The Road Ahead : December 2013
THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2013/JAN 2014 ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 18 LIFESTYLE | NEWS HOW'S THAT?! Thousands of cricket fans are expected to descend on Brisbane next year with confirmation that an India v Australia Test Match will be held at the Gabba. The test will be part of a year of high-profile sporting events for Queensland, with Roger Federer confirmed to take part in the Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre in January. STATE OF POPULARITY New figures from Tourism Research Australia show Queensland is still a favourite destination for interstate holiday-makers. More than 2.5 million interstate holiday-makers visited Queensland in the first half of 2013, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. The state proved popular with Sydneysiders in particular, with 785,000 heading north for holidays, an increase of 30 percent. "Overall, Australian holiday-makers continued to spend more and stay longer in Queensland compared with anywhere else in the country," Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said. tq.com.au/research SUMMER STONEFRUIT When it comes to buying peaches and nectarines this stonefruit season, be sure to check the origin of the fruit. For the first time in 20 years, stonefruit grown in the United States will be available in Australia after a ban on imported nectarines and peaches was lifted. The move has prompted Australian growers to ask consumers to check the country-of-origin food labels to ensure the produce they are taking home is Australian-made. Summerfruits Australia chairman Andrew Finlay said buying local not only means a fair pay for farmers, but also allows consumers to indulge in the freshest produce available. "Support our growers and help save our industry," he said. *Turn to page 20 for recipe ideas using summer stonefruit. KIDS UNDER COVER More than 100,000 people in Australia are homeless, 44,000 of which are under the age of 25. In an effort to reduce these shocking numbers, Kids Under Cover has developed an innovative campaign where people can donate unwanted cars to help change the lives of homeless young people in Australia. Every car donated to the Donate Your Car campaign helps Kids Under Cover provide studios, scholarships and mentoring programs for at-risk young people. Kids Under Cover CEO Jo Swift said the alarming number of homeless youth was a result of circumstance, not choice. "This is our most successful fundraising program and has contributed to hundreds of homeless youth being kept off the streets," she said. To donate your car, visit kuc.org.au.
February March 2014