounds. It will specifically target High School students (years 10-12).

MAY 2010


thanks to Birch carroll & Coyle Cinemas Mickey’s Choo Choo (G) In cinemas May 6

I Love You Too (M) In cinemas May 6

Letters to Juliet (TBA) In cinemas May 13

Robin Hood (TBA) In cinemas May 13

Creche Gym

Genesis Fitness Stockland are now catering for Mums with a new crèche for kids aged 6 weeks to 10 years of age. There are two morning sessions from 9.15-10.30am and 10.30-11.45 Monday to Friday, advanced booking and payment is required.

The Other Man (TBA) In cinemas May 13


We are pulling together the ultimate family directory of all the services and businesses in Cairns that cater to families. The directory will be sold for a minimal fee with all proceeds going to the Cairns Base Hospital Children’s Ward as part of the Sea FM Give me 5 Campaign. You can help us by going to our website ( and telling us the details of useful services and business that we should include, its free to be listed & we’ll give a prize to the family that enters the most!

Harry Brown (TBA) In cinemas May 20

what’s new in entertainment! Hypnotist Show Youth Unplugged

Celebrity hypnotist Mark Anthony is appearing at Cazaly’s later this month with a family show scheduled for the afternoon of 29th May at 2pm. Entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-15 yrs. Call Cazaly’s to book on 4054 1464. We have 4 family passes to giveaway. TO WIN: Local musician Ray Elias is hosting the Youth Unplugged programme at the Tanks Markets every last Sunday of the month. It allows young performers to hone their musical talents on stage. If you know anyone who’d like to take part call Ray on 0423 048475 or contact the Tanks.

The Losers (TBA) In cinemas May 20

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Wogboy 2 (TBA) In cinemas May 20

Call Paul or Jan on 4033 0121 Prince of Persia (M) In cinemas May 27

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Dear Val

If I’d know then...

I know you’re a busy single mum and you need to work to keep a roof over your head but remember this: your most important boss is your son. Feeling bad about leaving work early occasionally to attend his special events is nothing compared to the guilt you will feel when you are the only mum who forgets to turn up at the Christmas concert. Seeing his face in tears will make you realise what’s really important.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we hope for most of you it means 24 hours of being able

So, make sure you always find the time to be there for him. It’s not hard to ask your boss to leave early. He won’t even remember afterwards but James certainly will.

to put your feet up and not think too much about the kids. Of course, that seems an impossible idea when you’re in the thick of motherhood with young kids but one day they’ll have flown the nest and

(P.S Don’t worry about your career, you’ll make a great Mayor one day!)

you’ll have so much time you won’t know what to do with yourself! So, we thought it would be fun to ask some mums who’ve been there and done that, what they would say to themselves if they were still in our position but with the benefit of hindsight. This is the question we gave them:

Val Schier

Love Me

Dear Pip

“If you could write a letter to yourself as you were as a new mum, what would you say?”

Congratulations on your third baby in almost as many years! It’s quite ok to skip the occasional bathtime when you are too tired and yes…. it is tempting to rush around tidying and cleaning when the babies are finally asleep but it’s probably even better if you actually have a rest too. Spending time playing and enjoying your baby/toddler is a precious time so make sure you enjoy it. And, don’t worry, you won’t be the first Mum to fall asleep whilst reading them a bedtime story. Just one last thing, when your boys reach about 13 years old they WILL develop the “grunt stage” but you’ll be happy to know that they will come out the other end as quite reasonable human beings! Anyway, I’ll let you get on, I know you’re busy. Oh my…I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Pip Woodward

To the terrified me Darling! I know you think you don’t know anything, but you know more than you think. Trust yourself. Some tips for the road...

Dear Marina

(1) Your babies are precious but not made of glass; hug them lots because they won’t let you touch them in front of their friends at school.

You may be very happy with your first child but gaining over 20 kilos and hardly being recognized by your own Mother In-Law is not great. Try taking up a bit of yoga for exercise – it will also help with your flexibility and come in very handy when you need to use your toes as extra hands for picking up scattered items around the home.

(2) Treat them as the ‘big’ beings they are. They may only have ‘little’ bodies, but are wiser than you think. (3) Manipulation is inborn, it’s part of the gig. They learn it in the womb – from you! (4) Let other Mum’s have their stories & their glories. We all think our babies are best. (5) The 1...2...3... rule works. Be consistent, don’t give in.

Also leaving a baby with an upset tummy without a nappy in their high chair is not a great idea. You’ll find out just how far projectile waste can travel from a small person!

(6) Your baby boy will pee in your face if you bend too close when changing his nappy. Your choice! (7) V.IMPORTANT - Love them as you were loved yourself only much more so.

Gabbi Plumm 4

Love Pip

From the no longer terrified me

Apart from that, always take care choosing your words because they will always get repeated in crowded shopping centres.

Marina Perkins

Love you


Stories our mum read to us Ask people about their fondest childhood memories and many will enthuse about their nightly bedtime story and the wonderful adventures they went on each night as they listened animatedly to Enid Blyton or classic fairytales. as the most popular leisure activity for kids, reading is still high on the agenda. And although girls tend to read more than boys, books like Harry Potter have certainly attracted more boys back to reading. After asking around it seems the Little Golden Books and all the Enid Blyton stories were people’s favourite books as children. Other popular choices were Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and Matilda, The Famous Five books, Treasure Island, The Hobbit, Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear, Rupert Bear, all the Dr Seuss books and the Mr Men collection. Books like The Hungry Caterpillar, Where’s Spot, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Little Engine that Could were also adored, as well as lesser-known favourites like Streganona and Big Anthony, Tikki Tikki Tembo and Dragons, Giants and Witches. This Mother’s Day as we reflect on the books our mums introduced us to, most of us want to share these same stories we loved as children with our own little ones and pass on the joy we experienced. While many of our childhood favourites are still incredibly popular today, there is also a new breed of books that are proving popular with mums and little ones alike. Authors like Mem Fox, Pamela Allen and Graeme Base top the list for treasured children’s books, and titles such as Hairy Maclary, The Gruffalo, Where is the Green Sheep and Wombat Stew can be found in the book collections of most children today. By Amanda Cranston Ask people about their fondest childhood memories and many will enthuse about their nightly bedtime story and the wonderful adventures they went on each night as they listened animatedly to Enid Blyton or classic fairytales. The joy of books and the closeness reading stories can bring between a parent and a child is priceless, and it helps children explore their imagination and creativity. Whether your mum was the primary storyteller or whether it was your dad who relished in the bedtime story ritual, most of us look back on these moments as some of our greatest. It started us on the wonderful journey of reading, and the books our parents read to us normally hold a special place in our heart. For most of us our mums introduced us to a world of princesses and castles, dragons and fairies, mermaids and fairy godmothers. We learned of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Bean Stalk and The Three Little Pigs. We travelled to Neverland with Peter Pan and we wanted to be friends with Thumbelina and Rapunzel, and each night we drifted off to sleep with a world of adventures to be had. It is no wonder then that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 75 percent of kids (or 3 out of four children) read for pleasure. While statistics show that television still tops the polls


This seems to also be reflected in book sales as local retail outlet Collins Booksellers say their most popular children’s books tend to be by Australian authors, with their biggest sellers in the picture book range being The Gruffalo, Possum Magic and Where is the Green Sheep. The bookshop says there has been a shift over the last few years in Australia with customers moving away from many of the traditional English classics like Peter Rabbit, Paddington and Rupert Bear, to more books by Australian authors. Local Cairns authors are also finding a niche with Trudie Trewin’s I’ve lost my Kisses and Anna Boucaut’s The Faraway Seed also proving popular. Children’s librarian Tanya Curtis from Cairns Libraries confirmed Mem Fox and Pamela Allen are popular choices with readers but said the most regularly borrowed children’s books are the Where’s Spot? series and Eric Carle’s books including The Hungry Caterpillar and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird. She adds that other regularly borrowed children’s books include Barack Obama’s favourite story called Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, My Cat likes to hide in Boxes, There’s a Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake, Each Peach Pear Plum and Diary of a Wombat. Re-reading the books our parents read to us when we were children still evokes all those wonderful memories of being snuggled up in bed in our pyjamas while our parents led us on a magical journey, and passing on this wonderful tradition to our children is one well worth continuing.


Does your child have enough support to thrive in school?

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As parents we all want our children to thrive at school but the reality is that occasionally some children don’t perform as well as expected and start falling behind. Each individual child has a different personality and a different way of learning. Some children don’t prosper by sitting in a classroom all day long, others may simply learn at a different pace. None of this has anything to do with intelligence. It is normal and to be expected. However, purely because of the need to teach large groups, school teachers, no matter how passionate they are about their role, cannot always cater to these individual needs. A child’s level of achievement is generally linked to their subconscious evaluation of themselves. Many young people talk themselves into failure by thinking things such as ‘I’m no good at maths’ or ‘I’ll never be able to read properly’ or ‘I’m not brainy enough for university.’ Unfortunately, once they start this negative self-talk they start to believe it and it then becomes a reality, causing them to continue falling behind expectations.

All children, no matter what problems they’ve had in the past, can be taught to learn and thrive in school. The starting point is to build their self esteem and belief in themselves. Once their selfimage improves, then performance also improves dramatically. Whether it is on the sports field or in the classroom a happy, self-confident and motivated child will be a winner. If you’re concerned that your child is having problems at school, there are other options outside the school environment to give children more individual coaching to help them cope better. Bill Spooner’s Coaching Academy, for example, coaches students in small groups outside of school hours to help children get back on track. Each child’s ability and learning needs are initially determined through a diagnostic assessment so that an appropriate learning programme can be adapted to their needs. As well as giving expert

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coaching in most Prep-Year 12 subjects, children are also taught how to study. This includes teaching them skills such as goal-setting, time management, positive thinking and dealing with anxiety at exam time.

Classes starting from only $10

The premise at Bill Spooner’s Coaching Academy is that every child is born a genius. Bill Spooner himself has 35 years experience as a teacher and Education Adviser to Cairns and Far Northern schools. He firmly believes that every child loves to learn, loves success and is adaptable. Building self confidence and motivation to learn in a quality, supportive environment is an integral part of his coaching process which enables children to thrive. If you have concerns about your child’s performance at school, call Bill Spooner’s Coaching Academy for more information on 4041 3232. They are also able to help children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

For more information contact Tamara 0402 225 630 or email or visit


embracing potential

Cairns Montessori is turning 1! Join us in celebrating our 1st birthday on

Saturday 8th May 2010 from 10am until 2pm A wonderful opportunity to have a tour of the facility, meet the team and learn about Montessori Light refreshments, entertainment and much more… For further information contact Amanda on 4036 1055 or via email at RSVP 30/04/10

& 4036 1055 • 8


Should parents filter their child’s use of the internet?

Are Australian families doing enough to

we recognise that protecting the free

parents realistically manage the internet

monitor the internet use of their children?

exchange of ideas and information

use of their children, or do they require

Well, no, according to Microsoft

cannot be without some limits, we

government intervention?

Australia. After having surveyed 1000

believe that more information generally

Australians in an online poll, the

means more choice, more freedom and

Now, while you are waiting for the RC

company has released research which

ultimately more power for the individual”.

and just in case you do want to be

found that “more than 60% of parents

Flynn agreed that ‘child pornography’

involved as a parent, here are a few tips:

allow their children to surf the net

was “obvious” material to block, but said

unsupervised and unrestricted at home”.

that moving to a mandatory ISP filtering, with a scope that went “well beyond

One in 5 parents had discovered their

such material” was “heavy handed” and

children viewing material which was

could raise genuine questions about

deemed ‘unsavoury’, one in 3 found that

restrictions on access to information”.

their children had communicated with strangers, 36% found that their children

Opponents of internet filtering have

had downloaded software without

argued that a child’s welfare is as much

permission, and 12% discovered that

the parents’ responsibility in the online

their children had given out personal

world as in the offline, or real, world. One

details. Surprisingly, only 58% of parents

ISP veteran suggests that a practical

had their home PC in a visible or ‘public’

way of filtering is to put the family’s PC

area of the home, so that a child’s use

in the living room! And more, running

could be easily monitored.

through the computer’s history will be all the precautions needed.

Chief security adviser at Microsoft


internet and computers than you do. Use this as an opportunity to have your child teach you a thing or two about the Internet. Ask where they like to go, and what they think you might enjoy. • Get your child to discuss with you what’s good and not so good about their Internet experience. As a good parent, you should still provide guidance. • Do not over-react if you find out that your child has been exposed to inappropriate material or strayed from a rule. Work with the child, so you can both learn from what happened, and

Australia, Stuart Strathdee warned

There are many parents who don’t give

“Don’t be in the dark about your

a damn, and won’t bother, but is that

children’s online lives. The Internet opens

a reason for government intervention

a new world of information, socialising

for everyone? The government has

and entertainment for children – but

already been challenged on its Refused

it also presents new risks – such as

Classification (RC) – a broad category

online predators, personal information

of content that includes not just child

disclosure, exposure to inappropriate

sexual abuse material but also socially

content in web sites, messages, file

and politically controversial material –

• Explain to your child that people can

downloads and within games and audio/

for example, educational content on

lie about their identity, and that online

video multimedia.” Microsoft has used

safer drug use – as well as the grey

‘buddies’ should not be regarded like

the results of its research to promote the

realms material instructing in any crime,

friends that we know and trust in the real

family friendly filtering options available

including politically controversial crimes


within its Windows 7 operating system,

such as euthanasia. Senator Conroy

but as yet the take-up for this system

and the powerful Christian lobby have

• Above all, get involved in your child’s

has not been high, except where people

both argued that the risks to children

online experiences and make surfing the

are buying new computers. Most users

presented by internet threats cannot be

Internet a family activity.

are still with Windows XP or earlier

left to the family unit to resolve or lessen.

operating systems.

Instead, they argue that a technical solution (a mandatory filter for RC-rated

Mike Friganiotis assesses cyber safety for children and current moves to filter content

• Your kids may know more about the

In the meantime, Google Australia, one

content) needs to be implemented at a

of the largest search engine providers,

higher level i.e. before any of the content

has raised concerns about the Federal

can even reach the home computer.

Government’s plans to introduce a mandatory filtering regime for Internet

Remember the RC won’t discriminate

Service Providers (ISP’s). Larla Flynn, a

– it will affect both child and adult users

member of the policy team says, “Our

of the Internet, and some ISP’s are

primary concern is that the scope of

warning of much slower access speeds

content to be filtered is too wide. While

as well. So, what do you think? Can

figure out how to stop it from happening again. • Tell your child never to reveal personal information about themselves online without your permission, and explain the risks if they do it.

Today it’s the Internet; tomorrow it may be deciding whether to get into the car of someone a teen meets at a party; later it will be deciding if an offer really is ‘too good to be true’. Learning how to make good choices is a skill that will last a lifetime. Mike Friganiotis is the Community Education officer at the Family Relationship Centre


pak education Self esteem & resilience the key to preventing bullying ‘Do you have bullying in your school?’ ‘What’s your bullying policy?’ These are the questions that schools are asked most frequently at the time of enrolment and they spring from very real parental concerns, especially for young people aged between about ten and fourteen, when schoolyard bullying or cyber-bullying can be at their height. Recent media coverage of some particularly tragic results of alleged bullying in some schools in other places has heightened our awareness of the seriousness of it all. While any school needs to have effective means for responding to bullying, a policy formed primarily around response is a poor policy because it is essentially reactive. The damage has been done; the emphasis is on the consequences and the healing that needs to follow.

exist to respond if bullying does occur, schools such as St Augustine’s College, place their emphasis on the pro-active side of the ledger rather than the reactive. One example of this is the ‘bullying survey’ conducted at Saints with its Lower Secondary boys each year. Once again this year, it showed up a small number of boys who reported some bullying, in contrast to the statistics that are quoted by the media as being the norm in Australian schools. Still, ‘small’ is more than ‘zero’, and each one of these will be explored.

It’s also important to note what is and what isn’t bullying. For example, if one student doesn’t want to be a friend to another or doesn’t include him in a peer group, that is not bullying. A one-off incident as a result of anger or frustration is also not bullying. Some good understandings of bullying, A better approach, of course, is to put the and some other useful resources, can focus on education, and on the fostering be found on these websites: www.ncab. of personal self-esteem so that bullying and doesn’t occur in the first place, or is at least healthwellbeing/safety/bullying/what.htm. rare. In the Catholic school system it is a Much of what happens between people, matter taken seriously. While procedures it results in hurt or harm, is not 1/4 Page Pakmag Ad 2/12/09 7:51 AM even Pagewhen 1

bullying. It’s the stuff of normal life that we need to learn to deal with, without it breaking or crushing us. So, to the other side of the bullying coin: self-esteem and resilience. If people have a good sense of their own worth and feel loved, then the challenges and tempests that life throws up will be less likely to harm them. But not only are they less likely to be victims of the power-play of others, they will also be unlikely to be perpetrators of harassment or bullying. They won’t have the need to play out their own inadequacies in these inappropriate ways. Schools are, of course, dealing with young people who are on the way to a mature sense of themselves. They aren’t there yet. During their teenage years, the uncertainty of who they are and what they are becoming can come into an exaggerated focus for them. It means something such as bullying can be of more significance than it might be in an adult workplace. All the same, both the best prevention and the best cure are the same. Love never harms.

If you’re looking for:

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Learn about your Sustainable Food Choices A fun series of workshops to reduce your carbon footprint Low Carbon Diet ‘Sustainable Food Choices’ Workshop No. 1 Sunday May 2nd from 9am to 11am Gardening at Machans Beach State School’s Permaculture garden What is Permaculture? Come and find out in this fun hands on activity. Help make a herb spiral and banana circle. You will be easily able to use your new knowledge on your home garden. Great fun for all the family!

Low Carbon Diet ‘Sustainable Food Choices’ Workshop No. 2 Saturday May 15th from 1pm to 5pm Low Mileage, Low Carbon food Starting at Farmgate market at The Pier. Join us for a minibus taste tour at local growers gardens and let the fresh tropical foods inspire you. Eating locally produced food is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Come and find out how tasty it is too! A great opportunity to meet some local growers and find out how their farm operates.

Low Carbon Diet ‘Sustainable Food Choices’ Workshop No. 3 Saturday May 22ndfrom 1.30pm to 3.30pm Ethical supermarket tour and intro to food co-ops Join us on an informative wander through the aisles learning about topics such as organics, packaging, and Fairtrade. Find out what these mean and how you can make your dollar count! You will take away plenty of information to help you navigate through the issues connected to your everyday purchases. Yummy taste-testing included at Community Foods Co-op.





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Low Carbon Diet ‘Sustainable Food Choices’ Workshop No. 4 Saturday May 29th from 3pm to 6pm Local, organic, vegetarian cooking workshop at Fusion Organics Cafe Come and experience how to make some delicious low carbon footprint meals. Learn how easy and tasty it can be to eat lower on the food chain. You will come away with a new zest to bring to your kitchen and household. Cook a delicious meal and invite someone at the end of the workshop to join you in eating it!

pak health

Boosting immunity Naturopath Kylie Cloney gives us some immunity boosting tips for guarding your family against winter season sniffles Winter in the tropics is fast approaching bringing with it breeding bacteria, runny noses, hacking coughs and potential sleepless nights. These can be avoided by adopting some natural preventative treatments to boost the effectiveness of your child’s immune system. The immune system works on a delicate balance, with numerous little soldiers to feed and train in order to defend the body at any given opportunity. If you feed the soldiers well they are strong and ready to take action in a moment’s notice. The reward for doing this is a child who is physically resilient and able to fend off colds and flu’s fast without wiping out the body. A good start is to reduce foods in your child’s diet which may weaken the immune system; this includes junk foods, white bread and flour products, sugars in all forms and soft drinks. These should be replaced with combination of fresh and organic (where possible) fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and fatty fish such as fresh salmon. The inclusion of garlic, onion and parsley in meal preparations is also useful; these have been used as culinary medicines

for centuries. Studies show parsley has powerful blood cleansing properties and garlic has antibacterial and antimicrobial actions to stop any invaders in their tracks. Add these items to soups, pasta sauces and stews. Immune Boosting Supplements • Vitamin C – still one of the most effective immune boosters available, it supports the body to increase the quantity and effectiveness of white blood cells which are responsible for tackling infection in the body. Use a chelated form powdered at a dose of between 250-500mg daily for children 6yrs and over during flu season. • Zinc – an important immune stimulant. For children, it’s best obtained in its natural form through foods such as egg yolk, beef, oysters and turkey. • Vitamin D – often overlooked but recent studies show strong correlations between vitamin D levels and incidence of colds and flu’s. Sunshine is the safest way for children to access vitamin D. • Essential fatty acids – good fats are vital for fast immune response and provide an anti-inflammatory action on immune mediated cells. Simple Immunity Boosting Tips • Avoid mucous forming foods – certain

foods have a mucous forming effect in the body, and it is advisable to temporarily remove these from the diet at the onset of a cold or flu until it has run its course. Foods such as milk and all dairy products, bananas & wheat are all mucous forming foods • Create your own herbal dispensary – it’s handy to have a few natural remedies in the medicine cabinet so you can be quick off the mark at the first sign of a cold or flu and reduce the duration and severity. Astragalus, propolis, olive and elder are wonderful herbs to include in your dispensary. See a naturopath to create a kit that works for your family. • Improve sleep duration & quality – our body repairs and regenerates when resting. When a child is un-rested the immune system defences are hindered. Strive for 8-10 hours of quality sleep each evening. • Change toothbrushes – if a child is becoming sick or has recently been sick replace their toothbrush or sterilise the old one to avoid re-infection and spread of germs to the rest of the family toothbrushes. Kylie Cloney is a Naturopath, Herbalist and Nutritional Therapist at Cairns Naturopathic (123 Collins Ave, Edge Hill). For more info call 0421 982 952 or email kylie@

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Help your kids stay healthy Eat your way to a lower carbon footprint - teach them to cook!

According to current predictions, by the year 2020, 80% of all Aussie adults and a third of all children will be overweight. Teaching your kids to cook from an early age is one way to keep them healthy.

The Queensland Government is serious about its ClimateSmart policies. Not only do we have one of the highest rates of greenhouse gas emissions per household in this state, climate change is also likely to impact us in terms of warmer temperatures, higher seas levels and more intense cyclones. The Government have therefore introduced the ‘Low Carbon Diet’ initiative as a way to encourage householders to reduce their carbon emissions. You can sign up to the scheme as an individual or community group, measure your carbon footprint and then take the Low Carbon Diet programme to reduce your household emissions by 2

tonnes in 30 days (go to www.comfoods. to register and find out more). Community Foods Coop are involved with the initiative and are organising workshops in Cairns to help educate people about making sustainable food choices. This is because, apart from using less energy in the home, another major way of reducing carbon emissions is to buy fresh fruit and vegies in season (greenhouse gases are emitted during processing, packaging and transportation). Four FREE workshops are being held in May: 2 May from 9am-11am: Learn about Permaculture principles at Machans Beach State School

15 May from 1pm-5pm: Find out about Low Mileage, Low Carbon Food starting at the Farmgate Market at the Pier 22 May from 12pm-2pm: Go on an ethical supermarket tour 29 May from 3pm-6pm: Indulge in local, organic, vegetarian cooking at Fusion Organics Cafe Community Foods Co-op is a not-forprofit organisation situated at 74 Shields Street, Cairns. To find out more check out their website at

Macular Degeneration Macular Degeneration is the name given to a group of retinal eye diseases that cause a progressive loss of your central eye vision. It never leads to total or black blindness, peripheral vision remains intact. Symptoms can include distortion, difficulty reading, distinguishing faces or dark patches or empty spaces appearing in the


centre of your vision. This condition affects approximately 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50 (although inherited forms can also affect younger people). There are various causes although the biggest risk factor is family history. Those with a family history of MD have a 50% chance of developing it themselves.

Other risk factors include age, smoking, diet and lifestyle. You can reduce your risk by protecting your eyes from sunlight exposure from a young age, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, controlling your weight and having regular eye check ups (early detection is important).

By Joanna Whitton It is so important to teach kids to cook, and to make good food choices. More and more children in Australia are suffering from obesity and diabetes, because our culture has moved away from wholesome, fresh foods to refined, sugary, additive-filled junk. One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to teach them to cook. Here are some fun ways to get started: [1] Let them cook with you - Kids can start helping in the kitchen from an early age, and although it can get messy, it’s worth the effort! Little ones can scrub potatoes; wash, spin-dry and shred lettuce; chop mushrooms with a butter knife; whisk eggs with a fork; mash avocado or banana; wash plastic dishes... and to them it’s fun, not work! [2] Let them experiment! Our kids love inventing new and interesting snacks - fruit salads, crackers with interesting toppings,

juices, bikkies, cakes... I don’t mind them experimenting, because that’s how they learn what works and what doesn’t. (As long as they eat it, of course!) [3] Make pizzas together - Make the dough, roll it out and put it on trays, then let the kids put on the toppings. They can each do a small one of their own and make it just how they like it. Our kids like to make faces with the toppings just for fun. [4] Fun bread rolls - Make the dough and let the kids have a piece each to make into faces, turtles, snakes, cats... whatever they like. Brush with water and decorate with seeds or raisins before baking. [5] Kids love to make pasta! Make the dough and let kids take turns putting it through the pasta machine. Kids love this - it’s so much fun. (As long as you don’t mind a bit of mess!) Many kids have never made pasta before, and are fascinated that they can make their own yummy spaghetti.

[6] Eggs for all ages - Older kids can learn to cook eggs - scrambled, fried, boiled, etc. All ages will enjoy making egg sandwich fillings by mixing their choice of ingredients with mashed, boiled eggs - chopped celery, onion, pickles, tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley... whatever takes their fancy... they love to make their own lunch this way. [7] Yummy fruit salad - Give them some washed fruit, some nuts/seeds, a chopping board and small knife, and see what they come up with! These are just a few ideas for family cooking fun - I’m sure you can think of plenty more! The idea is not to be scared off by the mess - just think of the wonderful memories you’ll be making together, and the good eating habits you’ll be teaching them for the future. For more ideas and recipes, see my blog:


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Ingredients • 1 Tub Thickened Cream • 3 Tablespoons of Strawberry Jam • 1 Vanilla Cake made as per the directions • 1 Tub of Lime Jelly made as per directions • 1 Tub of Vanilla Custard

Method [1] Cut up the cake into slices and put jam on one side. Place in the bottom of a glass cup or bowl. [2] Then in alternate layers put in the cream, custard and jelly until there is about 3 layers of each. [3] Put the last of the cream in a piping bag or something like that and decorate the top of the desert. If you want to you can add a layer of fruit in there as well like peaches, scrunch up a Flake bar and sprinkle that on the cream layers or if it for adults only you can add a bit of alcohol as well to spice it up.


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5 minute choc mug cake THE MOST DANGEROUS CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE IN THE WORLD!!! This is a life saver when the kids have gone to bed and you just have to have something sweet but of course have nothing and limited time.

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Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired (can serve 2 if you want to share). VERY YUMMY WITH VANILLA ICECREAM! And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!


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Esplanade Markets Brooks Brothers Trio Doyle Reunion Cairns Blues Festival 7th Annual Parrothead Show Low Carbon Diet 'Sustainable Food Choices' Workshop 1 Beans Bags and Lawn Games Cairns Blues Festival Celine DeeAz Bingo!!! Storytime Gordonvale Library Tiny Tacker Tuesday - Bookings Essential Make a Mothers Day Card Baby Rhyme Time Earlville Library Family Night with Terry Doyle Storytime Manunda Library Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Mossman Library Not-for-profit Financial Management Workshop Nikki the Clown - Free Face Painting & Balloon Shaping Storytime Edmonton Library Shells Unsigned & Unplugged Nikki the Clown - Free Face Painting & Balloon Shaping National Walk safetly to School Day Parlay - trio DRUM UP BIG Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Live Show: "Diesel - Under the Influence Tour" Live Music: Azonic Nikki the Clown - Free Face Painting & Craft Mummy Market Day Esplanade Markets FUN FREE FITNESS Showcase Heaven & Soull Duo Nikki the Clown - Free Face Painting & Balloon Shaping Mothers Day Lavendar High Tea MOTHERS DAY: PakCLub Mothers Day Art Show Sapodilla Beans Bags and Lawn Games Bingo!!! Storytime Stratford Library Tiny Tacker Tuesday - Bookings Essential Cooking up a Storm! Family Night with Terry Doyle


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Storytime City Library Live Music: Soul Diva "LISA HUNT" Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Mossman Library Baby Rhyme Time Smithfield Library Rand Blade Live Show: "The Angels Tour" Unsigned & Unplugged Live Music: Soul Diva "LISA HUNT" Loud Shirt Day Marcus MARKS AUSSIE ANIMAL SHOW Nikki the Clown - Free Face Painting & Craft Low Carbon Diet 'Sustainable Food Choices' Workshop 2 Cairns ASD Support Group Esplanade Markets Midnight Express - Duo Matt Kirsch Duo Live Music: Celine DeeAz & Nikki Doll Live Music: Soul Diva "LISA HUNT" Shari & the Mice RSPCA Million Paws Walk Beans Bags and Lawn Games Live Show: "The Robertson Brothers" Bingo!!! Storytime Smithfield Library Tiny Tacker Tuesday - Bookings Essential Storytime Family Night with Terry Doyle Storytime Babinda Library Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Mossman Library Hollywood Gala Opening Event Baby Rhyme Time Stratford Library James Braithwaite - solo Unsigned & Unplugged Cairns Showgrounds - Exhibition Centre Cairns Careers & Education Expo 2010 City Place Vikarious Trio Esplanade FORESHORE FIRESHOW - CYCAS CIRCUS City Place Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Mondos Live Music: Celine DeeAz & Nikki Doll Port Douglas Grand Opening Parade - Macrossan Street Esplanade Esplanade Markets Community Foods Co-Op Low Carbon Diet 'Sustainable Food Choices' Workshop 3 Port Douglas - 4 Mile Beach Kite Surfing - Booking Essential Port Douglas Food Wine & a Taste of Port Esplanade Sunbirds Cooked In Cairns: Showcase Launch - Winner to support Barnsey Esplanade or Fogarty Park


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Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! (07) 4053 3497. Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm till Late ($13.95 p/p for 3 games) Cairns Recreation Centre MON > Boot Camp 9.15am ($10) Teen/Kid Fitness 4pm ($7) Enduro Trg 9.15am ($10) TUE > Boot Camp 6.30am ($10) Tiny Tots Fitness 5.30pm ($7) Teen/Kid Fitness 4.30pm ($7) Turbo Fit Session 5.30pm ($10) WED > Boot Camp 9.15am ($10) Inline Hockey 4.30pm ($9) THU > Boot Camp 6.30am ($10) Circuit Trg 9.15am ($10) Tiny Tots Fitness 11am ($7)

Teen/Kid Fitness 5.30pm ($7) FRI > Boot Camp 6.30am ($10) Teen/Kid Fitness 9.15am ($10) SAT > Heaps of activities all day Call 4053 5353 for further info SUN > Heaps of activities all day Call 4053 5353 for further info Esplanade Lagoon Mon - Aqua Aerobics @ 6.30am & Walk / Run Circuit @ 5.15pm Tues - YOGA @ 6.30am Wed - Sarge’s Army Boot Camp @ 5.30pm Wed - Beach Volleyball Clinic @ 5.30pm Thurs - Pilates @ 7am & Petanque @ 10am Thurs - Aqua Aerobics Class @ 6.15pm Thurs - Esplanade Learn to Run @ 5.30pm Fri - Aqua Aerobics @ 6.30am Fri - Mums & Bubs @ 8am (meet at funship) Sat - Sahaja YOGA @ 7.30am, Aqua Aerobics @ 8.30am & Boxercise @ 8am

- the first Saturday of each month from 7am at Platypus Park, Herberton Rd

Babinda Markets

- the first Saturday of each month, except January, from 8am, Munro Street

Brothers Leagues KIDS Club

(1) Do the jumps on a trampoline - this allows you to work on your shape.

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(2) Sit in the jump shape and lift your legs up into the shape- this works the muscles so when you do jump they are strong and know where to go.

Wed throught to Sat - Live Music @ 7.30pm

Tues - Seniors Morning “Club Gold” @ 9.30am Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs)

Multi Sport Madness @ 1pm - 3pm everyday (07) 4032 2844 The SANDS Support group meets on the second Friday of each month 10am-2pm at the Marlin Coast Neighborhood Centre in Smithfield (45 Cumberland Ave). If you would like more info call Nerissa on 4098 3089 or Kelly on 4033 7917. The 24/7 phone listeners line is 1800 228 655.

Rusty's Markets

- All day Friday, until 2pm Saturday and Sunday, Grafton Street, Cairns

- every Saturday from 7am - noon under the raintrees in Mossman

- held the 3rd Sunday of each month at Anzac Memorial Park

Port Douglas Markets

- every Sunday from 8.30am - 2pm at Anzac Park

SPeewah Markets

- Every Saturday from 8am - 4am at Fogerty Park, Cairns

- every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 9am - 3pm in Therwine St

- Every Sunday 8am-2pm Carpark of the Speewah Tavern, Speewah Road. 6ks past Kuranda

Mt Sheridan Markets

Malanda Markets

- the first Sunday of each month at Morrow Park Race Course

Mareeba Markets

- every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Tully Showgrounds.

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Night Markets

- Everyday from 4.30pm-11pm, Entry from Espanade or Abbott Street, Cairns

Northern Beaches Markets

- the 3rd Sunday of each month from 9am - 3pm, Smithfield Shopping Centre

Tanks Art Centre Markets

- the last Sunday of each month from 9am-1pm, Cairns

- the 3rd Saturday of each month from 6am - noon at Jack May Park - the 2nd Saturday of each month at Centenary Park, Byrnes Street

Mission Beach Markets

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Monster Markets

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(4) Work on your flexibility- never underestimate the power of being able to do the splits this is where you get the lovely lines in your jump.

MON to THUR - Kindy Kidz Gym @ 9am-10am Cost is $7. Call (07) 4053 1532 for more info

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(3) Leg lifts- raise your leg as high as you can and hold it there for as long as possible- this again strengthens the muscles

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How to do a perfect jump

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All cheerleaders strive for the perfect jump, it demostrates both flexibility and strength. Doing drills such as leg kicks and lifts along with splits allows your legs to fly through the air to give the desired shape. So what do you do?? Some simple drills are:

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(5) Practice, practice, don’t just wake up one day able to do this you need to keep practicing. Good luck and stay tuned next month to learn about what you need in your competition routine as we are getting closer to the start of competition season.

science Make a colour spinner

Yungaburra Markets

- Held the 4th Saturday of each month from 7.30am - 12.30pm in the Main Street

Swap Meet @ Rodeo Drive-in Mareeba

- open every Sunday from april til september, Highway 3 (Near Bremerton Airport)

Materials you will need:

(5) Spin the card on the pencil tip.

• Pencil • A Glass • White Card • Hole Puncher • Crayons or Felt Tip Pens

What colour do you see? Make lots of spinning discs using different combinations of colours. What colours do you see when you spin them?

This is a colour changing experiment! (1) Stand glass on a piece of white card. (2) Draw round the base and carefully cut the circle out. (3) Divide the circle into three, equal-sized sections and colour one in blue, one in red and one in green. (4) Make a hole in the centre of the card so that you can fit a pencil through it.

When the spinner moves fast, you see light reflected from all its colours, but your brain cannot separate them. So you see a mixture of all seven colors, which is white. Your spinner may look grey to you because your colours are not pure. Here is a little riddle to help you remember the colours of the rainbow: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain  = Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet!


Bulletin #30 The totally amazing, incredible, fantastic adventures of Bopstar, Bree and the Boppers! Bulletin: Part XXX

from Mareeba and divert it towards Cairns!” puffed Trent, needing a breathe after talking so quickly. Both the girls looked at each other and then back at Trent. “Will it work?” Trina asked. “I hope so… we have no choice…we must succeed.” Stated Trent. “What about the people of Cairns?” Bree asked. Trent quickly replied, “The water will eventually get to Cairns no matter what we do so we need to firstly save the people of Mareeba, then the people of Kuranda and then Cairns.” Both girls looked at each other and then back Trent again. “Alright. Let’s go!” yelled the Girls. SO OFF THEY WENT.

“Perfect!” jumped Trent, “It’s a water tank and it looks like there are heaps of them. Great work!” congratulated Trent. Hopefully there was enough time to open the water tanks and freeze the water before the ‘wave wall’ arrived…”Oh NO!” yelled Bree, “LOOK!” WAS IT TOO LATE??? HAD THE BOPSTARS LET MAREEBA DOWN??? “Not on my watch!” Trent firmly stated. “Quick, Bree, go get the Bobopstar Mobile and use the wiskering winching device to knock each of the towers over. Once you have done that, I will need you Trina to use your Whirly-Windy-Whooshing-Wand to move all the water to act as a big diversion wall and once we are ready, I will use my Freezy-Frozy-Injection Laser to freeze the water in place to deflect all the water away

Bree quickly jumped in the Bobopstar Mobile and headed off to knock over the water tanks; Trina quickly climbed to the top of a large tree so that she could see all that was going on and where the water was situated; and Trent stood firmly in front of the wave of water as it approached him with menacing speed. Second by second, minute by minute, Trent grew more and more nervous as the water wave was becoming bigger and bigger. Bree had knocked down 3 quarters of the Water tanks and was still going as quickly as she could. Trina was directing all the water in a long line infront of where Trent was standing and Trent had his FFI Laser ready to go. “Alright! We are almost ready to go.” Yelled Trent over his walkie talkie. “On my count…..”


“3………………2…………………1………………… NOW!” cried Trent.


To Be Continued…


Where there’s a SHOW that needs a GLOW, a SMARTY that needs a PARTY, Bree and the boppers are ready to entertain the people of Cairns! But when Trouble arises and there’s no one else to call, The Bopstars use their Super Special Powers and embark on Exciting Expeditions to protect and preserve.





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Buffet $15 for members and $17 for non members *under ten year olds eat free from the buffet with each paying adult.

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Think of babies and we can immediately conjure up the smell of baby powder, fabric softener and Johnson’s baby wash. We are so conditioned to equate fragrance with cleanliness that we often forget how sensitive our baby’s skin is. Some of the most popular products on the market for babies actually contain the most chemicals, something the little ones don’t need at all.


from infant acne and nappy rash to the ever ubiquitous cradle crap. As parents, you want to do something to help them. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest solution.

Here are parents’ three most common concerns:

A baby’s skin is thin and fragile. It is much less oily than an adult’s and is very susceptible to sunburn, bacteria and toxic substances in the environment. Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid chemicals altogether from our daily lives. They are in even the mildest products.

Nappy rash – Nappy rash is best prevented by changing your baby’s nappy every few hours and thoroughly cleaning the skin with nappy wipes or by giving it a quick wash. There are some creams that treat nappy rash, but if you want to stick to the more natural products, paw paw ointment is a great alternative treatment.

Shops bombard mums with an overwhelming range of skin care products for babies. There are daytime and night time soaps, shampoo and body wash. Many of them claim to be soap-free but they are still fragrant which means they contain chemicals that are irritating to some babies. Many midwives and child health nurses recommend giving babies a bath in plain, warm water. And if you must, just one pump of body wash, not four, will do.

Cradle cap – These crusty patches caused by overactive glands in your baby’s scalp are commonly treated by rubbing some type of oil onto the scalp and washing it out in the next bath. Don’t try any fancy oils without asking your practitioner or caregiver. Safe practices include rubbing olive oil, petroleum jelly, Sorbolene cream, or paw paw ointment into the affected areas and leaving it on for a few hours or overnight.

Your baby is prone to a variety of skin conditions during the first year of life,

Sunburn – Most paediatricians still recommend against exposing babies to

direct sunlight. The best protection for young babies (under a year) is to keep them in the shade or use an umbrella. If you’re having a day at the beach, use a pop-up sun shade. They are convenient and provide 50+ SPF protection against the rays. UV sunscreen clothing looks great and acts as wonderful protection for your bub. If he or she must be in the sun for more than five minutes, use sunscreen, but choose your brand carefully. A physical sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium oxide, reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them into the skin like the widely used chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens have been linked to a higher incidence of skin cancer due to their free radical generating properties. Many popular brands of sunscreen combine physical and chemical sunblock, but you can buy organic and physical sunscreens in some shops and online. Do your research before you buy! Your baby skin is precious. Sometimes a condition will need treatment. At other times, you just need to leave it alone. Take care to keep it as beautiful as the day your baby arrived.


pak babies news for green mums

pak babies Chemical Free Cleaning Lots of Mums are choosing to change the way they clean their homes once babies arrive. Chemical cleaning products are gradually being replaced by old fashioned cleaning agents like bicarb of soda and vinegar and new antibacterial microfibre cloths. This makes a big difference to anyone with allergies or chemical sensitivities (including delicate babies). Local Mum Emma Lodge is busy selling Norwex microfibre products and kindly gave us a swab to check how clean our kitchen surfaces were – apparently they were filthy (oops) despite looking clean! After wiping them down with one of her cloths and re-swabbing them, we can now safely say they are definitely spotless. Norwex have a range of environmentally healthy cleaning products. If you would like to find out more contact Emma on 0438 174947. TO WIN: We have some Norwex cleaning products to giveaway to one lucky reader. Email us and tell us….

Milk strike Some one year olds flatly refuse to drink cow’s milk because it’s not as sweet as breastmilk or formula. Try making it easier by substituting one feed a day with milk in an exciting new sippy cup and if you’re still breastfeeding, add breastmilk and then gradually reduce it.

If you’re the kind of mum that constantly researches and buys eco-friendly and organic products for your baby, you’re in luck. Cairns first ‘green’ baby store, Baby Yeti, has just opened it’s doors on Grafton St (next to Lillypad) so now you can touch those products before you buy. Baby Yeti will be selling high-quality trusted eco-brands including a range of 100% organic baby clothing (inc. Bornsage), Moltex eco-friendly disposable nappies and an extensive range of toys and baby wearing products. Baby Yeti is offering one of our lucky readers a certified organic Hug-a-Bub wrap carrier. Baby wearing deepens the bonding process, helps breastfeeding, calms colicky or fussy babies and makes mums happier! Hug-a-Bubs are considered by many to be the best wrap design on the market. You can buy them at Baby Yeti for $130. For more information about Baby Yeti go to TO WIN: Email us at and tell us


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What do you give someone who has already just been given the best present in the world? Here are some treats that new mums will treasure. [1] Gift certificate to a spa or salon. [2] Stock her fridge. A new mum has little time to sleep, let alone shop for groceries; she will not thank you enough. [3] Photo essentials: get her a digital frame, photo printer, or a point-and-shoot camera to help her cherish those beautiful memories. [4] Subscribe her to a parenting magazine. [5] For mums who like to write: beautifully bound baby journal The First 1000 Days by Nikki McClure.

[6] Roomba or Scooba, the self cleaning robots for carpets and floors. Every mum’s dream! [7] Prepaid house cleaning service. [8] For the active mum: membership to a good gym with a variety of fitness classes. [9] A chic handbag, with enough space and personality to use instead of a traditional nappy bag. [10] Gift certificate to a good studio photographer for a family portrait session.

organic baby cocoon Winner of several parenting awards, ergoPouch produce a range of organic sleepwear including baby sleeping bags, swaddles, wraps and pyjamas. One of their award winning designs is the ergoCocoon, a great swaddling product for babies made from stretch cotton. Go to for more info. TO WIN: We have one ergoCocoon to give away to one lucky reader. Simply send us an email to and tell us…

Excited by the impending arrival of your new baby but not looking forward to the thought of looking drab in the standard ‘one size fits no-one’ hospital gown? Check out this range of designer hospital gowns from Designer Mamas. Stylish and also super practical, these gowns are made from 100% soft cotton with snaps all the way down for full back coverage (while you’re pacing the halls!) and snaps down the arms for easy breastfeeding. They’re available in a variety of gorgeous prints in 3 sizes (S/M, L/XL and Plus Size) and each is packaged in its own reusable bag. The gowns cost $129.95. Go to TO WIN: Email us at competitions@pakmag. and simply tell us which celebrities have been spotted wearing one of these designer maternity gowns?

Cleaning By Us, a non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning service, would like to offer one lucky reader a two hour cleaning service and Mini EnviroCleaning pack to one lucky reader for Mother’s Day. If you’ve been struggling to get the housework done recently, enter our competition and you could get it all done for you. Cleaning By Us also have gift vouchers available ($50, $80 & $100). Call 0439 963 400 for more information. Simply email us at competitions@pakmag. and tell us when was the last time your house got a spring clean?


In the wild! Belinda Moore discovers an abundance of edible bush tucker right in her backyard

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The term ‘bush tucker’ refers to Australian native foods – the huge variety of fruit, nuts, seeds, leaves, birds, mammals, roots, bark, fungi, herbs, spices, flowers, reptiles, insects, aquatic plants and fish. By contrast, ‘wild foods’ are non-native but often abundant foods of the same types. Bush tucker and wild food are the ultimate in spray-free, packaging-free local food. So long as they are harvested in moderation from clean environments, they are a very low impact food source. Once the only means of food and medicine for indigenous Australians, they are a valuable and viable resource worth learning about. Our family of eight moved here to the Atherton Tablelands three years ago and since then we have been discovering native and wild foods on our small farm with each change of new season. So far we have found red and yellow guava, lilly pilly, Atherton nut, bush lemon, millaa vine, woolly pear, Davidson plum, banana fig, wild raspberry, lemon aspen, sorrel, dandelion, gotu kola, day lilies, an avocado tree, and a rambling old passionfruit vine. We’ve also seen various edible grubs, snails, larger animals, fungi and black wattle, but haven’t tried these … yet! We have also had a little luck with fishing but hesitate to take too many fish from our creek system. When we lived on the


Herbert River, backyard-caught fish was regularly on the menu. To find out about bush foods, we began by becoming keen observers. Then we utilised a number of sources including our neighbours, books (available at the local libraries), the internet, the local info centre and Queensland Parks publications. It is vital to get good information before you try uncultivated foods, including clear pictures and details of any processing required before eating. Old wives tales about fruit being edible if birds eat it, or telling by the colour of berries or sap, or shape of the leaves can’t be trusted. Please source a good field guide or other means of identification before you do the taste test. Our children know to check with us before eating food from the wild. By knowing about native and wild foods, and incorporating these less common species when we plant trees and gardens, we’ve greatly expanded the volume of food we can harvest from our farm. For those without a farm keep an eye out along riverbanks, footpaths and public parks. Some of the foods we found are so prolific that the kids delivered buckets and buckets to me - but wouldn’t eat any! From the sour Davidson plums I made jams, jellies and syrups (the jelly worked out at

less than 30c per jar, even using organic raw sugar). Davidson plums, guavas and other local wild fruit are often exceptionally high in Vitamin C and produce fantastic colourful preserves. To eat the highmineral, protein-rich bitter green leaves that seem too strong on their own, I add them to stir fries, soups or a mesclun mix salad without anyone noticing.

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Foraging for food can be enjoyable and is good for you. It’s an educational, freshair activity that links your family to the changing seasons. So, supplement your diet with bush tucker and enjoy the savings and the flavour.

For more information on bush tucker check out the following: • Bush Tucker Field Guide – Les Hiddins • How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life – Isabell Shipard • Wet Tropics guide - http:/ st_pdf/fact%20sheets bushtucker.pdf Also check out local info centres where indigenous guides do walks



It’s festival season The fresh sunny days are here and it’s time for families to get out and about and explore what the region has to offer with the usual steady flow of dry season shows, events and festivals. Here’s what’s coming up: PORT DOUGLAS REEF & RAINFOREST CARNIVALE (20-30 May) Kicking off with the Longest Lunch and Macrossan Street Parade on the 21st May, as always, Carnivale promises to be lots of fun for local families. Look out for the Four Mile Beach Day on Saturday 29th. and on 23rd May, The Rainforest Habitat will be celebrating it’s 21st Birthday. For more information go to: BABINDA LIONS HARVEST FESTIVAL (22-29 May) This annual week-long event to celebrate the cane harvest, will include the Babinda Boulders Burst Fun Run amongst the usual Gumboot Toss, crowning of the Harvest Queen etc. Celebrating Babinda’s sugar harvest, the main festival day on 29 May will include multicultural food stalls, a parade, fireworks at 8.30pm and a great band until midnight. Look out for the kids marquee which includes a circus, a native wildlife show and face painting. There will also be amusement and pony rides. GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS The annual Give Me 5 for Kids Charity Appeal which is run by Sea FM raises funds for the Children’s Ward at Cairns Base Hospital. This year Sea FM aims to beat last year’s fundraising record of $46,000. There will be heaps of things to involve your business, family and friends in to help raise money for this worthwhile cause including a Kite Day, School Yard


Fridays, a Black Tie Ball and ‘Potts & Pacey as slaves for the day’. PakMag will also be joining forces with Sea Fm to bring you the Teddy Bear’s Picnic on 27 June. FESTIVAL OF THE KNOB (12 June) Possibly just a good excuse to use a silly name but a day created to celebrate the founder of Yorkey’s Knob. Held at the Community Centre in Wattle St, it’s a great day out for the kids with live music and entertainers, jumping castles, giant slides, stalls and lots more. Each year the local residents nominate a King and Queen of the Knob to wear a door-knob encrusted crown. Go to for more info. COOKTOWN DISCOVERY FESTIVAL (11-13 June) It’s time to dig out the tent and drive up to Cooktown for their 3-day festival which includes the famous re-enactment of Captain Cook’s emergency landing on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 complete with authentic costumes and equipment. It’s a colourful display and includes a parade, billy cart derby, live performers and lots more. MAREEBA RODEO FESTIVAL (3-18 July) The festival starts on 3 July with the Junior Cowpokes Competition, walkamin Country Music Club Festival and Horse Sports at Kerribee Park. It continues the following

weekend with a number of events and the Rodeo itself on 17 & 18 July. For all you frustrated cowboys out there this is your opportunity to get your rodeo fix. Go to for the detailed program.

CAIRNS UKELELE FESTIVAL (3-4 July) Celebrating the tropical and multicultural spirit of Cairns through the humble ukelele, the new Cairns Ukelele Festival will feature free and ticketed performances, kids’ and adults’ workshops, an art exhibition, market stalls and lots more. KURANDA ROOTS FESTIVAL (25-26 June) Now in its 7th year, the annual Kuranda Roots Festival showcases artists from the world, roots, reggae and dub genres. The Beautiful Girls are headlining this year alongside Sunshine Sound System. As well as three stages of music, there are food and craft markets, a licensed bar and a chai tent. Kuranda Roots is all ages (kids under 12 are free) and a great day for the

whole family to enjoy Kuranda’s lively arts and culture. Early bird tickets available at CAIRNS SHOW (21-23 July) The biggest regional show outside of the EKKA is back again with hundreds of competitions for kids and lots of family entertainment. Cairns Schools are already attempting to grow the biggest pumpkin and for the first time there’s a Billboard Competition for children in years 11-12 to win the chance of having their original artwork displayed on a giant billboard. Entry forms are available at au or you can email In addition to cattle, pigs, sheep, horses and ducks there will be a new display this year – The Ergon Science and Technology display. Visit:

CAIRNS REGIONAL TENNIS PRO TOURNAMENT (6-8 Aug) A three-day tennis festival celebrating the official opening of the Cairns Regional Tennis Centre incorporating an official opening ceremony with special high profile tennis celebrities (national and international), Pro Tournament, gala dinner, indigenous tennis fun day and tennis clinics with the aim of attracting a high level of media exposure for the event and the city of Cairns. FESTIVAL CAIRNS (20 Aug-5 Sept) Lock this one in your diary as there’s sure to be lots of family fun again. More details to come in our August edition.

PAKMAG’S TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC (27 June) As part of the Give Me 5 for Kids fundraising campaign, PakMag’s popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic is back to help raise fund for Cairns Base Hospitals Children’s Ward. So come along and help us raise money and enjoy lots of entertainment from the Bopstars and local dance and cheerleading schools, a bouncy castle and lots of sideshows from our sponsors. Bring your Teddy along for a chance to win prizes. If you would like to be involved either with entertainment or stalls please contact us via email ( au). GREAT ADVENTURES GREEN ISLAND FAMILY FUN DAY (27 June) A brilliant family day out and a good excuse to visit Green Island. Locals get to go for half price – just $37.50 for adults and $18.75 for the kids. There is always lots of entertainment for the kids including the pirates treasure hunt and walking the plank, sand creature competition, sack races, face painting and much more. It’s a fantastic day out. For more info or to book direct call 4044 9944.


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Angelina Mortley checks out the refurbished Red Beret Hotel Dads are catered to with 5 large plasma TV’s screening Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3. The kids are well and truly covered with a great covered playground, jumping castle, PSII’s, plasma TV’s showing DVDs and an enclosed babies and toddlers play area. And mums, meanwhile, are left alone while somebody else is cooking, so everyone’s happy! The Red Beret has something going on for families almost every day of the week including: • Sunday All-You-Can-Eat buffet breakfast from 8.30am (kids under 5 eat free) • The Sunday Kids Club runs from 11.30am – 4pm with arts and crafts activities, games, jumping castle, face painting, theme days and more. This is so popular bookings are essential. Entry is via a gold coin donation which goes to Angel Flight Australia.

For those who haven’t been to the Red Beret Hotel in a while, this family-oriented lovely old hotel has had such a wonderful facelift that you’d hardly recognise it. And they’ve got every member of the family covered.

they’re not eating free (seldom the case). If you like great quality, well presented meals that come in very generous sized servings, you will not be disappointed. Oysters, steak, chicken and, of course, chips and chicken nuggets, resulted in little conversation over dinner! From now until Mother’s Day, Mums who dine there are entered in to a competition to win a $200 hamper. Mums are also welcome anytime to go along for group catch up’s over tea, coffee and great cakes while the kids go wild in the enclosed playground. If you go there between 27th and 30th May you will be able to sample some sensational cup cakes during their “Cupcakes for a Cure” campaign with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council. And, it doesn’t stop there! If you’re stuck for ideas for a kid’s party, the Red Beret can do it all for you.

• On Wednesday’s kids eat free from the kids menu with every paying adult.

So you see what I mean…there’s so much going on with great entertainment for every member of the family that it makes it an excellent family time out.

The Red Beret also has a new menu with some fantastic specials including T-Bone Tuesday with 450g T-Bone steaks for $15. The menu includes a great selection of healthy choice kid’s meals for $7 when

The Red Beret Hotel is open 7 days a week. Lunch is from 11am–2.30pm Monday to Thursday, dinner is from 5pm–9pm Monday to Thursday. All day dining is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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In association with Stockland we will be giving away all of these prizes at our next PakClub on Mother’s Day (Sunday 9 May, 5-7pm at Cazaly’s). For those of you that can’t make it to PakClub, these are also great gift ideas for mum!

The Hair Studio A $100 gift voucher to spend on hair services at one Cairns’ most creative hair salons. Plus a Redkin hair pack valued at $54.

Angus & Robertson A $50 voucher to spend on books at Angus and Robertson. You could get a copy of the new Oprah Autobiography or Body Trim a new revolution in weight loss.

Earlville Florist One lucky Mum will be winning a $50 voucher. Located near Woolworths, Earlville Florist have beautiful arrangements starting from $15. All mums love flowers, especially on Mother’s day. You can also get gourmet baskets, gifts, wine and toys and helium message filled balloons - anything to make your mum smile! If your mum isn’t in Cairns, they can also send them all around the world.

Genesis Fitness Genesis Fitness will be introducing their new crèche from 10th May for mums who want to get active. We will be giving away an Intro Pack which includes 3 personal training sessions ( valued at $100) Plus 3 months free gym membership valued at $249. To find out more go to

Telechoice Check out the red and silver Sony Ericsson blue tooth headset for mum which has multiple covers for mums that like change! It has a very nice case that looks like a ladies handbag that can be conveniently put into mum’s bag without getting lost or taking up too much room. Chatty Mum’s will love you for shopping in Telechoice for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day & see you at the PakClub!

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Photo of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!

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Keeping kids healthy by walking to school

Pet loved by child

Iggle Piggle loved by Ethan

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Tickles loved by Rory lly

Max loved by Mace

Jess loved by Ho

Email your photo, name/s and address to: Deadline for photos is 16 May 2010 for our June edition.

prize winners Congratulations to our April prize winners!!! Parents in the pantry

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Pouch Miss

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• Harrison Oats

• Sharon Brittain

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• Barb Powell

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• Annemarie and Terry Power

• Joe Powell, Edmonton • Isabelle Sargeant, Redlynch • Joseph Teague, Edmonton • Mason Knowles, Brinsmead • Molly Green, Redlynch

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


It’s nearly that time of the year again when primary schools across Australia ask their students to take steps to a healthier future by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day. Now in it’s 11th year, this event encourages children, parents and carers to make walking to school a regular daily routine. Long gone are the healthy active children of yester-year, where walking to school, was the norm. Many of today’s children are chauffeured everywhere which, according to health experts, is putting them on a direct path to being sedentary and overweight. Childhood obesity is now 5 times more prevalent than it was in the sixties with research revealing that children these days do not walk enough. A survey in 2008 showed that on average children are walking approx. 1000 steps less a day than they should. Surprisingly children living in rural areas are worse off. Statistics show about 30% of children living in rural areas are overweight compared to 20% in the cities. Walking to school is one easy way to get kids active and a bit of early morning exercise enables them to be better

prepared for classes. Of course, this may not always be feasible if you live some distance from the school but you could stop the car about a kilometre before school and walk with them the rest of the way. That way you both get some exercise! A study in Queensland showed that up to 30% of Australian children have low fitness levels and 60% have poor motor skills. We can’t rely on schools to provide enough physical education so as parents we need to take responsibility. Brandt Kelly, a Phys. Ed teacher and founder of Kelly Sports Clinic, has written a book including 40 games you can play with your kids. Here are a couple you can try at home: GAME 1 - FRUIT SALAD Children stand in a line and are each given a different fruit name (eg. apple, pear). The leader call out fruit names and all the players who are that fruit have to run to the opposite end of the play area and back. The last children back goes in to the ‘jam pot’ (located in the corner somewhere). When there is more than one player in the jam pot the leader can call ‘jam pot’ and all the players in the jam pot must run across

to the opposite side of the play area and the fastest one back goes back in to the main game. GAME 2 – OCTOPUS One child is chosen to be the octopus and is placed within a designated area. The rest all line up at one end of the play area. When the octopus calls out ‘OCTOPUS’ they must move to the other end. When a chld is touched by the octopus that child becomes seaweed and helps the octopus. Seaweed must sit down where they were touched and can only move their arms to touch other children. Keep playing until there is one winner left.

Brandt Kelly’s book ‘Mums & Dads Get Active with your kids’ is available in newsagents for $7.95. TO WIN A COPY: Simply send us an email to and tell us the date of Walk Safely to School Day.

Walk Safely to School Day aims to raise awareness of health and fitness issues for children as well as highlighting the impact on road safety and the environment of less cars being on the road.





• Face Painting • Puppets • Balloons • Games • Music • Other costumes available 4057 8019 or 0408 183 032

kids activities

Little Mozarts



The Singing Face Painter Available for themed childrens’ & adult parties

For bookings cAll 0428 600 213

Kids Moves • Birthday parties • One on one sessions to help with progression of gross motor skills • Special functions anywhere you need children to be entertained • Mobile services available

Painting, high pressure water cleaning plus all general maintenance services

Call Lee on 0427 849 775 or 4053 6837

Flip Ripley Magic shows • Characters • Clowning Comedy workshops • Juggling Unicycles • Comic telegrams 4039 0622 or 0410 510 095




Brighten your child’s room with personalised art

0407 324 465


PHONE 4031 9915

By Bree James It has been well documented that introducing children to music from an early age can improve intelligence. It has been called the Mozart Effect after experimenters claimed that listening to a Mozart sonata would make your IQ increase by 8 points. It’s true that nothing activates as many areas of the brain like music, although subsequent work has proven that this increased brain activity isn’t sustained afterwards. So, listening to a Mozart sonata won’t immediately increase your child’s IQ level but the important point to note is that music can create a rich environment for learning. This is because music helps create connections between both halves of the brain. So what can you do to assist your child in this way? The best thing that parents can do is expose their children to a wide variety of music. Dad may be fixated on Metallica, Queen or Belinda Carlisle in the car, but mixing it up a bit with a little ABC Classic

and nursery rhymes is as good as reading your kids a book. Singing and numeracy games, eg. 5 little ducks went out one day” are good to have in the car. You can also check out the local library for CD’s and DVD’s that children love to listen to and dance along with such as lullabies to rock to, circle dances such as Ring a Ring a Rosey to dance to and massage while singing Baa Baa Black sheep. Here are a few other ideas: 1) do cross-lateral exercises to London Bridge is falling down (ie. hand to other foot) to help form neural pathways that help with balance and mathematical skills 2) clap simple rhythmic patterns to songs 3) make a drum out of old Sustagen, Milo or formula tins and 4) change the lyrics to songs, for example, Baa Baa Yellow Sheep and Ethan lives down the road. The ABC Play School Useful book has lots more suggestions for integrating music in to your child’s life. And don’t forget, most of all, music should be FUN so use it to enjoy good quality

time with your child. If you would like your child to be involved in music classes check out Kindermusik with Nicole. Nicole has been offering this programme in Cairns for over 10 years for kids aged 0-7. There are 4 levels depending on the age and development level of each child: 1) Kindermusik Village is for children aged up to 20 months (mainly about parent education) 2) Kindermusik Our Time is for children aged 18 months – 3 ½ years who are exposed to lots of percussion instruments 3) Kindermusik Imagine That is for children aged 3-5 years. And utilises pretend play with musical concepts such as the major scale and 4) Kindermusik for the Young Child is for children aged 4 ½ - 7 years. This class is the perfect pre-instrumental preparation for Prep and Grade 1 students. For more information call Nicole on 4034 2219 or 0418 772258 or check out the website at


The mystery of autism Autism is often in the headlines and a number of local families are struggling daily with this condition in the Far North. Brenda McLellan reports on local help available for affected families

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological condition which affects 1 person in approx 150. In many ways ASD is a mystery, an invisible condition. From the outside a child with autism looks fine, but their behaviours leave many parents feeling judged. Early signs of ASD may be developmental delays in speech or communication, motor skills or social interactions. A child may show out of the ordinary sensitivity to sensory stimulation such as loud noises, touch (physical contact or certain fabrics), taste (finicky or rigid eating habits) or smells. They may also have obsessive interests or unusual and inflexible forms of play (such as lining up toys). Possible physical indicators include poor eye contact, hand flapping or toe walking. Not understanding their own emotions, people with ASD respond to strong emotions by having tantrums or withdrawing. In recognition of the importance of early intervention, children up to the age of seven are supported by the federal government’s ‘Helping children with autism” package. This includes access to funding for programmes at government recognised service providers such as Autism Queensland (Edmonton - 07 454


600). Local early intervention programs are also delivered by the Child Development Unit at Westcourt and through Education Queensland. In Cairns there is also a successful PlayConnect Playgroup which allows families of children with or without a formal diagnosis to meet every week to share information, support each other and play in an inclusive, supportive and accepting environment. One of the Cairns PlayConnect regulars, Jamie who brings 3 year old Krystal along, explains why this group is so important, “We come here because we can be ourselves, knowing that everyone around us understands why Krystal behaves as she does and that we’re not being judged because of it”. Groups like PlayConnect also provide a lot of education about ASD and visiting local professionals can provide the help that these children need. It’s also an important place for parents to come together and make friends with other people who can relate to their situation. As Jamie also adds “I also love to bring Krystal’s brother along, even though he doesn’t have Autism, because he’s often excluded from other toddler activities as a result of Krystal’s behaviour.”

During the month of May a National Autism Awareness campaign is running with a number of local events being planned. Jamie has been inspired by her own passion to help her daughter and is organising a community awareness event together with the Cairns ASD Support Group on Saturday 15th May, 10am – 2pm at the Fun Ship end of the Esplanade. This event includes information stalls from 20 community service providers as well as free jumping castles, craft activities and a sausage sizzle.

Party Plan 1

Party Plan 2 Entry, Skate Hire, Invitations Chips & Lollies, Hot Dogs, Hot Chips, Bottomless Drink, Slushy, Birthday Song, Tea & Coffee for Mum & Dad

If you are concerned about a child’s development, consult a GP or Paediatrician who have the expertise to observe and diagnose developmental delays and differences.

$16/person $1 extra during night sessions

Local help is available from the Cairns Autism Advisor (4045 4600). The PlayConnect Group (4033 6966) meets every Thursday 9.30-11.30 at St. Margarets Anglican Church on Aumuller St and has also just started in Innisfail.

$13/person $1 extra during night sessions

Party Plan 3 Entry, Skate Hire, Invitations Chips & Lollies, Mini Meat Pies Chicken Nuggets, Bottomless Drink, Slushy, Birthday Song, Party Bag, Tea & Coffee for Mum & Dad

• All parties must be booked in $19/person and numbers confirmed 24 hours $1 extra during night sessions prior to your event. • A non-refundable deposit of $50 must be paid on booking. • Minimum number of party guests is 10. • Parents or siblings of party guests wishing to skate must pay session prices.

There is also a Cairns ASD Support Group ( Online information about other services including local workshops can be found at

Entry, Skate Hire, Invitations Chips & Lollies on table Birthday Song, Tea & Coffee for Mum & Dad

44 Behan Street, Manunda PHONE 4053 5353


daddy diary #13 Potts, one half of the Sea FM morning crew, continues his chronicles of first time fatherhood It’s Mother’s Day this month, the one day of the year we recognize the everyday superheroes in our lives. They don’t have superpowers or wear their underwear outside their clothes, they don’t even wear a cape. We are talking about the Supermums! These are the women who do the weekly food shopping with a baby in the trolley, or the two screaming kids grabbing everything but the apples. They must have nerves of steel. I know when I take Noah to the shops I pray that he doesn’t start screaming. If he did, I’d be straight out of there due to embarrassment which means I return home without any ice cream. You’ll also find Supermums amongst everyday people in the workforce. I’m not sure how they find the time to juggle everything (hmm, maybe a superpower). These Supermums seem to balance a career, home life and still get time to watch Sex and the City. They are the ones running the kids to sports training during the week, washing the jumpers on the weekend

and even dropping the bigger kids (namely Dads) at the pub. And how do we reward them??? By leaving Mum the dishes while we watch TV or play the Nintendo Wii. Supermums have only one weakness. Their kryptonite is the lazy partner who doesn’t help out. These are normally weeded out long before a baby is even thought of but some do slip through the cracks. The good news is they can be trained. I’ve heard constant nagging, lack of beers and lack of special cuddles normally do the trick So when you’re thinking of a present to buy your Mum or partner for Mother’s Day, don’t be lazy and get her the first thing you see. Put some thought and effort into it and really surprise her. I’m not talking about a shirt with a giant S on it although those Superman shirts are really cool. After all, they are all Supermums and the only reason they don’t wear a cape is because it would be covered in spew and they’re a bugger to wash.

Potts & Pacey t he SeaF M Morn i ng C r e w

weekday MorningS FroM 5.30aM on the loCal you know, 99.5 SeaFM CairnS. 50


Time for a break jokes



Women always have the last word in an argument. Anything a man adds after that is the beginning of a new argument.

A successful man is one who makes more money than can be spent by his wife.

Future A woman worries about the future - until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future - until he gets a wife.

A successful woman is one who can find that a man.

Thought for the Day Married men should forget their mistakes. There is no need for two people to remember the same thing.

Mini Crossword

Down (1) Pouch (2) Chromaticity (3) Large vase (4) Snappy (5) Rind (6) Fruit (7) Eclat (13) Relating to a city (14) Location of something (15) Affirm (16) Sort (19) Anger (20) Prevarication (21) Boy or man

Across (1) Eschew (5) Young canine (8) Nimbus (9) Self (10) Coin (11) Type of tree (12) Bulbous plant (14) Woodland deity (17) Type of vine (18) Beak (22) Summit (23) Elaborate song for solo voice (24) Female sheep (25) Requirement

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win 1 of 3 fully insulated Stockland Shopping Trolleys! Match the celebrity Mum’s with their kids for your chance to win.

*Insulated trolley only. Food & other items not included in prize.

1. Madonna

1. Connor, Isabella & Sunday Rose

2. Nicole Kidman

2. Liza Minelli

3. Marcheline Bertrand

3. Rocco & Lourdes

4. Judy Garland

4. Kate Hudson

5. Goldie Hawn

5. Angelina Jolie

Email or post your answers to us: or PO BOX 7433 Cairns 4870. Don’t forget to include details. Entries close 16th May 2010

“Just the best day ever”

Daisy Jones - Age 9 - Cairns North


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