In the early 80s I worked part-time at two record stores in Townsville (Wavelength and Pet Sounds). The things I learned there gave me a fantastic grounding in music and what drives people to consume it.
Sheryl Porter laments not driving to Bowen to potentially meet her favourite actor Hugh Jackman when he was filming Australia. He visited her sister-in-law’s bakery everyday!
My dear mum has strongly influenced my life with our Filipino heritage ensuring that we never forget where we came from and importantly, how to cook a tasty Chicken Adobo.
Townsville gave me a snapshot of life in the north and helped develop my understanding of how life works differently in settings away from capital cities.
My most memorable holiday was my first solo trip to Europe when I spontaneously abandoned my trip to meet up with my older sister in Rome for a day. It turned into a week-long Italian adventure.
KYIA AND MATHEW HARM – AKOYA PEARLS AUSTRALIA
“I love opening each oyster, not knowing what colour pearl and how many will be inside. My most exciting find to date was twin pearls that were a stunning ocean blue.” Kyia says.
TANNYA BROUGH – SHH QUIET BOOKST
“I’ve had customers buy Shh Quiet Books for their children as they’re great for calming children who are anxious or over-stimulated.”
JANELLE BEASLEY – LONGDOG CREATIONS
“I grew up renovating Queenslanders with my parents, which is where I learnt a lot of my skills, and my godfather also restores furniture.”