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ASHLEY OLSEN Wauchope Showgirl for 2012, Ashley is a hard working, high achieving young woman.

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A not to be missed comedy of songs, skits and sketches on truckers, grey nomads, backpackers, family holidays, roadside stops, service centres, construction teams, lollypop men and so much more. We chat with Peter Tregilgas and Cameron Marshall, who have both written and directed the revue. Peter Tregilgas EXECUTIVE OFFICER, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA MID NORTH COAST Average hours spent on the highway per week? Put it like this – the highway IS my office. How long have you been involved in musical theatre? This is embarrassing already – my mother used to take me to a Light Opera group in Adelaide as a young boy and she was an amateur thespian, so I grew up enjoying theatre. I did drama (and geography) at Flinders Uni in the late ‘70s, where I cut my teeth in the arts, but it was in the early ‘80s as the Director of the Adelaide Festival Fringe when I really engaged in the cutting edge of the arts. It was the formative years; the Fringe was an education in theatre and the bureaucracy, as we took on the ‘official’ festival. It gave me a strong appreciation for irreverence and the capacity to challenge the status quo – whoa ... look at the Fringe these days. The show is written and directed by yourself and Cameron Marshall. Tell us how it all came about? Let this be a warning – don’t drink at lunch time. Soon after I arrived on the Mid North Coast, I was smooching the ABC for some media profile, when Cameron asked me to play alongside him with the local Port Macquarie Players Theatre show, Kiss me Kate. Within a nanosecond, I had a part in a musical. I may have had a professional role in arts and culture, but I hadn’t been on stage since uni – that was thirty years earlier. As for the Pacific Highway show … the Players Committee were seeking submissions for their 2012 program, and over another lunch we came up with this idea for a show that we can all relate to – the Pacific Highway … the highway story has been like a soap opera recently, hasn’t it? Both of you have lived and worked in the local region for many years. How have your individual jobs helped you with the background research for the show? Coming from interstate, it didn’t take me long to form the view that the Mid North Coast character is determined by our relationship with our transport artery. Regional Development is about connecting our people, coast and valleys of the region. The 6

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highway is a critical piece of infrastructure for both commercial and leisure transport. The highway brings tourism, employment and product to and from our region. It is a vital connector, and in my experience and in consultations, the most significant improvement for the region that will benefit the whole of the community is the completion of the Pacific Highway. For Cameron, the ABC Mid North Coast reports the political scraps, personal tragedies and weather incidents – this is the highway. What is the idea behind such a production? Players Theatre is celebrating its 50th year in 2012, and we decided that it was time to demonstrate that two blokes and a few local thespians could knock up a great night’s entertainment in the middle of winter and bring fame and public recognition to the theatre as creative risk takers. We have assembled an ensemble cast of talented individuals of all ages, and we are proud of their output. We can’t take all the glory. Our Musical Director Maty Eichorn has had to interpret our themes with a stage band, and Choreographer Jess Conneely brings the stage to life with her routines. We all take a risk on the highway every time we travel – so armed with a million stories on the highway – and who doesn’t have one, we have set about making Highway ‘1’ famous for something other than bad news. It is the rich vein of issues and stories that we tapped to formulate a show using satire and comedy in the revue format. Short, sharp and snappy skits and routine, it’s 110 kilometres per hour in two acts.

Cameron Marshall MANAGER OF ABC RADIO MID NORTH COAST BASED IN PORT MACQUARIE AND BREAKFAST PRESENTER MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 6AM TO 7.45AM ON 95.5FM Average hours spent on the highway per week? Because our broadcast footprint covers the Mid North Coast from Bulahdelah to Grafton, on any given day I can be travelling along the Pacific Highway covering events and guest speaking. Because I am based in Port Macquarie, it's usually a simple decision … do I head north or south today? In fact, it was on one of those numerous trips up and down the highway that the acorn of an idea emerged that

we could actually make a theatre show about a piece of road. You have appeared in a few productions at the Players Theatre. Tell us a little about your acting career so far … After leaving school, I enrolled in an acting diploma at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney and performed in a few amateur productions. Having the perfect face for radio, my theatrical life then went on hold, as I pursued a radio career which has taken me from Burnie to Broken Hill and finally the Mid North Coast, where I have been based the last ten years. I decided to get back into theatre with the Kempsey Singers, playing a wayward undertaker and then slipped on the Police Sergeant's outfit for a production of Pirates of Penzance. I joined Players Theatre five years ago, playing a homicidal manic in Arsenic and Old Lace and have since performed in some wonderful shows, like The Cemetery Club, Kiss Me Kate and most recently, the Sound Of Music. I have also performed in film and have appeared as an extra in the locally made production Dungoona, alongside Logie Award winning actress Kat Stewart. The show is meant to be funny ... however, there is a serious side to the story, being that the Pacific Highway is such a topical point of politics right now. How have you juggled that in the story line? Every day as part of my work with ABC Radio, I am covering news stories or hearing about the Pacific Highway and the impact it is having on all our lives. So while our politicians are battling out on who pays and when, Peter and I have all the drama and intrigue, triumph and tragedy that Shakespeare would probably jump at in terms of writing a show. We have tried to put ourselves behind the wheel of our audience (pun intended). We all want a safer, dual carriageway Pacific Highway – and we want it now! Hopefully, we have achieved a balancing act of finding humour in all those challenging situations that occur on any road trip, but also acknowledging the tragic fact that many people are injured or killed in road accidents. How this will play out – I urge everyone who has ever driven on the highway to come along and see the show, and you'll be able to relate to the characters and the situations which we all encounter.

Tell us about some of the characters in the show; they have quite creative names, I hear. Jewell Lane is our heroine, who along with the rest of the Lane family, bypass most of the controversy to bring us some light hearted moments during the show. The beautiful fashion designer Gravelle Rhodes and reporter Lorrie Driver provide us with an unusual look at highway fashion. Winnie Bago is another character who finds herself and Ken Worth in a spot of difficulty at a local caravan park, while Professor Sage has some advice for those guilty of road rage. The Quiz will feature Rego O and his band the Green Slips, who will power through many a memorable road song. Who else is starring in the show? We are blessed with a talented cast of 14 performers, many of whom will be familiar to local audiences at Players productions. It’s an ensemble project, so they are all making a contribution to the on stage result. Peter and I also make a few appearances, just to keep the cast on their toes. Supporting the actors are our Choreographer Jess Conneely, Stage Manager Burt Parlievet, Musical Director Maty Eichorn, and a whole range of volunteers assisting with set building, costume design and technical production. Once the show hits the stage, we are also assisted by front of house, our driver reviver centre volunteers and hair and makeup people. The show is only on for a few weeks. Who should get along and see it? Anyone who has ever travelled on the Pacific Highway will be able to relate and enjoy this production. We have altered the lyrics of several well known songs, written a couple of new ones, made fun of politicians, scratched together a truck load of gags – it will be one of the great road shows. There’s music, singing, dance and even ballet, so there is something for everyone and just when you think you know it all – we'll chuck in a quiz. We are encouraging car pooling groups (only $19 pp for groups of 10 or more). We have made provision for rest stops and a driver reviver station but be careful during the interval – you never know where the speed traps are. You could be picked up and asked a few questions in the quiz. “If you don’t come to this show – the highway will never be built!” … unknown source. Thanks Peter and Cameron.

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THE BUGALUGS BUM THIEF A wonderfully silly story for kids from Tim Winton that will have families laughing their bums off! THURSDAY 7 JUNE, 5.30pm

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Welcome to the June issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS. elcome to winter. Time to id those h h l ffor the h raid top shelves winter woolies. This month we have devoted our cover to the Players Theatre’s latest production, Pacific Highway. I think all of us have an affinity with the Pacific Highway, and many of us have spent more hours travelling on it than we would care to remember.


The play promises to be a comedy of songs, skits and sketches on truckers, grey nomads, backpackers, family holidays, roadside stops, service centres, construction teams, lollypop men and many more.

Tickets: $36.90 Adult, $30.90 Conc/Groups 6+, $25.90 Under 21/Student

proud history since 1963 of providing providin quality i d we think hi k this hi show h entertainment, and is going to be a huge success. PUTTING PORT MACQUARIE ON THE MAP We had well over 100 comments on Facebook and our website, plus plenty of phone calls to our story Putting Greater Port Macquarie on the World Map. A big thanks to everyone who shared and commented. The biggest feedback came from the ideas which included the airport upgrade, nude beach, aquatic centre and the addition of quirky street art. It won’t be long before we have some fresh new faces as Councillors and a Mayor who can make some of the ideas a reality.

BIDDIES A smash hit brand new comedy starring some of Australia’s most beloved actress. You will laugh ‘til you cry. TUESDAY 19 JUNE, 8pm & WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE 2pm

Tickets: $39.90 Adult, $36.90 Conc/Group 6+, $30.90 Under 21/Student

IN THE GALLERY Entry is free EUAN MACLEOD & NEW ACQUISITIONS Don’t miss award-winning artist Euan Macleod’s series of Port Macquarie inspired works and the newest additions to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Art Collection. ON VIEW UNTIL 24 JUNE

EDITOR’S PHOTO Normally we do our best to shoot our own photos for the editor’s letter, but this month I just couldn’t pass up this cracking shot from Matthew Jorgensen. Amazing.

RICHARD CAMPBELL (until 24 June) & TRACEY MOFFATT (until 15 July) The extraordinary works of two great Australian Indigenous artists are now being showcased in the Gallery.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong.

A big thank you to Cameron Marshall and Peter Tregilgas, who have written and directed the Pacific Highway revue, for appearing on this month’s cover. The Players Theatre has a

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OF LOVE & WAR (opening 30 June) AWM 138252

One thing that might surprise you is that it’s not actually a federal highway – that privilege was reserved for the New England Highway. However, from the types of vehicles that use it each night, you’d be hard pressed to argue against it not being used for federal purposes. With the State and Federal Governments continuing to argue about the percentages of the funding to complete the dual carriageway, it may be some time yet before it’s completed. It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.


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Julie Proud will be heading off to Nepal in October, to help a team of 30 women build a home for a mother and her 2 children. Find out how you can help ...

hat’s your background, Julie? This is my tenth year in Port Macquarie. We moved to Port when my husband, David, transferred here with his work. We are a bit of a Brady bunch, with a blended family of 6 children spread between here and Armidale. I’m also a grandmother to a 10 week old baby girl and will be a grandmother again in August. David’s parents are retired here – and his dad Peter was stationed here as a Police Officer in the early seventies. David tells me that when they first lived here, Port’s population was about 8,000 people, Lighthouse was a long way out of town, and Settlement City was an estuary where you went to get green seaweed for Luderick fishing. While born in Australia, I spent my first years in Germany with my mum, dad and older brother. My parents separated when I was 8, and we moved back to Australia. We lived in Victoria for a while, then Queensland. From my twenties to mid thirties I was back in Victoria, where I worked for Alcoa at the Portland Aluminium Smelter. I started in a training-administration assistant role and ended up obtaining an Associate Diploma in Business Office Administration. As I had a prior stint in nursing, I ended up working in the smelter medical centre as a lung function technician. That’s also my current job in Port working with Dr Williams. What’s the big event you have planned for October 7 -13, 2012? I’m going to a village 45 km south east of Kathmandu, called Dhukilel. It’s a village of 7,000 people, where I will be helping to build a small, single room rendered bamboo house. There will be quite a few women involved in building the house, and it will take us about a week to complete. We will be constructing a home for a mother and her 2 children. The last project run by Habitat in Nepal was in March 2011. One of the homes built was for a lady who was widowed – her husband


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had died in a mining accident. She had 3 young children who had to be shipped off to her parents 75 km away, as she had no way of providing a home for them to live in. The project provided a home, so she could get her children back and have a place for them all to live in together. I won’t meet any of the other women involved in the project until I arrive in Nepal. Once there, we are organised by the project manager and allocated tasks such as sawing bamboo, rendering or painting. We will rotate across these tasks throughout the week of the build. This is no quasi holiday for me. I will be going over for the build, then coming home. I am personally paying my own travel expenses. All fund raising goes directly to the build. On the evening we arrive in Nepal, there will be a celebration and greeting from the Nepalese people, and there will also be a closing event to celebrate the completion of the house. What can you tell us about Habitat for Humanity, the organisation arranging the build? Habitat for Humanity is a not for profit organisation and has been around for many years working on projects here in Australia and overseas. Their vision is to provide a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Their motto is to give a hand up – not a hand out. In countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and even in Australia, there are families that do not have a safe and decent place to live. There are projects going all year round with Habitat – all co-ordinated by different people. Habitat would like to encourage more people from countries like Australia to volunteer and go to these other countries to work on projects together. It’s a life changing experience for the

volunteers – sometimes they become so touched by the process, they volunteer again and again. How did you find out about the house building project in Nepal? I’ve had a wish list of things I’ve wanted to achieve in my life, and a few months ago I typed the list up and stuck it to my fridge. My husband travels a lot through work, and he came into contact with a colleague who told him about these projects. Knowing my goal to help those less fortunate than us and particularly children, David told me about ‘Habitat’, and I began to do some research. With a bit of encouragement from David, I registered my interest with Habitat by donating $150, which secured me a position on the Nepal team and started me on my fundraising journey. This all fits in with my goal to volunteer to help those less fortunate. I’ve been back to Germany a couple of times to visit family, but I’ve never been to Nepal. What do you hope to take away from the whole house building experience? Are you going overseas with any expectations? The main thing for me is that I’m going to make a positive difference to someone else’s life – which will probably change my view of the world as well. We can sometimes take things for granted, and I think it’s helpful to get out of the comfort zone to learn, grow and understand how our global village of 7 billion people works – or more importantly, how it ought to work. I don’t really have any expectations. I’m excited but apprehensive at the same time. I’ll be going to a country that’s very different to Australia. I

want to get though the project, and at the end of the day, ultimately help a mum and her kids have a safe and secure place they can call home. I’m a keen gardener, but I don’t really have any building experience. I can hammer a nail and saw a piece of wood – but this project will be a whole new experience for me. How are you fundraising for the project – and how can the community help? I have a link on Habitat’s website: If people go to that link, they’ll be able to see details about the project, photos of me and my family and my fundraising target. Anyone who donates amounts over $2 receives a tax receipt. There are also links to Habitat’s home page for information about what else they are doing and how a person with interest in volunteering can get on board. I’m organising a fundraising event on July 7 at Bluewater Bar and Restaurant that will be by invitation (for catering purposes). People attending will pay a set price for a ticket, part of which will be receipted as their donation, with the rest going towards the cost of the function. If you would like to come along, please drop Julie an email to Thanks Julie – and good luck with the build! Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! Please visit julieeveristbuild to help Julie raise money for the upcoming project in Nepal.

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Issue 79 - June 2012 Biddies.


When a group of ladies – former school mates – revisit their old classroom, there can be some interesting consequences! Written by Don Reid, the same playwright who brought us the hilariously funny production Codgers, Biddies explores what it means to face growing older. We meet one of the amazing stars of Biddies – Annie Byron …

Hugo Race.

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Hugo Race is a prolific performer, musician, writer, producer and a founding member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. Hugo will be visiting the Port Macquarie Hotel on Thursday, June 21. We catch up and meet the man behind the music.

The 34th Battalion.


Wauchope residents will soon have the chance to be in the movies, albeit as an extra for the crowd scenes in a World War I feature film to be filmed later this year. The Producer and Director have decided to utilise Timbertown for the film book end of The 34th Battalion.

10. Jackson Rafferty 16. Watoto's Children's Choir 39. Comedy Roadshow 54. Ray Hodgson 58. Ashley Olsen 69. Port Pirates Rugby

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12. what’s on for June 26. eat featuring local restaurants 32. palate pleasures with Lou Perri 33. social scene with Kate Wood-Foye 57. starguide with Terri 60. tourism with Janette Hyde 61. travel with Susie Boswell 71. port chamber update with Robert Turner 88. landcare with Estelle Gough 89. real estate with Greg Trembath

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Jackson Rafferty … architectural draftsman, musician, photographer. This local man of many talents is making a name for himself in multiple artistic fields, proving that a keen eye, listening ear and creative talent can cross many boundaries …


hat was your background like growing up in Port Macquarie? It was great! Similar to retirement, I spent the majority of my time fishing and surfing. Growing up in housing commission and being the eldest of three brothers, money was tight and options limited. Luckily, I was able to go to a good school, St Joseph’s Regional, before transferring to Port Macquarie High for Year 11. Despite not having flashy toys growing up, I am now grateful for getting a good education and learning early good foundations for life. What did you study in Newcastle, and how has this helped you with your current work? After school, I had several jobs; although, I never really found anything inspiring. While working for Coles, 20 years old and no real clue what it was I wanted to do, I was offered an opportunity to start an apprenticeship with a highly respected firm, Walch & Roberts Consulting Engineers. As part of my training, I was required to study in Newcastle Drafting Trades Certificate III (Structural Engineering). Two years down, and we saw the end of the boom … with only one year of TAFE to go, no financial support and only working 10 hours drafting a week, times were tough for a while. This was a huge stepping stone for me! Now working as a contract draftsman, I finished TAFE on my own and soon became qualified. Looking for a challenge, I began studying architectural drawings, learning 3D rendering techniques and soon moved to architectural drafting. Working with several local architects and being a vital part of the 3D design process, I ve had the pleasure of working on such projects as the Wauchope/ Bonny Hills SLSC, Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and countless amazing houses up and down the East Coast. When did your interest in music begin? Music is something I’ve always had, but it wasn’t until my teens that I really started

I hear your interest in music has led you to learn more about the recording and producing side of the business as well … The most playing. But it was soon If I get something new, I g in th rewarding pushed aside for other read the manual twice – I le ab be to for me is ng hi et priorities – surfing/ can’t help myself. I have m so e ez fre to e that girlfriends. I always had a to understand how it amazing, capturt and unique momen it feeling I should play music works, and music is no to have access to professionally, but after a different. This is how it all forever.” limited childhood, I knew started for me ... reading it was imperative to have a books, watching YouTube career first (backup plan!) and asking questions. Recording But as life goes, you get caught and producing is just a result of up commitments and it’s easy to lose constant analysis. After all the time I’ve sight of what you really want in life. Until one spent learning this stuff and with age, only now day I woke up and realised my backup plan had do I understand the discipline it takes to really taken over my dreams, and it was now time to succeed. make a change. Two years on, countless hours With this in mind and the massive amount practicing, learning and performing, it’s all of young talent I have seen lately, I have starting to happen. approached selected young local musicians And you’re now one half of a duo known and offered my services and knowledge to help as RifRaf … build their profile. I’ve also had the opportunity RifRaf is a music duo consisting of myself to record the Quantum Soul Band live at the and long-time friend Andrew Cuzzo Cousins. Pier and Blake Noble and I played/produced Starting out as athletic rivals in primary and recorded fellow band mates’ new song, school and having mild obsessions for fishing, Beneath the Sand. Hopefully soon I will find a friendship was quickly formed, and we some time to finish my own songs. remained good friends for several years. Ten As if you weren’t busy enough with your years later after changing schools, life travels work and music, you also discovered you and several jobs later, Andrew came through had an interest in photography. How did my checkout while I was working at Coles. this evolve? Randomly after all these years, we now shared a Photography! I didn’t even think this was new unknown bond – music. a real job! If I had my time over, I would have Now, another 10 years on, we have set out becoming a photographer in the first performed, recorded and grown musically past place. After a surf trip to the Maldives and a our expectations at many venues, weddings, borrowed DSLR camera, I was surprised by my functions etc. initial results. As individual artists, we each have our own Not knowing a thing about how a camera styles. We now perform regularly at The Pier Bar worked, composition or even what an exposure on Clarence, playing covers from artists such as was, I returned home determined to buy a Jack Johnson, James Blunt, Gotye, Neil Young camera. After seeing the price, I was quickly and heaps more. deterred – and soon forgot about it. Two years We always try to create a fun and energetic later, I saw an image by local photographer, experience and challenging ourselves with Cain Pascoe, displaying what creative effects different instruments (guitars, piano, bass and could be achieved with motion blur. Seeing this percussion). image and what could be done, I was sold and

went out and bought a DSLR camera the next day. Two years on, and I still have the same passion for capturing things people don’t see every day. Now, after learning about composition, exposures and applying previous business skills, I have done work for National Parks & Wildlife, made finals in several competitions and I’m continuing to challenge my creativity. You’re obviously a very creative person, who loves to work with both image and sound. Have you found a way to combine these two things? After many years of reading, researching and collecting equipment, it’s only been recently I have finally begun getting my work out there. After considering studying sound engineering/ music performance at JMC music academy, Sydney, I really found a passion and real challenge for recording and trying to capture music to a commercial level. Just like photography, the most rewarding thing for me is to be able to freeze something amazing, capture that unique moment, and to have access to it forever. With these two skills now under my belt, it was only a matter of time before combining photography/videography with sound engineering. During a recent photo shoot with now international musician Blake Noble, he asked if I could shoot and record a music video to help support his upcoming US tour. With less than 24 hours’ notice, we organised a location, the equipment required and set out to capture something exciting before Blake left for the USA. With pleasing results, I’ve since been asked to create similar videos for other local artists. Where can people go to view your work? You can view samples of my work at the following links: /217493831674717 Thanks Jackson. Interview by Jo Atkins. Photo of Jackson: greater port macquarie focus 11

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Maritime Museum Open Day The Museum will be opening a new display room featuring the heritage of the oyster industry in the Hastings. Come and join us for the oyster shucking demonstrations and enjoy a morning tea or a sausage sizzle.

Timeless Quilters Quilt Show This is our bi-annual show, with more than 200 quilts on display, plus other craft items. There will be craft related traders, a raffle and quilts for sale. Refreshments are available. Proceeds from the show support local charities.

16 Melbourne International Internatio Comedy Festival Roadshow. Stuffing one of the world’s largest comedy festivals into the one show is no easy feat, but the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has done just that with Roadshow 2012. When Saturday 16 June 2012 to Sunday 17 June 2012. More info Contact the Box Office by phone on 6581 8888 or by email at: for further information.

Where Sunday 10 June 2012. More info Contact Ted Kasehagen by phone on 6583 1866 or by email at: for further information.

When Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June, 10am – 4pm. Where Port Macquarie Race Club Cost $5 adult. More info Lyn Wilkinso, Timeless Quilters inc. Phone: 6582 6141 email:

The Ray Hadley Morning Show Zebu Night Fever DJ Shimon is the '70s funk & disco master at the decks all night long. Where Rydges, Hay St Foreshore, Port Macquarie. When Saturday 9 June 2012 Time 6pm 'til late. No Cover Charge More info 6589 2022 or

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Come down to the Town Green to watch and listen to Australia's leading morning broadcaster Ray Hadley, live in Port Macquarie. 2012 sees him celebrate three decades in a career which has made him the voice of the 'Aussie battler'. When Friday 29 June 2012 to Saturday 30 June 2012 More info Contact Tourism and Economic Development Unit on 6581 8111 or email: for further information.

King Of The Mountain Entries are now being taken for the annual KING OF THE MOUNTAIN 5 km Fun Run, held at North Brother Mountain. This year sees a huge increase in prize money: up to $500 for both the first placed male and female, as well as $250 for the first placed boy and the first placed girl under 16 years of age. The event, which is generously sponsored by LJ Hooker Laurieton, will also make a contribution towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When Sunday 17 June 2012. More info Contact Nathan Pensini by phone on 6559 5411 or by email at: for further information.

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T H E A T R E The Glasshouse has selected the best children’s theatre touring Australia in 2012. Children’s theatre not only entertains, but engages young audiences and those young at heart. Through theatre, children can take a journey to discover and connect, inspire the power of imagination and develop a greater understanding of their peers and the world they live in.

The Bugalugs Bum Thief Thursday 7 June, 5.30pm. The Bugalugs Bum Thief, the hilarious tale of 496 missing bums by acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton, is coming to the Glasshouse this June! This hilarious adaptation of the popular book tells the memorable story of the town of Bugalugs, where inhabitants wake up one morning to find their buttocks missing: all 496 citizens of the town of Bugalugs are BUMLESS! After waking up to discover that his bum is missing, Skeeta Anderson, with the help of his best mates, Billy Marbles and Mick Misery, sets out to discover where all the bums have gone and to find the culprit of the crime. After much mayhem and madness, Skeeta finally unravels the mystery, and Bugalugs gets back to normal – well ... almost. Everyone has claimed the wrong bum! This production has received rave reviews since its premiere in Sydney in May, with families rolling in the aisle and shrieking with laughter! “They devoured all the delights of this well-adapted Tim Winton tale as if it were a steaming plate of crayfish just caught by the local Bugalugs fishermen.” ArtsHub, May 2012.

More Fun Than a Wii Friday 13 July, 11am Comedy for kids – direct from Sydney Opera House! “Take every child you know. If you don’t know any – kidnap some.” – SOLD OUT AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE; NOMINATED FOR BEST SHOW AT MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL. More Fun Than a Wii is a playful, naughty, fun and ‘Goon-like’ comedy for children and families. The List Operators' (Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins) comedy style provides kids with all the delights of being silly, for the sake and total joy of just being silly! Deliberately raucous and rude and very, very funny, 'The Listies' leave adults AND children gasping for breath. If you are looking for fairies or clowns, then 'The Listies' is not for you; but, if you want to meet a ninja nan, ward off an alien attack or just ROFLSHABOWLO (Roll On The Floor Laughing So Hard A Little Bit Of Wee Comes Out) then these are the guys for the job.


Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit Saturday 11 August, 2pm It’s been 110 years since Peter Rabbit hopped off the pen of Beatrix Potter and into the hearts and minds of children. Published in 1902, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has transported countless children to Mr McGregor’s vegie patch for over a century; it’s set to reach a new generation with this classic stage production that kids will love! So come and celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s beloved classic with Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a mischievous musical about the world’s most loveable bunny. Adapted by Australian writer and award-winning producer Garry Ginivan and with an original score by Mark Jones, Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit seamlessly interweaves the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mr Tod and is designed to delight children and adults alike.

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Based on the hilarious book by Tim Winton.

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This fast-paced musical comedy tells the hilarious tale of the town of Bugalugs, where the residents wake up one morning to find their buttocks missing!

“Take EVERY child you know. If you don’t know any — KIDNAP some!”

“More bounce than a bag full of baby bunnies” Herald Sun

Join Skeeta and his friends in this ripper adventure that will have you singing along to the catchy tunes and laughing your own bum off!

This is the coolest comedy show ever for anyone aged five to 500 million (dinosaurs included). More Fun Than a Wii is a raw, messy and ridiculously awesome show for kids! And extremely funny for adults, too.

Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit is a musical delight that seamlessly interweaves the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mr Tod, and is designed to delight children and adults alike.

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Can Assist Mid North Coast is conducting its major fundraiser for the year – a Charity Musical Banquet at The Westport Club, on June 22. Chrissy Jones caught up with Trevor Mason to find out more ...


ust what is Can Assist, Trevor? include, but is not limited to, nursing, transport, childcare, Can Assist is a charity which provides domestic help and respite care. accommodation, practical support and financial Why was Can Assist formed in the Greater Port assistance to country people in NSW affected by Macquarie region? any type of cancer. Due to travel and accommodation expenses, it can easily Can Assist has 51 branches in country towns, operated cost a country family affected by cancer up to five times by 2,900 volunteers. Our vision is that every country more than a city patient to access appropriate treatment. community, family and individual should have equitable The reality is that many country mums and dads simply access to cancer care and support services. Can Assist cannot afford treatment, let alone the weeks away from stands for equity in cancer health care for country families. young children, elderly parents and work. Can Assist is a Cancer Assistance Network that was Who is eligible for your assistance? established in Orange in 1955. It was formerly known as Anyone who lives in our local Mid North Coast Hastings the Cancer Patient’s Assistance Society of NSW. Can Assist’s area; that is Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Wauchope, Lake purpose is to assist country people affected by Cathie, Bonny Hills and hinterland areas of the cancer and also their families, by providing Mid North Coast who are affected by cancer. a range of supports through grass roots How do we initiate seeking your help? community action and innovative, All Medical Professionals and Social By supporting specialised services in rural, regional Workers should know that our Can ty ri the Cha areas and communities in need. at Assist group exists locally. We have t ue nq Musical Ba b, lu C For people who need to travel to t been operating since April 2010. or tp es The W g tin or pp Sydney for cancer treatment that they A quick phone call to the toll free su e ar you can’t receive locally, they can stay at number in Sydney will alleviate any local people with the Jean Colvin Cancer Centre, which cancer.” questions you may have and provide provides accommodation, transport to the information you need to be further daily treatment and a wellness program. assessed for assistance. Can Assist also raises money to help people If you are eligible, you will be referred to with their accommodation and travel expenses, the local branch, Jean Colvin Cancer Centre or a household and pharmacy bills and a new program called case worker from Community Options for a Viva Pack. Our Can Assist Viva Packs. group was formed to assist patients in the Port Macquarie As more regional cancer treatment centres open around region who have been diagnosed with cancer that requires NSW, more country people will be able to stay home during treatment in Sydney. their cancer treatment. Can Assist has helped many, tell us more ... Can Assist, in partnership with NSW Community Options, In 2010, Can Assist provided practical support and $1.8 have developed the Can Assist Viva Packs to provide the million in financial aid to over 1,900 people and their extra support. The Viva Packs provide a holistic package of families. support services. This isn’t just help with the daily chores; it In 2011, Can Assist introduced a new home-based also means assessing the big picture and taking a tailored support program, Can Assist Viva packs. This program approach to ensuring that each family has the support provides practical things like shopping, cooking, picking they require in order to cope with the changing demands up kids, cleaning, caring for family members – all the usual and effects of cancer treatment. The range of services may chores which can become such a challenge when you are

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receiving treatment for cancer. Can Assist does not receive any external funding. Each branch must raise its own funds. Can Assist Mid North Coast conducts raffles, helps at various sporting functions and generally wherever funds can be raised to fund the Program. You are putting on a great evening to help your fundraising efforts, can anyone attend? Of course anyone can attend the Charity Musical Banquet; we encourage it! By supporting the banquet at The Westport Club, you are supporting local people with cancer. There will be prizes for best dressed, along with lucky door prizes and raffles. By supporting the Charity Musical Banquet at The Westport Club, you are supporting local people with cancer. The banquet will be held on Friday 22 June, 7pm for 7.15 start in the Hastings Room of The West Port Club on Buller Street, Port Macquarie. Dress: Cocktail Smart, with tickets $65 per head or $520 per table of 8 persons. All are invited to come along for fine dining and a social musical get together and to take pleasure in the fundraising activities that will assist in supporting our local families affected by cancer. Grab your friends or business pals and put a table or two together for a very good cause. Newcomers to the area are encouraged to attend; mixed tables can be arranged on your behalf. Let’s join together and have some fun and help raise some much needed funds. Tickets can be sourced by calling Trevor on 0427 240 345 or Cath on 6584 0433. Who can people contact for more info on Can Assist? Individuals requiring financial assistance, accommodation in Sydney at the Jean Colvin Cancer Centre or a Viva Pack can contact the Can Assist Cancer Assistance Network in Sydney on 1300 226 277 (local call) for assessment. If you wish to join our committee or have a question, contact the following people: President Can Assist Mid North Coast Robert Rule on 6559 2612 and Secretary Can Assist Mid North Coast Jenny Smith on mob: 0413 395 007. Thanks Trevor.

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In a wonderful free event sponsored by Grace Church, the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda will be performing at Port Panthers on June 26 at 7pm, as part of their Beautiful Africa: A New Generation tour. Team leader Robert Sendegeya and choir member Mubiru Vincent tell us more ...

hat is your role/position with the choir, and how did you become involved? My name is Robert Sendegeya, and I am the Watoto Children’s Choir team leader. I have grown up in Watoto Church and have been involved in ministry there. I was approached and asked if I would like to be part of the choir – and I accepted! How and when did the Watoto Children’s Choir originally form? It all started in 1983, when our Pastors, Gary and Marilyn Skinner, Canadian missionaries, moved to Uganda to plant a local church in the capital city, Kampala. They felt God leading them to take care of the children orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic and in 1992, Watoto Child Care Ministries started with just one home and eight children. In 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs started to travel all across the world. What is the aim of the choir? The Watoto Children’s Choir tours to raise awareness about the enormous problems children face back home in Uganda and to give people an opportunity to partner with us. It is also part of our training program to raise future leaders, and so far over 1,000 children have been given the opportunity to travel with the choir. Since its inception, what countries has the choir visited, and what has the reaction been like from audiences? Since 1994, 56 choirs have travelled all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada,


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China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and the USA, among others. Their audiences have included royalty, Presidents and the common people alike. The choir on tour in Australia at the moment is Choir 56. Our audiences have loved the choirs and the message of hope we carry with us. The majority of audiences have let us know that they are proud of us for raising awareness of the situation in Africa and not just sitting back, but actually doing something about it by raising orphaned and vulnerable children as leaders. How many boys and girls are in the choir at the moment, and what is the age range of members? We have 21 children, 10 boys and 11 girls, between the ages 8 - 14. How extensive is the current tour, 'Beautiful Africa: A New Generation'? The choir arrived in Australia on April 1st and has travelled all throughout Queensland, before heading to New Zealand on May 16. They return from New Zealand on June 13, and they will then tour through NSW, VIC and SA before finishing their tour back in Queensland at the end of September (Ruth Mitchell – Public Relations Officer). Describe the performance for the benefit of prospective audiences ... The current tour, 'Beautiful Africa', looks closely at the African culture by displaying the importance of family ties. It also talks strongly about God and how he has brought us up from the Miry Clay and is causing us to dine with the kings and queens of this world.

Beautiful Africa speaks of the new generation of children in Africa that God is rising up to steward the African resources. The performance is an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm that takes you on an incredible journey that unveils the beauty of African culture. Songs include Down in Africa and Lord I Need You, which is a prayer for the children and has become one to the many who have come to watch the concert. Other songs include Not Alone and Beautiful Africa, which is a celebration of African culture, dancing and music. Overall, the performance includes around 9 songs and documentaries, as well as stories from the children. Thanks Robert. Mubiru Vincent – choir member (14 years old). This interview was completed on behalf of Mubiru by Auntie Alex Sandra Nakibuule. Whereabouts in Africa are you from, and what is it like there? I come from Uganda, East Africa. Uganda is a nice place, and the people are friendly and they keep on their smiles always. Uganda has beautiful features, like mountains and lakes and rivers. How long have you been a part of the Watoto Children’s Choir? I have been part of Watoto for 3 years and 6 months and, as for the choir, I have been a part of it for 7 months and am having fun. How did you become involved? In 2008, my mother applied for a job with Watoto, and I came along with her. Since then, I have been a part of Watoto, which is my

“ The majority of audiences have let us know that they are proud of us for raising awareness of the situation in Africa and not just sitting back ,but actually doing something about it by raising orphaned and vulnerable children as leaders. ”

beautiful family. How has being part of the choir changed your life? Being part of the choir has taught me about things I did not know, like believing in myself that I am able to achieve what I set my heart to. It has allowed me to see the difference in culture and food and weather. What’s your favourite memory from your time with the choir? The food has been the best for me – and the friendly people in Australia. Thanks Mubiru. Interviews by Jo Atkins.

the plug! The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at Port Panthers on June 26 at 7pm. This is a free event, but offerings received will go to Watoto. For further information, contact Grace Church on 6581 0654 or email:



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15% average annual growth over the last 5 years 1800 m proposed length of the extended runway (currently 1600m) 72,000 kg proposed new maximum take-off weight (currently 35 tonne) $25,000,000 estimated cost of the proposed Stage 1 upgrade 450 passengers forecast during ‘busy hour’ (225 arriving / 225 departing) 180 passengers on a Boeing 737-800 (74 on QantasLink Q400 pictured) 450,000 passengers per year by 2030 (currently 220,000) 300 car parking spaces (currently 175) 5th busiest regional airport in NSW sources: Port Macquarie Airport Masterplan

LOCAL Title. Winter’s Light Local Author. M.J. Hearle


Winter’s Light is the second volume in the spellbinding Winter Tales, which began in 2011 with Winter’s Shadow by local author M.J. Hearle. In the gathering darkness, the enemy of an enemy is not always a friend, and Winter must find the strength to stand alone and fight for the one she loves. For she is the key to unlocking the secrets beyond the veil of shadows. Available for purchase at: or at Apple iBooks. Promote your local book or music album. Send us the details to

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Fourth generation grower Matt Davis credits the red dirt at his Telegraph Point property for the quality of his local crop – available now at Ken Little Fruit & Veg in Munster Street.

Image of the month. 3 times a week horses from the Port Macquarie race club take a bath in the Hastings River, and Brenda snapped this great early morning shot. Photo by: Brenda Sarno. Shot on: Fujifilm X10. Taken a great photo of our local area? Like to see it published in FOCUS for the world to see? Just email


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Douglas Vale Historic Vineyard Portbello (Previously Isabella Ruby)

Winter is upon us, and there is a chill in the air which is only satisfied by a fireplace and delicious port to finish the evening meal. The Douglas Vale port is a fortified wine which is produced using the Isabella grape variety, hence the name. The wine is matured in oak casks for eighteen months, giving it a rich, creamy mouth feel. The flavours are of luscious raisins and Christmas pudding. This is a port which is perfect for your drinking pleasure now, but will also improve with cellaring. GOES WITH: Cheese Platter. COST: $25. AVAILABLE: Only available at the 150 year old historic homestead and vineyard, 235 Oxley Highway, Port Macquarie.

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Community Garden. All who would like to be involved in a community garden are invited to a special event at the Port Macquarie Baptist Church on Saturday 9 June at 3pm. You can see this garden taking shape at the Koala Street side of the property. On 9 June, fruit trees will be planted, followed by an afternoon tea as part of the church’s 50th year anniversary celebrations. All are invited to attend a special 50th year anniversary celebratory day on Sunday 19 August, starting at 10am for a worship service, followed by a lunch and an afternoon program. This is the main celebratory event for the 50th year anniversary. To RSVP, please phone the church office: 6582 2844.

The church was started in 1962 with 13 members. Kempsey Baptist Church helped the church in Port Macquarie to get started, and things grew from there. The Port Macquarie church helped the North Haven and Wauchope Baptist Churches to start, and they became officially recognised in 1985.

the plug! To RSVP, please phone the church office: 6582 2844. Worship Service, lunch and a celebratory afternoon program.

orth Coast TAFE students are asking the community to help them bring all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to Port Macquarie and raise funds for a well-loved local charity. The Certificate III in Events class is ‘getting their game on’ as part of an assessment task and collectively decided the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital should be the worthy beneficiary.


event have been organised by the students, to showcase the skills that they have learnt over their 18 week course. The Koala Hospital is selffunded, and they really appreciate our support to raise awareness and donations. Wild Koalas are an endangered species, and every cent will go towards the rescue, rehabilitation and research of these beautiful Australian animals.”

The sparkle and spectacle of Las Vegas showgirls, quality entertainment, prizes and the best cocktails in town are highlights of the evening. Guests are required to purchase an entry ticket to play games. Although they won’t be gambling, the students believe the Vegas theme is a bit of fun for a good cause.

The event is sponsored by Illuminated Event Hire, with local businesses donating some fabulous prizes – including one night’s accommodation at the Observatory Hotel. The fun starts at 5.30pm on June 19 at Port Macquarie TAFE’s Graduates Restaurant. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Administration, Port Macquarie Campus of TAFE. For details call 6581 6200. Time to frock up!

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Since being introduced to the sport of Futsal in high school, Alex has gone on to achieve rapid success, – even being selected to compete internationally. He shares the excitement of his and his team's winning performance. lease tell us a bit about yourself ... My name is Alex, and I’ve lived in Port Macquarie for most of my life. I'm 19 and work at Digital Sign and Printing, and I’ve been there just under a year. I’m the youngest of 4 children. What prompted your interest in playing Futsal? It all started when my school, Newman Senior Technical College, offered for me to play in a local school comp – it was mainly just to get a day off school! From there, I was selected to play for the Northern NSW open boys team with Vikings Futsal Association. We played a comp up in QLD, and then I was selected for the Australian opens team, also through Vikings Futsal. I’ve loved it ever since. For those who don’t know much about the game, what are the main rules, and how is it played? I’m the goal keeper, so my main focus is to stop the ball from hitting the net. It’s a 5-a-side sport played on an indoor court a bit bigger than a basketball field. It’s pretty much like outdoor football, but much quicker. Why'd you travel to China? Vikings Futsal organised a tour of China, and we travelled there in April. There were 9 of us who went – and there were actually 3 of us from Port Macquarie. The other two players from Port were Jeremy Robinson and Caleb Ravesteyn. While we were over there, we

played a couple of games with a local was awesome – probably my most university in Chengdu and some of the favourite thing on the tour. local teams as well, then we played What Futsal matches/events do the Foshan cup in Shenzhen. you have scheduled for the rest of What results did your team achieve the year? overseas? Were you happy with I’ve been asked to play in your performance personally, and an academy boys team in a the performance of the team? local comp and also to do a The university teams were a bit summer event in the near future, tough to start off with, but we which should be some fun. eventually settled in and started What’s your ultimate sporting getting our heads in the game and dream or goal; where would you had a few wins. like to see Futsal taking you in At the Foshan cup, we played 4 future? games and won all of them I’m not really sure yet. I’m just going to – only having two keep on playing and see where goals scored against it takes me ... hopefully us in the whole it will be somewhere ort “It’s a 5-a-side sp or tournament. We promising! played on an indothan ended up winning Thanks Alex. court a bit bigger the cup. I was Interview by Jo a basketball It’s pretty much but heaps happy with Atkins. outdoor football,” my performance much quicker ... and the team’s. What did you learn about Futsal while playing in China, that you feel will help your game in future? Well, a lot of things. Since I’m new to the sport, I was learning more and more each day – which helped out a lot. Was there much chance to enjoy the sights and culture while you were in China? What’s an experience you had there that left a lasting impression on you? We did a lot of sightseeing, shopping and experienced a lot of China’s culture and food. One of the things we did was go to the Great Wall of China, which

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See a side “ of Peter Allen you’ve never before experienced, as stageshow and music star Robert Bertram lights up the stage ... ”

of me. Untold stories of Pe ter Allen


he Lives of Me will be coming to the stage in Port Macquarie and Taree before it hits the capital cities. Tell us a little bit about the show and how it will showcase Peter’s life? The show itself is more like what you would get if you went to see a Peter Allen concert, as opposed to what people have come to know from The Boy from Oz musical. What people end up getting is a combination of me talking about his life, and also myself taking on the role of Peter and telling stories of his relationships with people like Bette Midler and Harry Connick Jr., which among many others, are the ones that people will be most surprised to hear about, because they don’t feature at all in anything you read or learn about Peter Allen. You have a fair history in stage, show, singing and music. How much of this comes into the performance? It’s a dream opportunity for me, because I have never had the chance to show my abilities and talents in one show. Presenting Peter Allen’s songs in the way that we do at a Peter Allen concert, I’ve got the band behind me and I am at the piano for 80% of the show, and jumping all over it with maracas and things. So having to go between narrating the show as me, and then also representing Peter Allen in that particular way so people get the third person and first person difference throughout the show – it’s a massive challenge. It’s like nothing I have taken on before, but it’s so much fun, and I can’t wait to get into it. You do a bit of a Tap routine in the show as well. Was this a new skill you had to learn? Yes, there is a bit of a Tap routine in there. I used to do Irish dancing for a bit, but then when I did my study at Waapa, a musical theatre course in Perth, we had to do three years of Tap classes anyway. So I can hold my own enough as a Tap

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dancer – enough to jump off the piano and punch out a time step if I need to, so it’s good fun. What will audiences love about this style of show and its content? I think they will obviously love the fun and the frivolity and the excitement of Peter Allen’s energy in general, which is kind of what we are trying to celebrate and pay homage to. But the thing they might be surprised to enjoy is the songs that they mightn’t have heard before, or heard very often. Apart from doing all of the hits, we are doing a lot of things that Peter Allen wrote and performed but don’t get relived very often, so it’s exciting for us. Is it a fairly big production that you are bringing to the theatres? There will be a three-piece band behind me on the grand piano, so it’s actually quite intimate. I think even when Peter Allen did his concerts, he only had a six or eight-piece band behind him on the piano. There are no props or sets – only Tap shoes and maracas! The career of Peter Allen is varied with the type of performances he did, such as stage, song and acting. This is not too dissimilar to what you have done. Is this something that drew you to do this show? People have always drawn similarities between he and I, because of the piano and singing. I think people of certain generations relate quite quickly when they hear certain songs. I knew that doing something with Peter Allen would probably come my way, because we do have similar skills, so I suppose inadvertently you are right. I jumped at the opportunity for this show, because of these similarities. One of the most famous songs and what is considered by some to be the unofficial Australian anthem, I Still Call Australia Home ... is this going to be featured in the show? Well, if people clap enough at the end, they might get it as an encore!

Aside from this show which is dedicated to Peter Allen, we hear you are also composing one based on the life of Steve Irwin? I have been working on that for a little while, but took about six months off from this project. The Peter Allen show turned up, so I will probably get back to it later in the year with a fresher approach. Hopefully one day in the next few years you’ll get a crocodile kick line somewhere. Back to The Lives of Me, how far and wide are you touring with this show? Obviously assuming that all goes well, we would like to visit everywhere throughout the eastern side of Australia, and over to Perth as well. Hopefully we get to do a bit of traveling with it. We have seen quite a few tribute shows recently in the area. Do you think they are becoming increasingly popular? They definitely are becoming popular, and one that always stands out in my mind is the Johnny Cash show, The Man in Black. It’s a top class show, and I think it’s kind of set a bit of a precedent for similar shows. We are not thinking of the Peter Allen as a tribute show; I know it sort of fits into that category, but it’s a little bit more intricate than that, and we hope that people will come out of it learning a lot more than they thought they would when they arrived. Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers? Feel free to bring your Hawaiian shorts along, if you want to get in the mood! Thanks Robert.

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Festival of One Act Plays. We are proud to announce the 2012 Festival of One Act Plays in Port Macquarie, from 8 - 10 of June. The Port Macquarie Festival of One Act Plays is a little like a film festival; it consists of entries from all over Australia and New Zealand, performing one act plays at least 20 mins in length, of various genres. It’s a great showcase of what other theatre companies are producing. The Players Theatre has established a reputation as a friendly theatre, providing a café with home cooked meals, wines and good old fashioned hospitality. Where else can you see three plays for $15! The festival is well supported by local businesses and injects tourism back into the Port Macquarie township. The festival is run by volunteers who rely on the support of the local community to attend this wonderful event.

Cedar Grove Farmstay. C Set on a 600 acre cattle breeding property adjoining the Wilson River, surrounded by mountainscapes and green pastures, the units are self contained and have spectacular views. Great for families, and ideal for couples seeking a break from urban stress. Your first breakfast (Continental) is provided, plus fresh farm eggs (in season). The verandahs provide the perfect setting for outdoor dining or simply ‘chilling out’. Parents can participate with their children in feeding the chooks, guinea fowl, and sheep. Tip Top the Shetland Pony, and Sydney the donkey enjoy being fed carrots and greens. Children may look for fresh eggs or make friends with the lambs.

Festival Manager: Karen Slater – phone: (02) 6581 2123 (AH)

Local attractions include farm and bushwalking, cycling, swimming, fishing and 4 wheel bush driving. Observe awesome night skies, birdlife and native flora/fauna and ‘spotlighting’ for night creatures. Visit a local dairy farm. Horse riding by prior arrangement. All these rural pleasures just 40 km from the many attractions of Port Macquarie.


Call now on (02) 6585 8257 or go to the website:

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We would love this exciting event to be supported by our own Players Theatre members, so please come along and experience a wonderful weekend of theatre!

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Biddies When a group of ladies - former school mates - revisit their old classroom, there can be some interesting consequences! Written by Don Reid, the same playwright who brought us the hilariously funny production Codgers, Biddies explores what it means to face growing older. We meet one of the amazing stars of Biddies – Annie Byron ‌

Feisty, vulnerable and in full bloom, these girls are everything except old! She said...



Tuesday 19 June, 8pm & Wednesday 20 June, 2pm

(02) 6581 8888 I Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie

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hat’s Biddies to try to answer, I guess ‌ actually about? You’ve had a lot of television It’s about a group experience too – your acting resume of women who went contains probably every major to the same school, Australian show, like The Sullivans, The who come together after all the intervening Flying Doctors and A Country Practice, years to work on a project for the school. as well as stage experience. Both types What surfaces are various conflicts and of acting obviously require completely patterns of behaviour that are quite old different skills, and I’m thinking of the and also, they have a growing awareness comparison between the two roles ‌ of perhaps what might have been missing recalling that many stage actors have from their own education! said to me that the hardest part of The character you play – Beryl. What’s acting is the repetition! she like? Yes, but I guess you’re getting lots of She’s described in the play as opportunities to get it right by having a small life. She’s had performing over and over a very stable and happy again too. The thing marriage, but now she’s that does make it ay pl e going through an different all the time th k in “I th the unsettling time. is the audience. is about having Beryl has a couple It’s extraordinary courage to stand lf up and be yourse of children who are what an impact t ... I think it's abou d now adults, and she’s the audience has an rejoicing in who the sort of woman for – they’re really like what we are.â€? whom husband and an extra character. family are the focus of Audiences have a feel her life. She’s never had a to them ‌ some are quiet, career, and she doesn’t have a but very warm, others ‌ lot of confidence. So here she is, well actually, we’ve had varying responses into middle-age, and really feeling quite from the audiences. insecure with her place in the world. That’s been one of the joys of doing this Considering the extent of the Biddies show! It’s been a delight to travel round tour, how do actually manage to keep the country and bring this production to the production fresh? people. That’s a part of the job, really. We have In terms of audience reactions, you’d quite a lot of days off in between – travel probably expect a positive reaction days and days off – but part of the skill of from older women, as they’d relate to performance is you have to be able to do the characters and the action. What’s e that whether you’re travelling between the reaction from the younger audience shows or doing the same one night after members been like? night in the same place. It’s a big question That’s been really thrilling! In Brisbane,

an actor we all know came to see our show and afterwards, he was gobsmacked! He said there were all these teenagers and 20somethings down the front, waving their arms at the end of the show and wanting to be Biddies! There is an invitation at the end for audience members to join in – not in any scary way (laughs) – and this actor was flabbergasted that there were so many young people wanting to join in and be a part of it all. So it has had a positive response from the young people as well – everyone has mothers and grandmothers, so they’re experiencing the show from the outside in. And men too! Many men may have been dragged along to the show, but they’ve found a lot to enjoy as well! If there is one solid theme or life lesson audience members could take away from Biddies, what would it be? I think the play is about having the courage to stand up and be yourself. There’s a message at the end of the play that says, “Biddies are doing it for themselvesâ€?‌ so I think it’s about rejoicing in who and what we are. Thanks Annie. Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! You can watch the fabulous Biddies production on June 19 at 8pm or June 20 at 2pm. Tickets cost $39.90 adult, $36.90 concession or $30.90 under 21/student. Box Office on 6581 8888 or


he 2012 Farm Gate Tour is a not-for-profit event supporting farmers, farm gate enterprises and prospective farmers with the opportunity to meet the farmer and access information on a range of land management topics. It is an initiative of Hastings Landcare, LJ Hooker Laurieton, the Three Brothers Network and Farmconnect, with a percentage of each guide booklet sold being donated to Hastings Landcare Inc. – the community based catchment landcare network supported by Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. Ten farms – covering beef, pork, eggs, dairy, native bush-foods, blueberries, macadamias, oysters, and biodiversity conservation will be featured on the selfdrive program. Brian Irving, President of Hastings

Landcare Inc. said, "Farms have been selected across the 3 Brothers and greater Hastings region to showcase a diversity of enterprise and best-practice land management initiatives. 2012 is the inaugural year of the event, which is planned to be held annually across the greater Hastings region." Farmers and specialist speakers have been programmed at set times over the 3 days. Topics include regenerating coastal soils and pastures with biological practices and holistic management, biodiversity and water quality protection along our rivers and streams, managing invasive weeds and private land conservation. The Tour celebrates the ‘Australian Year of the Farmer’ and also creates a great opportunity to learn about the diversity of produce in the region and where to purchase local provenance foods.

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Date: 9, 10, 11 June. Cost: $29 per self-guide booklet with property information, display points, maps and travel times. Available from Friday 1 June. Hastings Landcare Inc., 44 Cameron Street Wauchope (02) 6586 4465 (Tuesday to Saturday – 8.30am to 12.30pm). LJ Hooker Laurieton, Bold Street, Laurieton – (02) 6559 5411 (Weekdays and Saturday morning). Rosies Café – Johns River (02) 6556 5405 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Get ready to celebrate the Disco era, as international DJ Shimon comes to Port Macquarie for a dazzling night of tunes at Zebu bar+grill this long weekend.

ZEBU NIGHT FEVER Shimon (aka) Simeon John is a UK born DJ with his roots firmly planted in the Caribbean, who now resides in Sydney since the millennium. Following the spirit of Mardi Gras with its richness in costume, colour, and intoxicating rhythms, Shimon translates this tradition into his music and is truly a connoisseur. Shimon will be flying in and showcasing his mixing flair with a nod to everything '70s, headlining Zebu Night Fever. Shimon is also renowned for his work with movie themes, lounge, and club classics – his unique eclectic mix of global groove. Shimon is at home playing on and off land, also on air and on screen, with over 15 years of experience performing on local radio, film and television, in extreme conditions in the snow and city super clubs. Shimon is no stranger to dressing up for themed events or just for fun. His mixing skills are seamless; Shimon works with three decks on occasion and is accompanied by percussion on request. His audiences are always left with lasting impressions. As he is a journeyman, Shimon loves to interact with the crowd, at times MCing and dancing his way through a set. His recent event highlights and clients include VERSACE, FOXTEL, DISCO MONTEGO, AIR NEW ZEALAND, BIG DAY OUT, FUZZY EVENTS,

THE BOBBY GOLDSMITH CHARITY BALL, HOME NIGHTCLUB. DJ Shimon will be sure to pay tribute to recently deceased '70s disco legends, Donna Summer, and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Zebu bar+grill will be decked out with illuminated furniture from Illuminated Event Hire, including Saturday Night Fever style illuminated disco dance flooring. Get your groove thing on at Zebu this June long weekend. Be there, or be flared, as the disco ball begins its spin on Saturday 9 June from 8pm!

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Where: Zebu bar+grill – Hay St Foreshore, Port Macquarie. When: Saturday 9 June 2012. Time: 8pm 'til late. No cover charge. More info: 6589 2822 or

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Hugo Race is a prolific performer, musician, writer, producer and a founding member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. Hugo will be visiting the Port Macquarie Hotel on Thursday, June 21. We catch up and meet the man behind the music.

H U G O here are you from originally, and where do you call home these days? I’m from Melbourne originally, and I’ve had the wanderlust for the best part of three decades ... I’ve been all over the place. So much so, that there is nowhere specifically that I call home with a capital H. I’m back in Melbourne now – sort of reoriented myself back to Melbourne. You are a founding member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. How was it touring the world and appearing on five different albums with Nick? I started working with Nick around the demise of The Birthday Party, when he was writing new material which eventually became from Here to Eternity – but it was in a very embryonic form. We initially did an Australian ... people tour with his hybrid set and my band, which was a support group. One of Nick’s band I work with members couldn’t make the tour, so I got d are inspiring, an drafted in to play with Nick. So, that was it keeps me fully the reason why I joined in the first place. It sic, went well enough, and so did the record. just amazing on every level. You felt occupied in mu I e er On the strength of that, we toured h the clash of civilization, and you saw w is h ic h w Europe and the United States and that went the ruins of the totalitarian state. It was ” e. want to b for a few months, and then basically I left the such an unforgettable time, and it had a band. I wanted to get back to my own band, muvery big impact on our sound and with what sic and lyrics. That was the end of my work together we were doing with music. It sort of put a politiwith Nick, although I did play on some of the studio albums in cal spin on what True Spirit was all about, and it came out the ‘80s and ‘90s. in our records in late 1990s/early 2000s. You spent a substantial amount of time overseas; you’ve True spirit recorded a whole album in a maximum seculived in Italy, France, Germany, the UK, the USA, and you rity goal in Poland. What was that like? have toured with the True Spirit Collective, which is your That was only about two and half years ago. A fan of band. ours was working as an entertainment officer at the largest Yeah, that was my mainstay band for about 10 years from maximum security prison in Poland. He got in touch with our ‘89 to about 2000. I was touring extensively with those guys, record label and asked if there was any chance that we could but we are now in an ongoing hiatus. Our last record came come and perform. I really wanted to do it. out fours years ago, and we haven’t done anything since We took in our own mobile recording gear, which wasn’t (laughs). really anything too fancy, and we flung that all up in a really During that 10 years, was it an exciting and hectic time, short amount of time, as we were on a very strict schedule and do you have any standout moments? with the prison authorities. We were only allowed to be in Yes, that’s true. It was pretty exciting and stimulating; there there for two hours, so we had to set up the sound check and is so much to think about. True Spirit did about 10 or 12 sturecording and go straight into the concert. There were probdio albums and about 6 or 7 Trans-European tours, so there is ably 500 guys in the audience, an extremely heavy looking a lot there to pull a specific memory from. But I’d say the most audience, but I think they really enjoyed it. exciting time for us as a band was in the early ‘90s, when we You’ve been in the industry for a long time now. You’ve were based out of Berlin. We started playing all over eastern done some film, done some theatre ... what other artist Europe just after the iron curtain came down, and that was in the industry do you admire?


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That is such a broad question. People often ask me, “What do you listen to?” The fact of it is, that I tend to follow what my friends are doing ... people that I know, people that I have worked with. There is a whole range of people I have met and had the pleasure of playing with over the years, and I keep an ear open for what they are doing and don’t really pay too much attention to the mainstream and what’s going on. People have a way of bringing things to your attention, as in emailing a link of an artist they think you might like, or being at a festival and hearing a band that blows you away so much that you go find out more about them. So I guess people I work with are inspiring, and it keeps me fully occupied in music, which is where I want to be. You’re coming to Port Macquarie Hotel in June. What can audiences expect from your show? Well, there is a new record just about to come out, called No But It’s True. It will be released just before the Port Macquarie show. It’s a solo record of mine; they are all cover songs and some are quite old, so that will be what I will be playing. Thanks Hugo.

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Hugo Race will be appearing at the Port Macquarie Hotel on Thursday, June 21.

Greater G reatter Port Portt Macquarie Macquariie

The Seafood Platter for two from Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill.

eat. Dining Guide is available for iPhone & Android mobiles.


Beechwood Hotel

Rainforest Café

Take a hinterland drive to Beechwood and have a bite and a pint; the pub that has more character than your grandad’s old car. Our food is made to order, with a lot of local produce. Home made pizzas all day every day.

With the cooler days approaching, Sea Acres Rainforest Café is a warm and cosy escape with a delicious menu to suit all tastes. Serving fresh meals with local produce, the French influence of head chef Jean-Louis is noticeable on the daily specials board. Try the toasted brioche with lemon ricotta and saffron poached pears, roasted tomatoes filled with quinoa, zucchini, goat cheese and basil pesto, or the roasted pumpkin, ricotta and sage tart, just to name a few. Our house-made cakes and desserts are perfect for morning and afternoon tea with friends. Escape from the cold this chilly season and warm up at Sea Acres Rainforest Café.

Have you ever ridden a horse to the pub? Book a Bellrowan Valley Pub Ride; there is nothing like it! Special of the Month – James Estate Verdelho; 6 bottles for $55 State of Origin 2; you could win a Tooheys esky or 3 cartons of beer.

Owners Michael and Tracy Waind.

Jean-Louis and Cherie Tostivint.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie t 6582 4444

735 Beechwood Rd, Beechwood t 6585 6170

open 7 days, 9am- 4pm for breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea B.Y.O.

open Friday, Saturday, Sunday lunch from 12pm. Friday & Saturday dinner from 6pm.

Bluewater Bar and Restaurant There is always something happening at Bluewater. Live music Wednesday and Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, showcasing local artists. Throughout the week we have $15 schnitzel nights on Mondays and Wednesdays; Tuesdays are our 2 for 1 VIP. The very popular $12 steak night is also on Wednesday nights. Lunches for $12.50 Tuesday to Friday. Thursday nights kids eat free and of course, Friday has happy hour between 5-6pm, happy hour Sundays from 3pm to 4pm. Bluewater Bar run their courtesy bus every Friday and Saturday night; we can pick you up from home and drop you back when the night is over ... no taxi fare, and you can leave the car at home.

The Crew at Bluewater.

Ocean Street Flynns Beach Resort t 6583 5730 or 6583 9073 open 7 Days Monday 3pm-late TuesdaySunday 10am - late

Sara’s Kitchen Sara’s Kitchen specialises in South Indian cuisine with a blend of North Indian. This authentic local takeaway now offers improved dine-in options, with new furniture and a relaxed atmosphere. Warm up with their family recipes, that have been passed on through the generations. Lunch Specials: From $7.95 for your choice of two curries and rice. They maintain freshness using quality ingredients, and all Sara’s Kitchen dishes are MSG and gluten free, including gluten free breads. Download the menu from the website – see below. Phone orders and delivery available – free delivery for orders over $100. BRING IN THIS ADVERT to receive a 10% Discount for the month of June. *Excludes lunch specials.

Chef Paula Stait.

Shop 2 Macquarie Waters 11 Clarence St, Port Macquarie t 6583 8116 w open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am ‘til close Sunday and Monday from 4pm ‘til close. greater port macquarie focus 27

eat. Banana bread with ricotta, mixed berries and maple syrup.


Café Buzz

The Block coffee and chocolate is Port’s newest little gem located in the CBD Coles building. It is the region’s most extensive specialty chocolate establishment, featuring some of Australia’s premier artisan chocolate makers. Choose from over 20 pieces in the chocolate bar, wonderful figurines or unique single origin bars roasted and milled right here in Australia. The Block has a selection of beverages, breakfast and lunch plates, and a variety of sweet treats fresh daily. Don’t forget to stop into The Block to take a break from shopping, and what better way to start the day than with a cup of your favourite coffee, paired with delicious free-range smashed eggs on Morpeth sourdough, or toasted banana bread with ricotta, mixed berries and maple syrup?

Café BUZZ is the region’s first coffee company. BUZZ showcases the full range of freshly roasted BUZZ Coffee, BUZZ Tea and local produce. Our respect for food is shown by our use of local suppliers and producers whenever we can, and, only the best they have to offer. Our breakfast, snack and lunch items are reviewed regularly depending on the season. Our range of jams, chutneys, pickles and dips are prepared in house. You can enjoy our signature array of freshly baked pastries, quiches, paninis, pides, rolls, sandwiches, salads and soups every day. BUZZ provides you with a delicious range of food options all day. Enjoy your local BUZZ every day!

Owner Greg Cacace.

Port Macquarie: Grant St (opposite library) t 6583 5756. The Marina t 6583 6767. Peachtree Walk (CBD) t 6583 7797 Laurieton: Bold St t 6559 7744 w

New Coles Building, CBD Port Macquarie t 6584 4141 w open breakfast, lunch & coffee 7.30am to 6pm. Plenty of parking available.

open breakfast and lunch.

Assiette of Lamb.

Off the Hook

Zebu bar + grill

Off the Hook is owned and operated by Paul and Narelle Walsh and employs thirteen staff. We offer a great variety of choice: tasty old style hamburgers, snacks, salads and of course, fish and chips. We have added a larger selection of fish to our menu, including our favourite, the Flathead fillets. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after 4pm are our extra special nights; pay just $9.90 for two fillets of fish and chips. We also have a compete selection of Coca-Cola beverages to quench your thirst, including the popular Goulburn Valley milk and juice ranges.

Relax at Zebu this Queen’s birthday long weekend. Kick back with family and friends and enjoy relaxed, contemporary dining, offering everything from plump local oysters to wood fired pizzas, succulent seafood and of course, our speciality char grilled steaks. Serving coastal cuisine from sun up to well after sunset – Zebu is the perfect place to grab a bite, day or night.

There’s nothing better than a meal by the edge of the beautiful Hastings River.

Located along Port Macquarie’s Town Green. t 6584 1146 open 7 days, from 11am - late EFTPOS available, phone orders welcome.

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Diary Date: Saturday 09 June - Zebu Night Fever - get down and boogie with flares and fine tunes at this 70s disco tribute with DJ Shimon from the UK from 8pm till late. The friendly staff.

Breakfast - Coffee - Cocktails - 10 Tap Beers Wood Fire Pizzas - Steaks - Seafood - Purveyors of Peak Coffee

Hay Street Foreshore, Port Macquarie t 6589 2822 w open 7 days, from 6.30am - late. Bar open noon daily. Bookings recommended.

Executive Chef Ben Holloway.


Flynns Beach Café + Take-Away We have introduced a new winter warmers menu ... pot pies, pork goulash hot pots, Mexican quesadilla, nachos and home made soups. For breakfast we have introduced freshly made waffles and breakfast bruschetta. One of our specials are Turkish melts: turkey, rocket, Swiss cheese and guava chilli chutney. Ham, tasty cheese, baby spinach and tomato chilli relish. Roast beef, baby spinach, tasty and Parmesan cheese, whole grain mustard. We are also doing ready made sandwiches and a variety of cakes.


Our cooks, Nick and Tony.

Corner of Pacific Dr. & Flynn St. 2/52 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie t 6583 2725


open Every day - including Public Holidays; 7.30am - 7pm.

Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill The winter weather is here, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Let the very talented staff at Scampis cater for your breakfast, lunch and dinner and warm your bellies this June. Let your tastebuds be treated to something special. • Daily board specials • Bar facilities • Takeaway available • Indoor/outdoor dining Bookings requested for dinner time and during the holiday period.

40 William Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 7200 open 7 days

Owners Mark and Jackie Holt

hat inspired you to become a chef? I have always been interested in food and cooking. From an early age, I was keen to explore flavours and styles of food. The lifestyle also appealed to me – being able to travel Australia creating dishes up and down the coast. Tell us about your background in the hospitality industry. I am a Port Macquarie local and completed my four year apprenticeship at Cray’s Seafood Restaurant in Port Macquarie on Clarence St. This restaurant, owned by Zar and Gernard Waterhouse, was the seafood restaurant in its day, serving up a selection of local seafood for locals and visitors to the region. Head Chef at Vista Restaurant was my next big project; the new owners ironically took over the upstairs space, formerly Crays. I then was the Head Chef for Finnian’s Irish Tavern, followed by a stint up in Cairns on the Ocean Spirit Cruise – the largest cruise operation in Cairns, with three boats each catering for 150 guests. This was an amazing experience, getting to meet many talented chefs and seeing some more of Australia’s beautiful coastline. I also worked at Fish Divine, an amazing seafood restaurant and bar in Cairns, before being offered the role at Zebu – bringing me back to Port Macquarie. What are some of your favourite ingredients to use on a daily basis? There are so many to choose from! I would have to say my key favourites would be seafood of all kinds, chilli, and cured meats like our house cured Ocean Trout. What is unique about the Zebu menu? Our unique point of difference would be

our specially sourced meats. We are currently sourcing our beef from the Central Tablelands, Tasmania and the highlands of Victoria. Our Pork is coming from Bangalow on the North Coast and is some of the best in the country. We have also just employed a talented new dessert chef, Christina Hamel, who is creating some really eclectic and amazing desserts and pastry creations for our guests. Tell us about some of the winter menu favourites. Our winter menu will launch in mid June and will be highlighting some delicious winter classics with some modern inspirations, such as our Venison Wellington with globe artichoke and gooseberry jus. A classic Bouillabaisse will also be a feature on the menu – a French classic with a Zebu signature. Roasted Quail Confit with tomato fondue will also be a great winter dish. Something new to try will be the Five Course Seafood Degustation. Do you cater for functions or any other special services at Zebu? The Zebu Room is a private waterfront space attached to the restaurant that caters for 60 in a banquet formation or 90 cocktail style and is perfect for birthdays, engagements, cocktail parties or corporate dinners. This space has its own private balcony, with views and access to the Town Green and is perfect for celebrations and corporate events. What will people enjoy most about dining at Zebu? Zebu has its own unique atmosphere, with beautiful fireplaces throughout the bar and grill, natural timbers, candlelight and of course, the floor to ceiling windows with vast views over the water. It is the perfect spot for a cosy winter dinner with friends or colleagues. The bar is also a great winter meeting place for after work drinks or a pre dinner cocktail. greater port macquarie focus 29



Passion and commitment to serving great food is the underlying motivation for the talented staff at Fusion 7 ... locals and visitors alike take great delight in dining on their tasty menu combinations, that have become Fusion7’s trademark ... irstly, congratulations on beday. We have set ourselves a standard of ing expectant parents – I bet consistency and try our best to stick by that. you are both over the moon? Serving food combinations that most people Thank you. Yes, we are both wouldn’t try at home has become our so happy to be bringing a little trademark. The majority of our customers person into the world; we can’t wait to get a little bit excited trying something new meet him/her. It’s going to be lots of fun when they dine with us, and a friendly smile and hard work, as everyone keeps telling helps as well! us! With a bit less than 3 months to go, With winter now upon us, will there be Frea has taken a step back from the any changes to your menu? kitchen, but can’t quite give it Definitely. The winter menu away, coming in to prepare has already started! From the We were desserts still (and checking squid ink pasta with scallucky enoughef ch up on us too, I think!). l lops and umeboshi butter, ca lo t to ge Introduce us to your which melts in your mouth; Chris Harris on. board with us to new chef, and tell us a beef rump with kimchi and He came backeeks w bit about him? miso aioli, perfect with a w fe a n tow We were lucky enough nice big glass of Shiraz; or ago and jumped straight in.. to get local chef Chris warm up with sticky fig and Harris on board with us. He banana pudding with salted came back to town a few weeks butterscotch sauce and tamarind ago and jumped straight in. He’s a ice cream ... yum! well known local chef, having set up and For those who have never dined at Furun Luxe Café, behind Port Central, for 7 sion 7, what are they missing out on? successful years. Prior to this, he did his Fusion 7 is all about our passion and apprenticeship around town, then worked commitment to serving great food and in Sydney at Bilsons, the Gold Coast and on wine. Each one of the F7 crew loves producboard a luxury boat. More recently, he and ing, serving and eating great food. This in his partner, Leasa, ran a 5 star bush retreat turn creates a passionate and professional in Queensland called Spicers, where Chris atmosphere. So for all those foodies and had to cook 7-course degustation dinners wine lovers who haven’t been to see us every night for guests. Chris is a talented yet, you can sample a bit of everything and motivated chef, and it’s a pleasure to at our degustaition dinner. For one night have him cooking with us down at Fusion 7. only, we are very excited to be teaming up Fusion 7 has been open and operating with Oakridge wines from the Yarra Valley, for 6 years now. What do you think it is Sydney Morning Herald’s Winery of the year that keeps the customers coming back? 2012 Good Wine Guide – five courses and The last 6 years seemed to have flown by. matching wines for $120 per head. Fusion There has been a fair bit of change over the 7 is very excited to be matching our food years, from the furniture to the logo, but with this beautiful wine, as everyone knows our commitment to serving honest, tasty numbers are very limited in cosy fusion! So food has not changed since our opening call us on 6584 1171 to claim your space!


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Many of us agree that eating is one of life’s pleasures. Sitting down to a delicious meal with cherished friends or family is as about as life-affirming as it gets but when it comes to the crunch, food means many things in life apart from mere sustenance. his month’s column is really just a brainstorm of all the ways in which food penetrates almost every aspect of our daily lives. A lot of the time food is a positive force, but it also has a dark side and can most certainly mean different things to different people.


kitchen, generated molecular gastronomy.

Food brings people together – to the extent that it is often the glue that holds not just families, but even entire societies together. Even those at war with each other have been known to put down their weapons in exchange for eating utensils and shared a meal together. Even if conflict resumes, it’s still always a step in the right direction.

Food, as well as being a friend, can also be an enemy. For those of us with severe food allergies, it can even be deadly. Ditto when it comes to heart disease and diabetes.

Food defines cultural identity and nationality. When we think of a country, often the first association we make is with the local cuisine. Italy – pizza, Japan – sushi, United Kingdom – fish and chips, Germany – sauerkraut. The list of national dishes is as long as there are countries, and also regions, in the world.

Food is our fuel. It gives our bodies the energy they need to get through the day, whether it’s an average day of running around, or perhaps a triathlon – in which case the nutritional components and volume of food must be precisely measured in order to maintain stamina throughout such a gruelling physical challenge.

Food can cause us discomfort in the form of indigestion, and even embarrassment in the form of flatulence (blame it on the dog, I say), or there’s always the classic spinach stuck between teeth scenario ... we’ve all been there. Food creates enjoyment, but in enjoyment it also fosters addiction. It can become a powerful emotional crutch and in turn, lead us down the path towards the dark side discussed above in the form of obesity and its related maladies.

Food comforts us when we’re down – we all have our cherished examples of ‘comfort food’ that help us smile again when life is getting us down. Some foods even contain properties that release those feel-good chemicals in our brains – the most obvious, of course, is chocolate, which contains phenyl ethylamine, the same chemical that is released when we fall in love.

Food usually starts with hunger, although its consumption is often triggered by boredom, and sometime addiction, as discussed above. Unfortunately, in some parts of the world hunger is not at all easy to satisfy, and the appearance of food only means one thing – survival.

Food is also intrinsically linked to our memories. Just the aroma of something cooking can take us right back to childhood and can invoke a powerful memory of a long-forgotten dining experience.

Food can be sourced from down the road, or it can come from the other side of the world.

Food can be utterly simple – cheese on toast, macaroni and cheese, or bacon and eggs. Or it can be extraordinarily complex – as those guys such as Heston Blumenthal or Ferran Adria have showed us with their lab, rather than 32 greater port macquarie focus.


from The Stunned Mullet

Food is abundant and plentiful, or it is frighteningly scarce.

Whatever food means to you, take it with a grain of salt (or maybe not). But be sure to share it with loved ones, create it, go out for it, explore it, season it, take it away, or have it here. Most of all, appreciate it and respect it.


L-R Rebecca, Jean and Pete at Trish’s 50th Party.


unny how perspective changes … business trips were previously topped and tailed with fab yet frantic shopping frenzies at the airport terminal, madly fitting in every shop possible before boarding starts, zipping from Nine West to Witchery, Loccitane, Mimco and last but never least, my personal fave – French Connection. Funny how this trip I found myself in Kaboom for Kids, trying to decide between the dinosaur in the jelly ball and the German designed farm animal collection – the cow or the pig? In the end, neither won, with the big black horse and an illegal amount of Where’s Spot lift the flap books being added to my already hideously oversized hand luggage. Fashion, I fear, was severely neglected on this trip! Not a high heel or frock in sight! Fashion was certainly fun and fancy at Trish MacKenzie’s recent fancy dress birthday bash, with some seriously sexy and some slightly suspicious outfits on display! Sixty guests got their groove on to a fabulous theme ... what did you want to be when you were five? Trish’s hubby, David, cut a fine figure in a Batman suit, Rebecca Casey as a saucy Police woman, with Rebecca’s hubby, Peter, looking smoking in fireman’s kit! Kylie Malligan went Swedish with a tribute to ABBA, with partner Mark Lyon – a medical practitioner with a dubious speciality

social scene.

with Kate Wood-Foye from Rydges Port Macquarie

Trish MacKenzie & David Relf.

best not discussed in print! Trish’s bestie, Donna Gillies, and Sav Aristides pimped it up, while my hubby, Steve, relived his ‘need for speed’ with a nod to Top Gun’s Maverick. Shayne McGuire was a naughty nurse, with Trish’s sister Jean as a ravishing Rapunzel. Trish ‘the dish’ gave true meaning to fab and fifty, with a fabulous go-go dancer outfit! The night was coordinated by Trish’s family, including Jenna, Josh, Natt and Lisa, with catering by SilverSpoon Catering, entertainment by Garry King and beautiful birthday cupcakes made by Trish’s brother Don and wife Sandra. Happy Birthday Trish! Winter? Forget it! Just spent the weekend lapping up as many rays as I could at the amazing Slice of Haven Food and Wine Fest. This festival is proving to be the little festival that could – drawing over 18,000 locals and visitors to the shores of the Camden Haven to enjoy top local nosh! Congrats to an insanely dedicated events team who pulled this off, with Jenelle Nosworthy at the helm – great job! Bring on next year! I recently had a weekend sampling Port Macquarie as a tourist – an eye opening change! Our first experience was a leisurely river cruise with Brian and Alison on the Asian Junk Boat – so relaxing! For lunch we hit Cassegrain Wines, with hosts Leanne Mepham, Ian Barton and Leanne Hill from the Verandah Restaurant

Emily Burt & Luke Bullusv. Credit: Fraserartdesign.

putting on an amazing display of food to complement the stunning gardens and wine. Fab weather, a classical harp performance by Lee Marie Cavanaugh, the manicured French garden, delicious champagne, canapés followed by two courses alfresco in front of the lake, finished with a huge serving of great company! Heaven on a stick! How’s that for a Saturday in paradise! To top off the weekend, we enjoyed a luxurious treatment in Port Day Spa with Jamie Finn, followed by a ghost tour with the talented and slightly spooky Bruce Thompson of Port By Night Tours. He led us on a tour of the dark side of our little town and all its quirky and historical secrets. To take the chill off, we ended the day with a divine degustation put together by none other than Lou Perri at The Stunned Mullet. Six courses of pure unadulterated yumminess, skilfully matched with wines from all over Australian and NZ. Divine! Thanks also to Andrew and Liz of Port Jet Boat, who took us out on an action packed wild and woolly tour of our rugged coastline! Seriously amazing stuff … be prepared for breathtaking sights, stunts and sea spray … oh, and to look like a giant Teletubby in the big red raincoat! Lots of fun! Emily Burt and Luke Bullus were recently married at the Seventh Day Adventist church, with a reception to follow at Rydges Port Macquarie. Guests enjoyed canapés followed

by a main course and a delectable chocolate fountain with seasonal fruits and marshmallows. One hundred guests enjoyed the chocolate mud wedding cake and partied on well into the night! The radiant bride wore an off the shoulder off white gown, with her bridesmaids in mauve. Luke and his groomsmen were dapper indeed, donning top hat, tails and canes! A ‘flash mob’ performance was a surprise part of the event, as both Emily and Luke love to dance! Congratulations to the creative couple, who honeymooned in Thailand and make their home in Port Macquarie! Congrats to the team at The Block, who hosted a fab cocktail party celebrating one of my favourite foods – chocolate! Macaroon lovers, including Joe Conneely, Sue Jogever, Raffi Galli-Hurd and Meredy Bates-Lacy were also in heaven, with lots of amazing handmade canapés, chocs and sweet treats to choose from! I leave you this month getting ready for a huge event in Zebu, with UK born DJ Shimon being flown in to set fire to Zebu Night Fever on Saturday 9 June. The sexy seventies are back with a vengeance, with tributes to recently departed Donna Summer, the official Disco Queen, and Barry Gibbs of the Bee Gees. Bust out your best afro, your flares and those super high-high heels – it is going to be one funky night! ‘til next month! Kate.

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carbo loaded Local Catering company XS Food proudly ‘carbo loaded’ the thousands of competitors and their partners for the recent Ironman. Owners Craig and Rachel Freudenstein tell us about the experience.


he Ironman is a huge event for on the Monday night after the event was Port Macquarie. How did you the highlight. There was such an amazing land the catering contract? atmosphere! The marquee where the dinner Firstly, we successfully managed took place was given an oriental theme, with the catering for the 2011 Ironman. After red lanterns throughout, red lights and smoke securing a meeting with the organisers of machines. It was a truly incredible background Ironman, in which we discussed our extensive to serve the banquet. At the end of the experience and menus for the athletes night, Shane Smith, the General Manager of appropriate to the particular dinners, we put Ironman, told us he was ‘thrilled’ with the forward a tender for the event. In addition catering, so that was another highlight. to our experience and in the spirit of keeping What makes Ironman different to other things as local as possible, Ironman Australia events you cater? accepted our tender. The scale of the event, first and foremost! What are the logistics involved in We cater for lots of large events such feeding almost 5,000 people? as weddings and large scale Well, it’s a marathon corporate functions, but for us as much as the the Ironman is definitely ’ es et hl at “Just like the d to althetes! Our preparation our largest event on the ha e w ... training r food de or , and planning starts calendar! us en m an pl arrange many months before The ‘carbo loading’ and equipment, and staff, do costings staff the event, just like the dinner on the first night timelines, assigns, and athletes’ training. We of the event is also to the right task have to plan menus, interesting. Our catering ” . od fo e ar prep ordering the food and is normally a celebration of equipment, arrange staff, tastes and flavours of different do costings, prepare time lines, foods. The carbo loading is a assign the right staff to the right purely functional meal and crucially tasks, and prepare food. It's worth it in the important to the athletes, to ensure they have end; we are so proud of what our business, XS the energy to complete the Ironman event. We Food, has achieved over the last 2 years. make sure it tastes good too! We've got great local suppliers in our I'm sure the Ironman isn't the only event region. What local suppliers did you use? you cater for all year. What other catering It's very important to our business to use do you specialise in? locally sourced food and products. We have We are specialists in offsite catering. We such an amazing variety of quality produce regularly cater at local vineyards, surf clubs, in the Hastings Region! This year, we have function centres, private residences, corporate exclusively used local producers, including Pye offices, community halls, conference centres, Provedores, Growers Market, BIG Hospitality marquees – we'll cater any sized function, supplies, Hire Port, DPC wholesalers, The Bread anywhere! and Pastry Basket, Jetz Laundry and Christine’s How can people contact you if they're Patisserie. interested in getting you to cater for their What was the highlight of the Ironman for next event? People can visit us at our premises at 5/35 you? Merrigal Road, Port Macquarie, or call or The carbo loading dinner is always exciting, emails us. but we would have to say the Awards Dinner

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Bellingen Music Festival. a must for Classical music lovers; June 8 - 10 Bellingen will once again play host to a festival of fascinating and varied Classical Music over the long weekend, 8 - 11 June.

The Finishing Touch.

Five wonderful major concerts are planned. The Song Company, led by Roland Peelman, opens the festival and performs on the Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as holding workshops for local schools and the community.

Winter has come and with that brings the dark and dreary weather. At Willow house and Baby this month brighten up your home, redecorate and bring that fresh and homely feel into your house. Willow House and Baby located along Clarence street and across from Hogs Breath Cafe have wonderful and unique homely treasures for in, around and outside your home. Whether it be funky and modern, vitage or country abode your sure to find that piece to fit right into your home. With shoppers specials throughout the store why not pop in today and see for yourself.

Musica Viva ‘Rising Stars’, the Orava String Quartet, perform with the Song Company on the Friday, and the thrilling, innovative Melbourne Guitar Quartet on the Saturday.

Willow house is a shop unlike no other. Gift lines, handbags, homely treasures, decorative pieces, uniquie baby clothes, scares, jewellery and so much more.

Weekend passes ($130) and individual concert tickets are available online or from Roots Records, Hyde St, Bellingen, Ph 6655 2159.

Willow House and Baby are open seven days a week MondaySaturday 9am- 6.00pm and Sundays 10.30am-3pm

The Bellingen Music Festival thanks all our supporters and in particular, ETC, Officeworks and SI Energy.

Shelli Hulcombe (soprano) with Deirdre Rickards (piano), Accord pour Deux, a unique horn duo and Bellingen’s amazing Youth Orchestra complete the line up of major events. There’s more, though. Local classical guitarists Karin Braidwood and Karin Winer are playing at the Nexus Art Gallery on Saturday, and Bellingen’s AkaBella will sing out on Sunday morning. All concert details are at

Bellingen Tourism

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Out to Lunch

with Susie Boswell

Last month, the first commercial freight delivery to the cosmos arrived at the $100b International Space Station. Within 18 months the first commercial space passengers, paying $200,000, will experience g-forces, weightlessness and the sight of the earth’s edge etched against the blackness of the universe. Susie meets the Hastings’ foremost observer of space, an amateur astronomer who’s turned his passion into a profession. round the same time as Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was preparing for the world’s first manned space flight half a century ago, a kid in his western Sydney backyard was spending his nights star-gazing, conjuring up images of the universe in his mind. By day, he and a mate pulled fireworks apart, using the manufactured skyrocket assemblies to launch their own hand-made rockets. “The space program had just begun; it was the 1960s, it was a race to get to the moon, and we got caught up in it!” Dave Reneke recalls, his excitement, still today, lighting his face with enthusiasm. “In 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon I sat in front of the TV set for two days! I couldn’t believe it! I slept there, I ate there, I couldn’t get enough of it. I kept a scrapbook ...”. Little did Reneke know that four decades on he’d shake hands with Aldrin, as an honoured guest in the former astronaut’s California home. His own home these days is a modern bungalow in Wauchope with several remarkable features: a huge telescope and piles of science magazines filling much of the garage, a study crammed with space shuttle models and space memorabilia, and a fenceless back yard that stretches into an open field where it’s easy to sit and gaze unobstructed into the heavens at night. “I’ve always had an interest in what’s out there,” he declares. “It’s unknown, there’s so much of it, and it all gets to the eternal question: where do I come from and what’s out there?” It’s a passion that’s absorbed him from infancy. “Dad used to carry me into the back yard and point out the stars. He said the first


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word I ever spoke was ‘stars’. That’s when the fascination started. Then I really got into it with Weet-Bix cards.” The collector cards in breakfast cereal boxes hooked him. “The series was called The Solar System,” he recalls. Yet: “Growing up in the ’60s you were regarded as a bit of a geek to be preoccupied with space, so I’d do it in my own time when no one was around: get the telescope out at midnight, Dad used to till 2 or 3 a.m.” carry me into The pastime, though, and the back yardst eventually took a back ars. Meanwhile, he pare th t ou t in po t rs seat as work and family fi e layed skills he’d acquired He said th e absorbed him but later, his as a community radio word I ever spok marriage over, he moved to was ‘stars’. ” volunteer into a retainer by the mid-north coast. Perhaps radio stations across Austrait was the “big sky” of the open lia to broadcast regularly about countryside and the sharpness of astronomy and space issues; the constellations away from polluting currently he’s heard on 13 commercial city lights … whatever, the space bug bit hard and ABC stations. Locals and visitors can share again. the wonderment as guests at his nighttime Reneke’s own Big Bang, his expansion into a “astronomy and space shows” with telescopic multi-faceted career as a pro-am astronomer, viewing and laser-guided tours, held regularly ignited. He started an “Astronomy Outreach” at the Village Resort on Port’s Hastings River program, spending six years travelling around Drive. He built a website www.davidreneke. NSW schools engendering interest in the com and used his knowledge and research skies, just as he himself had had as a kid. He skills to fill it with content, and write articles for secured Tasco’s sponsorship and gave out free a range of science magazines … articles with telescopes, so schools could start their own mind-bending facts such as: the universe is astronomy clubs. He put together educational 13.7 billion years old, the solar system a mere resources “to leave kids not just with pent-up pup at 5 billion; when you see the sun rise, you enthusiasm but something tangible for them see it where it was eight and a half minutes to use. We used to get faxes from kids about ago; Sirius is our brightest star: wherever you observations they’d done, and we got results: were eight and a half years ago, that’s when the kids’ eyes and mouths opened up. It was the light you’re seeing now left there. But just … well, there’s nothing better than seeing that’s nothing - there’s a star cluster called the their big eyes and hearing that ‘Wow!’” Pleiades, or Seven Sisters: the light you’ll see

from those stars tonight left there when Cook started his voyage to Australia. And if one of the stars in the Saucepan constellation blew up tonight, it would be 900 years, or the 30th century, before we saw the explosion. Having built a modest business from his hobby, it’s now paying off. A few years back he toured the US on assignment for Sky and Space magazine, was among the media pack at the New York unveiling of Virgin Galactic, was admitted behind the scenes at Kennedy Space Centre, rode the astronauts’ training simulator being belted with g-forces, and was invited home by Aldrin (above, right, with Reneke). “It’s the eternal question,” he shrugs. “I want to know we’re not alone, if there are others out there. I think there are. It’s just a matter of time [till we find out].”A very short time now, possibly. Just weeks ago it was decided Australia will co-host the world’s biggest radio telescope, the $2.5 billion SKA. It’s expected the cutting-edge technology will solve mysteries such as how our universe was formed ... and if there is, indeed, life beyond earth. The Out To Lunch series is hosted by Lou Perri at The Stunned Mullet.

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comedy roadshow.

ow does one decide they’re going to be a comedian – is it something you just naturally fall into? I always wanted to be an actor, and I studied drama at uni. You know ... when you’re young, you think you’re pretty good at everything; but it became pretty clear I wasn’t meant to be a serious actress. I kept getting cast in comedy roles – so I thought maybe that was what I was good at! As a teenager, I did a lot of mimicking – including people like my dad and other family members. Once I graduated, I did a lot of sketch comedy and character comedy. In 2006 I wrote my solo first show, which was called The Debutante Diaries. The show was a comedy about different characters in a high school in the 3-month lead up to their Deb ball. That’s where it all kicked off, as the show did really well. It won the Best Comedy in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and I won the Best Newcomer that year. It went onto the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007, and I did a tour all around Australia in 2009 with the show – which was just a fantastic experience. I loved that it showed in capital cities, but also in little tiny towns that may only have a few hundred people. So this was all character stuff, but then a couple of years ago I thought I’d start doing stand up comedy. On stage, I’d always been able to rely on someone else, but I guess I just wanted to have a connection with the audience. I did a couple of gigs – and then I was hooked! It’s really terrifying doing stand up – but it’s really fun! It must be a bit of a tough gig, stand up … Yeah – it can be madness, I think. Basically,

whenever you walk out on stage, you’re trying to get a bunch of strangers to like you in a very short time. You have to get people on side … once you have people on side, you can take them anywhere. You’ve been on television too, which is a different type of performance again. Do you prefer live performance? I probably prefer stage, but then I’ve been very lucky that a lot of TV work I’ve done has been live TV – so this is a bit like having the best of both worlds … performing in a studio, but in front of a live audience. Live to air TV gives you that real sense that things can go wrong, or belly up, and there’s a real adrenalin rush with that kind of thing. But then I’ve done other TV, like a guest role on Offspring, which was a real shift for me. It took me ages to make the adjustment to performing something 10 times and playing it the same way each time in a row … It’s a different skill doing that kind of narrative-based TV. It’s completely different – I guess you really can’t compare stage and TV. What tickles your funny bone? What’s one of the largest sources of your comedy material? A lot of my inspiration for stand up has been my family. My dad is hilarious – he’s a real character. He’s always ringing me up and asking me to check the oil and water in my car … Some of the material I use is when I was 31 and I’d just come out of a relationship. My mother and sister took me to a bridal expo the day after I’d moved out of the house and my 4-year relationship – as a way of distracting me from the breakup! My whole family can basically write my material for me. I think comedians generally are very good

Kate Mc L e n n a n Talented comedian Kate McLennan is one of the stars – and the only female performer – in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. For a performance that will have you rolling in the aisles, visit the Glasshouse on June 16 or 17! at observing what goes on around them – and I think that’s the trick. Whenever I go to a restaurant, I like to sit with my back to the wall, so I can watch what’s going on around me. On public transport, I put my earphones in, but I won’t have anything playing. I listen to what the people next to me are saying on their mobile phone … eavesdropping! I don’t think you can write anything more entertaining than what life provides you with. You’ve been travelling around with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow for a while now. How have you enjoyed this experience? Oh yes! We’ve been travelling around in Queensland … we’ve just had 4 days in Cairns, today we’re in Townsville and we’re heading out to Mt Isa next week. The audiences are just so different form Melbourne … I talk about AFL quite a lot in my routines, and I’ve had to cut a lot of that, as they don’t care as much about AFL here. That’s actually quite refreshing! A lot of the places we’re travelling don’t get a lot of live entertainment, so the audiences have been really appreciative. Each night has been completely different from the one before … it’s very special. And you’re the only woman in the line up too! How are you keeping the boys in line? Luckily so far we’ve had a female stage manager, so I’ve had a buddy, but for the next few weeks I’ll be wrangling the boys on my own! They’re such a lovely bunch of guys! I’m usually first on to perform too, so that’s usually a surprise for the audience. “Oh – it’s a girl!” they realise. One lady came up to me after a show recently and said, “You did a

really lovely job, but I couldn’t really see you in your jeans and T-shirt. Maybe you should wear some sparkles!” You’ll be in NSW shortly, performing at heaps of different venues – including Port Macquarie. Different audiences again … and you may even be able to incorporate some of your AFL references back into your routine again here! To be honest, I don’t think I’ve performed in New South Wales before – apart from a couple of shows in Sydney! I have no idea what to expect – I presume everyone will be lovely though (laughs). I’m hoping to talk about Mum and Dad and their various camping exploits too. I’m looking forward to visiting Ballina in NSW again too … I haven’t been there since I was 8; we were meant to be going to an expo there, but Mum left the tickets at home! Plenty of material right there for stand up! That’s right – she’ll never live it down! Thanks Kate. All the best for the rest of the tour. Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug!


See Kate in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it stops over at the Glasshouse: Saturday 16 June, 8pm and Sunday 17 June, 2pm. Tickets cost $36.90 adult, $30.90 concession and $25.90 under 21/ student. Call the Box Office on 6581 8888 or visit

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The 5 band members: Dave, Tim, Killian, Jake & Jon have had a whirlwind 3 years since the inception of Boy & Bear, and

Boy Bear


t's been a whirlwind three years for you guys, hey … Yeah, yeah it has been – it’s been pretty wild! Just for some background info, where does the name Boy & Bear come from? Well, unfortunately we've spent 3 years explaining it – and it's not a pretty story! Ha ha ... it’s not grubby or anything; it’s just that we really needed a name and … well ... we used a band name generator on the internet! So how did you five get together? Three of us went to uni together. We were all playing in different bands supporting each other, and my brother, who's the keyboard player played in my band and I was the singer and guitarist and Jake, who's our bass player, had played in a band with one of our managers and he'd gone to uni with Dave, Killian and myself … which sounds a bit convoluted, but in some weird, miraculous way, we morphed into one band in the end. We came in to play in Dave's solo project but once we started writing together, Dave was like: "This is a band; it’s not a solo project". And that was when we started writing the EP. Once you started playing live gigs and jamming together, at what point did you realise you might be onto something big?

“For me, it was just the fact that in those jam sessions and gigs, there was a real respect for each other, and everyone’s opinion that was a creative opinion was taken into account and considered – and more times than not, it was taken on board.” It was a really great environment for me to work with. I'd worked with a lot of wan*ers growing up ... like my way or the highway, and all of a sudden I was working with people who were not only really talented, but also really great people and really respectful. So, I was like I didn't really care where this goes – it’s just such a great environment to work in. For a musician, the pinnacle is to be able to be a creative as you can, and then one day someone to notice it and maybe give you a show – and we were fortunate enough to run that gauntlet. The tour kicks off soon. What final preparations are being made? We recently just got back from our European tour and this week has been all rehearsals, as we are putting together a new show. There's going to be a few new tracks that haven't been played live 40 greater port macquarie focus.

picking up 5 ARIAs last year has not deterred them from giving their regional fans the chance to see them live. FOCUS chats to Tim, lead singer and guitarist, about the journey to stardom ...

before, and we've got a new set and we're bringing the whole crew on tour for that, which is really exciting. It’s going to be a completely different set; there's going to be a lot of tracks from the album and some tracks from the EP and a couple of new tracks – particularly exciting, as we haven't done this much rehearsal for a tour before ... 7 full days of rehearsal and a few days of production rehearsal. So yeah – really exciting and a little draining, as the jet lag is kicking in! This is a big tour, extending over 2 months ... tell us a little about life on the road. We're fortunate enough in Australia to have a really great crew, so on the road we'll get to a city and the crew will go down and start getting the set ready … while we get to be lazy (laughs)! So we'll go out and get to see a little bit of the city. We get down to sound check at about 3pm in the afternoon and make sure everything is going right and work on all the vocals. From there, the two support bands usually roll in; they'll be on the sound check too, then we do the show, and we have a little bit of an afters (party) ... but we're not a big party band, and we're usually back in the hotel within an hour and a half of finishing the show. Then we get underway to the next place. We're getting old, we're not very Rock and Roll at all (laughs)! You mentioned your support bands, who are the Jungle Giants and Tin Sparrow; tell us about them and why you chose them to support you on this tour. Well, they are both great young bands. Jungle Giants speak for themselves; you have probably heard their songs on Triple J … we love those guys. We don't know them personally; we just hunted them out, as we really like their tunes, and we're looking forward to meeting them and seeing how they go live – which we have heard really great reports about. Tin Sparrow we went to university with, and we have wanted to take these guys on tour for a long time. The time’s just right now; they are lovely guys, they write some great tunes, they have an EP coming out, and they are incredible live. They have a great energy and some funky tunes. You're playing a few venues across the Mid North Coast, Coffs, Port and Forster ... have you been to any of those

places before? No, we haven't – this is going to be the first time. Last year went really well for us, quite unexpectedly, and our idea was that normally when this happens, the bands head straight overseas and tend to forget Australia and the Australian regional markets. For us, while overseas is a priority, our biggest priority is Australia and connecting regionally in Australia, and that is something we have wanted to do for some time. We have kept the ticket price low, ‘cause you know, when we were at uni and we were those kids, if we wanted to go see a show and the band had got a little bit too big for their boots and were jacking up the price, then you couldn't really afford it. So we just tried to make a tour so that anyone who wants to come can come. Hopefully even for those who are a bit far from capital cities, they can still come and have a beer and enjoy the night out. You picked up 5 ARIA awards last year – a great nod from the marketplace. How has it propelled you forward? For us, it was unexpected, really unexpected, and we had already been planning the next record. The thing I really love about Boy & Bear is that mutual respect in terms of our creative vision, and the favourite part for us is to be able to create new songs and play them live for people, so we've been doing that. The ARIAs were really lovely and it’s great to be recognised by people; I think that that is something a lot of musicians deserve, but don't always receive. I am not sure we deserved it, but we were very humbled by the fact that we were recognised. I don't think you can rest on that, and we are onto the next record now and writing that at the moment. And that's why (on the tour) we'll start to play some new songs live and see how the audiences respond to them. Thanks Tim; see you at the concert.

the plug! See Boy & Bear on Saturday 16 June 2012 at 8pm, Panthers Auditorium – limited unreserved seating. Pre-Sale: $35 Door: $40. Phone (02) 6580 2300.


With Yarmila Alfonzetti The Open House Project between the Sydney Opera House and the Glasshouse now brings us the Utzon Music Series, with Yarmila Alfonzetti, Producer of Classical Music for the Opera House, sharing exciting details about the upcoming performances ...

s the Producer of Classical Music for the Opera House in Sydney, tell us about your role and your background in the arts … I have been here close to four years, which is a nice time to get to know the Opera House really well. My background is that I studied music as a young person at the Conservatorium of Music. I spent quite a lot of time – perhaps too much time – at the Sydney Conservatorium, as I went to high school there and also did my “ Deborah isllyan Bachelors of Music and Musicology there. internationa era I am doing a Masters of Musicology The fantastic thing about bringrenowned op singer who larly there – I can’t get away from the place! ing these performers up to Port gu re performs I feel very fortunate that I have found Macquarie is that they all immediately at the MET in New my way back to Classical Music at Sydney agreed to doing it – all three of them York. ” Opera House. And of course, the Opera I approached were enthusiastic, happy, House is a great place with seven venues and immediately said yes. of different sizes; it lends itself to different opThese well known international artists are portunities. also keen to get out into the regions that we know Give us a history of the Utzon Music Series … quite well; they’re keen to come to Australia and get out The Utzon Music Series started about five years ago, to see what is outside the city. For local people, what I and there were a number of reasons why it started. One really hope is that it will bring a bit of that intimate Chamof them was to utilise the gorgeous space that we have in ber Music experience that we get to have quite regularly the Utzon room – and for anyone who hasn’t been there, with venues in the city, but also performers who have it is the only venue in the Opera House where the interior crafted a performance that is particularly for that small was designed by Jørn Utzon, so it is quite architectural intimate audience and space. and sparse inside. It has beautiful timber floorboards, For example: Deborah Voigt. Deborah is an internationa kind of raked concrete and concrete beam roof, and ally renowned opera singer who performs regularly at the one whole wall is glass and looks directly at the sea (the MET in New York. The performance she will do with the Sydney Harbour). Utzon Music Series and with the Glasshouse is not a big It’s a beautiful space and it is almost perfect for acoustic operatic repertoire like she normally does; it is something Chamber Music performances, which is why one of the special that has been put together for these performancreasons for starting the series was to use the space. The es, and to hear this amazingly talented performer perform other reason was to be able to present some of the best something that is bespoke for this environment is quite Chamber Music in a unique setting. special. You are bringing the Utzon Music Series to Port Who are the other performers that will be appearing Macquarie’s Glasshouse. What kinds of opportuniin the series? ties does this open up for both the regional audiWhen I was first programming this year’s series, my ences to hear Classical Music and for the performers first choice was Satu; because I have long been a fan of themselves? hers. If anybody has seen or heard her play, they will be in

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raptures – as I am! She is an absolutely gorgeous woman to begin with; she is young, she is beautiful and also, she plays like a goddess. It is amazing – she attacks the violin, and there is nothing delicate or gentle about her playing … she goes for it. She is fantastic, considering she is playing a Stradivarius ... but she is not in awe of the Strad; she totally gives it a workout every time she picks it up. So when I spoke to Satu about being in the Utzon Music Series, it was she who suggested that she team up with ‘Tipi’ (Timo-Veikko Valve), who is the cellist from the ACO (Australian Chamber Orchestra) and another brilliant pianist, Ben Martin, who is actually based in Melbourne. Then I am also really excited by the fact that we get to bring Paul Lewis up to the Glasshouse. Now, Paul is well known to Sydney audiences; he has been here a number of times performing with the Sydney Symphony, and he has performed concerti in the concert hall on a number of occasions – and you know, our concert hall seats 2,500 people. This Utzon Music Series is not about the big concerto; it’s not about the symphony. It’s about a discovery of Schubert and dedicating a whole program to Schubert ... when you are in close proximity the artists, they can talk to you about each piece and what they are learning and what they are discovering. It is so fantastic to focus on that one composer and do some sonatas, and that is the program that he will be taking to Port Macquarie as well. Thank you Yarmila.





At the terribly grown up age of 14, I had my first Sydney Opera House experience. I felt terribly sophisticated and grown up … all dressed up and heading into ‘town’ to see a show ... at night ... and at the Opera House! A big moment, in what was clearly otherwise a pretty mundane teenage life. ever could I have imagined that over The selection of artists from the Utzon Music series twenty years later, I would be standing introduces you to artists who are at the height of their in a theatre in Port Macquarie with 530 European and American careers – they are true internalocal teenagers as we went live with our tional stars. I will openly admit that in putting together first-ever digital broadcast from the Sydney Opera the program, I had to turn to ‘Google’ to find out who House. As the cast came out on stage at some of them were but once I did, I was the Opera House, they announced to blown away. To think that Deborah Voigt 350 teenagers sitting in their Sydney – a woman who is consistently referred hip ns tio la re ur O theatre that this show was being to as one of the world’s ‘preeminent “ pera with Sydney Oes broadcast live to their peers sitting reigning women of dramatic sopraus House providity in a theatre in Port Macquarie – nos’ and in demand from all of the the opportun ss ce ac ly everyone went wild. You don’t world’s finest opera houses would si to ea m performances fro know noisy until you’ve heard even consider coming to a regional y this extraordinar nearly 900 teenagers 400 km town in a country on the other side institution. ” apart screaming in excitement at of the world is absolutely amazing! each other. What an amazing experiShe describes herself as a ‘down to earth ence for our local students to have! For diva’ and she likes show tunes, and I’m many, this will be their ‘first Sydney Opera beginning to think Ms Voigt and I could become House experience’, and they have also been a part of great friends! the first digital broadcast in the first Open House projThe Open House project with the Opera House runs ect in Australia. They also had the opportunity to access for three years, and we are already halfway through a performance they would never have been able to see the first year. Now is the time to jump on the opportuin Port Macquarie prior to the Open House Project. nity to see a range of world renowned performers. You This is the heart of this project. Our relationship might not know their names, but they are leaders in with Sydney Opera House provides us the opportunity their fields. It’s a rare experience to see ‘the best of the to easily access performances from this extraordinary best’, especially in regional Australia – why wouldn’t institution. you take full advantage of it?

with Belinda Gibson


The best of the Utzon Music Series...

DEBORAH VOIGT AN AMERICAN SONGBOOK One of the most celebrated stars from The New York Metropolitan Opera comes to Port Macquarie to sing some of her favourite music just for you!


Considered one of the world’s finest dramatic sopranos, Voigt will sing a selection of Broadway tunes and American songs by SONDHEIM, HAMMERSTEIN, COLE PORTER, NOEL COWARD and more.

Spectacular violinist and Assistant Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Satu Vänskä, joins ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko ‘Tippi’ Valve and piano virtuoso Benjamin Martin for an afternoon of glorious chamber music by RAVEL, FRANCK and BEETHOVEN

Monday 2 July, 7.30pm

Saturday 28 July, 2pm

A SCHUBERT ODYSSEY Paul Lewis is one of the world’s most respected pianists and is currently on a two-year world tour celebrating the musical genius of Franz Schubert. For his Glasshouse recital he will perform two sonatas written at the peak of Schubert’s creative powers along with the German Dances and stormy Allegretto in C minor.

Monday 10 September, 7.30pm

Tickets: $49.50 Adult, $44.50 Conc /Groups 6+, $39.50 Under 21/Student. Glasshouse subscriber prices available.

BOOK NOW! (02) 6581 8888 I Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie

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The Hastings area has no shortage of talent – and Wauchope born and bred local Monica Oriel is no exception! Monica’s fabulous voice, her determination in the face of adversity and pure hard work have opened the door to a fantastic musical future.



ell us a bit about your background growing up in Wauchope ... I was born in Wauchope and lived in the same house until I was 18. It was such a wonderful place to grow up, surrounded by friends and family. I loved the beach and the bush, fishing in the river and spending all summer in our swimmers. My parents, grandmother and aunt still live in Wauchope, so I come home to visit as often as I can. When did you first discover you were musically gifted? To be honest, I don’t remember a time I wasn’t singing. There was always music in our home, of every genre. When I was 6, at St Joseph’s Primary School in Wauchope, Sister Mary Catherine used to take me out of class. We would sing scales at the convent, and then the ladies from the choir would arrive and we’d rehearse for Saturday night mass. I was always asked to sing solos in high school, which didn’t make me very popular! What formal training have you done to help you with your singing career? I started singing in Wauchope when I was 15, with James Hannah. James taught me to love classical singing, and I’ve never looked back. I was awarded Honours in my AMEB 8th grade for singing when I was 17, but that’s the extent of anything formal. I’ve worked with private teachers for years, and I think that’s been the best thing for me. It’s made everything very personal. How would you describe your musical style – and what are some of your favourite pieces to sing? Traditional classical. I sing predominantly operatic arias. My voice type is light lyric coloratura soprano, which means I sing very

high with a very clear quality and sing all those fabulous runs. Some of the most beautiful, delicate bel canto music is written for my voice type, and I love singing Puccini, Mozart and Bellini. You’re based in Sydney now. What prompted your move to the big smoke? University. I left Wauchope in 2006 to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at UNSW. I was also accepted into a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium, but declined the offer. I don’t regret that decision. But life is never quite as simple as you plan ... You’re currently studying with well known music teacher, Anthea Moller. How has working with Anthea benefited you? Anthea is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’ve been with her nearly two years now, and she has changed everything for me. When I came to her, I was 21 and ready to give up. I’d been told I’d never be a singer and that I didn’t have a voice. You really have to be so careful when deciding whose opinions are worth listening to! Anth brings years of experience and expertise, both as a performer and a teacher, and knows exactly what I need before I even realise I need it! I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I can’t thank her enough. You’ve experienced your share of hardships personally – having battled to overcome a bout of viral meningitis. How has this experience changed you overall – and did it actually have any impact on your decision to study biomedical science at university? I don’t really talk about when I got sick – it was rock bottom for me. One morning in 2006, I woke up feeling really dizzy with a headache. I was admitted to hospital with a

“I can’t wait to ven travel with the Se loved Sopranos, and I t at Blue er nc co lo my so ng to Poles, so I’m hopi the in e or m rm perfo Hastings.”

temperature of 40.1 degrees, wrapped in two doonas and unable to open my eyes because of the lights. I had a lumbar puncture and a chest X-ray. I had an adverse reaction to the pain killers and spent 8 days in hospital in Sydney. I couldn’t sit up in bed or stand without a blinding headache and my neck and back seizing up, and I lost 11 kg while I was in hospital. I was 18 years old – I’d just moved to Sydney, started uni, made new friends, and suddenly I was lying alone in a dark room unable to move my own body. My parents brought me back to Wauchope, and I ended up having a spinal procedure. It took me months to recover. I was studying Medical Science at the time with the view to becoming a doctor, so it had a huge impact on me. I lost my faith in medicine. I left the degree to study Law, but I missed the science, so I’m back finishing my Bachelor of Biomedical Science part time. You’ve also had your share of positive experiences too! What have been some of the performances you’ve given that you really enjoyed? I enjoy every performance! But this year has been very special to me in regards to performing, having sung at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute at Doltone House with Australia’s Got Talent winner, Jack Vidgen. I also had my hometown debut at Blue Poles Art Gallery, which sold out in 5 days! And then

most recently, there was the Mother’s Day Concert at the Sydney Conservatorium with the Seven Sopranos ... What’s it been like being a part of the internationally acclaimed group, the Seven Sopranos – especially considering you’re the youngest member! Incredible. Some of the girls sing for Opera Australia, some are currently singing with Opera Queensland, and then there’s me! We worked with the amazingly talented Simon Kenway in our recent Mother’s Day Concert, and everyone was so generous and welcoming. I learned so much. Being surrounded by professionals in your field is a dream for anyone, but when you realise you can hold your own, it’s a really special moment. We had such fun, with our Sydney MX newspaper cover photoshoot by the Harbour Bridge and singing the Flower Duet through the Pitt St Mall, handing out fliers in red sequined ball gowns. The response was amazing. We’ve had lots of interest for overseas work, so I’m keeping my passport handy! What are your dreams and ambitions for the future – where would you like to be in 5 years’ time? I’m hoping to be back in the recording studio soon, and I’d love to release an album as a solo classical crossover artist. I can’t wait to travel with the Seven Sopranos, and I loved my solo concert at Blue Poles, so I’m hoping to perform more in the Hastings. The last 6 months have been so exciting – I can’t begin to imagine where I’ll be in 5 years! Thanks Monica. Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 45

The first round of mystery shopping revealed fourteen top performers, all of whom performed exceptionally well. In December, Customer Care Program’s Mystery Shopping top 14 performing businesses were announced. To refresh your memory, these businesses are: The Observatory Hotel; World Par-Tea; The Roving Trainer; St Agnes Early Education Centre; Ryan Financial; Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Services; J R Richards & Sons; Mid North Coast Inclusion Support Agency; Olive Communications; Hastings Family Day Care; Hastings Co-op – Head Office; Hot Graphics; Digital Signs and Printing and C & W Security Doors. To date twelve of these top performing businesses have been showcased and, as promised, this month we showcase the last two. Congratulations! These top organisations will continue to be promoted throughout the next months, together with other premium local Customer Care members.

MID NORTH COAST INCLUSION SUPPORT AGENCY Number of Years in Business: 6 years. Number of Employees: 3 Inclusion Support Facilitators, working with 107 education and care providers on the Mid North Coast (Taree – Clarence Valley).

What services or products does your business supply? Mid North Coast Inclusion Support Agency assists child care services to build the knowledge and confidence they need to be able to offer a quality, inclusive child care environment to children with additional needs. With this support, children from the following groups can participate in the activities available in child care services and have the same opportunities as others to belong, develop and succeed. • Children with a disability, including children with high support needs • Children from culturally and linguistically nguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds • Children with a refugee or humanitarian manitarian intervention background • Indigenous children

C & W SECURITY DOORS Number of Years in Business:12.5 years

customer care.

As top performer in the mystery shop, how did you feel receiving your w ww results? It has reaffirmed the professional manner in which we work, our dedication to the relationships we have with clients, and the commitment we have to continued improvement.

How will you be using the mystery shopping reports as a tool to identify training needs for your staff in order to service your customers better? Customer Care continues to be a priority for MNCISA. We have a commitment to providing support to all early childhood education and care services and will continue to look for ways this can be enhanced.

under current ownership.

Number of Employee’s: 4 staff on a permanent basis.

What service or products does your business supply? We like to think our main business is the supply of quality product and quality service with ‘Peace of Mind’ to our customers. The fact that our customers are buying SECURITY PRODUCTS like window and door grilles, louvres, shutters and screens for their homes and businesses makes the first point even more important to us, as they are relying on our commitment and professionalism to guide their decisions.

Why did you decide to join the Customer Care program? Firstly, we thought that a local scheme with local content would be more accepted and trusted by our prospective clients and give us an opportunity to promote that service part of our business that only previous clients had experienced.

modify some of our methods to better our service. Some of our clients are already giving positive feedback for our use of the Customer Care logo.

How will you be using the mystery reports as a tool to identify training needs for your staff in order to service your customers better? As mentioned above, our staff did not take much time to enter into the spirit of turning the results achieved into a benchmark for the future. Anything less than our 100% mark in the future will be seen as a slap on the wrist in any upcoming surveys. We already achieve a 70% plus return and recommended client turnover rate, so we are more than satisfied with where Customer Care has placed us. The challenge is on.


What benefits has it given you so far?

What benefits has being in n the Customer Care Program given ve en yo yyou u so far? It assists us to continue to build

We gained an immediate insight into what other local businesses in the Hastings business community were doing through the Customer Care program and with the Customer Care team, we were able to slightly

relationships with clients and hass reinforced the importance of continuous refl flection on processes and procedures in relation to

CUSTOMER CARE ENDORSED ORGANISATIONS. Alison Spice Technical Services All About Planning Pty Ltd All Round Financial Services Animal Doctors Australian & European Automotive Services Bago Vineyards BALA Vending Bay Street Brasserie, Port Panthers Beachside Medi Spa Beantree Café Bendigo Bank – Port Macquarie Broadway Shoes C & W Security Doors Care & Mobility Cassegrain Wines - Cellar Door Childish Photography Colour Copy Centre COMPASS financial management Cullens Carpet One & Blinds Port Macquarie De Novo Creations Deborah Hoffman - Independent Consultant Digital Signs and Printing Direct Advisers East Coast Locksmiths East Port Veterinary Hospital Emergency ID Australia Enriched Health


Ezy Video Service Family Links Program Focus Magazine Gillespie Media P/L Glasshouse Glasshouse Hair & Beauty Gourmet Taste Sensations Hastings Co-Op Head Office Hastings Family Day Care (HFDC) Hire Port Historical Huntingdon House B & B Holiday Coast Credit Union Ltd Hot Graphics In Phase Productions J R Richards & Sons Joeys House Occassional Care Centre Jons Family Jewellers Kim Ritchie – Osteopath Learning Insight Life Express Fitness Centre Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel Maharaja Tandoori Indian Restaurant Majestic Cinemas McWilliams Quality Meats Men at Work Mercure Centro Hotel Mid North Coast Inclusion Support Agency

Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber Modishe Espresso Moisture Cure Pty Ltd Mount Seaview Natural Springwater Near River Produce Night Owl Painting Nova Employment Olive Communications Oxley Hwy Veterinary Hospital Oxley Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd Party Professionals Pty Ltd PC Pitstop PC Pitstop Peak Coffee Petstock Port Macquarie PMHC - Customer Service Unit PMHC - Customer Service Unit, Laurieton PMHC - Customer Service Unit, Wauchope PMHC - Water Supply Port Badges and Engraving Port Fresh Seafoods Port Garden and Pet Supplies Port Macquarie Day Spa Port Macquarie Golf Club Ltd Port Macquarie Growers Market Port Macquarie Panthers Port Macquarie Trophies

Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Services Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Services Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Services Port’s Mister Whippy Remondis Pty Ltd Restaurant Synergy, Mercure Hotel Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries Rose’s Vineyard at Innes View Rosewood Environmental Services RSPCA NSW (Port Macquarie Adoption Centre) Rural Home Nursing Service Ryan Financial Rydges Port Macquarie Sara’s Kitchen Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Seabird Swimwear (Soft Edges P/L) Sensory SMART OT SNAP Port Macquarie Spoilt Diva St Joseph’s Family Services (SJFS) Business Services St Joseph’s Preschool and Long Day Care St. Agnes Early Education Centre Stihl Shop Port Macquarie Telegraph Retreat B & B Guest House The Corner Restaurant The Little Brewing Company

The Observatory Hotel The Other Chef Fine Foods The Rainforest Café The Restaurant at Cassegrain The Roving Trainer Tile Rescue Port Macquarie Touchwood Flowers Trademark Building Supplies Travelworld Wauchope Wauchope RSL Club Ltd Vast Interior Verde Bamboo Victoria’s Costume Hire, Model Agency & Personal Styling Watermans Café Wendy’s – Port Central Whalebone Wharf Restaurant Willing & Able Foundation World Par-Tea Wyndham Resort XS Food XYZ Support Zebu, Rydges

If you would like to enquire about becoming part of the Customer Care Program or if your organisation was previously an endorsed member of the Customer Care Program and you have not expressed your interest to continue with the new and improved membership, please contact Rachel Ross on 6581 8036 or email to reap the benefits.


Broken Bago Day Club celebrated its first birthday in March of this year. Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of chatting with Gail Stoker about the Club, its aims and how it helps many in our community.

hat is the Broken Bago Day Club – what do you do? We believe our club provides an important and unique community service open to men and women, with a structured weekly program. It provides a day out for those people who are isolated either because they are without family, or are new to the area, or simply wish to have an enjoyable day out. Our motto is ‘Making a difference to the lives of older people in our community’. We are a financially independent, not-for-profit organisation. When was the Broken Bago Day Club established? The club originally began in Wauchope in 1982 until it closed in 2010, as the volunteers who had been running the club since its opening in 1982 could no longer continue. Thanks to our local newspaper, the Wauchope Gazette, reporting the need for new volunteers to restart the Day Club, a 4-day training session was run by DVA for interested volunteers. The new Broken Bago Day Club was opened on March 24, 2011. The Day Club is a joint venture between the Wauchope RSL Sub-branch and the Australian Government Department of Veterans Affairs (NSW Office). Proudly sponsored by the Wauchope RSL Club Sub-Branch, which not only provides a room free of charge, but also the club bus free of charge to pick up and return home our Day Club members who require transport. We appreciate our volunteer bus drivers and conductors who assist each week. What are the aims of the Club? The purpose of the Day Club is to make a difference in

the lives of older independent people in our community, community. by offering a fun, social, enjoyable day including a diverse After lunch, we play various board games, cards or range of stimulating activities to enhance the overall dominoes for fun, followed usually by our ‘chocolate health, wellbeing and quality of life, both to its members game’ (our members do like to have a little treat to take and volunteers. home). It also promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing healthy The Club has just started having a trading table, where lunches from the bistro and relevant guest speakers, members bring in items that are purchased by other whose topics cover a wide range of ageing issues, along members, and the proceeds go to the day to day running with light entertainment. of the club. Tell us a bit about the History of RSL Day Clubs.When How did Broken Bago Day Club include their first did they start and why? birthday celebrations in the recent Lasiandra In the early 1970s, a large group of veterans Festival? was attending an Occupational Therapy In March of this year, we joined in outpatient program at Concord Hospital. Wauchope’s Annual Lasiandra Festival with Our motto The Occupational Therapists supervising our new club’s first birthday celebrations. ‘M is aking a the the program noticed that their patients All members dressed in purple, and the to ce en differ were benefiting from the social Lasiandra Festival Committee presented lives of olderr people in ou’. interaction, even when they no longer our Best Dressed award to Melba community needed treatment. It was determined Gribble, who is a cheerful and healthy 93 that community-based centres would years old. be better able to fulfil the need for social Tables were decorated with pink and programs. purple serviettes, and an arrangement of In 1974, the DVA (Department of Veterans Lasiandra was on each table. A wonderful day was Affairs) approached the RSL with a view to establishing had by all who attended. volunteer-organised, community-based centres. The first How can people become a member or volunteer? Club started in August 1977 at Miranda. The Broken Bago Day Club welcomes all adults to Today, a vast ‘family’ of RSL Day Clubs operate in city come along to see what we do. We meet each Thursday and country areas all over Australia. This year, 2012, is the between 10am and 2pm at the Wauchope RSL Club, 35th anniversary of the establishment of Day Clubs. corner of Young and Cameron Streets, Wauchope. What does a day at the Club involve? It costs just $2 at the door in support of running the Day We begin with morning tea provided by the RSL Club, Club. Members can purchase the RSL special $5 lunch of followed by light exercises; it is optional to sit or stand. their choice. We also have a raffle, with several beautiful Then mental stimulation exercises, which include quizzes, prizes drawn each week. word games, reminiscing and general discussion. We For further information, contact Gail on 6585 6776 or also have theme days and guest speakers. We hope to Janelle 0479 154 737. inform our members about what is available in their local Thanks Gail. greater port macquarie focus 47

About Shop in our town and visit our unique boutique range of businesses. From giftware to fashion, coffee & dining, pubs & clubs all within easy walking distance.


GUIDE. Class-ique Fashions.

Bago Tavern.

• Simply beautiful fashion clothing for the mature woman. • Large stockist of Black Pepper, Marco Polo and other leading Australian brands. • Size range 8 - 24. • Specialising in smart casual, ‘Mother of the Bride’ and special occasion.

33 High Street Phone. 6586 1324.

Class-ique Fashions Style



Hilberts PTY LTD. • Garden Fittings & Tools • Water & Poly Fittings • Door Fittings • Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Screws, • Hand Rails – Cabling & Fittings • Various Hand Tool Brands • Air Fittings & Tools • Hydraulics • Pressure Wash Customers travelling from over 100 km away know where to go! 43-45 Hastings Street Phone. 6585 2400 Fax. 6585 2435


Farm Gate Tour. 10 farms – covering beef, pork, eggs, dairy, native bush-foods, blueberries,

macadamias, oysters, and biodiversity conservation will be featured on the self-drive program across the 3 Brothers and greater Hastings region. Farmers and specialist speakers have been programmed at set times over the 3 days on a range of land management topics. $29 per self-guide booklet – available from: Hastings Landcare, 6586 4465

44 Cameron Street, Wauchope. [Tuesday to Saturday - 8.30 to 12.30] LJ Hooker Laurieton, 6559 5411

Bold Street, Laurieton. [Weekdays and Saturday morning] Rosies Café, 6556 5405

48 Johns River Road, Johns River. [Fridays, Saturday, Sunday]

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Bago Tavern have an all new menu to please all tastes. This, as well as our Chef’s Special board, great kids’ menu, homemade desserts and freshy brewed HOLY GOAT coffee offer a memorable dining experience for all. Dine in one of our unique dining areas: the traditional beer garden, timber themed restaurant, sports bar or the beautiful Bali Garden. Nine beers on tap, imported and local wines – all functions are catered for. Great kids playground! Jumping castle every Saturday and Sunday for the kids. 235 High St, Wauchope (Opposite Timbertown) Phone: 6586 4722 Open. 7 Days, lunch and dinner. Bookings preferred.

Hastings Diesel & Momentum 4x4. WE’VE JOINED UP AND ARE AT 187 HIGH STREET, WAUCHOPE! • Now offering ALL automotive and diesel repairs. • Best possible repairs and service for your vehicles at the right price. All work guaranteed. • Pink Slip inspections available. • LPG inspections available.

187 High Street Phone H.D. (02) 6585 2146. Phone 4x4. (02) 65 85 3200.


Wauchope residents will soon have the chance to be in the movies, albeit as an extra for the crowd scenes in a World War I feature film to be filmed later this year. The Producer and Director have decided to utilise Timbertown for the film book end of ‘The ‘34th Battalion’. FOCUS had an informative chat with Ian Sparke – the Executive Producer and Luke Sparke – Director of the film ...


ive us an insight into some of the projects you have worked on in the past? Ian: I have actually just returned from New Zealand, where I worked on The Emperor, which was with Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox; that was a US, New Zealand and Japanese production and will be released early next year. I worked 11 months on the Pacific, got home for two days and went off to Wolverine, and there’s also Beneath Hill 60, where we picked up a coveted AFI nomination for best costume design. It was a very authentic design we did for that. Luke: Obviously being partners with Ian in Sparke Films, I have been doing basically the same films, but on different jobs. On Wolverine I was one of Hugh Jackmans military costumers, and on Pacific I was standby, so I was on set every day with the Directors, making sure the military costumes were correct. Since then, we have moved into Directing, MTV music clips for local artists in Queensland and short films, book launch trailers and other media related items, and now we are into this movie. The big news is that you are producing and directing a feature film at Timbertown in Wauchope. Give us a synopsis of the film ... Luke: The film is in a larger scope a story of our ANZACS on the western front, in a way that hasn’t been seen before. It’s a full story, a story of the overall battles and what they faced and thought on a day to day basis. On a personal story, it’s about three friends who join up from Wauchope – in the script it is actually Wauchope – and they travel with them throughout the campaign. The story is about how they can get back to their loved ones and how war can change someone ... how the soldiers didn’t want to change, but they did, because war just does that to everyone. Through our framing device of the film, we

have the real diaries of the guys, and we use their voice overs of the diaries to tell people what they thought, instead of us doing it retrospective of what we thought the war was. That would be it in a nutshell. Ian: It has been 20 years, especially the last 6 years, of really heavy writing, where we got the character parts right. We removed as many clichés as we could; it was really hard, because we are trying to tell a good story. Once we got the diaries, once we started to tell the story, it became much easier. We worked our clichés out by having things like, “They have gone off for adventure” – out; these guys didn’t do that. They were the last division formed; they were formed in Australia from the recruiting marches, within geographical areas. The motto of these guys was “Get over there, get the job done and get home as soon as we can”. They didn’t join up until after Gallipoli, so they had a much different attitude – and it was an attitude that we wanted to look at. These blokes thought about it. To me, they were very brave men. They had already seen the death rates on Gallipoli, they knew that war wasn’t going to be a picnic, and they still went in there. They go through some of the worst battles that you can think of – especially the Battle of Passchendaele on the 12th October 1917. Luke: In terms of the film industry, we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just another historic drama that nobody really wants to go and see. I think that the combination of our writing, the old and the young with Ian and myself, has brought a lot to the movie. I always try to write about what I would like to go and see in a movie, so without trying to glorify war, it is a roller coaster ride in the cinema of what these guys went through ... the ups and downs. It is a very exciting movie to attract the younger demographic audience. Ian: So basically we wanted to stay away from a historic drama, but it had to be an action film


set in amongst a historic context. It is very historically correct; we aren’t going action film and forgetting about the historic aspect. This film is very correct; it has been fully researched – we have had over a 100 reads. We have book ended the story; it starts with Wauchope and finishes with Wauchope – the rest is the soldiers’ journey. So you are with them when they go overseas, when they go to France, and when they are walking along the trenches – you are in there with them. Why did you choose Wauchope for the film? Ian: Wauchope was chosen because we are who we are. I grew up just out of Maitland, where the Battalion was actually formed. I came up here as the main actor and historian at Timbertown some 15 years ago; I had quite a successful go at Timbertown before heading to

of the distribution, which has now turned into a world wide distribution – which is amazing. Luke: What is amazing is that the distribution is from America, and a lot of Australian films find it hard to break into the American market with a completed film. Our film has gotten there based on the script – very encouraging. In terms of financing, I think our back work has made our financiers comfortable, and it is such an interesting script. How many crew are there? Tell us the logisitics involved: Luke: Obviously because our studios are on the Gold Coast, we will be bringing down all up 1,000 cast and crew; 300 or so extras who will be based at Timbertown, then there are the actors – it is a fair dinkum big film.

O N A P E R S O N A L S T O RY, I T ’ S A B O U T T H R E E F R I E N D S W H O J O I N U P F R O M WA U C H O P E – I N T H E S C R I P T I T I S A C T U A L LY WA U C H O P E – A N D T H E Y T R AV E L W I T H T H E M T H R O U G H O U T T H E C A M PA I G N . the Gold Coast, and I wanted to give a bit back. You both have had pretty good careers so far, but this is your first feature film. How hard was it to take the plunge; did you have to get funding? Ian: All huge things to talk about for sure. The basic thing would be that we didn’t go in there full of ourselves; we let other people have a go at producing at first. When we took over as Producers, we knew what we wanted to do. It was very quick then. Once we took over, people knew our name, knew we are very upfront and very honest in the way that we do things; we care about what we do, and the film industry knows that. We needed to push it though. Once we started talking to distributors, I was in New Zealand and Luke was here. I might be up at 2am doing this because of the time differences. Within 2 or 3 months of taking over producing, we had funding. We then had the start

The whole shoot will take 12 weeks, but at Timbertown it is only 2 weeks, and the rest is in our studios on the Gold Coast. Timbertown is being used as the book end of the film. We are bringing down the crew and calling on locals as extras. Hopefully locals will want to be extras. Our Casting Director, who has directed many films on the Gold Coast, like Scooby Doo and Ghost Ship, will be holding auditions to find some local talent to be involved. We have told our production crew to spend as much as they can down here, the timber and labour to build the sets at Timbertown, which we will be leaving for the park’s benefit – anything we can do to help the local community with our spend, we will. Thanks Ian and Luke. We wish you well with the film. Interview by Jay Beaumont – transcribed by Chrissy Jones.

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By Adrian Cornale from Eyecare Plus

By Glenise McLaughlin from The Natural Health Sanctum

Eye Care. Early detection is the key to eye health!

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Winter bugs Winter has arrived, and there is nothing quite like sitting in front of a lovely warm open fire sipping on a warm drink and of course, something to nibble on, to make the picture perfect. But during winter we tend to gravitate towards warm, comforting type foods and treats, such as hot chocolate, desserts, puddings, pasta meals and even some special choccy treats. But unfortunately, these foods tend to be high in sugar. For example, a hot chocolate contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, chocolate puddings have over 5 teaspoons of sugar per serve, biscuits can have 8 tsp per serving – even pasta breaks down to sugar in your body; ½ handful of dry pasta raises your blood sugar levels to the equivalent of 15 tsp of sugar. Did you know that even just one teaspoon of sugar can lower the activity of your immune system and during winter, that’s when we need it to be working at its peak. So as you can see, our choices of food are important to the health of our immune system. Trying to get the balance in life is a bit of a challenge, but it can happen. You can help to support your health and the health

of your immune system by eating at least 5 serves of fresh vegetables, 2 serves of fruit (preferably those in season and high in Vit. C such as oranges and mandarins), at least 2 litres of filtered water, only a small amount of processed foods, exercise and some laughter every day can help to keep you on track for a healthier winter. Luckily, Mother Nature has supplied us with lots and lots of great herbs, vitamins and minerals that can help prevent you from catching a cold or flu, stay healthy or help to recover quicker.

One of these eyes will go blind ... do you know which one? Local Eyecare Plus Optometrist Adrian Cornale said: “Most serious eye diseases will go unnoticed by people until significant damage has already occurred.” He advised that people should not let their eyes become a statistic. Most people don’t realise that signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal disease and eye tumours can occur even when they have no noticeable symptoms of vision or eye problems. Mr Cornale said: “Too often I have seen patients present for their first eye examination in their late 40s and find signs of serious, sight threatening disease that could have been detected many years earlier. It can’t be emphasised enough that early detection of disease will aid treatment. The sooner treatment can be initiated and preventative measures taken, the better the outcome.” It is essential that everybody has regular thorough eye examinations to check their eye health. A vision examination with your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist is not simply

reading an eye chart. It involves a thorough assessment of your eye health and vision by university trained professionals using sophisticated technology and expertise. In general, eye examinations should be conducted on all children before they start school, then every 3 to 4 years up to the age of 40, after which every 2 to 3 years. Of course, this will vary for individuals, as advised by your eye care practitioner. And of course, if you are concerned about anything regarding your eye health and vision, don’t hesitate to have an examination. Appointments to your optometrist do not require a referral. And if your optometrist finds further assessment and treatment is required with an ophthalmologist, they will refer directly. Visit

By Matt Hempsell from Matt Hempsell Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic. If you need some help to achieve a healthy winter season or want to recover quicker, make an appointment with Glenise McLaughlin at The Natural Health Sanctum, Ph: (02)6583 3544.


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By Sonia Higgins from Pee-ka-bu Hair

Winter is here! And along with winter comes dry, frizzy, unruly hair. Here are some simple steps to help keep your hair moisturized and manageable for the coming winter months in 5 minutes. Step 1: visit PeeKa-Bu Hair for a complementary and personalised consultation and recommendation using Matrix Total Recharge or Biolage organic derived shampoo, conditioner and conditioning treatments. Step 2: at home in the shower, cleanse your hair twice and towel dry the hair really well; apply recommended amount of treatment and place over the top a plastic shower cap. Step 3: well this is up to you … shave, cleanse your face and body, repeat you daily affirmations – even sing! 5 minutes done! Step 4: rinse well; no need to follow with conditioner if this is what your stylist has recommended. Always apply a leave in

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With winter approaching, this is probably the least likely resource most people will want to reach for when you injure yourself, but it has stood the test of time as one of the most effective initial pain management and injury recovery treatment. Ice temporarily causes constriction of the local blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the area where it is applied which also impedes the inflammatory process. It also reduces the potential size of scarring of the damaged tissue. Heat should not be applied in the initial stage of an injury (sporting or non-sporting) as, although it may temporarily mask the pain, it may initially encourage blood flow to the area and increase the inflammatory response, potentially prolonging recovery. General rules are: • When an injury occurs, the sooner ice is applied, the better. • Always use a medium between ice and skin (e.g. tea towel) • Application should not exceed 20 minutes at any one time (less for smaller body parts)

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moisturiser to protect your hair from the daily stresses or a heat protectant product to guard your hair against the extreme heat stress that your blow-dryer and hot irons can put your hair under. You will instantly notice how easy and winter free your locks will become with these 4 easy steps once a week and overcome the winter hair blues.

• Never apply ice to open wounds • Compression or elevation may also assist in faster recovery Applications of ice vary for each area of the body and for each age group and although there are very few risks with the application of ice, there are some (such as circulatory disorders). Please consult our clinic (details below) or your health professional for specific advice before application. Bibliography: Peterson & Renstrom (2001). Sports Injuries, Their Prevention & Treatment, 3rd edition. Prentice W E (1999). Rehabilitation in Sports Medicine T: 6584 5343 W: FB: TW:


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bloated? tired all the time? stomach upsets? If you answered yes to any of the above, you could simply be suffering from an intolerance to one or more foods you are consuming. Food intolerances may cause a range of slow-onset symptoms that are seemingly unconnected to specific foods. Symptoms can take up to 72 hours to appear, in which time a lot of different types of food and drink have been consumed, baffling the sufferer as to what has caused their discomfort. Although not life threatening, the impact on sufferers can be significant, sometimes affecting their ability to live normal healthy lives. Symptoms of food intolerance are many and varied and can include anxiety (acute/chronic), arthritis, ADD, bed wetting, bloating, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, depression, muscle aches and pains, headaches, inflammatory bowel disease, insomnia, itchy skin problems, mood swings, sleep disturbances, weight control problems – and many, many more. Sufferers often complain of seeming to be in a ‘fog’, feeling bloated and being tired all the time. Up until now, food intolerances have been very difficult and time consuming to diagnose, due to the vagueness of the symptoms and the time lapse. Now a quick, reliable, simple, safe test for food intolerance to 59 foods is available at The Natural Health Sanctum. This procedure is the world’s first in-clinic test available for food intolerance. This test now forms part of our comprehensive Food Intolerance Program, which is specifically tailored to suit each individual’s needs. Be quick, be smart, be symptom free – book in for your Food Intolerance Program now. Glenise McLaughlin – Naturopath with over 17 years’ experience, specialises in the natural treatment of food intolerances. Phone 6583 3544.

Facial Rejuvenation Both of these eyes could go blind Can you see why? Our optometrists at Eyecare Plus can. There has been a lot of fuss in the media recently about Digital Retinal Images. The graphics above are an example of the images that our retinal camera has taken. At Eyecare Plus Port Macquarie, we have used this great tool for many years now – first in the late 90s when the images were recorded on film, and then in 2006 upgrading to a digital version. More recently, we have upgraded the software to produce High Resolution digital images. This instrument is a great tool that our optometrists use to record and monitor eye changes. It must be stressed that the photograph itself does not give the full picture or diagnosis with respect to eye health. The full picture is only obtained when the image is assessed by an experienced practitioner in conjunction with other necessary information. This would include taking a thorough history and performing other indicated tests, such as eye pressure, corneal thickness and shape and visual field assessment, just to name a few. The full picture of eye health is obtained only when a thorough evaluation of all the necessary tests is done. At Eyecare Plus we are passionate about keeping up to date with technology; so you know you can trust us to care for your precious eyes.

with Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Bobby A. Kumar. Who doesn’t enjoy the confidence that comes with looking refreshed and rejuvenated? Given our faces tell our stories, effective Facial Rejuvenation should strive to enhance our natural features and refresh our appearance. Dr. Bobby Kumar, Cosmetic Surgeon, brings his extensive expertise and experience in Facial Surgery to non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation. An underlying knowledge and appreciation of facial anatomy, musculature and nerve supply is essential to providing safe, effective and natural results with Anti Wrinkle and Dermal Filler Injections. Wrinkles can be caused by repeated muscle contraction and movement. Anti Wrinkle Injections inhibit the nerve impulses that cause a muscle to contract. This results in lines and wrinkles becoming smoother and diminished, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Anti Wrinkle Injections typically address • Frown lines between the brows • Crows feet • Forehead worry lines Dermal Fillers work by filling, restoring or adding volume to areas of the face, lifting and smoothing deep lines and wrinkles. Dermal Filler Injections typically address: • Lips • Smile creases • Marionette lines Please call 1300 676 003 or 0430 491 009 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Bobby Kumar – consultations are available by appointment only.

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Fitting Every Foot. Just like people, feet and shoes come in different shapes and sizes. That’s why the staff at The Athletes Foot Port Macquarie don’t adopt a one-size-fits-all policy; they know everyone has a different foot shape and different fitting needs. Whether you are a professional sports person, weekend warrior or self-confessed couch potato, having correctly fitted shoes can make a huge difference to your comfort, wellbeing and performance. Did you know that poorly fitted shoes can be the cause of foot, leg and back pain, as well as headaches? Whereas correctly fitted shoes can reduce the likelihood of injuries, reduce the pain of pre-existing conditions and ensure that you are in comfort from the time you put them on until you take them off. “At The Athlete’s Foot Port Macquarie, we believe it’s important to get your feet measured every time you purchase new shoes,” stated Sue Blain, The Athlete’s Foot Port Macquarie Franchisee. “Ageing, weight change and injury can alter your foot size and shape. Using our exclusive Fitprint system to identify the individual pressure points in your feet, our highly trained Fit Technicians will match the best shoe to your foot type and lifestyle.” The Athlete’s Foot Fitprint system is a stateof-the-art pressure point device that measures

and identifies pressure points through different phases of your step. The pressure point reading, along with the foot length, width and arch measurement allows The Athlete’s Foot fit technician to recommend properly fitted shoes based specifically on the needs of your feet. “At The Athlete’s Foot Port Macquarie, we pride ourselves on being the shoe fitting specialist. We offer an extensive range of footwear for all occasions, including walking, running, cross training, as well as footwear for school, work and lifestyle,” said Sue. Every staff member at The Athlete’s Foot is required to undertake extensive training covering basic foot anatomy, physiology and fitting techniques for every type of foot. Our ongoing training program sees that we are continually learning the expertise of correct shoe fitting and remain the most qualified staff in the market. Most importantly, all staff understand how each shoe fits to each individual foot!

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ell us about the organisations Prolapse Down Under and Australians for Women’s Health and the work they do. Australians for Women’s Health (A4WH) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides humanitarian aid to women suffering in East Asian countries. The main two arms of A4WH are Prolapse Down Under, which provides surgical treatment to these women, and Maternal Care, which assists women experiencing pregnancy complications. Genital prolapse is a condition where various pelvic organs fall through the vaginal opening. These prolapsing organs include the bladder, the bowel and the uterus. In its more severe forms, this is a terrible and disfiguring disease. It leads to all sorts of problems, including pelvic pain, incontinence, difficulties in working and walking, and the inability to have intercourse. The women who suffer these dreadful problems are usually subsistence farm workers whose families rely on them to continue working, simply to get food on the table. University studies have shown that there are 200,000 women in Nepal alone who suffer with severe genital prolapse and are in urgent need of surgery. At the moment, there are very few doctors in Nepal who can provide this surgery. We set up the organisation Prolapse Down Under to provide surgical camps in countries like Nepal to correct these severe forms of genital prolapse. Teams of volunteer doctors and nurses and ancillary workers from Australia travel to these countries to provide the surgery in these camps. This condition of prolapse sounds similar to the problem of genital fistulas in Africa … Severe genital prolapse has many similarities to genital fistulas; they are both horrendous conditions affecting the genital areas of relatively young women, incontinence is a huge problem, and the social stigma is often devastating. These women often become isolated from their husbands and family. Is childbirth responsible for the massive 54 greater port macquarie focus.

problems of genital prolapse in these countries? In many cases, yes. And this is part of the reason for the other main arm of A4WH: Maternal Care. There are so many things we take for granted in our country, and this includes the safety of mothers in pregnancy and labour. How dangerous is it to have a baby in places like Nepal? Australia has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. By comparison, women in remote areas of Nepal have more than 100 times the chances of dying during pregnancy. And in the large majority, these deaths are preventable with relatively simple measures. Those women who do survive the dangers of pregnancy and labour in Nepal and other East Asian countries then have to negotiate the risk of genital prolapse. We would not stand for these medical risks in our country, and it’s outrageous and it’s shameful that we tolerate these risks in other countries. What are some of the things you and your teams do over in Nepal? We take teams of eight or ten volunteers and set up medical camps in remote regions of Nepal. These areas are usually on the sides of mountains in the spectacular Himalayas. We spend the first day or two cleaning and scrubbing rooms, to turn them into makeshift operating theatres. Then we spend the next two or three weeks screening and operating on women with various gynaecological and maternal problems. And how would you describe the working conditions over there? The first two words that come to mind are primitive and challenging. The team have to improvise a lot, because our equipment and supplies are really restricted. Electricity is fairly unreliable, and it’s not unusual that we need to operate under torch light. Last camp we ran out of swabs, so our nursing staff cut up some of the surgical gowns to make up artificial swabs. But despite these conditions that are so difficult at times, you must understand that the

Dr Ray Hodgson is a specialist obstetrician, gynaecologist and gynaecology surgeon based in Port Macquarie. He has founded the humanitarian organisations Prolapse Down Under and Australians for Women’s Health, that provide humanitarian assistance to women in East Asia. Dr Hodgson explains that every cent of every dollar donated to A4WH goes to the people in Nepal who are in need; there are no administrative costs, no advertising or promotional costs – these costs are all funded through separate businesses, including Port Macquarie Ultrasound.

We hear you’re heading off overseas again morale of our volunteers is so very upbeat. We have some pretty special people who join us with soon. Where will you be going, and what do each camp, and the buoyant mood is somehow you hope to achieve? infectious. We’re off to Nepal again in June. This trip We hear you’ve even used a chicken incubawe’ll be based in the remote west of Nepal in a tor in surgery … region in the Kaski district. The UN and the Nepal That’s true. It gets pretty cold up there in the Government have been very helpful in assisting mountains. We need to warm the intravenous our efforts. We hope to screen several hundred fluids before we infuse them into the patients. patients, and we’ll be training 30 midwives and The chickens get a bit aggressive with us somedoctors in the area. times, but they just have to cope! How can Australians help, even at the local What sorts of things are A4WH doing to level ... are you in need of donations? help with maternal care? To be honest, we are in desperate need of One of the most important things we can donations. Our volunteers give up their do to improve maternal health is to holidays; they pay their way, their increase the number of trained airfares and all of their living midwives. Currently the vast expenses. Donations do NOT e th up majority of births in rural contribute towards their t se We apse and remote Nepal are not expenses. But we do need organisation Prol Down Under to supervised by skilled labour to find ways to cover the provide surgical ies attendants. costs of all of the medical camps in countrrrect The Maternal Health and surgical equipment co to like Nepal s of rm fo re ve arm of A4WH is training and supplies, the wages se e thes . Nepalese midwives in a of the local health workers genital prolapse number of ways. And during and the costs to transport and our next trip, two of Port Macfeed the patients. A donation of quarie’s local ultrasound specialists, as little as 90 cents will buy 2 tablets Maryanne Smallwood and Jill Keating, of a drug called Misoprostol. This can be will be training these midwives in the use of enough to prevent a potentially fatal post partum ultrasound. In this manner, high risk pregnancies haemorrhage. will be identified in the remote villages. These Where can people find out more about the mothers will then be transferred to the district work you and your medical teams are dohospital for safe delivery. ing? How can they make a donation? We’re also training local doctors to perform Please visit our website: caesarean section and in the management of severe haemorrhage and infection in pregnant Thanks Dr Hodgson. women. Interview by Jo Atkins.

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What is a Prosthodontist? A Prosthodontist is a dental specialist who is skilled in the replacement of missing teeth (and associated tissues) and the restoration of natural teeth. To become a board-registered specialist Prosthodontist, a qualified dentist must undertake at least an additional three years full-time training in a university Master’s degree programme. “There is

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There is often a need to rehabilitate damaged and diseased teeth that are unable to be maintained with routine dental care. This type of complex and demanding treatment can be done by the use of crowns, fixed bridges, veneers, titanium implants and occasionally, precision partial dentures. Prosthodontists are specifically trained to provide this restorative treatment at an advanced level.

If you have missing teeth, we specialise in methods to replace them with fixed solutions that function and can feel just like real teeth. We have a fully equipped dental laboratory in

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our clinic, which allows closer communication with our dental technicians – and you can be assured it’s Aussie made!

Providing such complex treatments also requires the latest equipment. At Davis Dental, we utilise the latest in dentistry, enabling us to provide the best possible dental treatment. Please feel free to contact one of our friendly experienced staff on (02) 6584 7272 to know more about the range of specialist procedures offered at Davis Dental.

Pee Ka-Bu Hair would like to welcome the talented Liz Martin to our team! Along with Liz, Bridgette Martin will also embark on an exciting career in hairdressing with our salon. Pee Ka-Bu Hair have been operating for the past month and are overwhelmed with the response the salon has received. ‘We would like to thank our clients for their support. We trust you enjoyed your Pee Ka-Bu Hair experience and left our Salon not only feeling and looking amazing but also impressed with the level of professionalism and care you received. We are committed to providing this quality of service to every one of our valued guests.’ A trip to Sydney Hair Expo is the next step for the salon; they will be heading down there as a team in June to be inspired and trained in

new looks to bring back to the salon. A little bit about Liz ... Originally a local girl, Liz has been hungry for education and professional development in major salons throughout Australia and internationally. Her love and excitement for hair is contagious. Over the last 12 years, Liz has been involved in styling teams for various national fashion shows, including Australian Fashion Week. Next on Liz’s professional agenda is to join a New York Fashion Week styling team in September. Liz is very excited to make Pee KaBu Hair her new home and is delighted to be working with a talented stylist like Sonia. ‘We invite you to come in and meet the team, remember a change is as good as a holiday! Special mention goes to Jolin and Mandy for doing an amazing job on this month’s hair models. Thanks girls!’

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Celebrations are on their way, so don’t give up your dream. You have needed to recognise your own strength and independence, so you can succeed. Don’t allow the frustration of feeling suspended to spoil your passion or focus. Ruby worn daily energises the aura with passion and persistence.

You have answers to other people’s dilemmas. This is because you have a cosmic understanding of life. You are a natural teacher, and other people are drawn to you because they know you have their answers. Don’t be afraid to speak; just be aware of your motive. Sugilite helps us to connect to our dreams, for understanding life from different perspectives.

The world is your oyster. You will soon be finishing off old business ties and making ways for new opportunities, so be prepared. Some new friends are entering the picture, which is why old relationships are fading away. Words need to be spoken to clear some old issues. Speak your truth from your heart. Zincite helps creation of new ideas.



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Love life and relationships should be lifting your mood. Enjoy the little things in life, to realign your energy with joy that can be lasting. Don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve. Rose quartz is the crystal of love; wear it.


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‘Enjoy the moment’ is this month’s challenge/lesson. You have the chance to soul search and look deeply within. Treat your discoveries with respect, as this will help you to grow at a tremendous pace. Self-appraisal should be an honouring process. Kunzite and Hiddenite give us inner balance and harmony. Try wearing some.

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Your attention is being called to your appreciation this month. You have been too caught up in life’s challenges to recognise the things in life that make your heart sing. Try keeping a gratitude diary for several weeks, where you write down three things daily you are thankful for, as this will establish new patterns of gratitude. Turquoise is great for expression.

You are about to tumble into a new experience, filled with passion and natural talent. Listen to your intuition, as you will be divinely guided along the way. You are being given an opportunity to strengthen your self-worth and your self-confidence, which will enable you to receive bigger and better things out of life. Carnelian is a very powerful motivating crystal.


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Listen to your inner voice. Your restlessness is quieting, and change is imminent. Pay attention to cycle’s endings and know when to move ahead. Opportunity to express your creative self is approaching, so remain focused until the task is complete. Citrine connects our imagination to our intellect, resulting in new ideas.

Life has felt challenging to say the least recently, but try to re-connect with your laughter to ease your fears of the unknown. You have a brilliant sense of humour, and this aspect of your nature will keep you excited about the future. Ruby shatters fears and rejuvenates a love of life.

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Ashley Olsen is the Wauchope Showgirl for 2012 - a hard-working, high achieving young woman with strong country roots, who aspires to a career in law ... re Austtra ralililian an Stock SSto tockk to recognised as ‘the breed for every need’. The Australian H i best b known k f its i versatility ili and d temperament, Horse is for which allows them to compete in a variety of disciplines; therefore, making them the ideal family horse. The Australian Stock Horse Society is leading the way into the future and has a strong focus on promoting youth here did you grow up, Ashley, competitors. The Mid North Coast branch, of which my father and what are some of the fondest Dale is the current President, holds regular training days and is memories from your childhood? very well supported. I grew up on a property at Redbank, How long have you been showing your horses, and just outside of Wauchope, where my family runs Angus cattle. I attended Wauchope Primary school what events do you normally compete in? I have been showing horses for around 11 years now, and went on to St Joseph’s Regional College; I completed my and in this time I have competed in a range of different HSC through Mackillop Senior College in 2009. events. I have represented Hastings District Pony Club at the I have so many great memories growing up that it is hard NSW state Dressage Championships, Zone 9 Showjumping to narrow it down to a specific one. For me, the best thing Championships, Zone 9 Hacking & Dressage Championships, about growing up in Wauchope was that we could enjoy a as well as many Zone 9 Jamborees. rural lifestyle while still being so close to the beach. We love With the help and continuous support of my family and the area so much, that we could find no better place to local riding instructors, Nagrie Reynolds and Rachel spend our Christmas holidays then camping with Clarke, I have been fortunate to qualify to show friends at Bonny Hills. my horses at Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney How old were you when you first rode Royal shows, as well as Representing NSW to d a horse? le “ I was thril 12 20 e th at the SHC Grand National Championships, ed I was 5 years old when I rode my first be nam girl the EFA Australian National Interschool Wauchope Show d the horse, a gift from my uncle; however, I did and really enjoyee. ” Championships and many A.S.H National not start riding seriously until I was around whole experienc Shows. 8 years old. What made you decide to enter the It took about 6 months for our neighbours Wauchope Showgirl competition in 2012? to convince Mum and Dad to let me attend I have always wanted to enter the Showgirl Hastings District Pony Club camp on a pony competition, as I have seen many girls I look up to do borrowed from some other family friends - this well in it, and I think it’s a great way to get involved in the decision I’m sure they still question to this day! From those community. I have strong rural links and am very passionate humble beginnings, we have gone on to compete extensively about the importance of keeping country agricultural shows and show our horses all around the country. alive and growing in the future, so others can have the What’s your family’s history with riding and showing Australian Stock Horses? wonderful experiences I have been lucky enough to have. The My grandfather and father were both involved in horses Showgirl competition aims to find local ambassadors to go on growing up, but our involvement with Australian Stock Horses to represent our community at a zone and state level. was a natural progression for our family. How did you feel when you won the competition, and As we got older, my brother David became involved in what was the most valuable piece of knowledge you campdrafting, so the Stock Horses allowed us to continue to took away from the whole experience? travel to competitions as a family and compete in a range of I was thrilled to be named the 2012 Wauchope Showgirl events that we were all interested in. and really enjoyed the whole experience. It was great to For those unfamiliar with the breed, what are some of be able to give back to our hardworking Show Society that the standout characteristics? have provided me with so many good times; the experience The Australian Stock horse is Australia’s own breed, showed me the wonderful benefits and satisfaction that although the breed is now becoming internationally comes from being involved in such a strong community. I 58 greater port macquarie focus.

would encourage all girls to enter the Showgirl competition, as it will open up so many opportunities and establish connections. What are your official duties as the Wauchope Showgirl for 2012? Do you feel these duties will help you with your future endeavours? As the 2012 Wauchope Showgirl, I am required to continue to be involved in the community and attend a number of events and functions. I will also be competing in the Zone Showgirl Finals in February, which I’m very excited about. These duties will help me immensely with my future endeavours, by keeping me in touch with the community and the rural and agricultural sector. What other competition results have you achieved? I have recently competed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where I was Runner-Up in the Australian Stock Horse NSW state youth judging competition; my family also competed with our horses in a number of events for a win and various other placings. I’m also currently half way through completing my New England Award, which is a university based award achieved by being involved in all aspects of university life through extra-curricular social, cultural, sporting and volunteer activities – which is in addition to your degree. You’re at university in Armidale now, studying a combined Business/Law degree. What career plans do you have once you graduate? I’m currently in my third year of Business and Law degree, majoring in Agribusiness. I would love to complete my Honours in law, on top of my degrees and am interested in focusing on politics. Once I graduate, I plan to practice law in a rural context. I have recently became part of the UNE Farming Futures committee and SIFE UNE, which aim to mobilise university students into successful agriculture and business careers by promoting social responsibility through ongoing community involvement. I’m an active resident of Robb College, where I have been Vice President of the Robb Rugby Ladies Auxiliary, as well as being on various function organisational committees. Additionally, I’m also involved in the UNE Law Students Society and have been fortunate to complete work experience locally at Priest McCarron Lawyers. I’m looking forward to undertaking more work experience with agricultural based companies in the near future. Thanks Ashley. Interview Jo Atkins.

Indulge in classic style this winter season. ‘Meredy Bates-Lacey’ The cooler days and nights are fast approaching, and most of us will be looking at our wardrobe to work out what we are keeping, what is being passed on, and what we need to add. No doubt you too have been looking at the fashion magazines to get a few ideas!

The classic look can never be underestimated, and comfort is key.

The classic look can never be underestimated, and comfort is key. We all need a black boot in a couple of different styles that will take us to those all important occasions, or just a casual day of shopping. This season, the boot has been featured again, with lots of variations on the theme. The colour palette has been expanded, with lovely taupes, greys and burgundies having some representation. Black and tan of, course, are a necessary part of most girls’ wardrobes, as they tend to be extremely useful with the many winter colours. Winter taupe is probably one of the most versatile colours you can have in a boot or shoe; honestly, it just goes with so many things. Try it and see for yourself. Or try out different textures to add to your look, such as leather and suede. For those who like to wear pants in the cooler months, you just can’t go past a little ankle

boot, warm and snug with a pair of socks, but it also creates a very pleasing look. Step out in sophisticated style and choose colours that will become staples in your winter wardrobe. I just love having such a choice of styles and colours to complement my wardrobe; I think you will too. You can’t buy shoes without having the handbag to match, and this year we have some of the most versatile leather bags that will stand the test of time. Stocking quality brands at affordable prices, don’t forget to come and browse the new season range at Colonial Cobbler today.

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ost people probably haven’t heard about Miglio. Where does the brand originate from? Miglio designer jewellery originates from South Africa, where founder and designer, Jenny Miller, launched the brand 15 years ago. They started the company as a way to help motivate and empower women to start their own business. The jewellery is designed by Jenny, who directly oversees the entire creative process. She travels frequently in search of new raw materials, from precision cut Swarovski crystals to exquisite semi-precious stones in amazing colours; these usually form the basis of each new collection. How did you get involved in hosting your own Miglio jewellery parties in Port Macquarie? I joined with Miglio in 2009, while I was living in Canberra. When we moved to Port Macquarie, I found the at-home presentations were a great way to meet new people, and I’ve made some wonderful friends because of the jewellery. I was out and about one day, and a lady stopped me to say how stunning my necklace was – and it just flowed on from there. The Miglio jewellery at-home parties, or presentations, are great fun. It’s a good chance to catch up with the girls and allow you to feel and see the jewellery before you buy. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and I spend time simply demonstrating how the pieces are worn and how easily they can be combined and inter-changed to create new looks. I had a lot of trouble finding my own style when I was younger so it’s also nice to be able to help people express themselves with a brand that I love. How would you describe the latest Miglio collection, and what are some of your favourite pieces? Free-spirited, sassy and feminine! The 2012 collection ‘Mozaic’ is stunning. Full of bold, bright colours, new stackable rings and bracelets, statement sliders, both leather and chain necklaces and Miglio’s signature enhancers,

which can be attached to any of the chains or bracelets. My favourite pieces would have to be the rings. This is the first season we have had the rings, and I love how they are designed to be stacked. You can mix shapes and colours and have a new design every day. What makes Miglio jewellery stand out from the rest? First of all, Miglio jewellery is 100% nickel and lead free, so anyone who has had an allergic reaction to jewellery in the past won’t have that problem. The collection is made up mostly of plated Burnished Silver pieces. Burnished Silver is a pure silver that is much more hardy than sterling silver. Each piece is also buffed and polished by hand, so that no detail is overlooked. Miglio offers unparalleled versatility; many pieces can be combined and interchanged, allowing you to create endless combinations that reflect your unique personal style. The jewellery really speaks for itself; every piece is so eyecatching and seems to really reflect the wearer’s personality. How can people book a party with you or pick up a catalogue? You can reach me on 0422 011 098 or email If you are in Taree or Forster then you can contact Tracey Beale, who is the consultant for that area, on 0421797493. To view more jewels, visit

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Tourism janette hyde. Congratulations to all the organisers, competitors, supporters, officials and volunteers who have once again combined to provide Greater Port Macquarie with a great Ironman race. e all should be proud of everyone involved, as we consistently deliver a world class event on arguably the most picturesque Ironman course in the world. With no vacancy signs up all over town and with cafés and restaurants overflowing, it is not hard to see why this event is such an important one for our area – particularly as it is held outside traditional peak tourism periods. It is estimated the event injects $8 million into our local economy. It’s that time of the year again, and whales have been sighted heading north on their annual migration, signalling the start of our whale watching season. Port Macquarie is an absolute haven for whale watching, both from land based vantage points, as well as ‘up close and personal’ on board a boat. Geographically, we have a huge advantage over numerous other whale watching hot spots, in that the cruising time to get out to the whales is significantly shorter thanks to the proximity of the boat berths to the river mouth. Often whales can be spotted only a kilometre or two off the coast and with around 6,000 of them passing every year, your chances of spotting one on any of the whale watching cruises offered by local operators are high. If you have never had the opportunity to view these amazing creatures up close, you should really make a point of booking a whale watch cruise. Even better … organise a group of friends or family to come to visit and take them with you. Not only will everyone have a great time, but you will be doing your little bit to help the local tourism industry. The recent budget announcement of funding for a new pedestrian bridge over Kooloonbung Creek as part of the foreshore project is great news and a further step forward towards the vision held by many for what our foreshore should be. The new bridge will help link the Westport Park and the CBD precincts and will benefit both locals and tourists alike, with a much safer way of enjoying our waterfront on foot. More than 200 competitors from up and down the coast will be taking to the water in June (June 17 – July 1) for the NSW Longboard 60 greater port macquarie focus.

Titles. Thirteen divisions are being contested – from cadets to over 60s. All are vying for a place in the NSW team for the Australian titles – also to be held in Port Macquarie in August. Competing will be numerous past Australian champions and a couple of past world champs as well, so competition will be fierce. Various beaches in the Port Macquarie and Camden Haven region will be utilised for the event. The KING OF THE MOUNTAIN 5 km Fun Run will be held at North Brother Mountain on 17 June. This event has a long history of pitting competitors against the toughest hill this side of the Pyrenees and will prove a formidable task for anyone daring to enter. Meanwhile, fans of Ray Hadley can come down to Town Green on Friday 29 or Saturday 30 June to watch and listen to Australia's leading morning broadcaster. Ray celebrates three decades in a career, which has made him the voice of the 'Aussie battler'. He will be presenting The Ray Hadley Morning Show on Friday morning and the Continuous Call Team on Saturday. The programs will be networked to stations throughout Australia and will be a great opportunity to showcase our region. The winter campaign for Greater Port Macquarie is about to be launched. There are lots of exciting facets to the campaign, which will encourage holidaymakers to visit us in the coming months. Part of the campaign will include advertising on the sides of buses in Newcastle and Tamworth for six months, so if you are in either of those two areas, watch out for the buses. Waters Edge, one of the Members of Greater Port Macquarie Tourism, has recently tried this form of advertising and has been very pleased with the exposure it has offered. There will also be activity in the Daily Telegraph, which reaches over 2 million people and also Holidays Away Magazine, which has a readership of 700,000 and is distributed in 24 regional towns servicing 70 towns and cities. A TV campaign will also be running to complement the Winter Campaign Marketing. Facebook and Twitter are also components of this campaign.


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International house-sitting Would you invite a stranger into your bed? Every day, around the world, thousands do. All in the name of free holiday accommodation. “Free accommodation for next month’s London Olympics” is the prevailing pitch of one housesitting/house-swap online agency whose website indicates there are plenty of outgoing souls happy to let strangers slip between their sheets while they’re elsewhere, far away - in exchange merely for care of their pets or gardens, or even just providing a secure presence in an otherwise empty home. With the Games’ opening ceremony on Friday July 27, setting up a housesit now might seem impossible. Indeed, with an estimated half million Games visitors a day, securing accommodation at any price around the British capital seems ambitious. Yet www. reckons it can achieve just that. In the high-interest rate climate of the1980s, when bartering too became trendy, house-sitting was pretty much a domestic gig, the holidaying householder’s alternative to paying for boarding kennels, the gardener’s solution to regular watering and weeding of treasured plants during their absence. But with an increasingly mobile global population and the internet, the practice has taken off across continents. tempts travellers to save by staying free in a Westminster apartment, a Georgian townhouse, a Victorian semi, a Spanish villa and so on. Yet: you could also fly halfway around the world only to find your accommodation doesn’t match its description or, worse, is withdrawn. Or that a puppy is actually a hyperactive Doberman with an extant disease that sees it curl up its toes while its owners are in the Bahamas. Anticipating problems before they happen ensures a smooth journey, so I put my reservations to site founder Andy Peck, a writer and former Red Bull salesman from Brighton: What guarantee do subscribers have that the offer will remain good and not default after they’ve travelled all the way to, say, Europe … whether through the homeowner pulling out, or even their death, or other unforeseen circumstances? Travel insurance wouldn’t cover the emergency, as the loss would have no

monetary value. Peck replies: “It’s not a scenario we’ve encountered! Home owners and sitters talk by phone or Skype and fully discuss arrangements beforehand; from our experience and feedback, a bond of trust forms when a house-sit’s agreed. It’s the same as when you book a babysitter or move for a new job: there are no guarantees, but the odds of [problems] are very low. If there were any unforeseen events, I’m sure a home owner would do all they could to help - we have wonderful people using our site - and if the issue wasn’t resolved of course we’d do our best to help someone find another house-sitting opportunity: we get many every day.” So there you go. Caveat emptor. Otherwise, go for it. After all, the homeowner has to count on you turning up, too! Trustedhousitters. com charges modest fees and you get a daily email of offerings; hosts (homeowners wanting sitters) can register free and review the profiles of would-be sitters. Another site that regularly lures me with enticing descriptions of French farm houses, Thai beach villas and Beverley Hills apartments is With the Wimbledon championships starting this month I’m inclined to redeem some frequent flyer points when, as a persuasive Peck says, “locals keen to escape the crowds and enjoy their usual British summer holiday will only increase the number of homeowners looking for house-sitters.” As Peck points out, London’s one of the most expensive cities in the world; self-catering “at home” saves money. Durations range from a long weekend to several months; most are for a week or two, the average length of a holiday. House-sits do not have to be simultaneous; in fact, they don’t even have to be mutual but can be a one-way arrangement if it suits the parties. greater port macquarie focus 61



F E A T U R E .

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Ten years ago, the St Columba campus was an open field, used by the pony club. Through the vision and energy of a dedicated School Council and the hard work and professionalism of a cohort of exceptional educators, the school has exceeded the expectations of even its most optimistic supporters.

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St Columba Exceeding Expectations. t Columba prides itself on offering a wide and diverse curricular and co-curricular program. These programs seek to allow students to not only succeed academically, but also develop their talents to sing, play, create, compete and contribute. What the school has achieved over the past decade is to offer an education anchored in clearly annunciated values, while nurturing the individual’s need to belong and achieve. Doing this allows our students to develop into mature, active, thoughtful and valued community members. Instead of only taking the very best students, SCAS makes the very best of the talents students bring to the school. In doing this, SCAS has produced sporting champions, exceptional cultural ambassadors and students whose academic results rival those of the best schools in the state. Perhaps even more important, it has produced a culture where the joy of learning is not compromised by negativism, self-imposed limitations or fear of standing out. In so many ways, SCAS finds itself in company with the best in education. Its vision for achieving excellence through harnessing the best in teaching techniques, the use of modern technology to


enhance learning and the provision of state-ofthe-art facilities means that the success of the last decade is no fleeting thing. SCAS does not accept that simply by being in a regional area, our students have to accept that they will achieve less than their urban counterparts. We are able to offer an educational experience that, in the past, could only be found by sending children to board in the cities. Today, the children of this region can access a world-class education at home and at a country price. For the future, SCAS will seek out partnerships with universities, education providers and community organisations, so that it can further extend its educational opportunities. It will not rest on its laurels, but strive to offer the best education, not only in regional New South Wales, but also in Australia and comparable to the best in the world. Thinking, singing, striving, dancing, winning, caring, working, sharing, laughing, playing, imagining, achieving and celebrating have marked St Columba’s first decade. And if you think the last decade has been exciting, watch this space. There is so much more to come! “They can because they think they can.” Virgil.

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St Columba Scholarships. The school’s active support of achieving excelFresh Start Scholarships St Columba has a category lence provides strong support for our academic of scholarships that are allocated to successful canscholars, who benefit substantially from the chaldidates on the basis of consideration of the student’s lenges that our culture offers. ability to gain from the school’s educational, culEach scholarship is awarded in tural and sporting programs and to contribute the first instance for secondary positively to the life of the school. These St Columba’s schooling at St Columba Anglican scholarships will be awarded on the commitment School, subject to satisfactory basis of the submission of an academic to quality is n conduct, academic performance portfolio and interview. io at uc ed e reflected in thbe and participation in the school’s Excellence Scholarships range & num psr program of music, sporting and Excellence Scholarships may be availhi of Scholars r. fe co-curricular activities. If this perable for students who have displayed of on formance is deemed satisfactory, academic excellence in all subjects or a the scholarship will be renewed each subject area during their junior years of year until the completion of secondary secondary school. These scholarships are only schooling at the end of Year 12. offered to students commencing their St Columba Academic Scholarships enrolment at Year 11 or Year 12. These scholarships will be offered on the basis of the academic results from the Australian Council for Scholarship Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Selection Test Information Session (SST) and interview. These scholarships are awarded SCAS supports a range of scholarships for for entry into Year 7 and 11. These examinations are entry to Years 7 - 11. held at the school at the end of Term II. Some of these awards have been established Music Scholarships as a result of the generosity of parents, friends, Music scholarships are awarded primarily on the associated organisations and bequests. The basis of musical excellence. Technical facility and majority of scholarships are awarded for entry demonstration of musicality are considered equally into Year 7, although other entry levels are also important. The award of a scholarship is determined available. by a successful audition with the Head of Creative and When: Friday 8 June at 9.30am. Performing Arts and relevant persons of expertise.

Frequently Asked Questions. When and how do I find out about my child’s results in the Scholarship Selection Test? Results will be made available to St Columba Anglican School soon after the examinations. The school will contact successful applicants via telephone or email and via a formal letter of invitation to interview. Letters will also be issued to all candidates who are unsuccessful in securing a scholarship, which will include a Certificate of Participation indicating results. This will occur after the completion of the award process. What level of financial support do the scholarships provide? All scholarships and bursaries provide partial or complete remission of tuition fees for the duration of the student’s secondary education. Other educational



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costs are not included in the scholarship. What opportunities do I have to visit the school during the scholarship process? You are encouraged to visit the school and meet the Registrar at any time. For parents seeking further information about scholarship opportunities at St Columba Anglican School, a Scholarship Information Morning will be held at the School prior to the ACER testing date and on the day of the test at the School. Are interviews part of the process? Yes, a short list of candidates will be invited to attend interviews as part of the selection process, following which the final decisions will be made. Do successful applicants need to pay any enrolment fee? Yes.

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St Columba Anglican School offers a world of creative opportunities for its students. The breadth and diversity of the Creative Arts programme has been recognised nationally. The integrated nature of the programme ensures that there are ample opportunities for collaborative work from Kindergarten - Year 12.

Creative Arts. At the heart of the creative arts programme is the music programme. With over 15 vocal and instrumental ensembles operating within the school, there is a comprehensive selection of musical offerings for students to choose from. In the primary school, our Year 3 Strings programme is continuing to grow and provide every student in Year 3 with the opportunity to learn either the violin, viola, cello or double bass. There is a Primary String Ensemble, which boasts over 30 players. Our secondary music program is extensive and covers the full gamut of the vocal and iin nstrumental ensembles. Our choirs are renowned instrumental

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for their outstanding vocal quality, and our bands have performed locally and interstate. To support the growth of these programmes, SCAS has a team of 18 peripatetic teaching staff, who provide regular tuition on a weekly basis. Our record at HSC level is impressive, with multiple Band 6 results in Music 1 and 2 in 2011. Additionally, we also have 3 band 6 results in drama. At SCAS, we run active Honours programmes in music, dance and drama. These honours programmes offer extension and enrichment to our top students and also provide a springboard for future creative success. Another major strength of creative arts at SCAS is our award winning dance programme. We have dance troupes from the primary school through to the secondary. These troupes perform at local Eisteddfods and as part of our showcase evenings. Our dances have won 1st place at all of the local eisteddfods and have taken out major awards at the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod. We offer dance as an academic subject in Years 9 - 10 and also at HSC level. The next dance showcase evening is scheduled for 12 June at SCAS, and we look forward to seeing you there. The dramatic arts at SCAS have grown from strength to strength over the years and culminated in three of our Year 12 HSC cohort being selected to perform at Call Back. There are already a number of exciting productions scheduled for 2012. Of special mention will the primary school’s production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which is scheduled for August. Aptly supporting these productions is the visually exciting work of the art department.

Of note is the quality of exhibition work which often accompanies our major performances and productions. In terms of productions, I am very excited to inform you of our 1st Glasshouse Gala Concert. The Gala Concert will take place on Thursday 21 June and will consist of a matinee performance and an evening concert. These performances promise to be outstanding showcases of the talented creative arts students at SCAS and will feature outstanding music, dramatic and dance performances. An event not to be missed! Tickets for both the matinee and evening performances will be available from the Glasshouse Box Office and will undoubtedly be in high demand. I urge you to reserve your place at one of these performances as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. The combination of excellent facilities, highly qualified and dedicated staff, diverse and extensive ensemble programmes and a highly supportive school community has enabled SCAS to develop a creative arts programme that is regarded as exceptional in the area. The scholarship programmes in the creative arts will continue to attract the area’s top creative arts students, while also providing an abundance of possibilities for any student to benefit from the programmes’ offerings. Mark Brown Head Of Creative Arts St Columba Anglican School For any further information relating the SCAS creative arts programme, please do hesitate to contact the Head Of Creative Arts – Mr. Mark Brown.

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Information Technology. YEARS The world is changing at an exponential rate. Technology has revolutionised many elements of our modern lives. Education is no exception. 21st century learners have the collective knowledge of humankind at their fingertips. School bags full of textbooks are being replaced with iPads. Chalkboards became whiteboards, which became interactive whiteboards, which are now becoming touchscreen monitors. The internet has gone from dial-up 56 Kbps to Fibre 100 Mbps. And technology is just the tool. It’s what we do with it that really matters. At SCAS, we are embracing educational technology. We are using it to give our students opportunities that only kids in the big cities could hope to receive. With video conferencing, we are communicating with the world community. We are creating online coursework and learning management systems that support learning anytime, anywhere. Learning doesn’t stop at the gate, and

neither does our school community community. We are building online networks to bring us together and encourage collaboration. SCAS is moving to the cloud. With our industry standard 100 Mbps fibre connection, we utilise cutting edge web resources and systems. Our students are not just consumers of information; they are creators of our future. At SCAS, we provide a contemporary learning environment which fosters creativity and innovation. We provide our students a world of opportunities, so they can truly make a difference in our brave new world. Matt Richards – eLearning Leader.

A Visual History of SCAS 2002-2012 School Chaplain and resident photographer for the past 10 years, Rev. Duncan McArthur, will present a visual photographic history of SCAS, which will be on display in the School Chapel from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June. The official opening of the exhibition will be held on Monday 18 June at 6.30pm. All community members are welcome to attend. Entry will be by gold coin donation, with all proceeds being donated to charity.

Australian cross country representative; NSW triathlon representative; NSW triathlon team champions; NSW Combined Independent As SCAS has developed over its 10 year Schools (CIS) representatives in cross country, existence, so have its sporting endeavours. athletics & tennis; U14 boys & girls and SCAS provides a wide range of U13 boys futsal teams competing opportunities in the sporting at national titles; student arena, with an impressive representatives attending rate of involvement from SCAS NSW CIS competitions in e provides a wid all students. With the netball, touch football, g range of sportin growth of the school, es swimming, cross iti un opport there has been a growth country & athletics; HRIS to its students –e with impressiv of success in many champions in open girls achievements. sports. As a member tennis & open boys soccer; of the Hunter Region Hastings Schools futsal U13 Independent Schools (HRIS) & U15 boys champions. Sport Association, SCAS students SCAS has also established a are provided with a pathway to state and strong Basketball and Rugby program at national representation and inter-school sport the school, which has resulted in numerous tournaments within this region and the local teams crowned champions in the Port Hastings area. Macquarie competitions over the school’s Some notable achievements include: history.

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DEAR SCAS FAMILY My sincere congratulations and thanks for ten years of innovative excellence; for your high values and for your contribution to education in the Port Macquarie region. I continue to take pride in my association with the school and, as we embark upon the next ten years together, thank you for your ongoing dedication to our younger generation.

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June 30 is shaping up to be a phenomenal day ... the Port Pirates will go head to head with the Hastings Valley Vikings in a no-holds-bared clash at Stuart Park, and as their last match resulted in a tie, both teams will be even more determined to come out on top. But the day is not just about the Rugby ... ort Pirates’ first grade Coach, Marc Minor, and Second Rower and committee member, Sam Atkinson, reveal that money raised on the day through donations, raffles and a special auction will all go to benefit Legacy ... What position do you both hold with the Port Pirates? Sam: This is my second year of being involved with the club as a first grade player. At the end of the year last year, I was asked to join the committee. I absolutely love the club. The atmosphere and overall culture of the club is what attracts me to it and makes me want to help out more. It’s such a family oriented, community minded organisation to be involved with – not just another sporting club. Marc: I’ve been involved with the club on and off for 15 years – the last two as the first grade Coach. Two years ago, when I coached the under 18s, we held a pink jumper day to target breast cancer and raise money for the Hasting Cancer Trust. This year we decided to hold another charity day – this time for Legacy. So, what is the event you have organised that will help raise funds for Legacy? Marc: On Saturday 30 June at Stuart Park, it’s the home game: Hastings Valley Vikings versus the Port Macquarie Pirates – and also our Derby. It will be a huge day and a great match; there’ll be matches for reserve grade, first grade, the under 18s and the Golden Oldies.For the first grade game, there will be specially designed jerseys – they’re in the club colours, but they’re a camouflage pattern. Our sponsors, The Westport Club and Finnian’s Irish


Tavern, have been wonderful and chipped in extra funds to help us purchase these jerseys, which the first grade players will have the first option to buy. The jerseys that aren’t purchased by the players will be auctioned, with all the money raised from the sale going to Legacy. These jumpers will be highly sought after – they’re one-off items. Other events on the day will include requests for gold coin donations and raffles. One of the raffle prizes will be a football signed by the 2011 World Cup Wallabies team and another will be one of the special jerseys. What time will the various grade matches kick off? Sam: The under 18s will kick off around 12pm. Reserve grade will kick off at 1.30pm and first grade will follow at 3.15pm. The Golden Oldies match will be played in between. The auction will probably commence about 6pm, after the completion of speeches and other post-game formalities. There will be full bar facilities and a canteen for food available on the day. It’s going to be an amazing event – the local Cadets will be involved on the day as well. There’ll be a function after the match for players and supporters – in the past we’ve held barbecues and Mexican nights, which have been a great fun night for all the family. Being the local Derby, there will be passionate supporters on both sides of the field – and it’s the supporters and families who really make the day. Marc: While this day is about Legacy and the valuable work they do, we’re also hoping to have some special offers in place for

Returned Servicemen and women on the day. We’d love all of the ex-servicemen and women to come down with their families on the day. “It’s going to g Why did you choose be an amazin l event – the loca Legacy as the worCadets will be e thy recipients of the involved on th day? far? day as well.” Marc: I feel in unbeaten We did have Marc: We’re unbeaten. Australia we’re starting a major injury in the Zone Game, with a to recognise the input our broken leg. Our first grade and reserve grade services have had into our way of life – but have been putting in a major effort to help I don’t think this was always the case. This cover this injury. Yes – we’re unbeaten at the is one way of helping the families of those moment ... but it’s been tough out there! who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice and haven’t Sam: It’s probably the most competitive returned from duty, and at the same time we Rugby’s been on the Mid North Coast for can provide recognition for both returned and quite a few years. Coffs Harbour, Hastings current service personnel. Many people these Valley Vikings, Kempsey and South West Rocks days personally know someone who’s been ... it’s been a very tight competition, but I’d involved with Afghanistan, Iraq or Timor. expect us to be there at the pointy end of the Sam: Also, raising awareness of what Legacy competition. does is important, as many people don’t really Apart from turning up on 30 June, how know much about the organisation. else can the community get behind you Tell us a bit more about the special jerseys guys? you’ll be auctioning off. How much time Sam: If anyone sees us selling raffle tickets and effort was put into organising them at The Westport Club, or people from the for the club? Cadets or Legacy around town selling tickets, Marc: Coast 2 Coast Sports in Port Macquaplease help us out. There are some great rie are a great local company. Nick Prior has prizes. Make a gold coin donation on the done a fabulous job helping us put the jerseys day at Stuart Park, and hang around after the together, and it was all organised very quickly. game for the auction. As mentioned, the jerseys are a camouflage How should people get in touch with you pattern, with Legacy printed across the back. if they’re interested in finding out more Coast 2 Coast also make uniforms for the about the Derby? NSW netball side and a host of other high level Sam: They can call me on: 0487 338 042. sporting teams. Thanks guys. How’s the season going for the Pirates so Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 69

SHOWCASING THE BENEFITS T.H.E (Technology Health Education) Exchange Expo & Seminar Program was the response by Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast to showcase the capacity and benefits of high broadband speeds and the use of technology to businesses, individuals and the entire community.


ational Broadband Network (NBN) is much more than building infrastructure. Broadband embodies the concepts of digital applications and innovation. With the rollout of the NBN across the region now imminent, the potential for growth in innovation is phenomenal. The first event in 2011 was a tremendous success, with over 35 booth exhibitors and sponsors networking and demonstrating the benefits of high speed broadband to a wide range of potential clients and organisations. Many also sought to commence the recruitment for labour requirements. With more than 700 attendees, the project has been seen by NBN Co as the model for national engagement with business and community. Peter Tregilgas, Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast

said, “While we are still waiting for the NBN, Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast is embracing the future and bringing together partners so we can experience the speeds that the NBN has promised. “It is exciting that we have been able to ensure that the venue is connected at the promised 100 Mbps that will eventually be available to everyone.”

services; • Demonstrate the equipment that residents will have in their homes.

NBN Co Discovery Truck – The NBN Co Discovery Truck is a 23-tonne interactive demonstration centre which showcases what’s available on the NBN through outdoor displays, high definition video screens, cameras and audio equipment designed to:

Business T.H.E Exchange exhibition demonstrates how organisations can improve productivity, reduce costs and create new revenue streams. Service providers (including Principal Sponsor – Telstra) will offer demonstrations of technologies, platforms and products that will improve productivity, reduce costs, boost customer engagement such as telecommunications, broadband, wireless, VOIP, cloud computing, Internet security, content management systems, online banking and payments and practical applications that the NBN will bring to the region.

• Bring to life the benefits that the network can deliver for health, education and business

Health Medical and Health ICT, patient monitoring, tele-psychiatry, tele-radiology,

Everyone has heard about the NBN, but there are many businesses that don’t understand the difference that it will make to their business. What will you see at T.H.E Exchange?

e-prescribing, aged care services, transfer and security for patient data, and health and education training. Education Online education, virtual classrooms, video conferencing, e-learning solutions, internet security and education software. Consumers Connected homes, pricing and plans for NBN connection and new technology solutions available. You’ve heard about high speed broadband, and now you can experience it at T.H.E Exchange at the C.ex Coffs on June 21, 2012. Visit the website at au for full details of the exhibition and the seminar program. This is a must attend event for every business consumer in the region – and it’s FREE.


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Like everyone else, I was excited to read that we are to get $1 million in federal funding to contribute to the enhancement of our foreshore here in Port Macquarie. contemporary form.

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Speaking of contemporary, the online business world gets more complex every day. A few years ago, a business website was seen as something

n particular, the money was earmarked for the construction of a footbridge across Kooloonbung Creek. As I’ve written here before, the Chamber is very enthusiastic about better accessibility and use of the foreshore for locals and tourists alike. The social, economic and cultural benefits for our community have been well-documented. The Koolonbung Creek crossing is high on the list of priorities and is really the missing link between east and west here in Port Macquarie. The existing footpath alongside the Buller Street road bridge is narrow and unsafe – especially for large numbers of people using the foreshore for weekend markets and major events.


A shared bridge for cyclists and pedestrians would be its own tourist attraction. I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a pedestrian bridge! If you’re out walking and come across a bridge, you’ve just got to walk across it! It’s very hard to resist the invitation to cross over to the other side. Council’s Foreshore Masterplan shows where the new bridge is to be built, and the Town Centre Masterplan Committee has ensured that funds

are immediately available to get the preliminary planning and detailed design underway. It doesn’t appear that there are any roadblocks in the process, so we should have a fantastic new project underway when the new Council is elected in September. What a great opportunity to get some positive momentum for the new Councillors. It’s important to remember that a bridge across the bay isn’t such a new idea. Back when Port Macquarie was still firmly entrenched as the sleepy fishing village, there was no Buller Street bridge. Apart from driving over the main bridge on Gordon Street, the only way to get from the CBD to west Port Macquarie was by walking or cycling across a long pedestrian bridge. Appropriately enough, the bridge was called ‘the long bridge’ and was the main link at the time. After the long bridge was demolished in the 1960s, successive Councils through the ‘70s and ‘80s tried without success to obtain funding to rebuild the pedestrian crossing. Now that the funding is assured, it will be nice for Port to regain some of its lost history, albeit in a more

that placed your business ahead of the game. It was something that began as an optional addition to your business profile and as years have passed, they have become more common. Now it’s almost compulsory. I can’t imagine a business not being online in some form in 2012; whether selling directly, or as an information source for prospective customers. I agree that e-commerce or direct online retailing may not suit all businesses, but the marketing and social media opportunities definitely need to be factored into the communications plan for any business. Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate just how quickly things have changed. A good example is Facebook. It only started 6 years ago and is now a multi-billion dollar listed company with almost a billion active users. People are now online for their entire waking lives – mostly with their smartphones, which they regularly use to access sites such as Facebook. This presents a great opportunity for businesses to join in the online conversation and communicate directly

with their customers. We have also read plenty of stories recently about shoppers using smartphones to price-match and track down a deal while shopping. This kind of consumer behaviour makes things more difficult for local retailers in a time where things are already quite tough. It’s a good idea to remember that local businesses will stand behind their products and services, which adds plenty of ‘peace of mind’ to the shopping experience and significantly reduces the risk of problems. As I said, local retailers are going through a difficult time ... and it’s not just local retailers in Port Macquarie. It seems local retailers everywhere are finding the transition to a changed retail environment challenging. As Westpac CEO Gail Kelly has repeatedly described, the economy has to get used to a ‘new normal’, and it may take some time to properly adjust. The new normal is not only for retail businesses, but applies across many industries. For some, such as Facebook Inc., the new economy is an absolute bonanza. Other industry sectors such as retail and construction definitely need a boost. Someone in the Federal Government must be on the ball ... both these industries will benefit very nicely from a new pedestrian bridge across Kooloonbung Creek.

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Owner: Jennifer Palmer. How long have you been in the industry? I started Aquamail over 19 years ago. After spending many years in the industry, I could see the need for an aquarium store offering a range of great value, quality aquarium products. I also felt that we could fill a need to provide honest and experienced service to aquarists. When we began, many of our products were sold via mail order all over Australia, New Zealand and the U.S (hence the name – Aquamail). For the past 12 years, we have concentrated more on our retail store. We really enjoy the face to face customer relationships (and getting our hands wet!) Tell us what makes Aquamail the one stop shop for all your aquarium needs? Put simply, we have everything for both the beginner and experienced aquarist. Whether you are keeping goldfish, saltwater fish and corals, tropicals, pond fish or aquatic plants, we have what you need in store at the best possible prices. Every week we have shipments of fish, corals and plants arriving from all over Australia. We also stock a large range of reptile and turtle equipment. When purchasing a fish tank, what are your recommendations? Firstly, talk to us about what you want to achieve. The right advice from the beginning is essential to setting up a successful aquarium. Making the tank simple to maintain is also important. The beauty of a fish tank is that it is a hobby you can enjoy all of the time. Turn off the TV, and enjoy nature in your living room!

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Jayne Pepper.

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Vacancy Consultant

Apprenticeship Consultant

Leading Employment. t. Central West Community College is a leading provider of employment and Apprenticeship services on the Mid North Coast. The local employment services team are skilled in matching the right person to the right job. They work with jobseekers to identify their goals and map out a plan to help them achieve those goals, while they provide a recruitment and job matching service to employers to make sure they get the very best candidate for the position. CWCC Vacancy Consultant Jayne Pepper says getting the recruitment process right saves businesses time and money. “That’s where specialists like CWCC can help. With our years of experience, access to a large pool of candidates and knowledge of all the support available for employers, we can develop employment solutions for any business large or small.”

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CWCC is also an Australian Apprenticeships Centre. CWCC works with a range of employers, from small businesses through to multinational companies to manage the sign up and administration process for their Apprenticeships and Traineeships. “Last year we signed up over 6,500 Apprentices and Trainees in a whole range of occupations throughout the state,” says Apprenticeship Consultant Toni Wailes. “Apprenticeships and Traineeships are a great way to build a skilled workforce, and using a service like CWCC makes it so simple. We take care of paperwork from start to finish, process claims for both employers and apprentices and provide workplace support to maximise success. And of course, we can also help businesses find the right Apprentice or Trainee through our recruitment service,” says Ms Wailes.

My clients often ask me how long their home might be on the market before it is sold, and how much money would they need to invest in order to sell what is often their largest asset. These are fair questions and, to a point, they are fundamentally the same question:

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three months. Presentation: as part of my service, I stress the importance of the presentation of your home. This is the key to making a positive impression on buyers. I provide clear advice, as to how best to prepare your home for sale and suggestions aimed at maximising its value. Exposure: McGrath’s world-class photography and unique marketing tools are designed to attract maximum interest and to promote competition among buyers, in order to achieve the best possible result. Passion: Agents must give their all, to stand by promises and to exceed their clients’ expectations. My code of ethics is clear: to earn a client’s trust and, together with that client, develop a positive partnership which culminates in a stress-free and seamless selling experience.

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The start of a new financial year is a ‘trigger’ to reflect on the past year and plan for the new year. It is a perfect time to review goals, keep abreast of changes and take control.

Emilie Cooper. Talking Law. Priest McCarron Lawyers and Conveyancers

id you know? Home Building – changes to the threshold for Home Warranty Insurance.


Good news for many in the building industry – recent changes to the Home Building Act have increased the threshold for home warranty insurance from $12,000 to $20,000. Building contractors who are undischarged bankrupts or discharged from bankruptcy can now hold a contractor’s licence for work that is less than $20,000. Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012. The bill introduces a new paternity leave payment for dads and parents in same sex couple relationships. These parties will receive two weeks’ pay at the national minimum wage. If the bill is passed, it will apply to all children born or adopted from 1 January 2013. Employers will not be responsible for paying this payment. The payment will be delivered through the Department of Human Services. Watch the news to see if the Bill is adopted by the Federal Government. Oaths Regulations 2011 From 30 April 2012, witnesses to statutory declarations and affidavits such as JPs and solicitors now need to : • See the face of the person making the affidavit or statutory declaration • confirm their identity, and • certify on the documents that the new requirements have been met. There is a $220 fine for failure by the witness to comply with these requirements.


Alan Priest. YOUR WILL – where is it? Where should you keep your will? Keep your will in a safe place. If the original will is mislaid, it may be presumed to have been revoked. Priest McCarron hold wills and other important documents on behalf of clients at no charge. You should keep a copy of your will and note on it where the original is kept. It is advisable to tell your executor where your will is kept. If you want to provide personal instructions that you do not want to appear in your will, you can simply leave your executor a letter of instructions. Cloud Computing – what does your service contract actually say? ‘The cloud’ relates to the provision of services such as computer power, data storage and applications over the internet. Businesses can usually buy these services from companies such as Microsoft, Salesforce, Google or Telstra. The benefits of the cloud are that it can be cheaper than the outlay on hardware or software, it’s more flexible, easier to manage and efficient. If you are considering cloud computing, consider the following: • where is your data stored or processed? • how is the data that you hold protected? • is the data portable between service providers? • Will the data be accessible for 5, 7 or 10 years after creation?

Jan Clogg. Credence Accounting Services

What is your field of expertise? Online accounting systems, and the design and implementation of the internal accounting function for small to medium businesses. Procedures and controls are devised to promote efficiency and ensure consistent outcomes in an organisation. A customised approach is provided in developing an internal accounting system to ‘fit’ a business by using the latest internet based technology, coupled with the extensive experience and skills of a down-to-earth accountant. How do you work with your clients to personalise a system specifically for their needs? A hands-on practical approach is adopted, taking the time to get to know the client, their business and their goals. By listening to what is important to the business owner and the immersion into a business to get a feel for the operations. Then, by devising compliant accounting and administration

systems tailored to ‘fit’ a business, provide peace of mind to the business owner and contribute to the overall success of the business. Tell us about some of the programs and online systems you use. Xero Online Accounting is our preferred solution for small business. Cloud computing is changing the way we work. Xero allows business owners to manage their finances from anywhere, see their cash flow in real time, and most importantly, know exactly what is going on! Why is it important to set financial goals? A set of financial goals is like a roadmap – a framework reflecting what you plan to achieve. The adage ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!’ says it all! It is important to distinguish between long term goals and short term ones. Break the goal down into stages – making it more achievable and measurable. Understand what your goal means on a day to day basis, estimate costs and set target dates.

Due diligence will include ascertaining the parties in the cloud relationship, enforceability of the contract and liability if there is a breach. If you need assistance with these or any other legal issues, contact us – we are here to help.

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Kylie Morris. Hot Graphics

visit the website, the process a customer At Hot Graphics we love the value a true brand can bring to business. Therefore we undergoes when they purchase and the have a keen interest in educating businesses feeling they get when they have made a how to present an image of stability, purchase. A customer needs to feel welcome, professionalism and success right comfortable and valued at every stage. from the start. One of the biggest issues small business face is – they are small! A small It’s vital to understand that to l ta vi business often can’t see how they branding is more than just It’s nd ta rs de un can compete with large companies, a logo. First, branding that branding is so they continue to think small. is about understanding st ju more than Hot Graphics recognises that small the objectives, the target . a logo markets, the products businesses don’t have a huge and services, the strengths marketing budget to play with, so within the team and how the we have created fantastic branding business can provide solutions and packages that our customers have found to benefits the competitors can’t. be extremely helpful, professional, successful Second, branding is about the experience a and affordable. customer has when they make contact with It costs nothing to meet us and see how various touch points of a business. The way we can help your business. So find out how a phone is answered, the way a customer we do it on 6581 2772 or email kylie@ is engaged as they walk into a business or

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Carol R Round.

David Bagust, Mark Court.

All Round Fi Financial Services es

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Why choose Carol Round at All Round Financial Services for financial advice? Carol is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). A CFP professional holds the highest professional designation in financial planning, recognised worldwide. Carol has over twelve years’ industry experience and is an active investor herself, providing for her own financial freedom.

in working with her clients to help them make

All Round Financial Services is a Financial Planning Association Professional Practice – this designation recognises quality financial planning practices that are providing the highest quality financial advice in their community. Carol believes it is important to align your money decisions with what’s important in your life. She engages in meaningful conversations with her clients, to gain a better understanding of what is important to them, their goals and values. This foundation serves as a guiding light for Carol


sound financial decisions for their future. Carol will empower you to identify and realise your personal goals and objectives. She will pr ovide value by helping you stick to your strategy, so you avoid making some simple but costly mistakes along the way. Do you want to enhance your cash Term deposits generally don’t provide protection against inflation. By combining different fixed interest and cash investments, it is possible to improve returns while adding only minimal risk to a portfolio. Make an appointment with Carol to discuss some advanced cash strategies. Good financial advice can help make the difference between a good lifestyle and a great lifestyle.

Tell our readers all about the services that you look after in your business? As an ISP, we supply a range of services that include internet access via DSL, mobile and wireless broadband. Hosting services covering domain name registration, web and email. We run our own servers in Port Macquarie, as well as Sydney. We have a lots of experience setting up our own networks, web and email servers, firewalls, email scanners that connect to each other across the internet. We have been assisting our business clients for over 14 years as their systems have grown, we have been able to support them by providing the IT service they need to make their businesses successful. Many of our clients now run virtualized server architecture that saves them on capital acquisition and provides fast effective redundancy and migration options. As well as server hardware, we provide personal computers, laptops, printers, network switches

and firewalls to large business and to home users. What is a web based application, and how can they help local businesses? Before moving to Port, I wrote computer systems for large and small corporations. In those days, a program written for a Windows would not run on an Apple or a Unix based system. Many programs written for DOS or Windows 95 did not run on windows 2000. Businesses found this very limiting. With WWW, any PC could display a web page in a program called a web browser. Over the last few years, I have developed a number of web based systems for a number of clients. They can be accessed from anywhere you have internet access. Web based programs live in ‘the cloud’ and cover a wide range of solutions. If you have requirements that a web based application may provide a solution for, come in and talk to us.

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Most people assume that if a piece of art, certificate or any other item is placed into any frame, it will be ‘protected’. Unfortunately, this isn't true, unless the frame and components are of ‘conservation' standard .

Bill Bodkin.

Elders Real Estate

Length of time with Elders R/E – what are your roles? I have been in Real Estate for 28 years now, starting at Hall and Teasdell Real Estate before it became Elders Port Macquarie. My roles today include Licensee in Charge, Director and Sales Manager. Tell us about your experience and qualifications. I left school when I was 15 and worked my way up to General Manger (Finance) for a large Motor Dealership in Sydney before moving to Port Macquarie in 1980. I started as a Salesperson with John Hall and Garrie Teasdell in February 1984. I bought into the business in 1990, and I have been with the same agency in all the time I have selling real estate in the Hastings area. As a salesperson I have seen Port Macquarie grow from a 13, 000 population to today's population of 40 thousand plus. How do you keep up with advances in the industry? Basically by ongoing training, either by Elders Real Estate, The NSW Real Estate Institute, The Department of Fair Trading plus speaking with the many mentors I have gathered over my career. With many industry awards, what is the Elders point of difference? In the 26 years we have been with Elders we have never been outside the top ten offices in NSW. Our office was the first Elders office to receive “ELITE” status within the Elders organisation for customer service and impeccable business practises. We have achieved this 3 years in succession now.

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Ormond Williams.

Ormond's Framing

How long have you been in the framing industry, and what are your qualifications? I started framing in 1985 and since then, I’ve become a very passionate Picture Framer with a focus on conservation framing. In 1991, I joined Professional Picture Framers Assn. and successfully took the Certified Picture Framer’s exam. In 2008, I became the first Australian Master Certified Picture Framer and in 2009, Examining Framers for CPF & MCPF, and involvement in the education of Australian framers at regional meetings and conferences has been a passion during recent years. Can you tell our readers all about the services that you look after in your business? Ormond’s Framing provides paper art restoration, photo restoration, custom imaging, budget framing and conservation framing. If something is sitting still, I can probably frame it! Most people assume that if a piece of art, certificate or any other item is placed into any frame it will be ‘protected’. Unfortunately, this isn't true unless the frame and components are of ‘conservation' standard. Why do you think conservation framing is so important? It’s very important that any framed artworks or other items are opened, inspected and cleaned every three to five years. In our humid environment it is quite common for mould to grow inside a frame and cause damage to artwork and/or the framing materials. An inspection can also identify other problems such as poor quality materials and mounting methods that were used and which may be causing damage.

Andrew and the team.

Strata Professionals

What services do Strata Professionals provide? Strata Professionals offers a broad range of services to all types of body corporates, be it residential, industrial or commercially based. Essentially though, our primary role is to bring together a group of owners in order for them to make important and collective decisions concerning the wellbeing of what could be their home, investment property or business premise. What makes Strata Professionals different? We pride ourselves on finding workable and practical solutions to sometimes very difficult and complex situations. A group of people living together in strata complexes doesn’t automatically mean that they will share the same views and interests. In fact, quite the opposite is very common, and it is our role to assist that group in ensuring that whatever decisions they do make are in the interests of the complex as a whole. It’s all about doing everything possible to create a harmonious environment in which to live. What challenges lie ahead? It would appear that the NSW State Government will, in the near future, replace the existing strata legislation with a new and updated version. It is likely there will be an emphasis on encouraging strata complexes to become ‘greener’, as well as a focus on more stringent and ultimately costly OH & S requirements, to ensure that the common areas are a safe and hazard free environment for tradespeople, residents and their guests. Assisting owners to efficiently navigate their way through the ever increasing sea of ‘red tape’ will always be a challenge.

focusmotoring. Mick E Eggins’ love of boxing and some pretty extraordinary life experiences have led le him to form the Camden Haven Boxing Team – known as The Mustangs. The team provides a place Mustan those wanting to test themselves, for tho improve their discipline and keep improv t and grow in a unique fit to benefi be environment. One of the side benefits enviro been the positive influence on the has bee youth ffrom the Camden Haven area ...



ow did the Camden Haven Boxing Team, The Mustangs, come about? I did boxing when I was younger – and I loved it. It always helped to keep me on the straight and narrow. I was actually helping a mate with reserve grade football in the area, and I figured there were already plenty of football clubs around, but there weren’t any boxing clubs. I thought it would be a good idea to start a club, and if it helped get kids off the street and interested in a sport, that would be great. The team really had a good kick start at the beginning of last year – we started with 4 kids and now we sometimes have 32 people at one time. What’s the age range of people involved with the team? The kids start with us from age 10 and up, but we have older ladies and men training with us as well. There’s no real age limit for those who want to take part. Our oldest member at the moment would be around 47. What’s your role within the team? Do you coach? Yes, I coach the team. I also have my former trainer, Neville Sheather – he’s absolutely brilliant and has coached national champions over the years – acting as a mentor for the group. He injured his spine and can’t do the pad work anymore, but he’s just great as someone to give advice and encouragement to the team. Where and when does the team meet? We meet at the showground in Kendall, 4 nights a week – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 6 - 8pm. Tuesday nights are for the younger kids – it’s a special night for them. We hold nights for people who aren’t as competitive and don’t want to box


seriously or in competition and are there to sport. I played football for 17 years and did get fit. Thursday nights are just for boxing and boxing for 5. sparring. I joined the Army, and I really got into boxing It’s only $5 a session too, so the sessions are there in a big way with a mate of mine. The affordable. Army is about discipline and your mates too. What facilities do you have at the We have a rule at the club: you get into a showground? Do you have a proper fight, you’re out of the club. We don’t train boxing ring? people to fight; we train them to box - not to Yes, we have a proper competition ring and be thugs. Self-defence is a part of this too. We a floor ring, but what we’d like to do is raise have people who don’t want to get in the ring, the funds to buy our own shed. but we’ll teach them self-defence, how to hold Have you had any luck raising their hands up and block punches. funds for this purpose? About 18 months ago, I had We haven’t had any luck Guillain-Barré Syndrome – an with receiving funding autoimmune condition or grants, so we’ve where the body’s immune at the “We have a rule a fight, gone ahead and raised system attacks the nervous club: you get intoclub. e $8,000 in 3 months system. I was about 3 th you’re out of le to op pe in tra t ourselves. We’d love days away from having n’ We do em to some community and my heart, lungs and fight; we train th ugs.” box – not to be th government support for other organs shut down. this. I sometimes still have The Kendall Showground paralysis down one side of my people fully support us; they face. This has really reminded love what we’ve been doing and me about the importance of looking the fact that we’ve been providing a after yourself and being fit, and boxing is place for the kids to go, so they don’t just wonderful for this. hang around in the streets. But, I don’t really like talking about myself We’re a non-profit organisation – we don’t ... it’s all about the team and what they can do make any money out of running the team. that’s important. Do you supply the gear for members? We’ve had such good feedback from the Gloves, headgear etc? team. We’ve heard such good stories about Yes, we supply gear. If anyone decides how the kids’ behaviour has improved in to take boxing a bit more seriously, we school. We have one guy who was a really shy recommend they buy their own gear though. kid in school – he’s a dead set machine now! We do actually buy gear and sell it to the team He’s so respectful though, and walked away members as well if they want it – again, not from a fight the other night when he was making any profit on these sales. picked on by a group of 8 guys. So, why do you do it? It’s a lot of time on Do you cater for the people who want to your part to work with the team. What’s go all the way and enter competitions? the motivation for you? Yes, we do. We have active boxers at the I just love it; it’s pure passion. I love the moment. From ages 10 - 14, you can do

competition sparring. We have 4 people doing this at the moment. We have two boxers, with a third preparing to do a fight at Maitland shortly. As a gym we’re only new, and we’ve had 2 fights for 2 wins. We’re pretty happy about that! Do you have any events coming up you’d like the public to know about? We have an amateur fight night coming up at the Kendall Services and Citizens Club on July 28 at 7pm. This will be a fantastic night, and we’d love some sponsors to jump on board for this! Final words ... I’d like to see this team go wherever it is they want to go. Under 6 fights, you’re a novice. Once you have 6 fights, you’re then a proper boxer. I have boys with their novice titles coming up. If anyone wants to turn professional – we’re happy to take them all the way. If people want to just keep it local, or get fit, we’re equally happy to help them there too. I have to say a huge thank you to Neville Sheather; my mum, Kerrie Eggins; and to Mandy Barr. They are all absolutely awesome, and do so much for the team – and also my wife, Karrie, who’s expecting our second child any day and is so understanding about all of the time I spend with the team. Thanks Mick. Interview by Jo Atkins.

Get in contact Mick 0407 946 282 Kerrie 0427 599 396 Mandy 0418 208 253. You can also contact the boxing club by email at:

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h i l l Solace Losing a life partner through death is, without a doubt, one of the most distressing events that people will ever have to face. Russell Hill explains how Solace – a self-help group that is new to Port Macquarie but already well-established throughout Australia – can provide support and friendship to individuals to people in this situation …

hat brought you to the Port MacquarieHastings area originally, Russell – and how long have you lived here? I lost my wife, Joyce, to breast cancer in March 2005, in Canberra where we had lived since 1972. I subsequently remarried in 2006. Having visited Port Macquarie a number of times over the years I was familiar with the area, and Caryn and I simply decided to move to fresh fields and a warmer climate. We made the move in November 2007. What, or who, is Solace? Solace is a self-help group for people who have lost their life’s partner through death. It was started in South Australia in 1983 by Jean Almond, a recently-widowed woman who remains patron of the organisation. She has been awarded an O.A.M. for her work with widowed people. There are now approximately 20 groups, with representation in most states and territories, including some regional areas. Solace helps people to normalise the grief process, but is not a counselling service, nor is it a match-making service. Facilitators are trained to lead the groups, but are just that – facilitators. Where professional help is needed, referral can be made 80 greater port macquarie focus.

remain in touch with the leader of that Canberra group, who has sent me some valuable resource material to use up here. At the time I was fortunate to have a strong support group of friends and family around me, but other people’s lives return to normal, and eventually you are left alone with your loss. That is where Solace can be invaluable. With all the emotional trauma and perhaps even the financial and logistical issues associated with losing your life partner, what do you believe is the most difficult thing for people to cope with? Undoubtedly loss of the sense of companionship and sharing that a quality partnership provides. You to grief counsellors or Solace t or pp su es id find some of your married friends other relevant specialists. prov ho are w le op pe r fo seem to drift away, and when you Solace is not a religious ing over the rt hu visit other homes you now have to organisation. loss of a partner. hold up one end of the conversaAs an organisation, tion by yourself. You don’t have that what are Solace’s main special person to bounce off ideas, aims? thoughts and perspectives. In short, you Solace provides support for are alone and can soon become very lonely in people who are hurting over the loss a crowd. Many will say that weekends are the of a partner. This is done in a friendly, confidenworst time of the week. tial setting. Solace aims to provide a warm, carWhat made you decide to bring Solace to ing environment where people are accepted and Port Macquarie? encouraged to be themselves. Social events help A tragic run of premature deaths of local foster and renew a sense of ‘joie de vivre’ that is friends led to 4 funerals in a 6-month period last often lost in the maelstrom of grief and desolayear, in each case leaving a widow. I contacted tion that can follow the death of a loved one. Solace in Sydney to enquire what support from Solace does not attempt to be all things to all Solace NSW was available up here and was people, and members are not discouraged from advised that there was nothing north of Gosengaging in other pursuits, or finding support ford. “So what can be done about it?” I naively in other ways. Experiences they bring into the asked. “Well, you would be an ideal person to group can often be very helpful and encouragstart a group up there” was the answer, and ing for others. things have snowballed from there. How did you first find out about the orWhat’s the criteria for people interested in ganisation, and what has been your own joining the group ? personal experience with the group? One very simple but strict criterion: the death I was referred to the northern Canberra group of your life’s partner. No-one else is eligible to by the Funeral Director who buried Joyce. I apjoin. proached the group with some trepidation, but What have been some of the positive outI was immediately set at ease by their openness comes you’ve witnessed for people who’ve and the way they welcomed me into their fold. I

attended Solace meetings? Last year, as part of my preparation for this new Port Macquarie group, I visited a large Solace group in Sydney, and I met some people for whom Solace is their life blood. They literally hang out for the next meeting. Whether attending a regular group meeting such as that, or meeting with trainee facilitators, I have seen that many of these people have found a lifeline – and new purpose in life. I have seen first hand and experienced the friendship and trust that can result among people who have a common bond. At a recent restaurant outing in Sydney, there was so much laughter and camaderie being expressed that a woman, leading her husband, came over to enquire who the group was and how they could join. The answer was given with a twinkle: “Well, you will have to dispose of him first (indicating the husband).” Where and when do you plan to hold the first meeting? The standard Solace format is for 2 meetings per month, and I have settled on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, at a time and place to be advised when people contact me. The inaugural meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 26 June, and I am hoping to have some Solace NSW people here to help celebrate the occasion. Interview by Jo Atkins. Inset photo shows the NSW 2011/2012 Executive Committee for Solace.

For more info. Phone on 0419 427 192 Email Eventually the Port Macquarie group will be listed online at This website contains more information about Solace, including some moving testimonials of the impact of Solace on people’s lives.


Newman Senior Technical College Newman Senior Technical College provides a unique approach to the HSC, which is like no other. Vice Captain Jacqui Ashe tells us more …


hat made you decide on coming to Newman? My initial decision to attend Newman College was based on the opportunity to take a more hands on approach to my final years of study –one which gave me a pathway to experience the health industry first hand, with the long term goal of a career in the medical field. I knew that Newman offered many pathways to all students, and it was something that I wouldn’t find anywhere else. Newman has a motto of 'A HSC Like No Other'. What makes your pattern of study so unique? I have the opportunity to complete my HSC studying English and Mathematics, while at the same time completing a School-based Traineeship in Aged Care. I am enrolled in Human Services at Newman and studying a Certificate III in Aged Care as part of my pattern of study, assisting me to achieve my goal of becoming a Paramedic. T he College is unique, because the whole focus of the courses is VET based, the learning is very hands on and practical, and all students get to go to work one day a week during the whole year. It just makes your learning interesting and challenging at the same time. I knew that no other school would be able to provide me with training in Aged Care, a Traineeship and a HSC all at the one place, as a complete package with such an awesome College community. What is it that makes the Newman Community so welcoming? Newman is a senior secondary school with students coming into start Year 11 from over 10 different schools – which could

make it a challenge to get to know a lot of students and be known by all new staff. But right away, many of the activities that we do help us to get to know one another and build friendships creating a fantastic community. Even though I didn’t know many students at the start, in Term 3 I was elected as a member of the Student Representative Council and then Vice Captain. This honour has allowed me to represent the College in a range of capacities such as the St Vincent de Paul Buddy program, greeting and speaking with guests to the College and being an ambassador in public functions, such as ANZAC Day, local government forums like Youth Week and school functions. The College provides unique training opportunities. Can you explain how you have experienced this? The College has an extensive workplacement program, which has given me the opportunity to experience industry in my VET subject workplaces as an extension and reinforcement of my classroom activities. Having these two ways in which I learn has allowed me to recognise the value of classroom learning, which provides us with a sound basis of skills to carry into the industry. My traineeship also requires unique skills and responsibilities, and this also benefits my learning at the College. Through the on the job training and off the job training of my Traineeship, I have developed skills and knowledge in caring for a person’s activities of daily living. I am confident in making the right decision in all aspects of my client’s care and have the confidence to clarify issues I am unsure of with my supervisor.

You recently attended a Board of Studies Student Advisory Group workshop. Tell us a little bit about the experience? I was nominated by the College to be a part of this group and was fortunate to be selected as one of fourteen students across NSW. The group will advise the Board of Studies on future directions and decisions which will affect students across the state. I feel very proud to have the opportunity to inform the Board of Studies of what is relevant and important to a VET student. I feel that the College has given me an experience which has been so beneficial for my future, and I want to make sure that the Board understands the value of the unique style of HSC that Newman offers. As part of my responsibilities to this group, I am embarking on a project to raise awareness of the different options open to VET students and pathways to further training such as university.

There’s no substitute for 33 years of experience. 2012 VET in Schools Excellence Regional Finalist (winner to be announced)

2011 VET School Student of the Year Regional Finalist

2012 VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist (winner to be announced)

2010 VET in Schools Excellence NSW Finalist

2012 School-based Apprentice of the Year Regional Finalist (winner to be announced)

2010 School-based Apprentice of the Year Regional Finalist 2010 Australian Vocational Student Prize x 2

2012 National WorldSkills Finalists (2 x Electrotechnology, 2 x Automotive, 1 x Construction, winners to be announced)

2010 Gold and 2 x Silver Medal Winners at National WorldSkills (Highest medal winning school across Australia)

2012 Defence Technical Scholarships x 14 students

2009 School-based Apprentice of the Year, National Finalist

2011 NSW School-based Apprentice of the Year

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move, eat, live well program.

Use it or lose it.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will launch a new program this month to promote better health in the local community.

The award winning Community College offers a diverse range of short courses and qualifications to help build new skills for employment, personal enrichment and healthy living. There is a range of stimulating, creative and rewarding courses for everyone. Maybe you need to update your computer skills or learn about that new digital camera? Are you looking for inspiration in the kitchen? The Community College can help you. Seniors are well catered for, with a selection of courses that will help keep your mind and body active. As medical research shows – ‘use it, or lose it’. You will have an exceptional educational experience using our first class facilities with fully equipped rooms, small class sizes and qualified and experienced tutors. If you have moved to Port Macquarie to ‘retire in style’, staying in touch with family and friends is important. The College can provide excellent tuition in all things digital. Learn to Skype, or keep up with the grandchildren on Facebook. Our well paced computer classes will help you navigate the many communication options the internet provides. Dust off the coffee machine and learn the art of coffee making under the guidance of an experienced barista. Impress visitors with a perfect brew. Your furry companions also deserve

a treat. The dog grooming course covers techniques for bathing, grooming and clipping with information on skin care and skin products. In addition to our all year round program, we offer a comprehensive catalogue of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students, you can gain valuable knowledge at your convenience. You have the flexibility to study at your own pace, combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. Adult learning is about expanding your horizons. Whether work related, formal or informal, learning is a continuous journey. Contact the Community College and take the next step to give your brain cells a workout. With so many courses, there is sure to be something to inspire you. Visit our new look website for course information or phone 6583 7288.

The project, funded through until June 2014 by the Australian Government, aims to reduce the incidence of obesity and health issues in adults over 18 years who are unemployed, not in the workforce or underemployed, by delivering a broad range of sustainable exercise and healthy eating programs. Move, Eat, Live Well Coordinator Maya Spannari said the funding will deliver a range of free exercise and healthy eating activities across the Local Government Area. All activities conducted through the programs will be delivered by trained, qualified and experienced providers. Program activities will be run in Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Laurieton and rural community halls. “We will offer a range of free 10-week programs for people to participate in, including Heart Foundation walking and exercise groups, healthy eating and cooking classes, a community barbecue challenge and the development of our community garden project,” Ms Spannari said. “In conjunction with this program, Council will also be engaging directly with the community on a project to install fixed public

exercise equipment in Port Macquarie later this year. “The Move, Eat, Live Well program is a fantastic opportunity for people throughout Port Macquarie-Hastings to take the first small steps towards living a healthier, happy life.” The objectives of the project are to: *increase the target group’s awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthy eating; *increase the availability of proven and appropriate physical activity, healthy eating and healthy lifestyle programs for adults, predominantly not in the paid workforce; *increase participation in these community based programs for those predominantly not in the paid workforce by linking with local service organisations and program providers in consultation with the target groups; and *utilise resources currently available through local government, the community, the commercial fitness industry and non government health sector to facilitate the expansion of the programs. Registrations for the programs are now open. For those wishing to participate in one or more of the programs, go to Council’s website to find out more and reserve your place.



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Hastings Macleay Community Transport has been servicing the local community for over 25 years. We are here to provide transport for elderly, frail, disabled residents and their carers as part of the government’s Community Care Program. The Community Care Program is designed to provide a range of services, including Meals on Wheels, Domestic Assistance and Personal Care, just to name a few – to help people maintain an independent life in their own home. Hastings Macleay Community Transport Service operates with a variety of 24 vehicles, from sedans, station wagons to buses. A number of Hastings Macleay Community Transport vehicles are fitted with wheelchair accessibility. Our drivers are trained in meeting your needs in a safe and friendly manner. All of our transport services are door to door, and the drivers will assist you from your house to the car and into your appointment as you require. The service is very affordable; for example, it costs $10 to travel within Port Macquarie, and that includes the return trip home. We usually require a minimum of around 3 business days notice for transport; some clients know their appointments months in advance and may ring and make a booking for an appointment in three months’ time. If you wish to use the service or make an enquiry, please call the office. Our friendly team will discuss the assessment process with you; this helps us gather information to meet your needs. The office is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

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Radiance of the Seas. EXPERIENCED travel consultant Natasha Schurink takes the leg work out of planning a holiday or any corporate travel, by being mobile. After consulting and managing a retail travel agency in Port Macquarie for many years, I am now a travel consultant representing Port Macquarie and the Mid North Coast for the national company TravelManagers Australia – providing a mobile service where I either come to you at home or work, or even at your favourite coffee shop. This flexibility allows me to work to my clients’ schedules, as well as offer a more personal and confidential service – often outside normal office hours.

A little nip in the air is here at last ... or is it? As I write this column, it is the end of May. The days are just beautiful at 23 degrees, and the ocean is about 20 degrees. What else do you want? No doubt we will be all complaining how cold it is to get out of bed soon, but I hope you enjoyed the rather unseasonal weather in late May.

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With our only service station in Port Macquarie that actually puts petrol in your car closing down, I am being asked, "Where do we go now?"This question is mainly being asked by the elderly and disabled drivers, who frequent the service station because of its service. Ironic isn’t it, that we pay more for our petrol and less (correction – no) service when we fill up. I remember when an attendant would come out, fill your car up, wash your windscreen, check your water and oil, and bring your change back … memories! For an elderly person or disabled person, those hoses are quite heavy and sometimes hard to manoeuvre. It is not as if you can ask someone to come and help you, because there are usually only one or two people in attendance, and they are collecting money. Once again, when the 'big boys' ... Coles and Woolies … came to town and all the independent servos were gradually put out of business, you pay the price – as with so many other facets of life, when big corporations start running the show. If you know of any service station in the Port Macquarie area that will actually serve you, let me know, and I will publish their name and address –

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because I know they will be patronised. I am not sure about Wauchope, Laurieton or the Camden Haven service stations, but I bet your bottom dollar some of them would still have the good old fashioned service. SNIPPETS

great for the shopkeepers and good for the town in general. Any chance, Father Donnelly?

5/ Do not want to get into politics, but I would like to congratulate Phillip Thomson of the Sydney Morning Herald (13/5/12) on a very well written article about Rob Oakeshott’s autoimmune any “ If you knownof disease. We wish you the service statio ieinarea ar well, Rob, and we're qu Port Mac ly serve that will actualow glad to read you now , and you, let me kntheir ish have the disease I will publ dress – name and adow under control. ey th kn eI

1/ You have no idea how many people are still 'pulling me up' about the small print in the phone books. Even the fellow at the becaus d! ” will be patronise 6/ Dare I say it, but a Post Office told me Coles employee from it has been good for Newcastle asked if anyone business, as they had in Port Macquarie sold lemon a good run on purchases spread. Not the lovely homemade of magnifying glasses … he said it ones, but ones you were able to buy was a great talking point amongst his in the stores years ago. If you know customers. where to obtain this item, ring 6583 2/ Do you know why some sausages 5228. Thank you! are dearer than others, besides the 7/ What interest does Coles and filling? Answer ... because to make a Woolworths have in the 'Poker kilo of sausages with the synthetic skin Machine Stakes'? Let you know next is 50 cents, but to use the 'genuine month. skin' is $2 a kilo. 3/ Tried this and it worked … put a lemon in the freezer and when you need to grate lemon on salad, curry etc. just whip it out, use what you want, and put it back again. Doing this, you can use the whole lemon. 4/ Wouldn’t it have been perfect to use the old school site beside Settlement City as a uni campus? Healthy climate,

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U P D AT E Climate Change ... what answers do the ancient trees in Werrikimbe hold?

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f you lived all your life high on a mountain and deep in the forest, would you be affected by Climate Change? Or would you be protected from its effects? It turns out that the ancient trees living in Werrikimbe can answer our questions. Antarctic Beech forests, hundreds of years old, are giving up their secrets to forest researcher, Dr Ross Peacock. He has found that in the past 50 years, the forests experienced a rapid temperature rise of 1.5 degrees centigrade, which is “at the upper limit of climate change predictions”. The result is that winters are now much warmer in the forest, and in addition, rainfall variability has decreased. It is the speed of the change that indicates it is not a natural process, but most likely linked to rising levels of CO2 from human activities. Dr Peacock based his work on careful observations over many decades by foresters. Now this information is contributing to climate and ecology studies across the whole planet. Scientists have found some Beech trees in Werrikimbe are at least 300 years old, and could be 1,000 (because they have 1,000 tree rings); but it may be that they had two or three flushes of growth in some years. It’s important to know, as it could reveal special regenerative abilities in these Beech trees. Perhaps they were recovering from destructive events in past centuries, such as forests being blown over in storms. The Beeches are especially interesting, as they are ancient Gondwanan trees, surviving only where cool


temperate rainforest conditions still exist. The cool heights of Werrikimbe have been a sanctuary for them, but can they survive rising temperatures and different rainfall patterns? Dr Peacock experimented with seedlings by exposing them to Climate Change conditions: higher temperatures and CO2 at 700 parts per million (it’s currently 391 ppm). Beech seedlings tolerated the extra carbon dioxide, but wanted cool temperatures. So, could the species beat Climate Change by moving into other cool areas? Not by spreading seeds, because most Beech seedlings die through lack of light, or get eaten (Beeches spread slowly by suckering). Anyway, there’s nowhere else to go. Beeches are already growing in the highest and coolest locations at the top of the range. Another threat is new competition for space: subtropical rainforest species, which like warmer temperatures, have started pushing into the areas occupied by Beech. Nevertheless, the venerable Beech trees are still dominating these rainforests and rewarding us with knowledge about them. Rainforest plant species are described as ‘fire-retardant’, and on this basis they are recommended for suburban gardens. Dr Peacock has shown how rainforest decomposes leaf litter within two years, so it does not build up to be a fire risk. Port Macquarie Landcare members have participated in Dr Peacock’s research. This story draws on his Port Macquarie lecture in April that reported on his results. Article by Julie Ho.



Ask Greg The opportunity to study in Port Macquarie is not lost on Charles Sturt University (CSU) social work students, Clint Mitchley & Khadijah Hamdan. espite coming from different backgrounds, both students are enjoying the challenges of university study and the benefits of having a university campus right in town.


“The course has been great so far. We have a fantastic class, which makes the whole learning experience a better journey. Great support and resources are available to students,� she said.

Clint was a self-employed tradesperson before deciding to study social work full-time at CSU.

While finding the course demanding, Clint appreciates the support system available to CSU students.

“I first heard about CSU when looking through the TAFE course list and saw that CSU and TAFE were offering an integrated social work degree,� he said.

“They offer online resources, on campus support, telephonic help and regular informative emails from our lecturer,� he said.

“I have always had an interest in community welfare and was excited to learn that CSU was coming to Port Macquarie. Having CSU here has given me the opportunity to study my desired degree on campus, rather than via distance education.�

“A class full of eager and enthusiastic students makes the study experience a lot more manageable and fun!�

Having completed the HSC in 2010 in Port Macquarie, Khadijah decided on the Bachelor of Social Work due to her passion for helping people.

“Having a small campus right in Port Macquarie makes the whole experience real; it’s a better atmosphere to learn, which helps us advance as students,� she said.

“Social work is the best career choice I could make for my future, so when I saw that I could study through Charles Sturt University, I knew it would be a great opportunity,� she said.

“I urge others thinking about study to really consider CSU. Studying here has been one of the best decisions I could have made for my education and career. The teachers and staff are supportive, and so many resources are available to students.�

“Studying here means I can be closer to my family and friends, which gives me the emotional support I need that I might not get if I moved away to study.

Khadijah said she’s found the CSU experience to be very supportive.

Greg Trembath answers swers your real estate questions. uestions.


We are about to put our house on the market and wonder whether we should organise a building report for the real estate agent to show potential buyers?

process in a stronger position that way.

Items raised in these reports can often be rectified for minimal expense. This can be a wise investment, as a means of preparing for buyers or thwarting those who over estimate the likely cost A: In NSW there is no legal requirement for you, of repairs. For example, it may be better to repair a as the property owner, to provide a pre-purchase leaking shower, which is one of the more common building or pest report (although it is a problems raised in pre-purchase building requirement in ACT). reports, than leave a potential buyer feeling the need to replace the Most potential buyers will The last thing entire bathroom at much higher organise their own pre-purchase you need is a r expense. report prior to entering into ial buye


an unconditional contract to The last thing you need is a being ‘spooked’ by unexpected purchase a home. Problems potential buyer being ‘spooked’ bad news. may arise if their report raises by unexpected bad news or trying maintenance items, serious to force the price down, which can structural or pest issues. If this is jeopardize the sale. This is avoided unexpected, it may turn them off the when both the owner and the buyer have property completely or be used as grounds to upfront knowledge of the state of the property. significantly reduce their offer. If you commission Answers are general comment, and readers your own report pre-sale, you can choose to repair should always seek their own independent potential problems or rectify defects before you professional advice. put the property on the market. Send your real estate questions to Whether you repair or not, disclosing flaws to potential buyers upfront allows you to set your price more appropriately, confidently and fairly, to signal that you have already taken the current condition into account. You start the negotiating Greg Trembath is Principal/Licensee at Greg Trembath Real Estate. Licensed Real Estate Agent – Licensed Auctioneer.

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Camilleri Homes A ‘dream’ renovation project set amongst gum trees and koalas in a quiet corner of Lighthouse Beach is the June FOCUS Home of the Month. Chrissy Jones takes us through ...

hen a Lake Cathie family purchased their striking ‘blue beach house’ in 2010, they knew they’d made a good start in their search for sea breezes and a fabulous coastal lifestyle. Unfortunately, the bushy block of land behind them soon became a towering intrusion on their privacy and after living in the house a few months, they found themselves craving more places to catch the winter sun. A chance encounter led them to Port Macquarie builder David Camilleri, who is quickly establishing a reputation as ‘one to watch’ on the local building scene. David began his career in Sydney in 1987 and by his early 20s, had his own business


“Camilleri Homes promised to deliver a ‘quality dream home’, and they have certainly lived up to that commitment.” g reputation as a fi first floor and a growing rst fl oor addition and renovation specialist. In 2004, he moved to the area with wife Kate and daughters, Emily, Jodi and Megan and set about building one of the first houses in the North Harbour precinct for themselves. The land owner next door was so impressed with his workmanship, they commissioned Camilleri Homes to build their own home. The stunning double story waterfront residence is a testament to David’s skill and a feature of the Camilleri Homes website image gallery. Since relocating the business to Port Macquarie, Camilleri Homes has been involved in a wide range of local building projects, from new homes, renovations and additions, to commercial construction and fit outs.

This recen recent extension, renovation, pool and deck at Lighthouse Beach, together with his latest project, a new home build on Lighthouse Road, have caught the attention of many passers-by with their spectacular design and finish. Camilleri Homes prefer to be involved in the design and construction process from start to finish, saving time and money for the owners. The project involved construction of a new indoor/outdoor dining room on the far side of an existing deck. The position of the new room and the enclosure of the rear of the deck with a wall and shutters has resolved the privacy issue and added a stunning alfresco entertaining and BBQ area overlooking the new pool. continued over

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“ Even though I had a clear vision of what the finished product would look like, I was overwhelmed at how well it all went. ”

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On the lower level, another existing deck was extended to add almost 35 m² of additional deck space and 13 metres of built-in seating. A new under-house storage area, teak table, comfortable chairs, cushions and market umbrella complete the picture on this level. Wall-to-wall windows were installed in the existing room overlooking the deck. This allows it to be opened up for easy entertaining. Close the shutters; turn on the flat panel TV and entertainment system, and the room becomes a fabulous home theatre. Outside, a stunning glass pool fence separates the entertaining deck from a further 20 m² of the new lower deck and sparkling pool. A scattering of classic Adirondack chairs on both decks allow the family to literally follow the sun, coffee and newspaper in hand.

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According to the owners, clear communication and teamwork played a key role in the overall success of the project. It seems ‘do it right the first time’ was the mantra for everyone involved. “David was on site each and every day to oversee his hand-picked tradesmen,” they said. “Camilleri Homes promised to deliver a ‘quality dream home’, and they have certainly lived up to that commitment.”

From the Owner You chose Camilleri Homes for your renovation project. How was it working with David and his team? It was first class from start to finish. I spent quite a bit of time planning, researching and really thinking about what would work best for us. Even though I had a clear vision of what the finished product would look like, I was overwhelmed at how well it all went.

For me, close enough is not good enough, so I wanted a builder who would actually deliver on that promise. I had heard David was very professional and polite, but the quality of his work just blew us away. Did you have any specific requirements when you first decided to renovate? We’d come from an enormous house and garden that we’d struggled to manage to one where we immediately loved the vibe, but needed more outdoor living options. The lack of privacy from behind was a real issue too. My husband wanted a spot to read the paper in the sun, I wanted an indoor/outdoor dining space, and our daughter wanted a pool, so we were all winners in the end! What are some of the design elements of your project that you love? I saw the wicker crab pots online at a place in Palm Beach and just knew they’d make great bespoke light fittings. “Too easy”, is what Greg Keft the Electrician said, when I showed them to him.

In fact, all the lighting has been a bit of a triumph. The pool lights, strip of LED lights under the lip of the deck and the subtle uplights in the built-in seat combine to create an amazing atmosphere at night. The guys were great when I explained what I wanted and came back with more ideas themselves. The sandstone feature wall was a bit of an after-thought, but I love the way it adds warmth and texture. I had hundreds of ideas, but it was David’s patience and experience that brought them to life. Would you recommend David to other prospective home builders/renovators? We already have, actually. David was always thinking ahead and keeping us informed so we could make good decisions and find ways to save money or do something a little differently. That flexibility and experience really made a difference to our bottom line and to the end result and based on that, we’ve recommended Camilleri Homes to a few people now.

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From the Builder

David & Kate Camilleri of Camilleri Homes Did the owner have a specific brief? Their key needs involved gaining privacy from the newly built house to the rear and Þnding ways to better utilise the available space outdoors. Adding a pool, covered BBQ and more entertaining space also featured high on their Ôwish listÕ. At the same time, the owners were conscious of not overcapitalising. What about the overall design requirements? The owners loved many of the existing features, particularly the curved rooßine and ceilings and the way they mimic the lines of the Tacking Point Lighthouse. They wanted to maintain the Ôbeach houseÕ feel and the blue colourings from the original parts of the house too. Replicating those lines was complicated in some areas Ð Dean Neumann did a great job with the plastering, and the client is really happy with the Þnished product. Where there any major hurdles you had to overcome? Yes. We had to underpin and temporarily

support the existing structure, which was tricky, because the excavation for the retaining wall footings was ½ metre below the existing footings. We ended up moving the retaining wall almost a metre out, which meant we could build a seat right along the full length of the deck, which worked out really well. Tell us a bit more about you and what’s behind your success? The feedback from clients suggests there are two things that set us apart: exceptional quality and attention to detail. My Þrst boss taught me the importance of not just meeting, but exceeding expectations, and itÕs something IÕll never forget. Customer service and communication are equally important too. Quality finishes are obviously important to you ... Yes, these days quality is a word that is used very loosely by people who donÕt have the skill or expertise to deliver it. I will not tolerate any shortcuts. Near enough is never good enough. I hear you may be the neatest builder in Port Macquarie too?

Look, itÕs only a small thing, but we do clean up every day to minimise the mess and inconvenience. All of our contractors continually comment on how clean our job sites are. It allows them to complete their jobs efÞciently and accurately. Our aim is to make the building or renovating journey as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. Going that extra mile is an important part of that approach. How do we go about commissioning you to build for us? What is the process? Give us a call. You can contact David on 0427 069 322 or after hours on 6584 5450 to arrange a meeting or an obligation-free quote. Additional information, images and testimonials are also available from our website: Thanks David and Kate.

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For your home and for you... At For Good, we believe that home decorating should be fun – and never intimidating!

We have sourced some very unique and lovely soft furnishings, accent and feature pieces to help you create your very personal look – great pieces that you will enjoy living with for many years to come ... Our new Swedish homewares range, ‘Linum’, is beautiful, great quality and very well priced. Create a wonderful table setting for that special occasion, or indeed, for every day with Linen & Moore's range of bright and beautiful table linen. A good range of sizes to suit every table. Need a rug, or even wood flooring? Let us show you our range of Armadillo & Co hemp and wool rugs. Beautiful and easy to clean solid French oak flooring in wide boards will

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enhance the look of your room and add very special appeal. We can help when you need a gift for that special birthday, wedding, or just because ... From the toy section ... a lovely addition to our classic toy section is the new ‘Seedling NZ’ range of craft kits and toys, which will delight and inspire children of all ages. Have you seen the latest and greatest phone accessory? The fun and fantastic POP phones make a great gift for your workers, colleagues or loved ones, protecting them from harmful mobile phone radiation emissions, are so comfortable to talk into and hold, and come in such a great range of colours! Come in and have a browse; we are right opposite lovely Town Beach in The Observatory Hotel.

Creative Design Aussie Hardwoods. bagowoodworks – combine creative design with Australian hardwoods, to create fine contemporary furniture and joinery. An exciting change to an iconic business has taken place, with the purchase of bagowoodworks by Jarrod Butlin. After overseeing management duties for the past 4 years, Jarrod has now taken on ownership and brings with him almost 20 years of experience in timber door and window joinery. Although relatively unknown and rarely used in the furniture industry, local Australian hardwoods such as Flooded Gum, Blue Gum, and Blackbutt, to name a few, are skilfully transformed into unique contemporary furniture that will last for generations. bagowoodworks offer you over half a century of combined experience in a broad range of timber joinery. This, along with a large well equipped workshop, including a cnc workstation, enables the timber craftsmen the ability to supply a wide range of joinery to suit all tastes. So whether it is furniture, windows, doors, or commercial machining, bagowoodworks have the experience to deliver exactly what you desire in fine contemporary furniture and joinery. Give them a call on 6585 1595, check out their website: or call into the showroom in the Wauchope industrial area at 45 Commerce Street.

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“What I learnt through North Coast TAFE reignited my passion.”

Learn the secrets For North Coast TAFE student Julia Hocking, completing a Certificate III and IV in Interior Decorating has given her the skills and confidence to create her own business.

Seawide Estate “When I retire or (at least) decide to slow down, I see myself living in a house by the sea. I do enjoy having ‘my own space’, but I also love socialising with neighbours. “I love to relax in my garden, but wouldn’t want a garden so large that it becomes my nemesis! “Most of all, I’d like to be able to take a late afternoon stroll along a beautiful beach, knowing that it was just a few steps from my own front door.” While these thoughts may seem idyllic, they could also become a reality. Only fifteen minutes from Port Macquarie, Lake Cathie is home to one of the most magnificent beaches on the Mid North Coast. Rainbow Beach is a long stretch of perfect, golden sand, running from Bonny Hills to Middle Rock, then continuing as Lighthouse Beach. Adjacent to the new Lake Cathie Medical Centre (on the beach side), Seawide Estate will be one of the last coastal releases in the area, and it’s

possibly the perfect fit for my ideal. Sixty-three blocks positioned on a picturesque estate – a gentle northerly incline providing shelter from the southerly elements, while opening regional views to Lighthouse Beach. From the development, a short boardwalk meanders through narrow coastal rainforest, to the sands of Rainbow Beach. Swimming, surfing, fishing, or simply taking a late afternoon stroll, Seawide Estate offers a unique and idyllic lifestyle.

Julia enrolled at North Coast TAFE in 2011 and launched her business, Colour Matters, in October of the same year. “Colour Matters is not only interior decorating, but it also involves helping lots of kids with emotional difficulties by using colour and art therapy to draw out their feelings and help them resolve issues,” Julia said. “The other part of my business is House Whisperer. Through real estate agents, I help people get their house ready for sale, or help people who’ve just bought a house to fix it up.”

Already, several blocks are under contract, so the time to decide is now. Seawide is being marketed by McGrath Port Macquarie, and they report a high level of interest from people, just like you and me, who see themselves living in a house by the sea.

After previously working in teaching, Julia rediscovered her desire to work with colour through her studies.

For more information, call Steve Newman, at McGrath: 0425 252 520.

“What I learnt through North Coast TAFE reignited my passion … because colour really influences people.”

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“The Interior Decorating Certificate or Diploma can take you in all sorts of directions, but colour is where I always wanted to go,” she said.

Julia’s dedication to her studies shone through, because she received the Port Macquarie Campus’ Students High Achievers Award in recognition of her work – an honour for which she acknowledges her fellow students and teachers. “I really enjoyed the whole year; the company and communication with the other students was excellent. The teachers were very encouraging and were able to see the potential in all of us and make us more confident,” Julia said. “To receive an award for work that I really enjoyed was icing on top of the cake. It’s lovely to know that somebody saw what you are doing and appreciated it.”




Choose McGrath and Save Your home is usually your most valuable material asset. Whether large or small, impressive or modest, it provides you with shelter, security, many happy memories and a stepping stone to the future.


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When you live on the stunning North Coast, you want a home that matches your lifestyle. At McDonald Jones Homes, we’re focussed on creating designs that take advantage of the North Coast’s wonderful climate and unique style.

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Our leading architect, Stuart Everitt, has designed award-winning homes throughout Australia. He has now used his skills to create homes for the North Coast area that are stylish and modern, but also functional, affordable and built to last.


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Perry Homes is pleased to offer two outstanding fixed price packages now available in Sovereign Hills, Port Macquarie.

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S P L E Y 1 8 3 Designed to offer all you would need within a compact layout, this home really packs a punch! The Aspley 183 includes four spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and two separate living areas plus an undercover alfresco entertaining area – nearly 20 sqs of affordable living. The expansive kitchen includes overhead cupboards, a stainless steel 900 mm freestanding cooker and canopy rangehood – everything required by the gourmet chef of the family. With the kitchen situated between the two living areas, the formal lounge and the more relaxed family room, this area really impresses the visitors. Uncompromising in quality and design, this home has all the features essential to raise a growing family. A S P E N 2 0 4 With a surprisingly low price-tag and inclusions equalling that of a much larger home, the Aspen 204 design could be described as affordable luxury.

built-ins with the master All four bedrooms have built-ins, bedroom including a spacious walk-in robe and luxurious ensuite. There is also a separate media room and study, providing plenty of room and diversity to accommodate a variety of individual family needs. From across the breakfast bar in the well equipped kitchen, you see the open plan dining and family rooms opening out through the sliding doors onto the private terrace area at the rear of the home. This is the perfect set-up for both indoor and alfresco entertaining. Although initially designed to suit a narrow block, the Aspen 204 is a prestige home, made affordable for everyone. Both these packages come with all the inclusions you would need to move straight in. All the investors in the market will be impressed by the value for money these inclusions offer, making the home immediately tenant ready. These include carpets and tiles, down lights and LED light switches throughout, flyscreens and blinds to all windows and sliding doors. The kitchen


includes overhead cupboards, bulkheads, a fabulous Westinghouse stainless steel 900 mm duel fuel cooker with canopy rangehood and provision for a dishwasher and microwave. The double garage also comes with a Colorbond panel door with remote control. But the value doesn’t end with the inside of the home. There is also a 5,000 ltr rainwater tank, powder coated wall mounted clothesline and letterbox, exposed aggregate concrete driveway, path, porch, terrace and clothesline pad. The landscaping includes turf to the entire block, with a garden bed and hedge to front boundary. While these homes will suit most blocks with a narrow frontage, we have identified two blocks within the Sovereign Hills Estate with a north facing aspect, which are ideal for these packages.

For more information on these packages, why not drop into the new display home now open at 61 Capital Drive, Sovereign Hills? There are three homes available for inspection, Aspen 222, Calypso 289 and the new two storey Parklane 289. All homes are open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Contact Rod McCormick today on (02) 6581 4131 or 0411 981 320 for more details.

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This month’s Test Drive sees the ‘Smug’ put the Skoda Fabia 77TSI (manual) through its paces, courtesy of John Oxley Motors on Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie.

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hen FOCUS HQ asked me to take out the Skoda Fabia as this month’s test drive, my first thought was – you want me to take a ‘what’ out? Although I’d heard of Skoda as a brand through my keen interest in World Rally Championships (WRC), I’d never actually driven one, let alone knew much about their latest offerings designed for the city streets. The first thing I wanted to do before I went to pick up the car was to do a bit of background research, so I could keep up my facade of being a well versed ‘motoring buff’ and not come across to the sales rep as a total novice on this one. What I found was that the Skoda company history dates back to before the 1900s and in more recent times was acquired by Volkswagon (VW), who is now the full owner of the brand. To bring the two brands together, the Skoda Fabia is designed to a lower cost bracket than its stable mate the VW Polo, which is a pretty tidy small car in its own right. Now armed with at least the basics, I stopped by the dealership and paged the sales rep who was to show me to the little beast. Now, it’s not often that I take a step back when someone walks forward to greet me (being a relative big man myself), but when said rep presented at around six foot five inches and solid as a house, I was taken aback and momentarily lost my usually confident facade. I must say, that once we got down to talking

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about the car’s features and took a walk out to the lot to pick out the car, I’d regained some confidence and started to ask some regular questions as to the engine size and fuel efficiency, as well as asking about the optional orn extras. “I could have sw 2.0 or 1.8 We flicked through the that I was in a uldn’t co I . re su r litre fo brochures, and it was pretty the work out wheret clear that there was plenty bu ed ct pe unex I actually pulled off more to this small car than y grunt welcoming ballsm.” fro the highway to take g meets the eye. From six in m co was a closer look at the airbags, ABS, Brake Assist, spec sheets that I’d been Electronic Stability Control, given to find out. It became smart-phone connectivity, 15” pretty clear that this isn’t your alloys and cruise control, just to name ordinary small car with a puny 1.2 litre a few, on paper it did sit remarkably well engine. The addition of the TSI component, or within the price bracket and class. Turbocharged petrol engine differentiated this What really surprised me was the fact that buzz box from anything that I’d ever driven in when my rep brought the car out from the lot this class of vehicle. There was no doubt that I ready for me to jump into, it didn’t look like was now really starting to appreciate the Fabia the world’s tallest man entering and exiting for what it was, somewhat of a ‘Supermini!’ the world’s smallest car. There was plenty of Taking the bends was reasonably room to accommodate the most challenging comfortable and when asked to give a bit of people sizes, which was a slight concern more in the overtaking lane, the response was for me, being a tad wider than taller myself instant and reliable. I really didn’t have too (allegedly). After all, we are talking about an much to complain about as far as handling on upsized mini in the Skoda Fabia. the dry and sunny autumn day that I had to It wasn’t until I got this 1.2 litre pint sized take it out on. beast out onto the open road that I really To be fair, for a car priced under $20,000 started to take it seriously. I gave it a bit of you’re realistically not going to be owning a squirt entering the highway, to see how all the features contained in a prestige car, quickly I could reach the speed limit – which but this little gizmo is more than enough for is totally legal, of course. I could have sworn around town and has plenty of safety features that I was in a 1.8 or 2.0 litre for sure. I included, to make sure that across town couldn’t work out where the unexpected but driving is as safe as anything else on the road. welcoming ballsy grunt was coming from.

One feature in the ‘optional extras’ range besides the rear parking assist, was the funky two-tone chassis/roof options, to really stand out from the crowd. This vehicle has a pretty broad reach when it comes to targeted demographics, and I’d suggest that the oldies would have just as much fun in this piece as the first car owners. For those who are a bit thrifty with the coin, most small cars are pretty fuel efficient, and this one’s no different. At 5.5 litres to the 100 km (combined), you really can’t get much better fuel efficiency and value for money. But in this case, you’d be able to get from A to B, quite a bit quicker than usual if so desired – (enter safe driving spiel here). Looking at the broad range of extras associated with the Skoda Fabia, I’d recommend taking a closer look at this one if you’re in the market for a ‘signage ready’ around town fleet car or a very tidy A to B option for any age bracket in these somewhat challenging economic times. Clearly this vehicle was a surprise packet for me, and I’m really glad that I was given the opportunity to give it a crack. – ‘The Smug’.


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In Australian culture, heroes are often portrayed as sportspeople or millionaires. They might be a cricket player scoring a double century, a footballer scoring a hat-trick of tries in one match, or an IT technician developing a new generation of smart phones … But the real heroes are those normal, everyday people who are faced with extreme challenges and adversity, but never give up. They fight, they stand strong, and they come out on the other side with a smile on their face and a story to tell.

Michael Crossland. ichael Crossland is a prime

the Australian Expos Baseball Team. Michael then

to tiny rooms, not even a bed to themselves, and

example of a true hero.

went to the USA on tour and was drafted by a Texas

literally no roof over their heads. Michael says that

Michael faces extreme

baseball team at the young age of 16 and offered a

one boy told him that, at night, he wasn't sure if it

challenges every day of his

scholarship to play college ball in Texas.

was raining or if the boy in the bunk bed above him

life, but he stands tall and ensures that his courage and his positive outlook on life inspires other people across the world. Michael has an absolute passion and belief in

odds only added fuel to Michael's fire. Michael's story was aired nationally in 2002 on Australian Story, and that same year he was

had wet the bed. "Moments like this make me realise how lucky we are to have a warm, dry place to sleep and live," says Michael.

people’s ability to change direction and become

nominated for Young Australian of the Year.

who they truly want to be and achieve success. This

Michael also became and ambassador for Camp

despite their everyday challenges, still have hope

passion stems from his own story …

Quality and the Cancer Council and coached his old

and happiness and an unwavering spirit. One

baseball team and toured America with them.

morning while they were in Haiti, Michael and his

Before Michael was even one year old, he was

But Michael insists that the people of Haiti,

diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the central

Michael quickly climbed the corporate ladder,

group were walking up the side of a mountain. Six

nervous system – a tumour had taken over half of

forging a hugely successful career in finance with

hours into the eight hour trek up to the top of the

his tiny body. The chance of Michael surviving was

GE Money in Sydney and Westpac in Coffs Harbour.

mountain where the school is being built, Michael

virtually non-existent. He started chemotherapy at

But the long hours, high demands and extensive

began to struggle, but the locals refused to let him

1 year old and by his second birthday, doctors had

travel that this entailed eventually took its toll, and

go it alone. The women and children behind him,

basically given up all hope. His only hope was taking

in 2010 Michael took a break from his career to

who were carrying heavy cargo (food and supplies)

part in a drug trial program – a program of which

overcome the exhaustion.

on their heads and backs, helped to carry and push

Michael was the only participant to survive the

This 'career break' led him to find a career doing

Michael to the top of the mountain.

treatment. Although he survived, he was left with

what he truly loves – helping others. Michael is now

Like Michael, the people of Haiti will never give

some permanent scars – only one lung, a damaged

a regular guest speaker for corporates, schools and

up. Michael plans to return to Haiti later in the year

heart and a sensitive immune system.

universities throughout the world. His inspirational

to help fix the orphanage attached to the school,

story of courage has inspired so many people to

but he still needs to raise some more funds.

Before his teenage years, Michael had already experienced heart attacks, and by his mid-20s had spent lengthy stints in hospital, as well as contracting both bacterial and viral meningitis.

achieve ongoing positive change in their lives. Michael has received letters and emails from

Michael Crossland sets an example for all of us. He's a man who has faced (and still faces) extreme

people across to world who have heard him speak,

challenges in life, but he never gives up. And

telling them that they have been encouraged to

despite his own obstacles, he always puts others

and sport were not options for him, and he certainly

defy their own odds and, in some cases his words

before himself and gives so much to people in need.

was not expected to survive the many bouts of

of inspiration have made his audience realise that

illness he has experienced. But here he stands

suicide is not the only option.

Michael was told from an early age that school

– 27 years of age, having had both a successful professional and sporting career. From childhood, Michael's only wish was to lead a normal, healthy life and to be able to do all the things that other kids his age took for granted. So

Michael gives a lot to charity – he gives his time, he aids in fundraising, and he is a huge believer in the direct injection of funds and assistance to

A true inspiration. A true hero. To keep up to date with Michael and hear his inspiring words, regularly check him out on his website: or connect with him on Facebook.

people and communities in need. His passion to inspire and help others through

the plug!

began his dream – and with it, the determination to

direct injection took him to the devastated country

Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and

make it a reality, no matter the size of the obstacles

of Haiti.

Industry Inc. invites you to an evening with

that lay ahead. Michael's childhood dream was to play baseball

In January, Michael spent two weeks in Haiti, where he is helping to build a school for a group

Michael Crossland at Wauchope RSL on June 6, from 6pm - 8pm.

in America, and while he was in hospital as a child,

of orphans. The children he met there have lost

his mother bought him a glove and ball so they

everything … their families, their homes, everything.

Adults: $15. under 18s $10. Supper incl.

could play catch. Michael says it's what made him

And while Michael was in Haiti to help and inspire

feel like a normal kid.

them, he says that these children managed to touch

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his own life.


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