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ISSUE #1 March/April 2019

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WELCOME TO A FRESH NEW COFFEE SHOP GOSS Coffee Shop Goss is your local magazine, featuring real people with real stories. This funky magazine contains handy and relevant Information to our local area. Our distribution includes Murwillumbah through to Coolangatta, and is available at your local coffee shop, medical centre, restaurant, dentist and everywhere people are normally waiting. Our hope is that our magazine will encourage you to put down your devices and start a conversation. Get to know your local and support them where possible. As we bring you great things about this place we call home, we hope you will make Coffee Shop Goss your go to. We will also feature one local coffee shop each edition. This month we feature Choux Box.

Choux Box Presenting our feature Coffee Shop this month Choux Box.Owned by Brett Freeburn, Choux Box was established in 1993 and has been family operated ever since. Cenza, Bretts daughter, started when she was 14 and now at 30 manages the restaurant with their head chef, Tony Clarke who has been at Choux Box for 18 years What’s a typical day like at Choux Box? Our pastry chef starts before the sun comes up to prepare all of our muffins, cakes, pastries and bread rolls. At 6am our regulars start rolling in for their morning coffees. The breakfast menu is full of bright, fresh, locally-sourced goodness and is available until 12 noon. Then our lunch menu begins. A crowd favourite being our amazing Cajun Fish Tacos or the much loved Pork + Prawn spring rolls. Pair it with a Lychee Martini and you’re set! Our incredible cakes are also available throughout the day. Try our famous Banana Cream Pie, we’ve been making this one since 1993. What’s your favourite item on Choux Box menu?

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Personally, I like to order off our specials board which changes weekly. However, our biggest seller on the menu is definitely our Pulled Pork Burger with slaw, smoky BBQ sauce and fries. What can Choux Box customers expect this winter?

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Our winter menu is in progress with major changes in the works. We will also be hosting specialty nights. What’s unique about Choux Box? We pride ourselves on top-notch customer service and the close relationships we build with our amazing regular customers. We also make everything in-house, including all our sauces. What qualities do you think a barista needs?

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SELF DEFENCE TIPS Here’s the plain and simple truth of all martial arts - even with regular training and discipline, it might not work for you when you need it. If you are a law-abiding person who doesn’t have regular exposure to violence, the first thing you will experience in an altercation is a flush of adrenaline so strong that it will be generally debilitating. Your fine motor control will disappear. Blood will be drained from your extremities and kept within your core, effectively weakening your limbs. Your ability to think, to focus and to remember the order of events and even recognize the people involved will be severely hampered. In short, you’ll most probably freeze. It’s not your fault. Your body is the result of an evolutionary process designed to deal with predatory animal attack. Criminals are also predators. They follow similar behavioural patterns to predatory animals and as such are either more used to the adrenaline flushes or are prepared in advance so that the adrenaline is released in a much more controlled manner. If and when it comes to violence, the predator will have the distinct upper hand.* Therefore, in a normal person’s approach to self defence, violence should always be a last resort. The best possible outcome for self defence is to completely avoid the situation and my best advice is to do that through a simple little ‘Name Game’.

The primary object of the Name Game is to look at and take note of all the people around you. The secondary object is to let them know that you have taken note of them. Remember, like any other predator, criminals much prefer to strike with the lowest possible danger to themselves. If they think that you have taken note of them, they are most likely going to choose a more oblivious target. Try to look at each person around you directly, just long enough to name one of their features in your mind. For example: bushy beard, blue eyes, white shirt or even just scruffy hair. Anything will do. You’re not in an altercation at this point so you are not flush with adrenaline and you have a greater chance of later describing your attacker to police in the very rare event that you need to. A simple, two word description also makes you look directly at people, not long enough for people to become offended, but certainly long enough for them to see that you have taken note of their face. If they are looking for a bag to grab or a hand phone to snatch, they’ll much prefer a target that hasn’t seen them coming and has little chance of providing an accurate description. This may all seem a little too simple and of course, can never be an absolute guarantee to your personal safety but it is effective in deflecting many kinds of predatory behaviour. Make a habit of it. Teach it to your kids. It’s simple, promotes awareness, costs nothing and you’ll probably never know how many times it saves you from a much worse situation. * ref - ‘Meditations on Violence’ Rory Miller (ISBN-10: 1594391181)

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YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS PERSON Kim Mustac from Ponytail Caps Australia Name of your business Ponytail Caps Australia.

I see you are sponsoring our local football team. How did that come about?

When did you come up with this great idea?

I started selling the original Ponytail Caps on Facebook’s local buy swap sell pages and received a wonderful response.

Having always had long hair I struggled to wear a hat or cap when I went out in the sun or to the beach. It was always easier and more comfortable to wear my hair up in a bun and off my neck rather than struggle with trying to stuff my hair into a hat, and wearing a ponytail out the standard hole in the back of a cap just made it worse as it was so hot on my neck. So most of the time I would not wear a hat at all. Late last year I came across a brilliant idea - Ponytail Caps - and knew I had to share it with friends who have had the same frustration and struggle I have had my whole life. After receiving a great respose I began selling the caps locally. The original Ponytail Caps are not my Idea, but I have added my own new styles and sizes to the narket.. I designed my own range that I believe are of superior quality, as well as look amazing and feel comfortable. Ponytail Caps have a second, higher opening at the back allowing for you to wear your hair up off your neck in a high ponytail or bun on those hot days Educating women and girls about the difference to a standard cap can be difficult. How long have you been in business? Ponytail Caps Australia launched in December 2018 and we have already managed to educate hundreds of women on the importance of sun safety (while also looking great) by wearing a Ponytail Cap. Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world.

A lady from the Ladies League Tag Team for the Cudgen Hornets contacted me to purchase somen caps for the team to use while training. This led to a conversation about sponsorship now all the members of the team proudly wear their own Ponytail Trucker Cap with the Cudgen Hornets embroidered logo on the front. Where do you think you and your business will be in 5 years. I plan to keep growing as a business and as an educator. I want more women to buy my amazing Ponytail Trucker Caps for how they look and feel as well as for sun safety. Australian women need education on how important sun safety is not only for skin cancer and melanomas but also preventing wrinkles. How can people purchase your product or become stockists? I have an Instagram page @ponytailcapsaustralia and a Facebook page Ponytail Caps Australia where anyone can contact me if they have any questions, or visit our website www. ponytailcapsaustralia.com to purchase the Glitter Ponytail Caps in adult size, Original Ponytail Caps in adult size or the Trucker Ponytail Caps in adult and youth sizes.

Favorite part of your business When I get to meet the ladies I sell to face to face. And I also love the education side - not only on how good they can look and still feel feminine while wearing a cap but on how they can really protect them self from the suns harmful rays.

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It’s hard work but somebody’s got to do it. Brenda, Alicia and Jenni prepare for CleanUp Australia Day in the Tweed River.

Issam Boashash, Zac McEntee and Craig McNiven are feeling ‘tyred’ after scouring the bottom of Boyd’s Bay at Cleanup Australia Day.

The empire had their hands full with all the chilli jedis at the Chinderah Chilli Festival. Michelle Harvey, Michael Wright, Ben Gordon and Dwayne Cartwright of 501st Legion, Southern Cross Garrison. Kerrie Trimble, Lynne Spanner and Lisa Perrin enjoying the atmosphere at the Chinderah Chilli Festival.

Liesl Addicoat proved yet again why she’s The Chilli Chick at the Chinderah Chilli Festival.

Young, James and Will added their own brand of spice to the Chinderah Chilli Festival. Josh, Scott and Spencer head off to clean up the bottom of the Tweed River. CleanUp Australia Day 2019.

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MARKETS FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH KINGSCLIFF KNIGHT MARKETS 1st Friday of the month 5pm - 9pm Lions Park, Marine Parade

3rd Saturday of the month Summers Park, Stuart Street FINDERS AND KEEPERS MARKETS 3rd Saturday of the month Knox Parke 9am - 3pm NIMBIN MARKETS 3rd Sunday of the month Nimbin Community Centre

BRUNSWICK HEADS MARKET 1st Saturday of the month Memorial Park, Fawcett Street

POTTSVILLE MARKETS 3rd Sunday of the month Phillip Street Reserve

MURWILLUMBAH MARKETS 1st Saturday of the month

PIGGABEEN VALLEY MARKETS 3rd Sunday of the month Piggabeen Road

BYRON BAY MARKETS 1st Sunday of the month Butler Street Reserve POTTSVILLE BEACH MARKETS 1st Sunday of the month Phillip Street Reserve TWEED HEADS COMMUNITY MEN’S SHED 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday Recreation Street

SECOND WEEK OF THE MONTH KINGSCLIFF MARKETS 2nd Saturday of the month Jack Bayliss Park, Marine Parade CHILLINGHAM VILLAGE MARKETS 2nd Sunday of the month Chillingham Community Centre THE CHANNON MARKETS 2nd Sunday of the month Coronation Park, The Channon Road ALSTONVILLE MARKETS 2nd Sunday of the month LENNOX HEAD MARKETS 2nd Sunday of the month Lennox Head Community Centre JACK EVANS BOAT HARBOUR MARKETS 2nd Friday and Third Sunday

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UKI BUTTERY BAZAAR 3rd Sunday of the month Main Street, Kyogle Road

FOURTH WEEK OF THE MONTH KINGSCLIFF MARKETS 4th Saturday of the month Jack Bayliss Park, Marine Parade BANGALOW MARKETS 4th Sunday of the month Bangalow Showground, Rankin Drive MURWILLUMBAH MARKETS 4th Sunday of the month Murwillumbah Showground TYALGUM VILLAGE MARKTES 9am to 3pm 23 Coolman Street Tyalgum TWEED COASTS ART AND DESIGN MARKET Last Sunday of the month The Lake Cabarita, Willow Street COOLANGATTA MARKETS 2nd Sunday of the month Marine Parade NB: Also 4th Sunday in 5 week months


FARMERS MARKETS BANGALOW FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday 7am - 11am 1 Byron Street, Bangalow Ph: 0438 061108 BYRON BAY FARMERS MARKET Every Thursday 7am - 11am Butler Street Reserve KINGSCLIFF FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday 7am - 11am held at the Northcoast Tafe Cudgen Road, Kingscliff Ainsley Lawrie 0407 722910 MURWILLUMBAH SHOWGROUND FARMERS MARKET Every Wednesday 7am - 11am 37 Queensland Road Ph: 0498 733 766 MULLUMBIMBY SHOWGROUND FARMERS MARKETS Every Friday 7am - 11am 51 Main Arm Road Ph: 02 6677 1345 NEW BRIGHTON FARMERS MARKETS Every Tuesday 8am - 11am New Brighton Oval. River Street Ph: 02 6684 5390 UKI PRODUCE MARKETS Every Saturday 8am - 11am UKI Hall

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EVENTS Saturday 16th March TRASH & TREASURE BAZAAR MURWILLUMBAH Fresh Fruit and Veges, tools, unwanted items and of course trash and treasure at our Makers & Finders Market. Come and sell your unwanted items. Sites only $30 6m x 4m space. Keep your car with you and sell. No bookings, just turn up 7:30am Knox Park, Wollumbin Street SRI LANKAN FEAST MEMS SOUL FOOD KITCHEN JAZZ NIGHT. Mems Soul Food Kitchen Burringbar Hall - held on the 3rd Saturday each month 6pm - 9.30pm Bookings are essential Sunday 17 March TWEED COAST CHARITY WALK Fundraising for Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. Walk starts at 9am from family Park in Fingal and follows the coastline to Kingscliff (7km), Salt SLSC (12km) and Norries Head in Cabarita (19km) Fingal, to: Lions Park, Kingscliff (7km) $25 Central Park, Salt Village (12km) $35 Lions Park, Norries Head (19km) $45 All participant fees are a tax deductible donation to Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. Additional fundraising is encouraged and we provide you with an opportunity to set up a Everyday Hero Event Page during registration so that you can support our helicopter heroes. Contact Event Coordinator Kellie Dickson on 02 6623 7300 or email kellie.dickson@rescuehelicopter.com.au Friday 29 March 2019 - Sunday 14 April 2019 THE FEMALE OF SPECIES presented by Murwillumbah Theatre Company Joanne Murray-Smith’s farce is based on a reallife event when Germaine Greer was tied up by a deranged student. This is a funny, clever play that will keep you guessing. For boiokings contact Dianne Robinson on 0498 831 575 or email robinsdiga@gmail.com www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com.au

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Saturday 30th March THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOVIE NIGHT Cabarita Beach Starlight Cinema is showing The Hit Movie The Greatest Showman 7pm - 10pm 7 Pandandus Parade, Cabarita Free Entry COOLY GOOD VIBES MARKET Gather your friends, family and furry friends for a Breaky and lunch foodie feast with amazing designer, craft and vintage stalls + rack sales to shop! Bring a picnic blanket and relax on the grass to live music all day. 9am - 2pm at Coolangatta State School Stayplyton Street Coolangatta Sunday 31st March KINGSCLIFF TRIATHLON The 19th Biannual Kingscliff Triathlon 7am - 10am For info phone 0458 821 700 or visit www.kingsclifftri.com.au

Sunday 14th April EASTER EGG RAFFLE Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club 2.30pm - 6pm Easter is only a HOP, skip & a jump away & so are our Easter Raffles. Win your Easter goodies at our $1500 Easter Egg Raffle. Face painting. Meet the Easter Bunny - hopping in at 3pm! Raffle drawn at 4pm. Must be present to Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club when drawn to claim your prize. Saturday 6th April INKY SQUID 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY at The Pavillions Plaza Terranora Jumping Castle | Snow Cones | Fairy Floss Raffle to be drawn on the day.


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Who are you and when did you become a local? Sue Mc Innes, moved to the area 30 years ago. Where can people find you? Working at the NAB Kingscliff where I have been for over 20 years Favorite local coffee shop? Choux Box Favorite local beach? Pottsville Favorite local restaurant? Black Oaks Restaurant at Cotton Beach If a movie was made about your life what would the title be? It’s Complicated. Who would star in it? Dianne Keaton If you could go back and do it again would you? Yes

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TRIPAWAY WITH ANNIE While I work out of our Corporate office at Palm Beach providing travel planning in a quiet, calm, nonretail environment, our small locally owned company has four other shops which are very much part of the local communities. Our featured office this edition is Helloworld Travel Main Street Murwillumbah, who are proud to partner with Intrepid to host a Free Community Film Night at the Regent Cinema on Wednesday May 8th starting at 6pm. Intrepid Travel are committed to making a real difference in the travel industry, by investing in local communities, human right initiatives, institutive, wildlife conservation projects and the environment. Intrepid offer small group tours and some fun Urban Adventures in city centres such as a ‘Made in Croatia Shopping Tour’, ‘Best Beers of Budapest’ and ‘Old Havana Street Eats’. Details of the film will be released soon but to go on our entry list please email annie@tripaway.com.au or phone on 07 55 983 813.

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Thank you for reading this month’s edition of Coffee Shop Goss. Do you have stories, feedback or photos about local experiences or events you would like to share? We would love hear from you, the local community. Send us through your stories. If we publish your submission you will receive a $50 voucher to the cinema of your choice. Submissions can be emailed to editor@coffeeshopgoss.com.au

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Natalie Szymanski Mobile: 0436 613 892 Email: Natalie.J.Szymanski@nab.com.au Jarryd Wilson 0434 628 859 Email: Jarryd.Wilson@nab.com.au Murwillumbah Branch 38 Main Street Ph: 02 6672 9300 Kingscliff Branch Shop 2/96 Marine Parade Ph: 02 6670 5400

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GALLERY DOWNTOWN MURWILLUMBAH New gallery facility to bring art and visitors There’s now more of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre to enjoy, following the recent opening of the Gallery DownTown in Murwillumbah’s CBD. The Gallery DownTown is the annexe of one of the State’s most recognised regional galleries, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (TRGMOAC). Located just 1.5km from the Tweed Regional Gallery, the Gallery DownTown is on the first floor of the M-Arts Precinct (corner of Brisbane Street and Proudfoots Lane). An initiative of Council, the Gallery DownTown aims to act as a driver of creative and economic development in the heart of Murwillumbah’s CBD. The Gallery DownTown’s recently appointed Curator, Ruth Della, has a background in both the arts and business. She was the Creative Director of the highly successful SWELL Sculpture Festival on the Gold Coast for 11 years however started her career somewhere very different - a stockbroking firm. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to work for such a well-known and much-loved gallery and this role is ideal as I can draw on my history in business and my passion for the arts,” Ms Della said. “Tweed Regional Gallery is a destination whereas the Gallery DownTown is accessible right in the heart of town – you come off the street and instantly enter this beautiful and creative world.” In the first 12 months of operation since opening in March 2014, the Margaret Olley Art Centre contributed $7.38M to the Tweed economy. The

Gallery DownTown aims to build on this success and further Council’s work to support the establishment of the M-Arts precinct and stimulate the local economy. “TRGMOAC visitors will be drawn to the town centre to explore the array of cultural facilities, private art studios and local businesses in the Murwillumbah CBD. It’s also just a short walk to another wonderful Council cultural facility, the Tweed Regional Museum in Queensland Road,” Ms Della said. The inaugural exhibition, Tetralogy: profiling the four collection areas, features works across four areas: Australian portraits; artworks of regional relevance; Australian artists’ prints and the life and work of Margaret Olley. The Gallery DownTown is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 3pm (NSW time) and Saturday 10am to 2pm. It is closed Thursday and Sunday. The M-Arts Precinct has become a focal point of creative activity in the region, presenting commercial exhibitions fostering the work of artists of the area and supporting creative development through workshops and tutorials. M-Arts founder Stephen Webb said the addition of the Gallery DownTown to the precinct would add to the quality of the arts scene and bring more visitors into town. “We’re hoping to be the catalyst for many more initiatives along these lines - to bring the art out in the open and the people to art - for Murwillumbah to become known for its impressive art scene,” Mr Webb said. For more information visit www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/GalleryDownTown

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5 Easy Ways to Get Kids to Be More Polite

Wouldn’t it be nice if a child’s first words were, “Thank you, Mama”? Unfortunately, polite children are not born; they are trained. Here are a few ways other parents have encouraged their children to grow in their social skills and learn better manners 1. Say Please and Thank You My children learned to say please and thank you through a simple game. I wrote down requests that we would take turns presenting. A request might be to shake another person’s hand. The child would say, “Austin, would you please shake my hand?” If the word please was used, the request must be fulfilled, and the child scored one point. If he remembered to say thank you, the child scored another point. The person with the most points won the game. My kids quickly learned to use these words in everyday life. 2. Close your lips when food is in your mouth To remind our kids to chew with their mouths closed, my husband and I created Dinner Table Olympics. We scored and tabulated “events” such as Food Chewing and Talking With an Empty Mouth. After several days of events, we gave ribbons and congratulations. It worked as a fun reminder. 3.Don’t interrupt When my children want to talk with me while I’m speaking with someone else or busy doing something, I’ve taught them to put their hand on my arm and quietly wait. Doing this teaches my little ones not to interrupt, but it also shows them that I am genuinely interested in what they have to say and want to listen to them. 4.Knock on closed doors before entering We told our kids at an early age that they must knock before opening our closed bedroom door. In return, we showed them the same courtesy and knocked on their closed doors before entering. This equal respect for privacy worked for our family. 5. Understand appropriate behavior in unique social situations When a friend’s husband died, I knew his funeral would be a new experience for my children. We talked about what we would likely see at the funeral and what people would be doing. I taught them to say, “I’m sorry for your loss” when expressing their sorrow to the widow. Role-playing ahead of time enabled our children to know what to expect in a unique social situation, helping them eliminate fears. For more information on helping families thrive, visit www.focusonthefamily.com


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