Issue 2
Monday, 26 March 2018
Charles Darwin University
From left: Rita Tomlins, nail technician Debra Street and Nicole Waters
From left: Rita Tomlins, nail technician Debra Street and Nicole Waters

You beauty, Tiger fan nail artist full of cheer

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University’s new beauty services trainer Debra Street was full of cheer when her team the Richmond Tigers started the AFL season in perfect fashion with a win last week.

Before moving to Alice Springs this year for a “sea change”, the lifelong Richmond supporter had worked for about 30 years as a practitioner and trainer in Melbourne’s beauty industry.

Naturally, she has fond memories of grand final day last year, when Richmond upset favourites the Adelaide Crows, to end a 37-year premiership drought.

At the time, she was managing a beauty salon in nearby South Yarra that offered services including spray tanning, nails, waxing and make-up.

“We had clients getting their nails done in the colours of their favourite team, including the girlfriend of one of the Richmond players,” Ms Street said.

“It was a busy day, but we closed early so we could get home to watch the game on TV.

“It was a huge relief to see Richmond do so well. We cracked open the champagne at three-quarter time,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll do it again this year.”

Ms Street helped whip up some footy fever at Alice Springs campus last week by painting the nails of two footy fan colleagues in the colours of Richmond and Carlton, the two teams who played the first game of the season.

Business Customer Services Officer Rita Tomlins was brave enough to have her nails painted in the navy blue and white of Carlton, the team her dad supports, while Children’s Services trainer Nicole Waters had hers done in the yellow and black of the Tigers.

Ms Smart delivers certificate courses in Nail Technology and Beauty Therapy from CDU’s training salon on Grevillea Road.

“There’s been a lot of interest and a lot of enrolments. We have a full cohort this semester,” she said.