Treasured. 2016. Plans, Hopes and Gratitude

Kathy Lette. Author, TV Personality and Charity Campaigner.

My plans for 2016 are to get a cat and call her Pulitzer. ….Just so that I can say that I have one. Oh and finish my new novel.

Globally, I’d like women to be given the chance to run the world for once. Seems to me that women who’ve given birth are better equipped to deal with the vicissitudes of life – after all, we’ve experienced acute pain and been stitched up. If what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, then mothers are made of titanium.

Just as magazines occasionally have a guest editor, just imagine for a moment if women could have a ‘guest edit’ of the globe. What with the state of the Middle, sorry, the Muddle East, melting polar caps, geographical kleptomaniac like rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ Putin and financial meltdown fuelled by testosterone bankers’ fraudulent mortgage scams – we girls can’t possibly do a worse job than the blokes! 

 Read the full interview with Kathy here


Neale Whitaker. Author, Columnist, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Living Magazine

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My 2016. To keep growing Vogue Living’s circulation, to develop a couple of personal projects and to find some time to breathe.

2016 Globally. To NOT see Donald Trump in the White House.

 Read the full interview with Neale here –

Isabella Schimid. MakeUp and Hair Stylist

Isabella Schimid on location. Makeup and hair artist for the Alyssa McClelland National Treasures interview and photo shoot.

My plan for 2016 is to have a good work / family balance.

I want to focus on better quality of work – to work with people who inspire and create and who are more like-minded. I also want to encourage more opportunities to work on the international fashion shows.

Globally – Dream big. Love and cherish your family and friends. Encourage and support others. Peace.

See Isabella’s beautiful work here – The Alyssa McClelland interview

Dion Horstmans. Sculptor

Dion Horstmans

I wanna spend the next 12 months making. I wanna travel, meet more people, collaborate, create. Globally I would love to see more stability, more world awareness.

The National Treasures interview with Dion –

Ray Gascoigne. Maritime Craftsman

Ray Gascoigne. Photographer Chris Court.

My plans for 2016? Staying alive, I’m 87 now you know!

Globally  – My hopes are for the oceans. It’s a sorry state. There are too many people in the world, it’s not sustainable with all the neglect of what’s important, like the ocean. It’s all connected you see, from tiny crabs in the mangroves to the giants in the depths of the seas. It’s a great shame. We are over populated and undereducated in this way. I feel sad about it, very sad and I don’t feel like anything major will change in my lifetime. I hope it does in the future. I really hope it does.

Read the National Treasures interview with Ray here –

  David Riddell. Bobby Goldsmith Foundation CEO

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David Riddell. Photographer Chris Gleisner for Iconic and Vintage National Treasures Series

2016. Professionally for BGF to keep evolving into other Australian states and supporting more people living with HIV. Personally, to turn 60 in September and be more utterly fit and fabulous than is decent. Globally, that we all stop tearing each other apart and look after the vulnerable, sick and elderly. 

Read the full interview with David Riddell here –

Adriano Zumbo. Chef, Author, Businessman


Adriano Zumbo, Patissiere
Adriano Zumbo. Photographer Graham Jepson for Iconic and Vintage National Treasures Series 2015.

Have fun, create dreams, love each other and see an end to violence – domestically and globally. Instead, eat more cake!

Read the full Zumbo Interview here –

Simon Bernhardt. Photographer

Portrait of SB

Our thoughts go out to those that are constantly suffering from discrimination and injustice in the world, and we hope that 2016 will bring peace and an end to their suffering.

Read more about Simon Bernhardt here –

 Chris Gleisner. Photographer, Charity Fundraiser, Animal Rights Campaigner

Chris Gleisner
Chris Gleisner

So, there’d be a million hopes for the new year but I suppose if I focus on one area that I’d really like to see change, it would be people recognizing the suffering caused and damage done by animal agriculture industries. I hope that people begin to see a pig, in the same way, they see their family dog or a dolphin and make choices to relieve such intense suffering for all living creatures. If I never saw an I love bacon post for the rest of my life, I’d be happy.

Plans for the new year… Continuing to expand the work we are doing in Cambodia through Let’s Build a School, reduce the corporate photography work I’m doing, involve myself in more art photography and hopefully renovate our place to create an art gallery and artist accommodation (fingers crossed) to make Mascot the coolest suburb in Sydney! It’ll be a huge year ahead but hopefully, it’ll set us up for some really great projects in the years that follow! Oh and get fit etc like everyone else is promising to do in the new year. Haha!

See Chris’s photos of Bobby Goldsmith CEO David Riddell here –


Milla Jeffryes. Pre-Production and Wardrobe Assistant.

Milla left. Photo shoot and interview with Alyssa McClelland. Photographer Toby Burrows
Milla left. Photo shoot and interview with Alyssa McClelland. Photographer Toby Burrows

I start at Newtown High School of The Performing Arts this year. I got through on my drama audition but I’m excited about all the subjects that I’ll be studying. Apart from that, I’d just like to be happy. Globally, I want to see more peace in the world and less war and terrorism. 

Caroline Meehan. Heartfelt Homes Charity Founder

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Caroline Meehan

In 2016,  I will be upscaling operations by taking on people and offering our service into more hospitals nationally. I will launch a huge national media campaign to reach country people, regional, rural and remote families. They are the ones who need Heartfelt Homes service the most.

In 2016 I would like people to connect more, to relate more to each other. To help each other out where we can and to ask for help if we need it. There’s nothing sweeter for your soul than being able to help someone. 

Read The National Treasures interview with Caroline here –

Malin Frick. Teacher, Conservationist, Activist.

Malin Frick. Photo credit The Sea Shepherd
Malin Frick. Photo credit The Sea Shepherd

My plans for 2016 are to do more, live more and worry less about the consequences. Enjoy the moments, stand up for what I believe in and continue to be the voice for the voiceless (animals).

Be a story-teller, a peacemaker, and a restorer, be a person who inspires, encourages and supports and makes sure you don’t stress. Happiness is a choice. Will you allow other people to destroy your happiness? Make sure they don’t. My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to be. Your dreams stay big and your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold. And while you are out there getting to where you are getting to I hope you know that somebody loves you and wants the same things too. Yeah, this is my wish.

Read the full interview with Malin here –


Leonard Mattis. Hair Stylist, Creative Director and Collaborator

Leonard Mattis. Photographer Kiki Sjoberg

2016 will see me launch my first line of hair care products. The ‘Leonard Mattis’ range will consist of seven products, all authentically formulated and all produced in Australia. My intention is to impact the global luxury market and offer an alternative on how to advertise and purchase a beauty product.  I’m also very excited to be directing the first in a series of short films, which will premiere on the night of the product Sydney launch.

My message to the world for 2016…Wake up and see the dance.  I hope for a future of love, collaboration, and celebration.

Read the full interview with Leonard Mattis here – 

Tony Mott. Rock Photographer

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Tony Mott. Photographer Graham Jepson for Iconic and Vintage National Treasures Series 2015

2016 – Work wise I’ll be working on a couple of tv movie projects, moving my exhibition from the State Library to different locations around NSW. On a personal level, I’ll be managing my twins 5th birthday celebrations and my god daughter’s wedding plans. And at some point, I’d like to sleep!

2016 – Globally I’d like more people in the world to forget religion and adopt Buddhism as a philosophy as opposed to a theological concept ….. Too much you ask?!

I couldn’t resist adding this quote taken from chatty man Tony Mott in the National Treasures interview when I asked him about his weirdest experience with a rock star….

“I was photographing Marilyn Manson and I didn’t really know what to expect. He walked into the studio, all seriously made up and dressed like some mad freak. He shyly shook my hand and quietly whispered, “Hi, I’m Brian”. 

Read the full interview here

Romany Brooks. Charity Auctioneer and Fundraiser.

Romany Brooks. Photographer Simon Bernhardt for Iconic and Vintage National Treasures Series 2015.

I am so excited for 2016. I am really looking forward to a year of self-care, balance, joy, kindness and more quality time with quality people all supported by another year of bloody hard work!!!

Read the full interview with Romany here –

The Reverend Graham Long. The Wayside Chapel.

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Reverend Graham Long. Photographer Ephiphany Morgan

 I enter 2016 with plenty of plans but few of them would be of interest to anyone! Maybe, 2016 might be the year I take a holiday (I encourage colleagues to take holidays but I set a bad example). I plan to see my grandchildren every Friday afternoon at the school gate.  

After a year of steep growth at Wayside, I hope for a year of consolidation and where new opportunities and new ways to support people appear and develop at a pace that is merely awesome.  Hopes – I enter 2016 with hopes high and expectations low. I long for a growing appetite for human answers to social issues

Wouldn’t it be great to see that there is a right time to die? Perhaps that would be better expressed as, wouldn’t it be great if we could see the pointlessness of making people live in years of misery. Our current approach has grown an industry of hospitals and aged care homes and so it is good for business in many ways, but it’s bad for the dignity of human beings. Wouldn’t it be great if we could celebrate life, that included a timely death.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally admit that human beings have used substances for recreational purposes for as long as history as been recorded. Wouldn’t it be great if we could see the futility of making a criminal class for people who prefer to use non-socially acceptable drugs? Wouldn’t it be great if we priced all drug dealers out of business and spent the money saved on helping people with rehabilitation and finding ways to live a wholesome life.
Wouldn’t it be great if Australia could see that it will never grow up until it treasures its first peoples above all notions of nationalism. Maybe soon enough time will have passed that we will be able to, at least, admit our frontier history. There would be pain involved in seeing how bleak was our history especially post 1870 when guns became rapid fire and massacres became easier. But the pain would be like the pain of childbirth. What a wonderful Australia would evolve when we knew that to love the land means to love the people of the land. 
Wouldn’t it be great (now my hopes are in overdrive) if we began to see that people need to belong more than they need to be comfortable? Wouldn’t it be great if every version of ‘them and us’, saved and lost, in and out, rich and poor, sick and well, religious and atheist, was an admission that we just haven’t woken up yet to what it means to be human? Imagine the world where Christians loved Muslims for making them better Christians and Muslims loved atheists for making them better Muslims? Wouldn’t it be great if the pain of loneliness didn’t require medical intervention but social intervention.
Read the full story of the Wayside Chapel here –

Dominique Rizzo. Chef, TV Presenter, Businesswoman

Dominique Rizzo. Photo credit to follow

I turn 44 on New Years Day 2016 and I’m pretty excited about that. 2016 will see me continue with my restaurant/cooking school Putia Food Kitchen. I’ll kick back into my healthy eating, fitness and 4 months of sugar-free then I will marry my love in May. We will travel the world for our honeymoon, and I am planning to host an amazing food tour to Sicily in June. My cooking classes will then keep me busy until I finish the year with a gourmet food tour in Norfolk Island.

My message to the world… This life of ours is a play set on the world’s stage. Make your part count and be the most amazing person you can be in truth, love and understanding. In return, you will aspire and ignite others to be the same.

Read the full interview with Dominique here –

Matt Moran. Chef, TV Presenter and Restaurateur.

My plans for 2016. To grow my own food, grow my team and grow my business. I plan to expand my kitchen garden at home and nurture my team and business even more. I always look for new opportunities and this year more than ever I want to keep learning as much as I can and keep growing. I also want to keep finding more great Australian producers.

Globally and from a food perspective, I’d love to see people’s education of food and access to food grown in disadvantaged countries and regions. For those that are more fortunate, I’d love to see lots more people embrace shopping from the farmers markets and even more of them pop up around the place! Not only does eating seasonally and using fresh, local ingredients make for tastier dishes, it supports the farmers that give us such great Aussie produce to begin with.

Read the full interview with Matt here –


Alex Herbert. Chef and Consultant

Alex Herbert. Photographer Caroline McCredie

2016 – My plans beyond my time spent with my children are to work on my book and to work on my garden.

I hope that the world’s decision makers think beyond the price of oil and look hard at the true cost of everything. That they strive to save money on what ends up costing us more in the long run. That being said, they will only do that if they think that they can get votes so we need a movement, a shift of understanding by the majority. I hope that humanity is given a value and that it is worth more than it currently is.

Read the full story here –

Laura Watts Marketing and Media Manager The Wayside Chapel

Laura Watts. Photographer Darren J Topliss for Iconic and Vintage National Treasures Series 2015

My plans for 2016… Just do it like a motherfucker. My theme is stolen from Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild) who, in giving advice to a young woman who was struggling to find the motivation to write, said this:

“The unifying themes of women who wrote beautiful novels and stories and poems and essays and plays and scripts and songs in spite of all the crap they endured is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And “if your Nerve, deny you –,” as Emily Dickinson wrote, “go above your Nerve.” So write. Write like a motherfucker.”

With this in mind, I plan to work like a motherfucker, love like a motherfucker, give like a motherfucker and surf like a motherfucker.

Globally my hope is that we recognize each other as brothers and sisters and that we play in the dirt and the sea. Care for our fellow humans and care for mother earth are defining elements of what it means to be human and yet we spend so much time isolating ourselves from each other and from the earth. Smile at a stranger. Talk to someone on the bus. Take off your shoes and stand barefoot on the grass. Stare at the stars.  

Read The Wayside Chapel Story here –

The Story So Far….

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A Big Thank You To 

Brett Galvin @ The Mint Partners, Jason Burrows @ Jungle Film and Television, Graham Jepson, Toby Burrows, Simon Bernhardt, Alyssa McClelland, Curator Polly McGregor, Leonard Mattis, Tony Mott, Nixon Sturt, Maura Potter, Alexa Clayton-Jones, The wonderful people @ The Wayside Chapel, Gascoigne & King, Lisa Green – Editor @ House and Garden Magazine, Lisa Green London PR, Neale Whitaker, Matt Moran, Akira Isogawa, William York, Georgia Hawkins, Nick May, Jess Carrera @ Carrera Press Agency, Kathy Lette, Claudia Karvan, Sophia Deegan, Stephen Oliver, Dr Adriana Vergés, Jeremy Shaw, Klint Collier, Dean King, Reverend Graham Long, Laura Watts, Birgit Porter, Pat and Gai Tyrrell, Professor Gordian Fulde, Dr Fiona Chow, Darren J Topliss, Katie Fitchett, Svetlana Mironov, Kirsty Noffke, Malcolm the model, Random House Publishing, Kitty the Intern, Strand Hatters, Andrew McDonald Shoemaker, M.J Bale, Ellery, Carla Zampatti, Toni Maticevski, Alex Herbert, Chris Gleisner, Isabella Schimid, Dion Horstmans, David Riddell, Caroline Meehan, Brendan Wong, Lara Merrett, Ray Gascoigne, Malin Frick, Adriano Zumbo, Romany Brooks, Dominique Rizzo, Michael Cassel, The National Library of Australia, The National Art Gallery of NSW.

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