Category: TOWNSVILLE

Young girl gets out and about on beach, relaxing on beach chair in the sun

Get Out and About Townsville – January 2021

For this month’s Get Out and About Guide Townsville there are an abundance of fun activities and events for all ages. Check out the best upcoming opportunities in Townsville below:

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

Summer Reading Club

Runs until 31 January

Townsville Libraries

FREE / Kids

 

Townsville Treasure Hunt

Runs until 22 January

Perc Tucker Gallery / Townsville City Centre

FREE / Kids

 

Giant Water Hunt

Runs until end of school holidays

Water Smart Garden, Anderson Gardens

FREE / Family – Kids

 

Maritime Museum Pirate Trail

Runs until end of school holidays

Maritime Museum of Townsville

9.30am / $5.00 – $10.00 / Kids – Family

 

Maritime Museum Shipwreck Trail

Runs until end of school holidays

Maritime Museum of Townsville

9.30am / $5.00 – $10.00 / Kids – Family

 

Roving Rangers

Runs until 4 January

Billabong Sanctuary

10.30am / $26.00 – $115.00 / Kids – Family

 

Exhibition: Leonie Wood – Life Lines

Runs until 7 February

Perc Tucker Gallery

10.00am / FREE / G

 

Exhibition: Andrea Huelin – Men and Cones

Runs until 7 February

Perc Tucker Gallery

10.00am / FREE / G

 

Exhibition: Regi Cherini – All the Single Ladies

Runs until 7 February

Perc Tucker Gallery

10.00am / FREE / G

 

SATURDAY 2 JANUARY

The Ultimate ABBA Show

Runs every Saturday until 16 January

Townsville Stage Door Theatre Restuarant

5.45pm / $79.00 – 89.00 / PG

 

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY

Cheerleading

Every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of School Holidays

Townsville Dance and Cheerleading

9.00am (5 – 12 years) and 4.00pm (12 – 18 years) / $15.00 / Kids / Teenagers

 

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

Landscape Photography Workshop

Jezzine Barracks

3.30pm / $127.69 / Mature – Adults

 

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Kids Rock Climbing Classes

Runs until 22 January

Hot Rock Adventure Centre

1.30pm / $20.00 / Kids

 

Take Home Messy Play Packs

Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens – Townsville Libraries

8.30am / FREE / Kids – Family

 

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Young Forensic Investigators

Also runs 14, 19, 21 January

Forensii – Legal and Forensic Pyschology Education: Online course forensii.com / courses 10.0am / $50.00 / Kids

 

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

Free Council Microchipping Day (dogs and cats)

Runs once a month until June

Animal Care and Adoption Centre

9.00am / FREE – Bookings Required / Pet Owners

 

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

Networking 101

Co Habitat Townsville

9.00am / $97.00 / 18 +

 

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

Northern Stories

Runs until 26 January

Queens Gardens and Jezzine Barracks

 

Mel Buttle and Friends

Molly Malones Irish Pub

7.30pm / $35.00 – $180.00 / 18 +

 

Anthony Lamond Comedy Workshop

The HinchinBrook Way – TYTO Conference Centre

8.00am / TBA / Adults

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Speakeze Fun

Runs until 21 January

Pimlico State High School

10.00am / $39.00 / Kids 12 – 17 years

 

FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Adrenaline Games – School Holiday Fun

The HinchinBrook Way, TYTO Parklands

1.00pm / FREE / kidas – Family

 

Family Camping Weekend at Lake Paluma

Townsville Sailing Club

9.00am / $43.40 / Family

 

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY

Creedence – The John Fogerty Show

Dalrymple Hotel

8.30pm / $29.60 / 18+

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Let’s Celebrate Australia

Jezzine Barracks

FREE / Family

 

WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Burdekin Singers presents Mary Poppins

Runs until 14 February

Burdekin Theatre

8.00pm / $39.00 – $150.00 / Family

 

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Australian Indigenous V Maori Kiwis

Queensland Country Bank Stadium Townsville

7.00pm / $25.00 – $125.00 / Family – PG (No entry for those U12 with no Parental Guidance).

 

REGULAR MARKETS 

Bluewater Twilight Markets

Date: 2nd Saturday of the month

Time: 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Location: Bluewater Community Centre

 

Bushland Beach Markets

Date: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm

Location: On the foreshore, end of Mount Low Parkway

 

Renegade Handmade Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Marian School Hall

 

Horseshoe Bay Markets

Date: Every 2nd and last Sunday of the month

Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Horseshoe Bay Foreshore

 

Balgal Beach Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Fisherman’s Landing Balgal Beach

 

Strand Night Markets

Date: 1st Friday of the month (runs from Feb to Dec)

Time: 5.00pm – 9.30pm

Location: Strand Park, North Ward

 

Mundingburra Markets

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Mundingburra State School

 

Willows Rotary Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 7.30am – 11.30am

Location: Willows Shopping Centre Car Park

 

Cotters Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Flinders St

 

Magnetic Island Markets (Horseshoe Bay)

Date: Every week on Sunday

Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Foreshore in Horseshoe Bay

 

Wulguru Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 7.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Wulguru Soccer Grounds, 14 Edison Street, Wulguru

 

Mercer Lane Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: From 8.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Mercer Lane

 

Conroy Hall Markets

Date: 2nd Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 9.30am

Location: Conroy Hall

 

 

 

 

Young boy plays in ball pit during school holidays

Ultimate Townsville School Holiday Guide – January 2021

Need entertainment for the family and kids these school holidays? We have put together a big list of the best places to go, things to see and things to do during the Christmas break – all full of fun! Check out our ultimate Townsville School Holiday Guide below: 

Mary MacKillop Childcare NQ

Make this school holiday season less stressful by booking your child into part time or full time vacation care at one of the 14 Mary MacKillop Childcare NQ Outside School Hours Care centres. Vacation Care services are located at many Catholic Schools across the Diocese in Mount Isa, Charters Towers, Ingham, Proserpine, Bowen and Townsville.

As part of the vacation care program, children aged 5 – 11 years will engage in fun activities and excursions that are supervised by caring, qualified staff, all in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages free learning. Visit their website to find a Vacation Care program near you.

P 4726 3299

E childcare@mmcnq.catholic.edu.au

 

School Holiday Program at Ninja Parc

Ninja Parc is designed to get kids moving and learning new skills through an indoor obstacle course. It’s extremely fun and your child can improve their agility through the various rope climbs, bouldering challenges and much more. The school holiday program is fully supervised and available from 2.00pm – 5.00pm weekdays for kids aged 6 – 14 years old. Or, join them for a single session at any time.

Cost: From $19.95. (Food, drink, lolly bag and free Ninja Parc water bottle provided for the fully supervised school holiday sessions for $50.00)

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central

P 0427 139 762

E townsville@ninjaparc.com.au

 

Online Resources from CityLibraries

Kids can enjoy the Summer Reading Club challenges and its fun activities by picking up the challenge sheet from the libraries (also downloadable). Plus, the epic Kid’s History Hunt with Townsville’s local museums lets you test your scavenger skills and even win a prize at the end!

Visit the libraries for even more games, puzzles, the best books and toys. You can find more information on fun summer activities on their website below.

www.townsville.qld.gov.au

 

Townsville Treasure Hunt

Grab a copy of the FREE treasure hunt map and go exploring the inner city center with friends these school holidays! Answer the questions and drop your completed sheet into a treasure chest at the Gallery for the chance to win awesome arty prizes, right up until January 22.

A Inner City Townsville

P 4727 9011

E galleries@townsville.gld.gov.au

 

Inflatable Kingdom

Inflatable Kingdom is every kid’s dream – a giant inflatable playground where kids are free to slide,climb and jump on 10 jumping castles in fully air conditioned comfort. Just be prepared to be met with “Just one more slide!” when it’s time to go. Sessions last a massive 2.5 hours. It’s a great way to let your kids enjoy themselves while getting out of the house and exercising.

Cost: Prices start from $10.00. Book online to save 10% off entry price. And don’t forget your socks!

P 4755 4422

A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon

 

Sk8way

There’s nothing more fun than speeding round a track with an awesome pair of skates on – whether you’re racing your friends or simply having a good time. Sk8way provides all Townsville locals with the facilities to do so and offers plenty of school holiday sessions for your kids to let that energy out, exercise and develop their skating skills. They also have ‘learn to skate’ lessons starting from just $10.00.

Cost: From $10.00 – $18.00. Skate hire is available for just $4.00 per person – or purchase your own pair from the Skate Shop.

A Unit 3/72-88 Hervey Range Rd

P 4755 4422

E info@sk8way.com.au

 

Wildcatz Indoor Sports

Wildcatz Indoor Sports offer a fun and social way to exercise, get fit and have fun. There are a variety of junior sports such as cricket, netball and soccer, as well as plenty of fun for adults too – from social teams through to competitive levels. Nominate a team with your friends, or let the staff find a suitable team for you. Rain or shine, it’s always time for a game at Wildcatz Indoor Sports.

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central

P 4723 1414 Wildcatz

 

Kumon Maths and English

Kumon’s Maths and English programs build students’ abilities step-by-step, at the students’ own pace. Students who missed essential concepts in class can go back and catch-up, and if your child needs a bit of

extra help after-school, or if they need a challenge, then Kumon is here to help. Whether you’re staying at home during the Christmas break or going on holiday, the flexibility of Kumon’s learning options will suit any family’s schedule.

P 0424 155 171 Pimlico

P 0417 070 826 Kirwan

 

King Reef Resort

If you’re looking to revitalise in paradise, gather the family and head to the gorgeous King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach. Explore all day, swim in the tranquil ocean or pool, build sandcastles on the beach and return to relax with a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, go fishing, and more – the possibilities are endless.

A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6144

E info@kingreef.com.au

 

Fairfield Central

Pop over to Fairfield Central for all your shopping needs and great bargains, with over 40 specialty stores, cafés and restaurants to enjoy. Fairfield eats is open seven days a week until late. Kids will love to play in the new indoor space; Fairfield Play while you take a break and relax.

A Cnr Waterfront Parade and Lakeside Dr

P 4778 4249

E fairfieldCManagement@lancinigroup.com.au

 

Pandanus Park Golf Centre

Get the kids off the iPad and outside for some fun! Kids of all ages can come and try golf at Pandanus Park Golf Centre’s undercover driving range, where they can learn and practice how to hold a golf club, practice their hand-eye coordination, and see how far they can hit the ball. The golf centre is open 7 days a week, bookings not required.

Cost: Free entry. Kids aged 14 and under can play from $10.00 each with the ‘Have-A-Go Pack’, which includes a small bucket of 45 balls and Kids Club hire. Adults from $12.00 each.

A 2 Tompkins Road, Shaw

P 4774 6532

E hello@pandanusparkgolfcentre.com.au

 

Reef HQ 

Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the Australian Government’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium will introduce you to an amazing and magical underwater world, featuring hundreds of charismatic marine creatures. Please note: Reef HQ will be closing in February for refurbishments, so get in this month for your underwater fix. 

Cost: While COVID-19 safety measures are taken by the aquarium all general admission tickets will receive a 25% discount. Sessions will need to be booked in advance. Find more information and ticket prices online.

A 2/68 Flinders St, Townsville City

P 4750 0800

 

The Choi Kwang Do Master Academy 

 At this academy, full-time Professional Instructors will help kids aged three years old and above all the way as they start learning at the full time martial art premises, open daily,  9.30am – Monday through to Saturday. It’s more than just punching and kicking, they can help anyone to become fitter, stronger, faster, more flexible and more successful. There are a variety of classes in both morning and evening as well as special offers available. 

 Cost: From $34.00 – mention you saw this in PakMag and get the school holidays special Unlimited Pass ($50.00 for January) as well as a uniform. 

 A CKD Building 741 Riverway Drive, Thuringowa Central

P 4773 9794 or 0481 749 607

E info@ckdmac.com.au

 

Townsville Sailing Club

The Townsville Sailing Club holds school holiday fun days for all school ages, so make sure to keep an eye out on their social media pages for more information (see below). In addition, the club will be having a Family Camping Weekend at Lake Paluma from 22 January – 26 January, full of socialising, sailing, exploring the bush and more. Sites must be booked personally beforehand (get in quick before all sites are booked out!). 

Cost: From $43.40 (tent site for two nights). 

A 3 Mariner Dr, The Strand

A Lake Paluma, Crystal Creek (roughly 1hr 30min drive from Townsville). 

P 4772 1105

E townsvillesailingclub@gmail.com

 

Billabong Sanctuary 

Get up close and personal with a huge variety of native Australian animals at the Billabong Sanctuary. Hand feed kangaroos, hold a koala, watch the amazing crocodile feeding shows and more. Learn about Pythons at the Reptile Show or check out the bird flight shows. Keep an eye out for the Ranging Rovers as they walk around with various animals (including dingoes on a leash!), stopping to meet family groups, between 1 and 4 January from 10.30am – 12.30pm. There’s a loveable creature for anyone at Billabong – whether you’re into the gentle birds or snappy crocs! 

Cost: From $26.00 (children 4 – 16 years) – $115.00 (Family Pass, 2A + 2C). Open from 9.00am – 2.00pm daily excluding Christmas day.

A 17km South of Townsville on the Bruce Highway

P 4778 8344

E admin@billabongsanctuary.com.au

 

Warrina Ice Skating

Escape the heat and have a cool time these summer holidays with family and friends at Townsville’s very own ice skating rink. Test your abilities or simply have a fun time sliding and gliding around on any day of the week. All sessions are 90 minutes long, starting from 9.00am and ending at 4.00pm, plus disco skate sessions from 7.00pm – 9.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t want to skate? Tobogganing is only $5.00 for six whole slides! Visit the website below for more information.

Cost (includes skate hire): From $10.00 (five years and under) – $65.00 (Family Pass, 2A + 2C). Ticket price is lower on Cheap Tuesdays from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. 

A 3/5 Illuka St, Currajong

P 0407 988 628

 

Mobile Mini Golf NQ 

Mobile Mini Golf brings you your own Nine Hole Mini Golf Course to a venue of your choice – perfect for parties, events, or simply a day of fun with friends or family these holidays. They will set up the course and provide golf clubs, balls and score cards, making everything easy for you, then return to collect it all up again once you’ve had all the fun. 

Cost: From $300.00 including delivery and set up. 

P 0432 678 846 

E psspriggs@bigpond.com.au

 

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park

The award-winning Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is all about families. There are a number of accommodation options available if you’re after a little getaway – it’s a lovely family bonding and relaxing escape that’s only a short road trip away. If you’re hungry, have a bite to eat at the delicious licensed on-site café. All of this is only a short walk from the beautiful beach. Phone the park or visit the website to check availability and book.

A 9 Coyle St, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6166

E info@kurrimine.com.au

 

TYTO

TYTO is open 365 days a year and is the perfect place for a family day trip of relaxation and education. There is a Regional Art Gallery, a mini military museum, parklands and wetlands, a library and more. From TYTO you can explore Hinchinbrook, a place of beauty surrounded by attractions, including Wallaman Falls – the largest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere!

TYTO will also be holding an Adrenaline Games – School Holiday Fun day for children and parents on Friday 22 January, full of exciting games and more. Make sure to visit the website to check it out! 

A 73/75 Mcilwraith St, Ingham

P 4776 4792

 

PCYC Townsville

The Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) is a provider of youth and community programs, facilities and more. They provide a large number of children with Outside School Hours Care which includes quality leisure-based experiences focusing on the emotional, social and physical development of young people.

There are also a variety of fun programs and activities for all ages and levels, including Gymnastics, Gym and Fitness, plus other Youth and Community activities. This includes KinderGym, recreational gymnastics, Gym Sports, Competitive Gymnastics programs and more.

Visit the website to find your nearest PCYC branch and for more information.  

A French St, Pimlico

P 4781 9100

E townsville@pcyc.org.au

 

 

Young girl practices playing violin as extracurricular activity

Townsville Extracurricular Activity Guide – January 2021

The start of the new year means that many parents are searching for extracurricular activities that our kids can take part in throughout the school year. To help all of these parents out, we’ve created a new Townsville Extracurricular Activity Guide for locals, so you can know what the great options are for your children. Check out our updated guide below: 

Sk8way

Have fun and skate, whether competitively or recreationally. Sk8way provides sports people, schools and the general community with the perfect facilities for skating. You can join ‘learn to skate’ lessons or simply do your own thing by yourself or with friends; during the school term they are often open from after school to night. They also offer dance parties and recreational events.

Cost: Varies. Skate hire is also available. Find all information including session times online.

A Unit 3/72 – 88 Hervey Rd, Thuringowa

P 4755 4422

E info@sk8way.com.au

 

Ninja Parc

Ninja Parc aims to inspire a world of movement through an indoor obstacle course – one that will challenge you and improve your agility. Not only is it fun, it’s also accessible for all ages and skill levels. Mini Ninjas program is for 3 – 6 years and Little Ninjas is for kids aged 7 – 12 years.

Casual play and membership options are available on their website. School holiday programs and school programs are both available.

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central

P 0427 139 762

E townsville@ninjaparc.com.au

 

Inflatable Kingdom

Inflatable Kingdom is every kid’s dream – a giant inflatable playground where kids are free to slide, climb and jump on 10 jumping castles in fully air conditioned comfort. Just be prepared to be met with “just one more slide!” when it’s time to go. Sessions last a massive 2.5 hours and they are open on both Saturday and Sunday at different times.

Cost: Prices start from $12.00. Book online to save 10 percent off entry price. And don’t forget your socks!

A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon

P 4755 4422

 

Wildcatz Indoor Sports

Wildcatz Indoor Sports offer a fun and social way to exercise, get fit and have fun. There are a variety of junior sports such as cricket, netball and soccer, as well as plenty of fun for adults too, from social teams through to competitive levels. Nominate a team with your friends or let the staff find a suitable team for you. Rain or shine, it’s always time for a game at Wildcatz Indoor Sports.

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central

P 4723 1414

 

Paul Sadler Swimland

Paul Sadler Swimland provides swimming lessons in a tension free and exciting environment for kids. Baby swimming classes run from four months to three years and Learn to Swim Classes run for children from three years and above. They will develop life-saving swimming skills while having fun and learning to love the water.

Classes run from Monday to Thursday and Saturdays, and are conducted in the comfortable indoor heated pool. Visit the website for more information. Also available are adult swimming classes and private lessons.

A 20-22 Freshwater Dr, Douglas

P 4779 4647

E townsville@paulsadlerswimland.com

 

PCYC Townsville

The Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) is a provider of youth and community programs, facilities and more. There are a variety of fun programs and activities for all ages and skill levels available, including Gymnastics, Gym and Fitness, plus other Youth and Community activities. This includes KinderGym, recreational gymnastics, Gym Sports, Competitive Gymnastics programs and more. PCYC chooses to focus on the emotional, social and physical development of young people.

Visit the website to find your nearest PCYC branch and more information.

A French St, Pimlico

P 4781 9100

E townsville@pcyc.org.au

 

Kumon Maths and English

Kumon’s Maths and English programs build students’ abilities step-by-step, at the students’ own pace. This means those who missed essential concepts in class can go back and catch-up. If your child needs a bit of extra help after school then Kumon is right for them. Classes run at different days and times – visit their website for more information.

Cost: $100.00 initial enrolment fee. Classes: $140.00 per month (per student, per subject).

P 0424 155 171 Pimlico

E instructor@kumonpimlico.com

P 0417 070 826 Kirwan

E instructor@kumonkirwan.com

 

The Choi Kwang Do Master Academy

Choi Kwang Do is a martial art for everyday people. At the Master Academy there are many specific age group classes for pre-schoolers and kids, right up to teenagers and even family classes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for you and your child. Classes run Monday to Sunday in the morning, afternoon and evening, full of fun, fitness and self defence. Visit the website for special offers, drop in for a visit or call. All are welcome!

Cost: From $34.00 – mention you saw this in PakMag and get the school holiday’s special Unlimited Pass ($50.00 for January) as well as a uniform.

A CKD Building 741 Riverway Drive, Thuringowa Central

P 4773 9794 or 0481 749 607

E info@ckdmac.com.au

 

Learn to Sail with Townsville Sailing Club

Tackers is a course that aims to provide water confident children aged 7 – 12 with a fun, safe and affordable way to get into sailing and learn the basics. The social and educational course runs on Tuesdays after school and through school holidays. It will start back up this February 2021.

Cost: $300.00, includes ‘Tackers’ pack and three month’s membership to the Townsville Sailing club.

Other courses available include Out There Sailing for teenagers, She Sails for women and girls and Start Sailing Level 1 and 2 weekend courses for teens and adults. Visit the website for more information.

A 3 Mariner Dr, The Strand

P 4772 1105

E townsvillesailingclub@gmail.com

 

City Cheer & Dance Studios

City Cheer and Dance Studios is one of the fastest growing dance studios in North Queensland. The staff have an endless ever-growing passion for teaching children about the amazing world of dance. They offer classes in jazz, contemporary, cheerleading, tumble and acro.

City Cheer and Dance Studios operates with a friendly, cheerful vibe to make sure everybody that passes through the doors has fun!

A 8/9-13 Woodman Crt, West End

E info@citystudiostsv.com.au

 

Let’s Celebrate Australia Day Including the Get Active Expo

Let us come together in true Aussie style for a free community event on the 26th of January. The event will include formal Australia Day/Flag Raising Ceremonies and the Celebrate Australia event, this will be an inclusive event for all ages with a strong focus on fun activities for the whole family, local food and the Get Active Expo.

A Jezzine Barracks

 

 

 

 

Julie from sensational girls network and her daughter standing and smiling together at event

Sensational Girls Network; The Townsville Retreat for Mothers and Daughters

Sensational Girls Network

“Sensational Girls Network (SGN) is all about strengthening and celebrating connection.  I am facilitating mother/daughter retreats to help mothers and daughters understand one another better and to create everlasting memories. I’m passionate to help others not just academically, but also for women’s mental health in general, to create a more connected world. And, what better time to do it, but in 2020 through a pandemic where people have experienced disconnection and isolation!”

“SGN covers important things for mental health including staying active, laughter, conversation, eating well, participating, setting goals, and connecting. I’ll also be offering day events for girls aged 5 – 9 years old, to help set up a solid foundation with their Mums before they hit the tween/teen years.”

Relax, Unwind, and Have Fun

“The fun activities include a dance fitness class, mini high tea, making a gift for one another, pampering each other with skincare/makeup/massage, and quizzes and competitions. I wanted to hold it at a nice hotel for women to relax, and unwind from their busy lives. It’s all organised, so they just have to turn up and enjoy time with their loved one.”

The Importance of Connection

Julie explains that her role as educator certainly played a part in her want to support women within the community.

“Being a teacher my whole career, I have always had a heart for helping others, including children and adults.  Women have approached me in recent years to get support with difficult issues that they have faced, so I wanted to help the community in some way, other than just academically, as many people are struggling with their mental health at times.”

“We all crave connection, kindness and support, and definitely in the age of technology and a pandemic, it’s even more important to stay connected to one another.”

As a mother of a teen girl herself, Julie found that she had to change her parenting strategies after having teen boys in order to help her daughter navigate the teenage years.

“I needed to change my own parenting strategies after having teen boys, to cater for a daughter and the issues that she is facing and how she deals with them. Caterina turned 12 this year and as she was transitioning into tweens and teens, I was finding I needed to change parenting strategies and to acknowledge her transition to independence.”

A Lack of Experiences for Mothers and Daughters in North Queensland

The experiences as a mother and witnessing the trouble that girls face in her career – were huge reasons for Julie taking on the challenge of starting her business. But, alongside this, she also realised that Townsville didn’t have retreats and bonding experiences for mothers/daughters that the town offers for fathers and sons.

“Friends run a fantastic business in Townsville for father/son relationships, called Fathering Adventures. However, there was nothing in the North for mother/daughters, so I am very happy to be able to offer this unique opportunity, specially designed for women to connect, spend quality time and create an unforgettable memory. Mums lead busy lives, but I encourage them to capture positive ways to connect and understand one another better.”

The Troubles Faced by Females of Today and How Sensational Girls Network Can Help

When asked how she selected what was covered during the experience, Julie explained that there are issues that almost all teens and women face at some point in their lives.

“Tweens and teens especially, but all women are suffering from body image issues, anxiety/depression, “mean girls”, technology, marital separation and issues, and peer pressure. A strong stable relationship and opening up windows for conversations can help equip daughters with vital tools for navigating the rough waters of teenage years.”

“A lot of women don’t feel like they are “enough” and SGN offers a safe space and time to discuss and think about our feelings and our triggers, our coping strategies, and how we want to be loved.” 

You can learn more about Sensational Girls Network HERE.

Ruby and Caitlyn-Ann Soden at Sensational Girls Network event
Bianca and Abby Medina at Sensational Girls Network event
Kim and Abbi Booth at Sensational Girls Network event
Close up of a water droplet hanging from the end of a leaf, with a little earth photoshopped inside the droplet

The Earthshot Prize Comes to Life Thanks to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

In the 1960’s President John. F Kennedy created Moonshot, uniting people from around the world in efforts to put man on the moon. As part of this, amazing new technologies were developed around that time period. In addition, humans saw what we could achieve when we have a similar goal in sight, work as a team and put our brains together.

Now in 2020, Earthshot, a prestigious prize, has been created to incentivise people to join together and make changes that benefit our planet – and subsequently, us. The Earthshot Prize has five ‘Earthshots’; relatively simple yet big goals. These will hugely improve life on earth if achieved by 2030.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, perhaps better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, runs the Earthshot Prize. The Duke and Duchess created the Foundation to unite people in tackling a variety of big challenges in today’s world, making a positive difference on issues that they are passionate about.

The Earthshots and Prizes

The Foundation grounds each Earthshot in scientifically agreed targets that will help repair the damage that our planet has suffered. This is crucial for both us now and future generations, to provide us and them with a good quality life and health. But it also goes beyond that; we have a beautiful planet full of unique nature and animals. This nature and our animals that we love will also suffer if we do not make changes and find ways to solve environmental problems NOW.

The targets form a set of challenges which will hopefully make new ways of thinking, new systems, policies, technologies and overall; solutions to these problems. The five Earthshots are:

  1. Protect and restore nature
  2. Clean our air
  3. Revive our oceans
  4. Build a waste-free world
  5. Fix our climate

Each Earthshot is broken down into more specific goals. For example, ‘Protect and restore nature’ focuses on repairing and protecting the homes of our animals. This could be in grasslands, wetlands, rainforests, lakes or rivers. Every year from 2021 to 2030 =an award ceremony will take place across the world in different cities. There, five winners will be awarded the Earthshot prize, each receiving one million-pound prizes (worth nearly 2 million AUD). Overall, this will provide 50 solutions to our planet’s greatest environmental problems by 2030!  

The Earthshot Prize Council is made up of influential people from around the globe. This team will award each Earthshot until 2030. The council includes Prince William, David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Shakira, Naoko Yamazaki, Indra Nooyi and other well-known people.  

You can read more about each Earthshot and what it aims at achieving, as well as the full council list and list of Global Alliance Partners to Earthshot such as National Geographic, all on the Earthshot Prize website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Parents Version of “Ducking to the Shops” – Daddy Diary October 2020

Who with kids remembers “ducking” to the shops? Those simple times when you would rise from bed without being woken, maybe enjoying a quiet coffee or even a breakfast out before “ducking” into Coles without a list. Man, those were simple times. Not like now. These days – as a family of four, a Sunday morning trip to Willows requires the logistics of a NASA space launch.

The Kids don’t seem to mind!

First thing they don’t warn you about when it comes to kids is the stuff you need just to leave the house, let alone go to the shops. SO MUCH STUFF! Most of the time I feel more like a pack horse carrying supplies than I do a man. There’s the pram, nappies, wipes, food, drinks and once even a tin of cat food my one year old shoved in the baby bag. You never know when you’ll need an emergency tin of Whiskers. Most of the time our mid-sized Nissan SUV has enough stuff in it to rival a Mac semi-trailer.

And then there’s the groceries. SO MANY GROCERIES. Again, my mind wanders back to simpler times before kids when I would pop into Woolies, grab a basket… and usually not even fill it. These days a trip to the shops requires two trolleys. One for the stuff (see previous paragraph) and one for the groceries. Another thing that’s become huge in itself… the groceries. Because as a family of five mouths (including Taco our adopted cat)- bulk buys have become our very best friend. Families get this. Why do they even bother making a 4 pack of toilet paper? That wouldn’t last till lunchtime.

But it’s when you get home the best part of all arrives. The cherry on the Sunday. You know where I’m going with this right. Ladies and gentleman, it’s time for everybody’s favourite job… the unpacking. I always remind myself during this chore that it could be worse. We could live up a flight of stairs. That’s glass half full thinking right there.

I just thank the Lord that Dan Murphy’s is often the last stop on our shopping adventures. After days like these, it’s the least we busy working parents deserve right? Big love Townsville parents. And in case you haven’t been told lately – you’re doing an awesome job. Keep it up!

Cliffo

Hit 103.1 Townsville


 

Head to Parents and Kids of North Queensland YouTube Channel to see Bree’s up close interview with Cliffo. 

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