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ome – it’s where we spend most of our time; it’s where we live, it’s where the heart is, and for Paul Young, home was wherever he laid his hat. For many of us, our home is a safe haven from the world, a place to retreat to, a place to decorate and renovate … although some can only dream about having their own home ... As we have witnessed, thanks to the many recent natural disasters in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, homes can literally be swept away by nature’s fury, rendering hundreds of thousands of people and families homeless. These tragic events have taught most of us a lesson in life – that home can be whatever you make it, be it a grand palace on a canal or a beach shack … perhaps Paul Young was onto something in his 1983 soulful ditty (for those too young to know Paul Young, Google). In this special home-themed issue we talk to Sunshine Coast real estate agent and tough

girl Rebecca Nolan. Rebecca knows only too well that ‘homes’ aren’t always surrounded by bricks and mortar … read Alli Grant’s personal interview with Rebecca to hear how she survived an upbringing filled with abuse, homelessness, confusion and heartbreak. But make no mistake; her past has only helped Rebecca find her true passion … helping others find their dream home. We also talk to local Erin Law who has created a network to assist those running a business from home. We meet Juliette Knox who has created an international business from home and we speak with a local couple who have spent their lives dedicated to providing others with a home-away-from-home. So enjoy this home issue of profile magazine … and remember, you can take us home! “A house is made of walls and beams, but a home is built with love and dreams.” Anon

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ll photography ben stone Wedding anniversaries raise their head every year – love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are one of the most challenging dates to buy that perfect something for your partner. Regular columnists and radio hosts from HOT91.1FM, Todd and Sami, tell us what they think.

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ew phrases strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest men quite like the phrase “So what have you planned for our anniversary, babe?”. I mean, “Hey honey, Mum’s coming to stay for the weekend,” can shake us up a bit, and sure the old “We need to talk” is a fair indicator of our impending doom, but even “Sweetie there’s no beer left and the bottle-o’s closed coz it’s Good Friday” doesn’t come close to the vintage anniversary chat. My Dad John always said, “Keeping the little woman happy isn’t half the battle son, it’s all the battle,” and over the years I’ve somehow managed to survive nine of these crazy momentous occasions and kept my soul mate and the mother of my children (before you ask they’re one person, Michelle) happy, although my gifts and gestures haven’t always been spot on, or well thought out for that matter. However, I have attacked each anniversary with gusto as if it were my last! Admittedly, after getting through the first one unscathed (one year is the year of paper, so my hot wife received a ‘How To Create Authentic Chinese’ cookbook), some of the subsequent special days have been a bit touch and go. For our third anniversary (leather) I arrived home in a Batman costume bearing the awesome gift of Panang Chicken and spring rolls ... which went down like a broken-glass sandwich. Then there was the ugly fifth anniversary incident (wood) where Michelle came home to me presenting my manhood in a pizza box and singing out “Who’s for meatlovers then?” – in retrospect nowhere near as romantic as I envisaged at the time. For me, I’m a lucky man, for on the eve of this, my 10th wedding anniversary, I stand on the precipice of husband greatness ... the 10th year of holy matrimony is marked traditionally by tin and aluminium ... just wait until Michelle gets her new 17-foot fishing boat, with a bonus shed to store it in! She’ll be stoked ... happy days!



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his month will mark my first wedding anniversary with my spunky husband. I feel extra pressure to make sure I buy or do something a bit special as it has been such a whirlwind year that started with a proposal, led to two weddings (yep, with the same husband) and ended with the arrival of a new bub and a new house. A busy 12 months. The traditional gift to celebrate a first marital year together is paper. Boring! Not overly sexy or special. My husband does not love books so that pressie is out the door. I actually have a pretty big gripe against the traditional list of suggested themes that are suitable to mark each milestone. It is my view that a man must have compiled this rather strange list. Cotton is the suggested traditional gift to honour two years of marriage. Just what every girl wants: cotton socks to say thanks for all the selfless acts of devotion and love. And to get anything decent you have to wait 25 years. Silver is the traditional gift. Murderers get 20 years behind silver bars. You have to wait three decades for the list to start to get heart-racingly juicy. Pearls are for a 30th anniversary. Now you are talking about something decent that we girls love. And the really good stuff kicks in at 75 years of marriage with gold and diamonds suggested to woo your wife. That is, of course, if she is not dead. Who is married for 75 years? You would have to be a child bride to make it across that marathon finish line. Anyway, back to the dilemma for the first year gift. Maybe I will tear up my credit card statement and that way he won’t see a piece of paper that will ruin our anniversary altogether. Perfect.

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ll words jessica jane sammut ll photography ben stone Working from home seems to be the latest trend on the block for mothers with children. It provides flexibility, independence and a great lifestyle, while Erin Law has recently added a fabulous network to the equation. Jessica Jane Sammut finds out how it can be done … erin law


ut up your hand if you live on the Sunshine Coast. Put up your hand if you are a mother. Put up your hand if you work from home or would love to work at home! If Erin Law is reading this, she will have all three hands up by now, because Erin Law is the founder of a new group which has taken the Coast by storm – the Sunshine Coast Work At Home Mum’s network – also known as SCWAHM. A place for local mums (and dads) working at home to come and support each other, share advice and create a network of fabulous businesses, SCWAHM is a unique pit of entrepreneurial talent consisting of those who have lifestyle businesses in order to fit in with their family’s needs. It is also a great resource for Sunshine Coasters, providing a variety of locally-made or sourced products, as well as local services. What a genius idea. On waiting to meet Erin at Bistro C in Noosa with my skinny latte placed before me, I was somewhat taken aback when a tall, slender, supermodel-esque 25-year-old sidled up to the table. ‘Yummy mummy’ (with a down-to-earth twist) sprang to mind. It was obvious immediately, this was not a stay-at-home mummy who was merely playing with the idea of a mothers’ group; this was the serious venture of a woman who knows how many fabulous ladies transfer their skills to a home-based business when they have children (including accountants, lawyers, web designers, jewellery makers, children’s clothing designers and hairdressers), and how important it is for them to have marketing capability, representation and support. A Caloundra girl at heart, Erin adores the Coast. A mother of two, she started her own business making hair accessories a year or so ago as a result of separating from her partner and becoming solely responsible for two children. “I realised I was on my own and I needed to



make ends meet,” Erin explains. “I didn’t want to rely on my family for childcare while working – my grandmother was not well and my mother was looking after her. So I started my business making hair accessories, selling them online. “I used to deliver my hair accessories personally to those who had ordered them on the Coast, and it was often that when I delivered the stock, I found the purchasers had businesses which they were also running from home. I used to see their goods and end up spending what I had just made! It was this experience that gave me the idea of a network.” And I think Erin is on to something huge here. It is true that, nowadays, nearly all women work, whether they are mums or not. And it is also true that, ultimately, when women do have a family they often want to achieve a lifestyle balance which enables them to work and look after their children. One of the most rewarding ways of fulfilling this brief is to start a business which can be run from home. It makes perfect sense. And the more women I meet, the more I am finding that this is becoming quite the trend. Women don’t want to be dictated to by employers when their kids need picking up from kindy, and women are happy to work at home in the evening when their kids are in bed (with a glass of wine in hand, if they are anything like me!). “SCWAHM started out as a bit of an experiment,” Erin elaborates. “I wanted to create exposure for businesses without a shop front. Funky Bubs was the first to come onboard and from there it grew. We now have our own web page [which Erin built herself with no experience!], business directory and Facebook page [with 600 members, no less] and we have only been going for a few months. We also meet up every month for coffee – so we can touch base and keep that contact real.” So what are the top five tips for working from home? It is, for some, a heavenly existence – sitting

on your computer in your tracky dacks, tea breaks whenever you like, no interruptions, your favourite radio station blaring, and the ability to start your day (and finish it) whenever you like. For some, it is the stuff of nightmares – limited socialising, difficulty not getting distracted (Judge Judy on at 4pm each day is my case-in-point), never leaving the office (as your home environment is your work environment,) and let’s face it, it is just too tempting to constantly surf the net when there is no-one to stop you. “I still have not mastered working from home,” Erin admits, “but I do think certain organisational practices can help. “First, get a highlighter and a diary and ‘zone’ your time – i.e. blue is your partner, red is your kids, orange is your house chores, pink is work. Structure and allocate your time so that you get a balance.” “Two: accept your constraints and work within them. There are times when the house will look a mess and there are dishes in the sink, but this is okay. You are a mum and a business owner. The ‘domestic goddess’ can slip every now and then. “Three: prioritise work so that you get deadlines dealt with first. “Four: make space for your office – have an area where you can shut the door! You can then shut yourself and your work in or out. “Five: get organised! Iron the uniform the day before, pack the lunches the night before, get a clothes dryer and get a routine. Routine is a godsend.” So there you have it, great advice. Working at home, to me, is my most favourite thing in the world. I love being my own boss. I love having my own pink domain adorned with freshly cut flowers and pretty files. And I love having the freedom and power to work around my family life. And, thanks to Erin Law, there are many other women out there who may also now contemplate or embrace such a change.

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Once I had a taste of the commercial world, it was time for my business.”

juliette knox , shot on location at hills in hollywood, maroochydore. phone 5451 1321


hen you are at home, what do you love to do? I, for one, enjoy kicking back, raspberry bellini in one hand, profile magazine in the other (sorry, it had to be said!), loud music, good food bubbling on the stove wafting sensational aromas through the house, husband to one side, two-year-old son to the other (entertaining us with his penchant for dressing up in my heels and my gold over-the-shoulder handbag – my son, that is, not my husband!) … and at the same time as enjoying all of this, I love to shop. Yes, you heard me, shop. And not just for anything, but for gorgeous, designer, little black dresses. ‘How, what, when?’ I hear you ask. Well this is where the wonders of The Little Black Dress Empire strike. This beautiful, international online shopping portal sells nothing but that all-important classy staple of every girl’s wardrobe – the little black dress, an item which one can never have enough of, in my book. Dressed up in stilettos with jewels, or dressed down with a pair of Holsters, a headscarf and a beach bag, it is the ultimate in style. And instead of having to trawl the shops in lunch breaks, fight through crowds during precious weekend time, or attempt changing rooms after school with the kids in tow, The Little Black Dress Empire offers a sophisticated shopping experience, where you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your chaise longue or glass of bubbly in order to partake. And it is all the brainchild of Sunshine Coaster Juliette Knox, a glamourous go-getter who spotted a gap in the market a couple of years ago as she struggled to find a little black dress for an important event (and in fact ended up having to dye a white one). With this in mind, she set out to answer the prayers of 14


women across the world by providing The Little Black Dress Empire. Raised on the Coast, Juliette is a woman of natural business flair and is a keen traveller. On leaving high school, she journeyed around the world for three years, soaking up the culture, climates, style and outlook of other nations, marking the beginning of a thirst for knowledge and a fast-paced lifestyle. “I couldn’t wait to have a Mai Tai in Hawaii,” Juliette remembers, “but when I arrived, I discovered the drinking age was 21 and I was still only 18. I was devastated. I managed to make up for it in other places, however!” It is very apparent that although Juliette works hard, she also loves to play hard – the most exquisite combination, in my book. I always find such people tend to rub a little bit of their energy off on to all those they meet, and on chatting to Juliette, I could already feel this transference occurring, as if I had plugged myself into a power socket. “On returning from my travels, I then went to Japan for three months – gosh I loved Tokyo,” Juliette smiles. “I later moved to Sydney and worked for The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) as I was keen to discover more about my past and my culture. My father is Aboriginal and my mother is Spanish-Irish. I find my heritage fascinating.” Despite her travels, however, Juliette always remembered her sensational upbringing on the Coast and therefore it was only natural for her to return when she settled down with her partner and fell pregnant. “I had the most fantastic childhood and I wanted that for my family life,” she says. “Even with all my travel, I still knew the Sunshine Coast was the best place in the world to have babies. We are truly lucky to live in this little paradise.”


ll words jessica jane sammut ll photography alan hughes ll makeup natalie hunter Shopping online from the comfort of your own home is just bliss – no shopping centres, no parking, no people, no time-wasting. Just pure indulgence, as shopping should be. Profile’s Jessica Jane Sammut talks to Juliette Knox of The Little Black Dress Empire to find out how she entered into the world of internet boutiques and fabulous frocks. And what a world it is …

While having her children (Makani, now six, and Sol, five), Juliette’s partner found he was missing more and more of family life due to his work as a professional chef (my mouth drops open at this revelation as it is my dream to have a professional chef in the family – just think of the food!). Therefore, Juliette and her partner decided to start a business – an excavating company called SolMak. “I had no commercial experience of starting a business, but I am a doer,” Juliette tells me. “I just have to get things done. Before we even had the concept of SolMak, I saw digging equipment [which SolMak now uses] being advertised on television, and so I phoned up the network and asked them what the name of the lovely yellow diggers were and it went from there. Within a few days I had lined up a meeting and SolMak began to form. “My partner runs SolMak, I merely helped to set it up – but once I had a taste of the commercial world, it was time for my business! However, I didn’t know what that business would be. And then after one shocking panic-driven experience trying to find a little black dress for a function I was attending, my business idea hit me in the face and it felt like I was destined to do it.” And Juliette didn’t hesitate. She grabbed herself a business partner and a team of experts (website developers, technological advisers, a systems analyst, a market analyst – all based on the Coast also) and launched The Little Black Dress Empire onto the market, to much acclaim. “I was so excited about the whole venture,” Juliette animatedly recounts. “And I knew I was onto something when our search engine optimisation team, who was a bunch of guys, was also extremely excited about the concept. To have men jumping up and down about little black dresses was amazing! april 11

“The Empire has been a wonderful success, I am running to keep up with it. I wake at 4:30am each day and go, go, go. We currently have designers like Master/Slave, Sacha Drake, Talulah and Minna onboard, to name but a few, and we have also just landed a huge American label. To break the USA is my goal. I while I am doing all this, I am also studying for a masters in international business.” Gosh, I not surprised Juliette wakes at 4:30am! This petite and chic ball of fire is one red-hot flash of intense activity – bubbling away furiously, erupting as she goes. I have no doubt she and The Little Black Dress Empire will continue to explode across the world. “I don’t stop,” Juliette admits. “I get bored when I sleep. I hate the saying ‘it will happen’. I don’t believe that. I think you have to make things happen.” So what is Juliette’s fuel, I wonder. What keeps her going? How does she relax? “I love water – I draw my energy from water. I have to be in the ocean every day,” Juliette answers. “And I also have an addiction to tomatoes. If there are no tomatoes in the house, there is one very ratty Juliette!” And suddenly I understand why Juliette looks so good in her little black dress as she sits opposite me – exercise and fruit. And as I am considering this, my mind starts buzzing with ideas for The Little Black Dress Empire sister-site regarding health and fitness – allowing you to look your best in that LBD ... Hold it! I quickly finish my wine and acknowledge it must be time to unplug myself from Juliette. I am sensing I am fully charged …




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Whether it’s taking care of the needs of royalty and the world’s elite, or simply entertaining more down-to-earth guests, retired captain Joe Russell and his wife Chris have got looking after visitors down to a fine art. Jessica Williams finds out there is no better husband and wife team capable of creating a home-away-from-home for those on the move. joe and chris russell


s I sit on the verandah of the beautiful Musavale Lodge overlooking the green lawns and the trees of centuries old, I cannot help but marvel at the exclusive group of people I have just joined. In their many years working on luxury yachts all over the world, Joe Russell and his wife Chris have played host to many of the world’s highest flyers, including royalty, industry moguls, movie stars and even an original member of the infamous rat pack. After a life of travelling through some of the most glamorous places the seven seas have to offer, it was Australia in which they decided to settle. Not content with simply settling into a peaceful retirement in their new Sunshine Coast home, the couple opened a luxury bed and breakfast hidden away in the Hinterland in 2005 and have been there ever since, enjoying all the Sunshine Coast has to offer. With a history as diverse and exciting as this couple, conversation is never short and Joe is always ready with a story for his guests. Born in Hampshire and a self–confessed “true blue pom”, Joe started his career as a marine engineer and it was during this time that he discovered he could make a career out of what he loved to do – yachting. “I was working in ship repairs through the 1960s and ‘70s. After it [the ship repair industry] all went belly up, I took the opportunity to deliver a yacht from England to the Mediterranean and found out that I could, in fact, get paid to sail!” Hailing from beautiful Holland, Chris trained in a cooking school in Switzerland prior to meeting Joe and joining him on the seas. “We met in a restaurant. I was working in the south of France 16


at the time, and was enjoying lunch with some friends. Joe was dining with his friends at the next table. Our friends knew each other, but we had never met,” says Chris of their first encounter. “That was 1981, and we have been together ever since .” “We had been to Australia with yachts three times,” Joe reveals, with a smile. “Friends of ours who were also in the yachting business retired to their beautiful home in Noosa, and we came to visit on several occasions. Then in 2004, we came out to Australia again to work for Reg Grundy, and after this we acknowledged that we seemed to like Australia! So we went back to Europe (where we were living in France), sold our house, packed up all our belongings into a 40-foot container and said to the shipping company that we would call them whenever we knew where we were going to live!” As a captain and purser team on many luxury yachts during the course of their career, the clientele that Joe and Chris can list reads like a who’s who of the world’s current and former A-list. From Roger Moore, Sir Michael Caine and Frank Sinatra to publishing legend Robert Maxwell and even the Saudi royal family, you can be assured the Russells are well versed in the importance of discretion and are well equipped in meeting the needs of even the most discerning of guests. “You have to be discreet in this business,” Chris explains of the importance of respecting guests. This respect for privacy has translated well in their latest venture, The Musavale Lodge bed and breakfast, which aside from boasting stunning grounds and a beautiful salt-water pool, has only three rooms on offer – ensuring a

five-star experience of individual attention much-deserved while on holiday. Creating a home-away-fromhome is the most essential, yet difficult, part of working in such a profession and an important factor that determines just how guests will remember their holiday. “We have had 35 years of looking after people who pay a lot of money to charter a vessell – up to $100,000 a day just for a family holiday,” says Joe. “They obviously want the best. “It’s all about understanding what your patrons want. There really is no one rule. Every guest is totally different.” And it is this mantra which has ensured the success of Joe and Chris at their beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland bed and breakfast. Whether it’s on the high seas or on dry land, one thing’s for sure; Joe and Chris Russell have made a living out of creating the perfect experience for their guests. A lifetime of working for some of the biggest names in the world has left them with a unique understanding of how to please even the most demanding of guests, ensuring that any patron (a tourist or an internationally-renowned celebrity) will find themselves well and truly looked after in their care. With a track record that proves their hospitality is literally fit for royalty, the Russells know how to create that ultimate home-away-from-home.


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1. Twice-baked Moreton Bay bug and white truffle oil souffle with vinegar spinach and salmon caviar 2. Benita May 3. Sue Williams 4. Kerry Sanders 5. Jenny Harrison 6. Debbie Battaglini-Clarke 7. Delicious dessert of stewed rhubarb crème brulee with a gingernut and meringue cigar 8. Slow braised shoulder of Junee lamb with roasted pumpkin plus onion relish and seeded mustard crust



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Last month we asked the boys ‘is romance dead?’ The underlying impression was ‘no’ – it was not dead, but perhaps just hidden under a carpet of confusion as to what women want these days. This month, Jessica Jane Sammut questions the girls … and it is interesting to see that our men are not doing as badly as they thought.


ear Romance, I hope you are well. I have not seen you for a long time and miss our nights out at expensive restaurants, our shopping trips to the jewellers and the flowers you used to buy. I know you are there, Romance – but sometimes it seems you are too busy to have time for me. Life is so hectic nowadays, and although I have Commitment, I also miss you and cherish the times we have had together and sometimes I wonder if there will be any more. Yours always, Love. Dear Love, thank you for your letter. I know that we have not been out together wining and dining lately, or lying on beds strewn with rose petals, and I have not whisked you away to an exotic location for a while, but I hope you realise that I have seen you recently and we are not quite the strangers you may think we are. I was there when Commitment took the kids out the other morning so you could have a sleep-in and I was also there when you and Commitment sat on the deck enjoying dinner together and a glass of wine. If you look for me, you will find me. Yours always, Romance. So what is romance and is it dead? Our gorgeous co-host for our ladies lunch this month to reply to the boys in the March issue of profile is Debbie Battaglini-Clarke, owner-manager of Bank of Queensland (BOQ), Maroochydore. Debbie’s husband, Laurie, took part in last month’s Lads at Lunch talking about the same topic and Debbie is keen to get her revenge! Debbie’s guests are Jenny Harrison of Grandview Homes, married to Scott for 12 years; Kerry Sanders, a happily married 40-10 year old (I have been instructed that this is not the same as 50), who has been married for 30 years; and Sue Williams of Watermark Constructions, who has been with her husband for 41 years and has just bought him a yacht as a surprise (romantic and clever – yes … I mean who doesn’t enjoy sailing in the sunshine with a glass of bubbles in hand?) Profile’s guests this month are Benita May of Bliss on Buderim, who is married to her childhood sweetheart (they have known each other since they were 10!); together with our very own Belinda Brill, sales manager of profile magazine, who was

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with her husband for eight years before they agreed to marry; and myself, Jessica Jane Sammut, whose husband used to bear the nickname SNACIE, as the ‘sensitive new-aged chopper’ that he was (‘chopper’ being slang for ‘player’). profile: So ladies, before we can establish whether romance is dead, we need to ascertain what we think romance is. The boys were unsure and generally seem confused. The general feeling from them was that romance is about extravagant shows of affection or physical contact. What do you think?

belinda: I think cooking. I love a man to cook, it is such a treat and such a luxury and I feel so pampered. My husband used to cook before I took time off work to be with our children and then, because I was at home, it was always down to me. Even though I am back at work, this hasn’t changed back though! debbie: I agree, cooking is so romantic. benita: I think romance means different things to different people. When dating, it was dinners out. Now it is my hubby helping me with something for the business or around the house. Doing the washing, even. belinda: I agree. It is now about that kind of help, because we are all so time-poor. jenny: I think romance is about spending time together. kerry: I agree, it is about connection – being there in the moment with you partner. It doesn’t matter whether you are at home, out at a bar or sitting on the beach. It is that moment in time. It is about being cherished. belinda: Some couples go out to dinner, but sit there texting other people or updating their Facebook. What is the point in that? sue: I agree with Benita. It depends on your stage in life. If you are a mother or busy at work, help around the house or with the kids can be so sweet and romantic. kerry: My husband, John, sometimes picks flowers spontaneously for me if we are out. That is so beautiful, I think.

profile: It seems we women do not expect these great expensive outbursts of romance then?

jenny: When I met Scott, he told me straight up he was not the romantic type. This, in fact, has not been a bad thing as when he is romantic, it means so much more and I know he has done it because he wants to spoil me. I think problems can occur when women expect it, and then the blame game sets in – ‘you used to do this’. benita: The problem with romance now is that we are so independent and impatient as women. I agree with the boys’ view on this. If we want something, we generally buy it. Men don’t know, therefore, how to romance us now. belinda: My husband was worried when we were first dating about whether to hold a door open for me or to pay for a meal as he told me he had offended dates of his previously by doing this. sue: I am not sure if it is a generational thing. My two sons (20 and 21) book restaurants and hotels and organise flowers for their girlfriends. My husband never did that. debbie: Laurie always is chivalrous and opens doors and such; I love it. It could be that this was the way the baby boomers were raised. kerry: I think it is also important for children to see how their parents treat each other – to know that their relationship is important and that they need time together alone. It shouldn’t be all about the kids I think. This is how relationships suffer also. jenny: I agree with that. Scott and I make sure we have time together. During the school holidays, the kids go off to their grandparents and we just kick back and have some time by ourselves; it is so special for us. benita: I have no kids yet even we struggle with time – with our work and businesses, it is hectic. For Valentine’s Day we just spent the day together and it was a dream – just giving each other that time. profile: So what about the three letter word ladies … S. E. X.? It took the boys about two minutes to raise this subject – I don’t think we had even gotten into the starters! profilemagazine


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“If one person in the world is romantic, romance can’t be dead.

jenny: I think the physical aspect of a relationship is definitely vital … but to me it does not have to be sex … it can be touching, kissing, holding hands – that sensual connection. kerry: I love to look at good-looking men, I just think ‘phwoar’! benita: My dad used to say ‘it doesn’t matter where you get your appetite as long as you eat at home!’ sue: Look but don’t touch! jenny: I actually think a tiny bit of jealousy is rather romantic. I find it really cute. kerry: Well, I can’t get enough of my hubby … mind you he’s got plenty! [profile – Ahem, we have been assured that John has not paid Kerry to say this, although that is a lovely diamond necklace around your neck, Kerry … ] profile: But is romance a woman’s domain or a man’s?

debbie: I think women are planners – we do it all. We are the organisers. That is why to me it is so romantic when Laurie actually thinks about and plans something for us. I also love to romance Laurie. I managed to get hold of a piece of Swans memorabilia signed by his hero Barry Hall and he adores it. In fact, he wants to call our unborn son Barry Hall! belinda: I took my hubby away for his 40th birthday – we went to the Hyatt and I booked him into golf (and, of course, I went and had a spa day). He loved it … but then he started worrying about the cost. kerry: I think it is worth it though. You have that memory forever. sue: When the boys left home, I wondered how my hubby and I would get on together as it had been so long since we were alone. But I re-found my soul mate and it was amazing. When he started talking about retirement I went and bought him a yacht as a surprise as we had always loved sailing but hadn’t been able to do so much of it through the ‘busy’ years. So now we have this hobby again together and it is fabulous. jenny: We enjoy doing things together and we also enjoy our own pursuits. He loves fishing



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and I love health clubs. For my 40th birthday, Scott whisked me away for a surprise trip to Queenstown (where I had always been wanting to go) with in-house chefs, in-house massages … it was divine! And this is from the man who told me he did not ‘do’ romance. kerry: I love seeing old couples holding hands. Now that is romantic. They love each other through all their faults, their years together, their memories, and their achievements. It is beautiful. profile: And what about marriage? Romantic? Important nowadays?

jenny: I don’t think it is romantic, but it is a commitment for eternity which is so important to me. benita: I agree, it is that ultimate commitment. kerry: I would be mortified if my daughters had children without being married. belinda: I was with Nigel for eight years before we married and it certainly felt different when we did. debbie: I love my husband and am in love with him … but I also adore him. I love being married to him. sue: Marriage is wonderful as you can grow old with your partner – how romantic is that? profile: So ladies, is romance dead?

kerry: If one person in the world is romantic, it can’t be dead. belinda: Just take a closer look – romance is everywhere. So there we have it. It is appears it is a myth that women want glossy gifts from their men – they are, in fact, content with time, a cuddle, a sweet note, or a look. Cosying up at home with some good food and a bottle of bubbles is often just as fabulous as a flash night out (although they are lovely too), and being in the moment to enjoy each other is an all-important ingredient of romance whatever is being planned. So look into the shadows for that romance – it is there, it is just not necessarily wrapped in a Cartier box.

RESERVE RESTAURANT CELLAR, MALENY Set near the beautiful village of Maleny in the hinterland sits Reserve Restaurant Cellar, a first-class establishment of style and delicate taste offering fine dining and an array of sumptuous wines to accompany its sublime dishes. Since its opening in April 2007, Reserve Restaurant Cellar has been awarded a coveted star rating in the 2008 and 2009 Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide and has also earned a listing in the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide 2009. And I must say, we were certainly spoilt with a degustation menu to die for. With a menu of cauliflower soup with truffle tapenade, twice-baked Moreton Bay bug and white truffle oil soufflé with vinegar spinach and salmon caviar, sorbet to cleanse the palette, slow-braised shoulder of Junee lamb with roasted pumpkin plus onion relish and seeded mustard crust, and stewed rhubarb crème brulee with a gingernut and meringue ‘cigar’, we were utterly spoilt. With wines to match every dish, Reserve Restaurant Cellar could not have created a more sumptuous and beautiful lunch. It was truly spectacular. And in addition to this, the service we encountered was five-star – we had a knowledgeable waitress who rattled off the dishes and wines with great understanding and a passion for what was being served. And if that was not all … they also provided us with a gluten-free option for one of our ladies, so there really is no excuse not to go and treat yourself! Reserve Restaurant Cellar is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reserve Restaurant Cellar 840 Landsborough-Maleny Rd Bald Knob Phone 5435 2288

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It’s ironic really – I never really had a home, but helping people get from one home to the next is my passion.�



rebecca nolan is a survivor battling on through the most horrific of childhoods to come out the other side a successful real estate agent and loving mother

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“Some days are diamonds and some days are stone,” so country legend John Denver crooned. But what happens if every day ends up being stone? What happens if you wake up each morning knowing your chances of having a diamond day are pretty much nil? Do you wallow, sulk and have a little cry, or do you bound out of bed and choose to live a happy life, no matter what? Alli Grant catches up with local real estate agent Rebecca Nolan to learn a few life lessons and discover that it’s your choice to feel amazing every day, no matter what life throws at you.


never thought I’d say this, but could someone please, please, please send me back to 2010? Too hard? Okay, well I’d be equally as happy to be catapulted into 2012 – quick sticks – Back to the Future style … It’s just that 2011 and I aren’t the best of friends – in fact, 2011 won’t be getting so much as a Christmas card from me this year – he (yes, of course 2011 is a male!) has a lot to answer for. Within two weeks, my husband and I were forced to farewell two of the men we loved the most – my beautiful Poppy, Charlie, and my husband’s father, Neville – two great men. While Poppy’s death was somewhat expected, Neville’s passing was a complete shock – we were rocked to our core … devastated, heartbroken. And only a few weeks later we lost our much-loved 16-year-old cat, Calvin. From here, we collected a string of smaller catastrophes and challenges much like a toddler collects shells on the beach – I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say ... enough already! I often spruik the importance of being positive and not wallowing in self pity … and I am pretty good at practising what I preach, that is until the last straw broke this little camel’s back. I’m afraid at the time of writing this story I am in the midst of a wallow of Olympic gold medal-winning proportions. But, there’s no fast forward button on the merry-go-round of life, and it’s up to you if and how you learn from your experiences. Somehow, people who have undergone the most devastating of tragedies – tragedies most of us can’t even fathom – manage to do so with gusto, with purpose and with a positive outlook. It’s about perspective. When you have been at your absolute lowest, the only way is up, and it’s easier to appreciate the life you have. Sometimes you have to experience the dark before you can appreciate the beauty of the light. Rebecca Nolan’s life reads like a midday television soap opera – one unbelievable challenge after another.

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At just 33, Rebecca has experienced it all – neglect, homelessness, domestic violence, abuse, suicide and drug addiction (her mother’s). Yet when I meet Rebecca, sitting before me is a beautiful, strong, confident, successful woman; a woman with a physique to die for (exercise has always been good therapy for Rebecca), piercing eyes and platinum blonde hair who downs a disgustingly healthy protein ball while I enjoy my guilty little pleasure – a (skinny) hot chocolate. You could forgive Rebecca for being just a little bitter, but nope, not a bitter bone in this successful real estate agent’s svelte body. In fact, Rebecca is somehow thankful for her challenging upbringing as it has made her who she is today. Talk about perspective! “When I was younger I felt like my childhood was a place I should be ashamed of. But now I look back and I’m just so grateful for my life. I really feel blessed. Every now and then I think, wow, how did I get here? I do feel proud, but it’s still surreal that it was really my life. I’ve learnt to always look forward; never look back.” Rebecca was born in Melbourne; her parents lived in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and travelled to Australia to have their daughter. It was in Papua New Guinea that the foundation was laid for what would be a challenging upbringing. “Mum’s drug taking started in PNG – she smoked a lot of marijuana; then Mum and Dad split when I was three, and I lived with Dad in Hong Kong for a year and moved back to Australia to live with Mum when I was five. We moved to Buderim. “She [Mum] was always a bit lost – which is why she left us with Dad, I guess. Mum had always been a bit of a hippy, into astrology and séances and stuff. She was a drug addict – addicted to marijuana.” Tragically, Rebecca was subjected to so much at such a tender age; an age when a child should be playing with Barbie dolls, not wondering how

much pot her Mum had smoked. Rebecca was also subjected to all kinds of abuse and neglect. She tells me that things got really bad when she was about nine, although her mother wasn’t formally diagnosed with any mental illness until many years later. “When I was nine, Mum had a terrible breakdown. She wouldn’t speak to us and she used to hear voices all the time and started talking to herself. I realised I had to look after myself. I look at my [13-year-old] daughter now and I don’t even want to let her walk to the bus stop alone; I can’t imagine leaving her to look after herself. “It was just me and Mum for years [Rebecca’s sister had moved out]. I used to tell my friends Mum was half deaf if they came over … to explain why she wouldn’t talk to them. I was really embarrassed.” I wonder how a child finds herself in this position – without any support or assistance. What about her family? “I phoned my uncle and my grandparents [at age 11], who lived in Victoria, for help because I just didn’t know what to do, but they really stuck their heads in the sand. No one wanted to acknowledge there was a problem. I was so young, but it got to the point where I just didn’t know any different so I just dealt with it. I had to. “I believe intelligence helped me get through my life, even from a young age; I even skipped grade one and went straight into grade two. Unfortunately, my schooling suffered after my mother’s breakdown as I became extremely insecure and it became hard to concentrate at school. Although I always was one of the top students, I wonder how far my studies would have gone if I had not been neglected. Some days I would even go to school without any lunch. That’s horrible isn’t it?” I can understand why Rebecca is so focused on looking forward – on the future. While she takes time to acknowledge her journey to this point in



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She [Mum] really was a beautiful woman – an amazing, intelligent, funny lady. The drugs just destroyed her; and destroyed her life and my childhood.”




her life, she tries not to dwell on the past. “The older I get the more I understand how horrible it all really was. The hardest part was cutting myself off from my own mother.” And as a teenager, this is exactly what Rebecca did, or at least tried to do. At the age of 13, and after spending some time with her grandparents in Melbourne helping them deal with the realities of their daughter’s situation (again, supporting the adults around her), Rebecca returned to the Sunshine Coast and moved in with a friend’s family. “I felt uncomfortable living there – I felt like a burden. I was used to feeling unwanted and neglected, I felt like I didn’t belong there, even though they were happy to have me.” At the age of 14 Rebecca moved out, quit school and began working in retail. “I lived with friends and then moved around a bit. I was homeless for a while – nowhere to live and I had nothing. I did a lot of couch surfing at friends’ houses. I was drinking a lot and for a while; I wasn’t working. But there is so much about that time I can’t remember. I think I choose not to remember. I was just a lost little girl.” This is the kind of life you would expect the neglected child of a drug addicted single mother to live – one filled with self destruction, with drinking, with partying, with little purpose. You can forgive Rebecca for taking this path – albeit temporary. “When I was 14 I lost touch with Mum. I detached myself from her. It was too painful to watch her destroy her life, which I believe saved mine.” Rebecca pauses for a moment, remembering her mother with surprising fondness. “She really was a beautiful woman – an amazing, intelligent, funny lady. The drugs just destroyed her and her life, and my childhood. Sometimes it’s easier not to like her. But I have forgiven her – you have to understand that forgiveness is part of the healing process. She had an addiction, an illness. If she didn’t, she would have been a different person, a different mother.” After a brief stint in Brisbane, at 16, Rebecca returned to the Coast and lived with her boyfriend’s family. Although she lived there for two years, she still wasn’t comfortable – she found it hard to feel that sense of belonging in a family environment that wasn’t her own. “They gave me the opportunity to go back to school and I did really well. It was definitely a turning point in my life and I will be forever grateful to them.” At 18, Rebecca moved out and got a job working for Friday’s in Mooloolaba. She started behind the bar and was promoted to supervisor and then to duty manager. While essentially estranged from her mother, she did speak to her every week or so. “It was just so hard to be around her – too painful and heartbreaking. I felt guilty that I wasn’t there to care for her. I begged her to give up the pot, I would even tell her it was me or drugs, but she would always have an excuse for using. She just couldn’t give up.” While she couldn’t give up the drugs, she seemed desperate to give up on life. When Rebecca was 18, her mother attempted suicide for the first time. “She tried to slit her wrists and overdosed, but she lived. She was finally diagnosed as a drug-induced schizophrenic.”

When she was 20, Rebecca fell pregnant with her now 13-year-old daughter and the absolute love of her life, Ashlee. Soon after, Rebecca’s mother again attempted suicide while she was living in Tasmania. “The second time she tried to drug and drown herself and slit her wrists … she woke up after being passed out for a few hours and called the ambulance. She was just so desperately unhappy. She never thought she was crazy – Mum claimed she just had a higher level of consciousness, although she did start taking medication after that second attempt.” Not long before Rebecca’s 21st birthday, Ashlee was born. “When Ashlee was born she [Rebecca’s mother] stayed for a few days and I hated her being around my daughter – from then I really tried to keep myself distant emotionally. I knew I had to do that in order to be happy. I had a little baby – I didn’t want that negative energy in my house. “I saw Mum for the last time in Melbourne the day before Mother’s Day in 2000. We had an argument as she said she wasn’t smoking [pot] anymore and I knew she was. A few weeks later, on June 5 2000, Mum called and asked me if I was happy in life and told me she loved me. I was having a good day, so I told her, yes I was, and that I loved her too. “Two days later my father called and told me to sit down. He told me Mum was dead – she had hanged herself. It was absolutely horrific, but I couldn’t cry. Although it was expected, I think I was in shock.” And I can sense she still loves her mother. As strong as Rebecca is and as much as she has lived through, she still clearly mourns the mother she lost – lost first to drugs and then by her own hand. The ‘survivor’ façade fades a little as Rebecca remembers her mother – tears quietly rolling down her cheeks. “I actually could have gone down the same path – it would have been so easy to escape reality. But why would I? Reality is amazing; I get to create my own destiny and happiness.” Unfortunately, life was to get even more challenging. “I actually got quite depressed at this point. I think a lot of my life caught up with me. I was exhausted from surviving for so long. I guess I felt a bit sorry for myself ...” Not long after Rebecca buried her mother, she was “preyed upon” by a man she knew through work and she found herself in an abusive relationship. “I was just a zombie – I wasn’t myself at all. I was vulnerable and I guess I didn’t have anyone else. He abused me for 10 months. “If I tried to leave him he would beat me up or threaten to – I was afraid for me and my daughter. After everything I had been through, this was actually the lowest point of my life. I ended up getting the police involved and I left him.” So how did Rebecca stay focused on a happy future when her life was in such tatters? “I saw a psychologist – which helped – but I didn’t ever want to take medication. He told me to try exercising – so I took up running which has helped me so much. I have realised it’s how you handle your failure that makes you successful in life. Sometimes you have to absolutely hit rock bottom before you can truly grow wings and fly.” And fly she did. Finally “free of her mother” and

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emotionally stronger, Rebecca set about getting her life back on track. She went to university at 23 to study biomedical science, but left before finishing her degree (due to financial reasons) to work for a local magazine, selling ad space. Rebecca found her place in the world of sales, leaving the magazine for a career in television sales, and eventually ending up in the fast-paced world of real estate. “I am just really good at selling. I think it’s my people skills. When you have felt every single emotion you can possibly feel, you learn how to read people. And I’m also really honest which I believe helps in real estate. My mum never disciplined me for anything, so I wasn’t ever forced to lie. I feel my life has been a massive advantage to my career.” Rebecca started working for local industry icon Loren Wimhurst four years ago when she was with Ken Guy, and now works with Loren at Next Property Group. She describes Loren as “the most amazing, wonderful woman who has helped me a lot”. “I just love helping people get to the next chapter in their life. It’s ironic really – I never really had a home, but helping people get from one home to the next is my passion. I think working in real estate has also helped me to grow as a person as I meet so many amazing people from so many different walks of life.” If real estate and exercise are her two passions, the love of her life is clearly her daughter, Ashlee. How has Rebecca’s childhood impacted on her parenting? “She [Ashlee] is an amazing kid. I am so glad I had her at a young age as I finally felt that unconditional love I had missed out on. It’s hard not to wrap her up in cotton wool, but I do want her to know that life isn’t always easy. I want to teach her to be wise and to have good survival instincts. She knows a lot about my life – I want her to april 11

learn from my lessons.” How does Rebecca stay so positive? Does anything bother her? “I can pretty much turn anything into a positive. But things do get me down. More than anything, I’m tired of being responsible all the time – I have been since I was nine. It’s exhausting.” She does admit also to occasionally thinking about the past. “Sometimes I go back to that unhappy place – something will trigger a memory. I just think about what a waste of a life it was. My mother had so much potential, which makes me determined to use mine. “Over the last few years I have learnt to be a little bit selfish and it’s awesome! I’m really so happy, I feel successful as a person. I feel content. I really look after my body (my temple) – I eat well, I exercise a lot, I don’t drink too often and I only surround myself with positive people. I love my life and I feel amazing!” While life still isn’t always smooth sailing, Rebecca’s ability to turn anything into a life lesson is nothing short of inspiring. “There’s just no point looking backwards or feeling sorry about your life. Yes, you will have challenges, but you can feel amazing every day, It’s your choice.” So, I finish Rebecca’s story with tears welling in my eyes. I need to find my happy place. I need to bid a loving farewell to those I have lost, see the other challenges for what they are – minor speed bumps in this journey we call life – and get on with it. I need to learn from the deaths of my loved ones – and not take those I love for granted. And I need to choose to feel amazing, every day. Like Rebecca Nolan, I will be firmly focused on the future – a happy future for me and my family. Thank you, Rebecca.

“I have realised it’s how you handle your failure that makes you successful in life. Sometimes you have to absolutely hit rock bottom before you can truly grow wings and fly.



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You work hard at your career, in business or on your health and fitness, so why not your personal finances? Financial success underpins the majority of most people’s wants and desires and yet this area is often neglected, and not necessarily through choice.

Jodie McIver

With years of practical investing both personally and for clients (including becoming a best-selling author and public speaker), the most common question Jodie McIver, Director of EQUIS Group, gets asked is ‘where can I learn how to be good with money?’ Understandably, people are sometimes wary about obtaining information from affiliated, product-tied companies and but need help to be able to control and grow their own finances. With 15 years in the financial industry, Jodie understood more than most how the economic world works. She didn’t see the global financial crisis coming – nor did the majority of economists or business analysts in the world – so how could the average hard-working Australian plan for the event? With this in mind, and dusting herself off after her own financial situation crumpled, Jodie set about developing a company where people could learn all aspects of money in a non-biased, non-pressured and affordable forum. Who better to learn from than someone who was walking the talk? EQUIS Group is a highly professional, affordable and unique education facility for those who are keen to learn more about money but are unsure of who to trust or where to go to source credible, reliable information. Run by professional, tertiary qualified financial experts (and guest speakers), EQUIS is independent and commercial free, offering smart, practical financial education in bite-sized two-hour workshops. The first of its kind in Australia, EQUIS has been developed to satisfy people’s quest for financial knowledge without the sales hype, without the product push and without the follow-up strategies. Often people abandon the search for financial awareness because they don’t know who to trust or where to turn for facts, information and direction. But you don’t have to worry about this with EQUIS, as they arm you with the financial basics so you are better informed and more confident when meeting with your accountants, financial planners or legal specialists. EQUIS Group believes it is never too early or too late to make smart decisions about money and has therefore developed the following workshops for individuals and small business.

Living Smart Things you ‘need to know’ about money A smart place to start on your quest for credible financial information is this two-hour workshop. You can expect to learn the key principles, facts and skills behind cash-flow and debt management, as well as understanding investments like shares and property, superannuation strategies and tax minimisation, just to name a few. This knowledge is non-biased, accurate and designed to give you the edge in developing an excellent financial outlook – a must for anyone from the ‘young achievers’ to the ‘young at heart’. Retiring Smart Things you ‘need to know’ about retirement Providing income for retirement regardless of your age or situation is a daunting process for most people, however in this two-hour workshop you will discover how straightforward it is to understand the financial steps to retirement. From self-funded situations to navigating the Centrelink and tax issues, you will learn the basic terms and strategies that will help you make better decisions about your retirement situation whether you are already retired or have started thinking about it. Start Smart Things young achievers ‘need to know’ about money A great place to start for the future leaders of our country. This is an essential two-hour workshop for ages 16 to 25. Ideal for those Gen Y go-getters who are keen to get a head start in their financial future, the workshops are designed to provide easy, practical information on issues that affect Gen Y right now. You will learn the fundamentals of money (that those older than you wish they knew earlier!) and how to apply them to your life without sacrificing your current lifestyle. Smart Business Financial things you ‘need to know’ about small business

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This is a priority workshop for small to medium business owners who are keen to better understand their financial situation, improve ongoing cash flow and maximise potential opportunities within their existing business. Often business owners spend more time ‘in’ their business and not enough time ‘on’ their business, so the opportunity to spend two hours understanding financial implications is much needed. It’s your choice; it’s your future. Why not make sure it is a great one!

Quality childcare and early learning for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. • Separate Nursery and Pre-Prep wings  • Air-conditioned centre • Library, music and sport lessons   for Pre-Prep For more information Ph: (07) 5453 7077 • 372 Mons Road, Forest Glen Qld 4556

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magine a life in which you could literally live your dream each and every day. Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy’s coach and founder Toby Coote has achieved this through his career as mentor and friend to the budding triathletes of the Sunshine Coast. Through hours upon hours of dedicated coaching, he helps these athletes achieve their goals and advance through to the highest levels of the competitive sport. A passion for his career has helped him stay motivated through the many years he has been involved in the sporting world. “I get paid to do something I love and have a passion for. I have been involved in sport all my life, and triathlons have been a part of it for 20 years,” says Toby. “I have been fortunate to have many experiences within the sport as an athlete and now I get the chance to pass that onto the athletes I coach.” Not just a career, Toby has managed to turn his profession into a lifestyle. “I coach 16 hands-on sessions a week and have online programs as well. Then there is the time and preparation that goes into

each session. It is seven days a week, 48 weeks a year,” he explains. “Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day, but I keep motivated and relax by surfing.” It is the simple pleasure of surfing and the laidback beach lifestyle that Toby lists as his favourite things about his coastal home. “I love the laidback lifestyle living on the beach,” Toby says of life on the Sunshine Coast. “I have lived on the Coast since 1984 and have seen a lot of changes in that time – some good and some bad. We have the best place in the world to train, as the environment and weather are both perfect for year-round training here. We are truly blessed to be living here. I wouldn’t swap this place for all the money in the world.” Through his dedication and love of the sport, Toby has proven himself to be invaluable to the budding athletes of the Sunshine Coast. His philosophy of nurturing and helping these athletes ensures he is invaluable to their development and is loved by all of his protégés young and old. Toby Coote has achieved a lifestyle many will only ever dream of.

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f there is one thing Jill Rogers of Hostyle Clothing is not, it is ordinary. After periods of time spent working in mine sites, offshore oil rigs and many other exciting professions, Jill has settled into life by the beach by opening a hugely successful work-wear store that encompasses many of her previous careers in one outlet. It is her vast experience in many fields which has contributed to her success in the work-wear industry. “My working life began as a secretary in the human resources department of the Triang Toy Factory,” Jill reveals of the very origins of her career path. “My career then progressed through to recruitment, safety, occupational health and rehabilitation, mostly in the construction and engineering industries.” And it is interesting to see that a passion for fashion is not instrumental for success in the fashion and work-wear industry, as Jill has proven. “I am unfortunately not a fashionista, so operating a uniform shop is actually very appropriate for me. Among other things, we sell work-wear which is akin to my previous career field – I sometimes find

myself reminiscing with clients about mine sites and offshore oil rigs! “I also enjoy managing the ‘corporate wear’ side of the business, as I spent so much of my life in big city highrise buildings and board rooms.” Listing anything Australian as a strong style influence in her work, the practicality that comes with Australian work-wear has lent itself nicely in Jill’s line of work. “We are practical, but always with a hint of our unique relaxed style,” she elaborates. The move to the Sunshine Coast was not a hard decision for the busy woman. “Before settling, I travelled all around Australia looking for that special place, and I chose here,” says Jill. “Apart from the blatantly obvious factors such as the beaches, hinterland, sub-tropical climate and the spectacular fauna and flora, I felt it was one of the safest places to live, as it is less prone to cyclones, floods and fires.” With Hostyle Clothing on the rise and with many exciting developments on the not-so-distant horizon, Jill Rogers is certainly one to watch.

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profile Each month we profile a number of successful locals making their mark in their chosen profession. Do you know someone worthy of profiling? Email

Dr Jessica Owen Coastlife Chiropractic Peregian-based chiropractor Dr Jessica Owen is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to achieve greater health and wellbeing. Jessica has helped people from all walks of life – newborns, children, professional sports people, mums, dads and even the family pet. Dr Owen uses a combination of chiropractic techniques, neuro-linguistic programming, medical intuition and a holistic approach to help people feel connected in mind, body and spirit. Coastlife Chiropractic believes that when the physical and metaphysical are connected we not only feel great, we can live our lives from the heart space. “I love helping people to discover their potential and amazing inborn ability to heal themselves. I feel grateful and proud to be able to connect with people in this way,” says Dr Owen. Phone 5471 2555

Dr Eve Burbidge Art of Dentistry Dr Eve has just moved up from Melbourne and is excited to be joining the Sunshine Coast community. With a wealth of experience (in fact 15 years overseas and in Australia), Dr Eve brings a welcome feminine touch to Art Of Dentistry. Eve’s passion lies in children’s dental health. “Having young children myself, I feel it is very important for children to understand their own dental health and to be responsible for it.” In order to achieve this, Eve would like to help parents understand the importance of a good foundation in dental well-being. “Going to the dentist for six-month check-ups is cheaper than going out to dinner and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run,” says Dr Eve. In keeping with Art of Dentistry’s high standard of community care, Dr Eve is in the process of starting up an Early Childhood Dental Education program. Phone 5445 8755

Joanne Walters Asset Agents As one of the few female business brokers on the Coast, Joanne is a fully licensed agent with Asset Agents. Joanne has had a passion for real estate from the age of 21. While working as an international flight attendant, she started buying properties and shopped around the world for all the bits to renovate them. She often brought home excess baggage filled with goodies. After renovating and sub-dividing many properties, she gave up her wings to complete her full real estate licence and work in sales. Joanne has continued to be an active investor and has property interests all over Australia. She is now integrating business sales with the new wave of social media in order to provide clients with every possible avenue for achieving their desired sales results.



Our fertility specialists: Dr George Bogiatzis, Dr Kirsten Small, Dr James Orford, Dr Kirsten Morrow, Dr Rebecca Matthews, Nurse Denise Donati.


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Sharing your journey for life



SCBWN featurepromotion ecohome2010 The Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network

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Sunshine Coast. Boasting more than over 400 members and a plethora of knowledge, the network provides inspiration and connections for women in business. As an advocate of women in business, profile magazine is proud to highlight some of the talented SCBWN members in our new quarterly feature. Enjoy meeting the members! For more information on the network and how you can join, head to


Kylie patchett Kylie Patchett has a background in health and forensic sciences, beginning her career as a forensic biologist, and later moving into sleep and respiratory science management. Disillusioned by a career in health care which was more about making money and treating illness rather than empowering and educating people about how to stay healthy, Kylie returned to her early passion for natural health. Following a move from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast, Kylie and her husband, Shane, now run their family business, Sage, offering an online shopping solution for natural, safer and ethical products for home and health. With an online catalogue of products ranging from world-class nutritional supplements to natural makeup and non-toxic cleaning products, the Sage team is passionate about providing education and genuine natural alternatives so the consumer can make an informed and wise choice regarding their long-term health. If you are worried about your family’s exposure to chemicals, feel your ‘busy day diet’ may leave holes in your nutrition, or simply want longer life and youthful vitality, Sage can help. Sage runs regular community and business workshops and in-home consultations. To find out more, visit the website or phone Kylie. phone 0403 221 591

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rose mcgahey Rose McGahey from Zen Shiatsu With Tangible Changes is a practitioner based at Healthy Insight, Woombye. Rose has trained, studied and practised shiatsu for the past 11 years. As a Queensland representative and national council member of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia, Rose is an expert in her field. A member of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network and the Enlightened Goddess Business Network, Rose has worked with a wide spectrum of clients, including children, the elderly, the ill and the pregnant. Rose offers zen shiatsu, zen thai, chair massage, and remedial oriental therapies – cupping and moxibustion. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing form of bodywork which harmonises the flow of our energy and aligns our bodies with our purpose for being. Shiatsu is one of the most effective therapies for reducing the effects of stress, stimulating circulation, promoting relaxation, strengthening the body, and supporting the body back to its natural state. Shiatsu is a total body therapy and is recognised as a suitable treatment for most conditions including asthma, back, neck and shoulder pain, fatigue, RSI, sports injuries, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, menstrual issues, muscle tension, irritable bowel and immune system disorders. Head to Healthy Insight in Woombye to experience Rose’s unique and ancient techniques for total body and mind health. phone 5442 2900



healthy insight

fiona marshall Fiona Marshall is the owner of Healthy Insight, a one-stop wellbeing centre in the heart of the Hinterland – the beautiful Woombye. Healthy Insight offers a supportive, nurturing environment for you to attain and maintain optimal wellbeing – holistically, naturally and spiritually. Fiona’s passion and enthusiasm is fuelled by seeing her clients rejuvenated after a treatment – feeling more alive, calm, realigned, re-energised and re-balanced. Her services as a intuitive healer, clairvoyant and medical intuitive are second-to-none. Fiona is sought-after by the media to undertake readings or to speak on different topics, and she was also invited to give healings to Andhra Pradesh’s Prime Minister (2006-2007) in India. Fiona believes that when her clients are ready, life changes can happen straight away. “It’s like the unfolding of a butterfly,” Fiona states. “My clients have often been in a cocoon hiding themselves away, waiting for their time to emerge into the beautiful beings they are intended to be.” Children’s healing is another passion of Fiona’s, who works hard to free kids from anxiety, fear, anger or grief and to also instill self-belief. Fiona’s aim is to support her clients emotionally and spiritually on their journeys to create happiness in the present, and to live uplifted, free, and joyous lives. phone 0418 889 323

SCBWN feature be lifestyle retreats

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Danielle Sturgeon

BE Lifestyle Retreats is a family-owned business based on the Sunshine Coast which provides a range of innovative and quality services for people with high care physical disabilities, and the frail aged. BE Lifestyle Retreats specialises in tailored personal care services, with accommodation and associated services offered through a number of retreats dotted throughout the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with another soon to open in North Queensland. The business also offers community access and allied health packages. The retreats are well-appointed comfortable homes, which are tastefully furnished and fully equipped to cater for full-care needs, while offering customers a safe and secure environment. Services are available on both a permanent and respite basis. Business founder and managing director Belinda Wardlaw has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and is confined to an electric wheelchair, so she is uniquely placed to completely understand the special care her customers need. Belinda’s high standards for her own personal daily care provide a benchmark for her business, ensuring a consistently high level of personal care provision and lifestyle support for all. BE Lifestyle Retreats focuses on ensuring that their customers live a quality, socially-included life that is individually tailored to each person’s likes and needs. For more information, call BE Lifestyle Retreats on 1800 4 RESPITE (1800 4737 7483) or visit

Danielle joined Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers in 2006 and, as a result of working with Leisa Toomey in family law, she was inspired to become a lawyer. Since making that decision, she has continued to work full-time, study for her law degree and somehow still manage to have a social life and travel to Europe, Asia and South America. Danielle recently completed her Bachelor of Laws degree and will shortly commence her graduate diploma in legal practice for a September 2011 admission as a lawyer. Danielle is looking forward to a long and successful career in law and hopes she will make a difference in people’s lives. She is passionate about people and family law, and is looking forward to the challenge of providing practical advice and being able to assist people in finding solutions to difficult situations. Danielle’s history and past experiences have given her an insight into the challenges which arise in family law disputes, and she will bring empathy and understanding to clients during what can be very stressful times.

leigh clay Leigh Clay has been working at Kevin P. Scambler and Associates, Accountants and Tax Agents (KPSA) for more than 10 years and there are not too many people these days who can lay claim to that statement. One of the most common reasons given when people change accountants is “every time I ring my accountant, I have to speak to someone different who is now handling my file”. This is not the case at KPSA as Leigh’s colleagues, Andrew and Jessica, have also both been working there for nine years and five years respectively. KPSA is not a big practice but it is a personalised practice. All staff return calls and answer emails promptly … minus the minor ‘account for services’ which normally follows. Its specialty is small business and mum-and-dad property investors. KPSA gives advice on structuring, asset protection, taxation and property issues. The team keeps tax simple and sits down with clients to explain tax returns in a simple format rather than sending out returns in the mail.

Originally from Toowoomba, Danielle loves living on the Sunshine Coast and greatly enjoys the lifestyle on offer here. In her spare time she does Bikram yoga, plays touch football and enjoys running and travelling overseas whenever she gets the chance. In fact, Danielle is currently planning a three-month journey back to South America to soak up a different culture before commencing work as a lawyer with Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers.

Incorporated into the office is Pinnacle 1 Services, which offers financial planning, insurance and loan services. Clients find that having all these services under the one roof certainly makes life a lot easier as their accountant can liaise with the financial planner or loan broker with ease to make it all happen quickly and seamlessly. Pinnacle 1 Services can look after superannuation, wealth creation, insurance and any financing needs, ranging from house to equipment finance. phone 5413 8927 phone 5452 7205

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my favourite things ... I just adore the femininity of the 1950s – not necessarily the traditional standards for women, but certainly their style! Pearls, coiffed hair, curves and red lips. Sigh …

So this month we were inspired to give a modern edge to 1950s glamour. Check out this month’s fashion shoot at Beach on Sixth (coincidentally home to our new office!), and Katie Mackenzie’s Vanity Case in My Mini Mag, on how you can recreate the look. And, with autumn here and winter just around the corner, we now start to rug up in soft, warm clothing designed for comfort … and of course a bit of style!


This stunning image features and is styled by Giverny Locke from the Toni&Guy team in Cotton Tree (photographed by gold coast pin-up photography). We just love this 1950s-inspired shoot with a glamorous modern touch. Givency is a pin-up specialist - find her at Toni&Guy, 30 King Street, Cotton Tree or phone 5451 0251.

cultural dressing Local fashion designer Yaneira Velasquez is making an impact with her unique, culturally-rich designs. Pictured is the ‘Uluru Dress’, fabulously recreating the iconic monolith of our outback. This dress was worn by model Holly Anne Viser as her national costume while competing in the Miss Australia Tourism International Pageant. The event was held in Malaysia, and Holly came runner up out of 56 countries. We look forward to seeing big things from this talented local fashion designer.

walk of art Vivienne Westwood and Melissa temptation shoe, RRP $285.

Looking beautiful; feeling fabulous; expressing your individuality; making ecological choices. These are all hallmarks of passionate living and they are all at the foundation of Melissa fashion shoes. This innovative, leading fashion brand has walked (and leapt and skipped and frolicked) its way into women’s hearts all over the world. These fashion shoes are works of art – and we mean quite literally. When you wear a pair of Melissa shoes you are wearing some of the top names in contemporary fashion, art and design – for example, Vivienne Westwood, Judy Blame, Alexandre Herchcovitch are a just a few of the world’s leading designers who love to create fashion shoes for Melissa.

smart dressing get wise Designed with easy elegance and casual chic in mind, Wyse clothing combines innovative design and natural fibres to offer garments that epitomise style and comfort. Made from modal – a natural timber fibre touted as the new wonder fabric of the design world – Wyse has gained a reputation for releasing stylish basics that carry you from daytime urbanity to evening sophistication. Soul Diva boutique specialises in stylish comfort – head to their Buderim store to check out the latest range of Wyse garments, guaranteed to be comfortable and chic.

Sunshine Coast-based San Nizet designer and owner Sandra Nizette recently showcased her new Travelling Rose collection at one of Australia’s premier fashion events – ‘Sydney Fashion Exposed’. Her new Travelling Rose Collection is feminine, practical and comfortable. By choosing beautiful, breathable, quality fabrics, Sandra has created looks that are savvy and unique, but cleverly, she has also thought about design features that incorporate personal safety and security to provide more peace of mind when travelling.

Travelling Rose Short Trench Jacket, $210. Styled with Travelling Rose Silk Linen Overlay Top, $129, and Travelling Rose Short Style 5 Skirt, featuring hidden fob and detachable pocket, $160.







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vanity case on cloud nine Cloud Nine Iron, RRP $270. Gone are the days of over-styling hair with a searing hot hair iron. Cloud Nine irons have arrived in Australia, offering style aficionados and beauty buffs an iron which gives the user total control, offering flexibility to suit all hair types. Available at Strut Hair, Maroochydore and selected stockists. Phone 1300 294 247.

can’t live without ... The Body Shop Cactus Brush, RRP $22.95. For stockists or to make a purchase, head to

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ModelCo Liquid Buds Eye Makeup Remover, $14.50. These are handy snap-top buds which contain a single dosage of eye makeup remover, ideal for precision cleaning. ModelCo is available at David Jones, Myer, and selected independents. For stockists, phone 02 8354 6700 or visit

a must-have Youngblood five-piece brush roll, RRP $99. Available at Bliss on Buderim. Phone 5477 1430.

cleansing wipes Face of Australia Purifying Cleansing Wipes, RRP $4.95. For stockists, visit

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Beauty Pod Airbrush FX, RRP $12.50. This airbrush-effect sponge offers a professional makeup artist finish, while being speedy and easy to apply. It is also latex and allergy free. A must-have tool for your vanity case. For stockists, visit

L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium Lumiere, RRP $14.95. This extremehold professional hairspray contains a patented formula which leaves hair with optimal shine and an instant hold without clumping or leaving residue in the hair. For stockists, phone 1300 651 141 or visit www.lorealprofessionnel.

get the look Get the look from this month’s fashion shoot. Head back to the ‘50s with flawless foundation, luscious red lips and thick lashes ...



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my mini mag

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profile: What do love most about your job?

robeccer: I love being surrounded by people who are happy and in love. I am so lucky to share in a couple’s most beautiful moments – marriage, maternity, birth, babies and family. It’s all what I like to call the ‘wow’ moments that we love to look back on and bring meaning to our life. I am the lucky one who gets to have a front row seat.

Award-winning photographer Robeccer McLean from Adori Studios is a relative newcomer to the Coast, but she has fitted in beautifully with our relaxed style and way of life. Profile visits Robeccer’s gorgeous studio in Mooloolaba to chat about what makes HER tick, and her style inspiration. robeccer mclean

profile: Your studio is stunning. What is your favourite piece?

robecccer: Definitely my Louie chair. I had it made to suit my business branding and it is my feature piece. The chair and material come from Italy. I also had cushions made out of the fabric to tie it all in. profile: How would you define your photographic style?

robeccer: It’s hard to pigeonhole my style into a few words as it tends to change to suit the customers I am shooting. I feel every person I photograph brings out a different aspect of my personality. But in saying that, I feel my style is an emotional, connected, real, artistic style with a touch of glamour thrown in. I love to be different, and even if I have shot at a location many times, I will find something new on every shoot. profile: What about your personal style?

robeccer: My style is a bit eclectic – it tends to change with my moods … one day I’m rock chick, the next I’m girly and feminine. My favourite designers are Sass & Bide, Alannah Hill and Anthropologie over in the U.S. (who have also just brought out the most divine bridal range). profile: What was your funniest moment during a shoot?

robeccer: On one shoot, all the groomsman at a wedding had had a little too much to drink … and decided to do a nudie run through the Hyatt Hotel Canberra! I captured the whole lot. The bride and groom were none the wiser and were in hysterics when I showed them after the wedding. profile: What is your fashion fetish?

robeccer: I love beautiful clothes of all kinds, but nice dresses are a favourite. profile: Where is your favourite boutique?

robeccer: I don’t really have a favourite yet on the Sunshine Coast, but I do love walking the streets of Paddington in Brisbane in search of different items – oh and stopping for copious amounts of coffee! profile: What do you never leave home without?

robeccer: I never leave home without my sunglasses, iPhone, iPad and water.




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Model Sarah (V Management and Faye Rolph Models wears Pop Soda ‘Hell Bunny’ 1950’s style dress, $60 (available from, Zoe Kratzmann ‘Brazen’ shoes in ink, $POA ( Stylist’s own accessories. Model Rowan (V Management and Faye Rolph Models www.vmanagement. wears own clothing.




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Models Sarah and Rowan from V Management and Faye Rolph Models, Styling by Genine Howard. Photography by Ben Stone and creative direction by Kara De Schot. Makeup by Katie Mackenzie and hair by Strut Hair, Maroochydore, 5443 5605 ( Shot on location at Beach on Sixth Apartments, 65 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore (


Mockingbird Fair vintage 1950s dress in pink, $49.95 ( Stylist’s own accessories. Model Rowan (V Management and Faye Rolph Models www. wears own clothing.

Saucy Rose ‘Vespa Denim’ one-piece with vanilla and raspberry polka dots, $POA, Saucy and Lucille, Mooloolaba, 5444 5669.

Model, Sarah (V Management and Faye Rolph Models, au) wears Rachel Gilbert Kamilla dress in French lilac, $489.95. La Vida Boutique, Mooloolaba, 5444 8833, and The Little Shoe Box shoes, Fizotti in magenta, $89.95 (



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caroline arrives at strut hair and beauty


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ast month we announced an amazing competition for one profile magazine reader to win luscious locks courtesy of Mike Sebel from PARKSEBEL hair extensions and Wade Blackford of Strut Hair, Maroochydore. We are excited to announce the winner …. Caroline Atkinson! Caroline was treated to a fun-filled day at Strut Hair, complete with Moet and Chandon chocolates. The team at Strut set about Caroline’s new do and completed the look with professional makeup by artist Jennifer Gasparin from Strut. Caroline said of her new look; “I had the most exciting time meeting Wade and Mike yesterday – their skills and passion for their PARKSEBEL single origin Remy hair product had me super

jennifer gasparin applies makeup to complete caroline’s look

motivated and excited to be a part of it. Winning the profile magazine competition gave me the opportunity to have my very own hair extensions and they are amazing! It looks and feels real, is a stunning blend of five natural hair tones, including my own, and is a beautiful long length. The extensions have allowed me to go a lighter hair colour without having to dye my own hair – the hairstyle opportunities are endless. I’m loving that I can play with all sorts of styles such as ponytails and plaits, curly or straight. My new hair has immensely boosted my self confidence; I am standing taller then ever, feeling fashionable and feminine!” Congratulations Caroline! Photography by Janneke Strom

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colour me crazy with Wade Blackford How many of us have changed our hair colour in the last few years? Last month, when I was in Melbourne helping out backstage at the Ozdare 10 Year Anniversary Show, there were three big brands involved – Revlon Professional Hair Colour, American Crew (grooming products for men) and, of course, Kevin Murphy. We put together a huge show for more than 600 hairdressers which was extremely inspirational, and there were some very exciting new colour techniques revealed! But changing your hair colour can be a seriously scary thought, so here are a few things you should keep in mind when taking the plunge. •• A chemist or a supermarket aisle cannot offer you the same professional consultation as a hair salon. •• A colour is only as good as the hairdresser



who chooses and applies it. •• Salons which specialise in colour are more likely to look after you, offering a full colour consultation, which should look at your skin tone and eye colour to ensure your new colour will suit you. •• Colouring your hair will enhance your features and good points, but it can also do the opposite if applied incorrectly or as the result of a miscommunication during consultation (i.e. thick highlights versus fine). •• Your hair quality plays a big role in how your colour will turn out. The healthier your hair, the better the result – so get those treatments out girls! Now it’s autumn, it’s time to change with the seasons. I know it can be a little daunting, but I’m not talking about huge changes, just something subtle – maybe try something different

like soft pastel coppery tones added to already highlighted hair, or for all the brunettes out there, perhaps try lightening your ends with some sun-kissed caramel and honey hues. Next time you’re in the chair, try something new! When colour is applied correctly by the right person, you’ll be surprised at how much of a pick-me-up it can be. Remember, love what you love … without hesitation. P.S. Check out this site for all things fashion – Strut Hair and Beauty 5443 5605



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Could you have just weeks to live? What would you give to know if you were at risk of stroke, heart attack, or cancer BEFORE it happens? I recently saw a client who had been on heart medication for blood pressure, and was being monitored by his cardiologist. When he came to see me, we found that even though his blood pressure at his arm was 120/80, in his aorta in the heart and in his carotid arteries it was actually 150/110, and the inflammation in his heart was phenomenal. As far as his previous testing went, he thought he was going ok, but what we found was alarming. After using strong natural anti-inflammatories, and changing his diet to force him to produce lower levels of inflammation, we re-scanned him after two weeks, finding that the inflammation had halved, his blood pressure was 139/99, but was not yet completely normal. After further testing, we found he had severe allergies to foods he was eating daily, that were actually healthy foods, and he had an infection throughout his body. These together were causing massive inflammation, and could have actually been the cause of his heart disease from decades before. He was so grateful and relieved, stating he had been looking for a long time for something that could show him everything that was going on

in his body all at once. He had found it, and just in time. With one scan, we can measure your whole body with extreme accuracy, showing inflammation in breast, uterine and prostate tissue, heart, lungs, stomach, bowel, brain and more. Your blood pressure is measured in your heart, and in the carotid arteries, which can show the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack before it occurs. The scan also measures hormones, insulin, cholesterol, thyroid and many other imbalances. This can determine if your diet is working for you or not. It also determines if you need further testing for imbalanced hormones, all the while checking for dangerous abnormalities throughout your system.

chemicals, to determine what you may need to improve mood and reduce depression or anxiety. Sometimes we have mood changes when reacting to certain foods which can mimic signs of these conditions, and the scan can show the difference. Knowing these things in advance can mean making changes to prevent them happening. This can change your life forever. To find out more, call the centre and arrange a free half hour consultation to come in and see what the test is like and what it may be able to do for you. Jodi Chapman BHSc. Naturopath Advanced Wellness & Behavioural Centre 07 5443 1987 44 Baden Powell St, Maroochydore

Your brain is measured, showing levels of serotonin, dopamine, and other such bodily

life after a c-section with Sonya Lindley-Jones Is it possible to have a natural birth after a caesarean? Yes! According to VBAC (Vaginal Birth After a Caesarean) expert consultant Sonya Lindley-Jones, there are five essential tips to a successful VBAC; 1. Know your full range of choices. Many couples are given biased information which may be generalised. Do your best to find out what the circumstances were that lead to your initial caesarean, and then discuss them in detail with an independent midwife or childbirth educator. Together, you can discover the choices available to you. 2. Make peace with your surgical birth. Some women who have had a surgical birth may have unresolved thoughts and feelings around the circumstances which lead to their caesarean. It is vitally important that you feel free to share your unique birth story and are heard in a compassionate environment, free from judgement.

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3. Take care of your supporters. Some fathers may have experienced feelings of helplessness as they watched their partner and baby’s lives hang in the balance during a problematic birth which ended in a caesarean. In order for him to feel safe to support a VBAC, he may need to talk about how your surgical birth affected him. 4. Know how natural birth works. It is vitally important as a woman wanting a natural birth after a caesarean to find out what disturbed her birth process. To do this she needs to understand how a woman’s body works in labour. In Sarah J. Buckley MD’s book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, she explains this beautifully in Chapter 6 – Undisturbed Birth: Mother Nature’s Blueprint for Safety, Ease and Ecstasy.

caregiver who is willing to offer you the support you deserve. We assume there is much support for VBACs, but in truth we have to be proactive and find it for ourselves. Misinformation is a large factor in the number of repeat caesareans. There are some helpful websites, such as and for the latest accurate information and current statistics. Yin Health 5438 8387

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home care for mouth ulcers with Dr Simone Ricketts A mouth ulcer is essentially the erosion or loss of the delicate tissue lining the mouth. An ulcer is usually small and painful, and can occur in groups. The occurrence of an ulcer is usually a sign to listen to your body and take a good look at your immune system, health and tiredness levels.

4. Poor oral hygiene.

Mouth ulcers can develop for no apparent reason in healthy people, but there are also a range of factors which can cause them, including the following.

7. Various infections and diseases – Such as the herpes virus (cold sores), oral thrush, lip cancer, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, Coeliac disease (i.e. any disease which causes inflammation in the body, or affects the immune system, can cause a mouth ulcer.)

1. Oral trauma – This includes accidentally biting lips, cheeks or the tongue; physical trauma from old, ill-fitting or loose dentures or cracked fillings; sharp foods such as bones or dry biscuits; objects placed in the mouth, such as pens; or burns from very hot or spicy foods, to name a few. 2. Stress or anxiety. 3. Nutritional deficiencies – This includes inadequate vitamin B12 and iron in the diet.

5. Reaction to medication. 6. Hormonal changes – Some women notice they develop mouth ulcers prior to their monthly period.

8. Unknown cause – A common form of mouth ulcer where no specific cause can be identified is the ‘aphthous ulcer’. Treatment for mouth ulcers involves initially identifying the cause, if possible. In addition, preventing mouth ulcers involves maintaining excellent oral hygiene, regularly visiting your dentist, eating a healthy diet, looking after yourself generally and avoiding foods that seem to trigger ulcers, such as acidic foods.

Most mouth ulcers heal by themselves, but do seek dental or medical help if an ulcer lasts longer than seven to 10 days. Some options for easing the ulcer pain include topical gels (chlorhexidene gel and / or kenalog in orabase) and mouth rinses (savacol or bicarb soda). Strict oral hygiene should be maintained while an ulcer is present, such as the gentle brushing of teeth. Echinacea, biozinc, and B-vitamin complex capsules can also help. Essentially, remember the very best home care involves listening to your body, prioritising some regular exercise into your life, and having a good night’s sleep. It will work wonders for you and your mouth ulcers. Smile by Design 5443 2888

leg vein treatments with Dr Alison Jamieson Dr Stuart McMaster is an expert on vein treatment at Cozmedics. He says, “Like us, leg veins come in all shapes and sizes. The cause of abnormal veins is unknown. We know that pregnancy, prolonged standing, weight gain and hereditary factors are major players in the formation of leg veins. Spider veins are the smallest vein type – red, blue or purple in colour, these are close to the skin surface making them very obvious. They can look like a tree branch or a spider web with their short jagged lines, and can be found on both the legs and the face. Treatment of spider veins using microsclerotherpy involves injections with a very fine needle. This causes the walls of the vein to stick together so that blood cannot return. Once the vein walls have been damaged, your body’s natural defence mechanisms will slowly absorb the vein. Injected veins may appear worse before they get better, taking between two weeks and three months to disappear. For some very fine spider veins, surface laser treatment may also be used.



Reticular veins are larger veins that lie a little deeper below the skin. These are generally blue in colour and often ‘feed’ spider veins, and therefore treatments usually involve injecting both types of veins. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) allows the doctor to find and treat hidden veins beneath the surface of the skin. Often a single treatment will also remove a cluster of spider veins especially if they are networked with large varicose veins. Varicose veins are the largest abnormal veins. They are usually visible as dilated, soft rope-like swellings on the legs and form because of failure of the valves in the veins causing a reverse flow of blood. Some varicose veins can be treated with UGS alone; others require Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) or a combination.

to drive home following your procedure. It’s not as scary as it sounds! Remember leg vein treatments are generally not single treatment sessions. Compression stockings will need to be worn (fitted at the time of treatment). Don’t let your leg veins limit your wardrobe; with winter approaching it’s the perfect time to have your legs treated. Have summer-ready legs for Christmas 2011!” COZmedics Medispas – Noosa, Maroochydore, Ascot, Kenmore 1300 792 299

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ll with John Altwyn-Jones, travel editor

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didn’t realise when I boarded a Vietnam Airlines aircraft in Sydney for a non-stop flight to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, that I would be arriving in a city and country of such amazing contrasts and energy; a conundrum in fact, with Vietnam still a communist country, but Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City (they call it both) operating as Vietnam’s city of commerce, buzzing and busy, like many other Asian cities. Located on the banks of the Saigon River, around 60 kilometres from the South China Sea and around 1,750 kilometres south of Hanoi but on the doorstep of the fantastic Mekong Delta and its stunning offerings of cruises and day trips (or longer), Saigon is Vietnam’s second most important city, after Hanoi, the capital. Hanoi is Vietnam’s largest city in population terms, with around nine million people and reportedly around four million motorcycles! Yes, nine million and growing, with the increasingly affluent population all striving to own cars. The Vietnamese believe Hanoi earns and saves money, while Saigon earns and spends it, and I reckon that’s probably not far from the truth. Saigon appears as a vibrant sea of people, with trendy youngsters adorning designer helmets perched on the latest motorcycles, designer shops, great value markets, heaps of bargaining and everything else you would expect in a major Asian city, but in my view, offering even better value for money than many others. Saigon has always been such an evocative and romantic name for me, and now having been there, it delivered everything I expected – ancient pagodas and teeming markets, unfamiliar smells and fragrances testing the senses, amazing Vietnamese and European food, a stimulating atmosphere, overwhelming simplicity, stunningly friendly people, ramshackle wooden shops selling everything I could imagine, along with designer malls, and, of course, every piece of technology you could ever need. Boomers that read this article will remember Saigon as a key location in what we call the Vietnam War, but what the Vietnamese call the American War. Whatever you want to call it, Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City) is most certainly a place you have to visit. Awash with great restaurants, Saigon offers not only excellent cheap-as-chips local food, including Pho – a Vietnamese noodle soup served with beef or chicken, basil, lime, bean sprouts, and peppers (it also happens to be Vietnam’s national dish) – but also stunning designer restaurants which are often heaps cheaper than Australia. You have to try the Park Hyatt Saigon’s Restaurant Opera – interestingly, the executive chef is Australian – with fantastic Italian cuisine overlooking Lam Son Square and the Opera House or Square One. Also in the Park Hyatt is great Vietnamese and Western cuisine, four private dining areas and an outdoor terrace – just amazing. I chuckled when having lunch in what I was told was Saigon’s top Chinese restaurant in the Windsor Plaza Hotel, when what we call Peking duck was listed on the menu as Beijing duck, but who cares, when along with a few ice-cold local 333 beers, the bill came to around $25 for two of us … for the best Peking duck I have ever tasted. It must have been pretty good, because we went back the next day for roast suckling pig and that was about the same price and equally as scrumptious.

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Experiencing an amazing economic boom with burgeoning skyscrapers and designer malls popping up daily, in Saigon, the past is not far away with narrow alleyways, beautiful churches, temples, pagodas, the former US GI hotels – including the famous Rex, where you can wile a way an evening on its famous roof garden, imagining you are in Mash on ‘R and R’ in Saigon, hearing a Huey helicopter chopping through the sky and a crooner singing all those American songs we know so well. Saigon also offers great experiences, things to do and places to visit, giving real insights into the history of Vietnam and also what it is today, including my favourites: the War Remnants Museum, which used to be called the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, where you will see masses of US equipment that was left behind or captured, including US armoured vehicles and aircraft, bombs and infantry weapons, with many of the atrocities that took place documented here; Map the Reunification Palace, the former seat of the South Vietnamese Government which really has not changed since 1975; the Fine Arts Museum, which houses an eclectic collection of Vietnamese lacquer and enamelware and contemporary oil paintings; the Giac Lam Pagoda, believed to be the oldest pagoda in HCMC, dating from 1744, full of gilded statues, colourful wall panels; and the History Museum, containing valuable relics taken from Cambodia’s mystical Angkor Wat. You have to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which I found quite surreal. About a two-and-a-half-hour journey west of Saigon, the Cu Chi Tunnels are an amazing network of more than 200 kilometres of tunnels which became legendary during the 1960s when they played a vital part in the war, allowing the Viet Cong to control a massive rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City. And you also have to experience a day trip or a few nights on the Mekong Delta and River … just awesome. I suggest that for all your trips and tours in and around Saigon, you will get a great deal more out of the experience if you book a local English-speaking guide and driver. Like everything else in Vietnam they are very inexpensive and excellent value for money. You can book tours, drivers and guides through TST Tourist –, which I found excellent. One thing you have to do in Saigon is go for a cyclo tour, which is a tour on a three-wheel bicycle where you sit on a two-seat bench up front, while the driver pedals furiously around the city on the back. These men must be the fittest guys in Vietnam! Saigon’s French influence is also still alive and well, especially in the buildings, many of which have been beautifully preserved or restored, including the amazing Opera House right in the heart of the old part of the city, but there are also many great French restaurants where a smattering for French can be heard from time-to-time. If I had to make any comparisons, I would say Vietnam is like Thailand or even Indonesia five to 10 years ago, with some elements of the travel experience very mature, but others less so, and with prices very low indeed. Now is the time to visit.

The Vietnamese believe Hanoi earns and saves money, while Saigon earns and spends it.’




massage all your senses

luxury in saigon

ll with John Altwyn-Jones, travel editor


iscovering two resorts that exude such style and quality, yet are totally different, is very exciting, with the awesome Six Senses Ninh Van Bay and its sister property, the Evason Ana Mandara, Nha Trang, on the coast around 500kms north of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is set on a stunning white sand beach, with towering rocky mountains, on an island 20 minutes by boat from Nha Trang. The resort boasts 58 superb villas with their own pools, idyllic and luxurious, yet in harmony with nature and the environment, romantic, peaceful, away from the stresses of everyday life – a place of solitude. Each villa has a 24 hour butler but you will never need more than swimmers, a t-shirt and a sarong. The Six Senses Spa is redolent with relaxation as the sound of a gentle waterfall and the aroma of essential oils and incense infuse the air. Over on the mainland in Nah Trang, the Evason Ana Mandara, Nha Trang, is the only beachfront resort with direct beach access, set in private tropical gardens with spectacular views of Nha Trang Bay and offering fantastic local and Western food. Intimacy and style are the keys to the success of this resort with only 17 villas containing 74 very smart rooms combining traditional Vietnamese and contemporary styles. All rooms have their own private terrace. Two awesome resorts offering superb value for money, but above all, superb facilities, impeccable service with fantastic food, in unbelievable settings and locations and above all great value for money!


ith a concierge meeting us at the airport and escorting us to a stunning Mercedes limousine, we knew the Park Hyatt Saigon was going to be a pretty special experience! The atmosphere and vibe of Saigon quickly embraced us, along with a million or so motorcycles, then concierges swiftly opened doors, welcomed us to the stunning Park Hyatt Saigon located in Lam Son Square in District 1 in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, and whisked our bags away. The leading luxury hotel in Saigon, the 5-star, 9-storey colonial-style, newly built Park Hyatt Saigon is intimate, offering only 244 luxury rooms and suites.Rooms include the spacious Park Room with polished wood floors, white marble bath with walk-in rain shower or the Presidential Suite 160 square metres in size, including a spacious living room with wooden floors, dining room for eight, fully equipped kitchenette, a full bar, an oversized whirlpool bath and more – this is the place for luxury! With great restaurants and bars in the hotel and many more on its doorstep, the best Italian food in Saigon is in the hotel’s Restaurant Opera, or for Vietnamese and Western cuisine visit Square One, which also offers awesome breakfasts including the best Pho. Feeling peckish later though, the Park Lounge offers afternoon tea with spring rolls. Need to work off all that great cuisine? The Park Hyatt Saigon has the exclusive Xuan Spa which includes a Vichy shower room, a couples’ room and treatment rooms with private terraces overlooking beautiful landscaped tropical gardens with a stunning outdoor pool….and this is in the heart of Saigon!

travel file tips •

Take US dollars and Vietnamese Dong with you as both are accepted, but with $A1 being worth around 21,000 Vietnamese Dong, get used to dealing with some large numbers!

There are plenty of ATMs for obtaining cash.

Vietnam is a relatively safe country, so you do not need to become paranoid about security, but keep an eye on valuables and jewellery etcetera and use the in-room safe or safe deposit at reception. Don’t carry more money than you need when walking around the streets and do not wear large amounts of jewellery, because it is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public and you may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher.

In cities only use licensed or official taxis as there are unlicensed ones which could charge exorbitant fees.

Vietnam is a communist country and therefore has rules and regulations that might seem silly to us – like where you can take photographs and where you can’t. Just obey, don’t argue – go with the flow or you might find you staying in rather different accommodation!

Take a hotel business card from the reception desk so that you can tell your taxi or cyclo driver where you are staying.

Please dress appropriately and do not wear revealing clothing so as not to cause offence to the local people. Vietnamese dress conservatively and it is only in larger cities that dress is a little more relaxed.

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ometimes it’s nice to have something a little different for dinner. I just loved my stuffed apricot chicken recipe in Book 5 as it has the ‘wow’ factor but is very easy to make. If you want to impress, this recipe will do just that. With the balance of both sweet and savoury flavours, everyone will enjoy this delicious recipe. You can prepare the chicken in advance so that all you have to do is cook it when needed. Serve with salad or vegetables and new potatoes. Happy cooking, Annette

APRICOT CHICKEN (serves four)

stuffed apricot chicken

ingredients •• 1 cup of cooked Basmati rice •• 1/2 cup of dried apricots – small diced •• 1 teaspoon of salt-reduced chicken-style stock powder •• 1/4 of a cup of shallots – sliced •• 1 1/2 tablespoons of Thai chilli stir fry paste •• 4 x 125g raw skinless chicken breasts •• Toothpicks •• Cooking spray sauce •• 1/2 a teaspoon of crushed ginger (in jar) •• 1/4 of a cup of brandy •• 1 cup of apricot nectar •• 1 teaspoon of salt-reduced chicken-style stock powder •• 2 teaspoons of cornflour •• 1/4 of a cup of water

method Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced. Combine rice, apricots, stock powder, shallots and chilli paste together. Using a sharp knife, make a pocket length-ways inside each chicken breast (don’t cut all the way through). Use your finger to widen and open the hole to allow for filling. Spoon a quarter of the mixture into each breast pocket. Push filling deep into breast, then seal opening with toothpicks. Place chicken onto a baking tray that has been generously coated with cooking spray. Spray over top of chicken. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. To make sauce: In a small saucepan that has been coated with cooking spray, sauté ginger for 15 seconds, then add brandy. Using a whisk, stir in the apricot nectar and stock powder. Blend the cornflour with water and whisk into the pot, bring to the boil. Pour a quarter of the sauce over the top of each chicken breast. Variation: For mango chicken, replace the dried apricots with dried mango, and the apricot nectar with mango nectar. Suitable to be frozen 58


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beware complicated sophistication with Sandra Wills Having just returned from two months of trekking in the stunning wilderness of Antarctica and Patagonia, I am reminded of the elegance of simplicity. How wonderful it is to wake up each morning with nothing to do other than putting one foot in front of the other and walking through remoteness for the next eight to 12 hours, day after day, with not a care in the world? No bills to pay, no shopping, no phone calls, no emails, no driving … just time to be in the moment, breathe (quite heavily!) and fill up a water bottle every now and then from pristine creeks tumbling down from the surrounding snow-dusted peaks. Of course, it’s delusional to think that one could live their entire life in such privileged simplicity. As human beings, we have a tendency to weave tangled webs, especially with our money. As we experiment with money throughout life, we tend to go through three distinct phases.

Phase 1: raw enthusiasm. This is an exciting time! The world is our oyster – naivety is bliss and we’re invincible with our first real income, no real commitments and nothing to lose. Every investment idea sounds like a winner, and it’s hard to stick to one idea, because there’s a better one around every corner! Phase 2: complicated sophistication. Because of our raw enthusiasm, we may have bought the home we want NOW, not the home we can afford – after all, there was no need in our raw enthusiasm phase to waste time saving for a deposit, right? Wrong. Suddenly, in phase two, we can often find we have a big lumpy commitment called a mortgage and worry sets in … how are we going to pay this off when our income halves when we’re commencing a family? We need mortgage insurance, because we have everything to lose. We spend a lot of time and money that we don’t have looking for shortcuts to reduce the mortgage more quickly – we’ve

heard about debt recycling, negative gearing and self-managed superannuation funds. There must be a way – everyone else is doing it! Phase 3: mature simplicity. For the first time in our life, we get it! The only way to lose weight is to consume less calories than you burn, every day of your life. The only way to pay off a mortgage more quickly is by increasing your mortgage repayments or reducing your interest rate. There is no question that money is complex and smart strategies can be implemented, but understand the fundamentals and strive for simplicity. Phase one and two are character building, but don’t wait until you’re 80 to experience the liberation of phase three … Genesys Wealth Advisers 5443 9433

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cruising down under with Zoë Sparks Statistics prove that cruising is one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. Each year the number of people choosing to cruise is increasing and the number of ships and options to choose from is also growing rapidly.

market, but we now have a massive range to choose from. In March 2011 alone, almost 20 ships will have visited a range of Australian ports, some of which have never cruised into our waters before.

The options are endless, so no matter what age bracket you are in or whether you are cruising as a family, couple or single traveller, there will be something to suit your situation and budget. Cruise companies cater for different needs, destinations, and specific interests, so it is important to work with a cruise specialist who can guide you in the right direction.

In February, the cruise company Cunard staged a tandem arrival of the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth in Sydney. The event was spectacular and made major headlines as the interest was phenomenal. Cunard plans to bring all three ‘Queens’ – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – to Sydney in 2013 or 2014 and this will be a truly magnificent event.

The great thing about cruising is that most things are included in the price – meals, entertainment and a number of activities. You only unpack once, but get the opportunity to see a number of ports, often in a number of different countries.

Holland America Line is opening a dedicated sales office in Sydney and has announced that they are bringing the ‘Oosterdam’ to Australia and New Zealand for the 2012/2013 season.

Until recently, Australia only had a couple of cruise companies that catered for the Australian

Solstice’ to take over in summer 2012. P&O and Princess are always popular and their programs continue to grow, expand and flourish annually. Your cruise specialist will look at all options and recommend the right product for you. They will also ensure you are able to take advantage of any special offers including discounts, onboard credit, cabin upgrades etcetera. And once you become a seasoned cruiser, you will become addicted ... it is a fantastic way to see the world. Travelworld Mooloolaba / Spectacular Events Pty Ltd 5444 3766

Royal Caribbean has also announced that the ‘Celebrity Century’ will be based here shortly, with plans for the newer and larger ‘Celebrity

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lender break-ups, could it benefit you? with Linda Ireland Things are looking healthier for borrowers these days thanks to a couple of the major banks and a number of other lenders introducing a range of incentives to encourage people to switch lending providers. I’m excited to see a further awakening of lenders’ competitive spirits within the home loan space. It will benefit many borrowers by heightening their awareness of the wide variety of home loans and lenders available. It’s important to look beyond fancy marketing campaigns and understand the true value of any incentives. My advice is to focus on comparing the real substance of home loan products available today. The benefits of switching must outweigh the overall cost of doing so. Here are some top tips for checking your home loan is still the best loan for you: 1. Check your interest rate Contact your broker and regularly assess whether your rate is still the most competitive.

It’s not uncommon to be paying 0.5 percent too much and not even realise. 2. Assess whether you are paying interestonly or principle and interest repayments Depending on what your current plans and circumstances are and your future plans for your property will depend on whether you are paying principle and interest or interest-only. Discuss with your broker your current situation and your plans for the future. 3. Type of product The type of product you choose can make a big difference to your lending structure and the options you have now and in the future. The most common products are variable, fixed and lines of credit. In addition to that these products vary widely. For instance, you can make unlimited extra repayments and redraw on some fixed products and not on others.

loan product as well as lender saved more per month than those who simply switched products. Further, those who used a mortgage broker were more likely to switch both and to save money from doing so. We’re happy to see a proactive handful of lenders engaging in a potentially marketshare-nabbing advertising and public relations war. However, borrowers must be cautious of moving until they understand the true benefit versus the true cost equation. It’s always important to have your broker look at the overall picture and your plans for the future to make sure your loan and your broker is working for you. Mortgage Choice 5476 9333

It is also interesting to note that our 2010 Refinancers Survey found those who switched

how to keep customers for life with Jodie Thompson You probably know that it costs five times as much to get a new customer than it does to retain an existing one. It all comes down to your customer satisfaction. Satisfied customers produce several benefits for your business: •• They are less price sensitive. •• They act like ambassadors for your business, spreading positive word of mouth. •• They give you business referrals. •• They give you repeat business.

met, and delighted when their expectations are exceeded. This means you need to go the extra mile, through exceptional customer service and always delivering on time or earlier. Deliver quality, every time Obviously, your customers want a quality product or service. Equally important, they want consistency – when your customers can rely on you to deliver the goods every time, they trust in your business and your brand. To keep on top of this, you need to have strong systems and frequent reviews in place.

Here’s how you do it:

Put the customer’s interests first Be honest. If you don’t know the answer to a question, tell the customer. Customers understand that you may not know everything and appreciate that you are getting the correct information. You will be building a stronger relationship built on honesty.

Under promise and over deliver Clients are satisfied when their expectations are

Be likeable No one is going to want to deal with someone

But how can you make sure all your customers are satisfied? Getting a satisfied customer is not achieved instantly in a single transaction, but over a period of time, where value is continuously provided.



who is unenthusiastic. It’s important to be friendly, courteous and to make your customers feel like you’re their friend and you’re there to help them out. There will be times when you get frustrated with customers – it happens to all of us. It’s vital you keep a clear head, respond to their wishes as best you can, and at all times remain polite and courteous. Customer service is a skill like any other – it takes time and effort to master. A handy tip to remember – switch roles with the customer. What would you want from your business if you were the client? How would you want to be treated? Treat your customers like your friends and they’ll always come back. PJT Accountants and Business Advisors 5413 9300



tips for safe driving

finding that first property

with Craig McPherson

with Kylie McKenna

Welcome to Part IV of our ‘Essential Car Buying Guide’. This month we will explore the important safety features to consider when purchasing a new car. Vehicle safety can be broken up into two categories, ‘active safety’ and ‘passive safety’. Active safety refers to those items in the car that assist the driver in preventing an accident, whereas passive safety helps protect the occupants once an accident has occurred. Active Safety: includes standard equipment like headlights, indicators, mirrors, brakes etc. In most modern cars, these basic features are further enhanced via the inclusion of safety systems such as ABS (anti-lock braking system), DSC (dynamic stability control), adaptive headlights (swivel around corners) and even reversing cameras. Active safety has now advanced to the point where Volvo has developed a system called City Safety. Volvo identified that the majority of rear-end collisions happen at speeds of less than 30kph as a result of driver distraction, and therefore City Safety takes over the operation of the vehicle and applies the brakes automatically to avoid a collision. Passive Safety: the very first form of passive safety was the seat belt, which was invented in 1959 by Volvo. If you were to climb onto an ordinary dining-room chair and let yourself fall flat onto the floor, the effect would be the same as if you had been unbelted in a crash at 15kph. Passive safety also includes air bags and the safety cage around which the vehicle is built. You may have noticed that modern cars tend to sustain substantial damage from seemingly minor accidents. This is mainly due to the inclusion of crumple zones which are designed to absorb the majority of the impact. Airbags are certainly the most publicised passive safety feature and their main function is to inflate upon impact in order to protect the occupants from serious harm. Airbags can in fact cause injury to the occupant in certain circumstances, however, the alternative outcome is much worse! The general rule is, the more airbags, the safer the car. What Does Five Star Safety Mean?: the most authoritative guide to the safety features in new cars is the ANCAP rating system. ANCAP refers to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program which rates cars from one to five based on safety inclusions and crash test results. A car with five stars is considered to be safer than a car with one star. If a car is not rated four or five stars, you should cross it off your list.

Finding that perfect property is a lot easier if you do your homework and don’t rush the process. It’s important to see a variety of properties in order to get a feel for the market and make the right decision. When looking around, make sure you consider your current and future lifestyle. Here are a few things to take into account before you settle on a location: •• Is access to public transport important? •• Would you prefer to live near cafes and shops? •• Is having friends and family nearby a priority? •• Are there schools and parks nearby? To avoid any nasty surprises or costly problems, arrange for property and pest inspections before exchanging contracts. Remember, it’s better to wait for the right place than to rush in and buy something which you may regret later on. Get your finance together before you begin house hunting. Applying for a Home Seeker home loan will ensure your finance is conditionally pre-approved. This means you will be ready to buy if you find a property you like. Plus, your conditional pre-approval is valid for six months, so you can take your time to find the perfect place. Kylie McKenna can help guide you through the process of buying your first home as an Authorised Representative of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. “When we meet, I’ll take the time to gain an in-depth understanding of your situation and goals, and then create a solution to match,” Kylie says. Kylie is available around the clock to meet you whenever and wherever is most convenient. Call or email Kylie McKenna today to find out more. Commonwealth Bank Kylie McKenna Mortgage Innovation Manager 0433 934 125

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when is a de facto not a de facto? with Leisa Toomey There have been quite a few interesting cases of late regarding what constitutes a de facto relationship. When being considered by a court of law, many factors need to be taken into account, as we see in the following case. In the case of Ricci and Jones there was a relationship for approximately seven months. The couple never lived together but spent time enjoying each other’s company. They purportedly only had sex twice and the result of one of those unions was a child. Ms Ricci consequently made claims against Mr Jones and sought, among other things, a property settlement. Mr Jones refuted her claims, stating that there had never been a de facto relationship. The Family Law Act 1975 defines a de facto relationship as one where: •• The persons are not legally married to each other; and •• The persons are not related by family; and •• Having regard to all circumstances of their relationship, they have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.

Because there was a child involved, Ms Ricci and Mr Jones were not required to have lived together but the judge had to look at the relationship over the seven months it had lasted to determine whether at any point a de facto relationship had existed. In short, he ruled that it did not and it was his view that the “relationship between the applicant and the respondent in this case was of a very limited nature”. His reasons for his decision were: •• The relationship lasted for only seven months. •• There was no common residence. •• Although Mr Jones spent significant time at Ms Ricci’s home, during the seven months the relationship lasted, the time was spent only as a visitor. •• Aside from the two sexual encounters they had had in the month prior to breaking the relationship up, the judge deemed that there was no sexual relationship before this time. •• There was no financial dependence or interdependence between them.

•• There was no commitment to a shared life. •• Aside from paying Ms Ricci $2,000 when the child was born, Mr Jones had not provided any other level of support for the child or its mother. When making his ruling, the judge stated that there was nothing to “suggest that there was anything that took this relationship beyond the dating phase of a relationship”. Many people who see me are often worried about an ex-partner making a claim on their property or assets. You need to be aware that a judge will look at all aspects of your life when making a decision to determine whether a true de facto relationship existed, and it’s not always as cut and dried as having to prove you lived together. Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers 5413 8908

•• There were no joint properties.

spam predictions with Miriam Torres I thought this month would be a great opportunity to revisit the world of spam, as currently there seems to be a rising concern in regard to spam and an increased threat of receiving it. What is spam? Spam is more commonly known to most of us as ‘junk e-mail’ or ‘unsolicited bulk email’, where the same email is sent to numerous recipients. Often the email can contain a virus that can affect networks or personal computers. The alarming statistic is that spam averages 78 percent of all emails sent. They can be incredibly convincing and can be sent to you from what looks, at first glance, like a bank, the ATO, yahoo, hotmail, Facebook and individual friends. The good news is that with a little bit of knowledge, they can be detected. I have outlined in this article some of Trend Micro’s primary threat predictions as 2011 unfolds.



Prediction 1: More targeted attacks and cyber espionage Mid-sized companies will be targeted in cyberespionage. The growth of targeted and localised attacks will continue both against big name brands and / or critical infrastructure.

Prediction 4: Evolving use of vulnerabilities and exploits Growth in exploits for alternative operating systems, programs and web browsers, combined with tremendous growth in the use of application vulnerabilities (Flash, etc.).

Prediction 2: Clever malware campaigning It’s all about social engineering. Less infiltrated websites, more cleverly crafted and localised HTML emails with URLs pointing to the infection source. Malware campaigning will ensure fast and reliable spreading of the downloader; the downloader then downloads randomly generated binaries to avoid detection.

Prediction 5: More mobile device attacks More proof of concept, and some successful attacks on mobile devices, but not yet mainstream.

Prediction 3: Evolution of malware attacks Increasing use of stolen or legitimate digital certificates in malware attacks to avoid detection. Huge growth in use of complex domain generation algorithms (as used by Conficker and LICAT) in advanced persistent threats and increase in Java-based attacks.

As always, ensure you stay vigilant, protected and that your computers at all times have a current antivirus and spam filtering program to ensure your organisation is not vulnerable to email-based attacks. Secure Access 5443 7766

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industry talk

Welcome to this month’s edition of Industry Talk; a place where we invite our business experts, ‘The Panel’, to answer your questions – for free! In a world where it can be tough being in business alone, our experts are on hand to offer advice in the areas of law, finance, marketing and human resources. Submissions are open for your business questions – simply email your question to editorial@profilemag. (business name and contact details will only be published with consent).

the question “As a small to medium business, we currently outsource approximately 40 percent of our work to external freelancers. How do we ensure our brand is represented correctly by our external suppliers? I am also concerned about our IP (intellectual property) and ensuring it is safe.” Anon

Raymond Duffy

Solicitor, Mumford Lawyers 5444 4747

When engaging a consultant or a contractor to undertake work on your behalf, there are a number of factors which should be taken into account. These may include: •• Whether they have a good reputation for the type of work they perform and whether they have the skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience to undertake the task; •• Whether there is a clear understanding between you and the consultant as to the parameters of the task they have been engaged to perform, i.e. a specified period for commencement and completion of the task and a method for determining the consultant’s remuneration; •• Whether they are properly licensed (where a license is required) and have adequate insurance, which depending on the nature of work undertaken may include public liability or professional indemnity insurance; •• Whether you have appropriate indemnities and releases in place with respect to liability and whether your intellectual property and confidential information is appropriately protected; •• Whether the consultant be subject to any forms of restraint with respect to soliciting employees or clients away from your business or setting up in competition with your business; •• What the grounds are for termination of the consultant’s engagement and what the consequences of termination are. An appropriately prepared consultancy agreement setting out all relevant terms and conditions is one way of protecting your business and intellectual property (IP). Ensuring your IP is properly protected entails: 1. understanding exactly what IP you hold; 2. putting into place appropriate mechanisms to protect that IP.

Michalle Faulkner Director, East Coast Human Resource Group,

The relationship with external suppliers or freelancers should be considered as thoughtfully as those with employees which we would engage directly. The most important aspect is to ensure that these arrangements are formalised and in writing. Beginning with a ‘scope of works’ or an ‘agreement’ is invaluable. These documents should contain information on the scope of works being outsourced, the quality control methods or standard of work expected, as well as including clauses pertaining to intellectual property protection, confidentiality, grievance and dispute resolution, and where works perhaps don’t meet the standards outlined, what should happen if you or the supplier of services wishes to terminate the arrangements. You may also like to include a review date allowing both parties to make changes to the agreement if necessary or to meet to discuss how the services are being delivered. Of course, having the conversation at the commencement of arrangements is ideal and allows you to review the scope of works together, gaining consent to take on the project and acknowledging the terms of the agreement. If, however, you haven’t put anything formally in place on commencement, all is not lost! Discuss this with your providers and advise that a written agreement will be implemented to formalise the relationship.

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US economy back on track

when is a house a home?

with Tracey Ferguson

with Amber Werchon

US economy back on track – what does this mean for investors? Back to 2007 The US economy has finally returned to the same size as before the GFC struck. The fact that it has taken three years for the US economy to return to pre-recession levels highlights how deep the recession was. History shows that once a recovery starts, it usually takes around nine months for growth to return to pre-recession levels. This time it took 18 months. The US is not on the same ‘old’ growth path The unusually long recession and corresponding loss of growth mean that while the US economy has once again returned to the size it was before the GFC, it is not on the same growth path as it was before 2007. Capital Economics* estimates that the US economy is some $800 billion, or 5.5 percent, below where it would be if the recession never occurred. Arguably, this is felt most deeply in the employment market, where just 1.1 million of the 8.4 million jobs that vanished during the recession have returned. What does this mean for investors? US exports and investment spending are surging because of strong demand from developing countries. Nearly 60 percent of US merchandise exports are shipped to developing countries that are expanding at two or three times the pace of the global average. This is a 10 percent increase over the past decade. A question that’s often asked is “What does America export, since everything is now produced or assembled in China?” The answer may surprise! At the top of the list are capital goods. The biggest component in this category is civilian aircraft and parts, followed by a long list of industrial machinery, semi-conductors, computers and related equipment. Other merchandise exports include industrial materials and supplies, automotive vehicles and parts, consumer goods and agricultural products. It will take time for the positive effects of the surge in exports and investments to drive recovery in other parts of the US economy, but there are early signs that this is starting to occur. The housing market is beginning to stabilise and consumer spending is starting to recover, with retail sales rising at an annualised rate of 12.4 percent over the last quarter of 2010. The continuing positive developments in the US again illustrates the need to look past the headlines. The US has its problems, but the world’s biggest economy is back in growth mode and providing attractive investment opportunities. *Leading Economic Macroeconomic Research Consultancy

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When is a house a home? To me, it’s when it has some special emotional attachment – maybe the house you grew up in, or maybe your grandparent’s home, or maybe a house you live in and love now. Selling properties is not only my livelihood but also my passion, and often people ask me what sort of home I live in, and interestingly, despite investing in properties for more than a decade, I’ve never lived in one of my own ... until recently. My husband and I purchased our first home together in 2010 – an older style home in the golden triangle of Alexandra Headland. Not probably the style of property people would expect us to live in, but we love it! With truckloads of potential, it truly is a renovator’s delight, and while we haven’t done much to it yet, we do have plans to transform it over time to exactly how we’d like it. Our first real project will be decorating a bedroom to create a nursery for our first child, due in September! Essentially, we purchased it for the location, not to mention the lovely ocean views and cooling easterly breezes also. It’s what I call a ‘character’ home and it certainly has a warm and inviting ambience throughout. It’s a place I love to return to after a busy day in the office. Set over two levels with a leafy, tropical garden and a large alfresco deck, it’s a home with an abundance of light, due to the extensive use of glass in the upstairs living area. Our master bedroom opens out to the deck, and we love waking up to the morning sunshine streaming into our room. While a casual afternoon drink with friends on the deck enjoying the beautiful ocean vista on the weekends is just perfect. My husband, Paul, is a keen surfer, so its close proximity to the beach means he can grab the board and catch an early morning wave, leaving the car at home. Likewise, we are only a short walk from Mooloolaba Esplanade and its boutique dining choices. Both of us are only a couple of minutes drive from our offices also; so we really couldn’t have chosen a more convenient location in so many ways. My Mum lives in Alexandra Headland, my sister lives in Maroochydore, my grandparents and Paul’s parents live in Buderim, and my dad is in Forest Glen, so everyone is close by which is really important to us, because family is the most important thing in our lives. So whether your house is big or small, old or new, it’s special to you.

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the last word

walter iezzi

ll photography shawn abrams Walter Iezzi is a charismatic Sunshine Coast developer who is as well known for his plethora of stylish shirts as he is for his stunning buildings which grace the Coast. Profile gets up close and personal … and into his wardrobe.

“The one person

I would most like to meet … is the teacher that expelled me in grade six, to tell her I turned out okay.

I grew up in …

Most people don’t know that I …

Spring Hill and East Brisbane but moved to the Sunshine Coast 23 years ago and have not looked back.

have so many clothes that I can go three months without wearing the same shirt twice.

I start my day by …

When I was growing up I wanted to be …

waking before sunrise and walking my gorgeous dogs Bella (an English staffy ) and Josie (a mini foxy) along the North Mooloolaba Beach, and, of course, coffee, coffee, coffee!

an architect but I decided building gave me more satisfaction.

I am at my happiest when …

I am on my motorbike, hammering corners up the Range. I wish I could …

bring my dear mother, who has passed away, back to me, to enjoy her three sons and lovely grandchildren … and, of course, spoil her baby, me. The best meal I have had is at …

Pescara, on the east coast of Italy. It was a whole chilli fish to die for.

My favourite restaurant is … While local developer Walter Iezzi wouldn’t live anywhere other than the Sunshine Coast, he is true to his Italian roots; Italy is home to his favourite restaurant and holiday destination.



Spice Bar, Mooloolaba. My favourite holiday spot is …

Santa Margherita, along the Portofino Coast in Italy. The most picturesque, forgotten place in Italy!

My greatest achievement is …

buying my wardrobe (joking). Actually it’s witnessing the evolution of my buildings from concept to completion. In five years I hope to be …

living in a Sunshine Coast that is thriving with opportunity for all, especially our younger generation, which is a far cry from where we are today. What makes me laugh out loud is …

the way I feel after I have consumed a bottle of champagne. The one person I would most like to meet …

is the teacher that expelled me in grade six at St Joseph’s Catholic School … to tell her I turned out okay. My hidden talent is …

shopping, be it with my children or my partner. I am really good at it! If I didn’t live on the Coast I’d live …

in a village in the Tuscany region for six months of the year, but I would have to sneak home to the Coast for the other six months.

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