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WHAT'S NEW ON THE CENTRAL COAST

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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

We speak to a few of the Coast's newly launched businesses and get to know the genius entrepreneurs behind them in our Business Special!

HERE'S TO THE VOLLIES Celebrating the true heroes of the community - Our Volunteers - for

National Volunteer Week in May.

LOOKING TO OUR FUTURE We look at the amazing creative programs available for Central Coast Youth. GOING GREEN IN 2018

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The Announcer would like to thank the following for their help in making this happen: Jane Simmonds & The NEIS Program/Mission Providence Gosford, Clara & Hector Rivero, Dylan Dyer, Grill'd Erina, Cindy Pearson, Reece and Katie Royston, Ashley Reynolds, Shuaib & Elishah Rahman, Kylie Wallace, Guy Steinbeck, Lou Sawilejskij, The Rhythm Hut Vollie Team and all of our Contributors. The magazine would not be possible without you!

CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLES

06. The Business of Being in Business - Jane Simmonds, NEIS/Mission Providence Australia 08. Opportunity Knock - Kylie Wallace (Biz Optimiser) & John Petrich (DevelopMyTeam) 10. Thinking Outside The Box - Catherina McInnes - Planting The Seed 13. All About The Aesthetic - Andrea Rivero, Vix Volante Creative 14. Earning Browny Points - David Savieri - Browny's Mowing & Property Services 15. Coast Growth: More Than Just An Investment - Sarah Davis, Professional Buyers Agent & Mgmnt Services

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16. A Passion For Teaching - Sam Remond; The Outlook Cabana Premium Tutoring Services 18. RYSS: Who We Are - Alex O' Neal - Regional Youth Support Services 19. The Power Of Youth - Sharon Aldrick - Youth Arts Warehouse/RYSS

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Editor's Note- Growing Together - Andrea Rivero, Editor - The Announcer Magazine Coast Entrepreneurs Feature - Meet The Coast's Newest Entrepreneurs Spice Up Your Life - Turmeric Latte Recipe Advertising Directory- Adverts from our contributor businesses. Special Offer Voucher Pull-Out - Pull these out and keep to connect with this Issue's Contributors and SAVE! Special Feature: The Power Of Volunteers - We celebrate the humble vollie for Volunteer Week 2018 Fashion Forward: A Touch Of Vintage - we take a look at the second-hand clothing revolution. Green Easter Craft: Propagation Nation- Build a cool terrarium for friends and fmaily this easter. Events on The Coast - Event Pages, Gig Guide from Guy, Rhythm Hut gigs and more! Business Directory - Connect with this issue's contributing entrepreneurs. Local Area Map- Proving you're supporting local all the way!

The Announcer Magazine is an independent magazine published quarterly by Vix Volante Creative. It is a community magazine built by a communal effort from contributors and editorial team alike. As such, opinions represented are not necessarily those of the publisher. The Announcer contains articles provided by contributing writers, and while there is health information provided by experts in their fields, we suggest always checking any treatment advice with your GP.


FROM THE EDITOR

GROWING TOGETHER Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition and our 4th issue of The Announcer Magazine, Coasties! We're happy to see you back and hope you had an amzazing Summer!

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uch like any project that aims to unite and help things grow organically, running a community-minded magazine isn't always easy, especially when there are so many changes happening, both for The Announcer and in my personal life as well! With moving house over the new year, the holidays, attempting to staying healthy, running an independent publication and another business, it's sure been a challenging year so far! One of the best parts of publishing a publication like The Announcer is seeing how the community is embracing it for what it is trying to be - a way for us to connect to the stories of people we live and work beside and learn more about the amazing things happening just outside that front door. Already we've seen contributors and readers alike be inspired. From gaining recognition for published articles and starting their own ventures (and joining the NEIS program after reading about it in our first issue) to the amazing exposure we're able to give to not-for-profits and community spaces, it feels like our goal of bring Coast residents a bit of everything- business, entertainment, family, culture and lifestyle - on the Central Coast is starting to manifest. The people we have worked with thus far have helped make The Announcer what it is today. Our contributors help make this magazine happen each and every issue by adding to the voice of the magazine and sharing their stories, wisdom and humour with our readers. We also aim to make the experience a little easier for businesses that may not have thought they were in the position to promote themselves by trying to go above and beyond to help our contributors express themselves and show their neighbours what they do, and that they do it well!

Growing a business is difficult at any stage, and we couldn't have done it without the help and selfless support of some other amazing businesses. The Rhythm Hut and their superhero team of vollies (or volunteers) form a large chunk of our distribution team, and as it's Volunteer Week in May, we had a chat to their head vollie Brendan about how volunteering keeps a community thriving (p36). As an independent publisher we often find ourselves taking on multiple roles, and it all becomes a bit too much to handle if it's not an organised, optimised process. We have to also thank Kylie Wallace (of Biz Optimiser; p8) for the help she has provided to optimise our web communications- we highly recommend her if you need everything streamlined and working for you, not against you! Lastly, our gig guru Guy of DownToScratch DJs has once again taken time out of his busy schedule to give us the lowdown on all the Coast's best gigs and venues.With his finger always on the pulse we're happy to have him along for the ride once again You can find his piece in our event pages (p39-43). If there's an article or topic you'd like to see covered, or you have a business and would like to contribute, make sure you get in touch with us ASAP for our 1 Year Anniversary issue in Winter 2018! We'd love to hear from you, our readers and provide more articles about the issues, events and projects that matter most to you. You can reach us on theannouncer.info@gmail.com or get intouch with our team via the contact details on the previous page. We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to seeing you for our 1st Birthday Issue in June!

Anjie

Editor/Designer, The Announcer Magazine

PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE WORK OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS ACROSS THE CENTRAL COAST

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THE BUSINESS OF BEING IN BUSINESS Mission Providence and it's staff of NEIS business mentors wants local jobseekers to grow their passions and ideas into a successful small business through their New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Program.

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ou may have been made redundant from a responsible position and now you are faced with finding new employment, competing with the younger generation who may have multiple qualifications, are digital and social media savvy and a ready to springboard into their careers. Alternatively, you may be a parent who is ready to return to the workforce but rather than a 9-to-5 job would prefer to have a flexible position where they can work around their young family. Whatever your situation, there are many reasons why you might find yourself in a position where you are contemplating your working future. Obviously, there are always options to consider, but one that many people often think about, but don’t necessarily do anything about, is exploring the possibility of starting their own business. The problem is where do you go for advice? How do you start the process? Where do you get help moving forward?

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If you have a good business idea, you may be able to access small business training and support through the government-funded NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) program. Here on the Central Coast, Mission Providence delivers the NEIS program at its training rooms in Gosford. Provided you’re not currently in employment, education or training and you meet the requirements, the NEIS program can help you create a business plan, provide you with training in small business, and also provide you with business advice and mentoring for the first 12 months of your trading. “Self-employment can improve self-worth and empower individuals to realise their full potential,” says Jane Simmonds, Mission Providence’s NEIS Consultant. “We are fortunate to have a program available on the Central Coast to help budding entrepreneurs establish a successful business. NEIS is a very supportive program offered by the Department of Jobs and Small Business and a fantastic opportunity for would-be business entrepreneurs, as it addresses many of the obstacles that small start-up businesses face." she continues.


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"Our Mentoring offers ongoing support which is vitally important and proven that it contributes to business success” The NEIS program offers practical training on how to set up and run a small business, however, this training can also be extended to a VET qualification (Cert lll in Micro Business Operations or Cert IV New Small Business). Mission Providence offer this training by accelerated learning, so it’s possible to make your dream come true and start your business after completing a relatively short time in the classroom. It offers a blended learning program, incorporating classroom teaching and online learning. The good news is that there are no prerequisites for NEIS, so even if you have no experience at all, or haven't studied for a long time, the course teaches you everything you need to know. The NEIS program also provides ongoing mentoring for twelve months, so it offers support moving forward during the first year of business operation. It’s a great resource, as being in business can sometimes be a very lonely journey. Having a Mentor means you have someone to brainstorm with, offer you advice and help keep you focused and motivated. In addition to the training and mentoring, for those who are eligible jobseekers, or on a benefit or from a disadvantaged background, an ongoing support payment may be available for nine months to help you get started.

Success Stories: Jo Stanes Art; local artist and NEIS entrepreneur

Subject to your eligibility, it is possible to derive three streams of income whilst you are on the NEIS program; your NEIS payment, part-time work and income from your business. The good news is that all this is available free of charge on the Central Coast and most unemployed people are eligible to apply for the NEIS program. Courses are running continuously in Gosford, Charlestown Maitland, Mayfield and Toronto. Another great benefit of the NEIS program is the networking and cross-marketing opportunities that are available to you. There are a plethora of NEIS business owners throughout the Coast. Over the last 2 years, Mission Providence has helped over 3,000 people start their own successful businesses. The program has assisted people from all walks of life. So if you have ever considered going into business, now might be the perfect time to do something about it. A phone call to Mission Providence may be the start of your new career as an entrepreneur.

If you have a great idea and want to start your own business, be sure to drop in and see us at Mission Providence Gosford: 1/15 Watt St, Gosford . Alternatively you can contact NEIS on 1300 00 6347 or apply online at missionprovidence.com.au/neis

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS Two business gurus team up to give us their expertise in their next instalment in our ongoing series for Coast Entrepreneurs. Kylie Wallace from Biz Optimiser and John Petrich from DevelopMyTeam examine and discuss Central Coast Small Business trends and opportunities for 2018.

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he good news for Coast Small Businesses is that the economic outlook remains strong. The Reserve Bank is again predicting positive business conditions and strong employment growth this year. There are several public infrastructure developments underway, bringing economic growth and employment opportunities across our great Coast community. At the same time, our laid-back lifestyle and coastal environment continues to be a major drawcard for people relocating to the coast from big cities.

sectors, however the Coast community is underrepresented according to state figures in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services as well as in the Financial and Insurance Services sectors. These two industry sectors may therefore represent major opportunities for Small Business growth along the coastal strip, whether by new business entry, attracting businesses to relocate from other areas outside the Coast, or by increasing market share.

Business Spotlight on the Coast

At present, more than 35,000 people a day travel outside the Central Coast region for their employment, spending many hours travelling, as well as significant portions of their salaries in places like Sydney or Newcastle rather than on the Coast. This again represents a great local opportunity for Coastal jobs by bringing these roles to the Coast. There

A closer look at the Central Coast Council area reveals that the Health Care and Social Assistance and the Retail sectors account for around 30% of full time equivalent employment, significantly above the NSW state average. We should be very proud of this show of strength and expertise in these two

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is limited building stock in key areas of the Coast that would be suitable for professional services businesses. In some ways this is being mitigated by the development of business parks situated close to the Sydney/Newcastle expressway and intercity train stations. To take advantage of the Coast’s proximity to both Sydney and Newcastle and to allow the workforce to be sustainable and effective - one of the key growth areas will need to be providing Business Hubs. It would seem an easy win for more local Small Business spending if remote employers would support “telecommuting” by their workers at least one or two days a week. Employees could use the local Business Hubs, or even work from home.

Government Jobs Mean Local Growth Too

The major infrastructure works involving Gosford and Wyong hospitals to meet the growing needs of the Coast community will bring additional opportunities for health care and associated services to relocate to the coast. This will have a positive flow-on effect across the local economy, from retail to cafes and restaurants to building and renovating. The Commonwealth Government’s initiative of opening a branch of the Tax Office is very welcome and should be used to leverage other government departments - both state

and federal - to relocate to the Coast. However, we must be mindful that whilst the government can open branches it can also close them, and so Small Businesses should be looking at all revenue streams to ensure consistent and sustainable growth.

Let’s Work Together

Small Businesses on the Central Coast rely on all of us: large and small businesses, commuters, retirees, stay at home parents, job seekers, and students; to work together and promote the Central Coast as a great place to start a business, to grow a business, to relocate a business and to live a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. Let’s shop local and employ local people to grow and support our community. Statistical information for this article was drawn from https://economy.id.com.au/central-coast-nsw.

Get your business on track to succeed - contact John Petrich of DevelopMyTeam and Kylie Wallace of Biz Optimiser by turning to our business directory on page 44.

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX We get to know Catherina McInnes and her business Planting The Seed and discover how her 'new kind of service' is helping businesses navigate the new business reality, embrace change and position for success.

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ith an inspiring career spanning over 20 years, Catherina McInnes is definitely a driven and talented business professional. From humble beginnings in business administration, advertising and bookkeeping, she has enjoyed career success along the way, having established, managed and operated several successful businesses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Catherina is currently studying an MBA at the University of Newcastle and has a passion to learn, which also earnt her a nomination for the Young Business Women Award. Catherina’s main motivator and driving force behind each business vision was her insatiable dedication to working alongside and improving local communities and businesses. Her goal has always been to make a positive and beneficial contribution by providing the tools, resources and expertise to support and empower business owners and community members alike. It was a combination of this myriad of skills and experiences that led her to launch her third business Planting the Seed. While it can be defined as business consultancy, her work actually encompasses quite a few different areas and Planting the Seed is definitely no one-trick pony. “I’ve never been able to fit into a box and definitely with my business now I don’t fit into any one box completely,” Explains Catherina. “But that’s just it, I don’t want to fit into a box. My whole approach is coming from thinking outside the box, or thinking differently to everyone else.” She continues. It’s not just her wealth of experience in business that shapes what Catherina does. She also has lived experience that has shaped her approach to business. Being diagnosed with an array of invisible disabilities, Catherina tells us “My disability is my distinctive strength in business. I thought everyone thought like me and it was only later in life that I realised my strengths

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were my differences. The way my mind works means that I can see and identify problems with a task or system and then find solutions in a way that maybe others hadn’t looked at before. This is where Planting the Seed sets itself apart, as not only do I identify needs and provide solutions for businesses generally, I also actively works to create a bridge between the new NDIS system, other businesses and service providers and its participants”. In her usual style, she hits multiple markets; offering business consulting, bookkeeping, process improvements as well as solutions to participants and providers to assist in accessing the NDIS. Catherina links what she’s accomplished in the business world and transfers these skills to assist individuals in understanding and accessing the NDIS. “From my research and my work in the industry, business and administration skills are often the missing link. I am providing solutions to service providers and people accessing the NDIS and services to link with the system, which after all is simply a business model and requires business skills to work efficiently.Participants, service providers and potential providers all access a huge amount of data and I have identified how to navigate it for them. I want to strengthen their approach to make sure that they don't fail and go on to succeed and be part of an effective, functioning system we can all get behind.” She is well aware that there is a lot of misinformation within the community, that is not helping people access true and correct data and processes. This is creating barriers between the people and services and Catherina feels we need to build a stronger unified approach to help each other and ourselves. “As a bookkeeper, the opportunity to access government funding via a business model was never common," she tells us. “I want to inform, educate and empower businesses of the opportunities that the NDIS offers. With the knowledge I’ve gained I can effectively filter the information for the


ENTREPRENEURS individual’s needs, whether a service provider or participants." "I want to act as a bridge between my ‘two worlds’; introducing the business world to the disability sector. This can open it up for both worlds, both ways. There has been a negative attitude towards the NDIS, but where there is resistance, I see opportunity. I love it because it opens up so many jobs for so many people in so many areas- I can see it as an analytical whole, but part of what I do is helping others see this benefit for their own business.” she continues. Catherina says that participants aren’t always getting what they need either. This is where her passion for consumer rights kicks in. Planting the Seed can act as an advocate for equal access and equity for business owners and people from all walks of life, ensuring that it is meeting the needs of every one of its clients. Catherina’s own innate differences have fuelled this passion and she wants to see more businesses ‘outside of the box’ embrace the NDIS system, and broader mainstream services and support. Not just to deliver a new market to the business world, but also for the people accessing these services, meaning it opens to the wider community. “I want to break down the misunderstanding of information and empower people to be involved in society. I hear a lot of people complain that the system has failed them, when in fact it is often due to a lack of knowledge, alternative avenues and lack of ability in discerning facts from what is often conflicting and confusing information.” She enthuses. “With participants I have an opportunity to educate on how to use NDIS, integrate on levels of ability, help participants understand how business does work and how the economy works and in doing so, empower the person with the disability to lead a ‘better life’. I help people see how to value the work of others who can help and the value these services provide to their lives. I know my personal journey played a big part in doing things differently within my business.” "Through the positive and negative experience’s we all have in life I’ve always approached everything with a genuine, attitude and over time it taught me to trust myself first. For the longest time, I thought I wasn’t very smart, and this was shaped by my own disability, too. We play to our own strengths and mine is in processes."

Once Catherina got that clarity, she discovered that her innate abilities lay in this analytical way of approaching things. "I have an intrinsic ability to see patterns, link, connect, pull apart, and rebuild information and identify effective solutions that set Planting the Seed apart from everyone else." She states. “Clients know they will not only get an allencompassing, efficient service, they will also get a return phone call and a follow-up to make sure these ideas and knowledge is working for them! My innate flair for figuring out the maze of data, systems and processes that can leave most bamboozled is my talent." "Play to your strength, and if you don’t have a talent for analytical business processes source a person that does! Don’t let a lack of knowledge stop your dreams. My differences are my abilities! This, at its core, is why I started Planting the Seed to combine all of this into one service." So what advice does Catherina have for other entrepreneurs out there who ‘think outside the box’? “Running a business does have its ups and downs but so does life. Running a business, at the end of the day, is doing what you love to do! Of course, you’re going to have ups and downs, but its where we put our focus that makes all the difference. We want to be wherever we are truly our happiest, whatever that might be. For me, the biggest realisation about being an entrepreneur is learning to accept that business moves both ways, but its part of what you will strive for and sacrifice to get there. That

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energy is better spent figuring out what needs to change or improve so that we can turn those negatives into positives." Last of all, the lesson is to be sure to know and trust in yourself, and who you were before you started your venture. Herein lies Catherina's biggest strength. “I know myself really well and I have a clear picture of my needs. I know I have a system for doing things and this works so well for me, so I follow it. I keep to my Agenda! I’ve been called an overthinker before - and a lot more - and this is actually true! It’s this active mind that ensures my success when helping

others." Catherina exclaims. “Knowing my true authentic self, and accepting myself has empowered me to just be me, my differences and all! I know my strengths and I am confident to power ahead with what needs to be done and be the problemsolver people need in their businesses and even their lives.”

Want to know more? To connect with Catherina and Planting The Seed please turn to our business directory on page 44.

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C R E AT I V E B U S I N E S S

ALL ABOUT THE AESTHETIC

Andrea Rivero from Vix Volante Creative gives fellow entrepreneurs a few handy tips for empowering themselves to create a beautiful brand for their business.

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randing is hard- there’s no two ways about it. When it comes to starting a business, many entrepreneurs often find themselves lost when it comes to producing beautiful graphics for their business. As a designer, Andrea Rivero of Vix Volante Creative has seen many of her own clients grow increasingly impatient with the sea of free and paid online resource websites as they try to navigate the new systems being launched each day. “I always try to empower clients to explore the options out there. While I am there to complete a professional-level job for them, I believe it’s always good to learn new skills that my clients can further utilise to help grow their passions into a wellrecognised, beautifully-branded and therefore, successful business.” Explains Andrea. Here, she fills us in on a few of the options available online to start-ups, entrepreneurs and even the budding artist for creating beautiful content.

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1. CANVA – The Aussie Success Story: Canva has totally changed the game when it comes

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2. PROMOREPUBLIC - All-in-one Powerhouse: Promo Republic is much like Canva, but with the power of a database of events, social media ideas and access to scheduled posts across Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. It is a paid service, but it’s wealth of resources, as well as it’s scheduling and planning power makes it well worth it for those wanting an integrated service for their social media and marketing purposes. You also have a bit more freedom in terms of content creation, as well as plenty of inspiration and social-media-friendly templates.

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to a one-stop shop for content creation. Conceived by Australian Designer Melanie Perkins- a former design teacher who wanted to provide an easy way for her students to learn design programs- Canva launched as a one-stop shop based on free access to assets and templates. With paid and free options available, Canva is great for those with beginner to medium level skills in design. Custom Sizes and certain download options aren’t available in the free version, but it definitely boasts the biggest number of free resources without having to sign up for a paid account, if that’s out of your budget. It helps to have some knowledge of industry standard programs, but with a little time and self-education, it really does succeed in proving it’s slogan true- ‘Empowering the world to design”.

3. ILLUSTRIO - Icons Galore: Illustrio is relatively new to the design-online market, but it’s niche icon library provides a great option for the business that likes to express itself with strong branding. Here you create a template based on your logo or branding, and you have access to a wealth of options for icons- everything from the basics (phone, email and web icons) to the illustrative (origami paper crane flying by the sun, anyone?) all in your glorious brand colours. You can also create multiple palettes of up to two colours and only need to register for free to save your icon choices. 4. ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE - The Professional Standard: There’s a reason Adobe is referred

to as ‘design industry-standard’- it’s plain and simply the most powerful suite of tools for design, illustration, photo, media, film and publishing. With updates and new programs being developed everyday since it moved to ‘the cloud’ this is definitely the option for the more experienced. Even those without technical experience can learn to take full control of their marketing materials with this set of programs if they’re willing to dedicate time to self-education.

Get in touch with Vix Volante Creative by turning to our business directory on Page 44.

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HOME & GARDEN

EARNING 'BROWNY' POINTS David Savieri, owner of local startup Browny's Mowing & Property Services explains how he's more than just your average lawn man.

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utumn is here and as we all get back into the swing of things at work, we often start to find we become busier and some of our household jobs start to pile up. Lawns grow longer, the gutters start looking a bit cluttered and there’s definitely some clearing around the home that could get done, and suddenly, you find yourself dreading the weekend and wishing you had a helping hand. As we grow busier with our own lives there is also a struggle amongst time-poor Central Coast residents to achieve a good work-life balance and maintain social lives with loved ones. With the little time between work, kids, commuting and entertaining, the things we require finished start to pile up and finding someone that can help with so many different bits and pieces can become a task in itself. David Savieri (or Browny as he’s known by friends) of Browny’s Mowing & Property Services saw a need for a range of services that could help his fellow locals without the hassle of finding various businesses for the job. “I realised that often it’s more than just getting a lawn done for an upcoming family event. Some people need that little bit extra- maybe they need a clean-up of some old trash as well as their gutters and some pressure cleaning. Rather than hire 4 different guys for the job, they could meet with us and work out exactly what needs to be done and when.” Explains Browny. “It's a no-brainer; I have the skills and most importantly, I have the time to help them so that they can get it all organised.” A proud Coast local based in beautiful Wamberal, Browny’s passion for lending a helping hand and providing practical

solutions comes from a surprising source- he worked as a professional carer for 7 years and holds a certificate IV in seniors, disabilities and youth services. “I understand and appreciate the daily challenges facing people wanting to remain in their homes and maintain their lives and independence.” He continues. “In meeting with each person individually, it gives me a chance to tailor my services to suit their choices and lifestyle, so that they can continue to enjoy their lives.” Browny’s Mowing & Property Services don’t just help out at home. Browny is especially good at identifying what needs to be done and formulating plans of attack so that his clients can get some “Browny Points” up on their work sites. “It fits both the name of the business and what we do” he chuckles. ”After all, a happy boss equals a happy life. We’re available when others might not be- rain, hail or shine so that we can get it done in an affordable and personal way.” Most of all, Browny hopes he can help other Coasties free up their time so they can enjoy more of this beautiful area and the people they care about most. Whether you need a simple mow, trim and hedge or have a full list of household jobs – including everything fom odd jobs to light bulb and washer changes - that need to get done yesterday, Browny’s can help tick all of it off your list and give it that personal Browny touch.

To connect with Browny’s Mowing & Property Services, please turn to our business directory on page 44.

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PROPERTY & DEVELOPM SEC N TT I O NN EW NSA M E

COAST GROWTH: MORE THAN JUST AN INVESTMENT Sarah Davis, Buyer's Agent & Property Manager, shares another update for 2018 in her ongoing series covering property and development news on the Central Coast.

There is so much opportunity on the Central Coast the mind boggles. From historic theme parks, mansions on sweeping plains and semi-rural acreages to your own island property on the Hawkesbury River or a beautiful beach frontage. The central coast really does have it all, and people are noticing.

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rom a property market viewpoint, the Central Coast is the most popular pocket of the greater Sydney region as it is still thriving, with sales prices ever increasing and a broad market of opportunities for prospective buyers and investors. Buyers are even looking beyond the Metro areas of the coast these days for more rural locations, despite lack of transport options. The Hawkesbury River, for example, has island opportunity only accessible by boat and Dangar Island is a community where there are no vehicles -only golf buggy access-yet both are rising in popularity. You can even get your own slice of heaven on Peats Ridge where a new development has recently been announced! So, what does this mean for the Coast? It seems we're the place to be heading into the 2020’s, which can only mean steady growth for the area, not just in Property but also in our natural ecosystem as well. The Entrance now has the break-wall to assist the clearing of sand banks into the Tuggerah lake system and already we are seeing jellyfish & stingrays coming back in the waters off Canton Beach. These haven’t been seen for many years in our lakes and the eco-system is improving drastically, due in large part to the work of the Council; cleaning up our waterways, including the collecting of dead weed and debris that washes up along the lakes banks, as well as minimising rubbish and plastic in our waterways. Today our Lakes are once again crystal clear and improving dramatically. We need to be mindful of our resources and protect our area also, and often the work of raising awareness falls to Coast residents. Unfortunately, unbeknown to most residents, Coal Seam Gas explorations have been identified 23 km off our Munmorah State Conservation Coastline near Fraser Park. As a coast local priomoting our amazing lifestyle, my business

supports the work of Ms Abigail Boyd, Spokesperson for The Greens on the Central Coast, whose campaigns seek more investment in renewable energy, providing sustainable jobs and reducing the risks of climate change, while highlighting local issues that impact us all. “Central Coast Greens have long stood for no new coal and no gas extraction on the Coast, and extend that call for a ban to off-shore areas too,” said Ms Abigail Boyd, Spokesperson for The Greens on the Central Coast at a public meeting in January, held to recommit their opposing the Wallarah 2 long-wall coal mine. “The majority of Australians, backed by the Greens, want more investment in renewable energy providing sustainable jobs, and reducing the risks of climate change,” According to Ms Boyd, the mine “will undermine our water supplies, and pollute our air. “We will not let this new threat go unopposed either. Not only will both seismic testing and long-wall coal mining directly damage our local environment, putting our water supplies at risk, and impacting on our cherished marine environment, but both projects are seeking to find more fossil fuel.”She also used the meeting to call on our Federal Environment Minister to overturn the approval for seismic testing off our Coast waters.* I really believe this issue is important as seismic blasts could greatly affect our whale migration season and the 22 species that inhabit our waters in the area blast are occurring. Part of helping the Coast grow for property buyers, investors and local residents isn’t just about development and new housing. It also means looking after where we live and standing up for what matters. I implore locals to get involved, informed and stand together for our home. You can find more information by visiting centralcoast.nsw.greens.org.au/cc.

To find out more about Sarah Davis- Professional Buyers Agent & Property Services Manager for the Central Coast, please turn to our business directory on page 44.

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A PASSION FOR TEACHING

We spoke with Sam Remond of The Outlook Cabana in our previous issue, introducing our readers to her amazing property nestled in the heart of North Avoca, where she runs not one but 3 businesses- The Outlook Cabana, The Outlook's Horse Agistment Services and of course, locally-recognised The Outlook Premium Tutoring Services. This issue, we take a look at why she is so passionate about helping kids achieve in school through The Outlook's Premium Tutoring Services. Thanks so much for your time Sam! First of all, you have shared a few of your passions with us. What was it that drew you to teaching? It was natural to me! I was teaching swimming and horse riding by the age of 16. My initial interest as a career was in sports education. I love sport and have encouraged all my students to be active in at least one physical activity. My teaching was tested when raising my own children. We lived in the extreme remote north-west of NSW. I used Distance Education as the daily guide to educate my kids. It was hard work juggling the teaching with all the other work that goes into running a large property. The remote setting afforded me unique opportunities. One amazing achievement was starting a TAFE College at the Grawin Opal Fields for Adult Literacy & Numeracy. Within 4 weeks I had over 20 pupils – such high class numbers meant I needed assistance – which came in the form of computers – not the ideal solution! My work tutoring and educating has taken me across Outback NSW and from Coastal parts to the North Shore. I have had the opportunity to work not only for private agencies but also with some rewarding community organisations such as TAFE NSW and Ronald McDonald House. Wow, you sure earned a lot of life experience from notso traditional experiences! What drew you to tutoring specifically? Tutoring has interested me – as it allows one to experiment with which learning method will work best for the child at hand… rather than having to teach one set method, as in the Classroom. When I get it right there is that “Eureka” moment - it all starts to make sense for my pupil, which is so rewarding, and my favourite part of teaching! A tutor can give so much to a child and I am passionate about helping kids achieve. Tutoring is particularly effective

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in improving a student’s academic grades, but also their practical understanding of wide range of subjects because you form a friendship with your students and in the process of tutoring you bring into discussion topical news items, your own knowledge and interests, etiquette and manners, and a two way conversation with an adult flows. A wonderful social aspect to the tutoring evolves, which is not always possible in a classroom setting. We really love how you customise your lessons to each child’s needs- can you tell us more about that? This is perhaps the greatest advantage of my private tuition lessons are designed to suit each individual student. I can adjust the pace, focus and goals of a lesson depending on the needs and abilities of my student, meaning that learning efficiency is maximised.  This is an especially important point to note for any students that experience learning difficulties including those with dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, impairment of sight/hearing and English as a Second Language. I am never disappointed in a child's answer - if it’s not correct, I simply find another strategy to get the idea across until we hit that communication pathway that works best for the individual. The classroom syllabus has increased, yet the hours of classroom teaching have not, so covering the all the subject matter in depth is impossible. Tutoring can pick up on any topic and extend the teaching, so the child feels confident. The private tuition I offer is usually on a one-to-one basis, and at most one to three. I like to focus my attention fully on a student. My tutoring has a huge advantage over the twenty-plus pupils in a class; the teacher’s time is divided and individuals become lost in the crowd. Tutoring at my house has fewer distractions; we


E D U C AT I O N can work on a student’s weak points and make the whole learning process more effective. I want to help each child become more self-confident through learning. Why do you feel you are so effective as a tutor? Being an effective tutor has evolved from my life experiences, my passion to teach and the fact I am continually up-skilling. In the past few years I completed the MiniLit Professional Development course and training at The Lizard Centre in Chatswood, working with children on the spectrum to become a qualified Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapist. This year I will be attending the Learning Difficulties Seminar, which covers speech (dyspraxia), literary acquisition and auditory working memory. Also I‘ll attend the Dyslexia Annual Conference. From all that I attend, I come back with new knowledge to integrate into my teaching. Education Support has certainly come a long way, especially on the Central Coast. What do you think sets The Outlook Premium Tutoring Services apart? I think it comes down to my approach! For example, homework can be a boring or daunting experience for students. Left to their own devices, many will just work through it without really engaging in the subject - it becomes more of a box-ticking exercise. Working alongside me, I keep the student focussed and interested, meaning the homework is completed to a higher standard, and the student does gain from it.  My personal experience covers work in Montessori, Steiner Waldorf and Distance Education as well as both the private and public systems. My tutoring services are well-known amongst the local community. I have recently joined SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties) to assist local children seeking help under this flag. I work hard to provide a service that lives up to its premium title and have been fortunate enough to be recognised by the Central Coast community, being awarded Academic Excellence in 2017. So it’s your personal touch that shapes your success the most? YES - I definitely have a manner that works well with children, empathy for their problems and I don't put unnecessary pressure on them. I try to remove any hesitation they have – an error is no big deal; after all, we all make errors! Once the hesitation is eliminated, the child asks more and eagerness to learn sets in. I can work more closely and develop stronger relationships than would otherwise be possible in a large school class.  The impact this has on

a student is profound. As I get to know my students, I spot potential problems and extend my assistance in this area. For shy students, being in a learning environment with fewer people helps them to express themselves, as they are under less pressure from their peers. I also think flexibility is important. School lessons are often quite rigid in their learning style, as they have set goals and a strong reliance on textbooks. ‘The Outlook Private Tutoring’ has a less formal approach and is more flexible. My shelves have materials to grab as needed to add interest to a teaching point and vary the delivery. The resources prevent students from becoming bored whilst at the same time pushing their boundaries and providing them with a challenge. My private tutoring is available before and after school, and weekends if that suits best. Most parents have to juggle around other children, school sport and extra-curricular activities of an afternoon.  Students can arrive ahead of their lesson, and be collected much later than their session as I provide a range of fun activities to do! We can certainly see how passionate you are about helping not only children learn, but also help our community as a whole! Thank you! Presently my students range from Preschool to Year 12 and I employ two local assistants – working 99% of the time from my home. I also like to help the kids I tutor when they finish their studies with me some have even been helping as Junior Tutors! I’m really passionate about showing other educators my tips and tricks if it means it will help their pupils. After all, education is the key to setting our kids up for their best possible future!

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YOUTH ON THE COAST

PRACTICAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES Who We Are Regional Youth Support Services (‘RYSS’) is a leading, locally based youth specific charity service, delivering frontline youth support and innovative engagement strategies to young people between the ages of 12 and 25, and their families in communities throughout the Central Coast. RYSS is now in its 30th year of providing local, intensive case management, community outreach programs, early intervention support, family reconnections, indigenous support programs, events, and activities. Our longstanding history on the Central Coast means that we possess a deeply grounded understanding of the local needs and diversity across the many communities in the region – an understanding that helps drive our many innovative and focused programs and support strategies.

What We Do Regional Youth Support Services delivers intensive support for young people through: • Case Management, Early Intervention, and Advice & Referral services; • Transitional Accommodation and Targeted Living Skills Programs; • Advocacy & Social Engagement strategies; • In-Home and In-Community Disability Support; • Referrals for education needs, employment solutions; • Youth Arts Warehouse (Visual arts, Music & Theatre) • Cultural and kin connections; • Leaving custody support and crime prevention initiatives. • NDIS Supports for Young People From our early days of delivering outreach support from a small van in the mid-1980’s, RYSS today supports over 200 young people at any one time, & delivers many thousands of direct support contacts, case management engagements, early intervention support, and family reconnections to almost 1000 young people each year. Many young people accessing support from RYSS are either homeless or at risk of homelessness, for whom RYSS works tirelessly to assist with immediate and long term accommodation needs, family difficulties, alcohol and other drug concerns, access to education, living skills support, and help navigating external services in their community.

How We Do It RYSS delivers specialist support to young people experiencing homelessness, mental health difficulties (including undiagnosed or misdiagnosed issues), young people currently engaged, with (or at risk of engaging with) the juvenile justice system, family breakdown, domestic violence, those exposed to the impacts of drugs and alcohol, and the many issues associated with these. RYSS delivers indigenous-specific support programs, along with a number of Aboriginal activities and events designed to reconnect young indigenous clients with their culture, and build on awareness and connectedness, while providing support alongside this with any or all of the above-mentioned issues.

Want To Know More? As an independent non-government charity organisation, RYSS relies on the generous and ongoing support of businesses, foundations, and donors, to ensure continued delivery of new and exciting programs and supports to young people. Check us out on the web and social media for updates and how to help, through the RYSS website; www.ryss.com.au. For more on the RYSS Bus, visit www.ryssbus.com.au, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ryssbus or call 02 4323 2374 to speak with the RYSS team.

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YOUTH ON THE COAST

THE POWER OF YOUTH

YAW Play Write program

Nestled on Gosford's Donnison Street, the Youth Arts Warehouse is an inclusive community space for young people interested in the arts on the Central Coast. The Announcer takes a look at the amazing programs they have available in 2018

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he Youth Arts Warehouse (YAW) is an arm of the Central Coast's Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) and delivers creative development programs for young people through the facilitation of three core disciplines: Visual Arts/Digital Arts, Music and Theatre. The organisation plays a key role in paving the way for future cultural leaders and young artists to realize their true potential. By producing innovative, cutting edge productions that connect to our local community YAW helps to create a stronger healthier community that has a place for young people to be part of shaping the Central Coast's community identity. The Youth Arts Warehouse had over 2000 young people participate in programs and events in this past year and keeps going from strength to strength. Situated in the heart of Gosford (Opposite Gosford Library) they are also responsible for running outreach programs across the Central Coast. YAW is a point of access for high-quality arts services; resources and facilities where young people can create, rehearse and perform entirely on site in a safe and encouraging environment. The Youth Arts Warehouse purpose built venue has a professional recording studio attached to a performance space, equipped with an in-house lighting rig, stage, sound desk, PA system and capacity of 300 (all available for hire, too!). The Art Studio provides a space for visual art & photography projects and exhibitions can hang from the spacious gallery with high ceilings. The programs are developed to be all inclusive, impact on young people’s wellbeing and connect and engage to the Central Coast community.

"We found the effects of arts programs to be powerful and transformative." explains Sharon Aldrick. "YAW has created a safe place for participants to create powerful art works, where trust has been built. This allows for our young people to work through challenges and create personal change without fear of retribution or being stigmatised." The Youth Arts Warehouse team develop programs that target specific areas to help breakdown stereotypes around marginalised youth and build strength and confidence for young people that face diversity. Having received funding from Create NSW, YAW have produced an annual creative program for three projects under industry professional mentors, where young people and young people with disability work together to produce a performance piece or exhibition. They also have young volunteers gaining work experience in behindthe-scenes events and a fabulous Script writing program funded by Central Coast Council called Play Write Intersection where young people write an original play. It doesn't end there, though! This year the team at YAW have produced a specialist program for young people with a disability that is NDIS approved; with programs in Photography, Movement, Music and Mind, Song writing and Recording as well as Men’s and Women’s Groups and Cooking Skills. There's sure to be something for every creative young person down at YAW, so head on down and get involved! For programs please visit www.youthartswarehouse.com. au or www.ryss.com.au . You can also call Sharon on 4323 2374 or email arts@ryss.com.au. You can also find Youth Arts Warehouse and RYSS in our business directory on page 44. AUTUMN//2018  THE ANNOUNCER 

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STAYING OPEN TO CHANGE Rut Frohlich of Kundalini Blessings shows us why the ability to change your point of view can bring freedom to our daily lives.

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'm sure many other working from home parents will relate to my present situation. Do you often find yourself, 11.30pm at night, finally getting around to starting that important job that you have had in your note book for some good amount of time? At least your mind has had a great opportunity to slowly but surely build a case on it. While craving stillness and quiet ‘me’ time we stretch ourselves like an elastic rubber band a little bit more each time to provide for everyone in our household. Somehow, whilst our body is longingly reaching for sleep, we find a way tap into our creative potential to deliver our hearts work. Over the years I observed that even though our mind may tell us we are alone in our experiences we never actually are. The opposite is usually true. For example, so many of us are experiencing a feeling of our own minds being fragmented into all the tasks we need to complete without having any real impact of action. Health is ignored and our bodies pushed to the edge. We neglect our relationship to the body and fail to identify its continuous stream of messages. Sometimes it's like our very spirit is calling out, desperately longing to be heard. How often do we feel like we have gone numb inside or simply turned into a 'doing robot that' has forgotten how

to be. Thriving to be happy all the time puts so much expectation and pressure on our day. It can seem like nothing is ever good enough. You may be surprised to hear that essentially stress is not bad. Life will be full of changes, challenges and upheavals. The question is- can we adapt and then grow in the eye of stress or will we forever feel burdened like heavy bricks are resting on our shoulders? It all depends on your sense of self and being able to change your view point. I am passionate about providing a space where you can come and practice exactly that. So, the next time life asks you to stretch that little more, with your practice of support in place, you will know how to handle it. Take a breath, remember you are so much stronger than you think you are, come from choice, set an intent and stand in your knowing that you have the capacity to adapt and grow. A balanced, meaningful life living your purpose is possible. My offering is to grow together. One step at a time.

To connect with Rut Frohlich and Kundalini Blessings turn to our business directory on page 44.

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IN THE KITCHEN

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

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First Hailing from India and crowned centuries ago as one of the great balancers in Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric is a vivid golden-orange spice celebrated for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. A more savoury taste than your usual café drop, this Turmeric Treat is just as delicious as it is nutritious and just perfect for the cooling Autumn months.

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1 heaping tablespoon fresh Turmeric Root, grated (or use approximately 2 teaspoons Turmeric Paste – see method below) 1 cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk 1 teaspoon Cinnamon 1 tablespoon fresh Ginger Root, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground) 2 teaspoons Coconut Oil Pinch of Black Pepper (which increases bioavailability of Curcumin, the healing property in Turmeric) Raw Honey, Coconut Sugar or sweetener of choice, to taste

METHOD TO MAKE TURMERIC PASTE: To make the Turmeric Paste, combine 2 parts Turmeric Powder with 1 part boiling water. Mix and store any extra in the fridge for up to 5 days. TO MAKE TURMERIC LATTE – SERVES 1 1. Gently warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. 2. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Next, combine the coconut oil and pinch of black pepper with the mixture and gently heat together until melted. 3. Use a whisk or immersion blender to create foam. Continue to stir until frothy and heated through. You can also use a highspeed blender if preferred. 4. Stir in honey, coconut sugar or your sweetener of choice to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon for that extra spice flavour!

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Try the following mixers: If you’re an owner of a bar or restaurant you’ll be familiar with the trend in expresso martini’s. If not… you’d better rush out and try one straight away. They’re totally addictive!

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owever don’t be fooled into thinking that any expresso martini will do! The secret is all in the quality of the cold brew coffee used. There are two main ways of cold brewing coffee. Cold Drip, where the water is dripped slowly through the coffee and Cold Brew, where the coffee is immersed in water for the entire brewing time. Cold brew takes a long time to make and the process results in a reduction in acidity and bitterness, making cold brew a smooth, smooth flavour which can be enjoyed black. Typically cold brew can be served straight from the fridge and is perfect over ice. Joel & Samantha Simmonds, our local Barista’s from The Rollin Bean have shared some cold brew mixers that will rock your socks off. “The Rollin Bean now wholesales their own brand of cold brew to bars and restaurants throughout the Coast. So Coasties can enjoy a freshly ground, deliciously roasted, quality cold brew delivered direct to their door.” says Joel. “It’s all in the ratio and the rate of extraction” he continues. "The longer the rate of extraction, the smoother the brew. A good cold brew will make a wicked expresso martini that will keep your customers just coming back for more.”

Get in touch with Joel & Samantha Simmonds of The Rollin Bean by turning to our business directory on page 44.

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GOING GREEN IN 2018 2017 was a great year for the environment, with a decision made on #banthebag and the introduction of new recycling stations, many of you took up the pledge to make those small changes that would help you live more sustainably. Now, for the new year, the team over at Eco Food Wrap take a look at a few ways to make it a Green 2018!

Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

The growing, transportation, packaging, retailing and cooking of food, together with the clearing of land to grow food in the first place creates a huge carbon footprint, and making the change for even a couple of the vegetables or herbs you regularly use can go a long way to helping reduce your bills as well! When it comes to vegetables, nothing tastes as good as something you’ve grown yourself. You don’t need a huge property or even a backyard – a little bit of space for container gardening will do nicely, and there’s various resources for having a food garden in limited space. The trick is to make the most of your resources and use the information available (the internet is great for this!) to think of innovative ways to use the space you do have. Here on the Central Coast, we even have a few community gardens open to the public and produce swaps where growers (or makers) can meet to trade any produce they have in surplus, meaning there is less wastage also. If your community doesn’t yet have something like this, that could be your new eco-project for 2018!

One For the Coffee Addicts..

If you're making tea or coffee and home, one quick tip is to fill the kettle by the cup rather than filling it to the top every time, so that you’re only using the water you need. If you're having tea or coffee to go from your local spot, try to get yourself a reusable coffee cup so you don’t have to use disposable cups. Many cafes in NSW participate in the Responsible Cafes Initiative that rewards patrons with a discount if they bring their own cup. Many other cafes are following suit across Australia, and you can even purchase reusable cups at many local cafes. Overseas too, the word is spreading about how much our latte addiction can potentially harm the environment. In the UK, Starbucks (thanks to campaigning by anti-waste campaigner and chef Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall) introduced the Frugalpac cup into its stores. Created by British entrepreneur Martin Myerscough, the cup is recyclable thanks to the thin plastic liner designed to easily separate itself from the paper during the recycling process. Coffee pods, too can often be recycled, although a large majority are still ending up in landfill. If you do use a pod machine see if you can find biodegradable pods, such as those made by Australian Internet start-up Urban Brew.

Go Green When You Clean

There are plenty of natural alternatives to chemical cleaning products for the home made from everyday ingredients. Making a paste from salt, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda is great for kitchen bench tops and surfaces. For the bathroom, vinegar works well in your cistern to help clear out your basin. Vinegar is also great for soaking cloths to wrap around tap bottoms if you are experiencing any lime scale. You can also pour a cupful of bi-carb soda down your drains, followed by a cup of slightly heated vinegar. This will froth and bubble and once flush, will work as a great alternative to harsher chemicals for clearing your drains. You can even make a great wood polish from natural

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E C O WA R R I O R S ingredients. Heat grated beeswax, lanolin, sweet almond oil and lavender essential oil in a pan, and then leave to cool, then use with a polishing rag to breathe new life into wooden furniture. For your floors, you can use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar.

Earn where you can deposit Bottles, cans and containers made from plastic and glass at recycling stations, earning you 10c per container. This is great for recycling packaging and is a great way to teach children about recycling too! Lastly, be sure to remember your trusty Eco-Shopping Kit (check the ecofoodwrap.com blog for details!); Shopping bags, produce bags and even jars for dry goods- and of course your trusty Eco Food Wraps! By utilising the soft plastic recycling bins at supermarkets, you can reduce the amount of rubbish you take home in the first place. If your local doesn’t have the resources yet, it may be time suggest it to your local council.

Get the Little Ones Involved.

Pass on Plastic

This one’s an old favourite, and we’ve talked a lot on our online blog about reaching single-use plastic in our daily lives- but it doesn’t make it any less important! Of course, Eco Food Wrap was started to provide a solution to the problem of single use plastic storage in the home, and our reusable, sustainable, chemical-and-cruelty-free beeswax wraps are perfect for storing food in the fridge or when you’re on the go, meaning you can pass on the Glad Wrap and sandwich bags! It’s a great time to stock up on your own Eco Food Wraps for the work year and take your snacks and lunch to work guilt-free!

 Now, with new laws pushing the ban of plastic bags in supermarkets, soft-recycling bins in major stores and even the new Recycling Stations popping up across Australia, it’s easier than ever to pass on the plastic. The Australian government has launched an initiative called Return &

For those of you with little ones, the time you often get to spend with them after school and on weekends is a great time to get into nature and teach them about their surrounding world. Even something as simple as a beach clean-up can be an informative and educational experience (just be sure to throw in some imaginative play as well!). Many local schools are also participating in Waste-Free Wednesdays, teaching children about the importance of sustainable options in their school lunches rather than plastic packaging as well as the ways our waste impacts our natural environment. These are great teachable moments for young and old- I can’t tell you the number of times a fellow parent has remarked that they forgot waste-free Wednesdays AGAIN! It’s also good for their health as they are less likely to be eating processed foods and it helps create a better future for their world!

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CREATING A NEW REALITY Can our thoughts and beliefs really affect our reality? Marisa Finestone of Change HQ considers this concept and challenges us to dare to wonder what the possibilities could be if we embrace a new way of thinking.

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n our everyday life, our brain and senses are bombarded by an enormous amount of information and different experiences. Say like me, you’re a working parent, you wake, you think about what your day involves, you prepare your kids breakfast, pack their lunches, wonder if they have their homework, sign permission notes, make sure they’re complying with the school uniform policy, get them out the door and in the car, ensure they’re buckled in safely, navigate the early morning traffic and drop them safely at school. Then as you continue on to work, you’re mentally preparing for your meetings and other daily responsibilities and it’s not even 9 am. I won’t bore you with the rest of the daily agenda, but consider just how many things you need to think about before your day even really begins. Do you wake up and jump out of bed with a spring in your step, ready to welcome and embrace the days opportunities or do you wake and try to steal another few moments in bed, avoiding the kids arguing over what cereal they want and who gets to sit in the front seat on the way to school? It’s funny because there are so many sayings like “well, look who woke up on the wrong side of the bed” or “I really shouldn’t have gotten out of bed this morning, I knew it was going to be a crap day." and what do you know, it’s gone downhill since then! The law of attraction can work both ways, depending on how you perceive things.

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There most definitely are those amazing people that wake up, throw on their running gear and go for a run or walk on the beach, breathing in the crisp fresh air and witnessing that amazing and magical moment as the sun rises out of the ocean and pours its warmth and stunning light onto the world. And there most definitely are those amazing people that live each day as if it were Groundhog Day, those that feel stuck, that life is dull, grey, routine and not at all exciting. But the interesting thing is, that the morning was the same in both situations! It’s a universal truth that each day the sun will rise and as each evening approaches the sun will set. So, why can two people that are in the same situation, experience things so completely differently? Well it all comes down to our own individual, Internal representation of that same information, and that is determined by what we each think and believe is important enough to actually take in, then our brain deciphers that information and links it to our previous experiences and feelings and encodes that interpretation to spit out a relevant response. As a Kinesiologist and NLP Trainer, I’ve been very fortunate to witness how even the slightest change in our perception can affect a change in our reality. These changes can be as small as the language we use when we communicate with ourselves and others. How different does it sound if you listen to the weather report in the morning and they say “Today is going to be 28 degrees and partly cloudy” compared to "Today is going to be 28 degrees and mostly sunny”. It’s exactly the same information, but the change in language elicits a different response. What about when someone asks you how you are? Would your usual response be “not bad”? How does that compare to “pretty good” ?


SELF-CARE If someone asked a favour from you, a common response is “No worries”, but what would happen if it was replaced with “Sure, too easy”? Our unconscious mind is marvellous, its main objective is to keep us safe and ensure that our bodily functions happen automatically without any real conscious effort, attention or interference. We don’t consciously tell our lungs when to breathe, our heart to beat or our stomach to process the food we’ve eaten. These functions all happen without our conscious input. But did you know that our unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagined? TV shows, dreams, the images that are conjured when you read a book, meditations, video games and real-life events are all processed equally. It doesn’t have a verbal language but rather processes all information visually, with pictures and symbols. It’s unable to process a negative word like 'not' or 'don’t' but rather encodes the word or sentence with an image and often, a feeling or experience. So, when you hear “not bad” your unconscious mind focuses on the images & experience of 'bad' and saying "No worries" will elicit an unconscious state of worry. Then what you’ll discover is that your energy levels & bodily functions will respond to that experience and as the prime directive of the unconscious mind is to serve and protect you, it will keep you in that state of reality. Amazing, right? Did you ever consider how what you say and think could have such an impact on your life?

You’ll be able to go to the shopping centre with the clear belief that a car space will open up for you just at the right time. That life will provide opportunities for you. You’ll start to replace old belief systems with new and improved thoughts. That you are worthy of great relationships and a satisfying and well-paid job, that you are valued and that all your actions are making a difference to your life and family! And yes, your life will change! You will affect your reality! You will wake up one morning, take in that magical sunrise and see the world as completely different! The power of change is all within you, so go out there and make your dreams a reality!

This is just scratching the surface of the unlimited potential that you are. When you learn to consciously be aware of the impact of your thoughts and beliefs, you realise that you’re in control, you’re the master of your own destiny.

To connect with Marisa Finestone and Change HQ, turn to our business directory on page 44.

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LENDING A HELPING HAND Volunteering Central Coast tell us about their upcoming Volunteering Expo for National Volunteering Week this May, and whyvolunteers are such an integral part of the Central Coast Community.

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s a charitable organisation, Volunteering Central Coast (VCC) provides Volunteer Support Services to the Volunteer Involving organisations here on the Coast. VCC supports over 1000 people individually to find a volunteering role that suits them perfectly, they have over 300 roles available with any one of their 110 member organisations at any one time. VCC offers an orientation to volunteering training session every week at different locations and one to one consultations at 5 different centres across the region. There is a great diversity of opportunities to participate as a volunteering in our community on the Central Coast, from regular volunteering at Neighbourhood Centres, Aged Care Facilities, Children's Playgroups or with a variety of animal support organisations, we also have roles that are involved with tourism, one-off events, schools based mentoring, linking Corporate employees with community projects and joining a Community organisation's Board of Directors.

There is a Coastwide search for nominees in the VCC Volunteer Awards program, including young volunteer, 'Legacy' volunteer for long service, Volunteer Team, Volunteer Involving organisation and Corporate volunteering program. All nominees will be invited to the Expo and winners of the will be presented with their awards on the day Contact VCC on admin@volcc.org. au for further details on how to nominate your favourite volunteer or volunteer related organisation.

To celebrate National Volunteering week (21 - 27 May 2018), VCC are once again joining with local radio stations to showcase different volunteer-involving organisations and their volunteers, running an awards program to recognise individuals and teams of volunteers, great volunteerinvolving organisations, and corporate partners. During the week VCC will be premiering their 'Bankofgoodwill.org. au' video created in partnership with Treehouse Creative and Bendigo Bank to acknowledge 25 years of one of their programs - the Community Visitors Scheme, that links volunteers with aged care facility residents in a befriending program.

To register your organisation or find out more about how you can lend a hand, contact Volunteering Central Coast by turning to our business directory on page 44.

VCC is hosting a Volunteering Expo on the 30 May 2018, that will bring over 40 Community organisations that are seeking new volunteers together at the Erina Centre, Erina Fair. As well as the ability to find many different opportunities to volunteer, you can attend one of several orientation to volunteering training sessions and one to one consultations with VCC staff on the day (see www. volunteeringcentralcoast.com.au for more information).

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olunteers- where would we be without them? These unsung heroes of most local organisations are part of the growing community connectivity we are seeing across the Central Coast. People who selflessly donate their time to make sure our concerts, workshops, fundraisers and other events go off without a hitch. In celebration of National Volunteer Week in May, we caught up with Brandon, one of The Rhythm Hut’s Volunteer Team (known as the vollies) to find out more about why Volunteers are so integral to The Hut community, and how we can all get involved.

Hi Brandon! Thanks for your time! First of all, what are some of the amazing things people in the community can do to support a place like The Rhythm Hut? "It really helps when members of the community come to events and classes! Our community is our best advocate, so when people share their experiences here at the hut it helps to get the word out about what we’re doing, meaning we can put on more events! Of course, donating their time when we need some extra help is a huge help too, as well as donating useful items we can use, such as furniture and equipment." Recently our community rallied behind the hut after it faced difficulties. Why was this support so integral in The Rhythm Hut’s Success? "Not-for-profits can struggle at times, so the rely on community support. The community really rallied together and answered the call we put out for help when it was most needed, donating furniture items or their time. Even just the increase in event interest has been awesome, and we now have some new vollies keen to help!" What can people do to get involved or become a vollie? "They only need to ask us if they can help! We are always looking for extra volunteers for all sorts of things, from events, to advertisement, to maintenance, to helping acquire things when needed, to external workshops. Not only are

you giving back in a positive way that helps others, it’s also FUN! We’re usually provided with meals and in some cases free tickets to shows! Not only that, being a part of the vollie team means you’ll always have good company and new friends, adventures, and a sense of fulfilment that comes from helping others." Lastly, what can local businesses do to help? "It’s really helpful when local business owners allow us to put up posters and leave flyers for others in the community to see. We always welcome any sort of donations that could contribute;- even sharing our stuff on social media is a huge help as a whole new audience in the Central Coast online community gets to see what we’re up to. Hope to see you down at The Hut!"

The Rhythm Hut is always on the lookout for more volunteers, or those that can donate their time or skills in other ways. To find out more about volunteering, you can drop into The Rhythm Hut at 135 Faunce Street, Gosford. Alternatively, you can get in touch via phone, email or through social media by turning to our business directory on page 44.

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s a creative, I’ve always loved clothes, and I’m not afraid to try something new or different to help express my often-quirky personality! This desire for something left of the middle has pushed me to discover new places to buy clothes, and my favourite has and always will be the second-hand or vintage style clothes store. From random finds at charity opshops, to coveting a unique piece at a curated vintage store, it’s the element of delighted surprise that comes with finding the right piece I love the most. Recycled or Up-cycled clothing has other benefits too. You often get to purchase most items for a fraction of their original cost, and there have been countless times I’ve stumbled across a designer label or much-sought-after piece that needed a quick revamp. You’re also a lot less likely to see your outfit on someone else, meaning your style has an element of old-school originality to it too. Then there’s the feel-good element to buying second-hand or recycling pieces. Purchasing from charity stores such as Salvation Army Stores means your clothing spend is usually going to help those less fortunate to find food, shelter and basic care. Donating your own clothes too, helps keep this cycle happening, as donated clothes and items are first sorted for handing out to those in need on the streets and throughout that charity’s shelters. In a world where things are manufactured just to be replaced, vintage and second-hand stores are also actually helping to reduce waste in our environment too. Any clothing that is bought and worn again is one less piece of landfill, which is a huge problem in Australia and the world over. Not only that; the production of clothes uses a lot of our natural resources (particularly water!) and more people recycling or up-cycyling clothes means less demand for new

ones. Just one pair of denim jeans uses around 1800 gallons of water- and that’s without ‘aging’ them! Between resource use and landfill, it seems that vintage pair of jeans is actually helping to cut down the production of greenhouse gases, just by being given a new life in your wardrobe! There are a number of great places on the Central Coast to go hunting for that perfect find. You can try the charity op shops such as St Vincent de Pauls or lifeline stores- my personal favourite is the Green Point Salvation Army Store! There are also some funky vintage stores, where you can shop for a more ‘curated’ look, and while they’re still belowcost, these stores will cost you a bit more than the charity stores. Some good places to try include Sister Jo Bangles in Green Point Shopping Centre, Shop55 in Woy Woy and Websters Vintage, Dapper Darlings and Browse About in Long Jetty. I think it may be time for a wardrobe refresh, actually! See you there, Coasties! AUTUMN//2018  THE ANNOUNCER 

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PROPAGATION NATION Bring some greenery into your life and make your loved ones something a bit different as an easter gift! These terrariums are super easy to put together and a great activity to enjoy with the kids! You will need: •A clear glass container, either with a lid or a hole in it. (You can buy empty terrariums at a low cost at most department and discount stores) •Pebbles •Activated Charcoal •Potting Mix •Moss •Small Plants and/or rocks, such as succulents and cacti. (If you are propogating new plants, you will need succulent leaves cut at the base to propogate over a couple of weeks.) •Easter themed decorations (or other items such as crystals, feathers, decorated eggs, figurines- create your own style and run with it!) •Twine for hanging terrariums. Method After you have found a suitable clear glass container (It doesn't have to be store-bought; any glass jar or glass bowl of any size will do.) you want to start your base layers first. Place a handful or two of pebbles into the bottom of your container. The pebbles are necessary for drainage of your plants. Next, place some activated charcoal on top of the pebble layer. This is used for aeration purposes and together with monitoring your water levels, helps stop mould growing in your terrarium.

Echeveria are easiest to propgate

For the top layer, place some potting mix on top of the charcoal enough to give the roots of your plants a good bit of room! Add some moss and a small plant or two into the soil. (We used Sphagnum Moss and Alyssum as well as propogated leaves from Echeveria and Kalanchoe as these grow easily from cut leaves. You can also use succulents or moss from your garden. Lastly, you can add some Easter themed decorations. Great ideas include little nests made using florist wire, decorated easter eggs, a rabbit figurine, shards or pieces of raw crystal, feathers or some homemade bunting. You can use whatever bits and pieces you like to reflect your own style, just be sure to give the plants plenty of room to grow. Once you're finished, pop your lid on (if your container has one) or fix some twine to the top for hanging versions Caring for your terrarium: Your terrarium will need to be kept in a bright place out of direct sunlight and should only need a small spray of water every once in a while. The amount of water will vary depending on the type of plants you use, the weather, the location of the terrarium and whether your terrarium has a lid or not. You can find more details about caring for terrariums online if you need more information. If you are keeping a lid on your terrarium, you may wish to open the lid every week or two to let in some fresh air in and reduce the chance of mould growth (this will happen if your terrarium gets too moist). With proper care you should have a great little ecosystem happening quite quickly!

Use extras to create your own Easter Style!

Your finished terrariums make great Easter gifts!

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MARCH 20TH Workshops @ Kincumber Library, 3 Bungoona Rd, Kincumber Green Living Worm Farm & Composing Workshop 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Find out everything you need to know about worm farms and compost bins. Green Living with Less Chemicals 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Learn how to make non-toxic insect repellant and body care products. For Bookings call 4325 8175 as places are limited MARCH 23RD: OceanFilm Festival World Tour at Avoca Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. 69 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach. 7 pm - 10 pm. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival Australia is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Contact TamaraCampbell oninfo@adventurereels.com.au MARCH 24TH: Copacabana Public School Fetel Copacabana Public School; Pueblo Street, Copacabana. 11 am - 2 pm. With a huge target this year to upgrade maths resources, along with more coding and robotics equipment and an increase to the reading and music resources, The Copacabana School Fete will be a great day out for the whole family! Contact Rebecca Harcourt, P&C, on 0423 623 360 APRIL 14TH: VALLEY FOLK 2018 FESTIVAL Yarramalong School of Arts Hall. 1640 Yarramalong Rd, Yarramalong From 6 PM till Late Join us for a great evening of live music at the inaugural Valley Folk music event! Featuring two of the Central Coast's favourite acts, in Toby Wells and The Little Quirks Band, plus rising star, Hannah Scarr. The event will celebrate both heritage and great live music with a tip of the hat to the grand opening of Yarramalong School of Arts Hall over a century ago, with vintage decor, antique lamps and a decoration of palms and ferns adorning the historic hall with all the charm of 1904. For further enquiries contact 0405 416 289

1ST THUR/MONTH

for livers of wine

STARTING MARCH 1ST, MONTHLY MEET WINE MEET COMMUNITY @Lou Lou's Coffee Warehouse, Kincumber. Meet Wine Meet Community was born from two Central Coast new comers keen to meet new people with similar interests in the area. Meet Wine Meet Community is where local people from the Central Coast region get together on the first Thursday of each month to hear from one of our amazing local storytellers, try wine from a Hunter Valley wine maker, meet new people and making new friends. Meet Wine Meet Community if all about the central coast. A portion of each ticket sale is donated to a Central Coast charity at the choice of the guest speaker. FIND OUT MORE: 0412 622 310 meetwinemeetcommunity@gmail.com

APRIL 15TH: Central Coast Roller Derby United Info Day Niagara Park Stadium, 16 Washington Avenue, Niagara Park. 4 pm till 5pm Come down and watch us train, speak to our skaters and learn all about our sport at Niagara Park Stadium. Roller Derby is one of the fastest growing women's sports in the world. It is built on the foundation of women's empowerment, strength and athleticism and prides itself in its inclusivity and diversity. In roller derby all bodies are good bodies and capable of more than we realise Contact Central Coast Roller Derby United on Facebook for more information.

MAY 20TH: THE RSPCA 2018 MILLION PAWS WALKS Lyons Park, Gosford. 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Walk will commence at10:15 am Registrations are now OPEN for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk! The RSPCA's biggest fundraising event is happening on the Central Coast on Sunday 20 May 2018. Tonnes of fun activities at the finish line, including competitions, entertainment, food stalls, information about RSPCA's work and pet advice, so you can celebrate after your walk to help animals in need! We hope you and your four-legged pal will join us for the biggest event of the canine calendar! For more information visi t www.millionpawswalk.com.au

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M USSEI C C TSI O CN E NNEA M E

ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC

Photography by

Guy Steinbeck takes a look at a few of the amazing gigs coming up on the Coast Bear Grillz (2nd Mar @ Proud Mary's): For those who don’t know of Mr Grillz, he’s an American dubstep producer who tours the world manning his trademark grizzly bear mask (and trust me, it looks far cooler than it sounds). His tunes are reminiscent of an early Skrillex, yet are probably the polar opposite of family friendly, so if you’re on babysitting duty, probably best sitting this one out.

Allday (2nd Mar @ The Beery):

Tomas Gaynor’s Allday is a refreshing sound in a day and age where it can be hard to decipher which Aussie rapper is which, separating from the rest with his angelic singing voice, tendency to crush his feature tracks (Dynamite…nuff said) and a musical style combining modern hip hop and EDM in an oh so satisfying way. Even if this is the first you’re hearing of this Australian rap mogul, drop in and catch his live show anyway – you won’t regret it! (Yes, these 2 gigs fall on the same night – keep a friend sober and hit both!)

Frenzal Rhomb (30th Mar @ Entrance Leagues):

These guys crushed the Big Day Out main stage in 2001, then a second time in 2012. The Aussie touring festival no longer exists, but due to some miracle, the punk rockers are travelling up north for an intimate gig in our neighbourhood. Considering they’ve been cracking since 1992, it might be a wise call to block the night out, just in case the 4-piece decide to call it quits.

You can find more on Guy Steinbeck and Down To Scratch in our business directory on page 44.

GU Y'S GI G GU I DE

Just a few great nights of live music acts coming up for Autumn: nd 2 Mar: Bear Grillz & Friends @ Proud Mary’s, Gosford nd 2 Mar: Allday @ The Beery, Terrigal rd 3 Mar: Go Freek & Airwolf @ Proud Mary's, Gosford 10th Mar: Proud Mary's 2nd Birthday feat. SET MO & Sachi @Proud Mary's, Gosford 16th Mar: Tropical Zombie, Steamboat & more @ Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty th 24 Mar: San Cisco @ The Beery, Terrigal th 25 Mar: The Smith Street Band, Bec Sandridge & Press Club @ Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty th 30 Mar: Frenzal Rhomb @ The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance 7th Apr: Cosmic Psychos, Birdcloud (USA) & The Chats @ Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty 288h Apr: Thundamentals @ The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance th 5 May: LOST feat Arbi Squad @ Pulse Nightclub, Gosford

PLANNING A FUNCTION OR EVENT? Wow your guests by booking an entertaining and experienced DJ with Down To Scratch.

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S E CHTUI O T NG INGAG MUEI D E

Amaru Pumac Kuntur

upcoming gigs & events

1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH Didgeridoo & Flute Sound Healing. $25 Adult, $15 U18 BOOKINGS NOW OPEN 2ND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH The Rhythm Hut Open Mic Night. Entry by dnation. All ages welcome. Family-Friendly! Lucky door prizes to be won!

Gabriel Otu

SUNDAY 18TH MARCH 2018 - Amaru Pumac Kuntur (Peru) + Mapstone. DOORS OPEN 6:00 PM. TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Kallidad

SUNDAY 25TH MARCH 2018 - African Drum & Dance Masterclass w/ Gabriel Otu. EVENT STARTS AT 1: 00 PM $30 per workshop/ $50 for both. BOOKINGS NOW OPEN SUNDAY 25TH MARCH 2018 - The March 5 Lands Experience feat. The 5 Lands Band + Gabriel Otu. Drum Circle @ 5:00 PM Entry is by donation. DOORS OPEN 5:00 PM. All Ages & Family-Friendly SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018 - Benny Walker + Tom Richardson DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM. TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Ben Camden FRIDAY 20TH APRIL 2018 - Kallidad. DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM. TICKETS ON SALE NOW SUNDAY 22ND APRIL 2018 - Ben Camden. DOORS OPEN 6:00 PM. TICKETS ON SALE NOW SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018 - Bobby Alu + Declan Kelly DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM. TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Bobby Alu

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PLEASE NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please check the Rhythm Hut website or Facebook page for upto-date details. For Bookings and Enquiries turn to our business directory to get in touch with The Rhythm Hut.


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LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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NEIS Provider/ Job Search Provider

Community Centre/Music School/Entertainment Venue

Suite 1, Ground Floor, 15 Watt Street GOSFORD 2250 P: 4345 4000 www.missionprovidence.com.au

135 Faunce St, 135 Faunce Street GOSFORD 2250 P: 43225971 therhythmhut.com.au

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THE ROLLIN BEAN

BROWNY'S MOWING & PROPERTY SERVICES

Mobile Coffee Roaster/Coffee Van/Event Hire

Property & Garden Services, Odd Jobs and Repairs

NDIS Registered Plan Management | Business Consultancy

SUMMERLAND POINT 2259 P: 0400 533 214 info@therollinbean.com.au www.therollinbean.com.au MOBILE BUSINESS - CENTRAL COAST

WAMBERAL 2260 P: 0402 719 005 MOBILE BUSINESS - CENTRAL COAST

P: 4342 0234 | E: cj@plantingtheseed.com.au www.plantingtheseed.com.au CENTRAL COAST

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PLANTING THE SEED

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KUNDALINI BLESSINGS

REGIONAL YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES

COPACABANA NSW 2251 P: 0408 218 443 info@kundaliniblessings.com.au www.kundaliniblessings.com.au

123 DONNISON ST GOSFORD NSW 2250 P: 4323 2374 F: 4323 3796 E: administration@ryss.com.au www.ryss.com.au | www.ryssbus.com.au

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Workshops & Classes

Community Support Services

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BIZ OPTIMISER

PO BOX 9020 WYOMING NSW 2250 P: 0400 867 027 E: hello@bizoptimiser.com bizoptimiser.com

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PROFESSIONAL BUYERS AGENT & MANAGEMENT CENTRAL COAST TOUKLEY 2263 P: 0422 648 079 www.buyersagentcc.com.au MOBILE BUSINESS - CENTRAL COAST

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DEVELOP MY TEAM

NLP, Time Line Therapy, Hypnosis, EFT & Specialised Kinesiology

1st Floor, 77 Avoca Drive AVOCA BEACH 2251 marisa@changehq.com.au www.ChangeHQ.com.au

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Buyers Agent | Property Manager | Author

CHANGE HQ

Digital Marketing Agency

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Business Coaching/ Team Development

PO Box 4143 COPACABANA NSW 2251 P: 0424 943 032 info@developmyteam.com.au

developmyteam.com.au

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USINESS DIRECTORY MEET WINE MEET COMMUNITY

VOLUNTEERING CENTRAL COAST

Community Volunteering Not-For-Profit Organisation

Unit 6 31 Dwyer St NTH GOSFORD 2250 P: 02 4329 7122 E: support@volcc.org.au volunteeringcentralcoast.org.au

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SPARE TIME SOLUTIONS

www.vixvolante.com

KINCUMBER NSW 2251 P: 0412 622 310 E: meetwinemeetcommunity@gmail.com facebook.com/meetwinemeetcommunity

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Personal Concierge Services

TUGGERAH 2259 P: 0416 106 722 belinda@sparetimesolutions.com.au www.sparetimesolutions.com.au

Monthly Food & Wine Community Event with Local Speakers

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Multi Skilled Creative Services & Social Media Solutions

COPACABANA NSW 2251 P: 0402 359 955 e: vixvolantecreative@gmail.com www.vixvolante.com

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WAMBERAL 2260 P: 0490 664 126 downtoscratch.com MOBILE BUSINESS - CENTRAL COAST www.vixvolante.com

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KEESHA'S CREATIONS

Youth Arts Services & Workshops

123 DONNISON ST GOSFORD NSW 2250 P: 4323 2374 F: 4323 3796 arts@ryss.com.au youthartswarehouse.com.au

www.vixvolante.com

DJ / Event Entertainment

YOUTH ARTS WAREHOUSE

VIX VOLANTE CREATIVE

E: elisha@ecofoodwrap.com GET IN TOUCH ONLINE: www.ecofoodwrap.com

DOWN TO SCRATCH

Shortstay Accommodation/Cabana Rental Boutique Horse Agistment/ Tutoring Services 256 Scenic Highway, Terrigal 2260 02 4384 4852 | 0427 189 567

www.theoutlookcabana.com.au

ECO FOOD WRAP

Reusable Beeswax Wraps/Plastic Wrap Alternative

Creative Colourist & Mandala Artist

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ETTALONG BEACH 2257 P: 0438 358 970 E: keeshagoode1111@gmail.com www.keeshascreations.com.au

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ADRIAN BUCKLEY MANAGEMENT

BOGI PRINT AUSTRALIA

Multi-Service Musicc& Event Management Narara Music Festival Co-Organiser

e: adrian@adrianbuckleymanagement.com.au P: 0407 464 440 www.adrianbuckleymanagement.com.au

Commercial & Promotional Product Printing

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NEWCASTLE NSW 2300 P: 1300 164 134 www.bogiaustralia.com.au

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