Publisher’s Note | Winter 2023

CityLife Media Publisher Danae Jones
CityLife Media Publisher Danae Jones

That beautiful change in temperature signals the winter season is upon us and we have so much to look forward to as a community this season. The inaugural Cairns Fashion Week kicks off at the end of June and is shaping up to be a huge success with many sell out events (our WHAT’S ON guide has all the details). CityLife Magazine is proud to be a major founding sponsor of the event and we look forward to a fashion extravaganza from emerging local designers, to national and international labels as they grace our region across multiple venues. Check out our cover story with all the details of Cairns Fashion Week and what to expect. A massive congratulations to Jade Turnbull, the CFW Founder, a local young business woman who saw an opportunity, took a massive risk to bring it to fruition and is now reaping the rewards of her blood, sweat and tears. Tenacious business people are what drive this great region of ours and it’s inspiring to watch when our very own make a success of things. We are certainly looking forward to supporting CFW for many years to come.

We have also been touched by so many heart felt stories in our community this quarter, many are in this edition and one in particular that sticks in our mind is that of Jed Baker, a young man who once upon a time was given a diagnosis of palliative, but with the sheer determination of his family and his doctors and surgeons, he is still with us to share his story and how he continues to live with Moyamoya disease. The deep love of his family for him and the sheer grit of his mother Nicola has us all in awe. They are an incredible family who through their own harrowing journey are now helping others through the Moyamoya Australia charity they have founded. You can check out all the social pics we captured at the Aussie Locums Blue Tie Ball they recently hosted at the Hilton Cairns to raise much needed funds for research into the rare disease. Our feature story, The Thing About Jed is one to warm the heart.

We also have another local success story in Primose Kern in this edition, a Cairns girl born and bred, who has had a love of ballet since she was tiny and is now making a huge impact on the global stage, even starring in a movie. You will notice a new contributor to CityLife this edition, the Cairns Young Chamber is now taking up a regular column with us and sharing their views from a young professional’s perspective. CityLife is the proud exclusive media partner for the CYC – watch this space as we create some magic together and shine the light on our leaders of tomorrow over the coming 12 months.

Big thanks to Fiona Jose and Aaron Fa’Aoso for sharing their views on The Voice and Treaty in this edition also, two very important issues we are hearing a lot about. Regardless of what you think or feel, please take the time to read their articles, it is important for us all to be educated on all view points. Through knowledge we can make informed decisions.

The team at CityLife are also extremely proud to have played our role in helping the Salvation Army raise a record $96,000 at its Red Shield Appeal Business Launch held at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in May. All the social pics from the event are showcased in this edition. Our deepest thanks to the many business leaders who showed up and dug deep for such a worthy cause. Olympian Natalie Cook OAM was a true crowd pleaser with her highly motivating keynote address at the event.

The CityLife team are also actively assisting the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation as they campaign to raise $1.5 million for the Cancer Care Hub at the Cairns Hospital. To date $1 million has already been raised, a remarkable achievement and we only have $500,000 to go. Find out in this edition how you can get involved in helping us reach our target. Something as simple as registering for the BDO Arrow Experience and walking with a group of friends, colleagues or family can help us raise more funds. Every little bit counts.

We hope you enjoy the Winter Edition of CityLife as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you. Next edition we will be sharing some very exciting news … so watch this space – all will be revealed in our Q3 edition, out in August.

Danae xx

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