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an you believe it’s that time of year already, spring has sprung and the summer months are just around the corner. The Profile team is already hard at work on the November and December/ January issues and you are going to love the stories we have lined up for you. Speaking of great stories, we have had such fun putting together this special innovation edition of the magazine and we have learnt a lot along the way! There are some incredible businesses emerging on the Sunshine Coast, fuelled by innovation and great young minds, who are paving the way in positioning our region as one of the smartest in Australia. We have such a supportive culture here on the Sunny Coast with so many opportunities and resources for young people to succeed. The Innovation Centre at Sippy Downs has become one of the best places to start or build a smart business and our cover star this month is just one of their success stories. We catch up with the CEO of innovative business Elypsys, Adrian Madjeric, to discover how their business-grade fibre optic network is connecting the Sunshine Coast with the world. We also learn more about cyber currency bitcoin and what it means for our fiscal future, Mark Leckenby introduces us to his company’s smart, renewable battery system that is set to save business owners thousands of dollars and we meet a local sister act who is supporting and cultivating small business innovation through a circular economy. These are just a few of the incredible stories you’ll read about in this month’s issue plus all the regulars you know and love. Until next time, Here’s to innovation! ngrid xx

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Birthday cards are the most popular occasion to buy a card for (76 per cent), followed by Christmas (63 per cent). More people buy Mother’s Day cards (36 per cent) than Father’s Day cards (27 per cent). Women are more likely than men to send a card for a birthday, anniversary or other occasion. Over the past year, 87 per cent of women bought a card for someone else, with men following at 75 per cent.

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THE ART OF How often do you sit down to pen a letter, or even send a birthday card? With innovative technology being used for so many of our daily tasks (writing this column included), are we losing the art of communication? Or is it evolving and diversifying how we stay in touch?

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don’t know about you, but checking the mail is not very much fun. For within my letterbox is more often than not one of two things – bills or junk mail. Around my birthday, Christmas and Easter, I receive the occasional card from loved ones, and it brings so much joy, but as technology creeps further into our lives, the art of a handwritten card is a dying one, with well wishers opting to send a message via text, email or social media. I’m guilty of it too, perhaps it’s a time thing (it’s much quicker to send a text when waking up in the morning, than spending all that time choosing a card, writing on it and then sending it), or perhaps it’s a money thing (cards can be costly and postal costs are rising). But a new Australian survey has shown that sending an electronic message is perceived as a cop out, despite an overwhelming 90 per cent of survey

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participants saying they had done just that in the past year. Interestingly, 84 per cent of respondents stated that they highly valued receiving a card in the mail, however only 51 percent of those surveyed had sent a card in the previous year. Clinical psychologist Doctor Melissa Keogh says people crave more authentic experiences and meaningful connections, and this study shows that digital communications are far less likely to make someone feel special. “The survey’s major finding was that 67 percent of people believe that receiving a card in the mail would make them feel more special than receiving a message by social media, but if they had to choose only one method of communicating, just 31 percent of people believe they would actually make the effort to send a card themselves,” she says. The survey highlights the role of social media in our lives, and interestingly 47 per cent of respondents under 35 felt social media had a positive impact on relationships, whereas 24 per cent felt its impact was negative. It’s an interesting debate, given it allows

84 per cent of respondents stated that they highly VALUED receiving a card in the mail, however only 51 percent of those surveyed had SENT a card in the previous year.”

us to stay so easily connected to people who live far away, or who you don’t see as often, and we can stay up to date on their daily occurrences (sometimes too up to date). But I also believe it can make us lazy in connecting with people, social media tells us when it’s someone’s birthday and automates a prompt to send them a message – where is the thought in that? And then there are emojis (of which I am an avid user), allowing us to say so much in just a few tiny pictures. No longer do we need to spill our hearts out in a love letter to rival a Mills and Boon novel, when says it all.

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Author, presenter and social commentator, Jamila Rizvi is one of those women you want your daughter to aspire to. Smart, savvy and confident, I caught up with Jamila during her recent visit to the Sunshine Coast where she captivated an audience of hundreds with her humour and authenticity at the inaugural Back Yourself conference in Noosa.

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’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to have had some incredibly inspiring women to look up to and learn from. Women I have had the privilege of interviewing such as Lisa Wilkinson and Mia Freedman, who have blazed a trail for women in the media, have taught me some invaluable lessons – things I wish I had known at the start of my career. It’s exactly the reason why Jamila Rizvi has written her first book, Not Just Lucky. It’s a career manifesto for millennial women about her experience as a woman in politics and in the media, how to navigate the workplace as a woman and how to avoid some of the pitfalls, packaged in a warm and funny way we can all relate to. “This book is my second baby and a real labour of love,” says Jamila. “I wanted to write the book I wish I had at the start of my career, a book that told me what the workplace would be like for women, but also said, ‘Hey, that little voice inside your head that tells you that you’re not good enough and that you might fail and people might not like you if you do, don’t listen to it’.

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I wanted to WRITE the book I wish I had at the start of my CAREER.”

“Most career books are written by women at the peak of their game telling you how to be like them. This is not one of those books. My husband said I should never give this book to someone I want to employ me because it’s a chronicle about all my mistakes! But it’s designed for you to feel better about yourself, not worse. It’s written to build women up and have a bit of a laugh along the way at all the things I screwed up.” At just 31 years of age, Jamila has already achieved more in her career than most will in a lifetime. An accomplished host, interviewer and commentator, she appears regularly on shows like The Project, Studio 10, and The Morning Show and was named one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 most successful women under 30 and one of Australia’s 100 women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.

Graduating with a degree in commerce law with a major in economics, she cut her teeth in politics working for the Rudd and Gillard Governments in Canberra. “I started working for Kevin Rudd when I was just 22 and it was the hardest year of my life,” says Jamila. “They were incredibly long days from 4am until 7pm every day, but I learnt more in that year than I did in my entire degree. I was a media and research assistant at the time. The best part was learning from intelligent and capable people. I was in the room when some amazing decisions were made and although I wasn’t involved in them I didn’t realise how much I learned just from being there.” It was during this time Jamila discovered her passion for women’s affairs and the seed was sown to move into the media where she could become a voice for women and make a difference. “It was a total fluke of a switch,” says Jamila. “I was ready for a change and looking for options. Then Lisa Wilkinson tweeted a job at Mamamia, so I clicked on the link and applied. A few days later I was meeting Mia Freedman in Sydney and two profilemag.com.au


weeks later I was moving to Sydney.” Jamila spent the next eight years at Mamamia, where she became editor-inchief of what is now the largest women’s online network in Australia and established herself as a preeminent voice for young Australian women. “I started when the company was tiny with only 10 or 12 people and by the time I left there were 120 people,” says Jamila. “It was an absolute rollercoaster but so much fun. I love communities of women and I worked with some women there who will be friends for life.” Describing the years spent as digital editor at Mamamia as a huge learning curve during a period of tremendous growth and change in social media, it was here Jamila learnt the most valuable lessons about what women really want. “Working in the media, particularly digital media and watching how people behave, what they are clicking on, what they are reading and responding to, not just daily but minute by minute, you get a real idea of how women think, how they interact, what’s important to them,” she says. After having her first child two years ago, Jamila made the brave decision to leave Mamamia and work freelance to enable her more flexibility to spend time with her husband and son Rafi. Although she is quick to admit, parenthood has been both glorious and challenging. “I owe every working mum I ever worked with before having kids an apology, it’s definitely tough,” says Jamila. “I thought I was such a good boss and so understanding and flexible and I look back now and think, ‘No I wasn’t!’

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Hey, that little voice inside your head that tells you that you’re not good enough and that you might fail and people might not like you if you do, DON’T LISTEN to it.”

“Since going freelance I have had the tremendous privilege of being able to set my own hours, which I know not everyone can do. It’s one of the things I have become really passionate about – how do we make the childcare system better for women, how do we get men more involved in their kids’ lives, because for most women it’s a mental struggle, a physical struggle, a financial struggle and emotional struggle. “I really would like to see us rethink the way we offer paid parental leave in this country. At the moment only one-in-50 dads takes paid parental leave, so in 49 out of every 50 families, only one dad is staying home. We need to have incentives for blokes to take paid parental leave. The Scandinavian countries are doing some really good things and setting the bar high. “Journalist Annabel Crabb writes about the great job we have done getting the women into the workforce but says our job now is to get men into the home. I couldn’t agree more.” Having spent the past two months touring Australia for the launch of her book, Jamila says the best part has been the women she has met along the way. “What women are doing and how they are doing it while raising a family is so admirable,” says Jamila. “I get excited when I talk to school girls too, they are bold, brave and not afraid of the word feminist. They are not scared of embracing the idea of gender equality, they know we are not there yet but they are excited about getting there, it fills me with a lot of optimism.” And with role models like Jamila paving the way, there’s no doubt their future is looking bright. JAMILA RIZVI PHOTO BY SHIRLZ FROM SWIRLTOGRAPHY

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THE POWER OF ONE TRACY’S INNOVATIVE ATTITUDE IS CHANGING LIVES

TAFE Queensland community services teacher Tracy Galaud is breaking down barriers for people with lived experiences of mental illness and recovery. The AUSTAFE Award, Queensland Training Award and TAFE Queensland Staff Award finalist is the mastermind behind the introduction of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work – a course that has seen TAFE Queensland team up with industry to enable people with lived experiences of mental illness and recovery to receive nationally accredited training in community services. Following the success of its ground-breaking pilot program, Tracy has even managed to secure subsidised training for its students, providing equal opportunities while opening doors for many people throughout Queensland, in what is a national first. For more information on TAFE Queensland’s Community Services courses, contact us.

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With the continual rising cost of energy, cleantech is the buzz word on everyone’s lips. Profile chats with an innovative Sunshine Coast company which has developed a unique solar power metering system that’s helping homes and businesses slash their power bills by up to 30 per cent and in some cases come off the grid completely.

The guru behind the software is Mark’s son, Levi who is also software manager with the company. “Basically it sits in the cloud and makes decisions on what is going to happen in your house based on the instructions you have given it. For example, if it gets to 30 degrees, I want my air conditioner on, or for a business which is using too much energy within a short period, it can turn non-essential things off,” says Levi. While there are other companies providing gadgets to measure power usage, Mark says they are not focused on providing a full energy breakdown. “Things such as air conditioners and hot water, and those are the ands up if you break into a cold sweat every time big ones you need to be looking at,” says Mark. you open your power bill. Me too! But thankfully There are also big savings to be had for commercial companies. the way we are using energy is undergoing a massive “Most businesses open during daylight hours, which means shift. Just ask CEO of Enopte (Energy Optimisation everyone is working when the sun is out. So you can imagine if they Technologies) and Chair of the Cleantech Task Force Mark have the roof space, they could cut their costs back dramatically by Leckenby, who has developed a renewable battery system, enabling using solar power,” says Mark. solar power to be effectively stored and reliably delivered, giving you “On the flipside, people who have solar power at home are not optimal use of your energy, and most importantly, saving you money. using it during the daytime while they are at work, so they can be The system plugs into the existing power supply and when storing their power and using it more effectively at night time, so it coupled with Enopte’s energy management system, it detects all ties in together.” appliances drawing current, decides if it’s essential and if not, Wearing his other hat as chairman of the Cleantech Task can slow down or turn off the appliance to ensure optimal use of Force, Mark is a big advocate of enticing businesses to move to energy. How clever is that? the Sunshine Coast and says it offers a fantastic base for cleantech “We started Enopte back in 2014, although some of the businesses in particular. technology was developed at the “The Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre where we has always been seen as Most BUSINESSES open during started in 2009,” says Mark. sustainable, it doesn’t have “Back in those days we were high rise buildings like the daylight hours, which means everyone is rolling out lots of residential solar, Gold Coast, there is a lot of working when the sun is out. So you can but there was a gap in the market agriculture here. The Council for monitoring where people’s has embraced that to promote imagine if they have the roof space, they power was going, so we developed startups and others to develop could cut their costs back dramatically by this little box called the AuziMAX, technology here,” says Mark, using SOLAR POWER.” which we have extended to the “The solar farm at Valdora commercial sector. is a big stake in the ground for “We can display the usage with special software on your Council and demonstrates that we are serious about this. There is smartphone. It breaks it down into a pie chart, so it tells you how a lot of innovation coming out of the Sunshine Coast, we are one much is going to your pool pump, air conditioner, lights etc. of many and we all interconnect and feed off each other, which is “We also supply energy control with that so we can optimise your great.” energy by turning things on and off at the right time of day.” Enopte has recently completed an 80kW solar PV System inc

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Energy Management at Coolum Beach Christian College, enabling the school to be completely sustainable. “They have their own water supply as well as their own waste treatment system,” says Mark. “Their buildings are well designed and they have a low carbon footprint. It’s the way of the future.” The school was promoted at the Cleantech Effect conference at Kawana recently, the first conference of its kind in Australia, where industry experts agreed that cleantech has a big role to play in our future. In fact, futurist Doctor Keith Suter said he viewed the Sunshine Coast as the Silicon Valley of cleantech. Enopte was one of 30 exhibitors on the day. “We brought a commercial-grade 30kW battery system to the conference via a crane,” says Mark. “It weighs half a tonne and made quite an impression.” According to Mark, smart energy begins with smart design. “People are starting to go off the grid completely,” says Mark. “They realise they can if they are efficient and that starts with building an efficient home. If you don’t it’s going to cost you a lot to heat or cool it, particularly in Queensland. “The cleantech conference focused a lot on building design. There’s a big shift that needs to happen.” So what if, like me, your home is not suitable for solar panels? “The other thing we are working on is peer-to-peer trading. So if your house is shaded by trees and is not suitable for solar panels, someone in your street with a nice roof may be able to sell power to you.” I guess I better be nice to my neighbours then!

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A circular economy is the way of the future, just ask Sunshine Coast sisters Ashleigh and Jaine Morris, who have become the first in Australia to implement this change, to create connected communities, reduce our environmental footprint and drive economic growth.

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hange will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama. I’d like to introduce you to Sunshine Coast sisters, Ashleigh and Jaine Morris, who are the change that we seek, to move from existing within a linear model of taking, making, using and disposing, and instead to live within a circular economy. “The best way to think about the circular economy is as an umbrella,” Ashleigh says, “underneath it you have artificial intelligence, deep learning, Internet of things devices, systems thinking and blockchain technology – this is how we move forward as a global economy and implement innovation to make it serve better purposes.” On the back of receiving the Prime Minister’s Award for her university achievements in environmental health science, Ashleigh spent a year in Indonesia working for a company which represented 65 per cent of the world’s supply of palm oil.

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It’s not acceptable, it’s SHAMEFUL what we’re doing to our environment and the everyday person doesn’t know that we’re taking in MILLIONS of tonnes of waste from all the other states, we are a DUMPING ground.”

“I was seeing forest destruction as I was sitting there. It was one of the most challenging positions to have, knowing what was going on and being on the inside of the waste industry and palm oil industry; it’s shocking,” she says. Upon returning home, Ashleigh, now aged 28, planned to fly to the Netherlands to study at advanced institutions in the circular economy, but realised she needed to instill change within her own country. Meanwhile Jaine, aged 30, had not long returned home, having spent five years as a remote area nurse in Lockhart River in north Queensland, where she says she learnt the resilience and resourcefulness

of our indigenous people – values and skills she now applies in her endeavour for change. In June this year, Ashleigh and Jaine launched the Circular Experiment, a six-month pilot project in Ocean Street, Maroochydore, which is the first of its kind in Australia. “We are the first to practically take steps to implement the circular economy, there’s been a lot of research, a lot of talk about saving emissions and creating jobs, and we are going to see what really does come out the other side,” Ashleigh says. “Going forward, this is going to serve as a very important piece of information for this country, in how we actually mobilise small business, because they’re the backbone of our economy. There is more small business in Australia than anywhere else, they employ 40 per cent of our population, and the Sunshine Coast has the highest density of small to medium enterprises. If you can mobilise a small business to make positive change and give them a system to do that in, that’s where we really start to make true impact.” Ashleigh says most people really do want to do the right thing by the environment, but we just don’t know how, and therefore often vote with our money. So when consumption is converted to finances, profilemag.com.au


that’s what is going to motivate behaviour. “We’re working with the businesses in Ocean Street for the pilot model, but it goes above and beyond to the building owners, Local Government, State Government, Unitywater, and waste companies to implement projects and it trickles down to the businesses to save them money and reduce their impact,” she says. Take waste for example, each business has their own waste contract, and only has access to recycling and general waste bins, which means valuable resources are being tossed into landfill – food and

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organics produce the largest emissions, 20 times more greenhouse gas than any other material in landfill. Through the Circular Experiment, Ashleigh and Jaine have identified a premises for bulk collection of cardboard, glass and plastic and are working with all stakeholders to see this come to fruition. They have also arranged for the local disability organisation Compass Institute to collect all of the coffee waste (500 litres a week) to be diverted from landfill and used on their farm in Hunchy. The sisters are also working closely with october 2017

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Sunshine Coast Council and are in the final stages of establishing an onsite food composter to ensure that no food and organics are sent to landfill from Ocean Street. “That’s full circle and that food waste has lost no value in that system,” Jaine says. “It’s time we start working together, we all live in one location and have businesses in one location, it’s smarter. We’re all on the Coast and love the Coast, but it’s not going to look like this forever if we keep trashing it.” Using Ocean Street as an example (and waste is just one of six principals being implemented), Ashleigh and Jaine will use the lessons learned to drive change across the whole country. “We are the most littered state, the most in-debt state and the highest carbon emitters in Australia. We’re also a dumping ground because every other state has a landfill levy and they truck their waste here,” Jaine says.

“It’s not acceptable, it’s shameful what we’re doing to our environment and the everyday person doesn’t know that we’re taking in millions of tonnes of waste from all the other states, we are a dumping ground,” Ashleigh adds. “We are one country and we are one world, so borders don’t mean a lot, but it’s important we don’t export an issue because one state doesn’t want to manage it or those companies don’t want to pay the extra few dollars to do the right thing, we’re allowing them to export the problem and unfortunately it’s in our backyard.” Ashleigh and Jaine have been working with a group of advisors on the project, including Andy Ridley who founded Earth Hour in Australia, and say there are three metrics they’re aiming to achieve through the experiment – creating connected communities, reducing our environmental footprint and driving economic growth through the circular economy. “In Australia it’s predicted to be a $26 billion industry by 2025 and globally it’s $34 trillion, so the circular economy is a proven economic model. That’s why it’s gaining so much traction around the world, and we are lagging behind at this point,” Jaine says. “South Australia did whole-of-state modelling, looking at business as usual versus implementing the circular economy, and predicted that by 2025 there would be an additional 25,700 jobs created if the state transitioned to a circular economy and they will reduce emissions by 27 per cent. It is a no brainer but people don’t know what it looks like, what does it practically mean and what can I do in my home or business?” Ashleigh adds. “Step outside and look at things with a different lens, it’s more than recycling the coffee cup, think beyond that; how can I repurpose or reuse my goods or share my goods and do things smarter? “I have ambitious goals to change the world on a big scale, by helping people find the practical things they can do every day that is accessible and more importantly, affordable.” If that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.

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racye Burch has been the general manager of Underwoods Jewellers for the past six years and says there is very little the team can’t do. “We specialise in making your dreams come true. You just have to come and talk to us about what your dreams are,” she says proudly. With a team of four jewellers and highly experienced staff members who’ve worked alongside owner Neil Underwood since day one, Tracye ensures there will be someone who can fulfill your request, no matter what you’re after. Customers might come into Underwoods knowing exactly what they want, while others will collaborate with the jewellers to design a piece together, and then you have customers who simply leave it in the hands of the jewellers to come up with something completely unique. Tracye has had a successful career working in large scale manufacturing and wholesale for over

With the level of experience we have on our jewellers bench, we can restore, redo or remake anything.” 20 years, but she finds creating custom made pieces with her incredibly creative team far more rewarding. In the past decade or so, as with many industries, jewellery making was revolutionised with the help of computer-aided design, but it’s the return to hand makes that has recently given Underwoods a niche in the market, “Computer-aided design is still very good, and it’s definitely sometimes the most cost effective way to produce things,” says Tracye, “But we just found there is a desire to have something handmade.” For seven consecutive months this year, Underwoods jewellers have created every single piece entirely by hand. Tracye says handmade pieces are valued higher by gemologists and insurers, and have much more sentimental value to the wearer. Much

like playing an old record, or reading a magazine, as opposed to looking at it on your phone, going back to traditional methods evokes a more romantic and nostalgic feeling. “Just like you want bespoke cabinets made, sometimes the old fashioned way is the best way,” says Tracye. The old fashioned approach doesn’t just stop at the jewellery making. The customer service at Underwoods is based on honesty and 21 years of tradition. “One of the things I’m most proud of is if you want something, come to Underwoods first and if we don't have it, I’ll tell you where to get it,” says Tracye. It’s honesty like this that keeps businesses going for 21 years. Underwoods Fine Jewellers is marketed at the upper echelon and carries high quality goods, but Tracye

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You’ve heard of people speculating their family inheritance on cryptocurrency exchanges to build a fortune, but on the other side of the coin are tales of abhorrent losses. So what is bitcoin and blockchain technology and what does it mean for our fiscal future? Innovators and users of bitcoin, Jimmyz Hirst, Sean Bannister and Brian Keayes explain.

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t the time of writing, one bitcoin is worth US$4330, compared to $330 a year ago. And it’s this spike in value which has garnered a lot of interest in bitcoin and the blockchain technology. “I think it’s bigger than the impact the internet has had on our lives so far,” Jimmyz Hirst says. “It ‘re-democracises’ democracy, it reconnects people, it enables us to do trusted transactions with strangers, we can loan money to each other and

it can be totally secure using smart contracts.” That all sounds very exciting, but what exactly is bitcoin and blockchain? “The blockchain is a group of computers that see transactions happen and verify it to happen. So I can send a piece of data from me to you and verify it happened, and that piece of data can represent anything – in bitcoin, that data represents currency,” Sean Bannister says.

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“The best way to describe it is, imagine you have 10 people (computers) sitting around a table (blockchain) and I gave someone $5 (bitcoin), and then that person says, ‘No Sean didn’t give me $5’, but because everyone saw the transaction happen, it happened. “That’s a powerful thing because it’s the first time in human history we have been able to do millions of financial transactions at scale using technology and not have a third party. In the past you’ve had to have a bank involved, BPay or swift network, Mastercard and Visa for credit card transactions, or PayPal.” As Sean continues to explain, bitcoin is a monetary system built upon blockchain technology – it was the first blockchain. You can either buy bitcoin with money, similar to a foreign currency conversion, or you can exchange goods or services for bitcoin. There are also bitcoin atms to deposit physical money into your ‘account’ which converts into bitcoin, likewise you can also make withdrawals. And I learn there is even an operating atm on the Sunshine Coast, tucked away in Mooloolaba. The value of bitcoin is dependant on supply and demand, there will only ever be 21 million bitcoin in existence. “Because of that there is a scarcity, as more people want them, the price goes up, so some people are considering it to be a good place to invest,” Sean says. “But the difference between bitcoin and anything else you invest in, like companies or currency, you can’t value what’s behind it. With the stock market, we consider the price to earning (PE) ratio of a company to value a stock, whereas with bitcoin, there’s no way to value it and people have tried to; so you have this investment vehicle no one can price and therefore the price could go anywhere and that’s a scary thing, but a lot of people have done very well out of it. “Someone bought two pizzas with bitcoin seven years ago and those pizzas are worth $26 million now, that’s when they were giving away bitcoin because they wanted people to use it.” Despite bitcoin being in its infancy, Jimmyz says cryptocurrencies could replace money as we know it today, and he hands me a bitcoin credit card, which he uses to buy everyday items, just as you and I use a credit card. october 2017

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Someone bought two pizzas with bitcoin seven years ago and those pizzas are worth $26 MILLION now.”

“At the moment, the currency can’t be tracked by the government, there will become a system which will help, but it’s impossible to enforce tracking it and that’s why a lot of people like to do nefarious exchanges on the bitcoin currency, like drugs and weapons,” he says. “It’s the gold rush, it’s the wild, wild west and that’s why we’re not advocating people to jump into this, because we have had a lot of friends who have lost a lot of money. It’s to be entered into with great caution, but great money can be made from it.” To translate the jargon and introduce us everyday folk to the currency of the future, which will enable us to buy and sell a house in seven seconds, Jimmyz, Sean and Brian Keayes are holding a series of Open Talks. For 25 years, Jimmyz held a successful career in the media and music industry, playing a pivotal role in bringing electronic dance music to the mainstream in the mid 1990s with the establishment of radio station Wild FM, which is still going today. He also has an eco village company, 4GENvillages, which he says is a resurgence of the village in the structure of our own society.

“There’s a big movement towards tiny houses at the moment, so I’m interested in the overall holistic integration of these technologies and practices, sometimes they’re old school, sometimes they’re new school, like bitcoin.” Meanwhile Sean has a strong background as a software engineer and project manager, and runs a local not-forprofit called Silicon Coast, supporting local entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives. “I heard about blockchain and bitcoin technology when it was first created about 10 years ago and looked at it and thought it didn’t make a lot of sense and that it would never happen, not really understanding it and I’ve only come back to it in the past couple of years and realised it has huge potential,” he says. And Brian, from the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, brings experience in holding knowledge-based events including TEDx Noosa. “While blockchain and bitcoin are taking the finance world by storm, they mean big things for the environment, law and governance,” he says. “It’s about how do we take something complex and turn it into something that is approachable, that you can understand and walk away from feeling empowered, not intimidated or frightened?” For more information, visit opentalks.com.au/bitcoin profilemagazine

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A commitment to innovation and business connectivity in regional areas was the driver behind privately owned telco carrier, Elypsys. Profile discovers what this exciting new technology means for the Sunshine Coast and how we do business in the future.

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llipsis – The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues. The spelling may be different, but the meaning behind innovative Sunshine Coast telecommunications company Elypsys is based on the same premise. “As a service provider, we are all about making it simple, cutting out the middleman,” says Adrian Madjeric, CEO of the groundbreaking company that has successfully developed and implemented a business-grade fibre optic and fixed wireless network to connect the Sunshine Coast to the world.

Our focus on HIGH DENSITY residential apartments means we are more AFFORDABLE than other providers in those buildings, we supply more GUARANTEED speeds and we monitor and manage the network.”

Together with Chief Technology Officer Cameron Parsfield and followed later by Chief Marketing Officer Damian Brennan, the business launched three years ago. Motivated by poor business grade connectivity on the Sunshine Coast, they moved into the Innovation Centre of the Sunshine Coast and have quickly evolved from a startup to a highly successful company offering a fast, affordable network to retail and wholesale clients, with a focus on the commercial sector. october 2017

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As a SERVICE PROVIDER, we are all about making it simple, cutting out the MIDDLEMAN.”

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“When we started Elypsys we wanted to focus on the regional areas that couldn’t get affordable connectivity and because we were based in Brisbane at the time and had to travel to and from the Coast, part of the problem was infrastructure, providers to stick to their promise of what whether it be the roads or the structure for they were providing our customers and telecommunications. Businesses here have unfortunately, more often than not, they been paying too much for business-grade would let us down, and as a result we lost a telecommunications,” says Adrian. lot of business,” says Adrian. With a solid background in the industry, “Then I met Cameron, who came Adrian started his career in the call centre through and fixed a lot of my customers’ with AAPT and problems from has worked with technical We sell the CONNECTION aperspective. the big providers to the business and whatever That’s when as well as some of the niche we decided to speed we give you, companies, and build our own we GUARANTEE IT.” as part of his networks. At the family business end of the day, for a number of years. But it was a if you own the supply chain you can stick chance meeting with his business partner to your promises and guarantee the best Cameron that planted the seed to start outcomes for your customer.” their own business to enable them to Having scouted the Coast, identifying guarantee top class customer service from the worst black spots and problem areas, beginning to end. Elypsys is in the process of rolling out “When we had the family business, we over 200kms of fibre, in addition to fixed were selling a lot of different products, wireless and other services. so we were relying on the major telco “We offer voice services, data and

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Internet services, cloud hosting and a lot of IT and technical services, everything along the supply chain really, but it all starts with having a secure network that is reliable. Without that foundation and the infrastructure, none of it is going to work properly,” says Adrian. So what exactly is fibre optic and what makes it superior to traditional copper cable? “Basically copper has been around longer, it’s older technology,” says Adrian. “Fibre optic is the best way to go in terms of technology, it’s a lot faster and more reliable.” For both everyday users and businesses, that equates to hundreds of hours saved in wasted time and productivity. “Often customers have three or four types of services with different providers that aren’t working properly together. We make them more efficient and optimise their processes and how they work,” says Adrian. “It saves them a lot of time. It’s one thing every business owner needs more of and it’s something you can’t buy. We have one customer in the finance sector who we upgraded from ADSL to fibre and within a month we saved them over 164 hours just on click time to Google. That’s the equivalent of one full time staff member per month.”

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While fibre optic cable is already available from the major providers on the Sunshine Coast, Adrian says it is often very costly, “The way we are supplying it and providing it makes it much more cost effective”. Specialising in a business-grade product, Adrian says their point of difference is in being able to monitor and manage the network to deliver optimum results for their clients. “We focus on the corporate market,” says Adrian. “What we do is called one-to-one contention. It’s like your own private onramp to the internet – without the traffic. We sell the connection to the business and whatever speed we give you, we guarantee it.” And while Elypsys has a very targeted approach on the corporate market, they have secured 10 buildings in the Oceanside precinct, housing around 1000 tenants. “Our focus on high density residential apartments means we are more affordable than other providers in those buildings, we supply more guaranteed speeds and we monitor and manage the network,” says Adrian. “The developers see the value in spending the money, we are not the cheapest when it comes to installing, but they want the best for their tenants, particularly the high-end market.” A perfectionist at heart, Adrian’s business philosophy is continuous improvement. In fact, he has tested and upgraded his company’s capabilities three times. “I have a saying, ‘If you are a startup business and you are not embarrassed by your first product, then you haven’t launched early enough’,” says Adrian. “We built our first network and we

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We offer voice services, data and internet services, cloud hosting and a lot of IT and technical services, everything along the supply chain really, but it all starts with having a SECURE NETWORK that is RELIABLE. Without that foundation and the infrastructure, none of it is going to work properly.”

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weren’t entirely happy with it, it wasn’t quite there. So we replaced all the equipment and built the whole network again and then we did it again about 12 months ago. Now we have a network in the wireless game that is just about as bulletproof as it can possibly be.” So just how much faster is it? “You can get unlimited speeds on fibre optics. We will be offering up to gigabit speeds on the Sunshine Coast. To put it into perspective, most people will be getting speeds around 10Mbps downloads, with gigabit speeds it’s 1000Mbps,” says Adrian. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, Adrian is as happy digging in a pit in a hard hat as he is in his corporate role in the business.

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It saves them a lot of time. It’s one thing every BUSINESS OWNER needs more of and it’s something you can’t buy. We have one customer in the finance sector who we UPGRADED from ADSL to fibre and within a month we saved them over 164 hours just on click time to Google. That’s the equivalent of one full time staff member per month.”

“Everyone in the company has more than one role. We all do a bit of everything,” says Adrian. “I think that’s why we have achieved so much in a relatively short period of time. Everyone is prepared to get their hands dirty. Whether we are out putting wireless gear up or doing installs, it’s the fun part really.” And despite the long hours, he says he wouldn’t be anywhere else. “It’s more of an addictive hobby than anything else,” says Adrian. “The first 12 months were 18-hour days, it still doesn’t stop, but I love it.” Supporting him the whole way have been his parents, who have always been involved in the business, as well as other family members. “My parents are still involved in the business. I still get my butt kicked by my mum every now and then, some things never change,” says Adrian, with tongue in cheek. A big supporter of the Innovation Centre at Sippy Downs, where their office is based, Adrian says without their support they would not be where they are today. “The networks and mentoring that comes out of the Innovation Centre is unbelievable. If you are a startup and you want to get up to date on what’s happening and where, the Innovation Centre is one of the best places to be. That’s the reason we chose it to base our office. Mark, Mel and all the guys there are just unreal.”

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In fact Adrian has been nominated by the Innovation Centre for the Sunshine Coast Business Awards in the innovation section. “To be recognised against the big telcos is pretty exciting,” says Adrian. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.” As they say, what goes around comes around and standing by their personal and professional commitment to the region, innovation, and business connectivity in the area, Elypsys is a new sponsor of the Innovation Centre.

Everyone in the COMPANY has more than one role. We all do a bit of everything, I think that’s why we have ACHIEVED SO MUCH in a relatively short period of time. Everyone is prepared to get their hands dirty. Whether we are out putting wireless gear up or doing installs, it’s the fun part really.”

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Like any startup cracking a niche market, Adrian has enough business experience under his belt to understand the importance of pacing expansion to ensure provision of service and optimisation in technology. “We are not doing a blanket market on the Coast, we are targeting certain areas. Currently we are in the Birtinya health precinct, Caloundra and Mooloolaba to Maroochydore. Coolum, Sippy Downs, Buderim, Forest Glen and Noosa are next. We have plans to cover 12 to 13 areas on the Coast over the next few months.” And it’s not just the Sunshine Coast they have in their sights. Adrian is now securing contracts in Toowoomba and on the Gold Coast as well as other regional areas around Australia. “Our plans are extending to the outskirts where it would really benefit those in regional areas,” says Adrian. And while Adrian’s hidden subterranean world remains a mystery to most of us, he is very modest in explaining what goes on underground. “Everyone looks at it a bit like black magic but it’s relatively simple when you get down to it,” says Adrian. “It’s a bit of fibre optic cable in a piece of conduit that connects point A to point B.” Not bad for a young guy with a big dream to take on the telco giants. And while his work may be underground, the sky is the limit.

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Baz Luhrmann, Gillian Armstrong, Mel Gibson ... Australia has its fair share of talent when it comes to filmmaking for the big screen. With two award-winning movies already under their belts, we catch up with a couple of talented young Sunshine Coast filmmakers who are well on their way to seeing their name in lights.

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hen creative dynamos Terrance Young and Ashlee Jensen met 11 years ago, they knew they had a special connection. Both hailing from creative backgrounds, with a passion to tell a great story, the couple lost touch for a few years before joining forces five years ago and began writing movies together. It’s an adventure that’s led them on a wild rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, but they wouldn’t change it for quids. From very humble beginnings, and on a shoestring budget, the talented duo worked their magic to weave a story that would ASHLEE JENSEN AND TERRANCE YOUNG win them several awards for their first short film, 500 Miles, and have recently launched an independent feature film that has International Film Awards and we won best feature in Cincinnati, earned them a reputation in the industry as very promising young best emerging filmmakers, and audience favourite at the Palm filmmakers. Beach Film Festival.” “I’ve always been creative,” says Ashlee. “I was really sick “It was such a humbling experience,” says Ashlee. “All of a as a child and spent a lot of time in hospital on quite extensive sudden we are in this big world on the red carpet at Palm Beach, medication, including antibiotic steroids for about 12 years to keep Florida. We had come all the way from the Sunshine Coast where my airways open. With that comes an array of problems, I was we worked with all these other people for free, to create this overweight and I was subjected to a lot of bullying at school. I was beautiful masterpiece.” always different to everyone else Based on their initial success from a young age, so anything We had come all the way from the and knowing how well they creative; writing, drawing and Sunshine Coast where we worked with all worked together, the pair drama was my escape, it was how decided they were ready to I expressed myself, it was how I these other people for free, to CREATE make an independent feature connected with the world. this BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE.” film and the idea for Project Eden “Then I met Terrance and we Volume 1 was born. just clicked, he already had an “We were walking along the Stone Arch Bridge, which goes idea of what he wanted to create and we started putting together over the Mississippi River in Minnesota. I remember the city was some drafts.” so alive and the water was gushing underneath. By the time we “I always wanted to write a cool gritty love story,” adds Terrance. walked from one side of the bridge to the other we had sewn the “Something real, not a fairytale. beginning and the end together and we had this great story,” says “We kept putting it on the back burner and then we were Terrance. fortunate to meet Pete Valley, who starred in the movie and also “It’s based on the story of a woman whose son is stuck in a helped finance it. catatonic state. It starts off as a conspiracy thriller and grows into “We managed to pull together a measly $50,000 and we had something much bigger. It was so big we had to make volume one a great crew who worked for free on a deferred contract and we and two.” shot the movie. We had a couple of premiers in the US at the

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We had a couple of premiers in the US at the INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS and we won best feature in Cincinnati, best emerging filmmakers, and audience favourite at the Palm Beach Film Festival.”

Jumping straight in at the deep end, Terrance and Ashlee knew they were taking a big risk, and after securing an initial investment of $150,000, they shot the first 20 minutes of the movie. “If we weren’t prepared to take a risk, how could we ask others to take a risk on us. So we jumped in and showed what we could do with $150,000. It’s definitely not conventional and we wouldn’t do it again that way. This was our Everest,” says Ashlee. “We thought we could make this movie for around $200,000, but it ended up costing more than $1.5 million, which is still a very small budget in the movie world.” With the help of a key investor, the duo finished the movie, which won best SciFi Vision Award at the Boston Film Festival. It has since been released by Umbrella Entertainment on DVD and video on demand, and has also been released in cinema in the US, the UK and China. It premiered in Sydney and Brisbane earlier this year to much acclaim. But apart from the awards and accolades, the duo agree it has october 2017

been the experience and lessons they have learned along the way they value the most. “We worked so hard,” says Ashlee. “We both had full time jobs and families, I was doing my advanced diploma of screen and stage acting. We would work until midnight on Skype with the team, creating pitch documents and platforms for people to get funding,” says Terrance. “Professionally and personally it has been a huge learning curve, we are not the same people we were before. “I definitely had moments of, ‘Is this really happening?’ Being on a multi-million-dollar set, with 60 to 100 crew and working with well known actors like Erick Avari, it was quite surreal to think this is what we do now.” “For me, it was seeing what was in our head and on paper come alive before our eyes, I think that’s the magic,” says Ashlee. But despite their success, Terrance and Ashlee are quick to point out, like most artists and creatives, they are yet to reap any financial rewards from their years of hard work. “Everyone has this perception of directors and producers living in these mansions, it’s not the case. We pay our cast and crew and investors first, we are the last cab off the rank,” says Terrance. “The moment we get an actual paycheck, where we are being paid for what we are doing, that is the moment I will sit back and go, ‘Wow,’” says Ashlee. So what’s next for the dream team? “We are currently working with Screen Queensland to get some development funding for our first mainstream cinema release, that’s the next step,” says Terrance. “We will always have that essence of being independent filmmakers, there is something truly beautiful about not handing over all your creative control, but it is also nice to take that next step and be recognised,” says Ashlee. Watch this space. profilemagazine

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Mark B. Johnson has an innate ability to detect change. Even as a college student he recognised the future of computing and forged a career path that saw him become an executive at Apple. Two decades later, Mark is a savvy advisor and investor, shaping startups worldwide and watching the future form before his very eyes in Silicon Valley.

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onducting an interview with former Softbank investor and Apple executive Mark B. Johnson via iPhone, I can’t help but revel in how communication and technology has changed in the 30-odd years I’ve been alive. Mark’s journey began in France in the 1980s, where he was an American exchange student, and instead of travelling around Europe in between semesters, he took on a few side projects, using the money to buy an Apple IIe, which he used to teach himself to program. “I managed to sneak the computer back into the US after my exchange and carried a 12 inch monitor under my arm and went back to university,” Mark says, explaining he worked at the computer centre on campus to pay for school. The French major student decided to forgo plans for an advanced degree in law and instead launched into a career with computing giant, Apple, in 1988, where his first job was editing technical documents and sample code for the developer relations group. “How could I translate what engineers were saying, into something other people could understand? I had that unique mix of being able to speak normal English and using that to help them communicate what they were doing technically to try and broaden the base of developers and people coming into the platform,” he says. Mark spent 10 years at Apple, “from John Sculley through Steve Jobs”, where he became director of the company and spent four years working overseas. In that time, he managed the developer prelude to macOS 10 and all developer relations outside of the US, as well as infrastructure and evangelism inside of the US. “I couldn’t have picked a better time to be in computing. When I started at school, there were people

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teaching punch cards on mainframes, The Devil Wears Prada, the device Anne Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) in then to see the first laser printer that Hathaway is using was the device they Brisbane, which is the first creative techcame in and we got the first networked actually created – it was quite innovative, focused accelerator model in the country. Macintoshes. The university I was at was the first widely-adopted personal internet And as part of his visit, he ventured to the an Apple consortium school, so I got to see device and service for non-Blackberry Sunshine Coast, to meet with local movers a lot,” he says. users,” he says. and shakers. “Then going to Apple in 1988, when “I live where much of the future gets “In Australia, there seems to be more they were hiring like crazy and profit invented. I can drive down the street at competition between the different states margins were still nuts, to going through Mountain View next to autonomous cars. than there should be, I’d like to see near bankruptcy and seeing more co-operation and that whole change, and then I couldn’t have picked a BETTER time to be in collaboration, and I’ve there was watching the rise a lot of that here in computing. When I started at school, there were seen of Windows. Queensland, which I like. “When I left, it was people teaching punch cards on mainframes, How do we get more people during the boom years of together and have then to see the first laser printer that came in working Silicon Valley, so I did what that rising tide lift all boats? and we got the first networked Macintoshes.” That is what I’d like to help many others did and jumped into a startup, that was my be a part of,” Mark says. first taste of startups, where I got the itch.” You’re working with people and seeing “It’s a 20-year journey to build an Mark relished investment and things you can tell the future is right here ecosystem, not a two-year journey; are mentoring opportunities with a number of in front of us and not five or 10 years you taking a long view and investing in the companies in the software infrastructure down the road.” people, the long term infrastructure? It’s and mobile space, including Danger, For the past six years, Mark has been the entrepreneurs who need to build it, the a company started by the creator of coming to Australia to forge potential government, universities and companies Android, Andy Rubin. partnerships, and has spent the past three can play a role, but the people themselves “It started before he did months as the Entrepreneur in Residence have to step up and do it – the investors Android, and if you ever saw leading the Collider program run by QUT and the entrepreneurs.”

TIPS FOR FOUNDERS (AND CORPORATE EXECUTIVES) 1. UNDERSTAND YOUR WHY

Why are you doing what you are doing, and more importantly, why does it matter to your customers and to you? People don’t care about you and what you are selling, but rather what it does for them and why you are doing it. Once you have the why, distill it down to the pure essence of what it is and keep going until you have the simplest embodiment of an idea that can be tested, debated, and changed until you have something that truly matters to your customers, to you, and to people who will want to join you on the journey. Take your time figuring this out, as not only will it be the core of your solution, but it will also be a key piece of your company culture and brand. 2. THINK BIGGER

If you are going to build a successful business, it will likely be an eight or 10year journey, so it should be something worth eight or 10 years of your life. Don’t just make something to sell, don’t just improve something by 20 per cent, push for an order of magnitude difference or introduce the world to a new category of

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product or service, a new way to engage, or a new experience. Do you see the future in a different light, and can you find a way to replace our current view with yours? 3. FOCUS

Focus on keeping your why simple and not over complicating what you need to do to achieve your goals. Put the proverbial stake in the ground and work backwards, breaking down the steps to measure progress into smaller chunks that allow you to move forward every day. What one, two, or three things do you need to do this year, this month, this week, today, in the next hour, to get to the goal? Busy isn’t the same as productive, so if something doesn’t move you towards the goal, don’t spend time on it. Keep focused and keep moving forward. 4. DON’T WORRY ABOUT INNOVATION OR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WORRY ABOUT SOLVING A PROBLEM

There is almost always more than one way to solve a problem and some of the most innovative ways don’t involve looking at the problem the same way all of the “experts”

do, but rather through a different lens or with a different perspective. Some of the best solutions come from insights taken from other fields or areas and applying them in a way that might not be obvious or make sense to the domain experts, and this is why building diversity of experience and thought on your team is important, as is valuing the voices that sometimes get drowned out or may not think their perspective has relevance. 5. ASK FOR HELP AND BE PREPARED TO GIVE IT AS WELL

Building a company is hard and often a lonely path that will test your resilience, so it is important to reach out into the great ecosystem in your local community and beyond, and find others who understand your journey and can help you. Be willing to “give first” or “pay it forward” as well and you’ll quickly find that you’re not alone on the journey. People may engage and help in ways you never imagined, which is one of the most rewarding things you might experience, but you have to be humble enough to ask for help, gracious when it is offered, and willing to do it for them as well.

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o, why have things changed? Back in 1976, we had more “traditional” marriages i.e. the women remained at home, looking after husband and children, and the men were out working. Therefore, at the end of a marriage, women needed financial assistance because they had no income. Today, often both people in a relationship work, so after a separation, both people have an income. The Family Law Act specifies the criteria for spousal maintenance – a spouse is unable to support themselves for an adequate reason and the other spouse has the ability to pay. In general, the “adequate reason” is the care of children or being too old/disabled to work. The payments for spousal maintenance depend on the budgets of both those receiving and those paying. The payments are not based on the preseparation standard of living, so that means that a party may need to do what they can to live within their means after a separation. Claims for “bottled water” have been disallowed, but on the other hand, where the parties had the means and the necessary expenses, the court has ordered payment of the lease of a luxury car, payment for the upkeep of a

swimming pool and even having Foxtel connected. Spousal maintenance can be paid in many ways e.g. a lump sum, a periodic payment (e.g. weekly, fortnightly, monthly) or by way of paying a mortgage, phone bill, private health insurance, rent or the like. Spousal maintenance should not be confused with child support which is for children only. Therefore, when there is a claim for spousal maintenance, the claim will be scrutinised to identify what expenses relate only to a spouse, what is shared with the children and what relates only to the children. Financial statements, tax returns, receipts, bank statements and pay slips are all important evidence in spousal maintenance matters. Those who claim spousal maintenance, must prove their expenses and needs and the income and property available to them. Those who are called on to pay spousal maintenance must prove the same. Both parties must give full and frank disclosure of their financial positions. Luxuries may or may not be considered, in general they are not. Even if the parties can convince the court – or each other – of their reasonable expenses and their income, that is still not the end of the story. The financially weaker party must be doing all that he/she can to support themselves. So, if they are not actively looking for work, if they are not doing all they can to retrain or upskill, they may not be able to convince their spouse or the court that they should receive a payment. Spousal maintenance is now regarded as a stop gap measure, giving time to a spouse to get a job or acquire skills to support themselves, and not a right to be supported for the rest of their life.

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The New Hampshire home by Green Earth Homes is a stunning, modern and, as the name would suggest, eco-friendly home. Boasting a gorgeous Hamptons vibe, with a coastal Australian twist, the home is breezy, light and open – perfect for the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

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on’t let the modern and luxurious appearances fool you; Green Earth Homes has taken a sustainable approach to The New Hampshire home, located in Pelican Waters, from day one of the building process. Firstly, builder Nathan Staal has taken the block’s location into consideration when designing the home to take advantage of passive solar. “We don’t just pick a house, plan and put it on the block,” says Grace Staal, operations manager at Green Earth Homes. “We actually design it specifically for that lot.”

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Grace says a lot of people’s initial comments are that the home is a breath of fresh air, and there are plenty of reasons behind that sentiment. The first and obvious reason is the gorgeous Hamptons styling and unique colour palette (isn’t it refreshing to see a home in a different colour other than white?), but there is also an environmentally-friendly aspect to the design that gives it this easy, breezy feel. Thanks to passive cooling, there’s refreshing air flowing through the home all year round. The louvers located throughout the home provide natural ventilation, the centrally located pool cools the home when a northerly breeze blows, and the high ceilings and windows allow the hot air to rise up and out. All of this passive cooling means that air conditioning is only necessary in the hottest weeks of the year, helping the environment and your wallet. Other eco-friendly features include the cork flooring (forget 70s style, these floors are modern and luxurious), the paint profilemag.com.au


by green accredited and local business Rockcote, LED lighting, sophisticated insulation and green switches. Waste is considered during the building process, and almost all materials are saved rather than thrown into landfill, including paint and gyprock. “It’s not just about the end product, it’s also about the process that goes into making it,” says Grace. While these well-thought-out features mean an environmentally-friendly home, they add to the home’s beauty, inside and out – it’s win-win design on all fronts. When you step into the home, you’re greeted by a clever corner window that provides a view of the pool and a jawdropping chandelier. The high ceilings and windows accompanied by a wide, open hallway gives the illusion of a massive space despite the home only being 242 square metres. In fact, no space in this home feels too small. To the left of the entrance you will find the master bedroom, complete with a view of the pool and entertaining area, a large walk-in-robe featuring a cute window nook, and a gorgeous ensuite that continues the sophisticated Hamptons vibe. It is the definition of a parent’s retreat, and can be shut off to the rest of the home for Sunday morning sleep-ins or when you’re entertaining. “We try to design homes that the master bedroom is a suite in itself. So parents can get away from the rest of the home and actually feel like it’s their own domain,” says Grace. On the right of the hallway, you’ll find the fourth bedroom and media room. While these might be some of the least used spaces in the house, all details have been considered, such as beautiful built in cupboards, clever storage spaces, sophisticated VJ walls and built in cabinetry. And then you come to the heart of the home, which is the incredible kitchen and living space, including the outdoor area. This whole area features meticulous design and well considered finishes. The kitchen carries on the beautiful Hamptons style, featuring a modern beveled subway tile, october 2017

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HEALTH

Just like a house needs STABLE land and a solid concrete FOUNDATION, our gut needs its own strong foundations.”

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GOURMET

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gourmet EDIT NICOLE FUGE PROFILE GOURMET EDITOR

Drizzle it

Sunshine Coast’s own Gourmet Garden continues to push the boundaries in the kitchen, with a ‘new to world’ food innovation. Their latest product, Drizzles, has become a staple on my dinner menu and my favourite is Harissa, served over crumbed chicken and roasted vegetables. Bon appetit!

LET IT GROW Having fresh herbs in your garden not only looks nice, it means you always have bags of flavour on hand to add to any meal – whether it be making fresh pesto with parsley and basil, sprinkling rosemary or thyme on your roasted veggies, or garnishing pumpkin soup with coriander. To keep your herb garden bug-free, plant insect-attracting flowers such as cosmos, calendula, lavender, echinacea and marigold.

ROASTED VEGETABLE STICKS • 1 sweet potato • 2 zucchinis • 2 potatoes • 2 carrots • Olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste • Garlic granules, to taste • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, optional Preheat oven to 200ºC. Cut the vegetables into chips, about 1cm in thickness. Place the vegetable sticks on lined baking trays (a different tray for each vegetable, as they require different cooking times) drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with garlic granules and rosemary. Put the potatoes in first, they take about 40 minutes to cook, the sweet potatoes take 30 minutes, the carrots 20 minutes and the zucchini about 15 minutes.

BREW NEWS There is some serious brewin’ going on here on the Sunny Coast and one of the latest additions on tap the reinvention of Eumundi Brewery Lager and a mid-strength Eumundi Brewery Pale Ale, to mark the recent reopening of Eumundi Brewery at the iconic Imperial Hotel Eumundi. Lion’s master brewer Chuck Hahn has steered the project, along with head brewer Chris Sheehan, who has revealed they are now working on their first seasonal beer, a Ginger Pale Ale, which will see them partner with local ginger growers. HISTORY HIT: Eumundi Lager was born in 1988, after brewing engineer and developer John Lynch invited people to invest in a brewery in Eumundi. The group purchased the Imperial Hotel and installed a brewery, subsequently launching Eumundi Lager. In 1992, the Eumundi brewery was closed and brewing was contracted to Yatala Brewery (formerly Powers Brewing then CUB). Brewing ceased in 2004.

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COOKING

UP A DREAM

MATT SINCLAIR

The tables are set, music is blaring from the depths of the kitchen, and Matt Sinclair gives a wave, signalling he’ll be out in a minute. The smile on his face says it all, Matt has found his happy place.

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ith a coffee in hand, a nod to his previous role as a roaster before he signed up for the MasterChef adventure, Matt Sinclair takes a seat against the exposed concrete and turquoise wall, remnants from the preceding restaurant, Coconut Grove, which closed two years ago. Throughout Matt’s time on the show, he spoke openly about wanting to run a food truck business, which he did for six months, with 10 Piece Cutlery at Brisbane’s Eat Street Markets. “While Eat Street was an amazing platform and a really good training ground 58

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for how to get our heads around running a small business, we made the decision to bring the business back home, we wanted to be operating in our own backyard,” he says. Matt and his mate Michael 'Moe' Rickard, who he ran 10 Piece Cutlery with, looked for available spaces to open a restaurant and kept coming back to the Sunshine Beach location, albeit a little too large a venue for the pair to manage, so they teamed up with two other mates, Dylan Campbell and Jeremiah Jones. “We all met working at Bistro C in Noosa, Dylan and I were out the front, Moe and Jeremiah were in the kitchen,” Matt says, “That was a bit over nine years ago and we’ve all remained mates, but everyone moved on in their jobs and we started doing different things, and then it all came full circle and everyone was ready. “There had been many times over the years where you have those off-the-cuff

conversations, usually when you’re getting flogged working for someone else in the heat of summer in Noosa working in hospitality, and you just go, ‘When are we going to do this for ourselves?’” Over the Easter long weekend this year, Matt, Dylan, Moe and Jeremiah began fitting out Sum Yung Guys. “Ninety-eight per cent of it was us, fortunately my dad comes from a construction/landscaping background, so everything he had learned in his life came into play, and Dylan’s dad is an electrician, so he did the sparky work, which was very handy – we still have a lot of IOUs on our whiteboard, but that’s what made it possible, it was all hands on deck from friends and family, just getting in and getting it done,” Matt says. “It’s turned out better than we thought, being our first establishment we didn’t have an exact image of what we thought it was going to turn out like and it changed a lot throughout the fitout process, but where it’s at now, we couldn’t be happier, wouldn’t change anything.” And I have to ask – where does the name came from? To which Matt responds with a belly laugh. “It was Jez, I feel like he was sitting on


it for a while and as soon as we all agreed it was going to be the four of us, he sent it to us all in a text and said, ‘On one condition, that our name is Sum Yung Guys’, and we all went, ‘That’s it’! With names it’s a creative process you can’t force it, and as soon as it dropped, it’s perfect – it encapsulates who we are and what we’re about, it’s a little bit cheeky and it’s catchy.” Since opening earlier this year, the boys have been feeding the masses, including loyal locals and some of Matt’s fans who travelled from as far as New Zealand, India, South Africa and the Philippines. “The reach that show has is amazing and the fact people have followed it through, followed my journey into a journey with these guys and they’ve come to the doorstep to support it is mind blowing,” he says. “Me and the other boys had a conversation five years ago, when we were kicking around the idea of having a restaurant, we’d always say, ‘Never in october 2017

This is our STYLE of dining, it’s everything we love about that style of food, we took a lot of INSPIRATION from places in Melbourne and Sydney.”

Noosa’, but Noosa has changed a lot in the last five years. Back then it was a bit seasonal, a bit up and down, so we were adamant to never have a restaurant in Noosa and from day one, hand on my heart it’s been hammering, which has been a shock to us, what we predicted and projected was nowhere near what happened, it’s been received really well.” With dishes including Moo Ping Skewers, Tom Kha DYLAN CAMPBELL, MATT SINCLAIR, MICHAEL ‘MOE’ Mussels, Gado Gado RICKARD AND JEREMIAH JONES. PHOTO BY CORY ROSSITER and Sticky XO Beef Cheek, Matt says the inspiration for the restaurant is simple – it’s food they love to eat. “This is our style of dining, it’s everything we love about that style of food, we took a lot of inspiration from places in Melbourne and Sydney and really felt like Noosa had a gap in that market, we didn’t feel like anyone was really committing to the share-style concept,” he says.

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“We didn’t know how it was going to go, on the Sunshine Coast and in Noosa in particular, we perceive the older generation to still enjoy their entree, main and dessert, we think that’s how they want to eat, but funnily enough they have really taken it on and they really enjoy it and embrace it, we were surprised.” With clear goals to carve a culinary career in the kitchen, that’s where Matt spends most of his time, but having come from a restaurant management background, he says he sometimes tags in with Dylan to give him a rare service off. “I can work in the kitchen during the day and go to Jez’s house, have a shower, get changed and come back and run the floor,” he says. “The whole purpose of going through what I’ve been through in the past 18 months was to cut that path into the kitchen, that’s where I wanted to be, so that’s where 98 per cent of my time is spent when I’m in the building. But I really do enjoy having that time being out the front, to see how the beast is operating on the other end, see how the staff are interacting with customers, and interact with the customers myself. “I’ll never forget the first night I did a service out the front, it was quite emotional to see because it was chockers, everyone was having a good time, the drinks were flowing, the food was hammering out of the kitchen, it was a bit of a moment, ‘Wow, this is really cool’.”


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CHICKEN & YUZU

RAMEN

RECIPE EMMA ELLICE-FLINT • SERVES 4

With its slippery noodles and deeply tasty, yet light broth, this Tokyo-style ramen is loved by everyone. At the end you splash in some yuzu, which finishes this dish off with a lovely citrusy tang. For a gluten-free option, brown rice noodles can often be found to replace the wheat ramen. INGREDIENTS • 2L chicken bone broth (see recipe to right) • 400g ramen noodles • 400g cooked chicken, shredded • 4 eggs, in their shells • 2 large handfuls baby spinach leaves • 1 large handful bean sprouts • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced • 5cm knob fresh ginger, finely grated • 1 nori sheet (seaweed), crumbled • Yuzu sauce or tamari sauce Heat the broth in a saucepan over medium heat until boiling, then reduce the heat to low to simmer. Follow the packet instructions to cook the ramen. Cook the eggs in boiling water until just soft in the middle (about 6 minutes). Once cool enough to handle, peel off the shells. Wilt the spinach in the broth, then remove and divide between the bowls. Divide the cooked ramen into the bowls, and add the bean sprouts and spring onions. Cut the eggs in half, and put two halves into each bowl. Divide the shredded chicken between bowls. Scatter over the ginger and nori and pour the hot broth into each bowl. Add about 2 teaspoons of yuzu to each bowl. If you like, add a splash of tamari sauce.

SIMPLE CHICKEN BONE BROTH RECIPE EMMA ELLICE-FLINT • MAKES ABOUT 2L

This is possibly one of the simplest things you could make and yet could have the most impact on your health. You just need a large pot, one that is a minimum of about 24cm in diameter, and 16cm in depth. Bigger is better. In fact, you can leave the vegetables and herbs out completely if you don’t have them, it’s the bones that are so important! INGREDIENTS • 1 onion (peeled if not organic), roughly chopped • 2 carrots, (peeled if not organic), roughly chopped • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped • 1kg free-range or organic chicken bones, raw or leftover cooked bones • 6–8 parsley stalks • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar • 1 small knob of kombu (optional) • 1 bay leaf (optional) • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme leaves (optional) • 2–3L filtered water Put everything into your pot, with about 5cm extra water above the bone line to allow for evaporation. Bring everything to the boil, then turn down to a very low simmer, so that the water is barely moving. Don’t put a lid on your broth pot as this will cause the liquid to go cloudy or, if you like, put a lid on slightly uncovered. Using a large spoon or ladle, skim any scum or foam from the top and discard. Where possible you want to keep the bones covered with water the whole way through. If your liquid goes below the bone line it will still make a good broth, you just won’t have been able to extract all of the goodness from those bones above the water line. Simmer very slowly for most of the day, anywhere up to 12 hours. That simmer needs to be slow, so that a bubble is only breaking the surface every second or two. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or through a clean muslin cloth lining a colander. Pour the broth into a container or containers that you can fit in the fridge. Once cooled, put into the fridge to go cold for about 4 hours or overnight. Any fat left in the broth will solidify on the surface and Kombu is a sea vegetable that is high in can be easily iodine, and helps add a removed. subtle yet earthy depth of flavour to broths

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PAVLOVA RECIPE TAMARA MILSTEIN-NEWING

Whether you want to bake for afternoon tea, a dinner party, a dessert, or just because, Tamara MilsteinNewing’s pavlova recipe is sure to hit the sweet spot. First published in 1997, Tamara’s sought after cookbook, Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too, has been updated with new recipes and features innovative cakes from around the world. INGREDIENTS • 4 large egg whites • 220g superfine caster sugar • 2 teaspoons cornflour • 1 teaspoon white vinegar • whipped cream, to serve • seasonal fruit, to serve Preheat the oven to 150°C. Line a heavy baking tray with baking paper. Using electric beaters, beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form, adding a pinch of salt. Begin adding sugar, a spoonful at a time, then increase the speed to high and continue beating until the mixture is thick and glossy. Sift over the cornflour and add the vinegar. Fold into the egg whites using a spatula and very gentle strokes. Pile the mixture onto the prepared baking tray and put in the preheated oven. Immediately turn the heat down to 130°C and bake for 1 hour. Turn oven off and leave meringue to cool overnight. Before serving, top with whipped cream, passionfruit, berries, kiwi or other seasonal fruits of your choice.

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The Sunshine Coast seems to be a magnet for innovative types and thanks to our ever improving infrastructure and rolling out of higher speed internet, there has never been a better time to start a business in our beautiful region. The lunching ladies share their thoughts on innovation and what it means to their industry.

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t’s no secret the Sunshine Coast has been touted the innovative hub of Australia. The creation of the new Maroochydore CBD, the university hospital and expanded airport have all played a part in accelerating the need for innovation and growth. You only have to look at the number of start up technology businesses in our region, spearheaded by young entrepreneurs to realise we are quickly positioning ourselves as Australia’s Silicon

Valley. Cleantech is a buzz word we are hearing a lot more of lately too, with the Valdora solar farm set to make the Coast Australia’s most sustainable region. Regardless of the industry, whether it’s the education sector, health, ecommerce, retail, news and media, hospitality or technology – innovation and ingenuity are essential for any business to prosper in today’s modern age. I recently caught up with a group of ladies who are proving to be incredibly

innovative in their respective fields, to discover how important innovation is in their line of business. My guests for lunch at the stunning Spicers Clovelly Estate at Montville were Renee Galvin, marketing and sales manager with Tafe Queensland; Laura Klein, owner of Snotty Noses; Helen McNally, owner of All’ Antica Italian Restaurant at Kawana; Robyn Taplin, Principal of Brightwater State School; and Marina Nicholl, owner of Maleny Cuisine.


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To me, INNOVATION means new and creative. Whether that be product, service, method or even parenting. If it’s not working, you have to SWITCH IT UP.”

PROFILE: WHAT DOES INNOVATION MEAN TO YOU? HELEN: It’s all about food for us. We need

to keep up to date on all the phases coming through such as paleo and gluten free for example. My husband Shane, who is also head chef, has to be creative and innovative, it’s a very competitive industry. LAURA: To me, innovation means new and creative. Whether that be product, service, method or even parenting. If it’s not working, you have to switch it up. In business there are people who might sell the same product as you, but you have to think, ‘What am I going to do to make myself different and hopefully better, and how can I offer a product and service that is superior?’ Even in my business of ecommerce, there are so many ways to build relationships online. In terms of products, my business wouldn’t exist without innovation and technology. MARINA: I agree with Helen, being in the food field. For us, it’s about being creative with recipes. We are always looking at changing things up. There are a lot of condiment companies on the market, but we focus on our products having no preservatives and being very low in sodium. LAURA: I always like to explain it like this – if Henry Ford did what his customers wanted, he would have created a faster horse and not a car. You can listen to your customers but you need to innovate and do something they haven’t even thought of yet.

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ROBYN: As a teacher and school principal, I think about predicting how the world is going to be in five or 10 years. It’s almost like seeing into the future. In education it’s about how we teach kids to be employable when they leave school. What are the skills they will need and how do we package that in terms of an education service. We also have to always be thinking ahead of the competition. For us, it’s about how can we better meet the needs of our kids, what is our point of difference and how can we offer high quality education so parents have faith in us. RENEE: I’ve been with Tafe Queensland for seven years and the way we market is so different to when I first started. Innovation and technology is growing all the time. We are looking at advertising through Snapchat

for example, these are things that would not even be considered seven years ago. At a workshop I attended recently, they showed the scale of how humans adapt to change compared to the rate of technology and it clearly showed that our technology is moving at a higher rate than humans can absorb. That’s amazing. We have two online marketers in our team we call our ‘digi squad’, they are amazing. HELEN: Young people these days are so savvy when it comes to computers and technology. I have a list for when my 23-year-old daughter comes home to do with technology and she does it all so easily. She’s actually an iPad teacher. The school sends her to Apple to do courses on the iPad, which she teaches to Grade One. That’s a subject now! PROFILE: WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO WHEN IT COMES TO INNOVATION, PARTICULARLY IN YOUR LINE OF WORK? MARINA: Jamie Oliver was groundbreaking

in how he approached the schools and in bringing health consciousness awareness. His influence is worldwide. ROBYN: Steve Jobs. In terms of backing yourself and having faith in yourself and being forward thinking and not being too afraid to take the leap I guess. Also Simon Sinek, he talks about the power of why. You start with the why of any project, you sell the why before you sell the what. RENEE: On a professional level, our teachers are amazing. They change people’s lives. One particular teacher is up for

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numerous awards. She teaches mental health and having spent a lot of time in the industry, she has developed this program combining Tafe training and industry and has even managed to get some funding. She is changing people’s lives. Also an account manager who used to work for Tafe Queensland who transitioned to focus on a charity called Be Her Freedom where she raises awareness about human trafficking and slavery and those horrific things that happen to young people. She goes to schools to talk to students about how to avoid these awful situations. It’s innovative in that it’s raising awareness. HELEN: My husband Shane. He has always been an entrepreneur, from a very young age. I have learnt so much from him.

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ENTREE • Baby octopus, almond puree, pickled onion, black olive • Confit duck and quinoa risotto, pumpkin, pickled garlic • Celeriac and camembert salad, pain d’Epices, hazelnuts

MAIN • Braised eggplant, barley miso, toasted grains • Peachester chicken, roasted Jerusalem artichoke, chestnuts • Barramundi, provencal sauce, smoked heirloom, tomato, caper leaf • Black angus sirloin, watercress, burnt onion

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TRAVEL

Jacinta Blundell

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With seasonal direct flights from Sunshine Coast Airport to Auckland, Sunshine Coasters are flocking to the North Island of New Zealand, drawn to its dramatic scenery and cooler weather, encouraging indulgence in food, wine and luxury experiences.

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hile many have taken the road most travelled with a self-drive itinerary as ticked and completed, there is an emerging style of travel in New Zealand, which involves wine, food, wellness and luxury experiences. While we are all becoming increasingly time poor, a long weekend away to recharge and disappear from the world in a luxury lodge is very appealing for many. The hardest decision is which one to choose? More than just luxurious in accommodation and fine cuisine, luxury lodges offer unique events and experiences throughout the year, from winemaker dinners, celebrity chef experiences, waterfall wilderness dining or just an opportunity to relax and be pampered in truly memorable spas. When I booked Huka Lodge, I noticed they were hosting a Louis Roederer Champagne dinner with the brand ambassador Ben Longhurst and guest chef Clayton Wells (The Weekend Australian’s

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Hottest Chef of 2016) – my decision was made. With Huka Lodge being founded in the 1920s as a simple fishing camp, nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, it is upstream from Huka Falls, which is the home of Taupo’s famous rainbow and brown trout, which meant my husband was also impressed by my choice! Over the years the original canvas tents have been replaced by 25 suites, including two private cottages, spread over the 17 acres of manicured grounds (listed as being of national significance), many with beautiful riverside views. Huka Lodge has evolved into an iconic New Zealand property that is consistently chosen as one of the top retreats in the world and has won many prestigious awards. Upon arriving in New Zealand, having made a very easy flight connection through Auckland, we were collected from Taupo by our complimentary transfer and whisked away for a weekend, leaving the real world behind. The only decision we had to make was how to fill in a few days, and with Chris Jolly’s Adventure Company providing many excursions for lodge guests, the options were endless. From golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting or just cruising the lake, we opted for an active day of mountain biking a section of the Great New Zealand Trail down to Lake Taupo, to be collected by a private vessel and cruise back via the controversial Maori rock carvings. Of course the opportunity for fishing was not wasted, with a beautiful rainbow trout offering itself up for the lodge chef to prepare for our brunch the next morning! With evenings filled with optional dining venues scattered around the property in which to savour the regional cuisine, there were hideaway moments created in the library, cellar, jetty, trophy room or out on the patio next to a roaring fire, allowing you to be as private or as group-orientated as you wish.

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He rose to stardom as the fresh-faced lead singer of Irish boy band Boyzone. More than two decades on and having sold 20 million records as a solo artist, Ronan Keating is still riding the rollercoaster of success. We catch up with the superstar on the eve of his much anticipated performance at the Caloundra Music Festival.

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’m going to have to dash, I’m expecting a call from Ronan Keating.” It’s not something you say every day, but I was lucky enough to chat with the man himself recently as he made his way into a London recording studio, where he is working on a new album with Boyzone. Having recently turned the big 40, Ronan has had a stellar career so far and is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. He opens up to Profile about his recent marriage to Australian, Storm Uechtritz, the arrival of his son Cooper, his new gig as a prime time radio host and of course his trip to the Sunshine Coast.

PROFILE: RONAN ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT PERFORMING AT THE CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL? RONAN: I’m very much looking forward

to it. Any excuse to get back to Australia. My wife Storm is coming for a little bit longer with our son Cooper and staying on with her family. Sadly I only get a few days in the country, but that’s the way it works, what can I do? My mother-in-law actually lives on the Sunshine Coast and we holidayed there last year with the kids, it’s paradise.

PROFILE: YOU HAVE SAID YOU ARE NOT RETURNING FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF X FACTOR OR THE VOICE, WHAT IS KEEPING YOU BUSY THESE DAYS? RONAN: The Voice was great, I really

enjoyed it, it was a great experience and I learnt a lot. I’m not doing any of those shows at the moment though, I’m concentrating on other stuff. I’m doing a radio show in London which is quite october 2017

a big deal, it’s breakfast radio from 6am to 10am Monday to Friday, so it’s a huge commitment. I’m also working on a Boyzone album, I’ve just finished a film, all sorts of bits and pieces. Then I’m still doing summer festivals as a solo artist. There’s not enough hours in the day but I’m making it work. PROFILE: YOU RECENTLY MADE AN APPEARANCE ON THE AUSTRALIAN TV SHOW LOVE CHILD, WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE? RONAN: I really enjoyed it, the cast was

fantastic. The script is meaty and it’s very well made. To dive in there and create something was great and Jessica Marais is a real talent, an incredible actress. PROFILE: YOU HAVE RECENTLY BECOME A DAD AGAIN TO SON COOPER, HOW IS IT ALL GOING? RONAN: It’s really busy for all of us, but

like any other family you make it work. Storm is an incredible mother. It’s just a pleasure to watch her as a mum, it makes my heart burst, I love it. Cooper is such a wonderful little fella. My other children to my first marriage are 18, 16 and 12 and they are incredible kids, I’m very proud of them all.

PROFILE: WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE BACK WITH THE BOYS FROM BOYZONE? RONAN: We’re in the process of recording

now, we’re trying to have the album ready for Christmas, if not early next year. It’s brilliant to have all the lads back together again, we’re having great fun. It’s like old school friends, even though you don’t see them for a while you just slip back into it again.

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PROFILE: WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN YOUR CAREER? RONAN: I was 16 when it all began, a

long time ago now. I’m still very passionate about it and feel very lucky that this is what I do for a living. It’s the best job in the world. There is not a day goes by that I take it for granted. There have been lots of different things, number one albums I have worked passionately on are a highlight. Then there are moments when you are singing with Pavarotti or Elton John and you think, ‘Holy s**t, how did I get here?’

PROFILE: DID YOU EVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD HAVE SUCH SUCCESS? RONAN: No, you never could, it’s

impossible. But you’ve got to work hard, that’s something the kids today need to realise. We live in a world where we think everything should be immediate. But you have to work hard, nothing comes easy, that’s the bottom line. Dreams really do come true.

PROFILE: WHAT CAN AUDIENCES EXPECT FROM YOUR PERFORMANCE AT THE CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL? RONAN: All the hits I have done over the

last 25 years – Life is a roller coaster, When you say nothing at all, If tomorrow never comes, Living each day, they are all in there. An hour-and-a-half-plus of history for me, plus a couple of new tracks.

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PROFILE MAGAZINE OCTOBER LAUNCH

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Join us in celebrating innovation on the Sunshine Coast with the launch of the October issue of Profile Magazine. On 4 October we’ll gather at the Birdcage to discuss the latest in innovation with like minded businesses and feature stars over delicious canapes and refreshments. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online.

LIGHT THE NIGHT

Head down to Cotton Tree Park on 6 October and carry a lantern to raise awareness for blood cancer. There will be entertainment and food stalls on offer, as well as a reflective and inspiring experience for all involved.

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21 OCTOBER SUNSHINE COAST INTERNATIONAL FASHION FESTIVAL

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The Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival has cemented itself as Queensland’s only established fashion event with recognition on the world stage. This year marks the festival’s 10th consecutive year and will showcase local, national and international designers, Q&A events and awards ceremonies at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

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WALK FOR DANIEL

Join 92.7 Mix FM’s Mark & Caroline for a live outside broadcast from 6am to 9am starting at Suncoast Christian College at Woombye and finishing at Briggs Park, Palmwoods. Remember to wear red and donate for child safety awareness and education.

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28 - 29 OCTOBER CONSCIOUS LIFE FESTIVAL

Invigorate your mind, body and soul at the annual Conscious Life Festival. Punters will have access to over 120 exhibitors promoting health and wellbeing including alternative therapies, sustainability, health and fitness and much, much more. Get the family together and head down to the Lake Kawana Community Centre for free workshops, seminars and live music from national performers. consciouslifeevents.com.au

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Award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy reunite this May for their hilarious new concert, Abba-solutely fabulous! due to hit the Caloundra Events Centre from 2 November.

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CONCERT: ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy are two of the country’s most formidable entertainers. Rhonda’s career includes roles in productions such as Hot Shoe Shuffle and Mamma Mia. While Lara has played starring roles in Mamma Mia, Les miserables and Moulin Rouge. Growing up diehard ABBA fans, Rhonda and Lara dreamt of what it would be like to be Freda or Angnetta, had major crushes on Benny and Bjorn and now want to celebrate that Abba magic once again! With their platform boots, Lycra cat suits and big hair, this dynamic duo – who channel a fair splash of Patsy and Eddy of “Absolutely Fabulous” fame – will have audiences dancing in the aisles as they sing their way through ABBA’s smash hits. Think Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance, Money Money Money, Fernando, and many more!

FILM: THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Get the girls together for a much needed drama and romance film. Opening in cinemas on 12 October, The Mountain Between Us stars everyone’s favourite, Kate Winslet. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers come together by chance to forge a connection and survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realise help is not coming, they must embark on a terrifying journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure the elements and igniting an unexpected attraction. Directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad, The Mountain Between Us is a tale of endurance, romance and drama thanks to the outstanding performances from Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and the impressive Idris Elba who is best known from TV series Luther. DIRECTOR Hany Abu-Assad CAST Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney october 2017

NOVEMBER SHOWS AT CALOUNDRA EVENTS CENTRE ABBA-solutely Fabulous – 2 November Jett Williams – 5 November

The Tap Pack – 10 November

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular – 11 November The Rhythms of Ireland – 11 November

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LAST WORD

THE LAST WORD

lisa messenger Lisa Messenger is an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs, living her life out loud, proving anything is possible; and as an author, speaker and owner of Collective Hub, she is forever dreaming up ideas for business extensions or book opportunities (the notebook she carries with her is testament to that). While on the Sunshine Coast recently for the Back Yourself event in Noosa, Lisa caught up with Profile to have the Last Word.

I GREW UP IN … Coolah in central west New South Wales on a 4500 acre

property, riding horses and motorbikes when I was six and then I went to boarding school in Sydney. I grew up in the middle of nowhere, well before the internet, so I was very isolated, but it was very grounding. MY FIRST JOB WAS … a horse riding instructor in England, I left school and went overseas to teach horse riding – they didn’t like my style very much, the English are far more polished! I WOULD LIKE TO BE A BETTER … dancer. If I wasn’t running Collective Hub I

wanted to be a dancer, but that didn’t work out. I’m really good at freestyle!

WHEN I AM NOT WORKING I … try and have as much down time as possible

with my cavoodle Benny. I live in Bondi so I spend a lot of time on the beach and mooching about with friends, trying to lead as normal a life as possible. And I love cooking and having friends over; when you have a really big, busy life and you’re travelling so much it’s good to be able to ground down. MY MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT … I’m always having embarrassing moments, but I think the thing in life is you can’t take yourself too seriously, I’m very self deprecating and very happy to laugh at myself. I’VE REDISCOVERED … my love for photography. It’s ironic I own a magazine and media and very rarely take photos myself. I did seven years of photography at school and have done lots of photography courses since, but I have never used any of my own photography in anything, so I think you’ll be seeing a bit more of that. MY FAVOURITE PART OF MY JOB ... I do so many different things, but I can tell you what I can’t stand – operations, details, systems and processes, it’s a necessary evil. I love being the visionary and strategist, coming up with big ideas and dreaming really big. I love connecting with our community, people’s stories blow me away every single day and I never take that for granted. THE LAST THING I DO BEFORE I GO TO BED IS … journal. I won’t say check my social media, I try not to do that now. For three years I’ve plugged my phone in the kitchen so nothing comes near the bedroom, because it’s the worst habit rolling over and looking at that. I’ve been journalling forever, I find it’s a really good way to get whatever thoughts are in my head out, some of them make it into books.

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Profile Magazine October 2017  

October 2017: The Innovation issue. Featuring Adrian Madjeric, Jamila Rizvi, Mark Leckenby, Matt Sinclair and Ronan Keating.