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am very fortunate that my profession allows me to meet a plethora of inspirational locals each and every day and I am honoured to bring you their stories through Profile magazine. The Profile team is proud to bring you our “movers and shakers” issue this month, jam-packed with amazing stories of people from all walks of life who have made a difference in their field. Speaking of inspiring, our beautiful cover girl Annette Gilmore-Scott shares with Tonia Zemek her incredible story of how a cochlear implant changed her life forever. Born profoundly deaf, Annette has had a rollercoaster journey into the hearing world and has now become a key speaker on the benefits of the groundbreaking surgery, winning several awards in the process. Real estate mogul Grant Smith, who has climbed his way up the ladder to become one of the most successful real estate agents with Century 21 Australia wide, chats with Anna Rawlings to reveal more of the man behind the success. Young visionary Jarreau Terry shares his groundbreaking ideas on renewable energy with us, and Kate Clifford talks to Woombye sisters Maxine, Georgie and Jessica Thompson about their sweet success with The Bookery Cook. Wonder food quinoa is under the spotlight in our gorgeous Gourmet section and we share all the best camping spots on the Sunshine Coast in Travelfile. So sit back, grab a coffee or some bubbles, and enjoy this fabulous issue of Profile! Cheers, INGRID NELSON EDITOR / JOURNALIST
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A DAY OF BEAUT Y One of Australia’s foremost leaders in hair and beauty, Joh Bailey, joined the team at Cozmedics in Cotton Tree for a styling open day on 9 May. Make-up tips, beauty advice and information on the right skincare were all on the agenda, as well as personalised consultations, cuts and styling with Joh Bailey himself. KAT WHITE AND MELISSA DRURY
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CELEBR ATING ALL THINGS FRENCH! The champagne was flowing, the canapes were divine and the room at the Nambour Arthouse Cinema was filled with more than 150 French fans who joined together to celebrate the annual Touring French Film Festival on Friday, 2 May. Now in its seventh year, the Alliance Française de la Sunshine Coast (AFSC) hosted the two day festival to showcase the talents of French film. photos: Maria Baron
MARIE-HELENE BLACKMORE, JOANNE LEE AND ROBERT DALLAN
SIMON POOLE, DAN JEPSON, FIONA POOLE AND KIRSTEN JEPSON
ADRIAN FITZGERALD, PROFESSOR ROLY SUSSEX AND MARGARET FAIRHURST
SANDY WORDEN, LUKE CHAPMAN AND ROSIE CHAPMAN
MATISSE WILLIMENT, BENJA KING AND LISA WILLIMENT
LADIES ENJOY THE ENLIGHTENED GODDESS EVENT
COLLEEN SCOTT, NATALIE MCIVOR AND KELLIE BEVERLY
CELEBR ATING A NEW ER A More than 30 Sunshine Coast women joined together to celebrate a new era of the Enlightened Goddesses Business Network on 23 April at the Fourth Floor, Mooloolaba. Dynamic duo Kellie Beverly and Colleen Scott, who have dedicated many years to supporting and mentoring women, celebrated their takeover of the network, promising to continue its inspiring work in the future. photos: Contributed
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ABBA THE CONCERT
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
Mamma Mia! Celebrate the international music phenomenon that is iconic Swedish 70s band ABBA, with The Ultimate ABBA Show: The Gold Arrival tour. Appearing for the first time at The Events Centre, Caloundra and presented by Happy Days Records, this two-hour show brings back the memories and the music. Features internationally recognised ABBA performers as they pay homage to the uber-popular, beloved group. Here we go again!
The Caloundra Arts Centre Association promises to delight art and craft lovers with their next Arts and Crafts Fair. Come along to the rooms at the 5 North Street Centre and browse through a delightful selection of handcrafted gifts and goods, while enjoying cakes and other delicious homemade goodies from the food stalls. Promising pottery, woodwork, art, handmade lace, quilting, jewellery and more, this is a wonderful way to support the community.
Cost: from $60 Phone: 5491 4240
Cost: Free www.caloundraartsandcrafts.org.au
ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN
This spectacular live concert recreates everything the world loves about Queen on stage this month at The Events Centre, Caloundra. Award-winning artist Gary Mullen of Stars in Their Eyes fame brings his internationally acclaimed talent to the stage in an incredible night of music from one of the best rock bands. Cost: from $79 Phone: 5491 4240
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Celebrating a whopping 108 years, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural show will be held over three consecutive days in 2014, delivering an exciting time for the whole family at the Nambour Showground. This popular show is comparable to the Brisbane exhibition, so you can expect to be wowed by a host of entertainment, competitions, show bags, exhibitions, mouth-watering food and fun.
Cribbie is a play with music which tells the story of Cribb Island, a long-lost bayside suburb of Brisbane that was completely demolished in the early 1980s to make way for the new Brisbane International Airport. Cribb Island was once an isolated, tight-knit community of Aussie battlers who found refuge and cheaper living during The Great Depression. This heart-warming and humorous play is a great example of theatre which is suitable for people of all ages at The Events Centre, Caloundra.
THE SUNSHINE COAST AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Cost: from $18 www.sunshinecoastshow.asn.au
Cost: from $23 Phone: 5491 4240
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17 JUNE WEDDING EXPO
A boutique wedding expo showcasing the best the Sunshine Coast Hinterland has to offer couples planning a Hinterland wedding. Couples are invited to come along and chat to the many award winning services present on the day. Discover why the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is fast becoming a premier wedding destination, with venues ranging from five-star luxury to those offering a warm intimate interlude for your wedding or honeymoon. Cost: Free The Montville Village Hall, Village Green, Montville
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEPARATING
If you are thinking about or going through a separation you really should not miss this event. Act 4 Tomorrow has been established to support individuals and couples to navigate through the confusion and pitfalls of a separation and divorce, saving you the emotional & financial costs. Cost: Free Kawana Island Meeting Place, 5 Grand Parade, Kawana www.act4tomorrow.com.au
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
Get ready for a night of big brass bands and even larger voices when The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at The Events Centre, Caloundra. Featuring 26 musicians, singers and dancers on stage, it is a performance not to be missed. An added attraction will be a feature of music from the library of The Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, performed by the orchestra.
PEACE TRAIN â€“ THE CAT STEVENS STORY
Take a journey back in time to when Cat Stevens created the timeless classics Morning has Broken and Moonshadow, at The Events Centre, Caloundra. Starring Darren Coggan, Peace Train is set to be a night of music and storytelling, striking a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who has been inspired by Catâ€™s memorable songs.
Cost: from $79.90 Phone: 5491 4240
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Prepare yourself for a jaw dropping extravaganza by broadway sensation Mother Africa at The Events Centre, Caloundra. With new and old classic acts, music, and a colourful array of costumes, this performance will pulsate throughout the theatre as musicians and artistes articulate their passion and love for their homeland. Mother Africa combines the talents from nine African countries in a wondrous, suspenseful and joyful performance. Cost: from $69.90 Phone: 5491 4240
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MAROOCHYDORE LOCAL DANE DUNNE JET SETS AROUND THE GLOBE IN THE PURSUIT OF THE HOTTEST MUSIC FESTIVALS, ALL IN THE NAME OF RESEARCH. ANNA RAWLINGS CAUGHT UP WITH THE EX-COUNCIL LIFEGUARD TURNED TOURISM ENTREPRENEUR TO CHAT ABOUT LIVING THE DREAM ON HIS ONE-WAY TICKET TO SUCCESS.
ane Dunne’s CV would list him as a music aficionado, businessman, events promoter and ex-lifeguard. And his current job description? Turning the passion of music lovers, wanderlustfilled travellers and the international music scene into a fusion of travel, adventure, music, unforgettable experiences and fun. Forget the tedious desk job or long-winded business conferences. Dane, as one of three key founders, owns and operates the uber-popular Entourage Tours, a job that sees him travel the world to scout incredible locations, designing the ultimate tours to the soundtrack of the international music festival arena. Since the launch of the business in 2009, the trio have gained a steady following of keen adventurers and party-lovers after being established by Dane and ‘good mate’ Kurt Murray. “I was a lifeguard and he was selling cars, and we just had the idea,” Dane says, casually. This laid back demeanour and easy-going charisma, evident as we chat at a Mooloolaba cafe, belies a savvy business sense. It’s the trait that led Dane to identify a niche in the market where he has made his mark as a keen tourism operator and events promoter. “We were the first to do tours to music festivals,” he says. “No-one else was doing it! We looked and looked for three months and couldn’t find another company that was taking anyone. After that we thought, let’s do it.” Now, almost six years on, they enjoy a long-term working relationship with the likes of hugely popular US music festival Coachella. And with multi-national tour operators now paying attention to this Aussie tourism group, Entourage Tours is set to become a global brand. Their success isn’t surprising, considering Dane’s early foray into the event promotion scene. Born and raised in Coolum, Dane grew up surrounded by the surf and beach culture of the Coast, living with his parents in the old Coolum Surf Life Saving clubhouse. His upbringing evidently made an impression on Dane, and he followed in his lifeguard father’s footsteps, upholding the tradition of saving lives between the red and yellow flags. Shortly after graduating from high school, Dane travelled as a lifeguard to the Greek Islands and Cornwall, before spending eight years patrolling beaches from Maroochydore to Mooloolaba Spit as a Sunshine Coast Council lifeguard. Simultaneously, Dane and some friends began running an events company in their early 20s, pumping new life into the Coast’s social scene. They were living the highlife, organising parties and events at local clubs and bars, and taking regular trips overseas, unknowingly giving Dane the perfect foundation for what would be his passport to pioneering his innovative tours. “A few boys and myself travelled around until I figured out I wanted to do this,” Dane says. “I was meant to go to uni but I never got around to it!” Instead of hitting the books, Dane carved out a niche for himself, channelling
his love for travel and skill for promotion into Entourage Tours. Based on the concept of revolving a tour around a music festival, Dane caters to festival aficionados and keen travellers alike. The tours see Dane and his business partners lead a thrill-seeking group of 18 to 35 year olds anywhere from the sun-drenched valley of Venice Beach to a pumping Vegas pool party or exclusive Hollywood club. This is where cool meets culture. “We aim for 20 to 30 per cent tourist stuff and sightseeing, and 60 to 70 per cent partying, with minimal travel time,” Dane says. “We target the music niche market and people who don’t want to be on a bus for eight hours at a time.” Trips overseas to test festivals and research travel concepts may sound cruisy to some, but the boys put in the hard yards to deliver an unforgettable experience to their clientele. “We were working for nothing for the first three years,” says Dane. At that point, Dane was juggling Entourage Tours with long summer days as a council lifeguard. “It was a lot of work … but we made it work,” he says. Following the dissolution of the council professional lifeguard service to volunteer lifesavers in 2013, Dane accepted a redundancy package, and following his love of travel, moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he based and ran Entourage Tours from his laptop. On his return to the Sunshine Coast, Dane worked for the owners of a local nightclub venue, as a partner and manager with a team of mates. “We were a good team,” he reflects. The collaboration came to an end earlier this year. Now, with Entourage Tours as his focus, he looks forward to exploring what Australia’s music scene can bring to the international arena. “We want to bring people back to Australia,” Dane says of his plans to keep growing the business by creating shorter tours to attract international
I was a lifeguard and he was selling cars, and we just had the idea.” attention, and introducing it for people who can’t take extended time off work. “We are nowhere near as successful as we want to be after six years into it … it takes time and certainly doesn’t happen overnight, and you don’t really want it to,” he shares. “I think if you go ‘boom’ you have the chance to maybe disappear quickly.” And for someone who mixes business with pleasure as his nine-to-five, it’s little wonder that Dane wants to keep taking Entourage Tours to new horizons.
PROFILE SECRET LIFE
GEORGIE, JESSICA AND MAXINE THOMPSON
WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
WHEN THREE FOOD-LOVING WOOMBYE SISTERS COMBINED FORCES, A RECIPEWRITING, COOKBOOK-MAKING, FOODIE TRIFECTA WAS BORN. KATE CLIFFORD CATCHES UP WITH THE GIRLS ONE YEAR AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE BOOKERY COOK.
n old-fashion camp stove and a pot belly oven is where it all began. Twins Maxine and Georgie Thompson, 27, and their older sister Jessica Thompson, 31, rejoice in their camp-style upbringing on a 10-acre property in Woombye, where they had lived in a small shed with their parents while a house was being built. Every night they would cook on an open fire, toast marshmallows, chat about their day at school and laugh at their parent’s jokes. Later on, when the house was built, they would sneak into the dining room to watch their parents host dinner parties for their friends. They would help their mother cook and sometimes experiment on their own. “Mum and Dad were really cool with us just going wild in the kitchen. It was never, ‘Don’t touch the sharp knives and don’t use the stove’,” Jessica remembers. It was this early love of sharing food with friends and family that sparked a passion for entertaining, which would ultimately lead to a published cookbook that has taken the world’s food loving culture and flipped it on its head, by combining art and food – something that has never been done before. A bit more than a year on from the release of The Bookery Cook in April last year, I catch up with the three sisters over Skype to hear about their adventures so far, and how living in three different corners of the world has brought them even closer together. “At the moment I am working in Hobart, Tasmania as a full-time chef. I moved from New York about eight months ago and it has been quite an interesting adjustment, especially when I finish work and nothing is open!” says Maxine. “It sometimes makes it hard to coordinate our daily Skype catch ups, with Jessie living in Melbourne and Georgie in London, but we make it work most days.” It is 6.30pm when we arrange to chat, 9am for Georgie in London, who joins the chat amidst making a pot of tea. I am surprised to hear the girls have not been together since December 14
2012, after meeting in New York to approve the cover of their cookbook. “I was training at the French Culinary Institute when the book cover was finished, so the girls had to come to me, which was awesome anyway,” Maxine says. Jessie chimes in, “It was amazing that we were all together in New York when we received the cover and all the proofs in December 2012, because it had been the first time in years that we could arrange to be together – we all got the travel bug pretty early on!” Maxine continues, “Georgie and I moved to Bristol, London, when we were 18 and then Jessie came and lived with us. Jessie then moved to Japan for a couple of years before we moved back to Australia, living in Brisbane for a bit. I then moved to New York and came back and now Georgie is in London. It has been a constant revolving door!” It was during this brief year while living in Brisbane the concept of the book came about. “We pinpoint it to a time when we were having dinner with about 15 friends on a balcony in Brisbane at our house and we all started drawing at dinner,” Maxine remembers. “Some people quite literally drew the food, others drew how it made them feel, others drew cartoon characters.” Jessie says, “We had had a few bottles of wine and a lot of our friends are cartoonists and illustrators, so they just started drawing pictures from dinner. I think we had a Mexican banquet, so there were these little cartoon tacos and pictures of chillies with faces! We scanned all the drawings and thought they would be good to illustrate some recipes, and the idea started from there.” “At the time (five years ago now) cookbooks were only being published by mainstream chefs, such as Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. There was nothing that really fit with our generation and because it was post Master Chef, we had a good shot at getting it published.” With this in mind, the sisters set about sending out their favourite recipes to artists around the world, asking them to read and cook the dish before drawing it. Artists from America, London, France, Spain and Australia jumped onboard, no one turned them down and they soon built a bank of quirky art work to illustrate their delicious dishes. “At first we were going to photoshop the drawings and lay them over the images of food, but the artwork we started getting back was just so beautiful on its own that we decided to just solely use it, and give ourselves a point of difference from all the other cookbooks out there,” Maxine says. Georgie remembers, “Every artist we approached said yes, and the ones that didn’t, it wasn’t that the idea didn’t appeal to them, it was just that they june 2014
were too busy with other work. Everyone was keen because it is such a unique concept, no one else has really done it before.” Sixty-six artists and 120 recipes are featured in The Bookery Cook, with more artists coming on board every day to add a new flair to their recipes online. Their fame has skyrocketed since the release, but being as humble as they are, the sisters are reluctant to talk about the attention. “It was hard because I was in New York when the book was released, so I didn’t really get to do all the interviews like Jessie and Georgie did when they were back on the Coast last year, but I did get some nice feedback at a festival a few months ago and it was quite nice because I hadn’t really been around that kind of spotlight before,” Maxine says. Georgie says, “I also read a review about people being quite intimidated about buying a cookbook where they couldn’t look at the images and compare their results in the end. But the reviewer also said that sometimes it’s nice to just create your own artwork, which is exactly where we were going with our book.” The sisters plan to reunite at the end of the year in London for a family friend’s wedding, as well as spend some time planning the next move for The Bookery Cook. “Our Dad was born here, so we all have British passports and have a good network of friends over here, but I can’t wait for the girls to come over at the end of the year,” Georgie says. Jessie jokes, “Georgie plans to never let us leave!” “I am going to try and get them to stay,” Georgie laughs. “And we are hopefully planning some pop-up dinners in the summer. But we do have grand plans to stay in the one place together for at least a year … right girls?” We just have to wait and see what this exciting Sunshine Coast trio have in store next, and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.
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FORMING A NEW HUMAN BEING IS THE MOST COMPLICATED THING A WOMAN CAN DO WITHOUT REALLY HAVING TO THINK ABOUT IT. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WOMEN DON’T FRET OVER IT, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE BOMBARDED WITH ALL SORTS OF WEIRD AND WACKY MYTHS! SO WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
am of the opinion that pregnancy should come with a big warning sign as soon as that second blue line pops up on the test. A red flag should jump out to say, ‘well done, now don’t eat, smell anything or sit on any polished furniture!’ My fiancé and I found out we were expecting our first child about five weeks after the blessed baby’s conception. Obliviously unaware of the massive task ahead, and the pond of pregnancy myths I would have to wade through, I decided to take the laid back approach and avoid all the contradictory online blogs and books. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I had to say goodbye to my favourite snack – toasted ham sandwiches. Soft cheese was also out and I had already bid my heartbreaking farewell to sushi, but I thought that’s where the pregnancy ‘no-no’s’ ended. Well, how wrong I was! The shock of how many myths there actually are came when I was about six-weeks pregnant. I sent Rhys out to grab a cheeky Macca’s soft serve ice cream and as a joke he sent a message to my stickler-nurse sister. In a panic, she almost screamed a text message back to him that I absolutely could not eat soft serve. The next week a book arrived in the mail with a week-to-week guide on pregnancy. On top of the soft serve, I was also forbidden to sit on polished furniture, could no longer take long, relaxing baths, colour my hair, drink
coffee, run, jump, lift my hands above my head, oh and clean the house – but I really didn’t mind about that last one. So with this bombardment of new information being thrown at us, as well as trying to cope with morning sickness, what myths can we believe? Confused and hormonally frustrated, I decided to get an expert’s opinion on the matter! Respected Sunshine Coast obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Kylie Isaacs says she is commonly asked about what to avoid when pregnant, especially when it comes to food and physical activity. “At the beginning it’s ‘how do we stop the nausea?’. At the end it’s ‘how do we get the baby to come?!” Dr Kylie shares. “It is important to have preferences and knowledge of what is available but there are just as many myths that can play on women’s minds when it comes to labour and birth. “Pregnancy loss or a problem with the baby are also concerns, but most women will worry about harming their baby because of something they have done, an illness they are fighting such as a cold or any number of the old wives tales they are told.” So here we have it, the eight pregnancy myths Dr Kylie says you should know!
Cocoa butter prevents stretch marks. FALSE!
There are plenty of good sites discussing foods to avoid and which foods are safe.
Unfortunately there is no evidence that anything you put on your skin will prevent stretch marks and no product available today has the ability to improve skin elasticity and improve collagen. Colouring your hair is harmful for the baby. FALSE
There is no reason to avoid hair dye. The amount of chemical that would be absorbed is so minimal, there is no harm to your baby. If you are particularly concerned, avoid ammonia-based products and dyeing your hair in the first trimester.
You shouldn’t take hot baths / saunas while pregnant. FALSE – kind of.
Overheating can result in mothers increasing their heart rate which may in turn reduce the blood flow to the baby. Saunas and spas are probably more of a concern than a hot bath.
You can’t eat sushi, hot dogs or deli meats? TRUE – kind of.
Myth four Pregnant women should eat for two. FALSE (sigh!)
Definitely a myth – pregnant women with a ‘normal’ pre-pregnancy weight need about 300 to 500 calories extra per day, but most importantly need to eat a wellbalanced diet. It is important to ensure adequate calcium.
If you cook it you can eat it. Listeria and toxoplasmosis are uncommon infections that can be passed on to your unborn baby. To avoid these infections you should avoid paté, cold cooked chicken, cold sliced meats, soft cheeses, pre-prepared salads and uncooked seafood. You shouldn’t drink coffee while pregnant. FALSE
There is little evidence to show that caffeine in moderate doses is harmful to your baby. One to two coffees per day is unlikely to cause any harm.
It isn’t safe to fly during your first or last trimester. FALSE
Pregnancy and flying both increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When flying it is recommended you drink plenty of fluids, mobilise around the cabin when able or do the exercise demonstrated to increase blood flow and prevent DVT. Although most airlines would prefer not to be delivering your baby mid air, beyond 28 weeks airlines request you carry a letter from your doctor dated within 10 days of flying stating your due date.
Pregnant women should keep away from polished furniture. FALSE! Sorry ladies, we can’t avoid the cleaning. Not only are there very safe natural alternatives available for cleaning these days but the chemical options are also safe to use. I would recommend using gloves and of course cleaning in well-ventilated areas. profilemag.com.au
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eautiful, smart and on a mission to inspire and empower others to live their healthiest and happiest life, Doctor Ashlee Good is … well, good! The Sunshine Coast osteopath and holistic health and wellness coach, works with clients to improve diet and nutrition, self care and health awareness, teaching them how to nourish themselves from the inside out, and show them how amazing they are meant to feel! When in the osteo clinic, Dr Ashlee works at addressing the body from a holistic perspective and is passionate about treating inflammation and other chronic illnesses. As the creative drive behind well-known blog, Goodbeing, Ashlee is now reaching out to people across the globe to inspire health, wellness and freedom. profile: How long have you been passionate about wellness? Which particular areas interestyou the most, and why? dr ashlee: I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and studied to become an osteopath because I find the human body so incredible in the way it works. How the body allows us to do what we do and achieve what we do, is phenomenal. After graduating, and travelling through Europe, I went to a health retreat in the UK in 2011 which made me feel phenomenal, and this sparked an interest in nutrition, which led me to study it, and launch my blog Goodbeing, which is a platform for me to inspire more than those who walk through the door in the clinic. It empowers people to take charge of their health and make changes that cultivate a healthy and happy body and life. profile: How would you describe your approach to holistic health? dr ashlee: With my knowledge of the body, I understand how things work on all levels. I appreciate how the body works mechanically and then on a cellular level with my nutrition knowledge and biology study through osteopathy. My approach always involves looking at the client’s life – so not just what they are eating but what situation they are in with work, family, the people around them, level of stress, level of activity, and level of self love – these all have an impact on overall wellbeing.
DOCTOR ASHLEE GOOD
profile: What tips or pointers would you give someone to assist them in their motivation? dr ashlee: Get clear on your “why”. Why do you want to feel or get healthier? Is it for your kids? So you have enough energy for your partner? So you can be more productive? Is it because you are sick of hating what you see in the mirror? If you have a strong “why”, it is always there to motivate you to reach your goals. Also, believe in yourself. You can do it. Self-belief is the foundation of any success. In health, and in life. profile: In your experience, what are some of the most common key factors to achieving personal wellbeing? dr ashlee: Self love. Honouring and respecting yourself enough to make positive changes in your health and life is huge. Also, choosing foods from a place of wanting to actually nourish yourself to feel good; not for convenience, not counting calories, or just because it tastes good – eat from a place that is going to serve your body and your health well. profile: What would you say brings you the greatest sense of fulfillment in your work? dr ashlee: Watching others transform their health, and their life – and seeing their happiness with results; it’s hard to get much better than that. Many people don’t realise how good being healthy feels. If I can help guide someone to tap into this, than that to me is pretty amazing.
profile: What does your typical day’s diet look like? dr ashlee: Lemon in warm water first thing in the morning to cleanse and stimulate digestion. Breakfast is either a green smoothie, homemade granola or protein smoothie after a workout. Lunch is always a nourishing salad, packed with colourful veggies and superfoods. Dinner is like lunch, but includes some protein too. I snack on raw almonds, veggie sticks with my homemade pesto, or a raw dessert that I have in my fridge – like cacao protein bliss balls. profile: If you’re feeling down about something, how do you pick yourself up? dr ashlee: Read something that inspires me. Words can really transform my feelings so I have a handful of books and blogs that I can always count on to lift me. Go to the beach. Getting outdoors, fresh air, sunshine and seeing the ocean, there’s something pretty magical about that. Also, surrounding myself with people who have a beautiful energy is wonderful. profile: What is your big health no-no? dr ashlee: Gluten. I avoid it at all costs. Gluten has been proven more and more to be creating havoc in our bodies, our digestive systems, and has been shown to be inflammatory. Aches and pains, fatigue, moodiness, blurred thoughts, and digestive upsets can all be signs gluten isn’t agreeing with you. profile: Have you suffered from any major health issues in your life? dr ashlee: Fortunately I haven’t. My journey to be where I am now has evolved over the last couple of years, after being introduced to a few books, which inspired me to actually really love and treasure myself. When I started getting into nutrition, I became so aware of how it was impacting not only osteopathy patients but myself. It sparked a journey for me which has led me to do more study, create a blog, and make my mission to inspire and empower others all over the world to put their health first, and watch their lives transform. profile: What do you enjoy to do in your spare time? dr ashlee: I love the beach. Surfing with my husband. Reading and learning. Hanging out with friends and appreciating amazing wholesome food, and occasionally a little glass of nice wine. june 2014
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PROFILE COVER STORY
WORDS TONIA ZEMEK PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
NO ONE KNOWS WHY ANNETTE GILMORE-SCOTT WAS BORN DEAF. BOTH HER PARENTS HEAR WELL, AS DOES HER YOUNGER BROTHER. RATHER THAN ASKING WHY ME, ANNETTE LISTENED TO AN INNER VOICE THAT TOLD HER ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE. NOW SHE SHARES HOW A COCHLEAR IMPLANT CHANGED HER LIFE FOREVER.
t’s true – actions speak louder than words. Before we meet, Annette Gilmore-Scott sends me a text message imploring me to drive safely in the wet weather. She sounds lovely. Fast forward a few days and we find ourselves in a Noosa cafe, talking all things auditory. Annette tells me that her mum Coleen grew concerned about her hearing when she was just 18 months of age. In the mornings, Coleen would go to Annette’s room and start talking to her but Annette would keep her back turned and it wasn’t until Coleen came into full view that she received any acknowledgement from little Annette. “She knew something was wrong,” Annette recalls. Coleen took her daughter to a doctor who arranged a referral for an ear, nose and throat specialist. Within a week, Annette was fitted with hearing aids. “I was born naturally deaf for no reason. We don’t know what caused it,” Annette says. The family pored through medical histories dating back several generations but all investigations drew a blank. Once again, silence prevailed. When Annette was three years of age, Coleen began teaching her to speak. She studied the technique of Cued Speech – an aid to lip reading based on phonetics. The approach proved extremely helpful for Annette’s pronunciation. It was to be an early preparation for what Coleen intended to be a traditional education. “Mum wanted me to go to school with students who could hear,” Annette says. “She explained that we live in a hearing world and I needed to learn how to live a full life in that world.” From the first day Annette put on a school uniform, life became more complicated. She’d become adept at lip reading but her teachers weren’t always accommodating. “Naturally they were used to turning around and writing on the blackboard with their backs to the students,” Annette says. “My education was very difficult and I felt embarrassed by my poor grades.” Annette was the only deaf pupil in her primary school and her struggles
were compounded outside of the classroom. “A lot of the children had trouble understanding me because of my speech difficulties. I can still remember one girl calling me deaf and dumb.” It’s true – kids can be cruel. As always, Annette turned to her mum for support through the tough times. Today she speaks of her in almost reverential tones. This is a woman who acted as mentor, tutor, motivator and mum all wrapped up in one. “She is a very positive person. Whenever I felt sad or had negative thoughts, she’d remind me that I could do anything I wanted to do. She gave me enormous encouragement as I was growing up. We’ve been through a lot together.” In year eight, they made the switch from a large Brisbane school to St Peter Claver College, an Ipswich school that incorporated a Hearing Impaired Unit. Annette learnt Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) and benefitted from having interpreters and note-takers on hand for additional support in the classroom. “It was fantastic. Being around hearing impaired kids made me realise I wasn’t the only person facing these types of challenges,” Annette says. Her confidence grew and she forged firm friendships with her classmates, some of whom remain her friends more than 20 years later. Her new school ushered in new highs for Annette but they were tempered with recurring lows. “I was a difficult teenager,” she admits. “I was a very frustrated person.” Annette says group get-togethers, such as family dinners, fuelled her ‘cranky’ behaviour. “Everyone was constantly changing topics and I had trouble following conversations. I felt left out. I’d bang things on the table to try and get people’s attention. They’d say, ‘Sorry Annette but it’s nothing important’ and I’d say ‘No, I want you to tell me what you said, I want to know what you’re talking about’.” Annette’s mother stepped in and took on the role of navigating nuances on her behalf. She’d signpost group conversations and tell Annette each time a new topic was introduced. This approach certainly made family dinners easier to swallow.
Being around hearing impaired kids made me realise I wasn’t the only person facing these types of challenges.”
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When the audiologist started the activation process, gradually she increased the volume until I heard the first tiny soft sound, like a BING! I burst into tears – it was just so emotional.”
Meanwhile, back in the schoolyard there were yet more challenges for Annette. She eventually decided to leave school after completing Year 10. An arduous daily commute ultimately took its toll. “I had to get up at 5.30am and catch two different trains to get to school. I didn’t get home till six o’clock at night and I found it really tiring.” Instead, Annette channelled her energy into securing employment. She embarked on a six month office administration course within a Tafe class for hearing impaired students. After completing her studies, she applied for a job as a data entry operator with the Brisbane City Council. “The HR officer offered to arrange an interpreter for my interview but I was determined to go it alone – I wanted to show them I could do it by myself,” Annette says. Her independence paid off and, to her absolute delight, she landed the job. “My work mates were very good. They were very patient with me.” Annette was making her way in the world, on her terms, surrounded by loving friends and family as well as supportive colleagues who valued and enjoyed her contribution to the office environment. She continued to work in various governmental administrative roles until she suffered a devastating blow in her early 30s. Her limited hearing had begun to further decline – decreasing by an alarming 30 per cent. Up until that time, she’d relied on lip reading and bi-lateral hearing aids for as long as she could remember. Those former life rafts had suddenly left her adrift as communication became increasingly difficult. She describes this period as a ‘communication breakdown’ that led to a ‘mental breakdown’. “Looking back, I can see now that I was suffering from depression. I felt really isolated and my self-esteem was hit hard,” she says. “I cried and cried. I felt completely lost.” When her audiologist suggested Annette consider a cochlear implant, she emphatically refused. “It was relatively new technology at that time and I felt uncomfortable about it,” she says. “I had totally the wrong impression about cochlear implants. I was concerned they’d somehow make me robotic!” 24
Despite her initial hesitations, she began researching online and thinking about how an implant could potentially help her communication and her career. Ultimately, the deal was sealed after she met a satisfied cochlear implant recipient. “I watched him change over the following two years. He had the very best of outcomes. His communication improved a great deal.” Around this time, she also connected with the Cochlear Awareness Network (CAN) who provided further information and facilitated introductions for Annette to meet other success stories, who generously shared their experiences and helped allay her fears. In 2007, aged in her mid-30s, Annette made the decision to have a cochlear implant. On the day of her surgery, her mother was by her side just as she had been throughout the difficult decision-making process. “I remember being so scared on the way to the hospital that I told my Mum to turn the car around because I wanted to go home!” Despite her fear, she bravely went through with the procedure. “It made me feel safe having my Mum with me as they wheeled me into the operating theatre,” Annette recalls. The procedure to insert the cochlear implant only required an overnight hospital stay. The following two weeks were wracked with anticipation as Annette awaited her ‘switch on’ whereby her external sound processor was programmed and activated. “I was so nervous,” she says. “I didn’t think it would work for me. After all, I was born deaf and had been deaf for so many years.” “When the audiologist started the activation process, gradually she increased the volume until I heard the first tiny soft sound, like a BING! I burst into tears – it was just so emotional,” Annette says. She describes the following weeks and months as being both wonderful and overwhelming. “So many new noises were coming at me all at once. Birds singing, waves crashing, cars driving, footsteps … it was very confusing. I jumped a lot!” Annette remembers experimenting with every household sound imaginable, from boiling kettles to running taps. She even smashed a glass! “I tested every possible sound,” she laughs. Meanwhile, at work she was tormented by a recurring whooshing noise that profilemag.com.au
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was driving her to distraction. “I asked my colleagues about this irritating wind-like sound but they couldn’t pinpoint it.” Eventually the culprit was identified as air-conditioning! Despite these early frustrations, Annette now credits her cochlear implant with helping to advance her career. Just two years after her ‘switch on’ she won the 2009 Kaye Byrne Encouragement Award for her work in educating colleagues about the most effective ways to communicate with their hearing impaired peers. The following year, she took out the Cochlear HEARO for Queensland Award from Cochlear Limited. She also undertook further studies, completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
So many new noises were coming at me all at once. Birds singing, waves crashing, cars driving, footsteps … it was very confusing. I jumped a lot!” When I ask Annette to share with me some tips for communicating with people who may be hearing impaired, she says it’s important to speak slowly and clearly, directly face the person, don’t cover your mouth and make sure you have their full attention. According to Annette, asking questions is a good way to make sure your message has been fully understood. In addition to sharing her workplace insights with employers and employees, Annette also helps people contemplating cochlear implant surgery. She is a regular volunteer with the Cochlear Awareness Network, www.c-a-network. com – supporting people who are hearing impaired, in their decision-making process and their post-operative care. She has also been a guest speaker at a string of Queensland universities and medical practices, sharing her story with audiology students and practitioners alike. It’s unsurprising that Annette has the ability to connect with such a june 2014
diverse network of people, given her natural warmth and friendly demeanor. Ironically, her connection to her husband, Sunshine Coast architect Simon Scott, wasn’t what you’d call instantaneous. She admits their first encounter was far from a fairytale. The pair was set up through mutual friends. “He liked me straight away,” Annette laughs. “His mum told me he was totally smitten! He chased me for five weeks but I wasn’t ready for a relationship.” Eventually Annette bent her own rules and fell deeply and completely in love. She and Simon married in 2011. This is one coupling with more than one coincidence. Like Annette, Simon was born with unexplained deafness. He too has a younger brother as well as very loving and supportive parents. Annette still sounds like a newlywed when she elaborates on her admiration for the man she says “truly understands” her. She is also full of pride for his work. Simon runs his own architectural firm, SSB Design studio, www. ssbdstudio.com.au and has been responsible for some award-winning Sunshine Coast homes. However, Simon’s not the only creative in this couple. Annette is a talented artist. She’s delightfully humble and I really have to cajole her into sharing some of her artwork with me. When she eventually produces her iPhone with a series of photographs of her work, I am spellbound. Her abstract images are captivating. Some are extremely precise and appear to be printed in some way but I’m amazed to discover they were all done by hand. “I just love painting,” Annette says. “I find it very relaxing.” A fascination with Aboriginal artwork led her to explore the technique. She shows me an eye-catching painting that makes it look as though she’s practiced the technique for years. Between her husband’s architectural acumen and her ease at the easel, Simon and Annette are a doubly talented duo. As we say our farewells, Annette confides her next big challenge is convincing Simon to get a cochlear implant too. Although he’s just about confirmed his decision, he’s yet to book a date for the surgery. One thing’s for certain, in Annette’s care he’s sure to be safe and sound. profilemagazine
WORDS DOMINQUE STEPPA PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH
alking down The Esplanade, the atmosphere at Mooloolaba is bustling with a vast array of tourists and locals lapping up all this diamond destination has to offer. The beach and popular shopping and dining district is forever humming as the salt air and sea entices people to its shores. More often than not, where mention of the Sunshine Coast is heard, the Mooloolaba is the first destination that comes to mind. It is without a doubt one of the most loved locations throughout, not only the Coast but all of Queensland. Affectionately known as the heart of the Coast, Mooloolaba offers the perfect destination for those looking for relaxation and entertainment – it is the Coast’s hybrid of sophistication and charm.
It was inevitable this location would continue to develop into one of the most sought after residential and holiday destinations, which we all embrace today. You’re spoilt for choice when planning a day at Mooloolaba, whether it’s a long day at the beach, catching up with friends for coffee, spending a day browsing through unique boutiques or venturing out for a night of cocktails and entertainment, Mooloolaba has it all. As I breathe in the fresh salty air, I venture down the coastal pathway to The Spit and watch fishermen as they moor their rusty vessels next to luxury yachts at the wharf. Here, you can watch as the catch of the day are offloaded to the local markets for sale. On the opposite side of the road, kids play in
the park and along the beach, with the perfect shore break and warm water inviting you to stay a little longer. Mooloolaba’s versatility is certainly unique to few destinations dotted along the Queensland coastline, making it a special and idyllic place to frequent. Originally known as Mooloolah Heads, it was known as the gateway district throughout the late 19th century transporting produce, passengers and timber to and from Brisbane. From there on it was inevitable this location would continue to develop into one of the most sought after residential and holiday destinations, which we all embrace today. Recently Mooloolaba has undergone some major transformations, with new businesses popping up and old ones undergoing renovations. The Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club Inc is one example of these, undergoing a $7 million revamp of the club entrance, reception, function and gaming areas, as well as Underwater World SEALIFE’S $4 million overhaul. If it’s a taste of the free life you’re after, then a walk along Mooloolaba Beach has always been a big drawcard for nature lovers, jumping in and out of the ocean or enjoying a run along either The Esplanade or the sand. If you’re not so interested in dipping your feet into the fresh Pacific Ocean, or working up a sweat, the Loo with a View is littered with admirers, pausing to absorb the Coast’s naturally astounding beauty.
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MOOLOOLABA’S HISTORY •• Mooloolaba derives from the Aboriginal name mulla meaning red-bellied-black snake. •• Orginally known as Mooloolah Heads the name was changed to Mooloolaba in 1919 when Thomas O’Connor, the original developer, subdivided the land for sale. •• Mooloolaba has also featured throughout pop culture, appearing on the fourth season of The Amazing Race and is the fourth town mentioned in the intrinsically Australian song ‘I’ve been everywhere’.
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YOUR PLACE ESPRESSO To kick off a day of wonders and adventures, sip on a velvety coffee or a flavorsome juice at Your Place Espresso, quaintly nestled behind a white picket fence. Make your morning a memorable one with a Breakfast Jar of crispy muesli, natural yoghurt and juicy fruit over a Profile magazine, or a plate of enticing eggs benedict with a group of friends. Warm and inviting, Your Place Espresso is worth a visit during the cooler months.
FISH AND CHIPS AT THE SPIT If you’re feeling peckish, swing by the Spit for fish and chips on the beach! Mooloolaba is popular for its illustrious fish and chips, and was an extensive selection of restaurants to choose from. Watch as the fishermen arrive at the docks and deliver tasty fish from the pallet to your plate. With fresh seafood supplied by trusted locals, nothing can go wrong with this simple yet delicious meal. Ditch your shoes, sit on the grass, and take in the vast and phenomenal views of the ocean.
UNDERWATER WORLD SEALIFE Amaze yourself with the wonders of the sea with Underwater World SEALIFE’s timeless animal exhibits, offering a unique perspective into the depths of Australia’s most famous oceans. Receive an underwater education from the fantastic seal show or simply marvel at the underwater tunnel’s array of fish, sharks and coral. See the world’s largest interactive jelly fish display, touch a stingray as it glides by the glass and have your photo taken with a turtle.
BURNISH A personal shopper and stylist in one – perfect for busy women who love fashion and an ideal gift! The ladies of burnish will put together a selection of looks to suit your individual needs and work with you in your home or office … burnish delivered! We will bring you a selection from labels, including Lisa Brown, Fleur Wood, Paige Denim, YB Jáime, uma&leopold, Natasha, Briony Marsh and many more to make stylish and on trend additions to your wardrobe for any occasion or for the every day. We can work in current season looks to your existing wardrobe, help you de-clutter, and style you for a special event. Shop 1 Sandcastles, 3 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba Phone: 5478 0885
WALK ON THE BEACH THE SURF CLUB MOOLOOLABA Pop your shoes back on after a lovely stroll on the beach and sit down with the family for a delectable dinner at The Surf Club Mooloolaba! All taste buds will be satisfied by the scrumptious meals on offer, including garlic prawn risotto and seafood linguine, as well as an extensive kids menu for the ‘Little Nippers’. The club also bestows a vast assortment of wines to accompany dinner and desserts to follow, so be sure to stop by for an unforgettable evening.
After a jam-packed afternoon, kick off your thongs and take a serene and tranquil walk along the beach. With the cooling weather, the water is perfect to dip your feet in and feel the sand between your toes and the water lapping your ankles. Begin your journey from the rock wall at the Spit and make your way over to The Surf Club, as you watch the body boarders in the water, admire the children laughing and playing in the sand, and appreciate the fantastic coastal scene. So take a long walk along the beach to rejuvenate for a fantastic dinner.
SWIM, SURF OR SUNBATHE Spanning from Alexandra Headland to Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba offers one of the safest beaches to swim or surf along the Sunshine Coast, or there is plenty of space to spread out on the beach with a towel and a good book.
SHOP â€˜TIL YOU DROP Shop some of the most renowned names in fashion, jewellery and homewares along The Esplanade. With hundreds of stores there are styles to suit all demographics.
TAKE A WALK If you’re looking for a bit of time out, take a stroll from Mooloolaba Esplanade to the Mooloolaba rock wall. Breathe in the salty air while getting your fix of exercise. Whether you’re a stroller or a jogger, this walk is perfect for all.
CAFFEINE OR COCKTAILS Whether you’re after a mid morning coffee or early evening cocktail, Mooloolaba is host to some of the best espresso and cocktail bars on the Coast. If you’re feeling adventurous try a hybrid of both with an Espresso Martini at Lot 104.
ESCAPE TO ANOTHER WORLD An old family favourite of the Coast which has recently been revamped is UnderWater World SEALIFE. Take a day to explore all of nature’s weird and wonderful sea life creatures, and you don’t even have to get wet.
SAIL MOOLOOLABA 13 June â€“ 6 July Join in the celebration of one of Queenslandâ€™s finest sailing destinations at Sail Mooloolaba. Boats, from big keel boats to little dinghies and everything in between, race on the open water right in front of Mooloolaba Beach and on the Mooloolah River throughout the week. Kids and adults are welcome to join in on the sailing experiences, visit the local shopping, dining and tourist attractions or spend a day lazing on the beach watching the race. For more information visit: www.mooloolabatourism.com.au/events MOOLOOLABA TWILIGHT COMMUNITY MARKETS
Every Friday evening along Parkyn Parade you will find the Mooloolaba Twilight Markets, showcasing high quality handmade product stalls made by trendy craftspeople along with locally grown produce. The markets start from 3pm until 8:30pm and are a great option for free, family fun whilst indulging in the magic of Mooloolaba by twilight. For more information visit: www.facebook.com TwilightCommunityMarketsMooloolaba
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$230,000.00 31/12/12 Yearly Balances 6mths $12,165.00 $223,898.93 Date Interest$6,063.93 Charged Payment Made Balance Date Transaction Debit Credit Balance 31/12/13OPENING1yr 6mths $15,223.45 $29,196.00 $209,926.38 1/07/12 BALANCE $ 230,000.00 Wipe 1/07/12 Out Your Home opening Loan balance Fast $230,000.00 31/12/146mths 2yrs 6mths $ $14,217.25 31/12/12 6,063.93 $ $29,196.00 12,165.00 $$194,947.63 223,898.93 31/12/12 Yearly Balances 6mths $6,063.93 $12,165.00 $223,898.93 Date Charged Payment Made Balance 31/12/151yr 6mths 3yrs 6mths Interest $13,134.44 31/12/13 $ 15,223.45 $ $29,196.00 29,196.00 $$178,886.07 209,926.38 31/12/13 1yr 6mths $15,223.45 $29,196.00 $209,926.38 1/07/12 OPENING4yrs BALANCE $ $161,668.21 230,000.00 31/12/16 6mths $11,978.14 $29,196.00 31/12/14 2yrs 6mths $ 14,217.25 $ 29,196.00 $ 194,947.63 31/12/146mths 2yrs 6mths $ $14,217.25 31/12/12 6,063.93 $ $29,196.00 12,165.00 $$194,947.63 223,898.93 31/12/173yrs 6mths 5yrs 6mths $ $10,725.87 31/12/15 13,134.44 $ $29,196.00 29,196.00 $$143,198.08 178,886.07 31/12/151yr 6mths 3yrs 6mths $ $13,134.44 $29,196.00 31/12/13 15,223.45 $ 29,196.00 $$178,886.07 209,926.38 31/12/184yrs 6mths 6yrs 6 mths $ $9,393.47 $ $29,196.00 31/12/16 11,978.14 29,196.00 $$123,395.55 161,668.21 31/12/16 4yrs 6mths $11,978.14 $29,196.00 $161,668.21 31/12/14 6mths 14,217.25 29,196.00 $ $102,161.49 194,947.63 31/12/192yrs 7yrs 6mths $$ $7,961.94 $$ $29,196.00 31/12/17 5yrs 6mths 10,725.87 29,196.00 $ 143,198.08 31/12/173yrs 6mths 5yrs 6mths $ $10,725.87 $29,196.00 31/12/15 13,134.44 29,196.00 $$143,198.08 178,886.07 31/12/206yrs 6 mths 8yrs 6 mths $ $6,430.39 $$ $29,196.00 $79,395.88 31/12/18 9,393.47 29,196.00 $ 123,395.55 31/12/184yrs 6mths 6yrs 6 mths $ $9,393.47 $ $29,196.00 31/12/16 11,978.14 29,196.00 $$123,395.55 161,668.21 31/12/21 9yrs 6mths $4,779.83 $29,196.00 $54,979.71 31/12/19 7yrs 6mths $ 7,961.94 $ 29,196.00 $ 102,161.49 31/12/195yrs 6mths 7yrs 6mths $ $7,961.94 $ $29,196.00 31/12/17 10,725.87 29,196.00 $$102,161.49 143,198.08 31/12/228yrs 6 mths 10yrs 6mths $ $3,016.17 $ $29,196.00 31/12/20 6,430.39 29,196.00 $ $28,799.88 79,395.88 31/12/206yrs 6 mths 8yrs 6 mths $ $6,430.39 $ $29,196.00 $79,395.88 31/12/18 9,393.47 29,196.00 $ 123,395.55 31/12/239yrs 6mths 11yrs 6mths $ $1,123.63 $ $29,196.00 $727.51 31/12/21 4,779.83 29,196.00 $ 54,979.71 31/12/217yrs 6mths 9yrs 6mths $ $4,779.83 $ $29,196.00 $54,979.71 31/12/19 7,961.94 29,196.00 $ 102,161.49 31/12/2310yrs 6mths balance paid $ $727.51 $0.00 31/12/22 3,016.17 $ 29,196.00 $ 28,799.88 31/12/228yrs 6 mths 10yrs 6mths $ $3,016.17 $ $29,196.00 31/12/20 6,430.39 29,196.00 $ $28,799.88 79,395.88 31/12/23 11yrs 6mths $ 1,123.63 $ 29,196.00 $ 727.51 31/12/239yrs 6mths 11yrs 6mths $ $1,123.63 $ $29,196.00 $727.51 31/12/21 29,196.00 $ 54,979.71 Loan paid out 4,779.83 in full - 11yrs 31/12/23 BALANCE PAID $ 6 mths. 727.51 $ 31/12/2310yrs 6mths balance paid $ $727.51 $0.00 31/12/22 3,016.17 $ 29,196.00 $ 28,799.88 31/12/23 11yrs 6mths $ 1,123.63 $ 29,196.00 $ 727.51 Loan paid out in full - 11yrs 31/12/23 BALANCE PAID $ 6 mths. 727.51 $ -
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BETH AND JADE
JAN, AMY, KATE AND HEATHER
WORDS INGRID NELSON PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH
RETT SYNDROME (RETTS) IS A CRUEL AND UNFORGIVING DEGENERATIVE DISEASE AND ONE WE ARE STILL LEARNING ABOUT. I HAD THE HONOUR OF SPEAKING WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL LADIES WHOSE DAUGHTERS HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH RETTS. THEIR STRENGTH, HUMILITY AND GRACE TOUCHED MY HEART.
ny parent will attest to the sheer joy, pride and relief you feel as your baby reaches their first important milestones. Their first word, first crawl, first step … now imagine how devastating it would be to witness those achievements slowly ripped away before your very eyes. That is exactly how the three beautiful, inspirational mothers I caught up with felt when they instinctively knew something was seriously wrong with their daughters’ development. What followed was a rollercoaster of emotions, life-changing revelations and a journey towards acceptance as they discovered their precious girls were suffering from Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a severe genetic disorder of the nervous system caused by a fault on one of the X chromosomes. Usually only seen in girls, it affects speech and all-body movement. In Australia, Rett Syndrome affects about one in 15,000 females, aged five to 18 years. Typically, development is normal 46
until the age of six to 18-months and then rapidly deteriorates. Beth Hawes is mother to 12-year-old Jade, who was diagnosed with Retts when she was two. “Jade was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, but we didn’t feel it was right. Looking back, she had all the hallmarks of Retts, particularly the hand wringing. She had no outward signs until about 18 months, then she started to have autistic-type symptoms. She stopped talking, became withdrawn and then started having breathing problems,” says Beth. After visiting four different neurologists, Jade was eventually diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. “I had actually started Googling it early on in the piece and I was thinking, ‘I hope the blood tests don’t come back positive for Rett Syndrome’. When they did, I was absolutely gutted. But I was also happy to know there was finally profilemag.com.au
Amy was my first baby and when I had my second child I could really see the difference in their development looking back. Although Amy appeared to be a normal baby, she didn’t advance to more complex play and then started going backwards.” – Jan Bell. a definite answer and I could focus on the therapy we needed to help her.” Sunshine Coast local Jan Bell, mother to 22-year-old Amy has a similar story to share. “Amy has a classic, textbook case of Retts,” says Jan. “But because she is older and less was known about it when she was born, and there was no Internet back then, it took a lot longer to get the diagnosis. “Amy was my first baby and when I had my second child I could really see the difference in their development looking back. Although Amy appeared to be a normal baby, she didn’t advance to more complex play and then started going backwards. “Our marriage actually broke up under the strain. My husband gave up, he couldn’t cope with the diagnosis, when he knew we couldn’t fix her, he got depressed and just couldn’t handle it.” Nineteen-year-old Kate Jenning’s mum Heather tells another heartbreaking story of her daughter’s diagnosis. “Kate was even more advanced than her sister as a baby, she met all her milestones, she was crawling at seven months running and climbing up stairs and then it all stopped. We too had an autism diagnosis at two and a half and did the early intervention program but were not seeing any results. It was Kate’s speech therapist who actually suggested she had Retts, despite our neurologist telling us otherwise. We had blood tests and it was confirmed. “It was devastating after six years that we had to come to the acceptance that she had Retts. I went into the foetal position for a while. “In a way though, the diagnosis took the pressure off us. We had to shift our goals. We didn’t do speech therapy any more, we just concentrated on working on her mobility.” My heart aches for these mums as they share their most intimate hopes, fears and dreams for their gorgeous girls with me. This circle of friends are a pillar of strength for each other. It is obvious the trio share a unique bond that only those who are going through the same challenges can truly understand. “I came from Phoenix Arizona with a population of three million and I didn’t know one other family with Rett Syndrome. Within days of arriving in Queensland in 2011, I was at a Rett Syndrome picnic in Nambour with 27 other families, all with children with Retts. We have such a great network in Queensland and I have formed such great friendships,” says Beth. Supporting these mothers and Rett Syndrome families is not for profit organisation Equity Works. Based in Nambour, the organisation won the tender to oversee an innovative new State-wide respite program Respite Plus, aimed at families in Queensland living with the devastating genetic condition. Queensland mum, Trish Donnelly, mother of Lilly Grace, who has Rett Syndrome, was instrumental in creating new approaches for supportive care and community building for children born with the condition. She and her husband are now building a home named after their daughter as the cornerstone of the new Respite Plus program. As I bid farewell to these beautiful mums and daughters I am both humbled and inspired by their tremendous strength and compassion. Their precious daughters are loved and cherished and these women are forging the way for a better understanding of the condition and are at the forefront of helping these girls live the fullest lives possible. For more information about Equity Works, go to www.equityworks.org june 2014
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It goes without saying that eyebrows are the biggest thing happening in beauty right now, and nobody embodies the trend quite like Cara Delevingne. The model’s famous brows are allegedly so influential that they’re linked to a decline in tweezer sales! But even the most beautiful brows need occasional maintenance. And when it comes to choosing a service technique, whether that be threading, tweezing, or waxing, things can get a little bit tricky. At Lagoon Day Spa we prefer the threading technique, and here is why. Eyebrow threading is a depilation technique which originated in India, although it is also widely practiced in the Middle East. The hair removal technique is not just for the eyebrows: threading can be used to remove other facial and body hair as well. Eyebrow threading involves twisting a piece of thread, usually cotton, into a double strand. This double stranded thread is used to pick up a line of hair and then remove it, creating a very clean, precise hairline. Eyebrow threading is the technique preferred by Indian movie stars, who are often distinguished by their crisp brow lines. Eyebrow threading can be used to eliminate a unibrow, raise the arch of the eyebrow, or add shape and definition to the brow. Because it removes hair by the follicle, it is a reasonably long lasting hair removal technique as well. Repeat visits after three to four weeks are standard. For women who would like to pursue a more natural beauty regimen, eyebrow threading is a good choice, since it does not use harmful products.
SUGAR ... HOW BAD CAN IT REALLY BE? with Simone Ricketts
Sadly, sugar is rather bad for our entire body system and in particular our teeth. Specifically the quantity of sugar and how often sugar is consumed are the key factors to consider. Basically sugar acts like an acid dissolving the enamel layer of teeth. Every time you eat a sugary snack the resulting acid attack can last up to 20 minutes. The naturally occurring bacteria living in the mouth use sugar as an energy source to multiply and consequently, form a sticky layer of plaque on your teeth. Immediately, this plaque layer provides a great food source for the bacteria to party on, as your tooth is eaten away to eventually form a cavity (tooth decay). Once the acid eats into your tooth, the bacteria, ‘have a nice little hole to live in where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach.’ Left untreated, cavities will always continue to grow. An important fact to remember is that it is NOT the amount of sugar you eat that causes the decay, but the length of time, and how often your teeth are exposed to the sugar. If you eat a high sugar dessert once a week, that’s one big sugar exposure, which your teeth can cope with. However, if you spend every day sipping sugary drinks or daily constant snacking on sweets, that is continuous exposure which is actually far worse for your teeth! Remember ... ‘Sip all day and get decay’. Drinks containing sugar include soft drinks, sports drinks, flavoured milk, wine and fruit juice. The only drinks which do not damage teeth are milk and water. When my children were younger and attending birthday parties I would be happy for them to eat all the sugary foods or drinks they desired, i.e one big sugar exposure, because for the rest of the week I knew their diet would be minimal sugar, so their teeth would not be at risk.
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In a climate where everyone thinks they are a photographer, and sadly many small photography businesses are closing their doors and opting for the ‘freelance work from home service’, one venture is standing the test of time and actually expanding; Studio Republic. Still going strong after five years in Warana, the newly relocated studio now at Norval Court, Maroochydore is proving that only the best and most innovative will survive.
tudio Republic is not your average photography studio. When you walk in you will be greeted by the hustle and bustle of ladies. An all-girl crew, Studio Republic knows that a photographer / make up artist / receptionist / assistant all-in-one rushing through the session is not what produces a 5-star experience for their clients. “We have specifically trained staff who are specialised in their field, be it a make up artist, photographer, producer or image consultant to take you through the steps of your four-hour experience here with us, resulting in a huge crew of people making sure your time here with us is exactly what you would expect on set of a magazine fashion shoot,” says CEO, Traci. “Customer experience is everything and it gets a bit crazyhere with all the gang, some are a bit loud and excited but it creates a great atmosphere and the clients get the best advice, styling, creativity and results while having a great time”, says equally as vocal new Irish studio manager, Rosie. Studio Republic has created a fantastic open plan studio, giving the public a sneak peek to what goes on day to day in a photographic studio. “‘When the cafe is open, the mobile user can drop by for a coffee or a business meeting and make use of our free wifi whilst taking in the energetic atmosphere of the studio while taking in our art exhibition”. ‘We don’t want to hide away behind closed doors like so many other studios, we welcome everyone to stop by, to say hi, you never know when you will want a photographer for your business or simply for some personal shots’ Check out Studio Republic’s Facebook and website for more information on the studio or even better, pop by and say hi, you will certainly be welcomed. CALL STUDIO REPUBLIC ON 5443 9111 to organise a studio tour to discuss your photo shoot options.
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LIFESTYLE STYLE FASHION COUNSEL
PHOTOS NICOLA HOLLAND
he first thing that strikes you about Amanda Oxley is her passion for hairdressing! Joining the industry at just 15 years of age, Amanda did her training in London under the tutelage of revered hair stylist Daniel Galvin, personal hairdresser to the late Princess of Wales. Since emigrating to Australia six years ago, the talented hair stylist has won two hairdressing awards and has been nominated as a finalist in both the Sunshine Coast Business Awards and Trend Vision Awards. Amanda is bringing a little bit of London style to the Sunshine Coast at her stunning new salon Amanda’s Hair Design in Brightwater. Beautifully designed, complete with elegant chandeliers, Amanda is passionate about ensuring every client leaves the salon feeling a million dollars. “We offer a full hour per service, so you never feel rushed. We want your visit to be a beautiful experience and we even have a kids area so mums can relax and enjoy,” says Amanda. Profile caught up with Amanda to discover her top tips in hair this season. profile: What do you love most about your job? amanda: I love working with the public and building new relationships with people and helping them feel good. A cut and colour can completely transform someone and give them a whole new boost of confidence.
profile: What’s hot in hair this season? amanda: I have friends in the industry in the UK who I still communicate with so I am always getting new inspiration from that part of the world. Soft colour is very much in this season, balayage is still quite popular and we are moving away from highlights and block colour. We have brought in a new product called Colour ID. It’s paste that we use instead of foils. You can use lots of different colour pastes that won’t run into each other so you can achieve lots of tonal contrasts. profile: What is the must-have item we should all have in our bathroom? amanda: A hair dryer and a mirror! This is especially true for me! If you saw my hair in the morning you would understand. I don’t even go camping without a hair dryer. It is also so important to only use top quality hair products. A lot of people don’t realise that using cheap shampoo and conditioner is like washing your hair with washing up liquid. We only use top of the range products by Wella.
profile: What do you always have in your handbag? amanda: I always have two products. Dust it – a powder for the roots and if you have thin hair like mine it makes it look twice as thick. I also always have a mini can of Sebastian hair spray. profile: Who is your inspiration? amanda: Vidal Sassoon. He was the first hairdresser to really step outside the square and he created so many great hairdressers. His story is so interesting too. He grew up in a very poor family and his dad left when he was very young. He became a pattern cutter to support his family and that is how he got into hairdressing!
profile: What is your best hair-style tip? amanda: Use good products and if you are blow drying your hair always use a nozzle on your hairdryer so you don’t end up with frizzy hair. Don’t use rubber bands as they tear the hair and invest in good quality shampoo and conditioner. profile: What is your best memory working in the hairdressing industry? amanda: When I was working in London, I used to cut Ozzie Osbourne’s hair. I was terrified of him! He used to send me to the pub for him. I also used to style Twiggy’s hair!
profile: How would you describe your own style? amanda: I’m a bit eccentric but I am also described as a bit glamorous. I love getting into a short number and putting on some heels. I also love a bit of bling! Having said that though, I am also quite happy to put on a cap and some funky trousers.
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TARA AND CALEECI
WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
TARA ROBINSON IS THE EPITOME OF INSPIRATION AND COURAGE, HAVING ENDURED MORE EMOTIONAL UPS AND DOWNS THAN ANY MOTHER SHOULD. WITH THE LOSS OF TWO CHILDREN TO A RARE CARDIAC DISEASE, SHE CAME CLOSE TO DEATH HERSELF AND IS NOW CONQUERING IT ALL THROUGH HELPING OTHERS.
ara and Reice Robinson are your typical married couple; they work hard, are community-minded and are deeply in love. Their happiness is obvious as they talk candidly about their first meeting in Mooloolaba, sharing a kiss on the beach as they brought in the New Year in 2006, before tying the knot at the same spot a year later. But sadly, behind the Bli Bli couple’s smiles and laughter is a deep and neverending pain for the loss of their two sons, Allachi and Sasha, who both died from a rare and extreme cardiac disease, Pulmonary Atresia, two years apart. Doctors told Tara and Reice after the death of Allachi in the womb at 38 weeks, it would be unlikely a future baby would be born with the same defect – in fact they gave them a one in a million chance of it happening twice. Even four years on, the memories are still raw and very real for the couple. “I knew I was pregnant after two weeks. I remember having these crazy cravings for greasy KFC and chocolate sauce, together,” Tara says, sitting down with her husband and I over a cup of coffee. “Other than the weird cravings and the fact that I felt quite sick throughout the pregnancy, everything was
going normal. Nothing was picked up at the earlier scans so we were all good.” “That all changed of course at 37 weeks when I had to go for a scan to check if my placenta had moved. The person who was doing the scan randomly had a look at little bub’s heart and saw that something looked a bit odd,” Tara says. Tara and Reice were rushed to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane to speak to the specialised team in the paediatric and cardiac wards. They were told the right side of their soon-to-be-born son’s heart had not grown to size, the valve where the blood flows to the lungs was blocked and was thin, which meant blood could not go to the lungs once he was born, and there was also a hole in his heart. They were told if Allachi survived the birth, he might not live past the first day. A natural birth was planned the next week and the couple moved into the Ronald McDonald Charity House, opposite to the Mater Hospital, having scans once a day to check on Allachi’s progress. Everything was going well, until one afternoon, their world fell apart. “I hadn’t felt bub move and just thought, well maybe he is just getting ready to come. But late afternoon about 4pm, we got the sad news he had passed in the womb,” Tara says. profilemag.com.au
TARA, REICE, CALEECI AND NOAH
THE ROBINSON FAMILY
“The next day I woke up and I remember thinking of the quote, ‘This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it’, and I think from that point on it just gave me the courage to deliver him. I thought ‘He is here for a purpose, I am going to enjoy him no matter what, I am going to push through, I am going to have a natural birth and just enjoy every moment of it’.” Tara gave birth to Allachi Gabriel Robinson on 14 January. He was nine pounds. The couple spent three days with Allachi; taking photos, weighing him, sleeping with him, and giving him a bath. A week later a cremation was organised and his ashes was transferred to the Sunshine Coast, where Tara and Reice held a ceremony at Mooloolaba Beach: the same spot they were married and shared their first kiss. The emotional rollercoaster had left the couple exhausted, but Tara was determined to stay strong and went back to work just three weeks later. She says her motivation to get back to reality may have been the reason for falling pregnant again just three months later. Unfortunately, the doctors’ prediction did not come true and once again Tara and Reice were sent through a spiral of turmoil, when at 20-weeks they were told their growing son also had Pulmonary Atresia, although this time there was a silver lining. “The difference was that Sasha’s valve grew to the right width, which meant he would have a greater chance of survival outside the womb,” Tara says. “We were sent for testing in Brisbane and we were monitored closely throughout the pregnancy. Once he got bigger and the valve kept growing, the doctor’s gave us more hope.” At 38 weeks pregnant, the couple moved into the Ronald McDonald Charity House ready for Tara to be induced. “Labour came on and I gave birth standing up to Sasha Josiah. He was 7.5 pounds … I got a few cuddles, they cut the cord, and that’s when all the fun began.” Reice and Sasha were whisked off with the cardiac surgeons, who began attaching wires and pumping pregnancy hormones into the tiny baby to keep his valve open and heart pumping. Meanwhile, a team of 10 were working on keeping Tara alive. Her placenta had broken off in the womb and she was hemorrhaging. “I ended up losing about one litre of blood. They didn’t have time to get me down to surgery so they did everything without anesthetic … it was horrendous,” she says. “So far the whole perfect birth plan ended up being really hectic. Between the two of us we had about 20 people working to keep us alive.” Tara’s recovery took about a week before she could refocus on her newborn son, who was battling an infection from an ink-line that had been put into his june 2014
So far the whole perfect birth plan ended up being really hectic. Between the two of us we had about 20 people working to keep us alive.” vein to see the opening of his heart valves. However, at five-weeks-old Sasha was strong enough to have the surgery, and at nine weeks, they took him home. “He was doing really well, feeding well, he had his first check at home with the nurses and they weighed him and he was healthy, he had a doctors appointment and they were happy with how he was going too,” Tara says, sighing at the next devastating point in their story. “A couple of days later I was trying to breastfeed Sasha, but there was something wrong. He wouldn’t drink properly and then he started to go downhill. Within five minutes everything was a panic, with Reice doing CPR and me calling the ambulance.” After almost two hours of trying to pump Sasha’s tiny heart back to life, doctors declared he had died. “It turned out that the infection had scarred some tissue, which broke off in a large particle and somehow had blocked the shunt. Without us knowing, every time CPR was being done, it kept lodging it into the shunt even further. We didn’t know. There was nothing we could have done.” Through these ups and downs, Tara discovered she had a passion for helping others and enrolled at Tafe to study her certificate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, while Reice enrolled at university to study a Bachelor of Communications, Information Technology. Tara finished the course as a finalist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award, a massive accomplishment after everything they had endured. The good news didn’t stop there either; in 2011 the couple discovered they were expecting another child, this time a healthy baby girl, Caleeci – with no sign of Pulmonary Atresia. She is now the light in their life, along with Tara’s first-born son Noah. Tara is now working with youth and in women’s business, helping other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women cope with the emotional ups and downs life throws their way. By telling their story, Tara and Reice hope more parents will join them in supporting families on the Sunshine Coast, who like them, are dealing with the pain and loss of a child behind closed doors. profilemagazine
Moir Medical Sunshine Coast | 5444 0799 | Oxford Close, Buderim As the average age when women become mothers steadily increases, the risks of abnormalities during the pregnancy also goes up. But advances in technology have delivered some good news with a new, non-invasive test that can answer with more accuracy one of the big questions for older mothers-to-be: will my child be born with Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in pregnancy.”
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in pregnancy. It happens in one in every 400 pregnancies and is the result of the child having an extra chromosome. There is no cure. It results in a moderate to severe intellectual impairment and an increased risk of physical abnormalities involving the heart or digestive system. The risk increases substantially with the mother’s age. For example, a 30-year old has a one in 890 chance of having a baby born with Down syndrome; for a 35-year old mother the risk increases to one in 355; by the age of 40 her chances have gone up to one in 90; and by age 45, the risk is one in 25.
As you can see, the risk of a Down syndrome can be a significant concern for women having a child at an older age. But now a new prenatal test is available for this higher risk category. With a simple blood test, the laboratory can extract the baby’s genetic material from the mother’s blood and check for Down syndrome. This test has distinct advantages over other options. Firstly, it can be carried out earlier, from 10 weeks onwards. Secondly, it provides a greater level of certainty than the traditional Combined First Trimester screening, which misses five to 10 per cent of Down syndrome cases. Thirdly, this procedure is non-invasive. So, this new test, available under a variety of trademarked names, gives women in the higher risk category very accurate information at an earlier point in their pregnancy, with no chance of the testing procedure itself creating problems. The only downside is expense – around $1,000. However with Down syndrome being one of the major fears of older parents-to-be, this advance in testing can provide enormous peace-of-mind.
Melissa White Gastroenterology | 5456 4278 | Suite 2/52 Burnett St, Buderim Bloating is one of the most common and frustrating conditions that patients present to the gastroenterologist with. The vast majority of these patients have a type of functional bowel disorder called Irritable Bowel Syndrome, however bloating can be associated with many other conditions and it is for that reason that further tests may be required.
Blockage of the stomach or weakness of the muscular contraction of the stomach can cause bloating after meals.â€?
Bloating can occur when there is a blockage to the lower bowl and a colonoscopy may be required to exclude that. Similarly, blockage of the stomach or weakness of the muscular contraction of the stomach can cause bloating after meals. Certainly many causes of bloating are dietary related, specifically associated with the ingestion of fizzy drinks and numerous types of fruit and vegetables. Lactose intolerance can also be associated with bloating. Many people with lower abdominal bloating make their symptoms worse by not passing intestinal wind.
We make intestinal gas to pass it, however some people, especially women, seem reluctant to pass the quantity of wind that they actually produce because of social circumstance or embarrassment. Some of the food exclusions tried in patients with bloating, include dairy products, diet soft drinks, chewing gum or lollies because of the hair swallowed. Some of the vegetables associated with excess intestinal gas production include onions, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower, canned beans, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chick peas, asparagus, garlic and peas. Many patients feel that wheat cause bloating and this is often because they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, not because they have wheat or gluten allergy. True gluten allergy is being increasingly recognised and is excluded by biopsies.
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Our whole vision for the place was to create an environment where people can come and heal themselves, and not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.”
WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH
A CHANCE MEETING WITH A SPIRITUAL SHAMAN IN THE AMAZONIAN JUNGLE SET THE SUNSHINE COAST’S KATE REARDON ON A NEW CAREER PATH THAT WOULD SEE HER WORK ALL OVER THE WORLD, HEALING STRANGERS THROUGH NATURAL REMEDIES, YOGA AND MEDITATION. HER WORK IS NOW RECOGNISED WORLD-WIDE.
first heard of Kate Reardon through a friend who had recently returned from her Bali health retreat, Natural Instinct Health. This friend sent me into a state of shock when she told of the 10-day retreat where she didn’t eat, drank only juices and a green, health syrup and gave herself an enema twice a day. She also said she had never felt more alive since. Obviously I was intrigued. How did Kate, a girl from Mooloolaba, end up in Bali hosting health retreats – and quite unusual ones at that – with complete strangers? … I found out early one morning, hot coffee in hand, through Skype. “Really, it’s because a shaman told me this was my calling,” Kate says from her home in Ubud, Bali. “My husband Pat and I had been travelling around in Peru when we spent some time in the Amazon Jungle, learning about the plants and their natural healing powers. I was so intrigued and something really struck a chord with me about how these cultures learn to heal themselves through nature. “It was a big pivotal point for me because I was just travelling around being a gypsy I guess, and then this shaman said, ‘go home and study natural medicine’, so I did!” Kate enrolled at the Endeavor College of Natural Health at the Gold Coast that year, embarking on a five-year university degree in naturopathy and nutrition, culminating her studies by opening a clinic in Burleigh Heads, practicing in the Multimodality Complementary Medical Centre. “When I first started practicing as a naturopath I was like any newly graduating student, ready to go live my dreams, ready for the adventure of a lifetime,” Kate says. “I jumped head first into a clinical setting not letting fear stop me in my tracks. I had just spent five years studying my arse off at university and had such high hopes for myself, as I enthusiastically wanted to share all my newly acquired knowledge with as many people as possible.” But it wasn’t long before this free spirit wanted to be released from her desk job and go searching for a deeper meaning to health and nutrition. “I just never felt like I wasn’t doing enough. I didn’t really feel that I was in my right place, sitting behind a desk, telling people what to do. I loved it, but I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to stay,” says Kate. “I would only ever have an hour session with them, and it was never enough. They would come in, I would go through their diet, their lifestyle, what needs changing, what needs work, prescribe supplements and change things around and then they would leave. “I wanted to not just alter their diet but really educate them, get them in the kitchen and show them practical things, teach them how to look after themselves and empower them not only on a physical pathway to health and wellness but also incorporate aspects of emotional and spiritual healing into the equation as well.” Kate moved her practice into her own home, turning a room into a healing centre where she could bring clients for longer, more extended times and work june 2014
on guiding them towards a healthier mind and body. Within three months of opening, she knew this was her career calling. “Within six weeks of thinking about the idea of running a retreat I had been offered a job to manage a fasting retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand and landed on the island before I had even really processed the idea,” says Kate. “I had left behind my home, my family and friends, my newlywed husband (he followed me out three months later), my business that I had worked so hard to build up and almost all of my possessions. “Despite feeling completely out of my comfort zone, I knew I had made the right decision because I had found a reason to wake up everyday, wanting to learn more, wanting to help more and I could see the difference I was making in people.” Kate worked for a year at the retreat before making the bold move, alongside husband Pat, to start her own health retreat, taking her new-found skills in healing, along with an extensive knowledge of nutrition and the body with her. In 2011, Kate and Pat opened Natural Instinct Healing in Ubud, a 10-day detox, health, fasting, cleansing and yoga retreat for people to practice the tools to transform their lives, focusing on a holistic model of body, mind and soul awareness. “Our whole vision for the place was to create an environment where people can come and heal themselves, and not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. This is why we did it in Bali, because of the spiritual energy of Bali and because it’s away from their everyday life,” says Kate. “When people come they are really out of their comfort zone, and I know that I have 10 days with them so we do yoga, we do meditation, I do healing with them, we do nutritional workshops, we do all kinds of stuff to really allow them to have that break from their old patterns and behaviours. When they go they are truly relaxed, refreshed and rebooted. It’s not just an hour session where they come and go.” Kate says many of her friends and family have attended the retreat, but also people from around the world are now hearing of Natural Instinct Health. “When people come to us they are usually in desperate need of some type of cleanse, whether it’s a physical body or trauma they have been through. When they leave they are looking really rested and relaxed, which is beautiful,” she says. “The common fact is that they all want to be better, whether that’s physically, emotional or whether they want to deepen their connection with themselves. It’s like they all change and look for something deeper. “At the end, it is just amazing, it’s just phenomenal, I mean totally transformed and I just feel so lucky and grateful that I get to do this job, because I get to meet amazing people from all over the world and I am constantly inspired by that.” Kate is truly following her heart and living her dream. And it’s only going to get better for this 31-year-old, who will soon release a book on natural healing in the hope of inspiring others to follow her path of a healthier, more holistic life.
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WITH SUCH TALENT AND CREATIVITY IN ABUNDANCE RIGHT HERE ON OUR DOORSTEP, SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHES, HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE CITY AND SOAK UP WHAT OUR LOCAL ART SCENE HAS TO OFFER.
nyone wanting to enjoy a burst of city culture without leaving the comfort of our sandy shores and Hinterland need look no further than a visit to the Noosa Regional Gallery this month. Known as the Sunshine Coast’s premier art gallery, the space is situated on the Noosa River at Tewantin.
Curator Nina Shadforth says they were excited to host an extraordinary exhibition from Sydney’s Object Gallery, titled HyperClay: Contemporary Ceramic. “This is a provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in bold and unexpected ways and highlights the versatility of this time-honoured material and, in doing so, re-imagines its possibilities,” Nina says. While honoured to exhibit artists from further afield, she was also proud to talk about the ABC Open’s Snapped Exhibition, also on display during the month of May. “A subject a little closer to home, the exhibition is a celebration of the Sunshine Coast as seen through the eyes of contributors from across the region. It promises to evoke your fond memories and showcases our breathtaking surroundings, including the people that are the heartbeat of the Sunshine Coast,” Nina says.
This is a provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in bold and unexpected ways and highlights the versatility of this timehonoured material …”
PAUL WOOD, GUARDIANS OF A GODDESS (DETAIL), 2011, RE-FIRED CERAMICS AND GLASS, PHOTO: SIRI HAYES
Meandering a little further in search of a culture burst, a trip to the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy is sure to delight with ‘The Cooroy Potters’, a local community group who meet regularly and work alongside each other, exhibiting. The exhibition is called, Journey Through Time and Place and is the fruition of creativity, passion and camaraderie forever captured in clay. “The pottery studio hired by the group allows them to connect, share and expand their skills and repertoire, working in three dimensional form from clay. Artworks created can take the form of functional items and homewares through to decorative sculptures and their consistency in meeting on a weekly basis has resulted in a body of work for the exhibition in May,” Nina says. She added that the highlight for the Butter Factory Arts Centre and the Cooroy Potters exhibition will be the day-long Cooroy Fusion Festival on Saturday, 10 May. As the name implies, the Fusion Festival combines three key Cooroy events, which celebrates the local talent, creativity and innovation.
The University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery is home to the most elaborate art exhibitions the Coast has to offer. Focusing on modern art and design, the exhibitions are often comprised of new media, sculpture, photography, paintings, illustrations and submissions from students. Assistant curator Lou Jaeger says the gallery is very excited about their current John Mainwaring exhibition which includes a personal donation of 100 pieces of the Sunshine Coast architect’s work. The Fibro Coast exhibition is a celebration of the team of volunteers who donate their time to the gallery. “We have about 40 volunteers who help with about eight exhibitions each year, they do everything from manning the desk, to welcoming visitors and guests, their help is invaluable.” The Gallery also houses an amazing permanent Indigenous collection featuring many large works by Indigenous women, which is open to the public to view at any time. Other important events at the gallery include the Nikon Walkley press photography touring exhibition and the Creative Generation exhibition in August, featuring works from talented Year 12 students from across the region.
WHAT’S ON: Title: Cornucopia Series Eight glass creation Where: Tina Cooper Gallery, 93 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. Cost: $3500 Height: 49cm Width: 22cm
Until 7 June – John Mainwaring Collection. John Mainwaring is a Sunshine Coast architect and co-designer of the USC library who specialises in sub-tropical architecture. The exhibition is an eccentric and unique insight into the artistic and aesthetic mind of a person involved with convoluted design. 12 June to 16 August – Fibro Coast Aimed to re-engage audiences with the cultural and artistic legacy of the beach-house. Considering that both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are going through drastic urban changes, the exhibition will feature a series of modern artists’ thoughts and notions about the evolution of the landscape. Historical paintings, information and photographs will also be featured to give insight to the past.
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tudio Cockatoo is a small design space nestled deep in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where husband and wife team Luke and Kate Bordessa are busy creating beautiful geometric and modern art to adorn blank wall spaces. All of their designs are created in-house, with a range that is constantly growing and evolving. Trained in graphic design and both from creative backgrounds, Luke is a super keen photographer and Kate is a sketch artist. The talented duo have combined their skills to create their business, Studio Cockatoo. The name is a nod to the combination of inspiration the couple have drawn from birds, animals and popular culture, combined in an ultra-modern geometrical form. “We like to keep it simple and keep it fresh,” Kate says. “We do all of our own printing and packaging in house and wherever possible we use eco-friendly methods.”
profile: Tell me about the prints. kate & luke: The purpose of the prints is to provide vibrant and modern artwork that is accessible. profile: What new designs can we expect this season? kate & luke: We are currently working on a couple of new collections. The first is portraits of iconic figures from the past 50 years and the second is Australiana. profile: How do you design a geometric print? kate & luke: Our design process is quite simple, from photographs, sketches and illustrations we then use Adobe Illustrator to create a geometric image. profile: What inspires you? kate & luke: We are both very much inspired by our environment and popular culture.
profile: How would you describe your business? kate & luke: Studio Cockatoo is a small design studio, specialising in small print run and custom design. profile: How did you come up with the concept for Studio Cockatoo? kate & luke: We were very keen to be self employed and live by the philosophy of, ‘Do what you love, love what you do’, so we combined our skills and began creating. We live in the Hinterland and are surrounded by nature, this became an important aspect of our design process.
profile: What is the most important lesson you have learned about business? kate & luke: The most important lesson we have learned is to have very thick skin and stay true to ourselves. profile: How can people use Studio Cockatoo in their home? kate & luke: Studio Cockatoo prints can stand alone in any room to create an interesting feature, but also look fabulous with other pieces of art. We have found many of our customers match the colours of our prints with other pieces in the room such as cushions and rugs to give a sense of continuity.
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THIS ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION SO IT WAS ONLY NATURAL I ASKED THE LUNCHING LADIES WHAT INSPIRES THEM. OVER A DELICIOUS LUNCH AT SPICERS TAMARIND, THIS GROUP OF STRONG, BRAVE AND TALENTED WOMEN SHARE WHAT HAS SHAPED THEM TO BECOME THE SUCCESSFUL WOMEN THEY ARE TODAY.
nspire – to stimulate, motivate, stir, encourage, instigate, enthuse, move … the bevy of beautiful women I had the pleasure of chatting with recently ticked all of the above … and then some. Each of them successful in their own right, these women have walked along the road less travelled and endured trials and tribulations along the way that many of us would have walked away from. Their strength and determination only fuelling their steely resolve to succeed. In fact, the one common denominator between these women is a genuine passion for what they do every day. Throughout our lunch there were many stories told, there were lots of laughs and there were even a few tears, with each of the women candidly sharing with me some of the highest and lowest points of their journey so far. Co-hosting lunch was the doyenne of inspiration, Chris Childs. Creator and owner of Think Money, she has changed lives through her passion for helping people to take control of their finances. Joining us was Marlene Murray of Maleny Manor; Lorinda Rogers, owner of Ideas in Icing; Bambi Mares, owner of Bundilla Dry Cleaners; Angela Miles, relationship manager with CareFlight; Suzanne Harris-Johns, flamboyant administrator in the mining and construction industry and last but not least our talented photographer, Tanya Chesterton Smith. profile: Ladies what or who has been the biggest inspiration in your life so far? marlene: It sounds a bit mushy but it would have to be my dad and my husband. I married the
craziest guy, he always said I could do anything and so did my dad. Dad would say, ‘You can back that cattle truck in there’ when I was just six years of age. My husband Simon and I have done some crazy things but we always had the love there. I remember Maleny Manor happened over a phone call. We were meant to be there a year and we are still going. I can only credit Simon who always said, ‘You are amazing and you can do it’. lorinda: There is not a single person that has really inspired me but everyone does. It was actually a pure accident that I fell into cake making and decorating and to this day I find it really crazy. I still think, ‘how did this happen’? I think you end up where you are supposed to be. This is clearly where I am meant to be right now that’s for sure. tanya: My grandfather. He started out teaching himself and became so good at it he ended up teaching others. He was very creative and one of his other passions was photography, which he passed on to my dad. I remember going to my grandfather’s darkroom as a child and processing the pictures, it was such fun. So I think my artistic inspiration came from both of them. My dad used to take all the family pictures when we were growing up. I always remember thinking it took him so long. Now I know he was doing it all manually, making sure the exposure and light metre readings were right. I remember travelling overseas and taking photos for three months, I was so excited to get home and see the pictures. I guess that is what made me realise I wanted to turn it into my career. angela: In a negative and positive sense it would be my parents. My mum and dad come from
opposite sides of the tracks. My dad was one of 13, they came from a very humble background. I watched my mum and dad struggle to put food on the table, they never had a shot at a real education. I was the first in my family, on my dad’s side for many generations, to get a tertiary education. I took myself off to university five years ago and completed a degree in international business. I was so inspired by other women in business and encouraged by that. I love education and I love learning. I am always looking for the next challenge. chris: Business itself has been my driving passion, not any particular person. However, if I look at where I get my inspiration from it is probably Richard Branson. If anyone can go through what he has and survive and still have the passion to be a leader in his field, anyone can. suzanne: When my husband left after 25 years of marriage I thought, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do now?’ But it actually inspired me to stand on my own two feet and be independent. So I guess he did me a favour. I dabbled in buying some blocks of land and building some houses and then after 10 years I decided to do something with my life, so I moved to the mines! I love it. I can earn great money and travel and enjoy life. bambi: I heard Dr Phil say recently, ‘You have more behind you than you have in front so just go for it’. There is too much rubbish behind. I grew up in the most uninspiring family you could ever be part of. I was the short, fat one. All my sisters were tall model-like girls and I was always made to feel inferior. I went through a lot of turmoil. Eventually I decided to get rid of the profilemagazine
“My husband David has always believed in me ... and he always said I could do anything.” Bambi Mares VALHRONA CHOCOLATE TORTE
baggage and I have not looked back. I have been through so much in my life. I had four children under three, including a set of twins who were very premature. I spent the first year of my daughter’s life holding my breath thinking that she wouldn’t make it and then didn’t want to connect with her in case she didn’t. (This is when the tissues were passed around). My husband David has always believed in me though and he always said I could do anything. profile: How do you inspire others? lorinda: My daughter inspires me more than I inspire her. I am your classic working mother, constantly wracked with guilt about not spending enough time with her. But I love to teach my cake making classes. I love when people walk in to see the display cake and they think, ‘I can’t do that, it’s going to be a mess’, and then they make it and realise they are capable. They walk out so proud. I love that. That is the most inspiring thing I do. suzanne: I think my two sons are happy I am independent. I like to inspire others that you can do anything. I love to travel on my own, it’s the best way to meet people. People say I am brave but I don’t think I am. It’s just my life and I don’t know anything else. People are surprised to hear I work in mining and construction. I want to inspire people and teach them they don’t have to be answerable to anyone and can do what they want. It’s probably an age thing! profile: You have recently had a new addition to the family Chris, tell us about how your grandson has inspired you? chris: Having been totally wrapped up in life and business and properties and travel for quite a while, I didn’t focus on myself at all. Having been blessed with my little grandson, Jaxon, who is the light of my life, has made me stop and think about that. Your children are everything to you but when they give you a grandchild – hello! Now, I say, ‘Hi Juanita, hand me the baby!’ I was told it would be like 74
this and I thought, ‘Yeah whatever!’ But it’s true. It melts your heart. It made me realise I need to be here for a long time not a good time, it has changed my life. I want to be fitter and healthier to be here for him and spoil him for the rest of his life. He is the inspiration behind my weight loss journey. He is now commando crawling so I need to be able to keep up. I am doing everything I can to not only enjoy him, but enjoy travel time with my husband, Jack. bambi: I saw the same enjoyment in you Lorinda when you were talking about people making cakes, your eyes lit up. People don’t often get to explore their creative side and you have opened that up for people. chris: A defining moment for me was when my precious son David committed suicide. I realised life is short so you have to love what you do. I want to make a difference in people’s lives. profile: What are some of the things around your home or in life that keep you inspired? tanya: I guess my house is very cluttered with everything I love. I am a bit of a collector. To other people it would be junk but it all has meaning to me. My nana bought me a cute little tin in an op shop once when I was a child. It has pride of place in my home. It is all rusted but it just reminds me of her and those happy times. My walls are also full of photos of the people I love and the places I have travelled. suzanne: I look to nature. I am often in a remote location with work and we see the best sunsets and sunrises. I also love positive quotes. My favourite is, “It will be alright in the end and if it’s not alright it’s not the end.” Well said Suzanne. Talk about inspiring … each and every one of these women’s stories left me humbled and in awe of their achievements. As a writer, my inspiration is people and if these local ladies are anything to go by, I will never be short of a great story.
SPICERS TAMARIND, MALENY
This was not the first time I had dined at the spectacular Spicers Tamarind at Maleny and it was just as good as I remembered. We could not have picked a better day for our visit. As the rain fell softly over the lush surrounds, soft jazz tunes played in the background, creating the perfect chilled atmosphere for our leisurely ladies lunch. We started with a chilled glass of bubbles on the inside deck before moving into the dining area with wall-towall glass panels taking full advantage of the breath taking views. Bringing a taste of Thailand to Maleny, The Tamarind specialises in innovative Asian cuisine. I am not surprised to discover the restaurant is the recipient of a coveted chef’s hat. The menu is exquisite, making it such a difficult choice for my main. I can’t go past the red curry. A fragrant blend of barramundi, ginger and lemongrass dumplings, Mooloolaba prawns, snake beans, pineapple and Thai basil, it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The seafood was cooked to perfection, each juicy morsel a taste sensation, the flavours were the perfect blend of spice and heat. The chicken and bugs look just as divine. Free range chicken breast with cos, seared bugs, corn, honey and ginger sauce gets the big thumbs up. Make sure you leave some room for dessert. I was instantly drawn to the strawberry, mandarin, kampot pepper mousse with strawberries, mandarin gel, freeze dried mandarin, strawberry sorbet and seasonal fruit. Light and fresh, it was the perfect end to my meal. Other choices looked just as amazing. Chocolate lovers will die for the Valhrona chocolate torte, salted caramel, chilli chocolate ice cream with lychee. And if the delicious cuisine inspires you to create some of your own culinary masterpieces from home, Spicers Tamarind offers cooking classes that teach you how to prepare gourmet Thai food. The hands-on classes are conducted twice-weekly in small groups in a purposebuilt kitchen, with participants actively involved in the preparation of a banquet menu before dining on their creations over lunch in the tranquil surrounds. It was a culinary delight from start to finish and the service was second to none. Spicers Tamarind 88 Obi Lane, Maleny Phone: 5420 5420 profilemag.com.au
An organic oasis on the Sunshine Coast the largest one-stop destination for everything natural and organic in Australia.
1. Produce fresh from our farm. 2. Creations produced in our own Kunara Kitchen 3. So much more then just a Garden Centre - art, homewares and eclectic gifts available. 4. You don’t have to be a tri-athlete like Scott Farrell to reap the benefits of organic produce. 5. An inviting, award-winning cafe. 6. Award-winning Kunara has everything for the discerning shopper: Beauty & Skincare products and treatments, a vast range of vitamins and supplements, free naturopathic & health consultations, books/DVD’s, an extensive grocery range, gourmet deli delights, fridge/freezer items, bulk wholefoods and, of course, the largest selection of fresh organic produce. 7. Amazing food made on-site with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian organic options available. 8. Costa Georgiadis admiring Kunara’s ‘Choc Compost’ created especially for the recent Ministerial Launch of International Compost Awareness Week
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ome say that quinoa is easier to use than it is to pronounce! (it’s KEEN-wah). Grown for thousands of years as a dietary staple in the Andean regions, quinoa has gained global respect as it is quick to prepare and extremely versatile – the little grain pops up in recipes for everything from soup and salad to scones and sushi. It cooks like rice but in half the time, is light and fluffy and has that wholegrain ability to leave one feeling sated and satisfied. Quinoa also packs a real nutritional punch. Fibre, iron and B-vitamins are all present and it is low-GI. Quinoa is often referred to as a complete protein as it contains a balance of all eight amino acids, one of these being lysine, which is lacking in most cereals. Speaking of cereals, quinoa is not one at all. True cereal grains include any plant from the grass family that yields an edible grain or seed. Amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa are classed as pseudo-cereals as they are from broadleaf plants, but are usually included in the wholegrain round up for two reasons: their overall nutritional content and method of preparation is so similar to that of cereals, and they have been part of traditional diets for thousands of years just as true cereals have been.
Note that although quinoa does not contain gluten, it has been shown to cause immune responses similar to that of wheat in people highly intolerant to gluten. Quinoa is now successfully grown in Tasmania by Kindred Organics, and the Aussie stuff is often less expensive than that imported from Bolivia. Organic quinoa is available in white, red or a tri-colour blend form the bulk bins at Kunara Organic Marketplace.
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irstly I would like to welcome back with open arms our old friend who has never outstayed his welcome – Queensland winter. Slow cooked and roasted dishes that fill the house with sweet aromas of rosemary and oregano and of course dreaming into that big glass of voluptuous red… One of the most commonly asked questions I hear, is that someone who is looking for a bottle of wine that is relatively new to drinking red wine, is constantly searching for something that’s ‘not too harsh or bitey!’ Those particular sensations are part of an organic compound called tannin, which can be rather drying and potentially astringent on the palate. Tannins fall into the flavonoids group called phenolics which contribute to the colour and mouthfeel of wine. It’s derived from two places – the first is from the skins, seeds and stalks of the grapes. The second source of tannins comes to us in the form of oak, especially new oak. The newer the oak barrels, the more flavour they impart on the fermenting or maturing wine – the older the oak, the less. Be mindful of some Australian red wine varieties as far as drying tannins are concerned, these are varieties such as Nebbiolo, Mataro and some examples of Cabernet Sauvignon. Red wines produced in warmer climates using Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga and Tempranillo, tend to be riper and more fruit driven which makes drinking red wine a pleasure. Here are some young, approachable wines to look for when you’re next at your favourite little wine haunt: 2011 Chapel Hill ‘Bush Vine’ Grenache – McLaren Vale SA
Soft and plush purple fruits with hints of confectionary and vanillin. Fleshy and delicious. Think crispy skin pork belly with five spice, RRP $29.90. 2012 Langmeil ‘Three Gardens’ Shiraz Grenache Mataro – Barossa SA
Rich, plummy dark fruits make way for a silky style that is mouth filling with light dusty tannins on the finish. Slow roasted sirloin fillet in a rosemary and dukkah crust, RRP $20.00. 2013 Samuel’s Gorge Tempranillo – McLaren Vale SA
Dark fruits with hints of morello cherries and dried tobacco. A deeper and brooding style that finishes with mouth coating dusty mocha. Put together a little home style pizza with Serrano ham, red caramelised onions, dusted with Greek fetta, RRP $35.00. 2012 Yarnbomb Shiraz – McLaren Vale SA
Produced by star winemaker Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Tarranga, this rich mouth filling style will leave you in a spin! Plush black fruits with nuances of fruitcake and nutmeg. Try with Osso Bucco in a tomato, oregano and garlic base served on creamy mash, RRP $20.90. Wine Discovery Workshops are held every month with Steve Street at Dan Murphy’s Kawana.
TABLE Delish apple and raspberry drinks Discover the next best thing to drinking water with the Delish range of drinks from Ellenni Foods that are non-sugary, noncarbonated, light and refreshing. Made from organic apple and raspberry extract, the drinks do not leave a sugary after-taste like artificially sweetened drinks do. Delish ticks all the boxes for an ice-cold drink to quench your thirst. With Delish, you can chill it, shake it or even add a slice of lemon or lime, and it’s ready to enjoy! Available from www.ellennifoods.com.au
Vanilla chai herbal tea Pukka Herbal Tea has created this delicious, caffeine-free vanilla chai with sweet, warming herbs for you to enjoy. The tea contains a mix of six organic and three Fairtrade certified herbs sourced from small, independent farmers around the world. Each is renowned for helping to bring a bit of sweetness into your life. Enjoy cinnamon and ginger, cardamom and fennel or licorice and vanilla.
Rose bud tea
Preparation: Infuse the tea bag for at least five minutes in freshly boiled water.
There is nothing quite like a good cup of tea and the Silva Spoon at Cotton Tree have one to suit all tastes. The small independently owned family business has managed to capture a niche market on the Coast. Not only do they serve great tea but they also love to educate their customers on tea and it’s amazing health benefits. With 99 blends of tea (including the delicate rose bud tea pictured), there is a flavour to suit every taste.
Available at Grub Organics, Pacific Paradise www.gruborganics.com.au
Available at the Silva Spoon, Cotton Tree www.thesilvaspoon.com.au
Burnt whipped marmalade jam The Long Apron Restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate has a brigade of talented chefs, led by Executive Chef Cameron Mathews’, proudly producing dishes that tantalize guests’ taste buds with their innovative take on favourite foods. One of the most popular creations to come from the kitchen is their burnt whipped marmalade jam. This popular and delicious jam is served daily at breakfast alongside their sweet, homemade, strawberry jam, and is an excellent accompaniment to their fresh croissants. With every creation, there is a story behind its inception! One of the kitchen apprentices was given the task to make the marmalade. A few distractions later, the pot containing 20kg of the orange marmalade was burnt! To Cameron’s horror, he decided he was not going to let the burnt marmalade go to waste, and decided to whip the marmalade like no other. Thank goodness he did! The marmalade has now become a well-known creation among guests, with many purchasing their own jar to take home. Available at Spicers Tamarind, Maleny www.spicersgroup.com.au
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ead on out to the Nambour Showgrounds for three days of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show – now that’s a mouthful – and you’ll find a lot to occupy your taste buds. Mapleton food blogger Rebecca Mugridge, of The Pram Diet publication fame, will be there drawing the crowds. With a social media presence reaching more than 52,000 people per month and a recent nomination for ‘Voices of 2014’, a national award celebrating the best of Australian bloggers, Rebecca is firmly fixed on sharing her foodie experiences with Sunshine Coast show-goers. Excited to be invited back as part of the largest show on the Coast, Rebecca says, “This is my second year to be cooking at the Sunshine Coast Show and I am really looking forward to it, they put together such an incredible event, it’s wonderful to be a part of something so positive and exciting for the Sunshine Coast. I like doing outdoor cooking demos, and given I am a mum, I’ll often provide something for kids as well. I’ll be concentrating on cooking with local food products again this year.”
I love agricultural shows and the Sunshine Coast puts on a spectacular one.” - Rebecca Mugridge, Food Blogger Rebecca’s credentials are evidence of her holistic approach to such demonstrations, given she is also a qualified horticulturalist, an edible gardening demonstrator and a recipe creator. Rebecca says we are spoilt for choice on the Coast, the produce is sensational and essentially, the Sunshine Coast is a gourmet heaven. The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show will give you the chance to sample a variety of products from our own agricultural industry including Rebecca’s exciting, original cooking creations.
Meet Rebecca on Saturday, 14 June at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, Nambour Showgrounds. For further information phone the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Office on 5441 2766, visit www.sunshinecoastshow.asn.au
GOURMET FOODIE TRAIL
Spirit House Cooking School Whether you’re a competent cook or simply want a basic understanding of Asian ingredients and cooking methods, a hands-on Spirit House cooking class is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and have an enjoyable day out, which includes lunch, dinner and wine. With daily classes, as well as Friday and Saturday nights, the Spirit House at Yandina offer a huge range of recipes for you to choose from. Master chef’s techniques to make perfect stir-fries, balanced curries and dinner party dishes that will wow your friends. www.spirithouse.com.au/school2
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Noosa Hinterland Tours These organised day tours travel throughout Noosa’s famous food and wine trail. Whether you’re in a group or just have a few hours to spare, let the team show you Noosa, the land behind the Coast and maybe even a winery or two along the way! The tours were established more than 20 years ago and provide bus charter services anywhere on the coastal strip and Noosa Hinterland. They also operate airport transfers to and from Brisbane Airport and Sunshine Coast Airport for large or small groups. Plus, personalised Sunshine Coast day tours and golf packages. www.noosahinterlandtours.com.au
Big Pineapple Growers Market The Big Pineapple Market is one of the biggest all weather markets on the Sunshine Coast, open every Saturday. It’s a blossoming and dynamic place pulsating with life. The fair competition between stall holders and their care for customers is what gives the market charm and the draw card for thousands of people to visit each year. Open from 6.30am to 1pm, don’t miss out on collecting the best in local produce for your fridge. www.bigpineapple.com.au
Pt. Cartwright Seafood Cooking School Looking for seafood cooking classes on the Sunshine Coast? Pt. Cartwright Seafood’s cooking classes are run every second Tuesday from 6pm to 8.30pm. Sure, you could enjoy their wide range of fresh seafood at their dine-in seafood restaurant area, but how would you like to be able to prepare seafood restaurant quality meals yourself at home? Pt. Cartwright Seafood cooking classes are hands-on, interactive classes and at the end of the session you are able to dine on your creations over a glass of wine while enjoying the company of your fellow classmates. www.ptcartwrightseafood.com.au/cooking-class
GOURMET Rick’s Diner Located in the heart of beautiful Palmwoods, Rick’s Diner is one of the Sunshine Coast’s best kept secrets. Owners and husband and wife team, Rick and Lisa Jamieson have put their heart and soul into the family-owned business, growing and developing it organically over the past decade to become a restaurant / bar for all ages. Rick’s Diner is the perfect place to meet for coffee, after work drinks, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Renowned for their spectacular gourmet burgers, Rick and Lisa pride themselves on using only the freshest of ingredients, with all relishes and sauces made in house. They have also recently extended their menu to include a range of gourmet bar snacks. Designed in keeping with the 1950’s rockabilly theme, Rick’s Diner is a hub for vintage car enthusiasts. Oozing with character and charm, it’s a must visit for lovers of great food, great coffee and great service. www.facebook.com/ricksgaragediner
Tour the Australian Nougat Company The Australian Nougat Company has manufactured Macadamia Bliss Nougat on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years. Now is your chance to go and visit the team and see how the sugary-goodness is made at 4 Tallgum Avenue, Eumundi. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, and Saturday, 9am to 1pm, there is a full range of gift lines for sale, with bus tours or groups also available. All visitors receive free tastings and see a professional video of the production process. You can also see their handmade production first hand through the viewing windows. www.ausnougat.com.au
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Raw Food Institute of Australia A light raw replacement for the classic Italian pasta dish
2 ripe avocados 1 clove garlic peeled Juice of 1 lime 1 tsp salt 2 whole shallots, roughly chopped 4 finely-sliced button mushrooms 2 tsp organic Mexican spice blend 1/8 cup water 2 large zucchini Handfull cherry tomatoes
Instructions: Place all ingredients (except zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes) in blender and blend until creamy, add a little more water if too thick. You want the consistency of thick cream. Cut the top and tails from the zucchini, if you have a spiraliser, spiralise the zucchinis and place in a bowl. If you don’t have a spiraliser you can use a potato peeler and create ribbons. Add a small amount of the sauce at a time and mix gently with the zucchini and mushrooms. Make sure you don’t add too much sauce as it can make the zucchini too soft. If you have sauce left over, it makes a great dip with crackers. To serve: Pack the zucchini pasta in a cup and invert onto a plate. Decorate with cherry tomatoes and if you really want to impress create some Brazil nut parmesan to sprinkle on top as well! (Process 1 cup Brazil nuts, 1 tsp salt and ½ cup savory yeast together to create a yummy crumble!). Love this recipe? For more wonderful healthy recipe ideas visit www.therawfoodinstitute.com
WORDS ANNA RAWLINGS PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
FROM THE TOE OF HIS POLISHED SHOES TO HIS GROOMED DARK HAIR, 28-YEAR-OLD GRANT SMITH IS THE EPITOME OF YOUNG, RICH AND POWERFUL, BUT HE BELIEVES AT THE END OF THE DAY HE IS JUST THE GUY NEXT DOOR. ANNA RAWLINGS EXPLORES THE INTRIGUE SURROUNDING THE HOT-SHOT REAL ESTATE DIRECTOR.
rant Smith is the owner, and namesake, of Century 21 Grant Smith Property Buderim. He holds a place in the top two per cent of 300,000 Century 21 network sales people internationally, and signed the contract to buy his agency the day before his 21st birthday. He has a lavish lifestyle, appeared on television show A Current Affair in 2008 touted as the new face of real estate, is an avid collector of luxury label Louis Vuitton, manages a substantial personal investment portfolio and owns a beautiful home, not to mention his hugely successful real estate business. This Buderim local has earned every coveted inch of his glittering career and now he is enjoying reaping the well-deserved rewards. But Grant admits, despite his larger-than-life persona, or perhaps because of it, he is faced with a question that both puzzles and intrigues him on a daily basis. “People ask me everyday, who is the real Grant Smith? They can’t seem to accept that ‘Grant at home’ and ‘Grant the real estate agent’ is the same person,” he says.
I know who I am – there is no facade. It’s just me, what you see is what you get.” Does this constant scrutiny make Grant question himself? He pauses, deep in thought. “I know who I am – there is no facade. It’s just me, what you see is what you get.” And what you get is a warm, welcoming interviewee who happily invites me into his beautiful home to share the story of his life first-hand. Grant’s house is a truly divine abode, and I compliment him on it. “At one point I wanted to study architecture, so I used my interest in design to achieve this,” he says, waving his hand around to encompass the stylish, masculine interior of his home, complete with bar, dancefloor and cinema. It is from this house, referred to by his inner circle as the ‘Champagne Palace,’ that Grant has made his own life of luxury. The somewhat flippant way Grant refers to his success belies the fact that he has put in the hard yards, and then some. He fast emerged as a key player in the Sunshine Coast real estate game, commencing a traineeship in a local real estate agency at just 14, after moving to the Sunshine Coast as a young child with his parents, Tony and Carmen, and siblings Dean and Tenelle. In the early years Grant admits, “Age was a barrier at first, but knowing your market and your product, gives you the ability to overcome it … and there is always that drive of wanting to be the best.” Add some ambition, focus, passion and determination, and by the time Grant had graduated school in 2003, he had completed his Real Estate Institute of Queensland training and at age 18 started full-time work with the Century 21 company. An auctioneer at 19, Grant then moved into business ownership, establishing Century 21 Grant Smith Property the day before he turned 21.
From there, Grant steadily grew his sales listings, rent roll and office team, until in early 2014, he expanded to his new office, regally positioned under the bold lettering of the ‘G Smith House’ building in Buderim. “Looking back, I have exceeded what I have expected, both personally and career-wise,” he shares. The support of his mum Carmen, who works in Grant’s office, reveals a softer side to Grant. “Mum is my rock, she has supported me in everything I have ever done,” he says softly. “She has been a big role model ... still is to this day.” Grant also appreciates the support that his close team of 10 staff, clients turned friends, and vice-versa, offer. “I just love being surrounded by people,” he shares. “I don’t have kids or a partner, I work hard, so I can reward myself,” he grins. Grant reels off his interstate holidays and overseas sojourns. “I love Las Vegas, it’s like an adult’s playground. The shows, the wining, the dining,” he laughs. “I would like to travel Europe properly, but I want to wait until I have a partner to share it with.” Grant is also heavily involved with local charities, including Bloomhill and SunnyKids, which benefit from his generosity and kind-heartedness. “I try to give back to charity as much as I can. I believe if you have the ability to be able to support a cause, than you should absolutely do it,” he affirms. So he loves his family, tick. He can’t live without his friends, tick. He is charitable, tick. He appreciates a good holiday – don’t we all? So the question remains, why do people have difficulty believing that Grant Smith isn’t hiding under a facade? Quite possibly his power player status overshadows the more relatable aspects. Grant admits that when he has been awarded his various accolades, he has felt, quite simply, “Extremely humbled”. Not exactly the statement you would expect from him. “Perhaps there is a component of tall poppy syndrome,” Grant ventures. It could be attributed to this social phenomenon, after all it might be easy to resent Grant’s success, talent and achievement. “I am the same person at work and home, and there are no secrets in my life,” Grant says honestly. A lesson learnt perhaps, not to take his success story for granted.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Get to know Grant at home • As well as Celine Dion, Grant relaxes to opera, listing Andrea Bocelli as a favourite • He would love to learn French, and how to play the piano • If he had time, Grant would appear on the reality television show, The Block • Grant has seen Celine Dion perform live an astounding 14 times • His motto: “Find something you love, do it well, and do it differently”
WORDS INGRID NELSON
It makes perfect sense that the name Caloundra is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word “Callanda”, which means “beautiful place” in the Kabi language. Widely known as the city of beaches, beautiful Caloundra is becoming increasingly popular among those who want everything right at their doorstep. The once sleepy holiday town has evolved into a vibrant central business hub over the past few years. Popular among those who want quick access to beaches, schools, shops, restaurants, cafes, and the hospital – Caloundra has it all. Apart from the natural beauty of Caloundra, the area has come alive over the past decade with pedestrian traffic, especially with the influx of the market trade at the weekends.
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At the heart of Caloundra is bustling Bulcock Street. Peppered with an array of fashion boutiques, homeware and gift stores, eclectic cafes and eateries, not to mention the weekend markets, the colourful strip has become a major drawcard to the area.
Caloundra’s relative affordability is surprising considering it is located just over one hour’s drive from the Brisbane CBD, making it an excellent choice for those who want the relaxed laid back Coastal lifestyle ...” Caloundra also offers great value for money in the accommodation stakes compared to its more pricey neighbours, making it a popular choice for young buyers as well as those moving from their traditional city homes, and settling themselves up for semi or permanent retirement in Caloundra. Boasting a relaxed, laid back atmosphere and close-knit community feel, it is not surprising that Caloundra is fast becoming the perfect place for families. Named Australia’s tidiest town in 2012, the town’s population is on the rise as is the local community. According to Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive director Leanne Layfield, there is an exciting period of growth in Caloundra. Health education and service sectors are stronger than ever and tourism is on the rebound. The expansion of Caloundra Hospital, an abundance of new businesses popping up and growing residential areas are all factors adding to a time of progression for the beautiful town. Caloundra’s relative affordability is surprising considering it is located just over an hours drive from the Brisbane CBD, making it an excellent choice for those who want the relaxed laid back coastal lifestyle but need to commute to Brisbane for work. It’s prime location really does offer the best of both worlds.
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COLIN AND KATE WITH THEIR CHILDREN, MADDISON, 4 AND ELKE, 21 MONTHS
olin and Kate Downing are the distributors of Queensland Yoghurt, made from Colins grandmother’s secret recipe and using only the best local ingredients to produce thick and creamy gourmet yoghurt like no other. The couple, together with their two adorable daughters, Maddison, 4 and Elke, 21 months, bought the business two and a half years ago with a dream of delivering protein-packed creaminess, and the infusion of fresh, local ingredients. They have travelled the world, met some very interesting characters and entered the property market, all of which Colin says has shaped him into the businessman he is today. Life changing milestone 1: Pushed out of my comfort zone In my early early twenties, I was living and working in the Whitsundays, driving boats, enjoying life and getting paid for it when my future wife Kate was offered a job in California. I said, “no way! I’m not leaving paradise”, but before I knew it a couple of months later the heart strings kicked in and I followed her. After a
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few months Kate quit her job and we bought an old kombi van and travelled across the country, ending up in Florida. Here, Kate found work in the hospitality industry and I was lucky enough to get work on a fishing charter boat. The characters on the dock were straight out of an adventure novel as there were washed up executives, people who made their money from illegal smuggling, gun dealers, drug addicts, mercenaries, alcoholics, you name it. They were a motley crew that taught me much about acceptance. I worked for a captain who was an old outlaw biker come born-again Christian. This man had done time, had several bullet-hole scars and was pretty much afraid of no one. He was buried alive in a construction accident and was jump-started back to life. Through all this he came out the other side a changed man and ready to put me under his wing. I lived and worked with this man for just under two years, fishing the Caribbean in the close quarters of a game boat with an eclectic mix of clients. I took from this the attitude of, if you want something don’t be afraid to reach out and grab it with both hands, just as long as no one gets hurt in the process. profilemag.com.au
COLIN AND KATE DOWNING MADDISON
Life changing milestone 2: Go with your gut During the property boom in the late 90s to early 2000s, I partnered up with my old man Peter who has a knack of ‘the right place at the right time’, which is all based on a gut feeling. We brought a few properties based on his foresight and turned them over quickly for a reasonable profit. On a trip north we found a property ripe for redevelopment and invested heavily, we put it all on the line and it paid off. We got development approval for units and turned the property over in 12 months to another speculator for double what we paid. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all easy sailing, there were a few properties where we didn’t make a cent. It became obvious that the supply was outweighing the demand so we cashed up. Life changing milestone 3: Listen and learn Between 2004 to 2009, we were offered the role of managing the family cattle property west of Dalby. My wife and I had very little experience in the industry and my old man had struggled to find reliable staff to run his operation the way he had envisaged. We were complete amateurs, so telling people the way to do something was out of our depth; instead we listened to those that we gauged as being leaders in their field and asked for their advice. With a little luck from Mother Nature we had some great productive years. Kate was amazing as she had come from a service industry and thrown into station living, which she embraced with guts and determination. I was very proud of her and it was a fantastic experience, however with the expansion of the coal seam gas industry encroaching on productive farming land the writing was on the wall. The gas company that had the lease over our property had what they call ‘a minor incident’ but what we called ‘a major environmental issue’ to which we stood our ground. They decided it was easier to buy us out than to deal with us so the farm was sold. I learnt the saying that ‘an expert is really only a drip under pressure and you learn more from listening than you do from talking’.
Life changing milestone 4: Support my growing family and the purchase of Queensland Yoghurt in 2011 I grew up on the Sunshine Coast so Kate and I knew that this was where we wanted to raise our growing family. We were excited about the prospect of working with a local producer and knew if we focused on customer service, streamlined operational systems, combined with a quality local product, that we could gain market share. It was head down, bum up and after two and a half years we have increased productivity and sales across the Coast. Last year saw us expand our business with a new factory and we added further cold logistic trucks to our fleet. It is always a gamble to take on a new business in the hope of not only keeping bread on the table for your family but also expanding so at the end of the day you have a viable future. It’s amazing what having a couple of kids can do to your motivation, dedication and perseverance. Life changing milestone 5: Expanding our product range Recently we have expanded our range into other products, being a coldpress coffee called Benchmark and a muesli and yoghurt combo. We felt with all our state-of-the-art cold logistic transportation in place, together with our dedication to customer service that we were primed to offer our outlets further quality product range. It sounds relatively easy but really you are only as good as the staff you hire and I am very lucky to have a great team. Some I inherited when I bought the business and have been here for over nine years. They are the life source of my business and not a day goes by where I don’t appreciate their hard work and loyalty. With this peace of mind it was time to grow and late last year we decided to expand and facilitate a sales division to drive our new product range. We haven’t looked back since with this naturally complementing our existing infrastructure. We love that all our products are locally produced and 100 per cent natural and plan on sticking to an ethos of ‘keeping it local’ as we expand. Really the sky’s the limit and we are so grateful that we can live, work and play in what is undeniably one of the best places in the world! profilemagazine
THE SUNSHINE COAST IS FULL OF TALENTED PEOPLE – EACH ISSUE WE SHOWCASE TWO SUCCESSFUL LOCALS DOING GREAT THINGS IN THEIR FIELD. WORDS KATE CLIFFORD
eing creative is something that came naturally to Bree Billin from a young age. At school, she would sit in the classroom drawing and on Saturdays she would work at a hair salon, learning the art of hair colouring and styling. It was during this time, Bree discovered her love for the creative industries, and at 15, she started her high-school certificate in hairdressing. This passion only grew and as soon as school finished she was straight into an apprenticeship, learning to cut, colour and style in every shape and form. “I have always been a creative person and knew it was what I wanted to do,” Bree said. “I just wanted to learn and grow my skills from a young age.” After her four-year apprenticeship, Bree started at a new salon in New South Wales, before moving into a senior stylist role at Port Macquarie. She opened her own hairdressing business just 10 months later, renting a space in a salon in the same area. It was during this time Bree’s hairdressing skills grew in popularity and she became the go-to girl for weddings and evening up-dos. “I am passionate about bridal and have done a lot of weddings, because my skills are really focused on up-hair styling for big, special occasions,” Bree says. “I love spending time with a bride and making them feel special, so on their big day they can be so happy with how they look, and feel beautiful walking down the aisle.” In 2013, Bree’s parents decided to make a sea change to the Sunshine Coast and asked if she would pack up her business and join them – of course, she said yes! “I wanted a change as I had been working in one salon for two years, I guess it was a challenge moving to a new place as well,” Bree, now 22, says. Bree and her mother, Deb Billin, opened their salon Bella Boutique Hair in Noosaville in July last year, where Bree says she is focussed on specialising in bridal hair as well as top class cuts and colours. “I spend a lot of my spare time re-training, to keep my skills fresh and with the times,” she says. “If I am not working I try to get to the beach or go for a walk, as it is such a beautiful place to live and we are very lucky.”
alking through the streets of Paris on a sightseeing trip, Buderim’s Emma Hayes fell in love with the city’s coffee and homewares scene, fascinated as the creatives extended along every corner, and around every nook and cranny. As she wined and dined her way around, Emma says she would sit and watch from behind rows of chairs and sugar-coated desserts, fascinated with the culture and the people who lived and worked there. “I was living in London at the time and took a trip to France for a few weeks because I had always wanted to go there and experience the culture,” Emma explained. “The streets would come alive with the smell of coffee, people reading newspapers in the cafes and the beautiful homewares stores were incredible – I knew this was my calling.” Emma had ventured overseas to London in search of a new beginning and hoping a new take on the world would inspire her next career move. Hailing from a fashion and retail background, she was surprised to discover her passion was in food, coffee and French-inspired homewares. “I had been working in the fashion industry for six years and although loved it, I had become quite bored with the lifestyle and was looking for a change,” Emma said. “When I went to France, I just couldn’t get enough of the culture and pretty much wined and dined my way around, falling in love with every cafe and restaurant we visited.” On her return to the Sunshine Coast, Emma put her new dream into motion, purchasing a quaint shop on the corner of Burnett Street in her hometown of Buderim. The 25-year-old then spent the next few months painting, fitting out and collecting all the French-inspired bits and pieces to finally open the doors to My Private Provence in November 2013. “I have a sign inside that says, ‘It was all a dream’, and it’s true.” Emma said. “The store is exactly what I envisioned it would be and the locals have been extremely supportive ever since we opened. It’s exciting to have my little slice of France right here in Buderim.”
WORDS MEGAN MEINEKE OF SUNSHINE COAST GRAMMAR
hat a long way we’ve come from what was once viewed as the ‘traditional school classroom’. We are now educating students for the 21st century to be active thinkers, who are able to collaborate with learning partners, think and problem solve critically and while displaying creativity across a variety of contexts. Traditional classrooms in the 20th century were dominated by one type of furniture design, usually arranged in a straight line, with classes predominantly teacher and blackboard focused. In the late 20th century, digital technologies were added to the classroom in the forms of interactive or conventional whiteboards and a handful of desktop computers – but these additions rarely altered the dynamics of the teaching style within the classrooms. There are exciting changes afoot for our 21st century learners. Our modern day classrooms are being transformed into stimulating and colourful, student-centred, flexible environments. These learning spaces are creating the ideal environment
for active group learning, as well as teacher directed and individual learning, allowing for responsive flexibility to suit student needs and the daily learning requirements of the classroom. Without doubt current research is pointing to the fact that peer collaboration (team-work) and feedback as a result of this collaboration are strategies which have the greatest impact on improving learning outcomes (Hattie 2009). Flexible table groupings and seating arrangements lead to more discussion, active student learning and frequent informal teacher assistance, with students in these environments outperforming those who were taught the same course in a traditional classroom (Whiteside, Brooks and Walker 2010). The challenge for schools is to ensure that learning environments continue to evolve in response to the needs of current and future learners. With these exciting changes taking place in our classrooms right now we can be assured that we are providing the dynamic environment required for the 21st century learner.
Research shows (Gee 2006) that 21st century classrooms need to: •• be welcoming and familiar •• be flexible •• allow adequate space for movement •• allow for student and teacher ownership •• enable changeable focal points within the space •• have mobile displays that support collaboration and teaching with digital media •• anticipate future needs
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TYPE JARREAU TERRY’S NAME INTO GOOGLE AND WHAT YOU’LL FIND IS PICTURES A SMART-LOOKING MAN UNDERNEATH NEWS HEADLINES DESCRIBING HIM AS A CRIMINAL, INVOLVED IN A VIOLENT HOME INVASION AND SENT TO JAIL. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF JARREAU TERRY, THEN LET ME TELL YOU HOW WRONG YOU ARE.
arreau rolled into our interview at The Pocket Cafe at Moffat Beach on a skateboard, wearing boardshorts and a T-shirt, with a yin-yang dangling around his neck - not something you would expect from a would-be politician. He was cool, not corporate, and because he was on first name basis with the staff, it was clear he frequented this well-known hip spot often. I had many questions to ask Jarreau since his loss in the Fisher election last year; about his time in jail and his green energy project, which rumour has it, is set to change the world. But for all my so-called first impression expectations, I could not have predicted where our conversation would go and that I would leave feeling extremely lucky to have this man living in my neighbourhood. Jarreau grew up in Caloundra as part of a large New Zealand family. He attended Golden Beach Primary School and graduated from Caloundra High School. He makes a living as entertainer in his family band, Romeos Apprentice. He also is founder of the non-for-profit entity, Chuptu Indigenous Corporation, providing education and welfare for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders. Before turning 25, he had studied a Masters Degree in finance and a Bachelors Degree in law, had been convicted for his involvement in a violent home invasion and sent to jail for 50 days for breaking five criminal codes. But in between all of that, he also started working with his uncle to develop a product for producing renewable energy, which is set to become the cheapest form of energy in the world. You could say, Jarreau is a pretty diverse character. “I got into playing at weddings and corporate functions at a young age, which in a bizarre way is where I started coming up with the concept for my project, because I got to see all these socio-economic issues that face society every day. “That’s when I started tapping on the shoulder of my uncle, who is an engineer and boilermaker, and we formed a partnership and started looking at solutions to clean the place up a bit.” For several years Jarreau continued to work on his project in order to get the concept off the ground. With hope and ambition to further pursue
his goal in the public arena, the then 28-year-old decided to run as an independent MP in the 2012 Federal Election for Fisher. It was during this time that Jarreau’s past come back to haunt him, thrusting him into the spotlight and across newspaper headlines from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast for a crime, which at the time was committed eight years previously. Despite everything I had read about his time in jail, I could not have predicted Jarreau’s reasons for being involved in such a violent crime. “There was a major drug dealer living on the Sunshine Coast. I pursued him personally and took the matter into my own hands. But I also consulted with police officers in the crime tactics division at Kawana,” Jarreau explains. “My sole intention was to shake up this drug dealer and get him out of the community because he was selling drugs to kids at primary school and I just didn’t want to see my little cousins being fed drugs, it’s as simple as that. “I drove four guys to his house, they went inside and shook this guy up, they didn’t kill him. I said, ‘just make sure you shake him up enough that he will leave here for good’. “Even looking back now, I absolutely don’t regret it. Although, in hindsight I would have applied myself a lot differently now that I understand the system.” Despite the rocky headlines, Jarreau says the controversy didn’t shake him; it only opened his eyes to new possibilities for business in the private sector. “I have nothing to hide. I have always thought to myself that if I can put the solution forward, irrespective of my background, it doesn’t mean anything. At the time, I knew it was coming. It wasn’t like an unprecedented event because the writing was on the wall,” he says. “At the start of the campaign, I decided I wanted to run for politics so that I could eventually do a partnership with the government to implement my technology and from the outset of the manufacturing, create jobs. That was my sole intention. “I wanted to know the mechanics of these people and how they think. I needed to know their agendas and why they are the way they are to just fully flag them. But I am glad I didn’t actually win, because I couldn’t guarantee you that I would be the same person today and I kind of have all
At the start of the campaign I wanted to run for politics so I could eventually do a partnership with the government to implement my technology, and from the outset of the manufacturing, create jobs. That was my sole intention.”
the pieces now, so I can apply myself better to pursuing the project through the private sector.” Turning his attention back to his renewable energy project, Jarreau used the contacts made during the election to his advantage, forming friendships with “some clever people up in the hills” who were willing to give advice. “I have been on this journey for about 12 years now, just trying to implement infrastructure technology to reduce the cost of living – it’s a big passion. “During that time I had to think of the purpose of what I wanted to achieve, get the influence from somewhere and then try to pull it off. Just because you saw it, doesn’t mean it’s going to work. I have to make sure when we create a prototype it has to work and it has to be scalable. You can make a machine or a fancy box work and generate free electricity, but you also have to assess if the technology is going to be able to be used for the masses. “You also have to understand the responsibility that comes with the technology and its product placement in the market. I remember reading a story of this dude in Russia. He made this AK 47 shotgun, he is now in his 80s and has a sole regret that he ever brought that technology to life. “For me, I have to be fully aware that when you bring out technology you have to understand the consequences of that technology and whether it fits into the current market. For example, just because I have green technology doesn’t mean I can go in and wipe out coal or oil or gas, they were there before me and they have been supplying to the current market for 100 years plus. What gives me the right to come in and take the market? “I understand that we need to start greening the place up a bit, but you have to slowly introduce it into the market, because you’re going to wipe out all the jobs, and you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of families connected to that industry. So there is a responsibility that becomes a burden as well if you don’t get it right.” Although somewhat tight-lipped about his technology, Jarreau says he hopes the Sunshine Coast will be the first to use the new renewable energy source in the next three years, with the rest of Australia to follow suit by 2020. Ambitious plans for one person to achieve. But then as I previously discovered, there is more to Jarreau Terry than meets the eye. This is one young visionary who is certain to make his mark on the Sunshine Coast and indeed the world. Watch this space.
WORDS ANNA RAWLINGS
amping, glamping, off-the-beaten-track venturing – whatever your preference, there is nothing quite like an adventure to the great outdoors! Camping is all about torch-lit nights, the smell of roasting marshmallows, lying on a picnic blanket under the stars, the slow sizzle of a barbeque, twang of a tent being unzipped and scent of the fresh dawn air drying out on the dewy grass. Whether you are planning a family adventure, a weekend away with mates or the girls, or a romantic holiday, camping is the perfect escape! This classic Aussie holiday is rapidly increasing in popularity, with an array of camping equipment to suit every camp site, and with so many amazing campground locations on the Sunshine Coast, Profile magazine has done all the hard work in planning for your next camping trip thanks to our fun-filled camping destination guide.
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT Starting from the ferry crossing over beautiful Noosa River, to the kilometres of sand and dunes stretching into the distance, to waking up to the sound of crystal clear waves crashing just metres outside your tent, this camping destination has to be one of the Sunshine Coast’s best! Double Island Point offers spectacular scenery from towering cliffs, rainforests and coloured sand dunes, four wheel driving, sun, surf, sea and sand! Drive up to the northern point to visit the lighthouse, with the view from the headland offering a fantastic vantage point to watch the surfers and dolphins frolic in the break below. Suitable for: Adventurous campers, large groups and families with older children. Location: North of Noosa, within the Cooloola region and part of the Great Sandy National Park
DICKY BEACH FAMILY HOLIDAY PARK
The sunny shores of Caloundra set the scene for a holiday park with everything needed for that perfect camping getaway! Cast a line, explore the beaches of Caloundra, or enjoy the recreational activities on offer in the grounds of the holiday park. Family fun awaits! Who is it suited for: Families will love this holiday park! Directions: Veer off Nicklin Way towards Dicky Beach, and follow the sound of waves until you arrive on the foreshore of Caloundra. Facilities: Camping sites, caravan sites and studio units are accommodation options. Swimming pool, tennis court, playground, wireless internet, camp kitchen, laundry and barbeque facilities on site.
Facilities: The bare minimum is available, however with the sheer distance of beach to camp on, you will more than make up for it! Waste disposal bins are provided at certain points. Cost: You will need to purchase a permit for about $11 per day, with weekly, monthly and long- term permits also available. What will I need to bring? A reliable four wheel drive vehicle to navigate onto the beach is a must! There are no bathroom or cooking facilities along the beach until you reach the north point, so a full camping set-up is suggested, including toilet paper and a portable shower. Tip: Don’t forget some loose change to pay for the ferry crossing!
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BOREEN POINT CAMPING GROUND Situated on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, and surrounded by the winding Noosa River, Boreen Point is a peaceful campsite and the ideal destination for recreational activities, including camping, fishing, sailing, bush walking, mountain biking, bird watching and kayaking. Campers can soak up the history of the area, with the rustic corner store, historical Apollonian Hotel and traditional Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club just minutes up the road. Suitable for: Families or groups will enjoy the roomy campground, quiet surrounds and the gorgeous wilderness, with a large freshwater lake and sandy beach close by. Location: The Esplanade, Boreen Point, north of Tewantin. Facilities: Powered tent sites, caravan sites, numerous unpowered sites, gas barbeque facilities, drinking water, hot showers, flushing toilets. Cost: Campers can expect to pay $29 for a powered site, and $23 for an unpowered site per night, during off peak season. What will I need to bring? A tent, bedding, food supplies, warm clothing and cooking utensils are all you will need. Pack the car with bikes for the kids, swimming gear for everyone, a good book and you’re set! Pets: The site is dog friendly upon application to management.
COOLUM BEACH HOLIDAY PARK Stunning Coolum Beach lends itself to a gorgeous campground on 10 acres of premium beach frontage offering a view of the clear Pacific Ocean. Fill your stay with walks along the boardwalk winding up the headland, watch the surfers catch the waves at Coolum’s famous breaks, sit back and soak in the wondrous ocean vista, or wake up and take the few steps into the ocean at your doorstep for an early morning swim. A patrolled beach sits conveniently nearby, making this campsite family friendly. Suitable for: Young families, couples, small groups and those wanting to experience a seaside town! Directions: Situated in the precinct of Coolum Beach, just north of the Coolum Surf Club. Facilities: Powered caravan sites, unpowered tent sites, villas, baby facilities, LPG and ice, wireless internet, camp kitchen, laundry areas and bathroom amenities. Cost: Prices vary, starting from an unpowered tent site at about $40, while a villa will set you back about $160 a night. What will I need to bring? Cleaning, cooking and bathroom amenities are all covered, and with the holiday park located conveniently close by to supermarkets, cafes and restaurants with coast-wide reputations, your dining will be easily catered for. So, just pack the basics! Pet Friendly! Dogs may be accepted to stay upon application.
COTTON TREE HOLIDAY PARK Combining a bustling tourist and holiday precinct with a premium secluded beachfront location, this is a gorgeous travel destination. Nestled between the Maroochy River and Maroochydore Beach, campers can enjoy staying close to the Cotton Tree precinct, while enjoying the ambience of a seaside getaway. Wile away the days surfing, swimming, fishing and relaxing! Suitable for: This holiday park is suited to families, especially those with young children. The nearby park, bike track and shallow rivers edge make it the perfect spot to keep the little travellers entertained. For the grown ups, it’s just a short walk to the bustling Cotton Tree cafe precinct and a plethora of boutiques and specialty stores. The villas and beach houses offer a great alternative for those wanting to simply turn up and check in. Location: Cotton Tree Esplanade, Cotton Tree. Facilities: Powered caravan sites, powered tent sites, villas and a beach house for a variety of accommodation options. Barbeque facilities, laundry, baby bath and change tables, wireless internet.
Cost: Tent sites start at $30 upwards, while guests to the villas will pay around $140 a night. What will I need to bring? Beach towels and a surfboard are a must with the warm surf and sunny surrounds. Campers will need to bring all the basics, but with such a delectable range of food and dining options nearby, go easy on the esky!
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One of the country’s leading independent music artists, and Aria nominee, Lior is known for his dynamic and moving performances, and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. Following a very busy and productive 2013, touring internationally and writing and recording his fourth studio album Scattered Reflections, Lior is set to hit the stage at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Saturday, 12 July for a one-night-only performance.
I grew up in … Israel for the first 10 years of my life, before my family moved to Sydney.
I grew up in … Israel for the first 10 years of my life, before my family moved to Sydney. My mum is from Poland and my dad is from Iraq, so I come from quite a big Jewish background. I am the youngest of three children, with a brother and a sister. The first thing I do when I wake up is … give my kids (Lucca, 9 and Jem, 7) a kiss and have a coffee! If I could be better at anything it would be … drawing, I never really graduated past stick figures and it has become a point of embarrassment whenever I have to draw something, which happens often when you have kids. I am at my happiest when … I am performing. I just finished touring with a major orchestra, which was definitely the highlight of my career so far. When I am not working I am … working or spending time with my kids really, that takes up 24/7. When I am at home I try and focus on writing and performing, I leave all the recording side of the business to the experts! When I go on holiday I like to … mix it up. The next holiday I am going on is with my family to the Daintree Rainforest.
Most people don’t know that I … grew up playing a high level of soccer. There was a point when I had to make the decision between playing state soccer or music, and obviously I chose music! Now I just play for fun and with my kids. When I was growing up I wanted to be … I always loved music. I started playing guitar at age 10 and got into songwriting when I was 15. It was funny actually, when I first started enjoying singing, my Year 5 teacher told me I was terrible after one lesson, she said I sang so loud and off key. Fortunately I saw it as a kick, and just practised and practised from then on. I couldn’t live without … my guitar. I have a few, but I do have a favourite which is the one I use most for live performances. My greatest achievement is … writing and composing Compassion with close friend Nigel Westlake. I laugh out loud when … my little boy cracks a joke – he has a great sense of humour. My hidden talent is … I don’t have anything to hide, I try make my talent as public as possible! profilemag.com.au
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