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DON’T MISS... DIVING FOR PEARLS by Katherine Thomson In Diving for Pearls, Katherine Thomson explores hope, loss, ambition, greed and the triumph of character in adversity as a small coastal town transforms itself from an old industrial town to a brave new world of resorts and plush hotels FRIDAY 7 & SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 8pm

Tickets: $39.90 Adult, $36.90 Conc/Groups 6+, $30.90 Under 21/Student Sydney Opera House & the Glasshouse presents

PAUL LEWIS – A SCHUBERT OYDSSEY Paul Lewis is one of the finest pianists of his generation. Lewis will perform two sonatas written at the peak of Schubert’s creative power, revealing the simple pleasures, intricate patterns and secrets of a musical genius. MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER, 7.30pm


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Tickets: $49.50 Adult, $44.50 Conc/Groups 6+, $39.50 Under 21/Student


Welcome to the September issue of Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS. ere at FOCUS, we have taken a team photo the last few years to celebrate being nominated in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards. This year for our 2012 photo, we decided to relive the good old days. We all have those awkward family photos that have been boxed up, or stuck in old photo albums that barely see the light of day – usually for good reason!


All the people in my Editor’s photo this month are responsible for putting each edition of FOCUS together. We’re a somewhat dysfunctional bunch, full of unique personalities. But each month as a team we manage to produce over 100 pages of great local content that we’re all immensely proud of. We hope you enjoy our latest edition. And to everyone who voted for us in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards: THANK YOU! LOCAL ELECTIONS We’ve been waiting a long time, but it’s finally time for us to vote. This month we’ve interviewed Mike Cusato, Ian Oxenford, Darren Walsh and Geoff Hawkins. In previous issues, we’ve interviewed Adam Roberts, Jeff Styles,

contacts. Got a story idea? Looking to advertise in Focus? Contact us for more information.

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.

Songs of the Southern Skies features some of Australia and New Zealand’s best classical, folk, jazz and pop songs performed with the intimate combination of Noonan’s angelic, versatile voice and Schaupp’s lyrical and fiery guitar. Don’t miss this live concert experience!

Peter Alley, Luke Hadfield, Lisa Intemann, Peter Besseling, Keith Wilkinson, Sharon Griffiths, Trevor Sargeant and Fred Lips. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to be interviewed in FOCUS. Our apologies to those candidates we missed due to time and space. All the interviews were done free of charge. If you notice any advertising for Candidates or Groups in this issue, please note they are paid advertisements and the order was chosen by flipping a coin – to keep it fair. To all the candidates, our best wishes. FRONT COVER Thanks to our local model Genevieve Munro, makeup and hair by Jolin Shead, photography by Michael Marchment, Flowers by Glasshouse Flowers and Styling by Jasmin Johansson.


Tickets: $41 Adult, $36 Conc, $36 Student/Under 21, $36 Group 6+

IN THE GALLERY NORTHERN EXPOSURE II Northern Exposure II features the work of over 50 local artists and presents a diverse cross-section of artists’ practice, including sculpture, painting, drawing, fibre, printmaking, ceramics and mosaic artworks. ON VIEW UNTIL 14 OCTOBER Image: Ted Hillyer, Beach family, 2012, oil on canvas (detail), courtesy of the artist.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” – Brian Gerald O’Driscoll.

In celebration of History Week 2012 and its theme ‘Threads’, respected Museum Advisor Kylie Winkworth will give an overview of the Australian Dress Register, a fantastic collaborative online project about dress (men’s, women’s and children’s) in New South Wales pre 1945. FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 10am

Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Friends J Beaumont – Editor Jay


In association with the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012, join us for a fascinating look through photographic history as we explore some of Australia’s most iconic and well known photographic portraits and the stories behind the subjects and photographers.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Marchment


EDITOR: Jay Beaumont


2007 Business of the Year 2009 Winner Professional Services 2010 Winner Professional Services 2010 Winner Business to Business Choice Award 2011 Winner Creative, IT & Communications


Tickets: $5 adult, $3 Friends of the Glasshouse


Image: Rod McNicol, Jack Charles, 2011, digital print, (detail), courtesy of the artist.



See GLASSHOUSE.ORG.AU for full event details





COPY EDITORS: Jo Atkins / Reg Brookhouse /

TRAVEL EDITOR: Susie Boswell


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(02) 6581 8888 I Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie A facility of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

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Angus Gill

ell us a little about yourself, Angus. What are some of the instruments you play? I am a singer songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. The instruments I play range from acoustic, electric and 12 string guitar to dobro, harmonica, drums, banjo, mandolin and keyboard. My musical interests are as diverse, ranging from traditional Country music, through to Country Rock and Southern Rock genres. I first picked up my dad’s old guitar when I was eight. Mum and Dad’s music collection, which includes artists Keith Urban and Beccy Cole, has influenced me, and my mentor and guitar teacher, William Lane, has given me plenty of advice and the benefit of his experiences. I have performed by invitation with multi Golden Guitar winning country artist Adam Harvey and 2010 Female Artist of the Year Catherine Britt, and also appeared in Felicity Urquhart’s 2010 film clip titled The Girl in the Mall. In July, you were a graduate of the 2012 Australian CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth, the Country music capital of Australia. Sounds like a lot of fun! Sure was! I was selected by the Australian Bush Balladeers’ Association to attend the academy, where I worked alongside 21 other like-minded young musicians from across Australia and New Zealand during the unique seven day intensive music workshop. My tutors included Felicity Urquhart, Amber Lawrence, Lee Bowman of Jetty Road, Simon Johnson and other recording and songwriting industry greats. 4

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“ Meet Angus Gill, the dynamic, determined and dedicated musical Wauchope youngster. Chrissy Jones caught up with the busy 14 year old upon his return from the CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. ”

On Friday 29 June, Mum and I turned our Prado into a tour bus, as we loaded up my musical instrument collection (banjos, dobros, mandos, guitars, harmonicas etc …) everything including the kitchen sink and headed down the New England Highway bound for Tamworth. We rocked up with absolutely no idea what the time at the academy would entail, but whatever it was, we knew it was going to be good. There was a warm welcome from the academy staff, and then we had a great introductory jam in the common room. After tea, everyone except me headed to the Carrie Underwood Concert, but I was treated to a private songwriting lesson from Jim Haynes. The next day we all had our first songwriting session with Tamara Stewart. We did these fantastic title workshops that are designed to trigger our creative minds and also create a great starter for a group song. After lunch, we had no idea what treat we were in for, as we were taken down to Plush Hair Studios to be pampered and have a professional urban photo shoot. You had some great tutors at the academy and covered a multitude of subjects. What did that involve? Throughout the rest of the week, we had amazing master classes, such as Recording, Chart Writing, Colour Your Sound – MultiInstrumentalist, Working with the Band, Performance, Guitar, Vocal, Music in the Digital Age. These master classes were tutored by none other than Laurie Minson, Felicity Urquhart, Rod Motbey, Amber Lawrence, Lee Bowman, Simon Johnson, Brad Bergen and Peter Winkler.

We also had tutor sessions in which we got to closely work with our peers, hone our skills and musicianship. I was lucky enough to have Troy Cassar-Daley’s bass player and Hillbilly Hut Recording Studio Manager, Simon Johnson. Simon was an amazing tutor, very approachable and had heaps to offer. He spent much of the tutor sessions helping us get our songs up to speed for the graduation concert at Blazes Auditorium. At the graduation concert, I played mando on some of my group members’ songs, a guitar solo in the finale group piece, and I sung my song Trails of Crime for my solo section. The graduation concert sounds exciting. I heard you were asked to be a part of the Catherine Britt show ... how exciting was that, and did you perform anywhere else during your visit to Tamworth? On Friday 7th, the day after the graduation concert, we were asked to support Catherine Britt at her show at Blazes that night. We were all honoured to be a part of the show, although some people had to go home; we were able to make do with who we had. Taylor Pfeiffer and I paired up to do a duet called The Balladeers, where we played a medley consisting of her Daddy was a Yodelling Cowboy and my Trails of Crime. At the end of the concert, Catherine invited us onstage to sing a Hank Williams Medley, in which I sung a verse of Move it on Over, which was an absolute thrill. Finally, to conclude at the Hats off Festival, I performed at the Reg Lindsay Bronze Bust Fundraiser, which was great fun – it’s always a thrill to catch up with members of the Association. It was a very memorable experience, and

I would like to thank the team at A.B.B.A for giving me this wonderful, life changing experience. Apart from being involved in the Academy, what’s your biggest achievement – one you are most proud of? My proudest achievement to date was winning the ‘lyrics only’ song writing section of the 2011 Australian Children’s Music Foundation National Awards for my original song entitled Names Upon the Wall. The St Columba Anglican School student now plans to continue to develop his musical talents and songwriting with his newly acquired academy skills by performing locally and looking beyond, to the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Congratulations on your achievements to date, Angus, and all the best for your future career – which I’m sure will be a long and fruitful one.

the plug! For further information and details of his latest EP, check out Angus’s website for details at

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Alison Benstead. Alison Benstead is a local girl destined for big things in the glamorous acting and modelling world. Since her move to Sydney in 2010, she’s achieved some amazing things – including a role in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming production of The Great Gatsby ...

Malcolm Andrews


Malcolm Andrews is a journalist, world traveller and a prolific author to boot, having written 30 books. His latest book, Hardmen, explores some of the famous and not quite so famous – men of Rugby League from around the world ...


Gai’s Girls. Carole Beros had the pleasure of including Natasha Kent and Jane Ormsby in a photo shoot for Le Dãin Designs. She couldn’t resist the opportunity to interview these two energetic, bright young women, who are part of a dedicated team which helps make the Waterhouse stables run like clockwork.

6. Kevin Harrington 8. Helping Hands 13. Dead Letter Circus 48. Maureen Cooke 91. Garry Carpenter 102. Peggy McCauley

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10. what’s on for September 22. eat featuring local restaurants 30. palate pleasures with Lou Perri 37. social scene with Kate Wood-Foye 65. starguide with Terri 73. tourism with Janette Hyde 75. travel with Susie Boswell 77. port chamber update with Lisa McPherson 93. real estate with Greg Trembath 93. landcare with Estelle Gough

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by Katherine Thomson



Kevin Harrington


The Dish, SeaChange, Underbelly

You’ve seen him in many iconic television programs, but here’s your chance to see well known actor Kevin Harrington in an amazing theatrical performance at the Glasshouse. Diving for Pearls is a production that’s receiving wonderful accolades from theatre-goers Australia-wide – don’t miss out, as there are only two scheduled performances!

F In Diving for Pearls, Katherine Thomson explores hope, loss, ambition, greed and the triumph of character in adversity. 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. strong AN I NTIAudience MATE advice: S E LE CTI O Nlanguage O F S Oand M Eadult O Fthemes. AU STR ALIA & N EW ZEALAN D’S M O ST B EAUTI FU L S O N G S

“... A Pearler for current times...

I None C LU D Iof N G Nthe I C K CAVE, G OTYE &plays GURRUM , E LE NA K ATS-C H E R I”N, 10 best inU L the country... MAE B R AH E & R I C HAR D C HAR LTO N

Gail Kavanagh, Time Out.


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


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rom your perspective, what would you say the plot of this production is about? This is a love story. It’s a love story between unlikely participants, both people who are battling but inspiring. I think the audience likes it most because the characters are warm and funny and they engage with them. The audience gets to see what is ultimately going to happen to them even before the characters do themselves, which is always exciting. The play has been described as “A heroic struggle for a meaningful life amidst the turmoil of change”. How accurately do you think this sums up some of the characters’ motivations? Yes, that’s very true. The places they’ve worked are very like a lot of the places many Australians work in at the moment, in that they are in a state of flux and you know you have to try and adapt. A few of these characters take the option to try and adapt, skill up and jump on board with the momentum of that change. You play Den in the production. What’s he like as a character? Den is conservative. He has worked in the one job for 25 years, and he has never really had a full blown loving relationship with a woman. At 50, he finds the perfect person to undertake the role. You know, there is a lot of comedy in the show – the show really moves along. What’s the feedback been like from the tour so far? It’s been excellent, because we have had loads of really genuine positive feedback.

People really love this play – absolutely love it! In terms of your personal acting career, did you actually start in theatre before you moved into television? Most definitely. I did 16 years of mostly theatre, mainly with the Melbourne Theatre Company, before I did Sea Change, and then the balance swung the other way towards more camera acting than theatre. Obviously in Australia you need to be to be versatile enough to do both. Essentially, I like a good project, regardless of the medium. Talking about TV and the productions you’ve done, it reads a bit like a who’s who list of Australian television! You’ve appeared on Sea Change, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Underbelly … Was The Henderson Kids actually your first TV role? Yes; it was so long ago, I can barely remember it! I actually do remember The Henderson Kids, and we are talking a few years ago! I only did a couple of days on it, maybe one ... it was my first ever television gig, and I was really young, so I haven’t got a strong recollection of it. It must have been exciting, though, to feel you’d achieved a break in the television world? It was – particularly on Sea Change, because it was so good. You know, it’s all very well to get on a TV show and get a little bit of recognition. But the great thing about Sea Change is that it was a fantastic show, and so my first regular gig was,

luckily enough, on an iconic Australian television show ... Would you consider Sea Change to be the defining role in terms of your television career then? Yes, it was … but I have just been on a shoot that will probably overtake that. I play Cliffy Young in a television movie called Cliffy that will be on the ABC in April next year, and it’s probably the best gig I have ever done. Why was it the best gig for you? Mostly the character; I mean, it’s an astonishing story! A 61year old potato farmer who runs against professional runners from Sydney to Melbourne and beats them … it’s like a fairy tale! So, what would you actually say to people to get them out of their cosy lounge rooms and into the theatre to watch Diving for Pearls? I can only say that the feedback on this show puts it right up there with the best plays that people will ever have seen ... It’s quality is well worth moving out of the lounge room for! Thanks Kevin. Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! See Diving for Pearls at the Glasshouse on 7 & 8 September at 8pm. Tickets cost $39.90 adult, $36.90 and $30.90 u21/student. Contact the Box Office 6581 8888 or visit


(Panthers Hospital Visitation Group)

A dedicated group of volunteers from Port Macquarie Panthers has provided encouragement and support to hospital patients and aged care residents as part of their visitor program for over 30 years. Jim Buntain shares the scope and importance of their interaction with the people they visit.


hat work does the Port and phone calls thanking both Port Panthers Macquarie Panthers and group for these gifts. Hospital Visitation Many of these people would be alone Group do? and forgotten on these special days and are The Panthers Hospital surprised and thrilled when we turn up. Visitation Group Incorporated provides free How many members do you have in the toiletries and magazines to patients of the group currently, and how many are you Port Macquarie Base Hospital, as well as hoping to expand to? several local aged care centres. We There are 16 members in our group, also have a chat with those ranging in age from 40 to over 80. residents and patients who Any number of new members While they have no family or visitors would be most welcome. appreciate our d and provide them with Most of our members have ge ile visit, we feel privhten a link to the outside been with us for many ig br to to be able e world. years. Our longest serving ar e W y. da r thei r We not only visit member has been with us rewarded by thei ‘thank local residents, but for over 18 years. smiles, a gratefuls’. This you’ or ‘God bleshumble quite often encounter New members are t makes us mos people who are visiting always welcome. All they ...” indeed our area and have had an need is to have a spare hour accident or have become ill or two in the week, are friendly, and have no one to visit them. comfortable with elderly people, Which hospitals and aged care have a sense of humour and are caring. facilities does the group visit and how With these qualities, they would really fit into often? our group. We visit the Base Hospital weekly and Tell us more about the Panthers Hospital Bethany Nursing Center, Emmaus Aged Care, Visitation Group and how it is supported? Mt. Carmel and Mary Knoll, Mingaletta, The Hospital Visitation Group has been Regis Hastings Manor and St Agnes Hostel in operation for over 30 years. Following fortnightly. During the year we visit, on government legislation in 2009 (due to attacks average, 15,000 patients and or residents, who on young people and elderly people), we were all appreciate and welcome our visits. Staff at forced to become a registered association, the aged care centres know us, welcome us, while each member was policed checked. Any look forward to our visits and direct us to those potential new member would need to have a who would most benefit from our visit. police check carried out. Our group carries out an annual Easter egg Regular monthly meetings are held, where drop at the Base Hospital and a Mother’s Day any issues arising from our visits are discussed Drop and a Father’s Day Drop at alternate aged and addressed as necessary. Port Panthers care centres. We receive a number of letters provided us with an annual grant, enabling us

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to purchase the goods provided to patients and residents free of charge. Each year we prepare a submission for funding to the club, while accounting for how the previous year’s funding has been spent. We also supply a report annually to the Department of Fair Trading. Port Panthers has been very supportive to our group over the years. In addition to its annual grant, it provides our monthly meeting room, morning teas and a separate cupboard to store our goods. We cannot thank Panthers enough for its ongoing support. Many patients and or residents tell us they are member of Port Panthers, thank us for the job we do and are appreciative of the support the Panthers Club provides our group to carry out this work. How do the visits work; do you have a schedule that the members work about? Our members visit in pairs and wear our Port Panthers name badges (provided by the club) and are warmly welcomed by the staff, patients and residents. Visits take usually no more than one hour. When visiting any centre, we collect the bag containing our goods from our cupboards at the club and usually return them the same day. We prepare a quarterly roster, a copy of which is supplied to each volunteer, and they decide what time and which day they will visit their designated centre. The roster shows where each couple will be doing during that period. Each couple works out their own time to visit. Often circumstances arise where they can not meet this time frame due to illness, prior arrangements, holidays, etc. Any shortfall is picked up by subsequent groups at a later date. Why did you get involved, and how long

have you been with the group? Prior to becoming members of The Hospital Visitation Group, my wife and I did Meals on Wheels for a number of years. When we left that group, we joined the Hospital Visitation Group and have been members for 9 to 10 years. Currently, I am President, and my wife is the Treasurer. We enjoy every minute of our involvement with the group and in common with all our members, appreciate the opportunity to help others. What benefit do the residents who are visited by the group receive, besides the free goods? Apart from providing free toiletries and magazines, we find that many people just wish to have a chat, as sometimes they have no other visitors. While they appreciate our visit, we feel privileged to be able to brighten their day. We are rewarded by their smiles, a grateful “Thank you” or “God Bless". This makes us most humble indeed and makes all our efforts worthwhile. For those who are interested, how can they get involved? All members are volunteers and are dedicated and committed to what we do. We are able to assist those who are in need of our help, and hopefully we brighten up otherwise uneventful days to people with little or no outside contact. We are a small, tight-knit group which is supportive of each other. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday monthly at 10am at Port Panthers. Anyone interested in joining our group is welcome to attend. They can also contact me on 6551 2762 or our secretary, Alice Morrow, on 6583 4958. Thanks Jim.

Thank you so much to the readers who sent cards after they read about the passing of my lovely mum in last month’s FOCUS. Please accept my sincere thanks for your kind thoughts and words of comfort.

Robyn Butler.

udith from Bonny Hills sent the following: THE IMAGES OF MOTHER: 4 years of age: my mum can do anything. 8 years of age: my mum knows a lot. 12 years of age: my mum doesn’t quite know everything. 14 years of age: naturally, Mum doesn’t know that either. 16 years of age: Mum? She’s hopelessly old fashioned. 18 years of age: that old woman? She’s way out of date. 25 years of age: well, Mum might know a little bit about it. yea of age: before we decide, let’s get Mum’s opinion. 35 years 55 years o of age: wonder what Mum would have thought? year of age: wish I could talk it over with Mum ... 65 years FE GOOD ANZAC DAY STORY A FEEL I know ANZAC Day was some months ago, but this was sent to me via a Bowls Newsletter ... hope you enjoy this story as much as I did!


A lady and a gentleman who had been playing bowls together in mixed pairs events for many years were participating in the club’s ANZAC Day Service in front of the club’s flagpole. The lady said to her friend, ”The ceremony today reminds me of the day I welcomed a number of Changi POWs back to Australia during their short stopover at Darwin at the end of WWII.” The gentleman, moved by the remark, said: “I was one of those P.O.W.S!” And, overwhelmed as he was by the moving speech made by the lady Naval Officer, he hadn’t realised until that day that it was the lady he had been playing bowls with for years. LEST WE FORGET! SNIPPETS: 1. SECRETS OF NATURAL HEALTH AND HEALING HEALTH FORUM will be held at Port Panthers Auditorium on Sunday 9 September, 10am to 4.30pm. Come and hear national and international speakers, whose lives have been touched by illness

and share their knowledge on how a natural lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health and healing. Tickets only $10 and available at Growers Market … more info, call 0417 787 780. 2. PORT MACQUARIE-HASTINGS BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will be hosting their 5th Mini Field for Women at the Port Macquarie Library on Saturday 21 September, commencing at 10am. Mini Field for Women is a promotion of Breast Cancer Network Australia, which this branch and many groups throughout Australia host on their behalf. Everyone welcome. Lovely morning tea will be served. More info, ring Judith on 6585 5394. 3. BOUQUETS: I love it when people ring or stop me in the street and comment on someone in town who has given them good service or goes out of their way to help them beyond the call of duty, sooooooooooo … to one of the happiest check out ‘roosters’ in town, with so many admirers, is STEVE at Go Lo, in Horton Street. He is a delight and such a welcoming person to see as you go in the store and chat to as you go out through the checkout. Keep up the ‘happiness’, Steve. Secondly, Thelma in the office at The Crematorium in Port Macquarie for her kindness, understanding and generally just being a lovely person to all in their time of sadness. 4. Did you know if you lightly flour nuts and fruit before you put them into cakes before cooking, it will stop them sinking to the bottom during baking? Well, it is true. Hope that helps the many Masterchefs around town who didn’t know this hint ... thank you, Libby! FOOD FOR THOUGHT Some people say there is no difference between complete and finished, but there is an explanation, as told to me: When you marry the right one, you are complete; when you marry the wrong one, you are finished; and when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are completely finished! Keep Smiling! Robbie x

a refreshing experience awaits you Our village residents find using the pool is a great way to start the day. While you’re living it up, your family will have peace of mind that you’ll be thriving in a warm and friendly community with four levels of care.

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14 The Beautiful Girls 'An Evening With The Beautiful Girls' – a celebration and a conclusion of 10 incredible years. 'An Evening With The Beautiful Girls' – a two part show reflective of a decade, divided into a stunning acoustic set to warm the heart, followed by a second set plugged in and electric to warm the bones. Like days of yesteryear, there will be an intermission in which you can dance, drink and remember all The Beautiful Girls shows you've been to before and toast this as the last.

Chisel Barnes Show live at the Hastings Hotel, Wauchope. When Saturday 22 September. Tickets $10 pre-sold from bottle shop; ONLY 100 tickets pre-sold

– first in best dressed! OR $15 @ the door; doors open 8pm. Contact 6586 1963.

When Friday 14 September 2012, 8.30pm – 11.30pm. Tickets $30 adult, pre-ordered; or $35 at the door. Contact Port Macquarie Panthers: phone 6580 2300.

The Yard. THE YARD fuses hard hitting contemporary dance with break dance, locking, shuffling, popping, tutting, krumping, and jerking; all new forms of dance found on the streets and school yards of Western Sydney. Composer Nick Wales (Sarah Blasko, CODA, Bell Shakespeare) has created an arresting electro-acoustic score rich with an eclectic mix of strings, break beats, dub step and more! When 5 September 2012 –10.30am. 5 September 2012 – 1.30pm. Tickets $8.50 student. Bookings 6581 8888, or email Or online:

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Last Stand

Stitches, Threads and Yarns Stitches, Threads and Yarns – a peek inside our wardrobes of the past. What did we wear, where did we wear it, and how did we make it? A temporary exhibition featuring clothing, accessories, sewing and tailoring items, photographs and stories from the Port Macquarie Historical Society's extensive collection. When Friday 7 Sept to Friday 30 Nov 2012; 9.30am – 4.30pm. Where Port Macquarie Historical Museum, 22 Clarence Street. Call (02) 6583 1108. Cost $5 adult, $2 child, $3.50 concession.

Epizo Bangoura Sibo Bangoura and friends One of West Africa’s leading musicians, Epizo Bangoura receives critical acclaim for his clever mastery of rhythm and rare dexterity. Epizo plays not only the traditional percussion of his native West African country, Guinea, but ALL percussion and a wide variety of western instruments, including Balafon (African xylophone), Kora (African harp), Goni (African guitar) as well as western drum kit, Congas, piano, bass, guitar, violin and saxophone. When Friday 28 September – doors open 7pm. Where Flynns Beach Surf Club – Tuppenny Road, Port Macquarie. Cost: $25 sdults; $15 kids. Contact

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

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QUARTET The beautiful sounds of violins, cello and viola will echo throughout the Glasshouse this month, as the fabulously talented Enigma Quartet showcase their amazing talent ...


lease introduce us to each member Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, so in that sense of Enigma and tell us what we’re constantly exposed to a broad range of music instruments you play ... and inspiring conductors and soloists. Shelley Soerensen, viola; Marianne MB: But in terms of string quartet repertoire, Broadfoot, violin; Rowena Crouch, cello; there is so much beautiful music. I think when you Kerry Martin, violin. start studying a piece and trying to understand and How did all four of you originally meet and interpret it, that you can’t help but fall in love with it. decide to collaborate musically? KM: The joy of being a young quartet is that we MB: Kerry, Shelley and I knew each other when we have so much music still to discover. But if you’re were studying and used to go busking together! unfamiliar with quartet music, you can’t go past KM: We were all playing in various freelance Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel and Debussy groups. When the three of us got together we all had though. a blast, so started up Enigma in 2006. But it wasn’t RC: And then there’s the incredible twentiethuntil last year that we started playing with Rowena; century quartet repertoire of Shostakovich, Bartok things have really taken off since then, and we and Janacek too! haven’t looked back. What pieces will you be performing at the RC: Thanks guys! Glasshouse in Port Macquarie, and SS: I suppose it’s a bit like a being why were these pieces chosen in in a relationship; you can’t tell if it particular? has longevity, until you’ve lived RC: We wanted there to be through a few ups and downs something for everyone. Our k or w l al e W together. September 13 concert, Spiritual professionally in bles, such What is the significance Reflections includes works different ensem mphony Sy ey as the Sydn of the quartet’s name – by Mendelssohn, Sallinen t lle Ba ra pe and Australian Othat sense ‘Enigma’? and Debussy, while the final in so , Orchestra posed ex SS: Well, we think it’s a bit ly concert on November 7, New nt ta ns co e we’r of music of a mystery how music can Beginnings, has music by to a broad range nductors touch people, lift their spirits Haydn, Glass and Brahms. and inspiring co and soloists. ” and bring people together – so KM: To choose, we all in that sense music itself is an put in our ‘wishlists’, and then enigma. work it out. Our main goal as far MB: Because music doesn’t use words as programming is to present a vibrant to communicate, it can say or mean something yet balanced selection of music, that people different to everyone, and that is one of its most could enjoy in one hour. Each program has at least liberating, unique and enigmatic qualities. one well-loved classic and a shorter but captivating MB: So many enigmas, there are too many contemporary work. variations to count … MB: These days everyone is so busy, we think a What composers/music specifically most inspire jam-packed concert of 60 minutes provides a real you all, and why? culture shot for people to enjoy, while still giving them SS: We all work professionally in different the flexibility to then go out for dinner or a drink. ensembles, such as the Sydney Symphony and SS: By the way, you can enjoy a free drink before or

after each of our concerts! What’s on the agenda for Enigma over the next twelve months ... your schedule is probably quite hectic! SS: We’re really excited about the coming twelve months. 2012 has been the first year we’ve planned our own concert series, as well as being selected as Musica Viva’s Rising Stars Ensemble. We’re hoping to continue putting all of the things we’ve learned into practice and keep doing as many concerts as possible. KM: Also, we’re looking forward to a Chamber Music New Zealand tour and hopefully performing in some regional music festivals, as well as more visits to beautiful Port Macquarie of course! Where can people go to find out more information about Enigma – do you have a website, for example? RC: Definitely. You can go to our website: www. for all the information about our upcoming concerts and links to buy tickets. Or to book tickets, you can call the Glasshouse Box Office direct on 6581 8888. SS: For those on social media, you can also ‘friend’ us on Facebook and ‘follow’ us on Twitter, to get behind the scenes insights and special offers. (www. ( enigmaquartet). Thanks everyone! Interview by Jo Atkins.

the plug! The Enigma Quartet performs at the Glasshouse on September 13 and again on November 7 at 7pm.

Tickets cost $45 adult, $35 concession and $25 student. Contact the Box Office 6581 8888 or visit

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T I C K E T S O N S A L E S E P T E M B E R 5 - 1 0 : 0 0 A M I N C LU D E 2 N I G H T S F R E E C A M P I N G A C C O M M O D AT I O N PAC K AG E S A L S O AVA I L A B L E

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Their distinctive style of music has won them a legion of fans and as Luke the band’s drummer explains, they have taken the musical influences of bands past and present and morphed them into their own special brand − which lately is taking on a more electronic sound.


hy drumming, and how did you get into it? I grew up in a very musical house. My mum was constantly playing old vinyl records, and I guess I always gravitated towards music and that created my musical ear. When I was about 10, I started focusing on and idolising bands that were in the charts. That was the late ‘80s, so it was Poison, Def Leppard, Bon Joni ... all those sort of glam rock bands that were dreaming over the top and all about the bomb bust. I identified with that, and particularly the drummers, and shortly thereafter I started getting drum lessons at a local store. It’s been a lifelong thing since then.

How did you know the band to get that call up? We just knew each other from playing in different bands, and I guess they liked my drumming and thought I would be a good replacement for Scott. What are you guys looking forward to most about coming to the Mid North Coast and playing at FOTSUN? I am just excited to come there (laughs), because I have never been there before, and I hear it is beautiful. I was talking to a friend last night who has been to a few FOTSUNs, and he said that it’s right on the beach at the caravan park. He said the setting is really beautiful and it’s a really cool vibe, and everyone is allowed to bring their own alcohol, is that correct?

My favourite song to play live would have to be Next in Line, “ because it’s just so physically pumping and it’s really like the final to the set for the band most nights. I would have to say either The Drum from our first record, or Alien from the first EP.” How and when did Dead Letter Circus form? Give us a bit of your history. I wasn't actually in the band when they formed. I think it was around 2004 that the band started writing music together, then they released the self titled EP in 2006/2007 and started touring really heavily on that EP. They got a bit of success with Triple J and picked up support tours with Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect, COG. The original drummer, Scott Davey, decided to leave the band for family reasons, so I got the call up from a frantic Kim [Kim Benzie – vocals] a week before the Cog tour, actually. So I came in as a temporary replacement for the Cog What If tour, which then turned into something a bit more permanent. We gelled well personally and musically, and then I became an official member about a year later, I think.

Yes, that’s correct. Yeah – he said it’s a really different, chilled out, nice little intimate festival, so that will be nice, rather then a massive one. And hopefully I will get to have a swim in the ocean as well – it’s been a little while. I can cleanse myself before the show ... chill out! Will you have time to enjoy the region while you’re here? I think we will probably fly in on the day, do the show and fly out the day after; that’s normally how it works with bands. It would be nice ... it would be beautiful to stay, bring our girlfriends down and stay a few days, but I think it will be a get in, get it done, get out kind of affair, unfortunately. Where do you guys get your musical inspiration from? Lots of places. Bands like Faith No More,

Tomahawks, Deftones, Mars Volta, Muse ... U2 definitely inspired our sound a lot; I think people can pick the U2 influences. We borrow what we like from those styles of music and then try and create our own brand of Rock and Roll; that’s sort of what we strive for. Instead of ripping something off totally, we will kind of borrow a sound and morph it into our own particular brand. Lately we have been getting into electronic music productions, so that’s starting to come out – bands like Massive Attack, UNKLE have inspired us to write electronic things, Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor's stuff, we all massively love. All the electronic stuff started to pop out on the last record and will be promoted on this latest record as well. What’s your favourite Dead Letter Circus song and why? My favourite song to play live would have to be Next in Line, because it’s just so physically pumping and it’s really like the final to the set for the band most nights. I would have to say either The Drum from our first record or Alien from the first EP. What’s new for Dead Letter Circus in 2012? We are going to start recording the new record next month, so we will be flying to Melbourne and will track all the drums

down there. We found an amazing studio in Melbourne to do the drums, and then we will fly up in the middle of September, back to the Gold Coast, to track all the guitars and the vocals. So we will be doing about five or six songs in September and then going away, writing for a little bit longer, and then hopefully finishing off the last six around the end of November/ early December. And then we just have all the festivals, which is a good chance to play and that’s basically it – just focusing on getting the new record done. Will we be hearing some of the new songs at FOTSUN? Possibly – yeah! I think you probably will. We will probably road test some of the new tracks at FOTSUN. Thank you very much Luke. No problemo!

the plug! Dead Letter Circus perform live at Festival of the Sun 2012, December 14 & 15 at Sundowner Breakwall Caravan Park. Tickets on sale September 5 at 10am.

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Fair Less than an hour away from Port Macquarie is one of the Hastings ings hinterland’s hidden gems – the warmly welcoming and charming village of Comboyne. To experience the beautiful mountain scenery and the friendly hospitality ospitality of the locals, make Sunday, September 16 the day you pay a visit to the Comboyne plateau, as the Comboyne Village Fair will be in full swing. With floral displays, live music, children’ss entertainment, a parade, street markets, vintage and veteran cars – even lawn mower ower racing – Donna Lance shares some of the expected highlights of the event ...


hat’s your association with 1922). the Comboyne Village Fair? We decided not to hold our Fair in 2000, wh when we My husband, Ray, and I on wi would have been in direct competition with the were foundation committee Sydney Olympics. All our local resources had gone members of the Comboyne south – even buses! War Memorial Hall Inc, which rescued the hall from We wrote in editorials that we didn’t want to attract threatened demolition. I have variously been Secretary the crowds away from the Olympics! Remarkably, and President of the Comboyne War Memorial Hall people returned to visit in 2001. Inc and have been actively involved in the Fair in The Fair grew and became Comboyne Spring many capacities, although mostly publicity in the last Festival, with a lot more cultural activities – talent few years. I have a good face for radio, so do those quests, dance, music and poetry. This will be the interviews with enthusiasm! second year it has been named Comboyne Village Fair. What’s the history behind the Fair and the aim of When and where will the Fair be held this year? the event? This year the Fair will be held on Sunday I was involved from the beginning 16 September, with activities and (last century) in the Fair, which has attractions at the Comboyne War The Fair will be undergone several transformations Memorial Hall, in the township, very different and name changes and at the showground. ll will this year. The ha e The first Fair in 1990 was a Times listed are 9am to 3pm, th be the scene of agine true community effort to save and the parade of interesting im – ’ fé Ca ‘Garden in lty ya ro the hall – all sorts of donated vehicles will take place at 10am e lik ng ni di torygoods, including animals, were from Ponsfords Rd west of town a huge conservae style atmospher s and auctioned, and the flower in to the showground, where filled with flower display was amazing. the Car Club Capers will be held. plants.” As we started to attract grants What are some of the from various levels of government, attractions on offer this year, and and most were on a ‘dollar for dollar’ what will differ from previous years’ basis, we decided to make the Fair an annual events? event to fund reconstruction, and the enormous The Fair will be very different this year. The hall will recurring costs associated with operating such a large be the scene of the ‘Garden Cafe’ – imagine dining community facility – especially insurances. Firstly, we like royalty in a huge conservatory-style atmosphere replaced the foundations – all volunteer labour. Then filled with flowers and plants. we re-roofed the building, rewired it, and re-clad it in There will be live music throughout the day, local hardwood, especially made to match the existing children’s entertainments, including popular ‘Troppo profiles Bob’, the ‘Red Plateau’ Landscaping competition and The work has continued, with stage extension and interesting ‘4 x 3’ Art Competition, where artists are interior upgrades to lighting and decor, preserving restricted to a uniform canvas size, with no other the original character and period of the building (circa constraints.

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Street markets, local produce and plants, an animal nursery, remote control car racing demonstration and (new attraction) lawn mower racing. This is the fourth year of the Car Club Capers, with about 100 Vintage and Veteran cars, drag cars and specialty vehicles not just sitting there to be admired, but actually competing in unique events like ‘blind man’s rally’, where the vehicle has to follow a course solely on the instructions of the navigator, since the driver is blindfolded! New! A ‘Car Boot Sale’ will be happening at the showground too. What entry fee will there be for the event? The admission this year is just $5 per person, with under 18s being FREE. On-site parking at the showground is also FREE. The funds will go firstly to defray the costs of running the event, then this year’s special project – exterior painting of Comboyne War Memorial Hall. This is the only community hall for the people of Comboyne and surrounding rural areas, home to the Comboyne Community Preschool Kindergarten, and well-used by many community groups, including Playgroup, Comboyne Public School, functions and classes for all interests. Many other local groups also benefit from the Fair, including the A & H Association and sporting groups. Where can people find more information? Car Club Capers and showground activities – phone Ray: 6550 4164. Buskers welcome – phone Greadann Jack on 6550 4131 to book. Stallholders and Car Boot Sale should book ahead with Vickie – Phone Margot on 0427 900 056 for general enquiries. Website: Thanks Donna. Interview by Jo Atkins.

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Alison Benstead is a local girl destined for big things in the glamorous acting and modelling world. Since her move to Sydney in 2010, she’s achieved some amazing things – including a role in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming production of The Great


Gatsby ...



here did you grow up as a finalist in the Short Sharp Film Festival in and go to school? Coffs Harbour. Being on set, I learned so much My family and I moved about how a film is actually shot and the process from Caringbah in behind it. Sydney, to Kew, when I When did you decide to move to the big was 9 years old. I finished primary school at St smoke (Sydney), and what prompted the Joseph’s, Laurieton, before attending St Paul’s in move? Port Macquarie to Year 10, then onto Heritage I decided that it was time to move in 2010. Christian School, where I graduated from Year 12 I had been approached for representation by in 2007. Untitled Management, a Sydney-based agency, How old were you when you decided you in June of that year, and I knew it wouldn’t be were interested in an acting and modelling feasible to be travelling all the time for auditions. career, and what inspired you? I relocated in September and was lucky enough I had taken ballet classes from when I was to land a role in Underbelly: Razor, the following quite young, so I always had that love of April. It really was perfect timing. performing. I’d been singing in choirs all How has the move benefited your career through school, but hadn’t been so far? quite confident enough to Looking back at the last two embrace Drama. I was years, I know that moving was dancing at Allstars Studio the best decision I could have Having the to and as part of our made. I am a country girl at ity un opport ann m hr Lu z Ba eisteddfod routines, we heart and miss my friends ith work w tors like would do a theatrical and family at home very and be around acrio and Leonardo DiCapwas an number. I found a much, but the training Joel Edgerton ... inually connection with the and opportunities that I experience I cont .” er character aspect of these have access to in Sydney ov f pinch mysel dances and when I was are invaluable. I’m currently 18 and had finished school, studying at the Actors College I started music theatre and of Theatre & Television part-time acting classes with Kate Meager. and have also been training classically I found that I could actually do it, and in music theatre with my singing teacher, and more than that, I really loved it! I had so Amanda Wagg. Sydney’s a great place to connect much support from Kate, who said that she with creatively minded people as well. saw something in my work and that I should be You’ve been involved with some amazing pursuing it. productions lately. What were the music While you were based in the Hastings area, videos you worked on – and how much fun what productions were you involved with? were these? I landed my first lead role in a short film Late 2010 I worked on a music video for titled Shortcut, written by Andrew Morrow and Fantine’s debut single, Rubberoom. I played directed by Rod Petrie and Paul Collins. It was my the part of ‘Laundry Girl’, who crawls through first audition, and I was so happy to have my first a clothes dryer to find herself in a room made proper role in a film, with a script and call sheets of rubber, where everyone is literally bouncing and everything! We filmed over a few days in around and having a great time. The song is Port Macquarie, and the next year it was selected about finding that place where great inspiration

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and ideas go when you are sleeping. The whole experience was so much fun, and one that I would gladly relive any day! You’ve also been involved with The Great Gatsby – a film directed by Baz Luhrmann and slated for release in 2013. What role did you play? The Great Gatsby has been the most incredibly rewarding experience. I played Anita Loos, a writer best known for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a series of short sketches she wrote for Harper’s Bazaar magazine back in the 1920s. I loved playing her, as I got to explore what upper class New York was like in that time. We filmed primarily at Fox Studios in Sydney, and I remember walking onto set for the first time and being absolutely blown away by the world that had been created. Having the opportunity to work with Baz and be around actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton, whom I personally admire, was an experience I continually pinch myself over. Baz is a true creative master and someone whom I hope to one day be able to work with again. How much modelling work have you been involved with in the past year, and would you consider modelling or acting your first love? Modelling’s great, but I would definitely consider acting to be my first love. I am incredibly lucky that I have had the opportunity to work with a very talented upcoming Sydney-based photographer, Alana Sykes, and we have a lot of fun collaborating on concept ideas and producing some great shots. However, I couldn’t imagine not acting. We often hear stories about some of the funny things that can happen on set. What’s an acting experience you’ve had along these lines? Most of the time, the funniest things happen when the cameras aren’t rolling. You know ... a group of actors on set, because when we’re waiting around, we generally start practising

our accents. It’s pretty hilarious. I love bloopers though, but once I get the giggles, it’s really hard to stop! One day on Shortcut, there was a scene where Justin and I were facing each other in the woods, and it’s the first time the audience sees the monster, which is meant to dart across the track behind us in a blurry, shadowy whoosh. It’s meant to be a very serious, intense scene. In one of the takes, Rod, dressed head to toe in black with a scream mask, went flying down the hill to cross the track, and tripped. We had to try and hold it together for the take, but just couldn’t. He was okay, but it was very hard after that to keep a straight face. If you could do anything in the next 12 months – what would it be? My dream is to be acting full-time. I want to be able to walk onto a film set or into a theatre every day and say, "This is my office". I want to play roles that are challenging and that enable me to experience things that perhaps I would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience in my normal life. If I could do anything in the next 12 months, I would have to say that I would love to land an ongoing role in a big production, whether it’s on screen or in a musical. To really be able to take the time to embody a character – to know their strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and be able to connect with and communicate them to my audience, that’s my dream! Thanks Alison. Interview by Jo Atkins. Photos courtesy of Alana Sykes.


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Trish Lawrence has been a local since 1984. As her son was not an avid reader like his sisters, Trish decided to have a go at writing novels for boys to encourage them to read. Her novel is based on a boy, very much like her son, who loved to surf. Trish is hoping that local bookstores will stock the book and support local authors. Surf Turf was the first of three books in a series now published by Trish. AVAILABLE AT: Rhythm of the Earth Shop, 2/524 North Haven or order online at Promote your local book or music album. Send us the @ g details to

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Our day-to-day busyness creates minds overall sense of wellbeing. Less recognition is that are always busy. We are always thinkgiven to the effect of regular Yoga practice on ing, planning, criticising, remembering – a the mind. constant flow of thoughts that seems When the mind is calm, you can meet life’s never ending and out of our control. challenges in a more relaxed way, you gain Our mental activity is often negative and insight into your own actions and how they afcritical of ourselves and others. It also prevents fect your wellbeing and that of others, you gain us from being truly present, as our perspective, and you start to understand thoughts always dwell on the that not everything is in your control. future or the past. At The Yoga Shala, we offer a “ In Yoga we In Yoga, we graduvariety of classes, workshops and al ic use phys ally learn to control our retreats for students of all levels postures and th focus on brean minds. Yoga can be a and abilities, including breathand relaxatio tool that helps us cope ing and relaxation classes, to es qu techni with stressful and difficult dynamic Ashtanga Yoga classes, create a sense of wellbeing times but more importantpregnancy Yoga and special physically. ” ly, it can help us transform events such as Soundhealing our lives, so we experience with gongs and music and chanting less stress. events. In Yoga we use physical postures and focus on breath and relaxation techniques to the plug! create a sense of wellbeing physically. We use breath awareness and breathing exercises to During September we offer free trial create internal focus and a calm state of mind. classes. Call us on 6583 7730 or send In our culture, Yoga is often seen as a physian email cal exercise regime that has significant physical to book in. benefits, as well as a positive impact on our

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he program for the traditional Celebration Concert which concludes the Annual Kendall National Violin Competition has been announced by Goetz Richter, Artistic Director of the National Competition. The concert will take place at 2pm on September 9, 2012 at the Kendall School of Arts. The program celebrates the splendours of romanticism and commences with two lyrical works for String Orchestra by Edward Elgar and Ottorini Respighi performed by the ensemble ‘Live Music Sydney’. This group of emerging artists from Sydney, under the direction of Goetz Richter, visited Kendall to much acclaim in 2011 and was welcomed for its vibrant and exciting playing. Following the performance on Sunday, the musi18 greater port macquarie focus.

“ Included t in the concert is also a shor by performance the winner of all the 2012 Kendin National Viol ” Competition.

cians will also conduct three introductory and interactive music workshops and perform for selected schools in Kendall and Herons Creek on September 10. The celebration concert concludes with the exhilarating Quintet in A major by Antonin Dvorak. For this performance, musicians from ‘Live Music Sydney’ will be joined by Sydney Symphony Violist Sandro Costantino (well known to Kendall audiences) and pianist Jeanell Carrigan. Included in the concert is also a short performance by the winner of the 2012 Kendall National Violin Competition, who will be determined in a day of performance on Saturday, September 8 at the Kendall School of Arts.

The Kendall National Violin Competition 2012 Final will start at 10.30am, with doors open from 10am. The afternoon session will commence at 2pm, with light refreshments at conclusion. Full day $25/$10 student; half day $15/student $5. The Celebration Concert will start at 2pm, with doors open from 1.30pm. Adults $30; students $15.

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Tuesday 9 October, 8pm & Wednesday 10 October, 11am.

The School For Wives Bell Shakespeare returns to the Glasshouse this October with something completely different – their first production by the French comic genius Molière, The School for Wives – a chaotic, turbulent love story. This is the story of a man with a problem. He wants desperately to get married, but is afraid a smart woman will cheat on him. His ingenious solution? Enlist the help of a local convent to raise a girl so innocent, that she won’t know the first or the last thing about cheating. The perfect ever-faithful wife. Or is she? The School for Wives embraces naivety in all its forms and is both funny and moving… are we all becoming fixated with controlling our destiny? We want the perfect partner; smart, sexy, healthy, funny and hopefully ‘from good stock’. But can we design a life for ourselves and have it all go according to plan? Is there any point preoccupying ourselves with this – or will fate and love always pop in and take over whenever they please? A beguiling comedy brimful of witty repartee,

hilariously misguided decisions, this classic piece of French theatre has been translated by Australian playwright Justin Fleming and directed by Lee Lewis, who directed the highly successful Twelfth Night in 2010. Glasshouse patrons have come to expect nothing but the best from Bell Shakespeare, and this venture away from the bard to the French playwright Molière will not disappoint! “This is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen.” ArtsHub July 2012. The Lowdown: Glasshouse Port Macquarie on Tuesday 9 October, 8pm and Wednesday 10 October, 11am. Tickets: $39.90 adult, $36.90 concession & groups 6+, $30.90 under 21/student. Glasshouse subscriber prices available. To book: or call 6581 8888. Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie.


“This is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen” ArtsHub July 2012

Tuesday 9 October, 8pm & Wednesday 10 October, 11am

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

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ow did you get your start in journalism? I was born in Sydney, and when I was a toddler we moved to Cooma. I actually thought I was going to be an engineer growing up, as I was good at maths. When I was 12 years old, I won a trip to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne with 50 other kids from all around Australia, and I had a ball. I saw Betty Cuthbert’s three gold medals, and I have a book full of autographs from people I don’t know (laughs). All I have written in my autograph book is, “Italian basketballer”, or “Japanese rower”. Anyone who had a blazer, I buttonholed – and I think that’s where my love of sports reporting came from. I did a couple of years at university, and failed (studying engineering). I was pleased years later when I heard my 70-year-old mum saying to one of her friends, “You know … the best thing that ever happened was he failed university, because he then got into his true profession”. Within three years, I was on Fleet Street. I obviously had a knack, and I was with the Daily Express for a while. I came home for a bit, and then later I worked for the US State Department in Munich and wrote news that was translated and broadcast behind the Iron Curtain. In 1981 I was back in Australia and helped at the start of the Today show at Channel 9 – I was in the control room as a studio producer. It was fun, but I couldn’t keep getting up at 3am. I did it for two years. After that, I went to the Telegraph as a daily columnist for about seven years or so. I’ve also worked at The Australian. I had four dinner suits, ‘cause I often had to go to a premiere or some swish dinner – sausages and mash on the weekends tasted really good! (Laughs.) I know that sounds awful, but the five star food twice a day got a bit too much.

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But I’ve been blessed. I’ve worked, been paid for almost half a century to pursue my hobby, which is writing – and I would write for free, write for my own satisfaction, even if I wasn’t a journalist or an author. I also love meeting people, and as a result brother had retired here, and he suggested I’ve met some of the most famous people in I buy a house here – which I did. I’ve never the world. My first celebrity interview was with regretted it. Marlene Dietrich; I said that to someone in How many books have you written? their 20s the other day, and I was asked, “Who Hardmen is the 30th book. One of my books is Marlene Dietrich?” (Hollywood star.) Jimmy was about the hundred years of the Port Stewart was another interesting person, Dolly Macquarie Golf Club. I’ve written other books Parton was a lot of fun, but my favourite was on sport, trivia, the history of the cruise ship Professor Julius Sumner Miller. He was a Fairstar, some biographies – including one student of Einstein and an absolute called Hubert Who? (about unsung genius. adventurer Sir Hubert Wilkins). How did you source I used to do about 2 books en be d, ke I’ve wor interesting personalities lf ha t a year; now I do around one os m al r fo id pa and stories to tell? ue my rs pu per year. to y ur nt ce a I think the most writing So, speaking about hobby, which is e for interesting people are – and I would writown Hardmen ... What would the man and woman free, write for my if I you say to someone en satisfaction, ev t or an in the street. I often who isn’t a Rugby lis na ur jo a wasn’t used to rent a car, get League follower, to thor. ” au a photographer and go encourage them to read driving around in the country your book? looking for stories. It’s a book that non Rugby On my first visit to Port Macquarie League people could still enjoy. My editor in 1983, just after Christmas, we were driving is not a sports person, and she said she found it up the coast going from town to town, and I thoroughly interesting. saw a little paragraph in the local paper about Who are some of the most interesting Harry Thompson, who was camping illegally out footballers you’ve written about in the at Shelly Beach in his caravan. So we went out book? and had an interview with Harry … no teeth, I’ve written about players from all major his funny face, big heart, a fun man … with his Rugby League nations, including France. There’s wife every now and then peeking out the door a fellow who came out in 1951 (named Louis of the caravan. I dubbed him the ‘Mayor of ‘Lolo’ Mazon), who knew no fear. The reason Shelly Beach’, and imagine ... when I came back for this was he had fought with the resistance all those years later, a quarter of a century later, in France in World War II, and twice the that name had stuck! Gestapo had caught and tortured him – and So when did you move to Port Macquarie? twice he escaped. Twice! I’ve been here 8 years now … My older I finish with an Englishman (Matt King) who

played 20 seconds of a game, his first game, severed his spinal cord in a tackle and is now paralysed from the neck down. He’s since put himself through law school, and now he does a lot of charity work for people with sporting injuries. He said, “There are a lot of people worse off than me”. I noticed the other day he received an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours List. No one in Australia would probably know him, but I think he deserves a place in the book. There were a lot that I didn’t write about, but I did include some quirky stories. Arthur Beetson broke a leg playing in England for an English club on Christmas Day, when they used to play a match in the morning, so they could go home for Christmas dinner. The broken leg had been picked up, but two other major injuries hadn’t been noticed. His Australian mate knew Artie was badly injured, because he was just picking at his Christmas dinner – and Artie never missed a plate of food! What traits were you specifically searching for in players for them to make the Hardmen list? Well, there were three basics: the rough – the old fashioned player who would smash people’s jaws and kick them in the head; the tough – the ones who could take everything thrown at them; and the courageous – some of the little fellows like Benji Marshall. Think about it – he’s had three shoulder reconstructions, but still keeps coming back, time and time again. Thanks Malcolm – it’s been wonderful to chat with you. Malcolm’s books, including Hardmen, are available from good book stores nationally. Interview by Jo Atkins.

BRENT TOZER Bar Operations Manager

JUSTIN CAVE Food & Beverage Manager


GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS Tell us about the Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year

have been tweaking the list over the past 6 months with the thought

Awards; what are some of the categories and how is it judged?

in the back of our minds of entering the Wine List of the Year awards.

It is a very prestigious event that is held once a year. Anyone can enter. I believe that by the end of judging there is approx 400 venues Australia wide that receive the honour of being awarded either 1 glass, 2 or 3 glasses. It is very much in line with how restaurants receive their hats. The judging process has 5 elements to it.

As the winner of One Glass, what does this mean for Zebu Bar + Grill here in Port Macquarie? I believe it gives us some justification of being a destination venue for both the traveller and most importantly our local and loyal friends who have been visiting us since we opened the doors in late 2010. I would also like to think that is a good thing for Port Macquarie to have venues that are rated

Content (45%). Goes on how extensive your list is. Plenty of wines

by our peers.

by the glass. Mature or vintaged wines. An adequate list of aperitifs, What are some of your favourites that are available on Zebu's

beers, spirits & liqueurs. Balance (15%) Judges look for a balance between modestly priced and expensive wines, domestic and imported wines. Wines

amazing selection to choose from. Prices range from $220 up

from different regions of Australia. Different varieties are also very

to $895. Two of my favourites would be my personal favourite


Bordeaux, Chateau Margaux from France and for a local drop from

Suitability (15%) It is also paramount that the list is suited to the cuisine and fits the style and image of the restaurant.

can food and wine connoisseurs look forward to when visiting

vintages and provides accurate, correctly spelled information about

Zebu? I believe we have covered all our bases with our current wine

the wine and the region it comes from. An easily read list marks well

list. We have a very exciting menu in the restaurant put together

Pricing (10%) The judges look for value while taking into account

the Hunter Valley, the Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz. From high-end exclusives to vintage and local drops, what

Presentation (15%) It is also important that the list includes

This concise list offers more than what first meets the eye. There is a good range of Hunter semillon as well as some very respectable chardonnays. The pinot noir selection is sophisticated and there are plenty of hearty and dependable reds. ”

exclusive 'Museum' wine list? Where do I start? We have an

by our talented kitchen team led by Executive chef Ben Holloway.

that many restaurants have high overheads.

Whether you join us for some beautiful Canadian Scallops or want

Have you always had an interest in fine wines? or quite a while

to be adventurous and try the Venison Wellington we are confident

now. I have my own collection of very nice wines at home and

that we have the perfect wine to match your meal. You don’t need to

am always on the look out for that special wine to add to it. It can

get a bank loan to enjoy a wine or two as we have very reasonable

become very addictive when bidding for a wine that you really want.

priced wines available by the glass or bottle but if it’s a special

It can also be quite expensive.

occasion and you want to splash out then please come and visit us as we would love to take you on a journey and experience what

How much experience have you had in the wine industry, and

wonderful emotions a fine wine can bring to you and your friends.

what inspired you to take the Zebu list to the next level? Have been in the hospitality industry for approx 20 years but have been

Thanks Brent.

seriously involved with wine over the past 10 years. The inspiration was simple. Both myself and my partner in crime Justin Cave (Rydges

Wine List by Brent Tozer Wines on List: 122 (30 by the glass) Wine prices: $6.50-$11 (by the glass)

Food and Beverage Manager) wanted to give both the bar and restaurant the status it deserves. It is a beautiful venue that would sit quite easily against the bigger venues of Sydney or Melbourne. We

H AY S T R E E T F O R E S H O R E , P O R T M A C Q U A R I E PHO NE. ( 02) 6589 2822

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Traditional fish ‘n’ chips to enjoy, while overlooking the Town Green from Off the Hook.

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

Ham hock ravioli, cotechino sausage, pea puree with truffle & almond foam.

Zebu bar + grill Enjoy a drop of fine wine at Zebu Bar + Grill –

Master stock braised duck w/oyster & Shiitake Mushrooms, pork dumplings & tempura broccoli

recently awarded with an Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Glass at the Wine List of the Year Awards. Match it with our Ham Hock Ravioli or a succulent steak from the grill – pure bliss. Diary Date: Wednesday 3 October 7.30pm An evening with Bruce Tyrell – 5 course degustation dinner with matching wines – $95pp. Strictly limited seating, only 50 spaces! Tickets available by contacting (02) 6589 2816 or email Breakfast - Coffee - Cocktails - 10 Tap Beers - Wood Fire Pizzas - Steaks - Seafood -

Bluewater Bar and Restaurant

Purveyors of Peak Coffee

There is always something happening at Bluewater. Live music Friday nights showcasing local artists. Bluewater welcomes back Sunday afternoon music starting the 16th September. $15 schnitzel nights on Mondays and Wednesdays; Tuesdays are our 2 for 1 VIP. The very popular $12 steak night is on Wednesday nights.

Executive Chef Ben Holloway.

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.

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

Have you tried a delicious Cacao Chocolate or Macaroon yet?

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.


Waterfront Restaurant

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. Spring is on it’s way, so kickstart your day with a cup of your favourite coffee, paired with delicious free-range smashed eggs on Morpeth sourdough, or a bowl of the ‘Worlds Best Cereal’ bircher (GF), with stewed seasonal fruits and yogurt. The Block has a selection of beverages, healthy breakfast and lunch plates, and a variety of sweet treats fresh daily.

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

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

The Crew at Bluewater.

our restaurant, we have satisfied every facet of the dining experience. Family friendly and open for breakfast 7 days a week and dinner, 6 days a week. Now is the time to book for your Christmas functions – open for groups from small numbers up to 150 guests. Can cater for a sit down meal, a buffet or finger food. Venue can be Owner Greg Cacace.

closed for private functions (conditions apply).

Owners, Rob and Karen.

Contact Rob and Karen for further details and information.

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

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eat. Gippsland Eye Fillet with Beetroot Paint, Asparagus, Truffle Potato and Horseradish cream.

Spinnakers Restaurant + Bar

Restaurant Synergy

Spring is in the air! Enjoy these beautiful spring days sitting on the Spinnakers deck with a coffee and a sweet, or dine in and enjoy Spinnakers à la carte service. Savour the flavours of the Chermoula crusted Atlantic salmon, herb couscous, sugar snap peas with watercress and tomato! (Above.)

Now Under New Management – Synergy Restaurant & Bar, located at the Mercure Centro Hotel – where food and service works in harmony. Private dinner parties available for up to 20 guests.

Enjoy Spinnakers' ambience and fine dining overlooking the magnificent Hastings River and Port Marina.

For larger events, consider our spectacular ocean view rooftop.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads! PLANNING A WEDDING – 2013 dates filling fast!

Enjoy an intimate dining experience serving modern Australian cuisine at its best.

Head chef Scott Trotter.

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

Happy hour 5.30pm – 7pm nightly. Sunday Special – $50pp – 2 course choice menu with complimentary bottle of wine. Take advantage of this special offer for Father's Day.

Cnr Hay & William Streets, Port Macquarie t 6583 0830 w

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

open 7 days, from 6.30am 'til 10am for breakfast; 5pm – late for dinner. Bookings essential.

Wauchope Country Club

Flynns Beach Café + Takeaway

Just a five minute walk from the CBD, and what awaits you is a breathtaking oasis, a place to meet friends, to enjoy a coffee or a cold refreshment or a place to select a meal from our popular Hook N Slice menu ...

Voted by FOCUS readers as producing the best burger in Greater Port Macquarie! Try our signature burger, the Flynns Beach Burger, a sure way to fill your tummy, weighing in at half a kilo. Takeaway menu available for breakfast, lunch and most nights for dinner.

Monday – $10 steak night

Our café provides premium Arabica twin-origin Peak Coffee – top quality coffee roasted beautifully, and a dine-in menu filled with flavoursome food as wholesome as mum's cooking. Café menu available for breakfast and lunch.

Tuesday – $8 lunches Thursday – $9 schnitzel night Friday, Saturday and Sunday – select from our blackboard specials. Wednesday nights come down for our Club Superdraw: $10,000. Jackpots $1,000 each week until won.

King Street Wauchope t 6585 3020 open 7 days. Mon - Sun, lunch 11.30 - 2.30ish. Dinner 5.30 - 8.30ish.

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Maître d' Ammish & Executive Chef Nathaniel.

Head Chef Steve Totton.

Our cooks Nick and Tony.

Corner of Pacific Dr. & Flynn St. 2/52 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie t 6583 2725 open Sept/Oct trading hours: Mon & Tues 8am - 2.30pm. Wed to Sat 8am - 7pm. Sun 8am - 3.30pm.

eat. Seafood banquet.

Crème Brûlée.

Bay Leaf

Rainforest Café

With the arrival of spring, come in and enjoy modern Australian cuisine in our relaxed dining atmosphere. We offer an à la carte menu, as well as pre arranged degustation menus and seafood platters. We require 24 hours' notice to source the freshest produce for your seafood experience. There are still openings for September functions, with cocktail parties being most popular; otherwise, we also offer a range of menus to suit all needs. We believe in a total dining experience, delivering a fuller style of service.

Relax and unwind at Sea Acres Rainforest Café, with a delicious menu to suit all tastes. Serving fresh meals with local produce, the French influence of head chef Jean-Louis is noticeable on the daily specials board. Try the toasted brioche with lemon ricotta and saffron poached pears, roasted tomatoes filled with quinoa, zucchini, goats cheese and basil pesto, or the roasted pumpkin, ricotta and sage tart, just to name a few. Our house-made cakes and desserts are perfect for morning and afternoon tea with friends, and we use the award winning Numero Uno coffee and organic teas. Savour the tastes and sounds of spring at Sea Acres Rainforest Café.

Owners Matt and Shane.

Jean-Louis and Cherie Tostivint.

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

138 William St. Port Macqaurie t 6583 5527

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

open Monday thru to Saturday, lunch and dinner.

Try our fresh Salt n lemon pepper squid with an ice cold beer.

Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill

Café Buzz

Who doesn't enjoy a great meal, with a nice cold beverage and an amazing view! Well Scampis Seafood Bar and Grill have all that and more. The sun is out, the ocean looks fantastic and it's time to come out of the house. Scampis is the place to be this spring and summer period whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner your sure to get a great meal within a wonderful atmosphere.

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 breakfast has many choices, made fresh to order! Poached Free Range Organic Eggs on toast, fresh rocket, a twist of rock salt and black pepper. A simple, yet always delicious, perfect welcome to your day, every day. The BUZZ Ricotta Stack is thick hand sliced Banana Bread, a large dollop of local ricotta cheese, freshly sliced local bananas, a drizzle of local honey and topped with cinnamon sugar; your smile will follow your empty plate. Add a BUZZ 'Machiato' to savour and head off into your day! 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!

Weekend Breakfast from 8.30am Live music Sunday afternoons Takeaway or dine in

40 William Street, Port Macquarie t 6583 7200 open 7 days for spring and summer

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.

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“ Daryl Barnett has returned as the Executive Chef for The Westport Club’s AQUA Restaurant and has put his stamp very much on the new AQUA menu, which was launched at the end of August. ”

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

Executive Chef Aqua.

The friendly staff.

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


he menu has a strong emphasis inspiring views from every part of the room, on fresh, nutritious produce, with including the kitchen. It is such a relaxing place a few surprises too! Our team of to dine. chefs enjoyed the opportunity Profile on Daryl Barnett, Executive Chef to bring together their ideas and are looking “My dad was a prominent chef and Mum a forward to delivering a menu which they cake decorator, so I was always around food contributed to and will enjoy cooking.” from an early age, ”Daryl said. “I started my 4 The most significant innovation to this menu year apprenticeship at the age of 16 with the is our inclusion of a kilojoule rating for each dish. City Tattersalls Club in Sydney, so by 20, I was a We have worked in conjunction with a local fully qualified chef. dietician, Peter Clark, who has broken down “Following the completion of my each dish into ingredients and cooking methods apprenticeship, I moved to Centrepoint and to come up with a ‘KJ’ figure, to enable diners then worked as a chef at Revesby Workers Club. to make an informed choice and to promote I was fortunate to have been able to explore healthy dining. my creative style of cooking at many One of the major additions to inner-city venues, which gained me diners is a fantastic new Aqua the position of ‘Chef de Partie’ seafood platter for two, position at the Sydney Opera At AQUA, we which will include a hot and House.” are proud to ting cold selection of the best Always wanting to have a team burs d with creativity an the ocean has to offer. explore and expand his innovation, and ore At a cost to members of culinary skills, Daryl left the m is th nowhere is r ou only $120, this is great Opera House and worked in an th ce en id in ev ards.” value for such a delicious Italian restaurants, for a large daily specials bo combination of seafood. catering company (producing “At AQUA, we are proud meals for 2,500 people per day), to have a team bursting with and at Bexley Private Hospital as the creativity and innovation, and nowhere Executive Chef, before deciding to open is this more in evidence than our daily specials his own café business. boards. The daily special allows the chefs to “About 13 years ago, I decided to move to regularly indulge in their creative styles through Port Macquarie in search of a sea change. My offerings of starters, mains or delectable first job in Port Macquarie was Head Chef at desserts,” Daryl explained. Café Amadaeus, and then I moved to Executive AQUA’s new menu, while still maintaining old Chef at Port Macquarie RSL. favourites like the roast, a burger and chicken “I started as Executive Chef at The Westport schnitzel, includes a wonderful combination of Club in 2006. After a brief stint of ‘down dishes such as the famous AQUA garlic prawns knives’, so to speak at the end of 2010, I am and wok tossed Asian greens and vermicelli, extremely excited about being back and leading topped with green papaya salad, which is a dish a wonderful team that includes our Sous Chef, you can build to your personal liking. The rare Mark Evelyn (formerly chef and co-owner of charred kangaroo rump; Atlantic Salmon fillet Tommy’s by the Beach) and a talented and with scorched herb crust and the saffron linguini dedicated team of four chefs, two cooks and with chicken and mushroom are just some of the two apprentices. We cook about 300 meals per surprises for the dinner menu. day. The kitchen has a great atmosphere, and we AQUA is open daily for lunch from 11.30am also get a wonderful view from the kitchen out to 2.30pm and dinner from 5pm to 8.30pm. Its to the magnificent Hastings River – not bad at location is one of the best in town, with aweall!” Daryl smiles.

Authentic Thai Orchid Why not treat yourself and your family to the exotic flavours of Thailand presented at their best! Outdoor and indoor dining areas, traditional and relaxed atmosphere. Dine in or takeaway available. Banquet menus available for group bookings. Fully licensed restaurant – BYOB (wine only). Home delivery – $30 min; fee applies. Perfect venue for birthday, anniversary dinners. 2011 Port Macquarie Business Awards finalist. FINALIST: Best Thai on the North Coast Finalist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Next to Rivers Menswear, 4 Bay St, Port Macquarie t 6584 9049 open Tuesday - Sunday, from 5pm.

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Owners May and Paul

B A R N E T T .

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Live at the Breakwall Festival

Johnny Cash: The Concert The name on his birth certificate was John R. Cash. Born on February 26, 1932, the boy known as J.R. to his family grew from his very humble beginnings in rural Arkansas to become one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. Internationally respected and universally loved, Johnny Cash was an icon of the 20th Century.

Ash Grunwald. Harrington Hotel, along with Luke Carvana from Carvana Management, are excited to bring you the Breakwall Festival. The Breakwall Festival is a three day event held in the middle of the beautiful town of Harrington, just a short drive south from Port Macquarie. The festival is a culmination of some brilliant ideas from both Luke and Adam to bring some quality music and some emerging local artists together.

brand new album and has just completed his first ever New Zealand tour. His new album, Trouble’s Door, found life in the fiery breath of injustice – the frustration of severe political and environmental mismanagement. The music traverses many a tale as well – the Blues propelled by driving dance floor rhythms, buoyed by Hip Hop beats and slammed by the Dubstep crunch. Naturally. With free entry, make sure you get in early;

The headline act will be none other than Ash Grunwald.

this is going to be a weekend you don’t

Ash Grunwald is currently touring with a

information, contact the Harrington Hotel.

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want to miss –12-14 October. For further

In this special two-hour concert event, we pay tribute to JOHNNY CASH and his music, bringing you hit after hit spanning his entire career. From his first release on the Sun label, 1955s Hey Porter and his signature Folsom Prison Blues, through to his left of field cover of Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage and his breathtaking version of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt, released shortly before his death in 2003. A celebration of his 80th birthday, CASH: The Concert captures the spirit of this iconic superstar, featuring Daniel Thompson, star of The Class of '59 tour, who received standing ovations for his stellar performance and a multi-award winning vocalist and former finalist at Tamworth’s Golden Guitar awards. A nearly 20 year veteran of the music industry, he possesses a rich baritone voice,

a deep understanding of the Country music genre and an enormous respect for Johnny Cash and his music. Daniel delivers the best of Johnny Cash like nobody else can. No one sings Cash like Cash, but no one gets closer than Thompson. The band consists of Stuie French, rated by many people as the best guitarist in Australian Country music. He is an in demand session musician and producer. Pick up any major Country music CD produced in Australia over the last 15 years, and chances are you’ll find Stuie’s name on the studio credits. Recently Stuie toured as part of the Classic Albums Live: Brothers in Arms tour, playing the music of Dire Straits to sold-out houses all over the country. Also featuring international renowned singer/ songwriter Alanna Cherote as June Carter and introducing the Tennessee Studs.

Chisel Barnes Show at the Hastings Hotel Cold Chisel songs have made a mark in Combine the two, and you have LAST history as some of the best tunes ever STAND – Chisel Barnes Show! A paramount to come out of Australian Pub performance by seasoned Rock, with anthems like performers who have been Flame Trees, Bow River, performing Cold Chisel and Cheap Wine, Choir Jimmy Barnes songs for , el ot H Hastings ill w Girl and of cause over a decade! You will e op ch au W ow sh t ea gr Khe Sanh. a have to look twice to e id ov pr night out for od go d check you’re not listening an Jimmy Barnes also isel all – Last Stand Ch to the real thing. 22 ay made his mark , Saturd

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rs op on Australian Pub Performing live Saturday September. Doo 8pm.” Rock with songs just 22 September at the as huge, like Driving Hastings Hotel in Wauchope; Wheels, Lay Down your tickets $10 pre-sold from the Guns, Little Darling, and who bottle shop. ONLY 100 tickets predoesn’t know the words to Working sold; first in best dressed, or $15 @ the door. Class Man? Doors open 8pm.

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T H E T E R R I B L E T O U RI S T . ou find them the world over. Drawn to the busiest street, squares and monuments and surrounded by others of their kind. They’re snap-happy, swaddled in fleece and GORE-TEX and usually standing aimlessly in the middle of pedestrian thoroughfares. Ginormous maps protrude from their hands, bum-bags pad their midsections, guidebooks add bulk, and backpacks bring up the rear. Their eyes never focus at what lies in their path, but can be found darting towards the spires of distant churches, the elaborate window displays in shops adjacent, or just generally everywhere else apart from their immediate spatial vicinity. They are immediately identifiable, their uniform is universal, their objective clear as day to everyone around them. And what would that be, you may ask? To tick off ‘must-sees’ in their guidebooks, to rather compulsively take copious amounts of photos of absolutely

anything they come across ... paper bag blowing in the breeze? “Quick, get a shot of that, love! Take a few, in case it doesn’t come out.” Thank heavens for the digital camera, especially so for that handy ‘delete’ button. Their true aim, however, is to arrive somewhere exotic or historic, stay there for a short amount of time, an hour or two, or perhaps a day or two, see those ‘must sees’. And most importantly, to be able to say – ”I’VE BEEN THERE!” Locals have a kind of love/hate thing going on with tourists. The bottom line is that they’re spectacularly good for the economy. In fact, so good, that there are many global destinations in which tourism is by far the largest source of revenue. That’s not to say, however, that tourists are treated with anything like the reverence they deserve, for their life-preserving cash injections. Indeed, quite the opposite is usually true. Travel to any major tourist desti-

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speak their language or understand their culture in their space every day, when really – they’re just trying to go about their business. This is fair enough – but it calls for compromise. A show of patience from locals towards visitors, as well as an awareness and respect from tourists for the fact that the place they are visiting is a functioning entity in which people try to go about their daily lives in peace & that such a destination does not exist solely for the pleasure of those that visit it. Sure, tourists in their most clichéd, overblown sense can be figures to poke fun at. But on the other hand, they’re just people trying to see the world. And let’s face it ... It can be pretty tough negotiating a path through a place you’ve never been to before. Booking flights and accommodation is a minefield in itself. Then there are language barriers, map deciphering, exchange rates and jetlag. All that effort to get somewhere so warrants a bit of gawking and snap-happiness, don’t you think? The full-time inhabitants of these incredible spots could really show a little more pride in their live-in postcard vistas. As I’ve always said, a little pizzazz in the service department goes a long way. Even a smile is a great start! And to genuinely help someone out, to make their day better; well ... it just makes you feel better too, doesn’t it? That is of course, until you’re racing across the square to get to the bank before it closes, and a GORE-TEXED one apprehends you with, “Which way to the leaning tower?”


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nation, especially in Europe, and you will often encounter disinterested, jaded and half-hearted service. That’s if you are lucky. If you’re unlucky, you will get rudeness, unpleasantness – and even blatant dishonesty. Hence the old ‘tourist rip-off’ in the ‘tourist trap’. And then there’s the food. If you’re in Europe, stay away from the joints close to the major attractions. Unless you have a penchant for badly prepared, carelessly served slop, which most of the time puts the culture it’s supposed to be representing to utter shame. It’s extremely sad, actually. Why don’t the locals care? I have a few theories … First, the more beautiful and popular a place, the worse the attitude of its inhabitants. For example: If you’ve got a stunning, untouched walled medieval city, then who needs any other charms? People will come to see it, even if you’re a sour faced, money-grubbing so-and-so. Similar to the all brawn and no brains theory – if you look pretty, it doesn’t matter if there’s not much inside. Second, locals get kind of tired of crowds of randoms gawking, and zoom-lensing – blocking up the middle of the footpath, when they’re trying to go about their daily chores. They get tired of everyone assuming they speak English. And they mostly get tired of their hometown being hijacked by interlopers, day in and day out, all year around. Even though they know that tourism is really great for the economy and such, it still is a pain having loads of clueless strangers who don’t

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Food and Wine Month. October is Greater Port Macquarie’s Month of Food! Highlighted with the annual Holiday Coast Credit Union Tastings on Hastings Food and Wine festival and a schedule of food, wine and beer focused events, serving up the best the region has to offer. Farmers, brewers and wine makers combine with leading chefs to stage a colourful and lip smacking range of events throughout the month surrounding the main event, The Holiday Coast Credit Union Tastings on Hastings, to be held at the Town Green on Sunday, October 14. How about a ‘Breakfast in the Beds’; a Kindee Valley Farm to Plate Lunch; Cheese Making Workshops; or the annual Tastings on Hastings Dinner at Panthers Port Macquarie! For more details on these and other tasty event treats, visit: to learn

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more and make your booking. The 2012 Holiday Coast Credit Union Tastings on Hastings celebrates its 10th year in 2012 by moving from the Port Macquarie Racecourse to spread and grow in its new Port Macquarie CBD venue, where exhibitors will sell their wares throughout Clarence Street, lower Horton Street and the Town Green. The Essential Energy Cooking demonstration arena will play host to a popular star studded selection of visiting and local chefs, while the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park RiverStage will pump up the festive spirit with a non stop schedule of entertainment throughout the day. Add to this, 100 stall holders selling fresh local produce, gourmet product, beers, wines and a range of kitchen and dining ware, and it is a great place to be to sip, sup, kick back and relax on the beautiful Hastings River.

Each chef will create a dish to best represent their style, showcasing premium local produce.

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‘Six chefs, six wines, six courses – one night only! Enjoy all the flavours and talent the Hastings has to offer, with six of the best regional chefs under one roof for one night only. Rydges will be hosting the annual Six Degrees of Degustation Dinner on Friday October 12 at 7pm. Celebrate delicious local produce, as six local chefs cook it out for your dining pleasure! Enjoy a divine six course celebration of regional cuisine from some of your favourite restaurants. Each chef will create a dish to best represent their style, showcasing premium local produce. Each course will be accompanied by a fine regional beer or wine. Talented chefs this year include Lou Perri from the Stunned Mullet, Telecia Wehlow from Zebu Bar + Grill, Eric Robinson from The Other Chef, Ben Holloway from Zebu Bar + Grill, Ben

A grand garden party on the lawn, on the river in front of Rydges Port Macquarie.

Crompton from Luxe Fine Food & Catering, and James Egan from Zebu Bar + Grill. Matching six wines with six mouth-watering dishes, this is an event with some serious bite and one not to be missed! Tickets are $125 pp and include live entertainment, fabulous company, six wines and six courses and of course, an unmatched water view. A portion of each ticket sale will go towards the Salvation Army Local Christmas Appeal.

be a key sponsor: “This is one of my favourite events for the ladies, and this year the glamour t k will ill b h with ith ffabulous b l i stakes be even hi higher, prizes for best dressed lady, gent and the best hat.”

Guests will enjoy live entertainment, a scrumptious high tea of warm savouries and naughty cup cakes, with freshly brewed World ParTea served in vintage tea sets ... not a year “This is a once a d an forgetting the most opportunity ent important ingredient of all special charity ev on in the Tastings ar. ” – a glass of award winning Hastings calend Cassegrain sparkling wine. The day is co-sponsored by Essential Energy, Cassegrain, Port News and World ParTea to complement the fundraising Race for Rach, with a portion of the funds raised going towards Camp Quality. Kate Wood-Foye, Sales and Marketing Manager of Rydges Port Macquarie, is delighted to supply the venue and

Tickets will be strictly limited, as only 150 guests can enjoy the afternoon of live entertainment on the lawn – tickets will be available for sale at Rydges reception for $35 each. The bar will also stay open for extra Cassegrain bubbly and Pimms and Lemonade cocktails throughout the afternoon.

This is a once a year opportunity and a special charity event in the Tastings on Hastings calendar. Grab your tickets – one for your mum, your girlfriend, your sister and your boss! Hurry to avoid disappointment! Tickets will sell out!

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Foreshore Markets.

Win an Apple iPad. Breakfast in the Beds . Spend a morning in the Hastings Valley hinterland. Roam around our organic market farm Near River. Harvest the freshest vegetables, citrus and eggs. Pass the bounty to a chef to have it prepared and served to you in an open sided marquee set in the middle of our market garden, accompanied with a glass of sparkling wine. Discover the virtues of real local food, how it is grown, where it comes from, and who grows it. Bring your children to a working farm and meet the chickens and pigs. Take the opportunity to purchase Near River condiments and produce. Know that you’ve just enjoyed the freshest of food at a truly authentic paddock to plate event ... in the paddock. The fun starts at 9am on Saturday or Sunday October 6 and 7, 2012. You’ll need to book at www.breakfastinthebeds. com and further details can be found there too. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children under 15. Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children are $110. Our farm, Near River, is a 45 minute drive along sealed roads from Port Macquarie at 1466 Pappinbarra Road, Hollisdale. Chat with us directly on 6587 6004.

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Spaghetti Eating Competition To celebrate the Tastings on Hastings, being held for the first time on the Town Green, FOCUS will be hosting the inaugural Greater Port Macquarie Spaghetti Eating Competition!. If you love spaghetti, then this is the competition for you, with the overall winner taking home a brand new Apple iPad. Contestants will have their hands tied behind their backs and will need to finish some delicious Ricardoes Tomatoes Spaghetti from plastic plates, without spilling the plate off the table. The quickest two to do so in each heat to the judges’ satisfaction will make it through to the grand final, with the overall winner taking home the Apple iPad, valued at $429. Entry is open to all ages, but only 50 entries are available, so be quick and register now. Entry is $10, with all money raised going to local charities. The Spaghetti Eating Competition will be located at the Town Green. Spectators and cheer squads are more than welcome. Oh, and our advice ... don’t wear white. Call 6584 7433 for a registration form today.

The Foreshore Markets on the banks of the Hastings River in Port Macquarie continues its great entertainment offerings at this market, regularly staged on the second Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm. On Saturday, September 8, local entertainer James Bennett is ready to set the vibe at this eclectic market serving up farm fresh local produce, gourmet product, and a colourful, quality selection of work by leading local artisans including jewellers and artists. James’s music is best described as Folk/Pop with a diversity of influences such as Bob Dylan, John Butler and Xavier Rudd. Although James delivers a repertoire of popular covers, his real strength and appeal is in his original songs. At the age of 22, James already has a considerable catalogue of well crafted compositions he is currently entertaining audiences with on the Mid North Coast of NSW. With a residency at The Beachhouse in Port Macquarie and countless other gigs on the coast, James has become a much sought after performer and proven crowd favourite. He will perform beneath a tree in a designated dining area furnished with tables and chairs, cushions and rugs. Here, the Foreshore food selection includes something for the carnivore (bacon and egg wraps and succulent paella) or a great selection of vegetarian options from Sumita’s Indian Vegetarian, Jean Davy’s Amber Healing Farm and Organic Belly. With more than 100 stall holders, all selected for colour, quality and diversity, this is a great community market offering up something for everyone. Shop, sit, dine, play or simply kick back and enjoy the passing parade and excellent views. There is also a children’s playground close by. For further information, contact: Sonia on 0414 376 868 or Necia on 0401 526 936.


Glenn Miller Orchestra. It is with great pleasure that we announce the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform one concert at the Glasshouse on Tuesday 16 October at 8pm.

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rt and sport might not seem to have means that the Glasshouse excelled in all areas of much in common, but let me assure you our business. – us ‘arty’ types can be as competitive In making their selection, the industry panel noted as any Olympian! Admittedly, the entire Glasshouse that not only was the Glasshouse good across the team swimming collectively would be no match board but more importantly, we showed excepagainst ‘our James’; in fact, we have the dubious tional innovation as an arts centre. In everything honour of being the wooden spoon winners in we do, we make the most out of every opportunity. Council’s multi-sports competition for three years This month we have Diving For Pearls appearing running now! in the Theatre. This play has been called one of Luckily, our skills lie in other areas and when it the best ten plays in the country, so in addition to comes to running a performing arts centre, we presenting the play, we are hosting a workshop actually do that very well. So well in fact, that we for emerging local writers to work with this award have just won the award for the Australian Perwinning playwright. In the same way that working forming Arts Centre of the Year. To have been given with a professional coach touring through Port this honour after only three years of operation is a Macquarie is an invaluable opportunity for budding significant achievement and true recognition of the sportspeople, the opportunity to work with professuccess the Glasshouse team has delivered to sional arts practitioners is an invaluable opportunity our community. for those in our community who are more The modern day oracle of truth ‘arty’ than ‘sporty’. We provide choice and wisdom, ‘wikipedia’, and opportunities. Even a cursory defines an award as someflick through our latest What’s ur “ This is yo d an e, thing given to a person On Guide for spring shows the us ho Glass or a group of people to diversity of events on offer, the national to glory belongs ie recognise their excellence from classical music to contemPort Macquar d in a certain field. The recent porary music, tribute shows to an – embrace it Olympics were a great the real Glenn Miller Orchestra, ” it! enjoy example of how our comand workshops for kids through munity can come together and to those with more of, shall we say respect the remarkable achieve… an interest in history. Not everyone ments of people who are at the very will like everything – nor should they! How top of their profession. We came together, ‘sporty boring a world would it be if we all liked the same and non sporty’ people alike, to celebrate and rethings. Just choose what you like and enjoy that spect the hard work and commitment our athletes experience. undertook to excel in their chosen field. So in the Olympic spirit, let’s stand together, ‘arty’ In our field, the Performing Arts Centre of the and ‘non arty’ people alike, and celebrate this win. Year Award recognises the achievements of an It is now official – you have the best Performing outstanding venue. This award is only ever given Arts Centre in Australia right in your backyard, to a venue that provides consistently outstanding embrace it and enjoy it! production, marketing and management services, the plug! as well as achieving exceptional success in audience development and community engagement. To win To book tickets to see any of the this award is a reflection of the hard work, passion shows at the Glasshouse, phone the Box Office on 6581 8888 or visit and commitment your Glasshouse team has to for details. delivering the very best for our community. It also

This concert spectacular will celebrate the unforgettable music of the 1940s, starring direct from the USA, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Moonlight Serenade Singers, performing those timeless, Big Band ncert “ This cola hits from the golden era of spectacu r will String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junccelebrate thee Swing; songs made famous rgettabl tion, Pennsylvania 6-5000, fo un by The Andrews Sisters and music of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, the nostalgic World War II 1940s..” We’ll Meet Again, The White melodies from legendary stars Cliffs of Dover ... and many such as Vera Lynn and romanmore memorable songs. tic music from the Frank Sinatra JOIN US ON A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY Songbook. DOWN MEMORY LANE! Tickets on sale now! And you will see the greatest Swing dancing ever, performed by the exciting Broadway the plug! Swing Dancers – 25 world class singers, musi$74.90 adult; $69.90 concession/group cians and dancers on stage! 10+/child. Book online now, or call Remember ... Chattanooga Choo Choo, In The (02) 6581 8888. Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug,

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Songs of the Southern Skies – Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp in concert … The Glasshouse plays host to a very special concert this month, as songstress Katie Noonan and classical guitarist Karin Schaupp combine their skills to share the best of Folk, Classics, Pop and Jazz from Australia and New Zealand. Karin explains why this music has such special meaning to the talented duo ...

Songs of the Southern Skies


A feast for lovers of all styles of music, this collaboration brings together two artists at the top of their game, true masters of their fields.


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rom what age did you first something together!” start playing guitar, and Your new joint album, Songs of the who/what inspired you to Southern Skies, is a project that’s very learn? close to both yours and Katie’s hearts. I started playing at age 5, Please tell us a bit about the album taught by my mother. She is a guitarist and some of the standout tracks for and was my first inspiration. I heard guitar you, personally ... music while I was still in the womb and Our first collaboration last year focused then first performed publicly when I was on music from the British Isles, so this six. I’m afraid I caught the bug quite early! time we wanted to bring our focus back What training in classical guitar have home and explore the best Australian and you completed? New Zealand songwriters and composers. I have an Honours degree It was great fun to choose what with a university medal we’d feature on the album, from University of and we ended up with a Queensland and a huge diversity of styles Touring is Masters in Music, – from classical works always great ce also from University written especially for fun, as it’s a chan e to share with a liv of Queensland. us (including a song of lt su audience the re ergy My mother was by young Adelaide en e tiv ea all the cr ect oj my main teacher composer Andrew pr a ng tti pu of and still works with Georg, the winner of our together.” me as producer on Songs of the Southern Skies my solo albums. During song competition), to Jazz, my studies, I also undertook Folk and of course, Pop songs, countless courses, masterclasses including music by the Finn Brothers, Iva and individual lessons with various Davies, Cold Chisel, Gotye and so on. international players/teachers, including I love all the songs, and it’s very very Angelo Gilardino and Stepan Rak. hard to pick favourites when I am so close When and how did you first meet to the album, but for me some of the Katie Noonan – and what made most enjoyable moments are: the Nick you decide to collaborate with your Cave song Into My Arms, which opens the music? album (and which Australian composer We met about 7 years ago at the Richard Charlton reconceived for us); a Huntington Festival, when we were both gorgeous 1950s Kiwi tune called Blue performing there individually and ended Smoke, which we performed with the up performing a couple of short songs incredible Maori singer Whirimako Black; together. Since then, we’ve bumped into Katie’s own song dedicated to her dad, each other frequently – the music world called Emperor’s Box (with special guest is quite small! Every time we’d see each Clare Bowditch); and the classical pieces other, we would say, “We really MUST do by Elena Kats- Chernin, Richard Charlton

and Andrew Georg. Who are some of the other artists that have made guest appearances on the album? We are so privileged, as the list of amazing artists who joined us for this album is long and illustrious – Iva Davies, Clare Bowditch, Gurrumul, Diana Doherty, Whirimako Black, Chris Cheney and many others. How excited are you to be able to tour with Songs of the Southern Skies and stop over in places such as Port Macquarie? Touring is always great fun, as it’s a chance to share with a live audience the result of all the creative energy of putting a project together. We can’t wait to share this beautiful music in what I think is a very intimate program. I’ve played in Port Macquarie many times, but never at The Glasshouse, so I am particularly looking forward to that personally; I’ve heard great things… Where can people go to find out more information/buy the album? Our websites are probably easiest: or Thanks Karin.

the plug! Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp perform at the Glasshouse on September 15 at 8pm.

Adult $41, conc $36, student/u21$36. 6581 8888 or visit


social scene.

with Kate Wood-Foye from Rydges Port Macquarie.

Damien and his team from Hermitage Dental.

Enjoying the Masquerade Ball ...

Wes, Sue, Bron and David Vickers.

Best Dressed Man – the Stig – AKA Mark Wilson.


re you losing the plot if you are setting reminders to remind you about reminders? This is the question I am asking myself at the moment ... I really need to get an uber smart, next generation, magic iPhone that actually washes my hair, drives me to work, operates the laptop, meets my clients, take messages, plans the week, pays the bills, rings a little bell when I forget something and most importantly, reminds me to do what I have promised to do! I can only smell a whiff of the silly season in the air, and already it is getting crazy! September is going to be big – with events celebrating food, friends and fun the whole month long. The undeniably fabulous Bronwyn Vickers celebrated her 70th birthday in signature style with a celebration for 100 guests at a luncheon on high at the iconic Smokey Cape Lighthouse in the Arakoon National Park near south West Rocks in late July. Guests enjoyed a balmy Saturday afternoon in the winter sun, some cool Jazz from Geoff Kearns and Jordan Jive and a quintessential touch of history provided by lighthouse keepers Pat and Wendy. Bronwyn created every detail with her special guests’ enjoyment in mind, from the handcrafted invitations by Kylie Wright containing pictures and special letters from Bronwyn’s childhood, to the handcrafted canapés from SilverSpoon Catering and the delicious cupcake tower made of miniature Blue Russian cat cupcakes by Trish Jackson. Bronwyn’s friends and family came from far and wide to join the celebration

for to this accomplished and well loved lady, including husband Wes, daughter Sue, and son David over from Maui for a wonderful celebration of Bronwyn’s life. Friends: including lovely local Donna Eastman, singer songwriter John Williamson and partner Meg Doyle, Rod and Bronwyn Hall and Shayne McGuire to name but a few. Tributes flowed, as colleagues from St Columba, friends from Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory, kindergarten school friends and Bron’s daughter, Sue, spoke of the ongoing achievements from her mum’s life … the story so far! Happy birthday to an amazing lady with an irrepressible zest and love for life! Gorgeous couple Amanda and Jamie Locke celebrated their 10 year anniversary with an intimate celebration for 70 guests in the Zebu Room of Zebu Bar + Grill recently, with a cocktail party for family and friends. Guests, including Mark and Joy Hooper, Lauren and Steve Gerasimovski enjoyed French sparkling and canapés crafted by Exec Chef Ben Holloway. The children certainly weren’t forgotten, with glitter cake pops made by Lauren and miniature sticky date puddings to finish off the night. Congratulations to Amanda and Jamie. The sixth annual Rydges Masquerade Charity Dinner was a magical night to honour local charity Hope Shop, who spread hope and goodwill to the Port Macquarie community. Over 200 guests, including a fabulous representation from the local corporate community were out in force, raising over 23 thousand dollars for this local group.

John and Mary-Ann Parer, Kate and Sebastion Hutten, Cher and Mark Van Der Veer, Zoe, Dennis and the XYZ team, Tony and Krysia Mailo, Louise and Jay Beaumont, Meredy and Steve Lacey, Evelina Kemp, Sue and Paul Jogever, Donna Gillies and Sav Aristides, Rebecca and Peter Casey all got into the party mood, posing for pics and bidding up a storm for the cause. A special thank you to the multitude of generous businesses who donated amazing prizes, from hair treatments to dinner parties for a party of eight to a Topgun jet fighter experience. The crowd, as always, topped the best dressed list, with glamour high on the guest list! It was almost impossible to pick the best dressed from the distinguished crowd; however, a special mention must go to Mark Wilson, AKA the Stig! A really fun night with a great bunch of locals. Congrats to new parents Ashleigh Wilson and Nathan Lord, who welcomed little Blake into the world in late August, and to Andrew and Vicki of Rose’s Vineyard, who welcomed gorgeous little girl Zoe to the Port Macquarie scene. Lots of happiness, fun and games ahead for both families! Wishing you all the very best. Food fun arrives early this year, with the Six Degrees of Degustation Dinner being held on Friday 12 October at Rydges Port Macquarie. Six chefs will cook it our using amazing local ingredients, matched with local wines. Guest chefs, including Lou Perri and David Henry of the Stunned Mullet, Eric Robinson from the Other Chef, Ben Compton of Luxe Café, to name but a few, will join forces under one roof with award winning Zebu Exec Chef Ben Hol-

John Williamson , birthday girl Bron Vickers, Meg Doyle.

loway, James Egan and Telecia Wehlow to create a regional feast for the senses, with a portion of funds raised going to the Salvation Army local Christmas Appeal. Live entertainment will kick off the night, with some mellow tunes by Jazz quartet the Reds. Tickets are strictly limited to this event; contact the hotel for ticket – $125, including six courses and local wines to match. Grab your mum, colleagues, sisters and girlfriends for High Tea on the Hastings on Saturday 6th October, all in honour of Camp Quality Racing for Rach. There will be a treasure chest of prizes for best dressed lady, best dressed gent and best hat, including handmade jewellery from Le Dãin Designs Paris. Tickets are just $35pp – see you all there! Happy birthday to the gorgeous Jo Cherry of Hire Port, who turned foxy and forty in mid August with a birthday bash at the Mecure. Jo partied with over 110 friends with a live band and finger food. This foxy lady, who is partial to a bit of dance floor action, celebrated with hubby Steve and lots of bubbly. Happy birthday Jo – hope you had a ball! This month I am pondering the real value of sleep – I am currently not getting a great deal and am trying to convince myself that it really isn’t necessary to function as a human being. Realised this may not be the case, when I put the car into reverse before opening the garage roller door and noticing on arrival at destination that I had put my skirt on backwards! Sleep! Totally overrated! ‘til next month. Kate.

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Out to Lunch

with Susie Boswell

Jim Maguire. When Jim Maguire landed in Port Macquarie in 1990, it was a stark transition to a place that, weeks earlier, he’d never even heard of. Yet he turned out ideally suited to drive one of the town’s cultural foundations into the 21st century. This month, Susie shares lunch with our chief librarian. ou’re lunching with a librarian!” my mate exclaimed, stifling a mock yawn. Bespectacled, bookish, boring, he thought. Chief librarian Jim Maguire indeed wears reading glasses - unsurprising after a 35-year career in reading. But this IT specialist is increasingly less “bookish” I learn over lunch, as modern library services evolve into an online, downloadable, e-readable cyber catalogue of technology. And you’d hardly find boring our table talk encompassing current cultural phenomena such as One Direction, Reece Mastin and the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. In fact, Maguire steers a $2.2m dynamic business across three actual locations linked to an ever-expanding virtual network. His own story, of taking the knowledge and joy that comes from books to countless readers - from struggling students along the Suez Canal, to poor immigrant communities in outer London and then to remote PNG villagers - is fascinating. A Glaswegian, he took a history degree at the city’s Strathclyde uni but “I wasn’t sure what to do then, so I did a library postgraduate diploma”. In fact, a yearning to travel in his work had begun to gel. After a practical stint in a Dundee library he joined VSO, a British overseas volunteer service for international cultural relations and education, and began the first of his three overseas tenures, in Egypt, spending two years at the University of Suez Canal at Ismailia, near Cairo, training staff. It was the era of President Anwar Sadat’s assassination, when foreigners were regarded with suspicion. The work “was interesting but frustrating; it took a long time to get things done. At the end you look back and try to see where you’ve succeeded …” He gestures to indicate it’s a moot verdict. Two years on he moved to London, to the Borough of Brent around Wembley in the city’s north-west, a heavily multicultural area with 16

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library branches. Seven years there catering to an ethnically diverse Afro-Caribbean, IndianPakistani and other mixed population established his credentials in lesser-privileged communities. “ In London, So, now married to Cecihe’d acquired a masters in lia, from Northern Ireland, information and Maguire moved to PNG, a technologies third centre of political unrest room. We’d just introduced the world was me poised to beco and poverty. He’s reluctant to the intranet and had lots of wired. ” recount the difficulty of family blue cables hanging from the life there in the ’80s, when street ceiling.” With the move in 2000 to gangs and armed insurrection were its new $3.5m home there was space standard. “It did take some getting used for study facilities, community meetings to,” is all he says, with a wry grin. First in Lae, and displays and Maguire came into his own, then in Port Moresby his job involved improving directing IT design and fit-out in the purpose-built the emerging nation’s libraries, scattered across premises. When Hardman retired six years ago, the territory in disarray after Australia’s withPort had the ideal successor in place just as online drawal. A small rural area persistently rejected his technology took off. PCs have been installed in request to visit to evaluate the library. One day he expanding numbers along with numerous other IT just turned up, and discovered why: a farmer was advances. New technology is ever gathering pace: keeping pigs there. That’s not to say the library recent innovations include availability of WiFi at was under-appreciated, Maguire smiles: “Pigs all three libraries and in the Glasshouse foyer (a are very valuable in PNG!” He does allow to a convenient CBD spot for connecting laptops) and “huge” culture shock at the outset of five years self check-out. Audio books are giving way to ethere and yet another for his two tiny daughters books, CDs to downloadable music (Sony’s entire when the family moved here 22 years ago. The back catalogue, available to download and keep, little girls were amazed houses had no front fencincludes One Direction’s releases), there are online ing “because they’d grown up used to living in language and computer courses, online tutoring, compounds and with guards”. and world newspapers in different languages. The Maguire came to town sight unseen - he’d only libraries’ relevance and popularity are evidenced ever holidayed in Cairns - but had qualifications in annual traffic of around 400,000 visitors. Some Robyn Hardman, the town’s then long-serving borrow nothing at all but carry out online social librarian, valued. In London, he’d acquired a networking or family history research, or use masters in information technologies and the personal laptops on WiFi. Others merely browse world was poised to become wired. The library, newspapers and magazines. But now: the figure located where the Glasshouse now stands: of 800,000 annual borrowings peaked three “was cramped, the children’s library upstairs and years ago, yet “the numbers coming through the inaccessible. IT was in the mayor’s old changing doors is increasing, so people are accessing more

services online”. Students from Years 4 to 12 can log on (at home, if they wish), ask questions of an online tutor and see concepts illustrated on onscreen whiteboards. There’s an HSC schools collection; a dedicated teenage collection. Seniors’ enthusiasm for online services is supported by computer classes, run independently, but held at the library with library software facilities. “There was a spike in e-readers as gifts at Christmas; a lot of people come in asking how to work them.” There are author visits, Friends of the Library and school holiday activities, story-time programs for infants. Newborns are sent a book and membership invitation: a six-day-old became the library’s youngest member! Lions deliver books to those who can’t leave home; a mobile library to take books out into the community is in the pipeline. Maguire himself is a keen borrower. “I read crime fiction, history [of course!] and the Glasgow Herald. I like old movies on DVD. I download music: I like jazz but I’ve lately been looking for ’70s rock.” A novel [pardon the pun] service is Books in Flight: if you’d like some reading material, books are available to borrow as your depart at the airport, a Maguire idea. A few of the books go missing, he admits, but then others are returned with a note reading along the lines of: “Dear Librarians, Thanks for the great service!” Out To Lunch is hosted by Lou Perri at The Stunned Mullet on Town Beach

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JUDITH LUCY 2011 saw Judith on a quest to discover something to believe in; she even turned it into a TV show.

Help us raise $1 million

In 2012, one of the country’s most popular comedians is back ... with Nothing Fancy. No singing, no dancing – just gags about everything from meditation to beards. And maybe some talk of party pies. “I mean, who doesn’t love a party pie?” Judith says. A stand-up comedian for more than two decades, Judith Lucy is a household name. From her beginnings on TV through to her time on radio, appearances in film, contributions as a columnist, success as an author and of course, her sell-out national tours, Judith Lucy has done it all

Yoga Aid World Challenge Help us raise $1 million for charities around the world. Join us, as we make history on September 9, 2012! This first ever, around the world Yoga tour is for Yogis across the globe who are passionate about making a difference in the world! Celebrating its sixth year of fundraising for non profits, Yoga Aid is expanding its reach this year, with over 200 events happening all on the same day! The goal is to raise more than $1 million, with a series of fun, free, local Yoga events in communities in 20+ countries. Participants raise funds through donations to a chosen charity. It’s the ‘om’ that will be heard around the world! ABOUT YOGA AID FOUNDATION Yoga Aid began in 2006, with knowledge so beautifully summed up in MC Yogi’s words: “When we live to give love, there’s

no greater feeling.” Two Yoga enthusiasts, Clive and Eriko, set out to put their Yoga practice into action by creating Yoga Aid: an international nonprofit supported by a small group of Yoga and global change advocates. Here, Yoga and charity find a connection, enabling the ‘giving’ mentality cultivated in Yoga practice to take action across the world in supporting a variety of charities and community projects. LOCAL EVENT Camden Haven/Port Macquarie Event: Amber Healing Farm, Stingray Creek, Royans Road, North Haven. Sunday 9 September 2012 – start 10am For more information, contact Allison – Rhythm of the Earth Yoga – 0429 997 924. Proudly supporting Barnardos, Black Dog institute and Nelune foundation.

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Audience advice: suitable for 15+. Strong language.

2012 EATHER RECRUITMENT HASTINGS SPORTS AWARDS With over $3 $3,000 000 iin prizes i up for grabs, nominations are open for the 2012 Eather Recruitment Hastings Sports Awards. There are eight independently judged categories, including: Sportsperson of the Year; Junior Sportsperson of the Year (Under 12 and Under 18 years); Sportsperson with a Disability; Junior and Senior Sporting team of the Year; Masters and Services to Sport. Nominations close 30 September 2012, and the awards will be presented on Friday 26 October. Nominators also go into the draw to win a $500 voucher from Harvey Norman. Managing Director of Eather Recruitment Darren Eather highlighted the value the awards bring to our local community. “By being involved in sport, young people learn valuable skills such as teamwork, fair play and develop strong friendships. Sport brings people together – I am very excited to be involved in the Hastings Sports Awards, as it celebrates the sporting achievements of people from across the Hastings. The region has produced a number of sporting stars and will continue to do so,” Darren said. The awards would not be possible without the support of local businesses, including major 40 greater port macquarie focus.

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sponsor Eather Recruitment, our category sponsors Stihl Shop Port Macquarie, Donovan Oates and Hanaford, JobFind, Laing and Simmons Port Macquarie, Care and Mobility, Essential Energy, and our media partners, Port Macquarie News and NBN. Nominations can be entered online at and click on the Sports Awards link, or forms can be collected from Eather Recruitment, located at corner of Hollingsworth and Buller Streets, Port Macquarie. 2010 Sportsperson of the Year – James Magnussen. 2011 Sportsperson of the Year – Lauren Kitchen. Photo: Anton Vos.

Saturday 29 September, 7.30pm Tickets: $45 Call the Glasshouse 6581 8888.

aving always had an interest in child Other projects include the setting up of a welfare and social justice issues, I chook house and chickens; this provides eggs fostered children here in Australia in and is a source of income through sale of the 2003. However, the assistance I could provide eggs and chickens. was limited, so I set out to find different A milking cow and her calf were also bought ways to help children in need. After extensive to give milk for the children and again, hopefully fundraising, I made my first journey to income from the sale of excess milk. Kenya in January 2006. Each trip is self-funded, which I am planning my next trip to allows for all donations to , es ss tre Kenya, and this will make my at directly benefit the children. m ew “N school uniforms 4th visit. While in Kenya, I seek To raise much needed funds and shoes, orphanages that have little for the children on my next ith together w were or no outside assistance and trip, 100% is putting on A food stocks, some provided for d assist the children, many of Choral Kaleidoscope at St 50 children an . ts whom are malnourished, poorly Joseph’s Regional College at ” ul ad young clothed and sleep in terrible 2pm on Sunday 9 September, conditions. which will feature choirs, duets, My help provides for better living barbershop groups, quartets, solos conditions and quality of life. and more. Cameron Marshall from the ABC has Projects are initiated to provide ongoing kindly given his time to host the event. support. At the Equator School for orphaned Tickets are $15 for adults, available at mentally handicapped children, I purchased the door. Devonshire tea will be available, and installed two water tanks, providing quality together with raffles, memorabilia and water for all. New mattresses, school uniforms door prizes. For further information, please and shoes, together with food stocks, were contact me, Claudia Carroll, on 0418 902 provided for some 50 children and young adults. 765.

The Secret Reunion.

Glasshouse Flowers. Our favourite time of year has arrived! With Daffodil Day just gone and the cherry blossoms appearing all over town, it’s clear that spring is on its way. With the amazing colours and fragrances of the flowers coming into the store every day, it’s hard to choose a favourite. Each delivery brings an abundance of Stock (the flower), and the fragrance is just amazing! In pink, purple, mauve, yellow, peach and white, Stocks are identifiable by the clusters of round double flowers forming a spike at the top of each stem. Did you know that Stocks represent lasting beauty and symbolise a happy life? They are a great way to bring a natural fragrance to any room in your home, and they are currently at the peak of their season. With the start of spring comes the start of the wedding season, and our creativity goes into overdrive! Brides are choosing a mix of styles, and while many are sticking to the classic rose posy in reds or whites, others are leaning toward the fragrant vintage styles with Sweet Peas, Freesias and David Austins in soft pink and apricot tones. The more modern, structural styles are using whites, purples and greens and are full of texture, with twisted willow, berries, dodder vine and succulents, to name just a few. With the current theme of spring racing, our variety of fascinators are just gorgeous and so much fun to wear! With the ever popular black and white, this year’s trends are leaning towards bright teals and soft pastels. Make sure you come in and take a look, as they won’t last long! Stepping out of our day to day routine, we had a great time with the FOCUS crew setting up and putting together the flowers for this month’s cover shoot! Check out some behind the scenes pics on our Facebook page:

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. 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).

PAUL LEWIS A SCHUBERT ODYSSEY Paul Lewis is one of the leading pianists of his

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!

generation. Join him on this musical journey, as he

Tickets to The Secret Reunion are now available from Players Theatre website: the Glasshouse: or one hour before performances at Players Theatre Box Office.

German Dances and the stormy Allegretto in C Minor.

reveals the simple beauty and musical genius of Franz Schubert. Lewis will perform two sonatas written at the peak of Schubert’s creative power, alongside the mercurial

Join Paul Lewis on his travels through recital halls across the world, including London, New York, Tokyo, Sydney and the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. Lewis will reveal the simple pleasures, intricate patterns and emotional secrets of a musical genius. “Remarkably thoughtful and beautifully finished pianism… This was Schubert playing of a very high order.” Chicago Tribune


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

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Neutral and earthy tones throughout the Rieker sandal range.

At elements of design we love to set the scene for your home – with lovely lamps, a gorgeous selection of cushions, eclectic homeware items and that piece of furniture you may require, from occasional tables, bedside tables or a gorgeous cane peacock chair!

Rieker Spring Collection Rieker have been making shoes for over 130 years. Herr Heinrich Rieker opened the first factory in 1874. When Heinrich died, ownership and management of the factory in Tuttlingen, near the German Black Forest, passed to his three sons, Ernst, Heinrich Jnr and Karl. The company grew fast and by 1924 had over 1,000 employees, which doubled by 1964. It has remained under family control ever since, and in 1975 Markus Rieker took control and has led the company from strength to strength. For the new spring season, we are seeing neutral and earthy tones throughout the Rieker sandal range, embellishments and use of multitonal textures to match any outfit. Rieker footwear is unique, with the brand having won numerous awards in the footwear industry over the years. Durability – Rieker shoes are extremely durable. They can handle all manner of misuse and changes in environment, without their stitching fraying and colour fading. These extremely comfortable shoes retain their usability for years.

This has created a very strong following and an endless list of satisfied customers. Comfort – Another added benefit of wearing Rieker shoes is comfort. You won't have to carry an extra pair of shoes to change into during the day, as is the case with most designer shoes. These shoes are designed with the wearer’s foot in mind. They fit around your foot and are made of material that expands and contracts as the situation demands. The soles are made of shock absorbing rubber that prevents you from feeling bumps when walking on uneven surfaces. Fashion style – It is important for most people to have stylish, good looking footwear. Rieker shoes do not disappoint in this respect. The range of sandals is very stylish and are bound to get you noticed every time you wear them. These shoes are designed to keep your feet happy all day long! Let us help you choose the perfect style and fit for spring, in store at Colonial Cobbler today.

elements of Design elements of design has made its name for its uniqueness in clothing, footwear, accessories, homewares and furniture.

and heels.

This spring/summer you will find a gorgeous array of edgy colour combinations and styles in clothing and accessories for your home – not to mention fantastic gifts in the ever popular and well known

At elements of design, we love to set the scene for your home – with lovely lamps, a gorgeous selection of cushions, eclectic homeware items and that piece of furniture you may require, from occasional tables, bedside tables or a gorgeous cane peacock chair!

Glasshouse fragrances, with the range consisting of candles, diffusers, soaps and hand creams. Truly amazing products and very well received! In the coming months leading up to Christmas, there will be many new products arriving from many new suppliers that have been sourced for unique Christmas gifts! elements of design has an outfit for all occasions – whether it be an alfresco outdoor BBQ requiring a maxi dress, sandals, handbag and jewellery to an after five event that requires a cocktail outfit, clutch

New stock arriving almost every day of the week.

We look forward to assisting you in any way we can and even if it's just to pop in and enjoy the ambience, you are more than welcome! Our spring/summer trading hours are 8.30 – 5.30 weekdays and Saturdays 8.30 – 1.30. Eod vintage and clearance shop is located just up from elements of design – look for the bird cage hanging out the front! Weekly trading hours are – Thursday and Friday 10 - 2 and Saturday 10 - 1.

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25% OFF all strapless bras for the month of September.

Silkies Lingerie. The #1 1 weight loss shapewear in the world, BioPromise is test hi Scala’s latest high-tech innovation – a seamless shapewear control garment that increases body metabolism and actually helps to promote weight loss, reduces the appearance of cellulite and dramatically reduces the waistline simply by wearing it, while instantly slimming the silhouette! BioPromise is the only shapewear that fights embarrassing flaws, rather than just concealing them.

Charlize Rose. With spring just around the corner and our racing season upon us, Charlize Rose is a must see destination for fun loving women of all ages.

Using revolutionary Active BioCrystals, Scala Shapewear is clinically proven to reduce your measurements in your tummy, hips and thighs and improve the appearance of your skin. Scala BioPromise is the only scientifically proven ‘fat-blaster’ shapewear, with over 80% of tested women showing:

Found in the heart of the Wauchope CBD, Charlize Rose stocks many fashion accessories to complete your spring outfit. A beautiful collection of fashion accessories, including handbags, purses, shoes, necklaces and earrings awaits your inspection. Along with the delightful Ginger Lilly Sleepwear range, that is exclusively available from Charlize Rose, all your spring fashion requirements are covered.

• reduction of inches around the waist • reductions in body measurements and dress size • reductions in appearance of loose, dimpled skin and cellulite Silkies has the following Scala BioPromise Shapewear items: • Sports/Fitness Bermuda – Black – $69.95 • Slimming Legging – Black – $79.95 • High Waisted Shaper Panty – Nude – $69.95 • High Waisted Slimming Bermuda – $79.95 Try on in store. Another must-have item for party season is the strapless bra. Top brands like Berlei are available at Silkies and are the ultimate in comfort and contemporary design. 25% OFF all strapless bras during September!

So come in and let the friendly staff at Charlize Rose make your new season wardrobe not only affordable, but truly exquisite.

Come and see Lin at Silkies, who is an experienced bra fitter and will ensure you get the right size every time.

Charlize Rose offers it all, with an exciting and diverse mix of day into evening wear in store. Also providing a relaxed, resort style appeal, the friendly staff offer ladies a little bit of pampering and will dress you to suit your individual taste and style.

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with Carole Beros from Le Dāin Designs

Gai’s Apart from interviewing the amazing multi-skilled lady trainer Gai Waterhouse, I have also been lucky enough to adorn the Waterhouse ladies with Jewells from Le Dãin Designs. Recently I had the pleasure of including Natasha Kent and Jane Ormsby in a photo shoot for my designer jewellery business. So, seeing it is the start of the Port Macquarie Racing Carnival, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to interview these two energetic, bright young women, who are part of a dedicated team which helps make the Waterhouse Stables run like clockwork.


ATASHA KENT (RACE AND JOCKEY PROGRAMMER). How long have you worked for Gai Waterhouse? I have had the pleasure of working for Gai for almost two years. Have you always been involved in the racing industry? You could say I have, as my first role in the industry was working in a stable when I came straight out of university. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love the level of responsibility associated with the role. I totally enjoy being part of an incredibly enthusiastic and successful team; I also thrive in playing a small part in a horse’s career. Who do you admire within the industry and for what reasons? Gai, without a doubt; she is the hardest working person I have ever met. Her drive and ambition is next to none, and her love for the sport inspires not only me, but anyone who is or has been associated with her. Do you or have you ever owned a horse? I have previously owned a small share in a filly that was unfortunately never able to get to the track. I look forward in the future to getting involved again as an owner. The thrill of owning a racehorse, even like in my case where she never made it to the track, is something really special. Do you enjoy getting dressed up for the races? Who are your favourite designers, and have you a milliner of preference? I love nothing more than getting dressed up to go to the races. There is nowhere else you can feel elegant, timeless and get to wear fabulous millinery. I actually don’t have any particular favourites with designers or milliners, but I also enjoy buying vintage or plain headpieces and adding to them myself. I am actually commencing a millinery course this week, as I have a real passion for it. What does a typical day in your position entail? My day starts with nominating and accepting horses for races. I liaise with jockey managers and our stable jockeys on a daily basis to book them for races and get feedback on particular horses. I attend the trials and report on both them and the races to provide feedback to the owners. I pick suitable options for each individual horse for Gai’s perusal and put together programs for carnival horses. Have you ever attended the races at Port

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Macquarie, Natasha? Yes, I have had the pleasure of attending the races in Port Macquarie on quite a few occasions. This was mainly to attend the Port Macquarie Cup and the Queen of the North Stakes. This was when I was working for Patinack Farm, who is a major sponsor of the club. I love the town and totally enjoy the races there. I have gotten to meet some great people. I was fortunate enough to visit local trainer Wayne Wilkes’ stable on a number of occasions, with Les Tinkler and Donna Dennis of Serene Lodge Racing. I know you have a heavy workload working for Gai. Do you ever visit the area for just a holiday and get to forget about work for a while? Port Macquarie is a beautiful place, and I love the restaurants. I enjoy visiting the town to have a break and catch up with Les and Donna. What can we look forward to from the Waterhouse stables this spring? I am really looking forward to the Spring Carnival. To see a champion mare like More Joyous race is truly special. Champion 2 year old colt Pierro is also an exciting horse. Others to keep an eye on include: Driefontein, No Looking Back, Fat Al, Landing and Nobby Snip, to name a few. ANE ORMSBY (PERSONAL ASSISTANT). How long have you been with Gai Waterhouse? I have worked for Gai for approximately 18 months, and I am enjoying every minute of it. What is your favourite race course? Randwick in Sydney is closest to my heart, as it feels like home. I have been there so often and have fond memories from a very early age. It is also the home track for Gai. Royal Randwick is currently undergoing huge renovations, which is so exciting for the sport and will give it world class status. I absolutely love the history embedded in the course. There is such romanticism to the Champagne Bar and Member Grandstand. It is fabulous to watch the races from there. Do you or have you ever owned a horse? Since I was born, I have been surrounded by horses. My father dabbled in breeding while owning race horses. After growing out of my pony club ponies, I went on to compete in events as a serious sport. Although I don’t own any horses now, I still ride often, and it’s definitely on


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the cards to own another in the near future. The career life of a race horse is short, and I would love to rehabilitate them off the track for their life after racing. Do you enjoy dressing for the races? Absolutely! The races are the one event where I can be daring and explore trends and styles I would ordinarily never wear. I love the tradition of hats in racing. It is fabulous how a sport can evoke such a fashion culture, and this really should be celebrated! What woman does not like getting dolled up and looking the part? Have you any fashion tips, and do you have a milliner of preference? I believe that elegance is a must for race days, but you can merge the old with the new. I am lucky enough to have a mum who has a wardrobe of vintage suits and hats from her past race going days, which I can borrow. I think Nerida Winter’s hats are divine, but there are some very talented up and coming milliners. I sported a head piece from Jack and Jill in Melbourne, which I wore on Doncaster Day. Who do you admire in the racing world, apart from Gai of course? Of course, aside from Gai with her inspiring work ethic, dedication coupled with her infectious charisma, I admire the stable hands and track work riders. They are really the soldiers on the battle front who facilitate the trainers’ (Generals’) orders. They start at extremely early hours (2.30am), and the work involved is incredibly physical and tiresome. Having worked in a racing stable, I can sympathise with what is involved. With Gai’s office at the stables, I see how much love and commitment they invest into looking after the horses; they become their best friend and nurse, and the horses depend on

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them for 100% care. The trainer must rely on these staff to communicate how the horses look and feel. They work almost every day, rain, hail or shine! Do you get to travel with Gai in your role as Personal Assistant? It is not necessary that I travel with Gai to all race meets. Part of my job, however, is to attend the large interstate race meets, and I will be there for her and the team to support and attend to errands if need be. This also includes a lot of ‘relationship building’ with fellow industry people and also to be there for her owners. Once a year prior to the Melbourne Cup, Gai holds a large function at her stables in Flemington for approx. 300 guests. I am required to attend to the organisation, set up and facilitate in all areas, to have the event running smoothly. Hardly a chore, when Melbourne is the only place to be at that time of year! On the lighter side, can you share any hot tips? In regards to tips, if you asked me during the recently passed Autumn Carnival, I would have said any of Gai’s runners ... and I would have been your best friend (laughs). She had an enormous season and dominated the track. Looking forward, her two star standouts of the season: colt Pierro and mare More Joyous are back at work in their preparation for spring. No doubt they will continue their winning form. They are truly living equine legends in their own right I do have a small flutter on most races ... it ensures I don’t miss the fun! On behalf of myself and Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS, we would like to thank you both and wish you all the best. Interviews conducted by Carole Beros. Photography by The Mil Studios.

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Fashion Parade


B O B B O S S -WA L K E R MAUREEN COOKE Maureen Cooke is an exceptional seamstress and fashion designer, with a proud history of producing wonderfully creative ladies wear. Now, in order to support a charity close to her heart, Maureen has arranged a vintage fashion parade on September 15 at Port Panthers. Endeavour Clubhouse, a vocational rehabilitation service for people living with a mental illness, will be the worthy beneficiary of funds raised from the fashion parade. Maureen and Bob Boss-Walker from Endeavour Clubhouse tell us more ... AUREEN COOKE – FASHION DESIGNER Please give us a brief idea of your history as a fashion designer ... I was born and educated at Port Macquarie and on leaving school, my teacher arranged for me to commence an apprenticeship with a local tailor. After completing my apprenticeship, I decided to move to Sydney to test my talents in the big smoke. I was taken on by Albert Turner tailoring firm in George Street, but after a few months I became tired of sewing heavy worsted men’s suits and moved to work for Robert White female attire. It was a big switch from dull three piece men’s suits to fanciful female fashions and provided me with unlimited scope for creative design and pattern making. I met my late husband Eric there, and he encouraged me to start up my own fashion design business. After only 18 months, my business had really taken off. Eric gave up his job to look after the office administration, and I did the design, pattern making, cutting, ordering materials and overseeing of the work room at our Edgecliffe showroom, where we employed 12 staff for machining, hand finishing, pressing and packing. In 1971 at the height of our success, we closed the business to return to Port Macquarie to care for my ill father. Tell us about the special vintage fashion parade you’re organising for September ... The vintage fashion parade will be held at Port Macquarie Panthers Auditorium on Saturday, September 15, 2012 commencing at 2pm. The doors will open at 1.30pm, to allow enough time to have everyone seated. We are expecting quite a crowd. Describe the garments that will be featured in this parade … This will be the first public viewing of my collection in my home town and follows on from a private parade I organised for my friends on my 80th birthday two years ago. The parade will feature over 100 garments that I designed and made during the 1950s to 1970s, including those from my fashion label


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‘Maureen’s Models’ sample range. There are also garments from my personal wardrobe, and others have been borrowed from clients to show in the parade. Unfortunately, we will not have enough time to show all of the 300 garments and outfits in my collection. As a designer, I had access to exclusive fabrics, including those made from Australian wool, and I made numerous overseas trips to source exclusive materials from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Japan. These fabrics are a particular feature of many of my designs. It was an exciting time in the fashion industry, and I enjoyed every moment of it – including winning the ACT gown of the year award in 1970. Are there any garments that are your particular favourites? My collection has accumulated over the past 60 years and particularly during the period 1950 to 1980. Each of my garments has a special memory ... I do have several favourites, though. There is the 1960s off the shoulder empire line evening gown with matching theatre coat and Bellini lamb collar made from a French woollen, silk and lurex embossed fabric, and a red needle-run lace sheath dress with matching three quarter flounced sleeve jacket Another favourite is my own wedding dress, made from Givrne faille with beaded neckline and cross pleating feature at the skirt front, to create a classic 1950s full skirt. What are the cost of tickets for the fashion parade? Tickets for the parade cost $30 ringside and $25 other and include the parade, entertainment and afternoon tea. Funds raised will go towards establishing a local Endeavour Clubhouse, a mental health rehabilitation and recovery service. This is a special charity for me, and the parade is our major fundraising activity for the year. Where can people buy tickets? Tickets are available from Panthers reception or by telephoning 6580 2300. Thanks Maureen.

OB BOSS-WALKER, CHAIR, ENDEAVOUR Clubhouse Port Macquarie What exactly is the Endeavour Clubhouse? Endeavour Clubhouse will be a vocational rehabilitation service for people living with mental illness. It will follow the International Mental Health Clubhouse model – a unique peer support program where people are treated with respect and dignity. In Clubhouse they are not patients or clients, but members of their own Club. Endeavour will join over 330 Clubhouses in 30 plus countries around the world, which operate according to the same set of standards. There are currently 8 fully operating Clubhouses in Australia, with several more on the drawing board. What's your role with the organisation? I am the Chairman of an extremely hard working and dedicated Development Committee that has been working on this project since 2001. This committee and the fundraising and publicity sub committees include people with mental illness, as well as people just wanting to make things better. What is the aim of Endeavour locally? Our aim is to have a fully operating Clubhouse, where people with mental illness are supported by their peers as they get back to doing meaningful work. Clubhouses operate on what we call the 'work ordered day'. This helps people to get a bit of routine back into their lives – something that is very often a casualty of mental illness. Clubhouse is a place where people come to do 'real' work. This could be helping to produce the monthly newsletter, which requires learning computer skills; or it might be working in the kitchen preparing lunch for the other members. It might be being on the reception desk, answering the phone and welcoming people at the door; or it might be canvassing employers to find places for Clubhouse members to work. Clubhouse is not a 'drop in centre', but a safe


place for people to start their recovery from. What facilities will be offered at the new building on Hastings River Drive? This will be the home of Clubhouse. The building is being constructed for us by Wesley Uniting Employment as a 'work for the dole' program. The building supervisor, Phil Pittis, has many years' experience in this work. He is not only teaching practical building skills to the participants, but is taking them through all the class work of an accredited first year building course. It is quite mind blowing to see the standard of work his crew produces. No way are these guys dole bludgers! Endeavour will be the recipient of funds raised at the Vintage Fashion Parade at Panthers in September. What does it mean to Endeavour to be able to receive this kind of assistance, and where will the funds most likely be directed? One of the things that has inspired me is the amazing generosity of people in giving us support. When we scratch beneath the surface, there are not too many people who don't have a relative or friend who has been impacted by mental illness. When people see that our plans offer real hope for recovery, they want to support us. The money raised at the fashion parade will go toward the fitout of the building. This will include kitchen and dining ware, office desks, computers, table and chairs etc.The building costs will largely be met by the grant we received from the NSW Government through Peter Besseling's hard work, when he was our local State Member. More info? For more info about the Endeavour project, please email Bob Boss-Walker at: To find out more about the Clubhouse model, have a look at and watch some of the video clips. "Our vision is people with mental illness regaining the self esteem, skills and dignity needed to attain a productive place within our community." Thanks Bob. Interviews by Jo Atkins.

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Kieran Dable. A set of salt and pepper shakers owned by her Nan inspired Kieran’s eclectic collection, which includes items sourced from all around the world ... hy and when did you start collecting salt and pepper shakers? I started collecting salt and pepper shakers when I was really young. My nan had a pair in her display cabinet that I always admired. I always said that when I grew up I wanted to have a pair to match every occasion or dinner party. So now I could have Mexican, Italian or Asian for dinner, and I would have a set to match each. On top of that, it began a bit of a tradition of receiving them as gifts for birthdays, Christmases and housewarmings. Since then, I just started buying them wherever I was to add to my collection, as a token of that point in time. I guess now they have turned into something that mark a memory of a particular holiday, birthday, occasion or person. My husband, Joey, only recently bought me a cabinet for my last birthday to officially mark my ‘closet collection’ as a real one. How many pieces do you have in your collection? I have 53 sets. But the everyday ones don’t count. Which one is your favourite and why? That’s a really tough question. I really like so many of them, for so many different reasons. I have a hand painted pair from a small town in Italy called Montepulciano. It was a really beautiful town that we visited in 50 greater port macquarie focus.

Italy, while we were on our honeymoon. I remember walking into the dimly lit store up the top of a very steep, long paved road to buy them. They were probably my most expensive pair. Lucky I was on my honeymoon! I also have a set of glass Mickey Mouse shakers that Joey bought me for my birthday from Disneyland on the same trip. We hear some antique pieces can fetch a fair sum of money. Do you have any real unique pieces? I have my nan’s apple and pear set; they are very old and quite unique. I have no idea what kind of money they would fetch; not that I would ever sell that set.

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

New Stock in store now! Th wow factor is something that definitely isn’tt The missing from Willow House and Baby. The ladies havee been to the fair and have had a ball, buying lots of new giftss to fill the shop, ready for you to take a look. The colour of spring and summer fill the shop, with wonderful home decorations for inside and out, handbags, fresh and funky jewellery, silk scarves and so much more. Come inside and check out the new stock today: • Music boxes • Water features • The famous Willow Tree figures • Ecoya Collection • Kelly Rae • Franz • Micky n Minny Mouse collectables Willow House and Baby have a gift for everyone in the family. Come down and see what the girls have that is just what you have been looking for! Open seven days a week: Monday - Saturday 9am - 6.30pm, and Sundays 10.30am - 3pm. Shoppers specials throughout the store. Layby available.

Spring time at Sunshine Spring is in the air, and with that brings fresh blooms, fresh colours ... not to mention that beautiful spring day, that makes everything so much better. Nothing says I love you, thank you, get well soon, congratulations, I’m sorry, I’ll miss you, or even just because better than a bunch of flowers – especially a bunch from Sunshine Florist. Cathy from Sunshine Florist is just the lady you need to see when purchasing flowers for any occasion. Let Cathy guide you with what flowers are in season and what flowers work with what occasion. You will also find a great range of gifts, baskets, woven bags, cards and teddies. Why not ask about made to order and pre made hampers? Deliveries available all day in the Port Macquarie area. Phone orders are welcome; credit card and eftpos facilities available. Open six days a week: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm, and Saturday mornings 8.30am - noon.

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

Class-ique Fashions.

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

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Vintage Style Wares & Teahouse. • High teas

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• Light lunches

• Residential and acreage land

• Selection of cakes

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• Serving World Par-Tea & Holy Goat coffee

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• Income producing farms For strong local knowledge ... call us today Shop 2/33 High Street Phone. 6586 4900 Web.

Come in, close your eyes and let the world drift away.

Come into Saddleworld Wauchope for all your horse and pony needs. With the start riding sale now on, there are plenty of bargains and massive discounts storewide.

... peaceful ambience, tranquil water, blissful aromas, soothing sounds and attentive therapists create the serenity you deserve. At Aromatics Beauty Therapy, we try to ensure that from the moment you walk in, ‘til the moment you leave, that your every need is attended to. Come in and enjoy beautiful aromas, heat packs, wrapped in gowns, soft lighting, quiet music piped through the salon, exceptional treatments, your jewellery cleaned and attentive therapists.

Saddleworld in Wauchope stock a huge selection of saddles, bridles, rugs, helmets, riding boots, as well as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, with well known labels such as Wrangler, Australian Outback, Lyndi J, and Black Horse, to name a few. You won’t be disappointed with the selection or range and whether it’s for around the farm or special events such as dressage, showjumping, campdrafting, Saddleworld in Wauchope has it covered.

At Aromatics Beauty Therapy, we have a wide range of specialised services and treatments to help you love living in your own skin even more. • Relaxation treatments • Massage • Body Treatments • Manicures • Pedicures • Spray Tans • Makeup • Waxing • Paramedical Skincare Treatments • Tinting • Teenage Skincare and Education • Gift Vouchers We stock Youngblood Mineral Makeup, and DMK Skincare

We have 2 fully qualified saddle fitters in store, available for appointments for all your saddle fitting needs.

DMK is my current line of skincare. It is a paramedical skincare line that works at a cellular level to help revise and balance the natural function of your skin. Their professional range is exceptional – I’ve never encountered a product that continuously provides a 50 - 70% improvement in the skin’s condition.

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All your Dancewear Bo Bodilines in Wauchope are not only your shop for skate, swim and casual wear; they are also the preferred supplier of dance wear to Wauchope and Port Macquarie Performing Arts, Extreme Dance Studios, Studio 1 Performance Centre, Extravadance, Centre Stage Theatre Factory and Salsa Footprints. There is a wide range of products in stock including many styles of dance shoes, leotards, crops tops, pants, skirts, shorts, tights, tiaras, tutus, tutu bags, dance costumes, hair accessories, shoe care and so much more. Bodilines in Wauchope has a large and very popular range of suppliers such as Bloch, Energetiks, Capezio, Studio 7 and Sansha, with dancewear for both boys and girls. Bodilines in Wauchope have it all under the one roof! With convenient parking, friendly staff and open Monday through to Saturday, why not come down and have a look for yourself. It’s definitely worth the trip!

The team at Saddleworld have real life experience with horses and horse riding; this means you will receive the ultimate advice on the right equipment and products for your next ride. Come in store today. Saddleworld Wauchope are open Monday - Friday and Saturday mornings.

DMK is able to revise everything from acne to prematurely aged skin. Come in for a free consultation and discover this amazing product.

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By Jamie from Port Day Spa

By Glenise McLaughlin from The Natural Health Sanctum

A Good

routine A clear complexion and healthy glow is something we all seek. So what is a good skincare routine?

The l ittl e miracles of c o n c e p t i o n .


hhh yes … the pitter patter of little feet, the smiles, the sleepless nights, the cuddles and the tears … there is nothing quite like it, and it’s all so very worthwhile when they say: “I love you Mummy and Daddy”. These days, many couples avoid conception for quite a while, until they feel the time is right for them. Unfortunately, conception doesn’t always go to this plan and often just doesn’t always happen as easily or as quickly as thought. It has been found that the odds of falling pregnant progressively declines with age until around 35, then declines faster until the age of 40, after which the fertility decline is very rapid. But for some, the life-transforming journey to parenthood eludes them, and the reasons are often ‘unknown’. Did you know as far back as 1996, The European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology showed strong links to food intolerances and sensitivities with infertility?

Also, in 2001 The Gynecologic & Obstetric Investigation Journal presented an article showing that patients with untreated gluten sensitivities and intolerances can incur higher miscarriage rates, increased foetal growth restrictions and lower birth weights. In addition, dairy foods have also been implicated in infertility for some males and females. This study also stated that with the implementation of a gluten-free diet, miscarriage rates decreased, foetal nutritional support and overall prenatal outcome improved. If you think this might apply to you, give us a ring – we might be able to help. At The Natural Health Sanctum, we use a quick, reliable and simple test for food Intolerance. 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 the guess work out of your health.

At some point in our lives, we will have issues with our skin, whether it be breakouts, pigmentation or general ageing. Our diet, lifestyle and the products we use all play a role in the overall health of the “ We all knowt how importan skin. Here are just a few adequate sleep simple tips which will help and exercise isl for our overale improve and maintain a health. Thes l for healthy skin. steps are vitago Cleansing is an absolute maintaining od skin. ” are what you eat”. Make sure must! You should get you incorporate plenty of fresh into the routine of cleansing fruit and vegetables. Supplements morning and night. Skin should such as zinc are highly effective in the NOT feel tight, as this indicates the treatment of acne and oily skin. Essential fatty cleanser has just stripped the skin. Make sure acids help to keep cells healthy, and vitamin c your cleanser is pH balanced. Cleansing will is key to the production of collagen. free the skin of dirt and grime, preventing Finally, we all know how important bacteria build up. adequate sleep and exercise is for our overall In addition to cleansing, exfoliation should health. These steps are vital for maintaining be performed once to twice weekly to good skin. When we have too little sleep, remove dead skin cells. Glycolic is fabulous dark circles begin to appear around the eyes, for congestion, breakouts and pigmentation; and the complexion becomes dull. Exercise whereas, enzymes are more suitable for will help to detoxify your skin by increasing sensitive skins. cell renewal, resulting in a blemish free, Aside from products, the foods we eat youthful look. have an effect on our skin. As they say, “you

By Ivana from The Centre for Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture


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Reproductive Health

Why Traditional Chinese Medicine May Help.

or undergoing assisted reproductive procedures,

Did you know that infertility impacts approximately 1 in 6 couples in Australia? These figures are rising and in fact, infertility is predicted to affect 1 in 3 couples within the next 10 years. Even with balanced hormones, structurally sound reproductive organs, good health and a nutritious diet, the chances of conceiving each month is just 25%. Researchers are now confirming the benefits of acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and nutrition in modern reproductive medicine. Whether you are trying to get pregnant naturally

tailored Chinese herbal therapy and nutrition has

the combination of fertility acupuncture, specifically been clinically shown to greatly increase your odds of a successful pregnancy. In fact, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that the odds of a live birth almost doubled with the use of acupuncture. An Australian Government-funded study involving over 1,000 women found that the likelihood of achieving pregnancy with Chinese herbal medicine was double than with western medicine – pregnancy rates were 60% for Chinese herbal medicine versus 32% for western medicine.

stomach pains bed wetting sleep disturbances baby’s reflux

Tailor spectacles or contact lenses to suit every focus in your life.

Dr. Bobby Kumar, Cosmetic Surgeon, on cosmetic surgery.

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 slowonset 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.

Dr. Bobby Kumar. Specialty Eyewear ... For people with more than one focus. People today generally lead very busy, active lives and have many varied demands on their vision. From the near work demands of computers and mobile phones, to the need for clear dynamic distance vision when driving, playing sport, cycling, and the list goes on. This means that very few of us have only one focus that requires our spectacles. This is especially true for those over 45 years of age who need both a reading and distance correction. At Eyecare Plus, we pride ourselves on being able to offer advice on what is important to you when it comes to your eyewear needs. If one pair of spectacles can perform all the tasks important to you, then we can advise you on the lens most appropriate by prescribing from our complete range of new technology lenses. If you have specific interests that require varied demands on your vision, you may find that even modern lenses would result in some degree of compromise with one pair of spectacles. Having a second speciality pair prescribed can help you achieve optimum vision for all the things you want to focus on – from specialised computer and office spectacles to lightweight sun adaptive polarised prescription sunglasses. Come in and discuss your individual eye care needs with our staff. We can tailor spectacles or contact lenses to suit every focus in your life, from work to play. Also ask about our offer of $80 off all second pairs prescribed.

Spring is the perfect season to pursue cosmetic surgery. Dr. Bobby Kumar, a Surgical Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, has specialised in cosmetic surgery for some 10 years, gaining comprehensive experience in facial, breast and abdominal surgery. He has not only the training and qualifications, but also the experience required to achieve the most natural and satisfying results. Dr. Bobby Kumar specialises in the following cosmetic procedures: Breast Augmentation – breast implants used to enhance and/or restore breast size, shape and volume Breast Lift/Breast Reduction – addresses the size and shape of breasts Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck surgery) – targets excess tummy tissue and skin resistant to diet and exercise, typically following pregnancy and/or weight loss Face & Neck Lift Surgery – achieves a natural rejuvenated and refreshed facial appearance Rhinoplasty (Nose surgery) – corrects, refines and/or enhances nose shape Dr. Bobby Kumar also brings his extensive expertise and experience in facial surgery to achieving natural and effective non-surgical facial rejuvenation with anti wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers. Consultations by appointment – contact Wendy on 1300 676 003 or 0430 491 009 or email via our website at

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For people with more than one focus

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Sports & Spinal. Meet Dean Lawler (Principal Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist) and the team at Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy Clinics in Lake Cathie and Laurieton – opening soon in Port Macquarie. What are the benefits of Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Clinics? We continually invest in the use of the latest physiotherapy treatments, rehabilitation techniques and technologies to provide quality care and outcomes for our patients. Experience has shown us that handson treatment, based on supporting diagnosis, provides the best outcomes and pain relief. Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Clinics supports our patients’ care by restoring freedom of movement, restoring function and quality of activity, relieving pain, preventing problems from occurring and improving performance. Tell us about the new service you are offering, ‘The Headache Clinic’. The

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Headache Clinic has been established to offer a unique service for assessment and treatment and resolution of headaches. The fundamental and most powerful feature of The Headache Clinic approach is the method of examining the movements of the top three spinal segments. If a spinal disorder is responsible for the headache and migraine condition, the disorder will involve one or more of the top three spinal segments. There is no guesswork! How are Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Clinics different to other allied health clinics? You can expect a welcoming, professional environment. Our highly skilled physiotherapists and exercise physiologists will provide individualised consultations and treatment, along with information about the care of your condition to ensure a prompt return to sport and normal activities.

Our experienced educators guide children’s efforts

Is your child ready to start school? Not all children are ready to start school at 5 years old, and they do not have to start until they are 6. Some children benefit greatly from additional time in a Childcare setting, and it can really help their emotional maturity. On the other hand, children may be confident and just busting to get to 5, so they can enter that new exciting arena called school. Here at the Lighthouse Childcare Centre, we make it our priority at this time of year to ensure those children ready for school are prepared and excited about beginning the next chapter of their schooling journey. Building the foundations for success at school is paramount in the early childhood setting, And replace with” children’s social competence is at the heart of readiness for such an important step and to set the foundations for successful tacking of a life time of learning. Our focus is on building self-esteem and resilience to aid confident learners. From the beginning of October (Term 4) each year, we begin our transition to school programme, which includes visits to primary schools. Our experienced educators work with the children to ensure

they have a strong sense of identity, a strong disposition for learning and communicating – these skills are crucial for a child’s first few weeks at primary school. Key indicators of a school ready child are: A child that is: able to co-operate within a small group, beginning to understand games that have rules, beginning to understand taking turns and team work, mixing with different peers throughout the day, content to work/ play independently of peers, able to participate in imaginative play, able to concentrate on tasks for an appropriate length of time, able to show appropriate actions to emotions, able to separate from caregiver, able to follow directions, respectful of oneself and others.

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Phillipa and Sam from PMPA at the

M o n t g o m e r y

Ballet Company.

Phillipa and Sam from PMPA had the the experience of a lifetime when they were selected to spend 4 weeks in America at the Montgomery Ballet Company. They tell us about their experience.


ou’ve recently come home from America, where you were dancing. Tell us exactly where you travelled and what you were involved in? Phillipa & Sam: We went to Montgomery in Alabama and studied at the Montgomery Ballet Company for 4 weeks in the intensive summer school training program. Each day (Monday Friday) we would wake up at 7.30am and prepare ourselves for a 6 hour day of dancing at the Montgomery Ballet International Summer Workshop. The day started at 9am with an open ballet class and then finished at 6pm. There were 19 international students from all over the world – Japan, Mexico, Columbia, New Zealand, Hungary, Brazil and Australia. These international students were all such amazing people, and we all became great

for dance that my teachers and myself have been waiting for, for 10 years. How did this all come about for you both? Phillipa & Sam: We performed at the Taree and District eisteddfod in NSW; Darren McIntyre was the Adjudicator for our sections, and he had also newly been appointed to the role of Artistic Director at the Montgomery Ballet. For the intensive summer program they usually hold worldwide auditions and get people from all around the world to come to Montgomery, but this year they were unable to hold the Australian auditions. When Darren watched us perform, he believed that our standard was so high, he invited both Pip and I along with about 10 others to attend the intensive summer program for either 2012 or 2013. What was the experience like? Phillipa: It was amazing, fun, inspiring, exhaust-

The teaching was sensational, and each correction I took on board so I could improve. If I could do this again next year, there would be no hesitation in me saying, ‘Yes!’” friends by the end of the program. During the four weeks, the timetable changed according to what needed to be done and what teachers were available. The main goal was to learn and finalise the performance of Giselle, which we would be performing at the Davis Theatre on 15 July. This was a performance with both the Montgomery Ballet Company dancers and the Performing in America Dancers. The principal dancers were beautiful and were an inspiration for everyone. Courtney Dressner played Giselle and Alexandre Ferreira (Guest Artist from Milwaukee Ballet) played Hilarion. This was an amazing experience, as we got to see what a professional life as a ballet dancer requires. It taught me how dedicated and passionate you must be to be a ballet dancer – and this opportunity allowed me to develop the passion 58 greater port macquarie focus.

ing, emotional, hard work and unbelievable. We had the best four weeks. The people we met, I'll never forget. They were all so different and entertaining. With many languages being yelled across the room and many demands for translating, we all got to learn a little bit of Portuguese and Japanese by the end of the four weeks. The American food ... was different. Everything was definitely king size! But luckily we had caterers for lunch and dinner at the studio, which was decent! The city was not what I expected. It was all very spread out and had no real city feel. There was little traffic and hardly any pedestrians in the city centre. The cars were all so big! The dancing – the most important thing, of course – was very beneficial. As I only do 3 ballet classes a week in Port Macquarie, it took a while for my body to build

up to the strength and endurance of a full-time dancer. All the feedback and lessons were all very positive and helpful. The teaching was sensational, and each correction I took on board so I could improve. If I could do this again next year, there would be no hesitation in me saying, "Yes!" It was a life changing experience that I'll cherish and remember forever. Thanks to Darren McIntyre for allowing me to have just an amazing experience. Sam: The experience was unlike any other I have ever had! Being able to dance every day is my dream, so having this opportunity really solidified my belief that I want to go and join a ballet company. Having the really good quality teachers also helped to improve my technical aspect outstandingly. It was also great to meet so many others and being forced to live with people for a month, because it helped you to grow and bond with others. It was also very interesting having many different nationalities and was very fun to learn their different languages and their habits, while still being connected with the love of dance. What was a typical day like for you over there, and what was your highlight? Phillipa & Sam: Each day we would get there half an hour early for warm up before an open ballet class at 9am. The open ballet class was run alternatively by Darren McIntyre or Juan Carlos Penuela (Ballet Master from Columbia) for an hour and a half. Every now and then we would have a combined company and 'Performing in America' class. This class prepared us and warmed us up for the rest of the day’s work. Following that, the timetable changed from Giselle rehearsals, variations, men's class, pas de deux, modern, pointe and nutrition. As we got closer to the performance night, we spent more time on rehearsing and polishing the performance. We had an hour lunch break in the middle of the day to recover and revitalise ourselves, and then the day would wrap up at 6pm. Dinner was provided at the studio, and then we went back to the hotel up the road for a swim and socialising. Each day moulded into the other, until the weekend came when we would venture out and go shopping at the EastChance Mall! All the clothes

were so cheap; it was excellent! The only day which was different was 4 July, where we had half a day and then had a lovely BBQ at one of the board member’s massive house, which had a golf course as a backyard. It was a fantastic night ... What are your goals once school has finished? Phillipa: I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do after my HSC is over. I have so many options! I think I will start off with auditions for WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts) and possibly New Zealand School of Dance. I have other ideas of travelling Europe and auditioning as I go and maybe also in America. I may also do a year full-time dancing in Sydney ... I have many options to choose from, so I will decide on something soon! Sam: My goal is to get into a ballet company. As soon as I finish school, I want to go over to Europe and train there, and then I would like to go to Russia to receive some intense training and hopefully return to America again. What is a typical day in preparing for something like this? Phillipa: After a full day of dancing, getting up the next morning is a definite struggle, but I got there! Bella and I would have breakfast, get our dance gear on, do our hair and pack our bags. We got to the studio 30 mins early, to warm up before class. Sam: A typical day is waking up and going to school, and then after 3pm go to dancing at Port Macquarie Performing Arts and train in a variety of different styles and focus on improving my technique. If I’m home before 9 o’clock, you can usually find me in my gym ... I also travel to Newcastle every weekend to receive a high level of training at Newcastle Dance Academy. I am constantly dancing. You can see me in the supermarket spinning down aisles, or even at work creating steps ... a dancer always has steps running through their mind, so there is no time where a dancer is not practising. They are just training a different part of their body – like their mind. Thanks guys. Interviews by Annette Wannell.

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Natural and Holistic Parenting Expo 2012 This year will see the second annual Natural and Holistic Parenting Expo taking place on Saturday 15 September at the Water’s Edge Boutique Hotel in Port Macquarie. orn from an idea to provide information and education for parents wanting to know more about natural therapies, good food and nutrition, chemical free homes, organics and conscious and compassionate parenting, the expo is for couples considering becoming parents, those who are pregnant and parents with children of all ages.

Therapist and Infant Massage Instructor, will also be offering their services and expertise on the day.

Event organiser and Naturopath Nyree Pryce said that the response from the 2011 expo was overwhelming, and that there is a real need for this sort of event in the community. Nyree has a special interest in children’s health, and parents can come and chat to professionals about all aspects of parenting, from pre-conception, birthing and raising healthy, happy kids – emotionally, mentally and physically.

There will be plenty of kids’ activities at the expo, so come and check out the services provided by Karma Kids Yoga, St Joseph’s Family Day Care, The Glasshouse, Soul Surfing – and learn about Steiner Education from Sophie Love at Auriel Steiner School. There are interactive workshops, including Karma Kids Yoga, Art Play with Nicole Osborne, Little Ninjas and Fun and Creative Movement, as well as face painting by Face of Dreams.


Other professionals on hand providing a wealth of information include Naturopath Melanie Robinson from Earth, Birth and Beyond, Wellness Consultant Deborah Cooper from Peak Health, and Naturopath Glenise McLaughlin from the Health and Beauty Sanctum. HealthCo, who do herbal medicine and other healthcare products, Dr Leah Zvirzdinas, a paediatric chiropractor from Bellies, Bubs and Beyond, Ivana Moundry from the Centre for Chinese Medicine, Donna Stephens, who is a ‘Heal Your Life’ Workshop Facilitator, and Francie Carter, who is a Remedial Massage

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Birth services can be discussed with Macca Sheldrick – Midwife, Judy Mort – Shamanic Midwife, Practitioner and Teacher of Women’s Mysteries and Lea Bailey – a Calm Birth Practitioner. The Hastings Breastfeeding Association will also be there.

This year there is a special screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary Project Happiness, hosted by the Yoga Shala and Karma Kids Yoga. Project Happiness tackles some important issues that our children face and will help to reduce suffering and increase compassion, understanding and happiness for all who heed its message. Environmentally friendly products from Enjo, Eco Wild and Ripple of Health will be a hit with parents. Earth Baby Naturally has a wide

range of cloth nappies, natural and eco-friendly products, and Peachface provide beautiful organic and natural skincare for tweens and teens, as well as teaching young girls about healthy body image and positive affirmations. Jellystone designs provide BPA free silicone jewellery for all ages and stages. Being a good parent involves nurturing yourself too, and The Yoga Shala and Organic Fitness are a great place to get some inspiration. There is a jam-packed program of presentations from exhibitors including Dr Sarah Lantz. For full details, visit our website at www. au or check our Facebook page. Proudly sponsored by Quality There are Discount Vitamins, GJH interactive Designs and Water’s Edge ing workshops, includ rt A Boutique Hotel, this year’s , ga Yo Karma Kids orne, sb O e ol ic expo is set to be great and N ith Play w and n Fu d an informative event. Entry to Little Ninjas as t, en em ov M e Creativ the exhibition hall is free. ting by well as face pain Entry to the presentations is s.” am re D of Face $10 – all day, pick and choose. There are 50 goodie bags for the first 50 people who purchase their tickets. Available at the door on the day, or beforehand at Quality Discount Vitamins, Settlement City and Horton St stores.

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Dr. Sarah Lantz PhD Do you think you would be using the baby care products you are currently using if you knew they contained harmful toxic chemicals? Don’t miss guest speaker Sarah Lantz at the 2012 Natural & Holistic Parenting Expo.


hat is the aim and mission of your campaign, ‘Chemical Free Kids’?

‘Chemical Free Kids’ is designed to bring awareness of the impact of environmental chemicals on the health and wellbeing of kids and young people. The program consists of a number of different products, including a book and resource for parents titled Chemical Free Kids: Raising Healthy Children In A Toxic World, as well as ongoing national seminars and workshops. Tell us about your book, Chemical Free Kids: Raising Children in a Toxic World. Chemical Free Kids: Raising Healthy Children In A Toxic World is the first book of its kind in Australia and one of a few in the world to tackle the issue of chemicals – and their impact on human health and specifically on kids and young people. By ‘chemicals’, we highlight toxic exposure hidden in many everyday foods, cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, and medications. The book is in its third reprint and designed to be used as a resource for Australian families raising generations of chemical free kids through preventative measures. Through this process, we intend to unconceal the hidden impact of chemicals use on the health and wellbeing of our kids and young people and to give parents more control over what enters their kids’ bodies – and to be able to ask the right questions towards that end. What are your qualifications in health and wellbeing? I have a PhD in Public Health and a background in nutrition, population health and specialise in the area of children and young people’s health. I’m currently a senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University

of Queensland. Why are you passionate about raising awareness of the hidden dangers in today’s environment? I have two small children myself – and surely there is nothing more important on the planet than the health and wellbeing of our children and future generations. This is an ethical issue, as much as a health and wellbeing issue. I want my children and all children to reach their full potential. And in an environment where so many of them are e being born prepolluted By ‘chemicals’, w c xi to with a range of toxic highlight in exposure hiddenfoods, chemicals – methyl ay yd er ev y an m mercury, brominated ts, cleaning produc rsonal pe d flame-retardants, an s ic et sm environmental impact co d perfluorochemicals, care products, an of this product? Or on medications.” dioxin, pesticides, parabens, my health? Or those of pesticides and other my kids? pollutants – they won’t be able The workshop will also look to unless we turn all this around. The at how we can build resiliency in right to a clean, healthy and uncontaminated families and in particular, in our children. This environment, so that they can achieve their will primarily look at the importance of food maximum potential is the foundation for and the healing properties of foods. I firmly health and wellbeing. And this is my journey. believe that food you eat can be either the

You will be a guest at the Port Macquarie Natural & Holistic Parenting Expo on September 15. What will parents and expectant parents learn on the day? This workshop exposes the hidden contaminants in many everyday foods, personal care products, medications and household products. It teaches parents/ carers/adults how to read labels and identify harmful chemicals. This knowledge gives parents and carers consumer power and the ability to ask questions before buying: is this product made in line with my values? Does it contain hazardous chemicals? What is the

safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison, and I want to show parents how to take some easy and practical steps towards raising healthy and robust children. Explain what some of these chemicals are and how they get into the human body? Some environmental toxicants include methyl mercury, brominated flameretardants, dioxin, pesticides, parabens, pesticides, heavy metals, bisphenol A, and phthalates. Exposures come from food and food packaging, the soil, water and air, building materials, cleaning and personal

care products and cosmetics. They enter the human body via inhalation (breathing), absorption (through skin or eyes), ingestion (eating, swallowing and via breastmilk), and can cross into the placenta. What affects do toxic chemicals have on kids, and how can parents make better future decisions about the products they use? Research continues to reveal that exposures to environmental chemicals play a significant role in developmental and environmental illnesses children are experiencing today, including: cancers, congenital malformations, diabetes, allergenicity, generalised immune disorders, obesity, autism, asthma, and neurological and behavioural conditions. How can our readers order a copy of the book or find out more information? You can visit the website: or via my blog: Thanks Sarah. greater port macquarie focus 61


Port Motor Mania on September 9 is set to be a huge event – with so many activities, sights and spectacles on offer, you’d be crazy to miss it! Event organiser Mick Head tells us why we should visit Westport Park on the day, whether you’re a car and motor buff, or simply want to enjoy a fun day out in a festival atmosphere. And monies raised from the day are going to a good cause … helping to fund research into Mitochondrial Disease.

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i Mick. Tell us a bit about lunch. Saturday night has an old fashioned yourself please ... drive in movie at the Food for Less car park in Well, my family – my 2 sons, Port – everyone welcome, $2 admission. As Justin, Andrew, and my wife, you can see, it’s getting bigger and bigger. Sharon, and I have lived in What type of cars are you hoping will turn Port Macquarie for 11 years now. up for the display? As a motor mechanic, I’ve always had a love There are many car clubs in Port, covering of cars. I remember when I was 8 or 9 years every age and type of vehicle. In the past, old, my dad’s friend had a black C3 Corvette. these clubs have kept to themselves, holding When I first saw it, I was in love – and I knew car shows and only showing one kind of one day I would have one. Forty years later, vehicle, be it old, new, modified etc. But I want and after a lengthy discussion with my wife, to bring together all types of cars in one great Sharon, I bought my first corvette (a red one). show. It’s all about our love of cars, and it’s all Since then, we have gone to a lot of car to help a little 3 year old boy named Caden. shows, made some great friends and had I hope for 150 cars, but more would a fantastic time. In my job with BM be good – the crowd, with the car Automotive, I have had the owners’ help, will be huge. Port opportunity to work with some Macquarie’s Westport Park is a great cars, and I noticed great venue; there’s a lot of s Saturday ha how many interesting cars room, and we need it. to se a crui for el ot are in town, but they’re What is actually the H d oo hw Beec e and rarely seen. aim of the event, and a show and shin night has So, what exactly is lunch. Saturdayd drive how did you come up an old fashioneFood for Port Motor Mania? with the idea for Port in movie at the Port – It started as a small Motor Mania? in rk pa r Less ca me, $2 co el car show to raise money Sharon was w ne yo er ev for charity, to be held on approached on Facebook admission ... ” Sunday 9 September, but and asked if anyone could has grown into a collection of help raise money for a sick little vintage, veteran, muscle cars, hot boy. I thought, “Hey, why not? rods, vans, bikes, 4WD – even the best work It’s about time I gave something back to the ute – all coming together in one great show. community, so I’ll hold a car show”. It’s more of a family festival, with something Now, I must tell you that without the for everyone: face painting, clowns, stalls, dedication, help and support from my crew: great food, great music from 3 bands – Night Kathy and Darren Ringe, Colin Eyles, Bronwyn Moves, Jokers Wild, Ken Brown, and chuck e Delforce, Michael McLean, his wife Vanessa, as our MC and DJ for the day. Wayne Windley, my lovely wife, Sharon, Something is happening all day long and Chuck e, this event would never have ... actually, all weekend long, with a meet happened. and greet at Tacking Point Tavern on Friday, What started out as a small car show with Rock Hard performing and donating has grown into a festival. It is with their their earnings to us. Saturday has a cruise to experience, friendship and hard work that has Beechwood Hotel for a show and shine and made this what it is … thank you!

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Tell us a bit about Caden Chapman and his family and more about how you came to know them ... To tell the truth, I have never met Caden or his family. When I was asked to help a little 3 year old boy, it didn’t matter if I knew him. It’s a little boy. Caden is a child suffering with Mitochondrial Disease Complex IV. There is no cure yet. There is no government funding, so it’s up to us to help. What are the costs involved in entering the event, and how will the funds raised help Caden? For a weekend of fun, it’s only $15 per car; $2 for spectators. We have 30 trophies up for grabs, great giveaways all day, 2 raffles on the day, with over $3,000 in prizes. How’s this: we have a car with no oil or water, held on full throttle – how long will it last? Get in on the sweep ... All money raised will go to the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to find a cure for Caden and this disease. Research has been good, but they need our help. What else will be happening over the weekend? I hear there’s also a hot dog eating contest planned ... The Sunday will be a great day. As mentioned, there will be two bands: Jokers Wild and Night Moves and a solo artist, Ken Brown and an auction of donated goods, all great stuff going cheap. There’s the engine blow up competition, 2 raffles with over $3,000 in prizes, and free giveaways all day. And yes … it’s Port Macquarie’s first Guinness World Record attempt at eating the most hot dogs in 3 minutes: the record is 6. I know we can do 7. If anyone can do 7, they will be a new Guinness World Record Holder and will be in the Guinness Book of Records – and we will give them a trophy! There are only two spots left.

There will also be face painting, a jumping castle, clowns, great food, great music, great cars. And if someone jumps out of a perfectly good aeroplane from 5,000 ft and lands in the park, it will be Coastal Skydivers showing us their skills! Who can people contact if they’re interested in finding out more about the event? Please call me, Mick: 0416 809 533, email: or Google Port Motor Mania and check out the website. Or, you can just turn up on the day and enter. Remember: all cars and bikes are welcome. We even have a trophy for best work ute! Music will be played all day, and trophies will be given for best girl and guy outfits and best dance combo. Final words ... After 3 months of emails and personal visits to most businesses in Port Macquarie, many of the big companies would not donate a thing. But small businesses in Port Macquarie, who are battling to make a dollar, gave over $5,000 in goods and services. Without question, some of them rang me first and offered. That’s Australian spirit! Those businesses we want to thank are: Midcoast Appliances, Autobarn, Beaumont Tiles, BM Automotive, Harvey Norman Electrical (Only), North Coast Quads, Go-Lo, Amcal Chemist, Hair Hub, Madison Ave, BCF, Port Camping World, Edgewater Holiday Park, The Observatory Hotel, Port Venture Cruises, Ultratune, Bursons, Tint Works, Best Western Motor Inn, Office National, PC Pitstop, Saltwater Wine, Hogs Breath, Bay Park Photos, Wauchope RSL, Luminesque, Hairlarious, Rydges, and Repco Port Macquarie. Please support the people who support us: without them, there would be no show. Thanks Mick. Interview by Jo Atkins.

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GEMINI. MAY 22 - JUN 22 Focus on your most important challenge at this time, in order to achieve your hard earned success. You are too easily distracted at present, which is causing frustration. Be a little more aware of your thoughts, and eliminate negativity, self doubt and fear. You have worked for the changes trying to enter your reality, so allow yourself the excitement of receiving. Don’t worry about other people’s thoughts; they are none of your business. Turquoise and Rose Quartz will enhance yourself approval.

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ur vision is to grow our presence in Port Macquarie to around 5,000 students by 2030 and offer a diverse range of programs,” said Professor Ross Chambers, Head of Campus in Port Macquarie. “Expanding educational opportunities for students in regional areas is critical if we are to ensure a growing supply of skilled professionals to meet the needs of regional employers and industry. This is now possible with the support of a Commonwealth Structural Adjustment Fund (SAF) grant.” CSU is working to deliver hands-on courses responding to the need for increased access and participation in higher education for students of the region and has strong partnerships with industry, the NSW Police Force, the Ambulance Service of NSW, local businesses and the wider community. The course offerings at Port Macquarie have been designed to enable graduates to gain the qualifications and skills to provide vital services and pursue employment opportunities on the Mid North Coast. In 2013, CSU will double its course offering at Port Macquarie Campus, bringing its highly regarded courses in business studies, justice studies, medical imaging and paramedics to the region. If you are interested in pursuing a career in one of these fields, you can now gain practical experience and the qualifications you need, without having to move away from home. THE LOWDOWN: Business Studies The Bachelor of Business Studies at CSU provides a general degree enabling students to choose from a wide range of subjects in varied business disciplines. The course provides a strong foundation in business that can enhance your skills and employability in almost any field you want to pursue. You could study subjects in a variety of disciplines to discover something you’re passionate about, or select subjects in similar fields to develop your knowledge in a specific area. Subject choices provide the opportunity to develop soft skills for communication and working with people, as well as hard skills in areas like, accounting, finance, law, management, marketing or project

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management. Workplace learning subjects are also available to apply the knowledge taught in class to a practical setting. Clinical Practice (Paramedic) CSU’s Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is recognised by the Ambulance Service of NSW as a leader in providing paramedic education. Medical Imaging Students develop practical skills in a range CSU’s Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science of clinical procedures, and learn about major (Medical Imaging) allows students to pursue incident prevention, preparedness, response and an interesting career in this important area of recovery. Students also complete a workplace the health field. Radiographers are responsible learning experience with an approved ambulance for creating high quality medical images using service as part of the course, providing a real specialist equipment, to help in the diagnosis insight into working in the paramedic field. of disease or injury. Throughout the course, The degree has been offered at CSU’s Bathurst students will learn how to use a range of stateCampus for a number of years, and is highly of-the-art equipment and will participate in 64 regarded in the ambulance industry. weeks of workplace learning, ensuring “It is important that paramedics they are ready for the workforce are well equipped and when they graduate. The educated to provide high clinical experience built into The course rt Po quality patient care to at gs the Bachelor of Medical offerin en be ve ha the community,” Alan ie ar Radiation Science (Medical Macqu le Morrison, Education designed to enab the Imaging) means students graduates to gaind skills Manager for the do not have to complete qualifications anservices Ambulance Service of the traditional professional to provide vital oyment pl NSW said. “Completing em development year after and pursue e Mid th on es iti the CSU Bachelor of un rt completing the course. oppo Clinical Practice (Paramedic) North Coast.” Pathway programs with provides an excellent North Coast TAFE foundation for meeting the In addition to offering challenges of being a paramedic, full degrees in 2013, CSU’s Port and we are keen to see graduates from the Macquarie campus will also continue to offer its course join us.” range of pathway programs in collaboration with Justice Studies (Policing) North Coast TAFE. These pathway programs, If you’re ready to make a real difference to which include Accounting, Creative Industries, the world, CSU’s Bachelor of Justice Studies Social Work, and Health and Rehabilitation (Policing) provides a pathway to a rewarding Science, provide alternate pathways for students career. Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing) to obtain a degree in Port Macquarie. Students students study in diverse areas such as criminal study at both campuses, and upon completion investigations, juvenile justice, legal studies, of study, graduate with both a degree from CSU and criminology, before those successful in and a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from North attaining entry to the NSW Police Force go Coast TAFE. on to complete their degree while training Accounting at the NSW Police Academy. The Bachelor of CSU’s Accounting pathway programs provide Justice Studies (Policing) has been developed in an excellent platform from which graduates can consultation with Police, the justice community launch their accounting and management career. and academics, to ensure it deals with the latest It offers both an integrated and articulated issues, and students complete placements in study pattern and combines the TAFE Advanced community service and policing practice. Diploma of Accounting with CSU’s Bachelor of

Accounting. Accounting is a dynamic and in demand profession servicing all sectors of the economy, from not-for-profit and public sector to global enterprises. Creative Industries The Creative Industries pathway program provides graduates with the necessary skills to enter careers in a range of media, communication and creative areas of practice. The program is offered as an articulated pathway that requires students to enrol in and complete a TAFE Diploma at North Coast TAFE before enrolling in the Bachelor of Creative Industries through CSU. Eligible Diplomas include Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Graphic Design and Communication, Interactive Digital Media, Screen and Media, and Sound Production. Health and Rehabilitation Science Graduates of the Health and Rehabilitation Science pathway programs, which combine the TAFE Diploma of Remedial Massage with CSU’s Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science, will develop a holistic approach to health and rehabilitation, including physiological, anatomical, psychological and socio-cultural factors. Graduates become skilled, flexible and accountable healthcare workers capable of meeting the challenges and future needs of the Australian healthcare system. Social Work The Social Work pathway programs offer both an integrated and articulated study pattern, and combine the TAFE Diploma of Community Services Work with CSU’s Bachelor of Social Work. These pathway programs provide graduates with the skills to work in a wide range of social welfare and social work agencies in areas such as case management, individual family work, group and community work, child protection, aged care, disability and rehabilitation services, health, community and corrections services.



We don’t just make name badges - there is a whole lot more at Port Badges!

Port Badges and Engraving Seabird Celebrates 34 years!

Our identity product range includes name badges, photo ID cards, membership cards, gift cards, loyalty & rewards cards.

Seabird Swimwear recently celebrated its 34th birthday and continues to service the Port Macquarie and Hastings area with quality chlorine resistant swimwear and accessories.

We can also offer customer key tags and a combination card/tag which includes both a card (e.g. loyalty card) and a detachable key tag. Thicker cards are available and are ideal for a custom made luggage or bag tag. We can achieve a full colour print over the entire card or name badge in ANY colour. The name badges and ID cards are suitable for outdoor wear, and the printing will not fade or bleed. What other products do you offer? We have an extensive range of custom engraved signs and plaques. This includes door slides, desk name plates and directory board slides. Information and directional signs can be cut to size and come in a variety of indoor and outdoor materials. We also engrave adhesive labels and decals for building and electrical businesses. Do you cater for individual orders also? Absolutely! We have no minimum orders. You can order ONE name badge, card or sign. The speed of the process also allows us to produce large numbers of cards and badges very quickly for larger businesses. A layout proof is provided, to ensure customers are completely happy before production commences. Our badges, cards and signs are produced on site, which equals fast turnaround. Call Mark or Sandra today on 6584 2152.

Beat the Summer Heat There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than jumping into your pool, and there’s nothing more relaxing than coming home and spending some quiet time in your spa. The warmer weather is arriving, and that means that your pool and spa will be used more than ever. The questions is, when was the last time you cleaned your pool? Had the water tested? Made sure that it’s in tip top condition for the summer period? Let Donna and the team answer all those questions for you. Pool maintenance is an unavoidable task made easier by ensuring cleaning accessories are in good order at all times. Focus products are Donna’s Pool and Spa Centres number one supplier, and in store you can pick up your FREE pool guide, The Ultimate Pool and Spa manual. Everyone is conscious about how much your swimming pool is costing you, so don’t forget to ask about the new 8 star energy efficient pool pump that is designed to save energy, water, and time the Viron range is the perfect choice for you swimming pool and lifestyle.

When opening in 1978, originally located on Clarence Street, Seabird was a made to measure bikini bar. Since then, it has been located at 14 Bellbowrie Park, where its parent company ‘Soft Edges’ produces the entire swimwear range locally. Bellbowrie Park has been a great location for Seabird, with customer parking at the door and a convenient, central location. Seabird Swimwear has had an excellent relationship with the landlord’s agent for Bellbowrie Park, Bob Stewart, and would like to thank him and wish Bob well in his forthcoming retirement. For the past 19 years, Val McLaren has been working in the Bellbowrie store as the manager and the ‘face’ of Seabird, providing exceptional customer service and attracting a high return of valued customers. Many who return to Seabird do so due to the quality of service, product knowledge and friendly personality that Val offers. Val is now retiring, and Seabird will continue on in the capable hands of Ann McLeish. Come to the shop at Bellbowrie Park to welcome Ann and say a fond farewell to Val.

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Our women work out in 30 second intervals in the Curves circuit. 30 seconds is the optimal time to allow muscles to work at maximum capacity, before fatigue sets in. This means members can recover more effectively between strength machines and sustain heart rate within their target heart rate training zone.

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Coastal Fire Protection What are some of the services provided by Coastal Fire Protection? We are independently owned, providing 24 hour, 7-day-a-week service in all aspects of fire safety needs for businesses and individuals on the Mid North Coast, from Forster to Coffs Harbour. We install, inspect and maintain fire safety measures such as smoke detection and alarms, sprinklers, portable fire extinguishers, exit and emergency lights, hose reels, hydrants, fire training and evacuation plans. We also assist customers in the preparation of their annual fire safety statements for submission to Council. In what ways do you help local businesses, small or large, to ensure a safe working environment? We communicate with our customers on a one-to-one basis, and we like to deal with issues as soon as possible in an attempt to resolve them. We discuss any issues with Council and other relevant organisations, in an attempt to deliver safety to the owners, their tenants, the community and to the fire services. We aim to provide a high level of service at a price in line with regional areas such as Port Macquarie. Tell us about your experience and knowledge in using the latest technology to create advanced fire protection and detection systems. Dennis and I have been in the fire servicing industry for over 40 years. Dennis has a vast knowledge in portable fire extinguishers, and David possesses both an electrical license and a graduate certificate in Fire Safety Engineering with a extensive working knowledge of compliancy issues. We have just recently invested in leading edge customer service software, to assist us in ensuring quality service to our customers.

Cascade Pool and Spa Centre Cascade Pool and Spa Centre is a Davey Master Dealer. This means we can offer the customer the best pool products at the best possible retail prices. The PM Eco pool pump is the highest rating energy (electricity) saving pump on the market rated at 8 stars, and it is exclusive to Cascade Pools. This pump provides a saving of up to 76% on your current running cost of your pool. It is also one of the quietest pumps available and comes with a 3 year warranty. Cascade pools are also agents for Pool Ranger – who supply the Pool Rover pool cleaners. This cleaner has proven itself to be economical and efficient over the past five years in Port Macquarie, comes with the same two year warranty as the big name cleaners, and avoids getting stuck in 99% of pools.

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for KIDS


What’s new @ the Zoo!

Friday 28 September & Friday 5 October @ 10.30am

Ages 6 - 12

Play with your child and explore the world of music. Come along and get noisy as you and your bub Crash Bang Rattle your way into the world of music.

SUPER HERO CAPES 10am – 12pm Tuesday 2 October

Location: Ross Family Studio

Children will bring their own super hero character to life when they design and create a unique Super Hero Cape. Come along with a unique name for your character and watch them come to life.

Tickets $8.50

Location: The ArtLab $25 per child $20 members

PORTRAITS LIKE PICASSO 10am – 12pm Wednesday 3 October Inspired by Picasso, children will create a funky portrait in a simlar style using their own face as inspiration.


Location: The ArtLab

1.30pm – 3.30pm Wednesday 3 October

$25 per child $20 members

Ages 6 - 12

Inspired by the traditional African Masks, children will explore Africa through images and music and be inspired to design and create and decorate their own African styled mask.

POP ART PRINTMAKING 10am – 12pm Thursday 4 October

Ages 6 - 12

Location: The ArtLab $25 per child $20 members

Children will explore the fun screen printing techniques of Andy Warhol and create an amazing Pop Art artwork to take home. Location: The ArtLab $25 per child $20 members

Ages 9 - 12


10am – 12pm Friday 5 October

Children will become designers and create their own fun and original T-Shirt design using fabric paints and a range of printing techniques.


Location: The ArtLab $25 per child $20 members

SATURDAY@ 11am 8 SEPTEMBER, 29 SEPTEMBER 13 OCTOBER & 10 NOVEMBER Kids Spot provides free art activities in the gallery for our Glasshouse ‘sprouts’ and parents – helping them grow their creativity, learn new skills and make new friends! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kids Spot is free!


NTIAL BOOKINGS ESSE au rg. e.o us ho ss gla it vis or call 6581


Ages 5-9

(02) 6581 8888 I The Glasshouse is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW

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Ages 6 months - 4 years

Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie A facility of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Billabong Zoo is delighted with their first Snow Leopard and their state of the art exhibit. Be one of the first to be amazed by this beautiful and mystical big cat, one of the most endangered on the planet.

There are only 5 zoos in Australia with Snow Leopards.

The estimated numbers of the Snow Leopard in the wild are below 4,000, and there are only 5 zoos in Australia that have them. CREATURE FEATURE If VIP treatment and a private animal experience is more your thing, then our Creature Feature is a must! We have various experiences available, including holding a snake, bottle feeding one of our zoo babies, feeding our endangered Spotted-tailed Quolls or a koala experience you’ll never forget. Creature Features can be purchased at our kiosk and bookings are essential – why not book in advance, to be sure you don’t miss out? PAT A KOALA You have the chance to get up close and personal with koalas and are welcome to take photos while having a pat. MONKEY FEEDING Enjoy the antics of mischievous Black Handed Spider Monkeys. Anything can happen when our keepers feed them at 11am and 4pm. MEET THE DINGOS Our friendly dingos love to interact with visitors. You can meet and greet and take some great photos while you have a pat,

as they venture out with their keepers for daily walks at 11.30am and 2.30pm. REPTILES CLOSE-UP We present interesting and educational shows weekends and school holidays at 2pm, or book ahead to ensure your group’s own personal presentation. UNDERGROUND WOMBAT HOUSE The wombat house exhibit has zoo professionals and visitors alike raving about this unique display. Venture into the Billabong Mine Shaft to check out the wombats in their burrows behind glass. AND IF THE MUNCHIES STRIKE A visit to our zoo café is a must, with yummy home-made desserts, fresh ground coffee, scrumptious sandwiches, wraps and burgers, decadent ice chocolates and many other tempting treats.




Skirmish Down Under

Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding

At Skirmish Down Under we ensure our players have the best possible experience, with focus on FUN but with guidelines & procedures in place to provide a safe day of entertainment. We use only the best possible equipment & paintballs available. All safety & protective clothing is provided.

We’re open 7 DAYS, and bookings are essential. Phone 6587 5227 web: ■ Daily 1 & 2 hr Trail Rides. Pub Ride 2 Days ■ Tuition before and during every ride ■ Quality horses, beautiful scenery and friendly guides ■ Freshly baked damper & refreshments after every ride.




The Port Venture Whale watching season has started. State of the art whale watching boat fantastic stability and largest boat in Port Macquarie. Five different viewing levels to take the best view advantage. Whale commentary included.

Check out our facebook page for monthly specials, competitions and events

Port Macquarie and NEW field at Old Bar Phone: 1300 822 222. facebook: ‘Skirmish Down Under’ web:

Extreme Velocity ■ Experience body flight in a vertical wind Tunnel of wind speeds of 220 kmph ■ An adrenalin rush of body flight just like skydiving ■ Fun for all ages phone: 0447 359 669 web: email:

BEST BOATS, BEST CRUISES, BEST PRICES. Phone: 6583 3058 or 0409 744 270 Web: Address: River end Clarence St, Port Macquarie

Chinese Junk Our beautiful authentic Chinese Junk has river trips every day on the Hastings River. Be lulled on one of our two hour trips – either a tasty fish & chip lunch cruise or a yummy morning tea. Sunset cruises also available, and some dolphin spotting on all cruises!

BEST BOATS, BEST CRUISES, BEST PRICES. Phone: 6583 3058 or 0409 744 270 Web: Address: River end Clarence St, Port Macquarie

Hydro Golf & Putt-Putt web: phone: 02 6583 3200 Boundary St, Port Macquarie Open 7 Days

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Roland V-Drums – an electronic revolution.

Port Macquarie Surf School. Port Macquarie Surf School has been teaching people to surf in the Hastings Valley since 1981 and is owned and operated by the well known local Hudson family. Port Macquarie Surf School prides itself on teaching people of all abilities the skills required to master surfing in a fun and safe environment.

Vegemite Surf Groms is an exciting

As the warmer months are fast approaching, Port Macquarie Surf School has some exciting programs on offer.

Every participant receives a free Quiksilver backpack bursting with Quiksilver and Wahu goodies, T-shirt, Rash Vest, Towel and Hat and Wahu beach toys. For more information, come along to a our Surf Groms Registration day 15 & 16 September between 10am 3pm at our office, 46 Pacific Drive.

Five day Holiday Comprehensive clinics: comprehensive clinics are designed for the beginner and intermediate surfer. These intense clinics allow surfers to progress fast in a safe and fun environment, while learning important life skills about surf safety and ocean awareness. The clinics start on the Monday of each week of the holidays and run through to the Friday; each day you will be surfing with same group of surfers in a private group.

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new program exclusive to Port Macquarie Surf School. It is a national junior development program for 5 - 12 year olds that encourages kids to participate in surfing around Australia. Surf Groms teaches Surf awareness, basic surf rescue and learn to surf.

After School Surfing: keep your kids healthy and active with our after school surfing program. Port Macquarie Surf School picks your child up from school, provides afternoon tea and learn to surf lesson ‘til 5.30pm. Ten week program; book now for term four.

Roland V-Drums Roland V-Drums have revolutionised the concept of electronic drums, with their natural expressiveness and feel. Roland created the V-Drums Lite for those who may not have the space or budget for a full-size V-Drums kit. Based on the same technology that made V-Drums the world’s most popular electronic drums, the HD-3 offers a compact and affordable solution for anyone who wants to have fun playing the drums – popular amongst university students and people living in apartments. Stylish and compact, the HD-3 has 10 internal drum kits, each with a variation (even double kick) and is incredibly quiet, thanks to the beater-less pedals, cushioned tom pads, and mesh-head snare. When monitoring with headphones, you can rock out any time without bothering neighbours and family

members. The price of $949 includes a drum stool, sticks and headphones. The TD-15KV features Roland’s groundbreaking SuperNatural sound engine, bringing an incredible level of expression and feel to the all new line-up of V-Tour kits. The TD15 drum module features 100 onboard kits, with 500 instrument sounds and offers control over parameters as diverse as tuning, muffling, snare buzz, strainer, tone colour, volume and pan. Practice features include quick record/quick play, a unique COACH function that helps players of all levels build drumming skills effectively. Connecting a flash drive via USB allows you to play along to your own audio files or to the internal songs. $3,150 includes a bass drum pedal, hi hat stand, drum stool, sticks and headphones.

focustourism. Port Macquarie Tourism Association

Tourism janette hyde. Kids’ classes for school holiday fun Don’t want to hear the tradional “I’m bored ... there’s nothing to do!” these school holidays? Spotlight are hear to save the day, with their exciting and fun filled school holdiay classes for boys and girls 6 years and up, and all classes are only $20 each.

frame, make your own treasure box, to name a few, there is surely something that all the kiddies will enjoy.

“Spotlight Port Macquarie havees, classes for all ag including schoolfor holiday classes - 15 children aged 6 years.”

Mums, come shop have a look around and enjoy a quiet cuppa, while the kids have fun and spread their creative wings. With a wide variety of classes, such as chocolate making, decorate your own photo

Hello and welcome to our Tourism Insight column for September.

Kids’ creative classes for years 7 and over are with Julie on Saturday 8 and 22 September and 6 and 20 October from 11am - 12.30pm; these classes are 4 for $60, and are separate to the school holiday classes.

Total payment for classes is required two days before course begins. Booking into classes is essential; contact Port Macquarie Spotlight on 6581 5133 for more information.

t appears that spring decided to make its long awaited emergence a little early this year, with some glorious weather over the past few weeks. You can literally see a little more bounce in people’s step, as they are able to put away the winter woollies and dress in lighter and more comfortable clothes. All our tourism operators are preparing for the approaching school holidays, which signifies the beginning of the countdown for our peak summer season. Yet another very successful Australian Surf Festival has just wrapped up for another year and continues to grow from strength to strength. The event is not just about the action on the water (which admittedly is hard to go past), but it celebrates the entire surfing culture and is a great annual event on our area’s calendar. Talking of great events, a big welcome to the 1,000 or so players, support personnel, family and friends visiting the area for the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships, running from 19 to 22 September. The event combines around 30 teams from all over Australia at a tournament that offers all who attend the opportunity to be identified for future Australian representation. Saturday, September 1 will see more than 50 finalists from across the North Coast attending a Gala Presentation Dinner for the 2012 CountryLink North Coast Tourism Awards at Rydges in Port Macquarie. The awards night is not only to recognise and reward those tourism businesses that have excelled over the past 12 months within their respective categories, but also to celebrate the achievements of our industry as a whole. The 14 finalists (up from 9 last year) representing the Greater Port Macquarie region are 52+Things to Do Marketing Campaign, Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding, Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat, Extreme Velocity Vertical Wind Tunnel, Festival of the Sun, The Glasshouse (2 categories), Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre, Rydges Port Macquarie, Panthers Port Macquarie, Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival, The Corner Restaurant and Café, Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia Port Macquarie, and Vacation Village. With the huge amount of time, effort and detail to just submit an entry, combined with the calibre of

competition, just to be named as a finalist is a great achievement, and all the above businesses should be commended. We wish them all good luck for the evening. The Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association held a ‘Meet the Candidates’ member night recently at the Glasshouse. A great turn up of both Mayoral and Councillor candidates allowed for both an interesting and informative evening, as each candidate introduced themselves, answered questions and stated their opinions on tourism and tourism related issues. It was pleasing to see a great rollup from our members, who are clearly interested in the direction the new Council will head once they take office. The Association wishes to thank both the Glasshouse and Silverspoon Catering for their help in ensuring the night was a success and of course, all the candidates who gave their time to attend. Talking of member meetings, over and above our usual calendar of events, the Association is organising additional meetings in both the Camden Haven and Wauchope areas over the coming months, with the first being organised for the Camden Haven in November. These additional meetings are in response to suggestions from operators in these areas who do not necessarily get the opportunity to make it to Port Macquarie for the nights, but are keen to be involved and help shape our industry. Details will be made available to all members as they are finalised. September also sees preparations for the Holiday Coast Credit Union Annual Tastings on Hastings swing into full force. Held over October, the event will as usual comprise a number of events including Breakfast in the Beds, High Tea on the Hastings, Panthers 3rd Annual Tastings on Hastings Dinner, Cheese Making Workshops, Rydges Six Degrees of Degustation and the Kindee Valley Farm to Plate Day. The main event, which has traditionally been held at the Port Macquarie Racecourse, has had to find a new home, as it simply has become too big. The new venue at Town Green will come alive as a foodie paradise, with over 100 stalls as well as a live music stage by the river at the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park. Guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang, Indie Roots musician James Bennett and Geoff Turnball will provide some of the great sounds, as visitors meander through all the great food and beverage stalls. greater port macquarie focus 73



Committee from the left, Anne Holley, Volda Humphries, Lyn Burns, Marj McCracken, Gail Gregory, Trish Campbell, Colleen Minett, Bronwyn Dearinger and Sherrie Harris.


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el Quilts are tim timeless pieces of work, fashioned with love, care and all with a story to Secretary of the Camden Haven Quilters, fills us in about a tell! Trish Campbell, Cam to be held from September 29 to October 1 in Laurieton. very special exhibition e Funds raised at the exhibition will be used to benefit two deserving local charities ...


ell us about the Camden Haven will run from 9am to 2p 2pm. The theme is ‘Blocks to Quilters – how many people are Build on’ on’. The exhibition will held at the School for involved with the group, and Arts building, Bold St, Laurieton. where and how often do they What will actually happen at the event ... will meet? there be quilts for sale, as well as on show? The Camden Haven Quilters formed in 1985 There will be a display of members’ quilts, raffles and now has 56 members, aged from 35 to and a trading table. 90, meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays of What costs will be associated for those every week in the School of Arts Building, Bold wishing to attend, and where will the funds Street, Laurieton, from 9am to 2pm. The raised go? members travel from as far away as Entry is $3 for adults and free Johns River and Port Macquarie. for children under 12 years, The daily fee is $4, which with all proceeds going to the as l el w As includes morning tea. Hastings Autism and Aspergers being a soudrce New members are always Resource Group and Port of friendshnipshan ip, companio welcome, as well as Macquarie Women and the Camden short-term members, Children’s Refuge. s er Haven Quilt our ed holidaymakers, and w The group has helped lo has al eate members’ families and out numerous charities and members toocr ries many mem. ” friends. charity events since their stories d an Experience is not important start in 1985. This year they to the Camden Haven Quilters, as have chosen to support the Port we are lucky enough to have talented Macquarie Women and Children’s members who are glad to share their skills. We refuge and will be making quilts to raise money have a comprehensive library, and a wide range for the organisation. The other charity for this year’s of equipment and supplies. We pride ourselves on event is HAARGS (Hastings Autism and Aspergers teamwork and unity as a group. If a quilt needs to Resource Group at Lake Cathie. be sandwiched together, it is a joint activity, with Over past years, the group has helped the local the motto that ‘many hands make light work’. MS group, making a quilt to be raffled for the What is the event the group has organised for Wauchope Bonny Hills Life Saving Club to help September? with the building of the new clubhouse, provided The 2012 exhibition will be held from Saturday monies for outfits for the local dragon boat ladies September 29 to Monday 1 October. Saturday and and contributed towards the purchase of a portable Sunday will run from 9am to 4.30pm, and Monday defibrillator.

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What are some of the benefits for members of the quilting group? The group is also part of the Mid North Coast quilters that meet annually. The last get together was held in Taree, with over 220 quilters joining in the fun. Next year’s get together will be at Port Macquarie. Every year the members travel to various local exhibitions, from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle and Sydney. As well as being a source of friendship and companionship, the Camden Haven Quilters has allowed our members to create many memories and stories. This year the group got together over the Christmas break to join in and make sunflower blocks, which were pieced together for a very special member who suffers from MS – a very beautiful surprise for a very deserving long-time member. This quilt demonstrates the love and support the members of this group give not only to each other, but the local community. This year’s committee consists of President Gail Gregory, myself (Secretary Trish Campbell), Treasurer Sherrie Harris and with the help of Lyn Burns, Volda Humphries, Bronwyn Dearinger, Lee Whant, Marj McCracken, Colleen Minett and Cheryle Waterlander, we make a great working team. Where can people find out more information about the Camden Haven Quilters Inc. or the upcoming exhibition? Please call Gail on (02) 6559 8919 or Trish (02) 6559 7825 for more information. Thanks Trish. Interview by Jo Atkins.


with Susie Boswell

T R AV E L D E S T I N AT I O N : CHINA hina, having injected multi-billions into Australian minerals mining, seems hell bent on luring Aussies to help redress the balance of trade by way of leisure travel to the mainland. If your taste runs to big, and China’s undoubtedly big, you can stay at the world’s biggest Sheraton and Macau’s biggest hotel, opening on September 20 with a massive 3,863 guest rooms. By contrast, introductory tariffs are small: discounted deluxe rooms start around HK$1350 (AUD167) and club rooms, including breakfast, from AUD209. Remember to check for local tax add-ons. About 60km or an hour by ferry south-west of Hong Kong, Macau combines a charming traditional former Portuguese heritage with its Chinese roots. The “Las Vegas of Asia” is aiming to broaden its appeal from a gambling mecca and shopping and conference centre to become a destination for couples and families. The new Sheraton “Macao” Macau hopes to attract patrons with first class amenities including superb beds, spacious bathrooms, big TVs with cable and Wifi, spas, gym, kids’ club, three restaurants (Asian, Italian, international), and three outdoor swimming pools. Guests can relax on daybeds in private cabanas amid lush foliage. Why go? Gambling, clubbing, stupendous stage shows beyond the imagination, entertainment and uber-shopping experiences remain the big attractions. Forget the coin-operated rides our own kids enjoy: pause in Macau’s massive shopping malls and you’re likely to find a replica Venetian canal created mid-promenade, replete with a real-size gondola for you to ride in, and a gondolier performing a robust rendition of O Sole Mio. Dubai, eat your heart out! But if you’re into sensory overload and visually arresting architecture, throbbing energy and bustling activity, there’s nothing like Macau as an introduction to the pulsating presence of modern China. English is, of course, widely spoken and autumn (October to December) the best time to visit. See Macau clips on YouTube for just a hint of the astounding atmosphere. An hour to the north by air is Shanghai,

d to ob bee th he wo w worl orl rld’ d’s China’s biggest city and said the world’s biggest city by population. At any rate, as home on some estimates to 23 million people, it’s bigger than the whole of Australia, bigger than Beijing, is China’s commercial and financial centre, has a fascinating history and is an overwhelming centre of limitless delights with its blend of modern and traditional, western and oriental, cultures, food and sights. Shanghai need not be intimidating to get around. There are countless single and multiday organised tours on offer, the perfect way to see the most in a limited time. Roughly half way between Macau/Hong Kong and Beijing, Shanghai’s ideally placed for visitors to take a high-speed train to reach the Chinese capital and the Great Wall. Although flying time between the two centres is short (similar to Sydney-Brisbane, Sydney-Melbourne), adding in the cities’ infernal traffic tangles makes the 300kph rail trip, at under five hours, appealing. More like a plane, the high-speed service avoids delays due to congestion or fog/smog, offers three classes of travel, costs less than half the price of an airfare, and the view out the windows is definitely more interesting. A GOOD DEAL for the cruise of a lifetime is to be had if you’re quick. Boutique SeaDream II departs the port of Rome October 13 on a dazzling week-long itinerary taking in Corsica, Elba (for Tuscany), Viareggio (for Florence), Portovenere in the Cinque Terre of the Italian Riviera, Portofino, Monte Carlo and Nice. I’ve visited these ports and highly recommend the vessel with only 100 guests in around 50 superb staterooms and 1:1 crew. For US$3426pp twin share [about $3280 each] you get (truly) 5-star dining, drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch/dinner, nightly cocktails, power and sail water sports, bikes for shore excursions, gratuities, port charges and taxes. The original brochure price was US$9327pp. greater port macquarie focus 75

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with the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce


Hadyn Oriti.

minding your

At the time of writing this article, the local Council election campaign for 2012 is underway. From the Chamber’s perspective, it is critical that our new Council have economic development as a priority. All Councillors must understand the role business plays and how it contributes to our community’s wellbeing. rom generating employment to revenue, from rates and section 94 contributions, a strong and growing business environment helps achieve the good roads and waste management, well maintained parks and gardens, and clean and green environment we all want. Two years ago I participated in the Council’s ‘2030’ consultations and workshops, looking at what the Port Macquarie-Hastings region could be in 20 years. I met a person there who wanted to stop all new land releases and stop any more people moving into the area. After I enquired, he told me he’d been in town “6 years”, having moved from Armidale. My position was diametrically opposed. I acknowledge there is a tension between my views and some others in the community. While the views of the fellow I met must be respected, they are ultimately self-defeating. The community will not be able to sustain itself if his views prevail. Sitting on the board of the Chamber allows me to lobby decision makers and contribute on issues that are important for our future, with the ultimate aim of: • Building a broad based economy, across industry, manufacturing, tourism, health, education and professional services, protected as best it can against the inevitable business cycles; • Creating a place that is the envy of the rest of Australia, providing careers and opportunities for study for our young people. Economic development and growth are critical to ensuring this future. Growth will help fund needed infrastructure, including upgrading of roads and amenities we need for a liveable town, while ensuring we retain the open spaces and community activities that makes the Hastings such an attractive place to live and work.


So what vision is the Chamber working to achieve in 2030? To me it looks like this: • A thriving university campus of at least 5,000 students offering a full suite of subjects, ranging from liberal arts to the practical and professional; engineering, sciences, medical and perhaps some post-graduate research; • Our base hospital is a centre of medical excellence serving the community, so that the trips many in our community are forced to take to Sydney for important lifesaving treatment is avoided altogether; • The airport connects us directly to all major centres in Australia; • The Pacific Highway on the Mid North Coast is the safest highway in Australia, and we have high quality road (and rail?) connections to the New England; • Our businesses include the head offices of large thriving employers, providing careers to our young people across the full suite of industries and professional services; • The average incomes in Port Macquarie are among the highest in Australia, not the lowest; • A foreshore invigorated and accessible to all and because we are thriving economically, our environment is protected, the air is clean and the water pristine. So my hope is the Councillors elected this month share that sort of vision. I hope they realise that the Council has a role to play in ensuring that business is welcome and, in doing so, contributes to the community positively. I want to pay my respects to Rob Turner as the immediate past President of the Chamber. Rob has done a great job for Chamber over the last 4 years. I wish Rob well. In interests of full disclosure, I am a partner in Donovan Oates Hannaford Lawyers with Justin Levido, also on the Group A ticket.

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Mike err ge ng an ld be no sttrra Mike Cusato shouac d an ie ar qu to most of Port M be e he rts in th Ro am is part of Te ie ar qu upcoming Port Ml ac tions. As a ec el ci un Co Hastings th r of e much farmer and ownear e is not ke ket, Mik loved Growers M w ork. afraid of a bit hard

ell us a little about yourself and why are you running for Councillor? I moved to the Port Macquarie-Hastings in 1981 with my family when I was a young bloke, schooling here and also boarding school in Armidale later in high school. I’ve worked on the farm or at the Growers Market from a very young age, and in 2004 I took over the running of the business. I’ve now spent many years of managing and being heavily involved in the running of this business, including looking after all the buying for the store and leading the many staff associated with the day to day operations. I’ve also had many years' experience in farming locally and on my other property in the New England, supplying fresh produce for my business. I live in the Sancrox area with my wife, Rebecca, and I look forward to maintaining a successful business in the Growers Market. I want to be a Councillor to be a part of the decision making team that helps our area to build its potential reputation as the best place the world. I believe the next Council has the potential to shape the next twenty years for our local area, and we need competent and community minded locals back in the driver's seat, to make sure we get it right. What are some of your polices leading into the next election? I’d certainly like to see the DA process reviewed. At the moment, it’s not efficient and is costing this community plenty, because it’s not allowing for growth in the economy. If we have a strong economy, people keep their jobs, and jobs are a high priority for me. My staff are very important, and I have plenty 78 greater port macquarie focus.

It’s pretty simple. I’d love to see this area working for me. At the moment, I’m working really live up to its potential in being the best hard just to keep them in a job, but it’s getplace in the world to live, work and visit. I ting so hard to hold onto them, because of believe that through balanced development the backward slide our area is experiencing. that protects our beautiful landscape, we can I’d like to work hard on driving a strong local economy because after all, if we’re not going have the best of both worlds ... A thriving economy, but without the unsightly highrises forwards, we’re going backwards. and over-development. I would also like to see Council more apThis is already the most beautiful place proachable and supportive of projects and in the world, but it's starting to look community events; at the moment tired and is slowly wearing down it’s like they’ve got the big visually. I’d like to see the area stick out, and it’s hard to become tidy again and for get them to listen. I’d our community to have like to see Council is pride in the area again. supporting and “ That’s what tht – election is abou cused You're running as part working together getting locally focharge. of group C. Can you with the comin people back ice vo a d ha t no e tell us a bit about munity to achieve We’v , and I’m very ng lo so r fo your group? positive outcomes ing a committed to be y m r fo This election's ballot te for the community. ca vo ad great papers are confusing. If you could fix community. ” There are so many ways just one pressing that you can vote for an indiissue for the Hastvidual, and preferences may well ings immediately, what decide who gets elected in this parwould it be? ticular election. As an individual candidate, I There’s only one pressing issue right now, needed to preference three other candidates, and that’s getting nine proactive and comto ensure people who voted for me were munity minded individuals elected. I’ve been voting correctly and that their vote counted. in this community, interacting and contributI decided that the best way to show my ing for most of my life. That’s what this elecpreferences was by teaming up with liketion is about – getting locally focused people minded individual candidates, who wanted back in charge. We’ve not had a voice for similar outcomes for this community. so long, and I’m very committed to being a I knew Adam Roberts had been out in the great advocate for my community. I’d work community for two years already working with anyone that the voters elect, because hard on local issues and that he was widely our community deserves a fairer go and a well respected for this proactive approach. team of locally focused individuals working It was a no-brainer for me to be part of his together to represent them. Keep the politics team. I was a customer of one of Adam’s out, I reckon. previous local businesses, and we’ve known What is your overall vision for our each other for a number of years; we already area heading towards 2020/2030?

is also the fact that none of us have been elected before and have no baggage to carry ... ”

had a good working relationship. We’ve also included Ann-Maree Crowe and Glenn Scott, two very well respected and community connected individuals, who make our team vastly experienced and diverse. As a group of individuals, we’re already embedded in the community through our various day to day roles, and we are already listening to the community – every day. You ask all four of us the same question, and you may get four slightly different answers. That is what I love about this team; we can agree to disagree quite easily, and we’re on the same page as far as the bigger picture issues. One of the best things about our team is also the fact that none of us have been elected before and have no baggage to carry into the role of Mayor or Councillors; we’re really trying to bring a fresh start to our next Council. What's something our readers don't know about you? I spent two years as a Jackaroo when I was eighteen in the central north west of NSW, Quirindi and West Coonamble. I’m certainly no stranger to a bit of hard yakka. How can readers get in touch with you? They can check out the website, where they’ll find plenty more info on our team, including where we’ll be over the campaign period. They can also give me a call anytime on the phone or if they need some fresh fruit and vegies, drop in and see me at the Growers Market. It’s easy! Thanks Mike.

Contact Mike Readers can contact Mike on his Mobile: 0412 675 666 or visit









WHO IS ADAM ROBERTS? Adam Roberts is an individual candidate with no political alignments or pressures from any special interest group. Adam is a husband and father of two young children who attend local schools. He has a wealth of practical experience and understanding across many sectors of the community. In voting 1 Adam Roberts for Mayor, you’ll be voting for a fresh start for our community and council. Adam’s focus is on the future, not re-living the past and he will make the role of Mayor his full time commitment. Adam announced his candidacy in August 2010 and has already worked hard on behalf of this community to bring about a balanced view and a people’s voice. With his vast understanding of many issues facing this community both now and in the future, Adam will hit the ground running and will lead a future-focussed team well. Check out Adam’s Vision for the future at or phone him on 0410 658 532.







OUR TEAM We’re a group of individual community members with no party or special interest group alignments. We are already embedded in the local community in our various day-to-day roles. Listening to the community is what we do – every day. We bring with us a diverse range of skills and expertise and have a plan. We’re looking towards the future, not re-living the past and want to be part of the solution. We’re about outcomes, not excuses.

OUR VISION Our input would see council be more financially responsible with the funds we already have under our control and to re-shape the organization to focus on the core services that we should be providing. Tidying up the area visually is a key priority. We’ll focus on building a more stable economy and attracting diverse industry that brings with it high paying and sustainable jobs.

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Geoff part of the Geoff Hawkins is ith Peter Group A ticket wwill be Besseling. Geoff s extensive aiming to bring hihim to the experience with cillor. position of Coun

ell us a little about yourself and why are you running for Councillor? Whilst I have not lived in the area quite as long as some, I have been particularly fortunate the last three years to have been selected to be one of only two locals on the Risk and Audit Committee of the Council. This committee – now known as the Audit Committee – is independent of Council and advises and assists Council on Risk Management, Control, Governance and its external accountability responsibilities. I was selected by Council to serve in this way because of my extensive background in business, mostly in senior marketing, general management and chief executive roles in service based businesses. During my career, and later as a business consultant, much of my time was spent in what are known as ‘turnarounds’ – the transformation of a business that has somehow lost its way and finds itself in serious difficulty. The transformation always involves my two pet specialities – organisational change and efficiency improvement. I have become intimately aware of both the challenges and the opportunities that our Council and our community now face and I am concerned – as a risk expert – that our greatest risk is that the new Mayor and Councillors are not sufficiently skilled and experienced to steer and direct a large, complex organisation such as the PMHC. I am now, and always have been and always will be, a passionately independent, non-political person, and it was only after I met and got to know well the three other independents who comprise Group A – Peter Besseling, Robert Turner and Justin Levido – that I decided to join them and stand for Council. The Community needs to know that I would not, could not, ever join a political party or agree to vote as a block. However, it is a great and uplifting experience to join with other people who, although from divergent back-

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grounds, think similarly and are so passionate ment of assets, debt, income and expenses. about serving our community and leaving the Once we have this information, it is a much area in better condition than we found it. simpler task to look at each area and develop What are some of your polices leading specific, practical plans to rectify the problems. into the next election? Until we have that information, we are flying My focus will be on efficient delivery of care- blind. This detail needs to be included in the fully prioritised services and projects. I want annual accounts in a standardised format that to see existing things fixed, working well and effortlessly enables comparisons from year to looking good before pushing too hard into year. Additionally, it MUST also be regularly (expensive) new projects. The exception to this communicated to the community in a clear, is the airport upgrade, which in any event, is transparent form that is understandable to all. already well underway. It is a critical ‘must do’ Secondly, we know that the Glasshouse project. I will also be a passionate debt is currently around $23 milsupporter of upgrading and lion and that it is funded by a uplifting the educational 20 year fixed term principal facilities and opportuniand interest loan. We also ties in our area. know that this loan has 16 g I want “ The first thin ations of Because of my backyears to run and that the to see is the operbroken ground and experiinterest rate is approxise the Glasshou te ra pa se ence in organisational mately 6.4%. The loan e re th into ity, units – Commund change, I am well documentation needs Commercial an aware that for this to to be reviewed in full to ‘Council’ ... ” occur and be successinvestigate the costs and fully sustained, we must ramifications of it being have complete transparrefinanced and/or replaced. Furency, honesty and openness thermore, the Glasshouse needs to between community, Council and be viewed as a valuable regional facility bureaucracy. and, as such, is much more likely to be eligible The last critical ‘leg’ in the factors underlyfor State and Federal assistance, especially in ing and driving my attitude to policies is the the form of interest free loans. When viewed preservation of our natural beauty and environ- as a truly regional facility, we need to look ment. It’s central to why we came here, stay again creatively at what the Glasshouse could here and want to proudly show others. (should?) also be used for; an example is a If you could fix just one pressing issue for Conservatorium of Art and Music in conjuncthe Hastings immediately, what would it tion with a university. be? What is your overall vision for our The Glasshouse operations, debt burden and area heading towards 2020/2030? management is top of my list. The first thing I It is no accident that I have already referred want to see is the operations of the Glasshouse to the environment, the airport, the Glassbroken into three separate units – Community, house and education. They (along with road Commercial and ‘Council’. This separation and health infrastructure) are the core ingrewould extend down to the balance sheet and dients in the mix to ensure that our region the profit and loss, so that both Council and flourishes in the next few decades. In various the community know exactly the apportionways, they also need to be carefully combined

existing things fixed, working well and looking good before pushing too hard into (expensive) new projects. ”

to ensure appropriate economic development, because that equals jobs. And my vision for the future is very much about job growth, job security and job satisfaction. You’re running as part of a Group A. Can you tell us a bit about your group? Our group consists of four independents. We are all unaligned and have no political agenda. However, what brought us together and binds us together are two things: firstly, we are all strong, skilled and capable individuals in our own right. However, the skill sets are not identical; they are complementary. When we sit down to discuss a problem, we each come at it from a slightly different perspective. That’s hugely powerful and valuable. It also helps that we have tons of mutual respect and are prepared to listen to alternative points of view. Secondly, we are all, in our different ways, well connected to the community, and that feeds and underpins our common passion to serve. We share common values and have a common vision. To work together was an easy, natural decision. We also enjoy each other’s company and love what we are doing. A great recipe for success! What’s something our readers don’t know about you? I hold my old school record in athletics for the mile (4 mins 27 seconds) and in swimming for the 110 yards breastroke (72.5 seconds), and both records will never be broken. (They now only use the metric system – so I am safe!) How can readers get in touch with you Feel free to stop me any time when I am out and about. Thanks Geoff.

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Work Placement

What is it?

Growing business is one of the most important things Council should hould be doing, and it must not take its eye off such a responsibility.

Students enrolled in a number off HSC VET T courses are able to practise and apply the skills they have been learning att school or ce setting. at TAFE in a real world, workplace Students are able to train towards national nce and qualifications, gain industry experience develop additional workplace skills and knowledge whilst completing their HSC.

This is why I am standing for Council. uncil.

acement? Which HSC courses require Work Placement? ess Services Automotive, Human Services, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment Industry, Hospitality, Information Technology, Metal and Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail Services and Tourism and Events. Employers can also benefit from hosting students for Work Placement by: • Participating in the education, career development and vocational training of young people • Talking to students about industry, its career paths and future directions • Promoting the attitudes and skills needed in the workforce dentifying young people with potential for future employment • Strengthening links with the community and raising the profile of the business • Increasing the supervisory, training and mentoring skills of staff

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Each year Mid Coast Connect secures over 2,500 placements for students in Years 11 & 12 studying Vocational Education and Training subjects for their HSC. Our valued local employers consistently accept students for work placement, providing them with the opportunity to experience a real life working environment. Allowing students to link classroom theory with hands-on application helps to create a better skilled workforce and shows young people the many opportunities available to them in their local area. If you are an employer who could assist our organisation by taking a student for work placement or would like further information on the program please give us a call on 6583 5910.

I believe that everything Council doess should be considered in terms of whether it attracts infrastructure already exists – our forest and or repels sustainable business. New investment horticulture industries, the Sancrox employment in our area provides added income for precinct, the airport business development Council, which in turn enables precinct, the allied health precinct, investment in the additional a bulky goods precinct separate services that everyone is e from the PMQ industrial area, m r fo te “A vo l’s calling for – potholes, manufacturing, transport, will assist Councier playing fields, parks and construction and home-based focus on a strong e the economy. Jobs ar this much more. business, particularly in new

art and soul of

he growth areas. inue The debate for me is area and will cont the r fo t as le at , less about decreasing so All of these offer great to be re.” expenditure, but more foreseeable futu potential to diversify the about increasing income economy. I am fortunate to have by rewarding business been involved in preparing industry initiative, streamlining approval plans for most of these, and hence processes and generally getting government off understand much of what needs to be done. the back of business. A vote for me will assist Council’s focus on a It is about building upon the area’s five key employment drivers – sectors that we already have competitive advantage and for which solid

stronger economy. Jobs are the heart and soul of this area and will continue to be so, at least for the foreseeable future.



Darren With small business ner experience as the owe, of the Hill Street Stor mitted Darren Walsh is coms to reducing Council'ing in debt levels and rein the expenditure accoss board.

Tell us about yourself and why you

make informed decisions as a collective

is difficult with the ever-changing

are running for Council?

(community/Council staff/Councillors)

governmental policies, funding

to bring about the best result for the

opportunities and economic issues.

teenage years from the small town of

community. There is a wealth of knowl-

However, I would like to see our debt

Narromine in the state’s west and went

edge amongst the people within our

level reduced to a manageable amount

on to meet and marry my wife, Kylie,

region who should be drawn upon, not

in the shortest possible time. Without

a Comboyne girl. I spent a number of

consultants where possible, to achieve

this debt, we will be able to clean up,

years in Sydney involved in club, hotel

community outcomes.

repair and renew our infrastructure and

and security management, as well as a

If you could fix one pressing issue

bring back some pride. The communities

few years training the registered courses

immediately for the Hastings, what

of Port Macquarie, Hastings and

of RSA and RCG. After starting a

would it be?

Camden Haven deserve nothing less.

I moved to Port Macquarie in my

family, we decided to move back to the Hastings to raise our children. For the past nine years, I have

Substantially reducing or clearing Council's debt level needs to be priority one. We also need to rein in

owned and operated my own business,

expenditure across the

employing several staff, which I believe

board and utilise

has prepared me, on a smaller scale, for

our assets – both

the responsibility of helping to steer our

resources and

local Council towards a more prosperous

facilities – to


their maximum

My main focus in running for Council is to concentrate on the basic services of

potential By doing

What is something our readers don’t know about you? For the entire year of 2011, we held a barbecue and fundraising program for the carers in our community. Our

“ Without this able debt, we will be ir to clean up, repa and renew our d infrastructure an bring back some pride. ”

aim was to acknowledge people in thankless jobs by somehow making their work life a little better. At the end of the year, we

roads, rates, rubbish, water, parks and

these two very

development. I will endeavour to bring

important things,

back community pride and confidence

we may well be able

in living in the Hastings. Our community

to stabilise our rates

has suffered as a result of poor consul-

and be able to deliver the

tation and decisions, and we need to

basic services ratepayer are entitled to

travelling regional staff and the other

respond to this and get back to basics

and deserve.

machine to the ER Department at the

by budgeting carefully and attending

What is your overall vision for this

Base Hospital.

to essential services first. We need to

area leading towards 2020/2030?

How can readers get in touch with

donated two commercial grade coffee machines, one to the Community Health Campus (old Base Hospital) for

keep our state and federal pressures at a

My vision for the new Council is to

good arm's length and instead, listen to

create an organisation that ratepayers,

our community.

residents and staff can be proud of. I’d

What are some of your policies lead-

like to be one of a team of dynamic

you? You can catch up with me at my shop, the Hill St Store, or via the details below.

ing into the next election?

Councillors who have learnt from the

Thanks Darren.

No policies. The elected Councillors

mistakes of the past and use their

Contact Darren

will experience a steep learning curve,

knowledge, experience and passion to

just like the first day in a business or

build our future on a rock-solid financial

Readers can contact Darren on

a new job. There is no secret recipe


0438 308 709 or by email at:

… you learn off each other and then

Projecting 15 - 20 years in the future

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Ian s the Greens Ian Oxenford leadhc oming local groups in the fort . Ian believes Council electionse than just Councils are morrubbish ... roads, rates and

ell us a little about yourself and why you are running for Councillor? My name is Ian Oxenford, and I'm the main candidate for the Greens team in the coming Council elections. I'm an agricultural scientist and economist by profession. I've worked in the area of rural development in the Asia Pacific region for over thirty years, as well as in universities. I now run an organic farm in Kendall. I also started the Camden Haven Antifracking Group to fight against coal seam gas mining in our area. The reason I'm running for Councillor is because Councils are important. They are more than just roads, rates and rubbish. They are the first point of contact between individuals, local communities and governments. Councils represent people at the local level, but they also have a part to play in addressing the bigger issues, such as human-induced climate change and resource depletion. The Greens approach to council is to 'Think Global, Act Local.' The other members of our team are also highly qualified in a variety of fields, have diverse life experience and a good understanding of community needs. Tom Ferrier lives in Lorne and is building an energy-efficient house from recycled timbers. He is a teacher of science, agriculture and environmental studies and an active Landcare member. Tin Hta Nu, a former university lecturer in agricultural economics, now teaches in Adult Education Colleges. She is well-known in the community for her extensive volunteer work and for the thriving Kendall Global Community Food Garden, which she established. Drusi Megget is a TAFE teacher in Information Technology, at Wauchope. She is involved in community groups such as Friends of the ABC, Hastings Area Nuclear Free Alliance, Climate Change Australia and Port Macquarie Parents and Citizens. What are some of your policies leading into the next election? Residents in this electorate are despondent over their past experiences with Council. 84

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our communal carbon footprint through better energy efficiency of households and businesses.”

We want to restore their faith in good market outlets enhanced by reviewing these governance, transparency, and prudent financial Council regulations. management. Other areas we feel very strongly about are With three of our members living in the health and fitness issues. One way to promote Kendall area, we note there is a strong health is to build shared bicycle pathways. perception that outlying areas do not receive We desperately need safe, dedicated lanes for a fair deal from the Council. To ensure equity bicyclists, pedestrians and the growing number of funding, we want to include budgeting at a of older people who use mobility scooters. district level. Bicycle pathways make sense economically We also need genuine community and socially. They provide a safe zone for the participation in planning and in Council very young and old to get more exercise. More activities – not just a box-ticking exercise by exercise leads to better health and fitness Council officers. Communities like Kendall and lower medical costs. More cyclists and and Comboyne are role models pedestrians mean less cars on the roads. for community involvement. Less cars means less air pollution We should consider the and less wear and tear of possibility of reducing the our roads. It's a win-win enormous annual labour situation economically and bill of the Glasshouse, socially. With the growing l al e “ We challeng clare roughly $400,000, incidence of obesity, de to candidates al co with some appropriate and soaring fuel prices, o 'n a our region . volunteering by its shared bicycle/pedestrian ne ” zo s' ga seam supporters. pathways are the way to We need to reduce go. our communal carbon We favour a poll on footprint through better fluoride, to allow people to energy efficiency of households have their say. The financially and businesses and through responsible thing to do is include this building design that uses passive solar and poll at election time. natural ventilation. With all new developments, We challenge all candidates to declare our we would insist on more open spaces for region a 'no coal seam gas' zone. If we are the community gardens, for farmers' markets and 'food bowl of Asia', then we need to protect for social activities. our water and agricultural land. This industry We need to produce and sell more local food, has become the scourge of rural communities. and make the most of our agriculturally-rich The neighbouring regions of Gloucester and region. One of the ways to do this is to make Manning are under threat, and we must give it easier for young people to live on the land, them our support. rather than driven into cities. We will review If you could fix just one pressing issue for building restrictions, so that rural landholders the Hastings immediately, what would it can subdivide appropriate land portions for be? family members. We need innovative ways to Financial responsibility. It's what led to the make housing affordable for young families. downfall of the last Council. We want to install a Australia's housing affordability is one of the long-lasting legacy of financial responsibility for worst in OECD countries, so hopefully our local this and future Councils. initiatives will catch on in other communities. Sadly, there seems a lot of 'anti-party' There's a general feeling that our excessive sentiment. Unlike other parties, the Greens health, safety, and business regulations are do not have 'baggage.' Our core values are stifling local initiative. We would like to see transparency, social equity and a balance

between economy and environment. The Greens, as a party, have a statewide support network. We have about 70 Councillors, Mayors and Deputy Mayors on local Councils throughout NSW. Through the 'web chat' of these Councillors, the Hastings Greens team has already been able to gain insights into the pitfalls and opportunities of local governments. From fighting a liquor outlet just 100 m from a school in a low socioeconomic area, to protecting Australia’s oldest town square from inappropriate development, these Greens Councillors have been at the forefront of securing good governance for their constituents. Councils are quite restricted in their powers and often must defer to state authorities for decisions. We have direct contact with Greens Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs), and this avenue can be most useful in bringing about changes beneficial to local government. What is your overall vision for our area heading towards 2020/2030? One of managed growth with truly sustainable lifestyles and employment in business, tourism and agriculture. I envisage the growth of local food production, enhanced public transport and energy-efficient affordable housing. For all these reasons, I envisage young people moving to the rural areas, not only retirees. Do you feel any pressure from the community being the first publicly elected Councillors in almost 6 years? Not really; we all have extensive work experience and coped with stressful situations. This will be a walk-in-the park compared to tribal fights and rocks flying through windscreens, which I experienced in the New Guinea Highlands. What's something our readers don't know about you? Just hinted above. Thanks Ian.

Contact Ian Readers can contact Ian through Facebook/HastingsGreens2012


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Whether you’re a collector, antique-lover or simply like stamps, coins, old clocks, vases, phones – even Vegemite jars – you’ll probably find it at the Wauchope Lions Club Antique Fair on September 8 and 9. Greg Cavanagh and Jim Munro from Lions explain why a trip to the Fair is a fabulous day out!

All monies raised by Lions on the day will be donated to local and national charities and community support organisations like cancer, eyesight and hearing research, as well as flood and been involved? famine appeals and individual projects Jim: I’m the President for 2012/2013 like purchase of a special wheelchairs and have been in Lions for 28 years. I’m for a disabled child. Every year Lions the Chair of the Lions Club Antique and receives many requests from the public Collectible Fair Committee. for financial support, as crisis or critical Greg: I’m the past President of the situations occur. club, and I’m a member of the Antique When and where will the Lions Committee. I’ve been in Lions for 7 years. Antique Fair be held this year? What’s the aim of the Lions Antique Greg: Again, the Fair will be held in Fair? the very spacious and public friendly Jim: The Lions Antique Fair Wauchope Showgrounds. There has two main purposes. is plenty of parking, very The main reason for level paved walking areas There is no limit the Fair, and the and nearby toilets. The to what people d section that attracts majority of displays ct an do and can colle d most the most interest, will be in the main an , have fun with enjoy ly is providing a al hall under cover, so re s or collect to venue for people even if it rains you will the opportunity aspect share the visual ith who have a range still be able to view of their hobby w of unusual and the wonderful exhibits others.” interesting collectibles in comfort. to show those items off The Fair will be held to the public, in association from 9am to 4pm, Sat 8 and with like minded collectors 9am to 1pm, Sun 9 September. Secondly, we invite traders in What types of items are you collectibles and antiques to man stalls at expecting the fair to attract this year? the show to sell to the public and other Jim: Over past years, the Fair has collectors. attracted exhibits of over 100 different The Lions Club charges a small fee types of items, and early nominations for traders and exhibitors and an entry indicate that this year the display will be fee to the public. Sale and price of bigger and better. Some of the items that items is based purely on a trading basis people collect are truly amazing, from between sellers and buyers, and Lions Vegemite jars to laundry paraphernalia. Club does not become involved in this The old saying that “one man’s junk is role or charge any sort of commissions on another's hobby” is certainly on display trading. at the Fair.

Greg: It is always interesting listening to the comments and seeing the facial expressions of people who spot something in a display that they have at home, or had as a child – or more concern to them, something they just got rid of and did not know its value to a collector. There is no limit to what people do and can collect and have fun with, and most collectors really enjoy the opportunity to share the visual aspect of their hobby with others. Some collections have taken a lifetime to amass and are often items handed down by family and added to as the collector’s desire broadens. What are some of the more unusual items that have been for sale/on display at previous year’s Fairs? Greg: The most unusual collections I have seen would be the range of telephones from the first one invented, up to the 1960s, and possibly the range of Vegemite jars. I can remember some as a child, but the later years’ ones are unique. What entertainment/food/beverages will be available on the day, and will there be an entry fee for Fair goers? Jim: The Lions Club will be providing a very tasty sausage sizzle at a small fee, and tea/coffee/biscuits will be available in the hall. Lions would really like your attendance to enjoy this great spectacle and have a great day out. Where can people interested in attending the Fair go to find out more information? Jim: contact me on 6585 4744 or Gordon 6585 1079. Thanks Jim and Greg. greater port macquarie focus 85


Akoostik Festival. Relax, refresh and rewind in the Manning Valley’s natural beauty over the weekend of October 19, 20 and 21. The Wingham Akoostik festival opens on Friday with screenings of short films from the Forster Film Festival. On Saturday, take in the sounds of Grace Knight, Deborah Conway, and Doc Neeson in outdoors acoustic mode. Crowd pleasers Caravana Sun, Siskin River and Benjalu are amongst the line up on Sunday. The festival is proud to welcome back Ghanaian Musician, Afro Moses – to make everyone find their dancing feet! In fact, Afro is hosting two master classes in the school holidays leading up to the festival. The workshops are in Djembe drumming and vocal techniques; book via email through the festival website. Festival gates open 9.30am each day, and over 30 artists provide entertainment across the two days across two stages, amongst

food and market stalls that boast hand made and hand grown goodies. You, too, can play in the Biggest Band in the Land world record challenge; bring along any stringed instrument, or your Djembe drum to take part in the closing event on Sunday afternoon. Cheap tickets? Become an Akoostik groupie! Get four of your friends to buy a ticket, and your ticket will be FREE!

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Members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association must surely be some of the busiest and most dedicated people in Port Macquarie. For 27 years now, the Association has supported local artists by providing opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work, and also by running professional development forums, workshops and activities.

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e asked Brian Barker, President of the Hastings Valley Fine Arts Association, about The Association’s most recent venture: the Hastings Fine Art Gallery. Brian, tell us about the gallery and how it came about? This is the newest and perhaps biggest venture of the Association. For years we have been searching for a home base, where we could run meetings and workshops and have an ongoing exhibition. When the shop in Murray Street became available at a manageable rent, we jumped at the chance to set up our own gallery. How does the gallery operate? We are a volunteer community organisation, and it is through the generosity and hard work of our members that this has become possible. The refitting and refurbishing of the space was done by volunteer members and their families. We have a committee who oversee the hanging and presentation of the artworks. All our members are invited to exhibit, and exhibiting members give approximately a day each month to staff the shopfront. What type of art will we find in the gallery? Our members cover a variety of styles and media – from traditional to contemporary and abstract. We cover watercolour, acrylic, oils, pastels, charcoal and drawings, mixed media, plus sculpture and mosaic, a range of cards and small canvases, and unframed works as

well, so there is something for everybody. When are you open and how can people find you? The Gallery is on the corner of Murray and Sunset Streets, Port Macquarie. We are open to the public each Thursday to Sunday inclusive, from 10am to 4pm. We will also be open on long weekends. What other Association activities are coming up? Each year we run a series of special exhibitions. Our next is Framed at The Courthouse, to be held over the long weekend, from September 28 to October 3rd, at Port’s Historic Courthouse in Clarence Street. Then our annual Summer Showcase will be at the Laurieton United Services Club over the New Year period, and this includes the Mid North Coast Art Prize, which is our major prize, open to all Mid North Coast artists. Another ongoing activity is the Hastings Art Trail, which comprises 12 members with home galleries which are spread throughout the Hastings. Visitors can experience the lovely Hastings countryside while touring the galleries. We do ask that visitors phone in advance to check opening hours. Where can people find more information about the Art Association and the Exhibitions? You can look us up at: For more information, phone Helen Pain Publicity Officer, 0432 232 054 or email:


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David Malikoff introduces us to The Dream – a contemporary and unique local production with intertwined music, poetry and stunning visuals that will be presented at the Glasshouse this month ...


here did the idea for The Dream production originate? It’s an idea that’s been brewing for a couple of years – that’s why there’s more on the cutting room floor than in the show. I have been deeply drawn to dreams, my own and others, since childhood. In recent times, I wanted to examine more critically some of the dreams I’ve held dear ... wanted to see if they could still stand up. I thought there might be a theatrical journey to be had through the dreams we have about life, death and love, through joy and heartache ... I also wanted to continue the experimental journey I’ve had with a couple of great artists – baritone Jim Matsinos, and Emil Wolk, a world class director. Over the past few years, I’ve worked with Jim in two recitals to raise funds to purchase two artworks by local artists Trevelyan Clay and Franc Handcock for The Regional Glasshouse Art Gallery. Emil Wolk also directed the production of Dunk. You’ve performed solo poetry based productions in the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals to critical acclaim. Who else is actually involved with the production? As mentioned previously, Jim Matsinos, who is a highly trained and accomplished baritone and Emil Wolk, an internationally regarded director and Olivier award-winning actor. Emil has knitted the pieces in this show into a theatrical whole. Miriam Lattimore is a superb accompanist, and will be playing keyboard. The first and second halves are opened by Ann Woodland and Mick Hambly, singing their own original songs; they are members of the band Ecko Beach. I do the speaking parts, and Frank Hancock’s black and white art provides stunning projected backdrops. If you had to describe The Dream and

its message in a nutshell, what would you say? Hard to describe the show – it is unlike anything I’ve seen. At its heart, it is a collection of songs, stories and poems, humorous, ly I have been deeps, How are multimedia m ea moving or both, dr drawn to , rs he elements used to ot d that illustrate an my own . In od ho ild highlight and/ ch e some aspects of nc si anted to or add another recent times, I wcritically our dreams, but examine more ms I’ve dimension to The the way it’s put some of the drea Dream? together makes the held dear ...” We use projected art whole greater than and photos to highlight the sum. aspects of the show and to Message: it’s not a keep a good flow from piece to show that is designed to give piece. Franc Hancock is one of the region’s a message – it can’t, because it doesn’t leading contemporary visual artists, whose answer the questions it raises. The closest work is absolutely stunning and will look you might get is to say dreams are like air spectacular on the enormous Glasshouse and water – without them, we die quickly. Studio screen. The Byron piece uses video But to live well, we need good quality to bookend it, which strangely makes the dreams, and they’re not so obvious as we dream it describes more real. sometimes think. The artists involved with this production How big an influence did Byron’s are giving their time free of charge. original work by the same name have Where will the funds raised through on this production? ticket sales go? Enormous. Byron’s The Dream is a mighty The production will raise funds for The piece – an extraordinarily well told story Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise to of love in the romantic style. It was when use in its work with the Mera Primary School I found the songs of Josh Grobin and Nick in Kharakhola village in Nepal. My wife and Cave to weave through it, that I knew we I spent time with the kids there late last year had a show. The first part is one of the best – they are the dreamers who inspire us. reflections on the nature and role of the Thanks David. dreams we experience in sleep that I have Interview by Jo Atkins. ever read; but all the time, you sense that

Byron is urgently exploring these thoughts in order to try and understand the story he is about to unfold. Apart from the Byron piece, there are a number of other poems and prose, funny and serious in nature. To merge with these pieces, Jim will perform songs from the musicals, Folk songs, Gilbert and Sullivan and a wonderful German lied, Nacht und Traume by Schubert.

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The Camden Haven area is home to stunning mountain vistas, rolling green plateaus, pristine rivers and an amazing beaches. It’s also home to Garry Carpenter, President of the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce. Garry is a passionate advocate for the area and sees it as a thriving hub for tourism, industry, sport and recreation ...


hat originally brought you to the Camden Haven area ? My partner, Karen, and I moved to The Camden Haven in January 2009. We both really liked the relaxed beauty of the area, which we had come to enjoy after visiting my parents (who had moved to the area eight years before). It always felt like you were going on a holiday and even after working in the area for the last three and a half years, I still feel like I’m on holidays – free from the treadmill of expectations from living in Sydney. What is your position with the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, and what is involved with this role on a day-to-day basis? As President of The Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, I see my role as one of helping to develop the Camden Haven profile. I try to keep our members fully informed of the issues that directly and indirectly affect their businesses. A large part of my time is spent attending after-work meetings and sending out emails to our members. At Chamber, we are evolving our tourist strategy with our own tourism marketing coop. The recent Council decision to reconsider the opening of The Kew Visitor Information Centre (VIC) goes hand in hand with our tourism strategy and at the moment is a major focus for Chamber. We are also starting to introduce business tools, such as mentor presentations and networking seminars, that our members can utilise to drive their business performance. One of my aims is to provide as many opportunities as possible to support the welfare of our local businesses. Why did you originally decide to join the

Chamber? the Camden Haven boardwalk, and one of our Originally we joined the Chamber to get an favourite walks is literally by our doorstep. We idea of how the community operated and an also like to get to the beaches, which are only a understanding of local issues. As we were new couple of minutes away, as often as possible all to the area and didn’t know many people, we year round. thought it would be the best place to learn The flower bowl circuit at Pilot Head and about the area and meet like-minded people. North Brother Mountain are other places we What is it about the Camden Haven area like to go. that you particularly enjoy – and why? When we talk about the ‘Camden Haven’, I enjoy the overall relaxed lifestyle that the just how big an area is this? Camden Haven has to offer. The waterways The Camden Haven is generally accepted and beaches remind me of growing up on the as towns encompassed by the Camden northern beaches of Sydney, when Haven River system. These include life wasn’t so hectic. You only the coastal towns of Bonny have to drive out to Kew and Hills, North Haven, Laurieton Kendall to get a feeling of and Dunbogan. To the being in the country. west of North Brother From boutique One of the things I mountain, we head out restaurants to n really value is the fact through West Haven io at local accommodtail re d that the area is big and Lakewood to Kew, providers an s ay pl m is ur to , enough to have all the Herons Creek and ts outle e local a huge part in th facilities to ensure a the hinterland areas economy.” great quality of life, but of Kendall, Lorne, then small enough to have that through to the Comboyne wonderful sense of being in plateau. Heading southwards, a community where you know we go through Rossglen down lots of friends wherever you go and to Johns River, Stewarts River and people take the time to say hello to each other. Hannam Vale. In all, it totals a huge area and You also run a local business in the area. makes a great day trip in the car. Tell us a bit about what you do? How diverse is the area in terms of We have a bed and breakfast called The business and retail outlets? Bush and Beach B&B. We have 4 acres of The Camden Haven is a conglomeration parkland at North Haven, where we enjoy of businesses largely influenced by tourism meeting guests and seeing them totally relax in activities. From boutique restaurants to local a peaceful environment. Karen and I both like accommodation providers and retail outlets, entertaining people, so it’s nice to be able to tourism plays a huge part in the local economy. share our surroundings with visitors to the area. We have a small light industrial hub in What are some of your favourite locales/ Laurieton, plus an abundance of shops in activities in the area? Bold St that play a big part in servicing the Luckily for us, we are only 200 metres from needs of locals, as well as that of our seasonal

holidaymakers. With the anticipated reopening of the Kew Visitors Information Centre, we see the rekindling of a business hub at Kew and nearby Kendall, with the likes of tourist drawcards such as Will Hagon’s Kew Pit Stop creating renewed interest in the area. Non-locals may have a perception of the Camden Haven as a tourist/holiday or retirement hotspot. How true do you believe these impressions are? It’s true that we have for a long time have catered for an older demographic in the Camden Haven. We now also have thriving schools in the area and lots of sports related activities for younger people. As the Camden Haven evolves, we see more and more opportunities for younger families to enjoy the lifestyle and take a bigger part in community activities. With regards to the Camden Haven being a tourist hotspot, we are proud of the fantastic holiday destination that we have become and with an emerging tourism profile, we warmly welcome all visitors to our beautiful region. Our events such as Slice of Haven and The Riverwalk markets are quite remarkable. How can people find out more about the Camden Haven area and the local Chamber of Commerce? The best way to find out about The Camden Haven is to come and visit us but before you do, check out our new tourism website at or for business and local events, you can go to www. - We really have a fantastic part of the world and look forward to sharing it with locals and travellers alike. Thanks Garry. Interview by Jo Atkins. greater port macquarie focus 91


Ben Maiorana talks to us about the upcoming Roy Orbison show, which is making its return to the Glasshouse on September 28 ...

Roy Have you heard the one about the business owner who knew that half of his advertising is working, but wasn’t sure which half?


ccording to Paul Adams, Director of AMG! (Adams Marketing Group), this dilemma reflects the situation of many medium size organisations. In response to several requests, Paul has announced a first for the region by running a practical and easy-to-understand one day seminar titled ‘Marketing Masterclass’. Overall, the seminar will provide business owners with the essential tools to help them plan and implement successful marketing campaigns with the use of proven techniques. Attendees will receive tools to enable them to focus on the most profitable customer segments, by learning what motivates their customers and how to use these insights to develop a sustainable point of difference – an essential element of a strong brand. Several approaches to formulate marketing budgets will be presented, along with direction on strategies to create relevant and responsive marketing plans. Given that marketing is part science and part art, the seminar also contains a workshop on writing persuasive and powerful copy that will help gain attention and inquiry. In addition the first 50 to book will receive a copy of Secrets of Marketing Experts Exposed, valued at $29.99. Feedback from business owners suggests that they are confused about media buying, so Marketing Masterclass attendees will learn ways to save up to 30% on their media bookings, while enjoying premium positions and flexibility. Joining Paul will be several leading local marketers, such as Kylie Jones, Marketing Services Manager of TAFE, Mike Cusato, owner of the Growers Market and Paul Gillespie from The Business Tree, who will present their success stories, providing valuable insights on how they continue to grow in today’s challenging environment. There are many reasons to attend; however, the ten most compelling for business owners are: 1. To take control of your marketing 2. Discover what motivates your target audience 92 greater port macquarie focus.

3. Develop your business into a unique brand 4. Learn how the experts buy advertising space 5. Stay ahead of your competitors by reducing the emphasis on price 6. Get solutions that will help you determine the right marketing budget 7. Find how the larger organisations manage the marketing process 8. Increase leads from your website 9. Uncover your creative side 10. Realise the hidden potential of existing customers Based on his 9 years of local marketing consulting experience, combined with his time managing brands at Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, H.J Heinz, Country Energy and Ferrero, Paul believes that correctly planned marketing activity can be a key driver of business growth. Accordingly, as the region’s only Certified Practising Marketer, Paul relishes the challenge of assisting local businesses to improve their marketing effectiveness. “Most business owners are constantly immersed in urgent tasks and when combined with long hours, marketing typically gets left out until it’s almost too late. This happens because most owners aren’t entirely comfortable with marketing planning and implementation,” says Paul. “By keeping it simple, I have designed the seminar to give control back to business owners, so that they can start to generate improved returns on their marketing investment.” In closing, Paul said: “It’s clear that in today’s tough economic environment, business owners want improved responses from their marketing, yet this is becoming more challenging as the media landscape changes. With simple planning and a little creative flair, increased customer loyalty is achievable for every business.” The seminar will run on Wednesday 26 September from 8.45 – 3pm at The Glasshouse. Early bird registrations @ $149 are available at AMG! 6584 6175 or 0419 422 325 before 9 September. For more details, contact: Paul Adams on 0419 422 325.


en, what is your background in entertainment? In recent years, I have been managing Australian Music Legend Marty Rhone and internationally renowned Dean Bourne with great success, as we have been touring Australia wide with various concept shows such as Cliff & The Shadows, Cliff Joins The Beatles & Roy Orbison Reborn, who have all performed to sold out theatres, casinos and major venues.


I have produced many major events with other artists, such as the legendary Hank Marvin, festivals and together with my passion for making money for worthwhile charities, it has been a great musical ride for me. This is the second time you are touring the Roy Orbison Show. Tell us about the format of this one compared to last. Well, the decision to bring back this show has been an easy one, due to the hundreds of emails and the huge demand I have received after the last performance last year at both the Glasshouse and Club Forster.

The format of this show has changed from last year’s show to a degree, as we include the Sun Records era as well as the Travelling Wilburys major hits, and we continue to celebrate the great hits and voice of Roy Orbison. It’s always hard to change a winning formula, as the fans always want to the hear the iconic hits – which they will on the night. What do fans love about Roy Orbison shows? It’s all about the music, the voice and to relive the experience of one of the greatest legends of all time – you cannot forget the timeless hits such as:

Pretty Woman, Crying, Dream Baby, Leah, Blue Bayou, Penny Arcade, Danny Boy, Only The Lonely, In Dreams, Candy Man, You Got It, Workin' For The Man, Running Scared and many, many more. There will only

ever be one Roy “ n is Orb on, but Dea

ted Bourne has crea so is at th a on rs a pe it has scary and close,merised audiences mes ty he at the vocal abili possesses. ”

We made many friends when we came there last year. We truly respect them and hope that they and the new fans, who have heard what a great concert experience they witnessed on the night, will be there again to enjoy and celebrate the great music and the world renowned vocal talents of Dean Bourne. Internationally renowned artist Dean Bourne has to been seen and heard LIVE in concert to really appreciate why many in the entertainment industry are hailing him as Roy Orbison Reborn. There will only ever be one Roy Orbison, but Dean Bourne has created a persona that is so scary and close, that he has audiences mesmerised at the vocal ability he possesses – he truly has an amazing vocal gift that has brought a lot of joy to audiences Australia wide, as he continues to enjoy standing ovations at every performance.

He had over 50 hit records, millions of record sales and sold out concerts world wide, and internationally renowned Dean Bourne will bring all those exciting times back to life in one exciting and unique concert experience.

Dean Bourne is the world's greatest exponent of the great hits and music of Roy Orbison today. Roy Orbison Reborn is: “A must see show for anyone who wants to relive the sound, the voice and all of the magical hits of Roy Orbison in an exciting two hour concert experience that is much like the man himself – unforgettable”. Where to next, and what other shows might you be bringing to our region? The next four months I will be touring Roy Orbison Reborn right across Australia in all major venues and casinos, so it will be a very busy time for me and all involved. I will be bringing some more quality concept shows to the region in 2013 – thank you to all who have attended and will continue to attend my shows, as I truly value your support. See you at The Glasshouse on Friday 28 September.


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Wattle Day

Ask Greg

Greg Trembath answers wers stions. your real estate questions.


What’s the best way to sell a property when it is tenanted?

A: No tenant enjoys living in a property that is for sale. The potential for interruption and intrusion is very real.

Australia is a land of wattles. They announce the arrival of spring with perfumed golden blooms. We celebrate them on Wattle Day, September 1, throughout Australia . ou can wear a sprig of wattle, For your garden, the answer is to grow the or just enjoy the spectacle of beauties that belong here: our local species. wattle flowers in your local bit of The best-known is Coastal Wattle Acacia bushland. longifolia, which covers our sand dunes with Wattle Day reminds us that glorious yellow blooms. there are many wattle species – perhaps 1,000 There is White sally Acacia floribunda, a large – and they light up every part of the continent bushy shrub that produces masses of creamy in green and gold, our national colours. blossoms: floribunda means ‘an abundance of So they are truly Australian and they are flowers’. amazingly diverse, just like our people. As the The pale yellow flowers of Maiden’s wattle song says, “We are one but we are many”. Acacia maidenii appear in spring and are folThis is what Wattle Day celebrates – the lowed by characteristic seed pods that are long, harmony and diversity that is Australia. coiled and twisted. It can include everyone. To find out There’s the grand rainforest more, look at the website of wattle, Acacia melanoxylon, the Wattle Day Association: which can live for 100 years Although it’s and grow to 30 m in height. native to the about-wattles-1 Known as Blackwood, this , es at st south-eastern ng on Note that Cadel Evans, wattle has beautiful timber lo be t no it does ast winner of the Tour de with special acoustic propthe Mid North Co ve France in 2011, became the erties. Its flowers are light and tends to beha .” like a weed here first winner of the Golden yellow. Wattle Award that year. Fringed wattle Acacia This website also encourages fimbriata has brilliant yellow us to grow wattles, but to be cauflowers, and the ‘fringe’ refers to tious. If we grow a native plant outside fine hairs on the edge of the phyllodes. of its natural range, there is always the chance These phyllodes, an interesting feature of that it will behave like a weed. wattles, are modified leaf-stems that look like It may escape from the garden setting, start leaves and take the place of leaves. They may to invade and multiply in bushland, and disbe flat or cylindrical, various shapes and sizes. place local (endemic) native plants. All wattle seedlings have true leaves, which Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha is our look feathery, but only a few species retain national floral emblem and appears on our these, and most wattles develop phyllodes Commonwealth Coat of Arms (adopted 100 instead. years ago, in 1912). Native wattles grow easily and quickly. They Although it’s native to the south-eastern hold the soil and add nitrogen to it, which states, it does not belong on the Mid North helps other native plants. Coast and tends to behave like a weed here. You can buy wattle seedlings, grown in Other ‘weedy’ non-locals in Port Macquarie Landcare’s community Nursery, at Sea Acres are Cootamundra Wattle Acacia baileyana, and Rainforest Centre in Pacific Drive. Golden Wreath Wattle Acacia saligna. Contributed by Julie Ho.


What to do depends on how much you need the rental income, and how well you think your agent can work with your tenants to achieve a successful outcome. If you have a ‘less-than-suitable’ situation, you may need to decide which is more important to you; the rental income, or the sale of the property. If you need the rental income and want the existing tenants to stay, try to create a spirit of co-operation and teamwork.

However, be aware that many properties are easier to sell empty. This gives the owner and agent total control over how the property is presented and availability for inspections 24/7, which goes a long way towards helping a home sell. A blank canvas can also arouse more creative thinking from potential buyers.

Either way, buyers definitely feel more relaxed when no one’s around at inspection time. We don’t want potential buyers feeling they need to tiptoe around or hurry out the door before appreciating the We don’t best points about the property. want potential An empty home also allows your g buyers feelin agent to agree to that excited to ed ne they request for a second or third tiptoe around e inspection (perhaps to show or hurry out th door ... partners or parents).

Be proactive – outline your ‘wish list’ and offer to sweeten the situation with a temporary rent reduction or a week’s free rent once the property has sold. Most tenants just want respect and a reasonable approach from the owner and the agent. Acknowledge that the sale is probably an unwelcome intrusion. The offer of a professional cleaner or gardener to give the property a good spring clean or regular spruce up might balance out any concerns about the inconvenience.

Think about your priorities, but remember that a good agent will make the sale, with or without tenants. Answers are general comment, and readers should always seek their own independent professional advice. 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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property guide

PYCON H O M E S & C O N ST RUC T I O N S Winner MBA Excellence in Building 2012 award for ‘Display Home of the Year (under $250,000)’.

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Pycon Homes & Constructions Pty Ltd present the FOCUS September Homes of the Month. Chrissy Jones had the privilege of being one of the first to have a look through both of the impressive new display homes found at the gateway to Port Macquarie in the Homeworld precinct. ABOUT PYCON Pycon Homes & Constructions Pty Ltd is a family owned company which has succeeded over 30 years in the Mid North Coast and has continued to maintain belief in the importance of professionalism and integrity within all aspects of our building company, and achieving client expectations has continued to be a primary element of our success. We pride ourselves on the ability to set high benchmarks in the building industry through the standard of homes that we build which shows through with the finished

product. This is achieved not only through our own expertise, but also through our choice of skilled professional contractors and suppliers, of which most have been part of our team for over 15 years. In tough economic times, it's more important than ever to do your homework, ensuring you're getting what you pay for and ultimately getting the best value for money. With the building and construction industry undergoing turbulent times with planning and development applications, regulations becoming tougher and major


“ ... it’s more an important th ur ever to do yo suring homework, enwhat you’re getting d you pay for an ng ultimately geettifo r the best valu money. ”

changes in OH&S and builders insurance, it's times like these that you need the safety and stability of a true leader in the industry. Pycon is a multi-award winning builder, having just won the MBA Excellence in Building 2012 award for ‘Display Home of the Year (under $250,000)’ and ‘Medium Density over 5 dwellings’, confirming our belief in the quality of product we produce. Pycon has always been a preferred builder

for many multi-dwelling developments, prestige homes, commercial projects and stunning residential house and land packages. The company has built a staggering number of new homes in the Port Macquarie area in its years and is now sharing the love and expanding its services to meet the needs of the surrounding areas. Pycon services Macleay in the north, through to the Great Lakes in the south and everywhere in continued over between.

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AWARD WINNING (SINGLE LEVEL) DISPLAY HOME (HOMEWORLD). Pycon has just completed a fantastic new display home in Port Macquarie, showcasing one of its most popular and very affordable residential designs. This could be anyone's dream home and is a stunning piece of craftsmanship from top to tail. If you really want to get an idea of what's actually included in the build price of a Pycon Home, this new display home is well worth the visit. There's nothing in this design or finish that isn't included in the standard price. This actual display home has just picked up a prestige award from the Master Builders Association for ‘Display Home of the Year 2012 (under $250,000)’. THE DISPLAY HOMES – IN DETAIL.

T H I S A C T U A L D I S P L AY H O M E H A S J U S T P I C K E D U P A P R E S T I G E AWA R D F R O M T H E “ M A S T E R B U I L D E R S A S S O C I AT I O N F O R ‘ D I S P L AY H O M E O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 2 ( U N D E R $2 5 0,0 0 0) ’ . ”

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SOVEREIGN 228: 4 CHIFLEY ST, SOVEREIGN HILLS As you explore this purpose designed architectural home, pause and consider the quality of workmanship, fixtures and fittings throughout – everything you see is included as standard in every Pycon home. The floor plan is adaptable though, to suit personal living lifestyles; the Pycon team understand that not everyone is the same and are more than willing to adapt the floorplan to individual needs and wants. The Sovereign 228 has been designed with functionality in mind and presents as an ideal family home for entertaining family and friends. Doubling as the Pycon display home office is the double garage, that would be installed with an auto panel lift door if it was to be your new home. An appealing front facade welcomes you into the home via a timber deck portico; a combination of rendered brick and cladding along with the lined ceiling and downlighting provide a modern contemporary feel to the exterior.

Entry is through a vertical panelled opaque glass and solid wood door with a step up into the entrance foyer – a coffered ceiling adding architectural interest and elegance. A limed oak timber laminate from Port Floorworld is the flooring of choice from the entrance hallway throughout the home in all living and dining areas, providing an added beauty that is not only durable, it is also scuff, stain, scratch and burn resistant. Left of entry is the master bedroom – a private retreat with its own sunny alcove provided by the installation of a silicone seamless corner glass window, which has been dressed beautifully by Top Stitch Curtains & Blinds, as to not block the sunlight, but also to provide an element of privacy if desired. This, along with the smooth lines of the white timber shutters on the remaining windows, 3 step cornice, soft downlighting and plush carpeting from Carpet Court underfoot all combine to provide a very comfortable main bedroom for its occupants. The his and hers separate walk-in robes are mirror image and have been fitted out with plenty of shelving and hanging space. The main ensuite, along with all wet areas, has been tiled expertly by the team from Tilemasters, with tiles from Colour Tiles With Style. Features are many, from the large glass walled shower cleverly screened from the vanity, which houses under bench cabinetry, opaque glass window adjacent to the WC, to the lovely tiled shelving nook for towelling. Three queen-sized bedrooms, all with built-ins with both shelving and hanging space, all add to the comfort of the home and provide family members or guests their own private space. Fully carpeted and dressed with soft curtains and downlighting, these bedrooms are serviced by a centrally located


bathroom comprising nice deep bath with a feature tile, glass walled space saving angled shower recess, double door cabinet with soft close doors under the large vanity with mirror above. A coffered ceiling over the bath, along with a 3 step cornice, downlighting and exhaust fans - nothing has been left to chance. The centrally located home office can also act as a children's retreat or TV room; this, along with a large linen press that also serves as further storage for the surrounding rooms, is easily accessible to the rear yard or main parts of the home. Three large cupboards have been provided in the laundry under bench cabinetry; a deep stainless steel tub and flick mixer, easy clean tiling and outside access all adding up to a practical and clean look laundry wet area. Hastings Kitchen Company have supplied and installed the very functional yet attractive kitchen. In the heart of the home, the kitchen ticks all the boxes, providing the home cook or budding chef a delightful work area. Plenty of cabinetry, including a floor to ceiling pantry with soft push open/close double doors, lou-

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vered overhead cupboards and under bench storage has been provided. Omega appliances are in place, including an electric oven, cooktop and stainless steel rangehood. Soft close drawers either side of the oven are complemented by the very different, but striking textured splashback tile. An extra large island bench completes the kitchen beautifully and houses not only the double stainless steel sink with Posh Solus flick mixer, but also a microwave shelf and space for the dishwasher. The island easily doubles as a breakfast bar; the timber look laminate

surface of the island blends nicely with the décor, adding a modern look. Opposite the kitchen is a sunny sitting room featuring a seamless silicone join corner window, allowing for an uncompromised view to the alfresco dining area and landscaped rear yard. Louvre window panels allow for direction of air flow and stylish window furnishings all combine for a comfortable spot to relax. To the side of the kitchen/dining is the media room or formal lounge, featuring a coffered ceiling as well as a 3 step cornice; installed with downlighting and soft carpeting,

many comfy movie nights at home are assured in this room, that is conveniently located to all amenities. The alfresco outdoor dining area is very appealing and easily accessible from the kitchen/ dining through the screened three panel sliding glass door – being an extension of the roofline, a great undercover area has been created. Rustic concrete pavers are encompassed by timber decking, which are complemented by timber posts and seating. A timber walkway leads to the rear yard, finished off with a desirable outdoor fireplace surrounded by more timber seating – a great entertainment area. continued over

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SOVEREIGN 331: 6 CHIFLEY ST, SOVEREIGN HILLS The Sovereign 331 is for those who desire a little bit extra luxury, spaciousness and a home that showcases your own personal style. An exquisite home is on display and shows exactly what the Pycon team are very capable of delivering, with high end fittings and fixtures throughout. Being two levels, the build has everything and more! A standout in the Homeworld precinct, Sovereign 331 commands a regal presence with its angled roof lines, varied exterior claddings and window shapes and large double garage with automatic panel lift door. The garage even has that little bit extra, with

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both internal and rear yard access and its very own storage room. Entry to the home is from the concrete path to the front portico timber deck with timber feature post, edged beautifully by landscaped gardens, into the tiled entrance foyer. Wallpaper niche panelling is a nice touch in not only the foyer, but in all bedrooms. This, along with the exquisite tiling throughout the living areas, sets the feel of the home of total indulgence. Right of entry is the guest accommodation. A private oasis in its own right, visitors will be spoilt with their own oversize bedroom. The floor to ceiling flat panel windows provide

views to the pool and side garden, a roomy walk-in robe has an array of timber laminate shelving and drawers, as well as plenty of hanging space – added interest to the walk-in robe and indeed the exterior facade, is the seamless silicone join corner window, allowing for glimpses of the front yard. A spacious ensuite completes the guest quarters and is made up of shower, vanity and WC. All have been cleverly laid out so as to provide individual privacy; the shower has been placed behind a floor to ceiling tiled wall and has been installed with a stainless

steel panel drain and a rectangular window at ceiling height, to allow in light. Stone feature tiling on the vanity splash back, which also has a large mirror above and frosted panel to the left, add a touch of style. To top off the luxury of the guest ensuite, a floor to ceiling mirror panel has been incorporated and used to divide the ensuite from the built-in robe. Continuing left through the ground floor hallway, you wrap around the in-ground pool, which gives a fantastic visual appeal through the floor to ceiling flat panel windows. A media room, which can be closed off for privacy via the opaque glass and timber sliding doors, combines a repertoire of technology, architecture and interior design. Raised seating has


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been built-in for viewing comfort, and timber sh shelving hellving ing houses the wide screen TV and surround sound systems. With shelving panels provided either side, downlighting and luxurious carpeting underfoot, movie nights at home just became priority. A home office or study room next door has its own wooden feature panels as an attractive divider from the hall, which leads to the guest powder room with separate WC, hand basin with vanity cabinetry, stone feature tiling and bevelled edge mirror above. An absolutely fantastic kitchen/dining/alfresco completes the ground floor, combining as a magnificent indoor/outdoor entertainment space alongside the outdoor in-ground pool and landscaped gardens. Stone bench tops, exquisite floor tiling and a butler’s pantry leading through to the laundry have been incorporated to complement the kitchen and dining areas. The laundry has both overhead and under bench cabinetry, stone bench tops, wall shelving and a stainless steel laundry tub with flick mixer, along with handy outside access.

Twin set wine racks are a nice touch in the butler’s pantry; being edged with timber laminate, they have been conveniently placed above the stone bench top that is fitted with a stainless steel bowl sink and tile splash back. Matching laminate has been used on the push open/close doors of the under bench cabinetry found on either side of the walk through butler’s pantry. Added character has been given to the kitchen, supplied a installed by Hastings Kitchen Company, by the bulkand h head lowered ceiling encasing the cooking and preparati benches. 60mm Stone bench tops from North Coast tion M Marble & Granite, with 3 sets of soft close timber laminate d drawers and illuminated overhead cupboards, make u the back wall of the kitchen and house the 900mm up Omega cooktop. These along with double door pantries either side of the 900mm Omega oven give plenty of storage space for all cooking needs. The large stone island bench with a stepped down timber laminate breakfast bar wrapping around one side divides the cooking space from the dining area and pendent lighting over the island make for a beautiful modern and functional kitchen. A separate butlers pantry incorporating a wine rack and wine fridge, microwave and dishwasher allows the mess and clutter of entertaining to be kept away from the main kitchen, making this kitchen the entertainers dream. The kitchen blends seamlessly into the dining room, with all surrounded by glass windows incorporating louvre panels to allow for directional air flow from the cooling waters of the pool and water features in the landscaped gardens. Views to the pool and gardens are uninhibited through the floor to ceiling flat panel windows on the side wall creating a tranquil place to sit and have a meal. continued over

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PYCON HOM E S Glass sliding doors open out to the fully tiled alfresco area, that is a continuation of the roof line of the first floor and has both downlighting and a ceiling fan installed for added comfort in its lined ceiling. Attached to the alfresco is an awning with laserlite roof sheeting, for sun protection on those hot summer days. A BBQ area is also present, incorporating timber bench seating and decking eencompassing both the pool, water ffeatures and gardens. The pool features g glass mosaic tiles and a bluestone framed ssloped edge which acts as a wet deck, aallowing for easy drainage and a non slip ssurface. Via the curved carpeted staircase, that h has porthole lighting at the skirting,

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timber handrail and staged panel windows that follow you to the second floor, you will find the bedrooms, sitting room and family bathroom. To the right at the top of the stairs, through a grand set of double white timber doors, you are greeted by a lovely wallpapered niche, welcoming you into the master bedroom parents’ retreat that has its very own striped wallpaper feature wall, a striking contrast to the crispness of the white painted wall finish. Varied window styles, large square, louvre panel, rectangular and two porthole add character. A his and hers walk-in robe with separate shelving, drawers and

hanging space adjoins. The master’s ensuite is ingeniously designed for both comfort and privacy. The WC is tucked away neatly behind a nib wall, that has been tiled with a feature stone. An oval freestanding bath placed in front of the wall has a timber look tile laid underneath, acting as a contrast to the cream tiling of the floor and whites of the walls. Three vertical panel windows let in ample natural light into the bathroom and are an architectural feature on the exterior facade. The separate tiled shower recess is tucked away behind the stone bench top vanity and is fitted with a smart tile waste water trap and exhaust fan. The vanity has



both a set of soft close drawers and cupboard space, along with a cleverly concealed cabinet for a dustbin one end. Left of the staircase is an extra wide carpeted hallway, highlighting views to the surrounding hinterland and the landscaped pool area below through the ßoor to ceiling ßat panel windows supplied by Mid Coast Windows. A rumpus/TV room is located adjacent to the remaining 2 bedrooms, which are mirror image. Each has a wallpaper feature wall, double sliding timber door built-in robes, downlighting and a large window offering views and letting in lots of natural light. Both bedrooms are serviced by a generously sized bathroom complete with a nice deep bath, frameless angled glass screen shower that has a lovely feature stone tile on its back wall, plus tiling underfoot and ½ way up the walls surrounding the bathtub. A bevelled edge mirror takes pride of place above the stone tile of the vanity. A separate WC and linen press completes the second ßoor of this magniÞcent design, that can inspire the cook in everyone.

CONTACT PYCON Many enquiries are taken through the Pycon website, over the phone or in person at the Pycon head ofÞce, which is located at the Port Venture wharf end of Clarence Street in the Port Macquarie CBD. Wednesday through to Sunday, the display home is open, and you can take a Þrst hand look around the Þnished product and catch up with a company representative on site between 10am and 5pm on these days. Simply log onto or call (02) 6583 3799 today. VISIT OUR WEBSITE As time poor as we are these days, itÕs critical that most businesses have an online presence. To gain a macro view of the company, its building options and extensive portfolio, Pycon has developed an informative and fantastic new website. YouÕll Þnd many unique and modern ßoor plans with 3D rendered images for residential designs, as well as actual house & land packages that are available to purchase right now in your area. If you canÕt make it to the Display Home in Port Macquarie, check out all the pictures of it online. Whether itÕs an industrial, commercial, residential or multi-dwelling development you need, Pycon Homes & Constructions is your Ôgo toÕ company to make your plans, or theirs, a reality.

the plug! Visit the Pycon display home at the Homeworld precinct Sovereign Hills, today. Double storey opening September 22.

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Demystifying the world of computers and the internet is the goal of the Port Macquarie Seniors Computer Group, enabling participants to gain practical experience and skills in a fun environment. Group


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ow long has your group been do if something goes wrong. in operation, and how many What type of classes do you run? students do you believe have Our classes cover many subjects, including our been involved with classes four Monday afternoons of Computer Basics. during this time? This is especially designed to assist beginners to The Port Macquarie Seniors Computer computers and members who feel a refresher Group was established in 2000 by a handful would benefit their skills. The subjects cover a of seniors attending the Port College of Adult look at the basic aspects of the computer, basic Education. In October 2003, the group became word processing, basic emailing, and internet. incorporated as the Port Macquarie Seniors We run this class most months. Computer Group Inc. Since then, the group has Other classes in our curriculum cover continued to develop, and local demand has word processing, spreadsheets, computer resulted in the club’s membership continually maintenance, advanced emailing and internet flourishing. We have a membership of just over searching, online shopping, using PowerPoint, 200 at the moment. learning how to manage and keep pictures in What led to the establishment of the order using Picasa, Movie Maker, burning to group? DVD and CDs, and digital creations – The initial members of the using the free alternative program group felt the need to enable to Photoshop – Gimp. We members to keep up with also cover genealogy, Our classesy developments in the cover maning downloading music subjects, inoclnudday use of computers and from the internet, and our four M of technology so that they uploading photo books afternoonsBasics. continue to participate to the internet. Most of r te Compu ecially in this aspect of modern these classes are held on p es is is Th st life, thereby contributing a Thursday morning. designed totoassi beginners ... ” to their self-confidence We are very lucky to computers and self-esteem. It is still our have excellent volunteer aim today. It is very necessary helpers in all our classes. in today’s busy day to day life that Without these wonderful people, mature aged people get a hold on the we would not be able to run as many current technology, such as computers, smart classes throughout the year. We are currently phones etc. so they can keep in touch with running around 65 classes a year. family and friends and do not become isolated. When and where are the classes held? The computer is a good way to do this, All our classes are held at the Port Macquarie through exchanging information and photos. Library, Gordon Street, in the Technology Room, We can also download books from the library which has 15 desktop computers, all with the or internet, deal with banking, shopping and latest technology. We will allow your laptop into government departments, and use Skype to class, providing it meets our requirements. converse with our friends. There is, however, the What are the costs involved? very real need to be aware of scams, hackers, Yearly membership fees: (January – and the like when online. This is where a group December) $35 per person. such as ours comes into play. We can help our Half yearly membership fees: (July – members recognise the dangers when they November) $20 when joining between July occur, how to avoid those dangers, and what to and September. Note: If you join in October or

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November, the fee is $35, which includes the following year’s full annual membership fee. Class fees: The basic computer four Monday afternoon class costs $20 for the four lessons. All other classes are $5 per lesson. What do people need to bring to class? Members are supplied with comprehensive notes for each class. However, they may feel the need to write something down, so a pad and pen should be brought along. A USB/memory stick should also be brought to all Thursday classes, in order for the work to be taken home. When bringing laptops, the necessary leads should also be brought. Further information and contact details … A monthly meeting of our group is held on the last Monday of each month. Venue: Tacking Point Tavern, Emerald Downs, Port Macquarie. Time: 9.45am – noon. Where possible, we provide an interesting speaker. Q & A on members’ problems with their computers are answered. This is a friendly get together in order for members to interact and discuss new technology, or just ‘catch up’. We provide a free printed newsletter to each attendee. Classes for the following two months are on display and may be booked. Morning tea/coffee is available − cost $2. Come along − get involved. If you wish to contact us or find out more about us, go to: Email us: Telephone: Peggy (02) 6559 7439. We want to hear from you! Comments from class members Rhonda Eyre and Alan Gleeson: Why did you decide to join the computer group? Rhonda: I’ve owned a computer since the Commodore C16 days. I knew how to send emails and basic things, but I wanted more in depth knowledge and also to keep up with technology. Alan: The ability to easily communicate with family and friends via emails or social

media, and to perform functions such as online banking and purchasing, makes learning the technology very attractive. The seniors computer group provides a terrific forum for learning and upgrading computing skills in a relaxed environment, where members willingly share advice and experiences. What benefits have you gained from being a member of the group? Rhonda: I’ve been learning digital scrapbooking, digital creations, Movie Maker, spreadsheets, photo enhancement, how to create a photo book, how to download music from sites such as iTunes and make playlists. We also have some family history classes and as I have an interest in family history, I have learned a lot about how to research for this, which has been an enormous help. Each year there are new subjects introduced into our classes, which is great and keeps us moving forward. The group’s been great, teaching many members how to keep in touch with family members who may live far away. We are very lucky indeed to have a volunteer teacher who is passionate and inspiring, and who gives up so much of her time in preparing and researching our lessons. Her enthusiasm is catching, making you want to keep learning new things. We are also very grateful to the volunteer helpers, who assist those in class who get a little behind. We sometimes have guest speakers from banks, Telstra and such, who keep us up to date with internet banking and the latest phone technology. Alan: Having recently upgraded my home computer, attending several of the computer group’s classes has helped me adapt to the new technology. The computer group’s website contains a large number of helpful hints and the monthly meetings of the group, with invited guest speakers, also presents an opportunity for face to face contact with other members and discussion of mutual interests. Thanks everyone. Interviews by Jo Atkins.


Laing + Simmons No.1 Again!

“ With a record haul of 18 awards at the recent 2012 Laing+Simmons Annual Award ceremony, the local Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie office can now lay claim to being the most awarded office in the history of the company’s network. ”


y winning the “Highest Number of Sales” Award for the 12th year running, Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie continues to demonstrate an unrivalled capacity to deliver results that exceed the expectation of its clients. Laing+Simmons Group General Manager Leanne Pilkington praised the efforts of the entire Port Macquarie team. “Port Macquarie is a vibrant regional market requiring specialist local market knowledge, expertise, contacts and relationships,” Ms Pilkington said. “Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie is consistently one of the strongest performing offices across our network, because it has these qualities in spades and is always focused on improving its service offering.”

“To win a total of 18 awards is an outstanding result that is richly deserved and a testimony to everyone’s efforts. An enthusiastic team focused on providing the highest standards of customer service, Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie is a model in how to operate a happy, vibrant and successful real estate office,” she said. A highlight of the night was Laing+Simmons Port Macquarie having an unprecedented three members of its team listed in the top 10 agents of the year. Chris Koch, Andrew Meldrum and Kristian Murphy were all recognised among the leading agents operating across the Laing+Simmons network. Additionally, Naomi Hunter was named ‘Rookie of the Year’, a particularly outstanding achievement after just six months in the competitive real estate industry.

Laing+Simmons Principal Chris Koch was humbled by the recognition the office received at the annual awards. “We are honoured to have been recognised in so many categories at the annual awards, and this reflects the commitment, enthusiasm and drive of the whole team. It was especially encouraging to see the efforts of our support staff right through to our sales people recognised on the night,” Mr Koch said. “Ultimately, our greatest satisfaction is meeting and exceeding the needs of our many customers, creating valuable long lasting relationships in the process. To receive this award recognition is a welcome bonus and ensures we remain as motivated as ever to perform,” he added.

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Kim Godwin. - Green Energy -

Affable and long-term business owner Kim Godwin considers the Green Energy Industry is the way of the future. He has successfully built Godwin’s Green Energy, located on the Mid North Coast, as a key provider of solar power solutions.We talk to Kim about his passion for harnessing solar energy.


ell us about what you do at Should solar installation be a compulsory Godwin’s Green Energy? government initiative for people building We sell solar systems and new homes? look after any maintenance My word. It should be mandatory to help the systems might require. I’ve people become ‘future-proof’ on power and been in business for approximately 30 years, make savings. A lot of people don’t know that having formerly owned three electrical shops. solar is income-producing for 25 years. There I understand that the servicing side of the needs to be foresight and better government business is really important. incentives to help people out. I’ve been in Where are you located? homes where the elderly have their lights off Godwins Green Energy is located on the Mid and live in the dark, due to fear of exorbitant North Coast. We extend from the Hastings electricity bills. out to Gloucester down to Forster and also Pensioners, in particular, should be given Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. a solar incentive, as most of them Why convert to solar? live on fixed incomes. It’s not I’m so passionate and just about houses; Australia enthused about solar. is going into electric cars To me, converting to There are seven billion next year. The possibilities solar presents an people in the world, and with solar are endless; of obvious option n’s the three drivers for their we just need to take harnessing the su ng vi survival is food, water advantage of the sa d energy an like es m co be It and energy. opportunities. . ey mon not To me, converting to You provide solar buying a car andl. ” paying for petro solar presents an obvious solutions to both option of harnessing the homes and to commercial sun’s energy and saving money. businesses … how do the It becomes like buying a car and two differ? not paying for petrol. Home conversions normally require What is the most commonly asked smaller systems – from 1.5 kilowatt up to question about converting to solar power? approximately 5 kilowatt and run on a net People always want to know how much feed. The commercial conversions are a bit solar costs and how much return they’ll get on more involved and require bigger systems. their investment, which is why it’s important Commercial bills also need to be analysed, to have our field staff analyse power bills and which our staff can help out with. The largest work out effective solutions. commercial conversion we did was a 60

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kilowatt resort in Gloucester. Does Godwin’s Green Energy provide a free consultation to people considering converting to solar power, and what are the contractual commitments? There are no charges or obligations. A deposit is not required. People are sick of feeling like they’re being ‘forced’ into things. Our long-term success in business shows that we do the right thing by people. We have a consultant in Port Macquarie, Terry, who happily provides obligation-free quotes to individuals and businesses. Which Australian businessperson do you most admire, and why? Lang Hangcock and Janet Holmes à Court. It would have been challenging for Janet to survive the death of her husband and then succeed in business on top of this. She must be very tenacious and clever and have very clever people around her. If you could give one piece of business advice to your grandchild, what would it be? Do the right courses, at university or TAFE, and know your business. Follow your dream, but ensure you put 100% effort into it. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to have a go. How can people find out more about grid connect or installing solar hot water (or both)? Contact Terry, your local Port Macquarie solar consultant, on 0402 814 568 for an obligation-free quote today. Thanks Kim.





When you live on the stunning North Coast, you want a home that matches your lifestyle. At McDonald Jones Homes, we’re focussed on creating designs that take advantage of the North Coast’s wonderful climate and unique style. Our leading architect, Stuart Everitt, has designed award-winning homes throughout Australia. He has now used his skills to create our latest stylish and modern design, the Avoca Elite. This new design is ideally suited to living on the North Coast – it is functional, affordable and features all the elements needed to enhance the way you live. We invite you to take a stroll through our beautiful Avoca Elite and Monaco One display homes at Sovereign Hill, Port Macquarie and you’ll discover a McDonald Jones steel framed# home will exceed all your expectations.

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Ph: 1300 555 382 Photographs in this advert may depict homes from another McDonald Jones design range. Some photographs or renders may depict fixtures, finishes and features not supplied by McDonald Jones such as furnishings, landscaping and swimming pools. Accordingly, published prices do not include the supply of any of those items. *Not including site costs. Material delivery costs may apply to some building areas. #Steel frame now included in the Stuart Everitt and NextGen options packages. For detailed home pricing, please talk to one of our Consultants. Newcastle Quality Constructions Pty Ltd ABN 82 003 687 232 – Builders Licence Number 41628 T/A McDonald Jones Homes. Architect Reg No: 4234. 41/74-

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Knowledge, Research, Understanding, Development ... There are no results better than the best

Take a moment to compare today’s world with the world of your youth; how everything has changed. Hospitals now operate and can access the world with sophisticated, high tech equipment. Much of today’s banking is done ‘online’. The internet caters for mum’s shopping, too, with groceries delivered at the press of a key, and even the local brickie uses a laser to find his levels.


hen consider the options available to today’s property industry. McGrath founder and CEO, John McGrath, did just that prior to establishing the multi-award winning business success that now bears his name. John studied the traditional agencies, many of which were structured prior to even the concept of television in this country. He was experienced enough to see the modern shortcomings of ‘tried and true’ practices, young enough to anticipate the abundance of emerging technologies, yet wise enough to recruit industry and IT experts in a combined quest to research and to design the very best property marketing structure available in Australia. Today, McGrath represents the absolute benchmark in quality real estate services. Undoubtedly, the industry is, first and foremost, a people business – talking, informing and negotiating on behalf of valuable clients. ‘The McGrath Difference’ is in its ability to draw many more people to the negotiating table, and a number of irrefutable facts support the company’s success in achieving this goal: Independent figures: Days on market/combined agencies, Port Macquarie – 195 Days on market/McGrath Estate Agents, Port Macquarie – 43 So, what exactly is ‘The McGrath Difference’? What makes McGrath the most recognised, premium real estate brand in Australia and arguably the most successful property franchise network in this country? The reasons are many, but are the result of one man’s vision and his ability to communicate that dream to those who could assist him in bringing about the reality.

ntly potential buyers, McGrath’s database is currently ed referenced at 140,000 qualified buyers, located tice throughout the network. To validate this practice y, no it is relevant to note that, in the month of July, fewer than 45% of Port Macquarie property sales n. were transacted with buyers from out-of-town. o McGrath is positioned like no other agency, to locate and to attract these buyers. Many real estate agents produce a magazine or b brochure of their listings, and hundreds are delivered throughout their local areas. McGrath however, presents the McGrath Magazine, a premium publication which lists properties throughout Australia. A staggering 15,000 copies of the McGrath Magazine are distributed weekly, through retail outlets, professional offices, open homes, direct distribution and more, exposing listings to an extremely wide demographic. The magazine is also available through McGrath’s website or via a free iPad application.


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To review just a few of these ‘differences’: The McGrath network has a pooled database. Unlike other real estate agents, who maintain a localised buyers’ listing, amounting to hundreds of

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McGrath’s multi-award winning website, is recognised as the most popular property franchise website in Australia. It was designed to be totally user-friendly and, more than any other, to accommodate ongoing technological development. As a consequence, the average of well over 3 million ‘hits’ per year includes enquiries from around the world (with all hits logged to their country of origin), and the entire site can be translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or Arabic, by the simple touch of a key. One of the site’s many unique features is a ‘lifestyle’ search, which enables a user to identify possibly suitable properties against a selection of personal preferences and to immediately receive a list of all likely choices, in all locations around Australia. Every McGrath office is linked by a common computer program, designed to provide immediate and comprehensive access to buyer or marketing information. For example; upon receiving a listing for a local property, valued at (say $450,000), your McGrath agent needs only to enter the locality and appraised value, for the district and relevant database buyer numbers to appear on his screen. (A recent search for a specific area of Port Macquarie produced 976 potential buyers for the $400k - $500k price range). One more key entry would then automatically despatch

the appropriate e-brochure to all of these interested buyers, and details would be downloaded for follow-up. Such facilities are unique to McGrath, but are very-much a part of doing business in today’s world. Oxygen Home Loans is a McGrath affiliate and was recently the recipient of the coveted 2012 Australian Broking Awards, ‘Major Brokerage of the Year’ award. It’s worth pointing out that Oxygen is currently offering Australia’s lowest fixed loan rate, exclusively for McGrath customers and potentially saving them thousands over an average term. Any one of the friendly McGrath team would be happy to discuss more of the many elements that combine to establish, what they fondly refer to as the ‘McGrath Difference’. Every member of the team is proud to be a part of a unique, serviceoriented and highly successful real estate business – one which was expressly designed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, plus the evolving demands of our modern world. (Roger Bates is a freelance copywriter).

McGrath Estate Agents 147 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie. T. 6589 3777 W.

FERTILISE, and fertilise early!

Little Beach Building Co. Peter and Kim Ruming of Little Beach Building Co are currently constructing this Custom Designed Contract Home for their latest client.

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Designed by Chris Jenkins Design Architects, this very unique home presented some challenging design issues, ranging from environmental to building envelope size and had to fit within an existing residential site. The lightweight clad home’s interesting design requires the onsite attention to detail that Peter Ruming is renowned for. Working to Chris Jenkins’ design requirements, Peter works on the tools, providing his expert construction knowledge and taking the time and effort to make sure that the clients’ brief has been delivered and they will love their finished home. Little Beach Building Co have been building interesting and energy efficient homes in the local area for over 23 years, and use local qualified subcontractors and local suppliers. They know building a new home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, and it is their job to make it a stress free and enjoyable process. They can build from their own range of plans, or work with you to provide a custom design to suit your requirements and budget. For more information, have a look at the website: or contact Peter and Kim on 6585 5176.

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What causes fading? Fading is caused by a combination of UV rays, visible light, heat, humidity, and other factors. UV rays contribute mostly to fading; however heat and visible light are also strong contributing factors.

Spring Lawn Maintenance. Spring is a very important time of year for lawn enthusiasts everywhere. By the end of August, the days are getting longer, and the grass will be getting longer too! The first rule of spring for lawn lovers is this: FERTILISE AND FERTILISE EARLY! Now is the time to prepare. Fertiliser is food for your lawn, and a well-fed lawn will perform better than one that is getting hungry. Fertilising in early spring will save you water, money, time and energy by giving your lawn a boost of health for the warmer months ahead. For the water conscious, consider fertilising in the rain; it's nature's sprinkler! Earl’s Turf have all of your lawns needs available. For more information on when and how to fertilise your lawn, go to the following lawn care webisodes at:

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he annoying buzz of that first blow fly. Chilly 5. Mirrors are a fabulous way to open up a space, bounce mornings give way to warmer sun filled days, light around and create a feeling of spaciousness. with longer daylight hours. Best of all, a 6. Rethink furniture placement. The layout no longer general feeling of optimism pervades the air. needs to be focused around the fireplace/heater; instead, Conversations re the weather are no longer you could position sofas so as to capture outdoor vignettes dull, but full of promise. or enhance conversation. No matter where you call home or how you like to 7. A splash of paint to decorator pieces or furniture items decorate, spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look always gives tired pieces a new lease of life. at your home. The cocoon now needs to be broken; the 8. Bring some of the outdoors inside … branches of weather lets us fling wide our doors and windows and let blossom, flowering pots, an old gate, interesting rocks, the outside in once again. Spring decorating is so stumps, shells. All these items can create visual much more fun than spring cleaning, although interest and a calming still life from the world I guess the two should go hand in hand. I around you. thought I’d share with you 10 low cost 9. Refresh those outdoor areas No matter where maximum effect spring decorating where you can take advantage or e you call hom , te ra co ideas. of the wonderful springtime de to e how you lik time ct rfe pe e th 1. Start at the very beginning … gardens, flowers and sunshine. is g sprin ok at how’s that letterbox looking? A A chair and an occasional table to take a fresh lo cocoon your home. The broken; coat of paint will give the postie strategically placed will give you w needs to be fling no us a surprise. Make sure your house your own outdoor café. A few the weather letsand numbers are visible; it’s a safety new flowering plants will give wide our doors t the issue, you know. windows and le again.. ” immediate colour and an instant lift. outside in once 2. Freshen up the entrance to 10. Nothing beats a bunch of your home by re-painting/staining or flowers creatively arranged to give the varnishing that front door. Ensure the home a fresh springtime feel. These flowers doorbell works and treat your home to a new need not cost a lot and could be as simple as doormat. A spot to sit and ponder by the front door is a bunch of daisies placed in an empty tomato tin, or a always a nice inviting gesture. collection of single stems of your favourite flower popped 3. De-clutter; give those favourite bits and pieces space in a variety of empty glass bottles. to breathe. I don’t mean you can’t have collections; just If spring decorating seems daunting, just break the make sure you aren’t causing a visual nightmare. Grouping process down into doable, enjoyable bite size pieces ... items together and correct placement can make a world of room by room, or task by task. You and your family will difference, giving the eyes time to rest and take it all in. reap the benefits. Can you finish this statement? 4. Stash away those warm woolly blankets and replace What I love most about my home is … This year, use with cheery cushions on both sofas and beds. It might be spring to fall in love … with the home you’ve created. time to replace those worn, faded lightshades too. Remove Until next time … ‘Live creatively’. any heavy wool rugs and replace with lighter cotton durries. Debbie.


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