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ome’ is the feeling that when you get somewhere, you have truly arrived. More than just a house or a collection of childhood memories, it’s the ultimate sanctuary of support, safety and content but above all, home is a place where you’re surrounded by who and what you love. My idea of home may be different to yours – whether you relate to a specific town, a country, a physical residence or even nowhere at all – if you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75% of the world’s population. I’d say you’re even luckier if you call this beautiful Sunshine Coast your home, too. Local Mooloolaba couple Tracy and Carl Hunt were among the families who had their apartment literally torn apart by a waterspout-like twister on 30 June. In the wake of losing their house, all of their belongings and so nearly their lives, I asked them where (or rather what) they consider home to be: “A home is where you feel warm and safe; where you feel confident making plans and creating your success as a family because you all protect and guide one another every step of the way as a united force”. It’s a sentiment that resonates with us all and a timely reminder that home truly is where the heart is. We wish them luck on their journey to rebuild.
MEET THE PROFILE TEAM Distribution Manager Most of our stockists will recognise the cheerful face of Profile distribution manager Wade Fuge. Wade manages a team to ensure all 25,000 printed copies of Profile are hand delivered at the beginning of every month to cafes, waiting rooms, salons and professional oﬃces all over the Sunshine Coast, as well as Brisbane and Toowoomba. As well as replenishing stock throughout the month to make sure you can always get your hands on a copy of your favourite Sunny Coast magazine. When he isn’t delivering your copy of Profile, you can find Wade behind the lens of a camera, taking beautiful landscape photography or video footage. If you want Profile delivered to your place of business simply email Wade@profilemag.com.au.
ABOVE: TRACEY AND CARL HUNT WITH CHILDREN ARCHIE AND EVIE, AND LEFT: THEIR KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM AFTER THE STORM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, MAREE MCGRATH; GENERAL MANAGER, KARA DESCHOT AND EDITOR, INGRID NELSON
"There's no place like home." – JUDY GARLAND
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eing our home issue, it got me thinking about what home really means to me. I was lucky enough to emigrate to this wonderful country with my family as a teenager – a country I now INGRID NELSON , EDITOR proudly call home. Although I’m very proud of my Irish heritage there is something special about this lucky country of ours, its landscape, its people. It’s a country where people feel safe, where political and religious unrest are for the most part, non-existent and where people of all races, colour and creed feel welcome. Not only that, but how fortunate are we to live in one of the best parts of this country – a little slice of paradise that is the Sunny Coast, where we have the choice of Hinterland or Coastal living. Speaking of expats, our mega talented New Zealandborn cover star Adrian Ramsay has made Australia his home and is making big waves in the home design industry. Since starting his business in 2007, he has gone on to complete over 100 different home design projects across Australia and abroad. He shares his inspiring story with Nicole Fuge. Also in this issue, interior designer Danni Morrison takes us inside the traditional Colonial-style property she has transformed into the Hampton home of her dreams. I have total house envy! Local mother-of-two Belinda Kurtz chats with Tayla Arthur about her move from the corporate world to follow her passion of interior design for kids. I chat with the lunching ladies about what home means to them, plus much more. Catch up on all of the latest trends in fashion, beauty, health and culture and of course as always there are great prizes to be won. Until next time, we hope you enjoy this special Home issue of Profile. Cheers!
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Welcome to the house of fun.
Meet Adrian Ramsay, the international fashion designer turned award-winning designer of homes
Building strong foundations.
Graeme Juniper shares an insider’s perspective on our region’s past and forecasts our future
Belinda Kurtz The child inside.
Belinda Kurtz transforms local business Petite Interior Co into an international success story
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business belinda kurtz
milestones sue gaylard
real estate sue godfrey
blokes about town
the gourmet edit nicole fuge
ladies at lunch
culture carley cornelissen
the style edit johanna jensen-brown
family mick and janet millington
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The Sunshine Coast’s foodies were out in force on Monday, 4 July, celebrating the launch of Profile Magazine’s Gourmet issue by enjoy the stunning view and mouthwatering canapés at See Restaurant in Mooloolaba. Guests savoured the networking opportunity as much as the menu, with July’s colourful cover star Matilda Scarfe, and Mayor Mark Jamieson both in attendance for what was a fabulous evening. Photos Wade Fuge 4
PROFILE MAGAZINE JULY LAUNCH 1. MATILDA SCARFE AND MADDY MCLEOD 2. CANAPÉS BY SEE RESTATURANT 3. LORRELL AND MARK JAMIESON 4. ISABEL BOND, DONNA JANKIWSKYJ AND SUE GAYLARD 5. STEVE AND NICOLE WYKES 6. KRYSTAL MOORE AND NATALIE BASSINGTHWAITE 7. MARLENE MURRAY AND NATALIE TINK 8. SARAH MCINTOSH, DEBBIE GORSCH AND HELENE DYKE 9. TANYA YOUNG 10. NATALIE BASSINGTHWAITE 9 6
PREMIER SPEAKERS AND EVENTS Singer, actor, businesswoman and former Australian X Factor judge Natalie Bassingthwaite had the audience’s rapt attention when she took to the stage in one of Premier Speakers and Events’ Evenings to Inspire. Held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on Friday, 1 July, the famous ‘slashie’ shared her personal journey with a delighted crowd. Photos Chesterton Smith Photography 10
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The Sunshine Coast’s stylish community put their most fashionable foot forward on Friday, 15 July at Profile Magazine’s first ever Style Society event. Sponsored by BMW and held in the industrial chic setting of the Cirrus hanger at Caloundra Airport, guests attending the long lunch were spoilt with delectable dishes and gorgeous gifts as they witnessed a fashion discussion panel like no other.
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STYLE SOCIETY 1. ANNABEL FALCO, LIZ CANTOR, HOLLY RYAN AND MOLLY KING 2. KELLI SPILIOS AND LYNETTE RADONICH 3. LISA O’ROURKE, BECKY FUNNELL AND KRISTY TENTORI 4. MARK PADDENBURG AND MICHELLE EVANS 5. STYLE SOCIETY GUESTS THE STEPS GRAND WINTER BALL 6. ANGELA MILES, TOM WILLIAMS AND MIN SWAN 7. CHRISTIAN DICKSON AND KARLEE DICKSON 8. DANCE TROUPE FROM MARISSA BURGESS CREATIVE 9. MCLEAN HENZELL AND ANNABELLE HASSALL 10. TOM WILLIAMS AND MAYOR MARK JAMIESON 11. SAM COWARD AND CARMEL CROUCH
THE STEPS GRAND WINTER BALL As one of the Sunshine Coast’s most anticipated charity events of the year, The Steps Grand Winter Ball saw guests come together for a night of fabulous entertainment, fun and frivolity, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for charity. Held on Saturday, 16 July, it was a stunning event that had plenty of support, with attendees donning their most glamorous attire for what was a glorious night for all. Photos Jason Hay Photography and Anna Gilbert Photography
W H AT ’ S O N I N
Scars Monster Garage Sale
Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Society (SCARS) will be hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year in August, with the annual Monster Garage Sale. Held at the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge at 28 Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha between 9am and 3pm, this garage sale and silent auction fundraiser will include music, food and raﬄes galore. SCARS cares for up to 70 dogs and 70 cats and saves more than 1000 pets a year, but they need the public’s support to continue their fantastic work. Entry is free, so come along and grab some bargains while supporting this very worthy cause. www.sippycreek.com.au
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19-20 WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE EXPO
Get the inspiration you need to reach your full potential as a successful woman in business and in everyday life at this insightful two-day event. Held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre and boasting more than 100 exhibits sharing information on everything from health and fitness, skincare and make-up, education and training, and personal growth and life coaching, there’s something to entice every local lady. There will also be 30 fantastic free workshops held over both days, so come along and prepare to be inspired. Entry is a gold coin donation. www.womenslifestyleexpo.com.au
19-21 7 SUNSHINE COAST MARATHON
Support more than 80 charities and community groups by taking part in the Sunshine Coast’s biggest not-for-profit sporting event. If you’re not keen on running the 42km of the Channel 7 Marathon, there are events suitable for people of all fitness levels to participate in. Kids can take part in shorter distances, and with free children’s entertainment throughout the weekend, there is fun for the whole family. www.sunshinecoastmarathon.com.au profilemagazine
Join the Profile team in celebrating the launch of our August edition. With this month’s magazine centred around the home, we’ll be building a launch that guests will be knocking down doors to get into. Network with advertisers and fellow readers while enjoying delicious canapes, or settle down for a drink while you mingle with the inspirational people featured within the August edition and our advertisers. Held on 8 August at Ebb Restaurant and proudly sponsored by L & M Goldstar, it is guaranteed to be a fabulous evening. Tickets available online now $45 each. www.proﬁlemag.com.au
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PROFILE MAGAZINE AUGUST LAUNCH
SUPERGIRLY – RETURN OF A POP PRINCESS Watch as Bogan Pride’s Lulu McClatchy harpoons the biggest pop acts of today with her alter ego, SuperGirly. Hilarious and cheeky, SuperGirly is a former A-list celebrity desperate to climb her way back to the top of the charts. Whether you love pop music or hate it, you’ll be in hysterics as she takes on the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, and Britney Spears in this adults-only show. www.scvenuesandevents.com.au
25-28 Gympie Music Muster
One of Australia’s most iconic country music festivals will return for its 35th year at Amamoor Creek State National Park for four days of boot-scootin’ fun. Aussie legends Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, and The McClymonts will all be taking to the stage over the weekend, with plenty of other stellar acts performing in what’s set to be a bush-bash of epic proportions. www.muster.com.au
Loud Shirt Day
Hear and Say’s annual fundraising event Loud Shirt Day helps raise vital money for the charity. Local musician Barry Bull will be hosting an afternoon of words and music at the Mooloolaba Surf Club from 1.30pm, with all funds raised going towards helping cochlear implant centre Hear and Say teach deaf children to hear and speak. The two-hour concert is held in honour of Barry’s 20-month-old grandson Archer, who was born with seriously impaired hearing, but thanks to the charity, is making great progress. Tickets are $20 and can be booked by calling 5444 1300, so don your loudest shirt and come along for some fun.
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BE HER FREEDOM Set to be held at Amaroo Noosa at 89 Dahlia Road Verrierdale, Be Her Freedom is an event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The A21 Campaign, which endeavours to end sex slavery and human traﬃcking. The event runs from 2pm to 6pm, with guests indulging in drinks, canapes and small dishes while being entertained by live speakers and a silent auction. Tickets are $95, so make sure you book and get involved in helping prevent modern day slavery.
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• Tighten rooms visually with quirky room dividers acting as free-standing artwork, or add a signature chair in twisted organic teak, draped with muslin cloth in blush pink. • Deep sumptuous hides on the ﬂoor shape open spaces and can be complemented with gallery walls of framed botanicals, world maps and vintage love letters. • Exotic ﬂavour dances into rooms with Moroccan-inspired fabrics or French paisley textiles.
• Add lush impact with silk velveteens, balanced with chunky texture and loose cable weaves in naturals, nudes and sand.
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• Roll in tones of silvered greys, whispers of smoke, dove grey and seafoam blue for cool and calming, or ﬂow through deep sea emerald for bold and striking.
n a mildly cool autumn day, my husband and I sit in a coffee shop in Wanaka, on the south island of New Zealand, dipping chocolate sticks into mugs of mocha, sitting beside a roaring fire and mentally mapping out the construction of our dream home. Inspired by the exposed brick, polished concrete flooring, vast open living space, mezzanine floor and buttressed kitchen – the possibilities were endless. Upon returning home, we began thinking of luxe-to-less ways of introducing at least some of our ideas to our existing decor; changing the colour of our feature wall from aubergine to slate grey, painting dining room chairs for an injection of colour, replacing tired artwork, and altering the configuration of our furniture for an instantly fresh look. Given much of my knowledge comes from trawling Instagram profiles and home decor magazines, I thought I’d enlist the help of bonafide interior stylist, Maureen Walters, for her take on the upcoming season’s trends. “The season subtly shifts, crisp winter mornings giving nod to softer delights of spring. Our home decor too, should embrace new life and seasonal inspirations,” says Maureen. “Open windows, demure breeze and natural lighting – welcome back spring.”
TAKE YOUR HOME FROM WINTER TO SPRING
Home renovation shows have inspired even the most ill-equipped to spruce up their abode, but it doesn’t always have to involve brandishing heavy machinery – a fresh lick of paint, new artwork, or well-placed decorative throw can update even the most dowdy of spaces.
FRESH SPRING IDEAS • Marble and timber cutting boards partnered with unstructured candles in fig, amber and sandalwood. • Glass hurricane lamps filled with pine cones, twigs and woodland treasures • Vintage love letters and antique music sheets framed in rustic, organic frames. • Bulky, bold knits, luxurious and sumptuous impressive textiles in statement bursts of colour.
Quirky must-have pieces include timber cutting boards and framed antique music sheets
Is fatigue and poor brain function impairing your decision making, work productivity and relationships? Find the causes behind the mental fatigue epidemic sweeping Australia. Finding yourself unable to concentrate and struggling with energy late in the day? Are you having difficulty with words or getting your message across in conversation? Are you having trouble recalling events or conversations in recent periods? These are all quite common symptoms affecting a great majority of Australians in recent times. When these symptoms are inhibiting your ability to function daily at work or at home, yet we accept them as normal and a condition of aging, we need to reconsider what we believe is normal and understand that we can reverse these symptoms quite easily. These same symptoms are also seen in children often diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder when they are in fact affecting a large proportion of the adult population also. Struggling through a day with impaired cognitive function can be mentally and physically exhausting leaving you feeling drained before the work day is over, and unable to connect or converse with family, creating relationship patterns that may be harmful within the family unit.
The Cascade Effect can reduce your cognitive function for up to 6 months or longer if left unaddressed.
The symptoms may begin with a broken night’s sleep that becomes a pattern, waking unrefreshed, or the opposite, sleeping deeply, yet feeling fatigued through the day. Walking into a room only to forget what you were looking for, or feeling overwhelmed by your work load, and unable to attend to tasks at the pace or mental clarity that once came so easily. It’s quite common to blame aging as the cause, however, this may be the biggest mistake you could make, falling further into mental and physical fatigue as time goes on, while the real problem is not being resolved. The cascade effect that develop these conditions are a combination of factors rather than just one cause. In some instances, a highly intense stressful event will drive the body into what is known as the “fight or flight” state, shutting down the ability to “digest or rest” which is the alternate nervous system that keeps a state of balance. During this phase the ability to sleep deeply or uninterrupted is inhibited, and the absorption of nutrients from the diet is dramatically reduced, while digestion has shut down. While the stressful experience itself is one problem that may or may not be short lived, the secondary effects that create the longer term reduced cognitive function within the brain can produce a downturn in your overall health. A myriad of effects trigger like dominoes once this cascade begins, creating adrenal fatigue, thyroid hypofunction, fluid retention, nutritional deficiencies of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids required to
provide optimal brain function, and energy for the production of dopamine for motivation, adrenalin for energy, serotonin for mood, and many more responsible for memory and problem solving. These secondary effects then have the ability to perpetuate the problem, allowing the sufferer to remain in this state indefinitely if the specific deficiencies are not supported. It takes just one missing nutrient to interrupt a biochemical pathway required to complete a function in the body or brain. It can be very simple to rectify, if correctly diagnosed through thorough, yet easily available pathology testing. Memory, mood, hormonal and energy issues are not untreatable. Every individual has a cause that’s unique and easy to find with the right investigation. You have a choice. Change the path of your life for the better, for you and your family.
If you would like to know more, call the centre and arrange a free half hour consultation, or view the webinar at www.advancedwellness.com.au.
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AN EARLY ADVANTAGE FOR YOUR CHILD
15 HS O M NT RS 5 YE A WHAT ’S
We now cater for toddlers . Enrolling children from 15 month s of a g e. Deliciou s meals are included for all ea rly learners .
PREP NEXT YEAR? GIVE YOUR CHILD AN NCC 4 .5 - 6 ADVANTAGE YEARS
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We have opened a room for our little ones with NCC early learners toddlers available for children from 15 months of age.
YUMMY FOOD IS NOW INCLUDED MORNING, AFTERNOON TEA and LUNCH
NCC early learners are provided with delicious meals for your convenience. An example menu Morning Tea - Fresh fruit and vegetable platter, crackers, yoghurt and milk Lunch - Chicken and cauliflower mornay with steamed greens Afternoon Tea - Fresh fruit and vegetables with banana bread
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Encouraging curiosity and igniting a passion for learning Our specialised Prep classrooms and play areas along with our inspiring Christian teachers, provide a fun and engaging learning setting for Prep students. • • •
Full time teacher aides Small classes Specialist lessons
Our daughter loves Prep. She can’t wait to get there each day and has wonderful friends. You can see all the children feel safe and secure.
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After building a reputation for himself in the local construction and real estate industries, Jay McAlister, with the support of his trusted team, has turned his passion for property into a thriving empire.
s the head of Imoda Group – the umbrella company that manages each of his various businesses – Jay McAlister has become one of the most renowned names in the Sunshine Coast’s construction and property sphere. Yet despite his triumph in taking on the highly competitive property industry, this laid-back businessman has remained as humble as the ‘chippy’ he was when he first embarked on his diverse career. I’m speaking with Jay at his stunning family home in Yaroomba during breaks in our photoshoot, and as he chats to me from his kitchen, I can see him visibly relax when our photographer turns her attention to his team. It’s refreshing to see a business leader who shies away from the spotlight, instead pinning the focus sharply on the team he insists are the foundation for his businesses’ success. And as he introduces me to some of the members of his team, it’s easy to hear the respect he has for each of them and the roles they play in the Imoda Group landscape. “I think we share a similar vision and culture,” he explains. “I like to be surrounded by people who want to go the extra mile, not because they feel they have to, but because they are genuinely proud of what they’re doing and what they’re creating. You can’t do anything on your own and teamwork is just an easy, natural part of life to me.” Made up of six businesses that he either owns or holds a stake in, Jay’s main focus with Imoda Group is property – both creating and managing it – and it’s an area he’s clearly passionate about. august 2016
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PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY IMODA PROPERTIES
“The pain of a build process SCARES a lot of people away from building, and we’re slowly turning customers back TOWARDS BUILDING one-by-one.”
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stakes in his original businesses to create – that he holds the most enthusiasm for. Imoda Properties, Booom Property and Independent Alliance Australia are three very different businesses, yet they share a synergy that has created an unstoppable force in the Sunshine Coast property sphere. Imoda Properties – a business Jay owns alongside two of his brothers, Chad and Brett McAlister – is a local construction company that has grown synonymous with honesty and integrity. Led by Chris Lewis as general manager, Imoda Properties has a strong reputation for delivering quality homes with exceptional service that goes above and beyond to ensure a happy client, and it is this strive for excellence that drew Chris to Imoda in the first place. “I came from another business where I felt I had achieved as much as I could, I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work alongside someone with the same ideals and vision,” says Chris. “Being friends with Jay and having worked with him in the past, I knew we had very similar ethos on the way we treat people, whether that be staff or customers, through building relationships and respect.” Sharing in Jay’s passion for the industry, Chris is hoping to change the way the public thinks when it comes to building, by removing the stress often associated with it. “The pain of a build process scares a lot of people away from building, and we’re slowly turning customers back towards building one-by-one,” he says. “From a construction point of view, we’re a medium volume building company; however we want to deliver a service that’s above that of what normal volume builders do. It’s about the quality finish of the product and it’s about hand selecting the suppliers, contractors and employees we use so that we’ve got good tradesmen who want to come and do the job, and who want to deliver a good product that people are going to be happy living in. Whether it’s through using better materials or fittings, it’s not just about building a house for people to live in, it’s about building homes that we would be happy to live in ourselves.” Imoda Properties is focused primarily on delivering turn-key house and land packages for people looking for investment properties, dealing predominantly with external advisors such as wealth coaches, financial advisors and property consultants to ensure maximum return for their clients. But as Chris explains, it is livability and quality that drives his team.
Business Feature: Imoda Group
Jay’s involvement in the industry began fresh out of high school when he became an apprentice carpenter, and while there were a few times when he drifted back and forth between the construction and advertising industries, his love of the property market is what eventually drew him into business. “It’s just in my blood – it’s what I love,” he explains. “Even when I set up my ad agency, my focus was on property advertising. It’s just the idea of creating something. That’s also how I view businesses – I’ve had a lot of businesses and I love the idea of creating something where you’re building that foundation and shaping it into something. Houses are no different.” Jay first made a name for himself in 2000 when he established not one, but two businesses – a construction company he shared with his cousin that continues to trade successfully on the Coast today, and property advertising agency Gallery Group. But it is the businesses he now has within Imoda Group’s portfolio – the ones he sold his 14
Business Feature: Imoda Group WHAT IS IMODA GROUP? IMODA PROPERTIES Owned by Jay and his brothers Chad and Brett, Imoda Properties is an investment property and home construction company that has cultivated a reputation for their solutionsdriven approach and on-time delivery of stunning, quality homes that combine function and design.
BOOOM PROPERTY As their tagline explains, “To Booom is to grow, develop, progress and ﬂourish,” and that’s certainly the case for this rapidly growing property management business. Based on the Sunshine Coast and in Gladstone, Booom Property’s staff are dedicated to building long-standing relationships with their investors and customers to ensure the best results for everyone. Offering services in property sales and rentals, what makes Booom Property so unique is their willingness to share their insight of the industry, even employing an investment professional to guide those looking to enter the property market or build their property portfolio.
INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA Created off the back of Booom Property’s success as an independent agent, Independent Alliance was designed to level the playing ﬁeld by helping independent real estate agents go head-to-head with franchises. The Alliance brings independent agents from around the country together in one location, allowing them to lower overhead costs and increase buyer databases, all while maintaining their own brand. Providing members with access to valuable training and information, the business has also recently launched Independent Alliance Project Marketing as another division of the group, which enables independent agents to tap into listings they wouldn’t normally have access to on their own.
AMODA MEDIA Amoda Media is responsible for media groups PostOP, Klinik TV and ValleyArm Digital. This innovative media outﬁt provides the facilities and services required to develop, produce, manage and monetise video content through each of its subsidiaries. PostOP offers post production services to major broadcasters and content producers the likes of Warner Bros, Foxtel and channels Seven, Nine and Ten; Klinik creates original, brand-funded and commissioned programming; and ValleyArm is responsible for producing an array of the Asian region’s YouTube content.
“We want to deliver homes that mums and dads want to live in, because whether they’re living in it because they own it or because they’re renting, we want them to feel proud that they’re living in an Imoda home.” While no job comes without its challenges, Chris says it is these moments where the Imoda Properties team truly raises the bar. “It’s how you deal with those challenges and how you turn that negative into a positive,” he says. “If you have a customer who turns up on site and something’s not right, it’s not about arguing or trying to get away with it, it’s about resolving it quickly and cleanly so it’s painless for the client. When you do that, you end up with a client who is one of your biggest supporters.”
“Creating a business is one thing, but having cool people who LOVE their job SURROUND you is far more INSPIRING.” This standard of service is replicated across Imoda Group’s other businesses, from Booom Property’s dedicated client-centred service, to Independent Alliance’s support for small businesses, born off the back of Booom’s experience. In fact, quality is a recurring theme throughout all Imoda Group’s endeavours, including Amoda Media – Jay’s highly successful media production company. “The success of the business is reliant on the ability of the team to work together cohesively. It’s about having good people doing a good job to get good results at the end,” says Chris of Imoda Group in general. Sharing an office and working side-by-side and often together to ensure the best results for all of their clients, the staff at Imoda Properties, Booom Property and Independent Alliance have become a formidable team. After watching them laugh and joke with each other, it’s clear their passion for what they do has seen them form a close bond. And it is this family culture that Jay believes is the true recipe to the success of Imoda Group. “Creating a business is one thing, but having cool people who love their job surround you is far more inspiring,” he says.
COURTNEY STRATFORD CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER FOR INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE
Courtney started at Independent Alliance in a business development role on a local scale last year and is now the main point of contact for their clients nation-wide. Courtney’s main role is to engage with clients on a daily basis, making sure they’re aware of the beneﬁts their membership to the alliance holds. She is currently heading up the recruitment division, speaking with other client relationship managers in order to grow Independent Alliance’s database and subsequently lower their members’ overhead costs and increase their listings.
VIEW CHRIS LEWIS MELLANIE LENNON FINANCE MANAGER OF IMODA GROUP
Mellanie joined Imoda Group early this year with 24 years accounting experience across various industries. Ambitious as she is, Mellanie joined the team for promise of career progression and is currently being trained to take over as chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer for the group. As the ﬁnance manager, Mellanie’s role encompasses accounting across Jay’s many business interests.
GENERAL MANAGER OF IMODA PROPERTIES AND DIRECTOR OF IMODA GROUP
Chris has been involved with Imoda Properties for the last eight months; however he has worked with Jay in other business dealings in the past. Chris’s role is to ensure Imoda Properties produces only the highest quality of work. While committed to growing the business, Chris is currently focused on expanding his team and trade base in order to form a team that’s a strong force in construction on the Sunshine Coast.
TANYA CHANDLER SENIOR PROPERTY MANAGER FOR BOOOM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Tanya has been with Booom for two-and-a-half years, with ﬁve years of experience in the real estate industry prior to joining the team. Tanya’s role within Booom is communicating with their clients to grow and prosper business relationships and to ensure the dayto-day management of each and every investment is streamlined and uncomplicated.
If you’re looking to enter the property market or you’re looking for real estate advice from professionals who care, call Booom Property on 5444 7555 or visit www.booom.com. For more information on Imoda Group and the businesses associated with it, visit www.imodagroup.com. august 2016
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he words ‘home sweet home’ are stamped onto the woven coir doormat underneath my feet, as I knock on the double cedar doors. Danni Morrison answers the door to her slice of the Hamptons on the Sunshine Coast and I feel like I’ve stepped into an interiors magazine. While Danni assures me the house is a “work in progress” I see nothing but perfection, right down to the hand-painted navy blue and white striped walls in the billiards room. When looking for the ideal canvas for their renovation dream-home, Danni and partner Matt assumed they would end up in a brand new home, but fell in love with the architecture of the 18-year-old Colonialstyle home tucked away in Tanawha. “It has so much charm; beautiful 3m-high ceilings, a fireplace, custom skirting, Tasmanian Oak flooring and a hardwood deck,” she says. “Even though it had a lot of flaws, there
Exuding a stylish elegance, Danni Morrison is putting her interior design knowledge into practice with the ultimate master project – converting a traditional Colonial-style property into the Hamptons home of her dreams.
was so much beauty in the natural bones.” The flaws Danni is referring to is in more of an outdated sense, from the mustard yellow kitchen and bathrooms to the custom-made built-in phone desk with an olive green marble top and mustard drawers. Since moving in, Danni has painted the whole interior of the house and installed a wallpaper feature wall, replaced all light fittings, sanded and white washed the Tasmanian Oak floor before recoating with polyurethane, replaced the entire kitchen and undertaken a DIY renovation on the children’s toilet and guest bathroom. “One of my most competent abilities is to picture something in my head completely and implement it,” she says. “Before I came inside, seeing those front gates and the front of the house, it’s a Colonial style but lends itself to Hamptons, so there is lots of grey and white, lots of hydrangeas and conifers out the back. “Everything is still a work in progress, except for the kitchen, which is all white and
“One of my most competent abilities is to PICTURE SOMETHING in my head completely and IMPLEMENT it.”
RENOVATION TIPS AND TRICKS n First and foremost don’t rush and don’t do anything straight away, it’s really important to wait, especially if it’s a long-term investment or your family home. n Do justice to the style of the house with a look that is fitting with your home. Don’t take a 100-year-old Queenslander and put a modern two-pack white gloss kitchen in it. n If you’re doing anything structural or doing serious renovations, select your trades and designers carefully. You have quite a demanding relationship and it’s important you communicate properly and respect one another’s decisions. It’s a very stressful time. n Stick to your budget, allow for incidentals and compromise on things that aren’t as important. For me, bench tops were our big ticket item, but I compromised with the light fittings.
greys, Statuario Stone, subway tiles, glass and white wash floors. Everything is light, with blue and white ceramics, which is traditional Hamptons style, I can’t get enough of that.” Danni’s style is on point, with classic Hamptons theming among the top trending looks in interiors, alongside the earthy and understated elegance of Scandinavian design, and industrial fit outs complete with metal, recycled timber and concrete finishes. Having grown up in Bangalow and Byron Bay, Danni’s interest in interior design piqued upon moving to Brisbane with her family and living in a Mediterranean-style house at the Gap and then a beautiful 100-year-old Queenslander in New Farm.
“I’ve always seen different styles because my mum is stylish in the way of interiors, so I’ve always grown up with that,” she says. Upon moving to the Sunshine Coast seven years ago, Danni bought her first investment property at Warana, and in September last year, she and Matt moved into their current abode. Having identified a natural ability, and with a flair for DIY, Danni launched Design by Danni, one half blogging/documenting the progress on her own home project, and one half services-based. Drawing on years of knowledge and experiene, she is now giving other DIY renovators the confidence to breathe new life into their beloved home.
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He is an international fashion designer boasting an impressive clientele. He is an innovative and highly sought-after problem solver. He is an awardwinning and wildly talented designer of homes. He is Adrian Ramsay.
always had this fascination with architecture as a little kid,” Adrian Ramsay says, adjusting his round-eyed specs. “I’m dyslexic, so when I was really young I used to read Western novels and they engaged me, I would sit and sketch the towns and buildings they described and then I would make cardboard models out of them.” Little did 10-year-old Adrian know he would go on to sketch and design grand master homes as a living – and be really great at it too. But we’ll get to that part of the story later. Adrian’s other passion was fashion, but growing up opposite a chook farm in a rural town near Wellington, New Zealand, there weren’t exactly an abundance of outlets from which he could express his creativity. So he conjured up an opportunity at his local high school. “I started making formal trousers for the kids because they would be too skinny or too tall and couldn’t find any formal trousers, so I’d say give me your favourite pair of jeans, I’ll make a pattern off it and I’ll sew you up black formal trousers and then I’d make waistcoats as well because they were all the trend, and I’d sell them to them. So I had this little micro business going at school,” Adrian chuffs. Possessing an innate understanding of analytics, Adrian learnt to sew by looking at garments and figuring out how they were constructed, and then studying a sewing machine
to understand how it worked. It’s an ability which has served him well throughout his entire multi-faceted career. After finishing school, Adrian went on to work in television production, but yearned to study fashion design or architecture. Unfortunately the latter required a level of mathematics that he says was beyond his capabilities. “I then looked at what you got to do as a clothing designer and they all got to get on aeroplanes and travel and I wanted to do that, my family never travelled. I wanted to see the world and I saw it as a way of escaping to see it,” he says. To build on his self-taught and natural ability with the sewing machine, Adrian completed a pattern-making course and began applying for jobs. Within a couple of years he was working as assistant designer for the number one swimwear brand in New Zealand. From there Adrian went to work in London where he designed for various brands including Wallis, H&M, Topshop, and Marks and Spencer, then went to work in South Africa, before returning to London. “By then I’d cemented enough talent to be useful to someone and when I got back to New Zealand it was the late ‘80s, during the last big GFC, and there were no jobs, the whole economy had crashed,” he says. “I set myself up as a freelance designer because I had all of this knowledge from IMAGE BY INDI KIDS PHOTOGRAPHY
London and America, so I drew all of these story boards up and started presenting them to fashion companies. “From that I landed various contracts and running design for a company called Pazazz and we took it from a couple of hundred thousand-dollar company to over three million in four years.” Over the years, Adrian’s extensive travelling enabled him to not only accumulate knowledge in trends and design, but also grasp the analytics of how everything fits within a global market. This made him a highly valuable freelance designer and ultimately lead to him becoming a specialist in women’s swimwear. “One of the things I introduced in the swimwear realm of things in New Zealand was the deconstructing of bras and saying,
“People who come to me don’t have pictures of a BUILDING, they have pictures of kitchens and bathrooms and it’s all EMOTIONAL…” ‘Why would a woman take off her bra, to then put on something that won’t work and still expect it to work?’ We really got into the rigid construction of swimwear tops as opposed to just stretch.” Not long after, Adrian was head-hunted by Canterbury of New Zealand, which was a division of the biggest clothing company in the country and the rugby union brand of the world, with clients including the All Blacks and Australian Wallabies. He was employed to restructure the design of the $19 million New Zealand company and over the subsequent years, he and his team increased their profit margin and went on to head up design for Canterbury International, setting up a European design headquarters.
While working for the company, Adrian met his now-wife Rebecca, who worked in product management for Canterbury in their Brisbane office. Despite having only been on one date, Adrian asked her to move to the UK with him, and they spent a year based in Manchester, sojourning to Italy and France. In 2000, they moved to the Sunshine Coast. “We spent three months researching the property market and bought a house in Buderim and I would drive to work one day a week and work from home the rest of the week; still running teams in New Zealand and offshore,” Adrian says. “We bought our first home which was a big dump and an amazing opportunity, and my buddy and I did it up. I’d been designing houses in New Zealand and England while I was still doing fashion – designing my own flips as well as designing my friends’ houses. “When we did this one in Buderim we were aiming to sell it for $1 million, only one house had ever sold for $1 million in Buderim at that point. We didn’t get there we got $980,000, out of a house we paid $325,000 for and spent $200,000 on.” profilemagazine
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Over the next couple of years, Adrian and his mate bought six other homes to renovate and redesign, and also collected a lot of work from friends. Identifying a niche in the market, and a potential business opportunity, Adrian aligned with the best in the business, creating a mastery of people around him, to develop and sharpen his skill set. In 2007, he formalised his business with Adrian Ramsay Design House and has gone on to complete over 100 different home design projects throughout Australia, England, France, New Zealand and India, designing projects with build costs ranging from $20,000 to $2 million. “I still travel every year, last year I went to the States, to Miami and the Florida Keys. They have a very similar climate to what we have, almost identical,” he said. “Then I went to Austin, Texas which has a similar climate to Toowoomba and our Hinterland ... it is really interesting to see what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. There is also a lot of money there, so you get a lot of quality in that area. “And I went down to the south coast of California, in Newport Beach – it’s very lifestyle orientated which is closer to us, but their weather is more desert-like.” Back home, Adrian is active in his local community, and while he was a member of the Buderim Chamber of Commerce, he designed the entry signs into town, which still stand today. Adrian is also actively involved with the Montessori School in Forest Glen, where his daughters Paris, aged 13 and Coco, aged six, attend.
“If I’m doing your house, I don’t want you to be stressed because then I’m under pressure and the FUN goes and when the fun goes, the MAGIC goes.” The Ramsay family home is a restored “shack” from the early 1970s, which is decorated with antique pieces, some 800 years old, that Adrian and Rebecca collected in England. They also have an eclectic artwork collection with modern pieces complementing fine art landscapes, which Adrian’s father, who is a master watercolour artist, created. “When you’re in your own home you don’t see it, things are half done and there are walls that are not quite finished because we’re always in the middle of renovating, but people walk into our house and comment on the way it makes them feel and I love that,” Rebecca says. And it’s making a house a home, which Adrian prides himself on – being able to make even the most magical dream a reality. “Each project will usually see design led by one person and function led by another. In different spots in the house a woman will be definite about what will work functionally, but then she’ll abandon the rest and the man will be specific about other areas and you’ve got to pull both of those together. Sometimes you’re a marriage counsellor!” he says with a laugh. What sets Adrian apart in the industry is he doesn’t have a signature design, each project is tailored specifically to suit the
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client – even if that means installing a monochrome geometric bathroom like the one featured on the cover this month. “You’re driven to be more creative, driven by their needs. It blows my mind what you come up with, which you would never have if you weren’t listening,” Rebecca says to Adrian. As Adrian says, it’s not just about the end result, it’s about the journey – the Design Magic process. “Because I’ve been a house flipper and designed new builds, the analytics excites me to know why things work, and it takes the stress out of the process,” he says. “If I’m doing your house, I don’t want you to be stressed because then I’m under pressure and the fun goes and when the fun goes, the magic goes. “It’s about keeping it all flowing and my natural ability is problem solving ... it’s one of those things where I know what the mechanics and the aesthetics of it will be and the emotions it will deliver.” Visibly excited about explaining the intricacies of said Design Magic, Adrian pulls out a yellow lead pencil and sketchbook – which Rebecca says he never goes anywhere without. “Everybody has a dream, everybody has some dollars whether it’s a lot or a little, so that’s an investment, and then everybody wants a design,” he says, sketching his ideas onto the blank page. “People who come to me don’t have pictures of a building, they have pictures of kitchens and bathrooms and it’s all emotional, it’s all of their psychological drivers, and once you unpack those and august 2016
“You’ve got this DREAM and this investment amount and the designer’s job is to push those together. That’s why it’s SPECIFIC TO YOU, it’s your dreams, it’s your needs, it’s CUSTOMER-CENTRIC.” get the feel for each space, you have form, function and what the environment will allow. So you’re doing that constantly throughout that process. “You’ve got this dream and this investment amount and the designer’s job is to push those together. That’s why it’s specific to you, it’s your dreams, it’s your needs, it’s customer-centric.” Listening to Adrian, it’s obvious he’s an innovator and one of his key strengths is in problem solving. He is a trained expert
in the TRIZ methodology of systematic innovation and spent several years at AIRBUS training engineers in innovation and problem solving across Europe, America and Australia. His training created a deep understanding of design principles, team building and innovation management, which has been incorporated into the processes Adrian now uses in his own work. “It really broadened my understanding of design and changed a lot of my thinking around form and flow and function.” Having an unfathomable amount of experience, knowledge and brainpower, it’s no surprise he’s been recognised by the Bruce Campbell Entrepreneurial Business School in 2015, and won Best of Houzz for Service for 2015 and 2016. There really is no stopping this creative powerhouse. profilemagazine
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Walking into Karen Jordan’s interior and homewares store in Bulcock Street, Caloundra, provokes a sense of déjà vu for locals, who remember the iconic Comino’s Drapery store at the top end of town. KAREN JORDAN
or most four-year-olds, playing house involves throwing a sheet over a few pushed-together chairs and hosting imaginary tea parties for their favourite stuffed toys. But even as a young child, Karen Jordan was all about the beautiful and would make curtains for her cubby house and paint its petite walls. As Karen grew up, that translated into furnishing her bedrooms and eventually creating a beautiful abode in which to live. Having returned from the Paris Trade Fair earlier in the year, where Karen was privy to the upcoming trend projections in all things interiors for the next five years, she also visited Italy, England and Spain to purchase unique homewares and collections to sell in her Caloundra store. Karen began her wholesaling business with her sister, travelling overseas and buying homewares, but when she moved away Karen was left with an abundance of stock. “I started with a few pop up shops around the Coast in Noosa, Peregian and Pelican waters to get rid of the product. I thought I’d give it six months in Caloundra – I loved it and then it grew,” she says. Whitepepper Homewares operated out of
“We’ve been in Caloundra for 26 years, and in our first week in town, I walked into this shop and said to my hubby, ‘If I ever have a shop, THIS IS THE ONE I want’.” a shopfront in Bulcock Street for four years, before Karen needed a bigger space – the ideal location being the former Comino’s Drapery. “I was looking for about 12 months, but I have to have a connection with a place, I can’t walk into a brand new shop and feel okay,” she says. “I looked around and was chatting to one of the real estate agents in town who said Mrs Comino was thinking of selling, but was waiting until she found the right person to come in. “I’d been in the shop loads of times, but introduced myself to her and we had a chat and she allowed me to take over the space.” As fate would have it, Karen had a special connection to the Comino’s historic shopfront. “We’ve been in Caloundra for 26 years, and in our first week in town, I walked into this shop and said to my hubby, ‘If I ever have a shop, this is the one I want’, and back profilemag.com.au
OF THE TRENDS FROM THE PARIS TRADE FAIR Metallics are still coming through, but trends are moving into mixing the diﬀerent metallics together, predominantly copper, gold and brass. There are also lots of inky and muddy colours on the horizon, which don’t really suit our climate so much, but are still beautiful in our homes. You don’t have to have a beachside, bright blue and yellow home to have a lovely aesthetic on the Sunshine Coast. Pastels are also still big; teamed with muddy colours and a bit of metallic. Lots of artwork, and mixing up your artwork makes a house not so clinical. You can have a minimalistic look and beautiful artwork on the walls.
then I hadn’t even thought about having a shop. “It’s funny how it all comes around. I love the history of it.” The Comino family has a history steeped in the Caloundra community, having owned and operated a string of businesses at the top end of Bulcock Street for around 70 years. To commemorate this, Karen kept the original Comino’s Drapery signage above the door, as a reminder of its origin.
“I’m a bit of a sentimentalist, I thought you can’t take it down, it’s been there forever, I just like to keep it there,” she says, casting her eye upwards. With pastel-coloured prints and intricately-designed shelves adorning the freshly painted white walls, a Palm Springs-inspired bedroom display in the centre of the room, and contemporary vignettes in the windows, new life has been breathed into this historic ‘home’ for future generations to enjoy.
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As one of the Sunshine Coast’s most prominent developers and a stalwart of the community, Graeme Juniper has witnessed more changes to our landscape than most and has had a hand in creating many of the region’s most recognisable landmarks. Profile chats to Graeme, for an insider’s perspective on our past and where we’re headed.
t’s hard to imagine there was a time when the Sunshine Coast wasn’t the vibrant, blustering regional city we all know and love today. That there was a time when the iconic lighthouse and water tower on Point Cartwright wasn’t perched on that rock wall, or when Mooloolaba Esplanade was nothing more than a couple of shops framing a street near the beach – no high-rises, no cafes and no ‘Loo with a View’. Our region has certainly come a long way from when it was first christened with its fairweather name in 1960, growing from a quiet little seaside town, to a tourism powerhouse that is now ranked as the ninth most populated city in the country. And at
the heart of the Coast’s changing landscape are those with the vision to take its raw beauty and build upon it. One such visionary is Graeme Juniper – one of the region’s leading developers who has not only witnessed the Coast blossom, but in fact played a major role in moulding it into the thriving destination it is today. Not a bad effort for a man who, prior to starting his own development company in the early ‘80s, was manufacturing sheepskin boots and moccasins for a living. “When I arrived here in 1978, Kawana Shoppingworld as we know it today was only a steel structure on the ground – it hadn’t even begun to be assembled. I saw that taking place and after doing some research, I thought that doing any form of retail here would be too hard because there were too many people doing the same thing. “So I looked around and I saw the amount of development going on, and at that point in time I decided that I’d opt for a career change,” Graeme says, as if his huge leap into a high-stakes industry was the most logical progression. Partnering with a few others, Graeme’s first major projects included the development of The Wharf and Underwater World. But throughout the ‘80s, Graeme says developers around the Coast were hindered by anti-development lobbyists. It was a movement he came to be very familiar with – particularly after starting his current business Juniper Property Group with his son Shaun in 1992, which went on to completely change the face of Mooloolaba in creating The Esplanade. Oceans Mooloolaba, Zanzibar, Sirocco and Landmark rose along the strip, replacing
what had previously been a rather sparse stretch of land consisting of a converted house, some real estate agencies and a bank. “There were very few places I had seen where you could actually do something in a positive manner to take it to the next generation,” says Graeme. “The vision for The Esplanade was something that came to us when Shaun and I built Landmark. We knew we were going to make changes that the community was not necessarily going to understand, and that was to introduce footpath dining.” That’s right – Graeme and Shaun were
“You can’t do the sort of projects that I’ve been doing without … having the benefit of the COMMUNITY in your mind at the time that you undertake the work.”
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responsible for introducing Mooloolaba’s now-famous street dining. “In Melbourne, footpath dining was a way of life, and it had a good climate three weeks of the year. It seemed crazy to me that here we are in Queensland and it didn’t really embrace footpath dining,” says Graeme. “So the vision started with Landmark, where we pushed hard for it and there was a lot of pushback from the community. They even had a street march.” Since the turbulent introduction, Graeme says he has had a number of people come forward and apologise for fighting against his vision, but for him, opposition has its merits. “One good thing about it is while from a developer’s point of view you can go through a lot of pain, it’s also good for a community to reflect on what they want and to have involvement. You can’t do the sort of projects that I’ve been doing without some community support and having the benefit of the community in your mind,” says Graeme. “You’ve always got to look at market demand and you have to analyse it. One of the party tricks of a developer is that you don’t look too far ahead. People have to be able to see it, understand it and embrace it. That said, it’s got to be something that we look back on 20 to 30 years from now with pride not embarrassment, because it is something that does tend to stay around for a long time.” While development is a topic he believes will always face some contention, Graeme says it’s vital that suburbs around the Coast be allowed to grow. “The planning scheme will need to reflect that direction. The airport’s expansion is a monumental change for the Coast. The next biggest one is absolutely going to be the Kawana health hub,” he says. The multi-billion-dollar development he’s referring to includes the Sunshine Coast University hospital precinct and research facilities. “It will bring huge changes to the Sunshine Coast because of what it will offer, not only the amount of employment, but the flow-on benefits where people will want to be close to such a facility,” he explains. “I always laugh when people say to me, ‘Do you think the place will continue to grow?’. The answer is that if you look back long enough, it only ever goes in one direction eventually. “A place like the Sunshine Coast has just got so much happening in every direction and hopefully with the right planning outcomes, it will continue to be a desirable place to live, shop retire and enjoy.” august 2016
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Of the eight million Syrian refugees worldwide, two million live in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. Some are lucky, they have clean water, electricity and access to education. Others are not so fortunate and shack up in makeshift shelters wherever they can. This reality sounds like a world removed for Sunshine Coast local Kim Edwards, but truth is, she’s never felt more at home.
ne drawing says ‘love’, another says ‘how is your day?’ There is also a picture of a house with an orange roof and bright pink front door. Dozens of words, stories and pictures students have drawn hang proudly on the walls of a makeshift classroom inside a tent at a refugee camp in Lebanon. These stories, Kim Edwards says, could not have been told six months ago. Having spent the last three years as principal of a women’s college in Saudi Arabia, Kim was in transit to another opportunity when she took a detour to visit a friend in Lebanon, where she was asked to set up a school program in the Beqaa Valley.
“Spending that initial day in the camps was so confronting and overwhelming. The need was there, I just couldn’t leave. It’s hard to explain,” Kim says, explaining she decided to turn down the job in Saudi Arabia to take on the volunteer position. “I arrived in the middle of winter, at the end of January and it was snowing, it was absolutely freezing. I had to borrow jackets, boots and socks because I had no winter clothes, I wasn’t expecting to be staying.” The Beqaa Valley on the Syria/Lebanon border, west of Beirut, is similar in size to the Sunshine Coast and has a Syrian refugee population of almost two million. “There are camps through the whole valley, in farming land, old houses, abandoned warehouses, they’re everywhere – one camp can range from 400 people to 2000 people.” Kim works with a number of camps, but is predominantly based at Mercy Camp, which is managed by Triumphant Mercy non-governmental organisation (NGO). It houses 400 people and is considered to be “five-star” because of its resources. “We’ve got electricity, water deliveries, garbage pickup, and we’ve set up a school and built a playground,” she says.
“The camp was designed so there are roads and every tent is accessible by car, and there is space between every tent for fire prevention.” Kim lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Zahlé, the capital of the Beqaa Valley, sharing a room with four other people. It’s a little crowded, but it’s palatial compared to what the refugees endure, which is why strict sanctions are put in place to prevent them from entering the city. “All of the camps are outside the town and the Lebanese Army is very careful not to allow any of the refugees into the town proper,” she says. “We have a curfew from 8.30pm to 6am to stop the movement of people in the camps coming into town. It also stops people going into the camps.” Kim spends most of her time educating adults and children, and training volunteers. “Before I arrived, there were no English programs running in any of the camps in the whole valley and the refugees were desperate for education,” she says. “According to the Lebanese Government,
Syrian refugees can attend school in Lebanon but they won’t make any compensations for them. School in Lebanon is conducted in French and English and you’ve got children who haven’t been in school for four years, so the language barrier is the biggest hindrance.” Along with holding English classes, they also run a range of activities, sports and handicrafts with the aim of preparing the refugees for returning to Syria. “We need to help them so they can re-enter formal education and equip them with skills so they can show they have learnt something while they’ve been in the camps and upskilled,” she says. “The people in the Beqaa Valley are quite poor, they’re mostly from rural areas, some are gypsies, some are farmers, they’re the poorest of the poor. “These are the ones who haven’t been able to afford to work abroad and go to Europe, these are the ones who have been in a truck and fallen over the border. They’re a particularly different socio-economic group than the ones you see going to Europe. “We have people who arrive every day from Syria, you see new families coming in every day, but there are some who have been there for four years and nobody ever expected the war to last as long as it has. “A lot of these people have come over with nothing, they’ve got in the back of a truck with nothing, not a suitcase, a change of
“You go into a refugee camp and you expect it to be CONFRONTING with the poverty and hopelessness and despair, but what surprises you is their WARMTH and their smiles.” clothes, a family photo, they’ve literally lost everything. It’s very confronting. “It’s like a forgotten war and there are a lot of thoughts the war will move into Lebanon, there’s a lot of talk about that at the moment, it’s very de-stabilised. There’s a lot of concern.” But despite all this, hope prevails. “The education program has been really successful, when you walk into the camp now, everyone runs up and speaks in English. It’s made a huge impact on the level of hope. That’s what it’s all about.” To learn more, donate money or register to become a volunteer, visit www.gofundme.com/ kimedwards or email hope.mercy.lebanon@ gmail.com.
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COLLEEN ROSE AND CATHERINE LESCHKAU INTRODUCE US TO THEIR BUSINESSES
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SEVEN COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY BUSINESS OWNERS They fail to create a structure for their business. Many business owners think, “I’m too small to worry about this”. The result is that they never get to be a bigger business because they never create the right structure to grow from. They fail to measure their marketing. What’s working and what’s not working in your business, do you have measurement tools in place? Good business sense will tell you to do more of what’s working and less of what is not working. They fail to communicate clear roles and responsibilities. In order to ensure the most eﬃcient use of your money you must be clear that a) all the important processes are being held responsible to someone, and b) that you are not doubling up or duplicating responsibility. If you are, you are wasting resources (your money!) They fail to document their systems and procedures. As your business grows, it will be much easier if new employees know exactly the correct way to go about doing their jobs. This will help you ensure nothing ‘slips through’
in terms of your product and service delivery or your finances. They fail to plan for now and the future. If you don’t have a plan for your business to follow, it’s like driving somewhere new with no road map! A plan with objectives, goals and KPIs will show you how to get where you are going. They fail to monitor and review their business. There is nothing more certain than change. Yet often a business will fail by not being able to ‘read the signs’ of change and then be able to adapt their business to take advantage of the change. They fail to take action on what they learn. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. Unless you take action and follow through on your plan, nothing will change.
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his is where the magic happens,” laughs Belinda Kurtz, signalling to the end of the hallway. I find myself standing in one of her daughters’ rooms, in what is the current headquarters for the now internationallysuccessful business Petite Interior Co. – the Kurtz family home. I recognise the room immediately, as would any one of her 141,000 Instagram followers or nearly 37,000 Facebook ‘likers’, since it makes a regular appearance on her social media accounts. But that doesn’t stop me from feeling impressed and quite frankly, a little jealous of five-year-old Holly, who gets to inhabit this incredibly beautiful and fun room. “Interiors is really only something I picked up once I had my girls,” explains Belinda.
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When mother-of-two Belinda Kurtz decided to back herself in a creative career change, she had no idea that her small idea was about to become bigger than Ben 10. Tayla Arthur sits down with the mastermind behind Petite Interior Co. to find out how it snowballed into an international success story.
“I was in corporate human resources for the Brisbane City Council before going on maternity leave, but when I wanted to dip my toes back into the workforce we had moved to the Sunshine Coast and I didn’t see a lot of options available for part-time employment. So I decided to find an outlet where I could indulge my creative side.” While in the past she’d satisfied her creativity through smaller projects like painting, sewing and refurbishing tired furniture, this time around Belinda opted to give her daughters’ rooms a makeover, discovering a gift for interior design in the process. “I liked the idea of the fun and whimsical style I could use for children’s rooms. I do residential and commercial interiors now as well, but starting with kids’ designs allowed me to be as creative as I possibly could be,” she explains.
“I’d created a pretty nice room, where the mix of vintage and modern style I used, seemed to align. But I was really struggling to find the things that I wanted, and that’s when the idea for Petite Interior Co. (formerly Petite Vintage Interiors) came about. “I had something to offer in this space and decided to see how it would go, but it’s just gone crazy from there,” Belinda laughs, as if she can’t quite believe it herself. ‘Crazy’ is certainly an apt description of her seemingly overnight success; despite only launching in April of 2013, Petite Vintage Interiors has already had one project featured as one of House & Garden’s Top 50 rooms for 2014 and another shared to 1.4 million followers on Instagram by global children’s clothing giant, Kardashian Kids. “My highlight has definitely been having profilemag.com.au
BELINDA’S TOP TIPS FOR DECORATING CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS Scandinavian styling is big right now, so stick with neutral and sophisticated pieces for the room’s base, but keep it playful and lighthearted with fun artwork, cushions, throws and other items that can be easily swapped out. Don’t take it too seriously – remember it’s a kids’ room that needs to be fun and functional. Steer clear of being too matchy-matchy, as this can make a room seem one dimensional. Let your child have some of their most treasured items on display, as it makes it more personalised. If you can’t tuck it away, make a feature out of it.
that House & Garden accolade,” say Belinda. “It was the very first project I had ever done,” she shakes her head in disbelief and smiles at the memory. “I was terrified. I’d worked online with clients but I hadn’t done a full beginning-toend interior, other than my own children’s rooms before that, so to get appreciation at that level for that project just … I felt unstoppable after that.” After cultivating a mass following on social media by starting small and initially charging low prices for her styling services, in exchange for online promotion, Belinda now heads the world’s largest children’s interior design studio, with clients seeking her services from as far afield as the United States, United Kingdom, South America and even the Middle East. BELINDA KURTZ
“I do most of my work with overseas clients through our e-design service, but I’ve been flown to Saudi Arabia to work on a huge, nine-by-nine metre kids’ playroom and have worked for the royal family in Abu Dhabi,” says Belinda. “Everyone’s looking to Australia for kids’ interiors – it’s quite incredible. We’re creating some of the most on-trend, cool things for kids here.”
“Everyone’s looking to Australia for kids’ interiors – it’s quite INCREDIBLE. We’re creating some of the most ON-TREND, cool things for kids here.” Belinda tells me of one happy client overseas, who is looking to expand Belinda’s brand even further with a store selling items based on her room designs. “Why do you think I look so tired?!” she laughs. With such a huge amount of growth, Belinda has understandably had to surround herself with a supportive team, and now has an assistant and four talented graphic and interior designers from around the country behind her. Her husband, Dean, is also set to join her. “Dean has always been my biggest fan, and the biggest sense of achievement I have is that this little side business has grown to become our family business now,” says Belinda.
“I never had provisions put in place for this growth. We’ve taken on every opportunity as it’s come in and just ran with it, and I’ve grown as a businesswoman along with it. “I could never have dreamt that Petite Interior Co. would become what it is today. People say to me, ‘You don’t really sound that excited about it’. But I am – I just can’t quite get my head around it. It’s been a rollercoaster and I pinch myself often.” The ride’s been far from easy though. “When you’re trying to break into an industry, social media is a double-edged sword. I didn’t expect to face so much adversity in those early months. Competitors were telling suppliers not to talk to me. Then just managing the juggle between having a young family and a thriving business with a huge social media base and feeling like you’re doing both well was so hard. I don’t think anyone’s lives are really balanced when they have their own business,” Belinda says. “I’m very lucky that my support network knows that this is where my focus needs to be. My husband, my friends and my family are all very respectful and they don’t give me a hard time if they don’t see me for a while; they just know I’ve been busy.” With an expansion on the cards and so many aspects to her business – from physical interior design installations and 3D e-design services, to social media promotion for suppliers and of course her own business – Belinda is only going to get busier. But with such a fierce passion for everything she does, whether she’s hard at work or relaxing with Dean and daughters Holly and Asher, she’ll always be at home. profilemagazine
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Colleen Rose Lucy and Loo
or Colleen Rose, fashion runs in her blood. Her mother and her aunt had a flair for it, with both of them skilled dressmakers with a knack for creating beautiful pieces. As a result, Colleen recognises quality fabrics and clever clothing designs when she sees them, and it is this that drew her to buy online clothing store, Lucy and Loo, in October, 2015. “I’ve been in the retail industry for years – back in Ireland I worked at Topshop for quite a while. It was what I was doing just before Lucy and Loo that was actually out of place!” she laughs, explaining her role in managing several hotels in the outback – a job she had left her home on the Sunshine Coast for. “I missed my family so I decided it was time to come home. Lucy and Loo came up for sale and I was looking for a career change so I decided to jump on the opportunity and give it a go.” It was the versatile design of Lucy and Loo’s convertible dresses, along with the quality of their fabric, that convinced Colleen the business would be a winner. Suited to all body shapes and stocked in 26 different colours, Colleen says her dresses are most popular for bridesmaids, as they can offer the same dress in a style that can be tailored to any individual. But as she explains, their versatility means they can be used for much more. “They’re the perfect maternity dress,” says Colleen. “They’re not overpriced and you get great wear out of them since it’s like a new dress every time.” Colleen has grown the Lucy and Loo convertible dress into one of the most sought after items in Australian wardrobes, and having just released the new Celtic Collection range of colours, she’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Catherine Leschkau Driftwood Events
or many parents, planning a children’s birthday party is the stuff of nightmares. In fact, when it comes to events in general, just the thought can send even the most organised into a meltdown. But for Catherine Leschkau, there is no greater joy than seeing her handiwork take shape. Having become the go-to-girl among her family and friends for event planning, after organising her sister’s wedding, Catherine had her lightbulb moment while admiring her handiwork at another relative’s birthday party, deciding to quit her job as a project manager in the mining industry to start her own business, Driftwood Events, in August last year. Discovering there was a gap for local children’s party planners, Catherine undertook her own study online and opened Driftwood Events for business, organising everything from baby showers and birthdays to weddings, anniversaries and beyond. “I know planning events can be really stressful, so my goal is to take the stress out of the event,” explains Catherine. “We’re a society that loves to celebrate milestones. We don’t recall weeks when we’re looking back on our lives – we just remember the big moments. I feel like I’m helping to make those memories happier.” In addition to putting smiles on others’ faces, Catherine says the most rewarding part of her endeavour has been her involvement with the community. “I am so appreciative of the Sunshine Coast community. From the minute I started the concept to where I am today, everyone has been so supportive. It’s not just the clients; it’s beautiful to experience how businesses support each other too.” Catherine says she is in her element now, her only regret that she didn’t make the leap sooner. “If you want to make a living out of what you love, do it! Life’s too short not to.”
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WORKPLACE communication WORDS NICOLE FUGE PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE CORBINS, MAROOCHYDORE
It’s impossible to run a successful venture without having good communication. Whether it be with your employees, your colleagues, your customers/clients or other people you come into contact with when running your business, communication is king.
mails, phone calls, video conferences or good old fashioned face-to-face contact – there are endless tools of communication in the workplace, each with their upsides and pitfalls. So I caught up with the Blokes About Town to put our communication skills to the test to find out which strategies work best within their team environment and what role technology has played in their workplace.
Joining me for lunch at Corbins in Maroochydore was Jack Hockley from L&M Goldstar, Patrick Walsh from What The Fox Creative, and Philip Van Der Walt and Craig Levitt from Think Money. profile: How would you describe good workplace communication? jack: I’d describe it as open and honest. One of my biggest frustrations is unclear and misleading communication in the workplace.
philip: I’d say constant communication as well, rather than big spaces in between, because people start losing (interest in) the situation when they’re not involved in the conversation. patrick: Bringing up stuff before it’s an issue, as soon as it starts and you think it might turn into something, talk about it then. philip: That’s a big part of project management as well – taking all issues into consideration and making sure you discuss all of the options, all of the ways it could go.
patrick: And being able to flag those things before they happen. craig: It’s interesting when you think about communication, how you often think about the downside as opposed to the upside, and I suppose I look at it from the other side. The more communication with the team or staff about the business, the better buy-in they tend to have, which means they’re more committed and feel more part of a team. profile: What are the most important things a manager should implement in a workplace to ensure good communication? patrick: I’d say relationships – people knowing they can tell you things and approach you about things. Having managers that, if you’re worried if you tell them about a situation you’ll get in trouble or you’ll be reprimanded, to me is not a good thing, so having some level of relationship with the people you’re managing so they know they can talk to you. jack: A big part of my communication is technology. Being a remote arm from a head office, using Skype meetings, email, telephones, instant messaging – that’s a massive part of communication for me. patrick: Modelling the behaviours you want people to use. If you want them to communicate with you in a certain way, communicate with them in that way.
“BODY LANGUAGE and TONE of voice are such a crucial part of communication, you just CAN’T get that from email or instant messaging.” – JACK HOCKLEY
profile: The introduction of emails, social media and technology has meant we’ve needed to communicate less in person, but how important is face-to-face interaction? jack: Immensely. Speaking from a remote operator point of view, getting to head office and having that one-on-one time with individual people is really crucial. craig: I think technology has made it too easy to not communicate personally; that’s one of the big challenges. Often it’s a short cut and I think it’s much more valuable having a real conversation, rather than just communicating electronically.
HOW TO COMMUNICATE IN THE WORKPLACE OPEN MEETING: In this kind of forum, your team will not only hear what you are saying, they will also see and feel it. ONE-ON-ONE: Some people understand better when you take them aside and talk to them on a one-onone basis. Ensure that you maintain eye contact with them to enable the message to sink in. DISPLAY CONFIDENCE AND SERIOUSNESS: When your team members notice any uncertainty and lack of seriousness when you’re communicating with them, they are likely to treat the information with disdain or disregard. LISTEN TO YOUR TEAM MEMBERS: Communication is intended to be a two-way street. Don’t just talk because you are the leader, without listening to anyone else. USE BODY LANGUAGE: Your body language will pass your message faster and better. Master the art of using body language when communicating with your team. Stand/sit up straight, smile, handshake and make eye contact. ENCOURAGE FEEDBACK: Don’t just talk and walk away. Give room for feedback so that you can measure the eﬀectiveness of your style of communication. It will also aﬀord you the privilege of knowing if your message was well understood. Sourced from: www.smallbiztrends.com
PHILIP VAN DER WALT
jack: Body language and tone of voice are such a crucial part of communication, you just can’t get that from email or instant messaging. craig: That’s the downside (to technology), there’s often been many emails read the wrong way! patrick: I think there’s an illusion of it being a time saver. It’s the same as text messages – I’ve experienced it personally where I’m texting with somebody and if I had called them five minutes earlier it would have been resolved. It’s the same with emails in the workplace, just get up and walk to their desk and have a three-minute conversation and you’ll answer all of your questions, that would otherwise take 50 emails. craig: One of the things I’ve learnt as a manager is that people just want time. It’s a bit like being a parent – kids want time with you, staff want time with you, and that just shows you care. I used to be in a bad habit where a staff member would walk into my office and the phone would ring and I’d pick up the phone. Or the email pings and you’re distracted. That sends a really bad signal to that person; it says that’s more important than them. So face-to-face time is really valuable because we all seek that self validation and you don’t get that electronically.
CORBINS, MAROOCHYDORE Located in the heart of Maroochydore’s foodie precinct, Corbins has grown to become a popular destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving up Asian-inspired food, cocktails, beer and wine. Having eaten at Corbins on numerous occasions, I knew we were in for a delicious treat for lunch and the decision to order share plate style was a winner – allowing everyone to sample a wide range of dishes from the menu, rather than being limited to one main dish (and running the risk of having food envy!). We indulged in a selection of Corbins’ popular bar snacks and small plates, including cuttlefish popcorn with miso and lime; fried chicken bao with pickled cabbage and sriracha; mini pork banh mi; prawn, mandarin and chilli on betel leaf; Tasmanian salmon sashimi with chilli and soy ponzu; ‘son-in-law eggs’ with chilli jam; sweet potato noodle balls with black vinegar caramel and szechuan; and braised beef intercostals with red nahm jim and coriander. The most popular meal was definitely the braised beef, with its soft and succulent flesh melting in the mouth, perfectly complemented by the robust flavour of the red nahm jim – chopstick-licking fun all ‘round. But every dish was a heavenly hit and there was nothing left but empty plates and full bellies. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to brunch with your significant other, a long lunch with colleagues, or a cheeky drink and nibble with your nearest and dearest, Corbins is serving up the goods. 34 DUPORTH AVENUE, MAROOCHYDORE PHONE: 5326 1022 WWW.CORBINS.COM.AU
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AS AN EXECUTOR OF A WILL? PIPPA COLMAN | PIPPA COLMAN & ASSOCIATES SOLICITORS
greeing to be an Executor of someone’s Will is usually taken with very little thought as to ‘What have I actually agreed to do?’ Being an Executor is a very important role in making sure that you carry out all the terms of the Will. But it can also be very complex and very time consuming. And you only have 12 months to ensure beneficiaries receive their distribution. Here are some of the jobs an Executor will need to carry out:
• Finalise Centrelink/DVA pension entitlements.
• Read the last Will of the deceased and advise the beneficiaries of their entitlements. You will also need to provide them with a copy of the Will, meet with them and potentially resolve any disputes between beneficiaries. You will also need to keep beneficiaries updated on the progress of administering the estate.
• Pay any debts including funeral/ cremation costs.
• Lawfully dispose of the body, which may include arranging a funeral/cremation and placing a notice in the newspaper. • Arrange care of the deceased’s pets. • Obtain the deceased’s death certificate. • Inspect properties, organise changing of locks, liaise with insurers and if necessary, find certificates of title. • Advise banks and obtain bank account balances. • Finalise accounts for telephone, electricity, gas and any other utilities (internet, cable television, etc) • Advertise for creditors of the estate. • Inform Medicare and obtain refund of contributions to medical insurance funds. august 2016
• Conduct a search of Australian share registries to ascertain if any shares are owned by the deceased. • Apply for and obtain a Grant of Probate. • Access money from their bank account and open both an operating and an interest bearing account in the name of the estate.
• File income tax returns up to the date of death. • Sell real estate and other assets not being provided to a beneficiary. • In a worst case scenario, you may also need to prepare and prosecute a legal defence against any claims on the estate. Also when dealing with beneficiaries who are under 18 years of age or are incapable, then Executors will need to establish a Trust to manage their inheritance. This list is not exhaustive, but does give a realistic range of the types of activities involved in being an Executor. Consider how difficult achieving all of this would be for someone who does not have everything organised and you have to start from a low base of not having much information. We would encourage Executors to engage a solicitor if the estate is complex or if they are not sure about what they need to do to talk to a solicitor who can guide them through the process of administering a Will.
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For Sue Gaylard, love is the force that drives her. It was a love of antiques and the stories behind them that saw her build a successful 20-year career in the industry. It was the love for the Sunshine Coast that saw her return after spending 15 years in Brisbane. And it was love that drove her to take a leap of faith and open a business selling both stylish modern clothing and stunning antique and fine jewellery in April last year.
aving spent 15 years as the manager of a well-known antique store in the Brisbane Arcade, Sue has built a reputation for her extensive knowledge and exquisite selection of antique jewellery and it is for this reason that her return to the industry with Avenue J, located in the Zanzibar Resort complex on the Mooloolaba Esplanade, is a milestone truly worth celebrating.
LIFE CHANGING MILESTONES
FLYING THE NEST, 1985
The first milestone in my life was when at 18, I left home from country Victoria to work as a governess on a cattle station in the outback – north of Alice Springs – leaving my family, mum, dad, sister and brothers. My job was to look after and educate the owners’ son on School of the Air, cook for the family and work in the general store. This was a big move for a country girl.
“I love the PIECES and the stories they tell, but more so I love the interaction they create with PEOPLE.”
MOVING TO QUEENSLAND, 1990
I moved to the Sunshine Coast more than 25 years ago following the beautiful warm weather. After working for a few years on the Coast, I then moved to Brisbane as I had an opportunity to work in jewellery retail, which then led me into the Brisbane Arcade specialising in both antique and modern jewellery.
DISCOVERING MY PASSION, 1999
Having spent many happy school holidays at my grandparents’ farm, which had been in the family for 200 years, I was surrounded by antiques and had the love and appreciation instilled in me by my mother and grandmother. When I commenced working at Kellies Antiques in Brisbane Arcade I realised my passion for antique jewellery. I love the pieces and the stories they tell, but more so I love the interaction they create with people.
OPENING AVENUE J, 2015
Avenue J was launched in April 2015. I really wanted to do something special in Mooloolaba. With my love and expertise for antique jewellery and desire to provide a large range of quality fashion, I decided to combine both passions to make Avenue J one of the most interesting combinations on the Coast. Giving the total experience of fabulous local and international fashion, perfectly complemented with beautiful unique antique and modern jewellery.
“Avenue J was launched in April 2015. I really wanted to do something SPECIAL in Mooloolaba.”
THE PLEASURE OF BUYING, NOW
It’s hard to explain how much fun I have sourcing exquisite pieces of jewellery and clothing from all over the world and the delight it is in telling the stories and the history associated with every unique piece of antique jewellery that finds its place in Avenue J. profilemag.com.au
We’ve all seen those so-called overnight successes; the latest star on a reality singing TV show, the millionaire whose rise to the top appeared at warp speed or the friend whose property portfolio has them retiring from their day job at 40.
heir success might look like it just happened but in truth, years of hard work and planning goes into everything before it becomes a reality. Luxe Commercial managing director Chris Sales knows too well the dedication and hard work required to accomplish a goal – whether it’s a career, property portfolio or saving for your first home. “I started in small business when I finished high school, I was still a teenager, and have been through several highs and lows as well as careers, before the timing was right to open Luxe Commercial,” he says. “Similarly I bought my first home in my early 20s and lived in it before I could afford to renovate. Along the way I learnt a lot of lessons and have slowly and cautiously built from there. Everything takes time and patience and overnight successes simply do not exist whether it’s business, entertainment, finance or property.” The 30-year-old says investing in commercial property requires the same hard work, patience and long-term view. He says careful research into locations, supply and yields are a necessity before taking the plunge. “Commercial property is a long-term proposition and can be a great addition to any diversified investment portfolio,” Chris says. “It’s an industry that flourishes on the back of a strong economy and tenancies can be long-term given they often have capital investment in the tenancy. “However good advice, research and patience are all required before you can create the perfect nest-egg that will grow over time.” Luxe Commercial is the Sunshine Coast’s leading boutique commercial property agency covering Caloundra to Noosa Heads. Chris and his team are available at any time to discuss sales, leasing and property management.
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HOME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY
VICKI’S PROPERTY POST
It’s that time of year.
round this time every year, activity in the real estate business tends to slow down. Whether this is because of the end of the financial year or the winter season, no one seems to know.
This year we also had the election to add to people’s sense of caution and uncertainty. One interesting aspect of this lull is that it usually has a much greater effect on sellers than on buyers. So we end up with lots of people looking, but with not too much to look at. As in any market situation however, there are winners and losers. And in this case the beneficiaries of this imbalance are those smart property owners who don’t believe it’s best to wait until spring, but take advantage of the fact that they have a product for which there is lots of demand and very little supply. Recently we’ve seen some surprisingly good prices for properties that perhaps weren’t all that special. So as the old saying has it, maybe when everyone else zigs… it really is time to zag.
The team at Star specialises in property sales from Noosa to Mount Coolum. Vicki Cooper is Principal of Star Noosa call 0418 231 955.
Come on in WORDS SUE GODFREY, THE ART OF PROPERTY STAGING
How often have we driven up to a house for sale, liked what we saw from the outside and then entered the house – only to have all of those positive vibes disappear.
f you have no defined entry to your home and enter straight into the living room with chairs and lounges blocking your line of sight, everything starts to feel crowded and small. An entry is all about expectations to what lies beyond, it is the buyer’s first impression of the inside of the home. You need to connect with the buyers to get that, “Welcome, come on in”, feeling. Most buyers connect with a property in the first 60 seconds. You need to grab their attention, make them get that emotional feeling and want to see more. If your entry is lacking, then the sales pitch becomes harder to overcome the first impression. You have already lost that, ‘I love it, I must have this house’, feeling.
YOU NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES Often your floor plan will govern what restrictions you may have in changing this area, but things can be done. Remember you are selling and it is the visual appeal to the buyer, not necessarily how you are living in this space. First of all try and remove some of your furniture items from the living area, then place the furniture pieces e.g. lounge, chairs 58
A small table and a mirror or piece of art help to dress an entry and attract buyers
away from the entry, further into the living area. Try and have a sight line from the front door to further into the room. Where possible move your furniture away from the walls.
“Most buyers connect with a property in the first 60 SECONDS. You need to grab their attention, make them get that EMOTIONAL feeling and want to see more.” CREATE A ROOM WITHIN A ROOM This will make the area appear larger. Place a rug under your lounge, chairs to centre the furniture to give a room inside a room feel. Visually this gives the room a feeling of more space. Move this area as far away as possible from the front door. Now hopefully you have been able to create a vacant area near the wall from the front door, so when the buyers enter they feel this is an entry, not a living area.
DRESS TO IMPRESS Now you need to dress this area to add to that feeling for the buyers. You may consider changing the swing of the door from left to right so you can achieve this. Try and fit a small table or bench on the wall, a mirror or a piece of art, perhaps a pot plant and a few accessories. This will attract the buyer and give the impression of an actual entry, before they step into the living area. If the room does not permit this, then put a nice pot plant in a container just inside the door, with a runner rug to give the illusion of a hallway.
Remember it only takes 60 seconds to connect with your buyers! profilemag.com.au
Paul and Julie Anderson have been Coast locals for over 30 years. They pride themselves on achieving outstanding results for all their clients through collaborative negotiation skills and providing exceptional customer service. Paul and Julie are supported by a team of property experts at Aspire Estate Agents. So, for knowledgeable market advice and a professional, well balanced approach to real esate, call Paul or Julie for a smooth real estate transaction.
The making of MAROOCHYDORE
Maroochydore is fast-tracked to become a business, community and employment hub, renewing the region by supporting economic development, providing much needed infrastructure and creating a new central business district for the Coast.
he Maroochydore City Centre represents a rare opportunity to establish a new capital city for the Sunshine Coast. The Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area (PDA) will be the business, community services and employment focus for the region, with a diverse range of medium and high density housing and an efficient and effective multimodal public transport system.
• a city heart in Maroochydore • fully approved and serviced land for commercial, retail, residential, civic, cultural and community uses
• publically accessible waterways • rail-based public transport via CAMCOS and possibly future light rail • a multi-modal public transport system • a new road network to provide additional capacity to the existing road network within Maroochydore • interconnected public open space • a central Sunshine Coast location for regional arts and entertainment. The PDA is around 60 hectares, covering Sunshine Coast Council-owned land including the Horton Park Golf Club site and State Government-owned land in Dalton Drive, Maroochydore.
SUBURB PROFILE Population: 4496 Predominant age group: 25-34 years MEDIAN PRICE To buy a house: $537,500 To rent a house: $450 per week To buy a unit: $355,000 To rent a unit: $350 per week HOUSEHOLD STRUCTURE Childless couples: 35.4% Lone households: 20.4% Couples with children: 19.7% Single parents: 8.4% Group households: 8.2% Other: 7.8% HOUSEHOLD OCCUPANCY Renting: 44.6% Owns outright: 31.6% Purchaser: 19% Other: 4.7% Information sourced from: www.realestate.com.au and RP Data
KEEPING HOUSE WORDS WARREN TEGG, BENNETT CARROLL SOLICITORS
wning your own home traditionally provided stability for the family as well as an investment. I would suggest that concept of stability is something that adults in their 30s and 40s perhaps learned from their baby boomer parents. I often have separated parents say to me it’s important to keep the home because it has been the place where the children grew up. I get this from both sides of the separation. It’s a learned belief and I wonder how true that is for the children? What we know about children of all ages facing the separation of their parents is that for them the best and in some cases only real deﬁnition of ‘Home’ is a place where they live with both of their parents. However, there are obvious exceptions to the rule, such as a home affected by family violence. The question about the importance of the house for the children usually arises between two partners who have managed to keep their issues separate from the children’s welfare. These parents want the best for their children but know they cannot continue to live together. Retaining the house that the children have been living in is an admirable goal but is it really necessary? I would say not, if for instance: • it ties up the capital of the parents for a lengthy period of time; • costs one or both parents more than they can really afford; • keeps the parents in the same property because they can’t afford to live apart; • restrains either or both parents from getting on with their lives If the children know that both their parents love them and make decisions jointly that are child-focused, then where the children actually live does not matter. I would suggest a home is any environment in which children are loved and cared for. The building is only the vessel for that; it does not create that environment. So if it is a ﬁnancial burden to retain a particular property after a separation, trying to do so for the children may in fact add to the stress rather than relieve it.
WARREN TEGG BENNETT CARROLL SOLICITORS
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report: hermside has long been renowned for its Westfield Chermside shopping centre, the ChERmSIDE largest shopping centre in Queensland. The centre boasts Myer, David Jones, Kmart, Target, Big W and Coles. It also has a 16-screen cinema complex, a bowling alley and Chermside bus station, a major transport hub for the north of Brisbane. Westfield Chermside is not only a leading retail precinct but also one of many major employment nodes in the area, which is one of the strongest appeals of the local property market. Chermside is located 13km north of the Brisbane CBD and 9km from Brisbane International Airport. The suburb is bisected by Gympie Road, the main north–south arterial road leading from the inner suburbs and connecting to the Bruce Highway, leading to the Sunshine Coast. Chermside is also handy to the Port of Brisbane and the Australia TradeCoast industrial precinct. Brisbane Airport Corporation is spending $3.8 billion on infrastructure in the next 10 years while the Port of Brisbane, the nation’s third busiest port, is spending $150 million on improvements. Businesses within the Australia TradeCoast region currently employ 60,000 and the region is forecast to employ 110,000 people by 2026. Medical facilities are also large employers with the Prince Charles Hospital, a 630-bed facility which employs 3,500 staff, and the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital located in Chermside. There are also government offices such as the Australian Tax Office and the Department of Corrective Services, while the Australian Catholic University is less than 10km away in Nudgee. Nearby are the entertainment amenities of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, a venue capable of seating up to 14,500 for sports events and concerts, as well as Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses. The population of Chermside is 10,000, with a significantly higher-than-average number of people aged between 20 and 40; and a lower-than-average number of children under 19. Residents of Chermside are most likely to work as professionals (25%), in administration (16%) or as a technician or trade worker (12%). Properties in Chermside comprise 36% separate houses, 23% semi-detached or townhouses and 41% units. In the last 12 months, only seven new houses were approved compared to 568 units. The majority (79%) of Chermside properties have two or three bedrooms while 58% are rented. Only 18% of Chermside properties are owned outright. The median house price for Chermside is $510,000, considerably cheaper than the neighbouring suburb of Wavell Heights where the median house price is $610,000. The long-term growth rate (the average annual rise in the median house price in the past 10 years) is 5% per year – although in the past three years the growth rate has been higher at 6% per year.
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Last month Profile Magazine partnered with Coastline BMW to host a very stylish fashion event – Profile Style Society. Our panel of style leaders had the diﬃcult task of selecting the ‘Best Dressed’ guest on the day. Congratulations to Lynette Radonich on being crowned with the title of best dressed, and runner-up Kelli Spilios. Lynette won an incredible array of prizes, including a personal ﬂight for two in a Cirrus aircraft, a stylish BMW for a weekend and a pamper hamper of Jane Iredale goodies ... WOW! For more social snaps head to proﬁlemag.com.au/galleries
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For 22 years and three generations of the family name, Mick and Janet Millington nurtured once-degraded cattle land at Eumundi into a biodynamic haven. After years of putting in the hard yards, the first generation of the family shares how they did it.
remember when I was a little girl and I used to question my mum about why I had to eat all of my veggies, not just the peas … it was only later on I realised that you have to eat all your veggies because they all soak up different things from the soil,” Janet Millington anecdotes to a captive crowd. She takes a break to sign one of her permaculture books, the page flicking open to rest on the special dedication she’s penned to her two children. “This book was written just there,” she gestures to a large shed, “part of it was working with Eumundi school and they now have the biggest outdoor classroom that I know in this approach.” Janet’s holding an open day on the sprawling 33-acre property she and husband Mick have transformed into a sustainable, self-reliant destination. “Permaculture has all the tools you need to transition to an energy descent future. It’s sustainability, providing what you can on your own place and then forming networks to share the surplus so you’re not asking land to do things it can’t do,” explains Janet. Awarded the Sunshine Coast Council Living Smart ‘Environmental’ Australia Day Award 2016, the couple proudly displays the award while chatting to me in their house ‘Homestead Hill’, as chocolate labrador Chippie bounds in, fur damp from a swim.
“Winning the Environmental Award – it showed that we did it together, it was the whole family because without their support we wouldn’t have done it, without our son David’s help to step in we would have had to sell it a long time ago,” says Janet, tears forming in her eyes. What was once desolate property with an old rail corridor suffering erosion, fertility and biodiversity issues, is replaced by orchards, water sources, veggie patches, gardens, solar and work sheds; scars of barren land smoothed over by a bamboo forest. “David and his mates worked on the place, they’d take down the fences, you couldn’t get water flowing, so we had to get rid of all that before we could actually do the earthworks to hold and store water and percolate it through the soil,” reflects Janet. Twenty years on, and David now resides in a beautiful converted red barn with his own young family, partner Sherie and daughters Molly-Belle, seven and Ginger Leigh, two. This second and third generation of the Millington family assist with the maintenance of the property, particularly during the last six years while Mick and Janet were travelling for Mick’s work for the Australian Navy, before returning in late 2015. “We’ve got some lovely photos of them in my chapter in a book, Permaculture Pioneers, it’s captioned ‘Molly-Belle Millington loves the family farm and joins in the chores’,” Janet says, getting up to show me the book. “There’s lovely things I’ll always remember like our daughter-in-law Sherie pulling the trolley and little Ginger sitting up there getting pinecones and timber for their fire. And Molly, collecting passion fruits, carrying a great big pumpkin and feeding the chickens.” Their daughter Katie is managing director/executive producer for an Australian/New Zealand production company, and supports the farm’s publicity.
“PERMACULTURE has got all the tools that you need to TRANSITION to an ENERGY descent future.”
MICK AND JANET MILLINGTON
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE? Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilising the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
The family beginnings stem from Sydney, where Mick and Janet met as teenagers in Cronulla before marrying in 1970 and welcoming Katie and David. While in Sydney, Janet was a primary school teacher, and Mick worked for the Department of Defence in navy research areas, combat and sonar systems for the weapons component of submarines; his work taking them around the world. The family moved north after Mick and David were captivated by Noosa during a surfing trip; the perfect location for Janet to escape her seriously debilitating chemical sensitivities illness ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). They bought a holiday place on Noosa Sound, and purchased 60 acres of land at Eumundi, moving full time onto the property in 1996. They began with aquaculture – a crayfish farm with seven ponds, before selling the ponds and reducing their land ownership to 33-acres, and focusing on the bamboo forestry. The fresh regional air was a tonic for Janet’s sensitivities which soon cleared up, and the couple embraced the opportunity to nurture both the land and family health with chemical-free rehabilitation strategies, with both David and Mick qualifying to operate all the required machinery from chainsaws to bulldozers, themselves. While the property initially began as a way to improve Janet’s quality of life, it’s bloomed into a passion for both, and they are eager to share what they’ve learnt. Mick references a 1993 study he completed for the Queensland Government on return production per hectare – two to august 2016
three tonne per hectare protein production from crayfish, with one tonne per hectare production from cattle. “Environmental sustainability was the driving force, and we used all the permaculture methodologies, ethics and principles,” says Janet. “Bamboo is a whole new industry for Queensland. Aquaculture is the future, bamboo is part of the future and we really do need to promote it,” adds Mick. The couple is currently finishing the final stages of their law degrees with an interest in environmental and humanitarian areas; they’ve both significantly contributed to various local council sustainability plans and task forces, while Mick currently mentors at the Innovation Centre, adding to his brilliant career as an engineer, Janet (permaculture designer, consultant, educator and author) recently returned from her permaculture tour across Europe in May/June. The property is used for community and permaculture education and courses, and is now in “maintenance stage”, after years past when Janet would bring in pigs to dig for sweet potatoes thus aerating soil for planting, today’s maintenance work includes David felling timber wood, which is burned into ash for the gardens and orchard. However, Janet shares with some remorse there are plans in place to sell the property. Today, they take the time to reflect. “We took the kids everywhere in the Kombi for the first few years of their lives, so we just recreated all the campsites we ever loved on this property, don’t you think, Mick?” smiles Janet. “As you drive out, you’ll see a sign, The Beach, stop and have a look, you’ll love it,” Mick encourages me, “now, David takes the girls camping here.” Janet smiles, “I’ve had fine gardens here looking beautiful … but that’s not David’s priority at the moment. He’s trying to grow children.” profilemagazine
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When New Zealand-born Tani Klein first started putting her intricate designs on paper, never did she imagine they would eventuate into a successful clothing and homewares business.
ani Klein, a talented mother-of-two started her kids’ clothing range, Doodle Bug, six years ago and has recently launched a range of beautiful wall art featuring her trademark intricate illustrations. Profile caught up with Tani to discover a little more about the new range and where she draws her inspiration.
PROFILE: WHERE DID YOUR LOVE OF DRAWING COME FROM? tani: I always secretly drew and doodled “hence the name” and even though I didn’t take art classes at school, I used to hang out with the arty crew. But because I had “real” artist friends I didn’t want to call myself an artist or show anyone my work. It took a lot of encouragement from my husband and a lot of practice before I was willing to put myself out there. TANI KLEIN
PROFILE: HOW DID YOU BEGIN THE DOODLE BUG CLOTHING RANGE? tani: My first drawing was an elephant and I really loved it, so I figured out how to transfer it onto a top for my daughter, Mila. I got so many comments about it, so I transferred a whole lot of them onto baby onesies, took them to the Peregian markets and they completely sold out. The second time I was at the markets I was in the right place at the right time and a retailer approached me, so I was very lucky. Then I thought if I am going to do this I want to do it right. I didn’t want to put the transfers onto mass produced, bleached chemicalladen cotton. I came across bamboo and I have never looked back. It grew to a whole new range. Bamboo is a beautiful material, it grows like wildfire and it’s naturally organic. PROFILE: WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO EXPAND THE BUSINESS FROM CLOTHING TO ART? tani: We’ve always sold cute little timber postcards and printed tissue paper to wrap the clothing and they have always done really well. But it all started when I was looking at decorating my children’s rooms. I found there was a lot of stuff out there but a lot of it is awful. I wanted the kids’ rooms to be aesthetically pleasing to me, not too childish and tacky but still fun enough to bring out their personalities. PROFILE: TELL ME ABOUT THE NEW RANGE? tani: I have recently released a range of round and rectangular wall plaques featuring my hand illustrations for a fun and quirky alternative to picture frames. While the designs are from my children’s range, they look great and work well in any room and are most definitely not just for nurseries! It’s all my original art, very detailed and intricate and it’s screen printed by hand on cherry wood, which is from sustainable plantations. For every tree felled another three or four are planted, and the wood grain varies from piece to piece, so each one is unique. I was very much influenced by my children,
PROFILE: WHERE ARE THEY MADE? tani: They are printed in a little factory in India, which is the same factory that prints the illustrations on my clothing. Back in 2013 my husband and I made a trip over there. It was amazing. We got to see the clothing being made and visit the guys we have been working with via phone and email for many years. I was expecting a big factory but we got completely lost and finally found this tiny little building we didn’t think it could possibly be. It housed about 20 staff, all dressed in their finest. They all stood up and shook our hands and the owner took us out for a five-course lunch. He said it was such an honour for us to visit them, no one had ever visited them. Now we have this wonderful connection with them. We are like family.
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Mila and Oscar. Mila loves mermaids and I’m married to a Canadian so we had to have a lumberjack. They come in a range of two sizes. The smaller range is very light and only requires a piece of blu tac to mount them on the wall. I also do a poster range of the same illustrations on different coloured backgrounds, so they are not just for nurseries or children’s rooms. I’ve purposely sized them to go in the IKEA frames to make it easy for people.
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PROFILE: WHEN DO YOUR IDEAS COME TO YOU? tani: I’m always dreaming up new ideas. They usually come to me right before I fall asleep – I will just visualise this amazing illustration. I recently learnt a cool trick I now use. I imagine I take the idea and lock it in a room, then I go to the room the next morning and find it. It’s about allowing yourself the time to think and be creative. Eighty per cent of my time is spent running my business and 20 per cent being creative, which I didn’t expect. PROFILE: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? tani: Very scandic, which has become very popular lately so maybe I was ahead of my time! PROFILE: DOES THE FAMILY GET INVOLVED IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS? tani: Absolutely. As soon as they see me drawing the children are both right there beside me. They copy my style which is really cute. Oscar is six and he is already drawing with such detail. My husband is also a good artist, he came up with the anchor and he does a lot of the photography, the kids are models for the clothing range too, so it’s a great family business. august 2016
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The weight is over With Australia’s obesity crisis worsening, for many, the search for effective solutions has become a matter of life and death. After launching a comprehensive new service, local bariatric surgeons James Askew and Garth McLeod have made it their mission to help others banish the bulge for good.
s I sit chatting to doctors James Askew and Garth McLeod at Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast’s Birtinya office, I can’t help but be surprised by how laid back the two surgeons before me appear. As his receptionist informs me, James has just returned from completing surgery, but watching him as he leans back in his chair and chats to his business partner Garth about his day, he is completely unruffled. The idea of operating on another person is enough to make anyone squeamish, but for James and Garth, it’s all in a day’s work. The pair are bariatric surgeons and as such, their jobs involve performing laparoscopic or “key-hole” operations on patients requiring surgical intervention to help achieve their weight loss goals. It’s tough work, but both James and Garth say the results they see in their patients make it all worthwhile. “At a population level, we’re not going to make a dent in the staggering obesity statistics in Australia. However, at an individual level, we can make a difference,” explains Garth. “We can help these people lose weight and as a result improve or resolve the medical problems associated with this excess weight. This improves their quality of life and many find they have a
new lease on life - it really can be life changing.” The statistics Garth is referring to are indeed concerning. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian Health Survey from 2014-2015, 63.4 per cent of our nation’s adult population is overweight or obese, and that number is steadily climbing. “There are now more overweight and obese people in Australia than people of a healthy weight over the age of 18 years, and the kids’ statistics are looking pretty grim as well,” says Garth, his voice laden with concern. It’s for this reason Garth and James decided to team up and launch a comprehensive new service offering patients a number of surgical options, with Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast launching in April. “We’re offering the full range of weight loss surgery procedures, so that includes laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass and also laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding,” says James. “What we’re trying to provide is an option for people to stay here on the Coast, instead of going down to Brisbane for this kind of service.
weight Loss solutions sunshine Coast is run from two ramsay health locations, with dr Garth McLeod based at Noosa private hospital and dr James Askew based at sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. To find out if you are eligible for surgery, visit www.wlssc.com.au for the list of qualifying factors. Call the Birtinya office on 5493 4442 or the Noosa office on 5455 9459 to directly book a consultation, or visit your Gp to request a referral to speak with the team and discuss whether bariatric surgery is the right option for you.
“By the time we see a lot of people, they’ve been yoyo dieting for the majority of their life, which is why surgery comes into play – because their dieting hasn’t worked for them. By being able to offer all of the options with a support team who can aid in the process, we’re able to approach it in a non-biased way.” Garth goes on to explain that after their initial consultation with a patient establishing the patient’s expectations and explaining the surgical options in-depth, including both risks and rewards, patients must then speak with a dietician before going any further, and are also encouraged to consult with the team’s psychologist and exercise physiologist. “We’re not going to achieve anything unless the patient comes to terms with the fact they’re going to have to change the way they interact with food,” he says. “We are surgeons, and this is not aesthetic surgery, it’s for better health and well-being. We’re not magicians – we’re not going to turn you into bikini models or an ironman, but we will improve your quality of life.” The fantastic results experienced by patients as a result of this type of surgery has even seen the International Diabetes Society endorse it as a standard of care for diabetic patients with a body mass index over 40 – something that has never been done before. “We’re not saying we’re the only answer,” says Garth.
“What we’re saying is that we are part of the answer and if you look at the evidence, non-surgical means to lose weight are typically not successful or sustainable. Surgery, while not perfect, is the best thing we’ve got at present with respect to weight loss and more importantly durable weight loss. Of course this is tempered by the fact there are risks associated - as there is with any surgery - but given the right patient selection, those risks are outweighed by the risks of obesity being left unchecked because of the complications associated with excess weight and obesity.” As Garth and James both tell me, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to healthy weight loss. While the figures show most people who opt for a gastric sleeve lose around 65 per cent of their excess weight (25-35kg), factors such as lifestyle and body type mean this isn’t always the case – a fact Garth and James are very blunt about. But for the majority of patients who walk through their doors and make the huge decision to be proactive about their health, Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast does far more for them than help shed kilos. “We often get people coming in quite unsure of themselves, with a host of medical problems and they are pretty miserable. But when we see our patients after surgery, with the ensuing weight loss, they really come out of their shells. They’re a different person and that transformation is the reason we do what we do,” Garth says with a smile.
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I see many patients that just want me to tell them the answers to their health problems. As a general practitioner, they see me to be the one with all the answers and hope that there is a medication that can make it all go away. They don’t stop to think that maybe their body is just sending them warning signs of an imbalance and that maybe their body also has the answers – they just aren’t listening. With my patients, I like to empower them to begin to rely more on themselves rather than the over-whelming information in the world about health and nutrition. Taking the time to learn about your unique body and its needs will help you understand what types of nutrition suits your body and how to read the symptoms your body is showing you. What is the first step to connecting with this wisdom that lies within all of us? Be in the now and take time to observe. We rush through life and often haven’t even given ourselves the time to stop and be in tune with our body. If we take this time, it tells us what kind of food it needs and how much. I still prescribe medication when needed but I also prescribe daily meditation to my patients to reconnect with their body. As you begin to connect more with your body’s intuition and listen less to nutrition fads and diets, you will attract more health, vitality and balance from within. FRESH HOLISTIC HEALTH Phone: 5445 2928 www.freshholistichealth.com.au profilemag.com.au
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To address this, Fresh has a team of both male and female doctors and natural health practitioners with years of experience in general practice and individual specialty fields, including naturopathy, physiotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy, art therapy, osteopathy, counselling and midwifery.
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know you and tailor a treatment or care plan that combines the best of conventional and complementary therapies. As is the case for patients, every doctor at Fresh is different – each having their own unique approach to health. This diversity allows you to find a regular GP that best suits you and your needs. Dr Tim SmiTh has a special interest in the gut/health connection, with a particular focus in paleo and low carb diet, as well as creating lifestyles that provide improvements in both chronic disease and general health and wellbeing. He is currently pursuing further studies in nutritional and environmental medicine and works closely with the clinic naturopath. Dr Bel Zoughi brings years of experience to the team, having studied and practiced medicine and health in two different countries with different approaches to medicine. Dr Zoughi empowers her patients to listen to their own body to achieve balance. Previously a specialist gynaecologist, Dr Zoughi also has an interest in women’s health and nutrition. Dr marSh goDSall has a wealth of general practice experience and a special interest in skin lesion diagnosis and treatment. Dr Godsall is also interested in helping patients with asthma and emphysema reduce their medication reliance. He has a passion for supporting patients with depression and is currently pursuing trials regarding simple and effective prevention of middle ear and nasal problems.
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FRESH TAKE ON LASAGNA Let the wintery coolness linger and warm up with my fresh take on traditional lasagna. • 500g extra lean beef mince • 1 brown onion, chopped • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 6 large tomatoes, roughly chopped • 400g can condensed tomato soup • Bunch of fresh spinach, chopped • Handful parsley • Salt and pepper to taste • 250g spelt pasta spirals • 500g ricotta cheese • 100g cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 180ºc. Place the beef mince in a hot pan and stir until lightly brown, add the onion and garlic and caramelise, stirring regularly. Add the tomatoes and tomato soup and reduce to medium heat, allow to simmer until the tomatoes have softened. Add the spinach and parsley and simmer until spinach has wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In a large oven-proof dish, pour the uncooked spelt pasta and ﬂatten so it covers the base of the dish. Carefully spoon the meat mixture over the top, making sure all of the pasta is covered. Then spoon the ricotta cheese over the top, gently spreading, but being careful not to mix it too much with the sauce. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top and bake for 45 minutes.
Jam session What’s more delicious on a cold winter’s morning than a piece of piping hot grainy toast smeared with homemade jam. • 500g strawberries • 500g sugar • Juice from half lemon Wash strawberries, remove tops and cut the berries in half. Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour jam into hot, sterile jars and put the lid on while hot, leaving to cool before storing in the fridge.
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Food has a huge impact on our health, so look for fresh produce with great natural benefits and combine them for a delicious dish that will help you kick the cold once and for all. August on the Sunshine Coast is a wonderful month of crisp, cold mornings and beautiful sunny days. Unfortunately, with the lower temperatures also comes cold and flu season. Luckily Mother Nature is kind enough to supply us with a cure. At this time of year, Vitamin C is your best friend and come August, citrus fruits like oranges, limes, mandarins, tangelos, and cumquats are plentiful. These fabulous fruits are just what we need to fight those terrible germs, and with root vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, parsnips and many more also in full production, some freshly squeezed juice or a warming soup make a great way to fight off that runny nose. If you look to the ocean you’ll find another delicious solution, in the abundant numbers of snapper this season. The health benefits of fish are amazing for the immune system, as they are full of Omega 3 and Vitamin D. If you are lucky enough to have boat, now is a great time to go catch yourself some fresh fish – most famous chefs remark on how ‘fresh is best’. However, if you don’t have a vessel, you still have the opportunity to catch your own, thanks to the boys from Adventure Fishing Charters; they will even bring you back to See Restaurant so you can eat your own catch. For the best cold-combatting results, it makes sense to combine all of this produce in one super meal. See Restaurant’s head chef Nathan Turnbull has created a marvellous, yet simple dish you can make at home using this prime produce.
Nathan Turnbull is the new head chef of family-run waterfront dining venue, See Restaurant. With an extensive background working in coastal restaurants, making seafood shine is a passion for Nathan, and with the Mooloolaba restaurant’s emphasis on using only the freshest local produce, this partnership is a match made in heaven for Sunshine Coast diners.
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• 4 x 150g snapper steaks • 1 lemon • 1 lime • 1 tomato, diced • ¼ cup coriander, chopped • Small bag of rocket • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped • Salt and pepper to taste • ¼ cup olive oil
• 1kg chat potatoes • 1 orange • 1 mandarin • ¼ cup parsley, chopped • 1 bunch of shallots, chopped • 1 cup breadcrumbs • 1 tbsp sugar • Small tub of garlic aioli
Cut the chat potatoes into cubes, leaving the skin on. In a baking dish add the chopped garlic, half of the shallots, and some salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until golden. With a fine grater, zest the orange, lime and mandarin (not the lemon), then peel and chop the fruit into cubes. Put the zest, breadcrumbs, sugar and a pinch of salt in a tray and mix well. Roll the snapper in the zest mix. Heat a pan with a little oil on medium heat. Place the snapper in the pan and cook it for a few minutes, before turning it and cooking for a few more. Finish cooking the fish in the oven. In a bowl, mix the rocket, tomato, chopped citrus, herbs and remaining shallots. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the salad and add salt and pepper to taste, as well as a drizzle of olive oil. Smear some garlic aioli on the plate before serving and add a little drizzle of the oil from the chats over your dish. Enjoy!
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Whether it’s a modest townhouse or a sprawling mansion, there’s no place quite like home. This month, the lunching ladies open up about their thoughts on what makes a home and what it means to them, as well as what’s on their wishlist when it comes to their dream abode.
house may be just bricks and mortar, but a home is so much more. It’s a place where we feel safe, sheltered and protected from the world, surrounded by the people we love and the things we treasure most. From our childhood home, to our first home, to our dream home, our needs and wants may change, but home is always where the heart is. Being the home issue I caught up with the ladies over a delicious lunch at Surfair Marcoola for their thoughts on what makes a home. Joining me was Alvia Turney, CEO of Act 4 Tomorrow; Grace Baker, owner of The Parenting Co; Megan Bell, owner of Fresh Holistic Health at Forest Glen, Melissa Markillie, debt reduction specialist with Think Money and photographer Tanya Chesterton Smith. profile: What is your favourite memory about your childhood home? megan: We lived on 10 acres at Caboolture and had sheep, a couple of baby cows we would bottle-feed, and a big macadamia tree. I have great memories of having lots of space and freedom. grace: It was quite similar for me. I grew up on acreage with chickens and cows and other farm animals. I was an only child and my mother stayed home with me until I was eight years old. I could ride my bike for hours around the property or swim in the creek. melissa: My experience was very different. I grew up in a unit in suburban Sydney but I absolutely loved it. It was a little community of 29 villas and in the centre was a playground for the kids and a barbecue area and a pool – it was like resort living. There were always so many kids to play with for my sister and I. So while we didn’t have a big house we always had lots of fun. alvia: I was an only child and grew up in London. I remember we lived in a very large house. At first we had the top level, the rooms were oversized with enormous windows. When we were fortunate to move to the downstairs accommodation it included the garden and I recall it had a huge tree for climbing. It was a happy house where you could make noise and play. tanya: I grew up in a typical suburban family home with a big back yard in Brisbane. We lived in a no-through-road which was great to play in and my childhood was all about BMX bikes and exploring. august 2016
profile: When and where did you buy your first home? tanya: My husband Brett and I had a long distance relationship for four years, he was from the Sunshine Coast and I was in Brisbane. I was ready for a change so I moved to the Coast and we decided we would buy a house. We looked for about six months and found a place in Coolum. It was just a little brick low set simple family home. It was good timing because we bought before the boom and after five years we were able to make a good profit on it and buy the block of land we built our current house on. megan: I was 27, with one baby and one on the way. We bought a renovator in Maroochydore and because I was pregnant, instead of me doing the work, I had a clipboard and I ordered everyone around. With the help of family and friends we renovated in two weeks. We are still there eight years later. It’s small but it’s close to everything. My husband complains daily about the size of the kitchen but one day we will get a bigger house. We are all together and that’s the main thing. grace: When I met my husband he already had his own house and then we bought our own house when I was just 22, and was seven months pregnant. It was a renovator then and it still is five years later, which is what happens when you have children. We are looking to stay there long term for the stability for the kids, at least until they have finished school. alvia: My husband-to-be and I bought our first home when I was 21, it was a beautiful brand new detached house and we felt very affluent because a detached home was a big deal in the UK. I do believe in property and have made good profit over the years. melissa: I’ve attempted to buy property a few times but it has never quite worked out due to relocating to different cities. I have enjoyed lots of travel but now I am settled on the Sunshine Coast I’m looking at it seriously. profile: How have your tastes/expectations changed? alvia: My desire of wanting the ‘big’ home was finally satisfied after buying and selling over the years. Circumstances changed, a divorce and then I required a dual occupancy living to accommodate Mum. Happy to say we found a spectacular property in Alex. tanya: When we bought our first home it was just a three-bedroom profilemagazine
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starter so we had a bedroom for us, an office and a baby nursery, which was perfect at the time. But with baby number two on the way and me wanting to work more from home, we decided it was time to expand. We didn’t move too far, we are still in Coolum but it was great to design the house with a family/home studio in mind. When we were building I was heavily pregnant with a toddler so I didn’t think too much about the decor. If I had my time again I would have been a bit more adventurous with my colours. megan: We bought our house with a plan to live there for a couple of years so we did the same, with neutral colours for resale. When we renovated a couple of years ago, we put on an extension and we added a few pendant lights and extras to make it feel like more than a rental. We do love the location, but it is small and we will probably need more space as the boys grow.
SURFAIR MARCOOLA Having opened its doors to the public in the early ‘70s, Surfair at Marcoola has become an iconic part of the Sunshine Coast.
profile: Do you think people judge each other by the home they live in? alvia: In my experience I have found Australian people to be more concerned and accepting of who you are, rather than what you have. melissa: I don’t think so but perhaps the area or suburb you live in is something some people might judge you by. grace: No I would never judge anyone by their home. I know it’s almost impossible to keep my house tidy with two children.
My recent lunchtime visit to the hotel’s stylish beach bistro was a first for me and it didn’t disappoint. Boasting wall-to-wall glass doors opening to the sparkling swimming pool and cocktail bar, the spacious eatery is modern, airy and fresh, perfectly showcasing the Sunshine Coast’s alfresco dining culture. On the day of our visit, the Profile guests were treated to a delicious two-course set menu with two mouth-watering choices for entree and main course. On the menu was Mooloolaba prawns in a coconut, lemongrass and ginger dressing with crispy salad leaves, mango and green papaya or Char-grilled Mediterranean vegetable salad with rocket and feta for entree. Both dishes were beautifully presented and tasted just as good as they looked on the plate. For mains, we were oﬀered a choice of jerk marinated chicken breast with quinoa, tabbouleh, zesty minted yoghurt and a balsamic reduction or traditional potato gnocchi with rocket, pine nuts, feta and fresh herbs in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce with shaved parmesan. The servings were more than generous, but too good not to finish! Perfectly cooked, the succulent chicken was deliciously seasoned and ideally matched with the zesty salad, while the hearty gnocchi was plump and ﬂavoursome and there was plenty of delicious sauce. For dessert we shared a selection of decadent winter warmers including bread and butter pudding, and banana spring rolls served with a creamy vanilla ice cream – yum! Not only is the beach bistro the perfect venue for lunch or dinner, it also has six in-house conference and function rooms, and specialises in weddings. Great food, great service, great atmosphere, no wonder Surfair Marcoola remains an iconic venue on the Sunshine Coast. 923 DAVID LOW WAY, MARCOOLA PHONE: 5457 2555
profile: Describe your dream home? alvia: I am lucky to say I live in my dream home. I wrote a wish list once and asked for a home that was metres to the beach, with no power lines obscuring a spectacular view, dual living, modern and fresh, white new kitchen, decks etc. and I am fortunate to say my dream came true. It doesn’t get any better for me. tanya: I’m pretty happy with my home. I wouldn’t change too much really. A bit closer to the beach would be nice. My husband and children all surf so they would love to be able to grab their boards and go! megan: I’m a long way away from the house of my dreams. A view of the ocean would be amazing. My husband would love more space, but I am more about proximity to everything. With four children we need to be close to things or I would live in my car. grace: My husband would like to live close to the beach because he surfs, but I would like to go further out into the hills with even more space. melissa: I live really close to the beach at the moment which is perfect but I would love to be a bit higher to have more of a view. I would love to live near Noosa, somewhere like Little Cove maybe. profilemag.com.au
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SERVES: 4 INGREDIENTS
• 2 cups corn ﬂakes
• 1 cup dried dates
• ½ cup coconut ﬂour
• ⅓ cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped
• 1 cup of boiling water
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon chicken stock powder
• 4 tablespoons of ground ﬂax seeds
• Pinch of salt
• 1 egg white
• 1 teaspoon of bicarb (baking soda)
• ¼ cup skim milk
• ¼ cup of coconut oil (or olive oil) METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line a ﬂat baking tray with non-stick baking paper. 2. Using your food processor, blend down dates, ﬂax seed meal, coconut ﬂour, cinnamon, salt and bicarb until dates are finely chopped. Tip into a mixing bowl and quickly add boiling water and oil. 3. Using a fork, combine into a dough, let mix sit to firm up for 10 minutes. Roll into walnut sized balls, place on baking tray, ﬂatten with a fork (making about 25). 4. Bake for 25 minutes, cool and enjoy.
• 4 x 125g ﬂattened skinless chicken breasts • Cooking spray METHOD 1. Preheat oven 180ºC fan forced. 2. Place corn ﬂakes in a plastic bag, then using a rolling pin crush finely. Add nuts and stock powder into a bag and shake, tip onto a ﬂat plate. Using a fork, beat the egg white and milk. Dip ﬂattened breasts in egg mixture, then coat each side of chicken with crumbs. 3. Place on a ﬂat baking tray, that has been coated with cooking spray, spray over top of chicken and bake 25-30 minutes or until cooked and coating is golden brown.
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Little Boat Espresso Quaint, clever, and super chic, Little Boat Espresso uses local, organic and seasonal produce where possible to create incredible ﬂavour combinations that are guaranteed to leave an impression. Whether it’s a sweet tooth you’re looking to satisfy or a serve of savoury, Little Boat Espresso is the ideal destination for ecologically-conscious food lovers to dine. Oﬀering a mouth-watering menu for breakfast and lunch, this beautiful beach-side cafe takes classic dishes like waﬄes, burgers and even avocado on toast, and puts a fresh and fabulous twist on them. Serving smooth, organic coﬀee that you can feel good about drinking, Little Boat Espresso is definitely worth experiencing for yourself.
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Follow our Foodie Trail each month as we explore what the Sunshine Coast has to offer for food lovers!
All’ Antica With winter well and truly here, warm comfort food is the order of the day for satisfying cravings, and if you’re hungry for Italian trattoria-style cuisine, come and discover All’ Antica Italian Restaurant. Boasting an authentic Italian menu and being fully licensed, they oﬀer a warm, rustic atmosphere. Established over 25 years ago, All’ Antica is one of the Sunshine Coast’s must-try dining experiences. Their menu is an exciting mix of traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily, created with the best local produce and imported ingredients straight from Italy. So, what are you waiting for? Come in and dine at All’ Antica!
3/115 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina Phone: 5444 0988 www.allantica.com.au
Homegrown Café Located in the beautiful, lush surrounds of Palmwoods, Homegrown Café has cultivated a reputation for its quirky and delicious ﬂavour combinations made using locally-sourced produce. Homegrown is also renowned for their small batch in-house roasted coﬀee, with Tin Shed Coﬀee providing a rich and smooth pick-me-up for caﬀeine lovers. Gorgeous garden seating lets customers enjoy the serenity of their surrounds, and there’s often handmade markets to peruse. Foodies looking for a unique dining experience can also attend their seasonal dinners, held on the first Saturday of each month.
4/6 Main Street, Palmwoods Phone: 0458 270 368 www.facebook.com/homegrownpalmwoods august 2016
C R E AT I V I T Y WORDS NICOLE FUGE PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
Carley Cornelissen lets her artwork do the talking and more recently it’s done the walking too, with her creations showing in international studios in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam. Nicole Fuge finds out what inspires this local creative.
oled up in her home studio on the fringes of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Carley Cornelissen unleashes her creativity as endangered species come to life in an exciting array of colours and geometric patterns. A panda bear in muted tones sporting a flower garland peeps through artificial greenery, the silhouette of a rhinoceros meanders through a mountain range, and a colourful wallaby clutching a bunch of spray-painted flowers are among the creative creatures living in Carley’s world.
“Wallabies are one of the first ones I did,” she says, “I used to do a lot of birds, but I moved away from birds … I really love are animals, my main subjects are endangered animals, which is a bit dark and gloomy. “But I’m always looking for new inspiration with animals and am getting inspiration from the colours and patterns, so even if I’m working with the same subject matter I can experiment with their habitat and create their own little world.” Carley is impassioned about the way humans treat animals and this inspired her to use her art to highlight the influence of human population and greed on the environment. Each piece she creates holds a special meaning hidden in the flowers, the insects, birds or animals and they often contain references to endangered fauna, extinct animals and wildlife at risk. Carley started painting when she was a teenager, but didn’t take her talent seriously until she turned 18 and realised she wanted to pursue an artistic career. With TAFE studies and a degree in Fine Arts Painting profilemag.com.au
CULTURE In the meantime, Carley continues to work full time, spending every spare second in her studio perfecting her technique. “After dinner I go into the studio and I’m painting on my days off … I do look forward to it,” she says. “A lot of my work is more physical because I remove the transfers and am painting large-scale, so I’ll put the details on in my nights at home. “I feel like I’ve refined the way I can balance everything and I will try not to get too inspired at work because I want to go home, but it can happen. “I normally have a plan of what I’m going to do when I’m on my way home from work.” With Carley’s primitive paintings providing a platform for the voiceless, she’s busy working on her next project, which will no doubt be made with love.
“I’m mainly EXPERIMENTING with different techniques, which motivates me all the time to continue, as well as playing with COLOUR and PATTERNS and I’ll get those influences from everywhere.”
from RMIT under her belt, Carley began experimenting with different mediums, eventually finding her niche in mixed media techniques three years ago. “I started using stencils and spray-painting more and ever since then I haven’t stopped painting,” she says. “I’m mainly experimenting with different techniques, which motivates me all the time to continue, as well as playing with colour and patterns and I’ll get those influences from everywhere.” The end result is bold, exciting and modern and has already attracted the attention of galleries and studios worldwide. “I was a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize last year,” she says. “And the gallery I show with, Retrospect, has Affordable Art Fairs around the world – my work has been in London and Hong Kong, it’s been going so well. “I’m trying to balance work for the gallery and competitions, as long as it keeps steady like this I’m pretty happy.” august 2016
BALLET: SNOW WHITE THEATRE: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Musical theatre lovers will be in their element as splash-hit West End stage production and cult classic Singin’ In The Rain wows audiences from 22 September to 5 October at QPAC. This fabulous musical, based on the successful 1952 movie of the same name, is sure to have audiences ﬂooding QPAC’s Lyric Theatre when it arrives in Brisbane next month. Full of the fun and fantastic song and dance routines that made the original Gene Kelly film such a hit with the public, this huge production has received rave reviews for its sensational stars, stunning sets and costumes, and clever stage eﬀects. It’s a spectacular you won’t want to miss and tickets will sell fast, so make sure you book now to ensure you witness the magic of this marvellous musical.
QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, BRISBANE WHEN: 22 September-5 October, 2016 WHERE: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane BOOKINGS: www.qpac.com.au or www.singin.com.au
FILM: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS THE MOVIE Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are back in all their overthe-top glory, as director Mandie Fletcher brings the cult hit Absolutely Fabulous to cinemas on 4 August for its big screen debut.
Get set for a breathtaking performance with a fashionable ﬂair like no other, when the world renowned Ballet Preljocaj takes to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) stage from 2-11 September for Snow White. Headed by award-winning artistic director Angelin Preljocaj, audiences will be left in awe as Ballet Preljocaj takes to the Lyric Theatre stage with beloved children’s fairytale Snow White. Accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, this will be a performance for ballet and fashion lovers alike, with the cast dressed in costumes created by couture designer, Jean Paul Gaultier.
QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, BRISBANE WHEN: 2-11 September, 2016 WHERE: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane BOOKINGS: www.qpac.com. au or 136 246
Synopsis: Audiences first fell in love with Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) back in 1992 when Absolutely Fabulous took oﬀ as a hit comedy series. Now the glamorous pair is back, this time taking to the silver screen as they live the high life they are accustomed to – shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest locations while rubbing shoulders with fashion’s most famous. But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the River Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever. With cameos from the likes of Rebel Wilson, Jon Hamm and of course, Kate Moss, Absolutely Fabulous The Movie is one hilarious and outrageous adventure you’ll want to see for yourself.
DIRECTOR: Mandie Fletcher ACTORS: Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Julia Sawalha, Chris Colfer, Gwendoline Christie, Rebel Wilson, Jon Hamm, Kate Moss
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I grew up in ... the western suburbs of Sydney. The first thing I do when I wake up is ... I am woken up by the kids at 6am, they are keen to play, but I talk them into coming with me to get a coffee. We head to the shop and they insist on having a babychino everyday, which they never finish! If I could be better at anything it would be ... styling my hair! I haven’t changed it since the ‘70s. I am at my happiest when ... I’m home with my family and when I’m with my other family – The Living Room family! I’m very lucky. When I am not working I am ... sailing with my family. My wife and I enjoy sports, so we are a very active family! I wish I could ... play the guitar. BARRY DU BOIS
Father, businessman and expert builder, Barry Du Bois heads up The Living Room renovations team, but before making his television debut, Barry’s building career spanned more than 30 years. In his early years, Barry specialised in renovation and small extensions, before moving onto buying and renovating small homes and terraces for resale and renovating multi-million dollar waterfront homes. Barry is a passionate advocator for R U OK Day, the Cancer Council and a firm believer in environmental sustainability. In 2012, Barry’s family grew by two with the addition of his beautiful twins, Arabella and Bennet. A lover of all things outdoors, Barry spends his spare time surfing in Bondi, sailing the high seas, racing cars, riding motorbikes and spending time with his family.
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