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Issue #19 - November 2010


Plus your stars, trivia, all the latest local events, DIY and garden tips, restaurant rave, food & wine and much, much more!


contents Welcome Next month, Port Macquarie’s Sundowner Breakwall Caravan Park will again host the annual Festival of the Sun (FOTSUN) – one of the biggest live music gigs on the coast with 3,000 tickets to the event already sold.

In this addition of the Greater Port Macquarie Lifestyle Magazine we catch up with 26-year-old casual primary school teacher, Sean Kelleher – the drummer of Newcastle band Seabellies who will feature at this year’s FOTSUN. Also this month, we profile local elite mountain bike racer, Jason English. The Port Macquarie school teacher regularly competes in 24-hour mountain bike events, so a 44-hour training regime has become a regular part of his week. An interesting story from 96-year-old Port Macquarie grandmother, Nancy Baird who tells us of her invitation to Number 10 Downing Street (home of the British Prime Minister) to have afternoon tea with Clementine Churchill – wife of the great wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill. We meet up with local ambulance officer Peter Versluis. The Laurieton officer has been with the NSW Ambulance Service for over 30 years. He has saved many lives in that time – even helped deliver a Laurieton woman’s baby on the sidewalk in Bold Street. His son Dan is about to follow his footsteps and become an ambulance officer. The recently retired Port Macquarie Fire Station Officer John Gardener talks to us about a long and distinguished career in the Fire Brigade. The well-respected firefighter has been awarded the Australia Fire Service Medal and has been involved in many major rescue operations including the 1997 Thredbo landslide disaster. Again in the world of politics, we here from a Port Macquarie local who has worked with a number of former Australian Prime Ministers including Sir Robert Menzies. So again, another great bunch of stories this month. Plenty to read, including our regular features, columnists and all the news of what’s on in the Greater Port Macquarie region.

this month

seabellies by the seaside


king of the hill


tea with mrs churchill


here to help


fiery farewelled


behind the headlines


every month style life


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restaurant rave


food & wine


sustainable living


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hoosing to be a drummer for Newcastle-based outfit the Seabellies has not been without its risks for Sean Kelleher.


The 26-year-old casual primary school teacher almost avoided the pitfalls of tennis elbow, hearing loss – and worst of all falling off the back of a stage- when he came close to choosing the life of an academic. However the tug of thesis writing and a PHD in communications proved weaker than the Novacastrian’s desire to bang things.

So Sean hooked up with singer/ songwriter Trent Grenell, his brother Kyle, Antony Martin, Eddie Garvan and Stephanie Setz to officially form the Seabellies in 2006. The six piece outfit is on the bill for the much anticipated Festival of the Sun held at Port Macquarie’s Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park on Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11.


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The Seabellies is not Sean’s first band, but it certainly is the biggest – in both numbers of musicians and its profile. Since winning the inaugural Garage to V Competition in 2007, an initiative which helps put Australian talent on stage alongside some of the biggest bands in the business, the Seabellies have gained a solid following. They stunned audiences at the Australian V Festival, held in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth with a showbiz presence beyond their youthful age. Proving that it was no fluke, they cracked some major support shows throughout the rest of the year including stints beside heavyweights such as Augie March, Something For Kate, Softlightes (US), and the Veils (UK). While Sean has certainly been enjoying the ride, it has not been without its tiring moments.

Australia is a big country to tour and then there are those drummer hazards that not many people think about. When asked what the Occupational Health and Safety Hazards were for drummers Sean immediately thought of the back of the stage. “Of course there are those injuries like tennis elbow and you have to be careful with your hearing, but drummers are also more likely to fall off the back of a stage,” he laughed. “So far I have only taken a tumble off a rise (on the stage) and didn’t actually go off the back, but some of the stages can be quite high. “I totally thought I was going over, but luckily didn’t and no one even noticed!” The band has been putting plenty of mileage on the tour bus tires since the release of their debut fulllength album By Limbo Lake. This year will see their first performance at Festival of the Sun

(FOTSUN) and they are looking forward to it. “A few of my old high school friends will be at the festival and they’ve been telling me they’re looking forward to it,” Sean said. “After a few drinks I’m sure it can turn into a bad high school reunion.” Reunion or not the Seabellies will no doubt bring their sonic treats, often described as rich, lush and full of ethereal electronic sounds to the beachside stage. The big gig by the sea has proved incredibly popular in previous years selling out its 3000 tickets the past two years.

The young teacher’s love affair with music started early in life with the trumpet. Having parents who spent most weekends performing as part of an 80s cover band – dad is a drummer, mum is a classical singer and flautist, it was not surprising Sean was drawn to the world of backstage passes and crowds hungry for a good tune or two.

“The whole rent thing in Sydney is just huge,” Sean said.

In the early days Sean would often practice for five or six hours, something he still does plenty of.

Plans for the future will hopefully involve a European and Japanese tour – “have people working on it somewhere.”

If he is not on the drum kit he is likely to be tapping out a tune on his leg or even a pillow. He said he did have a tendency to become a little obsessive.

Like most of its members Sean was adopted into the band through friendships formed in Newcastle.

“I do like to get out and socialize, but sometimes I just need a little prod,” he laughed.

“Except for me all the other guys went to the same school,” the 26-year-old said.

Sean and his girlfriend Katie are renting a two-bedroom house in Newcastle and the biggest room is dedicated to music.

“My partner (Katie) was friends with Stef and Eddie who have been together for about eight or nine years.”

of a mass exodus to the bustling music scene of the city however the decision to move is off the cards for now.

With the band’s frontman living in Sydney and regularly commuting for practice and gigs there was talk

“We all work part-time jobs so we can fit it in around our music and to pay that much rent would probably mean working more and doing less of what we went to Sydney to do in the first place.”

After FOTSUN the band will head south to spend New Year’s Eve at Glenworth Valley (just north of Sydney) for the Peats Ridge Festival. While in the Hastings they will join, among others, Xavier Rudd, Regurgitator, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings and British India for the popular festival. Tickets are $145 and available from where you also can find out more about the full line-up, camping and any other handy hints for festival goers. by Terri Thomson



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White Ribbon Coastal Walk Returning after the success of the inaugural event last year, the White Ribbon Coastal Walk is on again. This event is for anyone of at least moderate fitness to undertake the 9km walk from Lighthouse Beach to the town Green to help raise awareness of White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Free buses are provided to take participants from Town Green to the starting points (of either Lighthouse Beach or Flynns Beach) and there will be activities at Town Green at the conclusion of the walk. To participate, registration is necessary and we ask that all participants wear a white t-shirt.

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barista Do you live with a coffee lover?? Someone who loves all the rituals of coffee?? I have just realized it is nearly Christmas and this is a time for you to consider a coffee gift for your special person.

with Harry Brady

You will need to consider what your coffee lover “needs”. Is there something they always say they want? There are a many terrific items to give a coffee lover from your Café BUZZ. First I would look at the coffee they drink. Do they have a favourite coffee? Or perhaps a coffee they wish they could try but cannot get, perhaps the Jamaican Blue Mountain I talked about last month. Something very special to spoil them for their Christmas Day coffee. Your Café BUZZ has the biggest range of coffees anywhere; if you drop in we can help you with a selection of the world’s finest coffee beans.

night of coffee and then you will get the result of better coffee, perfect! Café BUZZ can also organize a private coffee class for you at your home or in the Café. A one on one lesson from the Head Barista of Café BUZZ, Rogan Brady. Rogan will share his passion for coffee and showcase his teaching methods exclusively for you. If this is what you would like please call me or email me direct. At Café BUZZ coffee is more than a drink, it’s an important part of our day. We love to share our love with everyone, especially your coffee lover. If I can help anyone with an answer to a question please email me. Many people do every month, so please do not be shy. All questions are good! Please send any questions or thoughts to me on harry@ or call me 0412 825 882 Enjoy your coffee,


The second thing to look at would be the way they make their coffee. Maybe a new Espresso Machine or Coffee Grinder would be perfect. Please email me if I can help you with some things to consider before you purchase. There are also Plungers and Filter Coffee Brewers to consider, coffee can be enjoyed in so many different ways! Home Baristas love their toys. How about a new Coffee Tamp, a Coffee bean “Knockout”, a Chocolate Shaker, a Thermometer, a Milk Jug or a bottle of Cleaner for the Espresso Machine? Your Café BUZZ has all these items available. Maybe a Gift Certificate so they can purchase something for themselves. What about a “Home Barista Course?” This is perfect as it will ensure your coffee lover learns the correct procedures for making coffee. These courses are filled with other coffee lovers and are a wonderful and informative way to spend an evening. They will have a


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Established about 13 years ago in the Lighthouse area of Port Macquarie, Lotus at Lighthouse is still as popular as ever. With the belief of always cooking with fresh ingredients, and all complimented by a warm and friendly service they ensure every patron a wonderful and authentic dinning experience. For yet another year running and adding to their myriad of awards Lotus has again secured the honours of receiving the Award of Excellence as the 2010 best Chinese restaurant of the year for the Northern Region and were finalists for the NSW Chinese restaurant of the year. Lotus has had many successes, most notably a past win as the best Chinese restaurant in Australia. For many families after a long, hard day at work, toiling over a hot stove is the last thing they feel like doing.

Lotus at Lighthouse

This is where take away is a perfect alternative! Being as easy as picking up the phone or choosing to dine in at the restaurant, you can be assured whatever option you take, that your in for a treat from Lotus @ Lighthouse, and all coupled with the peace of mind that you can simply enjoy great food and relax.

For those looking for a more adventurous culinary journey, Lawrence can tailor make a menu specific to you for that special occasion. Offering up dishes like Candlenut Prawn, Peking duck, steam whole fish, sambal chilli king prawn, chilli crab just to name a few and all of which are sure to make any mouth water.

Lotus offers an inexpensive and enjoyable experience whereby everyone can share and be adventurous in the tasting’s of a variety of dishes, textures and tastes.

Within the premises their is a large private function room, catering for everything from birthday’s and anniversaries, through to office dinner parties and wedding’s, with the banquet tailored to meet your specific requirements and budget.

On hand to compliment the flavours of the dishes are a wide range of wines and for those who do not drink, Lawrence ensures there is always a fresh pot of traditional Chinese green tea on hand. When naming a few dishes that are synonymous with Lotus, you just can’t go past the ever popular Shredded Beef in Peking sauce (or as the locals call it the “Rusty Nail”), Malaysian Laksa, Malaysian Spare Ribs and the Special Chilli King Prawns.

As for Lawrence and his wife Emily, together with the whole team, it is easy to see why they have been awarded Chinese restaurant of the year as they are continually striving for quality and success, priding themselves on giving Port Macquarie the very best in Malaysian and Chinese Dining. Why not give them visit you will not be disappointed.



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The New England Wine Show 2010

Michelle Heagney - Senior winemaker, Cassegrain Wines

The New England Wine Show is held annually during October at Glen Innes, in the heart of Australia’s newest wine region aka Geographical Indication (G.I.) New England Australia.

Three of Australia’s most respected wine judges travel from as far afield as McLaren Vale in South Australia, Orange in NSW and the Hunter Valley in NSW. Their task is to independently visually inspect, smell then taste over 200 entries to determine which of the wines are worthy of being awarded one of the coveted trophies. To be eligible to enter the show a wine must be made wholly in Australia from at least 50% of grapes grown in the New England Australia GI or from grapes grown in invited neighbouring regions. The Hastings Valley, our local G.I. is one of the invited neighbouring regions How does it happen? Award judging is scored using the “Borda Count” method. Exhibits are judged out of a total of 20 points for each judge, added together then divided by the number of judges to give a standardised score out of 20.

Best Unfinished Wine of Show – Certificate of Merit for our 2009 Cassegrain Reserve Shiraz (to be released in around 12 months) Gold for our 2007 Cassegrain Reserve Falerne Silver medals for our 2010 Premium Semillon and 2008 Richfield Shiraz, and three Bronze medals. The awards we won are testament to the quality of fruit we are privileged to source from the New England Region. We urge you to introduce yourself to Australia’s newest G.I. New England Australia. by Michelle Heagney

June’s Recipe of the month

Hi groovers, I’m back again… With the weather warming up, this month we are going with a nice cold salad that’s quick and easy and great as a side dish to take to a bbq.

June can be heard each weekday on Strawny’s Breakfast Show on 2MCFM.

Awards are made as follows: - Gold 18.50 to 20.00 points - Silver 17.00 to 18.49 points - Bronze 15.50 to 16.99 points The senior member of each panel of judges tallies the scores and after further consultation with the other judges, arrives at the final assessment of the wines. A trophy is not given unless a wine has earned a Gold Medal. A Certificate of Merit may be given to a wine that has earned a Silver or Bronze Medal. An exhibitor’s highest marked entry in each class is counted in the tally for the trophy for the Champion Winery of the Show. Points are awarded as follows: - Five points for each Gold - Three for each silver - One point for each bronze The points awarded are added and the Exhibitor with the highest total is the winner. Cassegrain Wines were privileged to be presented this prestigious award at this years New England Wine show. We were also very pleased to come home with: Chief Stewards’ Pick of Gold Medals – The Judges’ Trophy, for our 2010 Edition Noir Gewurztraminer Best Aromatic White Wine of Show, again for the 2010 Edition Noir Gewurztraminer


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Avocado, Prawn & Silverbeet Salad with Toasted Rye Bread Preparation Time: 15mins Cooking Time: 15mins Serves: 4

Ingredients 2 1/2 tbs white wine vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Cooking Instructions Peel the prawns and set aside. Combine the white wine vinegar, mustard, oil and lemon juice in a large bowl. Peel and cut each avocado into thin wedges. Add the wedges to the vinaigrette and stir gently to coat. Remove and discard the stems

1 1/2 tbs olive oil

and central veins from the

2 tbs lemon juice

silverbeet leaves. Place the

2 avocados 3 silverbeet leaves (about 200g) 16 large cooked prawns, peeled, deveined, halved lengthways 4 slices dark rye bread, crusts removed, toasted

Matching Wine Michelle Heagney recommends Cassegrain Premium Chardonnay to go with your prawn salad.

leaves on top of each other, roll up, then cut across the roll to shred. Add to the salad bowl with the prawns. Tear the bread, toss gently with the salad and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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ot even the love of Jason English’s life can curb his competitive spirit.

The 30-year-old elite mountain bike racer would not be the world champion he is today without the drive to win, but it could have cost him his wife. Jason, a Port Macquarie teacher, met the now qualified sports dietician Jennii while studying at Newcastle University. The pair played for the same soccer team and after some pestering Jennii agreed to go for a run with the eager sportsman. “We went for this two hour run and I just smashed her,” Jason said. “She was trying to pretend I wasn’t smashing her...we are both pretty competitive.” This admission comes as no surprise considering Jason and Jennii’s commitment to the world of mountain bike racing.

“If it wasn’t for Jen I wouldn’t be able to do this”

In the lead-up to the Scott 24 hour Australian Mountain Bike Championship, held at Canberra in October, Jason stepped-up his training to 44 hours a week. The effort paid off with the rider finishing 28 laps of the solo world championship course in 23:58:06, almost half-an-hour before the Scott’s 2007 champion, Andrew Bell of Melbourne, made it over the finish line. It has been a big year for Jason who in March also took out the Australian Solo Championships. “When I first started mountain biking in year seven I really didn’t understand the training involved,” the Heritage Christian School sport’s teacher said. “I was riding 50-70km in a week (as a teenager), now I do that, and probably a bit more, in a day.” Between teaching PD/HPE and training and competing in events around the country and overseas Jason does not have time for much else in life. Fortunately Jennii is just as involved in the sport as he is and doesn’t mind the 5am starts to get to a race on time. “If it wasn’t for Jen I wouldn’t be able to do this,” admits Jason. “We try to support each other as much as we can.” In the past two months the Port Macquarie couple has only had one weekend at home. When you consider sleep deprivation could have potentially fatal consequences (falling asleep behind the handlebars is just as dangerous as falling asleep behind the wheel) it is a wonder Jason hasn’t had more injuries. Continues page 22


From page 21 “I’ve never had a moment in a race where I’ve thought this is the last race I’m going to do,” he said. “But there was this trip to Melbourne where we worked on Friday and had to be down south for the race on the Saturday. “Our flight was delayed and in the end we had about three hours sleep before the 24 hour race. “Falling asleep in a race is pretty dangerous, plus other things are affected like you might not be pedalling as hard and you have a higher chance of running into bushes and really nailing yourself.” Jason is no stranger to early starts. Often he is up about 4.30am to get in a few hours training before school starts – sometimes the training can involve 24 laps of the gruelling road climb up North Brother Mountain at Laurieton. Then after work he squeezes in another two or three hours training, often with some of his students along for the ride. “The kids from school are pretty motivating – they often get me to train more, egging me on after school,” the teacher said. “It has been great to take a few of them to different events – we had a trip up to Alice Springs for a stage race and it is just a great opportunity for them.” On the injury front Jason has been pretty lucky. He broke a few vertebra months out from the world championships in 2008 and had to decide whether or not it was worth paying the money to race in the overseas competition. Despite his injury he managed to take out second place. He said he could probably write a book on how to get fit in five weeks. While Jason is keen to keep racing 24 hour endurance events around the world he does foresee a time when he and Jennii will tone down their gruelling schedule and start a family. For now the world champion is happy to keep surprising himself with his achievements.

“The kids from school are pretty motivating – they often get me to train more, egging me on after school”

“Every year I’m amazed at what I’ve managed to achieve,” he said. “I thought after the year I had in 2009 that this year would have to be a disappointment, but when I look back at the year there have already been so many great events.” To find out more about Jason and where he will be racing next visit by Terri Thomson


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sustainable living Recycling Sustainability Managing waste is one of the greatest environmental issues facing the community today. While it should be a with Steve Bewicke consideration every day of the year, I wanted to talk about recycling, particularly as November 8-14, was National Recycling Week. Conserving vital resources and keeping useful materials out of landfill is something that everyone can practice every day, simply by taking care of what we throw away. The benefits of this are that the more we re-use and recycle, the smaller our impact on the environment, and there are easy ways we can all make a difference. We can all reduce our waste by buying products with minimal packaging, and recycle these where possible. Look for refillable products such as juices and cleaning products, or concentrated forms like deterrents. Where possible, the use of baskets or reusable shopping bags reduces the use of plastic bags, so keeping them handy in the home or car is a good idea. Reusing is also easily done. A great example is with water bottles and coffee cups. Re-using a water bottle you already have, means you are saving landfill by not

throwing many more away in the rubbish. There are even re-usable coffee cups on the market now which allow you to bring them to your cafe and have them filled there when you buy your coffee daily. Buying recyclable goods is a simple step which can be taken, to make a big difference to our environment. The best way to recycle is to recycle goods you have, and also consider what you buy and whether the products have recycling capabilities. Buying products made from recycled materials or with reusable packaging is a good start, and also making sure you sort your waste in terms of what can and can’t be recycled and putting it into the correct bins. We can all play a part in helping our environment by undertaking these easy steps to reduce our waste and make better use of our resources.

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Do You have a warDrobe full of clothing anD nothing to wear??? Y ou’re in the process of getting ready for a day at work, a night out with the girls or dinner with your partner. Showered

Hair done

Make-up on


What to wear

You find yourself standing in front of your wardrobe looking at all your clothes and you say with frustration in your voice “I’ve got nothing to wear”. By now your partner has made a hasty retreat to safer territory. How do we find ourselves in this situation? It’s usually when we purchase one off pieces because we fell in love with it or it was a “bargain”. Nothing is a “bargain” if it hangs in your wardrobe never to be worn.


One of the hardest things for us to do is to shop rationally and

1. accessorise – this is an easy way to instantly update your wardrobe. Statement jewellery immediately adds impact.

the benefit of knowing your colours and style, it allows

simple tips to looking fabulous everyday!

2. wear make-up – it is easy to learn a simple 10 minute make-up routine. At a minimum you always want to wear a lipstick in your correct colour and mascara. 3. Shoes – in the words of Laurie Schechter “Shoes are the exclamation point at the end of a fashion statement.” 4. underwear – invest in some quality underwear. If you haven’t had a bra fitting in over two years, have lost or gained weight, had a baby etc – then it is time to have a fitting. And remember it is called under wear for a reason – we don’t need to see it! 5. Smile – when you look great, you feel great.

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logically with our whole wardrobe in mind. This process is made so much easier when you have you to immediately eliminate anything that is not going to complement you. If you would like to learn how to build an integrated wardrobe, shop effectively and make the most of your budget contact me for more information. Warm Regards,


healthy living Omega 3 for Kids Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids, which are not made in the body and therefore must be obtained from the diet. Sources of omega 3 fatty acids include darker-fleshed fish such as tuna and salmon with Nyree Pryce and flax. Many modern diets, including those of children fail to meet the requirements of omega 3. Results of a study involving 5500 students were published by the Department of Health in 2006. The research revealed 27-37% of school children aged 5-16 years old never or rarely ate fish. A further 35-45% of the students surveyed reported eating fish less than once per week. The requirement for omega 3’s depends on children’s age and gender and can be found in the table below. Children’s NRVs for omega-3s Age and Gender

Long chain omega-3 DHA/DPA/EPA mg/day Adequate Intake




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9 - 13 yr


14 - 18yr


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In the body omega 3 has an important role in brain development and the maintenance of normal brain function throughout life. In children omega 3’s may help with the ability to think, learn and remember. They may also have an important role in mood regulation, behavior and the maintenance of eye function. Omega 3 fatty acids are important for normal healthy neurological development in children and if you are concerned your child may not be obtaining enough from their diet there are a number of supplements available in liquid or tasty chewable capsules to meet their needs. Remember, always consult your healthcare professional. For consultation bookings phone QDV on 6584 1300 (Settlement City) or 6583 8922 (Horton St).


the natural way Reflexology Reflexology is a complementary therapy which involves working on the feet or hands to restore balance and harmony to the whole body. There are points on the hands and feet that relate to organs, glands and systems of the body. These reflex points, when stimulated by massage bring about a response in the body – hence the term Reflexology. Ancient history indicates that reflexology was originally practised in Egypt, India and China. There are many different theories about how reflexology works and they all agree that reflexology stimulates the body’s own healing powers in a natural and safe way.

Wherever there is imbalance or illness in the body, the corresponding area in the foot may be tender or painful. Working over these areas with the thumbs and fingers will help to break down and get rid of the toxic waste that have built up and caused the cells to malfunction. Another explanation of how reflexology works is the meridian theory. Meridians are invisible channels that run through the body carrying energy. The energy can become blocked and reflexology can help release this energy. Reflexology benefits the receiver with a sense of relaxation, promotes energy flow, encourages the body to heal, gives a feeling of well-being, improves circulation, and helps ease stress. Whether you are a beleiver or not one cannot deny how wonderful a foot massage can be.

Enjoy a complimentary foot treatment when you book in with me for a relaxing aromatic massage, facial or body treatment at Trendessence this month. Teresa Wright Massage Therapist - 0438 827 298


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nnocent forgery led to afternoon tea with the wife of Britain’s greatest prime minister for Nancy Baird.

The 96-year-old Hastings grandmother found herself invited to 10 Downing Street by Clementine Churchill after she told the mother-of-five she had learnt to forge her signature. Nancy was working at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, during the Second World War when she was asked to help prepare letters for Mrs Churchill who wanted to raise funds for the war efforts as President of the Young Woman’s Christian Association.

The family returned to Australia in 1952. “We thought Sydney would be the best place to raise the kids so that is where we built our lives.” Six years after Albury’s death Nancy married her former husband’s best friend Alan Baird who also was a widower. The couple were married for 32 years before Alan passed away about 12 years ago.

“At that time there were only two options to sign a letter,” Nancy explained.

“We decided to leave Sydney after an off-duty police officer accidentally hit Alan while he was trying to turn into our street,” Nancy explained.

“You could either have a hand-written signature or a rather horrible looking stamp.”

“We were living at Warrawee in Sydney and it was just getting too busy.”

Nancy had been communicating with Clementine’s secretary Ms Hamilton to have the letters signed, but in the meantime had been practicing her signature.

Nancy said she has enjoyed her 28 years in Port Macquarie and has met and been involved in the lives of many wonderful people.

One day when she rang Ms Hamilton to follow-up on the progress of the letters she caught Clementine Churchill on the other end of the line. “I told her I had been practising her signature and was more than happy to sign the letters for her,” Nancy laughed. “She told me I had better come and have afternoon tea with her at 3pm.” Nancy said Clementine was incredibly impressed with her forgery and was grateful to avoid the responsibility of personally signing the 4000 letters. “I signed Clementine S Churchill on each letter by hand,” Nancy recalled. “That was the first time I had gone into forgery.” Born to Australian parents in England Nancy first travelled to her home country via ship in 1919. After growing up around Brisbane and Sydney she decided to return overseas at the age of 24 to do some travelling around Europe. However World War II interrupted the holiday plans.

“I originally got to know people through patch working,” the grandmother explained. “At first I didn’t know anyone and one day was out and mentioned something about being a patchwork quilter and before I knew it I was giving lessons. “I never charged anything for them it was just a good way to meet people.” Unfortunately with failing eyesight Nancy has had to give up the craft she so loves, but she has plenty of pieces to remind her of her talents. As a Legacy Torchbearer and Probus member as well as a student at Port Macquarie’s University of the Third Age (U3A) Nancy said it was important to keep busy and active. “I’ve learnt that if you don’t use it you lose it,” the 96-year-old laughed. And Nancy certainly has kept her mind busy. In 2008 at the age of 94 she was awarded the Best Presenter certificate by U3A where she has been student for six years.

“I was only expecting to be over there for about six months,” the twice widowed Nancy explained.

She is a little less mobile these days having to use a walker, which she puts down to not exercising enough when she was younger as it “bored my socks off”.

“I was staying in London with four other Aussie girls and two English girls when the bombing started.”

But she said growing old wasn’t all bad.

“One of the girls asked me if I wanted a temp job and that is how I ended up in the Lord Mayor’s house.” A job she went on to have for six years. While overseas Nancy married Albury Tidey, a man she met in Australia at a dance. The couple were married for 22 years before he died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 47. While


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She has a self-confidence that comes only with age and said she no longer cares how she looks. “I don’t really give a damn, as long as I’m covered up,” she chuckled. “Now I just take every day as it comes and when I wake up in the morning I think oh well looks like I’m here for another day.” by Terri Thomson

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The temporary Hastings Shire Council consisted of Thomas Jones Snr (Comboyne), Robert Longworth (Laurieton), Patrick Joseph O’Neill (Beechwood), William Andre Spence (Port Macquarie) and Henry Warlters (Rollands Plains).

The first election of the Hastings Shire Council was held on 24 November 1906.However, before the newly elected Hastings Shire Councillors could officially take office, with Patrick Joseph O’Neill as Shire President, the final meeting of the temporary Hastings Shire Council had to be held. That meeting was held in the Wauchope Court House, which later became the Station Master’s residence, on 4 December 1906 with the newly elected Shire Council meeting afterwards. In O’Neill’s acceptance speech to his fellow Councillors he thanked them for the high honour conferred upon him and said: “that while the duties of the position were very new to him, he trusted that his brother members would bear with him in any omission or mistake he may make”. He also hoped: “that the members would give him their assistance”. Meetings of the Council continued to be held in the Court House until an office was established in Grants Hall. In 1912 the Council agreed to construct their own building and on 26 November 1912 a foundation stone was laid by the then President Jacob Healey. The site chosen was that on where the present day Wauchope branch office of the Port Macquarie Hastings Council is located. The building was built by the Bourne Bros. of Port Macquarie and R. Andrews and was officially opened on 22 October 1913.

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eter Versluis and his wife Elizabeth were enjoying dinner at the Laurieton RSL when a female stranger walked purposefully toward their table.

“For her it can be a really frightening experience and being able to help and reassure her is one of those little things that is really rewarding for me.”

“Remember me?” the middleaged woman asked.

With a wife who works in the emergency department of Port Macquarie Base Hospital it is easy to assume the couple’s passion for medicine is what brought them together.

The 50-year-old ambulance officer struggled to place the unfamiliar face and admitted he was at a loss. But the woman certainly remembered the Hastings fatherof-three even though she had only met him once five years earlier.

It was in fact the wedding of a mutual friend and it was love at first sight for both of them.

He was the man who delivered her baby girl on the sidewalk of Laurieton’s bustling main street and it was a moment not easily forgotten for the Hastings mother.

They were married 28 years ago and now have three grown-up children with the second-eldest, 23-year-old Dan, about to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an ambulance officer.

After more than 30 years on the job Peter has plenty of similar stories to tell.

“It is a bit scary having a son going into the service,” Peter said.

For the past 18 years he has enjoyed serving the Hastings community, particularly in his role as Laurieton’s station officer, a position he took on five years ago, but he said there were times you could get too close to the people you had to help.

“I was able to give her this drug that brought her back from the brink of death. “The drug had only been approved the day before and it worked and worked brilliantly.”

While the much respected emergency worker enjoys his days off he said he is never really offduty.

“There are some jobs you just really don’t want to remember,” Peter said.

For a relatively small station Laurieton has a heavy case load with about 200 call-outs a month according to Peter.

“Crosses on the side of the road are often unwelcome reminders of jobs I’ve done.

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“It was early on in my career and there was a four-year-old girl with severe asthma,” he said.

“I’m emotionally not sure how I feel about seeing him in my uniform, but I’m pleased for him as this is a great job and I still love going to work every day.”

And working for a busy station like Laurieton you just never know what the day can have in store.

“To me it is just as important to be able to help a little old lady who has had a fall.

He has enjoyed seeing how many of the medical advances have improved his quality of patient care and remembers one incident where a new drug saved a patient who otherwise would probably have died.

Peter still receives a Christmas card each year from the grateful family.

“It is nice to know people, but sometimes it can be difficult when you are seeing a family at their darkest time,” he said.

“So often people ask how many lives have you saved and measure your job that way, but it is really about the little things,” he explained.

Shift work has been tricky at times for family life, but Peter said they don’t know any other way.

“He is 23, but he is still my boy.”

Even on the toughest days Peter is always learning new skills and having a wife to come home to who understands the pressures of the job makes it easier to cope he said.

Whether the job is a serious car crash or an elderly woman who has had a bad fall, the ambo is always ready to put his heart and soul into the job.


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“With Elizabeth there are times I don’t have to say anything and she just knows – she is a great strength.” Peter’s career in the service started when he was just 19. He left his parent’s farm in South Australia to make a difference in some of Sydney’s toughest inner city suburbs. Once he had adapted to the cultural shock, particularly working in Kings Cross, he was on his way. After that he worked in the southwestern NSW town of Narranderra

Returning home from a holiday to Cairns the couple were able to help a fellow passenger with a minor medical emergency. “It wasn’t dramatic, but the person and aircraft staff really appreciated the help,” he said. As a well-known community member Peter said it was important to behave accordingly and rolling around drunk in a gutter was not acceptable. “You are really only as good as your last job,” he admitted. “No matter if you’ve done a thousand good rescues, if you stuff up on the last one that is what people will remember.” It is unlikely that this thoughtful, caring ambulance officer will be remembered for anything other than his commitment to helping anyone in need and he still has plenty of years of that ahead of him. by Terri Thomson

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failed spelling test changed the course of John Gardner’s life.

The recently retired fire station officer’s failure to grasp the finer details of the English language meant he was denied entry to the police force, a career path he desperately wanted to pursue, at the age of 22. Instead, in January of 1973, the Hastings father of two went to NSW Fire Brigade headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Paddington to apply for a job. Thirty-seven years and 10 months later John has waved good-bye to good mates, putting out fires and one very smart-looking uniform. But his desire to serve the community is yet to be quenched.


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After enjoying some time travelling around Australia with his wife of almost 40 years, Jan, the 60-yearold hopes to volunteer as a bus driver. “I want to be kept busy in retirement,” John said over the phone while stopped at Mittagong just south of Sydney. “I’ve just spent three weeks helping my daughter (who lives in Victoria) landscape her garden. “Then we have three weeks in Sydney, some time in Queensland and New Zealand and then I would like to have a volunteer job driving buses for the elderly in Port Macquarie.” Although John’s father was a police officer and he hoped to follow in his footsteps, he said he was glad he failed the spelling test

because life as a fiery had been “a much better job”. But there have been some elements to career that were unexpected. “I thought we would be putting out fires every day,” he said. “But it just isn’t like that. “These days especially a lot more time is spent on education and we now also respond to hazardous material emergencies and act as a rescue service.” With the many varied roles of the job came plenty of opportunity to succeed and make the occasional mistake or two. After using sawdust to put out a fire in a shopping arcade John, who was still a probationary fireman, was asked to dispose of the box that had been filled with the used sawdust.

“I’m really going to miss the guys, you eat together, sleep together and there is always a laugh and a joke to be shared when you aren’t out on a job – then it is serious.” As he lifted the box up the bottom gave way spilling sawdust across the just-cleaned floor. “I remember the chief saying Gardner if you had another brain you’d be dangerous!” Born just outside of London in a spot known as Ockingdon, a 19-year-old John decided to visit Australia as a bit of an adventure with a mate and never intended to settle here. When he farewelled his parents he didn’t even think to give his mum a good-bye kiss. “I didn’t think I would be gone long at all,” he laughed. “Fortunately my dad made me come back and give mum a kiss.” About a year later John had met and married Jan and a return trip to the United Kingdom faded into the background. He then signed on with the brigade after serving two years as a corporal in the Royal Australian Army Provost Corps. Throughout his career he has been involved in communications, the specialist hazmat team, as a

training instructor and a member of the critical incident debrief crew. He was promoted to station officer in 1985 after serving at several Sydney stations and came to Port Macquarie 11 years ago – a move he says added 10 years to his life. He attended the Thredbo disaster landslide in July 1997 and was awarded a unit commendation. Continues page 48


From page 47 Five years ago he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his distinguished dedication to the job. He said the unpredictable nature of fires kept him on his toes and the call-outs that made him nervous were the ones involving people trapped in a burning building. “Often you would arrive on a scene and not know if someone was in the building or not,” he explained. “The most traumatic callouts though are often motor vehicle accidents because they can be really nasty.” When asked what he would miss most about the job John said it would not be the shift work. “I’m really going to miss the guys,” he said. “You eat together, sleep together and there is always a laugh and a joke to be shared when you aren’t out on a job – then it is serious.” Last year John bought himself a little motorised scooter to get to and from work. The vehicle quickly became a sure fire way for the other station crew to have a bit of a laugh. “They painted eyebrows on the two little headlights and I didn’t even notice at first,” John laughed. “Once they picked it up, it weighed about 90kg, and put it on the table so I couldn’t leave – it was all good, clean fun.”

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And there is no doubt John’s colleagues will miss his humble nature and sense of humour around the station for many years to come. His farewell a few weeks ago brought tears to his eyes and all he could say was “thank you.” It seems those are exactly the two words we can say straight back to a man who was willing to put himself in harm’s way to ensure the safety of Hastings residents of all ages. Thank you John. by Terri Thomson

Winners “Capture the spirit of our Community”

Who Will feature in our 2011 Wall CalenDar Getting community involvement in creating our new 2011 calendar was an obvious choice, given we are the Co-op created by our community.

The Winner of the $250 voucher and appearing in the month of april is Barb & Barry Gullick who captured a unique shot on the edge of Bago Bluff.

This competition was our way of getting people to really think about the region where we live and giving them an opportunity to show that via photography. Grocery pack winners were as follows: George Langford, Julianne Weatherley, Dave Holmes, Bek Day, Lee Grig, Albert Robinson, Kerry Wehlburg, Anne Houseman, Sue Shaw, Peter Wheeler-Smith, Diane Bayes and Tammy Clarke. Cover - George langford (a beautiful day over the hastings valley)

January - Dave holmes (Body bashing at rainbow Beach)

feBruary - Bek Day (Can i drive? taken rawden island)

marCh - lee Grigg (fun at timbertown)

april - albert robinson (sunrise on the hastings ‘Wauchope’)

may - Barb & Barry Gullick (on the edge of Bago Bluff)

June - anne houseman (helping hand - Wauchope Church market)

July - sue shaw (the old steamer emerging)

auGust - peter Wheeler-smith (a calm morning at Camden haven river)

septemBer - Dianne Bays (tranquility by the hastings river)

oCtoBer - Julianne Weatherley (the girls from unsW rCs at the port Cup)

novemBer - Kerry Wehlburg (making friends at Kindee farm, ‘Kindee’)

DeCemBer - George langford (the sun is shinning on shelley Beach)

January 2012 - tammy Clarke (tacking point lighthouse)


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Catholic Care of the Aged (CCA) is an organisation that has shown commitment to improving the quality of life to all residents in both the community and in all of its facilities for many years as part of St Agnes Parish, Port Macquarie. CCA provides aged care to: • 5 low care facilities (St Agnes Hostel, Maryknoll Hostel, St Agnes Lodge (Dementia Specific), Mt Carmel House and Vincent Court (Kempsey) • 2 high care facilities (Emmaus, Lourdes Nursing Home) • 2 self care villages (St Agnes & Lourdes Villages) and Community Aged Care Packages (CACPS) - 111 clients in the community. In total - care to over 700 residents. CCA has over 350 specialist staff and approximately 180 volunteers who work in a variety of areas.

CCA Promotes Health and Fitness at its Annual Fun Run/Walk A yearly tradition in the CCA for staff and residents is the annual 5 km fun run/walk recently held. CCA entities compete for a shield and there is plenty of interest to train and compete.

CCA - Innovation & National Recognition Port Macquarie Dementia Day Care Centre A Step Closer A Dementia Day Care Centre in Port Macquarie is a step closer after Catholic Care of the Aged officially transferred a parcel of land at Greenmeadows Drive to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The Parish sold the 10,100m2 parcel of land to Council for $1. The transfer of the land follows this year’s announcement by the Federal and State Governments to allocate $1.6-million through the Home & Community Care (HACC) program towards the construction of a purpose-designed dementia day care centre in Port Macquarie. Parish Priest Father Leo Donnelly said the Catholic Church was delighted to have been able to play a positive role in helping deliver the project to the community. Father Donnelly goes over plans for the new facility with council staff.

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“While our parish continues to play an active role in providing aged and disability services to our local community, this new facility will compliment these services along with the various other HACC services delivered by other organisations in our local area,” Father Donnelly said. The new facility is one of 16 to be built across the state in response to the increasing incidence of dementia among Australia’s ageing population. It is estimated that some 80,000 people are living with dementia in New South Wales and this number is expected to increase to 227,000 within 40 years. The Port Macquarie centre will help deliver respite to carers and provide sufferers with outings, day trips, diversionary activities, support, nursing and allied health services to people with dementia allowing them to stay in their own homes longer.

olic Care of the Aged Mt Carmel House and St. Joseph’s Primary Awarded State Prize An innovative program developed in Port Macquarie aimed at bringing seniors and young students together as a means of tackling mental health issues among older Australians has been recognised at the State’s Positive Living in Aged Care Awards. Port Macquarie’s Mt Carmel House and St. Joseph’s Primary School received runner-up out of six finalists on the NSW/ACT Category One: Strategy to improve outcomes for residents with mental health diagnosis for the program ”Memories of My Youth”. Minister responsible for Mental Health Barbara Perry presented the award and $5,000 to Catholic Care of the Aged Lifestyle Coordinator Alison Sherratt and Quality Assurance Coordinator Jayne Roberts, together with St. Joseph’s Primary’s Carmel Smith.

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The “Memories of My Youth” Program is an intergeneration strategy which has a multiple benefits for residents and relatives at Mr Carmel House as well as the students of St. Joseph’s Primary School,” Ms Sherratt said.

CCA has been successful in achieving 9 Better Practice Awards (high achievement award) from the Aged Care Accreditation Agency for Pastoral Care Programs, a Multi- sensory Program and Drama Therapy Program.

“A need for intergenerational bonding was identified and with the benefit of being part of a diverse parish our program was developed. Students, residents, teachers and staff have worked closely as a team to develop a program that considers aspects of human development across the life span to plan and implement effective activities that bring the residents and children together to achieve mutual benefits,” Ms Sherratt said. “The evaluation of this program demonstrated benefits for both the residents and the children. The residents have found a renewed sense of purpose within the community and the students have a more positive view of ageing,” Ms Sherratt said.

CCA strives to maintain excellence in service by providing professional, supporting and compassionate care appropriate to the needs of each person in our care and their family.

The visits have also provided students with the opportunity to think about their own attitudes toward the ageing population and the images of ageing. One teacher commented that it is “wonderful to see interaction between generations, beautiful, excellent company and having so much fun.”

CCA provides programs to improve the quality of life to residents specific to each facility. Some of the outcomes for residents from the programs include increased health, participation, socialisation, safety and greater communication between residents, staff and relatives.

Staff are respectful of, and actively promote, the dignity and independence of each person in our care. We apply Christian values of love, kindness and understanding in all we do, irrespective of age, race, colour or creed. Staff work with colleagues to maintain a professional and cohesive team, accepting responsibility for our personal and professional development and for respecting one another’s dignity and selfworth at all times.

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Frank Jennings worked alongside some of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most influential men, but he laboured the longest to win the heart of a woman.

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By the time the Port Macquarie retiree became Prime Minister Robert Menzies’ senior private secretary he had already been knocked back by the woman of his dreams. Actually, it was her father. In 1957 he was in love with a 17-year-old Sydney woman named Bessie. Frank met the young lady while searching for accommodation in the nation’s largest city and her family were renting out a room. Three years later Frank asked Bessie’s dad for permission to marry. The old bloke said no. Forty years and two marriages later, Frank tried again. The two have now been happily married for 13 years. “I didn’t tell her until I was 67 that her father had knocked me back,” the 80 year old said. In the life of Frank the ups are steep and the down times equally so. In the 1980s after working for Menzies as well as other PMs Harold Holt and John Gorton he found himself in Canberra at the start of the Bob Hawke ascendancy with no one to work for. “I applied to work for Hawke and didn’t even rate an interview with the panel he set-up,” Frank said. With so much experience in the prime minister’s office Frank decided to appeal the decision. But Frank found his complaint to the relevant workplace watchdogs fruitless. “I applied for hundreds of jobs around Canberra – I was 53 at the time,” Frank said. “But I just kept on being rejected – too old, too much experience.” Frank ended up working for National Mutual as a sales agent. He found selling insurance “soul destroying.” Up until that time Frank’s career had been the focal point of his life that not even his wife or six children could distract from. This choice later cost him his marriage. Frank joined the Prime Minister’s Department in 1951 and served as a research officer and senior research officer on economic and social welfare issues. He became personal assistant to Sir Allen Brown – later deputy high commissioner for Australia in London and secretary to the Federal Executive Council under Governors-General Lord De L’Isle and Lord Casey. He had been parliamentary liaison officer working for Harold Holt as Leader of the Government in the House of Representatives. This position also involved working with Gough Whitlam when he was Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.

He also served as Menzies’ senior private secretary for his last two and a half years and with Harold Holt for his first fifteen months. “I travelled to Asia with Holt on two occasions and with John Gorton, as an advisor, to the US,” he said. “Menzies used to have two martinis before dinner and two scotch and sodas after dinner – he didn’t like to drink alone so sometimes he would call me in and talk about cricket and family – we didn’t often talk politics.” It was another knock back that provided Frank with these opportunities. As a young man in his 20s he had wanted to travel to New Guinea to serve as a patrol officer and “do his bit to help the natives.” To do this he had to apply through the Department of Territories in Canberra. So he made the necessary arrangements, but when he was met at the airport by two public servants they told him there had been a change of plans. He was now the base grade clerk for the Prime Minister’s office. Later when Frank was selling insurance in Canberra as a 53-year-old he was quickly spiralling into depression. To make life darker his daughter committed suicide. His eldest son Allan and his wife Juana asked Frank to come and live with them as they did not think he should be living on his own. In 1994 Allan received a transfer to Melbourne. Frank went with the family, which included three of his 11 grandchildren. Melbourne proved to be a saving grace as it introduced Frank to the University of the Third Age(U3A) – an institution the 80-year-old said “saved his life.” “I read about this 84-year-old doing a course at U3A and thought if he can do it so I can I,” Frank said. He started studying a course on current affairs and psychology, which included mostly women. By the time his third year was approaching class mates joked that he should be made an honorary woman. In 1972 the twice married and widowed Bessie lost her father. When her second husband died Frank asked her to come to Melbourne, which she did. The couple moved to Port Macquarie in 1997 where they married in January 1998. Frank was shocked to find the region had only a small functioning U3A and soon was involved with building up membership, which now sits at about 500. He hosts a course called Behind the Headlines and enjoys his days with his best mate Bessie. For more information about U3A you can contact the office Monday to Friday between 9.30am and midday on 6584 3676. by Terri Thomson


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diy tips Handy General Maintenance Hints & Tips This month we have put together some handy little tips and tricks for some common and not so common DIY and maintenance jobs around the home. Painting Tips - Alleviate paint smells from a newly decorated room by leaving an onion cut in half in the room. Avoid paint splatter on windowpanes by coating the pane with undiluted liquid detergent and allowing to dry for a day before painting. If splatters do occur they will wipe off easily. Placing hot vinegar in a container and leaving brushes for 30 minutes can soften hardened and dry paint. Only dip half of the bristles into paint before tapping gently against both sides of the tin to remove excess. Use a criss-crossing stroke to spread paint evenly and start from the unpainted area, working back into the painted area, always maintaining a wet edge to avoid lap marks. Fixing Fly Screens - Cut wire and pull at the centre of each edge to line strands along the frame and fasten. Cut away excess wire. Mitre-cut the beading; prime the raw wood ends and nail to frame at about 100mm centres. The beading should hide the wire edge and its inner edge flush with the frames inner edge.

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garden guru November is a great time of the year. Roses and Jacarandas are in bloom as well as the sweet smelling gardenia flowers. With summer coming next month it is now a good time to mulch all of your gardens heavily to keep in the moisture and stop your plants from drying out especially plants with shallow roots like citrus, azalea and camellia. Deadhead all flowering plants. This improves the look of your plants and it helps them conserve energy because they aren’t trying to keep half dead flowers alive and produce seed pods. Feed natives now with a low phosphorous fertiliser. Keep an eye out for bronze orange bugs, as they will continue to attack your citrus trees well into next year. Tell tale signs are twisted leaves, blackened new shoots and they also produce a stinking smell as a defensive mechanism, spray with malathon. Stay vigilant against snails, slugs and aphids this month. With the amount of rain we are having it is making ants build mounds all through a lot of peoples lawns, normally this is a good thing as it aerates your lawn and they kill off all of the bad insects that attack your grass. The problem is that they bring up Port Macquarie’s lovely red soil, which stains carpets extremely well. We have some good products here to fix this problem.

level on your lawn mower as the thicker the lawn is during the hotter months the better protection the roots will have from the sun. Give all lawns a good feed this month this should keep the lawn healthy.

VEGETABLES: Plant or sow beans, with Trevor Frost beetroot, broccoli, capsicum, carrots, celery, chilli, cucumber, herbs, eggplant, lettuce, melon, mustard, spring onion, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, silver beet, spinach, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini. We have a good range of local vegetable and flower seedlings and they are grown from local seeds and grown outdoors here in Port Macquarie. Because of this the seedlings respond a lot better to planting than other seedlings that are grown in different states, with different climates and trucked here. Local is always better.

All products mentioned plus many more are in stock at our store, as well as information on them. LAWNS: Continue spraying lawns for weeds this month as they spread quickly. Be sure to use the correct herbicide for the type of lawn you have. Start mowing at a higher


n the teeth of inhospitable weather conditions, PMRC’s small but motivated 5-person junior team took on the combined ranks of Hunter Valley and Newcastle Grammar school, and rowed to victory at last weekend’s double-header regatta at Berry Park. The regattas were hosted by Newcastle University and Hunter Valley Grammar school, respectively. After a glorious sunny Saturday, the clouds settled in over Newcastle on Sunday, the rain came down steadily and a gusting crosswind raised chop on the water and threatened to push boats across lanes and into the far bank. Regardless, the

L to R: Aimee Gardner, Katja Marczan, Sheridan Duck and Savana Purss.

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junior team went on to claim 11 gold medals at the event. Sixteen-year-olds Aimee Gardner and Savana Purss both blazed their singles races, coming in well ahead of the competition. Gardner and Purss then joined with Sheridan Duck and Katja Marczan (both in their first season of rowing and racing) to L to R: Deb Gardner, Allan McCartney, Aimee Gardner, challenge the Women’s D Bryce Gardner, Jeremy Campbell and Sheridan Duck Grade quad, and came in 28 seconds ahead of the others, to claim a gold. Fourteen year-old Sheridan Duck braved her first two solo events in the Under Sixteen and Women’s D singles races respectively, coming a very creditable fourth in the Women’s D. She then went on to claim her second gold medal of the weekend with Jeremy Campbell in the Mixed Doubles. Purss and Duck placed third in the Women’s Under 17 doubles on Saturday, and Gardner and Duck placed third in the Women’s D doubles on Sunday. All told, it was a great introduction to racing for Duck and Marczan. Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Campbell won his Under 17 singles race by a comfortable margin and placed second in the Men’s C Grade singles. He and Grafton High school friendly rival, Cameron Kitcher, joined in a composite duo to claim the gold medal in the Men’s C Grade Double.


star guide by Divine Aries (march 21 - april 20) - There are plenty of opportunities in your career sector, but think about all the options before making any final decisions. You’ve experienced a lot of changes this year, and now you feel ready to gradually reintroduce partnerships, love and romance into your life. However, make certain about what, and who, you really want in your life.

Taurus (april 21 - may 21) - You will have a niggling feeling that it’s now or never for success at work or in your community activities. That won’t be true but the added motivation will be a great help in prompting you to find the courage to get your talents out on display and brought to the attention of the right people. You’ll be fired up and full steam ahead.

Gemini (may 22 - june 21) - This is your time to get behind the steering wheel and ensure you are heading in the direction that suits you. Don’t rely on anyone else to prod you into fitting in with their agenda. You need to be in charge. Travel delays will occur and you’ll need to move cautiously and put self-protection before anything else. Be prepared!

Cancer (june 22 - july 23) - Never at your best in the time running up to the November full Moon [22nd] you might as well lay back and do less. Your motivation will be low and circumstances won’t be ripe for pushing ahead too quickly. After the end of the month you’ll tackle your personal finances to see how you can improve your cash flow or security.

Leo (july 24 - august 23) - Togetherness will be the key to your sense of well being so it will be well worth your while to fit in with partner’s needs and wishes. After the end of November you’ll be more ambitious, working hard, keen to be taking the lead and making the key decisions. Your willingness to work hard should spark off everyone else’s enthusiasm. Virgo (august 24 - september 23) - Keeping your head down and doing your best may not sound like a bundle of laughs. Luckily there will be fun diversions with loved ones to take your mind off duties once in a while. By December you’ll know just how well your struggles have paid off. You’ll be pushing enthusiastically and keen to spread your views around a wider audience. Libra

(september 24 - october 23) - What you want is love, affection and a great deal of attention from loved ones. If

Sagittarius november 23 - december 22 Refuse to play anyone else’s games at present. Just go your own way and try to make others see that their attitudes need to change. By December you’ll find everything is back on an even keel. Thereafter you’ll need to play less and work harder. Looking after your health will be vital if you’re to get through all the chores piling up. that isn’t coming your way then you’ll need to make a few waves. By the end of the month you’ll feel as if you’ve got the influence you want. From then on you’ll be pushing hard behind the scenes to sort out joint finances and other confidential agreements.

Scorpio (october 24 - november 22) - Home will be where your heart is and where most of your attention is focused now. You’ll want more time with loved ones or just to put your feet up in your favourite armchair. Giving yourself a sense of belonging will be more important than anything else at the moment as it will revitalize your social life and bring happier relationships.

Capricorn (december 23 - january 20) - After the full Moon on the 22nd you’ll be more enthusiastic in general and wanting to bring more adventure or excitement into your life. However, at times you may feel low in motivation and need to ask yourself whether you’re heading in the right direction. Financially and emotionally you will be seeking better understandings. Aquarius (january 21 - february 19) - Full of high hopes and grand plans, you may not always be practical or realistic but you will be having fun with your fantasies and dreams. You’ll be injecting more adventure and stimulation into your life and keen to avoid boring chores or routines. This is the time to aim high; start to put your ideas and plans into practice. Pisces (february 20 - march 20) - Always known as a creative, kind and dreamy sign, you don’t find it easy being forced into sorting out more practical matters. Yet if you want security then you’ll need to tackle certain cash matters and be firm with yourself. After the end November you’ll find your physical energy soars along with your passionate enthusiasm.

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