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elcome to the October issue of Profile. Can you believe it’s that time of year already? Summer is just around the corner, the days are warming up and the festive season will be here before we know it. Time flies when you’re having fun! This month, in our Power of Two issue, Profile shines the spotlight on some of the amazing couples we have here on the Sunshine Coast. As they say, two minds are better than one, and this is certainly the case among the couples we feature. It’s not easy to live and work together every day, but these couples make it look good. Our gorgeous cover couple is no exception. Self-confessed hippies and owners of award-winning paint and render company

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n any given day, the Profile office is humming with activity, writers tapping away, graphic designers glued to their screens, event organisers planning our next magazine launch, account managers whizzing off to meet clients and our delivery team out distributing the final product across the Coast and to Brisbane. We are proud to be locally owned and have an expanding team of talented individuals who bring you this wonderful magazine each month. It is a rarity these days to have a publishing company expand and thrive. I often hear the phrase bandied about ‘print is dead’, which gives me a giggle because we’re having to increase our print run each month to keep up with reader demand. I also get countless letters from readers congratulating the Profile team on a magazine they can’t wait to get their hands on each issue. We are also embracing the rise of the digital arena and its instant delivery of content – check out our Facebook and Instagram pages, view our YouTube videos and don’t forget our magazine is also available online. As a designer at heart, I love the fact that reading a magazine is a tactile experience still treasured and one that provides the reader with a welcome escape from their busy day. Enjoy some time out with this copy of Profile Magazine and take note of and support the wonderful advertisers within the pages, for it is these local supporters that ensure we can bring you this top quality magazine free of charge.



Rockcote, Chris and Bob Cameron may be at the height of their success, but as Nicole Fuge discovers their feet are still firmly on the ground. Marlene and Simon Murray share how they have made Maleny Manor the awardwinning wedding destination it is today; Anna Rawlings chats with dynamic duo Adam and Joey Mogg as they embark on their venture together as gym club owners. Being Women’s Cancer Awareness Month, we also take time to reflect on the insidious disease that affects so many of us, either directly or indirectly. I chat with the brave and beautiful Donna Penny who is making the most of life having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The mother-of-two and local business owner is




an inspiration, teaching us all to enjoy every day as if it were our last. So here’s to all those affected by cancer, those in remission, those who have recovered and those who are currently fighting the unforgiving disease. We salute your bravery and courage. Until next time, enjoy!


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Bob and Chris Cameron Grounded.

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SEPTEMBER ISSUE L AUNCH The September fashion issue of Profile Magazine was launched in style at the waterfront See Restaurant on Monday, 31 August. Guests were treated to an incredible sunset view upon arrival, with the evening going on to include delicious canapes, networking opportunities with other business owners, lucky door prizes and a chance to mingle and celebrate. photos cheryl nonmus, onq photography











GLENN COOPER BREAKFAST Beer brewing royalty and fifth generation of the Cooper’s brewing family Glenn Cooper shared his family’s incredible success story at a special Think Speakers and Events Get Up and Get Motivated Breakfast at the Maroochy RSL Events Centre on 4 September. It was a chance for guests to meet a man of great integrity, and be inspired and motivated by the tale of a lasting Australian family-owned business. photos cheryl nonmus, onq photography DAVID CHAMBERLAIN, ERIK AND RICK HIPWOOD







Thousands of women flocked to the Sunshine Coast Women’s Lifestyle Expo on Friday 21 and Saturday, 22 August for two days of inspiration, shopping, advice, pampering, education and more. The event featured more than 120 exhibitors, with a team of volunteers led by founding organisation Inspire Connecting Communities, to create a vibrant hub of business, success, finance, health, fitness, beauty and lifestyle. photos kateshots photography and video




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Roving performers, beach-side carnival, buskers and free children’s entertainment adds to the fun experience. The ninth annual Caloundra Music Festival family-friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Coast in Caloundra from 2 to 5 October. Come along where people of all ages enjoy the vibes, soaking up the music and party in the sun by the beach.


23 BOOK LAUNCH EVENT Join Zoe Sparks to celebrate the launch of Strive & Thrive. This book contains 100 tips on vision and leadership, marketing, sales, customer service, administration and people/ staff which will give you tools, ideas and the inspiration to reach new heights of business success. This book is not only practical, it is motivating and inspiring, encouraging you to progress and succeed in the business arena. The launch will be held on Tuesday, 23 October at The Edge Mooloolaba from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 each and include your signed copy of Strive & Thrive, a celebratory welcome drink and nibble. For more information or to book your ticket email


This multi-day celebration of internationally renowned yoga, guest speakers and leaders in green-living; music from world-class musical acts; top chefs; craft brewers and winemakers represent a journey with like-minded people to learn further about their bodies, their minds, their world and how their actions affect our environment. The event is held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort.


WOMEN WITH A VOICE Sometimes in life we need encouragement and other women to lean on. Women with a Voice, hosted by Sue Frost and the Inspire Connecting Communities ladies, invites you to discuss topics all women can relate to in a safe and friendly environment. Join in at Coast Restaurant, 160 Maroochydore Road, Maroochydore and enjoy delicious cuisine provided by The Canapé Project. Tickets are $60 and include a three course meal and a glass of wine. For more information, email Bookings are essential.



The CHARGE Syndrome Association of Australasia is hosting a Charity Golf Day at the prestigious Pelican Waters Golf Club, raising funds for research and education for the genetic disorder to make the lives of those living with CHARGE Syndrome, and their families, better. Local businesswoman Lisa Russell is organising the event, motivated by her son, Billy who is living with CHARGE Syndrome. The event is 4 Ball Ambrose, with a shotgun start at 12pm with cart. The day includes auctions, raffles, prizes, a light lunch and post-golf finger food. Tickets are from $105 per person with sponsorship opportunities available, Think Money is the major sponsor.



The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Gala Ball is in its eighth consecutive year and is the annual fundraiser held on the Sunshine Coast for the lifesaving helicopter rescue service. In 2015 this spectacular event will be held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Friday, 30 October. The main sponsors for this event include The Hervey Bay Boat Club, Energex, Vantage Homes, Think Money, Balgownie Estate and Profile Magazine. Tickets are now on sale and you can book by phoning 5458 8700 or contact To become involved in fundraising initiatives to help keep RACQ CareFlight Rescue in the air, contact Angela on 0439 745 965 or email






This festival is the fastest growing health and wellbeing event in south-east Queensland, coming to the Coast at Lake Kawana Community Centre from 31 October to 1 November. Visitors can experience a whole mind, body and soul awakening over a two-day period while connecting with specialists in all things health and wellbeing. With over 150 unique exhibitors ranging from alternative therapies, fitness, self development, eco-friendly, sustainable and organic products, to a special Kids Culture event and exhibition. Tickets cost $10.

Be inspired by one of Australia’s leading businesswomen, Sarina Russo, at a Think Speakers and Events’ Evening to Inspire on Wednesday, 4 November. Sarina Russo opened ‘The Office’ Business Academy (now Sarina Russo Schools Australia) in 1979 with $2600, nine students and two part-time staff. Sarina now leads the Sarina Russo Group, a private company with interests in education, employment services and property. The Sarina Russo Group employs over 1100 people and has a yearly turnover exceeding $106 million. Enjoy dinner while being inspired by one of the most dynamic can-do women you are ever likely to meet. Tickets from $77.


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“They have a clear distinction between the two areas of their lives and I think that’s what makes them operate so well.”



Power Couples Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z all have a lot in common. Sure they’re pretty impressive as individuals, amounting to multi-million-dollar status, but put them together and boom! A power couple is made.


hey say two is better than one, and suffice to say that’s certainly the case when it comes to glasses of wine, pieces of chocolate, and hours of sleep ... but it’s also pertinent when it comes to people. While many like to operate as lone wolves, people often find greater success and live richer lives on all accounts when they team up, whether that be finding a loved one to share your life with, or a business partner to help strengthen an organisation. So what differentiates a power couple from an ordinary couple? The Huffington Post cited eight things power couples do differently: B They brainstorm together. A couple which has been known to do this is Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. C They work to improve themselves, individually and as a pair. D They support each others’ pursuits and ambitions, even if that means taking turns. A prime example of this is Bill and Hillary Clinton – while Bill was in the hot seat, Hillary stood by his side and now that she’s running for office, Bill is reciprocating.



E They exercise together. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband Zachary Bogue, are testament to this, running halfmarathons together. F They get divorced when it stops working. G They avoid the limelight. H They follow their own interests, even when they work in the same field. Barack and Michelle Obama are a prime example, while Barack is leading the United States of America, Michelle is focused on her own projects. I They compromise on scheduling. Judging by the power couples I know and have come across on the Sunshine Coast, those similarities do ring true, particularly the one about avoiding the limelight. Often, they’re very private people and love nothing more than succeeding in their chosen professions and receding in their private life, they have a clear distinction between the two areas of their lives and I think that’s what makes them operate so well. I say, more power to you.

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will never forget the entry of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. I of us has a cancer story of some kind whether it was a family friend or will never forget the smell wafting through the corridors of air your mother. freshener and cleaning products. I will never forget the coolness In 2012, after many years coming to terms with her own mother, of the air conditioning as goosebumps emerged on every inch of Terry Hefferman’s passing from cancer, Debbie felt she should do my skin as I sat patiently waiting for my family, something to make a difference. And make a hoping everything was going to be okay. difference she certainly has, starting with holding I remember my grandad walking out first pampering days for cancer patients to now offering “The biggest thing and saying he didn’t understand the doctor’s a full support network and running two op shops ‘gobbledygook’, then a little later my nana with is when they come in they with the help of a mighty volunteer team. my dad and aunty returning to the cool, soft But Debbie has her sights set on an even bigger leather chair I was perched on. I remember my forget about their cancer for picture and after working with the charity for so nana’s face, she was always one to be brave and long, she knows better than anyone that everyone’s those four or five hours.” even in this moment, she certainly lived up to lives are touched by cancer in one way or another. her name, but her eyes gave her fear away. She To make the lives of patients and families easier, had leukaemia and her life and her family’s lives she wants her dream of a women’s retreat on the would never be the same. Coast to be realised to make the whole process that much easier. Every day, Debbie Clayton, founder of the Beautiful You program “I need to set up a retreat here on the Coast, a place where they can hears stories like this and as she described the constant grief she come and stay if they need a break for three or four days and they can experiences, but also the joy at making a difference, I couldn’t help be pampered,” explains Debbie. but reflect on my own family’s cancer experience. Because every one “But what I need is help with the money and a property. There



“At Beautiful You they aren’t just a number, they are human beings.” “It took me about four to six years before I could even say the word cancer after Mum died,” says Debbie. “I did a massage course and then we moved back up here (Sunshine Coast) and thought I reckon I could do something now to help other people who are going through it (cancer) and that is how it started.” Now because of Terry’s legacy, breast cancer patients at Nambour General Hospital will wake from their operations to a gift bag from Beautiful You, offering support and understanding for their difficult journey. In the week Debbie spoke to me, she had already had three phone calls from women who had been recently diagnosed and without a thought, reaches out to them. There have been many women she has supported and loved, but she will always remember her first client. “Her name was Daphne … she passed away four years ago now,” reflects Debbie. “On our first day there was myself and two other beauty therapists and she got pampered all morning and we became really, really good friends from then on. “That is the hardest thing, meeting these women and getting to know them very well and then they pass away.” Through the difficult and countless hours of grief, Debbie focuses on what her new friends receive from the charity. This is what motivates her each and every day she spends working on Beautiful You. Each month they have Beautiful You days ranging from art, candle making, make-up tips and massages. On top of this, Debbie and her team of volunteers, hold fundraising events to keep supplying the great cause and try and reach their retreat dream. “The biggest thing is when they come in, they forget about their cancer for those four or five hours,” says Debbie. “And the other thing is when they make their coffee or tea they get to

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is nothing like what I want to do here and there is nothing like Beautiful You.” This has always been a goal for Debbie but she never realised how far the charity would grow. Starting with their first pamper day, with Debbie as a remedial massage therapist, they had one person living with cancer show up and now can expect 25 or more women at one session. The two op shops have merchandise rolling through the doors and the community supports them both in Maroochydore and Point Cartwright Shopping Centre very well. “I never thought it would get to this level, especially when my husband came home the other night and said, ‘I just saw a woman walking down the street with one of our shirts on’,” says Debbie. “I just went, ‘oh my god’, I thought it would be just the Beautiful You mornings and it would stay like that.” Looking back, Debbie can’t help but remember what motivated her to make a difference after helping her mother Terry through her illness. Terry was diagnosed with breast cancer and after undergoing surgery and bouts of chemotherapy in their home town in Victoria, Terry then developed secondary cancer when it spread to her liver and kidneys. Debbie was living at Rainbow Beach at the time with her family, but with the drastic change in Terry’s illness, they found themselves back home until she passed nine months later.

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Sometimes life deals us an unfair hand but people like Donna Penny are testament to the power of the human spirit. Despite a terminal cancer diagnosis, this courageous woman is kicking major goals including a new business venture with her two best friends. This is her story.








orty-two-year-old mother-of-two, Donna Penny looks the picture of health, but behind her piercing blue eyes and warm smile is a story of immense bravery and courage. This is a woman who, despite receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis just 18 months ago still manages to get up every day, put a smile on her face, run a business and be a mother to her two sons. Diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 35, Donna responded well to initial treatment and after a double mastectomy was believed to be clear of the disease. It wasn’t until she returned to her doctor with persistent niggling back pain in 2013 that she received the devastating news. “It was the first time I had seen my husband break down,” says Donna. “I knew as soon as the doctor walked in with my scans the news wasn’t good. She told me the cancer had metastasized to my bones and there was no cure. “Unfortunately about 30 per cent of women who are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer go on to have secondary or advancedbreast cancer.” But despite her diagnosis, Donna says she is taking every day as it comes and has had wonderful support from her family and friends. “I have great friends, we do so much together,” she says. “I’ve made peace with my illness, the only thing that bothers me is leaving my husband and two children behind, my youngest is only nine.” As a 40-year-old mother-of-three myself, I can’t even imagine the strength and courage Donna must need to draw on each and every day to remain positive. “Don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days,” she says. “It’s the first thing I think of when I wake in the morning and the last thing I think of before I close my eyes at night.” But there is a silver lining to this story and it’s in the form of a lifelong dream to own and run a hair salon with her two best friends of 16 years, Donna Jankiwskyj and Rellie Dooley, both of whom have been an amazing support team to Donna since her diagnosis – even getting matching tattoos to cement their amazing bond. Five months ago, the plucky trio jumped at the opportunity to buy a hairdressing salon in Mountain Creek, which they have since renamed

Relish and they are loving every minute of it. “We were having a coffee one day when we heard the Mountain Creek salon was going into liquidation and we looked at each other and said ‘let’s do it’. Two days later we were in the salon,” says Donna. “I know people often say don’t mix friends and work but we have managed really well. We are not hairdressers but we have a team of highly qualified hairdressers and nail technicians. It’s wonderful because it offers us flexible hours to spend time with our families.” Fortunately, Donna’s super fund recently paid out her terminal illness insurance, allowing her to pay off a sizeable portion of her mortgage and invest in the business, taking pressure off her family’s finances and allowing her to spend her days doing what she loves. “I really want this salon to be successful,” says Donna. “A portion is going straight into a trust fund for my two boys, it’s my way of leaving something for them.” Donna Penny is not the only one of the trio affected by the insidious disease. Mother-of-two Donna Jankiwskyj’s eyes fill with tears and her voice wavers as she recalls her mother’s recent breast cancer diagnosis. At the time of this interview, the incredibly strong woman is also just days away from donating a kidney to a family member. Talk about an inspiring bunch! I left Relish that day feeling both humbled and inspired by these incredible women who are so positive in the face of adversity. But in true Donna style, the bubbly blonde sums up her attitude perfectly in her parting words. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me Ingrid, I want people to feel inspired that you can still be positive and have goals and dreams even if you have been handed a death sentence. No one can tell you when you are going to die. I don’t take anything for granted and I live each day to the fullest.”

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He is a former Queensland State of Origin and international rugby league player; she is a fitness guru with a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing. Together, Adam and Joey Mogg are an exercise in teamwork as they embark on their next venture together as gym club owners.


’ll admit it – I’m a gym jumper. I’ve experienced the many gym models available; from a late-night session at a franchised 24/7 model, to a private bootcamp facility, or gleaming new health club complete with sauna. Perhaps it’s because of my profession, but I’m always intrigued when scoping out a new gym, about the people behind it. Especially somewhere like the Sunshine Coast, the owners are often local, and steadfastly pour their heart and soul into their venture. Adam and Joey Mogg are such owners. With former NRL player Adam, now retired, and recently returned home after a coaching stint in New Zealand, the couple has just opened a new door as owners of EzyFit Kawana. Adam and Joey are parents to Harrison, seven and Ana-belle, five; and having relocated back to the Coast in 2012, are settled in the area

they both grew up in, before Adam’s successful rugby league career took them to the playing fields of France. Adam started playing football for the Caloundra Sharks after moving to the Coast when he was young, smiling as he says, “now nearly 30 years later my little boy’s excited about playing there now.” “I grew up here on the Coast and then Jo and I were lucky enough to travel with football but we couldn’t wait to get back home.” As we chat in their spacious premises, our conversation is interrupted by the waves and well wishes of members who congratulate the popular couple on their recent acquisition of the gym. Both are solidly invested in the local community; and Joey, who is a qualified personal trainer and wellness coach, has a popular online following including her fitness blog filled with inspiring quotes, videos and posts of her experiences with mental health and depression, and




ceremony, with Harrison as their ring boy and Ana-belle as flower girl. Now, with Adam returning from a year away in New Zealand coaching the Warriors in 2014, the couple looked to their next venture. “I’ve got a property business so I know sales quite well and Jo knows gyms,” says Adam.


tales of her long-distance training as a keen runner. They became a couple when Joey was 17 years old – at the time, Joey was embracing a passion for health and fitness after it helped her through one of the darkest periods of life. “I was an anorexic when I was 16 years old,” she shares. “I treated myself through it just by learning the importance of eating and exercising and I built it as a passion.” In 2001, the couple moved to Parramatta for Adam’s rugby league career, off the back of his playing for Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup for five years. “I was only two months out of school and we went down there not really knowing where we were heading and from there … we’ve only ever known each other,” Joey says, smiling. Then, 12 months later they moved to Canberra when Adam was signed to the Canberra Raiders. While Adam trained, Joey worked her way up through fitness class giant Les Mills, and managed two clubs by the age of 24. The year, 2006, was a stellar career phase for Adam, who was offered to play for French Super League club Catalans Dragons, after pulling on the maroon jersey for two State of Origin games in the same year at 28 year old. “I remember watching State of Origin as a kid ... so to get that opportunity to do it in Lang Park in front of a full house and my family, if I never played footy again after that night I would’ve been happy,” he says. Of course, Adam did go on to play after that night; spending four years in the south of France with Joey, playing for the Catalan Dragons. “We grew that club from being a virtually broke super league club to a really competitive team, so it’s something I’m quite proud to be involved in,” says Adam. It was in France that Adam and Joey were engaged and started a family; returning home in 2010 for Adam to play out the year with the Canberra Raiders and Joey to continue her personal trainer career, before relocating to the Sunshine Coast after Adam retired due to a knee injury. “Any football player will tell you – physically it’s a tough career, but emotionally you’re up and down with wins and losses and contracts so you need a good partner who is really committed to the process,” says Adam. And Adam had that in Joey, although she admits, “I’m not a rugby league person, but when Adam was playing I wouldn’t miss a game.” After returning home to the Coast in 2012, the couple who “did everything backwards” were married in an intimate Golden Beach

“I’ve always been very supportive of his NRL and I feel the shoe’s on the other foot now,” laughs Joey. Not to mention the fitness industry is booming. “I know a lot of successful business people who go to the gym just to stay motivated in work life, then there’s health issues, it’s well-documented our population is getting bigger,” Adam points out. Health and fitness plays a huge role in the Mogg family’s lives, but Joey is the first to dispel any notion of the glossy “fit mum” approach often seen on social media. “I’ll honestly put my hand up and say it’s difficult. But with me living and breathing it, the kids see the importance of being healthy.” And with recent Instagram photos of Joey reclining with their pet dog, after a day of “beaching with family, a 12km run, washing, getting ready for the week ahead, beach again, groceries then flop on my favourite sofa”; this is one couple who have supported each other to the other side of the world and back, and created a healthy, holistic life – now, who wants to join that club!

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They create award-winning paint and render with the most primitive ingredients, and their products have become highly sought after all over the world. But while such success should see their heads in the clouds, their feet remain planted firmly on the ground.


ob Cameron pours a glass of water and sits back in his chair, “There are more chemicals in the town water than there is in our paint,” he says, “You can lick our paint, but you shouldn’t drink the town water.” Bob and Chris Cameron are self-confessed corporate hippies, from the tips of their clay-clad fingers right down to their bare toes. And while Chris laughs and warns me she has a “chequered past,” having worked as an administrator in the trade union movement in Sydney, she’s just as green as her husband, having signed up as one of the original members of Greenpeace in Adelaide, when she was just 17 years old. Bob moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1979, having worked in the meatworks in Orange, New South Wales, for a year before running his own motorbike shop in town. But he sought a sea change and headed north.



“I had a mechanical engineering background, but up here they were building units, and a lot of my mates who rode motorbikes were plasterers, so I organised them and started doing work on building sites,” he says. “Next thing I had about 50 people working for me doing plastering and I wasn’t a tradesman.” Bob, then aged 24, says when the building industry died in 1983 he kept a couple of the plasterers and worked with them, learning the trade afterwards, “so I did it back to front”. In 1987, Bob gave up the contracting business to focus on manufacturing Rockcote, which he had registered back in 1979 upon arriving on the Coast. “I built a factory in the backyard with my own hands, every brick. Mixed all my concrete myself,” he says, revealing the shed still stands in the backyard of what is now his brother’s property at Yandina.

Chris joined the team the following year, having moved to the Coast from Sydney. “We’d caught the Union secretary ripping funds off where I was working at the time so all the staff walked out and I came up here for a holiday,” she says. “I had bought a townhouse in Peregian Beach and decided to stay. I tried to find work but I couldn’t find anything comparable to what I was earning in Sydney. “I was getting really desperate, so I applied for a receptionist job in a real estate office in Hastings Street and the woman said to me, ‘With your qualifications you’d want to go higher and the only job after this is mine and you’re not having it. “So I put an ad in the paper, I always joke I put ‘5ft 7 green-eyed-blonde looking for bloke,’ but I didn’t, I put an ad looking for work and Bob was the only one who answered my ad.” Chris was straight to work, setting up a computerised accounting system on a desktop computer, which had a 20MB hard drive capacity. “Bob used to have these little invoice books with scribble in it and I took them and set up his computerised accounting system,” she says. “We met in that backyard shed, Bob had a bikie and a 26-stone bloke from across the paddock working for him mixing the products in there and then I rolled up. He used to test and make products in an old lean-to shed, that was our laboratory.” Outside the shed, Chris painted on a beam – Rockcote Research and Development Wing, which they have since salvaged and hung on the lunchroom building on a purposebuilt site at Yandina, beside the garden bursting with snow peas, lettuce and choko plants. They also have a few chooks roaming around.

“We view our business as a living entity, not as a machine.” But as much as they’re both stuck in their ‘hippy’ ways, Bob and Chris are savvy entrepreneurs, having built a multi-award-winning business here on the Coast. “We were just doing what we loved, we didn’t know you couldn’t build a big business doing that,” says Bob of their success. “A management consultant came to us in the late 1990s and asked what sort of growth we had experienced, and in the early days we doubled our turnover every year.” In the first three years of Bob and Chris being together, Rockcote grew by 280 per cent. “We didn’t know you couldn’t do that, we were just doing what needed to be done, although there was a lot of luck and being in the right place at the right time as well,” says Bob. “We consistently grew 40 per cent a year and this fella said, ‘Doesn’t that put severe pressure on your cash flow?’ We started with no money, just hand to mouth, and I thought about it and said, ‘We’ve pretty well had a cash flow crisis for the last 15 years’, but that’s what we lived in, we didn’t know any different.” But despite their lack of disposable income they remained as generous as they did humble. “Bob once gave away our last thousand dollars to someone who needed it more than us and I had holes in the soles of my shoes, but we knew we’d make it again,” says Chris. And that’s exactly what they did. By the year 2000, Rockcote’s cash flow had gone from a trickle to a cascade and the business was flourishing more than ever. “We started thinking about the future and whether we should open new businesses and grow in that way, but we weren’t excited about that prospect,” says Bob. “That’s when we started thinking, what does the world need? And we started working on the business to make it more people-friendly and in turn better for the planet. “We got really excited about that and researched it and the rest is history.” The new millennium was a catalyst for Rockcote, by that stage Bob had started “messing around” with clay products and they were in the planning stages of their Design Centre, which would become Australia’s first fully sustainable commercial development. They intended to build it on the land neighbouring their manufacturing plant in Yandina, but after two years of fighting with Maroochy Shire Council, uprooted and built it at Nerang on the Gold Coast. The building was completed in 2004. “In those days we were seen as absolute lunatics,” says Chris. “At the time, we had an internal accountant who said we were irresponsible to be taking this environmental and more holistic view, and shouldn’t be allowed to be Company Directors, it’s amazing that it was said from within the company,” Bob adds. Continue over the page october 2015




“Bob once gave away our LAST thousand dollars to someone who needed it more than us and I had holes in the soles of my shoes, but we knew we’d make it AGAIN.”




In 2012, Bob and Chris, who are also original members of the Sunshine Coast Cleantech Industries group, were inducted into the Living Smart Awards Hall of Fame for being leaders of sustainable production and business management – their products are made in a state-of-the-art facility that requires up to 90 per cent less energy than the industry standard, on a site that is water positive. They have also won a multitude of awards including a United Nations Szencorp Award for Excellence in Green building, in 2002 the State Government recognised Bob for his work in the environmental arena, they both have honorary degrees from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Chris has been named in the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia, and in 2003 she was named Telstra Queensland and National Businesswoman of the Year. “That was life changing for me because I didn’t think I knew much about business. We just stumbled along, it just seemed to happen,” says Chris. “I went from not believing in myself and that award made me believe I really did know what I was doing.” While the recognition has made Chris sit up and take note of her achievements, it’s quite the opposite for Bob, who now feels he needs to work even harder to live up to the expectation. “It gives you extra responsibility, we have a saying here at Rockcote, the honour isn’t in winning awards, it’s in deserving them,” he says. “We’re more interested in deserving the awards we’ve got than worrying about getting others.” So does he feel deserving? “We feel we’re doing our best to live up to it.” Rockcote’s EcoStyle range of paints are very similar to standard acrylic paints, except they have omitted the poisons and contain no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or harmful chemicals. Their latest range of Natural Materials are made from fully organic and biodegradable building products, which Bob explains are biophilic, aptly meaning life loving – they actually clean the air and help maintain the humidity at the ideal range to support human health and discourage the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. “Everything that’s healthy and alive, they promote that, so there’s no toxic mould, no growth, they clean some of the toxins out of the air and keep the humidity in the ideal range for human health,” says Bob. “Another thing is with our products, we’ve slowly removed the poisons and now our latest range, our Natural Materials, they’re based on things from nature that have been around for thousands of years – the birds and ants use the clay, they do it better than we do, so we’ve still got a lot to learn.” They are also wanting to encourage the greater use of building products that are safer, made from either recycled materials, things that grow, waste streams, biomass like straw and hemp or common materials like clayor stone. “We’ve found in the last 150 years we’ve forgotten how to build our buildings without the requirement for lots of poisons and fossil fuels just to make them liveable,” he says. “Then there’s agriculture, we don’t know how to do that anymore, unless you go and get our chokos, lettuce and snow peas that have been grown with no fossil fuels, no chemical fertilisers, no pesticides, and grown with an understanding of the soil biology. “Then there’s our health care, you shouldn’t need drugs, you should be able to keep healthy with your food, environment and Continue over the page



lifestyle. They’re things we’ve forgotten, our communities, our families, they’re very nurturing things we’re losing touch with and we want to help rediscover these things.” Bob and Chris have been applying the principles of natural living systems to how they structure their business and are now on the cusp of ridding their business of all levels of management, to allow their staff to make decisions at the coalface. “The big one for us is we want to grow our company into a corporation, without having the normal problems of creating a bureaucracy, we want to keep that same drive and enthusiasm and something that’s alive,” says Bob. “We view our business as a living entity, not as a machine. I don’t like the old idea of the command and control of management, a leash is just a piece of rope with a noose at both ends that enslaves both. To set yourself free, you’ve got to have trust. It’s difficult though, we’ve got a long way to go.” Chris says they’ve always considered themselves to be ‘the elders’ at Rockcote, and as they near 60-years-of age, are stepping away, one bare foot at a time. Bob’s going fishing, Chris wants to learn a language fluently, either Italian or Spanish, and is spreading goodwill by sitting on a few charitable boards. Next year Bob is heading to New Zealand to address the straw bale building conference. “We don’t have to plan our retirement, we live it,” says Chris.

“One advantage of having your own business is you can take time out. When our daughter Jess was little, Bob was the only father sitting on the little kindy chair watching the performance at school or he’d be making scones for the tuckshop.” “We were famous for our pancake stand!” Bob adds. But they’ve become even more popular for their environmentallyfriendly artisan homes, hotel rooms and commercial finishings. One of their favourite projects is Bob’s mum’s house, boasting an incredible eightstar energy rating, which they fondly call the “little pig’s house” because it’s made of sticks, clay and straw. “It’s so beautiful to live in,” he says. “We were involved in the National Sustainable House Day program and an architect came along with her daughter. We turned around and found this gorgeous 12-year-old girl hugging the walls, which are made from our Earthen render finished with a polished clay plaster and protected by a natural wax finish.” Bob and Chris’s sanctuary in Eumundi is also a pretty special place. “We live on 14 acres and from once being void of any trees, we have reafforested the property, planting nuts, fruit and foliage and established a koala corridor,” he says. Up where Bob and Chris Cameron live, they breathe a cleaner air and serve a higher purpose and that’s pretty powerful.

“We’ve found in the last 150 years we’ve FORGOTTEN how to build our buildings without the requirement for lots of POISONS and fossil fuels just to make them LIVEABLE.”






Marlene and Simon Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation precedes them, having made Maleny Manor the wedding destination it is today â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the most awarded wedding venue in Queensland. But all the bouquets and prestige have nothing on the profound love they have for each other and their family. 28



arlene and Simon Murray are everything you want and need in wedding hosts, from warm hearts, loving smiles and undeniable compatibility, they are a perfect pair. But their whimsical lives were rudely awakened when Simon suffered a brain aneurism on 11 December last year, two days before they were due to go on a long-awaited holiday overseas. “I was trying to close up three businesses and do the brush cutting and feed the dog and tell the wife not to pack too much,” says Simon, “and I had an aneurism”. “I was brush cutting at the time and thankfully our dog panicked enough to force my son to take the headphones off his head and stop playing Playstation and understand something was wrong and there I was on the ground.” Marlene was on her way home when it happened, completely unaware until she rolled around the corner to see two ambulances in the driveway. “I went bolting in and we worked on Simon for an hour-and-a-half on the lawn,” Marlene says, the emotion of the day still vividly raw. “It was summer and a storm came over and we got him to Nambour. He was still strangely with it, he wouldn’t let go of the mobile phone, so they let him keep it in ICU. “Then we had the scans done and they were going to get the helicopter and fly him to Brisbane, but the weather was too bad. So at 2am they had to work out what to do and the lady said, ‘There’s a brain surgeon there, we’re going to bolt him down with a care nurse and we’re going to ramp you there until they take you’.” The following day Simon had another brain scan and was rushed into surgery, leaving Marlene in the waiting room until 6pm, not knowing whether he’d made it or not. In a miraculous shift, Simon survived and spent just two weeks in hospital before walking out the front doors and going home. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” says Simon, “only around three per cent come out the other side and only one per cent with no disability.” Simon says it took around three months for him to stop feeling “spacy” and there were parts of his head that he would touch and not feel any sensation, “but now, it’s like it never really happened”. So I know it sounds clichéd, but I had to ask if it has given them a


new lease on life, to which they unanimously respond, “Family always meant a lot to us, but now it’s absolutely prime!” It seems as though nothing can break these two, they’re stronger together and refuse to let their second chance at life go to waste. But let’s go back to where this love story began. In 1980, Simon had just finished school when his dad told him to get a job, the only problem was he had no idea what he wanted to do. Bound for Australia, Simon watched a movie on the plane from New Zealand and one of the main characters was a chef – his mind was made up, he would be a chef. Simon landed in Perth, and secured a job with the Sheraton Hotel, where he stayed until ’87, after which time he hopped on a motorbike and headed to the east coast of Australia, where his parents had earlier moved to. “Three months later I found Caloundra,” he says. “That was a lot of fun, lots of scary moments.” With $9 left in his pocket, Simon shacked up with Mum and Dad and got a job at their coffee shop at the local shopping centre. Little did he know, his darling wife-to-be worked in the newsagency next door. “I used to sell her carrot cake, what a hottie she was,” Simon says, flashing Marlene a beaming smile. Meanwhile Marlene, who was born in Maleny Hospital and lived on the family farm at Peachester, spent her formative years working part time and helping her dad muster and brand cattle, before going on to work at the local newsagency in Caloundra. It was 1988 when the pair started dating at World Expo, the following year they were married on 7 October. Given Marlene and Simon now manage the prestigious and multi-award-winning Maleny Manor, it would be fair to assume they had a lavish five-star wedding with all the trimmings, but they’re quick to correct me. “It was cheap as chips,” says Simon, quickly adding, “but it was beautiful, it was a lunch wedding.” They married at Peregian Park Homestead, which has since closed, overlooking a beautiful lake, before moving onto Netanya Noosa that night to kick off their honeymoon, “sitting in the jacuzzi watching the sun go down”. “The wedding didn’t inspire us to do anything in the wedding business though,” says Simon. “We came back from our honeymoon and set up the food diner at Ettamogah Pub.” They then opened a string of businesses including a coffee shop, bakery and restaurant, before escaping the rat race after eight years. “We jumped in the car, drove south with a campervan on the back, hanging out for six months,” says Simon. “And then we thought we might go fruit picking because we were only young, we thought we’d go pick cherries, that sounds pretty cosmic, so we put our name in an agency. We never got the picking job, but some months later we got a job with a coffee shop in Merimbula in this beautiful little place on the Sapphire Coast.” Marlene and Simon did that part time before working at Olympic Park in Sydney, helping put in infrastructure at Homebush for the Olympic Games in 2000. “Then we got this phone call out of the blue saying there’s a place

“It’s an average estimate the Hinterland generates $50 million in weddings per year, that’s just in this region alone, not including the Coast.”

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on the Sunshine Coast looking for a management team,” says Simon. That place was Maleny Manor. “Marlene had been here when it was a prize home, to buy a ticket, she said, ‘I know that place we’ve got to go’,” says Simon. “We had two B&Bs on the books and one wedding. We smiled all day for $120 for a B&B and we smiled all day for a wedding and took $6000 – we thought we were rich!” Their mind was made up, Marlene and Simon would host weddings. “But when we got here, within three weeks I was pregnant – after trying for years, we’d given up, then Jackson came along,” Marlene says of her son who will be 16 in November. “He lived here for the first two years and we’d juggle him between weddings and he’d fall asleep to the sound of the DJ, he loved that.” It was 17 years ago when Marlene and Simon began driving Maleny Manor forward as the wedding venue it is today, shaping their family around the blossoming business. “It’s because of Marlene’s incredible personality, the incredible service we offer as a group, the food that comes out of the kitchen is second-to-none and there’s the view,” Simon says, evidently proud of their accomplishments. “It was purposely-built to be an upmarket B&B, but we gutted it over time. The owners backed us for six years in the red because we kept persisting. We kept doing little bits over time and slowly but surely the groundswell on the range started to grow with weddings to where we see ourselves today.” It was 2005 when the Sunshine Coast Hinterland started being touted as a wedding destination – not just with the locals, but by brides and grooms from interstate and across the world and Marlene says it’s now a multi-million-dollar industry. “It’s been almost a decade of being a known destination. It’s an average estimate the Hinterland generates $50 million in weddings per

year, that’s just in this region alone, not including the Coast. “But it took a long time to get that, when we first came in and said we’re going to do weddings people laughed at us in town and said, ‘Oh you young things, you’re not going to make a go of that’. “We still had the real hippy vibe to the region, mixed in with the farmers – tourism hadn’t been embraced as much and that’s why we’ve done so much with the tourism bodies and with the awards system.” But a big part of the couple’s success is the fact they come as a team. “It’s probably the hardest gig, but it’s also the most rewarding, neither of us will back down, if there’s a problem we’ll solve it, if there’s a curve ball we’ll go with it. I think that is part of having the ability of knowing there is no way they can knock down two of us, we will achieve whatever we have to,” Marlene says. Maleny Manor’s customer base is wide and varied, with 50 per cent coming from Brisbane, 30 per cent from Sydney and Melbourne and the remainder from overseas, predominantly from the United Kingdom. Only one or two of their weddings every year are Sunshine Coast couples. “We did one recently where they flew in from the UK, met us on the Thursday and married on the Friday,” says Marlene. “They want the quality and they’re usually quite refined from the UK – then we put in a dose of Maleny charm, which they are looking for.” Now it’s time for Marlene and Simon to continue raising the bar at Maleny Manor, developing the site with a winery, cellar door, service station and convenience store at the top end of the 40-acre site. They also manage another venue in Logan, which they recently turned into a luxury accommodation venue; they are exporting wine; and have some other exciting business ventures in the pipeline. But while they maintain their busy lives, Simon’s health scare has reminded them life is precious and they took a solemn vow to take more time out, to further enrich their lives and that of their son, Jackson.

“Neither of us will back down, if there’s a problem we’ll solve it, if there’s a curve ball we’ll go with it.




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Zinc 96.1 breakfast announcer Al Doblo has been on the airwaves for three decades, with 18 years spent on the same Sunshine Coast FM network. From inspiring interviews to building a Noosa radio show from the ground up, the radio stalwart is tuned in to a lifelong passion.


n the Zinc 96.1 breakfast show one recent morning, cohosts Al Doblo and Nathan ‘Nugget’ Dell are holding an on-air segment that gives Al pause for thought. “I look back and I’ve had so many great memories and experiences in radio. We were talking the other day on-air about what you wanted to be when you were a teenager and now you’re an adult what you’re doing. I’ve been lucky that I’m doing what I wanted to do from when I was a kid. So I’m living my dream,” smiles Al Doblo. The chatty, genial breakfast radio announcer is celebrating 18 years with the same local FM station, with a cumulative 30-odd year career in the industry; for three decades utilising the power of words and sound to broadcast moving stories, funny anecdotes and legions of laughter to his audience. “I always wanted to be in radio, even as a kid it fascinated me. My mum and dad used to take me to the Exhibition in Brisbane and instead of making a beeline for sideshow alley, I knew the radio stations used to have an outside broadcast there so I would watch them for hours,” remembers Al, who grew up in Brisbane. This, combined with a long term love of music steered Al towards a career in radio, despite “enduring” seven years in banking before he secured that elusive break into media in 1982. “One day I stopped at the lights at Wharf Street in Brisbane, back in those days 4BC was on one side of the road and another station on the other and I thought, I’ll go in and have a chat to someone about a career in radio.” Ironically, the manager was now-high profile Sunshine Coast radio identity John Williams. “He just happened to be in the foyer and he overheard me. By the end of the chat he sent me down to one of the producers to put down an audition tape. I got a job two months later in Roma at 4ZR.” After honing his radio skills as a “raw recruit” for six months on night shift, learning microphone techniques and voice projection, Al took the reins as breakfast announcer, before moving on to a job at “the old 4NA” in Nambour in 1984, which went on to become 4SS, before its present-day FM program. “I guess I have grown up with the Coast as it exists now. We loved the Coast as a place to bring up kids, but I didn’t really anticipate being here 30-odd years later doing radio,” laughs Al, who is married with two daughters. After seven years at 4SS, Al headed to 4GY in Gympie, staying for

another seven years before 4GY obtained an extra licence for a 96.1 frequency – and The Heat, a Noosa radio station, was born. “I programmed it, staffed it, I was the music director and program manager there for seven years. I reckon I’d be the only guy in radio who helped build a radio station and saw it die as well and become reincarnated as something else, it was a great experience,” says Al. In 2006, Rob Gamble and Hot 91.1 decided to buy The Heat, and moved the station to Maroochydore. Three years later, Al took the breakfast slot, joined by co-host Nathan ‘Nugget’ Dell, and again almost seven years on, the “odd couple” are still riding the airwaves. “It’s a really strange dynamic, it shouldn’t work … but we just clicked. I’m the old guy losing his marbles and he’s the young bloke who’s a bit of a larrikin,” laughs Al. Having spent three decades in radio, Al comments on the changes he’s witnessed. “I think the medium is very different now, equipment is a lot more modernised, we are expected to do a lot on social media now, which I am still trying to learn!” he laughs. And with such an illustrious career, there are certainly stand-out interviews from the archives. “I’ve learnt over the years that comedians are the hardest to interview because they are usually very introverted,” laughs Al, remembering one unpleasant live interview with Spike Milligan. “My favourite interviews are not necessarily famous people, it’s the people who move and inspire you. Stuart Diver from the Thredbo incident, Fred Hollows and the work he had done saving the sight of people in third world countries, Dick Smith and how he built a business empire from nothing – those are the types of people I find really interesting,” shares Al. “As far as musos are concerned, people like Barnesy and Richard Clapton know how to give good interviews. And personalities – Larry Emdur would be one of my favourites, he’s just a good all-round guy, Ray Martin is another one like that.” Still regularly swapping the radio studio to head out on the road for special events, from hosting panel luncheons with the likes of Wayne Bennett, to charity fundraisers, to the Gympie Muster, Al is still as enamoured with the radio industry as he was in the ‘80s. “I think radio is a unique industry, you never know what is going to happen from day to day, that’s what I really love about it and that’s what has kept it going for me.” And that’s when you know you’re on the right channel.

“I’m the old guy losing his marbles and he’s the young bloke who’s a bit of a larrikin.”

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The Sunshine Coast’s standing as a tourism destination is strengthened by the region’s accommodation options. Novotel Twin Waters Resort Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith shares her role in the resort’s development and boosting the Coast’s tourism profile.



ot all those who wander are lost, and if on your travels you find Novotel Twin Waters Resort, you’ll certainly feel right at home. “We are surrounded by the ocean on one side, the river on the other and the resort is built around the lagoon, and there’s an amazing abundance of wildlife,” says Rachel Smith. “It’s the type of resort that you can choose to relax and lay by the pool or get involved in the many activities such as sailing, segways, stand up paddle boarding, putt putt golf or inflatable water park. We have lots of guests who have been coming here for a long time.” Just minutes from a major, burgeoning domestic airport hub of the Sunshine Coast and equipped by unrivalled conference and event facilities, the resort caters to both leisure and corporate clients. “The resort has been here for 25 years this year and we are moving into a new chapter of small developments and new events,” says Rachel. Joining the team at Novotel Twin Waters Resort in late 2014, Rachel has brought her vast 20-year experience within the tourism industry with her.



“I came to the Sunshine Coast, which is predominantly a domestic leisure area, with a full vision of what is possible to open us up to an international arena,” says Rachel. Living in Mudjimba, Rachel knows of the importance of growing hospitality and tourism to further our livelihoods, while protecting our “grassroots”. “Having the feel of a little community, the local coffee shops, people, the food and the creativeness of the area, is our strength,” she says. Rachel is excited to work with the Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Destination Limited to attract international events, adding to the resort’s existing portfolio of weddings, corporate, retail and lifestyle events – sometimes attracting more than 500 attendees. Novotel Twin Waters Resort will also host the four-day mindful living celebration festival, Wanderlust, this month, as a brand new event for the Sunshine Coast. “It’s the perspective of Accorhotels being committed to the destination, having a positive presence and working with local councils to make sure that we attract these unique events to the community to boost local business,” says Rachel. Phone: 5448 8000


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e are delighted to bring you another edition of About Business and as always it’s a great read. This month, we speak with Scott and Fiona Roberts from IBN Direct. Upon meeting at one of the big four banks, where they each held reputable positions, they became embroiled in fierce competition with one another, but it wasn’t long before they joined forces to become the powerhouse they are today. Together they took a risk, albeit a calculated one, to set up a commercial funding business servicing customers other brokers considered to be too hot to handle. But it paid off and they have accumulated an impressive client portfolio and are making massive waves interstate. Nicole Fuge tells their story. We also catch up with former NRL star Willie Carne. A legendary footballer, Willie has played for the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australia and is remembered for his speed and agility. An injury was responsible for him having to walk away from the game at his peak, however he has found his other niche and is enjoying playing a whole new game in the real estate industry. Willie chats with us about relishing life these days with his two young sons and shares what his plans are for the future. Profile Editor Ingrid Nelson catches up with some of the movers and shakers at



the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre over lunch at the Creek Tavern to discover more about their exciting businesses. The Blokes About Town also talk about some exciting developments in store for the Sunshine Coast economy including the proposed introduction of the new high-speed undersea internet cable which is expected to inject millions into the Sunshine Coast’s economy every year. We have a plethora of entrepreneurs who call the Sunshine Coast home and they are creating a real buzz in the local economy. It’s certainly an exciting time to be in business. Watch this space! We hope you enjoy this issue of About Business as much as we loved bringing it to you. The team is already hard at work to bring you the next exciting issue and we can’t wait to show you what we have coming up next.


LISA WILKINSON’S EVENINGS to Inspire event was a huge night and one we won’t forget for a long time and what better way to back that up than with another incredible woman. Sarina Russo will be here on 4 November, for a special dinner at the Maroochy RSL from 7pm. Sarina opened ‘The Office’ business academy, now Sarina Russo Schools Australia, in 1979 with $2600, nine students and two part-time staff. She now leads the Sarina Russo Group, a private company with interests in education, employment services and property. They employ over 1100 people and have a yearly turnover exceeding $106 million. We also have a special luncheon planned with Aussie cricket legend Matthew Hayden who is an inspiration on and off the cricket pitch. Since retiring from the sport, Matthew has become a philanthropic businessman and motivational speaker. Don’t miss him on 20 November, at The Creek Tavern, Mountain Creek. Then we have Allan Pease offering a unique insight into human behaviour. Catch Allan at the Maroochy RSL on 11 December from 6.45am and keep an eye on the Facebook page for an exclusive VIP luncheon with Allan. Come join us for a social gathering About Business Connection on Thursday, 15 October at the Duporth Hotel Maroochydore from 5.30-7.30pm!

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Success – according to the Collins English dictionary, success is “the favourable outcome of something attempted”.


f you were to ask 20 random people what success means to them I have no doubt you would get 20 very different answers. It may be settling that large sales contract, your netball team winning the grand final, having one of your children win a school prize or something as simple as getting a really good night’s sleep. If you were to ask those same 20 people if they would celebrate success, you would again get a variety of answers covering the spectrum saying, “absolutely, I went out and enjoyed a great dinner and drinks”, to, “no, not at all”. Why is it that something so seemingly simple can cause different responses from people? In fact a lot of this variation comes down to the individual’s attitude to: 1. The event that brought success 2. The individuals background 3. Themselves. There are scores of platitudes about learning from failure, and while it is possible to learn great lessons from life’s clunkers, neuroscience now shows us that nothing succeeds like success. Have you ever had that new recipe, presentation or some other challenge where everything you do with that challenge is golden? Then, the next day, you go at it again and you mess up one time and – bam! You can’t seem to get in the groove. There is a brain-based reason for that, and the more aware of it you are, the more you can create success momentum in your life. Here’s what goes on that makes success so … well, successful. When you’re learning something new and you have a success, even a small one, your brain gets a little reward bump of the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is used to thicken the neural pathways needed to learn a new skill. Your brain is drawn to activities that give you those little pleasure bumps. You can actually become addicted to success. But the big news is that the more you succeed, the longer your brain retains the proper information to help you succeed again. Look for low-hanging fruit (simple wins) in your day to day activities – because it’s a good way to get the snowball of success and high

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CELEBRATINGSUCCESS morale rolling when things are going badly. Get used to the fact that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of yourself and those things you are successful at, and sharing that with others close to you, as that sense of achievement can be infectious to those around you. When you discuss mistakes, make sure you don’t just focus on the what-not-to-do part of it, that is taking on board negative connotations, and won’t help you succeed. If you want to head down the path of success, you have to understand what you did correctly and keep demonstrating that successful behaviour until you have a positive outcome. By being the change you seek, you are actively celebrating your success each and every moment, so that you stop doing and start being what you want to be. SUCCESSFUL!

Atlassian is a name that you may or may not be familiar with and if you haven’t heard it before then do yourself a favour and run the name through an Internet search. This is a great example of a business owned by two mates, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquar. These are two friends who wanted to establish a business together, however they had a very clear idea about what it was they wanted to achieve and how they wanted the business to run. They sat down and worked through what they wanted to do on a daily basis.




THINKING differently When Scott and Fiona Roberts met 18 years ago, they became embroiled in competitive rivalry, and it’s this incessant striving to achieve which has since served them well, not only as husband and wife, but as business partners.



ere’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” This quote by Steve Jobs, made famous in Apple’s ‘Think Differently’ campaign, is impossible to miss as I walk into the boardroom at IBN Direct, where I am meeting founders Scott and Fiona Roberts – and it suitably sets the scene. Scott and Fiona are round pegs in square holes, they are definitely not fond of rules, they are pushing the human race forward and if you ask me, they’re genius. After almost 30 years combined working in banking and finance, and recognising there was a niche in the market, they tackled the risk head-on, although as Scott reassures me, it’s a calculated risk. The pair met 18 years ago, at one of the major banks, Scott



was working on the Sunshine Coast and Fiona was promoted to a position in Brisbane. “I had a string of close succession promotions to get to that role and I was very cocky and I got to the first meeting and said, ‘that’s the targets?’ Which really irritated Scott because he’d beaten all the national records and was thinking – who is this little upstart?” Fiona says with a laugh. “We fought like cats and dogs over the first meeting but when our boss made Scott ring and apologise to me, we spent three hours on the phone.” “That was after Fiona told the boss I was the biggest a***hole she’d ever met,” Scott pipes in. But among the rivalry was undeniable intellectual and physical attraction. “I distinctly remember the first day I met Scott. He was wearing a maroon shirt and a tie that had a pool game on it and I remember looking at him and thinking, ‘crap I’m not ready for this’ – I just knew there was going to be something there. And here we are 18 years later,” she says. Initially the pair entered into a long distance relationship, Fiona living in Salisbury, Brisbane and Scott living in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realise the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realise that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

“Rural funding was totally different to anything we’d ever done before,” she says. “There were four major aggregators in Australia at that time, and we had a lot of people contacting us about private funding and solicitor funds and everyone kept saying, ‘no it’s dodgy’, but it’s not – you just have to have the right people and the right processes. You just need to be ethical and transparent. “So Scott retained the contacts no one wanted anything to do with. He could see the niche in the market, and after spending six months in rural funding, decided it wasn’t for him, and went out and started his own business, Independent Broker Network.” But in 2012, they had to “do a KFC” and go through an expensive rebranding because of the new ASIC laws preventing the word ‘independent’ in any marketing, and they became IBN. “My first deal was highly complex and I knew which funder was going to do it,” says Scott. “It was a highly specialised sand mining deal, which no mainstream lender would touch, and I managed to set that loan and give myself a $50,000 pay day a couple of weeks later. Then for six months, I played a lot of golf and worked on how to structure our business.” At the time, Scott and Fiona were working from home, finally earning the money they wanted, with the lifestyle they wanted and enjoying raising their now seven-year-old son Sam. But incredibly, and mainly due to Scott’s business acumen through the GFC crisis, their business was growing at a rapid rate and three years ago, they were pushed to set up an office with their first employee in tow, a business development manager who had previously been Fiona’s boss. “I went kicking and screaming to my first employee, but I found the more people I employed, the more it freed up my time to increase our income,” says Scott. “We’d had fairly rapid growth in one year, we doubled what we did the year before and then we tripled that again the next year, so for us there was a lot we had to fine tune, in a very short space of time.” With their clientele growing at such a great rate, Scott also had to get used to not knowing every file as intimately as he once did. “Our biggest challenge has been getting the business out of Scott’s head, and on to paper – into structure and processes,” says Fiona. “You can’t grow at the rate we were growing without having some clear guidelines on how it was going to happen. It was hard on us, it was hard on our relationship.”


“It was really good for us though because we had to talk a lot more. At that point we’d both just come out of divorces and were both so raw that there was no point in pretending to be somebody we weren’t. That honestly set us up to always speak our truth,” she says. Scott and Fiona stayed at the bank until Fiona called it quits on 31 December, 1999, having been there for 10 years and Scott followed later in February, having clocked up 15 years. They went into finance broking with a major national aggregator, where they became joint regional managers for the Sunshine Coast. Scott then went on to become the state manager. “We had one of the strongest states but they didn’t accept that Queensland was going so well because of the way we were running it,” says Fiona, “even though we were performing really well, they wanted us to operate by Sydney rules.” Eventually, Fiona left and went to work for another bank, and again Scott was hot on her heels and resigned not long after. But instead, he walked into a recruiting agency, where they had a ready-made position as state manager for a rural finance company.



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Scott and Fiona run their head office on the Sunshine Coast with eight staff members, while operating offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. “I always knew we’d be successful, because we’re both driven, I don’t think we settle for second best, and I don’t think we’re happy to be mediocre – we really strive to be the best at what we do,” says Fiona. At the time of our interview, Scott says he’s about to sign off on a deal that will quadruple their business and give them a strong presence interstate. But with that success needs to be a balanced lifestyle and that is something Scott and Fiona pride themselves on. “We work hard to make ours a workplace of choice, we pay our staff well and we give them lots of benefits,” she says. “In return we have staff members who turn up early for work and go the extra mile all the time, so they’re totally invested in our business.” Scott and Fiona complement each other perfectly – he is the ideas man, while she can implement those ideas into the marketplace. “There hasn’t been a time when we haven’t worked together, so there’s always been a level of professional respect,” says Fiona. “And we do believe we can change the world. By changing ourselves, we’ve changed the way the finance industry looks at private funding.” IBN specialises in “commercial, development and short term business loans” and boasts one of the largest portfolios of private commercial funders in Australia. “Most of our clients are very good clients, they just don’t fit into a particular bank policy,” says Scott. “To give you an idea, most mainstream funders will ask for pre sales for developments. But for somebody who has a development, rather than selling their units or houses off the plan, which will reduce the price they can get for it, they’ll come to us and we’ll do the funding without those pre sales so they can have something that people can walk through. This means they can not only start their project sooner, with fewer hurdles, but also turn a bigger profit at the end.” It’s no accident Scott and Fiona’s business has flourished, in the last 18 months they’ve introduced some of their personal philosophies to the workplace – like that message on the boardroom wall, burning essential oils in the office to help focus staff, and playing music to lift the mood. “We believe how we live our life outside of work is the way we should be living our life at work too,” says Scott.

“We now do weekends better than we’ve ever done them before – you have to, you need down time,” Fiona adds. “Most of the time Scott will be in the office by 7am and quite often I’ll get out of bed at 5am and start doing my work emails before Sam gets out of bed. Once I’ve had dinner I’m sitting down and doing more emails in the evening, so you have to be able to do weekends.” Scott and Fiona have also integrated Sam into the business, he has his own little desk in Dad’s office, he has his own IBN shirts and occasionally comes along to conferences with them. Sam is a very bright kid, when he was six-years-old he was designing his own developments on Minecraft and is in the process of designing a website. “But we balance that too, he plays a lot of golf with me,” Scott says, “every day we go and hit balls in the backyard – we’re lucky we’ve got a pretty big backyard, although he’s coming close to clearing the back fence now!” Scott and Fiona also try to instill their morals and values until Sam reaches an age when he makes his own choices. Always the entrepreneur, when Scott was 10 years old, he would pick and sell bucketloads of grapefruit, or push the lawn mower around, looking for a lawn that needed to be mowed – filling a niche in the market. “We’re trying to instill that into Sam, you don’t have to be given pocket money, you can think outside the square and work it out,” says Fiona. “If I wanted something I had to go and earn the money to get it,” Scott says. “I grew up in a household, with my mother, my grandmother, and my great grandmother – it’s a different upbringing when your house is full of women. “My whole family came from a working class background, so if you wanted to eat, you raised your own cattle, you grew your own vegetables, you didn’t waste anything. My grandmother had a big part in my upbringing, there was never a bit of food that was wasted, to the point she’d keep mouldy cheese because there was edible cheese in the middle.” While Sam has had a “pretty cushy life” due in large part to Scott and Fiona’s desire to make sure he didn’t do it as hard as Scott did growing up, they’re balancing that by making sure he has a good work ethic. And as they watch their little prodigy grow into what I can only imagine will be a successful businessman, Scott and Fiona are embarking on some exciting personal, business and charity ventures. It’s all hands on deck at the Roberts residence.

“I always knew we’d be successful, because we’re both driven, I don’t think we settle for second best, and I don’t think we’re happy to be mediocre – we really strive to be the best at what we do,”




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Michelle Mills of SOI, Serviced Offices International, shares her insights from 16 years experience in the business of virtual reception. SOI has been highly successful in NSW and has recently expanded to provide services to QLD.


would like small business owners to understand the value of virtual receptionists, and how it can add to their business when a receptionist is professionally answering their calls for them,” says Michelle. “A virtual receptionist allows you to focus on your business while giving you time and space to deal with the unexpected and to maintain a healthy work/life balance. If you are a parent running a business and you need to pick your kids up from school, imagine the benefits of being able to divert your calls and have them answered professionally.” “One of our clients, Judy Wong-See, runs a recruitment business, Credence International. Judy was in a position where she needed to find a balance between nurturing her business and being actively involved in the lives of her two small sons. When Judy was working she needed to be completely focused as she was often competing with large corporations for tenders. That’s where we stepped in,” shares Michelle. “SOI helped Judy develop Credence into a million dollar business over the past 10 years and no matter what has been happening for her during this time, every one of her calls have been answered professionally. From a perception point of view, her clients have found her to be consistently reliable and for her personally, we have helped to manage and build her business successfully.”

give it a rest

Some of Michelle’s clients engage her services during the holiday period. “Even over Christmas, business owners will often feel that they must answer calls

because they are worried about what it will do to their business if they don’t”. Michelle reveals that many owners of micro businesses are not prepared to disrupt their business by taking holidays. “The burnout rate is very high and you need energy to keep driving a business. If you don’t take a break and become exhausted as a result, you risk losing the passion for your business,” she says. “With a fully trained professional answering your calls and scheduling appointments, you can take a break, switch off completely and step straight back in without skipping a beat.”

will a virtual receptionist really understand my business?

Michelle believes that training is key at SOI. “Our customer service training program ensures that our reception team understand each and every business they are representing. This ensures that your virtual receptionist is able to engage confidently with your clients, triage calls and identify what the requirements are for your business”, she says. “And this can change from day-to-day. If, for example, a company is running a training course and taking bookings on a particular day, our team can handle all the calls, take bookings and send email enquiries to the right people.” “We only employ receptionists with the highest level of customer service experience in the corporate and hospitality industries,” Michelle shares. “At SOI we are about recruiting the right people, provided thorough training and equipping them with our own personallytailored software to capture and forward on the relevant information to you swiftly and efficiently.”

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When you are considering taking on a virtual receptionist, Michelle recommends that the best test of a service is how they answer your enquiry. “How a company answers your initial call is an indication of how they are going to represent you,” she says. “I would caution anyone against engaging a virtual receptionist on-line without first having a conversation with them over the phone. A website can look really professional but you can’t tell how long they have been operating and at the back of this can often be an impersonal call-centre. This is often the case for budget services that offer no attention to detail or customer care.”

a virtual receptionist allows you to focus on your business while giving you time and space to deal with the unexpected and to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Michelle shares her experience of starting up her own small business. “Just as you would apply for an ABN and set up a website, a virtual receptionist should be on your list of must-haves at the outset of a new business venture,” she says. “Having this cost effective support from day one establishes your professional image and gives you the freedom to put your heart and soul into your business”. phone 07 3447 2400



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but dO they lAst? In the August and September editions of Profile, Michael Gray of Gray’s Family Law spoke about ways in which people can resolve their differences at the end of a relationship. This month, he focuses on the commencement of a relationship and sees what can be done to help ensure that relationships don’t break down.


ot a lot can be done within a legal framework, although there is a positive obligation cast upon the Court, and consequently legal practitioners, to have regard to the institution of marriage (Section 43(1)(a) of the Family Law Act). Since the children and property of de facto partners is now dealt with under the Family Law Act, Michael considers that that obligation extends to de facto partners.

The preservation of a relationship can be assisted by the couple understanding each other better. By understanding each other better, the relationship is being given more opportunity to flourish and that is where the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can help. The Myers Briggs personality test has been around for a long time. In fact, it is often used by clergy who would counsel couples before marriage. Discussions around compatibility were commonplace

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years ago and with a shift towards a more secular society, this valuable step in the relationship process has been largely ignored. Of course, when one is young and in love, one only sees such things as a waste of time and possibly an impediment to that relationship. But, of course, new relationships are not solely the province of the young and second and even third marriages/de facto relationships,

i would prefer to focus on what can be done to prevent relationships from breaking down. through identifying you and your partner’s personality types, Myers briggs can help you better understand the nature of the person you are entering a relationship with.”

giving rise to blended families, and the complexities that can create, are not uncommon. What happens when that person you adore starts to grate on your nerves? All is not lost according to Michael Gray from Gray’s Family Law and a little prevention can go a long way. Differences between people in a relationship can be a strength, “opposites attract, yes, but do they always stay together?” asks Michael Gray of Gray’s Family Law. For example, for introverts, hell at a party is being there. For extroverts, hell at a party is not being invited. “If you spend enough time with anyone, the cracks will start to show. Little traits that you once found endearing can become irritating. The extrovert in him may become frustrated with the introvert who refuses once again to go to the party. And the introvert may feel like pulling away and withdrawing from the big personality she finds herself with,” he says. But rather than let these differences become ingrained and chip away at your relationship, Michael believes that early intervention is the key. “When we identify where the differences are between the two people, then we can work with those differences to have mutual strengths”, explains Michael.

“I would prefer to focus on what can be done to prevent relationships from breaking down. Through identifying you and your partner’s personality types, Myers Briggs can help you better understand the nature of the person you are entering (or already in) a relationship with.” Michael smiles warmly as he discusses a topic he is obviously passionate about. “To quote Isabel Briggs Myers, ‘Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart’s desire’, and that is a statement with which I wholeheartedly agree”. Often as your relationship develops so do your financial involvements – sharing goals and projects. Your finances grow together and become entwined. And this is where Michael encourages couples to consider putting a financial agreement in place. Financial Agreements can be made before the commencement of, during, or after the breakdown of a marriage/de facto relationship and, if properly drawn and reviewed regularly, they can provide a valuable “road map” for couples. As a lawyer and fully certified Myers Briggs practitioner, Michael is able to offer a unique service to clients.

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The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming known as a leading hub for startup businesses. I recently caught up with a few key players who are spearheading this cultural shift and discovered what an important role the Innovation Centre has had in helping these businesses to flourish.


ou only have to look at the number of young entrepreneurs who are making their mark in business on the Sunshine Coast to realise why we are fast becoming known as the startup region. There is a real buzz in our local economy of late, with the recent redevelopment of the Ocean Street precinct including the Big Top and a number of new startup businesses in Nambour, thanks to the likes of Cameron Scott, who is just one of a bevy of young, forward thinking trailblazers who are creating their own destiny and leading the way in driving the new small business economy on the Coast. Thanks to huge advances in technology and the explosion of the internet, gone are the days when work or business prospects are limited by your location. In fact, the undersea internet cable proposed for our region will connect us directly with global communication systems. Its impact is expected to inject an additional $700 million into the Coast’s economy every year and a staggering $1.1 billion annually to the Queensland economy. The Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre has played an integral role as an innovation hotspot for our region. Since it began in 2002, it has become one of the best places to start or build a smart business. I had the pleasure of catching up with a number of business owners who are based at the centre over a delicious lunch at the Creek Tavern recently. Hosting the lunch was my partner in crime and head of Think Speakers and Events Gerry Morris. Gerry is well known for bringing top notch speakers to the Sunny Coast and is passionate about helping businesses connect and learn through the inspiring networking events he delivers. Joining us was creator of Generation Innovation, Ted O’Brien; Craig Josic, CEO of Schoolzine; Dan Mckinnon, managing director of the APPfactory; Luke Humble, creator of Italic Creative Design, recent South African expat Francois Joubert, CEO of TruTeq and David Chamberlain, business manager with Think Publications.



FRANCOIS JOUBERT The business culture in South Africa is very different to Australia. There is something very unique about the Sunshine Coast and the Innovation Centre, it allows you to mix in circles that are conducive to being very creative. We have the best of both worlds here on the Sunshine Coast. Yes, there is that laidback lifestyle but it also has a touch of the ‘Silicon Valley’ approach to life, encouraging virtual businesses and people who focus on startup businesses. I think everyone around this table are dragon slayers. While big companies have a role to play, new economy must be driven by companies with less than 50 employees. The country will fall behind if they don’t support them because that is where your accelerated growth will come from and that is what the Innovation Centre is about. The approach to business at the Innovation Centre, especially around collaboration, is unique to me and very instrumental to growth. We have more than 30 companies under one roof, we drink coffee together, we talk, we exchange ideas, it’s a fabulous environment.

CRAIG JOSIC I left home when I was 16 and bought my first house at 20 and I have always had the entrepreneurial streak. I believe you are who you associate with, I have always surrounded myself with successful people. I work with a number of people at the table here. We leverage off each other. People are learning to have a different mentality and to give back, that is what the Innovation Centre promotes – collaboration. We are proud to be Sunshine Coast-made. We want to articulate to our neighbours just how innovative we are. Business owners are going to start to think ‘hang on, rather than being stuck in traffic for two hours in the big smoke, we can base our head office here in paradise (the Sunshine Coast) and build from that’. The high speed cable is going to be phenomenal.




TED O’BRIEN I like to say I am part of the innovation sector. Innovation has been somewhat of a subculture of the Sunshine Coast and our job collectively is to make it mainstream. A lot of that comes down to timing and almost a cultural shift but I think it’s already part of our DNA as a region. We are such a small-business-oriented community. It’s not just the IT section either that is having massive growth, if you look at the Hinterland, some of the most exciting innovation that is happening is in the oldest sector – agriculture. We have the hard infrastructure here, a great university, close proximity to Brisbane, wonderful high schools, etc. What we need to work on is our soft infrastructure, collaborative groups like this one becoming more mainstream, clusters, hubs, it requires a shift in mentality. Those who get it are taking leaps ahead. The only thing that changes culture is leadership and we need individual leaders to drive that – you can’t wait for government. Look at Currie Street in Nambour and Ocean Street in Maroochydore. It’s people saying we are going to control our own destiny, we are going to put our head on the chopping board.

DAN MCKINNON I grew up in New Zealand and went to uni in Brisbane before moving to London and then Sydney. My wife and I were living in Bondi in a tiny apartment with a two-year-old child and another on the way and we just couldn’t continue to live that way. My wife is from Redcliffe and we wanted to give the Sunshine Coast a crack. I discovered the Innovation Centre was all about incubating and helping businesses, especially with a focus on technology. I got in touch with the CEO Mark Paddenburg three years ago and talked to him about getting involved and it’s been really great for us as a business. We have gained lots of clients and contacts and made some great relationships. It’s nice to have access to others because as a small business you need people to bounce ideas off. You end up talking to people in the kitchen and making connections and collaborating. I find people who open businesses on the Sunshine Coast are people who are driven to make their own way, they are those who want to live here for the lifestyle. It’s just a matter of switching your mindset and thinking outside the square.

LUKE HUMBLE I have been in the design industry since 1999. I love building things. I call myself a Lego man. I have always been involved with startups. I have also worked with Ted and I’m a mentor at the Innovation Centre. I am originally from the UK but I absolutely love Australia. I wish I had come here sooner. I love the mentality. In the UK it’s a rat race and everyone is running on the ‘SAD syndrome’. In Australia, people are doing things to enjoy their lives and better their experiences. The connections I have made at the Innovation Centre have been massive. Ordinarily in business you might have a business across the road you could collaborate with but it’s not generally the mentality. Business is about sharing and leveraging off each other. It’s about getting rid of that stigma and helping each other. I love the fact that you can be anywhere at anytime doing anything. We are at the forefront of that explosion. You can have a business on the Sunshine Coast and still be global. Our previous generation didn’t have that choice. I think the fact we are choosing our destiny both personally and in business is fantastic. BLOKES ABOUT TOWN SPONSORED BY

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The Creek Tavern has taken pub dining to a whole new level. Centrally-located on Karawatha Drive, Mountain Creek, the spacious, modern venue boasts a comprehensive four-page menu, with something to suit all tastes and appetites. With a new cosmopolitan setting, the comfortable dining area seats up to 140 people and is perfect for a business lunch, a catch up with friends or a great family-friendly night out, with face painting on Saturday nights and a large-screen TV to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your meal. It really appeals to all ages. The blokes about town and I were lucky to sample the vast menu at the Creek Tavern during our recent lunchtime visit and it didn’t disappoint. Needless to say with such a wide choice on offer, it took some time to make our selections, with many of the delicious meals vying for our attention. Opting for a lighter option, I decided on the Thai salad with salt and pepper prawns. Cooked to perfection, the crisp salad really hit the spot and was the perfect complement to the deliciously seasoned prawns. Other popular choices included the Char Sui pork belly, beef curry and of course juicy steaks from the grill. Serving sizes are more than generous, and judging from the clean plates around the table, everyone enjoyed their meal as much as I did. The Creek Tavern really does offer so much more than your average pub. The top quality meals, coupled with personalised attentive service makes it stand out from the crowd. I know where we are heading for our next outing with the kids. 172 Karawatha Drive, Mountain Creek Phone: 5478 1333



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and how they avoid court This month, Mary McIver, a senior solicitor at Pippa Colman & Associates Solicitors writes about how we can approach separation like a “power couple” and avoid the expense of going to court.


ower couples often work together sharing ideas to improve their business and lifestyle, compromise and support each other’s interests and ambitions so that each person can shine doing what they do best. Hollywood is full of “power couples” as is our local community. Look at any successful family or small business and you will see a power couple working together towards common goals. Sometimes the stress and strain of being a power couple – high expectations, long working hours and financial stress of funding a certain lifestyle – can unravel the best and strongest of relationships. A couple of months ago, we wrote about Binding Financial Agreements and how they can be put in place at the beginning or during a relationship which will enable a couple to separate with dignity and financial security. Power couples often separate when the relationship stops working but before the relationship becomes toxic and destructive. On separation, wealth acquired during the relationship has to be shared. If there are children, suitable living arrangements must be agreed upon that are in the best interest of the children. Sometimes with power couples, one partner may feel they have created the wealth and should receive the majority share. This is not the case. Legal advice is key to understanding that financial and nonfinancial contributions by both parties are considered when negotiating a property settlement. This can be a difficult concept to grasp for some. An imbalance of power within a relationship is the most common

factor which sees couples in court. Once agreement has been reached, settlement can be finalised in a civilised, efficient and very cost effective manner by Consent Orders and/or a Binding Financial Agreement, with both parties avoiding having to go to court (and the expense) to settle their separation. Consent Orders or Binding Financial Agreements are Family Law documents which record the agreement between you for property and can include agreement regarding arrangements for children. Power couples often treat separation with the same forward planning and consideration of each other’s needs as any other business decision. They are often protective of their public image and can reach agreement without the expense and trauma of resorting to court proceedings. To avoid court, both parties need to adopt a mature and reasonable attitude. They need to let go of trying to blame and the negativity it attracts. They need to focus on negotiating and mediating to reach the best outcome for everyone concerned, especially the children. The money that can be saved by avoiding court can be better spent on you and starting your new life.

Sometimes the stress & strain of being a power couple – high expectations, long working hours and financial stress of funding a certain lifestyle – can unravel the best and strongest of relationships.



For further details contact Pippa Colman & Associates Solicitors on 07 5458 9000 12/64 Sugar Road, Maroochydore Qld 4558

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The legendary football player kicks real estate goals


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Willie Carne is a legendary footballer, having played for the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australia during what many describe as ‘the golden age of rugby league’. Regarded as a formidable player who possessed intimidating speed and agility, Willie now plays a whole new game – in the real estate arena.


ith the swift kick of the football, a six-year-old and barefoot Willie Carne fell in love with the game. It was 1975 when Willie started playing football with his four brothers, because living one-and-ahalf hours from Roma, “there wasn’t much else to do!” “I picked it up from my brothers, playing in the backyard at home, we were on a cattle property so there was plenty of room,” he says fondly. “I made some goal posts out of a couple of pine trees with a little rope in between so I could practice in the paddock, because the old man didn’t like me kicking around the house because I used to break a few windows. “When I played up until Grade Seven/Under 12s we used to play barefoot and then we started wearing footy boots. But it was quite hard kicking with boots on compared to no boots and I ended up taking my shoe off to kick the goal, that was when I was 12.” Willie loved the game and even as a child, knew he wanted to make a career of it. At the age of 13, he went to Ipswich Grammar School on a football scholarship until Grade 12, when he returned to Roma.



“I was playing up to three games a weekend, playing Under 19, Reserve Grade and First Grade,” he says. “When I was 18 they said, ‘The Broncos have their eye on you’. That was my first year out of school. The next year they looked at me and liked what they saw … I was lucky enough to be picked up by the Broncos in 1989.” The following year, Willie played in the Queensland Rugby League First Grade competition for the Broncos Colts Under 21 team on the Sunshine Coast, “we’d play against the Caloundra Sharks and Nambour Crushers as kids and that was our first year”. “The Brisbane Colts hadn’t been around, this was the first time they’d done it, then we went from there to be graded – the next year I played for the Broncos.” Willie, whose childhood hero was Wally Lewis, remembers his first training session with the Broncos vividly. “At that first training session at Fulcher Road, Wally yelled out to me, ‘Mate can you throw me the ball?’ I still remember throwing him the footy, it was probably a 40m torpedo pass and I threw it as hard as I could


“When I was 18 they said, ‘The Broncos have their eye on you’. That was my first year out of school. The next year they looked at me and liked what they saw … I was lucky enough to be picked up by the Broncos in 1989.”

and he dropped it,” he says with a wide smile. “Those little things that happen with people who you look up to in life are so important.” Willie made an impression early on in his career and played State of Origin in his first year. “In my first State of Origin game, I played number five, Mal Meninga was number four and Wally was number six, so when you get in the dressing room they have your jerseys in order of lockers, number one through to 17 – Mal was there, little Willie was here and the King was there,” he says, gesturing. The game was at the old Lang Park, in front of 33,000 people, which in those days included XXXX Hill. “It is definitely the most defining thing I’ve done in my life,” he says of running out onto the field. By the time he was 21 and in his second year, he was already representing Australia. “Their first game was New Zealand vs. Australia down in Sydney,” he says. “They got an absolute hiding and I played the second game, we beat them 40 points to six. As a highlight from any person’s career, representing your country is definitely by far the most amazing thing you can ever do – wearing the green and gold.” Willie played 10 tests for Australia and was instrumental in winning several NRL premierships, State of Origin clashes and the 1992 World Cup for the Kangaroos. “I scored 10 tries when I played the World Cup final in Wembley in England, which was one of the biggest highlights of all the games I played, that was in front of about 90,000 people,” he says. “It was ridiculous that three years earlier I was playing bush footy to almost score the winning try of a World Cup final series. I was just a quiet-spoken skinny little bush kid from Roma … it just goes to show anyone can do whatever they like.” But when Willie was 25, he injured his ankle at training, chasing Steve Renouf. “I still played through another three years but it’s amazing how much an injury can affect one’s performance, but I was lucky to even

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get that far, there are a lot of guys who don’t even get to finish school without chronic knee, shoulder and ankle injuries.” In 1997, Willie retired from the game he loved so much, when he was just 28-years-old. “I wish I wasn’t injured because when you’ve tried so hard and put so much into it and walk away from the game quite young,” he says, trailing off. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist so when you can’t compete at the level you want, I found it quite hard to be able to do that. I had a meeting with Wayne (Bennett) and said I’m not playing the level of footy I should be because of my injury and I don’t want to let the team down. “Looking back on it now I’m still shaking my head, it’s so hard getting to that level of football, even getting to play Reserve Grade now is hard work, so to get where I did I think I was pretty lucky.” Even as a football player, Willie says he enjoyed real estate, buying a few investment properties and dabbling in various opportunities. So after retiring from the game, it made sense to forge a new career path. He obtained his license in 2002 and spent five years working on developments in Brisbane before relocating to Noosa. Having seen the industry peak and trough, Willie predicts big things for Sunshine Coast real estate. “When people start wanting to be somewhere greener and less populated, with the beaches close, anywhere on the Sunshine Coast has to get dearer,” he says. “There are so many tightly held properties in the Noosa area that will never get sold, so it’s probably only 75 per cent of the market that will ever come to sale, there are third and fourth generation owners and they’ll never sell. “The Sydney boom, the Melbourne boom and inner city Brisbane, there’s so much wealth there, once that translates up here, there’s only one way prices have to go, it has to go up.” While it was hard to walk away from the game of football, Willie says he doesn’t miss playing. In fact until a few months ago he remained plagued with aches and pains, niggling reminders of his time on the field. For years he had relied on anti inflammatories and fish oil tablets, but in May, Willie switched the meds for a lean food diet with no dairy, “all my aches and pains have gone away for the first time of my life”. Willie has also dropped a few kilos and upped his exercise regime to the point he’s doing a mini triathlon every day, as well as gym training. “Now I’ve got two young boys, they’re five and seven and they’re starting to enjoy sports,” he says. “My dad was a good role model for me … so it’s going to be a good time in the next 10 years, with the kids developing.” Now aged 46, he loves spending his spare time with his sons, Wil and Jed, reaping the rewards of living on the Sunshine Coast. “This is God’s country,” he beams, “Noosa Main Beach, to me, is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen in my life, I’ve only been to Hawaii once and Waikiki is pretty famous but it’s nothing on Noosa”. With his sons by his side, Willie slips off his shoes and steps onto the pristine white sand, he’s still kicking goals barefoot – but this time they’re goals of a different kind.



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lbion is all about location: it’s just 7km north of the Brisbane CBD and less than 10km from Brisbane Airport and the Gateway Motorway, a major arterial road linking the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It’s also handy to the Port of Brisbane and the Australia TradeCoast industrial precinct. Brisbane Airport Corporation is spending $3.8 billion on infrastructure in the next 10 years while the Port of Brisbane, the nation’s third busiest port, is spending $150 million on improvements. Businesses within the Australia TradeCoast region currently employ 60,000 and the region is forecast to employ 110,000 people by 2026. Although Albion is an older suburb with plenty of character homes, it is undergoing a significant transformation, with higher-density dwellings making up almost 60% of total residences. The suburb is popular with renters who comprise 47% of households (compared to the Brisbane City average of 30% renters). Those living in Albion are likely to be aged from 20–44, with 53% of residents in this age bracket. The median age of the Albion population is 33, four years below the Australian average. A significant number of tertiary-educated people live in Albion – 30% of residents, which is 11 percentage points higher than the state average – and residents of Albion have a higher median income than Queensland and Australian averages. Numerous private schools are congregated along Sandgate Road, the major arterial road running through Albion and north Brisbane. St Rita’s College and Clayfield College are located at Clayfield, St Columban’s College is at Albion, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls Schools is at Ascot and St Joseph’s Nudgee College is at Nudgee. Hospitals, the engineering sector and the hospitality industry are major employers, accounting for 5% each of the workforce. These are followed by the education (4%) and accounting (3%) sectors. One of Albion’s icons is the Breakfast Creek Hotel, built in 1889 in French Renaissance style and now heritage-listed, though it still operates as a pub. There are numerous other entertainment precincts within a 5km radius of Albion, including the Albion Park Paceway, which hosts 150 race meetings each year. Portside Wharf, a cruise ship terminal, shopping and dining precinct with a cinema, is nearby at Hamilton. The Brisbane Powerhouse – a 1920s power station converted into an arts and entertainment centre on the Brisbane River - attracts 700,000 visitors each year. The median house price for Albion is $700,000. The long-term growth rate (the average annual rise in the median house price in the past 10 years) is 6.2% per year, higher than the Brisbane City average. But apartments are a lot more affordable, with a median price of $427,000. The long-term growth rate is higher than that of houses – 6.8% per year, which is considerably higher than the Brisbane City average.


“60 per cent of respondents agree NOW is a GOOD time to buy real estate.”

REAL FACTS Whether you’re looking to enter the real estate market or are already a seasoned home-buyer, it pays to know the trends and predictions within this often-fickle industry. Profile keeps you in the know for all things real estate.


Most Australians believe now is a good time to buy property, according to a CoreLogic RP Data survey. The survey shows 60 per cent of respondents agree now is a good time to buy real estate. When asked if they thought foreign buyers were making it difficult for Australians to own their home, 73 per cent say “yes”. The survey found 48 per cent expect home prices to rise over the next six months, while 45 per cent are tipping prices to rise during the next year.


Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella says housing affordability issues would be eased by releasing land to create a greater supply of housing stock, ending stamp duty and helping first home buyers improve financial literacy and use their own superannuation for a house deposit. Mrs Mercorella says while Queensland has not hit the critical levels of housing affordability, as seen in Sydney and Melbourne, pent-up demand will inevitably push up Queensland’s prices. ABS data found the average home loan for a first-home buyer in Queensland was $302,000 and REIQ data revealed there are 25 suburbs in greater Brisbane with a median house price below $300,000.


Regional Queensland’s rental market is starting to improve while the south-east corner such as Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are powering with healthy-to-tight market ratings. The data sources have revealed good news for investors and for the broad property sector across these areas. REIQ has revealed data showing positive results for traditional mining towns, while heading up north has also seen an improvement with vacancy levels, as local real estate agents say the market is still stabilising.


Southern property investors have been looking to Queensland, as markets such as Sydney and Melbourne are growing too expensive. With the latest BIS Shrapnel report warning both Melbourne and Sydney house prices will start to decrease in 2016-2017 as the interest rates are starting to rise, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are becoming more desirable for investors. The city’s median house prices are expected to grow by 13 per cent over the next four years, with apartments rising by six per cent. The Brisbane apartment market has been hot for some time and it will be the only city where apartment prices will be stronger in 2018 than present.

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A vendor can instruct their agent to alert them to offers. But don’t play games. A cooling-off period does not apply when the property is bought within three clear business days before a public auction, according to Consumer Affairs Queensland.


Anyone at an auction is entitled to ask a reasonable question at any time before the hammer falls, so long as they are not doing so to be a disruption to their rivals.


Eliminate emotion for a greater chance of success. Anyone can bid on a buyer’s behalf – a friend or a relative, or for a fee an agent from a different firm to the listing agency, or a buyers’ advocate and they can be trusted to stick to a prescribed limit.


If you scratch your nose and accidently buy a house, you can do a runner. The auction system relies on trust and goodwill. The sale is only binding once the contracts are signed. But if a buyer signs the contract and changes their mind before handing over the deposit, they can be sued. october 2015


If a buyer is doing this to give rival bidders a fright, it likely won’t work, experts say. It’s far scarier and better for momentum to bid with confidence. Strong bidding and decisiveness will leave rivals wondering just how deep their competitions’ pockets are, and is far more unsettling than waiting until the third and final call. Set the pace – don’t enter the fray at the last second.


In cases of private or off-market sales, a buyer who can settle quickly and has their affairs in order can be enough to tempt a vendor. Private sales in particular will have conditions set out in the contract, and it can come down to the right sort of buyer whose own conditions fit the bill, not just the right price. A cooling-off period, within three business days, exists for residential private sales, but not public auctions.


A vendor will often set the reserve on the day of auction. This is generally because if they tell their agent their reserve price during the campaign, then the agent cannot advertise the property below that price. Not wanting to be locked in, a vendor will keep the price possibility fluid until the 11th hour, if they wish.




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atherine Kelly Lang has graced our screen for over 28 years as Brooke Logan, the sexy blonde bombshell, in the Emmy award-winning TV series the Bold and the Beautiful. So, do you ever wonder what Katherine gets up to when she’s not on set? I recently sat down with the queen of daytime TV to ask her that very question. Kelly, as she likes to be called by her friends and family, has always been interested in fashion. From a very young age she was introduced to the industry by her mother, who owned beautiful vintage clothing stores all over the USA. Kelly has vivid memories of playing dress-ups in beautiful velvet vintage dresses and going with her mum to source new items for the store. Surrounded by the fashion industry both on and off set, it’s no wonder Katherine Kelly Lang Kaftans was born. Colourful, lightweight, soft and silky are how I describe these kaftans, they represent everything that Kelly loves. Kelly has collaborated with Aussie fashion designer Toni Moon and together, they designed and created the kaftan range. “I met Toni through her daughter, who I am friends with, and we both loved the idea of designer gorgeous colourful kaftans,” says Kelly. Growing up, her mum was very much a hippy so Kelly has always loved that bohemian, free-flowing style. The kaftans have been designed so they can be dressed up with a belt and a great pair of heels or dressed down with some flats and your favourite denim shorts or jeans. With over 36 million people watching Bold and the Beautiful every day Katherine Kelly Lang Kaftans are becoming a huge success and the fact they are designer originals means there are only a few kaftans made in each design, once they are sold they won’t be created again. So what’s next for Katherine Kelly Lang? Her love for acting will always see her on our screens as Brooke Logan, however, her fashion line will only be getting bigger and with the launch of Kelly’s Kloset recently in Italy and soon to be Australia, you will see her empire expanding into everyday wear for the modern woman.




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ith her long ebony hair and youthful effervescence, Sunshine Coast model and fashion blogger Shelby Hamilton is gaining traction in the industry. Most recently, Shelby joined the Supré Girl Gang for the brand’s July campaign along with international model Inka Williams, actress Charlotte Best and digital influencer Sarah Ellen. She shares her love of fashion with Profile Magazine. profile: Who was your earliest influence when it comes to fashion? shelby: I’m really inspired by characters so my earliest influence would’ve been Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans’ adored little French, charmingly impetuous, irrepressible, mischievous and precocious character. profile: How would you describe your own fashion style? shelby: My style stems from characters, and being able to portray a type of person through my clothing. I just love being inspired. I wear things that make me feel comfy and happy. profile: What do you love about styling your outfits? shelby: I love styling my outfits to suit my mood at the time. What I’m wearing always reflects how I feel on that particular day. profile: What is the current fashion trend you’re loving? shelby: I love the ‘70s vibe coming back through because it has a big focus on prints, which I love! profile: What is the must-have fashion item we should all have? shelby: A statement denim piece. Whether it’s a high-waist denim



skirt worn with sneakers or a pair of denim flares – you can never go wrong with denim. profile: What will you be doing as part of the Supré Girl Gang? shelby: Being a part of the Supré Girl Gang is all about celebrating and empowering girls. So I want to give as much support and love to my girlfriends, as well my followers – they're all really great and funny people. Oh and I also get to hang out with the Girl Gang on set, which doesn’t feel like work at all! profile: How did you get into blogging? shelby: I just wanted to create, so I started my blog. Creating things and expressing myself is what keeps me alive, it’s my escape. I am excited to see where all of this takes me. profile: How did you get into modelling? shelby: I started modelling when I created my own photo shoots at home for my blog. I’ve always loved dressing up. I pretty much hyperventilate when I see pretty clothes, so for me it doesn’t feel like work at all. I got to head along to Fashion Week this year, which was so much fun. Being part of the Supré Girl Gang and shooting the last campaign has definitely been a highlight.




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“I see a lot of women who have a lot of SKIN DAMAGE because of the sun, so I try to EDUCATE them to take better care of their skin…”


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ith an international career and a significant life event behind her, cosmetic beauty therapist Susan Jarvis isn’t to be taken at face value. Susan started in the industry more than 30 years ago, as a beauty therapist before going on to study dermal therapy and a Bachelor of Science at university. She was inspired to move to Canada in 2000, and spent eight years working for a world-renowned company, while gaining training qualifications including ND Yag, Diode, I.P.L and Thermage laser light systems; and later becoming an international trainer. Then, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and made the decision to move back to Australia to be with her adult children and her grandchildren. “In 2008, I moved back and spent a year on Bribie Island,” she remembers. “I am now very fortunate to say that I am well.” Susan moved to the Sunshine Coast and joined Lavish Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in 2009, with owner Doctor Jayne Bambit. Today, Susan works as Dr Jayne’s patient coordinator, and is recognised as one of Australia’s top clinicians, carrying out noninvasive medical treatments as well as working as a trainer and consultant for INOVA pharmaceuticals Australia. “I am passionate about getting skin in great health again. I see a lot of women who have a lot of skin damage because of the sun, so I try to educate them to take better care of their skin,” says Susan. And after her year of rejuvenation on Bribie Island, Susan has continued to reap the rewards of her sea and tree change. “Today I get to go home to my beautiful little house on one acre in Landsborough,” she smiles. “That’s where I find my balance.”



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aving had several health issues in the past, Zoey Jorgensen grew frustrated with traditional medicine and was determined to get results. But her outlook changed when she visited a sclerologist, who has now become her mentor and teacher, and found out exactly what was going on with her body. “She took photos of my eyes and I filled out the health intake, then held onto it until the end of the consultation so she could go over everything and didn’t miss anything,” says Zoey. “She pinpointed everything that was happening, right down to which ovary had more cysts. I was completely blown away.” At that time Zoey was also contemplating which career path she wanted to follow, so decided to study Sclerology. “I studied journalism for a while, then did a few diplomas and realised that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I want to help people with this simple and non-invasive consultation,” says Zoey. Sclerology is defined as the art and science of observing the colours, markings and gels in the whites of the eyes to determine current health status. Zoey says, “Sclerology isn’t something commonly known about and when people hear of it, they become quite intrigued. I’ve had a pretty good response”. Anything that’s important enough to the body, sclerology testing will show and it can see where the problem originates and which organs it’s influencing and affecting. Basic stress and congestions, liver and kidney problems, infections, worms, parasites, digestive/colon stress, or tissue destruction, are able to be diagnosed. “It still to this day blows me away what sclerology can do for you and your health,” says Zoey excitedly.


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High levels of stress affects your skin. Eliminate problematic people and activities from your life. Do something nice for yourself or someone else as often as you can.

Vitamin C helps to produce collagen. Foods such as avocados, olive oil, flax seeds, nuts and fish in your diet are important. The fatty acids are crucial for your skin to have a healthy balance of oil which keeps skin youthful.

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Exercising boosts the natural ‘feel good’ chemicals while promoting the circulation of oxygen and nutrients in the blood and releasing toxins which leads to firmer, healthier skin. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. The instant you’re dehydrated, it will show on your skin, causing it to look dull, flaky, saggy and loose. Antioxidants are the best resource your body has to fight disease and ageing by reducing damaged cells and inflammation. Some of the best sources of antioxidants include blueberries, pomegranates, acai berries, goji berries, spinach, raspberries, nuts, seeds, purple grapes (AKA a glass 76


Vitamin D is beneficial, but too much sun will damage your skin. Wear big sunnies to protect the delicate eye area, wear sunscreen daily, and if you want some colour – fake it don’t bake it. When choosing skincare or make-up go for a natural product. Your skin rejuvenates, regenerates and repairs itself while you are asleep. Make sure you get at least eight hours a night, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! MY LITTLE BEAUTY, COOLUM Phone: 5446 4411

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Luella Australia is a local swimwear label handmade solely by emerging designer and seamstress Imogen Lane. At just 24-years-old, Imogen has studied three years of advanced clothing and textile design, before launching her exclusive swimwear range.


he label was inspired by Imogenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young daughter, Kendall after Imogen began designing mother/daughter swimwear to match the pieces she was hand-making for her toddler. Today, the range includes modelling/stage bikinis embellished with Swarovski crystals, yoga wear, crop tops, a baby and children range and beach swimwear. Living on the Sunshine Coast for most of her life and residing in Coolum Beach sees Imogen draw design inspiration from her surrounds, and her swimwear, from one-pieces to bikinis, is the perfect fit for our relaxed beach lifestyle. Life changing milestone 1: My first sewing machine When I was about eight or nine-years-old I remember my parents buying me a sewing machine. It was a second-hand Singer, but it worked perfectly! I taught myself the basics and made bags and other small gifts for friends and family. I would always ask to go to the local craft store and spend my pocket money on fabrics, buttons and trims.

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Life changing milestone 2: My first fashion show When I was 12-years-old, some of our teachers at school organised a fashion show for charity. I made a couple of outfits and my friends modelled them. All of the parents came to watch, it was a great fundraiser. Life changing milestone 3: Studying make-up artistry Initially when I finished high school I completed studies in make-up artistry during 2009 to 2010. Make-up artistry was great, it allowed me to have fun experimenting with colours and testing my creativity. I believe this inspired me and lead me to a career in fashion. Life changing milestone 4: Studying Advanced Fashion Design After studying make-up artistry, I went on to complete a three-year full time fashion design diploma from 2010 to 2012, at the Mooloolaba TAFE. It was a great course, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into the fashion industry. Life changing milestone 5: Pregnancy In 2013 we welcomed our beautiful daughter Kendall into the world. Now aged one-and-a-half she is a pleasure, I can't imagine life without her. She is so much fun, extremely energetic and always smiling. In 2014 I started making swimwear for Kendall and then created matching ones for myself. I had a lot of interest from other mothers on the Coast about my new designs. profilemagazine



SKY IS THE LIMIT When Kylie Crossman had her second child, she decided to take a break from being a VIP air hostess in the RAAF, instead craving a creative outlet. And so she began designing and creating children’s bed linen, all while working from home. She started by selling her unique and handmade products from markets, but expanded to social media as a major platform as it allowed her better reach to her customers.


t the time I also made children’s clothing but have gravitated towards children’s bed linen as there was a real market for unique designs that are different from what you can buy in department stores,” she says. “Now with four small boys I find I am really enjoying designing the fabrics with their creative input and working on patterns for each of my items.”


profile: How would you describe your personal style when it comes to your sons’ rooms? kylie: My boys’ rooms are light and bright, minimalistic yet practical. I find storage is key to keeping all their bits and pieces hidden and the overall appearance less cluttered. I like to display their artwork and find it is a great way to add colour and personality to their rooms. profile: What trends are you loving at the moment for children’s bedrooms? kylie: I really love that children’s interior design is so popular right now and parents are creating amazing spaces for their little people to relax, learn and grow. Reading nooks, swings, low bookshelves for easy access, the sky’s the limit. We are in the process of building a new house and the boys have been helping me design their own spaces – on the mood board at the moment are house-shaped cubbies with lots of cushions, some really cool light options and lots and lots of storage! profile: What colours are you enjoying working with at the moment? kylie: Peach, mint, gold and metallic! profile: What are three things people can do to update the look of their children’s bedrooms? kylie: I think bed linen can really transform and freshen the look of a bedroom instantly, make it reversible and you have two looks! Artwork and rugs can make a statement and be really affordable. A good tidy up! Choose clever and fun storage solutions for all the trinkets your children love that create clutter. Fabric baskets are great. profile: It has become a current trend to pay a little more attention to children’s bedrooms, why is that? kylie: I think there is a lot more focus on home interiors in general with renovation shows being so popular and their strong focus on styling. We are taking more pride in our children’s spaces and having fun with it. 78


profile: What are the differences in designing for nurseries and children’s bedrooms compared to adult bedrooms? kylie: Children grow and their interests change so I think parents want a fun, modern and functional space that can be restyled as their children mature. Children also spend time in their room playing, reading, drawing and creating so this needs to be factored into their design. Reading nooks, book shelves, canopies and tepees are popular and look amazing. A child’s room should be a safe place for them and it should reflect their personality. profile: What are some of your tips and tricks for designing nurseries for people who don’t know the gender of their baby? Which colours work best? kylie: Many of my customers do not know the gender of their babies when they contact me. I find choosing gender neutral colours like mint, grey and white are popular choices. These colours look great if you want to add peach or coral for girls or go darker with charcoal for boys.

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From the beach to the BBQ, here are our picks to style your outdoor space for spring entertaining!



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with Darrin Voss

It is difficult to assess how long you should exercise for each day to achieve your goals. Something to consider is that there is an increasing body of research developing that shows it is intensity, not duration, that has a greater training effect for fitness – particularly when the desired goal is weight loss. The World Health Organisation has developed recommendations for the required physical activity of adults between the age of 18-64, stating that:

• They should do at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity OR at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise throughout the week • Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration • For additional health benefits, the amount of moderate-intensity aerobic activity should be increased to 300 minutes (five hours) per week or 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of vigorous-intensity activity • Resistance training activities should be done on two or more days a week

The initial part of these recommendations represents a minimum standard of physical activity for health and fitness. If you’ve been regularly physically active for a few years you’ll be aware that your body can handle more than this given you are sleeping well, allowing for rest and fuelling your body with good-quality food sources. For general fitness and health maintenance, weight loss, toning, strength building and moderate-distance cardio endurance, shorter, more intense workouts (even as little as 10 minutes at a time) can be very effective – even to improve cardiovascular endurance. ANYTIME FITNESS 5441 5871 91 Howard Street, Nambour



MENOPAUSE AND THE MONALISA TOUCH with Dr Beverley Powell A woman in her middle years faces many challenges. Family demands, societal demands, work pressures, and just when she thinks she is coping – her body starts to change! The production of hormones in the ovaries slows and fluctuates during the ‘perimenopause’, and this can start well before periods change. Many physical and emotional symptoms can occur during this time such as hot flushes, night sweats, joint and muscle aches, headaches, insomnia, forgetfulness, skin and hair changes, reduced libido, mood changes – and the list goes on. One uncomfortable consequence of the loss of estrogen from the ovaries is termed ‘urogenital syndrome of the menopause’ or ‘vulvovaginal atrophy’. This is a collection of changes to the vaginal area which may cause symptoms which can include dryness, burning, irritation and discomfort with intercourse. Treatments for this have traditionally included vaginal lubricants and moisturisers, or estrogen cream or therapy. Another option which has recently become available is to treat the vagina with a procedure called MonaLisa Touch. MonaLisa Touch works by stimulating the body’s own regenerative processes to create more healthy cells and to improve the circulation and nutrient supply to the vaginal mucosa. This helps return the vaginal environment to a more normal situation. MonaLisa Touch treatments require no downtime and are suitable for most women. Useful resources are available at,, and talk to your doctor for advice. SUNSHINE GYNAECOLOGY 5479 3033

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At the Think Speakers and Events lunch held at the Mooloolaba Surf Club, Brisbane Lions Champion, Brownlow and Norm Smith Medalist Simon Black, former Australian Wallabies Coach John ‘Knuckles’ Connolly, ex-New Zealand strike bowler-turned-cricket commentator Danny Morrison and footy legend Trevor Gillmeister featured in a panel-style event. Anna Rawlings catches up with three of the four speakers about their sporting insights and what they’re up to now.

TREVOR GILLMEISTER: FOOTY LEGEND AND SPEAKER Legend Status: Trevor ‘The Axe’ Gillmeister is a former rugby league player and assistant coach for the Gold Coast Titans, and current assistant coach for the Queensland State of Origin team. He is known for his punishing tackles during his time as rugby league player for the Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos and Penrith Panthers, as well as representing Queensland and Australia. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his contribution to rugby league.

Profile: What are you up to now? Trevor: I was with the Titans for eight years so after finishing there last year I kicked off with some work for Channel 7 in Brisbane. I do a bit of work for the government as an ambassador for Asbestos Awareness. I also do a bit on the league and give Mal (Meninga) a hand with the Queensland side so I still get my footy fix. Profile: As assistant coach for Queensland, can you tell us about this year’s incredible Origin series decider? Trevor: It was fantastic, I’ve been involved for 10 years on the coaching side of things and it’s probably the best I’ve seen all the players perform at their peak in the one game, after losing in Melbourne you could tell when they came into camp for the third game that they had a steely look in the eye. And so Mal and I being there as coaches, it was pretty easy to get them going. They were just ruthless. Profile: Looking back, what are your top career highlights? Trevor: I was blessed really, to win a couple of grand finals with the Broncos and play for and captain Queensland in ‘95, and to win the series three-nil when we were rated really no chance of winning was fantastic so it’s pretty hard to beat that.




Legend Status: A former New Zealand cricketer who made his test debut for New Zealand in 1987, specialising as a pace bowler, and became New Zealand’s fifth-highest wicket-taker. Danny is now known for his “larrikin” personality behind the microphone hosting international cricket commentary boxes.

Profile: What are you up to now? Danny: I’m away a lot overseas to commentate, of late I do the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, and the Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket. It’s been great, it suits my mad cat personality in terms of getting out in the crowd and doing pieces to camera and having fun. Profile: Have you enjoyed the journey from player to commentator? Danny: I stopped playing nearly 20 years ago and we came here to the Coast in September 2006 so it’s worked nicely, a lot of guys stay in the game in coaching or administration or media, and I was more ‘media’. Profile: What is your favourite format to call? Danny: From test match cricket and 50-over cricket you have the third hybrid of the game which is this Twenty20 stuff and I love it, I like the fun of the shorter format where it encompasses more of the broader sporting public.

Profile: What are your thoughts on the Ashes 2015 series and Australia’s defeat? Danny: Having played the Aussies a lot and having played some of the Warne and McGrath era, it’s been nice to see it balance up a bit. I think the training and fitness of the Aussies over a long period of time has been the benchmark so everyone’s looked at Australia through the ‘90s and into the mid-2000s as dominating under the likes of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. So it’s nice to see the Poms bounce back a bit.

Profile: After 25 years spent as a professional coach, what are you up to now? John: I’ve been working with the Queensland Reds for the last eight weeks. I may look to do something in council next year (after previously running as an LNP candidate in 2012). Profile: What’s your opinion on the Wallabies performance during the Rugby World Championship? John: They are going quite well, the hard thing for rugby at times is they are on a world stage all the time, compared to other codes, it’s normally two local teams.

JOHN CONNOLLY: SUPER RUGBY Legend Status: Known as John “Knuckles” Connolly, the sporting identity is a former player, rugby union coach and former head coach of the Wallabies, in the past working with the Queensland Reds, Stade Francois, Swansea RFC and Bath Rugby in Paris, Australia and the UK. october 2015

Profile: What are some of your career highlights? John: Coaching Queensland for the rugby tournament games, beating England in a couple of the super titles, coaching Stade Francois in front of 80,000 people in the World Championships, getting coach of the year in Europe, coaching Australia, beating the Springboks 14-nil, beating the All Blacks are all up there. I used to write for the Sydney Morning Herald for 10 years, and whatever I banged out would usually get printed. I remember I was living in England and I covered an All Black game in 2003 and they said, we need a back page lead. It wasn’t on TV there so I rang my son up and said, I need you to watch this game and tell me everything. So I wrote it and sent it in and John Eales (rugby legend) rang up and said, it’s like you’ve never seen this match! And when I rang my son back I said mate, what happened? And he said, yeah I was that drunk I couldn’t see the screen! Panel Question: What sport would you like to see introduced to the Olympics? John: One I would like to see is Mongolian polo, which is played on yaks, although I don’t know how likely that would be to get in!







Being able to go to the toilet, eat a bowl of cereal, or deposit money in the bank may be trivial daily tasks for most of us, but for others, it’s impossible. Compass Institute takes physically and intellectually disabled youths under their wing to give them the quality of life they deserve.


avid Dangerfield grew up in Brisbane, living across the park from a young man who had cerebral palsy. The two of them were stark in contrast, they couldn’t be more different, David was the popular kid on the rugby league team, while Geoffrey struggled to even walk and talk. “I tended to have friends who were all like me and here was this one young man named Geoffrey, he had a crippled arm and a brace on his leg and he could never join in,” says David, now a grown man and father of two healthy sons. “Geoffrey and I used to share part of the route to school, so I’d let him walk with me and we’d chat. It was clear he had real difficulty, because of his cerebral palsy, just communicating and other kids picked on him, so somewhere along the way I took him under my wing. “When I’d go out and play footy in the park I’d always invite him to come and I’d show him how to kick the ball and I’d put the ball under his crippled arm and he’d run with it and I’d pretend to tackle him.” Through that exposure, as a young person, he appreciated what life would be to a person living with an intellectual and physical disability. Nowadays, David is the CEO of the Compass Institute. “I studied overseas in the ‘80s and the model I was exposed to was one of further education, training and vocational opportunities,” says David. “When I came back to Australia I was headhunted by a large organisation who worked in disability service provision and they had


that old fashioned view of what a disability service should be and I had ethical problems with that, so I left after a couple of years and came to the Sunshine Coast and set up Compass in 1991.” Compass provided alternative education programs through local secondary schools, helping over 7000 youth at risk, primarily young men in Years 8 and 9, hinging on expulsion from school. They expanded to include about 13 programs, teaching various qualities including leadership development, protective behaviours and life skills, and became involved with young people with special needs, intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities. David says he always had this model of further education in mind, so started talking to parents and carers who said there was nothing for these young people once they finished their secondary school education. In 2003, the disability service section of Compass opened and has since become the core of their organisation. Compass now supports 93 families across their six centres from Caboolture to Gladstone and allows young people with an intellectual or physical disability to continue their education and personal development after secondary school. “It’s just like going into a specialist University or Tafe, but the lessons are designed to suit a person with an intellectual disability,” he says. At the more profoundly disabled end, a person cannot indicate when they wish to go to the toilet and can’t feed themselves, so Compass trainers might spend two years giving them therapy and training so they can hold a spoon, can get the food into their mouth, then from the bowl to their mouth repeatedly, etc. “That may sound like something really simple but that now means

“They get the same VALUE we do from going to work and having social contact and feeling a sense of ACHIEVEMENT when they have done a job well and learned something new…”



the family can go out to a restaurant and don’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed because their son or daughter spills food everywhere,” he says. On the other end of the spectrum, it may be learning to open a bank account, personal grooming, speech therapy, or conversational and social skills. “There’s a lesson plan for every activity, just like at school, there’s an assessment for each person in their activity, a report each semester on how they’re progressing and an opportunity to transition from an education unit into a training unit, into a vocational unit then into a social enterprise,” he says. One of the facilities Compass runs is a farm at Hunchy, which David describes as a “magical place”. “It’s a gorgeous rural property the young people maintain,” he says. “Based at the farm you have Green Thumbs nursery, Harvest Kitchen and the Rakes and Panes team, which does lawn, garden and window detailing in the community.” There is also Compass’s retail store, Wabi Sabi, in Palmwoods. “For a person who may not be able to work in the shop or on the farm, they might make some products and whatever they produce gets sold in the shop and the funds come back into Compass to help support these activities.” Compass Institute is a non-profit organisation, relying solely on government funding and money raised through fundraising ventures. David says around 90 per cent of people who receive support through a disability service provider have little or no choice or control over the support they receive. “The funding goes directly to the service provider and people then must apply for a place. Many will simply end up on a waiting list,” he says. In 2000, the Queensland Government began individualising service, which meant funds were being provided directly to the family, allowing them to choose the service provider. “Compass has come into existence during that time and 100 per cent of the young people we support are here because they have control of their funding through their family and they choose to be here,” says David. “That’s an unusual circumstance in Australia, where the vast majority of service provision is block funded.”

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is being rolled out from 2016 through 2019, will break up that block funding and have it assigned to the individuals who receive service. “That means those families, for the first time in their lives, will have a choice about what service they receive,” he says. “The other two main planks are if you acquire a disability in your lifetime then you’ll be able to access funding and support or if you have a child with a disability they’ll automatically be eligible for funding and support. At the moment it’s kind of like a lottery who gets funding and who doesn’t. “The main issue with the NDIS will come from mandated prices. It’s true that some service costs in traditional services are probably excessive however the broom that is intended to sweep out those practices could also sweep out developmental, innovative and extremely costefficient services like Compass that provide extraordinary value for the dollar. “Late last year the Federal Government commissioned a report on the NDIS which described it as an aeroplane that had taken off while only partially built and they were trying to complete the construction while in the air – it’s a mess.” David says the NDIS will create turbulence for service provision in Australia, but he’s determined to stay in the landscape, expanding across Queensland and interstate over the next few years. “I’d like to make sure Compass is in the sector for the long term, because it is a means for people with a disability and their families to access all those opportunities we may otherwise take for granted.” For more information, visit

“It’s just like going into a specialist University or Tafe, but the lessons are designed to suit a person with an intellectual disability.”


“One of the most common issues faced by women who have difficulties conceiving is their own HEALTH and WELLBEING.”



e all like to believe we’re doing the best we can to stay healthy and we all know the basic principles of how to achieve this; regular exercise and healthy eating! This holds true even more so when you’re trying to fall pregnant. Your family and friends will tell you, your doctor will tell you, and the media will tell you how important it is to exercise and stay fit, but exercise is also of great assistance to conceiving. One of the most common issues faced by women who have difficulties conceiving is their own health and wellbeing. Most importantly, women need to maintain optimal oestrogen (and progesterone) levels for successful menstruation cycles and ovulation. In short, too much oestrogen is bad and too little oestrogen is worse. Women who are obese or overweight carry more fat cells in their bodies which has an adverse effect on their hormone levels, in particular an increase in their oestrogen levels and insulin resistance. Women who are underweight and malnourished equally face adverse effects on their hormone levels, suffering a deficiency in oestrogen levels. An optimal BMI is 20-25. There is a happy middle ground which assists conception. Women who engage in a regime of 40 to 60 mins of moderate intensity exercise three to four times per week will have a positive impact on their menstruation cycle and ovulation by maintaining optimal hormone levels, leading to an increased chance of a successful ovulation, fertilisation and implantation. Given that a healthy woman’s normal pregnancy rate is ordinarily around 15 to 20 per cent per ovulation cycle, any positive impact you can have is always welcome when you are planning to have a baby. Following a successful implantation, the happy middle ground also provides the best body for the least chance of miscarriage and sets the body

up for pregnancy and delivery, especially the all important pelvic floor. However, in our bid to do what’s best, we could be doing harm. There is such a thing as too much exercise. There has been a considerable increase in participation by women in sports since the early 1970s and as a result there has been an increase in medical interest in the potential complications of overexercise and dietary change on long-term reproductive health and other consequences. One serious disorder for high performance athletes is “the female athlete triad” – dietary low-energy availability, disturbed menstruation and bone mineral density decline (softening of the bones), also known as osteoporosis. Up to five per cent of female athletes experience all three and up to 25 per cent can experience at least one of these. The effect on reproduction is essentially a reduced level of oestrogen. For any of these scenarios, stopping a period is a warning sign the body is under too much stress to support reproduction. Do not ignore this sign! This could affect your chances of conceiving not only now, but potentially longer term. If you recognise it, and treat it appropriately, you may prevent the progression of symptoms. If it is ignored, you may find yourself suffering infertility. If you are missing periods see your doctor, your nutritionist and your trainer for proper evaluation. Your level of exercise may be the cause, but other causes should be considered. After proper assessment, treatments include altering your training regime, adjusting your dietary intake, increasing your calcium intake or undertaking a form of oestrogen therapy such as taking the oral contraceptive pill. If this is something you are experiencing please seek medical advice, in particular if you’re wanting to start or grow your family.

“In our bid to do what’s best, we could be doing harm. There is such a thing as too much exercise.”



Our Come & See day's have a special theme with fun activities for the little ones to do. Some of the days coming up in Term 4 are -

Mad Hatter's Tea


Come & See DayS every WeDneSDay 9.30- 11am You are invited to 'Come & See'’our stunning centre surrounded by our very own farm. The morning is relaxing and fun for parents and children, where you can join in on the activities and have morning tea with the early learners and meet our amazing educators.

Party Make and decorate a hat, enjoy a special tea party an d decorate your ow n gingerbread man. Jungle Adven

ture Make and decorate an animal mask, rescue a friend from the jungle some jungle instrume and play nts. Balloons Gal

There’s balloon game ore s, and painting with balloons, water balloons, wacky balloon faces and mo re.

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Term three is often the most challenging when it comes to academic workload, especially for the senior grades. But I’m sure I don’t need to tell any parents that!


t the start of the year Shine From Within ran a halfday workshop for teen girls called Back 2 School. It covered releasing negative habits and thought patterns from the year before, time management skills, stress relief tactics, self-care rituals and setting goals for the year ahead. As always, I learned a thing or two from the girls who attended. It was wonderful to have a room full of girls keen to get off on the right track when school started back (even if some of them were sent kicking and screaming by their parents). They were engaged, excited to share their tips and had loads of questions.

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When we brainstormed what worked for them in terms of time manage ment and study, these were the top tips they cam e up with: • Break your study and assignm ents up in to smaller tasks • Have one diary for everything; including assignments, work and social activ ities so that you can clearly see how many com mitments you have • Turn off your phone • Cultivate positive relationships with teachers • Go for a run or do some sort of exercise to clear your head • Create a study group with likeminded students at school to support each other • Drink lots of water and eat fres h healthy foods • Get organised and use workshe ets and tools to support your way of learning • Write your to-do list for tomorro w, today • Ensure you have a clear, neat des k space to study • Create an afternoon ritual that works for you to get into study mode • Schedule in time to have fun and look after yourself too

What I found really interesting was the students who came along already knew what they needed to do. But they needed the reminder and fresh motivation to actually put things in place and create healthy habits that worked for them. Everyone has different styles of learning, different times of day when they can focus best and different distractions to be aware of. The sooner they can tune in to what actually works well for them and get into a routine, the better. I hope some of these tips come in handy in your own household.

Harmony Early Learning

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In a society that has forgotten the importance of celebrating a young woman’s rites of passage, holistic health practitioner Karen McElroy is bringing back tradition. Through her workshops Gaia Girls, Karen aims to strengthen the bond between a mother and her child, and create a sisterhood which can navigate together over the seas of self discovery.


idden in the Noosa Hinterland there is a gathering of women and their daughters. In between the chatter, there is shrieking, squealing and laughter, and sometimes there are tears. The girls skip off to play and collect flowers, while the women turn inwards to talk about their child’s navigation into young womanhood. This is Gaia Girls: a workshop for mums and their daughters to help facilitate and support their daughter’s inner growth and healthy development from childhood to beyond. Run by holistic health practitioner and mother-of-two Karen McElroy, the workshops aim to celebrate the physical, emotional and spiritual changes that occur during adolescence. Karen is a naturopath, nutritionist, medical herbalist and mindbody counsellor, who runs two busy naturopathic practices on the Coast, specialising in women and children’s health. She launched Gaia Girls a few years ago when she was doing some work with her own daughter, Holly, 11, and some of her friends. “Holly is my little research assistant. She comes up with ideas that I don’t.” After some successful private gatherings, Karen decided to extend her ideas to the wider community. She launched the program two years ago on the natural bushland settings of her five-acre Cooroy Mountain property, where girls and their mums partake in ceremonies, get crafty, dance, talk and embrace. Karen says it is very easy for young women to go “AWOL” during puberty and it is therefore imperative to strengthen the bond between

a mother and child, when young women need support and guidance, and the tools to tackle the challenging years. “Gaia Girls aims to give an opportunity for mothers and daughters to grow together, rather than apart, during these sometimes challenging times. In addition, the programs aim to create a community of girls who can journey together, embracing the changes that occur along the way and share their unfolding femininity in a guided and sacred environment,” she says. Karen says in today’s fast-paced world, there is often little space to explore and celebrate the rites of passage that have always been part of growing up. “In many cultures, girls have traditionally been taught and prepared by women in their community about their journey into womanhood, and they are honoured and celebrated in the process,” she says. Furthermore, girls in our society have more access to information and are getting exposed to adult themes in the media much earlier than ever before, Karen says. “By being available to our girls, from when they are a young age, we can grow with them as they blossom into the women they were born to be and help them navigate over the seas of self discovery,” she says. Karen says the girls and their mums are encouraged to lean on each other for support through the sometimes turbulent teenage years and practice healthy communication. “A close bond between mothers and daughters will foster and support girls to have a healthy, happy and safe journey to young womanhood.” Karen says many girls turn on their bodies when they notice change such as weight gain. But this is all part of the natural growth process. “You do see women who don’t like their bodies; they think they are too fat and they hate themselves. That then translates to them not feeling connected and not eating healthy food,” she says. “They all go on a diet because they think they are getting fat; they get a bit chubby. But gaining weight at that age is normal.” Importantly, daughters should be turning to their mothers for information and help, not relying on their peers or second-hand information. “A lot of teenagers pull away from their parents. Here we can create a space where they can maintain that authentic connection that is rich. It’s about creating the village aroundthe girl.” The gatherings also provide mothers with an opportunity to deepen their connection to their daughter and receive support and practical tools in successful mothering. “We talk to the mums as well about where they are at as the girls go off and play and other women offer their own insights.” Focus points of the workshops include fostering positive self image, and connecting to the instinctual self and unique essence. “I want women to feel empowered and provide a space for them to reflect; to find out how they are finding their mothering journeys. And really find a space for the girls to celebrate their uniqueness and their own gifts, and what they bring to the world.” The workshops are broken up into age groups: Earth Daughters (age seven-eight), Gaia Girls (age nine-11), Star Sisters (age 11-13), Spirit Sisters (age 13-15) and Moon Sisters (mixed age group). Each age group explores the unique challenges presented by the corresponding developmental phase.



Themes covered in each age group include; body wisdom and health, female rhythms and cycles, nature connection, emotional development and empowerment. “If there are young ones who have started cycling, we help them to feel like they are not freaks. It’s important to discuss what each age is going through.” Older girls are encouraged to be mentors and role models for the younger girls in the programs, extending on the village idea. This may include assisting and guiding girls at camps and gatherings. Karen also helps many women with their fertility issues and says many of the problems could have been stamped out during their adolescence if they were taught the correct tools and encouraged to celebrate their bodies. Karen works with pregnant women throughout the entire life cycle – before pregnancy, during pregnancy and beyond. She says teaching children to love and nurture their bodies at a young age is pivotal to maintaining a healthy body throughout their adult life, particularly for when they are trying to conceive. “You start to see the problems, especially with reproductive issues. A lot of them have a disconnection with their body. I teach them to be connected to their menstrual cycle. I could see a need to connect the young women so they didn’t get dysfunctional cycles (from drastic dieting, etc).” In her workshops, Karen teaches young girls how to feed themselves with nourishing foods. Then she encourages exercise and meditation, whether that is through yoga or taking nature walks: “Whatever it is to make sure they have a healthy reproductive system.” The Gaia Girls workshops have been so successful that Karen has started to take them to schools, which she plans to extend in the future. Ten percent of Gaia Girls’ proceeds go to Girl Determined, which empowers young Burmese women, teaching them important leadership skills and how to advocate for their own rights.

“A close bond between mothers and daughters will foster and support girls to have a healthy, happy and safe journey to young womanhood.”

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What is acceptable when it comes to social media etiquette?


We go behind the scenes with X Factor star Dean Ray


The underwater photographer shares his mission for protecting our sealife

Kim Mc Cosker






with Matt Yurko

I’ll share a dinner party trick with you, if you’re happy to cheat a little. But you have to carry it off with confidence. And that’s not the trick.


his one’s new for me too – because I’ve always believed that food prepared with love (and talent) was the star of any gathering. I was in my shed recently, on one of those late August mornings where the sun pours in from every opening. I’d had my morning coffee and taken the boys to daycare. There was a rare two-day break in bookings for me, and I’d promised myself some time to create. I was excited – I’ve found a resin to make your wood glow in the dark and I know I’m about to win huge brownie points with my wife for making an awesome table. But I digress. The resin hasn’t arrived, and it’s not what I was in the shed to do. See, I’ve noticed a pretty consistent theme with my wedding bookings lately. It starts with a long tallow wood table with butchers paper spread across it. Terracotta bowls of olives (green sicilian, gordal, nyon, manzanilla – all the best ones). Charcuterie and farmhouse pâté with blueberry wine jelly. There’s soft cheeses and hard cheeses; taleggio, manchego, gruyere, brie and gorgonzola. It’s called a grazing station and it’s filled with all the best things your local deli has to offer. Guests can swing by and casually stuff their faces when no-ones looking. Or they can pick throughout the night, whenever they’re hungry. The best grazing stations have chargrilled vegetables, loads of house-made dips and an array of dipping ‘utensils’ like fancy bread, gluten-free crackers and crudités. Everything is grouped on its own, so the dairy-free guests can avoid the cheese, the gluten-free guests can avoid the bread, and the vegetarians can take a wide berth on the charcuterie. While you might not own an awesome wooden buffet table, you’ve probably got a dining table that will do the trick, right? So next time you’ve invited people over and then realised you’d like to show off but you don’t know how – don’t stress. This trick has got you covered. Find the wood guy at your local market (there’s always one there). Buy two or three funky looking wooden boards, the thicker the better, and now you’re halfway there. Stop in at the best deli you can find and stock up. Easy! When you get home, lay a white tablecloth over your dining table. Use your wooden boards from the market to display your finds, chuck on some cool tunes and pour the vino. Dinner’s cooked and your guests will be raving. Now go entertain – life’s too short not to share it! PS. I almost forgot about this little winner. Get some ovenproof ramekins and fill with goats cheese. Drizzle honey and truffle oil over the top and bake. Sprinkle with toasted pecans (toffee toasted pecans are awesome, but you don’t need to go to that extent) and serve with a crusty loaf of bread.



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NEWS JUST IN! Profile is excited to share Matt has been nominated for the prestigious Food & Beverage category in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2015, and look forward to the annual Gala Awards Ceremony for the winner’s announcement on Saturday, 7 November. Good luck Matt!


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That’s never going to sell, they said, but they couldn’t be more wrong. 4 Ingredients has become the biggest self- published title in Australian history with sales nearing eight million copies worldwide. How does Kim McCosker do it? She’s got ticker.


t’s an ordinary Wednesday and dusk is falling on the McCosker household. Kim runs her finger along the spines of her catalogue of cookbooks looking for inspiration. It’s been a long day, the kids are hungry and there are a gazillion chores still to be done around the house. Flicking through the pages, she stops at what looks like a quick and easy mid-week meal for her family – that is until she reads the long list of ingredients needed, spatchcock and all. Nope, not going to happen at 5.50pm. “That’s not my rush hour, that’s my crush hour, that’s when I’m so overwhelmed,” she says with her trademark effervescence. “Teach me how to prepare a little bit of beef with some barbecue sauce, add some sesame oil and let the magic begin, show me how to get a quiche dish out, line it with a bit of puff pastry, beat up three eggs, add sour cream and whatever vegetables I have, preheat the oven to 180 degrees, bake for 35 minutes and there’s a quiche. That’s the recipes I was after.

“That 2000 copies that were never going to sell, has gone on to become the biggest self published title of all genres in Australian history.”




“So I started to write a book, I was on a mission to create the easiest cookbook ever. I knew you could cook successfully with four or fewer ingredients because when I moved out of home and went to uni, I used to ring my beautiful mother to ask how to make apricot chicken – it’s so easy, slice up your chicken, add your onion, some french onion soup and apricot nectar and Bob’s your uncle.” Kim and her founding business partner Rachael Bermingham chained themselves to the kitchen bench, testing a thousand recipes to whittle it down to a manuscript of 300 of the best dishes using four or fewer ingredients. It was the beginning of 2007 when Kim and Rachael embarked on an unimaginable journey, “not in a million years did I expect to have the success we’ve had,” gushes Kim. “The experts in the trade

Kim says Rachael, who she bought out of the business four years ago, taught her not to take no for an answer. “If we hadn’t have persisted we would never have broken through on 11 June, 2007 when we broke through morning TV, which is exceptionally hard, but it was that we kept calling.” And it’s that persistence coupled with human contact that has put 4 Ingredients in good stead to continue growing. “Twenty books later, I don’t have a series anymore, I have a library,” says Kim. “That 2000 copies that were never going to sell, has gone on to become the biggest self published title of all genres in Australian history. That little book has sales nearing 2.8 million copies domestically, global sales across three continents, 26 countries and in six languages over eight million copies.”


Know what your message is:

Be really clear about your message and repeat it over again – repetition is reputation. It takes a lot to build a brand but once you have it, maintaining it is infinitely harder, so everything you do has to come back to that core message.

Reinvent and reinvigorate:

Brand fatigue is a real term! Know your product really well and keep your brand relevant, innovative, new and fresh and at the forefront of people’s minds.

Preempt change:

One of the constants in life are death, taxes and change. You can’t just roll with change, you have to pre-empt it and thrive rather than just survive.


said to us, ‘that’s never going to sell, that’s got a green jacket, there’s no pictures how is everyone going to know what it’s meant to look like, you’re not famous, you’ve got no culinary expertise or background, you’re battling Gordon, Jamie and Nigella, are you dreaming?’ “We were on a trajectory to sell the first 2000 books that cost us a lot of money to print, funded from my family’s mortgage, and they were sitting in my living room as we were literally selling door-to-door. We were up against the odds and I think that’s why we’ve been so popular, people can resonate with that.” Kim also credits 4 Ingredients’ followers on Facebook to their burgeoning success. “We have built a loving and loyal tribe along the way and have one of the fastest growing social media footprints in the country,” she says. “That is our voice to the world, that is how we communicate, that is how I continue to live my life with my beautiful family on the beautiful Sunshine Coast because I have that. “We listen and we answer and we learn from that Facebook page, it has taught us many things that would help busy people in the kitchen and we’ve written books based on that information and further research. So it’s more than just a voice, it’s a communication tool, it’s an education tool. “That is my core strength and the strengths of your business are your characteristics that set you apart from your competitors and that is a massive strength of ours that we have that tribe, wherever we go.” Kim says so many people consider her to be lucky to have experienced the success she has, but it’s been more than a whimsical roll of the dice. “I learnt the secret to success when I was 10-years-old and wanted a new pair of shoes and my dad said to me, ‘go and pick apples on our farm’ – the secret to success is hard work,” she says. “If you have passion and purpose tied into that work ethic, you’re streets ahead of so many other people. “That’s another key strength of my little team here in Caloundra is we just genuinely love working with people. I see so many great ideas but they fall flat because they don’t love working with people. “I am the author in the aisles, on the stages, at the expos, at the shows and I am the one communicating and staying ‘til stumps and that takes ticker and requires significant stamina.”


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We all know proper etiquette when it comes to table manners or how to behave in certain professional or social settings, but what about our behaviour on social media? I recently caught up with the lunching ladies for their take on what is acceptable in the cyber world.


s a communication tool, social media plays a huge role in our business and personal lives today and there are a plethora of platforms to choose from. Like any other medium though, there are certain rules and etiquette that apply. But do the majority of users abide by them? We all have that friend who overshares on Facebook, or makes inappropriate comments or is a serial photo poster (I might be guilty of that one!). Or there are those who sit on their phone and continue to text or surf the net as you attempt to have a conversation with them. As a relatively new communication tool, the rules and regulations are constantly evolving in the social media arena and it can be difficult to keep up. So what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour on social media? I posed the question to the lunching ladies and discovered some of their pet peeves when it comes to proper etiquette in the online community. Joining me for lunch was sclerologist Zoey Jorgensen of Holistic Eye; Nicole Wykes, marketing manager at Nambour Christian College;,Tarsh Manfield, digital brand strategist at What the Fox Creative; Julie Coulthard, media and communications officer, Tafe East Coast and last but not least, Profile photographer, Rebecca Smith. profile: What do you think is inappropriate to share on Facebook or Instagram? tarsh: For me, social media merges many parts of my life. My Facebook page used to be more personal but now I use it more as a business tool. I try not to get too political or controversial. Basically, if I wouldn’t say it at a dinner party I won’t post it on social media. People get a bit confident on the keyboard. julie: I don’t like when social media is used in a negative way. Making it a space for complaint is also not the best. I don’t see it as the right medium for that. It’s not going to be resolved as easy that way. Pick up the phone or utilise formal feedback forms and try to keep it positive. zoey: I think if you wouldn’t say it then don’t put it on there and try to steer away from political things. Things can be easily misconstrued. Negative comments have a big impact on business. If people have an

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issue and don’t voice it directly to the business and leave a poor review it doesn’t give the business the chance to rectify or resolve it first. nicole: I totally agree. It can be highly inappropriate to put things on there that are not in the best interests of you or the business, it’s almost antagonistic. Our feeling at school is that unless we would put it on a billboard we wouldn’t post it. profile: How do you feel if someone unfriends you on Facebook, would you approach them about it? nicole: My personality is usually easygoing so it wouldn’t really bother me. I probably wouldn’t say anything to them but I would say something to someone else about it, maybe. It’s only happened once to me. I have defriended a few people because their posts were inappropriate and sometimes my kids look at my phone! tarsh: There is an App that you can download and it allows you to see who looks at your page the most, who are your biggest fans, who has unfriended you, who stalks you, who has blocked your posts etc. Don’t do it! rebecca: How do you get it? I better stop stalking people now! (jokes) zoey: It actually happened to me the other day. It’s not someone I am overly close with so I was ok with it. I probably wouldn’t say anything though. I have unfriended people who I might not see anymore or haven’t spoken to in years. julie: I’m not fussed by it at all. I’m not aware of anyone doing it to me but I am sure they have. I would unfriend someone due to having no real connection or common interest, so I would understand, unless it was someone close to me. tarsh: I had a roommate unfriend me and I was like ‘what?’ and then she moved out the next day so that made sense! profile: What posts do you find most irritating? rebecca: Definitely too many selfies. nicole: I hate posts that say ‘my life is amazing’ all the time! Or people who are visiting amazing places and yet don’t show you anything but





their face in the photo and I hate too many hashtags! zoey: People who sell themselves or keep reminding you how inspirational they are. tarsh: I really can’t stand new mums who do nothing but complain about how tired they are! Of course you are tired but share the positive things about becoming a mum, you are not selling it to me! profile: Would you ask someone’s permission to post their picture if they are not on social media? julie: Yes I would for sure. tarsh: I don’t have too many friends who are not on social media but yes I would. Particularly with my friends’ kids. I don’t think it’s my content to share. nicole: Yes I would too. It can be tricky if their child is in a photo with your child you would like to post. rebecca: I always ask people before I put them on my page for advertising purposes. profile: What is the most shocking thing you have seen on Facebook? nicole: When you are scrolling through and you come across something really sad you are not ready for. People are sharing it with a good heart but it makes me so sad and sometimes that sets my mood for the day. Particularly anything to do with children, it tugs at my heart and there is so much sadness around, it can be quite overwhelming. tarsh: I think there needs to be a bit more education around that sort of thing. It’s hard because it moves so quickly. It’s not being done the best way it can be. zoey: Nudity. I have even seen child nudity on there. I report them. I also hate anything really violent. profile: What are your thoughts on people in a social setting on their phone the entire time? julie: I recently caught up with a friend for lunch and I think she is addicted to Facebook because she was posting and tagging the whole time. I wanted to bring it up and I tried to subtly several times but she could not leave it alone. I can’t stand it and I will pull people up if they are on their phone at a dinner party. Some people are fine but some are really affronted by it. tarsh: It’s funny to see people at networking events and all they do is sit on their phone. nicole: Yes, it’s not the right time or place. zoey: It’s so easy to do though without even thinking about it.






See Restaurant has to be one of the Coast’s best kept secrets. Perched on the esplanade on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, it’s the only restaurant to offer an over-water dining experience, with wall-to-wall glass windows allowing diners to fully appreciate the stunning 180-degree vista. Proudly family-owned and run, See Restaurant is the perfect spot to catch up with friends for lunch or a romantic sunset dinner for two. It’s also a great venue to meet up for an afternoon glass of bubbles, while enjoying the serene surroundings. Serving Australian modern cuisine, with a Chilean influence, See Restaurant specialises in fresh seafood, caught straight from the local trawlers. Owner Antonio and his family, including son and head chef, Angelo, pride themselves on using only the freshest local ingredients and it shows on the plate. With a fine eye for detail, Angelo aims to bring diners a unique experience with his seasonally-changing menus. The lunching ladies and I were lucky to dine on the first day of the new spring menu and it certainly impressed. To kick things off, Antonio served a selection of empanadas, a traditional Chilean dish. The pockets of pastry filled with mixed local seafood and fresh herbs, or king prawn, mozzarella and corn were fresh and delicious. For mains, I couldn’t go past the Mooloolaba king prawns tossed with fresh herbs, cold pressed Maleny olive oil, chilli and garlic compote served on a bed of linguini – yum! The juicy giant sized prawns were cooked to perfection and served with just the right amount of pasta. The pan fried barramundi with Asian wok tossed vegetables was a very popular choice and didn’t disappoint as was the grilled Huon salmon. The presentation of every meal was second to none. We finished with a shared mixed berry and maraschino bavarious with a Campari glaze. Light and fresh, it is the perfect spring dessert. Drop in for a drink or a meal, you will wonder why you haven’t been before! See Restaurant The Wharf, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba Phone: 5444 5044

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twist, I’m trying to use all the local and fresh ingredients I can, to engage the public here to try different foods, flavours and combinations without presenting something too different. “It is important to me, to preserve and showcase the quality produce we have available on the Sunshine Coast” says Angelo, who regularly visits markets here and in Brisbane to find ‘challenging’ ingredients to add to his repertoire while still paying homage to the family’s Chilean heritage. And with a setting overlooking lapping blue marina waters, naturally Angelo uses delicate seafood, plucked from the Mooloolaba trawlers to create his gastronomic delights, changing the usual concept of paddock-to-plate dining, to from the sea to See.

f the fresh salt air of the Mooloolaba Wharf isn’t enough to whet your appetite, then the mouth-watering fine dining fares of waterfront panoramic vista See Restaurant will do the job. The restaurant is co-owned by head chef Angelo and his father, Antonio after buying it more than 14 months ago. Angelo was already working as head chef at the restaurant and with the new takeover was joined by his father who hosts frontof-house duties, his younger sister working as waitress and brother taking on the role of kitchen-hand – family ethos is clearly the order of the day as they create a warm, welcoming dining ambience. “We change the menu every three months according to the seasons, we have a lunch special menu and a la carte menu, they all change completely,” reveals Angelo. Following their successful winter menu, their new spring menu will be launching this month and will feature tantalising and delectable flavours while maintaining the Chilean influence. “I would say it is also modern Australian with a South American

See Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to late and Sunday for lunch, and is available for functions. 123 Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba QLD 4557 (07) 5444 5044

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Chilean Style Panna Cotta

“This dessert has some Italian influences with a south American twist,” shares Angelo. “It makes a traditional panna cotta something different, with hints of orange and cinnamon with a raspberry coulis to add a tang. It’s a decadent and delicious dessert for any occasion.”

Raspberry Coulis IngredIents: • 500g of frozen raspberries • 150g of sugar • 1/2 of port

Method for the coulIs: 1. Mix all the ingredients bring to simmer and reduce, then strain and cool down.

IngredIents: • 250ml full cream milk • 200ml cream • 3/4 of a can of condensed milk • The skin of one orange • 1 tbsp of vanilla • 3 sheets of gelatine Method: 1. Mix all the ingredients in a pot (cream, milk, condensed milk, orange peel, vanilla). 2. Bring to simmer in a low heat to infuse the flavours of the orange and cinnamon. 3. Soak the gelatine sheets until soft then add to the cream mix and dissolve, strain the cream mix. 4. Spray the moulds with oil. 5. Pour the mix and let set for four hours. 6. Take the panna cotta out of the mould. 7. Pour coulis over the top and decorate with fresh berries.

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Calling themselves the Nomadic Chef ’s Table, Jake Pregnell is one of five head chefs from some of the Coast’s most loved venues who are sharing cutting boards and kitchens to raise money for various charities.

e’ve all heard the old proverb ‘sharing is caring’ so when friend and fellow chef Michael passed away earlier this year, local chef Jake Pregnell realised it was time to put words into action. “Michael was always encouraging people to give back to others, everything he did was about the community,” says Jake, “so in a way it’s in memory of him.” Five nights. Five months. Five courses. Five charities. The idea behind the Nomadic Chef’s Table came from Jake Pregnell’s time in Melbourne where he worked for influential and successful restaurateur, Neil Perry. “All of his old chefs went overseas and when they came back they started doing The Revolving Table,” explains Jake. “They were famous. They’d pretty much walk into a restaurant and say hey we’re taking over for the night.” The food scene on the Coast is a close knit one and the owner of Corbin’s Kitchen & Wine Bar had no trouble finding other chefs interested in joining the table. Patrick, Chad, David and Zarko were each eager to donate their time, culinary skills and night’s profit while having some cooking fun. The plan being to rotate the charity dinners to each of their respective venues (Elliotts Bistro, Peak Wine Bar, The Velo Project and The Dessert Architects). “We each knew at least one person in the group,” says Jake, explaining each chef was either a friend, or a friend of a friend. When Jake first mentioned the idea to his futsal teammate Patrick, he was on board straight away. “It’s only one day out of your life,” says Patrick. “It’s nice to do something to give back to the community, and it’s also a way of getting our business out there too.” Together, the professional chefs aim not only to help worthy causes but to encourage locals to branch out and try other restaurants. “We’re all helping each other by giving each other customers,” says Jake. “It’s just using our skills to help others, that’s what it’s all about really.” Over a cold beer at the bar, the boys hash out the finer details

deciding to host the charity dinners on the second Wednesday of each month. “We usually have a meeting every couple of weeks down at the Solbar. We have a couple of drinks and decide what we’re going to do next,” says Patrick. Life in the kitchen can be somewhat monotonous and the dinners are a nice change of pace for the chefs who’ve decided not only to rotate kitchens, but courses as well. Giving each of them a chance to come up with and prepare different dishes. “We go to work and do the same thing every day, we still enjoy it but when you do this you’ve actually got to think on your toes,” says Jake. Keeping things local, they’ve each chosen five smaller charities to raise funds for. “Whoever hosts the event chooses the charity,” says Patrick. As idea instigator, Jake’s Asian-style restaurant was the stop back in August. Jake tells me Corbin’s Kitchen is not a huge space, add another four head chefs (plus three photographers on event night) and it could have easily been a recipe for disaster. “It was crazy I don’t know how we did it … and with my injury,” Jake says pointing to his foot bound in a cast, thanks to a futsal injury. But Jake insists it was a fun, no fuss night. Just like good mates at a cook up. “We were just hanging out with the boys, all the jokes were coming out,” he says. “Once we got in the kitchen we were all in our comfort zones. Five qualified chefs working together is actually a lot easier. You forget how good it can be.” The hard work doesn’t just happen behind the scenes. While the boys are busy in the back, they recruit the help of their partners and apprentices out the front. With their third event being held this month, they’ve already raised thousands of dollars and the interest of other chefs wanting to get involved. December may not be the final seating for the nomadic chefs and they haven’t dismissed the idea of continuing after the holiday season. “You know, the nomadic table ... it keeps moving around,”smiles Jake.

“Everyone’s just so busy doing what they’re doing, that sometimes you forget there’s bigger pictures going on in the world.” - Jake.



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Bordertown Barbeque Want mouth watering burgers at a friendly price? Their menu includes bacon pancakes, pulled pork rolls, burgers and more! Their pulled pork taco has people raving about how delicious it is and with a rapidly expanding menu with exciting flavours appearing, customers are wanting more and more. So what are you waiting for? Head on down and give these burgers a try.

Phone: 0409 059 270 Big Top Market Fresh, Maroochydore

Follow our Foodie Trail each month as we explore what the Sunshine Coast has to offer for food lovers!

Gelato Mio

Das Schmeckt

This award-winning traditional artisan shop offers gelato made fresh daily in small batches, which eliminates the need for any preservatives. Flavours include bubble gum, chocolate, coconut, honeycomb caramel, pistachio, rocher, snickers and many more. The authentic Italian gelato is prepared with real, fresh and wholesome ingredients, made daily, fresh and local at their Coolum Beach premises. Big Top Market Fresh, Maroochydore

Maleny Cheese The handmade range of cow and buffalo cheese boasts high quality and authentic flavour. The multi-award winning products are produced by four Maleny farms daily, creating some of the most amazing-tasting authentic cheeses and yoghurt products on the Sunshine Coast. The range varies from vintage, smokey, wasabi, chilli con cheddar; herb and garlic, sundried tomato and olive feta and Maleny camembert white mould.

Das Schmeckt serves up authentic, delicious German-style foods and gourmet meat rolls including pork belly and apple sauce, and Reuben rolls with corned beef on Swiss cheese with sauerkraut and sauerbraten style pulled beef. One of their most popular dishes is the German potato salad which can be enjoyed with a German sausage and sauerkraut. For all chocolate lovers, the decadent chocolate mousse is made with local pure cream and Belgian chocolate.

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Lemon and Thyme Mooloolaba Lemon and Thyme is a vibrant restaurant on the esplanade at Mooloolaba, taking customary dishes to a whole new level with a strong focus on herbs to enhance the cuisine experience. The modern vibe promises to revitalise and uplift, before offering a culinary experience as passion meets quality produce. The menu, from breakfast, to tapas, mains and dessert, has a focus on providing healthy eating options and variety, using local produce and seasonal ingredients, with gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options. The cosmopolitan atmosphere creates a warm vibe with live music regularly booked.

2/7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba Phone: 5452 6939

Grevillea WB Grevillea WB is a Hungarian street food market, a cuisine popular in European countries, with a menu featuring tempting dishes such as hot and crispy pancake-style breads served with a unique garlic sour ‘creme’ with a large list of toppings such as bacon, eggs, mushrooms, onions, cheese, smoked salmon, or for the sweet tooth; cinnamon and sugar, apple sauce or strawberry jam.

Big Top Market Fresh, Maroochydore

All’ Antica Established 25 years ago, All’ Antica is one of the Sunshine Coast’s must-try dining experiences. Boasting an authentic Italian menu and fully licensed, they offer a warm, rustic atmosphere. Their menu is an exciting mix of traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily, created with the best local produce and imported ingredients straight from Italy. All’ Antica also offers tailored function packages where the entire restaurant may be exclusively booked for 40 or more guests, they also cater for all dietary requirements. So, what are you waiting for – make a date and dine at All’ Antica. 3/115 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina Phone: 5444 0988

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• 2 sheets puff pastry

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. Cut your first sheet of puff pastry in half, place the filling down the edge of the pastry about two inches thick all the way down to the end. Then roll and seal the ends with a fork, then cut into bite sized sausage rolls. Repeat the process until all the pastry is used. Place on a baking/paper lined baking tray, seamed side down so they don’t split when they bake. Bake for 30mins or until golden.

• 500g chicken mince • 1/4 cup honey • 1 grated carrot

(gluten free and pink variation for fundraising morning teas!) Swap It Tip:

Gluten Free “Pink” Rolls as shared by one of the 4I Kids perfect for PINKTOBER or fundraising morning teas. • 2 sheets gluten free puff pastry • 500g Organic Chicken Mince

• 1 grated beetroot • 1 tbs rice malt styrup

Veggie smuggling and Herb it up tip:

If you have any veggies you need to use up, simply grate and add to the mince mixture. Zucchini and beetroot work perfectly as does corn, herb it up with any parsley or fresh herbs you have in your fridge or garden to add oomph to the flavour and the vitamins!

� Ingredients Celebrations ! 4 Ingredients Celebrations is a revamp of the best selling 4 Ingredients Christmas book with over 60 NEW RECIPES all designed to save you time, money and stress whenever and whatever the occasion. There are many milestones in life that are all the more special shared with the ones we love.

To find out more or to purchase your signed copy by Kim for just $29.95 with FREE delivery in Australia visit au/product/4-ingredients-celebrations 110



GRANITE BELT’S he wine district of the Granite Belt surrounding Stanthorpe near the southern border of Queensland has indeed come of age. Several wineries are now Halliday accredited Five Star Wineries, and trophies and gold medals have been awarded. The Granite Belt Wine Industry has grown extensively in recent decades, now approaching 50 winery cellar doors – truly a splendid getaway experience for wine and food lovers. Although very small in the great scheme of all things wine, the Granite Belt has both critics and wine lovers standing up and taking notice. The region’s reputation for award-winning wine and gourmet produce has gained momentum, primarily due to the passionate people who bring the region’s story to life and create those shared intimate experiences that are unlike any other currently on offer in Australia. Regarded as one of Australia’s best kept secrets, the Granite Belt is true cool climate wine country, and a major ‘food bowl’ for Queensland. A combination of high altitude and decomposed granitic soil creates a catalyst for the production of wine that encompasses the aphorism of ‘European elegance’. With a unique terroir similar to that of Northern



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Rhone, and an all-encompassing focus on quality, this region proudly produces cool climate wine at its finest. Summit Estate Wines, one of five James Halliday Five Star Wineries in the district, is located 15 minutes north of Stanthorpe and is indicative of the quality now widely expected of this region. Situated at 925m above sea level, this winery’s focus is on alternate old world varietals that are especially suited to the region’s climatic conditions. White wines typically take on a flintiness or minerality uncommon to most other wine areas, while red wine is typically softer and more refined – perfect for food pairing. A number of Granite Belt wineries are creating a presence on the Sunshine Coast. Watch this space for more information on opportunities to join wine and food pairing events to tempt your senses.

Bin 106 Stage One is here – come and check it out. The Friday SunSeT Scene To unwind wiTh FriendS Meet in the waterfront garden – boutique wines, beer and cider. wood fired oven specialities from renowned chef Stephen Pulman – French Burgers, calzones, Pizza’s and more… Located at the rear of Le Bistro Jardin premises, 106 Brisbane road, Mooloolaba (near Jetts Gym).

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“It’s like a GIFT, it’s like a lot of these songs are handed to you from somewhere else.”

He spent many nights in the Sunshine Coast entertainment scene as a musician just starting out. Now, Dean Ray is back in a big way. Anna Rawlings chatted with the X Factor 2014 runner up when he hit the Coast as part of a stellar Queensland tour.


got shown a ‘D chord’ and I played it for three hours straight, I was strumming the hell out of it and it was this magic moment,” muses Dean Ray of his first foray into music. “That’s what it was, and still is, just this magic, when the inspiration’s there, it’s like a drug, you do anything to have that.” I’m interviewing the dark-haired, dark-eyed musician in the ‘green room’ of Ocean Street’s live music venue, Solbar, as his band warms up in the background for the evening’s show. The Dean Ray sitting on the artist’s couch with me is a stripped-back, calmer version of the character that will take the stage later that night, bursting onto the stage to the amplified sound effect of a motorbike to join his two guitarists and drummer in a blur of black clothes, heavy eyeliner and mongogrammed guitar strap, breaking up his edgy covers



and soulful acoustics with guitar solos and hilarious crowd banter. It’s been barely a year since the talented 23-year-old hit the national stage following his appearance on X Factor 2014, finishing as runner up of the series; and now he’s landed 13 songs in the top 200 on the ARIA Chart and reaching #1 twice, with his debut album reaching #2 and #1 on the Sanity Music Charts. A captivating lyrical storyteller who doesn’t just sing, but performs, Dean is quick to point out he isn’t defined by genre. “I don’t really fit a certain style, I write rock stuff, indie acoustic, blues, folk so I think what I do is very much a style in itself, and its own genre,” he affirms. This self-interpretation is consistent with who Dean is as an artist, chronicled from his early days as a singer to the somewhat unconventional runner up, who crooned covers while attired in

MUSIC necked flowing black tops, leopard print pants or ripped jeans, piercing gaze down the barrel of Network Seven’s production cameras on the normally mainstream X Factor stage. It was that appearance on the popular talent search show that launched Dean from years of doing the rounds of pub gigs and busking appearances around Australia, including the Sunshine Coast, into a lucrative artist. Dean grew up in the rural, tiny town of Meandarra, Queensland as the son of “musical parents”, a childhood of music, venues and rustic memories. Now with a talent on the guitar to rival his vocal abilities, Dean left home at 15-years-old saw Dean drift and tour around Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. “I’d have a job for a bit, a builder’s labourer or something like that, and then I’d go play some shows, hitch around and then come back,” he says. Two years later, at 17 years old, Dean moved to the Sunshine Coast. “I thought, if I work into playing cover gigs fulltime I could have a beach holiday for like a year. I lived on Ocean View Avenue in Mooloolaba and partied like there was no tomorrow.” From playing gigs to partying until the dawn hours of the morning, Dean’s coastal sojourn was intoxicating both in substance and performing, but it gave him perspective. “I knew I wanted to do music at a higher level but I just had to have a bit of fun with it first,” he says. “It dawned on me overnight that I had to make some changes, so within four days I’d packed up all my stuff, and moved to Melbourne.” After nights spent in packed local bars and heavily imbedded in the Coast’s nightlife scene, Dean admits his move down south saw his musical career come to a “grinding halt”. “It was far harder than I imagined. Just a lot of knockbacks and I found myself with nowhere to live, I had no money and I was sleeping in my car and I got a job cleaning toilets. “Luckily, I started to get some gigs happening and I started playing full time in Melbourne, busking and playing the open mics,” It was during this time in 2014 that Dean was approached by a producer at Freemantle Media – the production company responsible for X Factor. Despite initial reservations, Dean auditioned, and was called back to go through to the live auditions, which saw him sing Bette Davis Eyes in front of the panel of Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo. Ultimately, Dean was runner-up on the show after battling alleged production edits of his character, and criticism of his attitude in the wider public perception, followed by scrutiny of a now finished relationship.

“It was far harder than I imagined. Just a lot of KNOCKBACKS and I found myself with nowhere to live, I had NO MONEY and I was sleeping in my car…”

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However, something about the crooner struck a chord with the Australian audience, and postshow, his energetic performance style, gritty lyrics, captivating covers and enigmatic persona has seen his fan base grow. “Touring, having songs on iTunes, it was never something I’d thought about before, I focused mainly on making good music,” he says. “It’s good to come back up here (to the Coast) and play proper shows, I used to just play pub gigs and restaurant shows here so to do ticketed venues is something I wanted to do for years,” he smiles. Self-assured and with the coolness to carry off dressing in anything from leopard to leather on stage, the charismatic singer’s reputation of “mystery” precedes him. “The moment the creative mind hits it’s like some energy falls over you. After a while you get to know the difference between being excited about a song and being in that creative mind,” he declares. “It’s like a gift, it’s like a lot of these songs are handed to you from somewhere else.” The hype of touring the country to rapt crowds with a “solid” band is a hard act to follow, as I ask Dean about life at home in his Melbourne base. “I spend a lot of time in my man cave listening to vinyl, I don’t own a TV, I like my house to be like you’re stepping into the ‘60s,” he reveals, “and I love camping and hiking, I’ll go out and make memories, which is a value of mine.” A world away from the lifestyle of a musician who at the time of our interview has been number one in Canada for six weeks, is currently preparing for a Canadian tour, in talks with his management and label and has just released new track I O U (A Heartache). “I want to take my career as far as I can, I’ll most likely have to leave Australia, it’s how the industry works. INXS got burnt for doing that but if they didn’t do it, they wouldn’t be one of the biggest bands. I’ll always be back and base out here,” he shares. And on that note, as the thump of the drum kit being warmed up gets louder and Dean is called for his sound check, that’s a wrap.





The much-loved hit show Strictly Ballroom The Musical opened at Brisbane’s QPAC theatre this month. Ingrid Nelson caught up with leading lady Phoebe Panaretos, to discover what audiences can expect from the show.



career in musical theatre is not for the faint hearted, just ask VCA performing arts graduate, Phoebe Panaretos. But when you land a lead role in Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit stage show Strictly Ballroom, as she has, the highs are well worth the lows. “This has been a big break for me,” says Phoebe. “Most of the leads have worked their way up or are celebrities in other forums but Baz took a chance on me, an unknown. It’s scary and daunting and exciting to be in the top 10 per cent in the country.” Having always had a passion for singing, Phoebe started vocal training at a very early age, her idols including big voices such as Shirley Bassey and Barbara Streisand. “I was obsessed with gospel singers and was known as the little girl with the big voice,” says Phoebe. Growing up in Sydney, Phoebe went to Newton School of Performing Arts, topping the state in drama. She then moved to Melbourne and graduated with a music theatre degree in singing, dancing and acting from the esteemed Victorian College of Arts. “After graduating, I auditioned for about a year, and came close a

few times but didn’t quite get there,” says Phoebe. Her big break came the following year, when after a long and arduous audition process, she received the news she had been selected to play leading lady Fran in the new hit musical Strictly Ballroom. “The auditions went for about eight months and were challenging and exhausting and high pressure but it brought out the fighter in me. I was a forerunner for the eight months and I felt confident towards the end that I could take it.” she says. “I remember when I got the news, I had been rehearsing with Baz 20 minutes earlier and I didn’t have much left to give. I was in the middle of the street when he rang me with the news and I was screaming with excitement. It’s a moment I will never forget.” So what’s it like working with Baz I ask? “Baz Luhrmann is incredible. Every day of rehearsals was a wonderful experience. He is really nurturing to actors and treats them like they are so important. He is truly so wonderful and creative and happy to try any idea you might have. I just adore him and want to work with him again in the future.” But there are sacrifices to be the best in the field and the reality is

“I was obsessed with gospel singers and was known as the LITTLE GIRL with the BIG VOICE.”




far removed from simply turning up and performing on the night. “It’s a complete sacrifice,” says Phoebe. “You are on the opposite schedule to the rest of the world. There are days when I can’t speak because I am resting my voice. You have to be very disciplined and you have to be able to take criticism and rejection. It’s all part of the industry.” But for now Phoebe is enjoying every moment of the experience and learning as much as she can. “I love the fact that this musical is completely ours. I got the opportunity to create a new character and I have a hand in creating a musical that will be around for many years to come.” And if the reaction from Sydney and Melbourne audiences is anything to go by, Brisbane is in for a real treat when the show hits QPAC later this month. “Strictly Ballroom is a really beautiful and triumphant love story above all else,” she says. “It’s about overcoming challenges and differences and defying the odds. “Scott and Fran sing a beautiful duet by David Foster who has written for Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand and Sia. He wrote a beautiful surprise song for us called Leap of Faith, so we felt very special. “Needless to say, the dancing is phenomenal and the awardwinning costumes are spectacular.” Phoebe is very excited to be nominated in the 2014 Helpmann Awards as Best Female In A Musical for her portrayal of Fran in the musical. Something tells me this is not the last you will see of this talented performer.

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we talk more about our experiences keeps them alive. Our experiences also shape how we relate to new people. If you spark a conversation with somebody you’ve never met, yet they have also hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, you are more likely to relate closer with that person because you shared a similar experience. Even the lead-up to your travels will tend to make your life more pleasant. Pre-travel anticipation is of an equally valuable (or higher) contribution to your happiness as the actual experience of travelling. Having something to look forward to creates a sense of happiness and excitement, more so than if you were waiting weeks for the latest iPhone to be released. Gift-givers and recipients also tend to feel more connected to one another after an exchange of an experiential gift rather than an exchange of a material possession. Your mum will value the memories created on the three-day cruise you went on together, more than the necklace you bought her 10 years ago that now sits tucked away in a drawer. As time goes by you are likely to regret that once-in-a-lifetime trip you never went on, while the expensive jewellery, clothing and furniture may become all but forgotten. So pass up your shopping addiction and treat yourself to an exciting overseas experience. Your life-long happiness depends on the choices you make, so make them count. Spend up wisely on experiences that will shape your identity and enhance your social relationships. Fulfil your dreams by visiting places you’ve always wanted to go. What are you waiting for? Get out there and live it!

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The hardest battles are sometimes won with peace, and through the silent eye of his underwater camera, photographer Justin Bruhn is fighting for marine conservation. He shares his mission for protecting the underwater world and what we can do to help.


green turtle suspended in its crystal clear liquid universe, as sunlight dances through the salty surface to flicker over its smooth curved shell, powerful beak and inquisitive dark eyes, is captured forever with one swift click of Justin Bruhn’s camera. Based on an average turtle’s life cycle, that particular creature may be decades old, on her way back to the nesting ground she hatched from – the incredible attachment turtles have to the earth’s magnetic fields guiding them home to lay their own nest. However, such magnificence goes hand-in-hand with devastating vulnerability – out of hundreds of hatchlings to emerge from a nest, only a handful will reach reproductive age. With Australia’s four turtle species recording three ‘vulnerable’ and one ‘endangered’ conservation statuses (green turtle, hawksbill turtle, flatback turtle and loggerhead turtle), that one stunning underwater image Justin captured is both a beautiful illusion of a species that needs our help, and a link to what lies beneath. “Unfortunately I think the marine environment for most people is out of sight, out of mind, it’s only a very small amount of the population who actually go diving,” Justin says. “When I capture a really nice underwater image worthy of fine art, and people see it on display, they are often surprised to learn that it may be a vulnerable or endangered species swimming around in local waters. “If all they see is a print of a turtle hanging on a wall, it’s still making that connection.” Originally from Adelaide and with sojourns to Thailand and Central America, Justin started his scuba diving career in the tropical waters of Cairns, taking people out to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, before his work evolved from teaching diving, to include working as a ‘photo pro’ on one of the liveaboard vessels in the Coral Sea.

“My job was to document the scuba diver’s experiences with still images and video of the Osprey Reef shark feeds and the giant potato cod feeds at the Cod Hole on the Great Barrier Reef. This opportunity to hone my camera skills with so many beautiful underwater subjects is where it all started,” he reflects. “Photography has always been a passion but I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take my topside photography skills underwater. When I was working as a scuba instructor, I would grab the hire cameras whenever the opportunity arose.” Today, Justin is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), clocking more than 3500 dives, and combines diving with his skills as a selftaught photographer, accruing hundreds of hours behind the camera; now an award-winning fine art photographer represented by the prestigious David Hart Galleries here on the Sunshine Coast. Using the colourful cornucopia of the underwater world as a backdrop, Justin has captured the hidden beauty of the sea, from a flash of fin from a bronze whaler shark, to the leisurely journey of a mother humpback whale and her calf, the blur of brightly-adorned reef fish and the winging movement of turtles; bringing the second dimension of our planet to life. “At Lady Elliott Island a couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be in the water with a humpback whale and a calf and that was a really special moment for me, just to see her eye-balling me as she swam past,” he says. “I’ve also had a few moments with some big sharks underwater. I enjoy diving with sharks, and unfortunately they are very misunderstood. And there was the moment Justin witnessed his first turtle hatching, right here on the Sunshine Coast along Buddina Beach. “I’ve seen a lot of amazing things happen underwater, but it moved me, seeing these beautiful little creatures emerging from their nests, it’s truly amazing to witness,” he enthuses.

“I’ve seen a lot of amazing things happen underwater, but it moved me, seeing these beautiful little creatures emerging from their nests, it’s a truly amazing event to witness.”




These experiences transcended what was a passion, to become a purpose. With turtle protection and awareness at the forefront, Justin is working with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) at the moment; the organisation works on the big issues concerning the sea. Their key focus is to create large marine national parks (marine sanctuaries), make fisheries sustainable and protect and recover our threatened ocean wildlife such as sharks, seals, whales and turtles. Justin donates imagery to their campaigns and fundraising events and a percentage of his product sales to the AMCS. He also recently captured images of the tiny, baby loggerhead turtles emerging from nests at Mon Repos Conservation Park to promote awareness for this endangered turtle species. The vulnerability of turtles is something Justin has seen firsthand, being part of a turtle rescue in Port Douglas after a turtle was hit by a speedboat. “One of the biggest issues is marine debris, plastic bags are the worst. Turtles eat jellyfish and plastic looks like jellyfish. Eating plastic can prevent them from diving down and they get hit by boats,” he says. Sadly, it is human error such as this, and regional development that create huge dangers for adult turtles, hatchlings and turtle nests. Artificial street lighting along beaches can divert baby turtles from their safe path to the sea, while high rise development can destroy breeding areas and domestic pets and foxes pose a risk to nests. “That’s why it’s so important there are people like Cathy Gatley (ranger in charge at Mon Repos Conservation Park) and the volunteers at Sunshine Coast’s Turtle Care to make sure the turtles have the best opportunity to survive,” explains Justin. “They are so vulnerable and such a target. I’ve always been conscious and aware of plastic bags and pollution. What I find is most people are more than happy to do their bit when they understand what is going on. “If they have the knowledge, put it to good use, give a little bit back and share that knowledge with as many people as you can.” Justin encourages locals to contact Turtle Care (www.turtlecare. to see how you can help. “People protect what they love and if I can inspire or encourage anyone to have that experience and emotional connection with turtles when they are emerging from the nest, for example, people will be more inclined to do something about protecting them,” he says. To get involved, visit Australian Marine Conservation Society or Justin’s website october 2015


ueensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Cathy Gatley is in charge of the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. She manages the interpretive and visitor program to the park, looks after the Mon Repos Turtle Conservation volunteer group and undertakes turtle research, education and conservation for the turtles CATHY GATLEY nesting and hatching at Mon Repos. Cathy and her 40-strong team of volunteers can witness up to 450 turtles nesting along the Woongarra Coast each season, concentrated on Mon Repos beach. “Watching a nesting turtle emerge, and then dig her nest with her hind flippers is the most enthralling process for me,” shares Cathy.



Profile: What are the biggest threats to turtles? Cathy: For turtles on nesting beaches, one of the biggest threats is artificial lights. Both nesting and hatchling turtles need dark beaches, and also use the natural light horizon out over the ocean in the night sky to navigate their way from the beach to the ocean. If they get attracted to artificial light they can end up on roads or in parks and gardens, using up precious energy, getting hurt or sometimes dying. In their ocean, home pollution is a big issue for them, especially plastics, which if swallowed causes internal blockages, and can result in the turtle becoming a ‘floater’ and they have trouble diving and feeding. Other problems are accidental boat strike and entanglement in discarded crab pots. Profile: What can we do to help turtle conservation? Cathy: Marine turtles need everyone’s help. Keeping our oceans clean is something everyone can help with wherever they live and if you go boating make sure you keep all of your rubbish secure. If you live in a coastal area which has turtle nesting beaches, place your outside lights on timers, turn off your advertising lights once your shop is closed, plant trees to block lights from the beach. Profile: What’s an overview of a turtle’s life and reproductive cycle? Cathy: For the loggerhead turtles, the hatchlings reach the ocean and do a swim frenzy until they hit the EAC (East Australian Current). They then drift with the current and travel through the South Pacific Ocean region, some of these hatchlings have been found off the South American coast! Reaching maturity at about 30 years of age the females then migrate from their feeding ground through a courtship and mating area where the males have migrated to. After mating, the female will continue her migration swim to her nesting beach, where she will lay usually four clutches of eggs. She will then undertake her migration back to her feeding ground. Some of our longest studied females are still nesting while in their 60s, we believe they live to be about 100 years old. Profile: How many turtles hatch each year on Mon Repos? Cathy: One nesting loggerhead turtle will lay on average four clutches of eggs during a breeding season, with each clutch having on average 130 eggs. If we have a season of about 400 turtles we could have about 208,000 hatchlings cross the beach.








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I grew up in... Queenscliff (south coast of Victoria).

The first thing I do when I wake up is... cuddle my cat Monkey (I am borderline crazy cat lady!) and have a lemon water. If I could be better at anything it would be... dancing. I am the most uncoordinated person in the world. I am at my happiest when... I am surrounded by nature, whether that is in the ocean or the bush. I love being outdoors. When I am not working I am... surfing, SUP-ing, walking, being a lady of leisure and spending time with my partner Sean. I wish I could... see my family more. They all still live in southern Victoria and although I try and get home as much as I can, and they come up to visit, it’s not the same as having them down the road. My biggest fashion blunder was... a black velvet maxi-skirt when I was in about Year Eight … although this may be in fashion now? Most people don’t know that... before I was a weather gal I used to be a surf instructor for Quiksilver on the Canary Islands in Spain. HANNAH MCEWAN

Weather presenter and meteorologist for the WIN Network, Hannah McEwan dreamt of becoming a “weather girl” watching a storm roll in to her hometown in Victoria at just 10 years old. Now a keen surfer residing in Queensland, Hannah’s love of the outdoors, quirky weather-fact knowledge, meteorologist qualification and her chatty, informative presenting style sees her as the popular face of WIN’s nightly weather reports. As a brand and charity ambassador, Hannah balances her work duties with her partner and their beloved cat – and in news of her own, will welcome an exciting addition in 2016!



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