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Few could miss the start of the Illawarra on the South Coast of New South Wales, where the mountains meet the sea and the postcard views rival any you’ll find along the Coast. It’s an easy drive from Sydney, with lots to see along the way. • Turn off into the Royal National Park – the second-oldest in the world – and take a scenic drive to the popular hanggliding site of Stanwell Tops. • Drive down the coast and explore the

Northern Wollongong Coastal Villages, famous for their beaches, cosy cafes, arts and antiques. • New South Wales’s third-largest city, Wollongong, is just an hour’s drive from Sydney and this thriving holiday hub offers everything from adventure sports to relaxation, great shopping and gourmet restaurants but if you’re searching for some calm and inner peace visit the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple – the largest

Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. • Water sports abound in nearby Shellharbour, home to Lake Illawarra, plus famous local surf spot The Farm in Killalea State Park. • There’s also great hiking and refreshing swimming holes to be found in Macquarie Pass National Park on the Illawarra escarpment. • Further south is Kiama, a picturesque

fishing village famous for its ‘Blowhole’ This natural spout is fed from the sea below and can shoot a stream of water up to 60 metres high! • Adrenaline junkies can also get their kicks at Jamberoo Recreation Park, which is just a short drive from Kiama. • If you’d rather flake out on a beach with a good book, you’re sure to find a slice of heaven around Gerringong and Gerroa.

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features: 20

Trading the Girl Next Door Natalie Bassingthwaighte: Rogue Traders


People Profile Rochelle Gilmore: Illawarra Cyclist


In-Business Robert Chapman: Tomorrow’s Antiques


Fashion: 70’s Glamour The decade that defined excess

regulars: 12

Editorial Notes


Great Escapes


Surfing Academy: Pine Surfing School


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Journey: Village in the Clouds


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Sport Profile: St. George Illawarra Dragons Investment in youth


Health Living: Diet or no diet?


Welcome to this issue of image magazine for 2006. We never ceased to be amazed by the depth of talent to be found in the Illawarra, as you’ll see in our cover story on Rogue Trader and Neighbours’ star, Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

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Contemporary Australian Art at The Bell Gallery, Berrima Southern Highlands. SUSSEX INLET

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Walking the grounds of Coolangatta Estate Winery and Vineyards, Shoalhaven. NAROOMA

Discover Montague Island near Narooma, South Coast. RIVERINA

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VILLAGE IN THE CLOUDS [story&photography_tom vogel] canadian correspondent

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wouldn’t call my journey to ancient Mayan villages in Guatemala a “holiday”. Sure, there’s all that sunshine, the lush sub-tropical forests, and a gracious people of timeless culture at every turn.That has all the makings of a great getaway. Not this trip. This was packing 70 pounds of medical supplies and basic food staples on my back (not to mention my camera gear) and climbing trails so steep and at altitudes so high that your nose could start bleeding with a sneeze.This was lungs set on fire - ignited by the thin air that’s left at 7,000 ft above sea-level.This was hard work. I’m not a sucker for pain. Let’s be clear on that point from the beginning. I like my international trips to fully cater to my comfort. I expect plenty of food and drink, a comfy room with a view - and if possible a hot tub. This trip to the mountains of Guatemala, however, held no promise of the good life.The plan was quite simple. Bring medical relief, food and construction aid to the villagers of a poor region in the Guatemalan highlands. San Pedro Necta is a small town nestled in a lofty eyrie between two mountains. Coffee and colourful fabrics are its economic mainstay. If you’re lucky enough to make a living in either of those industries you stand a decent chance of living beyond the age of 40 and are most likely able to afford a tin roof over your mud-brick home. If you happen to be on the lower end of the scale and struggle to find seasonal employment - you’re going to need some serious help. The Mayans are a proud ancient culture. They have stood the test of time with incredible ingenuity and grace. They are also considered to be on the lowest rung of the social ladder in this predominantly Latin country.Their homes are found up in the hills that surround San Pedro Necta.As a community, each


Mayan keeps an eye out for their neighbour. Maze corn, small vegetable gardens and quite rough looking chickens are the tenuous staples that keep them alive from one millennia to the next. Outside of that, if you suffer an abscessed tooth, have a fever or develop an infection of any kind - you’re in for a lot of pain. Relief is simply unaffordable. My trip was organized through the group “Missionary Ventures”. It focuses on providing relief to those who suffer most throughout the globe. The organization strikes a healthy balance between nurturing both the body and spirit of those they help. Basically, they put their money where their mouth is and get the job done without a fuss. So, I find myself looking down at clouds - not fog that wreath the mountain side. I’m out of breath and overheated and will probably remain this way for a most of the day.The rice, beans and antibiotics in my bulging pack have gained weight with every torturous step up the trail. Insects, the size of rodents and in colours you only see under the influence of serious drugs, scurry across my feet. A cheerful Mayan family greets me outside a humble mud hut no bigger than a doublesized garden shed. They graciously provide whatever comfort they can - a small plastic chair to rest on and an apron full of oranges. I empty part of my pack with enough goods for one family (there will be several others to visit before the day is done).The children’s eyes light up at the gifts I offer. The mother’s eyes well up with tears. Her gratitude is heartfelt and honest. I’m genuinely humbled by these beautiful people. Later, as I make my way back down the mountainside, I’m feeling no pain. It dawns on me then… a change like this is as good as a holiday.

Bio:Tom Vogel is a photojournalist with over 25 years of international experience – working with major newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies. He spent most of the 1990’s working out of Wollongong NSW and has had the pleasure of working with the publisher of this magazine during those colourful years. He now lives in Canada with his Aussie wife Carolyn and two daughters Lauren & Nina.

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I just loved it, all of it - singing, dancing, acting.

TRADING THE GIRL NEXT DOOR [story_susie burrell] [photography_david finlay]

Early career opportunities included roles in the stage productions Rent and Chicago, as well as numerous television appearances. Natalie’s biggest


which really makes you question how the tiny star can possibly fit it all in? “It has been a full on year, but that is actually

break came in 2003, when she was cast as Izzy in

what I thrive on,” says Natalie.“That is just the

the long running television series Neighbours.

way I am”.

“Neighbours was my first full-time role, but it

Natalie says that without a doubt, one of her

was never part of my big picture to work in

most stable supporters is her long term agent, Mark

television as such. I had always been happy

Byrne.“Mark has been an unbelievable support for

working across a number of areas in the

me throughout my career.There is no doubt I would

entertainment industry, taking each opportunity as

never have got this far without him”.

it came along.There were times when I had no

With her Neighbours contract ending in June,

money but even up until I started Neighbours I

Natalie agrees that there are some big decisions to

had always enjoyed what I was doing.”

be made about her future over the next few

While Neighbours has been a focus for Natalie

months.“The people at Neighbours have been


for the past two years, her love of live performing

really great about it all as I have tried to combine


has not withered. In 2005, she played the lead role

my work with the Rogue Traders with filming

of Sandy in the stage production Grease, alongside

schedules. I have the option to finish up at the

IT WOULD BE hard to find a star less affected by

Craig McLachlan, a performance that earned

end of this contract but I have not yet decided. I

fame and celebrity than Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Natalie rave reviews. It was about this time that

do love performing live with the band but we will

The Wollongong born and bred star of Neighbours,

punk band “The Rogue Traders” decided that they

see what happens”.

and more recently the punk rock band,The Rogue

needed a constant female vocalist. Bassingthwaite

Traders, has had a very busy year, with much more

heard about the opportunity and auditioned.

planned for the next twelve months.

“It was a simple story,” laughs Natalie.“The

Natalie admits that with such a frantic schedule, trips back home to Wollongong are coveted but rare.“My entire family is still in

band was looking for someone and I auditioned.

Wollongong including all my nieces and nephews,

The star of her Year 6 play,“Peter Pan”, she says

The thing that appeals to me most about

who I adore,” says Natalie, who has recently

that it was her love of all forms of performing that

performing live with the band is being able to take

purchased a house in Melbourne’s inner city.

has taken her to where she is today.“I just loved it,

on different characters. I love playing all the

all of it - singing, dancing, acting. I attended

different roles”.

Natalie Bassingthwaite was always a performer.

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts,

The sexy siren has played an enormous

“The best advice I can give anyone who enjoys performing is to go to Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts. I absolutely loved

so had an amazing opportunity to be involved in

number of live shows in between full time filming

going there and it was that experience that has

all of these areas. It was all I ever wanted to do.”

for Neighbours over the past twelve months,

gotten me to where I am today”.

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The band was looking for someone and I auditioned. The thing that appeals to me most about performing live with the band is being able to take on different characters.

[main photo courtesy_sony/bmg]

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Name: Rochelle Gilmore Occupation: Professional cyclist Date of Birth: 14/12/1981 Loves: Family, winning and the water. Dislikes: Cheats; cheating in sport and people who cheat on loved ones. Favourite movie: A Time to Kill. Favourite food: Ice cream and chicken Favourite drink: Hot chocolate

cyclin A STANWELL TOPS RESIDENT FOR MOST OF HER LIFE, Illawarra cyclist Rochelle Gilmore is currently enjoying some of the most exciting times of her illustrious career. Just weeks before the Commonwealth Games, IMAGE Health Editor Susie Burrell grabbed a few minutes with the busy cyclist to gain some insight into the world of elite level cycling. SB: Rochelle, how long have you been cycling for and how did you initially become involved in the cycling? RG: When I was 13 years old, a program called 'Talent ID', came to my high school in Bulli. I was then selected to undergo fitness testing during school hours which involved sprinting, jumping, throwing balls and endurance runs, among other things, to identify sporting talent. From there, the Illawarra Academy of

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Sport contacted me at home and gave me a bike to train with for a month. I then won my first National Championship and realised I had potential in the sport.

SB: Can you outline your career success so far? RG: In 2005, I won World Cups in both road and track cycling. Previously I have placed 2nd at the World Championships, on three occasions on the track and at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.Although I have been up there among the world’s best for a few years now, I am still yet to win any of the big races and so am as hungry as ever for this type of success.

SB: What are your immediate and long term plans in regards to cycling? RG: My immediate goal is to win at the Commonwealth Games; before I have done that, nothing else matters! My long term goal is to become



A special thank you to Kristine Bowen of Oskar’s Wild Bookstore & Cafe in Thirroul. Kristine allowed us to photograph inside her premise urgently after rain threatened to cancel the shoot. 264A Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul.

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ROCHELLE GILMORE [story_susie burrell] [photography_david finlay]


tomorrow morning I am doing 100km, then racing on the track tomorrow night, followed by a five hour ride of about 150kms the next day. On average, for the next few weeks, I will be doing about 700km each week with plenty of hill work.

the world’s fastest road sprinter and to win an Olympic Gold medal, in road or track cycling.

SB: And after cycling? RG: I often think of a career in television, possibly presenting cycling events. I would also like to have a family someday.

SB: Who has had the biggest influence on your career thus far? RG: There have been so many people who have influenced my career and my life in different ways. Ultimately it has been my family who are always there motivating me in their own funny ways! SB: What does your current training program involve? RG: Basically lots of road kilometres! For example,

SB: With so much training, you must burn through plenty of calories. How do you stay fuelled up for so many hours on the bike? RG: During my ride, I’ll eat a couple of “High 5” energy bars, then make a huge calorie packed protein shake with low fat milk and ice to consume immediately after training. Mid afternoon I will eat steak, eggs and veggies with some dinner rolls; a big meal. Before bed I’ll make another milk shake to fuel up for the next day. SB: What is your fondest memory of cycling so far? RG: It was definitely winning the opening round of the Road World Cup last year. I had a new coach Warren McDonald - who wrote a very specific and scientific program to prepare me for that race.We both put a lot of effort in and I was delighted to come up with the result on the day. It was very satisfying. SB: What does life involve for Rochelle away from cycling?

RG: Not much! At the moment my life is 100% cycling. If I get side tracked it means that I am not giving cycling 100% and that means I’d be lacking commitment.There have been times when I have focused on other things, like last month when I could not exercise due to a fractured vertebra. During that time I worked with Channel Ten commentating. I am also always studying something while recovering between sessions; currently I am increasing my knowledge of the Italian language since I spend a considerable amount of time cycling in Italy. SB: What are your favourite things about living in the northern suburbs of Wollongong? RG: We have a beautiful property of 50 acres up in Stanwell Tops and the beach is just 3km away! I live in the most perfect location for cyclist – turn right to head along the stunning coastline or left to venture through the National Park. SB: Out of all the places you have visited with your cycling, what is your favourite place around the world? RG: I love the Italian Dolomites. I have just purchased a 3-bedroom home there. It is an amazing place for a white Christmas holiday. My other favourite places are Cronulla, Switzerland and San Francisco. •

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The Illawarra is home to one of Australia’s leading furniture makers,

Rob’s range includes everything from sideboards to dining suites to beds and coffee tables, made out of Tasmanian blackwood, white ash and cedar. It is

Rob Chapman, who had recently

influenced by Asian and Australian art, as well as the

won the industry’s major award.

work of Spanish architect,Antonio Gaudi. “In 2001, when contemplating my next collection, I

n a small workshop within an industrial complex


took a trip to Barcelona and saw the extraordinary

in Unanderra, furniture-maker Rob Chapman

work of Gaudi,” explains Rob.“I was blown away, not

lovingly runs his hand across the back of a wooden

only by the style, but by the idea that someone could

chair that he and his apprentice have made. He says that

refuse to be confined to a particular style, or to make

making furniture is hugely satisfying; what he’s always

something to a price.”

wanted to do, but he also ruminates on the fact the he

of six. Both his great grandfather and grandfather were

“industry has all but been decimated by the free market

heavily involved in the building trade with the family


company, Robert Wall & Sons, credited with building

Indeed, most of the furniture that Australians buy

Government Savings Bank (now Commonwealth

labour, and is therefore more affordable than Rob’s

Bank) in Martin Place. Rob grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney

timbers and crafted to within an inch of its life.All the

and graduated from the University of Technology with

same, it doesn't seem right or fair.

a degree in Applied Science (Building). But, just as he

“Aren’t we condoning the use of cheap labour by buying all these imported products?” asks Rob. He can’t understand the economy of buying furniture that - a few years down the track - falls apart and gets thrown on the junk heap.“It may have been

graduated, there was a major slump in the building industry. So, when a friend suggested they start a marketing business, Rob jumped at the opportunity and became very, very successful. “We started off with just one or two clients, but the

cheaper in the beginning, but it soon needs replacing,”

business mushroomed to the point where we had some

he says.

of the largest clients in Australia.The business was

Thankfully, a growing number of buyers are waking

successful, but the enjoyment level was low. I finally

up to this, choosing instead to commission artists like

came to the conclusion that this was not the life for me,


so I started researching the furniture business and found

“My clients appreciate hand-made objects, and the


some of Sydney’s finest structures, including the

today is imported. It’s often mass produced using cheap furniture, which is hand-made using fine Australian


Rob first began making furniture at the ripe old age

is one of only a handful of artisans left; that the

a small community of furniture makers who offered me

fact that timber becomes more beautiful over time.

a lot of support. It was incredibly refreshing after the

These are the antiques of tomorrow.”

world that I had come from, which was all about

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[story_robyn gower] [photography_robert chapman furniture collection & paul james hay]

“While I want the business to be successful, it is more of an artistic pursuit, so I am happy to just make wages and work with a small group of clients who appreciate what I am trying to do.”

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“He can’t understand the economy of buying furniture that - a few years down the track falls apart and gets thrown on the junk heap.”

money, money, money.” Around the same time, about six years ago, Rob and his wife jumped in the car and drove to Stanwell Park, deciding there and then to make a “sea change.” They later moved to Austinmer and established the workshop at Unanderra. “The overheads are low here, but the workshop is

furniture fairs all around Australia which was an interesting exercise, as my work looked almost alien compared to all the modern furniture.” Today Rob’s clients include “everyone from nurses to rich and famous clients” (he wouldn’t say who), to the Australian Consulate in Sapporo, Japan. It is obvious that Rob - who is 36 - loves his work

large,” says Rob, waving a hand over the

and it is easy to see why. Each object is like a piece of

factory/studio, filled with old-fashioned tools - as well

sculpture, with every curve and every line carefully

as a few power ones.

considered, with several intriguing yet subtle features.

At one point, the business also “mushroomed” to the point where Rob was so busy managing the business that he had no time to create. So, now he has cut back to employing just one certified trainee.

Few people can resist running their hands over the chairs; they are so smooth and tactile. While winning the FIAA award has certainly raised Rob’s profile, he admits that running a business is a

“While I want the business to be successful, it is

balancing act, with many “highs and lows”. He feels that

more of an artistic pursuit, so I am happy to just make

he needs time to experiment, to push the boundaries of

wages and work with a small group of clients who

his chosen art form.

appreciate what I am trying to do,” he says. The judges of the Furniture Industries Association

So, as a way of bringing in extra income, he has started teaching woodwork classes in his factory, one

of Australia (FIAA) award certainly appreciate his skill,

day a week. Day and evening classes are now available,

giving his Barcelona Collection the “Excellence in

with courses running over ten weeks, and costing

Dining Room Furniture” award in 2003, as well as

around $450.

“The Best of the Best” award. “I used my previous marketing experience to really push myself in the year following the award,” says Rob. “This meant shipping my furniture to design and

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“It is a project-based course,” explains Rob, whose classes are filling up fast. See:, or phone: 02 4271 1599

“I used my previous marketing experience to really push myself in the year following the award,”

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From the Scene of the film “Underwood Evolution” directed by Len Wisemen.

CHARLIZE THERON At the red carpet event at Sydney’s State Theatre, North Country Premiere.

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The ‘Legally Blonde’ star, with Ava and Deacon who has put Motherhood in front of her career!

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Armani Haute Couture Spring Summer 2006 Fashion Show – Paris, France.


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INVESTMENT IN YOUTH [story_susie burrell] [photography_david finlay]


Three of these players; twenty one year old Ashton Sims, Ben Creagh and Justin Poore are all local boys, proud to grow up in the Illawarra and even prouder to play for their local team at national level. Ben Creagh Ben Creagh’s rugby league career was far from planned. A representative sportsman in rugby union, league and basketball, Creagh says it was eventually the team nature of footy that helped him to make his decision to play league full time; “It was a big decision for me to quit basketball. I was already playing basketball for the junior Hawks but when it came down to it, I realised I enjoyed footy a lot more”. Creagh signed with the Illawarra Steelers when he was just seventeen and two years later he found himself playing first grade for the Dragons. Creagh’s potential was perhaps realised late last year, when he was named as a late inclusion in the Australian Kangaroos team to tour Great Britain. “I had a great time on that trip. More than anything it made me see how much more work I need to do with my footy to improve and be able to play at that level. At the moment my primary goal is to stay in the St George first grade squad, and ultimately represent my country again”.

Ashton Sims How Ashton Sims managed to get enough food to grow into the 6’ 4” monster he is in a family of five

is questionable but ultimately his football has been the biggest winner.The formidable character has a long history of footy, and played Australian schoolboys with Justin Poore back on 2002. Sims made his first grade debut for the Dragons at the tender age of eighteen. “I think that since it happened relatively easily, at that time I took playing first grade for granted. Since then I have struggled to play consistently well week in, week out.This year I want to play well every week”. A strong off season has put Sims in a positive frame of mind; “I have started the year out better than I ever have before. I feel fitter and stronger and my attitude has changed; I want to go to training. The hardest thing about being at a strong club like the Dragons is that you can be dropped at any time. It is a lesson I have learnt the hard way and I won’t let it happen this year”

Justin Poore Another Dragon from a large family is Stanwell Tops based player Justin Poore.The third of a family of six, Justin relocated to the northern suburbs of the Illawarra from Perth with the rest of his family when he, Justin was ten years old. Justin quickly became a player of all positions as a Helensburgh Tiger before finishing school at Endeavour Sports High, by which time he was showing much potential as a representative footy player. “All I ever wanted to do was play first grade footy, since I was just ten years old. I have always loved it, being with my mates, the

whole thing”. Poore was recruited by the Illawarra Jersey Flegg side in 2002 but admits that at that time he was too young to take footy seriously “I was too young in the head and just wanted to hang out with my mates”. A year off was just the ticket to see Justin get back on track. “After I had a year off I realised that I really wanted to give footy a good go”, and by 2004 Justin was back on the bench for the Dragons. Poore believes it will be this year that is a true test of his future in footy, “My main goal this year to play consistently well. Ultimately I would love to make the country origin squad; I know that it is now or never”. Rest assured Dragons fans, your footy future is in good hands.

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Susie Burrell

healthyliving by health editor Susie Burrell

Low Carbohydrate diets: Atkins, Soup diets, Liquid meal diets

periods of time. Fatigue, tiredness, dizziness and

protein content. This means that followers will need to

sugar cravings are all side effects reported by

increase their intake of lean meat, chicken and fish.

followers when little to no carbohydrate is

Whilst fat loss is achievable on this type of plan, unlike

consumed. Long term, the biggest issue, as

low carbohydrate diets, fat loss occurs at a much

What are they?

mentioned is sustainability. Another potential issue is

slower rate. A moderate carbohydrate is a good

that if excess weight is being caused by hormonal

option for individuals who are happy to see slow,

imbalances, low carbohydrate diets can actually

sustainable fat loss, whilst still feeling full and happy.

Low carbohydrate diets are based on the principal that as carbohydrate is the primary fuel for the muscles and the brain; by removing it, the body will have no fuel available and will be forced to burn body fat. In theory, this is true. When the majority of bread, rice, pasta, fruit, sugar, jam, honey, soft drink, fruit juice and cordial is removed from the diet, most people will lose body fat. The biggest issue with a low carbohydrate diet is the sustainability, as it gets very boring eating only a mix of lean meat, eggs, vegetables and salad,

mask this problem. One option is for people to use a low carbohydrate diet as a kick start within a weight seven days, before gradually increasing your

What are they?

carbohydrate intake, particularly during the day.

Low fat diets became particularly popular in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when a link between

Moderate protein diets: CSIRO Wellbeing diet, The Zone

a high fat diet and weight gain was emphasised.

What are they?

whilst increasing the amount of fruit, vegetables

three meals a day, seven days a week. Another issue with low carbohydrate diets is that weight lost tends to be regained very quickly

Unlike low carbohydrate diets, which significantly

when carbohydrate foods are reintroduced in the

reduce the amount of carbohydrate you are allowed

diet. The reason for this is that without its primary

to eat, moderate carbohydrate diets tend to reduce

fuel, the body perceives that it is in starvation

the amount slightly and increase the protein content

mode and tends to store the carbohydrate more

of the diet. As protein is digested after

readily when it becomes available again.

carbohydrate, you tend to feel fuller on a moderate carbohydrate diet, whilst still losing body fat.

Breakfast: poached eggs, mushrooms, tomato

What will I be eating on this diet?

Morning Tea: berries

Breakfast: wholegrain cereal and low fat milk

Lunch: Lean protein such as tuna, salmon,

Morning Tea: fruit and low fat yoghurt

chicken breast + salad

Lunch: Lean protein eg tuna, salmon, chicken

Afternoon tea: handful of nuts

breast + salad + grain bread

Dinner: lean steak + green vegetables

Afternoon tea: handful of nuts or fruit Dinner: lean steak + green vegetables

consumed from meats and processed foods such a biscuits, chips, chocolate, chips and pastries and wholegrain breads and cereal.

What will I be eating on this diet? Breakfast: wholegrain cereal and low fat milk + fruit Morning Tea: fruit grain bread Afternoon tea: Fruit Dinner: Pasta with tomato based sauce Potential issues: Low fat diets work very well for people who are used to eating high fat, processed and takeaway foods as part of their everyday diet. For those of

Potential issues: As a low carbohydrate diet deprives the body of its

Potential issues:

natural fuel, individuals can experience a number of

Moderate carbohydrate diets tend to reduce the

side effects if they follow this type of plan for long

carbohydrate content of the diet by increasing the


Low fat diets focus on reducing the amount of fat

Lunch: Small amount of lean protein, + salad +

What will I be eating on this diet?


Low fat:

loss program. At most, follow such a plan for five to

us who are already eating a low fat diet, a more specific program which alters the protein and carbohydrate content is often needed.

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diet or no diet? FOR MANY OF US, A NEW YEAR SIGNIFIES A NEW START, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO DIET AND EXERCISE HABITS. SO, WHAT DIETS ARE OUT THERE, WHICH ONES SHOULD YOU TRY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHICH ONES WORK? GENERALLY SPEAKING, all of the popular “diets” can be grouped into one of three categories; low carbohydrate, moderate carbohydrate or low fat. All “diets” are composed of a certain combination of foods that manipulate the various proportions of the three energy-giving macronutrients, carbohydrate, protein and fat. Certain dietary proportions of these nutrients help with fat loss, as do diets that reduce the total number of calories you are eating. The most important thing to remember when choosing a diet is to identify one which is sustainable long term. A diet which requires you to live off soup and tuna seven days each week will see weight loss, but how long can you do it for?

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MUSIC SCENE [by_kimberley hopkins, musicoz]

Musicoz is a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing the music industry at the grass roots level. by seeking out, recognising and encouraging the talents of unsigned and independent artists and providing them with opportunities as they carve out their careers.


and Prime TV ads. I was

MARK MATTHEWS: entertainer, engineer –

the Westfield Figtree voice

James focused on living life,

can the two worlds be further apart? Not for

for a few years. The ABC

starting a family and writing

this local musician who’s background

opportunity arose at the

songs. He also turned to

includes a Degree in Engineering (Civil) and

end of 2002 and I’ve been

producing and engineering, and

a Diploma of Music. “Music has always been

there on a casual basis ever

in 2003 made steps to make

a love. Engineering was a career choice


producing his occupation,

Opting out of the live scene,

working with up and coming

whilst I figured out a way to actually make

Mark supplements his

money out of music. I was always involved

performing with teaching

in music throughout my early life. While

piano and organ both in his

2004 saw James return to

completing my diploma I was practicing as

private studio and at Cedars

live performance, this time as

an Engineer too. I actually still teach Civil

Christian College. Plus,

Engineering at Wollongong TAFE part time

Mark’s been seen around the

and I enjoy this a lot too.”

traps, hosting events and contributing to

Revival” country rock, influenced by the

community life.

Eagles, America and Neil Young.

With three CDs under his belt and over 40

acts including Lyla (UK).

keene james stewart

a country rock performer. James describes his music as “West Coast

He is currently recording his debut CD

gospel songs recorded, Mark has toured Australia regularly for the past seven years.


“Going Places” with his new band and is

Currently he is working on his new album

31 year old Wollongong based

playing the acoustic scene in Wollongong and

called Music for the Heart and Soul Opus2,

singer/songwriter James Stewart

Sydney. James will be playing shows for

which is the second CD in

Keene has been involved in music

Musicoz on Thursday, 16th February at

the Music for the Heart

since he was given his first guitar as a

Collegians and will be appearing at the Oxford

series. Mark’s music has been

young boy. The then 8 year old

Tavern on Wednesday, 1st March.

described as “soothing and

received his basic guitar tuition from

relaxing” and is available at

the world acclaimed The Four


events where he performs and

Kinsmen guitarist Graham Wilson.

2006 will certainly be an exciting year for

At 15, James recorded his first

on his business website, You can also hear Mark on Saturday mornings on the ABC.

ws mark matthe

acoustic musician Penny Hartgernick. At 19,

original song with renowned

Penny has performed hundreds of gigs and

Wollongong producer/engineer Ed

has regular spots at ZanZbar and Waves in

Lee, and over the next few years

Kiama. “I started performing solo,

When asked how Mark got the

would have a good working relationship with

accompanying myself on guitar. Towards the

gig on radio he said, “People encouraged me to

him on various projects, recording and

end of 2004 and since then, I have been

do voice overs due to the fact I had a voice for

producing new songs and exploring

supporting myself with my gigs, and teaching

that kind of work. I started with 94.1 and WIN

partnerships with other musicians.

singing. Some weeks I’ve had six or seven gigs,

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but it’s nice to

recording artist, with a unique sound and

get the work

style. “I am under no illusions about the

and it has

challenges that lie ahead but it is all I want

been a great

to do.”

experience.” Last year,


Penny was

Goodbye Lovers 1992-2005


Adam Buckland

to write and

Buckland is a remarkably prolific artist –

record the theme

within the 13-year time frame spanned by this

song for an ABC

retrospective, he's released at least nine CDs.

penny hartg ernick

Television documentary about a teenage

They've been as part of his old band Fugg,

female surfer who died in the Bali bombing.

then later his solo project The Dodgy World

That invitation came after she had been

and new part-time band Sweet Sweet Bulbs.

featured as a young singer-songwriter in

When someone cranks out that many

another ABC documentary telecast late in

albums it stands to reason that not all of

2004. The song she wrote for the

the songs will be good. Buckland has joked

documentary, Chloe, is a haunting ballad

that, with at least one of those albums, he

about a father grieving at the tragic loss of

reckons he’s the only person who's listened

his daughter. “Writing Chloe for the ABC

to it all the way through.

about the Bali bombing was a really

With Goodbye Lovers, Buckland has

interesting experience because I was given

taken 22 tracks from those albums (there’s

the subject, rather than writing about

also an additional three previously

something from within me. I had to

unreleased tracks) and created a

imagine how I would feel as a parent losing

surprisingly cohesive collection.

a child in such a violent way. Chloe would

It’s surprising because the songs cut

have been my age if she hadn't been killed

across a range of styles – pop, psychedelica,

so it was a pretty emotional experience

grunge, rock, lo-fi and crazy, drunken hurdy-

when I met her parents for the first time.

gurdy music. If such a genre didn't

“I sang the song at the

exist, Buckland has just created it

Bali Anniversary Service at

in the song Simone’s Dream. The

Dolphin Point in Coogee.

songs aren’t in chronological

Chloe’s parents were there,

order, which somehow helps the

and a lot of other people in

songs hold together – and gives

the audience had also lost

you sonic surprises from track to

family members and friends

track. So, for instance, you go

in the bombing. People started

from the beautiful, spare The Boats Play F# in the Wind (one of

crying while I was singing, and by the end I was crying too. It

the disc’s highlights) to the weirdly

was a very emotional experience, and I

Beatlesque X Equals 2X. Another standout is

guess it was a new thing for me to realise I

the indie rock sounds of Stereophonic

had touched people in this way.”

Sound, a long-time personal favourite that,

In a few months, Penny is setting off to

with the right production, could surely be a

the City of Angels (LA) to join up with

hit. A few tracks – like the church-organ

manager Paul Stepanek, who comes from

You're Loved – don't quite work but you

Sydney, but is now based in LA. “He wants

expect to find the odd flat spot in a 25-song

me to spend three months there working on


my song-writing with professional writers, recording songs and generally polishing up

The great thing about Goodbye Lovers is that there are so few of those flat spots.

my original material. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with


some really good writers, and learn as much

If you’re a musician in the Illawarra and

as I can from them.”

want to perform, get in touch with Musicoz

Penny’s goal for the future is to be taken seriously as a songwriter, performer and

to be put on the weekly bill at Collegians. Phone 1800 002 955 for more information.

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WOLFMOTHER WolfMother IF YOU LIKE YOUR LED ZEPPELEN, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath rolled into one then


WolfMother’s self titled album is a must. This hardrock group has had a lot of criticism for its retro sound but their own style of using

TEA AND SYMPATHY Bernard Fanning

those influences has gained popularity

FRONT MAN BERNARD Fanning felt the


amongst the music fans. This album will suit

need to record his first solo album while his

I’m a gypsy of the stage and I love my job… As a member of The Four Kinsmen I’ve performed to thousands and lost thousands in Las Vegas. I was fortunate to get pissed with the gladiator Russell Crowe when The Four Kinsmen performed at the Americas Cup in San Diego. I had the great honour to sing with my mentor Michael (Frank Spencer) Crawford, and I discovered what a fur ball meant when I starred in the world tour of “The Musical Cats” (PS; cats do have 9 lives). I performed the musical in Korea and ended up on a dinner plate 8 times!) “One day I will die… my revenge is to live my life on earth to the fullest!… so let’s party!”

the young and old at heart, as for some, it

band Powderfinger took a well earned break.

will be a trip down memory lane and what’s

The songs are intimate and sincere and have

wrong with that? So wind down your

elements of bluegrass, rock and classic

windows and turn it up loud, (maybe

country which makes the album easy

because we don’t hear so well after all those

listening. Recorded in Australia and the UK,

rock concerts of the 70’s), and enjoy it for

the sound is the brain child of producer Tchad

what it is.

Blake whose credits are Crowded House, Paul Kelly and Peter Gabriel to name a few. The first single ‘Wish you well’ has become the first hit off the album, which has already


Favourite Album to Listen to while Driving? Anthony Callea Favourite Album to Listen to while Dining? Kamahl’s greatest hits (Not)… Seriously “Barry Crocker sings the Hits” Favourite Album to Listen to while Romancing? Rodney Rude Rides Again Favourite Album of all time? The Eagles – “Hotel California” Favourite Song of all time? The Little River Band – “Reminiscing” Favourite Album to annoy the Neighbours? Tom Jones’ Karaoke Hits – when I’m by myself I love to enjoy singing at full blast, from 9am until dusk, songs like “Its Not Unusual”,” If I Only Knew” and “My Yiddish Mama” to name but a few. Sometimes I throw underpants at myself. Most embarrassing Album in your collection? The Magic of Liberace First album or single you bought? Deep Purple Latest album you bought? INXS – “Switch” and IL DIVO

achieved platinum status. Even though we would not want Powderfinger to break up, I’m sure that the success of this album will guarantee that this will not be Bernard’s last solo album.

by Robbie Specogna


MUSIC | telephone 02 4283 4515

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Deborah McCallum

recipedelights by food editor Deborah McCallum


sliced (julienned)

sprouts and spring onion. Spoon the

1 cup bean sprouts

dressing over the salad and share!

Oysters are a well-known aphrodisiac, and

1 Spring Onion, finely sliced Dressing:

COEUR A LA CRÈME (Heart of Cream)

100g palm sugar

This lush dessert is best made the day before

12 Greenwell Point Oysters, freshly shucked

100ml water

and simply presented on late summer

2 Spring Onions, finely sliced

1 clove garlic, smashed

berries. The tart flavour will beautifully balance

3 tablespoons mirin

1 knob ginger, finely sliced

the richness of the cream.

2 tablespoons light, salt reduced soy sauce

1 red chilli, finely sliced

1 small knob ginger, very finely sliced

coriander roots from the base of the bunch,

100g Mascarpone

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

scraped and washed thoroughly

Selection of late summer berries

juice and zest of 1 lime

1 Tablespoon Castor Sugar

we have access to the most amazing specimens’ right here on the South Coast!

Seeds scraped from 1/2 Vanilla Bean

Mix the ingredients (minus the oysters) in a saucepan and warm through for a couple of

Cover salmon in fish sauce for 10 minutes

1/3 cup plain greek-style yoghurt

minutes. Spoon over the oysters and serve.

and then leave to dry on a for rack a further

1/3 cup double cream (45% fat)

20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the dressing.


In a small saucepan, dissolve the palm

Blend the mascarpone, castor sugar and

sugar and water. Add the ginger, garlic and

vanilla seeds in a food processor until smooth.

Silky, delicate salmon is served medium rare

chilli and smashed coriander roots and

Add yoghurt, cream and blend quickly.

in this light and fresh salad.

reduce until syrupy. Remove from heat and

Line 2 heart shaped moulds with drainage

add lime zest and juice. Taste for a sweet/

holes in the base (from specialty cookware

300g Tasmanian Salmon Fillets

salty /sour balance and adjust ingredients

shops – or use individual ramekins) with wet

1/2 cup Thai fish sauce


muslin cloth. Press the cream mixture firmly into

1 cup coriander leaves

Seal the salmon in a hot pan until medium

the moulds, cover with plastic film and place on

1/2 cup mint leaves

rare and flake over the combined salad of

a tray in the fridge overnight. The excess

2 hard green mangoes, peeled and finely

coriander and mint leaves, mango, bean

moisture will drain away leaving a firm cream.

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Smooth, gourmet tea and coffee, inviting conversation, and lovely café cuisine specialising in Mediterranean/ European dishes.

ph: 02 4268 3000 tuesday – saturday: breakfast lunch and dinner sunday: breakfast and lunch 748 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Coledale NSW 2525

Boat Harbour Motel & Anchorage Restaurant

Cafe La Mer

Positioned within the heart of Wollongong Harbour. Boasting million dollar breathtaking ocean views, gourmet specialty seafood dishes and fully licensed cocktail bar. Open 7 days a week. Lunch 5 days.

Escape and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, with classic and contemporary dishes with exceptional value for money. Dinners are our specialty. Located in the hub on North Wollongong, open 7 days from 11am to 9pm. Breakfast is available on the weekend and Public Holidays.

Cnr Campbell & Wilson Sts Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4228 9166

1-5 Bourke Street North Wollongong 02 4225 7701

Monday to Saturday Catering and Function Centre

Five Islands Brewing

Catering for Birthdays, Weddings, Corporate events and any social occasions. Licensed premises with seating from 10 to 300 guests. Hassle FREE parking available! OR Gourmet catering menus with Sushi our specialty. Full delivery service in our refrigerated catering van to suit your venue.

Named after the five islands just off the coast. Modern Australian restaurant, the sixth island bar where a large selection of bar food is available. The Brewery itself and huge outside terrace complete with BBQ is located only 50 metres from the beach.

WIN Entertainment Centre Cnr Harbour Street Wollongong 02 4220 2854

Foley’s Road North Wollongong 02 4229 2462

That’s Amore Cafe Escape the daily rigors of cooking and allow our talented staff to spoil you with our delicious range of tempting home cooked meals. Either dine in on our spacious and undercover deck, takeaway, or why not be extravagant and have your meal delivered to your cabin… Be tempted by our home style cooking.

107 Crooked River Road Gerroa Shores 02 4234 1233

Gabby’s of Berry Come and enjoy the best kebab & pide in town, located conveniently at the bottom of crown street. The freshest ingredients, low in fat and a very healthy fast food alternative. Open 6 days until late.

66 Crown Street Wollongong

Omar’s Pides

(Opp. Oxford Tavern)

modern stylish elegant

Ph 02 4228 1038

There could be few more idyllic settings for any function than at Gabby’s of Berry. Located in the heart of the centre of the small and historic township of Berry, Gabby’s will delight the most discerning of patrons. Book your next Wedding or Corporate function.

Prince Alfred Street Berry NSW 02 4464 2349


Piato Coffee & Fine Food Sooth the soul with a relaxing cup of Primo–Di Stefano uniquely available only at Piato. Take the weight of your feet with a quick bite to eat, choose from our extensive menu, be tempted by our New York fries. Forget the hustle & bustle, let our friendly staff assist you.

Shop 322, Level 3 Wollongong Central (Opp. Myer) 02 4229 4499

16 Cliff Road, Nth Wollongong

T. 02 4228 5410

Windjammers Restaurant

Beanstalk Cafe

Escape & enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, with classic and contemporary dishes with exceptional value for money. Dinners are our specialty. Located within minutes to North Beach Wollongong, open 7 days from 11am to 9pm. Breakfast available on weekends and Public Holidays.

Come and enjoy our daily breakfasts hidden near Thirroul train station, just a few minutes shopping from the shopping centre. Breakfast every day with freshly squeezed orange juices and take home dinners. From muffins to the aromatic smell of freshly grounded coffee.

2-14 Cliff Road North Wollongong 02 4224 3123

3/345 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul NSW 2518 02 4285 8235

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Santana COFFEE

traditional italian returning soon!


t. 0409 668 021

Samuel’s Cafe/Restaurant

Santana Coffee

Zweefers Cakes & Cafe

Relaxed atmosphere and great food, catering for all taste buds. Why not try our specialty Barramundi, plenty to choose from our unique food and wine menu. Relax with a drink before dinner or under our new alfresco dining area. Open 7 days!

Specialising in our own uniquely blended coffee, Santana have been grinding for 25 years. We offer home made pastries and all day breakfast. Located conveniently at the bottom of Crown Street. Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch.

Hosting a large range of divine cakes, made fresh on premises each day to compliment our great coffee. Stop for morning tea or lunch, Try our risotto cakes & salad or lemon tart & coffee. Yum… Treat the family and take home something special. Open 6 days (Mon-Sat)

396 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul 02 4268 2244

64 Crown Street Wollongong 02 4227 6686

43–45 Princes Highway Fairy Meadow 4285 4155

Relish on Addison Known for our great Belaroma coffee & great modern Australian and Mediterranean cuisine. Come in an try our tasting platter or a mango or berry smoothie. An extensive menu of offer. B.Y.O/Fully licensed – Open 6 days (closed Mondays)



Shop 1, 30a Addison Street Shellharbour Village 02 4295 5191


Rydges Wollongong – NEW CBD Sports Bar Zest Wollongong With its vibrant surrounds, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic cuisine, Zest is proving they have the recipe for success. Boasting Best New Restaurant in the South Coast Region at the NSW Restaurant and Catering Awards 2004 for excellence. Modern and Light-hearted atmosphere.

46 Crown Street Wollongong 02 4225 7192

The recently refurbished Rydges is the place to be for lunch, featuring sporting memorabilia and modern relaxed lounge bar. Keep up to date with the very latest sports scores on our 2 very large screens. Monday to Friday is our extremely affordable lunch special which includes beer and house wine, we also offer an A La Carte menu. Open 7 days, midday till late. 112 Burelli Street, Wollongong Phone 02 4220 7800

It’s all about providing quality food and beverage services in an informal, yet comfortable environment with an overriding friendly, party atmosphere.

Trading Hours: Lunch:11.30am – 3.00pm Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm 83 Crown Street Wollongong 02 4229 5600

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The Treasury Restaurant

The Educated Palate

Romeos Ristorante & Bar

Well know for our modern Australian Cuisine. Be tempted by our tantalising Seafood, Grain fed King Island beef, Kangaroo and fine Mocha coffee. We offer a host of specialty dishes, the decision will take some time. Open 7 days. Fully licensed

The secret is out, simply delightful food & great Lazumba coffee. Come and try our very special Stuffed chicken breast with goat’s cheese & asparagus or a delectable cake with coffee/tea. We host a large range of divine specialty deli and Cheese products to take home. Ask us about the new Roquefort AOC cheese.

How often do you stumble upon a restaurant that has it all! Very affordable, fully licensed restaurant, and everything is delicious. The pasta, the dressings, the sauces and all the fresh pastries and cakes. Italian Cuisine.

87 Crown Street Wollongong 02 4225 0100

132 Wentworth Street Port Kembla 02 4274 6701

77 Lower Crown Street Wollongong 02 4225 7352

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RESTAURANTS Beachouse Restaurant 16 Cliff Road North Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4228 5410 Boat Harbour Motel Cnr Campbell & Wilson Streets Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4228 9166 Chedo’s Café 748 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Coledale NSW 2525 02 4268 3000 Cafe La Mer 1-5 Bourke Street North Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4225 7701 Diggies Restaurant 1 Cliff Road North Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4226 2688 ITSA Catering Foleys Road North Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4229 2462 Novotel Northbeach Windjammers 2-14 Cliff Road North Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4224 3123 Omar’s Kebabs and Pide 66 Crown Street Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4228 1038 Piato’s Cafe Shop 322, Level 3 Crown Central Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4229 4499 Relish on Addison Shop 1, 30a Addison Street Shellharbour Village NSW 2529 02 4295 5191 Rydges Wollongong 112 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4295 5191 Stella Collectables & Cafe 182 Gipps Road Gwynneville NSW 2500 02 4227 2400 The Educated Palate 87 Crown Street Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4225 0100 The Treasury Restaurant 77 Crown Street (Lower End) Wollongong NSW 2500 02 4225 7352 >54 imagemagazine

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Capital K Charcoal Chicken 256 Cowper Street Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4276 3422 Centrepoint Pizza Kiama 106 Terralong Street Kiama NSW 2533 02 4232 2138 Cringila Kebabs Cnr Lake Ave & Five Island Rd Cringila NSW 2502 02 4275 1670 Domino’s Pizza 168 Cowper Street Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4275 2077 Domino’s Pizza 3/413–415 Princes Hwy Woonona NSW 2517 131 888 Domino’s Pizza 40 Terralong Street Kiama NSW 2533 02 4232 2966 Donut King Warrawong Westfield Shoppingtown King St Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4274 5100 Dragon Garden 113–115 Terralong Street Kiama NSW 2533 02 4233 1799 El Danny’s Pizza Shop 7, 22 Weringa Ave Lake Heights NSW 2502 02 4276 2688 Fish & Chips, Burgers Shop 2/15 Lake Avenue Cringila NSW 2502 02 4274 8080 Giuliani's Family Pizzeria 254 Cowper Street Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4275 2775 Golden Roast Chicken Shop 8 Westfield Shopngtwn Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4276 2223 Holzy’s Takeaway 160 Manning Street Kiama NSW 2533

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Kiama Downs Seaside 10 Johnson Street Kiama Downs NSW 2533 02 4237 8272 Lil’ Extras Kiosk 7 Westfield Shopngtwn Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4276 3411 Little Hong Kong Take Away S10 Westfield Shopngtwn Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4276 2770 McDonald’s Family Restaurants 266–272 Cowper Street Warrawong NSW 2502 02 4276 2266 Pai Tong Thai 409 Princes Hwy Woonona NSW 2517 02 4284 0321 Parkview Cafe 82 Terralong Street

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winefinds with brendan bate

festivewines I GOT TO TRY SOME GREAT WINES over this festive season and summer. Christmas really is a time where most of us shake off the $8.99 special, and splurge a little on something a little more exotic; take the opportunity to impress with a bottle of French bubbles, or maybe a single vineyard Victorian Chardonnay. After all, who wants to eat the fabulous festive feast with a glass or two of Chateau Le Box – (cask wine)? Not I! Speaking with the local wine retailers, they reported that the varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine were the most popular this summer, with a bigger move toward Rose-styled red. Bottle shop owners where chuffed to see a fresh enthusiasm for newer styles and the trading up to French Champagne over other Sparkling. Jacqui O’Carroll of Thirroul Village Cellars spoke of a “summer vibe” based around boutique beers and rose, with Champagne making an impact out in northern fringes this year. “The wine companies came in with some excellent deals on French, so we offered them in store, and the drinkers were happy to give them a try. We also suggested people try a slightly chilled Pinot Noir over Christmas lunch

with their turkey, and these also sold really well.” Tim Hampton of Crown West Cellars told of a different story in his shop in town. “The New Zealand Sauv Blanc’s were quite strong, but we had many open minded customer let us make decisions for them, and as a result, we sold a few nicer dry-styled Roses, and some exotic varieties such as Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio.)”

So what did I like this summer? The big hit for me was bubbles, mainly because my partner demands we open a bottle on most occasions (“every day is worth celebrating…”). We had a few bottles of French, but the real Aussie hit this summer was Jansz from Tasmania. I loved the 2001 Vintage Cuvee. It shows a delicious, complex aroma of honeysuckle and strawberry hints, married with the more traditional shortbread wafts. And a fabulous palate: so soft, textured and with all night persistence. In table wine, I loved a few of the 2005 Sauvignon Blanc’s, mainly from the cooler Australian districts of the Adelaide Hills. Kirrihill is a small Clare Valley producer with some outstanding red wines. The 2005 Kirrihill Estates Sauvignon Blanc, from the Mount Torrens vineyard in the

Adelaide Hills is an intense little wine with tropical/pineapple fruit character and a softness to its racy, edgy finish. I never stop warming to good chardonnay either. Each year, I come across some true gems, and this year, the precious stone was the 2004 Hungerford Hill Tumbarumba Chardonnay. In times past, I have written about Tumbarumba in NSW as one of Australia’s leading chardonnay regions. This wine reinforced my thoughts ten fold; such a beautifully crafted wine, with ripe, graceful grapefruit and subtle oak-integrated flavours. Spend about $25 on a bottle of this wine and see what I mean. Other notable glugs have come in the shape of two fine Rieslings - the 2005 Heggies Riesling, and the 2005 Pirie South Riesling. I use the term “ glug” with affection, as these days I like my Rieslings to be subtle and structured, with an easiness to drink and not be too acidic, or sweet. Both these wines are from cooler regions, Eden Valley and Tasmania respectively, so the taste spectrum tends to be a little more elegant. There are distinct regional nuances to both these wines, so they are quite different to each other in flavour, yet similar in style. The great news is that all these wines are still out there on the shelves, so seek and enjoy. •

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Holiday Haven [ STORY _Marilyn Rodrigues] [ PHOTOGRAPHY _BHI Architects] [ ARCHITECT _Colin Irwin]

When Tom Cutbush went in search of a seaside

texture to the interior design.

escape from his family’s hectic city lifestyle he fell in

A row of pavilions was added to the side of a

the simple village atmosphere of South Durras, about

courtyard formed by the existing garage, which

two and a half hour’s drive south of Wollongong.

contain wet area facilities such as a laundry and

He chose a classic Aussie icon, a two-bedroom

external bathroom and a storage room.

white fibro holiday shack, that sat opposite a lush

The rear pavilion includes guest bedrooms and is

foreshore reserve and which had breathtaking views

two storeys high, giving ocean views over and

out to sea towards Brush Island, to use as the basis for

alongside the original dwelling.

his dream holiday house. Tom says he wanted to preserve the unpretentious

The materials used where kept as simple and hardwearing as possible, without sacrificing comfort

character of the original house but give it a sleek modern

and elegance.

makeover making the best of the light, resources and

tongue and groove boards in the new extension, but

sheer expanse of the natural environment.

the original cypress pine flooring in the cottage was

The result is a low energy usage house which has

The floors are polished blackbutt

retained and repaired.

all the creature comforts but where every room yields

One of the most important features of the house is

the fresh sea breezes, stunning views and features the

its energy and water efficiency.Water tanks provide the

warmth of handcrafted local timber and stone.

house with all of its water needs, and sewerage water

Colin Irwin, of local architects Bishop, Hitchcock + Irwin, says that Tom was anxious to preserve the

is recycled for use in the garden.The walls and ceilings are fully insulated as well.

charm of the original building but improve it make it

The large kitchen, with its beautiful views down to

an exciting place to stay and welcome guests, and a

the water, reflect the hospitable family’s love of

haven which offered a complete break from the

cooking and entertaining.

everyday urban environment. “It was our job to transform his description into a physical plan,” says Colin.

“The house throughout has 100 per cent access to the ocean breezes, through much use of weatherproof louvers which don’t rattle like old ones used to,” says Colin.

The best parts of the shell of the original building

Tom’s desire to impart as natural an effect as

have been retained, but hardwood timber ‘pop-out’

possible even extends to the stone work on the front

panels identify the house as something “new and

deck. It includes a built-in bench seat, so no one need

different” he says.

take chairs out the front to enjoy the ocean view.

The windows and panelled doors were handmade

The renovation and addition work won Bishop

locally with blackbutt timber and, contrasting with the

Hitchcock + Irwin an award for the best use of timber

pristine white walls and ceilings, add rich colour and

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Kanahooka 9 Tait Avenue 3 or 4 bedrooms, ensuite plus 2nd bathroom, (4th bedroom-study/office) Modern kitchen Cathedral ceilings through 3 indoor living areas Garden room, deck & courtyard

Berry 34b Roxborough Road 4 2 1

Located on sought after Roxborough Road location and set on a picturesque 3 acres The home features excellent formal and casual living areas Salt water/solar heated in-ground pool Ideal for horses or alpacas, property divided into 4 paddocks

For Sale $360,000 – $420,000 Agent Mark Flynn 0418 669 655

For Sale $835,000 Agent Nicholas Lyell 0401 658 450



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Enjoy a care free and relaxed lifestyle in this warm family home Features large living area with high ceilings, separate dining room, timber kitchen 3 bedrooms plus study, ensuite off main Double garage and landscaped gardens complete the picture For Sale $539,000 Agent Adrian D’Amico 0402 224 559 Website view premium properties online:

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This family home fulfils all the needs of a growing family. Offering a relaxed indoor/outdoor lifestyle, with large deck area 5 generous bedrooms, main with ensuite, formal living area, family room with wood fire place and workshop

All set on a large north facing block and will not disappoint For Sale $594,000 Agent Ted Hanson 0418 421 281 Agent Jason Capelo 0424 372 722 Website

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Dapto 9A Gilba Road

Lake Heights 348 Northcliffe Drive

Huge 3 to 4 bedroom home – massive main bedroom Four huge living areas – lounge, dining, family & rumpus Ensuite & 2nd bathroom with spa Two outside pergolas all on 916 sqm (approx) with rear access

Price Agent

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Large 4 bedroom home with fantastic lake side views Modern kitchen & bathroom Indoor & outdoor living areas Triple garage & heaps of storage

Price Agent

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Wollongong 4/30 Market Street

Three bedroom townhouse Large living areas Ensuite & main bathroom Courtyards & a garage for the car

Price Agent

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Barrack Heights 20 Kookaburra Place 3 2 1

Cul-de-sac location – quiet & private Quality features throughout this family sized 4br home Feature packed kitchen & 3 bathrooms Outdoor entertaining at its best & double garage

For Sale $480,000 – $545,000 Agent Mark Flynn 0418 669 655 Website

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