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Preview 16 News, views & events
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Feature 22 Charlie Watts – Still rolling
Profile 26 New beginnings – Introducing Keith Allardice
Art Department 28 Colours of our Country
Reel Time 32 Re-Bourne – Jeremy Renner stars in The Bourne Legacy
36 Inside the stylish world of Bally
Looking Good 38 Wish list – Hers 40 Wish list – His
42 Snapshot – behind the scenes at the Cove cover shoot 44 Fashion capital 46 The art of fashion 48 A fresh look for spring
See & Be Seen 56 Photographs from the region’s most fashionable events
Cove Cuisine 64 Top Table – fine dining from Burleigh to the Hinterland 68 Mexican fiesta
70 Classic flavours from Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa 72 They’re racing – Celebrate Melbourne Cup in style 74
Wine Cellar 76 Pinot Central – wines from New Zealand’s Otago district
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Contents 88 Well Travelled 78 Her Royal Highness Queen Mary II
82 Sample South America 86 Timeless Tuscany 88 The traveller – Olivia Newton-John
At the Wheel 90 Mercedes-Benz – introducing the sporty new SLK55 AMG 92 The Bentley Continental GT V8 is something special
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94 Gold Anchor for Sanctuary Cove Marina
Facts & Figures 97 Investment income
Cove Living 98 Parisian perfection 101 Wish list – Home
102 New Collection 104 Stay & Play 106 Business community 107 A champion effort 108 Win-win 109 Silver Fox
Sport 110 Gold Smith – Olympic glory for Tate Smith
Entertainment 112 A creative coast 114 View it, see it, read it, watch it
Horoscopes 116 What’s written in the stars?
117 A puzzling page
Attitude 120 The pursuit of happiness
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cover photographer Luke Kenny We are very proud to announce that commencing from this issue, the Cove magazine will be distributed throughout Asia. You can now find us at select newsagencies in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia (including Bali), Thailand, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
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To celebrate our extended reach we have dedicated Issue 33 to all things ‘international’. From the exotic flavours of Mexico in our Cuisine section to the vintage Bally images in the ‘Iconic Brands’ feature, there is a subtle, yet distinct, global theme running throughout the pages.
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Taking centre stage is the Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts. While he may not be as flamboyant as Mick Jagger or as infamous as Ronnie Woods, Charlie has been the steadying force behind the band’s success – and continues to relish his role as the middleman. Moving from music to the Arts, we showcase the highly successful Colours of our Country exhibition in Western Australia. Supported by Rio Tinto, this annual event provides the perfect vehicle for Indigenous artists from the Pilbara to display their unique talents to the wider community. The article also highlights Rio Tinto’s award-winning Indigenous Employment Program and the company’s holistic approach to supporting the local community. Speaking of award-winning performances … actor and action man Jeremy Renner drops by to discuss his role in the smash hit movie, The Bourne Legacy; and we chat to Olympic athlete Tate Smith, who, along with his fellow team members, won gold in the K4 1000m in London. Still in the U.K., we join Terry Hopley as he boards Her Royal Highness Queen Mary 2 for an iconic voyage across the Atlantic to New York. To complete our international travel itinerary we head off to Italy to discover the timeless beauty of Tuscany and we sample the colourful culture of South America. Another superstar, Olivia Newton-John, drops by to share her travel tips and our wine writer, Tony Harper, jumps the ditch to visit picturesque Central Otago in New Zealand. Of course, you don’t have to head overseas to find a wealth of experiences … After almost 30 years of travelling, Australians Keith Allardice and his wife Grace have moved back home where Keith is taking over the helm at Sanctuary Cove. Still on the homefront, we have some timely advice from the experts at Macquarie Bank on how to build your financial future and we take a behind the scenes look at our cover shoot. Finally, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a luxurious 3-night escape to the award-winning Hayman resort. Good luck!
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Italian to the Max Chef Max Alfieri of ioesco restaurant in The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove presents ‘Italian to the Max’ – a culinary experience like no other. Learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes and discover the language of this beautiful region. Limited places are available so be sure to book now for your opportunity to embrace all things Italian! Just $85 per person (includes a complimentary copy of Introduction to Italian valued at $25). www.ioesco.com.au | +61 7 5577 8800
Cove goes to Asia Sanctuary Cove Publishing is proud to announce that its flagship publication, the Cove magazine, will now be distributed throughout Asia. Beginning with the current edition – Issue 33 – the Cove will be sold via newsagents in the following locations: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia (including Bali), Thailand, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This is a very exciting development in the continuing expansion of the magazine, especially considering the added opportunities this will offer our readers, supporters and advertisers. We are all looking forward to extending the reach of the publication into such a dynamic and enterprising market. www.thecovemagazine.com.au | +61 7 5577 9499
Golden age To help celebrate its 175th anniversary Tiffany & Co. has introduced the Ziegfeld Collection, a collaboration of Tiffany archival jewellery designs from the 1920s. Created expressly for the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby, scheduled for release in early January, the collection contains handcrafted pieces featuring sparkling diamonds, lustrous pearls, aquamarines and black onyx. Inspired by the golden era of penthouse parties and summer soirées the jewellery beautifully complements the period costumes, giving the actors including Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, who appear as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, a true sense of Jazz Age glamour. The collection will be available in stores worldwide from November. www.tiffany.com.au
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A recent trip to Hayman could have had a very different outcome for Geoff Davis and his wife Cherie, after Geoff suffered a cardiac arrest while holidaying at the resort. The traumatic experience, however, has transformed into a story of survival thanks to the quick thinking and expert responses of the staff. “Cherie assures me it was all hands on deck,” recalls Geoff. “Trained personnel were with me, assisting to bring me back to life, while other staff remained with Cherie, keeping her as calm as possible given the situation.” Following the emergency Geoff was airlifted to Mackay, then on to Sydney, for further treatment. “The actions of the Hayman staff saved my life. Without them I certainly would not be here today,” admits Geoff, who recently returned to Hayman to thank the staff. “All the doctors agree that I am a lucky guy (and don’t I know it!) but I think the biggest message to come out of this is that all travellers to this region should know that my life threatening condition was managed and treated successfully.”
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Pink Ribbon Day Think ‘pink’ this October and show your support for the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day. There are plenty of ways to get involved including buying Pink Ribbon merchandise, hosting a Pink Ribbon fundraiser at work or school, registering to volunteer or simply making a donation. Funds raised will go towards breast cancer research, prevention and support programs. www.pinkribbonday.com.au | 1300 656 585
Get Creative Become part of the cultural and creative growth of the Gold Coast. Proudly produced by Sanctuary Cove Publishing, the 2012 Gold Coast Creative Yearbook explores strong bonds between the region’s expanding creative culture and the wider community. A fascinating mix of strong editorial content and creative imagery, the publication also features the artwork of the 2012 Queensland College of Art (QCA) Gold Coast, Griffith University graduating students. For sale in selected newsagencies from October 2012. www.livewormgoldcoast.com | +61 7 5552 7262
Attention Bridge Players... Joan Butts and Paul Wyer invite you to join them on the inaugural Cove Travel Bridge Cruise to New Zealand aboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony. This all inclusive 14 night tour departs 28 January 2013 and includes daily bridge lessons and games, along with luxury accommodation and sight-seeing opportunities. Both Joan and Paul have represented Australia at the bridge table, and recently teamed up with Simon Hinge from Melbourne and Kim Morrison (Sydney) to win the prestigious Coffs Harbour Gold Congress. “We’re looking forward to offering lessons and coaching to all levels of players on board,” said Joan. “New players will have the opportunity to mingle with experienced ones during and after the games – and the ambience will be very casual and relaxed.” Please contact Cove Travel for more information or to book your place. www.covetravel.com.au | +61 7 5577 9211
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Connect the dots Marc Jacobs has launched Dot, a little sister to his fragrances Daisy and Lola. The spring-inspired fragrance will ignite your senses with the combination of berries, coconut water, jasmine, orange blossom and vanilla, blended to create a charming, fruity scent. Encapsulated in a playful bottle this fun fragrance is sure to give you butterflies. Available at Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies. www.marcjacobs.com
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Queen of country Country music sensation Emmylou Harris is heading to Australia this November as part of her world tour. Winner of 12 Grammy Awards, Emmylou has gained admiration for her eloquently straightforward songwriting and incomparably expressive voice. She will be playing intimate performances in Perth, Adelaide, St Kilda, Canberra, Sydney and Jupiter’s Theatre on the Gold Coast. www.ticketmaster.com.au
Margaret River Gourmet Escape The Margaret River Gourmet Escape will take you on the ultimate food and wine festival adventure. Held in the iconic Leeuwin Estate Winery, this is your ticket to join the world’s finest food and wine personalities while enjoying the region’s sensational produce and beautifully cultivated wine. Join chefs Neil Perry, Heston Blumenthall, Matt Moran and over 20 other international and local experts for a weekend of culinary delight. www.gourmetescape.com.au
Bellissimo Iconic Sanctuary Cove restaurant, Marinara, is celebrating a very special milestone – its 25th anniversary – this year. As one of the first businesses to be established in the resort, Marinara Restaurante holds a very special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, gaining a well earned reputation for its delicious Italian cuisine and stunning waterfront location. +61 7 5577 8555
Beach and beyond With the weather warming up it is time to stand out on the beach or by the pool with beautifully bold swimwear from Bikini Island. Featuring a wide range of labels including Baku, Tigerlily, 2Chillies and O’Neil, there is sure to be a style that’s perfect for you. Stores are located at Robina, Carindale, Surfers Paradise and Harbourtown, as well as in South Australia and New South Wales. You can also browse and buy online. www.bikiniisland.com.au
Out of Africa Congratulations to Cove Travel, who recently received the African Travel Specialists Outstanding Support 2011/2012 award. The certificate was presented to Travel Manager Susan Mallinson, who says the award is recognition for the hard work and dedication of the entire Cove Travel team. “It is nice to be acknowleded by our peers from African Travel,” she said. “But, we don’t just specialise in Africa … we are able to arrange personalised travel experiences to anywhere in world.” www.covetravel.com.au | +61 7 5577 9211
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New beginnings Sanctuary Cove welcomes new Executive General Manager, Keith Allardice.
Keith & Grace Allardice
Keith Allardice’s work commute from the 61st floor of the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong used to take him 29 seconds, if no one got in the lift at any other floor. It now takes the newly appointed Executive General Manager (EGM) of Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited, five minutes to get to the office. “I can tell you which one I enjoy more – it’s the one that involves driving the golf buggy,” said Keith. Sanctuary Cove has welcomed ex-global hotelier and hospitality executive Keith as the new boss at the award-winning lifestyle community. He is set to lead the prestigious estate he has long loved into an exciting new era. Keith, alongside his wife Grace, is also the first EGM to live behind the gates at Sanctuary Cove. The opportunity that presented itself at Sanctuary Cove was a welcome return home for the Australian born expatriates who have worked abroad for almost 30 years. During that time they lived and worked in the USA, China, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and Japan with Keith in senior executive and general manager roles at some of the world’s most prestigious hotel groups. His most recent role was as General Manager of the Conrad Hong Kong. Ironically, Keith and Grace were already making plans to purchase a future home and had previously chosen Sanctuary Cove as the place they wanted to live. The job opportunity was a welcome bonus. “We’d long had an affiliation with Sanctuary Cove,” said Keith. “I’ve loved this place since I first visited the site in the late 1980s while working for Hyatt hotels. Since then, we’ve often returned for visits and holidays with friends. It’s somewhere we’ve always felt drawn to and wanted to eventually live.” Hand selected by Mulpha Australia Chief Operating Officer, Winson Chow, Keith’s strength and experience in general operations, marketing, events and dealing with key stakeholders made him stand out as the perfect candidate to take over the reins at the resort-style community and lead it into the next quarter century. Keith said his new role at Sanctuary Cove would probably have more similarities than differences to his previous posts running hotels. “It’s also about managing a lifestyle brand. By definition, hotels are very social places, and so is Sanctuary Cove,” he said. “Sanctuary Cove is made up of some fantastic components. You’ve got the world class golf courses, The Marine Village, the hotel, boating and
all of this wonderful real estate spread around it – an unrepeatable combination of elements which made us want to live here.” Another key strength is Keith’s ability to look at Sanctuary Cove as an outsider, as he says, from the consumer’s point of view. “When you run a hotel, you’ve got to look at it as a customer. It’s the same thing with Sanctuary Cove,” he said. “My success has always revolved around me being able to put myself in the customer’s shoes, and think, ‘what would I want?’. I’ve looked at Sanctuary Cove as a consumer proposition since it was built. I’ve viewed it from an investor, lifestyle and holiday viewpoint and it came up trumps. “We have a beautiful place to live and work in. It’s about balancing and working with stakeholders with what’s here now, and ensuring what’s coming in the future marries together.” Keith’s wife Grace also has extensive experience in the hospitality, travel and events industries. For now though, her focus is planning the move into their new home in Sanctuary Cove, learning to play golf and enjoying some of the crystal clear Gold Coast fresh air that so many of us take for granted. “After so many years overseas, we’re looking forward to enjoying everything Sanctuary Cove and south east Queensland has to offer. It is a very friendly place and we have had a very warm welcome from everyone we have met,” said Grace. Inheriting a well-established, talented and passionate team, Keith acknowledged the road ahead would not be without its challenges, especially in the current economic climate.
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“We have a lean team here that is as passionate about Sanctuary Cove as I am. They are all experts in their own field, which makes my job a lot easier. It’s a matter of getting the communication channels right and getting everyone on the same page,” he said.
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“It’s also about getting the mix of businesses supporting the community aligned. We already have the best in class as tenants in The Marine Village. It’s about finding what else we can add to the mix that’s in demand today. The future is about finding the right balance. “We’re not immune to economic downturns here, however we’re fortunate in that Sanctuary Cove has continued to grow and evolve as an enviable community without peer anywhere in Australia. “It’s also about finding ways to enhance the resort feeling of the community with what’s going on to our land, and continuing to deliver the lifestyle elements that make Sanctuary Cove so
internationally,” he said. “I’d like to see this place become so desirable that the market is beating a path to our door because that’s going to benefit everyone.” Keith said future plans for the community would include appealing to a new generation of aspiring house and land buyers and finding out what these buyers want. “So much has changed in 25 years. The question is – what is the next 25 years going to bring? What are people going to want as they come to live at Sanctuary Cove? The future of Sanctuary Cove is as much about what future residents want as those fortunate enough to already be living here,” he said. “There are still a lot more homes to come, but the opportunity is not infinite, it’s finite. It’s about getting people engaged in Sanctuary Cove, who might not have been here before, or for some time, to see what is on offer. “We love this place. The fact that you can have as much or as little interaction as you want, its location is phenomenal, and is something that amazes our overseas friends when they understand where we are situated. “The security, the infrastructure and the accessibility is what we value most. It’s all wrapped around you. Being so close to the international airports is also something we love, considering we have travelled for so many years.” Keith admits he has played quality, not quantity, golf in the past given the 24/7 nature of corporate hotel life. While having been fortunate enough to years, Keith said he was looking forward to getting some much needed practice on his game now he and Grace have joined the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club. An avid boat-enthusiast, Keith is also a member of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Sydney Flying Squadron. After living in hotels for the past 30 years, it’s the simple things the couple are looking forward to the most while living at Sanctuary Cove, including the search for a dog. “At last, I’m looking forward to being able to unpack all of my things,” said Grace. “We literally have wedding presents we’ve never unwrapped,” said Keith. “We’re living in a community where we’ve always wanted to live and we are very happy to be home.”
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Breaking new ground Colours of our Country – unearthing a wealth of talent in Western Australia. words Susan Lang-Lemckert
Aileen Sandy, Yinjaa-Barni Art, Photo by Leon Bird
Only when you scratch the surface can you get some idea of the abundance of a resource ... be it mineral, or artistic. And Rio Tinto, the multi-national resources company whose history reaches back to the Phoenician trading of 750 BC, has a wealth of experience with both. One of the company’s recent discoveries is the richness of previously little-known Pilbara Art which, like many of the world’s significant finds, was unearthed almost by chance – and has now evolved into the prestigious annual Colours of our Country exhibition. “Colours of our Country came about as part of our 40th year [in the Pilbara] celebrations in 2006,” recalls Robyn Sermon, General Manager – Communities with Rio Tinto’s West Australian operations. “At the time we were looking at different events to celebrate what we’d done in the Pilbara over the past 40 years, and we realised that the emerging Pilbara arts community – which had taken a small exhibition to Sydney and to Europe the year before – had never exhibited in Perth. “We wanted to hold a major exhibition to show their work to the Perth market, because while art from the Kimberley, the Central Desert and the Northern Territory was very well known, modern Pilbara art was a new phenomenon,” she says. So new, in fact, that success wasn’t a given for the inaugural Colours of our Country exhibition, although it soon became evident. “We didn’t know how it was going to go,” says Robyn, “but we got amazing feedback, and a lot of the works were sold. The artists were so happy with the result that they wanted to do it again, and it’s now a permanent fixture on the calendar.” “The success of the exhibition speaks for itself,” says Sam Walsh AO, Rio Tinto’s Executive Director and Chief Executive – Iron Ore and Australia. “As a project, not only is it one of the centrepieces of our support for arts and culture in Western Australia,
but it’s also a project that is close to the heart of many of our employees. It allows them to develop a deeper understanding of the culture of Aboriginal people in the Pilbara – seeing the magnificent Pilbara landscapes and the traditional stories through the artists’ eyes. “Another great benefit is providing [our] Perthbased employees with an opportunity to purchase their own ‘piece’ of the Pilbara, which is something they appreciate. We allow employees the chance to preview the exhibition before sales commence to members of the general public – and I can assure you they are enthusiastic buyers!” he says. As the event has grown, so has the number of exhibiting artists – ‘from a handful to 20-30’, according to Robyn – and the number of pieces, as well as the type of artworks being displayed. “It’s not just canvas pieces any more,” Robyn explains. “Last year we had some glasswork, some sculpture, and some wooden artefacts and baskets.” The area from which the works are drawn is increasing, too – where once the pieces came largely from Roebourne, they now represent a multitude of places like Tom Price, Karratha and Pannawonica. Arranging the collection, cataloguing and transport of artworks to the exhibition from such a large area requires meticulous co-ordination. But despite the significant logistics, this annual task is something of a labour of love for Nan Rickards from West Coast Arts Pty Ltd, whose liaison is lauded by those at Rio Tinto. With 100 per cent of the sales proceeds (a total of more than $1 million over the six years since Colours of our Country’s inception) going back to the artists, their art groups and communities, this event also has tremendous economic benefit to the Pilbara region. And Rio Tinto has become actively involved in the support and development of the >>
Pilbara art scene through workshops in areas like technique and marketing, so artists can grow their portfolios and take on commission work outside of the exhibition. “Like all projects, the success of Colours of our Country is testament to the strong partnerships which we formed back in 2006,” says Sam. “These partnerships continue to grow and strengthen today, and importantly, we are still learning from one another. “Over the years, we have maintained a conversation with the artists, the art groups and their communities to see how we can continue to make sure the exhibition is a relevant and valuable project for all of the stakeholders, and that it meets everyone’s expectations,” he says. “In 2012, we have made some changes informed by these conversations – small things, such as slightly changing the layout of the exhibition and how we are promoting it. We have also begun talking about the future – there are many exciting possibilities which we will continue to explore.” The popularity and significance of Pilbara art has also seen the advent of an acquisitive element to Colours of our Country. “We were aware of the fact that the art was all being sold into private collections,” Robyn explains, “so now we work with The Art Gallery of Western Australia, where they choose one or two pieces each year to build a collection [of Pilbara art] for the State. And with the standard being as high as it is, they do struggle to choose just a couple of pieces from what’s there.” Initially staged in Council House, Colours of our Country is now exhibited just up the Terrace at Rio Tinto’s Perth head office where, according to Robyn, it ‘makes the foyer come alive’. “It looks amazing when all the art is up,” she says. “Pilbara art is quite bright and very colourful, and with close to 150 pieces hanging in the foyer, the effect is beautiful. “Many of the artists get down [to Perth] for the opening of the exhibition, and during that week they’ll often do interviews or visit other galleries, which also helps them develop the business aspects of being working artists,” she says. The Rio Tinto team is always looking at ways to enhance and grow Colours of our Country – “which is more of a corporate event than an exhibition,” according to Robyn, although the artists themselves are delighted with the way it’s currently run. “And it’s a great exhibition that delivers back to the community,” she says. As does Rio Tinto through its award-winning Indigenous Employment Program, which has seen the company become the country’s largest private employer of Aboriginal men and women. But providing employment is only one facet of the company’s holistic approach, which includes internships, apprenticeships, scholarships, work readiness programs and even educational support programs like homework clubs for school children.
“Rio Tinto recognised earlier than most that the so-called ‘traditional mining industry way’ of dealing with Traditional Owners had to change, and so we opted to replace the old courtroom battles and protests and antagonism with what amounted to a full engagement,” Sam explains. “We started listening more and trying to see our industry through their eyes. Employment was central to that challenge, as well as the training opportunities and business opportunities that come with it. “We now employ more than 1,500 Aboriginal workers in our iron ore business alone, and have more than $1.25 billion business contracts with Aboriginal businesses or joint ventures,” he says. The number of Aboriginal enterprises operating within the Pilbara region already exceeds 100, constituting an economic growth area of its own. Covering professions as diverse as catering to earthmoving to cultural awareness training, Aboriginal businesses are expected to take ever more significant roles in the regional economy in the future. “That’s one of the biggest changes we’ve seen [in the Pilbara],” says Robyn. “A major source of growing employment is through Aboriginal people participating in the broader economy by investing in their own communities, which a lot of individuals and organisations aren’t prepared to do. But it’s just that – investment in the community – that retains work for the young people in the area.” “The Rio Tinto Indigenous Employment Program will grow and grow, because it should,” Sam concurs. “We are making up for lost time, and we have a long way still to go. “It’s not just us. The Aboriginal businesses we are using will take on more and more people themselves as they grow, and one day they will be competing with us. Good luck to them.”
Clifton Mack, Millstream Tableland, Photo by Christian Sprogoe
Allery Sandy, Yinjaa-Barni Art, Photo by Leon Bird
Pansy Hicks, Stepping Stones, Photo by Christian Sprogoe
“As a project, not only is it one of the centrepieces of our support for arts and culture in Western Australia, but it’s also a project that is close to the heart of many of our employees.” – Sam Walsh AO, Rio Tinto E xecutive Director and Chief E xecutive Jill Churnside, Waterholes, Photo by Christian Sprogoe
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Re-Bourne Taking over the Bourne franchise without Jason Bourne is a daunting task, however, action hero Jeremy Renner is up for the challenge. words Nick Freeman / The Interview People
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World of Bally Established over 160 years ago, the Bally empire continues to set the standard for style and innovation. words Susan Lang-Lemckert
They say necessity is the mother of invention ... but Switzerland’s Bally family is just as deserving of the title. The strongly entrepreneurial family’s business acumen set them apart from the very beginning. Firstly there was Franz Ulrich Bohli, who’d migrated from Austria to the rural Swiss town of Schönenwerd. After working for a local silk ribbon manufacturer, he began his own operation in the profession, outsourcing much of the work to the town’s weavers. His sons Peter and Niklaus then followed Franz’s lead, their innovative management seeing fine elastic added to the product range and the business growing sufficiently to require the establishment of an extensive second facility in neighbouring Germany. And Peter’s son Carl Franz, who joined the business aged only 17, later founded the brand now synonymous with luxury. The seeds for what would become the modern Bally empire were sown when a business trip to Paris introduced Carl Franz to exquisite footwear and the process of shoe manufacture, which led to his founding a small shoe production facility – Bally & Co – with his brother Fritz in 1851. The skills learned from the family’s silk ribbon and elastic manufacturing interests served them well in their new venture, which began as a workshop in the basement of Carl Franz’s house. But with their elegant handmade footwear soon becoming
renowned for excellence, a new factory was built in the centre of Schönenwerd to keep pace with demand. When Fritz moved on the company was renamed C F Bally, and retail stores were opened in Bern, Basle and Zurich, and exports to South America began. This was followed by the establishment of branches in cities as far afield as Montevideo, Buenos Aires and, fittingly, Paris – where Carl Franz had first been inspired to pursue shoe design and manufacture. Ever keen to embrace new techniques and equipment, the company then built a water channel to provide turbine power for the first MacKay Sole sewing machine. The almost total mechanisation of production was revolutionary for the time, but the chic designs and quality of materials and finish ensured C F Bally shoes retained their luxury and style, despite being mass produced. The growth in production and export, together with the company’s reputation for spearheading shoemaking technology, saw Bally become one of the world’s leading shoe manufacturers by the mid1880s. At that time producing more than 100 pairs of shoes per day and employing hundreds of workers, the Bally company had transformed the village of Schönenwerd into a booming industrial centre. By the turn of the century, the company – by then in the hands of a fourth generation of Ballys, Carl
Franz’s sons Eduard and Arthur – had become a major economic force, producing more than two million pairs of shoes each year, and supporting a workforce in excess of 3,000. Growth continued in the early 20th century, with even the economic gloom of wartime providing an opportunity for the inventive family, who expanded their range to include much-needed military footwear. Bally continued to innovate throughout the years, commissioning the famous poster art campaigns featuring artists like Villemot and Berset, and establishing the Bally Shoe Museum – housing one of Europe’s most important shoe collections – at Carl Franz’s former home in Schönenwerd. And later in the century, the company tackled the saturation of the market with low-priced shoes by diversifying into different industries and technology, culminating in the development of components used in Neil Armstrong’s boots for his historic walk on the moon. With a tannery division also added to the company’s operations, Bally’s expansion into production of other luxury leather goods was inevitable, and this in turn was followed by readyto-wear fashions. Much of Bally’s perennial appeal is due to its uncompromising blend of quality and style – a constant that runs through all of the label’s pieces, and is epitomised by The Scribe, the iconic men’s
dress shoe created by Carl Franz’s grandson Max and named after the luxurious Paris hotel he called home at the time. But Bally’s sustained commercial success has been complemented by numerous social and cultural innovations, particularly in the time of Carl Franz Bally. With his wife Cecile [Rychner], he established a kindergarten and a special education school for girls, as well as supporting the improvement of facilities for existing local schools. Public assets – including a park, swimming pool and an aged persons’ home – were also among the facilities he provided for his community. Today, support for the arts figures strongly in the organisation’s operations, including the establishment of creative partnerships between Bally and the Central Saint Martins College of Art, which saw the design of limited shoe collections in 2010 and 2011; and with Design and Art Basel Miami Beach, which gave rise to the launch of the exclusive BallyLove product range. Now boasting stores all over the world, a name inextricably linked to prestige and style, and a 160year long culture of innovation, Bally has moved as seamlessly into the 21st century as it did into the last by focusing not on what’s already been done, but what can be done ... and dedicated to finding out how.
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“After 10 seasons of what has been an ‘amazing journey’ it feels like the perfect time to move on to what will be a fuller international challenge. This is an opportunity to bring together all that we have learnt from our joint previous experiences to an exciting and multi faceted role at Bally. Bally is a Swiss luxury heritage brand with a huge potential, we will explore what is at the heart of Bally, not just its archives but also its charm, its mentality and intelligence. Together we marry design sensibility and business acumen; we provide each other with mental stimulation as well as emotional support. We feel honored in receiving this position and with complete support from the LABELUX Group we will create a relevant modern vision for Bally.” - Michael Herz & Graeme Fidler, current designers.
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Fashion capital Paris, London, Milan, New York … and Brisbane … a wealth of leading fashion houses are staking their claim in the Queensland capital. words Henrietta Dups
It is almost impossible to conceive that only a decade ago Brisbane was a complete backwater when it came to luxury international fashion. Strolling along Edward Street after the Gucci flagship store opening party last month a pertinent thought struck me – exactly when was the tipping point that saw Brisbane transform from sartorial backwater to fashion capital, how did it come about and why? The opening of QueensPlaza (QP) in 2005 heralded the arrival of pioneering international luxury brands including European labels Louis Vuitton and Montblanc, and American label Tiffany and Co., who bravely set up flagship stores in completely unchartered waters. Bally, MaxMara and Max&Co followed suit shortly after, securing the remaining Edward St facing premises within QP. The unveiling of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in 2006 no doubt helped consolidate Brisbane’s newly acquired luxury fashion kudos, especially after GoMA hosted the exclusive and much coveted Valentino Retrospective exhibition in 2010. Luxury labels have proved so integral to Brisbane’s now-pumping fashion pulse that expansion is already a necessity. Louis Vuitton’s brave foray into an unknown market in 2005 has proved to be so successful that word is they will be expanding their space to double the current size over two floors in QP within the near future. Let’s not forget either that while the rest of the Sigrid Agren photographed by Dominique Issermann in the CHANEL Fine Jewellery boutique 18 Place Vendôme. She is wearing two ‘Ultra’ rings in 18-karat white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds, and black and white ceramic.
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Local designer Yuge Yu draws on her artistic lifestyle for inspiration.
Yuge Yu, former lawyer and now fashion
explaining, well actually trying to convince
designer, will launch her self-titled label ’Yuge’
someone, quite unsuccessfully, how it is that
I could work in criminal defence (up until that
Featuring whimsical prints, soft flowing lines and
point, I had my words down pat), that I realised
structured block colours, the range captures the
I had begun to question my involvement in many
bohemian lifestyle Yuge shares with her partner,
internationally renowned artist David Bromley.
The more I repeated it to myself the more I felt
Based in a local seaside town, the talented duo
that my moral compass had become bent and that
draw on their shared passion for the creative arts
what started as an entrenched determination to
when it comes to their respective careers.
use my knowledge and my qualifications to help
“We have a very natural togetherness in all
others, (which was undeniably still there and for
aspects of our life … whether it’s work, home
which there were many incredible clients whom
or our relationship, our decisions are all knitted,” David says. “Both our chosen vocations can be isolating and lonely but shared and done in close proximity it’s a wonderful challenging all encompassing adventure,” Yuge explains. What inspires your designs? Living within
I was willing to dedicate a large chunk of my life to) became swamped in the day to day reality of spending my time down in the cells interviewing and representing drug traffickers and thugs, suing people for unpaid debts, helping people avoid unpaid debts, taking on liquidators and administrators. I needed a moment to re-evaluate.
environments that are so rich in colour, texture,
This, coupled with the fact that I was living with
design and art, it would seem that I have a never-
a mad artist whose world was becoming more and
ending universe of inspiration for my designs.
more my world, made it a really interesting time
I do, however, find myself drawn to the simpler details. It may be the way a fabric has been draped over a chair, the cascading folds forming the basis for the shape in a dress or the way the sun peaks through our blinds in the morning inspiring the golden colour pop through a collection. Underlying each of my designs, though, is a
contemplating an alternative to law ... or whether there was even an alternative. I wouldn’t say that the decision to pursue fashion design came easily, though I must admit that I am immeasurably happier and healthier for having made the change.
desire to create pieces that are unique, versatile
Have you always been interested in fashion
and that engage the wearer to personalise and
design? Yes, completely and utterly so. Though,
make them their own.
for most outsiders, it probably wasn’t an
Who are your favourite fashion designers? And why? Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela, Rick Owens – For the effortlessness in which they evoke a sense of flamboyant restraint in their designs and
anticipated direction I’d take. I think my family and close friends were not at all surprised that fashion was the alternative I did choose. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a sewing
for their unexpected business ethos.
machine and a less than expected dress sense. No
Why did you make the move from a career in
a sewing table tucked away in a corner, sometimes
law to fashion? It wasn’t so much that I wanted to move from practicing law and go into fashion design. After finishing my undergraduate degrees I went on to complete my Masters in law and had never wavered in my determination to build
matter where in the world I was, there’d always be left untouched for months and other times buzzing away until the early hours for days on end, stitching out my interpretations of what I wanted to see in my wardrobe.
a career and a life within the law. I’d practiced
for several years in Melbourne, becoming firmly
childrenswear range? Absolutely. I’ve actually
committed to, and fascinated by, my career and in
been asked by several people to design a menswear
many ways, I found that I began to define myself
range, though quite honestly I’d like to allow the
by the fact that I was a lawyer.
process to evolve gradually and at this stage, I am
Quite simply, I had one of those epiphany moments of reflection where I caught myself
more focused on creating great women’s pieces than branching into new directions.
A fresh look
Make sure to leave your winter look behind with some new make-up routines for spring. words Linette Gramstad
The 2012 spring look is natural and radiant, with flawless looking skin. Runway make-up artists seem to be blending older vintage looks with newer and fresher make-up and the aim of the season is to look – almost effortlessly – well groomed. Start by getting your skin back to a happy place after the drying effects of winter. Maintain your cleanse and moisturising routine and add an exfoliant a couple times a week (depending on your skin) to smooth and clear the skin.
Foundation Try to find a good foundation that creates a clear canvas to work on, one that is not oil-based and is heat resistant is ideal. I have found that mixing two shades of foundation works really well for a perfect coverage that looks even. Many of us have a lighter and a darker foundation as our skin colouring changes throughout the year, so simply mix them 50/50 and smooth together. Apply with a sponge, then blend with your fingers. Add a light dusting of loose powder; you shouldn’t need much if you have a good foundation. Some make-up brands have palettes with different shades of foundation. Look out for these as they come in handy and can save time.
Eyes Start with a light crème base all over the eyelid and under the brow bone to highlight. Follow with your chosen shadow in a colour that suits your outfit: Gold, bronze, soft brown, apricot, soft pink and even some green shades can look nice. Pastel colours, as well as light shimmers, work well. I recommend keeping it simple when doing the eyes. Try to skip wearing eyeliner – if applying, add sparingly and try to avoid bottom eyeliner. Well manicured eyebrows are a must with the natural look. To finish off your eyes, brush eyelashes with two coats of mascara. For day events opt for brown mascara that will make your lashes long and lustrous without the intensity of black.
Cheeks Finding the right blush can be tricky. A good way is to look at your skin’s undertones and try to match it. For fairer skins, pinks (especially soft pinks) seem to suit the complexion as they have cool undertones. Corals also work but be selective to ensure you choose a complementary colour. For more olive complexions use tanned bronzer on the cheeks – just doubling up coverage on the area – or try peach and burgundy colours, being warmer undertones they usually blend well. You can also mix colours together to get the right shade for you. A shimmer lightly dusted over the top gives off a fresh glow or you can use a bronzer all over if desired.
Lips Lightly apply your foundation over your lips for staying power, then use a lipstick or apply the eye shadow you used on your eyes, on the lips. Add a clear or light gloss over the entire top and bottom lip. If you are not a fan of gloss choose a lipstick that is a shade or two darker instead. Try to match your lips with the undertones of your chosen blusher. Nudes and pale pinks are nice, soft colours, or you can also try light shaded corals. Hot red lips are also popular this spring. If you want to try this sassy look, start by using a soft red lip liner, then lipstick and apply minimal gloss. I always think matte red lips have the nicest effect.
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1. Drink plenty of water to get your skin and mind healthy. 2. Do a mini facial the night before. For radiant looking skin see if you can find a hydrating masque to sleep in overnight. 3. Avoid smoky eyes and heavy make-up. Go for a ‘less is more’ approach for a day occasion. 4. Use primer underneath your foundation for longer lasting make-up. 5. Finish your foundation off with a setting powder to ensure it sets and stays put. 6. A hydrating facial mist will refresh your skin and make-up throughout the day. You can spray over make-up, just don’t hold it too close. 7. Use concealer where needed to lighten up your eyes. 8. Contrast your make-up and outfit. If your dress is extravagant, go for lighter blush and lips; if wearing black, red lips and neutral blush and eyes look striking. 9. Remember to put lip gloss, compressed foundation and blush in your purse. 10. Don’t forget about your nails. It is very important for them to be well polished at the races.
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St Barts One of Australia’s most respected artists, David Bromley, brings his unique style to Gallery One for a much-anticipated solo exhibition. Running from 6 - 19 October 2012, the David Bromley Artist & Muse Exhibition will showcase a selection of current paintings, along with David’s new series of bronze sculptures. While in some ways the sculptures mark a change of direction in David’s artistic career, they also pay homage to his earlier days in the studio. “Having started my art life as a potter, clay and three dimensional pieces were a natural part of my environment,” David explains. “I haven’t been concentrating as much on sculpture in the past few years as painting has been my main practice so it has been great fun putting together a bunch of bronzes.” Along with the new direction, comes a new muse in the form of David’s partner of two years, Yuge Yu. A former lawyer and talented designer, Yuge will launch her new fashion label, ‘Yuge’, at the exhibition opening. “There is very little that we do that has not gone through a bouncing back and forward between each other,” David explains “I think our different backgrounds provide a great basis for creating and making decisions. “Plus, I am happier than I’ve been in a long time … there’s a greater love of life in me that I think permeates the new work.” While David credits Yuge for his new-found enthusiasm, she is equally as proud of his resilience and talent. “Despite the disappointments and difficulties in his life he still approaches everything with the spirit and belief and enthusiasm of a child that has yet to experience heartache or hard work. His spirit is quite remarkable,” she says. Now based in a local seaside town, David feels that in many ways his career has come full circle. “I started as a potter on the Sunshine Coast, making art and surfing then I got very sidetracked with many complex scenarios and I’ve been trying (not always succeeding) to get back to where it all began,” he admits. “I am happy to be making art, by the coast, in the country … and each day in the studio is an adventure.”
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For those who enjoy quality Champagne, wine, beer and spirits, Ferry Road Wine and Beer is the store for you. Ferry Road Wine and Beer in the Brickworks Centre carries products from all around the world and their spirits selection is second to none with the store ranging over 100 Whiskies, over 60 Rums and over 50 Tequilas to give a few examples. Manager Jeff Blackford has many years experience in the liquor industry. He has one of the best palates in the country and can tell you what to expect from each product in store. He is an ambassador and a committee man to over 50 international distilleries, wine makers and Champagne houses from all over the world. What he hasn’t tasted … hasn’t been made yet. “As well as delivering the best in customer service, the success of the store comes down to offering a range to customers that is not available anywhere else on the entire Gold Coast including some products that are exclusive to Ferry Road Wine and Beer,” Jeff says. “It is all about adding value to the consumer’s experience in store. We offer regular tastings on Wine and Spirits and are about to launch some consumer spirits education sessions in the coming months and are looking forward to summer release white wines tastings weekends. And keep a look out for our Weekend of Bubbles exclusive, where we will be tasting Champagne and Sparkling from all around the world,’ he adds.
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Open for Business photography Limetree Events Megan & Kelly Jones
Karen Alexander & Janelle Davis
Lucinda McGuigan & Glenn T
Where: The Woolshed, Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove
Where: When: 8copy August 2012 What: Invited When: date guests enjoyed a very fashionable experience as BusinessGC presented the 2012 What: copy Ready2Wear showcase. Proudly supported by Mulpha Sanctuary Cove and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, the event featured the designs of eleven up and coming local labels including Cynthia Coetzer and East of Grey. Courtenay & Kay McCue
Caralee & Cameron Caldwell
Grace Perez & Sheila Davari
Sandie & Ren Ayling
Erica Rossouw & Cynthia Coetzer
Troy Roberts & Shannon Brice
MELBOURNE CUP LUNCH
• Glass of Brut Champagne on arrival • Tapas plates throughout the afternoon • Prizes for best dressed & best hat • Three big flat screen TVs • TAB close by
ROUSEL MORITZI PAELLA
BAR & GRILL CREOLE PRAWNS
Owner operators Russ and Michelle Dickins,
have brought their considerable experience to Sanctuary Cove, creating Leo’s Latino Bar and Grill. The husband and wife team, who have worked onboard some of the most luxurious super yachts, have an extensive hospitality background both here in Australia and New Zealand. With the support and success of Leo Vrhovac, after whom the new restaurant is named, the couple aim to produce the best Spanish tapas dishes on the Gold Coast. Situated in the heart of Sanctuary Cove, this stylish venue already has a wellearned reputation for its signature dishes – salt and pepper calamari, Spanish paella, delicious pork spare ribs and mouth-watering char grilled scotch fillets and Atlantic salmon. With live music every Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon Jazz, Leo’s is the perfect venue for functions, family gatherings and special occasions.
1a Masthead Way Sanctuary Cove QLD Located at the entrance of The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove
SALT & PEPPER CALAMARI
Come and join us for some great food, wine and entertainment!
P: 07 5577 9976 Open 7 days Function enquiries phone 0405 689 743 Brunch to late
see & be seen
Gucci glamour photography Justin Nicholas Lindsay Bennett & Clare E. Urwin
Models - Ema, Caroliine & Talia
Laurel Edwards & Troy Cassar-Daley Joshua Jones, Paula Walden & Mary Dickinson
Where: Gucci, Edward St Brisbane When: 14 August 2012
Melissa Downes & DJ Wendt
What: Invited guests joined Gucci executives to celebrate the opening of the luxury brandsâ€™ new Brisbane boutique. Located in fashionable Edward St, the store is a welcome addition to this stylish shopping precinct.
Claire Parviz, Dene Harris & Kellie Alderman
Georgie Lewis, Amanda McLeay & Sharyn Ghidella
Bernie Bagley & Brittany Proctor
Kylie Lang & Marie-Louise Theile
Rebecca Mitchell, Kristina Gambaro & Anna Zerner
Jan Herring, Wendy Nelson & Liz Edith Lillywhite Lazonde, Leica Theodore, SwanOgilvie & Andrea Holt Trevor Dickinson, William YoonMaree & Mitchell
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Forefront of fashion photography Ian Golding Abbey Allen-Duckat & Jacinta Ward Sally Pearson & Mellissa Hoyer
Trish McKenna, Kim Ring & Leanne St George Living Silk copy Christian Sprenger & Amelia Evatt-Davey
Where: Treasury Casino & Hotel, Brisbane When: copy 25-31 August 2012 Where: What: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival When: date brought a touch of glamour to Brisbane, What: with acopy series of stylish fashion events. Special guests, including Olympians Sally Pearson and Christian Sprenger, enjoyed the hospitality and ambience of the Wintergarden VIP Runway Lounge between shows. EllaÂ & Alice Lethbridge
Jo & Stephen Leeds with Magdalena Roza
Karen Williams, Bryce Williams & Sue Thomson
Lynn & Peter Jacobson
Barbara & Brad Webb with Kelly Cooper
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Top table Gold Coast Hinterland
Lodge & Restaurant
Chill on Tedder
modern australiaN gold coast hinterland
MODERN AUSTRALIAN main beach // tedder avenue
Your guide to fine dining from the Hinterland to Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast Hinterland
• Peppers Ruffles
Lodge & Restaurant
• Chill On Tedder • Palazzo Versace • Glass Dining & Lounge Bar Surfers Paradise
• Surfers Paradise
Marriott Resort & Spa
Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa is a hidden wonder. Perched high on a ridge, it is surrounded by natural bushland which gives way to a magnificent panorama of the Gold Coast. Executive Chef, Steve Houghton, creates seasonal menus offering contemporary and innovative dining. Beautiful inside and out, Ruffles Restaurant adjoins the infinity pool and bar, offering relaxed dining, perfect for leisurely lunches, celebrations or intimate evenings. A la Carte menu or Lunch & Dinner Special
CHILL OUT FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON Now is the time to book if you want to get the best dates and a fantastic group rate to celebrate the festive season at Chill on Tedder. Lunch Parties $45 pp for 2 courses or $55 pp for 3 courses (Including a glass of wine) Dinner Parties $60 pp Monday - Thursday $75 pp Friday - Saturday (3 course menu including bread, canapés, coffee and tea)
3 courses $70 per person
These prices are only valid September - December for groups of 15 people or more. Bookings must be made prior to 24 December.
Lunch + Dinner Wednesday - Sunday
Lunch Tuesday - Sunday Dinner Monday - Saturday
423 Ruffles Road • Willow Vale, Q T +61 7 5546 7411 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.ruffleslodge.com.au
Shop 10/26 Tedder Avenue • Main Beach, Q T +61 7 5528 0388 E email@example.com W www.chillontedder.com.au
• Seaduction Restaurant & Bar • Absynthe Restaurant & Bar Broadbeach
• Verve Restaurant Cafe & Bar • Room81 Mermaid Beach
• Little Truffle Burleigh Heads
• Oskars on Burleigh
Glass Dining & Lounge Bar
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
MODERN AUSTRALIAN main beach // vanitas restaurant
MODERN AUSTRALIAN main beach // marina mirage
MODERN AUSTRALIAN surfers paradise
Vanitas Restaurant creates an extraordinary gastronomic encounter perfectly suited to Palazzo Versace, the place for sophisticated fine dining. Awarded two Chef's Hats by the AGFG, Vanitas’ Head Chef Martin Glutz offers a diverse menu featuring locally sourced seasonal produce. The epitome of elegance, a night at Vanitas provides a luxurious fine dining experience with meticulous attention to detail and impeccable service.
Glass Dining and Lounge Bar captures elegant
The newly-refurbished Surfers Paradise Marriott
dining and a relaxed ambience. The menu is
Resort & Spa will host one of the Gold Coast’s
extensive and offers something for everyone,
most glamorous events this Melbourne Cup Day.
from the easy-eating lunch menu with a range
Hosted by Michelle Tapper from Channel
of salads and open sandwiches to the tapas
7’s Sunrise, the luncheon will be held in the
menu for something light. For dinner, Glass has
resort’s stunning Grand Ballroom and will
some outstanding fish dishes – a favourite is the
feature a gorgeous fashion parade by Marina
whole sole with vongole. For the meat lovers,
Mirage. Enjoy a day of fabulous food, premium
the amazing chateaubriand steak for two is
beverages, live entertainment and, of course, the
also a must-try. Glass also has a million-dollar
race that stops the nation.
WEDNESDAYS IN VANITAS - 4 Course Dinner Menu - $75 per person
fit-out, with a million-dollar view to match!
MARRIOTT’S Melbourne Cup luncheon
CHEF DINNER - 2 Michelin Star Chef Franck Putelat - Sat 3 Nov | Enquire now 5509 8000
• Private Dining Room
6 November 2012 | 12 noon - 3pm
• Group Bookings • Weddings
Grand Ballroom | $135 pp
Tuesday - Saturday Dinner
Open 7 days Lunch + Dinner
Prizes for the best dressed lady, best dressed gent and best hat.
94 Seaword Drive • Main Beach, Q T +61 7 5509 8000 E RSVP@palazzoversace.com W www.palazzoversace.com.au
Marina Mirage Seaword Drive • Main Beach, Q T +61 7 5527 1009 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.glassrestaurant.com.au
158 Ferny Avenue • Surfers Paradise, Q T +61 7 5592 9740 E email@example.com W www.surfersparadisemarriott.com.au
Seaduction Restaurant + Bar
Absynthe Restaurant & Bar
Verve Restaurant Café & Bar
Modern Australian surfers paradise
FRENCH SURFERS PARADISE
MODERN AUSTRALIAN BROADBEACH waters
Dine, Share and Reflect. Located at the luxurious new Sea Temple Surfers Paradise, Soul, with unprecedented beachfront views. Recently named as one of Australia's Top 50 Hottest Restaurants and awarded one Chef's Hat in the prestigious Good Food and Wine Guide, Seaduction is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a celebration or event. Complimentary parking. Bookings essential.
Become addicted ... Inspired by poets and acclaimed by critics, award-winning chef/owner Meyjitte Boughenout’s instinct for food is second to none. Absynthe offers both a sensational a la carte menu and a degustation menu. Designed to savour seven sumptuous dishes, the degustation menu is ‘A Journey into Taste’. Meyjitte says fresh local ingredients and the way they are handled are the essence of an exciting dish.
Recently awarded a coveted Chef’s Hat, Verve Restaurant Café & Bar serves modern Australian cuisine in welcoming and intimate surroundings. The restaurant also has a wide selection of Australian and international wines and has been awarded a 'Glass' rating in the in the recent WIne List awards by Gourmet Traveller Wine for the second year in a row.
Lunch Tuesday - Thursday
special DEGUSTATION MENU Oct - Nov 8 courses $105 pp
Open for lunch for groups over 20
Book now for MelbOURNE Cup Enjoy four courses with matched wines Contact restaurant for bookings and details
Open 7 days Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner
Dinner Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch + Dinner Tuesday - Sunday
Level 2, Sea Temple at Soul 8 The Esplanade • Surfers Paradise, Q T +61 7 5635 5728 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.seaduction.com.au
Q1 Building • Surfers Paradise, Q T +61 7 5504 6466 E email@example.com W www.absynthe.com.au
Cnr Sunshine Blvd & T E Peters Drive Broadbeach Waters, Q
with glass of wine on Arrival $45 per person
The service at Verve is professional yet warm and friendly. It is truly a hidden treasure.
Corporate Functions 2 courses + glass of wine or beer $55 pp
T +61 7 5526 7364 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.ververestaurant.com
Oskars on Burleigh
FRENCH INSPIRED BROADBEACH
Modern Australian MERMAID BEACH
seafood // modern australiaN BURLEIGH HEADS
Located in the vibrant heart of Broadbeach, Room81 has become one of the Gold Coast’s most famed dining venues.
special lunch menu Includes a glass of wine or beer 2 courses $42 | 3 courses $48
MAGNIFIQUE MELBOURNE CUP On Tuesday 6 November from 12 noon, experience the savoir-faire of Melbourne Cup at Room81 - where sophisticated theme meets divine style. Enjoy a five-course tasting menu complete with matching wines, live entertainment and all the racing action on the big screen. Plus, go into the draw to win a number of Magnifique door prizes!
special dinner menu Monday - Wednesday 3 courses $55 Locals night every Monday BYO wine $5 corkage (Mondays only)
With sensational views and first class service and cuisine, you can feel confident that your choice of venue will be applauded for your next lunch, dinner or Christmas party. You can select from an a la carte menu sure to please, or choose from a range of expertly designed set menus with fine wines to match. Be sure to book your table on the deck as they are limited.
$75 per person food only $105 per person with matching wines
Private dining room now available. Perfect for that special occasion or business meeting. Complete privacy, own waiter, handmade crystal glassware and much more. Capacity for 14 guests. Three course menus starting at $65 Monday to Thursday and $75 on Friday and Saturday (4 courses). Bookings essential.
Tuesday 6 November from 12 noon
Lunch Wednesday - Saturday Dinner Monday - Saturday
Open 7 days Lunch + Dinner
81 Surf Parade • Broadbeach, Q T +61 7 5592 2250 E h0454-SB3@sofitel.com W www.room81.com.au
Cnr Bondi Ave & Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach, Q T +61 7 5526 5033 E email@example.com W www.littletruffle.com.au
Burleigh Beach House 43 Goodwin Terrace • Burleigh Heads, Q T +61 7 5576 3722 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.oskars.com.au
EVERY Sunday All day dining From 12 - late Lunch, dinner, dessert, share dishes, cocktails, wine & beer + ocean views
The cuisines of Mexico are as varied, soulful and colourful as Frida Kahlo’s paintings. words Tony Harper
If you think, like most of us, that the entirety of Mexican cuisine is embodied in nachos, enchiladas and tacos, you’d be misled: It’s like suggesting that Australian wine is defined by Yellowtail and our film industry by Crocodile Dundee. While it can fit into Australia almost four times, the land mass of Mexico is far more densely populated (there are five times as many folk living in less than a third of the space) and it covers a fabulous variety of terrain: its coastal cuisines are starkly different from those of its two mountain ranges; there are snow-covered peaks and baking deserts, vast coastlines, teeming cities and a myriad of rural areas. Then there are the many cultures that have impacted on the people and cuisines of the country – Aztec, Spanish (Spain itself owes its riches to the early Romans, Moors and Germans) and French followed by Caribbean, North American and smatterings from Asia. In short, there is no single, definable Mexican cuisine. Instead there are many different, contrasting cuisines spread across the land – all of them drawing upon the religions, traditions and surrounds that define their harvests. Covering them needs a book. A big book. But there are dishes and ingredients that are as dear to the country as goose-liver and wine are to the
French; white truffles and pasta are to the Italians and beef, fish, Rolf Harris and Asian foods are to us. Oxaca is one of the southern states of Mexico, reaching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Mountains. It’s known as the Land of the Seven Moles, and for many lovers of Mexican cuisine it is these moles (sultry, rich, slow-cooked curries) that hold pride of place. Cooking a mole is a wonderful experience that demands patience and care, but returns the effort tenfold. They can take days from beginning to end. All of them begin with the grinding and roasting of spices using, if you were sitting around a fire in Oxaca, the traditional flat, round earthenware roasting pan called a ‘comal’. If it happened to be Mole Negro (black mole) you may even start by roasting cocoa beans before you get to the great array of spices, herbs and chillies. The finished products range from subtle and fragrant to powerful, complex and fiery and done well they rival the best in any country. The foods of Veracruz provide a great contrast to those of Oxaca. The state begins to the north of Oxaca, its eastern boundary is the beaches fronting the Gulf of Mexico and its western, northern and southern borders
touching seven other states. The great influence on Veracruz cooking are its colonial years when it was the gateway between the east coast and Mexico City as well as the path that linked the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It was an important doorway through which the Spanish managed to keep control of the trade routes between their new colony and the rest of Europe. Cortes, the Spanish conquerer, imported African slaves to provide labour for the sugar farms that dominated the area for so long and the state of Veracruz became the hub of a trade involving sugar, rum and slaves between Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The legacy of these dark times is a cuisine that draws upon the wealth of seafood harvested from its shores and the foods that have been grown on its lands for centuries fused with influences from Spain, the Caribbean and Africa. The food of Veracruz does have common ground with the rest of Mexico in many of its basics (corn, rice and meats) but it shies away from the decadent use of spices, using more herbs, citrus and vegetables. It does, however, make use of the extraordinary array of chillies that permeate every state in the country. And it really is an extraordinary array – fresh, dried and smoked, big and small, sweet, mild, pungent and fiery these small fruits are responsible for much of the complexity and definition of the
collective Mexican cuisine. There’s the poblano chile which dried becomes either the ancho or mulato. Similarly the Jalapeno (a delicious, spicy but not too hot, fruity variety) becomes ‘chipotle’ when smoked. The Habanero is the king – exceedingly hot but incredibly fruity adding as much flavour as it does fire to its dishes. Banana chillies are gentle, cayenne somewhere in the middle, Serrano are close to Jalpenos in both heat and flavour. Used fresh any chilli gives a sharp, fast version of its heat and shows its fruitiest persona. Lightly charred (and Mexican cuisines of all sorts char spices, chillies and vegetables almost religiously) they have more depth and sweetness. Dried, the heat becomes slow-burning and ethereal, creeping up in power over minutes and dying away slowly. There is more … so much more that makes up the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine. Here I’ve not even scratched the surface – the country has 31 states and one ‘district’ of which this article touches on only two! And of those two we have only had a glimpse. But the point, I hope, is made – tacos, nachos and cheesy burritos certainly belong to the Mexican genre. But to define such a rich and varied cuisine by the dross that has made it to our shores is akin to defining our wines by Yellowtail.
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Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa is well-known for its delicious menus created by Executive Chef Steve Houghton.
Milk-fed Bangalow pork fillet mignon with ruby Swiss chard, spinach, fondant POTATO and sour cherry sauce Ingredients
6 x 200g pieces of milk-fed Bangalow pork fillet
200gm sliced prosciutto
1. Using a pairing knife, trim the potatoes into a barrel shape and place in a saucepan.
1. Drain cherries and add to hot jus.
150g ruby Swiss chard 150g baby spinach 6 Desiree potatoes (large) 1 x 200g tin cherries 560g butter Sprigs of rosemary
2. Cover with (500g) butter and gently confit until cooked but not too soft. 3. Take out of pan and cool on a serving plate. Pork: 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Salt & pepper
2. Butterfly each fillet.
3. Rub pork in olive oil and chopped thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
300mls good quality jus Note Executive Chef Steve Houghton recommends Fraser Gallop Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, to accompany the meal.
4. Wrap pork fillet in prosciutto. 5. Heat oil in fry pan and seal pork mignon on both sides.
pork was cooked in and sautĂŠ spinach and ruby swiss chard.
3. Season well and keep warm. To Serve 1. Place a spoon of ruby swiss chard and spinach mixture on the right hand side of plate. 2. Place pork fillet mignon on ruby swiss chard and place the fondant potato next to it. 3. Spoon the cherry jus on and around the pork.
6. Put pan aside to use later.
4. Garnish the fondant potato with a sprig of rosemary.
7. Put pork mignon on tray in oven with fondant potato to roast for 12-15 minutes.
Serves 6 people
8. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes.
2. Add 60g of butter to the pan that the
Chef Profile: Steve Houghton Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa is a secluded retreat tucked away in the magical Gold Coast Hinterland. With panoramic views of the city skyline and surrounded by natural bush land, the Lodge’s restaurant, Ruffles, offers the perfect setting to enjoy a beautiful Australian meal. Led by Executive Chef Steve Houghton, the restaurant offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine using fresh quality produce. Prior to joining Ruffles, the multi-award winning chef was Executive Head Chef at the Clarion Hotel in Mackay and Executive Head Chef of a leading Italian and French restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. With additional appointments in New Zealand and the UK, Steve brings his internationally refined culinary skills and experience to Ruffles. Steve is also highly recognised for his mentoring skills, qualifying over 17 apprentices during his career and being awarded Mentor of the Year in 2007. Diners at Ruffles can enjoy Steve’s beautifully designed a-la-carte menu for lunch or dinner or perhaps even experience a ‘Long Sunday Degustation Lunch’ with has become a favourite among patrons.
Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa For reservations +61 7 5546 7411 | www.ruffleslodge.com.au
Discover the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk...
Explore the beautiful Rainforest in a different and thrilling way ... The spectacular elevated Canopy Skywalk, the Skywalk Cantilever and the Creek Lookout are all linked by winding paths along the forest floor. Spend some time in the Rainforest Interpretive Gallery, browse in the Gift Shop or relax at the Birdwing Café.
www.rainforestskywalk.com.au | email@example.com Open Every Day (Except Christmas Day) From 9.30am to the last walk at 4pm (Closes at 5pm) | Suitable walking shoes recommended | Car and bus parking available. 333 Geissmann Drive (off Tamborine Mountain Road) North Tamborine, Qld |
07 5545 2222
07 5545 2333
They’re racing! Celebrate Melbourne Cup in The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove.
That time of year is almost upon us once again; when millions of people around the country drop what they’re doing, head for the nearest television screen and watch the biggest horse racing event in Australia – the Melbourne Cup. It’s ‘the race that stops the nation’ – whether it’s just for a few minutes or, if you’re lucky, for the whole day. The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove will celebrate Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6 November in true festive style. Enjoy the return of spring racing and mark one of the year’s biggest spectator events in the picturesque Marine Village, with an array of delectable dining options to help you make the most of the honorary public holiday. This year there will be a TAB in The Marine Village, so whether you have an ambitious Trifecta
lined up or just hope to pick the winner, punters won’t be left wanting this Melbourne Cup. Study the race form, check out the betting options and try your luck on one of the world’s richest horse races. If Melbourne Cup to you spells frocks, fascinators and fabulous stilettos, this is your chance to win in the style stakes. Melbourne Cup is the perfect occasion to dress up, so pull out all the stops and hit The Marine Village for a day of fine wining and dining. Sanctuary Cove has a range of fabulous dining options, offering tastes to tempt everyone. Many of The Marine Village restaurants and cafés put together special Melbourne Cup day packages each year to the delight of residents and visitors alike. If you are in the mood for a day of elegant dining, you can take your pick from contemporary
Australian, fresh seafood, exotic international flavours and more. If you prefer a more informal and exuberant celebration, complete with casual dining, share plates and plenty of bubbly, Sanctuary Cove has you covered as well. Restaurant offers and other events for this year’s Melbourne Cup are detailed on our website (www.sanctuarycove.com/events). To enquire or book your perfect race day experience please contact your restaurant of choice direct. The Marine Village also has ample free car parking for your convenience. If you’re punting on fabulous dining and a fantastic race day atmosphere, Sanctuary Cove is your best bet this year. So fix on your fascinator, break out the bubbly and get ready for the nation’s biggest racing spectacle!
Fun, food & fundraising You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this fun night out. Hosted in the Paradise Showroom, the third annual Fun Food and Wine Trivia Challenge will feature excitement and entertainment along with a delicious seven-course degustation menu. All proceeds will be donated to save the lives of under privileged children through the Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children. www.theartscentregc.com.au
Farm fresh Japanese Farm Food is a book about love, life on the farm, and community. Covering everything from pickles and soups to noodles and dipping sauces, Hachisu demystifies the rural Japanese kitchen, laying bare the essential ingredients, equipment, and techniques needed for Japanese home cooking. Japanese Farm Food Nancy Singleton Hachisu Pan Macmillan RRP $39.95 www.panmacmillan.com.au
Paris on a plate This versatile handmade square wooden tray features a decoupaged top, richly painted sides, gold edges, and non slip rubber feet and is equally at home in the kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom or office. RRP $59.95 www.villamondo.com
French soiree Melbourne’s favourite French Festival, Paris to Provence, returns to South Yarra as historic Como House and Garden is transformed into a pop up French village. Featuring wine tastings, chocolate appreciation classes, live music, cultural demonstrations, an open-air market and all the French food your heart could possibly desire, Paris to Provence will take place over three mesmerising days. A special addition for 2012 is an intimate evening with Gabriel Gate who will discuss the amazing French gastronomy he has experienced while filming Taste le Tour. www.paristoprovence.com.au
Pasta perfection Food & wine A pioneer of fine dining in the Hunter Valley, Esca Bimbadgen exemplifies the unique nature of a winery restaurant, rather than simply being a restaurant in a winery. Showcasing modern Australian cuisine in a contemporary setting, Esca has recently been the recipient of two highly acclaimed restaurant awards: the annual 2012 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence – Hunter/Central Coast Tourism Restaurant Award, plus the Entertainment Book’s Gold award for Best Fine Dining in the Hunter Valley. www.bimbadgen.com.au/esca
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New Zealand’s Central Otago region has matured as a wine producer and – for better or worse – so have the tastes of many pinot drinkers. words Tony Harper
Central Otago is a place known for its unrivalled beauty, terrific skiing and pinot noir. OK, there’s Fergburgers in Queenstown (possibly the home of the world’s best burger) and some amazing fishing, mountain bike tracks and walks for the seriously fit. But in the end it’s the snow and the wine that account for much of the region’s lustre. It’s the most southerly wine-growing region on the planet and its fame as a producer of worldclass pinot noir has come about as rapidly as it has emphatically. The mix of plush, exuberant fruit interwoven with spice and laid upon a heady, comparatively full-bodied frame shot the early wines to international stardom and gave the reputation of New Zealand pinot noir a tremendous boost. Big-framed, uber-lush pinots may well have put Central Otago on the vinous map, but these days a lot of folk are seeking finer, more textural wines – the antitheses of what has popularly emerged from Central Otago. But the best of the producers have matured (as have their vines) along with the tastes of pinot drinkers: fine, textural, savoury versions are being made in the area. And it’s a region that has settled quite comfortably into its sub-districts – pockets of land that, had Central Otago been more populated and less remote, would surely have never been banded together so starkly different are the pieces that make up each of their puzzles.
Imagine a capital ‘J’ turned upside down then tilted about 45 degrees to the right and you have a vague representation of the shape of the central Otago wine regions; Gibbston and Alexandra making up the two arms of the cross-piece with Bannockburn at the junction; the Lake Dunstan vineyards covering both sides of the vertical (Cromwell to the south, Bendigo to the north-east and the Lowburn/Pisa vineyards to the north-west) and Wanaka perched right at the end of the curl. Sort of … It’s stark, mountainous country with the vineyards (and just about everything else) inhabiting the narrow valleys carved out over the eons by glaciers and rivers. The glamour district is Bannockburn thanks to its two stars – Felton Road and Mount Difficulty. It’s also one of the warmest. Spectacularly barren (instead of soil the vines grow in mineral-rich, organically-destitute schist) and scarred by the remnants of the gold-rush sluicings it has a beauty that is as harsh as it is spectacular. And here, if anywhere, the wines are showing the maturity that will carry the region into the following decades: Felton Road (in all of its guises) is subtly woven, fine and complex pinot noir, justifying its place as the most sought-after of Otago, if not of New Zealand in its entirety. Mount Difficulty treads a more precarious path with structured, savoury,
multi-dimensional wines that are far dearer to my heart but perhaps less easy to appreciate. Bannockburn holds a bunch of other marvellous, even if less well-known, producers like Carrick, Bald Hills, Domain Road and Akarua. Alexandra – the most southerly of the subregions – has Sam Neill: Yep, the actor (Jurassic Park, Bicentennial Man, The Piano and all of the rest) with his ‘hobby farm’ Two Paddocks. Alexandria is one of the coolest of the sub-districts with a big diurnal shift and some of the warmest summer temperatures – because of which it fails more readily than the likes of Bannockburn. But the payoff comes in the good years when the wines are the perhaps the finest and most alluring of the whole greater region. The landscape here is still majestic, but less severe than the moonscape of Bannockburn. The greatest concentration of vineyards in the whole of Otago lies further north on either side of Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River beginning, to the south, at the town of Cromwell and extending north to Lowburn on the western bank and Bendigo to the east. They are districts that also house the greatest variation in style and quality from the dizzy heights of Quartz Reef, cult producer Burn Cottage and the likes of (among others) Lowburn Ferry, Pisa Range, Tarras and Wild Earth to the dross produced by corporates jumping on the
Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka, Photo Briar Hardy-Hesson
Otago bandwagon. This collection of areas also has tremendous variation in sites, from flat alluvial land, through to foothills and terraces. Tiny, isolated from the other vineyards and startlingly beautiful, Wanaka has only Rippon and Maude making commercial quantities. Itâ€™s one of the coolest parts of the Central Otago, but the mass of Lake Wanaka moderates the temperature, particularly at Rippon where the rows of vineyard run down to the lakeâ€™s edge. Of all the vineyards in Otago Rippon is surely the most serenely beautiful, and its wines the most introspective and singular. The Gibbston Valley runs almost east-west on the path out from Queenstown to Cromwell. Only a small part of the valley is suitable for planting, much of it being too cool and even the best sites can struggle in poor vintages. Gibbston Valley was one of the pioneers of Otago winegrowing. Today it is joined by a handful of other producers including Amisfield (which comes complete with a terrific restaurant), Chard Farm, Valli, Mount Edward and Peregrine. Itâ€™s hard, perhaps impossible, to capture this majestic, diverse part of the world and its extraordinary collection of wines. But as the vineyards and winegrowers mature (and boy, are they maturing) the regional traits of the sub-districts becomes more noticeable and the pinot noirs more subtle, complex and confident.
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Her royal highness Terry Hopley joins the majestic Queen Mary 2 as she crosses the Atlantic.
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Queen Mary 2 proudly carries the title of the most famous ocean liner in the world. And the voyage that set the pattern for the whole of the cruise industry was the glamorous crossing from Southampton to New York. That iconic voyage is still as exciting today as it was in the golden era when Churchill and Eisenhower, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Cary Grant, Noel Coward, Bob Hope, and Charlie Chaplin regularly chose it to navigate the Big Pond. Crossing the Atlantic in this superb liner should be on everyone’s bucket list … even if there are a few modern niggles thrown in to take the edge off the experience. Parent company Cunard does not allow crew to ever abbreviate the name of the ship to QM 2 or to refer to her making a cruise. She is Queen Mary 2 and is an ocean liner that makes voyages – and there is a difference. The design of the Proud Queen means she has around 40 per cent more steel plating than other vessels of a similar size and her top speed of 30 knots would leave every other cruise ship in the world trailing in her wake. She is also shaped with a deep draught that handles a North Atlantic storm a lot more comfortably than the floating apartment blocks that simply couldn’t handle those conditions. The interior of the ship is opulent and gracious and lives up to the standards laid down by Samuel Cunard more than 170 years ago. But what has changed is the passengers – and modern fashion – dictating that Cunard can no longer demand the standards of dress and behaviour that was once their hallmark. Seeing Queen Mary 2 alongside her home berth in the brand new Ocean Terminal in Southampton is a wonderful sight and her colour scheme of deep blue with a distinctive red and black funnel really does set her apart. Cunard has done a great job in the terminal itself with comfortable seating and a restaurant. The job of checking in 2,500 passengers is far from easy and it is to Cunard’s credit that few have to wait more than 45 minutes from the moment they reach the terminal to when they actually board the ship. The Grill class passengers (effectively first class) get their own bell boy to take them to their suite, but for the rest there are simply crew members at strategic locations to point passengers in the direction of their state rooms (they are not allowed to call them cabins). A transatlantic crossing is far different to a normal cruise. Seven long days at sea in weather that does not lend itself to sunbathing means the officers and crew of Queen Mary 2 have to come up with something special. And that they do – providing a wonderful and memorable experience. There is no question of anyone getting bored at sea as there is a simply amazing choice of lectures, music, dancing, arts and crafts, bridge, spa treatments, gym, simulated golf, sports competitions and Broadway type shows. And, of course, food, food and more food in a choice of several great restaurants. I happen to love ballroom dancing. That meant a daily lesson given by world-class ballroom champions, on several afternoons the most elegant tea dance at sea, and dancing every evening to a top orchestra in the largest ballroom afloat. >>
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It is worth dwelling on afternoon tea in the Queen’s Room because Cunard does it better than any other ship in the world. White gloved waiters are at your shoulder with silver tea pots and a superb selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, clotted cream and jam. And it all takes place to the sound of a live orchestra inviting you to waltz or foxtrot between bites. Alas, these days it is too often spoilt by passengers turning up in tee shirts, shorts and flip flops with a back-to-front baseball cap stuck on their head. Cunard insists on dress standards in the restaurants after 6pm and on the seven-day voyage there are three formal nights (tuxedo or a dark suit for the gentleman, cocktail dress for the ladies). Unfortunately these standards do not apply in other areas of the ship which, in my opinion, detracts from Cunard’s admirable efforts to recapture the charm and grace of a bygone era. Grill class passengers on Queen Mary 2 dine in either the Queen’s Grill or Princess Grill. I have enjoyed both but for this transatlantic crossing I was in the ‘working class’ part of the ship. And I have to say I appreciated it more. I loved dining in the Lotus Japanese Restaurant and The Carvery (both of which carry a small supplement) and in the opulent Todd’s English Restaurant (which carries a much bigger supplement). Once upon a time Cunard meant the ultimate
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in luxury sea voyages. Alas, they have now been overtaken by the likes of Silversea, Seabourn and Regent as far as service, cuisine and personal comforts are concerned. But when it comes to crossing the Atlantic the only ship I would consider is Queen Mary 2. The great circle routing from Southampton heads North West for much of the voyage and that often means gale force winds and heavy seas. We certainly had our share both ways on our voyage and yet the ship cut smoothly through the waves without a hint of pitching or rolling. You don’t take the seven-day crossing for the weather, and after reaching New York I was grateful for a five-night mini-voyage to Boston and Halifax before we began the crossing back. If you are thinking of taking the voyage one way choose the route from Southampton to New York and you gain one hour every day. The opposite happens on the return journey when at noon on five days out of the seven the ship’s clock jumps forward one hour which means you are subjected to the nautical equivalent of jet-lag. A typical trans-Atlantic crossing attracts passengers from more than 30 different nations, the great majority of which are British or American. Some have made the crossing dozens of times. On my voyage a special bouquet was presented to a lady who had recorded more than 2,500 days on board.
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Agreed. Queen Mary 2 doesn’t quite match up to the style that put the name Cunard to the forefront of the world of passengers shipping. But cruising has changed a lot in the past few years and this ship still has a magic that is all her own.
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Sample South America Gaye Heldon discovered an exciting juxtaposition of cultures on a recent cruise from Buenos Aires to New York.
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In March this year Brian and I decided to book a last minute deal on Holland America’s recently renovated Veendam to take in the delights of a continent that has intrigued us for some time. With open minds and hearts, we discovered a world of stunning contrasts from poverty to riches, from an abundance of natural wealth to the driest desert in the world, from desperation to an outpouring of love and concern for the enjoyment of others, and a pride in their individual countries that challenged us to revisit our own thoughts about how we live our lives. Isn’t that what travel does to us? It reminds us that it is not just about knowledge; that no matter where we live in this world we all have the same basic concerns about life and, in that sense, we are all equal. We flew from Sydney to Buenos Aires and spent the first five nights enjoying the amazing power of the Iguazu Falls and delighting in the offerings of the city of Buenos Aires. We visited the Brazilian side of the falls first, where the last enormous cataract on that path actually accommodates the border delineation between Brazil and Argentina. The first arc of falls crashes over the cliff face some three kilometres across the gorge, and as we progressed along the length, the sound became louder in its ferocity and nearness, until finally we became drenched by the mist of plummeting and pounding water as it hurtled into the basalt rocks of the shelves below before meeting the South Atlantic Sea some 25 kilometres down river. The leaves and flowers of the plant life bordering our pathway along the cliffs played host to an amazing array of gorgeously hued butterflies, with extraordinary patterns to disorient and confuse the multitude of hungry birds, while vultures swooped on the thermals high above our heads looking for unsuspecting and meatier prey. One morning we awoke to the sight of a hot air balloon hovering over the gorge and that day’s walk took us along the top of the falls via steel boardwalks and a small train so that we could look down into the boiling cauldrons that hurtle over the edge of the cliff line. There is much to do here and a two-night stay is well worth the time. The central city area of Buenos Aires reminded me of Barcelona, and we were told it is the most Europeanised city in South America. Lovely wide boulevards, tiny cobbled side streets, and trees everywhere, even in the poorer parts of the city. One night we took in the not-to-be-missed Carlos Gardel’s Dinner and Tango Show where we were welcomed profusely and shown promptly to our table. After a delicious three-course meal the performance started, loosely describing by dance, music from the orchestra on the gantry above the dancers, and two singers, the gradual change of costume and dance style from the 1940s to the present day. As the decades progressed the tango became more sensual and the dress more revealing. Now the dancers are supreme athletes, the girls being tossed and twirled by their partners at ever-increasing speed and with such precision-timing that the climax is quite breath-taking and applause rang loudly across the beautifully decorated theatre. It was an amazing spectacle and not to be missed. >>
I won’t mention every port of call that we saw, but there were a few real stand-outs, and Valparaiso was most definitely one of them. The original houses of this sprawling city were built of adobe or wood, but those materials didn’t last long in a storm, so the corrugated iron sheets from on board the supply ships that kept arriving were used to line the exterior walls of all the buildings. These were then painted using whatever leftover paint the ships had from their maintenance programmes, hence all the fantastic colours of the housing. The combinations are highly imaginative
had an extensive and lasting impact on the lives of the native South Americans and it is visible in everything from pottery to architecture, music and art to dress and lifestyle. The religion of many of the indigenous peoples continues to be a mixture of Catholicism and mystic rituals, with a few sharmans in the more remote villages still rattling bones and mixing potent potions to ward off evil. One of the most impressive sites was a few kilometres south of Trujillo in Peru where we explored the ruins of the Temple of the Moon. The pyramid-shaped construction was discovered to
and decorative and as a result UNESCO have deemed the original heart of Valpo, as it is
contain five temples, built one upon the other, where rituals and sacrifices took place by the
nicknamed, a heritage area. While one can do what one likes internally the exteriors of the houses
Moche (100 BC – 650 AD) and Chimu (1100 – 1470 AD) Indians to appease their multiple gods
must be maintained with their multi-coloured corrugated cloaks. All the excursions we elected to join were guided by very well-informed and interesting guides, who were enthusiastic about showing us the achievements and explaining the histories of their countries or regions. Chile, Peru and Ecuador all have excellent museums, even in the most remote places, with beautifully displayed collections that the guides took advantage of when explaining the development and influences of the objects or their uses. The Spanish conquistadors during the 1500s
and ward off disaster in all its forms. By the time we reached the Panama Canal we were well and truly imbued with the spirit and verve of the past three millennia and it was a strange experience to feel pulled back into the twenty-first century as we gazed on the impossibly complicated construction of the impending extension to the Canal. However, when we arrived in the Big Apple we had mentally readjusted ourselves and enjoyed the three-hour whistle-stop tour around Manhattan’s highlights before boarding our long flight home.
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Timeless Tuscany Patsy and Bill Rowe enjoy an idyllic trip to Italy. Our Mediterranean cruise ended in Civitavecchia on the west coast of Italy, with Rome an hour south by car. We were heading north, however, to Tuscany, to stay with fellow Aussies Alvina and Umberto at Podernuovo in one of the three villas they have lovingly restored on their eight hectare property. It was a beautiful June day and, with me behind the wheel and Bill navigating, we set off for lunch at Porto Santo Stefano, a picturesque island connected to Orbetello on the mainland by an isthmus. Orbetello, an ancient Etruscan settlement, is one of the prettiest places in Italy, situated less than two hours from Florence, Siena and Pisa and lying, as it does, in the centre of a sparkling lagoon. The scenery is breathtaking, with high cliffs rising out of the sea and tiny inlets where white yachts bob up and down on their moorings. On the other side of the island from Porto Santo Stefano is Porto Ercole with distinctive coloured houses and tiny fishing ports. It’s one of our favourite parts of the world and our journey to Podernuovo wouldn’t be complete without our usual feast of a giant bowl of mussels in spicy tomato sauce mopped up with crusty bread and washed down with local Tuscan wine. The drive east towards Podernuovo went smoothly and since it was 4pm, time for the famous Italian passeggiatta, we stopped for coffee in Casteldelpiano about ten minutes drive from Podernuovo. With a population
around 4,000, Casteldelpiano doesn’t attract many tourists so it was wonderful to be surrounded by locals enjoying passeggiatta, a time when lovers young and old walk arm in arm and families fresh from their siesta meander into the square to greet neighbours and catch up on the gossip. We sat in a little café in the square opposite the Chiesa della Propositura and sipped the best coffee we’d had since leaving home. Around us shop owners were winding up their metal door shutters after the long lunch break as the village slowly came back to life. This is one of the loveliest times of day in Italy and we’ll make sure we come to the village for passeggiatta every day … perhaps a little later so we can order a bottle of Brunello and some plump olives marinated in oil and herbs with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. At 5.30pm we dragged ourselves away and headed on to Podernuovo. The attention to detail Alvina and Umberto have taken in restoring the villas, which were virtually ruins, is astonishing. Our villa for the week is called ‘Il Seccatoio’ and was originally a chestnut drying barn! While the exterior has been carefully restored to look rustic, the interior is modern with windows overlooking the olive grove and vineyard. Umberto makes his own wine which we sampled on the night we arrived when invited to their villa for a homemade pizza. What a magical night, sitting in the garden, looking at the fairy lights of Monte Amiata, eating my favourite goat’s cheese pizza and sipping on Umberto’s excellent
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red, I wondered why we’d dallied with a cruise and not just come to Tuscany direct from Australia. If you want the best prosciutto, pecorino or pasta, Alvina knows where to find it and what with eating, drinking and still more eating our week flew, but not before we had day trips to Collodi, the town of Pinocchio Pistoia (which is so narrow it is only two or three houses wide), renown for the character of Pinocchio, Sant’Antimo Abbey, an elegant Romanesque edifice of the early 12th century, to listen to the monks Gregorian chant, and Saturnina to luxuriate in the thermal baths which are made up of several springs stretching from Mt Amiata to the hills of Albenga and Fiora. We soaked in the 37.5 degrees sulphureous waters (as did the Etruscans and Romans before us) and waited for all signs of ageing to disappear (apparently it doesn’t happen immediately). On our last night we drove to Trevinano for the most superb degustation dinner at ‘La Parolina’, an exciting restaurant owned by innovative chefs, Iside and her husband, Romano, where we ate egg carbonara, caramelised scallops with pea marshmallow, pasta with cinta senese, pig in smoked broth and such a choice of sweets I was in dessert heaven! It’s always sad when a holiday ends, but I’m going home confident that the smelly, sulphurous waters of Saturnina will work their youthful magic on me!
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Olivia Newton-John Singer/actress/co-owner Gaia Retreat and Spa Most frequent destination: Travel between my home in Florida and Australia. Mainly Melbourne for events surrounding the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre which after nearly ten years of raising funds and building, opened its doors in June 2012, almost 20 years to the day of my breast cancer diagnosis. An essential travel item: A scarf – you can use it for many things from staying warm to covering your face for some privacy while sleeping. Tips for avoiding jet-lag: Definitely drink lots of water and when you land, go out in the sunlight if you can. It helps readjust your inner clock. When you reach your destination, take a nap – it helps. Window or aisle seat: An aisle seat as I don't like climbing over strangers. Who would you most like to sit next to on a long flight? My husband, John Easterling. I pass the time by: Watching movies and reading. Favourite piece of technology: My iPhone. Photo Michelle Day
Best/strangest travel story: One time my sister Rona and I were travelling from Los Angeles to Melbourne and President George Bush Sr. was on our flight. He invited us to join him in the Qantas lounge in Los Angeles and then to sit with him on the flight and chat. Must-see destination: My Gaia Retreat and Spa near Byron Bay, Australia. We have the most amazing healers and treatments and it is truly the only place I can unwind and completely rejuvenate when my body needs it. Favourite hotel: Lyall Hotel, Melbourne. Best overseas dining: Anywhere in Italy. Where to shop: Wherever I am – I always love looking! Best ever overseas purchase: A pair of golden hoop earrings I bought in Italy over 20 years ago. They are timeless and beautifully made. Best thing about travelling: Getting to experience the many different cultures and fantastic foods that can be found in different parts of the world. Top complaint: I don't get to spend as much time with my family and friends due to all the travel.
I spend my spare time: Not travelling but staying at home – that is my holiday. Long walks and bike rides and swimming in the beautiful warm waters in Florida where I live with my husband John. Before you go: I stay up all night packing! Car, coach, plane or ship? I like the car best. No customs or security! Where to next: I am about to kick off a 35-city North American tour so there are too many to name them all! I am also planning another trip to Peru with my husband ‘Amazon John’ Easterling. We were married there four years ago and have had so many wonderful times there!
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The new Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG certainly lives up to its sporty pedigree. words Chris Nixon
Here’s something you don’t get often – the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG outperforms its predecessor and costs almost $22,000 less. And that’s not the only good news. This is a cracking sports car with a luxury finish. The V8 AMG is the top of the third-generation SLK range, which also offers four-cylinder and six-cylinder versions. They all come with upgraded styling that includes Mercedes’ new widemouth corporate grill design, which is tougher-looking and heads off any tendency of people like TV motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson to still call the SLK a ‘girl’s car’. In fact, sports car enthusiasts have plenty to appreciate in the SLK, which is priced at $155,550 plus on-roads in 55 AMG form. The two bigger Mercedes sports roadsters, the $243,000 SL and $487,000 SLS, are not only more expensive but also less wieldy. The SLK acronym stands for Sportlich (sporty), Leicht (sport) and Kurz (short) and that certainly sums up the car. The enhancements of Mercedes’ AMG performance division to engine, suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres make the SLK a machine that has more in common with a compact sports car than GT muscle-car, despite its 310 kiloWatts of thumping V8 power. However, it has no direct rival in Australian showrooms. BMW’s Z4 sDrive 35is and the Porsche Boxster S have only six-cylinder engines, although some critics say they handle more sharply than the ‘Benz’. The SLK sprints from rest to 100 kmh in a claimed 4.6 seconds and on to an electronically-limited maximum speed of 250 kmh. Driven more normally, it consumes petrol at the rate of 8.5 litres per 100 kms; that is, 30 per cent more economical than its predecessor. The beauty of a V8 is that it’s effortless in almost any circumstance. Squeeze the accelerator and it responds instantly and strongly, while some smaller engines that use turbochargers or superchargers to achieve their power may hesitate momentarily before exploding in a rush of speed. And there’s nothing like the sound. AMG cars are renowned for the quality of their exhaust and engine tones. The SLK’s song changes when flaps in the exhaust open at a certain speed to release the gases faster. It’s music to enthusiasts. Coupled to the hand-built engine is a seven-speed automatic transmission, which has shift finger-paddles behind the steering wheel for manual control. A Sports switch on the centre console sharpens the transmission’s responses. If the auto is still not quite up to the mark of the very best sports gearboxes, the steering is exemplary.
Its use of traditional hydraulic assistance rather than the modern, powersaving electric systems results in sensitive feel and a nice linear quality to the weighting at any steering angle and speed. The SLK is a wolf dressed as a sheep. It might be readily identifiable as an AMG, but the look is hardly macho. And at town speeds, the ride is smooth and quiet and the engine relatively muted. If you wanted a performance car able to be driven to work every day, this could be it. It’s also got abundant comfort. The electrically-adjustable seats are firm, supportive and beautifully upholstered in leather. This leather contains another Mercedes innovation: it’s heat-reflective and cooler to sit on. Clear plastic screens behind the headrests block some draft, while Mercedes’ patented ‘Air Scarf’ blows heated air on to your neck from ducts at the base of the headrests. Add backrest and cushion heating plus a strong blast on your feet and topdown driving will be comfortable in the coldest weather. The cockpit is finished impeccably. The only thing one could wish for would be more storage space in the console and doors; some European designers don’t seem to know that the rest of the world likes to drink while driving. The leather and Alcantara-suede steering wheel offers good grip. The bottom of the circle is flat in racing-car style, although in this case the flat bottom is clearly to facilitate access, not competition. Open-top driving comes at the touch of a button on the centre console. Apart from an obscure Mitsubishi, the original SLK when launched in 1996 was the first modern sports car to employ a folding hard-top instead of a fabric roof. Virtually every convertible manufacturer has followed suit, but the SLK’s Transformer-style mechanism remains among the best. When shut, it provides all the comfort and security of a coupe; open, it’s a proper sports car, albeit one that sacrifices significant boot space to the folded panels. But who’s complaining when the most powerful SLK ever made is also $22,000 cheaper?
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Something special Chris Nixon joins the chosen few who have driven a Bentley Continental GT V8.
You know you’re in another world when a salesman says, “this car is so affordable now; it’s only $370,000!”. It was my world for 24 hours, driving one of the first Bentley Continental GT V8 coupes in the country. Well, is $370,000 affordable? It is when Bentleys used to cost as much as Rolls-Royces – double anything else – and were rarely seen on the road. The 93-year-old make dedicated to the ultrawealthy is these days owned by the originators of the people’s car, Volkswagen, and therefore benefits from the efficiencies and technologies of a giant corporation. Released from the shadow of Rolls-Royce, Bentley has been reinvigorated under German ownership. A majestic four-door Bentley sedan is still available for $660,000, but the cornerstone of the make’s revival has been the Continental, of which 50,000 have been sold since its introduction in 2003. The four-door GT coupe and GTC convertible are now in their second generation. They do look different to the first series, although really only to a trained eye. More significantly, in addition to the original 6.0 litre, 12-cylinder engine offering, Bentley has this year introduced a 4.0 litre V8 alternative that results in the aforementioned ‘affordable’ price.
The 12-cylinder costs from $405,719 plus onroads and both the eight and 12 cylinder convertible car is between $37,000 and $40,000 more at the only Queensland showroom, Bentley of Brisbane. If you want to boast about your Bentley knowledge, the V8 version of the Continental GT has a few giveaway features – a black-gloss mesh grille, red enamel for the Bentley badge, a different lower front bumper and two twin exhaust outlets styled in the shape of the figure eight. What is under the bonnet and how it feels from behind the wheel are more important however. The V8 is drawn from the vast Volkswagen Group inventory that also builds Volkswagens, Skodas, SEATs, Audis, Bugattis and Lamborghinis and that inevitably must trickle into the company’s latest acquisition, Porsche. A mere V8 is not enough for this highluxury sports car, so Bentley has added twin turbochargers in order to generate 373 kiloWatts (500 horsepower) and a mountainous 660 Newtonmetres of torque. It does this while delivering the owner a claimed 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and toxic carbon-dioxide emissions over the old 12-cylinder. Turbocharging – using the momentum of the exhaust gases to drive compressors that force-feed the engine – is one means used to achieve this. But Bentley also uses some other ‘green’ tricks
– low-rolling resistance tyres, energy recuperation while the car is slowing and the ability for the motor to run on just four of its eight cylinders when being driven with a light throttle. Effortless power is harnessed through an eightspeed automatic transmission and full-time allwheel drive. The Continental has lost none of its verve in the adaption from 12 to eight cylinders. It surges from rest to 100 kmh in a claimed 4.6 seconds with the effortlessness of a heavy-duty intercontinental missile. It could top 300 kmh if let loose on, say, Sydney Airport. But beyond speed, the smaller engine has resulted in a car that feels more responsive, agile and generally nicer to drive around town. Bigger is not always better and the Continental V8 promises a bit of fun as well as its grand touring potential. The test car had magnificent two-tone quilted leather seats, lush carpeting, a machine-knurled metal dashboard and, of course, the traditional chrome organ-stop knobs that control airconditioning vents. It was a sumptuous interior, hand-finished by the craftsmen of Crewe. In summary, the V8 engine has made the Bentley Continental GT a car for the times. It costs less to own and run, the diet has made it nicer to drive and yet it remains every bit a traditional Bentley – something special indeed.
DRIVEN TO EXCEED ALL OTHERS CONTINENTAL GT V8
Introducing the new all-wheel drive, 8-speed Bentley Continental GT V8. With a 4.0-litre powerhouse, twin turbochargers mounted in the ‘V’ for efficiency, and variable displacement allowing a seamless switch from a visceral V8 to an effortless V4, this best-in-class Grand Tourer will truly broaden your horizons. Experience it now at Bentley Brisbane. DIFFERENTLY DRIVEN.
BENTLEY BRISBANE 570 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 For information, call 1300 573 112 or visit www.bentleybrisbane.com.au The name ‘Bentley’ and the ‘B’ in wings device are registered trademarks. © 2011 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Continental GT V8.
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Sanctuary Cove Marina Operations Manager Helen Motteram-Smith with MIA Chief Executive Colin Bransgrove
Sanctuary Cove receives Five Gold Anchor stamp of approval. In April this year, Sanctuary Cove was awarded Five Gold Anchor accreditation by the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the first residential canal estate in Australia to receive this accolade. At the presentation of the certificate and flag at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on 24 May 2012, MIA Chief Executive Colin Bransgrove said the accreditation was testament to Sanctuary Cove’s considered master-plan and the lifestyle on offer at the waterfront community. “Sanctuary Cove is the benchmark for boating communities Australia-wide that wish to reach the highest level of recognition,” he said. “The accreditation considers the residential community as a whole, with a focus on the boating lifestyle available to residents.” The MIA launched the International Gold Anchor rating system in Australia in 2009. In 2010, the system was extended to include specific criteria
for residential canal estates. The three-to-five star rating system is designed to provide boat owners and marina users with a simple way to determine which marinas best fit their needs via an easy reference system similar to the hotel association’s star rating scheme. The Marina Sanctuary Cove was judged on a range of criteria including access to boating facilities and services, environmental policies and procedures, presentation and proximity to local attractions. The Five Gold Anchor accreditation puts Sanctuary Cove on par with Singapore’s Sentosa Cove, the only other residential canal estate in the world to have received the rigorously judged rating. Sanctuary Cove Marina Operations Manager Helen Motteram-Smith said the accreditation was a welcome acknowledgment for the dedication
of marina personnel and support of Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited. “This award recognises the role of Sanctuary Cove in providing a world class residential estate and marina and reflects the ongoing community infrastructure investment by Mulpha to ensure it remains one of the world’s best master-planned resort communities,” she said. “The Gold Anchor accreditation is significant in that it puts Sanctuary Cove on the global map as the ultimate boating lifestyle destination.” Sanctuary Cove is a global pioneer of the resortstyle master-planned community, recognised around the world for its successful blending of residential enclaves and a thriving retail precinct – The Marine Village – with 80 tenants, as well as two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 300 berth marina, Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove and Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club.
SANCTUARY COVE 7666 Marine Drive East Fabulously positioned this European inspired single level riverfront residence, with uninterrupted views to a national park island reserve, was designed by a Feng Shui Master and combines meticulous bespoke finishes with exacting specifications. High quality double brick rendered and chemical free. Total privacy and north east facing on 1,137sqm offering a timeless home for family living and entertaining. With elegant flourishes throughout, the light filled interior features 3m ceilings, formal dining with period coffered ceiling, domed entrance hall and designer kitchen. Enjoy the heated pool and pontoon. FIRB exempt and access to Sanctuary Cove resort facilities.
Guide over $2,880,000 For Sale View by appointment Paul Ledgerwood 0418 241 109 Call 5570 7022
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On the hunt for income Minimising the risks and maximising the rewards is the key to a bright financial future.
Consider alternative strategies for your existing investments: Before changing the mix of your investment portfolio to seek higher returns, why not consider other ways to diversify the returns on your existing portfolio? Most investors hold banking shares as part of their portfolio, but they might not have considered the switching strategy to generate more dividend income and franking credits from their investments. An example of a Switching Strategy: The switching strategy involves investing in a bank prior to the dividend payment and then, once the dividend has been paid, switching into another banking stock. The theory is that throughout this process the investor has the same amount of capital invested in banking shares, but they are seeking to optimise that investment to collect more dividend and franking credit entitlements. Tejay Lovelock from Macquarie Private Wealth explains: “The switching strategy is designed to expose investors to more dividend payments. In a number of instances throughout investment history this strategy has generated a higher return.” For example, since 1992 Commonwealth Bank has been the strongest performing banking stock yielding investors 16.5 per cent per annum.1 This is shown by the green line on the graph. However, had the investor used the switching strategy with ANZ Bank the return would have been 23.86 per cent per annum.1 The performance of this switching strategy is shown as the blue line on the graph. When using the strategy, the investor would sell CBA after a dividend was paid and buy ANZ. When ANZ paid a dividend, ANZ would be sold and CBA purchased and so on. During this period, the weakest switch was the CBA/NAB combination which still yielded 20.34 per cent per annum.1
CBA Strategy Comparison $9,000 $8,000 Portfolio Value (000’s)
Ensuring that our retirement savings last is becoming increasingly challenging as Australians are living longer and investment returns are decreasing as market volatility continues. According to Tanya Branwhite, the head of Equity Strategy Research at Macquarie Bank, the global situation is affecting retirement savings as ‘both developed and developing economies [are entering] a long cycle of lower absolute returns’. As a result, many investors are drawn away from the safety of bank and term deposits to other investments to generate a better return. In doing so, these investors are taking on more risk. The key is to understand the risks and rewards.
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The switching returns can be potentially higher than an ordinary investment in Commonwealth Bank, and investors also received double the franking credit entitlement as they receive the dividend from two banking stocks throughout the year instead of just one. Risk Statement: This strategy does come with additional risk in some instances. Not all banking stocks operate in the same way and some banks will often perform at different levels to the others, but if you have a growth investment profile and are willing to take on more risk, it is a strategy you might be willing to try. 1
Assuming dividends are reinvested on the ex-dividend date. No transaction costs have been taken into account. Source: Macquarie Private Wealth August 2012
Understand the opportunities available to you: On 14 November 2012 Macquarie Private Wealth will host a dinner function and informative seminar at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club to discuss innovative investment alternatives. If you would like to attend, please contact Tejay Lovelock on +61 7 5509 1499 or email email@example.com
This document may contain general advice and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this advice you should consider whether it is appropriate to your situation. Macquarie Private Wealth’s services are provided by Macquarie Equities Limited ABN 41 002 574 923 (“MEL”) participant of Australian Securities Exchange Group, Australian financial services licence 237504, 1 Shelley St, Sydney NSW 2000. MEL is not an authorised deposit-taking institution for the purposes of the Banking Act 1959 (Cth), and MEL’s obligations do not represent deposits or other liabilities of Macquarie Bank Limited ABN 46 008 583 542. Macquarie Bank Limited does not guarantee or otherwise provide assurance in respect of the obligations of MEL.
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Parisian perfection This Marine Drive East home brings a touch of European elegance to Sanctuary Cove.
Inspired by the exquisite Parisian architecture of Europe, as seen by the owners in their travels and delivered to the architect along with photographs that encapsulated their vision, this stunning home is ‘all about design and style’. Beautifully positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac with a north east aspect, the waterfront property rests on a 1,137sqm waterfront block complete with a 30m access to the Coomera River. The owners worked closely with Feng Shui Master, Dr Zhang, to ensure all elements within the home worked in seamless harmony and captured the tranquil beauty of its surroundings. The building work took two years to complete, courtesy of the high quality construction and exacting standards you would expect to find in a home of this calibre. What you don’t really expect, but is an added attraction, is that the entire home is ‘Chemical free’. For example: the solid cedar doors are ‘tongue & groove’ with no glue used, the entire house has water filtration including showers; natural wool insulation was used throughout; and all carpets are 100 per cent wool. It is this pursuit of perfection and attention to detail that has resulted in a classic home in a perfect setting. >>
P. 5538 0830 E. firstname.lastname@example.org A. 93 Ashmore Rd Bundall Qld 4217 www.rococodesign.com.au
But what of the home itself? Featuring four bedrooms, four bathrooms, study, lounge/dining, casual family room and a two car garage, this is a timeless single level residence. Combining meticulous bespoke finishes with exacting specifications including ornate cornicing and three metre high ceilings throughout, the characterfilled double brick home is perfect for family living and entertaining. A stunning domed entrance guides residents and visitors through double front doors, which lead down a wide central hallway with sprung timber flooring and curved wall paneling. Based on the foyer of the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel, the grand entry enjoys views right through to the water. Continuing the international theme, the formal lounge/dining room is modeled on the iconic Ritz Carlton Hotels. With period coffered ceiling, fireplace and French doors leading to the grassed side, this area is the epitome of European style, coupled with a relaxed Australian ambience. A gourmet kitchen, complete with granite bench tops, Miele appliances and breakfast area, and a spacious family/sitting room with sprung timber flooring and beautiful French doors, provide a relaxed yet elegant living area. With stunning river views from every aspect, these light filled spaces capture the essence of casual living. The master bedroom – also with ambient river views – boasts a generous walk-in-wardrobe and luxuriously appointed ensuite accented with imported imperial jade Italian marble. Outdoors, the impeccable detail continues with an entertainer´s patio and architectural French style pergola supported by soaring custom-made Chelmstone columns. Evoking memories of the French Riviera, or perhaps Italy’s Amalfi Coast, this is the perfect place to sip a refreshing cocktail or enjoy a refined High Tea. The heated and cooled in-ground pool, with specially designed solid wrought iron fencing, overlooks a large pontoon with a spotted gum gangway. With the water views across to a national park reserve ensuring continued privacy, this is perhaps one of the most picturesque locations on the Coomera River. Having enjoyed the timeless elegance of this architecturally inspired home for over a decade, the current owners have reluctantly decided to move on. If you are in the market for a refined residence within Sanctuary Cove, contact the agent now. (FIRB exempt – foreign investors can buy and sell without the requirement for any approvals).
View by appointment Paul Ledgerwood 0418 241 109 www.mcgrath.com.au/144239
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New collection Construction of Sanctuary Coveâ€™s first Winter Collection home is now underway.
Andrew Winter with Keith Allardice, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited Executive General Manager
Located in the exclusive Alpinia precinct at Sanctuary Cove, the first Winter Collection home is coming out of the ground. The designer home, which has been the focus of a successful interactive Facebook campaign, features four bedrooms, with additional lifestyle inclusions such as an alfresco entertaining area and media room as standard. The limited release of the Winter Collection house and land packages is being endorsed by popular media personality, property expert and Sanctuary Cove ambassador Andrew Winter. Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited Executive General Manager Keith Allardice said initial planning and development for the Winter Collection commenced in March this year, making it a whirlwind process from inception to construction. “The project has broken ground quickly and it’s exciting to see the construction teams progressing well on the first Winter Collection home,” said Keith. “It’s a great achievement, and it’s fantastic to see development progress behind the gates.” Released to the market in June, Sanctuary Cove’s creative ‘Design and Win’ Facebook competition on the Winter Collection homes kicked off the same month. The interactive campaign encouraged the public to provide suggestions on the design, finishes and layout of the homes, with budding interior designers invited to submit their ideas on the Facebook page through a fortnightly judging process. With the competition wrapping up in August, Andrew said the entries submitted were full of inspirational ideas. “We’ve had lots of innovative and original entries, ranging from futuristic kitchens to stone wall furnishings,” said Andrew. “The creative ideas were not always practical, but people had a lot of fun with them, which was the main idea, to get people involved and interested in the design of the Winter Collection homes.” Andrew judged the winners of the competition over nine rounds which focused on one particular room of the house per fortnight, including the media room, kitchen and master bedroom. Entrants were in the running to bring their designs to life, with some elements of the winning rooms forming the final design or inclusions in the first Winter Collection home. Prizes, including two nights’ accommodation at one of Mulpha’s prestigious hotels, were awarded courtesy of Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited, to the most outstanding submission each fortnight. “We have received a positive response and output from the community,” said Andrew. “It was something different we tried to do to get the public engaged in the fantastic product we have here at Sanctuary Cove, and it seems to have worked.” The limited release of designer homes known as The Winter Collection is available on the exclusive land offerings at Sanctuary Cove’s Banksia, Tristania and Alpinia precincts. The Alpinia precinct offers hillside soaring views of the hinterland and eastern coastline while Banksia provides sweeping vistas of The Palms golf course. The Tristania precinct showcases the last offering of north-east facing waterfront allotments. The first home is being constructed by Brett Ward Builders and will feature a family room, open plan kitchen, four bedrooms, two-car lockup garage and separate golf buggy parking. House and land packages start from $899,000 at Alpinia, with golf course fronting house and land packages starting at $1.295 million. For more information on The Winter Collection please contact 07 5577 6500 or visit www.livesanctuarycove.com.au
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Stay & play Discover a world of school holiday fun at Sanctuary Cove.
The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove is the ideal family destination all year round and these school holidays it’s the go-to place for great kids’ entertainment (and your chance to relax). With the new Adventure Playground and special activities lined up, as well as the fantastic array of beautiful shops and great restaurants to check out, The Marine Village is the perfect place for a family day out. The new Adventure Playground was installed on The Village Green in time for the winter school holidays and it proved an instant hit with the little ones. The playground is a permanent addition to The Village Green, so you can take the kids to play anytime. With a range of great equipment for climbing, swinging, spinning and exploring, they are sure to have hours of fun. The Village Green is situated at the edge of the picturesque Marina, with the boardwalks and moored luxury yachts providing a scenic backdrop. Relax and take in the sights while the kids get some fresh air and burn off all their pent-up energy from the school term! Also returning for the second week of the September/October school holidays is the train ride, which will transport little travellers around the streets of The Marine Village in style. Kids will have a grand adventure aboard the train as it takes them on a journey through the village and, best of all, the train rides are free of charge. The Marine Village isn’t just fun for the kids – after a morning of playing, take a break with lunch at one of Sanctuary Cove’s many cafés and restaurants. From sumptuous Italian flavours and fresh Greek fare to modern Australian dishes and traditional pub food, there is a menu to suit every taste. Afterwards, explore the gorgeous shops including fashion boutiques, gift and antique shops, galleries and – as a special treat – the chocolate shop. The Mummy Tree Markets also make a welcome return to Sanctuary Cove this spring, with a market scheduled for Saturday, 6 October. These ‘family boutique’ markets sell gorgeous and unique items for babies and children as well as parents, and you are guaranteed to find something special. The markets have free entry and offer gourmet food for sale, as well as providing a range of children’s entertainment. The markets run from 3-7pm, providing the perfect end to a great day out.
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Better business The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove provides the ideal location for two local businesses.
Business is blooming in Sanctuary Cove’s Marine Village with the arrival of a high-flying consultancy and a new location for the precinct’s popular florist. Business excellence consultancy firm Optimal Progression has taken a tenancy on Masthead Way with business partners Rob Bright and Dean Cliff making the move to Sanctuary Cove’s business precinct due to the company’s continued growth driving the need for a head office. “We previously operated from remote offices as most of our consultants work directly on site with clients,” said Rob. “Our recent growth has provoked the need to have a centralised head office, allowing us to service administration functions and support strategic projects. This was the reason we decided to make the move to The Marine Village.” The company provides business improvement and training solutions to the resources and manufacturing sectors, through operational management process and improvement methodologies. Rob said Sanctuary Cove’s ideal location, with easy access to Brisbane and Gold Coast motorways made it the perfect base. “Our larger clients and prospects have head offices based in Brisbane, whereas we continue to focus on manufacturing which spans across South East Queensland from Burleigh to Ipswich, and up past Brisbane. Sanctuary Cove is the most practical location to support our needs,” he said. “The Marine Village’s facilities with local shops and cafes were a big drawcard, particularly when entertaining clients. We also found the pricing favourable when compared to other commercial locations such as Southport.” Meanwhile florist Kerrie McGrath’s business is flourishing following the move to a high-exposure location in the relaxed waterfront village. Kerrie’s Flowers now operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from a quaint beach hut just outside The Village Theatre on Masthead Way. Kerrie said the move to the busy thoroughfare had delivered a boost in turnover with Sanctuary Cove residents and The Marine Village visitors approving of the convenient location. “Lots of people can see me here so things have changed in terms of turnover,” she said. “I have many regular customers who live in Sanctuary Cove but I’m also drawing in people as they walk to and from The Marine Village’s dining precinct. “They will stop in to pick up a bunch of flowers as they head to a restaurant for a celebratory meal.” Kerrie started selling flowers in The Marine Village a few years ago at the Twilight Markets and has seen her business grow organically within the precinct ever since. “This is a friendly and relaxed place to work – the atmosphere is a lot like a country town,” she said. “It’s nice to see the same people and get to know them. The majority of my customers are locals.” Kerrie’s Flowers sells fresh bunches of blooms such as lilies, tulips, proteas, jonquils, orchids and freesias. “I go with what’s in season but I like to keep prices reasonable so I keep that in mind when I’m sourcing my stock,” she said. “White lilies are the runaway favourite with the Sanctuary Cove locals who buy flowers for their home.” Kerrie can also fashion bouquets and prepare wedding flowers. Her arrangements are on display throughout The Marine Village, and she currently supplies Mulpha’s reception arrangement in Jabiru house. Kerrie also does the flowers for Marinara Restaurant, Leo’s Bar & Grill, Buddha’s Restaurant, Leaf Boutique and Cove Travel.
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A champion effort Boat Show stalwart, Barry Jenkins, has been honoured by the marine industry.
Barry Jenkins, former general manager of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for 22 years, received the highest honour at the 2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards hosted by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) at a reception held at the Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour. Barry was recognised with a combined Marine Export & Superyacht Industry Champion Award for his many years working in and promoting the Australian marine industry. A familiar face on the international marine scene, Barry is well known and respected within the Australian Marine and Superyacht industry, having made a significant impact and contribution over the past three decades. In addition to his work with AIMEX, Barry consults to the Sanctuary Cove International
Boat Show and Yacht & Boat Korea in the area of international relations and product development. He is also Director of AIMEX and Chairman of the Superyacht Australia division of AIMEX. His industry involvement includes Past President of Marine Queensland, Past President of the Australian Marine Industries Federation, Chairman of Superyacht Australia and long-term Director on the AIMEX board. Barry was very proud to receive the surprise accolade from the marine industry. “It was very unexpected but greatly appreciated,” Barry said. “It’s gratifying to be recognised and I feel greatly honoured. I am part of a very hardworking team with the brief to get the Australian export message of quality and innovation to potential buyers and partners around the world as well as encouraging superyacht visitations.”
Alan Steber, General Manager and Director of Steber International, with Barry Jenkins
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Win-win Sanctuary Cove announce the winner of its holiday competition.
MATER HEALTH CENTRE HOPE ISL AND OPEN DAY Sunday 28 October 2012 11 am to 1 pm
Come and join us for a fun day out as we help to build a healthy community at Hope Island. The open day will include something for the whole family. • Delicious food
• Free health checks including:
• Great prizes and giveaways
» blood sugar readings
• A jumping castle
» blood pressure checks
• Face painting
» zinc and fish oil testing
• Live music
» foot and lower limb checks
• CPR demonstration
Sanctuary Cove ran an online competition earlier this year, with Kim Brown, from south of Wollongong in New South Wales, being the lucky winner of a $5,000 Sunlover Holidays prize. The mother of four received the news that she had won the grand prize, courtesy of Sanctuary Cove, in July. “I’m really excited, it’s fabulous,” Kim said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity for this fantastic holiday, especially since I have 12 months to use it so I can tailor it to fit in with work and children, and just take my time to go away and relax.” This amazing holiday prize will offer a much-needed break for Kim, who is kept busy year-round by her three sons and daughter. “It’s been a while [since my last holiday]; my sons play baseball so my so-called holidays are usually sitting on the sideline of games. This will be the first baseball-free holiday in a long time!” Kim said. As for the destination, she has plenty to choose from but no set ideas just yet. The prize from Sanctuary Cove will allow Kim to spend the $5,000 however she chooses on the Sunlover Holidays website, which features a selection of fantastic accommodation, cruises and tours all over Australia. From a tropical escape in North Queensland to exploring Australia’s awe-inspiring outback, Kim will definitely be spoilt for choice. Fortunately, she will have plenty of time to peruse the many options and design her perfect getaway.
Win a $1,000 Harbour Town gift voucher! Drawn at 12.30 pm* *One entry per person, entries open 11 am. Drawn at 12.30 pm. Must be present to win.
» vascular and neurological check ups
Brought to you by Mater and Halcyon Waters, the health centre provides a range of services including Mater specialists, Mater Pharmacy, Mater Pathology, Active Rehab Physiotherapy, MyFoot Dr Podiatry, Queensland X-Ray, Q Medical GP Practice and Paradise Smiles Dental Surgery.
Mater Health Centre 8 Halcyon Way, Hope Island
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Sanctuary Cove identity, Dennis Fox, celebrated his 90th birthday in style.
Turning ninety-years-of-age is a very significant milestone … which is why some of Dennis Fox’s friends decided to stage an event to celebrate this momentous occasion. The day started off at 7 a.m., with 48 golfers lining up for the regular Early Birds competition. Dennis, resplendent in bright orange Ricky Fowler golf gear, was greeted on the first tee by his family and friends, along with a giant birthday banner which featured a collage of photos. Also on hand was Yuko Nakamura, dressed as a nurse, who took on the role of Dennis’s caddy for the day. The spritely nonagenarian took the celebrations in his stride … completing 18 holes of golf, then going on to enjoy a luncheon for 120 guests at the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club. Among a host of entertaining stories told on the day, one particular anecdote captured the spirit of this amazing man, who worked until he was 80, and still plays golf several times a week. “Dennis attended Trinity Grammar School in Sydney from 1925-39, where he won the first ever individual school golf trophy in 1939,” recalls Colin Sinclair, who helped organise the celebrations. “Then in 2011 he was invited back to play in the school’s team event … which he subsequently won 72 years after the original victory.” Since moving to Sanctuary Cove ten years ago, Dennis has become a popular member of the local community and is a constant inspiration to those around him. “At ninety-years-of-age, Dennis still lives life to the fullest,” says Colin. “He is one of life’s true characters … and great fun to be around.”
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Gold Smith Olympic gold medalist Tate Smith chats about ‘that race’ and the euphoria of beating the best of the best in London. words Rhonda Oxnam
Eton Dorney ... 9 August 2012 … 9.48 am (local time) … It’s Day 13 of the London Olympics and four Aussie mates are about to compete in the Mens K4 1000m final. Less than three minutes later Tate Smith, Dave Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear are Olympic gold medalists and years of hard work have paid off on the biggest sporting arena of them all. Speaking to Tate on his return home, two things are very evident … firstly, his sense of pride at having achieved a lifelong goal, and secondly, his appreciation of the support of his family, friends and the thousands of Australians who have turned out to the welcome home parades. “It’s the Olympics,” Tate says simply when asked why this meet is so important. “I think it’s because it only comes around every four years, you’ve got the best of the best there, and it’s the biggest stage you can compete on. There’s so much pressure … but you have the support of all of the Australians watching, all of the world watching. And then there’s the whole prestige of being an Olympic champion. It’s all of these things.”
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Mens K4 1000m Gold Medal winning team, Photo Szeged Balint Vekassy
At The culmination of countless hours of training and sacrifice, the win is a fitting reward for the man who missed the medals in Beijing but came back stronger, fiercer and more determined four years on. “For the past four to six years I’ve been training almost full time … trying to win, trying to get a medal,” he explains. “And the past three years have been really intense. I’ve been away from home a lot but we are a really good crew, we’ve been medalling in the World Cups and the World Championships and it’s all come together at the right time. So how did these four men come to be in this particular boat at this particular time? “It’s a little bit like a football team, where you want to put the best team on the park,” Tate says. “You put the best guys in the boat, then you tweak things a bit. And after a lot of time trials and testing … and a lot of racing … you end up with the best four in the best seats and that’s what allowed us to be Olympic champions.” Tate admits that while the team was confident going into the finals it was still a surreal moment when they actually crossed the finish line in first place. “You never expect to win but you have a strong belief going into a race,” he says. “In our lead up we’d been in Hungary for two months, training, and we’d been doing really good times. We knew we were ahead of where we were last year so it was just a matter of doing that performance on the day in the final. I knew if we had the perfect race we could win it. “It was so close and so fast. I don’t look around too much but I knew from the feel of the race that we were executing everything perfectly to plan and when we got to halfway we were feeling good. I realised with about 200 [metres] to go we were going to be amongst the medals, then with 100 metres to go we still had a good lead and I thought ‘we could get this’ but it wasn’t until we crossed the line, when I looked across and didn’t see any other boats, that I knew we had won.” “It’s definitely one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life but it’s hard to describe,” Tate admits. “There is just this whole range of emotion that goes through your body. I was really pumped up and relieved … it’s the Olympic games, it’s the pinnacle and you’ve just won a gold medal. It’s an incredible feeling … I’d like to feel it again but I know how hard it was to get there.” Having shared the euphoria of the win with his wife and mother, who were in London for the Games, Tate returned home to a hero’s welcome. “We did the parades in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast. That was amazing … I can’t believe how much support we got and how big the parades are,” he admits. “It’s pretty awesome walking down the street and seeing all the people cheering … all the kids … I didn’t realise how inspirational we are to the younger generation and how much it means to them. That’s what helps it sink in that you are an Olympian.” Having achieved a long-held goal in London, Tate is looking forward to enjoying some downtime before going back into training for the 2012 Lifesaving World Championships in November and, possibly, the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. “At this stage we are really keen to keep going,” Tate admits. “Fours years is a long time but ultimately we would love to go over there and race again. “For now, I’m looking forward to getting down to Northcliffe Surf Club on the Gold Coast and doing some coaching and just chilling out a bit.”
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A creative coast The Gold Coast has moved beyond its tourist image to become a culturally rich city. words Rhonda Oxnam
The Gold Coast has a long held reputation as a
cultureless city,” Jeff explains. “I wanted to address
tourist hotspot – a glittering Mecca boasting great
that, so that’s where the idea evolved from.”
surfing beaches, thrill-a-minute theme parks and a transient population.
“We have to get over the idea that because we
The documentary, which Jeff wrote, filmed,
live in a big long strip, it prevents us from having a
produced and directed takes a four-pronged
creative heart,” he says. “We can actually turn that
But take a walk along Currumbin beachfront
approach, looking at the areas of the arts, culture,
into a virtue.
during September when the Swell Sculpture
community and sustainability. Thirteen locals
“The Gold Coast is a series of little villages that
Festival transforms this beautiful stretch of sand
were interviewed for the film including Chris
are joined together by urban sprawl and we should
into a stunning outdoor gallery or flick through a
Walton (Sustainable Developer of the Currumbin
be promoting them as such and highlighting each
Naked City Guide with its local insight of where to
Ecovillage), Nadia Sunde (musician, entertainer,
of their strengths. By doing that, it supports creative
find the coolest galleries and quirkiest coffee shops
writer and Jeff’s wife), Mariam Arcilla (Arts and
people locally, keeps the money local as well, and
and you will realise there is a whole ‘sub-culture of
presents another, cultural side to the Coast.
culture’ right here on our doorstep.
designer and co-founder of Rabbit + Cocoon
According to Jeff one of the biggest issues
Arts precinct) and Jack Lennon (early Surfers
facing the creative community is the perceived
‘cultural cringe’ attached to being a Gold Coast
It is this very different perception of the Gold Coast that is at the heart of Jeff Licence’s new documentary Kicking off the White Shoes.
indeed the world, realised it.
What Jeff discovered during the making of
artist … and a lot of talented people are leaving the
“I was coming across all these amazing, creative
Kicking off the White Shoes is a trail of culture
people and yet there was a tension between them
winding its way along the entire length of the city
“If you’re from the creative fields it’s a real
and the external perception of the Coast as this
… and he says it is time the rest of the country,
struggle to be taken seriously, hence a lot of
area because of that.
people leave or they don’t identify themselves as a
into Sydney and Melbourne because that’s where
Gold Coast artist,” he explains. “We train all of our
a lot of the stereotypical attitude comes from, from
young people really well but we lose them because
the people who have no experience of the Coast
there is a gap there, there’s not a lot of institutional
apart from seeing tourism ads or the bad news that
support for professionals once they leave training.
comes through the media.”
And on top of that you’ve got this stigma attached to being a creative person on the Gold Coast.” So what is the solution? “I’m pushing the barrow of a cultural tourism policy for the Coast. We don’t have one – and for a big city that has so many festivals and events and things happening every weekend that are culturally laden there’s nothing to direct people, even locals, to what’s on when and where. “We have all these world-class people in our backyard but we need a more coordinated approach to supporting the existing artists. If there was a tourist trail that took people to Rabbit + Cocoon, and then down to Surf World and so on … that would bring in a huge amount of extra income to the events, and to the artists that are there.”
By changing the internal and external perception of the Gold Coast, Jeff believes we will also be able to develop the Gold Coast’s creative and cultural potential. “The big thing I’ve experienced while doing this documentary is that we have this amazing depth of talent here but at the same time a lot of people are feeling quite isolated within their field. What the doco is trying to do is tell them ‘You are not alone, there are avenues for you to tap into’. “And the ‘powers that be’ need to support that, we can’t just keep building buildings and hope to have them filled up with culture if we don’t support the culture first. “There’s always been that ‘build it and they will
In the meantime, Jeff is hoping expand the
come’ mentality but I think it needs to be a ‘build
distribution of Kicking off the White Shoes in order
the culture in the community first’ approach because
to reach a much wider audience.
that develops a sense of internal pride. If you are not
“I’d love to show it more … if there’s 450 people
proud of who you are and where you come from
on the Coast who have seen it, there’s still another
that perpetuates itself beyond where you are based.
half a million to go! “And I’d like to get it beyond the Coast as well,
“We need to be engendering that sense of pride,” Jeff insists.
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You will feel as if everyone wants you to be in certain places at certain times, just to help them! If you do not show up, drama ensues. Make sure that when someone asks ‘what are you doing on such and such a day?’ that you have a stock answer prepared such as ‘I am out of town’. There will be one or two people you are happy to indulge, the rest will do very well without you.
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PISCES 20 February – 20 March
The one thing you will not want is a surprise! However a new friend or colleague does not know this, and will sign you up for a commitment. When you find out, stand your ground, and do not do it. They will not repeat the mistake. A rather nice piece of jewellery or art is going to attract your attention. Try to negotiate before the sale, you will get a much better deal.
A new connection is causing some concern. Do not accept this person at face value, and be sure to check up on his/her credentials. Your suggestion is to offer them a discreet exit and hopefully everyone else will agree. There is a need to immerse yourself in some culture and you will find your energy levels soaring as you get back in touch with this side of your life.
CAPRICORN 23 December – 20 January
Do not apologise for being analytical, it is one of your strengths and has served you well. There are those that will get impatient while you take a little more time than they think is necessary. In doing so, however, you reveal some flaws and solutions to them that will save a great deal of time and money.
ARIES 21 March – 20 April Life has been going along at a nice even pace, but there are some interesting things coming out of the woodwork and if you want to make the most of it all you need to change things up to a higher gear. There will be some complaints as it means people around you also have to move a little bit quicker. They will thank you for it when they see the rewards in their bank accounts.
TAURUS 21 April – 21 May Family is going to be a strong focus with a great deal of enthusiasm for some kind of celebration. Of course you are going to have to bear the brunt of organisation, and who better? If people are coming from out of town, book rooms early! You will find yourself feeling better than you have done in years! Whatever you are doing, keep it up.
GEMINI 22 May – 21 June
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You will not be able to control what goes on around you for the first few weeks of this period. Accept the situation and do what you need to do, no more and no less. The unexpected bonus is that you have some time to do what pleases you. There is a sense that you are in the centre of a hurricane with everything whirling around you. Within six weeks everything will be back to normal.
CANCER 22 June – 23 July A very lighthearted time; flirting, playful conversations, compliments and lots of laughter. You will enjoy making people happy by telling them what you appreciate most about them. Making people feel special is your forte. In your business and social life it is a good time to focus on this right now. Whatever effort you put into other people will be of great benefit to you in the future.
LEO 24 July – 23 August You are going to learn something about a family member that you did not know; and it will change your perspective in a positive way. There is a close relationship developing that will take you by surprise. It will mean that you have to rethink your short-term plans, however, do not start changing long-term plans just yet. Give it some time.
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VIRGO 24 August – 23 September It is interesting that someone is a little too quick to apologise for their behaviour. Be on guard and know that if you continue to deal with this person it will happen again. There is a cheque in the mail! You are more than happy to bank it, it has been a long time coming. It would not hurt to check up on your financial consultant just to make sure they are doing what you pay them to do.
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Pursuit of happiness Bryan Matthews follows the international path to a state of Zen. The sign at Disneyland claims it’s the happiest place on Earth; I’ll assume, therefore, that the bloke who painted it has never stood in line there for two hours with whining kids – “I’m hungry/this is boring/ why is the queue so long?” – who decide they need to pee just as you’re on the cusp of finally getting on the damn ride. Happiness, of course, is a state of mind; entirely subjective. Take me, for example – on the surface I may appear to be a miserable old git but inside I’m usually jumping for joy. I’m British and biased but I have to agree with the New York Times reporter who – betraying his oath of allegiance to the Disney empire – suggested that, for two weeks at least this year, happinesscentral was London during the Olympics. I was there and it was true I tell you – a city/ country with a huge smile on its face. OK, it probably won’t last but perish the thought that scowling, shoulder-shrugging Paris – which I also visited during the Games – had beaten London in the bid to host the world (Note: Pom’s too predictable dig at France ends here). I seriously doubt that you can accurately measure contentment – though leave it to selfimportant ‘international experts’ or think tanks in search of a fat research grant to try to turn it into a science. The trouble with most of these surveys and statistics – like anything that is ever researched – is that a fresh and contradictory set of figures or anecdotal evidence can always be found. August bodies like the United Nations (UN) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) often tell us that the world’s happiest countries are mainly in northern Europe. Top of a recent UN league were Denmark, followed by Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. These are wealthy countries but their happiness isn’t just about having money in the bank – political freedom, social welfare and an absence of corruption kind of help too. The Danish probably squeak the top ranking because of those nice sticky pastries. Bottom of the league are sub-Saharan countries like Togo, Benin and the Central African Republic;
the last one apparently so utterly disinterested in life that it has never even bothered to think of a proper name for itself. Oddly, several years ago, research suggested that some of the same Scandinavian countries were among the world leaders in suicide rates; I believe the rationale was the tedium of constant well-being (personally, I think it might have been the prospect of pickled herring for every meal). Today’s numbers indicate that Lithuania has the world’s highest suicide rate. No-one seems to know why. I only know one Lithuanian and he seems a jolly sort. It strikes me as the sort of thing a government should look into. Maybe they could start by reading all the suicide notes and try to establish a common thread. I’ve not been to Lithuania but it it might turn out to be something quite fixable. Maybe the food. Or the bus schedules. Or a particularly annoying morning show host. (I doubt it’s the last one. Otherwise, there’d be legions of Australians whose final words were ‘I can’t take Kochie anymore!’.) Indeed, where does Australia fit in this world of happiness? Good question but like all researchskewed issue there is no clear answer. According to one OECD report Australians were ranked as the ‘happiest’ people of the 34 OECD member countries (tell that to the man who serves me in the post office), yet the same survey said they were only 11th in life satisfaction. So happily dissatisfied then? Go figure. The OECD’s Better Life Index says that one of the reasons Australians are upbeat is that they have shorter work hours than many countries. Concurrently, however, Australians apparently feel they have too little leisure time. Which only makes sense if you’re living in Queensland – where the anti-daylight savings lobby’s concern for insomniac cows and faded curtains mean that even though we get off work early, we’re obliged to twiddle our thumbs in the dark rather than play a round of twilight golf. The OECD recently put Switzerland’s ‘life satisfaction score’ at 7.5 – a fraction above Australia’s 7.4. How can that be? Switzerland is depressingly dull – maybe not so much that its
people are seeking to usurp the Lithuanians by hurling themselves off the nearest Alp but I’d imagine there is still a statistical probability of an early end – either from dying of boredom or accidentally impaling themselves while extracting a red-hot fork from one of their god-awful fondues. Yes, the Swiss pay less tax than we do – but they barely produce any wine, they’re not allowed to flush the toilet after 10 p.m., and a Tim Tam beats a Toblerone hands down. What the stats and other stuff do tell us is that money doesn’t buy happiness. In the UN rankings, the United States sits only 11th, one below cashstrapped Ireland. (OK, so the U.S. doesn’t actually have any money either – and doesn’t even pay its UN bills – but it does have a ponzi-scheme of an economy which somehow allows it to remain one of the world’s wealthiest nations.) Economist Jeffrey Sachs told a recent UN conference: “The U.S. has had a three time increase of GNP per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn’t budged. Other countries have pursued other policies and achieved much greater gains of happiness, even at much lower levels of per capita income.” The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, of course, is the benchmark. Its GNP might not be stellar but it pioneered the Gross National Happiness index and by all accounts the folks there are pretty much in a state of Zen. Oddly Bhutan wasn’t included in the latest UN report on happiness – which is a bit like telling Brazil they can’t play in the World Cup or Rove McManus that he can’t compete in a least funny comedian contest. I’m not sure what Bhutan’s secret is – and the country isn’t entirely without issues – but clearly they’re overwhelmingly happy with life as they currently know it. Maybe their strict limits on annual tourist arrivals helps. Of course, they can’t resist western ‘influence’ forever but as of today they’ve never encountered a ‘schoolie’ or a ‘toolie’. Or an obnoxious foreign kid’s tantrum over a denied cotton candy or Mickey Mouse toy. And most of them won’t yet have met a Parisian (damn it, I didn’t mean to write that).
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