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Carols in Gloria Park HAZELBROOK

The Love Lawson Festival is supporting the ‘Landscape, Dogscape, Peoplescape’ Photography Competition for the best photo taken at the old Lawson Golf Course. The 1st Prize for the competition will be $1000 sponsored by Elwing & Gurney Archival, for the Photo that captures the spirit of the “New Lawson Golf Course”. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ Prize and a Junior Photographer Prize.

After a successful return of Carols in Gloria Park last year, the Hazelbrook Association will again host the Carols this year on Saturday 10th December.

A decent golf course is based on the same kind of aesthetic vistas as the great houses of England. The golfer is meant to soar with the ball; be uplifted in spirit. Lawson Golf Course was thus designed as a whole, and is no cowpasture. CONTINUED PAGE 3

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The “Love Lawson Festival” is set to explode in 2011 with a huge and diverse range of stalls, workshops and performances coming forward to take part in the festivities. The festival will be held over the 18-1920th November with a full calendar of events soon to appear on the website. “We have been overwhelmed with the response from the community to date” said Laurie Strathdee, Festival Coordinator “We have had such tremendous support for this years festival that there will be continued page 10

Prior to the Carols various community groups will provide food and refreshments commencing at 5.00pm. There will also be a number of community stalls that will provide information about programs and services offered in the community. The carols will commence around 7.00pm and will be led by a community choir and band. There will be special items during the evening and local school bands and choirs will also participate.

Mark the date in your dairy!

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Next Hazelbrook Association Meeting 14th November 2011 7pm Hazelbrook Bowling Club.

Managing Editors Melanie Parry and Sean Greenhill PO Box 7035, Leura, NSW 2782

Phone: 4757 4378


$95,970.03 donated to Katoomba Hospital. Katoomba Hospital has been given a welcome boost to their funding with a cash donation of $95,970.03 from the 2010 Leura Gardens Festival.

Bullaburra Fun Morning was a hit with over adults and 65 kids in attendance despite the average weather conditions. For kids there was a circus skills workshop, balls games, crafts and other activities based around the play equipment and bikes, scooters and other wheelies were out in force. The Bullaburra bush fire brigade turned out with the fire truck and put on a sausage sizzle , kids climbed in and explored the fire truck and mascot Billie Booksie paid a visit to sing rhyms and read books for the children..

The donation will be shared across different departments allowing them to purchase a range of much needed equipment to further enhance the range of services provided by the hospital and modernise the facilities available to patients.

A group of long term residents teamed up and displayed photos and told stories about the Bullaburra of yesteryear. The Bullaburra township commitee, Bullaburra progress association, MOCS and MMNC plan to make this an annual event, every

The Emergency Department will benefit as will the Operating Theatre, Physiotherapy departments and the East Wing.

‘Our hospital is in constant need of vital equipment to keep pace with the demands of our community’ ‘Our hospital is in constant need of vital equipment to keep pace with the demands of our community’ said John Ewan President of the Leura Gardens Festival. ‘It is only through the efforts of the participating gardens in the Festival, and a large band of over 300 volunteers that we are able to raise these funds each year. “

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Graffiti Hotline 4759 2592 Help create a graffiti-free community by reporting all graffiti in Woodford, Hazelbrook, Lawson and Bullaburra A Hazelbrook Association and Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre Volunteer Community Program

spring in the park at Noble Street. The Bee Safe Travel group carried out free car child restraint checks. If any Blue Mountains families missed out they can contact Bee Safe Travel on 0404 132 208 for a home visit. This service is subsidised by BMCC.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO BUILD A WOOD FIRED OVEN? The Echo is looking to bring Alan Watt to the Blue Mountains in early 2012 to run a workshop on how to build a wood fired oven. The workshop is principally a series of ‘hands-on’ realistic activities interspersed with discussions and practical demos related to wood fired oven design; construction material selection; temperature control and measurement as well as oven operation and cooking tips. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact Mel at The Echo on 02 4757 4378.

“Our thanks go to the participating gardens, volunteers, local business and the public who so actively and generously support our annual spring Festival.’ John Continued.

Twelve fantastic gardens including “The Braes” and “Everglades” For only $20

The Festival is now in its 47th consecutive year and this year’s Festival will be held from 1 to 9 October with 12 participating gardens open each day from 9.30am to 4.30pm. For more information visit

1st to 9th October 2011

9.30 am - 4.30 pm shuttle bus service to all gardens $5 per day

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Phone: 0431 095 279 2

‘Landscape, Dogscape, Peoplescape’ Photography Competition CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Since Lawson Golf Club went bankrupt the old course has had to change and learn new ways of being used. The greens are frequently overgrown. The bunkers are filling up. Drainage works and bush regeneration, (a model for low intervention management of sensitive public spaces), are changing the visual landscape. However, it still remains recognisably the same community asset. It has become an area to walk children, fly kites, to jog and to wander, picnic and belt golf balls, to look at clouds, and significantly, a place for dogs with their humans as an off-leash area. It has evolved into a hive of activity and community. Dog networks have formed; friendships have developed between humans and humans, dogs and dogs, and dogs and humans. A few canines even have their own Facebook pages. So to celebrate this new lease of life for the Golf Course and to look at its future, the Love Lawson Festival is supporting the ‘Landscape, Dogscape, Peoplescape’ Photography Competition. The competition is open to all people: amateur; professional; young and old. There will also be a People’s Choice Prize for the most popular photo and a Junior Photographer Prize for best photographer under 15. The medium must be photographic or digital images produced within the last 3 years. They may be black & white or colour with a minimum size of A4 ready to hang. Presentation is at the discretion of the entrant. The photos should be of landscape and / or activities on the park. Entry forms can be found at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Ben Roberts Cafe or www. Entry forms must be into Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre by 4pm November 10th. Photos must be delivered ready to hang to Ben Roberts Cafe by 4pm on 17th November. Photos will be Exhibited at Ben Roberts Café from 19th November to 4th December 2011, from 9am to 4pm everyday. The Winners will be announced at Ben Roberts Café at 2.30pm Sunday 20th November 2011

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GETTING DIRTY A MUST FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS NEW BIKE COURSE 2011 will see the second season of The Dirty Tri Series take place in the Blue Mountains. A unique event in the Blue Mountains and now in its second season, the series is expected to attract participants from as far as Bathurst and Sydney to compete. “We are extremely happy with how the series went in 2010 and are looking forward to delivering a great series for 2011. said organiser Sean Greenhill , “The public support has been fantastic and participant enquiries over winter have been encouraging , we know there are many first timers looking to enjoy the Blue Mountains and the event” The Dirty Tri Series is a 3 event series and in each event participants are challenged to a 300m pool swim, a 12km mountain bike ride and a 5km run. “While there are prizes for series winners” Sean said, “the events are aimed at participation and doing what you can. For some participants the challenge is to simply complete two legs of the event while others are racing the clock and each other. All levels are welcome and catered for”. “While there will be a few changes to the format, the essense of the event will remain the same, get dirty and have fun” Sean continues.

“Last years bike course was very hard, this year we have radically changed the bike course and participants of average fitness will find they can ride it with ease” “Last years bike course was very hard, this year we have radically changed the bike course and participants of average fitness will find they can ride it with ease” For more information on the events - go to

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LAWSON OUTDOOR POOL Aerobics & Learn to Swim Classes The heated outdoor Pool (50m) in Lawson is now open with the water sitting at a warm 26 degrees celcius.. Opening hours for October are 6am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am - 6pm on weekends. On the schedule this season is a fun Water Aerobics Class for anyone who is keen starting at 10am on Saturday Mornings.

CARER SERVICES Learn to Swim classes are also starting and interested parents are asked to call the Lawson Swim Centre on 02 4759 1458 for prices and times.

LAWSON AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB 2011-12 Season Registration is now open! Register at the pool on Club nights from 6pm Fri 7 October 2011. Membership is $65 per swimmer cheapest club in the Mountains! Lawson ASC is one of the oldest swimming clubs in NSW, having been established in 1930. The club caters for swimmers of all ages and all abilities and promotes the development of every member’s swimming in a friendly, supportive family environment. One of the highlights of LASC club is

the number of families where both the parents and children join in the weekly events. The club meets each Friday evening at the beautiful Lawson Memorial Pool from 6.00pm (race entries in by 5:45pm). All are welcome.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS Daylight saving begins in New South Wales on Sunday 2 October 2011 at 2:00 am, when clocks will be put forward one hour. Daylight saving ends again in New South Wales on Sunday 1 April 2012, at 3:00 am when clocks will be put back one hour. For future summers, daylight saving in New South Wales begins at 2:00 am, Eastern Standard Time, on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3:00 am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April.

DO YOU RUN? One sunday a month on a dirt trail near you, over one hundred runners gather and take to the trails on a run through the bush, enjoying the fresh morning air, the bush surrounds and their fellow runners. They all then gather at the finish line, enjoy a bbq breakfast and chat. Running Wild was formed in 2010 with the desire to provide low cost, supported trail runs to as many runners as would turn up to enjoy them. There are two running series held each year, a short course series, with options from 10km - 21km and a long course series which involves distances from 25km through to 45km. Runners of all abilities and fitness levels are encouraged to participate and all are welcome.

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Light up Lawson Festival with pedal power Free Solas workshop Learn to weave circles of light using natural fibers, LED’s & cool neon with Michelle Snowden and Michael Petchkovsky and then energize your work of art using renewable power. The second Solas Light Workshop will be held on Sat 15th October from 2pm-5pm at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre in Lawson. Everyone is welcome to come along however booking are essential. To book in contact David Ryan on 0438 468 174. The Solas Workshop is supported by the Blue Mountains City Council Cultural Partnership Program.

Inaugural Blue Mountains Beard and Moustache Competition (BMBMC) Saturday 19th of November will see the inaugural Blue MOuntains Beard and Moustache Competition Inspired by Spooky Men \Supporting Movember and to be held in conjunction with Love Lawson Festival. The Challenge - Don’t shave until the Lawson Festival.

Above: Dave Tobin and Dave Warren The judging will be held in the Amphitheatre with registration from 10am and judging at 11am. There is a small registration fee of just $5 of which $1 from each entry will go toward Movember. For those who are keen and committed - you can register on the website or on-the-day registration is welcomed.

One of the many light sculptures created at the first Solas Workshop. Photo by Shay Tobin

Blue Mountains Folk Announces The 2011 “Lawsong” Songwriting and Poetry Competition . The theme this year is Lawson phoenix: the rebirth of Lawson OR Christmas Swamp: where to now?

There will be eight categories - all with some great prizes including haircuts and beard trims as well as some much coveted trophies. 1. Full beard natural 2. Full beard styled 3. Partial beard natural 4. Partial beard styled 5. Moustache natural 6. Moustache styled 7. Stubble (five-day growth or buzzcut) 8. Enhanced facial hair (fake beards) (Open for women and children too)

There will be 3 categories. Best Original Song, Best Reworking of Existing Song and Best Poem. The competition will take place at Lawson Idle Open Mic Night at 8pm on 10th November, the second Thursday of November at Blue Mountain Hotel, Lawson. Entrants can just turn up on the night and put their names on the list. Each entrant is allowed to perform 2 pieces, either a song or poem. The winner of the Best Original Song will receive free recording time and mentorship from Bushwhacker, songwriter and studio owner Roger Corbett at his Valley Studios in Springwood. So get your creativity working and come along on 10th November and show us your best.! Above: Saunders and Stowe (2010 Folk winners) The Echo (Bullaburra to Linden)

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interviewed and written by Debbie Beck This month we put the spotlight on Angela Lougheed. Angela is the owner of the Health Food shop at Hazelbrook and President of the Hazelbrook Association. As a child, Angela wanted to be an artist. Her first job, at the age of 14 was handing out community newspapers outside her local supermarket; paid on the basis of the number of papers distributed. The rate of pay was less than 10 cents per newspaper. Angela’s first full-time job was in the army where she remained for 20 years and commented that “this was at a time when the status of women was changing a lot.” Her time in the army led to an interest in health. As she transitioned from the army she studied health, including naturopathy. She moved with her family to the Blue Mountains in 1999 and worked part-time in community health while raising her young son, before starting the Hazelbrook Health Food Company in 2005. The emphasis of the shop has changed in this short time. Angela says that in the current climate, bulk foods (dried goods, flour, nuts, seeds, grains) are her main focus, while aiming to also maintain an adequate range of supplements.

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The business has also expanded into providing a wide variety of gluten-free products. Angela also makes “ingredient kits” for specific recipes, that is; customers can order exact quantities needed for a recipe which are then packaged up. This means that after making a recipe there are no unwanted leftover ingredients in your cupboard. She says customers especially use this for Christmas cakes and puddings. Angela is also about to release her own product range and put the shop on-line. So watch for over the next 3 months. Offering some tips for small business Angela says “you must have passion and you need to have the tacit knowledge of the field you are going into and employ staff that also share that same passion and knowledge.” She currently employs Angela in Hazelbrook Health Food Company two staff-members. Angela has been president of the Hazelbrook Association for 2 years. The Association is responsible for initiating the murals at the top of Oaklands Rd and is currently negotiating with the RTA on the redevelopment of Memory Park. Angela adds “It is well-known that I don’t like the red bridge. The bridge is not forgotten, nor is it over, we’re not finished yet.” In her spare time Angela enjoys gardening, and engaging with technology, describing A customer making a selection from the bulk herself as a “techno-nut”. She combines her interest in the community with foods in Angela’s shop. technology on her blog and invites people to “jump on and ask questions about the community.” The Echo (Bullaburra to Linden)

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Worried about your Super? Try the Sleep Test Greece, Ireland, Italy… if you’re dreaming of these at 3am and It’s not planning your next trip, likely chance is the following thought may be whether you’re losing your super.


If you are having these thoughts you are possibly in the wrong asset allocation. All super funds enable you to select the ratio of investments (growthy investments) to the level of fixed interest or cash (think “Term Deposits” or investments that don’t fluctuate). For example if you select 100% Australian Equity/Shares, your whole super amount is invested in the Australian share market. If you selected “Balanced” you would find approximately 60% is invested in shares and approximately 40% invested in fixed interest or cash.


Neither selection is good nor bad- it depends what level of volatility you are willing to endure (some would say suffer). For the last few years if you have been invested in the high growth end your money has had a wild ride. If you have been invested in the other end your fluctuations have been much less, however prior to 2009 and at some point in the future, the growth end will experience greater returns and the fixed interest and cash returns will look poor by comparison.


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If you are 40, with an income, a wild ride every now and then may not worry you as “the market will bounce back”. If you’re thinking about retiring or using your super money soon, you may not be able to handle this and wish to select a less growth exposed portfolio. The first thing is to engage with your super, know what asset class your money is invested in and select the volatility that you’re willing to take, not one that is automatically selected for you…. I guarantee, you’ll sleep better. Adam Mondy

OUTFOX THE FOX FOR A SAFER BACKYARD Urban foxes are widespread in the Blue Mountains and pose a threat to both wildlife and domestic pets. There are, however, various things you can do to reduce the impacts of foxes in your own backyard and in urban bushland. As omnivores and scavengers, foxes feed on a wide range of food sources commonly found in urban areas. These include food scraps, uneaten pet food, insects, berries, fallen fruit, road-kill, chickens and native wildlife. You can help to reduce the impacts of foxes by pest-proofing your property and removing potential food supplies from your backyard. Here are some hot tips to get your started: Do not deliberately feed foxes as this will only invite them to become a real nuisance in your yard and a potential health risk to yourself and your pets.


Avoid feeding native wildlife as they will become less self-reliant and more susceptible to predation by foxes and other feral pests. Feed your household pets inside or ensure you clean and remove outside pet bowls immediately after use. Cover your compost, and be sure to compost fallen fruit from fruiting trees before they rot on the ground.

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Remove noxious and environmental weeds like Blackberry, Honeysuckle and Asparagus Fern. Foxes otherwise eat the berries and potentially spread the seeds far and wide. For further information, contact Michael Hensen on

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To weed or not to weed? That might seem like the question, but as you’ll discover in an upcoming free workshop in November, volunteering with Bushcare offers so much more than you might think. Here in the Blue Mountains, with our many bushland reserves and WorldHeritage listed National Park, Bushcare volunteers make a vital contribution to some of the most exquisite natural environments in the world. From remote wilderness areas to local bushland reserves, Bushcare volunteers contribute to the health of our natural areas. From environmental monitoring

and ecological restoration, to community education about our diverse fauna and flora, volunteers work together to rehabilitate and preserve the wild areas in and around the communities we call home. If you want to contribute to your local community, and you have a love for the great outdoors, volunteering with Bushcare may be just what you’re looking for. A unique way to meet your neighbours and make new friends, Bushcare also helps you to develop knowledge of local fauna and flora and learn new skill. Have fun getting your hands dirty at your local reserve. Rise to the challenge of

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remote wilderness restoration. Discover the unseen worlds brimming with life in our waterways. Whatever your level of fitness or particular interest, Bushcare offers a range of opportunities. These opportunities form the foundation for the Introduction to Bushcare Workshop that Blue Mountains City Council is hosting from 9.30am to 1pm Saturday 12 November at the Blaxland Library. The workshop offers Blue Mountains residents vital information to help you decide whether Bushcare is for you and take those first important steps toward becoming a Bushcare volunteer. To find out more, contact Erin at Bushcare on p:4780 5623 or email

Photo Credit D.Benson OEH 2011


IT’S HEALTHY FOR YOU KEEP THE BUSH HEALTHY TOO! Mountain biking in our National Parks is a great way to keep fit and enjoy our natural surroundings. By adopting a few simple techniques you can ensure your experience is good for the environment too. Mountain biking is permitted on all roads and fire trails. Riding on walking tracks is not permitted to protect vegetation, reduce erosion and for walkers safety. Even when on approved trails, riders need to be aware of the sensitive environment around them. Like humans, plants can get diseases leading to illness or death which threatens the survival of the bush and the animals that rely on it for food and shelter. One of the most serious diseases currently affecting the Blue Mountains is Phytophthora Dieback. Phytophthora (fy-toff-thora) is an introduced mould that lives in the soil and feeds on the roots of plants. This causes infected plants to wilt, yellow and eventually die. Many native plants are threatened by phytophthora which spreads through moist soil, or in soil moved from one place to another.

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HAZELBROOK ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING The next General Meeting for the Hazelbrook Association will be on the 14th November, 2011 at 7pm at the Hazelbrook Bowling Club. The Association will present an update on the projects the Association has been carrying out throughout the year. There will also be guest speakers talking about community gardening and community transport. All members who have paid their membership this year, please come along to pick up your membership card. If you have not renewed your membership as yet, you can do that on the night for just $5p/y. This will be the last General Meeting for 2011, so we look forward to seeing you all. The meeting is also the opportunity for anyone involved with the various Hazelbrook Association projects to obtain their subsidised T-Shirts for $5 from Greg Birtles. Cake, tea & coffee supplied by the association on the night.

KEEP IN TOUCH - JOIN THE MAILING LIST If you would like to be on the Hazelbrook Association’s email list, please send a request to: secretary@ The association is environmentally conscious so our newsletters are only emailed. You may also view the latest information on our website:

Hazelbrook Bowling & Sporting Club AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Hazelbrook Bowling & Sporting Club Co-op Ltd will be held on Sunday 23rd October 2011 commencing at 3:30 pm in the Clubhouse. All members are requested to attend. The quorum required to conduct the AGM is fifty (50) members. Only financial members are permitted by our rules to vote at the AGM. Nominations for the positions of Directors will close at end of trading on 21st October 2011. Nomination forms are available from The Echo (Bullaburra to Linden)

the Club notice board. As per special resolution passed at the 2010 AGM a copy of the Annual Report and Balance Sheet is available for inspection at the registered office of the cooperative. Please note the bar will be closed from 3:30 pm for the duration of the meeting.

HAZELBROOK ASSOCIATION AGM At the recent AGM of the Hazelbrook Association the following people were elected to the Executive team. Angela Lougheed (President), Heather Connolly (Secretary), Gareth Wilding-Forbes (Member), Ken Goodlet (Member), Greg Birtles (Member), Peter Staton (Member), Robyn Hall (Member), Astrid Evans (Member), Friederike Huiskamp (Member). Thank you to all who attended and to the new members joining the Executive team for the coming year.

MARKUS VISITS COMMUNITY GARDENS Federal Member for Macquarie, Louise Markus, recently visited the Mid Mountains Community Gardens (MMCG) in Lawson to observe how a local community has taken steps to grow their own food locally and organically. Members showed Louise around the Gardens discussing how the positive benefits of the social interaction and community building can combine with sustainable growing methods to produce food locally. Louise was able to observe how MMCG has worked jointly with Church Army Kihilla to develop the community garden together. A Spring Gathering was held on Saturday 24th September 11am -2pm at Kihilla 5-17 Queens Rd Lawson jointly with Kihilla Church Army, Permaculture Blue Mountains and Mid Mountains Seed savers. This also marks the 1st anniversary of our official launch in September 2010.

So on a misty, ‘moisty’ morning a number of people turned up to celebrate with us. Among the gathering were several visitors from Katoomba - BM Organic Community Gardens. After several people shared briefly on the groups represented and then we shared over lunch with some very delicious soup prepared by Kihilla people and very nutritious salad - largely fresh from the gardens. Mid Mountains Community Gardens meet Saturdays at the garden at Kihilla to work on the gardens.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1. an amazing amount of events on offer for the community” The stalls, workshops and performaces on offer will be varied and diverse and include such offerings as dance, gardening and folk workshops, school performances, Solar Light Sculptures, “ the made in the mid mountains marquee” a push cart derby a huge library book sale and much more. If you would like to volunteer or contribute email: October 2011


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wanting the parent to do all the chores. In turn the parent feels helpless, torn between keeping the child safe and not hurting the child. For parents it can be like walking on egg shells.


EXPLORING OUR HEALING POWERS Soon after her brother passed away, Rose Bendell was afflicted with a paralysis down the left side of her body that medical professionals and hundreds of dollars could not resolve. Out of desperation she ended up in a little Japanese lady’s house who practiced an alternative therapy called kinesiology. In five minutes the lady established the paralysis was due to stored anger. After stimulating a few key points on the body the paralysis was gone. Rose walked out of the lady’s house pain fee, paralysis free and more importantly anger free. “That little Japanese lady changed the course of my life,” Rose says. Today, Rose is herself a kinesiologist and has a burgeoning clinic in Bathurst. “I hear the same thing time and time again from my clients when they talk about their presenting issue. They’ve been told there is nothing more that can be done, they have to learn to live with it,” Rose says. “it doesn’t take long to identify the source of their affliction and clients experience life-changing results”. One of Rose’ most remarkable cases was a child who, at eight years old, had a bald patch on their head. After a single session with Rose - the child’s hair was growing back beautifully. “It fills me with a great sense of purpose to know that I have a skill that can help people when they feel they have run out of options, or would prefer a more natural and holistic approach to health,” Rose says.

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Rose established the College of Natural Healing in Bathurst to teach people how to take charge of their own wellbeing. It’s an exciting time for the college; we have an amazing healer coming from Sydney, Jenny McFadden a Medical Intuitive who will be running a weekend workshop on the basics of Intuitive Healing. The workshop it is open to the public and a great opportunity for anybody who has wanted to explore their own healing potential.

The C-P-R training technique is designed to support parents who are feeling exhausted and have tried all the possible ways of handling themselves and their child. One local single parent who recently studied CPR said, “CPR has been a blessing to me and my daughters. The techniques are straight forward and easy to understand (harder to practice, but with perseverance we are improving). The course structure of parent group work enables adult learning in a supportive and comfortable way, and the one to one sessions with the facilitator are invaluable for looking deeper into issues and provide a great therapeutic space for guidance and self care. The tools given, the ideas shared, the practical application of techniques and the feeling “of being held” as an individual and as a family have given me confidence and happiness.” Vinity Gill is a Psychotherapist who specialises in Child Psychotherapy and play therapy. Workshops are staring on the 10th October./ See advert this page for details.

Looking for a way to keep active - with health benefits?

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Being a single parent can be a challenge not only for the parent but also the child. Adjusting to the change in family structure can cause a lot of painful emotions for the child e.g abandonment, insecurity, a loss of a parent. It can cause behaviour like yelling, crying, not following instructions, defying the rules,

Strength for over sixtys classes are now accepting enrolments for the new school term. There will be 4 regular classes held weekly for one hour each and classes are held at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre. If you would like to give it a go, contact Nicky, the instructor on 0415 524 953 or call the Centre on 4759 2592

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FOSTER CARERS NEEDED IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS Barnardos Temporary Family Care Program provides short term care to children in the Penrith, Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains. Temporary Family Care is a program that helps and supports families and kinship carers through respite and short-term foster care. Care for children is provided by trained carers in their homes. Respite care is planned care which provides children and their families with a break and support one weekend a month. Respite care is usually provided to families for 6 – 12 months with the children going to the same carer family each month. Crisis care means that children stay with a foster carer for a period of time which depending on circumstances can be for a week or two, a month or two or up to one year. At the end of a Crisis Care placement, the child may return to their birth family, extended family, or be placed in long term care. Anton and Barbara with their two children Harry and Joachim are one family who provide foster care for children in the Barnardos Temporary Family Care Program in the Blue Mountains area.

Just what is NILS?

The No Interest Loan Scheme provides low income earners living in the Blue Mountains with access to credit without the burden of interest charges.

NILS Loans are

¥ interest free ¥ repaid fortnightly ¥ community money ¥ for essential household items and services ¥ also for medical or educational expenses ¥ usually under $1200 and mostly around $800

Contact your nearest Neighbourhood Centre: Blackheath !...................................................4787 7770 Mid Mountains !.............................................4759 2592 Winmalee !.....................................................4754 4050 Lower Mountains !.........................................4739 1164

‘When the washing machine went I don’t know what I would have done without NILS! They told me what to bring to the interview, I got my quote and had the cheque before I knew it!’

Both Anton and Barbara work in their family business in the Blue Mountains and have been foster carers since July 2008 and in that time have provided both crisis care and respite care to children in the local community. They became foster carers as they wanted to help others and had the time in their lives to do this. Currently Anton and Barbara have a little girl Samantha who stays with them one weekend per month. Samantha lives with her father who is a sole parent and has limited family to support him in his role as father as most of his family lives too far away to assist. Samantha came to live with her father when she removed from her mother’s care by Community Services due to her mother’s inability to care for her appropriately. Respite care has meant that Samantha has other trusted people in her life and her father gets a short break and provides him with support he needs to continue fathering Samantha. Samantha is very close to her dad but also loves her weekends with Anton, Barbara, Harry and Joachim. Foster Carers are needed throughout the Blue Mountains and if you would like to find out more about becoming a foster carer phone: 02 4729 1211.

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Mid Mountains Community Garden Saturday Mornings 9am onwards Kihilla, Queens Rd, Lawson P:Greg 0468 332 592 SCRABBLE CLUB Meeting Room Lawson N’hood Centre. Every Friday afternoon from 1p.m. All welcome. 4759-2647

Garden Club Hazelbrook Public School 1st Tues of the Month 7.30pm Plant stalls & More Ph: 4759 2168 www.centralbluemountainsgarden Australian Red Cross 1st Tuesday of the month P: 4759 2256

As a Co-operative, their charter was to provide local artisans with a retail outlet for their crafts & skillis and as the business grew, so was the need for a larger outlet. The Brook has just celebrated their 12th birthday and have been operating out of Ross St. for 5 years. The range of stock has increased immensely over the years and today they offer a large range of locally made crafts, which by nature are unique to “The Brook” and are not available in other retail outlets... truly Australian made. Just to mention a few lines, a huge display of hand made Baby Clothing & Accessories, Cushions & Bags, Woodwork, Jewellery, Pottery Mosaics & Marble, Leadlight, Pot Pouri, Paper Tolle,Toiletries, Decorative Art & Quilts.

Woodford Presbyterian Playgroup Wednesdays from 10am - 12noon P: 4751 7715 Presbyterian Church 88-89 GWH Woodford Kookaburra Playgroup 0-5yrs 9.30am - 11.30am Mondays Mm N’Hood centre Nicole on 4759 3236

They have an Australiana section with unique gifts for overseas travellers, then in the winter months, a range of hand made woolens, jumpers, scarfs and hats etc and for summer months childrens clothing.

Blue Mountains Floral Art Group Flower Arranging 4th Monday Monthly 10am - 1pm Lawson Bowling Club P: 4759 1989

The Brook trades every day (closed Xmas & Good Friday) and is staffed by their members.... the people that make the goods give you the service.

“The Brook” Gifts & Crafts commenced operations in temporary premises, with a handful of members, in Glenbrok 1999.

You are invited to make a submission to be a part of the

Waste & Resources Reference Group (WARRG) This is your opportunity to: Share your opinions on waste and recycling Provide input into how Council manages waste for the whole community Your submission need only be a few lines detailing your connections to the community. Meetings are held 3 or 4 times a year (or as preferred by the members). An information package on the WARRG’s purpose and how to make a submission is available by:

Download: under Your Community/Waste Management/Reference Group Phone: 4780 5000 to have one posted to you Submissions close Friday 4th November 2011

For more information contact: Dindy Boutagy 4780 5566

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY Servicing the Mid Mountains




Sainsbury Air Solutions Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

• Sales, Service & Installation of Ducted & Split Systems • 6 days (Mon-Sat) • All Areas

BOBCAT, EXCAVATOR & TIPPER HIRE Rockhammer & Auger, Land Clearing, Yards Levelled, Driveways, Slashing, Rubbish Removed, Filling Supplied

4757 1560 or 0414 541 560


Call David on 0424 945 859



Carpentry, Furniture repairer, Flat pack assembly,General maintenance Pensioner Discount No job too small • Free Quote

Lic No. 211838c AU21673

Phone John

4759 1236 • 0414 186 097




Simply the best BI NS

Simply the best BINS

All Mechanical Repairs - MTA member Authorised Inspection Station All makes and models Lawson Tyre Centre: 4759 2084 40 - 44 Christabel Street, Lawson

2m³- 6m³

Free call

1 800 50 2468


7 days pick up and delivery



Reflections To Share, Celebrancy Services

Weddings Namings Celebration of Life: Funerals

0447 778 870

‘Ensuring you a personal and sincere service’




DESIGN • INSTALL• MAINTAIN • Lighting & Power Points • TV & Phone Outlets • Smoke Alarms • 3 in 1 Heaters & Ceiling Fans • Stove & Hot Water • 24 Hr Emergency Service Available Visit our website for detailed information about our services

Call 4737 9990 or 0423 877 630 Lic No 205620C

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1300 650 806 Factory/Showroom

Unit 2/17 Pullman Place, Emu Plains * New Systems * Insurance Work

* Service & Repairs * Free Quotes

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Club Hazelbrook ‘The Friendliest Club’

Bonnie View Avenue, Hazelbrook Tel: 4758 6240



OPEN FROM 5.30-8.30PM - THUR & FRI



$9.50 FOR MEMBERS $14.50 NON MEMBERS We are here!



Lester Ave

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Hazelbrook Bowling Club

Bonnie View Ave


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Glendarrah St

Great Western Hway Caltex

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We practise responsible service of alcohol. Is gambling a problem for you? G-line is an anonymous and free counselling service (freecall) 1800 633635


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