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SPRING 2015 Volume 10
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CONTENTS SPRING 2015
90-PAGE TOWN FEATURE: YOUNG Known as the Cherry Capital of Australia, Young supports a diverse range of agricultural pursuits including broadacre agriculture, horticulture and viticulture. Explore this innovative and thriving country town that’s become a dynamic regional centre.
SHOW OF SUPPORT
UNDER DAN’S WING
The three days of action at Dubbo Show attracted nearly 20,000 visitors.
Dan Compton is aiming for the stars with an indigenous flying school.
The community spirit was strong at Gilgandra’s centenary show.
TAFE Western is opening doors to the rural industry for its students.
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HOME & STYLE
We explore two of Millthorpe’s delightful gardens, “Bethune” and “Old Baptist Church”, in the lead-up to the annual Garden Ramble.
Jacqui Greig’s love of words punctuates her Forbes home beautifully; resonate with Pip’s renovating memoirs; rediscover the joy of pink.
Our spring racing fashion form guide will keep you on the right track.
The Anzac spirit lives on.
A delightful spring meal plan using local ingredients; a nostalgic family recipe; experience Dubbo’s top steakhouse, The Lion’s Pride.
EVENTS IN THE WEST
THE LAST WORD
Upcoming events and snapshots from Dunedoo and Parkes.
The Central West’s beautiful brides and dapper grooms say “I do”.
Les Hollands has been repairing boots for more than 50 years.
ON THE COVER Young is widely recognised as Australia’s Cherry Capital, and is also home to so much more. Explore this progressive community in the town feature (page 12).
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From the Publishers Welcome to spring, a season of birth, renewal and wonderful new beginnings. What an amazing time we have had with the Winter magazine featuring Parkes! New selling records were set with well-known and popular newsagents Greg and Christene Nash of Parkes Newsagency. We have never before seen such support! A memorable night was held at the Dish Café at the Radio Telescope, Parkes, where councillors, advertisers, and Parkes identities came together to celebrate the launch of the Winter CWL magazine. We have featured a selection of images from the launch night on page 180 in this issue. Thank you to the incredible Parkes community for their loyalty and commitment to our publication. CWL was very honoured recently to be nominated for a Heritage Award, conducted by Forbes Council. This nomination meant a great deal to the CWL team, as part of our mission is to make a conscious effort to portray the significant history in our regional communities. Congratulations to Snare’s Newsagency, Dubbo, on celebrating 60 years in business. The story on this iconic family business was featured in our Autumn 2015 magazine. Patriarch Joe Snare (who is turning 90 this year) and his son Peter have shown how business success is not only based on exceptional management but on strong and genuine relationships with people. This unique business story was also featured in a recent National Newsagent magazine, which is published by the Australian Newsagents’ Federation and is edited by Carolyn Doherty.
Forbes Shire Council’s Heritage Advisor Graham Hall, General Manager Brian Stefan, Mayor Phyllis Miller, Elizabeth and Alex Tickle, Ken Nock of Nock’s Newsagency, Forbes and Deputy Mayor Graeme Miller. Image courtesy of Sophie Harris, The Forbes Advocate.
Carolyn also approached CWL regarding sharing our story. We are thrilled that our journey with CWL will be featured in an upcoming issue of this national magazine. Another open day at the magnificent Iandra Castle at Greenethorpe brought more than 1000 visitors through the gate on the June long weekend. We again sold magazines, met wonderful people (some who were visiting the castle for the first time) and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the day. Adding to the historical appeal of the day were Jennifer and Robert Strang of Bathurst. Two years ago Jennifer had given Robert (a bike lover from way back) a penny-farthing as a gift. By riding within the picturesque grounds and sharing his knowledge of the old world penny-farthing, Robert gave a great deal of pleasure to the Iandra crowd.
Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM, Anna Wyllie, Economic and Business Development Manager, Parkes Council, Elizabeth Tickle and Andrew Gee, Member for Orange at the CWL Parkes Launch.
We have been busy getting to know the beautiful town of Young and the many innovative business people who have built strong connections to this area. We trust you will enjoy reading about the many attractions of the cherry capital of Australia, and make time to visit this stunning town in the near future. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather, soak up the warm sunshine and take all the opportunities that come your way. Until next time, warm regards,
Elizabeth and Alex Tickle
Elizabeth with Jennifer and Robert Strang and Rod Kershaw at Iandra Castle.
NEWS FLASH: As we go to print, we are able to announce that CWL is now available to read online! This is an exciting move for us, as it means the sensational message of the Central West can now be experienced from anywhere in the world. Please visit our website for more information.
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Forever Young Another long, cold winter has bitten the dust and we are approaching a fabulous time of the year, full of renewed hope, warmer days and exciting new projects. Returning to the 2015 Dubbo Show proved cathartic for this old hack. I recall one memorable stay at the Blue Lagoon Motel some 30 years ago while covering the ram sales for a reputable rural newspaper. I was blissfully naive at the time and, having never stayed in a motel room before, was totally unaware of how these new-fangled mini-bars worked. It seemed that if you drank anything it would mysteriously reappear back in the fridge the following day! I assumed it was all part of the generous service and, during my last night, considering my controlled behaviour thus far, decided it appropriate to empty her out! My bar bill far exceeded the cost of the room and I had a lot of explaining to do for my very patient boss! It was great to see country and city come together for a few days of education, competition and friendship. The Dubbo Show is considered one of the largest shows outside of Sydney and the sideshow alley and special attractions were all enjoyed along with the usual cattle, sheep, lambs, horses, dogs and poultry exhibits. I remained “forever young” during my extended visit to the cherry capital of Australia. What a progressive town Young is, with a thriving CBD and strong rural base. Young even has an old picture theatre and a castle. Yes, that’s right. I finally managed to find my way to Iandra Castle, the magnificent old home (if you can call it that) now capably managed by Rod and Bev Kershaw. It was a tranquil experience staying out at “Springfield”, collecting my eggs each morning from the hen barn next door, enjoying the sunsets and just feeling the synergy with mother nature. It was here I stumbled onto the amazing story of Dave Heyhoe and Treo, his world famous sniffer dog.
I met some wonderful characters like Clare Freudenstein OAM and whip-maker Richard Taubman, NRMA stalwart Maurice Henry and his colourful old mate for nearly eight decades, Tiger Hunter, along with dozens of refreshing, fair-dinkum and successful business operators like Adrian Capra from the Art of Espresso. It was great witnessing Anzac Day in Young on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. I love reading and was delighted when engaging Dubbo author Kerrie Phipps offered me her latest book, Do Talk to Strangers. It is a thoroughly good read. In fact, I am going to lift out one paragraph that I feel needs to be shared. “During economic downturns, people are becoming concerned about how their business will withstand the challenges. I truly believe that increasing the level of happiness in a business, bringing fun and creativity to the surface, with a focus on each customer who walks through the door, will stand a business in good stead through any economic fluctuation. Consider this: if the world around you is not positive, where will you want to go? The stores where people put a smile on your face or the ones just going through the motions?” So there it is! A simple (and cheap) method of transforming your business overnight! By the time you are reading this, spring will be in the air and the cold winter will just be a memory. As you snuggle up with our 10th edition, remember to sit back and relax in the knowledge that the spirit of the Central West is truly alive and well. Till next time, chin up and soldier on. It’s the Australian way.
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SPRING 2015 CONTRIBUTORS
Meet your team
Publisher & Editor
Publisher & Advertising
Chief Writer & Photographer
KELLY DONNELLY Designer
PAUL & ANNE LOVERIDGE
ALI WANCHAP WOOD Fashion Writer
ANGUS WADDELL Photographer
Home & Style and Travel Writer
Country Cuisine Writer
Home & Style Writer
Seasonal Food Writers
your letters As Mayor of Parkes Shire Council, I was delighted with the expansive feature highlighting the many icons and attractions of the Parkes Shire within the Winter edition of the Central West Lifestyle magazine. I pay tribute to the publishers, Alex and Elizabeth Tickle, and staff for the high quality and professional production values on display throughout the magazine. My compliments to chief writer and photographer Jake Lindsay, who became one of Parkes’s favourite visiting sons during his research and photography trips to the region. The magazine has lived up to its reputation as one of Australia’s pre-eminent publications, one that continues to grow in circulation and increase its number of avid readers. I know that the Parkes focus will provide numerous and tangible benefits to the region and I commend a relationship with the magazine to any aspiring, progressive regional centre. I convey the gratitude of my fellow councillors and the community of the Parkes Shire for a job well done. Cr Ken Keith OAM, Mayor, Parkes Shire Council
................................................................................. Congratulations to Elizabeth, Alex and the team at Central West Lifestyle magazine, who put together the Winter issue showcasing our wonderful town of Parkes. In the first three weeks that the magazine has been on sale we have sold in excess of 650 copies in our newsagency. Customers have purchased copies and sent to relatives and friends in such places as New Zealand and locations all over Australia. Parkes Shire Council in conjunction with CWL launched the Winter issue at The Dish Café at the Parkes Radio Telescope. The launch was extremely successful with many advertisers and locals featured in the magazine being present. In our eight years in the newsagency business we have never seen a magazine create so much interest. Many of the purchasers were not previously aware of the magazine, and are in awe of what a wonderful publication it is. Many are now inquiring when the next issue will be out. We feel that the whole of Central and Southern NSW should feel proud that the staff at CWL are so passionate about the area we all call home. Behind any good business you need people who are honest and genuine and this is where Elizabeth and Alex take this magazine to that next level. All the staff that we have had dealings with offer the same high-quality service. Both Christene and myself say that we do not have to sell this magazine. It is such a quality publication it sells itself. Elizabeth, Alex and all the staff at CWL, keep up your wonderful work.
Greg and Christene Nash, Parkes Newsagency & Gifts
................................................................................. Congratulations on a wonderful magazine. I am really delighted to get each copy as it arrives. It is a delight to read. The photography and the detail to each article are really something. It is great to have such a good quality magazine available for reading. The magazine graces my coffee table in my living area so that I can share it with my visitors.
Elvy Quirk, Forbes
Thank you for the remarkable article you did on Moorambilla Voices in the Summer 2014 edition of CWL. Your timing was wonderful as it helped give our 10th birthday skills development tour more gravitas. With your support, more people in our region knew what we had done, what we do, how and most importantly why. This really helped open more doors for us in some communities, and gave the region a truly great good news story to counterbalance all the negativity in the press. So, on behalf of all the communities we represent, their families, children and friends, thank you so much for being such a special part of our 10th year and for the positive energy and acknowledgement you gave us and continue to give the region. We look forward to keeping in touch and seeing you hopefully as we celebrate in Dubbo all the capacity of this remarkable region on Saturday, September 19. Michelle Leonard, Founder and Artistic Director Moorambilla Voices
................................................................................. I am a resident of Nowra on the South Coast but I spend a lot of time in the Central West, generally touring on my motorcycle. The long weekend was another opportunity to head west, this time to attend the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival. I hit the road early and stopped at one of my favourite cafes, The Merino Cafe, in Gunning for breakfast. As I waited for brekky to arrive, and over a most excellent coffee, I grabbed a magazine off the reading table to peruse. It just so happened to be a copy of Central West Lifestyle, a magazine I had not encountered before! Initially I just thumbed through it, looking for an interesting article to read, but as I was doing so, I was struck by the photography! These were no point-and-shoot shots but glorious, immaculately framed and composed photos, obviously done by a master of their trade with a real passion. I am an avid reader and consumer of magazines and I felt I had a new favourite very close! After feasting on the visual glory, I settled in and read a couple of articles and features. The writing was tight, concise but with a warmth that really let you into the story. If I had to describe CWL in one word, it would be “lush”, like enjoying a glass of red in an old armchair in front of an open fire. After breakfast, I travelled on to Grenfell and enjoyed the street parade before heading out to my overnight stop in Gooloogong in a classic Aussie pub. Sunday morning I returned to Grenfell and attended the Poetry in the Park, then strolled up and down the main street admiring the classic cars on display, before heading out to Pinnacle for the guinea pig races (highly recommended!). After lunch I was heading for my stop that night in Boorowa when I passed Iandra Castle and saw it was an open day. I had been there about five years ago and was curious to see how much progress had been made in the restoration. Iandra is simply stunning, and many more rooms were open this time round. As I listened to the guide, he mentioned that CWL had done a feature article and was available on site. I immediately thought of the stunning photography in the magazine and left the tour in order to make sure I obtained a copy. You can imagine my surprise when, upon reaching the CWL stand, I recognised Alex as the gentleman I had seen stacking magazines in the Merino Cafe the previous morning! Yes, it is indeed a small world! So from never having heard of your magazine, we now have a number of curious, perhaps even serendipitous, events tying myself and your magazine together. You have a convert, and I will be making sure to obtain CWL on a regular basis in the future.
David Adams, Nowra
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YOUNG TOWN FEATURE WORDS & IMAGES: SHOT BY JAKE
FROM THE MAYOR With rolling granite hills and a profusion of flowering fruit trees, the Young district presents an enthralling profile of inland rural Australia. Nestled as part of the South West Slopes of NSW, its undulating landscape supports a diverse range of intensive to broad-acre agriculture, horticulture, and more recently renowned viticulture industries. Pioneer James White first settled on Burrangong Creek in 1826; the well-sheltered land along its banks proving a safe haven for his lambing ewes. Soon afterward a township of Lambing Flat was established in this vicinity, brought on by the gold rush of 1860. The discovery of gold in the area not only changed the dynamics of this peaceful grazing area but also the history of Australia. As with many other goldfields of the era, the diggings at Lambing Flat attracted miners from around the world hoping to change their fortunes. However, the clash of Eastern and Western cultures evident on other Australian goldfields developed into a riot here. A banner spelling out “No Chinese” as a statement of purpose was produced by the miners, who chased the Chinese fossickers from the fields. That banner is today a centerpiece of the Lambing Flat Museum, and is considered one of the most significant flags of Australia. From the government intervention of these goldfield riots the White Australia Policy was drafted and the township of Lambing Flat was renamed Young after the governor of the day, Sir John Young. At Young today people of all cultures are welcomed, and the town acknowledges this phase of its history through the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival in March. This multicultural celebration highlights the best of modern and ancient cultures within a unifying theme of harmony, and the community-built Chinese Tribute Garden draws countless visitors each year. One of the European migrants attracted to the goldfields here was Croatian Nikole Jasprizza, who identified the area as suitable for growing cherries and experimented extensively. His countrymen Baldo and Antony Cunich, and later Barisa Batinich, were among prominent industry pioneers. The early orchards they established on the red granite hillsides became larger and more growers planted in the district until Young became the biggest cherry producer in Australia. Fourth- and fifth-generation cherry growers are still producing export-quality fruit under high-technology methods today. Young celebrates this feature of our economy and culture with the annual National Cherry Festival held on the first weekend in December. Thousands join in the atmosphere of celebration through a program of events that unite visitors, itinerant harvest workers and locals. 14 CWL YOUNG
At the outbreak of World War I many men from the district volunteered, served in overseas battlefields and, as the military history of the time reflects, many were killed as a consequence. Community members of the Young district would not allow the heroic deeds and sacrifice of these servicemen to be forgotten and had a Memorial Tower erected in their honour. This chiming clock tower, nearly 100 years later, is still one of the main features of Young’s busy main street. Today the town of Young is a dynamic regional centre, attracting people from a wide radius. Major rural supply businesses and diverse general retail outlets dominate the CBD while steel fabrication and meat processing combine with rural industries of fruit, wheat, wool, prime lamb, beef, modern intensive piggery and egg production, canola and mustard seed production to set the scene for a prosperous future. It’s with much pleasure I invite you all to come visit us at Young and see for yourselves. Cr John Walker, Mayor of the Young Shire Image of Mayor: Holly Bradford Photography
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Young & VIBRANT FROM ALMOST ALL OF THE 11 ROADS INTO YOUNG THERE IS A VIEW OF THE TOWN TUCKED INTO ITS VALLEY. WITH GOOD RAINFALL AND RICH SOILS, IT IS ENGLAND WITH GUM TREES.
WORDS BY JOE KINSELA FROM a timber shanty town, cleared by two great fires in the mid 1870s, Young became the solid commercial centre we see today. Those who remained after the “Rush” consolidated the town that had rapidly and haphazardly grown from the “lambing flat” where gold was found in 1860. Some tried cherries and soft fruits, others took to grazing and cropping, so a settled prosperous community grew from a broad foundation. In 1922, the 1875 Town Hall doubled in size with the addition of a splendid War Memorial, its clock tower. The Information Centre occupies a singularly beautiful 1885 Railway Station, built in Italianate-Gothic style with ornate verandahs of cast iron. Miners from southern China were targeted by disgruntled diggers in 1861, and thousands were driven from the field. This dramatic event is remembered in the great Court House, fashioned as a Roman temple by colonial architect James Barnet. Built to emphasise law and order, where the mounted police had read the Riot Act and charged rebellious diggers, overlooking a restful park and bandstand, the Court House now serves as Young High School. The Public School, erected in 1883 with airy classrooms and a perfect Italian campanile for the bell, houses our museum, exhibiting items telling the history of the nation and the town, such as the Roll Up Banner carried by the rioters. Across Campbell Street stands St Mary’s Catholic Church (1874), solid granite with a tall spire. Other fine churches in the town include St John’s Anglican Church (1893), designed in Decorated Gothic style by the Blacket firm. Romantic bank buildings are found in the main street: an 1890 “Arts & Crafts”-style arcaded Bank of NSW and an emphatically Baroque Commercial Bank of Australia. The Commonwealth Bank, in a cool Art Deco style (1920s-’30s), now serves as a gun shop. The finest commercial building is the three-storeyed emporium built for Millard’s General Merchants in 1917. The interior is a “must see” for its grand staircase. In Lynch Street, opposite the simple Gothic Presbyterian Church, stands a very fine essay in Georgian style, built as the AMP Insurance building. This mixture of grand and sweet buildings among the formal plantings of deciduous European trees around the town, a series of charming lakes along the meandering creek (shaped from the chaotic gold diggings) together with small holdings and the patterns of orchards and vineyards on the hills, reinforces the image of a European town set down among the eucalypts.
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