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Heartbeat Bangalow’s

free l APRIL 2012 No.157 l Celebrating the Life and Times of the local Community

On your bikes This is a great month to get out there and do. Walk around the sculptures at the playing fields, get on a billycart and join in community activities.

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editorial This issue updates us on the work being carried out at the Bowlo by dedicated volunteers in preparation for the grand reopening in April. For your reading pleasure we also include articles on such wide ranging topics as cattle management, fundraising for local and international causes, gardening and health matters. For those of you who like, or would like, to combine exercise with art appreciation, pages 12 -13 feature the stunning sculptures currently on display at the sportsgrounds. Jog along and see them. Before

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doing that it might be wise to read the guidelines for fitness on page14. Coming events in April include the Anzac Day parade, exhibitions at the museum, a teen night organised by the Uniting Church, the Scarlett School concert and the ADFAS lecture, to name just a few. Coming up in May: the Billy Cart Derby and the Mad Hatters Tea Party, see pages 4-5. Our flowering tree of the month, see below, is the golden penda.  Di Martin for the team

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A wet, cool March this year has been brightened by a magnificent flowering of the tree known as golden penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus). Unlike many botanical names the genus name is Greek: xanthos, yellow and stemon, stamen. Similarly, also Greek, chrysanthus means golden flowered.  It is a member of the very large myrtle family. This is a tall stately tree, up to 60 metres in its coastal north Queensland habitat, though early pruning will make it much more shrubby and bushy – and the more branches the more flowers, as it flowers at the end of the branches. It seems to depend on the season whether

they flower in summer, autumn or winter. Like most tropical trees they flower much better in full sun, though the corollary to that is that they also need a cool root run, so a specimen which gets baking roots will not be happy.  Despite their need for good water to begin flowering, the constant rain this March has ruined the flowers. It has a handsome smooth light coloured trunk  which is very durable.   They grow well from cuttings of hard wood in the autumn. There are several other Xanthosemon species including a red panda, X youngii.  Helen Wilson

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Our Bowlo Update Tony Hart reports on the vision for the ‘new’ Bowlo and reveals some of the changes which have already taken place. Our Bowlo’s familiar facade has, over the past month, been hiding a tremendous community effort to make the club’s reopening a reality. The club board, the rescue committee and many community representatives attended workshops to brainstorm the future club’s vision, mission and values. At the same time, some physical changes are underway within the club building. All will be revealed at the club gala reopening weekend beginning on Friday, 13 April, full details to be publicised soon. Club chairman, Brian Mackney, who has led the rescue effort, said “Thanks to the generous and determined support of the Bangalow community we are on track to repay all of the creditors and to re-open. “We can’t do it all immediately”, Brian said. “Our aim is to celebrate our new club’s re-opening with a glimpse of the potential of our Bowlo of the future as the heart of sport, cultural and social events.” Events planned for the weekend of the 13th include a mix of social, cultural and sporting activities. Friday afternoon and evening will be a welcoming social gathering and celebration for everyone, with music and dancing. The emphasis will be on reconnecting with community and members after three months of forced closure. There is a birthday celebration on Saturday night of a well known local, but the club will also be open to members and guests. The entertainment committee is then planning a special Sunday afternoon

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family day, catering for extended families and kids and the entire community. “There will be some simple internal building modifications to make the club more inviting and flexible. The poker machines have already been moved and the internal layout of the club opened up. This is a work in progress, limited for the moment by time and money. Most importantly we want to see a change in culture so the community sees the Bowlo as their own, with a welcoming and flexible environment that can host a variety of sporting, social and cultural events for all ages, at the same time honouring and celebrating its rich centurylong heritage. “We also want to acknowledge the support and commitment to the club demonstrated by the Bangalow community over the

last few months and share our vision for rebuilding the club as a community facility; a central meeting place for people with many different interests; a club that belongs to the community and offers spaces, activities, food and beverage for all ages. It will become the place to visit and offer affordable value for members and their families”, said Brian. Scott Langley, the newly appointed secretary manager, has many years experience in the club industry. Scott will be responsible for putting into effect the values and visions established by the recent community and club board workshops to provide a professionally managed club with staff united and working collaboratively with the board to deliver the club’s services. “Above all”, Scott observes, “I want to see our Bowlo buzzing with people again.”


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BILLYCARTS – THE THRILLS AND SPILLS The annual Bangalow Billycart Derby will be held on Sunday, 20 May, when the main street will be closed to traffic with detours set in place. Hay bales will line the street in readiness for a full day of racing. Add an excited crowd of spectators made up of kids, mums, dads and grandparents cheering the racers on from the pavement sidelines, and it promises to be fun on wheels all day long. The details of the Billycart Derby schedule together with the rules, classifications and descriptions of carts are available online at: Look out for more information in the May edition of Heartbeat.  Rick Heinemann and John Morrison

Getting ready for the Madhatter’s Tea Party Bangalow Public School’s P&C is getting organised to stage its annual fundraiser, the Madhatter’s Tea Party on Sunday, 20 May from 9am to 3pm. This fun family event will once again be held to coincide with the Billy Cart Derby and provide visitors to the village with a space to relax and let the kids run around in between races. This year will see stalls offering yummy homemade cakes, fantastic coffee, ice creams, face painting, a photo booth and a


book stall. The school choir will be ‘busking’ in the grounds throughout the day. Tickets in the Madhatter’s Tea Party raffle will be sold from late April onwards to assist with raising funds. First prize is a luxury day spa and lunch for two people at Gaia Retreat and Spa so keep an eye out for ticket sellers in your area. Lisa Peacock Pictured (L to R) are Bangalow students Sophie, Spencer, Louie, Ramani, Cooper, Siobhan and Tom, hard at work on tea cup decorations in preparation for the big event.


Newrybar Rural Fire Brigade: Call for volunteers Newrybar Rural Fire Brigade was first formed in 1981 with Brian Hampton as captain, followed by Fred Ranscombe. Darren Bailey (third from left) is the current captain and has held the position for 17 years. This early fire service started with a 800 litre tanker trailer which was towed by members’ cars. In 1984 it was replaced by a Toyota Landcruiser housed in the old bus shed on Jackson’s property on Brooklet Road. In 1985 it was moved next to Newrybar Hall in the new station built by voluntary labour. The current category one heavy tanker replaced previous vehicles in 1997, however it is due for replacement this year. The replacement fire truck will not fit in the existing fire station so discussions are being held with Ballina Council to decide whether to rebuild on the present site or relocate to a new position. Newrybar Rural Fire Brigade (now part of the NSW Rural Fire Service) provides an extensive range of services to cover community needs from St Helena to TevenTintenbar and all the places in between. As captain Darren Bailey says, “You may see the familiar RFS yellow overalls helping during a flood, cleaning up after a storm, working behind the barbecue fundraiser at a local function, teaching fire safety at local schools or attending motor vehicle accidents. And of course we fight bush fires and house fires. In short if it catches fire and it’s in our patch we put it out.”

RFS members have also volunteered during times of major emergencies. They provided valuable help fighting fires in Canberra (2003), Snowy Mountains, Blue Mountains, Narrabri and Tenterfield. They also fought fires in Queensland and the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria in 2009. The RFS is a voluntary organisation so relies heavily on donations from the public. These come from a variety of sources such as Bangalow CWA, Bangalow markets (every two years) and donations as thanks for burn offs carried out during the fire season when permits are usually required from 1 September to 31 March. Darren comments, “The RFS is a very

rewarding organisation to belong to. You will learn many new skills, make new friends and provide a valuable service to our community”. The Newrybar Rural Fire Brigade currently has membership of 12 males and four females (one who is deputy captain). There are volunteer positions for males and females over 16 years available at the moment. Volunteers need to have a strong level of commitment to training. Training days are held on the second week of each month on either Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening for two hours. For additional information contact Darren Bailey on 6687 8262 or 0427 204 776  Lyn Plummer

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T2E Community Information Sessions We await the final decision on the T2E interchange at Bangalow but work will soon start on the rest of the T2E motorway. Keep up-todate on progress by participating in the monthly community information sessions at the A&I Hall held jointly by RMS and the T2E contractors, Baulderstone Pty Ltd. On 28 March urban design and landscaping was the subject. Sessions begin at noon and again at 5.30pm. If you miss the sessions you can see the presentations and meeting notes on the RMS website.  Tony Hart

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every month in Bangalow for more than six years. Over the years it has expanded to include over 200 women from the region surrounding Bangalow.   We meet every second Thursday of the month, with the next breakfast event being 12 April, 7.30am to 9am at The Bangalow Heritage Museum and Tea Room.  Our inspiring speaker is Jannine Barron, owner of Nature’s Child, who will talk about how she had adapted to changing times and not only survived, but thrived. For $20 per head, ladies get a fabulous breakfast and inspiring guest speaker, with all monies supporting a worthy Bangalow community organisation, the Museum.   For more information about Bangalow Business Women›s Networking contact: Teresa Bassham 0408 304 145  or check out our Facebook page:  https:// Business.Womens.Networking

Bangalow Uniting Church Bangalow Uniting Church would like to welcome their new resource minister, Ken Day and introduce their new time of worship, 5pm every Sunday. This new time was decided on by the congregation to make it easier for families who these days are often busy on Sunday mornings. It is a family-focussed service with live music, Sunday School for

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the younger children and teen nights every month after service for high school-aged children. Once a month, supper will also be provided after the service. The Easter Services will be: Palm Sunday, 1 April 10am where the combined Uniting and Anglican Churches will walk to the Catholic Church and back to the Uniting Church for morning tea. Maundy Thursday, 5 April 7pm. Easter Sunday 5.50am at the Byron Bay Lighthouse and then 5pm in Bangalow for the service of lights. All welcome.  Lisa Sharpe

All Souls Anglican Church Easter service times Maundy Thursday: 6pm Good Friday: 9am Easter Sunday: 8am

CWA news The CWA will have its birthday lunch on the regular meeting day of Wednesday, 11 April. Members please bring a plate. Craft evenings are being held on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights of every month and are being well attended by enthusiasts unable to attend during the day. Anyone interested in learning to machine sew on a Wednesday morning, please leave your name with the ladies. Ruth Kirby

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Garden Club The Bangalow Garden Club had a busy meeting in March with an interesting presentation by Julie Short from Idyll Hours nursery about gesneriads. On the following Saturday the Club visited her nursery in Modanville where an array of flowering orchids, unusual bromeliads, gesneriads and other treasures were on display. In the afternoon a visit was made to the Noble’s beautiful garden in Eureka. Afternoon tea was enjoyed under large poinciana and jacaranda trees while admiring the garden’s landscape. At the next meeting on 4 April Greg Norris will speak about the moringa tree and its health benefits. On Easter Saturday, 7 April Lou Dingjan will be our host at his property with stunning views in Ewingsdale.  Helen Johnston

Bangalow Landcare Bangalow Landcare launched the fund-raising effort ‘Patrons to the Environment’ last month and has received a very good response from everyone who has been approached to date. We hope the list will be more expansive next month and that like our members everyone will support the businesses that support us. Meanwhile if

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Anglican Hall (see report in this issue). The Lions have been sponsoring an international project for the construction of wells in Ethiopia. A special presentation was given on this venture at our meeting on 27 March. A fundraising dinner is to be held on 23 June for the Basso family who suffered a major bereavement recently. The Lions will be assisting with the organisation of this function. The Lions have been forming sub-committees to deal with specific events or projects such as the construction of a web site and the running of the Billy Cart Derby. It is hoped this will lead to greater efficiency and shorter general meetings. Neil McKenzie

As the Bangalow Music Festival approaches – 17-19 August – many of the musicians who will be performing will require accommodation in town. Federal News Throughout the history of the The Federal community has Festival many locals have taken so far raised $70,000 towards up the opportunity to provide saving the church. The Heart of accommodation for musicians.  the Village book fair was such This is a great way to demonstrate a great success that a Second Bangalow hospitality and Edition Book Fair will be held community backing for an on 5 April, 4pm to 7.30pm important event in our town. complete with barbeque.  Contact Margaret Curtis via Thanks for your support. email  Rhonda Ansiewicz or telephone 02 6687 2845.   No more annual kerbside

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Byron Council has replaced the annual kerbside pickup with an annual landfill dropoff for all residents, not just town households, of 150kg of permissible unwanted items.

This will commence in July at the Myocum Landfill site. Residents will need to take the original copy of their July rates notice when dropping off rubbish. It is hoped this will lead to less illegal dumping of rubbish.  Council release

Book signings Saturday, 31 March: David Spiteri signs Prez at the Bangalow Hotel from 2pm Thursday, 12 April: Cecile Yazbek signs Mezze to Milk Tart at the Byron Farmers Market from 8am Saturday, 14 April: Cecile Yazbek signs Mezze to Milk Tart at the Bangalow Farmers Market from 8am Saturday, 28 April: Candida Baker signs The Wisdom of Women at Bangalow Newsagency from 8.30am.  Carolyn Adams

What a grind! Mark Easton, from the Gold Coast, is releasing his new CD Grind with its elements of blues, rock, funk, fat grooves and gnarly slide playing, at Bangalow Hotel on Saturday, 21 April at 7.30pm.  Gerry Blain

Delightful dogs and courteous cats – or not? As March was Polite Pets Month, Dr Megan Kearney will be on local radio Bay FM 99.9FM ‘Under construction’ on Tuesday, 3 April 9.30 to

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Housing for Khmer families In 2011 Nathan Cooper from Brooklet raised $1,500 for the construction of 10 houses after visiting Cambodia and seeing a need to help some of the poorest people on earth. He donated half the funds, then raised the rest from friends and businesses. He wants to repeat last year’s success with a similar target for 2012. Nathan commented, “Given the number of worthy charities out there, the support I received after just chatting to people about the opportunity we have to help was heartwarming. One of the beautiful discoveries of moving here was the abundance of people giving their effort, money, and compassion to our community and to those in need around the globe. I was at a party and got talking to a guy. He committed $3,000 on the spot and I’d never met him before. I thought he might think twice the next day with a clearer head, but he was true to his word. What a guy! Now he’s a good friend. It is such a privilege to come across such wonderful people. I love them and want to meet others with that kind of spirit.” Major donors during 2011 were Rob Patton, Carsten Pedersen, Town Planning Group in Perth, Gary Jay from Competitive Pest Control and Garry Scott from Compost Toilet Systems. This year Nathan is looking for people or groups who are willing to donate or fundraise as well as travel to Cambodia to help with the physical construction of the houses in 2013. They might like to start their own group with friends or colleagues. In

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August, there is also an opportunity to help with the construction of the houses being built with funds raised in 2011. On his visit to Cambodia, Nathan visited the Tabitha Foundation and toured villages supported by them. Tabitha is a registered charity, run by volunteers, with no overheads. He saw how the organisation supports families on their journey to a better life, including food and income security, safe water, housing and education for the children. The program enables communities to support themselves into the future and is largely about self-determination and capacity building. A testament to Tabitha’s success is the 300,000 Cambodians it has lifted out of poverty and despair into lives of



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dignity, joy and active participation in their communities. Cambodia had both its infrastructure and population decimated in recent history. During the 1975 to 1979 Pol Pot era an estimated 1.5 to 3 million people were killed. Family relationships were banned on the grounds that parents exploited their children. Although they were half starved, people caught foraging for food were executed. People were also executed for being lazy, speaking a foreign language or wearing glasses. “It breaks my heart to think of the abundance we have here and the relatively small amount of money it takes to lift a family or village from unimaginable poverty to a life of security, prosperity and hope for the future”, said Nathan. To find out about The Tabitha Foundation, or start your own house building project, visit Nathan can be contacted at his secure page www.tabitha. For a deeper insight into the plight of the Khmer people, Nathan has a feature length movie entitled To Speak. Anyone interested in getting involved can borrow it. Based on a true story, it follows the life of Ratana, a 12 year old girl living a tenuous existence in an impoverished rural village, surviving by cracking rocks with a hammer for road base. She dreams of a better life but that seems impossible until she comes across the Tabitha Foundation.  Nathan Cooper


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Tonaya, Kasey and Ella are pupils at Bangalow Primary School and attended the Bangalow Community Centre before that. They are also keen and fierce competitors at Byron Bay Little Athletics and the Bangalow Tennis Club. Krysten has been working for Elders Real Estate, Bangalow for 5 ½ years and her smiling, friendly face is one that you cannot miss in the main street of Bangalow. Two years ago, Krysten with her friend Lisa Sharpe, trained very hard for a bike ride in Vietnam raising $10,000 for a Vietnamese children’s charity as they felt they were the lucky ones and wanted to give something back. Now though, Krysten’s luck has changed and this time she needs the community’s help as understandably Scott’s passing has left his family in a difficult financial situation. With the help of the Bangalow Lions Club, Scott’s family and friends aim to raise funds to relieve the financial pressure and help to

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maintain the life that Scott would have wished for them and to assist them to remain in their home in Bangalow. On 23 June, there will be an auction night at the A&I Hall in Bangalow. Leading up to this there will be raffles run in the Bangalow, Byron and Lismore areas. The Bassos need your support in the way of donations of products, services, vouchers, etc. to use as raffle prizes and/or items for auction. Financial donations will also be accepted. In recognition and appreciation of your support, your company logo and/or name will be included on our print media associated with the raffle and the auction night. Your support will not go unnoticed! Owing to the scale of the event and expected interest from the community, your prompt support would make the world of difference. We are aiming to receive donations early in April to ensure we can make this fundraiser a great success. Your contribution will not only help the Basso family overcome this tragedy, it will showcase your generosity to the wider community. If you would like to make a financial donation, please call into any Summerland Credit Union using the reference ‘BASSO’; Account: Bangalow Lions Activities Account BSB: 728 728 Account: 222 122 40 For more information and/or to offer support, please call Lisa on 0439 011 366.  Lisa Sharpe


On 12 December last year the 39-year-old Bangalow father of three young girls, Scott Basso, unexpectedly passed away from a suspected cerebral haemorrhage. He had planned to meet his wife Krysten on her lunch break from Elders in Bangalow, but did not make it. Scott was the loving husband of Krysten and dedicated father to their three daughters, Tonaya aged 11 and 9 year old twins Kasey and Ella. This has been a tragic loss to his family, friends and anyone who knew Scott. Six months prior to his death Scott was diagnosed with a substantial brain tumour after a massive seizure. The tumour was successfully removed with emergency surgery and Scott returned to his Bangalow home and seemed to be recovering well. Scott had always been part of the far North Coast community, growing up in Rosebank then Lismore Heights. Scott and Krysten met in Lismore when they were quite young and moved to Bangalow 12 years ago when they started their family. They were married at the Riverview Guest House. Scott was a hardworking man of great integrity and was dedicated to providing a beautiful life for his wife and kids. He worked for Byron Bay Transport and more recently, Bangalow Cellars. He was celebrating with his workmates from Bangalow Cellars at their staff Christmas party the night before he died.

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LOOKING AFTER THE DISTRICT CATTLE Kevin and Gary Jarrett have been in the stock market all their lives, and they know a fair share about cattle. The number of small hobby farms around Bangalow continues to increase. Many owners like to have a few cattle for the interest, to keep the grass down and to ‘pay the rates’. They often don’t have the experience to manage the herd however. Add to this, landowners living away for part of the year and older folk no longer able to do their own stock work, and you have a sizeable group needing some help with cattle management. The Jarretts of St Helena are a family who have been closely involved with this type of work for very many years. Kevin, and more particularly his son Gary, are currently very active in this role. Running cattle is certainly in their blood. Kevin’s father Tom was a cattle buyer and dealer who used to ship cattle from Byron to Sydney and then changed to trains when they came all the way through in 1932. Some of this cattle-buying role has been continued by Kevin, who with his wife Edna, has cattle properties at St Helena and Kyogle. He also leases paddocks from many people around Bangalow who are unable or not wanting to run their own cattle. Sometimes the lease arrangements are flexible such that most of the cattle are the Jarrett’s, but the land owners have “a few of their own, which get managed while I’m doing mine”, Kevin told me. Gary has also been in the cattle game most of his life. As a boy he did stock work for the agents conducting sales in the saleyards, which used to be in the Bangalow Showgrounds. These sales ceased in 2000 as more fruit and nut trees replaced the grazing lands around town. In 1989 Gary took up the opportunity to become a partner in the Lismore livestock agency, Bishop and Co. He continues in this role now, as well as running his own properties at St Helena, Bonalbo and Tenterfield and managing other herds around the area. Gary told me he fully manages some 30 herds and “helps out, with another 20 or so”. While a stock agent’s central role is to buy and sell stock for clients on a commission basis, most also offer some help on farm as part of the service. As discussed above, this area now has many people needing more

Kevin & Gary take a break from recent pony club duties. Byron Bay wharf in its prime.

The last calf sold at Bangalow saleyards in 2000, is taken in by Gary and son Tom.

than a ‘little help’. For many herds, Gary and an offsider, Mark Noble, do mustering, drafting, and a range of stock treatments such as vaccination, drenching for internal parasites and control of ticks and buffalo fly. This fly can be a real irritant to cattle and decrease their production unless controlled. It loves overcast wet seasons such as this year. While it is the landowner’s responsibility for weed control, fencing and stock yards, Gary often arranges for this work to be done when needed. His wife Donna does the bookwork for this management role. Good horses and cattle dogs are a key part of this stock work. Both Gary and Kevin train their own which they purchase as youngsters. This training needs time

and real skill but is amply rewarded when working stock on the steep, weedy and rocky ground often involved. They both have kelpie dogs. Kevin has Australian stockhorses, while Gary favours quarter horses or their crosses “for their quietness and drafting skills”. The continuation of such work by this branch of the Jarrett family seems in good hands. Gary and Donna have four children who are all interested in cattle and horses. One son, James, works with a Casino livestock agency. While much of this stock work on other people’s farms is part of the lease agreement or the agent commission, one gathers Kevin and Gary are often giving a bit of extra help to some people in need. Brian Sundstrom

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walk the art walk Been for a walk or jog around the sports fields in Bangalow lately? You’ll stimulate more than your muscles as you stroll, walk the dog, ride your bike, skateboard or push the stroller around the track. The recently installed sculptures are a joint project between Dev Lengjel – Curator, Byron Shire Council and the Bangalow Sports Association. Don’t forget dogs must be on leashes as these are playing fields. Photos by Judy Baker

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Fitness essentials for the over 50s Are you over 50 years of age and looking to feel healthier and stronger? Do you have a plan to achieve this goal? To be most effective, a health and fitness regime needs to include a number of essential elements. None are sufficient on their own. If you want to see significant and sustainable change, be sure that your exercise routine includes the following: l Cardio-vascular training. Elevate your heart rate! This will work your heart, lungs and vascular system (also known as ‘aerobic exercise’). Brisk walking, jogging, dancing, group exercise, bike riding and swimming will all do this. l Strength training. Pump some iron. Strength or ‘resistance’ training will build muscles and has been proven to strengthen bones thus counteracting osteoporosis, reduce blood pressure, help control diabetes and reduce cholesterol (along with many other benefits). l Flexibility and mobility. Can you touch your toes easily? Can you turn your head to see behind you when you are reversing your car? Keep your muscles long and joints mobile with a thorough flexibility and mobility program. l Posture correction. Our bodies are at their most efficient when posture is good. Correct posture - when seated, standing and moving - can even improve blood flow to your brain by straightening out your vertebral arteries. l Balance. Did you know that balance starts to deteriorate from around age

40? It’s a definite case of use-it-or-loseit. Huge improvements in your balance can be achieved in a relatively short time, so long as you challenge it appropriately - and safely. l Co-ordination. Ensuring that your brain and body continue to co-operate and work harmoniously and efficiently is critically important. Not only will you look gracious – good co-ordination and reactions might just

save your life one day. So there you have it - the six essential elements which should be included in all fitness training. A skilled fitness trainer will be able to prescribe exercises which have a number of these elements operating at one time – called integrated training. Integrated training is the best preparation for everyday living too – for example, chasing grandchildren, gardening on unstable terrain, preventing falls when you stumble, or lifting and carrying heavy loads. A good trainer will also be able to progress or reduce the degree of difficulty or challenge with all exercises in each of these categories, depending on your abilities or any restrictions due to injury or health issues, eg arthritis. When choosing a fitness trainer to guide you through this process, check that they are appropriately registered to work with older people – not all gym instructors or personal trainers have the correct qualifications or experience. And lastly, but most importantly, if you are embarking on a fitness regime or making significant alterations to your current exercise routines, be sure to check with your GP or treating physician to ensure that the changes you are planning will be safe for you, particularly if you suffer from high blood pressure or any heart disease.  Paula Todd


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A natural approach to arthritis aggravate symptoms. Avoiding refined, Arthritis (this article deals with devitalised and processed foods, sugar, osteoarthritis) is characterised by saturated fats and alcohol is important. progressive damage to the joint Zinc, magnesium, calcium, boron silica cartilage, the slippery material at the and sulphur are important for cartilage, end of long bones, and causes changes collagen and connective tissue. Silica can in the structures around the joint. These restore flexibility to joints, break down changes can include fluid accumulation, calcifications and is highly concentrated bony overgrowth and loosening and in synovial fluid. Sulphur combines weakness of muscles and tendons, all of naturally in the body with glucosamine which limit movement and cause pain to form glucosamine sulphate essential and swelling. Most chronically affected in all bone structures. Taken as a are the weight joints, the knees, hips and supplement it helps rebuild cartilage, spine, causing chronic pain or discomfort prevents further damage, reduces bone during movement. Deterioration of discs pain, tenderness and improves range of between the spine and vertebra can motion. Chondroitin sulphate is another cause back and neck stiffness and pain. naturally occurring nutrient for joints. It Arthritis can also affect the fingers and stops the breakdown of cartilage and also toes and any joints with previous injury forms the synovial fluid between joints or trauma, infection or inflammation. which provides lubricant and a barrier for Some patients may develop bony knobs the joint ending. or nodes that enlarge finger joints, Herbal based medications for pain and causing pain, stiffness, numbness and inflammation are excellent in tonics or later restrict use of fingers. supplements. White willow, cats claw, NSAID drugs are widely used in the Photo courtesy sciencephotolibrary turmeric, boswellia, devils claw, prickly treatment of arthritis but account for many serious adverse side effects. These oils, green-lipped mussel extract and flax ash, alfalfa and celery are some traditionally include increased risk of peptic ulcers, seed oil all have anti inflammatory effects effective herbs and cause no adverse side bleeding and heart disease. They offer short in the body too. Fresh, raw, unprocessed effects. Also recommended is non weight bearing term relief but can actually contribute to a foods help to dissolve the accumulation worsening of the joint condition. Natural of acid forming toxic deposits around exercise, such as swimming in warm water, solutions can be effective without the side joints and in other tissues. Whole grains in both prevention and treatment of arthritis especially wheat, milk products, eggs because joints that are less mobile tend to effects. Nutrient deprivation and poor digestion and beef can trigger different sufferers. stiffen. So it is important for the sustained aggravate arthritis. A diet rich in vitamins C, The deadly nightshades such as potato, mobility of the joint and for keeping the D, B, K, E and bioflavonoid builds collagen eggplant, tomato, capsicum and tobacco surrounding muscle well toned. Obviously and helps connective tissue repair. Some aggravate symptoms. Foods containing excess weight leads to excess load on joints potential plus ouline ad.pdf 14/3/10 9:13:55 AM be managed.  Sue Daly often so it also needs to are anti inflammatory and anti oxidant. Fish oxalic acid such as coffee can also









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DONATE LIFE Australians are renowned worldwide for volunteering. Thousands do it every day: the SES, Rural Bush Fire Services, Smith Family, St. Vincent de Paul, Anglicare, Caritas, AusCare, Red Cross, CWA, home carers, helpers in schools, and the list goes on. During the Olympics, the Queensland floods, the Victorian bushfires and other emergencies, people flocked to help physically, materially and financially. This must have saved many lives, much property, and the federal and state governments many millions of dollars. Our generosity knows no bounds – until our demise. Then, for some reason, Australians are reluctant to give - the generosity stops. Though our organs are of no further use to us, we are reluctant to share them with others even though there are so many men, women and particularly children, waiting for organ transplants and we have the medical staff and facilities to carry them out. With our reputation for generosity and mateship, it is a shame Australia has the lowest organ donation rate in the developed world. Surely knowing that the life of a loved one needn’t end with death, but can be continued on in another, makes

organ donation worth while. If you are one of those who have made the decision to donate, please add your name to the Organ Transplant Register either on-line (, by phone 1800 777 203 or through Medicare. If the driver’s licence is ticked ‘No’ then approaches are not made to relatives, this is sufficient to show intention not to take organs. But a ‘Yes’ allows medical staff to approach relatives. So please be sure

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the arts With Easter nigh upon us and the overall pervading feeling of ‘share the love’ as calamity, greed, weed and feed bring back the need to breed a more compassionate environment (yes, I’m stopping now with the ‘eed’ of it all), April’s Artery offers up creative opportunities of a different nature. Multicultural Arts Practice Panel and Open Sessions at Multicultural Arts Forum 2012 Call out to artists, critical thinkers, academics, independents: let’s hear your thoughts at the Multicultural Arts Forum at Carriageworks, April 14, 2012. Arts Practice Panel is an opportunity to present a paper/case study as part of ‘Open Sessions’ (a platform for forum attendees to present a project, idea or specific topic to a small group of attendees). More info by April 14.

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Climate ClimArte (Arts for a Safe Climate) call for information: If you have been involved in art that deals with climate change or environmental issues, the Malthouse Theatre’s Michele Bauer wants to hear from you. She is creating a database of art projects across all forms, nationally, spanning from 1996 to 2013. Get involved and email project title, location, date, presenter and artist, web link etc to au so that this not-for-profit body can help bring the arts community together to tackle climate change. Arts and Disability Connecting Communities: Arts and Disability North Coast – Database Julie Barratt (newly appointed Arts and Disability Officer for the NSW North Coast) is currently compiling a database of artists with disability and those who work with them. Julie’s aim is to set up a strong line of communication, ensuring quality arts programs and creative opportunities. If you wish to be included in this database for future opportunities, contact Julie Barratt on 02 6628 0297 or Want to Sell Your Art? The Gallery Foundation is hosting Art at Ashby, an opportunity for artists to sell their work/public to buy art and enjoy a day at a magnificent property overlooking the Clarence River. Sunday, 20 May (set up Saturday 19) with 33% commission on any sales made on the day payable to The Gallery Foundation. Participation is invited from any Northern Rivers artist. More info by 7 May.

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Local Art Exhibition and Workshops Art-on-the-Move will be back in full force this Bangalow Market Day, at the Moller Pavilion, within the Bangalow Showgrounds. Come and support your local artists, including Soren Carlbergg who was chosen as a finalist in the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize with his painting of Barry Evans from The Buttery. Many of our artists are now offering workshops (printmaking, painting, glass art) so pick up a brochure and join our creativity now. Marika Bryant

Book review: The Wisdom of Women, by Candida Baker Most of you will be familiar with Candy Baker, the local author who delighted us with her three books, respectively about horses, dogs and cats. Candy’s latest book is all about women and their intimate stories of love, loss and laughter. It’s a book about sisters, mothers, fathers and friends; about belonging and being disconnected; about recovering from stroke and the trials of menopause and much more. Candy has woven together a collection of contributions to produce a heart warming book which talks about her life and the nurturing connections that women have with their families and their friends.

There are a number of stories which resonated deeply with me: Zenith Virago’s journey from grieving friend to celebrant and death walker, Charlie’s sadness at not being able to conceive and the grief that resides within, the joy of Candida’s mother/ daughter days with daughter Anna. There’s cooking and trail blazers, career women and stay at home Mums and there is also Candy’s own life story made all the more challenging by an alcoholic mother and a philandering father. If you would like a signed copy Candy will be at the Newsagency on Saturday, 28 April from 8.30am.  Carolyn Adams


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ANZAC Day: Animals at war

The TITANIC remembered This year, in our commemoration honouring Anzac Day, the Bangalow Historical Society has decided to focus on animals and their relationship with humans in war situations and the important roles they played. Horses, camels, mules and donkeys were all used to transport soldiers and equipment to the fronts. Carrier pigeons and tracker dogs were used for their unique talents, while others were mascots and pets, or used as symbols on badges and flags. This exhibition also looks at the unwelcome animals, insects, rats and wild creatures that make life more difficult for those in the field. This Anzac exhibition will run for the month of April. Entry is free. For details, or if you wish to offer some information, photos or items for the exhibition, please phone 6687 2183. The museum and tea room will be open for lunch and afternoon tea only between 11.30am and 3pm on Anzac Day, April 25. That day, there will be a special menu appropriate to the occasion. Wendy Grissell

The Bangalow Historical Society Museum and Tea Room will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster with an exhibition on the verandah during April. The exhibition will feature the six Australians who were on board when the ship sank on 14 April, 1912. Most of them

were crew, but alas only two of the six survived. For the week from 11 to 13 April the Tea Room will be serving a special menu in keeping with the era the Titanic sank. For further details, please phone the museum on 6687 2183.  Wendy Grissell

now & then challenge Bangalow Museum is partnering with ABC Open and the Northern Rivers Writers Centre to tell the history of our village. Join us in creating a window into the past of your home, farm, business and/or town and tell a story about how times have changed in ABC Open’s photography project ‘Now and Then’. It’s simple. Rephotograph an old photo in the spot where it was originally taken and write a short story about the people and events captured. It’s a great family project. You can do it solo by following the step by step instructions on ABC Open’s website Or you can attend a free workshop at the Bangalow Museum with ABC Open and the Northern Rivers Writers Centre in May, date to be advised.  The best of the Bangalow ‘Now and Then’ challenge will be exhibited at the

Bangalow Historical Society Museum and Tea Room. Your photo could also be selected for ABC Open’s ‘Now and Then’ exhibition at the Museum of Sydney later this year. So get involved – your photo and story could be part of a national exhibition. Register your interest in attending a workshop or participating in the challenge either by email to bangalowhistorical@ or phone 6687 2183.  Catherine Marciniak

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Review: Aria Viva A Taste of Opera And a fine taste it was indeed. To the accompaniment of delicious canapés from the restaurant, soprano Lecia Robertson and pianist Margaret Curtis performed at the Harvest cafe on Sunday, 11 March. It was a sumptuous afternoon recital in four courses – French, English, German and Italian songs and arias. Lecia seduced the audience as soon as she entered the room and sang the Habanera from Carmen, surely one of the most popular arias in the entire operatic repertoire. She has marvellous stage presence, excitingly tinged with cabaret style performance – once or twice she sang while mingling provocatively with the audience. But in the melancholy or tragic arias she sang – ‘Dido’s Lament’, for example - she used the same gifts of captivating the audience; there was hardly a dry eye in the house after her exquisite singing of Verdi’s wonderful ‘Pace, Pace’. Margaret Curtis accompanied ably, entering the world of each song in this varied program with verve and precision. Even though she had to play one of those terrible electronic keyboards, she knew exactly how to colour each song. Her accompaniment to Wolf ’s difficult ‘Storchenbotschaft’ was particularly impressive. This was their first concert together as Aria Viva – it certainly won’t be their last. Nicholas Routley

Music workshops, and more, at the Scarlett School What a busy year the Scarlett Affection girls have had. 2011 seemed to have a very clear focus on ‘children’ with both Melia and Nerida giving birth, and inspiring the next generation through the school which has grown to now be the leading contemporary music school on the North Coast. The school has attracted the patronage of Paul Dean, Artistic Director of the National Academy of Music and was also supported by the late Michael Malloy. The Scarlett School now has a staff of six teachers. However, Melia and Nerida didn’t stop there. 2011 saw them joining forces with children’s book author Andrew Wynn and illustrator Emma Scott to create the Love You Book Song. Melia worked with World Champion surfer Beau Young on Animals Rock, an exciting kids entertainment program and she also found time to be selected as one of the top five songwriters in Australia in the Telstra Road To Discovery. Melia and Nerida have teamed up with experienced and energetic workshop facilitators and now offer the Scarlett School Workshop Series. During the Easter holidays two workshops will be running: An Introduction to the Scarlett School for 8-11 year olds, and the Scarlett Songwriting & Film Clip Creation Workshop for 11-16 year olds. The workshops will run during the second week of the Easter holidays. If you would like to watch the Scarlett School in action, you are invited to attend the second of the end of term concerts held on 1 April at the Newrybar Hall. Scarlett Affection will release their much anticipated new record on 16 June at the Bangalow A&I Hall. The album is off to great start with with track ‘5:49’ already being selected as a semi finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. For more information about Scarlett Affection head to www. or the Scarlett School head to au or phone (02) 6687 1925.  Helen Holt

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ADFAS presents: Backstage with Margot Fonteyn She made her debut in 1933 at the age of 14 as a snowflake, but Margot Fonteyn went on to become a star of ballet. Starting with the Vic-Wells Ballet School, the predecessor of today’s Royal Ballet School, she trained under the direction of Ninette de Valois and other leading teachers of the time. She rose quickly through the ranks of the company and by 1939 Fonteyn had performed principal roles in Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty and was appointed Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden. Her musicality, technical perfection, and beautifully conceived and executed characterisations made her an international star, the first developed by an English school and company. After 1959 she appeared with the Royal Ballet as guest artist and also toured extensively. In the years that followed Fonteyn formed her greatest artistic partnership at a

time when many thought she was about to retire. In 1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West and in 1962, he and Fonteyn first performed together in Giselle. She was 42 and he was 24. Their performance was a great success and they created a partnership that lasted until her 1979 retirement. Despite differences in background and temperament, and a 19-year gap in ages, Nureyev and Fonteyn became close lifelong friends and were famously loyal to each other. Dame Margot Fonteyn remained active in the world of dance until her death. Meanwhile, a young Robin Haig grew up and began her ballet career in Perth, WA. At 18 she joined the Royal Ballet Company at Covent Garden and was part of Fonteyn’s eight-member tour concert group, known as ‘The Fonteyn Follies’. During this tour Robin came to know Dame Margot, both as a dancer and as a person. Robin danced

with the Royal Ballet Company at Covent Garden for 10 years before leaving to work internationally as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Robin’s last meeting with Dame Margot was in 1988, three years before Fonteyn’s death in Panama City, Panama, in 1991. Robin Haig will be presenting her illustrated talk, ‘Backstage with Margot Fonteyn’, for ADFAS Byron Bay and Districts on Monday, 16 April, at 6.30 pm in the A&I Hall, Bangalow. As one who danced and toured with Fonteyn, Robin will be able to give us fascinating insights into the world of one of the great prima ballerinas. All are welcome to attend: $25 for guests includes the lecture, a glass of wine and light supper and the chance to speak to Robin and mingle with members and guests. Enquiries to Carole Gamble on 6684 4996 or email  Judy Baker

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lions’ Youth of the Year Bangalow Lions Club held its inaugural Youth of the Year competition this year culminating in a presentation night on Thursday, 23 February at the All Souls Anglican Hall. This quest aims to encourage and develop leadership skills in the young adults of our district through interviews and public speaking. The participants, Kiani Bryant and Aiden Ray, both from St Johns, Woodlawn, were required to undergo a 40 minute interview with our three judges then, at the formal presentation dinner, present a five minute prepared speech on a topic of their choice (Kiani spoke about preventable diseases of the third world and Aden about alcohol at Schoolies Week) and two two-minute impromptu speeches on a topic provided by the judges. Kiani was successful in the public speaking and was the overall winner. She then proceeded to the Zone final at Southern Cross HS on 3 March and was one of three winners chosen to participate in the Regional final at Tweeds Heads Bowling Club on 10 March. Kiani commented, “I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the Bangalow Lions Club and learn about what they are doing both locally and internationally.... Particularly the interview process and impromptu speeches have Kiani Bryant helped me to build confidence and communicative skills.... I would most certainly recommend this to young people in the community who want to broaden their skills and opportunities.” Thanks are due to members of Bangalow Lions especially committee members John McIntosh and Brian Grant; our three judges June Zentveld, Jill McCann and Father Phillip from All Souls Anglican Church; Melanie and Grace McIntosh for timekeeping; NAB bank for their generous sponsorship; the Historical Society for catering; teachers from St Johns, Woodlawn and the parents who provided support and encouragement. We hope to make the Youth of The Year quest an annual event in Bangalow.  Neil McKenzie

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Planting for slope stabilisation Often in my work I am called to give advice on how best to retain a slope. Whilst terracing plus retaining walls can be part of the solution, this is by no means the only or the most appropriate way. Plants have a large role in stabilising soil on sloping sites and banks. As soil erosion is created by wind and water, the foliage of plants partially limits the effect of those two forces while roots contribute to the strengthening of the soil. A well-designed planting scheme for a slope or bank will consider the foliage variety so as to create layers that will be visually pleasing, but also break the size of rain droplets as well as slowing their flow. This is especially important in area such as ours where rainfall can be torrential. Carefully selected plants will reduce and redirect wind forces. The root systems of plants increase water infiltration which limits run off. Choosing plants with a variety of root systems, ranging from dense and layered to deep and penetrating, will reinforce and anchor the soil. Here’s a small list of suitable plants you can use for banks: Grass-like plants have matting roots that bind and strengthen the soil: Agapanthus species (exotic); Lomandra hystrix; Lomandra ‘Katrinus’; Liriope species; Zoysia; Carex appressa; Dianella ‘King Alfred’; Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Nafray’and Pennisetum rubrum compacta (exotic, dwarf and sterile therefore not invasive). Shrubs have a varied root system that will bind the soil at other levels and will break up the size of droplets: Lomatia silafolia; Syzygium ‘Allyn Magic’; Plumbago species (exotic); Uromyrtus ‘Weeping Beauty’; Abelia grandiflora nana; Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ and Grevillea ‘John Evans’. Ground cover root systems are varied. Their main role is to spread


and slow the water and protect the soil from disturbance by foot traffic and wind: Grevillea ‘Bronze Rambler’ and ‘G.Gaudichaudii’ are excellent; coastal Juniper (exotic); Hibbertia obtusifolia; Banksia integrifolia prostrate and Trachelospernum asiaticum (exotic). The choice of mulch is also important in protecting not only the plant root systems but also to limit erosion. Mulches to use are those that mat together such as barley or soybean straw or ti-tree. The use of natural fibre mats such as jute is a short term effective way to mulch a slope as it will add organic matter to the soil as it breaks down, suppress most weeds while the new plants get established and reduce evaporation. Drainage is sometimes necessary if the bank you are working with is situated below sloping land with unchecked water run off. You may have to excavate a drainage ditch at the top of the bank so as to direct the water away from the slope, if necessary into a storm water pipe. The pipe will carry the water below the bank without causing further erosion. Retaining walls are necessary if the slope gradient is too great or after an excavation. It is extremely important near buildings or if it affects neighbouring property. Regulations vary from council to council but in general if your retaining wall is less than 600mm you do not need council approval. You can step the wall to accommodate the fall of the land. This will in turn make the maintenance easier as you will be on more level ground at each level. Make sure you have adequate drainage lines behind the wall and that you do not redirect the flow of surface water onto an adjoining property. Any water captured by the drainage system must be disposed of without causing a nuisance to adjoining owners. Always check with your council. Patrick Regnault (MAIH)

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Stuart & Tracey Knowland PREMIUM ADVANCED TREES & SHRUBS HEDGING & SCREENING SPECIALISTS Rishworths Lane, Brooklet NSW 2479 6687 8626 BY APPOINTMENT 0428 878 626


april diary

town talk

Teens geocaching

Teen Night Bangalow Uniting Church invites all high school aged and adventure seeking young people to come along on 29 April to learn about the secretive world of geocaching. The night will be run by India Nash and involves a high-tech treasure hunt where participants use a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek containers. It’s a great way to be outdoors, enjoy the environment and revel in the thrill of the hunt! Don’t miss out on this free activity night that will include supper and a short talk from the Reverend Ken Day linking in the night’s activities to a spiritual theme. Anyone high-school aged is very welcome, meet at the Uniting Church in Station Street at 6pm and we will finish at 8:15. Lisa Sharpe

Local wildlife needs your help Northern Rivers



(NRWC), established in 1992, is in need of volunteers to rescue and rehabilitate native animals. NRWC is licensed to rescue and care for native animals from Ocean Shores to New Italy, west to Tabulam and east to Byron Bay. An introductory workshop, for people 18 years of age and over, into the rescue and first 24 hours of care of our wildlife is being held on Sunday, 29 April from 9am in the Lismore area. Cost $35 which includes NRWC membership until July 2013. For course details or to report injured and orphaned animals please call the 24 hour hotline 6628 1866 or email  Jo Shepherd


Scarlett School concert


Op shop reopens


Dr Meagan Kearney on Bay FM


Garden Club


Second Edition Book Fair, Federal


Garden Club outing


CWA birthday lunch


Bangalow Business Womens network breakfast; book signing


Bowlo grand reopening weekend


Book signing


Poultry auction


Scarlett School musical workshop begins; ADFAS lecture


Travelling Flicks Le Havre; Mark Easton CD launch Bangalow Pub Bangalow Gym open day


Bangalow markets




Book signing


Uniting Church Geocaching Teen Night; Wildlife Carers workshop Farmers Market; 7, 14, 21, 28 HB deadlines: 16(ads) 21(copy)

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Bangalow Heartbeat April 2012  

Bangalow’s Heartbeat is a monthly community-run newsletter (always on the look-out for volunteers and contributors). We document social, cul...