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The 1972 hit song by Helen Reddy comes to mind when I reflect on this month’s issue of Profile magazine. A song celebrating female empowerment; it became an enduring anthem for the women’s liberation movement. I am proud to be a woman in 2014 and we can thank the brave women before us who have paved the way for equality and breaking down the “glass ceiling” in the workforce. Gone are the days when women were limited to secretarial duties or forced to give up their career after having a family. Flexible work hours and familyfriendly conditions have enabled women to continue in the workforce. In fact, these days women are becoming more represented in what were once considered “male only” roles such as mining, emergency services, building, mechanics, blacksmithing ... the list is endless. This month we chat with a plethora of courageous women who have followed their passion into what were traditionally male dominated fields, and are loving it! None more so than our gorgeous cover girl, Kirsty Holmes. This ex-Ironwoman turned firefighter tells Kate Clifford why she was born to live life on the edge! Ashleigh Morrow shares with us how a feminine touch can change the landscape of a mining field and we chat with Yvonne Sampson, who is making history as one of the first female journalists to cover major, national sporting events. Sam Weir shares her journey towards becoming a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, kicking butt along the way! Suzanne Harris-Johns is paving the way for other mature-aged women thinking of working in the administration side of the mining industry, Jules Johnson proves that blacksmithing is not just a job for the men. Plus, as always, we bring you all the very latest in fashion, food, homewares, art and design. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we loved bringing it to you. Enjoy!

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PROFILE CELEBR ATES It was a double-whammy celebration at last month’s Profile launch as the team and more than 50 guests toasted two milestones: the July magazine and six years in business! Held at the Lounge Bar in Mooloolaba, guests were treated to the sweet acoustic sounds of local musician Ebony Hamacek and a delicious birthday cake by Novelty Cakes by Dani. Photos by Cheryl Nonmus, ONQ photography MARGARET HAYES, ALVIA TURNEY AND CHERIE PAUL

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A DANCE FOR DANIEL A sea of red danced the night away at the 2014 Dance for Daniel, held at the Caloundra RSL on 14 June. Tickets sold out within days of going on sale as the event reached its ninth year milestone. It was a chance for volunteers and supporters to celebrate the foundation’s achievements and generate much-needed funds. Photos by Cheryl Nonmus, ONQ photography

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AUGUST Listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Kevin Borich at Le Jardin Garden Centre, 34 Mountain View Road, Maleny, for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Kevin is one of Australia’s guitar legends, enjoying a 40-year performance career during which he has shared the stage with the likes of Bo Didley, Richie Blackmore, Ron Wood, Joe Walsh and others. Cost $10.

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 and financial costs. The information evening will be held at Kawana Island Meeting Place, 5 Grand Parade, Kawana. Cost: free.

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Now becoming one of the most popular night time markets on the Sunshine Coast, Nights on Ocean in Ocean Street, Maroochydore, brings the street alive with local and international food, great bands and buskers, as well as shopping for designer jewellery, clothes, bags and accessories. Every month organisers bring new ideas and concepts to make this event bigger and better. Festivities kick off at 5pm until late. www.nightsonocean.com.au

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Stretched out over almost 10,000 acres of flat, wide open Caloundra wilderness, Tough Mudder Sunshine Coast is officially the biggest Tough Mudder course in the world. Last year, more than 20,000 people participated in the event, known as the “toughest on the planet”. This year organisers and course designers are aiming to serve up a completely different Tough Mudder experience, with some of the same thrills and high-adrenaline challenges as last year. www.toughmudder.com.au

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See more than 120 exhibitors in health, fashion, lifestyle, fitness, personal development and financial freedom during this two-day event at the Lake Kawana Community Centre. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the event, sharing information and connecting with the various speakers as they discuss everything a woman wants and needs in her life. Event starts at 9am to 4pm both days.

Now in its 33rd year, the Gympie Music Muster will be held in the stunning Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, just south-west of Gympie. Every year, thousands of festivalgoers are attracted to the muster by the smorgasbord of diverse programs, rich with our country’s finest musicians, which this year includes Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson and Kasey Chambers. The muster is a true celebration of the spirit of country Australia, with more than 50,000 patrons expected to attend.

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The Coolum Pines MX track on the Sunshine Coast will host the final championship round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals, the leading motocross series in Australia. The series features the best riders from across Australia and New Zealand in a 10-Round battle for ultimate supremacy. The Coolum MX track has played host to the series final for several years and this year promises a new level of spectator thrills as the final round is broadcast live to an audience of thousands.

In its third year, the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival has become a must-do event on the Sunshine Coast. Starting and finishing at Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, with an expected 10,000 runners to take part in the half marathon, 10 kilometre or five kilometre events. The marathon raises much-needed funds and awareness for seriously ill children and their families who use the facilities Ronald McDonald House Charities provide. www.sunshinecoastmarathon.com.au

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NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! THE OLD ADAGE CERTAINLY RINGS TRUE OF MY MEETING WITH SUZANNE HARRIS-JOHNS. INSPIRING OTHER MATURE-AGED WOMEN TO FOLLOW IN HER FOOTSTEPS, SUZANNE IS TESTAMENT AGE IS NO BARRIER TO SUCCESS.

am not surprised to hear that many of Suzanne Harris-Johns’ friends describe her as brave. Here is a woman, who at 63, is not afraid to take a risk and is the epitome of strength and independence. Oh, and did I mention she works in construction? Finding herself single after her husband of 25 years unceremoniously walked out, at age 46 Suzanne packed up her entire life in Mount Isa and moved states to be with her two sons in Sydney. “I was absolutely devastated,” says Suzanne. “I remember driving to Sydney with just my clothes, my beloved sewing machine and four pots of my favourite violet plants on the front seat, that was it!” Impeccably dressed in a crisp white shirt, her silver hair perfectly framing her striking blue eyes and flawless make up, Suzanne-Harris-John exudes an air of style, grace and femininity – I can’t imagine her surrounded by a bunch of burly miners! Yet, as I get to know this colourful character a little more over the next hour or so, I soon learn that Suzanne is not afraid of a challenge or getting her hands dirty for that matter!

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Hailing originally from New Zealand, her mum died at age 32, when Suzanne was just 10. She and her sister were raised by their father and extended family members. “My Dad was one of 17, so we were lucky to have so many aunts to look after us during the week when Dad was working, and then we lived with my grandparents when my Mum passed away,” says Suzanne. Suzanne began her working life as a school teacher, teaching economics and English. She made the move to Australia in 1979 with her then husband and two sons, settling in the Queensland town of Mount Isa, where she worked a short time teaching at a Catholic school. “I taught back in the day when you did a diploma not a degree to become a teacher, so when I discovered that I had to go back and study again, with two young sons and a husband to care for, it just wasn’t for me.” Instead, she worked in several different roles over the years including veterinary receptionist, office worker and in hospitality while the boys were at school. Faced with a very different future than she had envisaged after

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she and her husband divorced in 1996, Suzanne says she struggled to find a new purpose. “I thought to myself, ‘well what the hell do I do now?’” she says candidly, shedding a tear with emotions that appear as raw as they were almost 20 years ago. “There was really nothing left for me in Mount Isa, so I decided to be with my boys in Sydney.” Sunny Queensland eventually lured Suzanne back to its relaxed, laidback lifestyle and she bought two blocks of land in the picturesque town of Brooloo, near Kenilworth, where she built her dream home, as an owner / builder. Unfortunately, the economic downturn in 2006 and a shortage of work forced Suzanne to sell her beloved home but she went on to build another one right next door, which she still owns today, among others. Suzanne got her first taste of working in construction after landing the role of site administrator on the Brisbane Airport Rail Link where she worked for a year before transferring to Mittagong in NSW.

People tell me I’m brave, but I don’t see it like that. I just get on with it.” Early in 2004, Suzanne was ready for a new challenge so when an administrative position opened up with Newcrest Mining, working out of Cracow Gold Mine, fly in fly out, she grabbed it with both hands. “It never crossed my mind that I couldn’t do it or I wouldn’t do it. It meant that I could earn a lot more than if I was doing the same job elsewhere,” says Suzanne. “People tell me I’m brave, but I don’t see it like that. I just get on with it. It has given me the means to travel, which I have always wanted to do – and I hope my boys are proud of me. I think they are glad I am so independent, and they have been very supportive too.” In fact, Suzanne has become quite the intrepid traveller, often jet setting the globe on her own to discover new people and places. “I love travelling on my own, it makes you meet new people and step outside of your comfort zone,” she says. So what are some of the challenges of working in such a male dominated field, I ask? “They can be gross and a little bit uncouth sometimes,” Suzanne laughs. “I have some standards. There are certain words I won’t have used around me and I have to pull them up sometimes if they are looking a bit “lived in” as I call it. I put my face on and blowdry my hair every day, so I tell them they have to make an effort too. They laugh at me because I iron my uniform.” But Suzanne is quick to add the benefits too. “Men are grateful for what you do for them. They are easy to please. I don’t think I could work with a bunch of women actually,” she says. “They look to me as a mother figure and they all have stories from back home. You form close bonds with people you live with for three weeks at a time, they become like another family.” Speaking of family, it’s the mention of Suzanne’s precious grandchildren that causes her bright eyes to really light up. “My grandchildren Ethan, Chloe Rose and Mina Grace are the light of my life”, says Suzanne proudly as she shares some family snaps with me on her iPhone. “People tell you just how special it is to become a grandparent, but you don’t really understand until you become one yourself.” As we bid our farewells, Suzanne is off to catch up on all the girly things she craves while she is on site. “There’s nails, hair, make-up, nice meals … I have to fit it all in before I go back,” she laughs. See, Suzanne may be able to mix it with the lads, but she’s still a girly girl at heart, and like fine wine, this grandmother is only getting better with age. Cheers to that! august 2014

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f you have ever been inside a second-hand book store, you will know what I am talking about here. The dust-smelling pages of an old book or magazine, crunching under your fingertips from years of coffee stains and slobbery page flippers; it’s weak-at-the-knees material right there. It was during one of these random days searching through a bookstore that a moment of great self-discovery sparked an interesting question in my mind. The treasure that ‘flicked the switch’ was a 1965 Vogue, adorned with a glamourous, baby-blue-coat-clad model on the cover. Her hair immaculately teased into a beautiful beehive to show off her exquisite pearl earrings. The headline: Feminine touch. A quick flick (and inhale) of the magazine shared further insight into this so called ‘feminine touch’ of the 1960s. Dresses to the knees, cute, button-up cardigans, manicured nails, lipstick, diamonds, pearls, handbags swung over the elbow, dainty heels, perfume . . . it’s safe to say I was mesmerised. The question is, as I look down at my own day-time attire (picture jeans and a white t-shirt), what does feminine mean these days? I feel feminine. I wear makeup, lip gloss, heels on occasions. I enjoy sipping cups of tea and crossing my feet under the table. But then I do love my jeans and a t-shirt, and wearing ‘boyish’ clothes is practically my wardrobe staple. Does this make me feminine, or am I just a lady-fraud? To get to the bottom of this, I have enlisted the expert advice of one of the Sunshine Coast’s leading fashion designers, Natashya Manfield. “For me, being feminine is about honouring my authenticity. I feel most feminine when I am consciously listening to my intuition, living

from my heart rather than from my head. Cultivating feminine energy in my life is something I take great pride in,” Natashya says, amidst her beautiful store of elegant dresses in Mooloolaba. “As a designer, I spend every day navigating the delicate conversation between a woman and her reflection. From my experience, when a woman looks feminine, she feels feminine. What is most challenging for me when designing my collections is balancing my personal feminine aesthetic with my belief that every woman should have the right to define femininity for herself.” It’s true the way we dress has changed since the 1960s, and so it should. I mean, how boring would we be if we just stayed the same? But I ask Natashya whether she thinks some fashion trends have gone too far toward sexualization, and less towards femininity. Are we all lady-frauds? “I have noticed an overwhelming number of women are over-sexualizing their appearance in order to assert their identity,” she says. “When I see an ad campaign telling me that if I buy ‘this’ I’ll look like ‘that’ – I smile because I know better, I’ve defined beauty for myself. “My personal femininity is modest and intriguing. Everyone has a body – I think there is far more skill in clothing it, than showing it. There is a time and a place for showing some skin, but it’s my belief that men should have to work a little harder for it. “Women define femininity. The opportunity for women to demonstrate what is perceived as feminine can’t be lost, but our satisfaction with the definition of femininity can be. There must be space in the concept of femininity for all of us. With great power comes great responsibility!”

Natashya’s tips for reclaiming femininity in everyday life! Tip 1. Get up. Dress up. Show up. Make dressing-up part of your morning ritual. Fashion is a language. It’s important your outfit is making the right statement. Invest in a wardrobe that makes you spring out of bed, excited to get dressed!

Tip 2. Join the sisterhood Collaborate with the women in your life and celebrate femininity. It’s amazing what a collective of women can achieve when they come together to achieve a united goal.

Tip 3. Leave something to the imagination The less you reveal the more they will wonder.

Tip 4. Define beauty for yourself It’s important to reflect on what makes you happy, the things that make you feel beautiful and what success means to you. Don’t compare yourself to anyone but yourself.

Tip 5. Don’t compete with other women “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.” – Anonymous 14

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Tip 6. Love your curves In design theory, curved line represents the feminine. Motorbikes are often designed to attract men with their feminine silhouette. You are a woman and you are healthy, only speak positively about your body. Be proud!

Tip 7. Be a feminist A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.

Tip 8. Create an indulgent atmosphere Draw a bath, pick some flowers, light a candle, use the good tea set – you don’t need a reason to enjoy life’s beauty.

Tip 9. Refuse to participate in gossip If someone intimidates you, reach out to him or her! Ask them to meet you for a coffee or send them a friendly email. Don’t let second hand information determine your opinion of anyone.

Tip 10. Curate your influences carefully Do you feel down about yourself after spending time on Instagram or reading a fashion magazine? Only subscribe to things that inspire you and leave you feeling confident. profilemag.com.au


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I am quite a strong individual, you have to try really hard to knock me down and that is a result of a really long journey that in parts has not been fun at all.�

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DANIELLE NEALE SAYS, “IF YOU EDUCATE A GIRL, YOU EDUCATE A FAMILY, AND MAYBE EVEN A COMMUNITY”. THE SUNSHINE COAST SOFTWARE DEVELOPER IS BLAZING A PATH OF SUCCESS IN THE ONLINE REALM AND IS NOW USING HER GUSTO TO ENCOURAGE OTHER WOMEN TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

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urled up in her blanket under the light of a bed lamp and with her three children already asleep, Danielle Neale lays awake reading 500-page text books about computer coding, the latest software developments and enhancements in website design. She admits being drawn to the information like a sponge, addicted to its consuming confusion, and determined to make a living out of it. The New Zealand-born, self-confessed geek laughs off anyone who tells her she is incapable of success, having built herself up in business to own and operate one of the most successful information communication technology businesses in Queensland, and as a leader in her field. “I am quite a strong individual, you have to try really hard to knock me down and that is a result of a really long journey that in parts has not been fun at all,” says Danielle. Raised by her grandmother, Danielle knew little of her mother and father until late in her teens when she moved to Australia. She learnt quickly how to build a thick skin, starting full-time work at the age of 14, discovering the ins and outs of business. “Being a teenager was interesting for me, I worked out pretty early on that I would be responsible for myself. When I finished high school, I was still a New Zealand citizen so I wasn’t eligible for HECS, so I chose not to go to university and decided to go into business instead.” Sketching a design for a mobile juice bar on a fax machine, she sent the “scribble” to fibreglass manufacturers across the country asking them to build her dream. She invested $150,000 in the business, called Living Energy, before it was even open and quite incredibly won the tender to trade at Brisbane’s Southbank. “It was one of those idealistic ‘I want to change the world’ situations. All of the fruit had to be organic, we had the most expensive and amazing supplements and we imported 100 per cent cornstarch packaging from overseas,” she says. “It boomed and I was working seven days a week – up at 3am to get to the market, to get the best fruit, to chop the fruit, to get it in the fridge ... it was a mammoth effort every day. “But the pressure of managing all those things, as well as being parents to three young children got to my partner, and after being around every hospital and clinic in Queensland, it turned out he had schizoaffective disorder, which was a far more complicated mental illness than we ever imagined. “As a result of some fairly serious discussions, we decided that it was best that I take the kids from there. We sold the house and the business and I moved to Maleny.” During this phase, Danielle developed a passion for gaming and as soon as Adobe launched Photoshop she was all across it, with a dark room set up in a caravan and her “boxy” computer in constant use. “Going through Living Energy I did all the branding myself, I built the website myself, I did all the marketing and learnt some really valuable skills, so after a while I started working with other businesses in Maleny to drive

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their sales online and create a better web presence,” she says. “What I discovered was some major faults with these businesses’ systems. If you put a whole heap of demand on a website, if the back end is not working then they can’t cope. It became really obvious to me that although bringing in sales was a cool thing, being able to help them manage their back end would be really important and interesting as well.” It was here that Danielle’s late night reading sessions began, ordering textbooks on internet coding and software development. She found the process fascinating and fun, becoming addicted to new information and ways to further develop the existing webspace. “I am a geek. In the middle of the night when the kids were asleep I needed to use my brain.” Danielle eventually met another software developer and together started a web development and search engine optimisation business called Efficient Business. Together they invested $2000 in Google AdWords and within four months had enough work to last three years. After four years though, with her “gung-ho” personality screaming for more, Danielle left Efficient Business to start her own software development company, launching BeSpoke software in early 2013. The leap of faith paid off and she was soon jet setting across the country to see clients in need of her expertise. However, the success didn’t come without its drawbacks, especially when you are a female working in a male-dominated field. “I had some really crazy comments levelled at me. From around boardrooms and in professional workspaces. Stories about what these men like to do on the weekend, which is completely irrelevant to the conversation, and is clearly trying to get a reaction from me,” she says. “But because I have been through so much that sort of thing just rolled off my shoulders. If I could go back though, and do something better, I would have actually stood up on more occasions and said, ‘hey, you know what, that’s not appropriate’.” More than a year on from launching BeSpoke, Danielle is blazing a trail of empowerment for women in the industry, being asked to lead the judging panel for the Hills Young Innovator Awards earlier this year, becoming a part of the steering committee for Group X-Digital Careers, as well as being asked to chair the Global Productivity Institute. She was named in the Sydney Morning Herald as a rising female star in IT and nominated in the Women in Technology Awards – Sue Wickenden Entrepreneur of the Year, where she was named as a finalist. Now, Danielle is working on spreading the word to other females interested in the ICT industry, pushing for better education opportunities, fair workplace standards and promoting the industry as a career of choice for women. “The biggest hurdle I still see for women in male dominated environments, and my most celebrated success, is learning to back yourself,” she says. “The interesting thing is, if you have confidence in yourself you don’t notice anyone who doesn’t back you, and they just disappear.”

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YOU COULD SAY ADRENALINE RUNS IN KIRSTY HOLMES’ VEINS. THE DAUGHTER OF A QUEENSLAND SURF LEGEND AND THE SISTER OF A GOLD MEDALIST, SHE WAS DESTINED TO LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE. KATE CLIFFORD DISCOVERS HOW THIS EX-IRONWOMAN TURNED FIREFIGHTER KEEPS HER FITNESS AND FAMILY FLAME ALIVE.

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here is a lot of responsibility that comes with being part of the Holmes family dynasty. Especially when you are the eldest daughter of one of the best known surfing families in Queensland. Kirsty Holmes’ father, John, was the founder of Dolphin Surf Craft and won the Ironman race in Queensland in 1969. Her sister Denby was one of the first Iron women to take on the series and her brother Zane has been winning gold medals since he was 10. Proud doesn’t really cut it, but as Kirsty explains amidst alarm bells and roaring trucks at her “second home”, the Maroochydore Fire Station, a love of the ocean, sport and success was a quality the Holmes family grew up believing in. “The ocean was a huge part of my life from a very early age, having lived on a yacht with my parents and my sister travelling across the Pacific when I was four years old,” says Kirsty. “I feel most at home when I am in the water and I don’t feel right when I’m not close to it. To this day it is still my biggest passion.” To many who live and breathe surf lifesaving, iron training is a lifetime commitment, starting out as a nipper and continuing the gruelling regime until you make it in the series. For Kirsty, her big break in the sport didn’t come until her early 20s after a seven-year rest from the sport, and by this time her younger sister Denby was already breaking through as a champion. “I was 20 and had moved to the Sunshine Coast with my then husband because we had the lease for the Kawana Aquatic Centre and were working on the swim school there. At the time, I had not been competing or training in any surf sport for seven years, I was just too busy being a teenager and having fun to care at that stage,” says Kirsty. “Denby was one of the first contracted athletes to the Ironwoman series. I was watching her from the sidelines, watching the success and her fitness and she inspired me to get back in to it.” Kirsty started swimming and board training day and night. She ran, went to the gym and when she wasn’t at work, she would swim some more. A task she surprisingly says she hated. “I hate swimming, but swimming was the base of the sport. Back then the ski leg wasn’t a part of it, it was just swimming, board and running. Swimming is something you have to do a lot of to be any good at and because I missed a lot of years, it took me a long time to get my fitness in swimming back,” she says. “I still hate swimming, but I do it because I love the way it makes me feel and how fit you get from it.”

In 1994, Kirsty tried out for her first professional Ironwoman series and shocked even herself when she made it though, placing 17th. Within five years she was placed third in the series and spent 10 years on the professional circuit in both the Uncle Tobys / Meadow Lea Super Series and the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Series. “I became addicted. I believed in my ability and I knew I had to do the work to get there but I had the goals and once I achieved the goal, I set the next bar,” she says. “The ski leg was only introduced into Ironwoman races in 1999. It was the fourth discipline we had to master and add to the already demanding training load. However, I found it came naturally to me and along with the board leg, it became one of my strongest disciplines. “There was not enough money in the sport to make a good living so I had to work extra hard because we still had a business and I was still working full time teaching and running the swim school. I learnt what hard work was and that I could achieve anything if I really set my mind to it. I knew I could because I had.” During the decade she spent as a professional athlete, Kirsty won the Australian Open Ironwoman title and Open Ski Race titles twice and competed for Australia on a number of occasions. She raced 10 times across the Kaiwi Channel, which separates Molokai and Oahu in Hawaii, to compete in the Molokai Hoe – an endurance challenge most athletes wait a lifetime to compete in. It was towards the end of her professional Ironwoman career that Kirsty’s marriage ended and she left the aquatic centre to pursue another career avenue in rescue – to become a firefighter. “I was drawn to the life of a firefighter because I saw it as another avenue of rescue, similar to my life in surf lifesaving. I knew a firey and understood what the job entailed, the hours involved and I was drawn to the flexibility of shift work, as opposed to a normal job.” “My Dad was a great influence when I was racing with the series, to all of us kids really. He was a true waterman. He was always positive and pushing us along to do whatever we wanted. He was the one that suggested I become a firefighter,” remembers Kirsty. “When I was accepted to the service I wasn’t sure if I would continue it for long. I thought, maybe I would give five years, but the day I graduated from the training and was about to start on shift Dad said to me, ‘this job, I just see you doing it’. He said, ‘I am so glad you did this, it just suits you’.

I feel most at home when I am in the water and I don’t feel right when I’m not close to it. To this day it is still my biggest passion.”

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“That was 10 years ago now.” Kirsty remembers the conversation with her dad like it was yesterday, because it was only two days later, her second shift at Brisbane Fire Station, that she was told the tragic news John had passed away while out for a paddle with Kirsty’s brother-in-law Brad from Marcoola Beach. “The day Dad died I was meant to go on the paddle as well. We often did downwind paddles together but the day before was my second day on shift and we got a significant house fire. I had to work the next night so I rang Dad and said I wouldn’t go,” says Kirsty. “Brad, who incidentally became a paramedic soon after, went on the paddle and gave Dad a 10-minute start. At the best of times in a downwind paddle it’s hard to see your mate even if you go together because they disappear between the troughs, so the fact that Brad came across Dad’s upturned ski and then him was a miracle. “He grabbed him and held him, which was all that he could do, and just waited. He was about 500 metres north east of Mudjimba Island and so it took an hour and a half for Dad’s ski to reach shore. Lifeguards were alerted and the chopper was sent out on a search … finally they found them. We can only imagine what Brad dealt with in those hours because he doesn’t talk about it but we are forever grateful that he was there. I doubt we would have found Dad had he not been there.” John’s heart attack was unexpected having just recovered from throat cancer and feeling fit enough to head back in the water. “He had never had a heart problem and didn’t know anything was wrong with his heart, but they said he had a massive block in his arteries,” says Kirsty. “In hindsight Mum had suspected it though as she remembers he was told to take some tablets but he was just over the hospitals and the doctors and he just wanted to get out there and paddle.” Kirsty took three weeks off work and rejoined the service with more gusto than ever, determined to make her father proud. At the time she was just the 16th woman to join the Queensland Fire Service, the second on the Sunshine Coast. “I found the training to be quite easy because I was fit and mentally I had already been through some pretty tough situations,” she says. “There is a process you go through and about five hoops you have to jump through to get into the service, including a psych test, literacy and numeracy testing, and a strength and fitness test, you have to get your truck licence and get through an interview. Once that is all complete, they then put you on a waiting list and then you are finally accepted to a station.” It would only be weeks after her acceptance as a firefighter at Brisbane Station that Kirsty would battle her first major fire, quickly followed by a series of other large blazes in the area – an expected part of the job, but something most firefighters wait years to see firsthand. “I was aware of some of the old school thoughts with the older generation within the fire service and I knew there might be some criticism when I joined, but I am used to being around men, I train with men, have spent my whole life hanging out with men in a competitive environment. I was confident in my own ability so I think that came across from the start. “Also, those major fires I was tasked to in the first five months really enabled me to prove myself in this job and be accepted and respected more quickly. I would like to think Dad sent me those fires to help me out!” This “thick skin” persona Kirsty developed has stood her in good stead during her career so far. One incident, which she remembers was particularly horrific, was the well known crash of a vintage plane in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in 2012. Three Brisbane couples were killed when the red vintage plane crashed. The terrain was too rough for a helicopter to land in, so a search and rescue team were tasked to walk to the site, check for survivors and secure the wreckage. Kirsty was one of the first personnel on scene. “It was probably one of the hardest scenes I have been faced with so far and I don’t think I will forget it in a hurry, but that is just part of my job. Unless you know the people, you don’t get emotionally involved with it,” she says. “The best part of my job can also be the worst. We work as a team in an emergency situation, and everyone has their strengths and weaknesses august 2014

– maybe I bring something that another guy doesn’t bring, but he has his own set of skills and so do I.” Kirsty’s job is not just about fighting fires. She is classed as a level two technician in technical rescues, is qualified in swift water rescue (floods), urban search and rescue (when a building collapses), confined space rescue, trench rescue and vertical rescue (off cliffs). “I have been involved in some pretty crazy emergencies, but ‘hero status’ is not something I believe we should be given. We get paid to be here and we are expected to go to a job when it happens, it is just what you do.” Kirsty is as at home in the fire station as she is in the water, walking around the fire trucks to show off the technical equipment stored onboard, some weighing up to 40 kilograms. It is clear the now 40-year-old was cut out for this career, as much as she was the Ironwoman series. “When you are competing in the big surf you are constantly thinking about the environment and you have to make good judgements. I always liken it to going in to a house fire because it’s dynamic and you have to make decisions on the spot,” she says. “It comes back to experience, even though I am still learning, I think everyone is always learning and evolving. Every time we go to a job we learn something new and do something differently from the last time. Every fire is different. The more experience you have, the better your decision making will be.” These days, when she is not working or at the beach, Kirsty uses her time off to travel the world in search of the best breaks and snow fields. She is a shining example that confirms hard work pays off, concurring that nothing is off limits to anyone who sets their mind to it. “To anyone looking for a career in the fire service or as an Ironwoman, I would say they are very capable, just believe in yourself, but be prepared for a lot of blood, sweat and tears! It’s not off limits, nothing is off limits.” profilemagazine

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and the grandeur of old Queenslanders is the humble town of Cooroy. It’s a shire known for the arts, home-based businesses and a community spirit like no other on the Sunshine Coast.

In Maple Street is the Butter Factory Arts Centre, a historic building that has been converted into an arts space, with a changing program of new and heritage exhibitions and events.

Cooroy is located in the northern Sunshine Coast hinterland, about 22 kilometres west of Noosa Heads. For years, it has been known as the ‘trucker’ stop for travellers driving up the Blackall Ranges to Gympie, stopping only to grab a bite to eat and some mountain-fresh air. These days, however, Cooroy has transformed to a home-buyers paradise, where young families have migrated to escape the hustle and bustle of their tourist-busy neighbourhoods to adopt a more laid-back lifestyle in the hills. In Cooroy, everything is right on your doorstep. The main thoroughfare, Mary Street, is home to an abundance of businesses; from a local hardware store, grocer, newsagency and post office, while on Diamond Street the local trade shops continue, including the popular Twig and Grace, a florist, homewares and cafe all in one. Being stationed close to the highway means it’s just a short travel for train commuters, with the Queensland Rail line steaming right in to town. There is just one hotel in Cooroy, but it’s a popular one for locals and tourists alike. There is also a golf club, a bowls club, the RSL club and a selection of cafes, restaurants and accommodation options.

Just a short drive away at Lake MacDonald is the famous Noosa Botanical Gardens, an eight hectare wonderland of native and exotic plants, wildlife and lawns, perfect for a picnic. Here you will also find an open air bush chapel, fern house, lily pond, large lawn areas and winding paths leading to picnic areas and a Grecian-style amphitheatre. Originally farmland, the site was reclaimed by Noosa Council in the late 1950s and part of it used to create the Lake MacDonald water supply. The site where the gardens are situated was used as an unofficial rubbish tip. After a great deal of preparation and work the Noosa Botanic Gardens officially opened to the public in August 1990. With the rich amount of history and array of businesses to explore, you will never be short of a good day out at Cooroy.


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Steeped in history, the Butter Factory Arts Centre is part of the Cooroy community precinct, presenting a changing program of arts and heritage exhibitions and events, as well as hosting various artist-run workshops for all ages. Under the auspices of Noosa Council, the centre operates as a gallery space and ceramics studio for local and visiting artists with a full exhibition program, associated public programs and workshops, as well as being an occasional venue for performing arts and professional development. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm, and Saturday, 10am – noon. 10 Maple Street, Cooroy

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Dance Form offers classes for students of all ages and abilities, with classes for fun and classes for the more serious dancer. As well as weekly classes they offer exams and performance opportunities giving new experiences to the students. The teachers at the studio believe that students will learn and grow to their full potential in an encouraging atmosphere. Dance is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem, learn discipline, coordination, musicality and rhythm. Call their friendly staff today to book in a trial lesson! 13 Kauri Street, Cooroy www.danceform.com.au Phone: 0414 686 161

At Maple St Acupuncture & Natural Medicine they take the time to understand their patients, and the results speak for themselves! Owner and Acupuncturist, Amy Steinbeck, has been practicing Chinese Medicine for almost 10 years and is an expert in Women’s Health and Natural Fertility. By her side is a team of experienced Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists who work to provide a holistic approach to wellness through the various treatments, offering health and nutritional advice along the way. Whether you are stressed, fatigued, have trouble with digestion or are after some pain relief, the team at Maple St Acupuncture & Natural Medicine have got you covered! 12a Maple Street, Cooroy Phone: 5442 5526 www.maplestacupuncture.com.au


Why not take time out during your day to stop and pamper yourself at Salon Unique. Owner Mel Aird heads the friendly team of hair stylists who are all highly skilled in their craft. In fact, some of the staff members boast more than 25 years in the industry. Experts in both colouring and cutting, you know your hair is in safe hands. Catering to men, women and children of all ages Salon Unique also offers waxing. With a strong community following, Salon Unique has a reputation as being the only place to go for all your hair care needs. 20 Maple Lane, Cooroy Phone: 5447 6176

Step inside Lilly Pilly Boutique and Gifts at Maple Street and be overwhelmed with the array of unique clothing and accessories on offer, most of which have been made by local designers. From the ever-flattering origami dress made from bamboo by Belli designer Sandy V, to the great local cotton label, Cotton Diva. You can also find pieces by Cooroy designer label Lola G, including an inexpensive shoe range and gorgeous bags. There is also a natural range of eau de parfums, created by a local aromatherapist. One of the popular high-end labels in store is Boo Radley, which is well-known for unique designs. 24 Maple Street, Cooroy Phone: 5447 7185

If you’re looking for a relaxed and comforting way to finish your day, visit the Cooroy Hotel for a delicious meal, made fresh and inhouse. Breaking away from the traditional pub meal, the menu includes an array of gourmet dishes, as well as steaks and of course, chicken parmigiana. There is also a good drinks menu on offer, including cider, wine, cocktails, premium beers and a wide range of spirits. Or if you simply want a coffee and catch up, there are comfortable lounges and leisure areas for your comfort and privacy. If you’re in town on Friday or Saturday, the hotel is the place to visit, with live music and loads of plasma screens playing all the live sport channels. 38 Maple Street, Cooroy Phone: 5472 1900


LEARN A BIT Join Cooroy library’s free workshop program, which include interesting author talks and sessions on everything from FLOWERS BY TWIG AND GRACE

how to keep chickens in your backyard and home cheese-making.

VISIT THE COOROORA WOODWORKERS CLUB AT MILL PLACE AND WATCH AS THE VARIOUS MEMBERS CARVE, TURN AND MAKE EVERYTHING FROM BOXES, CABINETS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – TO NAME A FEW. OPENING HOURS ARE 8.30AM TO 12PM EVERY Explore the Noosa Botanic Gardens with its magnificent amphitheatre on the shores of Lake Macdonald.

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Walk, mountain bike or horse ride along one of the four Noosa trails that link to Cooroy. It’s a great way to be fit and healthy while taking in the natural beauty and history of Cooroy and its surrounding country.

The restored Butter Factory Arts Centre is part of the new Cooroy Mill Place, a community and tourism hub featuring a state-of-the-art library and an interpretive walk through restored boilers and kilns.

A SPOT OF GOLF Enjoy the picturesque, lush country setting while you tackle 18 holes at the Cooroy Golf Club at Myall Street.

BROWSE THE VARIOUS EXHIBITIONS OF LOCAL AND NATIONAL ART AND CRAFT AT THE COOROY BUTTER FACTORY ARTS CENTRE AT 10 MAPLE STREET.


Hundreds of millions of bottles of Wimmers Soft Drinks have rolled off the conveyor belt since a young Frank (Franz) Wimmer set up his soft drink brewing company in 1909. The young German brewer arrived in Australia in 1887 full of hope for the future and recipe for making cordial using the Sarsaparilla root – little did he know this recipe would become an iconic flavour enjoyed by millions of people for the next 100 years. He worked in various cordial factories, gaining valuable experience which he added to his own natural talent for brewing beverages. Frank’s first Sunshine Coast factory was located in Nambour on the site of the present-day Maroochy Shire Council Chambers. It later moved to Perwillowen Road. A second factory was established in Cooroy, which was managed by Frank’s son, Jack (Karl John) Wimmer. Both factories operated until well after the Second World War, but water quality issues eventually caused the Nambour factory to close and move the operation to Cooroy, where the water quality was, and continues to be, outstanding. In stark contrast to today’s fully automated operation, the early Wimmers factory, though innovative for it’s time, consisted of a small wooden building with only one carbonator and hand-operated pump; a corking machine which pushed corks into the bottles before being hand-tied to fully secure them.

There was only one turnover rack to fill the Codds ‘marble’ bottles, one syphon filler and a large tub that was used for washing the bottles. The finished product was delivered by horse and cart. In August 2007, despite interest from international beverage companies, Cooroy Mountain Spring Water sealed the deal on the purchase of Wimmers Soft Drinks ensuring this iconic business remained in Australian hands. In June 2012, this iconic soft drink company was purchased by locals Peter and Toni Lavin, Mark Thompson and Sharon Andersen. Given a new lease on life, there are exciting times ahead, including the design and build of a new state of the art manufacturing facility on the Sunshine Coast to be completed in early 2014. Wimmers Soft Drinks once again proudly remains Australian owned and operated. contributed by wimmers soft drinks


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Think you can’t reduce your debt, not your lifestyle? Think again! Over the last seven months we have been working through the 7 things I wish I had been taught at school, one at a time. This is the last instalment, paying off your home loan fast. I must say this is my favourite. The most amazing thing happens when I watch my clients ‘get it’. When I finally see the lights come on and the glimmer of hope that bursts into a full blown flash of amazement.

meet CHris CHilds In this Wealthy’n’Wise edition, property investment expert Chris Childs gives you her professional tips on goal mapping, financial platforms and money management. Chris specialises in teaching: • Fast Debt Reduction – Reduce your debt, not your lifestyle • Goal Mapping – how to get focus on what you want • Why Property – Learn the strategies, structures and solutions of investing • How to get 10 properties in 10 years and how to manage the holding costs.

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It is great for them to finally see that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t just some bloke with a torch and another pile of bills. My team and I have been teaching debt reduction and money management skills for years and to watch clients get control of their finances, start reducing debt so much more quickly and to have the door to investing opened to them for the first time has been as exciting for us as it has been for them. Now this series has been completed, we have also published this as a booklet and have included it with this month’s Profile Magazine. We will also have it available as a soft copy or ebook to download, and you can also request a copy to be posted to you if it has already been taken home. The next step in the journey for my debt reduction clients is to teach them to create wealth through property. This is my passion, and is also where some clients begin, having arrived at Think Money with their finances under control but in need of help or guidance on taking the first steps into investing, or to look for ways to move forward even further with their property portfolios. Each and every client is different. They have different starting points, different time lines, different incomes and different goals. We analyse your starting point, discuss what you are trying to achieve, calculate out your time line and then put together a personal strategy to enable you to achieve your goals. This is why we are different. You can’t get a personal strategy from a book, video, webinar or seminar. It really does take someone to take a personal interest in your unique situation to get the right advice at the right time to map out the path to success. Is now the right time for you? If not now, When? Look forward to seeing you soon.

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THE sEvEN THINgs AbOuT MONEY I WIsH I HAd LEARNT AT scHOOL... ...that would have made me a millionaire by 25.

WHeRe to Go FoR aDvice Most people go to a bank for advice on the right bank accounts and loans to have. A bit of a laugh really when you consider their profit margins. It’s like asking the mouse where to put the cheese! I wish I had been taught to ask someone who has money the best way of handling it.

cReDit caRDs aRe Just like Guns A loaded gun in a playground is dangerous, but treated correctly it isn’t. Credit cards are the same. Most of us just use them to help the banks, but you can turn the tables and use the banks’ money for free and use your money to reduce your interest. This secret could have saved me thousands!

tHe MoRe oRGaniseD you aRe tHe MoRe Money you Have It is a fact that if you get organised with your money, you have more of it. Bills get paid on time, you don’t waste precious money on fines, fees and overdue payments, and you make your money work for you instead of against you. A cash management program accelerates your debt reduction and wealth creation.

you can Make coMPounD inteRest WoRk FoR you oR aGainst you Saving to buy something instead of borrowing can halve the price you pay for most items. This sounds boring to us in this ‘have it now’ world, however, compound interest working for you instead of for the loan company saves you thousands. I wish someone had told me that ‘interest free’ isn’t free at all. The interest has been tacked onto the price – ask for the ‘cash’ price and see.

Debt consoliDation can be youR best FRienD oR youR WoRst eneMy Consolidating credit card and consumer debt onto your home loan can reduce your repayments each month and lower the amount of interest you pay. I wish I had been told to use this extra money to then reduce the home loan much faster, and not fall into the same trap again and again – burning up precious equity that could have been used for investing.

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tHe PoWeR oF sePaRatinG youR liFe FRoM youR investMents One and a half million people in Australia invest in property, only 0.5 per cent get to five properties or more. Why? They don’t keep their personal and investment money separate. I wish I had learned the key to successful investing and stress-free living was to keep these sides quite separate from each other.

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not to assuMe a HoMe loan is a lonG-teRM Debt I wish I had been taught that a home loan doesn’t have to be a stone around my neck for 25 years, or best case, if I paid weekly or fortnightly, 17 years. What most people don’t know is that handled correctly a mortgage should be paid off in five to seven years just by doing your banking differently.


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step 1 - Get the right loan. I believe the most powerful way to take control of your money, and life, is to set your financial platform up properly and have a clear plan of how to achieve your goals. I use a line of credit as my preferred option for fast debt reduction. I also prefer to split the debt into two sections a line of credit and a term loan; both interest only. This enables you to concentrate on paying off a smaller chunk of debt, therefore seeing bigger results more quickly, which will keep you focused and motivated to do more. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! step 2 - set up your Money Plan The next vital step is to work out what money comes in and goes out. The word ‘budget’ is often associated with pain and restriction, so for the weakat-heart I use ‘Money Plan’. A Money Plan is being organised

with your money and keeping track that your proposed spending is less than your income. It is also very important to track what you spend against what you planned to spend, otherwise your debt reduction efforts will be thrown off track by the ability to respend those savings on ‘stuff’. step 3: use a credit card. Using a credit card for your spending and then paying it out on the due date means you are using the bank’s money free of charge for up to 55 days. Yes, FREE. Now, look at it in simple terms. Most people deposit their money into a bank account, and the banks pay little or no interest, and in fact


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charge a monthly fee for the privilege of holding your cash. These people are also usually sitting on a mortgage with the same bank and paying six or seven per cent interest on the money the bank has lent them. To top it off, they then borrow a few more thousand on a credit card and pay through the nose for a ‘short-term loan’. Worse still, they continue to pay that money again and again, making the original item five times more expensive. Let’s break the cycle! step 4: bank your pay into your loan. Let’s cut out the middle man. Your bank account earns you nothing but costs you to have it. Banking your money straight into your home loan is like going straight to the wholesaler - saving you a fortune! Your line of credit is just like a bank account - you can bank money in,

set up direct debits (first, check if the direct debit can be on the credit card for no extra cost), and you can use an Eftpos card to withdraw cash. All the while, your cash is sitting on your loan reducing the principle and you are paying much less interest. All of your normal spending is being done on your credit card, and you are paying no interest on the card. The credit card can be paid out in full on the due date from the line of credit. This can be set up automatically so you don’t forget. step 5: stay organised. This method works so well ... but you need to stay organised. It is much less effective if you haven’t done step 2. Because your money is mixed you can’t look at the available balance of the line of credit to determine what you can or can’t afford. This will often lead to a financial catastrophe, as you not only get a false sense of wealth, but by constantly re-spending the

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amount you have reduced your debt by, you will never pay off your loan. This loan is like a loaded gun! In the right hands, it can be a safe and easy method of beating the banks at their debt game, but in the wrong hands it can shoot you in the foot. step 6: Getting ahead ... investing. By reducing debt you are creating more and more equity in your home. Combine this with the natural growth in property and you can start to use this equity to create wealth with the purchase of investment properties and the like. Then the fun really begins!


Reduce your debt… Not your lifestyle DEBT REDUCTION – Think Money specialises in teaching people just like you to do their banking differently, effectively manage your money to reduce your debt, not your lifestyle, and take back control of your life. Once you have the knowledge of how to beat the banks at their own game you will be surprised to watch the years fall off your mortgage. Paying high interest on credit cards will be a thing of the past too. With Think Money's Debt Reduction program you will have a caring professional by your side to teach you proven debt reduction strategies and guide you through the whole process.

Meet Yaseen Hull When mortgage broker and debt reduction specialist Yaseen Hull first met founder of Think Money Chris Childs two years ago, it was a match made in heaven. Having relocated with his family from Sydney to Queensland just a couple of weeks prior, it was a mutual friend who led him to an interview with Chris and as fate would have it, it was the beginning of a wonderful partnership. “I met with Chris and she introduced me to Think Money and their value system, and I just knew this was where I wanted to be. Everything she said made perfect sense to me,” says Yaseen.

Yaseen has 11 years experience in the industry and prides himself on helping people out of crippling debt and towards financial freedom. “Achieving results for my clients and turning things around for them is the best part of my job, it’s a great feeling and why I got into the industry,” says Yaseen. “I have people come in here drowning in mortgage debt and consumer debt. My role is to break it down for them and work towards a strategy to move forward, whether that be through debt consolidation, mortgage management or cash management. We provide a structured program to get them back on track.”

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Yaseen speaks from experience too. Having been near financial ruin himself many years ago, he made a promise to himself to help others not make the same mistakes. “We all talk the talk at Think Money because we have walked the walk. I have come from a place of pain. Like a lot of people I was burned by the ‘big four’. I almost lost my house in Sydney and was in severe financial debt. When I became an expert in debt reduction I vowed to help others not fall into the same traps.” Yaseen has a firm belief in structuring his clients’ finances to suit their needs and not the banks. He is passionate about teaching people to be smarter about how they manage their money. “Debt reduction is purely taking control of your finances. If you change nothing, nothing will change. I can give people the tools, the experience, the research the resources, the only thing they need to bring to the table is the right mindset.” So what are some of the key mistakes people tend to make with their money, I ask? Getting advice from the wrong

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source. Most people tend to get their advice about money from a bank. Unfortunately that is like asking the mouse where to put the cheese. Banks make their profits from people doing their banking the wrong way. Unfortunately, advice from friends and family isn’t much better. “We have a completely different philosophy. We don’t encourage clients to take out a loan for a car or a holiday. We encourage them to plan for these things through funds allocation, using those funds to save interest on their mortgage at the same time. It shouldn’t take you 20 years to pay off your mortgage. My job is to open their eyes to new solutions and how they can achieve the results.”

“I have never worked for a company with the level of personalised service that Think Money offer. We work on an open door policy and we are always available for our clients. “We treat our clients like family … we want everyone to succeed. From the moment you walk in the door we like you to feel welcome. We are a happy bunch of people and it flows through everything we do.”

Yaseen prides himself on making sure clients completely understand the steps to reducing debt and building wealth, and says meeting with them on a regular basis and having fun is the secret to creating a secure financial platform. “I set monthly meetings for my clients. We are there for them every step of the way. We teach clients to learn the software and then we can track their expenditure and forecast where they are going,” says Yaseen.

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YVONNE SAMPSON IS MAKING HISTORY AS THE FIRST FEMALE JOURNALIST TO COVER MAJOR, NATIONAL SPORTING EVENTS, BUT IT HASN’T COME WITHOUT HARD WORK. KATE CLIFFORD TALKS TO YVONNE ABOUT HER RISE TO THE TOP, AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK ALONGSIDE RUGBY LEAGUE’S GREATEST SPORTING STARS.

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ven from a young age, Yvonne Sampson was a story teller. Standing in front of her Year 6 class in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, she remembers putting her personal spin on old fairy tales and books. “In primary school I just loved writing little stories and reading them out to the class and to the family at home. I suppose the storytelling started from there and I just was never able to grow out of it,” Yvonne laughs out loud on the phone, chatting to me while taking a short break from covering sport at the Sydney Olympic pool. As it seems today, the storytelling was a passion the 31-year-old never grew out of. She went on to study a Bachelor of Journalism at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, taking an internship at Channel 7, Maroochydore in her final year of university. At age 21, Yvonne was offered a job to work at a television station in Maryborough, working her way up the ranks at stations in Mackay and Townsville. During this time, Yvonne developed a love for sport journalism, covering everything from pigeon racing, swimming and the local rugby league. “I was always more interested in sport than I was doing the local rounds of court, council or crime reporting. There were more interesting stories in sport and ones I could connect with,” says Yvonne. “I concentrated on that as much as I could, but obviously when you’re a junior sport reporter you do as you’re told and cover everything, but whenever I could I would be out there trying to cover local rugby league.” At age 25, Yvonne packed her bags and kissed her journalism career goodbye, setting off to Denmark and the UK where she worked alongside international horse trainers, preparing Europe’s finest yearlings for sale. “I always had a love for horses and grew up competing every weekend. I was on the national squad for dressage and used to travel to Sydney to train with the Olympic coach, so heading overseas to work with horses was something I had always wanted to do,” she says. “Sport has always played a big role in my household, although I have never been very athletic! Our family is a massive rugby league family. Mum and Dad met at the Balmain Rugby League Club and we used to support the Broncos and cheer wildly for the Maroons every year around Origin time. “It’s quite ironic now that I work alongside some of the Origin greats. My family are very excited about the whole thing, I think they get more excited when they see those boys than they do me!” Working alongside rugby league’s best known players has certainly been a career highlight for Yvonne since her rise up the ranks of television journalists. After returning home in 2008, she was lucky enough to land a role as sport journalist for the local Channel 7 before taking a job with Sky News in Sydney and returning to Queensland in 2012 as Channel Nine’s sport reporter. It was here she was offered the job to cover the NRL broadcast, last year reporting on her first live State of Origin. “I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunities I have been given. It’s a massive step forward for Channel Nine to have a woman on the NRL broadcast, and also on their State of Origin coverage and grand final day. I am hugely thankful they gave me a chance,” Yvonne says. However, this quick rise to success didn’t come without some hurdles and criticism. Yvonne admits working in a male-dominated industry can be tricky at times and she has had to form a thick skin. “There has been times when bosses have suggested that possibly I shouldn’t work in sport and possibly I shouldn’t be working in television at all,” Yvonne admits. “There are highs and lows in anyone’s career, regardless of what industry

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you’re in. People will give their opinions on whether they think you’re on the right path or not, it’s just up to you whether you feel comfortable to keep pursuing it. “As long as the people around me respect me, then that’s how I gauge success. There have been times when I have questioned whether I am doing the right thing, but I think at the end of the day if you can go home and feel proud of your work then that’s something you can hang your hat on.” Naming the live coverage of the State of Origin and NRL grand final among her career highlights, Yvonne also enjoys the softer side of reporting and relishes the opportunity to broadcast a heart-warming triumph. “When you get the opportunity to do a story on a paralympian who has had a really tough time to get to where they are and get their goals achieved, that’s satisfying. You feel like you have been able to share part of their journey,” says Yvonne. “For me, the pinch me moments are when you are able to do a story on someone that has battled through a lot of hardships and go on and do something amazing, I think they are the best moments.”

Yvonne is often seen sitting beside Origin greats Darren Lockyer, Paul Vautin, Wally Lewis and Ray Warren in presenting the network’s coverage of the NRL, but admits they are often more nervous than she is. “I adore working with them. They have such good insight. I am not there to be an expert, I am there to ask their opinion, which is something I am interested in anyway and hopefully the people at home are interested in hearing,” she says. “I know a lot of people find it to be a very ‘blokey’ culture, but everyone has been very respectful and supportive. They are always making sure I am ok and we make each other cups of tea between ad breaks. “I still get very nervous and I still cop criticism, but I think that’s part of growing and challenging yourself in a work environment. Our work is very public, so if you do get it wrong then people will let you know.” Yvonne is a strong believer in making every opportunity worth it; to push for what you believe in and enjoy every moment along the way. “In terms of women in journalism, the opportunities are endless. Sport is not seen as a boy’s club anymore, it’s not fashionable to be a boy’s club. It’s more acceptable now to have a true reflection of a normal sporting culture, where you have men and women and you have females dedicated to coverage and expanding the game,” she says. “I am excited to be a part of the change and see more women move up the ranks as well.” Yvonne’s advice? “Believe in yourself and it will happen.” profilemagazine

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WHAT ARE THE COMMON BEAUTY MISTAKES EVERY WOMAN MAKES? with Kylie Jane Limpus

Women are often willing to suffer deprivation or discomfort in the name of beauty, but mistakes are often made and some of them can lead to lasting effects.

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Mistake #1: “I’m tired, so I’ll just go to bed”

CAN PORCELAIN VENEERS HELP TO MAKE YOU LOOK YOUNGER? with Simone Ricketts

Natural looking, stain resistant, custom designed, strong yet wafer thin, are just a few of the superb qualities of porcelain veneers. Designed to cover both the front and biting surfaces of teeth, porcelain veneers are perfect for just one or multiple teeth. They are routinely used for teeth that are discoloured; teeth that are worn away; teeth that are chipped or broken; teeth that are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth or to close gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers resist staining much better than fillings, and also better mimic the light reflecting qualities of natural teeth. Hence you achieve a beautiful natural look. Whether you are having one, or eight porcelain veneers created, you will only need two visits. To create a perfect fit your dentist will reduce the thickness of the tooth by one millimeter if necessary to make space for a natural looking veneer. Next an impression or mold of the prepared tooth is made. Photographs of your teeth may be taken for colour or shade matching. Another good idea is to whiten your neighbouring teeth (if they are not having veneers) prior to the first veneer preparation appointment. You are encouraged to get involved in the colour selection process with your dentist if you want to. When selecting your new shade we will observe your tooth colour under several different light conditions, i.e fluorescent, incandescent and natural light, as everyday life involves us living and working in different lighting conditions. Between the two appointments you may sometimes have temporary veneers in place so that you can carry on with your normal life. At the second visit the beautiful custom made porcelain veneers are cemented into a natural position over your teeth. The porcelain is polished and you are able to eat and drink carefully almost immediately. You will be able to floss and brush normally.

Disregarding this first rule of beauty is proof that you do not love yourself. Do not be surprised if your skin repays you with irritation, inflammation or, God forbid, pimples. Think of taking off your makeup and the cleansing procedure as relaxing, not exhausting. But be careful not to go too far. Squeaky clean skin is usually suffering from disturbed pH balance and hydro-lipid layer, which, roughly translated, is an open invitation for bacteria and a working order for all sebaceous glands. Mistake #2: Rock-heavy eyelashes If you have already applied 2-3 layers of mascara and it doesn’t seem to be enough, that means that your mascara is not of the best quality or it has expired. The right way to apply mascara is not to rub it on the lashes, but to follow their curve, evenly spreading the product along their whole length. Be careful with volume mascara. If you apply too much of it to the lower lashes it will begin to crumble and will make you look like a panda. If you do not apply it to the lower lashes you will look pale. Mistake #3: The shiny face We should clarify that the shine created by light-reflecting particles in foundation or face powder is not the same as and should not be mistaken with the unpleasant shine of oily skin. The former makes the face look bright and fresh, while the latter makes the face look dirty and untended. Shining of any kind should be avoided in the T-zone. If you wish to look like a runway model, then you will have to master the secrets of bright, glowing skin. You can add cream highlighter or silver face powder to the inner corner of the eyes, the upper lip, the area above the cheekbones and along the hairline. Mistake #4: Neglecting the brushes and applicators

So if you have reached a point in life where you would like to turn back the years, consider the option of porcelain veneers, for a fabulous natural-looking and youthful smile.

Applying foundation with your fingers is convenient but it is not always right. Some makeup like blush and eye shadows are better applied with the appropriate tools. One of the advantages of applicators is that they use less makeup. Some of them are especially designed to follow the curves of the eyes or face. The round rouge brush for example has a dome-like shape with shorter hairs at the edges. The eyebrow brush, which looks like a tiny slanted hoof, gives the eyebrows a natural look.

Smile by Design Phone: 5443 2888 www.smilebydesign.net.au

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WORDS INGRID NELSON PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH

MEL PIGGOTT

TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD MEL PIGGOTT WAS DESTINED TO WORK IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY, YOU COULD SAY IT IS IN HER DNA. Originally from Coffs Harbour, Mel spent many years learning the ropes as a young girl working alongside her mum, (also a beauty therapist) at her salon and decided early on to follow in her mother’s footsteps. After completing a diploma in beauty therapy in 2008, Mel made the move to Queensland and landed a position with a large beauty salon where she gained a wealth of knowledge and perfected her skills However, the yearning to open her own salon was always calling, and encouraged by her biggest fan (her mum), Mel decided to take the plunge and opened her business, Zala Beauty, three months ago. “I loved the training side of things, but it wasn’t until I was working in the industry that I thought ‘yes’ this is what I want to do,” says Mel excitedly.

Some of the beauty treatments at Zala include: • Waxing • Tinting • Spray tans • Shellac nails • Chemical peels

“When I worked for a big beauty salon, I learned a lot and it gave me a good grounding but I realised I wanted to open my own salon and I wanted it to be more boutique style and more personalised. I love really getting to know my clients.”

• Facials

Passionate about delivering her clients with the whole pampering experience as well as great results, Mel says she aims to grow her business organically as her clientele increases.

• Make up – using quality Klara Cosmetics

“I really wanted to start small and perfect every service I offer so it’s amazing,” says Mel. So what is the meaning behind the name of the salon I ask? “I was looking up all sorts of words that meant beautiful and came across the name Zala, which is a girl’s name. I thought it was pretty and means ‘beautiful one’”. Couldn’t think of a more perfect name myself. After all, that is exactly what you will feel like after a visit to Mel’s new salon. Zala Beauty is open from Wednesday to Saturday, with late night bookings available. Monday and Tuesday appointments are available on request. Call Mel to discuss your beauty needs today! august 2014

• Eyelash extensions

ZALA BEAUTY M1 Building, 1 Duporth Ave, Maroochydore Ph: 5408 4788 www.zalabeauty.com.au

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urvy, thin, big boobs, small boobs, big booty, no booty – the female form comes in many shapes and sizes, so you can understand a bride’s frustration when trying to hunt down the perfect dress for her curvalicious friends. Sunshine Coast designer Leah Spender had this exact problem when trying to find a dress suitable for her bridesmaids, who all had different body shapes and style requirements. In 2010, after an online order went horribly wrong, Leah decided to take matters into her own hands, sourcing fabric and designing her own convertible dress, which can be worn in more than 50 different styles and by every shape of woman, from size six to 24. The result is the now highly successful Lucy and Loo collection of convertible dresses, tops and skirts, designed and cut from exquisite Italian microfibre in Leah’s studio on Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore. Not only successful on the Sunshine Coast, Lucy and Loo is being worn by women across America, the UK, Israel, Singapore and even India! profile: Who was your earliest style influence? leah: Madonna back in the “Material Girl” days! (Yes, I am that old!) She was the first person whose fashion I was totally transfixed by. Granted I was only seven and she was dressed in lace and tutus, which was every little girl’s dream wardrobe. profile: What are the must-haves this season? leah: Pops of bright colours are very popular this season. Fluro coral, lime and yellow rings, necklaces, handbags or shoes are the best way to glam up an everyday outfit. profile: What is the one essential item everyone must have for their wardrobe this season? leah: Not so much a must have for “this” season, but rather every season is a good pair of jeans. Not necessarily an expensive pair, just a pair that fit well!

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profile: An item you’ll never part with? leah: My wedding shoes! They are a gorgeous pair of strappy gold glitter Miu Mius that I purchased from Nordstrom.com. I literally have only worn them twice as they are too high to walk properly in. I’ll never get rid of them though … maybe I should build a pretty glass box for them to sit on the mantelpiece! profile: If you could only wear one piece of jewellery, what would that be? leah: My husband would kill me if I didn’t say my wedding ring! profile: Any personal styling tricks? leah: The Nudi-Bra by Secret Weapons! (Stick on ‘chicken fillets’). The best brand I have found and are essential for any low back look. profile: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Evening? leah: I’m a mum! So I’m quick! Hair and makeup and a Lucy and Loo evening gown I’d say about 30 minutes, usually I’m ready first waiting for my husband. profile: How often do you wear your favourite pieces or repeat outfits? leah: I wear a Lucy and Loo gown five days a week, then our Chameleon Skirts on the weekends. profile: If you were going on an island holiday, what would you pack? leah: Our Lucy and Loo Chameleon Skirt. You can wear it as a dress or as a skirt. Dress it up or down. Seriously, it’s the best travel item! I took five different colours on our last island holiday and wore one almost every day.

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KYM RAYFIELD

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ym Rayfield reached a point in her life where she was stuck in a rut. As well as battling the bulge, she was also suffering both financially and mentally. Forced to do some real soul searching, after she found herself at a local CrossFit club with nothing to lose but her tuck shop arms, and she set a mission to lose the flab and reclaim her life. Since then the powerhouse Sunshine Coast woman has created her own clothing line, www.JustAnotherWorkout.com, aka JAW, which was born from Kym’s new passion for fitness and her personal need for technically designed hardcore fitness clothing that would stand up to all her sweaty pursuits!

profile: What does a typical day’s diet look like? kym: I personally follow the paleo lifestyle, which consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts. I aim where possible to exclude grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

profile: How long have you been passionate about wellbeing? kym: Following a rough period in my life, which left me seriously overweight and unhappy. At this time l made the decision to start exercising and reclaim my life. Through my dedication to exercise l was able to truly find my strength. I discovered a strength of not just body but also my mind through my exercise of choice, CrossFit.

profile: Can you share your favourite recipe with us? kym: A favourite recipe of mine would have to be my famous protein balls. I basically just grab a large handful of almonds, dates, macadamia nuts, dried apricots, two tablespoons of protein powder, one teaspoon of vanilla bean extract and put the whole lot into a food processor until it’s combined, I then squeeze the mixture into balls and follow this by rolling them in coconut and goji berries.

profile: How would you describe your approach to health? kym: l focus on myself as a whole person. I strongly believe that true health means you must look after your body with daily physical exercise and fresh healthy food. You must also take care of yourself psychologically. l have discovered that to successfully achieve a healthy mind you must have balance. You absolutely need to balance work, pleasure, exercise, family commitments and always make time for yourself to relax and unwind.

profile: What is your big health no-no? kym: My biggest health no-no is stress. We as humans are all slowly discovering that stress is the major contributor to most disease in the body. l really believe that as time goes by the scientific link between stress and disease will be uncovered more deeply.

profile: In your experience, what are some of the most common factors to achieving personal wellbeing? kym: Choice. You need to make the choice every day to be committed to yourself and become dedicated to being the best person you can be. If you wake up every morning and consciously choose to have the best day possible, all the decisions you need to make throughout your day will ultimately be in line with your best interests. august 2014

profile: Have you suffered from any major health issues in your life? kym: Being overweight posed a major health issue for me. I was unable to be actively involved in my daughter’s life as l was simply too tired. l spent many years feeling unhappy with my weight, until l decided one day that enough was enough. That was the day my life changed for the better. Once l made the conscious decision to get my weight under control, all the other aspects of my life began to fall into place.

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Mediderm Medical Aesthetics | 5438 8635 | www.mediderm.com.au Excessive sun exposure is the leading cause of premature and extrinsic ageing and can cause detrimental effects to the skin’s immune function. As a result of prolonged and unprotected sun exposure we are increasing the risk of developing skin cancers, as well as many aesthetic problems such as hyperpigmentation, dynamic lines and wrinkles, redness, damaged capillaries and roughened, uneven skin texture.

Just five minutes of midday sun exposure in high summer can stimulate the breakdown of collagen.�

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Ultra violet (UV) rays damage all skin cells and structures including collagen, elastin and melanocytes, which are pigment producing cells. They also create excessive free radical production within the skin resulting in the stimulation of the inflammatory cascade that accelerates the ageing process, further exacerbating premature ageing. Reducing excessive unprotected sun exposure is paramount for the health of the skin. A good quality sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) should be worn at all times during the day as UV rays can penetrate through clouds and even the glass of the car window screen or office window.

In fact, just five minutes of midday sun exposure in high summer can stimulate the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres. When choosing a sunscreen it is important to look at both the SPF factor and also the active ingredients it contains. Choosing a broad spectrum SPF that prevents the penetration of both UVA and UVB rays is important. UVB mainly affects the superficial layers of the skin and is the principal cause of sunburn. Whereas, UVA is longer in wavelength and therefore can penetrate further into the dermis, causing longer lasting damage. I recommend daily use of Actinica SPF 50+, the highest UV protection available in Australia. Actinica provides a highly effective, broadspectrum sunscreen, clinically proven to prevent premature ageing. Each pump delivers a measured quantity of combined modern photostable UV filters to absorb, reflect and scatter UV penetration in a cosmetically pleasing lotion.

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Wave Chiropractic | 5479 6910 | 6 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore More and more women are discovering the benefits of chiropractics and a balanced spine for living life better as well as maximising the joys of pregnancy. With the arrival of our first child last month we can certainly testify to that. We had a magical pregnancy and our daughter arrived naturally in the peace and calm of our home, straight into Dad’s arms! If you are interested in a beautiful, blissful and balanced pregnancy, there are certain ingredients necessary to create it.

A well-adjusted, well-functioning body tends to process pregnancy better.”

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Trust Pregnancy is a natural process, it is not a disease. Your body is designed to bring life into this world: to conceive, carry and birth. Your baby has chosen you, so you are perfect for them. Trust in your body and in your baby, they both know exactly what to do! Empower It is your body, your baby, your pregnancy – your choice. Like no other time in life, you will be bombarded with choices. Empower yourself

with the knowledge to make conscious decisions based on your values not fear. Each choice will either guide you to the pregnancy you desire or take you in a completely different direction. Chiropractics Chiropractors helps pregnant mums be the best they can be – physically, mentally, chemically and spiritually. A well-adjusted, well-functioning body tends to process pregnancy better. The spine and pelvis need to be balanced in order for mum and baby to be comfortable and to move freely. For baby, this means it can flip, turn and move into an optimal birth position. For mum, this means they can move with ease without the pregnancy waddle. When the spine is balanced there is clear communication along the nerves, which enables the body to react appropriately to every stress it faces. A clear nerve system will process chemical, physical and emotional stress with much greater ease than a system overwhelmed with interference. Pregnancy is an amazing journey, enjoy the ride!

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WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

EIGHT WEEKS AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER SECOND CHILD, SAM WEIR JOINED A WOMEN’S KICKBOXING CLASS TO GET FIT. NOW, FIVE YEARS LATER, THE 33-YEAR-OLD IS A SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT IN TAEKWONDO AND PART OWNER OF A MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FRANCHISE THAT IS KICKING INTO QUEENSLAND, ONE TOWN AT A TIME!

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n overweight woman diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease able to drop several dress sizes to an autistic boy with behavioural issues now thriving at school – there are more reasons than one that help to bounce Sam Weir out of bed every morning. The second degree black belt has come a long way since starting her first kickboxing class five years ago, just eight weeks after the birth of her second child. Now, she and husband, Chris Weir, and business partner Ryan Canavan, are about to open their 13th Matt Fiddes Martial Arts franchise in northern Queensland, with 10 already up and running on the Sunshine Coast. Sam’s love affair with mixed martial arts started as a hobby in 2008, just eight weeks after the birth of her second child, Harper. She saw it as a way to meet new people and get fit, but fate soon stepped in when she was asked to run a class for a local teacher. “I started once a week going to a ladies only martial arts class and just fell in love with the sport and how empowering it made me feel,” says Sam. “When the owner of the gym I was going to at the time wanted to go on holidays to New Zealand he asked me to step in because he had no one else to take his class. I was only a brown belt at the time, but I took his Kawana class and never wanted to stop.” Before her kick-ass journey began, Sam worked alongside her husband as a building designer, running their own company on the Coast. Always looking at new ways to say fit and healthy, Chris joined a martial arts club and was soon encouraging Sam to join in. “I won’t lie, it was hard work to start off with, especially because I started just eight weeks after Harper was born, but it was rewarding and somewhat addictive,” admits Sam. “When you do martial arts you engage more muscles. You work your arms, your legs, your core – you start feeling muscles you didn’t know you had!” Along with the physical benefits of running her own class, Sam also started to notice the emotional changes they were making to other women and saw an opportunity to expand on the martial arts classes available to women and children on the Coast. “When you think of martial arts, you think fighting and males, but it’s nothing like that at all,” says Sam. “You walk into one of our classes and we are laughing and kicking pads and these women really learn to punch and kick. That component of fighting doesn’t exist in our style of martial arts. “We teach the skills and self defence as well. I see kids change dramatically and women change as well. Kids that wouldn’t speak when spoken to now have a voice and want to put their hand up and be a part of it. “The ladies’, their confidence comes from getting empowered by their

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strength. They get empowered. They see results, if they are looking for weight loss or strength.” Sam’s personal confidence also started to grow along with her business. “I have always been quite outgoing, but I think this has given me more communication skills when teaching to a class. I don’t think I had a voice before I started teaching. “I am probably a lot more social than I ever was. You get involved with people and with the goals they are trying to achieve and their stories, which can sometimes be quite emotional.” The Matt Fiddes Martial Arts program started in the United Kingdom, and is now the leading children’s education and training program, endorsed by the government and implemented into more than 500 schools. Sam says they saw the educational benefits the program had towards creating life skills for kids and wanted to bring the opportunity to Australian shores. “It is about teaching kids about anti-bullying, stranger danger, how to have a good attitude, setting goals and having respect. Any type of martial arts for kids and adults to learn self defence is really important but we have that point of difference in that we are teaching them life skills,” says Sam. “We see troubled kids, autistic kids, kids with ADHD and other behavioural problems. A mum said to me that when her child was between the ages of two and three the tantrums he had were terrible, but since coming to the classes, he has really changed for the better. “That is what is so good about this program, it’s about building your confidence, getting fit, finding the strength to hit something as hard and fast as you can and not realising you had that strength in you … and achieving your belts as well.” Holding back tears, Sam says receiving her first degree black belt two and half years ago was one of the most rewarding moments of her life so far, and she sees the similar effects it has on other women. “You have to go through a five-hour grading when you first receive your black belt, after which they ask you what it means to you. Almost everyone ends up in tears because they have gone through a journey to get to where they are. Everyone has their own story and people would say, ‘I didn’t know I had it in me to do this and I can do anything I set my mind to’. So it empowers them to look elsewhere to see what other goals they can achieve. “For me, what I said was that I always wanted to be successful in my own way and I never thought that I could, so now I realise I can take on the world if I want to.” There is no doubt Sam has what it takes to conquer the martial arts world, taking her education and confidence boosting program with her. For a small woman, she sure knows how to pack an emotional punch!

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I see kids change dramatically and women change as well. Kids that wouldn’t speak when spoken to now have a voice and want to put their hand up and be a part of it.�

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urning cold steel into warm flowing pieces of functional sculpture is the unique life of Sunshine Coast blacksmith Jules Johnson. After studying an Associate Diploma in Commercial Art, Jules gained a second qualification in sign writing, learning the old traditions of brush work through to installation. From here, she started to learn the fiery trade of a blacksmith and gained a new love for working with and bending steel. Combining this medium with the use of furniture fabrics to create unique, functional sculptures, her work has become well known on the Coast. Profile catches up with the part owner of The Blacksmiths to gain some insight to her job, which is quite literally, bending the rules on traditional women’s roles.

profile: Tell me about being a blacksmith? jules: It’s hard work, which is also hard on your body. However, I am constantly amazed at how you can turn a piece of steel into amazing functional pieces of art. profile: Why did you get into the role? jules: It wasn’t a role that I went looking to do, however, I have always had a romantic notion towards the visual appearance of anything made from wrought iron. My partner Luke and I met after working in neighbouring factories. After many hours of watching Luke turn steel into amazing flowing pieces, I decided to have a go myself and that is where the romance between myself and steel began … it’s almost like the missing link in what I needed to express myself as a working artist. profile: Being a woman, what obstacles have you had to overcome? jules: There isn’t much room for being a princess (although I do have my moments). You have to gain a whole new confidence in the tools you use and with a lot of these tools you have to be aware of what you are doing, one wrong move could be very painful ... we all have a few battle scars. profile: How would you describe your design style? jules: Personally, my design style varies, it has a lot to do with the moment and what idea pops into my head – I like to be a bit random. Always keeping with old traditions and styles, where possible, adding a modern twist, it really does depend on the tastes and styles of our clients. profile: What inspires you? jules: Nature, art, Tim Burton, a lot of my ideas come to me when I am driving in silence in my car, so I guess you could say I also find peace inspiring. 66

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profile: What elements do you think of when designing a piece of furniture? jules: You always have to spend a bit of time with each client to get to know their personalities and taste, this plays a very important role in how the design is going to evolve. profile: Is it difficult to come up with new designs? jules: Sometimes I don’t get it right the first time. But I am always happy to go through the designs with the clients and keep redesigning until we get the right design that suits the client. It’s very important to make sure they are happy with the finished result ... the highlight for any job is customer satisfaction. profile: What is your design philosophy or motto? jules: The design has to live and move and flow, it needs to breathe and look like it grew rather than was built. Not all projects lend themselves to this idea but when they do and that outlook can be followed then it becomes a beautiful creation. profile: What design trends do you think will last? jules: I find that everyone has their own unique design tastes that reflect their personality and once they discover what that is it tends to stick when it comes to home decor. profile: Any advice for someone starting out? jules: If you have ever contemplated a career change, don’t be afraid to have a go, be confident in your abilities and if you don’t know how to do something, ask someone who does. The right people are out there and willing to give you a bit of time and knowledge. I had to give a little push to gain a placement in a signwriting apprenticeship, which ended up being the beginning of many years of learning and working where I am today, and I love every minute of it. profilemag.com.au


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estled in a pocket of tall rainforest trees and shrubbery surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants is French born artist Christine Maudy’s Woombye studio. It is here she draws on inspiration from nature’s palette and its calm and peaceful surroundings that transpires into her abstract artworks. “I have two main recurrent subjects: nature and human interaction with nature and the human condition,” says Christine. “When painting, I tell a story and sometimes wish to engage a dialogue with the viewer. It’s a bit like giving birth … the artwork suddenly has a life of its own.” Listening to her soft, English accent I cannot help but hang on her every spoken word as she describes her artwork with obvious passion and a love for the arts. The beauty of nature is a recurrent theme and she cites her Earth Song exhibition as one of the proudest moments in her art career. “Several of my exhibitions like Earth Song have travelled through Australia and overseas. When Earth Song was shown at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, they engaged renowned artists from the multiple art platforms of photography, composition and performance to respond to my work. It was a fabulous experience and a well received event which was widely reported by the media.” Following a successful career in fashion and public relations in France, the Parisian born artist moved to Australia in 1995 to become a full time visual artist. “Over the past 12 years, I have had 27 solo and some 60 group exhibitions on the Australian scene, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Noosa, Caloundra as well as in Spain, Hong Kong, Canada, United Arab Emirates and France.” Christine is inspired by the stunning natural backdrops of the Sunshine Coast and also frequently travels internationally for inspiration from other cultural backdrops, including her native France where she spends six to eight weeks each year. “I think the Australian art scene has suffered a little with the change of Australian Government policy and cuts to State arts funding. Despite this, we have an amazing number of interesting artists in Australia and the Sunshine Coast seems to attract and inspire many of them,” she says. Christine is currently sourcing representation in Sydney and Melbourne to show her work, as well as developing collaborations with companies and interior decorators for art leasing and commissioned work and creating a new themed exhibition with the input of different artists.

WHAT’S ON IN ART Photographs and Memories Until 16 August 2014 Celebrating the tenth birthday of the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery in its current location, the exhibition will highlight the dedication and work of their wonderful gallery volunteers. The exhibition will show as series of photographs that journal the stories, work, laughter and fun of the last 10 years.

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Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art 21 August to 13 September 2014 The awards recognise and promote excellence in senior visual arts education throughout Queensland’s state and non-state schools. This program is held in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment and has been conducted annually since 1990, helping to raise community awareness about the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of arts education in Queensland secondary schools. The exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to see the very best of school student art, as well as an opportunity for the students to see their work presented in a public art gallery in the University environment. It is usually the biggest of our opening nights with around 250 students, parents, school staff and visitors attending.

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WITH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, PROFILE MAGAZINE HAS COMPILED A LIST OF FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOUR TRIBE OCCUPIED ON THE SUNSHINE COAST … AND THEY WON’T COST YOU A CENT!

KINGS BEACH PARK Kings Beach, Caloundra

MAROOCHY BUSHLAND BOTANIC GARDEN Palm Creek Road, Tanawha

This is the perfect spot for those sunshine filled days when the kids are craving to be outdoors (and perhaps have a bit of energy to burn). With an interactive water fountain, 25-metre seawater and lap pool, which is all patrolled by lifeguards, you can sit back in the sun and let the kids go nuts!

For a peaceful day out take the kids to the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden, walk around the tracks and discover some treasures hidden among the trees! Local artists have placed these unique sculptures around the garden for the public to enjoy.

The park is located on the Kings Beach foreshore, with picnic tables, public toilets and showers close by. There is even an adventure playground across the road. COTTON TREE PARK The Esplanade, Cotton Tree There are endless possibilities of how to spend the day here, with something for kids of all age groups. Adjacent to the Maroochydore River on a non-surf beach, you can fish, swim, kayak or feed the pelicans all in the one spot. There is a massive playground for the younger children, with climbing nets, slides and a large grassy area to kick the football or play a round of cricket. Stay for a barbecue and use the many facilities available or find a nice shady tree or picnic table to sit back and relax. QUOTA MEMORIAL PARK Matthew Street, Nambour This is an adventure kids’ paradise, with a jungle-gym, flying fox and heaps of fun outdoor equipment to climb and play. There is plenty of parking, so you won’t even have to walk far and there are toilet facilities close by.

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There are no rubbish bins so make sure you take any litter with you at the end of the day. Open 7am to 5pm, April to October and 7am to 6pm, November to March. PIONEER PARK Corner Caloundra Street and Glass House Mountains Road, Landsborough From a flying fox to a sandpit, there is something for all ages and all abilities at this playground. Your kids can lay back in a hammock, play on the swings, climb the nets, and run around in the grass as you sit back under a shady tree or on the many picnic tables. There are free electric barbecues and parking, as well as unisex and disabled access toilets. FEDERATIONS PARK Primrose Court, Palmwoods Go for a walk or take the bikes for a fun day at Palmwoods. With a playground located in the middle of the track, it’s a great way to get some exercise in while the kids are playing. There is also a large grassy area for games, free electric barbecues, lots of shady trees and space to enjoy the peaceful environment.

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With spectacular coastal views, the climb up Mount Coolum is a must-do for any outdoor-loving family. Follow the rainforest track to the man-made steps before beginning the climb to the mountain top. The path to the top has been paved out for an easy climb and is often used by fitness groups. Once you are at the top, take a minute to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views.

It’s not the tallest or most challenging of the Glasshouse Mountains climbs, but Mount Ngungun is certainly one of the most rewarding. The climb to the summit is a 1.1 kilometre track offering many visual highlights, capped off by the interrupted 360-degree views of the surrounding landscapes. You’ll need to have a decent level of fitness to make this one, but it is a popular climb for children with some climbing experience.

SUNSHINE COAST LIBRARY STORY TELLING

Beerwah Library, phone: 5439 2500

Pick up a timetable from your local library and book your children in for some relaxing storytelling with one of the experienced readers! A great way to spend a morning or afternoon if the weather is not ideal.

Maroochydore Library, phone: 5475 8900 Kawana Library, phone: 5458 6500 Noosa Library, phone: 5329 6555

Snap a picture enjoying what the Sunshine Coast has to offer and share it with us by hashtagging #HugSunshineCoast.

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IT’S NO SECRET WE HAVE SEEN HUGE ADVANCES FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE DURING THE PAST 20 YEARS OR SO, BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE STILL FACE TODAY, PARTICULARLY IN MALE DOMINATED ROLES? I CAUGHT UP WITH A SAVVY BUNCH OF WORKING WOMEN RECENTLY TO FIND OUT.

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t wasn’t all that long ago when a woman’s place was said to be in the home. My own mother often laments how life was so different for her as a mother in the 1970s compared to my life today as a working mum of three. It’s hard to believe that only 30 years ago, in some industries such as banking or the airlines, women were asked to resign when they discovered they were pregnant. Fast forward to today and women are at the helm of some of the biggest organisations in the world. Although some would say this has come at a price as women are becoming increasingly stretched to be everything to everyone. For most women it’s all about finding that elusive “balance”. As I look around the table at this bunch of savvy working women, many of whom are also mothers, I am reminded that we are truly a sisterhood. Women really can do anything, and as a mother of two daughters, I always remind them the sky is the limit. As you flick through the pages of this issue, you will discover some of the amazing women we have on the Coast who are paving the way for others in male dominated roles and doing us proud. Girl power all the way! I was fortunate to enjoy a beautiful leisurely lunch at The Edge, Mooloolaba with these ladies to discuss just how far we have come in the workforce and some of the challenges we have experienced along the way. Co-hosting lunch was the bubbly Belinda Dolan, internationally experienced business leader and head of the Success Women’s Network. Joining us was Nadine Clark, owner of popular candle making business Crackling Candle Company; Mary Theodosiou, owner of party planning company Mary Freckle Funhouse; Zandra Zigic, creator of SuperLife Systems (The Mummy Shake); stockbroker Tracy Askew, and last but not least Catherine Forbes, customer care officer with AMSL Diabetes. profile: Ladies what are some of the challenges you have faced personally in the workforce as women?

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tracy: As a stockbroker, I found it really difficult to start with. It is very much a boys club. Particularly the first firm I worked for. I had to become more assertive. I became known as the wicked witch of the West! Guys can talk dirty, and I think sometimes they just forget you are a female and see you as one of the blokes. I had to toughen up pretty quickly and learn not to take it personally. I did almost leave the industry early on but my husband is a stockbroker as well, so I started working for him in the hope that the lads might be less hostile towards me and they were! nadine: I have lost one of my best friends since I started my own business. Every time I see her she never ever asks about my business. She knows but she never asks. It’s so strange. I do think you do tend to lose friends who are not happy to see you reach success. It’s really sad.

married or have children any time soon? I was very shocked he even asked! As nature would have it I wasn’t at the time but was married and expecting a child within a short time. You just never know!

profile: As a woman in the workforce, do you have to work harder than your male counterparts to gain respect? tracy: Yes. I remember being in reception one day and a client walked in to see a stockbroker. The receptionist introduced me and this gentleman said, “no I want to see a man!” Some clients just don’t want a bar of you if you are a female. To be honest there are not many women in my industry. I had a friend who started with me and she didn’t last. If my husband was not in the industry I probably would not have lasted either.

profile: What are some of the changes you have seen over the years as a woman in business both good and bad? belinda: There has been a huge amount of change. If I go back to my first career choice as a police officer, (which I never usually talk about because of the judgement people make) I was so heavily discriminated against because of my gender. It was probably the most challenging part of my career. The reason I went into the force was to go to the top, I didn’t care what it took. I wanted to be in a senior leadership role to pave the way for women behind me and I knew I had to be in a high profile role to do that. It was certainly not for the profile or the glory, I just wanted to make a difference. It was very tough. I was as young as you could possibly be entering the force but I was ballsy. I remember being told I couldn’t join my pass out parade because I was wearing trousers and not a skirt. There was an uproar and it was to set the tone for the rest of my time with the force. I was so young but I knew it was just wrong. I remember in the fitness regime they ran, males had to do 65 push ups and females 45. I thought that was ridiculous, so of course I had to do 67! – Not that I am competitive at all.

profile: Is there still a glass ceiling for women? tracy: I think most men these days are open to women at the top. Things have changed a lot over the years but it does come down to the firm you work for. belinda: I don’t think there is a glass ceiling to be honest. I think the glass ceiling is often self imposed. nadine: I do remember one gentleman I worked for asked me if I was going to get

profile: What about stereotypes, is that something women still have to deal with in the workforce? mary: I just cut my long hair off and a lot of people now think I am gay. Talk about stereotyping! You have to like me the way I am regardless of whether I fit a certain box or not. belinda: Because I was a strong woman in the force and I had a friend with short hair, I was obviously gay! I went into a business role after profilemagazine

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that and from day one I always wore my hair up and wore dark suits, black slacks, pinstripe suits. Just so my sexuality wasn’t an issue. zandra: Just as an example, one of the contestants on the Housewives of Melbourne TV show has been totally judged because she is wealthy and is married to a plastic surgeon. She has been accused of sleeping her way to the top and hiring a string of helpers. In reality she is a very disciplined woman who is very savvy in her own right. catherine: Women are quick to judge each other whether you are working or not working, mary: If males feel you are stronger than them they don’t like it. We should be a sisterhood.

be determined not to be the same. mary: I was 38 when I got married. I travelled the world and had my own businesses instead of settling down and having children straight away.

profile: Women are expected to do so much these days: mother, work, look after the home. Have we created a rod for our own back? tracy: When I was growing up my mum worked but she also looked after us all. Dad was great and a good worker but he would come home and sit in the chair while mum ran around making everyone dinner! I used to think, when I grow up I am not going to do everything. So when I had my daughter, I stayed home for five years because I don’t feel we should have to do it all. We have a rule that we all sit down at the same time. If one of us is busy, the other one cooks dinner. zandra: My mum was a single parent and she worked. My husband is really good but I still cook, clean, try to look good and still provide an income. If I don’t do all these things I feel I am a failure. Before our son Alexander was born I had a multi-million dollar business and employed 30 staff. I took a back seat after Alex and people treated me differently because I was a mum. belinda: You are just as judged if you are not a mum either! I grew up in a very traditional environment. We didn’t have a lot but we had a lot of love. My Mum did everything. Don’t get me wrong, my Dad was great and he supported us but Mum’s hands would bleed she worked so hard. Those memories of my Mum drove me to

profile: Do you think as women we are always judged differently in the workforce? belinda: Always. I think we always will be. There is no point denying that. We are still female. But why don’t we live with the differences. We talk about equality but I look at the numbers, and in reality women are still in the minority in very senior roles. I was reading some amazing research that showed if a man can do 20 to 30 per cent of a job description they will go for the job, whereas if a woman reads it they need to do 80 to 90 per cent before they will apply. Basically we need to think more like a man!

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profile: What are some of the attributes we have as women that are advantageous in the workforce? belinda: First of all I don’t think there should be a differentiation between men and women in the workforce. It is not a question of gender but who you are as a person and what your strengths are. The key is to do what you are good at. If you don’t have certain skills, surround yourself with people who do.

Well said Belinda! As our lunch came to a close, some of us ladies scooted off to collect children from school, some headed back to the office, some stayed on to enjoy another coffee. As I bid farewell to these inspirational women I was reminded of how lucky we are to live in a land of equal opportunity and how blessed we are to have had pioneering women before us to pave the way for us to make our mark in the workforce. Amen sister!

Located at the Mooloolaba Wharf, the restaurant’s wall-to-wall glass windows allow panoramic views of the river mouth, peppered with boats. Dressed with charming shabby-chic furnishings, The Edge is an elegant and inviting restaurant serving up fresh wholesome food. Previously known as See Plus Function Centre, husband and wife team, Heather and Trevor Andrews took the reins this year with the intention of creating a beautiful space for diners to enjoy fresh, local food in peaceful surrounds, and they have really hit the mark. The menu at The Edge is varied and delicious. Starters include mouth-watering choices such as smoked salmon, rocket and avocado salad, and fresh halloumi and tomato salad – yum! It’s a tough choice for mains, with both the Atlantic salmon and roast pesto vegetables with halloumi cheese vying for my attention, but I couldn’t go past the good old favourite creamy garlic prawns, and it didn’t disappoint. The succulent prawns smothered in a rich, garlic cream sauce, served on a fluffy bed of rice really hit the spot. Other favourites included the chicken satay with rice and peanut sauce, calamari, and juicy rump steak, served with vegetables and potato or salad and rustic chips. Judging by the squeaky clean plates after lunch, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. However, the best was yet to come! Make sure you sample the beautiful desserts on offer at The Edge. The Mooloolaba Mess: meringue, mixed berries and cream was to die for as was the salted caramel, chocolate mousse and cream, and the chocolate brownie served with chocolate sauce, ice cream and marshmallows. Service was friendly and attentive, yet not intrusive from start to finish, nothing was too much trouble. Great food, great location, great service and great atmosphere, Trevor and Heather are certainly ticking all the boxes! THE EDGE, MOOLOOLABA The Wharf Complex, corner of Parkyn Parade and River Esplanade Phone: 5478 4906 or 0417 972 051

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ustralia is one big melting pot of cultures and backgrounds, so it’s no surprise we have developed a palate for a variety of cuisines from around the globe, particularly those of our Asian neighbours – especially Thailand. Thai food is internationally famous. Whether chilli-hot or comparatively bland, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. At its best, Thai food takes the sweet, sour, salty and tangy, and balances them in such a way to makes your taste buds dance. Essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences, Thai cuisine became increasingly popular during the 1970s, when migration from Asian countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia had a significant impact on the foods eaten in Australia. To learn a little more about the secrets behind the exotic flavours of Thai cuisine, I sat down with local restaurateurs Dominic and Na Somkid of Tuptim Thai, Maroochydore. Both trained chefs, the husband and wife duo are the perfect team, with Na predominantly in the kitchen and Dominic front of house. “I am not an expert in the traditional Thai ways of cooking, so I leave it to Na. She is the boss in the kitchen. I can produce the same dishes but they never taste quite the same. Na has grown up cooking these traditional dishes, she knows if a dish needs more fish sauce or more sugar, it’s not something you can put your finger on really,” says Dominic. Having worked as a trained chef for more than 30 years, Dominic started his career in Melbourne, working at high profile two and three hatted restaurants. He also travelled extensively throughout Asia, but that is not where he met Na as you might imagine. In fact, the couple met in Geelong and decided to join their culinary expertise to open their own restaurant in Melbourne, also called Tuptim Thai – the name a nod to the sacred fruit of pomegranate, which the Chinese and Thai people often use to pray to Buddha.

Na received a big hug from a customer the other day, they loved the food so much.” Dominic and Na shop daily for their fresh produce and are passionate about using only the very best local ingredients in their dishes – and the proof really is in the pudding. “It’s fresh and delicious and made to order, and not sitting all day in a bain marie,” says Dominic. “We also serve a range of delicious Thai salads. A lot of people forget that Thai food is not just hot and spicy curries. We have some beautiful healthy salads that are perfect for the Queensland climate and a great lunch time alternative.” Judging by their customer’s reactions, it seems the culinary couple are certainly on the right track. “Na received a big hug from a customer the other day, they loved the food so much. I have never had a hug in 30 years of being a chef, so we must be doing something right,” he laughs. 76

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o often in the past we have seen many great food and cooking shows that successfully mesh new and old world culinary styles and techniques right onto our kitchen tops. The only problem is where are the matching wines to complete a beautiful pairing? Think of the massive cultural shift again in home kitchens and dining tables across the nation in making deliberate decisions on what to cook and what to drink based on how we wish to feel and who we might want to impress. Sounds all rather civilised and remarkably European to me … Here’s a handful of interesting wine varieties and some classic and contemporary food pairings that might be worth a look.

• Riesling – light bodied, medium dry to dry white, showing lemon sorbet to fresh limes with a cleansing mineral acidity. Match with fresh Coffin Bay or Tassie Oysters straight up, sashimi or various sushi, classic fish and chips and most canapés to kick off the occasion. • Pinot Gris or Grigio – medium bodied, medium dry white with flavours of Gala Apples to Nashi Pears that shows soft acidity. Arguably one of the most broad food-matching whites around. Great with cream-based pasta dishes, all fish selections and fresh sand crab. Even handles spicy Asian and Indian with ease. • Pinot Noir – light bodied and pale ruby in colour, soft medium dry with juicy Morello cherries to hints of fleshy strawberries and cream. Generally a salivating light red that matches superbly with Crispy Skin Asian Duck, Porcini & Black Truffle Arancini Balls and a vast range of cured meats such as prosciutto and charcuterie.

• GSM (Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro) – medium to full bodied, soft medium dry red with hints of boiled lollies and confectionery supported by rich earthiness and sweet spices from the Shiraz. Fleshy, generous fruits that sit very well with the sweetness of slow-cooked meats. Try also with a petit eye beef fillet and red wine jus, sided with caramelised onion tarts. With all of this in mind, there still is the issue of subjectivity; meaning if you like to drink red wine with your fish fillets, well that’s what you like – and that’s okay too. The guidelines or objectives that are put in place by industry professionals are there for purposes of palate development, creativity and of course, balance. Wine Discovery Workshops are held every month with Steve Street at Dan Murphy’s Kawana.

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isten closely when you drive along Aerodrome Road past Cala Luna Italian restaurant in Maroochydore, and you may hear the rumble of stomachs getting prepared for a proper feast. Italian is arguably the most popular cuisine worldwide, and you will find it is with good reason when you step inside Cala Luna licensed Italian restaurant at First Floor Beachfront Towers, 4 Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore. Owner and head chef Osvaldo Melosu is as authentic as the dishes he creates, made with the aroma of his Italian homeland of Sardegna (Sardinia) and the love of his wife Rita’s heritage in Veneto, Italy. “Sardegna is an island so we cook with fresh seafood, whereas in Veneto the dishes are based on slow-cooked meats, polenta and poultry,” says Osvaldo. “The menu at Cala Luna is a reflection of both the cultures, using fresh produce, which is in season.” Cala Luna is Osvaldo’s fourth restaurant and is named after his first business near Cala Luna, a beautiful bay on the coast of Sardegna. In his early 20s, Osvaldo moved to England, where he met Rita and together they worked in an Italian restaurant.

The menu at Cala Luna is a reflection of both the cultures, using fresh produce, which is in season.” “We were two Italians living in England and working in an Italian restaurant,” says Osvaldo. “Rita was born in Australia and had been travelling for a while when we met.” Osvaldo migrated to Australia in 1991 alongside his soon-to-be wife Rita. Together, they opened a restaurant in Caloundra, before firing up another restaurant in Kawana for more than 10 years. After a few years in semi-retirement, Osvaldo and Rita launched Cala Luna, combining their love for authentic cuisine in a true Italian environment. “We had a friend from Sardegna fly over to paint the murals on the walls, which are of places from our two homes, as well as a token mural of Mooloolaba,” he says. You can be assured to be taken on a culinary journey at Cala Luna too, with a menu that ensures diners feel as if they are at home in Italy, enjoying an authentic dining experience. But don’t expect the same Italian food you prepare at home, at Cala Luna it’s all about traditional dishes of fresh seafood, meat and pasta. Of course your senses will be thrilled with the aroma of a margherita pizza, topped with sliced ripe tomatoes or a rich tomato sauce, bubbling slices of fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and torn pieces of fresh basil leaves, but also prepare your taste buds for sauteed fresh black mussels in olive oil, garlic and a light tomato broth. 78

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GOURMET FOODIE TRAIL Augello’s Perched high on a corner of The Esplanade at Mooloolaba, Augello’s restaurant has been home to the Sunshine Coast’s most beloved pizzas and pasta for the past 20 years, making it the longest running pizzeria by original owners. A favourite among both tourists and locals alike, the menu is full of both traditional and original dishes, including several award-winning pizzas. Owner Simon Best, working with his team of skilled chefs, has been responsible for the scrumptious creations, winning awards for his restaurant since 2001, including three Australian titles and two world titles. So why not take a seat and enjoy the view and try their latest award-winning pizza, the Duck Shushizza! The Peninsular Beachfront Resort, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba Phone: 5478 3199

Farm Fantastic 22 - 14 AUGUST

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Pull on your boots and prepare your akubra for the 13th annual Farm Fantastic at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre Caboolture and Caboolture Showgrounds. The two-day event showcases the best in products and services from industries including food and beverage, travel, tourism, agriculture, entertainment and household consumables. Known throughout Queensland as one of the largest outdoor retail trade expos in Australia, the 50-hectare site offers something for everyone, not just the farmers! www.farmfantasticexpo.com.au

FOLLOW OUR FOODIE TRAIL EACH MONTH AS WE EXPLORE WHAT THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER FOR FOOD LOVERS!

THE CHEESECAKE SHOP CALOUNDRA and MAROOCHYDORE Whether you are after a sweet treat, dessert for the family or a special celebration cake for that milestone event, The Cheesecake Shop can help. When visiting their Caloundra or Maroochydore bakery you will be greeted with the aroma of freshly baked cakes and a friendly team ready to help you select from The Cheesecake Shop’s wide range of cheesecakes, mudcakes, tortes and desserts, and as the home of the Rainbow Cake your next special occasion never looked so bright. After all, you can’t sing ‘Happy Birthday’ without a cake from the sweetest shop in your neighbourhood. www.cheesecake.com.au The Cheesecake Shop Caloundra 722 Nicklin Way, Currimundi Phone: 5493 4344

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EASY CHEESY Easy Cheesy is an artisan business specialising in fun half-day cheesemaking workshops for groups of two to six. Based at Cooran in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the workshops are run in a custom-built cheese kitchen located on a peaceful private Nature Refuge where wildlife abounds. The workshops are run by Master Cheesemaker Dawn Couchman who established Easy Cheesy in April 2013. Quality local ingredients are provided for participants to make their own soft cheeses (ricotta, lime cheese,mascarpone) and yoghurt under Dawn’s expert guidance using everyday kitchen equipment so you can easily reproduce the recipes at home. Workshops cost $90 per person (ask about group discounts) and are run on weekends and during the week, depending on bookings. Please call to check availability or to book a special date. Gift Vouchers are also available. Great idea for the foodie in your life! www.easycheesy.com.au

Bohemian Bungalow Tantalise your taste buds with fresh Mediterranean inspired cuisine, and treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Bohemian Bungalow Restaurant and Bar, located in the historic town of Eumundi. If the warm and creative environment to sit and relax with friends isn’t enough to welcome you through the door, then perhaps the friendly staff and scrumptious menu will do the trick. Open Wednesday to Sunday, the restaurant has an eclectic indoor dining area plus an outdoor undercover provinical garden area giving you plenty of options come rain or shine. The Bohemian Bungalow can also host and cater your private parties and functions for a truly unforgettable event. Phone: 5442 8679 www.bohemianbungalow.com.au

Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival 13 - 14 SEPTEMBER Shaping up to be one of the biggest events yet, the 2014 Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival will feature more than 50 presentations and more than 100 exhibitors at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny. Now in its fourth year, the paddock to plate festival includes local produce, food products and demonstrations throughout the weekend. There will be five venues to explore, offering a range of demonstrations, conversations about food and health issues, as well as practical advice and workshops. There will be family-friendly entertainment and activities for the kids, including potting up a seedling to take home, Old MacDonald’s Travelling Farm, a jumping castle, face painting and more. Entry is $20 for a daily adult pass and children under 16 are free. www.realfoodfestivals.com.au

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hicken noodle soup for me is in the same family as a cup of tea and a cuddle ... they cure everything and anything. It’s one of those wonderful dishes you can tailor to suit your mood as well. You can add leafy greens, soba or vermicelli noodles or even crack an egg into the soup for a little extra protein hit.

Ingredients •• 1 whole chicken, quartered (you can do this yourself or get your butcher to break it down for you) •• 1/2 carrot, roughly chopped •• 1/2 onion, roughly chopped •• 1/2 stick celery, roughly chopped •• 1/4 leek, roughly chopped •• 2 cloves garlic •• 2 bay leaves RECIPE BY THE BOOKERY COOK

•• 1 teaspoon whole pepper corns •• 1/2 bunch of cilantro •• green or red chillies, roughly chopped •• bok choy •• water Method If using a whole chicken, quarter it, reserve wings, legs and all bones for the stock and set chicken breasts and tenders aside until ready to use. If purchasing chicken from a butcher, you can get a mixture of legs and wings, or just one for the stock and two chicken breasts for the meat in the soup. Heat a large pan with a neutral oil, add chicken bones and brown thoroughly. Add vegetables and continue to brown.  Add enough water to cover the bones, add bay leaves, garlic and peppercorns and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, skimming as needed.  Strain the broth, discard the vegetables (these can be kept, mashed and used in vegetable burger or lentil patties) and transfer stock back into the pot and season to taste. Return stock to a boil and add the chicken breast. Poach until just cooked (about 10-15 minutes depending on size of the breast). Remove from stock, allow to cool (enough to handle) and shred breast into pieces and set aside.  Pre-cook your choice of noodle, vermicelli, soba or udon, drain and set aside. Roughly chop the chilli, coriander and bok choy. The bok choy can be blanched in the stock, or added in the bowl raw, it’s up to you.  To Serve In a bowl, place noodles, bok choy, top with chicken, chilli and coriander. Pour over the stock. 

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BUSINESS SUCCESS

WORDS TONIA ZEMEK PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

DR PATRICIA PETERSEN TWICE WENT HEAD TO HEAD WITH TONY ABBOTT IN HIS FORMER NEW SOUTH WALES ELECTORATE. SHE SERVED AS A SENIOR EDUCATION POLICY ADVISER IN VICTORIA, AND HERE IN QUEENSLAND SHE TOOK ON NOOSA’S MAYOR IN AN OTHERWISE UNCONTESTED POLL. THIS YEAR PATRICIA CELEBRATED HER 50TH BIRTHDAY AND MORE THAN TWO DECADES IN POLITICS.

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’ve been blessed to have been loved by so many people.” That’s how Dr Patricia Petersen sums up her adoption. “My mothers speak regularly and they have a very good, healthy relationship.” She was raised by strong women and it rubbed off. Patricia is the leader of the Australian Independents, a political party she established in 2012. “It was very important to me that there was another way of thinking about politics, whereby we forget about all the party politics and who’s the spokesperson for the party and we get back to what political representatives are supposed to be about, which is simply representing their electorate,” she says. “That’s genuine democracy.” Last year Patricia pitted herself against Noosa Mayor Noel Playford. She was his sole opponent. “I don’t think it’s ever a good idea for anyone to be elected unopposed,” she says. “I genuinely believe it is time for a female Mayor in Noosa.” “I think a woman brings a different set of skills to the table than a man,” she says. “I think a woman understands the importance of communicating effectively, both verbally and non-verbally. Without meaning to sound sexist, I think women are generally more emotionally intelligent than men. We’re not naturally smarter in that way; it’s just that women are socialised to get along with people.” If she sounds philosophical, it’s with good reason. Patricia is a Doctor of Philosophy, thanks to a PhD from the University of Queensland. She’s been a Visiting Fellow at universities around the globe, including Scotland’s St Andrews University and New York University as well as the Dalai Lama’s Institute of Higher Learning. Her entrée to academia began with an interest in psychology but Patricia eventually found political philosophy, and the study of society, far more compelling. “When I started to better understand where I’d come from, I became very grateful for the opportunities I’d been afforded,” she explains. “I decided that I wanted to learn as much as I could about how to help others so that they could benefit from access to health care and educational opportunities, particularly for people from low socio-economic backgrounds like my own.” In the late nineties, as a then member of the Labor Party, Patricia was appointed to the Victorian Office of Higher Education, as a Senior Policy Adviser. She later found herself facing her own steep learning curve when she debuted as an independent political candidate.

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Her first opponent was none other than Tony Abbott against whom she contested the New South Wales seat of Warringah in 2004 and then again in 2007. “In terms of our policies, he and I were at loggerheads but our debates were always respectful,” she says. “There was no name-calling or eye-rolling; there was nothing disrespectful. He and I are both passionate people, so of course when we were debating, the debate would be very passionate but I learnt from those experiences that you can be passionate and get your point across but you can still treat people with respect and that’s how I’ve conducted myself from the outset to today.”

… You can be passionate and get your point across but you can still treat people with respect and that’s how I’ve conducted myself from the outset to today.” She’s certainly unafraid to be in the public eye. In addition to her political roles, Patricia is an accomplished pianist and performer. As this issue goes to print, she’s preparing for a small role in an American movie being filmed on the Gold Coast. “There is a natural synergy between politics, drama, theatre, film and music. There is a very strong overlap between all of those pursuits. I think I’m a better musician for having been involved in politics for so long but I also think I’m a better politician for being heavily involved in the arts. I think it fills you out as a person and, because of it, you better understand the world.” As well as running powerful political campaigns, Patricia is also a runner in her own right. Back in April she ranked within the top 30 female runners at this year’s inaugural ANZAC Run in Brisbane. Patricia admits physical fitness, and staying in shape, helps to keep her grounded. No stranger to the winner’s podium, she has a black belt in karate and has successfully competed in the sport both here and overseas. Will she hit the campaign trail again? The answer is a resounding “yes”. Whoever turns out to be her opponent, one thing’s for certain – Patricia Petersen will go to the polls with passion and purpose.

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hhh Mooloolaba, the mere mention of the beautiful coastal suburb’s name conjures up visions of relaxing over a creamy coffee or glass of bubbles on the Esplanade or meandering through the boutiques and cute little specialty shops that pepper the colourful hub. Mooloolaba has really flourished in recent years. Once a small, quiet town, a huge amount of residential development has transformed Mooloolaba into a cosmopolitan cultural mecca offering residents the laidback Coastal lifestyle without forsaking the big city facilities.

Mooloolaba is also increasingly popular with investors who are now competing with locals for the limited listings available.” Located between Alexandra Headland and Minyama, the redevelopment of Mooloolaba’s heart (the Esplanade) has played a big role in its growth. Residents are drawn to the area as there are plenty of properties with good access to the water, canal access via the Mooloolah River and water

views along the coastline. Just a 10-minute drive from the Sunshine Plaza, residents have great shopping at their fingertips as well as easy access to primary and high schools and public transport, making it a popular choice for families. Mooloolaba is also increasingly popular with investors who are now competing with locals for the limited listings available. Residents are also spoilt for choice with lots of dining options along the Esplanade as well as the Surf Life Saving Club at Mooloolaba Beach - a local landmark which has recently undergone a $7 million revamp. Not to mention the recently revamped Underwater World – Sea Life, which has recently had a $4 million overhaul. Mooloolaba derives its name from the Aboriginal word Mulu, meaning snapper fish or Mulla meaning Red-bellied Black Snake. Originally known as Mooloolah Heads, the name was changed to Mooloolaba by Thomas O’Connor in 1919 when he subdivided land for sale. Known as the gateway district throughout the late 19th Century transporting produce, passengers and timber to and from Brisbane, from there on Mooloolaba’s enviable location continued to develop into one of the most sought after residential and holiday destinations on the Coast today.

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hen life handed Trisha McFadyen lemons, instead of screwing up her face at the sour taste, she made the most of it, creating her own business empire on the Sunshine Coast. The self-confessed ‘nerd’ is a Google Analytic pro, but spent the first half of her career trying to figure out what she wanted to do. It was only during a stint working for Brisbane City Council that Trisha realised her passion for analytics, setting up a foundation to start her own business in Mooloolaba. Alongside her husband of 15 years, Paul, the 37-year-old runs Traffika, a digital business generation firm helping high growth, medium and large organisations optimise their business online. We talk to Trisha about the incredible milestones that helped shaped who she is today. Life changing milestone 1: I’m an analyst! I am a poster child for an unconventional path. I wasn’t inspired at school and didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had a fulfilling, but generic career early on and was focused on developing my skills, networks and experience and exploring what really inspired me. Then, I had the opportunity to work in a role as a business analyst on a software development project within Brisbane City Council. I was surrounded by a really fantastic team who helped me recognise my potential. This laid the foundations for my current skill set and my future. During this time I realised this wasn’t just what I wanted to do, but who I was. I realised that most of the aspects of my life, both personal and professional were based on being analytical. It became a major turning point. Life changing milestone 2: Life happens! Within one month I moved my life from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast, I had baby number two and lost my mother to cancer. The following year was the hardest time in my life. Such an emotional rollercoaster of joy and sorrow. I only got through it with the love and support of my husband, the girls and my family. I now understand that time was a crash course in working out who I was and what I wanted to be. There was a major shift in my planets that taught me not to waste time, to go after what I wanted, and not to accept things as the way they were. I try very hard to live in the moment every day and be present in my life. That doesn’t mean things have to always be perfect, but I strive to find joy in those little moments of chaos as well. Life changing milestone 3: The first time I saw Google Analytics (GA) What a moment! I realised I wanted to play with this tool everyday. I realised many business owners and web administrators know very little about how people use their websites. The amazing thing about GA is once you start dipping your toe in the water the pond opens out before you. There are so many updates, changes and methods of implementation, it involves a lot of dedication to keep at the forefront, but I love it! Now, I am proud to say I hold a Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ), am a Google Partner, and Technical Account Manager for the first implementation of Google Analytics Premium in Australia. Then, I had a similar experience with Google Tag Manager – another free Google 88

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tool to build a solid and comprehensive technical implementation with more automation and less hard coding. It is a mind-blowing business tool that captures an amazing amount of website interactions. I am working towards our Google Partner status for Tag Manager as soon as possible, and we have many more exciting times ahead with this cool piece of kit. Life changing milestone 4: Sign of the times: Government redundancies With the de-amalgamation, job cuts were required within the Sunshine Coast Council. I was not oblivious to that, but like everyone else, hoped that my role wouldn’t be amongst the casualties. When you get that letter and that conversation, the feeling of being out of control in your own life has the potential to be soul destroying. However, I made the decision to use this as an opportunity to take full control of my life and do what I wanted from now on. I sought out the companies and people I wanted in my circle of influence and started making introductions. I knew I needed to be an analyst, but I didn’t want to work in Brisbane. I knew I loved Google Analytics and wanted now to be the time to start living the dream of working with it everyday. I know redundancy is by no means an easy path and so many of my friends and colleagues lives and families have been affected. I feel lucky that I made my dreams happen and have never looked back! Life changing milestone 5: Enter Traffika To have a successful career and a successful family is not possible without a focus on life balance. Paul and I may not individually have it right all the time, but as a team we work together for that harmony. There have been so many highlights so far, but being the only Google partner in Queensland for Analytics has to be one of the best. I get to have Google hangouts and Webinars with Google staff, go to Masterclasses, and be plugged in to new product developments and trials. How good can it get for an unashamed nerd! Ensuring our clients are informed on the true achievements of their digital activities is the most satisfying part of what I do. Being able to be responsive to real insight on what your customers are doing provides a better experience for the customer and a better outcome for their company. In the end, every step in the path is equally important. With hindsight you realise the lows make the highs that much higher! profilemag.com.au


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THE SUNSHINE COAST IS FULL OF TALENTED PEOPLE – EACH ISSUE WE SHOWCASE TWO SUCCESSFUL LOCALS DOING GREAT THINGS IN THEIR FIELD. WORDS KATE CLIFFORD

“Making people feel good about themselves is why I wanted to get into beauty therapy”

”The business

came up for sale and I jumped at the opportunity.” ANITRA SIM

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ouncing out of bed for work everyday is no chore for local beautician Angie Beale. In fact, the manager of Waterfall Day Spa Mooloolaba loves her workplace so much, she said it feels like her own! Angie, 29, began her career as a beauty therapist straight out of Coolum State High School. A people person at heart, she knew working in beauty would be her ideal job. “Making people feel good about themselves is why I wanted to get into beauty therapy. It’s nice to nurture and pamper people, and make them feel good about themselves,” says Angie. During the past 10 years, Angie has worked in a diverse range of beauty palaces, learning the evolving techniques and treatments offered in the industry, to finally land the role of manager at Waterfall Day Spa Mooloolaba. “I have always been quite hands on and loved giving body treatments, massage and making people feel beautiful, so stepping into a management role was a challenge at first,” Angie said. “The team here mesh well together, so running the accounts, the staff hours, hiring new staff and keeping the clientele coming through the door is made easy because of the people I am surrounded by every day.” In February, the spa closed its doors for a brief two months before reopening in April under the Landmark Resort, Mooloolaba. Angie says the client feedback since the relaunch has given her even more reasons to get out of bed everyday. “You always get feedback, and over the years working in day spas, you do get a lot of people who come here for holidays, go home and send a nice card or email regarding their experience,” she said. “There is no better feeling for a team than positive feedback, so to get that response almost every day is certainly a boost.”

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fter working in the corporate accounting world of bustling Sydney for many years, Anitra Sim knew it was time to make a change – a sea change. In 2010, Anita packed her bags and moved to Noosa with husband, David, and 13-year-old son, Harrison in search of a more relaxed lifestyle. During this ‘moving in’ stage, Anitra discovered her love of decorating, investing in high-quality wicker furniture from a Noosa wholesaler to furnish her outdoor entertainment area. Still in search of a business of her own to sink her teeth into, Anitra was surprised to discover the business was up for sale, and decided to invest. “I didn’t realise my passion for decorating until we moved, and I started looking at the lifestyle people led here and how it is focused heavily around dining outdoors,” Anitra said. “The business came up for sale and I jumped at the opportunity. I now want to grow and expand the existing model, as well as build an online platform.” Rest and Relax furniture is imported from China. The various designs of lounges, bars and day-beds are made from high-quality wicker, aluminum and wood. Anitra said her goal for the business was to expand to include the furniture in retail stores across the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. “The website is currently being revamped and we are streamlining the stock to include all white cushions, because they don’t fade in the Queensland sun.” Anitra said the business is a dream come true for she and her family and the relaxed lifestyle they had hoped for when they moved to the Sunshine Coast. “We love living here and having this business means we can enjoy everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer,” she said. “It is a lifestyle we would never have had while living in Sydney, so we feel very lucky.”

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TOP 5 SELFIES TO MAKE YOUR FRIENDS JEALOUS YOU LIVE ON THE SUNNY COAST

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Whilst your Southern friends are growing icicles out of their nostrils in minus 3 degree weather, why not take an Instagram pic of yourself... On Mooloolaba Esp...In your bathers? You don’t have to jump in the water, however the warm winter sun will give off the illusion that your life consists of drinking margaritas and watching whales. Although this is not entirely true (well none of it really), it will sure as hell create some Sunny Coastian jealousy.

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Did you know the Sunshine Coast has the only venue in Australia where you can pour your own beer? Taps in Mooloolaba is the classic place on the coast to pour your beer whilst getting someone to take a photo of you. May we suggest pulling some kind of face to emphasise the awesomeness of what you’re about to do?

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The Big Pineapple is an iconic bragging point to our interstate friends on the coast. But what better way to show how much fun you’re having while looking at a massive pineapple, than jumping in the air? Get a tourist to take your photos while jumping. If you get one off the ground it tends to exaggerate the excitement you have for the pineapple. Inevitably your friends will be so angry they will turn on the heater at their cold location and eat a packet of Tim Tams.

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Everyone loves a selfie with a kangaroo. The kangaroos at Australia Zoo are living the dream! They have food in a vending machine that tourists can feed them, plus once they start lying down they’re like Jeff in the middle of a Wiggles song. Nothing will wake them up! The perfect opportunity to grab a quick selfie and upload it with some witty title that says while everyone’s at work, “I’m getting selfies with kangaroos, and you’re not.”

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While your friends who live outside the Sunny Coast may boast about watching movies in 3D or HD, respond to their photos with a sarcastic emoticon and the word “Pfffft”… Then jump in your car and get a selfie at the 7D cinema in Mooloolaba! If they make a 7D movie about their jealousy it would involve: Wind; as the angry swinging arms miss you and sweep by your face. Surround sound; as they yell jealous like remarks your way and many other senses that I can’t think of that would imply they are jealous you live on the coast.

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IN A MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY, ASHLEIGH MORROW IS PROUDLY STRUTTING HER STUFF IN STEEL-CAPPED BOOTS, PROVING TO EVERYONE HOW THE FEMININE TOUCH CAN CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF A MINING FIELD FOR GOOD. ANNA RAWLINGS CATCHES UP WITH THE ‘WOMAN IN CHARGE’ ABOUT HOW SHE HIT GOLD IN HER PROFESSION.

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shleigh Morrow traverses the field of mining and civil construction as a safety advisor, overseeing busy mining sites to ensure that each individual is complying with legislation and safety standards. Or, in her own words, “I am the mother hen and expert nagger!” Ashleigh has been working in the Australian mining industry for the past six years, often as one of very few females in the field. Her latest role is on a $34 billion liquefied natural gas project, constructing a jetty and module offloading facility in Darwin. As one of only two female safety advisors on the project, Ashleigh thrives in her role but admits that the occupation can be challenging. “There are moments where you get pushed back. You do get some attitude,” Ashleigh admits. “When you are dealing with people who have worked in a certain role for 30-odd years, and you add modern safety changes, getting them to comply can sometimes be difficult. “Through the years I had to focus on myself and my belief in myself. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given is by a male safety advisor who said, ‘Ash, you win more bees with honey’. So my approach to the men is to build relationships, have conversations with them, listen to them and build trust and respect.”

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… I can crack a dirty joke with the best of them!” ASHLEIGH MORROW

“We talk about their families and kids, they adopt me as a surrogate wife, daughter, sister. We talk relationship problems, they see me as someone they can talk to. They are away from home and can find it difficult to talk to other men, so we can sit down and talk. I offer a female perspective,” she smiles. But it’s not all lady-like sweetness as Ashleigh admits, “I’ll crack jokes and some of the things I say shock people … I can crack a dirty joke with the best of them!” Growing up in Western Australia with a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) father, Ashleigh was no stranger to the layout and lingo of a busy mine site. She was introduced to the industry early on, and the benefits it could afford. “I saw the opportunities he had to experience life,” says Ashleigh. “Personally, it was something I wanted to do … and achieve empowerment.” After studying a Diploma in Psychology, Ashleigh found it was the course unit of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) that appealed to her. “I enjoyed it the most, and everything came together – I found my feet,” she shares. Ashleigh then commenced studying a Diploma of OHS and obtained her Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment to better prepare her for her new direction. The rest of her family were surprised, yet supportive, of her decision to pursue the change in occupation. “My sister was always the tomboy and thought of me as the pretty princess,” she laughs. “Mum is so proud … she can empathise as she used to be alone when Dad worked away.” Despite the hard hat and long work pants, Ashleigh revels in her femininity.

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“I love everything vintage and retro, I should have been born in a different era!” she smiles. “When I’m not in the high-viz and boots … I love vintage 40s or 50s and will dress up with a wingtip eyeliner to go to dinner.” She also shares a very loving relationship with husband of eight years, Bob, and step daughter Talia, 14. They live in a 1930s Queenslander at Lake McDonald, Cooroy. Bob and Ashleigh met at a Volkswagen meet (they are VW fanatics!) in Queensland. Their unique relationship, with Ashleigh as the FIFO worker while Bob works locally, is filled with support. “They love it, they tell me they are proud of me,” she shares. “FIFO can be hard but we have a strong trust. He is absolutely so supportive.” Ashleigh says that for the short-term, working her demanding roster is to make life comfortable for her treasured family. She shares of her future, “I’ll definitely still be in this field, maybe working a more lifestyle-friendly roster, that would definitely be my goal!” But for now, Ashleigh is loving the dynamic challenges of her job, sharing that the industry is opening more and more doors for women to join the mining workforce. “It’s becoming a little more accepting. There are more women coming into civil construction and mining. Companies hire females because they have a lot more gentle touch on the machinery!” she laughs. “That’s not to say there’s not still the attitude of ‘women don’t belong’ … but it’s becoming a reality.”

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T H E R E IS A L S O 10 UP RUNNER O P R IZ E S T ! B E WO N These incredible packages include a four hour Studio Republic magazine style photo shoot for one female, a couple or a family, an expert hair and makeup artist to create your shoot-worthy look, personal styling and image design consultation, in-studio shoot with professional female photographer, posing and direction guidance, three outfit changes, background variations, and one digital file of your choice. TOTAL VALUE: $595

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“I had the most amazing time with these hysterical gorgeous lovely ladies, they made us feel so comfortable and welcomed. Super professional and the photos are to die for! It was so much fun and we will definitely come back again.” - Krystal Port Boost your confidence or treat your family or loved one (the choice is yours) to an amazing experience with Studio Republic. Principal photographers of Profile magazine’s cover images, Studio Republic have created a fantastic new creative space in a warehouse conversion in the heart of the Maroochydore CBD. Studio Republic is not your average photography studio! When you walk through the doors you will be greeted by the hustle and bustle of the full creative team! Studio Republic are experts in making you look and feel amazing! “We had an amazing day, the girls treated me and my partner like royalty for the entire shoot. We will definitely be going back and are recommending them to ALL our friends and family.” - Matt Tulle

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A FAMILY PASS TO THE NOOSA COUNTRY SHOW

general manager / creative director Kara de Schot | generalmanager@profilemag.com.au editor Ingrid Nelson | editorial@profilemag.com.au journalist Kate Clifford publication coordinator/ graphic designer Johanna Jensen

Since 1909 the Noosa Country Show has been a celebration of the region, bringing the community together in a festive weekend of premier, traditional country shows. Located at the Pomona Showground, the show is a renowned Queensland event that attracts visitors and locals alike. It’s back again in 2014 from Friday 12 to Saturday 13 September, and thanks to the Noosa Country Show, Profile magazine has six family passes to win! Each pass allows two adults and two children (under 18-years of age) entry to the grounds for both days. Enjoy two full days of horse events, creative art, craft and photography, stud beef and dairy cattle, a dog section, fruit and vegetables, horticulture, cookery, wood and leather craft, live entertainment, rides, sideshows, an animal nursery, Friday night fireworks and a Saturday night rodeo. Fun for the whole family awaits! Enter now for your chance to win!

graphic designer Danielle Murphy business development manager Maree McGrath sales support / PA Anna Rawlings feature writers Tonia Zemek, Anna Rawlings contributor Louise Hickey cover photography Traci Castle, Studio Republic photography Tanya Chesterton Smith, Rebecca Smith call / fax 5451 0669 / 5475 4405

WIN A GOURMET HAMPER PACK FROM HARRIS COFFEE! Harris Coffee have been roasting coffee beans locally to suit Australian tastes for more than 130 years. Roasting and blending locally drastically enhances everything about the bean including taste, freshness, shelf-life and flavour dynamic. To celebrate Harris’ passion for delivering the highest quality coffee, we are giving away a gourmet hamper pack full of mouth-watering, locally produced goodies, which will include a selection of Harris Coffee to try for yourself, as well as locally made products including Crooked Creek Pistachio Jacks, Rosnay Organic Fig Preserve, Mount Zero Kalamata Olives, Lynwood Preserves Roasted Red Capsicum Relish, Farmgate Cheese Pinot Noir Jelly, Gumnut Chocolate Classic Florentines, Maya Sunny Honey Stringy Bark Honey, Tabletop Grapes Sunmuscat Clusters, The Other Chef Quince Paste, The Simply Fine Food Company Charcoal and Organic Lavoche Crisps, Atticus and Max Bloody Beetroot Relish, Rylstone Olive Press Olive Oil and Lowe Wines Shiraz to name a few! Total prize valued at $555. Enter now!

address Beach on Sixth, 102 / 65 Sixth Ave, Maroochydore PO Box 1065, Cotton Tree, QLD 4558 distribution 20,000 free copies are street delivered to high traffic areas such as high-end cafes, fashion boutiques, hairdressers and professional offices across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, monthly, and online along with an eMAG sent to 6000 inboxes monthly Profile magazine is a free publication (subscriptions available) published 12 times a year by Think Publications Pty Ltd ATF Profile Mag Trust. All rights are reserved and the contents are copyright and may not be reproduced without the written consent of The Publisher, Think Publications Pty Ltd ATF Profile Mag Trust (“The Publisher”), their related companies and officers hereby disclaim, to the full extent permitted by law, all liability, damages, costs and expenses whatsoever arising from or in connection with copy information or other material in this magazine, any negligence of The Publisher, or any persons actions in reliance thereon. Any dispute or complaint regarding placed advertisements must be made within seven days of publication. Inclusion of any copy must not be taken as any endorsement by The Publisher. Views expressed by contributors are personal views and they are not necessarily endorsed by The Publisher.

WIN A SUPER STYLISH GISELE HANDBAG Perfect for adding a splash of glamour to any look, the Chloe Grip Handle Bag by Gisele (www. giseledesign.com) is super stylish and will add a pop of personality to any outfit. With its bright contrast handles, it’s the perfect accessory to bring your outfit to life. This bag features two sets of round, detachable grip handles, as well as an adjustable cross-body strap. The exterior is extremely versatile, and even offers a rear zip pocket for extra storage. Gisele is a leading fashion brand that offers gorgeous bags and purses to meet every fashionista’s needs. Exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, Gisele accessories boast gorgeous designs that are practical as well as glamorous. We have four handbags up for grabs, valued at $99.95 each. Enter now for your chance to snap up a glam handbag!

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PROFILE THE LAST WORD

TINA ARENA

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Having sold more than eight million albums worldwide throughout a stellar three-decade long career, Tina Arena is once again hitting Australian shores to promote her latest musical offering, Reset, as well as appearing at the Caloundra Music Festival. The 46-year-old, who became a household name as an eight-year-old on Young Talent Time, now divides her time between Australia and France. Profile catches us with the bubbly musician from her home in France for an insight to her life away from the microphone.

When I am not working I am … usually in the house doing something, either cleaning, cooking or just being a mum.

This album was different because … I started the album at a new stage in my life, it was less stressed and I had less pressure from the record company. I could take my time and really put a lot of soul into each and every song.

Most people don’t know that I … people already know a lot about me. I think there needs to be a bit of dignity and mystery in people’s life. When it comes to me, it’s not terribly difficult, what you see is what you get, I am pretty true to who I am.

My favourite song on the album is … What It Is. This song pretty much sums up life for me at this point. It is about everything we are going through with the changes we see.

When I was growing up I wanted to be … a singer / songwriter. I think there are some things that choose you in life, but I strongly believe the arts chose me.

I keep motivated by … it has been a long career – an interesting career, with many ups and downs, but it has always been evolving, which keeps me interested and thirsty for more.

My all-time favourite movie is … Cinema Paradiso. It’s an Italian film about a little boy in Sicily. I first saw the film 20 years ago and it has remained my favourite.

If I could be better at anything it would be … saying no. I am terrible at saying no. All my career I have been a ‘yes’ girl … I don’t know if this has worked out in my favour or not!

I couldn’t live without … a roof over my head, I don’t take the stability of home for granted.

I am at my happiest when … I am with my family. When I am not working I am … usually in the house doing something, either cleaning, cooking or just being a mum. I cook a lot for my family, I enjoy it because for me cooking is an escape. It allows me to focus on one thing as opposed to doing a million things at once.

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My greatest achievement is … having my son, Gabriel. He is eight now, almost nine. He has his own personality but he can sing, so you never know, he might follow my footsteps. I laugh out loud when … a good story will make me laugh out loud. There are plenty of them, I have a very interesting circle of friends and conversation is never dull. I love the whole ritual of sharing and chatting, I am Italian so it’s in my blood! profilemag.com.au


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August Profile Magazine 2014  

Sunshine Coast Magazine featuring Corporate Lifestyle, Business, Local Profile Stories, Fashion and Life Advice.

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Sunshine Coast Magazine featuring Corporate Lifestyle, Business, Local Profile Stories, Fashion and Life Advice.

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