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Editor Welcome to the very first issue of Provoke! It has been such an incredible journey to get to where we are now, and I couldn’t be more proud of my exceptional team for helping to make this dream such a beautiful reality. I am delighted to present to you fellow Queenslanders this incredible collection of things beauty, travel, food, health, business, living, property, culture, events related and more. A special shout out to all of you fathers on your special day (which is Sunday, 6th September, just in case anyone forgot). To celebrate I’m sharing with you one of my favourite photos of my father and I. As all of us daughters know, Dads carry a very special place in our hearts. Make sure to show your love with something extra special this year. This issue contains an endless collection of thought-provoking and inspiring reads. The favourites that come to mind are the roast chicken recipe (a delicious classic) on page 28. The exclusive interview with Damien Rider, who I believe to be one of the most inspirational people in Australia; the world should take note. Don’t believe me? Read his interview on page 40. I am extremely fond of our Queenslander home feature, as the contemporary designs have always been a favourite, and this one showcases a unique modern twist all its own, page 101. And last, but not least, our cruelty-free cosmetics interview with Brisbane entrepreneurs Amy Kauler and Phil Rasmussen. If there’s ever a story to get you to switch cosmetics, this is it. Check it out on page 60. If those don’t inspire you to read, then have a flick through, there is much to catch your eye. If nothing else, try your mind at our puzzles at the end of the issue. And don’t forget we are online! Visit us on our website for more of everything you see here.

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I truly hope your read of Provoke brings you as much joy as I have found creating it. And if it has, I would love to hear about it. Check out page 8 to see what you can win just by telling me what you think! Want to tell me in person? Then I’ll see you all at our Launch Celebration and Charity Event (page 2) on Sunday, 13th September! See you all next issue (which will be out in October by the way).


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ONLINE | Join the Conversation

PROVOKE.COM.AU As well as including a digital copy of our magazine, our website is your number one spot for the most interesting and thoughtprovoking topics – including content you won’t see in print!

What will you find online? Events of the week – whether it be local music gigs, free events, family friendly outings, theatre performances or dance acts, we cover it all! Exciting competitions – want to win tickets to the hottest music festival or new movie you’ve been holding out for? Make sure you check out our competition section for your chance to win! Exclusive content – loving our Features but want to see more? Head to our website to check out extended interviews and online galleries. It’s all the content you love plus more! Delicious recipes – Need some inspiration when it comes to whipping up a mouth-watering (and instagram worthy) recipe? We’ve got you covered! Amazing contributors – that’s right, every month we’ll be bringing you the best contributors in health, fitness, travel, finance and more! So if you’re looking for all of the freshest news while waiting for the next issue of Provoke to drop, head to Provoke.com.au!

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16 Cover Story: Charlize Theron

38 Harlow Hot Yoga/Pilates: Get ready to sweat!


40 Damien Rider: The athlete paddling to end child abuse

66 Art News: The exhibitions you simply must see, and the artist that are coming to town


68 Movie & Book News: The best new releases.

48 News: Discover the newest products and beauty tips

70 Music News: Gigs, albums and the best live venue locations

51 Sun, Sand, Sass: Fashion illustrators take on QLD Style

72 Events: The best of August and September

58 Watch This Runway: The label infusing Middle Eastern patterns with iconic Australiana


24 News: All of the latest in food, recipes and health 26 Recipes: Pumpkin soup, delicous salads, roast chicken 31 Raw Desserts: Never say ‘No’ to dessert again. 36 Diet: Nutritionist busts the no-sugar myth 36 Morning Motivation: Performance coach discusses healthy morning routines


60 Sugar Sweet & Cruelty Free: Brisbane’s hottest vegan cosmetic company

76 News: What’s happening or has happened around QLD





76 Smart Financial Moves: Finance expert shares his advice on ways to save

90 Eyes of Queensland: Five photographers share their favourite local spots

80 Wearable Technology: Who says work has to be ugly?


82 Great Barrier Grief: An insider view on the laws behind the Great Barrier Reef

98 News: Decorating tips, homewares, greenscaping, devolopments and more

TRAVEL 86 News: Consider yourself a travel junkie? See what’s new! 88 Seventeen Seventy: It’s much more than just a sleepy little Queensland town…

101 Giving New Life to the Old Queenslander: Incredible modern transformation to the local building style favourite 110 Get The Look: Bring your home to life with these classic covetable items.


112 Sun Shines on the Broadwater: Meriton’s extravagant new Sundale Apartments in the heart of the new Gold Coast CBD 118 The Jewel of Surfers Paradise: a new era of luxury for the Gold Coast 122 The Zone: Location, location, location... See what is for sale in the hotests areas. 126 Marketplace: Local products, local must-haves. 130 Puzzles: Test your mind 136 Bin The Bag: Why our sunshine State is being labelled the rubbish State August/September 2015 11

Contributors Belinda Wasowski

Performance Coach Belinda Wasowski lives in a way that says ‘I love my body and want to nourish it, challenge it and improve it’. As the founder of Intensity Personal Training, Belinda says, “Life is too short to spend time hating, restricting and punishing your body”.

This issue, Belinda will tell you how to put some pep in your step by following her simple and healthy morning routine guide, on page 36.

Donald Anton

Don took up the Chair in International Law at Griffith Law School in 2015, and from 2000-2015 was a Professor of Law at The Australian National University. He has appeared as counsel before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the Supreme Court of the United States and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Currently, he’s a member of the Australian delegation to the International Seabed Authority, and is leading a major inter-national research project on deep sea-mining in the Pacific region, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

On page 82, Don weighs in on the issues surrounding the Great Barrier Reef, and whether Australia is doing enough to protect its natural wonder.

Chris Smith

Chris is an award-winning Certified Financial Planner and founding partner of VISIS Private Wealth, an independently owned full service financial advice and accounting firm. Chris has over 15 years’ experience in providing strategic financial advice. He is also highly experienced in successfully delivering tailored, practical and smart solutions that get results. More recently, Chris was recognised as Queensland’s Best Certified Financial Planner, after being presented with the runner-up award the year prior.

This issue, Chris shares his tips for how to get the most out of your savings and finances, on page 78.

Maya Brosnan

Maya is a Gold Coast mum, nutritionist, iridologist, fitness professional and yogi. Her holistic approach to health and nutrition led her to write the book KIS and Lose Weight to inspire Australians to lose weight and live a happier, healthier life.

Check out our Nutrition section on page 34, where Maya busts some of the myths surrounding ‘no sugar’ diets, and explains why we shouldn’t be so quick to ban natural sugars.

Kiarnay Smith

Kiarnay is a young freelance designer, open for the opportunity to collaborate and create commission works. Her imagination runs wild as she finds the link between traditional artmaking practices and contemporary mediums. Through studying at the International School of Colour and Design in 2016, Kiarnay hopes to chase after her dream of becoming a Surface Designer.

Discover Kiarnay’s inspired hand-drawn illustrations throughout this issue, helping to make our very ordinary images quite extraordinary.


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FIRST THOUGHTS | Thing’s We Love

Hold the phone! Think you’re saving those last precious moments of phone battery by double tapping the home button and closing all your apps? Wrong. Turns out the ‘swiping up’ tactic actually drains your battery faster. Instead, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. From here, switch the setting off entirely to save the most power. Genius!

Loco for Coco! If you worship the mantra of ‘treat yourself’, you can’t go past Coco Bliss! Well known for their out-of-thisworld superfoods, breakfast bowls, raw chocolate treats and post-workout protein shakes, there’s no excuse not to indulge! My personal favourite? The cherry ripe bounty bowl. Head to cocobliss.com.au for all their locations.

Practicality Meets Style

Blooming Brilliant Eco-warriors, get your green thumbs ready for Spring and make sure you show the locals some love. West End’s Ecotone Nursery is the place to go for plants indigenous to South East Queensland. Planting a local means you restore local natural biodiversity. If that sounds heavy, just rest assured the butterflies will love you. Ecotone is at 51 Mollison St, West End.


Two words: Fake pockets. Nothing annoys me more than trying to slide my hands/ keys/wallet into a pocket only to find out it’s fake, so I knew I was on to a winner when I came across this skirt by Black Milk Clothing. With deep pockets and a lightweight flounce, this will soon become a staple piece in your wardrobe. Pair it with a peter pan collar and some matte tights for a more sophisticated look, or dress it down with a funky, neon top. It’s not called The Awesome Pocket Skater Skirt for nothing! RRP $70 from blackmilkclothing.com

Water on the Go! In an attempt to drive plastic bottles well and truly into extinction, Brisbane have recently installed the first of several water-refill stations where locals can use their own bottle or purchase a reusable one. With Redcliffe and the Brisbane CBD leading the way, it’s a welcome change that could lead to over 100 stations being installed in the next year. Say goodbye to having to awkwardly drink from water bubblers (let’s face it, only God knows what’s been on those things), and say hello to the future!

Tree Book Tree An ingenious Argentinian publisher has created possibly the most educational book ever released for children. Not only can you read the book, you can grow a tree with it! The book is hand-stitched from acid-free paper, ecological ink and jacaranda seeds. So you read it, then plant it to give back to the environment. Hopefully Australian publishers pick up on the novel idea (no pun intended) so Aussie kids can get their heads filled and their hands dirty.

Instagram Gems… Photographed by Stephen Booth If there’s one Instagram account you need to follow, it’s that of Queensland singer/songwriter Emma Louise. As Emma proves, however, her incredible vocals aren’t her only impressive talent. Including everything from funny videos of her dog ‘Scout’, to her animal voice-overs and ‘arty’ dance clips, it’s the sort of account that will always brighten your feed! @emmalouisemusic

Shoes and a Mammogram Need a new pair of shoes? Due for a mammogram? Let David Jones handle it... literally. DJs on Brisbane’s Queen St is offering free mammograms to women over 40 at its Rose Clinics. If baring your breasts at a department store has your bra is a twist, the initiative is a partnership between DJs and BreastScreen, so rest assured the scans are performed by highly trained medical professionals. Call 13 20 50 to book.

Paper Vintage Love Created by Paper Vintage Love. Photographed by Anna Woning from J & A Photography What’s not to adore about flowers that never wilt? These incredibly gorgeous and unique vintage paper blooms are the creation of Brisbane motherof-two Amy Baxter, whose business, Paper Vintage Love, uses music sheets, old book pages and gorgeous embellishments to create special handcrafted gifts and decorations. See more at etsy.com/au/shop/PaperVintageLove.

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FEATURE | Charlize Theron

MAD MAXINE Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron talks about strong women, being authentic, her role as Furiosa in the re-envisioned iconic Australian film Mad Max: Fury Road, the stunts and her shaved head. WORDS: FABIAN WAINTAL / THE INTERVIEW PEOPLE


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Photography: Kurt Iswarienko / trunkarchive.com / Snapper Media

FEATURE | Charlize Theron


ince you are the new star of the movie, shouldn’t they change the title to Mad Maxine instead of Mad Max? We actually found a dog, and Tom Hardy named her Maxine. Mad Maxine! It’s funny you get a name in a movie. Because that’s we do socially. I don’t know if you noticed. The movie is so bare in its explanation of who they are. So you find yourself in the midst of the movement already. So I found something really powerful about the name Furiosa. You didn’t even need to know anything about her. You were drawn to her because of the name. So anything that was driving her was already represented by her name. And it’s such a cool name.

Since your character in the movie is ‘Furiosa’, what makes you ‘furiosa’ in real life? I don’t know. What makes me furious? I don’t know. I try to go through my life as much as possible not to be furious. Interviews like this don´t get you furious? (Laughs) No. No. No. Not at all. No. I think I have moments in my life because I like to travel a lot, and I like to be informed and know what’s happening in the world. I guess that’s the closest I get to just being really – just this feeling of it’s just what we do to each other and the amount of suffering that we allow towards each other on this earth. That stuff can sometimes really just – you go through moments of just being – but I try to avoid that as much as I can in my life and I’m a pretty happy person. Somebody told me that Namibia was created when God was really angry. Did you know this? Yeah, it’s like a little myth of Namibia. So I think it’s interesting that we went and made the movie there. u


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Photography: Kurt Iswarienko / trunkarchive.com / Snapper Media

FEATURE | Charlize Theron

Do you consider yourself a strong woman in real life, like your character? She felt very truthful to me. For an actor there’s something that resonates just purely on a human level. Because at the end of the day, the circumstances are different, but we’re playing people, and the human condition is really limited to your circumstances. Do you think that certain circumstances could get a woman stronger than a man? Yeah. Well, she is strong because of her circumstances, and I think that’s the truth that I’m talking about and that’s what I love about it. I think there’s a misconception in women that people think women want to just be considered strong and strong as a man. We are, but we’re also many other things, and we’re just as conflicted and we’re just as dark and we’re just as interesting. I guess it’s really nice to play a female character in a world who is authentically influenced by her circumstances. I don’t know how else to really articulate it. I just feel like she feels like a real person to me who is who she is. She is strong, she is vulnerable, she is broken, she is determined, she is Furious.


Was the hairdo a choice or did you have to be dragged to the chair to get your head shaved? I didn’t get dragged to it. The movie stopped and started several times. As an actor, you’re just trying to fit into the world, and I didn’t know how to fit into this world. There was something nice about the element of surprise. We weren’t trying to hide her as a woman, but she really melted into this underworld mechanics place where she was almost forgotten as a woman, and there was something nice about the element of surprise. I wanted something that could kind of disappear. And I didn’t know how to do that with a ponytail. My hair was really fried, and I wasn’t really convinced, so I asked the director if he thought I should shave my head. He was really quiet, and took a deep breath, and I took that as a positive. And I [later] found out that he was very concerned about the shape of my head. I didn’t have buzzers, so I called my friend Enzo and brought them, and 45 minutes later it was off, and we sent a selfie to the director, and he was awesome.

Do you recommend it? Here’s the amazing thing about that. I was 20 minutes early to everything in my life. It’s amazing how much time we spend on our hair. There was something very freeing about that. It’s nice to think about your femininity, and have it mean more than just your hair. But it’s also so nice to have hair. What excites you about this opportunity? I have gone through my career being somewhat enamored by George Miller as a filmmaker, and I found myself talking with other directors who I really hold in a high regard and I’ve heard them talk about George. So when I heard that this little side project was happening, it was really exciting just because I was so purely enamored by him as a filmmaker. And then there was these loose ideas that everybody was talking about: what the movie was, the characters that he was creating and that there was going to be this awesome female role and that she would stand next to Max. And all of that, as an actress, became really – I was intrigued by all of that. And then I met the man, the myth, and we had a very, very long dinner and I fell madly in love.

Words: Fabian Waintal / The Interview People

Did you like the idea of working with other women on the set, showing all the girl power in the movie? I don’t get to make a lot of movies with this many women. I was surrounded by women, so that was a breath of fresh air for me. I knew George has an innate understanding of what women represent in society, and he wanted that to reflect that in a post-apocalyptic world in the most truthful way possible. It’s interesting having people tell us we’re strong women, and we’re just women. The truth is, women are powerful enough, and we don’t need to be put on pedestals. So we don’t need to be portrayed in positions that we’re not capable of doing. What we’re capable of doing is amazing, and is special for a story like this. The idea of creating a world and understand that obviously for procreation you’re going to need us, but we’re so much more than that. I was very touched by this character. Are there more roles coming out for women in bigger films? Yes and no. I think it is a complicated question to answer. I think not so much the quantity, we just want good quality. There are women in these types of movies all the time. There were whispers about this new female character that would stand right next to Max. You think it’s awesome, and then you remember that you’ve heard that before. And I thought maybe I’d just be the chick in the background with the push-up bra and the hair in my mouth. So the cynic in me had doubts. Women are eager to feel that we’re on an equal playing field. I don’t want to be anything other than what I really am. Just an authentic woman. In a lot of movies, you’re either a really good hooker or a really good mom. And that conflicted nature that is missed in film and just not celebrated enough in society. So when you come across that rare filmmaker that really wants to embrace that, it’s really nice. There should be more of that.

Would you have liked to have more lines than action scenes? George Miller and I spent a lot of time on that because George is fascinated with that world. But it was a long time since I’d been on stage telling that story with my body. But this was another extreme. But we talked about it a lot. And George is truly fascinated by that. As actors, we were fighting that tooth and nail because of fear. Because dialogue is a crutch. And it’s so easy to have a great writer write you a line, and George was so adamant about keeping this on track. And the understanding of the world being so bare and that language would be a luxury that these people would never have access to. And for me, five weeks into shooting, it became a little more second nature, and it became easier. And when I watch the movie now, it’s so evident that that was the way to tell it.

concerned with Tom’s head hitting the ground, but I’d be going with him. I’m hooked to him. That was definitely a bit of a pussy that day for sure. Is it true that Mel Gibson almost accepted to get a small part in the movie? Well, when the first thing to know which is really quite shocking is when the rumor went around that Mel might do a cameo, but we were trying to make this world for the audience to be caught up into the experience of the screen. And I think it did make sense to suddenly have Mel appear will just pull the audience out. I doubt he would have done it anyway. It would be like saying Sean Connery appear in a Daniel Craig James Bond. You’d say, “Well, what’s going on here?”

“I was 20 minutes early to everything in my life. It’s amazing how much time we spend on our hair. There was something very freeing about that.”

What was the most daunting stunt that you had to do yourself? I had a rough time with the scene where Max falls off the hood of the car, and Riley’s character and I have to grab a hold of him. It was on my mechanical arm, so I couldn’t use my own body strength to hold Tom up. So I was leaning out of the window, and thought this could be really bad. Of course I was

What do you think about the response of the new generation to the new Mad Max? I feel like this is a standalone movie that pays great homage to something very iconic. I feel that if you had never seen a Mad Max movie and you saw this film, you could thoroughly enjoy it. You wouldn’t be lost or confused. And if you had seen the earlier three films, there would be little throwback moments that you would really enjoy and appreciate. I think we set out to do a standalone film.

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Image: Extract from Raw by Omid Jaffari, published by Murdoch Books

Nourish Food | Body | Happiness | Mind | Health

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PAWPAW HITS SPOT FOR SURE! Once known as the Green Papaya, the newly named Pawpaw Café continues to impress with its relaxed feel and diverse menu. Retaining some old favourites (such as their amazing Asian-inspired dinner options), the Venzin Group have reached deep into the creative depths and put together a menu so sumptuous you’ll find your mouth watering! If all-day breakfast, barbecue duck tacos, soft-shell crab bao and vanilla mascarpone with exotic fruit and chocolate ganache don’t take your fancy, nothing will! Open from 6.30am until late most days, drop in on Stanley Street for a taste-bud extravaganza. W: pawpawcafe.com.au

Ristorante Fellini a QLD winner! Recently voted by locals as the second-best restaurant in Queensland, it’s an exciting time for Ristorante Fellini. Boasting incredible Broadwater views, extraordinary service and amazing cuisine, Fellini’s has become one of the finest restaurants around. They’ve also served many a celebrity, including Kate Hudson, Valentino Rossi and Sir Michael Caine! W: fellini.com.au

QLD Drop of the Season Witches Falls 2013 Wild Ferment Verdelho displays melon, citrus and delicate tropical aromas. The palate is full and balanced with citrus and creaminess supported by toasty oak. RRP $32 per bottle.

Taking time to recharge Coffee in the Jungle anyone?


ith rugged timber and brick walls, a rickety plank bridge overhead and a mysterious canopy of rich forest leaves, The Tree House has to be one of Brisbane’s most enchanting spaces. Opening early this year, the organic café and bar is nestled in Fortitude Valley’s Bakery Lane, and evokes a sense of childhood excitement. Lost Boys Cafe/ Tree House Manager Robbie explained to me that the bar is excited to be able to bring customers a greater variety of options when it comes to living a more organic lifestyle. “Everything these days is filled with sugar,” he said. Serving a great range of sugar/preservative free craft beer, cider and wine, The Tree House proves that you can still enjoy a drink while being kind to your health. Open until late most nights, why not embrace your inner explorer and swing by for a drink or some organic tapas? W: thetreehousefortitudevalley.com


In a culture where we are so used to rushing from one place to another, the Banksia Women’s Healing Centre is a welcomed oasis of relaxation. Aiming to provide holistic treatment for the everyday woman, the Arana Hills centre offers a range of options such as cupping, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, flower remedies and nutrition advice; treating everything from musculoskeletal problems to hormonal imbalances and infertility. So if your mind or body is in need of a little TLC, let the lovely staff at Banskia Women’s Healing Centre support you through your wellness journey. W: banksiahealing.com.au

Women on Water

As we prepare to say goodbye to comfort food and cold winter months, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the nearing of Spring with some stand-up paddle boarding! Take in the beautiful sights of Queensland and bask in the warm glow of the sun as you glide along on your board, all the while giving your arms, legs, stomach and back a workout! The Women on Water classes are free of charge and take place every month for women aged 18-80, either on the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. Classes run for two hours, and all equipment is kindly supplied on the day. P: 07 5520 1165 W: surfingqueensland.com

A MAGICAL NIGHT OF DELICACIES AND DELIGHTS Date: Saturday, 22 August, 6.30pm Venue: Jupiters Hotel & Casino Dress: Black Tie appropriate This August, head along to the Marrakech Magic Gala to help raise much needed financial support for the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. Featuring a delicious three-course dinner (brought to you by the award-winning chefs at Jupiters Hotel and Casino) along with plenty of live entertainment, auctions, raffles and much more, the event is a great opportunity to connect with the community and support a great cause! For individual or group ticket pricing, visit gchfoundation.org.au or phone 07 5594 6986.

Pecan & Hazelnut Liqueur “Created using a unique blend of medium-roasted pecan nuts and hazelnuts, it is matured into a rich, sweet, sublime nutty liqeur. The taste and soft palate is often considered to be like Maple Syrup. Serve neat, on the rocks, or pour over pancakes and waffles. It also makes a great addition to your favourite cocktail!“ – Phil Skinner, Cellar Door Manager, Castle Glen Liqueurs Montville

Get Grill’d! Everyone’s favourite healthy burger joint has now opened in two fantastic new locations – Everton Park and Benowa! W: grilld.com.au

Castle Glen Australia’s Pecan & Hazelnut Liqueur recently won the prestigious 2015 Gold Medal and Champion Liqueur award at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

The Amazing Health Benefits of: Bee Pollen Did you know that Bee Pollen can be used medicinally to treat a range of health issues? Containing almost all the nutrients needed by our bodies and loaded with more protein than any other animal source, Bee Pollen has been found to increase energy, aid digestion, boost immunity, soothe skin irritations such as psoriasis or eczema, and even treat various allergies and addictions. Incredibly, this natural wonder also helps with infertility and prostate problems!

Hot Tip! If you’re stuck on ideas for how to incorporate Bee Pollen, try adding it to smoothies, or sprinkling some granules over a salad or your morning muesli. As with anything new, always start with small doses (¼ teaspoon for adults and a few granules for children) and be sure to avoid if you have allergies to honey or bees.

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NOURISH | Recipes

AVOCADO SMASH WITH TOASTED NUTS & SEEDS Serves 2 • 190 calories per serving You may be apprehensive about having a salad for breakfast, but if you try this one with a few slices of toast you will be converted. The creamy avocado mixed with all of our favourite nuts and seeds and some protein-packed lentil sprouts tastes wonderfully fresh and really will keep you feeling full until lunch. Avocados contain high levels of a plant compound known as betasitosterol, which is thought to help balance cholesterol levels.

With 200 diverse and tantalising recipes, The Detox Kitchen Bible is all about eating your way to good health! Recipes & images taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible, by Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson, published by Bloomsbury on 1st June, 2015. RRP $49.99

20g cashew nuts 20g hazelnuts 1 tsp sunflower seeds 1 tsp white sesame seeds 1 tsp black sesame seeds 2 ripe avocados Juice of 1 lemon 4 fresh chives, finely chopped 50g lentil sprouts Salt and pepper To serve Chopped fresh coriander or micro coriander Lime wedges 1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. 2. Spread all the nuts and seeds in a small baking tin and toast in the heated oven for eight minutes until golden. Tip them into a mortar and lightly crush with the pestle. Set aside. 3. Cut the avocados in half and remove the stones, then scoop out the flesh and put it in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, chives and some salt and pepper and crush with a fork. You want to create a creamy but chunky texture. Add the lentil sprouts and mix through. 4. Add the crushed nuts and seeds to the avocado mix. Serve sprinkled with coriander and wedges of lime to squeeze over.

BUTTERNUT, COCONUT & CHILLI SOUP Serves 2 • 460 calories per serving This is a delightfully smooth, spicy, creamy soup. The coconut and butternut squash happily melt into one another, with the coconut mellowing the sweetness of the butternut. The chilli gives this soup the fiery kick it needs. It’s worth the effort to make your own stock as the fresh vegetables used give any dish an additional nutrient boost. 1 butternut squash 1 tsp crushed dried chilli 1 red onion, finely sliced 600ml vegetable stock 200ml coconut milk Salt and pepper

RICH IN Vitamins B6 and E • Potassium • Magnesium • Phytoestrogens • Beta-sitosterol • Fibre


1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 2. Peel the butternut squash and cut it lengthways in half. Scoop out the seeds and fibres, then cut the flesh into 2.5cm pieces. Spread the pieces on the baking tray and roast for 15 minutes. 3. Remove the tray from the oven and scatter the chilli and onion over the pieces of squash. Roast for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. 4. Pour the stock into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn the heat to low. Stir in the coconut milk and warm for two minutes. Remove from the heat. 5. Put the squash, onions and chilli in a blender and add the coconut milk/stock. Blitz until smooth, then season to taste. Serve hot.

RICH IN Vitamins B6, C and E • Folate • Potassium • Magnesium • Beta-carotene • Fibre

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Extract: The Chef Gets Healthy by Tobie and Georgia Puttock.

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QUINOA, BROCCOLINI and ASPARAGUS SALAD 2 heaped tablespoons low-fat plain Greek-style yoghurt sea salt and cracked black pepper 2 small handfuls of mint leaves 2 pinches of ground cumin ¾ cup (150 g) quinoa 1 bunch broccolini, ends trimmed and cut into 3 cm lengths 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 3 cm lengths 1 bulb baby fennel 1 tablespoon salted baby capers, rinsed and roughly chopped 1 small handful of dill, chopped finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

When we first started writing this book we had a sort of section mapped out for take-to-work lunches, but when the book began to come together we realised that all the salad and vegetable recipes could work in this category. This is a case in point – it would be amazing with the roasted snapper on page 83 or eaten for lunch with some flaked smoked trout over the top. Place the yoghurt in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Finely chop half the mint leaves and mix into the yoghurt. Sprinkle with a pinch of cumin, then cover with plastic film and place in the fridge until needed. Toast the quinoa in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add two cups (500 ml) water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and hold at a simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside, covered, for five minutes to allow the quinoa to absorb any remaining liquid. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and place in the fridge, uncovered, for about 10 minutes to cool. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and blanch the broccolini and asparagus for one minute, then drain and refresh under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside until needed. Use a sharp knife to remove the stalks from the fennel bulb. Reserve the fronds and discard the stalks. Cut the fennel in half lengthways, then slice into thin strips and place in a bowl of iced water to keep it fresh and crisp. (You could also use a mandoline, or a vegetable peeler to peel long strips.) Remove the cooled quinoa from the fridge. Add the broccolini, asparagus, fennel, capers, dill, lemon zest and juice, remaining mint leaves and pinch of cumin, reserved fennel fronds and a good drizzle of olive oil. Mix carefully so you don’t bruise the herbs and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the quinoa salad with a dollop of the mint and cumin yoghurt on top.

ROAST CHICKEN with SAGE and LEMON 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 × 1.4 kg chicken

There’s no molecular gastronomy here, just good, humble flavours. As always, it’s worth using the best-quality chicken you can afford. Slashing the legs of the chicken is a great trick that helps the marinade infuse into the meat. I often serve this with the quinoa, broccolini and asparagus salad on page 141.

1 apple, quartered and cored

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

10 sage leaves 1 lemon, zest finely grated, then halved

4 cloves garlic, squashed olive oil 2 onions, sliced 2 carrots, thickly sliced 2 stalks celery, trimmed and thickly sliced 1 cup (250 ml) white wine

Put the sage, lemon zest and salt into a mortar and use the pestle to pound until you have a vibrant green salt. If it becomes too paste-like, add a little more salt until it is grainy again. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the apple, lemon halves and garlic, then use kitchen string to tie the drumsticks together. (This helps the bird hold its shape during cooking and also prevents the ingredients in the cavity falling out.) Slash the drumsticks a few times – this will help the flavoured salt penetrate the meat. Drizzle a roasting pan with a little olive oil and scatter the onion, carrot and celery over the base. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables, then rub the flavoured salt over the entire surface of the chicken. Roast the chicken and vegetables for 10 minutes, then splash in the wine and cook for about one hour more, basting from time to time to keep the meat moist. The chicken is ready if the juices run clear when you tip it on an angle. If the juices are still pink it is not cooked through and needs a little more time in the oven. Remove from the oven and serve the chicken and roasted vegetables immediately, with any cooking juices spooned over.

Extract from The Chef Gets Healthy by Tobie and Georgia Puttock, with photography by Sharyn Cairns, published by Lantern, RRP $39.99.


Never Say no to

dessert again... Whether you suffer from food allergies or you’re just looking to improve your health and explore exciting new options, raw has a recipe for you! Featuring 150 vegan, dairy and gluten free options for any time of the day, Omid Jaffari’s newest book is a staple collection of wonderful delicacies made easy. Never miss out on dessert again!

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TIRAMISU-ISH FOR 4 480 g (1 lb 1 oz/2 cups) cashew mascarpone 55 g (2 oz) biscuits, crushed 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) coffee syrup 35 g (1¼ oz/¼ cup) cacao nibs

Layer all the ingredients in four glass jars or dishes and refrigerate for 2 hours to enable the flavours to develop. NOTE: This delicious light dessert gives you all the flavour experience of the traditional tiramisu without the bloated after-effects. ALTERNATIVE: If you don’t have the coffee syrup at hand, you can replace with cooled, freshly brewed coffee. However, you will lose a level of depth and richness...

Recipes and Images from Raw by Omid Jaffari, published by Murdoch Books. RRP $49.99.


FRENCH VANILLA ICE-CREAM DIPPED IN BITTER CHOCOLATE FOR 8 600 g (1 lb 5 oz/4 cups) French vanilla ice-cream 8 licorice sticks

2 x sweet tart bases 320 g (11¼ oz/1 cup) black forest compote 50 g (1¾ oz/1/3 cup) French vanilla ice-cream Crumble the sweet tart bases and divide between four bowls. Top each with a quarter of the compote and ice-cream.

BLACK FOREST COMPOTE 270 g (9½ oz/1¾ cups) blueberries 310 g (11 oz/2½ cups) raspberries zest of 6 oranges 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) coconut nectar 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) port 1 tablespoon vanilla salt 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

liquid tempered chocolate, or purchase raw vegan chocolate and melt extra tempered chocolate, set and shaved, to serve Divide the ice-cream between eight espresso glasses and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and place a licorice stick in the centre of each. Return to the freezer for 10 hours. Separate the ice-cream from the sides of the glasses with a small thin-bladed knife and gently pull on the licorice stick to remove the ice-cream from the glasses. Dip the ice-creams into the melted chocolate to coat and sprinkle with the shaved chocolate. Place the ice-creams on a baking tray lined with baking paper and return to the freezer for 10 minutes to set...

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl...

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The No-No’s of the No-Sugar Diet The popularity of the ‘no-sugar diet’’ has never been more prevalent, but just how healthy is this growing trend? WORDS: MAYA BROSNAN NUTRITIONIST, IRIDOLOGIST, FITNESS PROFESSIONAL AND YOGI.


he idea of cutting sugar out of the diet is actually a very positive one. Refined sugar that is. That includes simple sugars like the white sugar we use in our coffee and tea, added sugars in juices and soft drinks, as well as hidden sugars in processed food. These not only contribute towards our nation quickly becoming one of the fattest, but we now know they can also contribute to triggering diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. My issue is with diets that cut out every type of sugar, and here’s why: Eliminating all sugars can be detrimental to our health. Many popular ‘no-sugar’ diets focus on eliminating fructose


(from fruit) from the diet, some of them – completely! As a wholistic nutritionist, I am a true believer that no natural food on the face of this earth is evil... not even potatoes, which have had so much bad publicity through the years. An incredible variety of fruits and vegetables are available for us to consume on this planet for a reason. They contain unique combinations of energy and life-sustaining micronutrients that our bodies rely on every single day. Each one fits into our body’s biochemical puzzle as it works as a catalyst in different biochemical pathways. For example, Vitamin B6, which is found abundantly in bananas, is needed in sufficient amounts to not only serve our basic energy pathways, but also for optimal neurotransmitter (brain chemical) metabolism as well as healthy hormone metabolism.

the GL, meaning you will stay fuller for longer and eliminate cravings for refined sugar and junk in general. Easy! Artificial sweeteners Some no-sugar diets encourage the use of artificial sweeteners regularly, which is of great concern. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to have a negative effect on our general health, can be quite addictive and have been linked with an increased likelihood to develop obesity and even cancer. Is honey OK? Honey contains large amounts of fructose and is an absolute no-no in no-sugar diets. This is where no-sugar diet followers miss out on great nutrients and health benefits again. It is not only low GI, but raw honey also has incredible healing properties as an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It also contains antioxidants and flavonoids that may have a function as antibacterial agents too. According to clinical research, daily consumption of honey can raise blood levels of protective antioxidants and be quite beneficial to our long-term health. How much fructose is it safe to consume? Although fructose is certainly not the enemy, it is important to acknowledge that too much of a good thing can be detrimental to our long-term health. The real danger of the consumption of fructose is mainly in processed food. Fructose can be overused in low-fat products like low-fat yoghurts, low-fat ice-creams and sweets. People who are eating ‘low fat’ are already exposed to high amounts of sugar. When coupled with increased fruit consumption, it can encourage problems like weight gain and increased cholesterol. The simple solution is to enjoy natural, ‘clean’ food (meaning no low-fat or processed substitutes), and stick with having a variety of moderate amounts of micronutrientrich fresh fruit every day.

The ups and downs of blood sugar The Glycaemic Index (GI) measures the effect of different foods on the increase in our blood sugar levels. High GI carbohydrates create a quick and sharp rise in our blood sugar levels, which also cause a sharp surge of insulin, one of our fat-store encouraging hormones. Low GI carbohydrates create a slower rise in our blood sugar and a much more gentle release of insulin as a result. Anti-sugar/fructose diets fail to acknowledge the importance of this blood sugar effect. From a nutritional point of view, fruit is extremely important to consume. Diseasefighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and bioflavonoids are simply hard to find anywhere else. I have had incredible success with many of my clients losing weight consistently and successfully without compromising their nutritional status while enjoying two pieces of fruit every single day. The secret to controlling blood sugar, cravings and weight gain Any high GI carbohydrate (or sugar), like a banana or watermelon, can have a reduced Glycaemic Load (GL) if eaten the correct way. We can essentially have any fruit, high GI or low GI, low fructose or high fructose, without creating a sharp blood glucose and insulin response and without encouraging weight gain. Eat it right Protein slows down gastric emptying. It causes the transition of food from our stomach into the intestines and then blood circulation to become more gradual decreasing its GL. We can potentially reduce the GL of any food by combining it with protein. For example, if you wish to have a banana, have it with a few nuts, or if you feel like watermelon, try eating it with a piece of feta cheese. Adding protein this way will reduce

Follow Maya’s fruit+protein philosophy by trying out her Wheat Free High Protein Banana Bread. Find the recipe at provoke.com.au.

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RISE & SHINE “Life begins each morning.” –Joel Osteen. You may not be able to control what crosses your desk or your path during the day, but the way you start your day can impact how you will handle its obstacles. WORDS: BELINDA WASOWSKI PERFORMANCE COACH


oes your morning routine include hitting the snooze button, racing around the house in a panic, skipping breakfast and stressing about how much you’ve got to do? If you answered yes to one or all of the above, then I’ve got the healthy morning menu to get you rising, shining and sailing through your week. A healthy morning routine will put you on a path to a more positive and productive day, and there is nothing more important than creating a routine that works for you. That’s why I don’t have a cookie-cutter plan to cure your morning woes, but I can give you a menu of healthy actions to choose from. Think of it like a healthy morning’s smorgasbord- what you put on your plate is completely up to you! Before you begin, remind yourself that routine doesn’t have to mean doing the same thing every day, but it does mean doing

Mindfulness One small positive thought or action in the morning each day can change your whole day. • • • • •

Meditate for five minutes; Set your intentions for the day; Reaffirm your goals; Write or draw in a journal; Tune out and stay offline – have a media-free morning (or day, if you can make it); • Hug your dog, your child, your partner, your cat – connect; or • Open the curtains, let light in and let your body know the day has started.

Movement After a night of slumber, your body deserves to move. Getting your daily exercise might not be possible in the morning, but your morning routine should still include some movement to energise the body and boost your mood. • Walk, jog, run or cycle;


RISE AND ENERGISE Your ability to add one or two healthy habits each day relies on you either getting up just a little bit earlier, or making better use of your time when you do get up. So if you have an addiction to your snooze button, here are a few tips to help break the addiction: • Go to bed earlier; • Switch off earlier – that’s right, no phones, tablets, devices an hour before bed; • Move the alarm just out of your reach; or • Use a circadian rhythm alarm app or device.


Don’t be afraid to readjust your goals throughout the week. Just don’t give up completely. Aim to do something every day.

something every day – something that boosts your energy, improves your mood and gets you ready to conquer what is ahead! Create a few healthy routines for your week and change things up on the weekend when you have a bit more time on your hands. How it works: Grab your diary or a piece of paper and plan out the week ahead. Think about your schedule – what events have you got planned, what home, work and social activities do you need to work around? Your ultimate goal is to practise one habit from each category each day – mindfulness, movement, nourishment. While this is your overall goal, take time to build up to it. Start with one or two actions that you are sure you can nail! As you gain confidence, add another, or make existing habits more challenging.

• Practise yoga or stretch; • Squat or lunge while the kettle boils; • Sweat it out with an at-home bodyweight circuit; or • Visit the gym, lift weights or attend a class.

Nourishment Start the day the way you want to end it – with healthy, nourishing food that makes you feel good inside and out. Eating an unhealthy breakfast is more likely to set you up for making less healthy choices throughout the day. • Flush out toxins and aid digestion with a glass of warm water with lemon; • Eat a protein-rich breakfast; • Get a good dose of greens; • Try turmeric tea or a warm broth instead of coffee for a nourishing hot drink to kick-start your day; or • Eat mindfully – chew slowly, appreciate your food and remember it’s fuelling you for the day.

Tangy Green Smoothie What’s in it? 1 cup coconut water Handful ice cubes 2 cups baby spinach 6-8 mint leaves Tsp ginger 1 lime








Reaffirm my goals

20 minute bodyweight circuit at home

Gym class at 6.00am

5 minutes of yoga

10 minutes of foam rolling

Visit the farmers’ market

Cycling along Brisbane River

5 minutes of yoga

Salmon and sweet potato patty for breakfast

Protein smoothie

Tangy Green smoothie. Check out the recipe!

Write in my journal – what am I grateful for, and what has worked this week?

Scrambled eggs, avocado and spinach for breakfast with fresh produce!!!

Spend 15 minutes planning next week while soaking up the sun!

BELINDA’S TOP TIPS FOR SUCCESS • Choose goals rooted in positive thinking, not guilt. • Be consistent. • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. • Make your goals specific. • If something doesn’t work for you – learn and adjust, but never give up! • Organisation is key. Organisation is your commitment to yourself. Learn more at provoke.com.au

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GET YOUR SWEAT ON WITH HARLOW! Consider yourself a yoga or Pilates enthusiast? Then you’ll love Brisbane’s hottest studio! WORDS: JAS RAWLINSON


hether you’re into a challenging power yoga session, a toning Pilates class, or you simply enjoy the chance to stretch and unwind, Harlow offers a bit of everything. Unlike most health studios, however, they also feature “Hot” yoga and Pilates; allowing students to achieve quicker and longer lasting results by practising under Far Infrared heating. The studio’s Far Infrared panels heat the room to a toasty 30–34 degrees, allowing the body to fire up its cellular metabolism and move with more fluidity. You could be forgiven for


thinking that it must get stuffy with all that heat; but surprisingly, it’s actually very comfortable. “The Far Infrared heaters actually warm the objects in the studio (the walls, floors and our bodies) rather than the air,” explained Harlow’s founder, Jacklyn Robb. “This way [the room] doesn’t get too hot and you can still practise in comfort.” Incredibly, the technology is the same as that used in hospitals to heat newborn cribs, and is much like the heat produced by the sun (without any damaging ultraviolet rays). So what are some of the other benefits

we can experience from “Hot’’ yoga or Pilates? For one, practising under Far Infrared heat promotes circulation by allowing our blood to move oxygen more freely throughout the body; therefore assisting with faster muscle recovery. The heat also allows the body to gradually warm and loosen, resulting in greater flexibility than is usually possible in traditional studios. For those of us who work in office environments all day, it can also be very common to experience muscular tightness or postural issues, with backaches, headaches and shoulder stiffness being among the common

complaints. Jacklyn explained to me how their classes can help with everyday tightness and pain issues. “Hot Pilates is wonderful for strengthening your core and making sure you’re moving throughout the day with good alignment. Plus, the classes are always lots of fun!” If you’re into a more vigorous totalbody workout, however, the Harlow A classes will really get you sweating! “The Hot Yoga sessions are really like a moving meditation,” explained Jacklyn. “With each breath, you can feel your mind unwinding and getting the rest that it deserves – especially after a fullon day.” I asked Jacklyn what some of the main concerns were for those looking to try a Harlow class for the first time, and whether you needed to be experienced in traditional yoga/Pilates to start. “Not at all,’’ she assured. “Lots of people say to me, ‘I’m not flexible enough to do yoga or Pilates!’, but the thing is, you don’t have to be flexible at all to start.

“Lots of people say to me, ‘I’m not flexible enough to do yoga or Pilates!’, but the thing is, you don’t have to be flexible at all to start.” “It’s an ongoing practice, and all of our classes are tailored from the absolute beginner to the advanced. In each class our instructors offer variations, so you just need to listen to your body and choose an option that is comfortably challenging for you.” While waiting for a class to start, students are encouraged to relax on their mats, while candles flicker gently and the sweet scent of essential oil fills the air. Creating an environment that is calming and welcoming is important to Harlow, and it has become the popular choice for locals wanting to schedule time out for their health. “Sometimes we get so busy in life and work that we forget about giving ourselves time for self-care. Dedicating just 60 minutes to yourself can work wonders,’’ said Jacklyn. There’s never any pressure to rush off after class, and you’ll often see both students and teachers sitting down together, sipping on a refreshing coconut and enjoying each other’s company. Jacklyn believes that kindness and compassion should be at the core of everything we do, and is passionate about creating a space where locals can feel comfortable and welcomed. “We really practise kindness here – among our team members, out concierge, our instructors and our

clients,” she said. “It’s all about making others feel great.” Harlow have four heated class types at the studio: Harlow A (Power Yoga), Harlow B (Alignment Yoga), Harlow C (Dynamic Pilates) and Harlow D (Deep Stretch Yoga). To try a FREE introductory class, visit Harlow online at harlowyoga. com.au or drop into their studio at 4/5 Byres Street, Newstead. Mats and towels are available for hire at reception.

How Harlow Hot Yoga & Pilates Began Harlow first opened its doors in 2013 with 10 team members, and has since become a popular choice for locals wanting to challenge themselves in their practice, or simply lead a more healthy life. Known for their welcoming and warm (no pun intended!) studio space, Harlow aim to give locals a holistic experience. Today Harlow has 18 instructors, and offers 27 classes per week.

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NOURISH | Feature



As a survivor of childhood abuse, Damien Rider is passionate about breaking the shame and silence; inspiring others to speak out. His decision to paddle 800kms from Coolangatta to Bondi to raise awareness was one of his biggest challenges yet, but he’s only just getting started. WORDS: JAS RAWLINSON


It was at just six years old that Damien was forced to hide under jetties and in skate parks, terrified to go home for fear of what would happen. After years of abuse, he found himself constantly walking destructive paths, finally realising he was the only one who could change his life. In January this year, Damien completed an 800km solo paddle from QLD to NSW in just 17 days, breaking three world records in the process. Alone in the ocean, hundreds of kilometres from home with only his board and a few supplies, Damien Rider was truly at the mercy of mother nature. Arms aching in the tide, with sharks circling and knocking at his board, he found true peace and purpose. Today Damien is the founder of Paddle Against Child Abuse, an organisation that brings together ocean paddle sport communities for the common cause against child abuse. On the sunny coast of Coolangatta, I met with this big–hearted athlete to talk about the issues closest to his heart, what it’s like to fight off sharks, and his upcoming plan to paddle in the Arctic. First, I think I speak for everyone when I say congratulations on what you’ve achieved so far. An 800km solo paddle from Coolangatta to Bondi is no small feat! Thanks! I’m guessing you’ve had quite a few people ask if you’re a little bit crazy after taking on that paddle? Yeah, I guess a lot of people were wondering that. I was planning on another paddle first– and it was really only two weeks before that I decided to do the 800km paddle. I called my mate and was like, “Hey, I’m feeling pretty good, I’m feeling strong; I won’t do this 200km paddle – I’ll paddle to Sydney instead”. Knowing me and how I train, he just went, “No worries I’ll see you in Bondi!” When I started to tell other

people they were like, “Wow, are you crazy? Are you sure? Can you make it?” I said, “Well, I’m not sure that I can, but all I can do is give it a go really”. Consecutively, I’d only paddled 40km at one stretch [at that time]. Wow, that’s a massive jump! That [800km paddle] was really tough, but once the first few days were over and done with, and all the emotion and thought was gone, it was just about getting into a rhythm and going for it. There were still some hairy times, no doubt; with the weather and sharks. I was by myself and there were no support boats; no-one on land or anything. Yes, I did read that there were a couple of sharks circling you at one point! Did you have anything on the board to protect yourself with? (Pausing) A knife and a Go–Pro (laughs). And what did you do in that moment? I grabbed the Go–Pro first (laughs). Of course! You can always come back for the knife later. (Laughs) I did pull the knife out once I’d come out of Evans Head. I saw a really big fin... I was a bit freaked out. I kind of just kept as calm as I could and just cruised in; tried not to worry about it too much. I thought I would have seen more than I did, and there were definitely some parts that I paddled over where they were there for sure – you can just sense them. I saw a big one when I paddled out of Coffs Harbour – he was probably about 15 foot. Then later on after Seal Rocks there were a few, about two-thirty, three in the afternoon. The biggest one I saw was probably about 22 foot long and about nine foot wide. He cruised past about 70 metres away from me, just hugging the sand. By then I was that fatigued and sore. u

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“I went underwater, almost drowning, and thought: ‘I’m in a lot of trouble.’ I started paddling and saw another [shark] and said ‘Just eat me! I’ve had enough, just bloody eat me’!” I’d been warned about this reef section called Big Gibba where white pointers hang out, so [just beforehand] I’d sussed it out from the headland. There were two swimming around [which were] about six foot long, so I’d picked the board up – which was 17, 18 kilos – walked over the headland with it, and then got back into the water. I paddled about two kms and this wave hit me and almost broke my neck. I went underwater, almost drowning, and thought: “I’m in a lot of trouble.’ I started paddling and saw another one [shark] and I said, ‘Just eat me! I’ve had enough, just bloody eat me’!” (laughs). But he just cruised on by, and I kept on going. It’s definitely a phenomenal story! What was the rest of the paddle like once you’d gotten past those moments? It was really emotional for me. I guess breaking through those physical pain barriers for the first five days really brought out a lot. A lot of memories were drawn out from the physical pain I was going through, the aloneness and a lot of talking to myself. Everything was coming out. Once I came out of Coffs Harbour I really got into a rhythm and just really started to enjoy it. I knew this was what I was going to do. I knew I was going to make it. I guess that was the time where I’d really found peace in what I was doing, and the reason I was doing it. I imagine it would be very therapeutic being out there alone; really challenging yourself and pushing through. Yeah, definitely. In the first five days I probably nearly died ten times. Overcoming that and keeping on going – it was a big test within myself. It definitely changed my life in that sense.

Get the Facts • In 2012-2013 approximately 122,496 finalised investigations were carried out into child abuse. Emotional abuse and neglect are the most common primary forms of substantiated abuse in Australia.* • Indigenous children are almost eight times as likely to be the subject of substantiated abuse or neglect.* • Abuse is most common in children one-year or under.* • Girls are 5 times more likely to be abused than males.** • Childhood abuse can contribute to many different health issues, including depression, anxiety, addictions, personality disorders (Spila, Makara, Kozak, & Urbanska, 2008) eating disorders, sexual disorders and suicidal behaviour (Draper et al., 2007).***

*Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). Child protection Australia 2012–13. **Source: Sedlack, et. al., 2010). Bravehearts, Child Sexual Assault: Facts and Statistics publication. ***Source: ASCA. Impact of Child Abuse.


I guess after that everything changed. There was a lot more marine life – friendly marine life – and Nambucca Heads was absolutely beautiful. White sand, palm trees, nice clean waves, no-one out... from there it was really amazing. As many people would know, the solo paddle was actually part of a much bigger plan to raise awareness of child abuse through your organisation Paddle against Child Abuse (PACA). Can you tell us a bit more about when PACA first began? Before I left Melbourne [last year] I knew I wanted to start paddle boarding. Before I did the 800kms I’d only started paddle-boarding 10 months beforehand, so it was very new to me. I could barely paddle 800 metres at first – being up on your knees is completely different. But after that I could feel emotions coming out, and I could feel me finding more peace within myself from my own messed-up childhood. I’d already been in contact with Child Protection Week to see how I could help them, or how I could help get their word out there for that week, so I went home and looked up ‘paddle boarding Guinness Book of Records,’ and saw ‘longest distance in 24 hours’. I thought “Sweet, I’ll train my ass off and I’ll do that, and I’ll support these guys and get a bit of local stuff out there”. But they weren’t really hitting the issues as I would have liked , so that’s when I decided I’d start my own: Paddle Against Child Abuse (PACA). I put on a two-day paddle festival, surfing and paddle-boarding and all that, and then I just kept on training. I didn’t really know what I was going to do. I thought I’d just do that paddle, but then a few things happened and now it’s all I do. I work at it every day, this is my life. I’ve heard that PACA plan to build a series of beachfront safe houses for survivors of abuse. What will be the vision? Yeah, [they’ll be] between Coolangatta and Bilinga – it will be absolute beachfront. [My vision is to] grab kids who are on the crossroad – between the ages of 15 and 17, trying to have a go themselves – and basically give them the tools to move forward. If they come with me and PACA I can guide them in the right direction, otherwise they’ll go to drugs, gangs, whatever it is. I’ll also run daily and weekly programs for foster parents and people just struggling with their kids at home. They can come down and do boot camp or paddle-boarding, learn to bond with each other. [It’s about] keeping the families together so they can work better in a more happy and healthy environment rather than just butting heads at home. That definitely sounds like a very inspiring vision. Do you recall at what age you really felt you found your voice and passion for raising awareness of child abuse? Just last year really. When I did my first promo of the paddle I was going to do I got inundated with people who had gone u

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through similar things. The first clip had 50,000 views in the first two days and I probably got 10,000 messages from people all over the world, saying, “Thank you, you’ve helped me to open up and tell my family about things”. They’d tell me how they’d sit there at the table over dinner, pull up my clip and start talking about what had happened to them. It just kind of grew from there. I’m sure that would really make you feel at peace with the path you’re on and what you’re doing with your life. Yeah, yeah, for sure. You mentioned a little bit earlier about the documentary coming out called Heart of the Sea. Can you share more about it? Heart of The Sea is going to be a full-length feature – around 88 minutes long – and National Geographic have said they’ll put it out to 300 million homes across the globe and also help to promote PACA. The doco’s been fantastic for me to do. [When filming] I had to go back down to places where things had happened to me, in Ballarat, Victoria and Adelaide, and I’d never been back to those places since I was a little kid. Everyone was really worried. There were more memories than I could ever have thought of, had I not gone back there. Standing on the rocks, and in caves and on beaches, there was a flooding of memories – but there was no emotion. After the paddle it was totally fine. There was no emotional attachment. What do you think is most important for survivors of abuse to know in order to break through their trauma? I guess the hardest thing is letting go of the comfort around you that you know is bad for you. Be proud of who you are and don’t be afraid of breaking free of people who aren’t good for you. In short, I guess it would be: find a place and activity that makes you naturally happy and start there. You need a balance between positive and negative. Child abuse is a massive problem in Australia, and so often people ask the question: “what should we do if we see it happening?” I think this means Australia has a long way to go in understanding child abuse. The solution is a difficult one, but can you give any advice on what people can do if they really want to get more involved in supporting your vision? I guess the first thing is: don’t be afraid to speak up. Back in the day we used to have Neighbourhood Watch and we used to campaign that it’s OK to speak up if something is going on in your neighbourhood. Child abuse is a difficult one because people don’t want to interfere in other people’s families, so it’s tough in that sense. The Government’s got a lot to do with it. The Government and legal system is so far behind a lot of other countries. The fact is, most abuse – physical or mental – comes from the parents [male and female]. I started to go down the path of “How can I fix this?”, but it’s pretty difficult to fix when so many people have a different

“Back in the day we used to have Neighbourhood Watch and we used to campaign that it’s OK to speak up. Child abuse is a difficult one because people don’t want to interfere in other people’s families…”

opinion to you. It’s a long, drawn-out battle to try and fix that one, so I thought, ‘I’ll fix the victims, and I’ll start there’. That’s what changes the future. It’s about breaking that cycle. The documentary is really going to do that too, because obviously, I mean, I don’t really look like... there’s no stereotype you know? The most hardest guys sitting in prison will watch this documentary and there’ll be bits where they’ll go, “You know what? He’s right about that. I can relate to him”. Kids can relate; most people can. Just coming back to what you were saying about there not being a stereotype, do you feel that might be one of the most common misconceptions about child abuse? Yeah, definitely, for sure. Also people thinking it’s an economical issue, that it’s only the poor people out in the western suburbs that this happens to, when that’s not really the case. There are a lot of professional mothers and fathers who just don’t care about their kids – they’re too busy in their careers; sending them off to boarding school. And these are the ones who become drug dealers or blow their heads off, because they’re searching for love and looking for it, but their parents are just paying them off with money. With all that you’ve done, what would you say your proudest accomplishment has been? I guess my proudest accomplishment would be finding myself and finding my peace, and knowing that, that is what I’ll use to help others.

In August Damien will be taking on his next challenge: a 150 kilometre solo paddle in North East Greenland, as well as looking forward to the release of his documentary Heart of the Sea. Keep up to date with what he’s up to on paca.com.au.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sneak Peek

While trawling the internet for our wearable technology feature, we stumbled upon Cute Circuit. The dresses won’t charge your phone and the shoes don’t count your steps, but the collection is definitely fashionable with a huge dose of futuristic quirk. There’s even a handbag that displays your tweets in LED lights. Just what you’ve been looking for! Check out the collection at cutecircuit.com.

Gold Coast fashion designer Isabelle Quinn is a slave to her sewing machine preparing for her first runway show. We caught up with the fashionista to discuss her brand, style and nerves before her appearance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane in August. WHO: Isabelle Quinn, 23, Gold Coast LABEL: IzzQ Designs What three words best describe your label? Risqué, feminine and innovative. Where did you learn the art of fashion design? I’ve been creating my whole life, born into an artistic household. I was on a sewing machine at the age of four. The only thing I’ve ever known is creating and making. Although I don’t have any formal fashion training, I’ve always been consumed by beautiful garments and styling. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mum, she has taught me everything. Who are your fashion icons? Vogue Australia fashion editor Christine Centenera and social media influencer Margaret Zhang. Both women are so individual, fashion forward and have the most impeccable style. What’s more important, comfort or style? Ultimately I would say style, because isn’t looking great just the most important thing? I can’t count how many times I have chosen style over comfort and later kicked myself, but still I can’t seem to help by always choosing to look fabulous over comfort!

Heads Up As the weather heats up it’s time to start peeling off the winter layers... but you can leave your hat on. Especially if your hat is a Lyla&Bo fedora, then we really can’t think of a reason to ever take that beauty off. Let the Brisbanebased accessory queens keep your noggin well-dressed this Spring at lylaandbo.com.


How does it feel to be showing at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival? It feels a little surreal. I’m so excited and grateful to have been selected for MBFF, but I’m also a little nervous to have my work unveiled. It’s a challenge I’m definitely ready for.

You can see IzzQ Designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane on 26 August in the NEXT Hotel Next Gen Group Show. For a sneek peek of the full IzzyQ collection and more from Isabelle visit provoke.com.au

JASMIN ORGANICS What’s not to love about this gem of a brand? Lovingly created on a beautiful organic farm on Mount Tamborine, Jasmin Organics creates and manufactures some of the world’s highest-quality organic beauty products. With a fully certified organic skincare, makeup, and essential oil range, the brand has been striving for and delivering excellence since 1999. Jasmin Organics is also committed to ensuring fair trade, sourcing ingredients from local communities, and putting a portion of their profits back into environmental conservation. Find out more at jasminorganics.com

Brisbane Natural Beauty (Milton) Brisbane Natural Beauty are a salon with a difference, using no toxic or harmful ingredients in their beauty services. “We believe that true beauty comes from within, and that we shouldn’t need to risk our health to enhance our natural beauty,” says Principal Naturopath and Clinic Director Katherine Maslen. Offering natural waxing, toxin-free mani and pedis, luxurious organic facials and spray tans, as well as various health services, you can expect only the best at this salon! Located in Milton, Brisbane, Natural Beauty is just a stone’s throw from the city. Make a booking today at brisbanenaturalbeauty.com.au

THE ORGANIC STORE Are you tired of constantly having to go to multiple stores to find all your favourite products? Well fear no more – The Organic Store at Noosa is available for all your needs! Founded in 2009 by Queensland mother and organic-lover Amanda Bromley, the store features a unique selection of Australian beauty products, skin care, packaged foods, supplements, books, DVDs, kitchen appliances and a broad range of baby and kid-friendly products. See their amazing range at theorganicstore.com.au

Le Rouge Hair & Beauty Renowned for her amazing artistry in both hairstyling and flawless natural makeup, stylist Hong Le has helped hundreds of women across South East Queensland to look and feel amazing over the years. In exciting news, LeRouge is now ensuring you look amazing all year round with the release of its new Le Rouge Cosmetic range! To find out more head to lerougebeauty.com.au Model/Client: Natalina Ford Photographer: Anna Bandini for Elite Vision Photography Makeup and Hair styling: Hong Le for Le Rouge Beauty Clothing Designer: Kate Gubanyi for The GC Bridal Lounge

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Lara Cresser, Brisbane QLD How would you describe “Queensland Style”? It’s about a breeziness and an ease that is as effortless as possible while remaining chic. Where would your QLD fashionista be found? The courtyard garden at the Queensland Art Gallery. It’s the prettiest spot under the trees to grab a coffee, listen to the fountain and relish all the incredible art you’ve just seen! What can we expect next in local fashion? The return of the warm weather and lazy days chilling in crisp cottons by the nearest body of water.


Irenne Tjokrodinata, Melbourne VIC What inspired your design? My illustration is inspired by a mix of beach and bohemian styles with an emphasis on simplicity and comfort. Bright, colourful bohemian accessories complete the look. Your must-have fashion essential? Accessories are a must-have fashion essential! A nice outfit without any hints of accessories will look incomplete and less exciting. Wearing accessories will boost and balance your look. But you need to be selective in wearing and choosing them, as not all accessories work with any outfit. Ultimately, it just needs good balance, and as long as you feel comfortable with your looks, then you’re good to go.

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Christina Perera, Brisbane QLD How would you describe “Queensland Style”? Relaxed and carefree with splashes of summer and joy. I’m pretty sure this sounds like a recipe for sunshine! What was involved in your design process? One of my favourite designers is CUE. I love the elegance of the cut that many of their dresses are designed with, so I chose that to work off, changed it a bit, and then created a pattern from my imagination with a bit of help from pinterest to see what else might work. Where would your QLD fashionista be found? Heading to the races.


Bianca Xanthe Herbert, Coolum Beach QLD What inspired your design? The original idea was inspired by my mother’s beautiful vintage clothes and my father’s old photographs of our eccentric gypsy family. The fashion illustration also references childhood memories of nursing wild birds and pet budgerigars; hence the morphing of bird wings into garments. Conceptually, gypsy Pocahontas is about a lady’s peaceful relationship with nature. Your favourite QLD store? Any op shop/ charity store – if you have an eye for quality fabrics you can always find something unique!

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Edwina Buckley, Sydney NSW What inspired your design? Being a textile designer, I was inspired by fashion photography, and wanted to incorporate my own take on striking a pose, and I incorporated a textile (palm) print into her cossie, which I also designed. Where would your QLD fashionista be found? Probably in a swim shoot at the Qualia resort on Hamilton Island, sipping chilled coconut water behind the scenes and loving the luxury, heat and amazing tropical scenery while instagramming selfies like crazy to make all her followers crazy jealous. Your favourite QLD store? Anywhere that stocks Spell and the Gypsy Collective.


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eda, 38, has only been in Australia for a little over a year, but she is already lighting up runways with her vibrant Hana designs. Her latest Hana collection, Immigration, playfully infuses bold Middle-Eastern patterns with iconically Australian motifs. It’s a tough task to include a kangaroo on a dress and still keep things fashionable enough for the runway, but Neda nails it. Fresh from her first showing at Canberra’s Fashfest 2015, Neda is now preparing to dazzle the fash-pack as one of the most exciting newcomers at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. We caught up with Neda to find out what inspires the beauty in her work. Label: Hana

Neda Alemohammad

WATCH THIS RUNWAY The cut is Western and fashion - forward, but the delightfully dizzying array of colours and patterns is unmistakably Persian – the perfect reflection of their Iranian-born, Australian-based designer, Neda Alemohammad. Here she tells us about her upcoming showcase in Brisbane this August.

How did you get started in fashion design? I used to do the same in Iran where women are obliged to cover themselves and wear what the Government dictates to them. However, a lot of these women are not religious, therefore I tried to design fashionable and colourful street outfits for them to make [covering up] a bit more tolerable. Which designer are you most excited to see at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week? I am very new to Australia and unfortunately I don’t know all of the designers, but I have been amazed by most of them and I think they are great. I am very excited to take part in such a great show. What inspires your clothing designs? My inspiration is my cultural journey from Iran to Australia. I mixed my cultural background with Australian pure nature items. Want more? hanadesignau.com Get your ticket to see Hana at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane from mbff.com.au

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BEAUTY | The Future of Cosmetics

SUGAR SWEET & CRUELTY-FREE MAKEUP Getting the hottest look without harming animals or your skin is all in a day’s work for Amy Kauler and Phil Rasmussen, Brisbane owners of the vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics Sugar Venom. WORDS: JAS RAWLINSON


hile many cosmetic companies still test on animals, this husband-and-wife team won’t be having any of that. Sitting down one afternoon at Kettle & Tin in Paddington, Amy and I chatted about Sugar Venom, her thoughts on ethical business, and how her husband feels about being the test model for their products. Tell us a little about how Sugar Venom came to be? Well it all started about a year ago now. I’ve always been an animal lover myself, so I’ve always tried to find products that aren’t tested on animals, and that are vegan friendly as well. Another facet to wearing makeup is that I’ve always wanted to try and make better choices for my skin. It’s something that I’m wearing for eight to 10 hours a day, every day, so I’ve always leant towards the mineral makeup. Putting those two things together, I found that there was a gap in the market for a brand that was geared towards a younger demographic, but also encompassed those virtues of being compassionate, and promoting eco-friendly products as well. I find that so many mineral companies in Australia are geared towards an older demographic – like Nude by Nature and other such companies. It wasn’t fun and funky and edgy. That’s basically where we thought there was a very specific niche, a gap, and we wanted to make something; so we did! We started chipping away at a brand, coming up with ideas and formulating products in Australia with a chemist. When we started our search [for a chemist] we were looking up all these really silly terms (laughs). We had no idea what we were doing. If we were to have gone down the route of selling Chinese makeup it would have cost us peanuts, nothing, but there’s the ethics side of it. Being able to find companies that are reputable, that make sure they maintain high standards of social responsibility – and to their workers – is very important to us. Can you share a little of the creation process for your products? The biggest thing with making your own [makeup] is that it’s a long frigging process! When I originally started, I thought, “Oh, what’s involved? You just go to a chemist, you say what colours you want, what you want in it, and bang! You’ve got a product”. It does not work like that. It takes months and months of development, testing, back and forth waiting, trialling; it’s such a long process. When you put your name to something you want it to be 110% correct.


Photographer: A Photo by GD; Model: Carol Larsen; Makeup: Megan Beverley; Wardrobe: Alice Nightingale; Carol Wears: Austen Pure Mineral Eyeshadow, Moss Pure Mineral Eyeshadow, Carys Organic and Mineral Lipgloss and Natural Maximum Volume Mascara.

It’s quite a lengthy process by the sound of it? Yes, but when you choose to go natural there are always huge limitations. That’s why as a brand, we’re not against traditional makeup – I just think you need to treat it as if it’s junk food. It’s not something that you’ll eat every day, but you can have it every now and then. If you put it into your body every day, eventually that cocktail of chemicals is going to affect you. You certainly have a beautiful makeup range. What are your favourite products are so far? [One of] our newest line of products is our eyeshadows – we’re really excited about those. They’re really gorgeous and they contain completely pure, natural ingredients. We’ve tried to find colours that are really fun and funky. You can put them on and they shimmer at different angles. I also really like our lip balms; they’re completely natural and contain only eight ingredients. We also have a mascara that is really fabulous; it’s water resistant and has incredible volume as well.

Photographer: A Photo by GD; Model: Carol Larsen; Makeup: Megan Beverley; Wardrobe: Alice Nightingale; Carol Wears: Bardot Pure Mineral Eyeshadow, Hutton Pure Mineral Eyeshadow, Moss Pure Mineral Eyeshadow, Natural Maximum Volume Mascara and a mix of shades from the EcoLip Palette.

Definitely. You want to be proud of it. Exactly. We also wanted to make sure we had that balance between function and being mineral and eco-friendly. We trialled pretty much every mineral product on the market in Australia and we found that so many of them just didn’t have the functions that we wanted. Such as, they would come off after two seconds, or they would be too grainy. We knew what we wanted, and to achieve what we wanted took a while, but we’re finally there and we’re really happy with the product. A lot of brands often use toxic ingredients or animal products to achieve a glossy or longer-lasting look. How do you achieve the same results without taking that approach? Our chemist works with us to try and find natural alternatives, but also alternatives that don’t have beeswax or animal products. So [for example], instead of using beeswax we try and find plant-based waxes. We try and find whatever organic and natural oils we can as well. Before starting Sugar Venom, what were some of the most toxic and common ingredients you would see in mainstream makeup – in particular, lip products? OK, so number one would be parabens; they’re in so many products. Number two would be, surprisingly, formaldehyde. BHA is another concerning ingredient that’s in a lot of lip products. And another other one, which is huge in a lot of traditional makeup and also mineral products, is FD&C colours. That’s basically the colour that allows lip products and their colour to last longer in mineral makeup; it’s something that’s really been a battle to avoid. We’ve been very interested in releasing a Matte lip paint – which is obviously a really hot thing in the market – but we’ve searched high and low and tried all sorts of avenues testing with our chemist, and we just can’t develop [one] that doesn’t a) contain chemicals, and b) contain FD&C colours to make it last.

Your husband is also a big part of Sugar Venom. Have you ever used him as a test model for your eyeshadows? If you need photos of my husband in various makeup and poses, I have many. Yes, he is my guinea pig with all my makeup (laughs). Phil has been hilarious. He knows absolutely nothing about makeup – he didn’t even know what lip gloss or lipstick was – he still barely knows, but he’s been crucial to the business. Because of his background in E-commerce he u

Amy’s tips for the perfect Sugar Venom night out!



Well it depends on the girl, but I’ll give you two different looks. One is a slightly darker look, with a Bardot and Hutton eyeshadow. That combo is absolutely gorgeous! Bardot is a little more adventurous, it’s an army green, translucent shimmery colour, which goes really well with Hutton, a slightly darker blue eyeshadow; also quite shimmery. Lipgloss wise, I would then recommend the Carys, because you can choose anything that you want to wear underneath and then put Carys on top. It’s not too out there; it’s kind of a clear, nudey colour. For someone a little more conservative with their look I would definitely recommend the Carys lipgloss, but in regard to the eyeshadow I’d suggest something more like Harry, as it’s more of a neutral brown, shimmery kind of colour.

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don’t want to support that, I don’t want to be a part of it”, but I think a lot of people aren’t aware of how many companies do still test on animals, and how many brands are still involved. I find [animal cruelty] really shocking because it’s such an archaic, backward practice that’s completely outdated and irrelevant to us. A lot of products that come from China and overseas, completely unregulated, do test on animals. Companies like L’Oreal and Revlon, they don’t [animal] test their products here in Australia or the US or anywhere like that, but if they sell in China, China requires them to test on animals. So any brand that’s selling their products in China, that promote themselves as vegan, it’s a bit questionable. Countries are now outlawing animal testing completely, which is great. Hopefully that starts to happen here. New Zealand was the most recent. Hopefully we can start to see more countries jumping on board.

“I think a lot of people aren’t aware of how many companies do still test on animals, and how many brands are still involved. I find [animal cruelty] really shocking because it’s such an archaic, backward practice that’s completely outdated...” has been really paramount to making this happen. He manages all of our stock, the back end e-commerce, the website and everything to do with the technical side. I focus on the front end; making the products work, the product development and the marketing. I’ve noticed that Sugar Venom is very transparent when it comes to what ingredients they use. How important do you think it is for brands to be open with their customers? One of our key brand values is transparency, because consumers need to know what they’re putting into their bodies – whether it be with food or makeup. Also, it is actually illegal not to include ingredients about what’s in your product. We want to be really open.

You touched on this a little earlier, but what have been some of the challenges you’ve experienced with being a new business? Product development has been a huge challenge – not so much the development itself – it’s more the time that’s required for the developments. We’ve said, “Oh we’ll be able to launch X in one month”, but realistically that would be six months because it takes so long to put all of the components together to release a single product. Time has certainly been a big challenge, because that obviously means money. The other challenge has been my resource, my time, because I work full-time as well. Running a startup while you’re working – my husband works full-time also – has certainly been quite challenging, but we’re just so passionate about it. We work late hours every night, every day, just to keep Sugar Venom going.

What would you say are the Sugar Venom ‘must haves’ for Spring? For Spring I’d say the Amy lipgloss (which is a really nice pink) as well as the Vanilla or Strawberry lipbalm. Actually, I think the Strawberry and Vanilla are must-haves for every day, as well as the Moss eyeshadow. It’s a really Amy Kauler soft, white eyeshadow that’s very lovely. The Aiko lipgloss is actually our number one seller – I’m really impressed by people who can wear it. It’s pretty out there; a shimmery pink colour.

Can you share more about where your products are manufactured? Our lipgloss, lipbalm and eyeshadows are manufactured in Australia, our mascara is manufactured in Canada and our eyelashes are probably going to be from Korea. Oh and our glue is from Germany, so we have a really mixed bag of where things are coming from. When we started we really wanted to try and keep everything Australian-made, but it’s really amazing how things develop when you’re in the market. It’s become more about function, more about [creating] a great product for Australians. Talking a bit more about the ethical side of things, do you feel that people are more aware these days of animal cruelty, and more inclined to shy away from products that use animal-testing? I definitely think people are more aware, and if they hear about a product testing on animals they will immediately say, “Oh I


I read that Sugar Venom also donates $1 of every sale to a not for profit farm sanctuary. We do, absolutely! Edgar’s Mission was picked because they do absolutely fantastic work in rescuing animals who would otherwise be dead or slaughtered. They go and rescue animals from all sorts of backgrounds and then they rehabilitate them at the farm, and that’s their forever home. We’re all about doing things to help people who don’t have a voice, or who are underprivileged. We wanted to weave into our entire foundation of business that the whole idea is to give back whenever we can.

Have you tested that one on Phil as well? I have! I’ve tested every single one on him. I think he enjoyed it a little too much, which is a bit concerning (laughs). Can you share with us what’s coming up in 2016? Do you have plans to expand your product range to foundations and other cosmetics? We definitely want to bring out foundation, and we’ve also been wanting to bring out some software on our website that allows women to know exactly what foundation to buy as well. That’s in the works, but timeline wise we’re not quite sure when; hopefully by early 2016. We’d really like to do foundation, bronzer, blush; everything. That will be the next step. Sugar Venom can be found online at sugarvenom.com.au or at The Green Edge Cafe in Lutwyche.




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Sexy Ceramics

When: Now - 22 August Where: 19 Karen, Gold Coast How Much: Free What: You’ll never look at ceramics in the same way again after a browse of this Sexy exhibit. Provocative pots and tantalising tea sets form part of the exciting collection from five female ceramic artists – all exploring their idea of ‘sexy’. Each of these women has their own unique style, which is reflected in the beautiful pieces they have created especially for this show. It’s free to get in, so don’t miss this exciting collection of ceramics with a twist. W: 19karen.com.au


When: Now - 11 October Where: GOMA, Brisbane How Much: Free What: Spend an afternoon being inspired by Queensland’s most innovative and inventive at GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art. The exhibition is the first in a series profiling the crème de la crème of QLD visual artists. Explore the work of 30 emerging, mid-career and senior artists working in painting, photography, ceramic, video, performance, installation and sculpture. The exhibit runs right into October, so there’s plenty of time to see it all!


PECHAKUCHA NIGHT 2015 When: 2 September Where: Brisbane Powerhouse How Much: Free What: A highlight in the creative calendar, PechaKucha Night invites designers, artists, architects and other creative individuals to take to the Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Platform and present their designs, thoughts and ideas. The catch is, presenters must conform to a strict 20 slides, 20

seconds per slide format. That’s six minutes 40 seconds of fame. Expect a social and engaging night out, with fresh ideas, discussion, drinks and a vibrant crowd. Join the conversation! How it Began: PechaKucha Night is a worldwide phenomenon. Beginning in Tokyo in 2003, this renowned design presentation format (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) was pioneered by Klein Dytham Architecture. It is patented to keep the presentations concise, inspiring, interesting and to the point. W: brisbanepowerhouse.org

The Photograph and Australia

When: Now - 11 October Where: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane How Much: Adult $12, Children (12 years and under) Free What: Put away your selfie-stick, log out of Instagram and head to the Queensland Art Gallery for your dose of photography this month.Explore Australia’s story through the lens in The Photograph and Australia. From the 1840s to the 21st century, the exhibition chronicles evolving photographic approaches to the people and the land of Australia. Among photographs from professional collections you can also catch glimpses of mug shots, domestic albums and moments of brilliance caught by unknown photographers. W: qagoma.qld.gov.au


Shifting Seasons

When: 22-23 August Where: Richard Randall Art Studio Mt Coot-tha How Much: Free What: Indulge all of your senses at the Shifting Seasons textile exhibition this month. Nestled within Mt Coot-tha’s Botanical Gardens at the Richard Randall Art Studio, this collaborative exhibit showcases beautifully hand-crafted textile artworks from Brisbane-based artists. From masterfully crafted hats and jewellery to stunning gifts and homewares, you can even purchase your favourite pieces! Artists will be onsite to discuss their work and give hands-on demonstrations of their creative techniques. When you have finished enjoying the artwork, check out the gardens as they get set to bloom for Spring.

When: 10 September- 31 October Where: Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine How Much: Free What: Brisbane-born artist Paul Mumme is calling curtains on his artistic career by inviting you to feast on his entire career’s work. The Last Paul Mumme Show will provide detailed insights into his works, their production and the man behind them. Making use of a variety of media, including performance, video, photography, and sculpture, Mumme’s creations are often humorous, sometimes ridiculous and always stimulating. Join in the free visual fun-fest at Pine Rivers Art Gallery.

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CULTURE | Book News

The Fantastic Four

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi Release Date: August 6th, 2015 Based on the original Marvel comic, The Fantastic Four brings to life the story of four young outsiders who travel to an alternate and dangerous universe. When the group discover the shocking plan of their former friend, now their foe, they must work together to save the Earth from devastation. With incredible special effects and heart-racing action, The Fantastic Four will be sure to satisfy action lovers and Marvel fans everywhere. Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Toby Kebbell


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The Visit

Genre: Comedy/Horror Release Date: September 24th When a brother and sister are sent to stay with their grandparents for a week, it soon becomes apparent that something very strange is happening on the Pennsylvania farm. As the days unfold, the children discover that their elderly grandparents are involved in something deeply horrific, leaving them to ask the terrifying question: will they make it back to their mother? From the writer and producer of The Sixth Sense, Signs, and Paranormal Activity, this film is sure to have you shaking with both fear and laughter. Starring: Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Peter McRobbie and Benjamin Kanes



Author: Helena Pastor Release Date: 24 July How Much: $24.95 What: The perfect parenting book, minus the preaching. Through enthralling and intimate storytelling, Dutch-Australia author Helena Pastor’s memoir explores the challenges of ‘tough love’ from a mother’s perspective. It offers a moving insight into reconnecting with your teenagers, a lesson well-learnt by Helena, who is a mother of four boys. A must-read new release for mums of boys who like to push the boundaries.




Author: Paulene Christie Release Date: 25 May How Much: $24.99 What: There are no glossy photos of sauces dripping elegantly from the edges of glistening roasted pheasant in this humble and hearty collection of slowcooking recipes. It truly is the no frills book for no frills, but delicious, cooking. Finally! This book is a scrumptious buffet of recipes created and collected by Brisbane homecook Paulene Christie. It features a fantastic collection of dishes that have been created and shared by Paulene and her followers– proving just how deliciously easy and versatile this style of cooking can be.


Author: Annah Faulkner Release Date: 1 July How Much: $32.99 What: Annah Faulkner’s debut novel won her a slew of awards, including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging Queensland Author. Now, the Sunshine Coast author is back with her second must-read novel and this time it’s set closer to home, in Brisbane. See protagonist Christopher Bright’s orderly life turned on its head as he goes in search of his birth parents. The story is littered with conspiracy, mystery and a good dose of surprise. A heart-warming read by a hugely talented local.

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Last Cab to Darwin

Genre: Drama Release Date: August 6th, 2015 A lonely cab driver named Rex (Michael Caton) finds himself at a crossroad when his doctor reveals that he is dying of an aggressive stomach cancer. Faced with the news that he doesn’t have long to live, Rex refuses to spend his last months relying on anyone. What follows next is a surprising and heart-warming journey as Rex embarks on a 3000km drive from Broken Hill to Darwin, meeting people along the way who lead him to reevaluate the value of his life. Last Cab to Darwin is a brilliant Australian drama with surprising heart. Starring: Jacki Weaver, Ningali LawfordWolf, Michael Caton, Emma Hamilton, Mark Coles Smith

Mistress America

Genre: Comedy Release date: August 14, 2015 New York college freshman Tracey (Lola Kirke) is a lonely young woman caught in an unfulfilling university career and personal life - that is until her soon to be sister-in-law Brooke (Greta Gerwig) steps in. Soon Tracey finds herself seduced by the alluring and often manic lifestyle Brooke lives, leading her on a hilarious journey of exploration into how her life could be. Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Juliet Brett, Michael Chernus, Cindy Cheung, Shana Dowdeswell, Charlie Gillette.

Genre: Adventure/Drama Release date: September 19th, 2015 Inspired by true life events surrounding the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, Everest follows the journey of two expeditions fighting to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Soon, however, their excitement turns to fear as the mountaineers find themselves in one of the worst blizzards ever experienced. The men realise they will have to navigate impossible obstacles if they are to make it home alive. Proving itself to be one of the most anticipated action adventure movies to hit cinemas this year, This is an action-packed, adrenalin kicking adventure film guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat! Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin.


Author: JM Peace Release Date: 1 July How Much: $29.99 What: Looking for a read that will get your blood pumping? This book is a chilling, gruesome and suspenseful crime thriller from serving Sunshine Coast police officer J.M. Peace. Written with unnerving authenticity, JM’s debut novel details the abduction of Sammi Willis, a police officer who thought she could look after herself. Despite this, she falls into the hands of a dangerous psychopath, who takes her to isolated bushland to hunt her like an animal. After the adrenaline rush of this novel, you’ll be pleased to hear its sequel, A Mother’s Work, is under contract.


Author: Orry-Kelly Release Date: 3 August How Much: $39.99 What: When you’ve finished reading about the wild adventures of legendary Hollywood designer and cheeky Aussie rascal Orry-Kelly, you won’t be surprised his memoir was found hidden in a pillowcase. It would have been out of character for him to leave it somewhere standard. Orry-Kelly’s long-lost memoirs paint a life that was anything but predictable for the man who won three Oscars for his magical costume designs in the Golden Years of Hollywood.


Author: Harper Lee Release Date: 14 July How Much: $45 hardback What: Who would have thought more than 50 years after the world fell in love with To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee would hatch a new masterpiece. Except that it isn’t exactly new. In fact, she wrote this sequel first, it just never saw the light of day. Now you can get reacquainted with Scout as an adult as she returns to Maycomb to visit her father, Atticus. We won’t spoil any more, only to say that we’re eternally grateful this manuscript finally found its way to the bookshelf and that it can stand proudly beside its cherished offspring as a phenomenal read in its own right.

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CULTURE | Music News

Rudd and The United Nations to WOW Brisbane

WIN! A double pass to see the show on August 20th! (Valued at $130!)


Since his 2002 debut album To Let, Xavier Rudd has become one of Australia’s most loved musicians, touching audiences around the world with his unique blend of uplifting reggae music and his belief in creating a unified world. More recently, Rudd fulfilled his dream vision to create a new and exciting project, fronting a new band, The United Nations. This collaboration between Rudd and the eight-piece, international, worldclass band has produced one of the most anticipated and exciting albums of 2015, ‘Nanna’. As his ninth album release, Nanna is both a celebration of the new and old; comforting listeners with familiar sounds, while also exploring the artist as the frontman of a band. On August 20th, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations will take to Brisbane’s Tivoli theatre, satiating fans and devoted listeners as part of The Flag Tour. Tickets cost $65 and can be purchased through The Tivoli’s website tivoli.com. au. To stay up to date all the latest news check out xavierrudd.com.


Washington to rock Brisbane! Megan Washington is back and ready to thrill at this year’s Brisbane Festival. Opening the festival on September 5th, the Brisbane artist will headline the event as part of her Tangents tour, one of her first Brisbane performances since early this year.

What we’re listening to... Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett With her Bob Dylan-esque vocals, ability to turn the mundane into magnificent and penchant for amusing storytelling, Courtney Barnett has slowly grown on me of late. “Elevator Operator” is one of my favourite tracks from her March 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and think, and Sometimes I just Sit. In her trademark speak-sing tone, Barnett paints a vivid picture of the day-to-day life of 20-year-old Oliver Paul, a city-worker with a tendency for evading fares, dropping ‘soy linseed Vegemite crumbs everywhere’ and attracting the judgemental stare of a snakeskinwearing corporate woman.


Known for her jazz-influenced indie pop, unique storytelling and ability to move between sleek vocal arrangements and racing, flexible melodies, the two-time ARIA Award-winner is sure to impress. Tickets are $39 and guaranteed to sell fast. W: meganwashington.com

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ON THE RISE Jarryd James

Brisbane singer, songwriter and producer Jarryd James has exploded into the limelight in recent months, with his debut single “Do You Remember” peaking at number two on Australian charts, and the follow up, “Give Me Something”, also receiving rave reviews. Having already played big festivals like Splendour in the Grass, and with his highly anticipated debut album Thirty One due for release September 11, it’s clear that James is a musician to watch out for! Check out more of this amazing artist at soundcloud.com/jarrydjamesk or facebook.com/JarrydJamesMusic

Bec Laughton

Vocal powerhouse Bec Laughton is one of Brisbane’s most successful artists, having won awards and played across Australia as well as overseas. Recently Miss Laughton broke the exciting news that she was taking over America, having signed up with a major global recording company. The soul/jazz singer is currently living ‘off the grid’ and keeping a low profile, however, it’s clear that there are some exciting new developments in the works for this former Brisbane artist!

Jessica Mauboy

Life is by no means slowing down for Queensland’s hottest pop star. Jessica Mauboy was recently welcomed on board as a fashion ambassador for Target, was invited to perform at the Parliament House annual Midwinter Ball, and has been spending time in Britain putting the finishing touches on her fourth album.


It was mid 2014 when Indie/Folk/Pop musician Banff (Benjamin Forbes) made the decision to walk away from his thencurrent band, determined to explore his thirst for songwriting and creativity under a new project. This decision may have been the best of his life, with the young Brisbane writer soon finding himself featured on Triple J Unearthed, with over 140,000 soundcloud plays on his debut single “Stand in Line”. His beautiful fusion of synth pop and folk, along with the gentle crooning of his voice and a certain reflective nostalgia, has resulted in a style that is truly addictive. Catch Banff at the Blackbear Lodge for the launch of his Future Self EP on August 21st!

TOP FIVE BRISBANE GIG VENUES 1. The Triffid – Newstead Crafted around an old airport hangar, this has become one of the trendiest and music venues. Created by Powderfinger bassist, John Collins, the garden cafe and bar is situated in Newstead. W: twhetriffid.com.au 2. Riverstage – Brisbane CBD What better way to watch live music than from atop a lush hill in the Botanical Gardens overlooking the Brisbane River? Open since 1989, this aptly named outdoor venue sprawls across two hectares. Tickets are usually found at ticketmaster.com.au. 3. The Tivoli – Fortitude Valley Originally built in 1917, the beloved Tivoli theatre has been renovated and restored over the years to achieve an ‘art deco’ style, featuring a stage floor area as well as a second storey balcony. W: thetivoli.net.au 4. The Zoo – Fortitude Valley With no dress code, a ban on cigarette and rum products, and a ‘please and thank you’ policy, The Zoo has a strong community feel. W: thezoo.com.au 5. Max Watt’s House of Music – West End Originally known as The Hi Fi bar, Max Watt’s has a lovely energetic yet intimate feel. W: maxwatts.com.au

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CULTURE | Events Calendar


Broadbeach Jazz Weekend A la Carte in the Park

When: 8-9 August Where: Lionel Perry Park, Surfers Paradise How Much: $10/day; under 18s, students and seniors free. What: Take a dish from one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurateurs, add a glass of your favourite drop and put them together on a picnic blanket by the banks of the Nerang River and you have A la Carte in the Park. Held over the weekend, these two days of indulgence are perfectly garnished with cooking demonstrations and live entertainment, culminating in a sunset riverside concert. W: surfersparadise.com

Kitty Flanagan Comedy Tour When: 13-23 August Where: Brisbane Powerhouse How Much: From $34.90 What: Australian comedy queen Kitty Flanagan returns to Brisbane to light up the Powerhouse with her new tour, Kitty, Seriously? W: brisbanepowerhouse.org

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

Parks Alive

When: 15-16 & 22-23 August Where: City Botanic Gardens, Roma Street Parkland, South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Botanic Gardens. How Much: Free What: The event has grown to cover two weekends and four locations. Enjoy themed workshops, craft activities, listening to expert speakers and live music. Or you can just enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Brisbane’s Gardens.

Supermoon When: 30 August Where: Australia How Much: Free


When: 15-16 August Where: Broadbeach How Much: Free What: There’s nothing like a funky jazz tune to liven up a weekend so you can get your groove on! You don’t need a ticket, and you can take your pick of a number of outdoor stages and artists performing in venues throughout Broadbeach. W: broadbeachjazz.com

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Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival

What: For a free, romantic date-night with no need for reservations, just look up! The year’s first Supermoon will rise at 6:07pm and there are plenty of prime locations in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast to get your gaze on. Head to Mt Coot-tha for the best views over the city, and for a seaside session the best Brissie spot is Sandgate. The bushland areas at Southport offer the best views from the Gold Coast, and if you’re really looking to make it a special night, walk the main beach at North Stradbroke Island under the Supermoon.

When: 22 August Where: Horton Park Golf Course, Maroochydore How Much: $79.90 What: Featuring some of QLD and Australia’s finest musicians and exploring the work of visual artists, including the talented Bertie Blackman. W: mmvaf.com

When: 23-28 August Where: Brisbane How Much: Prices vary What: Mark your diaries now for Queensland’s biggest fashion event of the decade! This year marks the 10-year anniversary of this spectacular Fashion Festival. Featuring the best local and national designers, inspiring audiences to See it. Love it. Own it. W: mbff.com.au

Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run When: 30 August Where: Brisbane How Much: Earlybird registration from $30 What: Whether you’re a jogging junkie or just love a Sunday morning stroll, strap on your runners, grab your friends and line up. W: bridgetobrisbane.com.au

SEPTEMBER Noosa Jazz Festival

Brisbane Festival

When: 5-26 September Where: Brisbane How Much: Free and ticketed events available. What: Brisbane will come alive with the sounds, sights and creative talents of this city festival. Set in the heart of Brisbane, it will include an array of theatre and dance performances, opera, circus, cabaret and world premieres, as well as family and community events. W: brisbanefestival.com.au

Father’s Day Racing

When: 5 September Where: Gold Coast Turf Club How Much: From $12 What: Get trackside with your dad on his Father’s Day weekend and enjoy live racing from the Gold Coast Turf Club. For an extra treat, choose a gourmet restaurant package, sit back and enjoy the racing while taking in the fantastic views of the Gold Coast skyline. W: gctc.com.au

Gangster’s Ball Swell Sculpture Festival

When: 11-20 September Where: Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast How Much: Free What: Admire local, national and international sculptures with your feet in the sand at Currumbin Beach. The annual Swell Sculpture Festival is back for 10 days in September, where visitors can experience intricate sculptures, enjoy twilight walks, participate in informative artist talks, discover new perspectives, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery and participate in artist master classes and children’s’ workshops. The free exhibition is open all hours, with a selection of sculptures lit for night-time viewing. W: swellsculpture.com.au

When: 3-6 September Where: Noosa Heads, Lions Park How Much: Day Tickets start at $10 for children and $30 for adults. What: Head to Noosa to celebrate the best of music, with the Noosa Jazz Festival. Featuring names such as Emma Pask, Darren Percival, Jan Preston and many more, the festival is a chance for music lovers to connect and enjoy some of the finest jazz, blues and folk musicians. Plus, if for no other reason, it’s a great excuse to visit and holiday the much-loved noosa destination. W: noosajazz.com.au

When: 12 September Where: Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane How Much: $70 general admission or $140 VIP What: Flappers, get out your feathers and furs, the Ball is back and Tivoli Theatre will be your 1930s speakeasy. Join over 3000 mobsters and molls and step back in time. W: gangstersball.com.au

Russian National Ballet Theatre Performances When: 19-20 September, 7.30pm Where: Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach How Much: $79 What: Be amazed and inspired as the classic stories of Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake are brought to life. The company, who have astounded audiences all over the world, will be bringing their full-length performances to Broadbeach for two nights only, so don’t miss out! W: premier.ticketek.com.au


Gold Coast Folk Festival

When: 19-20 September Where: Nerang How Much: $30, markets free What: If roots, blues and folk music are your thing, then don’t miss out! W: goldcoast folkfestival.com.au

Colour Me Rad

When: 20 September Where: Chermside How Much: $54.99 What: Add a splash of colour to your Sunday run. Run, walk or dance the 5km course and finish looking like you’ve arrived from the psychedelic ‘60s. W: colormerad5k.com.au

When: 26 September Where: Fortitude Valley How Much: $10 What: Do you like uplifting and positive music? Looking for a festival with a difference? Then head along to Risen 2015, Brisbane’s newest Festival. With a diverse range of entertainment and a safe, friendly community feel, Risen offers an amazing lineup for a fraction of the normal big-ticket pricing. To grab tickets and find out more, head to their website. W: risenfestival.com.au

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Iconic Bridge Celebrates 75 Years In July, Brisbane’s Story Bridge finally got a day off, as the famous structure became an entertainment venue for locals and visitors. Originally built and envisioned to help relieve the pressure of traffic through the Brisbane CBD, The Story Bridge was renamed several times.

Race to Stop Reef Becoming Endangered The Australian Government has essentially been put on a probation, as the Great Barrier Reef narrowly avoids UNESCO’s World Heritage ‘in danger’ list. It has been estimated that the State and Commonwealth Government will invest around $200 million over the coming decade into the protection, management and research of the Reef.

Firebirds to find their nest as $30m netball centre announced.

Queensland is set to see its first ever purpose-built netball centre, with plans to develop the eight court facility at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. The hub will provide Queensland Grand-Final winning Firebirds with a fixed place to train, as well as allowing future athletes to be nurtured through community programs and workshops. 76 PROVOKE.COM.AU

Scam Rates Soar Down Under Australians are being duped out of millions of dollars, with almost $46 million lost to scams in the first six months of 2015, and around 45,000 complaints made. Among the most common scams were those involving romance and dating, followed closely by investment schemes and inheritance cons. Using increasingly clever schemes and content that look and sound just like the real thing, it’s not just the elderly or love-sick who are being conned. If you’re worried about the risk, check out the new scamwatch website, which includes news and tips to help Australians avoid falling victim. W: scamwatch.gov.au

And End to Wind Farms? It was a shock to many Australians when the Federal Government announced in July, that they had ordered the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to cease all funding for future wind power projects.

The news also revealed that small-scale solar programs would be targeted, and the focus shifted to supporting ‘emerging technologies’. While the Government seems divided on the benefits of

supporting renewable energies, countries such as Denmark have been reaping the rewards. Recently, a particularly windy day resulted in Denmark being able to generate 140% of its electricity demand.

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Gold Coast Airport Plans Causing Controversy As plans continue for a massive upgrade to Coolangatta airport, the local community remain divided, with concerns over added noise and aircraft movement at the top of the list. While the proposed makeover will see many positives such as a multi-story expansion and the possible installation of air-bridges to counter weather exposure, only time will tell how the changes will be received.

Did you know that getting away from your desk and taking advantage of your lunch break during the day can greatly improve your productivity? According to various studies, allowing yourself time to refresh and refocus is important. So make sure you take time to break for lunch during the day. If you suffer from the dreaded 3pm sugar cravings, beat the temptations with healthy snacks such as dried nuts, guacamole stuffed eggs, or a banana smoothie with almond milk. August/September 2015 77


SMART FINANCIAL MOVES TO MAKE NOW WORDS: CHRIS SMITH CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, FOUNDING PARTNER OF VISIS PRIVATE WEALTH Rule One. Set goals and act now. Rule Two: See Rule One. Visualise your future and write down your goals and objectives Be specific, but be realistic. If you are defeated before you start because you are not committed to achieving your objective you will ingrain a behaviour that will undermine your wealth creation. Think about any diet you’ve ever started or any gym membership gone to waste. Be clear and draw diagrams for your cash-flow plan so you’re reminded. Place pictures of your goals and objectives next to the written list – this will remind you and reinforce the importance of your goals. Most importantly you must be strong-willed and committed to your plan. Like that piece of chocolate or glass of wine, you will be confronted with challenges from time to time. Like the weekend at Byron Bay, that new dress or even biggerticket items such as a new car. The list of goals and associated photos will serve to remind you why you are sacrificing all of those impulse purchases. Help is available Get help if you need it. You may not be ready to engage a financial adviser, but there are other alternatives. The most important one is your other self – you know, the one that set these goals in the first place. The self with


an eye on the future, the plans for your daughter’s private school, the holidays in Europe and the property portfolio. In other words, you can use strategies to protect you from yourself. Set up your savings account without keycard access or establish investments that are long term. Out of sight out of mind means that you will need to take two more steps to get to the money you have saved away in that high-interest saver account for a house deposit. Sometimes this is enough to make you think twice, and when sanity prevails and you say no to the impulse, you will find that you are well on your way to your objective. Measure success and trick your mind Whatever objectives you set, and whatever cheats you utilise to help you in times of weakness, make sure that you measure your progress. This might be establishing a milestone of savings, paying off your home-loan balance or reaching a targeted investment in your share portfolio. I often see that with a little momentum in the value increase of your savings this becomes selfperpetuating, and often people find an emotional reward or satisfaction in saving additional money. When you get this feeling you find that psychologically you are well on to the way to establishing the correct pattern of behaviour. If the act of saving becomes as rewarding as achieving the goal that you have set in the first place, then you have crossed

a behaviour threshold and your future looks bright. Resources at your fingertips Use your superannuation as a personal development and education tool. Instead of allowing your super to sit in a default employer fund and throw the annual statements in the bottom draw, consider taking the time to consult an adviser on how to make better use of your superannuation. It may not be all about better returns. You can use your superannuation fund as a valuable source of capital that you can use to create an investment strategy, understand investment markets and ultimately make wise decisions. Part adviser, part disciplinarian, part support network Seeking advice can help you navigate the challenges of saving and creating wealth. An adviser will not only provide knowledge on how to manage your money smarter or more effectively, they will also provide the discipline by tracking your achievements. This can sometimes be the difference between success and failure. The lesson is to do whatever it takes to support yourself in achieving your goals.

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to Keep the Great Barrier Reef off UNESCO’s World Heritage “In Danger” List



ueenslanders ought to be excessively proud and protective of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It is the world’s most extensive coral reef system, containing the world’s largest collection of coral reefs. In recognition of its outstanding universal values (OUV) – including its superlative natural beauty, aesthetic importance and irreplaceable significance as a coral habitat for in-situ conservation of biodiversity – it was inscribed prominently as the first Australian property on the list of World Heritage in 1981 under the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (the Convention). As a party to the Convention, Australia is obliged to “do all it can” to protect, conserve, present and transmit the GBR to future generations of Australia and the world. Moreover, Australia is bound to do these things “to the utmost of its resources”. Fulfilling these obligations has been challenged by a number of ongoing threats to the GBR and its OUV, such as climate change, coastal development, landbased pollution, ports infrastructure and operations, oil spills and fishing.


The impact of these threats has prompted the World Heritage Committee (WHC), the World Heritage Convention’s decision-making body, to annually consider since 2012 whether the GBR should be placed on the list of World Heritage property “in danger”. An “in danger” listing is reserved for properties under imminent and potential threat and can be viewed as a failure of the country in which the property is located to meet its obligations under the Convention. Australia has strongly resisted such a listing because it would be politically embarrassing, and the Queensland government and the tourism industry has fretted over the consequences such a listing might portend. In the lead-up to the 2015 WHC session, it was reported that Australia engaged in an extensive and expensive lobbying campaign to keep the GBR off the “in danger” list. Australian officials visited all 21 countries on the WHC. Australia paid for junkets for journalists and scientists from these countries to visit the GBR. This lobbying may have paid dividends because on 2 July, 2015 the WHC decided not to place the GBR on

the in danger list. In the immediate aftermath, Queensland launched a major GBR tourism campaign. However, the WHC did not give the GBR a total clean bill of health. By its decision, it essentially continued Australia’s probation for the fourth time. Australia must submit a progress report to the WHC by 1 December 2016. If “the anticipated progress is not being made”, then the status of the GBR will again be considered by the WHC in 2017. Perhaps a greater factor that swayed the WHC is the Australian commitments going forward. In particular, the WHC welcomed Australia’s promise to an 80% reduction in pollution runoff in the property by 2025 and the commitment of an initial additional investment of $200 million to accelerate progress in water quality improvements. Still, the WHC continues to be concerned about the GBR. The reason why is reflected in the 2014 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report prepared by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and a 2014 independent Strategic Assessment of the GBR. These documents recount unabated declines in hard-coral cover, seagrasses, seabird breeding areas and dugong populations. In addition, a number of eminent and expert bodies, including the Australian Academy of Science, continue to believe that not enough is being done. The conclusion of the 2014 Outlook Report, which the WHC considered at its 2015 session, sums things up this way: The Great Barrier Reef ecosystem is under pressure. Cumulative effects are diminishing the ecosystem’s ability to recover from disturbances. Even with the recent initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate in the future. Greater reductions of all threats at all levels, Reef-wide, regional and local, are required to prevent the projected declines and to improve its capacity to recover. In this light, it is certain that significant threats to the GRB remain. The resources that have been committed (and more) and the economic discipline to resist approving harmful development are essential to improving the health of the GBR. I think all would agree that in order for the condition of the reef to improve, the commitments by Australia must be genuine and there must be follow through. As they say, watch this space.


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antas has released a 3D virtual reality experience of the Great Barrier Reef, giving international travellers a 360-degree perspective of the world’s largest living structure. They have also added another two return flights a week between Brisbane and Hamilton Island, and use a bigger aircraft on its Monday service. These changes come from the airline’s commitment to promoting the Whitsunday region as a “must-see-and-do destination,” says Qantas Brand Executive Olivia Wirth.

Whether you’ve got kids of your own, or you’re just a big one yourself, Sea World’s newest interactive attraction is sure to mystify! As part of their Creatures of the Deep display, you’ll take a journey into the depths of the ocean, witnessing all types of incredible sea-life that would usually never be seen. Be sure to check out the gigantic animatronic sea creatures (such as the 22-metre Blue Whale and 16.5-metre prehistoric Megalodon shark) in the outdoor themed display area!

Australia’s newest cruise ship Ovation of the Seas will be the third and newest in the Quantum Class cruise line, and is set to sail in late 2016. With a multitude of entertainment options, world-class dining and everything from martinimixing robots to a skydiving simulator, you can expect your every wish to be fulfilled. The cruise ship will also take guests to exciting new heights – literally – with the revolutionary North Star, a jewel-shaped capsule that allows 360-degree views of the ocean as you gently ascend to 300 feet above sea-level. With destinations such as New Zealand and Singapore already selling fast, plan your next adventure at ovationoftheseas.com.au.

Fancy yourself an exotic overseas fitness trip? Well if you’re one of the increasing number of Aussies falling in love with yoga, you’ll most likely have seen the spike in overseas yoga retreats. In the past year alone, yogarelated travel to countries such as India have increased by 10 per cent, while businesses such as Pure Health, Harlow and Yoga Health Retreats have organised getaways to destinations such as Bali and France. Why not say ‘Namaste’ in paradise?


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Almost 250 years on from its discovery, the little coastal village of Seventeen Seventy (also known as 1770) remains one of Queenslands best tourist spots. comes to getting out and experiencing the array of national parks, hidden beach caves and magical ocean lagoons. To see some of the best sights, take off on foot, boat, horseback, bicycle or 4WD – the options really are limitless! TOP FIVE OF 1770! 1. With the Great Barrier Reef only a short 75-minute boat ride away, it’s easy to explore everything that this unique wonderland has to offer. Head out to Lady Musgrave Island to explore, camp, dive, fish or snorkel until your heart’s content! Tip: Make sure you take some motion-sickness tablets with you, as the ocean ride can get quite rough. W: lmcruises.com.au; P: 07 4974 9077

2. Wax up your board and learn to surf with a half-day session from Lazy Lizard Surf School! On a quiet and tropical beginner-friendly beach, instructors will teach you all you need to know to be standing up in no time. With a strong focus on small groups, one-on-one training and free pick-up and drop-off, Lazy Lizard are a cut above the rest! W: lazylizardsurfschool.com.au 3. If you prefer being on dry land, you can saddle up and experience Agnes Waters with a two-hour horse-riding adventure! With small group rides of only two-three people at a time and horses to cater for all levels of experience, you’ll really feel at one with nature. P: 07 4974 7204

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ith its incredible coastline, it’s no surprise that Captain Cook was tempted from his ship on May 24th 1770; anchoring and pulling ashore for a closer look. Struck by the beauty of the peninsula, Cook and his men named the coastal town after the Round Hill Headland, however, many years later it was renamed Seventeen Seventy, in honour of its history. Located around six hours north of Brisbane, Seventeen Seventy may look like a sleepy little town, but is in fact a huge tourist destination. Whether you’re an avid adventurer or a laid-back tourist, the options are endless when it


TOP FOOD PICKS! 1770 Marina Cafe One of 1770’s best cafes, with gorgeous views and great service. Located on Captain Cook Drive, you can drop in for breakfast, lunch or a light snack.

4. What would a visit to Seventeen Seventy be without a historic tour of the Bustard Head Lighthouse? Built in 1868 and manned for 118 years, the lighthouse was frequently at the centre of many tragedies – including suspicious deaths, suicides and abductions. After a period of abandonment, the lighthouse underwent restoration in 2002, with the Head Lightkeeper’s cottage turned into a museum. These days you can still climb the original staircase to stand atop the balcony and gaze all the way to Gladstone in the north. Contact LARC Tours for your own personal experience. W: 1770larctours.com.au 5. If you love hiking or four-wheel driving, head eight kilometres south of Agnes Water to Deepwater National Park. Featuring unspoilt beauty, glistening horse-shoe bays and secluded camping grounds accessible only by four-wheel drive, you can really getaway. Tip: If you head there between November and February you might even witness the Loggerhead Turtles laying their eggs along the beach.

Agnes Water Beach Club Looking for great value, but don’t want to skimp on luxury or location? With great rates under $200p/n, a stylish swimming pool, in-room kitchenettes and even a hot tub, The Agnes Water Beach Club is perfect for all travellers! Just a 10-minute stroll from the Agnes Water Museum and a short drive from Eurimbula National Park, the apartments are perfect for those looking to stay a little longer. W: agneswaterbeachclub.com.au 1770 Camping If you long for a true nature getaway, then camping is the perfect choice. Located in a secluded bay in Round Hill, the campsite is ideal for relaxation, fishing and simple living. Rates start at $35 per night for an unpowered site. Tip: If you don’t need a lot of room, book one of the beachfront campsites for a truly magnificent view and the serenity of falling asleep to the ocean sounds W: 1770campingground.com.au

Beachcombers Family Bistro 1770 Known for its fantastic view and friendly staff, this little bistro is one to be experienced! With loads of Aussie flavour on the menu (think chicken schnitzel, pork, lamb, steak and fish) there’s something for everyone. Bring along a bottle of red, then sit back and watch the colours fade across the sky. It’s also conveniently located on Captain Cook Drive next to the 1770 Camping Grounds, and open six days per week (closed Tuesdays). SOL Foods Don’t want to compromise your diet while on holidays? No problem! With a range of healthy options, including vegie rice-paper rolls, bliss balls, super smoothies and raw desserts that taste wicked, but are delightfully dietfriendly, Sol Foods (Agnes Waters) have you covered! Tip: If you’re after an extra kick, travellers recommend adding a double shot to your banana smoothie!

ACCOMMODATION When you’re all tuckered out from a day of exploring Seventeen Seventy, refresh your aching muscles and salty skin at one of the following spots: 1770 Beach Shack Imagine yourself sitting on a beautiful timber deck surrounded by greenery and lush trees; the sapphire water glittering before you... This is the visual delight waiting to greet guests at the 1770 Beach Shack, conveniently located on Captain Cook Drive. With warm timber hues, open ceilings and the most stunning four-poster beds, this little shack will have you believing you’ve been transported to a faraway exotic island. W: 1770beachshacks.com

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From the ultramarine depths of the ocean to the ancient textured caves and sparkling emerald reef, Queensland is as diverse as it is beautiful. Whether you’ve recently migrated or lived here your whole life, there’s always something exciting to experience. In this issue, some of Queensland’s best photographers share with us their most beloved destinations and what makes the Sunshine State so unique. u


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Under The Sea

Location: Lighthouse Bommie, Ribbon Reefs, Coral Sea, Queensland

“I needed a lot of patience for this shot. They are very quick!” Location: Steve’s Bommie, Ribbon Reefs, Coral Sea Queensland.

TWO MINUTES WITH Steffen Binke As a photographer, what are some of your favourite Queensland locations to shoot? I would say the Great Barrier Reef, but [in particular] the Osprey Reef. It’s about 80kms into the Coral Sea, so it’s quite untouched. The tourism has impacted on the reef, but the further north you go the more beautiful it is.


What do you think makes QLD so unique? As far back as I can remember everyone has always said they come to see the [Great Barrier] Reef. The Daintree rainforest is beautiful too of course, but for me (as an underwater photographer) the Reef is beautiful and fascinating. We need to protect it.

“It was very early and the water was quite chilly and a bit rough. The whale approached and started playing around, and then he did a spy hop (vertical out of the water) and looked at his surroundings. I was only about two-three metres away! He showed his belly and off he went – it all happened so quickly. It’s a very rare moment that they come up and stay still for a little while.”

Steffen Binke is a national and international awardwinning underwater photographer. He is based on the Sunshine Coast and has an amazing talent for underwater portrait and sealife photography. Specialising in underwater couple and model photography, maternity portraits, children, animals and families. he also offers boudoir photography packages. W: steffenbinke.com

Location: South Bald Rock, Girraween National Park

Mountains & Wilderness

“This is my partner, Louise, jumping over a small pond that’s perched high on South Bald Rock. I just love how this little eco-system exists up there in what is a fairly arid location – basically a massive granite mountain.

TWO MINUTES WITH Lachlan Gardiner As a photographer, what are some locations that really excite you? What really makes me tick is getting out into the natural world. We are lucky enough to have an abundance of great National Parks in Queensland. A few places I’ve been really drawn to are Girraween National Park, The Glasshouse Mountains and Mount Barney. But really, I’m pretty happy as long as [I’m outdoors and] somewhere wild. What do you think makes QLD so unique? We have a very agreeable climate here for enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle. That, combined with a huge diversity of natural wonders, makes for a killer combination. The obvious drawcard for Queensland would be our stunning coastline, but for me that’s only the start. It’s once you head inland a bit that you find the landscape full of transitions and changes. We have dense rainforests, vast red deserts and a lot in between. It’s a photographer’s paradise and I’m having a great time exploring what Queensland has to offer.

Location: Mount Tibrogargan, Glasshouse Mountains “After climbing the East Face with my best mate Kai, we decided to spend the night in this cave. We awoke to this amazing sunrise. Lachlan Gardiner is a Brisbane photographer with a love of exploring, who specialises in documenting unique places and people. Some of his recent highlights include mountaineering in New Zealand and photographing a charity rally though Outback Australia. Find out more about his adventures at lachlangardiner.com. August/September 2015 93

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Creeks & Forests TWO MINUTES WITH Matt Draper As a photographer, what are some of your favourite Queensland locations to shoot? My top three would be: sunrise and dolphin spotting at Fingal headland, underwater with the turtles at Kirra reef and sunset from the top of the Q1 in Surfers Paradise.

What do you think makes QLD so unique? South East Queensland used to be an active volcanic area, and I love searching for hardened lava-flows from the Tweed Volcano, which reached as far as Mount Tamborine in the north, Lismore in the south, and Mount Lindesay in the west.

Matt Draper is an underwater photographer and conservationist based in Byron Bay NSW, who aims to replace fear with fascination through his work. You can usually find Matt capturing spectacular underwater visions while free diving, or when the water is murky searching the beautiful volcanic landscapes of South East Queensland. Find out more at mattdraperphotography.com

Location: Natural Bridge, Springbrook

TWO MINUTES WITH Milly Jane As a photographer, what are some of your favourite Queensland locations to shoot? It’s so hard to whittle it down, but the beaches of the Sunshine Coast are forever perfect, and I just can’t go past the hinterland of Maleny and Mount Tamborine!

Location: Mount Tamborine “This spot was one of the most overwhelming, beautiful views I’ve ever seen! Right on sunset the sky put on an incredible colour show. After I took this image I joined them in taking in the view of the valley and sunset.”


Milly Jane is a world-travelling Brisbane photographer, who specialises in striking wedding and portrait photography. Well known for her incredible use of natural lighting, Milly Jane’s images truly display the beauty and diversity of life. W: millyjane.net

Nostalgia & Wanderlust TWO MINUTES WITH Emilie Ristevski As a photographer, what are some of your favourite Queensland locations to shoot? One of my favourite spots to photograph is hidden within Lamington National Park – the whole landscape that surrounds this place is magical!

What do you think makes QLD so unique? The diversity of the landscape – from the beautiful blue oceans to the lush rainforests and dry, rugged, mountains ranges. There are so many unique spots all over that I would love to get lost in.

During an extremely cold winter’s afternoon/night, with no end destination in mind, we jumped in the car and chose a direction to explore. After a long drive out west, we ended up near Mount Barney National Park. Surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks, golden grass and wrapped up from the cold, we watched as the sun slowly set.

“As we continued exploring into the night we realised how bright and clear the sky was, with nearly all the stars shining. It was quiet and cold, and as we looked up into the sky – with the Milky Way right above us – we counted the stars.” Emilie Ristevski is a wandering creative based along the East Coast of Australia, whose practice spans across storytelling, styling and photography. Built upon natural light and nostalgia, Emilie’s work aims to gather beautiful moments to Location: Kangaroo Point Cliffs simply tell stories through her imagery. Follow her at helloemilie.com August/September 2015 95

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BOHÈME GETS A BLOCK-OVER The elevated lake-side pool isn’t in yet, but Robina’s Bohème Apartments are already dripping with star-power. Reality television stars Carlene and Michael Duffy, who you probably recognise from The Block and Reno Rumble, have splashed their interior styling on a full-scale apartment display. You can put us down for a two-bedroomer!

Gold Coast Grows The Gold Coast light rail is in and $6 billion in development is set to disembark. Broadbeach will account for $4 billion of projects, with Pacific Fair booked in for a face-lift and Jupiters Casino and Hotel welcoming a new tower. The other $2 billion in development will be split between Surfers Paradise and Southport.


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GREENSCAPE YOUR SPACE Chucking a potplant in the corner is probably page one of Interior Decorating for Dummies, but did you know there are actually some health benefits to adding some foliage to your family home? 1. They make breathing easier: A quick lesson in biology – plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, humans do the opposite. So, having some greenery helps increase oxygen levels and keeps your lungs happy. 2. They fight the flu: Queenslanders aren’t usually keen on upping the humidity, but there are health benefits involved. Plants release moisture into the air through evaporation of the moisture in their leaves, and this humidity can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and cold-related illnesses. 3. They clean the air: Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from the indoors by plant leaves.

4. They sharpen the mind: Working near a plant can increase memory retention up to 20 per cent, according to a University of Michigan study. 5. Plants are medicine: There really is some science behind gifting flowers to hospital patients. A Kansas State University study found that patients with plants in their rooms had lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue as compared to patients who didn’t.

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Gerbera Daisy

Releases oxygen at night; purifies the air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene

Bedrooms to refresh night-time air or living spaces.

Boston Fern

Humidifies the air.

Living spaces; note that dry winter rooms can quickly kill Boston ferns; mist plants daily for best results.


Purifies the air; removes formaldehyde.

Living spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls, carpets, etc.

Snake Plant

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances.

Living spaces, kitchens, rooms with wood stoves.

Peace Lily

Removes mould from the air.

Bathrooms or damp areas of your home.

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Queenslander Renovating an iconic Queenslander is all about knowing what stays, what goes and where the charm just needs a fresh coat of paint. WORDS: EMMA HERON

Our 30 page brief was to create a modern family home that retained the traditional Queenslander style and delivered the home comforts of today. It needed to accommodate a family of five with three young children, but also factor in the need to eventually accommodate three teenagers. PM

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rumping the pineapple and casting a grandiose shadow over meter maids, there is nothing more authentic to the Sunshine State than the Queenslander home. Distinctive timber homes with sprawling patios and broad double-hinged windows once reflected a basic need to keep cool. But, now that air-conditioning is the well-loved third child in a standard Queensland family, Queenslander style can be less about function and more about flair. Brisbane builder Justin Bowden, the younger half of the T&J Bowden father-son construction team, says Queenslanders are a “celebration of workmanship”. His team’s stunning reinvigoration of a boringly standard Queenslander in Holland Park

The addition of a butler’s pantry allowed the kitchen to make a very strong visual statement, while providing enough space for the realities of cooking for a large family.


is testament to the fact that he certainly knows a thing or two about injecting new life into the old relics. Justin admits the Holland Park transformation was not without its challenges. “When undertaking any significant renovations on a home, there is often the surprise of the unknown. Often the existing home may not be level, or parallel, or square. Sometimes it is none of those, and yet the new work must still be built correctly,” he said. The brief for the renovation didn’t exactly form a quick todo list either. It read: Raise the house and build-in under, and extensively remodel the upper-level current house to include four spacious bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, study/library,

A classic colour scheme, along with the striking use of polished timber decking and glass transoms above the rear bi-fold doors add to the Hamptons inspired look of the property.

spacious open-plan kitchen with butler’s pantry/dining/living, laundry and media room, plus lower-level outside alfresco decking. Move the house forward on the block to maximise backyard space. Street appeal is important – no front staircase, front portico/porch with a white front door with transoms/fanlights leading into a wide entrance hall or foyer. Put simply, create a modern family home that retains the traditional Queenslander style and delivers the home comforts of today. There is no gaudy or pretentious “look-at-me I’ve been renovated” street appeal to the completed home, and Justin counts this as its more impressive feature. “The front façade of the home is its strongest feature, so much care should be taken to get this part of the design right. We suggested options that complemented the street appeal and worked with the existing gardens, trees and other structures on the property to create a harmonious overall finished product. The home is eye-catching, yet sits quite harmoniously in a street of quality Queenslanders.” It is obvious when looking at the home that its façade was an exercise in upstyling rather than restyling. The original window fixtures and fretwork were kept, but the volume was turned down on the colour scheme, which went from Queenslander green to a crisp, modern combination of grey and white. Justin says the building of the lower floor brought with it the opportunity to introduce some subtle modern touches with Hamptons inspiration. Tall, timber joinery and transom windows welcome more natural light into the home, and by mimicking the weatherboard exterior and corrugated roofing of the original home, the lower level looks like it has been there forever. “Creating a seamless extension is the goal, so that noone can tell later where the old part stops and the new begins.” Justin’s other pick for favourite new feature is the rich and warm spotted-gum flooring that spills from the inside ground level on to the back deck. The spotted gum is grown in certified Queensland forests, adding even more Queensland spirit to the home. u

FINISHES 1. FLOORBOARDS: Timber decking in Spotted Gum. 2. CORNICES: USG Boral cornice in Sydney Cove. 3. SPLASHBACK TILES: National Tiles 100mm x 300mm in Café Grey Gloss 4, EXTERIOR PAINT: Dulux Wash & Wear 101 Barrier Technology in Silkwort, $46.46 per 1L..



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We used spotted gum flooring throughout the ground level extension, including the rear deck, to create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors.


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Historically, Queenslanders are not furnished with the luxury of a butler’s pantry. Here, the modern inclusion was a must. “The butler’s pantry has helped to create a kitchen area where the large island bench can be a hub of family activity rather than used for preparation, or cooking and cleaning,” says Justin. Also taking pride of place on the entirely new lower level are the industrial pendant lights that bedazzle the space above the kitchen island. The eye-catching fixtures scream expensive, but they are actually a lesson in working thriftily to a fixed budget and being handy with the search bar on eBay. “We enhanced the charm and character of a substantial Queenslander without exceeding market value by sourcing appropriate material, fixtures and fittings from a variety of suppliers. Unique and traditional finishes to complement the style of the renovation were obtained from both demolition yards and online,” says Justin. Upstairs in the original Queenslander, Justin crowned restoration as king. “The original, decorative, horse-hair plaster ceilings were skilfully restored and add a warm appeal to the main bedroom of the parents’ retreat. The original upstairs veranda had been fully enclosed, and was utilised to create an ensuite and add more space to the parents’ retreat. The traditional raked ceilings have helped to maintain a sense of height in these rooms.” Where restoration wasn’t an option, and modern additions weren’t suited, new versions of classic fixtures and fittings

Unique and traditional finishes to complement the style of renovation were obtained from a variety of suppliers. Demolition yards and online suppliers were sourced for features, including the striking pendant lighting above the kitchen island bench.


were introduced. After all, what is a Queenslander without a decorative cornice? Sydney Cove cornice and lamb’s-tongue skirting were used throughout the entire home. Justin says they make it look “more impressive and substantial, in the style of the grand Queenslanders and colonials of yesteryear”. With home renovation television series popping up faster than clinical, cookie cutter housing estates, you might think making over your home is all in-day’s work. If you’re looking to add some Queenslander charm to your home Justin has this advice for the would-be do-it-yourselfers: “Renovations are something you need to have a good feel for, which is usually the result of long experience. Working with recommended designers, engineers and tradespeople who specialise in and understand renovations better than others will always help to create the best outcome.”

Talk Like a Seasoned Renovator

Fretwork: an intricate design cut into a material by a fretsaw. Transom Window: a window above a horizontal crosspiece separating it from a door/window. Cornice: an ornamental molding that runs along the top of a wall. VJ Panelling: Vertical join panelling.

Extensive consultation and collaborative efforts between the builder and the owners ensured a detailed and quality finish that has created their wonderful dream home.

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The original upstairs verandah had been fully enclosed, and was utilised to create an ensuite and add more space to the parents’ retreat. The traditional raked ceilings have helped to maintain a sense of height in these rooms.

The original, decorative, horsehair plaster ceilings were skilfully restored and add a warm appeal to the main-bedroom of the parents’ retreat.


Main bathroom.

VJ Panelling and the use of Sydney Cove cornices add to the sense of grandness of all the rooms throughout the house. We even used the VJ look on the ceiling of the rear deck to add more formality to the area with great effect

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SUN SHINES ON THE BROADWATER The sky is the limit for Meriton’s Sundale and the soaring 55-level landmark will certainly make the most of the space. WORDS: EMMA HERON


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hen Meriton chief architect Alan Johnson says “it’s huge”, he means it. Sundale will be Southport’s largest residential tower, with huge views, a huge list of resort-style luxuries and huge appeal for buyers looking to invest in one of the Gold Coast’s biggest boom suburbs. The $400 million price-tag on the Meriton designed development isn’t tiny either. Add an on-site retail complex including Woolworths, cafes, restaurants and a beauty salon, on-site child care, an outdoor podium pool, sundeck, lush garden areas and a fully equipped gym and you start to wonder if huge doesn’t quite cover it. Mr Johnson said the task set by Meriton’s billionaire founder, “High-Rise” Harry Triguboff, was also monumental. “Meriton had the challenge of designing the final puzzle piece in the Brighton on Broadwater precinct in Southport. We wanted to create a landmark building that optimised the sensational views, while reflecting the Gold Coast outdoor lifestyle.” When it came time to put pen to paper on the designs, Mr Johnson was in a New York state of mind, taking inspiration from Lever House. “The proportions of the building were quite an achievement, with such a large base and such a tall tower.” The development also harks back to its Sundale Shopping Centre roots, with an elegant five-level podium designed as a sleek, modern interpretation of the old “bulky mass”. The luxe pool floating atop the retail precinct is the cherry on top of a truly decadent design. “We didn’t want it to seem like an ominous building. Despite its height we wanted it to fit into its current modern landscaping, and be a striking landmark in Southport for both locals and new residents alike.” If preliminary drawings of the building and apartments are anything to go by, Sundale will be striking inside and out. Its simple, sharp and modern exterior will be almost entirely glass, giving the 551 units, both serviced and residential, uninterrupted views of the Broadwater and Gold Coast hinterland. And the best


Sundale Lives On Sundale was originally going to be named Stellar until Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow stepped in. At her suggestion, Mr Triguboff changed the name to pay homage to the site’s previous development, Sundale Shopping Centre, which was the first regional shopping centre on the Gold Coast opened in 1969. Sundale closed in 1991.

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part, the ocean views will never to be built out. Mr Johnson said designing the apartments was all about maximising the breathtaking views. “To keep a light feel to the apartments, our architects ensured they all have an open-plan layout and our interior design team selected white and other light colours, along with timber-look tiling throughout. The overall flow of the apartments, combined with the ocean views, aims to bring the outdoors inside.” The fixtures and fittings chosen for the luxury apartments have created living spaces that feel both homely and like your favourite beach holiday resort. Homely – the freestanding bath that is a centrepiece of the ensuites. Beach resort – entertaining from your balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows and glass balustrades to optimise the view. Meriton positioned Sundale in the fastest-growing area of the Gold Coast, minutes away from the beach, marina and u

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SUNDALE SNAPSHOT • One, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments • Indoor aquatic centre with heated swimming pool, spa and sauna • Outdoor resort pool with sundeck and marina views • Fully equipped gymnasium • Lush sun-drenched gardens • Onsite Childcare Centre and playground • Sundale Shopping Centre onsite, including Woolworths


Southport CBD and only 4km north of Surfers Paradise. Soon there will be even more to love about the Southport Broadwater as the parklands are revitalised in time for the Commonwealth Games and a first-class swimming complex, gymnastics centre and triathlon race transition centre are built. With access to the light-rail at its doorstep, Sundale may well be the new centre of Gold Coast living in Southport. The Sundale retail precinct is expected to open early next year, with the apartments to be finalised by late 2016. The first 50 units released to the market in 2014 were sold out within a month. To book an inspection or enquire about apartment sales, log on to meriton.com.au.

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LIVING | Era of Luxury


THE JEWEL OF SURFERS PARADISE A new era of luxury is on the rise in Surfers Paradise and it’s bringing an unprecedented opportunity to live an extravagant Gold Coast life. WORDS: EMMA HERON


t sounds like the plotline to your very own fairytale – spending your days luxuriating within the walls of a crystal tower with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. But that is exactly what Chinese developer Wanda Ridong Group have spared no expense in creating. The $970 million six-star hotel-resort and residences will be the first, and largest development with direct beach access to be built on the Gold Coast in over 30 years. After a worldwide competition, Jewel’s one-of-a-kind architecture and interior design began to take shape. Jewel’s shimmering exterior is based on three smoky quartz crystals discovered near Mt Warning, which date back thousands of years. Jewel’s architect, DBI Designs, Barry Lee said the crystals were scanned in 3D and then scaled up to generate the sculptural form of the building. The ambitious and unique cladding technique used will create the illusion of three crystal towers emerging from the sand. “Jewel will be transformative for the Gold Not in the market for Coast as it will bring a new level of sophistication the ultimate luxury and innovation while creating the city’s largest and most diverse beachfront food and beachfront apartment? entertainment destination.” Jewel will have 171 hotel Wanda Ridong Gold Coast Development rooms, so why not Director of Sales and Marketing Andrew Bampton splurge on a luxurious says Jewel’s iconic architecture coupled with its beachfront weekend stunning location will make it one of the grandest structures on earth. “Jewel will be impressive to instead! behold and its gleaming beauty visible for miles – for boaters cruising the Gold Coast waterways, right through to hikers deep in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Visitors travel from all over the world to soak up the Queensland sunshine and experience the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach, but those who become a part of Jewel will be able to experience the shoreline each and every day, all in complete magnificence. Jewel will offer 512 spacious residential apartments, featuring one, two or three-bedroom options within its three towers. If you aren’t great with decision-making, the 50 different apartment u

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types to choose from will have your head spinning. Rest assured you can’t choose wrong though, with all interiors firmly based on natural materials – timber flooring, with kitchens and bathrooms featuring marble and onyx surfaces, offset with state-of-the-art tapware, basins and fittings designed exclusively for Jewel. When you aren’t enjoying the Gold Coast skyline and ocean views from your luxury apartment, spend your days in absolute leisure in Jewel’s lush, tropical oasis. A multi-level podium complete with expansive pools, that will lead directly to the beachfront and surf. While lounging in one of the podium’s deluxe cabanas, plan your evening meal at one of the resort’s fine dining restaurants run by some of the world’s most decorated chefs. Ready to buy? The first round of Jewel sales in scheduled for September and you can register your interest at jewelgc.com.

Meet the developers Joint-venture partner Dalian Wanda Group was founded in 1988 by Wang Jianlin, and operates in a number of sectors including development. The group has 71 five-star hotels and operates 99 department stores, 109 commercial retail plazas and 530 cinemas worldwide. Dalian Wanda has total assets of $86.2 billion and is the world’s largest real estate company. Wanda’s joint-venture partner in Jewel, Ridong Group, is now one of the most successful and experienced property developers in Guangdong Province. Ridong Group brings to the project expertise in property development and management, interior design, restaurant and retail.


BUILDING JEWEL • March 2015 – Site excavation began • September 2015 – Global sales launch for tower 1• Late 2018 – Grand opening


Enough sand to fill Metricon Stadium to the top of the goal posts was excavated from the Jewel site and used to top-up Surfers Paradise Beach.

“Jewel’s iconic architecture coupled with the stunning location will make it one of the grandest structures on earth.” – Wanda Ridong Gold Coast Development Director of Sales and Marketing Andrew Bampton.

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Gold Coast, CBD

2-bedroom apartments from $380,000, 2-bedroom + study from $415,000, and 3-bedroom + study from $470,000.

Contemporary design, commitment to quality and an ideal position have created apartments that promise the privileged lifestyle you desire and the value you demand! The SpendeLove Residence off-plan release affords local professionals, growing families, students, downsizers and investors an outstanding opportunity to secure the perfect property‌ with every conceivable amenity on the doorstep. Southport’s position as the Central Business District of the Gold Coast and central role in hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games

For further information contact: Josh Pagotto P: 1800 823 228 M: 0404 351 445


has triggered extensive transformation and unprecedented growth. And, with its proximity to pristine beaches, a dynamic foreshore, world-class shopping and entertainment precincts, transport and top educational institutions, now is the time to embrace this enviable lifestyle and strong investment. Generously proportioned, light and airy interiors offer functional,

open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas, spilling onto an outdoor entertaining balcony. With views out towards the coast, city or hinterland, a relaxed indoor/ outdoor lifestyle beckons. The exclusive complex will showcase stunning, private, rooftop Zen Gardens, promising a unique and tranquil refuge for residents to relax, release and rejuvenate!

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Tower 1 Sold Out – Tower 2 Street Just Released 27 Egerton STUNNING RENOVATED HOME! Tower 2 of Boheme Apartments - PID: 798375

$449,000 FOR SALEfrom - offers over $695,000 2 3 22 2

Rarely offered in the exclusive TSS area is this private home filled with light that represents an alluring sunny retreat; this irresistible home combines 1950's charisma with renovated quality.

Set at the waterside gateway to CityVillage, Tower 2 of Boheme apartments features: • 6 two-level, three-bedroom terrace apartment homes with huge private courtyards. • Two and three-bedroom apartments with Hinterland or Gold Coast city skyline views. • A cafe with a landscaped outdoor seating area. • Elevated lakeside pool, barbecue and recreational area – The Common. • Lakeside pedestrian access to Robina Town Centre just minutes walk away (250m).

professionals southport Ground Floor, 16 Nerang Street, Southport W: www.professionalssouthport.com.au P: 07 5591 8333 - F: 07 5591 8855

Andrew Wright andrew@professionalssouthport.com.au P: 07 5591 8333 M: 0417 634 038

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Shop 2-6 Lido Arcade 3153 Surfers Paradise Blvd, QLD 4217 P: 07 5538 0117 W: agcpc.com.au

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ROBINA OFFICE SPACE FOR SALE AND LEASE Scottsdale Drive CBD Brand new two­-storey office for sale and lease, features: • 163m2­304m2 flexible, openplan floorspace; • Uniquely designed stand alone buildings; and • Extensive signage opportunities.

Marcus Weld mweld@robina.com.au M: 0414 726 207 W: robina.com.au


SOUTHPORT CULT-DE-SAC – JUST OFF MAIN 27 Egerton Street - PID: 798375


$1,295,000 FOR SALE - offers over $695,000 4 2 3 22

STUNNING RENOVATED HOME! 68 Fitzwilliam Street

Rarely offered in the exclusive TSS area is this private home filled with light that represents an alluring sunny retreat; this irresistible home combines 1950's charisma with renovated quality. This tastefully renovated home captures natural light. Close to private schools, another draw card of the area, providing a magnificent waterfront outlook, major shopping centres and Carrara residents with 11 km of pleasant walking including Main River and endless canal Markets. Riverpark shares a border tracks surrounding a 37 hectare waterway views. Private and beautifully presented, with Broadbeach Waters and is a quiet and parkland setting. Riverpark lets you ideal for couples or family with teenage secluded pocket of Carrara, Riverpark is enjoy all the benefits of the Gold Coast children. Modern kitchen with gas located just a few minutes to the well including, quality shopping centres, a cooking, open-plan living, separate known Carrara markets, Woolworths and choice of 13 international golf courses, formal lounge and dining with lots of the Metricon stadium. Emerald Lakes is quality schools and sporting amenities.

Eddie Wardale, of Ray White Broadbeach P: 07 5553 1000 M: 0408 881 professionals 678 southport Ground Floor, 16 Nerang Street, Southport W: 68fitzwilliamstreetcarrara.com W: www.professionalssouthport.com.au P: 07 5591 8333 - F: 07 5591 8855

Andrew Wright andrew@professionalssouthport.com.au P: 07 5591 8333 M: 0417 634 038

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FOR SALE – offers over $695,000 FOR SALE - offers over $695,000 2 3 22

27 Egerton Street

27 Egerton Street - PID: 798375

STUNNING RENOVATED HOME! Rarely offered in the exclusive TSS area is this private home filled with light that represents an alluring sunny exclusive TSS area is this private home filled with light that represents an retreat; this irresistible home combines 1950's charisma with renovated quality.

Rarely offered in the alluring sunny retreat; this irresistible home combines 1950’s charisma with renovated quality. This casual family friendly shack-Inspired home features polished floors, french doors and an inbuilt wood fireplace. These signature attributes also enhance open-plan living, 3 inviting bedrooms, 2 sparkling contemporary bathrooms while

a kitchen with stone benches and appliances by Miele delivers designer style. Re-plumbed, re-wired and fully insulated, this great opportunity is further enhanced by a seperate home office/4th bedroom, large timber deck leading out to a grassy

professionals southport

Ground Floor, 16 Nerang Street, Southport W: www.professionalssouthport.com.au

P: 07 5591 8333 - F: 07 5591 8855 Andrew Wright andrew@professionalssouthport.com.au P: 07 5591 8333 M: 0417 634 038

private backyard, undercover parking for 2 cars and a storage shed. A short stroll to Ferry Road Market, riverside parks, Broawater and tram stop.

Andrew Wright andrew@professionalssouthport.com.au P: 07 5591 8333 M: 0417 634 038

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A proven treatment for acne, scarring and open pores, microdermermabrasion is an excellent maintenance treatment to keep your skin healthy, soft and clear. Regular treatments encourages new cell growth, clears congestion, exfoliates and improves circulation needed for skin renewal. There are various types of microdermabrasion and each may be performed with or without a pre-treatment mask or advanced peel. The condition of your skin and skin type will determine the most suitable treatment for you and it is therefore essential to ensure your technician is capable of assessing your needs and skin type effectively. AUSTRALIAN SKIN CLINICS P: 1300 303 014 W: ozskin.com

Ocean Day Spa and Salon

Ocean Day Spa gives you the opportunity to totally unwind and indulge yourself in the ultimate pampering experience. Be rewarded with a head-to-toe signature package or melt away with a full-body massage. You can indulge, relax and be spoilt in one of their five private treatment rooms or share the experience with a friend or partner in their couples suites. Proudly using Australianmade cosmeceutical range OCosmetics and Emergin C, whose potent formulas treat skin with powerful results, while adding a pure lixury to your treatment. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, in the Mantra on View Hotel. Open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 6.00pm as well as Sundays and public holidays by prior arrangement. P: 07 5531 5121 W: oceandayspa.com.au


TONI & GUY Loves Hair... And we want you to love your hair too! If you’re thinking of a change in style or colour and not sure who would give you the right advice, then why not visit the experts in Hair at TONI&GUY. Receive a complimentary consultation from their expert Stylists and Technicians, where they will discuss and guide you through your hair-service needs. You will also have the opportunity to WIN a Years’ Free Colour Services from TONI&GUY, all you need to do is put your hair-colour needs in their hands and they do the rest. W: toniandguy.com.au, for your nearest salon location.

Regeneration Mask The latest innovation from Ella Baché is now the most adhesive mask on the market, acting like a second skin, and uses advanced ingredient technology, including biocellulose, hyaluronic acid and collagen to deliver intense rehydration and extreme cell regeneration. Two masks per pack; RRP $78.00. Available now at all Ella Baché salons and David Jones stores nationally. ELLA BACHÉ W: ellabache.com.au


Inspirations Furniture

Inspirations is a family owned company established in 2002 located at 89 Ashmore Road, Bundall. Paul and Di Sparrow have been in the furniture Industry for over 35 years, and in 2011 were awarded the Vice Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Furniture Industry. They pride themselves on their customer service, product knowledge and the quality products they stock. Their brands include: IMG Action Comfort chairs designed in Norway and solid timber dining tables and buffets in Tasmanian Oak or Blackwood manufactured in Brisbane to customer requirements. They also carry a range of quality leather sofas and beds from Kuka Sofa in a large range of colours and combinations. It is worth a visit to their showroom. P: 07 5570 3885

Snuggle Fall in love with the littlest Snuggle from Plush Sofas! This modern take on the loveseat features a clever swivel or fixed base, and is the perfect place to cuddle up. Crafted with care, and constructed with quality timbers and foams, the Snuggle is sure to stand the test of time. Even better, it also comes in a range of colours to suit any interior, and is backed by a 10-Year Peace of Mind Plush Warranty. Head online to their website for your closest QLD showroom. PLUSH Pictured: Plush Snuggle Petite Swivel Chair W: plush.com.au

Runnen Timber Flooring

Grange Medaillon Collection

Give your outdoor decking a revamp with these gorgeous Runnen Timber decking tiles! Available from IKEA, the decking is perfect for any outdoor space where you want to refresh your flooring, and is easy to put together or take apart. You can find IKEA at 3539-3565 Pacific Hwy, Slacks Creek Queensland. IKEA Pictured: Runnen Timber Flooring, RRP $29.95 p/ 9 pack. W: ikea.com/au

On the strength of its ability in expressing workmanship and time periods, Grange mainly creates cherry-wood furniture, in keeping with the high tradition of French cabinetmaking. Adapting French style to modern world demands, Grange is constantly creating new furniture and new customisation options. Each Grange furniture piece is unique thanks to the wide range of stain, sheens and sizes. Introducing the Medaillon Collection. DOMO W: domo.com.au

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Eleven Rooftop Bar

Nu Nu’s Restaurant & Cafe

With a wonderfully relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere, The Eleven Rooftop Bar is one of Brisbane’s most beautiful new venues. Nestled 11 storeys high on Ann Street and offering 270-degree views, the venue was inspired by the party atmosphere of Brazil and Ibiza, along with the incredible views of Istanbul’s rooftop bars. The venue has sumptuous tapas plates (including curried meatballs with coconut raita), refreshing cocktails and fancy desserts; providing Brisbane diners with a space that is truly unique. You can find them at Level 11, 757 Ann Street in Fortitude Valley. P: 07 3067 7447 W: elevenrooftopbar.com.au

Offering an eclectic mix of Australian food inspired by world travel and the multicultural Australian community, Nu Nu’s dining menu is a reflection of the vibrant, colourful and dramatic landscape that is tropical North Queensland. Open since 2004, the venue has won a string of awards over the years – including “best breakfast” in Queensland, “Regional Restaurant of the Year” nationwide and “Restaurant of the Year” for Queensland – and is co-owned by Jason Rowbottom and celebrity chef Nick Holloway. On 21 August, Nu Nu’s will host The Big Taste, a local event featuring five of the best local restaurants and celebrity chefs. Located at 1 Veivers Road in Palm Cove. P: 07 4059 1880 W: nunu.com.au

The Stores West End Located in the trendy and accessible suburb of West End, The Stores provides locals with the best in South East Queensland meat, and locally sourced fruit, vegies and smallgoods. Operated by the locals behind Schulte’s Meat Tavern in the Lockyer Valley, The Stores offers up a selection of South East Queensland’s finest food producers, including the Schulte family’s paddock-to-plate meats, Yagaburne Beef, Fairview pork and Kenilworth Cheese. The Stores also adjoins The Source Bulk Foods, where locals can bring their own containers and bags to purchase all their bulk-food needs, including nuts and spices, flour, household goods and paleo products. Located at 04 Montague Road in West End. P: 07 3255 0033


Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill

Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Broadbeach, Moo Moo’s, Gold Coast is multi-award winning, undoubtedly the Gold Coast’s Best Steak Restaurant and one of Queensland’s premier restaurant venues. Moo Moo Restaurant Group Executive Chef, Trent Robson, works alongside quality boutique suppliers, delivering menus that celebrate fresh seasonal flavours, to ensure that their menus cater for more than just beef lovers, they also include fresh seafood, poultry, game and of course vegetarian options. The accompanying Moobar has become one of the Gold Coast’s hot spots. Through the week, the bar is bustling with those who enjoy the amazing cocktails and award-winning wine list. Moo Moo’s invites you. W: moomoorestaurant.com

Food, Beauty & Home | MARKETPLACE

Happiness Place Add a splash of colour to your home and soak it in sunshine with thanks to Happiness Place, Paddington. Dedicated to all things bright and beautiful, Happiness Place believes in the power of colour, the warmth of a handwritten card, the pure joy of over-the-top party decorations and the thrill of a spectacularly presented gift. Visit the store in August and explore the new range from quirky British designers, including Squint Furniture, Kristjana Williams, Abigail Ahern, Maia Franceschi, Mary Rose Young, Quail Ceramics and Bluebellgray. Located at 181 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington W: happinessplace.com.au


Lined with crisp white cabanas that are draped with sheer white curtains, the Gold Coast’s newest waterfront wateringhole resembles something you might stumble upon in Ibiza or the Greek Islands. The handiwork of Joey Lamattina, the man behind Platinum Nightclub, and Carlo Percuoco, one of the owners of Ristorante Fellini, Cocoon Ultralounge has upped the ante to deliver a sophisticated new venue that offers a plentiful menu of molecular cocktails craft beers and share plates. Claim one of the cabanas and nosh on a selection of sushi cocoons, seared haloumi or sizzling hotplates of grilled sirloin steak, just be sure to leave room for a serving of the mojo picon pork skewers that are described on the menu as ‘sex on a stick’. P: 07 5526 2033 W: cocoongoldcoast.com

Unique Furniture Collection

Secrets Shh...

On the strength of its ability in expressing workmanship and time periods, Grange mainly creates cherry-wood furniture, in keeping with the high tradition of French cabinetmaking. Adapting French style to modern world demands, Grange is constantly creating new furniture and new customisation options. Each Grange furniture piece is unique thanks to the wide range of stain, sheens and sizes. Introducing the Medaillon Collection. DOMO W: domo.com.au

Paired with your favourite shades, your favourite jumpsuit and large-brimmed hat, Secrets jewels will make you feel empowered and on trend this season. Whether you’re in the office, relaxing poolside or glamming it up at an evening cocktail event, the Secrets Resort Collection is the perfect accessory to make you look and feel brilliant. Secrets limited edition Resort Collection is priced from $A95 and will be available in stores and online from 3 September, 2015. Pictured: Secrets Shhh Flamingo Necklette, RRP $270. W: secrets-shhh.com

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HOUSE HUNTING Find all the words listed hidden in the grid of letters. They can be found in straight lines up, down, forwards, backwards or even diagonally. The leftover letters will reveal the mystery answer.




















































ARROW WORDS Find the clues in the ‘black squares’. The arrows tell you which space the clue applies to. The answers to clues are written from left to right or top to bottom.

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ACROSS 1. Tastes 5. Segment 9. Make on loom 12. Effeminate 16. Dog restraint 17. Biblical tower 18. Stows away 20. Fully conversant with, ... of 22. Largest fish, ... shark 23. Egg meals 24. Puccini & Verdi works 26. Skimpy pool outfit 27. Asian waxed cloth 28. Formal endorsement 31. Seasons (dish) 32. Property 34. Term 36. Zodiac sign 37. Unsympathetic (3-8) 40. Korean martial art, ... kwon do 42. German river 43. Articulate 45. Dumping 47. Ogled, ... at 49. Total 50. Logically presented 52. Ranted 54. Paints roughly 55. S American mountains 56. ... & gutter 58. Exacts (revenge) 59. Quickly 60. Real, ... fide 61. Interrupting cough 62. Nincompoop 63. Ireland, the Emerald ... 64. Weighted 67. Protected 68. Extremities 69. Pink-eyed rabbit 72. Typist’s complaint (1,1,1) 74. Dukes & ... 78. Numero uno 79. Wow! 80. Margarine container 81. Heavy horned animal 82. Lugs 85. Spacious 87. UAE state, Abu ... 88. House top 90. Earth scientist 91. Falls (behind) 92. Draught cattle 93. Relative amounts 94. Vietnam’s capital 95. All-male (party) 96. Slightly open 97. Story 100. Stuck-up person 102. Quoted 103. Timidly 104. Ventured 106. Asinine 108. Chinese lunch, yum ... 109. Pallid 110. Order of the British Empire (1,1,1)

112. Assortments 116. Retch 118. Demented 120. Adult leveret 121. Exceptional 123. Re-enter (data) 125. Mideast port 126. Student’s composition 127. Royal standard 128. Brazilian jazz style, bossa ... 129. Pinkish-violet 130. Haemorrhage 131. Murder (2,2) 132. Garret 134. Wind instrument 136. Wooden peg 139. Illuminates (6,2) 141. Elf 142. Hurled 144. Leftover 146. Prohibited 147. Skewered meat 148. ... or nay 149. Water between Australia & Africa (6,5) 151. Income 152. Perceives 155. Poet, Dylan ... 158. Clasp 159. Unacceptable 162. Sewage pipe trap (1-4) 164. Intercepted, ... off 165. Sensual 166. Ladies’ partners 170. Belonging to them 171. Gush 172. Anger or love 173. Physicist, ... Newton 174. Flinch 175. Subtracts 176. Embankments 177. Retains 178. Politician

DOWN 1. Residential district 2. Judderings 3. Unforeseen (8-3) 4. Mistrust 5. Behave affectedly (4-3) 6. Reflected radar beam 7. Alternatively, or ... 8. Bread shops 9. Which? 10. Screens on TV 11. Test 12. Unlacing 13. Mushy sentimentality 14. Three-colours ice cream 15. Cedes 19. Radiate 21. Rhythm 25. Visualising 26. Bravely 29. Truly! 30. Scents 33. Sportswomen 35. Proximity 36. Womaniser (4-6)

38. Fermented 39. Blots out 41. Attempting 42. Disreputable publication 44. Fighter ace, the ... Baron 46. Tossed greens 48. Scandinavian language 49. Steak cuts (1-5) 51. Sea north of Crete 53. Harmed 55. Sourness 57. Mattress ensemble 60. Overalls, ... & brace 65. Surgical cleansing agents 66. Misjudgment 70. Escorts 71. Neutrally 73. Cluelessness 75. Exhort 76. Entertaining 77. People’s self-pride 78. Gaining possession of 83. Torture 84. Contrite 85. Unbending 86. Different 89. Long way 91. ... Angeles, California 92. Once in a while 96. Supplementary (3-2) 98. Old school, ... mater 99. Urn 101. Drinking spree 103. Diabolic 105. Overshadowed 107. Superficially 111. Monsters 112. Pique 113. Shoe lining 114. Grills 115. Ceylon (3,5) 117. Quarrels 119. Battery size (1,1,1) 120. Helicopter’s landing places 122. Legendary gold city (2,6) 124. Little bit 132. Evocative of mood 133. Expression of rebuke 134. Limited in magnitude 135. Votes into office 137. Gossamer snare 138. Fat-reduction surgery 140. Avouched 141. Socially adept 143. Peaceful 145. Distasteful 150. Aggravating 153. Tidies up 154. Constructed 156. Recluses 157. Genetic aberrations 158. Endowed with talent 160. Regrets 161. Single entity 163. Ballroom performer 166. Slimy matter 167. Tidings 168. Humble 169. Famous, of ... August/September 2015 133

PUZZLES | Numbers

SODOKU Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9.





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Words & Numbers | PUZZLES

BINARY Each square in the puzzle may contain either 0 or 1 1. No more than two adjacent squares may contain the same digit, ie you cannot have three adjacent squares in a row or column of the same digit. 2. Each row and each column must contain the same number of 0s and 1s, eg for a 10x10 grid, each row and column will contain five 0s and five 1s. 3. No row may be the same as another row and no column may be the same as another column. However, a row may be the same as a column.


Create as many words of 4 letters or more using the given letters once only but always including the middle letter. Do not use proper names or plurals. See if you can find the 9-letter word using up all letters.

MAGIC SQUARES Solve the clues and fill the words. The same word will fit both Across and Down in the crossword grid.

Wheel Words PX 0114 © Lovatts Puzzles

Solution: per, Leap, Pale, Pall, Palp, Papa, Pare, Pawl, Peal, Pear, Apple, Lapel, Palea, Paler, Papal, Papaw, Paper, Pearl, A Apparel. 9-letter word: WALLPAPER.

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Wheel Words PX 0114 © Lovatts Puzzles Solution:

Magic Squares 277 per, Leap, © Lovatts Puzzles

August/September 2015 135

Pale, Pall, Palp, Papa, Pare, Pawl, Peal, Pear, Plea, Prep, Rape, Reap, Warp, Wrap,


CLEAN THE SLATE AND SAVE OUR STATE! As thousands of wildlife die and QLD becomes known as the most polluted State for plastic waste, will we finally get on board with the rest of Australia to ban plastic bags? WORDS: JAS RAWLINSON


or far too long Queensland has been harbouring a dirty secret, and it’s time we air it out. Shockingly, our beautiful ‘Sunshine State’ is at risk of becoming the ‘Rubbish State’, with research revealing Queenslanders are littering at a rate 40% higher than the national average! Unsurprisingly, plastic bags and bottles are the worst offenders, and are polluting our oceans and killing our precious wildlife at alarming rates. Every year over 100,000 marine creatures are murdered by plastic pollution – including seabirds, whales and our magnificent Green and Hawksbill turtles. Marine Biologist Dr Kathy Townsend from Moreton Bay Research Station (University of QLD) found that in approximately 40% of the turtles she autopsied, plastic bags were present in the animal’s intestinal tract. Considering the fact that plastic bags take around 1000 years to break down, the cycle continues – as the

animal’s body eventually decays and releases the offending plastic back into the ocean. And if you think it’s only the environment that’s at risk, think again... Every piece of plastic in the ocean or on land is currently releasing toxins, increasing our risk of contamination in animal products – particularly seafood. While South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT have all banned the use of single-­use plastic bags, and NSW is working to implement positive solutions for waste, Queensland continues to drag its heels. According to the Keep Australia Beautiful ‘National litter index’, the amount of litter found nationally over the past five years (in each 1000 sq metre area) has dropped by an average of 20% - while Queensland has seen a decrease of just 5.5%. Even worse, we’ve increased our rates of litter by 6.8% in the past year! It’s shameful to admit, but in order to protect our beautiful State we need to get real about the facts.

Ways to lessen your rubbish footprint: • Be mindful of what you throw out, and try to increase your recycling footprint. • Take reusable bags with you to the shops and always keep a spare in your car. • If you must use a plastic bag, ask for a compostable option. • Use a trolley and load your shopping into a cardboard box at the end.


Boomerang Alliance and QLD Wildlife aim to see all single-use plastic bags banned by 2017, and are also urging our Government to draft a Waste Avoidance and Resource Productivity Strategy The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Steven Miles, has stated that an Advisory Group will be established to assist in preparing for public consultation, while the State will also work with NSW to see how container deposit schemes (which have already proven their success in South Australia) can be implemented in QLD. Of course, it also comes down to us on an individual level. It’s hard to believe, but illegal dumping is a massive problem in our State, and at present there are at least six illegal dump sites currently being monitored by Boomerang Alliance. Queenslanders are a proud community who love our State, but if we don’t act soon what will be left for our future?

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