Native food to star in ‘Best Regional Event in Australia’

THE MAGICAL Kimberley setting will star alongside native Kimberley food at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster in May 2016.

Fervor Chef Paul Iskov joins the star-studded line up along with food critic and trained chef Rob Broadfield.

Iskov will prepare the delicious. Breakfast By Fervor on Friday 20 May, and thedelicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor on Sunday 22 May – both at a secret location set amongst the spectacular East Kimberley landscape.

The 33-year-old chef has a CV that reads like the who’s-who of the culinary world. He has worked under renowned WA chef Hadleigh Troy at Restaurant Amuse in East Perth and has done stints at Tetsuya’s, Quay, Becasse and Marque.

Further afield, Iskov has spent time in revered overseas kitchens at Coi in San Francisco, Eleven Madison Park in New York, Test Kitchen in Cape town, Pujol in Mexico City, with Alex Atala at D.O.M in San Paulo and under René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, the latter ranked the Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Iskov, a pioneer in the native food movement, is no stranger to the Kimberley having worked on the True North, but has only been to Kununurra once. He said he was eager to discover nature’s food bowl in Western Australia’s North West.

“I am looking forward to connecting with local Aboriginals to learn about native food and ingredients in the Kimberley and go on a wild harvest with them,” Iskov said.

“It’s so exciting that people are becoming more interested in native food – it makes perfect sense for our diet to consist of food that grows around us.

“The other thing that not many people know about is how healthy native ingredients are – wild rosella, which is a native hibiscus, is really good for your heart and blood pressure. It has an amazing flavour, an intense tangy, quite acidic taste.”

Iskov said that dinner guests could expect green tree ants, boab fruit, and wild rosella to appear on the plate.

“I’m not going to say if we’ll have witchetty grubs or not – you’ll just have to wait and see,” the chef said.

Fervor is a roaming restaurant that visits small rural towns holding unique dinners in the bush, beach, salt lakes and other beautiful locations.

Iskov and Broadfield join a list of talent at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster including award-winning chef George Calombaris, musicians Bernard Fanning, San Cisco and Troy Cassar-Daley, and comedians from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Broadfield is a well-known Western Australian food identity and the event’s ambassador. He will host the Kimberly Kitchen presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort and the Durack Homestead Dinner, both featuring George Calombaris.

Tickets for key events of the award-winning Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, held 13 to 22 May 2016 are on sale now.

MasterChef Australia judge and decorated chef and restaurateur George Calombaris will be leading the event’s culinary creations at the Kimberley Kitchen (presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort) and Durack Homestead Dinner, two events that are expected to sell out quickly.

Another event set to sell out quickly is the festival highlight, the Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday 21 May.

The extraordinary Kimberley Moon Experience concert will be staged under the stars on a full moon along the banks of the majestic Ord River at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre featuring former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, six-time ARIA nominated Fremantle band San Cisco and country music singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley. It’s the Muster’s biggest event and a huge party.

Picnic on the grounds and dance the night away with friends in General Admission or celebrate in style in the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Corporate Circle, which treats tickets holders to a black tie concert and dining experience.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ord Valley, Lake Kununurra, spectacular fresh water gorges, national parks and stunning reserves, the Muster rewards visitors with magical and distinctive experiences.

Travel packages including return flights ex Perth, three nights accommodation and tickets start from $1040*pp (*conditions apply. Please see for more info).

The host town Kununurra is situated some 800 kilometres from Darwin and more than 3000 kilometres from Perth.

Awarded Australia’s Best Regional Event at the 2015 Australian Event Awards as well as taking top honours in the 2015 WA Tourism Awards in the Regional Events category and entered into the Awards Hall of Fame, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster encompasses 30 varied and brilliant events over a festival of ten days.

The State Government is a proud supporter of the event through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions,

Tickets to the delicious. Breakfast by Fervor and delicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor go on sale 9am, Monday 22 February through Ticketmaster. For more information visit

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Young leaders score in NAIDOC awards

USQ Fraser Coast students Tor-quaisia Robe-Broome and Kassandra Waia have been honoured in the 2015 Fraser Coast NAIDOC Week Awards.

Ms Robe-Broome, who completed the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) in Semester 1, 2015, received the Young Leader Award which recognised a young person who has through employment, education or training been active in taking the lead on Indigenous Australian issues.

Ms Waia, a USQ nursing student, won the Deadly Choices Award which recognised a person who had taken the time to promote health and well-being throughout the Indigenous Australian community via their own example, education or awareness.


Tor-quaisia Robe-Broome shows her NAIDOC Week Young Leader Award .

USQ Vice Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas congratulated the young women on their successes.

“NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians such as Tor-quaisia and Kassandra make to our Country and our society,” Professor Thomas said.

Ms Robe-Broome, 18, said winning the Young Leader Award was “very exciting”.

“It feels good to be recognised – it means a lot,” she said.

“I didn’t realise how much I wanted to do stuff like this for the community. Winning this award has made me more determined to keep doing it.”

 Fraser Coast NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Leon Nehow said Ms Robe-Broome was a positive and inspirational role model to young people.

“This year Tor-quaisia successfully completed a Traineeship and Certificate lll in Community Services at the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

“Since completing this certificate, Tor-quaisia enrolled in further studies at USQ and has also gained employment.

“She has also been nominated in two categories as finalist for the 2015 Queensland Training Awards, which is the highest State level of recognition of excellence for trainees.

“Tor-quaisia is an inspiration as she has undertaken these achievements at a young age, while also being a young mother.

“She maintains a steadfast belief that she is doing all she can to provide the best opportunities in life for her young family.

Mr Leon Nehow said Ms Waia also deserved to be recognised as she had excelled with distinction by studying nursing and promoting her findings to expand Indigenous people’s health and well-being.

“Kassandra is a fantastic role model and also teaches Indigenous young people about culture.

“She presents a positive role model by sharing her knowledge, sets a high example by mentoring and is a quiet achiever.

“Kassandra, we commend your hard work and dedication.”

During the award ceremony, USQ Executive Manager Brett Langabeer presented Acting Police Sergeant Vanessa Rudloff with the Acknowledgement Award in recognition of her dedication to education within the community.

Mr Nehow said Acting Sergeant Rudloff had entered into the local Indigenous Australian community without prejudice and educated the people.

“She also attends meetings regularly and her efforts are commended.”



Photo:  USQ Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) student Tor-quaisia Robe-Broome proudly shows her 2015 NAIDOC Week Young Leader Award.

Deadly day at USQ Fraser Coast

“I HAVE no suggestions for improvements because it was already too deadly! Keep doing a deadly job!”

That was just one of the many positive comments gathered from attendees after Indigenous Connections at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast yesterday.

Deadly is an Aboriginal slang word meaning excellent, very good or cool.

About 40 students from five Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg high schools attended the annual event, which was designed to excite and inspire students about their education and career aspirations.

USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said yesterday’s Indigenous Connections event in Hervey Bay was very engaging with a good balance of cultural and educational activities.

“The feedback speaks for itself,” Mr Langabeer said.


Zac Hubbert (left) and Bradley Smith from Maryborough’s Aldridge High School at Indigenous Connections.

“It was all positive and teachers talked about the students seeing the value of coming onto campus and being involved with the university.

“They relished the opportunity to talk with Aboriginal Elders and students to get first-hand insights into what they need to do, the decisions they will need to make, and how they can be supported to achieve their career goals.

Mr Langabeer said USQ put on a good display for the schools, showcasing the University’s strong cultural orientation and Indigenous respect.

“There is a strong mutual respect between USQ and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


Enjoying the Deadly Wise quiz are Urangan State High School students (l-r) Tayla Iszlaub, Sam Raveneau and Taliah Geiger, supported by USQ Student Ambassador Mitchell Brunke.

“It was just fantastic. I watched the workshop from beginning to end and some students who were shy at the start were really involved by the end.”

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the annual Indigenous Connections event was a great opportunity for Years 8 to 12 students to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities and academic sessions.

“There were plenty of chances to learn more about tertiary study with a mixed mode of academic and career development sessions available.”





Celebrating their win in the Deadly Wise quiz are Aldridge State High Schools students (l-r) Anita Waterton, Emma Paterson, Teleah Rainbow and Eybonnie Maker with USQ Professor Tracey Bunda (centre).


Featured photo: Aldridge State High School students Bethany Blackman (left) and Paige Hatherell learn about sound and hearing with USQ’s Ruth Newby and Dr Michelle Adamson at Indigenous Connections in Hervey Bay.