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KATE OWEN

for the love of colour





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ON THE COVER # 024 - Inside The World of Kate Owen REGUL ARS # 012 - Editor’s Note # 038 - Tree Changer # 048 - Real Estate, Rebecca Creighton-Clarke # 108 - Let’s Spill The Beans, Camp Grounds Tamworth # 130 - Directory ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT # 016 - Tamworth City Dance Academy Spotlight # 018 -  The Australian Country Table, Michael Reid Murrurundi # 022 - Season 20/21, Capitol Theatre Tamworth

LIFES T YLE # 032 - Grove Juice, AgriFutures # 036 - Spindle & Co # 040 - The Eclectic # 044 - Into The Pandaemonium # 050 - Perfectly Sorted New England # 056 - Tattersalls Hotel Armidale # 062 - Stacey McAllan Legal HOLIS TIC HE ALTH # 070 - Exercise Physiology, Jess Barber # 072 - Oh Baby After Baby, CJ Baldry # 074 - Find Your Fitness Motivation, Selina Ryan # 076 - 2021 Makeup Trends, Susie Slack-Smith # 079 - Kick Off Your Shoes, Wendy Carpenter


FASHION # 081 - Turners Armidale

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WEDDINGS # 120 - Isabelle & Scott # 124 - Lily & Sam

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# 111 - Tenterfield

# 098 - Williamsburg & The Press 2340 # 102 - Signor Vertelli

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It was a summer’s afternoon, I remember it well, the day DOWNTOWN Magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief Anna Davis tossed an idea on the table as we sipped a G&T at The Tamworth Hotel –“You should come and work with me on the magazine.” It was a yes from me and two years on I am hopelessly devoted to this beautiful regional publication. Something I adore most about working in a small business is being able to lend a hand, to adapt and shift lanes when it is needed most.

Anna, what a privilege it has been stepping into your heels for a while as acting editor of the past few issues of DOWNTOWN Magazine. Oh how I have loved filling these pages. I thank you for your friendship and for trusting me with your baby. While we are on the topic of babies… for those who do not yet know, our beautiful Anna and her partner James recently welcomed a baby boy into the world – Jude William Goddard, born October 2020. He is an absolute dream. DOWNTOWN Magazine Issue 26, here it is. Our first of five releases this year.

On the cover, the artist behind the incredible work featured on our previous Collectors Edition – Kate Owen. We are thrilled to share her story and hope that it inspires your creative streak! That is all from me, enjoy the read – I hope it inspires you and gives you hope that there’s a page-turning year on the horizon.

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S TEPH WANLESS as our new sub-editor and feature writer for DOWNTOWN Magazine. Steph has been writing for 16 years for a variety of clients and publications. Making the move back to Armidale with her husband and two children, it was last year that she decided it was time to pursue her passion for writing with a focus on regional Australia. And aren’t we lucky she did!

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT W E A L L F E L L I N L OV E W I T H T H E D I V I N E A R T WO R K O N L A S T I S S U E ’ S C OV E R , H E R E ’ S YO U R C H A N C E T O M E E T T H E WO M A N B E H I N D T H E B R U S H , K A T E OW E N . C H E C K O U T T H E E XC I T I N G E N T E R T A I N M E N T T A M WO R T H ’ S C A P I T O L T H E A T R E H A S I N S T O R E F O R T H E M O N T H S A H E A D . A N D M E E T T H E S I S T E R AC T DA N C I N G D U O I N T H E T C DA DA N C E R S P O T L I G H T.



TAMWORTH CIT Y DANCE ACADEMY

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T ELL US A LI T T LE A BOU T YOURSELF.

WH AT IS YOUR FAVOURI T E CL ASS A ND WH Y?

JOR JA : My name is Jorja, I am six years old and I have been dancing since I was two and a half years old.

JOR JA : Tap and Jazz. I love the music.

MI A : My name is Mia Gardner and I’m 11 years old. I always dance at home and at the studio. I love to encourage dancers and people to do their very best. WH AT IS I T LIK E T O DA NCE WI T H YOUR SIS T ER? JOR JA : I love it! My sister is a very good dancer and she teaches me lots of good stuff. MI A : It’s fun because I get to teach my sister new skills to improve her dancing.

MI A : Lyrical because I can express ‘Me’. I love that the movements have their own way of telling the story. WH AT IS YOUR H A PPIE S T OR PROUDE S T DA NCE MOMEN T ? JOR JA : Last year when I won TCDA’s Junior Studio Champion and when I won my medal for my jazz solo. MI A : All of 2019 when I had a year of being undefeated. I won at every event I competed in with solos and groups. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP T O? JOR JA : My sister and my tap teacher Miss Meela.

H AVE YOU A LWAYS WA N T ED T O BE A DA NCER?

MI A : My teachers Miss Kellie and Miss Lily.

JOR JA : Yes. I grew up watching my sister dance and now I get to be just like her.

WHAT DANCE GOALS HAVE YOU SET FOR YOURSELF THIS YEAR?

MI A : Yes, it’s my favourite thing to do! I like to move so dance is a sport that I would never quit.

JOR JA : To get into TCDA’s Mini Troupe and to perform two solos at eisteddfods.

WH AT DO YOU LOVE MOS T A BOU T DA NCING AT T CDA?

MI A : To compete at larger competitions.

JOR JA : It’s a fun place to be. I get to dance with my friends and my teachers are helpful and cheer for me.

WHERE DO YOU SEE DA NCE TA K ING YOU?

MI A : I get to make new friends who have the same interests as me.

JOR JA : I’m not sure. Right now I just love to dance because it’s fun and keeps me fit. MI A : I hope it takes me all over the world.

{  photography: PAUL SINGH  }

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MARCH 2021

THE AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TABLE Michael Reid Murrurundi and Australian Country Style

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Wielding the dining table as a weapon, in one’s social arsenal, rose to prominence in 18th century Europe. The rapacious growth of Empires brought to the tables of an oh-so-few, an abundance of fruits and atop so much silver and gold. That most exotic of fruits, the Brazilian Pineapple, ushered to Europe by the Portuguese and Spanish – and grown only in greenhouses – came to represent the epitome of wealth, taste and hospitality. Hostesses would hang pineapples outside their homes to perfume the entryway and make welcome guests. To this day, we carve pineapples on balustrades, position stone pineapples outside our houses and ceramic or tin pineapples in our dining rooms as a symbol of welcoming. For centuries now, the table – that place we eat on and meet around – has been so much more than a food station. Today, in a more relaxed but possibly no less anxious world, the tablescape continues to represent the personality of the host and the society we are comfortable to inhabit.

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With The Australian Country Table, my colleagues and I asked a cohort of leading painters and ceramicists to depict their kitchens and dining rooms, real or imaginary, as the creative and social engine room of the home. The artists exhibiting in The Australian Country Table have been asked to depict the dining room with a sense of occasion. A space for gatherings; a communal table as an outlet for creativity and great individual style. In essence, an Australian Country Style. The ceramicists participating in The Australian Country Table have, for the occasion, created entire table settings. Handmade homewares with the marker’s mark on view, have moved this year’s exhibition into the third dimension. Through their talented endeavours, my colleagues and I were able to curate a real and imagined Australian dining experience. Above all, the painters and ceramicists on view in The Australian Country Table make you yearn for a social occasion. And in our time – as ever was – that remains a good thing.


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E X HIBI T ING A R T I S T S

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{  words: MICHAEL REID  photography: JODIE BARKER  }



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“With 2020 now behind us and as we enter Season 20 \ 21 with a new-found enthusiasm, I encourage you to join us as we pick up from where we were suddenly stopped in our tracks by COVID-19”

– Peter Ross, Manager Entertainment Venues

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Entertainment Venues invites you to engage with live entertainment - be it a play, music, dance or a musical. Be encouraged to escape the stress of life for a moment with friends or family and laugh, cry and be transported and experience a great night in the theatre - that elation that live entertainment can make you feel when gathered with others in the theatre. A stellar season including 24 events, made up of local and touring productions, are on offer across the Capitol Theatre and TRECC. Some of these events are rescheduled ones from 2020 and many are new, exciting events making a combined season with something for everyone. The combined Season 20/21 includes highlights such as Opera Australia’s National 2021 Tour of Bizet’s Carmen, Hell Ship, the Journey of the Ticonderoga performed by renowned Australian actor Michael Veitch, Ensemble Theatre’s sparkling new comedy, The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence with live music by The Australian String Quartet, Jally Entertainment’s Margaret Fulton The Musical, side-splitting comedy from Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and 2340 Big Band will rock Tamworth again with Rock The Classics. Subscriptions and Memberships are also a great way to look at purchasing your tickets. As a subscriber or member, you can take advantage of the many discounts offered and access tickets prior to the general public. This also includes the opportunity to go into the draw to win a CH Boutique Hotel Stay & Play Package valued at $300+ drawn in October 2021 – something special Capitol Theatre is proud to offer its season subscribers and members.

One of the many highlights in Season 20 \ 21 commences for a three-week season on Friday 5 March when Tamworth Musical Society’s production of Mamma Mia! transforms the Capitol Theatre stage into a Greek Island paradise. Peter Ross, manager of Entertainment Venues and director of this delightful family show said “it thrills me to be able to direct such a talented and enthusiastic cast in this ‘made in Tamworth’ production of such a joyous and uplifting musical”. The curated program in Season 20/21 supports and showcases Tamworth’s local performing arts companies and the best of national touring productions as well as offers the community an opportunity to enrich their lives. Peter Ross added, “We are excited to offer a season that both supports the wonderful work of Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, TDS, Tamworth Musical Society, Tamworth City Dance Academy, the 2340 Big Band, The Studio Classical and Performing Arts and the Tamworth RSL Brass Band as well as bringing a range of respected artists and companies including, Opera Australia, the Ensemble Theatre, Sydney Dance Company with the Australian String Quartet, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, CDP Kids, Monkey Baa Theatre Company and Jally Entertainment.” Season 20/21 booklets are available from Capitol Theatre Tamworth, by calling 6767 5200 or by visiting capitoltheatretamworth.com.au to request a brochure be sent to you. With such an entertainment packed season of live entertainment ahead, there is definitely something for everyone, appealing to all tastes and ages. See you at the theatre!

{  words: PETER ROSS  photography: OPERA AUSTRALIA’S PRODUCTION OF BIZET’S CARMEN. IMAGE CREDIT GEORGES ANTONI  }

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for the love of colour INSIDE THE WORLD OF KATE OWEN If you’re like us, you loved the eye-catching cover of our last edition, Issue 25 of DOWNTOWN Magazine. The talent behind the dreamy, bright artwork is Kate Owen. We loved Kate and her art so much, we invited her back to share her story. So kick back with a cuppa and immerse yourself in the colourful world of Kate Owen. Artist or not, we’re certain she’ ll inspire your creative streak.

Much like her artwork, Kate is a breath of fresh air. Humble, lively and radiating the kind of positivity that leaves its mark on you, Kate was a delight to interview. I could have spoken to her all day. It’s the kind of beautiful energy you can also feel in her art. An uplifting vibe running through the colourful, abstract pieces that draws you in and makes you smile. “If I make someone smile with my art, then I’ve done my job,” she says. Kate’s jobs have always revolved around creating and making people smile. From sewing wedding dresses to baking cakes, she’s a creative through and through. Her job is now painting in her studio, overlooking the family property near North Star in Northern NSW. As Kate describes it, it’s her “purpose-built oasis of peace and positivity”. Take one look at her airy, light-filled studio perched over the lake and it’s easy to see why a day in the office for Kate gives her a sense of freedom and escape from the everyday.

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It’s no surprise to learn that art was one of Kate’s strongest subjects at school, although it was a long time before she pursued painting seriously. After school, she studied fashion design at college in Sydney before working in various design, buying and retail jobs for brands including Table Eight, JAG, Big W, Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London.

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Growing up on her family’s property near Moree, Kate swore she’d never live in the country again – or marry a farmer. Of course, she did both. After marrying her husband Mick in 2000, Kate dabbled in painting for a few months before falling pregnant with their first son. With her growing family of boys, she got distracted from painting, but that didn’t stop Kate from indulging her creative streak. Over the years she owned a mobile gift and catering business, coffee and gift shops, a cake business, supplied health food stores with her homemade wholefood treats and even co-wrote a healthy cookbook called Friendship Food. Kate shares tales of starting businesses with her young family, transporting cakes around the countryside and touring America with her book as though it was no big deal. She never once mentions that it was stressful or that she doubted herself. She just tells it like it is. As though there was never any question that she wouldn’t follow her passions.

While it’s obvious there were times she had a lot of balls in the air, it was all a natural progression for Kate who followed her heart. She’s inspirational, to say the least. The backstory might be long, but it helps to give a sense of the creative energy that is Kate Owen. All these experiences lead her to today, where she’s come back to her first creative love. She’s painting for the pure joy of it and it shows. Kate started painting full-time just three years ago when her youngest son headed off to boarding school. She painted in the storage shed for over a year before deciding she wanted to build the studio she works from today. She started posting to Instagram in late 2017 and is now one of the most follow-worthy Australian artists on the platform. For a mesmerising behind-the-scenes look at her process, head to Kate’s Instagram account and watch her saved, timelapse stories. They’re fascinating and you’ll gain a wonderful insight into her layering process and the themes in her work. Kate’s pieces feature botanical shapes, inspired by the lines of nature; leaves, cactus, f lowers and the landscape around her. Painted in vivid strokes, awash with colour and movement, her paintings are feminine, yet bold. The kind that adds an uplifting warmth wherever they’re hung.

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An uplifting vibe running through the colourful, abstract pieces that draws you in and makes you smile. “I used to paint exactly what I saw, or from photographs, but I don’t do that now. I paint from my memories. I paint a feeling. It’s all about colour and the impressions of what I see.” Collage is a big part of Kate’s work too. Saving painted scraps of paper as she goes, scribbling and using up excess paint, she keeps all these pieces in a box. Now and then she finds something really “yummy” on a scrap of paper that fits the piece she’s working on perfectly, as though it was meant to be. Kate then speaks about the ‘Golden Thread’ that runs through her work, that she trusts and follows intuitively. “Each painting rolls into the next one – similar but with new elements.

The thread follows through from each painting to the next. I go off on tangents and certain colour palettes and you can see that progression through my work.” Heading into her fifth year of painting full-time, following that ‘Golden Thread’ of creativity that runs through everything she does, Kate says she’s now really confident in her style. “What I do comes from inside. I paint for less stress and more happiness.” And couldn’t we all do with a little bit of that in our lives? Visit kateowenartwork.com.au to view Kate’s latest collections and for stockist information.

{  words: JESSICA BRADBERY  photography: PIP WILLIAMS  }


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GROVE JUICE

WHERE DRE AMS BE AR FRUIT ALONGSIDE FIELDS OF CITRUS Dick Estens and Archer Walters are growing more than oranges in Northern NSW, together they’re forging a future where farmers are dealt a fair hand.

Within seconds of chatting with Dick Estens two things become abundantly clear: he’s the salt of the earth with some serious business nous. His Australian accent is thick, strong like his work ethic and our conversation is peppered with laughter. It’s clear Dick Estens’ family-owned business Grove Juice secured success thanks to a heavy dose of determination, a drive to do what’s right and the kind of core values you often find cloaked in the dust of regional Australia. Ask him where that business nous comes from though and he’ll tell it to you straight. “I don’t know where all the genes came from,” he says. “I don’t know what got me into cotton. I don’t know what got me into oranges. You never quite know where life’s going to take you these days do you? For me, it all comes back to how I love the challenge, I love driving the outcome. You’ve got to set your goals and take a running jump at them,” he says. And there it is – an in-built willingness to take a leap and throw everything he’s got behind whatever comes his way. A CROP WI T H A T HICK SK IN

Dick’s first business leap saw him land in Moree with cotton, which he started farming on his property Beela in 1981. By 1997, and with the support of the Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Association, Dick used his farming work ethic to

establish the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) with the goal of providing support for Aboriginal people in Moree looking to enter the job market. It was a move that saw him awarded the Human Rights Medal by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in 2004. Come 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. Suffice to say, Dick doesn’t shy away from a challenge. So when the region’s climate grew increasingly volatile in his cotton farming days, he began his search for a crop with a thick skin. “Oranges were a no-brainer in my book, but first we needed to check we had a market. “So in 2008 we headed north to Brisbane to check out a small juicing business. We bought 50% on the spot and headed home to start planting.” By 2017, with new business partner and Grove Juice’s Managing Director Archer Walters by his side, Dick’s thick-skinned orchard was starting to take shape. While it took a further five years for the orange trees to be properly established, Grove Juice is one of the largest Australian owned fresh fruit processors in the juice category today. “Currently we’re growing 10,000 tonnes a year and have 200,000 trees on 350 hectares – presently we’re doubling the size of the orchards, too. We’re squeezing more than 300,000 fresh oranges and pressing around 180,000 fresh apples daily at our facility in Warwick,” says Dick.

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“We’re working hard to keep it Australian and keep it family owned and we’re building a platform for the next generation”

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It’s a success story, certainly. But business hasn’t come without its challenges – the environment for one being an ongoing battle. “The drought has had a huge impact on the industry, particularly the price of water,” says Archer.

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“When those prices go up, the farmers need to look at where they can best deploy the water they have to get the best return. And the thing is, juice prices haven’t been high enough over the past few years. Thankfully, that’s changed in recent months and they’re now sitting at a more fair and equitable price for both the farmer and the consumer.” Archer, like Dick, is no stranger to hard work. Before joining Grove Juice he’d spent the best part of a decade working in agribusiness and commodity trading in Singapore. The pair stayed in touch throughout the years, their families had grown up together in Moree after all and, back in the day, Archer put himself through university by driving tractors on Dick’s farm. A business partnership forged on such rock solid foundations has undoubtedly contributed to the pair’s business success, along with their family values and passion for open communication with every member of the supply chain. In fact, the revision of juice prices in recent months was driven by conversations led by Dick and Archer. “We spearheaded a really large charge there,” says Archer. “We’re a family business so we’re pretty hands on and we don’t shy away from honest conversations. We meet monthly with our retailers to keep them in the loop and ensure everyone in the supply chain is looked after. “Industry leaders like Citrus Australia and the Beverage Council were also a remarkable support, but it was Dick’s ground-level work with the AES that meant

we had pre-existing, genuine connections and relationships with people in those organisations. We could speak openly and honestly, and work together to do what’s right.” It’s a transparent approach Grove Juice also applies to their whole communications and social media strategy. With 140 people in the business, Dick says every single one of them chips in to help tell the Grove Juice story from growing, picking and processing across their branding, digital marketing, social media and website content. “We have nothing to hide. We’re open, honest, and we’re a quintessential Australian business. There’s no beating around the bush here, what you see is what you get and that’s the approach we take with our communications too,” says Dick. “We’re happy to share what we’re doing with everyone, especially other farmers, because I think furthering that agriculture information is the way of the future.” When I asked Dick and Archer about their plans for the future, they agreed Grove Juice is only just moving into second gear. “We want to lead by example. There are a lot of challenges within Australian agriculture right now, but we’re trying to make it right. We’re working hard to keep it Australian and keep it family owned and we’re building a platform for the next generation,” says Archer. “We also want people to feel good when they come to work,” adds Dick. “We encourage people to work for how it makes them feel, to take a look at what they’re contributing to, alongside their mates. You don’t want people coming to work just for the money, that’s when you’ll lose that spark. We want to make work enjoyable for people, filled with purpose and passion. You’ve only got one life after all, you don’t want to waste it.”

{  words: STEPH WANLESS  photography: MELANIE JENSON  }


T HE POWER OF PROVEN A NCE S T ORY T ELLING

Grove Juice is a prime example of the power of provenance storytelling. The communications approach adopted by Dick, Archer and their entire team has helped them establish a remarkably strong foothold in Australia’s horticulture industry, one based on trust, transparency and strength of character. In 2020, it was those key qualities AgriFutures Australia identified as crucial components of a business’s storytelling strategy. They realised current and potential clients alike had an undeniable appetite to understand the process behind the produce, to know where their food comes from and the people who grow it. That’s why they’ve developed the provenance toolkit, a suite of practical downloadable resources aimed at Australian producers who want to build an impactful provenance narrative of their own. “Giving consumers line of sight to where and how their food and fibre is produced is no longer a strategy reserved for small boutique business,” says Jennifer Medway, AgriFutures Australia’s Senior Manager, Business Development. “Market insights from the research showed how producers can take their own production stories and turn them into successful marketing strategies. The resources in the toolkit are tailored for small to medium-sized food and fibre businesses – and they equally fit with family farms to sole traders. You don’t need an army of communications specialists to make this work for you and your rural business.” It’s a strategy the Grove Juice team has down to a fine art – it comes naturally to them because it’s who they are, it’s how they choose to do business and consumers and brands alike are hungry for it. After all, humans have been sharing stories for as long as we’ve had a language to tell them in. It’s how we connect, problem-solve and rationalise the world around us. It’s how we’re wired. And since one in five consumers make food and beverage purchasing decisions based on provenance, it’s more important than ever to arm yourself with the tools needed to share your story. Start today by visiting: agrifutures.com.au/ rural-industries/provenance-and-story-telling

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Self-proclaimed spinster and fibre artist, Kelly has been fond of all things tactile since she was young. But it wasn’t until she happened upon her mother’s spinning wheel that she started spinning her own yarn. Kelly’s love of spinning wasn’t dampened by living and studying in busy Sydney, she would even take her wheel on public transport with her to and from classes – an uncommon but therapeutic hobby, “Sitting on the bus with my spinning wheel would often attract some interesting looks from passers-by,” she says. Kelly was intrigued by the textures of varying fibres and delighted in the endless possibilities at her fingertips, creating gifts for family and friends. Soon, there were requests for her pieces and her Etsy store, Spindle & Company, was created to keep up with demand. MO T HERHOOD, MINDFULNE SS A ND T HE WHEELHOUSE

Along with being a fabulous fibre artist, Kelly is also a mother to two beautiful children. She spoke about the challenges that many women face when becoming mothers, having struggled with perinatal depression throughout both pregnancies. “I suffered more so during my second pregnancy, I found that spinning yarn and creating things for friends and family was a great way to connect with people over something that I love,” says Kelly. Finding the process of working with her hands and various textiles soothing, spinning helped her generate a f low state and sense of mindfulness. Eager to share her love of fibre art and knowledge with others, Kelly created The Wheelhouse, a fibre studio which also provides a room for people to learn a new craft through workshops and private tutoring. “We opened in 2019 and use the space to showcase and introduce other creative niche outlets through workshops including calligraphy, lampshade making, watercolour painting, kombucha making and of course, weaving,” says Kelly.

Just when The Wheelhouse was taking off, COVID-19 appeared. Like many other businesses, The Wheelhouse was forced to close its doors. But Kelly found another way to share her love of fibre art – that’s when Flock was born. An online-based membership platform, Flock invites members to come together and learn how to spin yarn by hand. The platform also allows Kelly to enter into bigger, important conversations about sustainable sourcing of fibre. “Sustainability is important to me, often there is no way to trace the origin of fleece, and so we can’t trace the treatment of the animals,” says Kelly. Throughout her tutorials, Kelly often weaves in valuable information about how to source sustainably. She is so passionate about eco-sourcing and giving back to the environment that she has recently collaborated with One Tree Planted, donating $1US for every member of Flock every single month. The month of December saw 57 trees planted. “I enjoy bringing people together through yarn and the positive impact this can have on peoples’ mental health and wellbeing, while also educating and assisting creatives to move towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious way of making,” she says. Kelly is lucky enough to purchase Alpaca f leece direct from small, independent Australian suppliers. Not only is this a way of sourcing sustainably, but it allows her to trace the treatment of the animals supplying her f leece and in some cases even know their names! Kelly hopes that she will be able to connect more with local farms, purchasing fleece directly and continuing important conversations about sustainable sourcing. “Crafting has such a big impact on the environment; my main two goals are to form connections with people and to improve the environment.”

where dreams are spun to life If you are interested in having a yarn with Kelly, or want to know more about her planned online ‘taster’ mini-courses as a part of Flock, get in touch today. Memberships open in March 2021. spindleandco.com.au – Follow on Instagram: @spindleandcompany

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CLAIRE TAYLOR tree changer Claire Taylor, her husband Dan and their toddler Will left their Sydney home in the rear-view mirror and relocated to Tamworth in August last year. The little family (who will welcome a new addition in March) have leapt wholeheartedly into their brandnew country life – all without having to sacrifice their challenging and rewarding careers. Claire is director of two innovative start-ups – My Property Circles, which facilitates co-investment in real estate (mypropertycircles.com.au) and VillageHub, where vacant or underutilised spaces are listed for hire (myvillagehub.com). Both Claire and Dan have adapted their jobs into remote roles and share a desk on alternate days at Dpartmnt, the pioneering flexible co-working space right in the heart of Tamworth’s CBD.

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WH Y DID YOU CHOOSE TA MWOR T H? Having lived in Sydney for 10 years, I was always keen to make the regional move, but to somewhere that still had a lot of opportunity and vibrancy. I had worked here brief ly in 2013 and just loved the vibe and community spirit, it really left such a positive, lasting impression on me. My sister moved here a few years ago too, plus, I grew up in Warialda and it’s wonderful to be closer to my family who still live there. WH AT PROMP T ED T HE MOVE ? My husband has lived all over the world and was very reluctant to relocate to the country… it took me seven years to convince him it was his idea! We really wanted to buy our own home, but were staring down the barrel of a multimillion-dollar mortgage in Sydney. Now, (with acreage just out of town at beautiful Warral) we have a pool, we have chickens, we have freedom and space for our 1.5 children at a fraction of the price. After years of thinking about a move, it really was COVID-19 and the lockdown that finally sealed the deal. Dan is the director of a Sydney-based engineering company (CJC Management) and thanks to remote working, he was able to relocate and create an arm of the business in regional NSW. WH AT DO YOU MISS A BOU T CI T Y LIVING? Actually, very little. I go to Sydney about once a month for work and that’s enough!

WH AT A RE YOU LOVING A BOU T TA MWOR T H? I’m amazed at how much more time I have, I’m still always early for everything! Everywhere you go in Sydney it takes at least an hour, but here, we have time to spend with Will after daycare and we’re not just racing to do dinner then bed. There’s more time in every single day.

There are just so many wonderful facilities and our visiting friends can’t believe that all these amazing attractions for kids, (like the Marsupial park and the Regional Playground) are free! You can just tell that the Council cares so much more about the enjoyment and wellbeing of the residents than their city counterparts. Tamworth really is thriving. You just have to drive around the edges of town to see all the new developments – there are so many people and businesses investing in the future of the city. FAVOURI T E T HINGS T O DO? - Will loves the splashpad at Hopscotch. - Goonoo Goonoo Station is spectacular. - Taking a day trip to Lake Keepit. WH AT A DVICE WOULD YOU GIVE T O O T HERS CONSIDERING A MOVE T O TA MWOR T H? Don’t hesitate! It will broaden rather than narrow your career prospects.

Amy Kelly is the founder of Big Sky Relocations. The business provides personalised local information, plus a variety of organisational and practical support services to individuals and families relocating to Tamworth. They can also support businesses that are relocating or expanding their operations to our region by providing essential local knowledge and logistical support. Visit bigskyrelocations.com.au

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When Anna Boston was six years old, she had a market stall in her front garden selling perfume. “Well, I called it perfume – it was actually smashed up rose petals in water, but the thought was there,” says Anna. Today, Anna’s creative process sees her making porcelain and ceramic earrings, jewellery and a small range of functional pieces for her business The Eclective, based in her lifelong home of Armidale NSW. Her passion for ceramics was triggered three years ago, when she joined a hand building sculpture workshop hosted by New England artists Joan Relke and Carl Merten at The Armidale Pottery Club. From the moment she sat down, Anna was hooked. “The Pottery Club is such a remarkable resource, bursting with passionate, talented artists, not to mention an incredible collection of tools and equipment needed to explore the ‘slow made’ craft of ceramics,” she says. It’s an artform that’s experienced a welcome revival in recent years, as people increasingly turn their backs on machine-produced products in favour of handmade items from independent makers, crafters and artists. In times of turmoil, such as recent droughts, bushfires, and a global pandemic, Anna believes people have also sought solace in ceramics as the craft invites you to slow down, and use your hands to create something beautiful, unique and tangible.

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“That newfound appreciation for handmade products is game changing,” says Anna. “It shone a whole new light on ceramics – which is a meeting of science and art, a creative pursuit that cannot be rushed at any stage. The clay I use has to be at just the right moisture level to work with and the first firing takes around eight hours, followed by a very precise glazing and decorating process. Patience is key at this stage. “The second firing takes 12 hours, followed by sanding and finishing before I turn the completed ceramics into earrings.” Every piece of Anna’s jewellery is handmade in small batches using Australian-made clays and glazes. Her ceramics are transformed into wearable art that come in a range of geometric and organic shapes,

with a colour palette ranging from minimalist white and jet black, to night sky navy, electric blue and striking mustard yellow. “My work focuses on simple, modern and minimalist designs. But no matter how many pairs of earrings I make, there are constant learning curves. “Even experienced potters can have massive failures, so you need to be open to ongoing education, understanding materials, learning how to work with them and how the heat affects them differently.” Anna recently snapped up her own electric kiln so she can pursue this creative process from her garage… sometimes working into the early hours. “I usually finish packing the kiln at 1-2am, turn it on then go to bed. If I’m at work the next day, I’ll dash home on my lunch break to

turn it off – it’s the only way to keep up with demand which has really boosted thanks to online regional platforms like Buy From The Bush and The Good Gift Co,” she says. Her work was recently featured in The Australian Ceramics Journal in their ‘Colour’ edition. “Being asked to submit work to the major ceramics publication in Australia was definitely a highlight of 2020 – the fact that professional ceramicists wanted to share what I was doing really gave me confidence in my work.” Anna’s jewellery has been bought by people across the country, some of whom have never shopped online before. “It’s amazing to see the postcodes on the orders every week – putting my work online in March last year was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Discover it for yourself at: theeclective.com.au

{  words: STEPH WANLESS  photography: MIKE TERRY  }


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ALICE ARMITAGE EMBR ACING THE PANDAEMONIUM

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There’s no label to aptly describe what Alice Armitage does. She’s an entrepreneur at heart, but you could also call her a start-up consultant, business strategist, co-working space creator and book publisher. Perhaps visionary is a better term? One that encompasses her drive to create change by bringing people together and projects to life.

Whatever you call her, there is no mistaking Alice Armitage’s energy, or passion, particularly for regional Australia’s entrepreneurial community. While she’s always got more than one thing on the go, it’s her latest project, a stunning book called Into the Pandaemonium that has ignited a newfound love for sharing the stories of innovators, problemsolvers and business owners who call regional Australia home. Pandaemonium means chaos, noise and unruly behaviour. It can also mean wild excitement. Whichever definition you choose, there’s no doubt it’s a fitting word to describe the nature of entrepreneurialism. To take a risk, diving headfirst into the chaos of the unknown, breaking the rules, wading through the noise and feeling the excitement for something new, something better, is exactly what being an entrepreneur is all about. And Alice is queen of embracing the pandaemonium. A farmer’s daughter, Alice couldn’t wait to leave her hometown of Guyra and explore the world. She was on a plane to France the moment she finished school.

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She studied Medical Science in Sydney and while she didn’t follow that path, her time at university gave her a taste of the entrepreneurial world. She had friends working in the tech start-up space and knew she wanted to be part of it. Over the years, Alice gained experience in the start-up, fintech and capital brokerage spaces. She worked alongside an investment banker, managed start-up launches and learnt the makings of a successful business from the ground up. She spent time in Sydney, Hobart and abroad, working on projects including an AgTech start-up, renewable energy project and software launch. Alice then started her own consultancy business for start-ups, Native Haus. Alice returned to Armidale at the beginning of 2020, where she realised her dream of opening a co-working space, Pandaemonium. She had long imagined building a community for creatives and start-ups with a physical space where they could work, share ideas, collaborate or simply have a beer together at the end of a long week.

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In effect, creating the type of place she wanted to work in herself. Having lived in both big cities and smaller, regional towns, Alice knew that Regional Australia had something special to offer when it came to innovation. The inspiring stories of 11 business owners and start-ups inside Into the Pandaemonium exemplify why regional Australia is such a wonderful place to try new things, test ideas and solve problems. Bound in eye-catching red and set with stunning imagery, Into the Pandaemonium looks just at home on a bookshelf in Double Bay as it does in Dubbo. Alice very deliberately set out to ensure the book was of a particular quality and standard. Not only so that it made a nice coffee table edition, but more importantly, so that she could get it in front of thought leaders and decision-makers around the county. “Despite misconceptions among some city folk, opportunities abound in regional and rural Australia. We have incredible stories of innovation, determination and success, we just need to share them, which is exactly what Into the Pandaemonium is all about,” says Alice.

“We have incredible stories of innovation, determination and success, we just need to share them”

While it started on a whim, in her own words, Into the Pandaemonium has become the most meaningful body of work for Alice to date. Not even Alice herself knows exactly what her next project will be. But one thing is for sure; it will involve supporting and championing the makers and innovators of regional Australia. Mentoring, inspiring and using her platform to share their stories. To purchase your copy of Into the Pandaemonium visit: pandaemonium.org

{  words: JESSICA BRADBERY  photography: MIKE TERRY  }


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5 TOP TIPS FOR HOMEOWNER SUCCESS HAVE YOU BEEN THINKING ABOUT BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME? SICK OF PAYING RENT, SHARING WITH YOUR MATES OR LIVING WITH MUM AND DAD? REBECCA CREIGHTON-CLARKE SHARES HER TOP FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR HOMEOWNER SUCCESS.

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1. CR E AT E A BUDGE T A ND S AV E F OR A DE P O SI T

4 . UNDE R S TA ND T HE S A L E S PROCE S S

Make a budget, stick to it, and start saving for the biggest deposit possible as the more equity you have, the less interest you will more than likely pay.

Before you start shopping, educate yourself on the sales process in your state. Whether it be auction or private treaty, you need to understand the process and your rights and responsibilities.

Get your finances in order before you start to apply for a home loan, and rid yourself of excess debt. Do not make the mistake of applying for your first home loan while you’re carrying excessive debt. Do away with any credit cards you don’t really need, finish off your car payments and pay down any personal loans. Make your home loan your top priority.

For instance, if you buy a property at auction, you’ll need unconditional finance approval and pest and building inspections completed before the auction. If you’re buying through a private treaty in NSW, you need to understand the laws around gazumping and how to avoid it happening to you. Knowledge is power, don’t go shopping without arming yourself with knowledge and knowhow.

2. GE T PR E-A PPROVA L

A visit to your mortgage broker – or multiple lenders – should be next on the list so they can assess and confirm how much you can borrow. You can decide which lender and loan will best suit your circumstances and then get pre-approval, preferably in written form. It’s good to keep a level head and be realistic about what you can afford. Most of us, when buying a home, will need to borrow money to finance the purchase. So before you go any further, you need to find out how much you can borrow. When applying for a pre-approved loan you’ll need to provide some additional documentation, such as: •

Proof of deposit

Proof of income

Monthly expenses

Any other outgoings such as loans, credit cards, and store cards

5. S TA R T SHOPPING ( T HE F UN PA R T )

So, now you know how much you can borrow and are confident you can make the repayments for this loan, it’s time for the fun part – searching for your first home! But remember, focus on affordability first. You don’t need to buy a Hollywood mansion for your first home. To get into the real estate market you may need to make compromises… you can springboard to a bigger and better property down the track. Home buyers often start their search with a long list of must-haves, only to find they need to whittle that list down once they see what’s within reach. Unless you’re a bazillionaire, it’s impossible to check all those boxes on the wish list. Make a list of our top priorities, such as: •

Number of bedrooms

Garden size

Proximity to schools

3. ENSURE YOU RECEIVE ALL BENEFITS YOU’RE ELIGIBLE FOR

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In Australia, various State and Territory Governments also offer their own incentives to first home buyers in the way of grants. Most states also give generous concessions off the costs of stamp duty. Make sure you know what’s available in the locality you’re buying your first home. The most obvious and most talked about in NSW is the Government’s housing affordability package, for first home buyers. This comprehensive package will:

Remember, you’ll need to make compromises when buying your first home, so you need to determine what’s most important to you. Shopping for a home is like shopping for a new car – your options can change wildly depending on your particular needs.

Abolish stamp duty on all homes up to $650,000

Provide a $10,000 grant for builders of new homes up to $750,000 and purchasers of new homes up to $600,000

Abolish insurance duty on lenders’ mortgage insurance

In short? Do your homework and make sure you’re receiving all benefits you’re eligible for.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life, involving quite possibly the biggest financial and lifestyle choices you’ll ever make. Take your time, don’t rush. You need to be 100% prepared before you start to shop for a home. Remember knowledge is power. If you have any questions, I’m here to help and would love to catch up for a coffee and a chat. Feel free to give me a call on: 0448 938 943.

Till next time, Bec.

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PERFECTLY SORTED BRINGING PROPERT Y S T YLING FOR SALE TO THE NE W ENGL AND.


Ali Broinowski has a long-held love for all things organised. When paired with her career in allied health, these two passions led to Perfectly Sorted, a business that helps homeowners prepare for the big occasions in life – such as selling your home, moving house or managing the estate of a loved one. Launched in Mudgee in September 2018, Ali and the Perfectly Sorted team have helped countless locals streamline their household needs – and they’ve recently launched an extension of the business in Armidale. “We’re so excited to bring our service to the New England,” says Ali. “I don’t know of any other business in the region that operates as a one-stop-shop for these types of projects. We understand sometimes it’s overwhelming to decorate your home, keep things organised or prepare for a house sale, so we’re thrilled to work alongside the local agents to showcase properties for maximum results. Armidale’s own Perfectly Sorted will be headed up by Kim McConville, who was previously the founder and Executive Director for the award-winning Community Arts and Cultural Development Organisation Beyond Empathy.

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“I have been working in community arts for 35 years and it saw me work to build community, using the arts to develop common ground and a sense of belonging , supporting people living under pressure on a daily basis – I feel well equipped to lead the Perfectly Sorted team here in Armidale,” says Kim. “Creating a common language between sometimes disparate groups in the community is a particular passion of mine, it’s something I’ve done my whole life, and I see my role at Perfectly Sorted as an opportunity to do just that through styling.

“When people walk through the door of a property, whether it’s the agent, the vendor or the potential buyer, it needs to connect with all of them. That’s where our work can create the common ground so all the parties feel like they are talking the same language and are understood, going on to forge their own unique connection with the house.” Since securing the role, Kim has closely observed the processes Ali perfected in Mudgee and recently styled her own mother’s house as a launch project for the region. “It was a miraculous transformation,” says Kim.

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“Our Perfectly Sorted team of three arrived with a truck full of furniture and homewares and created a remarkable home fit for sale in just five hours. “But it was the personal side of the process that I enjoyed the most. Our team is handpicked for attention to detail, empathy and resourcefulness. And since working on my Mum’s home I can wholeheartedly vouch for that. “I shared photos of paintings my Mum loved with Ali and the whole fitout was designed based on that colour palette. Mum’s life wasn’t stripped out of the house, quite the opposite.


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There is an element of my Mother or my Father in every room. Ali really heard what I wanted to achieve and respected all of my intentions and then took that forward styling the house fit for sale; personal but uniquely universal.” The local real estate agent responsible for the sale said the Perfectly Sorted team’s styling ensures a premium sale price

and can increase value between 10 and 15 per cent. Such results are created thanks to a team of talented people from all walks of life, each with their own unique set of skills. In Armidale for example, Melissa Killen will bring with her an extensive knowledge of furniture joinery, styling and creative advice. “We’ll work together to create a tailored approach,” says Kim.

“We understand that every home is different and one size does not fit all – that’s why we’ll visit everyone individually and customise each quote so the potential of every home, large or small, is maximised for sale.” “You wouldn’t go to a job interview in your pjs, it’s the same for your house,” adds Ali. “Let potential buyers fall in love with the best version we will create for you.”

You can contact the Perfectly Sorted Armidale team at armidale@perfectlysorted.com.au or find them online at perfectlysorted.com.au or call Kim today on 0408 230 365.

{  words: STEPH WANLESS  photography: MIKE TERRY  }



reimagining the grand & glorious T H E R E C E N T LY R E I N V I G O R AT E D TAT T E R S A L L S H O T E L A R MID A L E T R A N S P O R T S T H E IR G U E S T S T O A N O T H E R T IM E A N D P L A C E .


Located on the pedestrian mall in Beardy Street, Tattersalls Hotel Armidale has created the kind of divine space that feels like a home away from home. It’s easy to imagine that you’re standing in the lobby of a grand hotel in a big city. Or perhaps as though you’ve stepped straight into the scene of a movie. You’re immediately immersed in a world that’s a little more decadent. A little more indulgent. It’s not only the beautiful design that captures your imagination, but the people too. Everyone you meet at Tattersalls Hotel is generous, welcoming and friendly. It feels just like a hotel is meant to; a more luxurious and relaxing home away from home. While Tattersalls Hotel is currently the talk of the town, attracting visitors from all over the region, it’s been part of the Armidale landscape for over 160 years. HE IGH T OF S OPHIS T IC AT ION

Established in 1854, it was once the height of sophistication. Hosting Bishops, Heads of State, Governors and Governor Generals, Tattersalls was one of the city’s highlights. Quite the compliment given Armidale’s unique architecture of towering Cathedrals and grand homesteads. Indeed, Armidale was once in the running to become our nation’s capital and was one of the first cities in the region, being declared so in 1885. Sadly, the once-grand Tattersalls fell into disrepair in more recent times. Changing hands and names, several times over the decades, it was in 2016 that the building was purchased by residents John and Annette Cassidy. The couple decided they would restore Tattersalls, renewing a place that Armidale locals held close to their hearts, in turn doing their part to help make Armidale great again. In a project that took more than three years to complete, Tattersalls Hotel has now been lovingly restored to its former glory. The Cassidys could see the potential locked away within the bones of the building and knew it was worth bringing back to the modern world. So they decided to complete the renovations with a premium, Art Deco inf luence. The couple engaged the services of Luchetti Krelle Architecture and Interior Design firm to bring their vision for Tattersalls to life. The result? An elegant, understated restoration that nods to the building’s heritage, while ensuring a contemporary sophistication that would be at home in any major city in the world. In a word, it is magnificent. While the traditional colour palettes of Art Deco interiors were rich and dark, Tattersalls Hotel features a more modern touch with soft, muted tones throughout. Complete with pops of gold, timber, marble and emerald green features, the hotel’s ambience is refined, yet relaxing. You’ll have no troubles switching off from your day and easing into the Tattersalls’ way of life.

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T HE MUS T-SE E R E GION A L DE S T IN AT ION

More than just a restoration project, the idea behind the new Tattersalls Hotel was to create a destination. Not merely a place to drop in for a meal or stay for the night, but somewhere you can truly escape to. Whether you’re enjoying a drink in the bar or checking in for a weekend getaway, Tattersalls has a way of immersing you completely. Perhaps you travel for business, or are looking for a local escape that feels like you’re a million miles from home. Either way, Tattersalls Hotel won’t disappoint. It’s once again the place to stay in Armidale. Featuring a beautiful line-up of accommodation options including Suites, Family Apartments and Family rooms as well as King and Queen rooms, there’s an option for everyone. Each room is fully-decked out with everything you’d expect of a luxury hotel (they’ve thought of everything, truly) including access to the guest-only lounge and enclosed balcony – the perfect place to soak up a crisp Armidale sunrise as you enjoy your morning tea or coffee.

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F INE DINING, WOOD-F IR E D PI Z Z A S A ND L OC A L BR E W S

Consider yourself a gourmand? A visit to Tattersalls Hotel justifies a road trip, even if you don’t stay the night. Although, I promise that once you’re there, you’ll be wishing you booked a room! Tattersalls Hotel features an array of dining options to satisfy all appetites and budgets. The relaxed bar menu offers a tempting selection of appetisers and smaller bites including Mini Beef & Cheese Sliders with pepper jam, Spicy Chicken wings and Gourmet Burgers. Perfect for a quick meal after a long day on the road or unwinding with a drink. However, it’s the Tattersalls Hotel’s world-class restaurant that is the star of the dining offering. Headed-up by international chef, Jean-Luc Morcellet and his team of a dozen strong Chefs, the Tattersalls Hotel restaurant is a worth-the-drive dining experience unlike anything offered in the area. Featuring the finest local ingredients, hand-sourced by Jean-Luc, as well as an indulgent selection of European cheeses, cured meats and top quality fresh seafood, the dining experience that awaits you is one to remember. Standout dishes include the Beef Cheek slow-cooked in Great Hops Black Mountain Banshee Ale, Duo of Roasted Duck Breast and Confit Duck leg with roasted sweet potato, beetroot and orange sauce or a steak from the Josper Oven; a unique, Spanishstyle charcoal oven and grill that gives the meat a subtle, smokey f lavour. Every dish showcases not only Jean-Luc’s skill and passion, but the fine quality of local, New England region ingredients, such as the Lamb Rack (pictured). There is also a Pizza Garden, featuring an outdoor pizza oven that’s firing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Perfect for the family or a more casual dining experience, the Tattersalls Pizza menu features classic favourites as well as some more original f lavour combinations including Black Pudding & Chorizo or the Tattersalls Calzone with ricotta, mozzarella, prosciutto, smoked ham and parmesan. The extensive drinks menu will round-out your dining experience, or you can simply enjoy a beverage or two in the bar. Featuring options from some of the best local breweries, wineries and distilleries, as well as Australian and international wines, you’re bound to find a drop or two to entice you.

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Tattersalls Hotel also offers a range of event options and venues, catering to functions of any size. From board meetings to weddings, Tattersalls Hotel offers all-inclusive event packages. Best of all, with streams of natural light and a sophisticated colour palette, there are more than a few great photo backdrops. Set among some of the most glorious landscapes in the country, Armidale is the ideal destination to base yourself as you explore natural wonders right on our doorstep. And what finer place to stay after a long day exploring than a luxurious home away from home? If you’re looking for a fabulous local escape, Tattersalls Hotel offers gourmet packages that include accommodation, a three-course meal with accompanying wines and breakfast. It doesn’t matter whether you stay for a drink, a meal or a few nights, your first visit to the Tattersalls Hotel won’t be your last. Delivering the finest country hospitality in one of the region’s most sophisticated settings, Tattersalls Hotel Armidale is a must-see.

{  words: JESSICA BRADBERY  photography: MIKE TERRY  }


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THE BR AINS BEHIND AN IMPRESSIVE L AW FIRM TR ANSFORMATION

Local Gunnedah business, Walker Beer Solicitors & Conveyancers, has undergone a fresh reinvention, and is now operating under the name of Stacey McAllan Legal. But it’s the businesswoman behind the transformation which is the real story. From teenage mum, to prominent property lawyer and nationallyaccredited mediator, Stacey McAllan has led both an incredible career and life. Born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Stacey travelled around the country with her army-based family, until arriving in Gunnedah as an 11 year old and attending Gunnedah High School. “I’m a self-confessed army brat and moving around a lot meant making connections with new people was a big part of my life. My experiences as a child, have really helped me to become the type of legal practitioner that values the importance of relationships.”

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Stacey went on to complete her Bachelor of Laws while raising her four children and soon after owned Walker Beer Solicitors & Conveyancers, which she purchased in partnership with a colleague in 2010. Now CEO of the rebranded Stacey McAllan Legal, specialising in family law, property law and dispute resolution, she hopes to encourage young people to follow in her footsteps, and not shy away from crafting the career of their dreams, no matter what life may throw in their way. “Starting off in your career can be really daunting, particularly for young lawyers wanting to make a start in regional areas. As an employer and a mum, I want young people to know that you can have an exciting and fulfilling career and be in the country. You can have both and with a transformation work culture supported by good technology, the skies really are the limit.”

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Stacey said the rebranding was about recognising the long and incredible history of the firm, while embracing a fresh way of practicing law that fundamentally holds people at its heart. “When people come to a lawyer, often they are in a very vulnerable, emotional state, we want to appear approachable when clients come in. “We want our clients to know that we can help mediate a situation and find alternative ways of reaching solutions that doesn’t necessarily involve litigation or fighting it out in the courts. The firm’s qualified mediators are communicators who help parties table issues, explore options,

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find solutions and come to an agreement before litigation becomes an option. This means saving both money and time for clients. As part of the reinvention, Stacey McAllan Legal has also embraced all new forms of technology, meaning geography isn’t a restriction for the legal practice. Stacey McAllan Legal now has clients from all across NSW seeking their services. “Our use of innovative technology (including PEXA, Zoom and DocuSign) means we can collaborate with parties involved in transactions wherever they are in Australia,” Stacey says.


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Stacey acknowledged that the best thing to come out of COVID-19 for her firm was electronic signatures. This enables the firm to be efficient and proactive with clients who are in remote locations or under COVID-19 restrictions. In New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, deeds and agreements may be executed electronically by individuals. Technology can sometimes be confusing to new and inexperienced users, however Stacey McAllan Legal has made this easy and accessible to all clients.

“It isn’t just Gunnedah locals who visit Stacey McAllan Legal, but people from Tamworth and even those as far as Newcastle, Gosford, Port Macquarie and Lightning Ridge are clients,” says Stacey. “When clients leave the area, they stay with us, the beauty of technology is we don’t need to be in the same town to do what they need us to do.” The firm has seven team members, four lawyers, an operations manager and fourth year Legal Undergraduate.

{  words: KATHERINE HICKEY  photography: TAYLAH HUDSON  }

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HOLISTIC HEALTH ST RUG G L I NG F OR F I T N E S S M O T I VAT I O N T H I S N E W Y E A R ? SE L I N A RYA N OF P U L SE F I T N E S S , U R A L L A , H A S S O M E T OP T I P S T O G E T YOU M OV I NG . A S F OR OH B A B Y… A F T E R B A B Y ?! C H E C K OU T A DV IC E F RO M C L I N IC A L SE XOL O G I ST C J B A L DRY. A N D I F YOU ’ R E B AT T L I NG O NG OI NG C H RO N IC PA I N , P H Y SI O T H E R A PI ST J E S S B A R B E R SH A R E S H E R A DV IC E F OR H OL I ST IC , SA F E E X E RC I SE ROU T I N E S .


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360 HEALTH CLINIC W E ’ V E A L L E X PE R IE NCE D PA IN IN OUR L IF E T IME . F OR T UN AT E LY F OR M A N Y OF US, T HIS PA IN IS ONLY T E MP OR A RY, BU T F OR O T HE R S PA IN IS A CHRONIC CONDI T ION T HE Y L I V E W I T H ON A DA ILY BA SIS.

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Chronic pain (also known as persistent pain) is pain that persists beyond the expected healing time of an injury. Unlike acute pain, which is caused by tissue damage, chronic pain is less about structural or tissue damage and more about the sensitivity of the nervous system and ‘non-tissue-related factors’. Chronic pain can be caused by ongoing chronic disease such as arthritis, cancer or multiple sclerosis; or as a result of a trauma including surgery, accident or fall. While the long-term nature of pain is not always indicative of ongoing disease or damage, the longer pain persists, the more complicated it becomes. Often when we experience pain we avoid activity or movement in an attempt to not aggravate or cause further symptoms. However, this can become detrimental as reduced activity often leads to physical deconditioning (loss of strength and endurance), withdrawal from recreational activities, reduced ability to perform activities of daily living and an overall decline in quality of life. A T E A M A PPRO A CH Since chronic pain is often a complex condition, it’s no surprise that a collaborative and holistic treatment approach is often encouraged. Working with your GP, pharmacist, allied health and mental health professional in an open and combined manner can help produce the best results for people living with chronic pain.

When beginning an exercise program, it’s important to seek the correct advice and support. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is able to assess, discuss and determine what type and how much exercise is suitable. Finding the most appropriate time of day to move, when pain levels are low or medication is at its optimum are also factors an AEP will consider when developing an exercise program for chronic pain. W H Y E X E RCISE ? Research has revealed that the prescription of an ‘exercise pill’ can be an effective way to reverse the downward cycle of deconditioning and worsening pain. Exercise is important to be able to maintain strength and endurance in order to continue to perform our day-to-day activities. And while the word strength may come with the idea of lifting or moving heavy things, there are multiple ways in which we can develop strength without touching a weight. Finding the right environment to exercise plays a large role in the effectiveness of the exercise prescription. For someone experiencing high levels of pain and reduced mobility, aquatic exercise can be the perfect environment to relieve the pressure on muscles and joints, increase range of motion and mobility. Land-based exercise can also be greatly moderated to achieve optimal results without aggravating pain symptoms.

360 Health Clinic is able to offer you both land and aquatic-based exercise therapy for the management of pain across our three locations in Tamworth, Gunnedah and Quirindi. We’re not saying you’ ll feel better overnight, but you may find more freedom to get back to doing some of the things you love!

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OH BABY, OH BABY… AFTER BABY! HI, M Y N A ME ’S C J BA L DRY IS. I’M A CL INIC A L SE XOL OGIS T, E DUC AT OR A ND R E SE A RCHE R . I CHOO SE T O WOR K W I T H FA C T S A ND A DOP T A ‘NO NON SE N SE ’ A PPROACH. I FIND T HIS WORKS BE S T WHEN UNDERS TA NDING NE W INFORM AT ION. A F T E R A L L , K NOW L E DGE IS K E Y. I T IS P OW E R F UL A ND UNL OCK S COUN T L E S S ASSE T S IN PROVIDING SOLID FOUNDAT IONS OF AWA RENE SS A ND EMPOWERMEN T.

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I work with an increasing number of parents who see me after they have added a baby (or babies!) to their relationship. The predominant goal of seeking me out is to engage in a mission of recovery of their relationship, a recovery of themselves and sort through what is now, as well as what their future could hold. Parents see me with a sense of grief, a sense of guilt due to the grief they hold and utter confusion at times. This grief is based mostly around themselves and their relationship. The relationship they had no longer exists in its entirety – it is forever changed due to the arrival of a beautiful little sleep depriver. The most common discussion points with me are around priority of time for each other, since “that” time is now being spent attending to other (often infant troubleshooting) areas. Communication is no longer concentrated on and around each other. Instead, topics now consist of scheduling bath and feed times and the literal consistency of bowel movements of said sleep depriver. So not only does the relationship see changes, as I mentioned there is a grief experienced on an individual basis. The grief explained is often intertwined with guilt. “Why do I feel this way when I wanted to have children? I chose to do this and yet I feel sad / a sense of loss about myself , who I was and now who I think I am.” My patients often talk about the confidence of ‘self’ prior to becoming a parent. Back then, they knew who they were and were somewhat comfortable with that. But now, confidence levels drop due to these uncharted waters. The priority of thought is now not on themselves or their relationship, it is elsewhere – at a place which often does not cover either of these two things. This can be confronting and create new uncertainties such as: • Who am I… now… that I am parent? • What does that mean to me? • What does that mean to my partner? • What do I feel about them as a parent? • What do I think about my body? • What does that mean to my relationship? • And what does that mean to my sex and intimacy in myself and my relationship? These are big questions. They require a lot of thought, direction and guidance and honesty.

Let us concentrate on one question (no doubt the elephant in the room). How can I keep sex and intimacy in my relationship after the baby arrives? It does not matter if your sleep depriver has landed earthside, or is still waiting for their due date – speak to your baby making teammate about how they feel. Check in with them, even if it is an incredibly simple question like: • “Give me three things you are loving about ‘this’ right now?” • “Give me three things you are concerned / scared / troubled / confused about?” Do this regularly. It works to open Pandora’s box of thoughts / feelings / words, which allows you to gauge how things are being interpreted and what can be offered outside the schedule of bathing, burping and bowel movements. This could lead to concerns of voicing “I don’t want to have sex with you because I have just seen what you have gone through and I don’t want to hurt you”. Or “I don’t want you to see me naked and touch me – as I know my body is not the same as it was, and I am worried you won’t be attracted to me”. This provides an opportunity to have a dialogue where there is no guessing of the other’s perception, this level of truth provides an incredible level of intimacy and leads to a sense of safety within a relationship and through extension – yourself. Your baby making teammate can have the opportunity to remain exactly that – your teammate. Research suggests that when participants within relationships experience a high level of empathetic communication, they report a high level of intimacy and regular engagement of sex and other acts of intimacy. Empathic communication is key across all aspects of a relationship. The practice of this type of communication outside the proverbial bedroom often increases the communication in sex and other acts of intimacy, which in turn increases overall sexual satisfaction in both self and partnered intimate activities. I often say to my patients – empathetic communication serves as the best lubricant.

If you would like to explore this topic further with me, please contact me via my website and look out for events held this year at my practice. This topic will also be offered for a more in depth discussion and education opportunities. Visit assertivesexology.com.au/contact

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FIND YOUR FITNESS MOTIVATION E XCUSE S ? Y E P – W E ’ V E A L L M A DE T HE M, A ND A L A CK OF MO T I VAT ION IS OF T E N T O P O F T H E L I S T. F O L L O W T H E S E P R O D U C T I V E S T E P S F R O M F I T N E S S T R A I N E R SE L IN A RYA N T O HE L P YOU NO T ONLY F IND T HE MO T I VAT ION T O K ICK-OF F YOUR NE X T HE A LT H A ND F I T NE S S JOUR NE Y, BU T T O S TAY CON SIS T E N T !

F IGUR E OU T YOUR ‘ W H Y ? ’ What is your reason behind putting on those running shoes or setting that alarm to get to a class? For some of us it might be for health reasons, both mental and physical. Maybe you have an event coming up, a pair of jeans you’d love to wear, or perhaps you just want to be the best version of yourself for your family and those around you. It might take some thinking but the sooner you figure out WHY you are exercising, the sooner you can use this as a reminder on those days you need that extra boost. # 074

DON’ T UNDE R E S T IM AT E T HE P OW E R OF MOME N T UM Quite often, we find the hardest part of a new fitness regime is actually starting. But once you begin, you’ll be binging those workouts like the latest season of your favourite show on Netf lix – trust me. The power of momentum is amazing and, after just one workout, you’ll be surprised how eager you are to get the next one in. No matter how small, take those first steps, and then.. you’re off! S TA R T SE E ING YOUR HE A LT H A S A N IN V E S T ME N T Now more than ever we have a new appreciation and understanding of the value of our health. This pandemic sure has taught us not to take it for granted, so why not invest in it? Whether that be with your time or your money, I can guarantee the return will be better than a stack of AfterPay Shares.

To name a few benefits, regular exercise helps to prevent illness, increase mental performance and productivity, improve sleep, and offers you an all round better chance of living a longer, healthier life. Sounds like a pretty good return to me! ORG A NIS AT ION IS K E Y I won’t lie, some days it feels like I don’t have a shred of organisation in my life. However, getting up in the morning for my workouts is like a military operation. By simply having my gym clothes ready the night before, a post-workout snack good to go and checking my alarm’s set a little early just in case, I’m able to get up and out the door on time. Heading to the gym after work? Have your bag packed ready to go. Always losing your car keys? Leave them somewhere safe (and obvious) the night before. Find yourself starving after a workout? Why not have dinner prepped too?! Okay, that might be a step far for some, but by following a few of these organisation hacks you’re more likely to commit. So don’t let yourself down, we don’t need any potential excuses to ruin our perfectly planned sweat session. S T OP L OOK ING BA CK Yep, we’ve all said it. ‘I probably won’t be able to do it because I’ve tried it before’. ‘Last time I failed so it will probably happen again.’ Stop it! Now! How on earth is this

negative, rear view mirror doubt going to help you in any way? It won’t. What if we gave ourselves the pep talk we so often give to others and those we love? What if we looked inside and said, ‘Hell yeah, I’m gonna do this!’? What if we became our own biggest cheerleaders, pom poms and all! We need to learn to celebrate our wins, however small they may be, and start believing that we ARE capable despite what our negative, past-dwelling thoughts may sometimes try to have us believe. BE IN SPIR E D BY O T HE R S It’s no news that fitness and exercise can also work wonders for our social lives. By getting out there and meeting new people, you’ll find yourself blown away by the inspiring stories and journeys of those you meet. We have a remarkable way of cheering others on, and sometimes it will be your turn. When you’re struggling on that last set of exercises and the person next to you says ‘Come on! You can do it!’ – that’s the kind of motivation you won’t find at home alone on the sofa. S TA R T SM A L L , DR E A M BIG The truth is, motivation has to come from within. It’s not something that some people are just ‘lucky’ to have. Nope. Absolutely everyone is capable of motivating themselves in one way or another, we just struggle to find the path sometimes and you know what? Starting is often the most difficult part.

So if you’re stuck and need some inspiration, why not try visiting us at 28 Hill Street, Uralla (@pulse_fitness_uralla). We also have a fantastic Online Home Workout program that you can follow to help keep you accountable at home and build your confidence gradually. Just remember, start small – but don’t be afraid to dream big. Now go get those pom poms.

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2021 MAKEUP TRENDS

we can all be thankful for Whether you’re an avid follower of makeup trends or in need of updating your look, I think we can all agree that the emerging trends in makeup are ones we can all be thankful for. Simple application, affordability and minimalism. Here, we explore three looks to update your makeup wardrobe for 2021, created by our resident Makeup Artist at Glamour Empire, Laura Barber.

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Have a look through your makeup kit, you might be surprised with what you find that’s now on trend. Makeup has got a shelf life though, so if you’re not sure how long you’ve had a product, it might be best to replace it.

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A smokey eye anyone can achieve using blendable browns – and who doesn’t have plenty of browns to choose from in their makeup kits? A colour trend we can all gravitate to that compliments any outfit, at any time of day. Mix and match your brown tones. Looks always come back around, lucky for me as I’ve been wearing brown smokey eyes for decades, occasionally throwing in a copper or gold for night looks and drama. My favourite browns are from Melli Cosmetics for their creamy and blendable formula. Melli Pro Pan Eyeshadows $12.50

Layer your browns, or wear one shade with an ivory brow highlight to keep it simple. For night, apply your usual base, taking care to apply slightly more than you would for your day look. Add a little extra contour and an extra layer of blush to compete with your eyeshadow, too little next to a smokey eye and it can look like you’re wearing none at all. Lashings of mascara and smudged black eyeliner will compliment your lighter lip shade and smokey eye. For daywear, keep your skin glowing starting with your skincare and working your way up to a light base. Finishing with a lighter shade of gloss, the eyes are the stand out here.

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A BRIGHT LIPS TICK Pops of colour are in! Bright oranges, hot pink, vivid purples and fiery reds are on our lips this year paired with minimal makeup. An unexpected trend considering wearing a mask on the lower half of our faces has been at times mandatory. As we dare to dream of a COVID-free existence, maybe the bright pops of lipstick are the equivalent of flipping COVID-19 the bird. Pack away your neutrals, colour is the new nude. My personal favourite: Mellow Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lipstick in Electro $23

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Apply a f lawless base starting with your skincare – because good skin is always in. Keep the contouring and highlighting to a minimum and include a shade of blush to compliment your lip colour. Blush in pink tones teamed with pink, red or purple lipstick and peachy blush tones to compliment orange and peach lipsticks. Matte, gloss or hydrating lipsticks all apply!

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COLOURED LINER Talk about making an effortless statement, this look has us putting our eyeshadow palettes aside and completing our eye look with just two products – colour-popping eyeliner and mascara. Another look teamed with minimal makeup. My recommendation for eye-popping eyeliner is the Modelrock Lash and Go Pen that you can use as eyeliner, but also acts as the glue that your false lashes stick to. It’s two products in one, with five vivid colours to choose from. Modelrock Lash and Go $20

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Keep your base products to a minimum. Healthy glowing skin that allows your eyeliner to do the talking is what this look is about. Starting with skincare, primer, foundation or tinted moisturisers. Powder lightly, mineral powders work best! Keep your highlighting and contouring to a minimum and just add blush. Team your eyeliner with a clear gloss so as to not compete with your eyeliner. Try a cream blush for a dewy look.

As Professional Makeup Artists we’re always on-hand to assist in colour selections and application techniques. Maybe it’s time to invest in a makeup lesson, or just a makeup bag makeover. We’ve got a huge range of affordable products in-store and online. Visit us if you’re in Tamworth, we’ d love to help you on your makeup journey.

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KICK OFF YOUR SHOES ONE OF MY TEACHERS USED TO SAY…“WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, THERE ARE MOSTLY TWO THINGS AT THE ROOT OF ILLNESS. INFLAMMATION AND STRESS”. These are certainly both big issues in our modern life and there are a number of reasons behind them. But I’ll share one forgotten way that can diffuse this tendency in our bodies. It may seem curious at first, but research is showing some very positive changes over time. Our bodies are mostly water, with minerals and millions of nerves continually firing electrical signals. In terms of physics we are essentially an electrical device. We can discharge a spark as static electricity and for those of us born before the digital age, we can remember inf luencing the reception of a radio or old TV. The voltage in our body can be measured with a common multimeter. When we look around our homes, other electrical devices are ‘earthed’ to a central circuit connected to a rod in the ground. It is essential wiring in every house and serves to protect homes and devices from surges during lightning strikes and faults. The circuit is maintained at ‘Earth potential’ by the f low of electrons from the storehouse within the Earth. Now in our body, white blood cells are fabulous at responding to wear and tear, injuries and toxicity. In doing so though, a free radical or positively-charged cell is released. To restore neutral these imbalanced cells grab an electron, often from another nearby cell. This leaves that cell too positively charged and so it creates a chain reaction of electron exchange. We also live in a wonderful array of electromagnetic fields, WiFi, mobile phones, computers and charged fields when we travel. Now inf lammation isn’t a total bad rap. It is an important process in healing in the short term. It promotes blood f low to an area and an activated immune response dealing with and mopping up damaged cells.

But uncontrolled and chronic inf lammation, now that’s a whole other ball game. Underneath so many conditions such as arthritis, cancers, pain, heart disease – is uncontrolled inf lammation. Since the 1950s, the advent of synthetic rubber meant that shoe production took off. It was an accessible and affordable material, but it is also an amazing insulator. We are generally not aware that while our bodies can carry voltage, sometimes as high as 20V, we are also very well insulated and not ‘earthed’ like other electrical devices. It has been amazing to read studies showing that “when a body is ‘earthed’- EVERY system in the body that they could measure (tissues and organs) – restored towards normal”. It is quite phenomenal that half an hour a day of bare feet on the ground could make such significant beneficial changes to a person’s physiology. People slept better and inf lammation markers reduced. As little ones, we love to have bare feet. It was a battle to keep shoes and socks on our toddlers. They would much prefer to freely run on grass and squish mud between their toes after rain. But I was concerned for stubbed toes, burrs, and stones, and encouraged them to wear shoes. Now, I’m not advocating traumatising our tootsies! But next time you’re in the garden, you might like to kick off your shoes and feel the earth beneath your feet. Notice how your mind may settle and feel clearer. You may begin to sleep and feel better, too. Keen to know more? The Earthing Movie is a good watch, and be sure to follow the work of Clint Ober, James Oschmann (Biophysicist), Stephen Sinatra (Cardiologist).

Wendy Carpenter is a Naturopathic Herbalist in Gunnedah. She works to unlock the causal factors behind any issue so each person can live in clarity, good health and wellbeing. Remember, this article is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice and is for general information only.

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MELA PURDIE available at Turners Armidale


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POL CLOTHING available at Turners Armidale




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ZOE KRATZMANN available at Turners Armidale


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FOOD

Tourist Hotel

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king fish sashimi W I T H CR ISP Y WON T ON S, S OY A ND GINGE R DR E S SING, AVOC A DO, NOR I, R A DISH

ME T HOD 1 side of fresh king fish (salmon) 3 whole ripe avocados 1 sheet of nori (sushi) paper, matchstick thin 2 bulbs radish, finely sliced 12 gow gee wonton wrappers For the dressing 150ml Obento sushi/sashimi dressing 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3 teaspoons caster sugar 1 spring onion, end trimmed, finely chopped 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger 1 fresh red birdseye chilli, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro

Start by removing the central line of bones from the kingfish fillet by separating the two halves of the fillet. Discard the bones. Gently remove skin (or have the fishmonger do it) from the kingfish and lay f lat on a tray. Place the tray in the freezer for up to an hour to firm up the fish, this makes it easier to slice into even sashimi slices. For the dressing, place all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine. Leave to infuse for a few hours before serving to develop all the f lavours. For the crispy wontons, carefully bring a small pan of canola oil up to 155 degrees. Drop one wonton sheet in to test the temperature of the oil. It should take a few seconds, but the sheet will rise to the top and will be bubbling. Continue to turn over and over so you get an even colour. When golden brown, remove from oil onto a tea towel and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool. To assemble, roughly scatter about 100g of sliced kingfish over a chilled plate, season with pepper and a very light dusting of pink salt. Half the avocados and scoop out the f lesh, slice into chunks and scatter over the top of the kingfish. With a sharp knife, slice the nori sheets in half, then half again and be sure to slice very finely, you need matchstickthin pieces. With a very sharp knife or mandolin, slice the radish wafer thin and place into ice water. Now to serve. With the kingfish and avocado laid out neatly, scatter the radish over the top, drizzle with dressing and at the very last minute add the chopped nori sheet. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil and serve. Serve with cooked wonton crackers.

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grilled barramundi W I T H S A LT E D F E NNE L A ND Z UCCHINI S A L A D, PINE NU T S, OR A NGE

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10 leaves of coriander, finely chopped 2 large oranges 100g pine nuts, gently toasted in a pan

Place the thinly sliced zucchini in a bowl and sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of fine sea salt. Mix together and place in a strainer, leave for half an hour to an hour to draw the moisture out. Repeat with the fennel. Remove the outer skin of the orange, as well as all the bitter white pith. Segment with a sharp knife or slice into thin circles, whichever works best for you. Place a non-stick pan on the stove top, tap dry the skin of the barramundi and lightly salt. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil in the pan, place the barramundi skin side down into the cold pan and turn on high. After 2 minutes, or until you can see the skin starting to colour, place in the oven, skin side down for up to 6 minutes depending on how thick the barramundi is. Remove from the oven, f lip carefully so the skin side is facing up. Add 2 knobs of butter and allow to melt. Add the juice of half a lemon and baste the fish with this sauce. To serve, place the cooked barramundi on the plate and drizzle with the lemony butter from the pan juices. In a mixing bowl, mix the zucchini, fennel, oranges, pine nuts, fresh herbs with a touch of olive oil. Add some pepper to taste. Fold together. Place on the plate next to the fish. Scatter with remaining pine nuts and fennel fronds. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with a wedge of lemon.

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charred cauliflower salad W I T H SPL I T PE A HUMMUS, CHIMICHUR R I DR E S SING, CHICK PE A S

ME T HOD F OR SPL I T PE A HUMMUS 1 whole cauliflower (steamed and quartered)

Cook carrots, onions and garlic in olive oil and vegetable oil on a low heat for roughly 25 minutes.

400g mixed leaf salad

Add the split peas to 2 litres of salted water and bring to the boil. Use a ladle to remove the green foam off the top of the water. Cook until the split peas are tender, remove from heat, and leave the split peas in the liquid until the hummus has been blended.

1 punnet cherry tomatoes (halved) 2 whole avocados (halved, flesh removed and diced) 1 tin of chickpeas For the chimichurri dressing 125ml olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced 2 small red chilies, deseeded (about 1 tablespoon finely chopped chilli) 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1 level teaspoon coarse salt 1 level tablespoon caster sugar pepper, to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon) For the split pea hummus 500g split peas 2 large carrots, peeled, thinly sliced 2 onions, peeled, thinly sliced 8 garlic cloves , peeled, crushed 75ml vegetable oil/ 75ml olive oil blended 100ml lemon juice Salt and pepper

Add one ladle of drained split peas and one ladle of the vegetable and oil mixture into the blender to combine, add lemon juice to taste and blend until smooth and glossy. Repeat with remaining vegetable and oil mix and split peas. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. ME T HOD F OR CHIMICHUR R I

Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl and set aside until service. To prepare the caulif lower, remove any outer leaves and place whole into a steamer for approximately 12 minutes. The stem of the caulif lower should have a knife easily inserted into it. For best results, leave the caulif lower whole in the fridge overnight to dry out. Heat a skillet, griddle pan or bbq to a very high temperature. Cut the caulif lower into quarters and place it f lat side down in the oil and grill until golden and brown. Continue to colour all over until the outside is completely charred and caramelised. To serve, add a large scoop of hummus spread over the plate, scatter avocado, tomatoes and a tablespoon of chickpeas over the top, season. Place the grilled hot caulif lower quarter on top, drizzle the chimichurri all over and season once again. Dress the salad leaves in olive oil and place a bunch on top or beside the caulif lower.

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Q & A WITH HOLLY AT

THE COFFEE INCIDENT OUR RESIDENT FOODIE CLAUDIA MONIQUE CATCHES UP WITH HOLLY SMITH OF THE COFFEE INCIDENT GLEN INNES TO CHAT ALL THINGS HOSPITALIT Y, CINNAMON SCROLLS AND FRESHLY BREWED COFFEE.

HOLLY, E VERY T IME I VISI T YOUR PL ACE I T IS A N A BSOLU T E HIVE OF AC T IVI T Y! WH AT DO YOU T HINK I T IS T H AT K EEPS T HE LOCA L S SWA RMING?

LIFE BEFORE T HE T HE COFFEE INCIDEN T, YOU WERE BORN A ND BRED IN GLEN INNE S – GIVE US T HE RUN DOWN?

Yes, I was born and bred in Glen Innes. I completed my schooling at Glen Innes Primary and High School. After completing a psychology degree at UNE in Armidale, I moved home from college and began my career in hospitality right here at The Coffee Incident where I stayed on for just over a year. I really felt like I needed a change of scenery after living my whole 24 years of life on the Northern Tablelands, so I moved up to Toowoomba in 2018.

COFFEE! We take the quality of our brew very seriously and I think that the consistency of our product is second to none, so our customers know they will get the same cuppa every time. We also really pride ourselves on quick and friendly service, so I think we have become a great work-week destination for grab and go coffee, sweets and lunch. COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE, WH AT BE A NS A RE YOU BRE WING?

We are very proud stockists of Single O. This is a coffee company based in Sydney. Their support is unreal and their reps often swing by and check out what we’ve been up to. They were so amazing in the set up of our new machine when we first opened and the training with our staff to follow. We’re looking to branch off into single origin beans this year, so that’ll be something for our coffee addicts to look forward to! WH AT IS I T T H AT DRIVE S YOUR PASSION FOR T HE HOSPI TA LI T Y INDUS T RY?

I have always loved going out for good coffee and great food, something I definitely got from my Mother! I have also always loved to play host. Just these two things combined have created my drive in this industry. I always knew I wanted to own my own business, but it wasn’t until I started working in hospitality that I was sure it was a café that I had to own. There’s something about giving this experience to someone through the things you have created that is so special. The things created being the coffee, food, ambience and just the overall experience.

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I was eager to learn a lot more about the hospitality industry and I did just that while I was there. I grew so much in my back of house job at Sage + Butler Café. The space and my colleagues inspired me even more to go out on my own and make my dream a reality. I politely asked my old boss at The Coffee Incident if I could buy his café and he said yes! You can take the girl out of Glen Innes, but you can’t take the Glen Innes out of a girl, so I wound up right back where I began, buying my favourite café ever in my beautiful hometown. It’s been an adventure! BEFORE YOU GO, FAVOURI T E T HINGS T O DO IN GLEN INNE S WHEN YOU’RE OFF T HE CLOCK?

Kind of ironic, but you’ll always find me in all of the other hospitality venues in my time off. I love going out for good food and beverages, so that’s definitely at the top of the list. After my Mum and I go for lunch somewhere, we’ll often take a lap of Grey Street and pop our heads into our beautiful food and gift shops. I’m also a huge fan of the parks in Glen Innes, so I often take a big walk after work to clear my head after the day and enjoy the stunning lengths of parklands.

– Open 6:30am-2pm Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm Saturday

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BURGERS AND SCOTCH with a twist

A HIDDEN BAR CLOAKED IN SHADOWS AND HIS TORY, AND A BRIGHTLY LIT, LOUD AND PROUD BURGER BAR.


The two businesses couldn’t sound further apart, and yet they not only face each other on Brisbane Street, and share a heritage listing, but are also both the brainchild of a local man playing the lead role in Tamworth’s ‘cafe and pub culture’ revolution. Luke Fielding is the blood, sweat and smile behind both the Williamsburg Burger Bar and Tamworth’s first and only speakeasy, The Press – and he has plenty more bright ideas for the future. While Tamworth always had that typical country reputation of ‘good pubs, good grub and a cold beer’, over the last decade the region has flung itself headfirst into the next generation. New cafes, new bars and new ideas have been all the rage, but few, if any, have been as bold as both Williamsburg and The Press, and the secret ingredients are very simple. “I always had a passion for business. I love creating local employment and I love giving the community completely unique experiences, because they deserve it,” says Luke. A chip off the old blocks, Luke’s parents Sally and Darren previously owned three Subway Restaurants in Tamworth. But a training trip to Brisbane and the memory of a dark Sydney laneway bar planted the seed for Tamworth’s hospitality future. “I became a Subway franchisee in 2013, but while I was doing the training in Brisbane I saw a franchised burger bar, and loved it – the people, the food, the furniture, the music, the vibe – everything. “My mates and I used to always have a drink in this really unique whiskey bar in Sydney as well, those two venues

always stuck with me, and eventually made me realise that I wanted to set the trends – to be in front of the trends.” In 2016, Luke’s parents sold up the Subway franchises and partnered 50/50 with their son into opening their own original creation, and Williamsburg sprang to life. The Fieldings chose the old run-down Mechanic’s Institute as the perfect premises, and by opening night the entire town shared their brilliant vision – a bold new business in a beautiful old building, dripping with character and charm. “I was looking for a location and (local realtor) Mark Sleiman showed us the basement of the old Leader building (future site of The Press), but the timeframes didn’t line up,” says Mr Fielding. “I walked out and saw a ‘for lease’ sign on a beautiful old building across the road and instantly fell in love.” The rest, as they say, is history… as well as a lot of blood, sweat, tears… beers, and burger sauce. The Williamsburg Burger Bar opened on 17 December 2016, and hasn’t stopped tantalising and titillating customers with a wild menu of unique burgers, loaded fries, and epic shakes since. “We were very unique for Tamworth and received an overwhelmingly positive reaction. “It was a shift away from the old pub culture, and having a 155-year-old building that has been transformed into a burger bar gave customers a really different experience. It was very important to us that the community continued to have access to its own history, the town’s history.”

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“It was very important to us that the community continued to have access to its own history, the town’s history.”

NE X T S T OP – T HE PR E S S

After first stepping foot in the basement of The Leader building, the Fieldings always knew they couldn’t let a space like that go to waste, quickly shaking, stirring, and concocting the region’s first ‘speakeasy’. In late 2018, The Press opened its door, and peaked out, polarising the community. The town’s first dedicated whiskey bar was different to anything the city had ever seen before – “some people loved it, and some weren’t so convinced” – and that is just the way they like it. “We were very nervous opening a bar like The Press in Tamworth – I felt we were raising the bar with the wow factor, the theatrics and the history.”

Once again the local community backed the idea, right up until COVID-19 hit in 2020. And then fortunately, the community backed them some more. “COVID has been the most terrifying thing we have come across – getting told to shut your doors was a real shock, but the community reaction was mind-blowing, both during lockdown with deliveries and takeaways from Williamsburg, and now after the lockdown ended both venues are going f lat out. “The Tamworth community has backed us since we started, backed us through drought and now backed us through a pandemic – we are so proud of that, and now can’t wait to start giving back. “The Tamworth hospitality scene will only continue getting better, because that’s what the locals deserve.”

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SIGNOR VERTELLI AN AC T OF

love, labour & wonder Armidale’s own Napoli-style pizzeria and wine bar is a tribute to circus performers past and present. Chef and co-owner Matt Westhorpe invites you to eat, drink and perform acts of wonder, always.

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Back in 1866, a man by the name of Signor Vertelli traversed Armidale’s Dangars Gorge on a tightrope. As if making the crossing once wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, he crossed it again… with a wheelbarrow… then a third time, while doing somersaults. Up to 200 people picnicked among the surrounding rocks and watched what was described as the act of “a thrilling daredevil, a terrifying feat of courage or absurd theater?!” “As it turns out, the guy wasn’t Italian at all – he was some cockney geezer,” says Matt Westhorpe, head chef and co-owner of Armidale’s newest addition to the foodie scene, a pizzeria and wine bar named after Vertelli himself. And Matt’s right. Vertelli was in fact born John Morcom. He came from a mining family in Cornwall UK, before going on to achieve fame as a stage magician not only in Australia, but also in Tokyo and San Francisco.

“The fact that it was his stage name works for us too – we’re not Italian after all, it’s a farce right?! We just wanted something that would connect Armidale with an Italian theme, and when we landed on the story of Signor Vertelli, Nick and I knew it was the one.” Matt and business partner Nick Oxley go way back. They met when Matt worked for Nick at his first local business, Armidale’s renowned Goldfish Bowl Cafe. It was there they started the tradition of ‘pizza Fridays’ in an effort to streamline the prep work needed to sustain the busy bakery and cafe from Saturday through to Thursday. “It made sense to shift to a whole different menu on Fridays – so we started making pizzas, a lot of pizzas, and it’s still a success to this day,” says Matt. It’s true, there’s a hunger (pun entirely intended) for pizza in town. So when Nick approached Matt about opening a woodfired pizza place, he leapt at the chance to join forces again.

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“We knew there was a demand for it and we’d been talking about it for years. It’s a good business model too – we didn’t want to overcomplicate things, the idea was to concentrate on one thing and do it really well, with a few complimentary side dishes,” he says. That conversation took place in April 2019. Just four months later, building work began to get the space up to speed and install the necessary services, before swinging their doors open for launch in April 2020. Smack bang at the start of COVID.

“All our f lour comes from Gunnedah’s Wholegrain Milling, and we combine an organic f lour with an ancient grains mix for a more earthy taste,” says Matt. The restaurant’s interiors were also designed with the help of a local architect and builder, who together brought Matt and Nick’s vision for a clean, simple, but welcoming space to life.

“We didn’t have much choice, we’d put everything into preparing for that date so we just had to go with it,” says Matt. “Take-aways proved popular back then and, while it’s still early days, business is good.” And if you’ve ever been lucky enough to try one of Matt and Nick’s classic Napoli-style pizzas, it’s easy to see why. Customers come from far and wide for an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of Armidale,

a menu Matt created with a focus on organic, local and fresh ingredients.

“We wanted to work with what the building had to offer, which was essentially concrete, steel and leather,” says Matt. “So the stainless steel kitchen was made to measure locally, as well as the cemintel bar which really anchors the whole place. Almost everything else was sourced secondhand, and that’s where the regional challenge of not only hunting down the right materials but getting them delivered comes in.”

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It’s true, in regional Australia it’s not uncommon to pay more for logistics than the item itself – something that often led Matt and Nick to hop in the car for a quick two-day jaunt to Melbourne or Brisbane, and back. “The leather bench that runs the length of the restaurant’s main wall came from Melbourne and the delivery cost significantly more than the bench itself. So whenever we had the chance to pick something up ourselves, like the fridges, sinks, smaller ovens and hardware, we’d do it,” says Matt. “The main oven came from Brisbane though, it’s a Stefano Ferrara pizza oven designed in Naples. The thing weighs close to three tonnes so that was a big journey involving a courier truck and manitou –

but they’re investments that were entirely worth going that extra mile.” Matt’s right. Signor Vertelli’s oven is undoubtedly a thing of beauty, sitting boldly in the heart of the kitchen that looks out onto the restaurant’s guests, gathered along the bench seat. In fact the moment you walk through their doors, it’s not unlike stepping inside someone’s home, one in which both Matt and Nick love to play host. “My favourite time of day is around 8:30pm, because that’s wine time,” says Matt. “It’s when everyone in the kitchen can start to relax a bit, we’ve done the majority of orders and I can usually step out from behind the bar to have a chat with the customers too – aside from cooking really great pizza, that’s the part I like best.”

You can catch Matt and Nick putting on their very own, Signor Vertelli style act of wonder five days a week, from 5pm to 9pm Tuesday-Thursday, and from 5pm to 9.30pm Friday-Saturday. Order online at signorvertelli.mobi2go.com or check out the live event at 110 Marsh Street, Armidale.

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LE T ’S SPILL THE BE ANS WITH

CAMP GROUNDS WHO KNEW THAT COFFEE WAS SO GOOD FOR CREATING COMMUNIT Y CULTURE?

It’s the unintentional workout, while we hoist the roller door up at the break of dawn. The regular customers who help us place our plants and sign out as we open. It’s the sleepy 6am ‘hellos’ before anyone’s had their first cuppa joe. Giving you a more than transactional experience is what we are all about at Camp Grounds. Afterall, it wasn’t the coffee that kept the group of 90s sitcom Friends coming back to Central Perk every day. It was the atmosphere, the connection, maybe even Gunther… # 108

The idea that we are the first smile of someone’s day can shift perspective. Creating culture and building rapport is front of mind from the moment we open, and the customers and crew shape the way we work – you can’t fake authenticity, and this is where community begins. The community has rallied behind us from the start. There was a lot of learning on both sides of the coffee bar when we set up camp. Batch Brew who? Coffee that doesn’t screw anyone over in the supply chain, how is this not the norm? A goal for both Matt and Mon was to bring to regional towns what cities have been indulging in for some time. Specialty coffee in the bush – why not? It gives us all more learning opportunities and helps lure city folk to set up camp here. Not to mention it’s a show of support for all the people working towards sustainability in coffee from the farmers at Origin, the Aussie roasters, to the team and I getting to spread the fruits of their thoughtful actions. Something exhilarating we shared with fellow Tamworthians, was a taste of the first ever Ethiopia Cup of Excellence (‘Oscars of coffee’). The quality of these special beans and the record price they fetched at market, meant it sold at $20 a cup! Regular ‘Batch Brew’ drinkers and newbies to filter coffee helped us sell out before 10am. A testament to the open mindedness of our town that this lil ol’ Tamworth coffee shop was the

first in Australia to sell out of the record-breaking beans. Camp was absolutely buzzing! But as the year began, news of COVID-19 became inescapable. Our work to create a ‘community coffee experience’, needed to change. When things of a challenging nature happen, our human nature brings us together. What we witnessed from the community tugged at our heartstrings, as the efforts of healthcare workers didn’t go unnoticed. Customers began to pay it forward – no surprise to us that the people of Tamworth are as generous as they are resilient. Something seemingly commonplace like getting a coffee, albeit, takeaway or delivery at one point, were the only real interactions some people had as they changed the way they worked and lived. The little things mattered even more now with so few opportunities to have a chat in person. Our crew were grateful to keep up their daily work routine and we would often say to customers: ‘we will be here as long as you keep showing up’. Letting our community know that they can rely on us from 6am every day. We wanted to keep people feeling connected. Spending time sharing some laughs on social media became part of how we do things. Videos as a team having fun in-store, or pre-COVID posts on the farm at Peel Valley Milk kept us connected. In a way, this continues to shape our shared coffee house culture. We could take all the credit, but that wouldn’t be fair. Creating Camp Grounds culture might have begun with our personalities, our visions, our values. But little by little, each person who spends time at our camp fuels the f lames and builds a beautiful bonfire of an experience for the whole community. From the gleam in someone’s eye as you remember their name, to a conversation picking up, right where it left off. We say it all the time, in fact, our sign says it for us, ‘Coffee and Smiles’. It’s what we love to do, and we are so very grateful to do it for you.

{  words: MADELEINE PARK  photography: ESO PHOTOGRAPHY  }



Enjoy life with TAMWORTH CITY PLAZA, 432-452 PEEL STREET, TAMWORTH |


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VISIT

Tenterfield

YOU ’ L L N O T IC E T H E T R E E S F I R ST – T H E Y L I N E T E N T E R F I E L D ’ S ST R E E T S , SH I N E B R IG H T G R E E N I N SU M M E R A N D T U R N A DI V I N E O C H R E R E D I N AU T U M N . T H E N T H E R E ’ S T H E SM I L E OF A PA S SE R B Y, T H E ODD T I P OF A H AT A N D T H E F R E SH , C R I SP A I R T H AT B RU SH E S AC RO S S YOU R FAC E . I T ’ S A R E F R E SH I NG W E L C O M E T O T H E T OW N YOU ’ L L F I N D T UC K E D AWAY I N A VA L L E Y, N E ST L E D W I T H I N T H E N E W E NG L A N D TA B L E L A N D S , SU R ROU N DE D B Y RUG G E D M OU N TA I N S .



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TENTERFIELD Once the hideout of Australia’s renowned bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, Tenterfield today is a breathtaking blend of rugged countryside, cold climate wines, foodie experiences and boutique shopping. # 113

You’ll notice the trees first – they line Tenterfield’s streets, shine bright green in summer and turn a divine ochre red in Autumn. Then there’s the smile of a passerby, the odd tip of a hat and the fresh, crisp air that brushes across your face. It’s a refreshing welcome to the town you’ll find tucked away in a valley, nestled within the New England Tablelands, surrounded by rugged mountains. While the Jukembal people called the land here home for thousands of years prior, it wasn’t until 1841 that Tenterfield was officially declared a township. The first premier of NSW, Sir Stuart Donaldson, raised 18,000 sheep on over 100,000 acres of land he called Tenterfield Station and new settlers were attracted to the settlement. Later, in 1889, Henry Parkes delivered a crucial speech about the need for Australian Federation on Tenterfield’s streets. His words led to the establishment of Australia as a nation in 1901 and the town became known as the birthplace of the nation. Today, Tenterfield is known for fruit-laden orchards, rich sheep and cattle country and cold climate wine. Discover the main street dotted with divine boutiques, foodie experiences on every corner and really great coffee.

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EAT THE POTTING SHED CAFE

348 Rouse Street (02) 6758 6158 Facebook: @tenterfieldpottingshed Instagram: @_thepotting_ shed Down the northern end of Rouse Street you’re sure to stumble across The Potting Shed, a cafe, coffee nook, oldwares boutique and nursery all rolled into one. Operated by Matt and his team, these guys love what they do on a daily basis – and that includes serving up homemade sausage rolls, farmhouse toasties, bacon and egg on Turkish and the best BLAT going round. For the sweet tooths out there, never fear, there’s a selection of cakes, biscuits and slices on offer too – not forgetting a cup (or two) of really good coffee. ROSENHOF GERMAN HERITAGE CAFE # 114

17 Naas Street (02) 5776 1614 rosenhof.com.au Back in 1858, The Rosenhof (Roseyard or Rosegarden) House was Tenterfield’s first bank. It later became home to Australia’s first surviving quintuplets. Today, the heritage-listed property offers a genuine European food experience that champions local and regional produce at every opportunity. You can’t go past the Magic Bun Rolls and Laugen Bretzels! After a hearty meal, take the time to explore the two-hectare property that boasts a beautiful garden, an orchard bursting with 175 heritage fruit trees and roses in full bloom. KITCHEN GARDEN

250 Rouse Street (02) 6736 2072 The Kitchen Garden is renowned for their homemade Federation Pies. Picture fresh, f laky pastry, tender, stewed beef filling, served up with creamy mashed potatoes, mushy peas and lashings of gravy. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. After something a little lighter? You can still sample the pastry teamed with a tasty chicken filling and side salad, or forgo the pie for one of their famous pumpkin scones and a hot cuppa.

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Oakland, 193 East Street 0448 863 533 white-cottage.ecwid.com White Cottage Flower Farm feels every bit like a traditional English country garden, hidden in the heart of Tenterfield. Stroll through arbours of wisteria and roses, admire camellias and perennials, and prepare to be awed by the garden’s glasshouse filled with unique plants and an eclectic mix of antiques and unique wares for both the home and garden. The farmhouse kitchen collection in particular boasts the most beautiful French linen, traditional ceramic bowls and classic farmhouse cutlery. RUBE N A ND F L A X

270 Rouse Street 0407 949 655 Facebook: @rubenandflax Instagram: @rubenandflax Ruben and Flax is run by a mother and daughter team with a divine knack for bringing together one-of-a-kind gifts and homewares – not to mention the best coffee table book collection around. From vintage dominoes and telescopes, to body scrubs and linen napkins, you’ll find anything and everything in this unique country treasure trove. T HE COR NE R L IF E & S T Y L E S T OR E A ND C A F E

212-214 Rouse Street (02) 6736 1812 thecornertenterfield.com.au This is the kind of place you visit for a moment and end up staying for hours. The Corner Life & Style Store and Cafe is a dream destination for those who seek beauty, whether that be in the form of fashion and homewares or contemporary gifts and accessories. After indulging in a spot of shopping, settle in for a coffee, breakfast, brunch, or lunch… or something decadent in between… while choosing to soak up the sun in the cafe’s alfresco setting, or watch their log fire’s f lames f licker when winter sets in.

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157 Manners Street 0407 290 971 oldcc.com.au First built in 1884, the Old Council Chambers is one of Tenterfield’s most prominent historic buildings. Choose from two beautifully restored, luxury country suites where you whip up a bite to eat in the fully-equipped kitchen, enjoy pre-dinner drinks in front of the courtyard’s roaring fire pit, before settling down for a long soak in the bath. Need to stretch your legs the next day? Grab one of the bicycles on hand and explore the historic surrounds. T HE COMME RCI A L BOU T IQUE HO T E L

288 Rouse Street (02) 6736 4870 thecommercialboutiquehotel.com In the heart of Tenterfield lies the Commercial Boutique Hotel. The immaculately restored Art Deco building houses eight luxury accommodation rooms and a cosy dining room that regularly serves up both fine dining experiences and gastropub fare. In fact, the original wood fire often which would have satisfied many a weary traveller during the 1940s was discovered inside the wall of the kitchen during renovations – check it out for yourself when you’re next in town. S TA NNUM HOUSE

114 Rouse Street (02) 6736 5538 stannumhouse.com.au Stannum House has a remarkable history. Built in 1888 on the highest point in Tenterfield, it was designed by Italian architects who adopted the latest and most grand styles of the era. Despite being commandeered by the Army for use as a hospital and command base during W WII, the house today is best described as a divine time capsule, one that has gone on to be exquisitely restored to offer six luxury rooms for the ultimately country getaway.

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84 Robinsons Lane (02) 6736 1831 glenrockgardens.com.au Originally a part of Tenterfield Station, this 10-acre garden is a paradise-perfect setting for a whole range of events, from weddings to workshops, weekend strolls and country escapes. Discover the exquisitely designed garden rooms filled with traditional, native plants often hard to come by in your local nursery. Luckily, you’ll soon be able to snap them up for yourself as owners Annie and Chris – who still live on-site in the main house – have visions to open a nursery. BA L D ROCK N AT ION A L PA R K

Bald Rock Access Road, Carrolls Creek (02) 6736 4298 nationalparks.nsw.gov.au Head north of Tenterfield to discover Bald Rock National Park, home to the largest granite monolith in Australia. Aptly named after this most prominent feature, the Bald Rock granite outcrop rises 200 metres above the surrounding landscape, measures 750 metres long and 500 metres wide. Follow one of two routes to the summit for views of mountains as far north as the Queensland and New South Wales border. T HUNDE R BOLT ’S HIDE OU T

1207 Mount Lindesay Road (02) 6736 1082 visittenterfield.com.au In1863, a man called Fred Ward escaped from the Cockatoo Island penal establishment. He went on to become the longest roaming bushranger in Australia’s history and crowned himself with the nickname ‘Captain Thunderbolt’. He was especially familiar with the Tenterfield region and came to use it both as a hideout and hunting ground for hold-ups. One such hideout can be found just 12km north of the town centre, where a path will take you to a large area between the rocks used to stable Thunderbolt’s horses, and a small shelter where he was said to camp.

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isabelle & scott 25.07.20

Isabelle, a nurse who grew up in Quirindi, and Scott, a Construction Manager from Narrabri, first met in highschool. However, it wasn’t until they connected at a 21st party many years later that love bloomed.

As the men took to clay pigeon shooting, Isabelle and her bridal party enjoyed champagne while having their makeup and hair done by Tamworth business, Runway Hair and Beauty.

The couple lived and worked in busy Sydney, before relocating to home in Orange. With Isabelle drawn to Scott’s can-do attitude and sense of humour, Scott is in awe of Isabelle’s culinary skills.

The couple were married in the Caroona Croaker Memorial Church, with a reception hosted by Isabelle’s parents on their family farm ‘4D’.

In April 2019, the couple booked a trip to Kangaroo Island, planning to visit the usual tourist hotspots and natural beauty of the Island. “Unbeknownst to me, Scott had been recommended a secluded beach on the north side of the Island. We found ourselves a quiet spot on this beach, and as I reached for a glass of wine I turned around to find Scott with a ring! He didn’t have to say much after that!” says Isabelle. The couple were married on the 25th of July 2020, after changing their plans for an April wedding due to COVID restrictions. “We initially had planned a wedding with 160 of our family and friends. When restrictions eased we were able to adapt and chose to marry in front of our immediate family and bridal party. Our wedding day was black tie, which suited as it was a drizzly winter day,” says Isabelle.

“We were lucky to have excellent vendors who were f lexible and worked with us to make our day special,” says Isabelle. Equipment was supplied by A1 hire, while Pronto Catering provided an intimate dinner, enjoyed in the garden, where Scott had paved a new fire pit especially for the day. Those who were unable to attend due to COVID restrictions had sent ‘telegrams’ to the happy couple, reminiscent of weddings of old. The night ended with a surprise honeymoon suite. “Scott had arranged all of the furniture from our bedroom in Orange to be delivered, including an electric blanket, bedside tables and lamps and set it up in our parents’ woolshed,” says Isabelle. The couple honeymooned at Bannisters, Port Stephens and are hoping to one day visit their original honeymoon destination of Cuba.

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ceremony: THE CAROONA CROAKER MEMORIAL CHURCH reception: ISABELLE’S FARM ‘4D’ photographer: RACHEL DEANE, FINISHING IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY catering & cake: PRONTO CATERING equipment hire A1 HIRE hair & makeup: RUNWAY flowers: DESIGNER BUNCHES honeymoon: BANNISTERS AT PORT STEPHENS

{  words: MEGHAN LEARY  photography: RACHEL DEANE  }


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lily & sam 25.07.20

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Lily and Sam first met when they were both living on the Sunshine Coast. Sam spent a month working up the courage to ask Lily for her number. The two noticed each other at a local café and soon fell in love. “We soon fell pregnant with our son, Asher, and the rest is history”, says Lily. A week after Asher was born; the couple were sitting at the beach. Sam, holding newborn Asher in his arms, asked Lily to marry him and of course, she said yes. Wanting to spend more time as a family, Sam and Lily made the decision to move to Gunnedah. This resulted in Sam being hold to tuck the kids into bed, while also gaining more time with his fiancé. Having fallen in love with the rural landscape, the couple decided on a winter wedding in a beautiful and natural location. The couple were married in August of 2020 at Dungowan Station in true elopement style with their two children and best friend, Craig, in attendance. Lily wore a long bridal gown, walking barefoot through the fields, champagne in hand, as the light ref lected from the hundreds of sequins, which adorned her dress.

“From start to finish we planned the simplest day It was heaven”. Narelle of Dungowan station organised all catering and styling, leaving the couple to soak in the day with their children who played through the beautiful fields when photographer, House of Lucie Love, captured their day. “I fell in love with the work of Khara (photographer), and I knew that I needed her to capture our special day – given we were smack bang in the middle of a pandemic I gave it a shot and asked Narelle of Dungowan station to host our elopement on her stunning property, as she said yes”. “The whole day was so relaxed and intimate, nothing was rushed and we all felt like a family”, says Lily, “Campbell (our son) chased us around and played while we relaxed in the warmth of the whisky room at Dungowan Station”. The couple spent the night in one of the newly built eco homes at Dungowan station, nestled 1.5kms away from the main house and situated next to a running river. Lily and Sam are yet to honeymoon, aiming to travel internationally when they are able to, “Our go to is Bali, we love the simple life”.

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