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DISTRIBUTION Central West Lifestyle magazine is published quarterly (available at the beginning of each season) and distributed to selected newsagents and retail outlets within the Central West and in the bordering regions of the Far West, North West, Southern Highlands, Canberra, Goulburn, Northern and Eastern suburbs of Sydney, in addition to a selection of other rural and coastal areas of New South Wales.

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100-PAGE TOWN FEATURE: BLAYNEY, CARCOAR & MILLTHORPE Hitch a ride with us through these delightful country villages, overflowing with hearty hospitality and strong community spirit, rich in heritage and culture, and full of charismatic country characters with stories to tell.

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IT’S SHOWTIME

TONS OF TICKER

COSTUME CAPERS

TINY DANCERS

Record crowds flock to the 70th Woodstock Memorial Show.

At age 101, Jeff Perry could well be the country’s oldest driver.

Red hats mean fun and friendship for these lively Dubbo women.

Running her own dance studio is a dream come true for Kristen Woods.

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GARDEN VARIETY

COUNTRY CHARM

FASHION PHILOSOPHY

Ann and Mark Olson’s plentiful Parkes garden is a glorious sight to behold.

Even contemporary homes can benefit from clever country styling.

Maree Statham says true style is more than just the clothes you wear.

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ABBA ARRIVAL

Jake Lindsay discovers the magic of Bali – its vibrant culture, stunning scenery, relaxed attitude and its focus on life’s simple pleasures.

Lorraine Hills shares some old-fashioned dessert recipes.

Trundle’s bundle of joy: the annual ABBA Festival.

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EVENTS IN THE WEST

WEDDINGS

THE LAST WORD

Pictures from the 34th Cowra Wine Show plus plenty more.

The Central West's blushing brides and gallant grooms tie the knot in true country style.

Julia Boag is proof that bowerbirds have a beautiful song.

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From the Publishers Welcome to summer in the Central West! After consistent and very substantial spring rainfall, we are experiencing a magnificent season here in the Central West and the adjoining regions. We hope you enjoyed our Spring edition, featuring the unique towns of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong. We have never before seen such a rush on magazines! The sales skyrocketed in the first few weeks after release and we have been restocking many newsagencies on a regular basis ever since. Our Spring launch, held at the beautiful Royal Hotel at West Wyalong, was enjoyed by almost 90 guests. It was indeed a celebration of the strength and diversity of these welcoming Central West communities. We were thrilled to be invited to attend the recent Woodstock Annual Show. This remarkable community paid homage to very special guests Sir Peter Cosgrove (who opened the show) and Lady Cosgrove. The dedicated and hardworking committee can be truly proud of such a well-supported event reflecting true country community spirit. It was such an honour to be able to present Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove with the Third Anniversary Collection of Central West Lifestyle. We would like to farewell and thank Pip Teys, CWL Travel Writer and Home and Style Writer, for her dedicated and creative efforts over the past 14 editions. We know that many readers enjoyed her inspiring contributions. We will be continuing to provide high-quality travel stories submitted by a number of writers sharing their travel adventures across the globe. Amanda O’Sullivan will continue in her role as Home and Style Writer, together with several other talented contributors whom we will introduce over upcoming editions. This year has been one to remember for many reasons. On a personal note, our daughter Jane married Justin Sanderson on April 2 at the historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Dubbo. A wedding is always a lovely reason to celebrate with family and friends. We were fortunate to experience the most glorious autumn weather for this very special occasion.

Family wedding: Kate Boshammer, Richie Tickle, Elizabeth Tickle, Justin and Jane Sanderson, Alex Tickle, Anna Tickle.

To cap off the year, our eldest daughter Kate and her husband Justin Boshammer rejoiced in the birth of son Theo Alexander Boshammer (our first grandchild) on September 28. Kate has been a significant guiding force in the establishment of the magazine and designed the first 10 editions. Kate now enjoys the role of Business Strategist with CWL. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many local councils, advertisers, newsagencies and readers for their loyalty and support over the past 15 editions. Our Feature Town for Autumn 2017 is Temora. What an impressive welcome we received from this gorgeous town as we began our research and exploration in recent months. Watch out for 100 pages of captivating content on Temora and its local area in edition number 16! The team at CWL would like to wish you all a happy and fulfilling Christmas and trust that 2017 brings you joy, good health and quality time with those you love. Until next time, stay safe and enjoy the 15th edition of Central West Lifestyle. Warm regards,

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GOLDEN moments A BIG HEARTY WELCOME and Merry Christmas to all our dear readers. Faithful followers would know that we have unearthed some pretty ripping yarns from throughout the Central West over the years but our latest little escapade to Blayney, Millthorpe and Carcoar was the icing on the cake! These three little dots on the map deserve to have their praises sung from the top echelons. They have everything you’d expect – history, charm and appeal – and a whole lot more. In Blayney the locals quietly go about their business, be it at the saleyards or on the farm, at work in the garden, home or shop, or making dog food at the factory! Blayney is on the go, much like the neighbouring villages of Millthorpe and Carcoar. Visiting these historic villages is an absolute must. Cross it off your bucket list and get out there! There is so much more bubbling under the surface than meets the eye. Where else can you catch up with kings in grass castles (I kid you not), blokes who make amazing one-off art pieces from discarded farm relics or beautiful homes made out of, well, very old buildings that were begging for help! I’ve met talented musicians, potters and painters (you’ll love catching up with Ada), first-time authors (Nick, you have a remarkable gift) and friendly publicans (I’ll bet you a beer that it’s cold at Reggie’s Commercial Hotel in Millthorpe). I’ve visited museums (even one that features pianos), stunning B&Bs (everybody deserves at least one night at Stoke House) and imposing backyards (love is in the air at the spectacular “Athol Gardens”). I’ve even stumbled upon my dream home – a magnificent, spacious homestead built within a historic woolshed (don’t let the rams in, Mrs Green). I’ve sat in French restaurants and fumbled with my French, and spent many enjoyable hours just chatting to the locals. But it’s not just people! These places are full of magnificent structures, each oozing old world mystery and charm. I mean, how many courthouses in this country can stand up to the one in Carcoar? 8 CWL

It’s little wonder that places like Carcoar have featured in so many fine Australian period films. I’ve even met blokes who shone, for a few seconds, in said films (John, and you’ll meet him on the very last page, is normally pretty quiet but once he gets started look out). If you scratch underneath the surface, you will find that every dwelling and every person has a unique, and often compelling, story to tell. Not every story, however, is ready to be told. It takes the right time and place (and energy) to open up to total strangers about your life and times. That is why I take my hat off to everybody featured in this magazine. You allowed your amazing stories to be shared with our most trusted readers! You (and you know who you are) are what this magazine is all about! In this bumper Summer issue get ready for a wild ride as I take you to the world’s biggest ABBA festival – right here in downtown Trundle, the little community with the big heart. Dancing Queens were strutting their stuff in NSW’s widest street and it’s all in the can (damn, I’m plucking an old photographer’s expression from All This In 60 Minutes). It’s a fabulous new read. Do yourself a favour and get one. In the end, however, it’s life’s “little moments” you tend to remember. These are the times you feel naturally good about connecting with a total stranger or just being somewhere special. Or both. Hearing a country girl sing an emotional Italian opera, right there in the middle of her timber workshop, was one such moment. Fittingly, she will be the last person you meet in this magazine, and, for me, that is a good thing, because people like Julia and John Boag demonstrate, every day, the true “joie de vivre” of life. Till next time, keep your hat on and don’t forget to live your life and be free!

Shot by Jake


SUMMER 2016 CONTRIBUTORS

Meet your team

ELIZABETH TICKLE

ALEX TICKLE

JAKE LINDSAY

GINA CRANSON

Publisher & Editor

Publisher & Advertising

Chief Writer & Photographer

Sub-Editor & Proofreader

KATE BOSHAMMER

ZORA REGULIC

MITCH BRAKENRIDGE

CATHERINE PLAYER

ANNA TICKLE

ELIZABETH SWANE

ANGUS WADDELL

JANE SANDERSON

AMANDA O’SULLIVAN

HAYLEY MAUDSLEY

ALI WANCHAP WOOD

DAYNA TIERNEY

EMILY MITCHELL

HEATHER CROSBY

ROBERT I BRUCE

LORRAINE HILLS

PAUL & ANNE LOVERIDGE

Business Strategist

Writer & Social Media Manager

Home & Style Writer, Photographer

Writer & Photographer

Art Director

Garden Writer

Household Hints Writer

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Country Cuisine Writer

Advertising Designer

Photographer

Fashion Writer

Photographer

Seasonal Food Writers

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Wedding Writer

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As readers from the very first CWL magazine we took time in September to look at towns featured in the magazines. From Maitland to Mudgee to Orange to Cowra to Parkes to Dubbo and all the little townships in between (Sorry Forbes, you were on our list but the floods stopped us from visiting you). Throughout our travels we stayed at the accommodation, ate at the cafes and coffee shops, and visited the interesting shops and places that have been featured in the magazine. A day at the Cowra show was a real highlight, as were the Japanese Gardens and POW camp. This is an outstanding magazine of the highest quality and townsfolk from each town featured must be extremely proud of the showcase you are receiving from some very talented journos and photographers. Chris Osmond and Harold Mayo, East Maitland Congratulations to Central West Lifestyle on a fantastic Spring 2016 edition. The feature on Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong has been a great boost to the Lachlan Shire with the exposure of tourist attractions and local characters. This boost has seen an increase in retail sales and visitors to the areas and many visitors and locals have purchased the magazine for gifts for family and friends within Australia and overseas. The quality of the photography is amazing and displays the subject material in the best possible aspect. The advertisements also provide a great snapshot of what is available in the featured areas. We loved having Jake stay with us and appreciate the support that Alex and Elizabeth have given us for the sale of their magnificent magazine. Thank you and well done to everybody involved. Mick and Vicki Hanlon, Condobolin Newsagency

your letters The Spring 2016 issue of Central West Lifestyle featured the beautiful towns of Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo in the Lachlan Shire. It has been a pleasure to read about the many residents included in the articles and the businesses showcased. This has been a great opportunity for the region as the magazine has captured what small communities are about in the Central West; full of hard working individuals with a picturesque landscape to call home. On behalf of Lachlan Shire Council I would like to congratulate Central West Lifestyle on what has been a very successful edition. We wish you all the best in the future. John Medcalf Mayor, Lachlan Shire Council

Gordon and I had the pleasure of meeting you and Alex recently at the Mudgee Field Days. We wanted to congratulate you both again on your fabulous magazine. We thoroughly enjoy each publication. The quality of the articles, photography and set-up is outstanding. Before we moved to the Central West we were able to use your magazine to gain a wonderful insight into the various towns and areas showcased, learn more about the history of the region as well as the inspiring people who live and farm in the district. Now living here, we have found your magazine to be an invaluable source of information enabling us to discover new shops and businesses and also read about various local activities and events. Loads of copies have been sent to family and friends and through their comments we know you have a growing and appreciative audience throughout Sydney and beyond. Your magazine is doing an incredible job promoting this beautiful region and is certainly “capturing the best in the west”. Keep up the great work!

Your Spring publication that focuses on the Bland and Lachlan shires is a credit to you and your team. The quality of the photography and the way you have captured the essence of our region makes the magazine a wonderful read. Please accept our congratulations for producing a magazine that will create great interest among our towns and people. It has already received considerable acclaim from right across our local community and from the businesses featured. This has been a very successful partnership between Bland Shire and CWL. We wish you well for the future and look forward to the day when we may be able to feature our shire once again. Cr Neil Pokoney Former Mayor, Bland Shire Council My husband Len and I and the staff at newsXpress West Wyalong would like to congratulate Central West Lifestyle on the release of their 14th edition of their stunning magazine featuring West Wyalong, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received with regard to sales, selling in excess of 600 copies. On a more personal note, having our own home featured was a highlight and created a lot of interest within our local community. Writer/photographer Jake Lindsay is to be congratulated for the professional manner in which he conducted himself and making the day an absolute pleasure to be a part of. The launch of the Spring edition was a wonderful experience in a delightful, relaxing atmosphere at the Royal Hotel, West Wyalong. Customers are now asking when the next edition is being released and are all looking forward to it. Congratulations, CWL, on a job well done! Joanne Lynch, newsXpress West Wyalong

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FROM THE MAYOR Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW is the unique Blayney Shire. Even though we have a reputation of having cold winters, we are a very warm and welcoming community . . . and proud of it. While it’s not unusual to see snowfall in winter, we have beautiful springs that bring a real English feel to our countryside. Our summers are pleasantly warm, with cool nights. And autumns are spectacular, with our altitude allowing for European trees to show off their amazing colours. We enjoy four very distinct seasons throughout the year as demonstrated by the beautiful gardens and fresh produce on offer. The Blayney Shire sits comfortably between the large vibrant centres of Orange, Bathurst and Cowra, and has strong links back to Australia’s early colonial history of agriculture and mining. The Wiradjuri people are the original inhabitants of these areas, and we share a mutual respect for this beautiful countryside that we live in. Our Shire has the reputation of producing some of the best prime lambs and cattle throughout the country and we are home to Cadia, the largest underground gold mine in Australia. Blayney is fortunate to have large rural enterprises and manufacturing businesses supporting employment and economic growth for our entire region. We are a growing area and provide an affordable and supportive community that is attracting young families to live and work here. 14 CWL BLAYNEY

We love our sport in the Blayney Shire and have many sporting clubs and organisations that work closely with Council to improve their facilities and venues. We are very proud of our indoor swimming and gymnasium facility, CentrePoint Sport & Leisure, which promotes healthy lifestyles and social activities. These modern facilities and excellent health services also support older residents to enjoy retirement in our safe rural community. Blayney is surrounded by many beautifully distinct villages – a main attraction for visitors to our area. Blayney Shire Council has recently rebranded to be “The Shire of Villages”. Our Visitor Information Centre, known as “The Cottage”, is in the main street of Blayney, where our volunteers are guaranteed to offer you a warm welcome. Carcoar, a heritage-listed village, was the third established settlement over the mountains. Preserved in time, Carcoar’s historic streetscape and buildings will easily immerse you in our Australian early colonial story. Millthorpe, with charm and a unique setting, has developed into a major tourist destination to enjoy food, wine and boutique shopping. Throughout the year, people flock to our villages to enjoy the rural atmosphere and historic feel with family history groups and individuals exploring the many museums and cemeteries. Our local agricultural shows in Blayney, Carcoar and Neville are wonderful annual events that attract many participants and visitors. As Mayor, I hope everyone enjoys this edition of Central West Lifestyle, learning more about the beautiful part of NSW that we are lucky to call home. Cr Scott Ferguson, Mayor of Blayney Shire Council


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layney Shire Council and locals are thrilled the Blayney region is the focus of the Central West Lifestyle Summer edition. Within these pages, you’ll discover many hidden treasures located in the historic villages of Carcoar, Millthorpe, Lyndhurst, Mandurama, Barry and Neville along with other localities, such as Kings Plains, Hobbys Yards, Errowanbang and Forest Reefs. This is just a small window into what the region has to offer. Together, we encourage you to come and experience first-hand the wealth of what we have here nestled between the regional centres of Cowra, Bathurst and Orange in the heart of Wiradjuri country and just a short drive from Sydney and Canberra. Visitors are welcomed by local hospitality built on a strong community spirit, which is shared by generations of about 7400 locals who call the region home. Well known for its thriving agricultural industry, fresh food and cool-climate wines, the landscape is simply spectacular. Expect big, open skies filled with bright stars, rolling green pastures, colourful native flora and fauna, picturesque landscape and waterways, like Carcoar Dam and the Belubula River, which winds its way through Blayney, west to Carcoar and beyond. Heritage abounds with a rich culture and intriguing stories from the days of early Australian settlement. Founded by pioneers exploring west of the Blue Mountains, Blayney was first proclaimed in 1843 and the villages soon flourished in the gold rush of the 1850s. This was a time that brought growth in commercial enterprise to Blayney, and the rail network soon followed in 1876. Experience the vivid history of the first bushrangers, like Ben Hall and his gang who attempted the first ever daylight robbery at the Commercial Bank in Carcoar. Trek the route of Cobb & Co. horse wagons, explore historical architecture preserved for over a century in the heritage-listed towns of Carcoar and Millthorpe.

Blayney and its villages are fast becoming known for the many attractions and events that bring together the community and visitors.

Alive in history, there are many museums to explore including Australia’s only piano museum in Neville, Carcoar’s hospital museum, a 20th century toy museum in Carcoar and the Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum. Blayney and its villages are fast becoming known for the many attractions and events that bring together the community and visitors such as the monthly Farmers’ Markets, biannual Millthorpe Markets, B2B cycling festival (Blayney to Bathurst), Millthorpe Garden Ramble held in December, some of the best little country shows at Neville, Blayney and Carcoar and the Australia Day celebrations in Carcoar. Art and culture is in abundance with many local artists displaying their works at exhibitions and galleries throughout the year. Come for a short trip, stay longer and return once again to indulge, unwind and relax in all that Blayney and villages have to offer. Make sure you tell your friends and family about all of the great experiences you have had during your stay. You never know, you and your family and friends may just want to stay. Find us on Facebook @BlayneyShireCouncil #warmwelcome #historicvillages and visit www.visitblayney.com.au. CWL BLAYNEY CWL 15


Solid foundations HERITAGE-RICH BLAYNEY CONTINUES TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME. BOLSTERED BY A STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

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Wedded bliss THE ENCHANTING “ATHOL GARDENS”, BLAYNEY, PROVIDES A UNIQUE COUNTRY WEDDING VENUE THAT GUESTS FALL IN LOVE WITH AND REMEMBER FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS.

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