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Welcome to the August issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS. e have a bit of a surprise for you this month. Stop reading and turn to the centre pages ... yes – now! ... pretty cool, huh! A big thanks to local photographer Cain Pascoe. Now, I know what you’re thinking: isn’t Photoshop amazing? But no, the entire image is original, the backgound and the lighthouse. And yes, we’re sure it’s been Photoshopped, like all photos in FOCUS are, but the actual image is original. I hope you’re as impressed with Cain’s skill behind the lens as we are. Feel free to pull out the centre pages and keep it on the wall at work or at home. You can read more about Cain and his work on page 49.


INSIDE THIS ISSUE This month we feature 12 pages of local Men in Business. We’ve dedicated the cover to a well known face around town, Peter Hudson, who recently celebrated 30 years in business locally. Well done, and what a worthy cover! He is also a keen collector of surf boards – the tally is over 100 ... which makes him the first story in our Collectors Corner editorial series. If you know a keen collector, then please email us their details.

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ADDRESS: 4/74 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 PHONE: 02 6584 7433 FAX: 02 6584 6733 WEB: TV: Comments and opinions of our contributors do not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of the Publishers or Editor. All reasonable efforts have been made to trace copyright holders. Information appearing in Focus is believed to be correct at the time of going to press however no liability will be held for inaccurate information approved or supplied by advertisers or contributors. While all care is taken it is recommended that readers confirm dates, times, prices and any other material including advice with individual businesses and industry professionals. Greater Port Macquarie Focus is produced and published by Creative House Publications PTY LTD ABN: 62128786005 Material in Focus is Copyright © Creative House Publications PTY LTD 2009-2012 and may not be reproduced whole or in part, in any form, without permission of the Publisher. All rights reserved.

LOCAL ELECTIONS Things are really starting to heat up with regard to our local elections. We’ve been calling for candidates to come forward for the last 12 months or so and have already interviewed a good cross section of candidates: Adam Roberts, Jeff Styles, Peter Alley and Luke Hadfield. Due to the overwhelming response this month, we haven’t been able to fit in all requests. Mayoral Candidates Lisa Intemann, Peter Besseling, Keith Wilkinson and Sharon Griffiths all got in early. We also catch up with potential Councillors Trevor Sargeant and Fred Lips. Next month, as the election draws closer, expect to see a few further interviews. FOCUS will continue to maintain an apolitical policy, and we wish our local candidates all the very best.

OPERA’S BAD BOY COMES TO THE GLASSHOUSE He’s stolen kisses and broken hearts, but has opera’s great Casanova gone a step too far? Be swept up in the stylishly sexy decadence straight out of La Dolce Vita in this exciting new production of Mozart’s classic masterpiece from Opera Australia’s Oz Opera, directed by Michael Gow. Our smouldering Don is about to seduce audiences all around Australia – watch out ladies!

Friday 17 August, 7.30pm Saturday 18 August, 7.30pm Monday 20 August, 7.30pm

Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra.

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Peter Hudson. Collectors Corner guest this month is Peter Hudson, better known as Hudo or the Grey Ghost. He started surfing, aged nine, on a balsa board he found washed up on Port Macquarie’s Town Beach. Chrissy Jones chats with Hudo about his unique surfboard collection ...

e hear you have a great collection of surfboards – tell us about them ... I have a variety of surfboards ranging from my father’s surfboard to the modern day surfboards – both short and longboards. My father’s surfboard was shaped out of Canadian Cedar. He waited 6 months for the cedar to arrive in Port Macquarie, then hand shaped it using an adze. Dad lived in Park Street (the house is still standing today), and Dad walked (or paddled the river) to Town Beach, just to go surfing. Another classic old surfboard is a hollow plywood surfboard constructed around the late ‘40s to early ‘50s. It has not been restored and is still in good condition. I’ve been tempted a number of times to try it out on a few waves. Another classic board is one of the first balsa/fibreglass surfboards to arrive in town. Derek Crisp owned it. Along with this surfboard, he brought a few up from Sydney in 1956. The surfboard is still in its original condition, along with a few dings sustained in wipeouts. Another beautiful crafted surfboard is a Sunset Surfboard shaped by Geoff McCoy in 1961. It has 4 redwood stringers and one balsa centre stringer, finished off with a racing stripe. I have surfed this board a lot, and you don’t realise how heavy they are until you catch a wave. The surfboard just takes off and glides but is very hard to manoeuvre – and very unfortunate if a surfer gets in your way! It was great in the ‘60s with small crowds, but not so 4

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good nowadays in crowded surf. The surfboards in my collection range from single fins, twin fins, thrusters, shortboards and longboards. I even have a kneeboard – it is a Gordon Woods from the early ‘60s. How long have you been collecting? I didn’t really consider it ‘collecting’ at first, because I started out with Dad’s surfboard, and all I wanted to do from a very young age was to surf. One of my uncles taught me how to body surf at Flynns, then I fell into riding a surfboard in 1961 – and haven’t stopped since. So, from that small beginning, I have been collecting surfboards. How many pieces do you have in your collection? I didn’t think I had that many pieces, until you asked the question and I had a look. I couldn’t believe the number of surfboards and associated bits and pieces I had kept which relate to surfing. You must remember, I started riding a surfboard in Port Macquarie in 1961 and still surf today, so I have had over 50 years to acquire surfboards. Recently, I picked up a Lewis surfboard. These surfboards were manufactured along Hibbard Drive during the ‘70s, and the one I have is number 100. It’s in reasonable condition and would have been made around 1974. To most people, that wouldn’t mean much, but I rode a lot of Lewis surfboards in that period but didn’t keep any of mine, so I was thrilled to get hold of it. Where do you find the boards; are they hard to source?

I don’t find the surfboards – usually they find me. Having lived my entire life in Port Macquarie/Lake Cathie, a lot of people know me and associate me with surfing. That enables people who are not involved in the sport and have access to a surfboard that belonged to a relative and, for whatever reason, want to get rid of it, contact me in that regard. It’s like the kneeboard I mentioned earlier – the gentleman had just moved to Lake Cathie to retire and was just lugging the board around, so he approached me. Another surfboard I purchased was a beautiful Hayden stringerless surfboard made around 1967, and the owner was retired and going back to Sydney. A friend of mind was transporting some of his belongings and mentioned that I may be interested, and I ended up with a beautiful surfboard. So, I physically do not go out and seek these great surfboards – they just find me, and I am happy to oblige. I keep them safe and will pass them on to future generations. Is your collection still growing? Yes, I still am interested in acquiring surfboards to complement the ones I already have. They don’t have to be from the ‘60s or ‘70s. I have a nice Byrne gun, which was made in 1987. It was shaped by Phil Byrne, and it’s in beautiful condition. I would love to get hold of one of Marcus Brabant’s surfboards when he was riding Byrne surfboards during his career in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. So the collection will not stop – especially when we have young local

surfers (like Matt Banting) taking surfing to another level, and they generate a whole heap of young grommets who will watch and be inspired to take the surfing world head on. What makes your collection so unique? The surfboards I have kept are unique to me. Take Dad’s surfboard, built in 1932. That is only 20 years after the first surfboard was built in Port Macquarie. Imagine what it would have been like catching a wave in that period of time. You would have had a hard time finding somebody to surf with! Also, Derek’s surfboard. I am stoked just to have that first balsa/fibreglass surfboard, because as a young grommet growing up, Derek was a legend. He brought surfboards from Sydney, then made surfboards and produced wax. I would see him every morning as he went to work and I was checking the surf at Town Beach. He never failed to have a big grin and wave to me. Are you a member of any collectors and/ or enthusiasts clubs? No. I’m just a surfboard rider who enjoys riding waves and picking up a surfboard that interests me. Thanks Peter.

are you a collector? We want to know about you! Let us know what you collect, and you might just be our next Collectors Corner guest! e. ph. (02) 6584 7433.

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Morning Music @ the GLASSHOUSE presents

THE LOOK OF LOVE – JACKIE LOVE Come on a wonderful trip down memory lane with Australia’s international leading lady of television, musical theatre and stage, Jackie Love. MONDAY 6 AUGUST, 11am

Tickets: $24.50 Adult, $22.50 Group 6+


Issue 81 - August 2012

Celebrate the 110th anniversary with this mischievous musical about the world’s most loved bunny. SATURDAY 11 AUGUST, 2pm


Tickets: $24.50 Adult/Conc, $20.50 Under 21/Student, $80 Family (2 adults, 2 children)

Russell Cooper Russell Cooper started as a doorman in Sydney, gained his management degree, and became one of the industry’s most successful young GMs, appointed four years ago to Port Macquarie Panthers. Susie finds his drive and enthusiasm promise a bright future for our local establishment.

OZ OPERA’S DON GIOVANNI Don Giovanni is a shameless womaniser. He’s stolen kisses and broken hearts, but has opera’s great Casanova gone a step too far? FRIDAY 17 AUGUST, SATURDAY 18 AUGUST & MONDAY 20 AUGUST, 7.30pm

Tickets: $59.90 Adult, $54.90 Conc, $41.90 Under 21/Student, $53.90 Groups 6+

Cain Pascoe.


Cain Pascoe captures unique natural landscapes through the medium of his camera, which evoke strong feelings when viewed ... As a special gift to readers, please flip to the centre pages for a poster of one of his photos.

IN THE GALLERY SHARING YOUR FAMILY STORIES Do you have an object or a letter that tells part of a great wartime story? Bring along the object and share your story with us. THURSDAY 9 AUGUST, 10am – 12pm

Entry is free. Bookings essential.



Do you have any war relics? Would you like know how to preserve them? Find out more about the part they played in Australia’s military history.

Council Elections. We profile 7 of the locals who have put up their hand for the upcoming Council elections in September 2012 ...


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110% - FREE WORKSHOP IN FILM-MAKING ABC Open invites you to make a 2 minute documentary about someone in our community who’s really into their sport for ABC Open project: 110%.

6. Library Friends 16. The Secret Reunion 19. Of Love and War 42. Bill Webster 78. A. E. Gibson & Sons 93. Russell Clucas


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JUST ROUND THE CORNER HIT Productions & Glasshouse presents

DIVING FOR PEARLS by Kathrine Thomson

usual suspects.


10. what’s on for August 20. eat featuring local restaurants 29. palate pleasures with Lou Perri 30. social scene with Kate Wood-Foye 47. starguide with Terri 52. travel with Susie Boswell 53. tourism with Janette Hyde 76. port chamber update with Lisa McPherson 81. real estate with Greg Trembath 96. landcare with Estelle Gough 98. motoring with The Smug

This is a uniquely Australian story about the shifting landscape of our coastal towns and a reminder of how lucky we are to live in Port Macquarie. FRIDAY 7 & SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 8pm

Tickets: $39.90 adult, $36.90 Conc/groups 6+, $30.90 U21/student

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Friends of

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The Friends of Port Macquarie Library, a local non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the public library system, are busy celebrating 2012 − the National Year of Reading – with a range of events designed to promote and inspire a love of books and the written word. President of the organisation, Karen Brown, is very excited to announce that the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library will receive a visit from crime fiction writer Katherine Howell on August 22. hat is the aim of The Friends of Port Macquarie Library? The aim of the group is to support the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library in any way possible. Our goals are also to promote the use of library services and foster an appreciation of these services within the community and to assist in maintaining the library as a free public service for everyone. In 1989, Library Manager Robyn Hardman formed what was then The Friends of Hastings Municipal Library. Robyn wanted to bring together people from the community who believed that “libraries were a necessity, not a luxury”. Such a group would be invaluable in publicising the library, raising funds, assisting staff and lobbying for necessary funding and improvements for the service. 2012 is the National Year of Reading. What exactly does this mean for Friends of Port Macquarie Library? I’m really excited that it’s the National Year of Reading. This is my first year as President, and to take on the role at this time is particularly inspiring for me! The National Year of Reading is a national library initiative to promote books, reading and literacy. It’s primarily about children learning to read, but it’s also about expanding readers’ horizons. Something we like to do at the library is to encourage people to read more non-fiction books as well as fiction – many people aren’t aware of the wealth of wonderful books on all the subjects that are available for borrowing. There’s a wonderful website for the National Year of reading: that highlights all of the events happening around the country this year. Another thing I’d like to mention is that 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives, 6

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which aims to raise awareness of the benefits cooperatives bring to their members and the community. Cooperatives contribute to both community building and socio-economic development in their local areas. The Mid North Coast Library Cooperative consists of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library and the Kempsey Library, with 6 branches. Who’s the special guest you’ve arranged to visit the Port Macquarie-Hastings Library on August 22? We’ve invited crime fiction writer Katherine Howell to come and run two events for us: a writing workshop in the afternoon at 2.30pm – 4pm and a meet the author session in the evening, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Katherine is a prize-winning Australian author who had 15 years’ experience as a paramedic. Her novels are about the character Ella Marconi, a Sydney-based detective and always include either a paramedic or a paramedic team. So, as Katherine is using her own experiences to write, her novels have a great authenticity – the paramedic scenes in the novels can actually be quite scary. Paramedics were recently voted the most trusted people in the community, and looking at the life and job of a paramedic through these novels, I think shows why this is the case! What costs are associated with the event? The writing workshop is $15 and includes afternoon tea. The meet the author session is $10, including supper. Katherine will talk about her books, answer questions, and there will be books available for sale, which Katherine will sign. Whom do interested people contact if they’re interested in attending one or both of the sessions? They can contact the library on (02) 6581 8755 – and we do ask that people RSVP before

Friday, August 17 please. Email confirmation of attendance can be sent to: portlib@mnc.library. Thanks Karen. A few words from author Katherine Howell. It’s well known that you draw on your experience as a paramedic to help craft your novels. Do you feel it was your stint in such a demanding career that ultimately led you to become an author – or do you feel the urge to write crime fiction would have surfaced regardless? I was always keen on writing, even as a child. I wrote a lot of short stories as a teen, then decided my dream job would be novelist − though I had no idea how I might get there. Crime fiction was what I loved to read, so when I started trying to write a novel myself, that genre seemed the natural choice. Over the fifteen years that I worked as a paramedic, I wrote three poor crime novels that did not involve paramedics. It took me a few years to work out how I could use my paramedic experiences in a novel, then I wrote what became my first published novel, Frantic. Suspense is a very important element in your novels. How do you go about creating this feeling in your work – what tools/devices do you use? The key points in suspense are that readers care about the characters and that those readers are uncertain about what’s going to happen to those characters. If either of those elements are lacking, it’s so much harder for the suspense to develop. These are my main focus, then I also make sure I build in lots of narrative questions, red herrings, and ambiguous clues – and use atmospheric detail too. Your fifth and latest novel – Silent Fear – continues the story of Detective Ella Marconi. How do you personally feel this

book compares to your previous work, and is there likely to be another story in the same series? I always try to make each book better than the ones before, but find it so hard to tell whether I’ve managed to do this. I had great fun writing Silent Fear, in that I love finding ways to throw trouble at my characters, and I love imagining what the reader is thinking and feeling and expecting to happen, then trying to take the story in a different direction. The sixth book, Web Of Deceit, is in the editing process at the moment, and then I’ll be working on the seventh and eighth books too. You’re visiting the Port Macquarie Library in August, and as part of your visit you’ll be holding a writing workshop. What are some of the skills/experiences you’re hoping to share with prospective new writers? I’ll be talking about the important elements of crime fiction, and how new writers can make sure not only that they have those elements, but also get them working well. Among other things, we’ll be looking at the job of the first page of a story or book, the importance of characters the reader can connect with, and how to build questions into the story. If someone was to ask you what motto you live and write by, what would you say? Never give up. Thanks Katherine. Thanks so much. I’m really looking forward to meeting the readers and writers of Port Macquarie! Committee Photo Caption L-R: Marj Page, Karen Brown, Karen Gurton, Judith Hansen, Chris Hart and Robin van Loggerenberg. Interviews by Jo Atkins.


There are a number of aquatic marathons over the months of August and September, but none as versatile as the The Rydges Port Macquarie 3 Rivers Mini Marathon. Chrissy Jones chats with Kim Chilton about this annual event, set to take place on August 12.

Rivers Marathon

August 12 to register and receive a craft number and their starting time and attend the briefing at 8am. There will be a series of staggered launches. The course branches right into the Maria River within the first 6 km, where competitors can enjoy the quiet pastoral beauty of the surrounding farmlands, before finalhis fun 25 km event, hosted by the ly joining the busier Hastings River for the final 4 km. Port Macquarie Rowing Club, is not The final leg takes competitors past the Hibbard ferry just for rowers, is it Kim? to the finishing line alongside Port Macquarie Rowing No, it’s for everyone who has a nonClub. Visit PMRC’s 3 Rivers webpage for links to the motorised water craft – kayaks, canoes, startling location, as well as a map of the course. outriggers, sculls, surf and dragon boats, and even What type of craft can enter? some of the more novel hybrids. In recent years, we’ve Any non-motorised floating craft may enter. In the even had stand-up paddle-boarders complete it. For past, participants’ craft have included sculls, recreationthose with a competitive bent, the course offers the al and competitive kayaks, canoes, dragon and surf perfect sprint marathon distance. boats, skiffs, outriggers and even fishing kayaks. It is For the recreational or family paddler, it offers the important that they are sufficiently seaworthy to keep opportunity to take in the scenery at leisure, in a safe and picturesque watercourse. For spectators, it’s an op- you afloat for the duration of the marathon! Are there any hazards along the way? What portunity to enjoy riverside entertainment, a BBQ and safety controls are in place? the mellow Jazz of the Blue Note Ensemble Yes, there are hazards along the way, Band, while cheering paddlers over the but they are well marked and exfinish line. plained in the pre-race briefing. The This is its 7th year of operation, There are seven fantastic final stretches of the Maria are and we’ve seen it go from 75 parraffle prizes to be peppered with sandbars, which ticipants to over 220. I’m really won of luxury at will be demarcated with lines of delighted to see so many familiar accommodationquarie ac buoys. Participants should always names on the entry lists. People M Rydges Port at ng ni di be on the lookout for water from all over NSW come back ne and fi r on traffic, especially once in the year after year to take part. It’s Rydges’ Zebu ba ie the Port Macquar Hastings, and they must observe getting the status of a community waterfront.” extreme caution with the ferry – tradition in Port. especially if tides and wind are blowing Thanks to the generosity of major them toward it. event sponsor Rydges Port Macquarie, If there have been recent heavy rains, there can there will be a pre-race waterfront cocktail party sometimes be a lot of debris in the river. We do prefor participants, and a raffle with seven fantastic prizes sweep the course to remove flotsam, but competitors of luxury accommodation at Rydges Port Macquarie and fine dining at Rydges' Zebu bar on the Port Macshould keep an eye out regardless. quarie waterfront. Safety boats, with first aid equipment, will patrol straWhat are the ‘Three Rivers’? tegic points along the watercourse, and a sweep boat These are the Wilson, Maria and Hastings Rivers. The will follow the final participants. mini marathon starts in the Wilson River, launching at What activities are there for spectators? the Log Wharf at Telegraph Point, below the highway Spectators are invited to bring collapsible chairs, bridge. Participants should arrive around 6.30am on relax on the lawns of the Port Macquarie Rowing Club,


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and listen to the repertoire of the Blue Note Ensemble Jazz Band as they cheer on the finishers. There will be BBQ lunches, drinks and confectionery for sale, as well as a beer tent. Participants are eligible for a free BBQ lunch as part of their entry fee. Where and when is the cocktail party? The pre-event Sun Downer Cocktail Party will be hosted by Rydges Port Macquarie at their waterfront facility on 11 August between 6 and 8pm. All participants, event sponsors and the media are invited. The cost is $10 per person, which includes a selection of canapés. Drinks are available at happy hour prices. This is an opportunity to meet paddlers across the spectrum of craft. Where can raffle tickets be obtained, and what’s to be won? There are seven fantastic raffle prizes to be won of luxury accommodation at Rydges Port Macquarie and fine dining at Rydges' Zebu bar on the Port Macquarie waterfront. Ticket cost is $2 per ticket or 3 tickets for $5. For further information, visit or contact Brian on 0419 424 805 or Geraldine on 0439 480 834. Alternatively, email Kim at Thanks Kim.

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what’s Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit


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. When Saturday 11 August, 2pm. Tickets $24.50 adult/concession and groups 6+,

$20.50 under 21/student, $80 family. More info call 6581 8888 or


27 Port Macquarie Music Eisteddfod Audience members will be able to watch incredible performances by local and surrounding area's competitors being judged by the best in the business. Adjudicators will include Darren Middleton from Powderfinger and Verity Hunt-Ballard. Where Port Macquarie Panthers Auditorium, Bay Street, Port


The Mcclymonts @ Port Panthers THE MCCLYMONTS TWO WORLDS COLLIDE AUSTRALIAN TOUR On the same week as their new album, Two Worlds Collide is released, The McClymonts announce their Australian tour dates for 2012. When Thursday 6 September 2012. Contact Reception by phone on 6580 2300 or by email at for further information.

more information

When 27 August to 2 September 2012.

Rydges Masquerade Charity Ball Complimentary sparkling wine on arrival, canapes, main and dessert. Entertainment by 'The Funky Doo Das'. Presented by Rydges in conjunction with Mid Coast Care. When Saturday 18 August at 6.45pm. Cost: $85 pp. More info and tickets Kate Wood-Foye on 6589 2911 or


3 x 4 hours sessions per day, starting at 8.30am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets are $6 per session for adults, $5 for students and pensioners and $3 for children under 12. A season pass is $35, which will get you into every session throughout the whole week. For tickets and enquiries, contact Music Director Angela Johnson on (02) 6586 4595 or

Call the Visitor Information Centre on 6581 8000, or log on to the Port Macquarie events website:

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Eddie Muliaumaseali'i (Masetto) with Kiandra Howarth (Zerlina) in rehearsals. Photo: Ray Mes.


For lovers of opera, or for those who’ve never been to an operatic performance before, Oz Opera presents Don Giovanni at the Glasshouse. But it’s the Don as you’ve never seen him before …

Samuel Dundas (Don Giovanni) and Kiandra Howarth (Zerlina). Photo: Albert Comper.

Eddie Muliaumaseali'i (Masetto) and Kiandra Howarth (Zerlina).



ICHAEL GOW only option and where there was a degree of – Opera Adaption and glamour and larger than life feel, and in the Director end we moved it to Spain − because itÕs an How did you become Italian opera, really. We set it in the Õ50s, so involved with Oz Opera’s the women all wear fantastic dresses, and then production of Don Giovanni? men wear great suits and jackets. I was asked by the director of Opera Australia We havenÕt left that much out. One of the if I would be interested in doing a production things I did do was restructure the opera so for Oz Opera. There was interest in doing Don that it all happens in one place in this little Giovanni É but making the actual production town square, instead of all the different scenes, on stage Þt that feel of being a smaller so you donÕt have to constantly change. version of the opera. Don Giovanni In this town square all these people was adapted and cut down. come looking for Don Giovanni, Then we looked at all the trying to either get him back, u English versions of the yo get rid of him, or punish ll te I can’t ul rf de opera, and I was asked to him in some way. TheyÕre on w what a d ul co I write, being a playwright, all larger than life and – is experience it d an the libretto Ð the English have this great ßair to is th happily sing st re e th version of the script as them, so it is colourful and r fo nothing else well. passionate. of my life!” Don Giovanni is a great Without giving too much s – Samuel Dunda piece of work by one of away about the story, the music world’s finest – does Don Giovanni still get Mozart. Why do you think that his just desserts in the end? something that was written so long He does É in a different way than ago still remains relevant to modern audithe standard way; but yes − he certainly comes ences? to a fairly unpleasant end. And itÕs a lesson to ThatÕs, I suppose, the mark of a great piece all men! of art or literature Ð you donÕt have to do that EDDIE MULIAUMASEALI’I much to it. ItÕs a great piece about men and – Masetto and the Commendatore women. The cast and I have been talking about You play two roles in Don Giovanni. Tell us this in rehearsals Ð itÕs an amazing show about about the characters you portray … how women cope with men, and how men Masetto is a young country guy whoÕs marare kind of these strange beings that are either ried to Zerlina, and heÕs basically an innocent incredibly kind of ßashy on the outside but pawn in the game. Don Giovanni tries to hit empty on the inside, or hard to get to know on Zerlina on her wedding day Ð Masetto has if theyÕve got more to them. So all of the men a role in the show where he more or less gets in the show are either absolute bast**ds, or done over by Don Giovanni. HeÕs not very uptight and committed to old fashioned virtues sophisticated, and his relationship with Zerlina of honour and being virtuous. The women are reßects this Ð sheÕs able to manipulate him kind of either going crazy with anger, or being quite easily. Masetto is traditionally sung by a dumped, or sick of being pursued É baritone. We decided to set the show in the period The other role I play Ð the Commendatore, is when for women getting married was still the the father of one of the other characters. HeÕs

a very strong-willed character. Traditionally in opera, the Commendatore has a different type of voice as well Ð heÕs usually a bass and needs a very strong voice. He is very commanding; itÕs quite difÞcult to sing the role of the Commendatore. How challenging has playing these two roles been for you as a performer? ItÕs challenging in the sense that both characters are very different. The Commendatore is an older man, and Masetto is younger, and itÕs challenging to do the contrast between the two characters É How do you find audiences generally respond to the rather unique productions Oz Opera stages – I hear Don Giovanni has recently been to Canberra and was very well received by audiences there … Don Giovanni is one of those operas that most people have heard of Ð like Madam Butterfly. People whoÕve come along and seen Don Giovanni before a million times have loved this production. There were also people in Canberra whoÕd never been to an opera before, and they also absolutely loved the show. IÕve been to places like Tennant Creek with other productions, and audiences there have never seen an opera, and weÕve been received really well there too. SAMUEL DUNDAS – Don Giovanni How much fun have you had playing the man that everyone loves to hate? To me, I would say heÕs the ultimate character. He can Þt any context, any era, in terms of time. He can be so many different things É itÕs a really interesting journey for me, because the Þrst time I did Don Giovanni [a full opera performance in the original Italian with the Victorian Opera] I was pretty young. There were so many different factors in putting him together, in trying to sing the role and survive in the role, that I could only play him in one way Ð in the way I was able to at that age.

But now a few years on, IÕm not worried about the music and not worried about surviving the experience, if you will. I canÕt tell you what a wonderful experience it is Ð I could happily sing this and nothing else for the rest of my life! Considering this opera has been rewritten and is set in the 1950s for this production, how well do you think that’s worked in terms of the action? I think it works perfectly. It doesnÕt matter what era you play it É the themes are just as relevant Ð even more relevant now, in an age of probably greater promiscuity and sexual freedom. I think it works in any context. The interesting thing about it É thereÕs a thousand ways you could play this. I think it would be amazing to do Don Giovanni in the theme of the book and movie American Psycho, for example. You can see productions on YouTube where the whole thing is set in the 1990s Ð itÕs universal. I donÕt think the setting changes the way the characters move or interact Ð fundamentally, itÕs the same. How have you felt about the tour and the production so far? The feedback has been really positive, and I think we all are impressed with Michael Gow and Robert KempÕs direction and design. It is perfect in terms of making a show work as a single set. The costumes, which are striking, are practical and relevant for the era Ð to me itÕs almost a play, instead of an opera or a drama. Thanks everyone. Interviews by Jo Atkins.

the plug! See Don Giovanni at the Glasshouse 17,18 & 20 August at 7.30pm. $59.90 adult, $54.90 concession, $41.90 under 21/student. call the Box OfÞce on 6581 8888 or visit

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Visit the Glasshouse this month, to witness Jackie Love’s amazing voice singing timeless classics such as We’ll Meet Again and As Time Goes By … a soul-stirring rendition of beautiful music.

Players Theatre. This is the world premiere of The Secret Reunion, which is written by local identity Adrian Davis. The Secret Reunion is a serious drama set in two time frames, 1975 (30 years after the end of WWII) and the early 1940s. Five women spies: Nancy Wake, Vera Atkins, Virginia Hall, Odette Churchill and Didi Nearne return to the Special Forces’ Club in London to commemorate 30 years since the end of the War – with the opening of a side room dedicated to the fallen women of France Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE). The SOE was a secret group inspired by Winston Churchill to set Europe ablaze and disrupt the Nazis operations in occupied France and other countries. Initially, the reunion goes well, and all are delighted to see their former spy boss, Colonel Buckmaster, arrive and have plenty of banter to give. But the atmosphere changes when a suspected double agent, Henri Dericourt, appears at the club. Each of the spies re-count profound memories of the War, prompted by the surreal character ‘Conscience’. Audiences will see flashbacks to Didi’s gripping interrogation, Odette’s excruciating torture, Virginia’s heart wrenching dilemma and Nancy Wake’s humorous take on women fighting battles that men can’t resolve! Entwined in these flashbacks is Buckmaster searching for the truth, looking for closure, trying to confirm once and for all if Henri is responsible for the deaths of the fallen agents. Henri is confident that Buckmaster has nothing on him; after all, he was tried unsuccessfully for treason in Britain and France. As the pressure mounts in the function room and uncertainty and guilt loom, the question is asked, “With over 40 million people killed in the War, would one more death make any real difference?”

focusing more on Australia from now on, so that’s why I’m glad to visit places I’ve been to before, like beautiful Port Macquarie, and get back to the people I know. The good Aussie audiences are fantastic, and there’s nothing like them; they have a great appreciation for music, and they’re not afraid to show how they feel and are very upfront about it. Some places people are more reserved – like in Japan. The J A C K I E Americans speak very well and politely, but the Aussies say what they mean, and they mean what they say! Tell us more about the new album you mentioned ... I’m working with a wonderful songwriter, originally from Ireland. Her name is Siobahn Cruise, and I’ve never come across another songwriter like her. With the Irish influence, she has that sort of poetic language behind her, and she’s a beautiful musician with her melodies. Her songs really have something to say, and she manages to capture the wonderful landscapes of images into one “ I do like Edith Piaf, becausee so he songs you will be singing sentence … and all of a sudden you get this the words ar d at the Glasshouse this month whole feeling about the song. It’s very special. an te na passio are beautiful old classics. What I recorded a song called Eternity, which was well known. I also love Countryy is it about this style of music so beautiful; it was on my third album. This Music – Pats you’re drawn to? new album is going to be more of her songs, e th l al ... Cline I have to say that I love songs with beautiful ‘cause I find people love them and really relate favourites. ” words and melodies, which I find is often to them. I remember doing a show at a casino missing in today’s music. Songs of certain times in Sydney; it was pretty noisy, and it was actually a have wonderful stories to tell and beautiful lyrics, and daytime show like the one coming up in Port Macquarie. I the melody enhances this. I like to sing with my heart and soul. started to sing this one song by Siobahn, and you could feel the When I do that with songs like this, you can really transform change in the whole room. Everything went quiet ... everybody to a completely different kind of state – and that’s When will the album be released? what it’s all about! Going to a show or a concert, you want to Definitely this year. forgot about the world for a little while and either relive beautiful I’m really looking forward to coming to Port Macquarie too. memories, or go off on a journey to somewhere really special. I’ve heard so much about the beautiful venue there. Are there any favourite songs in your repertoire? Thanks Jackie. We’re looking forward to seeing you I have such a wide taste in music. I do like Edith Piaf, because perform. the words are so passionate and well known. I also love Country Interview by Jo Atkins. Music – Patsy Cline ... all the favourites. I like to do songs that people love and can all share. Have you been visiting any exotic locales lately, or are you the plug! working mostly in Australia at the moment? Jackie Love will perform on 6 August at 11am as 6 I have worked a lot overseas in Europe and Asia lately, but part of the Glasshouse’s Morning Music Program. I’ve moved back home to Australia because I’ve been away Tickets cost $24.50. Call 6581 8888 or visit too much. I want to be closer to home – closer to family and for details. friends. I’m going into a recording studio to record a new album,

O p e r a A u s t r a l i a ’s O z O p e r a i s c o m i n g to the Glasshouse this August! Filled with the timeless themes of love, betrayal, passion and revenge, Don Giovanni is a fast-paced and funny opera packed with largerthan-life characters and music. If you have never been to opera before – or if you think it’s not your thing – Don Giovanni is an absolute ‘must-see’ this winter. Sung in English and performed by a chamber orchestra, this new production from Oz Opera is set in 1950s Italy, with swoon-worthy sets and costumes that are pure 1950s glam. 12 greater port macquarie focus.

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LOCAL Title. My Voyage Around Spray Local Author. Val Wake.


My Voyage Around Spray (with apologies to Captain Joshua Slocum) is not only about the author’s love of boats and sailing, it is a social commentary about the return of a native son and his rediscovery of Australia after an absence of nearly 40 years. Val uses Port Macquarie as microcosm of the Australian way of life which is changing, replacing the cultural cringe of the past with a new vibrant and cosmopolitan society that can live comfortably with the ideas of Europe and Asia and in the process produce a culture of its own.

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A love of the surf and many teenage hours spent bodyboarding have led Josh Tabone to develop a new talent – photography. Now Josh is set to unveil his new exhibition – AQUA – at the Sunset Gallery. ell us a bit about your upcoming exhibition? Every one of my images is themed around water, hence the title of the Exhibition – AQUA. I have been planning this for just a few weeks now. The opportunity popped up out of the blue, so I took it with both hands. It is something I have always wanted to do, but I never had the knowledge or understanding until now. Scott from Sunset Gallery & Framing is the biggest legend, and the prints he produces are of the highest quality! What kind of images will you have on exhibition?

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Most of the shots in the gallery have never been seen or published anywhere before. There are a lot of thick pits and gaping, hollow tubes! I wanted something fresh, but also something that will give people an insight into what I love to photograph. There are photos from all over Australia and from my travels in Hawaii earlier this year. I'm hoping to illustrate a perspective of the ocean that most people never get to see!

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the plug! WHAT: AQUA – a photographic exhibition of the ocean. WHERE: Sunset Gallery – 11 Murray Street, Port Macquarie. WHEN: Opening night, 5pm Saturday 28 July, then 'til 18 August. Free entry with nibblies and some wine provided on opening night.

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The Secret Reunion. Once again Port Macquarie proves to have a wealth of local talent, with Adrian Davis writing his first stage drama, The Secret Reunion, which will be performed by a talented cast at Players Theatre from August 24 to September 9. The play was inspired by Adrian’s own fascination for World War II and his admiration for the female members in the French section of the Special Operations Executive.


lease tell us a bit about your background ... Originally from the UK, I arrived in Australia early 2009 and settled in the Hastings, where I already had family. I have two children who have experienced seeing their dad in several musicals and rehearsals over the years. What made you decide to write a play ... was The Secret Reunion your first attempt at being a playwright? This is my Þrst piece of drama for the stage. Previously, IÕve written two ÔJuke BoxÕ musicals featuring music from a UK band, The Beautiful South, and co-written Hello Again, a Neil Diamond musical. Inspiration for the play came from a visit to Port Macquarie Library, where I came across two books about the wartime efforts of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The efforts and gallantry carried out by the women in the French Section of the SOE intrigue me; they were just amazing. Quite a few of the girls never made it back. I felt their story needed to be retold. I later learnt that one of the authors was a former resident of Port Macquarie, Nancy Wake. Where did the idea come from for the story/plot? As I was walking out of Port Macquarie Library early 2009, I glanced at two books, one by Leanne Jones on the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and another by Nancy Wake, the White Mouse. Unbeknownst to me at the time was that Nancy was AustraliaÕs most highly decorated wartime female veteran. I then later learnt that Nancy was a former resident of Port Macquarie. So the play had to be written! I had an interest in WWII and have toured the Normandy landings − a very humbling experience. I combined the real story of SOE with my interest in this genre. The structure is 16 greater port macquarie focus.

similar to The Cemetery Club, a play which has a group of loyal friends, all retired women. In a nutshell, what is The Secret Reunion actually about? I wanted to move away from ng It is thrilling seei a boy meets girl storylines. g in lift rs the acto Five retired women spies ript ords from the sc n w e th attend a reunion 30 years tio ta re rp and their inte ill be after WWII, each of whom in rehearsals. of characters. I wdiences, au e were highly decorated in looking at th The leading male their own right. During making sure theyained character, Colonel rt te have been en oaster of the festivities, an uninvited Buckmaster, is the rc lle ro a h throug guest arrives − a suspected steely spy boss, emotions.” double agent. who tackles his own This triggers all the women conscience and regrets, to open up and release their while protecting his girls. experiences − some were horrors. The I was lucky enough to cast stage then lights up and reveals a flashback to Jeff Pohlmann in this role − an actor of great the 1940s: the agents were interrogated by the presence and convincing in every detail. Gestapo or the SD. The play escalates into an But on a lighter note, Sue Morvan plays the explosion of guilt, conscience and redemption. flamboyant Nancy Wake; audiences will love The play is set in two time periods: World her tough but humorous take on the evening. War II and also the 1970s. How did you tie What do you think will most capture these two time periods together? the audience’s attention as the play is Odette Churchill received the George Cross performed? for her bravery and on telling her story from DeÞnitely the mood and the contrast from a the comfort of a 1975 function room, a bright and colourful era back to the grey and young Odette appears in the dark grey of an dark suspense of 1940s occupied France. A lot interrogation room. ItÕs cleverly done by their of research went into the medals, insignia, war own conscience and lighting to create the time footage, props and the special effects in atmosphere and to keep the narrative running. the play, to make it as atmospheric and gripping Much of the narrative is prompted by the to the audience as possible. girls who did not come home. Audiences will When The Secret Reunion is performed at be fixed to their seats, as they see the all too Players Theatre on opening night, it will frightening figure of a Gestapo officer appear. be the world premiere of the production. Who are some of the standout characters How exciting will this be for you, as the in the play, and who will actually be playwright, to see your characters finally playing the parts? coming to life on stage? All of the girls are stand out characters and Yes, very exciting, and I have my parents in particular the leading lady, Lyn Turner, a local coming over to share the experience of the actress and singer who plays Vera Aitkins. LynÕs opening night. It is thrilling seeing the actors original interpretation of Vera is so emotional, lifting the words from the script and their real tears have been shed by cast members interpretation of characters. I will be looking at

the audiences, making sure they have been entertained through a rollercoaster of emotions. What is your dream for The Secret Reunion? Are there plans for the world stage? Initially, I would like to see other community groups in Australia perform it. Talks are underway with another director, who would like to take it to one of the fringe festivals in the future. The piece should also be of interest to students studying modern history and drama. Now you’ve successfully written a major theatrical production, what’s next on the agenda? Are there any ideas on the backburner quietly simmering away? I would like to focus on getting The Secret Reunion published. I would then like to see one of my musicals produced in Australia Ð just need the time! Thanks Adrian. Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! The Secret Reunion runs from 24 August until 9 September 2012. Tickets to The Secret Reunion are now available from Players Theatre or the Glasshouse. or one hour before performances at Players Theatre Box OfÞce.

Glamour, masks and mystery Glamour, masks and mystery will once again set the scene for the fifth annual Rydges Masquerade Charity Ball on Saturday 18 August 2012. Guests will be treated to a winter wonderland on the waterfront all in the aid of local charity, Hope Shop, who assist disadvantaged families in our community. The evening starts at 6.45pm, with guests enjoying complimentary sparkling wine on arrival followed by canapés, main and dessert carefully crafted by Rydges Head Chef Ben Holloway. A huge bounty of prizes will be on offer for best dressed, auction and lucky door winners including jewellery from Le Dain Designs, a five night accommodation package on the Gold Coast, a De Longhi coffee machine from the Good Guys, a bike from Gordon St Cycles, hair and beauty products

from Glasshouse Hair and Beauty, and for the gents a number of signed State of Origin jerseys to name just a few! Fabulous dance band the Funky Doo Das have been nabbed from Newcastle to get the party started for the mysteriously masked guests. Proceeds on the night will go towards the Hope Shop Mid Coast Care, assisting those in the Hastings community who are less fortunate than most. Hope Shop Manager John Parer and Kate Hutten are delighted to be a part of the event. “An absolutely fabulous excuse to dress up and have a great night out! The event has become the key social event on our calendar, and we love that the night is not only about having a ball, but raising funds and restoring hope for disadvantaged families in our community.” Tickets are available at $85pp. Contact Kate Wood-Foye for bookings on 6589 2811 or

Sydney Symphony at the Glasshouse Experience the majestic sound of trumpets, trombones, French horns and tuba this August, when the Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble perform for one night only at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie on Friday 31 at 7.30pm. This is an opportunity to see the Sydney Symphony brass section as they emerge from behind the orchestra, in what promises to be an intimate performance which will showcase the sheer brilliance of this section. They will play works from high Renaissance to high Romanticism, as well as music of our own time.


Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm Featuring music by Gabrieli, Richard Strauss and the spectacular Pictures at an Exhibition, performed by the Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble. Michael Mulcahy conductor Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble

Enjoy the spine tingling Canzon Septimi by Gabrieli, a stunning waltz suite by Richard Strauss and the spectacular and mesmerizing arrangement by Elgar Howarth of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Don’t miss the artistry and technical brilliance of the Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble in Port Macquarie, for one night only. Book your tickets today through the Glasshouse Box Office, corner of Clarence and Hay Streets on (02) 6581 8888 or online at glasshouse. – tickets from $32, with student and concession prices are available.



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Rebecca Britt, Acting head of Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial, shares the details of a very special exhibition currently on display at the Glasshouse. Of Love and War will inspire both tears and smiles – an exhibition that should not be missed …

Of Love and War.


hat’s your official job title, and what’s involved with this role on a day to day basis? My job title is Acting Head of Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial. This means I look after the Memorial’s collection of objects, ranging from medals and uniforms through to aircraft and tanks. I manage a team of curators who research and catalogue this collection and answer questions from the public. I also undertake my own research into the collection, which includes working on exhibitions such as Of Love and War. Where did the idea come from to form the exhibition Of Love and War? The Memorial is committed to telling a variety of stories about our military history. There can be a tendency to focus on what happened on the battlefield, but war has had a much bigger impact on our society as a whole. We wanted to look at how war has affected people’s personal lives during and after the war, and exploring personal relationships was a great way of doing this. How many and what types of pieces are on show? The exhibition has around 300 individual items. These include beautiful photographs, artworks, souvenirs and gifts, heartbreaking letters and the stars of the show, four wonderful wedding dresses, including a Japanese kimono and a dress worn by six brides. The pieces in the exhibition are described as “primary source material”. How, and from where, were most of these items sourced? Some items, such as the artworks, have been purchased or commissioned by the Memorial as part of our Official War Art scheme. However, the majority of items on display have been donated to the Memorial, either by the couple featured, or by their family. The Memorial’s collection has been built on the generosity of the public, and I’m always touched that so many people are willing to share their lives and their memories with other Australians. What are the themes the exhibition aims to convey? The exhibition has a number of themes. It looks at how romantic ideals were used to entice men into uniform (the man in uniform gets the girl!) and also explores how war time situations

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could bring people together. We think of war being a very destructive thing, and it certainly causes a great deal of pain and suffering. Yet wars can also bring people together and heighten emotions, leading to long and happy marriages or perhaps just a fleeting romance to cheer things up in dark times. The exhibition also looks at the ways in which weddings were influenced by war time, from rationing and grooms in uniform, to the speed of some courtships and unusual venues such as army We wanted to camps. look at how war le’s From there we examine the has affected peopring du es liv heartbreak of saying goodbye al on pers , and and how couples coped with and after the war al on rs pe g in or expl loneliness, fear and in many a great She was plunged relationships was cases loss and grief when loved .” is th g in do of into a period of fear ay w ones did not return home. Letters, and waiting, but it was gifts and tokens of remembrance several years before she were a very important way of alleviating learnt his fate. anxiety and loneliness and continue to play Alan had been captured by the an important role today. Japanese and following an escape attempt, The exhibition concludes by looking at the had been executed. Violet’s dress was carefully aftermath of war. These conflicts have an packed away in its original box and kept under ongoing effect on the people who have served her bed until 2004, when it was discovered or lived through them, including widows and following her death. This dress is important to war brides, men with new outlooks of life and me, because even though Violet and Alan never hope for the future and those who battled the had the chance to start a family, their story will ongoing mental strain of war. Love and war is still be remembered for generations to come. a huge topic, but the wonderful stories in the On a more light-hearted note, I’m always exhibition and the extraordinary couples featured intrigued by the way people kept in touch, I hope go some way towards exploring the and we have some wonderful examples in complexities. the exhibition. They include letters written on Given Australia has been involved in a biscuits, or recorded on tape, funny gifts like number of military conflicts, which war time dolls and coconuts sent from exotic places and periods does the exhibition actually cover? beautiful jewellery which has been handcrafted The earliest piece in the exhibition is a painting with great devotion. from 1885 showing the departure of the NSW What is something you feel the public may Contingent to the Sudan War. We trace love in learn from this exhibition that could come war from there, right through to our recent and as a surprise/or be an unknown fact? current conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan. I think the most surprising thing may well be The items on display would no doubt all how profoundly war has affected Australians, have fascinating stories to tell – but what is not just those who served, but their sweethearts one (or perhaps two) particular item/s with and spouses and then their children. The impact stories that particularly fascinated you? of war is not confined to the battlefield; it is There are so many stories in this exhibition played out in homes across the country. that resonate with me. One of the saddest I think it is also surprising, but also surrounds the wedding dress of Violet Glover. encouraging, to discover that love has She married Alan in June 1941 and he left for blossomed amid some of the most brutal and service in Malaya soon afterwards. She wrote to distressing of circumstances. No matter how him each week, but after the fall of Singapore in bleak these conflicts may have become, or the February 1942, her letters began to be returned. heartbreak that some couples endured, the hope

Image Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: A wounded AIF soldier receives an affectionate welcome home at the ANZAC Buffet in The Domain in Sydney. ID Number H11574.

and joy of romance and love remained strong. How far and wide around the country is Of Further information: I wrote a companion book to the exhibition, Stories of Love and War, which can be purchased from the Memorial’s website or at the Glasshouse. It covers all the stories in the exhibition and more from the collection of the Memorial. Thanks Rebecca. Interview by Jo Atkins. Rebecca’s photo courtesy of Kerry Alchin, Australian War Memorial.

the plug! The Of Love and War exhibition runs from 30 June to 9 September. A diverse range of public programs has been developed to complement the Of Love and War exhibition ... Sharing Your Family Stories with Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society – Thursday 9 August, 10am. Bring in your Memorabilia – Saturday 25 August, 10am. Missing You – Love, Loss, War until 31 August @ Port Macquarie Historical Society & Museum. The Secret Reunion – 24 August - 9 September @ Players Theatre Port Macquarie. Love Stories in War Time presented by St Columba School, 20 August, 4pm. For more information, please see

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Slow braised beef and Guinness pie, mushy peas, mash and tomato chutney from Spinnakers Restaurant+Bar at Quality Resort Sails.

eat. Dining Guide is available for iPhone & Android App Store.

eat. Seared Canadian scallops, celeriac remoulade, crayfish and truffle oil.

Zebu bar + grill

Ricotta gnocchi with basil pesto & prawns.

Keep the fires burning this winter at Zebu Bar+Grill. Fires lit daily at 5pm – get cosy with a warming glass of your favourite drop, a few friends and some fantastic winter fare. Diary Date: Saturday 18 August, 6.45pm Masquerade Charity Ball –$85pp. Complimentary sparkling wine on arrival, canapes, main and dessert. Live entertainment by 'The Funky Doo-Das'. Tickets available by contacting (02) 6589 2811 or Breakfast - Coffee - Cocktails - 10 Tap Beers - Wood Fire Pizzas - Steaks - Seafood - Purveyors of Peak Coffee

Bluewater Bar and Restaurant There is always something happening at Bluewater.

Executive Chef Ben Holloway.

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

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.

Ocean Street, Flynns Beach Resort t 6583 5730 or 6583 9073 open 7 days: Monday, 3pm - late. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - late.

Eye fillet with King Prawns and finished with Hollandaise Sauce.

Salmon, cream cheese, rocket and capers on rye.

Waterfront Restaurant


At the Waterfront Restaurant, our aim is to make sure that when you leave

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. Treat Dad to a box of chocolates this Father's Day – mix and match with many unique flavours, and don't forget our exclusive macaroons! The Block has a selection of beverages, healthy breakfast and lunch plates, and a variety of sweet treats fresh daily. 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?

our restaurant, we have satisfied every facet of the dining experience. Family friendly and open for breakfast and dinner, 6 days a week. The Waterfront Restaurant can cater for any type of function, including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties and work functions. The restaurant is also fully licensed for the convenience of guests. For numbers of over 40, the staff are happy to close the restaurant so that guests can enjoy their function in privacy. Free room hire and for cocktail functions, a special on the food. Winter special of any two courses from our regular menu for $35 per person (some conditions apply).

Sunset Parade, Port Macquarie t 6583 1944 open for breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7am-11am; weekends 8 am - 11am. Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 6pm - late.

New Owners Rob and Karen.

The Crew at Bluewater.

Owner Greg Cacace.

New Coles Building, CBD Port Macquarie t 6584 4141 w open breakfast, lunch and coffee, 7.30am to 6pm. Plenty of parking available. greater port macquarie focus 21

eat. Masala dosa – dosa stuffed with seasoned potato, onions and vegetables, served with sambar and chutney.

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar

Sara’s Kitchen

Warm up this winter with Spinnakers Head Chef’s favourite dish, slow braised beef and Guinness pie, mushy peas, mash and tomato chutney (as pictured on the Eat Dining Guide Cover).

When we started Vegetarian Thali, our prime focus was promoting

Spoil yourself with Pastry Chef Tina’s chocolate cake (above) with pistachio cream, orange curd ice-cream and contreau mist!

vegetarian curries are pumpkin and cashew, paneer makhani, pumpkin

Enjoy Spinnakers new à la carte winter menu with family and friends.

The success of flavoursome food depends on the combination of spices,

healthy food in Port Macquarie. Our vegetarian curries are vegan friendly, and we use only sunflower oil for all of our cooking. Our popular and beans, and dhal and spinach. and freshness of ingredients. We process all our meats without fat and

Why not book now for Father's Day? SPECIAL EVENT – August 25 – Swing into Spring with Suave @ Spinnakers!

Head chef Scott Trotter

marinate them for many hours before cooking. We make dosa and masala dosa, and these are the most popular breakfast/meal/or snack

Chef Paula Stait.

in South India. BRING IN THIS ADVERT TO RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT DURING AUGUST. *Excludes 15th/29th Aug, Thali, lunch spec/Sth Ind Specials

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar at Quality Resort Sails 20 Park Street, Port Macquarie at the roundabout, opposite Settlement City t 6589 5200

Shop 2 Macquarie Waters, 11 Clarence St, Port Macquarie t 6583 8116 w

open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6.45am, 7 days a week.

open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am ‘til close. Sunday and Monday from 4pm ‘til close.

Yuu Sushi

YesYum Chinese Restaurant

Yuu Sushi has brought something different and fun into Port Macquarie’s eating out market. The train, of course, is a favourite with the kiddies, and the help yourself works for all – whether you want a lot or a little, the choice is yours. We are always adding to the train, and there is definitely something for everyone. Having a party? Why not come and ask about one of our catering platters. Ranging from $40 - $100, there is a platter for everyone and every occasion.

YesYum offers a new dining experience to Port Macquarie – NOW OPEN in the new Coles Supermarket on Hayward St. All dishes are made from quality, fresh ingredients with NO MSG additives. Traditional selection of Chinese meals for lunch and dinner. SPECIALISING in YUM CHA. YUM CHA is a distinct characteristic of Cantonese Culture featuring small Chinese dishes, 3 - 4 pieces in a steamer basket served with Chinese tea. We look forward to welcoming you! YesYum, your first choice when dining out in Port Macquarie. Seniors Card welcome. Fully licensed. Ample parking. 10% Discount when you bring in this advert.

145 Horton St, Port Macquarie t 6584 5155 open 6 days. Mon - Sat, lunch 11.30 - 2.30ish. Dinner 5.30 - 8.30ish.

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DaeHun Jung Head Chef.

(New Coles complex) 2-3 / 28 Hayward St, Port Macquarie t 6583 7171 open 6 days. Lunch: Tues to Fri, 11.30am - 2.30pm. Sat to Sun, 11am - 2.30pm. Dinner: 5pm - 9pm. Closed Mondays.

Head Yum Cha Chef James and Owner George.

eat. Muesli and fresh fruit salad with a freshly squeezed orange juice.

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. Special 2 cartons gold cans $78 Super Saturday special: $7 cans Jimmy, Bundy, scotch, vodka. Coming events: • Father's Day entertainment by Cherly Hall • Beechwood P.S boosh bash theme (once upon a time) • Beechwood Billy Cart Classic

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, pancakes with caramelised apple and flaked almonds, 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.

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 and Saturday dinner from 6pm.

King Prawn and avocado salad.

Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill

Café Buzz

Bring the workmates, family and/or friends down to Scampis Seafood Bar and Grill and warm up with one of our $15 lunch specials. Let your tastebuds be treated to something special.

Café BUZZ is the region’s first Coffee Company. BUZZ showcases the full range of freshly roasted BUZZ Coffee, BUZZ Tea and local produce. The BUZZ Panini is a wholesome lunch made fresh every day! Everybody’s favourite is the freshly sliced leg ham, tasty cheddar cheese, tomato, rocket and either pesto, relish or pickles ... all made fresh at BUZZ. The BUZZ Panini may also have salami, corned beef or be vegetarian! The number one freshly made soup at BUZZ is pumpkin, but we do make others as well; check and see each day. Perfect for winter is SOUP! BUZZ coffee has been making people smile since we opened the doors in the dark ages; you know it will be good every time! See you at your local BUZZ!

Live music every Sunday afternooon. Daily Board Specials. Dine in or takeaway. Indoor and outdoor dining overlooking Town Beach. Bookings requested for dinner time and during the holiday period.

40 William Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 7200 open Tuesday - Sunday during winter.

Owners Mark and Jackie Holt

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 open breakfast and lunch. greater port macquarie focus 23



SUNIL LANGLIN. Hea d Ch ef S ara’s Kitche n

Off the Hook 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 complete selection of Coca-Cola beverages to quench your thirst, including the popular Goulburn Valley milk and juice ranges.

The friendly staff.

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

“With creativity and innovation, do any job with passion,” says Sunil, the head chef and owner of Sara’s Kitchen.

Located along Port Macquarie’s Town Green. t 6584 1146

Bent on Food Bent on Food now has a beautiful sunny garden out the back, which is the perfect place for a lazy Sunday to enjoy our Big Brekky with local free-range eggs, Rudi’s smoked bacon and Ricardoes tomatoes. Bent on Food prides itself on supporting local producers. We also make beautiful cakes – who doesn’t enjoy a slice of baked cheesecake! Events: • Support CafeSmart on August 10. We’re giving $1 from every coffee poured to help the homeless. • Luke Carra – Songwriter/Guitar – Caravana Sun performs on August 10. $40 includes 2-course meal, BYO. • Raw Food cookery class with Julie Ann Booth on August 18 – book a group for a group discount. Take a look at our new website, or find us on Facebook:

95 Isabella Street, Wingham NSW t 6557 0727 w open breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week (phone to check hours on public holidays).

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ell us about your background. I am a tool maker by profession and was working at Multinail (Wauchope) as production Supervisor ‘til Nov 2008. The factory closed its doors, and many were out of jobs. My wife Sara and I started to like this place, people and the weather. We decided to stay, then the idea came up: ‘Sara’s Kitchen’. We both know cooking, and the idea materialised on 1 Jan 2009. It’s been three and half years, and we have survived. Once in 2009, someone tried to smash our dreams by smashing all our glass panels in the front of the shop, but we are still here!


What are some of the key flavours of Indian cuisine? Flavours in each dish are achieved by a proper combination of spices. That includes cardamom, clove, bay leaves, cinnamon, pepper, cumin seeds, aniseed, fenugreek leaves, curry leaves etc. We make our own curry powders and pastes, using these as and when necessary.

beef/chicken/prawn hyderabadi for HOT curry


open 7 days, from 11am - late. EFTPOS available, phone orders welcome.

I have made my own curry powder called ‘Madras’ curry powder, and it will be available for sale soon at the store.

Chefs Aaron and Paul.

Where do you source many of your ingredients? The source of the Indian groceries is Sydney. Fish, vegetables and fruits are from local markets, depending on availability. Why is August an important month for you, and what specials will you be offering? We will be celebrating India’s Independence day on Wednesday 15 August ... free balloons for children and gifts for every customer. There will be many specials to try

On Aug 29 we will be celebrating ‘ONAM’, the state festival of Kerala, South India. We offer a traditional ‘Onasadya’(Onam Feast) at the cost of $19.95. Onasadya is a 10 course vegetarian meal, served in banana leaf. (Bookings essential.) With takeaway and dine-in options, what are some of your most popular dishes? Butter chicken, lamb roganjosh, mango chicken, pumpkin and cashew are the most popular for people who love mild curries. Prawn masala, saag gosht, goan lamb, fish moilee, garlic beef for the medium hot, and lovers. Tell us about some of the exciting new additions to the Sara’s Kitchen menu. Lamb with beer and honey and madras beef are the new additions to the family. What do you offer for vegan and gluten free customers? All our curries are gluten free, and we always have some vegan friendly vegetable curry. Our popular vegetarian curries are pumpkin and cashew, paneer makhani, pumpkin and beans, and dhal and spinach. We also offer some gluten free breads. What will customers love about the food at Sara’s Kitchen? The success of tasty food depends on many things, like the combination of spices, and the freshness of ingredients like meat, veg, and fish. We process all our meat without fat and marinate them for many hours before cooking. Home made food and friendly atmosphere; that’s what we promise.


The Restaurant at Cassegrain The manager with a passion for food and flavour, Josh Hill, tells us why visitors and locals alike will love dining at this iconic restaurant.

ell us about the new taste and style of The Restaurant at Cassegrain. We call it inspirational cuisine, created from our culinary passion to excite and delight the tastebuds by sharing our talents. This is a new concept we have introduced and have started implementing in The Restaurant, basically offering restaurant lovers consistency in food presentation, traditional flavours with a twist, portion sizes, service and atmosphere. By doing this, our customers will benefit, by having consistency – regardless of which chef is in the kitchen or team member is on the floor. Although we are a separate business to the Winery and are creating our own unique identity,

we are also very mindful in keeping alive the Cassegrain family’s French-inspired flow within The Restaurant, to maintain an overall balance between the two businesses. Having said that, different countries’ and regional cultural flavours of the world are ever changing and entwining, bringing forth an amazing time for change and an explosion of mixed flavours to experience in the culinary industry. What is your experience in the hospitality industry? I have grown up in this industry; my parents owned and operated hotels, motels and restaurants. I decided to continue on this hospitality path, working in restaurants and 5 star hotels; so I have basically been in this industry all my life and learnt from the ground

up, with good solid training from my parents and beyond. Describe some of the exciting new additions to the Cassegrain menu. We always have new editions to our lunch menu – being ‘Inspirational Cuisine’, we are ever changing. So our main menu has our core food components. We endeavour to keep your tastebuds dancing, you will always find our daily tastebud teasers on our Purple menu board at the restaurant entrance. If you are only looking for morning or afternoon tea, we also have that covered, with our house baked sweet and savoury delights ... How can we forget the little people? I am referring to the children, as we make the best ‘Fairy Bread’, plus so much more, it’s like a birthday party every day. What are some of your favourite flavours to cook with, and why? For me, it is all about the ingredients. The most important thing is we work as a team to create unique flavours and styles from each other’s suggestions; we never say, “NO!”, until we have at least tried it. Sometimes the most

exciting taste sensations come from simplicity – back to basics with that twist. Why will locals and visitors alike love dining at The Restaurant at Cassegrain? ‘We are the Talk of the Town’. We love what we do. Our pleasure and enjoyment is looking after people – fulfilling and exceeding their expectations. Watching them relax, while drinking the best wine in the region, or a cold beer, sharing our delicious food, talking, laughing, feeling free to walk around, sit in front of the fire, go out on the balcony to look over the stunning winery grounds, and while the adults are doing this, The children have toys to keep them entertained, kiddies tables with reading books, colouring in books and pencils.. they are free to be their creative selves. How do you cater for functions of all sizes? From the most elegant wedding, to a small group celebrating a birthday, Leanne Hill will listen to your function dreams, ideas, and expectations. She has exceptional planning ability, knowledge, expertise, and a stress free approach working with her well trained function team. We welcome all enquiries.

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3 courses for $35 available Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm.

Perfect for all occasions. Organising a function? The Town Green Inn is the perfect venue for all occasions.

The Hastings Hotel. The Hastings Hotel in Wauchope has it make it a girls’ night, enjoy dinner, then all ... Live entertainment, TAB facilities, dance the night away. Choose from our every NRL game live, pool new à la carte menu: 3 courses comps, joker draws, raffles, for $35 available Friday and the only drive through Saturday nights from 6pm. Everyone’s bottle shop in Wauchope The restaurant is open for favourite, and mouthwatering lunch, Monday - Saturday s, m ia ill Brenton W food. from 12pm, with dinner aying live This August, do yourself a favour: bring the family, bring friends, and enjoy the atmosphere.

will be pl r on 1st Septembe” r. ba n ai m in the

Everyone’s favourite, Brenton Williams, will be playing live on the 1st September in the main bar, so why not

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Wednesday - Saturday from 6pm. Holding a birthday party? Ask the friendly staff about our function options. The family friendly Hastings Hotel ... expect the unexpected.

Located in the heart of Port Macquarie’s vibrant CBD, TGs is the perfect destination for your next function! Our team combines style, creativity, dedication and quality of service, to ensure that your function is everything you desire. The Rafters level one function room overlooks the town’s iconic Town Green and picturesque Hastings River; it’s perfect for any social or business function. ‘Rafters’ is an open planned room which is completely private from the main restaurant, with all catering fully serviced by the restaurant’s kitchen. The room features its own bar, amenities, and lift access, with an adjoining balcony which is famous for its stunning view of the river. For smaller occasions, why not celebrate in the

Hastings Room, with comfortable set dining or cocktail style for up to 30 guests. Choose to cater your function from TGs’ main menu, or set function menus for the ultimate dining experience. We know not everyone is the same and are proud to be able to deliver you a customised function package unique to your event. We can cater for any type of function or event, from small cocktail parties to corporate functions, wedding receptions and birthday parties and are committed to ensuring that every aspect of your event is co-ordinated with precision. Should you require any further information regarding our fabulous functions, please feel free to contact our functions team on (02) 6580 7899 during office hours or email

W I T H T O D D R I C H A R D S O N F R O M LV ’ S

Atlantic S al mon with b a b y b eetroot , c r i s p y pancetta , go at ch eese cream and horse radish INGREDIENTS Bunch baby beetroot 200 g beans ¼ cup roasted capsicum 1 sprig flat leaf parsley 10 ml white wine vinegar 110 ml olive oil ½ clove garlic 2 sprigs thyme


4 slices pancetta 4 ptns of Atlantic Salmon;180g ptn (recommended from Port Fresh Seafood)

50 g goat cheese 50 g cream 1 sprig thyme leaves ¼ clove garlic

Fresh horseradish Beetroot Finishing vinegar

Pinch of salt

(recommended from Near River Produce)

METHOD To make goat cheese cream, add cheese and cream together in small pot, warm slightly, then whisk in thyme, garlic and salt. Chill. 1. Remove stems from beetroot and wrap in foil with thyme and ½ of the garlic.

olive oil. Add micro-planed garlic and season with salt and pepper. 4. Fry pancetta until dry and crispy 5. Plate as photo and finish with grated horseradish TO COOK SALMON

2. Roast on 160°C for about 40 mins or until tender. Peel while hot; use gloves to prevent staining hands.

1. Salt skin and cook in pan over medium heat with olive oil until skin is crispy, then turn over for about 3-5 mins. Blanch beans and toss with capsicum, parsley and wine dressing.

3. Top beans, make dressing by combining vinegar, wine and 10 ml of

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Out to Lunch

with Susie Boswell

Russell Cooper. It’s Greater Port Macquarie’s biggest club and it belongs to NSW’s biggest club, Panthers Group. Russell Cooper started as a doorman in Sydney, gained his management degree, and became one of the industry’s most successful young GMs, appointed four years ago to Port Macquarie Panthers. Susie finds his drive and enthusiasm promise a bright future for our local establishment. ussell Cooper maybe won’t thank me for observing that he’s like his dad, popular vet and TV personality “Dr Harry” Cooper, who tenderly treats errant animals on Channel 7’s Better Homes & Gardens every Friday night. He doesn’t trade off the fame of a parent, but it’s that cheery mien evident in the father that strikes me on meeting his son, GM of Port Panthers. In his prime at 35, the younger Cooper is reputed to be a terrier when it comes to getting his teeth into the massive, ongoing, project of keeping our local Panthers not only viable but thriving. He greets me in his top floor office with the same enthusiasm I’ve noticed him display among patrons as he moves around the club floor in his day to day job. Lou Perri can’t host our lunch today; he’s welcoming his and wife Angela’s first- born, Emilia Rissia Perri, into the world. So I’ve brought along a tasting platter including some white anchovies, and Cooper looks pleased. I’m guessing anything that reminds him of his favourite pastime - sport fishing, land-based game fishing - is good. His hobbies also include aquaculture, rugby league, rugby union, basketball and gardening, pursuits telling of a man with healthy interests, in touch with the preoccupations of many Panthers members. Enterprises like our local authorities, big companies and hospitals employ many, and look after our physical needs. It’s organisations like service clubs, sporting groups and other small outfits caring for the disadvantaged, the environment, animals and so on that make up the town’s social fabric, enriching our lives, that make the place tick. Peopled by volunteers, they need funds to keep going. The single biggest contributor of those dollars is the biggest of our ten local registered clubs, Panthers, the second biggest club among the 15 comprising Panthers

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Group, based at Penrith. NSW clubs may exist only for social, sporting, or similar common purposes; they’re owned by members, whose fees buy a share in the club. But the law prohibits distributing profits or income among members so, unlike ordinary commercial “ Stand by, ie: entities, clubs’ trading profits Port Macquar t’s redevelopmenay must be channelled into coming our w facilities and services to too. “Nothing but benefit members, promote concrete” yet, lks donations committee the club’s purposes, or Cooper’s in ta apportions annually. “We . support charitable/community with Penrith ” see our role as a pretty causes. From its $20m annual important one,” Cooper says. turnover, Port Panthers supports “We say it can cost $1000 to all its operations, putting $2m in open the doors of the auditorium,” he revenue into local businesses (“Most of our reveals, with lighting, air-conditioning, staff to purchasing is local, wherever possible,” Cooper set up chairs, tables and facilities, then laundry confirms), pays 150 staff to the tune of $5.5m, and cleaning afterwards to account for. Among provides a wide variety of member services - and the quality leisure facilities it aims to provide contributes some $300,000, or well over $1,000 are all the standard ones you’d expect, free and for every weekday of the year, to community budget-priced entertainment, and ballroom groups. dancing, line dancing, seniors exercise classes, Ten years ago our local RSL, like many around child minding and more. Work has gone into the country, was struggling financially. It and the lifting facilities at Hibbard too. Some staff have Sports Club at Hibbard were “amalgamated” worked at the club for as long as 40 years and it into the Panthers group. Other constituent clubs apparently remains a happy place to work under include Mekong Panthers (at Cabramatta, of Cooper. Janette Hyde, head of Port’s Tourism course!), Newcastle Panthers, Cardiff Panthers, Association and on the Chamber of Commerce Bathurst Panthers. “A lot of clubs were carrying board, worked with Cooper for three years at a lot of debt and wouldn’t have been able the tail of a 33-year career with the club and to continue to exist,” Cooper relates. When now serves on its board. “Russell’s a visionary Panthers came along, the Settlement City manager with great leadership qualities,” premises was the RSL: the sub-branch gets she attests. “His empathy with management to have premises here for as long as they like and staff is just unsurpassed. And he’s got a and the Ode for the Fallen still plays daily at great appreciation of the diverse needs in the 11am. Among sponsored clubs that have a free community.” She’s not alone in her praise. meeting venue at Panthers are darts, bowls and Previously, as GM of Sydney Rowing Club, snooker clubs - and the pigeon club! Providing Cooper oversaw putting it on a sound financial a group meeting venue is a Panthers “in kind” footing and a highly awarded multi-million contribution, on top of the actual dollars its

dollar redevelopment - honoured recently by the club launching a skull in his name, a tribute usually reserved for Olympians. “What we did was pretty special,” Cooper allows. Stand by, Port Macquarie: redevelopment’s coming our way too. “Nothing concrete” yet, but Cooper’s in talks with Penrith “and we’re planning for it and hoping it will kick off early next year. Whenever it happens, it’ll refresh most of the operational areas of the club.” Going on the widely admired rowing components Cooper designed for the historic Sydney club, the RSL and League can expect to see a proud history of their own installed here. Why leave a successful club? “I grew up on acres near Dural; we had lots of animals, bush, open space, a peaceful environment. I love the outdoors, fishing and camping: Port’s a much more wholesome place to raise kids.” He and wife Jade own a house at Shelly Beach, with a veggie garden, chooks, pets: “we’re here for the long haul”. Their son, 7, and daughter, 4, are settled in school; Dr Harry’s bought a horse stud near Taree. On days off the family throws a line in around the water’s edge or hires a tinnie. “Jade got a nice flounder last weekend, but we probably have most fun pumping yabbies on the sand flats,” Cooper smiles, casting his gaze away from the club just for a moment, towards the estuary.


louperri. from The Stunned Mullet

IT’S DINNER TIME ONLINE. In previous columns, I have touched on the whole online reviewing thing ... and how those of us in the service industry kind of love it and hate it at the same time. ince such earlier musings, sites like made about where to stay and what to do on Trip Advisor and Urbanspoon have any holiday, they are extremely useful. Genergone into overdrive, with enorally, places with lots of reviews and most of mous increases in their usage, and them positive are worth considering. When you subsequently, the power they wield over dining do come across negative reviews, you need to establishments, accommodation – and even read them carefully, as they are always subjecentire holiday destinations and activities. tive and based on an individual’s experience at If you’ve ever posted on Trip Advisor, then a given time. Sometimes things just go wrong you would know how clever the whole thing is. and can’t be helped, and sometimes people are Once you start reviewing, you are given incenjust simply staying or eating at the wrong place tives to keep on reviewing. They encourage you – somewhere that just isn’t their scene. It’s very by sending you emails saying how easy to punish the venue itself, many people have read your when really the decision to be review and how many people there at all was wrong. We’ve found it useful. They reward all been there, and some of us you with ‘badges’ based on the will get up, say, “Thanks, but amount of reviews you post – we’ve changed our mind”, walk the online equivalent to a gold out and go somewhere else, star. way before the part where we All of this makes you feel are paying a bill and simmering all warm and fuzzy and that with resentment. somehow that you were born to Trip Advisor and its ilk are review every place you go to on also not just addictive to reviewa weekend, and that you owe ers themselves, but to those it to the dining and holidaying reading their reviews. This is Emilia Rissia Perri public to put in your 2 cents’ another place where danger worth – so entirely vital is that 2 cents to the lies, in that each and every decision to be made functioning of the world as we know it ... is worshipfully referred online. This is infinitely In this way, reviewing becomes quite addicworrisome, in terms of it actually completely tive, and there are people out there in cyberkilling the sort of holiday based spontaneity that space who have clocked up thousands of them used to be the mark of the relaxed state of mind and would probably review their big toe, if it that we try to achieve in our leisure time. was locatable by GPS. And not to mention the very real possibility of Saying all this though, I still believe that the actually missing the beauty, mystery or exoticism primary incentive for the relative newbies to hit of a place altogether, because we have our eyes Trip Advisor is passion. By this, I mean the sort peeled to our smart phone or laptop. of passion that invokes either love or hate – thus And yes, I’ve been there! those who only post when they’re raving about At the end of the day, the world is hurtling how fabulous something is, or on the other in this direction at a furious pace. As more and hand, those who are serving up a giant slab of more of us jump online to post with either glee hate pie. or fury, such sites will gain even more market General okay-ness does not usually inspire sway. passion, and therefore many reviews that you Just remember though, sometimes you just find are polarised to either extreme and paint a have to switch your device off, look around with picture of a limited customer base of those who innocent and un-jaded eyes, and decide for had either the best or the worst time. yourself! As far as I’m concerned, this online reviewPictured: Emilia Rissia Perri – 3.1 kg, 46 cm. ing revolution is both a blessing and a curse. Born Thursday, July 19 @ 1.40am. As a tool to assist with decisions that need to Angela and Emilia are both doing well. greater port macquarie focus 29


social scene.

with Kate Wood-Foye from Rydges Port Macquarie.

Max Webb, Mark Mckay, Mark Plunkett, Brett Gilbert & Steve Shields. Baby Emilia Rissia Perri.

Sarah Ward at her 30th birthday party.

Sarah Ward at her 30th birthday party

Don Moseley, Tom Davidson, Aaron Barr & Bec Barr.

Leon Anderson, Peter Gerathy and Bill Sullivan at Rydges Beer Degustation Dinner.


inter is supposed to be a time to slow down, rug up, take it easy and enjoy some chill time from the silliness of the rest of the calendar year … sorry – didn’t get that memo! Crazy times at the hotel, with awards dinners, beer nights, babies born, wedding proposals and birthdays to the max! Perhaps it is for the best, considering the decidedly depressing weather we have been experiencing – rain, rain, and just a tad more rain! Keep the cocktail dress on ice for a few more months people, and get cosy with your overcoat and gumboots! Thirtieth birthday parties are all the rage at the moment, with my beautiful sister, Sarah, celebrating hers with 60 family and friends in the private function room at Tacking Point Tavern. The theme was black, hot pink and everything glam, with guests bravely getting into the party spirit in cocktail dresses and some super gorgeous heels. Guests, including Leah Stevens, Nicole Small, Pat and Vicki Taylor, Brooke and Patrick Wood, Glen Duggan and Roxanne Maher, Craig and Belinda Lawrence, Trish and Eddie Wood, Mick and Narelle Young, Wayne Ward, Nicole Landy, Brooke Ward and Tony Summerfield and Craig and Tina Barnett enjoyed canapés followed by a tower of divine choc hazelnut fudge cupcakes with decadent hot pink icing and silver edible glitter, made by Lauren at SilverSpoon. Hubby Lucas arranged an amazing birthday present with a 10 day trip to Bali – filled with

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cocktails, sun baking and some serious shopping. Current Facebook updates are making me ill with envy, with the only antidote to this torture being the promise of booty from Bali – as I keep saying to my gallivanting fam and friends – size 8.5, please! Congrats to Lou and Angela Perri of the Stunned Mullet with the arrival of their first born baby girl – Emelia Perri. A gorgeous name for the precious new arrival, who is sure to be a huge hit with all – following no doubt in Mum and Dad’s footsteps, making her mark on the world of fabulous food! Happy times ahead for the Perri clan! Happy Birthday to Courtney Walder of SC Media/Star FM, who celebrated her birthday at Zebu recently with a cocktails for 20 friends, including Johnny Mahony, Hayley Morris, James Benson, Linda Joyce, Amanda Roberts, and Stacey Ward. Happy birthday, Courtney! The male folk of Port Macquarie (and a few brave and fabulous lady types!) got down and dirty on Wednesday evening with a beer-a-thon of the James Squires kind. This sellout event brought 150 beer lovers together to celebrate all that is good about ale and food, with a six course degustation created by Executive Chef Ben Holloway and his amazing team of chefs. Headed up by Brew Master Tim Knight, the event was a hit, with fabulous goody bags for all and a full belly filled with some delectable beer and food combinations. Guests included Jamie Tait and the crew from OIB, Adam Roberts, Bruce Thompson, and Sue

and Mike Cannon. Congrats to Brent Tozer and community, who donate to the event each year. Justin Cave who orchestrated the event, with Congrats to the hard working team, who do so another pencilled in for next year! Get in quick – much for our Hastings region. tickets will sell out! From one fabulous ball to another, with the The winter fires were burning at Zebu Bar+Grill annual Masquerade Charity Ball to be held at in mid July, with the launch of the new winter Rydges in honour of Hope Shop on Saturday cocktail list and a sample of chef’s new 18 August. Tickets will sell fast to this menu for the cooler months. event, as the waterfront venue Guests, including Michelle is transformed into a winter Stumpp, Trish Relf, Donna wonderland with live t This sellout even Gillies, Garth Smith, Freddy entertainment from fabulous er brought 150 be brate le ce Pittman, Trudy Basile, Newcastle exports, the to er th ge lovers to out ale Belinda and Jody Perkins Funky Doo Das. all that is good absix course and food, with a ted all enjoyed a sneak peek The glam stakes will be degustation creaef Ben of the new offerings, super high, with a huge Ch e iv by Execut s amazing including my personal treasure chest of prizes for Holloway and hi team of chefs. ” favourite, the Brazillian best dressed/masked couple, inspired Cha Cha Cha based best masked/dressed table, on lychee and passion fruit. best female mask, best male mask The guys seemed to lean towards and of course, loads of auction and the Vanilla Sky concoction – a tall vodka lucky door prizes. Tickets are $85pp and are based yummy that had plenty of guests heading available from the hotel. Heels – check, dress – back to the bar for a repeat performance! check – but what mask to wear? See you all on Betty Allman and her dedicated voluntary team the 18th! wove their magic on the annual Cancer Ball held Seriously looking forward to making it to at Panthers in late July, with 250 guests enjoying Sunday ... my well known favourite day of the a night out to raise funds for the Hastings Cancer week. I can barely make sight of it amongst the Trust. mountain of paperwork and ‘To dos’ on my desk. Guests enjoyed canapés followed by main Daydreaming of Sunday combined with brunch and dessert, with live entertainment by the in Comboyne, the sun shining and a lazy paper David Hardy Band, featuring Anita Spring. An and latte … pure bliss! Really must make it to impressive $55,000 was raised over the year for Sunday! the fund, which would not be possible without ‘til next time, the tremendous generosity of the local business Kate.

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hank you Port Macquarie … have just heard the rumours and are keen sometimes you make life so easy! to make sure they don’t miss out! Seasoned Sydney Dance Company arrived travellers to the Glasshouse, Oz Opera are mid July to a perfect sunny Port now on their third visit. Arriving mid-August, Macquarie winter day. Seven weeks into they will be presenting Don Giovanni on an 11 week tour, their day off was spent Friday 17, Thursday 18 and Monday 20; they enjoying everything we take for granted … have made sure they have the Sunday off to lovely coffee and lazy breakfasts, gorgeous explore and enjoy our beautiful region. coastal pathways, a spot of dolphin watching, With our world-class theatre, outstandan afternoon kayak and as the sun set, the ing staff, warm, responsive audiences, and warming comfort of open fires and cocktails a community that has so much on offer, the at Zebu. Glasshouse Port Macquarie is establishing Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it! itself as a ‘must-go-to’ venue for tours To be fair, they do spend eight up and down the East Coast. So hours a day, six days a week to everyone who has bought training, so they deserve a ticket and supported these t “ Word is nowinou a lovely day off every shows, tourism operators, g rm in the perfo – the now and then. Then restaurants, cafés, bars ry st du in ts ar it was back to work and friendly faces on the touring artists h coming througe are though, as they hit the street … a massive thank the Glasshous ism Glasshouse theatre for you! ur To al ci unoffi r our eight hours of training, And should you see a Ambassadors fo ” n. w to a ‘sneak peak’ of their performer around town, technique dance class and remember in theatre it is bad onstage technical rehearsals to luck to say “good luck” ... just go over 100 dance students, teachers with a “break a leg” or the uniquely and parents, before executing an amazing Australian “chookas”. It’s a long story, but performance to a sell-out crowd. After such just imagine a time when theatre managers a great couple of days, it was very easy for paid their staff with a hot meal. A bad night me to convince them to come back again! A and a bad crowd meant bread and soup, great result, but not at all surprising. but a good show and a good crowd meant Word is now out in the performing arts chicken for dinner (good times!), and so the industry – the touring artists coming through expression ‘chookas’ was born … wishing you the Glasshouse are unofficial Tourism Ambasa great show and much chicken. sadors for our town. Many of the touring managers I deal with say their cast and crew the plug! now insist that tours include a day off in Port To book tickets to see any of the Macquarie around their Glasshouse dates, so shows at the Glasshouse, phone the they can enjoy everything we have on offer. Box Office on 6581 8888 or visit Some have been here before and already for details. have their ‘day off’ timetable planned; others



Bee Gees Those soaring harmonies and songs with an amazing ‘feel good factor’ … the Bee Gees never fail to bring a smile to the face. If you’d like to experience all of the magic of this phenomenal band in action, don’t miss the Australian Bee Gees – the ultimate tribute to a wonderful era in music history, appearing at the Glasshouse this month. Michael Clift, who captures Barry Gibb’s vocals and style to a T, tells us more about the group who are bringing back thousands of wonderful memories ...


here were you born? I was born in Queanbeyan and spent the first 26 years of my life there. I moved to Melbourne in 1990, and I was there up until last year, when we started our Vegas residency. How did all the band members meet and come together? We had an original band project, and we were like other original bands – self funded and independent. We didn’t have much money for recording sessions and videos, or promotion, because you don’t generally make much money as an independent band in Australia ... So we thought we would put together a tribute band. We thought, “Everyone’s doing Abba, the Beatles, and Elvis – how about the Bee Gees?” We booked a little line up that we had, picking who'd do which role … and that’s how it all started – quite by accident! So it wasn’t a situation where we advertised for Bee Gees to audition; we were actually already together as a group. It was a fluke that we could slip into the certain roles, because it’s very specific ... we’re playing characters. And now it's been 16 years, 2,000 performances and 40 countries! That's pretty amazing! It is, yeah. I’m doing some editing of home movies of footage we shot on the tours and going back to ‘96/97, and it really hits home to you when you see that old footage. It feels like such a long time ago since we began. It has been a real evolution and taken up a huge chunk of our lives. How challenging is it to adopt the personas and sing the way the Gibb brothers did? Very challenging, because apart from being

very talented singers, writers and performtive, the Rolling Stones didn’t have one US ers, they had a distinct style – and since they number one hit in their whole career. To have 20 were brothers, they were singing together and is incredible! It gives us a lot of material to work performing as kids, even before they were the with and such a catalogue of massive songs. Bee Gees in Manchester. Before they even were It also depends: a lot of people love the '60s a professional act, they harmonised with close stuff; some love the disco stuff but are not quite harmonies, and that’s something very intrinsic. as familiar with the '60s. A lot of Americans, We really had to learn that – we had to work the true fans, know all of the catalogue; a lot on the music to sound like them and to work on of the accidental fans probably know the '70s, the characters, 'cause we wanted to delve a bit more because the Bee Gees were so huge in more into the characters, rather than just putting America in the '70s ... when they came to the on wigs and outfits ... we wanted to get to who US and were based there from the '70s onwards, they were as performers and people and try to they had huge hits like the Saturday Night Fever recreate what they had, the magic they had. I soundtrack. The '70s are more of a focus for think that’s why we’ve managed to people, until they see the show and reastick together and made it to Las lise how many great songs they had Vegas. There aren't many tribin the '60s and beyond too – we ute bands in the main hotel pretty much cover everything in e It’s one of thos (The Excalibur); we are the the show. things where only one. There are a few Do you personally have a we if we didn’t try it, playing in hotels off the favourite? ed would have kick strip, but we’re the only Personally for me, I always g bi a ourselves. It was t gh one on the strip. loved To Love Somebody, thou risk, but one we You’ve been given a and Staying Alive is a fan.” was worth taking long residency there? tastic song. I really love the It’s a four year residency. melody and how the song is put The first year was pretty much together in Staying Alive, and it’s a like you’ve got three months and if great song to sing. There’s something it’s not working, you’re out of there! It was about Staying Alive in the way it comes together; a big thing for us, because we relocated and left it’s such a hard song to get the rhythm right, as our family in Australia – it was a big risk to bring there's such an amazing groove to it and the them all over. way it pushes along. It’s one of those things where if we didn’t try People always think about the harmonies and it, we would have kicked ourselves. It was a big the vocal sounds in Staying Alive, but it’s the risk, but one we thought was worth taking. rhythm, the way it drives, that's really hard to The songs you sing – are there ones in parreproduce. It took years to get that song right! ticular that seem to be crowd favourites? Kudos to you for reaching the high register There are quite a few. The Bee Gees had so in that song! many hits; they had 20 number one US hits, Well, the Bee Gees sort of discovered falsetto which is phenomenal ... and to put it in perspecin the early '70s in a recording session. The song

was actually Nights on Broadway and the producer, so the legend goes, sent Barry back into the vocal booth to do some scats and described the way the black Motown singers would use a falsetto. It was just to see if he could do it, as he had never tried it before; so it’s the first time he ever attempted falsetto – and he realised he could. If you listen to that track, it’s pretty good for someone who hadn’t done it before! It’s a very difficult thing to discipline, but if you’re going to do the Bee Gees or Barry Gibbs, you have to nail it. Anything else you'd like to share about the show? It’s an audiovisual show. We have a big projector and screens, which really aid in setting the mood and tell the story of the Bee Gees. I think that what we basically do is not just play the music and stand there on stage; we do the stage in character as if the Bee Gees were on stage in 2012, as if they were still touring – we try to present the show in a way that’s not a retrospective type of show, but it is a very nostalgic show. The main feedback we get from the people who see the show in Vegas is the nostalgia of bringing people back to that period in their lives. It’s important to keep the Bee Gees legacy going by doing the show with respect and doing the best job we can. Thanks Michael. Interview by Jo Atkins. See the Australian Bee Gees at the Glasshouse on 24 August at 8pm. Tickets cost $50. Visit or call 6581 8888 for details. greater port macquarie focus 33

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ou are never quite prepared for this to happen, and my sisters and I realise now what a pleasure it was to have her in our lives for such a long time. Thank you to the many people who found out about mum and sent me lovely cards, flowers and well wishes … so very much appreciated. My first topic of conversation today is about what I have learnt about organising a funeral and the mistakes I made, which I hope you find informative and useful for the future. Funerals: you have to dig deep! My mother had a pre paid funeral plan which she took out over 8 or 9 years ago after she moved to Port. Unfortunately, she had stipulated a certain Funeral Parlour in Port, and when I made the funeral arrangements, I went with another Parlour – as I was friends with the owner. I rang the Friendly Society to check what monies were available, so I didn’t go over the amount stipulated after adding accumulated interest over the years.

bugger-all in the proceedings. (Though legally

After the funeral, monies were paid out to the various people involved (paper, flowers etc.) but to my amazement, I was over $700 short. To cut a long story short, the Funeral Parlour whose name was on the Society’s papers insisted on a percentage of the money before the rest would be released to the people who did the funeral.

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Upset enough, I rang this Funeral Parlour and explained I did not know about this, and I certainly couldn’t afford to fork out an extra $700 plus. He explained that because his name was on the ‘contract’, he really was entitled to ALL the monies, but would except the money mentioned above. He said he was once bitten, twice shy! This is why I am writing about this subject, as personally I would not be putting any funeral place down and actually leaving it to the family to sort out when the time arose. Other reasons to think about this is if you move interstate or overseas. I understood the reason this all happened, but as far as PR goes, it upset me ... but most of all that someone can dictate how and when somebody else’s money is released when they did absolutely

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correct). Not a nice subject to talk about, but a costly exercise if you don’t know the rules! Sorry Mum! Footnote I know the Carbon Tax is a worry, but what about GST … $600 on my mother’s funeral, and just look at your electricity bill … did someone say many moons ago there will never be GST? Snippets 1. On a more pleasant subject … I am in love with South West Rocks. Spent a weekend there and fell in love with the place. The people are so friendly, the place is still an old fashioned seaside resort with beautiful beaches, the Gaol and many other tourist spots to visit, not to mention the best seafood at The Trial Bay Kiosk. The Sea Breeze Pub had great accommodation for us all, and their food was yum-oh as well. Starting to sound like John Laws ... heaven forbid. Hope they keep it 2. Haven’t finished my story on Poker Machines yet, but I did see on The 7.30 Report that Woolies own more poker machines than any other company in Australia. I find that quite disturbing ... poker machines, petrol, food etc. etc. etc.! like to know about ‘Baked Fruit Filled Bars’… made by Leda Nutrition that are low fat, no added sugar, gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, no trans fats, vegan and no added preservatives. Sounds awful, don’t they? But I tried them, and they are pretty good. Five bars in a packet (apple, strawberry and triple berry flavours) and sell for about $4 a packet. Available at IGA Gordon Street and other major supermarkets. (Made in Australia.) MARRIAGE IS LIKE A DECK OF CARDS: ALL YOU NEED IS TWO HEARTS AND A DIAMOND, AND MAYBE AFTER A WHILE ALL YOU NEED IS A CLUB AND A SPADE! Keep smiling!

In n a first for the Greater Port Macquari Macquarie riee area, rea, aspiring young drummers will be able to hone their skills at a specialist drum camp. Drum Attack – Weekend Drumming Boot Camp organiser Mandy Campbell, local drum teacher Mark Spence and well known drummer Grant Collins share their enthusiasm of this unique new event, which will take place from 14 - 16 September ...


i Mandy. What prompted you to organise a weekend camp for drummers at Bonny Hills? My son, Jackson, has been playing drums for four years now, and I had been searching everywhere for a music camp speciÞcally for drummers − but there was just nothing out there. So I thought, ÒWhy not bring ÔMohammad to the MountainÕ!Ó I really enjoy organising events and after contacting Grant Collins and Mark Spence and getting their thumbs up, Drum Attack Ð Weekend Drumming Boot Camp was born. Everyone involved has been so enthusiastic and supportive and the drumming community are very excited, as this drum camp is the Þrst of its kind in our area. We understand the whole weekend is being run as a not-for-profit event? Yes, thatÕs correct. Some families are doing it tough at the moment, so I wanted to keep the price as low as possible. To do this, my partner Chris and I, with the help of some other parents, are undertaking some fundraising projects. WeÕve had tremendous support from Uniting Venues and local businesses in the Camden Haven with the donation of rafße prizes, plus help from Port Panthers and Coastal Music in Port Macquarie. Plus, the support from the community in buying rafße tickets and sausage sandwiches (or just coming over to say hello with a smile) at our Community BBQs at Woolworths in Lake Cathie has been overwhelming; we have met some wonderful people. What dates will Drum Attack be running, and what activities are planned? The weekend commences on Friday 14 September with a welcome BBQ dinner and will

be ofÞcially opened by Cameron Marshall from ABC Mid North Coast, concluding at 2.30pm on Sunday 16 September. The action packed programme includes: workshops and tuition, handouts, informative talks, drumset demonstrations, entertainment, quizzes, competitions, prizes and giveaways, plus some time for chilling out. What age group will the camp cater for, and what is the cost for participants? This Drumming Boot Camp is aimed at students aged 12 -19. The cost of the weekend is $229. This price includes everything − all of the activities mentioned, plus two nightsÕ accommodation, meals, snacks and drinks. Comments from the two drum teachers, Mark Spence and Grant Collins. What is your background as a musician? Mark: I began playing drums and percussion in Year 6, and accelerated rapidly on the various instruments, but speciÞcally the snare drum. I initially focused mainly on orchestral and marching percussion, until my senior year in high school, when I began to focus almost exclusively on Jazz percussion. It led me to study at Georgia State University, where I had a chance to work with some amazing teachers, both on campus and off. I went gigging as much as possible in the Atlanta area in wildly diverse and haphazard ensembles. Anything and everything: I did it. ItÕs only recently that I turned my attention once again to classical percussion, and how valuable it is to ground a student not just in drums, but for a lifelong study and appreciation of music in general. Grant: IÕve been performing for over 25 years as a professional musician and have been fortunate enough to play a wide range of styles of music. Over the past 15 years, I have

focused on my compositions and performances as a solo drumset performer. This has given me the opportunity to tour around the world playing my music to concert audiences throughout Europe, Asia, the USA and my native Australia. IÕve also had the opportunity to conduct workshops, private lessons and seminars on music and drumming around the world. I am currently in the Þnal stages of completing my PhD in music. What skills/experiences are you hoping to share with the students attending the camp? Grant: The camp will encompass a range of drumming activities and experiences. I have devised my programs to aid the students in the development of the building blocks of technique with the hands and the feet, as well as discovering different styles of music, and even a fun session on stick tricks. They will also walk away with better handeye coordination, a stronger sense of time and feel, and a solid foundation for what is required to develop a systematic practice routine. Most of all, it will be a fun and educational experience! Mark: IÕm hoping kids will walk away with a lot of things, including some improved playing chops, but beyond that I hope they get a sense of how vast and limitless the world of drums and percussion really is, and how there is so much room for growth and individuality. Many of them will leave with their heads spinning IÕm sure, but if they get a sense of how achievable it all is, as long as theyÕre willing to work, then I will consider that a great success. Many of us want to be artists, but beyond the desire and dreams, it often comes down to who puts in the hours in the practice room. If they can see what the path entails as a positive

rather than a negative, then I think that is a great step towards changing attitudes for the better. If it was easy, everyone would do it. I guess as an aside, I hope they Þnd strength and support in numbers and that they get a sense of belonging to a real drumming community. I often tell my students that they are going to be teaching each other far more than I can hope to. The way kids can interact and communicate to each other is inspiring, and in a supportive environment they should all walk away from the camp feeling empowered by their brothers and sisters in drums. Mandy, do you have any plans for more camps/workshops in the future? Yes deÞnitely! We have been so overwhelmed by the interest in the Weekend Drumming Boot Camp, that we plan to make this an annual event! We have even received a couple of enrolments for 2013 already! We have also had many enquiries from primary aged drummers and have scheduled a one hour clinic/workshop with Grant called Junior Drumheads in Laurieton on the afternoon of Sunday (16th) September to cater for them. Adult drummers will not miss out either, with GrantÕs ÔOne Day Drummers Boot CampÕ planned for later in the year, which involves a full 7-hour day of intensive drumming. What are the contact details for anyone interested in attending the Weekend Boot Camp or the other events? For details, you can contact Mandy on 0431 234 201. (At the time of going to print, there are just three places remaining for the Weekend Boot Camp). Thanks everyone. Interviews by Jo Atkins. GrantÕs photo credit (upper left): Kate Nutt. greater port macquarie focus 35

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of watermelon, citrus and indigo. These are

of fashion and often comes from within.

available for you to try on at the COLONIAL

The little ballet flat, with all its variations, is still a matter of priority – now not only available in the traditional black, but also in a variety of different finishes and colours. We naturally have our own individual style that we like to work with, but at times we want to

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COBBLER. Whatever your choices for this year’s summer wardrobe, enjoy the journey of adding a bit of colour and design to your spring shoe collection. Beauty captures people’s attention; personality captures people’s hearts.

Just a short drive from Port Macquarie multiple tenancy relocations, tenancy and minutes from the heart of upgrades, and the installation of disabled Laurieton, you will find the relaxed access ramps and non slip pavement. and convenient Lakewood The owners are inviting Shopping Centre. The expressions of interest Centre is home to a full line from parties seeking to Now Woolworths Supermarket, join this family friendly w under ne Woolworths Liquor, Centre in the way p, ownershi Khodary’s Pharmacy, $2 of retail, medical or s ha re nt the ce Plus Shop, Streamline food offerings. The e on rg de un Hair Design, Elixer of Centre has fantastic substantial Beauty, Lakewood Quality parking and a provides a improvements ...” Meats, Blend Espresso and wonderful neighbourhood Bling it Altogether. following.

Now under new ownership, the Centre has recently undergone substantial improvements, which include

If you would like to find out more, please contact Andrew Bendel on 0418 567 662.

Gourmet Local Hampers: The perfect gift for any occasion.

Jessica looks forward to pampering you!

Glasshouse Flowers. Adore Beauty Therapy Something for the little one. There is nothing more precious than a new baby. Come in and see the exclusive and wonderful range of gifts, have a look at the gorgeous christening, special occasion and everyday wear for your little one, or pick up that exclusive gift for a child’s birthday. Whether it be the loss of a first tooth, their first hair cut, or first money box, Willow house and baby have a precious gift line for all these memories. With brands such as Petit Ami, Peter Rabbit, Emotion and Kids, Vitamins baby and sizes from premmie baby to 6 years, you will be surprised at what you will find. With new items arriving daily, treat yourself and take a look around. There’s so much on offer, so much variety, and definitely something for everyone’s taste. Open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm and Sundays 10.30am 3pm.

Jessica Tattersall welcomes you to Adore Beauty Therapy – an exciting new French provincial inspired salon. After working locally in the beauty therapy industry for the past 8 years, I am excited to welcome all new and existing clients to come and enjoy the indulgent one on one treatments available. OrganicSpa Skincare. Developed in the pristine shire of Byron Bay Australia using locally sourced ingredients, this skincare range provides medicinal levels of plant extracts, vitamins, oils and actives that ensure each product and treatment are results-driven. It is a luxurious certified organic and vegan range exclusively formulated for the professional salon. Luxury Through Nature. Bridal and wedding packages. Offering customised bridal packages for your special day from top to bottom. All services available, including spray tanning (Naked Tan), manicures and pedicures, waxing, tinting, facials, body treatments and professional makeup application using Napoleon Perdis.

At Glasshouse Flowers we like to offer something a little extra, something unexpected. Our specialised gourmet “Port Macquarie Hampers”, full of delicious local produce, are the perfect gift for food lovers or for ‘someone who has everything’. The Other Chef, Yarras Valley Olives, Bago Vineyards, World Par Tea, Baba Lila Chocolates and Lorne Valley Macadamias are some of our local providores. From delectable jams and marmalades to macadamia nuts and fragrant wines, all of our products have been chosen for their quality and taste. Whether you choose between one of our carefully designed combinations, or construct your own, we have a hamper to suit every occasion. Why not send someone you love a sample of what this beautiful region has to offer? We can organise to send our hampers anywhere locally, throughout Australia or overseas. We have exciting things in motion for our store over the next few months. Glasshouse Flowers is having a make-over! And some new, exciting features are on their way. Check out our website or ‘Like” us on Facebook to hear about the exciting changes as they happen! Ph: 6584 2242 or visit

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By Tanya Arnold from Dudes & Dolls

By Glenise McLaughlin from The Natural Health Sanctum

tips for

waxing. Tanya from Dudes and Dolls Hair has 10 tips on waxing to get you ready for summer.

Food Intolerance. nce. Did you know? Up to 45% of the population is estimated to suffer from some form of food intolerance at some stage in their life. That means almost one in two of us (including infants, children and adults) are being affected in some way by the food we are eating. WOW ... that’s a lot of people suffering. Sometimes people can identify the offending food easily, because they feel unwell

constant sinus conditions, joint pains, aching muscles and weakness, bloating, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pains, difficult concentration, headaches, migraines, sleeping difficulties, mood changes, including tantrums and crankiness, itchy skin rashes such as eczema – oh, the list could fill this entire publication!

when they eat that particular food; others find it very difficult. The reason for this is that it can take up to three days for a symptom to appear, plus some people have been living with the symptoms for so long, that they think that it is

“ Milk or bread eaten today could be the cause of the ree joint pains thd days later, an for they can last weeks. ”

‘normal’ for them. For example, the milk or bread eaten today could be the cause of the joint pains three days later, and they can last for weeks. Can you imagine how hard it would be for an infant or a young child to be able to communicate what is wrong with them, when even adults find it difficult? The symptoms of food intolerance can be many and varied, such as: fatigue, reflux,

The severity of the symptoms vary as well, even within the same person. Food intolerance can significantly affect your ability to live a normal life. You know it doesn’t have to be like this ... help is available. At The Natural Health Sanctum,

we use a quick, reliable and simple test for food intolerance that is suitable for infants, children and adults. We then design a comprehensive Food Intolerance Program specifically tailored to suit your individual health needs. Call us at The Natural Health Sanctum on (02) 6583 3544 to take all the guess work out of finding out which foods are your ‘trigger foods’.

1. Avoid lotions. Lotions on the skin prior to waxing can make waxing more difficult and can cause irritations. 2. Keep area clean. Keeping hands away from freshly waxed skin is recommended. Otherwise, you can irritate skin and cause pimples. 3. Regular waxing appointments. To help with the cycle of hair growth, try not to shave in between appointments. We want the hair to be at the right length for optimal smoothness. 4. Use a body scrub. While the skin on the face is generally exfoliated enough in terms of waxing, the body needs a little extra help. A body scrub will help rid dead cells around skin pores and hair follicles, providing an easier exit. 5. Don't apply skin toner. These tighten the pores and can make a firmer hold on the hair follicle. So hold off right before waxing. 6. Wear loose fitting clothes afterwards. Allowing the area to breathe by wearing loose clothes is a great way to insure the skin doesn’t develop irritations. 7. Avoid drinking excess caffeine or alcohol. While having a couple glasses of wine or beer before getting waxed sounds like a great idea, this can actually cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing. Give yourself a couple of hours after drinking


coffee or alcohol before getting waxed. Instead, drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and skin. 8. Home waxing is not easy. It's hard to do on yourself and will really hurt if you don't know what you're doing. 9. Relax. Some people hold their breath or tense their whole body while getting waxed. While it might be easier said than done, breathe deeply; a relaxed person will cope much better with the pain. 10. Avoid direct sunlight. After waxing, the skin will be sensitive. It is recommended to avoid direct sunlight, hot baths, and saunas for at least 48 hours. For more great advice, contact Tanya on 6582 1161 at Dudes and Dolls Hair, or visit Tanya in the new Dolls Beauty room. For more information, contact Dudes & Dolls Hair on 6582 1161 or visit the salon at Shop 7 Bourne St, Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie.

he latest buzz in the beauty Eyelash extensions are great for a special industry is Eyelash Extensions. With occasion, for the busy woman and sporty a variety of lengths to choose types, as well as allergy sufferers and those from, they instantly who just love to look their best at create longer, thicker and lusher all times. Forget about clumpy “... lash lashes, to really make the eyes mascara or unnatural looking false extensions are stand out in the chic way. eyelashes; eyelash extensions are weightless and comfortable to When applied skilfully and framing the future of the eyes. wear, and they last the life of a natural precisely, lash extensions are Local salons including Port Day eyelash. ” weightless and comfortable Spa, Luminesque and Echanted to wear, and they last the life of Beauté are now offering exquisite a natural eyelash (which is three to eyelash extensions, with fully certified four weeks) without causing damage to the lash specialists on hand to help you enhance original lash. your natural beauty.

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stomach pains bed wetting sleep disturbances baby’s reflux

Empower your life with awareness. Lower back pain (inflammation) that radiates into the right leg.

Thermal Imaging in Women’s Health

Food Intolerances. If your child or baby has any of the above, they could simply be suffering from an intolerance to one or more foods they 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 children sufferers can be significant, sometimes affecting their ability to live normal lives. Symptoms of food intolerance for children are many and varied and can include: Anxiety (acute/chronic) • ADD • Bed wetting • Often complaining of stomach pains • Bloating • Constipation • Diarrhoea • Muscle aches and pains • Headaches or migraines • Inflammatory bowel disease • Insomnia • Itchy skin problems • Mood swings • Sleep disturbances • Baby’s inconsolable crying • Baby’s reflux • Weight control problems – and many, many more. Up until now, food intolerances have been very difficult and time consuming to diagnose, especially in children, due to the vagueness of the symptoms, the time lapse and their inability to express themselves. Now a quick, reliable, simple and safe test for food intolerance to 59 of the most reactive foods is available at The Natural Health Sanctum. This procedure is the world’s first in-clinic test available for food intolerance. Be quick, be smart, be symptom free. – if your child is suffering, book in for a Food Intolerance Program now. Glenise McLaughlin – Naturopath with over 17 years’ experience, specialises in the natural treatment of food intolerance.

Vision after 40 Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the lens of your eye gradually loses its ability to focus, making it difficult to see near objects clearly. It is not a disease but a normal age-related process which affects everyone – even if you have never had a vision problem before. The condition is usually noticed around the age of 40 - 45, when you may notice you are holding reading materials further away in order to focus on them. Those who have worn glasses to correct myopia may start finding it easier to remove their glasses to read. To focus on close objects, a special muscle in the eye changes the shape of the lens. This process is called accommodation. With age, the lens loses its flexibility and is less able to change its shape to focus. Early signs of Presbyopia include: headaches or tired, sore eyes when reading, the need for increased lighting when doing close work, and distance vision becoming strained or difficult following computer or close work. Presbyopia is corrected with a spectacle lens prescription designed especially for close distances. Through discussion with your optometrist, you will be able to decide on the best way of preparing your prescription. There are many options, such as reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses (multifocals), and some contact lens prescriptions may be suitable. Call your local Eyecare Plus optometrist today for a thorough eye examination.

Thermal Diagnostics has an integrated approach to management of women’s health issues. Women’s health issues are often complex and a number of underlying causes need consideration. Thermal Diagnostics provides sensitive functional evaluation of the whole body for better treatment outcomes. Depression is a common diagnosis in women. Depression type symptoms may simply relate to a depressed mental state associated with stress (physical or emotional). For many, however, depression is not the ailment; it is a symptom of an underlying problem. Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed as depression. Thermal imaging is an effective tool to help identify these and facilitate a more appropriate patient management. Complex pain syndromes affect a large proportion of women. Thermal imaging allows differentiation of the cause of pain and is the only modality capable of imaging pain. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, back pain (with or without referred pain), restless leg syndrome, to name a few, are often diagnoses erroneously applied to patients. Thermal imaging allows delineation of several causes, including local inflammatory process (e.g. joint dysfunction), radiculopathy (referred pain), deep varicose veins and nerve irritation (neuropathy) – again tailoring effective management. Diabetes, pre-diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, endometriosis and breast physiology are effectively screened using thermal imaging. Early detection of these health issues dramatically increases the chances of positive outcomes.

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suit your individual sleep needs

its service and strong community connec-

Snooze Port Macquarie stocks leading brand mattresses, including Sealy, Slumberland, MySide and Madison. Franchisee partner Matthew Stepien and his enthusiastic team can also assist with products such as bed frames, which include storage solutions, bedroom furniture, pillows, linen and manchester.

tions, and with the exclusive bedMATCH system, it has never been easier to find a bed that better suits you and your hip pocket. Powered by Sleep to Live, there are three easy steps to using bedMATCH in store: 1. Answer some simple questions about how you and your partner like to sleep, and any aches and pains you might suffer 2. Lie down on the bedMATCH test bed while it takes a number of measurements; the process takes about five minutes 3. The bedMATCH system suggests a range of mattresses stocked at Snooze that may better

There’s also an array of great items for kids in store, complete with fun accessories to brighten up the little ones’ rooms. Located on Lake Road, the team at Snooze Port Macquarie suggests purchasing a new mattress every seven years and pillows every two years. If it’s time you changed yours, visit Snooze today. SapientNitro FSNO 481


The bedMATCH™ system at Snooze helps take the guesswork out of buying a bed. In about 5 minutes, the system takes a number of measurements that helps identify a range of beds, from top name brands such as Sealy, Slumberland, Madison and My Side, that may better suit your individual sleep needs.

It’s amazing what a little snooze can do.

Snooze Port Macquarie. Unit 2, 199 Lake Road. Ph 6581 1777

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Live and eat well!

Lighthouse Childcare Centre At Lighthouse Childcare Centre, we aim for all children to feel safe, secure and happy in a caring, friendly and educational environment.

In order to minimise the risk of cross infection,

At Lighthouse Childcare, the outdoor area is designed to offer much more than a freer physical space: it is a fundamental part of the children’s curricula and an essential part of maintaining the healthy active bodies and minds of our young charges. Children are exposed to sunshine for short periods throughout the day; the playground is shaded naturally and with colourful sails to offer maximum protection, and staff model and encourage good sun protection measures.

as they are able.

The staff observe strict health and hygiene practices that have regard to current community standards and are in accordance with relevant government guidelines, to minimise risks to children. Hand washing and nose wiping with children are two of the most commonly performed tasks in childcare settings.

staff are vigilant in following procedures and correctly assisting children to independently carry out these basic practices for themselves, Lighthouse Childcare promotes good eating habits and believe that it must begin in early childhood, so the attitudes and habits are set and carried out throughout life. A qualified cook plans and prepares nutritious, balanced and interesting meals and snacks for the children. The menus include food from the 5 food groups, taking into consideration Australian Dietary Guidelines recommended by the NSW Department of Health. Food is planned around low sugar, salt and fat intakes and limited in food colourings and additives. Fresh food is given preference to processed foods. Full cream milk, diluted juice and water are the only drinks offered to children; special dietary requirements are catered for.

We all love to live well and eat well. Port Macquarie offers some of the finest climatic conditions and restaurants in Australia. Eating good food is enjoyed by most of us; however, eating properly can be a challenging task for people with complete dentures. Chewing properly is not only important to enjoy the food, but also for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Most full denture wearers are able to adapt and cope well with their top dentures without any significant disturbance in their quality of life. It’s the bottom denture which moves and rubs on the gums causing discomfort, pain, as well as low self-esteem. Dentures supported by implants is a well-known solution; however, there is a common belief that the implant treatment is painful and unaffordable. At Davis Dental, we offer a simple affordable solution to people suffering from ill-fitting bottom dentures by placing a single implant in the middle of the bottom jaw. The implant

is placed under local anaesthesia only, in less than an hour. Following the completion of the healing period, a metal cap with a plastic ring is attached, sometimes to the existing denture (provided the denture is recently made and is an acceptable condition). The metal cap with the plastic ring incorporated in the denture clips on the head of the implant like a press stud, improving the stability of the denture. The improved retention of the denture prevents the movement in a horizontal direction and in turn, the rubbing of the denture on the gums. Many have benefited from this simple cost effective procedure. This treatment option has gained popularity in the last few years around the world, due to its proven success and simplicity. Please feel free to contact one of our friendly professional staff on 6584 7272 to find out more about the specialist procedures offered at Davis Dental.

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Bill Webster. - some advice for all men We can often be blasé about our health and take it very much for granted. But Bill Webster has some advice for all men about being tested for one of the most common cancers – cancer of the bowel. If you’re over 50, experience symptoms such as bleeding after a bowel motion or persistent changed bowel motions, suffer from inflammatory bowel disease or have a history of bowel cancer in your family − don’t bury your head in the sand. Be proactive about your bowel health … it could save your life!


hat originally brought ag referred me to the surgeon once again, but you to the Port up I delayed dela as Christmas was coming up, going Macquarie area, and until the New Year. how long have you In mid-January I decided to make an lived here? appointment to see the surgeon, who sent me I grew up in Canberra and had my first for another colonoscopy. This procedure was hairdressing business, before travelling a little different compared to the last time, overseas for some years. Feeling restless on as the surgeon removed a polyp (a common my return, I left Canberra and headed north. growth in the bowel, mostly benign). It was I found Port Macquarie and melted into its then sent away to be tested, and after an lifestyle, hospitality and opportunity 25 years agonizing 3 weeks’ wait, it came back positive ago. … and I heard the dreaded words: “Bill, you’ve You’re well-known to many people in got bowel cancer” and that it would require the area, as you’re a hairdresser by trade. major surgery and a colostomy bag. Where do you work? You’re a fit and healthy man, who eats Hairdressing has been my ticket into the well and exercises regularly. How much lives of so many great clients/friends, of a shock was it when you were and I thank all of them for diagnosed? all their support over these At the time, all I could years. For 18 years I have see were the doctor’s lips been running a mobile moving, while inside my The kits are also available at all est hairdressing business head I was screaming sugg pharmacies, so Iask for a ‘Hair and There’, and and in total shock! all men over 50 ars. All I also work one day But once I got home ye test kit every 2 se vi a week (Fridays) in and discussed it with ad is I can do the t ou ab ne a great salon above my partner, Julie, we yo er ev king importance of talives.” Café 66, ‘The Chair’. decided to take it one this test; it saves Your life obviously step at a time through had a radical change each procedure. in direction when you What’s the status of your were diagnosed with bowel condition now – have you been cancer. What steps/events led up to given the all clear? you receiving this diagnosis? The operation was a huge success, and In 2002 I received the government bowel luckily I didn’t require a colostomy bag and no cancer kit sent to all men over 50 and after further treatment is required. This was a great doing what was required, I was shocked by a relief to me, as looking back it was a traumatic positive outcome! experience, and we went along day to day Sometimes you can have a wrong reading, fairly numb about the whole thing. so I was then referred to a surgeon, where a After the surgery I had to wait another 3 colonoscopy was carried out. The result of this weeks for the result of biopsy, when to my small procedure proved there was no problem. complete relief the smiling doctor gave me the The following test kit, in 2007, was clear. great news that I was all clear and I would not Then in 2011 ... while in the toilet ... I need any further treatment, e.g. radiation or noticed a small amount of blood. My doctor chemo.

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Given what you now know about bowel cancer, how important do you believe early detection of the condition is? The Cancer Council website (www. states that “detected early, bowel cancer is the most curable cancer” … My point of view is that the government test kit saved my life, and now that I am a survivor of bowel cancer, I can only encourage all men to do the test. But also at this point I would make the suggestion that the test kit itself is sent out every 2 years, not every 5 years, as is the current situation. The kits are also available at all pharmacies, so I suggest all men over 50 ask for a test kit every 2 years. All I can do is advise everyone about the importance of taking this test; it saves lives. You’re an inspiration to all men, in that you’ve been diagnosed with a lifethreatening condition, been treated, and survived to share your story. How much has your perspective on life changed as a result of what you’ve been through? I appreciate life more. I’m much more aware of how precious life is and how I want to live a lot longer. I love sailing, surfing and swimming. Being outdoors and enjoying nature is very special – I never take this for granted any more. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from both surgeons, Dr Longfield and Dr Pollitt, through to the whole team it takes to do these tests and surgery, including all the incredible nursing staff on Ward 2C at the Base Hospital. Enjoy life! Thanks Bill. Interview by Jo Atkins. Photo: Bill Webster with Greg Trembath: speaking about life, the universe and everything …

More information about bowel cancer, including prevention and screening, can be found at SOME FACTS ABOUT BOWEL CANCER FROM THE CANCER COUNCIL WEBSITE Incidence and mortality rates: NSW There were 4,483 new cases of bowel cancer in NSW in 2005 (2,448 male, 2,035 female). Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer for both sexes combined and also the second most common cancer death. There were 1,585 deaths from bowel cancer in 2005 (882 males and 703 females). 1 in 18 males and 1 in 28 females will develop bowel cancer by the age of 75. Consult your GP if you have any of the following: The most important sign to look for is blood in the bowel motion or the toilet bowl. If you are over 50, check the toilet bowl and toilet paper after each bowel motion. If you have any changes in your toilet habits lasting more than two weeks. If one or more of your close relatives have had bowel cancer. You have had bowel polyps (small growths) or bowel cancer. You have had inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease for more than eight years. You are a member of a family with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) or another family bowel cancer syndrome. Breakout Box facts sourced from:

This interview is not medical advice. Readers should seek information from their GP or medical specialist if they’re concerned about their health.

Key Handover – Mid North Coast Local Health District Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick with Jim Bruce Urology and Prostate Cancer Trustee, Jamie Bruce. Hospital and Trustees – Bronwyn Chalker (General Manager Port Macquarie Base Hospital), Stewart Dowrick (Mid North Coast Local Health District Chief Executive) with Jim Bruce Urology and Prostate Cancer Trustees: Jamie Bruce (Birdon), Rob Hiatt (Stacks), Dr Nader Awad (Urological Specialist) and Chris Browning (Macquarie Business Accountants).

First for NSW public hospitals - state of the art laser now in Port Macquarie The quality of life for locals with prostate problems is set to improve with the installation of a new $150,000 laser machine that will provide more efficient symptom relief, faster recovery times and fewer side effects.

he high-powered GreenLight Laser machine, the first of its kind to operate within a public hospital setting in NSW, has been purchased by the Jim Bruce Urology and Prostate Cancer Trust and will be operational at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital from August. The machine uses laser therapy to provide a quick procedure for the treatment of enlarged prostate – a condition which affects more than half of all men over the age of 60. Local Urologist and Trustee Dr Nader Awad said the machine would enable the treatment of a broader range of patients while also reducing the length of hospital stays, cutting waiting lists and providing better clinical outcomes. “Not only will it improve treatment for men with prostate problems, it will free up valuable bed space in the Base Hospital, which will help the entire community – regardless of their medical problem,” Dr Awad said. “Each new procedure will save the hospital about two bed-days when compared to the previous surgery. With around 100 of these operations projected every year, this frees up about 200 bed-days, or the equivalent of 50 hip operations, 40 bowel cancer operations


or 100 breast cancer operations. More than 500,000 men “This machine means been sufferers. ld wor wide have enLight we can now treat re G ith w ed at tre “Affecting 50 per cent patients who are on hich Laser Therapy, w of men aged 60 and blood thinners. Previously uses laser energyed about 80 per cent of men rg la these patients had to remove en e.” su aged 80, this is a critical tis te to either risk stopping prosta issue for our local region, as their medication, or were we have a higher proportion of required to travel to Sydney. those of retirement age than the “I am extremely grateful to the national average.” Trust, and everyone who supports it, Safe, effective treatment now available for providing this cutting edge equipment. It is More than 500,000 men worldwide have great to see local funds directly benefiting our been treated with GreenLight Laser Therapy, community.” which uses laser energy to remove enlarged Prostate problems in the local community prostate tissue. Dr Awad said although benign prostatic The procedure provides definitive, long hyperplasia (BPH) is a common health problem, lasting treatment, with fewer side effects. many men lack awareness and understanding Alternative treatments usually require a two about the condition, symptoms, treatment to three day hospital stay and four to six week solutions and overall health risks with delaying recovery. treatment. With laser therapy, typically only an Common symptoms of BPH include frequent overnight stay is required, providing a reduced urination, weak urine flow, pain or burning burden on the hospital system and a lighter during urination, and a feeling that the bladder workload for healthcare staff. never completely empties. The fl ow-on effect of freeing up beds means The symptoms of BPH can have a shorter waiting lists for all other necessary and devastating impact on the quality of life of

elective surgeries. Supporting our local medical professionals Trustee Jamie Bruce, son of the late Jim Bruce, said one of the Trust’s key objectives was to support initiatives that would improve the lives of locals suffering from urological or prostate problems. “We are extremely lucky to have some of the most talented urology specialists right here in the Hastings region, and it's important that we provide them with the best available equipment so that they can continue to provide exceptional services for the residents of our community,” Mr Bruce said. The Trust continues to grow and expand its contribution to the local community with various fundraising efforts – visit www. to find out more. The next event is an 'Ultimate BYO' evening at the Stunned Mullet on Saturday 18 August, which will provide the rare opportunity to bring something from your own cellar to match award winning restaurant cuisine. For bookings, email or call Tammy Bugler on (02) 6589 9108.

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Dr. Stuart Kennedy comes to Port Macquarie from Forster, NSW. Dr. Kennedy was born and raised in the United States and moved to Australia 8 years ago after he married his wife Jodie from Adelaide. He has been practicing general othopaedics and subspecialising in shoulder surgery for 14 years, the last 8 years have been in Forster-Taree. Dr. Kennedy graduated form the University of Wyoming with a bachelors degree in Mathematics and Natural Sciences in 1988. He then graduated with Honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1994. During his medical school and internship he was involved in several research projects and published a paper on CT analysis of the knee. His specialist training as an orthopaedic

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surgeon was at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC from 1994-1998. He became Chief Resident during his final year. During his residency at Georgetown, he received training in paediatric, adult reconstruction, sports medicine, spine, arthroscopy and hand surgery. While at Georgetown he received further training with the team of orthopaedic surgeons for the Washington D.C. professional and university athletes. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Kennedy has developed a keen interest in treatment of the shoulder and upper extremity. He has obtained further subspecialty training in advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery and shoulder joint replacement with Dr. Pascal Boileau of Nice, France and Dr. Armand Hatzidakis of Denver, Colorado. He has developed a high level of expertise in

arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery and lectured at the Royal North Shore Shoulder Meeting. Dr. Kennedy is Board Certified by the American Orthopaedic Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Surgeons. Stuart, Jodie and their three children absolutely love the Mid-North Coast with all of it’s natural beauty and country lifestyle. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, cycling, yoga, gym and snow skiing. He is presently consulting in both Taree and Port Macquarie. His new rooms in Port Maquarie will be open in mid-September at Suite 5, 10B Highfields Circuit. Presently, he is consulting out of Suite 3, 10B Highfields Circuit, Port Macquarie. For appointments please ring 6550 0177.

The perfect fit for your feet Have you ever wanted to know why your feet are so sore at the end of the day? Have you been wanting to make that appointment with the podiatrist, but you just don’t have the time? Are you wanting that perfect fit for your feet? The Athlete’s Foot here in Port Macquarie are here to save the day; every 3rd Friday of the month the first date being Friday the 17th of August a local podiatrist will be in store to analyse and examine your feet, so that the friendly team can then prescribe the perfect fit. The local team at The Athlete’s Foot is constantly being updated and trained to make sure that you’re wearing the shoe that best works for you. With the exclusive fit-

print in store, the only place in town to keep your feet happy is The Athlete’s Foot. While you are there, why not ask about the ClubFit™ programme? Receive 1 point for every dollar spent. On accumulating your first 500 points, you are automatically sent a $50 voucher; then for every subsequent 500 points, you will be sent another $50 voucher. As a ClubFit™ member, you will also have access to: • 30 day ‘Wearanty’ – your guarantee for a perfect fit every time • No charge waterproofing service • Latest product and health information • Competitions and giveaways • Invitations to special events and product launches. Come in and see the team today!

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Dental health week. The first week of August every year is dedicated to dental health week. r Darin Ballard and the team at Port Macquarie Orthodontics have supported dental health week for many years and are passionate about supporting our local community by providing access to oral health education. The Australian Dental Association has chosen the topic ‘Let's Stop the Rot’ for 2012. Olivia James from Port Macquarie Orthodontics shares her views on the subject.


"As an oral health therapist, we deal with decay on a daily basis, and therefore become very aware of the overall impact of this disease on our local community." Olivia explains that most people have or will experience some stage of dental decay throughout their lives. "There have been many recent studies that have found that dental decay appears to be increasing in our population, especially in children." Olivia has noticed this through clinical experience and explains that dental decay is an entirely preventable disease and that we all need to become more aware of how we can reduce our risk of experiencing the burden of tooth decay.

the obesity epidemic and simply the increased availability and popularity of carbohydrate rich, fast foods and sugary soft and sports drinks, all impacting on the prevalence of tooth decay. Dental professionals can help analyse the sugars and frequency of them in your diet to help with the prevention of tooth decay, as well as guiding you to professionals such as dieticians. It can be difficult to find time to address these issues in our busy lives; however, the benefits vastly outweigh the minor inconvenience. Regular visits with your dental professional can help with preventing dental decay, as the information they can Tooth brushing provide you will be specific to your individual needs, may seem like and this may consequently save you money in the long task a tedious minor , but term – not only through prevention, but also early es liv ily da r in ou e detection. There are stages of dental decay which it is incredible th alth he e th on ts fi can, in fact, be reversible. Seeing your dentist or bene this of your mouth if and dental professional every 6 months is a great way to tly ec rr co ne is do keep ahead of any problems.” tly.”


"Yes, that’s right," she says, "we can actually prevent dental decay. There are many factors that can contribute to the development of dental decay, but I am just going to focus on the two main ones that we all know … brushing and diet. These two factors play major roles in contributing to dental decay in our modern society. Tooth brushing may seem like a tedious minor task in our daily lives, but it is incredible the benefits on the health of your mouth if this is done correctly and frequently.”

Olivia would also like to highlight that this is not only an issue for our youth, but for all ages. No-one should just accept dental decay, as it not only affects your mouth, but it can affect your whole body. Your mouth is not separate to the rest of your body, and consequently disease and inflammation in your mouth can contribute to your general health. It may increase your chances of heart disease, or make it more difficult to manage your diabetes. Hence, there is no excuse for ignoring dental decay.

“The other factor of diet is such a major issue in itself. The Australian population is seeing drastic consequences from both

And lastly, you need to think about what your teeth and smile means to you. Teeth are not only for eating; they also help with

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speaking and can affect your confidence. Don’t just accept dental decay as a fact of life; make a positive step towards prevention. The team at Port Macquarie Orthodontics values the importance of striving to improve the oral health of our local community and will be there again this year. Look out for their Oral Therapists, Olivia and Amanda and other members of the Port Macquarie Orthodontics team providing oral health education to our local schools. This year they will be visiting over 2,000 students throughout the month of August.



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L E O.


MAR 21 - APR 20

JUL 24 - AUG 23

NOV 23 - DEC 21

Get ready to take action; a work move is on the horizon. If not a complete change, a new position or responsibility awaits. Set some goals now, so you will be ready for it when it arrives. Tourmaline will help connect you to your true destiny.

You can play with magic, so have fun manifesting what it is that makes your heart sing. Avoid being too critical of others, as they are mirroring you very well at the moment. Be kind to yourself. Rose Quartz will aid in raising self-worth.

Words need to be spoken. Speak from your heart with a loving intention, and you won’t go wrong. Be honest and state your motive to ensure a happy outcome. Turquoise is great for communicating with confidence.



C A P R I C O R N.

APR 21 - MAY 21

AUG 24 - SEPT 23

DEC 22 - JAN 20

Complete change is coming. You can expect an answer to a wish made a few months ago. Give yourself permission to receive it. Don’t worry about what others may think; go chase your dream. Sugilite will connect you to your dreams.


Don’t worry about money; this is causing lower back-ache. Your creative energy is about to do over time, and you will be kept very busy soon, so try setting some new goals and RELAX! Rose Quartz will help you to DE-STRESS.

You may be feeling a little removed from your family or loved ones at present. This is not a bad thing, because right now you are getting ready for something new, and to be able to take the plunge you need to be prepared. Try to remain positive. Citrine will keep your thoughts positive.

Money problems will not last long. If you’re feeling stuck, write some goals down and plan a course of action. You are likely to contemplate a move soon; just wait for the timing to be perfect. This feeling of being unsettled will soon dissipate. Citrine is great for bringing an abundance of positive energy.



SEPT 24 - OCT 23

JAN 21 - FEB 19

Your immediate past has felt rather barren where work satisfaction is concerned. Inner peace and balance is on its way. Try identifying your fears, release them, and replace them with the opposite emotion. Ruby protects us from our fears. Carry it with you.

You will have victory very soon. Words will bring a positive outcome with a happy surprise. Your wish is coming true, but first you must heal past hurts by releasing them with GRATITUDE for the positive changes they brought to you. Rose Quartz connects us to our loving beautiful self.


S C O R P I O.

P I S C E S.

JUN 23 - JUL 23 JU

OCT 24 - NOV 22

FEB 20 - MAR 20

Be patient just a little longer. You are likely to be very busy over the next few weeks, offering you some distraction from your thoughts. Relax and let go of the need to know what will be and enjoy just being in the now. Clear quartz is great for centering your energy.

You are about to have success with finance. Don’t waste your opportunity to live your dream. Make some plans to secure what you have wanted for so long, and don’t spend anything unless you really need to. Citrine attracts an abundance. Carry some in your wallet or purse.

Your thoughts of yourself are quite destructive at the moment. Release your harsh judgment and compliment yourself regularly throughout the day, just to reestablish a new habit. Your kind words benefit so many others. Try the gift of giving this energy to you. Carry some citrine with you; it shatters negativity.

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Vintage Style Wares & Teahouse. • High teas • Light lunches • Selection of cakes • Serving World Par-Tea & Holy Goat coffee • Collection of antique & vintage furniture Glassware, china & bric a brac 36 Cameron Street Phone: 6586 0542 Open. Tues - Fri 9am - 5pm. Sat 9am - 2pm.

Bago Tavern has 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.

Hilberts Hardware 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! In an age of big boxes and mega stores, Hilberts Hardware is a refreshing throwback to a time when good service trumped all else. If you can’t get it at Hilberts Hardware, then you probably can’t get it! 43-45 Hastings Street Phone. 6585 2400 Fax. 6585 2435


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Cain captures unique natural landscapes through the medium of his camera, which evoke strong feelings when viewed ... re you a born and bred local, or did you move to the area? I am originally from Parkes NSW, but moved to Port Macquarie at the age of 7 after my family decided they needed a sea change. I have now lived here for 18 years and still enjoy every day of it! What, or who, kick-started your love of photography? I have always had some sort of camera, but never considered it as a creative outlet until I came across the works of world renowned photographers Ken Duncan and Michael Kenna − both totally different in their approach, but equally as artistic and inspiring. After finishing school, I did some travelling around Australia, which opened my senses to the amazing scenery we are surrounded by in this country –and I have been passionately shooting ever since. What professional training/photography courses (if any) have you done? I haven’t undertaken any courses or training specific to photography. If there was only one thing I ever learnt throughout my schooling and university life, it would be research. For any equipment I acquired, I read the manual twice then backwards, I searched articles and tutorials on different techniques and processes, as well as joining online forums and communities. The direct feedback and critiquing that the communities provide really helped me develop my skills and push myself, while I also drew inspiration from other artists. As a photographer, you never stop learning;

anyone who says they have mastered everything there is to know about photography is just fooling themself. I have had some great opportunities to apply my skills across a wide range of photographic subjects, allowing me to expand and gain the confidence in shooting such things as portraits and weddings, in addition to landscapes. Your photography work features some absolutely stunning landscapes. What is it about these panoramic-style shots that inspires you so much? It is the thrill and pleasure I get from creating something unique, the travelling to and exploring of new locations, the ability to express myself through an artistic medium and then share these experiences with others. To compose and capture that particular moment within a scene and develop it into a piece which evokes an emotional response is really a powerful thing; it certainly inspires me to continue on this path and better myself. I also have great admiration for the wilderness and natural phenomena of the physical world. Knowing that the earth is forever changing and may not always contain such elements of beauty further motivates me to capture as much of it as I can while I am here. Lately, the weather has caught my attention a lot more, and I’ve been focusing on extreme weather occurrences with crazy cloud formations and thunderstorms. I have put myself in risky situations on several occasions now; I have stood alone on beaches and headlands as huge storm cells approach − a feeling that is rather otherworldly! It seems as if you’re aiming to capture a unique perspective in each of your shots

– perhaps something the eye wouldn’t multiple exposures or filters are necessary. Some normally see. How much time do you usually consider Photoshop a heinous crime, but it is a spend composing or framing a shot (and do necessary tool in digital photography, whether it you also sometimes just snap unplanned, is used to colour balance an image or clone out instantaneous images)? unwanted elements − neglecting it would be This really depends on the disadvantaging oneself. environment I am shooting in and Your love of the Mid North Coast the conditions at the time. I am shows in your images. What is it “ I have stoodhes always striving to be original in about the area that you enjoy so alone on beac s my approach when creating much? nd and headla anything. I can spend from Everything! We are surrounded as huge storm cells approach as little as a few minutes by a diverse range of scenery − − a feeling er th ra just setting up my camera/ from the lushness of sub-tropical is that otherworldly! ” tripod and taking a snap, rainforests to pristine coastlines to hours scaling the terrain and estuaries. It is a brilliant area for in search of a particular element exploring and discovering untouched that I can juxtapose within the frame locations; there are as many activities here to produce my interpretation of the scene. There as you wish to invent, but you will need to get is always some degree of planning behind every outside. I love how here you can walk along the photograph, whether it is checking the weather beach at times in absolute solitude, like you are forecast, preparing what equipment to take, or the only person on earth − the feeling is surreal. driving hours to arrive at a location. Otherwise, it is just a really chilled area, and the Your work also features some amazing ‘sky’ people are (usually) friendly and laid-back. and ‘cloud’ scenery, including some timeWhat exhibitions/showings/publications has lapse night-time shots ... what’s the trick to your work featured in? capturing these types of images? (Is it all in My work has been used in several international the lens?) advertisements, including a camera catalogue Practice and patience. Landscape photography produced by Canon. I have also licensed a number is all about patience − chasing or waiting for the of images as album art for musicians/bands, as correct light to fall over the scene takes time, in well as receiving several bronze awards in the addition to exploring the whereabouts and finding International Pano Awards. that balanced composition. It is something you Thanks Cain. learn from repetition; you can’t expect to buy a Interview by Jo Atkins. camera and walk straight out of the shop and take fantastic images. Owning great equipment the plug! certainly aids in capturing your vision, but is never the primary factor; you need to experiment, make Fine art prints of my work can be purchased through my website: mistakes, learn, and of course, have fun! Another important role in creating these images I can be contacted via email: is the post-processing involved. No file goes to print without first being examined and tweaked or phone: 0414 919 533. within Photoshop. The fact is that the human eye You can also follow my latest far surpasses the capabilities of a single camera news and work on Facebook: image in terms of dynamic range; to overcome CainPascoePhotography this and produce the scene as it was witnessed, greater port macquarie focus 49


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with Susie Boswell

T R AV E L D E S T I N AT I O N : World Cruising South America has an appeal like no in historic Ushuaia (‘world’s southernmost other place on earth. The experiences city”), Punta Arenas in Chile, sail-bys of the I love most are basic ones: strolling Amalia and Pio X (Pope Pius 10th) glaciers, Ipanema and Copacabana and climbing and a full day each in Chacabuco, visually Sugarloaf and Corcovado, location of the arresting Puerto Montt and historic Valparaiso, famous Christ the Redeemer atop Rio … a port city of the Chilean capital, Santiago. visit to Evita’s Casa Rosada, chic Recolletta The vessel’s trans-Pacific crossing passes by shopping and tango at Cafe Tortoni in unforgettable Easter Island and, several days beautiful Buenos Aires … sitting for a full day later, tiny Pitcairn. Then it’s on to two of my under the spray from Iguazu Falls, drinking in favourite places: Bora Bora and Noumea. pure, awesome, nature. The cruise first visits the Tahitian capital, Browsing travel brochures for the region Papeete, for a day (roulottes food vans by recently, my attention was drawn to a the port; Gaugin Museum) and moves the “southern fjord” cruise from the Peruvian following day to the superb blue lagoons of capital, Lima, around Cape Bora Bora. Sure, it’s something of a Horn, ending in Buenos “cook’s tour” - with only one day Aires next February. Many to play here, as elsewhere - but attractions are offered, seeing Bora Bora is ordinarily a r “ … sitting fo r the for an additional charge, expensive so it’s a taste of what de n u full day u az u Ig including many you would, after all, only be more om fr y ra sp in couldn’t pay me to do, of the same were you able to Falls, drinking e, pure, awesom such as trekking frigid linger longer: endless, exotic, nature .” wildernesses and kayaking indolent stretches sun, sand and the Magellan Straits. But swimming! chacun a son gout. I must be Across the international date line, such a pleb, if price is any guide, Arcadia calls next at the Fijian capital for the cost of the penthouse on board this and market town of Suva, before allowing vessel was $62,000 a person for the 24-day a precious mere half-day in Noumea, New trip, reduced from $125,000 a person - twin Caledonia: enjoy a snatch of superb French share! That’s cruise only, not including port culture and food, and lovely beaches. Brisbane fees of $685 each, on-shore excursions, or is the penultimate port of call; the cruise ends the forward and return flights. Of course, in Sydney on February 28. you could get your name on the manifest in Prices begin from $6935pp twin share a humbler stateroom from a mere $26,890 a including the one-way economy flight Sydneycouple, although you might get tired of deck BA, two nights pre-cruise at Hotel Madero, quoits as your only diversion for three weeks Buenos Aires, all meals and entertainment on a sometimes squally sea. on 4-star Arcadia, all port, government and But I did find a cruise that piqued my air taxes. (Note: tips are extra). Arcadia has interest. It’s for five weeks, cruising from BA to six restaurants, cafés, grills and a food court, Sydney in January next year. The route takes in nine bars/lounges, a theatre, casino, internet Cape Horn and the sights of South American centre, pool, spa, gym, sports court, library glacier country, then plies the islands of and art gallery and, repeating, is an adults the South Pacific, to Sydney. P&O’s 83,000t only liner. On sale until November 23 unless Arcadia - adults only - embarks with some sold out earlier. See 2000 passengers on January 23 on its voyage au; seek further info from specialist cruise from the civilian/military docks district of BA. travel agent Cruiseco at Its itinerary includes a full day each in Puerto au; or at in Argentine Patagonia (penguins, roundworld; other specialist cruise websites; whales), the Falklands/Malvinas capital Port or your local travel agent. Stanley, rounding Cape Horn, a day each 52 greater port macquarie focus.

focustourism. Port Macquarie Tourism Association

Tourism janette hyde. Hello and welcome to our Tourism Insight column for August. ast month we mentioned that the Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Partnership Program is currently due for renewal and that Leasa Harris has been charged with approaching both existing and potential members in an effort to consolidate and grow the membership base. From tourism’s perspective, it is great to see a large number of new members coming on board with the program from a range of businesses (small through to large) that may not be initially thought of as a ‘tourist business’. These businesses are acknowledging the fact that while tourism may not be their primary target market, they do in fact benefit from the money tourists spend in town – a phenomenon known as the repeater effect. We have all heard the expression ‘made round to go round’, and effectively this is that saying put into action. A simplified example is of a business that earns money from tourists who may buy new equipment from another business in town and/or hire additional staff, who in turn spend more money at other businesses (boutiques, cafés, shoe stores and so on). These other businesses then may also hire additional staff etc. It is difficult to put a figure on this, but it is commonly quoted that $1 spent by a tourist can equate to $3.50 to a town’s economy. With the partnership program currently being marketed around the area, it is a good time to remind all of the relationship between the Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association (GPMTA) and Greater Port Macquarie Tourism. With similar names, it does quite often cause some confusion; however, the two entities, while working closely together, are in fact separate. The GPMTA is an Association completely independent of Council and the Visitor Information Centre, which is charged with representing tourism businesses and being a unified voice for the industry; while Greater Port Macquarie Tourism is run by the tourism marketing team within Council. The Association is run by a popularly elected board and works closely with the different tiers of Government. One of our most important functions is working extremely closely with Council’s tourism marketing team to ensure the long term sustainability of our industry. Membership

of our Association is granted automatically to all businesses that sign up with the Partnership Program. The Council review of how tourism and economic development services will be delivered to the area continues with the consultants engaged to carry out the review conducting a number of one on one and group meetings with stakeholders across the region. From all reports, there seems to be a large degree of commonality with views and opinions expressed, which can only be a good thing moving forward. The GPMTA eagerly awaits the outcome of the review and looks forward to working with Council to implement the recommendations. The Australian Surf Festival returns to town in August (11-25) with an expanded entertainment and activity schedule, which will see competitors, spectators and the local community immersed in surfing culture with an eclectic surf themed art exhibition, live music and surf films. The Australian Surf Titles have been held since 1964 and is the longest running surf event in Australia. The event will feature national titles in Longboard, Open Surf Masters, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP), Alaia and Single Fin. This year will also see the introduction of a new SUP racing division involving a Technical Race between 4 - 8 km and a 20 km marathon. The longboard events will open the event and run through to August 18, with the SUP events to start the following day. The main base for the Australian Surf Festival will be Town Beach, which is located in the heart of Port Macquarie. However, the event is mobile, with numerous beach break options available between Port Macquarie and North Haven including Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills and Grants Beach at North Haven. Finally, good luck to all who have entered the 2012 CountryLink North Coast Tourism Awards, which recognise and promote excellence in tourism. The Awards support improved business planning, development and internal analysis of tourism businesses, as well as to celebrate the creativity, professionalism and innovation of the region’s tourism industry. Businesses from Tweed Heads to Port Stephens were eligible to enter. Port Macquarie will be hosting a Gala Dinner on September 1, where all the winners will be announced. greater port macquarie focus 53

Meet the E A R C A D


Geoff Franks. Business: Optus Yes Shop. What does your business offer?


We offer a wide range of products, from mobile handsets to wireless internet products. We also pride ourselves on our very friendly customer service.

Business: Designer Jewellers. What does your business offer?

Something exciting or new that you have this month ...

Designer Jewellers offers a vast range of services and products – design, remodelling and manufacture. We have our own brand, Fides, plus famous brands like Thomas Sabo, Ellani, Pastiche, Skagen and Classique Watches.

Something exciting or new that you have this month ...

What special services do you offer that customers may not know about?

This month we’re introducing one of the items from our Trilogy Collection, which we are developing over the next few weeks, ready for our spring trilogy collection in September.

Our new special service is a World Wide Insurance Policy. For any item of jewellery sold over $1,000, it is automatically covered as it leaves the store. Custome of mind. ers can have peace

The new Samsung S3 mobile handset is proving to be a real ‘state of the art’ product. We offer this handset on a $60 plan, which gives you $650 calls and texting.

What special services do you offer that customers may not

know about? We have a number of loan phones that we keep for customers who have handsets that need to be repaired or replaced. I will also come to your home or business to talk with you about your needs and check service capabilities.

NICOLE McNAMEE. Business: Seiiki Hair. What does your business offer? We offer a full service salon, including cutting, colouring, styling, keratin smoothing treatment and Amore tape hair extensions.


Something exciting or new that you have this month ... The new American Crew products for men will be arriving shortly – a great gift for Father’s Day.

What special services do you offer that customers may not know about? At Seiiki Hair, we do facial hair tinting and waxing.. We also offer all kinds of refreshments while you relax, unwind and enjoy some ‘you’ time.

Business: East Coast Medi Massage and Beauty Bar. What does your business offer?

KRISTIE ARNOLD. Business: Enchanted Beauté. What does your business offer? A wide variety of beauty treatments to relax and unwind you, leaving you feeling fresh and on top on the world. We also specialise in bridal and formal makeup.

Something exciting or new that you have this month ... This month, purchase a course of our fabulous flower peel treatments and receive a free

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treatment plus a complimentary home care kit (valued at $140)

What special services do you offer that customers may not know about? At Enchanted Beauté, we offer each of our clients that personal, one on one attention you deserve. While enjoying your facial, or having your eyebrows/eyelashes tinted, relax with a luxurious scalp, hand and or foot massage free of charge.

An extensive menu of modern western beauty treatments, including signature Jan Marini facials, eyebrow bar, tinting, waxing, tanning bar and teeth whitening. Massage bar including remedial, hot stone, seated and aromatherapy.

Something exciting or new that you have this month ... 20% off all spa packages, including luxury, total pamper and absolute indulgence. Nourish and indulge your mind, body and soul for a deeper sensory experience.

What special services do you offer that customers may not know about? Tailor packages to suit your needs, affordable pampering, all packages included healthy spa refreshments, stockist of Environ, Jan Marini, ASAP, Jane Iredale makeup and Now and Zen therapies aromatherapy products.



A Sensory experience. Welcome to East Coast Medi Massage & Beauty Bar – a hidden oasis centrally located in Port Macquarie’s CBD combining the ancient healing traditions of hot stone massage with an extensive menu of modern western beauty treatments. Science in Harmony with nature ... massage and beauty for your health. East Coast Medi Massage & Beauty Bar is a sanctuary for your body and soul. This unique beauty, wellness and medi-spa will provide you with a luxurious experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and stress free. Come in and try one of our signature winter packages and pamper yourself with a relaxing body massage, followed by prescriptive medi facial, which helps to restore firmness and improves elasticity for radiant skin, and finish with a choice of warm wax spa manicure OR pedicure (includes paraffin and a choice of your favourite shellac natural nail colour for the fingers or toes to complete the package). Indulge now by booking into East Coast Medi Massage & Beauty Bar for all your wellness and beauty needs ... our specials are 20% off our signature packages, including luxury, total pamper and absolute indulgence until the end of August. Call 6584 0061 to make an appointment, or drop by and talk to Alison Jane and Claudia-Rose regarding treatments and packages to suit your needs. Also stockists of Environ, Jan Marini, Jane Iredale makeup and Now and Zen Therapies aromatherapy. Nourish and indulge your mind, body and soul for a deeper sensory experience.

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Yes Optus Port Macquarie.



Geoff and the friendly team at Yes Optus are here to help you with all your communication needs. How long have you been the manager of Yes Optus Shop Port Macquarie? I started with Optus back in 1996, which this year will mean I have managed this store for 16 years. Mobile phones were just starting to make a difference to our lifestyle. We have seen some awesome changes when it comes to how we communicate – now having handsets that can give us access to the world in our pocket or purse. What do you love the most about working and living in Port Macquarie? Port Macquarie is a very beautiful place to live, with our beaches and lifestyle. Also with the tourist industry that we have, we are constantly meeting new people. With so many new models and phones hitting the shelves and stores so quickly, what do you find is the most popular brand? Yes, the market is changing all the time and trying to meet people’s needs, and so the new smart phones are really helping people to manage their own particular lifestyle. The handsets that are making an impression with people are the Samsung

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range of handsets, as well as iPhone, which continues to sell well. Introduce us to your friendly and knowledgeable staff?

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Jenna: Jenna is a local how when it come to e – now girl who was born in Port at ic un m m we co Macquarie and is our that having handsetsss to Assistant Manager. Jenna is ce ac us ve gi can pocket with your needs for very capable and is willing to the world in our repairs and insurance ” e. rs pu help with your communication or claims. needs. Living in a world that is controlled by computers means that Levi: Levi was also raised no actual person sees our accounts; in Port Macquarie. Levi is great they are just sent out to us and because of with technology, so if you need help this, sometimes we need a person like Jenna in any area of mobile or internet, Levi is your to help us understand and sort our accounts. man. Levi is also our business specialist and will assist you with your business needs, so David: David has been with us for nearly 6 make an appointment to see him today! years, and there is not much that he does not know when it comes to mobile or internet needs. David is always ready to follow up your requirements for a better communication service.

Lisa: Lisa is also a local girl, who came to us nearly 12 months ago. She also is very familiar with Optus systems and is ready to help with your needs.

Shasa: Shasa comes to us from far north Cairns and has been with us for now for 2 years. He is willing and capable to assist you

Mandy: Mandy is our longest serving sales associate, with nearly 8 years of experience when it comes to customer service and

knowing what customers need. She is a very willing and has a pleasant and happy disposition; you will enjoy being served by Mandy. Shannon: Shannon was with Optus for a number of years when we were in the Galleria Building in William St. Shannon left to have a baby (Shari), and then returned to us 2 years ago. Shannon is very capable when it comes to sorting out difficulties that customers have. You will find Shannon to be very patient and happy to help. Ben: Ben has just come to us from a local communications business in town. He also is a local and knows our area very well and will really be of assistance for your needs, both mobile and internet.



Enchanted Beauté. At Enchanted, we know how busy life can get and how easily we forget to take time out for ourselves. Come in and let the girls pamper you and have you feeling on top of the world. With our new salon located in the centre of town, it’s never been so easy to escape the day to day bustle of life. Enchanted Beauté have all of your beauty and relaxation needs covered, with a wide range of treatments available, such as: • Massage • Manicure and pedicure • Facials • Waxing and tinting • Spray tanning • Specialising in bridal, formal and special occasion makeup • Shellac gel nails • Microdermabrasion

• New Flower Peel and Diamond Infusion treatments Combining the potency of microdermabrasion with the rejuvenating properties of flowers, the white diamond flowers peel is the newest, most innovative system in microdermbrasion technology. This unique system is specially engineered to deliver an exciting new blend of organic flower peel ingredients for microdermabrasion treatments and is exclusively at Enchanted Beauté. Come in and see the girls today for your FREE consultation. Three separate treatments are available: • Rose - Anti wrinke - Skin smoothing Eye rejuvenation - Hydration • Lavender - Sensitive skin - Fragile Skin Gentle Polishing - Rosacea • Tea Tree - Oily Skin - Acne treatment Open pores - Hormonal breakout

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Peter ected stint After a widely resp ember, Peter as our local State M ain putting Besseling is once ag ic office bl his hand up for pu acquarieM – this time for Port Hastings Mayor.

ell us a little about yourself and why you are running for Mayor? In 1996, my wife, Meaghan, and I moved to the Hastings, because we knew it was the ideal area to raise a family. The attraction was not only the natural beauty of the beaches, rivers and mountains, but also the sense of community that we felt when we were looking to purchase a property in Byabarra. I recall a cold night in Comboyne, where a very friendly local pointed us to the only feed available late at night – the steak sandwiches at the footy ... and they were so nice, I ate about five of them. We have since raised our children here, Zarah and Kaes, and have lived in Byabarra, Wauchope and now Port Macquarie; our love of the area and its people remaining undiminished. The pride in our area led me to successfully contest the NSW by-election held here in 2008 and become the Member for Port Macquarie – a position I held ‘til the last State General Election. Wanting to take a role in maintaining that sense of community and to help improve our area’s infrastructure and services is what has motivated me to be involved in public life and is something I enjoy. It is for those reasons I have decided to nominate for Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor. What are some of your polices leading into the next election? The focus will be on making sure that infrastructure and services are delivered as efficiently as possible, in keeping with a responsible approach to the Council budget. It is critical that the new Council work with the General Manager and Directors to deal with some of the known pressures on the budget and look to maximise the experience and knowledge in the community through the involvement of various working groups, in providing advice to Council. It is important to develop policies and strategies that maximise Council’s economic, social,

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lose sight of why lo we love to live w where we do and w must always look to m ways of protecting w and enhancing our precious natural p resources ... ” re

environmental and governance responsibilities. also unsustainable, as evidenced by the growing Wherever possible, Council should look to create infrastructure backlog in regional Councils in an environment that encourages the operation particular. If our Council wishes to provide for of all businesses, without necessarily picking our community in the long term, it must not winners and put in place opportunities for the only focus on its core responsibilities, but must community to come together in celebration also address the issue of long-term funding and social activities. The establishment of the sustainability. Moonlight Movies concept is a good example of What is your overall vision for our area how both ambitions can be achieved simultaneheading towards 2020/2030? ously. We must never lose sight of why we love The two major infrastructure investments to live where we do and must always look to that will have the greatest impact on the future ways of protecting and enhancing our precious of our area are the funding for the airport natural resources, which are increasexpansion and the funding of an expanded ingly adding value as drivers of university presence. We all want to our economic activity. see this region provide enough If you could fix just one business and education opnt rta po pressing issue for the portunities for our children, im so is it “ ... ix of Hastings immediso that we do not encourto get the right m nce skills and experie ately, what would age the ‘brain drain’ that is on Council in th that it be? sees a steady flow of talent so , coming term not is ty ni rtu po The most pressing out of our community and op the right wasted and the ronment issue facing all Couninto the larger centres such lture and envi cu cils in NSW at present, is as Sydney, Melbourne and is created ... ” the funding model upon Brisbane. It is important that which infrastructure and we are connected, however, services are delivered. Councils to these centres, in order to take should always prioritise their core advantage of the commerce and trade responsibilities, often described as rates, roads opportunities that stem from people being able and rubbish. Yet, successive governments at to easily access our region through direct flight both state and federal levels have pushed the routes. responsibilities of providing and maintaining Access and participation levels in education infrastructure and services down to local govern- are poorer for people living in regional areas, ment, without providing the ways and means in and the planned expansion of NSW, Newwhich to deliver them to an acceptable standard castle and Charles Sturt Universities will help for our communities. deliver not only new infrastructure, but also The re-classification of roads is a good exexpanded courses that will benefit our entire ample of this. Quite often, funding goes from local government area. This activity will also the Federal Government, is washed through the generate an economic opportunity that has not State Government and finally allocated to local been available on such a scale before, with the Councils on an ad-hoc basis. When a Council expanded university presence opening up the wishes to fund a much-needed project, they ability for students from anywhere in Australia, must go cap-in-hand to other levels of governor indeed the world, to study here. Education is ment – a process that is not only inefficient, but Australia’s second largest services export sector

behind tourism, and we are in a unique position to be able to capitalise on this locally, particularly given that over the last 10 years the industry has achieved 15 per cent average growth. Do you feel any pressure from the community being the first publicly elected Councillors in almost 6 years? No. I am actually quite excited at the opportunity to not only be part of bringing a vital element of our democracy back to the area, but also excited at the chance to help shape the culture and operation of our Council. The first two years will determine the approach that Council will take during this term and most likely shape the direction of Council for many years to come. This is a terrific opportunity for this coming Council to stamp its mark on our community’s future, for all the right reasons. That is why it is so important to get the right mix of skills and experience on Council in this coming term, so that the opportunity is not wasted and the right culture and environment is created. It is important to remember that Council is a multi-million dollar business, covered by legislation, regulation and responsibility to our local community. Therefore, it is imperative that our Councillors have the skills necessary to deal with the complex issues involved and the courage to do what is in the best interests of the community. What’s something our readers don’t know about you? My wingspan (the distance from fingertip to fingertip when my arms are extended) is 4 inches longer than my height. Thanks Peter.

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Sharon ading Sharon Griffiths is le s in the a team of individual to give upcoming electionssiness a community and bus caught v voice. Chrissy Jone sy lady u up with the very bu ars of who is bringing 27 ye rience as a local business expe 35 years d b business owner an to the o of local knowledge elections. u upcoming Council

ell us a little about yourself and why you are running for Mayor? Over time I have built extensive knowledge in many fields, encompassing finance, legal, development compliance and consultation with Council and other government authorities in expanding and maintaining a local business. I believe I understand the needs of the community and will help in any way I can. This is why I am running for Mayor; I wish to be the community’s voice. Working in Port Macquarie with an accountancy firm, private corporations and for the Education Department, taking in 5 small schools in the outer valley for many years, I am very familiar with the local area. Accredited with accountancy, training and assessment, but most importantly, with a determination that is far reaching, and financial know how to get the job done. My community involvement has been varied: Secretary of the local P & C, Vice President of the Wauchope Chamber of Commerce, and I am currently President of the Wauchope Business Association for the past four years, with a proven record of results. I have put forward to Council submissions recommending changes to policies and planning, which are being considered in future plans. Council needs to be accountable for its actions. It needs to show consistency and accuracy of information and reporting. I believe I can lead the newly elected Council to achieve this through a collaborative approach to local government. Like other rate payers, I expect not to drive in pot holes and to have all our parks and cemeteries maintained – basic services supplied without additional

charges. about acceptable changes. We need a strong voice to change the Responsible financial planning is direction which Council has taken. another; I wish to reduce the liability on What are some of your policies leadresidents, improve facilities and roads. Reing into the next election? duce the financial burden on Council, but Fix the roads, the roads, roads ... also ensure that infrastructure is improved starting with the potholes. Review the to be in line with expected growth of the scheduling and standard of work results. area. Do you feel any pressure from the Roads must be addressed as a priority for Community being the first publicly the overall safety of the community. elected Councillors in almost 6 years? Review the current financial position No doubt there will be a high expectaand STOP the leakage of funds – there tion from community to deliver must be value for dollars and results and get Council back transparency. on track. Persistence, Through greater “ Like other rate ct pe ex t patience, a proven track efficiencies in all operapayers, I do no les, but record of results and a to drive in pot ho tions, any savings could our do expect to haveeries direct approach to issues cease special rate parks and cemet sic ba , ed in ta with common sense will rises and increase work main d– services supplienal take us forward. completed. without additio What's something I believe there is a real charges. ” our readers don't know need to secure grant fundabout you? ing to reduce the burden on Probably lots! I have strong ratepayers. family ties locally and have extensively Simplify Council processes, such as DAs travelled abroad, backpacking through & BAs; cut the red tape. Europe and the USA. With my husband, If you could fix just one pressing issue I regularly utilise the facilities of the local for the Hastings immediately, what area, such as walkways, bike and 4WDing would it be? tracks. I love the Greater Port MacquarieMaintenance of Council property; this Hastings region and all it has to offer both is high on my agenda. Improve security, locals and visitors alike. street lighting, and footpaths. How can readers get in touch with What is your overall vision for our you? area heading towards 2020/2030? Phone me. I am grateful and encourage Roads. I want to fix them. Every person the community to contact me on my direct who drives our roads wants to see them mobile Ph: 0498 064 595, or you can brought back up to standard or better. Facebook me: VoiceoftheHastings. This is the most complained about issue Thanks Sharon. that I am confronted with every day, and the continual decline of roads must stop. CBD parking issues need addressing, Contact Sharon assess the sensors already installed, acReaders can contact Sharon on cess and the time allowed for parking, her mobile: 0498 064 595 or on give consideration to both community Facebook: VoiceoftheHastings and businesses directly affected, to bring

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Lisa a name that Lisa Intemann islo ng term is no stranger to as tings. residents of the H already as After three terms is running a Councillor, Lisa am ount of again, with a vast r side. experience on he

irst off, tell us a little about yourself and why are you running for Councillor and Mayor? I am a resident of the Hastings since 1988, and I live in Wauchope. I am mother to two girls and have four grandsons. I was a Councillor on the local Council for three terms, from 1995 to 2008. Since then, I have been working as a journalist at the Wauchope Gazette and have completed a research doctorate. I decided to stand again for election because over the past six months, a great many people have asked me to do so, to offer the benefit of my experience to the new Council. This was not an easy decision to make, because I loved working on the local paper. I made the decision to stand because I have a passion for good and open government, especially local government, which is closest to the people. I will be standing for both Mayor and Councillor. What are some of your polices leading into the next election. My headline position concerns process – openness, honesty, and Council acting in genuine collaboration with all sectors of the local community. Council is unlike any other level of government, and ideally there must be strong connections both within the Council and between Council and its community. I have a proven strong record of genuine community consultation and constructive argument. I really listen, and I aim for results which account for all points of view. I also have a proven record of fiscal responsibility. Coming into this election, my main focus is the local economy. There are significant changes in the wind at the state level on land use planning, which will have a significant impact locally. I am already lobbying the NSW government to recognise the importance of good local consultation when making land use plans. I will work with all the sectors of the local economy – with residents, businesses and 60 greater port macquarie focus.

am not a single-issue candidate and am mindenvironmentalists, to ensure that Hastings local ful of the raft of issues facing Council and our plans take proper account of all the issues in community. the first instance and get the regulations right, What is you overall vision for our area so we can all have future certainty. heading towards 2020/2030? On questions of major infrastructure on the There are many places in this world which books, I support and will champion the univercan rightly be called paradise, and this is one. sity presence, the Sancrox overpass, the airport I strongly believe there is nothing standing in development, and residential expansion west the way of our prosperous local future which of Port Macquarie. I will promote the Hastings cannot be provided by our commitment to as a region in its own right, but will continue to support our Council working with neighbouring work together, considering all good ideas, and exercising common sense. Councils to reduce costs by exploiting econoNaturally I want to ensure we protect mies of scale. I will actively oppose any our great local assets, which is what attempt to formally amalgamate strongly attracts people to the this local government area area in the first place. I am with any other. also a strong advocate for As a rule, I will t to human and community address every issue “ Naturally I want our values, especially equity constructively, will be ensure we protec, which great local assetsattracts and a fair go for all. open to the arguly is what strong ea in the ar I greatly respect the ments from all sides e th to le peop importance of a good and will always give first place ... ” job in making a positive reasons for my decicontribution to people’s lives. sions. I will work collaboratively with If you could fix just go-ahead local businesses, to one pressing issue for the ensure their growth is not held up by Hastings immediately, what unreasonable red tape in Council. I will listen would it be? to all good ideas, especially those which offer Apart from silencing petty negativity, if I growth in good local jobs, and I will advocate could wave a magic wand I would remove the strongly on behalf of our businesses with all threat to people’s homes from coastal erosion. In real terms, I will make this problem of coastal levels of government. In short, I want to see ours as a region incursion a priority. I will work with the commuwhich respects its residents and local assets, nity to get transparent answers from Council and whose businesses are stable and growing, staff and to find a solution which gives people respected and valued, and focused on building confidence for the future. our export trade. I value the contribution of However, one cannot ignore the very importourism to our local economy, but will also tant issue of Council’s level of debt – a vitally be focused on economic development in the important matter which I hope every Councillor broader sense of building good local jobs in makes a priority. From my perspective, as well business and appropriate industry. as consulting with staff, I will be open to all Do you feel any pressure from the commusuggestions from the community. Every sugnity being the first publicly elected Councilgestion will be considered, and no idea will be lors in almost 6 years? excluded. There is always pressure on elected repreThis answer is reflective of my approach – I

ignore the very important issue of Council’s level of debt – a vitally important matter, which I hope every Councillor makes a priority. ”

sentatives, and I agree the pressure is especially keen at this Council election – the first since 2004. There is a strong feeling with many people that Council has stopped listening to its community, and so the pressure will be on the new Council to demonstrate it is in genuine partnership with residents. Elections aside, there will be a strong pressure for the new Council to constructively address Council’s level of debt and backlogged works. What’s something our readers don’t know about you? Most readers will not know that in March I was awarded a ‘doctor of philosophy’. My first degree was in science, and I worked as a scientist in both Australia and England. I returned to university part-time in 2002 to research a question in science which had plagued me for decades. I didn’t know it at first, but my research project involved me surveying the history of our thinking through time – for the past 2,500 years! I was surprised to find we have recognised from the start of written thinking that there must be more truth than can be measured or proved by any ‘science’. Many scientists still dispute that, which is unfortunate, because it limits their thinking to what can be measured. My thesis is essentially a justification for belief in the power of the actual person, the individual, to conceive and know more than science can prove. People can be assured that as Mayor I will never forget the individual in the situation. I recognise the value of measured facts, but know it is people who make the difference. I look forward to working with the people of this area, so that together we can achieve the goals we desire. Thanks Lisa.

Contact Lisa Readers can contact Lisa on her mobile 0439 267 600 or 6585 2340. email:



Trevor rience in Many years of expe onomic ec e contributing to ththe Hastings as development of l employee and a former Counci has inspired business owner to an even greater Trevor to aspire part of our local proactive role as e upcoming government in th . Council elections ell us about yourself and why you are running for Council? I am a local resident of 22 years, a former business owner and past Economic Development Manager at Council. I’m standing for the September local government elections, because I believe it’s time we rethink how we do things. My principal passion is job creation. I am proudly ‘pro-business’, because I believe that supporting local businesses leads to expanded employment opportunities, a positive community and a strong economy. During the past 17 years as Economic Development Manager with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and the previous five years establishing the Hastings Business Enterprise Centre, I’ve come to understand the needs, challenges and inner workings of both the private and government sectors. I’ve seen first-hand what works and what doesn’t in our community. Over the past two decades I’ve worked closely with more than 3,000 local businesses and learnt a lot about what drives the Hastings economy, our labour market and our business community. I want to bring that knowledge to the table as a Councillor. What are some of your policies leading into the next election? Jobs are the heart and soul of this area – they sustain everything that we are and will be in the future. I support policies that promote a positive lifestyle, good facilities and strong community services, as these are crucial to our ability to attract well-paying, secure jobs. I believe that almost everything Council considers should be assessed in terms of whether it helps or hinders sustainable business opportunities. In our region especially, a healthy environment equals a healthy economy. I support sustainable development that has the potential to bring economic benefits to our region and that also protects our natural assets, such as our clean beaches, pristine waterways and unspoilt hinter-

land. We need to get the sense of place right in each of our communities, rather than starting with the construction of houses. This is especially important for our new growth areas. Housing must not precede employment, and we should avoid the development of dormitory suburbs that create transport, social and environmental problems. Council must work towards expanding and diversifying the economy. I support building upon our employment drivers – our forest and horticulture industries, the Sancrox employment precinct, the airport business development precinct, the allied health precinct, a bulky goods precinct separate from the Port Macquarie industrial area, manufacturing, transport, construction and home-based business, particularly in new growth areas. We should not, for one minute, be taking our eye off these wonderful opportunities as a result of being diverted by less pressing priorities. If you could fix one pressing issue immediately for the Hastings, what would it be? Our immediate priority should be to change our mentality away from attracting business from elsewhere to growing local businesses that have deep roots within this community. The extra spending created will improve Council’s budget and provide additional resources for everything from fixing potholes to mowing parks. We need to build the profile of our region through investment in the arts, public transportation, main street redevelopment and the fostering of creative industry partnerships between government, industry and education. We should also look to develop collaborative efforts between tourism, entrepreneurial development, agriculture, forestry and technology. What is your overall vision for this area leading towards 2020/2030? By 2030, my intention is that this area will have:

A strong and developing local economy that is supportive of existing and new business activity and employment opportunities; A social framework that provides for a high quality lifestyle that satisfies residents’ needs for recreational, social and educational pursuits; A diversified economy based on local investment, providing well-paid, meaningful and satisfying jobs for the local community; A strong profile as an ‘enterprising’ region exporting goods and services based on its natural assets and skill strengths; An economy that sustains well developed centres of learning, compatible with local business opportunities; And, at the end of the day, Port Macquarie-Hastings needs to be a great place to live. What is something readers don’t know about you? My wife and I have operated several small businesses, from retail, service and manufacturing in Sydney. During this time, I invented a process called Nutred, which enables the resoling of sports shoes. I have played tennis professionally and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Geology, from the University of Sydney. I came to Port Macquarie in 1990 to establish the Hastings Business Enterprise Centre, during which time we contracted our services to Council to produce a 20 year economic development strategy – The Hastings Development Plan. This process involved 26 taskforces and more than 400 people. Much of this strategy is as relevant today as it was 15 years ago and remained the essence of Council’s recent economic development initiatives until May of this year. Thanks Trevor.

Contact Trevor Readers can contact Trevor on his mobile: 0431 737 024 or email

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Keith “ I have been

e, Mayoral candidat and an m ss local busine an em ic rv returned se lks with Keith Wilkinson ta s FOCUS about howrehiis not vision for the futusion for just his, but the viunity. the whole comm

ell us a little about yourself. What can I say – I love the Hastings. I have holidayed, lived and worked (including owning several small businesses) within the Hastings for around 40 years. So I know about the region, its history, troubles and pleasures. I have seen it grow into a safe and prosperous place to live and raise our children, and I want to keep it that way. I have an extensive background and experience within the Human Services Industry across Federal, State and Local Governments and private enterprise. This includes Strategic Planning, Community Development, Business and Financial Analysis and Marketing and Public Affairs within Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Education and Training, Defence, Energy, Veteran’s Affairs and Special Events arenas. I have also worked within the areas of Youth, Aged and Disabled. Within Defence, I hold a commission within the Army Reserve and have completed 2 tours to Iraq and East Timor. In Iraq, I developed Strategic Communications which involved developing strong relationships between the Multi-National Forces – South East Region (MNF-SE) and the Australian Contingent (AMTG 1&2) and the Provincial Council, Local Governor and Tribal Sheiks and the local Iraqi media in the Al Muthanna region. As the Defence Public Affairs Officer in Timor Leste, I worked closely with the Timorese Government, United Nations, NGOs, Aide Agencies, church leaders and the local Timorese media. Why are you running for the office of Mayor? Unfortunately, over the years I have seen some horrific decisions made within Council, and the community has suffered from appalling mismanagement and the effects of political parties. Several people approached me before the 2004 elections and asked me to run for Council. At the time, I was heavily involved in some large projects and could not devote the time necessary to do the job properly. As a returned serviceman, I have seen first 62 greater port macquarie focus.

hand what poor government can do a nation the whole community and that resources are and its people, but I didn’t have to travel overshared fairly across the Hastings. seas to see what poor government has done to Thirdly, we all need to start thinking strathe Hastings and its residents. tegically and laterally to maintain a strong Having said that, I would urge the commuand buoyant budget for Council and reduce nity to think twice about voting for a political financial wastage and debt. This means we party (PP) at the next elections. There are 8 need to find better ways to fund developseats on Council plus the Mayoral position, and ment projects and maintain our extensive road a PP consists of four members. This equates to systems. This means working co-operatively and a PP controlling approx. 50% of the vote on an closely with our Federal and State Government issue. representatives and the Mid North Coast Group I have been asked what my political affiliof Councils. ations are, and I can categorically state that I We cannot continue to put pressure on our have none. I don’t even categorise myself as an residents by constantly raising rates to fund Independent, because the perception the next project. It has to be understood that within the electorate is that Financial Management goes beyond the even Independents can expenditure of the budget and acform alliances. quisition of grants. It also extends ill If elected, I will to the realm of cost analysis of “ As Mayor, I w consider myself a the operation via Strategic Cost ensure that all ofhas the community ity representative of the Management (Value Adding every opportun the community – their and the Value Chain – Cost in ed lv to be invo uncil’s Co voice on Council. Drivers). e th of ew vi re tegic So, why I am I runTo sum up: a vote for me is a Community Stra Plan. ” ning for Mayor? vote for you and: 1. I feel with my back1. A voice on Council for all ground and experience I residents; can make a real positive con2. Better roads, services and facilities for tribution to the future prosperity, with all residents; sustainable development across the Hastings 3. Greater community consultation with a more for all residents, with better roads, services and open and transparent Council; facilities. 4. No Political Party Affiliations; 2. I want to ensure that the residents of the 6. A more safer and prosperous community for Hastings have a voice on Council and a say in all; the future development of their community. If you could fix just one pressing issue for 3. I want to keep political parties out of local the Hastings immediately, what would it government. The good old bad days are gone. be? What are some of your policies leading Unfortunately, there is not just one project or into the next election? pressing issue that needs fixing; there are many As Mayor, I would firstly ensure that the vital projects and issues that need attention. Council is totally open and transparent in its However, the few that come to mind are: management and day to day operations. This 1. Great community consultation – a voice on will require a strategy to ensure that Council Council; consults more frequently and broadly with the 2. Better roads, better roads, and better roads; community, so that residents’ thoughts and 3. Tighter and transparent financial manageconcerns are taken into account. ment; Secondly, as Mayor, I would ensure that I 4. Sewerage systems for those communities and my Councillors were representatives of that don’t have one;

asked what my political affiliationss are, and I can categorically state that I have none. ”

5. Fluoridisation; 6. More cooperation with small business; ng 7. The upgrade of the Wauchope swimming pool, bringing it into the 21st century; 8. Foreshore protection, especially in the Lake Cathie region. I also intend to work very closely with our Federal and State Government representatives to address many of the issues that we in the Port Macquarie-Hasting region are facing. What is you overall vision for our area heading towards 2020/2030? It’s not my vision; it would be the vision of the whole community. As Mayor, I would ensure that the vision of all the residents of the Hastings was realised. I would encourage all residents to become familiar with the Council’s Community Strategic Plan, because this is the blueprint for the region’s development and growth over the next 20 years. However, the Strategic Plan can and should be reassessed and adopted to take in new and emerging needs and priorities as according to the residents of the Hastings. As Mayor, I will ensure that all of the community has every opportunity to be involved in the review of the Council’s Community Strategic Plan, as well as ensuring that Council will listen to the thoughts, needs and wants of the community. What’s something our readers don’t know about you? As a keen sportsman; I have a ‘Can D’ attitude. I have played A Grade tennis and squash and enjoy white-water rafting and abseiling. I hold a 3rd Dan (Sandan) Black Belt in Karate. I lived and trained in a Dojo in Malaysia as the personal student of Grandmaster Chew Choo Soot. My sporting life reflects my approach, dedication and focus within my professional life. Thanks Keith.

Contact Keith Readers can contact Keith on his mobile 0412 85 65 69 or email



Fred r Fred We last spoke to D ian Labor al tr us A e Lips as th the last Party Candidate in is time Federal Election.eTh untry Fred is part of th ruCo ing for Labor team and nn Councillor.

ell us a little about yourself and why you are running for a Councillor position. I have lived in the Port Macquarie area for the last 23 years and now live in the Camden Haven. I work in the health care sector as an anaesthetist and pain specialist. I raised a young family here, but now my wife, Pam, and I are raising a young macadamia orchard in Herons Creek, in my spare time between my professional work, tennis, golf and various aviation pursuits. I am running for Councillor as a member of the Country Labor Team, because I care about my community in that everyone should have a fair share of the resources that Council can bring. What are some of your policies leading into the next election? As Councillor, I will represent the interest of all residents of the Port Macquarie-Hastings area, but would also like to be a local champion for the Camden Haven. There, I would like to see the reopening of the Kew Visitor Information Centre and the planned beautification of Kew become a reality. Kew will become the gateway for the Mid North Coast, and we should encourage travellers to stop by and learn what amenities can be enjoyed in the whole region, not just in the Camden Haven. As a past President of Port Saints Soccer Club, I know how important structured sporting activities are to our community – especially for our juniors. There is a shortage of sporting fields and courts, which I want to address as a Councillor. I will work with club executives to make their job easier in gaining

access to better facilities for their clubs. the State and Federal Governments to I will look to solutions for the early contribute their fair share of resources retirement of the debt incurred from to make this happen. the building of the Glasshouse. I will Do you feel any pressure from the also work with the supporters of the community being the first pubGlasshouse to maximise the value of licly elected Councillors in almost 6 this cultural and artistic centre of Port years? Macquarie, thereby reducing its cost to Not really. The fact that there are no ratepayers. incumbents leaves an open field, and Last, but arguably first in importance, the electorate can have a fresh look at is to find better solutions to each candidate on their merits. build and maintain our There was some controverroad and ageing infrasy initially over whether to e lik structure. candidates should ld ou “Iw g If you could fix have affiliations with see the reopenin r of the Kew Visito one pressing ispolitical parties. er Information Cent d sue immediately, I think now the ne an pl e th and what would it be? debate has moved beautification of Kew become a The retirement on to the fact that reality. ” of the debt incurred candidates contesting from building the the Council elections Glasshouse and running should be transparent it profitably. This will free up about their political ties. I am valuable funds that the Council can proud to be a Country Labor candidate, direct elsewhere, including the impleas it is the Labor values of fairness and a mentation of policies I have mentioned vision of the future that will inform my above. decision making and conduct in Council What is your overall vision for our if elected. area heading towards 2020/2030? What’s something our readers don’t Managed growth and development know about you? of our community, while preserving the I flew a glider across Australia with natural environment, which I believe the Leyland Brothers many years ago. is the chief drawcard for tourists and The skill of making judgments incorfuture residents. porating situational awareness to keep A large part of our community is in oneself safe when gliding I find useful in retirement, and we need to ensure their most things I do. easy access to healthcare and mobility – Thanks Fred. which will require better footpaths and cycleways for their scooters. Contact Fred For the others who make up our Readers can contact Fred on his mobile: 0412 654 269 or community, they need optimal health, email educational and employment opportunities. I will work with Council to lobby



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McGrath is unique in the real estate industry.

How do you foster team spirit or morale in

Founder John McGrath introduced entirely new

your workplace? In our industry, family time is

standards in integrity, service and marketing

precious, so families are included in all McGrath

technologies, and these are reflected in our

staff social functions. For example, rather than

Port Macquarie offices. Our signboards are very

visiting a pub or restaurant for Xmas celebrations,

distinctive and our ‘days on market’ are well

we choose to sponsor a combined camping/

below the local average.

caravanning weekend, to enable all families to

How does your business embrace changing

enjoy some time together.

technologies? McGrath is always at the cutting

Any recent achievements you would like

edge of technological evolution; all advertising

to acknowledge? For the past two years, we

and signboards include ‘QR codes’, which

have been honoured to receive awards at the

accesses information via smart phones, and

Commonwealth Bank-Greater Port Macquarie remains the most frequented

Business Awards, and we recently learned that

property franchise website in Australia.

our local property management team had

How will your business remain competitive

received national acclaim. Our sincere thanks go

in 2012? We continually review our direction,

to everyone who has supported McGrath Port

and we listen to feedback from our valuable

Macquarie over the past three years.

INTEGRITY HONESTY RESULTS Saving you money, by delivering the results you need, sooner Irrespective of whether you decide to sell an exclusive waterfront, or your simple but much-loved family home, there are many reasons to choose McGrath. McGrath has a reputation for absolute honesty and professionalism, with unique marketing tools which are the undisputed benchmark for the property industry. In short; McGrath will provide you with a fair and realistic appraisal, the industry·s Ànest marketing strategies, full and open communication from skilled professionals and better results, sooner. Why not call one of the friendly McGrath team today and become part of a local success story?

McGrath Estate Agents 147 Gordon Street Port Macquarie T 6589 3777

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FOR PEOPLE F O R B U S I N E S S Elders Real Estate - Port Macquarie

MATT H E M P S E L L Matt Hempsell Osteopathy & Sports Injury Clinic

The Elders Real Estate team knows that its business is about much more than structure, space and location. It’s about homes – for people and for business. Homes are more than just a roof over one’s head. They are as much about a fundamental feeling of safety, security, settlement and identity. Our many industry awards help underline just how much our 24 strong staff values clients’ sense of home when carrying out our work. Bill, Clive, Tim, Rohan, with fellow sales agent Alex Glen-Holmes and assisted by Melissa Willoughby and Ali Hintz have worked tirelessly to build a strong reputation, and it’s why they are driven to maintain and enhance the experience that our sales department offers.The success of this Elders team has been guided by the energy and passion of getting the best job done with all of our collective ability and experience.

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How long has your business been in

busy work schedule and lifestyle to easily arrange

operation in Port Macquarie? I have now

their appointments.

been operating in Port Macquarie for 1 year,

Personally, I (as a national requirement)

and hasn’t the time flown by since our move

rather than resting on our laurels. It’s also why

am continually updating my professional

from London? Like most small businesses in

we strive to accomplish the satisfaction of

development by attending courses and meeting

Port, and especially in the medical field, word

knowing everyone we deal with feels valued,

with other professionals.

of mouth is the key to success. Do a good job

In what ways are you involved in the

not taken for granted.

and people will talk, and this has worked well.

We are all too aware that it is ultimately the clientele which determines the extent of success. This is what keeps us on our toes,

Ensuring we work hard to earn your trust is at the heart of our every operation as a real

Our business is growing rapidly, building good relationships with hospitals, medical centres and related professions, while we help a wide variety

local community? We attend and sometimes participate in local sporting events and regularly treat local competitors. My family and I are also members and supporters of Grace Church and its

estate agency. It’s our duty to do all we can

of patients, from the elite athlete to general

to play our part in establishing or maintaining

weekend sports enthusiasts, to the elderly and

that sense of home for those who choose to


be our clients.

How does your business embrace changing

aches and pains?

technologies? In our clinic we have the latest

I believe the body is an amazing design which

software system, which enables all medical

is quite capable of healing itself. Sometimes our

The Elders Real Estate Port Macquarie team’s commitment to the local property market is to

numerous community activities. What is your approach to treating injuries,

records to be securely stored and updated. This

bodies ‘get stuck’ or just need a little help in the

uphold and improve our own high standards.

results in a fast, accurate and efficient service.

right direction to enable them to ‘get better’. At

We hope you choose to play a part in our

Also, we have a state of the art diary system with

the clinic, we facilitate that healing, guiding the

continuing success story.

an online booking facility, enabling people with a

body in the right direction.

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5. TODD G R E E N – Research & Project Officer 6. RICHARD W I L S O N – Deputy Chair 7. RICHARD O ’ L E A R Y – Treasurer 8. JAMES O ’ S U L L I V A N – Project Officer

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast Industry/profession: Government, industry, community liaison. What is unique about your business? Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between the Australian, State and Local Governments to develop and strengthen the regional communities of Australia. RDA Mid North Coast is a not for profit incorporated association that operates in the dynamic environment of the local government areas of Greater Taree, Port Macquarie/Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour and Lord Howe Island. A key role of the RDA is to act as a conduit between business/community and government, to ensure that government is responsive to local needs and priorities. The interrelated nature of the RDA MNC vision and purpose statements generates a need for the organisation to act as broker, facilitating development of the region connecting via partnerships with stakeholders. RDA Mid North Coast seeks to work closely with Council’s Economic Development Units and Chambers of Commerce in each of the local government areas, and we dovetail into the programs of NSW Trade & Investment ‘Office of Regional Development’ along with the Federal Government initiatives to provide collaborative leadership, advocacy and partnerships in the Mid North Coast that stimulate and facilitate the region’s potential. How does your business embrace changing technologies? RDA Mid North Coast has been at the

forefront for advocacy and promotion of High Speed Broadband and the value of NBN Co, producing Australia’s first Regional Digital Strategy. Coffs Harbour is currently in the process of the fibre rollout, while Taree is preparing. The exciting news for the region is that Fixed Wireless and Satellite will service nearly 22% of the region and will be fully operational by the end of 2013. We are providing information to Councils and the community through our ‘Broadband Toolkit’ online through our website (www. In addition, RDA Mid North Coast was the producer of the recent major event in Coffs Harbour, THE (TechnologyHeath-Education) Exchange Expo and Seminar program. This event attracted over 650 registered delegates and 30 Broadband services related booths and sponsors. RDA Mid North Coast practises what it preaches, having recently installed a VoIP telecommunications system in its office in Port Macquarie and using Citrix ‘Go to Meeting’ for desktop communication and conference video. The savings in fuel and time spent on the highway will quickly pay for these technology innovations. How will your business remain competitive in 2012? Our purpose is to develop and facilitate industry in our region, and it is up to all of us to be competitive in the current economic climate. The most important tool we have is research. Government and industry are

constantly producing quality data relevant to our region. However, the most important consideration for RDA Mid North Coast is to interpret that research and identify implications that may benefit or impact industry and/or our community. To this end, RDA Mid North Coast undertakes two major initiatives. In partnership with the La Trobe University commercialised Regional Economic Modelling & Planning tool (REMPLAN), RDA has developed a free ‘Regional Data App’ on its website (www. The app allows anyone to research data on up to 19 industry categories and compare any of the 6 LGAs with the whole region and NSW. RDA also produces a bi-monthly Indicators Report on various topics for the eNewsletter. The current edition examines the Economic Indicators for the region of the Top 5 Industries in Gross Output, Employment and Value Added. Compulsory reading for any business ... simply visit the RDA Website and subscribe. Any recent achievements you would like to acknowledge? Firstly, the RDA Mid North Coast website ( has become a portal for information on industry, community and government. A cornerstone of our communications strategy, the site is a model for other RDAs around Australia, carrying information from the Broadband toolkit, grant links and other resources. In addition, the site offers details of RDA MNC services, including

the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and other federal programs such as the Regional Development Australia Fund. The RDA MNC recently audited its web traffic for the last year, identifying over 25,000 visits to the website. More significantly though, was that 39% of those were return visitors and that the average time on the site was over 3.5 minutes per visitor. The second achievement is yet to come (this year, at least). In 2010 and 2011, the RDA Mid North Coast presented the Strategic Regional Leadership Conference at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie. We are again undertaking this important project, and this year the theme is ‘Building Community Wealth’. In keeping with this theme, the United Nations International Year for Cooperatives are co-locating the National Cooperatives Conference. There are nearly 50 Co-ops and Mutuals (Credit Unions and Building Societies) on the Mid North Coast, and they make a substantial contribution to the economy of the region. With new national Cooperatives Governance Legislation just passing through the NSW Parliament, it is opportune to consider this in the context of regional leadership. In conclusion The RDA Mid North Coast Board and staff are pleased to contribute to the GPM FOCUS ‘Men in Business’ supplement, and we look forward to further identifying our staff and Board Members of the other gender in ‘Women in Business’ in the near future.

Visit our website for: Access to regional news and information Regional data for the Mid North Coast from Coffs Harbour to Taree Regional indicators bi-monthly publication Available grant information The Strategic Regional Leadership Conference The International Year of Co-Operatives National Conference Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme The latest information on the NBN rollout

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MEN BUSINESS TODD M U R R A Y Grace Church - Port Macquarie


Terry Hudson Real Estate Te

Port Macquarie Seadoo Industry/profession: Senior Pastor. What is unique about your business? We are actually not a business, but we are in the business of changing lives through Jesus Christ. Churches are paramount to the success of healthy communities. Churches provide so much to a community, that their true impact would be mostly felt if they ceased to exist; only then will communities understand the significant role that churches have. However, fortunately the church across Port Macquarie is alive and well! In what ways are you involved in the local community? Grace Church has many areas that the community are welcome to participate in. The young mums and playtime group (Tuesdays 9.30am), Ignite Youth for teenagers (Wednesday night), and our Seniors Ministry in nursing homes are just a few of many various programmes offered by our church. Our church members are involved in many and varied community events and programs – too many to list here. Any recent achievements you would like to acknowledge? Grace Church has introduced a full bible college option for the Mid North Coast. For most people who want to study the bible or theology, they have had to persist with distance education or leave the area to study. This year we have developed a college that can keep people here and allow them to study right through to a Diploma in Ministry. This is an exceptional option for anyone wanting to study the bible or theology in Port Macquarie. Please check out our website for more information:

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Industry/profession: PWC (Personal Water Craft).

Industry/profession: Principal/Licensee (11 years).

What is unique about your business? Port Macquarie Seadoo is the only authorised Seadoo Dealer for the Mid North Coast, servicing customers from Taree to the Gold Coast and out to Tamworth and Walgett in the west.

What is unique about your business? The simple truth is there is nothing unique about today’s real estate offices. We all basically offer the same expected services of marketing, selling and property management. The point of difference or ‘uniqueness’ comes with the ‘heart and soul’ of an office.

I pride myself on great customer service and always try to give the customer the best possible deal when purchasing any of the products I sell. How does your business embrace changing technologies? Technology is moving pretty fast, with the Seadoo Products of the past few years introducing the iBR (intelligent Brake and Reverse), iS (intelligent suspension) and iTC (Intelligent Throttle Control) systems onto most of the 2012 Seadoo models. I attend training in Sydney to keep up with the ever changing technologies on Seadoo products. In what ways are you involved in the local community?

Port Macquarie Seadoo has supplied and serviced NSW Surf Life Saving’s Mid “ North Coast Branch’s PWCs for 7 years now, and I am very proud to be associated with their organisation.”

They do a fantasic job of keeping our beaches safe, and they had another brand new Seadoo recently delivered to patrol the surf this summer.

The teamwork and leadership create an attraction to buyers and sellers. Being non-franchise as a local family based business opens opportunities to adapt new ideas from all sources and mould them into a winning formulae for all concerned. Prime importance – relationship building, people management and hard earned experience produce the best results for our clients and customers. How does your business embrace changing technologies? Technology is changing the face of all businesses, including real estate. To think otherwise is to be a dinosaur and become extinct. However, the present and future technologies should be adapted with some reservation and not be relied upon completely. With email, twitter, texting and Facebook, salespeople should not lose sight of and confidence in the important reality of face to face contact and the skills of negotiating.

It’s a people business and a service industry; clients and customers need agents to assist “ them in making major decisions. Guidance, respect, firmness and trust are paramount.”

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Men at Work and Temps at Work Industry/profession: Traffic control, labour hire, temping, training and executive recruitment.

Whether it’s a current iPhone or the most current client management system, Men at Work have always been quick to adopt current technology, to ensure that we are What is unique about your business? able to respond in the most efficient way Men at Work is a locally owned and operated to our clients needs. Directing traffic on the company that services the traffic control, busiest highway in the Southern Hemisphere training and assessment, and labour hire requires our staff to be well trained and have needs of businesses on the Mid North Coast state of the art equipment. Likewise, selecting of NSW. We are unique because of the broad and placing the best candidates efficiently range of services that we offer. Our ten and effectively only comes from permanent staff are specialists in investing in state of the art their chosen field. We pride g n ti ec ir technology. There is also D ourselves on giving the n the o c affi tr an expectation from our level of service to our way h ig h t es clients that if you are si u b clients that we would thern u So e th training and assessing, in like to receive ourselves. ere requires that you are also h p is em H Businesses that use us ell our staff to be w e leading by example and often comment on the av h d trained an demonstrating a real duty ease and professional way state of the art of care to all employees. we respond to their needs.


With 11 years of local service to the business community, we pride ourselves on being local and supporting local workers and employees. How does your business embrace changing technologies?

How will your business remain competitive in 2012?

Men at Work prides itself on having suitably equipped, well trained staff to respond to every assignment. We believe competitiveness is not solely reliant on

price. Delivering quality services and quality product will keep us competitive. Our team is constantly exploring new technology and new markets to service. In recent times, our significant growth can be attributed to a culture that engages the team and all of their individual strengths. Our staff meets regularly to share what is happening within the business. In a busy environment, we are also conscious of engaging the various business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, HBEN and industrial special purpose groups to assist us in connecting to our market. In what ways are you involved in the local community? Men at Work support many charities, such as sporting organisations and community events, including Hastings Valley Vikings, Port Chamber of Commerce, Slice of Haven, Comboyne Village Fair, Ironman Fun Run, Veterans marches, Port Macquarie Marine Rescue, Wheel Chair Sport Australia, Movember, walk to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease and The Cancer Council Walk against Cancer. Supporting the local community and its

charities has allowed Men at Work and its staff to assist individuals and groups who need it most. How do you foster team spirit or morale in your workplace? The Men at Work culture allows people to be themselves while providing the support to work co-operatively to take on any challenge. We take ownership and responsibility for what we do and say. The rewards are measured by the friendships among the team members. All of the team have moved to Port Macquarie for lifestyle reasons. Getting the right work-life balance is a priority for us all. We are proud to be a part of a winning team. Taking pride in what we do has created a real team spirit and an enthusiasm that money can’t buy. Any recent achievements you would like to acknowledge? Men At Work have enjoyed unprecedented growth across all divisions for a number of years and celebrated its 10th anniversary last November. In 2011, we were honoured to win our category of the Port Macquarie Business Awards and also to be finalist in the Excellence in Business category.

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Heritage Christian School Heritage He H erriiitta tagge eC Christian hrris h isttiia an nS School cch ho oo ol

As far as Principals of schools go, Geoff Brisby at Heritage Christian School in Port Macquarie doesn’t fit in the normal mould. Unlike most teachers and Principals, Geoff has a background in engineering. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the National Institute of Christian Education, lecturing in the Masters of School Leadership program and is a member of the ‘Christian Education National’ State Executive Council. He has four children, nine grandchildren and lives on the family farm near Taree. What is unique about your business? When it comes to business, schools are a bit outside of the box. We face some of the most complicated situations in terms of budgeting, workplace health and safety, privacy, intellectual property and family law, as well as a host of other legal requirements. What do you do to ‘unwind’? I race cars,

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and I ride motorbikes. I have a Torana XU1 race car, and a HSV Clubsport that I run in hillclimbs. They’re great fun and both ridiculously quick cars. One is ‘old school muscle’; the other is just brutally efficient and scary on a hillclimb track, where you’re surrounded by rocks, trees and Armco fencing. I grew up around bikes, cars, and boats – anything with an engine that we could go fast in. These days, my life is a contradiction in terms. One part of my life is serious, full on work. The other part is serious, full on fun. I’ve reached that stage when I can have both. It’s a nice balance. At Heritage, I have the perfect job. I get to lead a great team. We have a wonderful bunch of kids in the school. We take what we do really seriously, but we just don’t take ourselves too seriously. We enjoy what we do, and I want the kids to grow up to be great people, happy and with a healthy balance in their lives.

STEPHEN C O O K LEE RISKE Smarter Financial & Insurance Solutions

Industry/profession: Financial Services. How will your business remain competitive in 2012? By continuing to provide affordable quality financial advice and services.

you are interested in providing support to this worthy cause, please contact our office and we can forward on your details.

The presumption that financial advice is only available to the wealthy is a common misconception; there are a number of other areas that financial planners can assist with, other than investment.

How do you foster a good team spirit in your workplace? Maintaining a positive attitude and mutual respect. Genuinely valuing the effort and contribution of the smarter team. We are acutely aware that without them, our current and our future success would not be possible.

In what ways are you involved in the local community? One of our main goals upon commencing our business was to make sure that we gave back to our local community. We currently sponsor the Port City Breakers Rugby League Club, the Hastings Valley Vikings Rugby Union Club, local triathlete Harry Jones, and we are a key supporter of the local MS society here in Port Macquarie. The MS society is currently looking for additional sponsors for their Annual Lawn Bowls Day in November; if

Any recent achievements you would like to acknowledge? After being employed within the financial industry, with over 30 years’ experience between us, the most prevalent achievement that we have recently taken is the ominous leap into selfemployment and the responsibility of owning our own company. After we recovered from the initial uncertainty of not receiving a regular income, we put our ideas into action. We now look back and wish we had done it sooner.

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Laing + Simmons – Port Macquarie What is unique about your business?

of 8 national real estate portals. I do believe

– the weekly Domain Property Guide.

every day. A happy office is an effective office,

Chris: I believe that the most unique thing

though, that in this day of the internet and

In what ways are you involved

and I believe this is evident in our results.

about Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie is the

social media, people can get too caught up

in the local community?

David: As the newest member of the team,

‘culture’ of our office. The most common

in technology and forget that the real estate

Chris: We are all involved in our community

the one thing that really struck me on my

feedback I receive from our clients is that

industry is really about people. Technology

in our own way and try to give a little back

first day was the positive spirit of the L+S

everyone at L+S is so pleasant and happy and

is great for increasing the service and

whenever we can – whether it’s sponsoring

team. Rather than a competitive and cut

that we operate very much as a team.

communication that a business can offer, yet

our kids’ sporting teams, or supporting local

throat environment found in a lot of sales

many are now using these tools to oversell

charities. We recently got involved with the

environments, our Laing+Simmons staff

themselves to the point of being annoying.

‘Give Me 5 for Kids’ campaign run by 2MC in

work together as a united team, focusing on

Even though computers, smart phones

June. We pledged $200 from the sale of each

achieving results for our clients, rather than personal glory.

I'm extremely fortunate to have a group of passionate people who love their jobs, and we foster an environment where everyone at L+S is there to help each other. As a result, we

and the internet are so prolific in our lives,

property, and we were extremely excited to

are very customer focused and love the buzz

in our experience, people still appreciate

donate $3,200 to the kids’ ward at our own

associated with listing and selling property,

and respond to sound, honest advice, and

Base Hospital.

and our clients reap the rewards.

the genuine personal service of a real, live,

Kristian: I am heavily involved with the Port

professional agent. I honestly believe it's

Macquarie Sharks RLFC, of which I am the

changing hands, high levels of emotion, and

my people that make the difference, not

Junior Vice President and a life member.

a lot of competition from other agencies;

the technology – I haven't seen too many

however, there is little that compares to the

computers smile at me lately!

Macquarie Hastings Hockey Association, and

high we get from helping our clients achieve

Andrew: There is no doubt that the internet

David has recently started playing soccer in

their real estate goals. We have 11 vibrant

has provided people with a highly effective

the local men’s league – but we won’t hold

and happy team members in our office – all

medium to research and gain knowledge

that against him!

united with a common goal ‘to be the best

of the property market. This has resulted

How do you foster team spirit or morale

at what we do’. I believe that it’s this culture

in buyers being more educated before

in your workplace?

that places us consistently as Port Macquarie’s

contacting an agent ... less inspections.

Chris: To have great team spirit or morale,

leading real estate agency.

What hasn’t changed though, is the source

you must first start with the right team; it's all

including a new office fit out and a new

How does your business

of buyers who are ready to buy now. These

about people with the right attitude. I'm very

look in our print marketing. I’m also looking

embrace changing technologies?

people still find us via signs on properties,

focused on fostering a culture of enthusiastic

to grow our sales team. We currently have

Chris: Laing+Simmons is equipped with

open homes and through talking to people

people who strive to continually achieve high

6 salespeople selling approximately 180

highly effective systems and the latest

who have just sold through our office. Despite

standards and genuinely enjoy what they

properties a year. I'm confident with the

technologies. We offer an advanced corporate

the advent of the internet, our major source

are doing. Everyone knows what it takes to

addition of 2 more sales people, we will

website, an iPhone app, automated property

of buyers who are ready to buy now is still

get the job done; we are all hard workers

be able to build on our winning formula,

alerts, QR codes in our marketing, and a

our prominent office location and our strong

and respect each other’s talents. We all love

providing exceptional real estate services to

web presence for our clients on a minimum

presence in Port Macquarie’s real estate ‘bible’

coming to work and all have a good laugh

the people of Port Macquarie.

Our industry involves a lot of money

Andrew has a strong connection with Port

How will your business remain competitive in 2012? Chris: This year promises to be very exciting for L+S, with lots of new opportunities on the horizon. The Laing+Simmons franchise group was recently purchased by a vibrant company based in Canberra called The Independent Property Group. This will give us access to even more resources and offer a greater opportunity for expansion of the group. We will also be freshening up our branding,

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Coastal Music ic

Industry/profession: Musical Instrument Sales and Repairs and Tuition. What is unique about your business? We are a family owned independent music store, offering personal service as well as a thorough knowledge of our products. We have the most diverse range of instruments on the Mid North Coast, as well as being the Service Agents for most of the products we sell. How does your business embrace changing technologies? We have a website: that showcases our products and services and which also connects people to our Facebook page. This gives us a direct connection to our customers, keeping them updated with the latest products, music news and upcoming events. How will your business remain competitive in 2012? By still offering our customers the best possible service and competitive prices, as well as becoming more

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Eather Recruitment proactive. Continuing to stage music expos and workshops showcasing new products, and giving our customers the opportunity to interact with our expert clinicians.

What is unique about your business?

great, highly motivated team. Ivana, Amanda,

Eather Recruitment has been operating since

Stacey and Melinda are the backbone to my

October 2007 and services the Mid North Coast

business. They share and demonstrate my

and regional NSW. We provide a professional

philosophies of giving more than you receive

In what ways are you involved in the local community? We have strong ties with all the local and community bands, music associations, schools and teachers through support, sponsorship and donations. Geoff played for many years with the Port Macquarie Hastings Band and currently performs at local social clubs and wineries with his band Jordan Jive. Alan is the Drum Sergeant with the Hasting District Highland Pipe Band.

recruitment service to businesses and candidates.

and caring for our employers’ business success,

We specialise in professional services,

ensuring that their new recruit is the very best.

administration and building and construction

If our employers succeed, we succeed, and

recruitment for both permanent and temporary

therefore the entire community benefits.

jobs, along with payroll services. Understanding

Any recent achievements you would like to

Continuing to stage music expos and workshops showcasing new products, and giving our customers the opportunity to interact with our expert clinicians.”

the business we are assisting is of the utmost importance.

acknowledge? We have recently launched our new Building and Construction Division, headed

In what ways are you involved in the local

up by Bill Howard, which we are extremely

community? Eather Recruitment has been

excited about. There are a number of extensive

involved for a number of years in supporting

projects throughout Regional NSW (Western

local organisations through sponsorships and

NSW) coming up in the next 12 months.

fundraising. We are the major sponsor of the

These possible opportunities will certainly be

Hastings Sports Awards in October 2012 and are

advantageous to those currently working in

very proud to be associated with these Awards.

remote areas of WA and QLD, though living

How do you foster a good team spirit in

on the Mid North Coast. Employees and their

your workplace? I am privileged to lead a

families will inevitably spend more time together.

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Daniel Parlevliet Jason Jones Lee Wood


Juan Cosgayon


SI Clean Energy Jason Jones worked with Complete Engineering before coming to the Glasshouse. With skills in audio and lighting, this is the start of a bright future for him in the entertainment industry. Juan Cosgayon came from a long career in television. With this background of technical production and his skills as a local artist, Juan is an asset to the Theatre and Gallery. Daniel Parlevliet is set to take over Port Macquarie one theatre at a time. Balancing his time between Players and the Glasshouse, he is a true ‘ showbiz’ all rounder. Lee Wood comes from a set construction company in the UK, and with his skills is the man most handy on the tools. If it is broken, Lee can fix it! Jason, Juan, Daniel and Lee are 4 of the 10 ‘men in black’ that are the Glasshouse Back of House Team.

This crew service the needs of community users, commercial hirers, touring productions, artists, exhibitors and conference organisers. Responsible for everything from lighting, audio, visual effects, set construction, staging, crewing, wardrobe, logistics and function set ups for everything that happens in the Glasshouse, they are always hard at work behind the scenes to make everything appear ‘seamless’.

Over the last three years they have developed a reputation among professional touring companies as one of the best regional crews in Australia and continue to set a new benchmark for technical services in regional cultural venues. ”

What is unique about your business? That we base our operations on our wealth of technical and engineering knowledge from over 20 years’ experience within the industry.

education, support and sponsorship of various

How does your business embrace changing technologies? SI is recognised nationally for its contributions in the evolution of the solar industry through our innovative design and engineering. In 2011 we won a national industry award for our 136.5 Kw installation on Coffs Harbour Library – Rigby House.

Each year, our ongoing support to the community

How will your business remain competitive in 2012? SI continues to find more efficient ways to operate through improved internal systems, as well as using the latest business technology to ensure that we remain competitive locally and nationally.

in your workplace? At SI, we believe in

In what ways are you involved in the local community? We are always keen to invest in the local community through employment,

BBQ mornings, family involvement and external

events. We are the proud major sponsor once again of this year’s Bellingen Energy Festival, which continues to attract national business. is primarily by employing and training young local people – we currently have six apprentices at SI, with three having just completed their trade and three more to finish in the coming months. How do you foster a good team spirit communication and education within all areas of the workplace; having an open and clear communication process allows all employees to interact and become aware of the overall objectives the company is working towards. workplace functions are important to SI team spirit.



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Industry/profession: Banking. What is unique about your business? At NAB, we recognise that our business has a special responsibility in the local community. Our business is founded on a belief in the potential of our customers and community – a belief that motivates our people to do the right thing, to be authentic and respectful, work together and create value through excellence. While we’re also part of a large organisation, we operate our business like a local business, with local decisions and of course, local people. How will your business remain competitive in 2012? We believe in doing the right thing by our customers. NAB has made a firm commitment about this, and one example is that we have now had the lowest standard variable home loan rate of the 4 majors for the last 3 years consecutively. We have a genuine passion for delivering on our mission statement of “more give, less take”. We have abolished many fees, and we provide an


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outstanding suite of products for our customers. This is all backed up by a fantastic team of people who are very passionate about providing the best customer service in town.

Industry/profession: Brewer.

secure a new venue in Port Macquarie. The new

What is unique about your business? Our business offers that experience you can only get at the source.

premises is at 6B Acacia Avenue. Here we will

In what ways are you involved in the local community? We’re always looking for ways to support the local community. We are very proud of things like our 'Schools First' awards program. This program recognises that education of our young people rests on the shoulders of the entire community, and we have been delighted to be able to provide awards and funding to local schools. In the past year alone, there have been 110 awards and $5 million in funding awarded to Australian schools, including quite a few schools locally.

While not quite open yet, we will present the opportunity for interested people to come to the brewery, try all the beers and learn about the different characteristics beers have to offer. They can look at the brewing gear and spend some time getting to learn about making beer and enjoying the atmosphere of the brewery.

look at the local produce on offer.

We will do some light food and beer taste matching, to really enhance the beer experience.

Red, the 'Herons Craic' and the Stout, that will be

Locally made beers have been available in Port Macquarie for at least the last five years, and we hope to further promote the opportunity to come to the source and enjoy the beer experience.

a few bottles and have the Proper Bitter, the Dark

Tell us about your recent achievements? Having acquired some larger brewing equipment late last year, we have taken the initiative to

‘growlers’ (2 L refillable bottles) will be available

We are also big supporters of NAB Auskick, and recently held a clinic in Port Macquarie hosted by 'Dipper' and Garry Rohan from the Sydney Swans. Both were excellent with the kids, and a lot of fun was had by all. In terms of local employment, NAB also employs over 40 staff in Port Macquarie alone.

be setting up the shop front, so there is a good space to sit and enjoy the range of beers and Having started a couple of years ago with just the Proper Bitter in kegs, we now have 6 beers to offer, with a couple more in the pipeline. We have the Proper Bitter, the Dark Ale, the Golden Goose, the Platypus, The Summer Swallow and the Indian Runner. We have yet to create our Irish titled 'The Drake'. We also have been busy filling Ale and the Golden Goose in 330 ml bottles. All these beers will be on offer to taste when we get the cellar door open, and bottled product and to take with you. We will also have a range of local produce on the shelves to buy and try.



Clinical Hypnotherapist & Counsellor Clin

What is unique about your business? The most unique aspect of my business is that I use a combination of counselling and hypnotherapy with all clients. This allows me to provide an individualised approach for every client, so it promotes better long term success. Counselling allows me to investigate and understand the problem, which then allows the client to understand their behaviour better. It also helps me to see if there are any other factors which assist the behaviour continuing, then a specific therapy outline is formulated for every client. Hypnotherapy is then used to promote this change, which speeds up the process of emotional and behavioural change. How will your business remain competitive in 2012? My practice will continue to remain competitive and have sustained growth by continuing to assist clients to resolve their issues and achieve their goals.

This goal will be achieved by continuing to increase my therapy skills with ongoing education at conferences and workshops in hypnotherapy and counselling. My business will continue to expand, as it has done recently to Kempsey, and I am then able to also service the surrounding areas of South West Rocks, Gladstone and Crescent Head. Any recent achievements you would like to acknowledge? I have recently started a second practice in Kempsey, while still being predominantly based in my Port office. I am currently there one day a week. The response has been very positive; so much so, that this will probably expand to two days a week in the near future. I was also recently accepted onto the executive board of one of the three main Hypnotherapy Societies in Australia, the Professional Clinical Hypnotherapists of Australia.

Harcourts Greater Port Macquarie

Industry/profession: Sales Manager.

especially through the listing process.

What is unique about Harcourts? We are the only real estate agency to absolutely cover the beach to the bush in the Hastings Valley, with a designated office in both Port Macquarie and Wauchope, owned and operated by one independent person. By offering the flexible approach to selling or renting your home, Harcourts Greater Port Macquarie can tailor a marketing package to suit your needs.

How will you remain competitive in 2012? We are absolutely committed to providing exceptional personal service to our clients. We don't just pay lip service to our internal mission statement: 'To create clients for life through the finest service'; it is Harcourts' heart and soul and is fundamental to the positive attitude and success of our people.

How do you embrace changing technologies? We are constantly asking how we can improve our systems – how we can offer our clients even higher levels of personal and professional service, and how we can train and equip our people to achieve the best possible results for their clients. The iPad is most certainly the real estate agents’ new best friend, and it creates a new form of interaction between the client and agent,

How do you foster a good team spirit in your workplace? I believe that’s the key word – 'team'. We as a team do mix so well in so many situations, work and socially. We also like to have that competitive spirit involved, with fun little prizes for achievements, which creates a great talking point with our clients as well. We are all heading down to cook the BBQ for the local Wauchope Soccer Club's Gala day on 19 August and present the club with their new swish BBQ.

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DAVID BAILEY EAGLE INSURANCE BROKERS minding your “One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is to go direct to insurers… at claim time brokers really add value”

David Bailey is Managing Director of Eagle Insurance Brokers which has three main locations over the Mid and Far North Coasts of NSW employing around 20 staff, together with representatives in Sydney and Coffs Harbour. David Bailey has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years and over that time has understandably gathered a wealth of knowledge about all types of insurances. As a company, Eagle Insurance Brokers has more than 120 companies to approach to seek the best policy coverage and price for you. Dave says that for many businesses insurance is a major expense for the year, yet many people are prepared to spend the

money without taking the time to sit down and really understand what they are buying. “One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is to go direct to insurers which might seem like a good idea when purchasing, but it’s at claim time when brokers really add value. We spend a great deal of time and have a lot of experience at helping our clients when an insurer ‘closes shop’ on them.” Married to Nikki and with four children, Dave is happy to have found home in Port Macquarie which he says has a great community feel as well as abundant natural beauty. David is a keen surfer and active member of the Port Boardriders, and a supporter of The Pirates Rugby Union Club.

WHEN YOU NEED TO GET INSURANCE… MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF AND TALK TO A REAL PERSON. Talk to David Bailey, Managing Director of Eagle Insurance Brokers. These days we can find love on the internet, do our shopping, see our old home in a different country…but some things are best done in person. With insurance, particularly business insurance, the risks vary significantly from business to business. An online form or an insurance comparison website can not identify these differences or provide a subjective explanation of your insurance requirements… but David can! Industries Accommodation Allied Health Architects Construction Hospitality – Cafés and Restaurants Information Technology & Communications Manufacturing Marine Dealers Property Valuers Real Estate Agents

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Hi everyone. Welcome to the Port Chamber column umn e for August. I have been the Chamber’s Executive hamber Officer for more than 3 months now, and the Chamber Board has finally given me permission to take off my training wheels and put in my first column! s the winter season comes to a close, it is time to ready ourselves to embrace new opportunities. One of the most important of these is the upcoming Council elections. Although there is a bit of uncertainty, it is nevertheless comforting to know that very soon our town will once again be in the hands of the people we will have elected to run it for us. Let’s hope we get the people we deserve. So if Chamber was giving any advice to the prospective Councillors, what would it be? First and foremost, like all businesses and not-for-profit organisations like the Chamber, the Council needs to be run properly. Last month Rob spoke about the triple bottom line as the best way to measure the success of a business. Well, the same goes for Council. In reality, Council is a large business which has the job of providing services and infrastructure for the community. The financial transparency, the organisational culture and the environmental sustainability that combine to be the measure of success are readily applicable to the operations of the Council. That all sounds good, but how does Council achieve this? What steps need to be put into place to ensure the Councillors cover all the relevant aspects of this sprawling organisation to deliver successful outcomes? The short answer is by good governance. The benefits of good governance apply equally to ASX listed public companies as they do to successful small businesses and other organisations. When we’re talking about an organisation such as Council where public money is being spent, good governance is critical. But governance sounds like it’s all about getting bogged down in rules and regulations, policies and procedures. How does it help an organisation actually get things done? A world renowned guru on corporate governance is an Englishman by the name of Robert Tricker. His model, which explains how corporate governance should work, has become a recognised standard amongst experts. Tricker Model of Corporate Governance


Source: Robert I. Tricker, International Corporate Governance

His model explains that part of the role of running an organisation should be focused on

what has happened in the past. Accountability (or compliance) and supervising executive activities (monitoring performance) are the two ways that this happens. The critical point is that this is only half the job. The other half involves looking at where the organisation is headed in the future. Strategy formulation and the subsequent development of internal policies is how the future direction of the organisation is managed. So from Chamber’s perspective, Councillors need to have a good understanding of how best to manage and run the organisation. What about strategy? Which are the key areas Chamber would like to see addressed in the future direction of the Council? Council recently wound up the Administrator’s Regional Development Panel in preparation for the new Council. This panel was given the charter to advise and assist Council to advance the economic, social and cultural development of the Local Government Area and promote it as a major regional centre. As part of its final recommendations, the Panel came up with the 'Four Pillars' – these being four initiatives which were seen as being highly visible key drivers into an economic revival. They were: A successful outcome of the review into delivery of Economic Development and Tourism within the LGA; Ensuring the federally-funded upgrade to the airport and surrounding precinct is carried out successfully. A new Airport Project Delivery Committee has been given the task of delivering this and this should be supported; A resurgence in Town Centre Master Plan works to give the impression that Port is 'going places'; Retention of significant Essential Energy head office staff and executive capability under the new merged electricity entity. So if anyone wants to ask Chamber what’s on its wish list is for the new Council, it’s all here. But if you really want to get involved, as part of our role in enabling Council candidates to present themselves to the business community, Chamber is hosting a 'Meet the Candidates' forum on Tues 28 August. Members and nonmembers alike will be welcome ... watch out for the details, and make sure you’re there! Kind regards, Lisa McPherson, Executive Officer, Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce. Manager, Hastings Business Enterprise Network.

CCBM is now Colourworks!


You’ve been busy ... tell us what has been happening with Colourworks? We have just moved into our purpose built facility at 7/21 Industrial Dr in Coffs Harbour. This building features our showroom, with all the latest technology on display. We have also renamed our Port Macquarie business from Central Coast Business Machines to Colourworks and opened a brand new location in Taree, serving the needs of the Manning Valley and Great Lakes regions. We now service from Yamba to Forster. We also rebranded the business.

Jessica follows Police Officer dream Jessica Lee had long dreamt of becoming Jessica said she was very pleased to hear CSU a Police Officer, so when the opportunity had established a campus in Port Macquarie. to study a Bachelor of Justice Studies “If people can study from home with their (Policing) at Charles Sturt University came family’s support, I think it really makes a her way, she grabbed it with difference. My course is being both hands – even though it offered in Port Macquarie from meant moving nine hours next year, and I’d encourage is I chose th away. others considering studying I

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Why do clients choose Colourworks? We look at all aspects of how organisations deal with documents, and as part of this we do a print audit. Our unique selling proposition is that we take the time to look into a business’ processes, and we customise a solution to suit their exact needs. As we have the best available technology, we usually do this and also reduce costs. Nearly 100% of our equipment comes with service and consumables included, so you don’t end up paying big money for expensive consumables. I am happy to say that we retain

“We look for ways to improve an organisation’s efficiency and reduce costs. We look for broken business processes and fix them.� over 95% of our customers. That speaks volumes for our service. What can potential customers expect from one of your print audits? A print audit is where we measure all of the devices in terms of outputs, operational efficiency and costs. We look for ways to improve an organisation’s efficiency and reduce costs. We look for broken business processes and fix them. Colourworks has a special offer for FOCUS readers for the month of August. If we can’t show you a cost or efficiency saving, then you will receive a double movie pass. To find out how, call 6581 1466.






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Christian Gibson, Adam Gibson, David Gibson, Bevan Gibson and John Scott.

A.E. Gibson and Sons is a fourth generation, family owned and operated business located in scenic Kendall. Manufacturing equipment for the saw milling industry, the business has been in operation since the late 1800s.




ut the business’ long and Macquarie and St Joseph’s school. proud history hasn’t left the In the past three years we’ve built owners and operators feeling two complete saw mills in Papua New complacent ... indeed, they Guinea, and we’ve also completed quite a bit of have used cutting edge work in New Zealand. To quote for the two saw technology and innovation to mills in PNG, we competed against companies help them diversify and remain economically from Europe, and we won on our own merits. viable in an ever-changing timber industry … Locally, we supplied nearly all of the Good afternoon. What’s your name and equipment for the Herons Creek timber mill and your position with A.E. Gibson and Sons? the Australian Solar timber mill. Hayden’s, at I’m John Scott, and I’m the Sales Manager. Telegraph Point, also has Gibson machinery. So I’ve been with the business for 25 years. basically, any sawmill of reasonable size in the From your knowledge of the business, how local area has our equipment. did it actually get started? Logistically, how do you organise work in The original Gibson (Arthur) who started the isolated places such as Papua New Guinea? business came from Scotland. He was a Transporting equipment and supplies marine engineer who worked for would be a massive undertaking the local saw mills and fishing … fleets around Kendall. His Yes. We basically project e w The equipment son, Mannie Gibson, really manage the job from es supply includ y dr helped the business to d here. After we’ve been an ill m both green also e W t. en progress and focus more commissioned for pm ui mill eq steel – for on the timber industry. the job, we send our supply structuralRiverside jobs such as the , Aldi Mannie retired in 1971, people out to install the Plaza at Kempsey and his two sons, Mac equipment; and we do St d an ie in Port Macquar.” and John, ran the business all the work locally. ol ho Joseph’s sc until 1978. At this time, Mac Hi Bevan – thanks for left for Fiji where he owned joining us. You’re one of a timber mill, and John became John Gibson’s four sons … the sole owner. John retired in 2006, What’s your role with the day-toand today, the business is run by his four sons: day running of the business? Bevan, David, Adam and Christian. Bevan: I’m the General Manager. I maintain In laymen’s terms, what exactly does the control of all facets of the business, and I’ve business do? been here now for 25 years. I have a hydraulics General engineering and structural background, leaving the area to complete my engineering, but mostly we manufacture timber trade, before returning to the business. processing equipment. We supply equipment Now, you’ve both been with the business throughout Australia and the Pacific Rim. These for 25 years out of its century-long history, days, there wouldn’t be too many hardwood what have been some of the biggest timber mills in Australia that don’t operate with changes you’ve witnessed – both in the some Gibson equipment. business itself, and within the timber The equipment we supply includes both industry? green mill and dry mill equipment. We also John: In the ‘60s, Gibsons were instrumental supply structural steel – for jobs such as in putting the first riderless log carriage into the Riverside Plaza at Kempsey, Aldi in Port Australia – which was huge progress.


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Then 20-25 years ago, we started to go hitech, introducing PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) equipment. In terms of the industry, the number of saw mills around now has changed drastically – there are probably only about 10 per cent of the mills around now that were operating 20 years ago. The size of the market in Australia has reduced, and that has led us to work on more off-shore jobs. The business premises have also grown since the late ‘50s. We take up the whole block on this side of the street now, and the premises have kept moving down the hill over the years. We also have another factory at Johns River which mainly does guillotine and folding, but if we get busy here and have space issues, we can use the factory there to accommodate more of the work. Bevan: In recent years we’ve been doing a reasonable amount of work outside the timber industry, such as structural steel for projects such as the Coles at Kempsey. Prior to this, we worked on around 100 per cent saw milling equipment, but this ratio has definitely changed. We also do some general engineering work and sub-contract to other industries these days, which has allowed us to diversify as the timber industry changed. How do you think the business has been able to trade successfully for such a long period of time? Bevan: Our ability to adapt and innovate. John: Thirty years ago we would have been making a log carriage for the local hardwood timber industry. Today, we’re building complete saw mills for overseas



operations – and project managing all of them. What is it about the business you’re most proud of? Bevan: Definitely the business’ longevity. John: Yes – we’re still here! What does being a part of a small, closeknit community such as Kendall mean to you personally? John: It’s a very big factor. We’ve sponsored many local sporting competitions over the years and continue to do so. How many staff actually work for the business? Bevan: Forty staff. There are tradesmen on the floor, and we have three draftsmen and two office staff. Every year we hire two, or possibly three, apprentices. John: All of our employees are local. We’re very proud of the fact that we employ local people and that we’re a key part of the area. Bevan: We’ve also just had Laurie McDonald who worked for us retire after 54 years of service. John: We have a lot of staff who’ve been here for 25 years, and many who’ve been here for ten or more. You must provide a fabulous place to work then! Congratulations on achieving such longevity in a challenging industry – and here’s to another 100 years! Interview by Jo Atkins.

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A.E Gibson and Sons ns is a fourth generation i b i hi h family owned engineering business which began in the late 1800s, making it the oldest and most experienced sawmilling equipment supplier in Australia.

The North Coast Forests sts Taskforce is an

and d harvesting h ha harve arve rvesti sting tting our forests will continue to be

industry driven working group ng gro p comprising

off increasing i i signifi i ificance to this economy over

representatives of most components of

the next 30 years and one that will offer young

the North Coast forests industry, including

people exciting jobs in the future – particularly in

sawmillers, processors, harvesters and

the areas of sustaining and harvesting our region’s

government representatives.

outstanding forests.

The Taskforce believes that harvesting our trees

The proof of this is the optimism of the Taskforce

and constantly regrowing our forests for future

and the many industry sectors it represents. This

generations is one of the most important things

region has big numbers in terms of direct and

that the region can be doing. The forests industry

indirect forest employment and represents a very

has been an important mainstay of our economy,

healthy contributor to the value of total output.

building entire townships from Wauchope, Kendall,

Local communities can be proud of their forests,

Beechwood, Yarras and lots of places in between.

which are managed sustainably to conserve soil

The industry is also one that has shown remarkable

and water, plants and animals. At the same time,

resilience over many decades through ups and

these forests produce high value timber products

downs caused by the tightening of regulations,

which store carbon and provide recreation and

heightened community expectations, changes

tourism benefits.

to government policies and the cyclical nature of

For more information contact Trevor Sargeant,


North Coast Forest Taskforce Coordinator E.

Under John’s leadership, the company was actively involved in developing new products and more modern equipment, which provided a solid foundation for steady growth. In June 2006, John retired, leaving control to his four sons – who were already actively involved in running the company.

There is no doubt that the business of growing Ph: 0431 737 024

In the past decade, Gibson’s has invested heavily

Arthur Gibson was a qualified marine engineer who began business servicing the local fishing fleet and the sawmills surrounding Kendall. In the 1920s, Arthur’s son, Mannie, became involved in the business, which became focused on the timber industry. In 1971 Mannie retired, and his two sons Mac and John ran the business until 1979, when Mac left the company and John assumed sole ownership of the company.

Gibsons is committed to achieving client satisfaction through research, development and continual upgrading of our products and services to maintain the highest possible quality.

in dev in d evel ev elop el lop opiin in the latest technology, which saw ing developing h company emerge as one of Australia’s leading the manufacturers of hi-tech timber processing equipment. This has led to Gibsons being awarded contracts to supply machinery as well as complete sawmills to Fiji, PNG and New Zealand, competing against international opposition. Recently, the company has undertaken large structural steel building projects, which complement the sawmill equipment and material handling side of the business and has proven to be a natural extension of its engineering capabilities. Today, Gibsons has two manufacturing centres and boasts an active management team controlling sales, product design and production. These operations have succeeded in making the name Gibson synonymous with service, quality and reliability in the industry. The primary objective of A.E Gibson and Sons is to maintain its leading position in the design and manufacture of sawmilling, materials handling, structural engineering and associated equipment.

FORESTS NSW – sustainably managing forests on the mid north coast

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Forests NSW is a public trading enterprise within NSW Department of Primary Industries

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Skill to transform VERTO (formerly Central West Community College) is an established provider of employment and apprenticeship services in Port Macquarie.

keeping our new employees motivated and

The team has gained a reputation for providing quality service and support to both jobseekers and employers in region. One such employer is Caramels at Cathie, who recently was named finalist in the State Training Services Awards, which recognise commitment to employment and training by employers.

encourage and offer each new staff member

Owner of Caramels at Cathie Kaylee Collins said using VERTO for both employment and apprenticeships has made staffing the business easy. “From day one, the business quickly grew and we found ourselves needing staff. We contacted the local Job Services team at VERTO, who helped us find the right people. They also provide post placement support for around 6 months, which really contributes to

part of the team.” Ms Collins said training is also an important part of their workforce development. “We traineeships to enhance and further develop their skills. This is another service that we were able to utilise through VERTO. We are very proud of our 100% successful completion rate – especially considering the fact that for the majority of those who have completed these traineeships and apprenticeships, this has been their first job.” For details on how the local VERTO team can help you develop your workforce and access generous government incentives in the process, phone them on 6580 1900 or call into the office at 1a Short and William Street, Port Macquarie.

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Ask Greg Melissa M ellissa Kenn Kennedy Licensed Conveyancer. Many people buy property 'off the plan'. In other words, they agree to buy something which can’t be legally created until a plan is registered by the vendor developer. otential problems arise from contracts prepared with provisions requiring the vendor to use their best reasonable endeavours to register the plan of subdivision.


Registration of a plan of subdivision usually requires the vendor to obtain development consent from the local Council. Problems arise when this consent is refused, or the vendor feels the requirements for development consent are unreasonable or impossible to meet. So what was the vendor actually required to do to meet the obligation under the contract to use “their best reasonable endeavours”? This obligation was recently considered in the NSW Court of Appeal case Foster V Hall. In this case, contracts were

exchanged with the vendors to use “their best reasonable endeavours” to have the proposed plan of subdivision registered within 12 months of the date of the contract. The Council issued to the vendor a conditional development consent, whereby the vendor was required to construct an access way for fire fighting vehicles. The vendors believed the Council’s requirements were impossible to meet. They did not build the access way, did not register the plan and tried to rescind the contract. The court found the vendor had not used their “best reasonable endeavours” to fulfill their contractual obligations, and the court determined that the vendors had unlawfully terminated the contract. The court awarded the purchasers an amount of damages to compensate them for the vendor’s wrongful rescission of the contract.

Greg Trembath answers nswers your real estate questions. uestions.


We are on the move interstate and wonder whether we should rent out our house or sell it?

A: The first thing you need to do is to assess the local rental market – if there are dozens of rental properties just like yours unoccupied, adding your property to the list is probably not a good idea. Likewise, you should establish if suitable rental accommodation is available in the area you are moving to. If it is in short supply, then buying there may be a better option. When any move is likely to be a long term one, most people will sell their home. After all, it’s usually a necessary step in affording to buy a new home.

If one or more of those things don’t eventuate, there can be a real domino effect. Holding onto a property can come at a substantial cost. If there is a shortfall of rental income against mortgage repayments and regular repairs or maintenance required, you can quickly fall behind. Add to this Council rates, insurance, wear and tear and property management costs and the amount you are investing every year while you wait (fingers crossed) for the market to reach the price you want could be significant.

... avoid throwing away money while pe you live in ho of boom times around the corner.

I’ve seen a lot of people make really good returns when they invest in property for the longer term and are comfortably geared financially. Be careful to do your sums and avoid throwing away money while you live in hope of boom times around the corner.

Sometimes would-be sellers simply can’t sell at a price acceptable to them, so they choose to hang on to their property, in hope of eventually selling once the market has picked up.

Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice.

This strategy can work, but only if a number of things line up for you – namely, a manageable mortgage on that property, a competent and supportive managing agent, good tenants, minimal need for repairs and the future boom times you had hoped for.

Send your real estate questions to greg@ Greg Trembath is Principal/Licensee at Greg Trembath Real Estate. Licensed Real Estate Agent – Licensed Auctioneer.

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Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, the FOCUS Home of the Month has been masterfully built by Adenbrook Homes. Taking full advantage of its waterfront location, the home boasts both South Harbour and river views. Chrissy Jones shows us through this impressive home, affectionately known by its owners as The White House ...


rom first glance, you know you are in for something special; the home draws you in with its expansive concrete drive leading to the double garage with auto panel-lift door, beautifully landscaped tropical gardens and regal gable roof line – it certainly is a little bit different from neighbouring properties. Adding a striking contrast to the white painted brickwork of the exterior is the glossy black solid timber and glass panelled entrance door; being extra wide, it is a pivot door which easily swings open into the generous entrance hallway, running the entire length of the home. Flooring choice in the hallway and indeed, the entire living area are easy clean, off white porcelain tiles, 600 x 600 in size; they have been supplied by Tiles with Style and laid expertly by Peter Dykes. Right of the entrance is the guest accommodation that doubles as a children’s or guests’ retreat. Made up of the tiled TV room, including a home office computer desk, adjacent are 3 good sized bedrooms, all with built-in robes, white timber ceiling fans and downlighting.

All rooms have internal access to their very own private courtyards and each are finished off with a stylish metallic painted feature wall.


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Carpets and blinds have been supplied and installed in all bedrooms by Cullens Carpets and Blinds, with the blinds adding an adjustable element of comfort and privacy. Guest bedrooms are all serviced by a roomy bathroom comprising a nice deep bath, glass walled shower, vanity with generous mirror above and plenty of cupboard and drawer space. Two of the guest bedrooms are mirror image, separated by a double wardrobe each; they both open out onto a shared front North West facing courtyard. Beautifully landscaped with Sasanqua white camellias and concrete pavers underfoot to match the interior




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“A delig tile, the courtyard is a sunny entire wall of floor to ceiling space, the fruit tranquil spot for guests to cupboards and shelving, tree and herb is d ar ty sit and relax in total privacy storage is not a problem for ur co expertly laid taking in river views. linen and cleaning appliout ... � The third guest bedroom, ances. on the other side of the TV Left of entry is what Susie room, has internal access to calls the traditional mud room, the Balinese inspired courtyard. an alcove with entry from the Featuring a Buddha water feature and garage and side yard that provides a white pebbles, this courtyard is in full view convenient floor space to leave the muddy from both the 3rd bedroom and the TV room shoes; hubby Tony is a landscape architect! home office. Here she has creatively made her own family A separate powder room and WC, along photo gallery, taking full advantage of the with hand basin, has been provided for wall space to hang her precious memories. guests. Adjacent is the linen press; with an Continue on left through to the laundry,

which has a deep stainless steel sink, plenty of bench and cupboard space, overhead dryer and easy access to the side courtyard. A delightful space, the fruit tree and herb courtyard is expertly laid out to incorporate not only the clothesline and outdoor hot and cold shower, but also a quaint set of table and chairs sitting on concrete pavers with a nice white pebble edging. This is complemented by the mandarin, Tahitian lime, orange and lemon trees and the garlic, rosemary, chives and parsley of the herb garden. Access to the courtyard is also available from the garage at one end and the formal

dining room at the other. The dining room has a crisp, fresh feel; this, added to the views to the courtyard, make it a delightful room to have a quiet meal or reAad the paper. Next door is the kitchen, all the mod cons are in place, including top quality Blanco, appliances taking in an electric ceramic hotplate, stainless steel range-hood, wall oven and microwave. Designer Living Kitchens provided the kitchen and have done a superb job. Making a statement are the black tiles of the splashback with LED strip lights installed, a real contrast to the white of the benches, walls and floor tiles. continued over

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The Balinese inspired courtyard features a Buddha water feature and white pebbles with a full view from both the third bedroom and the TV room home office.

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Overhead and under-bench cabinetry, ass well as a san an over-size island bench housing not only the double stainless steel kitchen sink with flick-mixer and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, but also soft close drawers with no handles, provides plenty of storage in the kitchen area. This, along with a large walk-in pantry that can be sectioned off by closing the sliding wooden door, provides a very functional kitchen for all cooking needs. The island can easily double as a breakfast bar or act as a practical servery at the next dinner party. The kitchen is not only adjacent to the spacious lounge, but also opens out through a wall of double glass sliding doors onto the outdoor alfresco entertainment area, incorporating a back patio right across the back of the home.

Overlooking the pi ict ctur ures esqu que ue wa wate terrway o te picturesque waterway of the canals canals, the back patio encompasses the inv inviting swimming pool installed by Pollards Pools. Frameless glass balustrade has been expertly crafted by Pacific Balustrades to surround the pool and also to provide a safety rail on the patio above the boat shed, that is found underneath the home. A slipway leads from the boatshed to the water's edge, where you will find the private jetty. To complete the home is the fully carpeted master bedroom, with its very own metallic painted feature wall and floor to ceiling tiled ensuite. With private access through glass sliding doors to the back patio, the master is indulgent, generous in size and provides a private, but conveniently located haven overlooking the waterway. The ensuite is another ingenious design with



his and hers above bench bowl basins on the ments of your new home that you love? double vanity, plenty of under bench drawers and We love everything! From the glossy front door cupboards with, once again, no handles in the and the open plan living of the design, to the high cabinetry. ceilings and doorways that give the home a great The hidden shower recess and WC have been feeling of spaciousness ... the metallic feature walls cleverly tucked away by the creation of separate in the bedrooms are standouts for us both. rooms within the bathroom by the incorporation of Did you have any specific requirements when floor to ceiling tiled walls. No doors are present, but you first decided to build your new home? the ensuite is still very discreet. An extra large carThe only major requirement we had was that we peted walk-in his and hers wardrobe complements wanted to have all rooms, except the bathrooms, to the luxurious master bedroom. open out onto either a courtyard or a tiled alfresco High ceilings, crisp whiteness of the walls and area. This has been achieved, and we are very, very floor tiles, plush carpeting in all bedrooms, the inhappy with that aspect of the design. corporation of down-lighting and the use of Tell us about the design of your new innovative fittings and fixtures have all home and its functionality. How does combined to create a modern conit suit your lifestyle? a t temporary feel to the residence. The design suits our lifestyle very ou ith “Yes, w ld The design has been carefully well. We love to have family and doubt we wouen d both recomm others. planned to blend indoor and friends stay over, but we have also Adenbrook to our d se as rp outdoor living and has been provided guests a separate area su ey Th e expectations; th built using only local quality of the home so they have their nce whole experie craftsmen and suppliers, who own private space, including the ry ve en has be offered the best in materials and courtyards, when staying with us. rewarding ...” latest innovative products. The design brings all rooms together This waterfront property is a perfect at the rear of the home into a space that example of what a successful collaboration can be opened up as one large entertainbetween homeowner and builder can accomplish – ment area adjacent to the pool – and all with water a beautiful home combining high level finishes and views! the finest detailing, with an exceptional quality of Would you recommend Adenbrook to other craftsmanship. prospective home owners? Yes, without a doubt we would both recommend From the Owners – Tony and Susie Adenbrook to others. They surpassed our expectaYou chose Adenbrook Homes as the builder tions; the whole experience has been very rewardof your new home. How has it been working ing, and the end result is a wonderful home for us with the Adenbrook team? to enjoy for many, many years with our friends and It has been an absolute pleasure working with family. the entire Adenbrook team. We had a very successWe have been amazed at the extremely high ful and personal home building experience; Matt standards that Adenbrook demands from their Morris was a fantastic help with design ideas, as trades. They have gone out of their way to please well as all the office staff being very helpful and us. We couldn’t be happier. professional at all times. Thanks Tony and Susie. What are some of the featured design ele-

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From the Builder Tell us about your business. How long have you been operating? Adenbrook Homes has been on the Mid North Coast region for over 3 years, with award winning display homes in both Port Macquarie (2010) and North Sapphire Beach. Father and son, Matthew and Luke Morris, head up the team, with Matthew overseeing the business side of things and Luke looking after construction. A trusted group of staff, contractors and tradies form the rest of our dedicated team. We are locals, so we understand the region and have a vested interest in the local community. We're very proud to build homes that will be part of the neighbourhood.

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What are the types of building that you specialise in? Adenbrook Homes has a portfolio of over 39 standard single and double storey plans, with several options. Our homes have been designed with the Australian lifestyle in mind, with open plan living and integrated outdoor spaces. Over the years, Adenbrook Homes has won a multitude of awards for homes and designs. We have a hard earned reputation for quality building, customer service and trusted, brand name inclusions in our products. What are some of the featured design elements of this home? This home is based on the Penn, the same design as our display home in North Sapphire Beach, which recently won Best Display Home $200K - $300K at the Master Builders Association 2012 Excellence in Residential and Commercial Building Awards Northern

ily “Every famoc and every bl reknt, of land is diffein our so flexibility sential designs is ese right to ensure th end of home at the the day. �

Regions. This home has been designed for today's family, with zones for entertaining, living and relaxing. The open plan living with kitchen, family and dining integrates with the alfresco for relaxed every day living and easy entertaining, while the media lounge and child's retreat create additional living space. The bedroom zone is separated into private master suite, with ensuite and walk in wardrobe and the children's wing, which shares a family bathroom and the child's retreat. If potential owners have specific requirements, do you accommodate, and are your designs flexible? Every family and every block of land is different, so flexibility in our designs is essential to ensure the right home at the end of the day. We have a large portfolio of standards designs for all types of blocks, including

small, narrow, sloping and wide, so there is a design for everyone to start from. Modifications were made to the layout of this home to maximise the spectacular views over the river and canals. Each room has water views and a courtyard or alfresco access. It's a very unique home for the clients, yet still originating from a standard design. How do we go about commissioning you to build for us? What is the process? Adenbrook Homes has a stringent process, which starts with the initial visit to our display, through to handover of your home. We guarantee our start and finish date through our limited starts policy, to ensure we have sufficient staff and resources for your project. Visit a display today for more information and to get the ball rolling. Thanks for your time.



A word from Pollard Pools & Spas:


This beautiful swimming pool has been designed and engineered to meet the magnificent location. It has been constructed to match the contours of the home, taking advantage of the view and maximising the usable space. The pool was constructed part out of ground and features a complementary mix of materials, giving a fresh, elegant effect. Pollard Pools & Spas offer the whole process for residential and commercial projects – from concept to completion, and beyond. “ It has beento constructed ntours We are happy to work closely match the co e, with you to realise your m ho e of th e taking advantag dream, or with your archid of the view an e th tects or landscape designers. maximising usable space. ” We explain everything – and offer all the professional documentation you’d expect from a business with our reputation. Once our construction team is finished, our Service Team will come on-site to clean up and hand over the pool to you. Details of your pool and its equipment are recorded at our shop, so we can easily provide the ongoing care

of your water and equipment. Your pool is safe with Pollards. Our Retail and Service Centre provides free water testing, pool and spa chemicals, accessories and advice. You’ll also find our Service Department there for regular maintenance and cleaning. Size is no object. Pollard Pools & Spas has built and refurbished them all — from home swimming pools to large Olympic complexes. We’ve built special purpose pools, created elaborate water features and more. For any scope of renovation, we provide you with a range of innovative options and solutions to restore your swimming pool to its former glory. Create a contemporary new look, or upgrade to new technologies. Staying accountable makes a big difference to solving challenges quickly. We confidently back our pools with the strongest warranties on the market. All four brothers are trade qualified in the construction industry, and are ‘handson’ in the design, construction and installation process. It’s this long practical experience that makes Pollard pool designs so solid and dependable.

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DM Constructions is increasingly working within these parameters of design and construct, where clients provide a vision and ultimate goal and the talented staff of BDM are required to actualise that dream into a reality. While the construction industry nationally has been struggling, BDM Constructions' quality workmanship and diverse skill base has allowed it to continually broaden its scope of practice within the shop fitting domain, without compromising on reliability and integrity. Expanding the service to the hospitality industry with the Wauchope Country Club has provided unique challenges and great rewards for the team of employees, regular suppliers and subcontractors of BDM Constructions. Brad Maggs, Managing Director, commented, “It has been a wonderful opportunity for us to utilise our vast construction experience and knowledge and produce an amazing upgrade to

BDM Constructions’ ever-expanding shop-fitting wing has gone from strength to strength, with the recent refurbishment of the Wauchope Country Club. The renovation showcases BDM’s diverse range of skills, that combine quality construction capabilities with design innovation.

the facilities of our local club.” BDM’s trademark quality workmanship, coupled with forefront design initiative, has seen a natural expansion of its shop fitting sector over the past twelve months. Their projects have been completed to an impeccable standard, while remaining within budget and delivered on time. These unwavering qualities set BDM apart from the rest, primarily due to the skilled and competent employees of BDM and their extensive construction knowledge. After successfully completing a number of shop fitting projects, ranging from bank refurbishments through to healthcare facilities, BDM has expanded its range to incorporate the dynamic hospitality industry. BDM has gradually

entered this element of the business, which encompasses and requires a broad range of expertise. The refurbishment of the Wauchope Country Club was a significant opportunity for BDM to embark upon, as it provided a distinct challenge that would require BDM to manage and monitor a construction proposal that went through a number of significant steps. The design concept process was the initial step in the overall process, as it required the ideas of the Wauchope Country Club board members to be translated into a construction format. The perspectives of interior designers, engineers, employees and patrons of the club were all taken into account, in order to produce a relevant, aesthetically pleasing but cost-effective outlay of the proposed renovations.

This outlay then inevitably influenced the initial construction plan, which had to be adapted to suit. The next step in the process then included the management of the development approval stage through Hastings Council. BDM then progressed to manage a relatively complicated construction process, which allowed the club to remain open throughout the whole construction period, but ensuring building works were progressing as efficiently as possible. Finally, the handover of an extremely aesthetically pleasing renovated club was accomplished, by proudly presenting the entire building back to the Wauchope Country Club. In order to ensure that the club continued trading during the construction process, the BDM team efficiently managed a 'staged' construction process. This allowed patrons to safely enjoy the club’s facilities with minimal disturbance, while BDM worked from a segregated area.

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It was achieved by constructing temporary walls and barriers, which the BDM team worked behind during club operating hours and taking advantage of the club’s closing hours to work in areas unable to be closed off to the public throughout the day. Although a complicated and unique process, it enabled work to continue, without hindering the club’s regular day to day undertakings at all. The successful management of this staged process epitomises the BDM work ethic – that the client’s satisfaction throughout the construction process, no matter the circumstances, is always a crucial element in the final product presented BDM’s primary goal for the Wauchope Country Club transformation was to combine design functionality with aesthetic appeal, without compromising quality. This was successfully achieved by integrating the skill and knowledge of BDM’s committed team of tradesmen with the extensive network of dependable suppliers, who provide and regard quality with the upmost importance. That network of suppliers and tradesmen included Harry and Dwayne’s team from H & D Painting, Jamie Cook Tiling, David Johnson Engineering, Kevin and the team from Hastings Kitchen, Hudson Electrical, Bago Woodworks, Digital Signs & Printing and the staff and management from Mitre 10 and Fastplast. The result, an exciting functional and welcoming club, with particular attention paid to comfort and quality. The inclusion of modern, efficient bar and bistro facilities has provided members with a social facility that the members

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and the community can enjoy an and d be be proud of. Wauchope Country Club is now well placed to continue the club’s well-earned reputation as an excellent place to eat, drink and relax.

The result – an exciting, functional and with welcoming clunb,tion te at particular and paid to comfort quality. ”

At the core of BDM is a committed team of experienced employees who have an unmistakable attention to detail, which is reflected through the high standard of projects produced. This distinctive feature has cemented BDM’s presence within the industry and provides the team with a competitive edge.

The shop fitting sector of BDM has been reinforced through many notable projects completed for Lend Lease, including NAB, ANZ and CBA bank fit outs, as well as local cafés and healthcare facilities, that are equally rewarding. With the successful completion of the Wauchope Country Club, BDM will now focus its attention on its various other projects – a diverse and expanding portfolio that includes a series of commercial fit outs in S E Queensland,

an infrastructure project on Lord Howe Island and a mushrooming Mid North Coast residential portfolio. In line with BDM’s growth is a long term commitment to expand. Driven by its determination to be close to its clients, BDM draws strength from the highly diverse backgrounds and education of its workforce. BDM strives to attract, develop and retain talent, in order to be able to fill the majority of positions internally, up to the highest levels of management. Supporting that team are a number of new facilities, including a new office, recently opened at Production Drive in Wauchope, as well as

extending its reach to S E Queensland, with a modest but permanent base on the Gold Coast. BDM strives for excellence in all areas of the business, by ensuring clients’ needs are successfully achieved and that the company’s noteworthy high standards are continually produced. Management is focused on delivering superior values for their clients, while creating an exciting, challenging and safe environment for their people. Although they’ve recently expanded their business & are competing for projects far afield, there still remains a strong emphasis on staying true to the fast growing needs of the local community. These assets, that are intrinsic to BDM, ensure their uncompromising quality is ample throughout each project that it takes on.

A word from the Staff at the Wauchope Country Club The current membership has grown to over 4,000 and with constant repairs and maintenance being to an ageing building, it was time to consider updating. During the last couple of years or so, our recent Manager, Mr Ralph Gibbons, and our long term, President Mr Lance Rousell (recently deceased), pushed for the e av h renovations to go ahead, with the ow n We support of the Board of Directors a world class e th in t gh ri and Club Management. Without y lit faci all their efforts, we may not have centre of townat–we seen our club projected into what something th be can all rightly it is today. We now have a world proud of.” class facility right in the centre of town – something that we can all rightly be proud of.

Building companies were asked to supply quotes and after a great deal of consultation, the contract was awarded to BDM Constructions. We have to say that we have been totally thrilled with the result – and thank you to those who have been instrumental

in all stages of the project. The BDM team, headed by Brad Maggs and Austin Bell, have been totally professional. Their scope and attention and their eye for detail have been totally amazing. We felt we were in very capable hands; Brad was excellent in his contact with our interior designer and was completely supportive in adhering to the concepts. We were also really happy to be able to use a local company, with the added advantage of Brad and Austin both being members of our club and therefore very keen to ensure they did us proud. The tradesmen were fantastic, and nothing was too much trouble. We had very little disruption to our day to day operations (trading 7 days a week) – which was a huge challenge, considering the structural changes that were required. We had little to no down time and really, the entire team at BDM, including their contractors, were so easy to deal with – even with the inevitable problems which crop up on jobs of this scale. We’ve been thoroughly impressed from the initial stages to the end result, with our members and our guests all commenting, “WOW!” when they enter the door.

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Your Premier Golf & Bowls Club, right in the centre of town. Just a five minute walk from the CBD, and whatt awaits you is a breathtaking oasis, a place to meet friends, to enjoy a coffee al from our or a cold refreshment, or a place to select a meal popular Hook N Slice menu ... Sit back and watch the golfers in action, or maybe relax in one of our comfy lounge settings and check out the bowlers. Why not stay awhile and enjoy our Wauchope style of hospitality! Wauchope Country Club has a proud history of golf and bowls in the Hastings area. The Golf Club originated in 1926 (grazing cattle included), and the first clubhouse was a very modest structure and was used for the first time in 1927. The Bowls Club was formed in 1949. It was around this time the two clubs, which were then separate, decided to form the Country Club, and all sports were included. The Clubhouse was built around 1960 for the price of 42,000 pounds. The golf course was created by a great deal of volunteer blood, sweat and tears and without the donation of machinery, equipment, materials and valuable time, we

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may not have had the facility we have today. So many of our guests comment on the standard of our golf course and bowls green, and it is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our Greens Superintendent and the Greens Staff.

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There have been many transformations of our clubhouse over the years. After the original clubhouse was burnt almost to the ground in 1988, it was rebuilt in 1989 (the number of members at this time was 850, of which over half were golfers). The new Manager, Mr Robert Weston, has admitted he has arrived at the right time and now looks forward to capitilising on the interest these renovations have created. Our club not only provides top class facilities for our sporting events, but is a meeting place for many and varied local community

groups. Mr Weston has many plans for adding additional promotions for our members, with new ideas for entertainment that will all be starting soon. Our picturesque 18-hole course has some of the best greens in the state. Wauchope golf course is home to the NSW PGA 36 hole Primo Smallgoods Pro-Am. Professional golfer Clarke Joyce and Jason Taylor run the on-course, full stocked Pro Shop and are both fully qualified fitting specialists who will take the time to correctly fit your next set of clubs to your game. Wauchope Pro Shop also has package sets to suit all levels of

golfers. We also cater for weddings, Christmas parties, birthdays and anniversaries. Our function room opens out onto the practice green and has stunning views of the whole course. Wauchope Country Club offers 12 and 6 month memberships and is one of the only clubs that does not have a joining fee. Visit our website or contact the club today, and enjoy a game of golf or bowls with friends. We are looking forward to an exciting future, and we do hope you will join us sometime in the near future and reacquaint yourself with our club.



J & E Miller Builders Salesman Russell Clucas is getting psyched up to attend the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup 2012 to be held at Oxford, England in August. Chrissy Jones found out more ...

This event is for hockey players representing their country who are aged 60 years and over (split into age categories of Grand Masters - Over 60; Great Grand Masters Over 65 and Senior Grand Masters - Over 70) and is organised through the auspices of the World Grand Masters Association (WGMA). ”

hat is the event, where and when will it be held? In this Olympic/Paralympic year, the inaugural FIH Masters Hockey World Cup takes place in England from 14 - 24 August 2012. The tournament will be held at Polo Farm, Canterbury Hockey Club. The tournament will involve teams from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the USA, as well as a strong representation from European countries, including all the home nations. This event is for hockey players representing their country who are aged 60 years and over (split into age categories of: Grand Masters – Over 60; Great Grand Masters – Over 65; and Senior Grand Masters – Over 70) and is organised through the auspices of the World Grand Masters Association (WGMA). It is held every two years, and every fourth year the aim is to hold it in the same country as the Olympic Games. In 2012, the Olympics are, of course, being held in London, and Oxford Hawks Hockey Club of Oxford are acting as hosts for this event. During the same ten days, the inaugural Masters Hockey World Cup for women Over 35, Over 40, Over 45 and Over 50 and Men Over 40, Over 45, Over 50 and Over 55 will be held at Polo Farm, Canterbury. What position do you play, Russell? Do you have a training regime? Mid field, either as an inside forward or centre half – one of the workers! We have been given a variety of training methods that all team members use to keep fit for the competition. Motivation isn’t a problem; we are all very keen to compete in the Cup and want to be adequately fit

for the tournament. Training consists of a mix of running and jogging, and interval training, gym work – cardio and weight sessions for around an hour at a time, 30 minutes cardio plus 30 minutes weights. Club training and social get togethers to hone our skills round out the preparation. Your preparation programme and itinerary sounds pretty full on; tell us about that ... I commenced my fitness training in February and had a team training camp in Melbourne on March 3 and 4. From April to July we had training and competition matches to help with the game fitness levels. August 5 will see me depart for Dubai, with a stop over there for two days and a match at the new hockey stadium against an International team. From 8 - 25 August I will be in Oxford, London, competing in the World Cup. We will have a few training matches against Wales at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff and Oxford Hawks. The World Cup Draw has us up against some stiff competition, many with a European flavour. Japan is providing the only Asian influence in our pool – which is pool A. We will face very tough opposition in the matches against Germany and The Netherlands, and we know that we should not underestimate the defensive strength (and ability to attack swiftly) of the canny Scots. England and New Zealand are the top seeds in the second pool and are our most likely semi-final opponents. The Italians, Welsh and South Africans are the other teams in pool B. We do have a couple of rest days in amongst the hockey, where I hope to have some memorable sightseeing adventures with my wife, Kim. Thanks Russell, and good luck at the Grand Masters Hockey world Cup! greater port macquarie focus 93

Little Beach Building Co. Peter and Kim Ruming have been building interesting and energy efficient homes in our local area for over 23 years. They know that it can be one of the biggest investments you will make, so it is their job to make building your new home as simple and stress free as possible.

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That is why, with their combined experience in design ideas, materials and products selection, expert construction knowledge and professional project management, you can be sure you will be happy to come home to, and enjoy the experience of, living in your new home. You get to deal direct with Peter and Kim from concept idea to completion of your new home, and they use local suppliers and qualified local subcontractors. The plans available on their website are extremely flexible in the design and finish and can be customised to suit your budget, style, and block of land. Choose a different roof line, external claddings, internal finishes, add or take off rooms, or depending on your block, build on a slab or up off the ground. They can also build a custom design and have regularly entered and won awards for various homes over the years. For more information about building your new home, have a look at the website and call Peter or Kim to personally discuss your requirements.



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focuseditorial Port Macquarie Landcare President sident


U P D AT E 3rd Anniversary August 1 marks the third anniversary since local brothers, Greg and Todd Bates, proudly launched McGrath Estate Agents in Port Macquarie, thereby changing the face of real estate marketing in a very fresh and positive way.

Giving Generously

Caring for our Bushland Reserves costs money, even though volunteers do lots of the work. Port Macquarie Landcare has an important role getting funds for bush care – on top of doing at least 13,000 hours of volunteer work annually. Recently we were awarded $250,000 of NSW Government Environmental Trust funds to fix weed-infested creeklines through the town. It will also provide a boost to the local economy. It’s based on a partnership of Landcare and Council, working together with professional bush regenerators, over a six-year period. The results of this productive partnership can already be seen in other Reserves that make our town green, clean and attractive to tourists. Iconic Lighthouse Beach, beautiful Blair, the magic Lilypond, Absalom, and Rushcutter are some of the more popular Reserves for walking and wildlife spotting. Beyond the waves and the whales at Lighthouse Beach Reserve is a major green corridor with threatened Littoral Rainforest: it’s a bushland treasure. The Australian Government recognised this by giving a $19,540 Community Action Grant to Landcare for ‘Releasing Ecological Brakes’ at the northern end. Bush regenerators were hired to control vine weeds that were strangling rainforest and weedy garden escapes that were stopping the forest development. At the southern end a second CAG of $19,950 is now restoring ‘South Watonga to Camel Corner’. Both grants to Landcare came through Caring for our Country, which puts a high priority on building up community skills, while protecting biodiversity. The entire beach Reserve benefitted from ‘Reversing Rainforest Retreat’, a previous CAG project shared with other Reserves. Landcare signs along Lighthouse Beach will tell you more about the history and ecology. Signs 96 greater port macquarie focus.

at our bushland Reserves also acknowledge the government and corporate sponsors who make our work possible. MobileMuster at Lighthouse beach: 55 students from St Joseph’s Regional College donated themselves to Landcare to turn phones into forest.

Since then, the people of Port Macquarie have become accustomed to the clean, modern and stylish offices in Gordon Street and to the very distinctive McGrath signboards which have appeared throughout our neighbourhoods, setting the standard for others to follow. To say that McGrath is unique would be an understatement; under the guidance of acclaimed real estate ‘guru’, John McGrath, the network is continuingly expanding across Australia, with marketing innovations that evolve, in synchronisation with popular buyer trends, and sales’ records which far exceed comparable achievements. McGrath agents and franchisees are selected either by John personally, or by one of his executive team, and only after a careful review

process which ensures the ongoing integrity of the network and the position of the business as the industry benchmark in service, excellence and in ethics. Greg and Todd Bates were therefore very proud when they were selected, and they remain fully committed to the brand and to what it represents. Since opening its doors three years ago, McGrath has won consecutive Greater Port Macquarie-Commonwealth Bank Business Awards and has experienced unprecedented expansion: in sales, the company’s ‘days on market’ is a small fraction of the local average, and Terri Tipper, of McGrath Property Management, was recently rated at the top of the company’s national leader board, for excellence in service and in growth. Most certainly, despite three years of reportedly difficult market conditions, McGrath Port Macquarie has flourished – firmly establishing its identity, its reputation and its success. Roger Bates is a freelance copywriter.

They planted 700 seedlings, that were paid for by MobileMuster. This is the Australian mobile phone industry’s free recycling program ( that keeps mobile phones out of landfill. MobileMuster’s Old Phones, More Trees recycling provides funds for coastal community groups, and Port Macquarie Landcare was granted $2,000 to improve bushland at Lighthouse Beach. The Year 8 students got the message and planted small understorey plants in hind-dune areas. Landcare’s Community Nursery provided fire-retarding native plants ideal for the site. ‘Missing Link’ found! Thanks to corporate donor NRMA, Landcare will also be able to regenerate a green corridor that had previously missed out on fundiing. From Timber Ridge down the creekline to Rushcutter Reserve and into Blair Reserve, this project will close the edges of riparian areas with native plants and restore rare Gallery Rainforest.

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Outstanding Property Management provides peace of mind Terri Tipper of McGrath Property Management recently topped the company·s national leader board, for excellence in service and in growth. To some, it may seem remarkable that this could happen in regional Port Macquarie, but to anyone who knows Terri, it would come as no surprise. Outstanding service promotes steady growth and Terri, with

With climate change, it will have even more value as a migration corridor for threatened species and endangered ecological communities.

her accomplished team, takes her responsibilities very seriously.

If climate change brings more extreme rainfall events, this project will limit erosion and weed invasion from surrounding suburbs.

McGrath Estate Agents 147 Gordon Street Port Macquarie T 6589 3777

With a generous grant of $10,000, NRMA recognised these values and Landcare’s ability to manage its projects cost-effectively. Contributed by Julie Ho.

McGrath applauds Terri for her high standards, which bring peace of mind to so many local landlords.


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hen I picture a Range Rover in its natural environment, I have visions of a boxy high roofed and rigid-mobile driving through the English countryside on a damp and dirt pebbly road ... maybe even throw in a man in a plaid jacket puffing away on a woody old pipe and a few Corgis frolicking in the paddock, to set the scene. Contrary to my expectations and upon setting eyes on the Evoque, this Range Rover is relatively compact, new-age looking and certainly didn’t fit with my pre-conceived vision. One could be excused for asking whether it is a four wheel drive at all. It certainly looks like it’s built for the city streets and not the English countryside I had pictured, let alone a sand dune, the snow covered alps, or a muddy bush trail. The sleek yet punchy design really gets you asking some questions. Upon closer inspection, it has all the mod-cons you would expect to find in a vehicle well into the prestige car category, yet it’s a serious contender off the beaten track. When I first sat in the vehicle, my first impression was a little difficult to try to explain in words. Metaphorically speaking, it felt like I, as the driver, was an egg ... gently enclosed in a soft, leather bound egg carton. I had a feeling of comfort, safety, and a real sense of security. Add in the new car smell and the pleasure of sitting on a really comfy and stylish leather lounge, and you’re

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starting to get the feeling. The on-board ‘command centre’, as I aptly name it – that being the steering wheel and dashboard knobs and dials, are certainly state-of-the-art. Apart from what looked like a 42” LCD screen in the middle of the dash (maybe overdoing it there, but it’s big) my eyes were drawn to the gear dial. Yes ... a gear dial! Picture your home stereo system and that large black dial you turn to adjust the sound volume, and now picture it with the letters P, R, D, N and S, instead of the plus and minus volume symbols. Clearly, the gear changing is unbelievably easy. Once I finally found the button that was the electric parking brake, I released it, pushed the ‘start’ button to start the engine, turned the gear dial to ‘D’, and I took to the streets. The design team at Range Rover have really focused on ensuring the driver feels like they’re in total control. They’ve introduced the ‘Sports Command Driving System’, which basically means they’ve lowered the driver’s seats, and the displays and dials are easily accessible to the hands and are within easy eyeshot. The interior feels like you’re literally being ‘hugged’ into place, and everything is at your fingertips or only a glance away. Wanting to test the four wheel drive capabilities close to home, it only took me about ninety seconds to find myself a pothole ridden road to test the suspension and handling. The Evoque levelled out the bumps and really took control of the

conditions with relative ease; I could only imagine what it The interior would be like out feels like ing in the wild. With re you’ literally be e, and the demo model I ‘hugged’ into plac ur yo was driving being everything is at a comprises some seventy in mint condition fingertips or only .” ay pages in total, has more than and pegged for sale aw ce glan twenty pages of optional extras – I reluctantly stuck to choose from. The buyer can to the streets with this decide on multi-colour combinations one. for the interior as well as the exterior. Through the corners on a Added to this is a range of brushed metal, somewhat damp and greasy road surface, aluminium and wood-grain textures, to I never felt the vehicle stray from its line or design your own unique blend. level, and the Evoque had plenty of grunt to A feature option that caught my get up to speed when pulling out onto the imagination is the full-length glass roof ... highway. great for one of those clear nights reclining The Range Rover Evoque stacks up back in the seats, staring into the stars at exceptionally well in the weight stakes, that quiet and secret spot you (allegedly) with its base model weighing in at an frequent with the Mrs after dinner and a outstanding effort of merely 1595 kg. movie on date night. The use of lightweight materials such Range Rover have gone to quite some as aluminium and magnesium and a raft effort to put forward this offering as a of environmentally sensitive composite serious off road contender, but have also materials feature heavily in this vehicle. built it to navigate the city streets with I did question how safe lightweight and prestige and style. The brochures suggest composite materials would stack up in a the Evoque is a ‘quantum leap’ in the decent mishap, though. Upon scanning evolution of Range Rover. For mine, I can the specifications book, the Evoque has confirm that this is certainly an exciting an impressive tally of safety features and vehicle to experience. airbags and also has plenty of information On price, and in a nutshell, the Range to allay any fears I had in the strength and Rover Evoque can be as cost effective or durability aspect – it’s like a rocket ship on luxuriously priced as you prefer. It all comes wheels. down to how you ‘dress it up’ with all the On the subject of specifications, this optional extras. beast’s specs book that – mind you –


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