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op the champagne, we’re celebrating 100 fabulous issues of Profile! It’s five years this month since I first stepped into the Profile office and boy have we come a long way since then. We’ve tripled in staff, doubled the number of pages, increased our distribution and expanded our delivery areas, improved the look and feel of the magazine and added more great regulars and columns, not to mention a big leap in our online presence. As I sit here flicking through the 55-odd issues I have been part of, I am reminded of what is great about our region and reflect on the amazing people who have made it what it is today. To celebrate our recent milestone, we are introducing some brand new features including a fabulous new Home story, profiling some of the most beautiful abodes on the Coast, as well as additions to the business section with opinion pieces from those in the know and lots more in the pipeline over the next few months – watch this space! Profile Magazine has been an integral part of the Sunshine Coast community for almost 10 years, so to co-incide with this special collector’s Celebration edition we are shining the spotlight on those who have been instrumental in its development and future. Speaking of future, our cover star Adrian Hunter is putting the Sunshine Coast firmly on the map when it comes to high-end fitness. Having recently opened the doors of his state-ofthe-art gym in Maroochydore, Hunts Fitness, Adrian shares his vision to create an elite fitness platform for those wanting all the extras – they even have a full time barista. I’m sold! Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson shares some of the key developments on the map for our region, iconic radio personality Caroline Hutchinson opens up about her long term involvement in raising much needed funds for several charities over the years, and we catch up with 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim about his groundbreaking research. Plus, we raise our glasses to all the mums of the Sunny Coast over a delicious high tea at Aimee Provence, in honour of Mother’s Day which is just around the corner. Until next time, we hope you enjoy this special Celebration issue of Profile. Here’s to the next 100 issues. Cheers!

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LETTER OF THE MONTH I would just like to say this is my first time reading this magazine and what a job well done by everyone involved. Will definitely continue to read it as my new favourite mag. Amazing work Ingrid and team, not full of rubbish or pushy advertising, just fantastic facts and interesting articles that people are interested in. Happy customer!” - Nicole Howells This is a big thank you for your motivating March issue. As a “restart-up” returning to self-employment I was inspired to read of the enthusiasm and experiences of the featured young entrepreneurs and others supporting them in their journey. Their approach to business is refreshing as it is all about giving it a go and not being afraid if it doesn’t all go to plan. It was great to read so many articles about business focusing on the vision and passion behind them, without ignoring the nuts and bolts of cash flow and planning and the like that goes on behind the scenes. As a mum I particularly enjoyed Daniel Proctor’s story and how much he has drawn on his parents as models for giving it a go. It has made me more determined to set an example for my own children in both my own business and in encouraging their own entrepreneurial spirit in the future.” - Stephanie

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Between Profile Magazine celebrating 100 issues and the Sunshine Coast marking 50 years since the naming of the region, I can’t help but feel a sense of whimsical nostalgia, thinking of how far we’ve all come, while being overcome with excitement of what the future holds.

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at the Big Pineapple and riding the nut mobile through the macadamia plantation. The Sunshine Coast was a great place to grow up (and still is), and while it’s sad to see many of the attractions which brought so much nostalgic joy to my generation are no longer operating, there’s a different type of thrill to seek.

s I sit at my desk and write this month’s column, my view out the office window is of six men in citrus-coloured highvis clothing and white hard hats pouring the concrete foundation of a new mixed commercial and residential building skirting the new Maroochydore CBD. And no I’m not about to break into song, throwing my arms into the air to the beat of Y.M.C.A, my point is that it’s an exciting time to be on the Sunshine Coast, and in my nearly 30 years of living here, I’ve never felt such a sense of purpose and change within the community. My earliest memories of the Coast are spending time at the local tourist attractions with my mum, dad and younger sister – birthday parties tasting honey and playing in the ‘house that Jack built’ at the Superbee; testing my true grit with the number four and five slides at Olympia Theme Park; and of course eating parfaits

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The Coast is a UNIQUE place, it’s become a melting pot of opportunity, where people from across Australia and further afield come to BETTER their lives.” It’s a time of confidence and change, all you have to do is look around and you can see new businesses setting up shop, residential estates breaking ground both literally and figuratively and multi-storey buildings under construction. In the three weeks prior to writing, 180 development applications had been submitted to Sunshine Coast Council for a whole host of projects including aged care facilities, multiple dwelling units, roadworks and proposed carports and garages – an indication growth is strong from large-scale developments right through to DIY home improvements. The Coast is a unique place, it’s become a melting pot of opportunity, where people from across Australia and further afield

come to better their lives, whether that be in a richer sense by obtaining higher paying jobs, or establishing their own businesses; to bask in our glorious lifestyle of never-ending summers; or to capitalise on educational opportunities for their family. All that and the fact you can be standing on the beach one minute, the ocean lapping at your feet and within half an hour you can be atop the mountain ranges of the Hinterland, taking in the lush expanse. I love that the place I’m proud to call home is held in such high esteem, and while it’s easy to become complacent when you’ve been here for so long, that pride is always restored when I return home having visited interstate or overseas, from the moment my feet hit terra firma and I take a deep breath of fresh air. After all, there’s no place like home.

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A curious boy with a dream to change the world – that’s how it all began for Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, whose groundbreaking nasal stem cell research has offered hope to victims of spinal cord injury and brain disorders and seen him named 2017 Australian of the Year. This is his remarkable story.

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ersistence, perseverance, patience and resilience – these are the key characteristics Professor Mackay-Sim uses to describe what it takes to be a biomedical scientist, and it’s these traits that have driven the passionate academic to pursue his research on the nose and how its unique cells can regenerate and rejuvenate damaged cells in the spinal cord. More recently he has championed the use of stem cells to understand the biological bases of brain disorders and diseases including schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. It took many years of painstaking research and clinical trials, but Alan and his team discovered that cells from the nose could assist regeneration of nerve connections in the spinal cord, which led them to conduct the world’s first human clinical trial that proved it was safe to transplant these nasal cells into the spinal cord. Normally these cells, called “olfactory ensheathing cells”, assist the regeneration of the sensory neurons which are continually regenerated and must grow new connections from nose to brain throughout a lifetime. But let’s go back to where it all began for this quietly spoken, retired scholar, with the trademark ‘mo’; who I was lucky enough to catch up with at his Currimundi home, where he resides with his beloved wife of 33 years, Lisa Peine. “It goes all the way back to my teens and even before that,” he says. “Even though I had no concept of research, I knew I wanted to discover things that could make some kind of contribution to the world. I was always curious, I likened it to being an explorer, a pioneer if you will.”

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PROFESSOR ALAN MACKAY-SIM

Even though I had no concept of research, I knew I wanted to DISCOVER things that could make some kind of contribution to the world. I was always CURIOUS, I likened it to being an EXPLORER, a pioneer if you will.”

So why such an interest in the nose I hear you ask? “I wanted to work on a sensory organ and in Australia, research at the time was dominated by vision or audition but hardly anyone in the world was working on the sense of smell,” he says. Alan’s remarkable career began with a science degree at Macquarie University before landing a job at Sydney University as a tutor, where he continued to work on his PhD in pheromones and the communication of bio-odours. “At this stage I realised I was more interested in the mechanics of the brain rather than treating it as a black box,” he says. “During this time I got involved in some nitty gritty neurophysiology research recording electrical signals in the visual parts of the brain and did a lot of neuroanatomy work – I learnt so much about the brain.” profilemag.com.au


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After gaining his PhD, Alan continued his studies into the cells of the nose in the US, where he spent time at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and later at the University of Wyoming where he first started trying to understand how the olfactory sensory neurons were regenerated.”. “Even back then I thought if we understood the biology of regeneration we might be able to use this for some clinical purpose, perhaps to repair the nervous system in some way. This led to our clinical trial of spinal cord injury repair with olfactory ensheathing cells and our discoveries of drugs for brain diseases using olfactory stem cells from patients.” Fast forward 20 years of research, and in 2002, Alan and his team took the brave step of taking the olfactory ensheathing cells from the nose, growing them in a lab, purifying them and transplanting them back into the injured spinal cord of the same people with paraplegia. “Before this, scientists were focusing on the reparative properties of olfactory ensheathing cells from the brain but we thought mainly about what would be needed for human application. So we homed in on the olfactory ensheathing cells because they are so easily and safely accessed in the nose. That was our intellectual contribution in this rapidly developing field. We first showed the effectiveness of the nasal cells in animal trials and then decided to do a safety trial in humans. It was quite a big technical and logistical challenge but in the end we proved this whole procedure was safe and that’s the first stage of introducing any new drug or treatment therapy.” In 2013, a European team used these results in their treatment of a 40-year-old Polish man who had become paralysed from the chest down after repeated stab wounds to the back. About 100 micro-injections of the olfactory ensheathing cells were made above and below the injury and acted as microscopic stepping stones for the nerves in the spinal cord to regrow. On 25 January this year Professor Mackay-Sim was recognised for his pioneering work and many years of research, when he was named 2017 Australian of the Year at a ceremony in Canberra, an honour he says that took him completely by surprise. “To have spent one’s life being able to follow your ideas is a privilege. It was such a lovely experience to meet such wonderful people, it was such a great buzz and I met such a diverse bunch from all walks of life – I really didn’t expect to get it,” he says humbly. “With great goodwill, people have come up to me in the street and congratulated me and say it’s great to see a scientist receive it – it has touched a real nerve in the community.” But with the highs have come some devastating blows. Ironically, in a cruel twist of fate, two years ago the professor was diagnosed with myeloma, a rare form of incurable cancer and almost died. Incredibly it was a stem cell transplant that ultimately saved his life. “It’s a kind of leukaemia that lurks inside your bones, often found in the spine, as mine was. The bones basically begin to disintegrate and that applies pressure on your nerves, my kidney packed in and I was in a lot of danger,” he says reflectively. “I had six months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy and then a stem cell transplant which basically rescued me, without it I might not have been so lucky. “Lying in hospital was the bleakest time of my life, so to be here two-and-a-half years on, living in Currimundi and be named 2017 Australian of the Year is just extraordinary really. Extraordinary indeed. Not bad for a curious boy with a big dream.

To have spent one’s life being able to FOLLOW your IDEAS is a PRIVILEGE. It was such a lovely experience to meet such wonderful people, it was such a great buzz and I met such a diverse bunch from all walks of life – I really didn’t expect to get it.”

ON WHAT HE WILL DO AS 2017 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR “I’m hoping my science has made some kind of an impact on the world and that it continues. I am passionate about raising the debate in the community about the importance of science discovery and innovation. On all sides of politics it’s rated important but not like defence or health. I would like to see a commitment to long term funding. It’s vital to our nation’s future health and wellbeing. I’d also like to raise the profile and funding for research on rare brain diseases and conditions that tend to be neglected compared to the more common brain diseases of ageing. And I would like to develop pathways to promote long careers for emerging young scientists. There are some amazing young scientists coming up through the ranks with incredible ideas, they need to be supported and encouraged.”

I knew I wanted to DISCOVER things that could make some kind of CONTRIBUTION to the world.”

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People have long gravitated towards the Sunshine Coast, for its climatic and geographical “sweet spot”. But over $10 billion in projects and investments is set to transform the region, as Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson takes a look at our long range forecast.

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porting a green and white rugby league jersey, Mark Jamieson runs onto the field to compete against long-time rivals, the Sunshine Coast – a team with star players who went on to become his teammates in the Wide Bay representative team. It was the 1970s when Mark first came to the Sunshine Coast, as part of visiting sporting teams. “It was a totally different place then. In those days the communities were smaller and the connectivity between various areas was quite different,” Mark says. “I think I’m right in saying you still had to go around the coastal communities, down the Bruce Highway, to get to Caloundra.” Mark and his wife Lorrell honeymooned here in 1980 and enjoyed many family holidays on our beautiful beaches. In 2001 they made the Coast home, when Mark was appointed general manager for the Sunshine Coast Daily, before becoming chief executive officer of APN’s publishing division. In 2012, he was elected Mayor of Sunshine Coast Council and re-elected in 2016.

achievable vision for the future.” Mark led a taskforce of business and industry groups, the University of the Sunshine Coast and representatives from the State Government, to develop a 20year blueprint for the Coast economy. “Our plan focused on delivering the essential infrastructure projects the region needed to change the business and employment fundamentals,” he says. “Coupled with this was a concentrated effort to build and encourage new investment in seven key industries – health and wellbeing; education and research; aviation and aerospace; tourism, sport and events; clean technologies; agribusiness; and knowledge industries and professional services. Our research showed that these were industries around which this region could build a much stronger economy.” Some of the projects helping make that transformation a reality include the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and health precinct at Birtinya; expansion of the University of the Sunshine Coast; expansion of the airport; the development

KEY FUTURE PROJECTS “In 2012, the Sunshine Coast was still enduring the impacts of the global financial crisis. Business confidence was incredibly low and there was no clear agenda or plan for the future,” he says. “Tradespeople were leaving to capitalise on the mining boom, tourism was doing it tough because of the high Australian dollar and the aftermath of the 2011 SEQ floods, and the unemployment rate was over 10 per cent. We needed to fundamentally change the foundations of the economy and provide a clear and MARK JAMIESON

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of the new city centre at Maroochydore; Council’s investment into the solar farm; and building a new entrepreneurial and innovative economy supported by the delivery of an international broadband submarine cable to the Sunshine Coast. “The submarine cable could be our ‘Big Pineapple’ of the future, the hallmark that underpins the Sunshine Coast as a high tech city, directly connected to international markets, attracting a whole range of entrepreneurs who are working in start-ups and high tech businesses, who would want to set up here and succeed,” he says. “It would really see us develop an economy that places us ahead of most other regions in Australia.” One project that Mark is most excited about is the new city centre in Maroochydore. “As a central location for the whole region, it’s beautifully positioned. It will, in my view, be the hub that helps link the Sunshine Coast communities. We pride ourselves on being a community of communities and I think that will continue, but we need a place where the region can come together. “It’s very unique to build a greenfield city in Australia. There’s nothing like it anywhere in Australia at this time, and it is a rarity to have 53 hectares smack bang in the middle of the region, where we can build a new city. “It’s a very valuable asset owned by the residents of the Sunshine Coast.” Now known as Maroochydore – the Bright City, it reflects the Coast’s emergence nationally as a leading cityregion. “At some stage, the region will need to be identified as Sunshine Coast City and I think that’s a step we’ll sensibly take when the CBD is under development. It makes a clear statement of where we have reached in our history, but maintains important links between the urban areas, the Hinterland and our natural environment,” he says. may 2017

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WHAT PUT THE SUNSHINE COAST ON THE MAP? THE NAMING OF THE SUNSHINE COAST People used to call us the North Coast or the Near North Coast. In today’s very brand-focussed world, the North Coast and the Near North Coast aren’t much of a moniker, so the name ‘Sunshine Coast’ was born. The foresight of our forebears who had that gazetted on 1 August, 1967, was a really bold move, and what better brand than sunshine! Mother Nature has lived up to it ever since.

WHAT WILL THE SUNSHINE COAST LOOK LIKE IN 10 YEARS? “We’ll see almost another 100,000 people live here,” Mark says. These people will likely live in the large developments currently under construction; Aura in ‘Caloundra South’ and Harmony at Palmview, collectively housing around 70,000 people at completion of the 20-year projects. Mark also anticipates an effective and integrated public transport system, linking our major centres and the key projects together – enabling people to connect with where they work easily and in a more sustainable way. Hopefully this will be in the form of a light rail network, which needs investment by State and Federal Governments and the private sector. “This would enable more people to use public transport and not need a car, or embrace the ‘sharing economy’ pioneered by the likes of Uber and Airbnb,” he says. “People will also choose to eat out more and cook less and families will likely be smaller, all of which will have implications around housing needs. “I think we’ll have a lot more high tech jobs and we’ll have the majority of people earning salaries above the state average. “And having an international airport will make us closer to other parts of the world, which is critical as we support businesses to export and take advantage of the new free trade agreements with key Asian economies. It will also mean we see a lot more diversity in the visitors who come here, which is great for a healthy, smart and creative city-region like our own, that has its own identity but is intimately connected to the rest of the world.”

THE BIG PINEAPPLE It was the first of the ‘bigs’ in Queensland. It was something special. When branding was less important and tourism was in its infancy, that was something that resonated with people, ‘the big’, and after that we’ve seen the ‘big everything’ up and down the coast of Australia. OUR WATERWAYS The broader Sunshine Coast has five rivers; Mooloolah River, Maroochy River and Noosa River, which all flow to the east and two rivers that flow to the west – the Stanley that joins the Brisbane River and comes back into Moreton Bay and Brisbane, and the Mary, which flows up to the river heads between Maryborough and Hervey Bay. Those waterways are an integral part of our history and landscape and critical to the region and the natural environment that we value above all else. OUR HINTERLAND We have the most amazing geological formations in the Glass House Mountains and then iconic mountains like Mount Coolum and Mount Ninderry – all of which are important elements of the Indigenous heritage of the Coast. The Glass House Mountains have been 25 million years in the making. We’re a relatively young area in terms of white settlement, but for our Indigenous peoples, these sites have been important geographical and geological formations for over 40,000 years. OUR PEOPLE This is an area that recognises itself as being largely made up of people who have come from somewhere else. There are certainly plenty of locals, but proportionally and compared to a lot of other Queensland cities, this is an area where people have consciously chosen to live in and they come from further afield to be here. profilemagazine

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providing a HIGHER EDUCATION WORDS TAYLA ARTHUR PHOTOS JAN STRANSTRÖM PHOTOGRAPHY

With a strong focus on Catholic values and an outstanding reputation in education, Siena Catholic College encourages students to reach for the stars and achieve excellence in everything they put their mind to.

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stablished in 1997 to address the growing demand for quality Catholic education on the Sunshine Coast, Siena Catholic College quickly earned a reputation for going above and beyond to deliver the very best in intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual learning, and has remained at the forefront of the region’s education system ever since. Built upon strong foundations of ‘prayer, care and learning’, Siena provides its students with a positive environment dedicated to helping them achieve excellence in all aspects of school life, offering limitless opportunities for them to achieve their full potential. Boasting a comprehensive curriculum and an impressive list of extracurricular activities to suit all interests, new principal Michael McCarthy says Siena’s approach is about providing the best preparation for students to ensure they enter society as confident, compassionate and driven young adults, who achieve success no matter what path they choose to follow in life. “We have an excellent matriculation rate to university but we also have a phenomenal number of students who are currently engaged in apprenticeships and traineeships, and an entire department

dedicated to ensuring that students have a pathway beyond school, whether that be further education or going straight into the workforce,” explains Michael. “There are so many options for students to get to where they want to go, and this college illuminates those pathways and guides students along them to ensure they have a plan for when they leave school.” Offering amazing opportunities in cultural pursuits such as music and the arts, a huge variety of sporting pursuits, and an academic co-curricular program that tests students’ brain power outside the classroom, Siena is committed to fostering the skills and interests of all in its care and believes this is vital in producing successful, happy and well-rounded students. “We have high expectations for students and we expect them to achieve excellence in whatever that excellence means for them,” says Michael. “We offer something for every student, but more important than that, we offer an environment where students can flourish in whatever their particular gifts or talents are.” Siena Catholic College’s school captains and student conveners are a testament to this. All are leaders in an area they are passionate about, and it shows; while they have each been granted fantastic experiences to further their own education and talents, they are all incredibly dedicated to ensuring their fellow


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students have the best opportunities to do so too. “Even though we might think, ‘We’re just children, we don’t have the authority to lead and to set examples’, through convener leadership, school captaincy, and sports team leadership, we get to maintain the Siena legacy and create a few traditions we’d like to keep within the Siena family,” says school captain, Tori McArdle. “There’s this huge involvement from everyone at Siena, and it’s just great to see the number of opportunities that we have on offer – they may not be on offer for your grade, but there is always something to look forward to,” adds academic co-curricular convener, Shaun McAnally. Underpinning it all, are the values instilled in Siena’s students through the Catholic faith. Named in honour of 14th Century saint St Catherine of Siena, her teachings of compassion and truth, along with those of the Catholic church, are the lifeblood of the school. Expressed both in and outside the classroom, these lessons along with the support

To find out more about Siena Catholic College or to speak to someone about enrolling your child for 2018, visit siena.qld.edu.au, call 5476 6100 or email ssipenrolments@bne.catholic.edu.au.

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of the school’s committed teachers and staff, help shape students into caring, contributing citizens of society. “It’s a college that has such a variety of offerings for students, and that’s my experience of Catholic education – they are schools that are accessible to many families, who choose us because we offer their children a unique environment that is very much shaped by our Catholic culture, but also because we’re also very responsive to the needs of all students,” says Michael. With faith, support, and an outstanding focus on all facets of education, every student is an important part of the Siena family.


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Caroline Hutchinson is a mother, a wife, a friend, a radio personality and a charity patron – she even tried her hand at politics. But what strings these pearls together is a selfless and compassionate nature to nurture.

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’m very lucky because I have a microphone, it’s easy for me to be helpful because I have a way of asking for help or telling people’s stories and that’s the beauty of radio.” Sipping on tea in her favourite mug, overlooking the glittering ocean on a picture-perfect day, talking about her beautiful family and the job she feels so fortunate to have; Caroline Hutchinson is at home. Both in a literal and figurative sense. Having met her husband John at the Australian Film, Television and Radio

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School in Sydney in April, 1988, they were married the following February and launched into successful careers in media – John in radio and Caroline as a television journalist who also dabbled in radio. The lovestruck pair hit the road, following John’s job opportunities in regional Australia; Geraldton, Shepparton, Albury, which are also coincidentally, the birthplaces of their three children, Gabe now aged 25; Milli, 22; and Jemima, 20. Work and life were perfectly aligned, until doctors found a cancerous tumour in John’s hip and diagnosed him with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1996, when Caroline was pregnant with Jemima. In the midst of John’s chemotherapy and radiation treatment, the radio show Caroline was working on was sold, and she had to move back to Sydney with their three young children. John stayed in Albury to finish treatment and once given the all clear, reunited with his family.

“I was working three jobs in Sydney; I had a late night radio job on a show called Truck Radio, was working for SBS radio doing weekend news bulletins and working during the day as a plus-sized model,” Caroline says. “That was a very hard time, having tiny kids, trying to keep our heads above water and keep John alive and in the midst of all that I got a call saying, ‘Would you like to apply for a job on the Sunshine Coast?’ “It changed our lives forever in the best of ways … it just felt like we had come home.”

I love that Mix FM has become known for HELPING people and I love that it doesn’t matter what we do, PEOPLE RESPOND.”

On 2 May, 1998, Caroline hit the airwaves on 92.7 Mix FM, joining radio stalwart Peter Lang, whom she worked alongside for eight years, following that she and Mark Darin formed the Mark and Caroline Show. Despite all the laughs, high profile interviews and campaigns throughout the years, Caroline and her team truly shine during 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me Five for Kids, a month-long annual fundraising appeal in June, which has raised more than $3 million for the needs of local paediatric patients. “From the very first day we put it on the air, it blew all records out of the water, it feels great,” she says. “I love that Mix FM has become known for helping people and I love that it doesn’t matter what we do, people respond. People can’t do enough on the Sunshine Coast profilemag.com.au


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Caroline says, evidently proud of her brood, but at the same time, secretly wishing she could freeze time. “I never got the kids off to school, ever, never once in the whole of the history of my kids being at school, did I get them in their uniforms in the morning,” she reminisces. “I had their uniforms laid out and

and it feels really good to be part of that.” And it’s what Caroline credits as making the Sunshine Coast so special. “I think it’s because a massive proportion of this population has come from somewhere else and has had to find ‘family’,” she says. “That’s why people are so committed to this community, because we’re so different, and we’re very generous, not just for projects I’m involved in, but any charitable organisations you speak to tell you the Sunshine Coast digs deeper than any other regional city and I think it’s because the Sunshine Coast is our family.” Speaking of family, Caroline’s kids are now young adults and paving their own path; Gabe as a lawyer, Milli as a television journalist with Channel 7 in Bundaberg, and Jemima has just touched down in the United Kingdom, where she begins working at the Redhill Ambulance Station. “It will be very weird, because I love having them at home. I will miss them,” may 2017

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON AIR It would definitely be ‘September 11’, no doubt about it. It happened during breakfast radio and was unfolding as the world woke up. People were going about their day, but realising something massive was happening and it still gives me goosebumps thinking about it, trying to get information to people. The internet existed and that was where I was getting information from, but people didn’t have the internet on their phones like they do now, so as soon as they left for work, they were desperate for information and the radio was where they got it from – that’s where radio shines. People still say to me, ‘That’s the day I started listening to you, on September 11”. FAVOURITE MOMENT ON AIR Talking to Hugh Jackman! Those things are really fun, I do love them. When we jag a really big star it’s pretty exciting, you never forget them. He was so lovely and the funniest thing is I reckon he did upwards of 200 interviews that day, but he was so nice to us and pretended he was excited, he was great fun.

their lunches made and notes signed and anything they needed, but largely that was my husband’s job, he got them off to school every day and then I was home in the afternoon. So the kids had one parent in the morning and one in the afternoon and that worked quite well for us. When they were little it was a busy life, but that’s the same for so many working parents.” Having shared so much of her life with her listeners, the Sunshine Coast really has watched her family grow up, and she wouldn’t change it for the world. “I really love it,” she says with a brilliant smile. “I grew up in a family that was really involved in the community – a small country town with 800 people in Margaret River, Western Australia, where everyone knew me and everyone knew my family. “The thing that I love about radio is it’s a really immediate connection with your audience, there are people who I have been speaking to on an almost daily basis on the Sunshine Coast for 19 years, people who have watched my kids grow up, and I have been a part of big occasions in their lives. “The radio is often described as the people’s friend, we try to be that and I think we are, and that’s what I love about it.”

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The thing that I LOVE about radio is it’s a really immediate connection with your audience, there are people who I have been SPEAKING TO on an almost DAILY basis on the Sunshine Coast for 19 years, people who have watched my kids grow up, and I have been a part of big occasions in their lives.”

LEAST FAVOURITE MOMENT ON AIR My least favourite moment came very early in my career on Mix FM. I won’t name the franchise, but I said at Easter time, ‘There’s only one chocolate I don’t like’, and I named a brand and then I spent the rest of the day driving around to franchisees apologising to them, while they cried and said I’d ruined their Easter sales. It was terrible, the worst day. But it was a really good lesson for me, I realised when you say something that you think is flippant it can actually really affect people. ‘THE VOICE’ When I was younger I never knew my voice was different, but my mum says I sounded like this in the pram, as a tiny baby. I’ve had my voice investigated and I don’t have scarring, I don’t have nodules, I don’t have anything that would suggest I should have this voice, but I’ve had it since I was a baby. I don’t love it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I know people who say, ‘I hate her voice,’ but it’s kept me employed so I can’t really complain about it.

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Having represented Australia at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Benny Pike is no stranger to the dizzying heights of sports stardom, but where he’s most proud to have spent his time is at the grassroots level – celebrating our local athletes.

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ithin the exuberant sporting nation that is Australia lies the Sunshine Coast, a melting pot of passion and persistence, and at the coalface you’ll find Benny Pike – someone who epitomises the very essence of sport as a competitor, commentator and cultivator. “Seeing a local athlete compete in the Olympic or Commonwealth Games makes me feel proud as punch, but whether they win or lose doesn’t worry me; they’ve reached that level, they’ve had a go,” he says. “I was there the day Clint Robinson ‘lost’ his gold medal in Atlanta ‘96; he came second, he got beat, and he paddled up to me and he was heartbroken, and that was pretty tough because I knew he’d gone from an Olympic gold in his mind, and that he’d lost.” Benny hands me the Sunshine Coast Junior Sport Star of the Year trophy, and I see many familiar names etched into its base, including the 1989 and inaugural winner, Maroochydore’s Clint Robinson. Having initiated the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation, which celebrates 50 years next year, Benny has had a hand in laying the foundation upon which so many of our champions have built their success. “One of the things I was really passionate about and am still passionate about is how important sport is to this area,” Benny says. “It’s all right to think about high profile and high performance sports, but not everybody is an Olympian – not everybody is an Australian champion. So what we’ve got to do on the Sunshine Coast, which is so important and what I’m absolutely fighting for, is give kids the opportunity to have a go.

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“At the end of the day, most people play sport to be with their mates. I’m still good friends with all of the A-grade Maroochydore team I played with in 1973, when I was just out of school.” While the Coast has created a strong grassroots foundation in a variety of sports including archery, badminton, lawn bowls, soccer, boxing, futsal, basketball and netball; where Benny says we truly shine is in our female athletes – “The women leave the boys for dead, in participation and in achievement.” “As (Olympic pole vaulter) Alana Boyd said, ‘it’s because when they came through school there were opportunities and they were encouraged to play, and when you look back to 2008, that is when it started. We had three girls on the Coast – Alana Boyd, (swimmer) Melanie Schlanger and (lawn bowler) Kelsey Cottrell, and the three of them were all stars of their own field. Slowly they were building a profile, and that attracts others.” Benny was in Year 12 at Maroochy High School when a mate invited him to boxing training, and he still remembers his first fight.

What we’ve got to do on the SUNSHINE COAST, which is so IMPORTANT and what I’m absolutely fighting for, is give kids the OPPORTUNITY to have a go.”

“It was at the Nambour Civic Hall and my face was cut. I couldn’t hit with my left hand because I’d hurt my thumb and I remember looking up into the crowd and seeing my father, who was a very big man, sitting up with a big floral shirt on and he was throwing right hands and I knew what he meant – throw a right hand – and I did and I hit the bloke and I dropped him,” he says, swinging his right hand at the memory. “I won the fight, but the pain of putting my thumb back in the joint – my face! If I’d have lost that fight I would never have boxed profilemag.com.au


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again. I’ve never felt pain like it and I had nobody to help me, I was in the middle of the ring getting punched. The feeling of winning and achieving something on my own was fantastic.” Benny went on to represent Australia in the 1978 and ‘82 Commonwealth Games, and 1980 Olympics in Moscow. He won medals at international King’s Cups and President’s Cups tournaments, and at the Oceania Games in 1973, ‘74 and ‘82. After winning that tournament in 1979, Benny was invited to fight in the first World Cup in Madison Square Garden, and in 1978 he became the first Australian to fight in the World Championships, helping put Australian boxing on the international map. “To fight in both of those, as well as the Oceania Games, Commonwealth and Olympic Games,” Benny says, pausing in disbelief, “for a 5ft 8, fat middleweight from Maroochydore, to end up doing all of that, I’m pretty proud, but I’ve devoted my life to sport.”

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One of the things I was really PASSIONATE about and am still passionate about is how IMPORTANT sport is to this area.”

Benny has also become a familiar voice for sports fans over the last 30 years, having commentated at seven Olympic Games and 10 Commonwealth Games, and he has also played an integral role in television covering local sport. “I helped develop the sport coverage on Channel 7 and WIN Television. Both channels came to me and said, ‘Benny we need to get people watching our TV’, I said, ‘Cover sport’. From that moment, Channel 7 did sport and when they started to pull away, I went to WIN Television and I took the sports with me. I was with WIN for 10 years until 2004. It’s been a terrific journey,” he says. Having made such an impact in all areas of the sport arena here on the Coast, next year Benny retires from his chairperson role with the Sports Federation, but promises to go out swinging, “Local sport is so important to the fabric of this community and I’ll keep doing it.”

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 “For anybody who remembers 1982, the last time the Games were in Queensland, it changed Queensland and Australian sport forever because it created heroes, and that’s going to happen again next year. If you go back to ‘82, we had four in the Commonwealth Games, in 1984 we had five in the Olympics. Then last year in Rio, we had 30 athletes go to the Olympics and the last Commonwealth Games we had 13 athletes – 11 of those were females. The most important thing is how many athletes we get in a team and with that comes coaches, administrators and volunteers; and that’s the legacy.” may 2017

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A stylish cafe and business lounge, qualified barista, luxurious bathrooms with high end appliances and quality products – they’re not the usual benefits you would find at your local gym, but then Hunts Fitness is definitely “A gym like no other”. Adrian Hunter shares the philosophy behind his exclusive new full-service club that’s creating quite a stir among the Sunshine Coast’s fitness scene.

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uave, sleek and sophisticated and I’m not just talking about the general manager! I’m referring to Hunts Fitness – the brand new state-of-the-art gym that has recently opened its doors to the Sunshine Coast, taking high end fitness to a whole new level, putting us firmly on the map and offering its members an exclusive club where service and attention to detail is second-to-none. It’s the brainchild of ex-military fitness trainer and entrepreneurial businessman Adrian Hunter, a project he is fiercely passionate about and one that has taken him years of research and hard work to create. “I knew exactly what I wanted, and I’ve done my homework,” says Adrian. “I looked at over 400 gyms around Australia for two years and spoke to lots of gym owners, trainers and clients. “I wanted it to feel like you were coming to a luxurious spa or hotel. I wanted a place where business owners or those who strive hard for success can come and do a gym workout, have a shower, have a complimentary breakfast, enjoy a baristamade coffee or two, maybe check their emails and then head straight to work. My clients see the value in their time, it’s a club for them to use as their own, to train, to work and to relax.”

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But let’s step back a few years to where it all began for this driven businessman and fitness lover. “Sport was always a big part of my life, particularly swimming and rugby,” says Adrian. “I wanted to join the military straight out of school, but my dad advised me to get some life experience first. So I ran a couple of small businesses and then applied to the Army a few years later and was accepted.” Adrian was sent to the infantry battalion in Townsville and it wasn’t long before his sporting prowess was noticed and he was selected to join the Physical Training Instructor’s course, which he excelled in. “It’s pretty competitive because it’s probably one of the best jobs in the army. The job is to build good functional activity and prepare military personnel to be battle fit. “I loved being a trainer and I would still be in the military today, but a great job opportunity to open a startup business in America presented itself and I left the

army in 2002 to pursue that.” An entrepreneur at heart, Adrian spent the next few years in the US working his magic with several other startup companies before returning to Australia in 2008 to launch beverage company, Monster Energy in the Australasian market. “The last 15 years have been focussed around building businesses. I like starting things, I get bored pretty quickly if I’m not creating something new. I love to keep moving and remain innovative and contemporary,” he says. Recognising a gap in the market for an exclusive niche fitness club on the Sunshine Coast, combined with the exciting opportunities Maroochydore’s new CBD has in store for the future of our region, Adrian jumped at the chance to combine his love of business, fitness and the finer things in life and the idea for Hunts Fitness was born.

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If you are going to provide a high level service you have to be on top of your game, your clients will soon tell you if you’re not.” From the moment you step inside Hunts Fitness club, you realise this is a gym like no other. The elegant foyer is reminiscent of a high-end spa or hotel lobby. Beautifully furnished and boasting high end fixtures and fittings, it offers a relaxing space where you can connect to free WIFI, do business in comfort and enjoy breakfast and a Toby’s Estate coffee, barista-made.

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But not before months of searching for the perfect location. “I had to wait longer than I anticipated for the perfect space but at the end of the day it’s a great location – it’s the new central business district, the first part of the new CBD, so for me it was a step in the right direction. It also gave me the ability to plan the gym around the building. How it was on paper is exactly how it is,” he says. “It’s a business building, not residential, so it works well for my clients because they are not competing with residents for a park during the early morning and evening peak hours,” says Adrian. Given the competitive nature of the fitness industry, Adrian knew he had to offer something different to his clients to stand out from the crowd. “I don’t think other gyms see me as a competitor to be honest, I am just offering something so completely unique. “I wanted a one-stop-shop. I want people to know when they come here, the classes are the best, the instructors are the best, the equipment is the best, the coffee is the best. “Going from this to any other gym is a very different experience. The reason gym owners don’t do full service models is – one, because it’s expensive and two, as the general manager, you have to be there. If they sign on they’re making a lifestyle investment to come here. “You have to be invested in your brand, if you are not invested it won’t work.

I wanted a place where business owners or those who STRIVE HARD for success can come and do a gym workout, have a shower, have a complimentary breakfast, enjoy a barista-made coffee or two, maybe check their emails and then head straight to WORK.” “We are so excited to have Toby’s on board,” says Alex. “The Sunny Coasters are mad about good coffee and Toby’s are passionate about delivering the best, it’s such a great partnership.” Welcoming and non-intimidating, the club’s neutral timber flooring and muted colour interior scheme has been specifically designed with both men and women in mind. “I wanted it to be a non-intimidating space for both sexes,” says Adrian. “I didn’t want men to feel afraid to join a yoga class or for women to feel uncomfortable training with men, it’s all very neutral.” The stunning bathrooms are fitted with Dyson hairdryers and Hunts Fitness has partnered with the White Company to provide luxurious products to relax and revitalise you so you leave your workout completely refreshed. They even provide bath-size fluffy towels so you can finish your workout with opulence. “You can never re-create a woman’s bathroom,” laughs Adrian, “but I wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for the ladies to feel at ease with showering and getting ready as they would at home.” But there is a catch, you do have to actually do some work first! Whether it’s free weights in the purpose-built cardio room or one of the many innovative classes on offer including pilates and yoga, or utilising the state-ofthe-art gym equipment, there is something to suit all tastes and fitness levels.

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MIMI FRIESER, ADRIAN HUNTER AND ALEX HIPWELL

I haven’t created this gym for everyone, I have a NICHE market, I know who my clients are.”

“Any personal trainer working here will always have vast and diverse experience,” says Adrian. “Alex and Mimi are Nike master trainers and there’s myself with over 20 years experience in person training,” says Adrian. “We know how to train people hard and safe. “I also offer the opportunity to train with me, inclusive in your membership. I run you through the equipment and show you how I train to keep myself physically fit. “People go to different classes for different reasons. We all have our strengths. Mimi is a fantastic pilates and yoga teacher, Alex is high intensity and I tend to push you past mental barriers.” What you won’t find at Hunts Fitness are heavy weights, with Adrian preferring

a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing that allows his clients to still enjoy a balanced lifestyle while remaining functionally fit. “I haven’t created this gym for everyone, I have a niche market, I know who my clients are,” says Adrian. “I don’t have 60-kilo dumbbells, I don’t have a power rack that you can drop weight, I don’t have the big squat racks, I built this gym specifically not to have that. “If you’re a powerlifter you’re looking for a particular gym and this format is different. I’m a functionally fit guy in my 40s. I built this gym for guys who have young kids and are trying to keep up with them, for women who want to build themselves fit. At age 35 or 40 you need to make some changes, it gets harder as you get older. Once 40 kicks in, testosterone drops and it gets harder for men in particular. “I’m not going to make you a marathon runner but I’m going to make your lifestyle better so next time you kick the footy with your son you are not going to tear your hamstring, because you’ve gained flexibility doing yoga for six weeks. Or you are going to go fishing for a week with the guys and you know it’s going to be heavy on the booze, but you can hold that fitness and come back after that.” And he says when it comes to nutrition, it doesn’t have to be complicated. “It’s about sustaining your habits by working out. I teach my guys to change from having big meals at night to eating a big breakfast and lunch and then lighter in the evening, a piece of salmon and some vegetables maybe. Cut down to a couple of beers at night, buy a $30 bottle of wine instead of a $15 dollar bottle and savour a glass or two rather than the whole bottle. profilemag.com.au


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NUTRITION is easy, people over complicate with fads and that only creates up and down MOVEMENT of the body, not STABILITY.”

“Nutrition is easy, people over complicate with fads and that only creates up and down movement of the body, not stability. Be good during the week and on Sunday have pizza, have tacos and enjoy it. We don’t work as hard as we do for nothing.” Speaking of lifestyle, Adrian also hosts social evenings at the gym where members can mingle and learn from some of the best in the health and wellness industry. “We are not pretending to be anything but a lifestyle gym. There is not one person at this gym who isn’t social; they travel, they go to functions, they like good food and wine. “That’s the idea behind the social nights at Hunts. We are providing an opportunity for our clients to learn from some of the best guest speakers from different specialities including nutrition, fitness, massage and physio. “I want to supply my clients with as much as I can, so it’s all inclusive – I know they’re not going to find it anywhere else.” And to ensure his clients are getting the best value for their investment, Adrian has a personalised app that allows members to book their classes in advance to work around their lifestyle. “You can go on the app and book your classes for the week while you’re lying in bed at night. It gives you calendar reminders two hours in advance, it’s your own personal training device. It builds a profile around you, how long you are here and the classes you like so we can build the program around what suits our clients best.” Adrian is currently working with a leading nutritional scientist here on the Sunshine Coast to develop his own range of protein powders fulfilling his dream of a one-stop-shop for holistic health and wellbeing. And with a cap on the number of members, he says Hunts will remain a boutique club where his members feel special, and service and attention to detail will remain paramount. “I have groups of people here not telling anyone about the gym, they want to keep it to themselves,” laughs Adrian. “It’s like the Coast’s best kept secret.” Not anymore Adrian! I think you had everyone at wine and cheese! may 2017

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It may only be five years old, but Brightwater State School has already earned a strong reputation for excellence within the Sunshine Coast community for its forward-thinking ideas and progressive modern-day take on education.

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mploying a 21st Century approach to teaching through the incorporation of technology in studies, as well as catering to individual students through personal learning programs specifically tailored to each child’s skillset, Brightwater State School has revolutionised education on the Sunshine Coast. And with the school’s numbers quadrupling from 240 students on its opening day to the 980 pupils in attendance today, it’s clearly an approach that’s working. Leading this innovative school since opening its doors in 2012, is principal Robyn Taplin, who with nearly 30 years experience in education, has witnessed several teaching methods across other schools on the Coast. Yet it is Brightwater State School where she feels she has made the biggest difference, building a foundation on contemporary education practices and seamlessly infusing technology with everyday learning. “When you’re starting a new school from the ground up, it’s a wonderful opportunity to start with a blank slate and try to design a curriculum delivery process that matches the kids of today,”

explains Robyn, “You’re not inheriting traditional practices, what you’re doing is actually researching from the world’s best and looking at how their techniques apply to Sunshine Coast kids.” Offering a one-to-one laptop program for students in Years four to six, technology is integrated into the school’s core classes, but is also applied via lessons in robotics and coding, in which students get to work with the likes of University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council on a variety of projects.

“IT’S ABOUT TEACHING KIDS TO BE CREATIVE, PROBLEM SOLVERS, CRITICAL THINKERS AND ADAPTABLE TO CHANGE, AND TO BE VERY ADEPT COMMUNICATORS.” “Society is so fast paced and in any workplace now, the connections go beyond just your local community. Educators have that responsibility to prepare kids for life beyond school, and technology is part and parcel of that process. “It’s about teaching kids to be creative, problem solvers, critical thinkers and adaptable to change, and to be very adept communicators.” School captains Eva and Rex, and their vice captains Jasmine and Xander, demonstrate how these skills and values are shaping Brightwater State School’s students. All confident young leaders and incredibly well spoken for 11 year olds, they are enthusiastic of the supportive culture and learning opportunities, particularly fond of the ‘pay it forward’ initiative ingrained in their curriculum

to encourage students to foster a social conscience. “Pay it forward is about going out of your way to help someone else. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing – even the little things count,” explains Rex. From cleaning local parks and selling cupcakes for charity, to running donation drives for Lady Cilento Hospital and local animal refuges, Robyn says the initiative has taken on a life of its own. “It’s really special to hear that you plant those seeds with kids and see them actually take them on and do something with them in terms of contributing back to the community,” she says. Boasting an impressive arts department and array of extracurricular activities, including a Dance Excellence program, students have plenty of opportunity to express themselves within the school environment. And as an independent public school directed by a council of parents and teachers, ensuring every child receives personalised education is of utmost importance. “We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve, which is that a child leaves school a well-rounded person, strong with their academics, up-to-date with the world in terms of technology and skills, but who also has the social conscience to be a good person,” says Robyn.

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IT’S TIME FOR A HEARING TEST, IF YOU:

OUR HEARING IS PRECIOUS, SO WHY DON’T WE TAKE BETTER CARE OF IT? THE TEAM AT IHEAR EXPLAINS HOW FINDING AUDIO CLARITY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE STRUGGLE.

• feel like people are mumbling • need people to repeat themselves a lot • can’t hear background noise, or conversations in loud settings • have your television and radio set at a volume others say is too loud • struggle to hear on the phone • experience ringing in the ears • experience sudden hearing loss • struggle to hear women and children

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opportunity to do so through the Starkey Foundation – a humanitarian outfit run by Starkey that takes a percentage of profits to donate hearing aids to third world countries and sends volunteers from their stores to help fit them. “You can change a person from being totally depressed to being a happy part of society and living again, just by fitting hearing aids,” says Leia. “It’s very rewarding. You get some really amazing moments, when someone hasn’t heard properly for a long time and can suddenly hear, once fitted with hearing aids,” adds Lisa. In addition to having agreements with all private health funds, as part of a government initiative available upon application, ihear is able to offer free hearing tests and free-to-client high quality hearing aids for pensioners and DVA gold card holders.

To find out more about how the ihear team can help you hear again, or to book an appointment for a hearing test, pop in to ihear Caloundra at 45-47 Minchinton Street or ihear Beerwah at Shop 3, 74 Simpson Street, visit ihear.com.au, or call 1300 015 227.

They also offer a 30-day trial for paying clients to ensure their hearing aids are right for them. The ihear Caloundra and Beerwah teams have also expanded their services to visit general practices in Sippy Downs, Maroochydore, Parklands, Pelican Waters, Gympie, Tin Can Bay, Maryborough and Hervey Bay – just call them to check when they’ll be in your area! Often discounted as a concern for older people, hearing issues can occur at any age, and with the advancement of technology, hearing aids are not only more effective, but are practically invisible. But most importantly for the ihear team, their products and services, along with their willingness to go above and beyond for their clients, are improving the quality of life for hundreds of local people.


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Barbara Pease is a superwoman in every sense of the word. Even from an early age, she has been resolute and resilient, and together with her husband, Allan, has gone on to defy the odds in life and diversify their business to stay one step ahead of the game.

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he way we work is excellent, the formula is perfect and we have never had an argument in business. There are no egos and we each know what we do. “I do everything as far as running the business, if I need to chase an account, negotiate fees for Allan, deal with international agents, make sure rents are up to date, our buildings are kept in top condition, work with the tradesmen, I do everything that needs to be done. “This allows Allan to focus on what he’s best at, which is entertaining and writing. He’s great with the media, he’s funny, he’s great on stage. Also when we decide we want to write a book, he is free to do the science and research and then my part is deciding, ‘How does this apply to the everyday person? How does it affect them in life?’ And then we make it humourous. That’s the formula.” From the balcony of their palatial Buderim home, Barbara Pease, number one best-selling author, opens up about her past and the hard-fought journey to reach the pinnacle of success – both in business and in life. Born in Maryborough, to housing commission parents, Barbara and her family later moved to Gladstone, where she attended high school. “Coming from a poor background; where I was taught to work hard, I had drive, so by the time I was 12, which was the legal age you could work back then, I had three part time jobs,” she says. Barbara worked at the local grocery store and skating centre, where she promptly learnt how to run both businesses, and was also a cleaner for her neighbour. “When you become so resourceful, everyone wants to hire you and the phone would always ring,” Barbara says. “I had all this money coming in and I would allocate a certain amount to my goals such as buying my first car by the time I was 17, because I knew my mum and dad couldn’t afford it. Everything else went towards buying luxuries our family didn’t have or buying something for myself.”

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It was then that Barbara was approached by a woman who had been told Barbara could “sell ice to the eskimos” and offered her a job selling advertising space in the Townsville Bulletin. “That was the awakening, because there I felt like I didn’t need to learn everyone’s job, I could now learn how to sell better and look after my clients,” she says.

Coming from a poor background; where I was taught to WORK HARD, I had DRIVE, so by the time I was 12 - which was the legal age you could work back then - I had three part time jobs.”

Barbara became a sales gun and cracked her first million-dollar budget. She also fell for and married one of her colleagues, whom she had a son with, but when the marriage broke down, Barbara resigned from her position and went on to work for various companies including TAFE, Torgas and Skillshare. “One of my colleagues at Skillshare said to me, ‘Take this video home, I think you could teach it, it’s about body language’.

I put it on and was watching this guy, Allan Pease who was making me laugh and I really liked his material. I thought I’d take it and start using it and I introduced a body language section into all of my classes.” Not long after, Mr Body Language came to town for a seminar, a perfect opportunity for Barbara to get some new material. “When Allan was at the back selling books, I went and interrogated him,” she says with a laugh. That was October 1989, and the pair had an instant connection. In 1991, Barbara moved to Sydney to work with Allan, they were engaged the following year and in 1993, married. “I said, ‘The only way I can work with you is if you give me control of the business’, because there were limited systems in place, no real organisational skills. I thought he would fight me on this, but he agreed. So that was my next journey, learning how to run a speaking business,” she says. “When we started, 90 per cent of our business was books, eight per cent was speaking and two per cent was real estate. But our books were huge in bookstores at that time. The Answer came out a couple of months ago and the Chinese and Russians have already been online selling it for $2, which we get nothing from. It’s a different world now.”

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Harbouring a thirst for learning, Barbara sought mentors from an early age. “I found different teachers who I could learn from, not only from what they were teaching but to learn life skills too, because Mum and Dad didn’t have that to give me because they’d worked from such a young age – my mum was milking cows from the age of eight and Dad lost his mother at that age, so his dad pulled him out of school and made him go to work and look after the rest of the siblings,” she says. “They didn’t have the opportunity, so I was determined that I was going to make my own; I was going to put myself out there and the opportunities would appear. It’s a bit like our latest book, The Answer – you don’t try and decide how to do all of these steps, you just put it out there and things appear so you grab the opportunities.” After finishing Grade 12, Barbara followed what she thought was her dream to become an accountant, before moving to Townsville where she worked her way up the ladder at a major hotel and put her hand up to run the accounts department. “I was still young, only 19, and they said they couldn’t put the finances of a hotel in the hands of such a young person, and I said, ‘But I’m already doing it’, and they said I had to be a lot older,” she says. “I knew I couldn’t go any further, so I applied to work for the airlines and the same thing happened – ‘You have all the qualifications, you have all the skills, but you’re too young’. Age was becoming a barrier for me.”

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW MEN AND WOMEN COMMUNICATE IN BUSINESS “Men are direct, they want to get to the point. This is what I want done and I want it done by this deadline,” Barbara says. “Women are more indirect. You make them feel good, like they’re part of the team – this is what I’d like you to do, this is the reason why, this is what it will achieve and how do you think it would work? Do you think we can get it done by this time?” Interestingly, Allan and Barbara have a role reversal when it comes to closing the deal. “I let them talk and then I come in to close the deal. Allan uses the niceties that normally a woman might use, he’s not interested in closing the deal, that’s my job and I love it,” Barbara says.

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Allan says, “When we go to meetings together, which we do a lot, and when we’re negotiating overseas contracts, I listen to what’s being said and take notes and Barb will sit back and watch what people are doing and write down attitudes. “At the end we compare notes, of what she saw versus what I heard and sometimes you’d think we’d been to different meetings. What you see is what people really believe and feel, what they tell you is what they want you to hear.” BARBARA AND ALLAN PEASE

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Because of the changing business landscape, the Peases decided to diversify. Their business is now broken up into speaking, products/books, media and real estate. Property accounts for 76 per cent of their business activities, encompassing a commercial portfolio, residential, and the recent addition of several large developments. “We’re not a couple who stays in the one area of business, so we didn’t just stay in speaking. Many speakers are doing it tough because they’ve stayed in speaking and haven’t diversified,” Barbara says. Their fighting spirit is commendable and is a direct result of having lost everything in 1994, after a series of wrong decisions and bad advice. At age 34, and Allan 45, they were completely broke. “We’d had an amazing journey and now we’d lost everything! We decided to make a comeback and even though we’d lost everything, we needed to figure out how to move forward, we needed to set a goal.

They didn’t have the OPPORTUNITY, so I was DETERMINED that I was going to make my own; I was going to put myself out there and the opportunities would appear.”

We decided we were going to become best selling authors again, we were going to recover financially and we’re going to get our lifestyle back.” But to become financially independent, Barbara and Allan needed to sell millions more books and having already dominated the Australian market for over 20 years, they needed to think bigger and capture even larger markets; it was time to conquer western and eastern Europe (which had about one billion people compared to 300 million in the United States). In 1997, Barbara and Allan moved to the United Kingdom, where they rented a humble home and established their new business using two laptops, a borrowed car, two old telephones and a Yellow Pages phone book. Over the next three years, they went on to book seminars and conferences and self-published Why Men 34

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Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps, which sold 12 million copies worldwide and went into 55 languages. They made enough money to clear their debts and regain their luxury lifestyle. Barbara and Allan then went on to write another 10 number one bestsellers and by 2004 were the world’s biggest-selling authors, produced a number one Box Office movie, nine television series in the UK and four stage plays across Europe. Having experienced such success using ‘the secret of the RAS’ (The Reticular Activating System), a goal setting technique, Barbara and Allan then put it to the ultimate test – conceiving a baby. The odds were against them, at age 41, Barbara was considered “geriatric”, and Allan was 52 and had no viable sperm because of radiation treatment he’d received for prostate cancer (brought on by the stress of going broke). The doctors repeatedly told them it would never work, but Barbara and Allan were steadfast in their decision and after a few rounds of IVF treatment failed, they trialed a new technique of DNA insemination. It was successful and two male embryos were implanted, with one female embryo placed into cryo-suspension for future use. Brandon was born 8 March, 2005 and his fraternal twin sister, Bella, was born three years later. It turns out their formula for success worked in more ways than one and Barbara and Allan are back on top of the world, planning their next big move.

We’d had an amazing JOURNEY and now we’d lost everything! We decided to make a comeback and even though we’d LOST EVERYTHING, we needed to figure out how to move FORWARD, we needed to set a goal.”

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When parties separate, there is often a dispute over the family home, because in most cases, the family home is the major asset in the property pool, together with superannuation. The family home is identified and valued with all of the other assets owned by the parties – this takes place as part of the process of working out what is available for division between the couple.

The family home will need to be valued for the property settlement. If the parties cannot agree on a value, the court will order a joint report from a local estate agent or surveyor. The valuer has a duty to the court to report accurately and the figure given will be a market valuation, rather than a suggested asking price.

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• that one of the separating parties takes over the home and any liability (the mortgage would require refinancing); or • the property is listed for sale and the proceeds are distributed between the parties as agreed.

he issue of the family home is more emotional given the role it has played for the family unit, usually for many years and usually at least one part of the family will want to continue living in the family home – particularly if there are children involved. However in today’s economy, separating parties need to balance their wants and desires against the sometimes harsh financial realities of life after separation. It is very seldom that parties are able to maintain the same lifestyle that they had prior to separation. Everyone would probably prefer to remain in the comfort of their home and not have to go through the rigours of re-establishing themselves. It is important though to give thorough thought about the expenses that are involved in keeping the family home, such as the mortgage repayments, rates and taxes and the maintenance of the home. Can you afford to keep the home?

THE MOST COMMON OPTIONS FOR THE PARTIES WITH REGARDS TO THE FAMILY HOME ARE:

It must be remembered that your financial situation changes after separation as you may only have “half the income” that you had as a couple. Lenders may find it difficult to approve refinancing the mortgage with only one income earner. Seeking the advice of a financial planner would be beneficial to work out your financial options as you go through a property settlement. So while it may be ideal for one of the parties to keep the family home, it may not be realistic financially for this to occur and holding onto the family home for sentimental value is in no one’s best interest.

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Angela Miles STEPS GROUP While having the skills to do the job is highly important, I am of the personal opinion that personality needs to match the role accordingly. It’s one thing to have the skills but if you can’t connect those skills to the role then you’re essentially working from off the back foot. Fundraisers have a very unique responsibility and it takes an exceptional kind of person to fulfil the mandate. As you know, asking for charity donations from people and businesses takes passion, commitment and a link to community and that’s something that can only come from having the dual capabilities and temperament to deliver time and again. We will always look at the skills needed to do the job, however personality is ofSTEPS paramount importance when reviewing a GROUP candidate for fundraising. It just works!

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Margaret Sweeney NAMBOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE Hiring is one of the most important aspects of business and although personality and skills are important when seeking the best employee for the job, cultural fit and EQ (or emotional intelligence) are also considerations, and are particularly relevant to service or leadership positions. Skills can be learnt and a certain level of aptitude is required for this. However, the person who will best represent your business is the candidate who will naturally espouse your organisation’s values and ethos. This person is likely to exhibit a high degree of connection and engagement in the workplace, which can lead to increased productivity. Therefore, intelligence and the capacity to understand and perform the role with lateral thinking and foresight is important, as is emotional intelligence, which has been linked to performance.

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It all depends on the job – even within the same industry, different roles require different abilities. In real estate for example, someone who is naturally shy or introverted could be a very effective admin assistant but certainly wouldn’t be suited to sales. But even in a position where they do not come into contact with clients or customers, their personality still needs to be a good fit with the rest of your team. And sometimes different people can do the same job in different ways. In my experience hiring is more about intuition than science, but new skills can be learned while personality type is hard to change.


TIM ADAMS SPECIALTY COFFEE Both are a requirement when undertaking a successful business. A great personality is always an asset to a company and someone who engages and works well with other staff is of benefit. Staff don’t necessarily have to be outgoing, as quiet achievers have a place in a successful business as well. I believe a mix of personalities in a workplace is essential. Although skills are also important, if a person doesn’t have the required skills at the time of gaining employment we would like to think they are able to demonstrate their enthusiasm and interest in gaining further skills at the time of the initial interview. Each individual you employ may bring a set of diverse and individual skills to a company and working together as a team builds satisfaction and a good work culture.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon FINANCE COMMENTATOR AND EDUCATOR I think the filter approach is best so you head off the risk you’ll hire someone you spark with, but doesn’t have the requisite skills. You know how hard it is to resist impulse buying something at the shops that you don’t really need? Well, a hire is a far bigger commitment than highwaisted pants! In business, actual ability has to be paramount, so begin by ruthlessly discarding CVs with no evidence of the qualifications/ experience you need. Only then should you interview, by phone first so you can further weed out any inappropriate candidates. The shortlist of applicants you actually meet should be a smorgasbord of capable potential employees – but are they compatible?

“ Luke Krestensen IC PRINT I think both have importance, but the real question is which is easier to teach/train? I believe it is easier to train new skills in my industry, which is why I hire on personality. Plus, I would not like to come to work everyday with people who I don’t like or that don’t fit in with the rest of my team. So it is more fun, harmonious and therefore more productive to hire based on personality. However all that being said, due to economics, the right candidate must have the skills to add value to the business.

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3. THE EXPERIENCE MUST BE MOBILE That’s right, sitting in your pocket is the one device that has the power to revolutionise your digital marketing. Take advantage of the reliance people have on them in their day-to-day life and direct the majority of your digital marketing to their smartphone screens. As consumers are focusing more and more on apps, features, and functions that give them convenience and a sense of personalisation, you need to ensure that your business’ digital presence offers a user-friendly experience to reap the rewards of the digital realm. If your website is not mobile-friendly, you are deterring the audience which you’ve worked hard to build, from going further into your client journey. Put all your blood, sweat and tears into the design of a mobile-friendly website or app that your customers can access on the go. The more accessible you are to the world, the better your digital reach will be.

4. CREATE CONTENT THAT ANSWERS QUESTIONS Every day there are hundreds and thousands of prospective customers searching for your services online but with so many offerings like yours available, it could be a bit tricky for them to find you. You’ve heard the phrase ‘Google it’? Be the brand with the answers they are looking for; answer your prospective customers’ search phrases and potentially snag them as customers. Brainstorm a list of SEO keywords and write an individual blog post for each keyword or search phrase. Be generous and interesting but most of all – SEO the fox out of your content. Let’s be real, you don’t just want your content to be read; you want it to be liked, commented on and shared. By providing your prospects with informative foxy content in the form of blog posts, ebooks and downloadable tool, you and your team will instantly establish yourself as credible and exciting experts in your field. Plus, with the savvy addition of some keywords here and there, you’ll earn yourself an esteemed ranking on Google, who love when websites regularly publish fresh and valuable content.

5. KEEP UP WITH DIGITAL MARKETNG (OR OUTSOURCE IT) To stay fresh and foxy in the ever-evolving, busy world of digital marketing you need to keep on top of industry news and trends. Follow the major players on Google, Facebook, and Twitter and keep your eyes peeled on what marketing techniques your competitors are trying out. The digital marketing industry is ridiculously fast growing and competitive, so if you don’t keep up, your marketing tactics could slowly be deflating in effectiveness. Don’t let your competitors be the ones your audience is finding easier and more appealing to engage with! Attend a Foxy workshop or consult a professional to keep updated. When you work with a specialist marketer or source your digital marketing all together, you can focus on your brand core offering while they generate and nurture leads.

6. MEASURE EVERYTHING – IMPROVE IT AND REPEAT IT The beauty of digital marketing is its traceability. By utilising this superpower, you become equipped with the ability to track the effectiveness of your marketing activities, allowing you to then deconstruct and figure out how you can improve them. Measure your online reach, page likes or website clicks on Google Analytics to track your successes. Thanks to online tracking codes and systems, you can now measure your results and gain an insight into the different ways your audience reacts, behaves or responds to your content and business strategies. By taking advantage of this clever little tool, you can sneak a peek into the minds and hearts of your customers, and set and smash business goals around their behaviours. Don’t stop measuring once you think you know their sweet spots, improve your approaches and repeat them to ensure ultimate success.

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cultural REVOLUTION He was called crazy when he ignored the experts and gambled everything on his love for live music; now he’s a success story with five thriving businesses to his name. The man behind the revival of nighttime entertainment on the Sunshine Coast, Dimitris Limnatitis, shares his story.

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or Sunshine Coast locals, Ocean Street is an institution: a cultural playground where revellers both young and old go to indulge their senses and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. In fact, it’s hard to remember what the Coast’s nightlife was like before the street exploded onto the scene, with its exotic dining experiences and lively social spark, six years ago.

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But for the man behind it all, Dimitris Limnatitis, this is a time he recalls all too well, with the Coast’s lack of live music venues acting as the catalyst that inspired him to risk everything in a business decision no one else believed would work. Dimi’s story is truly a rollercoaster of highs and lows on the path to self-made success. At the age of 19, he and his family migrated to Australia in search of a fresh start, after his father’s business in Cyprus collapsed. Originally based in Sydney, Dimi found himself drawn to the Sunshine Coast and its familiar sunny weather, officially making it his home in 2000. While he started out as a cabinet maker by trade, the scenic location and a newfound love of watersports inspired Dimi to take up photography. And although he dropped out of his diploma six months in, it was

this passion and a thirst to prove himself, that inspired his first big business venture – a successful wakeboarding publication that went national, before taking off in the United States. “I headed my own publishing company without it (a diploma) just to show people that a piece of paper is not everything,” says Dimi with pride. He has every right to be proud too, considering he led the magazine for 12 years despite still struggling to read and write in English. “That’s why, when I interview people, I don’t worry about ‘that’ piece of paper. I can teach anyone to be a great employee, but I can’t teach personality, enthusiasm or drive. If you’ve got that, everything else will come with it.” Dimi eventually had to let go of his publishing company, and for the next two years, found himself living in Cotton Tree Caravan Park while he contemplated his next move – one that turned out to be his greatest business triumph.

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In a gutsy plan, Dimi approached the owners of former Ocean Street estblishment Club Envy with a proposition to take over the struggling business. At the same time, he approached the owner of the original Solbar in Coolum, which had since closed down, and requested permission to use their name in a genius move that would ensure a pre-established reputation among locals. Despite the warnings from a number of local experts who believed the concept of an establishment outside of Mooloolaba would fail, Dimi took a gamble and forged ahead with his plans. Three days and $4000 in renovations later, the revival of Ocean Street had begun. “The minute we opened the doors we just had line after line of people waiting to get in, and it’s been like that ever since,” says Dimi. may 2017

“Mooloolaba was too commercial, too regulated and there were a lot of older people living there, so you couldn’t do much. Ocean Street has very few neighbours, and the old strip club had a liquor license and good acoustics. There are not many places on the Coast where you can actually have bands because of the council regulations, so that’s why I decided to break away.” Fast forward a year, and despite Solbar’s success, Dimi and his eventual business partner Alex Johns, realised that in order to maintain its popularity, they had to turn the street into a destination – and the way to do that was by offering a dining experience that was too good to ignore. Inspired by Dimi and his wife’s Mediterranean heritages and the unique and authentic eateries of Melbourne, The Piano Bar opened in 2012 and was an instant hit. “That was my main thing, to bring the authenticity to people, and when it came to the food I just rang my mum and said, ‘Give me some recipes’, and then hired chefs to make them.” From there, Dimi’s vision for Ocean Street continued to grow. He expanded Solbar and went on to start three more businesses on the strip: Machu Picchu, Old Soul, and La Canteena. In addition to drawing other major business players to the street with his success, Dimi has used it as a platform to promote the arts, teaming up with other passionate locals to create the Maroochydore Revitalisation Association and introducing cultural events like the Ocean Street Night Markets and the annual Ocean Street World Festival, which attracted more than 40,000 people last month.

There are not many places on the Coast where you can actually have bands because of the council regulations, so that’s why I decided to BREAK AWAY.”

He has also been a vocal advocate for multicultural diversity in the local workforce – an effort which saw him inducted into the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Awards Hall of Fame in 2014. “I started working when I was just 13 and people ask me, ‘How did you do that?’ but I don’t think it was a choice. I think that’s why you see a lot of multicultural people achieve success – obviously we are hard workers, but there’s also the fact that we know if we don’t succeed, we may have to go back. You can’t expect others to give you something for free; if you want something in life, you have to go and get it.” Despite the incredible amount he has done for the region through his once ‘crazy’ business decision to revive the Coast’s nightlife, Dimi remains humble. “I don’t think I’ve done anything incredible – I haven’t reinvented the wheel, I just looked at what was working in other countries and states and cities,” he says. But he does have advice for others out there who, like him, have dared to dream big. “You’ve just got to believe in yourself and not let anyone stop you. Everyone said to me, ‘Don’t be silly, it’s a stupid idea’. But you need to take risks in life, and I believed what I was trying to do was something that the Coast needed. “But most of all, it’s passion that’s the number one driver of success. Don’t do it for money; if you’re doing it just for money you’ll fail because you aren’t emotional about it. When you’re passionate about something, it’s different and you’ll do anything to make it work.” profilemagazine

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In 1994, Steve Baxter put his life savings on the line to launch his first startup, a pioneering internet service provider. Now, the mogul is an investor in 26 businesses, one of the ‘sharks’ on television show Shark Tank, and is leading the next wave of entrepreneurs in Brisbane.

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ack in the “old days” of dial-up modems and web browsers, 23-yearold Steve Baxter made his first investment – in himself. Withdrawing his whole life savings of $11,000, Steve launched his first startup, an internet service provider, from the spare room of his Adelaide home. SE Net serviced more than 35,000 customers before it was acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding director and now Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. “At the time, it was the opportunity of the internet, this was back in the day of dial-up modems and web browsers, it looked nothing like it does today, but it was very easy to see where it could go,” Steve says. “To me it was something I wanted to be a part of and I saw the opportunity in the technology to get into business and had a pretty firm belief it was going to be quite revolutionary, and thankfully there was a fair bit of truth to that.” In 2001, Steve identified another lucrative opportunity and teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second startup, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million. Possessing a thirst for knowledge and opportunity, Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America. “Google is an amazing company, it’s obviously exceptionally successful, always has been and it’s hard to see anything in the nearterm future that’s going to displace it,” he says.

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month. You need to make sure they’re the people you want to deal with, on a variety of levels – they have a really healthy and honest approach to business and the skills to carry off what they claim they’re going to,” he says. “When I say skills, it’s not always about computer and tech stuff, if you’re selling iced tea, which I have a share in an iced tea company, you need to be good at retail and selling iced tea and understanding flavours. You’ve got to have those relevant skills, that’s very important.” Steve is also a game changer in the thriving entrepreneurial scene in Queensland, launching co-working community and startup hub, River City Labs in 2012. He says co-working spaces are about “engineering collisions”, and bringing business people together, who believe they compete with each other, and instead making them realise they can be allies. “I’ve rarely met anyone in this town who competes with each other, they all think they do but when you spend a couple of minutes talking to them you realise they don’t, so get them talking to each other, sharing the experience, understanding if they can help out. Some have joined forces through that – a whole is far greater than some of the parts.”

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? I had an accountant in Adelaide who was fantastic, he was our suburban accountant when we first started, because we started out of a house. He gave me three great pieces of advice:

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“I spend a lot of my time telling staff it’s all well and good to want to be Google, however if you’re undertaking the practices now that Google has – ‘20 per cent time’ (allowing one day a week for employees to spend on side projects to benefit the business) and the very free and easy way they handle their staff, you’ll probably go broke, because those guys have $120 billion a year in revenue, they can do that. So when you get your $120 billion, you too can do that. “I think it’s admirable that people want to have a company that’s transformational and big, it’s very much a force for good in most respects, but you do that from a position of strength, not a position of weakness. So a lot of the time I say it’s good to have it as something you aspire to, but in the meantime you’ve got to have a business, it’s got to generate revenue, it’s got to pay staff, it’s got to pay suppliers.” Steve has become a major early-stage investor in Australian startups, with 26 businesses under his wing, and has helped launch a host of companies boasting a total valuation of more than $100 million. So what does he look for when investing in startup businesses? “It does come down to people, ultimately you have to deal with them face-to-face, week-to-week, month-to-

“Never treat your business as a cash register” Never stick your hand in the till to go and buy a pie and Coke at lunch time, you pay yourself like an employee, you take other money out of the business as a dividend, so run it as a professional business. “Never spend a buck to save 50 cents” That was specifically related to tax time savings, just because something is cheap and it’s nearly June 30, doesn’t mean you should buy it, if you don’t need it, you don’t need it. If you’re going to spend a buck to get a 50 per cent claim back on your tax it’s ridiculous. “This business is too big, get another accountant” He helped us grow by firing himself.

HOW DO YOU START A BUSINESS?

SHARK TANK Shark Tank has lead to me investing in more than I otherwise would have and then we’ve broadened the types of companies we invest in, so before I would have said we were targeting tech startup companies, now we’ve got businesses that are in other industries – indoor skydiving businesses, camping goods companies, iced tea companies.

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Before Shark Tank I had no idea how hard inventory was, tech startups don’t have inventory, so that has been challenging; and understanding the retail strata of Australia, given the proliferation of the Coles and Woolworths franchises is what we’ve got to work with, there are all sorts of challenges getting things stocked and shelf space and orders and dealing with the various interesting terms the two big guys offer.

Just start. So many people spend too much time planning to start. Once you’re into it and you cut yourself loose you’ve got no choice. Make sure what you’re doing is something people want. A lot of people do market research; don’t get carried away, but do light-handed market research; asking your Mum and Dad whether they’d buy it is not market research Mum and Dad are always going to support you, you need to walk up to a total stranger, get them to put their hand in their pocket and give you money in return for something, that will prove people want it because the strongest most valid opinion you’ll get is a purchase. Get help. There are lots of coworking spaces and entrepreneurial support networks, just get in there and talk, you rarely ever find a competitor, so I encourage you to talk lots and get out and do. You’re never going to know unless you do it.

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THIS SIMPLE EXPERIMENT TURNED OUT TO HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT Here are the parameters of the split test: Essentially, all the content on the three pages remained exactly the same. In fact, all other elements of the web page were identical. The only difference was the background image being used. During the first product launch the test pages were created and added to our split testing software. The split testing software evenly distributed the client’s

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SPLIT TESTING HELPS YOU GET MORE BANG FOR YOUR MARKETING AND ADVERTISING BUCKS Running a few simple split tests with a sample group allows you to identify the highest converting combination of web page elements on your pages. With your split test data you can tweak your web pages and/or offers and place all the elements on the page in their highest converting configurations before you start pushing large volumes of traffic to your web pages.

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I’ve been in the art industry for almost 40 years across a range of industries and I’m thrilled to commence work on The Marc. It’s great to see a developer step OUTSIDE THE SQUARE and really showcase a project’s urban persona through art,”


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These days I’m all about the mum-bun, comfortable shoes and good strong coffee. I’ve entered a new style chapter in my life and I’m okay with that. Most days I find more enjoyment picking outfits for my nine-month-old than I do for myself. When he sleeps I’m scrolling Instagram to see what new items I must buy for him. Needless to say, he now has a better wardrobe than I do. It’s hard enough keeping up with your little ones, let alone keeping up with what’s in fashion. The trick is to find your own style. Here’s where to start:

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Walking into the new Priceline Pharmacy Chancellor Park in Sippy Downs, you will be pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by the friendly health expert staff, including the new owners Jane Ward and Vinit (Vin) Kewal. And upon looking around the new shop, you will find an increased range of your favourite products, priced very competitively under the Priceline banner.

“We pride ourselves on building trust in the community; we’re not just there to sell them things, we’re there to help them with their problems and find solutions for them.” Priceline Pharmacy Chancellor Park also offers customers a prescription management service; a delivery service for those less mobile; and a free packing service for medications. So if you are looking to fill a prescription, find a treatment for a cold, or select the right foundation for your skin type, itting down with Profile Magazine, the friendly team at Priceline Pharmacy Vin and Jane talk about the new Chancellor Park is dedicated to ensuring shop, how it has changed and what the best results for your health it will be like in a few months. This and wellbeing – from qualified includes their plans to continue WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BUILDING to offer the best health services TRUST IN THE COMMUNITY; WE’RE NOT JUST pharmacists providing information on medications, to trained beauty available in Sippy Downs and the THERE TO SELL THEM THINGS, WE’RE THERE advisors who can help with various initiatives they have begun TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR PROBLEMS AND retail purchases. planning for and launching. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM. With over 35 years experience as pharmacists, it’s very clear help dispense prescriptions. What this they know their stuff. When asking Vin means for their customers is reduced wait and Jane why they chose Priceline, they times and more time that can be spent explain it is due to the fantastic prices they with the pharmacist. This will also are able to pass on to their customers, make Priceline Pharmacy Chancellor while keeping the dispensary service. Park one of the few pharmacies on the “We are giving our customers the best of Sunshine Coast offering this enhanced both worlds”, Jane says. “When people service through this technology. think of Priceline on the Coast, they Outside of the pharmacy, their think there’s no dispensary, however, community involvement prescriptions will still be done here and runs deep, with Priceline we will continue to give great service and Pharmacy Chancellor advice.” Park sponsoring the Priceline Pharmacy Chancellor Park is local soccer and a locally-owned franchise of the trusted netball clubs. Australian brand, helping customers “It’s not about eliminate confusion by offering trained taking from the expert advice for products both behind the community, it’s counter and beyond. It is well known for also about being its fantastic loyalty program and extremely able to give competitive prices, and Priceline’s ethos back,” says Vin. of focusing on every aspect of women’s

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health, including confidence, is reflected throughout the store. For a lot of customers, Priceline is a place where they go to buy their make-up or purchase hair products, and Priceline Pharmacy Chancellor Park has the added bonus of also being your local community pharmacy. “The heart hasn’t gone away, we’re just a better version of the local pharmacy,” says Vin. Vin explains how they are also making a significant investment into technology, including getting a dispensing robot to

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ecoming a mother is one of the most monumental life changers. The unconditional love you feel for this tiny human you have created and brought into the world is simply immeasurable. From watching them take their first steps, to drying their tears after their first teenage break-up to walking them down the aisle on their wedding day, it’s the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. Maternal love is a bond like no other and having a child of your own certainly makes you appreciate your own mum even more. It’s so important to tell our mums just how special they are and Mother’s Day is a chance to do just that. Speaking of which, I had the pleasure of chatting with a bunch of lovely mums and their daughters about the unique bond they share over a delicious high tea at Aimee Provence at Buderim. Needless to say, there were plenty of laughs, tears and reflection as us ladies did what we do best – talk! Joining me was mother-of-eight (yes you read that correctly) Katrina Bowen and her mum Jeanie Jensen, a motherof-four and grandmother-of-12 herself; mother-of-two Sue Small and one of her gorgeous daughters Kylie Minchev; and motherof-three, Katherine Jennings and one of her daughters Freyja Jennings, a young mother of two.

Trust your INTUITION. Somehow there is this internal compass within us that just KNOWS WHAT TO DO. As a mother it comes to the fore.” - JEANIE JENSEN

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profile: What’s the most special thing about being a mum? sue: The pride you feel when you realise you have raised really good people. To sit back and think, ‘I created that’, is pretty awesome. When Kylie got married recently, both my husband and I walked her down the aisle and during my speech I said, ‘Kylie your parents have done an amazing job raising you!’. My children have seen a lot and lived a lot, but they have come out as the wonderful adults they are and I couldn’t be more proud. katherine: Raising my three children and watching them grow into the people they have become. I have been at the births of all my grandchildren and that is so special. I will never forget it. I’m so lucky that I have Freyja and her partner living with us. It’s that warm feeling with the kids running around that I love. It’s nice to be the grandmother and spoil them and then Mum and Dad can discipline. freyja: It’s everything. Even the not so good days. The other day, the children were so naughty together, they were both covered in dirt and even though I was ready to pull my hair out, they both started giggling and it just made me feel so happy. Even in the bad moments you find happiness. I think parenting breaks you but then builds you back up again. katrina: I think sometimes you are afraid that by having children you won’t have an identity, but you find that they become part of your identity, which isn’t a bad thing. You live for them and through them and they do bring you so much joy even when they are very naughty. They intrinsically become your world and you couldn’t really have a better world. jeanie: Seeing them all grow up. My heart breaks for mums who lose children. We have had so many things thrown at us but I have never lost one and I don’t take that for granted. I thank God for that. All of our children are adults and now we are starting on the second generation. We have 12 grandchildren and to think God has blessed us with such whole, purposeful kids and grandkids is actually miraculous for me. My last grandbaby was my youngest daughter’s son, Hendrix. It was so wonderful to see her so overwhelmed with love when he was born. may 2017

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Mum is always there for me, she’s my BEST FRIEND. She’s also like a mother to my girlfriends. We love to grab a blanket, sit on the couch and JUST TALK.” - KYLIE MINCHEV

profile: What is your best advice for new mums? jeanie: Trust your intuition. Somehow there is this internal compass within us that just knows what to do. As a mother it comes to the fore. katrina: I think the same. Trust your natural instinct. You question yourself so much but you do know what to do. Trust your gut and know that you can only give your best every day. Love, listen and give with what you have each day, some days you have more to give than others and that’s okay. If you got overwhelmed today, tomorrow is another day, it’s another opportunity to do it better. There is nothing wrong with saying sorry to your children, particularly to your teenage children. There is always support through your mum, sister and friends. That’s why women are quite unique, they band together to find the answers. freyja: Take advice from other people, but don’t absorb too much of it to the point where it can affect you. People always have lots to say. Listen, but don’t take too much of it on board. Do what works for you. katherine: Follow your heart and your instincts. I would never interfere with the way my girls have brought up their children. I think they have done an amazing job. I love sitting back and watching my children become parents, it’s a very warm feeling. jeanie: I’ve always believed if you create a great platform for your kids, they can only stand on your shoulders and be better than you. They are going to be another shoulder up. There is an expectation that our grandchildren will stand on their shoulders. sue: My funny advice is you should have got a dog! – just kidding. You should never take things too seriously. My other daughter, Brooke, grew up without touching any of the five food groups and she grew into the most stunning, healthy, clever woman. I used to worry until one doctor said to me one day, ‘Instead of concentrating on what she doesn’t eat, look at what she does eat’. Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t always believe what you are told by your kids. There is a lot to be said for tough love, I can see the benefits of that. Sometimes you need to stand firm but in the long run it’s worth it. You always need to set boundaries.

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MOTHER’S DAY profile: What is your fondest memory with your mum? kylie: There have been so many but I would have to say just recently, when I got married. Mum and Dad gave me away and her speech was just beautiful. Mum is always there for me, she’s my best friend. She’s also like a mother to my girlfriends. We love to grab a blanket, sit on the couch and just talk. katrina: There are so many, but one memory always stands out for me. I remember when I had a break-up with a boyfriend, she would take me to the hairdresser and we would get our hair done! That meant so much. Mum always just made it better! She was always there and always practical. freyja: It’s not a big thing, but I look forward to spending every Monday with Mum – it’s our day. It might just be a coffee or watching a movie, but it’s our time and I won’t give it up for anyone! profile: What has been the most precious moment with your children? katherine: Standing back and watching them all is amazing. To see them develop and be their own people is so rewarding. We never pushed them, they found their feet when they were ready. sue: I think it’s now when they are adults. All the stress of when they were little is over and even though you will always be their mother, it’s just the best friendship too! jeanie: Journeying with your children brings massive rewards and we are all great friends. Then when they have children of their own you fall in love with them too. They seem so familiar when they are born. You don’t have to get to know them you just love them. It’s actually a miracle when you think about it. Each little one, we just love them to bits.

AIMEE PROVENCE There is something about the elegance and charm of a traditional high tea that is so feminine and special, hence the decadent setting at Aimee Provence High Tea Parlour in Buderim could not have been a more fitting venue for our group of lovely mums and their daughters to celebrate Mother’s Day this month. Owner Aimee Russell is passionate about delivering a top class experience and it shows in the impeccable detail – from the gold-rimmed Christina Re crockery to the freshly-cut flowers and ornate chandelier, nothing is overlooked. On the day of our visit, we were treated to the Luxe High Tea. Ornate tiered plates arrived to the table enticing us with a selection of elegant ribbon sandwiches with fillings including smoked salmon, dill and lemon mayonnaise, egg mayonnaise and cress, cream cheese, cucumber and chives and a range of savoury canapés. Sweet selections included French macaroons, fluffy scones with clotted cream and fresh strawberries and other delightful morsels. Two of our guests requested gluten free options, and both ladies were specially catered for on the day with a delicious array of alternative treats. Diners are spoilt for choice when it comes to the selection of organic teas, including chai masala, pearl jasmine, mixed berry, liquorice peppermint and fennel to name a few as well as premium coffee from Clandestino Roasters. There are a range of high tea menu options available as well as Devonshire tea served every day and if you fancy a glass of Pimms or bubbles to enjoy with your high tea, BYO is available at $3 per guest. Do yourself a favour, grab your mum, sister or group of friends and spoil yourself with a high tea at Aimee Provence, you deserve it! Aimee Provence High Tea Parlour 1-100 Burnett Street, Buderim Phone: 5453 7087

KATRINA BOWEN, JEANIE JENSEN, INGRID NELSON, KATHERINE JENNINGS, SUE SMALL, FREYJA JENNINGS AND KYLIE MINCHEV

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Currently celebrating 15 years of outstanding service and quality care, the team at Eden Rehabilitation Hospital in Cooroy has plenty to be proud of.

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he Eden Rehabilitation Hospital is a flurry of activity as nurses and allied health staff accompany patients through the halls to and from various therapies. From knee reconstruction and hip replacement patients, to spinal injuries and people looking to overcome the effects of debilitating illnesses, no two patients are exactly the same, and no one understands this more than the multidisciplinary team who runs Eden. As the only level five standalone private

“Rehabilitation doesn’t save lives, but it makes the life saved worth living.” rehabilitation hospital between Brisbane and Cairns and after 15 years of service remains one of the most sought after rehabilitation facilities due to its high calibre staff, outstanding results, and individually tailored programs that help patients improve, restore and recover functions lost due to illness, injury or disability. For those who seek the specialised help of the team at Eden, the road to recovery WARREN STREET GENERAL MANAGER

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SERVICES can be long Eden Rehabilitation offers programs for and hard – a huge range of conditions and depending yet despite the on the patient’s needs, can help by: difficulties, Eden’s patients display fierce Improving balance, strength, mobility determination to conquer their and conditioning set backs. In fact, whether they • Safely completing daily activities of found out about Eden via research self-care and household tasks or referral, every one of them has • Cognition and communication chosen Eden as their best chance at regaining their independence. • Nutrition, hydration and swallowing “There’s a phrase I came across that • Management of pain I find very fitting for the role we play, which is that ‘rehabilitation doesn’t save lives, but it makes the life saved worth living’,” says Doctor Phoebe Slape, one of the three rehabilitation consultants employed at Eden. Phoebe works with patients to devise “You might have someone come in who their rehabilitation plans and help them can’t get out of bed, but then you get to achieve their goals. And whether they see them down the track and they’re require more intensive inpatient services walking through the door or they’re out or more targeted programs that can doing the Mooloolaba triathlon. It’s an be delivered to them as an outpatient, incredible journey to witness.” Eden’s reputation is unparalleled. Alongside fellow consultants Dr David Having steadily grown in demand since it Eckerman and director of rehabilitation opened in late 2001, Eden now boasts 48 services Dr Gerrit Fialla, as well as beds and 140 dedicated staff. But while senior medical officer Dr Mark Newbold, it continues to expand to match patient needs, the Cooroybased hospital DR MARK NEWBOLD DR GERRIT FIALLA DR DAVID ECKERMAN has maintained its relaxed, country feel; firm focus on recovery; and friendly, familyoriented atmosphere.

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If you have that spare MOMENT once a month and like most of us, need that me time for a little RESET, book into your local day spa for a PROFESSIONAL treatment.” How can I keep my skin hydrated and glowing throughout winter? BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY

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With the change of season and low temperatures we see in winter, our skin often feels tight, rough and uncomfortable, taking on a dull appearance. But there are some simple steps you can take to keep your skin feeling and looking beautiful during the colder months.

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Dry body brush: Before your shower, perform a dry body brush along your arms and legs, towards the lymph nodes. This will lightly exfoliate your skin, increase circulation to improve skin tone, assist in cellulite removal, and also provide a daily detox by moving lymphatic fluid to the nodes.

I’m concerned about acid skin peels and how they might affect my skin. Is there a more gentle option that will still give me the same results? SKIN PEELS

with Sarah Roseworne While peeling may sound scary, the process – whether chemically induced or not – is good for your skin. Your skin has a natural function of peeling. The basal layer, which is the deepest layer of the five layers of the skin, constantly produces new skin cells, and this helps to replace the older cells on the top layer of your skin, or the stratum corneum. When you get a professional peeling treatment, it is designed to speed up the cycle of skin renewal and therefore rejuvenate the skin for a fresher look. The methods of skin peeling rely on synthetic acids for results. Designed to create injury to the skin, this makes the skin repair itself, and a deeper wound results in a better outcome. On the other hand, herb-based peels do not contain acids or chemicals. In 72

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fact, instead of wounding the skin, many herbs are known for their healing, soothing and regenerating process. Therefore the difference with a herb peel is that the herb compounds are massaged into the skin to help provide it with a steady time-released steam over a period of up to three days – which makes herb-based peel treatments a safe option for people of all skin types and sensitivities. The most common herbs used in peels are spirulina, calendula, chamomile, pansy, ginseng, fenugreek, lemon balm, lungwort, horsetail, sage and witch-hazel, so look for an option that incorporates these herbal alternatives, or ask your beautician what is available. HEIDI’S BODY AND SKIN CARE 97 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin Phone: 5474 4522 heidisbodyandskincare.com

Exfoliate in the shower: Use a loofa to lightly buff away dry skin in circular movements three times a week. This will assist in cell turn over and take away that dry, rough textured surface skin in preparation for hydration. Moisturise after every shower: Apply a full body moisturiser after you have towel dried. This will assist in locking in water kept within the epidermis from your shower, and therefore keep it hydrated throughout the day. Remember to use a product designed for face when hydrating décolletage and up, as body moisturiser is not designed for the delicate skin within the facial area. Keep up the water: When your body is dehydrated, it will take from the outer organs of the body to look after the more important internal organs. Hair, skin and nails are the first thing the body will take from when it feels dehydrated and lacks vitamins and minerals. Treat yourself: If you have that spare moment once a month and like most of us, need that me time for a little reset, book into your local day spa for a professional treatment, as we are able to infuse higher percentage Vitamin E and C for targeted fast skin rejuvenation. THE WATERFALL DAY SPA Landmark Resort, 11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba Phone: 5444 3050 waterfalldayspamooloolaba.com.au profilemag.com.au


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Melbourne cool meets Sunshine Coast’s laidback lifestyle at this modern Peregian Beach house, where attention to detail and a luxurious finish combine to create a stunning home-away-from-home, with the state-of-the-art design you would expect from local award-winning architect Tim Ditchfield.

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lose your eyes. Now imagine sitting back on the expansive deck of a luxury beach house, chilled bubbles in hand while drinking in the panoramic ocean views from Peregian Beach to Coolum – it doesn’t get much better than that. And when it comes to the finer things in life, House One at beautiful Peregian Beach ticks all the boxes. One of two neighbouring beach houses and boasting an elevated position designed to take full advantage of the ocean breezes and views, this spacious five-bedroom home built over three levels sleeps up to 10 guests and is the perfect escape from the daily grind. Responsible for the beautiful interior design of the home, Brooke Marsh was involved in the building process right from the beginning. “I came on board when the house was a pile of sand and holes in the ground. It was quite fun because I had input into the foreplan and could fine tune the architecture at that early stage,” she says.

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“We chose Tim Ditchfield as the architect because he really understands what is unique about Sunshine Coast living and his designs really optimise the views, natural lighting and coastal breezes. He also ensures the finishes are corrosion resistant, which is essential for our coastal environment.” Designed around its superior position, the large open-plan living areas on the upper level give access to the expansive covered deck at the front of the home overlooking the beach, while the rear deck opens out to a glistening saltwater swimming pool and barbecue area with views through the living area and out to the ocean beyond. At the heart of the home, the beautiful kitchen is a mix of white and timber veneer with solid oak touches and features soaring ceilings, top-of-the-range European appliances, and a custommade five-metre concrete island bench, not to mention the zip tap for instant hot, cold or sparkling water! A standout feature of this space is the iconic Caravaggio pendant lights above the bench, adding a cool, modern twist. “My favourite part of the home is the kitchen,” says Brooke. “In fact, if I built another house I would recreate the same kitchen because not only is it beautiful but it’s also really functional. “The five-metre concrete bench is such a key piece and had to be craned in. It was made by a Brisbane design company called Pop Concrete, they’re doing interesting things with concrete to make it more durable and lightweight.” Three of the five bedrooms have their own ensuite and built in robes, the master ensuite boasts a walk-in robe, custom-designed profilemag.com.au


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solid concrete vanity basin and a shower with ocean views. Movie buffs will love the purpose-built theatre room. Located on the subterranean level of the home, it offers a quiet, cool escape from reality. During the cooler months, snuggle up in front of the wood burning fireplace, with an eye-catching firewood rack salvaged from an old Queensland mining shaft, featuring solid bronze wheels and fixings. Other beautiful touches throughout the home include VJ cabinetry doors with stylish leather handles and a large sliding barn door designed to cleverly conceal the living room television. With a nod to a modern industrial style, the high end home is fully furnished with stylish contemporary Scandinavian and midcentury modern furniture in neutral tones, which blends perfectly with the textural finishes and rich grey and white colour palette. “My partner Alex and I have always been attracted to midcentury, modern furniture and we had already collected a number of pieces that lent themselves to the concrete and timber veneer we used in the hard finishes,” says Brooke. Extra wide oak floor boards throughout the home blend seamlessly with the high quality carpets and European tiles. The elegant timber beaded lighting to the stairwell and bathrooms playfully echo the design language of solid timber featured throughout the home. Outside, the home’s impressive entry is flanked by a large soaring concrete wall with reclaimed timber texture reflecting Tim Ditchfield’s signature style. Softening the facade is a thriving green wall at the top of the may 2017

driveway and a wall of vines reaching up the soaring entry to the top floor many metres above ground level. There is also a double lock-up garage and plenty of storage space. This home is a collaborative mix of excellent and functional architecture, inspired interior design and a vision to create a luxury holiday home for those seeking total rest and relaxation, with every modern convenience at their fingertips, not to mention the beach at their doorstep.

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Make chocolate mousse using just two ingredients, and find out how a single utensil is turning home bakers into talented cake decorators

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We treated our ladies to a mini cooking class in Noosa, before indulging in the fruits of our labour. Who knew you could make butter so easily?

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As MasterChef Australia returns for its ninth season, the celebrated chef talks about his most-hated food. You’ll never guess what it is

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RECIPE BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL FOR MASTERCHEF • 350g Callebaut 70% chocolate callets • 425g boiling water Place chocolate into a large glass bowl. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate and whisk until combined. Place combined mix over an ice bath and whisk continuously until mixture thickens slightly to a custard consistency. Use the whisk to scrape the chocolate down from the sides of the bowl as you are whisking. Remove bowl from ice bath and whisk vigorously until mix begins to swell, careful not to over-whip. Serve immediately. FOR MORE RECIPES VISIT TENPLAY.COM.AU/CHANNEL-TEN/MASTERCHEF

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George Calombaris is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, largely due to his influential style of modern Greek cuisine sweeping the globe. With MasterChef Australia returning for its ninth season, expansions at his stable of restaurants on the table, and a young family at home; George has a lot on his plate.

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icole, George speaking,” his voice so familiar and sprightly over the phone, I can envision him bouncing with every word – just like he does on television. It’s a Tuesday afternoon and George Calombaris has been filming for MasterChef all day, taking a brief break to chat to me before heading to The Press Club for dinner service. Still, after all these years of being a ‘celebrity chef ’ George can still be found in the kitchen, doing what he loves most. “It has to be that way for me, because I need to legitimise the reason I’m on TV,” he says earnestly. Born and bred in Melbourne, George’s Greek heritage was central in his upbringing, where food was, and still is, everything – greatly inspired by his mother and grandmother who were both brilliant cooks.

I tell people all the time, ENCOURAGE your kids, take them to the market with you, get them INVOLVED.”

“It was more about the generosity and the spirit of food and the fact everything that I loved about growing up, was around that dinner table,” he says. “I don’t think I ever said, ‘I want to become a chef ’. What I did know, I was obsessed by eating and food, so it was the obvious choice to be a chef. “I’ve been in this industry for 21 years now, I’m 38 years old with varicose veins and a bad back, you don’t do this if you’re not absolutely obsessed by it. It’s not glamourous, I’m not going to sit here and pretend it is, it’s hard work mentally, physically and emotionally. 82

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“But I’m an absolute junkie over it, it’s my everything.” George has experienced an exceptional career, beginning with being named Bonland National Apprentice of the Year Award in 1999 and representing Australia at the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Grand Prix in Lyon, France in 2003, where he achieved the best result for an Australian representative at that time.

We do everything with olive oil and I love it, it’s this INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, WONDERFUL ingredient.”

In the same year, he was the mastermind behind the successful Melbourne restaurant Reserve, then in 2006, at the age of 27, George opened his flagship restaurant, The Press Club. He has since gone on to own and operate The Press Club Bar, The Little Press & Cellar, Hellenic Republic, Gazi and Jimmy Grants. George has also been named as one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World and continues to win highly esteemed awards. “I’m very fortunate, I’ve got my restaurants, but every single day it’s a challenge, it’s still long days,” he says. “I’m still at the coal-face, I’m not over the stove cooking, but I’m definitely close to the flame. I know exactly what’s going on and need to because it’s what I do and I know one day it will come to an end, but geez I’m bloody enjoying it as we speak.” This month, MasterChef returns, where another round of aspiring chefs put their talent, passion and determination to the test. “Last year they were really intense and amazing cooks, this year you’ll get absolutely amazing cooks but on top of that they are really fun people,” he says. “I relate to them a lot in terms of having a laugh and I like that; life’s too short. Don’t get me wrong, I’m serious when I’m in the middle of service, but I don’t like dull moments and I like to have fun, this is stressful enough.” While we all know and love him as George, he is also Dad to five-year-old son James and four-year-old daughter Michaela. “We try and involve them in the (cooking) process, they’re very lucky their grandparents have massive vegetable gardens and they understand where things come from and the fun of being able to go and pick some berries and eat them, and kids like that,” he says. “I tell people all the time, encourage your kids, take them to the market with you, get them involved.” As if George’s life isn’t full enough, he has plans to continue expanding the restaurant group over the next 12 to 24 months, including taking his wholefoods cafe Mastic into the Mornington Peninsula. “We’ve just occupied about 19 acres out there, so this winter we’ll do our first plant of ingredients, all that will just be for The Press Club. I want to get to a point where 90 per cent of my fruit and vegetables come from there,” he says. “I’m enjoying every minute, the challenges are extreme in running businesses, it’s not easy, but as my father said, ‘Georgie, if it was easy everyone would be doing it’, I’ll keep giving it a go and so far so good.”

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PROFILE: FAVOURITE THING TO COOK? George: To be quite honest with you I don’t do much cooking at home, but in saying that, I did help (my partner) Natalie last night whip up a quick curry and that was delicious. At home it’s very simple, it’s very clean; we like to eat very healthy. PROFILE: FAVOURITE THING TO EAT? George: Anything that’s tasty! I love food, I’m obsessed by it. I think the most disappointing thing I can ever have is a bad meal, there’s nothing worse, I feel like someone’s stealing from me. PROFILE: FAVOURITE INGREDIENT? George: I’m obsessed by olive oil. I’d hate to know how many hundreds of litres we go through in the group a week, we do everything with olive oil and I love it, it’s this incredible, amazing, wonderful ingredient. It’s my go-to. PROFILE: ANYTHING YOU DON’T LIKE? George: There’s this egg the Chinese use, it’s called a 100-year-old egg and it’s fermented in the ground. I don’t want to criticise anyone out there who does like it, but obviously you must have an acquired palate to be able to eat that. PROFILE: WHO IS A BETTER COOK? YOU, YOUR MUM OR YOUR GRANDMOTHER? George: My grandmother is the best cook, 100 per cent.

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From turquoise water lapping golden sands along the Coast, to the lush, rolling green hills of the Hinterland, and the myriad of people who call this place home – what’s not to love about the Sunshine Coast?

hether you’ve been living here your whole life and have witnessed the cycles of change, or have recently relocated and are still getting your bearings, there’s no denying it’s an incredible place to live, work and play. As the region celebrates 50 years of being officially named the Sunshine Coast, what better time to reflect on how it’s grown, fond memories from over the years, and ideas to continue its betterment. This month, our Ladies at Lunch were treated to a mini cooking class at The Cooking School Noosa, followed by lunch overlooking the beautiful Noosa River. My guests were Mariana Thompson, co-owner of Flaxton Gardens; Charmaine Childs, aka the Strong Lady; Julie Anderson, co-owner of Team Anderson; Elizabeth Freney, owner of Kooshka Hair; and Chris Childs, owner of Think Money.

means that whenever I am in the country, this is my home – and I couldn’t pick a better one!

profile: When did you move to the Sunshine Coast? chris: We set a 10-year plan in 1997 to move here and arrived three months early. The Sunny Coast was a holiday destination every year from when I met my husband Jack. His family had a holiday house here and had been a constant visitor for more than 50 years! mariana: I moved to the Sunshine Coast, November 2006. julie: My husband Paul and I moved to the Coast in May 1984. I had holidayed here a lot growing up, as my parents had an onsite caravan here in the ‘70s, so I was up here most weekends. elizabeth: I have been coming to the Coast since I was little. My grandparents looked after my brother and I on school holidays, so it was always my second home. But I moved back about five or six years ago. charmaine: I live in London – but the Sunshine Coast is my Australian home. I grew up in central Queensland and all my life my family spent January holidaying in Mooloolaba, so the Sunshine Coast has always been a really special place for me. Once I left school I lived in Brisbane (and continued my love of the Sunshine Coast as a holiday destination). Wonderfully, just as I moved to the UK, my parents moved to the Sunshine Coast! This

profile: What is your earliest memory of the region? julie: A sleepy little fishing spot, as that was all we did when we came, as my dad was a fisherman. There was only one set of traffic lights, Aerodrome Road was one lane each way with no curb and channelling. There was an aerodrome at Mooloolaba and a lot of bush everywhere. The Big Pineapple and the Big Cow were the big attractions for us kids in the day. elizabeth: My earliest memories are going to Mooloolaba Beach and getting an ice cream from this old white house – I used to pick the rainbow ice cream! The house was upstairs and the ice cream shop was down stairs, this was before the major changes started happening. chris: We were coming here when there were only three high rises in Mooloolaba and no road between Mooloolaba and Caloundra – you had to go out to the highway and then back down to Caloundra. mariana: It was definitely less ‘busy’. Upgrading the Sunshine Motorway over the Maroochy River just commenced when we came here. It was still a single lane bridge and we were excited at the prospects of traffic flowing better between Coolum and Maroochydore. We lived in Coolum then.

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profile: What brought you to the Sunshine Coast? charmaine: My family … and the fact that it is paradise! julie: We came up for a holiday not long after we were married. We enjoyed it so much that Paul applied for a job that was advertised and got it so we went home, sold the house and moved up all in about a month. mariana: To be honest, the beauty of the area, the fantastic beaches and the airport. We had to live close to an airport because my then-husband travelled a lot for his work. chris: The lifestyle and the weather. We lived in Rockhampton, so the cooler weather was a big draw card for me.

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charmaine: My earliest memories of the Sunshine Coast are of arriving here at the end of the long drive from Rockhampton and coming over the crest of the hill for the first view of the beautiful ocean – all us kids scrambling to be the first to yell, “I see the sea!” profile: Where is your favourite location on the Coast? charmaine: Mooloolaba Beach – for strolling along or running on the boardwalk or playing in the waves or floating down at the gentle end of the beach, this was where we spent most of every day when we were here on holidays as kids. elizabeth: My favourite places are the top of Mount Coolum, the beaches, markets and Cotton Tree. chris: Mooloolaba. The restaurants and beach are so vibrant and relaxing at the same time. mariana: Cotton Tree. We spent some fantastic holidays there as a family. It is so central, yet it can feel like you’re on a tropical island when you’re on the beach. julie: The Mooloolaba Spit, I love going for a walk along the beach and enjoying a swim to finish off, and it is also a great place to launch my kayak and go for a paddle. profile: Why do you think the Sunshine Coast is such a popular place for tourists and new residents? chris: It’s heaven on earth, the best place in the world – what isn’t there to love? mariana: It is a growing area, and one of the most beautiful areas in the world (in my opinion). julie: I love the Coast lifestyle and I know that it is the reason so many people have moved here and why so many more continue to move here. Being in real estate, that is the story so many of our clients tell us. It has a different vibe than the Gold Coast, it’s more relaxed and casual. 86

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charmaine: Because it’s so beautiful and then because of being so lovely, loads of incredible people are drawn here, which means that the things available here are incredible – so many wonderful businesses to support a healthy, vibrant and exciting life on the Coast. elizabeth: I think it is a popular place for family due to the beaches, hikes and Hinterland. The Coast has a warm friendly vibe, we are slowly moving forward with development but trying not to lose the ‘local feel’ that locals want. profile: What is one thing the Coast doesn’t have, that you would like to see introduced to the region? chris: Jack says a speedway track, but I think a Gold Class movie theatre. mariana: A large theatre complex. We have a few all over the Coast but a central large complex, almost like QPAC. julie: An airport that you can fly north from. It is crazy that we have to drive south to fly north. elizabeth: More variety with culture, I find the Coast has pockets of ‘fun hotspots’ which seem to last for so long and then it is old news. We need the youth to stay and work so that this culture can grow to bring more excitement and fun to the Coast. charmaine: As I am a performer, I would love to see more theatre venues, cabaret nights, festivals and events. There are some already of course, but more would be brilliant! profilemag.com.au


THE COOKING SCHOOL NOOSA

“Can you pass the butter? Please,” I ask, gliding my knife through the soft butter, which we made ourselves just a matter of minutes ago. Yes that’s right, the decadent spread before me was made entirely by us, under the watchful eye of chef Clement Vachon of The Cooking School Noosa. Clement has “always been into food”, having grown up in Lyon, France, which he says is regarded as the “capital of gastronomy” in Europe. “I’ve been lucky, I grew up in the city of charcuterie and cheese and we eat a lot of good food, that’s why I wanted to cook,” he says. From the age of 14, Clement left school and began working in the hospitality industry, before moving to the United States when he turned 21, and then heading to Australia, where he worked in Perth, the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne, before returning to Noosa a year ago, where he landed a job as sous chef at awardwinning restaurant Wasabi.

Along with our envied location, Clement says the beautiful bounty of fresh produce readily available makes the Sunshine Coast a chef’s dream.

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With a wine glass in hand, my guests and I sit overlooking the picturesque Noosa River, feasting on Lucerne smoked fish cured with a French seasoning, asparagus salad and organic whole wheat bread.

“You can have all this beautiful fish coming from the river or the reef … and you can drive 20 minutes away from here and be in the Hinterland where all the dairies and all the meat come from,” he says, with a French lilt. “Then you get a lot of beautiful exotic fruit, like mangoes and pineapple season – that’s why I love the Sunshine Coast.” The Cooking School Noosa is part of the Wasabi group (encompassing Wasabi restaurant and Ibento Boutique Event Space) and offers exclusive classes with talented chefs from their own kitchen, as well as renowned guest chefs, highly skilled in a variety of cuisines and cooking techniques. Suitable for all skill levels, from home cooks to qualified chefs, classes are available in a range of cuisines including contemporary Japanese, classic French and modern south-east Asian, as well as mini workshops on speciality techniques including artisan bread making, tea blending, preserving and pickling. THE COOKING SCHOOL NOOSA QUAMBY PLACE, NOOSA HEADS PHONE: 5449 2443

FRENCH CURED AND SMOKED OCEAN TROUT CURING THE FISH

• 1 bunch dill, picked and chopped • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 4 tbsp fennel seeds • 3 tbsp coriander seeds • 2 tbsp white peppercorns • 2 pc star anise • Zest of 2 lemons • 2 cups salt • 3 cups sugar Toast fennel seeds, coriander seeds, pepper corns and star anise on medium heat. Once toasted, crush the seeds in a mortar and pestle. Place all ingredients, including the toasted seeds, into a bowl and mix well. SMOKING THE FISH

• 3 handfuls organic lucerne hay or Genmai-cha-tea • 1 fillet ocean trout, pin boned and skin removed Rub the cure mixture all over the fish, then refrigerate for 30-45 minutes. Prepare your smoker as per its instructions. Rinse off cure mixture. Smoke fish for 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

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Pouring boutique beer and wine for hundreds at a charity gala, delivering customised cheese platters for a business meeting, or hosting a decadent brunch spread for a team of high profile developers; Something for Catering is bringing delicious flare to corporate events.

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oasting extensive careers in the hospitality and events industries, Brent Colautti and Sam Cook from Something for Catering are at the forefront of innovation, providing food and beverage services and gourmet experiences for corporate events from the top shelf. Whether it’s hand delivered conference catering, a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner service, or an elaborate large-scale cocktail party, Something for Catering collaborates with each client to design a customised service to suit all requirements and expectations. “We are working with clients for car launches, development openings, retirement village viewings – anything you can imagine really. We love the variety, as with each new event comes a new brief and with the flexible service we offer it means we get to customise each new event to ensure the client gets a unique experience,” Sam says.

“We’re providing a different service, especially when it comes to the corporate sector, because a lot of companies in the catering world see them as easy money – they want sandwiches or a wrap and they’ll be happy with that – whereas we’re pushing the boundaries and offering something a little bit different and at a higher quality.”

“A little bit of thought and creativity goes a long way and ensures the client gets the wow factor every time.” “We’re also flexible with customising our menus; we can offer anything and everything from Brazilian barbecues to customised vegan feasts, and we have the quality of chefs who can not only do it, but do it really well,” Brent adds. “At a recent event we served fish and chips, a classic but pretty straight forward meal. Instead of taking the easy option we had some fun and served Moreton Bay bug tacos, smoked trout and quinoa croquettes as well as some beautiful local pearl perch in Stone and Wood beer batter.

“A little bit of thought and creativity goes a long way and ensures the client gets the wow factor every time.” Something for Catering also offers bar and beverage services either in conjunction with catering options, or as a stand alone showstopper. Drawing on the experience of the bar team consisting of an events specialist, winemaker/sommelier and a cocktail specialist, they provide one of the most comprehensive and exciting drinks services in the industry. The proof is in the pudding, having already partnered with high profile clients including Sunshine Coast Council, Wishlist and Youi Insurance, to run full bar service for a whole range of events of up to 10,000 people. “We bring more customised menus to suit the clientele and lift the quality,” Brent says. “A perfect example was the recent event, working with Wishlist. Sourcing Australian boutique spirits for cocktails, infusing beverages with local fruits in-house as well as pickling and dehydrating garnishes, took the experience from good to great.” With the tastebuds taken care of, Something for Catering also pays great attention to the presentation of each event, with their purpose built van often forming the backdrop or centrepiece. “We have one event next week and it’s literally on a construction site, and once


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you put the van in the middle, there’s your automatic feature. It goes from that to doing a car launch and pretending the van is hooked up and being towed – it creates conversation and people are impressed,” Sam says. “People want that little bit of wow factor to make sure the clientele know they’ve gone to a lot of effort. And it goes from that to staff; having experienced and professional staff who know what they’re talking about, present really well and have the maturity to interact and socialise with the guests. It lifts the quality of service.” Communication is also key, which is why

they follow a 24-hour policy in replying to clients. “We know we’ll be at the front line of that event, so we want to make sure everything is perfect before we get on the job,” Sam says. “We don’t just arrive and cook, we take it on as an event planner, whether we are the event planner or not, that’s how we look at it,” Brent adds.

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“And that’s why we’ve never had a complaint, never had a drama. There’s always a pat on the back at the end because there are 20 things they haven’t thought of come the day of the event that Sam or myself are already over and we’re ready to go – we’ve already figured that problem out before it even happens.” Being a mobile business, they are adaptable and can travel to unique locations, which is why they receive enquiries from across the Sunshine Coast and further afield including Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne and the Northern Territory. The way to your client’s heart is through their stomach, so step away from the tea and sandwiches and take your next corporate event to a new height to truly impress.

WANT TO KNOW WHAT SOMETHING FOR CATERING CAN COOK UP FOR YOU? Contact Sam and Brent at singout@somethingforcatering to find out how they can elevate your events.

FUNCTIONS, WEDDINGS AND EVENTS WITH SOMETHING FOR CATERING Our unique van has been specifically designed to incorporate both food service and bar operations, essentially bringing a mobile catering venue to your event all in one stylish package. We go beyond traditional catering services, using our diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience to provide a unique and memorable occasion for you. To enquire or make a booking contact us today at singout@somethingforcatering.com

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Cafe Silo Serving delicious food, made in-house using fresh, seasonal and most importantly, locally-sourced ingredients, Cafe Silo might be a quaint little cafe in Yandina, but its food packs punch. Open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays, Cafe Silo offers a range of scrumptious breakfast and lunch time options as well as decadent sweet treats. Add to that their smooth coffee made using beans from Noosa-based small batch roastery, Flying West Coffee Roasters, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great dining experience or coffee catch up.

Shop 9, 1 Old Gympie Road, Yandina Phone: 5446 8615

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Winnie From the clever couple behind Little Boat Espresso in Marcoola comes this trés chic cafe and brunch destination. Located in Woombye, this gorgeous little eat house has the most delicious brunch concoctions, boasting tasty flavour combinations and bright, beautiful presentations that are an Instagrammer’s dream. Whether you opt for their granola with Barambah yoghurt panna cotta and poached stone fruit (pictured) or one of their many other mouthwatering sweet and savoury options, Winnie offers a more refined take on the classic breakfast dishes in a relaxed and casual setting. Open from 6.30am to 2.30pm Wednesday to Sunday, Winnie is a new hotspot you’ll easily get hooked on.

13A Blackall Street, Woombye Phone: 0487 317 869

All’ Antica Savour the rich, authentic flavours of Italy right here on the Sunshine Coast, with the friendly service and delicious trattoria-style cuisine of All’ Antica Italian Restaurant. Crowned the best Italian restaurant on the Sunshine Coast in 2016 by the Australian Good Food Guide, All’ Antica has had over 25 years at the forefront of the hospitality industry to perfect their dishes, and is now one of the Coast’s must-try dining experiences. Boasting a warm, intimate atmosphere, this fully licensed restaurant offers an unbeatable combination of traditional dishes from the Northern Alps through to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily, all created using the best local produce and ingredients imported straight from Italy.

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PREPARE FOR WINTER WITH THIS TASTY COMBINATION OF SUCCULENT SEAFOOD AND MOUTHWATERING PILLOWS OF SQUID INK GNOCCHI.

It’s no secret that menus and cooking styles take a different approach during the cooler months; with pressure cookers, slow roasters and pasta machines dusted off and favoured among food lovers looking for delicious new ways to beat the winter chill – warming the body and tantalising the tastebuds with an abundance of flavour. We are blessed with the smell of roasting meats and slow cooked stews as we walk through our food precincts, and while seafood is typically seen as a summer favourite, the team at See Restaurant is just as excited to share their flavourful new winter menu with diners. Combining an Italian flair and with a love for seafood, See Restaurant’s chef Patrick Potter will be in his element during winter, sharing delectable dishes such as his showstopping recipe below. From the small town of Grado in Italy, where the use of squid ink in pasta has an origin, so too are Patrick’s ancestors, providing the inspiration for this dish. Elegant and absolutely delicious, this recipe is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.

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GNOCCHI 1kg potatoes peeled and mashed 1 cup plain flour 2 tsp squid ink

GNOCCHI Boil the potatoes until soft. Cool then mash, and mix in flour and ink. On a floured bench, roll dough in a snake shape and cut to a desirable size. Cook in salted boiling water until the gnocchi floats on top. Be careful not to overcook.

SCALLOPS ½ kg deep sea scallops, frozen BOMBAY CREAM 600ml thickened cream 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped ½ brown onion, finely chopped Scallop juice 1 tbsp vegetable stock powder 100ml Bombay Sapphire gin 50g butter CALAMARI 2 squid tubes, cleaned and cut into shoe strings 1 tsp Szechuan pepper 4 tbsp tapioca flour Pinch of salt Frying oil

SCALLOPS Defrost the scallops (keeping the scallop juice to use later) and season with salt and pepper. Gently grill. BOMBAY CREAM Gently fry the onions in butter until translucent. Add garlic and half the gin and scallop juice. Cook for a few minutes and add the cream and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes before adding the rest of the gin. Mix well. CALAMARI Place all the ingredients but the oil in a sealable container and shake really well. Fry the calamari in the oil until crispy, then dust a little salt on top. SERVE LIKE PICTURED AND ENJOY!

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It’s not every day you get the opportunity to visit 12 countries in 12 months, while getting paid! Thanks to modern technology and What the Fox Creative’s forward thinking, graphic designer, Naomi Fenn is doing just that.

Arriving in Prague in spring has felt like a fairytale. Walking the cobblestone streets lined with ornate pastel buildings and flowering trees has been a dream and dare I say, it’s my favourite spot already.

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ike most people, I arrived here with a set of expectations based on reports from friends and colleagues who have travelled here. I was expecting cheap beer (check), amazing architecture (check), and of course, I was dying to go to the Mucha Museum which was a personal favourite from design school (check). It is the travel cardinal sin to base your expectations on what someone else has said, but fortunately, Prague is too huge and offers too much to even begin to summarise it to someone. But here is my attempt. On the first day, like most new visitors, I went straight to all the tourist hotspots and was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Old Town square to find it buzzing with Easter festivity. For the month, the city puts on colourful Easter Markets. I devoured everything all the stalls had

to offer from the greasy sausages to the grilled cheese (a personal favourite) and these donut-like pastries called Trdelnik that are advertised as traditional Czech pastries but are just another tourist trap (a very delicious one, however). The energy and bustle of Prague is a sharp contrast coming from the casual off–season Croatia. There are definitely good reasons crowds of visitors are drawn to the city’s big 3 (Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle), but once I toured them all, I did think for a moment – now what? The beautiful thing about living in a city for a month, and not just visiting, is you get the opportunity to push outside the tourist bubble. I’ve been loving testing out different bars and cafes and relaxing with my fellow ‘Remotes’ in the ultra-cool, ultracasual beer gardens and rooftops. I’m also growing to appreciate exploring the quieter streets of the city every day. The ‘residential’ neighborhoods also boast some amazing architecture, statues, and very cool graffiti. You can see that while Prague still proudly holds onto its heritage and history, it is still open and progressive enough to absorb and embrace contemporary and street art into the city’s aesthetic. Our workspace for the month is an ex-Danish embassy, so the building’s a lavish piece of European architecture, but it has been fitted out with some awesome contemporary art and murals – #classicprague. Every day I get up at 4.30am and trudge the freezing 10-minute walk to the co-workspace. It’s usually just myself and the cleaners at this time of the morning and I use those couple of overlapping

The beautiful thing about living in a city for a month, and not just visiting, is you get the OPPORTUNITY to push outside the tourist bubble.”

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hours with my team at What The Fox in Australia to sit in on brief calls over Skype and make any artwork changes needed. Once everyone in the Fox Den goes home, I then have another five hours left in my working day. Being the only person on the trip with this schedule, it does mean I miss out on seeing a few sights, but this new experience has lifted my creativity and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Living and working in Prague has allowed me the opportunity to not only discover the true identity of this city but also how I fit within it. For the remainder of this month, you will find me exploring more art (in the galleries and on the streets), eating all the cheeses, and just creating my own little Prague fairy tale.

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11 MAY FILM: SNATCHED Forget the corny chick flicks and treat your mum to a good chuckle for Mother’s Day, when Amy Schumer’s latest laughfest Snatched hits cinemas on 11 May. After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise in Ecuador. Seeking adventure, the clashing pair suddenly find themselves kidnapped and must work through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Levine CAST: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes.

DANCE: THE ROYAL BALLET Experience breathtakingly beautiful performances by worldrenowned dance company, The Royal Ballet, when they bring their exclusive season of beloved classics Woolf Works and The Winter’s Tale to QPAC between 29 June and 9 July.

QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, BRISBANE WHEN 29 June-9 July WHERE Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane BOOKINGS qpac.com.au or 136 246

Britain’s flagship ballet company and one of the most prestigious dance ensembles in the world, The Royal Ballet, will take to the stage at QPAC in late June with the Australian premiere of two showstopping seasons.

Directed by the masterful Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet’s QPAC performances will be the first time the company has brought the acclaimed pieces, Woolf Works and The Winter’s Tale, to life outside London’s Covent Garden. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, The Winter’s Tale is the company’s first full length adaptation of a Shakespeare play since 1965, and promises to entertain audiences with its retelling of the classic romance. And inspired by three novels by Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, and The Waves – as well as her autobiographical writings, and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works is set to be a stunning showcase of skill and storytelling. Don’t miss these amazing performances in this rare Australian display by The Royal Ballet.

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PROFILE MAGAZINE MAY EDITION LAUNCH

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Join the Profile team as we celebrate the launch of our 100th issue! Held at Hunts Fitness Maroochydore, we’ll be marking this massive milestone with bubbly and delicious canapés courtesy of Something for Catering, while networking with readers and other like-minded business people. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online. profilemag.com.au

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20-21 MAY SUNSHINE COAST RELAY FOR LIFE

Registration is open for the Cancer Council Queensland fundraiser, set to be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Following on from its success last year, organisers hope this year’s 18-hour event will be even bigger. Teams of up to 15 people can enter, with entry costing $30-$40 per person. Register online or call 1300 656 585 for more information. relayforlife.org.au

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STEPS LEADING LADIES LUNCH Join STEPS Charity for an inspirational afternoon by the water, held at SEE Restaurant in Mooloolaba. Sponsored by Think Money and running from 12pm to 3pm, it will be an afternoon of fine food and networking with women on the Coast who share ambition, passion and success in life. Tickets are $79 plus booking fee and include a three-course meal and drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). stepsleadingladies.eventbrite.com

18-21 MAY NOOSA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Food and wine enthusiasts will descend on a variety of venues around Noosa, sampling great Australian wines, artisan foods and the finest Queensland produce by some of the nation’s greatest culinary talent. Visit the website to check out the jam-packed program. Ticket prices vary depending on event. noosafoodandwine.com.au

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Sponsored by the team at Sea FM, Bright Run is a glow-in-the-dark charity run that raises funds for Fusion Australia and its valuable youth programs. Held at Mooloolah Recreation Reserve from 5pm, with the 3km run to start from 7pm, there will be plenty of fun to be had, with glowsticks, a glow tunnel, glow garden, glow dance party, free glow face painting, a pool-noodle forest and a jumping castle! Entry and registration is a gold coin donation, and registration can be done online until 26 May or at the gate. brightrun.com.au/information

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A GOLDEN TICKET FOR A SWEET WEEKEND IN NOOSA

After their recent move to Bay Village in Noosa’s Hastings Street, heavenly confectioners Candy Addictions has teamed up with The Sebel Noosa to offer one lucky winner and a friend the sweet weekend of a lifetime!

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ow would you like to win a golden ticket that lets you experience sugar-coated dreams oozing with chocolate, fudge, candy and gelato? Candy Addictions is giving one lucky winner and a friend the opportunity to dive into a candy lover’s dream, with a behind the scenes experience that will take you into the world of Alice in Wonderland. Working together with the luxurious The Sebel Noosa, the confectioners at Candy Addictions are so excited to be able to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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A two-hour in-store hands-on sweet experience, including candy making, gelato and fudge $200 worth of Candy Addictions products of your choice Two nights for two in a one-bedroom apartment at the stunning Sebel Noosa A $150 dinner voucher

Formerly based in Montville, Candy Addictions has recently relocated to the prestigious Hastings Street, Noosa in order to expand their concept, where their only limitation is your imagination. Drawing inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, this candy heaven boasts a two metre high chocolate waterfall, which is the first of its kind in Australia, as well as a magical moving product display and an oversized lollipop tree, where you can pick your favourite delight. While still boasting their famous daily candy making demonstrations, Candy Addictions is also making fresh fudge and gelato, and is tempting all chocolate connoisseurs with fine handmade and packaged chocolates. Complementing this amazing prize, the world class Sebel is the perfect accommodation of choice when visiting this beautiful part of the Sunshine Coast. Situated on Noosa’s cosmopolitan Hastings Street, the hotel is surrounded by upmarket fashion boutiques and world-class restaurants and cafés. The property also features a gymnasium, swimming pool and jacuzzi, plus a unique function space perfect for personalised meetings, corporate retreats and intimate events. Together, this is one incredibly tasty prize, so spread the word, tell a friend, and get set to experience wonderland! CANDY ADDICTIONS Shop 18A, Bay Village, 18 Hastings St, Noosa Phone: 5448 0100 Email: info@candyaddictions.com.au candyaddictions.com.au SEBEL NOOSA 32 Hastings St, Noosa Phone: 5474 6400 thesebel.com/locations/the-sebel-noosa *Competition terms and conditions apply. Dates are subject to availability. Prize is valid until May 2018 and cannot be redeemed during public or school holidays. By entering, entrants agree to the full list of terms and conditions, which can be found on the Profile website under the ‘Win’ tab.

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WIN TWO NIGHTS AT A LUXURY RETREAT Nestled on the gorgeous coastline of Kingscliff, northern New South Wales, is Australia’s most exclusive luxury Baliinspired boutique retreat, Santai Retreat (santairetreat.com.au). Offering a stunning escape from the stresses of life, the retreat features spacious marble self-contained studio apartments, a luxurious day spa complete with La Gaia products and an extensive roster of treatments for both singles and couples, as well as a magnificent lagoon-style pool and an award-winning Thai fusion restaurant famous for its food, atmosphere and delectable never ending list of ‘must do’ cocktails. One lucky winner will experience unsurpassed bliss, with two nights accommodation for two at Santai Resort, valued at $500.

Creating artisan jewellery from her home studio in Melbourne, Samantha Moses’ (samanthamoses.com) collection continues to evolve but the essence always remains the same: jewellery that wears beautifully and connects to your heart. Samantha Moses is a brand of integrity, love and sentiment, with her pieces admired for their hand-worked, raw beauty. Every piece tells a story and whether it is within a personalised ring, bracelet, necklace or earrings, you can take your loved ones with you, always. One lucky reader will win a stunning Samantha Moses personalised sterling silver circle necklace valued at $150, and set of sterling silver sequin teardrop earrings, valued at $180.

WRITE TO US AND WIN! Tell us what you love about this issue of Profile Magazine for your chance to win a Model Co skin care pack. Email editorial@profilemag. com.au to submit your letter for the opportunity to win!

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WIN A QUALITY COOKWARE COMBINATION Innovative AUS-ION wrought iron cookware is formed from a single piece of clean Australian iron, eliminating all rivets and welds, for the ultimate in hygiene and multi-generational durability. Solidteknics (solidteknics.com) is the only production cookware made in Australia – a big hit with top chefs – and exported to the USA. Seasoned like traditional cast iron for healthy and forever-renewable natural nonstick, AUS-ION pans have all the same cooking and health benefits as cast iron, but are half the weight. One lucky reader will win one dual handle wok and a 26cm skillet, valued at $309.95, thanks to Solidteknics! WIN A FACIAL PAMPER PACK James St Organics (jamesstorganics.com.au) is a proud local business based in Noosa that produces divine natural skin care products using the purest of ingredients. Their ‘Take Me to the Spa Jeeves’ pack is a luxe treat for glowing healthy skin that contains six face essentials in carry-on friendly sizes to give your skin the care it deserves all year round. Featuring face serum specialised for normal/ combination skin or dry/mature skin, purifying toner, hydrating gel cleanser, gentle face polish, hydrating eye serum, and an overtime night serum, packaged in a reusable James St Organics cotton drawstring bag, this luxury pack is valued at $280! may 2017

WIN AN EIGHT-WEEK WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM ZEN Project 8 by Jeunesse (jeunessglobal.com/en-AU) is a weight management program that uses the ‘PFC every three’ approach – consuming a combination of protein, fat and carbohydrates every three hours. Developed by renowned US nutrition and fitness expert Mark Macdonald, the program’s three phases – Detox, Ignite and Thrive – guide users through the process, which aims to help cut, restore and reprogram the body, and includes a workout calendar, clean eating guide and suggested meal plans to accompany the ZEN Fuze shakes and supplements. Enter now to win the full Zen Project 8 eight-week program, valued at $930! SHOW US YOUR PROFILE AND WIN! Show us how you enjoy your copy of Profile Magazine by tagging @profilemagazine and #profilemagazine on Instagram, for your chance to win a Bodhi Organic Tea gift set. profilemagazine

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He’s the loveable comedian whose weak stomach and mischievous antics had us all in stitches during his recent stint in the African jungle on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. Now, after placing fourth and winning the hearts of the nation, Nazeem Hussain’s star is on the rise globally, currently appearing as an official correspondent in Netflix’s new comedy science series, Bill Nye Saves the World. Bringing his hilarious new stand-up routine Public Frenemy to Brisbane Powerhouse on 19 May, Profile catches up with Nazeem so he can have The Last Word. I grew up in… Burwood, Melbourne, which is a very boring, safe suburb. The most exciting thing to happen there in my childhood was the opening of a 7/11 – they gave away a bicycle, which I won, but they didn’t give it to me because they found out I stole all the entry tickets and was the only entrant in the raffle. If I could be better at anything it would be… self-control. I’m a chocoholic. I also can’t get enough of soft drinks. I can eat a chocolate cheesecake in one sitting. I’m probably going to die in the next couple of years. I need help. During my time in the jungle, the thing I struggled with most was… not having wifi (and a phone). I still haven’t gotten over my hatred for nature yet. I can’t look at a tree anymore without experiencing intensely negative emotions. My favourite past time in the jungle was… annoying Steve Price. Prodding him with annoying questions and hugs on an hourly basis brought me so much happiness. That’s my hidden talent – annoying conservative shock jocks. To be fair, he did hug me back at one point … or perhaps he was trying to suffocate me. I’ll take it as a hug. If I could repeat one moment of my life, it would be… meeting Dave Chappelle for the first time and touching his face. He’s my comedy idol and I love him with all my heart. All of it (sorry family and everyone else). The daggy thing I secretly love is… Love Song Dedications with Richard Mercer, and now with Osher. The quality I most admire in others is… generosity. Especially people who share chocolate with me. I am absolutely hopeless at… darts, ball games and physical activity.

The QUALITY I most admire in others is … GENEROSITY. Especially people who share CHOCOLATE with me.”

If I could have a superpower, I would… love to turn back time whenever I want so I can constantly edit my life and explore alternate versions of myself.

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