Going it Alone – Single Mum Power!


Being a mum is by far the most rewarding and challenging role you will ever take on. It is one that requires you to put someone else before you, to keep your head up, even when your motivation is down, and to unleash superhero powers that you didn’t even know you had (like being able to chase away monsters under the bed and heal a wound with a simple kiss).

Like all mums out there, our featured Townsville mums go above and beyond every single day. Not only are they raising children but they’re doing it on their own, banishing single mum stereotypes and proving being a great mum is not dependent on relationship status.

Sarah is the mum behind Inkbyte Communications, a strategic creative agency helping businesses articulate and amplify their brands. When she is not assisting her clients, she is busy on the leadership committee for the Townsville Business Women’s Circle and Umbrella Studio.

Sarah is also a single mum to three children, aged 13, 11 and 8.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Townsville?
The proximity to adventure. We are in such a beautiful spot and it is so easy to get out and experience and explore different environments from rainforests to beaches and the outback.

How about your favourite thing to do as a family?
We love heading outdoors, whether it is to the river, the beach, the rainforest, camping, snorkelling – anything active or creative that allows us to discover more about the world and ourselves.

Tell us a little about Inkbyte Communications:
We specialise is strategic marketing, engagement and communications plans and also provide expert support for content and design to help businesses focus their tactical marketing efforts. Our goal is to help those businesses understand their true value and brand stories, to articulate that to the right people at the right times and in creative, relevant, and compelling ways.

What’s in store for Inkbyte Communications in the future?
We have been blessed with some amazing clients over the past few years and have had the chance to work on some significant projects which has kept us very busy. So busy, in fact, we have never worked on our own business brand. Inkbyte will be launching our website this year with some new service packages rolling out in the latter half of 2017.


Being a mum is one of the toughest jobs in the world.

Being a single mum can be even tougher when your expartner lives overseas. However, for Kelly and her two sons, Memphis, 6 and Kash, 3, the family bond remains strong, even if there is an ocean separating the boys from their father. Kelly and the boys spent a few weeks
overseas with the boys’ father and his new partner with plans to make another overseas trip soon.

Kelly works in childcare and, although both of her boys struggle with ENT complications and require regular appointments and surgeries, she never stops smiling. Her positive attitude and refreshing approach to peaceful coparenting is what makes Kelly one of our motivating mums in Townsville.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Townsville? 
We moved to Townsville after the boys’ father relocated to Canada last year and we love it. Our favourite thing has to be all the great family orientated things there are to do here. We are never short of things to do.

What keeps you smiling each and every day?
I believe there is always something to be grateful for. Even if everything appears to be going south, by focusing on things you are still grateful for, makes you appreciate the little things.

Who is the person you look up to the most?
I look up to all the other mums out there. We’ve got the toughest (but most rewarding) job in the world.


As the Officer in Charge of Townsville Ambulance station, Lara looks after 70+ paramedics on a daily basis. She has been in the service for 10 years and loves it as much as she did the day she signed up.

In addition to a fast-paced career, Lara is also kept on her toes in her role as “mum”. Five years ago, Lara decided to undergo IVF to have a child on her own. Her daughter, Arlo, is now four and the light of her life. Lara and Arlo live in West End and, when she is not navigating through the challenges and rewards at work, she spends her down time cooking and puttering around the house with her daughter.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Townsville?
I have a very strong support network here – Arlo has pretty much been “raised by a village” and is a better kid for it.

What’s your favourite thing about being a paramedic?
I can’t imagine doing any other job – it’s dynamic, diverse, rewarding and challenging.

Who is the person you look up to the most?
My grandparents back in Tasmania are amazing – they have achieved so much over their lifetimes – they work hard, get the job done and don’t judge people.

I also have a couple of mentors within the QAS who inspire me to push my limits and challenge myself and my career – I look back at what they have achieved and only hope that I can do half of that.

However, the person I look up to the most has to be my daughter. She has taught me so much and continues to inspire me, make me laugh and challenge me every day.


Shattering Single Mum Stigmas

If you’re a single mum, or know one, you’ll be all too familiar with the associated stereotypes. Even in 2017, it’s apparent that single mums, regardless of the situation, can be discriminated against. It’s proven every day when we hear the term ‘single mum’ being used to create certain impressions in our minds. And, unfortunately, it often comes with negative connotations – and it shouldn’t be that way.

The stigma of never having any money, being on the prowl for a man, or being vulnerable are all qualities associated with single momdom. But in fact, being any one of those things has nothing to do with being a mum, or being single at all!

Lifestyle Writer, Alli Plunkett, said it perfectly when she wrote “Being a single parent hasn’t ever fazed me anymore than ‘being a parent’”. So, think before you make assumptions, and if you’re a single mum, smash through the stereotypes and hold your head up high.