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June 2012

Raising emus from the egg Troy Cassar Daley’s EH ... Plus more

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June’s Clarence



From egg to wild Wildlife carer Kerry Cranney has nurtured 11 endangered eastern coastal emus from the egg.


Support your local businesses Local businesses are vital parts of our communities.


Would you like an app with that? Matt Jones has taken what he learnt as a professional surfer and created surf-related apps.

From the editor’s desk W

elcome to the June edition of Clarence Scene. Clarence Scene has undergone some major transformations over the past few years and I hope you enjoy our new gloss format as much as we do. Clarence Scene was conceived to focus on local people in the Valley, as well as offer regular lifestyle sections including health, beauty, fashion, babies, businesses, motoring, homes, gardens and much more. In this edition, we have a special feature on local family businesses in the Valley and we take a look at the upcoming July Racing Carnival which is one of my favourite events of the year. In fact it is the biggest social event of the Valley’s calendar and I look forward to frocking up again this year. A few months ago, my colleague Fran suggested we give the Clarence Scene some personality so here I am. I don’t know if me writing an editor’s intro will give it that but I hope that we hear from you and what personalities you would like to see more of, as well as any story ideas, suggestions and giveaways. Email your suggestions to And finally thank you to all our wonderful advertisers for their continual support. We hope you, our readers, will support them as much they do us.

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Deb’s miracle Parkinson’s disease sufferer Deb Molloy’s life-changing surgery.


My EH was the centre of my world Troy Cassar-Daley talks about his beloved EH Holden.


A lingering magic Shirley Ferguson’s unique South Grafton garden continues to captivate local children.

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Fashion Health & Beauty Valley Bubs Motoring House & Garden

Lower Clarence photographer, Carley Grayson, lived up to her photography business’s name, Captured by Carley, when she snapped the Clarence Scene cover shot of the super moon rise on May 18. Carley, who mostly focusses her lens on newborn babies, children, family portraits and weddings, says she has always enjoyed taking pictures, but it was the birth of her son and her wedding day that turned the “spark into a full flame”. Check out more of Carley’s work at

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Clarence Scene Published by the Clarence Valley Review Address: Unit 4, Fairtraders Drive, Yamba Business Park Phone: 6646 9466 Fax: 6646 9323 Email: Manager Ann Mazzitelli Magazine Sub-Editor Tamara Bendeich Journalists/Photographers Geoff Helisma and Josh McMahon Production/Graphics Tiffany Rae, Maddie Stephenson and Chloe Billington Sales Consultants Fran Dowsett, Pat Phillips, Judy Myers and Tamara Bendeich Printed by APN Print Warwick 2

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Just recently Casino Travel Shoppe got the opportunity to send travel consultant, Sarah Bird, on a river cruise with Evergreen Tours. This allowed her to see Europe from the water first hand and she found this extremely educational. The Evergreen cruise ship staff were very accommodat-

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Kerry Cranney has always been passionate about caring for orphaned and injured animals. She tells Geoff Helisma how she came to be caring for 11 eastern coastal emus – which potentially represent about 10 per cent of the entire endangered Clarence Coast’s emu population – in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service at her Brooms Head Road property.

he road to Kerry Cranney’s place is a challenge. Finding passable bits in between the potholes is near impossible. Upon reaching a fork in the road and taking a right turn, a sign reads, ‘Land for Wildlife’ … I must be heading in the right direction. Further along the track, a home sits amid 100 acres of dense, scrubby bushland. Adjacent to the house, 11 emus, which Kerry has nurtured from the egg, are milling around in a pen. I’m greeted by a turkey gobbler and his three-hen ‘harem’. The four of them, the gobbler strutting with his plumage puffed, follow me to the door and press up against the flyscreen once I’m inside. “He’s showing off because there’s someone new here,” Kerry says. The turkeys were hatched at the same time as nine of the emus in the pen, which were rescued after a cane farmer spotted a nest full of eggs during the harvest last October. The young turkeys were temporary companions for the runt of the flock until it was old enough to rejoin the others. “My dad was a police officer at Lawrence and he used to bring home animals and we were allowed to bring home animals, too,” Kerry says about the beginning of her caring for animals. “It didn’t matter what it was, it could be birds falling out of a nest, blind snakes, kittens, ducks, anything. I was always passionate about animals, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really focused on wildlife.” After moving to Brooms Head over 20 years ago with her husband and young family, “people would bring me injured birds just because I had an interest in it and was willing to do it,” Kerry says. “When we moved out here, I was caring


for an orphaned baby swan and I realised that I’d been winging it for all of those years; so I joined WIRES and did a lot of wildlife care courses. I wanted to focus on possums and gliders, but there aren’t that many that come into care.” Kerry shifted her focus to caring for wallabies and kangaroos (mostly victims of car accidents) for a long time. “That was really demanding – lots of feeds each day – but when it came down to it, it wasn’t making any difference. Raising five or 10 or 50 joeys makes no difference to the balance out there – certain species are allowed to be culled. So spending 15 months raising an eastern grey joey, with all of the money involved and all of the sacrifice the family has to go through, didn’t make much sense.” After receiving a few emus to care for, Kerry spent a day at the Glen Ian Ostrich and Emu Farm at Tullymorgan, where she became intrigued by their behaviour. “When I started getting emus, I saw that they were very difficult to handle and very powerful … a lot of people don’t want to handle them.” She tells me how a young emu raised by humans can form bonds with things in its environment. “Some emus that I’ve seen raised in the past have been very imprinted – there was one that was raised by some people near here that was attracted to motors. Once it was released, it came up right along Brooms Head Road – it was a randy emu – and it would try and mount people on motorbikes; and there were problems with people on ride-on lawn mowers, too.” This type of behavioural imprinting, as a result of being raised by humans without contact with other emus, she says, “often ends badly, they can die in the process of

relocation”. Kerry says she plans to release the emus she is raising when they are about 12 months old. “I have tried releasing them at younger ages. I had a solitary one and he was panicking all of the time, so I had to release him early. He was about seven months old and he didn’t last very long at all. Within a couple of weeks dogs had killed him a couple of kilometres away, so I’m not going to release them too early.” Kerry says it’s important that the emus she is caring for are not treated as if they are in a zoo, rather, the large pen in which they range is a sanctuary as close to nature as possible until they are old enough to be released. I ask Kerry if she has any particularly memorable moments with emus. Surprisingly, she tells a story from a time before she started caring for emus. “I was nine months pregnant with my son and living at Brooms Head. There used to be a couple of emus that hung around the dump. They were wild but had become accustomed to people. “I’d driven up there with my dog in my old car, which broke down and wouldn’t start. The emus were coming up and putting their heads in the windows – the dog was very well behaved, thank heavens. I thought I might as well walk back to Brooms Head. I started walking, keeping the dog at my hip, and the emus were walking with me, too. When I got to [Brooms Head] road the emus were still following me, so I started jogging, heavily pregnant with two emus running along beside us. A car pulled up and the driver asked if I wanted a lift? I said, ‘yes, but I’ve got my dog’. She said, ‘you can bring your dog, but you’ve got to leave your emus’.”

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger, Gina Hart, says finding the nest in the cane field and Kerry Cranney’s subsequent incubating and hatching of the emu chicks was a first. “Kerry is raising the emus under a WIRES licence, with funding provided by WIRES, Bird Life Australia, Wildlife SOS and NPWS – it’s quite an expensive thing to do,” Gina says. Kerry, who has used radiotracked emus in the past, says the release of the emus is an ideal opportunity to move to the superior satellite tracking method. Gina says the NPWS is looking for funding opportunities to fund a satellite tracking program. “It would give us a lot more detail about where the birds are moving and, potentially, some long-term data to see where birds are actually nesting. From that we’d be able to monitor what types of threats are impacting on those birds and the chicks. “There are so many gaps in our knowledge: we don’t know where the birds are nesting or their specific habitat, and we don’t know exactly what’s preying on the chicks and juveniles.” And while there is significant anecdotal evidence of deaths caused by wild and domestic dogs and vehicles, Gina says it’s difficult to manage those threats without the nesting data. “We want to be able to manage populations as well as release Kerry’s emus.”

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Meeting demand leads to success... cott and Meredith Morschel of Yamba couldn’t believe they had to travel around an hour to buy a decent plate, knife or pot. So they decided to start their own local business, Kitchen to Table. Now, the husband and wife team is the proud owner of a successful venture that offers one of the largest ranges of quality cookware north of Sydney. They’ve been in operation for more than four years, and employ five local staff members. Kitchen to Table also offers master classes with a range of top Yamba chefs, revealing to the wider public the secrets of creating superb dishes with ease. Any businesses success comes down to the people in the business and without the dedicated and enthusiastic team at Kitchen To Table it could easily just be another shop selling kitchenware. The recent surge in interest in home cooking and good food certainly hasn’t hurt the business but it is important to have a good sound knowledge of your products to be able to help customers get the right tool or utensil for them. What you saw on Masterchef last night may not be what you really need. Food awareness has been on the increase for quite a few years now but it seems that when Jamie Oliver bought us his entertaining and down-toearth passion for cooking, we have seen a dramatic increase in cooking shows, including the now massive Masterchef show and franchise. As a result of these shows there’s an increased interest in home cooking, especially an increase the number of younger people showing an interest in what goes into their bodies and how to cook and serve that food. “I think this cooking show trend has certainly speed up the evolution of the equipment and gadgets,giving all of us a much wider choice” Scott said. Yamba Kitchen to Table is also set to offer an online shop later this year. To check out the full range of quality kitchenware of offer, visit Kitchen to Table at 2/22 Coldstream Street Yamba.


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We are your family jewellery experts... rendan and Darlene Watkins brought their family of four teenagers to Yamba in 2009 from Victoria to open their family based business Brendan L Watkins, Goldsmith and Jewellers.


Brendan and Darlene are here to help you create a jewellery piece that will signify any momentous occasion, be it an engagement ring, wedding bands or any special jewellery item, all individually designed and handcrafted using precious metals and natural gemstones. Brendan uses traditional hand making techniques that will ensure the jewellery item will be long lasting and of a high quality. Brendan can assist you with designing the ring of your dreams, choosing the right diamonds or precious gemstones to enhance your jewellery piece. Maybe you have a family treasure that needs some repairing or remodelling, Brendan does all repairs and manufacturing on site so you never need worry where your treasured jewellery items are. Come into Brendan Watkins Jewellers and browse the selection of fine jewellery and watches they have on offer. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gift for that special person.

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Sheds: a future for our family es Winters reckons it’s great having family members operating Clarence Valley Sheds, because they’re willing to put in that little bit extra. After all, it’ll be their future once Des decides to retire. Des started his shed business at Grafton in 1995 with Ian Daley, but he has since taken over Ian’s share. It’s since become a real family affair, involving his wife, son, daughter and her husband, and the husband of another daughter. Debbie, Des’ wife, became a director of the company when Ian left, and has become the woman behind the man, making sure everything runs smoothly. Damien is their eldest son, a qualified carpenter, who has been involved in building sheds for years and has now taken over the Yamba office. Middle daughter, Samantha, works in the Grafton office in sales and accounts. And her husband, Jade Delaforce, also works for the business as a builder. Clarence Valley Sheds’ licensed roofer, Jasen Bullen, is also family, married to the Winters’ other daughter, Carlie, who does all the photography and ad building for promotional material. Des said he believed family members were willing to put more effort than unrelated paid employees, benefiting both the success of the business and the quality of product and service provided to customers.


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Have your family’s skin checked today amily is an integral part of our community in the Clarence Valley and an important part of our daily practice at Yamba Skin Clinic. Owned and operated by Dr Mark Groves and his partner Natalie Lloyd, Yamba Skin Clinic also employs Tanya Priest, Jessica Blackmore and Dr Groves’ daughter, Annie. In honour of our Clarence Valley families, the ‘family’ at Yamba Skin Clinic are offering all under 16’s and over 65’s a full and comprehensive skin check bulk-billed for the months of June, July and August. Right now is the ideal time to book your children and senior family members in for a full and comprehensive skin check. We can help your family members find solutions to all sorts of skin conditions. Does anyone in your family suffer from eczema? Acne? Pigmentation? Or Premature ageing? Why not book in and see how we may be able to help you or come in and talk to any of our friendly staff. Yamba Skin Clinic also stock a number of quality well-researched skin products that you are welcome to come in and view, sample or purchase at anytime with expert advice. Some of the products include Moogoo, anti-ageing Beaute Pacifique, Doctor’s only Allmedic and many more. Don’t put off yours or your children’s skin checks any longer. Have them done before next summer hits us. Don’t suffer with uncomfortable or unsightly skin conditions any longer - there are solutions! Call Yamba Skin Clinic on 6645 8155 or call into 2/24 Yamba Street, Yamba. (Next to newsagency across from Post Office)


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nstead of bemoaning the growing trend of online shopping, Barb and Geoff of Moore Golf Yamba have embraced the new technology to expand their business. The move to set up an ebay shop has opened up an entirely new market for the pro shop, reaching consumers right around Australia. Barb said she was pleased by the success of the move, which boosted sales especially in clothing. Moore Golf is especially renowned for its massive range of clothing catering for lady golfers. “I think you have to move with the times, because there’s a lot [of people] who don’t have time to get out. We’re amazed by the sales that come through at 10pm at night, and 6am in the morning … we’re getting a lot of return business online as well,” she said. Of course Barb and Geoff have maintained their shop front at 30 Coldstream Street, for those who like to inspect goods in person, and have a bit of a chat. The shop also carries out golf equipment repairs. Moore Golf is proud to custom-design golfing equipment to cater for individual golfers, targeting their specific needs that may change over time. Geoff, a PGA member and golf pro of more than 25 years, also offers lessons. Geoff and Barb welcome golfers of all abilities to drop in and have a chat about their game, or give them a call on 6646 9380.



Vital time to support local and build community n a world dominated by chain stores and online shopping, there is a brave breed of people who continue to strive to operate their own locally-owned businesses. Many of these in the Clarence Valley are owned and operated by families, proud to work together to offer the kind of service and support that the major conglomerates simply cannot. They care not only because their very livelihood depends upon it, but because they have real relationships with others in the local area. They’re your neighbours, your friends, your family members. Many would agree that times are tough for local business, and it has never been more important to recognise the value of supporting your own. It keeps alive the dream of everyday locals being able to be in control of their own business, instead of being forced to simply be another worker for a faceless national or multinational company. Supporting locally-owned businesses keeps your money here in the Clarence Valley, instead of going into the pockets of high-paid corporate executives, and unknown shareholders. The stark reality is that if Clarence Valley people don’t make an effort to ensure they spend their dollars with locally-owned businesses, these businesses will no longer be here. The streetscape will be dominated by chain stores, and everyone will be forced to either work for one of the big boys, or move away from the area to follow other opportunities. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, local businesses are increasingly getting smart and fighting fire with fire. They’re turning threats like online shopping to their own advantage, in order to flourish in an increasingly difficult business climate. Here are a few examples of local businesses that the Clarence Valley Review is proud to feature – businesses that have also shown their loyalty to this locally-owned newspaper to support us in continuing to offer an independent voice for our community.


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Would you like an app with that? Yamba surfer Matt Jones spent five or six years travelling the world competing in surfing competitions. His goal, to earn enough World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings points in his quest to qualify for the elite World Championship Tour (WCT), didn’t come to fruition, but there was much to be learned along the way. He talks to Geoff Helisma about his development of surf-based apps. att Jones travelled from place to place with a core group of fellow professional surfers and friends, mostly relying on prize money to sustain his travel and competing. Of his six or so regular travel companions, Bede Durbridge, who has been on the WCT since 2006, has enjoyed the greatest success. “The prize money pretty much paid my way; I had a sponsor, but they weren’t giving me any money. I knew it was time to slowdown when my credit card hit about $11,000. I thought ‘oh, oh! It was probably about the same time my mate Jamie Thompson quit and Bede qualified. It was just me and Corey Ziems left, so …” Jones didn’t quit cold, though; he continued competing for “about two years” in selected WQS contests after moving to Yamba from Gerringong on the NSW south coast. He racked up a few good pay days, too, on the Queensland Championship Circuit. “Then I had a mortgage and thought, ‘I can’t keep doing this’: the mortgage,


the credit card, and I was over travelling, so I had to just give it a miss.” The years of travelling and competing sparked an idea in Jones’s head. “I started my website,, which is a complete accommodation and information source for every Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) rated surfing event around the world. “When I was travelling, I was constantly on the internet trying to find places to stay and how to get to there, organising the accommodation and travel for my mates – so I already had most of the information.” Focussing on the website lasted for about three years, although it wasn’t really turning a profit – the website was more of a one-stop place for information that appealed to a fairly limited market – and he wasn’t interested in doing individual commission deals with the accommodation houses on his site. “I didn’t want to do it like that because there are so many Wotifs and all of those already; I just wanted to provide the information.

“I pitched it [the website] to ASP and they said, ‘Yeah it’s a good idea’, and that they wanted to get behind me and coordinate something – then they just shut me down and said we don’t want anything to do with it.” Undaunted by this setback, Jones decided to take his surfing knowledge and use it to jump on the app phenomenon. “There was not one other surfing app out there,” Jones says. It’s been about two years since he started developing his first app, iSurfer, for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The app is an interactive program that encompasses everything to do with the act of surfing. “Take your surfing skills to the next level with iSurfer and start surfing the way you have always dreamed of,” the promo spiel read on his website. “iSurfer is stacked with information and videos for all levels of surfers to help everyone improve their surfing skills – catering for the ultimate beginner to the most advanced surfers.” Like most software in the marketplace,

Jones continues to improve it through feedback from users. “A lot of sales are based on reviews in the app store. People do write bad reviews about it, but they say things like, ‘this app would be better if it had this, or it hasn’t got enough depth and things like that’. iSurfer was originally only for beginners, but it is constantly evolving, just like any good software program does. Jones has also created other surf-related apps: iSurfboards (a surfboards guide), iDing Repair and iBodyboard. So far, Jones has achieved his little business’s success with nothing more than a do-it-yourself attitude and some initiative. “I just sort of did it,” he says of his website’s development. “I looked for ideas on the internet and learnt how to code myself. The My Surf World website started off pretty basic. I’d always been able to use Adobe design applications and stuff to design my own logos. “So I sort of used that and learnt some HTML code – I was getting the gist of that and then I started doing apps. Apple has got its own code, Objective C, so that was another world of coding I had to learn. I’m focussing on Apple code now; I don’t even worry about HTML.” While Jones didn’t reap any dollar dividends directly from his website, these days, courtesy of 2,000 to 3,000 daily hits, it serves as a link to his apps. And, while he is turning over around 50 apps at 99 cents apiece each day, an expanded version of his iSurfboard app is gaining support from some of the world’s best surfboard shapers. “At the moment I’m making an app for Jon Pyzel, John John Florence’s shaper. He contacted me when he heard about the iSurfboards and said he would be interested in a custom app. He’s happy for me to make the app and sell it and use their brand. He was going to pay me to make the app, but I said I’d be happy to just get a couple of boards.” Florence is the current number one rated surfer in the world (not to be confused with the world title race, in which he is ranked fifth), and is regarded as one of the leaders of the new generation of surfers on the competitive scene. Jones, who is amid discussions with other world-renowned shapers, is currently working on two new ‘secret’ apps with two of his friends. “I’d love to tell you about them,” he laughs, “but they’re not done yet – but it’s away from the surfing thing.” So, will he give up studying his teaching degree, which he is half way through, if app sales suddenly take off for the stratosphere? “I would finish my degree; I’m too far in to stop,” he says. “But I’d probably quit my day job.” After the laughter stops, he adds, “Maybe don’t put that in the story, just in case my boss reads it.”

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Janelle brings Minister for Small Business to the Clarence Valley In April I was very pleased to bring the newly-appointed Minister for Small Business, Brendan O’Connor, to the Page electorate in April for two reasons. Firstly, small business is the backbone of our local economy with more than 10,000 registered small businesses in the Page electorate. Secondly, I wanted the Minister to meet with local people in small business and listen to their needs and concerns, as well as talking about some of the Federal Government’s small business initiatives. Some time back I started lobbying for two things -- the Minister for Small Business to be in Cabinet, and for a Federal Small Business Commissioner. Both have been achieved. It is important for small business to be represented at the Cabinet table when major decisions are being made about our economy. The Industry Minister is there so it makes sense for the Minister for Small

Business to be there too. I lobbied for a Federal Small Business Commissioner so there can be one person at national level who is an advocate for small business sector. As soon as Brendan O’Connor was appointed as Minister for Small Business, I invited him to our electorate and he immediately accepted. On April 20, Minister O’Connor attended a business lunch in Grafton, where he fielded questions, listened to local business issues, and detailed some of the Federal Government’s small business initiatives. These include measures to reduce red tape including National Business Registration System, and the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House and support for Standard Business Reporting to give businesses a simpler way to complete financial reporting. New Budget measures to support small business from

1 July 2012 include: • The $6500 instant asset tax write-off for new business assets • The Loss Carry Back initiative -- this allows companies to carry back losses up to $1 million to offset past profits and get a refund of tax previously paid on that profit. • Personal income tax cuts, including the tripling of the tax-free threshold – many small businesses, particularly sole traders, independent contractors and micro businesses – will benefit from these tax cuts. I want to thank the Regional Manager of the Northern RiversNSW Business Chamber, John Murray, and James Patterson from the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for their assistance in organising the function. I also acknowledge the work of all the local business chambers and those members who volunteer their time to support our local business communities.

Pic: Minister Brendan O’Connor speaking at the business lunch at the Grafton District Services Club


The Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards profile has reached new horizons with a recently launched new-look website ocal businesses seeking information on entering the 2012 Awards can now find a wealth of information online including this year’s entry form plus details of categories and eligibility. Visitors to the site will find a list of last year’s Award winners along with a photo gallery of previous Awards Presentation events. Supporting local business, the 2012 Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards committee contracted Grafton based website creation service, Yoohoo Web & Graphic Design to provide the Webalicious website to improve


the Business Awards internet presence and benefit the Clarence Valley business community. Enabling the committee to make its own quick and easy changes, the website will be regularly updated. “While personal support is always available, the improved website gives time challenged business operators access to information and entry forms on a 24 hour basis” said Awards Coordinator, Maggie Barnewall. 2012 Awards Entries close on Monday 16 July with judging to take place in late July and August. Winners will be

announced at the gala Awards Presentation Dinner on Saturday 1 September at South Grafton Ex Servicemen’s Club. Entry forms and more information are available now at www. au or by calling Maggie Barnewall on 0409 058 883. Sponsors of the 2012 Awards are CHESS Employment, Essential Energy, PHaMs (Personal Helpers & Mentors), Clarence Valley Council, Yamba District Chamber of Commerce, ETC, North Coast TAFE, NORBEC, 2GF, 104.7, Clarence Valley Review and South Grafton Ex Servicemen’s Club.

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Last chance to cut interest rates before the start of world’s biggest carbon tax SW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright, said that with less than a month until the start of the world’s biggest Carbon Tax, it was up to the Reserve Bank to provide struggling Australian businesses with some financial relief. “From 1 July the costs of running an Australian business will be going up due to the Carbon Tax, and the majority of those businesses will be receiving no



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compensation from the Federal Government, so it falls to the Reserve Bank to provide some financial relief through an interest rate cut today,” said Mr Cartwright. “Australia’s multispeed economy continues to face challenges, both domestic and international, that the Reserve Bank must take into consideration when they make their call on interest rates today.” Mr Cartwright said that the RBA decision today would test the claims of the Federal Government that delivering a projected budget surplus would encourage the RBA to make further cuts to interest rates. “The Federal Treasurer has done his bit by returning the nation’s budget to surplus. It’s now time for the RBA and the major banks to do their part to support business with further cuts in lending rates.”


Giving back to community important for business There’s no doubt that making money is at the core of any business, but for some, it’s just as important to be seen to be giving back to the community that it relies upon for success. Newcastle Permanent, a relatively new player in the Clarence business community, is one such business. Through its charitable foundation, the building society has just handed out more than $160,000 to the Northern Rivers community, out of a total $1.5million annual grants program. Recipients included the Northern Rivers Community Cancer Foundation, Life Education NSW, Variety the Children’s Charity, and Vision Australia. The charitable foundation has been at the centre of the building society’s public image, and its campaign in 2011 to set up a branch in Grafton was no different. It held community meetings with local organisations to gauge the needs of potential grant recipients, inviting media and generating much positive publicity. Upon opening of its first ever Grafton branch in Shoppingworld on 21 November 2011, the charitable foundation announced donations of $55,000 to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation to provide education packs to areas including the Northern Rivers; $7000 to Community Programs for new flooring

at the Ulmarra palliative care facility; and sponsorship of Northern NSW Football. Again the donations generated much publicity. Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman Michael Slater explained the grants were a way of giving back to the communities that Newcastle Permanent relied upon for success. “Many not-for-profit community groups need significant financial support, as they do not qualify for government or corporate funding. This is where organisations such as the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation can make an important contribution to community well-being by helping those organisations that rely on philanthropic funding,� Mr Slater said. Despite$1.5million handed out by the foundation, the grants go nowhere near satisfying demand. “In this most recent funding round we received submissions totaling approximately $4.9 million, more than double the amount requested in the last funding round, from more than 105 charitable organisations. These numbers reflect the significant demand for funding from notfor-profit and charitable organisations. We believe the 14 projects that received funding offer significant long term, and often life changing, benefits to people in the local community,� Mr. Slater said.

Newcastle Permanent donations to the Northern Rivers for 2011/12 • • • •

Northern Rivers Community Cancer Foundation Limited $101,000 to fund an outdoor entertaining area and children’s playground at the ‘Our House’ cancer care facility in Lismore. Life Education NSW Limited $16,500 to subsidise program attendance fees for 2,500 local students in the Clarence Valley. Variety The Children’s Charity (NSW) will use $27,500 of its $247,500 grant to support its Vision for Life Project at Grafton Hospital. Vision Australia received $18,886 for the purchase of 12 Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) players.

NSW Government working hard to rebuild the economy & regain confidence of small business sector I have been a small business operator and I listen to local small business operators as I travel around the Clarence electorate. I know it’s tough and I know it’s going to get tougher when your power bills and many other costs skyrocket next month courtesy of the Federal Government’s carbon tax. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is working hard to rebuild our economy and regain the confidence of the small business sector. Unlike the previous State

Labor Government, I am one of many MPs on the Government side with real experience in small business, and that means the people who are running the State actually understand your daily challenges. We’re also taking independent advice with the appointment of the State’s first ever Small Business Commissioner, and especially relevant for North Coast business, our first ever Cross Border Commissioner, to advocate solely on our very unique issues. I encourage small business operators in my electorate who

are experiencing difficulties to contact the Office of the Small Business Commissioner to discuss what changes need to be made to ensure their growth in what is a competitive and challenging marketplace. Contacts details are 1300 795 534 or by e-mail at we.assist@smallbusiness.nsw. We are also investing $5 million into Small Biz Connect which will expand small business support services across the State, and if you are doing business with Government agencies, they now have to

settle your invoice in 30 days or you can charge them extra for late payment. If you are like me when I was in small business, the thing you want most from Government is for it to get off your back and out of your pocket. We’re working on that too with a commitment to reducing regulatory costs for business and the community by 20 per cent by 30 June 2015. For more information go to au or contact my Office on 66431244.

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Mind-healthy workplaces When you walk into some workplaces, you can feel your stress levels rising, while other workplaces feel warm and inviting. While the Microsoft’s and Google’s of this world install games rooms and lounges with pool tables for their staff, there are other ways to make regional workplaces easy on the mind. “You can create a mind healthy workplace with investments of little more than time and small change,” said CHESS Employment Clarence Valley manager, Jock McNamara. “Despite the pressures of working in a challenging role, helping people who are disadvantaged, we maintain a sense of fun at Grafton,” Mr McNamara said. “Laughter is encouraged and it is noticeable to visitors and our clients that staff care and support each other,” Mr McNamara said. Help yourself lolly jars can cause smiles in workplaces. Choose low calorie sweets or a bowl of fruit if you want to care for the body as well as the mind. “Although it might not be too good for our waistlines we celebrate together,” he said. “We have a birthday roster where each staff member is responsible for organising a card and cake to be enjoyed together in a tea break.” Health both physical and mental is important at Grafton Health Foods. “I promote a friendly and fun work environment, where all staff can learn from each other about food, special dietary 10

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needs and life,” said Janelle Austen, the owner of Grafton Health Foods. At CHESS Employment in Grafton, staff gather to celebrate milestones or achievements whenever they can, or at least share their news in all staff emails. “The physical environment is also important. Staff have a workspace they can personalise, plus a courtyard and veggie garden out the back is a space where staff can have time out to enjoy some fresh air.” Another Clarence Valley organisation to appreciate the importance of the physical space is Grafton Community College, which has recently refurbished. “We are also energised by the constant stream of trainers and students coming in and out and inspired by the volunteers who come to work with us,” said college principal, Don Philbrook. “Being a learning environment, our staff are well aware of the opportunities and supported to increase their skills through study and traineeships,” Mr Philbrook said. Communication is key to many popular workplaces, as management can ask staff to share ideas on how to improve their workspace, or which charities to support with collected food or gift drives. To “maintain team sanity,” Madeleine and Mark Linger of Good Price Pharmacy in Prince St, Grafton consult with their team, offer incentives chosen by the team, support family events and have clear expectations of them. “We often use achievable goals for all

staff and once they achieve the goal they then receive a prize,” manager Mark Linger said. “Our staff opted for one hour paid leave as they reached each goal.” “We try to be flexible with work hours to allow staff to manage family,” Mr Linger said. “We are also flexible in allowing staff with children to go to events that their children are part of.” Shared activities, such as social gatherings and sponsoring a staff team in a charity event or sporting competition can also have a big impact on staff morale. “Offering more flexible employment arrangements, such as job sharing, flexi time, or opportunities to work from home shows staff you care about their needs,” Mr McNamara said. Making small, physical changes to environments can give everyone’s mood a lift. Goldfish and koi have been used for centuries in Asian mediation spaces to promote calm and staring at goldfish will calm you in a way staring at a computer screen never will. Gardens or indoor plants do more for mental wellbeing than the simple oxygen boost they provide and are a popular way to brighten an otherwise drab workspace. Art has long met a human need and could be colourful posters, paintings, landscape photographs or even sculpture in the right setting. CHESS Employment business consultants are available with ideas to promote mental wellness in your workplace.

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Maclean Bowling Club scoops Grafton Cup naming rights t was a bit of a coup when the Maclean Bowling Club’s name was drawn from a hat at the Clarence River Jockey Club’s (CRJC) Kensei Club dinner on Saturday April 28. This year, the premier race day at Grafton’s 99th July Racing Carnival has been named the Maclean Bowling Club Grafton Cup Day. “We’re part of the Kensei Club, a group of businesses in the Clarence Valley that invest $3,000 each on an annual basis,” says the bowling club’s secretary/manager, Ian Wills. “A draw is held and the winner gets the naming rights for the Grafton Cup. “The money boosts the CRJC’s funds for the race and gives small businesses the opportunity to get naming rights for the Grafton Cup.” The July carnival is widely regarded as the pinnacle of country racing in Australia. In 2007, Kensei raced to a win over 2200 metres in the Grafton Cup, qualified for the Melbourne Cup as a result, and Larry


Olsen subsequently rode the gelding to its most famous victory. The bowling club has long been a sponsor of the Maclean Bowling Club Maclean Cup Day. “We’ve sponsored the Maclean Cup on the Sunday after the Grafton Cup for at least 20 years.” “We certainly have a long history of involvement with the CRJC and I think a lot of that stems from the membership in our bowling club that is also interested in racing,” Mr Wills said. “Winning the naming

rights is a positive thing for our members that have taken the time to talk to me and the others that I’ve approached. “And there’s that parochial upriver versus downriver thing … it’s almost a bit of coup to have a Maclean business snatch the naming rights of Grafton’s premier event. “But I think our involvement in the carnival is a reflection of the whole Valley being involved, given that there’s whole heap of support for the event that comes from the Lower River.”

Pic: The Maclean Bowling Club won this year’s Kensei Club draw for the naming rights for the Grafton Cup. Pictured: Stephen Haines, Vice Chairman, Clarence River Jockey Club with Maclean Bowling Club directors Eddie Anstiss and Don Ensbey and Graeme Green, Chairman, Clarence River Jockey Club on the far right. Image courtesy of CRJC.

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$1 million-plus up for grabs  Josh McMahon The CRJC July Racing Carnival has cracked the $1 million prize money mark, a major milestone in the event that is considered the pinnacle of country horse racing in Australia. The week of high-quality racing is the highlight of the social calendar for many in the Clarence Valley and beyond, the Grafton racecourse swelling with many thousands of punters each day. A range of other social events are also held throughout Grafton such as luncheons and Calcuttas, and the local hotels swell with revelers especially in the evening of the Ramornie and Grafton Cup days. In its 99th year, the prestigious carnival has been bestowed a $192,000 increase in prizemoney, largely through Racing NSW, to offer a total $1.071 million. CRJC CEO, Bradley de Martino Rosaroll, said the club had been letting all major trainers and owners know of the record prize money on offer, with the hope of attracting even more top-class talent to the carnival. “Obviously it’s a big milestone from the prize money point of view. It puts dollars into strategic races to

attract even better horses, and creates more interest in the event,” he said. One such key race is the Ramornie Handicap, which has received a boost of $20,000. This brings it equal to the $150,000 also on offer in the Grafton Cup. The jockey club has been pushing for several years for the Ramornie to be upgraded to become a Group 3 race, from its current rating as a Listed race. Mr de Martino Rosaroll said a key to achieving the rating upgrade would be to attract more top-class horses to compete, and it was hoped the additional prize money would prove to be a successful drawcard. It’s too early to say, however, who is expected to take part in the carnival. “There a lot of talk about who may come, but we don’t know until closer to the race – a week prior to the race when we receive nominations – who’s actually coming,” Mr de Martino Rosaroll said. The action kicks off on Thursday July 5 with the Prelude Day, followed by Ladies Day July 8, the barrier draw luncheon on July 9, Ramornie Day July 11, Grafton Cup Day July 12, and the Family Day on July 15.

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2012 Make-up trends

While last year’s Fashion Week might have been all about the dark brow, matte skin and false lashes, 2012 saw a return to a healthier, natural make-up look. Make-up directors from Napoleon Perdis, M.A.C and Maybelline NY talk about the major make-up trends to come out from this years show.

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Colour trends Two of the big players in colour this year are pastels and metallics. While Stanislaus believed there were five main make-up trends at Fashion Week Australia – prints, architectural, pastels, basque blue and metallics – he believes pastels were a stand out. “One of the big make-up trends is pastels, which is amazing because it makes everybody look young and pretty. Lots of peachy cheeks, pink lips and powder blue eyes.�

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With the onset of winter come aches and pains. One of the most common joints to ache is the hip. They can hurt to walk, sit or stand for too long or even to get out of a chair or go up stairs. Here are three simple things we can do to help these aches and pains and reduce the stiff joint feeling we get: 1. Try to walk quietly. When the foot hits the ground loudly your leg is not absorbing shock well. If you can make this quieter there is less shock, and less shock means less pain. 2. Try to sit quietly. When you sit down, try not to use your hands if you can. Make sure the backs of your legs are touching the chair and lower your bottom slowly by bending at the waist. Lower down gently using your leg muscles

to control your landing so there is no impact or ‘foomp’ noise when your bottom hits the chair. 3. Stand tall. Again try not to use your hands to get out of the chair. Wiggle your bottom to the front of the chair and keep daylight between your knees. Bend forward from the waist, push through your heels, stand up and keep getting taller as your bottom lifts off the chair. These tips help strengthen the right muscles to support our hips and help reduce shock and pain. If you find these tips helpful and would like more advice on what you can do for your hips, come and see one of us at Yamba Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic. We will assess your complaint and tailor a treatment and exercise program for you. Call 6645 8522 for an appointment.

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The focus of this year’s Fashion Week was all about the skin. “One of the things that I’ve noticed throughout is clean skin. There’s a definite cheek or skin focus – it’s very much about bringing out the tops of the cheeks with a highlight,� says Napoleon chief of makeup services Rebecca Prior. M.A.C senior artist Nicole Thompson agrees that skin is definitely having its turn in the spotlight. “Everything starts with a good base. The main thing I would say is prep the skin, make the skin look dewy, make it look really fresh.�

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Eyes The grey smoky eye took a backseat at this year’s Fashion Week, with makeup directors opting for a less-is-more approach to the eyes. “There hasn’t been too many sexy, smoky eyes – it’s more about that natural staining,” says Squires. But while the dark grey eye has gone, it doesn’t mean the smoky eye has disappeared altogether. “I’m seeing different coloured smoky eyes,” says Thompson. “I’ve got to say, grey smoky eye? Over

it! Been over it for ages, let’s move on. There are lots of different colours coming into it. People are realising, ‘Okay, we can do the same shape but we can experiment with colour.’ I’ve seen some good wine colours, navy blue at Lisa Ho and bronzy smoky eyes and pastels.” Thompson has also noticed gloss isn’t just appearing on the lips and skin but also on the eyes. “I’ve seen a lot of bare eyes with gloss so the other features can pop out.”


As eyes take a more natural approach, so have lashes. After a big season of falsies last year, it seems fake lashes are not going to be around so much next summer “They’ve disappeared! I have not done a false lash all week,” laughs Thompson. “I haven’t done a lot of mascara. It’s all about applying the mascara really close to the roots and just softly swinging it through the end of the lash.” It’s a similar story at

Lips With lips, it’s been all or nothing. “I’ve found either bright colour or nude. There hasn’t really been a lot of in between,” says Prior. For Squires, lips have been about adding something a little quirky. “Colour is still in, in a big way. There hasn’t been one consistent lip colour trend. We did the Magdalena show with a bright yellow lip, we did a red for Gary Bigeni, at Gail Sorronda we had almost the gothic clown lip, which was a purple-grape colour.” Colourful lips were also picked

Napoleon. “I think we’ve only used lashes for three of our shows,” says Squires. “It’s coming back from that sexy feminine flatter of the lashes to something a bit more organic and a bit more cooler than being overtly sexy.” Stanislaus believes that with some of the new mascaras on the market, there’s no need for fake eyelashes because the mascaras actually make lashes look like they have been applied.

up by Thompson. “I’ve seen a lot of great lip colours. Berry tones, pinks, lavenders and some great neons and oranges. That trend has been around for a little while in Australia, because Aussie girls love lip colours.” Another lip trend noticed by the M.A.C make-up artist was that lips were also embracing the dewy wet-look. “I’ve seen heaps of gloss. Whatever colour is going on, there’s usually a gloss over the top. Sort of a plastic-y vibe this season.”

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Massage for sports injuries n injury to anyone who loves to be active is more than just pain and frustration. When your sport is your passion, an injury can be emotionally devastating. A variety of massage techniques can help with injuries such as tendinitis, muscle strains and ligament sprains. Because massage increases circulation, it can also reduce swelling and increase the supply of nutrients needed for healing. In addition, your body often repairs injuries with scar tissue consisting of tightly matted collagen fibres. These fibres tear and retear easily, making healing difficult and causing your movements to be painful or restricted. Appropriate massage techniques can limit scar tissue formation in new injuries and can reduce, or make more pliable, the scar tissue around old injuries. Your muscles will move more freely and with less pain. You may experience some discomfort at first with massage in the area of an injury or chronic pain, but the sensation should lessen after a few minutes. Always let your massage therapist know if your session is uncomfortable in any way. She or he can work within your comfort level by using less pressure or changing techniques.


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Now in two great locations n difficult economic times, Casey Thompson’s Pure Shine hair salons in Yamba have not just survived – they’ve thrived. Keen to work for herself, Casey set up her own hair salon ‘Pure Shine Hair Design’ in Yamba Shopping Fair in 2007, employing one part-time staffer. Business was slow to start off, and Casey was nervous about the future of her business. Determined to make a go of it, she knuckled down and focused on providing customers the best service and products she could, striving to be the best. With the help of her new ‘awesome manager’, things started to look up. By 2012, Casey’s venture was so successful that in November she decided to expand. She bought another salon in Yamba, and named it after its street location, ‘Pure Shine Coldstream’. Now, Pure Shine employs two apprentices and five senior staff – an achievement Casey is proud of. “Especially with the apprenticeships, bringing more people into the trade. Creating more local jobs here keeps more money here, and helps other businesses,” she said. Casey said her business had become very much like a family. “We’re all like sisters, I guess. We all get along really well. We go out together, work together,” she said. Pure Shine prides itself on keeping up with the latest training and trends, and offers a range of professional hair styling services and products. To find out more, drop in and talk to the staff at either the Yamba Fair or Coldstream Street salon.


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Deb’s miracle

feature story Deb Molloy is now able to do many things her Parkinson’s had prevented her from doing, including driving long distances, thanks to a radical brain surgery called DBS. Also pictured is Deb’s close friend, Trinette Reimer. Pic: Josh McMahon

After years of medication to control debilitating Parkinson’s disease symptoms, the drugs finally stopped working. Life was unbearable. Deb Molloy’s final hope was in a radical surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), where electrodes would be implanted in the brain to electrically stimulate key areas. Sydney DBS had treated 262 Parkinson’s sufferers since 2001 with the groundbreaking technique, but success was no guarantee for Deb. The brave Grafton woman shares her inspirational story with the Clarence valley Review  Josh McMahon eb Molloy loves the fact she can now do her housework whenever it needs to be done. A miracle? For many, perhaps yes. Who would love vacuuming, washing dishes, ironing clothes? But to explain why it really is such a miracle for Deb, let’s flash back six months in her life. Writhing on the couch in pain, her face is screwed up tight. Every muscle is cramped tight. Fists clenched, she tries in vain to find a position that will ease the severe aching that courses through her body. She can do nothing but wait. After hours, the paralysing stiffness finally does pass. It’s replaced by a state of constant movement, Deb unable to stay still. Now she can get some things done, but it’s frantic and exhausting. Especially considering she can’t get a decent night’s sleep. The cycle between being ‘kicked in’ and ‘kicked out’ has been getting more and more severe over the years, as the medication becomes increasingly


ineffective. It’s not easy to get things done, but Deb still manages to run a dancewear business, and work a parttime administration job. Welcome to Deb’s former ‘normal’ life with Parkinson’s disease. “I’ve had days where I could quite easily walk in front of a bus – but it’s getting in front of the bus that’s the problem,” Deb says with a wry smile. Let’s now go to February 10 this year. The big day has arrived. Deb’s beautiful long hair has been shaved off to the skin. Filled with nervous anticipation, she is wheeled through the corridors of Royal North Shore Hospital to the operating theatres. Deb lays on the operating table, sedated but still awake. A steel halo is fitted to her head to keep it perfectly still. A surgeon begins drilling through her skull. Deb can hear the squeal of metal on bone, can feel the pressure. It’s all a little surreal. Two neurotransmitters are inserted into her brain. Deb is then put completely under, and surgeons insert a rechargeable battery pack in her upper

chest, connected by wire under her skin to the devices in her brain. Seven and a half hours later, Deb emerges from the operating theatre. All has gone well. Deb has just undergone a radical procedure to set up what’s called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), to use electrical stimulation of key areas of the brain in an attempt to control her debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s. It’s also used to treat various other disorders, including Tourette syndrome, dystonia, and essential tremor. The operation was made possible thanks to months of fundraising, led by Deb’s close friend Trinette Reimer. An extraordinary response from the Clarence community generated $42,000, easily covering the out of pocket expense of the operation, as well as follow-up care and adjustment of the DBS device. Today, the difference in Deb’s life is miraculous. She is still, calm. The pain is gone. And Deb is taking great delight in everyday tasks that many take for granted. “I’m doing stuff I haven’t done in

years, walking, driving long distances, housework, everything. Workwise I get my work done in set hours –I don’t have to wait around to kick in,” she said. “I’ve been to Sydney just this week. I drove, which is something I haven’t done for years.” She’s also getting out and socialising far more – something she would previously avoid. There are also plans for a trip away with her husband Lew, to experience the Great Ocean Road. Deb is now keen to use her positive experience to help others, and is looking to set up an early onset Parkinsons’ support group. She has also been asked to speak at a forum about DBS in Coffs Harbour on July 27, joining the team that performed her surgery to talk about the potential benefits the procedure can offer. No-one can say for sure how long DBS will continue to effectively control Deb’s symptoms, but for now she is loving life, and appreciating her new-found freedom. “My worst day now is better than my best day then … I feel terrific,” she said.

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For a young Troy Cassar-Daley, his Holden EH station wagon was more than a car. Back in the early days of Little Eagle, it was his livelihood, his best mate, and at times his home. These days the country music star and family man has swapped the muscle-bound Holden for a family-friendly Hyundai SUV, but looks back with great fondness on the ‘good old days’. Cassar-Daley shared some special memories of his old EH with Josh McMahon. CVR: Hi Troy, nice to catch up again. I’d like to have a chat to you about your old EH Holden. You posted a picture a while ago on Facebook of it, and people were wondering what tales that car might have to tell. Can you shed any light on that? TCD: Well actually it looks black in the shot, but it’s actually really, really dark blue. It was done locally – when Col Rose had the Five Mile Smash Repairs out there, I took it out there and spent many an hour fixing it for cheap, because I had no money. That old car has driven all the way to Cairns, all the way to Tamworth, right down to Sydney. So to say something has stuck by you for that many years and very reliable was something amazing. I shouldn’t have really sold it to tell you the truth. That was the second EH I owned, and I got that when I was in Little Eagle. And Little Eagle for me was a great fun time, young bloke in a band just having a great time touring around. I think it was my best friend, that car, other than all the boys in the band. CVR: You mentioned some modifications. Can you tell me a bit about the mechanics of what you did with that car? TCD: Oh yeah, look, well, everyone knew that when you got an EH there were certain things you had to change in it to make it go a bit faster. The brakes weren’t the sort of

ABOVE: Troy poses more recently with a different EH Holden for the cover of his album, ‘Home’. LEFT: Troy Cassar-Daley’s old EH Holden he had back in the days of Little Eagle.

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brakes that were going to stop if you had a great motor and everything else in it. I’d have to pretty much put all the running gear from an HR, which was the later model, underneath it. We put an HR front end in it; I put a five-speed Celica gearbox in it. Different diffs in the back as well - a 3.08 diff because I was on the highway all the time, and it had a 355 in it and it was too tall for running around on the highway, it revved too high. So it was really good for the road miles, the fuel and everything else, made it run beautifully. I went through several sets of wheels, different tyres. I just loved that car, and I’ve got a hankering again for another one … I’d love to get another sedan EH on the farm, and work on it and have something my kids can have a go at


changing the oil and filters and spark plugs. CVR: What are you driving these days? TCD: Well mate I went through about three Clubsports, stuck with the Holden thing all the way through that. Then I thought ‘I’d better get a bit practical here’, because I started taking a bunch of kids fishing and to ballet and that sort of stuff, so I ended up going for a little Hyundai Santa Fe. I know it’s a big difference between a muscle car and the Clubsport. I miss that grunt, but I’ll tell you what I don’t miss is the fact that I can drive down to riverbanks with kayaks on top of this car to go fishing. And the other thing is my daughter comes over and she stays at our house for about an hour with all her friends,

CVR: Being a family man you’ve got to compromise on the cool factor for the practical. TCD: I’m too old to be looking like some sort of rev head now. I can tell you now, as a sideline thing to be able to not so much look cool but to go back to something I can actually fix again. I’d love to get another sedan EH on the farm, and work on it and have something my kids can have a go at changing the oil and filters and spark plugs. I wouldn’t touch a new car – I wouldn’t touch the Hyundai, I take it straight to the service centre. (Laughs) CVR: So can you share any ‘special stories’ from your experiences in the EH? TCD: (Laughs). Mate I can tell you I almost got busted on the bank of the river out near McPherson’s Crossing, doing

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A lingering magic  Josh McMahon hirley Ferguson’s unique South Grafton garden has seen better days. Once upon a time, it was amass with gnomes, koalas, lions, bears, a girl on a swing, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and even a scarecrow. But now, many of the statues are gone. Aging paint is peeling from the few creatures that remain; and the cloth flowers are faded by the sun. Passing children don’t seem to mind, however. They’re still drawn to the garden, captivated by something possibly beyond adult comprehension. Ms Ferguson shares the story of her garden with me as we sit on the morning sun, she on the front steps of her front verandah, and I perched on her nearby walker on the pathway. It all started just over a decade ago. Grafton City Council was running a local garden competition, and Ms Ferguson decided she would “mess around with something unusual”. After all, the project would give her something to focus on, after the passing of her husband. The wonderland of creatures she created attracted much interest from locals. Not only that, it was awarded a commendation in the 1992 council garden competition. The certificate continues to hang on the wall in Ms Ferguson’s home. The garden attracted the interest


of celebrity Don Burke. The Burke’s Backyard team visited Ms Ferguson’s South Grafton home and spent several hours there, chatting to her and checking out her front yard. Her wonderful creation was then beamed to households around Australia, on the popular Burke’s Backyard television show. Then, around five years ago, Ms Ferguson had a severe stroke. “All I was worried about was whether I would be able to speak again, be able to speak as normally as possible,” she recalls.

Passing children don’t seem to mind, however. They’re still drawn to the garden, captivated by something possibly beyond adult comprehension.

The ageing but fiercely independent woman battled on, and with the help of her family was able to stay at her home of 20-plus years. “I couldn’t bear to be in a retirement village or anything like that – I just couldn’t,” she says. “I’d be buggered without my family.”

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Shirley Ferguson in the front garden of her South Grafton home. Pic: Josh McMahon.

Then, Ms Ferguson was hit with another tragedy. Vandals took to her beloved garden, taking ornaments and smashing them, maliciously destroying her beautiful creation. Still recovering from her stroke, Ms Ferguson wasn’t well enough to get out and fix the mess the vandals had created. Discouraged, she decided enough was enough. “That’s why I got rid of a lot of the ornaments. I just took them all and dumped them,” she says. Far from bitter over her experience, Ms Ferguson sees herself as a fortunate person. “I’m 100 times better than a lot of other people who have things wrong with them,” she says. “I am getting a bit better. I couldn’t walk before, but I can now with a walker.”

To her relief, Ms Ferguson’s ability to speak clearly has returned. Despite the withered state of her garden, its magic still lingers, and proves especially attractive to the many local children. “I don’t think there’s a day goes by when 20 or so people don’t stop and come in,” she said. As if to illustrate Ms Ferguson’s point, two young children wander up to the garden as we continue to sit in the sun and chat. They turn over the pebbles at the front of the garden, inspecting them with curiosity. Mum follows shortly after, holding the hand of another young child. “Come along, quick,” she urges them, and they reluctantly leave the garden to follow. Ms Ferguson smiles a toothy grin, and seems pleased her garden continues to provide pleasure to those who see it.


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inter is finally here, and now is the time to make sure you have protection for your precious plants. You can either cover them up, bring them indoors or put them into a sheltered position. Another option is spraying your plants with a product like Envy or Stress Guard, which will protect them for up to six weeks and I believe it also protects them for up to minus 5 degrees. We use them on our hedge and other frost tender plants and can thoroughly recommend these products. We now have some new season Roses in stock including some ‘Hybrid Tea’ and ‘Floribunda Roses’ they are great two year old plants and many of them are in bud or flower. We also have a huge selection of ‘Zygo Cactus’ available - about 14 different named varieties for you to choose from with many now in bud or flower. Winter time traditionally used to be the time when most older gardeners would plant new Citrus trees, as they used to be sold bare rooted. These days we sell Citrus trees all year round as it is much easier to keep the moisture up to plants that are

Pattie planted at this time of year and their roots will establish over winter so that when spring arrives they will grow very quickly. Junction Hill Nursery is the largest retail Nursery in the Clarence Valley and we have been established for over

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