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t never fails to amaze me the number of entrepreneurs who call the Sunshine Coast home. It’s almost becoming a sub-culture! I take my hat off to young people who are stepping out of their comfort zone and creating their own destiny by doing something they are truly passionate about. This month we are all about shining the spotlight on those who have been brave enough to follow their dreams no matter what and our hugely successful covergirl, Sarina Russo is no exception. As a young woman in her 20s, Sarina opened a small typing school with just nine students. Today, the Sarina Russo Group employs over 1000 staff and is a global leader in education, employment and training. Nicole Fuge shares her story. We also catch up with Cameron Scott, a young visionary who is making big waves in Nambour. Having recently opened two hip new restaurants in the area, Cameron predicts huge growth in the Hinterland town over the next few years and if the success of his recent ventures are anything to go by, he’s right on the money. Watch this space. Founder of Australia’s first 24/7 fitness club model, Brendon Levenson chats with Anna Rawlings about how his hunger for a better future drove him to create his gym franchise empire. We also discover the success story behind self-taught designer and software developer Brad Pengelly, who at just 29 years of age is the epitome of a young entrepreneur. Plus, as always we bring you all the latest in food, fashion, culture, business, real estate and much more. We hope you love this issue of Profile as much as we loved bringing it to you. Cheers,
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In 1979, Sarina Russo opened a small typing school with nine students. Today, the Sarina Russo Group employs over 1200 staff and is a global leader in education, employment and training.
Brendon Levenson King of the gym.
The founder of Australia’s first 24/7 fitness club model powered through years of business growth to set up his gym franchise empire.
Matthew Hayden Pitch perfect.
Matthew Hayden is a cricket legend and since retiring, the philanthropic businessman, motivational speaker and charity ambassador has become busier.
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MARY RIVER FESTIVAL The Mary River Festival is an annual community festival celebrating the diversity of the region with events, amusements and activities at Kandanga Recreational Ground, Kandanga Amamoor Road on Saturday, 14 November. The festival spirit was created by the exuberance unleashed in 2009, after Peter Garrett turned down the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal and the ongoing environmental stewardship of the Mary River.
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The Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun, friendly environment at Lake Kawana on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 November. The Saturday events include the addition of an aquathon (swim/run) which will double as State Championships, as well as an Open Water Swim in the afternoon. On Sunday there will be three distances of triathlons, from the Kool Kids 7yrs+ races, to the beginners getting a feel for a triathlon, to those taking on the super sprint distance.
Don’t miss a special luncheon with Aussie cricket legend Matthew Hayden, who is an inspiration on and off the cricket pitch. Along with taking on the gig of opening batsman for the Australian cricket team, throughout his career Matthew competed in 568 matches, clocked up 39,669 runs, a high score of 1014 and an impressive 119 centuries. Matthew will make a guest appearance for Think Speakers and Events at The Creek Tavern, Mountain Creek on 20 November. Come along and hear how he has become a philanthropic businessman and motivational speaker since retiring from the sport.
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Think Speakers and Events are finishing off a stellar year of special guest speakers with a bang at a breakfast event on 11 December at the Maroochy RSL. The brilliant Allan Pease, known worldwide as Mr Body Language, is one of the most entertaining guest speakers this country has ever produced and his presentation offers a unique, refreshing insight into understanding human behaviour. You will not only learn from the best, but you will also be left in stitches. The perfect presenter to finish a brilliant 2015! Single tickets from $55, event runs from 6.45am to 8.30am. www.thinkspeakersandevents.com.au 8
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The dictionary defines an entrepreneur as a person who sets up a business, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit, but I think that definition does them an injustice because it could be argued that definition extends to all business people, given that is the whole point of being in business isn’t it? To make profit?
ather I see entrepreneurs as exquisite creatures, drawing new boundaries and coming up with incredible ideas others would have thought impossible. What’s even more impressive is when those said entrepreneurs are young, paving the way for a successful and colourful career ahead of them. But it got me thinking – when people experience success at such a young age, what will they be remembered for? What is their legacy? I once saw a photo of Audrey Hepburn which said, “Audrey Hepburn was the granddaughter of a baron, the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer, spent her childhood and teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the Dutch resistance against the Nazis and spent her post film career as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, winning the presidential medal of freedom for her efforts. And history remembers her as pretty”. It’s a similar story for Elizabeth Taylor, the decorated award-winning actress with a career spanning six decades, having been signed as a child star with MGM, is equally remembered for her eight marriages and seven husbands. But what some may not know, is she was a generous philanthropist. In the ‘80s, she started raising awareness and funds to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. Her passion and commitment helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when few would even acknowledge the disease. After cofounding the American Foundation for AIDS Research and establishing the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, she received multiple accolades honoring her work, and the foundations continue to raise exorbitant amounts of money today, in the wake of her death in 2011. While Audrey and Liz were and still are more famous for their lives on the silver screen, it didn’t stop them from making a difference in this world until their dying day, which is a poignant reminder to never give up and to always find a way to be remembered – the only difference is they looked damn good doing it.
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hane Hammond learnt everything he knows about business from his Uncle Wayne and is now drawing on strong family ethics coupled with fresh innovative ideas to bring Trueline into a new exciting phase. Trueline was founded in 1970 by Wayne Hammond, Shane’s uncle, who identified a gap in the outdoor living market with people not being able to get the right quality of patio products to add value, style, comfort and livability to their homes.
and I but getting Trueline back into Hammond family ownership made it all worthwhile” says Shane. Since taking over ownership Shane has been gradually remodelling the company to retain all the best elements of its progressive engineering origins and combining them with modern architectural thinking and leading edge technologies to enable high levels of operating efficiency with the best in product design, quality and workmanship. Our aim is to give each and every customer an exceptional service experience that delivers a full circle of excellence from start to finish.
“He was an entrepreneur and created a company that rapidly expanded throughout Queensland,” says Shane, “Wayne believed strongly in product “I’m so happy with my new patio innovation and Trueline was his life, he put it looks amazing. Everyone has significant time and a lot of himself into the development of the company.“ done an awesome job and made
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the experience such an easy Shane’s involvement began in the early 2000s when he had an opportunity to join and friendly time.” the company as Marketing Manager, before progressing to Group Sales and Marketing Manager, and then on to General Manager. It was a dynamic “The business is growing and expanding interstate but our future time for Trueline as it was embarking on growth and expansion focus is very much centred on Queensland and building on the opportunities under direction of a new Managing Director who led company’s 45 year association with home owners throughout the the company through a period of product range extensions and the state” says Shane. “One of my greatest pleasures in business is opening of new locations utilising franchise style licensing. when we have customers from decades ago coming back to us However, during that period founder Wayne Hammond became for a new project.” While Trueline builds for all types of homes and ill and in 2007, he passed away and within 18 months, Shane had budgets the Sunshine Coast provides us the opportunity to get purchased the Brisbane operation and six months later progressed more imaginative with design in unifying outdoor living spaces with to outright ownership, taking the company a full 360 degrees into the natural coastal environment and many water view aspects. total family proprietorship again. “It was a massive task for my wife
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Making a lot of money, losing excessive amounts of money and budgeting to make money, Cameron Scott has seen it all. And it’s this early exposure that has served him well and put him in good stead to establish and drive his own businesses, while seeing the Nambour township thrive.
itting at a wooden table and chairs lit by vintage lamps, the space is decked out in furniture reminiscent of my childhood, with homemade pizzas served on mismatched crockery and a friendly inviting atmosphere luring customers through the door. In walks Cameron Scott, shaking hands with regular customers as he makes his way through, he knows them all by name. You see, Nook and Cranny isn’t just his, it belongs to them too, and it represents the longawaited revival of the Nambour township. Cameron grew up in Bli Bli, where he attended the local primary school, before moving to Nambour and seeing his senior school years out at Nambour high school. Upon graduating, Cameron completed his Bachelor in Accounting and Bachelor in Finance before looking after the books for a coffee-importing company here on the Coast. But he craved a richer lifestyle and when he was 21, moved to Melbourne where he worked as an accountant and became one of 10 people to be accepted into a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “I was told by my father (to study accounting) and learn how to do business properly because growing up we were going through a business failure so we had a rough time in a business sense,” he says. “So accounting for me was learning how to do business properly and learn from somebody else.” One of Cameron’s first jobs was working
for a young Chinese millionaire who invested heavily in restaurants. “He wanted to develop as many as he could and make them really cool and that’s where I learnt how to lose a lot of money but not care about it,” he says. Cameron left that job to become the accountant for lucrative company Boost Juice. “Budgeting to make money was a really weird scenario for me, I always thought whatever comes in is what it is,” he says, “but I learnt I can actually make an algorithm for how much to make.” At the time, Cameron was simultaneously studying for his Masters and left the juice bar to pursue a few businesses he was developing. While some of them fizzled, one prospered – Energy Australia, and after a year of growing the renewable technology company, Cameron sold it and moved back to the Sunshine Coast in 2013. Along with gaining a valuable insight into how different business owners handle their money, Cameron found Victoria to be a melting pot for fostering young entrepreneurs and through the Foundation of Young Australians was introduced to a bevy of politicians and actors. “That was my introduction to real wealth. Before that I thought $1000 a week was really good and then I found out there’s a huge amount of money out there. “It has only been six years of my working life, but I’ve been exposed to really weird and wonderful things.”
Upon moving back to the Coast, Cameron and his best friend looked into opening a bar. “We looked at Mooloolaba and just didn’t like it, there is too much risk and uncertainty because Maroochydore is starting to pick up and the landlords were horrendous to deal with. So we decided to turn around and try something a bit harder and a bit different and come to Nambour.” It took nine months to build Nook and Cranny, delivering a unique restaurant and bar experience moulded to the township. profilemag.com.au
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“This bar means a lot to a lot of people, it symbolises the change going on in town and that’s why we have to be very conscious of what we do. “Anyone in business needs to take it head-on and needs to become a part of the community as well, because when you’re really quiet or you open up a new business it’s these people you know personally who are going to come in the first time and give you honest feedback. “With our second restaurant Downtown, the first three weeks were people we knew who we’d met through Nook and Cranny, who were coming and supporting us.” Cameron’s mind is bursting with prospective business ideas and says he’s at the
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point now – does he continue investing in Nambour or does he sow his seeds further afield? But one thing is for certain, he envisions big things for Nambour in the next two years. “When you push people down for long enough they want to do something about it and I think that’s what’s happened with Nambour,” he says. “You can see that across the world with the meat-packing district in New York and Fitzroy in Melbourne, there’s this real grassroots movement and you can’t replicate that, it happens in industrial towns once the industry has left. “It’s exciting to see people start to do these little things and tweak their businesses so they become competitive and I like that, it’s what Nambour has needed, that little bit of hunger and competition, which has made the whole town better. “I do and I don’t like the word entrepreneur, people think it’s wussy but I kind of like it and it holds to what I am – I’m not a business owner, I’m an entrepreneur because I develop businesses in different industries.” So where will Cameron stake his claim next? Watch this space.
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Aleta Bates is a warrior, a strong independent woman who has drawn on her personal experience to fuel her desire to create an empowering fashion label. And her bead-encrusted and embellished samurai-inspired garments have already been given a winning voice.
open Aleta Bates’ journal from 2013, the corners of the pages soft from being read and re-read, sketches and emotional ramblings scrawled across every inch of the paper, and pages torn from a Nepalese hotel’s notepad and sporadically tucked in provide the extra space needed to contain all of her wildest dreams. Aleta was backpacking in Asia for four months with her then five-year-old son Jackson when she became overcome with inspiration, spending hours transcribing the ideas from her head onto paper. “The experience awakened the innermost creative depths in me that I had been putting on hold while working in uncreative roles in business development and adult education and employment in Indigenous communities in Cape York,” she says. Aleta was eight years old when she and her family moved from Maleny to Weipa, a small and remote mining town near the tip of Australia, “a very far cry from the highly ornate world I am inspired by”. Aleta went on to major in sculpture and life drawing at university in Toowoomba, before letting her creativity fly on an overseas sojourn. She then returned to Weipa and worked for the local TAFE, then went on to manage programs and teach art at an immigration
detention centre, before she was poached back by the TAFE and became involved in adult education and employment, and later for other agencies writing programs for Indigenous communities. But she yearned for something more creatively fulfilling. “I have wanted to do fashion design since I was young, I would make my own skirts, I’ve still got my first skirt that I made when I was six, a little ra-ra skirt,” she says.
“It’s creating this GLAMOUR and love. It’s FAIRYTALES for me.” Even as a teenager, Aleta knew she was destined for more and was 15 when she decided to concentrate on couture. “It’s so ornate and there’s so much detail, and I love that it’s handmade and the amount of detail and work that goes into it,” she says, “it’s about the design process for me, it’s a labour of love. I’m not interested in fast fashion.” Aleta’s idea for her Aleta Lucia label stemmed from a bad relationship in her early 20s and her success as a muay thai fighter 10 years ago, for which she held a Queensland title.
“I always had this thing about protection,” she says. “I had an idea of myself being this strong independent woman, well travelled and I was very spiritually connected to muay thai as a sport, I trained every day. “Then I had this relationship that absolutely tore me to ashes. “So this collection started as an idea of modern armour – we dress up and in this day and age, it’s so much about our appearance and how we want to be perceived by the public.” The collection is inspired by Japanese samurai armour, complete with embellished neck plates, and intricately beaded lap lapstyle skirts. “I thought, how am I going to do this? I have no fashion design experience, no background in it, I’m a really impatient sewer and the complexity of it, I could never do it, I’d still be trying to make my first one,” she says. After scouring the world for the perfect team, Aleta now works with a pattern maker in Hungary, and a production team in New Delhi, India – and can you believe she’s never met any of her makers, all communication has been done via email. “The world’s best beaders are in India because traditionally that’s their major handicraft,” she says. profilemag.com.au
Lorde’s tune Team, quite a fitting song choice on all accounts. “I’m trying to message, I’m crying, I’m trying to take photos, but I want to watch it so I can enjoy it,” she says. “I’ve watched it about 20 times since and I keep crying.” But Aleta’s pipe dream is to have a couture house in Paris. “I would love my own studio and my own couturiers and my own pattern makers there because what I want to do is so much more elaborate than this,” she says. “I never sat down and said, I want to have a luxury label so I can make lots of money, for me I want to get what’s in my head out and I want to create this magic. “It’s creating this glamour and love. It’s fairytales for me.” Hopefully she’ll live happily ever after.
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“It’s about the design process for me, it’s a labour of love. I’m not interested in FAST FASHION.”
“That’s the part that really fascinates me, it’s so complex. It can never be fast fashion because some of these take from 13 hours to 53 hours just to hand bead and then they’re lined, it’s immaculate.”. Within weeks of launching, Aleta secured Becker Minty in Sydney as her first stockist, which then lead to two incredible opportunities. “A stylist from The Voice Australia came into Becker Minty and fell in love with the pieces and they wanted to use it for the show and I got an email asking if I’d like to lend it to them. I nearly fell over,” she says. “That same week someone from Home Beautiful came in so there is a piece in the magazine as well.” To watch her television debut, Aleta had to buy a television from Aldi at 5.30pm on a Sunday – just hours before the show aired. And all the effort was worth it, there stood The Voice Australia winner Ellie Drennan, wearing Aleta’s neckplate and belting out
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Brendon Levenson grew up through disadvantage with a hunger to do something better. The founder of Australia’s first 24/7 fitness club model powered through five years of business growth to set up his gym franchise empire for his family and future.
n a gym, it’s those who quietly push themselves, defying the odds, demonstrating mental strength and applying new approaches to their training who are the ones that succeed in their goals and muscle in on the competition. And for this Sunshine Coast ‘rags to riches’ tale, in the business of gyms, Jetts founder and Managing Director Brendon Levenson is the epitome of the power of grit and determination. Oh, and the numbers surrounding the multi-million dollar gym empire are pretty healthy too. The Jetts gym franchise had an estimated annual revenue of $128.5 million in the 2013-14 financial year, with growth of 13 per cent, a market share of 9.8 per cent, and the inclusion of 25 new clubs in its chain; but chatting in his sleek Mooloolaba head office, Brendon’s casual manner belies the fact that he is the fitness industry’s multi-million-dollar man, effectively shaking up the conventional fitness club by pioneering the launch of a 24/7 gym model in 2007. “I was a personal trainer first and I love being on the gym floor, dropping into the gym and having a chat to club and team members is what I get a kick out of, more so than sitting around a boardroom table, that’s for sure,” he says. It’s candid words from the 2012 Ernst & Young Australian Young
Entrepreneur of the Year, who heads up a company that’s placed on numerous BRW Fast 100 lists. Growing up the son of a single mum in the western suburbs of Sydney, the pair bounced between housing commission flats and spent time in a women’s refuge. It was these early years that Brendon credits as the source of his hunger and determination. “My mother just kept trying, regardless of the situation she was in. She taught me a lot about being resilient and no matter how tough things are, to just get up each day and keep on going.” The pair moved to Mooloolaba when Brendon was 11 years old, with his now step-father who Brendon credits as being an instrumental part of both his and his mother’s lives. It didn’t take long for Brendon to find his feet on the Coast; a year after moving up, he started excelling at school and in sports. “As soon as we moved to the Coast it all started falling into place,” he reflects. “Having a father figure and seeing my mother happy along with some stability really helped me find my way.” But it wasn’t until he was 22 that Brendon really found his calling. “I always had that entrepreneurial mindset. When I started in fitness I realised I could combine two passions of business and fitness and it all went from there,” says Brendon, who dropped out of a profilemag.com.au
business degree at university in his early 20s. “I’d grown up playing sport and training in the gym but I didn’t know you could make a career out of it. I was flicking through the paper and I saw an ad for a personal trainer. “I got involved in the course at TAFE and that’s when that spark was lit.” After working for a local gym, and running a personal training studio, Brendon, with now-wife Cristy purchased a gym in Marcoola. That gym was Brendon’s former training ground as a teenager, and with $1000 in the bank and that nostalgic purchase, the catalyst of his fitness empire began. The couple ran the gym for two years in their early 20s, before selling it at the same time the idea of Jetts 24/7 gym came about. The couple sold the gym and moved in with Cristy’s parents in New South Wales, before shifting to the Gold Coast to test the concept. The pair opened the first Jetts club in 2007; 18 months later they relocated back to Mooloolaba following the launch of their fifth club, the ‘showcase’ club, on Brisbane Road. Their franchise model quickly rolled out, with the red and white clubs opening doors across Queensland, then Western Australia. The move paid off – the Australian fitness industry is booming, with SmartCompany reporting in 2013-14, a collective revenue of $1.31
“I always had that entrepreneurial mindset. When I started in fitness I realised I could COMBINE TWO PASSIONS of business and fitness and it all went from there.” billion, with over 2800 businesses nationwide, mainly franchises. “A lot of the bigger gyms and chains weren’t really looking after their members. Gyms were locking people into long-term contracts, using pushy sales tactics and charging people for things they didn’t use. We simply said, ‘let’s do the opposite’.” Today, Jetts is reaching for 300 successful clubs in Australasia by the end of 2015, has a strong presence in Australia and New Zealand, and boasts more than 1000 team members and business owners. And, after testing the brand in the Netherlands for 18 months, Brendon is now moving into a rollout phase for Jetts throughout Europe, after securing partners for the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. He has also just announced the first entry into Asia with a club in Thailand opening in December this year. With wife Cristy still acting as Brendon’s ‘sounding board’, and her hands full with raising their three children aged nine, seven and eleven months old from their Peregian home, Brendon recognises the importance of family and these values form a big part of the DNA of the business. In fact, the Jetts empire’s namesake is the couple’s eldest son, Jett. “Work/life balance is critically important to me and I wouldn’t sacrifice that for the sake of opening another 250 gyms,” he says. “I’m pretty good at that balance now, I probably jammed in 15 years worth of work into five years in building this and that’s not sustainable. “I recognise the importance of work/life balance, particularly with three kids, and simply being a dad. I know what a difference it made to me as a kid so I make sure I spend as much time with our kids as I can.” Brendon is also an advisor/mentor to a select few young entrepreneurs. His advice to them? “Don’t confuse mistakes with failures. Mistakes are required to move forward and failure is to be avoided at all cost. There’s a big difference.” “And back yourself. You are much better than you think.” And that’s how you come out on top.
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advice, and she is trying to overcome the entry barriers often encountered when money is on the table. “I’m helping more people improve their situation than I ever have before ... that’s where you get real job satisfaction,” she adds. Bridget qualified locally at the University of the Sunshine Coast, graduating with a Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) and will continue a Masters education in 2016. She obtained her first job in the industry at only 19 years of age, and credits the invaluable training she received. “There’s only so much books teach you. Having a senior adviser willing to put quality time into a university student was undoubtedly one of the best career opportunities I’ve ever had.” Bridget hopes to pass on the practical workplace training she received to other students in future. After working for close to eight years in the industry, Bridget became impassioned about the lack of financial government assistance available. “We see the claims people make, our hospitals and children’s hospitals are bursting at the seams. We all need to have a Plan B in place. I think it’s becoming a society where the only person you can count on is yourself,” she says. “I’m passionate about people and their families, and their quality of life.” Tailored personal insurance is one element of the services Bridget offers. “Families with young children are often committed financially with food, day care, school, Saturday sports and day-to-day
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In 1979, Sarina Russo combined inspiration and desperation to open a small typing school with nine students. Today, she is one of Australia’s richest self-made women and the Sarina Russo group is a global leader in education, employment and training.
’ll have a cafe latte with soy milk,” Sarina Russo calls out to one of her employees popping over to the cafe down the street. Meanwhile a few metres behind Sarina, stands another helpful staff member, holding a white cup and saucer of earl grey tea in one hand and a 2L bottle of milk in the other. “She must have forgotten she asked for this,” she says, smiling at me. That epitomises Sarina Russo, she is unlike anyone I’ve ever met before, she’s a powerhouse, a pocket rocket, a force to be reckoned with and she moves so fast I had trouble keeping up. Sarina was in town to officially open the Sarina Russo Job Access Maroochydore office, the newest in her Sunshine Coast suite, complementing Noosaville, Nambour and Caloundra branches. After chasing her around the office, I finally wrangled the queen of job creation and pinned her down for a chat. Thirty-six years ago, with just $2600 and a pair of shoes to her name, Sarina opened a typing school in Brisbane with 10 students (one walked out on the first day).
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“If you can’t hold down a job like I can’t, you create your own,” Sarina says. “When you’ve been fired as many times as I have you really do appreciate what it’s like being on the other side. “When I started this business I had been fired several times over a period of eight years and bumping my way from one job to another until one morning I woke up and said I’ll do it or die.” Officiating the opening of the Maroochydore office was Federal MP Clive Palmer, who also happened to play a pretty important role in the making of Sarina Russo. “He witnessed one of my dismissals in 1978 and he thought there was a murder, there wasn’t, it was me who was hysterical, for
confidence you need to go forward,” he says. Sarina certainly had the self confidence she needed to push forward and is now one of Australia’s richest self-made women worth $103 million. “I know what it’s like being fired, what it’s like not having a bed, what it’s like not being able to put a fridge in your apartment, what it’s like having no money, what it’s like feeling that sense of despair, I’ve been there,” Sarina says. “What’s extraordinary is that gave me – a dormant entrepreneur, a hit and I didn’t realise I was an entrepreneur, but it takes a crisis, it takes a desperation, it takes a disruption in your life to elevate your thinking and think I don’t want live like this anymore, I’ll do it or die. That was the turning point in my life and I started a little typing school and the rest is history.” In Sarina’s 36 years in business she has trained over 1200 staff members across Australia and into the UK – their British base is in good hands too, with Euan Blair, the son of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, as their CEO and Prince Andrew dropping into their Coventry office to check out apprenticeships on offer. “We’re integrated, we understand education, continuous learning, we understand employers right
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then again I was being fired,” she says with her trademark enthusiasm (which I am later assured is genuine and not ‘put on’ for the cameras). “I was there for two years and all of a sudden I got fired and there was really no reason, I was a good legal secretary, but the boss said, ‘It’s over’ and I never recovered. “Clive was there to save me, he said don’t worry don’t ever look backwards, look straight ahead and man I’ve done that.” Yes she has – Sarina Russo Job Access is the largest Australianowned private sector jobactive provider, opening 55 offices in Queensland, 180 in Australia and 200 across the world. “I knew Sarina was a very special person when I heard her scream at her boss – I thought she might become an opera singer, but she couldn’t sing in tune,” Clive says in jest. “Sarina’s boss at the time was very short on good judgement, today Sarina has certainly surpassed her achievements in life and more importantly she’s given it to other people. “To be unemployed is a difficult situation, I know myself I started out being unemployed and sleeping on the floor at university and being homeless and one of the worst things you can do is think negatively of yourself and not have the self respect and the
now are going through disruptive technology, every business is being disrupted,” she says. “Once upon a time you’d go to a library, now you pick up your iPhone, you press a button, you go to Google and you get all the information you want and once upon a time you’d go and buy books at a bookstore, this no longer exists. “We have so many disruptions in our business and we’re here to help employers to partner with them on apprenticeships, on vacancies. We understand if you have the best team you will end up with profits and a growing expansion of a business. “We’re here to serve employers, we’re here to serve job seekers, we’re here to be part of the community … if you win we win, if you fail we have failed and we are here to be here with you forever.” Continue over the page
A major driving force to opening the hub at Maroochydore was a job summit here on the Coast last year, where Sarina says she learnt how much the community yearned for a dynamic service provider. Along with marrying job seekers with employers, Sarina Russo Job Access also helps people establish start-up businesses. “When you do a start-up it might be shaped as a round plate,” she says dragging her cup and saucer between us, “it turns out to look like a cup, but you may want it to be shaped as a paper cup or a round plate, but things happen you can never predict.” The secret, she says, is being prepared for the unknown, taking a leap of faith and believing you can do it. “Don’t try to perfect something, just get started because it’s going to be different to what you ever could have imagined,” Sarina says. “We could never have imagined what it is today on a global scale, having a partnership with James Cook University in Brisbane, having Sarina Russo Institute, having a massive property portfolio, we could never have imagined it. “All I wanted was to pay my bills and survive and never have to go to a legal office ever again!”
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My dream job is today, helping enhance people’s lives and living with passion, being excited about today and being excited about the future.
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I love it, it beats Madonna, she’s the queen of music. I want to be the queen of jobs and not just in Australia, if we can touch people’s lives and make them better it’s a sense of joy to fulfil people’s lives. You can be successful but not be fulfilled, but in my life I feel successfully fulfilled.
“We could never have imagined what it is today on a GLOBAL SCALE, having a partnership with James Cook University in Brisbane, having Sarina Russo Institute, having a massive property portfolio, we could NEVER HAVE IMAGINED IT.” While Sarina loves a celebration more than most, the fanfare at their office opening was testament to that, she says she is also a very responsible and accountable person dealing with people’s lives. “In 2009 when the Rudd/Gillard Government closed us down in Queensland we had a choice, we could have said that’s the decision the government made, but we didn’t, Kevin Ayre my CEO at the time said we’ll go to the UK, we went to the Midlands and what we lost here – $50 million over three years, we won in the UK. “It’s not what happens, it’s how you interpret what happens, that’s the difference between some ordinary person and some extraordinary person and if you want to be extraordinary you’ve got to do ordinary things extraordinarily well and do it every day.” So what’s next? “We want to continue driving the passion on the Sunshine Coast, we’re invigorated, we’re excited, we’re competitive, we want to partner with employers for them to give us vacancies, for them to give us apprenticeships. “We know what it’s like rolling out a business, we’ve set up over 200 offices in less than three months, we know what it’s like doing rollouts and we know what it’s like doing start-ups. We know what it’s like when you lose a client, we know what it’s like when you get a disappointment, we’ve been there. But before you even get through the tunnel you’ve got to see the light and see the vision. “When you stop growing, you stop living, you’ve got to be excited by growth and expansion or tapping your full potential or doing something that gives you passion. This has certainly given me a passion. “So ciao for now and I’ll see you at the top.” And as quickly as Sarina blew in, she’s off again – something tells me she’s never slowing down.
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This Remembrance Day marks the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each day, on 11 November, Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Nicole Fuge speaks with Mack Seale, who served in the Second World War. MACK SEALE
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t’s all about customer service and when I think of customer service, I’m reminded of the famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. I always insert “customers” for people when I’m thinking about how you can make a difference in your business.
As the ﬂood of holiday-makers hits the Sunshine Coast over the next couple of months you can be sure they will be looking for good quality products and great service. To show “you care”, you need to be thinking about how your business can make their life ‘easier’, ‘better’, ‘more fun’, ‘less stressful’ or whatever is applicable for the category in which you operate.
You know yourself, when you walk into a store that offers a great experience, you can feel the difference. That’s what you need to create, not once, but on every occasion. It’s a great experience that generates repeat business and that’s where the money is. Keep your customers coming back and business will become that much easier. It’s only November so there’s still time to get things right in your business for the summer season. Show your customers how much you really do care. I hope you enjoy About Business this month.
Sarina will be here on the Coast on 4 November, for a special Evenings to Inspire dinner at the Maroochy RSL from 7pm. Then on 20 November, Aussie cricket legend Matthew Hayden will join us for our last Legends at Lunch for the year. Matthew will share his incredible story of success, tenacity and philanthropy at The Creek Tavern in Mountain Creek from 1pm. Don’t miss it! Rounding the year out is Allan Pease, one of the most entertaining guest speakers this country has ever produced. His presentation offers a unique, refreshing insight into understanding human behaviour. You can catch Allan at the Maroochy RSL on 11 December from 6.45am. My head is still spinning from such an incredible year and I have even more inspirational and motivational people lined up for next year! Stay tuned.
It’s the time to be 100 per cent focused on how you can improve your service experience for your customers. It’s doing the little things well. It’s ensuring all of your staff are focused on the customer.
IN 1979, SARINA RUSSO OPENED ‘The Office’ business academy with $2600, nine students and two part-time staff and now leads the Sarina Russo Group, a private company with interests in education, employment services and property. The Sarina Russo Group employs more than 1200 people and has a yearly turnover exceeding $106 million.
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Matthew Hayden is a cricket legend – opening batsman for Australia, he competed in 568 matches, clocked up 39,669 runs, a high score of 1014 and an impressive 119 centuries. Since retiring, the philanthropic businessman, motivational speaker and charity ambassador has become busier, and he’s only just getting started.
ith cricket batting pads covering his entire body, a three-year-old Matthew Hayden faced off against his eight-year-old brother Gary and he was bowled over by a love of the “great game”. “He was my mentor,” Matthew says fondly, “he fell into cricket and so did I as a result.” Matthew says his backyard had a full cricket wicket which was completely home-made, complete with cement roller and wirenetting surrounds, it took pride of place on their farm and was where many competitive innings took place after school. “Our house block was 10 acres, so Dad got the grader out and flattened out one part of it, and every afternoon my brother and I would roll it, mow it, prepare it and play on it until dark.” Matthew says when cricket was taken off the the ABC and aired on Channel Nine’s World Series Cricket, they didn’t get to see a lot of the cricket in his rural area, as the ABC predominantly covered a lot of the regional communities. “So I really fell in love with the game of cricket listening to my radio on one of dad’s tractors, listening to ABC Grandstand, that was how I was introduced to the game,” he says. Born and raised in Kingaroy, Matthew Hayden had a “really great childhood” living on his third generation family estate. His mum
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was a speech and drama teacher and dad was a primary producer, primarily growing peanuts. “As a kid it was very much about the family, I loved the land,” he says. “I had a great childhood, in the bush, we had our own cricket wicket, we hunted, we fished, I’d help out willingly with the cattle, chipping peanuts or working any of the tractors – I was driving when I was eight.” But when Matthew turned 16, in 1986, he was uprooted from the family farm and finished the last two years of his senior schooling at Marist College in Ashgrove. “I went to Ashgrove kicking and screaming, not only due the fear of going to boarding school, but the fact I loved the country and the land so much,” he says. And it was that profound love and respect of the land which cemented Matthew’s place in the community – the game of cricket being their shared passion. “I loved playing with my mates, I was a very social little boy and enjoyed mixing it with the men, because it was country cricket I was a 10-year-old playing with adults,” he says. “Our common interest was the land so it was easy to take a break from school, take a break from the properties and all come together, that was what I really loved about cricket.”
So did he have aspirations to play for Australia at such a young age? “I hear Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh, all the guys I played with, they would all answer yes to that question, but my aspirations were to be a farmer,” he says modestly. But the wheels were already in motion for this talented sportsman, having made regional representative sides for South Burnett and Wide Bay, then he went on to play for Queensland. “When I went to Ashgrove, it’s right near Valley District Cricket Club, I was pretty focused by that stage on playing great cricket and did so during Years 11 and 12.” By the time Matthew hit his first year of uni at QUT, he was playing first grade with Brisbane District Cricket and really hit his stride, going on to represent Queensland within three years. Matthew was studying a Bachelor of Business, with a sub major in Public Admin, “my political aspirations were not high, I don’t even know why I chose that!” he says with a wicked laugh. But he didn’t finish, Matthew missed his final year of tutorials because they coincided with State training.
an array of business ventures and opportunities to give back to the community, while becoming a popular guest speaker on the circuit. “There are so many parallels, between a career like cricket and life generally, enjoyment is one of the biggest things, it’s a great barometer as to whether you’ve got the potential to be successful in something and if you’re not enjoying it then why do it?” he says frankly. And Matthew is clearly taking his own advice, starting a radio program with Mark Waugh and Graeme Swann, Willow Talk, which is devoted to cricket. “If you were to ask what I miss about cricket, I would say sitting in the dressing room talking complete bollocks and that’s what we’ve generated in this show concept, it’s great to have your mates and have this wide ranging and roaming conversation about this game we all love and Australia really loves,” he says. On Australia Day in 2010, Matthew was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to cricket and the community through charitable organisations. One of Matthew’s biggest projects has been with the community on the Tiwi Islands, off the Northern Territory, where they built the biggest Indigenous garden in Australia.
“If you were to ask what I miss about cricket, I would say sitting in the dressing room talking complete BOLLOCKS.”
While it was a tough decision, he made the right choice, by that time he was playing for Australia. Matthew says representing his country is a “complete experience”, evoking a range of emotions – elation, rejection, dejection, an incredible sense of achievement, hard work and sacrifice. “Some of the things that really cut deep are missing family commitments and time away from key times in your life,” he says. “But there’s a great spectrum of opportunity that exists within a professional sporting landscape, all of which are very enriching experiences I’ve got to say, there is not one element I’d ever replace and there are so many highlights throughout a 20-year career.” Matthew played for Australia from 1993 to 2013 and says there were countless highlights, but the moments he remembered most fondly were the little things. “One of my highlights was the last test match in England at the Oval in 2005,” he says. “I was going through a rough trot and to open the door and see my wife and son there, who had come to watch what was being reported as my last test match, was a very personal highlight. I went on and got a 100 in that game, but it’s those little things that are life changing experiences that in one moment become a highlight.” Since retiring from the game, Matthew has immersed himself in
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“What I really love about food is the people, the producers, the mateship, the togetherness and of course the tastes that come with it,” he says. “Some of my earliest memories are walking home from school to see my grandmother, who lived about three blocks away. The first thing we would do is sit down and drink a massive malted milkshake. After that we’d go down and tend to her garden, she had four little vegetable plots and some chooks and we would start preparing for the evening meal. “Or if I’d stay overnight, I’d have my Pop and we’d grind the wheat to make the porridge, he had made this little electric grinder – like my dad, he was a very hands-on individual.” Matthew says he drew on his broad understanding of produce to create his first television show, Home Ground, which told the story of paddock to plate, showcasing both the farmers and the chefs. “At home we’ve got a pizza oven beside my herb garden, so the herbs go straight onto the pizza or onto a lamb roast with lemons that we grow fresh – that experience is what food is about for me,” he says. Matthew and his wife Kellie have three kids, Grace, Joshua and Tommy, who share his addiction to sport and good food, and since retiring from cricket, Matthew has crafted his life’s work around his loving family. “When I was playing cricket I would be away 11 months of the year, now there’s a greater emphasis on balance. I’m not sure anyone who’s 49 can boast of having it absolutely perfect, but I know that I’m engaged in what I do, I find it fun, I know it’s involving my family which is wonderful. I work from home, broadcast from home, it’s a matter of managing times and diaries and getting it right and also giving back to a lot of different people across Australia, which makes me feel unreal. “I have a great life!”
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Managing Change Benjamin Franklin is said to have coined the phrase, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789. But I will take that one step further and add change as a third certainty.
which means we need to understand and realise when we are not e are all living in an age where change is happening at an coping with an issue we need to make the bold step to find a new exponential rate that leaves most of us close to disbelieving. way of thinking. This change is in all areas of our lives: Sounds reasonable but how do we achieve this? Technology: impacts the shape of our lives, it influences the I believe we only become aware of differing “narratives” (our view people we stay in contact with, the people we date (and marry), on life/topics) by surrounding ourselves with people from other the type of information we consume, the way we consume it, and generations, cultures and nationalities. what we do with it. Are all our friends the same age and demographic as us? Do we Social issues: same sex marriages. proactively associate with our children’s friends and discuss current Cultural: growth in ethnicity mix compared to five, 10 or even 50 issues with them? years ago. It does not have to be solely at a personal familial Family: the number of single-parent families and “You don’t come here level either. At work we all experience the greatest second and third marriages creating differing to maintain the status diversity of ages, backgrounds, thoughts and family mixes and structures. quo, you come here opinions, but while this provides us with the greatest The challenge is how we manage change and help those close to us manage it too. to make a change.” opportunity to listen to differing “narratives”, do we actually take it, or do we just go to work, stay under This will be ongoing for Baby Boomers, Gen Xs the radar, get paid, and then go home? and Ys and perhaps Millennials and beyond, as we will come across I read an article recently which stated, “you don’t come here to many differing change-drivers, some of which we know nothing maintain the status quo, you come here to make a change”. That to about. me is how we will all manage change! There is nothing challenging about different generations having We must seek out those people we would not normally associate to deal with the same change-drivers – different perspectives are with and listen to their narratives, at the same time not being afraid to of greater assistance to individual growth, as long as we believe share our own perspective as it might help someone else grow. and understand that we as an individual are not the repository of all Imagine living, working and socialising in an environment of knowledge and wisdom. (Albeit we all know people in our lives who respectful narrative-sharing and achieving personal growth, while think they are.) helping others broaden their horizons. In order to change an experience we need to change the narrative, written by: Mark wiggins Practice Manager griffiths Parry Lawyers
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One of the most difficult things to deal with when separating from your partner or spouse can be agreeing on parenting arrangements for your children. This month, Sarah Quilliam, a solicitor at Pippa Colman and Associates delves into parenting matters and what’s best for the children involved.
ou may disagree about which parent the children should live with primarily, or whether the children should live equally between both parents. Perhaps you have concerns about the other parent. Perhaps the children have particular needs or requirements that should be factored into parenting arrangements. If a court is asked to make a decision about parenting matters, they are required to consider the children’s “best interests” as the paramount consideration. In deciding what is in the children’s best interests, the court must primarily consider the benefit to the children in having a meaningful relationship with both parents, as well as the need to protect the children from harm (physical and psychological). There are many other factors that the court can take into account when determining the best interests of a child. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and each family’s circumstances will be different. For example, when one parent is a FIFO worker or lives interstate, appropriate arrangements for the children may be different to when both parents live close by. If you disagree about what the arrangements for the children should be, in most cases, couples should first attempt Family Dispute Resolution, which can be arranged through your local Family Relationships Centre. You should also seek legal advice, especially if you have particular concerns relating to the care of your children. If you can reach agreement (with or without Family Dispute Resolution) you should consider formalising the terms of your
agreement. Although things might be amicable with your former partner or spouse now, that may not always be the case. Over the years I have seen many informal arrangements fall apart because: • One or both parents re-partner, and the new partner is not liked by the children or the other parent for whatever reason • A new child is born of a new relationship, and suddenly half-sibling relationships also need to be taken into account • Disputes about child support payments • Children’s needs changing as they get older We can assist you in resolving any parenting dispute you may have, and formalising any agreement you may reach, in an appropriate way. A formal-looking document is not always binding or enforceable, so you should seek legal advice before signing a parenting document. If Family Dispute Resolution is unsuccessful or inappropriate, then you may need to make an Application to the Court for Parenting Orders. Litigation can be stressful, time consuming and expensive but may be the only option available. Remember, the focus should always remain on the children’s best interest. FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT PIPPA COLMAN & ASSOCIATES SOLICITORS ON 07 5458 9000 12/64 SUGAR ROAD, MAROOCHYDORE QLD 4558 WWW.PIPPACOLMAN.COM
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Leadership is defined as the act of leading a group of people or organisation, it sounds simple enough, but being a great leader takes vision, passion, determination, accountability and much more. I recently caught up with a group of savvy businessmen who are leaders in their respective fields for their thoughts on what it takes to be at the top of their game.
t’s been a tumultuous time in Australian politics, with former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently ousting Tony Abbott in a dramatic leadership ballot to become the fifth Australian Prime Minister in five years. It was reminiscent of the leadership spill of 2010 when former Prime Minister Julia Gillard staged a coup against Kevin Rudd. This political rollercoaster of the past half-decade got me thinking about leadership and what it takes to effectively lead a country, an organisation, a sporting club, a church. To discover more I posed the question to the Blokes About Town over a delicious lunch at Three Bar & Grill at Dicky Beach for their take on what qualities make a great leader. Co hosting the lunch was my partner in crime and head of Think Speakers and Events, Gerry Morris. Joining us was Scott Roberts, CEO of IBN Direct; Brendan Bathersby partner at Garland Waddington Solicitors; Scott Fawke Managing Director of Aussure General Insurance Brokers and Garry Hutchinson, Business Development Manager at SOI Virtual Reception.
profile: What are the top qualities you think a great leader should possess? scott f: I think openness is a big one. It can often be a thin line you walk between being a boss and a leader and a friend. In my business there are only four staff and I’m married to one of them, so she’s the real boss! It’s important to be approachable and accountable as a leader, I don’t think being a dictator works. I believe in letting people have a go and make their own mistakes, it’s how we learn. I’ve been fortunate to have 27 years in the insurance industry so I try to guide my staff as best as I can based on my experiences. scott r: If we are looking at politics, I don’t think I’ve known a politician who hasn’t lied. I often wonder if government were bound by the same laws as the corporate world, where they only got paid if they performed, would they make the same decisions, I don’t think so. You have to set an example as a leader. Both sides of government have shown there is no loyalty even within their own party. Five leaders in five years makes us good fodder for overseas countries. profilemag.com.au
I think in any field, leading by example is the best way to go. No one likes double standards … do as I say, don’t do as I do. I think if a leader can provide a good example they are halfway there. brendan: A good leader has to be prepared to delegate. I can think of people who don’t actually lead, they drag people. A good leader needs to let those people underneath them step up appropriately. It’s always easy to train people if you are monitoring their every move but that is impossible. garry: I think an even temperament is very important as a good leader. Regardless of what’s going on in your personal life you have to remain calm on the exterior. Good leaders naturally have those skills. Empower your people to do the work and if people make a mistake then that’s ok. The worst type of managers or leaders are the ones who try to micro manage every aspect of the business because it’s virtually impossible. scott r: Michelle Evans (4 Ingredients) once told me you have to play golf with people in the corporate world because when someone plays a bad shot in golf, their reaction is a good indication of how they react in business! If they are smashing their clubs into the ground, you probably don’t want to do business with them. brendan: Oh no, you can’t compare the two! scott r: I also agree with being able to delegate. I had a mini mutiny in my business where my staff told me to stay out of the day-to-day business, they have it under control (laughs). I have been micro managed out of my business! I only look after the high level stuff. I went from having a sole business with just me and I knew every file I dealt with. Having to let go was difficult. garry: If you can set your business up so you can step out and it can still run effectively, you have done a great job. Delegating it out is hard. profile: Is a good leader born or can those skills be learnt? garry: My personal opinion is that you are born naturally with those skills. You can learn but I think leaders are naturally inclined to follow that pathway. Having said that, there are lots of people who don’t start out that way but they get into the corporate world or start their own business and become great leaders. brendan: There are some great leaders who follow none of the stereotypes. There are great leaders in history who didn’t delegate, had not much regard for people’s feelings etc, so whether they were actually great or just regarded as great is open to interpretation. I think you have to be born with a certain quality to be a true leader though.
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BUSINESS gerry: I have been fortunate that a lot of the TSE guest speakers talk about leadership. Wayne Bennett is a great example. Wayne is a great communicator. He says as a leader you have to be the calmest man in the room. Craig Bellamy and Glenn Cooper are others that come to mind. Glenn said something that stuck with me, he said it starts right from the top. The fish smells from the head down. scott r: I downloaded a questionnaire on how to think like Elon Musk (a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor) and he said to find five people who are going to be the most honest with you and get them to tell you everything that’s wrong with your business. If you have a bunch of “yes” people you are never going to get any better. scott f: I think we are born with the ability because leaders tend to find leadership roles. If you have a group of 10 people in a room and you need someone to lead not everyone will put their hand up because there are certain people that are genetically coded to be leaders. I think the same could be said in business. Some people don’t want to own their own business. There are also going to be those who want to go to work and go home. You can always learn from others, I am always learning. That’s how you better yourself or you will be static in business. profile: Who do you look up to as a great leader? scott f: I don’t think there is any one person. You can gather traits from various people. It comes down to different scenarios. Ben Roberts-Smith was such a brave leader but then bravery in different circumstances could be the undoing of someone too. brendan: I think mothers are great leaders. Fathers get a leadership role almost by default but there are some pretty ordinary fathers around the place. I think mothers generally are the unsung heroes. The other is Pope Francis, he is an amazing bloke. The things that he is doing quietly in the Vatican and further afield is amazing. He is so revered in Argentina. I have a religious faith but I recognise that the Catholic Church has a long way to go. In my opinion, he is the best man for the job. garry: Nelson Mandela. To have been incarcerated for all that time and to come out and not be bitter is a true measure of the man he was. scott r: Elon Musk is up there. He has released all of Tesla’s patents free of charge with the hope there will be an affordable electrical vehicle in everyone’s garage in the next few years. That’s pretty amazing. I recently went to the Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba and a couple of the floats nearly brought me to tears particularly the Rosies – who help people such as the homeless and hungry in time of need, expecting nothing in return. Those are the type of people I look up to, those who make a real difference in people’s lives. There’s an old saying that in time of need, those who have the ability to make a difference have the responsibility and that has really hit home heavily in the last few years. There are too many of us who have the ability and don’t do anything.
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It was my first visit to Three Bar & Grill, but it had come highly recommended from those who had already sampled the culinary delights of the modern restaurant. Perfectly positioned on the esplanade at Dicky Beach, it certainly lived up to its reputation. Owner Chris Jones had prepared a delicious twocourse menu especially for the Blokes About Town and it was mouthwatering from start to finish. First we were treated to a selection of breads with house-made dips, the perfect precursor to our main meals. Then we had the choice of two delicious dishes including the ocean trout, lemon and thyme risotto, grilled asparagus, confit tomatoes and salsa verde or the 200 gram eye fillet with crispy hand cut chips, caesar salad and red wine jus. I couldn’t go past the trout and it surpassed my expectations. Cooked to perfection, the trout was melt-in-your mouth delicious and perfectly accompanied with the risotto, asparagus and tomato. Dessert was sublime. The choice of chocolate and raspberry fondant with vanilla bean ice-cream or lemon meringue cheesecake was a tough one. The fondant took my fancy and was as delicious as it sounds. I also sampled my fellow diner’s cheesecake option and it was equally as good. Three Bar & Grill is definitely a step up from your average bar and grill. Simple and uncomplicated, Three offers a contemporary Australian menu with an emphasis on excellent local produce and friendly service. The restaurant is a long-held dream for Chris who is joined by head chef Jason Janetski. Between them the duo have almost 30 years’ experience. Three Bar & Grill is definitely one to add to your “to do” list. 1 – 6 BEERBURRUM STREET DICKY BEACH PHONE: 5492 6464
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veteran in his field, having been in the industry since the inception of the Family Law Act in 1976, Warren Tegg says according to statistics, divorce is the second most stressful situation in life after the death of a loved one. “Separation creates fear of the unknown,” says Warren. “Both parties are suddenly pushed into an unfamiliar situation where they may have to relocate, there may be children involved, and more often than not, there are financial stresses.” Warren says it’s important both parties understand just because they are separating, doesn’t mean they are in line for a huge, drawn out court battle.
Financial stress is another major factor in a divorce settlement; so the last thing people need is an unwanted spend – the lawyer’s fee. Warren says the key to minimising the legal costs is through raising the knowledge level of the client very early in the process. “Knowledge is power or at least empowerment,” he says. “Once empowered with a little knowledge the client is capable of making rational, informed decisions, which leads to good outcomes. “We offer a fixed-fee consult, which is a one-on-one meeting with a new client to help them understand the whole process. The meeting is long enough for the client to get a good idea about my approach to solving their problem and then they can go away and decide. Most importantly, they are not locked in. It’s a popular and economical way for people to get started.
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“In most cases, we use the court system to tie up the deal but it’s not the full Perry Mason trial event,” says Warren, “97 per cent of some 55,000 applications in Australia every year settle, so unless you are in the three per cent, you are not going to trial.” As a results-driven practitioner, Warren is passionate about avoiding trial and has spent 30 years honing those skills. “I have made a career out of looking to settle these disputes for my clients and I’ve been practicing family law for so long now I can see an outcome or potential settlement reasonably early in a matter.”
“Without exception, these stressed people feel better when they leave because they know more than they did before and that reduces the fear. They know their matter has not been whisked off to a dark room to be worked on in secret by a lawyer who returns it later with a big fat stinking bill.”
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STRIVING TO ACHIEVE The last three years have been some of the most poignant for Courtney Aspland, and while she’s experienced great personal and professional growth, it’s only the beginning.
ourtney Aspland is the manager for Marketing and Sales at TAFE Queensland East Coast, where she is responsible for the marketing and branding strategy for the entire region. Among Courtney’s achievements under her management position is increased enrolment numbers in the international market at the TAFE, with the largest cohort enrolled for the 2014/15 financial year. Courtney has most recently been recognised for her work, being named Young Business Woman of the Year for 2015. Life changing milestone 1: Marrying my husband, 2013 I was ecstatic when my husband Brian surprised me late one Tuesday evening in June 2012 by proposing on the beachfront over ice cream. Growing up I’d never pictured a big, white wedding, but our day turned out to be the most perfect day I could have imagined and was the most special moment of my life. We celebrated with 100 of our closest family and friends and spent an incredible month in Japan on our honeymoon. Life changing milestone 2: Launching the TAFE Queensland East Coast brand, 2014 I played a significant role in one of the greatest transitions the TAFE has seen. In May 2014, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay TAFE amalgamated to become TAFE Queensland East Coast. Throughout this period I managed the workflow of several distinctive units to develop a range of creative solutions to communicate the new brand. This launch has proven extremely effective and with six campuses and over 16,000 enrolments annually, TAFE Queensland East Coast is recognised as the largest premier provider of vocational education in the region. The brand has also been nominated for a marketing excellence brand revitalisation award due to its success. Life changing milestone 3: Buying my childhood home, 2015 At the beginning of the year my husband and I bought our first home, which also happens to be the house I grew up in. Being the fourth generation to own the home, we are excited to make it our own and create a new future in a place that holds so much meaning for us. Life changing milestone 4: Starting study again, 2015 I could have never anticipated in the midst of such a busy year I would contemplate going back to university, but when my husband decided to study graphic design and encouraged me to consider fitting in a few subjects, I made the decision to continue my studies too. Earlier this year I began my Master of Business Administration. Balancing full time study with work is a challenge but the study supports my role as the youngest member of the TAFE Queensland East Coast Leadership Team, giving me the skills I need to help shape the future of the business and the educational landscape for our region. Life changing milestone 5: Winning Sunshine Coast Young Business Woman of the Year and AIM Sunshine Coast Young Manager of the Year, 2015 This year I had the honour of being named the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Young Business Woman of the Year and the Australian Institute of Management Sunshine Coast Young Manager of the Year. Being acknowledged by my team members for such prestigious awards was hugely humbling and the process was such an amazing experience. The awards have given me the opportunity to meet so many inspirational people and in particular, an exceptionally talented group of young business women. I was so excited to be named a finalist in both of the awards, but to win the two titles within months of each other was just incredible.
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Many people search their entire life for love. Mark Tyson was lucky enough to find his two loves, wife Kerri and construction, early on in life.
e’s up with the sun every morning, bringing his wife a cup of tea in bed before heading onsite for the day. “I’ve done that for 30 years,” Mark smiles. Over time, jobs can often become dull and repetitive but this award-winning builder says every day and every house is unique. “That’s what makes it so interesting. It’s like people. We’re all different,” says Mark. It’s the variation and challenge of the job which has kept Mark in the trade for more than three decades, finding a sense of gratification in watching his clients’ dreams come to life. “You’ve created what they wanted so they can live their life the way they want to,” he says. “It’s a real buzz.” It was many years ago in New South Wales when a young boy’s interest in building initially sparked. Even now there is awe in his voice as Mark recounts watching the timber shavings fly as his grandfather skilfully carved and crafted pieces in his shed. Mark grew up in the Sutherland Shire and at 15, came under the mentorship of two Danish master craftsmen. Four years later he had
an apprenticeship under his tool belt along with an eye for detail. Recognising Mark’s nous and natural skill, his boss immediately employed him as a subcontractor. “Kerri and I started a partnership installing staircases and sub contracting in 1986. I did a lot of my time in joinery,” Mark explains. He then went on to do his Certificate IV in Building and in 1991 Tyson Building and Carpentry Pty Ltd and TysonStairs were established. As Mark’s career was progressing nicely so was his life outside of work, and at 20 years of age he married his sweetheart, Kerri. It was in 2001 with their three children in tow, the pair decided to leave the Sydney “rat race” behind and move to the Sunshine Coast. “We’ve met so many different people from so many walks of life that you wouldn’t in the city,” he says. Keen to keep adding to his skill set, Mark completed a Certificate IV in Project Management, which helped sharpen his skills, giving him added confidence going forward in business. The move to the Sunshine Coast was a positive one for both Mark’s family and his Continue over the page
career, and that same year Tyson Homes was established. “I would never have had the opportunity to build the sort of things we’ve built in the last 10 years,” he says. “I couldn’t do anything without having the family and team of tradesmen I’ve had behind me,” he smiles. “It’s an us mentality, not a you and I mentality.” As director, Mark has led Tyson Homes in projects big and small, earning the business recognition in Queensland’s most prestigious building awards. In 2007, their ‘Walgarri’ project was awarded QMBA’s Best Heritage Style Home on the Sunshine Coast. “Much to my shock it went to state level and won that too. It gobsmacked me actually,” he chuckles. Mark’s also won the Judges Award for Workmanship 2010 Sunshine Coast, Best Bathroom 2015 Sunshine Coast and most recently The Alan Eichmann Memorial Award for Quality Workmanship for the project ‘Summerglen’. “You put everything into it and you sort of live the job,” says Mark. “At the end of it you’re standing back thinking, wow we built that.” Receiving accolade from a panel of expert judges who’ve seen countless quality constructions fills Mark with a sense of pride. “It shows you’re genuine, fair dinkum and do good work,” he says. “It just gives you that extra confidence that we’re doing it right.” With life busier than ever, Mark has noticed the market taking a turn to smaller and more manageable housing and has recently downsized his home to make time for the more important things. After experiencing the mass housing market in Sydney, Mark says he just wants to keep offering a “boutique style service”. “You’ve got to have progression, what’s life if it doesn’t go forward? But really I just want to keep doing what we’re doing.” he says smiling.
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Think Money section and money and property sub-expo caught my eye,” says Deb. “When Jack rang me to say I had won it was a bit of a surprise. I was really pleased and blown away!” Deb and her partner, David Proud, are kept busy running their own resort services business and the Buderim couple is looking forward to their first visit to Hamilton Island, thanks to the generosity of local businesses. “I think certainly Jack and Chris Childs and the Think Money team should be congratulated for supporting something like the expo, it’s a great event,” she says.
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hen Deborah Schooley entered a holiday competition at the Think Money and Think Investment Realty exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Women’s Lifestyle Expo on Saturday, 22 August, she didn’t expect to be the lucky winner. Jack Childs of Think Investment Realty surprised Deb with the news she had won a holiday to luxury resort island Hamilton Island, in the beautiful tropical far north Queensland region of the Whitsundays. Jack says the prize was supplied with thanks to a collaborative of high-profile businesses. “All the businesses involved were Think Investment Realty, Altum Constructions, Think Finance Solutions, Otium and a developer from Brisbane, the Ferro Group,” he says. Deb was a first-time visitor to the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, which drew a crowd of thousands. “I didn’t know what to expect, and I found it really interesting. My partner and I are looking at investing in property so consequently the
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*Deb and David won return airfares to Hamilton Island for two people, staying at luxury resort Qualia for two nights with a la carte breakfast, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages at Long Pavilion daily, VIP chauffeur service, 1 x two seater golf buggy, VIP transfers from Hamilton Island airport/marina to qualia, use of non-motorised watercraft and all non-alcoholic beverages including mini-bar.
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ockhampton appeals as an important Rockhampton regional city with a diverse economy, affordable real estate and good rental returns. Perhaps its greatest strength is that, while it receives some impact from the resources sector, it is less reliant on it than Mackay or Gladstone and benefits from having a more diverse economy than its regional neighbours. Rockhampton services the cattle industry and markets itself as “the Beef Capital of Australia”. It is also the gateway to Capricorn Coast tourist attractions and a centre for manufacturing, mining and the military. The State Government’s Queensland Infrastructure Plan names Rockhampton as the primary service centre for Central Queensland. The population of Rockhampton is projected to reach 113,000 within 20 years. Agriculture, education and resources are key features in Rockhampton’s economy. The region’s biggest employer is construction, with 11.5% of all jobs. The next four biggest job providers are health & social care (10.3%), retail (10%), accommodation & food services (8%), and education & training (7%). Other major employers include transport, postal & warehousing, agriculture, forestry and fishing. The Central Queensland economy has year-round production of coffee, hydroponic lettuces, basil, pineapple, silver beet and scallops, and seasonal output of oranges, lemons, lychees, banana prawns and mud crabs. The Fitzroy region produces 46% of Queensland’s peas, 43% of the state’s lupins, 41% of the rice and 47% of all table grapes grown in Queensland. Queensland Rail has a large workforce in the city, which is the meeting point for the main north coast rail line and the line to the major coalfields to the west. Rockhampton Airport services the City of Rockhampton and Central Queensland, with regular flights to Brisbane, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast. There is also the coal-fired 1,440mw Stanwell Power Station, 30km west of Rockhampton. The Australian Defence Force carries out extensive training exercises at Shoalwater Bay, 75km north-east of Rockhampton. The merger of Central Queensland University and Central Queensland TAFE in 2014 means Rockhampton has a strong reputation in education Rockhampton is serviced by Rockhampton Base Hospital and two private hospitals. Visitors inject $525 million of direct expenditure into Rockhampton region each year, supporting 5,600 jobs. The Great Keppel Island Group and the beaches at Yeppoon are main drawcards. Most suburbs have long-term growth rates (average annual rise in median house prices over the past ten years) around 6-7%, which reflects strong growth from 2004 to 2008, followed by some decline in 2009 and 2010. The market is now moving into the next growth phase. Yields are generally in the 5% to 6% band.
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WHY SOME HOMES DON’T SELL
in a thriving market We may be in the grip of one of the biggest property booms but that doesn’t mean all houses and apartments for sale are being snapped up.
here tends to be a handful of homes that take much longer to budge, being too expensive, too weird or simply because no one understands where they actually are. Let’s take a look at the reasons why some homes can’t sell in a thriving market.
PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE SUBURB
Internet can be fabulous as you put in an area and it comes up immediately, but you tend to miss out on areas close by that you may not be aware of.
THE PRICE DOESN’T MATCH THE POSTCODE
Sometimes a house can be more expensive than expected for a certain suburb, so fails to find ready buyers.
Sometimes the price being asked by a vendor, fired up by all the news about spiralling values, is simply too high for the market. If they refuse to come down, their property can sit for sale for a long time. This is usually why a house stays on the market for too long, when everything around it is going like hotcakes. Vendors can be just out of touch and unrealistic and won’t trust their agent’s expertise.
IT’S ALL A BIT TRICKY
If a home is on a semi-rural block it can often taken longer to sell; access issues if a tenant refuses to allow potential buyers through or some family members don’t want to sell a property; high-priced prestige property which appeals to a smaller niche market; and taste. Sometimes vendors will consider their property unique and attractive, but no one else does.
“Sometimes a house can be more expensive than expected for a certain suburb, so fails to find ready buyers.” YOU CAN’T SELL A SECRET
Homes can also suﬀer on the market if the vendor wants it sold quietly, and not publicised in either the print or digital media. A house can take longer to sell as the owner doesn’t want it publicised at all or they don’t want to reveal where the property is either.
My Property Management oPenS A neW dooR words anna rawlings photos rebecca smith
n Sunshine Coast real estate industry news, successful Hinterland property agency My Property Management (MPM) is expanding, opening new premises and adding real estate sales to their services under licensee Kate Gimblett. With the Maleny office still operating as MPM and specialising in property management, the expansion encompasses the takeover of an existing real estate agency in Landsborough, to form My Property Management and Sales (MPMS). Recently opening the doors of the MPMS office in August 2015, Kate Gimblett welcomes the growth of change which will see the Landsborough office offer both property management and sales, adding to the independently-owned agency’s portfolio. “It’s quite exciting for me because it was only property management and now it’s sales as well, I’m watching my business grow so in that aspect it’s fantastic,” she says. In addition to the new office, Kate has also introduced new staff to the MPMS team. Uniquely, the previous owner of the former Landsborough agency now housing MPMS, Pauline Smith, is continuing her real estate career and joins the MPM team as senior sales consultant. “As a team we’ve all got combined years of knowledge and our strengths and weaknesses support each other and we can usually brainstorm points of difference,” explains Kate. With the majority of the staff living in the Hinterland region, Kate and her team know the importance of customer service and building close relationships with the many buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants who entrust their homes to the care of the team. As the only independently-owned agency in the area, MPM and MPMS pride themselves on working with locals when it comes to providing property maintenance services to their well-
established rent roll, and offer a selection of management packages tailored to their valued clients.
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They are also a member of REIQ, and the property management department uses TICA (Australia’s largest tenancy screening database) to assist in protecting their landlord’s properties from unsatisfactory tenants. “We are so passionate about customer service, from following through on constructive feedback to investigating ways we can improve on processes and always letting the person know the outcome,” she says. With the MPM and MPMS team boasting a combined total of close to 80 years industry experience, the unique staff structure sees traditional real estate practices complemented by knowledge and use of the latest in modern technology. “Gone are the days when you sat at your desk waiting for someone to come in,” says Kate. “Technology and education has changed the buyer, by the time they come to our shop they’ve already worked out what price they think they should be paying, so the purchasers and sellers are more educated.” “We are also building a virtual office on the coastal side of the region. Our systems and tools allow our staff to work from anywhere. “It enables us to meet the client’s needs and be more versatile, and we can offer the office base as well.” With a developed relationship as preferred property manager for the building projects of financial and investment specialists Think Money and Think Investment Realty, Kate and the team at My Property Management are looking forward to the success of a new pathway of their own.
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rom Maleny to Glasshouse Mountains to Landsborough, from townhouses to acreages and rural properties, it’s a vast variety,” Kate says of the region the MPM sales team specialise in. “With only 30 minutes to the beach and the same distance to the Hinterland for beautiful bushwalking areas, it’s so versatile, the world is at your feet.” Sales consultant Cathy Jackson is delighted with the new premises, nestled in the heart of Landsborough with a welcoming, friendly ambience. “For us it’s been a nice facelift, this is a very busy office, we do get a lot of walk-in trade, because it’s such a central location which is good for sellers and buyers,” she says. Senior sales consultant Pauline Smith has been working in the Landsborough office since 1988, beginning the foundations of her impressive career as receptionist, before the next 20 years saw a progression of different agencies pass through the premises. When Kate and MPMS bought Pauline’s agency, Pauline made the decision to stay on and head the sales department. T he team welcomed her presence and her ‘invaluable knowledge’. “I’m not ready to retire yet and I thought I would like to do sales rather than the whole lot,” Pauline laughs. “I live in the area and so does most of my family. I pride myself on local knowledge.” With listings ranging from a stunning lifestyle home perched in the tranquil Glasshouse Mountains, a renovator in Mount Mellum to a family home in the quiet suburb of Landsborough, the sales team are primed to assist buyers and sellers with their lifestyle change. “We try to make the buying and selling as pleasant an experience as possible because it can be a stressful time for both,” Cathy says. “We can refer people to many finance institutions, we have access to excellent financers.” They are also keenly tapped into the latest real estate industry trends and news. “Now would be an ideal time for investors because there is a shortage of rentals, the prices have improved and the sales have improved,” says Cathy. “And over Christmas and the holiday season, now is the time for housekeeping – things like rent and house valuations.”
*The MPMS sales team are excited to offer free appraisals and different marketing packages.
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FAME THEN FORTUNE 68 Profi le chats to self-taught fashion designer and software developer Brad Pengelly
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Innovator, self-taught designer, label maker, business owner and software developer Brad Pengelly is cut from a different kind of cloth; the epitome of a young entrepreneur creating success of his own design, all before he hits 30.
lothing and garments have long been the fabric of 29-year-old Brad Pengelly’s entrepreneurial background. First was label Jamie Fame, refined garments of denim, leather and jersey; originally a menswear label established from a home garage that evolved into men’s and women’s wear, shoes and accessories. Then, there’s ongoing success in the niche of screen printing; the takeover of a business that resulted in a turnover increase of more than 1300 per cent over a three-year period. And now, complementing the screen printing endeavour, is the ‘Silicon Valley’-esque tap into the Sunshine Coast’s wave of digital innovation – developing a software application. “To go from designing fashion and shoes, to looking at user interfaces and functionality from software, it’s an unexpected turn,” Brad laughingly admits. “I think if I could draw a parallel between the two businesses it’d be that I’ve managed to find a niche for both of them. “When I see a new feature put into the app, it’s the same feeling I used to get when my clothing samples came back.” As an 18-year-old Sunshine Coast local, studying a business/ marketing degree at university, Brad began designing t-shirts with ‘punk anarchy’ slogans, for “beer money”, before officially launching now-established label, Jamie Fame, at 22 years old. Initially a menswear line, Brad capitalised on the burgeoning success to launch a jewellery line, and after picking up that the line’s XS and S men’s leather jackets were selling rapidly to women, he diversified to include women’s fashion, and shoes, and began manufacturing in Bali, with a breakthrough season in autumn/winter 2009. For eight years, Brad headed up the brand, with Jamie Fame at one point boasting just shy of 70 stockists internationally. That was until a slide in the retail environment and business turbulence, coupled with a desire to settle in Kawana with his girlfriend, Skye and their pet dog, saw Brad make the decision to let Jamie Fame run its course. “I still look fondly on that brand name … if I can take anything from the business as a whole, is that I learnt and it changed and bettered me,” he says.
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As that chapter closed, another opened in the form of a screen printing business Brad had quietly owned in a partnership for years. Brad had already taken over two side-by-side warehouses and an existing screen printing business, rebranded and obtained a business partner, before investing his efforts into Budget Screen Printing nine months ago. “I’ve built and grown a screen printing business from the garage, to buying out another local printer and increasing the combined turnover by more than 1300 per cent in three years,” he says. And much like the niche Brad identified in his Jamie Fame days, resulting in the womenswear line, his keen eye spotted another gap in the market. “I found the way we were quoting was quite antiquated,” Brad explains. Frustrated by having to manually quote a plethora of raw material and embellishment costings, and with much of his business originating in an online marketplace, tech enthusiast Brad brainstormed a spreadsheet concept in a Balinese hotel room on a Jamie Fame trip last year. “I started shopping around to see who could turn the spreadsheet into a Html version so we could have it online, run via a Cloud base,” Brad says. “Over six months we’ve built this application and we are now in the throes of creating a cloud-based application/CRM that I intend selling as a SaaS (Software as a Service) model into the garment decoration industry. “We have a domain waiting for it, and plan to take it to market at the start of December and push it flat out from the start of 2016,” shares Brad; at the time of our interview the software is still under lock and key, only being used in-house at the screen printing business. “When you hear of Snapchat being worth over a billion dollars and a 21-year-old guy starting Instagram that are suddenly billionaires – that is so inspiring,” Brad says. Software innovator in the making perhaps, but Brad credits his “circle”; the support and belief of his family and friends. “Try and find people who challenge your way of thinking and spark that creativity,” he imparts. “My mum and dad are just incredibly supportive, my sister is an incredibly successful girl – those things are the pillars of success, that is the reason I manage to get anywhere.” All part of the threads of success, Brad considers what could be next on the drawing board. “I have no idea where the future will take me – the want of money for beers when I was 18 years old took me into something that changed my life. “I always say, just keep your eyes open and take a calculated gamble. I love rolling the dice on an idea.” november 2015
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hen Lorraine Barwick was growing up, she was diagnosed with various illnesses and given subsequent treatments for each, but fell chronically ill at age 25. Three years ago, Lorraine and her husband Dave were both diagnosed with Lyme Disease and embarked on a journey to overcome their illnesses. Lorraine learnt to keep track of her own health goals, while forming a positive relationship with food, exercise and sleep. “That’s when I gained the most understanding of the science behind health and disease.” Lorraine, who is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, also served as a mentor to cardiac clients over the past eight years and draws grave connections between NEED MOTIVATION cardiovascular disease and sitting down. TO TAKE A STAND? She is now on a mission to get people up, moving and more engaged with their own How about this... health care, “start with sitting less, standing For every hour you sit, your more and moving more each and every hour of life expectancy decreases your waking day”. by 22 minutes...
profile: What are the health risks associated to spending a long time sitting down? lorraine: For every hour you sit, your life expectancy decreases by 22 minutes, compared to 11 minutes with smoking. Too much sitting So get up and profile: What did you learn from working in get moving! also increases your risk of heart disease – people cardiac rehabilitation? with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular lorraine: Exercise and diet go hand-in-hand in the disease than people with standing jobs. Certain cancers prevention and management of ischemic heart disease and diabetes are also associated. A lot of people settle on suband other lifestyle diseases; and 80 per cent of premature deaths from optimal health – a life of excess weight, less energy, mood swings, cardiovascular disease can be prevented by addressing risk factors such as poor digestion and lower sex drive. These are really symptoms that tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. The physical activity precede disease and sitting may be the cause. guidelines for Australian adults is 30-minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days of the week, but it’s not enough if you spend most of your time sitting.
profile: How can you turn that around and add years to your life? lorraine: The only way to minimise the risk is to limit the time we spend on our butts each day – it starts by sitting less, standing more and moving more each day. profile: How has society changed when it comes to sitting down? lorraine: We’ve gone from being up and moving people – living in natural agricultural environments moving throughout our day and sitting for only three hours a day, to sitting for 15 hours a day! That’s the average Australian sit time. Generations before us didn’t have the labour-saving technologies that we do now. Just a generation ago, people did a lot of activities by hand or foot. On any given morning there’s around 70 labour-saving devices we can utilise without breaking into a sweat. Our modern high-tech world is saving us time and energy but we need to burn that energy by going for a walk, but instead of using it for good and being active in our leisure time we’re on our bottoms day in and day out and that’s our huge problem! We’re addicted to sitting.
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AWESOME Fiona Roberts – leading by example Say the word leader out loud, notice the first syllable is ‘lead’? While it sounds like an obvious trait to possess, not all leaders have a natural ability to lead by example, but it’s imperative if you want to inspire your team and earn their respect.
ood leaders do exactly that, they lead by example. By walking your talk, you become someone people want to follow. When leaders say one thing, but do another, they erode trust – which we all know is critical to effective leadership. Here are some ways you can set an awesome example for your team – let’s face it, you can’t expect people to do something you are not prepared to do yourself, so if you want your team to take ownership of their actions, you need to do the same. CREATE A CLEAR VISION: Know what you want to achieve, and why. Communicate this to your team frequently. Your actions have the potential to affect everyone around you – so don’t dabble in mediocrity. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Know when to accept that a mistake has been made and take it upon yourself to fix it. It doesn’t matter if one of your team members messed up or you did. If you are the leader, you need to take responsibility. This encourages everyone around you to accept responsibility and be accountable. GIVE CREDIT TO YOUR TEAM: The more your team feels appreciated, the more enthusiastic they will become. Communicate your mission, vision, values, and goals – then step back and let your team innovate. Listen and seek regular feedback from your team. If someone needs extra guidance, keep it for private one-on-one discussions. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF: Exercise regularly, eat well and take breaks. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. The more you take care of yourself, the more energy you will have and the clearer your mind will be.
“All success begins with self-discipline. It starts with you.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES: Show that when a job needs to be done, everyone at every level needs to chip in and participate. Leading by example does two very important things; it inspires people and it earns you respect. If you can observe your own behaviours and understand the impacts they are likely to have on others, you can use this information to make gradual changes that have a lasting positive impact. Personal growth can be challenging, but don’t feel that you need to do this on your own. Join in the conversation at www.allaboutawesome.com.au. I’d love to hear about your goals, challenges and successes. Fiona has many hats. She and her husband Scott own IBN Direct: Alternative Funding Solutions, and she is also a small business mentor, blogger, celebrant, wife and mother.
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Being anxious, shy, or fearful since childhood, may be common personality traits, though for some it occurs alongside other symptoms such as inability to deal with stress, anxiety, nervousness, anger, poor memory and depression, and can be a lifelong struggle. Preferring small groups of close friends rather than large social groups, poor dream recall, susceptibility to allergies, adrenal issues, or poor sugar metabolism, can all be symptoms of a genetic disorder, Pyroluria, which is on the rise in Australia. Affecting up to 40% of people, it can lead to much larger problems, affecting mental state, including a serious risk of developing addictions, alcoholism, severe depression, or psychiatric disorders.
More people struggle with mental health symptoms than ever before, with suicide being the leading cause of death between ages 15-29 in Australia. If there were a simple answer, would you like to know?
Pyroluria reduces your absorption of nutrients zinc and B6, necessary for many processes including production of brain chemicals for mood, digestion, hormone production, and to fight infections. A cascade effect toward ill health eventually develops creating emotional stress, producing cortisol and inflammation throughout the body and digestive tract. Poor digestion follows creating food sensitivities, and allowing bacterial infections to invade. Food sensitivities are becoming more prevalent, responsible for symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, fluid retention, hormone imbalance, depression and anxiety, creating another layer of stress on the body amplifying the severity of mood effects already occurring. Other deficiencies may develop through malabsorption of nutrients when the gut wall is inflamed, lowering iron, vitamin D, B12, and many more leading to fatigue. Without these very important nutrients, the gut when exposed to bacteria cannot fight, the immune system becomes compromised, leading to constant colds, virus, and bacterial infections, some well known for releasing neuronal toxins, further amplifying symptoms of depression and anxiety. The collateral damage can be vast, creating a decline into ill health and a depressive state seemingly unsolvable.
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Pyroluria is simple to treat, with a rapid response time, drastically improving quality of life and happiness, though most people go undiagnosed. Sufferers respond poorly to common anti-depressants, so a diagnosis is absolutely crucial. Knowing that this condition affects you or your family is very important, and can be diagnosed using a simple urine test. Once confirmed, treatment response time can be as little as a few days. Treating Pyroluria allows us to then repair the body, balance stress hormones, remove bacterial infections, and improve food sensitivities, bringing your health back to its optimum state allowing you a bright healthy future, free of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The right diagnosis and investigation into your health is the key to finding happiness and balance in your life for you and your family. Phone the Advanced Wellness & Behavioural Centre on 5443 1987 or visit www.advancedwellness.com.au for a free half hour consultation to further discuss your health concerns.
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I met with an old friend recently for a well overdue beer. He’s supported my journey all the way through, so we feel at home around each other, even if it’s been years between visits.
hane employed me as a second year apprentice and had a big hand in teaching me to cook. He’s also an avid fisherman and back in the day we’d spend our days off, out in my boat catching more fish than we could ever eat. His journey’s been an interesting one – after cooking he worked as an electrician briefly then moved north to start a Heritage Breed Free Range Pig Farm, Backfatters, and never looked back. He recently won artisan producer of the year at the 10-year anniversary of the Delicious Produce Awards, so he’s getting a few things right. I loved hearing about the dirt and mud, and early morning starts, and how much things have changed since the nights we’d work past 10pm serving up plate after plate of coral trout to a sea of people whose faces we never saw. I told Shane how different my game was now, and how much my mindset has improved since starting to work for myself. These days, by the time I’m in someone’s home or chosen venue, I’ve communicated with him or her multiple times, maybe even met in person, and there’s a relationship established. I’m sometimes greeted with a hug – and nearly always leave with a hug. The thanks I receive are real and heartfelt. The food I’m cooking hasn’t changed so much – it’s always been prepared with love. Heart and soul have gone into every dish, just
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like in kitchens all over the Coast. Most people who cook for a living want to create something they’re proud of. But the sad thing is we often don’t hear that you’ve enjoyed your meal. Even if you tell your waiter, they’re usually so busy the message is a diluted mumble as they race out the kitchen door with someone else’s meal – if your message makes it to the chef at all.
“TELL THE CHEF which part you liked most about your meal. Even if they’re running around like madmen … TRUST ME, you just made someone’s day.” So from someone who’s seen both sides – let me share this with you. It makes every bit of difference when I hear you like my food. A little over two years ago, I considered finding a different career altogether, now, I hope it never changes. So next time you’re out at a restaurant, stop by the kitchen as you leave. Tell the chef which part you liked most about your meal. Even if they’re running around like madmen and you only get a grunt as a reply, trust me, you just made someone’s day. profilemag.com.au
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“Don’t expect it to be easy, you have to STICK WITH IT, no matter how much planning you do, THINGS CHANGE.” RACH AEL YURKO
1. RACHAEL YURKO 2. ALVIA TURNEY 3. THE BEAUTIFUL LUNCH SETTING 4. RICOTTA AND PEA GNOCCHI 5 KITTEA UKKOLA 6. THE LADIES WITH HEAD CHEF ERIC VAN ALPHEN 7. KATE SCOTT 1
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Being the trailblazers issue, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to catch up with some savvy local entrepreneurs to discover what drives them to run their own business and learn more about the day-to-day challenges they face as well as the rewards.
t takes guts to be a business owner. You have to be prepared to take risks, to have a go, to step outside your comfort zone and persist even if things don’t go to plan. There are the financial worries, staffing issues, profit margins ... it’s not for the fainthearted that’s for sure. But those who have taken the plunge will tell you it’s worth every sleepless night. There’s the thrill of the challenge, the flexibility of working your own hours, the excitement of watching your business grow and prosper and the rewards of seeing your staff share in your passion. But are entrepreneurs born or made? Do they have certain characteristics that others don’t and who do they look up to for inspiration? I recently had the pleasure of posing these questions to several successful business women who shared their thoughts over a decadent lunch at the picturesque Secrets on the Lake Cafe, Montville. Joining me for lunch was Rachael Yurko of Insurance Works; Alvia Turney of Act 4 Tomorrow; Kate Scott, owner of Colin James Fine Food, Maleny; Kittea Ukkola, co owner of Elixiba, Mooloolaba and Profile Magazine General Manager Kara de Schot. profile: Why did you decide to work for yourself? kittea: I like to just go! I found I just kept hitting a ceiling and I couldn’t impact the way I wanted to when I was working for someone else. I am more about how I can be someone who can work for myself and create roles and places for people to shine. When you look around and see your staff excited about coming to work, that’s so rewarding. alvia: I second that. A staff member called me on the weekend so excited about the spreadsheet. I got such a buzz that she shared the passion of my business like it was her own. rachael: I have always tended to fall into what I was doing but that all changed in the last two years and it’s given me the ability to be at the driving wheel. I worked for my dad’s life insurance business and I loved the job, so when he was selling he offered it to me and I bought it. It all happened so quickly. When I started I expected to continue working a job and it wasn’t like that at all. I love being a business owner and guiding and training people not only in my business but my husband Matt’s catering business too. I can’t believe we waited so long. kate: I have to agree, it’s all about passion and energy and being able to adapt and do new things. It’s about inspiring people and getting the best out of others. I thought I would get my highs from business rewards, but it has been all about the people. I’m a chartered accountant by trade and worked for one of the big firms but my heart wasn’t there. I always felt I was a square peg in a november 2015
round hole. I always knew there was something out there for me. I didn’t want to be in a box doing accounting anymore I wanted to do something bigger than that. alvia: I’ve always had mini businesses. From the age of 12 I started cleaning my friends’ shoes for money. I would clean people’s houses and be paid in tea and jam sandwiches and money. When I gave up work to have my children I had four businesses on the go but I wanted to be a full time mum so I had to work them around the children and I did because I have high energy. I don’t like being locked into nine to five and I have created my business around my employees and the clients. profile: What are some of the challenges you face as a business owner? alvia: The staffing side of things has been challenging. Sometimes the role a person was employed for doesn’t necessarily fit. But instead of asking that person to leave I completely change the job they are doing so I get the best out of that person because they are using their skills. That has been rewarding as well as challenging. kate: I find it hugely challenging. You have to be comfortable being out of your comfort zone. You don’t know what you don’t know and you have to be prepared to learn. I love the challenge. I am getting to the stage where I feel comfortable even though I don’t always know what’s ahead. I take it one step at a time and I can deal with it. The other challenge is not feeling guilty when you take a day off! rachael: I feel like the first year is the biggest challenge. I had no idea what I was getting into. My journey is a little different because I didn’t plan to own a business. Nutting out what direction you want to go when you are in the thick of it is a rollercoaster ride but it’s fun. Things are slotting into place now that we are through the first year. My advice would be don’t expect it to be easy, you have to stick with it, no matter how much planning you do, things change. You must commit to it and there will be light at the end of the tunnel. kittea: I really like the word challenge. I like to grow fast so I’m constantly breaking the comfort zones. I call it expansion instead of stress. Every morning I wake up I remind myself why! I’m trying to always be the person I am when I let my guard down. I want that to be my default. kate: Lisa Messenger’s book really helped me. She is so authentic. She speaks from the heart, she tells you about her dark side and part of that sharing is about being who she really is. That is one thing I really try to do, be authentic. rachael: I drove behind a bumper sticker today that said “happiness is a choice” and I believe that. profilemagazine
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tanya: My husband has his own business too so when we both take time off there is no money coming in. If you look at how much you are losing by being off work to take a holiday it’s scary. But then I don’t often feel like I need a holiday because my work doesn’t feel like work! alvia: You can’t feel guilty about taking time off. Now that I have burnt out twice, I make sure I take time off. I have already planned my next trip. profile: Do you believe there are certain characteristics an entrepreneur is born with? kittea: I think it’s within everyone. Becoming an entrepreneur is simply following a set of choices in your life and learning from each experience. The best entrepreneurs I have met in my life have learnt from everything. It’s not like I go to work – everything is work and everything is time off. It’s not working it’s being. It’s about always moving forward and being innovative. kara: I think all entrepreneurs have a natural sales ability, it’s what sets them apart from someone who just turns up to work and doesn’t have to think about how the business makes money or how they are going to pay the bills. As an entrepreneur, you can’t be afraid to network or sell yourself. It’s a necessity. kate: I don’t think there is any secret formula to becoming a business person. I think most of us around the table are probably not as conservative as other people. We like to take risks, be challenged and we probably get bored terribly easy. My family will tell you I can’t sit still for five minutes. alvia: I’m not money orientated, I’m target orientated. If someone asks me to sell 10 of something, I will sell 20. I’m driven to be competitive with myself. tanya: I would say I am more creative than entrepreneurial. I think if you are creative you won’t enjoy sitting in a nine to five job doing the same thing for a number of years. I tried that in the beginning and it didn’t work for me. alvia: A staff member said to me this week, you are a trailblazer. I like that word. It’s quite exciting. kate: Sometimes entrepreneur can sound a bit pretentious. kara: I think entrepreneurs are not scared to lose money and take risks. They don’t give up. The guy that created PayPal had several previous businesses that failed but you don’t hear about them. profile: If you had to model an entrepreneur you aspire to who would it be? kate: Anita Roddick who started The Body Shop. I grew up during the time when she was just starting. She was really quite progressive in her day. She sold it to L’oreal due to health reasons and used the money for philanthropic causes. alvia: Richard Branson. He was just one of us and look at him go. I have read his books and one of the things he said is “look at it through the eyes of your clients and everyone else and solutions will come”. He has always said to sit quietly, the answers are inside you. rachael: For guts and determination and get in and do it, it would have to be my little sister. She is an emergency doctor who does a lot of aid work overseas. She makes a big difference in people’s lives. The other is Marie Forleo. She is fun and inspirational. You find yourself punching the air when you are listening to her. kara: I would have to say Chris Childs. I know she is my boss but she floors me every single day. She can go from idea to idea and she is already on another plane while I’m still back at the first idea. If something doesn’t work she will still give it her whole heart and she is ready to face the next challenge and manages to run eight businesses at once. kittea: Paul Dunn from B1G1. It stands for Buy One Give One. He has the biggest zest for life.
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It may be called Secrets on the Lake Cafe, but this is one venue that is too good not to share! As a frequent visitor to this beautiful cafe, I was delighted to show my guests what I had been touting as a little piece of paradise right here on our doorstep. It’s part of Secrets on the Lake secluded luxury treehouses, owners George and Aldy Johnston have been adding to and extending the business and facilities since they first opened in 1997. The cafe was a long-held dream of Aldy’s and a culmination of a lifetime’s devotion to culinary delights and creative healthy cooking. Overlooking the tranquil Baroon Pocket Dam, you can feel your stress levels instantly lower as you drive up the hill towards the cafe. The only sound is the cacophony of birdsong, lulling you into a state of total relaxation. Although the resident kookaburra can be a little cheeky, so guests are given a watergun to deter him coming too close for comfort! During the winter months, diners are offered the comfort of plush throws to keep them warm as well as cosy outdoor heaters. On the day of our visit we were welcomed by George, Aldy and the team, including our waiter Ben, who always impresses with his warm and attentive service, as does Adam who kept our glasses topped up during lunch. The fragrant long-stemmed roses given to each of the lunching ladies was a beautiful touch and I’m told it’s a regular occurrence. Head chef extraordinaire Eric Van Alphen (who also has two chef’s hats) prepared a delicious three-course lunch especially for Profile and his lifetime of experience showed on the plate. To begin, we enjoyed a ricotta and pea gnocchi with asparagus parmesan cream. Next was a quenelle of salmon mousse, leek and potato timbale, with champagne lemon thyme sabayon. We finished with a raspberry soufﬂe, chocolate and pistachio cream. Each course was quite simply, perfect. Glorious setting, exquisite food, friendly attentive staff, it would be a sin to keep that a secret! 207 Narrows Road, Montville Phone: 5478 5888
CHICKEN ON SWEET CORN PUREE RECIPE FROM 4 INGREDIENTS DIABETES COOKBOOK
• 4 large (200g each) corn cobs • 4 x 150g boneless, skinless chicken breast (halves) • 2 tablespoons (20g) coriander seeds, ground • 1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes
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Remove the kernels from the corn by carefully cutting downwards. Steam the corn and puree with a little of the water from the steamer. Season to taste. In a non stick frying pan, add 2 tablespoons of the water and cook the chicken over moderate/high heat for 4-5 minutes each side, or until cooked through. In the last minute add the coriander seeds and cracked pepper, turning to completely coat the chicken. Set aside to rest. Add the tomatoes to the pan and saute until just softened. Serve the chicken on the sweet corn puree and top with sauteed tomatoes. It’s all about maximising ﬂavour, nutrition and making sure you control portion sizes when eating. This recipe is a nice balance of protein and essential nutrients without giving up ﬂavour. Pair ingredients together that make sense and give your tastebuds a buzz! * Recipe, wellness tip and nutritional information for this recipe can be found on page 100 of 4 Ingredients Diabetes.
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f the fresh salt air of the Mooloolaba Wharf isn’t enough to whet your appetite, then the mouth-watering fine dining fares of waterfront panoramic vista See Restaurant will do the job. The restaurant is co-owned by head chef Angelo and his father, Antonio, and pays homage to the family’s Chilean heritage,
featuring a South American influence fused with fresh local produce. “We change the menu every three months according to the seasons,” reveals Angelo. And with a setting overlooking lapping blue marina waters, naturally Angelo uses local seafood, changing the usual concept of paddock-to-plate dining, to from the sea to See.
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“Chilean Rice is one of my country’s best-kept secret recipes. Every family will have a different version, and it’s the perfect complement of many meals with chicken, steak and fish, or as a rice salad,” says Angelo. “What makes this rice special is the method of cooking. This time we will make chicken thigh fillet with spinach, semi-dried tomatoes and cream cheese, with Chilean rice and fresh pebre (Chilean style salsa). Pebre is an icon of a culture and every home and restaurant.”
IngredIents: • 2 cups of jasmine rice • 4 cups of boiling water • 1 cup finely diced onion • ½ cup finely diced celery • ½ cup finely diced carrots • ½ head of finely chopped garlic • 1 cup of finely diced capsicums • 2 chicken stock cubes • Salt and white pepper • ½ cup of chopped coriander • ½ cup of chopped parsley
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Method: In a large pot add olive oil. When hot add the onion, celery, carrots, capsicums, garlic. Before getting any colour add the rice and stir until the rice shows a white line inside. Add the coriander, parsley and chicken cubes (broken), add boiling water, replace the lid and in a very low flame cook for 15 to 20 minutes, before resting for five minutes. (Note: to check the flavour of the rice, taste the water – if that tastes good the rice will too!).
IngredIents: • Chicken thigh (boneless) • Cream cheese • Semi-dried tomatoes • Spinach • Pancetta • Salt and pepper
Method: Gently use a tenderizer to flatten the chicken thigh. Place the cream cheese, spinach, and semi-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper on the side and then roll the pancetta around the chicken. Cook at 180c for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked.
IngredIents: • 1/2 cup of finely diced red onions • 3 cloves of garlic • 1 cup of tomatoes • ½ red, long chilli • ½ cup of parsley and coriander • The juice of ½ lemon • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar • 1 tbsp of olive oil • Salt and pepper
Method: Mix all ingredients together, add salt and pepper. Pebre is perfect with almost all dishes, meat, poultry and fish.
See Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to late and Sunday for lunch, and is available for functions. www.seerestaurant.com.au 123 Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba QLD 4557 (07) 5444 5044
Locally-owned juice bar Melon Head, produces the freshest juice on the Coast, being voted the number one ‘best juice on the Coast’ by the Sunshine Coast Daily. On opening Melon Head Juice Bar, owner Celeste committed to supporting local farmers, and takes pride in only buying local products. Catering for everyone, Melon Head Juice Bar stocks divine Rawr food treats, with mint, bounty, lime, choc raspberry and caramel ﬂavours that are dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. Pick up a coffee, choose from a range of delicious smoothies, while the acai bowls are the current menu favourite – not only are they very good for you, they taste amazing too, topped with fruit from kiwifruit, to dragon fruit, granola and berries. Melon Head Juice Bar, now open in Caloundra and Mooloolaba (in Sweet Lips Creamery), is all about their juice, and are looking forward to summer with excitement for the beautiful seasonal fruits to chop, squeeze and blend into delicious drinks for their customers.
51-55 Bulcock street Caloundra, 101 The Esplanade Mooloolaba, 0421 075 787 and 5325 1396 www.facebook.com/melonheadjuicebar
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All’ Antica With the festive season just around the corner, it’s that time of year to start scouting the best locations to celebrate Christmas parties and work functions! Topping the list of venues to host the perfect end-of-year celebration, All’Antica offers tailored function packages and the entire restaurant can be booked exclusively for 40 or more guests, as well as catering for all dietary requirements. Established 25 years ago, All’ Antica is one of the Sunshine Coast’s must-try dining experiences. Boasting an authentic Italian menu and fully licensed, they offer a warm, rustic atmosphere. Their menu is an exciting mix of traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily, created with the best local produce and imported ingredients straight from Italy. So, what are you waiting for – make a date , celebrate, wine and dine at All’ Antica!
3/115 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina Phone: 5444 0988 www.allantica.com.au
Sunshine Sunshine Espresso This espresso bar is already renowned for their injectable donuts and signature coffee blend roasted on-site, winning the Sunshine Coast Daily’s ‘Town Proud’ 2014 competition, and now Sunshine Sunshine Espresso is adding an extra dose of sweetness with their new summer menu. Owners and creative couple Aaron and Bec were inspired by their experiences abroad and in bustling cities to fuse their passion of ‘great coffee, breathtaking art and unique design’. The result? A distinctive, quirky space in the heart of residential Currimundi, positioned with a luscious park at your doorstep; a hub of uber-treats such as cronuts, cruffins and injectable donuts, and their signature coffee blend Sunny Boy Original roasted on-site for all caffeine connoisseurs. This summer, Sunshine Sunshine Espresso lovers can expect incredible treats, including iced specialty cold-drip espresso drinks, deconstructed spiders and the newest addition of the ‘phenomenal’ Donetto – a soft cinnamon sugared donut, injected with gooey caramel and filled with a caramel, crunchy wafer ice cream. Yum!
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Renowned as one of the ‘world’s greatest musicals’, Les Mis is a story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Set in 19thcentury France, Les Mis has entertained an audience of more than 70 million people, won more than 100 awards, has been adapted into a blockbuster movie and continues to break international box office records. The popular musical features a timeless score and beloved songs including I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, and One Day More. Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s musical, shone at the 2015 Helpmann Awards winning in five categories including Best Musical, Best Male Actor in a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. For this production, Cameron Mackintosh has assembled an extremely talented cast, including Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean, Hayden Tee as Javert, Patrice Tipoki as Fantine, Lara Mulcahy as Madame Thénardier, Kerrie Anne Greenland as Eponine, and more.
LYRIC THEATRE, QPAC, BRISBANE Season: from 10 November, 2015 Price: from $55 – $149.95 Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246 Groups of 12 or more 07 3840 7466
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