About the Love Living in the Tropics project
Love Living in the Tropics is an online publishing project that celebrates life in the beautiful tropics of Far North Queensland. It aims to connect people, inform them about their local community and offers tips, information and suggestions of “how to survive life in the tropics” – everything from making natural nit spray, fighting mould, eating ‘raw’, picking out the best produce, eating and drinking well to those all-essential self-care tips.
The local info does what it says! It provides info about what’s on in FNQ; local community and family life; where to find the local businesses and services in Cairns, Port Douglas and the Tablelands that help us stay fit and well, have fun, dine out, drink coffee, shop, holiday and travel, treat the kids and lots more besides!
Behind the scenes
Love Living in the Tropics is managed by Stephanie Kendall. Stephanie has lived in the tropics for 10 years, loves life in Cairns and exploring the region. She works as the Community Engagement Director for NT Seniors Voice and as the Events & Communications Manager for COTA NT, a not-for-profit peak body advocating for seniors.
- 2021 – Clean Living in the Tropics changes its Facebook page to Love Living in the Tropics and due to Stephanie’s almost local to Cairns status (only another 30 years to go), the site places more emphasis on life in Cairns.
- 2020 – For the ‘pandemic year’ and beyond, Clean Living in the Tropics’ original vision to “discover, love and share” remained, but now it aims to discover, love and share all local sole trader and small business enterprises, so they too have a platform to connect with the communities around Darwin and Cairns.
- March 2020 – Clean Living updates its business directory and expands to connect as many sole traders and small businesses as possible to the local community in the face of the extraordinary changes brought into everyday life by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- November 2019 – Clean Living promotes The Longevity Film shown one-time only in Darwin. This is a story about ageing happy, healthy and disease-free, and investigates the complex topic of ageing by documenting cultures from around the world.
- June 2019 Clean Living in the Tropics’ community final column for The Suns newspaper of the NT News is published finished when the NT News dissolved its community paper. Until its shutdown, Stephanie contributes nearly 100 columns under the Clean Living in the Tropics banner (all now published in “how to survive life in the tropics”).
- April 2019 – Clean Living develops and integrates into its website, an online guide offering free listings to sole traders and small businesses.
- December 2018 – Clean Living promotes Heal, a documentary about the importance of keeping yourself emotionally and spiritually healthy.
- January 2018 – Clean Living promotes The Gut Movie, shown at two special screenings in Darwin. This was the story about poo and the future of medicine and a funny, engaging and educational film about Kale Brock’s quest to discover whether the optimal microbiome exists.
- November 2017 – At the end of 2017, Stephanie moves to Cairns from Darwin.
- August 2017 – Clean Living in the Tropics devises the frond rating to help market goers and stallholders talk about approaches to sustainability. Clean Living in the Tropics offered free certificates to stallholders who ‘claim’ their free frond rating.
- August 2017 – Clean Living publishes its ebook guide which featured nearly 100 Territory businesses taking a cleaner approach to business plus recipes, Paleo info, tips on clean living, interviews and a fridge door calendar pull-out featuring the best of the Territory’s cultural, community and clean living events.
- March 2017 – Stephanie begins life as a community journalist writing a weekly column for the NT News. The original version of these columns are published in “how to survive life in the tropics.” They offer tips and advice gleaned from interviews with local small business owners, sole traders, and health and well-being advocates. [Still relevant today, although some of these businesses may not be trading any more. SK]
- February 2017 – Clean Living in the Tropics goes online with its social media page and website.