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trading as Central West Magazine ABN 151 6322 9418 ADDRESS PO BOX 1050 DUBBO NSW 2830 PHONE 0429 441 086 FAX 02 6867 9895 WEBSITE www.centralwestmagazine.com.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/CentralWestLifestyle PUBLISHERS, ACCOUNTS & ADVERTISING Elizabeth & Alex Tickle info@centralwestmagazine.com.au EDITOR Elizabeth Tickle editor@centralwestmagazine.com.au CHIEF WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Jake Lindsay jake@centralwestmagazine.com.au ART DIRECTOR & DESIGN Kate Boshammer design@centralwestmagazine.com.au

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. For more information on stockists, visit www.centralwestmagazine.com.au. Unsold magazines are distributed to cafes, health waiting rooms, quality hotels/motels, bed and breakfast establishments, hair and beauty salons and tourist outlets.

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CONTENTS WINTER 2014

CELEBRATING BANJO Orange commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Australia’s most famous poet, Banjo Paterson.

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TOWN FEATURE: FORBES Forbes is a thriving town with a rich history and a promising future. The 68-page feature reveals some of the community’s most colourful characters, and profiles the industries and culture that make this town a great place to visit, and an even better place to live.

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THE YOUNG DOCTORS

FACING THE FUTURE

THE SOUND THAT SELLS

A JOLLY GOOD SHOW

Educating the next generation of rural healthcare professionals.

Sam Collier is doing his bit for the destiny of Australian agriculture.

Warren agent Justin Sanderson is one of NSW’s top young auctioneers.

Drought-breaking rain raised spirits at the action-packed Cumnock Show.

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A SCENE OF SERENITY

RYDAL BOUQUET

The competition was world-class at Orange’s Dressage with Altitude.

Rydal’s idyllic Owl Pen Cottage mixes modern comforts with a long history.

Dating back to the 1830s, Chapel House boasts nine acres of picturesque gardens that are a credit to current owners Michael and Joanne Maxwell.

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HOME & STYLE

WINTER WONDERLAND

WELL SUITED

Meet local interior designer Addy Nuthall, transform your rooms with cushions, learn the intricacies of lighting and enjoy some local decor picks.

An old Parkes woolshed showcased locally stocked garments beautifully.

Byrne Clothing has been in the same family for more than 45 years.

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LONDON CALLING

PASSION ON A PLATE

Endearing Dubbo-based artist Gill Pedrana tells her story.

The city that delivers far more than the average holiday time can absorb.

Kate Jones brings experience to the table at her new Orange restaurant.

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HEARTY TIME

UPCOMING EVENTS

EVENTS IN THE WEST

Compose your own courses from these delectable winter recipes.

Find out what’s on offer in the Central West this season.

Social snapshots from the polo at Millamolong and Mudgee, the Showgirl Zone Finals at Warren and Narromine’s Macquarie Matrons Ball.

ON THE COVER The imposing Forbes Town Hall is an iconic feature of the town. Photography: Shot by Jake

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WEDDING BELLS

THE LAST LAUGH

The Central West’s beautiful brides and dapper grooms say “I do”.

Cumnock identity Adam Porch owns a rather special Shorthorn steer.

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From the Publishers By the time you are reading this you will have your winter woollies on and you will be thinking about warming yourself by the fire with the beautiful comfort foods and soothing drinks we all enjoy. How wonderful to experience the welcome soaking rain that blessed the Central West! It has made such a difference to the morale of farmers and graziers and given businesses everywhere a renewed passion for what they do best. We had some exceptional feedback for our Autumn edition. Many people felt it was our best effort so far. Readers commented very favourably on the inspirational Maggie McKellar story, Fit for a King, A Glass of Class and the magnificent Boree Cabonne, among others. Hopefully, there is something for everyone in our magazine. This Winter magazine marks our fifth edition. In saying this, the four-edition advertisers who began in Winter 2013 had to consider the option of signing up again with CWL. We are thrilled to announce that the majority of businesses have done just that and some have even increased their commitment. Thank you to all businesses for that show of loyalty.

As we all know, the success of any magazine depends on the support of advertisers, and we encourage readers to support them in return. It is pleasing that we have also had a significant number of new advertisers come aboard and in particular, from our feature town, Forbes. Forbes Council has set a new benchmark through its collaboration with CWL to create the feature. Our thanks must go to progressive Mayor Ron Penny, Deputy Mayor Graeme Miller and General Manager Brian Steffen, who, together with their team of professionals from Council, formed a working committee to assist with the Forbes feature. The Forbes launch was a wonderful celebration held at the Forbes Town Hall on the eve of the magazine release. Council personnel from Forbes and adjoining shires, advertisers, key community members, people about whom stories were written and CWL team members all celebrated in style and enjoyed divine food provided by popular caterers Eat your Greens, Eugowra. The Forbes feature has been our biggest yet (68 pages) and we are certain you will find it totally informative, entertaining and inspirational. In the Spring edition, we look forward to featuring the combined townships of Narromine, Trangie and Warren. In April we had the special privilege of attending the Iandra Castle Open Day at Greenethorpe, near Young. Approximately 1000 visitors entered through the gates of the Iandra grounds and viewed this majestic building, so rich in history. It was incredible to be able to glimpse back in time and learn about the Greene family, who created this estate for future generations to appreciate. A special thanks to Mrs Margaret Morris (current owner) for opening her grand home to the public. If you missed this opportunity, we understand it is open again on the June and October long weekends.

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Alex and Elizabeth with the managers of Iandra Castle, Bev and Rod Kershaw, at the Open Day in April.

CWL will feature Iandra Castle in the Spring edition. You can look forward to a great feature story with some breathtaking photography. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard-working and creative team, who diligently put together stories and photography that capture the essence of life here in the Central West. This has been an amazing journey for us all and we are incredibly grateful to you, the readers, for embracing our publication in the positive way you have. Thank you. We look forward to meeting many of you at the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days on July 11 and 12. CWL will have a stand in the usual place, so please drop in. The Field Days are a spectacular event and such a vital way for CWL to network and have valuable time with the people who make our region so special. Trust you thoroughly enjoy reading the Winter edition and sharing the good news about the Central West with your family and friends. Warm regards,

Elizabeth and Alex Tickle


THE PEOPLE YOU MEET The unfamiliar sound of rain is cascading down my tin roof like there is no tomorrow and one can’t help feeling rejuvenated. Life is good once more. Not that life was previously bad, but in this dry country we live in, a good downpour brings with it new hope and salvation. Most of the cockies are smiling and the topic of conversation now centres on how much everyone received in what is arguably the best start to Autumn in years. In this job you get to meet many great country characters but not many real-life movie stars! It was therefore a pleasure shooting veteran Aussie actor Jack Thompson at the Banjo Paterson Festival in Orange. This talented and down-to-earth son of the soil really does epitomise The Man from Snowy River. Spending a week in Forbes (our feature town) proved an eye-opener for myself and Sydney artist Claire Reynolds, who was hoping for a unique country experience. She wasn’t disappointed! Not only does Forbes boast some magnificent old buildings (refer to the cover), one of the best stock selling facilities in the country and a car museum that demands to be seen, it has another commodity you can’t put a price on: the proud locals. From sharp-eyed pistol shooter Phillip Adams down to “H”, the laid-back motorcyclist in his late 80s, there is no shortage of colourful identities in this district. I had to take my hat off to Tony Bernardi, the indefatigable fruit and vegetable king who arrived from Italy a lifetime ago and built up his empire starting with £20. What a joy to hang out with The Tuesday Girls, who have been meeting each week for 36 years, followed by an evening with local stock and station agent John Martin, still going strong after nearly 60 years in business. He and his elegant wife, Jan, have a delightful rural retreat that we photographed while enjoying some good old-fashioned country hospitality. Naturally, we all like a country show, and Cumnock had it all in spades. The welcome rain didn’t dampen spirits at this event, where the locals all assembled to celebrate an institution that has prospered for 121 years. Congratulations to president Dave Weston and his hard-working committee on pulling off a show that truly demonstrated how small rural communities work and play together. Lately I’ve been photographing deer, bison and plenty of interesting characters for the next edition and it’s all been fantastic! Till next time, chin up and enjoy the benefits that the recent rain has bestowed on the fabulous Central West slopes and plains!

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Your humble scribe with evergreen writer Amy Harrison, 91, and her good friend Joan Hennessy at Jack Thompson’s poetry session; and above, with the man himself.


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Making waves in Mudgee At the time of printing, the feature town in our Autumn edition, Mudgee, had sold more than 500 copies, with several weeks to go before the release of the Winter issue. Thank you to this wonderful community so rich in culture.

................................................................................. Refreshing, vibrant and classy are the first things that come to mind when reading Central West Lifestyle. I am a real estate agent with Raine & Horne, Mudgee, and this magazine is just a perfect medium to showcase the historic and prestigious homes we have for sale. With the magazine reaching exclusive areas in Sydney, I am really excited as I feel this a great marketing tool by which we can help promote our wonderful town and all the things that make living here so special. Angela Chapman, Mudgee

................................................................................. Just a short note to congratulate you, your family and staff on the resounding success of CWL! I haven’t visited Mudgee since 1980. Clearly I need to revise my travel plans. CWL is such a polished, first-class publication presenting country towns in a new light and giving them the “wow” factor! Hearty congratulations! Judy Marheine, “Stratheden”, Tamworth

................................................................................. I have visited the Central West many times but reading the Central West Lifestyle magazine has whet my appetite as it showcases the region and really lures you to want to visit and further explore the towns, meet the people, enjoy the scenery, be amazed by the architectural buildings of yesteryear and sample the beautiful local cuisine and fine wines of the area. The magazine is very well balanced and covers such a wide genre. When time allows, my husband and I will be planning a trip to further explore the Central Western region. Janelle Spearpoint, East Seaham

I have just been looking at your Autumn publication and it is brilliant! I love the story about Maggie MacKellar, A Glass of Class and the story and photos of Coombing Park. What great country stories! A very professional magazine. You must be very proud of your product. Greg Shortis, Dubbo

................................................................................. I have really enjoyed reading the Central West Lifestyle magazine over the past few months. Living in Dubbo, it’s been great to read about many local businesses but also to learn of businesses and services I wasn’t aware of! I have loved the travel articles, particularly the article on Venice in the Spring edition, written by Pip Teys. My husband has always wanted to travel to Venice as our first international destination; we have been given a personal insight into the exciting things to try and we both look forward to our travels ahead. Shannon Laundon, Dubbo

................................................................................. It was great for our family to read Grant’s story (John Cadoret, The Last Laugh, page 176) in your Autumn magazine. My younger brother, Bruce, and our mum read your article too. It depicts his lifestyle well. Thank you for the effort you made in trying to find him to write the story about him. The main photo grabbed my attention because that is where I turned off to travel to Nyngan last September to research where our great grandfather Louis died (the Frenchman who jumped ship here). It never ceases to amaze me how Grant can exist living the way he does. Only with God’s help could he possibly live this way – 36 years without any major problems! After him being back in our lives now since 2002, for 12 years, it still feels so strange when recently I dropped Grant off on the side of the road near Rupanyup after we had seen our mum. I was driving back to Ballarat to my warm, cosy bed and house and there was Grant bedded down under a tree in the bush. It is a really odd feeling knowing he is so content out there in the open. We accept what he does, but it still makes us wonder. Once again, thank you very much for publishing Grant’s story. The quality of your magazine is a credit to you. I am sure that anyone living in the Central West must find it really informative. I wish you great success in your endeavour. Michelle Cadoret, Ballarat, Victoria


We currently live in Hervey Bay. Over the Christmas break we travelled to NSW to spend time with our family. One of our preferred stopovers is Urunga, and we were pleased to find a copy of your summer edition in a local newsagency. We were attracted by the high-quality presentation, covering a wide spectrum of country life. Whether you reside in rural or coastal areas, your magazine plays an important role in educating readers. Your human interest profile stories allow us to have a closer relationship with personal issues, people’s adversity, achievements and philosophies on life. Looking forward to your Winter edition. Marg and Ross Bonney, Hervey Bay

................................................................................. I am delighted to have been contacted by CWL to advertise in their Summer edition. The story and photo shoot were fabulous – a big thank you to Jake and staff. Within the first 24 hours of publishing the comments began and the phone kept ringing in regard to the story and the clarity of the photos. I couldn’t believe the response. It was amazing, and three months later I am still receiving comments on how nice the story was on Darcy’s Old Wares at Lucknow. I personally purchased several copies and sent them to friends as far afield as Coffs, and they too had such positive feedback on the magazine. I will definitely advertise again in CWL. This magazine is all class, and I have a great old saying: You don’t get a second chance to give a first impression. Kerry Condon, Proprietor, Darcy’s Old Wares, Lucknow (now celebrating 20 years in the business)

................................................................................. I have just enjoyed the most relaxing afternoon with my cup of tea, and reading your beautiful magazine for the first time. I rarely buy or read magazines, but knew yours would be something special – and it was! How refreshing to find such high quality and interesting stories and photography. I could not put it down from start to finish! I love the mix and balance of real-life stories and amazing homesteads, gardening, food and good wholesome reading. I cannot imagine how much time, effort and detail has gone into every word and every part of your publication. Well done! Congratulations on such a fine and wonderful magazine. I will be taking it with me everywhere when I travel abroad in a few weeks – proudly boasting the Australian country lifestyle. I will be eagerly awaiting the next edition! Lisa Reibel, Largs, Maitland

................................................................................. We live in Coffs Harbour and think this magazine is fantastic. We travel to Melbourne from Coffs on holidays and go through many west region towns on the way down. The Central West certainly is a special region of Australia. I’m a second-generation printer and marvel at the new printing technology with four-colour registration, perfect in this magazine, and the layout is clever yet simple. The print colours are strong, which makes the photos look even more real. I know in printing there is a lot of hard work done to meet the time schedules, well done to all staff. We need more quality magazines like this. Cheers and all the best. Leigh and Carol Harvey, Coffs Harbour

After seeing John Reen mentioned on the cover of the Summer 2013 edition of Central West Lifestyle, I had to read it. I was totally captured by the story of his life. After meeting John when I was only 15 years old and very “wet behind the ears”, it was overwhelming to read of his achievements and trials and tribulations at such a young age. The way he overcame this to excel in not only breeding beef cattle, but also dairy cattle before that, is a true testament to the type of man he is – an inspiration to rural men and women, and cattle people alike. A fantastic and inspiring piece from the CWL team. Sam Hunter, Landmark, Wagga Wagga

................................................................................. Congratulations on a fabulous, top-quality magazine. It’s great to view such a wonderful sample-board of local talent, businesses and history. Originally from the country (North West Region), but now living in Sydney, I really enjoy reading about genuine, local characters from the bush and of the beautiful surrounds that the Central West has to offer. I even read the advertisements, which are more snapshots of what’s on offer in this warm, inviting region. Beautiful gardens, historic houses, local businesses and colourful characters – there’s reading for everyone to enjoy. I can’t wait to absorb the next edition. Keep up the great work, CWL! Melissa Davis, Sydney

................................................................................. A dear friend put me onto your magazine by sending me the first two copies. I live in Brisbane with my family and run a small bookshop. I just wanted to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed your magazine, and I am so pleased it is now available on subscription. The magazine is fabulous! I love everything about it – the colour, the amazing photos, the inspirational stories, the travel, the homes, the food, the gardening, even the advertisements. The home and style section is very glamorous and the tips are great! Your magazine graces our coffee table in the shop and has also been passed around to family and friends – everyone has loved it (even in Queensland!). I am sure the more people who read it, the further your magazine will spread. The quality of Central West Lifestyle is a credit to everyone involved – congratulations, well done and all the very best for the future. Linda Robertson, Heavenly Books, Wynnum, Queensland

................................................................................. I just love Central West Lifestyle magazine. The stories are fabulous and the photos are really high quality. It’s wonderful to get a glimpse into the lovely historic homes and gardens and to read about the people who live in the Central West. Rodney Martin, Bowral Share your feedback: Facebook: www.facebook.com/CentralWestLifestyle Email: info@centralwestmagazine.com.au


MEET YOUR TEAM

ELIZABETH TICKLE Publisher & Editor

ALEX TICKLE Publisher & Advertising

JAKE LINDSAY Chief Writer & Photographer

KATE BOSHAMMER Art Director & Design, Writer

LISA STARR Advertising Design

ELIZABETH SWANE Garden Editor

ANGUS WADDELL Photographer

ANNA TICKLE Writer

CATHERINE PLAYER Writer & Advertising

EMMA DRESSER Writer

PIP TEYS Home & Style and Travel Writer

MICHELLE KENT Fashion Stylist & Writer

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LORRAINE HILLS Country Cuisine Writer

CHRISTINE LE FEVRE Food & Lifestyle Writer

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NERIDA INGRAM Advertising, Writer

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CELEBRATING

BANJO

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST FAMOUS POET, BANJO PATERSON.

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THE GREAT BARD was born at “Narrambla” Orange, so it made sense to stage a Banjo Paterson Festival in the city during February. By all accounts Banjo was a talented man in a variety of fields. He studied law, was a journalist with The Age in Melbourne, was a war correspondent during the Boer War and managed the horses for the Light Horse Infantry in WWI. Banjo played all sports, had strong social and political views and his writings depicted Australian country living throughout his lifetime. It was only fitting that a major part of the festival was the official opening of Emmaville Cottage (pictured above), which was recently removed from the property where Banjo was born. After spending 180 years on the same patch of land, the cottage was recently moved from “Narrambla” to the Orange Botanic Gardens, where it can be enjoyed for generations to come. No one knows for sure if Banjo was actually born in it but it is from a similar period and could well have been the property’s original dwelling. One of the many highlights of the festival occurred at the Orange Civic Theatre, where Australian actor Jack Thompson performed a stirring rendition of Banjo’s poetry to a full house of enthralled Banjo fans. At age 74, Jack has lost none of his passion, especially when reciting The Man from Snowy River, which became a movie in which Jack played a leading role. “Orange was terrific and I can’t imagine why Banjo ever upped stumps,” Jack said after the show. “This place has got everything – a vibrant feel, fabulous food and drink, a terrific theatre and lovely Cook Park right in the centre of town. “Performing the poems of Banjo Paterson in the town where he was born was a special experience. I’ll be back.” CWL Words and images: Shot by Jake Previous page: Veteran Aussie actor Jack Thompson entertained a full house at the Orange Civic Centre with his stirring rendition of Banjo’s poetry. 14

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Mulga Bill from Eagle Hawke caused a sensation on his 100-year-old penny farthing.


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Amy Harrison, 91, has been writing poetry most of her long life and was inspired to hear Jack recite her favourite Banjo poems.

Artist Jeffery Doherty with his autographed copy of a sketch he made of Jack Thompson the previous night. “You put Jack’s voice with the words of Banjo and you can’t go wrong,” he enthused.

The host of the nearby Patmos Garden Cafe, Michael Gryllis, was in fine form for the celebrations.

Robert Westcott from the Rotary Club of Orange. The Club coordinated the removal, relocation and restoration of Emmaville Cottage.

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A DRIVING FORCE ESTABLISHED IN 1974, West Orange Motors is the oldest serving dealership in country NSW and the largest operating car dealership in Orange. From humble beginnings with the Mercedes-Benz franchise and a staff of five, the business has grown to also represent Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Skoda, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Hino Trucks, Fuso Trucks, Freightliner, Higer and JAC. There is also a strong used-car division spread across two separate sites in town. With a staff of more than 100, the owners are proud to be a major provider of jobs in town. With more than 500 new cars and 150 second-hand cars in stock, there is plenty to choose from for the discerning motorist. This probably explains why 2500 cars are sold each year. These vehicles are all serviced in a new workshop, the largest outside of Sydney, capable of servicing more than 15,000 vehicles per year including heavy vehicles. West Orange Motors are also agents for Cummins, Eaton Transmissions, Detroit and Jost Turntables. The new state-of-the-art workshop is where all tyre fitting, aligning and balancing facilities are located, along with a new automatic car wash. Today, the dealership is managed by a team of dynamic young managers and partners. All have strong ties in the city and its communities, carrying on the tradition of old-fashioned country service and hospitality, where a handshake is still a guarantee. Heading the Mercedes department is David Powell, who started in 2002 after finishing year 12. Currently there are 10 Mercedes-Benz on the car lot, ranging from the new GLA Class through to the $420,000 SL63 AMG, an eye-catching ride sporting a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine. “In this day and age we have to prove our worth every day and always strive to go that extra mile to ensure our clients’ experience at our dealership goes beyond their expectations,” David said. West Orange Motors have snared many awards for sales and service excellence and are well recognised by all manufacturers. They are also great supporters of a wide range of Orange sporting teams and charities and look forward to your next visit to their showroom. Words and images: Shot by Jake From top: Sales manager David Powell has been with the business since completing school; dealer principal Bob Craig has more than 45 years’ experience in the industry; the spectacular SL63 AMG sits deceptively silent in the lot, before David shows it off – the perks of the job!

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