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CONTENTS SUMMER 2015
94-PAGE TOWN FEATURE: ORANGE The city of Orange and its fertile surrounds are undeniably photogenic but there is so much more to this enterprising, diverse, stylish, character-filled treasure of the Central West.
BIG DAY OUT
FROM THE ASHES
Splendid weather drew a bumper crowd to the Narromine Show.
Philip and Chris Munge exemplify strength in adversity.
John Pellow is helping restore West Wyalong to its former glory.
Kerrie Phipps says there is so much to gain from chatting to strangers.
PAINTING BY FLOWERS
HOME & STYLE
Gerald and Angie Naef's Lucknow home, garden and vineyard are true works of art.
Visitors to Grenfell Hall B&B are taken back in time.
Make your outdoors great by sprucing up the back deck.
Bea Spackman shares her bold and beautiful summer style tips.
Pip Teys writes of her love affair with Paris.
Anne & Paul Loveridge, of The Quarry Restaurant, Cowra, share their favourite festive fare recipes.
EVENTS IN THE WEST
THE LAST WORD
Snapshots from Bathurst, Greenethorpe, Cowra and Young.
The Central West’s beautiful brides and dapper grooms say “I do”.
Meet old-school barber Lindsay Totman.
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Historic "Croagh Patrick", built in 1883 by Edwin Hurst Lane, is now owned by OCTEC. (Orange Town Feature, page 22)
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elcome to summer and the anticipation and excitement that comes with this wonderful season.
We are so very thrilled to present to you our biggest ever edition of Central West Lifestyle, containing 212 pages! We have had such demand from our readers (through our newsagents) and our advertisers that we have decided to expand our publication. This will make CWL one of the biggest (if not the biggest) regional lifestyle magazines in the state. We trust that you enjoyed reading edition number 10 of CWL, our Spring edition, featuring Young, the cherry capital of Australia. Sales of this magazine have been phenomenal, especially in Young where more than 750 copies were sold in the first three weeks of spring. Thank you to Lyle Gilbert, W E Gilbert, Young for his thoughtful comments about the Young Feature. Lyleâ€™s valued feedback and others can be viewed on page 11 of this edition. It has been very rewarding to have been involved in presenting you with 94 beautiful pages on our Summer feature town, Orange, the regional food and wine capital. What a stunning place Orange is, with four distinct and spectacular seasons! We are sure you will love discovering the hidden treasures of Orange, whether it be its beautiful architecture, the hugely talented photographers who capture the scenic beauty of this region, the hard-working agriculturalists or the creative and dedicated business people of Orange who create a tapestry of services for all to enjoy. We have been thrilled to be part of many Central Western events in the past months. In our role, we love to visit our many advertisers and become familiar with what makes their businesses so unique. We enjoy getting to know newsagents on a personal level and we especially love attending events like the 110th Narromine Show, the hugely popular Cherry Blossom Festival in Cowra, the stunning Open Gardens at Forbes and the historic Iandra Castle open days at Greenethorpe. One only has to look at the Upcoming Events pages in each edition to see what a diverse range of events one has to choose from. What lucky people we all are!
Kate Boshammer and Zora Regulic meeting Peter Snare of Snare's Newsagency, Dubbo.
We recently farewelled our daughter, Kate Boshammer, from the role of Art Director. Kate has been with CWL from day one as lead designer of the magazine and she has assisted in our general business management. On behalf of the CWL team we would like to thank Kate for her creative and dedicated efforts in ensuring a long-term future for our magazine. Kate has now assumed the role of business strategist with CWL. We welcome Zora Regulic to the CWL team and we congratulate her on her appointment as Art Director. We acknowledge the great wealth of design experience she brings to CWL, through her previous roles as creative director and art director for leading publications. Zora recently visited Dubbo and enjoyed familiarising herself with this beautiful city (also our hometown). We were very pleased to be able to introduce her to Dubbo newsagent Peter Snare of Snareâ€™s newsagency (see picture of Kate, Zora and Peter on this page). Peter is a great supporter of CWL and is our biggest overall seller of the magazine across the state. He not only sells our magazine each season but stocks all back copies and anniversary collections.
Alex and Elizabeth with Justin Smith, Manager of the Cowra Japanese Gardens at the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Our Autumn 2016 Town Feature will be shared between Oberon and Lithgow. It will be a great pleasure to explore these unique areas and meet the characters and local identities who make these places so interesting. We would like to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a new year filled with fun, fulfilment and good health. Find time to relax, spend time with those you love and sit back and enjoy the Summer 2015 edition. Until next time, warm regards
Elizabeth and Alex Tickle 6 CWL
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Along the beaten track…. The snow is gently falling and I’m cocooned in front of a log fire in a converted Orange garage featuring massive glass panel doors on one wall. (A big thanks to my big sis Kate and mining husband Terry for demonstrating, first hand, how two working parents manage to fit that thing called “life” into their demanding schedules). Back to the snow. Like the sound of rain on a tin roof, the little flakes gently falling can have a mesmerising impact on the soul. Like a flickering fire, the sight of falling snow is almost hypnotic. Not having witnessed any snow since spending a memorable New Year’s Eve at the breathtaking Chateau Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains (a lifetime ago), it all seems quite surreal – even ironic. Such is the nature of our magazine’s production schedule, that by the time you are reading this, Christmas is just around the corner and the summer temperatures are, no doubt, starting to climb. Ah, the vagaries of life! Having spent a few weeks in Orange, I can say the locals are living in a very dynamic region with progress happening at every corner.
I would have used John Lennon’s famous words: “Love is all you need” (maybe with a few dollars to boot and a sprinkle of happiness). I recently read that life’s little essentials involved finding someone to love, finding something to do and having something to look forward to. If only it were that simple! I cannot believe how some businesses stay in the family for many generations. I mean, what if you don’t like the job your parents performed over a lifetime?
One of my highlights was catching up with pro shooter Alf Manciagli, the ageless photographic maestro who knows how to project “life” into all his imagery. He has travelled the world with his camera and learnt a lot about life (and himself ) along the way. The Orange community should be forever indebted for his priceless collection of shots that capture, so beautifully, the four distinct seasons that Orange is synonymous with.
Having said that, the West family of Orange have been happily growing apples on the same block (albeit much bigger these days) since the late 19th century. Then there are the Orange glass window manufacturers the Taberners, who are third generation in the business, with all six children living on the family farm together with their 26 offspring! Now that’s one big happy family that really knows how to work and live together!
It was also great to meet the indefatigable Robert I Bruce, who at last count had taken more than a million digital shots. These two gentlemen, both in their early 70s and showing few signs of slowing down, have devoted their lives to their craft and building photographic libraries that document life over a combined 100 years.
I love history and visiting two of Orange’s finest homesteads, “Croagh Patrick” and “Strathroy” was a definite highlight. Read all about them and the amazing drive of husband and wife Andrew McDougall OAM and Deeane Phillips OAM, who have devoted their lives to the community and its heritage buildings.
Talk about resilient! I was snapping eye-catching world champion tenpin bowler Jason Belmonte when I noticed a blind man, Joel Everett, lining up his bowl (with limited assistance from his wife) in the next lane. Strike me pink if he didn’t knock all the pins down on his first effort! I walked away thinking what a great inspiration these two blokes are – and for very different reasons.
Finally, I returned to a boarding house that was far different from the one I attended 40 years ago. My, how things have changed! At Kinross Waloroi School they now have high quality chefs and delicious, healthy meals served in what resembles a nice restaurant, not to mention comfortable boarding houses with “house mums”.
Meeting the very busy Supa IGA chief Ian Ashcroft was also a pleasure. This bloke, with a multitude of stores and a staff of hundreds, has a great philosophy on life and says there are only five things that are important at the end of the day: health, integrity, relationships, growth and contribution needs.
Above: Jake really enjoyed his time in Orange. Left: Where it all happens.
Hope you all enjoy our Summer edition and I look forward to sharing your company in a new year full of optimism, hope and new dreams!
Shot by Jake
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Since taking over our family farm I have been using Jemalong wool exclusively to market our annual woolclip. Using a combination of the traditional auction system and the internet based Wool Trade™ we have been able to take advantage of any upward movements of wool prices. This is due to personalised attention to detail and flexibility due mainly to Jemalong understanding our needs as a business. - Simon Squire-Wilson, Tiverton, Harden, NSW
SUMMER 2015 CONTRIBUTORS
Meet your team
Publisher & Editor
Publisher & Advertising
ZORA REGULIC Art Director
ANGUS WADDELL Photographer
Weddings & Events Writer
ALI WANCHAP WOOD
Chief Writer & Photographer
Sub-Editor & Proofreader
Home & Style and Travel Writer
PAUL & ANNE LOVERIDGE
ROBERT I BRUCE
Country Cuisine Writer
Seasonal Food Writers
Writer & Photographer
My wife and I were sitting in a doctor’s waiting room in Port Macquarie when my wife handed me a magazine with Forbes splashed on the front cover. Lauraine knew this would raise my interest as a group of us, all small farmers, select a town once a year and stay in old pubs and investigate the area. Sometimes we stay upmarket. I was not able to finish the magazine, but was already fascinated so managed to scribble down the email address. When we arrived back home I sent an email and to my delight about 10 minutes later received a phone call from Elizabeth. This is customer service at its best! After speaking to Elizabeth for a few minutes I ordered a 12-month subscription plus the Forbes and Wellington magazines. A few days later we were in our local town of Wauchope, having a coffee, when I found another Central West Lifestyle magazine, this time featuring Narromine, Trangie and Warren. Being regulars, the cafe let us take the magazine home. We have now both read the magazine from cover to cover. We have since received our three magazines and are still thrilled with the content. CWL is a brilliant magazine and you have certainly found a niche in magazine publication. We both have started a new love affair. Alan & Lauraine Evans, Windeyer Downs, Pipeclay, NSW I have just received my copy of the Spring 2015 CWL magazine in the post. Each of the 10 publications has been wonderful and, in my humble opinion, if it’s at all possible, getting better with each edition. Actually, I am thinking I need to have an extended trip down to the Central West area of NSW and use CWL as my touring reference guide. Betty Wilson, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
your letters What a treat this summer in Britain, when I had a chance to examine a copy of Central West Lifestyle while travelling overseas. What struck me was the quality and sophistication of the publication. The photography and layout were superior and the stories, especially the human-interest presentations were a pleasure to read. When I returned to the US, I went to the internet to search past issues, as well as the current one just off the press. What a learning experience for one who has never had the pleasure of visiting Australia! I know that its appeal to this East Texan was powerful and created a strong desire to learn more about the lovely Central West. I’ll be in touch. Dr Allen Richman, Director of the School of Honors [retired], Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas USA
Central West Lifestyle’s 2015 Autumn edition provided readers with a wonderful overview of Bathurst’s unique identity and appealing visitor experience. The feature was of high quality and incorporated our vibrant culture, thriving food and wine industry, intriguing history and local businesses, which all add to the true beauty of Bathurst. I have had tremendous feedback from those who have purchased the issue and a number of them have said that they will be holding on to the publication as a memento of the celebrations held in 2015 to commemorate our 200th Anniversary. Cr Gary Rush, Bathurst Mayor My wife and I recently enjoyed our first ever trip to Orange. What a perfect part of the world! While there, we came across Central West Lifestyle. We loved the stories and photos. It is a refreshing read with classy presentation. We also had the very good fortune to meet Jake. He is an entertaining fellow! Be assured we will be having many more trips to the region, and look forward to many more editions of Central West Lifestyle. Harry Burkett, Canberra
To be involved in Central West Lifestyle magazine has been a positive and unique experience. The Spring issue highlights Young, cherry capital of Australia, and this comprehensive exposure of our town and businesses reflects not only the interesting characters of Young and district but also the historic, picturesque and diverse surrounds. Elizabeth, the publisher, was very genuine in encouraging our involvement, to tell our story of 100 years in retail in Young. To celebrate our milestone with this beautiful and quality magazine was an honour. Already we are receiving sales from far into the Central West. The number of magazine sales alone for us has been unprecedented. It has been financially rewarding and the interest and well wishes from the locals have been unbelievable! Thank you, CWL. Lyle and Tim Gilbert, WF Gilbert, Stationer and Bookseller, Young
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ORANGE TOWN FEATURE WORDS & IMAGES: SHOT BY JAKE
Image: Seth Buchanan
FROM THE MAYOR As Mayor of Orange, I’m delighted to support Central West Lifestyle magazine’s special Summer edition, which offers a glimpse of what our city has to offer and the warmth of our welcome. For many years now, Orange has been widely promoted as Australia’s Colour City. One of the reasons behind this tag is the spectacular burst of colour during autumn as thousands of trees are transformed into a blaze of reds, yellows, purples and browns. Few cities across Australia can boast the number of street trees or the myriad of colours that Orange can. It’s a beautiful and spectacular time of year but as the calendar moves into summer, there are many more reasons to enjoy a trip to Orange to see the city at its colourful best. Orange folk are extremely proud of our city and are eager to share a taste of their fantastic lifestyle, fabulous shopping, award-winning restaurants, friendly winemakers, beautiful parks and great coffee shops. It’s all worth seeing. Visitors to Orange tell me it’s the mildness of our summer temperatures and the chance for a break away from coastal humidity that makes Orange a fantastic place to visit at this time of year. But while food and wine take pride of place there’s much, much more to be found during a visit to Orange. 14 CWL ORANGE
If you’re planning a visit, it’s always worth checking out the online program at the Orange Civic Theatre. One of the state’s best regional theatres, it hosted 164 different shows last year. Recent shows cover a broad range of tastes from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bell Shakespeare, to the Sydney comedy festival and local theatre company and eisteddfod performances. The beauty of Lake Canobolas and the spectacular view from Mount Canobolas are the highlights of a drive in the nearby countryside. A round of golf at one of Orange’s three courses can be a relaxing break during a busy holiday. While the historic Cook Park with its ancient trees in the centre of town is a popular visit, the lesser-known Orange Botanic Gardens on our northern outskirts attracts 75,000 people every year. This 19-hectare site captures what’s special about our high-altitude climate. The gardens are easy to find for travellers on the northern bypass. The Orange Adventure Playground alongside the gardens provides a great opportunity for families to break their journey and stretch their legs. The Emmaville cottage and its links with poet Banjo Paterson recently gained national television coverage. You can find the cottage right alongside the gardens. Together with the residents of Orange, I look forward to welcoming you! John Davis, Mayor of Orange
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uilt on the banks of Blackman’s Swamp Creek and in view of Mount Canobolas, Orange was proclaimed a village in 1846. Explorer Major Thomas Mitchell named the village in honour of Prince William of Orange. Mitchell had met the royal family member who later became the King of Holland, during his military service in the Napoleonic Wars. The community of Orange grew from its rich mining past. In 1851 William Tom and John Lister found the first payable gold in Australia at Ophir. In the same year, gold was found at Lucknow, and these rich mines were worked for many years, through mining booms in the 1890s and 1930s. With Australia’s largest underground gold mine now operating at Cadia in the rocky hills south of Orange, gold remains a key part of the Orange economy to this day. The economic influence of the gold rush attracted a wide range of people and business to the district, including Cobb & Co, which operated horse-drawn passenger coaches, gold escorts and Royal Mail Services across the region. Despite the impact gold had on the colony, it was the fertile land in the area that led Orange to further develop. Early farmers found that wheat
and barley grew well with a reliable rainfall. By the 1860s, the Orange area was well known as the granary of the west and several flour mills were established. Orange is also well known as the birthplace of one of Australia’s most famous poets, Banjo Paterson, who was born on a farming property, “Narrambla”, owned by John Templer on February 17, 1864. A monument and statue are located at the site of his birthplace, Banjo Paterson Park, on the Ophir Road, just north of Orange. Today, Orange draws its strength as a regional centre providing a range of services to the central west. It is a source of specialist medical, educational, administrative and retail services for the broader region, and these fields are its largest employers. Orange’s highest tourism profile is for the excellence of its food and wine. The maturity of its high-altitude wines, the depth of its local food production, the quality of its restaurants and the warmth of its welcome are the drawcards attracting thousands of visitors to Orange each year. Our wineries look forward to welcoming visitors throughout the year, but during the summer months you’ll have the chance to enjoy a relaxed tasting and return home with a bottle or two, and the stories to match.
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THIS FETCHING CENTRAL WEST CITY AND ITS FERTILE OUTSKIRTS AFFORD PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AT EVERY TURN, NOT TO MENTION FABULOUS FOOD AND WINE, OUTSTANDING PRODUCE, AN INTRIGUING BACKSTORY, A LIVELY CULTURAL SCENE AND CHARACTERS GALORE. IMAGES: ALF MANCIAGLI
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